The half point increase in the repo rate announced by the Reserve Bank on Wednesday (29 January 2014) certainly sent a shock wave through markets.

Details on government's planned infrastructure development, South Africa's credit rating and growth forecast are some of the issues business hopes to gain clarity on when Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan tables the 2012 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) tomorrow.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 02:00

Infrastructure Construction Challenge

Ten years ago, the construction sector was moving at half speed after two decades of reduced activity levels, ever since the great 1970s infrastructure boom had ended

South African retail investment trusts offer better value than their UK and Australian counterparts, according to Angelique de Rauville.

Wednesday, 30 May 2007 02:00

Construction makes stellar performance

A slowdown in GDP growth by the largest economic sectors in the first quarter of 2007 has been partly compensated for by a stellar performance from the construction sector said an analyst. 

Construction Industry"While the manufacturing, wholesale and retail, and finance and business services sectors had a combined contribution of 3.6% to Q4 2006's GDP growth, this share dwindled to 2.6% in Q1 2007, but some of this shortfall in growth was compensated for in turn by the improved performance of the construction, trade and transport, and general government sectors," said the analyst.

"The construction sector in particular experienced stellar growth over the quarter, growing quarter-on-quarter (q/q) by 21.3%, even accounting for the upwardly revised output figures of the previous two quarters," said the analyst.

"Such is the growth of the sector that some industry analysts are predicting a doubling in the sector's size by 2013, bringing with it increased investment and employment creation," concluded the analyst.


Friday, 31 March 2006 02:00

One big building site

SA enters decade of massive property development, but has anybody planned beyond five years?

Monday, 01 April 2002 03:01

Property Prospects - Boonzaier


Property Prospects. Compuspace 29 Jan 2002

Performance has been great 

The performance of the listed property sector has been exceptional over the last couple of years, with PUTs recording returns of 43,9%, 42, 5% and 23,5% over 1-, 3-, and 5-year periods respectively. The listed property sector has also outperformed strongly relative to equities and bonds, as indicated in the chart below.

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