• Infrastructure Projects in Need of speedier Administration

    21 Apr 2013
    Infrastructure Projects

    South Africa’s National Treasury has finally set up a task team with the financial services industry to find new ways to improve the funding and efficiencies of government’s ambitious fiscal and state-enterprise three-year R827bn infrastructure rollout. Many major government projects have been hamstrung by bottlenecks and delays‚ with Eskom’s continuously moving Medupi power station completion date resulting in a near tripling of costs.

    “We want to create a framework that lays out new options for how everyone in the financial sector can participate,” said Nicky Prins‚ director of capital projects at Treasury yesterday. "We need to firstly understand the requirements of the different tasks in the industry and for them to understand gov…

  • SARB Governor calls for German Model to tackle Unemployment

    19 Apr 2013
    Gill Marcus

    The recent strikes – not only in the mining industry – have shown again the high vulnerability of South African business and the detrimental influence on economy and trade balance deficit. South Africa must find ways to resolve labour disputes before they undermine the economy, SA Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus stated today at a luncheon held by the Southern African – German Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Johannesburg. “In South Africa we need to find models that enable earlier dispute resolution in the workplace before labour disputes affect the broader economy,” Marcus said. "We also need to find ways that enable the workforce to have greater knowledge of the financial affairs of the company and sector, while management needs to …

  • Proposed Debt Amnesty a Reality?

    10 Apr 2013 | Ralph M Ertner
    Debt Rating

    Almost 90% of all low income earners have an adverse credit record with such “esteemed” credit information bureaus like TPN or ITC. This owed to defaults, mostly on credit cards and shop cards, but prevents them mostly from going on with their lives, to rent a flat, get a job or simply to qualify for average contracts like cell phone or internet.

    The proposal by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the National Credit Regulator is to remove adverse credit information on debt under R10 000. The DTI stated that the intention of the amnesty is not to encourage consumers to make more debt by simply wiping their credit record, but rather to create a clean slate for consumers to improve access to jobs and housing. Consumers would …

  • Reserve Bank leaves Interest Rate unchanged

    28 Mar 2013 | Ralph M Ertner
    South African Reserve Bank

    SOUTH AFRICA has yet again left its interest rates unchanged. It did not come as a surprise but still prompts our compliments to the continued stance the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has to take. The inflationary risks are more prominent than ever ogling the ever rising petrol price but also smirking about the slap on ESKOM’s wrists, who now have to raise their money somewhere else but on the back of drained consumers. We wonder, what that will do to the Renewable Energy Procurement Programme (REIPPPP)….?

    Anyway, back to the interest rate, which – as far as the Repo Rate is concerned – remains at 5.0%, translating to 8,5% prime lending rate. (Ever wondered why you pay more than 20% for your credit card? Just count the floors of…