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Courses aim to enhance skills, improve industry

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd April 2010 The South African hydraulics and pneumatics industry will always have room for improvement as technology advances, increasing the need for skills in maintenance and advanced engineering, says Garnett Cross Hydraulic Courses president, Garnett Cross. 

University takes on the skills challenge

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd April 2010 Industries, such as pneumatics and hydraulics, have experienced a significant slump, owing to the global recession, but there appears to be an upswing in the economy and the sentiment is that companies are willing to invest in automation, says Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)... 

Affected by the recession, focusing on skills – association

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd April 2010 The South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) believes that, although a number of its member companies have felt the strain of the economic crunch over the past few years, the companies have managed their resources well and the industry will not experience a further decline. 

SA has fined cartel participants R1,1bn over past decade 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd April 2010 Over the past decade, some R1,1-billion worth of penalties have been collected from those South African companies that were found guilty of anticompetitive behaviour, and Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said on Thursday that government planned to continue with its crackdown on these... 

Vesa moves to ensure more independence

By: Christy van der Merwe     22nd April 2010 The Vehicle Security Association of South Africa (Vesa) has stated that there was a new vision and a new resolve in the organisation ensuring its independence and fairness. This came after a recent Competition Tribunal ruling, which found that the country's top three vehicle tracking companies... 

IMF expects sub-Saharan Africa to grow by 4,7% in 2010

By: Chanel de Bruyn     21st April 2010 Sub-Saharan African countries would have to rebuild fiscal room and would have to move its focus away from the near-term objectives of stabilising output to medium-term considerations, such as increasing spending on growth-enhancing priorities, including infrastructure, health, and education, the... 

Marketing of SA’s built-environment expertise to be intensified in 2010 

By: Terence Creamer     16th April 2010 South Africa’s Built Environment Export Professions Council (BEPEC) is looking to ramp up its activities for the promotion of South African professional services, primarily into the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and South America, during 2010 and 2011, as recessionary conditions... 

3,4% of tertiary students HIV-positive

By: Lindsey Berry     16th April 2010 The results of a survey by the Higher Education HIV/AIDS programme (HEAIDS) show that 3,4% of students in higher education institutions are HIV positive.  

IDC and UIF launch R2bn fund to help create jobs 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     14th April 2010 South Africa’s high level of unemployment has prompted the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the Unemployment Equity Fund (UIF) to launch a R2-billion fund to assist local industries to create new permanent jobs and to preserve permanent jobs. The fund would be capitalised by the UIF... 

Trade activity improved in March – Sacci

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th April 2010 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) Trade Activity Index (TAI) rose to 56 points in March, with all eight subindices recording positive moves. The TAI had improved on February’s 54 points and was 16 points higher than in March 2009. 

Gordhan warns on taxes if recovery slow 

By: Reuters     14th April 2010 South Africa's government may consider raising taxes if the economy does not recover enough to boost tax revenue, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Wednesday. "At that stage (February's budget) we didn't see any need to increase taxes, but if the economic and revenue position does not... 

African economies should focus on job creation – IOE 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     9th April 2010 African economies had to ensure that job creation intensity improved, as countries moved to expand economic growth following the global economic crisis, International Organisation of Employers (IOE) president Wiseman Nkuhlu said on Friday. Speaking at a conference about creating employment and... 

Loan backed for poverty-easing, growth-stimulating effects - World Bank

By: Terence Creamer     9th April 2010 The World Bank said that it could not comment on how each of its 24 executive directors, who deliberated on the $3,75-billion Eskom loan on Thursday, came to their decision. However, spokesperson Sarwat Hussain did not contradict a National Treasury assertion that the overwhelming majority of the... 

SA seeks to align development zones with sector thrust, mulls additional incentives

By: Lindsey Berry     9th April 2010 Since their inception as a part of the South Africa’s post-1994 industrial development policy, the country’s industrial development zones (IDZs) have seen some success. But a Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) review of the policy surrounding IDZs has prompted discussion about which aspects... 

Growing need to understand flooring principles

9th April 2010 The Cement and Concrete Institute’s (C&CI’s) one-day industrial flooring training course is gaining popularity as more designers, specifiers and contractors feel the need to understand the underlying principles of concrete industrial flooring.  

Tribunal grants interim relief order against Trudon, Telkom

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th April 2010 The Competition Tribunal on Thursday granted Port Elizabeth-based Directory Solutions (DS) an interim relief order against Trudon and Telkom, forcing Telkom to accept DS’s customers without upfront payments. Trudon would also have to publish all subscriber entries provided by DS for the regions... 

Manufacturing production grows less than expected

By: Chanel de Bruyn     8th April 2010 South Africa’s manufacturing output rose by 2,7% year-on-year in February, and while below market expectations, this was still considered a positive move. Efficient Group economist Freddie Mitchell commented on Thursday that the figures were below the market expectations of 4,7%, but said this... 

Absa upgrades SA growth outlook, but warns on power

By: Terence Creamer     8th April 2010 South African investment bank Absa Capital announced an upgrade to its 2010 growth forecast for the South African economy on Thursday, from 3,1% to 3,3%, but also warned that South Africa's electricity shortages could constrain future mining and industrial investment and undermine future growth... 

SA should step up participation in global trade

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th April 2010 With the global and local economy improving, South Africa had to ensure that it increased its participation in international trade, as this was critical for economic growth, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Thursday. With the release of its business confidence... 

Strikes, high-profile murders don’t bode well for investor perception – Sacci

By: Chanel de Bruyn     7th April 2010 Not only did the recent local taxi and labour strikes, high-profile murders and “ill-conceived utterances” from political figures risk potentially deterring visitors from attending the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but this also did not bode well for investor perception, the South African Chamber of... 

CEO confidence improved in Q1, survey shows

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th April 2010 The level of confidence among South African CEOs has again improved in the first quarter of this year, indicating that the local economic recovery was indeed under way. The latest Merchantec CEO Confidence Index recorded its third consecutive quarterly improvement in the first quarter of this... 

Davies says 75% of SA private sector not fully BEE compliant

By: Loni Prinsloo     6th April 2010 While some strides have been made in black ownership of South African companies, broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) was still showing a "lacklustre" performance, especially in the areas of enterprise and skills development, said Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies on Tuesday.... 

Sound organisation tools have been used 
to deliver World Cup, Treasury avers

By: Jacqueline Holman     2nd April 2010 South Africa has done exceptionally well in its preparations for the World Cup, despite there having initially been a lack of strategic thinking at some key implementing institutions, the National Treasury 2010 FIFA World Cup unit head Malcolm Simpson has said. 

SA power consumption up 8,5% in February

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st April 2010 Electricity consumption in South Africa rose by 8,5% year-on-year in February, while electricity production increased by 9,1% year-on-year in February, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on Thursday. It added that electricity consumption for the three months ended February 2010 was up... 

SA would ‘cope' should World Bank fail to grant Eskom loan  

By: Terence Creamer     1st April 2010 South Africa remained "optimistic" that the World Bank would approve a $3,75-billion loan for State-owned power utility Eskom on April 8, 2010, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Thursday. However, he said that the country, which had hitherto refrained from accepting loans from the bank,... 

Revenue performance was phenomenal – Gordhan 

By: Sapa     1st April 2010 South Africa's revenue performance for the 2009/10 fiscal year was "phenomenal", Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Thursday. "By midnight last night [Wednesday] Sars had collected R598,5-billion in revenue for the financial year 2009/10 - R8,1-billion more than the revised estimate... 

February trade deficit widens as imports rise

By: Reuters     31st March 2010 South Africa's trade deficit widened in February, data showed on Wednesday, reflecting a rise in imports as the economy recovers from last year's downturn. A deterioration in the trade balance from a near-balance in 2004 has contributed to South Africa's current account deficit, in turn weighing... 

Steel companies want access to collusion investigation documents

By: Loni Prinsloo     30th March 2010 South Africa's Competition Tribunal will on Thursday hold hearings to consider applications by Cape Gate and ArcelorMittal South Africa to make documents available, which the Competition Commission used in a collusion investigation. Scaw Metals, which applied for corporate leniency, and the... 

Ghana expects strong economic growth as oil sector expands

By: Loni Prinsloo     30th March 2010 Ghana's economic growth rate is likely to expand to 12% by 2012, underpinned by growth in the country's oil and gas sector, a government official said on Tuesday. Speaking at the JSE-hosted Frontier Advisory Africa seminar in Johannesburg, Ghana's minister counsellor Adotey Anum said that the... 

Design software targets students

By: Eleanor Seggie     26th March 2010 Software company PTC’s sub-Saharan distributor ProductONE aims to greater expose its solution Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire to entry-level users and learners throughout the educational system, says ProductONE MD Charles Anderson.  

Stainless steel body aligns programmes 
with South Africa’s new industrial strategy

By: Jacqueline Holman     26th March 2010 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) is adding value to the stainless steel industry by implementing a number of projects that will align with government’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP). 

Development agencies team up on municipal exchange programme

By: Jacqueline Holman     26th March 2010 South African development finance institution, the,Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), in partnership with its French counterpart Agence Française de Développment (AFD) has sent 15 young professionals to France on a three-month exchange programme to learn international best practices in... 

Local M&A deals declined 42% in 2009 – E&Y

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th March 2010 The value of South African merger and acquisition (M&A) deals declined by 42% in 2009 to R182-bilion, down from R312-billion in 2008, advisory firm Ernst & Young (E&Y) revealed on Wednesday. The firm noted South Africa had come close to “bucking the downward international trend”, but the failure... 

Fixing the exchange rate will be hard – Kganyago

By: Loni Prinsloo     23rd March 2010 A fixed exchange rate regime would not be a solution for South Africa, National Treasury director general Letsetja Kganyago said on Tuesday, pointing out that it would be hard to implement and that it would carry a range of economic costs. "Such a regime would require South Africa to give up its... 

SA may just break even on 2010 World Cup, research shows 

By: Jacqueline Holman     19th March 2010 South Africa could possibly break even on the expenditure of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but only in a best-case scenario, estimates Human Sciences Research Council executive director of the Centre for Service Delivery research programme Dr Udesh Pillay. 

Eastern Cape incubator tackles quality control for SMEs

By: Eleanor Seggie     19th March 2010 Quality control in the products produced by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) remains a challenge, but chemical technology incubator Chemin has various strategies in place to tackle this issue. 

Manufacturing business confidence jumps

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th March 2010 While the recovery in the manufacturing sector remained “rather patchy”, the upturn in activity was spreading to more subsectors, Bureau for Economic Research (BER) economist Christelle Grobler said on Thursday. The BER’s latest manufacturing survey has indicated that business confidence in the... 


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