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'Relief' as Toyota confirms R2.5bn hybrid production in Durban

By: African News Agency      29th July 2020 KwaZulu-Natal's MEC for economic development, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, on Wednesday expressed "relief" after Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) confirmed a R2.5 billion investment in the province's automotive economy.  The company will be building a hybrid synergy drive (petro-electric) car at its plant... 

With IMF loan granted, govt has a chance to embed pro-growth economic reforms  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th July 2020 North West University Business School economist Professor Raymond Parsons says the timing of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) loan to South Africa again emphasises the extent to which the country has reached a defining fork in the road in dealing with challenges and that a clear sense of... 

Gauteng SACP, Cosatu united in condemning corruption  

By: Sane Dhlamini     27th July 2020 The Gauteng branch of the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) have called on the Gauteng provincial government to act decisively and swiftly on allegations of corruption relating to coronavirus (Covid-19) efforts. The unions said action... 

Gauteng Premier David Makhura
Gauteng Premier David Makhura

DMRE goes live with Carbon Offset Administration System

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd July 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, as the administrator of the Carbon Offset Administrator, has activated the Carbon Offset Administration System (COAS) to be live as of July 23. COAS will facilitate the receipt and approval of project applications, as well as the issuance of the... 

CW report highlights impact of corruption in health sector

By: Sane Dhlamini     22nd July 2020 Not for profit organisation Corruption Watch (CW) on Wednesday released its ‘X-Ray: The critical state of the health sector in SA’ report which aims to uncover the impact of corruption in the healthcare sector. The report demonstrates how people who are reliant on public health facilities in... 

CW report highlights impact of corruption in health sector

Border Management Authority Bill enforced

By: Sane Dhlamini     22nd July 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed the Border Management Authority Bill into law as part of government’s vision for an integrated and well-coordinated border management service, legitimate trade and secure travel. The new legislation effective from July 21 and is in accordance with... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

BLSA's Mavuso bemoans lack of transparency, engagement on alcohol ban

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2020 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso says President Cyril Ramaphosa should learn to trust the citizens of the country, following the imposition of a new ban on alcohol sales. “Being secretive – denying the public access both to the discussions on how major decisions are made... 

Ramaphosa urges youth to take economic opportunities during Covid-19 

By: Sane Dhlamini     20th July 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa has applauded South Africa’s entrepreneurial youth for using the Covid-19 pandemic to create good business ideas and he is calling on more young South Africans, particularly in townships, to take advantage of economic opportunities during this time. In his weekly address... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

SA lagging in ABC best practice, but shoots of activity

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th July 2020 South Africa lags behind other jurisdictions like the UK and US in terms of anti-bribery and corruption (ABC) compliance programmes, international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills Johannesburg director Cameron Dunstan-Smith said during the company’s Corporate Crime and Investigations Conference... 

Scrutiny of new carbon tax regulations can save firms millions

17th July 2020 Almost all of the pieces of the jigsaw are now in place to enable some companies to make big savings on their Carbon Tax bills, Cova Advisory says. However, detailed scrutiny and careful analysis is needed to apply for allowances, some of which were only laid out in detail last month. 

Duane Newman
Duane Newman

Pandemic presents e-learning opportunity for university

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th July 2020 Globally, higher education institutions are facing unprecedented challenges resulting from physical distancing practices owing to Covid-19. 

DIGITAL LEARNING 
The University of Pretoria, as the leading adopter in the late 1990s of online teaching and learning management platforms, has always supported faculties to engage in online activities
DIGITAL LEARNING The University of Pretoria, as the leading adopter in the late 1990s of online teaching and learning management platforms, has always supported faculties to engage in online activities

TEC programme benefits local colleges, communities

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th July 2020 As vocational students were graduating with skills that were not in demand by industry, engine manufacturer Cummins and multinational corporation Komatsu have partnered at eight Technical Education for Communities (TEC) sites globally, including the South African site launched in 2017. 

HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPORT 
The Technical Education for Communities programme at the Sedibeng Technical and Vocational Education and Training College, in Gauteng is supported by the Department of Higher Education and Training
HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPORT The Technical Education for Communities programme at the Sedibeng Technical and Vocational Education and Training College, in Gauteng is supported by the Department of Higher Education and Training

Technology company adapts to signals of change

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th July 2020 ABB University – which operates under the auspices of technology provider ABB – has adapted successfully to the different education and training environment ushered in by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

CULTURE SHIFT
All prospective students are now urged to complete the online prerequisites at their own place of work or home, prior to attending the practical training at ABB
CULTURE SHIFT All prospective students are now urged to complete the online prerequisites at their own place of work or home, prior to attending the practical training at ABB

Global mayors put social, climate wellbeing at the forefront of crises recovery

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th July 2020 Mayors representing the Global Mayors Covid-19 Recovery Task Force held a press conference on July 15 to release a detailed agenda that outlines specific measures and principles that are necessary for a sustainable and equitable recovery that addresses the immediate pandemic, as well as ensures... 

Dlamini-Zuma elaborates on alcohol ban, family gatherings    

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th July 2020 Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says government is taking every possible measure that it can to help curb the spread of Covid-19, which has called for some controversial regulation changes and restrictions since the start of the lockdown in South... 

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
Dlamini-Zuma discusses some of the issues around the new alcohol ban and family gatherings

Private sector investment, confidence ‘the only way’ out of Covid-19 crisis, says BLSA’s Mavuso

By: Simone Liedtke     13th July 2020 Driving private sector investment and confidence has been touted as “the only way” out of the Covid-19 crisis, following the release of Business for South Africa’s (B4SA’s) proposals for an accelerated economic recovery for South Africa. Along with these “bold fightback measures”, Business... 

Pandemic encourages larger project scope

By: Cameron Mackay     10th July 2020 The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have encouraged inter-country trade organisation the Competence Centre for Mineral Resources (CCMR) to increase the scope of its Health & Safety on South African Mines project. “It’s important to remember that if you are running a project over three years, you... 

RENÉ ZARSKE
It is a win-win situation. We have many German companies that want to invest into South Africa, while local mining operations are looking for investors
RENÉ ZARSKE It is a win-win situation. We have many German companies that want to invest into South Africa, while local mining operations are looking for investors

Saisi supports govt’s step towards export tax on scrap metal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th July 2020 The South African Iron and Steel Institute (Saisi) has welcomed government’s directive for the scrap metal supply chain to be supported. Saisi believes it is of national importance that the viability of the ferrous scrap and steel sectors be maintained.  

Africa's Covid-19 recovery lies in regional integration through AfCFTA − commission

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th July 2020 Africa does not need a “Marshall Plan” to ride out the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, instead it has a more powerful tool in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which can be used to accelerate regional and economic integration and prepare for uncertain times, says Economic Commission for... 

Regulation of online contracts needed to protect consumers, says SU academic

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th July 2020 Almost every time one browses a website, click the “accept” icon or download software, they are concluding an online contract  ̶  a non-negotiated contract such as the terms and conditions regulating the use of websites or the privacy policies of online suppliers. People are rarely required to... 

Zondo Commission is biased, a 'farce', says letter from ex-Prasa CEO Lucky Montana  

By: News24Wire      3rd July 2020 The former CEO of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, Lucky Montana, has lashed out at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, accusing the committee's chairperson, Deputy Justice Raymond Zondo, of "bias" following days of hearing damning evidence about alleged corruption at the rail... 

Former Prasa CEO
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Former Prasa CEO

Patel directs Itac to look into scrap metal price preference system 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2020 Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel has issued a trade policy directive to the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) to urgently look into measures to help support the scrap metals industry. Patel said the industry was facing severe challenges owing to... 

Patel directs Itac to look into scrap metal price preference system

New approach adopted in uncertain steel market

By: Darren Parker     3rd July 2020 Steel merchant Macsteel has been re-evaluating its business strategy, owing to a steady decline in steel consumption over the past five years, with 2019 being a “new low” and the start of 2020 faring just as poorly – a situation that has been exacerbated by the lockdown because of Covid-19.... 

BUILDING THE RIGHT WAY
Macsteel aims to build its market share through strong, well-established and sustainable relationships with customers
BUILDING THE RIGHT WAY Macsteel aims to build its market share through strong, well-established and sustainable relationships with customers

Automation reduces costs, increases productivity

By: Darren Parker     3rd July 2020 With companies that invest in technology and automation showing signs of being more adaptable and strategically well positioned to take advantage of an inevitable upswing in the economy, local manufacturer and supplier of cutting and welding equipment consumables as well as distributor of steel... 

ANDREW POOLE
Companies which take the risk and invest are more agile, more productive and better positioned to diversify and access new markets
ANDREW POOLE Companies which take the risk and invest are more agile, more productive and better positioned to diversify and access new markets

Nersa’s Gumede calls for overhaul of ‘outdated’ electricity tariff methodology  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd July 2020 National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) fulltime member for electricity Nhlanhla Gumede has called for the regulatory methodology used to set electricity tariffs in South Africa to be overhauled, arguing that the multiyear price determination (MYPD) approach is not aligned with the... 

Nersa fulltime member for electricity Nhlanhla Gumede
Nersa fulltime member for electricity Nhlanhla Gumede

South African court sides with Eskom in clawback dispute

By: Reuters     30th June 2020 South Africa’s High Court on Monday sided with Eskom in a dispute over the amounts energy regulator Nersa allowed the state utility to claw back from customers for electricity supplied in the 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17 financial years. Nersa’s 2018 decisions to allow Eskom to recoup... 

We must be guided by facts, not rumours – Ramaphosa on Covid-19 

By: Sane Dhlamini     29th June 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday expressed concern for frontline health workers who have died owing to the coronavirus and has also warned against the stigmatisation of people who have tested positive for the novel virus. In his weekly column to the nation said the country must be guided by... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Patel sets regulation in place for implementation of sugar industry master plan   

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th June 2020 Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel has gazetted amendments to the Sugar Industry Agreement and South African Sugar Association Constitution. He also further designated the industry in terms of the Competition Act for an exemption, which will allow industry stakeholders to begin working... 

Patel sets regulation in place for implementation of sugar industry master plan

Treasury, FIC call for comment on broader scope of Act

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd June 2020 The National Treasury and the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) have invited the public to comment on proposed amendments to Schedules 1, 2 and 3 to the FIC Act. The proposed amendments seek to strengthen the financial system and improve its reliance against abuse by money launderers and... 

More profiles can benefit local market

By: Darren Parker     19th June 2020 The current SANS 517 for light-steel-frame building, which is still in development, focuses only on the application of the C-channel profile, but consulting engineering firm ES Consulting Engineers and Associates structural, fire and energy consulting engineer Wessel Esterhuizen believes that it... 

NO LIGHT MATTER
Light steel frame building can have more engineering challenges than meets the eye, especially when larger, more complicated projects are considered
NO LIGHT MATTER Light steel frame building can have more engineering challenges than meets the eye, especially when larger, more complicated projects are considered

Welding institute championing training initiative

By: Mamaili Mamaila     19th June 2020 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is championing work-based apprenticeship learning for the welding industry through the SAIW Foundation, and the Quality Council for Trade and Occupation (QCTO). 

OPEN UP THE INDUSTRY 
The noticeable lack of apprenticeship opportunities is regarded as one of the main obstacles facing artisan learners in South Africa
OPEN UP THE INDUSTRY The noticeable lack of apprenticeship opportunities is regarded as one of the main obstacles facing artisan learners in South Africa

Welding range offers value for power tools wholesaler

By: Mamaili Mamaila     19th June 2020 Power tools and hardware wholesaler Matus South Africa’s MatWeld range continues to be a big part of the company’s business, says Matus welding category manager Warren Pedlar. 

DIY PERSONIFIED 
Matus South Africa’s high-quality welding and plasma-cutting industrial and do-it-yourself machines all carry a two-year warranty
DIY PERSONIFIED Matus South Africa’s high-quality welding and plasma-cutting industrial and do-it-yourself machines all carry a two-year warranty

Expected decline in safety related rail incidents

By: Darren Parker     12th June 2020 The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) expects that an analysis of railway safety incidents in April and May will reveal a declining trend in some categories of operational occurrence since some railway operations were suspended during levels 4 and 5 of the Covid-19 national lockdown. As legislated,... 

WALKING THE LINE
Although there have been less operational occurrences throughout the lockdown, safe railway behaviour promotion has been augmented for rail employees and the general public
Photo by Creamer Media
WALKING THE LINE Although there have been less operational occurrences throughout the lockdown, safe railway behaviour promotion has been augmented for rail employees and the general public

Mavuso welcomes imminent SOE reforms, says govt will be further tested in court

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th June 2020 In a weekly newsletter, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso has commented on various prevailing issues in South Africa, including the legal action that government is facing around lockdown regulations and the tobacco ban, as well as still-struggling State-owned enterprises... 

BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso

South Africa extends drought state of disaster by a month

By: Bloomberg     5th June 2020 South Africa has extended the national state of disaster it declared for a drought that’s been going on for more than seven years in some parts of the country. The state of disaster that was initially announced for three months on March 4 has been extended to July 4, Cooperative Governance and... 

Cogta Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
Cogta Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Concrete batchers training in the works

By: Mamaili Mamaila     5th June 2020 The Concrete Institute’s (TCI’s) School of Concrete Technology is planning to offer a special one-day course for concrete batchers and batch plant staff in the second half of 2020. 

THE WHOLE BATCH 
Batching ensures high and uniform quality of readymix concrete for each batch produced by a batching plant
THE WHOLE BATCH Batching ensures high and uniform quality of readymix concrete for each batch produced by a batching plant

Association prepares for life after crisis

By: Cameron Mackay     5th June 2020 Despite the debilitating effects of Covid-19 on the local economy, the South African Paint Manufacturing Association (Sapma) is using this opportunity to redevelop and implement improved measures of communication with member companies, as well as ramping up training. “Since the spread of Covid-19... 

COATINGS TECHNOLOGY TRAINING
Sapma is looking to consolidate its online learning materials into one platform. To make material easier to access and navigate for trainees
COATINGS TECHNOLOGY TRAINING Sapma is looking to consolidate its online learning materials into one platform. To make material easier to access and navigate for trainees
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