The challenges are clear; working together we can turn things around
POSTED ON: October 30, 2019 IN Economic policy by Admin
The MTBPS has brought home how serious our financial predicament is. All social partners, including business, labour and civil society will have to work together to turn around what has become an entrenched low growth trend. BLSA is ready to play its part in developing the solutions needed to put South Africa back onto a growth path that will deliver our people a better future, free of poverty.
Gordhan’s Eskom plan a positive step towards sustainability
POSTED ON: October 29, 2019 IN Energy by Admin
All South Africans stand to benefit from a reliable, low-cost electricity supply industry that can support the development of the economy. We look forward to further development of the future scenario for Eskom, including details on the financial plan to stabilise the utility’s balance sheet and the appointment of a permanent CEO to deliver on that the roadmap.
“Mini Budget” preview – mini in name only
POSTED ON: October 28, 2019 IN Economic policy by Admin
In years past, this week’s speech – that doesn’t carry as much weight as the February budget – was primarily seen as a marker in calendars of just when the state would be unofficially going on its summer holidays. It couldn’t be more different now as it will serve as a statement of intent of Ramaphosa’s first administration, and perhaps the constant date changes bear testimony to its importance – we hope.
Integrated Resource Plan: we welcome the certainty, but worry about coal and nuclear hold on ANC politics
POSTED ON: October 20, 2019 IN Energy by Admin
Despite our reservations about the planned coal and nuclear future and further expansions because of cost, environmental and perhaps unavoidable political considerations, we welcome the clear path being set in the IRP for the industry – and for the clear role for investors to play in shaping our energy future. This week’s load-shedding serves no better reminder of the urgency of the matter.
Reserve Bank nationalisation: a political debate that won’t die
POSTED ON: October 18, 2019 IN Economic policy, Political economy, Politics by Admin
The loss of unambiguous independence of the bank in its oversight of financial stability would potentially put South Africa at odds with international obligations and risk its continued access to the global financial system. SA is highly dependent on foreign capital inflows to finance its budget and current account deficits.
Prescribed assets? There are more productive options to spur growth
POSTED ON: October 16, 2019 IN Economic policy by Admin
Prescribed assets primarily will divert savings from the private sector to the public sector, reducing private sector investment. It is also a challenge to the principle of property rights, effectively expropriating the savings of a certain segment of the public.