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Live expo to demonstrate best practice and safety protocols; restart the exhibitions and events industry

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th October 2020 The exhibitions and events industry was given a lifeline with the announcement by the South African Government that the country was moving to Alert Level 1 of the Risk Adjusted Approach on 21 September 2020. Events could now take place under certain restrictions with a 50% capacity allowed in... 

Business welcomes recovery plan, but urges swift implementation 

16th October 2020 Organised business formations have responded to the Reconstruction and Recovery Plan released by President Cyril Ramaphosa on October 15. On the whole, business has welcomed the plan, including the fact that it embraces many of the recommendations made to government by the social partners through... 

KZN govt reaches out to Engen amid its oil refinery considerations

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th October 2020 KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube has tasked the Trade & Investment Council KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN) to look into the matter of the Engen Oil Refinery potentially closing its doors in a few years’ time. Engen confirms in a statement that it... 

CESA touts technical expertise as route to economic growth

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2020 The absence of technical expertise in infrastructure procurement is starting to have an increasingly adverse effect on the quality and sustainability of South Africa’s infrastructure, laments industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA). The association says the country needs to be... 

Gauteng, Western Cape leaders advocate for greater powers to grow their economies

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd October 2020 In discussing the Gauteng and Western Cape provinces’ efforts to recover their economies after experiencing massive job losses in the last few months, Western Cape Premier Alan Winde and Gauteng policy research head Duduzi Mbada have said provincial governments need more power. The two provinces... 

Lufthansa is the first international European airline to resume flights to South Africa

2nd October 2020 Lufthansa is the first international airline to resume its scheduled service from Europe to South Africa. LH 572 was warmly welcomed at OR Tambo International airport at 8:30 on 1 October, having departed Frankfurt the evening before on 30 September.  “Lufthansa is delighted to be at the... 

Low hanging fruit can move SA circular economy efforts forward

25th September 2020 South Africa’s – and Africa’s – efforts to move towards a circular economy could be boosted by improved collaboration and partnerships between public sector, private sector and communities; and by decentralising programmes and infrastructure to enable broader participation and progress. This is... 

Western Cape launches fifth route in Cape Cycle network

By: Yvonne Silaule     25th September 2020 Western Cape Premier Alan Winde and Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities David Maynier have launched the Karoo Crossing Route in the Cape Karoo gem of Prince Albert. The Karoo Crossing is the fifth route in the Cape Cycle Routes network, which is a Western Cape government-led initiative... 

Open borders lauded by tourism stakeholders

By: Donna Slater     18th September 2020 Stakeholders in the tourism industry have lauded President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to allow restricted international travel to South Africa to resume as an effort to help rebuild the tourism and hospitality industry in South Africa. This sentiment was conveyed during a Governance... 

TIPS says GDP has recovered greatly since April

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th September 2020 In a latest Real Economy Bulletin, Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) finds that gross domestic product (GDP) has bounced back significantly since May, following the hard lockdown imposed in April. While GDP shrank by 16% in the second quarter of the year, seasonally adjusted but not... 

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