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May 01, 2015
CULTIVATING EDUCATION The Harvest Time Investments programme focuses on enabling the emerging farmer to expand and contribute to the agriculture sector
Given the technological revolution South Africa’s agriculture sector is currently experiencing, the country’s emerging farmers need to be well equipped if they want to become the commercial farmers of tomorrow, says local agricultural and diversified foods group...
May 01, 2015
SUNNY PROSPECTS The local agriculture, forestry and fishing industry grew the fastest in 2014, expanding by 5.6%
From a production perspective, the future of the South African agriculture sector is brighter than expected, which is a good sign when it comes to food security, says South African financial services group Standard Bank. This outlook can be attributed to the...
May 01, 2015
RUSSELL SCHWULST South African industry will have to maintain its pace with changes to remain competitive in the ever-globalising world
The expected changes influencing manufacturing and industry over the next twenty-five years, including digitisation, hyper-connectivity, automation and integration, will require that many factories become centres of learning, says German industrial systems education...
May 01, 2015
FIT FOR PURPOSE Dedicated machines can complete multiple actions, increase productivity as well as result in significant time and fuel savings
Amid South Africa’s increased focus on mechanisation, global construction equipment and compact machinery manufacturer Wacker Neuson will emphasise its compact range of machinery at this year’s Nampo Harvest Day. The machinery that Wacker Neuson will showcase at...
May 01, 2015
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT Prima offers apprentice training for personnel core to the operation of a foundry
The on-the-job training programme of the New Foundry Generation Forum (NFGF) has empowered Benoni-based foundry Prima Industrial technical manager Cypi Kyalu to embrace new techniques and industry cooperation.
May 01, 2015
While results from the first year of the dual-system apprenticeship project (DSAP) pilot in South Africa have been positive, with a second intake of learners and additional pilot sites being planned, convincing employers to participate remains a challenge,...
May 01, 2015
MATHIEU MAUREL and RODNEY SANDERS The partnership would provide customers and clients in the SADC region with international-benchmark software functionality
Time and attendance and access control company Uniclox signed a strategic partnership agreement with French human resources firm Bodet Software last month to provide significant new functionality for customers, says Uniclox GM Rodney Sanders. Signing the agreement...
Apr 30, 2015
Nhlanhla Nene
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene would not immediately proceed with the implementation of the proposal to reduce the remuneration threshold against which contributions to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) are calculated, National Treasury said on Thursday. This...
Apr 30, 2015
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Apr 30, 2015
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While results from the first year of the dual-system apprenticeship project (DSAP) pilot in South Africa have been positive, with a second intake of learners and additional pilot sites being planned, convincing employers to participate remains a challenge,...
Apr 29, 2015
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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean president and SADC chair Robert Mugabe has called for value addition and beneficiation in the poverty stricken region. In his opening speech at the ongoing SADC summit, Mugabe highlighted the abundant resources in the region, saying despite the abundant...
Apr 29, 2015
The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training will scrutinise the sector education and training authorities (Setas) to better deal with the “myriad” of issues associated with some of these bodies, it said on Wednesday. After being briefed by two Setas...
Apr 29, 2015
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South African salary earners have on average taken home 7.5% more in pay in March than a year ago, way above the 4% inflation increase for the same month, the BankservAfrica Disposable Salary Index (BDSI) showed on Wednesday. According to BankservAfrica the March...
Apr 29, 2015
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South Africa is in dire need of a feasible solution to the ever-present challenge of youth unemployment, workforce solutions provider Manpower South Africa MD Lyndy van den Barselaar says. “To create a future workforce that is in line with the country’s needs in...
Apr 29, 2015
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The amended codes of good practice for broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE), coming into effect on May 1, have the potential to stimulate much-needed competition and innovation in the economy owing to their focus on supplier and enterprise development,...
Apr 29, 2015
With six new subjects introduced this year, 15 South African higher education institutions are in the top 100 of at least one of the 36 subjects covered in British education body Quacquarelli Symonds’ (QS’s) World University Rankings by Subject for 2015. South...
Apr 29, 2015
Business leaders are increasingly looking for global opportunities for growth, but not in South Africa, according to the 2015 FDI Confidence Index released this week. According to the 15th annual index from global strategy and management consulting firm AT Kearney,...
Apr 29, 2015
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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene
The lack of sufficient electricity is the most binding constraint to production and investment in South Africa, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has acknowledged to MPs. In reply to a written question from David Ross, a DA MP, who asked what were the “structural and...
Apr 28, 2015
A number of foreign nationals that were displaced as a result of xenophobia-driven violence across Johannesburg and Durban’s inner city and township areas have started returning to their adoptive communities, the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Migration...
 
 
 
 
Apr 28, 2015
While sub-Saharan Africa is, overall, poised for a year of solid economic growth, policymakers need to be cognisant of risks that could still cloud the outlook amid mixed growth expectations for the continent’s countries. The region was expected to grow by 4.5% in...
Apr 28, 2015
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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is brokering an exit deal between suspended SA Revenue Service (SARS) deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay and the revenue collector’s head, Tom Moyane, reported City Press on Sunday. According to the report Pillay is demanding R6m from...
Apr 24, 2015
Information and communications technology (ICT) distributor DCC is making Windows- and Android-operating systems tablets available through retailers and education equipment suppliers to provide school children with affordable, high-performance education tools. The...
Apr 24, 2015
The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) Business Confidence Index (BCI) decreased by 3.7 index points month-on-month to 89.1 in March.
Apr 24, 2015
As is well known, at the end of last month, retired General Muhammadu Buhari defeated incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria’s Presidential elections. A northerner and a Muslim, Buhari won a majority of the votes in predominantly Christian States in the...
Apr 24, 2015
BEZ SANGARI Rich-media environments and content provide significant benefits for all subjects and improve learning and retention
Electronic and digital education tools, including interactive whiteboards and student-response systems, are empowering teachers to spend significantly more time preparing lessons, work on identified difficult topics and help students who struggle. Various...
Apr 24, 2015
ESSENTIAL OUTLAY A rental fleet avoids the capital outlay required to buy generators while capacity can be quickly increased or decreased as required
As grid power is intermittently available – or even entirely unavailable – owing to delays in new build permanent power generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure, the additional price for generator power has become a necessary and acceptable cost of...
Apr 24, 2015
To date, more than R1-billion has been invested in the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) Equity Equivalent Investment Programme (EEIP), it was revealed at the launch of multinational computer technology company Dell’s multimillion-rand Equity Equivalent...
Apr 23, 2015
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Irvin Jim
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has rejected a claim by energy utility Eskom that fractious labour relations and intermittent strike action had delayed the Medupi coal-fired power plant build programme by several months. “Their attempt to...
Apr 23, 2015
To support issuing banks in Africa in expanding their trade finance operations, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has entered into a $40-million risk participation agreement (RPA) with Spanish banking group Banco Santander. The facility would tackle critical market...
 
 
 
 
Apr 23, 2015
Parliament's intelligence committee is dealing with a letter sent by former South African Revenue Service spokesperson Adrian Lackay, relating to the crisis facing the organisation. Lackay electronically sent a 29-page letter to the joint standing committee on...
Apr 22, 2015
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Lloyd Blankfein (centre) flanked by Colin Coleman (left) and Martin Creamer
The commander-in-chief of the world’s biggest investment bank on Wednesday gave the thumbs up to scaled investment in South Africa, which he sees as having “enormous potential” and also “a lot of risk”. Speaking at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (Gibs) in...
Apr 22, 2015
Judge Dennis Davis
If the South African Revenue Services (Sars) focused on recovering money from transfer pricing abuses‚ Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene probably would not have had to raise taxes by 1% in his budget speech‚ Judge Dennis Davis‚ head of the Davis Tax committee told...
Apr 22, 2015
Zimbabwe’s economic prospects remain difficult, says the International Monetary Fund (IMF), after its management completed the first review of the African country under the staff-monitored programme (SMP) earlier this month. The 15-month SMP, approved in October...
Apr 22, 2015
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Nick Holland
Plans being fleshed out by South Africa’s Chamber of Mines (CoM) in liaison with government for a centre of excellence were poised to take mechanised mining to the next level, Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland said on Tuesday. But in the meantime, the going continued to...
Apr 22, 2015
In a strongly-worded statement, Business Against Crime South Africa (Bacsa) said on Tuesday it is clear that the recent xenophobic attacks cannot be managed by the South African Police Service alone, and it is therefore calling on President Jacob Zuma and the South...
Apr 21, 2015
The Department of Home Affairs says it is ready to pilot eChannel, its new innovative system that will allow citizens to apply for their smart ID cards from the comfort of their homes. Mpho Moloi, the department’s Chief Director for Channel Management, said all...
Apr 21, 2015
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Minister Nhlanhla Nene
As one of the most under-developed regions, the African continent must find new ways to reduce its dependence on aid and ensure the sustainable development of the continent’s resources. “A significant part of those resources have to come through taxation,” Finance...
Apr 21, 2015
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With Africa holding 60% of the world’s arable land, agriculture held one of the keys to unlocking economic opportunities for the continent, but could only be achieved through cooperation with other countries in regions such as Asia. Speaking at the Asia–Africa...
Apr 21, 2015
JSE-listed Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) on Tuesday reported a 26% year-on-year increase in revenue to R1.7-billion for the six months ended February 28, while its aftertax profit grew by 36% year-on-year to R164-million. The higher profit was driven...
 
 
 
 
Apr 21, 2015
SA mining companies in Zimbabwe and several other Africa operations have not been targeted by the wave of retaliatory action over the recent xenophobic attacks in Durban and Johannesburg. Officials and sources at most mining companies in Zimbabwe and executives from...
Apr 20, 2015
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Wits vice-chancellor Adam Habib
A coalition of nongovernmental organisations, trade unions, corporates and faith-based organisations are rallying support for a march through the streets of central Johannesburg in opposition to the xenophobic violence that has rocked two of the country’s largest...
Apr 20, 2015
As South Africa is gripped by a wave of violent xenophobic attacks, trade union Solidarity called on government to appoint a multidisciplinary independent task team headed by a retired judge to delve into the violent uprisings against non-South Africans. While...
Apr 20, 2015
Transnet’s Maritime School of Excellence provided the ideal opportunity to provide skills development for South Africa and the rest of the subcontinent,” Department of Public Enterprises acting director-general Matsietsi Mokholo said at a Maritime School of...
Apr 20, 2015
A slowdown in China’s demand for steel is set to restrain global steel industry growth over the next two years, the World Steel Association’s (worldsteel’s) latest Short Range Outlook (SRO) for 2015 and 2016 revealed on Monday. Following a marginal 0.6% uptick in...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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