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Specialist still major contributor to industry

25th August 2017 Having been a major contributor to uplifting the quality and safety standards of fire protection equipment for over 25 years, fire protection specialist Centa Group has a thorough understanding of the science of fire and is equipped with the knowledge pertaining to fire protection equipment legal... 

Supplier development can help create employment in South Africa

By: David Oliveira     25th August 2017 South Africa needs jobs and economic development, but with government coming under increasing pressure to reduce its wage bill and the corporate sector similarly pushing for greater efficiency in a recessionary economy, the only remaining hope for employment growth is in the small, medium-sized... 

Seifsa, unions ink three-year wage agreement 

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd August 2017 For the first time in a decade, the metals and engineering sector has settled a three-year wage agreement without resorting to industrial action, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) said on Wednesday. While none of the parties who signed the agreement are... 

Seifsa, unions ink three-year wage agreement
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Seifsa CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba

Zuma signs Financial Sector Regulation Act into law 

By: African News Agency      22nd August 2017 President Jacob Zuma signed the Financial Sector Regulation Act, 2017 into law, the Presidency said on Monday. “The Act establishes two new financial sector regulators, the Financial Sector Conduct Authority and the Prudential Authority with jurisdiction over all financial institutions, and to... 

Sasol turns to courts after Sars slaps it with tax bills worth R12.8bn 

By: Terence Creamer     21st August 2017 JSE-listed energy and chemicals group Sasol will approach the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) to resolve a tax dispute with the South African Revenue Service (Sars), which has slapped it with assessments for outstanding tax liabilities and penalties worth R12.8-billion. The company made a... 

Sasol turns to courts after Sars slaps it with tax bills worth R12.8bn
Sasol CFO Paul Victor on the group's tax dispute with the South African Revenue Service. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 21.8.2017

Gordhan declaratory relief application dismissed

By: News24Wire      18th August 2017 A court has ruled that former finance minister Pravin Gordhan's application seeking declaratory relief from having to intervene with the banks has been dismissed. Judge Aubrey Ledwaba read out the order at the North Gauteng High Court on Friday. 

Gordhan declaratory relief application dismissed
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Former Finance Minister

Biofuels company launches franchise solution

18th August 2017 Cape Town-based biofuel company Biogreen Diesel will start franchising its ‘Biodiesel & Research model’, to aid in the expansion of the industry and simultaneously increase awareness of biofuels in the region. The company, having made the announcement in June on its website, says it felt it had... 

Biofuels company launches franchise solution
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GREASY GOODNESS Biogreen Diesel uses a locally developed jet reactor, to convert waste oil into an environment-friendly fuel that can be blended with, or substituted for, diesel

New code to benefit smaller companies

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 With the Amended Construction Sector Code (CSC) in its final stages, business strategy consultancy Gestalt says that the CSC will provide revised specifications in terms of the black economic empowerment (BEE) requirements in the sector. The sector codes continue to advance the transformation... 

New code to benefit smaller companies
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DEON OBERHOLZER Some companies prefer noncompliance with BEE requirements, but subsequently lose lucrative opportunities to supply government or public-sector-related projects

Procurement standard set to stop use of ‘cheap’ professional services

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 The National Treasury’s (NT’s) standard for infrastructure procurement and delivery management aimed at addressing government’s use of “cheap” professional service providers in public infrastructure projects officially became applicable to municipalities last month.  

Procurement standard set to stop use of ‘cheap’ professional services
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INCLUSIVE DECISION-MAKING Government bodies in their respective procurement departments, should make more of a crossfunctional team effort regarding procurement

Still much uncertainty as LPG stakeholders grapple with market inquiry findings

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th August 2017 In the findings and recommendations of the first-ever market inquiry into the local liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry, the Competition Commission urges public and private organisations to improve performance in the sector, yet much uncertainty remains in the wake of the report’s publication.... 

Still much uncertainty as LPG stakeholders grapple with market inquiry findings

Organisation lobbies government to kick-start biogas market

By: Nadine James     18th August 2017 The Southern African Biogas Industry Association (Sabia) is liaising with national government departments to create an enabling environment for the biogas industry, thereby establishing a viable biogas market. Sabia chairperson Jason Gifford explains that the organisation’s working groups are in... 

Organisation lobbies  government to kick-start  biogas market
AGRICULTURAL BENEFITS A booming biogas industry will create jobs and ensure greater job security within the agricultural sector

Govt denies rumours of 'super presidency' taking over budget process

By: News24Wire      17th August 2017 Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo on Wednesday downplayed suggestions that government wants to create a so-called super presidency by having a hand in budgetary processes. During a media briefing following the Cabinet meeting, Dlodlo said Cabinet approved the mandate paper for the 2018 Budget. 

 Govt denies rumours of 'super presidency' taking over budget process
Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo

Housing supply remains a moving target as govt plays catch-up

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th August 2017 South African cities are struggling to match housing availability to the pace of urbanisation, with the many South African and foreign migrants adding to an ever-expanding population and placing further pressure on housing supply, which is already backlogged owing to a reduction in household... 

Housing supply remains a moving target as govt plays catch-up
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Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu

Brics development bank confirms Treasury DG as South Africa’s representative

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th August 2017 The Brics New Development Bank (NDB) has appointed National Treasury director-general Dondo Mogajane as the new director representing South Africa. He is succeeding Tito Mboweni whose term of service as director expired in early July after two years. 

Brics development bank confirms Treasury DG as South Africa’s representative
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National Treasury director-general Dondo Mogajane

Think-tank hands over title deeds to residents of Western Cape town  

By: Ilan Solomons     11th August 2017 Think tank the Free Market Foundation’s (FMF’s) Khaya Lam land reform project last month handed over the latest batch of title deeds to residents in the town of Grabouw, in the Western Cape, thereby taking the project’s total title deed handover tally to 1 360. Khaya Lam project manager Perry... 

Think-tank hands over title deeds to residents of Western Cape town
Khaya Lam Land Reform project manager Perry Feldman discusses the Free Market Foundation’s project.

Zuma survives no confidence vote, opposition vow to step up pressure

By: African News Agency      8th August 2017 President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday survived a vote of no confidence in the National Assembly, but the result indicated that a significant number of African National Congress (ANC) MPs broke ranks to support the opposition motion. Speaker Baleka Mbete announced that 177 MPs voted in favour of the... 

Zuma survives no confidence vote, opposition vow to step up pressure
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President Jacob Zuma

City of Joburg to host open days to resolve billing crisis

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th August 2017 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) is embarking on a series of highly concentrated “billing open days” over the next few months to resolve lingering billing issues, reduce the backlog of incorrect accounts and enable ratepayer interaction with frontline staff and senior management. The open days will... 

BBBEE Commission initiates investigation into 17 companies for possible fronting 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2017 Investigations have been initiated by the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Commission against 17 firms for possible fronting practices. Any of the entities found to be in violation of the BBBEE Act in terms of ownerships structures and noncompliance with the Codes of Good Practice... 

City published harbour bylaw for public comment

4th August 2017 The City of Cape Town has made its draft Harbour bylaw available for public comment, proposing to reverse the long-running systematic mismanagement of the city’s harbours under the national departments of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), and Public Works (DPW).  

City published harbour  bylaw for public comment
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HARBOURING PROBLEMS Neglected and mismanaged harbours have a negative impact on the workers and communities who depend on the harbours for their livelihood

Company attains trade approval for weighing system

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2017 With industrial scale suppliers Autotech Weighing Systems having successfully attained legal for trade approval for scales and weighing information systems manufactuer Tamtron’s on-board reach stacker scale, containers can be weighed according to the international convention of Safety of Life at... 

Company attains trade approval for weighing system
WEIGHT MANAGEMENT Weighing takes place during normal operations without interrupting or slowing down the workflow at seaports or container depots

New maritime transport policy to facilitate sector growth

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2017 The Department of Transport finalised its Comprehensive Maritime Transport Policy (CMTP) for South Africa in June.  

New maritime transport policy  to facilitate sector growth
CRUISING CONCEPT Private sector participation opportunities arose at the Durban cruise terminal for MSC Cruises’ subsidiary KwaZulu Cruise Terminals

Legal and policy certainty required if gas economy is to be realised

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th August 2017 Key factors that will influence the establishment of a gas economy in South Africa include the passing of the amended Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) and greater clarity regarding the expected and stated imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG), says South African Oil and... 

Legal and policy certainty required if gas economy is to be realised
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INDUSTRIAL ROLEMODEL Liquefied petroleum gas industry could play a strategic role in the establishment of a gas economy as key lessons can be learnt from this industry 

Treasury announces new SAA CEO, completes first three economic ‘action plans’ 

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd August 2017 Three key deadlines for specific actions within the National Treasury’s new 14-point plan have been met, with the appointment of new South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana this week marking the third completed task. Jarana, currently Vodacom Business CEO, is set to start once his... 

Treasury announces new SAA CEO, completes first three economic ‘action plans’

Business supports marches planned for next week

By: Sane Dhlamini     3rd August 2017 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has come out in support of the national action and planned marches around Parliament by various groupings, set to take place next Tuesday between 12:00 and 14:00, amid MPs much-anticipated voting in the motion of no confidence bought against President Jacob... 

Business supports marches planned for next week

DBSA committed to funding infrastructure projects throughout SADC

By: Anine Kilian     1st August 2017 With low levels of electrification hindering economic growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa – where 78% of the population is reliant on biomass as their main energy source – $57-trillion will be required until 2030 to fund the continent’s infrastructure and energy projects, according to... 

Gas-to-power a more favourable alternative energy source

By: Nica Schreuder     28th July 2017 The nuclear procurement programme was rejected in the High Court earlier this year and opens the way for greater advocacy around the gas-to-power programme, says oil and gas specialist Lizel Oberholzer. “The focus on nuclear energy generation has come at the cost of the development of other... 

Gas-to-power a more favourable alternative energy source
LIZEL OBERHOLZER The importation of LNG remains the biggest opportunity for growth in the gas sector, says Oberholzer

Company to hold short courses and workshops this year

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 Environment solutions company I-CAT plans to hold a range of external, environment-oriented short courses and workshops at its Pretoria-based training facility by the last quarter of this year, as a means to keep the industry updated on legislation changes and the responsibility of industry players. 

Company to hold  short courses and workshops this year
Photo by Duane Daws
LOURENS JANSEN VAN RENSBURG I-CAT uses highly qualified and experienced facilitators to provide competency-based specialised training programmes

African countries embrace alternative energy sources

28th July 2017 With African governments realising that long-term power solutions will not come in the form of one technology, South Africa’s Department of Energy is advocating advances in coal, renewable energy, gas and nuclear technologies, says global engineering, procurement, construction and consulting... 

African countries embrace  alternative energy sources
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IMPROVED ALTERNATIVES Kenya is making use of diverse alternative energy sources, such as geothermal electricity

Investment in gas economy tough if risk exceeds appetite

By: Nica Schreuder     28th July 2017 Gas infrastructure for electricity generation requires key investors to get involved in this capital-intensive endeavour but if the perception among investors is that of risk exceeding reward, investment is unlikely to emerge, says oil and gas equipment supplier Energas Technologies project... 

Investment in gas economy tough if risk exceeds appetite
HEATER SKID Energas technologies’s heater skid contains a thyristor controller, which monitors gas temeperature at the outlet of the control valve

Moves to fast-track regulation could ignite energy efficiency sector

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th July 2017 As businesses move to become more self-reliant and decrease their exposure to electricity price volatility, government is also moving ahead with policy support for energy efficiency initiatives in homes, business and industry, says Pan-African law firm Bowmans public law and regulatory head and... 

Moves to fast-track regulation could ignite energy efficiency sector
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EFFICIENCY INCENTIVE A range of initiatives in the energy sector that promote energy efficiency include an income tax incentive for those installing renewable-energy generation

With drought threatening food security, farmers turn to drip irrigation 

By: Anine Kilian     21st July 2017 With the recent drought in Southern Africa compounding the unpredictable impact of climate change on food production, local farmers are converting to drip irrigation in an attempt to conserve water, using less to produce more, according to Crookes Brother’s Limited (CBL) MD Guy Clarke. During a... 

With drought threatening food security, farmers turn to drip irrigation

CompComm invites public to comment on information exchange guidelines

By: Anine Kilian     20th July 2017 The Competition Commission is inviting the public to comment on draft guidelines regarding the exchange of information between competing companies. The guidelines are aimed at identifying what constitutes a permissible and impermissible exchange of information under the Competition Act, as well... 

Public Protector’s Absa report ‘reckless’ – Reserve Bank Governor 

By: African News Agency      14th July 2017 A report by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane into a government loan to Absa shows her lack of competency and understanding of both the Constitution and economy, Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago charges in an affidavit filed in the high court in Pretoria, made public on Friday. In the... 

Public Protector’s Absa report ‘reckless’ – Reserve Bank Governor
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Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane

National Treasury’s action plan may not be enough – economists

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th July 2017 Industry is not viewing Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s new 14-point plan as likely to stimulate the growth South Africa desperately needs. Rather, economists are viewing it as a group of administrative measures that will only move to stabilise the battered economy. Released on Thursday,... 

National Treasury’s action plan may not be enough – economists
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

Gigaba tables economy action plan, reopens mining charter engagement 

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th July 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Thursday unveiled a series of aggressive planned interventions and action steps to stimulate economic recovery after South Africa’s fall into recession in the first quarter. His address revealed two main desired outcomes – dodge another downgrade and reignite... 

Gigaba tables economy action plan, reopens mining charter engagement
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

Next year should see the end of e-tolling, believes Outa 

By: Irma Venter     13th July 2017 Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) COO Ben Theron says electronic tolling (e-tolling) on Gauteng’s freeways should be a “thing of the past” by March next year. Speaking at the FleetX Conference 2017 in Midrand on Thursday, he noted that a test case between Outa and the South African National... 

Next year should see the end of e-tolling, believes Outa

South Africa’s policy uncertainty pushed further into negative territory

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th July 2017 The heightened policy uncertainty, revealed by the North West University (NWU) School of Business and Governance’s latest quarterly Policy Uncertainty Index (PUI), shows an urgent need for South Africa to “get the politics right in order to get the economics right” to promote the policy certainty... 

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