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Business, industry comment on positives, negatives of SoNA 2019 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th February 2019 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) and many other industry bodies and companies have welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SoNA), which was delivered on Thursday evening. His war on corruption and focus on economic growth,... 

Government announces memorial and funeral service dates for late Edna Molewa

By: News24Wire      25th September 2018 Government has announced the dates for the official memorial and funeral services of late Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa. Molewa passed away on Saturday, at the age of 61. Her official memorial service will take place in Pretoria on Wednesday, government announced on Monday night.... 

Mining, construction and automotive sectors critical for M&E sector’s survival

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2018 The link between the metals and engineering (M&E) sector and the mining, construction and auto manufacturing industries will come under scrutiny at the fourth Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba taking place at the IDC Conference Centre in Sandton on Thursday and Friday this week. “The... 

Transnet, Eskom and PWC bosses to discuss administered prices affecting South Africa’s international competitiveness

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 Transnet and ESKOM Chief Executive Officers Siyabonga Gama and Phakamani Hadebe will discuss administered prices such as logistics costs, electricity prices and port tariffs, which are negatively affecting South Africa’s international competitiveness on the second day of the fourth Southern... 

Collaboration required to improve South Africa’s sovereign credit rating

By: Maxine Arries     27th August 2018 Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene will, on the first day of the 2018 Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba, meet with Business Unity South Africa CEO Tanya Cohen, Federation of Unions of South Africa General Secretary Dennis George and Centre for Development and Enterprise Executive... 

AgriSA meeting with the ANC "successful"

By: News24Wire      21st August 2018 AgriSA president Dan Kriek met President Cyril Ramaphosa in Cape Town on Tuesday, while the organisation's CEO, Omri van Zyl, held talks with Deputy President David Mabuza in Johannesburg. The meetings were part of two separate consultation processes: Kriek met Ramaphosa as part of the... 

2018 Metals and Engineering Indaba to contribute in shaping policy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2018 Delegates attending the 2018 Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba at the IDC Conference Centre in Sandton on 20 and 21 September will have an opportunity to influence economic policies that have a direct impact on the businesses they operate. The Indaba, now in its fourth year of... 

Africa Day – 55 years on

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     25th May 2018 As you read this piece, I am probably putting together the next instalment or doing whatever else my job description demands I should be doing each weekday. But colleagues in countries such as Ghana, Lesotho, Mali, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe are probably braai-ing in their backyards or engaging... 

Stats SA to roll out digital data collection solution, starts preparation for 2021 census

By: Simone Liedtke     9th May 2018 Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) continues to focus on its mandate of providing credible statistics to guide South Africa’s push for a better life for its citizens. Priorities for Stats SA include maintaining basis statistics which, according to Minister in the Presidency for Planning,... 

Ramaphosa announces sweeping Cabinet changes

26th February 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa’s statement outlining changes to the National Executive. 

2017: Good, bad, ugly?

By: Terence Creamer     15th December 2017 By this time next week, our general dismal assessment of 2017 will either have been confirmed, or entirely overhauled. If Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (NDZ) has been elected African National Congress (ANC) president, the national mood will be one of anxiety and depression, notwithstanding the... 

Jovial Zwane calls in sick for State capture meeting

By: News24Wire      29th November 2017 A jovial and joking Mosebenzi Zwane on Tuesday evening became an ill Minister of Mineral Resources on Wednesday morning. Zwane was at a “surprise” African National Congress (ANC) Free State provincial general council on Tuesday evening, where News24 saw him in joking with ANC comrades. 

Rand bulls hold sway, at least until ANC's December ballot

By: News24Wire      28th November 2017 Rand bulls will win out over rand bears, at least for the next few weeks. That’s the view of analysts from Credit Agricole CIB and Toronto-Dominion Bank on the back on the rand’s best day in almost two years after Moody’s Investors Service kept South Africa’s local rating investment grade.... 

Business fears political limbo if ANC vote stalls

By: Bloomberg     10th November 2017 South Africa’s main business group fears the country will be stuck in political limbo if infighting causes the ruling party’s elective conference in December not to go ahead. The race to succeed President Jacob Zuma as leader of the African National Congress is widely seen as a head-to-head... 

South Africa only in phase one of political instability

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th November 2017 South Africa has only entered the first phase of the political uncertainty that is expected to persist until at least the 2019 national elections, says University of Witwatersrand School of Governance political analyst Professor Susan Booysen. The country, already settled into a period of “high... 

ANC and alliance partners want urgent inquiry into ‘State capture’ 

By: African News Agency      27th October 2017 The African National Congress (ANC) and its Tripartite Alliance partners have agreed on the need for an urgent Judicial Commission of Inquiry into “State capture”. The statement issued on Friday by alliance partners ANC, the South African Communist Party (SACP), Congress of South African Trade... 

Gordhan: KPMG SA was a 'willing partner in State capture'

By: News24Wire      26th September 2017 Auditing firm KPMG SA was a “willing participant in State capture” and its leadership hasn't fully grasped the magnitude of what they were involved in, according to former finance minister Pravin Gordhan. He was in conversation with radio host Eusebius McKaiser on CapeTalk on Tuesday morning. 

Manufacturers on receiving end of weak economy

18th August 2017 Manufacturers in South Africa are on the receiving end of the weak economy as there is little room to pass on cost increases, says Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) economist Marique Kruger. 

Turbulent political climate set to remain – Malala  

By: David Oliveira     30th June 2017 South Africa’s turbulent political climate, which has been rocked by accusations of State capture and the surprise Cabinet reshuffle in March, is set to continue, political analyst Justice Malala has warned. “We are going through a time when we have outsourced our democracy,” he said on Friday,... 

SA 'working on scrapping visas for all African citizens'

By: News24Wire      15th May 2017 South Africa is working towards allowing all African citizens to enter the country without visas – but at first “trusted travellers” like diplomats, officials, academics, business people and students will be the only ones to benefit. The Department of Home Affairs outlines the steps that will be... 

Public Protector assessing Molefe 'golden handshake' complaint

By: News24Wire      19th April 2017 The Office of the Public Protector is assessing a complaint from the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) asking it to probe former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe's reported R30-million "golden handshake". Last week, Sanco requested that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane probe whether or... 

Streamlined, transparent system needed to unlock Africa’s mineral resources value – AU

By: Ilan Solomons     8th February 2017 It is vitally important that African mining industry stakeholders start initiating dialogue towards building a more well governed and progressive minerals sector that will contribute to the continental vision of resource-led industrial development guided by Agenda 2063, outgoing African Union... 

South Africa leads Africa in women's economic rights

By: News24Wire      19th July 2016 The AU has awarded South Africa the prize for being the best country in Africa in advancing women’s economic rights. It was, however, trumped by Rwanda when it came to political rights for women. 

Don't let corruption, State capture, recolonise Africa – Phosa

By: News24Wire      18th July 2016 Africa is re-colonising itself through corruption, nepotism, and state capture, former African National Congress treasurer-general Mathews Phosa has warned. “Such a second wave of colonialism would, in my view, be as bad as the first one, when Africa was colonised politically and economically,”... 

African passport 'launched' at AU summit 

By: News24Wire      18th July 2016 Outgoing African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has managed to tick at least two big items off the to-do list she had in her term at the helm of the continental body. In her last opening speech at the AU’s heads of state on Sunday, she said the one item the AU managed to tick... 

Will Brexit break up the African Union? 

By: News24Wire      27th June 2016 African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s Twitter timeline was quiet on Friday morning, even as #Brexit was trending. The African Union, too, did not immediately issue a statement. 

Resources Watch  

8th June 2016 Deputy Minister calls for junior mining Migdett; Now is the time for Africa to take charge of mining destiny; And, Integrator has tools for long-term mining company success 

Johannesburg gears up to host Infrastructure Africa Business Forum

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th May 2016 Infrastructure Africa and the African Development Bank (AfDB) are preparing to host the 2016 edition of the Infrastructure Africa Business Forum, incorporating side event, the Africa Inclusive Infrastructure Forum, at the Sandton Convention Centre from June 9 to 10. The two-day conference and... 

Dlamini-Zumu urges Africa to focus on youth skills at AU economic conference

By: African News Agency      5th April 2016 The African Union (AU) Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Integration concludes in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Tuesday with Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, imploring African countries to improve young people’s skills in science and... 

Event puts planning in the spotlight

By: Bruce Montiea     29th January 2016 Along with the discussions and debates expected from the planning fraternity, special focus on planning as a career path, as well as creating special exposure to planning for university-level students and high school learners, will be the highlights for this year’s South African Planning... 

Africa wants to process own minerals – Zuma

By: African News Agency      4th December 2015 African countries want to process their minerals on the continent, rather than export them for beneficiation overseas, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday at the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation Summit (FOCAC) currently underway in Johannesburg. “We want to prioritise beneficiation and... 

Sixteen S Africans ranked among top 100 on continent

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th November 2015 Sixteen South Africans are among New African magazine’s 100 Most Influential Africans, including the country’s students – following the recent ‘feesmustfall’ protests that swept across universities in all provinces. Those listed came from a range of sectors including politics, business, civil... 

Rate of global deforestation slows – FAO

By: Shirley le Guern     7th September 2015 Africa is leading the way when it comes to deforestation with a net yearly loss of 2.8-million hectares of forests between 2010 and 2015. United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) director-general José Graziano da Silva, on Monday released the Global Forest Resources Assessment for... 

Africa needs to improve its cities’ urban infrastructure for future residents – Dlamini-Zuma

By: African News Agency      23rd June 2015 African cities should expand and increase their capacity to cater for influxes of residents as rural to urban migration and international relocation continued, said African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Tuesday. “When we say there will be millions and millions of people... 

Zuma congratulates SA scientist on esteemed award

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd February 2015 President Jacob Zuma on Monday congratulated South African Professor and infectious diseases epidemiologist Salim Karim for receiving the African Union's (AU’s) prestigious R1.1-million Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award in the field of Earth and Life Science, for his contribution to research in the... 

Africa urged to take charge of its commodities

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th August 2014 The dominance of mining in Africa has made the industry's development a critical target under the African Union’s (AU’s) Agenda 2063, AU Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said on Thursday. Speaking at the 2014 Mining Lekgotla, in Midrand, she pointed out that, despite the continent’s... 

Talks for integrated pan-African high-speed rail network under way

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th August 2014 Talks to implement the vision of a modern, integrated high-speed train service traversing and criss-crossing Africa’s capitals and commercial centres have kicked off, as the African Union Commission (AUC) marked it among three flagship projects the organisation hoped to see come to fruition under... 

US must take more interest in Africa – Dlamini-Zuma 

By: Sapa     8th August 2014 If the US does not take more interest in Africa it is going to lose out, African Union (AU) commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said on Thursday. "It's in their advantage to know what's happening in Africa because if they don't come to the party eventually the party will happen without them,"... 

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