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Oct 21, 2014
Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina says the department has so far registered 18 qualifying black industrialists in a range of sectors to grow the South African economy. “We will continue to accept applications from industrialists, as we have set a...
Oct 16, 2014
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Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on Thursday took a hardline stance against the European Union’s (EU’s) threat of a ban on South African citrus fruit by tabling the issue with the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The EU had been threatening to refuse entry to...
Oct 10, 2014
LODEWYK CILLIERS South Africa must adopt international best practice regarding IP protection and patent registration to accelerate research, development and commercialisation
Registration of patents and intellectual property (IP) supports innovation and the commercialisation of research and development (R&D) by supporting good business cases, says Spoor & Fisher partner and IP expert Lodewyk Cilliers. Good technology and patent...
Oct 09, 2014
As appreciation of the importance of regional trade integration and liberalisation continues to grow among African governments, States that have endorsed the Tripartite Free Trade Agreement (TFTA) continue to cooperate around the creation of a legal framework to...
Oct 08, 2014
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The degree to which a country in Africa and elsewhere practices good governance and embraces transparency is a greater determinant of investment from European Union (EU) States than the actual cost of the investment itself, EU ambassador to South Africa Roeland van...
Oct 08, 2014
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Kuseni Dlamini
Africa’s developmental challenges can only truly be met through the mainstreaming of public–private partnerships (PPPs) that drive the creation of a shared value in the pursuit of profits and the development of infrastructure, it was held at the EY Strategic Growth...
Oct 08, 2014
President Jacob Zuma
KwaZulu-Natal’s Dube TradePort would contribute R5.6-billion to South Africa’s gross domestic product and create about 150 225 jobs by 2060, President Jacob Zuma told a gathering of public and private sector stakeholders and investors at the formal opening of the...
Oct 02, 2014
Proposals by a local authority to impose new taxes on cargo at Kenya's main port has drawn opposition from the government and shippers, saying it will hike import prices and make the east African trade hub less competitive. The government, keen to see off emerging...
Oct 01, 2014
Sep 30, 2014
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Sep 30, 2014
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Sep 26, 2014
 
 
 
Sep 26, 2014
IAN LOURENS The group’s investments and acquisitions during the year were focused on improving its long-term sustainability and growth
The good performance of JSE-listed logistics firm OneLogix’s new acquisitions and startup companies highlight the group’s significant managerial capabilities and the entrepreneurial flair that the group aims to retain in each, says OneLogix CEO Ian Lourens. Revenue...
Sep 25, 2014
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Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies believes South Africa should mimic the Japanese model of developing small manufacturing enterprises in close geographical proximity to large industries, thereby enabling small industrialists to supply inputs directly into the...
Sep 24, 2014
An event aimed at promoting trade and investment between India and Africa has been postponed due to concerns over the deadly Ebola outbreak, India's Foreign Affairs Ministry said on Wednesday.
Sep 23, 2014
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A high-level delegation of government representatives, led by President Jacob Zuma, will this week attend a series of events organised by the Open Government Partnership (OGP), scheduled to take place on the margins of the sixty-ninth United Nations General Assembly,...
Sep 22, 2014
Mogamad Sadick Davids
The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has announced ambitious plans for the expansion of metals beneficiation initiatives and metals sector investments in South Africa through its newly unveiled 2014-2024 metals cluster strategy, which it hopes will attract...
Sep 19, 2014
President Jacob Zuma would next month officially launch the Dube Tradeport, in Durban, as an industrial development zone (IDZ), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced on Friday. At the launch event, which was scheduled to take place on October 7, the...
Sep 19, 2014
MODULAR APPROACH Johnson Controls’ modular system can be grouped with up to eight mini-chillers that are either 40 kW, 60 kW, 80 kW, 100 kW or 140 kW
Technology group Johnson Controls launched its mini-chiller heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) solution, which can be used in series as a modular solution, in May this year. Johnson Controls building efficiency GM Neil Cameron notes that the South...
Sep 19, 2014
Global energy management specialists Schneider Electric announced at its Xperience Efficiency event in Johannesburg, which took place last month, that the new range of Zelio temperature controllers and accessories is now available to the South African market. These...
Sep 16, 2014
Inga dam, DRC
South Africa is committed to working closely with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to strengthen and deepen bilateral trade relations and to develop the country’s economy, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) acting deputy director-general Yunus Hoosen said...
Sep 12, 2014
Specialist wire supplier Nockers Engineering Products notes that the manufacturing decline, which started in all local sectors in 2002 has either led to industry consolidation or company closure. “Many local component manufacturers have become importers of finished...
 
 
 
 
Sep 12, 2014
PFUNGWA SERIMA SAP Africa’s focus over the next year will be on knowledge transfer and skills development, coverage and partnerships
Enterprise resource planning giant SAP will invest $500-million in its African operations until 2020, with the short-term aim of broadening its skills development initiatives and local presence on the continent, says SAP Africa CEO Pfungwa Serima. “Each quarter, SAP...
Sep 11, 2014
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Sep 11, 2014
Bidvest CEO Brian Joffe
After announcing earlier this month that it would evaluate the potential benefits of listing its food service operations on the LSE, consumer goods group Bidvest has appointed Barclays Bank and Investec Bank to carry out preliminary investigations to determine the...
Sep 10, 2014
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A recent report by Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) has revealed a drop in Africa’s investment attractiveness ratings in 2014, with 22 countries receiving lower scores than last year. The fourth yearly ‘Where to Invest in Africa 2014/15 – A Guide to Corporate Investment’...
Sep 10, 2014
The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) seasonally adjusted Trade Activity Index (TAI) contracted by four index points for the second consecutive month in August, ending the month at 43 points – nine points below the seasonally adjusted TAI of...
Sep 05, 2014
A high-level UK delegation will arrive in the country next week for a visit that will  focus on strengthening commercial opportunities, science and innovation, skills development and education relations with South Africa. The delegation will be led by the Mayor of...
Sep 05, 2014
In a drive to create market access for South African products and services in the South-East Asia market, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will, later this month, lead a business delegation comprising 17 South African companies on an outward selling mission...
Sep 05, 2014
Worldwide, aviation safely transports more than three billion people a year. It is, as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) points out, the safest form of transport there is. Everywhere, aviation has become a key factor in economic growth. Africa is no...
Sep 05, 2014
Established in 2014 through the merger of South Africa’s two leading industrial packing solution entities, PackSolve is the largest diversified industrial packaging group in the Southern African Development Community. The company, which has an order book of...
Sep 05, 2014
The South American country of Peru has been one of the leading socioeconomic development successes of the past 25 years. Just over a decade ago, the country's poverty rate was almost 60%. By 2009, it had fallen to 33.5%, then to 30.8% in 2010, 27.8% in 2011, 25.8% in...
 
 
 
 
Sep 03, 2014
JSE-listed branded consumer goods and beverages group Clover expects headline earnings a share for the year ended June 30 to be between 11.8% and 16.8% lower than the prior year’s 119.9c. Earnings a share were likely to be between 20.7% and 25.7% lower than the...
Sep 01, 2014
Bidvest CEO Brian Joffe
Appraising a financial year characterised by an “increasingly disruptive” strike-hit fourth quarter, service, trading and distribution company Bidvest CEO Brian Joffe has described the company’s overall results as “satisfactory”, buoyed somewhat by a strong showing...
Sep 01, 2014
The seasonally adjusted Kagiso Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose by 3.1 index points to 49 in August, signalling a return to more normal manufacturing output levels following months of production disruptions owing to industrial action in the platinum mining and...
Sep 01, 2014
Reiterating that the economy would remain the country’s apex priority over the next five years, President Jacob Zuma at the weekend urged South African ambassadors and high commissioners stationed abroad to prepare themselves for “vigorous” marketing and trade...
Aug 29, 2014
Welding and construction-related equipment supplier Renttech South Africa’s acquisitions of East London-based gas and welding supplier East Coast Industries (ECI), in July, has offorded Renttech South Africa a far greater presence in the Eastern Cape. “With branches...
Aug 26, 2014
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Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has urged the public not to make use of so-called “runners”, who claimed that the only way to get a company registered at the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) was to pay them a fee. Responding to concerns...
Aug 25, 2014
A delegation of 29 export-ready companies supported by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) have arrived in Maputo, Mozambique, to showcase South African products and services at the fiftieth Jubilee of the Feira International de Maputo (Facim) Fair between...
Aug 20, 2014
Dr Rob Davies
With the preparations for ten new special economic zones (SEZs) to be completed within the next six months, the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry said on Wednesday it was pleased with the progress made by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in this...
Aug 19, 2014
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Dr Rob Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has lauded the success of the Companies Act of 2008, which, when it was implemented in 2011, had many stakeholders nervous of South Africa’s readiness to embrace such a major reform. Speaking at the Company Law Symposium, in...
Aug 15, 2014
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While certain business representative bodies have thrown their weight behind government's initiative to create a class of black industrialists within the next three years, black economic-empowerment (BEE) advisory firm EconoBEE believes that the related matter of...
 
 
 
 
Aug 14, 2014
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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) intends to make sweeping changes to black economic-empowerment (BEE) certification processes and preferential procurement policy in a bid to create a class of black industrialists and accelerate “radical” transformation in...
Aug 14, 2014
Trade activity was in negative territory during July with pressure on the trade sector having been broad based as a result of uncertain economic prospects, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Thursday. Sacci’s seasonally adjusted...
Aug 12, 2014
Hoping to dispel the notion that a landlocked country is largely disadvantaged by the insular nature of its borders, Zambian High Commissioner to South Africa Muyeba Chikonde has outlined the country’s plans to establish itself as a regional trade hub that is highly...
Aug 12, 2014
South Africa and Africa in general benefitted immensely from the recent US-Africa Leaders’ Summit held in Washington last week, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Tuesday. “By and large, there are a lot of positive things we gained from the summit… The...
Aug 12, 2014
Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde
Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde has appointed new board members for the province’s trade and investment promotion agency, Wesgro.   Former Pentech vice-chancellor Professor Brian Figaji has been appointed to lead the 14-person board, which...
 
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