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Mashatile calls for high-quality data to bolster South African planning

By: Schalk Burger     23rd October 2015 ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile called for private and public organisations to focus on using quality data to enable proper planning, as inaccurate data and information produced ineffective economic initiatives, interventions and policies. Mashatile was speaking at master data firm Pilog’s... 

Education, training expenditure to keep pace with inflation – Nene 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st October 2015 Finance Mininster Nhlanhla Nene on Wednesday slammed the recent student demonstrations over fee increases across a number of universities in South Africa, noting that the “disruption of learning is not constructive”. In his 2015 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement, the Minister said the past week... 

Education, training expenditure to keep pace with inflation – Nene

Protesting students plan to disrupt mini budget

By: News24Wire      21st October 2015 Protesting University of Cape Town (UCT) students have reportedly started making their way to Parliament ahead of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene's mid-term budget speech on Wednesday. Pam Dhlamini, a student leader among protesters, told News24 that protesters planned to go to Parliament in the... 

Protesting students plan to disrupt mini budget

Students reject 6% cap on fee increase, call for 0% increase

By: News24Wire      21st October 2015 Protesting students have rejected a proposed 6% cap on university fee hikes for 2016 and have demanded a 0% increase. The revised increase was agreed on by Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande and vice chancellors, ahead of a possible nationwide protest on Wednesday. 

Students reject 6% cap on fee increase, call for 0% increase

Opposition parties slam 'band aid' response to education crisis

By: News24Wire      21st October 2015 Opposition parties have rejected the agreement to cap fee hikes at 6% for 2016, announced by Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande and university vice chancellors on Tuesday afternoon. DA spokesperson on higher education Professor Belinda Bozzoli said the agreement was "nothing... 

Opposition parties slam 'band aid' response to education crisis
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Blade Nzimande

Nzimande announces 2016 increase in university fees capped at 6% 

By: African News Agency      20th October 2015 After a second day of protests at universities around the country turned violent, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said an agreement had been reached to cap fee increases for 2016 at 6%. Nzimande told a media briefing stakeholders had reached an agreement that fees for the coming year... 

Nzimande announces 2016 increase in university fees capped at 6%
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Blade Nzimande

S Africa, Sweden partner on education, energy, environment

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th October 2015 South Africa and Sweden agreed to extend the Swedish-sponsored full scholarship programme, which provides the opportunity for study at a post-graduate level for South African students at Swedish tertiary institutions in a range of fields, until 2021. The agreement was signed during the ninth... 

S Africa, Sweden partner on education, energy, environment
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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Intl law firm to open Johannesburg office

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th October 2015 Global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills is opening its first African office, in Johannesburg, to take advantage of the growing market on the continent, while delivering tailored offerings to sectors such as energy, infrastructure and mining. "Africa is a core feature of our global strategy. With... 

Intl law firm to open Johannesburg office

Nzimande puts issue of tuition fee hikes squarely at universities’ door 

By: Natalie Greve     20th October 2015 Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has called for calm amid growing student tensions on several of the country’s university campuses, but has diverted the responsibility for fee structures and yearly enrolment increases to the universities themselves, telling a media briefing in Pretoria... 

Nzimande puts issue of tuition fee hikes squarely at universities’ door
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Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande

AMCU snubs Phakisa, says don't know what it is

By: News24Wire      16th October 2015 Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) president Joseph Mathunjwa on Thursday ruled out the union’s participation in Mining Phakisa sessions. Speaking at a mining conference in Johannesburg, Mathunjwa said he would not take part in Mining Phakisa. AMCU is the largest union on... 

AMCU snubs Phakisa, says don't know what it is
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AMCU president Joseph Mathunjwa

Anti-corruption marchers in Johannesburg hand over list of demands to govt and chamber of mines

By: African News Agency      14th October 2015 Anti-corruption demonstrators delivered memoranda at offices of the Gauteng legislature, the South African Chamber of Mines and the SA Reserve Bank on Wednesday. The march, organised by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), saw political parties such as the Economic Freedom... 

Anti-corruption marchers in Johannesburg hand over list of demands to govt and chamber of mines

We will make Joburg ungovernable - Numsa protesters

By: News24Wire      14th October 2015 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) vowed to make Johannesburg ungovernable as they marched against corruption and job losses in the mining industry in South Africa's economic centre on Wednesday. Former Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary, Zwelinzima... 

We will make Joburg ungovernable - Numsa protesters

SAB, AB InBev deal ‘brewing a political headache’ – economist

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th October 2015 The proposed R1-trillion takeover of SABMiller by Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev will not be an easy feat, owing to scrutiny by South Africa’s Competition Commission and attempts by government to secure local ownership, jobs, tax and investment, Nomura International executive director, senior emerging... 

SAB, AB InBev deal ‘brewing a political headache’ – economist

Launch of R600m Unilever ice-cream factory vote of confidence in Africa  

By: Tracy Hancock     13th October 2015 The launch of Unilever’s Lords View ice-cream factory, in Midrand, complemented South Africa’s goal of moving up the value chain and was a vote of confidence in the country’s economy on a continent that was going to be industrialised, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Tuesday. The... 

Launch of R600m Unilever ice-cream factory vote of confidence in Africa
Bruno Witvoet, Dr Rob Davies, Judith Macgregor, Himesh Singh and Sandeep Desai

Evraz Highveld creditors vote in favour of rescue plan 

By: Terence Creamer     13th October 2015 Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium (Highveld) creditors on Tuesday voted in favour of a business rescue plan, which includes a buy-out offer from International Resources Limited (IRL), of Hong Kong, China. The vote, attended by some 300 people, took place at a hall on the steel producer’s... 

Evraz Highveld creditors vote in favour of rescue plan
Creditors being briefed ahead of the vote on October 13

Steel industry downscaling ‘unavoidable’, Seifsa warns

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2015 Downscaling by South African primary steel producers was “unavoidable” despite recent protection measures, outgoing Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) president Ufikile Khumalo cautioned on Friday. Khumalo is also chairperson of Scaw Metals, which confirmed in... 

Steel industry downscaling ‘unavoidable’, Seifsa warns
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Outgoing Seifsa president Ufikile Khumalo

Business urged to take greater initiative in stimulating growth

By: Schalk Burger     9th October 2015 At the sixth IQ Business conference held in Sandton last month, a panel of business leaders and academics advocated that business reclaims the initiative to spur growth in South Africa amid fragmented and haphazard political direction. Management consulting firm IQ Business CEO Adam Craker said... 

Business urged to take greater initiative in stimulating growth
BUSINESS LEADERS PANEL Adam Craker, Ivor Chipkin, Alan Hosking and Allon Raiz at the 6th IQ Business Active Growth conference

EOH reports growing African demand for services

By: Schalk Burger     9th October 2015 As South African information technology (IT) firm EOH posted another full year of strong growth, CEO Asher Bohbot, known for his frank words, people-centric management style and stoic humanism, attributed the company’s continued South African and African growth to leveraging of its internal... 

EOH reports growing African demand for services
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ASHER BOHBOT EOH’s corporate goals were originally aspirations, but the company is relevant and is making a difference in the territories it operates in

Malema outlines mining and land policies in interaction with business

By: Irma Venter     9th October 2015 When the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) speaks of nationalising South Africa’s mines, it means that the State will own 60% of the operation, says party leader Julius Malema. Malema says this move will not chase away investors, as some of the same mining companies that operate in South Africa... 

Mozambique seeks to promote business and development with foreign help

By: Keith Campbell     9th October 2015 The first phase of the repair and modernisation of the deep water port of Nacala, in Nampula province in Mozambique, is close to being concluded, the Macauhub news agency has reported. This phase will result in the port having new container and fuel terminals, plus a new harbourmaster’s control... 

Women in construction taught basics of cement

By: Dylan Slater     9th October 2015 Women’s representative organisation South African Women in Construction (SAWIC) visted cement manufacturer PPC’s Hercules plant, in Pretoria, on September 3 for a tour and presentation on the basics of cement. 

Women in construction taught basics of cement
BACK TO BASICS Members of South African Women in Construction visited PPC’s Hercules plant to learn the basics of cement manufacture

Training Force expands training offering with R65m Prisma acquisition

By: Natalie Greve     7th October 2015 In a deal worth some R65-million and which remained subject to the achievement of profit targets over a three-year period, Workforce Holdings subsidiary and accredited training provider Training Force has acquired mining training service provider Prisma Training Solutions. Training Force believed... 

Training Force expands training offering with R65m Prisma acquisition

Nxesi encourages students to become entrepreneurs

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th October 2015 There are still many opportunities for South Africa’s black high school learners to find jobs in future, both in the public and private sectors, provided that the learners apply discipline and commitment to study, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said on Tuesday. Speaking at the Construction... 

Nxesi encourages students to become entrepreneurs
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Minister Thulas Nxesi

Numsa calls for nationalisation of steel companies, mining 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th October 2015 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Tuesday called on the National Treasury to investigate the noncompliance of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act and its local content regulation as part of its list of demands ahead of its anticorruption march, in... 

Numsa calls for nationalisation of steel companies, mining

FNB launches platform to aid entrepreneurial global expansion

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th October 2015 Banking giant FNB is preparing to launch a forum that will facilitate networking opportunities and amass industry experts for potential joint venture partnerships and strategic associations for entrepreneurs hoping to expand. The Global Entrepreneurial Forum, the first of which would be held in... 

Growthpoint opens applications for Property Point incubation programme

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th October 2015 Property giant Growthpoint’s enterprise development programme, Property Point, on Monday opened applications for its intensive two-year incubation programme for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Property Point, which would close the application process on October 15, had now expanded the... 

Growthpoint opens applications for Property Point incubation programme

Zuma launches Operation Phakisa to improve education sector through ICT 

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd October 2015 The information and communications technology (ICT) in education leg of Operation Phakisa has been launched to transform the basic education sector and leverage ICTs to strengthen teaching, learning and administration of the education system. The Operation Phakisa ICT in Education programme,... 

Zuma launches Operation Phakisa to improve education sector through ICT

Agriculture a national asset that should not be subjected to political and economic uncertainty

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd October 2015 Political uncertainty was currently the single biggest challenge in agriculture in South Africa, said Efficient Group chief economist Dawie Roodt. Speaking this week, he noted that the amount of contradictory policies coming out of government, the level of political positioning and continued... 

Agriculture a national asset that should not be subjected to political and economic uncertainty

Telkom consolidation to see another 255 jobs shed, Solidarity warns

By: Natalie Greve     2nd October 2015 Trade union Solidarity has cautioned that 255 former Telkom employees transferred to business process outsourcing company WNS earlier this year as part of the telecommunication group’s Section 197 business transfer process are likely to lose their jobs, after WNS this week issued a notice stating... 

Telkom consolidation to see another 255 jobs shed, Solidarity warns

Analyst cautions that nuclear construction in SA will not be fast 

By: Keith Campbell     2nd October 2015 Energy analyst and EE Publishers MD Chris Yelland warned recently against excessive optimism regarding timescales for the proposed construction of new nuclear power plants (NPPs) in South Africa. He was speaking at a Nuclear Roundtable in Johannesburg. “I think we need to temper our optimism with... 

First auto incubation centre programme participant graduates

     2nd October 2015 Broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) automotive supplier Zig Enterprise owner Caiphus Mokotedi met the minimum criteria required to graduate from the Automotive Industry Development Centre’s (AIDC’s) automotive incubation centre, making him the first graduate of the programme. The... 

First auto incubation  centre programme  participant graduates
CAIPHUS MOKOTEDI Mokotedi is one of the first black economic-empowerment entrepreneurs who joined the incubation programme in 2011

Manufacturer ramps up automotive composites production

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd October 2015 Western Cape-based aircraft and automotive composites products manufacturer AAT Composites is ramping up production of several automotive component composite parts for a UK-based, high-end automotive manufacturer. AAT Composites, which was awarded the contract of undisclosed value in April, will... 

Manufacturer ramps  up automotive  composites production
LIGHTWEIGHT DESIGN The composite parts are made using laminate construction of advanced carbon weave-epoxy material

PPE supplier’s new management system reduces TCO

By: Nadine James     2nd October 2015 Personal protective equipment (PPE) supplier Bramhope Health and Safety has introduced holistic solutions to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of PPE and safety items, including its award-winning PPE management system. Bramhope CEO Isak Marais notes that the system, which provides a... 

PPE supplier’s new management system  reduces TCO
PPE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM Bramhope Health and Safety have introduced an award-winning cloud based management system

Scope for increased localisation of auto components

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd October 2015 South Africa’s light vehicle production has increased only marginally in the past five years – 533 000 units were produced in 2014 – with local content of automotive components also stagnating at a low 35%, compared with levels of more than 80% in countries such as Thailand and Brazil, says the... 

Scope for increased localisation  of auto components
Photo by Bloomberg
LOCAL INITIATIVE A developed local supply chain could enable component manufacturers to buy more reliable and cost-effective subcomponents and materials, locally

Workwear distributor boasts extensive fire-resistant range

By: Nadine James     2nd October 2015 Workwear manufacturer and distributor MB Workwear (MBW) has been supplying specialised fire-resistant fabrics producer DuPont’s Nomex inherent flame-resistant overalls, specifically designed for the oil and gas industry, for many years and is the leading supplier of protective clothing to the oil... 

Workwear distributor boasts  extensive fire-resistant range
FIRE-RESISTANT RANGE MB Workwear's fire-resistant range includes Zeroflame, Vinex and DuPont's Nomex overalls

Davies calls on manufacturing industry to mitigate challenges

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st October 2015 South Africa’s manufacturing industry can either sit and hope that things get better in the face of current tough economic conditions or it can work to find ways of revitalising the sector, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Thursday. Speaking at the Austrian Business Chamber, in... 

Davies calls on manufacturing industry to mitigate challenges

Employment 1.8% lower y/y in June

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th September 2015 The number of employees in South Africa’s formal nonagricultural sector decreased by 1 000 between March and June, owing to a decrease in the manufacturing, transport, business services and construction industries, Statistics South Africa’s (Stats SA’s) Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES)... 

Employment 1.8% lower y/y in June

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