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Cover Story

Supportive policy held up as key to unlocking Africa’s auto ambitions

By: Irma VenterPolicy certainty and flexible thinking will play an important role as Africa increasingly look to the automotive industry to grow its industrialisation footprint, says Thomas Schaefer, chairperson and MD at Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA), as well as chairperson of the African Association of... 

Supportive policy held up as key to unlocking Africa’s auto ambitions

Editorial Insight

Political anchor needed

By: Terence CreamerDuring a recent lecture in South Africa, world-renowned political scientist and author Francis Fukuyama took his audience on a brief yet comprehensive tour of the global development models that have dominated during various periods since the end of the Second World War. The Stanford University... 

Political anchor needed

News & Insight

Competition Commission to extend data inquiry investigation

By: Natasha OdendaalThe end of April will mark the release of the Competition Commission’s provisional report into its data inquiry. However, the finalisation of the investigation and the publication of the final outcomes will only be completed by December 31, months later than the initial planned March conclusion,... 

Denel to stop manufacturing parts for Airbus A400M aircraft

By: Rebecca CampbellSouth African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced at the end of last month that it had reached a mutual understanding with Europe-based major aerospace and defence group Airbus to cease Denel’s manufacture of components for the Airbus A400M military airlifter aircraft, “subject... 

Employment in SA telecoms sector rose in 2018

By: Natasha OdendaalThe information and communications technology (ICT) sector remains one of the biggest employers and contributors to South Africa’s mainstream economy, the latest ‘State of ICT 2019’ report shows. The fourth iteration of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa’s) review... 

IoT to improve health and healthcare provision

By: Schalk BurgerThe use of information technology- (IT-) driven innovations and Internet of Things (IoT) systems will help to combat and treat non-communicable diseases and communicable diseases, says digital security multinational Gemalto Commonwealth of Independent States, Middle East and  Africa IoT solutions... 

IoT to improve health and healthcare provision

Long-running trade dispute between aerospace giants ends with victory for Airbus

By: Rebecca CampbellLate last month the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO’s) Appellate Body found that the US had failed to end some of the subsidies awarded by Federal, State and local authorities to aerospace giant Boeing, and to stop the damage these subsidies were causing to Boeing’s Europe-based arch rival... 

Near-miss ‘Day Zero’ should serve as lesson to water-scarce SA

By: Natasha OdendaalCape Town’s severe drought experienced in 2017 and 2018 and the near miss of “Day Zero” should serve as a warning for other cities as to what climate impacts might look like in future, a new study warns. However, many other metropolitans, such as Gauteng, eThekwini and Nelson Mandela Bay, besides... 

SA’s energy future – lessons from Germany

By: Creamer Media Reporter Germany is well known for its phase-out of nuclear energy, which began as a response to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown, in Japan. Now the powerhouse of the European Union has finally set in motion a gradual coal phase-out in response to the threats posed by climate change. Despite the rapid... 

Technology helping financial firms to modernise risk management practices

By: Schalk BurgerRegulatory and market pressures are prompting financial services organisations to modernise, and integrate their risk and finance processes, says analytics multinational SAS Africa head of risk Gabor Szalontai. There is much more data available to assess risks, with platforms designed to help... 

Technology helping financial firms to modernise risk management practices

Photo of the Week


By: Creamer Media Reporter Swedish cleantech company Ripasso Energy has invested in a new power generation unit in South Africa that produces electricity using industrial residual gases. The plant has been constructed at specialty alloys company Afarak Mogales’ Kurgersdorp processing facility and has come on-stream at a... 



International trade in fake goods surges

By: Riaan de LangeYou might be well acquainted with ‘fake news’. The buzzword that is. Yes, the two are considered one. It was the 2017 word of the year, no less. But, as to whether we possess the ability to identify ‘real news’ from ‘fake news’, that is quite another matter. It is said to be “one of the greatest... 

I’m not going to be mayor

By: Martin ZhuwakinyuCape Town has always had an attitude. Some years back, advertising icon Reg Lascaris ran an advertisement that had the tag line 'What is Cape Town Without the C?' (work it out). There was a bit of an outcry. This is the Town Where We Are Different. I live in Cape Town and I am not sorry –... 


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