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Apr 18, 2014
Business analysis systems expose the true performance of a business to enable daily operations to be cognisant of business performance and conditions, and executives to test and validate their strategic concepts using real performance data, says business intelligence...
Apr 15, 2014
South Africa recorded its highest ever tourism month in December, a new Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) report shows, with a total of 937 792 overnight travellers, or tourists, of which 263 771 were from overseas and 668 045 from the rest of the continent. For 2013...
Apr 10, 2014
As the distinction between the ‘developed’ and ‘underdeveloped’ world becomes more blurred, businesses and organisations aiming to meet the requirements of the next wave of globalisation need to adapt as “powerful” new players “disrupt the global landscape”. The...
Apr 09, 2014
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Transitioning to a green economy can help the world mitigate rising unemployment levels, particularly at a time when youth unemployment is peaking. Globally, in 2013, 202-million people were unemployed, up five-million on the previous year, said International Labour...
Apr 08, 2014
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South Africa’s businesses will face increasing pressure to transform as the African National Congress (ANC) is pressed by opposition parties and the nation’s poor to combat unemployment and inequality. Two decades after the country’s inaugural democratic elections,...
Apr 04, 2014
DENNIS DYKES The Nedbank Small Business Index aims to provide a clearer measurement of the state of the small-business sector
Business confidence in the small business sector remained subdued in the last quarter of 2013, which reflected the impact of a challenging economic environment, according to the fourth-quarter survey results of the Nedbank Small Business Index (NSBI) last month.
Apr 03, 2014
While some companies still primarily focus on financial value as the benchmark against which to gauge their performance, more companies have realised the importance of moving beyond the paradigm of doing “just business”, a survey by Tshikululu Social Investments...
Apr 03, 2014
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Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) statistician general Pali Lehohla revealed on Thursday that, based on an upper-bound poverty level (UBPL) of R620 a month, some four-million South Africans have been lifted out of poverty since 2006, leaving 45.5% of citizens, or...
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Mar 18, 2014
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Mar 07, 2014
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The economic slowdown and significant tariff increases have weighed on consumers ability to pay for municipal services, leaving municipalities chasing debts of R93.3-billion by December. According to the National Treasury’s ‘Local government revenue and expenditure’...
Mar 06, 2014
The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) Business Confidence Index (BCI) for February regained the 1.4 index points lost in January, with six subindices improving, three unchanged and four declining month-on-month. However, despite the BCI...
Mar 05, 2014
The Saldanha Bay industrial development zone (IDZ), in the Western Cape, is set to get a financial boost as the Western Cape government and “a range” of other stakeholders are expected to invest more than R1-billion over the next few years. Western Cape Finance,...
Mar 04, 2014
As confidence returns to the real estate industry following the global financial crisis, the industry needs to gear up to adapt to a “fundamental shift” that will “shape its future” over the next six years, a new report by professional services firm PwC revealed on...
Feb 27, 2014
The annual percentage change in the producer price index (PPI) for final manufactured goods was 7% in January this year, Statistics SA said on Thursday. This was up from 6.5% in December last year.
Feb 21, 2014
There is no direct correlation between capital expenditure on roads and the amount set aside for maintenance and rehabilitation, says South African Local Government Association Roads and Transport planning specialist Sibulele Dyodo. This results in some roads being...
Feb 19, 2014
Consumer price inflation, measured by the consumer price index (CPI) increased by 0.4% to 5.8% during January, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said on Wednesday, adding that, on average, prices increased by 0.7% between December 2013 and January 2014. Stats SA...
Feb 12, 2014
Corruption Watch on Thursday called on the CEOs of leading companies to explore opportunities for collaboration and involve business as an active partner in combating corruption. “Corruption Watch’s very existence is anchored in the widely held belief that corruption...
Feb 03, 2014
Amid persistent challenges, the seasonally adjusted Kagiso Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) started the year unchanged at 49.9 points, while the business activity and new sales orders indices weakened, as demand remained subdued. The business activity index fell for...
Jan 22, 2014
Jan 14, 2014
The escalating cost of doing business was currently the biggest concern facing the private sector, a survey by the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) has found. According to Sacci’s 2013 Annual Survey, which polled 64 businesses with at least 24...
Jan 09, 2014
The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) Business Confidence Index (BCI) performed better in December 2013 than in November 2013 month-on-month, with the BCI increasing by 1.1 index points to 91.9 in December  from 90.8 in November. Although this is...
Dec 13, 2013
A financial and services management system, developed by enterprise resource giant SAP, enables rigorous financial management, process management and service delivery in small and large cities, says SAP Africa public sector head Alvin Paules. “The system, called...
Dec 10, 2013
Despite an uptick in year-on-year manufacturing output, the outlook for the manufacturing sector remained subdued, banking group Nedbank’s economic unit said on Tuesday. Against the market consensus of a 2.1% contraction and a 3.3% decline in September, Statistics...
Dec 05, 2013
The South African Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s (Sacci’s) Business Confidence Index (BCI) had one of its worst performances month-on-month in November, with none of the subindices improving on their October levels and six subindices maintaining the previous...
Dec 03, 2013
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South Africans’ perception of the country’s level of corruption remained stable over the past two years, the 2013 global Corruption Perception Index (CPI), compiled by Transparency International, revealed on Tuesday. The CPI measured perceived levels of public sector...
Dec 02, 2013
The value of copper theft narrowed by 34% year-on-year to R9.2-million in October 2013, continuing its downward trend from R13.6-million in August and R10.8-million in September, settling at its lowest figure in four months, the South African Chamber of Commerce and...
Nov 19, 2013
After falling by four index points in the second quarter and by a further six points in the third quarter of the year, the Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)/Bureau for Economic Research (BER) Business Confidence Index (BCI) “essentially flat-lined” in the final months of the...
Nov 13, 2013
Trade conditions had started to recover in October, after suffering a setback in August and September, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Wednesday. The Trade Activity Index (TAI) measured 58 in October, up from the TAI of 51 and 52...
Nov 06, 2013
The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) Business Confidence Index (BCI) declined slightly by 0.3 points to 91.1 in October, with major activities like manufacturing output, retail sales and new vehicle sales contributing to the downward...
Nov 05, 2013
The number of financially included South Africans has grown considerably, from 28.7-million in 2012, to 30.7-million this year, the latest FinScope South Africa survey shows. The study, released by FinMark Trust on Tuesday, attributed the growth in the number of...
Oct 29, 2013
South Africa’s unemployment rate improved to 24.7% for the third quarter of the year, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said on Tuesday. This was as a result of an increase of 308 000 in the number of employed individuals, while the number of unemployed individuals...
Oct 21, 2013
If the “right messages” emerged from the upcoming Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), South Africa could avoid another ratings downgrade, Business Unity South Africa (Busa) said on Monday. The MTBPS, which was expected to be released on Wednesday, should...
Oct 04, 2013
Unpleasant new customer registration experiences among all mobile telecommunication service providers in Africa highlight generally poor, but uneven, customer experiences and poor customer retention, says global advisory firm KPMG Advisory partner Frank Rizzo. “In...
Oct 03, 2013
Business confidence improved marginally by 0.9 index points to 91.4 during September, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) reported on Thursday. “This was the first time in five months that the business confidence index (BCI) moved significantly...
Sep 18, 2013
Professional services firm Grant Thornton International’s 2013 Global Dynamism Index (GDI) has revealed that South Africa’s main growth drivers were underperforming, having made the country a less attractive place to do business over the past 12 months. South...
Sep 18, 2013
The number of strikes last year in South Africa hit a five-year high, the labour department said on Wednesday. A total of 99 strikes were recorded in 2012, close to half of them unprotected or illegal strikes, and many of them characterised by violence, Department of...
Sep 13, 2013
NORBERT SASSEGrowthpoint Properties reports a distribution growth of 7.2% for the year ended June 30
Growthpoint Properties reports a distribution growth of 7.2% for the year ended June 30, outperforming its original forecast and delivering on higher performance prospects announced at its half-year presentation earlier this year.
Sep 11, 2013
Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane
Eighty per cent of government departments do not comply with service delivery requirements, according to a report released by Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane on Wednesday. "This situation is an anomaly, given that improving service delivery is a priority...
Sep 06, 2013
WILLIAM BROOKSThe Synergy Income Fund reports a strong set of results for its financial year ended June 30, 2013, delivering on its forecast distribution growth to unitholders
Specialised retail property fund Synergy Income Fund’s R334-million acquisition of Atlantis City Shopping Centre came into effect earlier this month, which will boost the fund’s property portfolio to 15 assets across South Africa, with a combined value of R2.2-billion.
Sep 03, 2013
Business confidence moved further into negative territory in the third quarter, declining by six points quarter-on-quarter to 42, the latest Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)/Bureau for Economic Research (BER) data shows. Close to three-fifths of respondents in the RMB/BER...
Aug 28, 2013
The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) Copper Theft Barometer decreased to R10.5-million in July, compared with R11.1-million in June, confirming that the month-on-month increase between May and June was not the start of a new upward trend in...
Aug 08, 2013
South Africa’s business confidence remained nearly unchanged in July, ending up by a marginal 0.5 points to 90.7, the South African Chamer of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) reported on Thursday. On a year-on-year basis, six sub-indices of the Business Confidence Index...
Aug 05, 2013
Agriculture employs 5.2% of the workforce but only accounts for 2.5% of annual gross domestic product (GDP), statistician general Pali Lehohla said on Monday. "Agriculture contributes 2.5% of GDP, but in terms of employment agriculture punches above its weight with...
Aug 01, 2013
The seasonally adjusted Kagiso Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) remained above the key 50-point mark for the fourth consecutive month in July when it increased marginally by 0.6 points to 52.2, but challenging market conditions persisted. Kagiso Asset Management head...
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