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R/$ = 11.08
Au 1216.40 $/oz
Pt 1339.00 $/oz
Feb 05, 2009
The Trade and Industry Portfolio Committee of the National Assembly has sent the Competition Amendment Bill back to President Kgalema Motlanthe, unchanged. Motlanthe last week referred the Bill back to the National Assembly for revision, citing concerns regarding...
Jan 29, 2009
President Kgalema Motlanthe has referred the Competition Amendment Bill back to the National Assembly for reconsideration. The Presidency said on Thursday that Motlanthe had expressed reservations about the unconstitutionality of certain sections of the Amendment...
Oct 23, 2008
The National Assembly has passed the much-debated Competition Amendment Bill, drafted in a bid to strengthen the hand of South Africa's competition authorities, but slightly softened contentious clauses relating to the criminalisation of anticompetitive behaviour by...
Oct 21, 2008
Finance Minister Trevor Manuel strongly defended government's inflation-targeting policy on Tuesday, saying it provided a vital anchor in the context of financial market turmoil. His remarks, which were made together with the release of the Medium Term Budget Policy...
Oct 15, 2008
The Department of Trade and Industry will present the Consumer Protection Bill in Parliament on Thursday, to the Select Committee on Economic and Foreign Affairs for final consideration. The Bill was debated and passed late last month, with certain amendments, by...
Aug 21, 2008
South Africa would put in place measures to ensure that diverse energy resources – in sustainable quantities and at affordable prices – were available to the economy, Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said on Thursday. Introducing the new Energy Bill,...
Aug 08, 2008
The demonstration power plant (DPP) of the Pebble-Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) project, a nuclear initiative by state-owned power utility Eskom, the Industrial Development Corporation, and US-based company Westinghouse Electric, is set to start construction at Koeberg,...
Jun 05, 2008
Cabinet has noted the findings of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism's (Deat's) Long-Term Mitigation Scenario (LTMS) study, and have mandated the department to put forward implementation plans by the third quarter of 2008, to fast track the...
May 30, 2008
May 29, 2008
Mar 28, 2008
In South Africa it is called the ‘Innovation Chasm’. It’s not unique to this country, but that does not make it any less of a problem. It is the gap between innovative ideas or new research, on the one hand, and new products and industries which...
Mar 28, 2008
Cover story on South Africa’s new Technology Innovation Agency, which should be operational by mid-2008 and which will fund technological innovation aimed at developing new products and services.
Mar 14, 2008
Oct 17, 2007
The National Assembly on Wednesday adopted the Broadband Infraco Bill, which provides mainly for transferring Broadband Infraco to the state from Eskom Holdings Limited.
Oct 17, 2007
Attached please find a press release on: A five person delegation of the SA National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) made representations about the unconstitutional aspects of the Films and Publications Amendment Bill before the Select Committee on Social Services of...
May 17, 2007
Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin on Thursday reiterated government�s view that nuclear-energy should play a far greater role in South Africa�s primary-energy mix, adding, too, that moves to clear the way for the development of the first pebble-bed modular...
May 17, 2007
Legislation for the establishment of a new long-distance broadband entity, currently dubbed Infraco, would be processed during the current parliamentary session, but as a subsidiary of Eskom, the company was already operational and building infrastructure, Public...
May 17, 2007
South Africa's Public Enterprises Minister strongly criticised The Legal Resources Centre, which had been so central to the land-restitution victories made by the impoverished Richtersveld community, of the Northern Cape, for seeking to "derail" a...
Dec 08, 2006
President Thabo Mbeki reiterated on Friday that Cabinet was not involved in the conceptualisation, decision making, tender issuing or the conclusion to award the contract to build the R23-billion Gautrain rapid-rail link to the Bombela consortium.
Oct 23, 2006
Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin has confirmed that government is creating a broadband infrastructure company, currently dubbed InfraCo, based on the long-distance telecoms assets owned by Eskom and Transnet, through which it hoped to accelerate the process of...
Jun 08, 2006
South Africa's private sector must see the investment in skills not as part of corporate social responsibility but as a fundamental business imperative for their survival, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said yesterday. The Deputy President was addressing the...
May 16, 2006
Public Works Minister Stella Sigcau has been buried at Qawukeni, after a funeral attended by thousands of mourners, including President Thabo Mbeki, cabinet ministers, parliamentarians, senior government officials, politicians and local community members. Sigcau, who...
Nov 15, 2005
JSE-listed diamond-miner Trans Hex has indicated that it is concerned about the Diamond Amendment Bill's proposed State Diamond Trader as well as the provision for export duty.
Aug 26, 2005
Despite government's target to redistribute 30% of agricultural land to the previously disadvantaged by 2014, only 3% had been redistributed by June 2005, the deputy president told parliament on Wednesday.
Jun 03, 2005
Cabinet approval for the Department of Home Affairs smart ID card, which is the outstanding component of Home Affairs National Identification System (Hanis) is imminent said Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula at the presentation of the Home Affairs budget vote.
Mar 07, 2005
Transport parastatal Transnet has welcomed the passing of the National Ports Bill at the National Assembly last week.
Oct 01, 2004
AS the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) crosses the final hurdles to complete the new Air Quality Management Bill, Minister Marthinus van Shalkwyk has issued a warning to some industries, especially certain refineries, to clean up their act.
Sep 09, 2004
The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk on Tuesday led the debate in the National Assembly on the new Air Quality Management Bill.
Jun 23, 2004
Government will sign agreements with the tyre and glass industries before the end of this financial year to regulate the impact of waste on the environment, from these industries.
Jun 15, 2004
Black economic empowerment (BEE) in South Africa is set to 'significantly progress' following the signing into law earlier this year of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, said Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mphalwa.
May 28, 2004
Those who deliberately propagate lies about South Africa will be proved wrong and defeated by actions rather than words, President Thabo Mbeki told MPs in the National Assembly yesterday.
Feb 12, 2004
President Thabo Mbeki said little yesterday to answer the questions around Aids, Zimbabwe and crime posed to him during the two day's of debate on his state of the nation address.
Nov 27, 2003
Government has no intention to intervene in remuneration levels for corporate managers, dividends paid to shareholders, or wage settlements, President Thabo Mbeki said on Wednesday.
Oct 24, 2003
In the Engineering News of October 10 to 16, 2003, readers were informed of the publication of the Draft Revenue Laws Amendment Bill on September 23, 2003.
Sep 29, 2003
Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry Rob Davies said the outcome of the recent World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks in Cancun, Mexico, have created a new reality in global trade negotiations.
Sep 03, 2003
The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Bill is another important step in the economic revolution in the democratic South Africa, Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin said on Tuesday.
Aug 13, 2003
World Bank managing director Mamphela Ramphele yesterday challenged South Africa's "captains of industry" to lend their skills towards creating a more efficient public service for the country, and the continent.
May 30, 2003
THE contribution of natural gas to South Africa’s primary energy supply is expected to rise from 1,5% to nearly 10%, said Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in her budget vote in the National Assembly earlier this month.
Apr 11, 2003
Two major transactions are to dominate government's privatisation plans this year, with the proposed sale of part of Eskom's electricity generating business and the "concessioning" of Durban's port.
Apr 11, 2003
State arms manufacturer Denel faces losing a multi-million rand contract to clear mines in northern Iraq, should the US take over functions currently under the auspices of the United Nations (UN).