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Fuel levy’s revenue-generating prowess to come under intense pressure

By: Irma VenterThe fuel levy as income source for government is rapidly losing productivity to generate income, says Professor Stephan Krygsman of the University of Stellenbosch’s Department of Logistics (Transport Economics). Taking the year 2000 as starting point, with the fuel levy at 100% productivity,... 

Fuel levy’s revenue-generating prowess to come under intense pressure

Editorial Insight

Wood for the trees

By: Terence CreamerAsset manager Stanlib is currently flighting a fascinating series of radio adverts, which pose the question: Was your money ready for this week? The fast-paced spots, which air on Fridays, pull together the key political, economic and corporate developments of a given week. These range from... 

Wood for the trees

News & Insight

AI poised to push the boundaries of patent law

By: Creamer Media Reporter As artificial intelligence (AI) – essentially, intelligence demonstrated by a machine – continues to change the way society works, plays and functions, so too will it have a profound impact on the legal profession, including patent law. 

Bids sought for water and sanitation project

By: Marcel ChimwalaMalawi’s Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) is inviting eligible consulting firms to indicate their interest in undertaking preparing detailed designs and rendering construction supervision for the Nkhata Bay town water supply and sanitation project. The Malawi government will finance the project... 

Budget airline continues to refine its service and aircraft mix

By: Rebecca CampbellPan-African low cost carrier Fastjet (which operates under the brand fastjet) is continuing its programme of optimising its services, routes, and fleet, to restore its financial health, ensure it becomes a sustainable going concern, and thereafter achieve consistent profitability. “As a... 

Cellular concrete holds potential in South Africa for rapid construction

By: Schalk BurgerLightweight and strong cellular concrete can reduce the time required to build various elements of buildings and houses in South Africa, although it is currently mostly limited to fill-in applications, says cellular concrete firm Lightbuild Technologies Paul Drozdov. Cellular concrete is... 

MTN conference showcases IoT excellence

By: Natasha OdendaalTelecommunications giant MTN’s 2018 Business Internet of Things (IoT) conference and awards showcased the “next generation of IoT trailblazers” as several companies walked away with honours for their innovations in the IoT space. Mine RP and FlowCentric scooped the 2018 MTN Business IoT Solution... 

SMME finance for women in South Africa in need of review

By: Natasha OdendaalDespite the progress that has been made in recent years, there is a need to increase targeted programmes and improve access to finance for women in business in South Africa. The success rate of the traditional approaches to financing and existing programmes for women entrepreneurs needs to be... 

US nuclear company Westinghouse emerges from bankruptcy protection

By: Rebecca CampbellUS major nuclear group Westinghouse Electric exited from bankruptcy protection (under Chapter 11 of US Bankruptcy Code) at the start of this month, when its takeover by Brookfield Business Partners came into effect. Brookfield, which is listed on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges and is... 

Vodacom expanding rural network coverage

By: Natasha OdendaalTelecommunications giant Vodacom is accelerating its rural connectivity programme, with more than 200 new rural network sites planned across all nine provinces in the year ahead. The company has already provided 101 rural villages with second-generation (2G) and third-generation (3G) connectivity... 

Photo of the Week


By: Creamer Media Reporter South Africa continues to speak hopefully about a New Dawn. However, Australia, which shares a number of similar characteristics, from mining and weather, to sporting appetites, recently marked what could arguably described as a long dawn. The country recently recorded its twenty-seventh straight... 



Can’t you handle the truth?

By: Riaan de LangeHave you seen any mention of the publicat of the International Monetary Forum's (IMF's) 2018 Article IV consultation with South Africa? For what I have seen, it was released through a notice from the National Treasury on July 30. Have you seen any mention of this in the South African financial... 

Riots and strikes

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyWe are in an era of strikes and riots. Workers at State-owned power utility Eskom have been on strike for weeks and have just settled, the taxi drives are on strike, the public workers union are threatening a strike, platinum workers are on strike, and so on. All strikes happen with the usual... 




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