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Grindrod buys marine support services business

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2018 JSE-listed Grindrod said on Tuesday that the recently announced acquisition of the Novagroup from Pescanova would enhance its service and product offering, as well as expand its footprint in southern Africa. Nova was established in the 1960s to deliver support services to the maritime industry,... 

SA and Italy seek to grow trade and investment partnerships 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd October 2018 The fifth edition of the South Africa-Italy Summit/Indaba, held in Johannesburg on Tuesday, has emphasised the importance of bilateral trade relations and investment partnerships between the two countries. This year, trade between South Africa and Italy grew by 11% in the first seven months.... 

SA and Italy seek to grow trade and investment partnerships
Italian ambassador to South Africa Pietro Giovanni Donnici speaks about bilateral trade relationships between South Africa and Italy, and Gauteng province director general Phindile Baleni outlines the province’s contribution. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Clash over Trump tariffs heats up with barrage of WTO litigation

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Disputes over US tariffs and retaliatory moves by other states have sparked 12 requests for adjudication at the World Trade Organization, signalling an escalation in global trade tensions. The agenda for an Oct. 29 meeting of the WTO's dispute settlement body on Friday confirmed the legal moves,... 

African countries can leapfrog technologies, if they understand the requirements

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th October 2018 The world, in trade and industrial terms, is being disrupted by both technological and political developments, providing opportunities but also posing risks to African countries. So highlighted University of Cape Town Mandela School of Public Governance Professor Carlos Lopes. On the... 

Messe München South Africa acquires Air Cargo India, Air Cargo Africa exhibitions

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2018 International exhibition organiser Messe München has bought the Air Cargo India and Air Cargo Africa exhibitions from Indian publishing house Stat Trade Times. Air Cargo Africa is the largest air cargo trade fair in Africa, attracting over 80 exhibitors and 2 000 visitors from across the continent.  

TNPA tests helicopter service at Cape Town port 

By: Simone Liedtke     15th October 2018 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is exploring options to introduce a helicopter service at its Port of Cape Town to assist with operations during major swells and to increase the availability of service during stormy conditions. With Cape Town having been plagued recently by... 

South Africa committed to African air transport liberalisation – Minister

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2018 South African Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande reaffirmed on Friday the country’s commitment to the implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision (YD) on liberalising air transport across Africa. He did so in a speech to the 48th annual general meeting of the Airlines Association of Southern... 

South Africa committed to African air transport liberalisation – Minister
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Dr Blade Nzimande

Connecting international expertise to South African opportunities

By: Shannon de Ryhove     12th October 2018 European alliance partner company GC Top Technologies — an Italian company based in South Africa — aims to connect international suppliers of the best available technologies with South African clients that require improved efficiency, enhanced productivity and environment-friendly solutions. The... 

Europe placed to contribute to African growth story

12th October 2018 Southern Africa is today off the radar of the majority of European companies and the many opportunities offered by the region are still largely ignored by European Union (EU) business leaders, professional consulting group European House Ambrosetti senior partner Paolo Borzatta said at a media... 

Opportunities abound for Italian entrepreneurs expanding into Africa

By: Shannon de Ryhove     12th October 2018 The Italian-South African Chamber of Trade and Industries says Italian companies are becoming increasingly positive about the opportunities offered by South Africa, which is being acknowledged as a hub from which to expand and invest into surrounding African countries, says Italian-South African... 

AMSA seeks growth opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa amid muted domestic steel demand

By: Nadine James     10th October 2018 In light of weak domestic demand, ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has implemented a strategy to enhance its short-term profitability and cashflow, thereby, ensuring the business’ sustainability and positioning it to exploit growth in the sub-Saharan Africa region, says CEO Kobus Verster. During... 

 AMSA seeks growth opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa amid muted domestic steel demand
ArcelorMittal Vanderbijlparjk Works

Trade rules need to address Chinese excess capacity – EU's Moscovici

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 Any rewrite of global trading rules must deal with the issue of excess industrial capacity in China, European Commission Economic Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said on Wednesday. "We absolutely need to address the issue of overcapacities in China. Nobody can say that this is not a problem. This... 

UK reaffirms wish to strengthen ties with SA defence industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th October 2018 Britain was committed to further developing and strengthening partnerships with South Africa in the defence and security sectors, and not least with the South African defence industry. "The Prime Minister's [Theresa May's] recent visit here highlighted the importance the UK places on its defence... 

Saudi Arabia ‘ready to invest in the South African defence industry’

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th October 2018 State-owned Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) is seeking very close relationships with South African defence companies. "We are ready to invest in the South African defence industry and fund local research and development (R&D)," SAMI CEO Dr Andreas Schwer told "Engineering News" at the... 

Govt looking at ‘modernising’ defence funding – Ramaphosa

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has stated that the Government was looking at reducing the dependency of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) on direct funding by the State. He was delivering the opening address for the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2018 exhibition at Air Force Base... 

Marine waste a pressing issue, but few solutions in sight

By: Dylan Slater     5th October 2018 Plastics have become the “ubiquitous workhorse material” of the modern economy, combining unrivalled functional properties with low cost, and its use has increased twenty-fold in the past half-century, according to circular economy advocacy charity The Ellen MacArthur Foundation.  

Marine waste a pressing issue, but few solutions in sight

Dube TradePort continues to inject billions into local economy, job creation – MEC

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd October 2018 The Dube TradePort, which incorporates the King Shaka International Airport, has in the past ten years invested R11.5-billion into the South African economy and created nearly 100 000 jobs, KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala said on Tuesday.... 

Absa PMI weakens further in September

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st October 2018 The Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) remained virtually unchanged at a weak level of 43.2 points in September. The latest figure dashed hopes that the sharp PMI decline in August – to 43.4 points, down from July’s 51.5 points – was a one-off occurrence. The August figure was already an... 

Davies to follow up on Saudi Arabia’s $10bn investment pledge

By: Simone Liedtke     1st October 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies will, this week, co-chair the eighth session of the South Africa-Saudi Arabia Joint Economic Commission (JEC), in Saudi Arabia, while simultaneously following up on Saudi Arabia’s $10-billion investment pledge to South Africa. This session of the JEC will... 

Trade balance swings to R8.79bn surplus in August

By: Reuters     28th September 2018 South Africa's trade balance swung to a surplus of R8.79-billion ($619-million) in August from a revised R5.29-billion deficit in July, data from the revenue agency showed on Friday. Exports rose by 9.4% on a month-on-month basis to R116.88-billion in August, while imports fell by 3.6% to... 

WTO cuts world merchandise trade forecasts for 2018 and 2019

By: Reuters     27th September 2018 World trade growth is likely to be slower than previously thought in 2018 and 2019, although the direct economic effects of a trade war that has blown up this year have been modest so far, the World Trade Organization (WTO) said on Thursday. The WTO forecast world trade in goods would grow by... 

Trafigura Group helps re-establish historic African trade route

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th September 2018 Independent commodity trading group Trafigura has successfully taken the first step towards reopening one of Africa’s most historic trade routes, with a train journey that ended in the Angolan port of Lobito on Saturday, September 22. A cargo of 800 t of copper blister, bought by Trafigura from... 

Ascendis launches new strategic focus, announces positive FY18 results 

By: Nadine James     25th September 2018 JSE-listed pharmaceutical company Ascendis Health on Tuesday announced a new strategic focus prioritising pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare. The company, which also reported on its results for the financial year ended June 30, plans to divest its biosciences businesses. 

Ascendis launches new strategic focus, announces positive FY18 results
CEO Thomas Thomsen discussing the company's new strategy and the need for divestment. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd

Angola, IFC court South African investors

By: Nadine James     21st September 2018 World Bank Group executive director for Angola, Nigeria and South Africa Bongiwe Kunene says a roundtable event taking place on September 24, will enable South African businesses and investors to explore the growth opportunities in Angola created as a result of the 2017 election of that country’s... 

August trade conditions remained negative – Sacci

By: Schalk Burger     19th September 2018 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) August Trade Conditions Survey shows that present trade conditions and prospects remain tight and in negative territory, the chamber said in a statement on Wednesday. Trade expectations for the next six months, as reflected by the... 

Poultry industry takes on US chicken quota as court case brews

By: News24Wire      17th September 2018 The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) wants government to review the quota of US poultry imports, following the imposition of tariffs on local aluminium and steel products. In court papers filed in the North Gauteng Court, the organisation argues that US tariffs on SA steel and aluminium... 

 Poultry industry takes on US chicken quota as court case brews

Importance of export councils recognised, emphasised

14th September 2018 Export councils are key drivers for South Africa’s economic transformation and they should be supported and prioritised, according to Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) deputy director-general Lerato Mataboge. This is in line with the South African Capital Equipment Export Council’s... 

Importance of export councils recognised, emphasised
LERATO MATABOGE As government, we need to look at our efficiencies in so far as how we are structured, and the support that is provided to export councils and vice versa

South Africa deal flow to continue upward trend this year – Savca

By: Simone Liedtke     13th September 2018 The South African venture capital industry exceeded the R1-billion mark for the first time in 2017 – investing R1.16-billion, the Southern Africa Venture Capital and Private Equity Association’s (Savca’s) ‘2018 Venture Capital Industry Survey’ reveals. The annual publication highlights start-up... 

Sygnia shares start trading on A2X

By: Simone Liedtke     13th September 2018 Investment management company Sygnia’s shares began trading on South African stock exchange A2X on Thursday, with the company becoming the eleventh issuer to secondary list on the exchange. Sygnia, which is based in South Africa, retains its primary listing on the JSE. 

EU's Juncker eyes Africa free trade pact

By: Reuters     12th September 2018 The European Union (EU) should offer a free trade agreement to the whole of the African continent and a new investment alliance, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in a keynote speech on Wednesday. Among various proposals for EU action to bolster prosperity in the world's... 

EU's Juncker eyes Africa free trade pact
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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

Davies to attend G20 meeting

By: African News Agency      11th September 2018 South Africa's trade and industry minister Rob Davies will attend a meeting with peers from the G20 global grouping in Argentina set to focus on the agriculture sector, his department said on Tuesday. The G20 or Group of Twenty is an international forum for the governments of Argentina,... 

Davies to attend G20 meeting
Photo by Reuters
Trade & Industry Minister Rob Davies

Afrox achieves double-digit HEPS growth amid subdued economic environment 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th September 2018 Despite low economic growth in the six months to June 30, JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) achieved double-digit growth in its headline earnings per share (HEPS) to 104c, representing an increase of 11.5% from the HEPS of 93.3c recorded for the six months to June 30, 2017. Referring to the... 

Afrox achieves double-digit HEPS growth amid subdued economic environment
African Oxygen (Afrox) MD Schalk Venter speaks to Engineering News Online about the company’s interim results, and upcoming investment plans. Video & Editing: Darlene Creamer

African rail industry urged to adopt concepts of Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Nadine James     4th September 2018 The African rail industry must adopt the concepts and develop the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to facilitate, and realise, the industrialisation aspirations of the continent, delegates attending a South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA) technical workshop, on Tuesday,... 

China's Xi offers another $60bn to Africa, but says no to 'vanity' projects

By: Reuters     3rd September 2018 Chinese President Xi Jinping offered another $60-billion in financing for Africa on Monday and said Chinese companies will be encouraged to invest no less than $10-billion over the next three years, but he also warned against "vanity projects". Speaking at the opening of a major summit with... 

China's Xi offers another $60bn to Africa, but says no to 'vanity' projects
Chinese President Xi Jinping

President Ramaphosa jetting off to China for State visit and multilateral summit

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st August 2018 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa departs for Beijing on Friday for both a State visit to China and to co-Chair the 2018 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), which will take place immediately afterwards. The State visit will take place on September 2 and FOCAC will be held on... 

South Africa's trade balance swings to deficit in July

By: Reuters     31st August 2018 South Africa's trade balance swung to a deficit of R4.66-billion ($317-million) in July from a revised R11.89-billion surplus in June, data from the revenue agency showed on Friday. Exports fell by 2.7% on a month-on-month basis to R107.07-billion in July, while imports increased by 13.8% to... 

South African winemakers look to Peru for growth

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th August 2018 Wine producer La Ric Mal owner and winemaker Malcolm Green and other wine producers from four South African provinces will travel to Lima, Peru, this weekend, with the aim of expanding the market for South African wines. This expedition forms part of the Trade and Investment Mission organised and... 

South African winemakers look to Peru for growth

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