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Bumper harvest helps keep economy afloat

Bumper harvest helps keep economy afloat

The South African economy grew by 2,0% in the third quarter of 2017 (seasonally adjusted and annualised), down from a revised 2,8% in the second quarter. Agriculture, mining and manufacturing were the main drivers of the expansion, while there was a contraction in general government services resulting from low employment numbers in the public sector. After recording an increase of 38,7% in the second quarter, the agriculture industry continued to power ahead, expanding by 44,2% in the third quarter. This is the largest quarterly jump in agriculture production since the second quarter of 1996. Increased production of field crops and horticultural products were the main contributors to growth, with notable increases in the production of maize and vegetable products. This season’s maize crop is expected to be the largest on record. The Crop Estimates Committee  have pegged commercial maize production for this season at 16,74 million tonnes, more than double the 7,78 million tonnes produced last year (2015/16), and higher than the current record of 14,66 million tonnes harvested in 1980/81.2 Mining and manufacturing were the other major contributors to economic growth in the third quarter. Increased gold and platinum production saw the mining industry grow by 6,6%, while the 4,3% rise in manufacturing was spurred on by increased production of both petroleum and metal products. Fi
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Why Do People Choose To Live In South Africa?

Johannesburg, 23 November 2017 – Globally mobile individuals, also known as expatriates or ‘expats’, who choose to live and work in South Africa, cite the adventure (74%), a better quality of life (72%), or to gain international experience (67%) as their reasons for accepting assignments in the country. These reasons are likely to be similar for expats living and working throughout Africa, given the continent’s rapidly evolving markets and abundant natural beauty. sa-good-news-expats This is according to the 2017 Cigna 360° Well-being Survey, which looks at the health, well-being, and sense of security among 2 000 expats living in 20 markets across five continents. Expats around the world, including those working in South Africa, share a high level of concern about the quality of medical care available in the countries they are in. With this in mind, more than half of these individuals consider medical insurance coverage to be a very important factor when considering a move overseas. Perceptions of physical, financial, social, family and work health among expats were also examined and compared with all working people in the 2017 survey. “Our 360° Well-being Survey captures the sentiments of an expat environment that is rapidly evolving. Overseas assign
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South Africa’s GDP grew by 2% due to agriculture

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa’s economy expanded 2% in the third quarter of the year down from an upwardly revised 2.8% recorded in the second quarter – but still beat market expectations of a 1.5% rise. The agricultural sector showed the biggest growth in the quarter under review surging 14.9% quarter on quarter- its biggest quarterly growth in 21 years. Higher production of field crops and horticultural products did most of the heavy lifting in the agricultural sector. Statistics South Africa said the nominal gross domestic product (GDP) grew R1.2 trillion in the third quarter, R22bn more than in the second quarter. Mining was up R7bn to R83bn, while manufacturing was up R9bn in the quarter to R140bn.  However, electricity was down R6bn to R39bn in the period.  Mining production in petroleum and basic metals divisions resulted in the secondary sector recording 2.1 percent in the third quarter. Macroeconomics statistics website Trading Economics said GDP Growth Rate in South Africa averaged 2.83 percent from 1993 until 2017, reaching an all-time high of 7.60 percent in the fourth quarter of 1994 and a record low of -6.10 percent in the first quarter of 2009.
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8 ways Ramaphosa plans to fix South Africa’s economy

After winning a bruising battle for control of South Africa’s ruling party, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa now faces an even more daunting task: rebuilding an economy battered by years of misrule, corruption and the appointment of incompetent officials. Ramaphosa has pledged to reignite growth, rebuild investor confidence and tackle a 28 percent unemployment rate. He’ll be the African National Congress’s presidential candidate in 2019 elections but could take over running the country even sooner should President Jacob Zuma make an early exit. Here’s what he plans to do:
Create at least 1 million jobs within five years Jobs will become the centerpiece of government policy. Special economic zones will be established and tax reforms and other incentives introduced to encourage manufacturers to hire. The government will also repair its relationship with the mining industry and provide it with greater policy certainty in a bid to persuade them to take on more workers. A youth-employment program will be scaled up to provide 1 million paid internships to unemployed people within three years.
Prioritize growth and investment The government will target 3 percent economic growth next year, up from about 0.7 percent this year, and 5 percent by 2023. It will take urgent measures to repair investor confidence, including improving institutional stability, restoring the credibility of the criminal-justice s