A fifth of factories are standing idle

01 December 2019 - 00:05 By ASHA SPECKMAN

A fifth of SA's current manufacturing capacity is unused - underscoring the many challenges that face a sector that is critical to SA's faltering economic growth.

The last time that this level of underutilisation was recorded was four years ago when growth in the industry was flat amid a slowdown in agriculture due to drought, and a boost in mining due to increased platinum group metal production. The economy grew 1.3% that year...

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