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Standard Bank CEO Sim Tshabalala
South Africa’s economy may have turned a corner, but more jobs are needed
9th November 2022 By: Darren Parker

With South Africa’s unemployment rate having improved by 0.6 of a percentage point to 33.9% in the second quarter, Standard Bank CEO Sim Tshabalala has said the country’s economy may well have... 


Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana
‘Stopgap’ procurement rules do not scrap BEE or local content, Minister insists
8th November 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has dismissed suggestions that new preferential procurement regulations, published on November 4, have scrapped black economic empowerment (BEE) and local content... 


Outa questions Sanral’s claims of R43bn in GFIP debt
4th November 2022 By: Darren Parker

Nonprofit Organisation Against Tax Abuse (Outa) has called into question the truthfulness and accuracy of the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) claim on October 26 that... 


Defence committee calls for improved coordination, communication between govt, industry
4th November 2022 By: Darren Parker

The Joint Standing Committee on Defence has called for better coordination and improved lines of communication between government and the defence industry to enhance business opportunities and... 


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Calls intensify for audit of South African tailings dams after Jagersfontein disaster
4th November 2022 By: Darren Parker

Following the tragic collapse of the Jagersfontein tailings storage facility (TSF) in the Free State on September 11, there has been a resurgence of urgent calls for audits of South Africa’s other... 


Court finds Nersa’s municipal electricity increase methodology unlawful
24th October 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Division, Pretoria Judge EM Kubushi has handed down an order stating that the Guideline and Benchmarking Methodology adopted by regulatory authority the... 


Impala Platinum ingot
PGMs demand may taper off despite robust automotive demand forecast
21st October 2022 By: Darren Parker

Global demand for platinum group metals (PGMs) is forecast to taper off beyond 2030, despite a robust outlook for increasing automotive sales, according to platinum group metals producer Impala... 


Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe
Eskom can now finally force Brian Molefe to pay back millions to pension fund
19th October 2022 By: News24Wire

In another setback for former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe, the power utility can now enforce an order to recover the millions he owes the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund. This emerged from Eskom's... 


Cummins Southern Africa MD Racheal Njoroge
Cummins achieves Level 1 BBBEE status
18th October 2022 By: Darren Parker

Cummins South Africa has achieved a Level 1 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) contributor status. Cummins Southern Africa MD Racheal Njoroge said on October 18 that it was a  big jump”... 


DMRE DDG updates wind power conference on Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill
13th October 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The Department of Minerals Resources and Energy (DMRE) has made “significant progress” in the process of promulgating the Electricity Regulation Amendment (ERA) Bill, DMRE deputy director-general... 


Tribunal gives Emira’s acquisition of Transcend the go-ahead
7th October 2022 By: Darren Parker

The Competition Tribunal has unconditionally approved JSE-listed real estate investment trust Emira Property Fund’s proposed buyout of Transcend Residential Property. Upon the implementation of the... 


transnet freight rail
Transnet puts contingency measures in place as rail, port workers strike
6th October 2022 By: Darren Parker

State-owned Transnet has advised that, with some employees across its operations embarking on strike action following non-resolution in the ongoing wage negotiations, contingency plans will be... 


Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
Court compels Gordhan to provide confidential documents on SAA sale
3rd October 2022 By: News24Wire

On Monday, the Western Cape High Court ordered that Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and the Department of Public Enterprises provide Toto Investment Holdings with all confidential... 


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Government supports shift to new energy vehicles
30th September 2022

Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer talks about the South African government expressing its support for the shift from internal combustion engine vehicles to new energy vehicles; the approach... 


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New Bill to impact on sector
30th September 2022 By: Sabrina Jardim

With health and safety being an important aspect of working-at-height projects, a new Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Bill is expected to be tabled next year. The Bill will enforce... 


Expropriation Bill to address historic injustices, De Lille says
29th September 2022 By: Schalk Burger

The Expropriation Bill is intended to replace the current and Apartheid-era law, namely the Expropriation Act of 1975, which is inconsistent with the Constitution in many respects, says Public... 


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SAB launches ESG strategy
28th September 2022 By: Darren Parker

Beverage producer South African Breweries (SAB) has launched its first environment, social and governance (ESG) strategy, and will release its first Global Reporting Initiative-compliant ESG report... 


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Less than 1% of discarded textiles are recycled back into clothing
27th September 2022 By: Darren Parker

In South Africa, only about 13% of textiles are recycled at all, while less than 1% is recycled back into clothing, environmental services company Pinpoint Sustainability director Nicola Jenkin... 


RAYNARD LOOCH
Managers and supervisors are an integral and essential part of an employer’s health and safety management system and deserve statutory recognition
Amendment Bill fails to recognise safety practitioner profession
23rd September 2022 By: Tracy Hancock

The continued failure to recognise the safety practitioner profession is yet another disappointing aspect of the poorly drafted Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Amendment Bill 2020, says law... 


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Shell, Mantashe to challenge judgment blocking Wild Coast seismic survey
22nd September 2022 By: News24Wire

Shell and Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on Thursday applied for leave to appeal a ruling which effectively blocked a seismic survey off the Wild Coast. Earlier this month,... 


DPWI calls for comment to make public works policy responsive
19th September 2022 By: Schalk Burger

Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille calls on all stakeholders and members of the public to make inputs on the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) Policy, as these inputs... 


BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso
Whistleblowers need more support in fight against corruption
19th September 2022 By: Darren Parker

Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso believes more support for whistleblowers is needed if South Africa is going to make any meaningful headway in the fight against corruption.... 


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Drones to debut as Africa Aerospace and Defence Expo makes post-Covid return
16th September 2022 By: Cameron Mackay

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and drones will, for the first time, be flown at the upcoming 2022 biennial Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) Expo, while the attendance of private-sector oil and... 


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Industry perseveres despite turbulent period
16th September 2022 By: Cameron Mackay

As of mid-August, combined domestic and international passenger traffic to, from and within Southern Africa has recovered to about 64% of August 2019 levels, says industry body Airlines Association... 


DCT delays implementation of change to free import storage rule by one month
12th September 2022 By: Darren Parker

State-owned Transnet Port Terminals’ (TPT’s) Durban Container Terminal (DCT) has extended the date of implementing the changed free import storage rule by one month following what it has called... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa
Employment growth encouraging govt to do more to unlock investment – Ramaphosa
5th September 2022 By: Thabi Shomolekae

President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday that while the country’s economy takes time to recover and while the reform programme is implemented, government will continue to pursue a range of... 


Newly appointed Competition Commissioner Doris Tshepe
New Competition Commissioner Tshepe acknowledges urgency of economic crisis
2nd September 2022 By: Darren Parker

Newly appointed Competition Commission Commissioner Doris Tshepe has stressed that the Commission did not have ten years to set precedents on new amendments to the Competition Act. “There is an... 


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OMRON is shaping traceability in food and beverage packaging
2nd September 2022

In the food and beverage packaging industry, authenticity is essential. Consumers need to know that the foods they are purchasing consist of the things listed on their labels, because food... 


SAIOSH expects draft occupational health and safety amendment Bill will be reworked
1st September 2022 By: Schalk Burger

Industry organisation the South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (SAIOSH) legal expert Advocate Raynard Looch says he expects the draft Occupational Health and Safety Amendment... 


Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
DTIC issues draft regulations exempting SMMEs from some practices set out in the Competition Act
31st August 2022 By: Darren Parker

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel has announced the publishing of a draft notice in the Government Gazette on August 31 which sets out proposed terms for a new block exemption... 


Newly amended Employment Equity Act to come into effect in Sept 2023
31st August 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The amended Employment Equity (EE) Act, which empowers the Employment and Labour Minister to regulate sector-specific EE targets and to regulate compliance criteria to issue EE Compliance... 


Visa backlog hobbling French business ambitions in South Africa – BLSA
29th August 2022 By: Donna Slater

A letter by a group of French businesses, who collectively employ more than 65 000 South Africans, has frustrated Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso with its detailing of... 


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Commission report points to opportunistic price increases by sunflower oil processors
24th August 2022 By: Darren Parker

According to the ‘Essential Food Pricing Monitoring Report’, released by the Competition Commission on August 24, South African consumers may be facing opportunistic price increases in sunflower... 


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Scrap metal export ban to buy time for SA to build systems to tackle illegal activity
23rd August 2022 By: Schalk Burger

The proposed policy to ban the export of waste, scrap and semifinished metal products for a period of six months is necessary to immediately reduce the ability of criminal syndicates to monetise... 


gautrain
Proposed Gautrain expansion faces heavy resistance by committee
17th August 2022 By: Darren Parker

The proposed Gautrain expansion project was harshly criticised as a vanity project, a white elephant and a waste of government finances by members of the Gauteng Legislature’s Portfolio Committee... 


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Transnet security guards to be made peace officers
16th August 2022 By: Darren Parker

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola has given approval for State-owned Transnet’s security officers to be granted peace officer status as Gazetted on August 5, elevating them... 


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