Fiscal Balance in South Africa

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South Africa - Fiscal Balance

South Africa’s economic challenges continue to mount amid rolling blackouts and rising external headwinds. Manufacturing activity decelerated in the second quarter; mining production continued to fall, albeit less rapidly; and the unemployment rate soared to an over 15-year high in Q2, reflecting the intensifying spillovers from Eskom’s financial meltdown and piling further pressure on President Ramaphosa. Prospects for the private sector remained grim going into the third quarter as the PMI slid to an eight-month low in July, while business confidence deteriorated. For the year through to March, the debt-ridden state-owned utility reported a record annual loss, which, although lower than expected, indicates a serious strain on government finances. Meanwhile, on 26 July, Fitch Ratings downgraded South Africa’s credit rating outlook to negative. The ratings agency cited the marked widening in the budget deficit, owing to weaker growth and increased spending after the government unveiled a further USD 4.2 billion in bailout funds for Eskom three days before.

South Africa - Fiscal Balance Data

2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  
Fiscal Balance (% of GDP)-4.4  -4.3  -4.1  -3.8  -4.4  

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South Africa Fiscal Balance Chart

South Africa Fiscal
Note: Fiscal balance as % of GDP.
Source: South African Reserve Bank

South Africa Facts

Bond Yield8.100.29 %Sep 04
Exchange Rate14.81-0.21 %Sep 04
Stock Market0.1-0.44 %Sep 04

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