Weekly Newsletter
Friday, 10 December, 2004

Edition 46 of 2004, Friday 10 December 2004

Dear Reader,

Will we see the rand go to R5.50 or even R5.40 to the dollar before Xmas? "It is such a thin market that moves are exaggerated", said Briat economist Colen Garrow. The rand was last at these levels in November 1998. The rand has appreciated by more than 17% against the sagging dollar this year.

Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni hinted on Tuesday that the central bank would not try to weaken the rand by cutting interest rates on Thursday, saying that the Bank would not "lose focus" in targeting inflation. Read more in Mboweni blows cold on rate cut

The Democratic Alliance hits out hard at Cape Town's draft policy after the mayoral committee has approved a policy, behind closed doors, that would allow a black, disabled women to buy council land even if a white man opt to double the price she paid. Belinda Walker, Democratic Alliance city councilor for Bo-Kaap, Gardens, Oranjezicht, Tamboerskloof and Vredehoek, said she was "horrified at the secrecy in which the decision was made and the illegality of the whole process".

Kleinmond has been a favourite summer-holiday destination for many farmers since 1860. Farmers from Caledon and nearby areas began making this annual pilgrimage to camp near the Palmiet lagoon and the Klein Botriver mouth, near to where the Hotel stands today. Church services were held near the Kleinmond lagoon from as early as 1902. The tree which stands there has earned the name of 'die Preek Boom' (the sermon tree). In Focus on we take a closer look at Kleinmond, Western Cape, South Africa.

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>> Mboweni blows cold on rate cut

Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni hinted on Tuesday that the central bank would not try to weaken the rand by cutting interest rates on Thursday, saying that the Bank would not "lose focus" in targeting inflation.

In the face of growing pressure to cut interest rates to weaken the rand, Mboweni said that monetary policy would not be used to target any variable besides CPIX (consumer inflation less mortgages)...

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>>Focus on Kleinmond, Western Cape, South Africa

Kleinmond lies at a small lagoon on the narrow coastal belt between fynbos-covered mountains and the Atlantic sea and forms part of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, the first and only Biosphere in South Africa to be proclaimed by United Nations' Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)...

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