Business confidence ticked up ahead of elections but more is needed to spur investment

The Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) and Bureau for Economic Research (BER) Business Confidence Index (BCI) increased by five points to 35% in the second quarter of the year ahead of the national elections.

Just more than a third of 2 500 survey respondents were satisfied with prevailing business conditions between May 9 and May 27; however, uncertainty around the election was top of mind for many respondents.

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