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Industry body wants Cuban engineers to go back home

Cuban engineers, who have been brought in to help improve service delivery in the Free State, ‘should not be allowed to practise in SA as they could not be registered by the Engineering Council of SA’


Nuclear not the full solution, former watchdog boss tells SA

Mohamed Elbaradei Picture: JAN POTGIETER/UJ

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohamed ElBaradei says nuclear is a clean form of energy, but there are major risks

Transport & Tourism

Sanral plans information sessions

Picture: SOWETAN

Certainty has been re-established on e-tolls, giving investors comfort, says Sanral


Founders need to let go, or face crisis and ruin

Joe Strummer and his punk band The Clash had just one number one hit single in the UK. Had they taken on competent managers they might have notched up a few more hits. Picture: REUTERS

At some point founders must accept that they can no longer do it all and they need to build a team around them, writes Andrew Robinson


Suppliers get blame for drug stockouts

PAIN KILLER: Long-term high-dose use of common painkillers are hazardous in terms of heart attack risk.   Picture: THINKSTOCK

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi cuts short overseas trip, but denies wide shortages — including antiretrovirals


Eskom could raise funds with Denel model

Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Power utility looks to Denel’s highly successful turnaround in the early 2000s, which included restructuring and international partnerships


Capitalists show little faith in free enterprise

Joseph Stiglitz. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Companies, despite their own behaviour, are an important social construct for public good


STREET DOGS: Study and practice

Michel Pireu: As Richard D Wyckoff pointed out in his 1925 classic, How I Trade and Invest In Stocks and Bonds, most of the fatalities in the stock market can be traced to a lack of knowledge and experience

 BMW’s branding message — with the tagline ‘sheer driving pleasure’ — focuses on the consumer’s experience, rather than the company’s illustrious history. Picture: REUTERS

Consumers don’t give a flying canary about legacy

Once you become conscious of the difference between legacy and innovation, you’ll start seeing it everywhere, writes Douglas Kruger

The Field Office

The power of passionate sales


Simple, feature-rich apps such as Field Office’s Honeybee provide tools for businesses that not only simplify sales but also help to bring passion back into selling

Brand Voice

Standard Bank

Joining agricultural value chain can bring exponential returns

Nico Groenewald, head of agribusiness at Standard Bank. Picture: STANDARD BANK

Farmers producing at commercially viable levels are confronted with need to make decisions about expanding beyond farm gate into rest of value chain

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Media & Advertising

Set-top boxes: e.tv tells court policy bars encryption ‘forever’


Battle has potentially far-reaching implications for broadcasters such as e.tv and the SABC


Apple the king of the brands as Chinese move into the top


African giant MTN drops off the latest dollar-based BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands list as rand swoons


Chevron ‘holding state to ransom’

Rod Crompton. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Energy official tells MPs the oil giant is refusing to invest in its Cape Town refinery until it secures a R2bn state subsidy


Six tips for becoming more visible at work


If you’re stuck in your boss’s shadow, here’s some advice on how to increase your visibility and network with the right people


SA hangs on to obsolete power plan as Eskom is left in the cold

Johan Muller: Who will pay for nuclear energy if more and more industrials and corporate businesses are weaning themselves from public sector-provided power?

Transport & Tourism

Applying for SA visas made easy for senior executives

Malusi Gigaba. Picture: Picture: SOWETAN FILE PHOTO/PETER MOGAKI

Premium, one-stop-shop for visa and permit renewals a partnership between the home affairs department, VFS Global and the Gauteng provincial government


Unions’ dispute may spur strike in sugar sector

Sugar cane. Picture: BLOOMBERG

Industrial action will compound the sugar industry’s woes at a time when it is yet to shake off the effects of a drought

Science & Environment

Nedbank ‘pays lip service to green policy’

May Boeve, global executive director of 350.org recently visited SA as part of a global drive to persuade investors in fossil fuels such as companies and banks to divest. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

While Standard Bank and Absa/Barclays also bankroll coal projects, Nedbank is being targeted particularly because it calls itself ‘the only green bank’, writes Charlotte Mathews

Land & Agriculture

Western Cape Farm Worker of Year winners to be announced soon

Picture: THE TIMES

Western Cape Government gearing up to launch Farm Worker of the Year competition


Accelerating adoption of fuel cell technology needs shift beyond platinum industry, says Amplats CEO

Chris Griffith. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Chris Griffith says there has to be collaboration within mining and with other industries, including oil companies, car manufacturers, retailers and government


EU conflict mineral law ‘will not affect SA’s gold miners’


Law will oblige importers of gold, tin, tungsten and tantalum into the EU to ensure their purchases are not contributing to conflict or human rights abuses


Specialised property on investors’ radar


Sector has potential to grow and Americans are ready, writes Alistair Anderson

Media & Advertising

Set-top boxes: e.tv squares up to government over its policy

Department of Communication Minister, Faith Muthambi addressing post cabinet media briefing at Imbizo Centre in Cape Town on Thursday. Picture: GCIS/NTSWE MOKOENA

Free-to-air channel e.tv says those who cannot afford to subscribe to pay-TV would end up with a second-rate viewing experience


Chamber of Mines says carbon tax will damage industry


Chamber of Mines urges government not to implement carbon tax next year, saying it will damage already financially-strained mining industry


Four ways to break the ice with strangers


Mingling with strangers can be difficult, but there are ways introverts can strike a balance between meeting new people and not having to initiate conversations


New Agoa deal expects more of SA but offers less, says Davies

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies launches the Buy SA Back campaign to increase South African exports to the rest of the continent, in Sandton on Tuesday. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies for the first time shows his disillusionment over African Growth and Opportunities Act concessions


Curse of the clever consultant

Author Duff McDonald says consultants have not behaved better than mercenaries, collecting huge fees for work of dubious worth. They have the chance to whisper into ears of power, and to exercise influence while being insulated from responsibility. Picture: SUPPLIED

We are yet to get a thorough and definitive analysis of how consulting firms have destroyed or created value in business, be it in the private or public sector, writes Epstein Vuyo Njokweni


Chamber of Mines urges carbon tax delay

Mike Teke. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Chamber of Mines president Mike Teke calls proposed tax an ‘absurdity’ in the light of heavy losses in the carbon-intensive industry

Transport & Tourism

Slashed e-toll fees set to lift confidence in Sanral

Front, from left, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas ahead of the e-tolls briefing. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Analysts call it a ‘start’ to repair agency’s reputation, but Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance says little changes


More black companies must tap into global markets

Africa is a good start but black-owned companies need to plant flags internationally


Code revisions on the right road, but vigilance still vital


In one cautionary tale the only beneficiaries of a BEE scheme were Mercedes-Benz Financial Services SA and the management companies … all of them white, writes Onkgopotse JJ Tabane


Black-owned media house ‘top priority’ for government

Faith Muthambi. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Transformation of media content and ownership heads government’s priorities for current financial year, says communications minister


Treasury to disclose what noncore state assets are to be sold

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Finance minister says Treasury will ‘soon’ present a paper to Cabinet about which noncore assets government plans to sell


NEWS ANALYSIS: State’s explanation on BEE bungle unconvincing

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

There is a great deal missing in the explanation from the department as to how the ‘mistake’ was made, writes Carol Paton

Growth Engines

Criminals and fraudsters need not apply

Kirsten Halcrow. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

Common checks include qualifications, identity document, fingerprint verification, credit checks and the increasingly important criminal record checks, writes Katy Chance


Pursuit of nuclear energy likely to be more wasted time


It is likely that SA’s attempts to order nuclear plants will collapse under the weight of the required finance and years will be wasted pursuing an impossible objective


Post office, Telkom, Eskom becoming obsolete

Debate about privatising parts of Eskom may be overtaken by events and the choices of thousands of individual consumers


CIPC in move to improve labour relations

Rory Voller. Picture: ROBERT TSHABALALA

Bid to stabilise labour relations at the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission on the heels of commissioner Astrid Ludin’s resignation


Nuclear procurement to start despite questions

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says procurement of nuclear power will start in July, even though it is unclear if whether SA can afford it.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Controversial energy policy has been fiercely debated with no evidence presented yet to show that it is affordable


Watchdog to target currency collusion


Trades by local and foreign companies to be investigated as commission probes price fixing in multibillion-rand foreign currency trading market


Chamber of Mines comes to members’ defence

Roger Baxter.  Picture: SOWETAN

There are potentially very serious repercussions for offshore-listed SA mining companies in brewing battle over differing views between government and industry on empowerment and compliance with Mining Charter


Cool brands set the tone for the offices of the future


Red Bull gives employees wings by providing more than 1,600m² of space at the harbour’s edge at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, writes Linda Trim

Transport & Tourism

Regulations bring drones down to earth


New regulations prohibit flying of a drone directly overhead any person or group of people or within a lateral distance of 50m from any person

Financial Services

Competition watchdog probes global banks over forex fixing

BEST PRACTICE: Competition Commission head Tembinkosi Bonakele says that regulation can be used by the state to tackle excessive pricing. Picture: PETER MOGAKI

Competition Commission opens investigation into foreign currency price fixing by several international banks


Nene says government will keep controlling stake in Eskom

Nhlanhla Nene.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says power shortages are biggest risk facing economy, key to resolving crisis is intervening to contain costs


Gwede Mantashe denies ‘neoliberal’ talk that ANC plans to privatise Eskom

Gwede Mantashe. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Secretary-general Gwede Mantashe says debate in the ruling party is about whether the government should consider the ‘Chinese option’


Vaal River City project gains traction

The Vaal River.  Picture: SOWETAN

New R11bn metro development, which will be built along Vaal River, set to move ahead as architectural master plan is delivered to development firm


Rising output turns screw on SA platinum sector

Heaps of platinum ore ahead of the concentration process. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Perfect storm of rising costs, labour unrest and weak prices push platinum companies into restructuring, but they’ve held off unleashing production cuts

Transport & Tourism

NEWS ANALYSIS: SAA bail-out now a battle between Comair and banks


Pretoria High Court hears how Standard, Absa, Nedbank and Citibank made loans worth billions to the national carrier that were to be guaranteed by the state, writes Andiswa Maqutu

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