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From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I'm Shannon O'Donnell.
Making headlines today:
An industry advisory firm said on Tuesday that Africa's telecommunications industry will shift from being mainly market-driven to being more policy driven. This is as certain regulatory steps could improve Internet and broadband access.
BMI TechKnowledge said that, while Africa's mobile market had been growing, Internet and broadband penetration rates remained low. Also, regulatory interventions could bring down prices, make services available and enable growth.
However, telecommunications research director Brian Neilson said that Africa could experience a bandwidth oversupply if all the planned submarine fibre-optics cables were to come on stream.
He explained that these cables were designed with a combined capacity of ten terabits a second, while demand from Africa was only expected to reach two terabits a second by 2019.
CEO Maria Ramos says the tender process is well under way for the 212 diesel locomotives. She says any enlargement will be pursued on the basis of a supportive business case.
It is unclear as to what such a move would mean for the group's R80-billion, five-year capital-investment programme. The group will need to raise R36,6-billion on the capital markets over the next three years to close an anticipated funding gap.
CEO Robin Berry told Mining Weekly Online that the company planned on publishing the findings of the internal investigation into the errors "within the next couple of weeks".
Berry said that the investigation was at a "sensitive stage". He was reluctant to comment further on it. However, he did indicate that the errors were not genuine accounting mistakes.
Bell Equipment hopes to participate in the revised MIDP
In political news:
Thabo Mbeki is to report to the SADC summit on Zimbabwe
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Other Intellectual Property Law News
Pharmaceutical companies typically invest substantial amounts of money into research and development. Their research, however, is not only aimed at discovering new active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). Instead, some companies make small modifications to existing...
A controversial patent process known as ‘ever-greening’ is being carried out by many pharmaceutical brands, and is preventing medications from being made available as generics, affecting many South Africans who are struggling to keep up with the cost of medication....
It has been over six years since the government began developing the draft policy on intellectual property (IP) that has been the focus of major public controversy following the PharmaGate scandal, which involved a leaked pharmaceutical industry email by Knowledge...
Recent Research Reports
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2014 (PDF Report)
This six-page brief covers key developments in the road and rail industries over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s road and rail network and prospects for both sectors.
This Week's Magazine
The South African new vehicle market is likely to reach around 630 000 units in 2014, down from the 650 000 units recorded in 2013, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl. Van Zyl is also president of the National Association of...
Efforts by the Kenya government to increase energy generation by 5 000 MW over the next three years received a major boost following the award of a $2-billion contract to build a coal power plant in Lamu. Despite allegations of irregular tendering process, the...
Using crafty wordplay on a well-known Internet meme, brilliant South African-born US entrepreneur and businessperson Elon Musk announced that Tesla Motors would not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wanted to use its technology. Instead,...
August new vehicle sales declined by 1.4%, to 55 722 units, compared with the same month last year. Assisted by the car rental market, the South African new passenger car market, at 37 953 units, contracted by 1 047 units, or 2.7%, compared with August last year.
With South Africans facing the challenge of reducing electricity consumption, the biennial Eskom Energy Efficient Lighting Design Competition, to encourage the integration of energy efficient lighting in architectural, engineering and interior design, received a...