A look at the Repo Rate cut and its effect on households

29 May 2020, 2:40 PM
A week ago the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) sliced its key repo rate by 50bps to 3.75% during its May meeting.
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Winnie Mandela and the Arms Deal 10 April 2018, 4:21 PM

The death of Winnie Madikezela-Mandela, the charging of former president Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thomson CSF/Thint/Thales with corruption, and the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Chris Hani have combined to bring South Africa’s arms deal scandal back into renewed focus. Coinciding with these events, the long-delayed release of Evelyn Groenink’s book Incorruptible […]

‘Coalition governments are discouraging’ 7 April 2018, 9:15 AM

Political analyst Sethulago Matebesi says what is happening in areas that opposition parties have entered into coalition governments is discouraging.

Democratic Alliance in the Doldrums 6 April 2018, 8:26 PM

The Democratic Alliance (DA) finds itself in an unenviable phase of stagnation. As it approaches its Federal Congress of 7-8 April 2018 it is bogged down in identity battles.

Book of condolence #RIPWinnieMandela 5 April 2018, 12:30 PM

Write your message of in our book of condolence following Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's death.

Fare thee well Winnie Madikizela- Mandela, you were one of a kind 4 April 2018, 5:00 PM

A legendary photographer who dedicated his career filming the activities of reggae band Bob Marley & the Wailers was asked about the relationship between Marley and his right-hand man, Peter Tosh.

“DA’s decision for leader position not to be contested wise” 29 March 2018, 4:42 PM

Political analyst Elvis Masoga says the opposition party DA has taken a wise decision for a position of the party leader not to be contested.

Free trade zone signals new dawn for Africa’s autonomy 29 March 2018, 2:43 PM

Fifty-three African Heads of States recently met in Kigali, the scenery capital of Rwanda for their 10th Extraordinary Summit of the AU. They met to mull over the final details of their mooted continental free trade zone, an economically viable possibility ostensibly geared towards collective development of the continent and indeed the African child. It […]

Mmusi Maimane breathes life into DA 27 March 2018, 4:56 PM

Mmusi Maimane’s election in the DA signifies that the DA has socialised its members – who are overwhelmingly white and coloured

Our democracy is not working – but the Constitution is important – report 23 March 2018, 6:36 PM

Six out of every 10 South Africans are dissatisfied with our democracy. This is the finding of a major survey of almost 25,000 diverse South Africans conducted by the Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) in 2016, which is to be released on Monday, 26 March 2018, at the Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. Perhaps not surprisingly […]

Former President Jacob Zuma.
Zuma trial means that his toxic legacy will haunt South Africa for some time 23 March 2018, 9:05 AM

James Hamill considers the decision by Shaun Abrahams, head of South Africa’s NPA, to charge former president Jacob Zuma.

Michel Temer
Water the right of each of us,the challenge of all 22 March 2018, 12:55 PM

Access to drinking water and basic sanitation is a right and one of the sustainable development goals of the United Nations.

Remembering the Sharpville massacre 58 years later 22 March 2018, 8:45 AM

The 21st of March marked the 58th Anniversary of the Sharpeville tragedy. The tragedy, in itself, was barbaric and showed no respect for human life or veneration for the basic sense of humanity.

Rights of disabled highlighted as SA marks Human Rights Day 21 March 2018, 7:08 AM

The rights of disabled people continue to be infringed. This is according to the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa’s Communications and Public Relations Manager Neo Tlaka. The organisation works with Non-Governmental Organisations across South Africa to promote and raise awareness around issues affecting people with disabilities. South Africa celebrates Human […]

Lesetja Kganyago
Explainer: What happens when a bank is put into curatorship 19 March 2018, 4:42 PM

The South African Reserve Bank has placed a small bank – VBS Mutual Bank – under curatorship. The decision was based on concerns that the bank was facing a liquidity crisis and could collapse, devouring depositors’ funds.

Former President Jacob Zuma
Law must take its course on Zuma: Analyst 19 March 2018, 8:36 AM

Political analyst Lesiba Tefo says former president Jacob Zuma's legal team should not resort to further delaying tactics by taking the NPA's decision to prosecute their client on review.

Zuma could appeal but prospects of winning are few: Expert 16 March 2018, 9:05 PM

Constitutional Law Expert Professor Pierre de Vos says former President Jacob Zuma’s next step could be to ask the court for a permanent stay of prosecution. The NPA on Friday announced that Zuma will be prosecuted of 16 charges.

We need cool heads in the UK-Russian double-agent dispute 16 March 2018, 7:55 PM

Bilateral relations between the UK and Russia are at their lowest in years, thanks to persistent sense of deep mistrust between the two strong nations.

Zuma prosecution long overdue: Casac 16 March 2018, 5:30 PM

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution says prosecution of former President Jacob Zuma is long over-due. This after the NPA announce that Zuma is to be prosecuted on 16 charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering relating to the multi-billion rand arms deal in the late 1990s.

Why we should be rooting out racism 15 March 2018, 7:28 AM

Racism squanders human potential. That is how struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada summed up the devastating effects of racism which continues to rear its head in our country and around the world. In his recent book, Critique of Black Reason, Professor Achille Mbembe says that “taken to its limits, race becomes a perverse complex of fears […]

Listeriosis, a wake-up call for Africa 14 March 2018, 12:44 PM

The rising death toll of the listeriosis outbreak should be a wake-up call not only to South Africa, but Africa as a whole.

What led to world’s worst listeriosis outbreak in South Africa 13 March 2018, 8:32 AM

South Africa has had the biggest listeriosis outbreak in the world that resulted in more than 180 deaths to date.

Importance of declaring conflicts of interests 12 March 2018, 4:05 PM

Conflicts of interests are one of the main reasons for unethical conduct which leads to corruption by South African elected and public representatives, whether at local council, provincial legislature or national parliament level.

VAT hike, though unpalatable is Treasury’s only choice 7 March 2018, 7:32 AM

Consequent to the Budget speech by now former Finance Minister, Melusi Gigaba to increase Value Added Tax (VAT) from 14% to 15%, there has been a widespread protestation.

Land debate in SA is about dignity and equality not the constitution 6 March 2018, 7:37 AM

If you want economic change in South Africa, create a crisis – then stand by to negotiate a way out of it.

Nudging the city and residents of Cape Town to save water 5 March 2018, 11:08 AM

Cape Town could become the world’s first major city to run out of water – what’s been termed Day Zero.

President Ramaphosa is a true gift to the lucky ANC 4 March 2018, 5:06 PM

Not many political parties can get as lucky as the African National Congress (ANC).

Ramaphosa cabinet is in interest of unity: Analyst 27 February 2018, 9:35 AM

Political analyst Livhuwani Ndou says Cyril Ramaphosa may have included certain people that he didn’t like in the reshuffle for the interest of unity in the African National Congress (ANC) and to cover some alliance partners.

Zuma has gone: but the ANC’s inability to separate party from state is still a threat to democracy 27 February 2018, 8:27 AM

SA’s ruling party, the ANC glossed over the causes of what nearly degenerated into a political crisis following its momentary affray with former president Jacob Zuma over his removal from office.

Unpacking the latest tax hikes in South Africa 26 February 2018, 8:39 AM

South Africa’s 2018 budget seemed to be all about tax hikes. The most significant was the first increase in Value Added Tax (VAT) since 1993 from 14% to 15%. Sibonelo Radebe asked Muneer Hassan to make sense of the tax increases.

Gigaba’s budget was nothing more than average: Expert 24 February 2018, 9:04 AM

The 2018 budget speech presented by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba as his maiden (and probably his last), was encouraging in many ways but so much so in the content than in the delivery itself. Sonorously, due to the cloud hanging over his shoulder, Gigaba didn’t bring his “A game” to present the heartening news to […]