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Rural development can be sustainable

12th November 2021 Developing sustainable rural hamlets and villages will not only help to counteract urbanisation, but also enable livelihoods to be created in rural areas where 40% of South Africans live, rural development company Crossways Farm Village co-developer Dr Chris Mulder said this week. Towns and... 

Commercial property to remain depressed, industrial vacancy rates still low

12th November 2021 The growth in residential house prices has started to moderate and, despite low interest rates, buyers remain cautious and sellers may need to rein in their price expectations. Further, the oversupply of commercial office space and residential flats is expected to remain until general economic... 

Consulting engineering firms realise exceptional projects in a difficult year

11th November 2021 Industry association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) and professional services multinational Aon South Africa on November 10 recognised excellence in the consulting engineering fraternity in what was a difficult year for infrastructure and engineering projects. The Cesa Aon Engineering... 

MFS Africa raises $100m for Africa expansion

10th November 2021 Digital payment firm MSA Africa has raised $100-million through an equity and debt financing round, which marks another milestone in the company's expansion, following a series of acquisitions and investments in other African financial technology (fintech) companies, including the recently... 

CoJ extrends digital construction permit pilot to address technical, security issues

10th November 2021 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) Department of Development Planning is extending its pilot of the CoJ Construction Permit Management System and will continue with the project until all technical and security issues have been dealt with. The pilot is intended to ensure that all aspects required to... 

Saldanha iron-ore terminal's air emissions licence renewed for five years

10th November 2021 The West Coast district municipality, in the Western Cape, has issued a five-year air emissions licence to the Saldanha Iron Ore Terminal. The terminal handled more than 54-million tonnes of iron-ore in the financial year ended March 31. It is Africa's largest iron-ore export terminal, with a... 

Agri SA hopes MTBPS will help address structural, SOE challenges

10th November 2021 Agricultural industry organisation Agri SA says the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) to be delivered by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana on November 11 should address structural challenges, including sentiments around State-owned enterprises (SOEs) and if there are any unbudgeted... 

Sugar cane growers call for sugar tax to be scrapped

10th November 2021 Industry association the South African Canegrowers has called on Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana to scrap the Health Promotion Levy (HPL) – also called the sugar tax – to enable the Sugar Industry Value Chain Masterplan to succeed. In June 2021, a study commissioned by the the National Economic... 

Fort Hare university to manage two R130m water infrastructure upgrades for Alice

10th November 2021 The University of Fort Hare (UFH) will be responsible for the appointment of the professional service providers and contractors for two water infrastructure projects, valued at R130-million, that will benefit students, as well as residents and the economy of Alice, in the Eastern Cape. The... 

R130bn climate deal can be leveraged for R500bn clean energy shift, says RMB

9th November 2021 The R130-billion concessional climate finance green deal South Africa signed at COP26 could translate into a R500-billion boost to help South Africa’s just energy transition to decarbonise its sources of energy, says financial services firm RMB CEO James Formby. “We are yet to see the details... 

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