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Jul 30, 2014
Thailand Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association (Tapma) president Achana Limpaitoon has expressed interest in partnering and forming joint ventures (JVs) with the organisation’s South African counterparts to grow the automotive manufacturing industries of both...
Jul 30, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has issued, for public comment, the application for the designation of an industrial development zone (IDZ) at Tshiame, in Harrismith, in the Free State, as well as the granting of an operator’s permit for an IDZ. The...
Jul 29, 2014
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown told the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Energy and Public Enterprises on Tuesday that the new Eskom CEO would be appointed within weeks. She said she was “treating the appointment of a permanent CEO with urgency”.
Jul 24, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has re-emphasised government’s commitment to the creation of a viable local minerals beneficiation industry, saying the country could establish a competitive advantage in global markets by leveraging that fact that minerals...
Jul 23, 2014
Dr Rob Davies
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is preparing to table two new Bills with Parliament this year, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said in reply to a Parliamentary question. The contested Licensing of Businesses Bill, which was published for public...
Jul 23, 2014
After indicating for several years its intention to develop a local minerals beneficiation industry, government has announced that it will, this year, develop a Minerals Beneficiation Action Plan as a component of the Industrial Policy Action Plan. Addressing...
Jul 23, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has assured that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) would be “playing its part” in ensuring that government procured 75% of its goods and services from local companies, announcing on Tuesday the next designation...
Jul 22, 2014
Rooibos tea samples
Rooibos tea has secured geographic indicator status in the long-awaited economic partnership agreement between southern African nations and the European Union, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Monday. "It will be the rooibos tea manufacturers of South...
Jul 18, 2014
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Jul 11, 2014
The domicile of the soon-to-launched Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) development bank would be decided at the sixth Brics Summit to be held in Brazil from July 15 to 16. South Africa, which would hand over the chairmanship of the economic bloc...
Jul 11, 2014
IMPROVED PROSPECTS Hall Longmore has a growing order book
Privately owned manufacturer of industrial components Barnes Group has acquired local steel-pipe maker Hall Longmore from construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts (M&R) in February. Hall Longmore MD Kenny van Rooyen tells Engineering News that, prior to...
Jul 10, 2014
Today marks a momentous event in SA’s Automotive Industry history, as the first FAW commercial vehicle, built in South Africa, rolled off the assembly line at the FAW Vehicle Manufacturers SA (PTY) LTD production plant at Coega, in the Eastern Cape.  With...
Jul 09, 2014
International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
South Africa joined the Brics forum to seek closer co-operation with member states, not to compete, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Tuesday. "This division of the developing and the developed, where we talk of competition of the...
Jul 04, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies is expecting an upswing in South Africa’s economy now that the five-month strike by members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union in the platinum mining sector is nearing an end. He told journalists in...
Jul 04, 2014
HIGH COST FOR GOOD HEALTH Linezolid, one of the only effective treatments for drug resistant tuberculosis, is priced at R676 a pill in South Africa
It has been over six years since the government began developing the draft policy on intellectual property (IP) that has been the focus of major public controversy following the PharmaGate scandal, which involved a leaked pharmaceutical industry email by Knowledge...
Jul 04, 2014
Foreign direct investment (FDI) into South Africa recovered to $8.2-billion in 2013, from $4.6-billion in 2012, notwithstanding ongoing anxiety about the state of the South African economy and its attractiveness as an investment destination. In addition, a new...
Jul 02, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has approved the revised guidelines for the Automotive Investment Scheme (AIS) and the People-carrier Automotive Investment Scheme (P-AIS). The amended AIS guidelines provide clarity on the nontaxability of the grant, as well...
Jun 27, 2014
NEW BUILD PREPARATION Eskom is awaiting government direction regarding the proposed new nuclear and coal–fired power station builds
While work is progressing at State-owned power utility Eskom’s new build projects, Eskom group capital acting group executive Dan Marokane says the utility has conducted preliminary work for potential additional new build projects. These projects include a third...
Jun 24, 2014
 
 
 
 
Jun 24, 2014
Canadian Minister of International Trade Ed Fast
Canada, which generates over 77% of its electricity from renewable-energy sources, has a lot to offer African countries in terms of technical skills and expertise in the renewable-energy space, Canadian Minister of International Trade Ed Fast said on Tuesday. He...
Jun 24, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies is expecting an upswing in South Africa’s economy now that the five-month strike by members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union in the platinum mining sector is nearing an end. He told journalists in...
Jun 24, 2014
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has approved a R200-million grant fund and a five-year plan for the establishment of a national cluster to "leapfrog" local industry’s competitiveness in global sustainable textile and apparel manufacturing. The cluster...
Jun 23, 2014
Fourteen South African companies would participate in the thirty-eighth Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair, in Tanzania, from June 28 to July 8, in a bid to strengthen bilateral trade between the two countries. This would be South Africa’s first appearance at...
Jun 19, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Government was well on its way to meeting the 75% local procurement target set by President Jacob Zuma before 2019, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Wednesday. Speaking during the debate on Zuma's state of the nation address, Davies said: "We are on...
Jun 13, 2014
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has extended an invitation to South African companies to apply for participation at the South African Exhibition and Investment seminars scheduled to take place in China from October 20 to 31. To qualify for inclusion,...
Jun 06, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has urged South Africa and the rest of the continent to scale up its industrialisation. Speaking at the National Localisation Indaba, in Durban, this week, he said the continent could no longer hope to continue to live,...
Jun 06, 2014
The first new C-Class has rolled off the production line at the Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) East London plant, in the Eastern Cape. Exports to around 80 markets are scheduled to start at the end of the second quarter.
May 30, 2014
Vietnam is hoping that it will be able to increase its exports of certain agricultural products to South Africa. In particular, it is seeking to increase its exports of coffee, tea, rice and peppers. In parallel, South Africa is also hoping to increase its exports to...
May 26, 2014
Siefsa CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba
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...
 
 
 
 
May 25, 2014
President Jacob Zuma on Sunday announced the new Cabinet for his second five-year term in office. African National Congress deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa is Deputy President. Zuma named a Nhlanhla Nene Finance Minister, Ngoaka Ramatlhodi Mineral Resources Minister...
May 23, 2014
Coega IDZ
The Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Act, which was signed into law by President Jacob Zuma earlier this week, will contribute to the revitalisation of the economy, improve the investment climate and strengthen the manufacturing sector and job-creation, Trade and...
May 23, 2014
BBBEE CODES COMPLAINCE The new extension of around six months will offer companies more time to adjust to the new targets
Building industry representative organisation Master Builders Association (MBA) North states that the government has further extended the implementation date of the new broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) codes of practice – but it has also strongly...
May 23, 2014
The National Treasury recently released two taxation papers in the space of a week for public comment. The first, released on April 29, is the Carbon Offsets Paper and the second, released on May 5, is the Review of the Taxation of Alcoholic Beverages in South...
May 21, 2014
University of Cape Town’s Professor David Kaplan
The primary measure of South Africa’s industrial-policy success should be the expansion of exports rather than the creation of direct jobs, a leading economic-policy academic argues, cautioning that the domestic manufacturing sector is unlikely to create as many...
May 15, 2014
The first new C-Class has rolled off the production line at the Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) East London plant, in the Eastern Cape. Exports to around 80 markets are scheduled to start at the end of the second quarter.
May 14, 2014
On 11 October 2013 the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, gazetted the revised Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Codes. The new Codes will replace the existing BEE Codes of Good Practice when they come into operation. The Codes have introduced a...
May 05, 2014
While Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has commended the release of the first baseline report for the construction sector, which focuses on the progress made on the implementation of a Construction Sector Code – a requirement in terms of broad-based black...
Apr 25, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies says the formal negotiating process with the European Union (EU) relating to a proposed Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) group is nearing an end. However, he would...
Apr 25, 2014
In Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Sun Also Rises, the question “How did you go bankrupt?” is posed. The response: “Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.” For South Africa, the ‘gradually, then suddenly’ analogy could just as well be applied to the...
 
 
 
 
Apr 18, 2014
MORE IN SA Phase 2 should see local content on the mainline locomotive increase from 65% to 80% by the end of 2014
The world’s lowest-cost diesel-electric locomotive is not made in China, but in Pretoria, at RRL Grindrod Locomotives’ newly upgraded 30 000 m2 plant. The company’s locomotive pricing is “more competitive than any other original-equipment manufacturer (OEM)...
Apr 18, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies took the high road when responding to news that Nigeria had officially surpassed South Africa as the continent’s largest economy. Following a rebasing of its gross domestic product (GDP), Nigeria’s statistician-general...
Apr 17, 2014
Apr 10, 2014
Dr Rob Davies
South Africa has secured an award for facilitating the R1.6-billion investment that would see the substantial expansion of major multinational Procter and Gamble’s (P&G’s) local manufacturing operations. The P&G investment, announced in March last year by Trade...
Apr 07, 2014
 
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