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Telecoms & Technology

Firms in developing countries steer clear of digital

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World Bank report says protection from domestic and foreign competition behind reluctance to adopt new digital technologies

Innovation

African animator focuses on changing impressions about SA

Cape Town-based animation studio Triggerfish created Stick Man in collaboration with London-based Magic Light Studios. The  animated version of the children’s book was screened on BBC One. Picture: © ORANGE EYES LIMITED 2015

Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest believes animation is an avenue to shifting the way in which the world perceives SA

Innovation

Bitcoin at risk as developers quarrel over system

Mike Hearn, a lead developer of bitcoin (inset), has quit the virtual currency project after a feud erupted over processing limits.  Pictures: YOUTUBE, BLOOMBERG

‘Rampant censorship’ and nasty fights tear at small brotherhood of bitcoin developers and raise questions about virtual currency’s survival, writes Nathaniel Popper

Innovation

BMW holds back as rivals steal a marque on fuel cell vehicles

BMW Hydrogen car. Picture: BLOOMBERG/ADAM BERRY

BMW on brakes until next generation of fuel-cell development under way with research partner Toyota, writes Michael Taylor

Innovation

Cellphone tech sparks innovation in Africa

Mark Essien, who created one of the first hotel-booking websites in Nigeria, is one of a new breed of entrepreneurs contributing to building an information technology ecosystem across sub-Saharan Africa. Picture: SUPPLIED

Start-ups drive social and economic transformation across sub-Saharan Africa, ploughing new trade routes and seeking breakthrough innovations, writes William Wallis

National

Government will heed pleas for regulatory certainty, Zwane tells Mining Indaba

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane delivers the opening address at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Monday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane says his department will finalise amendments to the law ‘as a matter of urgency’

Economy

South African consumers say SA in recession, according to survey

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Of those surveyed, 83% said they had changed their spending patterns due to economic woes, and spent less on takeaways, new clothes and home entertainment

Opinion

Guptas are just tip of iceberg of political patronage

Devil in a business suit usually colludes with Faustian elements in ANC, private sector and hidden policy communities

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: BLOOMBERG/SIMON DAWSON

Uncritical business acts as a Band-Aid on ailing policies

Lack of coherent business strategy or effective organisation to make strong case for how to achieve high and inclusive growth deprives South Africa, writes Ann Bernstein

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

CDH stays a step ahead in a challenging environment for miners

Allan Reid. Picture: CDH

Newly rebranded Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr has its eye on the future, helping mining clients in SA and Africa with both large transactions and everyday matters

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KPMG

KPMG Mining Risk Survey: SA’s long-term fundamentals are strong

There is room for optimism about the future of the local mining sector, despite the economic, political and industrial challenges facing SA

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Mining

SA’s mining sector has bled 47,000 jobs in three years

The bill confirms the practice of allowing investors, including mining houses, to freely repatriate returns, subject to taxation and applicable legislation.  Picture:MARIANNE PRETORIUS

Chamber of Mines CEO Roger Baxter says costs have risen 20% a year, driven mostly by electricity prices, putting large swathes of production under water

National

Presidency in race to placate Cosatu on tax

Jeff Radebe. Picture: GCIS

Possible delay of March 1 launch date would require law amendment be rushed through Parliament and signed off by President Jacob Zuma

Trade & Industry

US opens up for more of SA’s goods

Rob Davies. Picture: GCIS

Agoa thaw leads to discussion on access for more farm produce to enter US market duty free under trade accord

Opinion

Industry can help Zuma to fashion address

Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies and Mining Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Big business should not squander opportunity to influence content of possibly most important state of the nation address since Jacob Zuma took office

The South African supermarket industry remains concentrated, with large, well-known names dominating this space. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Groceries sector needs fewer walls

Consumers and suppliers benefit greatly from vigorous competition between grocery retailers, write Reena Das Nair and Shingie Chisoro

Mining

Pakistan power giant favours SA as source

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Pakistan's biggest sources of power in the next decade expected to be coal and imported liquefied natural gas, with numerous coal-fired projects in planning stage

Mining

Mining industry has itself to blame for glut, says Cutifani

Anglo CEO Mark Cutifani.  Picture: REUTERS/MARK WESSLES

Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani does not expect a reversal of the commodities price slump any time soon and says 2016 looks set to be the ‘most challenging yet’

Telecoms & Technology

Information and communication technology ‘not a national priority’

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A new study focused on the Western Cape shows massive leadership discontinuity in the ICT sector, with at least six ministers of communications having served since 2009

Management

Seven tips for firing someone the right way

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Here are seven tips on the best way to decide to let a low performer go

Mining

Emerging coal exporters face tough year ahead

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Department of Mineral Resource offers some relief for junior miners who fall short of Eskom’s Quattro coal concession

Land & Agriculture

SA will not declare national disaster over drought

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Government will not declare national disaster in response to worst drought in a century as it hopes ample late rains will continue to improve situation, says deputy minister of agriculture Bheki Cele

Mining

Coega is best-connected industrial or special economic zone in Africa

South African-built FAW trucks outside the plant in the Coega IDZ.  Picture: FAW SA

Few commodity exporters have invested in their infrastructure like SA has to provide a foundation for the beneficiation of minerals, writes Sadick Davids

Transport & Tourism

Further visa concessions possible for travellers from Russia, India and China

Mkuseli Apleni, left.  Picture: SOWETAN

SA is considering granting visas on arrival to travellers with permits in their passports to travel to countries that impose ‘stringent checks on visitors’

Land & Agriculture

Bitter harvest as dry spell squeezes sugar cane farmers

Trix Trikam. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

South Africa sugar cane crop at lowest in 21 years as industry battles crippling drought

National

Business leaders to share lunch and concerns with president

Jacob Zuma. Picture: BLOOMBERG/WALDO SWIEGERS

Jacob Zuma’s luncheon follows meeting with 60 CEOs hosted by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to find a way to avert a sovereign debt downgrade

Land & Agriculture

Food costs fall to lowest since 2009

Women work in a cauliflower field in Kolkata, India, on Thursday.  Picture: REUTERS

United Nations says factors behind the decline in food-commodity prices are ample agricultural supply, a slowing global economy and a stronger dollar

Transport & Tourism

Nationwide hits broke SAA with damages suit

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Defunct carrier Nationwide Airlines seeks R325m in damages over SAA’s abuse of dominant position

Energy

Eskom updates system ahead of hearings

Brian Molefe. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

CE Brian Molefe says utility has clocked up almost six months without load shedding and trend set to continue

Business

Cartel watchdog gets World Bank nod

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SA’s competition bodies not doing too badly in opening up closed markets, writes Hilary Joffe

Economy

Conditions in private sector still deteriorating but at a slower pace

Deputy competition commissioner Trudi Makhaya.

Business confidence levels remain weak, which will translate into lower spending on investment and job creation and subsequently in low growth

Financial Services

Banking Association SA unhappy with provisions in financial bill

Banking Association of South Africa MD Cas Coovadia. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

The Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment Bill will require that banks give special scrutiny to politically influential individuals

Financial Services

Banks resist tighter surveillance of VIPs

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Definition proposed in Fica amendment broader than ‘politically exposed persons’ used internationally

Opinion

E-mails provide secure harness in Cliff case

Gareth Cliff. Picture: THE TIMES

E-mail correspondence in Gareth Cliff court challenge shows clear intention he would be a judge on Idols 2016, and M-Net’s conduct proved this

Property

Delays rob student housing providers of rent

Students at the Vaal University of Technology. A freeze in fees means more students, who will need more accommodation, industry professionals say.  Picture: SOWETAN

Protests and registration delays leave student housing providers out of pocket even as overall bed shortage grows

Energy

Tax experts unimpressed with solar energy incentive

Solar energy. Picture: REUTERS/REGIS DUVIGNAU

Deloitte says an additional tax deduction, rather than an accelerated one, would be more effective in encouraging the adoption of solar energy

Opinion

STRAIGHT TALK: Ever had that deflated feeling?

Even stock markets are experiencing year-on-year negative returns. Unheard of, it won’t last! But it could

Opinion

ON WORK: Liberating gloves-off retort to advertiser’s threat after column

Whiff of whiplash-smart Whitman behind marketing and communications at Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Opinion & Analysis

Insurers need more data to combat overregulation

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There is no empirical evidence to support malpractice allegations that seem to demand all this costly bureaucratic intervention, writes Gerrit J Sandrock

Industrials

Quality sacrificed for pricing in infrastructure projects

Lynne Pretorius. Picture: SUPPLIED

Private sector needs to raise investment in public infrastructure to alleviate strain as state’s coffers run dry

Transport & Tourism

Tourism ‘will take years to recover’ from visa issues

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Tourism industry boss welcomes South African visa regulatory concessions but says the industry will take years to recover from onerous requirements

Financial Services

Offshore funds burst through Reserve Bank limits

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Currency plunge has caused bulge in foreign investment portfolios, writes Moyagabo Maake

Financial Services

Treasury lends bankers an ear on finance act

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Top Treasury official warns South Africa has fallen behind international best practice

Retail & Consumer

Hipster culture gives firms a run for money

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Younger consumers are rejecting big companies in search of alternatives, write Scheherazade Daneshkhu and Lindsay Whipp

Energy

Black businesses seek greater participation in nuclear build programme

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The Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA and the Black Business Council have created a business nuclear energy desk

Management

Now job hoppers calling the tune

Teenagers’ love of electronic devices, especially smartphones, makes it easy for their parents to snoop on them. Picture: THINKSTOCK

Losing and acquiring new employees is costly, even more so for management jobs, writes Sarah Grant

Industrials

Metals sector to see structural shifts

Steel coils.  Picture: BLOOMBERG

As globalisation speeds up South Africa must upgrade plants, stabilise supply and ensuring high-quality product

Retail & Consumer

Milk glut sees cut in price and earnings

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Current oversupply of milk is good news for consumers, who can expect to pay lower prices, but not for shareholders of Clover Industries

Land & Agriculture

A quarter less maize than last year likely to be reaped in SA in 2016

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The forecast harvest, which the Crop Estimates Committee says will be the smallest crop since 2007, is 8.5% above market expectations of 6.86-million tonnes

Business

SA failing at supporting global innovation through domestic policy

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A new ITIF report urges policy makers to treat innovation as being as important as trade for optimising global growth

Land & Agriculture

Drought and poor control of boreholes add to crisis

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Dwindling water resources coupled with poor management of boreholes threaten country’s underground water supply

Land & Agriculture

Wine industry urged to innovate

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Wine makers urged to call ‘retail gatekeepers on your side and use native varietals’ to combat tough time ahead

Energy

Eskom gets tough with defaulting local governments

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Utility says five Northern Cape municipalities will be disconnected during peak-time electricity supply as they have defaulted on payment terms and arrangements

Standard Bank

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