Businesses rolling with the blackouts

The ongoing power cuts have left businesses — from ice cream shops to banks — and customers frustrated. Sentinel News visited shops at Mainstream Mall in Hout Bay shortly after the scheduled two- hour outage on Friday February 6. While most businesses in the mall were operating as usual, a row of customers were seen […]

Consumer Price Index – Statistical release

The headline CPI (for all urban areas) annual inflation rate in January 2015 was 4,4%. This rate was 0,9 of a percentage point lower than the corresponding annual rate of 5,3% in December 2014. On average, prices decreased by 0,2% between December 2014 and January 2015. The food and non-alcoholic beverages index increased by 0,9% […]

Power cuts push traders to the edge

When Mike Atkins opens his factory in the mornings, he is not sure if he will be taking stock – or counting his losses. Rolling blackouts have hit his small frozen foods business hard, with staff often arriving at stores across the city to find their products thawed and rancid, the blood from defrosted fish […]

Cape Chamber responds to SONA

Looking beyond the messy politics of the State of the Nation Address, the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry says it could only see the Government digging itself into an ever deeper hole. “There was no real progress on any front but there was plenty to be worried about,” said Ms Janine Myburgh, President of […]