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Darlene Creamer

RACE IS ON

23rd July 2021 For South Africa to have any chance of extending its 2021 economic rebound into a full-blown multidecade recovery, an Olympian effort has to be made to vaccinate as many people as possible in as fast a time as possible. Much like the Covid-affected Tokyo Olympics, South Africa is in a real race.... 

DELTA BLOW

16th July 2021 As the Delta variant blows through South Africa and many other countries, the good news is that the vaccines remain effective. The bad news is that South Africa’s slow pace of vaccination has left them unable to provide any meaningful protection against the third wave. Every effort now needs to... 

JABS & JOBS

9th July 2021 There is little question that the mass Covid vaccination roll-out represents South Africa’s most important economic stimulus programme and will provide the foundation for job-creating investment. After a sluggish start and then some serious early setbacks, the programme is at last picking up... 

TRANSMISSION TRANSITION

2nd July 2021 The creation, by year-end, of the Independent Transmission System and Market Operator, or ITSMO, is arguably the most important next reform required to align the electricity supply industry (ESI) with the unfolding energy transition. Without an efficient and, ultimately, fully independent... 

STEADY CLIMB

25th June 2021 For years, South Africa has been promising reforms to stimulate growth, investment and jobs. Until this month, however, those pledges have not been translated into action. On June 10, President Cyril Ramaphosa took a big step when he announced a major electricity reform. A day later, Public... 

IN THE COLD

18th June 2021 It’s another winter of discontent, as Eskom once again resorts to regular power cuts to stabilise its unreliable system. Maddeningly, South Africa would probably be exiting its 13-year load-shedding crisis had it simply proceeded with its yearly procurement of new capacity from independent power... 

MONSTROUS CURVE

11th June 2021 South Africa’s official unemployment rate increased to a terrifying 32.6% in the first quarter of 2021, the highest level since the report was introduced 13 years ago. On the expanded definition the picture is far worse, at 43.2%. Frighteningly, only 15-million of South Africa’s 39.5-million... 

MUSCULAR EFFORT

4th June 2021 South Africa’s phased mass vaccination effort is finally under way, with health workers and people over 60 receiving priority under the initial stage of Phase 2. Success in scaling up the campaign so that the majority of the adult population is inoculated before year-end is now critical if a... 

PRICE GYRATIONS

28th May 2021 The iron-ore price has come under the spotlight this month with both sharp daily gains and steep declines recorded. The volatility has led to questions about whether the iron-ore price is responding to super-cycle-type conditions, or whether it is simply riding a speculative roller-coaster. Time... 

WAVE WARNING

21st May 2021 As South Africa faces a third Covid-19 wave, it’s crucial that we don’t let down our guard, despite the fact that we are all extremely tired of the living under ongoing restrictions. For now, mask wearing, physical distancing and hand hygiene remain our best defence ahead of a mass vaccination... 

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