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Busa welcomes easing of restrictions, others caution of damage already done
26th July 2021 By: Donna Slater

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s July 25 address to the nation and the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions from adjusted Alert Level 4, to adjusted Alert Level 3, has been welcomed by Business Unity South... 


South Africa on track to vaccinate 420 000 people a day by mid-September
23rd July 2021 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Business for South Africa (B4SA) says the 230 000 daily vaccination rate is testament to what business and government can achieve if they work together. B4SA steering committee chairperson Martin... 


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Biovac/Pfizer vaccine partnership will boost mRNA hub – Nzimande
23rd July 2021 By: Sane Dhlamini

The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Dr Blade Nzimande has congratulated the Biovac Institute for its partnership with Pfizer and its German vaccine partner BioNTech which will... 


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Extremely strong demand for platinum bar and coin – WPIC
22nd July 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Extremely strong demand for platinum bar and coin is being seen around the world, particularly in the US, along with growth in demand for platinum exchange traded funds (ETFs), mainly out of North... 


South African currency
SARB cautions against stained banknotes after unrest
21st July 2021 By: Sane Dhlamini

Following recent looting and acts of lawlessness that caused unrest in the country, the South African Reserve Bank has cautioned the public not to accept stained banknotes, stating that these notes... 


Basa requests urgent meeting with Patel to save industry on the brink of collapse
21st July 2021 By: Donna Slater

In the wake of the recent civil unrest, which resulted in 161 liquor outlets and distribution centres being looted and damaged in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, the beer industry is urgently calling... 


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Ramaphosa tells business social and economic relief package being finalised
20th July 2021 By: Terence Creamer

In a meeting with business leaders on Tuesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that an “extensive social and economic relief package” would be launched in the coming days to respond to the... 


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Anglo increasingly focused on future-enabling decarbonising metals, minerals – Cutifani
20th July 2021 By: Martin Creamer

The portfolio and growth investments of diversified mining company Anglo American is increasingly focused future-enabling metals and minerals that are critical to decarbonising energy and transport... 


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Carbon emissions to reach record levels in 2023 as stimulus spending fails to match net-zero ambition
20th July 2021 By: Terence Creamer

The financial resources allocated by governments globally to clean-energy measures in response to the Covid-19 crisis currently represents only 2% of the $16-trillion in total fiscal support set... 


Healthcare councils condemn looting, warn of worrying and dangerous consequences
19th July 2021 By: Donna Slater

South Africa’s statutory health regulatory councils, together with the Department of Health (DOH), have condemned the looting and violence last week, especially those acts that targeted healthcare... 


Santam making progress with contingent business interruption claims
15th July 2021 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Short-term insurer Santam is making progress in handling contingent business interruption (CBI) claims, with payments made to about 60% of policyholders that have submitted claims, the company said... 


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New initiative launched to raise awareness on key role of power grids in Africa
15th July 2021 By: Terence Creamer

The RES4Africa Foundation, an Italian non-profit organisation that promotes the development of renewable energy on the continent, has launched a Grids4Africa initiative to support the development... 


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Life in mining-dependent countries significantly improved – ICMM
14th July 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Life in mining-dependent countries has improved significantly in the 23 years leading up to 2018, with strong governance the key to improving socio-economic well-being, the International Council on... 


Afreximbank and ACBF sign collaboration agreement to build development capacity
13th July 2021 By: Donna Slater

The Africa Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) have signed an agreement to support capacity development initiatives over a period of five years,... 


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Despite tailwinds, South Africa’s recovery could fade into ‘another lost decade’ without reforms
12th July 2021 By: Terence Creamer

The World Bank expects South Africa to grow by 4% in 2021, supported by the strong global economic recovery from Covid and favourable commodity prices. However, the bank also warns that the... 


Alcohol industry laments sales ban extension
12th July 2021 By: Donna Slater

The South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) and National Liquor Traders (NLT) note their disappointment in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to extend the current ban of alcohol... 


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Saving lives, preventing more business closures a priority – Ramaphosa
12th July 2021 By: Thabi Shomolekae

President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday that in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, government has sought to balance saving lives and preserving livelihoods in an evidence-based manner; however,... 


Johannesburg’s mayor Makhubo dies after contracting coronavirus
9th July 2021 By: Bloomberg

The mayor of Johannesburg, South Africa’s economic hub and largest city, has died after contracting the coronavirus. Geoff Makhubo took office in December 2019 after the ruling party wrested... 


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B4SA welcomes weekend vaccinations, opening of registrations for 35- to 49-year-olds
9th July 2021 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Industry organisation Business for South Africa (B4SA) has welcomed the Department of Health’s decision to allow 35- to 49-year-olds to register for their Covid-19 vaccinations from July 15 and to... 


Intellectual property environment strengthens despite challenges
7th July 2021 By: Donna Slater

Despite the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, the global intellectual property (IP) environment continued its positive trajectory, biotechnology company CapeBio CEO Daniel Ndima said... 


Settlement of Covid-19-related insurance claims remains problematic, says ICA
6th July 2021 By: Donna Slater

Insurance Claims Africa (ICA) CEO Ryan Woolley says it is clear from new research released on July 6, that the short-term insurance industry (STI) earned record profits during the pandemic. He... 


Newly appointed AngloGold CEO
Gold heading towards ‘refuge of choice’ status, says incoming AngloGold CEO
6th July 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Gold is poised to be a "refuge of choice" in the years ahead owing to the extent to which money is being printed and world debt is rising, AngloGold Ashanti CEO-designate Alberto Calderon said on... 


Salba requests excise duties deferment to offset liquor prohibition implications
6th July 2021 By: Donna Slater

The South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) states that the current 14-day ban of alcohol sales declared by government on June 27 has left it with “no choice” but to request that the... 


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Alberto Calderon is new AngloGold CEO
6th July 2021 By: Martin Creamer

The board of AngloGold Ashanti on Tuesday announced the appointment of Alberto Calderon as the new CEO of the gold-mining company, effective September 1. Mining Weekly can report that Calderon has... 


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Yamkela Makupula clinches exciting Rockwell-linked alluvial diamond deal
5th July 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Alluvial diamond mining investor Yamkela Makupula has clinched an alluvial diamond mining transaction which makes her a 30% shareholder in three diamond assets that have a link with the former... 


Govt still remiss in its consultation with private sector on Covid-19 lockdowns, says BLSA
5th July 2021 By: Donna Slater

Despite the improvements in government’s approach to tackling the Covid-19 pandemic and associated lockdown regulations, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso says government has still... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa
Mining vital to economy, can help guide country's path – President
5th July 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Mining is vital to the South African economy and the opportunities that exist in mining can help guide the country’s path to a more inclusive and equitable economy, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated... 


J&J Covid shot neutralises Delta variant, company says
2nd July 2021 By: Bloomberg

Johnson & Johnson said that its single-shot coronavirus vaccine neutralises the fast-spreading delta variant and provides durable protection against infection more broadly. The company said in a... 


SAHPRA CEO Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela
Decision on Sinovac vaccine to be announced soon – SAHPRA
1st July 2021 By: Thabi Shomolekae

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority CEO Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela announced that a decision on the Sinovac vaccine will be communicated in the coming days. Last month,... 


Aspen's manufacturing site in Gqeberha
International institutions aid vaccine-making in Africa through R10bn financing
1st July 2021 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Several international development finance institutions have partnered on a financing package for pharmaceuticals company Aspen Pharmacare to support vaccine production and other treatment therapies... 


Glencore CFO Steven Kalmin
Glencore paid governments $5.8bn, working hard to develop local skills
30th June 2021 By: Martin Creamer

As one of the world’s largest natural resource companies, with operations across five continents, Glencore is committed to delivering long-lasting socioeconomic benefits, CFO Steven Kalmin on... 


Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi
Support income for sectors closed by govt under discussion – Thulas Nxesi
29th June 2021 By: Thabi Shomolekae

Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi announced on Tuesday that the department’s social partners will be engaging at the National Economic Development and Labour Council this week to thrash... 


Salba requests data that drove latest alcohol sales ban
29th June 2021 By: Donna Slater

The South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) has written to Ministerial Advisory Council (MAC) chairperson Professor Koleka Mlisana, calling for the release of the information that... 


New restrictions putting many jobs at risk, commentators warn
28th June 2021 By: Donna Slater

Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of the move to adjusted Alert Level 4 Covid-19 restrictions and the accompanying ban on alcohol sales, the South African Liquor Brandowners... 


Covid-19 Loan Guarantee Scheme to close applications as of June 28
28th June 2021 By: Simone Liedtke

The Covid-19 Loan Guarantee Scheme will not be accepting new applications after June 28, though it will remain in operation until July 11 to allow for in-process applications to be finalised. As at... 


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