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JSE reports revenue, earnings drops, but declares dividend

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 2 hours 8 minutes ago The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) reported a 5% drop in its revenue to R2.2-billion for the 2017 financial year and an earnings decline of 99% to R836-million, but a strong balance sheet and good cash generation led it to declare a dividend of 605c a share, which was an increase of 8%.... 

Bidcorp interim results in line with company expectations

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 2 hours 21 minutes ago JSE-listed Bidcorp has delivered "pleasing results" with the foodservice group's half-year performance in line with management expectations, CEO Bernard Berson said on Wednesday. Headline earnings a share increased by 8.6% to 640c a share in the six months ended December 31, from 589.3c a share a... 

Public Procurement aligned to more stringent regulations as Bill goes to Cabinet

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     Updated 3 hours ago The Public Procurement Bill, which will be presented to Cabinet next month for gazetting for public comments, will be slightly delayed owing to the recent changes in government, an Office of the Chief Procurement Officer representative told Engineering News Online on Wednesday. The Bill was aimed... 

Public Procurement aligned to more stringent regulations as Bill goes to Cabinet

Treasury allocates R6bn for drought relief measures

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     Updated 4 hours ago Citizens of towns in the Western Cape, particularly Cape Town, on Wednesday could give a sigh of relief as Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba outlined that a provisional allocation of R6-billion has been set aside in 2018/19 for drought relief measures and to augment public infrastructure investment.... 

Treasury allocates R6bn for drought relief measures

National Treasury makes budget cuts to assure more frugal spending

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     Updated 4 hours ago Departmental budgets have been reduced by R85.7-billion over the medium term, the National Treasury said on Wednesday, noting that cuts at the provincial level would affect conditional infrastructure grants.  The announcement of the expenditure cuts had been highlighted as a priority prior to the... 

National Treasury makes budget cuts to assure more frugal spending

Treasury allocates R57bn to fund fee-free higher education

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     Updated 4 hours ago Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said R57-billion would be allocated over the coming three years to fund the fee-free higher education and training policy announced to by former President Jacob Zuma in December 2017 and reaffirmed by President Cyril Ramaphosa in February. Noting that this was the... 

Treasury allocates R57bn to fund fee-free higher education
Rhodes University

VAT rate rise ‘not desirable’, but ‘unavoidable’ to rebuild public finance integrity

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 4 hours ago Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba confirmed the much-anticipated increase in the value-added tax (VAT) rate from 14% to 15% in his maiden Budget speech to Parliament on Wednesday, describing the increase as “unavoidable if we are to maintain the integrity of our public finances”. The hike was... 

VAT rate rise ‘not desirable’, but ‘unavoidable’ to rebuild public finance integrity
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Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

Land and asset sales on cards as government seeks revenue-neutral support for State firms

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 4 hours ago Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba used his maiden Budget to reinforce President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent announcement that stakes in cash-strapped State-owned companies (SoCs) could be sold to reduce their reliance on bail-outs and debt. Ramaphosa made the announcement in his response to the debate... 

Land and asset sales on cards as government seeks revenue-neutral support for State firms

Social grants set to increase faster than inflation as taxes rise

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     Updated 4 hours ago The South African government has committed R259.4-billion towards social development in the 2018 Budget, with social grant payments set to increase faster than inflation to offset the effect of higher taxes on poor households. During the tabling of the Budget on Wednesday, Finance Minister Malusi... 

Social grants set to increase faster than inflation as taxes rise

Parliament to launch inquiry into Zwane

By: Reuters     Updated 6 hours ago 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
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Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane

Civil society calls on Gigaba to deliver a pro-poor budget

By: Sane Dhlamini     21st February 2018 South African civil society organisations have called for a pro-poor policy agenda ahead of Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s maiden Budget Speech on Wednesday, which some analysts expect will also be his last. Gigaba’s position is not certain amid talks of an imminent Cabinet reshuffle, which... 

Civil society calls on Gigaba to deliver a pro-poor budget
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Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

AfriForum challenges Zuma rule on influence-peddling inquiry

By: Reuters     21st February 2018 Civil rights group AfriForum wants South Africa's highest court to quash a rule signed by former president Jacob Zuma that says evidence produced at a judicial inquiry into allegations of influence-peddling cannot be used in a criminal case. The clause is part of a list of regulations signed into... 

AfriForum challenges Zuma rule on influence-peddling inquiry
Former President Jacob Zuma

Transnet board cannot revoke its responsibility – Brown

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th February 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown on Tuesday instructed State-owned Transnet to report alleged irregularities identified in an investigative report by law firm Werksmans Attorneys on the R54-billion procurement of 1 064 locomotives in 2014 to law enforcement authorities. The parastatal last... 

Ramaphosa's plan for SOEs

By: News24Wire      20th February 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has revealed more details of how he plans to fix State-owned enterprises (SOEs), and he will be considering proposals by Members of Parliament (MPs). He was addressing the National Assembly on Tuesday, in a reply to the debate on the State of the Nation Address (Sona). 

 Ramaphosa's plan for SOEs
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Lifestyle audits on government politicians, public servants set to start - Ramaphosa

By: African News Agency      20th February 2018 Tests on whether the lifestyles of politicians and public officials in South Africa match their incomes are set to become the norm, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday, starting with himself and members of his cabinet. "If there ever has been anything that many South Africans would like to... 

 Lifestyle audits on government politicians, public servants set to start - Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa with MPs

Tough trading environment put Transpaco under pressure in H1

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th February 2018 JSE-listed plastics and packaging group Transpaco reported a 4.7% fall in operating profit to R78.5-million in the six months to December 31. While in line with expectations, the company said its performance remained under pressure from a continued challenging economic environment, leading to a... 

Imperial Holdings delves into unbundling plans, reports solid H1 results

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th February 2018 Imperial Holdings' plans for unbundling its Imperial Logistics and Motus entities, and listing them separately, are still in the works but are dependent on a number of internal and external factors, CEO Mark Lamberti said on Tuesday. The company last year said work was in progress to determine... 

Imperial Holdings delves into unbundling plans, reports solid H1 results
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CEO Mark Lamberti

Ramaphosa calls for new social compact

By: African News Agency      20th February 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday called for national unity and a new social compact to revive the economy and ease the plight of South Africa's poor majority. "One thing that we will unite on is advancing the interests of our people," Ramaphosa said in his reply to the debate on his maiden... 

Ramaphosa calls for new social compact
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President Cyril Ramaphosa

Gordhan, Jonas said to be part of Ramaphosa's new Cabinet plan

By: News24Wire      20th February 2018 Former ministers banished to the political wilderness under Jacob Zuma’s presidency are set to make a comeback as President Cyril Ramaphosa prepares to revive the stagnant economy. The African National Congress’s (ANC's) top-six officials, including President Cyril Ramaphosa, will meet on Friday... 

 Gordhan, Jonas said to be part of Ramaphosa's new Cabinet plan
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Mcebisi Jonas & Pravin Gordhan

Ramaphosa should shift to green energy – Greenpeace

By: News24Wire      20th February 2018 Environmental organisation Greenpeace is demanding newly-elected President Cyril Ramaphosa takes urgent action on energy policy in South Africa. Ramaphosa delivered his maiden State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on Friday, when he highlighted economic growth and combating corruption. 

Seifsa worried about potential impact of proposed US steel import tariff increases

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th February 2018 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has warned that the difficulties facing the local steel industry would continue to worsen in the year ahead if the US Department of Commerce's recommendation for a tariff of at least 53% on all steel imports from 12... 

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

Fiscal consolidation the buzzword for Gigaba's maiden Budget 2018?

By: African News Agency      20th February 2018 South African economists have set their sights on fiscal consolidation and avoiding a credit ratings downgrade as Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba scrambles to close the R50-billion deficit when he delivers his maiden Budget Speech on Wednesday. In his 2017 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement... 

Fiscal consolidation the buzzword for Gigaba's maiden Budget 2018?
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Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

Banking Association 'ready to respond' to Ramaphosa’s SoNA call

By: News24Wire      19th February 2018 The Banking Association of South Africa have said they are ready to respond to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call in the State of the Nation Address, to work with other stakeholders towards the recovery of the economy and country. Managing Director of BASA, Cas Coovadia, said the association joined... 

Jobs summit announced as Ramaphosa delivers message of ‘hope and renewal’

By: Terence Creamer     16th February 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa, who sought to align his nascent presidency as closely as possible with that of President Nelson Mandela in his inaugural State of the Nation (SoNa) address on Friday night, announced that a jobs summit would be convened in the coming months to allow social partners to... 

Jobs summit announced as Ramaphosa delivers message of ‘hope and renewal’
President Cyril Ramaphosa

CDC launches inaugural supplier development day

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) will hold its inaugural Supplier Development Day at the Vulindlela Accommodation and Conference Centre (VACC), in Coega, in the Eastern Cape, on February 22. The event seeks to facilitate access to information for small, medium-sized and microenterprises... 

Eyes on Gigaba amid talk of Cabinet reshuffle before budget

By: Reuters     16th February 2018 South Africa's Treasury is set to present its 2018 budget to parliament on Wednesday but market focus is on whether new President Cyril Ramaphosa will reshuffle the cabinet before then and replace Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba. Ramaphosa was sworn in as head of state on Thursday after his... 

Eyes on Gigaba amid talk of Cabinet reshuffle before budget
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Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

Rand flirts with R11.50/$ as markets await possible Cabinet reshuffle

By: News24Wire      16th February 2018 Rand gains on the election of a new South African president have run their course, say analysts, as markets await a possible Cabinet reshuffle this weekend. The rand, which opened at R11.62 to the dollar on Friday, strengthened to R11.56/$ during the course of the morning. However, analysts... 

 Rand flirts with R11.50/$ as markets await possible Cabinet reshuffle

Ramaphosa carries weight of economic expectations on shoulders

By: African News Agency      16th February 2018 South Africa’s brand new President Cyril Ramaphosa is riding on a wave of goodwill across the political divide as the country looks to him to steer the recovery of an ailing economy widely attributed to his predecessor Jacob Zuma. But failure by Ramaphosa to quickly get the economy back on track... 

Ramaphosa carries weight of economic expectations on shoulders
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Davies assures DTI will weather budget constraints

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th February 2018 While the South African fiscus will face a tough Budget – to be tabled by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba next week – Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said his department would rise to the challenge and “work with whatever resources we get”. Speaking to Engineering News Online on the... 

Eskom's Matshela Koko submits letter of resignation

By: News24Wire      16th February 2018 Controversial top Eskom executive Matshela Koko submitted his resignation on Friday, but did not admit to any guilt.   This came out at his second disciplinary hearing, currently taking place in Sandton. 

Eskom's Matshela Koko submits letter of resignation
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Eskom Executive Matshela Koko

Ramaphosa set to outline priorities in key speech

By: Reuters     16th February 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to give more details about how he plans to tackle corruption and boost economic growth on Friday, when he delivers his first state of the nation address. Ramaphosa was sworn in as head of state on Thursday after his scandal-plagued predecessor, Jacob Zuma,... 

Ramaphosa set to outline priorities in key speech
President Cyril Ramaphosa

'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

Innovation and blockchain tech high on agenda at energy event

     16th February 2018 Leading figures within the African energy scene will convene at the tenth Africa Energy Indaba (AEI), including at the World Energy Council's (WEC’s) annual Africa meeting, to discuss the importance of innovation and regional integration at a time when the energy sector is undergoing a major... 

Innovation and blockchain tech high on agenda  at energy event
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CHRISTOPH FREI Achieving a robust energy future in a context of the triple transition requires different approaches guided by innovative policies

Event to add value to African energy sector

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 To bolster the socioeconomic development of the African energy sector, Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) chairperson Brian Statham says thinking within the sector needs to be expanded. 

Event to add value to African energy sector
BRIAN STATHAM Diversity energy sources provide an opportunity to interconnect energy systems

Company first-time exhibitor at event

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 South African electrical engineering company Power Plant Electrical Technologies (PPE Technologies) will exhibit at the African Energy Indaba (AEI) for the first time this year. 

Company first-time exhibitor at event
POSITIVE GROWTH TRAJECTORY Creating awareness of companies’ capabilities will lead to positive results in trade growth

Conference to foster entrepreneurial opportunities for women

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 To assist women in being successful renewable-energy entrepreneurs, the African Energy Sector: Scope and Opportunity discussion topic at this year’s Women in Energy Conference will focus on the entrepreneurial opportunities in the energy sector and how women can maximise their participation. 

Conference to foster  entrepreneurial opportunities for women
NELISIWE MAGUBANE The conference will also provide insights and opportunities for career development and entrepreneurship for women who want to participate in the energy sector
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