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Sacu makes formal request to initiate post-Brexit trade talks with UK

By: Terence Creamer     21st April 2017 South Africa’s Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies reports that the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) has written a letter to the UK government formally requesting the initiation of talks on the terms of the bilateral trade relationship that will be put in place when Britain exits the... 

Sapoa says comments were ignored in new property Bill

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th April 2017 The South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) says that while it supports the aims of the Property Practitioners Draft Bill, published for comment on March 31, the current version of the draft Bill does not take any of Sapoa’s previous recommendations into account. The Bill, which will... 

Govt not delaying Vredefort Dome’s heritage proclamation – Molewa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th April 2017 Concerns of landowners within the Vredefort Dome, in the Free State, are preventing government from proclaiming the area as a world heritage site, says Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa. In a written reply to a Parliamentary question, published on Tuesday, she said the area, which was... 

Brazil again turning to private sector to undertake key infrastructure projects

By: Keith Campbell     14th April 2017 With the country slowly emerging from its worst recession in decades, with Federal Government spending now frozen, in real terms, by law, for the next 20 years, Brazil is again looking to the private sector to undertake or help undertake key infrastructure projects. Up to the mid-1990s nearly all... 

Baker McKenzie launches app to assist in case of antitrust dawn raids

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th April 2017 An application (app) that assists clients in navigating the coordinated dawn raids undertaken by competition authorities has been expanded to accommodate 44 countries, including South Africa. Multinational law firm Baker McKenzie’s Dawn Raid app delivers real-time step-by-step guidance on the... 

Royal HaskoningDHV develops digital EIS

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th April 2017 International engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV Group has launched a digital and interactive environmental-impact statement (EIS) to replace the traditional, outdated, paper-based reporting approach of interpreting data surrounding the environmental impact of a... 

Royal HaskoningDHV develops digital EIS

Fitch next to downgrade Eskom, Transnet to align with sovereign ratings

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th April 2017 South African State-owned Eskom and Transnet have also been downgraded by ratings agency Fitch to align with the recent downgrade of South Africa’s sovereign rating. Eskom’s long-term local currency issuer default rating (IDR) and the senior unsecured local currency rating have been downgraded... 

Diesel tax refund system should be simplified – KPMG

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th April 2017 As the National Treasury and the South African Revenue Service (Sars) work to streamline the current diesel refund system, KPMG believes the development of a more simplified and concise refund framework is needed, particularly in reference to mining sector beneficiaries. The current Sars diesel... 

Competition Commission adds ten charges against Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th April 2017 Less than a week after referring Japanese company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line) to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution for collusive tendering, price fixing and market division, the Competition Commission has added ten more charges. The commission is also seeking administrative penalties of... 

Cesa backs Treasury in much-anticipated procurement standards overhaul

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 In its quest to mitigate the challenges that consulting engineers face, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell says Cesa has developed a healthy working relationship with the National Treasury. 

Cesa backs Treasury in much-anticipated procurement standards overhaul
CHRIS CAMPBELL Cesa aims to be the body which all consulting engineering companies consider as the home of consulting engineering in South Africa

Increasing demand in industry for operational excellence

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 Growing demand for operational excellence in the country, in increasingly outward-facing industrial enterprises in a global economy, is accompanied by the requirement that more women be employed, owing to government legislation and societal demands, and the two imperatives are by no means... 

Increasing demand in industry for operational excellence
GROWING DEMAND Indipath continues to see [more] women entering the market

Competition Commission refers Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha to Tribunal

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th April 2017 The Competition Commission has lodged a complaint with the Competition Tribunal against Japanese company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha. The firm is one of four companies investigated by the commission and found to have been involved in a cartel transporting Toyota vehicles by sea to and from South Africa... 

DEA suspends activities at EnviroServ’s Shongweni landfill site

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th April 2017 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) on Tuesday suspended the acceptance, treatment and disposal of waste at EnviroServ Waste Management’s Shongweni landfill site, in eThekwini, KwaZulu-Natal, which failed to comply with provisions of the law and conditions of its Waste Management... 

Cabinet reshuffle places South Africa firmly in junk status crosshairs

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st March 2017 As South Africa reels from the news of another Cabinet reshuffle overnight, the damage to business confidence and a renewed threat of a ratings downgrade should not be underestimated. After a week of speculation, President Jacob Zuma on Thursday night made sweeping changes to his Cabinet,... 

Cabinet reshuffle places South Africa firmly in junk status crosshairs
Econometrix chief economist Dr Azar Jammine

Outa seeks legal action in the wake of Cabinet Reshuffle

By: African News Agency      31st March 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) said on Friday that it was exploring legal action and would persuade influential people in authority to support this objective following the axing of outgoing Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Outa’s decision to seek legal action comes after the Democratic... 

Outa seeks legal action in the wake of Cabinet Reshuffle
Outa Chairperson Wayne Duvenage

ANC calls for unity following Zuma's reshuffle

By: News24Wire      31st March 2017 The African National Congress (ANC) on Friday neither welcomed nor condemned President Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet reshuffle. Instead, the party called for its members to display unity. 

ANC calls for unity following Zuma's reshuffle

DA asks Mbete for urgent sitting over reshuffle

By: News24Wire      31st March 2017 Democratic Alliance (DA) chief whip John Steenhuisen has written to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to ask for a debate of a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. Parliament goes on recess for the Easter holidays on Friday, and only resumes in May. 

DA asks Mbete for urgent sitting over reshuffle
National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete

Mixed reactions to Zuma reshuffle

By: News24Wire      31st March 2017 The African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) and government have welcomed the appointment of new ministers, amid growing opposition to President Jacob Zuma's Cabinet reshuffle. The ANCWL's Moekgo Matuba applauded Zuma for being cognisant of the gender parity policy of the ANC and... 

Mixed reactions to Zuma reshuffle
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President Jacob Zuma

Sky will not fall under Gigaba's leadership – ANCYL

By: News24Wire      31st March 2017 The sky will not fall under new Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, in spite of scare-mongers, the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) said on Friday. "The ANC Youth League is excited, happy, overjoyed and jubilant at the announcement by President Jacob Zuma on the Cabinet reshuffle,"... 

Sky will not fall under Gigaba's leadership – ANCYL
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Incoming Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

Ramaphosa against Gordhan’s removal 

By: African News Agency      31st March 2017 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday expressed his dissatisfaction with the sacking of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, adding that President Jacob Zuma presented the top African National Congress (ANC) leadership with a “ready made” list of the new Cabinet without consultation. Ramaphosa... 

Ramaphosa against Gordhan’s removal
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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Only crime Gordhan, Jonas committed was being incorruptible – Jackson Mthembu

By: News24Wire      31st March 2017 The only crime Pravin Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas have committed is being incorruptible, African National Congress (ANC) chief whip Jackson Mthembu says. The chief whip has been a staunch and vocal supporter of the former finance minister and his deputy, calling for party leaders to rally behind them. 

Only crime Gordhan, Jonas committed was being incorruptible – Jackson Mthembu
ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu

Fired ministers not lost to ANC – Duarte

By: News24Wire      31st March 2017 While they may not agree with President Jacob Zuma's choices, the African National Congress (ANC) must still rally behind new and old Cabinet ministers, party deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte said on Friday. "Congratulations to all the new ministers appointed by the President. Ministers who... 

Fired ministers not lost to ANC – Duarte
ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte

ANC youth league praises Zuma's cabinet reshuffle

By: Reuters     31st March 2017 The youth wing of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) welcomes President Jacob Zuma's cabinet reshuffle and the appointment of "experienced and intelligent" Malusi Gigaba as finance minister, its leader said on Friday. "We welcome the reshuffle and the appointment of former... 

ANC youth league praises Zuma's cabinet reshuffle
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ANCYL President Collen Maine

Thanks, and goodbye – Gordhan

By: African News Agency      31st March 2017 Axed finance minister Pravin Gordhan on Friday paid tribute to ordinary South Africans for their support during his tenure at the helm of National Treasury. “Thank you very much for being here, and for demonstrating this solidarity. We have had a meeting with the staff of the Treasury and we said... 

Thanks, and goodbye – Gordhan
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Outgoing Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan

Gigaba will do Guptas' bidding – SACP

By: News24Wire      31st March 2017 Incoming finance minister Malusi Gigaba was selected solely to do the Gupta family’s bidding at the Treasury, the South African Communist Party (SACP) said on Friday. "The Guptas have almost, now with the removal of [Finance Minister] Pravin Gordhan, ensured that they have unfettered access to... 

Gigaba will do Guptas' bidding – SACP
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Incoming Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

Be positive! - axed Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom

By: News24Wire      31st March 2017 South Africans must remain positive following the mass Cabinet reshuffle by President Jacob Zuma, outgoing Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said on Friday. He took to Twitter on Thursday evening to thank people for their support. 

Be positive! - axed Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom
Outgoing Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom

'Government, it’s not for me' – Ramatlhodi

By: News24Wire      31st March 2017 Outgoing Public Administration Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi was not informed that his time as member of President Jacob Zuma's Cabinet had come to an end. Speaking to News24 while playing a game of golf on Friday morning, he said he had accepted that Zuma no longer wanted him to serve as a minister. 

'Government, it’s not for me' – Ramatlhodi
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Outgoing Public Administration Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi

Ramaphosa told Zuma he disagreed with Gordhan sacking

By: Reuters     31st March 2017 South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday he told President Jacob Zuma that he disagreed with his decision to sack Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. "I told the President so, that I would not agree with him on his reasoning to remove the minister of finance," Ramaphosa told... 

Ramaphosa told Zuma he disagreed with Gordhan sacking
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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Only hope for SA now is to remove ANC – EFF

By: News24Wire      31st March 2017 The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called the Cabinet reshuffle a continuation of a plan to "place Treasury in the hands of an individual whose only qualification is his loyalty to the Gupta family". Economic Freedom Fighters spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the party rejected the... 

Only hope for SA now is to remove ANC – EFF

Cope calls for mass Cabinet resignation

By: News24Wire      31st March 2017 The Congress of the People (Cope) has called for a mass resignation by Cabinet in protest against President Jacob Zuma's reshuffle, which saw Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas among those removed. "In our view this was not a genuine and honest Cabinet reshuffle based on... 

Cope calls for mass Cabinet resignation

ANC divided, Zuma weakened by cabinet reshuffle

By: Reuters     31st March 2017 President Jacob Zuma's midnight sacking of his finance minister shook South African financial markets on Friday, undermining his authority and threatening to split the African National Congress (ANC) that has governed since the end of apartheid. ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, usually a... 

ANC divided, Zuma weakened by cabinet reshuffle
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ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe

Need for industry growth must be recognised

By: Robyn Wilkinson     31st March 2017 More favourable economic conditions for sugar cane production and processing need to be fostered in South Africa to protect and grow a sector that contributes an average R12-billion to the economy and provides about 350 000 jobs in the country, say industry associations the South African Cane... 

Need for industry growth must be recognised
Photo by Duane Daws
REMAINING GLOBALLY RELEVANT South Africa needs to protect its positon as a globally competitive producer of high-quality sugar

Sugar tax threatens sugar industry survival

By: Robyn Wilkinson     31st March 2017 The South African Treasury’s proposal to introduce a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) later this year threatens the sustainability and survival of a sugar industry already under strain, says South African Sugar Association (Sasa) executive director Trix Trikam. 

Zuma says restitution without compensation won’t lead to land grabs

By: African News Agency      30th March 2017 President Jacob Zuma on Thursday said land restitution without compensation would not end in land grabs, but would restore dignity to poor South Africans. Zuma was responding to a debate in a sitting of the National House of Traditional Leaders in Parliament, and said the return of land to its... 

Zuma says restitution without compensation won’t lead to land grabs
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President Jacob Zuma

ANC top six split on whether to fire Gordhan – sources 

By: Reuters     29th March 2017 The top six of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) are divided down the middle on whether to remove Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, two sources told Reuters. President Jacob Zuma, who is part of the top six wants to replace Gordhan and has the support of chairperson Baleka... 

ANC top six split on whether to fire Gordhan – sources

Oakbay/Gordhan debacle a settled issue in law – Guptas lawyer

By: African News Agency      29th March 2017 Oakbay Investments on Wednesday told the high court in Pretoria that there was no need for Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to seek a declaratory order relating to the Gupta-owned entity’s wrangle with South Africa’s major banks. “The Supreme Court of Appeal held that even a court does not have... 

Oakbay/Gordhan debacle a settled issue in law – Guptas lawyer

Gupta entity wanted Gordhan’s ‘unlawful’ intervention

By: African News Agency      29th March 2017 Oakbay Investments, owned by the controversial Gupta family, sought Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to intervene illegally in its dispute with top South African banks, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Wednesday. Advocate Vincent Maleka, representing Standard Bank, told a full bench of judges... 

Gupta entity wanted Gordhan’s ‘unlawful’ intervention
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