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End of commodities boom hits African countries

By: Keith Campbell     13th May 2016 The global commodities super cycle has come to an end, sharply lowering the price of oil, gas, metals and minerals,” stated the World Bank in its most recent ‘Regional Overview for Africa’ review (published in late March). “As a net commodities exporter, Africa is deeply affected by falling... 

Sub-Saharan Africa to see modest growth in 2016

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th January 2016 Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa is forecast to pick up to 4.2% this year, as commodity prices stabilise and electrical power supply improves in many countries, the World Bank’s latest Global Economic Prospects report states. Activity would vary across the region, with consumption growth... 

DBSA bullish on loans ramp-up as it reports record disbursements of R13bn in 2015 

By: Terence Creamer     18th September 2015 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) – which disbursed a record R13-billion during 2015, from R12.7-billion in the prior year – remained optimistic that it could ramp up loan disbursements to R25-billion a year by 2018 as it sought to give greater emphasis to its developmental mandate.... 

China the biggest external risk to Africa’s growth outlook - Ncube

By: Terence Creamer     3rd September 2015 The slowdown in China and the associated ending of the commodity super cycle is having a major influence on the immediate growth prospects for Africa, with the former African Development Bank chief economist forecasting that growth rates will come under pressure this year and next. Professor... 

Sub-Saharan Africa growth faces headwinds – IMF

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th April 2015 While sub-Saharan Africa is, overall, poised for a year of solid economic growth, policymakers need to be cognisant of risks that could still cloud the outlook amid mixed growth expectations for the continent’s countries. The region was expected to grow by 4.5% in 2015, but the impact of the... 

Oil price volatility masks deeper trends

By: Jeremy Wakeford     30th January 2015 The falling price of oil continues to dominate global energy news. By mid-January, the price of crude had fallen below $50/bl for the first time since the depths of the global recession in 2009. Why has the price plunged so dramatically? The short answer is that a combination of slackening demand... 

Pool of world oil exports dwindling 

By: Jeremy Wakeford     1st June 2012 The fact that world crude oil production has been stagnant since 2005 is now commonly acknowledged. But for all the world’s net oil-importing countries – including South Africa – the crucial oil supply variable is total world oil exports, rather than total world oil production – that is, oil... 

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