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Kallak shows jobs, revenue potential – Beowulf

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2017 Aim-listed Beowulf Mining on Thursday said the development of its Kallak magnetite iron-ore project, in Sweden, into a mining operation will create direct and indirect jobs, increase tax revenues and slow down population decline in the nearby town of Jokkmokk. A socioeconomic study, initiated by... 

MCA calls for GST reform to ‘restore fairness’

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th July 2017 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) believes Australia’s complex system for sharing nearly A$60-billion in goods and services tax (GST) revenues between the states and territories is broken as evidenced by the fact that Western Australia loses more GST than it collects in iron-ore mining... 

Platinum drop fires social unrest as villagers turn on mines

By: Bloomberg     13th June 2017 More platinum wealth lies beneath South African soil than anywhere else on Earth, and for decades the companies that extracted the precious metal promised to help improve the lives of the impoverished people who live above their mines. Those communities are getting tired of waiting.... 

MCA calls for reform of GST revenue distribution

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th June 2017 New research by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has highlighted “economic distortions and inequities” in the federal government’s distribution of the goods and services tax (GST) revenues between the states and territories. MCA CEO Brendan Pearson said on Friday that over the last 15... 

Greenpeace dismisses Adani’s mine decision as ‘stunt to grab public funds’

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th June 2017 Environmental groups have labelled the $16.5-billion Carmichael coal and rail project a “disaster” for local communities and have dismissed Indian developer Adani’s development decision as an “empty public relations (PR) stunt”. Adani on Tuesday announced a positive final investment decision... 

Key Nepad programmes to be supported by SA’s space agency

By: Keith Campbell     5th May 2017 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) and NEPAD have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which the former will support various programmes of the latter with Earth observation products and services. (NEPAD originally stood for New Partnership for Africa’s Development, but... 

Lifting fracking ban will help NT economy, says Appea as Budget deficit triples

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd May 2017 The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (Appea) has urged the Northern Territory government to reconsider its moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking), saying the latest territory Budget confirms the need for new private sector investment. Appea’s Northern Territory... 

Africa needs to change economic, taxation policy to uplift the poor – Oxfam

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd May 2017 Seven of the 20 most unequal countries in the world are in Africa, an income study by Brookings Institute reveals, with Swaziland ranking the world’s most unequal, closely followed by Nigeria. In South Africa, three billionaires own the same wealth as the poorest half of the population – around... 

Wealth gap leaves Ivorians craving share of 'economic miracle'

By: Bloomberg     20th April 2017 Standing knee-deep in muddy water to sift gravel in oppressive heat, a handful of middle-aged miners search for diamonds, clinging to what seems like a dying trade in a region with few job opportunities. “It’s unpredictable,” Pierre Silue, a 46-year-old miner wearing ragged clothes, said as he... 

Quebec govt approves Canadian Malartic openpit expansion

By: Henry Lazenby     20th April 2017 The Quebec provincial government, under the leadership of Quebec Liberal Party premier Philippe Couillard, has approved the proposed $200-million expansion of the Canadian Malartic mine, owned and operated in a 50:50 joint venture by Agnico Eagle Mines and Yamana Gold. The expansion will see the... 

Brazil again turning to private sector to undertake key infrastructure projects

By: Keith Campbell     14th April 2017 With the country slowly emerging from its worst recession in decades, with Federal Government spending now frozen, in real terms, by law, for the next 20 years, Brazil is again looking to the private sector to undertake or help undertake key infrastructure projects. Up to the mid-1990s nearly all... 

Brazil is re-emphasising privatisations

By: Keith Campbell     28th March 2017 With the country slowly emerging from its worst recession in decades, with federal government spending now frozen, in real terms, by law, for the next 20 years, Brazil is again looking to the private sector to undertake or help undertake key infrastructure projects. Up to the mid-1990s nearly all... 

Gauteng roads department and CSIR team up to accelerate transport service delivery

By: Anine Kilian     21st November 2016 The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Monday announced that they were embarking on several transport-related research projects that will address some of the province’s public transport challenges. “Three projects in... 

Report outlines how government could accelerate digital transformation

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th April 2016 South Africa has significant potential to leapfrog several countries along the path to digital transformation, as it is not hampered by a legacy of large information technology (IT) wired networks, particularly infrastructure, stated software corporation CA Technologies global presales senior VP... 

SA govt launches online service for SmartID, passport application 

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th April 2016 The South African government, in collaboration with the South African banking sector, on Thursday launched the Department of Home Affairs- (DHA-) facilitated eChannel pilot project, enabling South African citizens to apply for passports or SmartID cards online. The collaboration was facilitated... 

Ignore communities at your peril, Royal Bafokeng leader tells mines

By: Kim Cloete     11th February 2016 Mining companies in Africa have been criticised for often ignoring the views of communities in which they work. “Many voiceless communities rely on mining to survive. We see mining as vital but the communities that are heavily affected are not at the table when decisions are made,” the leader of... 

First LNG cargo departs from APLNG

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th January 2016 The $24.7-billion Australia Pacific liquefied natural gas (APLNG) project, offshore Queensland, has shipped its first LNG product. The Methane Spirit departed Curtis Island, bound for customers in Asia, on the weekend. 

Corruption in Africa perceived to be on the rise; S Africa one of the worst performers 

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2015 The latest Transparency International report paints a bleak picture on corruption in Africa, with more than half of those surveyed perceiving corruption to be on the rise – and South Africa emerging as one of the worst performers. The African edition of the Global Corruption Barometer, released... 

Govt needs to embrace ICT – Radebe

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd November 2015 Government departments that do not embrace information and communication technology (ICT) applications in the delivery of public services will fail in their mandates, says Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Performance, Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration Jeff Radebe. Addressing... 

Gauteng aims to set ICT-based service delivery bar

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd November 2015 Gauteng wants to be the province that breaks ground and becomes the catalyst in leveraging information and communication technology (ICT) in the delivery of public services, Premier David Makhura said on Monday. Addressing delegates on the first day of the inaugural two-day Gauteng e-governance... 

Telkom commits to broadband transformation

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th October 2015 With the digital age continuing to present challenges and opportunities, telecommunications giant Telkom on Wednesday reiterated its determination to transform broadband delivery in South Africa, starting with the public sector. Telkom COO Brian Armstrong told delegates at the My Broadband... 

Author’s frustrations blind him to Sanral’s ‘beacon of excellence’ status 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th September 2015 Wayne Duvenage's book, The E-toll Saga, could well be dubbed Wayne Duvenage the Middle Man: standing bravely between a corrupt government and a too-long-suffering public.  Duvenage has acted as the agent who has channelled the various shades of discontent across the socioeconomic spectrum into... 

Gauteng province unpacks e-governance plans

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd September 2015 The Gauteng provincial government’s (GPG’s) plans to transform South Africa’s most populous province into an integrated city region were gaining traction, with the GPG on Thursday outlining its plans to implement the approved e-government strategy over the next five years. GPG information and... 

Local government wage negotiations successfully concluded with no strike action – Salga

By: RDM News Wire      27th August 2015 The South African Local Government Association (Salga) said on Wednesday it had successfully concluded the salary and wage negotiations with trade unions in the local government sector‚ and that "strike action and its destabilising effects have been averted". "The agreement is a three year deal... 

South African Conversations on Infrastructure

     14th July 2015 DIALOGUES OVER THE YEARS Over the past three years of Dialogues, role players and stakeholders have faced many hurdles in the race to develop South Africa’s infrastructure. Some have cleared these hurdles and others have not. Going forward, achieving a better performance requires teamwork... 

S.A. Coatings Industry Struggling To Remain Competitive

     28th May 2015 The South African coatings industry's global competitiveness has taken a hard knock in the past year, says Terry Ashmore, chairman of the SA Paint Manufacturers Association. Delivering his 2014-15 Chairman's Report at the recent SAPMA annual general meeting in Sandton, Ashmore said the coatings... 

Zambia’s double-edged mining taxation sword

     15th April 2015 Zambia, one of the major players in mining in the Southern African Development Community, faced a shake-up in views surrounding the implications of a rise in underground mining royalties. As of 1 January 2015, legislation stipulated a rise in underground mining royalties from six to eight per... 

Good and bad news for SA in international open government report

By: Keith Campbell     30th January 2015 To start: absolutely nothing justified the murderous attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo or on a kosher supermarket, in Paris, early this month. Both were expressions of murderous bigotry. (Alas, bigots are to be found everywhere, but, fortunately, most are not killers.) Of... 

Riverbed SteelApp Traffic Manager 9.7 Expands Security and Adds Microsoft Azure Capabilities

     29th September 2014 Riverbed Technology, the leader in application performance infrastructure, today announced new features for Riverbed SteelApp Traffic Manager, the #1 virtual application delivery controller. As companies evolve toward the hybrid enterprise model with private assets on-premises and public services... 

Building smart cities through ICT Innovation

     2nd September 2014 The concept of the ‘smart city’ has emerged as a term to describe a city that uses technology to address service delivery challenges. However, building a smart city is about more than just using technology – it is about ICT innovation and transformation that improves the quality of life of... 

Dept to focus strongly on NDP implementation through strategic framework

By: Leandi Kolver     21st July 2014 The newly proclaimed Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation’s (DPME’s) most important priority over the next five years will be to coordinate and monitor the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP), Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff... 

Minister pledges to create 6m work opportunities 

By: SANews, SA government news service     16th July 2014 Public Works Minister Thembelani “Thulas” Nxesi has singled out the creation of six million work opportunities for poor and unemployed people as one of his five key priority areas in the next five years. The minister said this will be done through the labour-intensive delivery of public services... 

Sars targets R1tr in collections

By: Sapa     1st July 2014 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) intends collecting nearly R1-trillion during the 2014/15 tax season, which began on Tuesday. Tax revenue was expected to grow by 10.4% to R993.6-billion, with R899.8-billion collected last year, after refunds, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene told reporters... 

Opportunities into Africa abound for innovative entrepreneurs

     17th March 2014 While business may be slowing elsewhere, Africa is booming, with many supply chain opportunities for the entrepreneurial investor who’s keen to meet distribution needs in developing countries. “Most opportunities are in retail – think food and cellular - and public services, since governments are... 

DPW signs service delivery agreement with Nehawu, PSA

By: Leandi Kolver     14th March 2014 The Department of Public Works (DPW) on Friday signed an agreement with the Public Servants Association (PSA) and the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu), committing to work towards effective and efficient delivery of services within the DPW. The framework agreement... 

SA pushing ahead with R847bn infrastructure programme

By: Natalie Greve     26th February 2014 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan reaffirmed the State’s commitment to national infrastructure development in his 2014 Budget, noting that R847-billion would be invested in infrastructure over the coming three years, reinforcing a shift in the composition of government’s expenditure envelope away... 

Africa Energy Indaba to catalyse transformation

     7th February 2014 The importance of an energy event such as the Africa Energy Indaba cannot be underestimated, as it “brings together business, government and civil society leaders to collaborate and shape shared solutions to the continent’s energy future”, South African National Energy Association (Sanea)... 

Broadband a potential ‘game changer’ in post-2015 development agenda 

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th December 2013 As the world edges closer to the deadlines outlined in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), it has become apparent that much more needs to be done to sustain and accelerate the gains made since 2000. It is also being argued that more emphasis should probably be given to leveraging information... 

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