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Presidency explains Zuma involvement in Pravin court matter

By: African News Agency      Updated 3 hours ago The Presidency on Wednesday moved to explain why President Jacob Zuma’s lawyers were present at the high court in a matter in which finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, is seeking a declaration that he has no legal right to intervene in matters between banks and their clients. In a statement the... 

Business warns of downgrade threat amid Gordhan uncertainty

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th March 2017 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) is the latest business entity to express concern that President Jacob Zuma’s unexpected decision to cut short an international investor roadshow led by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will leave investors unsettled and raise the possibility of a downgrade. Media reports... 

Business warns of downgrade threat amid Gordhan uncertainty
Photo by Duane Daws
Pravin Gordhan

Zuma court move in Gupta matter fails

By: News24Wire      28th March 2017 President Jacob Zuma’s legal representatives declined to join proceedings in the matter between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Gupta-owned Oakbay Investments. On Monday Zuma entered the case, which involves 14 companies owned by the Guptas, National Treasury, the Reserve Bank governor, the... 

Zuma court move in Gupta matter fails

BLSA calls for cool heads after Gordhan’s mid-roadshow return

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th March 2017 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has cautioned on the consequences of the ill-advised, “unexpected and unexplained” request by President Jacob Zuma for Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to return to South Africa midway through an international investor roadshow to the UK and the US. The... 

BLSA calls for cool heads after Gordhan’s mid-roadshow return
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President Jacob Zuma and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan

New public procurement legislation to take effect this week

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th March 2017 With the revised legislation governing public procurement processes coming into effect this week, stakeholders are expecting the impact of the radical economic transformation within public procurement processes to become clear in due course. Government repealed and replaced its Preferential... 

AVK grows local manufacturing footprint with Gunric acquisition

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th March 2017 Valves and related solutions manufacturer AVK Holding Southern Africa has bolstered its manufacturing footprint and product offering after acquiring a 100% interest in Gunric Valves, including all brand assets and intellectual property (IP) for an undisclosed amount. The deal would provide AVK... 

Tribunal finds pipe manufacturers guilty of collusion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th March 2017 The Competition Tribunal has found Dawn Consolidated Holdings (DCH), through its subsidiary DPI Plastics, and Sangio Pipes guilty of colluding to divide markets in South Africa between 2007 and 2012. The Competition Commission referred the collusion case against the two manufacturers of regular... 

Economic transformation imperative for South Africa – Davies

By: Anine Kilian     24th March 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on Friday highlighted what needed to be done to pursue radical economic transformation as an imperative for the advancement of more inclusive economic growth in South Africa. He said fundamental change was necessary in the structure, systems, institutions... 

BBBEE Commission committed to resolving noncompliance

By: Anine Kilian     24th March 2017 The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Commission, a member of the Department of Trade and Industry, has spent the past year assessing compliance problems and has resolved to investigate companies that are involved with fronting and noncompliance with the BBBEE legislation. The... 

Denel heads to court to dispel doubts over legality of Denel Asia JV

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th March 2017 Denel has taken to the High Court of South Africa in Gauteng to clear up doubts over the legal standing of Denel Asia, a joint venture (JV) with VR Laser Asia. The State-owned defence group on Friday applied to the High Court in Pretoria for an order declaring that it obtained approval to form... 

Denel heads to court to dispel doubts over legality of Denel Asia JV
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Denel acting CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe

Authorities help to curb counterfeit car part imports

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th March 2017 The South African Police Service (SAPS), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the South African Revenue Service’s Customs offices are committed to reducing the number of imported counterfeit spare parts for motor vehicles, says law firm Spoor & Fisher. 

Authorities help to curb  counterfeit car part imports
PAUL RAMARA Counterfeit components coould be tracked through market investigation by checking car part agents that import goods from Asia, the Middle East

Rehabilitation school proposed for road traffic offenders

By: News24Wire      23rd March 2017 Those found guilty of breaking road rules by a court of law will have to complete a mandatory rehabilitation programme under the new proposed demerit system, Parliament has heard. The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Amendment Bill will establish rehabilitation centres around... 

Namibian President calls for land expropriation

By: Reuters     22nd March 2017 Namibia's president said Tuesday that the government is considering radical land expropriation to spur the transfer of property to the country's black majority. Speaking at Namibia's 27th independence celebrations, President Hage Geingob said the government should evoke part of the Constitution... 

Namibian President calls for land expropriation
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Namibian President Hage Geingob

Commission welcomes Tribunal’s settlement agreement confirmation for Blinkwater

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th March 2017 The Competition Tribunal has confirmed a R10.1-million price-fixing settlement agreement between Mpumalanga-based maize milling firm Blinkwater Mills and the Competition Commission, to be paid in three instalments within a year. Blinkwater has agreed to pay the fine, representing 5% of its 2007... 

Commission gets go-ahead to review evidence in margarine manufacturers cartel case

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th March 2017 The Competition Commission on Friday welcomed a High Court ruling in its favour to review evidence seized during an investigation into alleged cartel activity by five manufacturers of refined edible cooking oils, baking fats and margarine in South Africa. Early in March, DH Brothers Industries,... 

South Africa's Numsa calls for national strike over plant closures

By: Reuters     17th March 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), which claims to have 350 000 members, said on Friday it was calling for a national strike over State-run power utility Eskom's decision to shut down several coal-fired power stations. "Numsa is gearing up for the mother of all strikes in... 

Saice in High Court bid to have ECSA council suspended

By: David Oliveira     17th March 2017 Civil engineering voluntary association (VA), the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice), on March 3 submitted to the High Court an application to have the current council members of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) suspended. Saice CEO Manglin Pillay has told... 

PRASA gets interim board in attempt to bring stability

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th March 2017 Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has appointed an interim board to stabilise the ailing Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and guide the parastatal until a new, permanent board is selected. Peters last week dissolved the entire PRASA board on the back of “declining performance, lack of... 

PRASA gets interim board in attempt to bring stability
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Transport Minister Dipuo Peters

Early signs pointing to recovery in foundry industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 With the foundry industry having been under pressure last year owing to very low levels of economic growth, the drought and continuing import leakage, the South African Institute of Foundrymen (Saif) believes that signs to date this year point towards some form of industry recovery. 

Early signs pointing  to recovery in  foundry industry
Saif CEO John Davies and Saif president Takalani Madzivhandila discuss the challenges of the foundry industry. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

One month left for public to comment on OHASA regulations

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th March 2017 Companies that employ people in high-risk areas and the public in general, have one month left to comment on the draft ergonomic regulations set to be promulgated in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHASA). In January, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant gazetted her intention to introduce... 

Tribunal reopens Allens Meshco case to determine penalty liability

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th March 2017 The Competition Tribunal has agreed to an application by the Competition Commission to reopen the long-running Allens Meshco case to obtain clarity on where to direct penalties should it be required. Following a request by the commission, the reopening of the case will provide the Competition... 

Mondi says European Commission inspecting its Vienna office

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th March 2017 Dual-listed Mondi on Tuesday confirmed that the European Commission is conducting an inspection at its Vienna office. In an update to shareholders, the company said it was fully cooperating with the investigation, which it understood was focused on kraft paper and industrial bags. 

Saice approaches High Court to suspend ECSA council 

By: David Oliveira     6th March 2017 Civil engineering voluntary association (VA), the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice), on March 3 submitted to the High Court an application to have the current council members of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) suspended. Saice CEO Manglin Pillay has told... 

South Africans increasingly intolerant of corruption – report 

By: Sane Dhlamini     28th February 2017 South Africans are increasingly intolerant of corruption and the abuse of power by those in leadership positions and are more willing to hold them to account. This was according to anticorruption organisation Corruption Watch’s 2016 Annual Corruption Report.  

South Africans increasingly intolerant of corruption – report
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Corruption Watch Director David Lewis

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.... 

Biogas needs favourable REIPPPP allocation for sustainable development
NEW HORIZONS The recently completed biogas upgrade project in Athlone

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
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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
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