South Africa: World Cup boost

Real GDP growth will be negative in 2009, but should turn positive in the fourth quarter and accelerate in the first half of 2010, boosted by the soccer World Cup. Inflation should return to the target range in 2010 aided by a substantial output gap and the feed through of past rand appreciation. The current account deficit will narrow this year but should widen thereafter as imports outpace exports.

Given the fragile nature of the recovery, the planned increase in public spending in 2010 should be implemented. It must, however, remain cast within a medium-term framework consistent with debt sustainability, which is likely to imply substantial spending restraint in the coming cyclical upswing. The downturn and the attendant large deficits have also made it more urgent to increase the efficiency of public expenditure.

©OECD Observer 2010

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Consumer price inflation: 1.3% Sep 2020 annual
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Unemployment: 7.3% Sep 2020
Last update: 10 Nov 2020

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