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Marleny Arnoldi

Marleny Arnoldi

Marleny Arnoldi is a Creamer Media Deputy Editor Online for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

US grants $11m to environmental insurance efforts in Africa

13th February 2024 African Risk Capacity (ARC) has entered into a landmark $11.7-million partnership with the US government to increase access to parametric insurance... 

Mavuso lauds business for pragmatic assistance despite govt failures

12th February 2024 Despite the great difficulty that is involved with running a business in South Africa, the private sector has taken a very pragmatic approach to... 

Business stakeholders find ‘election-oriented’ SoNA wanting

Business stakeholders find ‘election-oriented’ SoNA wanting

9th February 2024 Business stakeholders agree that President Cyril Ramphosa was right to emphasise economic reforms in his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on... 

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Mavuso warns populist politicking ahead of elections can harm reform efforts

Mavuso warns populist politicking ahead of elections can harm reform efforts

15th January 2024 Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso foresees a challenging year ahead for business, given the record number of elections that lie... 

World Bank makes $100m in financing available for African climate research

11th December 2023 The World Bank will make $100-million available to the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centres (CGIAR) through the bank’s... 

Unemployment rate decreases to 31.9%

Unemployment rate decreases to 31.9%

14th November 2023 The official unemployment rate has decreased by 0.7 of a percentage point to 31.9% in the third quarter of the year. This compares with the... 

South Africa expected to be worst affected by security-impacting energy supply disruption in 2024

9th November 2023 London-based global security company G4S finds in its inaugural ‘World Security Report’ that South Africa will be the worst-affected country... 

Meeting with President, Ministers reinvigorates BLSA’s confidence in joint problem-solving efforts

Meeting with President, Ministers reinvigorates BLSA’s confidence in joint problem-solving efforts

2nd October 2023 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has gained confidence in government’s willingness to work in partnership with the private sector to deal... 

Krutham calls for rethink of how JET activities are included in municipal budgets

Krutham calls for rethink of how JET activities are included in municipal budgets

27th September 2023 Financial and policy advisory company Krutham, formerly Intellidex, has recommended that the Presidential Climate Commission, with the support of... 

Ramaphosa calls on wealthy nations to fulfil promises of helping Africa adapt to climate change

Ramaphosa calls on wealthy nations to fulfil promises of helping Africa adapt to climate change

26th September 2023 Amid the Western Cape’s battle against severe storms and flooding, along with a tropical storm in Libya causing deadly flooding earlier this month,... 

Too early to say if proposed SOE holding company will succeed – Mavuso

Too early to say if proposed SOE holding company will succeed – Mavuso

18th September 2023 With Cabinet having recently approved the publication of the draft National State Enterprises Bill for public comment, Business Leadership South... 

Agri SA warns govt’s interference amid food price dilemma could have detrimental long-term effects

Agri SA warns govt’s interference amid food price dilemma could have detrimental long-term effects

18th September 2023 Industry body Agri SA has warned that government interference in the food market could lead to empty supermarket shelves. The organisation intends... 

Commission unpacks why food inflation remains high despite overall inflation easing

Commission unpacks why food inflation remains high despite overall inflation easing

13th September 2023 While overall inflation has come down in recent months to its lowest level since October 2021, food inflation remains at nearly twice the inflation... 

Inflation expectations ease

11th September 2023 The Bureau for Economic Research (BER) cites in its latest Inflation Expectations Survey that respondents including analysts, business people and... 

GDP records 0.6% growth in Q2, but loadshedding threatens gains

5th September 2023 South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 0.6% in the second quarter, which North West University Business School Professor Raymond... 

Universities to progress human trials of what could be groundbreaking TB vaccine

25th August 2023 The universities of Walter Sisulu and North-West have announced some astounding results from preclinical trials for a combination vaccine against... 

Legislation bungle reveals much of govt is not serious about delivering change, says BLSA

21st August 2023 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso has expressed her dismay over the delays to the Electricity Regulation Act (ERA) Amendment... 

BLSA clarifies role of business amid increasing public-private endeavours

7th August 2023 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso has taken the opportunity to address the criticism the business sector often receives for... 

Agri SA warns of unconstitutionality of proposed water-use licence regulation

Agri SA warns of unconstitutionality of proposed water-use licence regulation

31st July 2023 Industry body Agri SA remains concerned about the draft Water Use Licence Applications, Amendment and Appeals Regulations published by the... 

Eskom hands control of Ekurhuleni loadshedding back to the municipality

28th July 2023 State-owned power utility Eskom has handed loadshedding operations in Ekurhuleni back to the municipality, after having revoked its authority to... 

Zikalala, panelists warn construction mafia poses an existential threat

Zikalala, panelists warn construction mafia poses an existential threat

20th July 2023 Organised crime, particularly in the construction sector, has become more prevalent, more violent and more organised in recent years, with “mafia”... 

Mavuso says govt is chasing vote-earning fantasy of NHI without considering practicalities

Mavuso says govt is chasing vote-earning fantasy of NHI without considering practicalities

10th July 2023 In her latest weekly newsletter, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso has spoken out about the National Health Insurance (NHI) “charade... 

South African trade to suffer heavily if Russian arms aid allegations persist – Nedbank

7th July 2023 Nedbank commercial banking agriculture head John Hudson has shared his unease over the potential fallout following South Africa’s alleged supply of... 

Mavuso stresses centrality of efficient visa regime, lauds recent progress made

29th May 2023 Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso bemoans, in her latest weekly newsletter, the months of waiting for visa decisions and how it is... 

Johannesburg makes loadshedding changes, to exempt key businesses

Johannesburg makes loadshedding changes, to exempt key businesses

26th May 2023 In an effort to ensure businesses remain invested in South Africa’s biggest city, the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) has announced that it will offer... 

Loadshedding starts to weigh on private sector debt servicing ability

Loadshedding starts to weigh on private sector debt servicing ability

8th May 2023 The Experian Business Debt Index (BDI) declined sharply to 0.996 in the fourth quarter of last year, following a reading of 1.591 in the third... 

WEF urges reskilling, as job losses are set to outpace growth in the short term

WEF urges reskilling, as job losses are set to outpace growth in the short term

2nd May 2023 The World Economic Forum’s latest ‘Future of Jobs’ report states that 23% of all jobs globally will change by 2027, through growth of 10.2% and a... 

Govt communication must improve if more investment is to be garnered – BLSA

Govt communication must improve if more investment is to be garnered – BLSA

11th April 2023 Of all the factors impacting on investor confidence in the country, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso says government’s... 

Eskom hands hydropower plants back to Uganda as concession ends

3rd April 2023 Following the end of the Eskom Uganda Limited (EUL) concession on March 31, Eskom has assured that a smooth transfer of assets and interests to... 

Policy Uncertainty Index worsens to 71.1 in the first quarter

29th March 2023 The North-West University (NWU) Business School’s Policy Uncertainty Index (PUI) rose to a record level of 71.7 in the first quarter of the year,... 

B4SA launches independent fund for corporates to support Energy Action Plan

B4SA launches independent fund for corporates to support Energy Action Plan

10th March 2023 Business body Business for South Africa (B4SA), together with the Presidency, on March 9 announced the establishment of a Resource Mobilisation... 

Water projects take centre stage in govt’s planned infrastructure spend

Water projects take centre stage in govt’s planned infrastructure spend

22nd February 2023 The National Budget facility for infrastructure has approved municipal water infrastructure projects to the value of R3.7-billion. These projects... 

No increase in sugar tax for now

No increase in sugar tax for now

22nd February 2023 Following heavy lobbying from industry bodies the Sugar Association of South Africa and South African Cane Crowers’ Association, government has... 

Carbon fuel levy for 2023/24 increases by 1c

Carbon fuel levy for 2023/24 increases by 1c

22nd February 2023 In line with the carbon tax increase that become effective on January 1, 2023, from R144/t to R159/t of carbon dioxide equivalent, the carbon fuel... 

R&D business incentive to be extended by ten years

22nd February 2023 Over the past three years, government has focused on measures to protect the tax base and reforms aimed at improving equity, efficiency, certainty... 

Sanral, Transnet, Denel among SOEs to receive fiscal support in 2023/24

Sanral, Transnet, Denel among SOEs to receive fiscal support in 2023/24

22nd February 2023 As State-owned entities (SOEs) continue to rely on government bailouts and dominate the guarantee portfolio of the fiscus, Finance Minister Enoch... 

Govt moots ‘stricter headcount management’ amid public service wage risk

22nd February 2023 As negotiations over the increase in public sector wages in the 2022/23 financial year continues, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana stated in his... 

Govt extends diesel fuel levy refund to foodstuff manufacturers

Govt extends diesel fuel levy refund to foodstuff manufacturers

22nd February 2023 To limit the impact of the energy crisis on food prices, government has decided to extend a diesel fuel levy refund to manufacturers of foodstuffs... 

Industry reacts to the good and the bad of SoNA 2023

Industry reacts to the good and the bad of SoNA 2023

10th February 2023 President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SoNA) was delivered amid severe crises across critical economic and social spheres in... 

State of Disaster declaration possibly a disaster within itself, as parties call on courts

State of Disaster declaration possibly a disaster within itself, as parties call on courts

10th February 2023 President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on February 9 has evoked mixed responses from trade unions, industry associations,... 

Agri SA reiterates warning of food shortages, price spikes as loadshedding continues

Agri SA reiterates warning of food shortages, price spikes as loadshedding continues

7th February 2023 Industry body Agri SA has implored President Cyril Ramaphosa to address food security in his State of the Nation Address on February 9, given that... 

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