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Sacci BCI rises in October

By: Reuters     7th November 2018 South Africa's business confidence rose for a second consecutive month in October, bolstered by higher import volumes, vehicle sales and retail sales, a survey showed on Wednesday. The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry's (Sacci) monthly business confidence index rose to 95.8 in... 

Enterprise Europe Network

By: Riaan de Lange     2nd November 2018 With all the nonsense packaged as news that you are subjected to – or, more correctly, bombarded with – on a daily basis, it is quite easy for you to get sucked in and to then not see the forest for the trees. You might be more familiar with the British adage, not see the wood for the trees,... 

Denel reports R1.7bn operating loss for 2017/18, turnaround progressing 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st October 2018 State-owned defence industrial group Denel on Wednesday, with the release of its yearly results, stated that its operating loss of R1.7-billion for the 2017/18 financial year clearly shows a business that has had a difficult year, marked by lapses in governance, mismanagement and poor contract... 

DRDGOLD Upbeat About Far West Gold Recoveries Commercial Success

31st October 2018 “Our Share Could Evolve Into A Growth Stock” DRDGOLD Limited (DRDGOLD; JSE,NYSE: DRD) says it believes the commercial success of its new Far West Gold Recoveries project may lift the company’s profile in the investment domain, positioning it for growth and evolving its share into a “growth” stock. 

Sell SAA, it won't fly – economist 

By: News24Wire      31st October 2018 South African Airways (SAA) is a "vanity project" that the economy cannot afford and it should be sold, members of Parliament (MPs) have heard. The standing and select committees on finance on Wednesday heard submissions from the public on the mini budget. The mismanagement of loss-making... 

Miners welcome budget statement

31st October 2018 Surface mining association, Aspasa, has welcomed the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement’s (MTBPS) that aims to contain expenditure and implement meaningful reforms aimed at achieving sustainable and inclusive economic growth. Aspasa director, Nico Pienaar, says the economy is going through a... 

Transnet suspends former supply chain officer for misconduct

By: African News Agency      31st October 2018 Transnet said on Wednesday that it has suspended its former group supply chain officer, Edward Thomas, pending investigations into various serious allegations of misconduct involving a number of contracts. Transnet said that Thomas, currently group general manager for finance, was informed on... 

Sustainable mining is a force for good: Butler

30th October 2018 Mining needs to embrace its role as an agent of change for good – and tell the story of how it does this better – if it wants to continue to compete for investment dollars and talent in the future, according to International Council of Mining and Metals CEO Tom Butler. Speaking at the... 

'I was there when Cabinet approved nuclear programme' – Ramaphosa 

By: News24Wire      30th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has said he was in the Cabinet meeting where the decision was taken to issue a request for proposals for the nuclear build programme in 2015. This is according to a written reply from the president in response to a question from Democratic Alliance MP David Maynier – who... 

S&P's says concerned about South Africa's fiscal consolidation, land reform

By: Reuters     30th October 2018 South Africa's sovereign rating risked being downgraded due to concerns about the postponement of fiscal consolidation and lack of clarity around land expropriation, a senior S&P's Global Ratings analyst said on Tuesday. Recession-hit South Africa last week unveiled a bleak budget that saw wider... 

AfDB to institute climate risk management programme for African countries

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th October 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved the Africa Disaster Risks Financing (ADRiFi) programme – the institution’s first climate risk management programme aimed at boosting resilience and responding to climate shocks in regional member countries. The initial phase is expected to run from... 

Unemployment rate rises to 27.5% in Q3  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th October 2018 The official unemployment rate increased to 27.5% during the third quarter, compared with 27.2% in the second quarter. This translates to 6.2-million unemployed people in South Africa. The unemployment rate was 26.7% in the first quarter of the year, according to Statistics South Africa’s (Stats... 

Goldcorp’s all-electric Borden gets $5m govt boost

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th October 2018 The Canadian government has announced a $5-million investment to support TSX- and NYSE-listed Goldcorp Borden project, which will be the first underground mine in the country to replace all diesel mobile equipment with battery electric vehicles. The new all-electric Borden, in Chapleau, Ontario,... 

Ramaphosa to woo investment at G20

By: African News Agency      30th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Tuesday engage with heads of State and government and leaders of the global private sector as part of his participation in the G20 Compact with Africa Conference and the G20 Investment Summit, the Presidency said. "This follows President Ramaphosa’s successful... 

Zimbabwe gold producers warn currency shortage threatens output

By: Bloomberg     29th October 2018 Zimbabwean gold producers may suspend operations because a foreign-exchange shortage has left them with insufficient funds to cover production costs, the main industry lobby group said. Curbing output would deprive the country of a key source of export earnings as Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube... 

Fintech business pays hosts in advance for Airbnb bookings

29th October 2018 Further disruption in South Africa’s accommodation and property letting sector is on the cards as AirAdvance, a fintech startup, provides those offering private accommodation through Airbnb easy access to affordable finance. It uses a confirmed Airbnb booking as collateral for a cash advance.... 

DA to tackle Eskom's 'monopoly' via new bill

By: News24Wire      29th October 2018 Introducing competition in the energy sector will keep electricity prices down, according to the Democratic Alliance (DA). DA leader Mmusi Maimane on Monday announced plans at a briefing to address "Eskom's monopoly" in the energy sector, through the introduction of a private member's bill known... 

Zimbabwe lithium miner sees first production in Q2 next year

By: Reuters     29th October 2018 Zimbabwe Lithium Company (ZLC) expects to complete a pilot plant and start production of lithium concentrates in the second quarter of 2019 after a legal dispute delayed work on the project, its chief executive said on Monday. John McTaggart said ZLC was in discussion with several finance groups... 

Draft Companies Amendment Bill

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th October 2018 The Department of Trade and Industry (“DTI”) has published the Companies Amendment Draft Bill (the “Bill”) for public comment. Interested parties may submit comments to the DTI by 20 November 2018. The Bill seeks to make amendments to Companies Act No. 71 of 2008 (the “Companies Act”). The reason... 

Rail industry plagued by theft, vandalism

By: Simone Liedtke     26th October 2018 Train collisions accounted for the highest number of safety incidents in the rail sector during 2017/18, the Railway Safety Regulator’s (RSR’s) annual ‘State of Safety’ report, shows. Other prominent incidents included fires, platform train interchange incidents, people being struck by trains and... 

SA revenue projections credit negative – Moody's 

By: African News Agency      26th October 2018 Ratings agency Moody’s, which still rates South Africa at investment grade after peers Fitch and S&P Global cut it to 'junk', says the revenue projections in the medium term budget policy statement delivered by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni this week are credit negative. Mboweni told parliament... 

Eskom welcomes Fitch Ratings’ decision

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th October 2018 Ratings agency Fitch Ratings has affirmed Eskom’s long-term local currency issuer default rating and unguaranteed local currency senior unsecured ratings of ‘BB-’ . Fitch also maintained the national long-term rating at ‘A(zaf)’ and the national short-term rating at ‘F1(zaf)’.  

Universal offer one step closer

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th October 2018 South Africa-focused coal miner Universal Coal on Friday told shareholders that a possible takeover offer from a consortium of investors, led by privately held Ata Resources, was one step closer. In September this year, Universal received a conditional, non-binding indicative offer from Ata, of... 

Ramaphosa seeks new investment pledges as economy struggles

By: Reuters     26th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa will seek billions of dollars of new spending pledges from foreign investors and local firms at an investment summit on Friday, as he seeks to haul the economy out of recession before next year's election. The former union leader wants $100-billion of new investments... 

E-tolls are 'not part of the future of this province' – Gauteng ANC 

By: News24Wire      26th October 2018 The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng has joined thousands of voices as it reiterated its stance on the scrapping of e-tolls. "Let there be no confusion, they are not part of the future of this province. We will have to work out how to pay for the roads but not through the e-tolls,"... 

Grand Inga hydropower project, Democratic Republic of Congo

By: Sheila Barradas     26th October 2018 Government has given two groups of investors a four-week deadline to submit a joint proposal on the development of the multibillion-dollar Inga 3 hydropower plant. 

Imaloto independent power producer coal-fired power plant project, Madagascar

By: Sheila Barradas     26th October 2018 Bushveld Minerals has announced that the Imaloto project is on track to deliver electricity to south-western Madagascar by 2021. 

Mbeya coal-to-power project, Tanzania

By: Sheila Barradas     26th October 2018 Kibo Mining has submitted its formal tender qualification document to the Tanzania Electricity Supply Company for the project. 

The commercial question of mega projects

25th October 2018 If you know the Three Towers Precinct and Lanseria City Catalytic Mega Projects of which the Lanseria City was the most well placed in the Gauteng Department of Human Settlement’s (GDHS) Project Memorandum Information bid, and citing the successful Zanemvula 13 500 units at the Nelson Mandela Bay... 

MTBPS highlights 

25th October 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the main issues discussed by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni during his maiden Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement speech on Wednesday. 

Mboweni doubts SAA will find equity partner in current state 

By: Reuters     25th October 2018 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said on Thursday that he doubted that the government would find an investor to take an equity stake in struggling State-run South African Airways (SAA) in its current financial state. "I doubt you are going to find an equity partner who will come into SAA in this... 

Mboweni calls for swift action on debt to avoid needing IMF assistance 

By: Reuters     25th October 2018 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said on Thursday South Africa had to act swiftly on its debt levels to avoid having to turn to the International Monetary Fund for help, a day after his bleak medium-term budget speech rattled markets. Mboweni predicted wider budget deficits and cut growth forecasts... 

Rand not taking the bait on Mboweni's budget

By: African News Agency      25th October 2018 The medium-term budget seems to have done little to allay business and consumer fears as the rand was not convinced on Thursday by reforms announced by government. Finance minister Tito Mboweni on Wednesday delivered the medium-term budget policy statement (MTBPS) outlining that government was... 

Mind the debt trap, Mboweni warns 

By: African News Agency      25th October 2018 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on Thursday warned that reprioritising spending was the only way for South Africa to avoid falling into a debt trap and losing autonomy over its finances. Mboweni told a joint sitting of Parliament's standing and select committees on finance and appropriations the... 

CESA Supports Government’s Infrastructure Fund in partnership with Private Sector

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th October 2018 In response to Minister Tito Mboweni’s Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) presented in Parliament today, Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) welcomes Government’s focus on infrastructure development in support of economic recovery and job creation. The organisation supports the... 

Cosatu calls for overhaul of draft IRP

By: Kim Cloete     24th October 2018 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has rejected the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018, calling for an overhaul. It also called for a firm commitment not to retrench workers as well as tougher, hard-hitting plans to halt looting and recover money stolen from Eskom. 

Govt banking on policy certainty to revive mining industry 

By: African News Agency      24th October 2018 South Africa's government is banking on recent reforms and policy certainty to revive the mining industry after production  fell by 1.7% in the first eight months of 2018 compared with an increase of 4.5% in the same period last year, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said on Wednesday. In his maiden... 

Mboweni throws NHI R500m lifeline

By: African News Agency      24th October 2018 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said on Wednesday that government would be reprioritising R546-million within the National Health Insurance (NHI) indirect grant to address the critical shortage of medical professionals and to procure beds and linen for public healthcare facilities. The NHI is... 

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