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Eskom’s survival cannot be based on continuing tariff increases, says Minerals Council

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st February 2020 The Minerals Council South Africa has reiterated the significant job losses that may result from power utility Eskom being granted the additional R27.3-billion in revenue it is seeking. In a media release issued ahead of a submission at public consultations held by the National Energy Regulator... 

4IR vocational training a viable alternative to Grade 12

By: Schalk Burger     21st February 2020 The digital world being ushered in by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) requires more than just office workers; it requires engineers, technicians and artisans. Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) enables learners to further their studies, as it creates more opportunities... 

Specialist on course despite pressures

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st February 2020 Despite the local manufacturing sector being under pressure, mouldered product specialist DEMS’ rubber manufacturing division – which operates within a very niche and specialised market – has not been affected negatively, says DEMS MD Mark Baptie. 

Specialist on course despite pressures
ALWAYS ON EDGE DEMS is always investigating and looking for opportunities to remain competitive and continue to have an edge in the market

Rubber remains resilient despite strained sector

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st February 2020 Engineered rubber remains a requirement for many industries notwithstanding local manufacturing industry woes, says rubber products manufacturer Hudson Rubber MD Stoney Steenkamp. 

Rubber remains resilient despite strained sector
RUBBING OFF THE RIGHT WAY The rubber sector will survive the current unfavourable economic climate as the product remains resilient and relevant in the industrial markets

Bleak outlook for rubber SMMEs in 2020

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st February 2020 With the industrial market aspect of its rubber business having declined in 2019 by 25%, rubber compounding specialist National Rubber Matmin (NRM) MD Mike Stuart says 2020 is “not looking much better”. 

Bleak outlook for rubber SMMEs in 2020
MIKE STUART National Rubber Matmin has had success in supplying products to the Australian mining sector

Labour federation Fedusa slams 3.8% national minimum wage increase

By: African News Agency      19th February 2020 The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) said it was outraged after the employment and labour minister only increased the statutory minimum wage by 3.8% to R20.76 an hour with effect from March 1. The country's National Minimum Wage Act came into effect at the beginning of 2019,... 

Labour federation Fedusa slams 3.8% national minimum wage increase

Adam Habib resigns as Wits Vice-Chancellor

By: Sane Dhlamini     18th February 2020 Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand Adam Habib has announced his resignation from the university at the end of December this year, after seven years at the helm. He will be joining the School of Oriental and African Studies, or SOAS, in London, as director, from... 

Adam Habib resigns as Wits Vice-Chancellor
Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand, Adam Habib

SoNA came at ‘crucial time’ says panel 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th February 2020 The 2020 State of the Nation Address (SoNA) came at “a crucial time” for South Africa, which is faced with a stagnated economy defined by challenges such as lack of capacity in State-owned enterprises (SOEs), high unemployment and electricity supply constraints, a panel agreed on Friday morning... 

YES has made progress on the job creation front since 2018

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa during his fourth State of the Nation Address on Thursday made special mention of the Youth Employment Service (YES) and how far it has come in providing work opportunities for young people. Since its inception in April 2018, YES has created more than 32 000 work... 

Eskom sets aside R400m for voluntary separation offer to senior employees 

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2020 Debt-laden State-owned power utility Eskom confirmed on Thursday that it would be offering senior employees voluntary separation packages during March and April in an effort to lower overhead costs. It reiterated, however, that it had no intention of implementing a forced retrenchments programme.... 

Eskom sets aside R400m for voluntary separation offer to senior employees

Mpact’s Neo Dongwana first woman to chair Barloworld board

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2020 JSE-listed equipment supplier Barloworld has appointed Neo Dongwana as independent chairperson following her endorsement by shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting (AGM). She is the first woman to chair the board in the company’s 118 years of existence, and takes over from Advocate... 

Unions launch ‘rise up’ campaign as SoNA, National Budget approach

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2020 South Africa finds itself looking over a precipice as the economic malaise currently being experienced all but places the nation at a point of no return, trade union federation, the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) said in a statement published on Wednesday. With the country... 

SAB empowerment scheme generates almost R14bn in decade-long run

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2020 When the South African Breweries (SAB) Zenzele broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) scheme winds down in April 2020, it will have generated almost R14-billion in value for South Africa, the beermaker said in a statement on Wednesday. Created with the intention of generating sustainable... 

SAB empowerment scheme generates almost R14bn in decade-long run

Solidarity to take GEPF, PIC to task should they use State pensions to fund Eskom 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th February 2020 Solidarity has sent a letter of demand to the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) and the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), requesting that the trustees and boards of these institutions not accept any proposals related to providing financing to power utility Eskom. At a media briefing... 

Solidarity to take GEPF, PIC to task should they use State pensions to fund Eskom
Solidarity CE Dr Dirk Hermann

South Africa should brace for ‘toughest budget since 1994’, says PwC 

By: Simone Liedtke     11th February 2020 As the 2020 National Budget approaches, consumers should expect to tighten their belts further, particularly with continued fiscal drag set to blot the horizon amid a continuing economic slowdown, says multinational advisory firm PwC. Speaking at a pre-budget review on Tuesday, PwC lamented that... 

South Africa should brace for ‘toughest budget since 1994’, says PwC
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

Construction starts on Western Cape waste disposal facility

By: Simone Liedtke     7th February 2020 The construction of the first of nine new regional waste disposal facilities in the Western Cape has started in Mossel Bay. The new facility will serve multiple municipalities along the Garden Route and is aimed stimulating the waste economy, creating jobs and reducing the environmental impacts... 

Unions slam SAA route cancellations, warn of 'devastating' impact on jobs 

By: News24Wire      7th February 2020 Two key unions at flag carrier South African Airways have slammed plans by the airline's business rescue practitioners to cancel a number of routes to save costs. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the South African Cabin Crew Association said in a joint statement, "This will... 

 Unions slam SAA route cancellations, warn of 'devastating' impact on jobs

Thousands of jobs wait for next wind farm bid round, says association

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th February 2020 Thousands of jobs await a Ministerial determination to give the green light for the next round of wind farms to be built. South Africa Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) says South Africa’s energy transition is poised to unlock economic growth and deliver thousands of much-needed jobs at a time... 

Absa’s PMI at lowest level since September 2019

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2020 The seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) started the year on the back foot and declined further in January, decreasing by 1.9 points to 45.2, the lowest level since September 2019. The performance of the five major subcomponents was mixed, Absa said on Monday, noting that two... 

A new approach is needed to solve the unemployment crisis, says CDE  

By: Simone Liedtke     29th January 2020 Development think tank, the Centre for Development and Enterprise, on Wednesday urged South Africa to consider “a new approach” to alleviate the country’s unemployment crisis, saying this should include actions to promote faster economic growth. South Africa’s official unemployment rate is above... 

A new approach is needed to solve the unemployment crisis, says CDE
The video sees CDE executive director Ann Bernstein in conversation with Engineering News, where she gives some insight into what CDE's report is about and why a labour-intensive market should be such a key focus for South Africa. Video: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Accelerator Lab to develop new solutions to South Africa’s challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     28th January 2020 A new Accelerator Lab has been launched in South Africa to provide a network and platform through which new solutions can be developed to mitigate and solve the challenges facing the country. Launched at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s conference centre, in Tshwane, on... 

Accelerator Lab to develop new solutions to South Africa’s challenges
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande

CEO remuneration remains a complex issue – Deloitte

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th January 2020 Consultancy Deloitte has tackled the controversial question of whether CEOs in South Africa are being remunerated fairly in its latest ‘Executive Compensation Report’ for 2019. The release of the findings of the report come at a time when executive pay continues to attract intense public and... 

CEO remuneration remains a complex issue – Deloitte

Motsepe joins WEF board of trustees

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th January 2020 The World Economic Forum (WEF) has asked International Monetary Fund MD Kristalina Georgieva and African Rainbow Minerals chairperson Patrice Motsepe to join its board of trustees. The WEF said in a statement on Friday that both Georgieva and Motsepe have a record of thought leadership and... 

Motsepe joins WEF board of trustees
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ARM chairperson Patrice Motsepe

Company completes purchase of Italian thermoplastic specialist

24th January 2020 Technology services company Continental has successfully completed its purchase of Italian thermoplastic specialist Merlett Group. 

Recovery of global economic growth remains sluggish, despite stabilising 

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd January 2020 The recovery of global economic growth remains sluggish, even though it has stabilised, with the slowdown in the US and China expected to be more than offset by improvement in some of the large emerging markets, the UK and the Euro region, says integrated insurance solutions provider Alexander... 

Recovery of global economic growth remains sluggish, despite stabilising
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
(Left to Right) Lebo Thubisi, Isaah Mhlanga and Gyongyi King

Glencore, Merafe to retrench Rustenburg Smelter employees 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th January 2020 Global miner Glencore Alloys and Merafe Resources have started a Section 189A process. The companies confirmed on Friday that written notice had been given to its employees at its joint venture (JV), the Rustenburg Smelter, in the North West. 

Company launches unique water plant, empowers community

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th January 2020 Mineral water company Aqua Air Africa (AAA) officially launched Africa’s first atmospheric water-generating plant at the Ga-Rankuwa industrial site, in Gauteng, in November. 

Company launches unique water plant, empowers community
FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND The construction of the atmospheric water geberating plant began in 2018 with a team of committed engineers and local small, medium-sized and microenterprises

Minerals Council calls for intervention to ‘salvage and revive’ South Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th January 2020 The Minerals Council South Africa has urged President Cyril Ramaphosa and other government leaders to “salvage and revive” South Africa’s economy after noting the “increasing urgency of a range of critical steps needed”. In a statement released ahead of the Business Economic Indaba (BEI), which... 

Minerals Council calls for intervention to ‘salvage and revive’ South Africa
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

Massmart mulls closure of up to 34 stores 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th January 2020 Retail company Massmart on Monday revealed that it was considering closing up to 34 Dion-Wired and Masscash stores. The group recently conducted a store optimisation project that identified a number of underperforming stores in its portfolio. 

Business confidence remains lacklustre 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th January 2020 Although the Business Confidence Index (BCI) remained “virtually unchanged” at 93.1 index points in December, compared with 92.7 index points the month before, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Thursday that the BCI was still 2.1 index points lower than the 95.2... 

Business confidence remains lacklustre

Business confidence slowly wanes as PMI edges lower in December

By: Simone Liedtke     8th January 2020 The seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) edged lower to 47.1 index points in December, down from the 47.7 index points recorded in November. The December figure is also about one point below the average recorded through 2019. 

Success of renewables programme continues

By: Darren Parker     13th December 2019 Over the past eight years, the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has attracted about R209.4-billion in committed private-sector investment, with the successful fourth window bids being valued at about R56-billion. South African companies, such as... 

Success of renewables programme continues
WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY 27 preferred bidders signed agreements last year and their respective renewable energy projects are well underway

Additional renewable energy development zones proposed

13th December 2019 The second phase of the Strategic Environmental Assessment for wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) energy in South Africa proposes three additional renewable energy development zones for wind and solar PV energy projects. The renewable energy development zones support the responsible implementation... 

Additional renewable energy development zones proposed
RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT ZONES The Phase 2 proposed zones support the responsible implementation of the Integrated Resource Plan 2019

Government reaffirms support for rural, township economies

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th December 2019 To improve access to information and bring economic infrastructure support closer to township and rural-based enterprises, government is expanding incubators and digital hubs to townships and rural areas, says President Cyril Ramaphosa. 

Government reaffirms support for rural, township economies
Photo by SA Investment Conference
VIBRANT THINKING South Africa's small, medium-sized and microenterprises are demonstrating out-of-the-box thinking in business skills

Private-sector investment a key driver of growth  

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th December 2019 Ahead of the 2019 South African Investment Conference, JSE-listed and diversified mining company Exxaro hosted a media tour, which started at The conneXXion – its head office in Centurion, Gauteng.  

Private-sector investment  a key driver of growth
InvestSA CEO Yunus Hoosen discusses the importance of domestic investments. Camerawork: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 31.10.2019

Diversified miner announces R20-billion investment drive 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th December 2019 JSE-listed diversified mining company Exxaro officially announced its commitment of R20-billion towards President Cyril Ramaphosa’s investment drive for South Africa at the 2019 South African Investment Conference, which took place in Johannesburg, last month. 

Diversified miner announces R20-billion investment drive
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo discussed the company’s investments ahead of the 2019 South African Investment Conference. Camerawork: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 31.10.2019

Afarak warns of retrenchments at South African subsidiaries 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2019 Specialist alloy producer Afarak has said two of its South African subsidiaries – Afarak Mogale and Ilitha Mining – might retrench some employees. The subsidiaries have issued a notice, in terms of Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act, to start to a 90-day period of consultations with workers... 

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