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Business process outsourcing to increase job opportunities in Western Cape

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 Business process outsourcing (BPO) industry body and investment promotion agency Business Process Enabling South Africa (BPESA) continues to create jobs in South Africa’s BPO sector by increasing the jobs that are projected to be created across South Africa by the industry from 30 800 currently... 

Company aligns with South Africa regulations

     2nd December 2016 Transportation, logistics and supply chain service provider Cargo Carriers has responded to the South African government’s Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) regulations with enthusiasm and has a host of initiatives in the pipeline. “BBBEE regulations actually talk to our company’s... 

Continued investment growth foreseen in Western Cape

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 The Western Cape is increasingly being recognised as a feasible alternative gateway into South Africa or Africa, owing to it contributing 14.3% of the country’s gross domestic product, making it the second biggest provincial economy in the country, says engineering and design company WSP |... 

It don’t matter if you’re black or white

By: Riaan de Lange     2nd December 2016 No, it don’t matter - rather, grammatically it doesn’t matter. It’s not supposed too, but then, in South Africa’s instance it does. Unfortunately, it does. It has been for living memory, and there is no indication that this would not be the case in the foreseeable future. It might not have... 

Ria Pelser

     2nd December 2016 This week we feature Ria Pelser, owner/director of Interpast, which is involved in the manufacturing and development of quality control equipment for companies such as South African Breweries and SABMiller (ABInbev), Distell, Coca-Cola, Heineken and Pioneer Foods   

Sasol appoints new HR executive

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2016 Charlotte Mokoena has been appointed Sasol human resources (HR) and corporate affairs executive VP, effective February 1, 2017. As part of the group executive committee, she will direct and oversee Sasol’s global HR and corporate affairs functions in line with the group’s strategic aims. 

Porsche to open technician training centre in Cape Town

By: Irma Venter     30th November 2016 German sports car manufacturer Porsche will, from the middle of next year, train 75 young South Africans from disadvantaged backgrounds as service technicians at its new Porsche Training and Recruitment Centre, in Cape Town. The course has a duration of three years. Those who complete the course... 

Britain, Mongolia pledge to do more mining together

By: Reuters     30th November 2016 Britain and Mongolia signed their first memorandum of understanding in the mining sector on Tuesday, pledging an exchange of technology and expertise, and deepening ties based on Rio Tinto's huge copper mine in the South Gobi desert. The agreement, signed on the sidelines of a mining conference... 

NEPAD and the Implementation of Africa's Renewable Energy Project Initiative

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th November 2016 NEPAD, being the implementing arm of the African Union (AU), is embarking upon an exercise that accelerates the development and implementation of Africa's High Priority Renewable Energy Projects. This is the NEPAD Agency's contribution to the implementation of the Africa Renewable Energy... 

AfDB appoints new regional director-generals to roll out business plans

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th November 2016 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has appointed Dr Tonia Kandiero as DG of its Southern Africa regional development and business delivery office, effective December 1. The office forms part of the AfDB’s new business approach to accelerate its business and development impacts across the continent. 

Manufacturing Circle believes Vaal Triangle should be zoned for special economic development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th November 2016 If government declares the Vaal Triangle a special economic zone, it will not only attract investment back to the area, but also reignite the manufacturing industry, creating jobs and more prosperity. Manufacturing Circle chairperson Andre de Ruyter said on Friday that this could be carried out... 

Inside the South Africa leg of Unilever’s globally recognised push for sustainability

By: Dylan Slater     25th November 2016 For the third consecutive year, consumer goods manufacturer Unilever has been rated as the Number 1 Top Employer in the manufacturing sector as well as the Number 1 Top Employer in the fast moving consumer goods sector in Africa by the Top Employers Institute. The company also features as the... 

Company supports plastic waste management  

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics will sponsor the inaugural African Marine Waste Network (AMWN) conference next year.   The AMWN was launched in July this year by the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST), plastics industry representative... 

Historical corporate social investment reaches end of useful life – ERM

By: Dylan Slater     25th November 2016 New, precise and penetrating methods of measuring social impact are driving radical revisions to corporate social investment (CSI) as practised by big business and global investors, according to sustainability consultancy Environmental Resources Management (ERM) Southern Africa.  

Inside the South Africa leg of Unilever’s globally recognised push for sustainability

By: Dylan Slater     25th November 2016 For the third consecutive year, consumer goods manufacturer Unilever has been rated as the Number 1 Top Employer in the manufacturing sector as well as the Number 1 Top Employer in the fast moving consumer goods sector in Africa by the Top Employers Institute. 

Johan van den Berg

By: David Oliveira     25th November 2016 This week we feature Johan van den Berg, MD of Averda South Africa, an integrated waste management solutions provider   

Rail freight system will benefit economy, reduce road maintenance

By: Nadine James     25th November 2016 To limit the damage to the national and provincial road networks – primarily caused by heavy-duty freight vehicles – and cut down on resulting maintenance, government should ensure that South Africa has a workable and reliable rail freight service, says auditing and consulting firm KPMG. KPMG... 

Trumped by the Hunger Games

By: Keith Campbell     25th November 2016 Well, you can’t say I didn’t warn you. Now that we have US President-elect Donald Trump I feel entitled to remind you that, in my previous column, when many were assuming that rival candidate Hillary Clinton would triumph, I wrote "don’t fool yourselves – Trump could still win”. But I can only... 

AfDB board approves Boost Africa Investment Programme

By: Anine Kilian     24th November 2016 The African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) board of directors has approved the €50-million Boost Africa Investment Programme – a package of investments in various venture, seed, accelerator and incubator funds that aim to support innovative start-ups and early-stage small businesses across Africa.... 

BASF in South Africa supports mathematics and science education initiative

     24th November 2016 BASF in South Africa donates R200 000 to iGEMS programme. Programme aimed at supporting the study of Mathematics and Science amongst the disadvantaged communities of the Nelson Mandela Metropole. Collaborative venture aims to support the chemical and manufacturing industries by providing skilled... 

Enko Education launches its first South African school

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd November 2016 Enko Education this month launched its first school in South Africa, bringing its total in sub-Saharan Africa to seven schools. The school, located in Ferndale, will teach a curriculum that is based on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organisation norms. Its programmes lead to the completion... 

Home Affairs kicks off civil records digitisation project

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd November 2016 The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) and Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) have taken the first steps in the R200-million digitisation of South Africa’s 286-million civil records – 90% of which are in paper format. DHA and Stats SA have combined their resources to digitise birth, marriage and... 

“Public Participation Is Crucial To Progressing Sa’s Electricity Plan” - SAFCEI

     23rd November 2016 Yesterday, South Africans got their first glimpse at the Department of Energy’s (DoE) proposed electricity plans. The proposals suggested in the plan came as no surprise to the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environmental Institute (SAFCEI) and Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA-JHB), who... 

FibreCo appoints Business Development Executive

     22nd November 2016 FibreCo Telecommunications today announced the appointment of Sammy Thamsanqa Mafu as its Business Development Executive.  This strategic and pivotal role will help drive the growth of the company, driving new business initiatives as well as aligning FibreCo’s growth strategy with the... 

Casinos host fun chess tournaments

     22nd November 2016 A series of fun Tsogo Sun Moves for Life chess tournaments for both learners and teachers were hosted around the country by eight sponsoring casinos in September and October to mark the end of another successful chess year. Nationally, Tsogo Sun Moves for Life operates in 57 schools around the... 

South Africa matters to the US – Ambassador Gaspard

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd November 2016 In the wake of concerns and uncertainties surrounding South Africa’s future US trade structure since billionaire businessperson and US President-elect Donald Trump won what was described as the most personality-driven political election in US history, US Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard... 

Creecy unveils R250bn Gauteng budget, warns on risk late invoice payments pose

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd November 2016 Departmental accruals, where invoices from one financial year are forwarded for payment in the following financial year, pose a threat to the overall financial health of the Gauteng provincial government (GPG) and its R250-billion Medium Term Budget, Finance MEC Barbara Creecy said on Tuesday.... 

Didipio mine wins prestigious environmental award

By: Mariaan Webb     21st November 2016 The Didipio gold and copper mine, which the Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) mine audit team earlier this year recommended for suspension, has scooped a prestigious environmental award. Melbourne-based OceanaGold’s mine has been awarded the Presidential Mineral... 

SKF announces 30% equity transaction with Golelo Trust

     18th November 2016 On 16th November 2016 the management of SKF South Africa (Pty) Ltd. are pleased to announce the recent signing of a black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) ownership agreement with black women owned Golelo Trust. Despite ongoing policies and programmes to address the imbalances of the past,... 

Côte d’Ivoire to benefit from joint Randgold, Newcrest exploration

By: Martin Creamer     18th November 2016 Côte d’Ivoire, which is fast becoming the darling of mining investors, will soon be on the beneficial receiving end of a joint Randgold Resources and Newcrest exploration thrust in the south-east of the West African country. London-listed gold discoverer and developer Randgold announced on Friday... 

UNSW hopes to lure mining students

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th November 2016 The New South Wales minerals sector has offered A$1.14-million worth of scholarships to encourage enrolments for mining engineering degrees at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). UNSW school of mining engineering head Paul Hagan said on Friday that the enrolments for mining engineering... 

CSIR reassessing funding model as grant uncertainty rises

By: Keith Campbell     18th November 2016 The Chairperson of the Board of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Dr Thokozani Majozi, has warned that the organisation is going to have to re-look at its funding model. He was giving the keynote address at the biennial CSIR Excellence Awards held in Pretoria recently. He... 

Hans Coertse

     18th November 2016 This week we feature Hans Coertse, Managing Director of Anderson Engineering. Anderson Engineering manufactures stainless steel processing equipment for the food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, dairy and chemicals industries.  

Klerksdorp school wins electric car challenge

By: Irma Venter     18th November 2016 Klerksdorp’s Schoonspruit High School was crowned the winner of the 2016 GreenpowerZA Electric Car Challenge, held at the Red Star Raceway, near Delmas. The race challenges schools to bring their self-built electric cars to the track, in an effort to create interest in the subjects of science,... 

New technology laboratory opens in Johannesburg

By: Victor Moolman     18th November 2016 Last month, education consultancy Sangari launched the Life Sciences Lab and the Land Rover 4 x 4 in Schools Technology Challenge at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre science museum, in Johannesburg. 

PROTEC opens more education centres

By: Victor Moolman     18th November 2016 South African nonprofit organisation PROTEC opened two new education centres in Gauteng, on June 6, 2016, in Ebony Park, Midrand, and on October 3, 2016 at the Soweto Empowerment Zone, with plans to open another in Atteridgeville, in Pretoria, next year. 

Welding shares steel industry standards

     18th November 2016 The quality and standards of welding are critical to the quality and standards of the steel construction industry owing to the role welding plays in joining the steel sections together in the creation of a steel structure, says the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW). 

These are SA's 3 worst performing provinces 

By: News24Wire      17th November 2016 The Free State, Mpumalanga and North West provinces failed to improve their audit outcomes over the past three years, according to Auditor General South Africa (AGSA). Auditor general (AG), Kimi Makwetu, shared the past year’s audit results at a press briefing held at Parliament on Wednesday. 

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