S.Africa's 2018 growth to be "much lower" than initial forecasts: cbank 08:51 GMT

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's economic growth this year will be "much lower" than initial expectations, the central bank said in a presentation to parliament on Wednesday, calling any recovery "weak and choppy".  Full Article

South Africa's VAT hike had muted inflation impact: cbank 09:02 GMT 

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - A one percentage point rise in South Africa's value-added tax (VAT) in April has had a more muted impact on inflation than expected, the governor of the central bank told a parliamentary committee on Wednesday.  Full Article  

Gold Fields' CEO says South Deep lay-offs "last-gasp measure" 07:02 GMT 

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Gold Fields' plan to potentially cut up to almost 1,600 jobs at its struggling South Deep mine in South Africa is a "last-gasp measure", Chief Executive Nick Holland said on Wednesday.  Full Article  

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