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Ramaphosa orders inquiry at State pension fund

By: Reuters     18th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday appointed a judicial inquiry into the R2-trillion State pension fund, a government gazette said, following corruption allegations. The PIC is Africa's biggest pension fund and the biggest investor in South Africa's economy holding a large volume of bonds... 

Draft IRP comment deadline nears 

18th October 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the upcoming deadline for public comment on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), the main areas of contention and what Cabinet is likely to decide when deliberating on the final IRP. 

Draft IRP comment deadline nears
Draft IRP comment deadline nears

African countries can leapfrog technologies, if they understand the requirements

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th October 2018 The world, in trade and industrial terms, is being disrupted by both technological and political developments, providing opportunities but also posing risks to African countries. So highlighted University of Cape Town Mandela School of Public Governance Professor Carlos Lopes. On the... 

Sanral e-toll proposals are desperate threats – Outa

By: Sashnee Moodley     17th October 2018 The South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) various proposals to try and force motorists to pay outstanding e-toll bills are desperate threats and will be extremely difficult to implement, said the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Wednesday. Sanral CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma... 

Sanral e-toll proposals are desperate threats – Outa

Informal waste pickers should be integrated into formal waste management sector, suggests analyst

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th October 2018 The informal waste economy in South Africa has been largely responsible for the high rates of post-consumer material recycling that have been achieved, GreenCape Sector Development Agency waste economy analyst Dr Kirsten Barnes noted during a presentation at WasteCon 2018, on Wednesday. Her... 

South Africa slips in WEF Global Competitiveness Index

By: African News Agency      17th October 2018 South Africa has fallen another five places in the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index (WEF GCI), placing 67 out of 140 countries. The 2018 WEF GCI, released on Wednesday, scores 140 economies using 98 indicators organised into 12 pillars – institutions, infrastructure, ICT... 

South Africa slips in WEF Global Competitiveness Index

EnviroServ returning to its roots following Shongweni malodour issue

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2018 After acknowledging that its KwaZulu-Natal-based Shongweni landfill was a contributor to malodour, waste management company EnviroServ has returned to its “old way of disposing of waste”, which comprises using lime to raise the alkalinity (pH) levels at its landfill sites. This decision,... 

EnviroServ returning to its roots following Shongweni malodour issue
Shongweni landfill, in KwaZulu-Natal.

Moody's ratings review of South Africa to come after next week's budget – Treasury

By: Reuters     16th October 2018 South Africa expects Moody's to release its ratings review after next week's medium term budget policy statement (MTBPS), Dondo Mogajane, the director general of the National Treasury said on Tuesday. Mogajane said he met Moody's representatives at an international financial conference in Bali... 

Mboweni slams KPMG over role in VBS scandal

By: African News Agency      16th October 2018 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on Tuesday condemned auditing firm KPMG for signing off on the financial statements of failed VBS Mutual Bank even though, according to a South African Reserve Bank report, it was clear that it had a shortfall of about R1-billion. "When you have a big auditing firm... 

Mboweni slams KPMG over role in VBS scandal
Finance minister Tito Mboweni

Used oil industry offering significant job creation potential, says foundation

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2018 Although still relatively young in South Africa, the economic contribution to the country through job creation in the used oil sector is looking very promising, according to a study commissioned by the Recycling Oil Saves the Environment (Rose) Foundation. A survey commissioned by the foundation... 

Mboweni has received preliminary report on PIC 

By: African News Agency      16th October 2018 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on Tuesday said he had received a preliminary report on the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), suggesting this would hasten the start date of an inquiry announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in August. "A preliminary report on the PIC was given to me by the deputy... 

Mboweni has received preliminary report on PIC
President Cyril Ramaphosa & Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

Treasury says recession, falling revenue dent public finances

By: Reuters     16th October 2018 South Africa will struggle to finance the public services that form the largest part of its budget due to falling revenues and an economic recession, the National Treasury told lawmakers on Tuesday. Africa's most industrialised economy slipped into recession in the second quarter for the first... 

Messe München South Africa acquires Air Cargo India, Air Cargo Africa exhibitions

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2018 International exhibition organiser Messe München has bought the Air Cargo India and Air Cargo Africa exhibitions from Indian publishing house Stat Trade Times. Air Cargo Africa is the largest air cargo trade fair in Africa, attracting over 80 exhibitors and 2 000 visitors from across the continent.  

CSIR seeks municipal partners for energy master plan pilot project 

By: Terence Creamer     16th October 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) aims to partner with a metropolitan council and a district municipality to compile pilot municipal energy master plans for electricity (MEMPs), which will provide the two councils with insight into the best electricity supply blends for... 

CSIR seeks municipal partners for energy master plan pilot project
CSIR Energy Centre head Dr Clinton Carter-Brown

Long4Life appoints CFO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th October 2018 JSE-listed Long4Life has appointed Mireille Levenstein CFO, effective November 1. She will succeed Peter Riskowitz, who is retiring on October 31. 

SA yet to achieve land reform in urban areas, says deputy minister

By: News24Wire      15th October 2018 There has not been any substantial land reform and restitution in urban areas in South Africa. So says Deputy Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Andries Nel, who was speaking at the Planning Africa 2018 conference on Monday. 

SA yet to achieve land reform in urban areas, says deputy minister

TNPA tests helicopter service at Cape Town port 

By: Simone Liedtke     15th October 2018 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is exploring options to introduce a helicopter service at its Port of Cape Town to assist with operations during major swells and to increase the availability of service during stormy conditions. With Cape Town having been plagued recently by... 

Seifsa elects ‘most transformed’ board to date

By: Simone Liedtke     15th October 2018 Arabela Holdings executive chairperson Elias Monage has been elected president of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) and chairperson of its board of directors, with effect from October 12. Monage was elected president during Seifsa’s seventy-sixth annual... 

Steel Awards showcase resilience, workmanship in South African steel industry

By: Simone Liedtke     12th October 2018 South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) CEO Paolo Trinchero believes the industry continues to produce “outstanding work, [which] demonstrates its capability and expertise”. Speaking at its yearly Steel Awards function on Thursday evening, he said there was continued perseverance in... 

Steel Awards showcase resilience, workmanship in South African steel industry

Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy growing, but better revenue mobilisation needed – IMF 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th October 2018 The macroenonomic outlook for sub-Saharan Africa continues to strengthen, with growth expected to increase from 2.7% in 2017 to 3.1% this year, the latest ‘Regional Economic Outlook’ report published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) shows. The higher growth reflects domestic policy... 

Nene rollercoaster takes Nomura from major rand bear to bull

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2018 Nhlanhla Nene has been dropped from South Africa’s cabinet twice in three years – and his misfortunes have been the catalyst that turned one of the biggest rand bears into one of the biggest bulls. As the currency declined this week amid speculation that Nene would resign as finance minister,... 

Govt, fuels industry mull alternative pricing framework for petrol 

By: African News Agency      11th October 2018 Government was considering capping the price of 93 unleaded petrol, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said on Thursday. Radebe, who joined his communications counterpart, Nomvula Mokonyane, during the post-cabinet media briefing, said they were consulting the industry on the proposal. 

Govt, fuels industry mull alternative pricing framework for petrol
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Ramaphosa treads 'softly-softly' in South Africa power play 

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa is caught in an intricate game of political chess as he seeks to stamp his authority on the government while maintaining a semblance of party unity before elections next year. While his finance minister and political ally, Nhlanhla Nene, resigned Tuesday after lying... 

Ramaphosa treads 'softly-softly' in South Africa power play
Cyril Ramaphosa and Tito Mboweni

Political, economic uncertainty and perception of corruption cloud sentiment on SA – PwC

By: African News Agency      11th October 2018 Recent political and economic uncertainty, including the perception of corruption, have clouded investor sentiment in South Africa, auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said on Thursday. A PwC report said trade openness and the efficiency of government regulation were among the most... 

 Political, economic uncertainty and perception of corruption cloud sentiment on SA – PwC

South Africa gets $35bn in investment pledges towards $100bn goal

By: Reuters     11th October 2018 South Africa has investment commitments of $35-billion as part of plans by President Cyril Ramaphosa to attract $100-billion over the next five years to revive the country's flagging economy, his economic adviser told Reuters on Wednesday. Ramaphosa has appointed a team of investment envoys -... 

South Africa gets $35bn in investment pledges towards $100bn goal
Photo by Reuters
Trudi Makhaya

IMF warns African countries against spiraling levels of public debt

By: African News Agency      11th October 2018 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday warned African countries that their increasing indebtedness and failure to service their public debts was creating poverty for its citizens. Montfort Mlachila, senior resident representative for IMF in South Africa, said that countries like... 

AMSA seeks growth opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa amid muted domestic steel demand

By: Nadine James     10th October 2018 In light of weak domestic demand, ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has implemented a strategy to enhance its short-term profitability and cashflow, thereby, ensuring the business’ sustainability and positioning it to exploit growth in the sub-Saharan Africa region, says CEO Kobus Verster. During... 

 AMSA seeks growth opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa amid muted domestic steel demand
Photo by ARCELORMITTAL
ArcelorMittal Vanderbijlparjk Works

Jessie Duarte ‘keen’ to testify at State capture commission  

By: Sashnee Moodley     10th October 2018 The ruling African National Congress’s (ANC’s) deputy general-secretary, Jessie Duarte, said on Wednesday that she was “very keen” to testify at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture. Speaking at a media briefing around the ANC’s position on former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s... 

Jessie Duarte ‘keen’ to testify at State capture commission
ANC deputy general-secretary Jessie Duarte

Trade rules need to address Chinese excess capacity – EU's Moscovici

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 Any rewrite of global trading rules must deal with the issue of excess industrial capacity in China, European Commission Economic Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said on Wednesday. "We absolutely need to address the issue of overcapacities in China. Nobody can say that this is not a problem. This... 

Sacci BCI marks slight improvement in September

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th October 2018 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) Business Confidence Index (BCI) improved by 2.8 index points to 93.3 points in September, from 90.5 points in August. The BCI was in line with the 93 points measured in September 2017.  

Policy certainty key to business confidence – Sacci  

By: African News Agency      10th October 2018 Market and economic developments continue to have adverse effects on the activities of companies in South Africa, despite an uptick in a key business confidence index (BCI) in September, a survey showed on Wednesday. The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry's (Sacci) BCI, comprising of... 

Policy certainty key to business confidence – Sacci

ANC, opposition parties welcome Mboweni, praise Nene

By: News24Wire      9th October 2018 Former South African Reserve Bank governor and newly appointed Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is highly accomplished and should be able to hit the ground running. This was the sentiment from the ANC and opposition parties after the news broke that Mboweni would replace former minister, Nhlanhla... 

ANC, opposition parties welcome Mboweni, praise Nene
Photo by Creamer Media
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

Mboweni sworn in as Finance Minister, after Ramaphosa accepts Nene’s resignation   

By: Sashnee Moodley     9th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Tuesday afternoon that he had accepted Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s resignation and that former Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni would be sworn in as the new Minister with immediate effect. Ramaphosa revealed that, as a consequence of State capture... 

Mboweni sworn in as Finance Minister, after Ramaphosa accepts Nene’s resignation
Photo by Creamer Media
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

Tax Ombud secures nearly R450m in refunds in biggest tax disputes for 2017/18

By: Simone Liedtke     9th October 2018 Nearly R450-million in tax refunds has been paid out to the ten taxpayers with the largest disputes with revenue authorities in the 2017/18 financial year, as a result of the intervention of the Office of the Tax Ombud (OTO). The OTO reported these figures during the launch, on Tuesday, of its... 

Ramaphosa to make statement on Nene

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa will make a statement on the fate of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene on Tuesday at 16:30, his office said, sending the rand firmer. Nene is facing calls to resign after he admitted to visiting the Gupta brothers, friends of scandal-plagued former leader Jacob Zuma who... 

Ramaphosa to make statement on Nene
President Cyril Ramaphosa

IMF lowers South Africa's economic growth forecasts, urges reforms 

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday cut South Africa's economic growth forecasts for this year and next, as it urged implementation of reforms to improve policy certainty and the efficiency of State-owned companies. Having stagnated for a decade, Africa's most industrialised economy... 

IMF lowers South Africa's economic growth forecasts, urges reforms

Jonas is said to decline South African Finance Minister post

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2018 Mcebisi Jonas declined an offer to replace Nhlanhla Nene as South Africa’s finance minister, spurring President Cyril Ramaphosa to consider central bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago and one of his predecessors, Tito Mboweni, for the job, according to three people familiar with the matter. Jonas, a... 

Jonas is said to decline South African Finance Minister post
Photo by Reuters
Mcebisi Jonas

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