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Economic Digest 34 – Phase 2 of the National Infrastructure Plan by Kenny Pasensie

Government started implementing Phase 1 of the National Infrastructure Plan (NIP) in March 2022. In October this year it gazetted Phase 2 of the NIP for public comment. While Phase 1 focuses on the critical network infrastructure sectors of energy, freight transport, water and digital communications, Phase 2 will expand the focus to include a […]

Economic Digest 27: The Economic Road Ahead: It’s Looking Bleak for 2022 by Kenny Pasensie

The Old English Proverb – it never rains but it pours – best captures the South African mood regarding our economic outlook for the New Year. Record high unemployment; an interest rate hike; petrol price increases; and the aftermath of the July unrest are all forming a perfect economic storm threatening any growth prospects. The […]

Economic Digest 26: Enoch Godongwana’s MTBPS: Just like Tito’s but with better shoes by Kenny Pasensie

In an interview before delivering his first Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS, or ‘mini-budget’), the new Finance Minister jokingly said that the difference between him and his predecessor is that he wears better shoes. The mini-budget that Mr Godongwana delivered bore testament to the shoe reference – it was not much different to the […]

Economic Digest 25: Local Government Elections 2021 by Kenny Pasensie

We are asked to participate in our democracy by casting our vote in the local government elections on 1 November. Many will be wondering what the fuss is all about, who to vote for, and who the candidates are in our wards.  Hopefully the articles below can shed some light.   Economic Digest 25 Local […]

Economic Digest 24 The Green Paper that’s creating all the buzz by Kenny Pasensie

The Department of Social Development recently published, for public comment, a Green Paper on Comprehensive Social Security and Retirement Reform. In policy development, a Green Paper is akin to a shopping list that contains a wide range of proposals that may or may not become policies that the government adopts. One of the key proposals […]

Economic Digest 23: Enoch Godongwana: Finance’s newly minted coin by Kenny Pasensie

Enoch Godongwana is the new man entrusted with steering the South African economy. Not everyone is happy with his appointment, but it seems that the business community is cautiously optimistic. Who is he? What is expected of him? What is his initial thinking? The following articles answer some of these questions.Economic Digest 23 Enoch Godongwana […]

Economic Digest 21: Tackling Poverty with Innovation and Creativity by Kenny Pasensie

In June this year the CPLO published a Briefing Paper (No 523) dealing with financing options for a universal income grant (available at https://tinyurl.com/tse998ef). One of the sources of the BP was a policy brief by the Institute for Economic Justice (https://tinyurl.com/8e9z62vn). The IEJ recently published a supplement to the earlier policy brief which expands […]

Economic Digest 20 – Budget 2021: Will the Right Moves be Made? by Mr Kenny Pasensie

Budget 2021 may present a ‘zugzwang’ situation for Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni. In chess a player finds herself in a ‘zugzwang’ situation when any legal move will leave the player worse off. With all the competing economic priorities demanding equal attention from the Minister, his moves may leave some feeling hard done by. Economic Digest […]