Brexit will be good for South Africa, according to UK High Commissioner

12 August 2019. UK High Commissioner Nigel Casey says that post-Brexit, South Africa and the SADC-Mozambique bloc will be able to negotiate one-on-one trade deals with the UK, and not be tied to European Union restrictions. South Africans need not fear Brexit as it will be good for this country, UK High Commissioner to South Africa Nigel Casey insists. Read more…


FT survey: over 60% Chinese customers willing to boycott American products

6 August 2019. More than 60% of Chinese consumers are more than willing to boycott American products from mobile phones to wine, as trade war between China and the US escalates, an FT Confidential Research survey has revealed. Read more…


Foreign investment in farmland ‘overstated’: Rabobank

25 July 2019. Foreign ownership of Australian farmland is “overstated” when measured on a dollar-value basis, according to a new report by agribusiness lender Rabobank. Read more…


Not just another BRIC in the wall

12 July 2019. The term ‘BRIC’ was originally coined in 2001 by Jim O’Neill (Goldman Sachs) as an acronym for the four rapidly developing countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China, which symbolised the shift in global economic power away from the developed G7 economies. By 2017, these economies accounted for more than 41 per cent of the world’s population – over 3 billion people. Read more…


South African sentiment moves forward

3 July 2019. Despite volatile petrol prices and costly utilities, which have placed a strain on essential living costs, South Africans managed to retain a stable outlook in Q1’19 leading to a 2-point increase in consumer confidence. Read more…


Economic Conditions Snapshot, June 2019: McKinsey Global Survey results

1 July 2019. Executives’ sentiments on the global economy are the lowest in years, amid growing concerns over trade conflicts. Meanwhile, their expectations about conditions at home remain more negative than positive. Read more…


Africa’s changemakers are blazing a trail for the rest of the world

11 June 2019. By 2025, the world’s population will grow from 7.4 billion people to 8.2 billion people, and 40% of that growth will come from Africa. Many of the next generation of Africans will be living in megacities like Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Accra, Nairobi, Cairo and Johannesburg, each of which will become a smart, digitized city in the decades to come. Read more…


Fresh Plaza News

6 June 2019. Unexpectedly strong contraction of South African economy. Read more…


Fresh Plaza News

30 May 2019. Africa free trade deal brings opportunities for cooperation with China. Read more…