FairPlay's fight for VAT-free chicken picks up support in Parliament
FairPlay's fight for VAT-free chicken picks up support in Parliament

Chicken emerged as a favourite to be VAT-exempted for the support of South Africa's poor, when stakeholders presented their responses to the Woolard Panel of Expert's report in Parliament yesterday...

13 Sep 2018

EPA/Nic Bothma
To zero-rate, or not to zero-rate: why the VAT debate is more complex than it appears

The one percentage point increase in South Africa's value added tax (VAT) rate, which was implemented in April this year, has raised important questions about how the tax system can and should address inequality...

By Imraan Valodia & David Francis 7 Sep 2018

Making chicken VAT-free should be a national imperative, says FairPlay founder
Making chicken VAT-free should be a national imperative, says FairPlay founder

South Africa is processing a new report produced by an independent panel that reviewed the current list of items exempted from value-added tax...

3 Sep 2018

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Zero-rated VAT items: how South Africa is going about expanding the list

South Africa is processing a new report produced by an independent panel that reviewed the current list of items exempted from value added tax (VAT)...

28 Aug 2018

Mark Kingon, Sars acting commissioner
Tobacco industry commits to working with Sars

The fight against illicit trade in cigarettes and other tobacco products has received a boost Sars, Tisa and the Fita agreeing to work together...

16 Aug 2018

Beyond B-BBEE: How to make supplier diversity part of your business DNA
Beyond B-BBEE: How to make supplier diversity part of your business DNA

Over the past decade, the procurement function has become an important vehicle for business transformation...

By Shereen Wardakan 15 Aug 2018

Rooting out devious traders
Rooting out devious traders

The MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs in KwaZulu-Natal, Sihle Zikalala, says the net is fast closing on dishonest traders...

8 Aug 2018

IoT and ERP combine for improved food traceability
IoT and ERP combine for improved food traceability

The Internet of Things (IoT) and its impact on food traceability will be instrumental in addressing everything from world hunger to improving food safety...

By Stuart Scanlon 8 Aug 2018

'Scotch whisky' now registered as a certification trademark in South Africa
'Scotch whisky' now registered as a certification trademark in South Africa

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has registered 'Scotch whisky' as a certification trademark in South Africa, which is the seventh largest Scotch whisky market by volume...

7 Aug 2018

NCR welcomes Supreme Court of Appeal judgment
NCR welcomes Supreme Court of Appeal judgment

The National Credit Regulator (NCR) on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court of Appeal's decision to grant it leave to appeal the Lewis Stores judgment on club fees and extended warranties...

1 Aug 2018

Newly launched Food Franchise Forum to represent SA's vital food sector
Newly launched Food Franchise Forum to represent SA's vital food sector

The Franchise Association of South Africa (Fasa) has announced the establishment of a Food Franchise Forum representing the majority of the household names in the casual dining and quick service restaurants sector...

18 Jul 2018

FairPlay demands enquiry into SA sugar tariff debacle
FairPlay demands enquiry into SA sugar tariff debacle

The FairPlay movement has called for a public enquiry into the fiasco that saw a zero tariff for sugar being set and gazetted in South Africa last year, which allowed importers to bring in and stockpile sugar duty-free...

16 Jul 2018

Informal traders march over By-law amendments
Informal traders march over By-law amendments

Hundreds of informal traders marched to the City Hall in Durban on Friday over new regulations they say will deprive them from earning a living...

By Nomfundo Xolo 6 Jul 2018

SA signing AfCFTA a significant step towards intra-African trade growth
SA signing AfCFTA a significant step towards intra-African trade growth

The signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement by President Ramaphosa on 1 July, at the 31st African Union Summit in Mauritania, is considered a significant step towards increased intra-African trade...

3 Jul 2018

Juliet Anammah
AfCFTA will foster partnerships among e-commerce firms: Jumia CEO

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement will encourage partnerships among e-commerce firms within the continent, and impact Nigeria's growing economy significantly, believes the CEO of Jumia Nigeria...

27 Jun 2018

Namibia: Barcode centre needed to boost local products on retail shelves
Namibia: Barcode centre needed to boost local products on retail shelves

The Namibia Trade Forum (NTF) is currently working on two projects to boost retail access of locally manufactured goods. These projects entail a feasibility study on establishing a Barcode Centre...

By Edgar Brandt 22 Jun 2018

Implement GDPR or organisations risk losing business
Implement GDPR or organisations risk losing business

For businesses around the world, including Africa, the implementation of the European Union's (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is particularly pertinent...

21 Jun 2018

New system for liquor licence
New system for liquor licence

The newly developed online renewal Case Management System (CSM) will see ease the process of liquor licence applications and renewals, said the National Liquor Authority...

21 Jun 2018

Why France banned meat names for vegetarian alternatives
Why France banned meat names for vegetarian alternatives

France recently passed an amendment to its Agriculture Bill. It prohibits any product that is largely based on non-animal ingredients from being labelled like a traditional animal product...

By Malte B. Rödl 1 Jun 2018

#AfricaMonth: Beware - Africa's brand growth comes with counterfeiting challenges
#AfricaMonth: Beware - Africa's brand growth comes with counterfeiting challenges

Africa is an ideal market for brand holders and counterfeiters as growth in brand investment creates demand...

By Vanessa Ferguson 25 May 2018

Nations in new push to boost intra-Africa trade
Nations in new push to boost intra-Africa trade

The AfCFTA's potential as a tool for driving industrialisation, economic diversification and development was highlighted at the start of the UN Economic Commission for Africa's Conference of Ministers...

By Benjamin Ouma 15 May 2018

Chasing zero: What will it take to improve food safety standards in SA?
Chasing zero: What will it take to improve food safety standards in SA?

The recent Listeria outbreak has resulted in consumers not just questioning food safety standards, but insisting on a zero-tolerance approach to bacterial contamination...

14 May 2018

New data protection guidelines for Africa launched
New data protection guidelines for Africa launched

The Internet Society and the African Union Commission launched new personal data protection guidelines for Africa at the Africa Internet Summit held in Dakar, Senegal this week...

10 May 2018

Mister-E via
Better governance can enhance an inclusive and just food system in South Africa

By understanding and working with different levels and spheres of government on, for example, land use, informal retailers and other food security issues, De Visser hopes to promote a more inclusive and just food system in South Africa...

By Mologadi Makwela 4 May 2018

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Dangerous hitchhikers: New measures to help stop the spread of plant pests across borders

The CPM has adopted new phytosanitary standards aimed at preventing destructive agricultural and environmental pests from jumping borders and spreading internationally...

24 Apr 2018

VAT hike should encourage importers to rethink traditional ways of doing business
VAT hike should encourage importers to rethink traditional ways of doing business

Given the challenging economic environment, many have dreaded the recent one percentage point increase of VAT in South Africa...

24 Apr 2018

Impact of food safety compliance on growth of food and beverage business
Impact of food safety compliance on growth of food and beverage business

We have, of late, experienced an alarmingly high number of food safety-related incidents, both in South Africa and globally. Re-establishing trust in the food safety industry is more necessary than ever...

By Roy Kirby 11 Apr 2018

Health tax deterrent goes up in smoke
Health tax deterrent goes up in smoke

The increase in excise tax on tobacco products above the inflation rate, announced in the Budget Speech in February, was erroneously lauded by tobacco control lobbyists...

11 Apr 2018

Should lab-grown meat be labelled as meat when it's available for sale?
Should lab-grown meat be labelled as meat when it's available for sale?

The influx of investment into lab-grown meats and the projected price drop have buttressed claims that synthetic meat products will be on sale within three years. Growing meat is a very different process from breeding and slaughtering animals...

By Hope Johnson 3 Apr 2018

Listeriosis: Food safety expert highlights need for clear government regulations
Listeriosis: Food safety expert highlights need for clear government regulations

Food safety expert Dr Lucia Anelich says the listeriosis outbreak in South Africa has shown the urgent need for appropriate microbiological regulations for processed meats...

By Michael Acott 22 Mar 2018

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