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International standardisation a vital gateway for SA exports to grow
International standardisation a vital gateway for SA exports to growArticle

As much as South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has emphasised the need for South Africans to "buy local" to boost the country's ailing economy, exports remain crucial to the government's turnaround strategy...

Muhammad Ali 14 Apr 2021

Complying with the sub-contracting regulations in government tenders
Complying with the sub-contracting regulations in government tendersArticle

Most companies, submitting tenders for government contracts, are not even aware that they score zero points for B-BBEE, despite having a good B-BBEE Status Level Contributor, simply because, they've exceeded the regulated limitation, place on the allowable percentage of sub-contracting.

Gerrit Davids 19 Feb 2021

Lesser known property sub-sectors offer hope for battle-scarred investors
Lesser known property sub-sectors offer hope for battle-scarred investorsArticle

Despite the patchy property performance last year, there are still pockets of excellence for the smart investor...

Gary Palmer 8 Feb 2021

UIF launches e-Compliance Certificate online system
UIF launches e-Compliance Certificate online systemArticle

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has launched its highly anticipated e-Compliance Certificate online system, which will enable employers, small businesses and entrepreneurs to apply for a UIF compliance certificate without leaving home...

2 Feb 2021

WCPDF to tackle procurement - impeder or enabler - in final 'In Conversation' webinar
WCPDF to tackle procurement - impeder or enabler - in final 'In Conversation' webinarArticle

Earlier this year, the Draft Public Procurement Bill was published for public comment. The inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium (SIDSSA) was also launched from which minister of public works and infrastructure Patricia de Lille announced 276 projects...

16 Nov 2020

Large infrastructure projects - galvanising government into action
Large infrastructure projects - galvanising government into actionArticle

South Africa is facing a recession of enormous proportions following the Covid-19 health crisis which exacerbated our existing economic woes. Infrastructure-led economic growth is generally considered to be a very effective way...

Charles Marais 15 Sep 2020

#EvolutionOfWork: 2020 ushers in new importance for HR and payroll data
#EvolutionOfWork: 2020 ushers in new importance for HR and payroll dataArticle

This year will see HR and payroll data play a pivotal role in business, becoming an increasingly valuable asset that provides a snapshot overview of the current status of the business. This is according to Ian McAlister, general manager of CRS Technologies...

24 Jan 2020

Choosing the correct legal status of a business
Choosing the correct legal status of a businessArticle

Entrepreneurs who are starting new businesses are urged to carefully consider the legal status and type of business being registered...

21 Jan 2020

Consider integrated farming - Makgato
Consider integrated farming - MakgatoArticle

Women have been advised to take advantage of business opportunities in integrated farming...

Irene Kgakgamatso 28 Jun 2018

Pricing competition threatens generics
Pricing competition threatens genericsArticle

In the past decade, generic competition allowed millions of patients access to medicines for key therapeutic areas...

2 May 2018

ATI CEO, George Otieno and Benin president, Patrice Talon
Benin plans to stimulate economic growth through PPPsArticle

Benin's newly elected president, Patrice Talon, has launched a five-year programme which is strongly focused on public private partnerships (PPPs)...

20 Dec 2016

Hlaudi: SABC will now start DTT with five TV channels
Hlaudi: SABC will now start DTT with five TV channelsArticle

The SABC's chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng says the public broadcaster will now launch with only five TV channels once the long-delayed commercial start of South Africa's switch from analogue to digital...

Thinus Ferreira 21 May 2015

Government appears to be listening; SMEs encouraged to keep engaging with the State in 2015
Government appears to be listening; SMEs encouraged to keep engaging with the State in 2015Article

The 2015 Budget revealed a serious commitment from the state to growing small businesses - in this climate of constructive reform; SAICA's second SME survey could encourage the Department for Small Business Development (DSBD) to institute even more effective changes...

31 Mar 2015

Major changes needed with new BBBEE Codes
Major changes needed with new BBBEE CodesArticle

The amended Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) codes, which come into effect on 1 May 2015, will affect nine sectors within the South African economy...

4 Mar 2015

Allocate all Eskom and SAA shares to citizens
Allocate all Eskom and SAA shares to citizensArticle

South Africans in general and taxpayers in particular have become accustomed/hardened/seasoned to the perennial, colossal financial blunders otherwise known as South African Airways (SAA) and Eskom...

Temba Nolutshungu 9 Jan 2015

ART work in SA highlighted in 2014 World AIDS day
ART work in SA highlighted in 2014 World AIDS dayArticle

The pharmaceutical industry, in support of government, plays a key role in broadening access to ARTs in South Africa...

2 Dec 2014

Ascendis concludes two B-BBEE deals worth R140m
Ascendis concludes two B-BBEE deals worth R140mArticle

Ascendis Health has successfully concluded two separate B-BBEE deals to the combined value of R140m with BEE investment partners WDB Investment Holdings (WDBIH) and Senatla Capital...

28 Nov 2014

Mining, manufacturing remain marooned
Mining, manufacturing remain maroonedArticle

Dismal data‚ showing that both mining and manufacturing output contracted on an annual basis in August‚ highlight the continued vulnerability of SA's productive sectors.

Claire Bisseker 10 Oct 2014

Anton Ressel
Let's stop throwing stones in the wellArticle

There is a song called 'Traffic in the Sky' by laid-back musician Jack Johnson that contains a lyric that has always stuck with me...

Anton Ressel 4 Sep 2014

Ascendis Health, MIC in R200-million empowerment deal
Ascendis Health, MIC in R200-million empowerment dealArticle

Ascendis Health announced last week that it has concluded an agreement with the Mineworkers Investment Company (MIC), which will see the BEE ownership in Ascendis increase over a three-year period.

1 Jul 2014

New B-BBEE legislation can assist small business growth
New B-BBEE legislation can assist small business growthArticle

The negative perceptions in the small business arena around broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE), and the impact it has on the ability of smaller enterprises to compete for business, have been reduced by legislative changes that have given businesses more space to grow before compliance becomes an issue.

11 Apr 2014

Ascendis Health acquires Surgical Innovations
Ascendis Health acquires Surgical InnovationsArticle

Following on Ascendis Health's successful listing on the JSE Main Board in the pharmaceutical sector at the end of last week, the company has announced the 100% acquisition of specialist medical device company, Surgical Innovations for R336 million.

27 Nov 2013

Ed Herbst
A golden age of investigative reporting, then and nowArticle

This is a golden age for investigative reporting in South Africa. In the Muldergate era there were two enduring themes, apartheid itself and the Info Scandal.

Ed Herbst 1 Nov 2013

IAS Masterclass Reports unpack leadership styles, agency talent management
IAS Masterclass Reports unpack leadership styles, agency talent managementArticle

Independent Agency Search and Selection Company (IAS) hosted two Masterclasses recently; one on 'Best Leadership Styles within an Agency' and the other on 'Training Key to Agency Talent Management'.

30 Oct 2013

Anton Ressel
The rise of the pre-tendersArticle

The next generation of tenderpreneurs is waiting in the wings, and we should all be very worried.

Anton Ressel 26 Sep 2013

Certain manufacturing businesses lack BEE compliance - Levenstein
Certain manufacturing businesses lack BEE compliance - LevensteinArticle

Most large manufacturing companies comply with B-BBEE requirements. However, many small to medium-sized manufacturing businesses, with a turnover of more than R35 million, are falling short and are losing contracts as a result.

21 Jun 2013

SA's solar energy market finally heating up, according to expertsArticle

Solar energy, one of our most abundant locally sourced energy resources, plays a critical role in South Africa today. Experts are, therefore, welcoming the growing interest by developers and investors.

Edwin Koot 1 Feb 2013

Minister asked to establish free SMS line for the deaf
Minister asked to establish free SMS line for the deafArticle

Deaf people in Mpumalanga have asked Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana to establish a free SMS line they can use to report crime.

Siphiwe Nyathi 14 Dec 2012

Minister asked to establish free SMS line for the deafArticle

MBOMBELA: Deaf people in Mpumalanga have asked Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana to establish a free SMS line they can use to report crime.

Siphiwe Nyathi 13 Dec 2012

Tenders benefit only a few: JansenArticle

Government tenders and political friends can only help a few people to be successful, University of the Free State Rector Jonathan Jansen said last week.

5 Nov 2012

A Rolls Royce paid with shoddy housesArticle

Building contractor Mabongi "Shauwn" Mpisane had just turned 22 when she was registered as a shareholder in a company that would eventually bag several huge government contracts. To date the company, Zikhulise Cleaning, Maintenance and Transport, has been awarded about R500m worth of municipal and provincial government tenders to build low-cost houses, schools and renovate hospitals.

Matthew Savides and Bongani Mthethwa 22 Oct 2012

Quality standards enhances market access - SABSArticle

During the 2012 Budget Speech by the minister of finance, it was announced that infrastructure development and manufacturing will receive a large portion of government funding in order to drive economic growth. This announcement will inspire many entrepreneurs to explore opportunities at a rapid rate as expressed during the 4th Tshwane International Trade and Infrastructure Investment Conference which took place from 23-25 May 2012.

6 Jun 2012

Government tenders boost tractor sales, Saama
Government tenders boost tractor sales, SaamaArticle

According to Business Live, South African Agricultural Machinery Association (Saama) data showed that tractor sales rose 43.5% to 528 units last month, compared with 368 units sold in the comparative period of 2011. Tractor sales were up 38.3% to 2,763 units, from 1,998 units in the same period last year.

9 May 2012

SARS to tighten tax collection laws
SARS to tighten tax collection lawsArticle

The South African Revenue Service has vowed to enhance its tax collection laws in a renewed bid to target wealthy individuals who are said to be costing the country millions of rands every year through tax evasion.

2 Apr 2012

[2012 trends] To fret or not to fret?
[2012 trends] To fret or not to fret?Article

If you're viewing 2012 with trepidation, you're not the only one. The long and the short of it is that 2012 is a year of reining in spending for all so we can expect marginal media products to be shut, retrenchments and other forms of cost-cutting. But it's not all gloomy as I peer into the crystal ball, so let's look first at the sunnier spots for South African media this year.

Gill Moodie: @grubstreetSA 11 Jan 2012

Deloitte assists municipality in prosecuting tender fraudArticle

Despite the adequate legislation to combat corruption and supply chain management irregularities, the processes and systems to implement the legislation have not been adequately designed to allow transgressors to be brought to book. Deloitte has now designed such systems to assist Saldanha Bay Municipality to prosecute and discipline those found to have put the municipality at risk amounting to more than R50 million.

21 Sep 2011

[Flux Trends] Is SA sliding towards a banana republic?
[Flux Trends] Is SA sliding towards a banana republic?Article

[Flux Trends] Malema's behaviour, politically infested tenders, out-of-control blue light convoys, Zuma's polygamy and infidelity, the ANC's judiciary and media encroachment and many more current strange events could be the signs that South Africa is slowly but surely becoming a banana republic, City Press editor Ferial Haffajee told delegates attending the 2010 Flux Trend Review at the University of Johannesburg this morning, Thursday, 25 February 2010.

Issa Sikiti da Silva 25 Feb 2010

Health Department tackles medicine price fixingArticle

The Department of Health has vowed to get rid of price fixing by pharmaceutical companies in the country's health industry.

Gabi Khumalo 14 Feb 2008

Botswana hospitality industry poised for growthArticle

The Botswana hospitality industry is one of the country's growth areas – and Compass Botswana has identified function catering and remote site catering as two further opportunities for growth.

5 Nov 2007

Louise Burgers
ACA tells parliament its BEE Scorecard is readyArticle

Today is D-day for the marketing and advertising industry as parliamentary hearings commence for the report-back on transformation. The Association for Communication & Advertising (ACA) was first up and revealed that its BEE Scorecard for the advertising industry is ready.

Louise Marsland 18 Oct 2004

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