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Mandela slates 'insensitive' proposal to exclude coloured and Indian BEE contractors

By: News24Wire      17th October 2017 A proposal to exclude South Africans who are coloured and those of Indian descent from lucrative state contracts in KwaZulu-Natal is ill-conceived and designed to only benefit the advantaged, said MP and chief Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela on Monday. "The proposal flies in the face of the significant... 

Heavy rainfall predicted in late summer, says water dept

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2017 Although no heavy rains are expected at the beginning of the summer season, the South African Weather Services is predicting heavy showers towards the end of the period. “The good news is that the El Nino phenomenon that brings with it the drought, will not hit South Africa this summer,” the... 

Variance rates measured in eight metropolitan municipalities

     4th August 2017 The South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) has compared the level of rates and taxes levied in each of the eight metropolitan municipalities of the country which reveals some variance in the cents in the rand rate across the main property types. 

S Africans satisfied with improvements in metros – survey

By: Sane Dhlamini     3rd August 2017 South Africans have seen a marked improvement in the performance of local government aside from the metropolitans Cape Town and Buffalo City, according to an Ipsos survey conducted after the local government elections on August 3. The Khayabus study, for which 3 598 South Africans 15 years and... 

Ekurhuleni tops metros in governance in BD index

By: African News Agency      10th July 2017 The Business Day newspaper’s new index that tracks how well cities and towns spend residents’ money has ranked the City of Ekurhuleni top in the country, the city said on Sunday. Released in June, the index allocated each municipality a score out of 100 points based on five indicators – the... 

Zuma awaits higher education report on fees

By: Sashnee Moodley     30th June 2017 The deadline for the Presidential Commission report on the feasibility of free higher education and training coincided with the opening of African National Congress’ (ANC’s) fifth National Policy Conference on Friday. President Jacob Zuma delivered the opening address to more than 3 000 delegates... 

Ramaphosa moves to reclaim ‘radical economic transformation’ from those 'misusing' term  

By: Terence Creamer     21st June 2017 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has moved, just days before the convening of the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) policy conference, to reclaim the phrase ‘radical economic transformation’ from those who he said were misusing and misrepresenting it as part of a paid-for “publicity offensive”.... 

Property body investigates municipal rates and taxes

By: David Oliveira     24th March 2017 The South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) announced last month that it had reappointed specialist consultants Rates Watch to monitor rates policies for the next five years, owing to the negative impacts of rising municipal rates and taxes on operating costs, gross rentals and property... 

ANC to review NDP at policy conference

By: News24Wire      18th January 2017 The African National Congress (ANC) plans to review the successes and challenges of the National Development Plan (NDP) at its upcoming policy conference which set to be dominated by talks on broadening economic inclusion and ending the "rhetoric" on land redistribution. On Tuesday party... 

South Africa's water sector: a case study in state capture 

     2nd December 2016 The call for radical economic transformation in the water sector is being used as a cover for the enrichment of a new elite, professor Mike Muller argues. A lot of what is being presented as radical economic transformation initiatives in South Africa is simply state capture by a corrupt elite.... 

DBSA aims to ‘catalyse’ funding to poor munis as it sets R100bn funding goal

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2016 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) disbursed a record R17.1-billion during its 2016 financial year, up from R13-billion in 2015, with disbursements to the country’s eight metropolitan councils (metros) surging to R7.5-billion from R3.7-billion. CEO Patrick Dlamini said a total of... 

FNB unveils its new regional office in Bloemfontein

     23rd May 2016 Today, First National Bank, the Kavod Trust and Councillor Moeng, Member of the Mayoral Committee, officially opened FNB’s new regional offices in the Central Business District of Bloemfontein.   Known as “First Place, Bloemfontein” the new 8284m² building consolidates seven offices in the region... 

A.B.E. Polyurea Protection For Two New Concrete Parking Decks

     18th May 2016 A.B.E. Construction Chemicals' VIP Polyurea coatings have been applied as waterproofing to commercial property parking decks in the Free State and KZN. A.B.E. - part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group - holds an exclusive agreement with Voelkel  Industrie Produkte (VIP) in Germany for the local... 

S Africa’s ‘R1bn a day’ infrastructure spend to be maintained 

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th March 2016 With the expansive development of infrastructure keeping South Africa above the recessionary threshold, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel on Tuesday said more major projects would be announced soon as government aimed to maintain the “extraordinary spending” undertaken in “tough times”.... 

Cosatu's biggest affiliate wants Ramaphosa for president

By: News24Wire      25th November 2015 The Congress of South African Trade Unions' (Cosatu's) biggest affiliate, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu), has supported the proposal that the trade union federation endorse Cyril Ramaphosa as the African National Congress' (ANC's) next president. Nehawu, along... 

Gibb Environmental Showcases Project Excellence In Sustainability

     17th November 2015 Sustainability impacts the bottom-line and all industries should be acutely mindful of how they do business on a planet with fewer natural resources. The importance of internal capacity building, the need for climate and weather information management, the role of integrated planning and the... 

Investment in water infrastructure worrying

By: News24Wire      12th November 2015 As South Africa battles drought-induced water shortages, a South African Cities Network survey has shown that the overall expenditure of the country’s biggest municipalities declined by 1% between 2009 and 2013. The dry conditions have exposed inadequacies in water infrastructure, with recent... 

Consumers not satisfied with metropolitan municipalities

By: News24Wire      9th November 2015 Consumers have given metropolitan municipalities low satisfaction scores. This is according to a survey by the South African Customer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi) released on November 4, which measured eight of the largest metropolitan municipalities in the country. 

ANC denies hand in Hitachi, Chancellor House dealings 

By: African News Agency      29th September 2015 African National Congress (ANC) treasurer general Zweli Mkhize on Tuesday sought to distance the ruling party from the charges by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that have seen Japanese conglomerate Hitachi pay a $19-million settlement fee. “The ANC categorically states that the... 

Mosebenzi Zwane is new Mineral Resources Minister 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2015 Mosebenzi Zwane is South Africa’s new Mineral Resources Minister in a Cabinet reshuffle that saw Ngoako Ramatlhodi’s 16-month spell come to an abrupt end. Chamber of Mines of South Africa president Mike Teke and CEO Roger Baxter said in a statement on Wednesday that the chamber looked forward to... 

Africa’s cities need to integrate migrants and build a sustainable future for the continent

By: African News Agency      17th September 2015 Many cities around the world today are being challenged to find new ways of dealing with the influx of migrants — African cities are no exception. City of Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau on Wednesday told delegates at a briefing about the issues African cities were facing in Johannesburg that... 

Cheap, but time consuming to start a South African business, benchmark study finds

By: Terence Creamer     12th June 2015 A new report benchmarking the regulatory environment faced by small businesses operating in nine South Africa cities shows that entrepreneurs face quite distinct regulatory burdens depending on the location of their firms. Overall, however, the study found that, while it is relatively inexpensive... 

Strong Global Support for Africa’s Biggest Business Opportunities Event

     9th June 2015 With less than three weeks to go before the doors open at AB7 and SAITEX, over 1 000 exhibitors from 44 countries and thousands of visitors from around the world are gearing up for Africa’s two biggest business opportunities events, Africa’s Big Seven (AB7) food and beverage trade exhibition, and... 

Engen Wi-Fi hotspots light up highways over December

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd December 2014 Engen, the country’s Coolest Petrol Station[1], has done it again. The company is bringing Wi-Fi to its forecourts, with 32 Wi-Fi hotspots set to come online at Engen 1-Stop service stations on the country’s main freeways by 15 December 2014. “With 14 sites ready and 18 to come, Engen is doing... 

Municipal rates and taxes an ever-increasing burden on property owners

     24th November 2014 Latest research into municipal rates and taxes confirms what landlords already know: municipal rates and taxes cost twice as much as they did a decade ago, and represent an ever-increasing slice of operating costs. It’s an issue fostering considerable concern, as the growth in rates and taxes has... 

Transport grant largely underspent as metros face obstacles 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th August 2014 Metropolitans have consistently underspent their public transport infrastructure grants nearly every year since 2010, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has revealed in a Parliamentary reply. The Department of Transport’s (DoT’s) effort to roll-out quality public transport networks to South Africans... 

The EFF’s dual character

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     15th August 2014 Where do the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) come from, and where are they going? In the lead-up to the 1949 national conference of the African National Congress (ANC), the Youth League tried to interest the then president of the ANC Dr AB Xuma in the idea of adopting a radical programme of... 

Pumpstation upgrade due for completion

     1st August 2014 Water treatment company Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies South Africa announced in April that it has been awarded the contract to upgrade Mangaung metropolitan municipality's Maselspoort low- and high-lift pumpstation. Maselspoort is a town in Mangaung in the Free State province. It is... 

Showcasing South African Science

     31st July 2014 The public will have an opportunity to visit science exhibitions, participate in interactive demonstrations and attend science-related workshops during National Science Week, which runs from 2 to 9 August 2014. The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, will launch the flagship... 

Transport Minister provides update on SA’s BRT projects

By: Natalie Greve     25th July 2014 Responding in writing to a recent Parliamentary question by the Democratic Alliance, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has provided an update for each of the country’s 13 bus-rapid transport (BRT) systems, noting that each network is at a different stage of development. In Johannesburg, Phase 1A... 

Inconsistent property rates increases, valuations across SA metros – Sapoa

By: Natalie Greve     12th June 2014 After earlier this year appointing specialist consultant Rates Watch, in partnership with the University of Pretoria, to investigate municipal budgets for the coming year, the South African Property Owners’ Association (Sapoa) said on Thursday that yearly property rates in the country’s... 

OECD countries, others agree to end bank secrecy

By: Callie Lombard     30th May 2014 On May 6, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announced that bank secrecy for tax purposes was coming to an end as countries and major financial centres commit to the automatic exchange of information between jurisdictions. According to the OECD the declaration on... 

Concrete market sees steady reduction in cement use as researchers tackle carbon conundrum 

By: Irma Venter     28th March 2014 Cement is to concrete what flour is to cake. Normally, cement and its mineral compounds make up roughly 15% of concrete (in volume), with stone, water, sand and chemical admixtures making up the rest of the recipe. Cement, however, is not the green lobby’s favourite construction material, owing... 

Concrete market sees steady reduction in cement use as researchers tackle carbon conundrum

By: Irma Venter     28th March 2014 Cement is to concrete what flour is to cake. Normally, cement and its mineral compounds make up roughly 15% of concrete (in volume), with stone, water, sand and chemical admixtures making up the rest of the recipe. Cement, however, is not the green lobby’s favourite construction material, owing... 

Infrastructure plan gains traction, key to SA's growth  

By: Kim Cloete     4th March 2014 The government’s infrastructure programme is helping combat the effects of the recession and sparking new investment deals, says Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel. He told an infrastructure cluster media briefing that a combination of investment, particularly in energy, transport and... 

Beyond ability

By: Terence Creamer     31st January 2014 Without question, the job of Eskom CEO is a difficult one. The organisation is large and complex. It has real operational challenges, associated partly with the age of its plant, partly with the age of its primary-input sources and partly with the material maintenance backlog that prevails. Its... 

Call for greater State participation in mining could lead to conflicts of interest

By: Leandi Kolver     17th January 2014 Should the State play a larger role in South Africa’s mining sector, as envisaged by the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) 2014 election manifesto and the ‘State Intervention in the Minerals Sector’ (Sims) report, the establishment of an independent regulator would be essential to prevent... 

Tsotsi outlines CEO selection process, efforts to dissuade Dames from resigning

By: Terence Creamer     16th January 2014 Eskom chairperson Zola Tsotsi reports that the utility’s board is pursuing an open process to select a successor to CEO Brian Dames, who made the surprise announcement in December that he will be stepping down on March 31, 2014. In an interview with Engineering News Online Tsotsi also confirmed... 

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