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Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr appoints new dispute resolution director

By: Darren Parker     13th May 2024 Law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH) has announced the appointment of new dispute resolution director Marelise van der Westhuizen as of May 1.  CDH CEO Brent Williams noted on May 13 that Van der Westhuizen had received good client feedback. 

RAF launches campaign to deal with unfinalised claims 

By: Sabrina Jardim     2nd May 2024 Amid a current backlog of around 321 000 unfinalised claims, the Road Accident Fund (RAF) has launched a campaign to reduce claims submitted before April 2021 that have yet to be finalised. The campaign calls claimants to submit all outstanding documents to ensure that the RAF has all the... 

Herbert Smith Freehills promotes Ernst Müller to director in Johannesburg

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th April 2024 International law firm Herbert Smith Freehills is promoting Ernst Müller to director, with effect from May 1. Müller, who joined the firm as an associate in 2017, is a senior associate based in the firm’s Johannesburg office in South Africa. 

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Ernst Müller

Transnet aims to defend its decision to partner with ICTSI at the DCT

By: Darren Parker     29th April 2024 State-owned Transnet has defended its decision to select Phillipines-based International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) as the preferred bidder for the establishment of a partnership to manage the upgrade and development of Pier 2 at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT). Following the... 

DCT Pier 2

Outa demands information on Sanral, Ceta tenders

By: Darren Parker     24th April 2024 Nonprofit watchdog the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has accused the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and the Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) of keeping contracts with questionable companies secret, which it says is in line with a government... 

Sanral road (hopefield interchange)

Public consultation key part of law development, but often overlooked – Mavuso

By: Sabrina Jardim     15th April 2024 Following last week’s withdrawal of proposed new visa regulations that would have eased the way for skilled workers to come to South Africa, business organisation Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busisiwe Mavuso says comments from the public and business sector are often overlooked by... 

BLSA CEO Busisiwe Mavuso
BLSA CEO Busisiwe Mavuso

CoJ promulgates reviewed municipal planning by-law

By: Darren Parker     9th April 2024 The City of Johannesburg’s (CoJ’s) Development Planning Department has promulgated the recently reviewed municipal planning by-law. The provisions of the reviewed by-law enable the city to simplify procedures and processes for land development applications, mechanisms to provide engineering... 

Johannesburg

Regulations need to adapt to evolving industry – drone specialist

By: Nadine Ramdass     29th March 2024 A collaborative approach between industry authority the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) and drone operators is critical in further easing regulations for new and existing drone operators while achieving airspace safety, says drone-based services specialist RocketDNA quality... 

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TAKING FLIGHT Drone pilot training can range from two to three weeks, based on a trainee’s capabilities

Sustainable energy transition on track for mining industry

22nd March 2024 The energy transition and the global move towards net zero by 2050 require coordinated action by mining companies, governments, unions and communities to ensure just transitions for coal mines and communities, according to a recent press release authored by Webber Wentzel partners Bruce Dickinson... 

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BRUCE DICKINSON The energy transition will entail a shift from fossil fuels to clean energy sources

Built Environment Indaba to address substandard project delivery, other challenges

By: Darren Parker     12th March 2024 Poor-quality projects, site invasions and inadequate transformation are some of the key issues that will be addressed at the inaugural Built Environment Indaba, which will be held at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, on April 4 and 5. “We have a lot of incomplete projects. We also have... 

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Construction sector mafia targeting executives as well

By: Darren Parker     12th March 2024 The impact of the construction mafia is starting to be felt higher up the food chain, with Black Building Council in the Built Environment (BBCBE) president Danny Masimene noting that executives were now also directly in the line of fire. “What is worrying is that the trend has changed. The... 

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Understated outlook for construction industry, but potential positives

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st March 2024 Some positive growth experienced in several indicators in the construction sector tapered off in the last quarter of 2023, and this loss in momentum continued into this year. It remains to be seen how this will play out, especially when factoring in the national elections, Industry Insight CEO... 

Customs increase aims to level out steel products field

By: Nadine Ramdass     1st March 2024 Industry association Southern Africa Coil Coaters Association (SACCA) has applied for an increase in the general rate of customs duty on certain coated or plated flat-rolled steel. The proposed increase, from duty free to the World Trade Organisation-bound rate of 10% ad valorem, has gained... 

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LEVEL FIELD The proposed tariff increase aims to eliminate loopholes exploited and enhance the competitive position of domestic manufacturers

Can SA mining prevent more hostage dramas in 2024?  

By: Darren Parker     16th February 2024 Since October of last year, several unlawful underground protests have raised serious concerns about the potential emergence of a new trend in which frustrated underground mineworkers turn to unlawful sit-ins and hostage-taking as a means of having their demands met. Although the South African... 

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New Bacsa to support business, govt collaboration in fight against crime, corruption

By: Darren Parker     5th February 2024 Industry body Business Against Crime South Africa (Bacsa) has been confirmed as the primary point of contact for business interaction with government on crime and corruption through government structures, including the National Priority Crime Operational Committee (NPCOC). This signals an... 

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AMIE welcomes rebates for boneless, bone-in chicken product imports

By: Sabrina Jardim     26th January 2024 The Association of Meat Importers and Exporters of Southern Africa (AMIE) has welcomed the decision by Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel and the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) to implement rebates on boneless and bone-in chicken cuts,... 

Passage of NHI Bill would spell disaster for the health sector – BLSA

By: Darren Parker     11th December 2023 Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso has warned of the deteriorating health sector without the prospect of recovery, owing in large part to the passage last week of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill into law, barring the assent of President Cyril Ramaphosa.  In her weekly... 

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Commission granted application to add price fixing contravention to case against brick makers

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th December 2023 The Competition Tribunal has granted an application by the Competition Commission to amend its complaint referral (charge sheet) against two brick manufacturers. The tribunal’s order means that the scope of the commission’s referral, which is already before the tribunal, will be extended to... 

Access to water, logistics infrastructure major hurdles to hydrogen economy

By: Darren Parker     30th November 2023 One of the challenges standing in the way of South Africa becoming a world-class green hydrogen producer is that South Africa is a water-scarce country, and that enormous volumes of water are needed to produce hydrogen, law firm Bowmans associate Marga Jordaan has said. “[We] need to take into... 

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Prosecutions coupled with zero-tolerance culture key to fighting SA’s corruption scourge

By: Darren Parker     24th November 2023 Corruption has long been an unhappy and increasingly harmful feature of the South African political, economic and business landscape. The extreme scale of this insidious problem came into sharp focus during the inquiry into State capture, however, which unearthed not only the far-reaching nature... 

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Pandemic-induced change demands upskilling

By: Halima Frost     3rd November 2023 The warehousing and storage sector has noted a substantial uptick in demand for space and associated services, following the significant increase in e-commerce buying after Covid-19. The e-commerce “explosion” has, in turn, increased the need for industry-related skills, which employers and... 

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POST COVID GROWTH The Covid-19 pandemic benefited the e-commerce sector by increasing the demand for efficient and streamlined warehousing and storage facilities

Embedded generation threshold increase drives PPAs

By: Nadine Ramdass     27th October 2023 Increasing the threshold for embedded projects has been the biggest positive policy change in unblocking private power purchase agreements (PPAs) and stimulating South Africa’s energy transition, says financial institution Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) energy finance head Amith... 

BMA assures strike at Lebombo border will not disrupt services

By: Darren Parker     18th October 2023 The Border Management Authority (BMA) has assured that the planned strike action at the Lebombo border by the Nkomazi community on October 18 will be closely monitored to ensure no disruption of services.   The BMA has been asked to receive the memorandum from the community, which highlights the... 

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Rail protocol ratification approved

13th October 2023 The South African Cabinet formally approved the submission of the Luxembourg Rail Protocol to the Cape Town Convention (LRP) to Parliament for ratification, in June 2023. Formal ratification is expected later this year. The LRP aims to “foster economic growth by enhancing private sector financing... 

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VIVIEN CHAPLIN The LRP aims to make it easier and cheaper for the private sector to finance railway rolling stock

InfoDocs urges timely beneficial ownership submissions as CIPC deadline passed

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd October 2023 Local startup InfoDocs has warned that those companies that missed the October 1 deadline to submit beneficial ownership information to the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) now need to complete the process within a 30-day grace period until the next CIPC yearly return is due,... 

DBSA highlights its contribution to infrastructure development in Africa

By: Cameron Mackay     29th September 2023 Development finance institution (DFI) the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) head of energy, environment and information and communications technology (ICT) Mathapelo Malao has emphasised that the DFI’s energy, environment and ICT division holds strategic value for infrastructure... 

Event continues to impress

By: Halima Frost     15th September 2023 Southern Africa's premier event for the general aviation industry, AERO South Africa took place this year at the Wonderboom National Airport in Tshwane, Gauteng, from July 6 to 9. The event was presented by Messe Frankfurt South Africa in partnership with Fairnamic – organisers of Europe’s... 

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FLY-IN HIGH the Fly in option was well received by visitors who could literally fly in to the event

Pieter Smit appointed acting director of FIC

By: Darren Parker     4th September 2023 Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has appointed Adv Pieter Smit as the acting director of the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC), in accordance with Section 8 of the FIC Act.  Smit's tenure as acting director will span six months – from September 1, 2023 to February 29, 2024 – or until a new... 

BLSA funds new anti-corruption guide

By: Darren Parker     4th September 2023 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has provided funding for the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) to produce a guide for South African companies to fight corruption.   BLSA CEO Busisiwe Mavuso said in her weekly newsletter on September 4 that combatting crime and corruption,... 

BLSA CEO Busisiwe Mavuso
BLSA CEO Busisiwe Mavuso

State slammed for ‘dereliction of Constitutional duty’ over failure to protect Intercape buses

By: Cameron Mackay     23rd August 2023 The Makhanda High Court has slammed the South African government for the “dereliction of its Constitutional duties” in quelling the violence directed at long-distance coach company Intercape. “It boggles the mind why it is so difficult for a law enforcement agent to appreciate that when armed... 

Intercape states that it’s operations have run a gauntlet of concerted attacks, with a number of incidents in which coaches were shot at or stoned in and around hotspots towns in the Eastern Cape
Intercape states that it’s operations have run a gauntlet of concerted attacks, with a number of incidents in which coaches were shot at or stoned in and around hotspots towns in the Eastern Cape

Competition Commission engages stakeholders on exchange of sensitive information

By: Cameron Mackay     11th August 2023 The Competition Commission on August 11 hosted a hybrid workshop for trade associations, business stakeholders and sector regulators in Fourways, Johannesburg, to raise awareness of the permissible exchanges of competitively sensitive information within the framework of the Competition Act. The... 

Procurement clarity and prosecutions key to tackling construction site disruptions

By: Cameron Mackay     4th August 2023 Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Sihle Zikalala has emphasised the importance of unity in condemning and addressing construction site disruption and extortion affecting the industry. “It is important that we act together to root out these illegal practices, which are driving away... 

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Contractors must refuse to pay bribes to public officials and extorters. We must protect whistleblowers, and ensure that people who indicate potential for disruption are protected
SIHLE ZIKALALA Contractors must refuse to pay bribes to public officials and extorters. We must protect whistleblowers, and ensure that people who indicate potential for disruption are protected

Project managers and principal agents – who is responsible for what?

28th July 2023 In construction projects undertaken in terms of the Joint Building Contractors Committee (JBCC) Principal Building Agreements, an employer may, in certain instances, depending on the size of the project, make separate appointments of both a project manager and principal agent, as opposed to a... 

Competition Tribunal dismisses case of alleged corruption in Eskom tender

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd June 2023 Local regulatory body the Competition Tribunal has dismissed a case of collusive tendering through price fixing against four firms and three joint ventures (JVs) that participated in a 2015 Eskom tender. The tender was for the supply, transportation, delivery, installation and dismantling of... 

Expert safety, health and environmental advisers key to ensuring risk management, compliance

By: Sabrina Jardim     26th May 2023 While South Africa’s legislative framework extensively covers various aspects of health and safety, companies could greatly benefit from expert safety, health and environmental (SHE) advisers to assist them to implement the necessary protocols, says KBC Risk Solutions GM Louise Woodburn. She... 

An image depicting a smiling woman, Louise Woodburn
LOUISE WOODBURN Companies are encouraged to proactively identify risks and ensure that adequate controls are set to protect employees from harm should situations arise that compromise their health and safety

Pre-employment tests limit risks

By: Sabrina Jardim     26th May 2023 With substance abuse having been exacerbated during the Covid-19 pandemic, pre-employment drug and alcohol testing has become a greater necessity in the workplace, says substance abuse testing equipment supplier Alco-Safe MD Rhys Evans. Pre-employment testing entails conducting tests prior to or... 

An image depicting a smiling man, Rhys Evans
RHYS EVANS Substance abuse can lead to employees making poor decisions, and higher absenteeism, which, in turn, exacerbates poor production rates, in addition to increased company expenses and the risk of accidents

Risk solutions provider growing African footprint

By: Halima Frost     26th May 2023 Since its establishment in 2021, risk mitigation solutions provider Africa Speciality Risk (ASR) has set its sights on consolidating its underwriting activities in South Africa as part of its developing in the African insurance construction space. The company highlights that it has made “real... 

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ASSURING INSURANCE ASR offers reinsurance to many sectors including the construction sector across Africa
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