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Steel industry vital for South Africa’s industrialisation, Majola says
31st August 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Trade, Industry and Competition Deputy Minister Fikile Majola has stressed the impact of the local steel industry and its importance to South Africa’s industrialisation, and the challenges that the... 

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Western Cape legislature left fuming after Ramokgopa's 11th-hour cancellation
29th August 2023 By: News24Wire

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has once again snubbed the Western Cape legislature's ad-hoc committee on the energy crisis.  Ramokgopa was expected to brief the committee on the impact... 

With the Rainbow Hammarsdale expansion, Rainbow has re-instated roughly 750 jobs, with an additional 100 jobs to be initiated by June next year
Rainbow celebrates 60 years of processing excellence, embarks on new growth chapter
29th August 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Poultry company Rainbow on August 28 marked the commemoration of its sixtieth anniversary with an event held in Hammarsdale, in KwaZulu-Natal. This occasion served as a tribute to Rainbow's six... 

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Sarem progressing towards implementation
24th August 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (Sarem) will hopefully be finalised by October or November, as it is critical that this be done before the end of the year so that implementation can... 

Electricity pylons
Urgent electricity bill - key to solving SA's power crisis - finally tabled after delays
24th August 2023 By: News24Wire

The Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill, an urgent piece of legislation that is key to overcoming South Africa's energy crisis, has finally been tabled in Parliament nearly five months after... 

Intercape states that it’s operations have run a gauntlet of concerted attacks, with a number of incidents in which coaches were shot at or stoned in and around hotspots towns in the Eastern Cape
State slammed for ‘dereliction of Constitutional duty’ over failure to protect Intercape buses
23rd August 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

The Makhanda High Court has slammed the South African government for the “dereliction of its Constitutional duties” in quelling the violence directed at long-distance coach company Intercape. “It... 

Just Share, amaBhungane request details on corporate climate lobbying
23rd August 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Nonprofit organisation Just Share and investigative journalist organisation the amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism have launched access to information requests to promote transparency... 

Legislation bungle reveals much of govt is not serious about delivering change, says BLSA
21st August 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso has expressed her dismay over the delays to the Electricity Regulation Act (ERA) Amendment Bill that became apparent last week, which she... 

This potential shortage could result in a deceleration of project execution and leave workers without the necessary certifications
Work-at-height industry facing uncertainty as training standards expire
18th August 2023 By: Simone Liedtke

The South African work-at-height industry, which has relied for years on National Qualifications Framework (NQF) unit standards to provide proper training programmes, now faces a critical challenge... 

Company offers solutions for safer work-at-height practices
18th August 2023 By: Simone Liedtke

Solar system installations in South Africa must prioritise safety and proper planning, with height works specialist Height Safe 360 emphasising that training is an imperative to ensure... 

Competition Commission engages stakeholders on exchange of sensitive information
11th August 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

The Competition Commission on August 11 hosted a hybrid workshop for trade associations, business stakeholders and sector regulators in Fourways, Johannesburg, to raise awareness of the permissible... 

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Valuer numbers need boosting to avoid possible crisis
4th August 2023 By: Bridget Lepere

South Africa has fewer than 1 500 registered professionals in residential and commercial property valuation, and fewer than 650 valuer candidates; this demonstrates that property valuation is an... 

Image of building being refurbished
Market hindered by interest rates, economic stagnation
4th August 2023 By: Bridget Lepere

The commercial property market experienced a 5.6% decline in sales activity in the first quarter of 2023, compared with the same quarter in 2022, owing to numerous factors, including rising... 

Contractors must refuse to pay bribes to public officials and extorters. We must protect whistleblowers, and ensure that people who indicate potential for disruption are protected
Procurement clarity and prosecutions key to tackling construction site disruptions
4th August 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Sihle Zikalala has emphasised the importance of unity in condemning and addressing construction site disruption and extortion affecting the industry. “It is... 

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Bid to interdict Eskom's new grid rules fails
31st July 2023 By: News24Wire

Renewable energy company G7 has failed to interdict Eskom from applying its new grid access rules. Had the interdict been granted, the progress of new energy projects, both those planned by the... 

Naheem Ebrahim Essop appointed deputy pension funds adjudicator
28th July 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has appointed Naheem Ebrahim Essop as a deputy pension funds adjudicator. The appointment is for a term of three years and is effective from the date of assumption... 

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Project managers must consider ESG factors to ensure success
28th July 2023 By: Nadine Ramdass

Considering environment, social and governance (ESG) factors is imperative and sets the scene for a successful project. Project managers, therefore, should be aware of the specific ESG factors that... 

DTIC aims to improve awareness on AfCFTA through outreach programme
25th July 2023 By: Darren Parker

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has embarked on provincial outreach and awareness workshops in collaboration with provincial governments, wherein it hopes to have engaged... 

Silverleaf Business Accelerator set to catapult cannabis industry
25th July 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Investment company Silverleaf Investments is the first-of-its-kind venture capital company in South Africa. The company is focused on investments throughout the entire cannabis value chain by... 

BLSA CEO stresses need for govt cooperation in public sector professionalisation endeavour
17th July 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Private business group Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busisiwe Mavuso has noted public announcements by President Cyril Ramaphosa last week that he would hold Ministers and deputy... 

Metro police in road
RTIA confirms work has started to roll out Aarto nationally
14th July 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) is finally ready to roll out the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act of 1998, as well as the Aarto Amendment Act 4 of 2019,... 

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Government welcomes Aarto judgment but Outa says it will be difficult to implement
13th July 2023 By: News24Wire

While the government has welcomed the judgment of the Constitutional Court on Wednesday which declared the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Amendment Act (Aarto) constitutional... 

China’s participation key to AfCFTA success
12th July 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

South African diplomat and ambassador of South Africa to Madagascar Gert Grobler has emphasised the importance of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in advancing Africa’s integrated... 

burnt truck
Agri SA wants Ramaphosa to deploy SANDF to stop truck violence
12th July 2023 By: Darren Parker

Agriculture advocacy organisation Agri SA has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to urgently deploy the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to support the South African Police Service in... 

BLSA CEO calls on govt to honour commitments in public-private partnership
11th July 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busisiwe Mavuso has stressed the importance of the commitment made by government in June to support the agreed collaboration between the State and... 

Nersa approves five generation licence applications for BW6 bidders
7th July 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved generation licences for five preferred bidders of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy's Renewable Energy Independent... 

An African child with cupped hands drinking water from a tap
US helps fund water projects
7th July 2023

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced last month that it has committed $3-million to the African Water Facility (AWF). The funding will support the preparation of... 

The Manufacturing Circle works to understand and address opportunities and challenges at an industry level for the overall benefit of the sector
SMP driving manufacturing opportunities
7th July 2023 By: Simone Liedtke

Within the framework of the Steel Master Plan (SMP), industry body Manufacturing Circle is taking an active role in driving demand-side manufacturing opportunities. The SMP is a strategic roadmap... 

a pump with vesconite polymer bearings instead of standard material bearings
New pump bearing decreases maintenance at treatment plants
7th July 2023

A local wastewater plant operator recently approached polymer bushing and bearing manufacturer Vesconite Bearings in search of a solution to a reoccurring bearing failure on its aeration pumps at a... 

Waterfall City
GEPF to acquire 30% stake in Attacq’s Waterfall City subsidiary
6th July 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Real estate developer Attacq and the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) have concluded a nonbinding term sheet that will result in the GEPF acquiring a 30% interest in Attacq’s AWIC... 

Rand Water's Vereeniging water treatment operations
Court intervenes in Vaal broken wastewater treatment works
4th July 2023 By: News24Wire

The Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg has ruled the unabated flow of raw sewage into the Vaal River contravenes various environmental acts and must be prevented. It has given Water and Sanitation... 

Zikalala provides updates on infrastructure projects and initiatives
28th June 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Sihle Zikalala has assured the country that his department has plans in place to deal with the various infrastructural challenges. During a media briefing,... 

A box of oranges
Citrus growers say EU pest rules putting the squeeze on exports
28th June 2023 By: Reuters

New European Union (EU) pest control rules will cut South Africa's orange exports to Europe by 20% this year, threatening thousands of jobs, the Citrus Growers Association (CGA) has said. The new... 

SABS has published SANS 37002 whistleblowing management systems — guidelines
SABS calls for local companies to implement whistleblowing management system
26th June 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Statutory body the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has published South African National Standard (SANS) 37002 whistleblowing management systems — guidelines.  This document provides the... 

Sars’ Kieswetter elected chairperson of the World Customs Organisation
26th June 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has welcomed the election of Sars Commissioner Edward Kieswetter as chairperson of intergovernmental body the World Customs Organisation (WCO). The election... 

Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi
Labour market transformation ticks over latest CEE report finds, new EE regulations addressed
23rd June 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The Commission for Employment Equity (CEE) on June 23 confirmed in its latest Employment Equity (EE) report that not much transformation has taken place in the labour market in recent years,... 

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