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Aug 29, 2014
The amount owed to municipalities for services has continued to rise, reaching R94-billion by June, compared with the R93.3-billion recorded in December. Households still accounted for the bulk of the aggregate municipal consumer debts; however, this had declined...
Aug 29, 2014
Key players in South Africa’s tourism industry say the country’s new immigration rules, which came into effect in May, could damage the country’s tourism sector. The regulations require that visa applications be made in person so that biometric data can be...
Aug 29, 2014
South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel has announced its fourth consecutive year of profits. The group's results for the financial year 2013/2014 were recently announced at its head office in Centurion, south of Pretoria. Revenues grew by 17%, net...
Aug 29, 2014
A society that is aware of the benefits of science and technology will work to ensure it remains competitive in those areas, and petrochemicals major Sasol’s yearly Techno X expo provides a dynamic and interactive platform for learners to discover career...
Aug 29, 2014
LUSAPHO NJENGE New services include accessing information on incentives available to SMEs and market information to support their growth and access to information
The performance of government and the services it and development agencies provide can significantly improve the establishment and growth of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), according to SME Survey 2014. The threat of crime is the main concern of SMEs, with...
Aug 29, 2014
SKILLED STAFF Specialised training will enable Servest staff to use their skills in the field at other companies and at home
Cleaners who are trained in the basic principles of health and safety, such as fire fighting and first-aid, can be the first line of defence to mitigate risk at any workplace or during an event, according to Servest Cleaning, a division of multiservices outsourcing...
Aug 28, 2014
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa
South Africa’s economic transformation and inclusive growth will not result from a single intervention but rather a range of mutually supporting initiatives, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday, adding that in many cases this did not require new...
Aug 28, 2014
Sacci CEO Neren Rau
The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) would engage with Home Affairs director-general Mkuseli Apleni “as a matter of urgency to apprise him of the unintended consequences” of South Africa’s new immigration regulations, CEO Neren Rau said on...
Aug 28, 2014
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Aug 26, 2014
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Aug 26, 2014
President Robert Mugabe and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping
Foreign investment into Zimbabwe plunged 59% to $67-million in the first half of this year, the central bank said on Monday, reflecting worries over President Robert Mugabe's policies and the risk of investing in his country. Mugabe, at 90 Africa's oldest leader and...
Aug 25, 2014
Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant
Less than two percent of the training layoff scheme's R1.2-billion budget has been spent, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has revealed. In a written reply to a parliamentary question by Democratic Alliance MP Ian Ollis, Oliphant revealed that only R20-million was...
Aug 22, 2014
Aug 22, 2014
South Africa has signed and adopted the new Benguela Current Commission (BCC) with Angola and Namibia, which will see the three countries work together in marine conservation matters. The agreement is a five-year strategic plan that aims to promote the long-term...
Aug 22, 2014
President Jacob Zuma
President Jacob Zuma says supporting small enterprises and broad based economic empowerment will be a key strategy in growing the economy to create millions of decent jobs by 2030. He said this would be guided by government’s plan to industrialise the economy by...
Aug 22, 2014
Various stakeholders have expressed optimism that the Small Business Development Ministry, created after the national elections in May, will add much needed impetus to enterprise development in South Africa, where a strengthening of the entrepreneurial culture is...
Aug 22, 2014
Various stakeholders have expressed optimism that the Small Business Development Ministry, created after the national elections in May, will add much needed impetus to enterprise development in South Africa, where a strengthening of the entrepreneurial culture is...
Aug 22, 2014
TED WHITE A user can switch between the two operating systems without having to reboot and documents can be stored and accessed in either OS
Having dual operating systems of Linux and search engine giant Google Chrome operating system (OS) on Google Chromebooks can provide tertiary students with many technical functionalities in addition to the education applications and functionality of the Chrome OS....
Aug 22, 2014
The Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) launched its Enterprise Development Academy (EDA) last week in Johannesburg, which will focus on providing business education and supporting small business owners to further crea
Aug 21, 2014
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has launched a series of online postgraduate programmes, which would bring together online education and face-to-face learning. The initiative was a direct response to the rising demand for quality online education and was largely...
 
 
 
 
Aug 20, 2014
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Tshediso Matona
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown announced on Wednesday that Cabinet had approved the appointment of Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) director-general Tshediso Matona as the new CEO of State-owned electricity producer Eskom. Brown made the announcement...
Aug 20, 2014
South Africa’s crude steel production fell 1.5% year-on-year to 610 000 t in July, compared with the 619 000 t produced in July 2013. However, according to the latest World Steel Association (worldsteel) statistics, Africa’s crude steel output rose 21.2%...
Aug 20, 2014
Labour laws contributed to the prolonged, violent strikes the country has seen in various industries, the National Employers' Association of South Africa (Neasa) said on Wednesday. "While we agree that the current labour legislation is not a direct or the only driver...
Aug 19, 2014
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Simon Freemantle
A new report by a leading South African banking group confirms that the middle class has expanded materially in 11 key sub-Saharan African countries over the past 14 years to around 15-million households, from less than 5-million in 2000. But it also cautions that by...
Aug 19, 2014
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Dr Rob Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has lauded the success of the Companies Act of 2008, which, when it was implemented in 2011, had many stakeholders nervous of South Africa’s readiness to embrace such a major reform. Speaking at the Company Law Symposium,...
Aug 18, 2014
The Competition Commission has accepted Massmart’s remedial plan to reinstate the remaining 94 of the 503 employees who were retrenched in 2009 and 2010. The remedial plan had followed the commission’s belief that Massmart had breached a 2012 Competition Appeal...
Aug 18, 2014
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Four of South Africa’s universities have made it into the top 500 institutions recognised in the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities undertaken by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The rankings, which focus primarily...
Aug 18, 2014
Dr Nkosana Moyo
Mandela Institute for Development Studies founder and director Dr Nkosana Moyo has urged African governments and the private sector to embrace a different “architecture” for economic integration, arguing that the current all-inclusive model had all but...
Aug 18, 2014
Agriculture-focused lending institution, the Land Bank, planned to announce its new CEO by early September, chairperson Dr Ben Ngubane said on Monday. The State-owned bank had been searching for a successor to Phakamani Hadebe after he announced in March last year...
Aug 18, 2014
The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (sefa) have launched a R2.7-billion Youth Fund aimed at creating millions of sustainable jobs. The launch took place at Langa township in...
 
 
 
 
Aug 18, 2014
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Sunday urged southern Africa to reduce its dependence on foreign aid and to make better use of its natural resources such as minerals and land. Mugabe, Africa's oldest leader and one of its longest-serving, was speaking at the...
Aug 15, 2014
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A series of global megatrends could see people radically changing how they live their lives in future. The Growth, Innovation and Leadership (GIL) 2014 Africa summit in Cape Town this week unpacked trends ranging from shifts in the way people managed their health to...
Aug 15, 2014
The Department of Human Settlements plans to abandon the rectification programme aimed at fixing poorly built houses and is placing the responsibility for repair work at the contractors’ feet. Over the past three years, the department has spent R2-billion on...
Aug 15, 2014
The National Treasury and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) on Friday announced that the responsibility for the management of the R9-million Jobs Fund would be transferred from the DBSA to the newly established Government Technical Advisory Centre...
Aug 15, 2014
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says human resource development is a societal issue that needs to be addressed if South Africa is to move forward. “If anyone wants to move a country forward, developing human capacity and human skills is the tool that you use. This...
Aug 15, 2014
Hollard and Telesure have launched a pilot programme to lower the barriers to entry for small motor body repair (MBR) companies and put them at the forefront of preferred suppliers. The generally larger preferred MBR suppliers claimed the bulk of the millions of...
Aug 15, 2014
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Labour legislation was not to blame for the prolonged and often violent strikes hitting various industries across South Africa and opting for a “quick fix” or an “emotional” solution to the country’s bitter labour relations would not be sustainable, Labour...
Aug 15, 2014
HENK SNYMAN TDM supports broader industrial activity that has a multiplier-effect on the potential to beneficiate raw materials in many industries
The South African tool, die and mouldmaking (TDM) industry is being revitalised to locally produce the tools, dies, moulds and fixtures required by the manufacturing sector. Local TDM capability is key to enable the manufacturing industry to remain competitive, says...
Aug 15, 2014
EXPOSURE All stakeholders must cooperate to expose school children, youths and unemployed adults to industrial activity to enable a smooth transition from school into the workplace
Bridging and specialised courses that provide school-leavers and unemployed youth with the necessary industry entry qualifications to a trade, as well as expose them to how industry works and the technologies used in industry, can help to prepare them for training...
Aug 15, 2014
The City of Johannesburg officially unveiled its Jozi @ Work Developmental Service Delivery Model in the Council Chamber on July 31, highlighting its plan to provide small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with developmental services to alleviate unemployment in the...
 
 
 
 
Aug 15, 2014
Development Bank of Southern Africa Green Fund secretariat manager Michelle Layte noted that the local green economy needed to grow using fewer resources and the challenge was to come up with innovative ways of doing so by involving the youth.
Aug 14, 2014
Foreign investors were increasingly recognising the untapped potential of sub-Saharan Africa, with Africa expected to have the biggest labour force and faster economic growth than any other region by 2040, PwC’s latest ‘Global Economy Watch’ report has shown....
Aug 14, 2014
Sweeping changes, including personal robots and sensory-based tracking, could become an increasing part of our lives, the Growth, Innovation and Leadership (GIL) 2014 Africa conference in Cape Town has heard. “In many areas, there is a complete shutdown of old...
Aug 14, 2014
Residents of Gauteng are happy with service delivery but have no faith and trust in the people elected to lead them, a survey released on Thursday found. "People just don't want efficient government, they want a clean and transparent government that is approachable,"...
Aug 14, 2014
Pali Lehohla
Informal businesses contribute 5% to South Africa's GDP, with the sector itself growing in recent years, Statistician General Pali Lehohla said on Thursday. "The informal sector contribution to GDP has stayed at five% throughout, from 2001 up to 2013," he told media...
 
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