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Economy
With so much two way air traffic, the mystery of “overseas” has dissipated. But as I have found in regular visits back to South Africa, the relative cost of living between countries is still a lively topic. My take: a basket of groceries in the UK is now pretty close to what you’ll pay in...
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By Alec Hogg I love the way trade & industry minister Rob Davies articulated the difference between Davos in 2017 and 2018. Last year, he says, foreigners sought him out simply to air grievances. Meetings with multinationals were full of negative energy. Davies’s guests mostly wanted someone to hear about their unhappiness. This year in...
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GOOD NEWS! SA TOP EMERGING MARKET 2018 Being in Davos makes it impossible to ignore the seismic shifts in our warp speed world. Over breakfast I heard how the blockchain will transform everything from payment systems to how we trade assets. At dusk I was absorbing gifted author/professor Yuval Noah Harari’s perspectives on how to...
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South Africa ranked one of Africa’s top entrepreneurial nations  March 2017: South Africa has been named one of sub-Saharan Africa’s entrepreneurial frontrunners, after a global report placed the country in second place, after African counterpart Botswana. According to the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem of South Africa: A Strategy for Global Leadership Report, researched and produced by the...
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MOODY’S DECISION TO MAINTAIN SOVEREIGN RATING IMPROVES SOUTH AFRICA’S PROSPECTS OF KEEPING ITS INVESTMENT GRADE Cape Town, 26 November 2016: The decision by Moody’s on Friday, 25 November 2016, to leave South Africa’s sovereign credit rating unchanged at two notches above junk status is another welcome reprieve, providing an extended window to rebuild confidence in...
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By The South African A stagnate job market and an expected growth of less than 2% does not seem extremely glamorous upon first glance to potential investors. Yet, South Africa may prove to be the pinnacle of hope if we are to have any confidence at all. The startup climate in both Johannesburg and Cape...
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by ENCA PRETORIA – The overwhelming sentiment emanating from the 2016 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, is that investors continue to see South Africa as a preferred investment destination, the presidency said on Saturday. During the WEF, Team SA had high-level interactions including bilateral discussions. Zuma hosted global investors during a session of...
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South Africa’s struggling power utility Eskom has marked 30 straight days without imposing rolling power cuts, providing a spark of hope to an economy on the brink of recession. To prevent the national grid from collapse, state-run Eskom has been forced to resort to controlled power outages known locally as “load shedding”. “Eskom has not...
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From time to time, I see this sort of thing appearing on my Twitter timeline: …accompanied by much bewailing of the state of the nation, as well as accusations of “plundering” and “lost value”. Usually made by whatever the South African version is of angry white republicans from Iowa. I mean, firstly: Between 1973 and 1994,...
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South Africa’s critical skills list is a comprehensive outline of professions that have been deemed to be in demand by the country. While many of the jobs you’ll likely be familiar with, here are ten listed occupations that might come as a surprise to you 1. Sheep Shearer As the name suggests, Sheep Shearers are charged...
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Steuart as a Speaker

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Steuart has done some 500 talks on South Africa's progress since 1994 and SA's prospects for the future'