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Budget News

Country’s science and technology budget remains stable

By: Keith Campbell     26th May 2017 The annual budget of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) remains stable, in real terms. “It’s in line with inflation,” DST Director General Dr Phil Mjwara told Engineering News Online at a recent press briefing. “It’s not declining, it’s not growing.” However, exchange rate volatility... 

GEPF assures its funds are not used to bail out troubled SAA

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2017 The Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) on Thursday assured that it was not funding the recapitalisation of ailing national airliner South African Airways (SAA), nor had it been approached to contribute. Speculation emerged last week that the GEPF’s assets will be used, through its fund... 

Reform of South African public enterprises would help reassure investors – IMF 

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2017 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says "structural reforms" in product, service and labour markets should be South Africa’s immediate policy priority for stimulating growth and job creation, particularly in light of the limited room to galvanise growth through macroeconomic policies. It also... 

Reform of South African public enterprises would help reassure investors – IMF

Gigaba appoints acting DG as Fuzile departs

By: Terence Creamer     15th May 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Monday appointed Dondo Mogajane as acting director-general, effective May 16, after Lungisa Fuzile completed his notice period. Mogajane would act in the position “until the process of appointing a new director-general is completed”. 

New audit service to support concrete product manufacturers

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 Cement and construction materials supplier AfriSam is providing additional support for its Concrete Product Manufacturers (CPMs) customers through its new Efficiency Audit service offering. AfriSam national sales manager Amit Dawneerangen says there has been a downturn in infrastructure projects... 

New audit service to  support concrete  product manufacturers
CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE AfriSam’s Centre of Product Excellence offers customers an additional Efficiency Audit service

‘Budget Priorities’ paper for 2018 Budget to be compiled by end May – Radebe

By: Terence Creamer     9th May 2017 Minister in The Presidency Jeff Radebe confirmed that the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) would finalise a ‘Budget Priorities’ paper by the end of May in a bid to improve alignment between the 2018 Budget and the National Development Plan (NDP). The paper, which will be... 

‘Budget Priorities’ paper for 2018 Budget to be compiled by end May – Radebe
Photo by Duane Daws
Minister Jeff Radebe

Johannesburg to restore dignity to residents through job creation – Mashaba

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd May 2017 The City of Johannesburg cannot continue accepting its projected 1.6% economic growth rate, as it will not be able to reverse the high rates of unemployment, Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba said on Wednesday, adding that the city needed to achieve a minimum of 5% economic growth by 2021. During... 

Johannesburg to restore dignity to residents through job creation – Mashaba

Johannesburg residents face rates, tariff increases 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th April 2017 The City of Johannesburg will increase its rates and tariffs for 2017/18 by an average of 12.2% for water and sanitation, 2.8% for electricity, 6.1% for refuse removal and 6.2% for property. In a presentation on the city’s Integrated Development Plan for the next five years, Mayor Herman Mashaba... 

Johannesburg residents face rates, tariff increases

Gigaba to attend IMF, World Bank meetings  

By: Sane Dhlamini     18th April 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s upcoming trip to the US for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Spring Meetings and further interactions with rating agencies received a thumbs up from Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa today.  “Well, the Minister is going to the Spring IMF... 

Gigaba to attend IMF, World Bank meetings
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Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

Development projects a core part of business

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 Owing to the role of groundwater resource development projects in communities’ wider socioeconomic wellbeing, consulting engineering company JG Afrika’s geohydrology technical director Mark Schapers says these projects are fast becoming a core part of the team’s business. 

Development projects a core part of business
SUSTAINABLE IMPLEMENTATION Rural areas are being targeted for the project as they have been poorly serviced in the past

Cabinet reshuffle places South Africa firmly in junk status crosshairs

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st March 2017 As South Africa reels from the news of another Cabinet reshuffle overnight, the damage to business confidence and a renewed threat of a ratings downgrade should not be underestimated. After a week of speculation, President Jacob Zuma on Thursday night made sweeping changes to his Cabinet,... 

Cabinet reshuffle places South Africa firmly in junk status crosshairs
Econometrix chief economist Dr Azar Jammine

S&P Global sees higher use of guarantees by Eskom as ratings ‘pressure point’

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2017 S&P Global warns that contingent liabilities associated with guarantees to State-owned companies (SoCs) such as Eskom have emerged as a “pressure point” for South Africa’s sovereign rating, which the agency currently has at one notch above junk, but with a negative outlook. The negative outlook... 

S&P Global sees higher use of guarantees by Eskom as ratings ‘pressure point’

Forging market for automotive application to be valued at $56-billion by 2022

     10th March 2017 Market research company Zion Market Research has published a new report highlighting that the global steel forging market for automotive applications was valued at $41.77-billion in 2016 and is expected to reach $56-billion in 2022, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.1% between... 

Forging market for automotive application to be valued at $56-billion by 2022
Photo by Duane Daws
INCREASED DRIVE Increasing cars sales are expected to drive the European automotive and automotive components market within the forecast period

Changes to procurement rules open R150bn opportunity for small firms – Zulu 

By: Terence Creamer     28th February 2017 Changes to South Africa’s preferential procurement regulations, which take effect on April 1, will open a R150-billion opportunity for small businesses and cooperatives, Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has acknowledged. The Minister revealed the figure during the Economic... 

Changes to procurement rules open R150bn opportunity for small firms – Zulu
Photo by Duane Daws
Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu

Tax administration developments ‘deeply disturbing’, Davis warns 

By: Terence Creamer     24th February 2017 Judge Dennis Davis, who heads Davis Tax Committee, set up in 2013 to assess South Africa’s tax policy framework, has added his voice to concerns about the state of tax administration in South Africa, particularly in light of the R30-billion under-recovery in 2016/17 relative to the estimate... 

Tax administration developments ‘deeply disturbing’, Davis warns
Photo by Duane Daws
Judge Dennis Davis

Busa welcomes Budget, commits to playing a role in country’s economic transformation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2017 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) on Thursday welcomed the prioritisation of education and social spending, as well as the reforms in public procurement outlined by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his Budget speech on Wednesday. Busa believes these measures will generate improved efficiencies... 

Association highlights the negative impact of poultry imports on the feed industry

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2017 Poultry meat imported into South Africa during 2016 displaced around 1.5-million tonnes of broiler feed, worth an estimated R8.2-billion or the equivalent of 15 medium-sized feed mills, which could have been locally manufactured, Animal Feed Manufacturers Association of South Africa (AFMA) said... 

Association highlights the negative impact of poultry imports on the feed industry

Treasury seeks to establish budgeting facility for large infrastructure projects

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd February 2017 As South Africa’s government moves to strengthen its budget execution and improve in-year monitoring, while also bolstering infrastructure development, the National Treasury has proposed the establishment of a new facility to optimise large multiyear infrastructure project roll-outs that require... 

Treasury seeks to establish budgeting facility for large infrastructure projects

Continued support for renewables IPPs an economic boost – Sarec 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd February 2017 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) has welcomed the confirmation by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan that the continuation of South Africa’s independent power producer (IPP) programme was imperative, given the need to boost investment in the short term. In a statement following... 

2017 Budget 

     22nd February 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the highlights of the 2017 Budget that was presented by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday. 

2017 Budget
2017 Budget. Camera and editing: Nicholas Boyd

Seifsa welcomes R95m steel development fund

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd February 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) on Wednesday welcomed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s R95-million allocation towards the establishment of a Steel Development Fund in the 2017 National Budget. The fund will be controlled by the Industrial Development... 

Sacci outlines Budget expectations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st February 2017 With Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan preparing to deliver his 2017 National Budget speech on Wednesday, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) weighed in on its expectations at a time when South Africa is experiencing subdued economic growth. Amid the Reserve Bank having... 

Fiscal consolidation, tax increases, SoE cost containment critical for pro-poor Budget - Busa

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th February 2017 Fiscal consolidation, considered and careful tax increases and parastatal cost containment will be critical elements for a pro-poor, pro-inclusive-growth Budget for South Africa for the year ahead. While there is a limit to what can be achieved through an effective Budget, Business Unity South... 

Certainty on Carbon Tax needed from this year’s Budget – Cova

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th February 2017 With expectations of the long-awaited Carbon Tax being implemented in 2018, much more clarity and certainty will be needed from the 2017 Budget, which will be delivered by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday. Currently, much uncertainty exists, with industry questioning policy certainty,... 

South Africa remains on junk ‘knife-edge’ as ANC succession takes centre stage  

By: Terence Creamer     14th February 2017 South Africa will remain on a downgrade “knife-edge” in 2017, Standard Bank chief economist Goolam Ballim warns, despite the bank’s view that the country’s growth will recover to 1.4% from only 0.4% last year. Both Fitch Ratings and S&P Global currently have South African on ‘negative watch’,... 

South Africa remains on junk ‘knife-edge’ as ANC succession takes centre stage
Standard Bank chief economist Goolam Ballim on how Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan may adjust tax policy to sustain consolidation path, while limiting negative growth impacts. Camera Work: Duane Daws. Editing: Lionel da Silva. 14.2.2017

Finance Minister invites public input ahead of Budget speech

By: Sane Dhlamini     6th February 2017 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has urged South Africans to share their views on economic conditions and to highlight issues they would like government to focus on in the National Budget Speech on February 22. The National Budget Speech will be presented against the backdrop of sluggish economic... 

Finance Minister invites public input ahead of Budget speech
Photo by Duane Daws
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan

Smarter portfolio choices and lower costs could drive higher returns in 2017

     3rd February 2017 The resource exploration industry has a good chance of achieving double-digit returns in 2017, as smarter portfolio choices and lower costs are already paying off, says analytics business Wood Mackenzie exploration VP Dr Andrew Latham. 

Smarter portfolio choices and lower costs could drive higher returns in 2017
Photo by Bloomberg
EMERGING EXPLORATION THEMES Some of the emerging exploration themes in 2017 include exploration for pipe gas opportunities near undersupplied markets

Gordhan in for tough Budget speech despite public support

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st January 2017 All eyes will be on Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on February 22 as he tables what will likely be a difficult 2017/18 Budget, in which measures will need to be adopted to generate sufficient taxes without stifling growth and widening inequality. With South Africa in a “near perfect storm” of... 

Gordhan in for tough Budget speech despite public support
Photo by Duane Daws
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan

Consulting engineers ready to help with irregular expenditure fight

By: Dylan Slater     9th December 2016 Firms that are members of nonprofit organisation Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) made known at the yearly Cesa Infrastructure Indaba, that they are ready to partner with government to reduce irregular expenditure.  

Ansys profits soar to R51m

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th November 2016 Engineering solutions provider Ansys’s profit before interest and tax in the half-year ended September 30, increased by 645.9% to R51.1-million from R6.8-million in the comparative period. The company attributed this significant increase to its continued investment in its operations, as well as... 

South African govt generates R1.2tr in FY14/15 income

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th November 2016 The South African government’s income for the year ended March 31, 2015, increased by R107.1-billion, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on Thursday. This increase in the consolidated general government accruement of R1.2-trillion from operating activities in the 2014/15 financial year... 

Creecy unveils R250bn Gauteng budget, warns on risk late invoice payments pose

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd November 2016 Departmental accruals, where invoices from one financial year are forwarded for payment in the following financial year, pose a threat to the overall financial health of the Gauteng provincial government (GPG) and its R250-billion Medium Term Budget, Finance MEC Barbara Creecy said on Tuesday.... 

Creecy unveils R250bn Gauteng budget, warns on risk late invoice payments pose

National Treasury makes further strides in bringing down supplier costs

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st November 2016 In an effort to bring down supplier costs, National Treasury’s Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO) has successfully renegotiated an existing contract with Telkom-owned Business Connexion (BCX). It is expected that the renegotiated fixed-line telecommunication services contract will... 

Guptas considered Treasury a 'stumbling block'

By: News24Wire      3rd November 2016 The Treasury was a "stumbling block" to the Guptas' business ambitions and the family asked Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas to sack its director general, according to former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s "state capture" report. He would have had to do this if he had accepted the... 

Guptas considered Treasury a 'stumbling block'
Photo by Duane Daws
Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas

Funding, procurement for road infrastructure projects problematic

By: Nadine James     28th October 2016 The methods of acquiring funding, as well as the public procurement process for road infrastructure projects need to be re-examined, as current models are problematic, says civil engineering consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa. WSP | Parsons transport and infrastructure divisional... 

Funding, procurement for road  infrastructure projects problematic
CAUTION CURVES AHEAD Challenges pertaining to the country's economy, government funding and public procurement has made it increasingly more difficult to develop road infrastructure

R100-billion infrastructure investment enhances safety and mobility

By: Nadine James     28th October 2016 As part of the City of Johannesburg’s ten-year R100-billion investment in infrastructure, the city’s road infrastructure authority the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) investigated the state and quality of the 814 bridges in Johannesburg, and set out to construct and rehabilitate bridges in the... 

R100-billion infrastructure investment enhances  safety and mobility
NALEDI-PROTEA NORTH BRIDGE Construction on the bridge that now links the two Soweto suburbs started in 2014

Highlights from the minibudget 

     26th October 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the key themes of this year’s minibudget, including funding for higher education and developments in the electricity sector. 

Highlights from the minibudget
Highlights from the minibudget
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