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Ten SADC countries enter new MoU for cooperation in competition matters

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th June 2016 To enhance cooperation and strengthen the effective enforcement of competition law across the South African Development Community (SADC) States, the relevant competition authorities have inked a “landmark” memorandum of understanding (MoU). With a focus on cooperation in competition policy, law... 

Pilot project prepares clients for changing energy legislation

By: Kimberley Smuts     3rd June 2016 Environmental, health and safety consulting and training providers Green Gain Consulting aim to launch its DigiLex SA Energy Suite pilot project by the end of this month. It will be integrated with the Business Intelligence (BI) platform, DigiData BI and clients in maintaining energy savings... 

Pilot project prepares clients for changing energy legislation
DIGILEX SA ENERGY SUITE The suite informs and prepares for legal compliance with pending environmental legislation in South Africa

Imperial eyes UK’s Palletways in R3.8bn deal

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st June 2016 JSE-listed Imperial, through its subsidiary Imperial Mobility International, plans to acquire 100% of UK-founded Palletways Group for £162.9-million, or R3.8-billion, from mid-market private equity firm Phoenix Equity Partners. The acquisition, which would be settled through the use of existing... 

Imperial eyes UK’s Palletways in R3.8bn deal
Photo by Duane Daws
Imperial CEO Mark Lamberti

Post-Panama, there are lessons to be learnt in fighting corruption 

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th May 2016 The so-called Panama Papers should be used as a launchpad to develop multi-jurisdictional efficiencies and to promote an exchange of best practices globally to fight corruption and mitigate widespread illicit financial flows. Swiss Foreign Ministry public international law and legal adviser and... 

Post-Panama, there are lessons to be learnt in fighting corruption
Swiss Foreign Ministry public international law and legal adviser and director-general Ambassador Valentin Zellweger discusses the Panama Papers and issues surrounding the tackling of illicit financial flows on a global scale. Date recorded: 30.05.16. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd.

South African companies urged to up the ante on anticorruption programmes’ transparency

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2016 A new report by Corruption Watch has revealed that, while South African companies are fairly transparent when it comes to certain anticorruption reporting practices when compared with their global counterparts, much could be done to improve disclosure and accountability in other areas where... 

South African companies urged to up the ante on anticorruption programmes’ transparency

Half a million construction workers could be at risk

By: News24Wire      25th May 2016 About 500 000 workers are risking their lives on construction sites that do not comply with health and safety laws, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant said on Tuesday. As much as 40% of the industry did not comply with these laws, which translated to about 5 000 construction sites across the country. 

Half a million construction workers could be at risk
Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant

BCCEI calls for engagement with small struggling contractors

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd May 2016 The Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) on Monday urged smaller contractors unable to comply with all the provisions of the civil engineering sectors’ collective agreements under the statutory body to check if they were eligible for exemption. Five collective agreements,... 

ARV project’s third attempt to supply affordable medicine

20th May 2016 Government driven initiative the Ketlaphela project, which is aimed at establishing a fully backward integrated pharmaceutical company that bridges the gap between research and development capabilities in South Africa, is going through its third attempt at being implemented. 

Regulations expected to be gazetted later this year

By: Nadine James     20th May 2016 Industry stakeholders are hopeful that the final amendments to the regulations to the Construction Industry Development Board Act will be gazetted by August, says international law firm Clyde & Co’s Johannesburg branch partner Robert Scott. He explains that the proposed amendments – published in... 

Regulations expected to be gazetted later this year
ROBERT SCOTT The Clyde & CO partner believes the success of the amended regulations will rest on the quality of the adjudicators

Gordhan spy charges could be unconstitutional – law expert

By: News24Wire      19th May 2016 The 1982 Protection of Information Act, which would reportedly be used to charge Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan with espionage, could be unconstitutional. According to criminal law expert James Grant, Sections 3 and 4, which prohibit obtaining and disclosing certain information, deal with... 

Gordhan spy charges could be unconstitutional – law expert
Photo by Duane Daws
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan

US sets steep duties on imports of Chinese cold-rolled steel

By: Reuters     17th May 2016 The US on Tuesday set final anti-dumping duties of 265.79% on imports of cold-rolled flat steel from China and 71.35% on imports from Japan, finding that producers from these countries were selling the products at unfair prices. The Commerce Department also said it levied final anti-subsidy... 

US sets steep duties on imports of Chinese cold-rolled steel

Amid rising importer angst, NRCS to pilot new product authorisation system

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2016 The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) confirmed on Tuesday that it would, from July, begin piloting a new system for the issuance of Letters of Authority (LoAs) to importers requiring proof that their products meet South Africa’s compulsory specifications. CEO Asogan Moodley... 

Amid rising importer angst, NRCS to pilot new product authorisation system

SA Express grounding shows regulator, industry can resolve problems fast

By: Keith Campbell     13th May 2016 The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) believes that the swift resolution of the issues that led to the temporary grounding of South African State-owned regional airline SA Express shows that the industry and the aviation regulator can work swiftly and effectively together to deal... 

Is labour-intensive construction still an option for unemployment alleviation?

By: David Oliveira     13th May 2016 The Department of Public Works’ (DPW’s) Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) should be focused on delivering projects in rural areas using labour-intensive construction (LIC) methods if it is to meet its objective of providing poverty and income relief for six-million South Africans by 2019.... 

Is labour-intensive construction still an option for unemployment alleviation?

We will reduce policy uncertainty – Zuma

By: News24Wire      10th May 2016 President Jacob Zuma says government will reduce policy uncertainty in order to boost economic growth. “To further respond to the challenges we face, we have decided on some short-term interventions, in addition to implementing the nine point plan. One of these is to reduce policy uncertainty and... 

We will reduce policy uncertainty – Zuma

Pipes manufacturers take on SABS over unfulfilled mandate 

By: Samantha Herbst     6th May 2016 The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) has taken legal action against the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) to address the standards body’s alleged failure to perform in terms of its mandate and to meet its obligations, as prescribed in the Standards Act.... 

Pipes manufacturers take on SABS over unfulfilled mandate

Prompt payment regulations expected to be gazetted later this year

By: David Oliveira     6th May 2016 Amendments to the Construction Industry Development Board Act, which would introduce prompt payment and adjudication regulations, was expected to be released later this year, said Global law firm Clyde & Co at a seminar hosted by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in Sandton last month.... 

Data protection must be compatible with global flows – Unctad

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2016 Outdated, incompatible or missing national and regional legal frameworks to protect data in the digital economy will become problematic for the future integration of developing countries into the global economy, and threaten the benefits they could derive from cross-border e-commerce, says The... 

Economic status hinders nuclear developments

By: Simon Sonnekus     6th May 2016 The development of the proposed nuclear energy project in South Africa could become increasingly difficult to complete, should the economy be downgraded to junk status by credit rating companies. According to advisory firm KPMG global infrastructure major projects advisory head De Buys Scott,... 

Economic status hinders nuclear developments
DE BUYS SCOTT As long as the nuclear project remains affordable, South Africa can look forward to a cleaner, larger source of baseload energy

Civil Aviation, SA Express show regulator and industry can resolve problems fast 

By: Keith Campbell     3rd May 2016 The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) believes that the swift resolution of the issues that led to the temporary grounding of South African State-owned regional airline SA Express show that the industry and the aviation regulator can work swiftly and effectively together to deal with... 

Civil Aviation, SA Express show regulator and industry can resolve problems fast

SA growth likely worst in sub-Saharan Africa – report

By: News24Wire      27th April 2016 South Africa is likely to be the worst performer in sub-Sahara Africa (SSA) with a projected gross domestic product (GDP) expansion of 0.7% this year. This is according to the latest outlook for the region by FocusEconomics. 

SA growth likely worst in sub-Saharan Africa – report

Oliphant issues final warning for non-EE compliant companies

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th April 2016 With the transformation of the top companies in the private sector significantly less advanced than in the public sector, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant on Monday warned companies to pull up their socks or face penalties under the Employment Equity Act. The sixteenth Commission for Employment... 

Oliphant issues final warning for non-EE compliant companies
Photo by Duane Daws
Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant

Regulations impede thermal spray switch

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd April 2016 The implementation of the thermal spray process as a replacement for hard-chrome plating in hydraulic cylinders is impeded by inadequately stringent health and safety regulations in South Africa, says maintenance and fabrication specialist Weartech technical director Adam Wintle.  

Nuclear regulator’s authority also covers component manufacturers

By: Keith Campbell     22nd April 2016 Any company seeking to manufacture parts, components or systems for future South African nuclear plants will have to meet the requirements of the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR). "We set safety standards," NNR Special Nuclear Projects Coordinator Peter Bester told the recent Nuclear Industries... 

Prompt payment regulations expected to be gazetted later this year

By: David Oliveira     15th April 2016 Amendments to the Construction Industry Development Board Act, which would introduce prompt payment and adjudication regulations, was expected to be released later this year, said Global law firm Clyde & Co at a seminar in Sandton earlier this week. Johannesburg branch partner Rob Scott noted... 

Southern African guideline for prospective IPPs launched

By: David Oliveira     15th April 2016 Carbon and climate change advisory firm Promethium Carbon launched its Independent Power Producers (IPPs) Guideline last month to assist prospective IPPs in navigating through the procedures required to license new electricity generation facilities in Southern Africa. The guideline outlines the... 

Banks obliged to ensure that clients abide by the law, says Basa

By: Samantha Herbst     14th April 2016 In an attempt to clarify ongoing speculation following Standard Bank and Nedbank’s move last week to sever ties with the Gupta-linked Oakbay Resources, the Banking Association of South Africa (Basa) on Thursday released a statement to account for the regulatory considerations that all banks... 

Banks obliged to ensure that clients abide by the law, says Basa

Denel says it seeks to resolve 'misunderstandings' with National Treasury

By: Keith Campbell     14th April 2016 State-owned defence industrial group Denel issued a press release on Thursday stating that it will continue to discuss with National Treasury the issue of its joint venture with private sector South Africa company VR Laser, to create a Hong Kong-based company to be called Denel Asia, to resolve... 

Denel says it seeks to resolve 'misunderstandings' with National Treasury
Photo by Duane Daws
Denel acting CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe

Grayston bridge collapse inquiry postponed

By: Anine Kilian     13th April 2016 The second sitting of the inquiry into the Department of Labour’s Grayston Drive pedestrian and cyclist bridge collapse, which was due to be held next week, has been postponed. “The postponement is owing to the fact that the expert reports had not been circulated to all affected parties... 

Grayston bridge collapse inquiry postponed

Container companies’ price hike announcements harm industry

8th April 2016 The European Commission announced its concerns that container liner shipping companies' practice of publishing their future price increase intentions may harm competition and customers by raising prices for their services to and from Europe, in breach of the European Union (EU) antitrust rules.... 

Container companies’ price hike announcements harm industry
ANNOUNCEMENTS RAISE CONCERN GRI announcements allow carriers to explore each other's pricing intentions and coordinate their behaviour

IAEA helps African countries develop their proposals, plans and projects

By: Keith Campbell     8th April 2016 Last year, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) sent Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) missions to three countries, all of them in Africa. They were Kenya, Morocco and Nigeria. This was highlighted at the recent Nuclear Africa 2016 conference by IAEA Deputy Director General... 

ANC stalwarts join civil society coalition to call for Zuma’s removal 

By: Terence Creamer     6th April 2016 A civil society coalition, which includes high-ranking former African National Congress (ANC) leaders, such as Ronnie Kasrils, Trevor Manuel, Cheryl Carolus, Mavuso Msimang, Murphy Morobe and Mandla Langa, was formally launched on Wednesday to campaign for the resignation or recall of Jacob Zuma... 

ANC stalwarts join civil society coalition to call for Zuma’s removal

Icasa fines Post Office R125 000, dismisses majority of publishers’ complaints

By: Schalk Burger     6th April 2016 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa’s) Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC) on Tuesday fined the South African Post Office (Sapo) R125 000, suspended for three years, for failing to take reasonable measures within its available resources to achieve the... 

Oliphant warns agri employers against noncompliance with new minimum wage

By: Samantha Herbst     4th April 2016 Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has cautioned against the “disingenuous practice” of farm and forest employers who are not complying with the recently upwardly adjusted minimum wages. Many employers were reportedly paying workers far less than the current stipulated minimum wages, which they... 

Oliphant warns agri employers against noncompliance with new minimum wage
Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant

Concourt judgment a significant moment for the country – Maimane  

By: Sane Dhlamini     1st April 2016 Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane said Thursday marked a significant moment in South Africa’s democracy following the Constitutional Court’s judgment in the Nkandla saga. The Constitutional Court ruled that President Jacob Zuma was liable to pay some of the money spent on upgrades at... 

Concourt judgment a significant moment for the country – Maimane
DA leader Mmusi Maimane. (Camera & editing: Nicholas Boyd)

SA drawing on 150 experts as rigorous Karoo shale-gas enviro assessment advances

By: Dylan Slater     1st April 2016 The development of shale gas projects in South Africa was halted with the 2011 issuing of a moratorium on the issuing of shale gas exploration licences within the central Karoo, which has subsequently been lifted.  

SA drawing on 150 experts as rigorous Karoo shale-gas enviro assessment advances

Policy implementation yields green awareness

By: Victor Moolman     1st April 2016 Green building consulting company WSP ∣ Parsons Brinkerhoff, Africa (WSP) believes that green building awareness is likely to increase this year, owing to the implementation of Gauteng Vision 2055. 

Policy implementation yields green awareness
ALISON GROVES Using green building techniques can increase creativity and productivity

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