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Apr 16, 2014
The enrolment of students into technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges has grown by 131% since 2010 but there are still challenges that must be addressed through industry and college partnerships.
Apr 15, 2014
While trade activity remained in positive territory during March it was still restrained, found the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) Trade Conditions Survey, released on Tuesday. Sacci’s trade activity index (TAI) for March, at a level...
Apr 14, 2014
World trade is expected to grow by 4.7% in 2014 and at a slightly faster rate of 5.3% in 2015, World Trade Organisation (WTO) economists said on Monday, upgrading their growth prediction for the year from a preliminary forecast of 4.5% trade growth for the 12 months....
Apr 14, 2014
Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe
Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe says government will not achieve its employment creation targets without the contribution of the private sector, as the State’s role lies largely in the creation of a business environment conducive to job...
Apr 11, 2014
Retail giant Massmart has announced the resignation of CEO Grant Pattison, effective June 1, and the appointment of COO Guy Hayward as his successor. Pattison joined Massmart in 1998 and was appointed CEO in 2007, leading the group through a “significant” period,...
Apr 11, 2014
Manufacturer of gratings, stair treads, pressed floors and safety handrails Vital Engineering (Vital) reports that its custom-made range of flooring products prioritise safety while also reducing the overall cost to the client through providing for ease of...
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...
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Mar 28, 2014
Globalisation. Love it or hate it, it is the economically dominant phenomenon of today. As much free trade as possible encompassing as many countries as possible, to mutual benefit and enrichment. Many countries have enjoyed rapid economic growth. Of course, when...
Mar 28, 2014
With more than 150 years of providing financial services and support to the agriculture sector, South African financial institute Standard Bank remains at the forefront of agricultural development with key partnerships with major agricultural role players, aimed at...
Mar 25, 2014
Xavier Carim
Despite the Ninth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), held in Bali, Indonesia, from December 3 to 7, 2013, having resulted in some important agreements, South Africa remains uneasy about the current trends in global trade negotiations. This...
Mar 24, 2014
High-level representatives from the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) alignment met on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit, in The Hague, Netherlands, on Monday, reflecting on the political developments in their regions and reviewing...
Mar 24, 2014
South African Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and his Saudi counterpart, Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, revealed at the fifth session of the South Africa-Saudi Arabia Joint Economic Commission (JEC) earlier this month that total trade between the two States more than...
Mar 21, 2014
Markets that can provide robust growth for specific industries remain the focus of trade show exhibition company Singapore Exhibition Ventures (Singex) to enable its exhibitors to access lucrative and sustainable business opportunities, says Singex CEO Aloysius...
Mar 21, 2014
Black-controlled investment company Brimstone says although 2013 was a challenging year, the financial results for the year ended December 31, 2013, were satisfactory.
Mar 21, 2014
The Federation of Gujarat Industries (FGI) hopes that its recent nine day trade mission to South Africa will, on its own, generate at least $10-million in bilateral trade. So stated FGI senior VP and mission head Janak Seth at a trade briefing in Sandton (north...
Mar 20, 2014
South Africa has been ranked number 34 out of 160 countries in the World Bank’s 2014 Logistics Performance Index (LPI), which is topped by Germany, with Somalia ranked lowest. Africa’s largest economy remained the continent’s highest placed LPI participant, but...
Mar 20, 2014
The Department of Trade and Industry, Proudly South African and Brand SA on Wednesday night honoured the country’s top business achievers, bestowing several awards at the second yearly South Africa (SA) Premier Business Awards, in Sandton. The awards recognised...
Mar 20, 2014
Leveraging off the “major” development of South Africa’s inclusion in the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) alignment, South Africa continues to expand its international trade footprint, growing bilateral trade with China by 32% in the last...
Mar 14, 2014
A customer information system that analyses large volumes of customer data in near real time to segment customers and present them with offers based on their buying patterns is being used in South Africa to boost sales volumes, says customer engagement company...
Mar 13, 2014
Trade activity improved in February and was at stronger levels than in January and February 2013, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said in its Trade Conditions Survey on Thursday. After dipping into negative territory in December 2013 (44)...
Mar 07, 2014
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The South African Revenue Service on Friday hiked the import duties of certain screws, bolts and fasteners to level the competitive playing field for local producers. The International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) said in a statement that...
Mar 07, 2014
The growing demand for beer, carbonated soft drinks and other beverages in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is expected to expand the sub-region’s beverage manufacturing sector between 2012 and 2019, global growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan says in a statement. This...
Mar 07, 2014
PITSO SEKHOTO Makolobane farm is in communication with Nigerian business people about building feed factories in Nigeria
Free State-based cattle, maize and orchard farm Makolobane Farmers Enterprises founder Pitso Sekhoto tells Engineering News that a four-day Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) business trip to Nigeria from December 2 and 6, has provided an opportunity for South...
Mar 06, 2014
The Federation of Gujarat Industries (FGI) hopes that its current, nine day, trade mission to South Africa will, on its own, generate at least $10-million in bilateral trade. So stated FGI senior VP and mission head Janak Seth at a trade briefing in Sandton (north...
Mar 06, 2014
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The Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) exported about 4.49-million tons of coal during February, as opposed to 4.57-million tons in January, the terminal reported on Thursday. The majority, or 58%, of the coal exported in February headed to Asia, followed by Europe at...
Feb 25, 2014
The JSE group, which is currently finalising its results for the 12 months ended December 31, expects basic earnings per share (EPS) for the period to be between 63% and 73% higher than the previous year’s 351.8c a share, while headline earnings per share (HEPS)...
Feb 24, 2014
Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Elizabeth Thabethe
A delegation of forty businesses people, led by Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Elizabeth Thabethe, is visiting Chennai and Mumbai in India this week for the fifth yearly Investment in Trade Initiative (ITI), aimed at creating market access for South African...
Feb 21, 2014
The unveiling of JSE-listed Clover’s newly expanded Queensburgh production and distribution facility, in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, this week, marked the conclusion of the company’s aggressive three-year, multimillion-rand Cielo Blu project. The branded consumer...
Feb 20, 2014
US Ambassador Patrick Gaspard has urged the South African government to take heed of growing appeals from sections of American business for a levelling of the trade playing field ahead of upcoming deliberations on the extension of the Africa Growth and Opportunity...
Feb 14, 2014
The new sea port being constructed by Rotterdam to handle the biggest new cargo ships now entering service or being planned should start operation by the end of this year. Hitherto, Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, has been entirely a river port. Even so, it is the...
Feb 13, 2014
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Logistics specialist Super Group (SG) has filed a prospectus with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) in respect of an initial public offering (IPO) of existing shares in its Australia-listed subsidiary SG Fleet Group and a listing of SG Fleet...
Feb 13, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
A fact-finding mission to Jordan by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has revealed that the Middle Eastern country is “teeming” with a range of investment opportunities into which South African companies can tap. The department said on Thursday that most...
Feb 13, 2014
BLSA chairperson Bobby Godsell
Following a reshuffle of its executive body, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has announced changes to its board of directors, which would now comprise several of South Africa’s heavy-hitters in business. The new board, effective from February 20, would be...
Feb 11, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies says the impact and success of the Buy Local Campaign, which was launched by 2001, remains dependent on the extent to which the private sector and consumers threw their weight behind the initiative, which aims to add impetus...
Feb 11, 2014
Trade conditions have deteriorated further in January, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) Trade Conditions Survey, released on Tuesday, has found. Sacci’s seasonally adjusted trade activity index (TAI) tapered by one index point to...
Feb 07, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
South Africa was not averse to bilateral investment treaties (BITs), Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Friday, stating that government would still consider establishing these in future should there be a compelling economic or political reason why a...
Feb 07, 2014
South Africa-based lubricants supplier Triangle Lubricants has increased its sales calls by 25% since using tablet-based software development company Field Office’s HoneyBee application. Triangle Lubricants sales manager Christoff Sonnekus notes that the company...
Feb 06, 2014
After an absence of five years from apparel and gift market Atlanta’s Americasmart Showrooms, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has re-established a permanent showroom to showcase local products manufactured by small businesses and cooperatives. This was...
Feb 03, 2014
City of Houston mayor Annise Parker
In a bid to deepen the city’s trade relationship with South Africa, business, government and industry representatives from the self-titled “energy capital of the world”, the city of Houston, in the US, have embarked on a one-week trade mission to the country,...
Jan 31, 2014
Preparations for the inaugural food and drink technology Africa 2014 trade fair and conference are progressing smoothly and the event will be an opportunity to expose the African market to international investors and technologies.
Jan 30, 2014
President Jacob Zuma has signed into law the Broad-Based Black Economic-Empowerment (BBBEE) Amendment Bill of 2013, which Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies says will streamline the monitoring and evaluation of empowerment and “significantly” enhance the...
Jan 28, 2014
New local airline Khuphuka Kings Airways would in February start regular cargo flights into Africa from Durban’s Dube TradePort, which hosted the King Shaka International Airport in KwaZulu-Natal. The airline, owned by Khuphuka Investments Holdings, had secured...
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