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AU ready to sign continental trade treaty without Nigeria

By: African News Agency      20th March 2018 African Union (AU) chairperson Paul Kagame on Tuesday gave a strong indication yet that member states will sign the treaty to create the continental free trade area even if the continent's most-populated country, Nigeria, withdraws from the meeting. At least 53 African Heads of States have... 

WTO members say US actions threaten trade body's credibility

By: Reuters     20th March 2018 Nearly 50 countries expressed concern on Tuesday about the "serious threat" to the World Trade Organisation posed by unilateral trade actions, a pointed reference to US import tariffs that have caused a global outcry. Delivering concluding remarks after a two-day informal meeting of the WTO... 

Heartwood Properties lists on 4AX

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2018 Exchange trading platform 4 Africa Exchange (4AX) on Tuesday listed its first issuer operating in the property sector – Heartwood Properties.  

Heartwood Properties lists on 4AX
4AX CEO advocate Fay Mukaddam

PEWA to set stage for African energy investment once again

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 With 600-million people in Africa not having access to electricity, the onus is on Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) to provide the platform that will encourage investment in infrastructure and grid connection across Africa.  

PEWA to set stage for African  energy investment once again
POWER UNITED Terrapinn is expecting about 8 000 attendees from more than 40 African countries, including 350 exhibitors and 300 speakers, to attend PEWA 2018

Aerosud Aviation warns of tough times for the South African aerospace industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th March 2018 South Africa’s largest private-sector commercial aviation aerostructures manufacturing company, Aerosud Aviation (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aerosud Holdings), warns that the local aerospace industry is going through tough times and is not receiving the kind of support that competitors in other... 

Kazungula Bridge set to open corridor between Zambia, Botswana

By: African News Agency      14th March 2018 The Kazungula Bridge project is set to open up the transport corridor between Zambia and Botswana, a move which will see Zimbabwe lose out on transit revenue. The project is being carried out with partial financial assistance from the African Development Bank (AfDB). The primary objective of the... 

Busa optimistic of South Africa’s economic prospects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th March 2018 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) is optimistic about South Africa’s economic prospects following meetings with investors and ratings agencies in London this week.  

2018 brings renewed optimism for South African stainless steel industry

By: Simone Liedtke     12th March 2018 This year may break the downward trend of reduced consumption in the South African stainless steel industry, says South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) director John Tarboton. He notes that stainless steel consumption dropped by about 5.6% in 2017, and that the industry... 

Investment tracker points to growing optimism in manufacturing sector

By: Simone Liedtke     12th March 2018 Investment in the manufacturing industry increased in the final quarter of 2017, reflecting a growing optimism and changing sentiment in the sector, the latest Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker (MCIT) has indicated. In the fourth quarter, the MCIT increased by five index points year-on-year... 

Investment tracker points to growing optimism in manufacturing sector
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Manufacturing Circle executive director Phillipa Rodseth

South Africa commits to new continental trade agreement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th March 2018 The African Ministers of Trade (Amot) last week considered and approved – for submission to the extraordinary summit of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government – an agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), as well as the protocols on trade in goods and... 

South Africa commits to new continental trade agreement

South Africa to make tariffs submission as Trump leaves door open for exclusions

By: Terence Creamer     9th March 2018 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) says it is studying US President Donald Trump’s proclamations to impose a new 10% tariff on aluminium products and a new 25% tariff on steel products from March 23. However, the department also confirmed that it would be making a formal submission to the... 

South Africa to make tariffs submission as Trump leaves door open for exclusions
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US President Donald Trump

Tribunal approves Sinopec’s $900m acquisition of Chevron SA with conditions

By: Nadine James     9th March 2018 The Competition Tribunal has approved Hong Kong-based Sinopec’s proposed $900-million acquisition of a 75% interest in Chevron South Africa (CSA), subject to a range of employment, investment and other public interest conditions. Sinopec and CSA had tendered a set of proposed conditions, which... 

WTO says there is still time to discuss US tariff move

By: Reuters     9th March 2018 World Trade Organization (WTO) members still have time to discuss the US tariffs on steel and aluminium imports signed by President Donald Trump on Thursday, and it is up to them what happens next, WTO spokesperson Dan Pruzin told reporters on Friday. "Certainly there is still time to discuss... 

Standard rail network can foster intercountry trade

By: Melissa Zisengwe     9th March 2018 Linking African countries with a standard rail network will assist in growing inter-country trade and, subsequently, foster Africa’s economic growth, says engineering consultancy WSP Africa Group. 

Standard rail network can  foster intercountry trade
VISHAAL LUTCHMAN Africa needs to start leading and building itself

S&P makes case for positive blockchain disruption, amid cryptocurrency concern

By: Schalk Burger     9th March 2018 Global ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P’s) currently views cryptocurrencies as speculative instruments that will have an “insignificant effect on global financial stability if its value were to collapse”, but that blockchain – a shared digital transaction ledger – presents an opportunity... 

Domestic drugs manufacturing could benefit from increased local demand

By: Dylan Slater     9th March 2018 The South Africa pharmaceutical manufacturing industry is “well positioned” to assist in contributing to the economy with an increase in local manufacturing, which needs to be driven by a decrease in importing drugs and consequent increase in local manufacturing, says local procurement lobby... 

Africa should avoid forfeiting sovereignty to China over loans – Tillerson

By: Reuters     8th March 2018 US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday that African countries should weigh Chinese loans carefully, while adding that Washington was not trying to keep Chinese investment away from the continent. Tillerson, a former Exxon chief executive, is seeking to bolster security alliances on... 

EU warns Trump of trade war, China raises concerns at WTO

By: Reuters     7th March 2018 Europe and the IMF urged Donald Trump on Wednesday to step back from the brink of a trade war, after the resignation of his economic adviser emboldened those encouraging him to push ahead with tariffs on imported steel and aluminium. The departure of Gary Cohn, seen as a bulwark against Trump's... 

South African steel, aluminum firms watchful, but not overly anxious, as US tariff hikes loom

By: Terence Creamer     6th March 2018 South African steel and aluminium firms remain watchful and uncertain about the effects that a proposed increased US trade protection will have. However, the companies also indicate that they will seek to mitigate the risk through export diversification, as well as a continued focus on markets... 

South African steel, aluminum firms watchful, but not overly anxious, as US tariff hikes loom
US President Donald Trump

WTO chief urges States to stop first dominoes of trade war

By: Reuters     6th March 2018 The head of the World Trade Organization (WTO) told member states on Monday they must prevent "the fall of the first dominoes" in a trade war and warned of a real risk of triggering an escalation of global trade barriers and a deep recession. World trade policy is in turmoil because of US... 

WTO chief urges States to stop first dominoes of trade war
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WTO director general Roberto Azevedo

The DTI leads black industrialists on trade mission to Mozambique

By: African News Agency      5th March 2018 The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) is leading a black industrialists business delegation to Mozambique on a mission to identify and explore trade and investment opportunities from March 4 to 10. Also in the delegation are representatives of the Development Bank of Southern Africa, the... 

 The DTI leads black industrialists on trade mission to Mozambique
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Trade & Industry Minister Rob Davies

Europe's firm response to stop short of trade war with Trump

By: Reuters     2nd March 2018 The firm response Europe has pledged to planned US tariffs on steel and aluminium imports is likely to stop short of triggering the trade war that open market supporters fear. US President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States would apply duties of 25% on imported steel and 10% on... 

Europe's firm response to stop short of trade war with Trump

Trump trade war talk spooks emerging stocks

By: Reuters     2nd March 2018 Emerging market stocks fell to two-week lows on Friday, with steelmakers taking a pounding after President Donald Trump said he would impose hefty tariffs on US imports of steel and aluminium, reviving fears of a trade war. Trump said the duties of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminium would be... 

Re-guarantee facility to benefit infrastructure sector SMEs

By: Nadine James     2nd March 2018 The African Guarantee Fund (AGF) for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has entered into a re-guarantee transaction with GuarantCo, a division of Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), to increase its capacity for SME financing. The transaction will provide a platform for... 

Davies welcomes Whirlpool’s R100m investment

By: Nadine James     2nd March 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has congratulated appliance manufacturer Whirlpool South Africa on its R100-million investment in a new manufacturing line that is expected to create about 100 jobs. The investment in the company’s plant, located in the Isithebe Industrial Park near... 

Only one Brics leader among those who made early calls to Ramaphosa

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd March 2018 Not one of the five world and regional leaders who formed the first group to phone new South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday February 18, to hold preliminary discussions with, and to congratulate, him came from a Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) group country. Two... 

Drive specialist launches new product at event

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd March 2018 Drive engineering specialist SEW Eurodrive will launch its ECDriveS at this year's bauma CONEXPO AFRICA expo for the global construction and mining industries. 

Drive specialist launches new product at event
NORMAN MALEKA Our aim is to offer complete solutions, as opposed to simply being a component supplier

Long-suffering SA manufacturing sector hoping to reap Ramaphosa dividend

By: Dylan Slater     2nd March 2018 Prior to the Valentine’s Day resignation of now former President Jacob Zuma, popular industry sentiment pointed towards a better year in terms of manufacturing and gross domestic product (GDP) on the back of a recovering commodities market.  

Long-suffering SA manufacturing sector  hoping to reap Ramaphosa dividend

Over 20 000 visitors expected at event

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd March 2018 With more than 20 000 international and local visitors from 72 countries expected to attend bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018, international exhibition company Messe München South Africa CEO Elaine Crewe says the event aims to present an opportunity for stakeholders to showcase new innovative products... 

Over 20 000 visitors expected  at event
2018 EDITION The third iteration of the event in Africa will be held from March 13 to 16

Trade agreement with the EU a boost for Western Cape exports

By: Kim Cloete     1st March 2018 The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union and six countries in Southern Africa has been a boost for the Western Cape, with strong gains for the wine and fishing industries since it came into effect in October 2016.  The EPA between the EU and the Southern African Customs... 

Working-at-height training programme incorporates VR tech

By: Nadine James     23rd February 2018 Steel and mining company ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has incorporated virtual reality (VR) technology into the apprenticeship and training programmes at its Vanderbiljpark plant. The VR training solution, which has been operational since December last year, is currently used to determine... 

Working-at-height training programme incorporates VR tech
SAFETY FIRST The virtual reality technology allows for practical application without placing trainees at risk

Solar systems company dismisses takeover rumour

By: Dylan Slater     23rd February 2018 Solar photovoltaic (PV) mounting systems company Schletter South Africa is seeing positive growth in line with industry developments, with high hopes of renewed interest and demand in 2018.  

South Africa to pilot first utility-scale vanadium redox flow battery

By: Nadine James     23rd February 2018 Aim-listed miner Bushveld Minerals’ 84%-owned energy subsidiary Bushveld Energy will be commissioning its first utility-scale vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) for testing by State-owned power utility Eskom in May, says Bushveld Energy CEO Mikhail Nikomarov. 

South Africa to pilot first utility-scale vanadium redox flow battery

EU warns it will retaliate if hit by US trade curbs

By: Reuters     22nd February 2018 The European Commission said on Tuesday it had expressed its concern to Washington about possible measures to curb imports of steel and aluminium and warned that it was ready to react if its industry was hit. "We have made it clear to the US administration at the highest level that we would be... 

Transnet delivering on its Africa strategy

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd February 2018 State-owned Transnet's Diaspora Infrastructure Development Group (DIDG) Consortium on Wednesday delivered rolling stock to the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) to strengthen regional integration, trade and the recapitalisation of the Zimbabwean railway programme. This transaction between a... 

JSE reports revenue, earnings drops, but declares dividend

By: Schalk Burger     21st February 2018 The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) reported a 5% drop in its revenue to R2.2-billion for the 2017 financial year and an earnings decline of 9% to R836-million, but a strong balance sheet and good cash generation led it to declare a dividend of 605c a share, which was an increase of 8%.... 

Liberty Two Degrees posts maiden full-year results

By: Dylan Slater     19th February 2018 South Africa-focused real estate investment trust (Reit) Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) on Monday posted a distribution of 59.22c a unit in its maiden full-year results.  

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