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R20bn Swazi Rail Link being prepared for presentation to investors before year-end 

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2017 An expression of interest (EoI) for the R20-billion crossborder Swazi Rail Link infrastructure project between South Africa and Swaziland will be released to potential investors before the end of 2017, South Africa’s Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and Swaziland Rail confirmed on Thursday. The 150 km... 

Zuma calls for full implementation of sustainable development goals

By: African News Agency      5th September 2017 President Jacob Zuma has called for the “full implementation” of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a means to eradicate poverty. He made his remarks during the Dialogue of the Emerging Markets and Developing Countries on the margins of the 9th Brics Summit in Xiamen, China, on Monday.... 

New Development Bank to benefit Africa – Zuma

By: African News Agency      17th August 2017 President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday that the New Development Bank (NDB) was set to benefit infrastructure projects on the African continent as a whole, and having a permanent regional centre showed commitment to that undertaking. “We are therefore happy to know that the bank is working on... 

New Development Bank invited to join Africa’s power push

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th May 2017 African Development Bank Group (AfDB) president Akinwumi Adesina has invited the New Development Bank (NDB) to support Light up and power Africa – the first of five top priorities of AfDB’s continental transformation agenda. Speaking at the second annual meeting of the NDB, in New Delhi, last... 

How Brics bank can change the way lenders do business

     2nd December 2016 In times of economic distress, a situation South Africa finds itself in at present, governments tend to invest heavily in infrastructure, which plays a central role in economic growth and poverty reduction by promoting greater productivity, increasing trade, reducing the cost of doing business... 

With each Brics country facing challenges, could it disband?

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th October 2016 With the economies of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) grouping facing severe economic and political challenges, it poses the question whether the strategic partnerships formed under the umbrella can be sustained. Institute of Global Dialogue (IGD) acting executive... 

AMSA insists R2.27bn empowerment deal meets highest governance standards

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has unwrapped its long-awaited R2.27-billion broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) transaction, which chairperson Mpho Makwana insists meets the highest standards of probity and governance. An earlier 2010 attempt by the JSE-listed company... 

Gigaba challenges Western media perspectives on Brics 

By: News24Wire      11th August 2016 For developing countries to achieve meaningful development, they must rely on their own resources to achieve their objectives. The Brics Forum and the introduction of the New Development Bank (NDB) are contributing to this independent development, according to Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba.... 

Brics looks back at first year of NDB

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st July 2016 A South African delegation, led by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, was party to discussions on the New Development Bank’s (NDB) five-year strategy at its first annual meeting in Shanghai, China last week. The Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa-, or Brics-, led institution used the... 

$150m Brics bank facility seen helping ease South Africa’s grid bottlenecks

By: Terence Creamer     19th July 2016 State-owned electricity producer Eskom expects to finalise commercial terms with the New Development Bank (NDB), of the Brics grouping, for a $150-million facility in the next quarter, CFO Anoj Singh reports. A term sheet has been signed with the NDB and Singh reports that, once consummated, the... 

DoE tests market appetite for three new public-private solar parks

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) indicated on Wednesday that it would canvass the appetite of independent power producers (IPPs) to develop, finance, construct and operate three new Northern Cape solar parks, of between 400 MW and 700 MW in size, in partnership with State-owned companies (SoCs). In... 

While Brics Bank snores Nene scores another gig

By: News24Wire      21st April 2016 Former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene has been appointed as a resident adviser to Thebe Investment Corporation, it was announced on Thursday. This comes after Allan Gray appointed Nene to its board on Monday. Nene, who was fired by President Jacob Zuma in December 2015, has been on “gardening... 

Brics bank starts recruitment drive

By: Anine Kilian     15th March 2016 The Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) New Development Bank (NDB) has started the process of recruiting staff from its member States. The bank called on persons from the Brics countries to submit applications through its website. 

Budget in a nutshell

By: News24Wire      24th February 2016 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s first comeback National Budget tabled on Wednesday afternoon in Parliament was relatively calm and workmanlike one after all the expectations of tax hikes and spending cuts amid tough economic times. He stressed the need to reaffirm government’s commitment to... 

Economy not all doom and gloom, says govt

By: News24Wire      24th February 2016 Government was at pains on Tuesday to show that it was not all doom and gloom on the investment front saying R64-billion had flowed into the country by December last year. Speaking on behalf of the International Co-operation, Trade and Security Cluster, Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele... 

Trade between Brics countries up 70%

By: SANews, SA government news service     6th August 2015 President Jacob Zuma says trade has increased by 70% between Brics member countries over the past couple of years and that South Africa stands to benefit from the Brics Development Bank. The President said this when answering questions for written reply at the National Assembly in Cape Town on... 

Remember the Brics bank?

By: Keith Campbell     31st July 2015 Last week – on July 21, to be precise – the New Development Bank (NDB) formally came into existence in Shanghai, China. Created by the countries of the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) alignment – alliance or bloc would be too strong a word to describe the association – it... 

Gauteng pitches water, sanitation, energy projects to private investors 

By: Natalie Greve     17th July 2015 In a hard sell to the private investment community, Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza on Friday reiterated her province’s need for private-sector equity investment in its bold infrastructure roll-out programme, telling delegates at the inaugural Gauteng Infrastructure... 

Brics countries expected to lead next round of nuclear investment

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     10th July 2015 Nuclear energy’s share of the world’s electricity generation mix may have pared down in the past decade, but hopes that this technology will once again account for nearly one-fifth of total supplies from around 2050 remain. And the Brics grouping of Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa is set... 

Brics New Development Bank president appointed

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th July 2015 The Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) New Development Bank (NDB) will be led by KV Kamath, who was appointed as its president, in Moscow, Russia on Wednesday. Prior to the appointment, Kamath served as chairperson of the second-largest Indian information technology services... 

Brics summit to see ties between member States deepen – Zuma

By: African News Agency      7th July 2015 The seventh Brics summit this week will see a deepening of relations in the emerging markets bloc as member nations sign a range of new agreements, the South African presidency said on Tuesday. The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa would also learn how far each had come in... 

Brics Development Bank operational by year-end

By: Natalie Greve     26th June 2015 South Africa’s Cabinet has endorsed the nomination of Leslie Maasdorp as VP of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) New Development Bank (NDB) and has appointed former South African Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni as a nonexecutive director of the bank’s board. The bank... 

SA and Russia advance bilateral relations

By: SANews, SA government news service     11th May 2015 South Africa and Russia have once again agreed to sustain the momentum of their bilateral relationship. This follows a successful bilateral discussions between President Jacob Zuma and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russian which has served to take forward the strong bilateral... 

Brics CRA to be tabled in Parliament

By: SANews, SA government news service     19th February 2015 Cabinet has approved the tabling in Parliament for ratification the treaty establishing the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA) and agreement on the New Development Bank, Cabinet said on Thursday. “The Contingent Reserve Arrangement is being... 

Zuma commends G20 summit outcome 

By: Sapa     17th November 2014 President Jacob Zuma has concluded his visit to Australia where he participated in the G20 summit, the presidency said on Sunday. Zuma commended the outcome of the summit where the focus was a commitment to lift the G20's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by at least an additional two percent by 2018. 

South Africa in the Brics – opportunity or a lost cause?

By: Saliem Fakir     3rd October 2014 The Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) meeting held in Fortaleza, Brazil, in July, ended with the establishment of the Brics bank, called the New Development Bank, raising not only important questions about the role of the bank but also South Africa’s place in the Brics. What... 

DBSA aiming to raise disbursements to R22bn by 2017

By: Terence Creamer     15th September 2014 Following record disbursements of R12.7-billion in 2014, the State-owned Development Bank of Southern African (DBSA) reported on Monday that it planned to raise total yearly disbursements to R22-billion by 2017, with a major focus on under-resourced municipalities. The bank’s previous... 

Brics bank formally created but won’t be operational for at least two years

By: Keith Campbell     25th July 2014 The leaders of the five Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries signed an accord officially creating the New Development Bank, more popularly called the Brics Bank, at the recent Brics Summit in Fortaleza, Brazil. The signing was the outcome of two years of negotiations.... 

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