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From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Our top stories this week:
We look at South Africa's opportunity to boost its manganese business with the help of the world's biggest mining company;
This week, Mining Weekly captures the views of the topmost BHP Billiton executives on the need for South Africa to build a bigger and better rail system to the coast for the export of manganese. More from Martin Creamer
However, Acsa is adamant that it will complete essential 2010-related projects for the efficient facilitation of the soccer World Cup, which is a strategic investment for the company and the country.
Read our cover story on the embattled South African property market, where signs of green shoots are starting to emerge;
And in Mining Weekly this week:
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Updated 6 hours ago Independent, black-owned and managed investment holding company Southern Palace Properties has acquired an 8% stake in Growthpoint Properties from the Public Investment Corporation’s (PIC’s) Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) for R4.5-billion. Standard Bank...
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Updated 7 hours ago The Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) this week called on employees and employers to exercise restraint as the metals and engineering industries resumed operations following a four-week strike, stating that it regretted the strike’s...
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