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A new approach is needed to solve the unemployment crisis, says CDE  

By: Simone Liedtke     29th January 2020 Development think tank, the Centre for Development and Enterprise, on Wednesday urged South Africa to consider “a new approach” to alleviate the country’s unemployment crisis, saying this should include actions to promote faster economic growth. South Africa’s official unemployment rate is above... 

Accelerator Lab to develop new solutions to South Africa’s challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     28th January 2020 A new Accelerator Lab has been launched in South Africa to provide a network and platform through which new solutions can be developed to mitigate and solve the challenges facing the country. Launched at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s conference centre, in Tshwane, on... 

Accelerator Lab to develop new solutions to South Africa’s challenges
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Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande

CEO remuneration remains a complex issue – Deloitte

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th January 2020 Consultancy Deloitte has tackled the controversial question of whether CEOs in South Africa are being remunerated fairly in its latest ‘Executive Compensation Report’ for 2019. The release of the findings of the report come at a time when executive pay continues to attract intense public and... 

CEO remuneration remains a complex issue – Deloitte

Motsepe joins WEF board of trustees

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th January 2020 The World Economic Forum (WEF) has asked International Monetary Fund MD Kristalina Georgieva and African Rainbow Minerals chairperson Patrice Motsepe to join its board of trustees. The WEF said in a statement on Friday that both Georgieva and Motsepe have a record of thought leadership and... 

Motsepe joins WEF board of trustees
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ARM chairperson Patrice Motsepe

Company completes purchase of Italian thermoplastic specialist

24th January 2020 Technology services company Continental has successfully completed its purchase of Italian thermoplastic specialist Merlett Group. 

Recovery of global economic growth remains sluggish, despite stabilising 

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd January 2020 The recovery of global economic growth remains sluggish, even though it has stabilised, with the slowdown in the US and China expected to be more than offset by improvement in some of the large emerging markets, the UK and the Euro region, says integrated insurance solutions provider Alexander... 

Recovery of global economic growth remains sluggish, despite stabilising
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(Left to Right) Lebo Thubisi, Isaah Mhlanga and Gyongyi King

Glencore, Merafe to retrench Rustenburg Smelter employees 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th January 2020 Global miner Glencore Alloys and Merafe Resources have started a Section 189A process. The companies confirmed on Friday that written notice had been given to its employees at its joint venture (JV), the Rustenburg Smelter, in the North West. 

Company launches unique water plant, empowers community

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th January 2020 Mineral water company Aqua Air Africa (AAA) officially launched Africa’s first atmospheric water-generating plant at the Ga-Rankuwa industrial site, in Gauteng, in November. 

Company launches unique water plant, empowers community
FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND The construction of the atmospheric water geberating plant began in 2018 with a team of committed engineers and local small, medium-sized and microenterprises

Minerals Council calls for intervention to ‘salvage and revive’ South Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th January 2020 The Minerals Council South Africa has urged President Cyril Ramaphosa and other government leaders to “salvage and revive” South Africa’s economy after noting the “increasing urgency of a range of critical steps needed”. In a statement released ahead of the Business Economic Indaba (BEI), which... 

Minerals Council calls for intervention to ‘salvage and revive’ South Africa
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Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

Massmart mulls closure of up to 34 stores 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th January 2020 Retail company Massmart on Monday revealed that it was considering closing up to 34 Dion-Wired and Masscash stores. The group recently conducted a store optimisation project that identified a number of underperforming stores in its portfolio. 

Business confidence remains lacklustre 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th January 2020 Although the Business Confidence Index (BCI) remained “virtually unchanged” at 93.1 index points in December, compared with 92.7 index points the month before, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Thursday that the BCI was still 2.1 index points lower than the 95.2... 

Business confidence remains lacklustre

Business confidence slowly wanes as PMI edges lower in December

By: Simone Liedtke     8th January 2020 The seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) edged lower to 47.1 index points in December, down from the 47.7 index points recorded in November. The December figure is also about one point below the average recorded through 2019. 

Success of renewables programme continues

By: Darren Parker     13th December 2019 Over the past eight years, the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has attracted about R209.4-billion in committed private-sector investment, with the successful fourth window bids being valued at about R56-billion. South African companies, such as... 

Success of renewables programme continues
WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY 27 preferred bidders signed agreements last year and their respective renewable energy projects are well underway

Additional renewable energy development zones proposed

13th December 2019 The second phase of the Strategic Environmental Assessment for wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) energy in South Africa proposes three additional renewable energy development zones for wind and solar PV energy projects. The renewable energy development zones support the responsible implementation... 

Additional renewable energy development zones proposed
RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT ZONES The Phase 2 proposed zones support the responsible implementation of the Integrated Resource Plan 2019

Government reaffirms support for rural, township economies

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th December 2019 To improve access to information and bring economic infrastructure support closer to township and rural-based enterprises, government is expanding incubators and digital hubs to townships and rural areas, says President Cyril Ramaphosa. 

Government reaffirms support for rural, township economies
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VIBRANT THINKING South Africa's small, medium-sized and microenterprises are demonstrating out-of-the-box thinking in business skills

Private-sector investment a key driver of growth  

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th December 2019 Ahead of the 2019 South African Investment Conference, JSE-listed and diversified mining company Exxaro hosted a media tour, which started at The conneXXion – its head office in Centurion, Gauteng.  

Private-sector investment  a key driver of growth
InvestSA CEO Yunus Hoosen discusses the importance of domestic investments. Camerawork: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 31.10.2019

Diversified miner announces R20-billion investment drive 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th December 2019 JSE-listed diversified mining company Exxaro officially announced its commitment of R20-billion towards President Cyril Ramaphosa’s investment drive for South Africa at the 2019 South African Investment Conference, which took place in Johannesburg, last month. 

Diversified miner announces R20-billion investment drive
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo discussed the company’s investments ahead of the 2019 South African Investment Conference. Camerawork: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 31.10.2019

Afarak warns of retrenchments at South African subsidiaries 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2019 Specialist alloy producer Afarak has said two of its South African subsidiaries – Afarak Mogale and Ilitha Mining – might retrench some employees. The subsidiaries have issued a notice, in terms of Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act, to start to a 90-day period of consultations with workers... 

Trade union outlines business-rescue case for SAA

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th December 2019 Trade union Solidarity has served court papers on embattled State-owned airline South African Airways (SAA) and on the Ministers of Finance and Public Enterprises. The union has asked the court to put SAA into business rescue. If granted, it would mean the appointment of a business rescue... 

Sugar giant transforming business amid turmoil

By: Tracy Hancock     6th December 2019 In addition to its plans to exit sugar farming in South Africa, embattled agroprocessing business Tongaat Hulett expects to conclude a transaction to establish a transformative milling, refining and sugar marketing business by the end of this year. The developments are part of a strategic review... 

Sugar giant transforming business amid turmoil
FELIXTON MILL The initial assets of Tongaat Hulett’s transformative milling, refining and sugar marketing business have an installed capacity to produce more than one-million tons of sugar a year

Richards Bay Minerals wins top employer award for fourth year straight

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd December 2019 Mineral sands producer Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) has won the Top Employers Institute’s Top Employer of the Year award for the fourth year in a row. The top employer certification recognises organisations that successfully demonstrate an exceptional human resources (HR) environment and employee... 

Jobs Fund to generate sustainable employment

By: Simone Liedtke     29th November 2019 The R9-billion Jobs Fund, established by the South African government to generate sustainable employment among previously disadvantaged South Africans, youth and women, recently published its list of partner projects for 2019. Four of these partnerships highlight the fund’s efforts to support the... 

Jobs Fund to generate sustainable employment
Jobs Fund head Najwah Allie-Edries

Partnerships help pull domestic cotton industry out of doldrums

By: Donna Slater     29th November 2019 The South African cotton industry was in decline, having reached crisis point in about 2013. On the verge of collapse, a chain of events from three seemingly unassuming roleplayers set off a chain reaction that resulted in explosive growth and substantial redevelopment for the sector into an... 

Partnerships help pull domestic cotton industry out of doldrums

SAA flight schedule to be reinstated as wage agreement reached 

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd November 2019 State-owned airline South African Airways (SAA) announced on Friday that it had reached agreement with trade unions to end a seven-day long strike. The unions were the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the South African Airways Cabin Crew Association. The agreement was ratified... 

SAA, unions reach wage deal – if funds are available 

By: News24Wire      22nd November 2019 South African Airways and unions the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa and the South African Cabin Crew Association have reached an agreement, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration announced on Friday.  Following an eight-day strike that cost the airline some... 

 SAA, unions reach wage deal – if funds are available

SAA cabin crew trickle back as no-work, no-pay begins to bite

By: News24Wire      22nd November 2019 Cabin crew are returning to work at a growing pace as the one-week wage strike at South African Airways begins to bite with the imposition of a strict no-work, no-pay policy. "For Wednesday and Thursday, we had 70 cabin crew returning to work. The quantification of actual losses (to workers of... 

 SAA cabin crew trickle back as no-work, no-pay begins to bite

Solidarity lodges business rescue application for SAA 

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st November 2019 Trade union Solidarity served court papers on embattled State-owned airline South African Airways (SAA) and on the Ministers of Finance and Public Enterprises on Thursday. The union has asked the court to put SAA into business rescue. If granted, it would mean the appointment of a business rescue... 

Solidarity lodges business rescue application for SAA

Solidarity says SAA nearing 'total collapse', wants it placed in business rescue 

By: News24Wire      21st November 2019 Trade union Solidarity has served papers on cash-strapped airline South African Airways and the ministers of finance and public enterprises, asking a court to put the flag carrier in business rescue. The union made the announcement at a media briefing on Thursday, saying it has requested an... 

 Solidarity says SAA nearing 'total collapse', wants it placed in business rescue

SAA has to consult with representative unions of all its workers

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th November 2019 Three unions representing workers at South African Airways (SAA), and who have formed a coalition to jointly protect the interests of their members at the embattled State-owned airline, have warmly welcomed a ruling by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration (CCMA) in their... 

Gordhan says SAA may have no money for salaries this month 

By: News24Wire      20th November 2019 Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan has warned that, while two unions at South African Airways are demanding salary increases for members, the airline might not even be able to pay any salaries at the end of the month. The minister said the strike was worsening the airline's financial... 

Gordhan says SAA may have no money for salaries this month
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

SAA says it is ramping up operations as strike continues 

By: News24Wire      19th November 2019 A strike at cash-strapped airline South African Airways is set to continue, with unions and the airline's leadership still unable to find common ground.  The flag carrier's leadership is currently briefing the media on negotiations with workers at Airways Park in Gauteng. The media briefing is... 

 SAA says it is ramping up operations as strike continues
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SAA acting CEO Zuks Ramasia

Unions meeting with Gordhan as SAA strike enters fifth day

By: News24Wire      19th November 2019 Striking unions at South African Airways are meeting with Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan in Pretoria, as a strike by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the South African Cabin Crew Association enters its fifth day.  Workers are demanding an 8% wage increase, no... 

 Unions meeting with Gordhan as SAA strike enters fifth day
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

SAA acting head assures on flight safety as operational schedule begins to recover 

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th November 2019 South African Airways (SAA) acting CEO Zuks Ramasia on Sunday assured the country that the ongoing strike at the airline was not compromising the safety and security of its operations. She called on the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the South African Cabin Crew... 

SAA acting head assures on flight safety as operational schedule begins to recover
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SAA acting CEO Zuks Ramasia

SAA losing R52m a day as unions and airline remain deadlocked 

By: News24Wire      15th November 2019 Unions and flag carrier South African Airways are still deadlocked as a national strike continues. "The unions are still sticking to their guns and we continue to urge unions to approach the situation with open minds," said SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali. He said that SAA cannot present anything... 

 SAA losing R52m a day as unions and airline remain deadlocked

SAA plays hardball as strike starts

By: News24Wire      15th November 2019 South African Airways (SAA) has not increased its wage hike offer to striking unions at the airline, spokesperson Tlali Tlali told Fin24 on Friday morning. The airline, which is technically insolvent, is sticking to its 5.9% offer. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the South... 

 SAA plays hardball as strike starts

SAA flights largely grounded as wage strike begins

By: News24Wire      15th November 2019 Workers at national carrier South African Airways (SAA) began a two-day strike likely to cost the financially-strapped airline millions of rand as it was forced to cancel almost all its domestic, regional and international flights scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Workers affiliated to the South... 

 SAA flights largely grounded as wage strike begins

Cesa shines on international stage

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th November 2019 Voluntary association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) was one of the big winners at the 2019 International Federation of Consulting Engineers (Fidic) Member Association (MA) Excellence Awards. 

Cesa shines on international stage
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