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Ramaphosa places expanded African trade at heart of re-industrialisation effort

By: Terence Creamer     26th June 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa has reinforced the importance of intra-African trade and investment to government’s unfolding industrialisation strategy, announcing on Wednesday that South Africa will prioritise trade liberalisation across the continent when assuming the role of African Union (AU)... 

ANC says ten sectors to be prioritised under ‘re-imagined industrial strategy’  

By: Terence Creamer     4th June 2019 The African National Congress (ANC) has unveiled what it describes as a “re-imagined industrial strategy” as part of a broader five-year programme of action agreed at the party’s three-day lekgotla, which concluded in Gauteng on Tuesday. In a statement released following the gathering, the ANC... 

ANC declares unemployment a national emergency, vows to reduce it by 13% in 5 years  

By: African News Agency      4th June 2019 The African National Congress said on Tuesday that it was gearing for a re-imagined industrial strategy to help government deal with high unemployment and inequality in the country.  ANC secretary general, Ace Magashule said unemployment and inequality remained some of the principal challenges... 

Another exciting A-OSH EXPO beckons as exhibitors finalise their plans for the 2019 show

9th May 2019 It’s shaping up to be another bumper edition of the continent’s leading occupational health and safety (OHS) show as this year’s A-OSH EXPO exhibitors finalise their marketing and stand planning. If your working life and interests lie in the OHS arena, book time in your calendar for this year’s... 

Tribunal approves IDC’s buyout of Celrose, with conditions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th April 2019 The Competition Tribunal has approved, with conditions, the proposed transaction whereby the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) plans to acquire clothing and footwear manufacturer Celrose of which embattled retailer Edcon is a majority shareholder. The IDC is State-owned and provides... 

International trade in fake goods surges

By: Riaan de Lange     12th April 2019 You 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... 

Opinion Piece: The practical problems of working women in working men’s clothing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th February 2019 By Vanessa Ronald, Senior Brand Manager at Sisi, BBF Safety Group South Africa is seeing an increase in female workers in industrial environments as the traditional barriers of gender specific roles are being broken down.  However, from a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) perspective, women are... 

Electra Mining Botswana recognised as essential industry trade platform

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th February 2019 Now in its 4th edition, the country’s leading mining, industrial and power generation expo returns in September together with the recently launched A-OSH Expo Botswana. Taking place at the Gaborone Fairgrounds from 10-12 September, this will be an all-encompassing event showcasing the latest... 

ABA’s new factory to bolster black industrialists

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd January 2019 Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe has described the opening of Africa Bespoke Apparel’s (ABA’s) R81-million factory, in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal, this week, as a historic moment and a crucial milestone in the roll-out of the Black Industrialists Programme. The Department of... 

R35m clothing firm to stimulate textile sector in KZN

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe and KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala will, on January 22, launch a multimillion-rand textile firm Africa Bespoke Apparel (ABA), in KwaZulu-Natal. ABA is a 100%-black owned company... 

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