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Mavuso lauds reform implementation progress on public service

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th March 2021 The last week has brought about a boost in confidence for Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso in government’s ability to start delivering on reforms. She says in the organisation’s latest newsletter that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s weekly letter had fostered optimism, since... 

Labour Court dismisses SAAPA's application for leave to appeal lawfulness of pilots lockout

By: Donna Slater     4th March 2021 Labour Court judge Andre van Niekerk on March 3 dismissed the South African Airways Pilot’s Association’s (SAAPA’s) application for leave to appeal the Labour Court’s December 2020 judgment, with a costs order in favour of South African Airways (SAA) and the business rescue practitioners (BRPs).... 

Suspended Eskom procurement chief raises allegations against De Ruyter in letter to MPs 

By: News24Wire      3rd March 2021 The Standing Committee on Public Accounts has received a letter from Eskom's suspended chief procurement officer Solly Tshitangano which levels allegations against CEO André de Ruyter. As a result the committee decided not to proceed with a scheduled meeting on Wednesday, in which it was to be... 

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
Photo by Donna Slater
Eskom CEO André de Ruyter

BLSA backs Ramaphosa’s commitment to fight corruption in public service

By: Sane Dhlamini     2nd March 2021 Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of a new policy document to ensure that the public service is free of corruption. She stated that the public sector had a pervasive skills shortage that, in turn, affects the efficient and... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Labour Court rules dismissal of top Prasa executives was unlawful

By: News24Wire      2nd March 2021 The Labour Court in Johannesburg handed judgment on Tuesday declaring the termination of employment of three Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa's executives unlawful. They are former chief operating officer Nkosinathi Khena, former executive for risk and legal compliance Onica Ngoye and former... 

Labour Court rules dismissal of top Prasa executives was unlawful

Opinion: Regulation 28 can proffer the flywheel effect to the infrastructure roll-out plan

2nd March 2021 Without adequate mobilisation of financing, infrastructure roll-out is unattainable, writes Nelson Mandela University Infrastructure Development & Engagement Unit associate Bongani Mankewu. Critical to the development of the African continent is the paucity of financing models reified to achieve... 

Opinion: Regulation 28 can proffer the flywheel effect to the infrastructure roll-out plan

Manufacturing recovery’s slow pace a concern, Seifsa

26th February 2021 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) is concerned about the slow pace of recovery in the manufacturing sector, as depicted by the manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) number of 50.9 last month – lower than the 2020 fourth quarter average. 

MULTIPLIER EFFECT 
The manufacturing sector remains key to the growth and development of South Africa owing to its multiplier effect on other sectors of the economy
MULTIPLIER EFFECT The manufacturing sector remains key to the growth and development of South Africa owing to its multiplier effect on other sectors of the economy

Safe and reliable steel production even more crucial

26th February 2021 High temperatures, molten metals and heavy loads are some of the challenges faced during steel production, says industrial instrumentation and automation multinational Endress+Hauser. 

ZOOMING INTO SAFETY 
Over the years, the importance of safety has grown substantially, whereby laws and regulations governing the smelter and metals sector have become stricter
ZOOMING INTO SAFETY Over the years, the importance of safety has grown substantially, whereby laws and regulations governing the smelter and metals sector have become stricter

Companies committed to transformation honoured

26th February 2021 Entries are open for the seventh annual Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) Awards for Excellence and the federation is calling on all companies within the metals and engineering (M&E) industry to send in their submissions for the Most Transformed Company of... 

TRANSFORMATION GOALS 
The Most Transformed Company of the Year Award honours and celebrates companies that have been able to transform their workplaces meaningfully
TRANSFORMATION GOALS The Most Transformed Company of the Year Award honours and celebrates companies that have been able to transform their workplaces meaningfully

Auto dealers call on govt to reduce vehicle taxes

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2021 The automotive industry needs a “significant financial stimulus package” from government to allow it to accelerate its recovery, says National Automobile Dealers’ Association (Nada) chairperson Mark Dommisse. “The most effective way to increase sales will be to make new vehicles more affordable... 

Sars establishes unit to crack down on high wealth tax evaders and offshore accounts

By: Donna Slater     25th February 2021 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) is establishing a separate unit – the High Wealth Individual Taxpayer Segment (HWI) – to focus on individual taxpayers with wealth and complex financial arrangements. The unit will initially be co-located with the Large Business and International Taxpayer... 

Class action lawsuit: 'Exploited' SA Uber drivers must be recognised as employees - lawyers

By: News24Wire      23rd February 2021 Two law firms announced on Tuesday that they would move ahead with plans to file a class action on behalf of South African Uber drivers against the ride hailing tech giant's operations in South Africa as well as in London for drivers to be recognised as employees. If successful, the legal bid... 

Facility accreditation in process

By: Cameron Mackay     19th February 2021 Armour protection developer and manufacturer Bullet Proofing Technology is in the process of becoming the first ballistic testing laboratory in South Africa to be accredited by local body the South African National Accreditation System for ballistic testing. “There is a lack of independent and... 

BITING THE BULLET
Specifications for body armour should consider the threats mostly encountered in South Africa. This will ensure the correct type of ballistic body armour is used
BITING THE BULLET Specifications for body armour should consider the threats mostly encountered in South Africa. This will ensure the correct type of ballistic body armour is used

Rising demand underpins renewables’ importance

19th February 2021 As demand rises for more accessible renewable energy, the Africa Energy Indaba conference discussions are set to underscore various new avenues for innovative financing to steer Africa’s ever-changing energy landscape towards sustainability. 

RESILIENT INDUSTRY
The renewables sector is proving its resilience in the midst of a crisis
RESILIENT INDUSTRY The renewables sector is proving its resilience in the midst of a crisis

Unpacking opportunities in Africa’s gas sector

19th February 2021 Africa’s oil and gas potential will grow significantly over the next two decades, driven by population growth, urbanisation and the emergence of a wealthier middle class in Africa, according to the Africa Energy Indaba, which will take place virtually from March 1 to 5. 

OPPORTUNITIES GALORE 
There is no doubt that Africa remains open for exploration by oil and gas companies
OPPORTUNITIES GALORE There is no doubt that Africa remains open for exploration by oil and gas companies

IMF commends some of the reforms Nigeria undertook amid the pandemic

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th February 2021 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has concluded an Article IV consultation with the Nigerian government and has welcomed the notable reforms undertaken in the fiscal sector, including the removal of a fuel subsidy and steps to implement cost-reflective tariff increases in the power sector.... 

Agri SA calls for more commercial sector involvement in driving growth

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th February 2021 Industry organisation Agri SA says President Cyril Ramaphosa will have to spell out the role of the commercial sector clearly in his upcoming State of the Nation Address. The organisation also wants the President to highlight the factors that undermine this sector’s contribution to the economy... 

Agri SA executive director Christo van der Rheede
Agri SA executive director Christo van der Rheede

Vaccine nationalism may create conditions for increased political turmoil – Zane Dangor

By: Sane Dhlamini     4th February 2021 Special advisor to Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Zane Dangor stated on Thursday that vaccine nationalism is the opposite of the solidarity approach that was spoken of at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic. Dangor was addressing an online discussion on ‘Trade, Patent Law... 

Vaccine nationalism may create conditions for increased political turmoil – Zane Dangor

Growing drone uses raise new international law challenges

By: Schalk Burger     29th January 2021 Drone-enabled surveillance is fast becoming all-pervasive, having moved rapidly from military combat to other areas of law enforcement and migration control. This will raise new challenges, as civil liberties may be impacted as drones are used to monitor our actions and movements, says... 

Hybrid events to carry industry, physical format still needed

By: Cameron Mackay     29th January 2021 Innovation in the exhibitions, events and conferencing industry will result in a roll-out of hybrid events this year, says local exhibition company Specialised Exhibitions – a division of Montgomery Group - portfolio director Charlene Hefer. This involves a “blend of the on-site experience with... 

RESTARTING THE INDUSTRY
Innovation in the industry will see a roll-out of hybrid events, mixing the onsite experience with digital services and products
RESTARTING THE INDUSTRY Innovation in the industry will see a roll-out of hybrid events, mixing the onsite experience with digital services and products

Regulations force exhibition supplier to diversify

By: Cameron Mackay     29th January 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic has led to exhibition stand design and construction company RedAnt Design diversifying its offering to provide more design capabilities and solutions for virtual and hybrid shows. The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly impacted on the business exhibition events and... 

INDUSTRY LOSSES 
While many event organising companies have survived by integrating digital aspects into previously held in-person events, suppliers’ events have been severely affected
INDUSTRY LOSSES While many event organising companies have survived by integrating digital aspects into previously held in-person events, suppliers’ events have been severely affected

Company leverages global partnership for virtual events

By: Cameron Mackay     29th January 2021 Eastern Cape-based events organising company Inkanyezi Event Organisers has created the Global Partner Network, a group of leading event managers and trade facilitation leaders who will jointly organise several international business exhibitions and trade shows this year. Inkanyezi CEO Andrew... 

ANDREW BINNING
While virtual events are not the preferred option, many companies would rather take part in virtual events than nothing as a way to market themselves
ANDREW BINNING While virtual events are not the preferred option, many companies would rather take part in virtual events than nothing as a way to market themselves

Covid-19 pandemic brings health inequalities, inequities into sharper focus, says NPC

By: Simone Liedtke     28th January 2021 The Covid-19 crisis has brought into sharper focus the realities and experiences of the poorest people of South Africa, which also brings into sharper focus the existing and more recent health inequalities and inequities, National Planning Commission (NPC) commissioner Professor Viviene Taylor... 

Covid-19 pandemic brings health inequalities, inequities into sharper focus, says NPC

US implements new travel restrictions 

By: Sane Dhlamini     27th January 2021 From January 30, at 12:01am EST, entry will be suspended for all foreign nationals who were in South Africa during the 14-day period preceding their travel to the US. In a statement from the US Embassy on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden’s proclamation comes into effect until further notice, as... 

US implements new travel restrictions

Vinpro approaches High Court to lift alcohol sales ban for the Western Cape  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th January 2021 Industry body Vinpro has approached the Cape High Court in efforts to secure urgent interim relief for the wine industry amid the third ban on alcohol sales in the last ten months. The organisation says that, following a hearing that is set down for February 5, the court could afford permission... 

Vinpro approaches High Court to lift alcohol sales ban for the Western Cape

Chamber motivates for local participation

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     15th January 2021 With the current liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects under way in Mozambique, Mozambique Oil and Gas Chamber executive chairman Florival Mucave notes that government needs to ensure that there are rules and regulations in place to encourage local participation. Mozambique has a unique... 

FLORIVAL MUCAVE 
The chamber will foster relations between members and their counterparts as well as develop a platform of companies providing goods and services
FLORIVAL MUCAVE The chamber will foster relations between members and their counterparts as well as develop a platform of companies providing goods and services

AfCFTA to aid Africa’s recovery from Covid, but full-scale implementation to be challenging

By: Nadine James     15th January 2021 The advent of duty-free trade within the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) has come at a “critical time for the global economy” and will ultimately boost sustainable post-Covid-19 economic recovery for the African continent, AfCFTA Secretariat SG Wamkele Mene said during his address at... 

AfCFTA to aid Africa’s recovery from Covid, but full-scale implementation to be challenging

Low tax reduces solar incentive

By: Darren Parker     15th January 2021 The relatively low value of carbon tax in South Africa, and numerous allowances that government made available in year one of the Carbon Tax Act’s implementation, which took effect in June 2019, have resulted in there being little incentive currently for solar energy, technology company EDS... 

OFFSET
Solar energy is a “carbon positive” method of generating electricity, and those who implement it qualify for carbon credits
OFFSET Solar energy is a “carbon positive” method of generating electricity, and those who implement it qualify for carbon credits

BMO, Linklaters among the world's top mining M&A advisers

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th January 2021 BMO Capital Markets has been named the top mergers and acquisitions (M&A) financial adviser in the global mining sector for 2020 by value, while Linklaters and Black Cassels & Graydon were the top M&A legal advisers by value and volume, respectively. BMO advised on 13 deals worth $4.8-billion. 

M&A challenges remain, but so do lessons – law firm

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th January 2021 Global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) says many of last year’s uncertainties that impacted merger and acquisition (M&A) activity will remain this year. HSF global M&A head Gavin Davies says the significant regional and global questions from 2020 have not gone away, although some have... 

M&A challenges remain, but so do lessons – law firm

The little-known laws that could galvanise South Africa's fight against corruption

By: News24Wire      8th January 2021 After more than 300 days and 2 000 hours of testimony, one of the clearest takeaways from the ongoing state capture inquiry is a repeated failure to report corruption. But according to lawyer Nick Alp of Webber Wentzel, South Africa's laws are clear and strict. Not reporting knowledge of, or even... 

FSCA publishes crypto asset draft declaration

By: Donna Slater     7th January 2021 The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) has published for comment a draft declaration on crypto assets as a financial product in terms of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act of 2002 (FAIS). The FSCA also published a statement in support of the draft declaration, with the... 

Two South African tax consultancies band together to offer advice on trade, customs and excise tax

By: Simone Liedtke     11th December 2020 Two South African tax consultancies have banded together to ensure they can offer the best possible service to businesses seeking advice on trade, customs, excise tax, data analytics and related issues.  Cova Advisory and Peak Advisory have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to offer... 

REIPPPP requires more traction to address challenges

By: Mamaili Mamaila     11th December 2020 The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) continues to take years to move through the various phases – from initiating tenders to delivering energy to the end-user – which, considering the challenges that South Africa is facing, is a luxury the country cannot... 

PROCUREMENT ROAD MAP
The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy will seek to procure 6 800 MW of solar photovoltaic and wind renewable energy from 2022 to 2024
PROCUREMENT ROAD MAP The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy will seek to procure 6 800 MW of solar photovoltaic and wind renewable energy from 2022 to 2024

Wind association lauds S Africa govt’s policy progress

11th December 2020 The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) has applauded the South African government for the progress made in policy over the last 12 months, beginning with the gazetting of the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP 2019) and all the hard work done, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, to ensure... 

KANGAS WIND FARM 
The first bid window four wind farm, in the Northern Cape, to come on stream as part of government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme
KANGAS WIND FARM The first bid window four wind farm, in the Northern Cape, to come on stream as part of government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme

WEF yearly summit to be held in Singapore in May

By: Donna Slater     8th December 2020 The World Economic Forum (WEF) will convene its 2021 Special Annual Meeting in Singapore from May 13 to 16; and return to Davos-Klosters, in Switzerland, for the 2022 edition. The change in location reflects the forum’s priority of safeguarding the health and safety of participants and the host... 

Ramaphosa strikes balance with regional Covid-19 measures – Mavuso 

By: Donna Slater     7th December 2020 Although Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso says government has “not always” gotten the appropriate management of the Covid-19 pandemic right, she says President Cyril Ramaphosa’s nuanced approach with imposing more stringent local measures in early December showed the “right... 

Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso
Photo by Donna Slater
Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso
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