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SA's unemployment crisis in numbers 

By: News24Wire      2nd October 2018 The Jobs Summit, which will kick off later this week, is a joint effort by various stakeholders to find solutions to South Africa’s unemployment crisis. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the summit during his State of the Nation Address in February, and it is intended to yield practical... 

Rand slips as US reaches trade agreement with Canada, Mexico

By: News24Wire      2nd October 2018 The rand slipped overnight, trading at levels over R14.20/$ on Tuesday morning, following a trade agreement reached between the US and Canada and Mexico. The currency was trading slightly weaker (0.82%) at R14.33 by 08:45. 

 Rand slips as US reaches trade agreement with Canada, Mexico

PIC's assets grow 8.6%

By: Reuters     1st October 2018 The value of assets managed by South Africa's state-owned pension fund rose by 8.6% in the year to March 2018, supported by a diversified investment strategy, the fund said in its latest annual report on Monday The Public Investment Corporation (PIC), which manages pensions of civil servants and... 

Long4Life’s Chill acquisition price set at R481m

By: Simone Liedtke     1st October 2018 The final purchase consideration for JSE-listed Long4Life’s acquisition of beverage producer, packer and distributer Chill Holdings, amounted to R481-million, the company announced on Monday. This amount was based on actual earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of... 

Absa PMI weakens further in September

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st October 2018 The Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) remained virtually unchanged at a weak level of 43.2 points in September. The latest figure dashed hopes that the sharp PMI decline in August – to 43.4 points, down from July’s 51.5 points – was a one-off occurrence. The August figure was already an... 

Davies to follow up on Saudi Arabia’s $10bn investment pledge

By: Simone Liedtke     1st October 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies will, this week, co-chair the eighth session of the South Africa-Saudi Arabia Joint Economic Commission (JEC), in Saudi Arabia, while simultaneously following up on Saudi Arabia’s $10-billion investment pledge to South Africa. This session of the JEC will... 

Trade balance swings to R8.79bn surplus in August

By: Reuters     28th September 2018 South Africa's trade balance swung to a surplus of R8.79-billion ($619-million) in August from a revised R5.29-billion deficit in July, data from the revenue agency showed on Friday. Exports rose by 9.4% on a month-on-month basis to R116.88-billion in August, while imports fell by 3.6% to... 

Marubeni says Thabametsi unaffected by group’s policy to halve coal capacity by 2030

By: Terence Creamer     27th September 2018 Japan’s Marubeni Corporation reports that the development of the Thabametsi coal-fired power station, in South Africa, has not been affected by the group’s September 18 policy decision to “no longer enter into any new coal-fired power generation business”. As part of the policy change, Marubeni... 

Marubeni says Thabametsi unaffected by group’s policy to halve coal capacity by 2030

Half of South Africa's stimulus plan to come from spending shift – Nene

By: Reuters     27th September 2018 South Africa's shifting budget priorities will provide roughly half of the R50-billion ($3.5-billion) in stimulus spending it plans to make by the end of its fiscal year in March, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene told Reuters. The rest of the fund would come from internal development finance... 

Cwele, Icasa settle spectrum litigation

By: Simone Liedtke     26th September 2018 Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Dr Siyabonga Cwele and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) council have agreed to settle the court matter involving Icasa’s July 2016 invitation to apply (ITA) for the allocation of high-demand spectrum. In terms of the... 

Job creation depends on B-BBEE compliance – Commissioner  

By: Sane Dhlamini     26th September 2018 The Commissioner of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Commission Zodwa Ntuli said job creation, as outlined in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s economic stimulus and recovery plan, would be easily achieved if companies were B-BBEE complaint. Ntuli was addressing the media in... 

Job creation depends on B-BBEE compliance – Commissioner
Photo by Sane Dhlamini
Commission's head of investigation and enforcement Joseph Melodi, Commissioner Zodwa Ntuli, senior manager for compliance Lindiwe Madonsela and senior manager on organisational strategy and performance Thembakazi Dondashe

Aveng reports strong market interest in most of its noncore assets 

By: Terence Creamer     26th September 2018 Following a series of capital markets transactions, which have helped stabilise Aveng’s precarious balance sheet, the JSE-listed infrastructure group has turned its attention to the disposal, by June 2019, of several noncore businesses, including its well-known construction business,... 

Aveng reports strong market interest in most of its noncore assets
Aveng executive chairperson Eric Diack in conversation with Engineering News editor Terence Creamer on prospects for the group following some major interventions aimed at stabilising the balance sheet and turning around the struggling business. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 26.09.2018

Interest rates would hurt South African economy, central banker says

By: Reuters     26th September 2018 South Africa's central bank should stick to targeting inflation rather than trying to stimulate the economy, because an abrupt change in policy would damage its credibility and push up prices, a policymaker at the bank said late on Tuesday. The speech by Deputy Governor Francois Groepe came after... 

Howden Africa considers possible delisting from JSE

By: Simone Liedtke     26th September 2018 Industrial equipment supplier Howden Africa is considering delisting from the JSE. In a statement published on Wednesday, Howden says its board of directors has been considering the continued viability of the company’s listing on the main board of the JSE. 

Climate-related financial disclosure becoming more mainstream – G20 task force

By: Reuters     26th September 2018 Climate-related disclosure is becoming mainstream as more firms support and align their financial reporting to recommendations by a global task force though few disclose the financial impact on the company, a survey shows. The Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) was set up... 

KSB Pumps and Valves obtains Level 1 BBBEE certification

By: Simone Liedtke     25th September 2018 Global pump manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves has obtained Level 1 broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) certification. This follows the acquisition of a 30% equity stake in the company by black women-owned firm Insikazi Synergies, which has joined the KSB board to play an active role in... 

KSB Pumps and Valves obtains Level 1 BBBEE certification

Rand steady ahead of Fed rates announcement on Wednesday

By: News24Wire      25th September 2018 The rand held steady over the long weekend, opening at R14.37 on Tuesday morning following the public holiday on Monday. The local currency was trading at R14.38 to the greenback by 11:23. 

 Rand steady ahead of Fed rates announcement on Wednesday

South African portfolio inflows plummet in second quarter

By: Reuters     25th September 2018 Portfolio investments into the South African economy fell sharply in the second quarter, as investor risk aversion towards emerging markets was rising, central bank data showed on Tuesday. Inward investment into South African bonds and equities shrank to R16.6-billion ($1.16-billion) from... 

South Africa to relax visa rules to boost investment, tourism 

By: Reuters     25th September 2018 South Africa will ease some immigration rules, including agreeing visa waiver agreements with more countries, in an effort to boost investment and tourism, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Tuesday. The changes are part of a broader economic turnaround programme announced by President... 

South Africa to relax visa rules to boost investment, tourism
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba

South African investment mission to Japan 'successful', says acting Invest SA head

By: African News Agency      24th September 2018 Many Japanese companies are keen to invest in South Africa and others are interested in expanding their investments, Invest South Africa acting head Yunus Hoosen said on Sunday. . In a statement after returning from an investment mission by the trade and industry department (DTI), together with... 

Initiative seeks to further local procurement in franchising

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st September 2018 The Franchise Association of South Africa (Fasa) has partnered with Proudly SA to increase the local procurement of goods and services within the franchising sector by facilitating collaboration between suppliers, franchisors and franchisees. This joint enterprise development initiative was... 

Franchising sector records positive growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st September 2018 Franchising continues to show growth and resilience despite challenging socioeconomic and political challenges in the country. The industry has an estimated turnover of R721-billion in the last financial year, the Franchise Association of South Africa (Fasa) reported on Friday. 

Ramaphosa's new 10-person land reform advisory panel

By: News24Wire      21st September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the names of his 10-person advisory panel on land reform.  The president announced the establishment of the panel when he unveiled the state's stimulus package on Friday morning in Pretoria.  

Ramaphosa's new 10-person land reform advisory panel
Inter-Ministerial Committee on Land Reform chairperson Deputy President David Mabuza

Gordhan: Stimulus plan all about implementation

By: News24Wire      21st September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa's newly-announced economic stimulus package has a specific focus on implementation, say economic cluster ministers Pravin Gordhan and Ebrahim Patel. Ramaphosa on Friday morning announced a raft of measures in an effort to reignite growth, restore investor confidence,... 

 Gordhan: Stimulus plan all about implementation
Photo by Dylan Slater
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Ramaphosa announces economic stimulus and recovery plan 

21st September 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the new economic, stimulus and recovery plan for South Africa and whether it will help South Africa in its economic recovery. 

Ramaphosa announces economic stimulus and recovery plan
Ramaphosa announces economic, stimulus and recovery plan

Ramaphosa aims to crowd in private resources for infrastructure fund

By: Terence Creamer     21st September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed the creation of a public-private infrastructure fund at the heart of an economic stimulus and recovery plan, otherwise constrained by South Africa’s serious fiscal constraints. In unveiling the plan during a briefing at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on... 

Ramaphosa aims to crowd in private resources for infrastructure fund
Photo by GCIS
President Cyril Ramaphosa

South Africa to reallocate R50bn of budget to revive economy – Ramaphosa

By: Reuters     21st September 2018 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a raft of policy reform plans on Friday, including re-prioritising R50-billion ($3.5-billion) of public spending to boost economic growth and create jobs. Africa's most industrialised economy entered recession in the second quarter for the first... 

South Africa to reallocate R50bn of budget to revive economy – Ramaphosa
Photo by Reuters
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa's stimulus plan could push rand to R14/$

By: News24Wire      21st September 2018 The rand started Friday off on the front foot, adding to Thursday's 2% gain against the US dollar on good CPI data, healthy inflow in the bond market and as traders await President Cyril Ramaphosa's stimulus package. The local unit added 0.5% to R14.21 to the US dollar before retreating to the... 

Ramaphosa's stimulus plan could push rand to R14/$
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa to lead SA delegation to UN assembly

By: African News Agency      21st September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Saturday travel to New York where he will lead a South African delegation at the 73rd session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, his office said on Friday. In his first participation at the assembly as head of state, Ramaphosa will take part in an... 

Ramaphosa to lead SA delegation to UN assembly
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Greater demand for transparency needed in African real estate industry

By: Simone Liedtke     20th September 2018 There is a growing acknowledgement of the central role that a transparent real estate sector plays in providing healthy, productive and competitive environments for communities and businesses, investment management company JLL global research head Jeremy Kelly said on Thursday. Market... 

SARB keeps repo rate unchanged at 6.5% 

By: News24Wire      20th September 2018 The South African Reserve Bank announced on Thursday afternoon that it will keep the repo rate unchanged at 6.5%.  The announcement was made by the central bank's governor Lesetja Kganyago at a media briefing in Pretoria.  

SARB keeps repo rate unchanged at 6.5%
Photo by Reuters
SARB governor Lesetja Kganyago

Phosa says South Africa should be ‘plotting’ a credible economic strategy 

By: Terence Creamer     20th September 2018 Former African National Congress (ANC) treasurer-general Mathews Phosa made a forthright appeal on Thursday for the creation and implementation of a credible economic strategy, centred on growth and job creation, rather than “vague, ill-timed, conflicting and populist” policies. Speaking at the... 

Phosa says South Africa should be ‘plotting’ a credible economic strategy
Former African National Congress (ANC) treasurer-general Mathews Phosa on the need for a credible economic strategy, centred on growth and job creation, rather than 'vague, ill-timed, conflicting and populist policies'. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Cabinet approves new Mining Charter 

By: Reuters     20th September 2018 The South African Cabinet has approved the latest version of the long-delayed mining charter which lay outs requirements for black ownership levels and other targets, a cabinet minister said on Thursday. Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane told reporters that more details about the charter... 

Cabinet approves new Mining Charter

Ramaphosa to unveil economic stimulus package on Friday

By: News24Wire      20th September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa will unveil a stimulus package that he hopes will kick-start South Africa’s lagging economy on Friday morning.  Cabinet has signed off on the measures, which they hope will reignite economic growth, said Minister of Communications Nomvula Mokonyane on Thursday morning. 

Ramaphosa to unveil economic stimulus package on Friday
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Interest rates likely to stay unchanged as economy struggles

By: African News Agency      20th September 2018 South Africa's central bank is likely to keep interest rates unchanged on Thursday despite inflationary pressures stemming largely from a weaker rand, hamstrung mostly by concerns over the ailing economy. The economy slipped into a recession after gross domestic product contracted by 0.7 percent... 

Interest rates likely to stay unchanged as economy struggles

Poor internal coordination in SA cities adding to cost of doing business

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2018 A new World Bank report highlights how a lack of internal coordination between departments within several of South Africa’s largest cities is undermining the delivery of services to businesses operating within those locations and burdening entrepreneurs with timing consuming and costly red tape.... 

Poor internal coordination in SA cities adding to cost of doing business

JSE looks to tighten listing rules

By: Reuters     19th September 2018 The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) wants to increase the minimum capital amount required for a primary listing and is considering stricter rules on secondary listings as it seeks to improve corporate governance. Africa's biggest securities exchange published its proposals in a public... 

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