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Riaan de Lange

Riaan de Lange


This economic and trade-focused column is prepared by Riaan de Lange – riaan@tariffandtrade.co.za. The views expressed in this column are the author's personal views

World Trade Profiles 2019

19th July 2019 The opening verse of The Flying Lizards' song, Money (That's What I Want), remind us: “The best things in life are free.” But the band goes on and spoil it with “But you can give them to the birds and bees”, before breaking out in a chant that turns into a repetitive chorus: “I want money (that's... 

What SA needs to attain economic growth

12th July 2019 “We cannot turn our fortunes around without a relentless focus on economic growth. Price stability is a necessary but not sufficient condition for economic growth. Our Constitution also requires that there should be regular consultation between the Reserve Bank and the Minister of Finance to... 

Sona – so, how you gonna do it?

5th July 2019 When I read President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation on June 20, all 6 741 words of it, the chorus of rock group Nickelback’s song Rockstar – "So how you gonna do it?” – kept reverberating in my mind. Where to start? “As we enter this new administration, we will focus on seven priorities:... 

Let’s face it: economic disaster is looming in SA

28th June 2019 “What is the cost of lies? It is not that we will mistake them for the truth. The real danger is that if we hear enough lies, then we no longer recognise the truth at all. What can we do then? What else is left but to abandon even the truth and content ourselves, instead with stories. In these... 

Thumperian Principle

21st June 2019 Now tell me that the headline did not evoke the thought of Donald Trump – even though there is an ‘h’, and not an ‘r’ after the “T”. The principle in question is also known as the Thumper’s Rule. The difference between a principle and a rule is that a principle internally motivates you to do the... 

Time for Itac spring-clean and reform

14th June 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa's appointment of former Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel the Minister in charge of the new Department of Trade and Industry , which was merged with the Department of Economic Development not only with questions but provide for opportunities in respect of the... 

SA’s ‘very old’ trade remedies

7th June 2019 In 2003, the International Trade Centre (ITC) published a 290-page book on trade remedies, titled Business Guide to Trade Remedies in South Africa and the Southern African Customs Union – Antidumping, Countervailing and Safeguards Legislation, Practices and Procedures. I know this, as I was its... 

South Africa Tax Freedom Day

31st May 2019 May 18 was Tax Freedom Day in South Africa. Do I hear you asking why this could not be on January 1? Tax Freedom Day in 2019 did not come soon enough. If anything, it should be celebrated on the 138th day of the year - definitely not. I am reminded of the time when I lectured Economics 110 and... 

Buttress SA Employment

24th May 2019 I must admit: I too had to reread the headline. If, like me, you need reminding, a buttress is an architectural exterior support or structure of masonry that is built against, or serves to support or reinforce, a wall. In essence, it serves to support a wall when it shows signs of cracking or... 

New WTO rules for ecommerce

17th May 2019 The World Trade Organisation (WTO) informed on May 6 of a trade dialogue held with senior representatives of consumer organisations, during which they sent a strong message of support for the WTO and the multilateral trading system. The representatives stressed the importance of ensuring that... 

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