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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Business Day by Peter Bruce.]

The next two months are going to be gripping for our political economy.

Public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan in the next few weeks has to reveal his plan to rescue Eskom, the government has to release its integrated resource plan (its energy source mix for the next 20 years or so), finance minister Tito Mboweni has to deliver a medium-term budget policy statement (we call it the mini-budget but it’s more important than the actual budget) towards the end of October, and the last ratings agency to deem SA debt investible, Moody’s Investors Service, passes judgment on us (or its outlook on us) in November.

We’re now at the stage where everything is critical. Decisions have to be made; on Eskom, on energy generally, on spending. Poor policy choices or appointments sink us economically and create daunting odds for the survival of Cyril Ramaphosa’s presidency.

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South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4.1% y/y in March 2020 (CPI) & +4.5 y/y in February 2020 (PPI)
-1.4% q/q (4th quarter of 2019)
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