Domestic poultry’s ‘food security catch 22’

Trade protection is an easy sell, especially in an environment where supply-side economics does not deliver the benefits that it is supposed to. The narrative is simple: imports from other countries are displacing domestically produced goods, so intervention is...

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A brief window: coordinating industrial and trade policy

There is broad consensus that in order to address South Africa’s triple threat of poverty, inequality and unemployment the economy needs to grow; at least at a rate higher than the population. But this has not been the case...

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Uncertain steps to restructure SOCs

Heinrich Krogram and Azwimpheleli Langalanga Democratic South Africa now has its 6th parliament. The voting public gave the governing ANC another outright majority leading to a five-year term. The governing party’s margin has albeit been reduced from the last elections...

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The ideal conditions for an “aloe ferox” economy

Mzukisi Qobo and Heinrich Krogman Following the State of the Nation Address, expectations were for Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to address two critical issues during the budget speech: how the government intends to improve South Africa’s sluggish economic growth and...

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How much of the SONA wishlist is deliverable?

Heinrich Krogman, Azwimpheleli Langalanga, and Mzukisi Qobo Delivered in a typical Ramaphosa consensual style, the 2019 State Of the National Address was all-encompassing, addressing everything and everyone. Opposition parties could find nothing much to fault besides challenging the Ramaphosa administration...

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Why Zimbabwe’s trade deficit matters

Being landlocked, Zimbabwe is almost entirely reliant on neighbouring states for the movement of goods into or out of the country. Strategically it would make sense then to maintain good commercial (if not also diplomatic) ties with its five...

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