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Transnet to pursue ‘just and equitable’ settlements with rail OEMs awarded ‘unlawful’ contracts 

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2019 Having determined the procurement of 1 064 diesel and electric locomotives to be “irregular and unlawful”, Transnet has communicated its intention to review contacts awarded to four original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in 2015. The State-owned freight logistics group has also indicated that it... 

Gautrain seeks ways to grow ridership as 2018 hits govt's pocket 

By: Irma Venter     17th January 2019 The patronage guarantee payable by the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) to the Bombela Concession Company (BCC), as the Gautrain operator, has increased from R1.34-billion in the 2016/17 financial year, to around R1.5-billion for the 2017/18 financial year. GMA CEO Jack van der Merwe says the... 

Gautrain seeks ways to grow ridership as 2018 hits govt's pocket

African entities urged to be proactive in growing the continent's economies  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th January 2019 Africa is sitting on the financial periphery and the onus is on entities on the continent to take proactive measures to grow countries’ economies and drive market reforms, Deloitte Africa Emerging Markets MD Dr Martyn Davies said on Thursday. Speaking at the Deloitte Africa in 2019 Outlook... 

Deloitte Africa Emerging Markets MD Dr Martyn Davies outlines the strategy African entities should take this year to bolster economies on the continent. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

SARB holds rate as CPI outlook improves 

By: Reuters     17th January 2019 South Africa's central bank kept its benchmark repo rate unchanged as expected at 6.75% on Thursday, saying it had taken note of an improvement in the near-term inflation outlook. Governor Lesetja Kganyago said a significant drop in international oil prices and a less depreciated rand exchange... 

SARB holds rate as CPI outlook improves

Group Five to sell Everite, Sky Sands subsidiaries for R480m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th January 2019 Construction firm Group Five will sell its Everite and Sky Sands subsidiaries to a consortium comprising Trinitas Private Equity and Agile Capital for R480-million. The subsidiaries form part of the firm's manufacturing cluster. 

Agrizzi shows inquiry video of Bosasa bosses counting money for ACSA tender bribe

By: African News Agency      17th January 2019 Former Bosasa chief operating officer Angelo Agrizzi on Thursday showed the commission probing state capture a video in which businessman Gavin Watson counted money allegedly used to pay a bribe to secure a R14 million a month contract from the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA). Continuing... 

Investec, UK Climate Investments kickstart renewable energy vehicle with R1bn

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 Investec Bank and UK Climate Investments have committed a combined R1-billion to a dedicated renewable energy investment vehicle Revego Africa Energy. Revego Fund Managers (RFM) – a newly incorporated black-owned and managed fund manager – will be responsible for managing Revego’s investments... 

Tulisa cleared of cable price-fixing charges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 The Competition Tribunal has dismissed a case of price fixing against power cable manufacturer Tulisa, after finding that there was insufficient evidence to show the company had been part of a cartel that had allegedly sought to fix the price of power cables from 2001 to 2010. At the time of... 

R35m clothing firm to stimulate textile sector in KZN

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe and KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala will, on January 22, launch a multimillion-rand textile firm Africa Bespoke Apparel (ABA), in KwaZulu-Natal. ABA is a 100%-black owned company... 

DoL launches formal inquiry into roof collapse at KZN building

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 The Department of Labour (DoL) has set up a formal inquiry into the collapse of a structure that was under construction last year on the premises of Imperial Logistics, in Durban. The collapse led to the death of four employees and the injury of four others.  

Old Conradie hospital project could be 'make or break' for housing system, says Zille

By: News24Wire      17th January 2019 Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said the "pioneering" housing project expected at the site of the derelict old Conradie Hospital in Cape Town could "make or break" the current housing system. A R3-billion mixed-income residential project, set for the vast grounds of the old hospital could... 

Vaal river system water levels show year-on-year decline

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th January 2019 The water levels across the 14 dams forming part of the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS) continue to decline. A Department of Water and Sanitation statement on Thursday indicates that the high temperatures and above normal water use in recent days have resulted in a decrease in water levels to... 

Outa, WSSA call for establishment of independent water regulator

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) and Water Shortage South Africa (WSSA) says South Africa is in need of an independent water regulator. The organisations agree that the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is failing to effectively regulate the country’s water sector and requires a... 

Outa, WSSA call for establishment of independent water regulator

First Oxford Parks building completed

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 Construction of the Oxford Parks development, in Rosebank, has progressed, with the first building, built by Concor Buildings to serve as the new head office of oil company BP South Africa, completed. The 4-star green rated building is part of Phase 1 of the Oxford Parks vision, which will... 

First Oxford Parks building completed
Oxford Parks Phase 1 building one - BP South Africa's head office

Kenya's Safaricom's overdraft service exceeds expectations – CEO

By: Reuters     17th January 2019 Kenya's biggest telecoms operator, Safaricom, notched up one million users for its new overdraft feature on the M-Pesa platform in just eight days, surpassing its CEO's expectations, he said on Thursday. Started 11 years ago as a service to allow Kenyans without access to the banking network to... 

Engineering News iPhone and Android Apps available for free download

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 6 hours ago Creamer Media’s readers continue to be part of the mobile revolution.  Over 20% of Creamer Media’s online readers view the websites on their mobile devices. To cater for this growing mobile readership Creamer Media offers an Engineering News Online app for iPhone and Android users.  These apps... 

Engineering News iPhone and Android Apps available for free download

US urges Zimbabwe military to practice restraint amid protests

By: African News Agency      17th January 2019 The United States Embassy in Harare on Thursday expressed concern over reports of violence in parts of Zimbabwe, urging all parties to exercise restraint. "We condemn any disproportionate use of force and call on Zimbabwe’s security forces to respond to civil unrest professionally and with... 

Climate change threatens to make your morning brew more expensive

By: Bloomberg     17th January 2019 Coffee farmer Masumi Kondo wrapped himself in a cosy blanket on cool nights in the 1970s when he began growing the crop in the Franca region of Brazil’s Sao Paulo state. Now, thanks to persistently warmer weather, he needs an air conditioner. It’s not just the sleeping habits of farmers... 

Ghosn ouster from Renault nears as France abandons car titan

By: Bloomberg     17th January 2019 France is turning on Carlos Ghosn almost two months after his arrest in Tokyo, eliminating one of the executive’s last potential allies within the global auto alliance he has held together for almost two decades. The French government has called for Ghosn’s dismissal as chairman and chief... 

Alstom warns Siemens rail deal could be blocked by Europe

By: Bloomberg     17th January 2019 Alstom and Siemens’s planned rail merger appeared to be increasingly in danger of collapse, with the French company warning of a possible block by European antitrust regulators and its former German rival said to be considering alternatives for its business. “It’s a very frustrating moment for... 

Popo Molefe says new board found 'horror show' at Transnet

By: News24Wire      17th January 2019 State-owned freight rail company Transnet has issued summons to former top executives it says are implicated in financial mismanagement with a view of recouping some of the squandered money. Popo Molefe, chair of the Transnet board, said on Thursday morning at a media briefing that civil claims... 

Popo Molefe says new board found 'horror show' at Transnet
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Tansnet board chairperson Popo Molefe

Johannesburg city council discovers almost R9m in lost revenue

By: African News Agency      17th January 2019 The Johannesburg city council says an operation in Fourways led to the discovery of almost R9-million in lost revenue due to illegal connections to services since 2015. "The three properties which were visited were also found not to have complied with the city's bylaws and were fined," it said of... 

SARB expected to keep rates steady after November hike

By: African News Agency      17th January 2019 South Africa's central bank is likely to keep its benchmark repo rate unchanged on Thursday after raising it by 25 basis points last November to stem inflation central bank expected to keep rates steady after November hikepressures.central bank expected to keep rates steady after November hike... 

SARB expected to keep rates steady after November hike

Transnet issues summons to top former execs

By: News24Wire      17th January 2019 Transnet says it has issued summons to former top executives implicated in financial mismanagement with a view of recouping some of the squandered money.  Popo Molefe, chair of the Transnet board, was on Thursday giving the media an update on the operational status of the State-owned freight rail... 

Transnet issues summons to top former execs

Team SA to demonstrate country’s ‘stronger footing’ at this year’s WEF  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th January 2019 Team South Africa will be taking a unified approach to this year’s edition of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and will convey the message that the country is on a stronger footing than it was last year, President Cyril Ramaphosa said during a pre-WEF breakfast, in Rosebank, on Wednesday. The... 

Team SA to demonstrate country’s ‘stronger footing’ at this year’s WEF
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President Cyril Ramaphosa

Platinum price fall worsening plight of job-intensive mines 

By: Martin Creamer     16th January 2019 The latest fall of the platinum price is threatening to become the last straw that broke the camel’s back for some deep labour-intensive platinum group metals (PGMs) mines on particularly the western limb of the Bushveld Complex, Mining Weekly Online can today report. Well ahead of the latest... 

Platinum price fall worsening plight of job-intensive mines
Platinum price fall pressurising mines.

Thirty companies form alliance to help curb plastic waste

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th January 2019 Thirty companies have joined forces to establish the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), which aims to advance solutions to reduce and eliminate plastic waste from the environment, especially the ocean. The alliance is a nonprofit organisation that involves companies from across the global... 

Thirty companies form alliance to help curb plastic waste

EPP dominates listed property market with 21% return for 2018

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th January 2019 JSE-listed retail property fund EPP has delivered a total return of 21% in 2018. The JSE’s benchmark property index SAPY recorded a total return of minus 25% for the year.  

EPP dominates listed property market with 21% return for 2018
EPP CEO Hadley Dean

Festive season road death toll increases to 1 612

By: News24Wire      16th January 2019 Minister of Transport Blade Nzimande on Wednesday announced an increase in the number of fatalities experienced on the roads during the festive season. According to preliminary figures, 1 286 car accidents were recorded during the 2018/2019 festive season, which resulted in 1 612 fatalities. "We... 

EU countries clear steel import curb until July 2021

By: Reuters     16th January 2019 The European Union (EU) will limit imports of steel into the bloc following US President Donald Trump's imposition of metals tariffs after EU governments backed the plan in a vote on Wednesday. It means that all steel imports will be subject to an effective cap until July 2021 to counter concerns... 

Corruption, weak governance hinders sub-Saharan Africa’s economic growth – IMF

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th January 2019 Countries in sub-Saharan Africa could strengthen their economic performance by improving governance and reducing corruption, a working paper published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has found. The paper, titled ‘A Governance Dividend for Sub-Saharan Africa?’ stated that countries in... 

Trade conditions to remain subdued, warns Sacci 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th January 2019 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) trade conditions survey for December showed that activity had improved slightly on November, if adjusted for seasonal factors, while six-month prospects remained subdued. The seasonally adjusted Trade Activity Index (TAI) was at 47,... 

New SAPA division GM to focus on chicken dumping issue in South Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th January 2019 The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) has appointed businessperson Izaak Breintenbach GM of the association’s Broiler Organisation division. He succeeds Kevin Lovell who headed up the division for several years.  

Tullow Oil hit by payment delay, but sees higher output

By: Reuters     16th January 2019 A delay in receiving payment from the sale of a stake in Ugandan oilfields caused Tullow Oil to miss cash flow and debt forecasts on Wednesday, although the firm said it expected to receive the money soon and also forecast higher production. The Africa-focused company said it expected production... 

Optimum, Koornfontein preliminary business rescue plan to be submitted for creditor approval next week 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th January 2019 Legal adviser Bouwer van Niekerk expects to have a preliminary business rescue plan for Optimum Coal Mine and Koornfontein Mine submitted for creditor approval by the end of next week, he confirmed to Mining Weekly Online on Wednesday. The mines’ business rescue practitioners (BRPs) have been... 

Optimum, Koornfontein preliminary business rescue plan to be submitted for creditor approval next week

Rand Water reduces supply to two Mpumalanga municipalities in arrears

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th January 2019 Rand Water on Wednesday said it had reduced water pressure to two Mpumalanga-based local municipalities owing to the nonpayment of fees. The Victor Khanye and Govan Mbeki local municipalities have allegedly failed to honour agreements made to settle the outstanding amounts due to Rand Water. 

South Africa aims to finalise long-term energy plan next month – Radebe 

By: Reuters     16th January 2019 South Africa is aiming to finalise a long-term plan for the country's energy mix next month, and once that is done it will launch another round of renewable energy deals, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said on Wednesday. "We are aiming for February," Radebe told Reuters, when asked when the... 

South Africa aims to finalise long-term energy plan next month – Radebe
Photo by Dylan Slater
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Emira upgrades Denver warehouse

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th January 2019 JSE-listed Emira Property Fund is set to complete the total refurbishment of its 9 800 m2 warehouse facility, located in the industrial hub of Denver, Johannesburg, by March. Emira is investing R8.2-million in the revamp project. 

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