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Stability. THAT is how South Africa can avoid a downgrade in December!

We just need stability!

Isaac Matshego

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Ratings agency Standard & Poor's Global decided to give South Africa another chance at avoiding a downgrade to non-investment grade.

We now have six months to make good on the promises that saw us avoid so-called junk status.

Ray White interviewed Argon Asset Management Economic Strategist Dr. Thabi Leoka, Investment Solutions Chief Economist Lesiba Mothata and Nedbank Economist Isaac Matshego for the weekly "The Science Of" feature.

Leoka and Mothata discussed what we need to do from now until December in order to avoid a downgrade.

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

An economy can’t grow if unemployment is at 28%.

Dr. Thabi Leoka

S&P will watch us closely for political stability.

Dr. Thabi Leoka

Monetary policy is the only aspect S&P rated positively.

Dr. Thabi Leoka

Demand for our goods has slowed down.

Dr. Thabi Leoka

Government must put the country first.

Dr. Thabi Leoka

The lion’s share of state guarantees goes to Eskom.

Lesiba Mothata

Ethiopian Airways is a good example of a well-run, government owned airline.

Lesiba Mothata

There is more urgency to implement.

Lesiba Mothata

S&P dedicated 10 lines to the political situation in South Africa.

Isaac Matshego

S&P believes the tensions within the ANC is threatening the stability of South Africa.

Isaac Matshego

Domestic factors really play a big role.

Isaac Matshego

Let us keep Pravin Gordhan until we’ve stabilised this boat.

Isaac Matshego

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