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Sacci BCI rises in October

By: Reuters     7th November 2018 South Africa's business confidence rose for a second consecutive month in October, bolstered by higher import volumes, vehicle sales and retail sales, a survey showed on Wednesday. The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry's (Sacci) monthly business confidence index rose to 95.8 in... 

'I was there when Cabinet approved nuclear programme' – Ramaphosa 

By: News24Wire      30th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has said he was in the Cabinet meeting where the decision was taken to issue a request for proposals for the nuclear build programme in 2015. This is according to a written reply from the president in response to a question from Democratic Alliance MP David Maynier – who... 

I will try to protect Treasury from political meddling – Mboweni 

By: African News Agency      24th October 2018 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on Wednesday said he would strive to protect the National Treasury from political interference but conceded that he would be naive to think he could succeed. "I thought one thing I am going to try to do is provide political protection to National Treasury or to the... 

Infrastructure at heart of reprioritised, stimulus-aligned expenditure plan 

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2018 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has confirmed that expenditure worth R32.4-billion will be reprioritised over the coming three years in line with government’s recently released Economic Stimulus and Recovery Plan. The figure appeared to fall short of the R50-billion reprioritisation target outlined... 

Nhlanhla Nene resigns as MP 

By: News24Wire      19th October 2018 After falling on his sword as minister of finance, Nhlanhla Nene has also resigned as an MP, the African National Congress (ANC) confirmed on Friday. ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu's office received Nene's resignation letter on Friday. This follows Nene's testimony before the commission of... 

Treasury says recession, falling revenue dent public finances

By: Reuters     16th October 2018 South Africa will struggle to finance the public services that form the largest part of its budget due to falling revenues and an economic recession, the National Treasury told lawmakers on Tuesday. Africa's most industrialised economy slipped into recession in the second quarter for the first... 

Ramaphosa treads 'softly-softly' in South Africa power play 

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa is caught in an intricate game of political chess as he seeks to stamp his authority on the government while maintaining a semblance of party unity before elections next year. While his finance minister and political ally, Nhlanhla Nene, resigned Tuesday after lying... 

Jessie Duarte ‘keen’ to testify at State capture commission  

By: Sashnee Moodley     10th October 2018 The ruling African National Congress’s (ANC’s) deputy general-secretary, Jessie Duarte, said on Wednesday that she was “very keen” to testify at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture. Speaking at a media briefing around the ANC’s position on former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s... 

ANC, opposition parties welcome Mboweni, praise Nene

By: News24Wire      9th October 2018 Former South African Reserve Bank governor and newly appointed Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is highly accomplished and should be able to hit the ground running. This was the sentiment from the ANC and opposition parties after the news broke that Mboweni would replace former minister, Nhlanhla... 

Mboweni sworn in as Finance Minister, after Ramaphosa accepts Nene’s resignation   

By: Sashnee Moodley     9th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Tuesday afternoon that he had accepted Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s resignation and that former Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni would be sworn in as the new Minister with immediate effect. Ramaphosa revealed that, as a consequence of State capture... 

Ramaphosa to make statement on Nene

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa will make a statement on the fate of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene on Tuesday at 16:30, his office said, sending the rand firmer. Nene is facing calls to resign after he admitted to visiting the Gupta brothers, friends of scandal-plagued former leader Jacob Zuma who... 

Jonas is said to decline South African Finance Minister post

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2018 Mcebisi Jonas declined an offer to replace Nhlanhla Nene as South Africa’s finance minister, spurring President Cyril Ramaphosa to consider central bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago and one of his predecessors, Tito Mboweni, for the job, according to three people familiar with the matter. Jonas, a... 

Ramaphosa to make an announcement on Nene's fate 'soon' – Presidency

By: News24Wire      9th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa is concerned about the uncertainty being created in the financial markets around the fate of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, his spokesperson Khusela Diko said on Tuesday. Speaking to News24, she said Ramaphosa would make an announcement on Nene's fate "soon". She did... 

Nene's IMF trip eases fears over his future

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 Finance minister Nhlanhla Nene is traveling to Indonesia for an International Monetary Fund (IMF) meeting, the Treasury said on Tuesday, a statement that may soothe markets a day after a media report that he had asked the president to sack him. The rand fell more than one percent on Monday when... 

Nene fears worsening 'jittery' markets – Basa  

By: News24Wire      8th October 2018 Uncertainty over the future of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene is leaving markets jittery, in a development the Banking Association of South Africa (Basa) has described as "unfortunate". Basa Chairperson Mike Brown said on Monday that the markets would be watching closely if there were any change... 

President's office says 'not aware' of Nene request to be sacked

By: Reuters     8th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson said on Monday his office was not aware of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene's request to be relieved of his duties after he admitted to visiting the Gupta brothers. The rand fell more than one percent when Business Day newspaper reported Nene had asked... 

Nene pleads for S Africans’ forgiveness for Gupta meetings  

By: Sane Dhlamini     5th October 2018 Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene on Friday pleaded to South Africans to forgive him for his visits to the Gupta compound in Saxonwold, Johannesburg and their family business in Midrand during his terms as Deputy Minister, in 2010, and Finance Minister, in 2014.  His visits to the Gupta home were... 

Nene's involvement with son's business dealings questioned

By: News24Wire      5th October 2018 Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has been pulled into the orbit of a questionable investment by the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) in Mozambique, after it emerged that a business partner of his son scored millions of rand in the deal.  The Mail & Guardian and amaBhungane reported on Friday... 

Recovery is the key word

By: Terence Creamer     5th October 2018 “It’s still in the morning, it’s not a midnight special,” President Cyril Ramaphosa jested ahead of his speech at the Union Building last month to unveil the contents of government’s economic stimulus and recovery plan. While obviously light-hearted, the quirky introduction is important for two... 

Nene denies EFF allegations that he facilitated Gupta access for funding  

By: African News Agency      3rd October 2018 Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has testified that contrary to assertions by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), he did reply to their letter sent in May this year, in which he denied allegations that he was the gateway for the Guptas to access Public Investment Corporation (PIC) funding.... 

Zuma sacked me for rejecting Gupta deals – Nene

By: Reuters     3rd October 2018 Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said on Wednesday he was fired by former president Jacob Zuma for refusing to approve contracts that would financially benefit the Gupta family, friends of Zuma accused of corruption. Nene, who was giving testimony at a judicial inquiry into influence-peddling, said... 

Nene met Guptas, refused Russia nuke deal

By: Bloomberg     3rd October 2018 Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said he met repeatedly with members of the Gupta family, who have been implicated in a corruption scandal related to former President Jacob Zuma and separately was twice pressured to sign a multi-billion Russian nuclear-power deal by former Energy Minister Tina... 

Half of South Africa's stimulus plan to come from spending shift – Nene

By: Reuters     27th September 2018 South Africa's shifting budget priorities will provide roughly half of the R50-billion ($3.5-billion) in stimulus spending it plans to make by the end of its fiscal year in March, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene told Reuters. The rest of the fund would come from internal development finance... 

Gordhan: Stimulus plan all about implementation

By: News24Wire      21st September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa's newly-announced economic stimulus package has a specific focus on implementation, say economic cluster ministers Pravin Gordhan and Ebrahim Patel. Ramaphosa on Friday morning announced a raft of measures in an effort to reignite growth, restore investor confidence,... 

Ramaphosa aims to crowd in private resources for infrastructure fund

By: Terence Creamer     21st September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed the creation of a public-private infrastructure fund at the heart of an economic stimulus and recovery plan, otherwise constrained by South Africa’s serious fiscal constraints. In unveiling the plan during a briefing at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on... 

South Africa to reallocate R50bn of budget to revive economy – Ramaphosa

By: Reuters     21st September 2018 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a raft of policy reform plans on Friday, including re-prioritising R50-billion ($3.5-billion) of public spending to boost economic growth and create jobs. Africa's most industrialised economy entered recession in the second quarter for the first... 

Kingon’s contract as Sars acting commissioner extended by 3 months

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2018 Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has extended Mark Kingon’s contract as acting commissioner of the South African Revenue Service (Sars) for a further 90 days, effective September 14. The power to appoint a permanent commissioner vests with the President.  

Mabuza: 'Surgical and difficult austerity measures' may be necessary  

By: News24Wire      14th September 2018 Deputy President David Mabuza said on Friday during his address to the annual Nedlac conference in Johannesburg that the state may have to implement "surgical and difficult austerity measures”. He also called on local South African companies with cash reserves to start investing in SA, saying... 

Stimulus package to rely on efficiencies not new budgetary resources – Nene

By: Terence Creamer     13th September 2018 Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene announced on Thursday that government was “building a pipeline of investment opportunities and infrastructure projects” as part of redoubled efforts to address low levels of investment, which had been identified as the main inhibitor of growth in the... 

Don't 'discriminate' against chicken, committee hears on VAT hike

By: African News Agency      12th September 2018 Submissions on the Value-Added Tax (VAT) Panel's report to Parliament on Wednesday ranged from pleas to exempt chicken as a protein staple to imposing a special value added tax of up to 20 percent on luxury goods. The latter came from the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), who said... 

Nene to deliver mini budget on October 24 in tough economic environment 

By: News24Wire      12th September 2018 Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene will present 2018's mini budget on October 24, Parliament announced on Wednesday.  The medium-term budget policy statement, delivered in late October about four months before the main Budget the following February - includes adjusted estimates of how much government... 

Parliament to debate recession, fuel price hikes

By: News24Wire      12th September 2018 Parliament will debate record fuel prices and ideas for economic revival on Wednesday afternoon.  Last week Stats SA announced that SA had slipped into a technical recession - defined as two successive quarters of negative economic growth - for the first time since 2009.  

July manufacturing output up 2.9%

By: Reuters     11th September 2018 South Africa's industrial output expanded in July as food and motor vehicle output rose, easing pressure on an economy that recently slipped into recession and is struggling for investment amidst policy uncertainty and possible credit downgrades. The statistics agency in Africa's most... 

South Africa may miss tax take target, says finance minister

By: Reuters     10th September 2018 South Africa's tax take could well be lower than forecast this year, with a downturn in the economy exacerbating problems at the tax revenue service, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said on Monday. The country entered recession in the second quarter for the first time since 2009. 

ANC calls for immediate stimulus package as economy dips into recession  

By: News24Wire      5th September 2018 The African National Congress (ANC) has called for ‘aggressiveness’ in implementing an economic recovery package after Stats SA announced on Tuesday that South Africa had slipped into its first technical recession since 2009.  In a statement on Wednesday, the party’s subcommittee on economic... 

Collaboration required to improve South Africa’s sovereign credit rating

By: Maxine Arries     27th August 2018 Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene will, on the first day of the 2018 Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba, meet with Business Unity South Africa CEO Tanya Cohen, Federation of Unions of South Africa General Secretary Dennis George and Centre for Development and Enterprise Executive... 

Mcebisi Jonas to take stand in State capture inquiry

By: News24Wire      24th August 2018 Former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas is expected to address the commission of inquiry into State capture on Friday. Jonas claimed that the Gupta family offered him an initial R600 000 cash, and then R600-million to be given later, if he accepted the job of finance minister. He was... 

Nene unpacks SOE failures, remedial measures 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd August 2018 Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene on Tuesday addressed governance challenges in State-owned enterprises (SOEs) during a National Council of Provinces gathering, stating that rebuilding should focus on the institutions, rather than individuals. “Given the dire situation in which some of these SOEs... 

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