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Business

Brics set to name bank executives

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

Transport & Tourism

SAA’s latest plan: privatise some bits

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

Trade & Industry

Agoa bill proposes three-year timeline for SA

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

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

National

Joburg residents will not be in the dark

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

Energy

Friday brings more load-shedding

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Power utility Eskom announces stage 1 load-shedding from 6am until 10pm

Opinion

Small farmers need access to markets

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Organised agriculture has also been heavily involved in training many developing farmers, but the gap in market access remains

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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

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

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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

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Your brand is more than just a hashtag

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

Editorials

EDITORIAL: SA a laggard in ICT

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It is disturbing to see that SA has fallen five places in network readiness rankings

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

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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

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

Telecoms & Technology

SA drops in ranks of ICT-savvy states

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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

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

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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

Growth Engines

Sky Messaging flies flag of transparency and flexibility

Thomas Kritzer, MD of Sky Messaging, and his pilot Daniel MacArthur. The advertising company uses a custom-made system to track and measure all its flights. Picture: SUPPLIED

New GeoNotification app means clients receive text notifications when their airborne banner nears its target, writes Penny Haw

National

Township industrial parks a missed opportunity, says DA

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Pennyville and Orlando West industrial parks in Soweto are ‘run-down, lack basic infrastructure, security and cleansing services, and are severely over-crowded’

Management

Top tips that will help you get your office green

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Being environmentally friendly doesn’t mean creating a bland office — there are plenty of ways you can spice up your space, writes Kayla Matthews

Labour

More woes at Medupi as Eskom meets union

Eskom's Medupi power plant.  Picture: SOWETAN

Thousands of Medupi workers join in sympathy strike action with 1,700 colleagues, who are not at work pending disciplinary action

Opinion

EDITORIAL: Delays imperil SA’s digital migration

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By the time SA’s migration from analogue to digital television happens the ‘new’ technology will be redundant

Opinion

Evidence shows BEE-for-a-few canard does not fly

Mountains of evidence show BEE is benefiting many people in SA, not just a few

Transport & Tourism

SAA ‘in partnership talks with Air China’

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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

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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

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

Opinion

SA needs black industrialists with new mind-set

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SA’s black entrepreneurs have come to know one market for their goods and services — the government and its procurement processes

Opinion

The tax numbers told a story, but what was the story?

It was unusually difficult to puzzle out what that story in this year’s revenue numbers really was

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

Trade & Industry

SA and US edge closer to settlement on chicken dispute

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Negotiators for SA and US chicken industries have agreed on principles for settling dispute that has been threatening SA’s preferential access to the US market

Growth Engines

The sky’s the limit for innovative pair

When Carfinder founder Frank McDouall got together with Sky Messaging’s Thomas Kritzer, it was not long before both their businesses took off. Picture: SUPPLIED

Thomas Kritzer of Sky Messaging and Frank McDouall of Carfind.co.za work well together because they think differently, writes Penny Haw

Management

Four types of questions can lead to better decisions

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Leaders need to encourage people to ask more questions based on goals they are trying to achieve rather than rushing to deliver results

Telecoms & Technology

Project Isizwe has more than 500,000 unique users

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Company that rolled out free Wi-Fi in City of Tshwane attains ‘huge milestone’ by breaking half-a-million mark for unique users

National

Defaulting municipalities have capacity problems, says Salga

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Eskom plans to impose scheduled interruptions to bulk services to the top 20 defaulters

Trade & Industry

Davies decries SA fruit growers’ decision over Spain

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

Citrus growing industry to end exports through Spain because of objections to fruit with the black spot fungus

Americas

Barriers to SA markets a concern for US

Joe Biden. Picture:AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI

US Vice-President Joseph Biden highlights the urgency of Agoa trade talks while trade office report details an array of complaints against SA’s policies

Financial Services

Move to end cheap sales of seized assets

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

Banking Association of SA MD Cas Coovadia warns against further regulation of an already over-regulated sector

Telecoms & Technology

Networks fight to keep lucrative data deals

Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Consumer commission faces uphill struggle to find alternatives, writes Thabiso Mochiko

Labour

Labour dispute halts construction at Medupi

Medupi power station. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES/KEVIN SUTHERLAND

National Union of Metalworkers of SA says site is not operational, workers are in negotiations with contractors, Eskom

Transport & Tourism

Union worried as hunt to find new Prasa CEO starts

Lucky Montana. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Prasa CEO Lucky Montana’s resignation comes as 'a shock' that requires answers, says Satawu head

Business

State ‘to get tough with small business loans’

People walk past a spaza shop in Mzimhlophe, Soweto.  Picture: SOWETAN

Number of government institutions under pressure to stop micro-financing small businesses

Management

Questions to ask before scheduling a meeting

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By employing the right decision-making process, you can radically reduce the number of meetings you attend and increase the amount of work that gets done

Business Times

Gun law rules where gold drives men mad

An illegal miner at Durban Roodepoort Deep.  Picture: THE TIMES

Guards and police said to be no help against gangs of armed illegal miners who kill anyone in their way

Business Times

Visa laws blamed for drop in tourism

Tourists enjoy the sun on the beach during a summer day in Ballito on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Changes to Immigration Act blamed for sudden, drastic drop in numbers of tourists, while failure to respond to Ebola crisis also kept visitors away

Business Times

Dumping duty a bone in Agoa’s chicken pie

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American poultry producers say all they want is equal access

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