Design global, manufacture local: a new industrial revolution?

By Vasilis Kostakis & Jose Ramos What if globally designed products could radically change how we work, produce and consume? Several examples across continents show the way we are producing and consuming goods could be improved by relying on globally shared digital resources,...
Posted On 20 Oct 2017

Gold miners’ Q3’17 preview

By Adam Hamilton With the third quarter’s earnings season now underway, the gold miners will soon join in and report their latest results.  No data is more highly anticipated by investors, for good reason.  Quarterly reports dispel the dense fogs of herd sentiment that usually...
Posted On 19 Oct 2017

Obsession with growth won’t help South Africa’s economic recovery

By Mohammad Amir Anwar Faced with a growing economic crisis, South Africa’s new Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba came up with a 14 point plan to turn the country’s economic fortunes around. Sibonelo Radebe asked Mohammad Amir Anwar to assess the plan. How do you rate the recovery...
Posted On 18 Oct 2017

South Africa needs to revamp its new public transport system

By Christo Venter   & Gary Hayes — Over the past eight years the South African government has spent more than 130 billion rand on public transport projects in the country’s main cities. The projects included the refurbishment of rail services and the establishment of a...
Posted On 16 Oct 2017

Here’s why bitcoin won’t replace gold so easily

By Frank Holmes What a week it was. First and foremost, I’d like to acknowledge the horrific mass shooting that occurred in Las Vegas, the deadliest in modern American history. On behalf of everyone at U.S. Global Investors, I extend my sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to...
Posted On 15 Oct 2017

The battered rand still has a few bulls in its corner

Analysts at Rand Merchant Bank and ING Groep predict the currency, the second-worst performer among emerging markets in the past month, will rebound against the dollar by year-end as the pull of improving fundamentals and the hunt for yield support buyers amid lingering political...
Posted On 11 Oct 2017

Why capitalism wins. And how a simple accounting move can defeat it

By Lorenzo Fioramonti — Notwithstanding its many flaws and centuries of criticisms, capitalism is still the dominant economic system globally. What made it so resilient?
Posted On 10 Oct 2017

South Africa’s National Development Plan can be resuscitated: here’s how

By Steven Friedman — Something is surely wrong when many influential people endorse or reject a document none of them have read. The document is South Africa’s National Development Plan, which was adopted by Parliament five years ago and is the product of a National...
Posted On 09 Oct 2017

Are Zimbabweans ready for exclusive internet banking?

By Rufaro Madamombe — So three banks have gone exclusive with internet banking or mobile banking when it comes to processing RTGS and internal transfers. First, it was NMB when they switched to just internet and mobile banking then ZB Bank followed along in early September...
Posted On 06 Oct 2017

Why lithium, why now?

By Richard Mills — Our ‘who cares’ attitude towards pollution and habitat destruction are all increasing what were once tolerable pressures towards, and sometimes already beyond, the breaking point in ecosystems all over the world.
Posted On 04 Oct 2017