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Sacci names Mukoki CEO

By: Natalie Greve     29th July 2015 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) has appointed former Land and Agricultural Bank head Alan Mukoki as its new CEO, effective August 1. Mukoki offered several years’ experience at the senior executive level, having occupied directorship positions on the boards of several... 

Private sector urged to join global humanitarian interventions 

By: Sashnee Moodley     7th November 2014 The global capacity of the humanitarian community to meet the needs of communities affected by natural disasters, chronic emergencies, conflict, political crisis and the threat of new and recurrent diseases is being expended and it has become essential for the humanitarian community to not only... 

Sacci urges Eskom to continue communicating with business on power-grid status

By: Leandi Kolver     3rd November 2014 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) on Monday encouraged State-owned power utility Eskom to continue communicating with the business community on the status of the power grid over the short to medium term, stating that certainty over power supply was key in ensuring that... 

South African economy, business confidence in ‘desperate position’ – Sacci 

By: Leandi Kolver     7th October 2014 Business confidence in South Africa remained at an undesirably low level in September, leaving the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) concerned about the lack of urgency in terms of how the business concerns reflected in its Business Confidence Index (BCI) was being addressed,... 

Weakness in justice system with cable theft – Nel 

By: Sapa     7th October 2014 The criminal justice system does not deal effectively with cable theft and theft of public infrastructure, Deputy Cooperative Governance Minister Andries Nel said on Monday. "There are weaknesses in our criminal justice system where these matters often get treated as petty crimes," he said during... 

Sacci survey shows e-toll service still poor 

By: Leandi Kolver     30th September 2014 A recent study by the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) has shown that the service quality of the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) e-toll system was mostly poor regardless of the level of interaction or the user’s willingness to pay. Sacci CEO Neren... 

Sacci concerned about increase in crimes against business

By: Leandi Kolver     19th September 2014 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) on Friday expressed concern about the marked increase in crimes against business, evident in the 2013/14 crime statistics released by the South African Police Service (SAPS). Sacci CEO Neren Rau said the 13% increase in robberies at... 

Sacci to discuss immigration regulation impacts with Home Affairs dept

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th August 2014 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) would engage with Home Affairs director-general Mkuseli Apleni “as a matter of urgency to apprise him of the unintended consequences” of South Africa’s new immigration regulations, CEO Neren Rau said on Thursday. The chamber noted that it... 

Sacci to work with ANC on series of constructive engagements

By: Leandi Kolver     22nd August 2014 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) would work with the office of the Afican National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Gwede Mathashe on a series of constructive engagements on improving the domestic economic climate and building a more inclusive economy, Sacci CEO Neren... 

Can Zulu lay the foundations for a small-business-friendly South Africa?

By: Zandile Mavuso     22nd August 2014 Various stakeholders have expressed optimism that the Small Business Development Ministry, created after the national elections in May, will add much needed impetus to enterprise development in South Africa, where a strengthening of the entrepreneurial culture is seen as critical to stimulating... 

Can Zulu lay the foundations for a small-business-friendly South Africa?

By: Zandile Mavuso     22nd August 2014 Various stakeholders have expressed optimism that the Small Business Development Ministry, created after the national elections in May, will add much needed impetus to enterprise development in South Africa, where a strengthening of the entrepreneurial culture is seen as critical to stimulating... 

Commited to Commerce

By: Tracy Hancock     25th July 2014 Neren Rau, South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) CEO, sat down with Tracy Hancock of Engineering News to speak about the career path that led to his employment at Sacci and his next career move As Neren Rau nears the end of his second contract at Sacci, the academic turned CEO’s... 

Building SA’s skills

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2014 General Electric (GE) South Africa's R500-million investment into a customer innovation centre (CIC) in Gauteng and another R200-million into a supplier development vehicle (SDV) to promote job creation and skills development among the country's black small and medium-sized enterprises (SME)... 

71% y/y rise in May copper theft prompts call for specialised SAPS unit 

By: Natalie Greve     26th June 2014 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) Copper Theft Barometer has increased to R15.4-million in May, from R12.5-million in April and R11-million in March, representing a 71.1% year-on-year increase and marking the third consecutive monthly increase in the value of stolen... 

Private security Bill threat to foreign investment if passed – Sacci

By: Tracy Hancock     18th June 2014 Should President Jacob Zuma sign into law the Private Security Industry Regulation Amendment Bill, which includes a clause relating to the dilution of foreign ownership, there could be many unintended negative consequences for the South African economy, says the South African Chamber of Commerce... 

Sacci calls for introduction of strike limitations following violence

By: Natalie Greve     11th June 2014 While acknowledging that the Constitution protects the right to engage in industrial action, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) has called on its social partners to consider introducing limitations on industrial action to preserve the rule of law and the national economic... 

Sacci calls for review of municipal financial discipline, cost structure

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th June 2014 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) on Tuesday called for the impact of local government-administered costs on the cost of doing business to be reviewed, as small businesses were feeling the financial burden of rising costs. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) need... 

Joemat-Pettersson will have to win over sceptics as she takes on big energy challenge

By: Terence Creamer     6th June 2014 There is little doubt that Tina Joemat-Petterssen will have to work hard to gain the confidence and respect of the domestic energy sector, which greeted her appointment with a mixture of surprise and concern. President Jacob Zuma moved Joemat-Petterssen from Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries,... 

Sacci welcomes new Mining Minister’s strike intervention

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th May 2014 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) on Thursday welcomed government intervention in the long-standing battle between South Africa’s top three platinum producers and trade union the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU). Newly appointed Mineral Resource... 

Surprise greets Joemat-Pettersson, whose energy inbox overflows 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2014 Widespread surprise, mixed with a good deal of concern, greeted news of Tina Joemat-Pettersson’s appointment as South Africa’s new Energy Minister – she replaces Dikobe Ben Martins, who himself only took up the position from Dipuo Peters following a Cabinet reshuffle in July last year. President... 

Sacci wary of govt’s ‘interventionist’ tone, but welcomes small business Ministry

By: Natalie Greve     26th May 2014 While the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) welcomed the creation of a small business Ministry by the new African National Congress-led government, it said in a statement on Monday that it remained concerned about the “interventionist tone” of recent official statements.... 

Cabinet too big – Seifsa

By: Sapa     26th May 2014 President Jacob Zuma's new Cabinet is too big and will be too costly, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) said on Monday. "While we understand that Cabinet appointments offer the president an opportunity to reward his supporters and to balance the interests... 

Indian trade mission aimed to generate millions in new business with South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     21st March 2014 The Federation of Gujarat Industries (FGI) hopes that its recent nine day trade mission to South Africa will, on its own, generate at least $10-million in bilateral trade. So stated FGI senior VP and mission head Janak Seth at a trade briefing in Sandton (north Johannesburg) during their visit.... 

Engineering sector appeals to govt for greater inclusion in infrastructure planning

By: Natalie Greve     17th January 2014 During an interview with Engineering News Online earlier this week, Consulting Engineers of South Africa (Cesa) CEO Lefadi Makibinyane asserted in strident commentary that the success of government’s national infrastructure plan would hinge on the degree to which it included private sector... 

Trade activity momentum lost in December

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th January 2014 South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) December Trade Conditions survey registered a contraction after stabilising in November, CEO Neren Rau said on Thursday. Despite reporting moderate conditions last month at 52 index points, the seasonally adjusted trade activity index... 

Escalating costs biggest business concern – Sacci

By: Leandi Kolver     14th January 2014 The escalating cost of doing business was currently the biggest concern facing the private sector, a survey by the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) has found. According to Sacci’s 2013 Annual Survey, which polled 64 businesses with at least 24 000 employees, 42% of the... 

Matric pass rate encouraging but significant challenges still face education system

By: Leandi Kolver     7th January 2014 While the increase in the overall 2013 matric pass rate, as well as the pass rates in maths and science, were encouraging, system inequalities were still preventing some learners from having access to quality maths and science knowledge, University of the Witwatersrand chair of science education... 

Employment Incentive Bill accepted by many, but could be set up for failure 

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th November 2013 While the newly tabled Employment Tax Incentive Bill was a step in the “right direction”, with many companies eager to participate, government needs to improve its communication and streamline its processes to convince some business organisations that it would work in their favour, the South... 

Development of infrastructure key for economic growth

By: Zandile Mavuso     1st November 2013 To accelerate economic growth, South Africa has to develop infrastructure and transport logistics so that its ability to compete globally is improved, says South Africa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) CEO Neren Rau. 

Unemployment rate improves to 24.7% in Q3

By: Leandi Kolver     29th October 2013 South Africa’s unemployment rate improved to 24.7% for the third quarter of the year, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said on Tuesday. This was as a result of an increase of 308 000 in the number of employed individuals, while the number of unemployed individuals declined by 114 000. The... 

Gordhan should address SA govt debt, credit rating in MTBPS – Sacci

By: Leandi Kolver     22nd October 2013 The National Treasury had to present a credible plan on how government debt will be reduced over time to improve South Africa’s credit rating and facilitate easier access to finance for the private sector, South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) CEO Neren Rau said on Tuesday. In a... 

E-toll courts extra financial burden – Sacci

By: Sapa     17th October 2013 Establishing special courts where e-toll non-payers can be prosecuted will create an added burden for motorists, Sacci said on Thursday. "These structures will create an additional fiscal burden which road users will have to pay for and will duplicate existing judicial structures capable of... 

Numsa’s refusal to commit to collective bargaining could harm motor industry, Sacci warns 

By: Leandi Kolver     30th September 2013 Any hope of further building the South African motor manufacturing industry hinged on harmonious industrial relations, South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) CEO Neren Rau said on Monday, warning that irresponsible actions by unions could lead to disinvestment. Rau stated that... 

Carbon tax policy needs greater certainty, coherence to entice private sector buy-in  

By: Natalie Greve     26th September 2013 The lack of long-term certainty associated with the proposed carbon tax policy and an absence of coordination between this prospective legislation and existing carbon-reduction mechanisms must be dealt with to secure policy buy-in from the private sector, it was revealed on Thursday.... 

Business cooperation could reduce crime

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th September 2013 The joint efforts of business and government could assist the South African Police Service (Saps) reduce crime, business representatives said on Thursday. Social conditions, such as poverty, loss of employment and a lack of family support, besides others, impact on crime, despite the significant... 

Busa calls for carbon-tax delay, seeks regulatory impact assessment 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd September 2013 Business Unity South African (Busa) has added its voice to the chorus of opposition to the South African government’s proposal to introduce a carbon tax from January 1, 2015. The National Treasury is in the process of shifting through a number of comments, including Busa’s, to a policy paper... 

Business not to blame for lack of transformation – Sacci 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th August 2013 The proposed amendment to the Employment Equity Act, which would penalise firms based on company turnover, would set a “dangerous regulatory precedent” that would hamper job creation and set transformation back, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Wednesday. The... 

Sacci questions economic viability of proposed carbon tax 

By: Natalie Greve     5th August 2013 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) is “concerned” over the potentially negative economic impact of the National Treasury’s proposed carbon tax. This follows the release of a Carbon Tax Policy Paper by Treasury on May 2, which outlined that South Africa was set to join... 

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