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Business confidence falls to 16-year low

South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry says local economy is finding it difficult to raise its performance to prevent imbalances from escalating

Trade & Industry

Reserve Bank, People’s Bank of China sign renminbi agreement

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Memorandum of understanding for clearing and settlement of renminbi in SA could make it easier, cheaper for countries to trade

Telecoms & Technology

New survey reveals how South Africans use mobile devices in the workplace

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More than 95 % of employees in South African companies rely on use of mobile devices within the office, a new survey shows

Labour

Gold sector may see drawn-out wage talks

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All four unions reject opening offer from gold producers, setting the scene for a long and difficult wage negotiation

Telecoms & Technology

Installers next in line for set-top box tender

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Universal Service and Access Agency of SA poised to select companies to install the set-top boxes and aerials in 5-million households

Transport & Tourism

Prasa CEO says detractors want to tarnish him in train saga

Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) CEO Lucky Montana at a media briefing on Monday. He dismissed a media report and political parties’ claims that incorrect locomotives were procured from a Spanish company. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

CEO of state-run Passenger Rail Agency of SA Lucky Montana lashes out after weekend reports say trains from Spanish manufacturer Vossloh Espana are not suited to SA’s rail lines

Industrials

Tyre manufacturers to go to regulator over deluge of cheap imports

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SA’s R30bn industry follows cement and steel producers to International Trade Administration Commission over flood of cheap, dangerous tyres — particularly from China

National

Western Cape visa centre for executives mooted

Deputy Home Affairs Minister Fatima Chohan conceded the department lacked resources. Picture:TREVOR SAMSON

Gauteng already has premium visa and permits centre aimed at corporate clients

National

Zille declares move to make e-hailing Uber legal

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Uber’s service falls outside provisions in laws and policy regulations, according to Western Cape premier Helen Zille

Opinion

State, private sector can forge industrialists together

The state and private sectors can, and should, work together to create a big, black industrialist class

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Government ICT sluggish to adopt security rules

Barely any of SA’s public entities have gained much traction in adopting these very useful processes, writes Thato Mahlamvu

Standard Bank

Smaller maize crop shouldn’t affect consumer or livestock feed prices

MC Loock. Picture: STANDARD BANK

High stock levels from last season will cushion economic impact but farmers in drought stricken areas must make new plans for next season

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The Field Office

The power of passionate sales

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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

Innovation

Cape firm’s innovation bridges office communication divide

Gys Kappers. Picture: SUPPLIED

Wyzetalk helps executives gain insight into worker issues, which enables them to put interventions in place that improve matters, writes Carel Alberts

Economy

Slow and pricey ports harm business

A container ship pulls into Durban Port.  Picture: THE TIMES

Poor growth threatens plans by Transnet to spend R312bn, writes Nicky Smith

Property

Plan for Melrose Arch to rival V&A Waterfront area

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Main shareholder of premium mixed-use development Melrose Arch has plans to nearly triple the precinct’s size over five to eight years

Land & Agriculture

NEWS ANALYSIS: SA’s farmers reap more crops, cut jobs in twin farm revolution

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Technology is leading to higher yields from bigger farms with less labour — a situation that flies in the face of the ANC’s policy proposals, writes Ed Stoddard

Trade & Industry

Proposed credit rates worry industry body

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Microfinance SA warns proposed maximum rate for unsecured credit omits rise in running costs and will drive lenders out of business

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Why e-commerce firms need to reassess ‘traditional’ call centres

Instead of relying on legacy systems, businesses need to leapfrog into a more agile, cost efficient and digitised approach to call-centre management

Energy

R1-trillion cost of nuclear build ‘is totally untrue’, says nuclear regulator

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South Africa’s nuclear regulator says reports that the country’s nuclear build programme will cost R1 trillion are totally unfounded

Retail & Consumer

Virgin Active opens new, low-cost gym in heart of Soweto

Customers take a break at Virgin Active's Soweto gym. Picture: THE TIMES

Virgin Active Red looking to cater for a broader range of South Africans at cheaper prices than other gyms

Transport & Tourism

Tourism BEE plan will kill jobs, critics say

DELEGATION:  Rob Davies is leading a team of officials who will meet US  senators, congressmen, analysts and businessmen. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies says thresholds will contribute towards transformation, but the DA hit back saying government is not helping those on the fringes of the economy

Telecoms & Technology

Navigating the tricky ethical terrain of big data

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The debate becomes about trust and control rather than should we or shouldn’t we hand over our data, writes Kate Ferreira

Energy

IDC takes proactive stance on funding

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Industrial Development Corporation being proactive to help local entrepreneurs become competitive and increase production, says CE Geoffrey Qhena

Transport & Tourism

Prasa rejects claims Spanish locomotives not safe for local use

Prasa CEO Lucky Montana. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Passenger Rail Agency of SA CEO Lucky Montana says 13 locomotives from Spain ‘not only meet local safety standards but exceed them’

Transport & Tourism

Local Uber drivers facing harassment

Chere Molahlehi, a driver for Uber in Johannesburg.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Personal transportation service says it has been in contact with police, deployed security to help prevent intimidation by metered taxi drivers

Economy

Manufacturing data for May expected to show modest rise in output

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Subdued demand and structural limitations could have had an effect on May manufacturing production, says economist

Transport & Tourism

Imported locomotives ‘unsuitable for SA’s railway lines’

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Opposition parties slate government for ‘reckless’ use of taxpayers’ funds to purchase locomotives they say are unsuitable for local railway lines

Transport & Tourism

Volunteer tourism — when doing good could be bad

Dutch volunteers Thijs Hermans (back left), Sasanne van Deursen (back right) and Jaqueline de Ruiter (front right) play with children at the iKhayalethemba centre in Walmer Township in the Eastern Cape. Picture: THE HERALD

Voluntourism, which allows socially conscious holiday-makers to pay thousands of dollars to work in poor communities across the world, has become a boom sector, writes Gabriel Popham

Transport & Tourism

SAA plans to save R900m through staff cuts

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Staff reduction plan part of a multi-pronged cost-cutting plan to save R2.2bn in the next three years at loss-making airline

Business

Government ‘has stood in way of entrepreneurs’, Manamela admits

Buti Manamela (left) and Julius Malema cut their political  teeth as student activists in Limpopo. Picture: TYRONE ARTHUR

Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela says many small businesses fail because government does not settle its debts on time

Transport & Tourism

Ethiopian Airlines touches down at Cape Town International

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Inaugural flight of largest airline in Africa into Western Cape boosts provincial government’s drive to attract more direct flights

Trade & Industry

Government will buy local, but wants fair prices

Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

One way to improve procurement and ensure cost effectiveness was to stimulate domestic competition, says economic development minister

Opinion

ON WORK: Nadella’s mission for Microsoft is a cosmic void: vast and empty

In the early days of Microsoft, Bill Gates came up with a vastly better mission: a computer on every desk and in every home

Telecoms & Technology

MTN SA CEO Ahmad Farroukh steps down

MTN SA CEO Ahmad Farroukh. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

MTN CEO Ahmad Farroukh says ‘difficult decision’ to resign was unavoidable due to personal, family reasons, he will leave company at end of July

Labour

NUM considers taking legal action over Glencore job cuts

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National Union of Mineworkers says coal miner has failed to comply with its social, labour plans regarding severance packages

Management

Nine strategies for a stress-free holiday

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Take at least a half a day off of work before you leave to give yourself some margin for any final packing details or errands

Land & Agriculture

NEWS ANALYSIS: SA’s farmers reap more crops, cut jobs in twin farm revolution

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Technology is leading to higher yields from bigger farms with less labour — a situation that flies in the face of the ANC’s policy proposals, writes Ed Stoddard

National

Makhura offers stick and carrot to taxi industry operators

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Taxi industry issues an ultimatum — open subsidised routes or face a revolt

Opinion

ON THE MONEY: Greece, a mirror we don’t want to look into

The tragedy will be watched closely by regulators, including our own

Opinion

STRAIGHT TALK: Black industrialist move is timely

Unemployment figures can only grow so much before we end up with an economic disparity that will result in a fight

Management

Seven methods for beating the afternoon slump at work

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It’s hard to stay focused for an eight-hour stretch, but there are ways to boost your energy and improve your focus

Telecoms & Technology

Court summons Telkom CEO to respond to fraud claims

Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko. Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO

Telkom boss Sipho Maseko to respond to allegations of traffic regulation fraud after investigation that started last July

Financial Services

FNB preferred bidder for Gauteng government’s banking tender

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But bank has one more hurdle to cross before it clinches tender — an independent probity team has to draft report in which it recommends FNB as tender winner

Telecoms & Technology

Sadc agrees on new target for digital TV

Faith Muthambi. Picture: GCIS/NTSWE MOKOENA

Southern African Development Community states agree to complete migration process by next June — ambitious since most have not yet started

Management

Five things to look for when you’re hiring for innovation

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With digital firms bringing new business models to most industries, traditional companies are under pressure to step up innovation, writes Nevo Hadas

Motoring

Rivalry in one-tonner vehicle market intensifies

The first sketch of the 2017 Mercedes bakkie.  Pictures: QUICKPIC and NEWSPRESS

Mercedes-Benz among those bringing out new high-end bakkies, writes Mark Smyth

Transport & Tourism

Bus routes protest in Mamelodi simmers down but police remain vigilant

An Autopax bus is shown after it was stoned by taxi drivers in Mamelodi , Pretoria.  Picture: SOWETAN

Police beef up their presence in strife-torn Mamelodi after three days of violence during which taxi operators disrupted services and several commuters were wounded

Transport & Tourism

More Mamelodi buses stoned as talks stall

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Gauteng MEC lashes taxi groups for trying to dictate which mode of transport commuters should use as more buses stoned

Energy

SA electricity production falls in May

According to Eskom's website, the project will include a super-critical plant able to operate with greater efficiency and at higher pressures than previous boilers.  Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO

Electricity production decreases 3.5% year on year in May 2015, Stats SA says, with seasonally adjusted electricity generation decreasing 0.8% in May compared with April

Standard Bank

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