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Proflight Zambia announces plans for new service between Ndola and Johannesburg

By: African News Agency      11th July 2019 Proflight Zambia on Thursday announced plans for a new scheduled route between Ndola and Johannesburg, a move it said would boost trade and investment between the two cities. The new service, expected to begin on September 2, will link the Copperbelt mining and industry hub with South Africa’s... 

Forensic probe into 2015 sale of strategic fuel stocks complete – Mantashe

By: News24Wire      10th July 2019 A forensic probe into how South Africa's strategic fuel stock was sold off in late 2015 has been completed and will be submitted to Gwede Mantashe, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources. Mantashe wrote in a recent Parliamentary reply that the investigation had been wrapped up and the report... 

Kganyago re-appointed for another 5 years

By: Reuters     10th July 2019 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has re-appointed central bank governor Lesetja Kganyago for another five-year term when his current term expires in November, the finance ministry said on Wednesday. Ramaphosa also appointed Fundi Tshazibana and Rashad Cassim as deputy central bank... 

Kganyago re-appointed for another 5 years
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Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago

Mediclinic moves to new Stellenbosch hospital developed by Atterbury

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th July 2019 Mediclinic has started operating from new medical facilities in Stellenbosch, purpose-built for the private hospital group by Atterbury and its partners to serve the growing burden of care in for the Winelands community. South African property developer and investor Atterbury began the... 

Trade conditions still under pressure

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th July 2019 Trade conditions remained under pressure in June, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) Trade Conditions Survey shows. The Trade Activity Index (TAI) dipped by three index points to 38 in June, but the Trade Expectations Index (TEI) remained flat at 48 points. 

Iata meets with Zimbabwean government over blocked airline revenues

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th July 2019 A delegation from the International Air Transport Association (Iata) led by its director-general Alexandre de Juniac, met with Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa and other high-ranking government officials on Tuesday to discuss major issues concerning the airline industry and Zimbabwe, and... 

Iata meets with Zimbabwean government over blocked airline revenues
Zimbabwean flag

CPUT prof develops one-stop solution for textile waste water

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2019 The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) has developed a one-stop treatment reactor for treating textile waste water, using locally developed nano-powders. This treatment system offers an almost instantaneous removal of colour from water, explains project leader Professor Veruscha Fester. 

CPUT prof develops one-stop solution for textile waste water

Chicken import tariff increases will not solve industry problems – association

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th July 2019 The Emerging Black Importers and Exports South Africa (Ebiesa) has called on government to stop an application launched by the South African Poultry Association (Sapa) to increase import tariffs on chicken to 82%. Ebiesa stated that Sapa’s rationale for seeking the tariff increases was that... 

AMSA shares fall on job cuts warning 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th July 2019 Primary steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) share price on the JSE fell by 10.4% on Wednesday morning after it said it could possibly cut more than 2 000 jobs. In a trading update for the six months ended June 30, it said a difficult domestic economic environment was negatively... 

Africa’s vehicle policies threatening its air quality, warns Nissan’s Dando 

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2019 If not regulated, Africa could become one of the world’s fastest developing polluters, says Nissan Group of Africa sales and operations director Jim Dando. There are currently about 45-million vehicles in Africa, at 27 vehicles per 1 000 inhabitants, compared with 481 vehicles per 1 000 people in... 

 Africa’s vehicle policies threatening its air quality, warns Nissan’s Dando
Jim Dando

Airbus’ latest airliner continues to stack up orders

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th July 2019 From its launch at the Paris Air Show in mid-June to the end of that month, Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus’ latest airliner, the A321XLR, has been ordered or selected by 14 airlines and one leasing company, with firm orders totalling 44 aircraft. Letters of intent cover another... 

National minimum wage not the jobs poison pundits feared – Minister Nxesi 

By: News24Wire      10th July 2019 Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi told reporters in Parliament on Wednesday that the employment market had taken well to the National Minimum Wage since it was signed into law, with only 7% of employers in the country not complying. Nxesi was speaking ahead of his first Budget Vote... 

National minimum wage not the jobs poison pundits feared – Minister Nxesi
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Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi

Taps run dry in Mpumalanga villages as they await the completion of a R14m water project

By: News24Wire      10th July 2019 Residents of several villages in KwaMhlanga, Mpumalanga, have been forced to buy water from vendors, despite promises that they would soon have water flowing from taps in their yards. In November 2018, the acting Mpumalanga provincial secretary of the ANC, Lindiwe Mabona-Ntshalintshali, promised... 

African lender sees factories benefiting most from trade pact

By: Bloomberg     10th July 2019 Africa’s free-trade pact will help shift the continent away from its over-reliance on volatile commodity exports and boost manufacturing, according to the African Development Bank. Sectors where African products already have a competitive advantage have the most to gain from the deal that joins... 

Cyril Ramaphosa’s honeymoon is officially over

By: Bloomberg     10th July 2019 South African business leaders are becoming frustrated with the pace of reform under President Cyril Ramaphosa. His Cabinet choices and spending pledges haven’t helped. His ascension to national leader in February last year was greeted with so-called “Ramaphoria,” as the rand and government bonds... 

Cyril Ramaphosa’s honeymoon is officially over
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Eskom has yet another headache – an $813m a year carbon tax bill

By: Bloomberg     10th July 2019 South Africa’s troubled state-owned power utility has yet another thing to worry about – a big carbon tax bill expected to kick in from 2023. Eskom Holdings, which has been forced to turn to the government for bailouts to meet its obligations, mostly burns coal to generate power and is one of the... 

Bloodhound high-speed testing set for mid-October start

By: Nadine James     10th July 2019 The Bloodhound supersonic car will participate in a high-speed testing programme at Hakskeenpan, in the Northern Cape, between mid-October and mid-November this year. The car is expected to reach speeds in excess 800 km/h, as part of the Bloodhound team’s larger objective of beating the current... 

Bloodhound high-speed testing set for mid-October start
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Andy Green

Sisulu sets sights on expropriated land for housing developments

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th July 2019 The Department of Human Settlements’ vision of human settlements policy is as relevant now as it was in 2004 when conceptualising it began, Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu emphasised during a pre-budget vote media briefing, on Tuesday. A significant element of... 

‘Weak’ carbon tax to be significantly strengthened from 2023 – Treasury official 

By: Terence Creamer     9th July 2019 A leading National Treasury official has warned industry to prepare for a significant strengthening of South Africa’s carbon tax during the second phase of implementation, which will begin in January 2023, describing the first phase, which came into force on June 1, as “weak”. South Africa’s... 

‘Weak’ carbon tax to be significantly strengthened from 2023 – Treasury official
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National Treasury deputy director-general Ismail Momoniat

After-hours freight delivery could help reduce traffic congestion

By: Simone Liedtke     9th July 2019 Reducing the number of freight delivery vehicles operating in urban areas during daytime and peak traffic hours can reduce traffic congestion, delivery costs and carbon emissions, a study has determined. During a presentation at the Southern African Transport Conference, on Tuesday, University of... 

Widebody tyres on trucks can save up to 5% on fuel costs

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2019 Using single widebody tyres on trucks, as opposed to a dual-tyre assembly, can save transport operators up to 5% on fuel costs. “Some studies show this can be up to 12%,” says University of Illinois professor of engineering Imad Al-Qadi. 

Nzimande announces help for technology innovators

By: African News Agency      9th July 2019 Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Blade Nzimande said on Tuesday his department has made progress towards setting up a fund that will ease the risk of bringing new technological innovations onto the market. Nzimande told a media briefing in Cape Town the fund would receive... 

Nzimande announces help for technology innovators
Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Blade Nzimande

IEA energy efficiency commission gathers expertise from all walks of life

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th July 2019 Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Baradkar has been elected the honorary chairperson of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) newly established Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency. The independent high-level global commission is set to examine how progress on energy efficiency can be... 

Royal Academy of Engineering invites Africa Prize entries

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th July 2019 The Royal Academy of Engineering has invited entries for its Africa Prize for Engineering. The prize aims to stimulate, celebrate and reward innovation and entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Royal Academy of Engineering invites Africa Prize entries
Neo Hutiri (right) was the 2019 winner of the Africa Prize for Engineering

Mozambique delays raising $2.3bn for Anadarko gas project

By: Bloomberg     9th July 2019 Mozambique has put on hold plans to raise funds for its portion of Anadarko Petroleum’s $20-billion gas project, as the government tries to limit its debt sales following a default about three years ago. Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos EP, the national oil company, will revive efforts to... 

SARB stresses importance of independence 

By: Reuters     9th July 2019 The South African central bank's independence is an important check on government-controlled fiscal policy, a central bank deputy governor said on Tuesday, following a high-profile row over the role of the bank. Some senior officials in the governing African National Congress party have this year... 

SARB stresses importance of independence
Kuben Naidoo

MBSA to develop action plan to overcome construction sector challenges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th July 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address delegates at a Master Builders South Africa construction conference in September, where a joint action plan will be developed to deal with the sector’s challenges. The industry association said events like these were necessary considering the... 

Afreximbank commits to extensive African Continental Free Trade Area support

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th July 2019 The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has instituted a $1-billion adjustment facility to support the implementation of the Agreement for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Afreximbank president Professor Benedict Oramah addressed delegates at the twelfth Extraordinary... 

Exciting new stimulus for hydrogen power, fuel cells, platinum economy 

By: Martin Creamer     9th July 2019 The emerging world of hydrogen power, fuel cells, platinum and climate change mitigation received another stimulus on Tuesday with the announcement of new high-level investment backing for a fund that promotes technologies dependent on the high-performance characteristics of platinum group metals... 

Exciting new stimulus for hydrogen power, fuel cells, platinum economy
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AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly

Durban rail corridor to benefit most from addition of standard gauge track 

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2019 The freight corridor between Durban and Gauteng would benefit most from a standard gauge railway track being constructed next to the current narrow gauge track. The addition of the line would aid in the transport of mainly double-stacked containers, as well as various other commodities. 

Durban rail corridor to benefit most from addition of standard gauge track

'E-tolls cannot be resurrected' – Outa

By: African News Agency      9th July 2019 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse says it is willing to help government resolve the e-tolls impasse following a social media spat between Finance Minister Tito Mboweni and Gauteng Premier David Makhura over the province's decision to reject e-tolls. Outa said government could have used the fuel... 

'E-tolls cannot be resurrected' – Outa

Think-tank attacks State-owned regional airline for 'showing contempt for the law'

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th July 2019 The Free Market Foundation (FMF) think-tank has accused State-owned regional airline SA Express (SAX) of breaking the law by not responding to a request for information under the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA). The FMF made a PAIA request to SAX on May 31 regarding the troubled... 

Think-tank attacks State-owned regional airline for 'showing contempt for the law'
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A Bombardier CRJ700 regional jet in SA Express colours

Unisa, Mpumalanga municipality partner on waste management solutions

By: Yvonne Silaule     9th July 2019 The University of South Africa (Unisa) has partnered with the Bushbuckridge local municipality, in Mpumalanga, to find ways of improving waste management in the region. The municipality’s waste management manager, Levy Mokoena, says the municipality will use Unisa’s academic research on... 

Saice bemoans the exodus of engineers from South Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th July 2019 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) has called for urgent intervention by government to attract engineers who have been emigrating at an alarming rate back to South Africa. Statistics from the Department of Home Affairs in 2017 showed that eight South African... 

Ramaphosa says he will discuss Zim's energy woes with Eskom

By: News24Wire      9th July 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa has said he will discuss Zimbabwe's energy woes with Eskom, adding that boosting the supply of electricity to South Africa's northern neighbour requires a "balancing act".  The president was speaking on the sidelines of the 12th Extraordinary Summit on the Continental... 

 Ramaphosa says he will discuss Zim's energy woes with Eskom
President Cyril Ramaphosa

MTN retains the crown as South Africa’s ‘best mobile network’

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th July 2019 Telecommunications giant MTN has once again secured the title of South Africa’s best mobile network in the MyBroadband Insights quarterly ‘Mobile Network Quality’ report. The 2019 second-quarter report ranks South Africa's mobile networks on a network quality score. 

Drought is not over, restrictions still in place says City of Cape Town

By: African News Agency      9th July 2019 Increasing dam levels did not mean the drought was over, the City of Cape Town said on Monday.  The city said via a press statement that it wanted to remind residents that water restrictions remained in place.   

SABS willing to help municipalities design portable toilet specifications

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th July 2019 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) on Monday said it was able and willing to help municipalities design a set of specific requirements for the efficient functioning of portable toilets, chemical or otherwise. This comes as some municipalities are facing challenges in managing chemical... 

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