- For the third time since 1994, South Africa has entered a recession
- In 2019, the country's economy saw only growth of 0.8% and in the fourth quarter, it shrank by 1.4%
- This is according to data revealed by Statistics South Africa
South Africans have received disturbing news on Tuesday, 3 March - the country is in recession.
The country's economy has shrunk by a huge 1.4% in the fourth quarter of 2019 and suffered a contraction of 0.8% in the third quarter.
For the whole of last year, the economy only grew with 0.2% and in 2018, the economy only saw 0.8%'s growth.
This is according to information that was released by Statistics SA.
This is South Africa's third recession since 1994, Briefly.co.za learnt.
The decline has been influenced by load-shedding, which South Africans feel has brought the country to a standstill more than once.
Agriculture has taken the biggest loss with -7.6% in the fourth quarter. The manufacturing industry saw a decline of 1.8% in the fourth quarter and transport, storage and communication industries shrunk by 7.2%.
Amid all this, household spending continues to grow and in the last quarter of 2019, it saw an increase of 1.4%.
With load-shedding as a cause to worry, it looks likely that the economy will continue to suffer because of power outages.
South Africans keep hoping that load-shedding would end and become a distant, bad memory.
However, that isn't likely to happen soon as the power utility announced load-shedding will continue for at least 18 more months.
This comes after Minister Gwede Mantashe said a new power generating company is a possible plan.
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