SA’s economy shrank by 0.6% in the three months to end-September, Stats SA announced on Tuesday.
Stats SA said one of the biggest negative contributors to GDP in the third quarter was SA’s struggling mining industry, which fell by 6.1%. The country’s manufacturing industry decreased by 3.9%, while the transport, storage and communication sector shrank by 5.4%.
SA’s trade, catering and accommodation sector, meanwhile, grew by 2.6%, largely as a result of positive growth in wholesale trade. Finance, real estate and business services increased by 1.6%, while general government services increased by 2.4%.
International finance institutions such as the IMF and the World Bank have repeatedly downgraded SA’s projected economic growth for 2019 due to load shedding, weak business confidence, policy uncertainty and struggling state-owned enterprises such as Eskom and SAA. In mid-November SA Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago announced the bank had lowered SA’s projected yearly economic growth rate from 0.6% to just 0.5%.