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South Africa has benefited from its membership of the Brics group, says President Zuma. Trade has surged 70% to R382m. And it has had a knock-on effect for the rest of the continent. Africa has doubled its trade with Brics member nations, which is expected to reach $500bn this year.
The African Growth and Opportunity Act has been positive for both South Africa and the US - and the case for continuing to include South Africa is "pretty compelling", says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.
In just one year, the financial benefits for South Africa from using renewable energy sources totalled R5.3-billion, exceeding the costs of wind and solar projects by almost R1-billion, an independent study by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has found.
The social and economic benefits created by hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup will continue to benefit South Africa long after the final whistle has blown, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.