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Landmark projects help Esor to improve performance in tough market

By: Dylan Slater     17th November 2017 Despite challenging market conditions and a deteriorating market environment for the six months ended August 31, JSE-listed civils and construction group Esor recorded a “significant improvement” in its finances, with profit before tax of R3.1-million, compared with a loss recorded in February.... 

SA lacking global competitiveness

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th November 2017 Local legislation, including stringent policy frameworks, continues to prove cumbersome for the South African construction sector, particularly owing to the necessity to conduct socioeconomic- and environmental-impact assessments, as well as obtain approval from the respective government... 

SA lacking global competitiveness
SOCIOECONOMIC BENEFITS Authorities would do well to accelerate the pace of affordable housing delivery, such as Reconstruction and Development Programme housing

African models boost construction development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th November 2017 Owing to various African countries’ having secured sovereign funding for construction projects that are being planned or in the process of implementation, these countries have the potential to promote rapid gross domestic product (GDP) growth, says consultancy firm WSP.  

African models boost construction development
VISHAAL LUTCHMAN There is a lot more awareness around projects, and legislation, and people are more vocal about the impacts of development projects on their circumstances

South African rail operator rebrands, expands offering

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th November 2017 Following the investment by the Pan-African Infrastructure Development Fund 2 (PAIDF2), managed by Pan-African fund manager Harith General Partners, in South African locomotive and rail operator Sheltam Group in June, the company has launched several initiatives to enhance its offering to the... 

South African rail operator rebrands, expands offering
NEW FACE New initiatives for Sheltam Group include the rebranding to Traxtion

Saftu, Outa call for independent judicial inquiry at Sars

By: Sane Dhlamini     8th November 2017 The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) and the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Wednesday called for Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba to appoint an independent judicial inquiry into tax administration and governance at the South African Revenue Service (Sars). This follows... 

Saftu, Outa call for independent judicial inquiry at Sars
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Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

Nonkululeko Nyembezi appointed as first black woman to chair Alexander Forbes

By: African News Agency      1st November 2017 South African financial services group Alexander Forbes on Wednesday announced the appointment of veteran business executive Nonkululeko Nyembezi as the new independent nonexecutive chairperson with effect from January 1, 2018. Nyembezi will become the first woman to chair the board in the... 

Continued volatility impacts on energy and chemicals company

     27th October 2017 Continued volatility in the macroeconomic environment, particularly the stronger rand and low oil price, has adversely impacted energy and chemicals company Sasol’s financial performance, says Sasol CFO Paul Victor. 

Continued volatility  impacts on energy and  chemicals company
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RECORD PRODUCTION Sasol showed great resilience and character through delivering record production volumes at Secunda Synfuels

UCT’s business school to participate in UN programme research council

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th October 2017 The University of Cape Town’s (UCT’s) Graduate School of Business (GSB) has been named as one of nine leading universities to be part of a partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to develop a research agenda that will better leverage private investment to finance the... 

Family-owned businesses outperform peers, report shows

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th October 2017 Family-owned companies have outperformed broader equity markets in every region and sector, according to the Credit Suisse Research Institute’s (CSRI’s) ‘The CS Family 1000’ report, which reviews the investment case for family-owned companies. The financial performance of family-owned companies... 

Credit default index offers visibility of pressures faced by consumer segments

By: Schalk Burger     27th October 2017 Consumer credit multinational Experian South Africa’s local consumer default index is a highly accurate tool to assess the economic pressures on different segments of the population, says Experian South Africa MD Simon Russell. The index functions as a business and policy formulation tool, and... 

Credit default index offers  visibility of pressures faced  by consumer segments
SIMON RUSSELL The index is based on more than one-billion points of data and is one of the most detailed views available in an emerging market

Gigaba’s maiden MTBPS receives mixed reviews

By: Sane Dhlamini     26th October 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s maiden Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) has received mixed reactions, with many organisations calling out its lack of attention to detail. Gigaba MTBPS was delayed by Economic Freedom Fighters MPs who objected to him delivering the budget on the basis... 

Gigaba’s maiden MTBPS receives mixed reviews
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Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

Businesses must take action to drive inclusive growth in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th October 2017 There is a need for a new social narrative that balances generating profits with building social capital to drive inclusive economic growth in Africa, says management consultant IQbusiness CEO Adam Craker.  

Businesses must take action to drive inclusive growth in Africa
ADAM CRAKER South Africa must focus on building a strong home economy if it is to be a participant in regional or continental growth

Clarifying sustainability reporting imperative for modern business

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th October 2017 A clear and shared sustainability reporting framework is integral for enabling companies to demonstrate a positive impact on not only the economies but also the societies and environments in which they operate, says independent international organisation Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) CE Tim... 

Clarifying sustainability reporting imperative for modern business
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DRIVING GROWTH GRI is assisting SMEs in Africa to gain access to global value chains by building their capacities for corporate sustainability management and reporting

Digital disruption to drive financial inclusion in Africa

     20th October 2017 Digital disruption in the financial services sector is likely to gain further momentum and lead to exciting new business models that will facilitate financial inclusion in Africa, says advisory services provider Deloitte Africa financial services industry leader Roger Verster. 

Digital disruption  to drive financial  inclusion in Africa
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DIGITAL DISRUPTION Mobile wallet solution m-Pesa is now available in ten countries and has a customer base of about 30-million active users

New security solution effective for African banks

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th October 2017 Technology solutions providers Mint Management Technologies and Microsoft are finalising the first version of an anti-money-laundering (AML) solution to help protect African financial institutions from illegal activities without enforcing cumbersome administration processes on clients. 

New security solution  effective for African banks
PRIORITISING PROTECTION Countries are finding it increasingly difficult to participate in the global economy if they are not engaged in some form of anti-money laundering programme

IDC will invest in infrastructure that unlocks industrialisation

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2017 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), South Africa’s development finance institution which exists to fund entrepreneurs and projects in the industrial sector, also seeks to use investments in infrastructure to free up industrial development opportunities. This was highlighted by IDC... 

Chamber helps Italian companies prosper in S Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 Networking events and exhibitions are integral to fostering partnerships between Italian and South African companies, says Italian-South African Chamber of Trade and Industries secretary general Mariagrazia Biancospino. 

Pan-European bank celebrates 45 years in SA

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 Pan-European banking and financial services provider UniCredit will celebrate 45 years of successful service in South Africa this year, having provided support for European companies entering African markets from its Johannesburg-based representative office since 1972. 

Pan-European bank  celebrates 45 years in SA
FAR-REACHING NETWORK Headquartered in Milan, UniCredit has a unique Pan-European network that provides expertise to 25-million clients globally

WWF, AfDB partner on Africa Nationally Determined Contributions Hub

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th October 2017 Conservation organisation the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have collaborated to advance the work of the Africa Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) Hub in addressing the impacts of climate change on the continent. The AfDB Climate Change and Green... 

WWF, AfDB partner on Africa Nationally  Determined Contributions Hub
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FOCUS AREA The Africa Nationally Determined Contributions Hub focuses on fostering of long-term climate action

SA weighs market opportunities as utility-scale battery storage prospects improve

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th October 2017 Following the release of an energy storage techno-economic study ‘The South Africa Energy Storage Technology and Market Assessment’, advocating that South Africa requires market preparation to take advantage of growth opportunities in the stationary and mobility value chains of energy storage,... 

SA weighs market opportunities as utility-scale  battery storage prospects improve

Hedderwick resigns as Long4Life COO

By: Anine Kilian     6th October 2017 Kevin Hedderwick has resigned as COO and executive director of JSE-listed Long4Life to pursue personal interests. Hedderwick, who was previously CEO of Famous Brands, joined Long4Life in May. 

UK unveils post-Brexit bilateral commitment to South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     6th October 2017 British International Trade Secretary (equivalent to Minister in South Africa) Dr Liam Fox announced on his recent visit to South Africa that his country’s export credit agency, UK Export Finance, has increased the funds available to South African enterprises buying British goods and to British... 

CEOs plan investments in Africa in medium term amid all-time confidence lows

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd October 2017 A third of CEOs plan to invest in Africa in the medium term, despite confidence in South Africa being at all-time lows. This is according to the quarterly Merchantec Confidence Index, released on Tuesday. 

Good corporate governance integral to mitigating risk – Manuel 

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd October 2017 The current lack of good corporate governance is negatively impacting on many of South Africa’s State-owned enterprises, according to former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel, who believes that working corporate governance could successfully mitigate risk. Delivering the keynote address at the... 

Good corporate governance integral to mitigating risk – Manuel
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Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel

Decline in insured construction activity to continue – Bryte

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd October 2017 Insured construction activity contracted by 15% year-on-year in the second quarter. Southern African proactive business risk specialist Bryte Insurance (formerly known as Zurich Insurance) this week released its Construction Activity Monitor for the three months to June 30. 

Decline in insured construction activity to continue – Bryte

Acquisition to enable large-scale cannabis production

     29th September 2017 International investment company LGC Capital, with its joint venture global logistics solutions company AfriAg, signed an agreement to acquire a 60% interest in South African cannabis product manufacturing company House of Hemp.  

Acquisition to enable large-scale cannabis production
WEED FOR PURPOSE Since its establishment, House of Hemp has been targeting research on all cannabis-related markets such as textiles, fibres, oil, nutrition and medicinal

SEZ receives recognition, contributes to SMME participation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th September 2017 Special economic zone (SEZ) developer and operator Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has been recognised by export assistance company Exporters Club for its dedication to job creation initiatives and excellent services to export orientated investors.  

SEZ receives recognition,  contributes to SMME participation
Photo by Duane Daws
JOBS SWEET SPOT The Coega Development Corporation created more than 7 243 operational jobs within its special economic zone at the end of the financial year 2016/17

Small businesses remain optimistic, despite volatility and uncertainties

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Despite economic volatility, South African small business owners remain optimistic and are actively pursuing growth, according to research from cloud based accounting software company Xero.   The research report, titled ‘State of South African Small Businesses’ surveys the challenges facing the... 

Small businesses remain optimistic,  despite volatility and uncertainties
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HELPING HAND Some small business owners want the government to provide more funding and some believe government should grant tax breaks for their business

KPMG Gupta blunder could see tighter audit policy, says SARB

By: African News Agency      26th September 2017 The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) said on Tuesday recent developments involving embattled audit firm KPMG SA may compel it to consider policy changes to further strengthen governance and transparency within the auditing and accounting professions. KPMG in South Africa failed to flag monies... 

Big room for improvement in payment of suppliers by government

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd September 2017 While Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Performance, Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration Jeff Radebe’s commented last month that the time taken by government to pay suppliers is improving, small business representative organisation AHI has identified areas where there is room for... 

Big room for improvement in payment of suppliers by government
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ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT There still remain outstanding and unpaid invoices of up to R5.3-billion

Legal framework offers model for enhancing transboundary infrastructure investment

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd September 2017 The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Uneca) has unveiled the Model Law that provides a framework for the harmonisation of cross-border rules, regulations, laws and policies governing transboundary infrastructure projects in Africa. The Model Law was unveiled at the yearly Nigerian... 

Legal framework offers model for enhancing  transboundary infrastructure investment
Photo by Duane Daws
PAVING THE WAY The Model Law may aid in additional efficiency, transparency and accountability with regard to public and private sector engagement in transboundary infrastructure

Intercontinental alignment agrees to increased economic cooperation

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2017 The five member countries of the Brics alignment – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – are to strengthen trade and investment between themselves. This was affirmed in the “Xiamen Declaration” issued during the IX Brics Summit in the southeastern Chinese coastal city of Xiamen. The... 

More British funds for trade with South Africa and renewed bilateral commitment to post-Brexit trade

By: Keith Campbell     20th September 2017 British International Trade Secretary (equivalent to Minister in South Africa) Dr Liam Fox announced in Pretoria on Wednesday that his country’s export credit agency, UK Export Finance, has increased the funds available to South African enterprises buying British goods and to British companies... 

More British funds for trade with South Africa and renewed bilateral commitment to post-Brexit trade
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Dr Liam Fox (left) and Dr Rob Davies (right) outside the InvestSA One-Stop Shop in Pretoria

Consortium to acquire 30% stake in Ethos Private Equity

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2017 RMI Investment Managers and Royal Investment Managers (RIM) will, as the RMI & RIM Consortium, acquire a 30% interest in private equity investment firm Ethos Private Equity through a series of transactions. The transactions will include a vendor-facilitated black economic empowerment component... 

Project to unlock local gas economy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st September 2017 The pursuit of piped gas into South Africa from Mozambique could unlock South Africa’s gas economy, says investment and project development company Fortune Capital.  

Project to unlock local gas economy
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UNLOCKING POTENTIAL Fortune Capital is an entity that is going to enable power players to access gas in South Africa Filename:

Cost of rooftop solar can be lowered through use of 12J tax rebate

By: Schalk Burger     1st September 2017 Businesses and property owners can leverage an industrial development-focused tax rebate, Section 12J of the Income Tax Act No 58 of 1962, to reduce the costs of installing solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Venture capital company Nesa Investment Holdings (NIH) has developed a solar PV rental... 

Servest acquires stake in ICT services company

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 International facilities management provider Servest has partnered with investment company Bottega InvestCo in the acquisition of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) services company Getronics. The transaction, which is supported by specialist banking and asset management... 

Servest acquires stake in ICT services company
Photo by Duane Daws
ENABLING TRANSACTION The transaction, will enable Servest to provide a seamless facility management and mobile technology offering for its growing client base
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