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Legislative Environment News

Regulator seeks to improve tyre homologation process

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st February 2020 Regulatory authority the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) is not “completely satisfied” with the current approval period for pneumatic tyre homologation, says NRCS automotive GM Duncan Mutengwe. 

Specialist on course despite pressures

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st February 2020 Despite the local manufacturing sector being under pressure, mouldered product specialist DEMS’ rubber manufacturing division – which operates within a very niche and specialised market – has not been affected negatively, says DEMS MD Mark Baptie. 

ALWAYS ON EDGE 
DEMS is always investigating and looking for opportunities to remain competitive and continue to have an edge in the market
ALWAYS ON EDGE DEMS is always investigating and looking for opportunities to remain competitive and continue to have an edge in the market

Rubber remains resilient despite strained sector

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st February 2020 Engineered rubber remains a requirement for many industries notwithstanding local manufacturing industry woes, says rubber products manufacturer Hudson Rubber MD Stoney Steenkamp. 

RUBBING OFF THE RIGHT WAY 
The rubber sector will survive the current unfavourable economic climate as the product remains resilient and relevant in the industrial markets
RUBBING OFF THE RIGHT WAY The rubber sector will survive the current unfavourable economic climate as the product remains resilient and relevant in the industrial markets

Bleak outlook for rubber SMMEs in 2020

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st February 2020 With the industrial market aspect of its rubber business having declined in 2019 by 25%, rubber compounding specialist National Rubber Matmin (NRM) MD Mike Stuart says 2020 is “not looking much better”. 

MIKE STUART 
National Rubber Matmin has had success in supplying products to the Australian mining sector
MIKE STUART National Rubber Matmin has had success in supplying products to the Australian mining sector

R2K to picket over Rica privacy failure

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th February 2020 Advocacy organisation, the Right2Know (R2K) Campaign on Wednesday held protests in Pretoria and Cape Town against what it says is the failure of the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act (Rica) to protect South African citizens’ right... 

R2K to picket over Rica privacy failure

Labour federation Fedusa slams 3.8% national minimum wage increase

By: African News Agency      19th February 2020 The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) said it was outraged after the employment and labour minister only increased the statutory minimum wage by 3.8% to R20.76 an hour with effect from March 1. The country's National Minimum Wage Act came into effect at the beginning of 2019,... 

Labour federation Fedusa slams 3.8% national minimum wage increase

Court dismisses bid to halt SAA job cuts as airline has not 'contemplated dismissals'  

By: News24Wire      14th February 2020 The Johannesburg Labour Court has dismissed a joint urgent application by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the South African Cabin Crew Association to halt job cuts at South African Airways, ruling the airline had not contemplated dismissals.  The unions lodged the interdict... 

Court dismisses bid to halt SAA job cuts as airline has not 'contemplated dismissals'

Huawei to participate in ‘noncore’ elements of Britain’s 5G network

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th February 2020 Towards the end of last month, the British Government announced that Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei will be allowed to participate in the creation of the UK’s fifth-generation (5G) broadband telecommunications network. This despite strong lobbying from the US Government to exclude Huawei.  

Renewed call to ban disposable cylinders

By: Darren Parker     14th February 2020 Despite various heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) industry participants contesting the banning of disposable gas cylinders in South Africa for years, there is no indication of a decision on the matter being reached. South African Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning... 

TIME TO SCRAP THIS PRACTICE
Disposed cylinders create about 3 150 m3 scrap metal and can explode if not thoroughly evacuated
TIME TO SCRAP THIS PRACTICE Disposed cylinders create about 3 150 m3 scrap metal and can explode if not thoroughly evacuated

Power supply, SOEs central to organisations’ concerns leading up to SoNA 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th February 2020 South African organisations are universal in their calling for President Cyril Ramaphosa to take decisive action around, particularly, South Africa’s constrained power supply, high employment and the state of State-owned enterprises (SOEs). This comes ahead of Ramaphosa delivering his State of... 

Power supply, SOEs central to organisations’ concerns leading up to SoNA

Minerals Council calls for an end to SOE bailouts

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th February 2020 Although President Cyril Ramaphosa is being buffeted by many perspectives from a range of constituencies, the Minerals Council South Africa says it is pleased that he signals clear direction and action on critical issues in the country. Thursday night’s State of the Nation Address and the... 

Correct policies, equipment vital for substance testing

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     7th February 2020 Without the correct drug-testing policies and correct testing equipment in place, companies can face serious legal implications, warns workplace testing company ALCO-Safe MD Rhys Evans, adding that these policies serve as guidelines for employees and employers. “Having policies in place ensures... 

WELL INFORMED Policies ensure employees understand the drug-testing equipment better and eliminate misconceptions
WELL INFORMED Policies ensure employees understand the drug-testing equipment better and eliminate misconceptions

Airbus reaches legal settlements to end bribery and compliance probes

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th February 2020 Europe-based major aerospace group Airbus has issued a brief press release, concerning its negotiations with regulators and law enforcement agencies in three countries. The release stated in full:  

Mazars says Mboweni facing a daunting task as he prepares to deliver the 2020 Budget   

By: Simone Liedtke     4th February 2020 The upcoming National Budget is likely to be a “watershed moment” for South Africa, accounting and consulting group Mazars tax partner Bernard Sacks said on Tuesday. Speaking to media at a pre-Budget briefing, he said the Budget itself would, however, not be a “watershed Budget”. 

(Left to right) Bernard Sacks, Graham Molyneux, Bongiwe Mbunge, Mike Teuchert and David French.
The video looks at some of the highlights from Mazars tax partner Bernard Sacks' presentation during a panel discussion, giving media some insight into the South African economy and what to expect ahead of the National Budget later this month, while also briefly discussing what can potentially solve power utility Eskom’s challenges. Video: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd.

Government promises to cut red tape for investors  

By: Kim Cloete     4th February 2020 The South African government has promised investors that it is fully committed to making it easier and cheaper to do business through streamlining processes and licence applications. Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa, who heads up South Africa’s new Investment Infrastructure Office, said he was advocating... 

Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa
Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa

Opinion: Can mining companies currently generate own power without licenses? 

4th February 2020 In this article, Webber Wentzel partners Jason van der Poel, Mzukisi Kota and Alexandra Felekis outline when it is, and when it is not, permissible for mining firms to proceed to produce their own power without a license. 

Mineral Resources and Energy minister Gwede Mantashe said this week that,  Depending on the circumstances, self-generation plant may only require registration and not licensing
Mineral Resources and Energy minister Gwede Mantashe said this week that, Depending on the circumstances, self-generation plant may only require registration and not licensing

Ramaphosa authorises probe of SAA Airbus deal  

By: News24Wire      31st January 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa has authorised two new probes into the affairs of South African Airways and National Treasury, and expanded the scope of an existing investigation into cash-strapped State power utility Eskom. The three separate proclamations were published in the government gazette on... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Predictability, resilient funding critical for business growth

By: Simone Liedtke     29th January 2020 Having a sense of predictability and a resilient line of funding available is critical for businesses in South Africa to grow, particularly as currency volatility and ageing debtors’ books present key challenges, says financial services company Investec for Business corporate accounts head Dr... 

Investec for Business corporate accounts head Dr Greg Cline
Investec for Business corporate accounts head Dr Greg Cline

High Court dismisses former SAA chair Dudu Myeni's latest appeal bid 

By: News24Wire      28th January 2020 The High Court in Pretoria has dismissed an application by former South African Airways chairperson Dudu Myeni for leave to appeal a December ruling stating that Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse has standing to bring a delinquency case against her.  The case to have Myeni declared a delinquent... 

Former SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni
Photo by Creamer Media
Former SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni

Airbus reports agreement with authorities regarding various charges against it

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th January 2020 Europe-based major aerospace group Airbus issued a brief press release on Tuesday, concerning its negotiations with regulators and law enforcement agencies in three countries. The release stated in full: “Airbus confirms that it has reached agreement in principle with the French Parquet National... 

Company transforming SA’s industrial landscape

24th January 2020 Built from startup, industrial solutions provider BT Industrial – a new-generation, black-owned, high-energy business driven by innovation, international standards, and service excellence – is transforming the industrial landscape in South Africa. 

Water woes, infrastructure challenges concerning – association

24th January 2020 While drought and climate change might have aggravated South Africa’s current water crisis, a major contributing factor is the country’s failure to upgrade and maintain its water pipes and infrastructure over the last decade, says industry association the Southern African Plastic Pipe... 

JAN VENTER
There is no doubt that the impact of this current crisis could have been reduced – if not completely avoided
JAN VENTER There is no doubt that the impact of this current crisis could have been reduced – if not completely avoided

South Africa improves in corruption index but still has serious problems – report  

By: Sane Dhlamini     23rd January 2020 Despite its score advancing a notch in the Corruption Perceptions Index, from 43 to 44, South Africa still ranks among countries that are deemed to have a serious corruption problem. Corruption Watch executive director David Lewis said this year’s report highlighted the importance of the... 

Corruption Watch executive director David Lewis
Corruption Watch executive director David Lewis

Dynamic, inclusive global economy essential to meeting 2030 Agenda – UN 

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd January 2020 The broad-based deterioration of global economic prospects may cause setbacks in the pursuit of the United Nation’s (UN’s) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN’s ‘World Economic Situation and Prospects’ report has found. According to the report, which was discussed with media on... 

Plus Economics research director Dr Kirsten Thompson
Plus Economics research director Dr Kirsten Thompson speaks to Engineering News about what to expect in the UN's report, and gives us a little more insight into South Africa's economic position. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Ex-Eskom, Transnet CFO Anoj Singh's disciplinary hearing to resume next week

By: News24Wire      21st January 2020 Disgraced former Eskom and Transnet Chief Financial Officer Anoj Singh's disciplinary hearing, which is being conducted by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, will resume next week in Sandton. The hearing is scheduled to take place on Monday and Tuesday.  The accountancy body... 

Former Eskom & Transnet CFO Anoj Singh
Photo by Creamer Media
Former Eskom & Transnet CFO Anoj Singh

Ramaphosa has signed 5 key tax and revenue-related bills - here's what that means 

By: News24Wire      21st January 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa last week signed five bills relating to tax administration and other division of revenue proposals for the 2019 fiscal year. The Bills are: The Adjustments Appropriations Bill, the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill, the Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill, the Rates and... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Minister extends deadline for mines to meet financial provisioning regulations 

By: Simone Liedtke     20th January 2020 The long-awaited notice extending the transitional timeframe for compliance with the Financial Provisioning Regulations of 2015 has been published by Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy. In terms of the extension notice, the applicable Mineral and Petroleum Resources... 

Strides made in legal reforms that advance women’s economic participation

By: Simone Liedtke     14th January 2020 The regulatory environment for women’s economic participation has improved over the past two years, with 40 economies having enacted 62 reforms to help women realise their potential and contribute to economic growth and development, a new World Bank study shows. The study, titled ‘Women Business... 

Strides made in legal reforms that advance women’s economic participation

Interest rate cuts ‘will do no harm’, says PwC

By: Simone Liedtke     14th January 2020 In a low-inflation environment, “interest rate cuts will certainly do no harm,” PwC said on Tuesday in the lead-up to the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) Monetary Policy Committee’s (MPC’s) decision on whether or not South Africa’s interest rates should be lowered. There is already some... 

Growth initiatives to continue in 2020 as new laws come into effect  

By: Simone Liedtke     9th January 2020 Initiatives to drive growth and stabilise the economy will continue to be a focus in the coming year, especially as efforts to root out corruption and State capture progress, law firm Webber Wentzel says. Robust corporate governance for listed companies will also remain a focus area for the JSE,... 

Growth initiatives to continue in 2020 as new laws come into effect

Cabinet approves biofuels regulatory framework

By: Simone Liedtke     17th December 2019 Cabinet has approved the biofuels regulatory framework, which will give effect to the implementation of the biofuel industrial strategy. Biofuels are internationally recognised as an immediate less carbon-intensive substitute, which blends fuel for conventional mineral fuels to reduce air... 

Development institutions help African countries align with global sustainability plans

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th December 2019 Three development institutions have partnered to present a digital application at the Conference Of the Parties 25 climate conference, in Madrid, this week, to help African countries that are grappling with implementing key global initiatives. The United Nations Development Programme, the... 

Success of renewables programme continues

By: Darren Parker     13th December 2019 Over the past eight years, the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has attracted about R209.4-billion in committed private-sector investment, with the successful fourth window bids being valued at about R56-billion. South African companies, such as... 

WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY
27 preferred bidders signed agreements last year and their respective renewable energy projects are well underway
WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY 27 preferred bidders signed agreements last year and their respective renewable energy projects are well underway

Additional renewable energy development zones proposed

13th December 2019 The second phase of the Strategic Environmental Assessment for wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) energy in South Africa proposes three additional renewable energy development zones for wind and solar PV energy projects. The renewable energy development zones support the responsible implementation... 

RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT ZONES
The Phase 2 proposed zones support the responsible implementation of the Integrated Resource Plan 2019
RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT ZONES The Phase 2 proposed zones support the responsible implementation of the Integrated Resource Plan 2019

Environmental studies essential to REIPP success

By: Darren Parker     13th December 2019 In most renewable-energy independent power producer (REIPP) project cases, environmental sensitivities can be successfully avoided if developers embrace advice given by environmental consultants during the environmental impact assessment (EIA) stage. This enables developers to better ensure that... 

NOT WINGING IT
Embracing the advice given by professional environmental consultants early on can lead to the avoidance of many environmental issues
NOT WINGING IT Embracing the advice given by professional environmental consultants early on can lead to the avoidance of many environmental issues

Government reaffirms support for rural, township economies

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th December 2019 To improve access to information and bring economic infrastructure support closer to township and rural-based enterprises, government is expanding incubators and digital hubs to townships and rural areas, says President Cyril Ramaphosa. 

VIBRANT THINKING 
South Africa's small, medium-sized and microenterprises are demonstrating out-of-the-box thinking in business skills
Photo by SA Investment Conference
VIBRANT THINKING South Africa's small, medium-sized and microenterprises are demonstrating out-of-the-box thinking in business skills

Small enterprises present strongest growth potential – Ramaphosa

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th December 2019 With the local and global economy under pressure, it is small enterprises that present the greatest potential for growth, says President Cyril Ramaphosa. 

PRETTY PLEASE? 
President Cyril Ramaphosa has appealed to the global investor community to support small enterprises following the commitments made at the annual South African Investment Conference
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
PRETTY PLEASE? President Cyril Ramaphosa has appealed to the global investor community to support small enterprises following the commitments made at the annual South African Investment Conference
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