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    1. Davies pushes for more local procurement

      Explore Engineering News (Jul 23 2014)

      Davies pushes for more local procurement

      Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has assured that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) would be “playing its part” in ensuring that government procured 75% of its goods and services from local companies, announcing on Tuesday the next designation of products for government procurement. These included steel, conveyance pipes, transformers, building and construction materials and rail signalling and components.

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      Mentions:   Asian   India   Brazil

    2. Minister hints at legislation review for small business

      Explore SA News (Jul 21 2014)

      Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has hinted at reviewing legislation and regulations that make it difficult for small businesses to survive.

      The minister says her department will, over the next few months, put a microscope over these regulations to see how they can be improved.

      She said this when she briefed journalists in Pretoria ahead of delivering her department’s budget vote tomorrow.

      “We will do this in consultation with all stakeholders. We will focus on creating an enabling environment for small business to grow and thrive,” she said.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Cape Town   Jacob Zuma

    3. Security industry bill may open sector to small, local firms

      Explore BDlive (Jul 17 2014)

      Security industry bill may open sector to small, local firms

      SMALL security companies are poised to cash in on the possible divestment by the industry’s large players should President Jacob Zuma sign the bill compelling dominant players to cede majority shares to locals.

      The newly formed Progressive Security Providers Association (PSPA) maintains that the signing of the Private Security Industry Regulation Amendment Bill into law would open up an industry "controlled by a small number of foreign and white-owned players".

      Representing 10% of the R50bn sector, the foreign-owned companies, including subsidiaries of major multinationals, have been up in arms over the bill, introduced by former police minister Nathi Mthethwa ...

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Jacob Zuma

    4. A community model for local content and supplier development | by Gareth Palmer

      Explore MarketSqr Blog (Jul 7 2014)

      A community model for local content and supplier development | by Gareth Palmer

      Supplier information and supply chain management firm Achilles has detailed its ‘community model’, which it says aims to enhance supply chain and procurement processes between local small- and medium-sized enterprises and international corporations.

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      Mentions:   Africa

    5. The right business structure will unlock BEE supply prospects

      Explore SmartProcurement.co.za (Jul 1 2014)

      The right business structure will unlock BEE supply prospects

      An understanding of what drives the procurement decision can be the advantage that wins that next tender or that next customer.

      Traditionally the main drivers of any procurement decision are price, quality and service, but with the importance placed on BEE compliance, the fourth driver of procurement decisions is a supplier’s BEE status.

      Amended Codes' Preferential Procurement scorecard

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    6. Transnet profit up 25% to more than R5bn

      Explore BDlive (Jun 30 2014)

      Transnet profit up 25% to more than R5bn

      TRANSNET said annual profit rose 25% as South Africa’s state-owned rail and ports operator boosted revenue from transporting minerals.

      Net income advanced to R5.17bn in the 12 months ended March 31 from R4.14bn a year earlier, CEO Brian Molefe told reporters on Monday in Johannesburg. Revenue increased 13% to R56.6bn, he said.

      The state-owned company is investing about R308bn over seven years through 2019 to increase capacity in rail freight, ports and fuel pipelines in Africa’s second-biggest economy. Transnet hauls coal for companies including Glencore to Richards Bay Coal Terminal, the world’s biggest such ...

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      Mentions:   Africa   South Africa   Glencore

    7. Namibia: Youth urged to fight corruption

      Explore allAfrica.com (Jun 20 2014)

      Namibia: Youth urged to fight corruption

      Katembo Augustinus, the coordinator of the Kavango Youth Against Corruption theatre group in Kavango East and Kavango West is encouraging youth to identify and eliminate corrupt behaviour.

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      Mentions:   Africa   South Africa   Nigeria

    8. Proudly SA welcomes local procurement commitment

      Explore SA News (Jun 18 2014)

      Proudly South African (Proudly SA) has welcomed the new administration’s commitment to promote local procurement.

      Delivering his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Tuesday night, President Jacob Zuma announced that government will continue to roll out the implementation of the Industrial Policy Action Plan, which will help promote local procurement.

      It will also increase domestic production by having the state buy 75% of goods and services from South African producers.  "President Zuma and the government's commitment to ‘Buy Local’ speaks directly to job creation and efforts to alleviate the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality in ...

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Department of Trade and Industry   Transnet

    9. Black business should be in public works

      Explore BDlive (Jun 11 2014)

      Black business should be in public works

      An intervention is required to enhance black participation in procurement in engineering and construction, writes Thami Mazwai

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    10. Small firms need to position themselves to become locomotive parts suppliers

      Explore BDlive (Jun 6 2014)

      Small firms need to position themselves to become locomotive parts suppliers

      SMALL and medium sized engineering companies must create niche markets for themselves to supply Transnet with parts for the locomotives the freight logistics state-owned company envisages building within the next two to three decades.

      Transnet CEO Brian Molefe said at a University of Pretoria Alumni breakfast that the growth in Africa and the expansion of intra-African trade would ultimately increase the growth in railways.

      His vision for Transnet entailed the "industrialisation of the railways" where Transnet would be manufacturing locomotives and establish concessions for its current freight role.

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      Mentions:   Africa   Asia   South Africa

    11. Rob Davies puts teeth in pact to buy local goods

      Explore iol.co.za (Jun 6 2014)

      Rob Davies puts teeth in pact to buy local goods

      The local procurement accord, which aims to promote the buying of South African goods and services, should now be presented as an instruction rather than in the form of an appeal or advice, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said yesterday.

      Davies told Business Report that, although the aspirational target of 75 percent local procurement was a good move, the government and public entities should now be obliged to procure at this level.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Johannesburg   Department of Trade and Industry

    12. Buyers, use your credit worthiness to support your SMMEs

      Explore SmartProcurement.co.za (Jun 4 2014)

      One of the largest obstacles preventing supplier growth, especially for SMMEs, is the lack of funding from traditional sources. With restrictions to finance, suppliers may be forced to pay high interest rates with local money lenders or approach banks to discount invoices.

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    13. First lady of small business with a big load of work

      Explore BDlive (Jun 4 2014)

      First lady of small business with a big load of work

      In her new job as Small Business Development Minister, Lindiwe Zulu can make a big difference to South Africa’s fortunes. But a lot of work lies ahead for her and fellow ministers in the sector.

      One task awaiting her is to "massify" the many good policies that already exist but which lack sufficient scale. Others are to secure a part of the government’s annual procurement budget of nearly R190bn for goods and services for the small business sector, cut red tape and ensure that the government pays small businesses on time as it has promised repeatedly to do ...

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      Mentions:   Brazil   South Africa   Angola

    14. Stefanutti, black owners link up

      Explore iol.co.za (May 26 2014)

      Stefanutti Stocks has embarked on an active drive to ensure a sizeable percentage of work it priced was in joint ventures with black-owned companies to grow and develop them into competent contractors.

      Willie Meyburgh, the chief executive of the listed construction group, said last week that there were not many black-owned contracting companies in the country, but the group had relationships with some of them. “We are helping them to develop their businesses to be sustainable stand-alone businesses and even eventually become our competitors.”

       

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    15. BEE, employment equity to be improved in new government

      Explore SA News (May 24 2014)

      The implementation of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) and employment equity will be improved in the new administration’s five-year term, under newly inaugurated President Jacob Zuma.

      “We will improve the implementation of the employment equity and BEE laws during this term,” the President said on Saturday.

      Addressing the nation shortly after being inaugurated for a second term in office, President Zuma said while progress has been made in changing the ownership and control of the country’s economy, “much more work” must be done.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Jacob Zuma   Pretoria

    16. Small business support ‘best left to business’

      Explore BDlive (May 16 2014)

      Small business support ‘best left to business’

      SANLAM CEO Johan van Zyl has fired a broadside at the government’s plan to set up a small business ministry, saying better outcomes are possible if businesses themselves ramp up efforts to support and grow smaller suppliers in their value chain systems.

      The ruling African National Congress, which easily won the May 7 elections despite pressure from jobs-focused new parties, is expected to set up a ministry to oversee small, medium-size and micro enterprises when it reconfigures the country’s government departments.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   ANC   Rob Davies

    17. Thinking time for SMMEs: a catalyst for implementation

      Explore SmartProcurement.co.za (May 6 2014)

      Thinking time for SMMEs: a catalyst for implementation While mobile devices have revolutionised how we engage with each other and the rest of the world, they have also arguably affected our ability to literally “switch off” and think. Because critical thinking and analysis are vital for business innovation and growth, entrepreneurs need to find a means of creating appropriate time and space for these, says Shawn Theunissen , head of CSR at Growthpoint Properties and Property Point (Growthpoint Properties’ enterprise development programme), in this month’s SmartProcurement .

      When it comes to building and growing one’s small business, there is often a tendency to focus almost solely on service ...

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    18. Davies dismayed by below-target black ownership in construction sector

      Explore Engineering News (May 5 2014)

      Davies dismayed by below-target black ownership in construction sector

      While Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has commended the release of the first baseline report for the construction sector, which focuses on the progress made on the implementation of a Construction Sector Code – a requirement in terms of broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) policy – he has expressed concern that BBBEE targets in the sector remain unachieved.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Lesotho   Pretoria

    19. New Metrorail coaches to arrive in 2015 as PRASA closes R51bn deal

      Explore Engineering News (Apr 29 2014)

      New Metrorail coaches to arrive in 2015 as PRASA closes R51bn deal

      The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and Gibela Rail Transportation announced on Tuesday that it had achieved commercial close on the contract to supply the State agency with 600 commuter trains (3 600 coaches) over the next ten years.

      The deal would play a vital role in revitalising the ailing Metrorail passenger rail network. The R51-billion contract to supply the trains was signed in October last year.

      The deal, which included the construction of a local train manufacturing plant, came into effect on April 26. The price tag was subject to inflation ...

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      Mentions:   Brazil   South Africa

    20. New supplier development body set up to stimulate infrastructure localisation

      Explore Polity.org.za (Apr 24 2014)

      New supplier development body set up to stimulate infrastructure localisation

      A new business association has been formally launched to link foreign suppliers of equipment to State-owned companies (SoCs) with large and small domestic companies in an effort to improve prospects for higher levels of local content in South Africa’s multibillion-rand infrastructure programme.

      Known as the Industrialisation Supplier Development Association (ISDA), the organisation was unveiled during a televised breakfast in Sandton on Thursday, hosted by SABC 2 and The New Age newspaper and addressed by Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Transnet   Sabc

    21. New supplier development body set up to stimulate infrastructure localisation

      Explore Engineering News (Apr 24 2014)

      New supplier development body set up to stimulate infrastructure localisation

      A new business association has been formally launched to link foreign suppliers of equipment to State-owned companies (SoCs) with large and small domestic companies in an effort to improve prospects for higher levels of local content in South Africa’s multibillion-rand infrastructure programme.

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      Mentions:   Japan   South Africa   Transnet

    22. Supplier Development Fund helps small farmers

      Explore iol.co.za (Apr 14 2014)

      Since its inception in 2011, the Supplier Development Fund, an investment worth R242 million towards developing Massmart’s South African-based small suppliers, has deployed funding to 183 black-owned group suppliers.

      The supplier fund, set up as a condition for Walmart’s purchase of a majority stake in Massmart, focuses on areas such as farming, manufacturing and services.  Cucumber and pepper farmer Kobela Mokgohloa runs the Korema Farm in Winterveld, outside Pretoria. Mokgohloa, who is part of the supplier development fund, said the programme had helped him secure a market for his crops

       

      Since its inception in 2011, the Supplier Development ...

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      Mentions:   Walmart   Pretoria

    23. Strikes and port costs ‘threaten Ford SA’s expansion’

      Explore iol.co.za (Apr 11 2014)

      Labour instability is a potential handbrake to further investment by the Ford Motor Company in the expansion of its manufacturing capacity in South Africa as its seeks to take advantage of growth opportunities in Africa.

      Stephen Odell, the executive vice-president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said this week that Ford had created a stand-alone Middle East and Africa business from the beginning of this year because this was a growth area in terms of population, wealth creation and wealth spread

       

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      Mentions:   Africa   South Africa   Saudi Arabia

    24. SA has to move away from price-driven procurement – Cesa

      Explore Engineering News (Apr 7 2014)

      SA has to move away from price-driven procurement – Cesa

      The current consulting engineering procurement approach – dominated by price, with functionality and quality only being minimum prequalification thresholds – is reducing consulting engineering services to a commodity as opposed to being “trusted advisers”, Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) president Abe Thela has said.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   National Treasury

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