Women’s month 2012 – Economic Empowerment focus

Economic empowerment has been chosen as a key theme by government during this year’s women’s month. For Lulu Xingwa’s (Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities) persons full speech go to:
 
Global economic crisis: Lessons from Japan

It is vital for local economic stakeholders to understand and adapt to the shifting global economy. This article focuses on some of the key lessons from Japan in terms of the American and Euro crisis. For the full article got to:
 
 
The green economy in Africa

What the green economy is and its relevance to Africa, is a subject of particular importance given the environmental and socioeconomic challenges faced on this continent. This article argues that the transition to the green economy in Africa is necessary and is imminent.
 
Shifts in the global economy and what they mean for Africa

Professor Mthuli Ncube, the African Development Bank’s chief economist, warns that there are a number of ‘headwinds’ that are currently being faced by African economies. These include the Eurozone crisis, the slowdown in China, political instability on the continent, food security issues and others. Overall he remains confident that these can be faced by positive growth drivers.
 
It has been said many times in the last few years and we will say it again – the global economy is changing and these changes are both a threat and an opportunity to Africa. The continent is vulnerable to the Eurozone crisis demonstrated by decreasing trade and aid; however, growth and investment are on the rise showing resilience and an increasing realisation of Africa’s potential.
For a full article on this please see: http://allafrica.com/stories/201208070482.html
 
Marikana

Following the devastating Marikana mine tragedy a lot of questions are being asked regarding the social and economic circumstances in South Africa. For one article which speaks to some of these issues please see: http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE87N04O20120824
 
SA economy

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) released its report on South Africa this month. Slow GDP growth rates and high unemployment remain the most critical issues for Africa’s biggest economy. For the full article, please see http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/sa-gdp-to-slow-unemployment-unsustainable-imf-2012-08-23
 
Investment in Africa

Real estate investment in Africa is rising emphasising the opportunities available in growing African cities. For more information please see: http://www.webberwentzel.com/wwb/content/en/ww/ww-press-releases?oid=36993&sn=Detail-2011&pid=32711

Joblessness in SA

According to the South African Reserve Bank’s Gill Marcus, South Africa will not be making a dent in our mass joblessness over the short to medium term. This is very concerning considering the enormity of the problem. Innovative solutions will be needed to ensure greater quality of life for all people. For more details on Marcus’s views see: http://www.moneyweb.co.za/mw/content/en//moneyweb-political-economy?oid=606016&sn=2009+Detail