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Transnet results eclipsed by irregular expenditure, qualified audit and State capture

By: Terence Creamer     20th August 2018 A surge in irregular expenditure to over R8-billion triggered a qualification of Transnet’s 2018 financial results, all but eclipsing an otherwise strong financial and operational performance by the State-owned group. The irregular expenditure related primarily to procurement undertaken by... 

Finance ministers fired by Zuma to testify at State capture inquiry

By: News24Wire      20th August 2018 Two of the finance ministers who Jacob Zuma fired during his time as South Africa's president are expected to testify at the State capture commission of inquiry. Head of legal services, Paul Pretorius SC, told the commission that current Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and current... 

Finance ministers fired by Zuma to testify at State capture inquiry
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene

M&R announces new appointments for underground mining platform

By: Simone Liedtke     20th August 2018 Mike da Costa was appointed CEO of Murray & Robert’s (M&R’s) global underground mining platform, effective August 1, mining contracting company M&R Cementation reported on Monday. The M&R underground mining platform covers six continents and its service offering spans the project value chain... 

Zondo appeals to South Africans to bring evidence on State capture

By: African News Agency      20th August 2018 The chairperson of the commission of inquiry probing allegations of corruption and State capture, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo on Monday appealed to South Africans to come forward with any information and evidence they think might help the commission in its investigation. Zondo opened the... 

 Zondo appeals to South Africans to bring evidence on State capture
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Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo

ANC, AgriSA to meet over expropriation, economy

By: News24Wire      20th August 2018 The ANC and AgriSA, the country’s largest representative body of commercial farmers, will meet on Tuesday to discuss the heated issue of expropriation without compensation. This follows months of uncertainty in the agricultural sector and the broader economy after the ANC’s initial decision to... 

State capture inquiry gets underway in Johannesburg

By: African News Agency      20th August 2018 The judicial commission of inquiry into alleged capture of the South African State and its entities, referred to as ''State capture'', is set to begin on Monday in Johannesburg. At the centre of the hearings are the fugitive Gupta family, who have since left the country as allegations of... 

State capture inquiry gets underway in Johannesburg
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo

Get your house in order, MPs tell Transnet

By: Reuters     17th August 2018 Parliament's watchdog on public account on Friday said it had instructed the Transnet board and management to curb graft at the State-owned company. "The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) has told the Transnet Board and management to stop the looting because the business is able to... 

BBBEE Commission to host first Women Empowerment Conference

By: Simone Liedtke     17th August 2018 The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Commission will host its first Women Empowerment Conference, in Pretoria, on August 24. The conference, held under the theme ‘Advancing Women Economic Empowerment through the BBBEE Act’, will be addressed by Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob... 

Leftists rattle rand with plan to nationalise South Africa's SARB

By: Reuters     17th August 2018 Opposition firebrand Julius Malema introduced a bill to nationalise South Africa's central bank, raising pressure on the ruling ANC to go through with a plan it shelved this year and rattling markets wary of threats to the institution's independence. The rand fell more than 1 percent overnight... 

Biofuels unviable alternative in South Africa – expert

By: Paige Müller     17th August 2018 Owing to biofuels being too expensive to manufacture, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Business School Energy Leadership Centre director Dr Rod Crompton says this makes them a commercially unviable energy source. He tells Engineering News that, despite the fact that global renewable-energy... 

Biofuels unviable alternative  in South Africa – expert
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ENERGY LEADERSHIP CENTRE The University of the Witwatersrand launched the Energy Leadership Centre to equip Africa’s energy industry for future technological advancements

Wave of innovation for infrastructure development

By: Donald Makhafola     17th August 2018 With business spend in Africa predicted to grow from $2.6-trillion in 2015 to $3.5-trillion by 2025, wholly black-owned construction group Concor Construction believes that this trend will redefine urban areas and cities, triggering the need for rapid infrastructure development and services.... 

Wave of innovation for  infrastructure development
COLLABORATION Concor Construction wants to work with governments and municipalities to meet their mandates for infrastructure delivery

Investors looking for viable infrastructure projects in Africa

By: Donald Makhafola     17th August 2018 There is investor appetite for well-structured infrastructure projects on the continent, but investors need clarity from governments on regulations and the various projects earmarked for development, says specialist banking company Investec Bank head of power and infrastructure finance... 

Investors looking for  viable infrastructure  projects in Africa
INVESTING IN INFRASTRUCTURE Investec Bank is considering investment in renewable energy, water desalination and treatment projects, transportation infrastructure and speciality buildings

Ramaphosa launches commission of inquiry into PIC

By: African News Agency      16th August 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa will appoint a commission of inquiry to investigate the scandal-plagued Public Investment Corporation (PIC), it was announced on Thursday afternoon. The PIC invests government pensions and handles assets worth about R1.928-trillion. It is one of the biggest known funds... 

SA Express airline cleared to fly again

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th August 2018 Small, State-owned South African airline SA Express confirmed on Thursday that it would restart its operations on August 23. This announcement followed a statement by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on Wednesday that the carrier... 

SA Express airline cleared to fly again
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A Bombardier CRJ700 of SA Express

Hawks investigate cases related to Gupta-loot worth more than R40bn

By: News24Wire      16th August 2018 The Hawks are investigating cases related to the Guptas' state capture project that involves more than R40 billion which has been plundered from state coffers. Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya presented the Hawks' progress in several cases of state capture to the Portfolio Committee on Police on... 

Parliament considers tougher anti-smoking Bill

By: Reuters     16th August 2018 A Bill that would toughen anti-smoking legislation in South Africa has been submitted to Parliament for review by lawmakers, a health ministry spokesman said on Wednesday, as a campaign against the proposed changes intensifies. The Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill... 

Transnet signals intention to suspend CEO Gama

By: African News Agency      16th August 2018 The Transnet board has served notice on CEO Siyabonga Gama and two other top senior officials that it intends to place them on precautionary suspension. Chief procurement officer Thamsanqa Jiyana and supply chain manager Lindiwe Mdletshe also received letters on Wednesday. 

Transnet signals intention to suspend CEO Gama
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Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

ANC chairperson wants state to seize land from those with over 12 000 ha

By: Reuters     15th August 2018 National Chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC) Gwede Mantashe gestures at the end of the 54th National Conference of the ruling ANC at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The chairman of South... 

Rand slumps as Moody's says fiscal consolidation slows

By: Reuters     15th August 2018 The rand slumped on Wednesday as ratings agency Moody's warned that the pace of fiscal consolidation in Africa's most industrialised economy had slowed. Moody's is the only one of the "big three" ratings agencies which still has South Africa's sovereign rating in investment grade, so any hint... 

Gordhan announces whistleblower hotline to boost fight against corruption

By: News24Wire      15th August 2018 Stabilising State-owned enterprises could take six months or longer, depending on the extent of corruption, said Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. The minister on Wednesday briefed the portfolio committee on public enterprises on the progress made in addressing governance challenges at... 

Gordhan announces whistleblower hotline to boost fight against corruption
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

SA Express flights to take off next week – Gordhan

By: News24Wire      15th August 2018 Grounded SA Express will be ready to take off next week, said Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. He was briefing the portfolio committee on public enterprises in Parliament on Wednesday, on the progress made in addressing governance challenges at various state-owned enterprises. Speaking... 

South Africa's 2018 growth to be 'much lower' than initial forecasts – SARB

By: Reuters     15th August 2018 South Africa's economic growth this year will be "much lower" than initial expectations, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) said in a presentation to Parliament on Wednesday, calling any recovery "weak and choppy". The SARB added that fixed investment was not expected to pick up meaningfully... 

South Africa's 2018 growth to be 'much lower' than initial forecasts – SARB

Municipalities owed R139bn for services – Cogta

By: News24Wire      15th August 2018 Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Zweli Mkhize has revealed that municipalities are owed R139-billion for municipal services rendered. He said that the outstanding billions made it difficult for them to pay money owed to Eskom. Mkhize was responding to questions in the... 

Lazard drafting plan to bolster Eskom's balance sheet – sources

By: Reuters     14th August 2018 State-owned power firm Eskom has hired financial adviser Lazard to draft a plan to shore up its balance sheet as it struggles to emerge from a financial crisis, two banking sources told Reuters. Cash-strapped Eskom is critical to Africa's most industrialised economy as it supplies more than 90%... 

Rwanda and global airline body partner to improve air safety

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th August 2018 The Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Air Transport Association, to partner to improve aviation safety, it was announced on Tuesday. The MoU will allow the two sides to jointly establish a framework for the employment of... 

Rwanda and global airline body partner to improve air safety
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Kigali International Airport, Rwanda

Union takes illicit cigarettes trade fight to National Treasury

By: African News Agency      14th August 2018 Members of the Food and Allied Workers’ Union (Fawu) joined by tobacco farmers and informal traders on Tuesday as they marched to the National Treasury offices in Pretoria CBD, protesting about the thriving inflow of illegal cigarettes into the South African market, suffocating the local... 

Ramaphosa proposes new sovereign wealth fund – party officials

By: Reuters     14th August 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has proposed setting up a sovereign wealth fund to help boost economic growth, and his ruling African National Congress (ANC) backs the plan, two senior party officials said on Tuesday. Ramaphosa, who replaced scandal-plagued Jacob Zuma as ANC leader late last year, is... 

Rand rebounds two percent as Turkey-led rout eases

By: Reuters     14th August 2018 South Africa's rand gained more than 2% on Tuesday, bouncing off a two-year low struck a day before, when investors dumped emerging market assets because of fears over the Turkish economy. At 0705 GMT, the rand traded at 14.0800 versus the dollar, around 2.3% stronger on the day and more than 11%... 

Rand rebounds two percent as Turkey-led rout eases

SARB 'nowhere near' intervention on rand – deputy governor

By: Reuters     13th August 2018 The South African Reserve Bank was surprised by the magnitude of the rand weakness early on Monday but forex market conditions where "nowhere near" requiring the bank to intervene, deputy governor Daniel Mminele told Reuters. The rand slid more than 10% to a two-year low against the dollar in... 

Esor’s share price plummets as major subsidiary files for business rescue

By: Simone Liedtke     13th August 2018 JSE-listed Esor’s share price plummeted on Monday by 62.5% as the company announced the start of business rescue proceedings for its Esor Construction subsidiary, which holds the group’s infrastructure, building and housing, pipelines, sanitation and pipe services businesses. The decision follows... 

Sappi shares fall on lower Q3 profit

By: Simone Liedtke     13th August 2018 Dissolving wood pulp (DWP), paper and pulp producer Sappi’s share price on the JSE fell by as much as 10.4% on Monday after the company reported a 12% year-on-year decrease in net profit to $51-million for the third quarter ended June 30, compared with a net profit of $58-million reported for the... 

Sappi shares fall on lower Q3 profit
Sappi CEO Steve Binnie

Increasing nontaxed items could damage tax base, warns Parsons

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 North-West University Business School economist Professor Raymond Parsons says the independent panel’s recent recommendations for the zero-rating of several additional food and nonfood commodities under value-added tax (VAT) poses a wider challenge to the existing fiscal framework. Finance... 

Rand hits 2-year low, bonds stumble as Turkey contagion spreads

By: Reuters     13th August 2018 South Africa's rand plunged to a 2-year low against the dollar in early trade on Monday and government bonds weakened sharply as massive falls in the Turkish lira spread to other emerging market currencies. The rand slid earlier in the day more than 10% to hit a session low of 15.7000 per dollar,... 

Rand hits 2-year low, bonds stumble as Turkey contagion spreads

South Africa falls to 37th on International Property Rights Index

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th August 2018 South Africa is now ranked thirty-seventh in the global property rights rankings of the International Property Rights Index, with its score having declined from seven in 2017, when the country ranked twenty-seventh, to 6.35 this year. This is the largest decline by any country measured, mostly... 

Business Confidence Index gains one index point in July

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th August 2018 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) business confidence index (BCI) improved by one index point in July to measure 94.7, compared with 93.7 in June. However, the BCI remained 0.6 index points below the 95.3 of July 2017. “Whereas the downward momentum of the BCI slowed in... 

ARC to acquire 100% of TymeDigital

By: Anine Kilian     8th August 2018 African Rainbow Capital (ARC), led by chairperson Patrice Motsepe, has reached an agreement to acquire, through its 50.1% held subsidiary, ARC Financial Holding Company (FinHoldCo), 90% of TymeDigital by Commonwealth Bank, for an undisclosed consideration. When concluded, FinHoldCo will own 100%... 

Solidarity reaches wage agreement with AMSA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th August 2018 Trade union Solidarity has reached common ground with steel giant ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and has signed a wage agreement that is “favourable to all parties”. This follows after the union on July 13 referred its dispute with AMSA to the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining... 

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