Pundits do not agree on our GDP trajectory for the next year; these are the predictions:
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The question is we are we going. As far as Rand value is concerned, Prof Grant (a publications editor for the Free Market Foundation) suggests that SA inflation is tending lower which, with world inflation tending higher, will stem Rand value loss against other currencies. If he is correct, then overseas investments may be a hedge against inflation but will not produce the kind of return that our own stock-market might.
So, what is the condition of our own stock-market? De-listings are accelerating as per statistics published this week by PSG:
Why are institutions delisting? Look (unsurprisingly the publishing institution remains positive of investing in it): Reference
On the same downwards trajectory, is a graph showing the number of projects undertaken of late in South Africa and (which shows why engineers are taking strain) which will undoubtedly affect our stock-market in the long-term:
If all this confuses you – go to the bottom of this newsletter…. I have little doubt that no one really knows how our stock market will perform.
But the big topic now is wealth and inequality. How wealthy are we and who holds this wealth? The following BusinessTech graph is easiest to understand:
What this graph illustrates is that we are poor country, and that redistribution is not going to change the spread of wealth much – hence the very thin BIG allocation. The fact is that we do not possess the wealth to satisfy all, and that wealth inequality has not changed since democratic rule. To address this, I believe to be outside the capacity of those who govern us.
Ironically, the commodities boom has thrown us a lifeline – look at trade balance ex the SARB:
Tax and Sasria pay-outs: Reference
There is a move by the Post office to take on courier services – the response was that the Post Office has a monopoly over postal services but not courier services. Speaking for myself: the second Post Office, servicing our area, unexpectedly closed its doors and the fact is that I will not use the postal service again. They are simply too slow and too unreliable.
Caltex is to be rebranded as Astrom
An NHI initiative (second time around) is that doctors/healthcare practitioners will have to produce a Certificate of Need to open a practice, if the proposed NHI regulations are adopted. So, is medicine a calling or a business? If you happen to stay in Sandton, why would you want to open a practice in Alexandria?
An article on the efficacy of online education may be found at: Reference. What drew my attention – look at the abstract – was that neighbourhoods, with better broadband technology fared better than others. In this respect MTN has announced plans to expand its LTE and 5G networks in the Eastern Cape. Getting better, but the poor must needs come second.
Barnabas Zulu, “Judge Hlope’s attorney” has been ordered to repay some R20m in legal fees paid to him by the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries. Whatever your opinion of this gentleman, the fact is that the Department in question was party to the miss-spend involved, and it seems unfair that he alone must bear the consequences.
What documents may be marked without prejudice: Reference
There has been criticism of the practice of those who are critical of state conduct, to involve our courts in what could well be described as political issues. The public service unions have taken on the State on public sector wages, which dispute AIDC wishes to join, on the basis that it wants to challenge the constitutionality of Ramaphosa’s “neoliberal austerity measures”. If ever there was a political argument in court…
The abduction of minor children from their habitual home and the burden of proof required to prevent a parent from communicating with his children (courtesy of adv Crots): Reference
Confusio; leases and the ownership of land…take a look-not as easy as you would imagine: Reference
Strict compliance with a deed of sale of land is required – worth a read for property practitioners: Reference
Bypassing CSOS in sectional title disputes (courtesy of STBB): Reference
What is the effect of the new sectional title legislation on the rule-based exclusive use rights? I hold an article by profs Horn & Pienaar on the topic – ask me for a copy.
The value of township RDP houses has doubled post hard-lockdown; these are now selling on average at R320k.
The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it: If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.
Franklin Roosevelt at the height of the USA Great Depression 1932
The-looters-had-no-choice-but-would-be-held-accountable Duduzane Zuma now wants to run for president. But wait, there’s more, there is his sister: Reference
Us/them: the WHO has called for a reversal of the flow of vaccines going to high-income countries to low-income countries. Now this is an issue worthy of debate: on the one hand we are all of mankind and interdependent; on the other, perhaps, if you’re poor, you are not worthy of surviving?