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    1. Kagiso PMI improves in August, but still points to contraction in activity

      Explore BDlive (Sep 1 2014)

      Kagiso PMI improves in August, but still points to contraction in activity

      ACTIVITY in the manufacturing sector improved last month as workers that had gone on a month-long strike returned to work, an industry indicator showed on Monday.

      The Kagiso purchasing managers’ index (PMI) rose 3.1 index points to 49 last month from 45.9 in July.

      Despite the improvement, August marked the fifth consecutive month of contraction in activity. The index needs to be above 50 to indicate that activity in manufacturing is expanding.

      The below-50 reading suggested that "conditions in the factory sector are still relatively subdued", head of research at Kagiso Asset Management Abdul Davids said.

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      Mentions:   Kagiso

    2. Nigeria-Made Nissan Patrol Charts New Course in Upscale Market

      Explore allAfrica.com (Sep 1 2014)

      Nigeria-Made Nissan Patrol Charts New Course in Upscale Market

      Nissan has said that its new Y62 Patrol, now redesigned with an unprecedented zest and ergonomics, has returned with a futuristic look that stands out for its unique combination of the most recent technologies and new design DNA.

      The auto maker noted that the new Y62 Patrol, assembled in Nigeria by Stallion NMN plant in Lagos, epitomises Nissan's tagline: 'Innovation that excites.'

      It also noted that President Goodluck Jonathan had acknowledged the beauty and adroitness of the made-in-Nigeria Y62 Patrol when he, in company of some government officials, took delivery of the Patrol in Abuja on Democracy Day

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      Mentions:   Toyota   Africa   South Africa

    3. Govt committed to protecting clothing, textile sector

      Explore SA News (Sep 1 2014)

      Government is committed to protecting the country’s clothing and textile sector which has shown growth in recent years, says the Department of Trade and Industry (dti).

      This as employment in the footwear and leather sector showed growth of 5% between 2012 and 2014.

      “What we've actually seen is that this industry to a high degree has stabilised,” said Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies, adding that through the Competitiveness Improvement Programme R645 million was contributed the sector.

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      Mentions:   Department of Trade and Industry   Cape Town   Pretoria

    4. Is it time to embrace e-procurement? Answer these 11 questions to find out

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Aug 29 2014)

      Is it time to embrace e-procurement? Answer these 11 questions to find out

      If you are procurement professional and your workstation is buried under altogether too many papers for your review, approval, storage and forwarding, it’s time to take an ‘electronic’ leap.

      Get rid of the paper-based, costly, inefficient, time-wasting, worryingly complex, easily forgettable and can-be-missed procurement details and papers. Your smartphone, iPad or computer should take charge of the timelines, costs, approval needs, signatures, storage and forwarding of documents.

      Just ask yourself the following questions:

      1. Are purchase requests, RFQs, quotations, comparisons, orders, delivery receipts, completion certificates and invoices still being printed and couriered as hard copies?
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    5. Sustainable Supply Chains - 3 Ways To Reduce Procurement Risks

      Explore Procurement Leaders Network (Aug 29 2014)

      Sustainable Supply Chains - 3 Ways To Reduce Procurement Risks

      What do companies like Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Proctor & Gamble, Wilmar International and Mars have in common? They’ve all made public commitments to implement a zero-deforestation policy throughout their supply chains. With several of these announcements happening over the last few months, it’s clear that major corporations are recognizing what’s good for the environment can also be good for the bottom line.

       When done right and systematically, sustainability and zero-deforestation policies lead to improved brand image and build stronger business relationships with other organizations and customers.

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      Mentions:   Unilever   Asia

    6. Opportunities beckon in Africa but Oz firms face stiff competition

      Explore MiningWeekly.com (Aug 29 2014)

      Australian resources firms that were hoping to exploit African minerals would have to address challenges associated with building sustainable opportunities if they were to deepen market penetration on the continent, and to strengthen their foot-hold in the long term.

      The message came from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s East Africa section director Jeannie Henderson at the first day of the East Africa Oil & Gas conference, in Perth.

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      Mentions:   Australia   Africa   Canada

    7. How the Internet Saved Handmade Goods

      Explore HBR Blog Network (Aug 28 2014)

      How the Internet Saved Handmade Goods

      A recent article in The Economist, citing the work of Ryan Raffaelli at Harvard Business School, points to what it calls a “paradox” in the aftermath of disruptive innovation. Some old technologies, after being rendered obsolete by better and cheaper alternatives (indeed even after whole industries based on them have been decimated), manage to “re-emerge” to the point that they sustain healthy businesses. Think mechanical Swiss watches, now enjoying strong sales.

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      Mentions:   Sony   Boston

    8. Lack of ability to manage relationships is a key skills gap in procurement – survey

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Aug 28 2014)

      Relationship management is the primary skill missing from procurement teams, according to a survey.

      More than half (60.3 per cent) of the 120 purchasing professionals surveyed by ProcureCon Europe, cited it as a skills gap in their organisation, followed by risk analysis (51.7 per cent), and supply chain analysis (39.7 per cent).

      The poll emphasised the importance of building relationships in order to achieve sustainable success, not only internally with stakeholders but also externally with suppliers.

      Roger Davies, group head of procurement at Marks & Spencer, told the survey that relationship management and influencing skills were core to ...

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      Mentions:   Russia

    9. M&R sees oil, gas and energy diversification by 2020

      Explore BDlive (Aug 28 2014)

      M&R sees oil, gas and energy diversification by 2020

      CONSTRUCTION group Murray & Roberts (M&R) believes that by 2020 it will have established its oil, gas and energy services, CEO Henry Laas said on the release of full-year results to June on Wednesday.

      Group revenue of R36bn was slightly up from R34.2bn in the year to June last year. Diluted earnings per share rose 25% to 305c. A dividend of 50c per share was declared. None was declared in the comparable period.

      However, the order book shrank from R46.1bn to R40.9bn.

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      Mentions:   Australia   Eskom

    10. Buyers back supplier charters despite risk of stifling innovation

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Aug 27 2014)

      Buyers have backed the use of charters that set out the “rules of engagement” in supplier relationships, according to a survey.

      The SM Jury voted by eight to four in favour of charters, with members saying they promoted ethical behaviour and improved supplier relations.

      Cristian Martin, procurement and contracts officer at the Commonwealth Secretariat, said: “It is important for suppliers to understand what standards your process is aligned to; everyone understands what everyone’s rights are. If you are not aligning to a standard, a charter would help suppliers understand your process better.”

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    11. How businesses can reduce security risks

      Explore Technology News and Analysis (Aug 26 2014)

      How businesses can reduce security risks

      Embracing the digital revolution is unavoidable for businesses. It has brought great advantages with it too, such as anytime, anywhere communications and the storage of vital and personal information for use in our work and personal lives. It has also provided greater flexibility in where and how we work and communicate, making things much easier for us. However,

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    12. Veeder-Root Acquires FuelQuest, Inc.

      Explore PR Newswire (Aug 26 2014)

      Veeder-Root Acquires FuelQuest, Inc.

      The Veeder-Root Company has acquired FuelQuest, Inc. Located in Houston, Texas, FuelQuest is the recognized Software as a Service (SaaS) provider for retail and commercial fueling logistics applications. With over 15 years of experience in logistics software development and analytics, FuelQuest will combine with Veeder-Root's Insite360 Fuel business to provide a best in class, end-to-end solution for controlling wet stock from rack to nozzle.

      The acquisition demonstrates Veeder-Root's commitment to supporting retail and commercial fueling customers' desire for increased control of their fuel purchases, deliveries, variance, flow, compliance and managed maintenance needs.

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      Mentions:   Texas

    13. Three ways to improve risk management across the supply chain

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Aug 26 2014)

      Three ways to improve risk management across the supply chain

      While effective supply chain risk management programmes recognise things don’t always go according to plan, they also aid businesses build a more resilient operation in response.

      The risks of supply chain disruptions aren’t limited to first tier suppliers and customers. The ability to access information from every part of the trading network in real-time can help businesses identify and anticipate risks, as well as inform the range of decisions needed to mitigate them. That visibility fuels the approach behind collaborative planning and execution.

      Here are three ways to improve risk management across a company and its trading partner ...

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    14. Nestlé links with NGO to tighten standards of animal welfare in supply chain

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Aug 26 2014)

      Nestlé has pledged to improve the welfare of animals in its supply chain by signing up to an agreement with non-governmental organisation (NGO) World Animal Protection.

      It means that the hundreds of thousands of farms that supply Nestlé with its dairy, meat, poultry and eggs will have to comply with tighter animal welfare standards. Nestlé said it is the first major food company to form an international partnership with an animal welfare NGO.

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    15. Distell earmarks R500m for its foray into the rest of Africa

      Explore BDlive (Aug 26 2014)

      Distell earmarks R500m for its foray into the rest of Africa

      DISTELL Group has earmarked more than R500m for investments into various African countries and it will partly fund the war chest through a cost saving and supply chain efficiency programme, the liquor group said on Monday.

      Meanwhile, it announced that group revenue from Africa outside South Africa grew 20% in its year to June, helping overall revenue rise 12.8% to R17.7bn.

      The weaker rand and the first full contribution from Scotch whisky business Burn Stewart Distillers, bought last year, also boosted revenue.

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      Mentions:   Africa   South Africa   Nigeria

    16. Employers Aren’t Just Whining – the “Skills Gap” Is Real

      Explore HBR Blog Network (Aug 25 2014)

      Employers Aren’t Just Whining – the “Skills Gap” Is Real

      Every year, the Manpower Group, a human resources consultancy, conducts a worldwide “Talent Shortage Survey.” Last year, 35% of 38,000 employers reported difficulty filling jobs due to lack of available talent; in the U.S., 39% of employers did. But the idea of a “skills gap” as identified in this and other surveys has been widely criticized.

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    17. Gauteng Health suspends CFO

      Explore SA News (Aug 25 2014)

      The Gauteng Department of Health has suspended its Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Ndoda Biyela, pending an internal investigation, the department said on Monday.

      According to the department’s communications head, Prince Hamnca, Biyela was suspended following allegations of irregularities relating to procurement processes in the department. “An investigation is underway to test the veracity of the allegations,” Hamnca said.

      He said Biyela has been suspended with full pay, pending the outcome of this process.

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      Mentions:   Pretoria

    18. Light in the tunnel for Shaft Sinkers

      Explore BDlive (Aug 25 2014)

      Light in the tunnel for Shaft Sinkers

      SHAFT Sinkers is putting a deal in place to recapitalise the company after a heavy drain on its balance sheet from a legal battle and a five-month platinum strike in SA, but the deal has cost it its chairman and a nonexecutive director.

      Chairman Stephen Oke resigned with immediate effect on Friday, as did nonexecutive director Roger Williams.

      No reason was given in Friday’s statement outlining the financing transaction to raise up to £9.2m in an issue of convertible notes representing 78% of shares if they were all converted.

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      Mentions:   India   Russia

    19. 5 Tips To Make Your Browsing Safe And Secure

      Explore Technology News and Analysis (Aug 22 2014)

      5 Tips To Make Your Browsing Safe And Secure

      The internet has become as ubiquitous as air. You’re connected at home via Wi-Fi, then you go out and stop by a cafe to grab a quick morning coffee and check your Facebook, then you come to the office, get all serious and send business mail to your colleagues. The internet gives us great freedom. But with that freedom comes great dangers and great responsibility -- you are responsible for protecting yourself on the web.

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      Mentions:   Google

    20. Group Five wins R4bn Ghana deal

      Explore BDlive (Aug 21 2014)

      Group Five wins R4bn Ghana deal

      JSE-listed construction and engineering firm Group Five has been awarded a R4bn engineering, procurement and construction contract by Ghanaian energy group Cenpower Generation.

      It will design and build a 350MW gas-and oil-fired combined-cycle power plant in the Tema industrial zone in Ghana.

      The deal is still subject to certain conditions and will proceed to commercial and financial closure over the coming weeks. Once this has happened, the group will receive a notice to proceed.

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      Mentions:   Ghana

    21. The five features of intelligent category management

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Aug 21 2014)

      The five features of intelligent category management

      Procurement has a role in delivering value and smart cost reduction is about buying the products and services you need at a competitive price without exposing your business to risk or failure. If you are value driven, it goes beyond getting what is just cheaper, because cheaper in some industries could mean disaster. There’s a lot more to being a category manager than being a buyer – they need to take account of the consequences of their actions and recommendations.

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      Mentions:   China

    22. Exxaro coal exports shoot up by 43%

      Explore BDlive (Aug 21 2014)

      Exxaro coal exports shoot up by 43%

      EXXARO Resources, South Africa’s fourth-largest coal producer and the biggest supplier of coal to Eskom, said trading conditions during the past six months were challenging as the average price of export coal dropped more than expected.

      The company, which released its results on Thursday, said export volumes for the six months ended June 2014 increased by 43% to 2.7-million tonnes compared with the year-earlier period.

      "Demand in the domestic market for metallurgical, power station and steam coal, however, was lower than in the corresponding period," it said.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Eskom

    23. State set for tighter control of Eskom

      Explore BDlive (Aug 21 2014)

      State set for tighter control of Eskom

      ESKOM, under newly appointed CEO Tshediso Matona — currently the director-general of the Department of Public Enterprises — will be more tightly controlled by the department in future.

      Not only will Mr Matona want to improve on what he says was Eskom’s failure to account properly, but he will have to ensure that the utility complies with a proposed bill that the department is working on.

      The Government Shareholder Management Bill, which the department hopes to submit to Parliament by the end of the fiscal year, will set the legislative framework in which all state-owned companies will have to function.

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      Mentions:   Parliament   Eskom

    24. Cabinet appoints Matona as Eskom’s new CEO

      Explore BDlive (Aug 20 2014)

      Cabinet appoints Matona as Eskom’s new CEO

      THE Cabinet decided on Wednesday to appoint Department of Public Enterprises director-general Tshediso Matona as the new CEO of Eskom.

      Mr Matona will take up his new position from September 1. Eskom has been under the stewardship of acting CEO Collin Matjila since April.

      In making the announcement, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said she had “absolute faith” in Mr Matona who brought with him a wealth of experience and was conversant with the challenges facing Eskom.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Geneva   Department of Trade and Industry

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