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SACAA suspends CemAir’s air operator certificates

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th December 2018 CemAir can no longer operate as an airline or air operator or fly any of its 21 aircraft, following a decision by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) to suspend two of the airline’s air operator certificates (AOCs). The suspension became effective at around 15:30 on December 13. 

Enforcing local procurement rules would help offset weak demand  

By: Terence Creamer     14th December 2018 Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) wants government to take decisive action in 2019 to ensure that departments and State-owned companies (SoCs) honour their obligations to purchase designated steel products from domestic manufacturers. The organisation is also... 

Enforcing local procurement rules would help offset weak demand
Seifsa CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba reflects back on 2018 and offer insight into prospects for the metals and engineering sector n 2019. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Group Five shares soar as other parties show an interest in buying parts of the business 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th December 2018 JSE-listed Group Five’s share price rose to 48c a share early on Thursday, compared with Wednesday’s close of 24c a share, after the company announced that it had received expressions of interest (EOIs) from a number of parties for various parts of the business. Group Five’s board of directors... 

Group Five shares soar as other parties show an interest in buying parts of the business

Commission recommends tribunal approve Robor’s acquisition of Macsteel MT&P business, with conditions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th December 2018 The Competition Commission has recommended to the Competition Tribunal that it approve Robor’s proposed acquisition of Macsteel’s tubes and pipes business (MT&P), but with conditions. The commission found that the proposed transaction is unlikely to result in a substantial prevention or lessening... 

Local sugar industry struggles to stay afloat

By: Paige Müller     7th December 2018 The survival and sustainability of the labour intensive sugar industry is under severe threat owing to the flood of sugar imports and the resultant inability by industry bodies to recover costs, according to South African Sugar Association executive director Trix Trikam. “The local sugar industry... 

Local sugar industry  struggles to stay afloat
UNBALANCED TRADE The world sugar market is distorted by producer country incentives, resulting in production that is surplus to demand

Sugar dumping remains a crisis for industry  

By: Paige Müller     7th December 2018 While national government has shown a willingness to protect the sugar industry against corrosive trade-dumping practices, nonprofit anti-dumping organisation FairPlay founder Francois Baird emphasises that government’s ineffective administrative processes have made its previous attempts at... 

Sugar dumping remains a crisis  for industry
Anti-dumping organisation FairPlay’s Lebogang Chaka discusses the impact of sugar dumping on the local industry. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Ramaphosa to announce effective date for national minimum wage in Kliptown 

By: African News Agency      6th December 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Friday proclaim the effective date for the recently approved national minimum wage, his office said. Consensus on the minimum wage was reached by stakeholders under the auspices of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) and has been set at... 

Ramaphosa to announce effective date for national minimum wage in Kliptown
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Mpumalanga remains under strain as water pollution continues

By: Simone Liedtke     4th December 2018 Residents of Mpumalanga remain concerned about sewage spillages and wastewater challenges. The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has received complaints about alleged sewage spillages and/or the inadequate treatment of wastewater. 

Nema to ensure mines are held accountable, adhere to legal duties – law firm

By: Simone Liedtke     27th November 2018 The gazetting of the overhauled National Environment Management Act (Nema) will ensure more mines are held accountable and meet their obligations in terms of financial provisioning for environmental rehabilitation, says law firm Webber Wentzel environment and natural resources partner Garyn... 

Nema to ensure mines are held accountable, adhere to legal duties – law firm
Webber Wentzel environment and natural resources partner Garyn Rapson

Ramaphosa signs minimum wage bill into law 

By: Reuters     26th November 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed into law the national minimum wage bill, his office said on Monday, part of efforts by the government to tackle wage inequality in Africa's most industrialised economy. The National Minimum Wage Act sets South Africa's minimum wage at R20 an hour, equal to R3... 

Ramaphosa signs minimum wage bill into law
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Following Mandela’s management style will aid in land reform – Ramaphosa 

By: News24Wire      26th November 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa invoked the management style of Nelson Mandela on Sunday evening when speaking of how the State would manage land reform, saying the matter needed to be addressed for SA to move forward. Ramaphosa was a guest at the Gauteng Conference of the South African Jewish Board of... 

 Following Mandela’s management style will aid in land reform – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Zuma's Nene sacking cost SA 148 000 jobs, 1% of GDP 

By: News24Wire      23rd November 2018 Treasury Director-general Dondo Mogajane has told the judicial commission of inquiry into allegations of State capture that when Nhlanhla Nene was removed in 2015 there was a reduction of about R378-billion in market capitalisation on the JSE.   "Business confidence was at its lowest following... 

Zuma's Nene sacking cost SA 148 000 jobs, 1% of GDP
Former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene

Siyabonga Gama loses court bid to interdict dismissal as Transnet CEO 

By: African News Agency      22nd November 2018 Former Transnet chief executive Siyabonga Gama on Thursday lost his Labour Court application to have his dismissal by the board of the state-owned freight and rail company set aside, and was ordered to pay the costs for Transnet, including two of its lawyers.   Labour Court judge Connie Prinsloo... 

Siyabonga Gama loses court bid to interdict dismissal as Transnet CEO
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Former Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

Coal to remain significant part of South Africa’s energy generation mix  

By: Simone Liedtke     21st November 2018 Notwithstanding recent and continued advances in the roll-out of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures, South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) GM for cleaner fossil fuel use Professor Tony Surridge expects coal will continue to form a significant component of South... 

Coal to remain significant part of South Africa’s energy generation mix
South African National Energy Development Institute GM for cleaner fossil fuel use Professor Tony Surridge speaks to Mining Weekly Online about South Africa's status quo surrounding carbon dioxide storage and utilisation. Video & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Irregular spend of national, provincial government, SOEs up to R51bn and counting

By: African News Agency      21st November 2018 Irregular expenditure for national and provincial government departments, as well as State-owned entities audited by the Auditor-General amounted to R51-billion and counting, it was revealed on Wednesday. Releasing the audit results for the 2017/18 financial year, Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu... 

Irregular spend of national, provincial government, SOEs up to R51bn and counting
Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu

State capture was evident as early as 2014 – Gordhan 

By: African News Agency      19th November 2018 The State capture phenomenon had been around as early as 2014 in South Africa during former president Jacob Zuma's administration, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan told the State capture commission of inquiry on Monday. He said individual corrupt activities, through procuring goods and... 

State capture was evident as early as 2014 – Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Patel: I declined several invites from the Guptas 

By: News24Wire      19th November 2018 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has said he declined several invitations from the Gupta family, including one to the now-infamous wedding at Sun City in 2013. In a written reply to a question from Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Michael Bagraim, Patel clarified that neither he nor... 

 Patel: I declined several invites from the Guptas
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Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel

Treasury announces progress on national health insurance bill  

By: African News Agency      16th November 2018 The South African National Treasury on Friday announced it made “substantial” progress on the national health insurance (NHI) Bill consultation in key areas and have reached agreement on most of the major issues. “We have made substantial progress on key areas and have reached agreement on most... 

Treasury announces progress on national health insurance bill

Treasury report finds Koko meddled to help Tegeta

By: African News Agency      16th November 2018 Former Eskom CEO Matshela Koko obstructed coal testing that would have compromised the contract Tegeta Exploration cinched with the power utility, according to a forensic report released by National Treasury on Friday. The report by Fundudzi Forensic Investigation Services details how Eskom... 

 Treasury report finds Koko meddled to help Tegeta
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Former Eskom CEO Matshela Koko

Need for regulatory, payment efficiencies highlighted during SME Indaba

By: Schalk Burger     14th November 2018 The efficiency of securing regulatory compliance and the speed at which small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are paid by private companies and public organisations were on Wednesday cited as some of the biggest concerns for small businesses. Speaking at the Small Business Institute (SBI) SME... 

Land issue is a festering sore – Ramaphosa 

By: News24Wire      14th November 2018 Whenever President Cyril Ramaphosa travels abroad and hosts a media conference, he now inevitably faces questions around land reform without expropriation. His stock answer? That without comprehensive land reform, South Africa's hard-won stability may come undone. While Wednesday was no... 

 Land issue is a festering sore – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa & European Parliament President Antonio Tajani

South Africa's land expropriation unnerves investors – World Bank executive

By: Reuters     14th November 2018 Plans by South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) to change the constitution to allow the expropriation of land without compensation have unnerved investors, a senior World Bank group executive said on Wednesday. President Cyril Ramaphosa's party has made the acceleration of land... 

South Africa's land expropriation unnerves investors – World Bank executive

Don’t change the Constitution for land reform – CDE

By: Sashnee Moodley     13th November 2018 Changing the Constitution to accelerate land reform is unnecessary and threatens property rights for no good reason, says the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) in its latest report ‘Agriculture, Land Reform and Jobs: Can South Africa make this work?’. The CDE said that while it opposed... 

Don’t change the Constitution for land reform – CDE

Court papers show Transnet executives 'colluded fraudulently'

By: News24Wire      13th November 2018 Court papers filed by Transnet to recover R189-million in inflated payments from Gupta-linked Regiments Capital have revealed collusion by senior executives of the State-owned firm, in allowing the transaction. Former Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama, ex-chief financial officer Anoj Singh, Robert... 

 Court papers show Transnet executives 'colluded fraudulently'

Lack of valve traceability hampers local industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th November 2018 The local valves industry has become extremely competitive, especially since there has been an influx of products that have no traceability, says industrial automation, valve and control supplier Fluid Control Services owner Allen Maguire. Many products are entering the local market from the... 

Lack of valve traceability hampers local industry
VALVE STANDARD The local valves industry needs to conform to a certain standard in terms of traceability

Public Protector investigating Gordhan 

By: Reuters     8th November 2018 South Africa's anti-corruption watchdog said on Thursday that it was investigating Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, a close ally of President Cyril Ramaphosa, for allegedly abusing his powers during his time as finance minister. The watchdog said it was looking into allegations that... 

Public Protector investigating Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Gender parity still lacking on JSE-listed companies’ boards

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th November 2018 In an inaugural report on the state of gender diversity on JSE-listed companies’ boards of directors, only 10 of the 267 companies analysed achieved gender parity in 2017. There are, however, signs that more companies are starting to become more cognisant of gender diversity at board level and... 

Nugent Commission will reveal if Sars misrepresented revenue collection – Treasury 

By: News24Wire      2nd November 2018 Treasury cannot say if the South African Revenue Service (Sars) had intentionally withheld VAT refunds in an effort to misrepresent revenue collections, members of Parliament heard. Treasury officials on Friday responded to public comments made on the mini budget to the Standing Committees on... 

Nugent Commission will reveal if Sars misrepresented revenue collection – Treasury

DA to tackle Eskom's 'monopoly' via new bill

By: News24Wire      29th October 2018 Introducing competition in the energy sector will keep electricity prices down, according to the Democratic Alliance (DA). DA leader Mmusi Maimane on Monday announced plans at a briefing to address "Eskom's monopoly" in the energy sector, through the introduction of a private member's bill known... 

 DA to tackle Eskom's 'monopoly' via new bill

Rail industry plagued by theft, vandalism

By: Simone Liedtke     26th October 2018 Train collisions accounted for the highest number of safety incidents in the rail sector during 2017/18, the Railway Safety Regulator’s (RSR’s) annual ‘State of Safety’ report, shows. Other prominent incidents included fires, platform train interchange incidents, people being struck by trains and... 

South Africa committed to protecting property rights – Ramaphosa

By: Reuters     26th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa used an investment summit on Friday to reassure investors that his government was committed to protecting property rights as it pursues plans to accelerate the pace of land redistribution. "We are committed as government to pursuing a comprehensive approach to land and... 

South Africa committed to protecting property rights – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

I will try to protect Treasury from political meddling – Mboweni 

By: African News Agency      24th October 2018 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on Wednesday said he would strive to protect the National Treasury from political interference but conceded that he would be naive to think he could succeed. "I thought one thing I am going to try to do is provide political protection to National Treasury or to the... 

I will try to protect Treasury from political meddling – Mboweni
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

South Africa welcomes product exclusion for some steel, aluminium products from Section 232 duties

By: Simone Liedtke     24th October 2018 Following an announcement that the US Department of Commerce has granted product exemptions for certain aluminium and steel products, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on Wednesday welcomed the positive developments as a step towards normalising trade relations between South Africa and... 

Solidarity Movement to serve court papers on Sasol on Thursday

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd October 2018 On Thursday, thousands of Solidarity 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... 

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

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... 

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