Trends and growth

Cape Town launches open data portal

Cape Town's plans to become Africa's first digital city received a boost on Tuesday when it switched on its new open data portal, making public-sector information – such as the City's budget data, service level agreements and bus station routes – easily and freely available to the city's residents.


International agencies affirm South Africa's ratings

Standard & Poor's and Fitch both kept their ratings of South Africa steady on Friday. They were confident that The Treasury was committed to tight fiscal discipline, but warned that weak economic growth, industrial action and persistent electricity shortages kept their outlook negative.


South Africa scores for global integration

South Africa's economy is more connected to the global economy than its peers in the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, according to the latest Visa Africa Integration Index, which aims to foster economic openness and facilitate growth from greater cross-border interaction between the 11 countries included in the study.


Young population a goldmine for sub-Saharan countries: UN

The demographic shifts taking place in the developing world are opening a window for economic growth. In particular, countries in sub-Saharan Africa can realise an exponential 'demographic dividend' is they invest heavily in their young populations, according to the latest The State of World Population report.

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