The African Business Outlook

The African Business Outlook is looking quite bleak, with corruption and a lack of adequate infrastructure seeming to be the biggest problems in the business climate. This is according to the latest results of the Global Business Survey done by Duke University.


Data ransoms are crippling businesses

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Cyber criminals are always on the prowl, analysing online behaviour of users and looking for new opportunities to infect computers. Ransomware is the latest malicious threat that infects computers and blocks access to data until a ransom is paid.


Treasury launches open local government financial data portal – “Municipal Money”

According to National Treasury is proud to launch “Municipal Money”, an open local government budget data portal which provides citizens and other stakeholders with access to comparable, verified information on the financial performance of each municipality. Municipal Money aims to promote transparency and citizen engagement through the visualisation and ‘demystification’ of information about municipal spending.


Fluke’s 1664 FC Installation tester with Fluke Connect

  • Installation testing that protects appliances, wirelessly shares data

Growing concern for public safety and the increasing complexity of today’s fixed electrical installations in domestic, commercial and industrial premises places extra responsibility on electrical test engineers who are charged with verifying conformity to South Africa’s Certificate of Compliance (COC) safety standards.


Steady rates, no surprise

The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave its repo rate unchanged at 7% per annum at the conclusion of its monetary policy meeting today is no surprise.

Inflation has improved

The inflation outlook has improved with inflation expected to peak lower (6,7% in 4Q16) and to return to below 6% earlier (2Q17) than previously forecast and final domestic demand, especially private sector fixed investment, is very weak. The currency has also appreciated through the year, which helps to anchor the inflation outlook. Meanwhile, inflation expectations, an important consideration for the Bank, appear to be reasonably well anchored even though at the top end of the Bank’s inflation target range of 3% to 6%.


Time to get fresh with Effective Intelligence

Big data, small data, unstructured data, silo-ed data – there is so much data about data that it’s quite difficult to know exactly where to focus your efforts in order to leverage the best possible business outcomes. Doing so requires getting down into the data dirt and scrubbing clean the imperfections that lead to poor business decisions. Yes, at the risk of being cliché – it is time for a data Spring Clean.


May data confirms South African growth recovery

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan told a South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) event in Johannesburg that a collective response to the challenges we face could still result in growth of 1% this year rather than the 0.1% that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is expecting.

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