The 2023 H1 IBR report showed an upward push of GDP growth in South Africa in the first half of the year, mainly due to a rise in inventories amidst loadshedding woes.

However, in quarter three of 2023, we saw the GDP weaken due to weaker demand from some industries such as agriculture, manufacturing and construction. Investments in machinery and equipment shrank by 3,2% in the third quarter, contributing negatively to gross fixed capital formation, while there was an 8% upsurge to 62% in a number of mid-market businesses expecting an increase in investment in plant and machinery over the next 12 months 

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