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What the Amended B-BBEE codes mean for your industry

     17th January 2018 Amended B-BBEE Sector Codes and What they Mean for your Industry   The Department of Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies recently announced amendments to the Financial, Agricultural and Construction Sector Codes.   While these amendments have been long awaited and look to constantly improve... 

Gauteng education dept says it has placed only a fraction of learners for 2018

By: African News Agency      16th January 2018 The Gauteng province’s education department has placed only 2,565 new learners in schools for the 2018 academic year out of 32,935 applicants, provincial head Panyaza Lesufi said on Tuesday. “Notwithstanding our efforts to get all parents to apply on time so that we can improve on our planning... 

SA Truck Drivers get free health screening

     16th January 2018 Engen Driver Wellness brought well being to the front seat for South Africa’s truck drivers in 2017 by providing them with free health screenings.   Over 2017, 3 217 truck drivers pulled up their sleeves and took advantage of the voluntary free health screenings on offer, as part of Engen’s... 

Paragon sees in 2018 with major new projects across Africa

     16th January 2018 Paragon has confirmed its standing as a leading architecture, interior design, and space-planning practice with the completion of several major projects in 2017. “These were long in the making and large in scale, and have once more provided a new perspective on our capability,” according to... 

Australian LNG exports surge on strong Chinese demand

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2018 Australian liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports hit 56.8-million tonnes last year, jumping 26.3% from 44.9-million in 2016, owing to a watershed year of exports to China. Combined with higher oil prices, the increase in volumes pushed up Australia’s 2017 LNG export revenue by 44.1% to... 

Rwanda, Mauritius get funding for solar PV projects

By: Anine Kilian     15th January 2018 The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) on Monday announced that $25-million in concessional loans from ADFD have been earmarked for solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in Mauritius and Rwanda. The projects have the potential to significantly... 

SA Reserve Bank likely to keep repurchase rate unchanged this week – economists

By: African News Agency      15th January 2018 The South African Reserve Bank is likely to keep its repurchase rate at 6.75 percent this week, although it will probably lower its consumer inflation projections, financial group Investec said at the weekend. The Sarb is set to announce its decision on the repo rate on Thursday after a two-day... 

Smarter mining, manufacture, agriculture needed, says IDC’s Maia 

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2018 South Africa needs to aim towards smarter mining, smarter agriculture and smarter manufacturing. “It’s about taking all the major sectors of the economy forward, with each feeding on the other,” says Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) research and information head Jorge Maia of the roles... 

Monash South Africa launches engineering offering  

By: Anine Kilian     11th January 2018 Private higher education institution Monash South Africa (MSA) is extending its academic offering this year by offering engineering within its expanded faculty of business, engineering and technology.   MSA is the first private higher education institution to offer a Bachelor of Engineering... 

BCX CEO appointed to iamtheCODE board

By: Anine Kilian     11th January 2018 Information and communication technology company BCX CEO Ian Russell has been appointed to the Board of Africa-led global female coding movement iamtheCODE. iamtheCODE is designed to mobilise governments, businesses and investors to support young women in science, technology, engineering, arts,... 

Monash South Africa to launch Engineering offering

     11th January 2018 Now you can finally study a BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at a private institution!   Monash South Africa (MSA) is proud to announce that they are extending their academic offering in 2018 by offering Engineering within their expanded Faculty of Business, Engineering and... 

Output and exports from Colombia's Cerrejon coal mine fell in 2017

By: Reuters     10th January 2018 Production and exports at Cerrejon, Colombia's largest thermal coal mine, fell in 2017 for the third straight year as heavy rainfall affected operations, the mine's owners said on Wednesday. Output reached 31.9-million tonnes in 2017, 0.3% below the previous year. Exports totalled 31.7-million... 

The High Cost Of Supply Chain Glitches

     10th January 2018 Supply chain disruptions are widely regarded as one of the greatest risks facing manufacturers, and have become a top concern of global insurance providers. A glitch in its supply chain can cost an organisation up to 10% of its shareholder value, and even put the company out of business, warns... 

City of Cape Town loses R1.6bn due to reduced water consumption

By: News24Wire      10th January 2018 The City of Cape Town has lost around R1.6-billion in revenue due to reduced water consumption, making a "drought charge" to fund water supply projects more urgent, said Mayor Patricia De Lille on Tuesday. "That is R1.6-billion that we are not receiving through the sale of water now," said De Lille. 

Workers at Colombia's Cerrejon coal mine say they could strike over wages

By: Reuters     10th January 2018 Union workers at Colombia's largest coal mine, Cerrejon, could strike if disagreements at negotiations for wages and benefits are not resolved by January 19, the main union's president said on Tuesday. A strike at the Cerrejon mine, which produces 32-million tonnes of coal a year, or about 37%... 

SA ruling party lauds exam results, but opposition, unions not impressed

By: African News Agency      5th January 2018 South Africa’s governing ANC on Friday applauded a higher pass rate from the 2017 school ending examinations, but opposition said the results were much weaker when factoring in a worryingly high dropout rate. The African National Congress said the National Senior Certificate examination results... 

Zuma free education promise could strain budget, fan protests

By: Reuters     4th January 2018 President Jacob Zuma stirred a hornet’s nest with his sudden pronouncement of free higher education for the poor last month, raising fears of chaos at universities now facing a barrage of applications from thousands of hopeful students who have just finished high school. The South African... 

Free tertiary education in SA will be phased in, says higher education minister

By: African News Agency      4th January 2018 South African Higher Education Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize said on Wednesday that free tertiary education will not be implemented immediately, but rather be part of a new system to be phased in over the next five years. Mkhize was briefing the media on the registration process at tertiary... 

We have not crossed the Rubicon – Motshekga

By: African News Agency      4th January 2018 Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has conceded that more still needs to be done to improve the level of education in South Africa despite a number of gains in the last few years. This comes as Motshekga announced that the National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examination pass rate in 2017,... 

IEB achieves 98.76% matric pass rate

By: African News Agency      3rd January 2018 The Independent Examination Board (IEB) has announced an increase in the pass rate in last year’s National Senior Certificate (NSC) matric examinations to 98.76%, from 98.67% in 2016. There were 11 464 full-time and 666 part-time candidates across South Africa. This is also an increase from 2016... 

Will intra-Africa trade come of age in 2018?

By: African News Agency      3rd January 2018 Overcoming the barriers for intra-African trade to double in a decade can feel like a Sisyphean task – impossible to complete. But that is the objective of the Boosting Intra-African Trade (BIAT) action plan, which targets to double flows between January 2012 and January 2022. Many individual... 

UDM wants more details on free higher education in SA

By: African News Agency      2nd January 2018 United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa on Tuesday urged South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma to provide full details on funding of free higher education in order to avoid a crisis at the country’s universities and colleges. “President Zuma and his cabinet must urgently spell out... 

PAC welcomes proposed land expropriation without compensation

By: African News Agency      2nd January 2018 The Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) has welcomed the recent proposal by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to expropriate land without compensation, saying that it had always held the belief that land reform in South Africa should not involve the exchange of money. At its 54th national... 

Improving quality of life remains key priority, says Zuma

By: African News Agency      2nd January 2018 Improving the quality of life of the South African people, especially the poor and the working class, remains a key priority of government, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday. “Significant strides” were made in 2017 in fighting poverty, inequality, and unemployment, he said in his new year’s... 

SA Deputy President Ramaphosa spreads Christmas cheer with message of hope

By: African News Agency      27th December 2017 South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who recently took over the reigns of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), on Sunday spread some Christmas cheer with his positive message promising economic growth and a society in which everyone is safe, secure and feels valued. Ramaphosa,... 

Embracing automation can lead to greater skills development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th December 2017 While the automated economy is often seen as a threat to many of today’s jobs, ManpowerGroup South Africa MD Lyndy van den Barselaar notes that it will open up employment opportunities for those with the right skillsets, as the digital transformation continues to change the way we work. “While it... 

SAAMA conference boasts several asset management industry firsts

     20th December 2017 The Southern African Asset Management Association (SAAMA) will host its fifth physical Asset Management conference from 4 to 6 June 2018 at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West, Cape Town. This annual conference focuses on the development of physical Asset Management in Southern Africa and... 

AIDC, Nissan South Africa receives international training accrediation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th December 2017 The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) on Monday reported that the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), in partnership with Nissan South Africa, has successfully met the training criteria to become an IMI-approved international centre in South Africa. After successfully completing a... 

South Africa ranks low on global knowledge index 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th December 2017 South Africa has scored 42 points on The Knowledge Project’s first Global Knowledge 100-point Index, against a world average of 47. The index identifies knowledge as an integral part of human life, affecting its social, economic and cultural aspects, as well as an engine for comprehensive and... 

Rigging the nuclear outcome?

By: Saliem Fakir     15th December 2017 At the time of writing, it appeared nuclear would be ramped through before the African National Congress elective conference, which starts on December 16. New Energy Minister David Mahlobo says we need nuclear. There have been a lot of platitudes about jobs and industrialisation, and that nuclear... 

Pan African completes BEE restructure

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2017 Dual-listed Pan African Resources has completed the restructuring of its black economic empowerment (BEE) ownership structures. The company has replaced the current BEE equity shareholdings in the company, held through interests in PAR Gold, with BEE shareholdings in Emerald Panther Investments. 

Steve Burks

     15th December 2017 This week we feature Steve Burks, MD of Lycopodium ADP, Cape Town, a company engaged in engineering design, procurement, construction management and the commissioning of metallurgical processing plants   

Demand for ICT skills outstripping supply, survey shows

By: Schalk Burger     15th December 2017 Delays in information and communication technology (ICT) policy implementation, as well as a lack of improvement in basic education and current, coordinated data, are reducing the potential economic contribution of the ICT sector, according to the University of the Witwatersrand-based... 

KZN education department awarded green building certification

By: Dylan Slater     13th December 2017 The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) has awarded the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education a 4 Star Green Star SA Office Design v1.1 certification for its Ugu district office.  

Crucial for commodity countries to build economic resilience – Unctad 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2017 Without policy change, commodity-dependent developing countries risk falling short of achieving their sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) economic affairs officer Stefan Csordas warned on Monday. Unctad and the Food and... 

Cyril Ramaphosa calls for mining sector action 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2017 South Africa must urgently break the ongoing deadlock on the regulation and transformation of the mining sector to ensure the proper use of this country’s world-class mineral resources, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. In an article on the CR17 Siyavuma campaign website, ahead of this... 

SAPVIA launches ‘bold’ 5-point plan for solar industrialisation

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th December 2017 The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has announced a “bold” five-point plan for the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry to drive industrialisation, create jobs, and contribute to economic growth. Speaking at the Energy Indaba held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, on Friday,... 

Richard Nobbs

     8th December 2017 This week we feature Richard Nobbs, sales and marketing director of ElectroMechanica, a specialised direct importer and wholesale distributor of industrial switchgear as well as products for automation and energy management   

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