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Putin South Africa
  • South Africa says Russian President Vladimir Putin will skip planned BRICS summit in Johannesburg in August.
  • Since he was charged with war crimes by the ICC in March for kidnapping children from Ukraine, Putin has avoided travelling.
  • On July 15, Putin talked with Ramaphosa on BRICS and the status of the Black Sea grain deal.

South Africa says Russian President Vladimir Putin will skip planned BRICS summit in Johannesburg next month because of his ICC arrest warrant. South Africa, which was facing a major diplomatic challenge on whether to arrest Putin, says it has requested the Russian President to stay away from the summit.

Putin was charged with war crimes by the ICC in March for the kidnapping of children from Ukraine. Since then, Putin has been avoiding travelling to all nations that are party to the court’s treaty.

Following a “mutual agreement,” the office of South African President Cyril …

Infrastructure development in Africa

Population growth and economic development have necessitated speeding up and scaling up infrastructure development in Africa. Over 28 African nations have seen population growth of more than double in the last 30 years. The population of 26 other African countries will quadruple over the next 30 years. Consequently, funding for the continent’s infrastructure has become essential.…

South Africa Power Crisis
  • Energy experts project that South Africa requires injection of no less than 6,000MW to keep industry lights on.
  • The country's severe power crisis is expected to persist until 2025. Experts say a five-year timeline is needed to overcome power outages.
  • This year's GDP will further decline to 1.2% from 2.3% in 2022, and there is a 45% chance of recession largely due to electricity crisis.

An ominous cloud hangs over South Africa economy, which dodged recession in the three months to March, as experts say the roiling electricity crisis will persist until 2025. As if that is not enough bad news to the industry, it will take about five years to eliminate power outages in the country.

Currently, South Africa is paying a huge price following utility, Eskom's overreliance on ailing coal power plants to supply electricity. These coal power plants account for over three quarters of South Africa's electricity…

Johannesburg South Africa
  • Experts warn South Africa’s growth is too low to create enough jobs to absorb new workers entering the labor market.
  • The country’s fiscal position is projected to deteriorate due to weakening mineral revenue. Utility Eskom’s debt bailout, wage bill, and rising debt pile more pressure.
  • As a result, public debt is not expected to stabilise. And headline inflation will return to the midpoint of the target range by end 2024.

South Africa’s real GDP growth is projected at 0.1 percent in 2023, reflecting a significant increase in the intensity of power outages, and weaker commodity prices and external environment.

According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), annual growth is expected at about 1.5 per cent over the medium term. The country is under vice-like grip of long-standing structural impediments.

South Africa’s power outage woes

For instance, South Africa is struggling with product and labor market rigidities. It …

View of the table mountain in Cape Town.
  • A new $273,716 Growth for Jobs Tourism Challenge Fund seeks to grow South Africa’s tourism numbers by engaging SMEs.
  • The fund will support regional and local tourism organisations, industry associations, and district and local authorities
  • The target SMEs are expected to grow and expand their tourism product offerings.

South Africa has lined up a $273,716 fund to empower small businesses in the tourism sector to enhance their offerings. The $273,716 Growth for Jobs Tourism Challenge Fund will grow South Africa’s tourism numbers through local small businesses. 

Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities Mireille Wenger said the fund will power the sector’s future growth by removing barriers. 

“Our tourism and hospitality sector was hit hard by the COVID pandemic. But, it has seen a remarkable recovery with international arrivals reaching 100 percent of their 2019 figures in February this year,” she noted. 

Wenger added that this would be achieved by helping

South Africa Manufacturing sector
  • For South Africa, there may be no growth in 2023. Indeed, the country is likely to have slumped into a technical recession in Q1 2023.
  • Absa Group survey shows South Africa’s power cuts are hitting the manufacturing sector hard.
  • A sustained drop in factory output may result in job losses, eroding the economy further.

South Africa’s manufacturing activity continued to contract in April, albeit at a slower pace than in the preceding two months. The seasonally-adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) hit 49.8 points in April  2023, up from 48.1 points in March. It, however, remained below the critical 50-point mark for the third straight month, indicating contraction in the sector.

This modest improvement was attributed to companies building up their inventories. Absa noted that the manufacturing sector faced yet another challenging month in April, with power cuts hindering output.

Eskom, the struggling state-owned utility, has imposed almost daily electricity …

China's role in Africa external debt

In the last 20 years, Africa’s external debt has grown fivefold to about $700 billion. According to Chatham House, a policy centre in London, Chinese lenders account for about 12 per cent of that amount. As of November 2022, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank considered 22 low-income African countries to either be in debt distress or facing potential external debt distress.…

BRICS currency challenging US dollar's dominance in international trade

In recent months, the discourse about de-dollarisation has gained momentum. The sanctions against Russia have exposed the danger of over-dependence on the US dollar in international trade. The recent foreign exchange challenges have also recharged the growing efforts to bolster other currencies.

De-dollarisation could soon become a reality. A BRICS substitute to the dollar could enjoy high prospects for success, a former White House adviser, Joseph Sullivan, has noted. Sullivan served as a staff economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers during the Trump administration. According to him, a potential BRICS currency poses a unique threat to the dominance of the US dollar in international trade.…

BRICS nations championing the de-dollarization of international trade.

The global financial landscape has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent times. Remarkably, the issue of the de-dollarization of international trade is slowly but steadily gathering momentum. A rising trend toward de-dollarization is challenging the longstanding supremacy of the United States in the international financial system. As the dominant global reserve currency, the US dollar remains pivotal in international trade, investment, and financial transactions.…

The SA Revenue Service (SARS) has exceeded the 2022 revenue collection by R123 billion after collecting a net revenue of R1.687 trillion in the financial year that ended in March 2023.
  • The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has exceeded the 2022 revenue collection by R123 billion after collecting a net revenue of R1.687 trillion in the financial year that ended in March 2023.
  • Gross tax revenue collected exceeded R2 trillion for the first time after gross revenue rose to R 2.068 trillion over the same period.
  • The gross revenue collected excludes the refunds of R381.1billion, an 18.7 per cent growth or an increase of R60 billion from 2022.

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has reported an impressive growth of 7.9 per cent in net revenue for the 2022/2023 financial year. The net revenue collected by SARS represents year-on-year an increase of 7.9 per cent over the net 2022 amount of R1563.8 billion ($872 billion).

SARS collected a record gross amount of R2067.8 billion. The net collection after payment of R381.1 billion in refunds is R1686.7 billion. This is the …