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1 Performance through Focus Quarterly Press Conference 27 January OUTLOOK: INVESTING IN A SLOW-GROWTH WORLD

2 2 Economic Outlook: Rian le Roux Chief Economist, OMIGSA “The global slowdown and its impact on SA”

3 SA closely linked to the global economic cycle Fit has tightened since the end of isolation from early 90’s Source: SA Reserve Bank SA leading indicators Trading partner leading indicators 3

4 Transmission mechanism from global to SA via commodity prices, export volumes, rand and interest rates SA’s big 4 commodity export price index, % ch Trading partner leading indicators, % ch

5 SA export volumes & global GDP growth SA export volume growth (ex gold)World GDP growth

6 SA car exports: Global slump starting to show ’s per month 6

7 SA interest rates and the global cycle Early rise in local rates probably prevented an acute rate crunch Prime rate Trading partner leading indicators

8 Current account deficit remains a risk to the rand and interest rate outlook Current account as % of GDP

9 ▲ Deep and broad-based recession (across sectors and economies): - Some really shocking real economy numbers - Round 2 of the financial crisis? ▲ Classic forecasting error occurring: - Trend predicted correctly (downturn), extent hugely underestimated - Causing ongoing financial market concern Current global picture 9

10 Japan machinery orders, yen trn Some shocking numbers reflect the unexpected severity of the global slump US retail sales, nominal $ bn Total: -10% from peak Ex autos/gas: -4½% from peak

11 Global trade collapses External trade growth 11

12 G7Developing world GDP forecasts for 2008 & 2009 Despite deep forecast cuts, risks remain to the downside 12

13 World GDP & consensus forecasts % ch Developed World Emerging economies

14 Current global picture From inflation worries to deflation panic 14

15 Global inflation: falling fast Y-o-y % change Germany UK USA Italy France Sweden Greece Japan Switzerland Belgium Australia Canada

16 Current global picture Policymakers pulling out all the stops 16

17 Rates cut aggressively over a broad front Fiscal packages close to 2% of Global GDP Euro USA UK Australia Japan Poland China Korea Hong Kong SA

18 Current global picture ▲ Key questions: - Will it work? - If so, when will things start to stabilise? - How deep the downturn in the meantime?: Big worries here ▲ History suggests that sudden & deep slumps are typically followed by sharp recoveries – will this one be different? 18

19 Recoveries, when they come, can be quick Significant obstacles this time, but surprise potential is rising Risk is more severe weakness first US employment (% change)

20 World GDP Consensus forecasting reasonable recovery in 2010 % change Developed World Emerging economies

21 SA Outlook for 2009 ▲ No escaping the global downturn, but SA is partly isolated: - No local financial sector crisis or serious credit crunch - Exchange rate lends welcome protection - Infrastructure drive will lend crucial support to the economy - Falling inflation will boost real household incomes - Lots of policy firepower available (monetary and fiscal) ▲ Difficult conditions in H1: - Some sectors in deep recession (motor, residential construction, mining, exporters, small business) ▲ Some improvement in H2: - Lower interest rates, lower petrol price, lower general inflation & fiscal measures should support consumer spending - Government infrastructure drive to maintain momentum 21

22 Downside risks can not be ignored, though ▲ Severe export slump ▲ Private investment slump ▲ Job shedding ▲ Rand slump ▲ Policy error 22

23 SA vs Global GDP growth No escaping the global slump, but SA a little better protected this time World GDP growthSA GDP growth

24 Welcome support from investment World GDP growthSA GDP growthInvestment growth

25 Welcome support from investment 25

26 SA Inflation picture CPIX petrol CPIX CPIX excl food & petrol Food

27 SA Inflation outlook CPIX petrol Food CPIX CPIX excl food & petrol

28 Food inflation: Stabilising? Stats SA ERU Y-o-y % change Meat, vegetables & fruit

29 Inflation forecast Forecast with new weights & rebasing Assumptions: Rand: 9.75 end ’09 Oil: $60/bbl end ’09 Food: 8% end ’09 Eskom: 30% ’09; 30% ‘

30 Interest rate outlook 350 bps of cuts in the cycle – risk is faster & more cuts Prime rate & Base Case forecast Alternative Scenario

31 SA Macro forecasts for updated : Indicator HCE GFCF GDP C/A : GDP R/$ : y/e CPIX : y/e Prime : y/e

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