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President Ramaphosa to host UK Prime Minister May 

By: African News Agency      27th August 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Tuesday host British Prime Minister Theresa May on a working visit to South Africa.  "The working visit follows bilateral meetings between President Ramaphosa and Prime Minister May during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London from 19 to... 

Private equity model for newly opened Lesotho Mergence branch

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th August 2018 Specialist boutique asset manager Mergence Investment Managers has opened a licensed subsidiary in Maseru, Lesotho, where it aims to offer an innovative approach to private equity. Mergence Lesotho MD Semoli Mokhanoi said in a statement that the company has adapted and tailored the traditional... 

National Health Insurance will succeed, ensure universal healthcare for South Africans – Ramaphosa 

By: African News Agency      24th August 2018 Government’s ambitious National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme is bound to succeed and deal a blow to South Africa’s “racialized, two-tier health system sustained on the basis of uneven distribution of resources”, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday. Ramaphosa was speaking in Pretoria at a... 

Massmart cautiously optimistic about consumer demand

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd August 2018 Despite a difficult and deteriorating consumer environment, retail property group Massmart Holdings’ total sales for the 26-week period of R41.6-billion represented an increase of 1.9%, with comparable store sales increasing by 0.2% in the six-month period to June 30. While economic conditions in... 

South Africa’s private equity performance remains steady

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd August 2018 The RisCura-Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (Savca) ‘South African Private Equity Performance’ report for the first quarter of this year shows that long-term private equity returns remain steady, with the ten-year rand internal rate of return (IRR), the headline... 

M&R expects more than 50% increase in FY18 earnings

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd August 2018 Engineering and construction group Murray and Roberts (M&R) expects to report diluted headline earnings per share (HEPS) from continuing operations of between 110c and 114c for the financial year ended June 30. This represents a 53% to 58% improvement on diluted HEPS of 72c reported for the 2017... 

One in three chance of South Africa recession this year

By: Reuters     23rd August 2018 South Africa's economy probably struggled to gain traction in the second quarter after shrinking at the start of 2018, according to a Reuters poll of economists who said there was a one in three chance of recession this year. Around 30 economists polled expect Africa's second-largest economy to... 

One in three chance of South Africa recession this year

Gauteng rapid land release programme to be launched next week

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd August 2018 Gauteng Premier David Makhura will, on August 31, launch the province’s rapid land release programme, in which he plans to make provincial land and buildings available for the development of human settlements and for urban agriculture projects. Speaking at the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and... 

DTI commits to increasing export council funding

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd August 2018 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has committed to increasing funding to the export councils to drive the transformation agenda in different sectors. The commitment emanated from the export councils meeting that was hosted by DTI director-general Lionel October, in Pretoria.  

Gama sent by Transnet to brief MPs on corruption probes 

By: African News Agency      22nd August 2018 Parliament's portfolio committee on public enterprises on Wednesday, cut short a briefing by Transnet on its corruption investigations because of the presence of freight rail company CEO Siyabonga Gama. The Transnet board last week served Gama, chief procurement officer Thamsanqa Jiyane and... 

 Gama sent by Transnet to brief MPs on corruption probes
Photo by Dylan Slater
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

US poultry industry to urge retaliation if South Africa ends quota

By: Reuters     22nd August 2018 The United States poultry industry will press its government to retaliate if South Africa suspends a quota that excludes some US imports from an anti-dumping tariff, the head of a poultry trade group said. The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) has filed a lawsuit seeking to force the... 

SA annual consumer inflation rises to 5.1 percent in July 

By: African News Agency      22nd August 2018 South Africa's headline annual consumer inflation rose to 5.1 percent in July from 4.6 percent in June, official data showed, edging towards the top end of the central bank's 3-6 percent target range. On average, prices increased by 0.8 percent between June and July, Statistics South Africa said. 

 SA annual consumer inflation rises to 5.1 percent in July

National minimum wage bill clears parliamentary passage

By: News24Wire      22nd August 2018 The National Minimum Wage Bill was approved by the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday and will now go to President Cyril Ramaphosa to be signed into law. The adoption of the bill, along with enabling the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment bill, was welcomed by the Congress of South... 

 National minimum wage bill clears parliamentary passage

Poultry group seeks to suspend US import quota

By: Reuters     21st August 2018 The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) has filed a legal action to force the government to suspend a quota that excluded imports of US poultry from South Africa's anti-dumping tariff, a senior official with the association said on Tuesday. The decision by SAPA was a response to the Trump... 

No land grabs allowed – ANC assures AgriSA  

By: Sashnee Moodley     21st August 2018 Agricultural industry association AgriSA said on Tuesday that it welcomed the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) policy commitments regarding agrarian reform and agricultural property with respect to the ongoing debate on the expropriation of land without compensation. AgriSA and representatives... 

No land grabs allowed – ANC assures AgriSA
AgriSA executive director Omri van Zyl

Survey finds healthcare workers are uninformed about NHI scheme

By: Anine Kilian     21st August 2018 Nearly half of healthcare workers surveyed by the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI) have said they are not well informed about the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme. Unpacking key findings of its ‘Healthcare Workers’ Knowledge, Insight and Opinion on the Proposed NHI’ report, in... 

SA looking to Equatorial Guinea, South Sudan and Algeria for oil

By: African News Agency      21st August 2018 South Africa is looking to Algeria, Equatorial-Guinea and South Sudan for crude oil sources closer to home as the country experiences its highest fuel prices in history, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said on Tuesday. "We are looking very aggressively to other countries, Equatorial Guinea, Algeria,... 

 SA looking to Equatorial Guinea, South Sudan and Algeria for oil
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

NHI will negatively impact on South Africa’s healthcare systems – Solidarity  

By: Anine Kilian     21st August 2018 Trade union Solidarity believes the power of medical services in South Africa will be negatively impacted if government decides to centralise the healthcare system through the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill. Speaking at a Healthcare Crisis Summit organised by Solidarity, in Pretoria, on... 

AgriSA meeting with the ANC "successful"

By: News24Wire      21st August 2018 AgriSA president Dan Kriek met President Cyril Ramaphosa in Cape Town on Tuesday, while the organisation's CEO, Omri van Zyl, held talks with Deputy President David Mabuza in Johannesburg. The meetings were part of two separate consultation processes: Kriek met Ramaphosa as part of the... 

AgriSA meeting with the ANC
AgriSA President Dan Kriek

Study initiated to assess conversion of Kelvin power station from coal to gas

By: Terence Creamer     21st August 2018 A $1.3-million feasibility study has been initiated into the prospect of converting the coal-fired Kelvin power station, east of Johannesburg, into a 450 MW to 600 MW gas-fired power station. The study will also assess the potential for developing the Kelvin site into a gas distribution hub for... 

Study initiated to assess conversion of Kelvin power station from coal to gas
The Kelvin power station

Treasury slams excess cash on NSFAS books

By: News24Wire      21st August 2018 The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) had R153.8-million more cash left than projected at the end of the 2017/18 financial year, it has emerged. Speaking to Parliament's Standing Committee on Appropriations on Tuesday, Treasury’s deputy director general Dr Mampho Modise explained that... 

 Treasury slams excess cash on NSFAS books

EESE welcomes imminent BBBEE scheme listings

By: Simone Liedtke     21st August 2018 Equity Express Securities Exchange (EESE) on Tuesday welcomed the planned listings of the MultiChoice and Media24 broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) schemes, Phuthuma Nathi and Welkom Yizani, in October. These listings will include Phuthuma Nathi Investments, Phuthuma Nathi... 

EESE welcomes imminent BBBEE scheme listings
Equity Express Securities Exchange (EESE) CEO Anthony Wilmot

Proudly South African launches online shopping site in boost for Buy Local campaign

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st August 2018 Proudly South African (Proudly SA) and RSA Made on Tuesday launched an online shopping site, www.rsamade.co.za, which sells only locally made items. The site forms part of Proudly SA’s Buy Local advocacy campaign, and looks to grow Proudly SA’s members’ share of the burgeoning market that is... 

Land Bank says land expropriation could trigger default

By: Reuters     21st August 2018 South Africa's State-owned Land Bank said on Monday a plan to allow the State to seize land without compensation could trigger defaults that could cost the government R41-billion rand if the bank's rights as a creditor are not protected. Land Bank is a specialist bank providing financial services... 

 Land Bank says land expropriation could trigger default

Mint Directors Conference to reach South African shores in 2020

By: Simone Liedtke     20th August 2018 The biennial Mint Directors Conference (MDC) will return to South African shores in 2020, says South African Reserve Bank (SARB) subsidiary, the South African (SA) Mint. The event, which is expected to attract more than 300 guests, will be held in both Cape Town and Pretoria, in April 2020. 

Mint Directors Conference to reach South African shores in 2020
The baton was passed on to the South African Mint by the Korea Minting and Security Printing & ID Card Operating Corporation (Komsco), which hosted the conference this year in Seoul

M&R announces new appointments for underground mining platform

By: Simone Liedtke     20th August 2018 Mike da Costa was appointed CEO of Murray & Robert’s (M&R’s) global underground mining platform, effective August 1, mining contracting company M&R Cementation reported on Monday. The M&R underground mining platform covers six continents and its service offering spans the project value chain... 

ANC, AgriSA to meet over expropriation, economy

By: News24Wire      20th August 2018 The ANC and AgriSA, the country’s largest representative body of commercial farmers, will meet on Tuesday to discuss the heated issue of expropriation without compensation. This follows months of uncertainty in the agricultural sector and the broader economy after the ANC’s initial decision to... 

State capture inquiry gets underway in Johannesburg

By: African News Agency      20th August 2018 The judicial commission of inquiry into alleged capture of the South African State and its entities, referred to as ''State capture'', is set to begin on Monday in Johannesburg. At the centre of the hearings are the fugitive Gupta family, who have since left the country as allegations of... 

State capture inquiry gets underway in Johannesburg
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo

BBBEE Commission to host first Women Empowerment Conference

By: Simone Liedtke     17th August 2018 The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Commission will host its first Women Empowerment Conference, in Pretoria, on August 24. The conference, held under the theme ‘Advancing Women Economic Empowerment through the BBBEE Act’, will be addressed by Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob... 

Leftists rattle rand with plan to nationalise South Africa's SARB

By: Reuters     17th August 2018 Opposition firebrand Julius Malema introduced a bill to nationalise South Africa's central bank, raising pressure on the ruling ANC to go through with a plan it shelved this year and rattling markets wary of threats to the institution's independence. The rand fell more than 1 percent overnight... 

Ramaphosa launches commission of inquiry into PIC

By: African News Agency      16th August 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa will appoint a commission of inquiry to investigate the scandal-plagued Public Investment Corporation (PIC), it was announced on Thursday afternoon. The PIC invests government pensions and handles assets worth about R1.928-trillion. It is one of the biggest known funds... 

Parliament considers tougher anti-smoking Bill

By: Reuters     16th August 2018 A Bill that would toughen anti-smoking legislation in South Africa has been submitted to Parliament for review by lawmakers, a health ministry spokesman said on Wednesday, as a campaign against the proposed changes intensifies. The Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill... 

Rand slumps as Moody's says fiscal consolidation slows

By: Reuters     15th August 2018 The rand slumped on Wednesday as ratings agency Moody's warned that the pace of fiscal consolidation in Africa's most industrialised economy had slowed. Moody's is the only one of the "big three" ratings agencies which still has South Africa's sovereign rating in investment grade, so any hint... 

Gordhan announces whistleblower hotline to boost fight against corruption

By: News24Wire      15th August 2018 Stabilising State-owned enterprises could take six months or longer, depending on the extent of corruption, said Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. The minister on Wednesday briefed the portfolio committee on public enterprises on the progress made in addressing governance challenges at... 

Gordhan announces whistleblower hotline to boost fight against corruption
Photo by Dylan Slater
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

South Africa's 2018 growth to be 'much lower' than initial forecasts – SARB

By: Reuters     15th August 2018 South Africa's economic growth this year will be "much lower" than initial expectations, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) said in a presentation to Parliament on Wednesday, calling any recovery "weak and choppy". The SARB added that fixed investment was not expected to pick up meaningfully... 

South Africa's 2018 growth to be 'much lower' than initial forecasts – SARB

Municipalities owed R139bn for services – Cogta

By: News24Wire      15th August 2018 Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Zweli Mkhize has revealed that municipalities are owed R139-billion for municipal services rendered. He said that the outstanding billions made it difficult for them to pay money owed to Eskom. Mkhize was responding to questions in the... 

Union takes illicit cigarettes trade fight to National Treasury

By: African News Agency      14th August 2018 Members of the Food and Allied Workers’ Union (Fawu) joined by tobacco farmers and informal traders on Tuesday as they marched to the National Treasury offices in Pretoria CBD, protesting about the thriving inflow of illegal cigarettes into the South African market, suffocating the local... 

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