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  • Zimbabwe shuts South Africa's gateway into Africa
  • Last week, the Zimbabwean Government implemented a law causing major unrest in the border towns of Zimbabwe and South Africa. The introduction of Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016 (SI64) restricts the import of certain goods from South Africa into Zimbabwe. This includes items like plastic pipes, doors, bottled water, window frames, baked beans, potato chips... Even peanut butter got the cut. ... ››› more
  • [07 July 2016]
  • New vehicle sales in South Africa continue to slide
  • Yesterday, the Department of Trade and Industry released its new vehicle sales data for September. The data showed that new vehicle sales in South Africa are under severe pressure, but the export market continues to improve. Let's take a closer look at what the data showed… Domestic new vehicle sales dropped 9% The Department of Trade and Industry showed that South African new veh... ››› more
  • [02 October 2015]
  • South Africa's trade deficit balloons as exports wane
  • Yesterday, SARS released its trade data for the month of August. The trade deficit grew to nine times greater than July's deficit and was much greater than economists forecast. So what led to the trade deficit widening so much? Let's take a closer look… The trade deficit widens to R9.95 billion The trade deficit grew from R1.1 billion in July to R9.95 billion in August, report... ››› more
  • [01 October 2015]
  • South Africa's trade deficit grows to R2.51 billion in April
  • Earlier today, SARS released its trade data for April. Even though the data showed the trade deficit actually worsened last month, it was better than forecast. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… Trade data for April wasn’t as bad as expected In April, the “trade deficit widened to R2.5 billion,” says Bloomberg. This was down to exports declining “more tha... ››› more
  • [29 May 2015]
  • The trade deficit narrows, but was wider than expected
  • Earlier today, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) released its trade account data for February. The data showed that the deficit narrowed significantly from January. This was thanks to a strong rise in exports. But the trade deficit was higher than economists predicted. Let's take a closer look at what the data showed… The trade deficit for February was R8.48 billion SARS... ››› more
  • [31 March 2015]
  • South Africa's current account deficit narrows to 5.1% of GDP
  • This morning, the South African Reserve Bank released its current account data for the final three months of last year. The figures were better than economists were expecting. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… The current account deficit narrowed as exports rose The current account deficit shrank more than forecast in the last three months of last year, reports F... ››› more
  • [17 March 2015]
  • BHP Billiton and Transnet enter a R24 billion deal
  • Earlier today, Transnet announced that it had entered a new deal with diversified miner BHP Billiton. The deal is worth R24 billion and is for the duration of ten years. Let's take a closer look at the agreement… The coal contract will last ten years Earlier today, Transnet and BHP Billiton “signed a ten-year R24 billion coal transporting contract,” reports Fin24. Transnet is ... ››› more
  • [30 September 2014]
  • President Zuma attends the US-African Leaders Summit to drum up more investment and trade
  • Yesterday, President Jacob Zuma arrived in Washington. President Zuma is attending the US-African Leaders Summit along with nearly 50 other African heads of state. President Zuma's main aim at the summit is to encourage more investment and trade between South Africa and the US. And to assist securing other Africa-wide initiatives. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The thre... ››› more
  • [04 August 2014]
  • What do drugs and nickel have in common?
  • Indonesia is famous for taking a hard line when it comes to banning substances. And in January it implemented another ban. But this time, the ban is not on bringing things into the country, it's on taking things out. You see, the country is the largest producer of nickel - A key metal in the production of stainless steel. And it's now banned the export of nickel ore. But this has created ... ››› more
  • [20 June 2014]
  • New vehicle sales plunge again… A sure sign of an economy under pressure
  • Yesterday, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA (NAAMSA) released figures for vehicle sales in May. The data showed that sales of new vehicles fell sharply last month following a steep fall in April. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… New vehicle sales fall 9.2% NAAMSA revealed that “total new vehicle sales dropped last month by 9.2% year-on-year,” says IO... ››› more
  • [03 June 2014]
  • South Africa's trade deficit balloons sending the rand weaker
  • Earlier today, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) released its data on South Africa's trade balance for April. The data showed that the deficit widened from March to April. So what's contributing to this burgeoning trade deficit? And why did the rand weaken on the news? Let's take a closer look… The trade deficit widened nearly R2 billion The trade deficit grew to R13.03 billion las... ››› more
  • [30 May 2014]
  • SA's trade account shows a massive deficit in January
  • Earlier today, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) released the trade account data for January. The numbers showed that after recording a surplus in December, the trade account recorded a huge deficit last month. Let's take a closer look at why this happened… The trade account reflected a R17.1 billion deficit For January, the trade account revealed a “deficit of R17.06 billion,” r... ››› more
  • [28 February 2014]
  • Why China's trying to get you out of its currency…
  • Last week we saw an unusual development as the Chinese Renminbi recorded its biggest monthly drop since 2007. But when you take a closer look at the situation, the Chinese government doesn't seem concerned about its weakening currency. In fact, it looks like it's actually trying to weaken it. But why would China do this. And what does it mean for you as a Forex trader?   So what’s ... ››› more
  • [28 February 2014]
  • The AMCU rejects a revised pay offer after talks
  • Yesterday, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) left the final day of government mediated talks with the big three platinum producers with a new wage offer in hand. But this morning, the union says it rejects the wage offer. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… A week has passed since members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) downed... ››› more
  • [30 January 2014]
  • Kumba's share price soars on the back of higher expected earnings
  • Earlier today, Kumba Iron Ore released a trading statement. The company said that it expects its earnings for the full year to come in 20% higher. Kumba's share price has risen on the back of the news. Let's take a closer look at what the trading statement revealed… Kumba Iron Ore says that “it expects full-year earnings to rise by as much as 20%,” reports Fin24. The iron ore producer says... ››› more
  • [17 December 2013]
  • Sales of new cars continue to ebb
  • Yesterday, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA (NAAMSA) released its figures on vehicle sales for the month of November. The data showed that vehicle sales continue to be under pressure. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… In November, the sales of new vehicles continued to slow, reports Fin24. This is due to “a slowing economy, strike related problems ... ››› more
  • [03 December 2013]
  • The current account deficit for the third quarter is the worst for 5 years
  • Earlier today, the Reserve Bank released its Quarterly Bulletin. In the report, the Reserve Bank revealed that the current account deficit has climbed to nearly 7% of gross domestic product (GDP). Let's take a closer look at why the current account deficit widened… The “current account recorded its biggest deficit in five years in the third quarter,” reports Fin24. This is down to a weak r... ››› more
  • [03 December 2013]
  • The EU bans citrus imports from SA on fears of disease spreading
  • Earlier today, it emerged that the European Union has now banned the majority of imports of citrus fruits from South Africa. This follows growing concerns about the spread of a fungal disease that affects citrus fruits. The disease currently doesn't affect European crops. Let's take a closer look at what the ban means… Today, the EU “banned most imports of South African citrus” over concer... ››› more
  • [28 November 2013]
  • The EU takes a step closer to banning the import of SA's citrus fruit
  • The European Union threats to ban the import of South African citrus fruit into the region look to be materialising. With 40% of our exports of citrus fruit destined for Europe, a ban would have a devastating impact on the industry. But why does the EU want to ban our citrus fruit? Let's take a closer look at what's going on… “The EU is preparing a ban on South African citrus imports," says ... ››› more
  • [19 November 2013]
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