Statistician General Pali Lehohla released the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) estimates for the second quarter of 2016 in Pretoria this morning.
According to estimates of real gross domestic product, South Africa’s economy has grown by 3.3 percent quarter-on-quarter.
Economist, Xhanti Payi says part of the gain is the idea that the economy pulled off from negative numbers, which is a positive.
South Africa has missed a technical recession, which would have occurred if we had recorded negative growth in two quarters consecutively.
The turn around in the mining and manufacturing sectors has been a big factor. Payi says the manufacturing sector as well as goods exports have helped boost the economy, and the mining sector also grew by 11%.
A lot of people looked at a growth of about 2 %, 3% was definitely a surprise. The manufacturing sector really came in nicely and certainly the mining sector in one of the biggest surprises that we saw.— Xhanti Payi, Economist
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