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In South Africa, politics weaken GDP growth, but some still optimistic

In South Africa, politics weaken GDP growth, but some still optimistic

South Africa's economy grew by 1% year on year in Q1 2017, but contracted by 0.7% quarter on quarter.

Zuma, Qatar’s Emir hold talks in Pretoria

Zuma, Qatar’s Emir hold talks in Pretoria

The two countries are pursuing the establishment of a joint SA-Qatar Investment Fund in cooperation with Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund.

South Africa: Despite slipping rand, business mood upbeat

South Africa: Despite slipping rand, business mood upbeat

But to sustain growth, market structure should be reformed; education and training enhanced to competitive levels.

Ratings downgrade looms after South African cabinet reshuffle

Ratings downgrade looms after South African cabinet reshuffle

The new Finance Minister is 45-year-old Malusi Knowledge Nkanyezi Gigaba, previously Minister of Home Affairs.

South Africa current account deficit narrows to 1.7% of GDP in Q4 2016

South Africa current account deficit narrows to 1.7% of GDP in Q4 2016

A current account deficit implies that the country’s domestic production is unable to keep pace with domestic demand.

Inventory reduction gap hits South Africa GDP growth

Inventory reduction gap hits South Africa GDP growth

But PMI manufacturing data for the first two months of 2017 suggests better manufacturing production conditions.

BRICS push back against EU, US on drug patents

BRICS push back against EU, US on drug patents

BRICS want to protect the flexibility in TRIPS and support the UN's High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines.

Larger maize harvest will boost South Africa’s economic growth – Agbiz

Larger maize harvest will boost South Africa’s economic growth – Agbiz

Agbiz expects the rate of food inflation to decrease significantly, especially from the third quarter onward.

BRICS important in Africa’s power supply equation – experts

BRICS important in Africa’s power supply equation – experts

The World Bank study showed that China is a significant player, while India and Russia are just starting.

South Africa High Court blocks Zuma’s ICC withdrawal

South Africa High Court blocks Zuma’s ICC withdrawal

The ICC strongly criticised the government of President Jacob Zuma for not arresting Sudanese leader Omar Bashir.