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Why the SA Mining Industry needs a regulatory lifeline

6th May 2020 Once our current COVID-19 induced hibernation comes to an end, we will face the aftermath of an economy decimated by the biggest global disruption in living memory.  It would have been inconceivable only a few months ago to literally shut down economies and tell people to stay at home for... 

What can SA and Nigeria do to grow faster?

15th October 2019 The heads of state of sub-Saharan Africa’s two biggest countries – Nigeria and South Africa – met earlier in October as part of continuing bilateral engagements aimed at strengthening and deepening cooperation between the two countries. President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria and president Cyril... 

First step on a long road to African free trade area

27th June 2019 The parallel developments in the European Union (EU) and Africa of regional trade blocs and free trade areas make for an interesting and potentially ironic study as Africa seeks to open its markets to intercontinental trade after years of barriers, and Europe, or at least the British element of... 

Benchmark pricing

11th June 2019 In recent weeks, several leading pharmaceutical companies have been accused of conspiring to inflate the pricing of their products, some of which are used in the treatment of illnesses such as high cholesterol and HIV. According to the papers filed in the Federal District Court in Connecticut... 

Conveyancers' obligations, if any, to police inclusionary housing?

15th April 2019 More often than not a conveyancing process is the last step to the conclusion of a new property development. Ideally a conveyancer, who will eventually register the establishment of a new township or the opening of a sectional title scheme, should be kept up to date on the progress of the... 

Expected changes to environmental taxes

11th April 2019 In the National Budget Speech delivered on 20 February 2019, it was announced that National Treasury will publish a draft Environmental Fiscal Reform Policy Paper in 2019 in an effort to reform existing environmental taxes and broaden their coverage. Government will also investigate a tax on... 
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South Africa inflation surge unlikely to bring forward rate hike

The rise in South Africa’s inflation rate to a 30-month high is unlikely to bring forward an interest-rate hike as the central bank had forecast a second-quarter spike in price growth. Consumer prices rose 5.2% in May from a year earlier, compared with 4.4% in April, Pretoria-based Statistics... 

Covid-19: Too little, too late – government's response not 'sufficiently strong' in Gauteng

It might be too late for an alcohol sales ban in Gauteng to be effective, a South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) expert said. But, he said, an alcohol sales ban would relieve pressure at hospitals and free up beds. 
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