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    1. Fast FT

      July 7, 2016

      IMF slashes South Africa growth forecast to 0.1%

      The IMF is set to cut its growth forecasts for South Africa for the second time in three months, as low commodity...

    2. July 3, 2016

      South Africa on track to avert junk status

      South Africa will defy market expectations a second time by avoiding a ratings downgrade to junk this year, according...

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    1. June 13, 2016

      South Africa: relief all round

      At last, some good news for South Africa. Actually, two pieces of cheer and a further sliver of bad news. On the...

    2. June 3, 2016

      South Africa avoids feared downgrade to junk status

      South Africa avoided a feared downgrade to its credit rating to junk status on Friday, in a reprieve to officials who...

    3. June 1, 2016

      South Africa stares junk status in the face

      In the weeks after President Jacob Zuma triggered a crisis that wiped billions off the country’s markets and sent the...

    4. May 17, 2016

      South Africa minister denies ‘espionage’ charges

      Pravin Gordhan, South Africa’s finance minister, hit out at government officials he believes are seeking to intimidate...

    5. Fast FT

      May 16, 2016

      Rand drops to two-month low on finance minister arrest rumours

      South Africa’s currency is taking a hit today after the government was forced to deny its finance minister faces the...

    6. May 15, 2016

      S Africa presidency denies finance minister faces arrest

      South Africa’s presidency has dismissed a report that Pravin Gordhan, the finance minister, faces “imminent arrest” as...

    7. March 18, 2016

      Zuma must be pushed to rescue South Africa

      Amid an economic downturn and the threat of its sovereign debt being reduced to junk status, South Africa faces a...

    8. Fast FT

      March 17, 2016

      Rand climbs further after South Africa raises key interest rate

      The South African Reserve Bank has raised its benchmark rate 0.25 percentage points to 7 per cent – a supportive move...

    9. Fast FT

      March 17, 2016

      South African rates: in the shade of political soap opera

      High drama in South African politics is grabbing all the attention at the moment, but it’s also the South African...

    10. March 16, 2016

      South African currency’s slide extends on political tension

      Political tensions are eroding the gains South Africa’s rand has reaped from the bounce in commodity prices, as a...

    11. Fast FT

      March 16, 2016

      Rand slides for third day as finmin-police spat continues

      The rand is sliding for the third consecutive day today amid an intensifying dispute between South Africa’s finance...

    12. March 15, 2016

      Rand falls as South Africa minister’s conflict with police escalates

      The South African rand fell 3 per cent per cent on Tuesday as a dispute between Pravin Gordhan, the finance minister,...

    13. Fast FT

      March 15, 2016

      South African rand slides amid finmin spat with police

      South Africa’s rand plummeted by more than 3 per cent against the dollar on Tuesday as a dispute dramatically escalated...

    14. February 26, 2016

      South Africa finance minister accuses opponents of intimidation

      Pravin Gordhan, South Africa’s finance minister, launched an extraordinary attack against political enemies whom he...

    15. February 26, 2016

      South Africa must end state-led patronage

      South Africa used to be the great hope of Africa. When the African National Congress came to power in 1994, its task...

    16. Fast FT

      February 26, 2016

      Rand dives 3.3% amid Zuma tensions

      The wheels have really come off the rand in the last hour as tensions flare within Jacob Zuma’s government. The rand...

    17. Fast FT

      February 25, 2016

      Rand bounces after S&P soothes downgrade fears

      The South African rand is enjoying a bounce after Standard & Poor’s soothed fears the country’s credit rating is on the...

    18. February 24, 2016

      South Africa outlines tax rises to stave off downgrade threat

      Pravin Gordhan, South Africa’s finance minister, on Wednesday announced a series of tax rises and government spending...

    19. Fast FT

      February 24, 2016

      South Africa curbs government spending in new budget

      Pravin Gordhan, South Africa’s finance minister, on Wednesday announced a series of taxes rises, including a new levy...

    20. February 22, 2016

      Gordhan faces budget battle to restore faith in South Africa

      When Pravin Gordhan, South Africa’s finance minister, gives his budget on Wednesday, he not only has to deliver on the...

    21. February 1, 2016

      South Africa finance minister pledges to defend credit rating

      South Africa’s finance minister has pledged to defend the country’s credit rating and avoid the damaging consequences...

    22. January 28, 2016

      South Africa raises interest rates for second time in two months

      South Africa’s central bank raised interest rates for the second time in two months and slashed its growth forecast...

    23. January 7, 2016

      South Africa: Self-inflicted wounds

      When Jacob Zuma takes the stage on Saturday to deliver his first major speech of the year, South Africa’s president can...

    24. December 21, 2015

      S Africa finance minister rejects airline bid to recast deal

      Pravin Gordhan, South Africa’s new finance minister, has rejected attempts by South African Airways, the state-owned...

    25. December 20, 2015

      Pravin Gordhan pledges to keep a grip on South Africa’s spending

      Pravin Gordhan, South Africa’s new finance minister, has pledged to keep a firm grip on government spending and ensure...

    26. December 16, 2015

      Jacob Zuma’s blunder gives reformers a chance

      The precarious path along which South Africa has been travelling during Jacob Zuma’s presidency is no secret. But by...

    27. December 16, 2015

      Jacob Zuma faces major challenge to regain South Africans’ trust

      When President Jacob Zuma replaced two finance ministers and reappointed a third in less than a week, he triggered an...

    28. December 15, 2015

      The high price of Jacob Zuma’s politicking

      Today should end better for Jacob Zuma than last Wednesday. Then, hours after a cabinet meeting dominated by his...

    29. December 15, 2015

      ANC rallies round Jacob Zuma after finance minister debacle

      South Africa’s ruling African National Congress rallied round President Jacob Zuma yesterday in the wake of a debacle...

    30. December 14, 2015

      South Africa’s Zuma counts cost of fiasco over finance minister

      As the rand tumbled and billions of dollars were wiped off the local stock market, a wave of anger within senior ranks...

    31. December 14, 2015

      South Africa bond market faces test

      South Africa’s attempt to quell investor disaffection by installing its third finance minister in less than a week is...

    32. December 14, 2015

      New South Africa finance minister seeks to calm market turmoil

      Pravin Gordhan, South Africa’s third finance minister in less than a week, insisted on Monday that the government was...

    33. December 14, 2015

      Jacob Zuma in sudden U-turn over South Africa finance minister

      Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s president, has reappointed Pravin Gordhan as finance minister in the wake of a huge backlash...

    34. Fast FT

      December 14, 2015

      South Africa: Damage done or lessons learned?

      Well that escalated quickly. I mean, that really got out of hand fast. It has been a year-end stress test for South...

    35. Fast FT

      December 14, 2015

      Zuma's FinMin backflip sends rand zoom-zooming

      South Africa’s currency has jumped after president Jacob Zuma on Sunday installed the country’s second finance minister...

    36. December 9, 2015

      South African rand dives after finmin sacking

      A shock move by the South African government to replace its finance minister has sent the rand into a tailspin. The...

    37. beyondbrics

      May 26, 2014

      Zuma's new cabinet: can it deliver?

      After much speculation and hours of waiting Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s president, finally announced his new cabinet on...

    38. May 25, 2014

      Jacob Zuma announces new South African cabinet

      Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s president, announced sweeping changes to his new cabinet on Sunday, including new...

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