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Finance Minister Gigaba continues to oppose Denel Asia deal

By: Keith Campbell     26th May 2017 The National Treasury on Friday reaffirmed, in a press release, that Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba continues to oppose the proposed joint venture between the State-owned Denel defence industrial group and VR Laser Asia, intended to create a company called Denel Asia. The press release was issued... 

Real-world applications of blockchain-enabled supply chains

     26th May 2017 This is the second of a two-part series examining the impact of blockchain technology on supply chains. In part I we examined how blockchains work, and the potential game changing impact of this new technology on supply chains as a record keeping, verification, tracking and transaction switching... 

Ncondezi calls off joint development agreement with SEP

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th May 2017 Mozambique-focused coal miner and energy developer Ncondezi Energy will engage with new strategic partners who have expressed an interest in helping to develop its integrated thermal coal mine and 300 MW power plant in the country’s Tete province. This comes after the company on Friday suspended... 

New-look procurement rules punted as possible transformation game changer

By: David Oliveira     26th May 2017 Major reform of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) regulations, which came into effect last month, has been held up as a key tool in driving radical economic transformation in South Africa by providing greater opportunities for small, medium-sized and microenterprises... 

New State capture report launched at Wits

By: News24Wire      26th May 2017 The need for drastic economic reform cannot justify the widespread looting of state coffers, while the current state capture networks active in South Africa pose a dire threat to the country's long-term future. These were some of the sentiments shared by a group of academics gathered at the Wits... 

Arconic shareholders elect three Elliott nominees to board

By: Reuters     26th May 2017 Specialty metals producer Arconic Inc said its shareholders had elected three of Elliott Management Corp's nominees to its board of directors, based on a preliminary vote count following the company's annual meeting on Thursday. Elliott, a New York hedge fund run by billionaire Paul Singer,... 

$100-million loan for African infrastructure spending

By: Nadine James     26th May 2017 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) in March signed a $100-million loan agreement aimed at furthering the DBSA’s infrastructure financing activity across Africa. This flexible credit line will focus on DBSA’s four strategic sectors:... 

Contested terrain 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2017 So what precisely is radical economic transformation? The answer, in an era of factional African National Congress (ANC) politics, depends very much on the speaker and the audience. Indeed, the definition is more hotly contested than this season’s Premier Soccer League, which ended on a... 

Free State hydropower plant receives international acclaim

By: Dylan Slater     26th May 2017 The 2017 Monsonyi Award for Excellence in Hydropower was recently presented by the International Hydropower Association (IHA) to local greenfield independent power plants developer Renewable Energy Holdings (REH) for its contribution to the hydropower sector during the World Hydropower Congress,... 

New-look procurement rules punted as possible transformation game changer

By: David Oliveira     26th May 2017 Major reform of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) regulations, which came into effect last month, is expected to provide the legislative assistance to drive radical economic transformation in South Africa by providing greater opportunities for small, medium-sized and... 

Pumped-storage and solar photovoltaic power project, Chile

By: Sheila Barradas     26th May 2017 The project involves the construction of two distinct, but complementary, power projects. 

Work-based experience for graduate interns

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th May 2017 Technology ecosystem company Resolution Circle has welcomed 115 South African graduates to its graduate internship programme, which aims to develop them into high-quality, employable individuals that can excel in South Africa’s economy. Resolution Circle, an ‘idea-to-barcode’ ecosystem that... 

SARB holds repo rate on inflation concerns

By: Reuters     25th May 2017 South Africa's central bank kept its benchmark repo rate steady at 7% on Thursday, as expected, citing concerns about the inflation outlook, even though it cut its growth forecasts. Governor Lesetja Kganyago said consumer inflation is now within the bank's target of between 3% and 6%, but the... 

DTI to reveal list of incentive beneficiaries by end-July

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th May 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Thursday said it would, following a request for information from a number of stakeholders, release a list of beneficiaries across its incentives programmes at the end of July. The list will be made available along with an incentive report that details... 

Ecsponent Development Fund improving BEE procurement in the Mining Sector

     25th May 2017 JSE-listed African financial services company, Ecsponent Limited, says that its unique Ecsponent Development Fund (EDF) provides large corporate business with an effective way of managing preferential procurement and improving reliable delivery whilst ensuring true social upliftment and skills... 

Peru FTA to unlock opportunities for Australian exporters

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     25th May 2017 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed a possible free trade agreement (FTA) with Peru, saying Australia’s mining and mining services sectors could benefit from the agreement Australian Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister Steven Ciobo this week launched FTA negotiations with his... 

Sibanye appoints Maziya as nonexecutive director

By: Henry Lazenby     24th May 2017 JSE- and NYSE-listed Sibanye Gold has appointed Savannah Maziya as a nonexecutive director following the resignation of Christopher Chadwick with effect from Tuesday. The South African multinational miner selected Maziya for her wealth of experience in the finance, mining, infrastructure and... 

AfriBusiness calls for abolishment of racially discriminatory procurement legislation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th May 2017 AfriBusiness has launched an application against Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba to request the court to set the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) regulations aside and declare it invalid. The business watchdog said on Wednesday that the PPPFA restrictions placed upon... 

Denel contradicts Gigaba’s reported stance on VR Laser Asia

By: African News Agency      24th May 2017 Denel on Wednesday contradicted reports that Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba had ordered the State-owned arms manufacturer to dissolve its controversial joint venture with VR Laser Asia, a company linked to the Gupta business empire, and withdraw its litigation against National Treasury for... 

IDC approves R218m loan for development of Free State natural gas project 

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2017 South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has approved R218-million in loan finance to support the further development of a natural gas resource in the Free State through the creation of a 107-km pipeline network and associated gas processing facilities. The funding,... 

AMSA secures R4.5bn funding facility

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th May 2017 ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has secured a R4.5-billion revolving structured commodity trade finance facility, which will allow the steel manufacturer to finance its working capital as part of its balance sheet restructuring. CEO Wim de Klerk said in a statement that the company had... 

Graphex agrees to terms with Chinese partner

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th May 2017 Junior Graphex Mining has agreed to the terms of a joint venture (JV) and offtake agreement over its Chilalo graphite project, in Tanzania, with a Chinese syndicate led by CN Docking Joint Investment and Development Co. The syndicate would be required to make an equity investment of between... 

DTI refuses to release list of black industrialist scheme beneficiaries for fear they will be ‘harassed’ 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd May 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies showcased four recipients of government’s flagship Black Industrialist programme (BIP) during his Budget Vote on Tuesday, but astonishingly refused to release the names of all 46 recipients of the non-refundable government grants and concessional loans.... 

ANC dismisses Zuma removal report as 'fabrication'

By: Reuters     23rd May 2017 South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) dismissed a media report on Tuesday that President Jacob Zuma's removal would be discussed at a key party meeting this weekend as untrue. Opposition to Zuma inside the ANC and from opposition parties and civil society groups has swelled since... 

Gigaba punts financial sector reform

By: African News Agency      23rd May 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Tuesday said National Treasury would support parliamentary processes aimed at regulating the South African financial sector to make the industry inclusive. “The financial sector plays a critical role in our country, but this must be enhanced to achieve the... 

Solidarity, Hospersa worried about proposed bail-out plans for SAA

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd May 2017 Trade union Solidarity is demanding answers about whether the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) is considering recapitalising “sinking ship” South African Airways (SAA) through the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), as the union’s members have a direct interest in the proper management... 

Denel set on expanding business in Asia-Pacific region

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd May 2017 State-owned Denel on Tuesday said it was dead set on expanding its business in the Asia-Pacific markets, despite an affidavit, lodged by former Treasury director-general Lungisa Fuzile, stating that its joint venture (JV) partner is a technically insolvent company. The aerospace and defence... 

Company climate risk disclosure could become mandatory in a few years

By: Reuters     23rd May 2017 Companies' disclosure of risks to their business from climate change could become mandatory in a few years as investor pressure gathers pace, climate finance experts said on Tuesday. Investors have urged companies, particularly those operating in the oil, gas and coal sectors, to disclose the... 

Gordhan lays into Eskom board over Molefe

By: African News Agency      23rd May 2017 Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Tuesday called for the Eskom board to be fired and a full investigation into not only Brian Molefe’s return to the power utility, but his actions in his previous job at Transnet. Gordhan told Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises, of... 

Minister says S Australia plans magnetite strategy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd May 2017 The South Australian government has unveiled plans for a magnetite strategy, similar to its copper strategy, to unlock the 14-billion tonnes of ore present in the state. Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy Tom Koutsantonis said in Adelaide on Tuesday that the soon-to-be released magnetite... 

Entrepreneurs key to unlocking continent’s economy – AfDB report

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd May 2017 With the continent continuing to face sluggish growth, African governments need to integrate entrepreneurship more fully into their industrialisation strategies, the African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) ‘African Economic Outlook 2017’ suggests. Last year, Africa’s economic growth slowed to 2.2%... 

Rio Tinto seeks to reduce debt through $2.5bn bond buyback

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd May 2017 Global mining giant Rio Tinto on Monday launched a $2.5-billion bond buyback plan to reduce its gross debt. Under the plan, Rio Tinto has issued a redemption notice for $1.72-billion of its 2019 and 2020 dollar-denominated notes and started cash tender offers, through Rio Tinto Finance, to buy up... 

Engen’s investment in grass-root talent changes lives and our world

     22nd May 2017 Engen’s recent graduate induction marked another major step in the business’ talent development strategy, and a proud day for the 20 graduates who gathered in Cape Town-along with their Engen-appointed mentors-to begin their orientation into the business. This latest crop of maths, science and... 

Move over Tesla, Europe's building its own battery gigafactories

By: Bloomberg     22nd May 2017 Battery-making gigafactories are about to arrive in Europe, challenging a lead Tesla is building at a plant in Nevada and opening the way for a quicker shift toward green power for both cars and utilities. German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday is scheduled to break ground at a €500 million... 

DA asks AG to probe unnecessary R81m advance payment to Zuma benefactor

By: African News Agency      22nd May 2017 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane needs to explain why President Jacob Zuma’s close friend Philani Mavundla was allegedly irregularly paid an advance of tens of millions of rand, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Sunday. The DA would ask Auditor General (AG) Kimi Makwetu to... 

Zambia, First Quantum seen resolving $1.4bn dispute in June

By: Reuters     21st May 2017 A row that saw a State-owned Zambian company sue Canadian miner First Quantum Minerals for $1.4-billion is likely to be resolved by June, the southern African nation's Presidency said on Saturday. First Quantum asked a Zambian court in February to dismiss the suit from Zambia Consolidated Copper... 

Miners ask Congo to adjust tax repayments for franc slump

By: Bloomberg     19th May 2017 Mining companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo asked the government to adjust pending value-added tax repayments for a slump in the franc that could cost them as much as $210-million collectively. Federation des Entreprises du Congo, the country’s largest business lobby group, sent the... 

Reform of South African public enterprises would help reassure investors – IMF 

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2017 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says "structural reforms" in product, service and labour markets should be South Africa’s immediate policy priority for stimulating growth and job creation, particularly in light of the limited room to galvanise growth through macroeconomic policies. It also... 

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