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Bonatla CE fined for misleading investors

This follows a protracted investigation by the JSE into the group’s corporate governance practices

Mining

New CEO to succeed Exxaro veteran in a year’s time

Exxaro Resources CEO Sipho Nkosi. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Exxaro head of carbon operations Mxolisi Mgojo will replace founding CEO Sipho Nkosi, who steps down at 60

Industrials

Merger flop ‘will not hobble Afrisam’

Stephan Olivier. Picture: AFRISAM

Afrisam does not need to merge with PPC to survive intense competition in the domestic industry, along with rising cement imports from Pakistan, says CEO

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

Media & Advertising

TMG set to launch series of magazines

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Despite challenging trading conditions the group manages to hold operating profit steady

Companies

Adcorp eyes future Singapore listing

Richard Pike, CEO of Adcorp. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

Workforce management group Adcorp is considering listing its non-South African assets in Singapore in 2018

Industrials

Algeria back in focus as AfriSam deal flops

CEO Darryll Castle has been ‘most impressed’ with what he has found as he acquaints himself with PPC’s operations. ‘I am very excited about the company’s future.’ Picture: SUPPLIED

PPC has yet to decide whether to build a 2-million-tonne-a-year plant in Algeria, a deal put on the table almost 14 months ago

Industrials

Basil Read loss after ‘terrible year’

Basil Read CEO Neville Nicolau at the annual results presentation at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton on Friday. The company reported a net loss of R821m for the year ended December. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

Construction and engineering group blames tricky trading conditions for loss-making contracts across all its construction operations

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Merger aims to have online fashion market all sewn up

Yoox and Richemont’s Net-a-Porter confirm merger talks are under way to create an industry leader

Mining

Africa services boost Master Drilling results

Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

The group is benefiting from being diversified across emerging markets

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

The Field Office

The magic of technology

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People are starting to realise just how important technological changes in the workplace are. The trends for mobility and bring your own device (BYOD) are gaining momentum

Brand Voice

Opinion

COMPANY COMMENT: Andulela; Jubilee Platinum

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Andulela Investment Holdings seems to be the perfect stock for investment masochists, while Jubilee finds ConRoast a tough sell


International companies


World

Investors exit commodities at record rate

The Goldman Sachs logo is displayed on a post above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in this September 11 2013 file photo.  Picture: REUTERS

While the US is strengthening, Europe is still contending with its debt crisis and growth is slowing in China, the top user of everything from iron ore to pork

World

NEWS ANALYSIS: Oil majors likely to kiss and make up with Iran

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gestures to the media during a news conference in Tehran in June 2013. He has promised to work on Iran’s venomous relationship with Saudi Arabia. Picture: REUTERS

The final hurdle is a long history of distrust between international oil players, governments and the Iranians

Companies

Lafarge shares drop as Holcim shareholders balk at new deal terms

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Shares in French cement group Lafarge fall by about 2% after two shareholders of its Swiss merger partner Holcim appear unhappy with revised deal terms

A pedestrian passes a Royal Bank of Scotland branch in the City of London. Picture: REUTERS

Thousands axed as top banks battle costs

Tens of thousands of bank staff lost work in 2007-09, followed by a second wave in 2013 — now digital banking is poised to wield a scythe

Europe

Merger aims to have online fashion market all sewn up

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Yoox and Richemont’s Net-a-Porter confirm merger talks are under way to create an industry leader

Peermont Global's flagship Emperors Palace casino.

Peermont investors to bask in Sun deal

Announcement that Sun International will buy Peermont Global for R9.4bn takes market by surprise, but there is concern that two players will dominate the industry

Business Times

Q&A: Casino group has given us a good ride, but we may flog it — MIC

Mary Bomela. Picture: KATHERINE MUICK/SUNDAY TIMES

Business Times tracked down Mary Bomela, the CEO of the Mineworkers Investment Company, which owns 25% of Peermont, and put her on the spot

Companies

Lufthansa may face unlimited liability

Airplane of German air carrier Lufthansa lands at the airline's main hub in Frankfurt. Picture: REUTERS

Unusual circumstances surrounding Germanwings crash won’t necessarily free airline and insurers from claims of negligence, aviation lawyers say

Business Times

A Ponzi deal’s absentee shareholder?

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A website has accused Cobus Kellermann of a gigantic global scam, but the businessman denies any wrongdoing

Business Times

Vodacom drops price bomb on subscribers

Vodacom branding on the Ponte Building in Hilbrow, Johannesburg, in 2011. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/FOTO24/FELIX DLANGAMANDLA

Vodacom has pushed the wrong buttons this week, raising the ire of customers furious about an increase in contract prices that will kick in from May

Business Times

Cement megadeal crumbles

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PPC shares rally after it calls off merger with rival Afrisam

Industrials

Moody’s says paper makers on right path

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Companies have done well to ‘broaden their business profiles away from the mature European paper market’

Mining

African Thunder restarts Smokey Hills

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Macquarie Bank will soon become a shareholder in African Thunder Platinum, which will own 69.75% of the restarted Smokey Hills mine

Middle East

Investors’ gaze fixed on drug maker’s next move

Erez Vigodman, chief executive officer of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. Picture: BLOOMBERG

Market awaits what deal Teva will brew as court embargo on rivals nears end, writes Gabrielle Coppola

Business Times

Fishy franchisor next in line for liquidation

The Fish and Chips Company. Picture: VELI NHLAPO/SOWETAN

Troubled Old Fashioned Fish and Chips franchising company in line to be liquidated after High Court in Pretoria awards an order to a frustrated franchisee

Business Times

Fountainhead set to accept Redefine’s sweeter offer

Redefine Properties' head office in Rosebank, Johannesburg.

Redefine Properties’s takeover of Fountainhead is back on the table after a change of heart on the part of the target’s largest investor

Business Times

Pattison powers on for US energy company

Massmart CEO Grant Pattison. Picture: BUSINESS DAY

Grant Pattison, who was selling generators as CEO of Massmart until September last year, will now peddle renewable energy solutions

Labour

Communication Workers Union may embark on strike at Telkom

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Union accuses telecoms provider of ‘ideological bankruptcy’ as it pushes ahead with restructuring that will see some staff transferred to new employers at end of month

Asia-Pacific

Speculation swirls around possible takeover of Neptune Orient

Neptune Orient said last month it would sell APL Logistics, its supply and freight-management unit, to Japan’s Kintetsu World Express. File Picture: BLOOMBERG

Global shipping company will benefit from the US’s economic recovery and return to profit in 2015, say analysts

Asia-Pacific

Modular mojo: Toyota re-engineers its appeal

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Toyota is looking to cast off reputation for making reliable, but often dull, cars in wide-ranging review of its designs, technologies, factories and supply deals

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

Financial Services

African Bank creditors in last-ditch effort

Tom Winterboer.  Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS

Amendment bill ‘infringes on the rule of law, the right to equal treatment under the constitution, and the right to property’

Opinion

You can't have it both ways, Vodafone

A customer waits outside the shuttered entrance of a Vodafone store ahead of opening in London. Picture: BLOOMBERG

UK parent's antimerger logic holds true in South Africa too

Business Times

Suspicious fund skips Mauritius for the Caymans

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Belvedere is a confusing and murky tangle of offshore funds, but the most eyebrow raising is its Kijani fund, based in the Cayman Islands

Retail & Consumer

Rejuvenated Sandton City to see more global brands

Italian fashion designers Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce. Picture: REUTERS

US fashion brand Forever 21 will be an anchor tenant, joined by international designer brands Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, Burberry, Ermenegildo Zegna, Jimmy Choo and Tod’s

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

Asia-Pacific

Rio Tinto ‘hopeful’ of Mongolian mine deal

Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh. Picture: BLOOMBERG

Company is locked in talks with Mongolia over developing the second stage of the Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine, saying only a few matters remain on the table

Opinion

COMPANY COMMENT: Conduit Capital; Pallinghurst Resources

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Shake-up at Conduit is raising eyebrows, while Pallinghurst Resources has both time and cash on its side, according to CEO Arne Frandsen

Opinion

COMPANY COMMENT: Microsoft; Transaction Capital

Microsoft. Picture: BLOOMBERG / MIKE KANE

One Window may be closing for Microsoft, while Transaction Capital continues to perform ahead of its growth target

Americas

Berkshire and 3G Capital to take over Kraft

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and Jorge Paulo Lemann’s 3G Capital have agreed to buy HJ Heinz, ending the independence of the iconic tomato sauce maker that can trace its roots to the 1860s. File picture: Bloomberg

Merged with HJ Heinz, Berkshire and 3G will invest another $10bn and call the new giant Kraft Heinz Company

Business Times

STOCK TALK: Street-savvy managers credited as Capitec shares breach R500

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This makes Capitec the most expensive bank to invest in on the JSE, based on its price-to-earnings ratio of 25.7

Business Times

Maasdorp’s exit doesn’t add up for maths plan

Leslie Maasdorp. Picture FINANCIAL MAIL

Former Advtech CEO had hoped to launch a maths academy for pupils of public-sector schools

Property

Rebosis in New Frontier takeover

Sisa Ngebulana. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

The investment in New Frontier to expose Rebosis shareholders to the attractive UK market

Industrials

PPC and AfriSam terminate merger discussions

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Cement companies say despite ‘extensive discussions’ between them, they have been unable to reach consensus on terms of deal

Industrials

Metair boosts war chest for massive expansion drive

Metair CEO Theo Loock.  Picture: ROBERT BOTHA

Vehicle-parts manufacturer takes bold growth direction in battery production through acquisitions within the next five years

Americas

Mexico gets $350m boost as GM Cruze arrives

Chevrolet cars are seen at a General Motors dealership.  Picture: REUTERS

GM so far has identified only three plants that will make the next-generation Cruze, including in China

Asia-Pacific

Beijing to close more coal-fired power plants

This picture taken last week shows traffic in heavy smog in Beijing. Coal usage in China will fall as cities such as Beijing move to cleaner fuel sources to tackle pollution. Picture: AFP PHOTO

Facing pressure at home and abroad leading polluter China turns to gas-fired stations

Media

SABC board nominee turned down

Media Development and Diversity Agency CEO Lumko Mtimde failed to provide proof of his qualifications. File Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

Proponent of media appeals tribunal turned down after failing to supply proof of educational qualifications

Mining

Wescoal boardroom drama rattles investors

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Demand for independent directors comes after two previous calls by shareholders ignored

Energy

Audit call ‘triggered’ removal of Eskom execs

Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona. Picture: SIMPHIWE NKWALI

Call for proposals from auditing firms for a review of Eskom’s tendering processes may have been the trigger for the suspensions, with tenders above R300m facing probe

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

National

Lawyer asks court to treat Khulubuse Zuma ‘differently’

Aurora mine workers are pictured here clashing with police after their protest over a lack of food at their hostel and the company's failure to pay their wages. The last remaining 100 workers or so have gone on strike at cash-strapped miner, Aurora's Grootvlei Mine in Springs. Picture:  SOWETAN

During Aurora's time running the mines, pending a full sale, workers went without full pay for four months, assets were stripped and there was illegal mining

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