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Businesses to navigate the effects of union instability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th January 2017 Given the ongoing unstable political climate, the realignment of trade unions to consolidate numbers or gain increased affiliation is likely to perpetuate interunion rivalry for the foreseeable future, says legal services provider Creighton Attorneys director Barney Creighton. 

Equal pay claims discussed at Labour Law Conference

     20th January 2017 The future of equal pay claims in South Africa was one of the key focus areas at the twenty-ninth Annual Labour Law Conference (ALLC) last year, with University of KwaZulu-Natal senior lecturer Nicci Whitear-Nel exploring the issue within the context of unequal pay between genders. 

Improving labour laws may lead to greater employment rates

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th January 2017 A more mature attitude towards collective bargaining, more prudent use of strikes and greater flexibility for employers to manage their workforce according to demand would likely lead to a greater appetite for employment in South Africa, says legal services provider Shepstone & Wylie Attorneys... 

Improving labour laws may lead to greater employment rates
MICHAEL MAESO The consequences of a breach of the amendment that provides for the use of labour brokers is yet to be definitively determined

Sars ensures correct employee classification

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th January 2017 The misclassification of employees as independent contractors is a common problem that has resulted in the South African Revenue Service (Sars) instituting more stringent guidelines to ensure that employers adhere to taxation regulations, says contractor management services provider EOH Highveld... 

Sars ensures correct employee classification
BARTLEY JOSEPH South African employers act as agents of the State and are responsible for ensuring that all necessary taxes associated with an employee are collected

Fedusa takes aim at SoEs with Section 77 notice  

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th January 2017 The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) is taking a stand against government’s alleged failure to appoint “suitably qualified, accountable, responsible and responsive” management at some of South Africa’s vital parastatals. A Section 77 Protest Action Notice has been lodged with the... 

Fedusa takes aim at SoEs with Section 77 notice

Zuma signs 7 new finance bills into law

By: News24Wire      12th January 2017 President Jacob Zuma has signed seven new finance bills into law, the Presidency said in a statement on Thursday. The Bills have been passed by both the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces in the past year and sent to the President for ratification. 

Zuma signs 7 new finance bills into law

Gold traders most bullish in a year after dire end to 2016

By: Bloomberg     6th January 2017 There’s one thing many gold traders and analysts agree on, now is a great time to own bullion. Those surveyed by Bloomberg this week were the most bullish in a year. They cited worries over political developments in Europe, and in the US following Donald Trump’s election, as well as expectations... 

Gold traders most bullish in a year after dire end to 2016

Outlook 2017: SA growth weak, but stronger than 2016

By: News24Wire      3rd January 2017 South African asset prices should perform "ok", but mainly because there are more negative peers to compare to – especially Turkey – emerging markets economist Peter Attard Montalto of Nomura said on Thursday. "South Africa will see an overarching political narrative as the ANC moves to its... 

Outlook 2017: SA growth weak, but stronger than 2016

Zuma hints he will confront Msimanga over Taiwan trip 

By: African News Agency      3rd January 2017 President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday suggested he would use the next meeting of the President’s Coordinating Council to talk to Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga about his visit to Taiwan, which has angered the government and ruling party. In a statement from his office, Zuma said he “has noted the... 

Zuma hints he will confront Msimanga over Taiwan trip
South African President Jacob Zuma

DA brands ANC attack on Tshwane mayor’s visit to Taipei hypocritical

By: African News Agency      3rd January 2017 The Democratic Alliance on Monday hit back at accusations from the ruling African National Congress that Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga’s visit to Taiwan violated South African foreign policy. In a statement from DA spokesman for international relations, MP Stevens Mokgalapa, the party said... 

DA brands ANC attack on Tshwane mayor’s visit to Taipei hypocritical
Photo by Duane Daws
The DA praises the attempt by Mayor Msimanga to encourage investment in South Africa

Economic growth and jobs priority for 2017, says Zuma in New Year’s message

By: African News Agency      30th December 2016 Igniting economic growth to create more jobs would be top of government’s agenda for 2017, President Jacob Zuma said in his New Year’s message to South Africans. Zuma described 2016 as a fruitful year in which government worked hard to fight poverty, inequality, unemployment, and reversing “the... 

Economic growth and jobs priority for 2017, says Zuma in New Year’s message

Zambia withholding $243m in tax refunds owed to mining firms

By: Reuters     28th December 2016 Zambia is withholding 2.4-billion kwacha ($243-million) of the 5-billion kwacha owed to mining companies in tax refunds because the correct documentation has not been provided, the tax authority said on Wednesday. Zambia's government began paying up to 800-million kwacha a month in Value Added... 

Zambia withholding $243m in tax refunds owed to mining firms
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A mine supervisor overlooks Metorox's Chibuluma copper mine, near Kitwe, Zambia

South Africa can learn from SADC neighbours about policy – Leon 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th December 2016 Despite being a small, agriculturally marginal, predominantly semi-arid, landlocked nation, Botswana has experienced rapid economic development, owing to the correct policies being in place. This, Herbert Smith Freehills Africa practice cochairperson and partner Peter Leon said, showed what can... 

South Africa can learn from SADC neighbours about policy – Leon
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Herbert Smith Freehills Africa practice cochairperson and partner Peter Leon

Importance of energy efficiency highlighted at DoE conference

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2016 The importance of energy efficiency as part of policy is increasing in many countries, subsequently making it important to develop and maintain well founded indicators to better inform policymaking. 

Importance of energy efficiency highlighted at DoE conference
Photo by Simone Liedtke
ENERGY CONFERENCE The conference was hosted by the Department of Energy, in partnership with the National Business Initiative and Business Unity South Africa

South Africa’s economic, political landscape 

     8th December 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about South Africa’s economic and political performance in 2016 and what the country can expect in 2017. 

South Africa’s economic, political landscape
South Africa’s economic, political landscape

Public consultations for IRP, IEP get under way as DoE attracts criticism over timelines, pricing basis 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th December 2016 Planned nationwide public consultations got under way in Boksburg on Wednesday for the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) long-awaited draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), drawing some industry criticism regarding timelines and an outdated pricing structure.... 

Public consultations for IRP, IEP get under way as DoE attracts criticism over timelines, pricing basis

Zuma, Masutha to respond to ICC court challenge

By: News24Wire      6th December 2016 The High Court in Pretoria is expected to hear arguments from government on Tuesday on reasons for wanting to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). Representatives for President Jacob Zuma, Justice Minister Michael Masutha, the National Assembly speaker, the chair of the National... 

Zuma, Masutha to respond to ICC court challenge

Infrastructure-focused legal firm sets up Africa practice

By: Terence Creamer     5th December 2016 International law firm Pinsent Masons is formally establishing its African office in Johannesburg, from where it plans to pursue continental opportunities in the areasof infrastructure, energy and technology. The firm, which is domiciled in the UK, is a specialist infrastructure practice... 

Infrastructure-focused legal firm sets up Africa practice
Pinsent Masons founding partners Rob Morson, George Sibanda and Shane Voigt

South African nuclear regulator to host international review mission

By: Keith Campbell     2nd December 2016 An Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be active in South Africa from December 5 to 15, the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) announced on Thursday. The purpose of the IRRS mission will be to examine South Africa’s nuclear... 

South African nuclear regulator to host international review mission
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Dr Mzubanzi Bismark Tyobeka

Company aligns with South Africa regulations

     2nd December 2016 Transportation, logistics and supply chain service provider Cargo Carriers has responded to the South African government’s Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) regulations with enthusiasm and has a host of initiatives in the pipeline. “BBBEE regulations actually talk to our company’s... 

Company aligns with South Africa regulations
Photo by Duane Daws
GOOD PRACTICE Companies are scored on a ranking scale of one to eight and scores are based on seven pillars linked to the BBBEE Codes of Good Practice

Team South Africa prepares for Davos 2017 

     1st December 2016 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst talks to senior journalist Natasha Odendaal about the country’s preparations for the upcoming World Economic Forum meeting, due to take place in Davos, Switzerland. 

Team South Africa prepares for Davos 2017
Team South Africa prepares for Davos 2017

Fica bill unconstitutional, says Zuma 

By: News24Wire      29th November 2016 President Jacob Zuma referred the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment (Fica) Bill back to the National Assembly for reconsideration on Tuesday, his office announced. “I have given consideration to the Bill in its entirety and certain submissions regarding the constitutionality of the Bill.... 

Fica bill unconstitutional, says Zuma

Home Affairs kicks off civil records digitisation project

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd November 2016 The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) and Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) have taken the first steps in the R200-million digitisation of South Africa’s 286-million civil records – 90% of which are in paper format. DHA and Stats SA have combined their resources to digitise birth, marriage and... 

Home Affairs kicks off civil records digitisation project
Photo by Duane Daws
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba

Minimum wage adds stability that local economy needs – Jonas 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st November 2016 The newly proposed national minimum wage of R3 500 will not only establish greater labour stability in South Africa, but it will also evoke positive collaboration between business, labour and government, Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said on Monday. Speaking on the sidelines of a media... 

Minimum wage adds stability that local economy needs – Jonas
Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas speaks to Engineering News Online about the state of South Africa. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Vincent Pestana

Consideration of revenue Bill rescheduled

By: Sane Dhlamini     18th November 2016 The consideration of the Division of Revenue Amendment Bill for 2016/17 will have to be rescheduled following two failed attempts by the National Assembly to pass the critical Bill.  National Treasury said in a statement on Friday that the Bill was still on track to be passed before the end of... 

Consideration of revenue Bill rescheduled

More adjudicators needed for new regulations

By: Victor Moolman     18th November 2016 With the implementation of the Prompt Payment Regulation and Adjudication Standard for construction contracts imminent, multidisciplinary consulting firm MDA Consulting laments the lack of adjudicators in the industry to deal with disputes. 

More adjudicators needed for  new regulations
Photo by Duane Daws
CONSTRUCTION DISPUTES Disputes between construction contractors, employers and subcontractors will soon be handled by adjudicators

NPA mum on suspension letter

By: News24Wire      16th November 2016 The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said it would not comment on President Jacob Zuma’s letter in which Zuma requests reasons why National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams and others should not be suspended. “The presidency will communicate on that matter. We are not... 

NPA mum on suspension letter
Photo by Reuters
NPA head Shaun Abrahams

DA alleges political concealment about the state of PetroSA

By: Kim Cloete     15th November 2016 A controversial forensic audit report into embattled State entity PetroSA, which was to have been disclosed to the media and public during the course of a meeting of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Energy, has been withheld. At the meeting, on Tuesday, which was closed to the media and... 

Jonas recommits to fiscal consolidation as Treasury meets with ratings agency

By: African News Agency      15th November 2016 South Africa Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas reiterated on Tuesday that government was committed to fiscal consolidation, as National Treasury met with Fitch Ratings agency. “We are in the process of ratings agencies reviewing South Africa’s [credit] rating at the moment. Today we had a... 

Jonas recommits to fiscal consolidation as Treasury meets with ratings agency
Photo by Duane Daws
Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas

Leaks to blame for South Africa’s major water losses 

By: Anine Kilian     14th November 2016 The amount of municipality-supplied water being lost through leaking pipes and dripping taps – which amounts to about 25% – is a significant concern in the current drought-promoting climate and subsequent water restrictions in the country, says South African Institution of Civil Engineering... 

Leaks to blame for South Africa’s major water losses

Separate legislation may be needed for new electronic banking services

By: Schalk Burger     11th November 2016 New legislation, separate from local banking regulations, should be introduced to allow for the introduction of new, low-cost electronic banking and financial services while retaining the resilience of the banking sector, says digital systems firm Hello Group founder and chairperson Nadir... 

Separate legislation may be needed for new electronic banking services
NADIR KHAMISSA Low-cost or no-cost money transfer services for consumers and small businesses will improve their ability to access formal financial products, and reduce the constraints on growth of small businesses

Central Energy Fund grilled by lawmakers on controversial fuel stock sale

By: Kim Cloete     8th November 2016 The management and board of the Central Energy Fund (CEF) have been grilled by Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Energy, particularly on its controversial sale of 10-million barrels of crude oil reserves. The CEF has, however, been unable to come up with many answers. The main point of... 

Central Energy Fund grilled by lawmakers on controversial fuel stock sale
CEF says PetroSA is burning cash

Economic diversification critical to growth success – Davies

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th November 2016 As the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) works to develop a dedicated agroprocessing incentive to attract investment, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has reiterated the importance of diversifying South Africa’s economy. The development and revitalisation of South Africa’s... 

Eskom reports interim results amid State Capture controversy 

     4th November 2016 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst talks to Engineering News editor Terence Creamer about the power utility’s results following the release of the former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s State of Capture report. 

Eskom reports interim results amid State Capture controversy
Eskom reports interim results amid State Capture controversy

Valves supplier to extend foothold in municipal market

By: Nadine James     4th November 2016 Valve and steel supplier Stewarts and Lloyds (S&L) hopes to extend its market share in the municipal and civil engineering sectors, as it expects that the drive by government to effectively manage and optimise the water resources sector will result in several supply opportunities for local... 

Valves supplier to extend foothold in  municipal market
SALVALVE PRODUCTS The range includes several butterfly, gate, ball and resilient seal valves, strictly manufactured to local and international standards

Welding certification to become unavoidable for rail industry

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 With infrastructure development planned to take place rapidly in the rail industry, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) believes that EN 15085 certification is crucial to upholding the quality and safety of railway vehicles and components in the local industry.  

Welding certification  to become unavoidable  for rail industry
WELDING CERTIFICATION SAIW offers training, qualification and certification programmes to meet international requirements

Zwane's 'mystery' Dubai trip

By: News24Wire      3rd November 2016 A series of unused flights during a "mysterious" trip abroad by Mining Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, during which he allegedly escorted a member of the Gupta family to a meeting with an international mining company, may have cost taxpayers nearly R100 000 in possibly fruitless or wasteful... 

Zwane's 'mystery' Dubai trip
Photo by Duane Daws
Mining Minister Mosebenzi Zwane
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