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Criminal Asset Recovery Fund, not fiscus, to fund SANDF’s war on illegal mining

Criminal Asset Recovery Fund, not fiscus, to fund SANDF’s war on illegal mining

21st February 2024 The Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans has claimed that the deployment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in... 

Global corporate tax minimum to be implemented this year

Global corporate tax minimum to be implemented this year

21st February 2024 In an effort boost tax revenue going forward, government will be implementing the long-awaited global corporate tax minimum in the coming year,... 

70 out of 72 municipalities approved for Eskom debt relief

21st February 2024 Out of 72 municipality applications for State-owned Eskom debt relief, 70 have been approved, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana revealed in his... 

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No change to fuel levies this year, Godongwana says

No change to fuel levies this year, Godongwana says

21st February 2024 Government has decided once again to leave the general fuel levy and Road Accident Levy Fund unchanged, resulting in tax relief of about... 

Up to 12% of Gauteng motorists still paying their e-toll bills, says Outa

Up to 12% of Gauteng motorists still paying their e-toll bills, says Outa

15th February 2024 Between 10% and 12% of road users in Gauteng are still paying for e-tolls, despite the October 2022 announcement by Finance Minister Enoch... 

Sacci business confidence index shows incremental improvements

Sacci business confidence index shows incremental improvements

8th February 2024 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) has revealed that its business confidence index (BCI) for December last year reached a... 

Petrol, diesel prices to go up by more than 70c/ℓ on Wednesday

Petrol, diesel prices to go up by more than 70c/ℓ on Wednesday

6th February 2024 Both 93 and 95 unleaded petrol (ULP) and lead replacement petrol (LRP) are going to cost an additional 75c/ℓ from February 7. The cost of diesel is... 

New Bacsa to support business, govt collaboration in fight against crime, corruption

New Bacsa to support business, govt collaboration in fight against crime, corruption

5th February 2024 Industry body Business Against Crime South Africa (Bacsa) has been confirmed as the primary point of contact for business interaction with... 

Global economic growth expected to stagnate this year

Global economic growth expected to stagnate this year

30th January 2024 Global economic growth is expected to be subdued, if not stagnant this year, with global trade also expected to be sluggish, financial services... 

Durban Container Terminal Pier 2's performance improving but ‘not out of the woods’

Durban Container Terminal Pier 2's performance improving but ‘not out of the woods’

11th January 2024 The Durban Container Terminal (DCT) Pier 2 has averaged single-digit vessels at anchor over the last two weeks, having earlier ensured that all... 

Absa PMI ends 2023 on stronger footing as December business activity rises

Absa PMI ends 2023 on stronger footing as December business activity rises

8th January 2024 Financial institution Absa’s Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) closed out 2023 on a somewhat stronger footing, rising by 2.7 points to 50.9 index... 

Passage of NHI Bill would spell disaster for the health sector – BLSA

Passage of NHI Bill would spell disaster for the health sector – BLSA

11th December 2023 Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso has warned of the deteriorating health sector without the prospect of recovery, owing in large... 

Cabinet approves R2.1bn to fight illegal mining, organised crime

Cabinet approves R2.1bn to fight illegal mining, organised crime

20th November 2023 Cabinet has approved the allocation of R2.1-billion in the criminal asset recovery account to provide aid in the fight against illegal mining and... 

Cabinet approves Just Energy Transition Implementation Plan

Cabinet approves Just Energy Transition Implementation Plan

20th November 2023 Cabinet has approved the Just Energy Transition Implementation Plan (JET-IP), Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni announced in a... 

South Africa shows economic resilience – Allianz report

13th November 2023 According to a new global insolvency report published by credit insurer Allianz Trade, operating in South Africa through the Allianz Commercial... 

Visa backlogs causing critical skills deficit, undermining economy

Visa backlogs causing critical skills deficit, undermining economy

13th November 2023 A lack of critical skills is holding back the South African economy, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso has said, adding that... 

Corruption threatens democracy itself, Ramaphosa says

Corruption threatens democracy itself, Ramaphosa says

8th November 2023 President Cyril Ramaphosa has said the "rampant and unbridled corruption" that has gutted the South African economy over the past few decades is... 

Ministerial meddling in SOE leadership sparks dysfunction – BLSA

Ministerial meddling in SOE leadership sparks dysfunction – BLSA

9th October 2023 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso has voiced her concern over Ministerial meddling in State-owned enterprise (SOE) leadership... 

TIPS sets out to create a South Africa-focused Just Transition Transaction Framework

TIPS sets out to create a South Africa-focused Just Transition Transaction Framework

21st August 2023 Independent, nonprofit economic research institution Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) has launched research on a proposed Just... 

Geopolitical tensions expected to increase to 2050

Geopolitical tensions expected to increase to 2050

11th August 2023 Geopolitical tensions are likely to increase over the next few decades as countries reposition themselves, research firm BMI Research – a Fitch... 

Execs Back to School school principal education programme running again after Covid-19

Execs Back to School school principal education programme running again after Covid-19

28th July 2023 After taking a hiatus because of Covid-19, nonprofit organisation Citizen Leader Lab’s yearly Execs Back to School event was hosted once more in... 

Meteorologists say drought not an inevitable outcome of El Niño

Meteorologists say drought not an inevitable outcome of El Niño

20th June 2023 Researchers in South Africa and around the globe have indicated that the regular monitoring of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (Enso) system... 

76 hospitals already exempt from loadshedding, says Gordhan

76 hospitals already exempt from loadshedding, says Gordhan

30th May 2023 The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has already initiated efforts, in collaboration with the Department of Health and State-owned utility... 

Collective bargaining system not operating optimally – Nxesi

Collective bargaining system not operating optimally – Nxesi

25th May 2023 The system of collective bargaining is under pressure, characterised by an increase in trade union membership figures, yet reduced representation... 

Zimbabwe President promises reforms ahead of August elections

Zimbabwe President promises reforms ahead of August elections

17th May 2023 Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has promised development partners and creditors that his government will implement reforms necessary for... 

Unemployment rate rises to 32.9% as more people enter the job market

Unemployment rate rises to 32.9% as more people enter the job market

16th May 2023 Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has revealed that the official unemployment rate has increased by 0.2 percentage points, from 32.7% in the... 

Mchunu speaks out against vandalism; Rand Water to invest R28bn in new reservoirs by 2028

Mchunu speaks out against vandalism; Rand Water to invest R28bn in new reservoirs by 2028

14th March 2023 Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu has expressed deep ire for water infrastructure vandals, using his podium at a media briefing, in... 

BLSA lacks faith in Budget to make any impact

BLSA lacks faith in Budget to make any impact

20th February 2023 Business organisation Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso has said that no matter what financial salves Finance Minister Enoch... 

Lesufi says Gauteng government ready to migrate poor away from relying on Eskom's grid

Lesufi says Gauteng government ready to migrate poor away from relying on Eskom's grid

16th February 2023 Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi has said the time has come to help the poor migrate away from relying on national power utility Eskom for their... 

Global economic growth expected to slow from 3% to 1.7% this year

Global economic growth expected to slow from 3% to 1.7% this year

11th January 2023 Global growth is slowing sharply in the face of elevated inflation, higher interest rates, reduced investment and disruptions caused by Russia’s... 

Gauteng’s R12.9bn e-tolls debt repayment will not further burden citizens – Mamabolo

Gauteng’s R12.9bn e-tolls debt repayment will not further burden citizens – Mamabolo

25th November 2022 Gauteng Finance MEC Jacob Mamabolo has assured Gauteng residents that the repayment of R12.9-billion to settle Gauteng’s portion of e-tolls debt... 

Transnet puts contingency measures in place as rail, port workers strike

Transnet puts contingency measures in place as rail, port workers strike

6th October 2022 State-owned Transnet has advised that, with some employees across its operations embarking on strike action following non-resolution in the ongoing... 

Whistleblowers need more support in fight against corruption

Whistleblowers need more support in fight against corruption

19th September 2022 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso believes more support for whistleblowers is needed if South Africa is going to make any... 

Sakeliga threatens litigation if Eskom cuts Tshwane metro’s electricity

Sakeliga threatens litigation if Eskom cuts Tshwane metro’s electricity

2nd September 2022 Business community Sakeliga has sent a letter of demand to State-owned Eskom, indicating that any attempt to cut the supply of electricity to the... 

Transnet arrests signify success of Presidency’s anticorruption efforts

Transnet arrests signify success of Presidency’s anticorruption efforts

29th August 2022 In a letter issued by President Cyril Ramaphosa on August 29, he said his administration's efforts to root out corruption were starting to yield... 

Unemployment rate improves to 33.9% in the second quarter

Unemployment rate improves to 33.9% in the second quarter

23rd August 2022 South Africa’s unemployment rate decreased by 0.6 of a percentage point quarter-on-quarter to 33.9% in the second quarter. “Our economy is... 

Transnet security guards to be made peace officers

Transnet security guards to be made peace officers

16th August 2022 Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola has given approval for State-owned Transnet’s security officers to be granted peace... 

Private sector’s role key in the just transition – BLSA

Private sector’s role key in the just transition – BLSA

11th July 2022 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso has emphasised the important role the private sector has to play in the just energy... 

Solidarity calls on the private sector to apply for energy generation permits en masse

Solidarity calls on the private sector to apply for energy generation permits en masse

7th July 2022 The only viable and sustainable solution to South Africa’s escalating electricity crisis is for small independent power producers (IPPs) to... 

Emissions reduction tech at Kusile contributes to move to Stage 4 load-shedding

Emissions reduction tech at Kusile contributes to move to Stage 4 load-shedding

16th May 2022 State-owned utility Eskom was forced to implement Stage 4 load-shedding on the evening of May 16 after Unit 2 at the Kusile power station tripped,... 

Eskom appoints Mathebula as acting generation exec as Dukashe resigns

Eskom appoints Mathebula as acting generation exec as Dukashe resigns

9th May 2022 State-owned utility Eskom has announced the resignation of generation group executive Phillip Dukashe, whose last day will be on May 31 after... 

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