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Numsa supports renewable energy, wants job security

By: Sane Dhlamini     15th March 2018 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Thursday said its opposition to Eskom’s power purchase agreements with independent power producers (IPPs) was because the State had not consulted workers on the impact of the deal. Numsa and Transform RSA used the courts to block the... 

Energy researchers applaud carbon tax, but call for simplified design

By: Terence Creamer     15th March 2018 The University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre (ERC) has welcomed the decision of the South African government to end “years of deferral” by setting a clear date, January 1, 2019, for the implementation of a carbon tax. The ERC believes a carbon tax is in South Africa’s national interest... 

Energy researchers applaud carbon tax, but call for simplified design
ERC’s Professor Harald Winkler

Ramaphosa says there will be 'broad discussion' on expropriation without compensation

By: News24Wire      15th March 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa said the land reform debate should not be reduced to a debate about expropriation without compensation. He was answering questions in the National Assembly, where Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane asked him about the full details of the government's plan to... 

Ramaphosa says there will be 'broad discussion' on expropriation without compensation
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Beleaguered Jonas Makwakwa quits Sars

By: News24Wire      14th March 2018 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) announced on Wednesday that its chief officer for business and individual tax, Jonas Makwakwa, has resigned with immediate effect. Sars commissioner Tom Moyane made the announcement at an urgent briefing. 

Beleaguered Jonas Makwakwa quits Sars

Regulation still a constraint, despite potential benefits of IoT

By: Schalk Burger     14th March 2018 The regulatory framework and new regulations governing the applications and use of new technologies is still restrictive and does not make allowance for Internet of Things (IoT) use cases that can improve efficiencies and benefit civil society, speakers at the IoT Forum Africa, in Midrand, said... 

Ramaphosa says won't allow illegal land grabs

By: Reuters     14th March 2018 South Africa will not allow illegal land grabs, new President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday, after lawmakers backed plans for land expropriation without compensation last month. "We cannot have a situation where we allow land grabs, because that is anarchy," Ramaphosa said in a speech in... 

Ramaphosa says won't allow illegal land grabs
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Former mines minister a no show at Parliament

By: African News Agency      14th March 2018 Former mineral resource minister Mosebenzi Zwane on Wednesday failed to appear before Parliament’s portfolio committee on mineral resources where he had been expected to answer questions on allegations of State capture. According to committee chairperson Sahlulele Luzipo, the former minister... 

 Former mines minister a no show at Parliament
Photo by Duane Daws
Former Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane

MPs move to set up inquiry into water department collapse

By: African News Agency      14th March 2018 Members of Parliament (MPs) on Wednesday resolved to forge ahead with a full-scale parliamentary inquiry into the collapse of the water and sanitation department. In a joint meeting of the water and sanitation portfolio committee and the standing committee on public accounts (Scopa), MPs decided... 

 MPs move to set up inquiry into water department collapse

Pro-Zuma group blocks energy deals in blow to Ramaphosa

By: Reuters     13th March 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa was dealt a political blow on Tuesday, after a last-minute legal challenge by a group loyal to ousted leader Jacob Zuma blocked the signing of $4.7-billion in renewable energy deals. The North Gauteng High Court agreed to hold a full hearing on the challenge on March 27... 

Pro-Zuma group blocks energy deals in blow to Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Gigaba distances himself from Gupta deals

By: African News Agency      13th March 2018 Embattled Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Tuesday distanced himself from business dealings between the Gupta family and State-owned enterprises during the four years he held down the public enterprises portfolio, and insisted he granted them no help in obtaining South African citizenship.... 

Gigaba distances himself from Gupta deals
Photo by Reuters
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

South African court grants union interdict blocking renewable energy deal

By: African News Agency      13th March 2018 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa said it had obtained an urgent court interdict preventing power utility Eskom from signing renewable energy contracts on Tuesday with 27 independent power producers (IPPs). The move will be a blow for independent producers who say the deals would... 

South African court grants union interdict blocking renewable energy deal

Gigaba to appear before Eskom inquiry on Tuesday

By: African News Agency      12th March 2018 Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has confirmed that he will appear before the parliamentary inquiry into Eskom on Tuesday, the same day in which the Gupta brothers and former South African Airways chairperson Dudu Myeni have been called to testify. Zukiswa Rantho, who is chairing the inquiry,... 

 Gigaba to appear before Eskom inquiry on Tuesday
Photo by Reuters
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba

S&P makes case for positive blockchain disruption, amid cryptocurrency concern

By: Schalk Burger     9th March 2018 Global ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P’s) currently views cryptocurrencies as speculative instruments that will have an “insignificant effect on global financial stability if its value were to collapse”, but that blockchain – a shared digital transaction ledger – presents an opportunity... 

Malusi Gigaba given 10 days to prepare for Eskom Inquiry

By: News24Wire      7th March 2018 Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has 10 days to prepare for his appearance before the Eskom Inquiry. Gigaba was scheduled to appear before the portfolio committee on public enterprises on Tuesday, but sent a letter to the chair Zukiswa Rantho on Friday March 2, requesting an extension. 

Malusi Gigaba given 10 days to prepare for Eskom Inquiry
Photo by Bloomberg
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba

Current public construction project tendering unsustainable – organisation

By: Nadine James     6th March 2018 The manner in which engineering companies tender for public construction projects is unsustainable and unnecessary, says South African Black Technical and Allied Careers Organisation (Sabtaco) president Clint Koopman. “I don’t see a gun being held to our heads to tender at the rates that we do,”... 

Political party highlights alleged violation of BEE laws by Gupta companies

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th March 2018 Democratic Alliance shadow Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Dean MacPherson on Tuesday laid a complaint again Gupta-linked companies, Tegeta Exploration and Resources, Optimum Coal Mine, Trillian Management Consulting, Eskom Holdings and BEE Matrix at the Broad-Based Black Economic... 

ANC withdraws motion to debate nationalisation of SARB

By: News24Wire      6th March 2018 An African National Congress (ANC) Parliamentary motion to debate the nationalisation of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has been withdrawn, to allow the party to consult further on the matter within its structures and with key stakeholders. The debate was set to take place in Parliament on... 

 ANC withdraws motion to debate nationalisation of SARB

Khusela Diko is Ramaphosa’s new spokesperson

By: Sane Dhlamini     2nd March 2018 The Presidency on Friday announced that Khusela Diko would become spokesperson to President Cyril Ramaphosa from March 12. In a statement from the Presidency, Diko is described as a seasoned communicator and marketing professional who was, until recently, the African National Congress’s (ANC’s)... 

Khusela Diko is Ramaphosa’s new spokesperson
President's spokesperson Khusela Diko

Long-suffering SA manufacturing sector hoping to reap Ramaphosa dividend

By: Dylan Slater     2nd March 2018 Prior to the Valentine’s Day resignation of now former President Jacob Zuma, popular industry sentiment pointed towards a better year in terms of manufacturing and gross domestic product (GDP) on the back of a recovering commodities market.  

Long-suffering SA manufacturing sector  hoping to reap Ramaphosa dividend

Ramaphosa: Land motion 'no reason to panic or beat the war drum'

By: News24Wire      1st March 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has said there is no reason to "panic and start beating war drums" over Parliament's decision to look at land expropriation without compensation. Ramaphosa was on Thursday responding to the National House of Traditional Leaders debate on his address to the House this... 

Ramaphosa: Land motion 'no reason to panic or beat the war drum'
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Scenario development exercise to take in diverse views

By: Sane Dhlamini     1st March 2018 There is a growing need for strategic conversations around scenarios across the globe to imagine possibilities and be prepared for the future, said University of South Africa political analyst Professor Somadoda Fikeni on Thursday. He was addressing delegates at the Indlulamithi – South Africa... 

Scenario development exercise to take in diverse views
Somadoda Fikeni and Yacoob Abba Omar

Ramaphosa aims to resolve land issue "once and for all"

By: Reuters     1st March 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday he wants talks on the thorny topic of land expropriation to avoid panic but aims to resolve the issue of racial disparities in property ownership "once and for all". South Africa took a step on Tuesday to hasten the transfer of land from white to black... 

Ramaphosa aims to resolve land issue
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Sapoa concerned about land expropriation

By: Thabi Madiba     1st March 2018 The South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) has raised concerns, particularly in relation to food security, agricultural production and the economy, following the recent motion by the National Assembly to amend the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation. The... 

Sapoa concerned about land expropriation

Zuma acted unlawfully on SADC Tribunal

By: African News Agency      1st March 2018 Former President Jacob Zuma acted unlawfully, irrationally and unconstitutionally when he supported and took part in a resolution suspending the operations of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Tribunal, the High Court in Pretoria ruled on Thursday. “It is clear that the... 

Zuma acted unlawfully on SADC Tribunal
Former President Jacob Zuma

Editorial: Burning issues for Energy Minister Radebe 

By: Terence Creamer     28th February 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about what Jeff Radebe’s appointment as South Africa’s new Energy Minister is likely to mean for the energy sector, as well as the immediate issues the Minister needs to deal with. 

Editorial: Burning issues for Energy Minister Radebe
The burning issues facing new Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Dudu Myeni a no show at Eskom inquiry

By: African News Agency      28th February 2018 Former South African Airways chairperson Dudu Myeni, who has been named in the inquiry as being one of the people who interferred in the affairs of Eskom, was a no show at a parliamentary inquiry on Wednesday. Myeni, a close ally of former president Jacob Zuma, was meant to testify at the inquiry... 

 Dudu Myeni a no show at Eskom inquiry
Former SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni

Aarto Amendment Bill too broken to be fixed – Dembovsky

By: Nadine James     28th February 2018 The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offence (Aarto) Amendment Bill is unconstitutional and will inevitably be challenged once signed into law, Justice Project South Africa chairperson Howard Dembovsky told a National Press Club briefing on Tuesday. He stated that, in addition to being... 

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”... 

Public Protector finds Brown 'inadvertently' misled Parliament about Eskom-Trillian  

By: News24Wire      23rd February 2018 The Public Protector has found that Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown misled the National Assembly when she denied there were engagements between power utility Eskom and the Gupta-linked company Trillian Capital Partners. This is according to a report issued by the Public Protector Busisiwe... 

 Public Protector finds Brown 'inadvertently' misled Parliament about Eskom-Trillian
Photo by Duane Daws
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown

Inferior imports likely to increase in refrigerant industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     23rd February 2018 Illegal inferior refrigerants imports will increase as the ongoing phasing out of hydrochlorofluorocarbon and the impending phase out of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases progresses, argues speciality chemical and gas supplier A-Gas South Africa national sales manager Michael Labacher. “These... 

Inferior imports  likely to increase in  refrigerant industry
Photo by Duane Daws
LAB INSPECTION A-Gas tests and inspects refrigerants to ensure that they are legitimate and meet global specifications prior to shipment to South Africa

Tribunal confirms Plasser’s R8.43m settlement with Competition Commission

By: Anine Kilian     22nd February 2018 The Competition Tribunal has confirmed an R8.43-million settlement agreement between railway construction and maintenance company Plasser South Africa and the Competition Commission.    On February 2014, the commission initiated a complaint against Lennings DEC Rail, a subsidiary of Aveng Africa,... 

Koko says he is 'moving on', despite Eskom court victory

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2018 The Labour Court on Wednesday ruled in favour of controversial former Eskom executive Matshela Koko, but he said it was too little too late and that he has already moved on. Judge Graham Moshoana ruled that Eskom’s attempt to fire Koko, based on a directive from then Deputy President Cyril... 

Koko says he is 'moving on', despite Eskom court victory
Photo by Duane Daws
Former Eskom executive Matshela Koko

Parliament to launch inquiry into Zwane

By: Reuters     21st February 2018 Parliament will launch an investigation into allegations of influence-peddling against Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, its oversight committee on mineral resources department said on Wednesday. The committee did not give specific reasons on why it wanted to open an investigation into... 

Parliament to launch inquiry into Zwane
Photo by Duane Daws
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane

Investors watching closely as Ramaphosa considers Cabinet line-up

By: Reuters     20th February 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday his early morning walks gave him time to think about his cabinet amid growing speculation about its composition and the future of the finance minister. In his state of nation address on Friday, Ramaphosa strongly hinted at a cabinet shake-up when he said... 

Investors watching closely as Ramaphosa considers Cabinet line-up
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Cryptocurrencies speculative, but blockchain can bring positive disruption – S&P’s

By: Schalk Burger     19th February 2018 Global ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P’s) currently views cryptocurrencies as speculative instruments that will have an “insignificant effect on global financial stability if its value were to collapse”, but that blockchain – a shared digital transaction ledger – presents an opportunity... 

Public Protector report on ABSA bailout set aside 

By: News24Wire      16th February 2018 The Public Protector's Bankorp-CIEX report, where ABSA was ordered to pay R1.125-billion, was set aside on Friday by the Pretoria High Court. The case had seen Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane and the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) face off in court. 

 Public Protector report on ABSA bailout set aside
Photo by Reuters
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane

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