South Africa Economy Articles & Analysis

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The second-largest economy in Africa after Nigeria, South Africa benefits from some of the most sophisticated financial markets in the world, paired with a robust regulatory system, and is also home to the headquarters of a number of major multinational players in the fields of industry, energy and financial services.

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South Africa has recovered from its recession, though investors remain cautious given policy uncertainties and waning business sentiment.

Rising uncertainty over fiscal policy has seen South Africa’s sovereign credit cut to junk status by two rating agencies, although the move appears to have had only a modest impact on the currency thus far, with inflation still within the target range.

South Africa’s economy faced another challenging year in 2016, as soft commodity prices, slow domestic demand and an uncertain political outlook combined to limit growth, with prospects for the coming year expected to be only somewhat more positive.

Articles & Analysis | Share Analysis: Sanlam - Insurance from The Report: South Africa 2016


THE COMPANY: Established in 1918, Sanlam has grown to become the second-largest listed life insurance company in South Africa, after Old Mutual. The group operated as a mutual fund until its listing on the Johannesburg and Namibian stock exchanges in 1998. In legacy of its demutualisation, Sanlam...

Articles & Analysis | Share Analysis: Woolworths - Retail from The Report: South Africa 2016


THE COMPANY: Woolworths Holdings is an investment holding company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange that operates through three wholly owned subsidiaries, Woolworths (proprietary), David Jones and Country Road Group, as well as a joint venture – Woolworths Financial Services. Woolworths is...


THE COMPANY: FirstRand is the third-largest South African bank in terms of balance sheet size, holding total assets of R979bn ($84.6bn) at December 31, 2014. It operates three primary brands: First National Bank, which has a retail and commercial focus; Rand Merchant Bank, which competes in the...