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Research shows positive effects of Presidential Youth Employment Stimulus programme
5th February 2024 By: Thabi Shomolekae

The Presidential Youth Employment Initiative – Basic Education Employment Initiative (PYEI-BEEI), launched in 2020, has been shown to have economic benefits through an indirect influence on... 


Biovac chief people and brand officer Lauren Bhayat
Opinion: Policy certainty critical to keep scarce vaccine manufacturing skills in South Africa
11th August 2023

In this article, Biovac chief people and brand officer Lauren Bhayat writes that the right policy choices have helped South Africa to become a base for vaccine manufacturing, which can help to grow... 


Entrepreneurship competition relaunched to celebrate SMMEs
27th July 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

This year, with the post-pandemic relaunch of finance institution Business Partners’ Entrepreneur of the Year competition, the unyielding resilience of South African entrepreneurs will once again... 


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Nedbank says SA’s philanthropic spirit alive and well with women giving the most
22nd November 2022 By: Thabi Shomolekae

Women now make up more than 50% of givers in South Africa, and roughly one in four givers are black South Africans. Speaking in Johannesburg during the fifth 'Nedbank Private Wealth Giving Report',... 


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Strongly producing Tharisa achieves seven fatality-free years
11th October 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Platinum group metals (PGMs) and chrome co-producer Tharisa, which on Tuesday reported considerably higher production in the 12 months to September 30, has achieved seven fatality-free years. “We... 


DRDGold's broad-based livelihoods programme is attracting thousands of participants.
DRDGold's livelihoods initiative attracts 8 000-plus direct participants
31st August 2022 By: Martin Creamer

The livelihoods initiative introduced by surface gold mining company DRDGold has to date attracted more than 8 000 direct participants at a time when boosting jobs and livelihoods in South Africa... 


Sibanye-Stillwater's Kroondal platinum group metals mine.
Sibanye-Stillwater declares R3.9bn half-year dividend
25th August 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Precious metals and green metals company Sibanye-Stillwater on Thursday declared a cash dividend of R3.9-billion for the six months to June 30. The Johannesburg- and New York-listed company, headed... 


Part of billionaire Soon-Shiong’s Africa vaccine plant for rent
24th August 2022 By: Bloomberg

Part of a Covid-19 vaccine manufacturing plant in South Africa launched by US biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong and President Cyril Ramaphosa is available to rent after a plunge in demand for... 


Ethiopia completes third phase of filling giant Nile dam
12th August 2022 By: Reuters

Ethiopia has completed the third phase of filling the reservoir for its huge dam on the Blue Nile river, the government said on Friday, a process that continues to irk the country's downstream... 


Royal Bafokeng Platinum declares conservative R711m interim dividend
2nd August 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Taking into consideration the declining basket price, the uncertain demand fundamentals, global recession fears and the continuing uncertainty brought about by the M&A activity, the board of Royal... 


Glencore CEO Gary Nagle
Glencore’s ferrochrome production up on consistent smelter performance
29th July 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Ferrochrome production, which is South Africa-based, rose 2% in the six months to June 30, reflecting consistent smelter performance, Glencore reported on Friday. Attributable ferrochrome... 


Salba concerned about prevalence of illicit liquor trade
25th July 2022 By: Donna Slater

A report by market research company Euromonitor International reveals that the illicit liquor market in South Africa grew by a compound yearly growth rate of 10% in volume terms in 2020, compared... 


Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla
Cabinet encourages more S Africans to vaccinate as it ends mask mandate
23rd June 2022 By: Sane Dhlamini

Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele said on Thursday that while Cabinet welcomed a significant drop in Covid-19 cases in the country, it is urging more South Africans to vaccinate against... 


Government, producers and labour welcome WTO vaccine decision
20th June 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The South African government, local vaccine manufacturers and organised labour have welcomed the agreement secured at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) last week to support the production of... 


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Ramaphosa sees more to gain from Brics as he gears up for Leaders’ Summit
20th June 2022 By: Thabi Shomolekae

President Cyril Ramaphosa will join the virtual fourteenth Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa ) Leaders’ Summit, on Thursday, hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Ramaphosa... 


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World Bank approves R7.6bn loan to boost vaccination drive
14th June 2022 By: Donna Slater

Following a request by the South African government for assistance in financing vaccine procurement contracts, the World Bank Group, on June 13, approved a R7.6-billion ($480-million) loan for... 


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De Lille welcomes European Investment Bank cash injection into Biovac
8th June 2022 By: Sane Dhlamini

Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia de Lille has welcomed the European Investment Bank’s (EIB’s) injection of €175-million to South Africa’s specialist human vaccine manufacturer... 


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Africa’s economic recovery will be costly – AfDB
26th May 2022 By: Thabi Shomolekae

Africa will need at least $432-billion to address the effects of Covid-19 on its economies and on the lives of Africans — resources it does not have. This was according to African Development Bank... 


When Africans asked for Covid shots, they didn't get them. Now they don't want them
18th May 2022 By: Reuters

It's noisy inside the Mamprobi clinic in Accra as kids clamber over their mothers while they wait to get their measles vaccines. Outside, an area reserved for Covid-19 shots is empty. A health... 


Covid-19 vaccine vials at Aspen's manufacturing plant in South Africa
Aspen’s Covid flop bodes ill for Africa’s vaccine making drive
18th May 2022 By: Bloomberg

Africa’s drive to set up a vaccine industry after being left at the back of the queue in the global scramble for Covid-19 shots has stumbled at the first hurdle. As the omicron variant was... 


Pfizer’s African Covid shots plan threatened by low demand
12th May 2022 By: Bloomberg

Plans to produce Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine in Cape Town may be scaled back because of waning demand for the shots, according to the head of the company’s South African manufacturing partner. About... 


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World Coal Association favours just energy transition to net zero future
5th May 2022 By: Martin Creamer

The World Coal Association, and its member companies, are in favour of a just transition to a net zero future, World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu said on Thursday. In his keynote... 


Tourism, travel industry has mixed feelings about new Covid regulations
5th May 2022 By: Schalk Burger

South African travel and tourism organisations have welcomed the removal of the newly gazetted Covid-19 regulations requiring a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for children under the... 


Aspen to slash Covid vaccine capacity within 6 weeks if no orders - CEO
5th May 2022 By: Reuters

Aspen Pharmacare will switch about half of its Covid-19 vaccine production capacity onto other products if demand doesn't pick up within six weeks, its CEO warned, as South Africa's president and... 


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Africa CDC urges Covid-19 vaccine buyers to order from S Africa's Aspen
5th May 2022 By: Reuters

Africa's top public health body urged all those purchasing Covid-19 vaccines for the continent to place orders with South Africa's Aspen Pharmacare, saying the market was key to developing vaccine... 


BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso
Mavuso warns State’s potential new powers could be abused
3rd May 2022 By: Darren Parker

The State’s potential new powers that could arise from a permanent ratification into law of various Covid-19 regulations beyond the state of national disaster can be abused, warned Business... 


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Implats reports 6% lower refined production amid challenging operating landscape
29th April 2022 By: Martin Creamer

The gross refined production of platinum group metals (PGM) mining company Implats declined by 6% to 2.35-million ounces in the nine months to March 31, when sales volumes of 2.38-million ounces... 


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Ramaphosa stresses urgency of African countries cooperating to manufacture Covid-19 vaccines
28th April 2022 By: Thabi Shomolekae

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday explained that it was urgent that African countries cooperate to manufacture their own vaccines, and strengthen their own health systems so that these vaccines... 


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Glencore guides higher full-year ferrochrome output with coal marking time
28th April 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is guiding 3% higher ferrochrome performance for the whole of this year, with no change to its coal production guidance. Full-year guidance for... 


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President Ramaphosa to deliver keynote address at Mining Indaba 2022
20th April 2022 By: Martin Creamer

President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver a keynote address at the 2022 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which takes place in Cape Town from May 9 to 12. The attendance of Ramaphosa, who will speak... 


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End of National State of Disaster welcomed
5th April 2022 By: Sane Dhlamini

Democratic Alliance spokesperson Cilliers Brink has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that Cabinet has decided to end the National State of Disaster but cautions against allowing... 


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Govt ends National State of Disaster
5th April 2022 By: Sane Dhlamini

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Monday night Cabinet’s decision to terminate the National State of Disaster from April 5 since the terms of the Disaster Management Act are no longer met.... 


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Minerals Council ending century-long relationship with Johannesburg CBD
4th April 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Minerals Council South Africa has begun a new era by moving into modern premises in Rosebank, Johannesburg, and closing a century-long chapter in Johannesburg’s central business district (CBD). The... 


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Growth outcomes inform approach to dividends ­as Northam digs in on RBPlat deal
31st March 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Growth outcomes will inform Northam Platinum’s approach to dividends, the platinum group metals (PGMs) company stated in reporting 60%-higher half-year headline earnings a share. Northam... 


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Green hydrogen energy supply to local communities envisaged by Anglo
28th March 2022 By: Martin Creamer

The green hydrogen footprint being developed by Anglo American could be extended to provide low-cost and efficient energy to local communities. Anglo, which is advancing towards using green... 


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