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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

09 Mar 2018

South Africa VAT hike tests central bank's hawkish stance

JOHANNESBURG After the first VAT hike since apartheid, South African consumers are calling for an interest rate cut but the central bank has numerous reasons to resist this pressure, chief amongst them a desire to sustain an inflation-busting rally in the rand.

06 Mar 2018

South African fourth quarter GDP grows above forecasts as rating decision nears

PRETORIA South Africa's economy grew more than expected at the end of last year as agriculture and trade recovered, data showed on Tuesday, boosting its chances of avoiding a potentially debilitating credit ratings downgrade.

05 Mar 2018

South Africa likely to raise growth forecast, finance minister says

PRETORIA The South African government is likely to raise its forecast for economic growth in October's medium-term budget as it completes reforms to boost growth and stabilise ailing state companies, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said on Monday.

22 Feb 2018

South Africa budget casts hopeful light on Moody's review

CAPE TOWN/LONDON South African bonds stayed in demand on Thursday as markets priced in expectations that government efforts to reduce the country's large debt pile will enable it hang on to its last investment grade rating in a Moody's review due soon.

21 Feb 2018

In 'tough but hopeful' budget, South Africa raises VAT for first time in 25 years

CAPE TOWN South Africa's new leadership announced on Wednesday it was taking the politically risky step of raising value-added tax for the first time in 25 years, part of efforts to cut the deficit and stabilise debt under new President Cyril Ramaphosa.

20 Feb 2018

South Africa has till 2019 elections to cash-in on global windfall: Citi

JOHANNESBURG South Africa's new President Cyril Ramaphosa must quickly show international investors his government can implement reforms to take advantage of a weak dollar and growth in China, according to Citi's head of emerging markets.

07 Feb 2018

End game looms for South Africa's Zuma

JOHANNESBURG African National Congress (ANC) leader Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday that he was holding direct talks with Jacob Zuma over a transition of power, the strongest indication to date that the South African president will step down after years of scandal.

18 Jan 2018

South Africa's Ramaphosa piles pressure on Zuma with anti-graft call

JOHANNESBURG South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday called on prosecutors to act urgently in pursuit of a firm owned by friends of scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma, as pressure mounted on him to step down.

11 Jan 2018

Youths seeking free education injured in registration stampede at South African college

JOHANNESBURG Six students were injured in a stampede to register for free tuition at a college in South Africa on Thursday, the first sign of trouble since President Jacob Zuma announced a much-criticised education plan.

29 Dec 2017

Ruling by South Africa's top court heaps more pressure on embattled Zuma

JOHANNESBURG South Africa's Constitutional Court ruled on Friday that parliament had failed to hold President Jacob Zuma to account over a scandal related to state-funded upgrades to his home, and must launch proceedings that could remove him from office. | Video


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