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Initiative seeks to further local procurement in franchising

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st September 2018 The Franchise Association of South Africa (Fasa) has partnered with Proudly SA to increase the local procurement of goods and services within the franchising sector by facilitating collaboration between suppliers, franchisors and franchisees. This joint enterprise development initiative was... 

Franchising sector records positive growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st September 2018 Franchising continues to show growth and resilience despite challenging socioeconomic and political challenges in the country. The industry has an estimated turnover of R721-billion in the last financial year, the Franchise Association of South Africa (Fasa) reported on Friday. 

Technically, stuck in a recession

By: Riaan de Lange     21st September 2018 “Is you is or is you ain't?”, to partially borrow from the title of American blues musician BB King’s song. Is South Africa in a recession or ain’t it? It is a simple enough question that should solicit a 'yes' or 'no' answer, ain’t? Surely, if one knows what a recession is, then one should know... 

A ‘sovereign innovation fund’ proposed in draft technology policy

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st September 2018 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has, in its recently released draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), stated that a “sovereign innovation fund” is to be created. “There is a need for increased commercialisation funding,” said section 6.2 of the draft White... 

Poor internal coordination in SA cities adding to cost of doing business

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2018 A new World Bank report highlights how a lack of internal coordination between departments within several of South Africa’s largest cities is undermining the delivery of services to businesses operating within those locations and burdening entrepreneurs with timing consuming and costly red tape.... 

Top trends that are likely to change the way we work and live

By: Kim Cloete     14th September 2018 Quantum computing and flying cars are two of the top trends that Frost & Sullivan has outlined within its top trends for 2018/19 at its CEO Think Tank in Cape Town.  The company has looked at trends that are changing the way we work and live. 

July manufacturing output up 2.9%

By: Reuters     11th September 2018 South Africa's industrial output expanded in July as food and motor vehicle output rose, easing pressure on an economy that recently slipped into recession and is struggling for investment amidst policy uncertainty and possible credit downgrades. The statistics agency in Africa's most... 

South Africa to set up a 'sovereign innovation fund'

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th September 2018 The Department of Science and Technology (DST), in its recently released draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), stated that a “sovereign innovation fund” is to be created. “There is a need for increased commercialisation funding,” said section 6.2 of the draft White Paper.... 

Local manufacturing expo to bolster exports, economy

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th September 2018 The South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC) will host its inaugural Local Manufacturing Expo next year, to showcase local manufacturing capabilities and bolster the country’s economic growth, SACEEC CEO Eric Bruggeman told attendees at a presentation during Electra Mining, on... 

SA is not actually in a recession – economist

By: News24Wire      7th September 2018 South Africa is not in a recession, despite the latest gross domestic product (GDP) figures released by Statistics South Africa, economist Roelof Botha said on Thursday. South Africa slipped into what is generally considered a technical recession - defined as two successive quarters of negative... 

Ramaphosa says South Africa to recover from recession soon

By: Reuters     6th September 2018 South Africa will soon recover from recession, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday in his first reaction to news that undermines his effort to revive the economy and attract investment after a decade of stagnation. Ramaphosa staked his reputation on economic revival when he took over in... 

Zambia seen considering higher mine taxes to trim Budget gap

By: Bloomberg     6th September 2018 Zambia plans to trim its fiscal deficit next year even as Africa’s second-biggest copper producer boosts spending. It may be considering raising mine taxes to achieve that, according to analysts. The Finance Ministry is targeting a budget shortfall of 6.5% of gross domestic product next year,... 

South Africa’s rating under threat as economy enters recession

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th September 2018 South Africa’s slide into a technical recession in the second quarter is a timely warning and reminder for the country to get its economy in order, failing which it will lose its only investment grade rating, says Business Unity South Africa CEO Tanya Cohen. Moody’s Investors Service said in... 

Mantashe pleased with mining contribution to GDP

By: African News Agency      4th September 2018 The mining and quarrying sector contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP) bode well for the sector and indicated a commodity boom may be imminent, Mineral Resources Minister, Gwede Mantashe, said on Tuesday. Statistics South Africa said on Tuesday that mining and quarrying industry... 

Putin wants big business to spend $120bn to revive economy

By: Bloomberg     3rd September 2018 The Kremlin is leaning on Russia’s oligarchs to spend $120-billion on new investments by the end of Vladimir Putin’s term after shelving plans to hike taxes on big business. That’s an increase of 15% to 20% and part of the Russian leader’s plan to take overall investment to a quarter of gross... 

New tech, automation to change but also create jobs

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2018 New technologies, including advanced computing systems and the automation of various job activities, will change about 30% of activities in about 60% of occupations, and will require new skills across most industries, management consulting multinational McKinsey Global Institute global economic... 

Automotive Masterplan '99% there', says DTI’s October

By: Irma Venter     31st August 2018 Government and the automotive industry have reached “99% consensus” on the South African Automotive Masterplan, says Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director-general Lionel October. “We are close. We are 99% there. We are just finalising the targets.” 

Politics hamper African airlines’ growth potential

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     31st August 2018 The African airline sector has significant potential for growth, but it is not growing sufficiently because of various issues, such as stringent regulatory frameworks, says flag carrier airline Air Mauritius Southern Africa and Latin America regional GM Carla da Silva. Government policies in... 

Narrowing divide

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     31st August 2018 The mobile phone has undergone an almost dramatic transition in the past two decades from a status symbol affordable only by the well-to-do to a ubiquitous device that even those of very modest means now regard as a must-have. The market penetration of this handy invention has been facilitated by... 

Verder expands its network with Nelspruit distribution partner

29th August 2018 Verder Pumps South Africa, a market leader in advanced industrial pumping solutions – is pleased to confirm the company has appointed Flo-Tek as its exclusive distributor in Nelspruit and surrounding areas. “We are very pleased to bring Flo-Tek onboard as a distribution partner. Nelspruit and the... 

Ghana opposition seeks IMF view on $2bn Chinese Bauxite deal

By: Reuters     24th August 2018 Ghana's opposition in parliament wants the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to decide whether a $2-billion Chinese deal agreed by the government in exchange for bauxite will add to the country's debt burden, it said on Thursday. Under the deal, approved by Ghanaian lawmakers last month, China's... 

Auto thought leader on need to build Tier 2 and 3 suppliers as local content falls

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2018 The South African automotive industry is eagerly awaiting the announcement of the details of government’s new support programme, the Automotive Masterplan, which is set to guide the industry’s investment activities from 2020 to 2035. The masterplan will perhaps be South Africa’s most challenging... 

Gauteng: a looter’s paradise

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     24th August 2018 Gold has been associated with our neck of the woods since its discovery on a farm just outside the present-day Joburg central business district back in 1886. Thanks to this association, it was not too difficult for our leaders in the early years of the post-1994 dispensation to come with a name... 

Toyota aims to increase exports into Africa as market recovers

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2018 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) aims to export 100 000 vehicles a year from its Durban plant, says president and CEO Andrew Kirby. Total plant capacity is 242 000 units a year, which includes a 234 000-unit capacity for the Hilux, Fortuner and Corolla, 13 500 for the Ses’fikile minibus and 5... 

PNG legislative changes should be well considered - Chamber

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th August 2018 The mining and petroleum industry body in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has called on the government to consider the ramifications of the amendments proposed to the Mining Act. The PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum’s president, Gerea Aopi, said that stable government policies and a favourable... 

Davies endorses Itac’s recommendation of increase in sugar import duties

By: Simone Liedtke     15th August 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has endorsed the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa’s (Itac’s) recommendation for an increase in import duties on sugar to $680/t. While the level is not at the maximum bound rate, as initially requested by the industry in the... 

Government changes shake up the sub-Saharan African construction sector

By: Anine Kilian     10th August 2018 International consultancy and construction company Mace has released its latest tender cost update for sub-Saharan Africa, showing mixed performances for the region’s two most prominent economies.    

Reform on education, gender and work critical to digital economy

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th August 2018 South Africa’s static and underinvested education and training systems need to be reformed to keep pace with the new needs of the ever-evolving digital economy. The current educational system is “largely inadequate” to cater for the significant shifts happening in the business models of all... 

Humiliated for years, women are fighting back in mines of Chile

By: Bloomberg     8th August 2018 he first time Karen Requena entered the cafeteria at BHP Billiton’s massive Escondida mining operation in northern Chile, she couldn’t help feeling countless eyes fixed on her body as she walked across the vast hall. “It can’t get worse than that,” she thought. Then as Requena looked for a place... 

South Africa falls to 37th on International Property Rights Index

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th August 2018 South Africa is now ranked thirty-seventh in the global property rights rankings of the International Property Rights Index, with its score having declined from seven in 2017, when the country ranked twenty-seventh, to 6.35 this year. This is the largest decline by any country measured, mostly... 

Energy access a catalyst for economic growth, says green energy company 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd August 2018 Access to cheaper and reliable energy, through renewable energy technology, would be a catalyst for boosting the African continent’s gross domestic product (GDP) in a sustainable way, green energy technology provider New Southern Energy (NSE) CEO David Masureik told Engineering News Online in a... 

Funding for SA firms seeking to increase African trade and investment exposure

By: Schalk Burger     3rd August 2018 Increased trade and interdependence with the rest of Africa are set to bolster the anaemic economy of South Africa through the R13.4-billion Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC) and African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank) South African Trade and Investment Promotion... 

Redefining philanthropy

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     3rd August 2018 Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man – with a net worth of $12.4-billion – is redefining philanthropy in his native Nigeria. But the 61-year-old is doing this in a way that will make his bank account even fatter. Dangote Group, the 30 000-employee multinational industrial conglomerate he founded... 

Funding for SA firms seeking to increase African trade and investment exposure

By: Schalk Burger     3rd August 2018 Increased trade and interdependence with the rest of Africa are set to bolster the anaemic economy of South Africa through the R13.4-billion Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC) and African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank) South African Trade and Investment Promotion... 

Brazil mining reforms stalled by impasse over new agency

By: Reuters     29th July 2018 A new Brazilian mining regulator created last year to cut red tape and attract foreign investment has still not gotten out of the blocks, with experts warning that the agency will be stalled at least through the October election and perhaps until 2019. Miners say major investments are hanging in... 

Zambia remains a fast growing refined copper producer

By: Anine Kilian     27th July 2018 Zambia remains one of the fastest-growing refined copper producers in the world, backed by strong  domestic smelting capacity, rising mining output and ongoing government support, says BMI Research. Zambia will remain a regional leader and an important global player in refined copper production... 

Growth potential positive – Naamsa

By: Halima Frost     27th July 2018 Owing to the right policies, interventions and goodwill by all automotive industry stakeholders, National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen says the industry’s growth potential remains positive. “Currently, the automotive industry is the... 

MeerKAT highlights importance of funding

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th July 2018 The official inauguration of the 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope array in the middle of this month was a wonderful landmark in the history of both science and technology in South Africa. It marked the culmination of years of hard work and innovation by South African scientists and engineers, and,... 

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