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National

SA pulled out of WTO treaty over bill, security industry says

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The bill creates a system of compulsory indigenisation of private security companies with no compensation, warns law firm

Industrials

GMSA plans to stop producing Chevrolets in SA

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Company aims to grow export volumes in existing markets as well as develop additional customer demand

Management

Five ways to make your open office a bit quieter

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It is possible to design an open office in such as way that it not only offers employees a gorgeous workspace but also peace and quiet

Transport & Tourism

SA’s visa requirements ‘hurting tourism’

Michael Tollman. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Dramatic decline in visitors from China — down nearly 50% last year — while competitor countries, such as Zimbabwe, offer Chinese travellers visas on arrival

Opinion

ON WORK: Your rudeness in reception could be used against you

How people arrive at and leave an office building provides rewarding insights for companies

ROAD RIGHTS: The Democratic Alliance and Right2Know held a protest outside the Cape High Court over Sanral’s N1/N2 tolling project. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Sanral’s Cape secrets in the open

Guarantee to Protea Parkway ‘means triple Gauteng’s tariffs’ City reveals details of roads agency’s toll plans after ruling

Standard Bank

Efficiency remains a priority for agriculture in 2015 and beyond

Nico Groenewald, head of agribusiness at Standard Bank. Picture: STANDARD BANK

Farmers need to remain tightly focused on improving efficiencies this year, despite lower fuel prices, favourable weather that has resulted in good crops

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Financial Services

SA insurers face tough Africa fight

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Insurers looking for growth in the rest of Africa need to move fast as large European firms pursue the same markets

Land & Agriculture

SA citrus growers skirt Spain over disease dispute

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SA will avoid citrus shipments through Spanish ports to avert possible ban after authorities there refuse producers permission to inspect facilities for black-spot disease

Energy

Eskom board to decide Tsotsi’s fate

Zola Tsotsi. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LUCKY NXUMALO

Beleaguered chairman is fighting back against a proposal for a no-confidence vote and last week asked for time to make representations

Koeberg nuclear power station at sunset.

Down the rabbit hole in Eskom’s Blunderland

Eskom is going to price itself out of the market, and it will be those who can least afford to pay its prices who will suffer or find illegal means of tapping into the grid, writes Bruce Whitfield

World

Community acceptance is the mother lode of mining

Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani. Picture: REUTERS

Opposition to mines is nothing new, the issue is a growing concern for miners such as Anglo American — and billions of dollars are at stake

Management

Five things to keep in mind before you end a meeting

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To maximise effect of meetings, actively design conversation, to ensure alignment and clarity on next steps, close conversations effectively

Retail & Consumer

Raw material shortages raise fears of limited drug supplies

Clicks has run short of Atorlip Atorvastatin, a common cholesterol control drug. Picture: SUPPLIED

Scarcity is due to suppliers unable to meet demand and a limited availability of imported raw material

Energy

Treasury consults 20 financial groups on sale of noncore assets for Eskom

Nhlanhla Nene.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene focuses on the strategic importance of targeted state assets and timing of receipt of the proceeds to raise the R23bn needed by Eskom

Energy

Westinghouse to appeal court ruling on generator contract

Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear plant looms over Melkbosstrand in Cape Town. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Nuclear fuel producer intends to appeal a SA court ruling dismissing its application to have the bidding process of a $334m contract re-opened

Business Times

If only the grid could run on optimism

Eskom CE Jacob Maroga. File picture: BUSINESS DAY/MARTIN RHODES

Don’t think disaster, think opportunity — Jacob Maroga looks on the brighter side of load-shedding

Business Times

‘Downgrade not due to suspensions only’

Tshediso Matona. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Eskom’s recent credit downgrade by S&P’s to ‘junk status’ will have an impact on ‘the whole value chain of the energy industry’, says former CEO Jacob Maroga

Business Times

Used cars leave new cars in the dust

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Banks finance two used cars for every new car bought — and this ratio is likely to tip further in favour of used cars

Labour

Eskom contractors fire more than 1,000 workers over illegal Medupi strike

Eskom Medupi power station.

Contractors dismiss workers for taking part in illegal strike at Medupi power station in Lephalale, Limpopo, with rest given written warnings

Mining

Aurora directors took ‘calculated risk’

Controversial businessman and nephew of President Jacob Zuma, Khulubuse Zuma, arrives for his uncle's inauguration ceremony at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/POOL/MUJAHID SAFODIEN

Liquidators hope to ultimately recover about R1,5bn — which they say was lost due to the actions of Aurora

Financial Services

Big banks set to ‘stay profitable’

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FirstRand, Standard Bank, Barclays Africa and Nedbank all grow headline earnings despite weak economic growth

Transport & Tourism

Tourism to outpace SA growth, says global body

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

SA’s travel and tourism industry contributes R357bn in GDP and accounts for 1.5-million jobs, says council

Opinion

ON THE MONEY: The perils of information overload

Inflicting the vast amount of data onto consumers as a legislated requirement is likely to damage social outcomes

Opinion

Dreams of an energy bonanza may be stillborn

We don’t know if there is any gas or oil to develop. Expensive exploration must first be undertaken to establish whether resources even exist

Labour

Bid to curb labour broking ‘negates job creation efforts’

Platinum miners queue to undergo essential medical and safety procedures at the Wonderkop mines in Marikana Rustenburg on Wednesday, after a five-month long strike. Picture: AFP PHOTO/MUJAHID SAFODIEN

Changes to the Labour Relations Act, which employers must implement, will cost the economy 254,000 jobs, says Free Market Foundation economist

Labour

CWU threatens Telkom strike

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Union may down tools to try to delay the transfer of outsourced staff to new employers

Mining

Ramatlhodi to disclose results of mining charter review on Tuesday

Ngoako Ramatlhodi.  Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Mines minister will disclose government’s assessment of industry’s compliance with charter that includes targets for black ownership

National

SARS boss to set up own probe unit

SARS commissioner Tom Moyane at Parliament’s finance committee in Cape Town on Wednesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Commissioner Tom Moyane insists the planned unit will be nothing like the illegal, covert, ‘rogue’ outfit he disbanded

Trade & Industry

SA sticks to its guns over Sacu revenue deal

Finance minister Nhlanhla Nene briefs the standing committee on finance, in Parliament, on Tuesday. Picture:TREVOR SAMSON

SA is the ‘the cash cow’ in the regional accord and encounters resistance when it raises issues, says Nhlanhla Nene

Retail & Consumer

Relief for retailers as consumer pressure lifts

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Retail sales volumes recover during the first quarter of the year, notably in lower-middle income segment

Business

State set to provide R1bn to create black industrialists

Lionel October, director general in trade and industry, briefs the trade and industry committee on the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Amendment Bill on Tuesday.   Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Funding is expected to attract about R10bn to R20bn from others, such as the Industrial Development Corporation

Opinion

SIGN POST: How Eskom is making data centres appealing

Because guaranteed ‘uptime’ is one of the key selling features of data centres, they have been given fresh impetus by Eskom’s mismanagement of the power grid

Opinion

REVIEW: Shifting quicksands of land drama

Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti with Nongenile Adonis of Ngqamakhwe in August last year. Adonis was representing 194 families from Mantunzeleni community in Ngqamakhwe in the Eastern Cape in their joint community land claim.  Picture: DAILY DISPATCH

The most destructive aspect of land policy is not threats of expropriation and the rights conflicts that could ensue, but the fact the government keeps shifting the goal posts

Land & Agriculture

Lower quality wheat will boost production

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Farmers in some provinces substitute the grain for more-profitable, higher-yielding crops such as maize

Business

Government’s BEE policy creates middlemen

ANC MP Ben Turok. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

Middlemen tend to import supplies at the expense of the local industry, particularly the capital goods industry, says Ben Turok

Law & Constitution

Expropriation Bill ‘lets courts gauge fair value’

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Intention of the bill is to bring the Expropriation Act in line with the constitution, says public works minister

Transport & Tourism

Team to review future structure of bus contracts

Putco bus. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Subsidies said to be insufficent to keep commuters’ costs below 10% of their income on transport as envisioned

Media & Advertising

Set-top box lobbyists’ gloves come off

BEAMING: A satellite dish at MultiChoice's headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: THE TIMES

Gunmen disrupt meeting as two factions of the National Association of Manufacturers in Electronic Components embroiled in a scuffle, allegedly over the control of the organisation

Management

How to ask your manager for a raise

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When talking to your boss about an increase in your salary be prepared, choose the right moment, practise, be confident, look forwards not backwards

Business Times

Consumer loan fiesta fizzles as banks put a cork in it

Banking customers. Picture: THINKSTOCK

If new figures from the Reserve Bank are any indication, the party for unsecured lenders has well and truly ended

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