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Business / Economics

4-11 July 2024 Weekly Economics Wrap: Insights from Namibia, South Africa, Africa, and Beyond

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FILE PHOTO: A picture illustration shows U.S. banknotes. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

 

Namibia’s Commercial Agricultural Land Prices Surge

Recent data from the Namibia Statistics Agency reveals a notable surge in the prices of commercial agricultural land across the country. Over the past eight years, prices have risen by 21.1%, culminating in a national index of 121.1 basis points in 2023. This upward trend underscores sustained growth in the agricultural sector, reflecting robust investor confidence and potential implications for the broader economy.

Mixed Inflation Trends Across Namibia

Inflation trends varied across Namibia’s designated zones in June 2024, as reported by the Namibia Statistics Agency. Zone 1, encompassing the Northern regions, and Zone 2, including the Khomas region, recorded slightly higher inflation rates at 4.8%, surpassing the national average. These divergent trends highlight regional economic dynamics impacting consumer prices and economic activities.

South African Energy Sector Developments

South Africa’s National Energy Regulator confirmed that TotalEnergies intends to maintain its investment in significant gas discoveries off the southern coast. Initially considering an exit, the decision follows engagements with government and stakeholders, underscoring the strategic importance of energy investments amid evolving market conditions.

Meanwhile, Eskom, South Africa’s state-owned electricity firm, anticipates a potential annual loss as high as R15 billion for the latest fiscal year. However, with the cessation of rolling power cuts, Eskom remains optimistic about returning to profitability by March 2025, marking a potential turnaround for the utility after years of financial challenges.

African Economic Highlights

Ghana’s successful debt restructuring deal with eurobond holders received approval from the official creditor committee, signaling positive strides in managing national debt and bolstering investor confidence in the country’s fiscal stability.

In Nigeria, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation is negotiating an oil-backed loan valued at $2 billion to enhance its financial position and support strategic business initiatives amidst economic pressures.

International Market Movements

In international markets, the euro weakened following projections of a hung parliament in France’s recent elections, driven by a resilient performance from a left-wing alliance. This outcome introduces new uncertainties regarding France’s fiscal policies and economic outlook.

Conversely, the U.S. dollar edged lower ahead of a key inflation report, while the British pound strengthened amid reduced expectations for an August rate cut by the Bank of England. These movements reflect evolving market sentiments and central bank policies influencing global currency dynamics.

Outlook for Iron Ore Prices

Iron ore prices are poised to remain above $100 per ton throughout 2024, buoyed by cost supports that mitigate impacts from China’s economic slowdown. Looking ahead, market dynamics could shift in 2025, potentially reshaping global commodity markets.


This wrap-up provides a comprehensive overview of recent economic developments impacting Namibia, regional African economies, and global markets. Stay tuned for more insights on our website as we continue to track these dynamic trends.

Written by: Leonard Witbeen

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