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Company uses technology to boost processes

2nd November 2018 Warehouse-based retailer The Warehouse Group, from New Zealand, is making strides in artificial intelligence (AI), with the launch of a new ‘Snap and Shop’ feature on the company’s mobile app, noted a release in August. This feature allows people to take a picture of items they like on their... 

Global governments improve business climate through reforms  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st October 2018 The Word Bank Group’s ‘Doing Business 2019: Training for Reform’ report finds that governments around the world have set a new record in bureaucracy busting efforts for the domestic private sector, implementing 314 business reforms over the past year. This number of reforms this year has... 

TPP-11 to give Australian resources a major boost – Minerals Council

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st October 2018 PERTH (miningweekly.com) – The Australian government has ratified the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11) trade agreement, a move that has been welcomed by the resources sector. Australia is the sixth country to ratify the agreement, meaning it can now enter into force on December 30, with... 

Plain packaging suggested as safety measure

By: Thabi Madiba     19th October 2018 To reduce tobacco-related deaths that are estimated to amount to seven-million people a year globally, the Department of Health published a proposed Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill in May for broader public comment, which will regulate all tobacco products to be... 

Microplastics are everywhere

16th October 2018 Science shows us that increasingly we are surrounded by tiny fragments of plastic, known as microplastics. They are not just in the oceans but also on land, in rivers, wetlands, soil and even in the air. A problem this pervasive will take a concerted effort from governments, businesses,... 

Woolworths to trial plastic bag free store

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 South African department store chain Woolworths Holdings will remove single-use plastic bags from one of its stores during a six-month trial period in a bid to end plastic pollution, it said on Monday. From November, Woolworths, which also has operations in Australia and New Zealand, will not... 

SA to offer Swahili as a school subject

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     5th October 2018 Readers of this column who are not news junkies like yours truly may have missed the announcement, made last month: South African schools, both public and private, will be offering Swahili as an optional language from 2020, alongside such foreign languages as French, German and Mandarin, which... 

New visa laws don’t go far enough - BARSA

26th September 2018 The Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa (BARSA) has noted the details provided by the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Malusi Gigaba, regarding the relaxation of visa requirements to the country, which forms part of the economic stimulus and recovery plan announced by President Cyril... 

Visa regulation amendments to ease entry for business travellers, tourists

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th September 2018 The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) is pursuing new regulations to make it easier for business travellers, tourists and academia to enter South Africa, but South African minors leaving the country will still need consent from both parents when leaving the country. The announcement of the new... 

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. 

Company announces new partnership

14th September 2018 Global testing, inspection certification company Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services announced a new collaboration with New Zealand-based forensic food-science firm Oritain to provide their scientific traceability services as part of Bureau Veritas' Origin Traceability Solution.  

TÜV SÜD receives SANS accreditation

14th September 2018 Global technical services company TÜV SÜD’s inspection services were awarded South African National Accreditation System accreditation to South African National Standard (SANS) 17020 in March this year, in line with the expanded development of the company. The scope of accreditation covers the... 

Aspen mulls sale of infant formula unit

By: Reuters     11th September 2018 South African drug maker Aspen Pharmacare said on Tuesday it was in discussions to sell its global infant formula business, but did not give any further details. Aspen's infant milk formula business sells infant milk formula in the Asia-Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, and has a... 

Plastics SA launches clean-up day, drive to reduce ocean waste

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2018 Industry body Plastics South Africa (SA) has partnered with Estonian clean-up civic movement Let’s Do It! Africa for the World Cleanup Day on September 15. Plastics SA will provide resources and coordinate the activities as part of the Cleanup and Recycle SA week from September 10 to 15. Last... 

Vesconite

7th September 2018 Self-lubricated polymer bearings and bushes manufacturer VescoPlastics welcomes visitors to its stand (Hall 6 Stand C23) at Electra Mining Africa, which will be held at Nasrec, Johannesburg, from September 10 to 14. VescoPlastics caters for most bearing and wear-plate-bearing requirements of the... 

Pantoro raises funds for growth strategy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th September 2018 ASX-listed gold miner Pantoro will raise A$15-million to fund its growth strategy. An initial A$13-million has been raised through a share placement to professional and sophisticated investors, priced at 20c a share, with a subsequent share purchase plan (SPP) expected to raise a further... 

African rail industry urged to adopt concepts of Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Nadine James     4th September 2018 The African rail industry must adopt the concepts and develop the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to facilitate, and realise, the industrialisation aspirations of the continent, delegates attending a South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA) technical workshop, on Tuesday,... 

Syrah raises A$94m for Balama ramp-up

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th September 2018 Graphite developer Syrah Resources will raise A$94-milion through an institutional placement to complete the ramp-up of its Balama graphite project, through to positive cash flow. The company on Tuesday said that some 42.2-million new shares would be placed at A$2.23 a share, to raise... 

Super Group buoyed by commodities, new acquisitions

By: Irma Venter     27th August 2018 An excellent performance from the commodities businesses within Supply Chain Africa, good contributions from a number of acquired businesses and solid results from the SG Fleet have seen Super Group post a 15% jump in operating profit, to R2.4-billion, for the financial year ended June 30.... 

Square Kilometre Array project, Africa and Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     24th August 2018 The Square Kilometre Array telescope manager critical design review has been completed. 

Bidcorp FY18 headline earnings rise 9% y/y

By: Anine Kilian     22nd August 2018 JSE-listed Bidcorp on Wednesday reported a 9% year-on-year increase in headline earnings a share to R12.86 for the year ended June 30. Group CE Bernard Berson said the company achieved solid results, backed by strong operational cash flows and a positive trading performance in all regions in... 

Experts collaborate to deliver project in Kenya

17th August 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery company Aecom’s Nairobi team, consisting of experts from South Africa, Kenya, Germany and the US, is working on a civil-structure assessment project for a transmission line in Kenya. “A major advantage for Aecom in the region is its ability to leverage its... 

Government considering ban on microbeads after Gauteng drinking water is found to be contaminated

By: News24Wire      10th August 2018 The government has set up a task team to look at imposing a total ban on microbeads – the tiny plastic beads used in cosmetics, toothpaste and sandblasting. This comes after a Water Research Commission study found microplastic pollution in tap water in Johannesburg and Tshwane, as well as in all... 

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... 

AECOM continues to secure major infrastructure contracts in East Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th August 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery company AECOM continues to secure major contracts in East Africa through its Nairobi office. This forms part of a concerted strategy to target transportation, water, and power projects in Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Kenya. A major advantage for AECOM... 

Square Kilometre Array project, Africa and Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd August 2018 A French consortium, comprising five research organisations and seven private companies, has joined the SKA Organisation. 

Biodegradable polymer market value to grow to $1.7bn by 2023

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th July 2018 As plastic regulations and bans on plastic bags and other single-use plastic items such as drinking straws increase globally, the demand and, therefore, market value of biodegradable polymers exceeds $1-billion and will rise sharply to $1.7-billion by 2023, says global information provider IHS... 

HillHead 2018

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th July 2018 With an unprecedented 546 exhibitors and almost 20,000 trade visitors in attendance, Hillhead 2018 was the biggest and most successful show to date For three gloriously sunny days at the end of June, as Britain sweltered in simmering summer temperatures, Tarmac’s Hillhead Quarry, near Buxton,... 

“Listeriosis can be rallying call for the industry”

6th July 2018 The recent listeriosis outbreak is a timely reminder that the food supply chain is constantly under attack from outside threats. In this, there is a lesson for the rest of the industry, writes Emma Corder, Nilfisk South Africa Country Manager. One doesn’t have to look far to find serious cases of... 

Corruption’s heavy toll

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     6th July 2018 Picture this scene: you are driving along a road in suburban Johannesburg and a stern-looking cop pulls you over, informing you, as you wind down your window, that you have exceeded the speed limit or committed any of several traffic infractions. In a tone that can put the fear of God into any... 

Bathurst signs up for Jameson's Canadian coal project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th June 2018 ASX-listed junior Jameson Resources has reached an agreement with fellow listed coal miner Bathurst Resources to fund the development of the Crown Mountain coking coal project, in Canada. Bathurst will provide an initial C$4-million investment into Jameson’s Canadian subsidiary NWP Coal Canada,... 

Mining investors spooked as African dispute payments multiply

By: Bloomberg     28th June 2018 Miners across Africa are increasingly using one-time payments to settle disputes with governments, a trend that’s disturbing some investors. A $150-million payment by Glencore’s Katanga Mining to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Gecamines earlier this month followed Freeport McMoRan’s separate... 

New Talisman forced to withdraw scoping study

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th June 2018 The share price of ASX-listed junior New Talisman Gold fell by nearly 12% on Thursday after the company was forced to retract a scoping study on its Talisman Deeps project, in New Zealand. The scoping study contained production targets and estimates of required investments and returns,... 

The South African pharmaceutical regulatory environment

20th June 2018 The South African pharmaceutical environment is highly regulated. The most important legislative provisions are found in the Medicines Act and the Pharmacy Act. Recent amendments to the Medicines Act brought about the replacement of the Medicines Control Council, being the regulatory body that... 

60 year anniversary of global polymer company - 8 lessons for entrepreneurs

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th June 2018 At 87 years old, serial entrepreneur Alain Leger, who founded one of South Africa’s most successful manufacturing enterprises, is a seasoned business person celebrating the 60th anniversary of the company he founded this year. While the art of taking on financial risks in the hope of achieving... 

Basotho’s affinity for South Africa

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     1st June 2018 One man’s meat is another man’s poison indeed. While scores of South Africans have emigrated to countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the UK over the past two decades-plus – citing all sorts of reasons, including concerns over safety and security – about half of Lesotho nationals... 

Frydenberg nixes phosphate exploration on Christmas Island

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st May 2018 The federal government has nixed plans by privately held Phosphate Resources to explore on Christmas Island, with Environment and Energy Minister, Josh Frydenberg saying it was likely to have ‘significant and unacceptable’ impacts on the region. Frydenberg said that the decision followed a... 

Digitising processes could solve skills shortage

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 New Zealand-based engineering consultancy firm BVT Engineering Professional Services (BVT) and global technology consultancy firm Mint Management Technologies (Mint Group), have partnered to address the current shortage of engineers in New Zealand. BVT MD Matt Bishop states that New Zealand’s... 

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