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Nersa urged to check validity of Transnet hike bid

Transnet Engineering workshops at Kilner Park Koedoespruit. Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO

Transport economist warns Transnet's proposed tariff increase must not end up as cross-subsidy for rail projects


The informal economy should not become the ignored economy

Hawker associations march to the mayor's office demanding the immediate return of inner-city informal traders to their trading spaces in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, on Friday.  Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Workshop will focus on and discuss how informal trade is largely unrecognised although it may be fifth-largest source of employment in Cape Town


Daimler unit to expand from SA base

Daimler’s truck brands increased their presence in 2015.

German motor company Daimler makes South Africa regional base for new global truck and bus strategy

Retail & Consumer

Bleaker outlook hits Woolworths stock

Woolworths CEO Ian Moir  presents the group’s results in Cape Town on Thursday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Woolworths CEO Ian Moir reports robust trading, while analyst warns of tough times ahead for retailer in South African and Australian markets

Telecoms & Technology

Telkom set to land contract for state broadband rollout

Picture: THE TIMES

SA’s biggest landline provider inches closer to deal with government to start R750m first phase of broadband rollout

Media & Advertising

SABC TV content deal not a merger, says tribunal


Competition Tribunal rules controversial multimillion-rand content deal between MultiChoice and SABC does not constitute a merger

African Business

Sasol seeks to fuel performance in Africa


Group in talks to set up chemicals plant with potential African partners while focus fixed on high GDP performers such as Angola, Mozambique and Nigeria

Financial Services

Treasury and Basa at odds over banks regulation

Yunus Carrim. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Common ground needed on penalties in bill to regulate ‘twin peaks’ model of regulating financial institutions


World keen to know if megabrew will clear hurdles

Delay in SABMiller-Coca-Cola-Gutsche megadeal fuels investors’ concern

NEWS ANALYSIS: Chesa Nyama owner listing short of gravy

Gold Brands listing fails to whet appetite of investors after series of small fast food/restaurant businesses leave lingering bitter taste on JSE, writes Marc Hasenfuss

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

CDH stays a step ahead in a challenging environment for miners

Allan Reid. Picture: CDH

Newly rebranded Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr has its eye on the future, helping mining clients in SA and Africa with both large transactions and everyday matters

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KPMG Mining Risk Survey: SA’s long-term fundamentals are strong

There is room for optimism about the future of the local mining sector, despite the economic, political and industrial challenges facing SA

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BEE MATTERS: Adopting students one way in which to earn BEE points

MEMORIAL: Crosses planted on the koppie near the Nkaneng informal settlement in Marikana where 34 miners lost their lives at the hands of police during a protest in August 2012. Picture: THE TIMES

Re-alignment of business to broadly represent South Africa’s racial demographics has taken centre stage

Retail & Consumer

Brait plans to offload Consol and Primedia

Brait CEO John Gnodde. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

Spun off companies likely to be listed separately in near future

Retail & Consumer

Online experience holds the key to how consumers buy cars


For now, SA consumers are less concerned with greener emissions than affordability


Anomalies not Zuma’s address delay Stats SA report


Stats SA insists delay of fourth-quarter Quarterly Labour Force Survey related to anomalies from new master sample

HELP THEM: Small businesses require a conducive operating environment and access to financial and nonfinancial support interventions. THE HERALD

Synergy holds the keys to growth

Supply-chain inclusion is the way to go for economy, writes Toby Chance


Work e-mail still relevant to the performance of a business


Some digital networks within workplaces are more effective than others if they include highly influential people


Isuzu aims for No1 status in Africa

Isuzu truck. Picture: SUPPLIED

South African market a critical platform for success of Japanese truck manufacturer Isuzu on continent

Telecoms & Technology

Altech subscriber base may be sold

Picture: REUTERS

Competition Tribunal fells opposition to R1.5bn sale of cellphone service provider Altech Autopage’s subscriber base to MTN, Vodacom and Cell C


Business offers plan to stave off downgrade

President Jacob Zuma at a meeting with business leaders in Cape Town on Tuesday. Picture: ESA ALEXANDER

Main question left hanging after frank talks between President Zuma, cabinet ministers and more than 100 CEOs is what the follow-through will be


IDC must restructure R20bn worth of debt

Geoffrey Qhena, CEO of the Industrial Development Corporation. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

The Industrial Development Corporation is considering delaying a $5bn steel-mill venture with a Chinese partner


SA heading for policy discouraging trade through new bills

LET’S TALK: Peter Draper, MD of Tutwa Consulting, says the ideological agenda behind the bill is unfavourable to business. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS

Private security and expropriation bills sully South Africa’s image as attractive investment destination, SA-European Union hears


Big kitty in private sector for growing black firms

Citrum Khumalo. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Corporates must innovate more in aid of empowerment, writes Stephen Timm


Retirement is a change of pace, not end of the road

It is important to strengthen and maintain family ties, and also to join group pursuits, to combat against a major retirement bugbear — loneliness. Picture: ISTOCK

Advances in medical science mean that people with access to healthcare are living longer and extending their working lives, writes Yvonne Fontyn


Zwane disappoints at gloomy indaba

Mosebenzi Zwane. Picture: AFP PHOTO/RODGER BOSCH

Mines minister in first meeting with top players in global mining; offers no details on how SA plans to heal industry’s ills


Japan body open to Eskom for funds and technology

WARMING UP: Reactor buildings at Kansai Electric Power’s Takahama nuclear power plant in the town of Takahama. Japan’s nuclear plants were closed in 2011, but Takahama is in the process of reopening. Picture: REUTERS/KYODO

State-owned Japan International Co-operation Agency launches talks with power utility on financing and technology to boost transmission efficiency

Transport & Tourism

Number of foreigners visiting SA rose sharply in December


Statistics SA data show that the volume of foreign arrivals in SA increased from 1.3-million in November to 1.5-million in December

Financial Services

Credit registration aims to muzzle loan sharks


Tighter credit extension regime aimed at tackling over-indebtedness crippling many households in South Africa


Labour broking laws questioned

Richard Pike, CEO of Adcorp. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

Adcorp CEO Richard Pike attributes loss of 20,000 temporary workers to misunderstanding legislation rather than ‘a testament of the new law’s success’


Renewable Power’s first wind farm to come online by July

Long-established oil and gas companies are under attack from renewable sources — principally wind, solar and biofuels — which are backed by governments in all the world’s leading economies, and from smaller, nimbler companies. Picture: DAVID MACGREGOR

Wind-power price expected to undercut new fossil fuel-generation, according to Mainstream executive


Uncritical business acts as a Band-Aid on ailing policies

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: BLOOMBERG/SIMON DAWSON

Lack of coherent business strategy or effective organisation to make strong case for how to achieve high and inclusive growth deprives South Africa


Cellphone tech sparks innovation in Africa

Mark Essien, who created one of the first hotel-booking websites in Nigeria, is one of a new breed of entrepreneurs contributing to building an information technology ecosystem across sub-Saharan Africa. Picture: SUPPLIED

Start-ups drive social and economic transformation across sub-Saharan Africa, ploughing new trade routes and seeking breakthrough innovations, writes William Wallis


Zuma calls for government and business to collaborate

President Jacob Zuma convenes a meeting of business representatives and Cabinet ministers on Tuesday at a review of the World Economic Forum.  Picture: GCIS

President Jacob Zuma says the country’s short-term economic outlook is not inspiring and the low economic growth costs business, the community and government


Guptas are just tip of iceberg of political patronage

Devil in a business suit usually colludes with Faustian elements in ANC, private sector and hidden policy communities


Industry can help Zuma to fashion address

Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies and Mining Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Big business should not squander opportunity to influence content of possibly most important state of the nation address since Jacob Zuma took office


Empathy line will check the robots’ advance

As much as 98% of pilots’ routine work is now automated, and some in the industry worry about the tasks that human pilots are asked to do only occasionally. Picture: REUTERS

The Future of the Professions, a book by father and son duo Richard and Daniel Susskind predicts radical change about the automated future of professions

Telecoms & Technology

Firms in developing countries steer clear of digital


World Bank report says protection from domestic and foreign competition behind reluctance to adopt new digital technologies


African animator focuses on changing impressions about SA

Cape Town-based animation studio Triggerfish created Stick Man in collaboration with London-based Magic Light Studios. The  animated version of the children’s book was screened on BBC One. Picture: © ORANGE EYES LIMITED 2015

Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest believes animation is an avenue to shifting the way in which the world perceives SA


Government will heed pleas for regulatory certainty, Zwane tells Mining Indaba

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane delivers the opening address at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Monday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane says his department will finalise amendments to the law ‘as a matter of urgency’


South African consumers say SA in recession, according to survey


Of those surveyed, 83% said they had changed their spending patterns due to economic woes, and spent less on takeaways, new clothes and home entertainment


SA’s mining sector has bled 47,000 jobs in three years

The bill confirms the practice of allowing investors, including mining houses, to freely repatriate returns, subject to taxation and applicable legislation.  Picture:MARIANNE PRETORIUS

Chamber of Mines CEO Roger Baxter says costs have risen 20% a year, driven mostly by electricity prices, putting large swathes of production under water


Bitcoin at risk as developers quarrel over system

Mike Hearn, a lead developer of bitcoin (inset), has quit the virtual currency project after a feud erupted over processing limits.  Pictures: YOUTUBE, BLOOMBERG

‘Rampant censorship’ and nasty fights tear at small brotherhood of bitcoin developers and raise questions about virtual currency’s survival, writes Nathaniel Popper


BMW holds back as rivals steal a marque on fuel cell vehicles

BMW Hydrogen car. Picture: BLOOMBERG/ADAM BERRY

BMW on brakes until next generation of fuel-cell development under way with research partner Toyota, writes Michael Taylor


Delays rob student housing providers of rent

Students at the Vaal University of Technology. A freeze in fees means more students, who will need more accommodation, industry professionals say.  Picture: SOWETAN

Protests and registration delays leave student housing providers out of pocket even as overall bed shortage grows


Tax experts unimpressed with solar energy incentive

Solar energy. Picture: REUTERS/REGIS DUVIGNAU

Deloitte says an additional tax deduction, rather than an accelerated one, would be more effective in encouraging the adoption of solar energy


Emerging coal exporters face tough year ahead


Department of Mineral Resource offers some relief for junior miners who fall short of Eskom’s Quattro coal concession

Land & Agriculture

SA will not declare national disaster over drought


Government will not declare national disaster in response to worst drought in a century as it hopes ample late rains will continue to improve situation, says deputy minister of agriculture Bheki Cele

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