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Vol 53 No 1

Published 6th January 2012

South Africa

Economic jitters as Tshwane looks East

Foreign investors will find the political climate discouraging. Exports, apart from gold, are likely to slow. The fall of the rand against the US dollar will help some manufacturers but it will also boost inflation. To make matters worse, the main export destinations are Europe and the United States, whose economies are struggling to grow out of recession. At the same time, South Africa’s economic managers are trying to develop a new generation of trading links with East and South Asia, designed to build bigger export markets than the country currently has with the West.

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