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Legislative Environment News

Construction sector launches revised sector code

By: David Oliveira     12th August 2016 The Construction Sector Charter Council (CSCC) launched the revised draft construction sector code last month in Midrand, Gauteng, which aims to align the unique aspects of the sector with the black economic- empowerment and transformation targets set out by the Department of Trade and Industry... 

Public Protector interviews start this week

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th August 2016 Interviews for the 14 shortlisted candidates vying for the Public Protector position will be held this Thursday in Parliament’s Old Assembly building, in Cape Town. Dr Makhosi Khoza, chairperson of an ad hoc committee established to nominate a person asf Public Protector, said the committee... 

Public Protector interviews start this week
Outgoing Public Protector Thuli Madonsela

Algae-free irrigation systems to save money for farmers

By: Simon Sonnekus     5th August 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has estimated the rand value of the impact of algae pollution in the Berg river, near Stellenbosch, in the Western Cape. The calculation enables farmers to compare different ways of managing the problem in the area. A ‘Water SA’ report... 

Government regulations seen supporting further green building uptake

By: David Oliveira     5th August 2016 Sustainable development specialists and property analysts have urged all South African businesses and developers to embrace the reality of green building as government actively pursues legislation to enforce more sustainable construction. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)... 

Omnia raises bid for Nordex

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th August 2016 Shareholders of Canadian firm Nordex Explosives have one month to accept a now-formal fully funded, all-cash inflated takeover bid by JSE-listed Omnia Group. Omnia this week, through its mining division BME, raised the stakes with an offer of C$0.22 per Nordex share, taking the deal to... 

SABMiller, AB InBev merger to cross final hurdles, conclude by Oct 

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2016 JSE-listed SABMiller and multilisted Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) continue to steadily tick off preconditions and jurisdictional approvals in a landmark deal that will see the two companies merge to form a global beer conglomerate by October. In a joint statement on Tuesday, the duo announced... 

SABMiller, AB InBev merger to cross final hurdles, conclude by Oct

Effective supply chain crucial in combating spread of HIV/Aids

By: David Oliveira     29th July 2016 Effective supply chain management remains the most significant challenge facing HIV treatment in developing countries, particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa, and is critical to realising the global goal of an Aids-free generation by 2030, says former Anglo American chief medical officer Dr... 

Goal-based framework seen as key to improving working-at-height safety

By: Dylan Slater     29th July 2016 Working at height operations require ongoing monitoring and support as these activities account for almost 30% of fatal injuries incurred in an industrial working environment, according to the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE).  

Stability and cohesion a way forward for African rail sector

By: Simon Sonnekus     29th July 2016 Companies are under pressure from government and the public to embark on new projects while there are still projects that need to be completed. The countless delays across the rail expansions are concerning, says the RailRoad Association of South Africa (RRA). Negative sentiments by the industry... 

Stability and cohesion a way forward for African rail sector
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DELAYS Negative sentiments by the industry on implementing the designation policy and delays of some rail projects have led to discussions with Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Construction sector launches revised sector code

By: David Oliveira     28th July 2016 The Construction Sector Charter Council (CSCC) on Thursday launched the revised draft Construction Sector Code (CSC), which is aimed at aligning the unique aspects of the sector with the black economic-empowerment and transformation targets set out by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).... 

South Africa a leader in aviation security

By: Keith Campbell     28th July 2016 South Africa is one of the leading countries in the world in implementing the latest commercial aviation security systems. This was pointed out on Tuesday by International Air Transport Association (Iata) head of facilitation Bob Davidson. The systems concerned are Advanced Passenger Information... 

South Africa a leader in aviation security
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Departure concourse, OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg

Energy Minister cracks down on CEF governance

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th July 2016 The Central Energy Fund (CEF) board will review its governance processes, as well as its turnaround strategies for the subsidiaries in the group, after Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson raised concerns around the recent lapses in governance in the group. At a meeting held earlier this month... 

Training courses improve engineering skills, businesses and future stability

By: Sascha Solomons     22nd July 2016 South African Energy and Water Skills Education Training Authority-accredited training provider Terra Firma Academy believes that South Africa’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and its intention to provide a sustainable energy and water supply can be supported through appropriate short... 

Training courses improve engineering  skills, businesses and future stability
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SHORT COURSES Offer engineers quick and intense training sessions on specific topics

Illicit flows could have funded Africa’s development 

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st July 2016 Africa would not have needed any financial assistance if illicit financial flows had remained on the continent, economic research firm Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies, or Tips, executive director Saul Levin said on Thursday. Africa had lost about $854-billion to illicit financial flows... 

Sars publishes new tax Bills 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th July 2016 The National Treasury and South African Revenue Service (Sars) on Wednesday published the revised 2016 Draft Rates and Monetary Amounts and Amendment of Revenue Laws Amendment Bill and 2016 Draft Rates and Monetary Amounts and Amendment of Revenue Laws (Administration) Bill. The revised draft... 

Small enterprises key to unlocking local economy but stifled by policy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th July 2016 Certain policies, such as those governing wage-bargaining practices, are hampering South Africa’s economic growth, as they often exclude smaller businesses and keep the “economic pie” from growing, says International Monetary Fund deputy MD David Lipton. Speaking at a public lecture hosted by the... 

Gordhan requests extension for SAA’s financial statement 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th July 2016 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has requested Parliament grant an extension until September 15 to table South African Airways’ (SAA’s) annual financial statement (AFS), the National Treasury said on Thursday. The national airliner’s AFS could not be finalised until a decision had been made on its... 

Gordhan requests extension for SAA’s financial statement
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Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan

Corruption costing Africa R50bn a year, tougher action needed – Gordhan 

By: Ilan Solomons     14th July 2016 Tax crimes, money laundering and illicit financial flows are part of a complex set of phenomena that are undermining good governance and ethical political, governmental and civil society programmes that are intended to encourage inclusive growth, reduce inequality and improve the living standard... 

Corruption costing Africa R50bn a year, tougher action needed – Gordhan
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Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan

FNB partners with Empowerdex, CIPC to ease administrative burdens for SMMEs

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th July 2016 As small businesses continue to battle to stay sustainable past the two-year mark, First National Bank (FNB) aims to ease at least some of the barriers facing the sector that was described as a “hotbed” of job creation. FNB Business Value Adds head Sanjeev Orie on Wednesday said South Africans... 

FNB partners with Empowerdex, CIPC to ease administrative burdens for SMMEs
FNB Business Value Adds CEO Sanjeev Orie

Vodacom’s YeboYethu empowerment scheme to list on the JSE

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th July 2016 Telecommunications giant Vodacom’s empowerment scheme YeboYethu is set to make its debut on the Johannesburg bourse next month. A maximum of 14.4-million YeboYethu ordinary shares would be listed as asset-backed securities on the black economic empowerment (BEE) segment under the... 

France, South Africa join hands on development

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th July 2016 There is further room to increase bilateral trade and investment and expand cooperation between South Africa and France, particularly in energy and infrastructure, President Jacob Zuma said on Monday. Zuma, currently on his second State visit to France to meet with French counterpart President... 

France, South Africa join hands on development
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South Africa President Jacob Zuma and France President Francois Hollande

WasteCon 2016 to highlight local waste legislation

By: Simon Sonnekus     8th July 2016 The changing face of waste management in South Africa will be the main theme of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa’s (IWMSA’s) biennial waste management conference and exhibition WasteCon 2016, which will take place from October 17 to 21 at Emperors Palace, in Gauteng. WasteCon... 

DPME to take over South Africa’s spatial planning, fix fragmented policies

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th July 2016 With the fragmentation of South Africa’s spatial planning function and the subsequent transfer of responsibility to the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME), National Planning Commission chairperson and Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe on Monday said an overhaul of the... 

DPME to take over South Africa’s spatial planning, fix fragmented policies
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Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe

Makhura eyes Gauteng as heart of South Africa’s industrial revival

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th June 2016 Gauteng, and more specifically the City of Ekurhuleni, should be used as a base for South Africa’s reindustrialisation programmes and drive the unfolding fourth industrial revolution, Premier David Makhura has said. Ekurhuleni, South Africa’s oldest industrialised region, remained the... 

Makhura eyes Gauteng as heart of South Africa’s industrial revival
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Gauteng Premier David Makhura

S Africa still reliant on coal, struggling to transition to low-carbon economy 

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2016 South Africa is the twelfth-greatest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the world, as well as the biggest polluter on the African continent, according to German political foundation Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) South Africa director Renate Tenbusch, speaking at a roundtable event on black... 

S Africa still reliant on coal, struggling to transition to low-carbon economy

Brexit deals 'resilient' South Africa a new complication  

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th June 2016 As the UK’s decision to withdraw from the European Union (EU) this week sent ripples of uncertainty and volatility across an already unsteady global economy, South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has moved to assure the public of the country’s strong trade ties and resilience. However,... 

Brexit deals 'resilient' South Africa a new complication
LISTEN: Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan assures South Africans of the country's resilience and that it has strong ties with the UK and the EU.

Focus on economic growth and jobs will follow, advises Roodt

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd June 2016 Efficient Group chief economist Dawie Roodt on Thursday voiced his concern over South Africa’s stumbling job creation ambitions amid an economic slump that has placed the nation on the brink of a recession. Addressing delegates at an Ekurhuleni Captains of Industry Forum morning meet, he... 

Focus on economic growth and jobs will follow, advises Roodt

South Africa, US free-trade agreement discussions on the cards

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st June 2016 The impasse between the US and South Africa over meat exports and imports has highlighted the need for a shift in approach with regards to the negotiations over a free-trade agreement (FTA) when the current African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) expires in 2025. While South Africa gained a... 

South Africa, US free-trade agreement discussions on the cards

South Africa makes most use of Agoa, but still only a fraction of the tariffs

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st June 2016 While South Africa has seemingly made the most use of the duty-free trade benefits with the US under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) since inception, the nonreciprocal deal was, for the most part, heavily underused across the continent. While the 15-year-old Act had surged into the... 

South Africa makes most use of Agoa, but still only a fraction of the tariffs

South African problems pose difficulties for German companies

By: Simon Sonnekus     17th June 2016 German companies aiming to enter the South African market in the near future will face several adversities, including visa regulations, a weakening currency and stringent regulations, says the Southern African–German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC). Germany, South Africa’s biggest... 

Transparency vital to lowering compliance risks in Africa

By: Schalk Burger     10th June 2016 While better communications with affected parties and less vacillation in mandates are improving the perceptions of national and regional competition and regulatory authorities, businesses must still be vigilant regarding compliance issues, as penalties can be severe, says global law firm Baker &... 

Transparency vital to lowering compliance risks in Africa
VANI CHETTY A company needs to proactively assess their own compliance requirements and engage in active compliance efforts

NDP important to tackle unemployment, poverty – Ramaphosa 

By: Anine Kilian     8th June 2016 The Gauteng provincial government has seen that inclusive growth can only be realised if there is a partnership and collaboration between government, labour and business, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday. He added that collaboration between all stakeholders had put the province... 

NDP important to tackle unemployment, poverty – Ramaphosa
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

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... 

Ten SADC countries enter new MoU for cooperation in competition matters

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
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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

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