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Radebe hints at possible Saudi investment to boost South Africa's oil refining capacity

By: Kim Cloete     7th November 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has called for a collaborative approach to attract investment in oil refining hubs throughout the continent and has hinted that Saudi Arabian investment in refining capacity in South Africa may soon become a reality. “In South Africa we believe the time has come for an... 

Oil, gas outlook positive amid tough conditions, says PwC review

By: Kim Cloete     7th November 2018 The outlook for Africa’s oil and gas industry is positive, despite tough economic conditions and far fewer discoveries over the past year, PwC’s yearly 'Africa Oil & Gas Review' shows. The review indicates how the industry has responded in the wake of the recovery of the oil price to close to... 

Ekurhuleni BRT system extended to OR Tambo International

By: Schalk Burger     31st October 2018 The Ekurhuleni bus rapid transit (BRT) system, called Harambee, has been extended from Tembisa to OR Tambo International Airport, Ekurhuleni executive mayor Mzwandile Masina said at a media briefing at the Intercontinental Hotel, at the airport, on Wednesday. The Harambee project was part of the... 

South Africa renews bid to accelerate digital migration process 

By: African News Agency      19th October 2018 The South African government on Friday announced steps to join fellow African nations which have migrated to broadcast digital terrestrial television, despite missing the June 2015 target. "The mere fact that 11 years since Cabinet has approved this project, and we are still this far behind... 

South African army chief slams budget cuts as 'dangerous'

By: News24Wire      18th October 2018 Budget cuts at the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) could result in a lack of proper training for those who should be equipped to protect the country, the South African army chief has warned. General Lindile Yam was speaking at a media briefing in Thaba Tshwane on Thursday, where he... 

Europe placed to contribute to African growth story

12th October 2018 Southern Africa is today off the radar of the majority of European companies and the many opportunities offered by the region are still largely ignored by European Union (EU) business leaders, professional consulting group European House Ambrosetti senior partner Paolo Borzatta said at a media... 

Jessie Duarte ‘keen’ to testify at State capture commission  

By: Sashnee Moodley     10th October 2018 The ruling African National Congress’s (ANC’s) deputy general-secretary, Jessie Duarte, said on Wednesday that she was “very keen” to testify at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture. Speaking at a media briefing around the ANC’s position on former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s... 

SA to offer Swahili as a school subject

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     5th October 2018 Readers of this column who are not news junkies like yours truly may have missed the announcement, made last month: South African schools, both public and private, will be offering Swahili as an optional language from 2020, alongside such foreign languages as French, German and Mandarin, which... 

Current proposed automotive Code of Conduct ‘catastrophic’, warns dealer body

By: Irma Venter     4th October 2018 Implementing the proposed automotive industry Code of Conduct (CoC) in its current form will have a “catastrophic effect on the economy as it undermines investment, employment and consumer welfare in this important sector of our economy”, says National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA)... 

Law firms see benefits of gazetted Mining Charter 3, MPRDA amendment Bill removal

By: Simone Liedtke     28th September 2018 To effect the necessary changes that are needed for South Africa’s economy to grow, government and industry will, moving forward, have to focus on economic assessments, instead of policy development, says law firm Webber Wentzel partner and mining sector head Jonathan Veeran. Following the... 

Mantashe confirms gazetting of Mining Charter 3 

By: Simone Liedtke     27th September 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Thursday confirmed that the Mining Charter 3 had officially been gazetted. Coupled with this, he stated during a media briefing, in Pretoria, that a formal request has been submitted to the Speaker of the National Assembly and the National Council of... 

South Africa to reallocate R50bn of budget to revive economy – Ramaphosa

By: Reuters     21st September 2018 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a raft of policy reform plans on Friday, including re-prioritising R50-billion ($3.5-billion) of public spending to boost economic growth and create jobs. Africa's most industrialised economy entered recession in the second quarter for the first... 

SARB keeps repo rate unchanged at 6.5% 

By: News24Wire      20th September 2018 The South African Reserve Bank announced on Thursday afternoon that it will keep the repo rate unchanged at 6.5%.  The announcement was made by the central bank's governor Lesetja Kganyago at a media briefing in Pretoria.  

Cabinet’s approval of new Mining Charter a ‘positive’ step – law firm

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th September 2018 Multinational law firm Herbert Smith Freehills on Thursday welcomed Cabinet’s approval of the new Mining Charter, as well as of the withdrawal of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill, as proposed by Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe earlier this... 

AMCU declares dispute with three gold mining companies 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th September 2018 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) on Tuesday warned gold miners Sibanye-Stillwater, Harmony Gold and Village Main Reef of an imminent strike, should they fail to meet the demands of mineworkers. Wage negotiations in the gold sector started in mid-July, and AMCU and... 

There are deliberate attempts to sabotage government buildings – Nxesi 

By: African News Agency      7th September 2018 There are deliberate acts to sabotage government buildings through arson, Public Works Minister, Thulas Nxesi, said on Friday. Nxesi was speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria, accompanied by Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi. 

Late payments, ‘tick box empowerment’ undermine SA small businesses

7th September 2018 Despite their stated commitment to B-BBEE and to supporting the growth of small business, SA state organisations and large enterprises can hamper small business growth through their procedures and procurement approaches. This is according to small business experts who were speaking at the opening... 

DNA testing required to identify casualties in Denel explosion – City official

By: News24Wire      5th September 2018 A community meeting where Rheinmetall Denel Munition officials were expected to answer questions from Macassar residents about what happened at their depot on Monday fell flat when those expected to attend cancelled at the last minute due to "fears for their safety". Residents on Tuesday night... 

Listeriosis outbreak officially over – Motsoaledi

By: News24Wire      3rd September 2018 Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has announced that the country's listeriosis outbreak is officially over. At a media briefing on Monday, Motsoaledi said that no new cases have been detected in the last three months. "I'm here to announce that we no longer have a listeriosis outbreak." This means... 

CSIR female researchers at the forefront of improving health care in SA

29th August 2018 Currently, most patients who are diagnosed with diabetes in South Africa have to prick their fingers three times a day to check their sugar levels. This method of monitoring and detecting diabetes is painful for the patient and could potentially introduce infections. The Council for Scientific... 

Lily mine to reopen in Feb 2019, says new owner

By: Anine Kilian     14th August 2018 Vantage Goldfields, which has been bought out by Siyakhula Sonke Empowerment Corporation (SSC), plans to reopen the Lily mine, in Barberton, Mpumalanga, in February 2019, three years after a pillar collapse claimed the lives of three employees at the mine.  A lamp house container in which... 

SANDF chief clarifies situation regarding Cuba flight

By: News24Wire      1st August 2018 South African National Defence Force (SANDF) chief General Solly Shoke reiterated on Tuesday that reports about the smuggling of arms to Cuba on a chartered South African Airways (SAA) flight were misguided and sensationalist. Speaking at an SANDF media briefing in Centurion, Shoke said the... 

Randgold seeks to restart Tongon mine following stakeholder engagement

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st July 2018 LSE- and Nasdaq-listed Randgold Resources is seeking to restart mining and processing operations at its Tongon gold mine, in Côte d’Ivoire, based on an agreement entered into between the workers’ leadership, union representatives, local authorities, mine management and the government’s mining and... 

State capture inquiry to start on August 20

By: News24Wire      27th July 2018 Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has announced that the judicial commission of inquiry into allegations of State Capture will officially begin on August 20. Zondo made the announcement at a media briefing in Johannesburg on Friday. Earlier this week, Zondo welcomed a decision by the North... 

China–South Africa investment continues to grow

By: Anine Kilian     23rd July 2018 Trade and investment between China and South Africa remains on a positive growth trajectory, Standard Bank CEO Sim Tshabalala said on Monday. Addressing delegates at a media briefing marking the tenth anniversary of the strategic partnership between Standard Bank and the Industrial and Commercial... 

We're doing all we can to end long wait in Home Affairs queues – Gigaba 

By: News24Wire      23rd July 2018 Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says his department is doing all it can to end the long wait in queues at their various branches across the country. Gigaba was speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria about progress made in the department's "War on Queues" campaign, which he launched in April... 

SA population rises above 57m

By: African News Agency      23rd July 2018 South Africa's population has risen to 57.73-million according to the 2018 mid-year population estimates released by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) on Monday. "We are talking about mid-year population estimates which use the latest fertility, mortality and migration data to estimate the size... 

SARB keeps repo rate unchanged, downgrades growth projection

By: News24Wire      19th July 2018 The South African Reserve Bank's (SARB's) monetary policy committee has left the repo rate unchanged at 6.5% in a unanimous decision.  The announcement, made by the central bank's governor Lesetja Kganyago at a media briefing in Pretoria on Thursday afternoon, was in line with expectations of... 

Home Affairs to automate births, marriages and deaths certification system

By: Nadine James     11th July 2018 Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday announced a significant system upgrade aimed at facilitating the automation of the births, marriages and deaths (BMD) certification system. The BMD automation process forms part of the Department of Home Affairs’ (DHA’s) flagship R2.2-billion... 

Solidarity trade union reports SAA assurances about its future plans, including privatisation

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th July 2018 In a letter to trade union Solidarity, and released by the union at a media briefing on Tuesday, South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana has given a number of assurances about the plans for the future of the beleaguered State-own national flag carrier. The letter followed a meeting between... 

Mintek, Difeme partner to beneficiate quartz mined in the Northern Cape

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2018 Minerals beneficiator Mintek has partnered with Difeme Holdings Group on the development of appropriate process technologies to beneficiate quartz. Mintek will provide technical services to Difeme – a black-owned mining start-up company with a focus on the mining and beneficiation of quartz to a... 

More than R650m budgeted to prepare Gauteng land for expropriation   

By: Anine Kilian     2nd July 2018 The Department of Human Settlements has budgeted more than R650-million to prepare identified portions of land in Gauteng for expropriation without compensation. Human Settlements MEC Dikgang Uhuru Moiloa said on Monday that the province’s rapid land release programme, launched in May, would... 

Latest developments: National Health Insurance Bill

22nd June 2018 On Thursday 21 June, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi convened a media briefing to discuss the release of the highly anticipated National Health Insurance Bill (NHI Bill), which has been approved by the South African Cabinet. The Ministry of Health anticipates a "hurricane" of "frenzy" and... 

Sibanye-Stillwater appoints safety exec, to fund study to enhance risk management

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th June 2018 Following a spate of fatalities at its South African mines this year, Sibanye-Stillwater has committed to funding an independent study, to be conducted by a visiting academic at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), with the aim of developing practical recommendations for enhancing risk... 

Protect your personal information on social media- warns CSIR cybersecurity experts

11th June 2018 South Africans are sharing too much of their personal information on social media, allowing cybercriminals to exploit them for their personal gain. Cybersecurity experts from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have urged the public to be mindful of what they post on social... 

CSIR researching social media use for public safety

By: Schalk Burger     11th June 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Monday detailed work researchers are doing to put social media to use in identifying public safety incidents, including traffic collisions, crime incident patterns, emergencies, terrorism incidents and pandemics, and to develop tools... 

Gordhan appoints new Denel, Transnet, SA Express boards; Hadebe appointed Eskom CEO

By: Anine Kilian     24th May 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has appointed Phakamani Hadebe as Eskom CEO. Hadebe has been acting CEO of the power utility since January. 

Some inroads made after ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan - Davies

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 Ramping up production in the automotive sector, resuscitating the ailing tooling industry and boosting the clothing, textiles, leather and footwear industries are among successes the government has listed in its review of ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap). Despite a... 

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