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    1. | Bidvest flushes bid from SAA

      Explore (Jul 18 2015)

      An approach by an SAA director requesting that Bidvest transfers 30% of its aircraft-toilet-cleaning subsidiary business to an SAA-nominated black-owned small business has been politely but firmly kicked into touch.

      This seems to be a very similar request to that from Eskom to a number of service providers reported recently which may indicate a strategy from South African SoE's.

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      Mentions:   Eskom

    2. Union to launch mass action against Telkom

      Explore (Feb 17 2015)

      Union to launch mass action against Telkom

      - The Communication Workers Union will embark on mass action against Telkom's imminent retrenchments, it said on Wednesday.

      "We shall use anything at our disposal, including but not limited to unleashing the organised might of our members through rolling mass action to register our dissatisfaction, and force the hand of an irresponsible, inconsiderate and intransigent Telkom management," the union said in a statement.

      The union called on Telkom to withdraw all retrenchment notices sent to affected workers.  "Unilateral decision-making by Telkom management from their air-conditioned ivory towers can no longer be tolerated."

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      Mentions:   Johannesburg

    3. Major tender overhaul could kill tenderpreneurship

      Explore (Feb 7 2015)

      Major tender overhaul could kill tenderpreneurship

      Johannesburg - The new face of South Africa’s government tender process goes live on April 1 and is an overhaul of the much-abused and derided system, a report in the City Press explains.

      Some tenders likely to be centralised with chief procurement officer Kenneth Brown’s team include those for textbooks, building leases, air travel and hotel bookings, consultants, private security, banking and cellular telephony.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Johannesburg   Pretoria

    4. juwi SA to build its biggest solar project ever

      Explore (Jan 17 2015)

      juwi SA to build its biggest solar project ever

       juwi Renewable Energies, the South African subsidiary of the international juwi group, is to build the Mulilo Sonnedix Prieska PV solar park in the Northern Cape for Independent Power Producer (IPP) Sonnedix.

      The PV power plant has a total generation capacity of 86 MegaWatts (MW). Financial close was achieved on December 11 2014. The commencement of construction is scheduled for the first quarter of 2015.

      For the juwi group, the utility-scale project in the Northern Cape is the company’s largest single solar EPC-project in the world. juwi is also providing operation and maintenance services for the plant.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Cape Town

    5. Department of Energy approves new 100MW solar plant

      Explore (Jan 9 2015)

      Department of  Energy approves new 100MW solar plant

      The Department of Energy on Thursday gave the go-ahead for SolarReserve and Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power to build a 100MW solar power plant.

      Acceptance of the bid means the companies can now proceed to financial close, expected this year, and the signing of a power-purchase agreement with state-owned utility Eskom.

      The Redstone plant, near Kimberley, is expected to start working in early 2018, California-based SolarReserve said on Thursday in a statement on its website.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Saudi Arabia   Bloomberg

    6. Ellerines owes creditors R1.3bn

      Explore (Nov 1 2014)

      Ellerines owes creditors R1.3bn

      The former furniture unit of failed lender African Bank Investments [JSE:ABL] says it owes creditors R1.3bn ($117m), nearly half of that to major lenders including FirstRand [JSE:FSR] and Standard Bank [JSE:SBK], documents showed.

      The debt reflects the extent to which Abil's failure in August has rippled across corporate South Africa, knocking credit ratings, investor confidence and even hurting small suppliers such as florists and panel beaters.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Zambia   Botswana

    7. PetroSA posts R1.65bn net loss

      Explore (Oct 21 2014)

      PetroSA posts R1.65bn net loss

      PetroSA recorded an overall net loss of R1.65bn in the 2013/14 financial year, the company said on Tuesday.

      While the company made an operating profit of R2.2bn, this was against the R3.4bn impairment charge against PetroSA's onshore and offshore assets, spokesperson Thabo Mabaso said in a statement.

      "This is the result of a volatile economic environment, creep in project costs and delays in the feedstock drilling programme (Project Ikhwezi)."  Impairment is the reduction in a company's stated capital.

      Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo, PetroSA group CEO, said the company had a trying year with the main focus ...

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      Mentions:   Johannesburg   Post Office   Thabo Mabaso

    8. Huge opportunity for transport firms in FMCG industry

      Explore (Oct 1 2014)

      Huge opportunity for transport firms in FMCG industry

      There is a massive opportunity in South Africa for logistical and transport companies dealing with fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), according to Nicholas de Canha, CEO of Imperial Fleet Management.

      “The transportation of fast moving consumer goods has experienced a significant growth of late in South Africa and Africa."

      In South Africa, for instance, imports of containers into Durban ports increased by 5% in 2013. Most of the imports into Gauteng are consumer goods.

      "While a fair amount of investment is being made by various stakeholders to upgrade the country’s rail networks to be sufficient to meet future demand,

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      Mentions:   Africa   South Africa   China

    9. Protests against Woolworths Israeli trade

      Explore (Sep 1 2014)

      Protests against Woolworths Israeli trade

      Public benefit organisation Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions in South Africa (BDS SA) on Monday vowed to step up its protest action against Woolworth for "refusing to resolve the issue of the company trading with Israel".

      This comment by BDS SA's Kwara Kekana follows protest action on Saturday, which led to the temporary closure of the  Woolworths store in Rosebank, Johannesburg. The protest there included a flash mob outside the store and the distribution of pamphlets on why shoppers should boycott Woolworths.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Johannesburg   Pick n Pay

    10. Bhp Billiton to focus on energy assets

      Explore (Sep 1 2014)

      Bhp Billiton to focus on energy assets

      BHP Billiton's chief executive Andrew Mackenzie said on Thursday the global mining giant was switching its focus to energy, with iron ore and coal to receive less emphasis as China's demand for steel slows.

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      Mentions:   Asia   China   BHP Billiton

    11. Nampak may double capacity at Nigeria factory

      Explore (Aug 1 2014)

      Nampak may double capacity at Nigeria factory

      Nampak, Africa's biggest packing firm, is considering doubling the capacity of its Nigerian beverage can factory to meet its fast-growing demand.

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      Mentions:   Reuters   Africa   Britain

    12. Tensions in Bangladesh garment industry

      Explore (Jun 1 2014)

      Tensions in Bangladesh garment industry

      It took Western safety inspectors only about an hour to tour a factory the size of three football fields before ordering a partial shutdown of Sonia & Sweaters, a Bangladesh clothing supplier to Wal-Mart Stores and Debenhams.

      Two weeks later, the group that the inspectors represented changed its mind and allowed the factory to stay open, even though none of the repairs they suggested had been carried out.

      Such erratic decision-making poses a new set of problems for Bangladesh's $22bn garments industry, whose safety record has been under the microscope since the collapse of a factory near Dhaka that killed ...

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      Mentions:   Reuters   India   Walmart

    13. SA up for offshoring award

      Explore (May 1 2014)

      SA up for offshoring award

      South Africa has been shortlisted for the 2014 European Outsourcing Association (EOA) Offshoring Destination of the Year Award. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in London on July 10.
      South Africa, the current EOA Offshoring Destination of the Year, will compete against seven international outsourcing and offshoring locations.

      Now in its fifth year, the EOA Awards, recognises and celebrates the efforts of companies and individuals who have demonstrated best-practice in outsourcing. 

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      Mentions:   London   South Africa   France

    14. SABMiller saving costs for tough trade

      Explore (May 1 2014)

      SABMiller saving costs for tough trade

      Global brewer SABMiller announced a new cost-savings target on Thursday to help cushion it against difficult trading in a range of markets, sending its shares higher as investors anticipated a consequent boost to earnings.

      The maker of Miller Lite and Peroni beers is struggling to grow in Europe and North America - like many consumer goods companies - and new revenues from an emerging middle-class in developing markets have been dented by weak currencies in many of those countries of late.

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      Mentions:   Reuters   London   Zambia

    15. Woolies to buy Australian retailer David Jones

      Explore (Apr 1 2014)

      Woolies to buy Australian retailer David Jones

      Australian retailer David Jones has agreed to a takeover by Woolworths that values the company at US$1.9bn. Woolworths [JSE:WHL] has offered R21.4bn to acquire the entire issued share capital of Australian retailer David Jones for AUS$4.00 per share.  The offer represents a 25.4% premium to the closing David Jones share price on April 8 2014.

      The David Jones board of directors has unanimously recommended that its shareholders vote in favour of the transaction.  The combination of Woolworths and David Jones will create a retailer with revenue of over R51bn from 1 151 stores ...

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      Mentions:   Australia   South Africa   Cape Town

    16. Gas shortage duration still uncertain

      Explore (Mar 1 2014)

      Gas shortage duration still uncertain

      It is not known how long the current shortage of liquefied petroleum gas will continue and a strike is also affecting the situation, says Afrox.

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      Mentions:   Cape Town

    17. Western Cape to get R5bn mining boost

      Explore (Feb 1 2014)

      Western Cape to get R5bn mining boost

      Australian-based Mineral Commodities Ltd says its Tormin mineral sands mine project will inject over R1bn a year into the provincial economy over five years.  Mineral Commodities Ltd (MRC) positions its Tormin mineral sands mine project as a niche supplier to a market which is experiencing growing demand, with limited new supply.

      The mine, located on the West Coast about 400 km north of Cape Town, has active beach deposits of heavy minerals zircon, rutile, ilmenite and garnet. Extraction started in December 2013, from a beach north of Strandfontein.

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      Mentions:   Cape Town

    18. Ericsson bets on 3G in Africa telecoms

      Explore (Feb 1 2014)

      Ericsson bets on 3G in Africa telecoms

      The world's top mobile infrastructure supplier Ericsson is betting that the fast-growing African mobile broadband market will remain dominated by 3G services over the next years as the newest 4G smartphones remain too expensive for local consumers.

      Africa's rapid telecoms expansion has come to symbolise the continent's economic growth, with the World Bank estimating a 10% increase in broadband coverage could add 1.4 percentage points to economic output.

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      Mentions:   Reuters   Apple   Africa

    19. Vodacom, MTN slam cell cost charges

      Explore (Jan 1 2014)

      Vodacom, MTN slam cell cost charges

      Vodacom will consider its options regarding the telecommunications regulator Icasa's new call cost regulations that favour rivals Cell C and Telkom Mobile. 
      The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Wednesday halved the fees mobile phone companies can charge rivals to use their network, part of a plan to reduce call costs in Africa.


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      Mentions:   Africa   South Africa   Johannesburg

    20. Companies vie for R40bn lottery contract

      Explore (Aug 1 2013)

      Companies vie for R40bn lottery contract

      The focus of the next lottery licence period will be a more African one in tune with the government's aims,  Eighteen companies are vying for the national lottery operator contract valued at R40bn, the National Lotteries Board (NLB) said on Tuesday. "The focus for the third licence period is a more African lottery that responds to our government's call to address localisation issues," NLB chairperson Alfred Nevhutanda said.  "Bidding companies have to demonstrate a commitment to align their operations to the procurement act, information technology regulations, broad based black economic empowerment principles, and to empower local businesses by ...

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      Mentions:   Cape Town

    21. Imperial appoints new finance director

      Explore (Jul 1 2013)

      Transport and Logistics company Imperial Holdings has announced the appointment of Osman Suluman Arbee as its finance director. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Johannesburg

    22. Glencore boss on acquisition trail

      Explore (May 1 2013)

      Glencore boss on acquisition trail

      After years of on-off talks, months of brinksmanship and bitter negotiations, Glencore's head Ivan Glasenberg gets to complete the $30bn acquisition of Xstrata. But even as the champagne pops, investors and rivals are asking where the highly ambitious South African will look for his next deal. Many are already pointing to vulnerable or undervalued rivals, including Anglo American.

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      Mentions:   London   Brazil   European Union

    23. PetroSA chairperson steps down

      Explore (Apr 1 2013)

      PetroSA chairperson steps down

      PetroSA chairperson Benny Mokaba has vacated his position at the company, it was announced on Monday.  Mandla Tyala, spokesperson for the Central Energy Fund (CEF) which owns the company, said CEF chairperson Sankie Mthembi-Mahanyele announced Mokaba's departure on Monday morning. "The move follows the conclusion of an investigation which was ordered by the Minister of Energy... Dipuo Peters to investigate the robustness of the procurement system at PetroSA," Tyala said.

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      Mentions:   Johannesburg

    24. Big food firms embroiled in horsemeat saga

      Explore (Feb 1 2013)

      Big food firms embroiled in horsemeat saga

       The world's biggest food company, Swiss-based Nestle, and the world's top beef producer, JBS of Brazil, were on Tuesday the latest in a long list of firms to be caught up in Europe's spiralling horsemeat scandal. Their involvement in the fast-moving drama marked another milestone in a scandal that has seen supermarket chains across Europe pull from their shelves millions of "beef" products that are thought to contain horsemeat.


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      Mentions:   Tesco   Brazil   Paris

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