Johannesburg – The economy was expected to grow by 0.6 percent this year, down slightly from the 0.7 percent forecast in January, as weaker exports and policy uncertainty took their toll, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said yesterday.

In its World Economic Outlook update for April, the IMF also now expects lower growth of 1.2 percent for South Africa in 2017, having predicted 1.8 percent in January.