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Metallon may pay suppliers in gold amid Zimbabwe cash shortage

By: Bloomberg     18th September 2018 Metallon Corp. is considering paying mining-equipment suppliers in gold because a cash shortage in Zimbabwe is hampering its plan to expand output, Chief Executive Officer Mzi Khumalo said. Zimbabwe, which abandoned its own currency in 2009 because of hyperinflation, has faced cash shortages for... 

Poultry industry takes on US chicken quota as court case brews

By: News24Wire      17th September 2018 The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) wants government to review the quota of US poultry imports, following the imposition of tariffs on local aluminium and steel products. In court papers filed in the North Gauteng Court, the organisation argues that US tariffs on SA steel and aluminium... 

Multistakeholder initiative to see the development of an agri-industrial hub in Gauteng

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th September 2018 A multistakeholder initiative will see the development of prototype large-scale agriculture and bio-energy agri-industrial hub on 30 000 ha of land across the Merafong City local municipality and Rand West local municipality, in the greater West Rand district. This follows the signing of a... 

Pioneer expo to promote, enhance local manufacturing

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th September 2018 South African capital equipment representative the South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC) will host the pioneer Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo next year to promote localisation and showcase the country’s manufacturing industry, SACEEC CEO Eric Bruggeman tells... 

Parliament to debate recession, fuel price hikes

By: News24Wire      12th September 2018 Parliament will debate record fuel prices and ideas for economic revival on Wednesday afternoon.  Last week Stats SA announced that SA had slipped into a technical recession - defined as two successive quarters of negative economic growth - for the first time since 2009.  

Tongaat's Ntshongweni urban development gets go-ahead

By: African News Agency      12th September 2018 Agricultural group Tongaat Hulett says it has all approvals in place for its Ntshongweni urban development after 20 years of planning. Tongaat said on Tuesday breaking ground on the mixed use development was due to commence in the first quarter of 2019. 

July manufacturing output up 2.9%

By: Reuters     11th September 2018 South Africa's industrial output expanded in July as food and motor vehicle output rose, easing pressure on an economy that recently slipped into recession and is struggling for investment amidst policy uncertainty and possible credit downgrades. The statistics agency in Africa's most... 

Davies to attend G20 meeting

By: African News Agency      11th September 2018 South Africa's trade and industry minister Rob Davies will attend a meeting with peers from the G20 global grouping in Argentina set to focus on the agriculture sector, his department said on Tuesday. The G20 or Group of Twenty is an international forum for the governments of Argentina,... 

Conservative hiring intentions by employers anticipated in the last quarter - survey

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th September 2018 South African employers expect conservative hiring intentions, across all industries nationally, for the fourth quarter, the ManPowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey (MEOS) has found. Fourteen per cent of employers expect to increase staffing levels, 8% forecast a decrease and 78% anticipate no... 

Tongaat Hulett appoints interim CEO

By: Simone Liedtke     7th September 2018 Sydney Mtsambiwa has been appointed as the interim CEO of JSE-listed agriculture and agroprocessing group Tongaat Hulett, with effect from November 1, following the retirement of long-serving CEO Peter Staude. Mtsambiwa will serve as the interim CEO until the board has finalised the appointment... 

Expropriation without compensation could 'trigger classical banking crisis' – Nedbank

By: African News Agency      7th September 2018 Expropriating property without compensation could "trigger a classical banking crisis", Nedbank chief executive Mike Brown told MPs on Friday. Brown was participating in the last round of public hearings by a parliamentary committee probing whether section 25 of the Constitution needs to be... 

SA is not actually in a recession – economist

By: News24Wire      7th September 2018 South Africa is not in a recession, despite the latest gross domestic product (GDP) figures released by Statistics South Africa, economist Roelof Botha said on Thursday. South Africa slipped into what is generally considered a technical recession - defined as two successive quarters of negative... 

5G on its way, but roll-out to be pursued on a case-by-case basis

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th September 2018 The rush to test and implement fifth-generation (5G) services has already started, however, this time around, the latest technological advancement will not be built up or deployed in the same manner as preceding technologies, but rather be implemented on a use case basis. Despite the fact that... 

5G on its way, but roll-out to be pursued on a case-by-case basis

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th September 2018 The rush to test and implement fifth-generation (5G) services has already started, however, this time around, the latest technological advancement will not be built up or deployed in the same manner as preceding technologies, but rather be implemented on a use case basis. Despite the fact that... 

Vesconite

7th September 2018 Self-lubricated polymer bearings and bushes manufacturer VescoPlastics welcomes visitors to its stand (Hall 6 Stand C23) at Electra Mining Africa, which will be held at Nasrec, Johannesburg, from September 10 to 14. VescoPlastics caters for most bearing and wear-plate-bearing requirements of the... 

South Africa’s rating under threat as economy enters recession

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th September 2018 South Africa’s slide into a technical recession in the second quarter is a timely warning and reminder for the country to get its economy in order, failing which it will lose its only investment grade rating, says Business Unity South Africa CEO Tanya Cohen. Moody’s Investors Service said in... 

Tiny beetle is killing SA's trees – and nothing can stop it

By: News24Wire      5th September 2018 A beetle smaller than a sesame seed is killing huge trees throughout South Africa, and little can be done to stop it. The polyphagous shot hole borer, a native of southeast Asia no bigger than 2mm, has found its way to South Africa and is infesting trees at an alarming rate. According to... 

South Africa in technical recession as second quarter GDP falls

By: News24Wire      4th September 2018 South Africa has officially entered a technical recession, after Stats SA announced on Tuesday that the country's real gross domestic product (GDP) had decreased by 0.7% in the second quarter of the year. This follows a GDP contraction of 2.2% in the first quarter. A technical recession is two... 

Bidvest lifts FY18 HEPS despite volatile market

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd September 2018 JSE-listed services, trading and distribution company Bidvest on Monday declared a final dividend of 301c a share, bringing the total dividend for the financial year ended June 30 to 556c, amid a volatile market, which the company said was characterised by weak economic growth and consumer spend,... 

Grindrod reports strong recovery in interim earnings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st August 2018 Freight and financial services group Grindrod has achieved a strong year-on-year recovery in the six months to June 30, with its earnings a share having increased to 317c, compared with a loss a share of 11.5c in the first half of 2017. Headline earnings a share were 3.8c, compared with a... 

Narrowing divide

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     31st August 2018 The mobile phone has undergone an almost dramatic transition in the past two decades from a status symbol affordable only by the well-to-do to a ubiquitous device that even those of very modest means now regard as a must-have. The market penetration of this handy invention has been facilitated by... 

Dawn to cut staff, costs amid economic pressures

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th August 2018 JSE-listed Distribution and Warehousing Network (Dawn) will implement a large-scale cost reduction plan to position the company for recovery. It said on Tuesday that the plan will entail a significant cost reduction in terms of the company's head office, through a staff reduction and reduced... 

De Beers, UN Women to support women micro-entrepreneurs in South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     28th August 2018 Diamond miner De Beers and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in South Africa have launched a capacity-building programme, which aims to support 500 women micro-entrepreneurs in the Blouberg and Musina communities, near De Beers’ Venetia diamond... 

Agricultural organisations commit to developing national strategy

By: Simone Liedtke     27th August 2018 The presidents of the African Farmers Association of South Africa (Afasa), the National African Farmers Union of South Africa (Nafu SA), Agri SA and the Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa (Tau-SA), as members of the Agri Sector Unity Forum (Asuf), on Monday declared their intent to work... 

Nigerian economy loses momentum in Q2 as oil sector contracts

By: Reuters     27th August 2018 Nigeria's economic growth dipped to 1.50% year on year between April and June, the statistics office said on Monday, extending a slowdown into a second quarter as the oil sector contracted. Largely dependent on its rich crude reserves, Nigeria's economy began climbing out of its first recession... 

Sibanye expects Lonmin competition finality October 

By: Martin Creamer     27th August 2018 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater expects Competition Commission finality on its proposed acquisition of platinum company Lonmin in October, following the closure of its transaction with surface gold mining company DRDGold, which is expected to make a positive contribution to... 

Uncertainty over land expropriation to deter investment – IHS Markit

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th August 2018 The threat of land expropriation without compensation (EWC) is likely to deter investment up until the 2019 elections and a while afterwards, says global information provider IHS Markit. “Uncertainty over property rights is likely to deter fixed investment, limit government revenue and lower... 

Software well suited for food and beverage industry

By: Halima Frost     24th August 2018 Having supplied big beverage and baking goods suppliers with its software, Syspro believes that its Syspro 8 system is well suited to the food and beverage industry. The Syspro 8 system includes the integration of several new features, comprising machine learning, and social media as... 

African cacao-producing country starts making top-quality chocolate

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th August 2018 Cooperation between a South African and a British business has resulted in the establishment of the first ever chocolate factory in the West African island state of São Tomé e Príncipe. The enterprises are HBD Venture Capital (HBD standing for “Here Be Dragons”), an enterprise of South African... 

Nothing comes before safe production – Sibanye-Stillwater 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd August 2018 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater on Thursday spent the most part of its half-year presentation of financial results reiterating ongoing commitment to safe production and taking safety to the next level. The Johannesburg- and New York-listed company, which reported 26%-higher... 

Gauteng rapid land release programme to be launched next week

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd August 2018 Gauteng Premier David Makhura will, on August 31, launch the province’s rapid land release programme, in which he plans to make provincial land and buildings available for the development of human settlements and for urban agriculture projects. Speaking at the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and... 

EAIF backs billion-dollar Nigeria fertiliser plant

By: Anine Kilian     22nd August 2018 The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) on Wednesday announced the financial close of its 11-year $35-million loan to Indorama Eleme Fertiliser & Chemicals (IEFCL). The transaction is part of the financing of a $1.1-billion expansion of IEFCL’s existing fertiliser plant at Port Harcourt,... 

No land grabs allowed – ANC assures AgriSA  

By: Sashnee Moodley     21st August 2018 Agricultural industry association AgriSA said on Tuesday that it welcomed the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) policy commitments regarding agrarian reform and agricultural property with respect to the ongoing debate on the expropriation of land without compensation. AgriSA and representatives... 

AgriSA meeting with the ANC "successful"

By: News24Wire      21st August 2018 AgriSA president Dan Kriek met President Cyril Ramaphosa in Cape Town on Tuesday, while the organisation's CEO, Omri van Zyl, held talks with Deputy President David Mabuza in Johannesburg. The meetings were part of two separate consultation processes: Kriek met Ramaphosa as part of the... 

Land Bank says land expropriation could trigger default

By: Reuters     21st August 2018 South Africa's State-owned Land Bank said on Monday a plan to allow the State to seize land without compensation could trigger defaults that could cost the government R41-billion rand if the bank's rights as a creditor are not protected. Land Bank is a specialist bank providing financial services... 

Expediting infrastructure development to address rapid urbanisation

By: Donald Makhafola     17th August 2018 With increasing urbanisation and technological advancement in African countries, the need for more robust and sophisticated infrastructure to support and sustain this growth is essential, says global engineering consultancy firm SRK Consulting partner and principal civil engineer James Morris.... 

KML bearings from BI a perfect fit for food-and-beverage applications

16th August 2018 The KML range of corrosion-resistant, food-grade ball bearings, distributed exclusively in Southern Africa by leading supplier BI, continue to set the quality and hygiene benchmark in the food-and-beverage industry. With over 35 years’ experience in power transmission, KML Bearings has developed... 

Hawks investigate cases related to Gupta-loot worth more than R40bn

By: News24Wire      16th August 2018 The Hawks are investigating cases related to the Guptas' state capture project that involves more than R40 billion which has been plundered from state coffers. Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya presented the Hawks' progress in several cases of state capture to the Portfolio Committee on Police on... 

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