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Donna Slater

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Economic recovery to gain traction in summer − Cline

4th September 2020 Major sectors of South Africa’s economy will begin to recover from a Covid-19-induced slump as the country heads into spring and summer – a trend that was evidenced through Europe’s experience with Covid-19, says financial services company Investec corporate accounts head Dr Greg Cline. “[As] in... 

AfCFTA commissions Ghanaian secretariat

4th September 2020 The first permanent secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was commissioned in Accra, Ghana, on August 18, with Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo and Africa Union (AU) Commission chairperson Moussa Mahamat reiterating the importance of the body to the continent’s economic... 

Mining industry passes Covid-19 peak as foreign miners continue their return to South Africa

3rd September 2020 About 75% of South Africa’s mining workforce has returned to work, reports the Minerals Council South Africa. Minerals Council health head Dr Thuthula Balfour said during a weekly Covid-19 briefing, held on September 3, that, of a total mining workforce of 450 987 personnel, 338 264 have... 

HVAC system safety highlighted in the time of Covid-19

2nd September 2020 Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems play a key role in mitigating the spread of airborne pathogens in an enclosed office environment, especially that of offices with few or no windows that can open, said HVAC systems services company SFI Group founder and CEO Edward Hector.... 

Covid-19-backlogged JRA restarts maintenance operations after materials shortage

2nd September 2020 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA), impacted by Covid-19-related challenges, recently experienced a shortage in asphalt production, which has affected the company’s daily targets for maintenance work. The agency notes that the procurement process for raw materials is currently being accelerated... 

Higher gold price, output lifts Nordgold's interim earnings

1st September 2020 Diversified gold producer Nordgold achieved a 67% year-on-year increase in adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation to $433.2-million for the first half of this year. The improvement was driven by a more favourable gold price environment, as well as higher... 

Perseus appoints new CFO

1st September 2020 One of the longest serving employees of ASX-listed Perseus Mining, Elissa Brown, has resigned as CFO. She joined the company as a financial controller in 2010 and will step down with effect from October 31.  

FNB cuts the carbon footprint of its branches by 50% over five years

1st September 2020 After the adoption of carbon-cutting measures to drive energy efficiency across a network of more than 600 branches in South Africa, financial services provider First National Bank (FNB) FNB has reduced the carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint in its branches by nearly 50% over a period of five years.... 

Absa PMI rises to 57.3 index points as Covid-19 restrictions ease

1st September 2020 Pointing to a further improvement in conditions in South Africa’s manufacturing sector, the Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI)  increased to 57.3 index points in August, up from 51.2 in July, in line with Covid-19 lockdown restrictions easing further to Level 2 in August. This resulted in... 

Civil society organisations urge leaders to tackle corruption

1st September 2020 In an open letter addressed to President Cyril Ramaphosa and Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, Corruption Watch executive director David Lewis and Public Affairs Research Institute executive director Dr Mbongiseni Buthelezi urge the leaders to tackle corruption by taking advantage of the current... 

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