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President Jacob Zuma. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Jacob Zuma prods firms to buy local

23 hour(s) ago

Bid to get top 80 listed companies on JSE to commit to buying more of their inputs from local companies

Property

SA’s ‘priciest’ offices in progress

Adrian Gore, CEO of Discovery. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
22 hour(s) ago

Medical aid group Discovery’s new office, next to Sandton City, is being built at an estimated development cost of R2.6bn

Business

Western Cape clears path for small business

Western Cape finance MEC Alan Winde. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
22 hour(s) ago

Red tape unit goes as far as door-stopping officials to get results, writes Bekezela Phakathi

Economy

Government needs to be creative to pull off infrastructure plan, says Patel

Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
23 hour(s) ago

Rating downgrades have increased South Africa’s cost of borrowing and economy remains weak

Financial Services

Banks ‘are focusing on traditional business’

Picture: THINKSTOCK
22 hour(s) ago

As banks build capital buffers in response to regulatory pressure, they are ditching riskier businesses and focusing on traditional banking

Labour

Seifsa sets Friday deadline for offer

Kaizer Nyatsumba.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
23 hour(s) ago

Talks to end the three-week strike in the metals and engineering sector inch forward

Science & Environment

Groups seek new freeze on fracking licences

BIG PLANS: Shell has reserved another $250m for drilling exploration wells in the Karoo. Picture: THE HERALD
20 hour(s) ago

AfriForum has stepped into the fray in support of the Treasure the Karoo Action Group, which is opposed to hydraulic fracturing in the Karoo

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Passive investors need caution

We are clearly well into a rampant bull market, writes Alan Wood

Retail & Consumer

SA slow to adopt online shopping, with logistics a problem

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22 hour(s) ago

In South Africa, buying food and beverages as well as clothes online continues to lag behind global norms, EY survey reveals

Mining

Miners’ health body meets rarely, says minister

Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
21 hour(s) ago

Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi says the joint committee set up to monitor health risks to mine workers has met only twice in five years and taken no substantial decisions

Standard Bank

Agriculture losing out because youth are unaware of career opportunities

Nico Groenewald. Picture: STANDARD BANK
19 day(s) ago

Career guidance needs to be expanded, so sector can get larger share of graduates, build industry capable of creating even more jobs

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Opinion

The fear of failing in business is SA’s undoing

For the majority of the population, James Caan’s appeal to ‘embrace failure’ will take some time to take root

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Why global executives give SA a miss

No potential CEO wants to deal with the considerable challenges of the SA environment and take an effective pay cut when other emerging markets offer more stability in faster-growth environments, writes Bruce Whitfield

Telecoms & Technology

Room to expand use of mobile technology in SA businesses

1 day(s) ago

Report shows only four in every 10 companies are investing in mobile technologies across their business

Retail & Consumer

South Africans ‘tend to rely on much-loved brands’

Tiger Brands own All Gold, Tastic and Koo. Picture: THE TIMES
1 day(s) ago

Survey finds that out of 8,000 ‘quintessentially’ South African brands measured, only 31 have what it takes to obtain iconic status

Land & Agriculture

Chicken imports ‘stockpiled to avoid duty’

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2 day(s) ago

Chicken meat stocks ‘above comfortable levels’ due to ramp-up of imports ahead of preliminary antidumping duties imposed on some of SA’s European trading partners

Energy

Minister plans to transform energy sector

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
2 day(s) ago

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson plans speed up the empowerment of women and youth in the energy sector

Business Times

Strikes are not the only disincentive

automotive factory manufacturing XXX
3 day(s) ago

Not every car manufacturer will pull its operation out of the country every time Numsa goes on strike

Energy

Selling Eskom assets considered — but not seriously, says government

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6 day(s) ago

Minister's spokesman says sale of power stations came up in talks with the Treasury on how to resolve funding crisis, but would not be viable

Business Times

Heads or tails, SA gold coins are still worldwide winners

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 day(s) ago

South African gold coins are still proving popular with foreign investors sales last year 30% higher than in 2012

Financial Services

Companies feel the pinch from changes to tax act

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6 day(s) ago

Adjustments to Income Tax Act that reclassify debt to equity in certain circumstances are expected to hurt some local businesses

Labour

Wage gap must be narrowed ‘urgently’

Picture: THINKSTOCK
7 day(s) ago

Wage gap between top executives and workers poses ’biggest risk’ to the institutional framework of the labour market, says Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant

Trade & Industry

SA among Sadc nations to initial EU trade pact

Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

After 10 years of negotiations, a Sadc group, of which South Africa is a part, has ’initialled’ an Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU

Financial Services

Watchdog says Wonga not complying with credit act

Kevin Hurwitz, CE of Wonga SA. Picture: SUPPLIED
6 day(s) ago

National Credit Regulator slaps compliance notice on payday lender and takes issue with the consent to judgments issued by Wonga

Economy

Brics nations to host bank headquarters in Shanghai

(Front, left to right) Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, President Jacob Zuma and Nhlanhla Nene exhange a few words at a Brics (Brazil Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit in Brazil on Tuesday.  Picture: GCIS
6 day(s) ago

Leaders of the Brics nations agree on the structure of a $50bn development bank by granting China its headquarters and India its first rotating presidency

Trade & Industry

Dutch unfazed by SA’s cancelled trade treaty

Deputy director-general of international trade Xavier Carim.  Picture: MARTIN RHODES
7 day(s) ago

Foreign trade minister says Netherlands will still target more investment in South Africa, writes Mark Allix

National

Sanral banks on minister’s e-toll ‘carrots’

Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
6 day(s) ago

Roads agency expects more motorists to settle their e-toll accounts — which will boost the Sanral’s cash flow and build investor confidence in the agency’s bonds

Business

Security industry bill may open sector to small, local firms

Picture: BUSINESS DAY
6 day(s) ago

Small security companies are poised to cash in on the possible divestment by the industry’s large players should Zuma sign the bill compelling dominant players to cede majority shares to locals

Opinion

Long-haul still a mountain to climb for ever-improving no-frills airlines

There is no longer much difference between a budget carrier’s service and an old-style airline’s, writes Michael Skapinker

Opinion

Bank money is derived from a creditor-debtor obligation

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Bank-money creation is connected to the process of granting loans, and this is where the confusion often lies

Economy

Engineers cast doubt on infrastructure spend plan

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

Survey finds only 58% believe that recent graduates are sufficiently trained, writes Mark Allix

Retail & Consumer

DTI to publish rules to standardise affordability assessments

Deputy director-general of the Department of Trade and Industry Zodwa Ntuli.  Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
1 day(s) ago

Regulations to be issued in terms of recently amended National Credit Act to ensure uniformity in way customers are assessed for loans

Mining

Oversupply of thermal coal could close mines

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

The oversupply will keep prices below profitable levels for most coal producers well into 2015 or longer

Land & Agriculture

Citrus industry suffers fresh black spot setback

Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 day(s) ago

The Dutch authorities have issued a notification of phytosanitary non-compliance and communicated this to their counterparts in SA

Labour

Long strikes could be held in check with plan for interest arbitration

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant. Picture: SOWETAN
2 day(s) ago

Department looking into a binding ruling on parties if the settlement of the strike is in the broader public interest

Opinion

LETTER FROM CAPE TOWN: It won’t be business as usual after strike ends

Seifsa members may ride out the storm but it is clear many Neasa-aligned companies risk bankruptcy

Opinion

ON THE MONEY: New credit legislation could deliver a fresh blow to African Bank

African Bank is already against the ropes after vast bad debt write-offs

Business

Minister digs in on small firms

Lindiwe Zulu. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
1 day(s) ago

Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu says disputes between business, labour and the state will not be allowed to derail support plans for the small business sector

Business

Upgrade of convention centre expected to boost SMEs

The Cape Town International Convention Centre.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
2 day(s) ago

Multimillion rand expansion of Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) to provide opportunities for small, medium-sized and micro enterprises

Business Times

THE BIG DEAL: Woolies ready to rule the south

Woolworths CEO Ian Moir. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
3 day(s) ago

David Jones deal will make or break Woolworths executives and determine the group’s place in retail history, writes Adele Shevel

Land & Agriculture

End to VAT concession has farmers bleating

Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 day(s) ago

Proposals to scrap the value added tax concession of a zero rating on goods and services bought by farmers for production purposes will raise input costs 14%

Labour

SA faces risk of human capital flight

Striking miners at Marikana, near Rustenburg. Picture: AFP PHOTO
2 day(s) ago

Country risks losing more businesses and skilled young people because of rating downgrades, a potential recession and persistent labour unrest

Business Times

FSB happy to take flak over new regulations

3 day(s) ago

Deputy executive for capital markets at the Financial Services Board is happy to take the heat for clamping down on trade in unlisted shares

Land & Agriculture

SA, neighbours in new farm deal with EU

Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 day(s) ago

The sugar, wine and ethanol export industries have been given a potentially significant boost by the economic partnership agreement signed last week

Business Times

Corporate lethargy is the new malaise

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3 day(s) ago

A deep concern underlies the current state of corporate lethargy — the suspicion that the West has simply run out of productivity-improving inventiveness, writes Jeremy Warner

Business Times

Moir sees no change in DNA as businesses are spliced

Woolworths CEO Ian Moir. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
3 day(s) ago

Woolworths CEO Ian Moir believes seamless integration of David Jones, Woolworths and Country Road can be achieved

Opinion & Analysis

Small firms may not be SA's saviours

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 day(s) ago

Ebrahim-Khalil Hassen: Re-examine the belief that a million start-ups will create jobs and assets

Business Times

Row accentuates how shareholder activism cuts both ways on the floor

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 day(s) ago

Long-running brouhaha at JSE-listed flooring company highlights the double-edged sword of shareholder activism

Labour

Oliphant in new bid to avoid long strike

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant. Picture: SUNDAY WORLD
6 day(s) ago

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant asks ‘what went wrong’ with negotiations, as her impression had been that a strong possibility existed of an early settlement

 
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