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Bidcorp's Joffe to bow out and list new firm
Bidcorp's Joffe to bow out and list new firm

Bidcorp executive chairman Brian Joffe will step down at the end of June 2017, taking up the role of nonexecutive director of the foodservice company...

By Mark Allix 1 day ago

Angola gains cosmetics factory
Angola gains cosmetics factory

ABC Cosméticos has opened in Angola with a budget of $10 million and capacity to produce 8.840 tonnes per a year of five different products...

2 days ago

All bets on House of Kallie
All bets on House of Kallie

In 2015 I decided to do a short eight-week beginners course in jewellery-making. I ended up with torn nails, bruised hands and an appreciation of the hard work done by creators behind this artform...

By Robin Fredericks 23 Mar 2017

Water from Air technical director, Paul Raglan-Smith and CEO Ray de Vries with a mobile 1,500 litres per day machine designed and manufactured in South Africa.
Durban innovator presents a solution to water crisis

Durban businessman Ray de Vries believes that a solution to the Cape Town water crisis may be in the air around us...

22 Mar 2017

FASA urges franchisees to support local suppliers
FASA urges franchisees to support local suppliers

Franchising contributes almost 12.5% to South Africa's GDP but its potential lies not only in generating increased sales of products and services...

22 Mar 2017

May the best furniture win
May the best furniture win

Furniture designers are set to battle it out at the annual Furniture Design Competition hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (dti)...

17 Mar 2017

Panâh: An ethical fashion production house in Kenya
Panâh: An ethical fashion production house in Kenya

Founded by Morteza Saifi and Evgeniya Khromina, Panâh is an ethical fashion production house based in Nairobi, Kenya...

14 Mar 2017

Fry family celebrates 25 years of vegan food manufacturing
Fry family celebrates 25 years of vegan food manufacturing

Fry's Family Foods is a family-owned food company, begun in South Africa in 1992, and now an international supplier of vegan foods...

13 Mar 2017

Bowler Metcalf CEO Friedel Sass. Image source: Financial Mail
Bowler Metcalf posts loss after 'capricious' six months

Plastics packaging and soft-drink group Bowler Metcalf said on Friday that revenue grew 14% to R291m during the six months to end-December...

By Pericles Anetos 10 Mar 2017

SARS unravels SA clothing industry: Tax leakages, job losses blamed on illegal imports
SARS unravels SA clothing industry: Tax leakages, job losses blamed on illegal imports

On Friday the South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU) will march on SARS headquarters in Pretoria...

By Marianne Thamm 10 Mar 2017

Addis cracks international nod for ethical business practices, labour relations
Addis cracks international nod for ethical business practices, labour relations

Addis is the first South African-owned manufacturer to comply fully with the international requirements of the SEDEX Global Conformance Programme...

7 Mar 2017

Cointreau selects finalists in Creative Crew grant scheme
Cointreau selects finalists in Creative Crew grant scheme

The Cointreau Creative Crew (CCC) Grant Scheme, which sought to identify and empower female creativity across South Africa, has selected 15 finalists...

2 Mar 2017

#DesignMonth: Stacy Beukes puts a ring on Cape Flats culture and creativity
#DesignMonth: Stacy Beukes puts a ring on Cape Flats culture and creativity

Stacy Beukes is the curly-haired designer, manufacturer and owner of local jewellery brand A Ring To It. Raised on the Cape Flats...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 28 Feb 2017

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Bidcorp open to acquisitive and organic growth opportunities

Food services group Bid Corporation (Bidcorp), which was unbundled from industrial conglomerate Bidvest Group, grew its interim revenue 5% to R67.8bn...

By Pericles Anetos 24 Feb 2017

Coffee wars heat up – JDE vs Nestlé
Coffee wars heat up – JDE vs Nestlé

Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE) and global market leader Nestlé are in a market struggle, since the formation of JDE in 2015...

By Matthew Barry 24 Feb 2017

#DesignMonth: Love local, love sustainable, Love Milo
#DesignMonth: Love local, love sustainable, Love Milo

As we slowly wise up to the negative effects our growing consumerism has on the environment, it could be argued that the most progressive design is that which is sustainable...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 23 Feb 2017

Tiger Brands to exit controlling stake in Kenyan business
Tiger Brands to exit controlling stake in Kenyan business

Tiger Brands announced on Tuesday that it intended to spin its controlling stake in its Kenya-based Haco Tiger Brands to a local partner...

22 Feb 2017

Hendler & Hart to distribute Tefal, Krups cookware
Hendler & Hart to distribute Tefal, Krups cookware

The major provider of cookware globally, Groupe SEB, has entered into an agreement with South African cookware manufacturer, Hendler & Hart...

21 Feb 2017

Flying the flag at KITE
Flying the flag at KITE

Being held from 26-28 July at the Durban Exhibition Centre, the KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition (KITE) is a horizontal trade show that showcases industrial products, services and solutions targeted at industrial industries in the KwaZulu-Natal region...

Issued by Pyrotec 20 Feb 2017

Product inspection vital to reduce recalls in food manufacturing
Product inspection vital to reduce recalls in food manufacturing

Food safety is a key area of focus for manufacturers, brands and retailers alike. Consumers must trust the products they purchase, therefore if there is a quality issue...

By Neil Giles 15 Feb 2017

IKEA collaborates with Design Indaba to create IKEA's first all-African collection
IKEA collaborates with Design Indaba to create IKEA's first all-African collection

Design Indaba has announced its collaboration with global homeware giant IKEA to create IKEA's first-ever exclusive, all-African collection...

9 Feb 2017

Question marks over the future of AGOA
Question marks over the future of AGOA

One of the questions posed by Trump's team particularly probed AGOA, which gives some products made in Africa duty-free access to the US...

By Hamlet Hlomendlini 7 Feb 2017

CCDI Connect offers creative SMMEs an outlet to corporate, government buyers
CCDI Connect offers creative SMMEs an outlet to corporate, government buyers

To connect corporate, government and individual buyers to local creative SMMEs, the Cape Craft + Design Institute (CCDI) has launched its new subsidiary business...

3 Feb 2017

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Steinhoff-Shoprite deal no easy sell

Minority shareholders in Steinhoff and Shoprite remain unconvinced of the benefits of a proposed merger between the companies...

By Ann Crotty 1 Feb 2017

AVI CEO Simon Crutchley.
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Market backs AVI on solid interim outlook

Fast-moving consumer goods group AVI expects its headline earnings per share for the six months to end-December to have grown by up to 9% despite difficult trading conditions...

By Matthew Stevens 26 Jan 2017

Investing in skills development
Investing in skills development

Pyrotec invests in various training activities that include on-the-job training and ensuring staff are exposed to new systems and technologies. Additional training for personal development is also provided...

Issued by Pyrotec 24 Jan 2017

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Clover acquires Olive Pride

Clover Industries has acquired Olive Pride, a leading manufacturer and importer of olive oils, extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars and related products, from Southern Canned Products, a wholly owned subsidiary of AECI...

17 Jan 2017

An employee works on an ophthalmic lens at 'special glasses' laboratory of the Essilor factory, in Ligny-en-Barrois, eastern France | ©  | Jean-Christophe Verhaegen
French group Essilor to buy Ray-Ban maker Luxottica

PARIS - French lensmaker Essilor said Monday it has agreed to buy Italy's Luxottica, maker of Ray-Ban sunglasses, in a bid to create a new global giant in the sector...

16 Jan 2017

Surprise uptick at factories
Surprise uptick at factories

A recovery in agricultural output and the uptick in the mining sector could support demand going forward, BER economists predict...

By Asha Speckman 13 Jan 2017

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