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Economy We need guidance? “A developmental state does not necessarily mean higher levels of state ownership, but high levels of guidance.” IDC and SA Development Bank chairman, Enoch Godongwana. Eskom: whilst SAA tends to attract more attention, the total debt...

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Economy News has it that our government is seeking a loan from “multilateral lenders” (whatever that means) to fund the development of “network industries” – read infrastructure. With this comes promises of jobs and so on. I understand that borrowing to pay for...

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Economy Big brother: There was a minor rash of businesses being taken on for price gouging during the lockdown. These touch on two related issues being: the business concerned are tagged and fined. If these entities were to dispute the finding against them the cost of...

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Economy Please bear with me; I would like to do a bos-som (Rockspider calculation): SA’s GDP is some 350bn $; our tax on this is approximately 28% which equals to about 100bn $. If SARS collects 30% less tax this year, then we will need to borrow about 30bn $ (working...

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Economy If – our Treasury predictions come true – between 3m to 7m SA jobs will be lost as a result of the protracted lockdown; a 32% drop in state revenue is expected this tax year. the International Labour Organisation predictions come true, almost half of the...

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Economy Everyone is suddenly an economist and the topic has become quite overtrodden: the fact is that throwing borrowed money at the lockdown has two essential difficulties associated therewith: our same sub-optimal and corrupt administration has to administer/dole...