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Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies briefs media regarding plans to improve trade ties between South Africa-Japan, on Friday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Minister called to explain developments at CIPC

Parliamentary committee asks trade and industry minister to discuss Companies and Intellectual Property Commission after commissioner resigns

Labour

Workers expected to meet to discuss way forward at Medupi

Eskom's Medupi power plant.  Picture: SOWETAN

National Union of Metalworkers of SA says all unions represented at construction site continued to consult members amid labour disruptions

Business

CIPC head blames Davies for ‘unacceptable’ lack of support

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies engages in sharp exchange of words with outgoing company watchdog head Astrid Ludin over role of Nehawu in her departure

Telecoms & Technology

Websites prepare for Google’s ‘mobilegeddon’

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Search engine is changing its algorithm to favour sites that look good on smartphones, move is expected to have far-reaching effect on website operators

Energy

SA companies come to Eskom’s rescue

Koeberg nuclear power station at sunset.

Petrochemicals company Sasol becomes the latest company to conclude a power purchase agreement when it reached a deal to supply up to 440MW of power to the grid

National

Court rules against RAF in grants case

WRECKED: The Road Accident Benefit Scheme Bill aims to compensate victims efficiently, without costly litigation. Picture: DAILY DISPATCH

Road Accident Fund argues foster care grants paid to guardian of orphaned children should be deducted from R112,942 payout

Transport & Tourism

From sugarcane to hustle and bustle

Durban harbour. Picture: THE TIMES

KwaZulu-Natal’s northern coastal corridor, stretching from Durban to Ballito, is where it is all happening as sugarcane plantations make way for residential, commercial and industrial development

Opinion

PAVLO’S PERSPECTIVE: Selling products by creating stories

As a third generation, family-owned winery, Van Loveren Family Vineyards engaged both sides of the brain to build a formidable capability in an industry they understand intimately, writes Pavlo Phitidis

Johannes Grosskopf, PwC banking and capital markets leader for Africa, left, and Peter Schlebusch, CEO of Standard Bank’s personal and business banking division. File pictures: ROBERT TSHABALALA

Insurers and banks look to start-ups

Trend is considered particularly pertinent to financial services in Africa, where cellphone use is growing strongly

Standard Bank

The correct financing for a franchise can heighten chances for success

Ethel Nyembe. Picture: STANDARD BANK

Careful evaluation and management of the numerous options available to fund a franchise should see you on the path to commercial success and wealth

Featured Partner

Growth Engines

Singing the praises of Bayede! wines

Antoinette Vermooten in front of the Bayede! wine range, boasting King Zwelithini's family crest. Picture: DOMINIC PREUSS

Crafters were paid R300,000 for beadwork supplied for Bayede! wines last year, writes Penny Haw

Business

Business cannot operate ‘in environment of violence’, says Chamber of Mines

Smoke rises from a burning vehicle as South Africans stand in the morning light after they attacked and burned vehicles and buildings in the area following another night of xenophobic related violence in downtown, Johannesburg.  Five people have been killed nationally during recent xenophobia attacks that started in the port city of Durban. Picture:  EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Chamber of Mines CE Bheki Sibiya says attacks on foreign nationals are harming interests of business, also having negative effect on job creation

Books

BOOK REVIEW: The Innovators

Bill Gates. Picture: BLOOMBERG

Plucking ideas out of thin air to create a revolution. Walter Isaacson suggests ideas are a serendipitous blend of geopolitical events, cultural trends, the development of symbiotic industries and the power of collaboration, writes David Gorin

Opinion & Analysis

Why new BEE codes will pull the rug from under business

Picture: THINKSTOCK

A frank national conversation needs to be had about the dysfunctional state of SA’s affirmative action policy, writes Loane Sharp

Business

Small businesses need to prepare for tough times ahead, warn experts

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Business leaders say there are strong indications second quarter could be especially challenging for ‘vulnerable’ SMEs as cost of doing business is set to rise

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Google case spotlights decline of shopping sites

Biggest antritrust battle in a decade centres on comparison-shopping websites which have been crushed by rise of new ways of finding goods and services online

Growth Engines

Putting African luxury on the throne

The Bayede! range  extends from quality wines to clothing, giving resourceful individuals access to markets abroad. Picture:

There is more to the brand than wine. The Bayede! range includes luxury clothing, leatherwork, pottery, textiles, jewellery and an assortment of custom-packaged Rooibos tea, writes Penny Haw

Management

Six ways to avoid burning out at work

Picture: THE NEW YORK TIMES/TONY CENICOLA

Even if you love your job, you need to take a break to recharge, if you find your work saps your energy, you may need to rethink your career

Transport & Tourism

CemAir mulls new routes to small towns

Roger Foster. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

The only airline in SA that allows pets on board may expand to other small towns following requests for Kimberly and Hoedspruit routes

Business

WATCH: The Week That Was

Watch Simon Brown, Giulietta Talevi and Sasfin's David Shapiro as they round up The Week That Was, discussing Brait; Evraz; SAA; Eskom; Mario Draghi and Old Mutual

Business

Office chair is designed to keep to you focused on your work

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Brody — play on words ‘body’ and ‘brain’ — is pod-like workstation shielded from view by screens on about three sides, intended to calm anxiety in workers

Business Times

State oil plans 'will put SA on slippery slope'

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Fuel industry body warns that new facility will undercut local viability and harm SA in the long term, writes Chris Barron

Energy

Energy minister’s new plans for electricity lauded

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: BUSINESS DAY

Renewable energy projects are set to benefit private sector, with more bidding processes in the offing

Management

Your brand is more than just a hashtag

Picture: THINKSTOCK

It’s easy to miss customer insights by failing to track the right keywords, and even easier to become overwhelmed by useless info if you track too many, writes Gordon Geldenhuys

Energy

Eskom load-shedding avoids total blackout

An Eskom employee at work at Eskom's Medupi power station.  Picture: SOWETAN

Power utility’s generating capacity falls to record lows this week with close to 50% of plants out of service

Energy

Eskom announces stage 1 load-shedding for Thursday

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Power utility implements stage 1 load-shedding after minister apologises to the country for continuing blackouts

Energy

Minister to ask Cabinet for additional board members for Eskom

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown addresses the media on Wednesday during an update on the electricity crisis.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Public enterprises minister apologises to SA for continuing load-shedding, says she will approach Cabinet with request to place additional members on Eskom board

Energy

Johannesburg to save power with load-limiting meters

Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

The new initiative is part of the new power capacity strategy to mitigate the effect of load shedding on SA’s industrial hub

Business

Business registration looks set to take half the time

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Biometric verification set to revolutionise key problem area of time-consuming company registrations

Telecoms & Technology

SA drops in ranks of ICT-savvy states

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Broadband costs in SA are ranked among the world’s highest, which adds to the cost of doing business and prevents wider use of the internet

Energy

MPs grill Joemat-Pettersson, hint at corruption

Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: GCIS

First substantial criticism of Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson’s own party since she took the post last year

National

Industrial parks were neglected, Zulu admits

Lindiwe Zulu. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Barrage from Democratic Alliance prompts Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu to admit township industrial parks are in dire straits

Energy

Eskom gives in and reinstates Medupi staff

An Eskom employee at work at Eskom's Medupi power station.  Picture: SOWETAN

Numsa requests an urgent meeting with Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown to discuss the situation before Eskom volte-face

Economy

Electricity crisis prompts IMF to cut SA’s growth forecast to 2%

Pedestrians walk by the International Monetary Fund headquarters during the 2015 IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington, DC, the US,  on Tuesday. The meetings end on Sunday. Picture: EPA/SHAWN THEW

The latest forecasts are in line with most others, including those of the Treasury

Opinion

STRAIGHT TALK: An alternative to privatisation

There are specific cases where the arguments are overwhelmingly in favour of government-business partnerships

Opinion

ON THE MONEY: The real Eskom story is: the money

Eskom is bleeding cash for its new build programme, the massively delayed and over budget Kusile and Medupi power stations

Economy

Get a grip on power supply, SA warned

Francisco Ferreira. Picture: WORLD BANK

Do not gloss over severe damage to economy, says World Bank, forecasts economic growth at about 2% this year

Energy

Eskom announces stage 2 load-shedding for Wednesday

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Blackouts expected to continue until 10pm, changes on already vulnerable power system could lead to change in stage of load-shedding at short notice

Media & Advertising

Digital migration faces new delay

Faith Muthambi. Picture: SIYABULELA DUDA

E.tv takes fight to courts over key elements of controversial policy on digital broadcasting and set-top box control

Financial Services

Banks ombud in push for deposit insurance

Banking customers. Picture: THINKSTOCK

Ombudsman’s call for new measure echoes similar calls from the International Monetary Fund that SA introduce a safety net for customers if their bank fails

Opinion

ON THE WATER: The state is dead, long live business

Jacob Zuma. Picture: KOPANO TLAPE

Citizens have cause to protest against the triumph of ignorance over reason at the University of Cape Town, a faux monarch defiling the constitution, and mindless mobs running amok

Opinion

ON WORK: Pearl anniversary means my workplace has been my oyster

Most workplaces are now relatively meritocratic; the hopeless are usually encouraged to shuffle off and be hopeless somewhere else

Trade & Industry

Chicken dispute unlikely to scuttle trade boon

Michael Froman. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/GABRIELLA DEMCZUK/AFP

South African trade negotiators have dodged a bullet in a hostile Washington, writes Simon Barber

Trade & Industry

Car show canned as events queue up

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Naamsa confirms cancellation of Johannesburg International Motor Show, citing costs as main reason

Business

CIPC commissioner tenders resignation

Companies and Intellectual Property Commission commissioner Astrid Ludin says she is resigning, there ‘seems to be concentrated effort’ to remove her

Trade & Industry

Agoa bill proposes three-year timeline for SA

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

US’s renewal proposal makes it easier for the trade representative to take action against countries that fail to comply with the Agoa eligibility criteria

Transport & Tourism

SAA’s latest plan: privatise some bits

Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Airline carrier SAA will by the end of this month submit recommendations to the Treasury on the parts it could sell

Business Times

Land claim puts brake on innovative energy plant

Picture: THINKSTOCK

A KWAZULU-Natal sugar-cane farmer's grand plan to build an R800-million renewable energy plant on his farm could be thwarted by a massive land claim that could swallow the entire earmarked property

Business

Brics set to name bank executives

Picture: REUTERS

Brazil, Russia, India, China, SA governments agree to name representatives to $50bn development bank by end of April

National

Joburg residents will not be in the dark

Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

City Power says residents will not experience power cuts as Johannesburg will implement load-limiting, ripple control measures

Industrials

Anglo roots for fuel-cell platinum demand in electric cars

Amplats has four fuel cell-powered locomotive prototypes on trial at its underground ‘training’ operation at Rustenburg

Car makers must expand offerings of fuel-cell vehicles or risk being pushed out of burgeoning electric-car market, according to world’s biggest producer of platinum

Trade & Industry

Agoa renewal could jeopardise SA-EU trade agreements

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies briefs the media on the amended black economic empowerment act on Tuesday.  Picture: GCIS

US poultry council demands 125 000 tonnes of frozen chicken portions, while the SA poultry association proposes 45 000 tonnes

Business

Business condemns xenophobic attacks, warns of dire consequences

Children eat a meal provided by members of the community in Isipingo, south of Durban. Several hundred foreign nationals have sought refuge in the tents after xenophobia driven violence forced them to flee their homes and businesses. Picture: REUTERS/ROGAN WARD

Business joins growing number of people condemning attacks on foreign nationals

Transport & Tourism

SAA ‘in partnership talks with Air China’

Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Discussions could see the two airlines set up new African hubs and may pave the way for the Asian carrier to take a stake in SAA, according to unnamed sources

Europe

Rise in new car sales in Europe bodes well for SA exports

Picture: REUTERS

West European new car market sees registrations rise by 10.6% year on year in March to 1.6-million units, which bodes well for platinum price, exports

Trade & Industry

Treasury misses deadline on SAA board

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

SAA to provide update on its 90-day action plan on Thursday, it is unclear if a new board will be announced

Management

Four tips to find the right career coach

Picture: THE NEW YORK TIMES/TONY CENICOLA

Professionals can help you navigate midcareer crisis or reinvention, but you will need to do your homework to find ‘the one’

Labour

Numsa’s thumbs down to Eskom deal stokes union friction

Eskom's Medupi power plant.  Picture: SOWETAN

National Union of Metalworkers of SA members unanimously resolve not to go back to work at Eskom's Medupi site

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