South Africa’s economy grew by an unexpected 1.2% in the second quarter compared to the previous three months, Statistics South Africa showed on Tuesday.
The better-than-expected outcomes driven by sectors like communications, agriculture and mining come as restrictions to contain the pandemic were eased.
Transport and communication activity grew 6.9% quarter on quarter, agriculture 6.2%, trade 2.2% and mining 1.9%. But finance contracted 0.4%, manufacturing 0.8% and construction 1.4%.
The economy is likely to contract in the third quarter after deadly riots, looting and arson erupted in July following the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma, as well as a severe “third wave” of COVID-19 infections.