Media Release 16 December 2016

SACCI Press Release

Embargo: 11:30 on 14 December 2016

Trade Conditions Stay Flat

According to the November 2016 SACCI trade survey, trade conditions remained restricted. The seasonally adjusted Trade Activity Index (TAI) remained in negative territory measuring 49 compared to 48 in October 2016. However, the seasonally adjusted TAI was 6 index points stronger in November 2016 than in November 2015. November usually has an extraordinary seasonal element due to business-to-business trade being concluded before the holiday period of December.

Respondents brought up political leadership, retrenchments, stiffer competition, down-sizing of businesses, the weak economy and shrinking markets as inhibiting factors during this month’s survey. Gross domestic expenditure volumes (-0.5%) and total export volumes (0%) year-on-year changes, reflected the restricted demand that faces the South African economy. The slower economic growth by South Africa’s major trading partners, subdued local economic growth and the local debt squeeze on the public sector and households were seen by respondents as major causes for stale trade conditions.

Although new orders and sales volumes improved in November, supplier deliveries and inventories declined. Sales volumes increased from 52 in October to 59 in November 2016 due to the strong seasonal factor. There was a slowdown in current sales and input prices, but six-month price expectations increased on sales as well as inputs.

The employment sub-index declined notably on six-month employment prospects, but decreased only slightly by 1 index point to 48 between October and November. It appears that less temporary staff than usual will be appointed over the holiday period.

Trade expectations (TEI) remained in positive terrain on 55 index points in November 2016. The seasonally adjusted Trade Expectations Index however improved from 57 to 59. Sales and new order expectations both improved in November.

It is expected that trade volumes and trade conditions will remain tight over the holiday period although the typical shift in trade will favour retail trade over the festive season.

Released by the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the SACCI offices in Rosebank, Johannesburg

For more information and infographic, see the SACCI website – or contact:

Alan Mukoki SACCI CEO Cell: 082 551 1159

Richard Downing Economist for SACCI Cell: 082 822 5566


Media Release – October 2016
The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) has noted the intention of COSATU to call all government employees to a national strike.
Reports indicate that COSATU will be marching to Parliament on Friday 7 October 2016 at 13:00. SACCI further notes that COSATU will be handing over memoranda to organised business formations in the regions.
Reports indicate that COSATU wishes to focus on the following:
 Demand the total banning of Labour Brokers
 The fight against job losses
 The demand for minimum wage
 Defend collective Bargaining
 Proper health and safety
 Implementation of the NHI
 Scrapping of the taxation amendment law
 The demand for free education
SACCI being a responsible business organisation, has made its proposals and submissions on the various abovementioned policy issues to the authorities, either directly as SACCI or through BUSA.
SACCI respects rights of individuals or organisations to protest as governed by the rule of law and by the constitution. We urge the organisers of the protect action to respect the right of non-protesting workers. We also urge them to make every effort to avoid violent protests that can lead to loss of life, and also damage to property.
Mr Alan Mukoki
(082 551 1159)