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South Africa’s instability scares away investors

Author: Adam Wakefield

A lack of policy stability in South Africa is making investors wary, ANC stalwart Mathews Phosa said on Tuesday. 

In prepared notes for a speech at the Austrian Business Chamber AGM in Johannesburg, the former ANC treasurer general and Mpumalanga premier named four areas where such stability was lacking. These were:

— Inconsistencies in land reform and land ownership laws.

— BEE policies that are often challenged and inconsistent send messages to [the] investment community.

— Mining policies are costing the industry dearly, with investment now going elsewhere in Africa, such as Zambia, Mozambique and Angola, among others.

— Agricultural development policy, coupled with land reform, not been settled since 1994 is leading to reduced output.

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