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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,... 

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... 

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... 

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.... 

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... 

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. 

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... 

I will try to protect Treasury from political meddling – Mboweni 

By: African News Agency      24th October 2018 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on Wednesday said he would strive to protect the National Treasury from political interference but conceded that he would be naive to think he could succeed. "I thought one thing I am going to try to do is provide political protection to National Treasury or to the... 

Mboweni walks budget tightrope to fix ailing economy

By: Reuters     22nd October 2018 South Africa's new finance minister will target spending on agriculture, infrastructure and job creation projects in his inaugural budget speech on Wednesday in a bid to haul the economy out of a recession. With the government facing a ballooning debt, stubbornly high unemployment, struggling... 

Sanral’s strategy, transformation policy ready for Cabinet approval 

By: Irma Venter     22nd October 2018 The South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) Horizon 2030 strategy is “ready to go to Cabinet”, in a process that will be managed by the Department of Transport (DoT), says Sanral transformation manager Ismail Essa. He says the Minister of Transport, Dr Blade Nzimande, as well as... 

Bosnian government to help keep Aluminij smelter on power grid

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 A Bosnian regional government will help to keep aluminium smelter Aluminij Mostar running, a Minister said on Friday, after heavy debt brought it to the brink of closure. Management at Bosnia's sole aluminium smelter had called for the Bosniak-Croat Federation to intervene after the business was... 

Nhlanhla Nene resigns as MP 

By: News24Wire      19th October 2018 After falling on his sword as minister of finance, Nhlanhla Nene has also resigned as an MP, the African National Congress (ANC) confirmed on Friday. ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu's office received Nene's resignation letter on Friday. This follows Nene's testimony before the commission of... 

Kibo Energy says submits documents in bid for Tanzania coal to power project

By: African News Agency      19th October 2018 Africa-focused energy company Kibo said on Friday it had submitted its formal tender qualification document to the Tanzania Electricity Supply Company (Tanesco) for the Mbeya coal to power project, in line with the government’s new initiative to develop independent power projects. "Our visionary... 

Luxembourg Protocol can reshape African rail industry

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th October 2018 The adoption of the Luxembourg Protocol to the Cape Town Convention can be a solution to unlocking billions of dollars of investments from private investors into Africa’s rail industry. The new treaty, which will provide a Luxembourg-based central international registry of ownership of railway... 

Strategic economics in times of uncertainty

By: Saliem Fakir     19th October 2018 In his excellent three-volume work titled Wheels of Commerce, Fernand Braudel describes countries or city states as islands in a world economy. This is a reference to the interconnectedness of the world and our dependence on the  world economy. There are always places of gravity and attraction –... 

M&A activity slowly increasing in Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th October 2018 Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity has been slower in South Africa, compared with prior years; however, other African countries have seen an increase in deals closed, said Hogan Lovells partner Sibongile Solombela at the firm’s Africa Forum conference held on Thursday. M&A activity is still... 

Wacker Neuson empowers customers with flexible financing solutions

18th October 2018 Wacker Neuson South Africa is adding value to its light, compact equipment and service portfolio with the introduction of an in-house financing solution to assist customers with the purchase of new, demo and used Wacker Neuson equipment. “This tailor-made financial solution confirms that our... 

Zambia's finance minister says new mining taxes will not hit operations

By: Reuters     18th October 2018 Mining companies operating in Zambia will still meet their operational costs even after the government imposes higher taxes in Africa's No.2 copper producer, its finance minister said on Wednesday. Zambia plans to introduce new mining duties, replace Value Added Tax with sales tax and increase... 

Zambian mining group says tax changes will hit mineral exploration

By: Reuters     16th October 2018 Zambia's proposed mining tax increases will hit mineral exploration and production in Africa's second biggest copper producer, companies involved in exploration said on Tuesday. Zambia plans to introduce new mining duties, replace Value Added Tax with sales tax and increase royalties to help... 

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 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... 

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... 

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... 

NAIF takes a closer look at Sconi

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th October 2018 The Sconi cobalt/nickel/scandium project, in Queensland, will come under the microscope after the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) board indicated it would move to investigate the potential to provide support for the project. The NAIF provides access for up to A$5-billion of... 

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... 

Huawei Releases FusionPower@Li-ion Series Large-Scale Data Center UPS Power Supply and Distribution Solution

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th October 2018 At HUAWEI CONNECT 2018, Huawei released the FusionPower@Li-ion Series Large-Scale Data Center uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and Distribution Solution based upon a reliable, intelligent lithium battery feature for global customers. With the increasing demand for high-performance technologies... 

Huawei Launches SD-WAN Cloud Services for the First Time, Helping Enterprises Intelligently Connect to the Cloud

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th October 2018 At HUAWEI CONNECT 2018, Huawei launched SD-WAN cloud services for enterprise customers for the first time and announced that the services are available for a free trial for one year on HUAWEI CLOUD. Together with HUAWEI CLOUD, Huawei SD-WAN Solution provides enterprise customers with... 

Seifsa president points to ‘signs of green shoots' for metals sector

12th October 2018 In an address at the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa’s (Seifsa’s) Presidential Breakfast on Friday, outgoing interim president Alph Ngapo expressed optimism that the political transition, which saw President Jacob Zuma replaced by President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier... 

Extending the life of mine beyond its life as a mine

11th October 2018 The last thing on the minds of workers at the oldest-known mine on archaeological record some 43,000 years ago in Swaziland was what their mine might become long after their tools had been put away. Fast forward to today, and the transformation from active mine to mine closure is a C-level... 

Eliminating Human Error In Industrial Manufacturing And Retail

11th October 2018 In the South African industrial manufacturing and retail industries, businesses are faced with economic pressure and constantly increasing demand. This requires constant innovation and the application of best practice, especially in the effective management of warehouses, finance, planning,... 

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,... 

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... 

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.  

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... 

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