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Economy Progress: is unlocking embedded power generation not perhaps a catastrophe? Much has been made of the surprise move to increase the generation threshold for companies without a licence from 1 MW to 100 MW, holding that this would unlock investment and growth,...

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Economy The sums involved in dodgy and dishonest deals brokered by our political incumbents in government are staggering: just those in Eskom are said to amount to R178bn; easily enough to vaccinate everyone in South Africa against CV 19. Then there is the R500bn lost...

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Economy Let’s forget about tomorrow .. Let’s forget about the money.. For tomorrow never comes… (Sinatra) – us old folks would recall. Today’s generation is in the throes of central bank spending like there is no tomorrow and, we are told that if this had not been...

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Economy Aside from the mining sector, high on a commodity-driven boom, our agricultural sector emerged from the pandemic relatively unscathed: the latest Stats SA figures showed a production expansion of 13.1%. Our Reserve Bank losing its bite? Switch Auctions are...

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Economy Us ordinary folks reasonably expect the Rand to weaken, our economy and our politics being in tatters and all… Yet the Rand touched its strongest levels in two years this past week: why (in an answer we can all understand)? Because our economy is weak, we...

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Economy The NUM wants a wage increase of some 68% for the lowest paid miners, up to a minimum wage of R15K per month, with an average of between 15 – 20% for the others. The rationale is said to be the high profit currently made by mining houses: it is true that the...