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Legislative Environment News

Proposed amendment to legislation set to eliminate lead in paint

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2018 Paint industry representative the South African Paint Manufacturing Association (Sapma) has achieved a “great victory”, with the announcement last month of the government notice of intention to amend the Hazardous Substance Act of 2009, which will eliminate lead in paint, executive director... 

Good corporate citizenship in a post-State-capture South Africa 

By: Kim Cloete     8th June 2018 A string of corporate governance failures and climate change challenges have cranked up the pressure on companies to become better corporate citizens and take care of the environment they are operating in. The renewed emphasis on governance and sustainability is not limited to the private sector,... 

Good corporate citizenship in a post-State-capture South Africa

Eskom must diversify its energy mix – MacColl  

By: Nadine James     7th June 2018 State-owned power utility Eskom should diversify its energy mix, Electric Power Research Institute senior regional manager Barry MacColl said during a panel discussion on South Africa’s energy policy, and specifically the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The panel, held on Thursday at the Mazars... 

Treasury hits back after EFF attack on Momoniat

By: Sashnee Moodley     7th June 2018 National Treasury on Thursday came to the defence of its deputy director-general Ismail Momoniat following what it called “vitriolic utterances” by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Earlier this week EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu accused Momoniat of being corrupt, undermining black... 

Treasury hits back after EFF attack on Momoniat
Treasury deputy director-general Ismail Momoniat

KPMG to lay off 400 employees in South Africa after graft scandal

By: Reuters     4th June 2018 Global auditor KPMG said on Monday it will lay off up to 400 people in South Africa, in its latest shake-up following a corruption scandal that saw it lose several major clients. The auditor has taken a number of steps since last September to help restore its reputation, including changes to... 

KPMG to lay off 400 employees in South Africa after graft scandal

SA no longer has agreement with Russians on nuclear, says Radebe

By: News24Wire      4th June 2018 Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe told eNCA on Sunday evening that South Africa no longer had an agreement with the Russians to procure for the development of nuclear energy for the country. Speaking to journalist and political analyst Karima Brown on the news network’s show The Fix, Radebe said he... 

 SA no longer has agreement with Russians on nuclear, says Radebe
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

SARB communications head resigns

28th May 2018 The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) on Monday announced the resignation of its head of communications Jabulani Sikhakhane. Sikhakhane’s last day at SARB is May 31 and chief of staff Bulelwa Boqwana will act as communications head until the vacancy is filled. 

SARB communications head resigns

Plans in place to redeem utility

18th May 2018 In its presentation to Parliament last month, State-owned power utility Eskom mentioned that it would be dealing with a number of issues within the utility relating to governance, ethics and accountability as well as improving liquidity to ensure financial sustainability. Presented on April 18,... 

Plans in place to redeem utility
Photo by Creamer Media
REVIVING ESKOM The new board Eskom will focus on multiple aspects to bring it to financial sustainability

Government ready to do business with the private property sector – Nxesi

By: Simone Liedtke     15th May 2018 The government is ready to do business with the private property sector to bring certainty to the market, says Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi. Delivering his Budget Vote in Parliament, on Tuesday, the Minister said market certainty would be based on market-related pricing, improved value and... 

Municipal debt a threat to viability of municipalities – Parliament

By: Simone Liedtke     11th May 2018 South Africa’s rising municipal debt is becoming a major stumbling block to municipal viability, as municipalities are owed more than R138-billion by government departments, businesses and households. Parliamentary delegates attending a three-day Local Government Week programme have proposed a... 

Bigger turnout anticipated at DroneCon

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     11th May 2018 This year, DroneCon will have more than 40 keynote speakers made up of international and local experts, discussing different topics and issues within the drone industry. DroneCon and Centurion-based company United Drone Holdings CEO Sean Reitz states that the conference, taking place for the... 

Gas conditioning systems remain in high demand

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 As global pressure to reduce emissions mounts, owing to more stringent legislation, there remains a high demand for spray nozzle and spraying system manufacturer Lechler’s VarioCool Gas Conditioning systems in the cement producing industry, says Lechler representative in Southern Africa... 

Gas conditioning systems remain in high demand
STEVE SMITH Industrial Nozzles and Systems’ scope of supply to the cement industry has more than tripled in the last four to five years

First use of drone for inspection in Namibia

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th May 2018 Rope access specialist Skyriders has used a drone to undertake inspection for an undisclosed mining company on its operation in Namibia, marking it the company’s first use of a drone in this regard for an African country outside of South Africa. Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn informs... 

First use of drone for inspection in Namibia
DRONE ZONE As part of its turnkey solution, Skyriders used the Elios drone to conduct a general visual inspection for a client in Namibia

Backlog in application process stifling drone industry in South Africa

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     11th May 2018 The lack of urgency in processing commercial drone operating licences and the registering of drones is stifling the drone industry in South Africa, says Cape Town-based drone pilot training school UAV Industries director Ken Venn, who is also a board member of Commercial Unmanned Aircraft... 

Agriculture industry grows despite challenges 

By: Paige Müller     11th May 2018 Despite policy uncertainty and drought having impacted on the South African agriculture industry, Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) agricultural economist Wandile Sihlobo says the industry outlook is fairly optimistic in the near term. Sihlobo met with Engineering News to discuss the state of... 

Agriculture industry grows despite challenges
Agricultural Business Chamber discusses the state of the agricultural economy in South Africa. Camerawork and editing: Darlene Creamer.

R11.6bn in fines and merger conditions secured since 2010, Patel reports

By: Terence Creamer     10th May 2018 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel reports that R11.6-billion has been mobilised as a result of cartel settlements and conditions placed on firms that have pursued mergers and acquisitions in South Africa since 2010, with commitments worth a further R11-bilion have been secured in... 

R11.6bn in fines and merger conditions secured since 2010, Patel reports
Photo by Creamer Media
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel

Stats SA to roll out digital data collection solution, starts preparation for 2021 census

By: Simone Liedtke     9th May 2018 Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) continues to focus on its mandate of providing credible statistics to guide South Africa’s push for a better life for its citizens. Priorities for Stats SA include maintaining basis statistics which, according to Minister in the Presidency for Planning,... 

South African NPO suing Indian IT multinational for intellectual property theft

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th May 2018 One of India’s largest multinational companies, information technology firm Wipro, is being taken to court for allegedly appropriating the intellectual property (IP) of a small South African nonprofit organisation.  

Makhosi Khoza joins Outa 

By: Thabi Madiba     4th May 2018 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) announced on Friday that former African National Congress Member of Parliament Dr Makhosi Khoza will take up the role of executive director and head of the organisation’s Local Government Programme, beginning June. Outa expanded its mandate in February... 

Makhosi Khoza joins Outa
Former ANC member of parliament Makhosi Khoza

Govt committed to accelerating land redistribution - Ramaphosa

By: African News Agency      27th April 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday that government was committed to accelerating land redistribution, adding that economic freedom means that the land that was taken from black South Africans needs to be returned. "We are committed to accelerate the redistribution of land, both in urban... 

Govt committed to accelerating land redistribution - Ramaphosa
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

Reformist SA, French Presidents increase mutual investment attraction

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th April 2018 French companies are confident in the South African market and in its future, French Embassy Economic Counsellor William Roos assured South African journalists at a recent briefing. He pointed out that some 400 French companies had already set up business in South Africa and others are interested... 

Bursary ‘deal breaker’ removed as precondition for gaining YES empowerment credit

By: Terence Creamer     23rd April 2018 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has agreed to remove an onerous bursary target previously set as a precondition for any firm seeking to receive empowerment credit for their participation in the newly launched Youth Employment Service (YES) initiative. In an unusual step, the department... 

Bursary ‘deal breaker’ removed as precondition for gaining YES empowerment credit
Photo by Dylan Slater
President Cyril Ramaphosa, centre, with Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Busa president Jabu Mabuza at the launch of YES in March

Pinsent Masons appoints Sibanda as Jhb office head

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd April 2018 International law firm Pinsent Masons has appointed George Sibanda as head of the firm's Johannesburg office. Sibanda, who joined the firm when it launched its presence in Africa last year, is a highly skilled corporate specialist and has worked on numerous capital raisings, including on the... 

Pinsent Masons appoints Sibanda as Jhb office head
Newly-appointed Pinsent Mason Johannesburg office head George Sibanda

DTI invites public to comment on proposed amendments to BBBEE codes

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th April 2018 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is inviting the public to participate in a public commentary process on a proposed amendment to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Codes of Good Practice on or before May 29.  

Molewa gazettes financial provisioning regulation amendments

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th April 2018 Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa on Friday gazetted, for implementation, an amendment to the Financial Provisioning Regulations (FPR) for prospecting, exploration, mining or production operations.  

Molewa gazettes financial provisioning regulation amendments
Photo by Creamer Media
Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa

AfriForum to privately prosecute Malema for fraud and corruption  

By: Sane Dhlamini     19th April 2018 Lobby group AfriForum on Thursday announced its intention to prosecute Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema if the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) did not reinstate the case against Malema for fraud and tender corruption in the On-Point Engineering matter. On-Point, in which... 

AfriForum to privately prosecute Malema for fraud and corruption
AfriForum's Kallie Kriel & Gerrie Nel

AfriForum to privately prosecute Julius Malema

By: News24Wire      19th April 2018 Lobby group AfriForum announced on Thursday that it intended to privately prosecute Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on charges of fraud and corruption. The announcement was made in Centurion on Thursday morning by AfriForum's private prosecution head, the so-called "Pit Bull"... 

AfriForum to privately prosecute Julius Malema
Photo by Reuters
EFF leader Julius Malema

Solidarity gives Brian Molefe Friday deadline to pay back the money

By: African News Agency      18th April 2018 Trade union Solidarity has given former Eskom chief executive Brian Molefe until Friday 11am to pay back the money he unlawfully received from the power utility as part of the R30-million pension payout granted to him. On Tuesday, Molefe lost his court bid to appeal a January high court judgement... 

 Solidarity gives Brian Molefe Friday deadline to pay back the money
Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe

Nersa public hearings into Eskom’s RCA applications get under way 

18th April 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the first round of public hearings held by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa to determine whether or not to grant Eskom’s applications to recover R66.6-billion in cost and sales variances. 

Nersa public hearings into Eskom’s RCA applications get under way
Nersa public hearings into Eskom’s RCA applications get under way

Government cancels auditing contracts with KPMG and Nkonki Inc

By: News24Wire      17th April 2018 The Auditor General, Kimi Makwetu, on Tuesday announced his office’s decision to terminate, with immediate effect, the auditing contracts with KPMG and Nkonki Inc with the government.  The two beleaguered companies had been doing public sector audits on behalf of the Auditor General of South... 

 Government cancels auditing contracts with KPMG and Nkonki Inc
Auditor General Kimi Makwetu

Saftu submits first parliamentary objection to minimum wage

By: News24Wire      9th April 2018 The parliamentary committee on labour has accepted the submission by the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) on both the minimum wage and proposed amendments to the labour laws.  The minimum wage was initially supposed to be introduced on May 1. However, this has been delayed. 

 Saftu submits first parliamentary objection to minimum wage

WWF welcomes energy minister signing renewable energy contracts

By: African News Agency      5th April 2018 The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) on Thursday applauded South African Energy Minister Jeff Radebe's signing off of a R56-billion contract with Independent Power Producers (IPPs). Radebe on Wednesday signed the hotly-contested renewable energy agreements with 27 independent power producers on... 

WWF welcomes energy minister signing renewable energy contracts
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

SA welcomes Australia's retraction of controversial white farmer visa comments

By: African News Agency      2nd April 2018 International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on Monday said South Africa welcomed Australia's retraction of controversial comments its home affairs minister made about fast tracking visa applications for local white farmers who want to relocate to that country because "they... 

SA welcomes Australia's retraction of controversial white farmer visa comments
International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu

Insufficient tariff requires urgent intervention

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th March 2018 The current sugar import tariff of South Africa is insufficient to regulate imports, which makes it imperative that the tariff be increased, says South African Sugar Association (Sasa) executive director Trix Trikam. “There are various systems to implement tariffs, with South Africa employing a... 

Insufficient tariff requires urgent intervention
PROBLEMATIC The Health Promotion Levy currently being pursued will have an adverse effect on the local sugar market

Proper dredging, correct dredge depths critical

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     30th March 2018 It is imperative that harbours are properly dredged and channels are kept open to facilitate smooth port operations, says global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright director and transport head Andrew Robinson. “Dredging is a much more complicated process than many people realise and the fact that a... 

Proper dredging, correct dredge depths critical
ANDREW ROBINSON Dredging is a continuous process as channels and quaysides must be dredged constantly so that vessels can get in and out of harbours

SCA dismisses Gigaba's appeal against Oppenheimers' VIP terminal 

By: News24Wire      28th March 2018 Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba's bid to overturn his own decision to let Fireblade Aviation Oppenheimer operate a private VIP terminal at OR Tambo International Airport was dismissed by the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein on Wednesday. "The minister cannot rely on his own unlawful... 

SCA dismisses Gigaba's appeal against Oppenheimers' VIP terminal
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba

Regional wildlife crime workshop highlights threat, promotes cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th March 2018 The illegal trade in wildlife has become a major form of transnational organised crime that is damaging economies, undermining public safety and good governance in many regions around the world. And Southern Africa is no exception. “Criminals involved in wildlife crime are not involved only in... 

Regional wildlife crime workshop highlights threat, promotes cooperation
Photo by Endangered Wildlife Trust
Endangered Wildlife Trust Programme Manager: Wildlife and Trade Programme Ashleigh Dore

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