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Last-ditch appeal to halt new visa regulations

Tourism industry launches last-ditch appeal to halt ’draconian’ new visa regulations from coming into effect on June 1, saying more consultation needed

Trade & Industry

Government not in favour of online gambling


Department of Trade and Industry argues against legalisation of online gambling, saying it would be inappropriate given current poverty and unemployment


April trade deficit R2.51bn as imports and exports fall

Picture: REUTERS

SA trade data better than expected last month as both imports and exports fell, with the country recording a trade deficit of R2.51bn


Manufacturers make needs known at metals indaba

Bobby Godsell. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

SA’s producers require policy certainty, stable labour relations and reliable energy supply, inaugural metals and engineering indaba hears


Producer inflation expected to accelerate in coming months


Producer inflation slows unexpectedly in April compared with a year ago as food prices, which make up 25% of producer inflation basket, rise at slower pace


Financial misconduct on rise, Public Service Commission report shows

Michael Seloane. Picture:  PUXLEY MAKGATHO

The number of cases of financial misconduct is low when compared to the high rate of unauthorised and fruitless expenditure, says Gauteng commissioner


Consumers don’t give a flying canary about legacy

 BMW’s branding message — with the tagline ‘sheer driving pleasure’ — focuses on the consumer’s experience, rather than the company’s illustrious history. Picture: REUTERS

Once you become conscious of the difference between legacy and innovation, you’ll start seeing it everywhere, writes Douglas Kruger


Capitalists show little faith in free enterprise

Joseph Stiglitz. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Companies, despite their own behaviour, are an important social construct for public good


Can state tenders uplift small business without hiking cost?

It may arguably be more effective — and will not risk distorting the market — to move procurement online, writes Stephen Timm

The Field Office

The power of passionate sales


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

Standard Bank

Joining agricultural value chain can bring exponential returns

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

Farmers producing at commercially viable levels are confronted with need to make decisions about expanding beyond farm gate into rest of value chain

Featured Partner


Data on private hospitals will put consumers in the picture, says Discovery Health


Discovery Health on the brink of being able to publish information about the best and worst performing private hospitals, says deputy CEO Ryan Noach


Top hotel, apartment block for Cape Town’s CBD


Radisson Blu Hotel and Residence planned for lower city centre in R1bn project


SA power plants face 17-million tonne coal shortfall


Shortfall means power utility Eskom has failed to ensure sufficient supply as several coal contracts come to an end over the next two years


Industry body wants Cuban engineers to go back home


Cuban engineers, who have been brought in to help improve service delivery in the Free State, ‘should not be allowed to practise in SA as they could not be registered by the Engineering Council of SA’


Six tips for becoming more visible at work

If you’re stuck in your boss’s shadow, here’s some advice on how to increase your visibility and network with the right people


Nuclear not the full solution, former watchdog boss tells SA

Mohamed Elbaradei Picture: JAN POTGIETER/UJ

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohamed ElBaradei says nuclear is a clean form of energy, but there are major risks


PPI slows to 3% in April


Producer inflation for final manufactured goods decelerates slightly to 3% year on year in April from 3.1% in March, Stats SA data shows

Media & Advertising

Set-top boxes: e.tv tells court policy bars encryption ‘forever’


Battle has potentially far-reaching implications for broadcasters such as e.tv and the SABC

Transport & Tourism

Sanral plans information sessions

Picture: SOWETAN

Certainty has been re-established on e-tolls, giving investors comfort, says Sanral

Transport & Tourism

Applying for SA visas made easy for senior executives

Malusi Gigaba. Picture: Picture: SOWETAN FILE PHOTO/PETER MOGAKI

Premium, one-stop-shop for visa and permit renewals a partnership between the home affairs department, VFS Global and the Gauteng provincial government


Unions’ dispute may spur strike in sugar sector

Sugar cane. Picture: BLOOMBERG

Industrial action will compound the sugar industry’s woes at a time when it is yet to shake off the effects of a drought

Science & Environment

Nedbank ‘pays lip service to green policy’

May Boeve, global executive director of 350.org recently visited SA as part of a global drive to persuade investors in fossil fuels such as companies and banks to divest. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

While Standard Bank and Absa/Barclays also bankroll coal projects, Nedbank is being targeted particularly because it calls itself ‘the only green bank’, writes Charlotte Mathews

Land & Agriculture

Western Cape Farm Worker of Year winners to be announced soon

Picture: THE TIMES

Western Cape Government gearing up to launch Farm Worker of the Year competition


Accelerating adoption of fuel cell technology needs shift beyond platinum industry, says Amplats CEO

Chris Griffith. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Chris Griffith says there has to be collaboration within mining and with other industries, including oil companies, car manufacturers, retailers and government


EU conflict mineral law ‘will not affect SA’s gold miners’


Law will oblige importers of gold, tin, tungsten and tantalum into the EU to ensure their purchases are not contributing to conflict or human rights abuses


Specialised property on investors’ radar


Sector has potential to grow and Americans are ready, writes Alistair Anderson

Media & Advertising

Set-top boxes: e.tv squares up to government over its policy

Department of Communication Minister, Faith Muthambi addressing post cabinet media briefing at Imbizo Centre in Cape Town on Thursday. Picture: GCIS/NTSWE MOKOENA

Free-to-air channel e.tv says those who cannot afford to subscribe to pay-TV would end up with a second-rate viewing experience


Chamber of Mines says carbon tax will damage industry


Chamber of Mines urges government not to implement carbon tax next year, saying it will damage already financially-strained mining industry


SA hangs on to obsolete power plan as Eskom is left in the cold


Who will pay for nuclear energy if more and more industrials and corporate businesses are weaning themselves from public sector-provided power?


STREET DOGS: Study and practice

Michel Pireu: As Richard D Wyckoff pointed out in his 1925 classic, How I Trade and Invest In Stocks and Bonds, most of the fatalities in the stock market can be traced to a lack of knowledge and experience


Apple the king of the brands as Chinese move into the top


African giant MTN drops off the latest dollar-based BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands list as rand swoons


Chevron ‘holding state to ransom’

Rod Crompton. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Energy official tells MPs the oil giant is refusing to invest in its Cape Town refinery until it secures a R2bn state subsidy


Eskom could raise funds with Denel model

Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Power utility looks to Denel’s highly successful turnaround in the early 2000s, which included restructuring and international partnerships


More black companies must tap into global markets

Africa is a good start but black-owned companies need to plant flags internationally


Pursuit of nuclear energy likely to be more wasted time


It is likely that SA’s attempts to order nuclear plants will collapse under the weight of the required finance and years will be wasted pursuing an impossible objective


Suppliers get blame for drug stockouts

PAIN KILLER: Long-term high-dose use of common painkillers are hazardous in terms of heart attack risk.   Picture: THINKSTOCK

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi cuts short overseas trip, but denies wide shortages — including antiretrovirals


Founders need to let go, or face crisis and ruin

Joe Strummer and his punk band The Clash had just one number one hit single in the UK. Had they taken on competent managers they might have notched up a few more hits. Picture: REUTERS

At some point founders must accept that they can no longer do it all and they need to build a team around them, writes Andrew Robinson


Black-owned media house ‘top priority’ for government

Faith Muthambi. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Transformation of media content and ownership heads government’s priorities for current financial year, says communications minister

Growth Engines

Criminals and fraudsters need not apply

Kirsten Halcrow. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

Common checks include qualifications, identity document, fingerprint verification, credit checks and the increasingly important criminal record checks, writes Katy Chance


NEWS ANALYSIS: State’s explanation on BEE bungle unconvincing

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

There is a great deal missing in the explanation from the department as to how the ‘mistake’ was made, writes Carol Paton


Treasury to disclose what noncore state assets are to be sold

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Finance minister says Treasury will ‘soon’ present a paper to Cabinet about which noncore assets government plans to sell


CIPC in move to improve labour relations

Rory Voller. Picture: ROBERT TSHABALALA

Bid to stabilise labour relations at the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission on the heels of commissioner Astrid Ludin’s resignation


Nuclear procurement to start despite questions

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says procurement of nuclear power will start in July, even though it is unclear if whether SA can afford it.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Controversial energy policy has been fiercely debated with no evidence presented yet to show that it is affordable


Watchdog to target currency collusion


Trades by local and foreign companies to be investigated as commission probes price fixing in multibillion-rand foreign currency trading market


Chamber of Mines comes to members’ defence

Roger Baxter.  Picture: SOWETAN

There are potentially very serious repercussions for offshore-listed SA mining companies in brewing battle over differing views between government and industry on empowerment and compliance with Mining Charter


Cool brands set the tone for the offices of the future


Red Bull gives employees wings by providing more than 1,600m² of space at the harbour’s edge at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, writes Linda Trim

Transport & Tourism

Regulations bring drones down to earth


New regulations prohibit flying of a drone directly overhead any person or group of people or within a lateral distance of 50m from any person

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