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Legislative Environment News

Biogas needs favourable REIPPPP allocation for sustainable development

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The measureable and sustainable development of South Africa’s biogas industry requires projects, and therefore a favourable  Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) allocation, to prove sufficient financial viability to financial institutions is essential.... 

Familiarity with building contracts essential for emerging contractors

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th February 2017 Failure to fully familiarise oneself with the contents of a building contract can cause conflict between parties and result in costly problems, says nonprofit industry representative the Joint Building Contracts Committee (JBCC) CEO Uwe Putlitz. 

Familiarity with building contracts essential for emerging contractors
UWE PUTLITZ Most disputes between building contractors can be avoided by following the provisions in the building contract

Global energy council ponders gas-related realities

     17th February 2017 In recent years, the gas market has undergone several changes - the discovery of new deposits, the evolution of gas transport techniques and the new gas pipelines are all elements that deeply modify this market, notes international energy organisation World Energy Council (WEC). The council notes... 

Global energy council  ponders gas-related realities
SOUND INVESTMENT Among the fossil fuels, natural gas is the one fossil source which will continue to grow

Commission asks tribunal to fine banks over alleged collusion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th February 2017 The Competition Commission on Wednesday referred a case of collusion against a number of international banks for alleged price fixing to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution. This follows an investigation into a case of price fixing and market allocation in the trading of foreign currency... 

Busa worried about Sona violence, agrees greater economic transformation is needed

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th February 2017 The events that unfolded at Thursday’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) by President Jacob Zuma, are of serious concern and undermine the country’s progress in and towards open, transparent and constructive dialogue, Business Unity South Africa (Busa) said on Friday. “Democracy depends on... 

Call made for intervention to sustain Gauteng’s key industrial heartland

By: Dylan Slater     10th February 2017 Travelling about 60 km south of Johannesburg through Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark, a general state of decay is visible in the once thriving industrial heartland known as the Vaal Triangle.  

Call made for intervention to sustain Gauteng’s key industrial heartland

Data management systems can help firms tap unused historical information

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2017 The growing use of analytics to support business operations and the increasing complexity of data flows in all companies are leading companies of all sizes to adopt data management systems, says data management software firm Commvault Middle East, South Africa and Turkey systems engineering... 

Data management systems can help firms tap unused  historical information
JOHAN SCHEEPERS Data management platforms enable companies to effectively manage data leak risks and threats, as well as manage the creation, storage, access and deletion of data

Positive outlook for automotive industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th February 2017 Increased new-car production levels, which include an expected growth in vehicle exports, are likely to drive improvement in South Africa’s automotive industry this year, says industrial equipment supplier Bearings International sales representative Cherry Slater. 

Positive outlook for  automotive industry
EXTENSIVE PRODUCT RANGE Bearings International is poised to cater to increased new-car production levels with its wide range of bearings and power transmission products

Sector charter for the defence industry agreed

By: Keith Campbell     10th February 2017 Stakeholders in the country’s defence industry have adopted the Defence Sector Charter, which is intended to promote black economic empowerment (BEE) in the sector. The decision was taken at a recent stakeholder consultation session, which was attended by industry experts, suppliers, trade union... 

Zuma calls for ‘unity in action’ ahead of Sona 2017 

By: Sane Dhlamini     6th February 2017 President Jacob Zuma will, during a pre-State of the Nation (Sona) Business Investor Luncheon, in Cape Town, on Tuesday, call for “unity in action” to drive South Africa on a sustainable growth path. This will be his second such meeting with business leaders a few days before he delivers the... 

Zuma calls for ‘unity in action’ ahead of Sona 2017
Photo by Duane Daws
South African President, Jacob Zuma

Agreement significant in phasing down ozone depleting substances

     3rd February 2017 Specialty chemicals and gas company A-Gas South Africa (SA) has hailed the signing of the Kigali Amendment on October 15, 2016 as an “historic international agreement” for the phasedown of commonly used, high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants. 

Concern regarding standard disposable cylinders

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2017 Speciality chemicals and gas supplier A-Gas highlights its concern regarding disposable cylinders being used as packaging to import hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), and in some cases, flammable hydrocarbons (HCs), into South Africa. 

Concern regarding standard disposable cylinders
CYLINDER LEGALITIES Chris Phillips explains that there are currently no legalities around the banning of disposable cylinders, however A-Gas continues to lobby the DEA on this topic

Diversified fuel source required to fuel local facilities

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2017 South Africa requires a diversified fuel source for power generation, and natural gas is an ideal fuel, as several facilities in the country are compatible with natural gas to fuel power plants, and the resulting infrastructure will benefit other industries and end-users, says engineering... 

Diversified fuel source  required to fuel local facilities
Photo by Bloomberg
GAS-TO-POWER PROGRAMME The Department of Energy’s GPP will facilitate the construction of the base infrastructure to distribute gas to different sectors and industries

Gas practitioners to adhere to DoL regulations

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2017 The South African Qualification and Certification Committee (SAQCC) for Gas urges all gas manufacturers and installers to adhere to the gas regulations set up by the Department of Labour (DoL) to ensure that fatalities are minimised. 

LPG to impact on power demand positively

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2017 If households were to use liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), this would have a positive impact on electricity demand during peak times, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Southern Africa (LPGSASA) CEO Kevin Robertson says. 

LPG to impact on power demand positively
LP GAS AND CHEFS Chefs around the world cook on LP Gas because it is highly efficient, versatile and safe

Plan to phase out ozone depleting substance

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2017 Owing to chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) containing substances that are harmful to the ozone layer, South Africa is set to adopt its HCFC phase-out plan in a Government Gazette dated May 8, 2014, says the Southern African Refrigeration and Air Conditioning... 

Plan to phase out ozone  depleting substance
GAS IN REFRIGERANTS Hydro-fluorocarbons (HFCs) have been used as replacements in refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment

Technology and environmental issues favouring LNG

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2017 With preferred bidders for the gas-to-power projects scheduled to be announced by government at the end of next month, the Southern African Gas Association (Saga) believes that there is a sense of urgency and willingness to adapt to using liquefied natural gas (LNG). 

UK outlines 'modern industrial strategy' vision

By: Keith Campbell     3rd February 2017 On January 23, British Prime Minister Theresa May formally unveiled what is officially described as “proposals for a modern Industrial Strategy”. That same day her administration published a 132-page Green Paper entitled “Building Our Industrial Strategy”. (Green Papers are effectively the same... 

Defence industry sector charter approved

By: Keith Campbell     1st February 2017 Stakeholders in the country’s defence industry adopted the Defence Sector Charter, which is intended to promote black economic empowerment in the sector, on Tuesday. The decision was taken at a stakeholder consultation session, which was attended by industry experts, suppliers, trade union... 

BevSA happy that WHO won’t endorse sugar tax

By: African News Agency      31st January 2017 The Beverage Association of South Africa (BevSA) has welcomed the decision by the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) executive board not to endorse recommendations to impose a soft drinks tax on Member States. This comes as the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance on Tuesday begins the first... 

BevSA happy that WHO won’t endorse sugar tax

Africa’s rapid urbanisation a boon for ICT sector – Siemens

By: Schalk Burger     27th January 2017 African governments and the private sector have an opportunity to roll out services for digital access and use as a utility, which will extend information and communication technology (ICT), improve digital maturity, and help to develop Africa and its cities to deal with urbanisation, says... 

Africa’s rapid urbanisation a boon for ICT sector – Siemens
SABINE DALL’OMO The manufacturing, transport and energy industries can benefit greatly from digitalisation to help overcome persistent challenges in the sectors

FICA amendment Bill constitutional – Basa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th January 2017 The Financial Intelligence Centre Act amendment Bill passes constitutional muster, says the Banking Association South Africa (Basa), urging Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance to refer the Bill back to President Jacob Zuma for signing into law. Basa appeared before the committee, which... 

Business Leadership SA urges Zuma to sign FICA amendment bill now 

By: African News Agency      24th January 2017 On the eve of public hearings on the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) Act amendment bill, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) urgent President Jacob Zuma to sign it into law urgently, dismissing objections to it as unfounded. “BLSA believes that none of the objections raised are... 

Business Leadership SA urges Zuma to sign FICA amendment bill now
Photo by Duane Daws
President Jacob Zuma

Absa campaign ‘led by Gupta-sponsored groups,’ – EFF

By: African News Agency      23rd January 2017 A campaign to get Barclays-owned Absa to pay back apartheid debt is led by “State Security” and the controversial Gupta family, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema said on Monday. The EFF has been attacked in recent times for being complacent after announcing that it would occupy... 

Absa campaign ‘led by Gupta-sponsored groups,’ – EFF

Businesses to navigate the effects of union instability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th January 2017 Given the ongoing unstable political climate, the realignment of trade unions to consolidate numbers or gain increased affiliation is likely to perpetuate interunion rivalry for the foreseeable future, says legal services provider Creighton Attorneys director Barney Creighton. 

Businesses to navigate the effects of  union instability
Photo by Duane Daws
MAINTAINING MAJORITY South Africa’s larger trade unions will have to make difficult choices to mitigate the loss of their majority

Equal pay claims discussed at Labour Law Conference

     20th January 2017 The future of equal pay claims in South Africa was one of the key focus areas at the twenty-ninth Annual Labour Law Conference (ALLC) last year, with University of KwaZulu-Natal senior lecturer Nicci Whitear-Nel exploring the issue within the context of unequal pay between genders. 

Improving labour laws may lead to greater employment rates

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th January 2017 A more mature attitude towards collective bargaining, more prudent use of strikes and greater flexibility for employers to manage their workforce according to demand would likely lead to a greater appetite for employment in South Africa, says legal services provider Shepstone & Wylie Attorneys... 

Improving labour laws may lead to greater employment rates
MICHAEL MAESO The consequences of a breach of the amendment that provides for the use of labour brokers is yet to be definitively determined

Sars ensures correct employee classification

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th January 2017 The misclassification of employees as independent contractors is a common problem that has resulted in the South African Revenue Service (Sars) instituting more stringent guidelines to ensure that employers adhere to taxation regulations, says contractor management services provider EOH Highveld... 

Sars ensures correct employee classification
BARTLEY JOSEPH South African employers act as agents of the State and are responsible for ensuring that all necessary taxes associated with an employee are collected

Fedusa takes aim at SoEs with Section 77 notice  

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th January 2017 The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) is taking a stand against government’s alleged failure to appoint “suitably qualified, accountable, responsible and responsive” management at some of South Africa’s vital parastatals. A Section 77 Protest Action Notice has been lodged with the... 

Fedusa takes aim at SoEs with Section 77 notice

Zuma signs 7 new finance bills into law

By: News24Wire      12th January 2017 President Jacob Zuma has signed seven new finance bills into law, the Presidency said in a statement on Thursday. The Bills have been passed by both the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces in the past year and sent to the President for ratification. 

Zuma signs 7 new finance bills into law

Gold traders most bullish in a year after dire end to 2016

By: Bloomberg     6th January 2017 There’s one thing many gold traders and analysts agree on, now is a great time to own bullion. Those surveyed by Bloomberg this week were the most bullish in a year. They cited worries over political developments in Europe, and in the US following Donald Trump’s election, as well as expectations... 

Gold traders most bullish in a year after dire end to 2016

Outlook 2017: SA growth weak, but stronger than 2016

By: News24Wire      3rd January 2017 South African asset prices should perform "ok", but mainly because there are more negative peers to compare to – especially Turkey – emerging markets economist Peter Attard Montalto of Nomura said on Thursday. "South Africa will see an overarching political narrative as the ANC moves to its... 

Outlook 2017: SA growth weak, but stronger than 2016

Zuma hints he will confront Msimanga over Taiwan trip 

By: African News Agency      3rd January 2017 President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday suggested he would use the next meeting of the President’s Coordinating Council to talk to Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga about his visit to Taiwan, which has angered the government and ruling party. In a statement from his office, Zuma said he “has noted the... 

Zuma hints he will confront Msimanga over Taiwan trip
South African President Jacob Zuma

Economic growth and jobs priority for 2017, says Zuma in New Year’s message

By: African News Agency      30th December 2016 Igniting economic growth to create more jobs would be top of government’s agenda for 2017, President Jacob Zuma said in his New Year’s message to South Africans. Zuma described 2016 as a fruitful year in which government worked hard to fight poverty, inequality, unemployment, and reversing “the... 

Economic growth and jobs priority for 2017, says Zuma in New Year’s message

South Africa can learn from SADC neighbours about policy – Leon 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th December 2016 Despite being a small, agriculturally marginal, predominantly semi-arid, landlocked nation, Botswana has experienced rapid economic development, owing to the correct policies being in place. This, Herbert Smith Freehills Africa practice cochairperson and partner Peter Leon said, showed what can... 

South Africa can learn from SADC neighbours about policy – Leon
Photo by Duane Daws
Herbert Smith Freehills Africa practice cochairperson and partner Peter Leon

Importance of energy efficiency highlighted at DoE conference

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2016 The importance of energy efficiency as part of policy is increasing in many countries, subsequently making it important to develop and maintain well founded indicators to better inform policymaking. 

Importance of energy efficiency highlighted at DoE conference
Photo by Simone Liedtke
ENERGY CONFERENCE The conference was hosted by the Department of Energy, in partnership with the National Business Initiative and Business Unity South Africa

South Africa’s economic, political landscape 

     8th December 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about South Africa’s economic and political performance in 2016 and what the country can expect in 2017. 

South Africa’s economic, political landscape
South Africa’s economic, political landscape
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