Mar 18, 2018 Last Updated 10:53 AM, Mar 16, 2018

South Africa business confidence reaches five-month high

Double explosure with businesss chartsABNABN - Business confidence in South Africa has climbed to its highest level in five months, according to a survey by the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI).

SACCI’s monthly business confidence index (BCI) increased from 94.9 in June to 95.3 in July, largely thanks to a firmer currency, falling inflation and an increase in vehicle sales.

The news comes as a boost to the country which suffered the ignominy of having its international credit rating downgraded to junk status, while also slipping into a recession in March.

“Working a country’s way out of a downward phase of the business cycle under normal economic circumstances can be achieved by anti-cyclical policy options that are well known in successful countries,” advised the report.

“However, to find a way out of a recession given a less fortunate credit rating makes it a matter of urgency.”

Meanwhile, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has survived a vote of no confidence for the eighth time of his leadership spell, after opposing MPs failed to attain enough support from the African National Congress (ANC).


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