IMF revises South Africa’s growth forecast down for 2021

9 December 2021. The IMF on Wednesday estimated an output rebound of about 4.6 percent for 2021, down from the 5 percent projection it made in October. Read more…


Level 1 relief: Alcohol industry reliant on December trade to recover

27 November 2021. South Africa’s alcohol industry has welcomed the government’s decision to increase vaccination mobilisation in response to the Omicron variant of Covid-19, as outlined in President Ramaphosa’s address to the nation on Sunday night, and to maintain the country on Alert Level 1 and permit the sale of alcohol as per normal licence conditions. Read more…


The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA)

25 November 2021. 13 countries urged to ratify trade deal. Read more…


PPECB now requires BEE certificates for export

16 November 2021. The Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB) will require that all exporters submit their Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) certification with their applications for export permits. According to the PPECB website, certificates need to be submitted to local PPECB local offices by 1 December 2021. Read more…


What EU’s farm-to-fork strategy will mean for SA agriculture

2 November 2021. The European Union’s (EU) Farm-to-Fork Strategy is set to be implemented in 2022 and will come with an additional layer of regulations, which will have an impact on South Africa (SA). As background, the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and Mozambique-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) of 2016, enhanced market access benefits for SA. Read more…


Electricity cuts deep as South Africa approaches elections

28 October 2021. Read more…


SA falls down in ranking of Economic Freedom of the World Report

15 September 2021.  South Africa slipped down the rankings of the Economic Freedom of the World: 2021 Annual Report, falling into 84th position out of 165 countries. Read more…