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Legislative Environment News

Inferior imports likely to increase in refrigerant industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     23rd February 2018 Illegal inferior refrigerants imports will increase as the ongoing phasing out of hydrochlorofluorocarbon and the impending phase out of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases progresses, argues speciality chemical and gas supplier A-Gas South Africa national sales manager Michael Labacher. “These... 

Tribunal confirms Plasser’s R8.43m settlement with Competition Commission

By: Anine Kilian     22nd February 2018 The Competition Tribunal has confirmed an R8.43-million settlement agreement between railway construction and maintenance company Plasser South Africa and the Competition Commission.    On February 2014, the commission initiated a complaint against Lennings DEC Rail, a subsidiary of Aveng Africa,... 

Koko says he is 'moving on', despite Eskom court victory

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2018 The Labour Court on Wednesday ruled in favour of controversial former Eskom executive Matshela Koko, but he said it was too little too late and that he has already moved on. Judge Graham Moshoana ruled that Eskom’s attempt to fire Koko, based on a directive from then Deputy President Cyril... 

Koko says he is 'moving on', despite Eskom court victory
Photo by Duane Daws
Former Eskom executive Matshela Koko

Parliament to launch inquiry into Zwane

By: Reuters     21st February 2018 Parliament will launch an investigation into allegations of influence-peddling against Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, its oversight committee on mineral resources department said on Wednesday. The committee did not give specific reasons on why it wanted to open an investigation into... 

Parliament to launch inquiry into Zwane
Photo by Duane Daws
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane

Investors watching closely as Ramaphosa considers Cabinet line-up

By: Reuters     20th February 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday his early morning walks gave him time to think about his cabinet amid growing speculation about its composition and the future of the finance minister. In his state of nation address on Friday, Ramaphosa strongly hinted at a cabinet shake-up when he said... 

Investors watching closely as Ramaphosa considers Cabinet line-up
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Cryptocurrencies speculative, but blockchain can bring positive disruption – S&P’s

By: Schalk Burger     19th February 2018 Global ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P’s) currently views cryptocurrencies as speculative instruments that will have an “insignificant effect on global financial stability if its value were to collapse”, but that blockchain – a shared digital transaction ledger – presents an opportunity... 

Public Protector report on ABSA bailout set aside

By: News24Wire      16th February 2018 The Public Protector's Bankorp-CIEX report, where ABSA was ordered to pay R1.125-billion, was set aside on Friday by the Pretoria High Court. The case had seen Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane and the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) face off in court. 

 Public Protector report on ABSA bailout set aside
Photo by Reuters
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane

'All systems go' for Sona, MPs hear

By: News24Wire      16th February 2018 Preparations for a State of the Nation Address (Sona), to be given by incoming president Cyril Ramaphosa, is on track for Friday evening. Ramaphosa was elected President at a sitting in the National Assembly on Thursday. 

 'All systems go' for Sona, MPs hear

Framework continues to form sector foundation

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 The economic opportunity represented by the continent’s need for energy makes the African energy industry an attractive prospect for foreign investment, says law firm Norton Rose Fulbright director Lizel Oberholzer. 

Framework continues to form sector foundation
LIZEL OBERHOLZER There is an ever-increasing opportunity for private sector renewable and alternative energy projects to support energy supply

What can business expect from a Cyril Ramaphosa Presidency 

     15th February 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about what business expects from the post-Zuma era and how Cyril Ramaphosa’s Presidency may meet those expectations. 

What can business expect from a Cyril Ramaphosa Presidency
What can business expect from a Cyril Ramaphosa Presidency

Zuma says he has done nothing wrong

By: African News Agency      14th February 2018 President Jacob Zuma, in a rambling television address on Wednesday, said the African National Congress (ANC) had no cause to remove him from office and claimed that the party had reneged on an agreement that he would serve another three months as a notice period before handing over to his deputy... 

Zuma says he has done nothing wrong
President Jacob Zuma

Post-Zuma uncertainty not addressed by current opposition party ideology - Khoza

By: Dylan Slater     13th February 2018 Political party, African Democratic Change (ADeC), has expressed concern that South Africa faces an uncertain future in light of poor opposition leadership and foresight.  

Union, business organisations welcome Zuma recall

By: Anine Kilian     13th February 2018 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) and the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) have welcomed the decision by the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) national executive committee to recall President Jacob Zuma after his... 

State procurement to come under spotlight at BBBEE Commission conference

By: Anine Kilian     9th February 2018 State procurement will come under the spotlight at the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Commission’s annual conference, taking place at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand on March 15. The conference theme, Improving State Procurement for Real Empowerment, is aimed at finding... 

Ramaphosa pursues "pressing matters" in push for Zuma exit

By: Reuters     9th February 2018 African National Congress (ANC) leader Cyril Ramaphosa pulled out of public events to focus on "pressing matters" on Friday, fuelling speculation that Ramaphosa was making a final push to force Jacob Zuma to step down as South Africa's head of state. Zuma, in power since 2009 and battling... 

Ramaphosa pursues
Photo by WEF
ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa

Iata welcomes latest African ‘open skies’ initiative

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has welcomed the launch of the African Union’s (AU’s) Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative. This is intended to improve intra-African air transport links by “opening up” the skies above the continent. The initiation of the SAATM... 

New payment infrastructure designed to meet modern financial demands

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2018 A new payment architecture and infrastructure is being designed to provide the transactional capabilities necessary to allow for new and faster financial services, says South Africa-based automated payments clearing house BankservAfrica CEO Chris Hamilton. BankservAfrica has renewed its... 

New payment infrastructure designed to meet modern  financial demands
BANKSERVAFRICA BankservAfrica, in Selby, Johannesburg, facilitates payments clearing between financial organisations

No immunity for Zuma – Ramaphosa tells ANC caucus

By: News24Wire      8th February 2018 African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa has told the party's Parliamentary caucus that immunity from prosecution for President Jacob Zuma is not part of their "transition" discussions. He also assured the MPs that the talks would be concluded in a "day or two". 

No immunity for Zuma – Ramaphosa tells ANC caucus
ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa

Prasa’s subpoena aids safer commutes – DA

By: African News Agency      7th February 2018 The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Western Cape on Wednesday said it welcomes Parliament’s Transport Portfolio Committee’s decision to issue a subpoena to the Prasa board. "Prasa’s interim board failed to attend a meeting with the Committee yesterday, 6 February 2018, to discuss, among other... 

 Prasa’s subpoena aids safer commutes – DA

Ramaphosa addresses uncertainty around Zuma’s removal

By: Sashnee Moodley     7th February 2018 Deputy President and African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday released a statement in response to the country’s apparent anxiety around the removal of Jacob Zuma as State President.  Ramaphosa and Zuma had met for discussions about the sitting President’s... 

Ramaphosa addresses uncertainty around Zuma’s removal
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa to outline Zuma's fate today – speaker

By: Reuters     7th February 2018 Efforts by South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) to unseat President Jacob Zuma tilted towards the end game on Wednesday as the speaker of parliament said party leader Cyril Ramaphosa would outline Zuma's fate imminently. Zuma, in power since 2009, has been in a weakened position... 

Ramaphosa to outline Zuma's fate today – speaker
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Sona is postponed

     6th February 2018 The presiding officers of Parliament on Tuesday announced the postponement of the State of the Nation Address (Sona) which was to have taken place on Thursday evening. The announcement by Speaker Baleka Mbete comes as the ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday confirmed that its... 

Sona is postponed
Speaker Baleka Mbete

No special Cabinet meeting called by Zuma – Presidency

By: News24Wire      6th February 2018 The Presidency has denied reports that a special Cabinet meeting was called by President Jacob Zuma in Parliament on Tuesday. Speculation was rife that Zuma had called a meeting of his Cabinet, just two days before possibly his last State of the Nation Address. 

Sona delay is being considered – speaker

By: Reuters     6th February 2018 A request from South African opposition parties to postpone the president's State of the Nation Address "is receiving consideration", the parliament's speaker Baleka Mbete said in a letter to the country's main opposition party seen by Reuters. Opposition parties want the state of the nation... 

Sona delay is being considered – speaker
Jacob Zuma & Baleka Mbete

Zuma summons ministers to cabinet meeting

By: Reuters     6th February 2018 President Jacob Zuma summoned cabinet ministers to a meeting in Cape Town on Tuesday, eNCA television reported, as pressure builds on the embattled 75-year-old leader to quit. Zuma normally holds cabinet meetings on Wednesdays. It was not immediately clear why Zuma had summoned the meeting a day... 

Zuma summons ministers to cabinet meeting
President Jacob Zuma

Capitec defends its loan book as Viceroy takes aim at SARB

By: News24Wire      5th February 2018 Capitec defended the robustness of its loan book on Monday, while US-based short seller Viceroy Research criticised the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) for previously vouching for the bank. Viceroy in late January published a report labelling Capitec a “loan shark” with bad debt that should be... 

 Capitec defends its loan book as Viceroy takes aim at SARB

Inaugural conference aims to find cross-border trade solutions

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd February 2018 nvestment conference organiser Resources 4 Africa’s inaugural Cross-Border Mining Services (CBMS) Africa Indaba aims to find solutions to the challenges that the African mining industry faces when procuring and transporting goods and services across the continent. “This is the only event in... 

Inaugural conference aims to find cross-border trade solutions
EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE The Cross-Border Mining Services Africa Indaba will bring together heads of procurement and supply chain from mining companies, equipment suppliers and engineering, procurement and construction managers

Looming 2020 bunker fuel deadline spells trouble for coastal refineries

By: Nadine James     2nd February 2018 South Africa’s three coastal refineries – as well as a significant majority of coastal refineries globally – will definitely miss the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO’s) January 1, 2020 deadline to reduce the sulphur specification in bunker fuel oil (BFO) from 3.5% to 0.5%, says Wright... 

Looming 2020 bunker fuel deadline  spells trouble for coastal refineries
UNCERTAINTY Owing to the uncertainty of the deadline set out by the International Maritime Organisation many shippers and refiners have avoided spending on capital intensive upgrades

Koko can stay – for now

By: News24Wire      26th January 2018 Embattled Eskom executive Matshela Koko will not be forced to resign just yet, after the Labour Court in Johannesburg issued an interim order restraining Eskom from firing him on Friday afternoon. Koko lodged an urgent application in the Labour Court on Friday morning asking the court to... 

Koko can stay – for now
Photo by Duane Daws
Eskom executive Matshela Koko

Deputy minister to appear before Eskom inquiry next week

By: African News Agency      26th January 2018 Deputy Public Enterprises Minister Ben Martins will appear before the parliamentary inquiry into South Africa's power utility Eskom when it resumes next week. "Next week the inquiry will continue, the committee will receive evidence from ... Mr Ben Martins and former Prasa (Passenger Rail Agency... 

 Deputy minister to appear before Eskom inquiry next week
Photo by Duane Daws
Deputy Public Enterprises Minister Ben Martins

Ramaphosa says State capture probe will go to the 'depths' of corruption 

By: African News Agency      25th January 2018 South Africa Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday described the pending commission of inquiry into State capture as a "huge plus", as "we are now going to go to the depths of what corruption has been taking place in our State-owned enterprises". Ramaphosa was speaking during a press... 

Ramaphosa says State capture probe will go to the 'depths' of corruption
Photo by WEF
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Brian Molefe a content man just wanting to serve the nation

By: African News Agency      25th January 2018 Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe is a content man who just wants to serve the nation, his lawyer Barry Farber said on Thursday, speaking after the damning judgment delivered by the High Court in Pretoria. Journalists asked Farber whether his client was prepared to walk away from the Eskom wrangle,... 

 Brian Molefe a content man just wanting to serve the nation
Photo by Duane Daws
Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe

State capture commission must investigate all State corruption, focus on Guptas

By: News24Wire      25th January 2018 President Jacob Zuma wants the State capture commission of inquiry to investigate all forms of government corruption, including allegations against him, his Cabinet ministers, the Gupta family and State-owned entities. In the terms of reference seen by News24, Zuma says the commission must... 

State capture commission must investigate all State corruption, focus on Guptas
Photo by Duane Daws
President Jacob Zuma

Brian Molefe wasn't entitled to R30 million Eskom payout – High Court 

By: African News Agency      25th January 2018 The High Court in Pretoria on Thursday, ruled that embattled former Eskom chief executive officer (CEO) Brian Molefe was not entitled to any pension benefits from the State-owned power utility, and must pay back the money he has since received. "We came to the conclusion that the reinstatement of... 

 Brian Molefe wasn't entitled to R30 million Eskom payout – High Court
Photo by Duane Daws
Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe

Changes at Eskom 

     25th January 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the changes in Eskom’s leadership, the evidence given by former executives at the Parliamentary inquiry into State capture and the prospect of further tariff increases. 

Changes at Eskom
Terence Creamer on the changes in Eskom’s leadership. (Camera & Editing: Nicholas Boyd)

Molefe must pay back pension millions, court orders

By: News24Wire      25th January 2018 A court ordered Brian Molefe on Thursday to pay back all the pension pay-outs made to him. A full bench of judges found against Molefe and set aside the pension agreement. The former Eskom CEO was also ordered to pay costs. 

Molefe must pay back pension millions, court orders
Photo by Duane Daws
Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe

Hose company effects transformation, achieves results

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th January 2018 Industrial hose and allied products provider Chick Henderson is propagating and successfully executing transformation, and is reaping the benefits of implementing these ideals. Established in 1968, Chick Henderson will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary during the year. Chick Henderson Benrose... 

Hose company effects  transformation, achieves results
EXPANSION Chick Henderson’s move to a new distribution centre this year will allow the company to streamline its provision of industrial hose and allied products
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