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Aton says will not support M&R’s proposed transaction with Aveng

By: Simone Liedtke     21st May 2018 German-owned Aton believes Murray & Roberts (M&R) is putting its interests ahead of that of shareholders and other stakeholders with its proposed combination with Aveng. The sole intent of M&R’s announcement on Friday that it plans to merge with Aveng, Aton states, is to frustrate Aton’s... 

Makhosi Khoza joins Outa 

By: Thabi Madiba     4th May 2018 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) announced on Friday that former African National Congress Member of Parliament Dr Makhosi Khoza will take up the role of executive director and head of the organisation’s Local Government Programme, beginning June. Outa expanded its mandate in February... 

Makhosi Khoza joins Outa
Former ANC member of parliament Makhosi Khoza

Proper dredging, correct dredge depths critical

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     30th March 2018 It is imperative that harbours are properly dredged and channels are kept open to facilitate smooth port operations, says global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright director and transport head Andrew Robinson. “Dredging is a much more complicated process than many people realise and the fact that a... 

Proper dredging, correct dredge depths critical
ANDREW ROBINSON Dredging is a continuous process as channels and quaysides must be dredged constantly so that vessels can get in and out of harbours

Nersa to make earlier decision on Eskom RCA applications

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th March 2018 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has moved forward public hearings into Eskom’s regulating clearing account (RCA) applications for 2014/15 to 2016/17.  

Regional wildlife crime workshop highlights threat, promotes cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th March 2018 The illegal trade in wildlife has become a major form of transnational organised crime that is damaging economies, undermining public safety and good governance in many regions around the world. And Southern Africa is no exception. “Criminals involved in wildlife crime are not involved only in... 

Regional wildlife crime workshop highlights threat, promotes cooperation
Photo by Endangered Wildlife Trust
Endangered Wildlife Trust Programme Manager: Wildlife and Trade Programme Ashleigh Dore

Investments in business controls result in shift in economic crime detection

By: Schalk Burger     16th March 2018 Investments made to detect fraud and corruption have resulted in more of these economic crimes being detected by corporate controls and oversight mechanisms, corporate services multinational PwC Forensics Services partner Trevor White says. Detailing the findings for South Africa of the... 

Investments in business controls result in shift in economic crime detection – PwC

By: Schalk Burger     27th February 2018 Investments made to detect fraud and corruption have resulted in more of these economic crimes being detected by corporate controls and oversight mechanisms, corporate services multinational PwC Forensics Services partner Trevor White said on Tuesday. Detailing the findings for South Africa of... 

VAT increase shouldn't have major impact on business-to-business transactions

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd February 2018 The one percentage point increase in the value-added tax (VAT) rate, from 14% to 15%, should not have a major impact on business-to-business transactions, says auditing firm KPMG COO Andrew Cranston. During a post-Budget discussion on Friday, he explained that the so-called “regressive effects”... 

Framework continues to form sector foundation

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 The economic opportunity represented by the continent’s need for energy makes the African energy industry an attractive prospect for foreign investment, says law firm Norton Rose Fulbright director Lizel Oberholzer. 

Framework continues to form sector foundation
LIZEL OBERHOLZER There is an ever-increasing opportunity for private sector renewable and alternative energy projects to support energy supply

Post-Zuma uncertainty not addressed by current opposition party ideology - Khoza

By: Dylan Slater     13th February 2018 Political party, African Democratic Change (ADeC), has expressed concern that South Africa faces an uncertain future in light of poor opposition leadership and foresight.  

Saliva drug testing growing in popularity

By: Paige Müller     9th February 2018 Since establishing that antiretrovirals (ARVs) cause positive cross-reactions during employee drug testing, saliva testing methods, which circumvent cross-reaction issues, have drastically increased in popularity, says Pretoria-based drug and alcohol testing equipment and accessories company... 

Industry body authorised as verification authority

2nd February 2018 The Department of Labour has authorised industry body the Southern African Gas Association (Saga) to be the verification authority for the natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industrial equipment industry for South Africa.  All industrial equipment needs to conform to the SANS 329 and... 

KPMG appoints new chairperson

By: Anine Kilian     17th January 2018 Auditing firm KPMG South Africa has appointed University of Pretoria chancellor Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu chairperson and Ansie Ramalho independent director. Both individuals will assume their roles on March 1.   Nkuhlu has over 30 years' experience working in both the public and private sectors... 

Ballistic firearms ‘fingerprinting’ futile, wasteful – SA Hunters

By: Dylan Slater     8th December 2017 Recent proposals by the South African Police Service (Saps) to establish a national “ballistic fingerprint” database of legally owned firearms in South Africa and for this database to be used as a forensic tool in criminal investigations is a largely futile and wasteful exercise in Saps’... 

Omnia files contempt of court case at Foskor over contentious phosphoric acid pricing  

By: Dylan Slater     8th December 2017 Diversified chemicals producer Omnia has filed a contempt of court case against phosphates and phosphoric acid producer Foskor over the alleged breaching of a court order by the Competition Tribunal 

Focus on environmental services boosts project sustainability

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Applying focused environmental services at every phase of any project ensures that opportunities to incorporate social and environmental aspects into the engineering design are flagged, which boosts the overall sustainability of the project, explains consulting engineering and project... 

Focus on environmental services  boosts project sustainability
SUSTAINABILITY REQUIREMENTS Sustainability requires the optimisation of environmental, social and economic outcomes

General public taking heed of environmental law

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 The general public is becoming more familiar with the tools that are available under the Constitution and environmental law to protect what is perceived as the unacceptable environmental or social impacts of businesses, says law firm Norton Rose Fulbright environment lawyer Matthew Thornton-Dibb. 

General public taking heed of environmental law
MATURED LEGISLATION South Africa’s environment regulatory system has matured since the publication of the National Environmental Management Act

Large companies driving increase in land contamination assessments

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 With there being an increase in land-contamination assessments among large companies owing to recently promulgated environmental legislation, sustainability services and consultancy Environmental Resources Management (ERM) partner Steve McKeown says this will hold companies accountable for the... 

Large companies driving increase in land contamination assessments
STEVE MCKEOWN Companies that have a global footprint are more committed to assessing their impact on the environment

Emotional awareness can improve productivity

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th November 2017 The pressure of operating in a global economy necessitates that South Africa aim for perfection in construction projects undertaken, which brings with it a host of challenges, says corporate training consultancy Hidden Dimensions CEO and on-site psychologist Charissa Bloomberg.  

Emotional awareness can improve productivity
CHARISSA BLOOMBERG With all the problems that the construction industry faces, a site psychologist can play a supportive role in training, coaching and mentoring, as well as putting the right teams together

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
Photo by Bloomberg
RECORD PRODUCTION Sasol showed great resilience and character through delivering record production volumes at Secunda Synfuels

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
Photo by Bloomberg
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

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. 

Open immigration regime central to S Africa’s growth

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 Countries seeking to promote economic growth and job creation tend to adopt policies that create flexible and open immigration regimes, contrasting with South Africa’s adoption of restrictive immigration laws, which when coupled with bureaucratic inefficiency creates a barrier to the entry of... 

Open immigration regime central to S Africa’s growth
GARY EISENBERG South Africa’s foreign policy should never lose sight of the historical benefits that have streamed into South Africa from Italy

Construction management council establishes transformation committee

By: Dylan Slater     13th October 2017 The South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) has set up a committee to further its transformation goals and a hotline to encourage the public to report any misconduct pertaining to the council’s scope of influence following reports of malpractice,... 

Construction management council establishes  transformation committee
Tjiamogale Manchidi Demographic representativeness in the project and construction management professions is crucial

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
Photo by Bloomberg
FOCUS AREA The Africa Nationally Determined Contributions Hub focuses on fostering of long-term climate action

Insurance plays vital role in construction project success

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Owing to insurance playing a vital role in the ultimate success of a construction project, insurance provider Risk Benefit Solutions (RBS) says contractors and engineers need to ensure that a contract includes the contractor all risk policy, which includes cover against damage and any liabilities... 

Insurance plays vital role in construction project success
GEORGE DAVIS Every construction project is unique and has its own set of risks

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
Photo by Bloomberg
HELPING HAND Some small business owners want the government to provide more funding and some believe government should grant tax breaks for their business

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

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

Specialist still major contributor to industry

25th August 2017 Having been a major contributor to uplifting the quality and safety standards of fire protection equipment for over 25 years, fire protection specialist Centa Group has a thorough understanding of the science of fire and is equipped with the knowledge pertaining to fire protection equipment legal... 

Specialist still major contributor to industry
SOLUTION OFFERING Solutions are custom designed to suit specific environments and include design layout, installation and maintenance

Manufacturers on receiving end of weak economy

18th August 2017 Manufacturers in South Africa are on the receiving end of the weak economy as there is little room to pass on cost increases, says Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) economist Marique Kruger. 

Manufacturers on receiving end of weak economy
STEEL MANUFACTURING Steel manufacturers face the most damage from the weak economy

Merger completed in thermal application sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th August 2017 Export-oriented engineering company Loesche Group has completed the merger of its combustion systems and drying systems businesses into one central location. Completed in April, the group has built a team of specialists to manage the merger accordingly, as all technical details, drawings,... 

Merger completed in thermal application sector
BRINGING THE HEAT The new subsidiary will allow for consultation on and engineering of thermal application systems to client requirements

City published harbour bylaw for public comment

4th August 2017 The City of Cape Town has made its draft Harbour bylaw available for public comment, proposing to reverse the long-running systematic mismanagement of the city’s harbours under the national departments of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), and Public Works (DPW).  

City published harbour  bylaw for public comment
Photo by Bloomberg
HARBOURING PROBLEMS Neglected and mismanaged harbours have a negative impact on the workers and communities who depend on the harbours for their livelihood

New maritime transport policy to facilitate sector growth

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2017 The Department of Transport finalised its Comprehensive Maritime Transport Policy (CMTP) for South Africa in June.  

New maritime transport policy  to facilitate sector growth
CRUISING CONCEPT Private sector participation opportunities arose at the Durban cruise terminal for MSC Cruises’ subsidiary KwaZulu Cruise Terminals

Company to hold short courses and workshops this year

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 Environment solutions company I-CAT plans to hold a range of external, environment-oriented short courses and workshops at its Pretoria-based training facility by the last quarter of this year, as a means to keep the industry updated on legislation changes and the responsibility of industry players. 

Company to hold  short courses and workshops this year
Photo by Duane Daws
LOURENS JANSEN VAN RENSBURG I-CAT uses highly qualified and experienced facilitators to provide competency-based specialised training programmes

New platform launched to help companies manage risks and continuity plans

By: Schalk Burger     28th July 2017 Corporate governance risk and compliance software firm Cura South Africa has launched a risk-management software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform, which provides a subscription-based system for companies to manage their business risks and continuity plans according to international standards. The... 

New platform launched to help companies manage risks and continuity plans
ALEX ROBERTS The SaaS portal provides an easy-to-use visual interface for risk officers to manage the risks that they oversee
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