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Absa May manufacturing index surprises

The rand is rallying. Eight million people are back at work. Petrol will cost one rand and eighteen cents per litre more from next month and the latest Absa Purchasing Managers Index business activity sub-index rebounded to 43.2 in May after collapsing to an all-time low of 5.1 in April. The magnitude of the increase is surprising, given that most parts of the manufacturing sector could only operate at 30 per cent of employment capacity in May due to lockdown. Miyelani Maluleke, Economist at Absa Corporate and Investment Banking joins CNBC Africa for more.

Will Moody’s throw SA over the precipice?

The Absa Purchasing Managers Index lifted from a revised 45.1 points in September to 48.1 points in October. This sets the tone for how manufacturers in the sector view the month ahead. Joining CNBC Africa to discuss this further and whether Moody's will downgrade South Africa is Absa Senior Economist, Miyelani Malueke.