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BBF Safety Group

BBF Safety Group (Pty) Ltd was born from a merger of some of the most respected safety footwear manufacturers in South Africa – Bagshaw Footwear, Beier Safety Footwear, Bronx Safety, United Frams and Wayne.

With a combined experience of more than 200 years in South Africa, BBF Safety Group (Pty) Ltd. understands the complexities and challenges facing our customers and is committed to constantly improving technical product leadership, performance, quality and enhancing the customer service experience.

BBF Safety Group offers some of the most recognised and trusted brands, such as Bova, Bronx Safety, Frams, Fuel, Lemaitre, Sisi and Wayne.

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Opportunities from the Indian Ocean Rim

By: Riaan de Lange     24th March 2017 Indian Ocean Rim Association Well, this certainly is a blast from the past. It was a long time ago. I had just joined the then South African Chamber of Business (Sacob) – on March 1, 1995 – and, within a few days, I was jetting off to Mauritius. I thought that I had hit the big time, and yes, the... 

Ballito Junction Regional Mall will raise the KZN fashion stakes 

     7th March 2017 The much-anticipated opening of Ballito Junction Regional Mall will introduce a sensational assortment of stylish new shopping for the fashion-forward Dolphin Coast. Ballito Junction will open on Thursday, 23 March, with a strong focus on fashion and accessory brands - from the cool casual of... 

BASF at AALF 2017 in Addis Ababa: Sustainable solutions for future market challenges for the footwear industry

     2nd March 2017 New Elastopan® PU systems for casual, safety- and working shoes as well as sports shoes and Elastollan® TPU solutions for freedom of design The BASF DryFast Beamhouse System takes advantage of today’s technological innovation to provide sustainable solutions in leather production. This year,... 

Ethiopia awards contracts for building of two more industrial parks

By: John Muchira     10th February 2017 Ethiopia has awarded contracts for the construction of two industrial parks as it pushes ahead with efforts to become a continental light manufacturing powerhouse. This comes only a few months after the commissioning the largest industrial park in Africa, which covers an area of 1.3-million... 

EDD transactions adds R10.8bn to local economy

By: Ilan Solomons     21st December 2016 Settlements concluded during the year by the Economic Development Department (EDD) has resulted in R10.8-billion being released back into the local economy. This included, among others, settlements with beer and cider giant Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), carbonated soft drink producer Coca-Cola... 

Kensa free trade zone to boost intraregional trade

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th October 2016 The establishment of a free trade zone between Kenya, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa (Kensa) – the four largest economies on the continent – will drive intraregional trade and exports. Speaking at a Team Export South Africa workshop in Midrand, on Tuesday, Department of Trade and Industry... 

Competition Commission raids cargo shipping companies

     28th September 2016 The Competition Commission on Wednesday conducted a search and seizure operation at the premises of six cargo shipping companies in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.   The commission said it suspects that Hamburg Sud South Africa, Maersk South Africa, Safmarine, Mediterranean Shipping Company,... 

DTI calls for more to be done to boost local manufacturing

By: Shirley le Guern     16th August 2016 Significant successes characterise the national industrial effort but much more needs to be done to achieve the required scale and a higher impact industrial policy, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) chief director Nigel Gwynne-Evans told delegates at the Manufacturing Indaba, in Durban, on... 

Mega industrial park signals Ethiopia’s manufacturing intent

By: John Muchira     5th August 2016 Ethiopia has commissioned the largest industrial park in Africa, signalling its intention to become one of Africa’s manufacturing hubs. The Horn of Africa nation, which is among the fastest-growing economies in the world, recently unveiled the Hawassa industrial park, which is core to its efforts... 

Mega industrial park signals Ethiopia’s manufacturing intent

By: John Muchira     5th August 2016 Ethiopia has commissioned the largest industrial park in Africa, signalling its intention to become one of Africa's manufacturing hubs. The Horn of Africa nation, which is among the fastest-growing economies in the world, recently unveiled the Hawassa industrial park, which is core to its efforts... 

Kbac’s New Bolon Flooring For Mall Of Africa Store

     18th July 2016 KBAC Flooring supplied woven vinyl floor covering by the internationally acclaimed Swedish company, Bolon, for the footwear area of the new Woolworths store in the Mall of Africa in Midrand, the largest single-phase shopping centre yet built in South Africa. KBAC Flooring was earlier this year... 

Black Industrialists programme to unlock barriers in manufacturing sector 

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th June 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) Black Industrialists (BI) programme would break down the barriers to entry for black-owned and -managed firms in South Africa’s manufacturing sector, acting chief director for the BI programme Takalani Tambani said on Wednesday. Addressing delegates... 

Limited shop space available as retailers flock to Springs Mall

     28th June 2016 Springs Mall at Blue Crane Eco Park is already over 90% let some eight months before it opens in 2017, when it will introduce a retail experience unlike anything on Gauteng’s East Rand. The 48,000sqm world-class new regional mall asset under development in Springs, Ekurhuleni, represents a... 

Incentives must remain crucial part of SA’s industrial policy arsenal

By: Duane Newman     3rd June 2016 I was heartened to hear Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies confirming the importance of investment incentives when he unveiled the latest iteration of government’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) earlier this month. 

Emira expands its retail footprint and upgrades its centres

     5th May 2016 Emira Property Fund continues to grow value in its retail property portfolio, investing over R250 million in acquiring new centres and upgrading its shopping centres. The leading JSE-listed REIT (real estate investment trust) is already reaping the rewards of its investment in retail properties... 

Cabinet approves latest Ipap iteration

By: Anine Kilian     29th April 2016 Cabinet has approved the Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) 2016/17 to 2018/19, which seeks to achieve a higher-impact industrial policy in difficult economic circumstances, including the difficulties faced by the domestic steel industry and the drought which has impacted on the agriculture... 

Seifsa bemoans lack of ‘concrete plans’ to tackle slow pace of economic growth  

By: David Oliveira     18th March 2016 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has welcomed government’s announced efforts to reduce its expenditure; however, the organisation remained concerned about the lack of concrete plans to address the country’s slow economic growth. Speaking a day after... 

Lack of planning to address slow economic growth worrying – Seifsa

By: David Oliveira     25th February 2016 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has welcomed government’s announced efforts to reduce its expenditure; however, the organisation remained concerned about the lack of concrete plans to address the country’s slow economic growth. Speaking a day after... 

KOSH: The New Safety Exhibition Launching In Nairobi

     18th February 2016 Brought to you by the largest exhibition organisers in East Africa is a brand new exhibition for the safety market in Kenya that will run from 8-10 November 2016 at the Visa Oshwal Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. K-OSH is the only trade exhibition that focuses solely on the occupational safety and... 

Clothing, textiles industry can be saved by consumption

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th December 2015 Despite arresting some of the decades-long gradual decline in the textiles and clothing sectors, it was time South Africa changed direction in its approach to saving this once-thriving industry. This was the view of University of the Witwatersrand Corporate Strategy and Industrial Development... 

Transnet Port Terminals Recognise Excellence in the Export Industry

     13th October 2015 On Wednesday the 23rd of September, 25 different nominees for this year’s KZN Exporter of the Year Awards were announced at the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry [DCCI] head office in Durban. This is the 15th year that Transnet Port Terminals [TPT] and the DCCI have collaborated to... 

Electrical solution provider distributes PPE

     2nd October 2015 Electrical solutions consultant Magnet was appointed Southern African distributor for Dromex personal protection equipment (PPE) in April this year. MD Brian Howarth said that Magnet had recognised an urgent need in the electricity industry for increased safety for workers and made a strategic... 

FDI still flowing into S Africa, Davies assures 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th September 2015 While South Africa is not seeing a “big rush” of foreign direct investment (FDI) into its mining industry, neither is there a “general fall-off” in investments in other value-added sectors, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Tuesday. On the contrary, figures from the Department of... 

Retailer’s workwear division uses expo to infiltrate African market

By: Nadine James     4th September 2015 Having heard “rave reviews” about the 2013 bauma Africa exhibition and trade fair, workwear retailer Dickies South Africa decided that this year’s BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA would be the perfect platform to educate and infiltrate the market.  Dickies South Africa marketing manager Celo Buthelezi tells... 

Woolworths Holdings Ltd announces strong results; David Jones transformation ahead of expectations

     27th August 2015 Woolworths Holdings Ltd announces results for the year ended 28 June 2015, including David Jones for the first time. Group sales (including concession sales) increased by 54.9%, and by 12.0% excluding David Jones. This was a strong result with good market share gains in both South Africa and... 

Non-Slip Grating Increases Safety Profile In The Workplace

     11th August 2015 A large percentage of workplace injuries are due to slips, trips and falls. These accidents are often attributed to slippery floor surfaces, unnoticed obstructions and employees being distracted. According to Elaine van Rooyen, marketing manager at Andrew Mentis, by installing appropriate... 

Industrial holdings group restructures amid tough economic climate

By: Schalk Burger     13th March 2015 JSE-listed industrial group KAP Industrial Holdings delivered robust interim results, owing to active restructuring of its divisions, cost-savings measures, improved efficiencies and the implementation of new technologies in its industrial division. The group also reduced its gearing ratio from... 

Equites to develop R150m warehouse for TFG

By: Natalie Greve     3rd February 2015 Specialist industrial property manager and developer Equites Property Fund has concluded a deal that will see it developing a 22 000 m2 distribution warehouse for apparel, jewellery and homeware retailer The Foschini Group (TFG), in Midrand, Gauteng.  Equites CEO Andrea Taverna-Turisan said the... 

Indian footwear institute to transfer skills to local DTI cluster

By: Natalie Greve     2nd February 2015 The Indian Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Textiles has seconded a team of six experts to the National Footwear Leather Cluster (NFLC) – a facility established by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT). The team of specialists, all of whom were... 

ICC revising policy statement on transfer pricing, customs valuation

By: Callie Lombard     17th October 2014 In 2012, the Revenue Package was developed by the World Customs Organisation (WCO) in response to WCO members' concerns about falling revenue returns in the light of the global financial crisis and declining duty rates. The second phase of the WCO Revenue Package is to be released early in 2015... 

New coverall range launched for industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th October 2014 Local specialised protective-clothing manufacturer Charnaud introduced its new Aci-Flam and Metal-Safe ranges of protective clothing to industry last month. Charnaud supplies products and specialised footwear to industries dealing with, for example, hot-metal smelting, firefighting, shaft... 

DTI says flouting of localisation rules is ‘irregular expenditure’

By: Terence Creamer     12th September 2014 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) aims to improve the enforcement of localisation by having the Auditor General flag as “irregular expenditure” any flouting of buy-local procurement rules by government departments and State-owned companies. Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act... 

FP&M Seta repositioning itself to improve performance, customer service

By: Sashnee Moodley     15th August 2014 The repositioning of the Fibre Processing & Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority (FP&M Seta) and its business processes will ensure improved performance in reaching strategic targets and in providing customer service. 

Manufacturing up 0.5% in June, reflects negative strike impact

By: Leandi Kolver     7th August 2014 While yearly manufacturing production grew by 0.5% in June, from a 3.8% decline in May, manufacturing sector performance was likely to continue being negatively affected by the earlier strike in the steel and engineering sector, Nedbank’s economic unit said on Thursday. Statistics South Africa... 

Davies pushes for more local procurement 

By: Natalie Greve     23rd July 2014 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has assured that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) would be “playing its part” in ensuring that government procured 75% of its goods and services from local companies, announcing on Tuesday the next designation of products for government... 

DTI approves R200m grant for textile manufacturing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th June 2014 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has approved a R200-million grant fund and a five-year plan for the establishment of a national cluster to "leapfrog" local industry’s competitiveness in global sustainable textile and apparel manufacturing. The cluster initiative was funded through the... 

WTO deliberates on customs valuation of software

By: Callie Lombard     6th June 2014 On May 12, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) announced that the committee on customs valuation had discussed a proposal by Uruguay to update a 30-year-old decision that has allowed members to value, for customs purposes, software and data on the basis of the cost of the carrier media (such as... 

Beyond law-making 

By: Terence Creamer     30th May 2014 It was interesting to hear a senior Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) official acknowledge recently that many government departments are still flouting procurement rules on local content, despite specific regulations having been introduced compelling all spheres of government and State... 

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