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Feb 12, 2016
Former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi
President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) showed a breakdown of trust between government and the population of South Africa, according to former Congress of South Africa Trade Union (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi “Yesterday’s Sona address...
Feb 12, 2016
JSE-listed Pioneer Foods expects a muted first half, largely owing to an exceptional performance in the first half of the prior year, where adjusted headline earnings a share for continuing operations grew by 39%. The company was currently dealing with a weak rand...
Feb 12, 2016
Development finance institutions and export credit agencies, the largest funders of African infrastructure projects, are creating an environment for more investment in the continent’s infrastructure, says global law firm Baker & McKenzie South Africa banking and...
Feb 12, 2016
The Philippine Department of Trade and Investment (DTI) aims to position Mindanao as the country’s rubber product manufacturing hub. Mindanao currently supplies 99% of the country’s national rubber production. DTI region 9 director and national coordinator for the...
Feb 11, 2016
South Africa’s current strained trade conditions “closely resembled” the conditions experienced post the financial recession in 2007/8, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) latest survey found. The January edition of the Trade Conditions...
Feb 10, 2016
With confirmation that government and the steel industry are close to finalising a package of measures designed to preserve the future of the embattled primary steel sector, there are concerns that domestic steel consuming industries could be squeezed between...
Feb 08, 2016
The US intends to do business in Africa, beyond the usual export-import trade and extractive industries such as oil and gas. That was the signal sent out by the visit of a high-level United States delegation – led by US Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Linda...
Feb 05, 2016
AILING INFRASTRUCTURE Damaged and outdated electrical infrastructure is impeding Africa's socioeconomic growth
Most infrastructure investments on the African continent are in the energy sector, but power plants and transmission lines across Africa presently operate at a fraction of installed capacity due to insufficient maintenance and lack of modernisation.
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DOING DEALS AND TAKING NAMES The Africa Energy Indaba is a great place to liaise with potential clients and create new partnerships
Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) MD Liz Hart says the value of attending the eighth yearly AEI is that industry stakeholders will meet the right people who can decide on energy transactions and implement them.
Feb 05, 2016
UP ON THE ROOF Aurora Power Solutions is involved in implementing solar photovoltaic roof systems for private entities in Cape Town
Renewable-energy project management company Aurora Power Solutions (APS) is involved in the development of two solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, which are scheduled for commercial operation in the first half of 2017, says APS project development manager Oliver...
Feb 04, 2016
Feb 03, 2016
Leading US trade officials expressed optimism this week that the conditions would be met by the March 15 deadline for South Africa’s continued preferential access for agricultural products under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa). Speaking in Johannesburg...
Feb 01, 2016
Global multi-industrial company Johnson Controls is merging with fire and security provider Tyco in a $3.9-billion deal. Johnson Controls shareholders would own 56% of the equity of the combined company, while Tyco shareholders would hold 44%.
Jan 29, 2016
South Africa's trade balance swung more than expected to a R8.22-billion ($511-million) surplus in December from a revised R682-million surplus in November, the national revenue agency said on Friday. Exports were down by 5.1% to R88.77-billion, while imports slumped...
Jan 29, 2016
Specialist investment company Futuregrowth Asset Management has identified aquaculture as a strategic play to enhance returns for its shareholders, setting aside around R200-million for investment in sustainable aquaculture projects, particularly those that earn the...
Jan 29, 2016
STIJN WOUTERS The creation of Gordian Logistics Experts SA will result in about 30 to 50 jobs being created between the Netherlands and South Africa
Physical-asset management company Pragma is partnering with Netherlands-based company Gordian Logistic Experts to form a local branch, Gordian Logistic Experts South Africa (SA), which will introduce spare parts management solutions to the local market this year.
Jan 29, 2016
EXPANSION IMPROVEMENT DDL Equipment is reorganising and expanding the service department, increasing staff levels and re-equipping with new tools, critical parts and new vehicles to support solutions
Docking systems manufacturer and supplier for South Africa’s materials handling market, DDL Equipment, has been acquired by private equity investment company Helikaon Investments.
Jan 29, 2016
Event organising company Exhibition Management Services (EMS) will launch two logistics-oriented exhibitions, Cape Logistics and Temperature Controlled Storage and Distribution Africa (TCSD), which will be co-located with the Cape Industries Showcase.
Jan 29, 2016
FUNDAMENTAL ENDEAVOUR The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation will enhance understanding of the benefits of trade facilitation in the public and private sectors
Three private-sector organisations have collaborated to launch a significant new partnership to support the effective implementation of the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) landmark Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). The TFA seeks to ease and expedite global trade...
Jan 29, 2016
PROJECT DELIVERY Greiner Mendi and Associates services for the St Helena project, on behalf of Basil Read, included sourcing a ship and a crane and installed it on the vessel
A key challenge for the South African logistics industry is the apparent lack of regulation and standards applicable to logistics and supply chain management companies, states materials management and logistics consultancy Greiner, Mendi & Associates (GMA) MD Lars...
Jan 29, 2016
Despite the rate of growth of the South African materials handling and logistics industry advancing slower than comparable sectors in its Brics trade bloc partner countries Brazil, Russia, India and China, for the past two years, audit, tax and advisory services firm...
Jan 29, 2016
Materials handling equipment supplier Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC), part of JSE-listed Imperial Group, has been appointed the sole distributor of commercial and industrial vehicle manufacturer Taylor-Dunn’s products in South Africa.
Jan 28, 2016
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South Africa’s Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill, which was signed into law by President Jacob Zuma in December, is likely to dull the appetite of potential German investors, as provisions contained within the newly enacted legislation effectively deprive...
Jan 25, 2016
Laeveld Sitrus
Three years of intense collaboration between the European Union (EU) and the Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa (CGA) resulted in record South African citrus exports in 2015. Given that the EU is the biggest export market for South African citrus, the...
Jan 25, 2016
The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) is embarking on a nationwide consultation process to solicit inputs from stakeholders on the review of the National Small Business Act and the National Small Business Amendment Act, as well as engage stakeholders on...
Jan 22, 2016
ASPIRING AEROTROPOLIS Infrastructure and service upgrades at O.R. Tambo International could stimulate job growth
If properly implemented, the aerotropolis concept will ultimately lead to improved connectivity, job creation, urbanisation and local accessibility, says airport management company Airports Company South Africa (Acsa).
Jan 22, 2016
HANGAR TIME Acsa's commitment to upgrading and expanding its airports will pay dividends as global air travel increase exponentially
Greater distances, more widely dispersed populations and lack of terrestrial infrastructure makes aviation an essential catalyst for social and economic progress on the African continent, says airport management company Airports Company South Africa (Acsa).
Jan 22, 2016
IN THE PREMIER LEAGUES The Centre for Aviation's chief airports analyst firmly believes that Manchester Airport is one of the best examples of an Airport City development
Airport cities that lack a robust economy, excellent public transport infrastructure and a relatively large and educated population are prone to failure, says independent aviation consultancy Centre for Aviation chief airports analyst David Bentley.
Jan 22, 2016
CYCLOIDAL DRIVE The size 32 Voith Schneider propeller can produce bollard pulls in excess of 70 t
Drive components and systems company Voith’s cycloidal drive marine propulsion system, the Voith Schneider propeller, was chosen to power State-owned freight logistics company Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TPNA’s) new fleet of tugboats, currently under...
Jan 22, 2016
PLANE SAILING SAA's route from Johannesburg to Dar es Salaam has benefited both cities in the last 20 years
South African carrier South African Airways (SAA) celebrated twenty years of flying between Johannesburg and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania last year.
Jan 22, 2016
MALUSI GIGABA Biometric capturing will increase security and alleviate pressure at embassies for transit visas
Following the launch of the pilot test of Transit Visa Biometrics System (TVBS) at the OR Tambo International Airport late last year,  Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says that the baseline implementation of the Phase 1 biometric solution will be completed by...
Jan 22, 2016
The Aerotropolis development taking place along the eastern outskirts of Gauteng around the OR Tambo International Airport aims to leverage the airport and related road and rail transport links to spur economic development in the region. The project aims to grow a...
Jan 21, 2016
President Jacob Zuma
South Africa and Sweden on Thursday agreed to strengthen bilateral ties and cooperation on economic and social development, the Presidency said. President Jacob Zuma and Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven met on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum meeting in...
Jan 20, 2016
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As Cape Town continues to increase its profile as an important hub for South Africa’s financial services industry, the JSE has announced plans to open a new office in the mother city to enhance its service to clients, build and strengthen relationships and provide...
Jan 19, 2016
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President Jacob Zuma has expanded the inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Bilateral Investment Treaties to improve support and assistance to investors wishing to take advantage of investment opportunities in the country. Noting that there was a need to simplify the...
Jan 19, 2016
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has invited South African manufacturers and exporters of mining equipment and related products and services to apply to participate at DRC Mining Week 2016, scheduled to take place on June 8 and 9 in Lubumbashi, in the...
Jan 18, 2016
The value of announced merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions with any sub-Saharan African involvement reached $66.7-billion in 2015, swelling by a hefty 73% on that registered in 2014, estimates from Thomson Reuters and Freeman Consulting have shown. Sub-Saharan...
Jan 18, 2016
US ambassador Patrick Gaspard
“I cannot tell you how ecstatic I am to hear the words ‘Beyond Agoa’. I think I am going to get that printed on a T-shirt,” says US ambassador Patrick Gaspard when asked what the priorities for US–South African relations should be, beyond Agoa. Agoa – the African...
Jan 18, 2016
Hassan Rowhani and Vladimir Putin
The lifting of nuclear-related sanctions on Iran after a decade of international isolation has opened a "new chapter" in the country's history, President Hassan Rowhani said on Sunday. Rowhani hailed the announcement by the European Union and the US that debilitating...
Jan 14, 2016
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Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan
South Africa was not slipping into a recession despite taking substantial hits in a storm of global economic challenges, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan assured the public on Thursday, noting that government would implement new, stronger measures to build the...
Jan 14, 2016
The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) has warned that trade conditions are approaching the "desperate levels" experienced towards the middle of 2009 after the great recession of 2007/8.  The seasonally adjusted composite Trade Activity Index...
Jan 13, 2016
The unanimous adoption of the Paris Agreement and a package of supporting decisions covering climate action in the pre- and post-2020 periods by parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the Paris Climate Change Conference, in...
Jan 12, 2016
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US President Barack Obama
South Africa has received a March 15 deadline to ensure the entry of US poultry within 60 days or lose some of its duty-free benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa); however, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Tuesday assured that the...
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