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AfDB reports another year of sustained indicators

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 1 hour 35 minutes ago Ahead of its maiden African Investment Forum (AIF) in November, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has reported another year of sustained indicators for 2017, underlined by a Triple A rating by all three major agencies and sharply increased earnings. The bank noted in a statement released on... 

Solidary Movement to serve court papers on Sasol on Thursday

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 1 hour 37 minutes ago On Thursday, thousands of Solidary Movement members will serve court papers on integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol at its head office in Sandton. The serving of the court documents comes in the wake of a dispute between Sasol and Solidarity over the exclusion of white employees from the... 

'We'll appoint an NDPP who'll be slippery to clutches of State capture' – Ramaphosa

By: News24Wire      Updated 2 hours 45 minutes ago President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised that South Africa will have a National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) who is "slippery" to potential capturers of the State. The president was speaking at the Heads of Mission Conference at the Department of International Relations in Pretoria on... 

'We'll appoint an NDPP who'll be slippery to clutches of State capture' – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Resilient S Africa emerging from potentially destructive period – Ramaphosa 

By: African News Agency      Updated 4 hours ago President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday his government was leading a South Africa emerging from a very difficult past, characterised by massive corruption and the erosion of confidence in key state institutions. "It is important that we should not overlook the challenges that we have, emerging... 

Resilient S Africa emerging from potentially destructive period – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Energy storage seen as an enabler for grid modernisation in realising IRP 2030 vision 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 5 hours ago The advent of technologies such as energy storage, small-scale embedded generation and smart grid solutions are set to fundamentally change South Africa’s electricity landscape, outgoing Eskom generation group executive Thava Govender said during an opening address at the SA Energy Storage... 

Energy storage seen as an enabler for grid modernisation in realising IRP 2030 vision
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Eskom generation group executive Thava Govender

Treasury-led initiative offers free financial education to communities

By: African News Agency      Updated 6 hours ago The National Treasury and related financial organisations have undertaken what they called a successful campaign to financially educate South African communities. The pilot initiative "Money Smart Week South Africa" went live in the communities of Mamelodi, Tembisa, Alexandra and Soweto from... 

Treasury-led initiative offers free financial education to communities

Global trade and development trends impact on South Africa, present opportunities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd October 2018 The recently released United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) Trade and Development Report for 2018, entitled ‘Power, Platforms and the Free Trade Delusion’, outlines a number of lessons that South African can learn, and also presents opportunities for the country to... 

Eskom gearing up for big grid-scale battery storage roll-out 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd October 2018 State-owned electricity utility Eskom is preparing to roll-out battery energy storage systems (BESS) across multiple sites as part of a replacement plan for the 100 MW Kiwano concentrated solar power (CSP) project initially approved as part of the $3.75-billion World Bank loan extended to the... 

Eskom gearing up for big grid-scale battery storage roll-out
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Eskom has been testing battery storage solutions at its research facility in Rosherville for the past few years

Mboweni walks budget tightrope to fix ailing economy

By: Reuters     22nd October 2018 South Africa's new finance minister will target spending on agriculture, infrastructure and job creation projects in his inaugural budget speech on Wednesday in a bid to haul the economy out of a recession. With the government facing a ballooning debt, stubbornly high unemployment, struggling... 

This year marks positive turning point for South African economy – economist 

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2018 Despite South Africa having experienced subpar economic growth in the last decade, financial services firm Citibank economist Gina Schoeman believes this year has marked a positive turning point for the country. While the country's gross domestic product (GDP) growth is expected to be only 0.8%... 

This year marks positive turning point for South African economy – economist
Citibank economist Gina Schoeman discusses the current state of South Africa's economy. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

DBSA awarded funding to create R2bn climate finance facility 

By: African News Agency      22nd October 2018 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) announced on Monday that it has been awarded funding of R795-million to establish a R2-billion Climate Finance Facility (CFF) focusing on infrastructure projects and businesses that mitigate or adapt to climate change.  The DBSA received funding from... 

DBSA awarded funding to create R2bn climate finance facility
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DBSA CEO Patrick Dlamini

Transnet confirms Gama fired with full pay for six months

By: African News Agency      22nd October 2018 Transnet on Monday confirmed that Siyabonga Gama has been fired as the freight rail operator's chief executive officer and said it was in line with a government drive to turn around State-owned entities.  Transnet said it informed Gama of its decision on Sunday and Monday would be his last... 

 Transnet confirms Gama fired with full pay for six months
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Former Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

Transnet removes Gama as CEO

By: Reuters     22nd October 2018 The board of directors of South African state-owned logistics firm Transnet said it had removed Chief Executive Siyabonga Gama, who has been accused of misconduct in a multimillion-dollar deal. Transnet, which operates nearly three-quarters of the African rail network, the bulk of which is in... 

Transnet removes Gama as CEO
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Siyabonga Gama

Data underpins urban growth in South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     19th October 2018 The use of census data, and modern cloud-based software, as a tool in urban growth modelling is a sustainable route for long-term urban planning, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) senior researcher Quintin van Heerden said on Friday. In this regard, he told delegates at a CSIR... 

ExecuJet to offer customers new experience with super versatile jet

By: Simone Liedtke     19th October 2018 Luxury aviation company ExecuJet will, on October 25, officially launch and welcome the Pilatus PC-24 to its fleet at the company’s private terminal at Cape Town International Airport. The aircraft, which was developed by Swiss original-equipment manufacturer Pilatus, is the first of its type... 

ExecuJet to offer customers new experience with super versatile jet

Revived SARS illicit economy unit already eyeing 58 cases, says Kingon

By: News24Wire      19th October 2018 The soon-to-be reopened South African Revenue Service (SARS) unit probing the illicit economy has already identified 58 cases for investigation, the tax agency's Acting Commissioner Mark Kingon told the Nugent Commission of Inquiry on Friday.  The unit was one of several shut down under the... 

 Revived SARS illicit economy unit already eyeing 58 cases, says Kingon

Clash over Trump tariffs heats up with barrage of WTO litigation

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Disputes over US tariffs and retaliatory moves by other states have sparked 12 requests for adjudication at the World Trade Organization, signalling an escalation in global trade tensions. The agenda for an Oct. 29 meeting of the WTO's dispute settlement body on Friday confirmed the legal moves,... 

Flirting with populism? Ask Venezuela how that went – SARB head Kganyago

By: News24Wire      19th October 2018 South African Reserve Bank (SARB) Governor Lesetja Kganyago has warned leaders that a wave of populism sweeping a number of global economies was a sign that leaders should be more responsible and accountable.  Speaking at the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals conference... 

 Flirting with populism? Ask Venezuela how that went – SARB head Kganyago
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SARB Governor Lesetja Kganyago

Nhlanhla Nene resigns as MP 

By: News24Wire      19th October 2018 After falling on his sword as minister of finance, Nhlanhla Nene has also resigned as an MP, the African National Congress (ANC) confirmed on Friday. ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu's office received Nene's resignation letter on Friday. This follows Nene's testimony before the commission of... 

Nhlanhla Nene resigns as MP
Former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene

New Mpumalanga mall set to spur growth in the area

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th October 2018 The R240-million Thulamahashe Mall, in Mpumalanga, a new development between partners Nthwese Developments and Twin City, is set to open on October 25, and is expected to create an economic upswing in the rural area, says Nthwese Developments MD Seabelo Theledi. The development has a gross... 

New Mpumalanga mall set to spur growth in the area
Artwork of the R240-million Thulamahashe Mall, in Mpumalanga, a new development between partners Nthwese Developments and Twin City

Sub-Saharan Africa's big economies yet to recover

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Sub-Saharan Africa's economic recovery will progress slowly into next year, as the continent's biggest drivers struggle to move into higher gear despite a healthier global economy, a Reuters poll found on Friday. Commodity prices have improved and the global economy is in good shape, but Nigeria... 

Economic growth the missing key to South Africa's investment drive – Jacko Maree

By: African News Agency      19th October 2018 Special envoy on investment Jacko Maree on Thursday said that the missing key to South Africa's investment drive was economic growth and confidence in the socio-political and socioeconomic environment of the country.  In April, President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed Maree and four other special... 

Companies face prosecution for fixing gas cylinder prices

By: African News Agency      19th October 2018 The Competition Commission on Thursday referred to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution five Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) companies for cartel conduct.  The Commission said that Totalgaz Southern Africa, Oryx Oil South Africa, KayaGas, Easigas and African Oxygen (Afrox), have been charged... 

Tech, fashion showcased in iconic African designs

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th October 2018 A successful campaign aimed at bringing to life the transformative capabilities of data has revealed the combination of the power of technology and fashion and turned a concept into a dialogue. A thought-provoking project under the bannered theme “Fabric” undertaken by Siemens in August... 

IRP 2018 suffers from major failings, nuclear analyst claims

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2018 South Africa's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018 contained serious flaws which significantly undermined confidence in its recommendations. So affirmed University of the Witwatersrand Honorary Research Fellow and South African Network for Nuclear Education, Science and Technology National... 

Uncertainty causing slowdown in hydraulics industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     19th October 2018 There has been a decline in new projects locally, owing to economic uncertainty, with many clients are reducing costs and spending on equipment only where and when required, says hydraulic and pneumatic equipment manufacturer and supplier Germiston Hydraulics MD Archie Leitch. “Most of the... 

Uncertainty causing slowdown in hydraulics industry
INDUSTRY SLOWDOWN Most of the company’s work comes from repairs and replacement of existing components as clients are trying to keep their costs down

South African mint shines in Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th October 2018 The South African Mint’s (SA Mint’s) master craft and secure manufacturing has made it one of the top preferred manufacturers of coins and coin blanks in the world, and a valuable partner across Africa. The famous producer of circulation and commemorative coins has, on its CV, an impressive list... 

EOH hopes restructuring will create new growth platform

By: Schalk Burger     19th October 2018 JSE-listed information technology group EOH has separated into two companies as part of its work to renew the business and position it for growth. The EOH-branded information and communication technology (ICT) business will focus on digital services in a digitising economy and the Nextec company... 

Regional carrier SA Express continues to re-establish its route network

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2018 State-owned domestic and regional airline SA Express, as part of its relaunch strategy, has reinstated two more of its services. This is part of its plan to, as soon as possible, re-establish its best-performing routes. The two routes concerned are the domestic Johannesburg-Hoedspruit (Mpumalanga... 

Plain packaging suggested as safety measure

By: Thabi Madiba     19th October 2018 To reduce tobacco-related deaths that are estimated to amount to seven-million people a year globally, the Department of Health published a proposed Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill in May for broader public comment, which will regulate all tobacco products to be... 

Plain packaging suggested as  safety measure
Photo by Bloomberg
HARMFUL Plain packaging will limit the use of tobacco

Packaging market volumes declines

By: Thabi Madiba     19th October 2018 The potential imposition of an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) tax by the Department of Environmental Affairs will have a negative impact on the packaging industry, which may result in the collapse of numerous packaging manufacturers in South Africa, says Packaging South Africa executive... 

Alibaba’s Jack Ma to speak at Ramaphosa’s Investment Conference dinner 

By: Terence Creamer     18th October 2018 Chinese tech sensation Jack Ma will deliver the keynote speech at a dinner to be hosted by President Cyril Ramaphosa on October 26 as part of the inaugural South Africa Investment Conference. The conference will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Gauteng, from October 25 to 27, in... 

Alibaba’s Jack Ma to speak at Ramaphosa’s Investment Conference dinner
Jack Ma

South Africa elected chair of ACF

18th October 2018 South Africa has been elected chair of the continental competition body, the African Competition Forum (ACF).   The body, which comprises 31 members and five regional competition agencies, voted for three positions that include the chair, vice chair and the steering committee at a biennial... 

South Africa elected chair of ACF

M&A activity slowly increasing in Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th October 2018 Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity has been slower in South Africa, compared with prior years; however, other African countries have seen an increase in deals closed, said Hogan Lovells partner Sibongile Solombela at the firm’s Africa Forum conference held on Thursday. M&A activity is still... 

Getting Africa fit for the future requires good governance – Africa Forum

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th October 2018 Law firm Hogan Lovells Africa head and partner Andrew Skipper on Thursday opened the firm’s Africa Forum conference by stating that, in Africa, there is a combination of optimism and scepticism, but stressed that the available opportunities were enormous. “Currency, corruption and certainty need... 

Getting Africa fit for the future requires good governance – Africa Forum
Business Leadership South Africa CEO Bonang Mohale

Govt ready to woo potential investors at SA Investment Conference

By: African News Agency      18th October 2018 Confirmed attendees for next week's South Africa Investment Conference - government's attempt to unlock investment to grow the local economy and create jobs - include JSE listed companies with a market capitalisation of R6.5-trillion and Fortune 500 companies with a market cap of US$4-trillion,... 

Govt ready to woo potential investors at SA Investment Conference
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Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel

South African slump batters smaller neighbours protecting rand peg

By: Bloomberg     18th October 2018 South Africans aren’t the only ones struggling through the country’s economic slump. The fortunes of Lesotho, Namibia, and eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, are beholden to developments in their larger neighbor with their exchange rates pegged to the rand, the worst-performing major currency... 

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