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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Business Day by Karl Gernetzky.]

The rand may now come under more pressure after yet another spike in political risk in Europe, where banks have in recent years been recovering from financial crises.

This means investors will probably be looking even more critically at emerging market equities in coming months, with the JSE already under pressure from a rising dollar and expectations of global synchronised monetary policy tightening.

On Wednesday, the JSE failed to capitalise on a global relief rally, despite the rand bouncing back from a sharp sell-off on Tuesday, when risk aversion swept through the market due to uncertainty in the eurozone.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
5.2% y/y in November 2018 (CPI) & +6.8 y/y in November 2018 (PPI)
2.2% q/q (3rd quarter of 2018)
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