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Legislative Environment News

Mavuso reflects on government progress, says private-sector partnership key

By: Sabrina Jardim     Updated 7 hours ago Ahead of the national elections on May 29, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busisiwe Mavuso says that, despite the challenges facing South Africa, voting is a foundation for democratic governance that “binds us together.” In her latest weekly newsletter, she calls on South Africans to... 

Vaal Water Lettuce invasion signifies need to weed out water pollution

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th May 2024 The Vaal Barrage is now home to an invasive plant species that has had significant negative economic and environmental consequences for the region, and its rapid spread will not slow down without intervention. This has left the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), Rand Water and local... 

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TNPA signs terminal operator agreement with Mnambithi Terminals in transformation deal

By: Darren Parker     23rd May 2024 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has signed a terminal operator agreement (TOA) with Mnambithi Terminals for the development of a liquid bulk facility at the port’s Maydon Wharf precinct, in KwaZulu-Natal. The project is expected to result in improved operational efficiencies... 

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Speakers highlight focus areas to tackle mine water challenges 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd May 2024 South Africa has made considerable strides in addressing mine water challenges; however, it is imperative that these efforts are bolstered and improved upon, through aligning research with implementation, ensuring that the correct processes are in place and adapting the regulatory environment to... 

Speakers who participated in a Mine Water webinar hosted by Creamer Media.
Speakers highlight focus areas to tackle mine water challenges

Reserve Bank warns carbon taxes may cut exports by 10%

By: Bloomberg     21st May 2024 South African economic growth could be severely stunted if carbon taxes are widely imposed on its exports, according to a new report by the country’s central bank. The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) said the hit could reach 10% of exports and more than 9% of gross domestic product in 2050... 

The Port of Durban

NCOP votes to pass Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th May 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the significance of the National Council of Provinces' (NCOP's) vote to pass the Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill; if the Bill is likely to face any opposition; and what further actions can be expected once the Bill becomes law.   

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer
NCOP votes to pass Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill (Camera: Shadwyn Dickinson; Editing: Nicholas Boyd)

Organisations call ‘rushed’ NHI Bill an electioneering ploy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2024 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has again expressed concern about the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill on the eve of its planned promulgation by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s. Signing the NHI as is into law will discount the significant public comment having been made on the proposed... 

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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. 

South Africa becoming a viable international arbitration destination – law firm

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2024 Law firm Pinsent Masons finds there is increasing interest in South Africa as a viable option for international arbitration. In the dynamic landscape of global commerce, the role of arbitration cannot be overstated, said Pinsent legal director Emma Roberts. 

Enhanced regulation, law enforcement needed to combat scrap metal theft 

By: Darren Parker     3rd May 2024 Enhanced regulation and enforcement are needed to address the challenges of scrap metal theft in South Africa and potentially lift the ban on scrap metal exports, research and advisory firm Birguid analyst Noquele Dube says. She explains that the scrap metal industry contributes R15-billion to... 

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CER lauds enactment of Climate Change Bill, says related policies should also be collaborative

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th April 2024 With the National Council of Provinces having passed the Climate Change Bill and it nearing official promulgation, nonprofit organisation the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) has stressed the need for constructive stakeholder consultation on the development of various policies and laws that... 

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Mavuso encouraged by restored business, govt relations following turbulent Zuma reign

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th April 2024 Ahead of South Africa’s national elections on May 29, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso says regardless of changes to government, the facts of what businesses need to thrive do not change. She expresses confidence, in her latest weekly newsletter, about the country realising its... 

Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso
Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso

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

Task team established to enhance service delivery

By: Simone Liedtke     26th April 2024 In response to the concerning findings of the Blue, Green and No Drop reports, which highlight a nationwide decline in the quality of water services, government has established a task team dedicated to enhancing service delivery across various municipalities. The task team will aim to reverse the... 

SIGNIFICANT INCREASE
The 2023 Blue Drop report highlighted that the proportion of water supply systems failing to meet minimum microbiological water-quality standards increased significantly
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SIGNIFICANT INCREASE The 2023 Blue Drop report highlighted that the proportion of water supply systems failing to meet minimum microbiological water-quality standards increased significantly

Tribunal approves Vitol’s buyout of Engen 

By: Darren Parker     25th April 2024 The Competition Tribunal has approved the proposed acquisition of petrol station brand Engen by independent energy marketing and trading company Vitol Emerald, subject to a set of competition and public interest conditions.   The tribunal’s order follows a hearing last month during which it heard... 

Typical Engen garage

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

Treasury calls for comments on draft money laundering regulation amendments

By: Schalk Burger     10th April 2024 Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has invited public comments and written submissions on draft amendments to the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Control Regulations of the Financial Intelligence Centre Act (Fica) by April 19. The draft amendments are aimed at strengthening South Africa’s... 

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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

Mavuso says visa reform is good and well, but govt capacity may negate the positives

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th April 2024 While it is positive that regulations for digital nomad visas are in place, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso says it will take resources and leadership to deliver those services that should theoretically be available. The South African government earlier this week promulgated... 

Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso
Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso

Policy uncertainty edging further into negative territory ahead of elections, report shows  

By: Darren Parker     3rd April 2024 The North-West University Business School Policy Uncertainty Index veered further into negative territory in the first quarter, at 65.8 index points, compared with the 65.5 index points recorded for the fourth quarter of last year. The PUI is published quarterly. An increase beyond 50 reflects... 

Chicken industry needs no tariff rebates because there is no shortage, Sapa stresses

By: Darren Parker     27th March 2024 Executives from the South African Poultry Association (Sapa) met with Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel last week to discuss, among other matters, tariff rebates on chicken imports that were introduced as a safeguard against potential shortages on the back of bird flu... 

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Creecy stresses importance of protecting the environment while growing the biodiversity economy 

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th March 2024 Amid increasing emphasis on sustainability, this year’s inaugural Biodiversity Economy and Investment Indaba emphasises the importance of growing the South African biodiversity economy under the theme of ‘Collective Action for Thriving People and Nature.’ Cabinet recently noted the review of the... 

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Barbara Creecy discusses the importance of protecting the environment while growing the biodiversity economy

Opinion: Procurement laws are a transformational tool that must be used correctly

20th March 2024 In this article, Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO)​​​​​​​ CEO Wolfgang Neff writes that the Public Procurement Bill, currently before the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), could have negative consequences, especially for the country's construction sector. 

WBHO CEO Wolfgang Neff
WBHO CEO Wolfgang Neff

South Africa takes next step toward opening up electricity trade 

By: Bloomberg     15th March 2024 South Africa moved a step closer toward creating a competitive electricity market after legislation that establishes the framework cleared another hurdle. The Electricity Regulation Act Amendment Bill, which will facilitate the opening of the national power grid to private generators, was... 

Electricity pylons

Campaigns can help maximise water recovery – firm 

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      15th March 2024 In light of the recent surge of waterborne disease outbreaks, water shedding, supply disruptions and emerging water scarcity, water-solutions company Talbot positively embraces this year’s Water Week theme of Water For All. This year’s National Water Week is scheduled to take place from March 20... 

An image of a Talbot water treatment plant in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal
Talbot CEO Carl Haycock discussing the water crisis ahead of this year’s National Water Week. Recording: Lumkile Nkomfe. Editing: Shadwyn Dickinson. Recorded 16-02-2024

Company aims to accelerate provision of basic human right

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      15th March 2024 Amid South Africa’s water infrastructure crisis, global water solutions company Xylem says improving public awareness on water scarcity, quality and sustainability remain crucial in fast-tracking collective efforts to safeguard the provisioning of potable water. The company commends the Water for... 

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HOLISTIC APPROACH REQUIRED Water connect organisations and the communities they serve. It's not effective to focus only on narrow areas

Firm offers expertise on water use applications

15th March 2024 Global mining consultancy SRK Consulting hails the introduction of the Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS’s) Electronic Water Use Licence Application and Authorisation System (E-WULAAS). The company regards this as an important aspect of the water application process. This electronic... 

An image of SRK principal environmental scientist Avril Owens
AVRIL OWENS Structured and agreed upon communication protocols with DWS officials are vital

Private-equity investments could address water challenges

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      15th March 2024 Mid-market private equity firm Agile Capital asserts that investors have a great opportunity to make sizable investments in the water sector and contribute towards the advancement of sustainable water solutions. The firm invests across several industries in South Africa and uses its networks... 

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LIZ KOLOBE For the private sector to invest, and to ensure good business principles are implemented, is a win-wi

Bespoke reservoirs could enhance water security

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      15th March 2024 In light of the water crisis and the growing demand for water supply in the country, leading solutions-based water reservoir manufacturer Videx asserts that the construction of tailor-made water reservoirs can make a positive difference in addressing the growing challenges. The company says water... 

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GROWING DEMAND Videx maintains that the construction of water reservoirs can make a sizable difference in addressing water security

Pipe network needs upgrading – association

15th March 2024 Industry body Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) is calling for government to prioritise an investment in plastic pipes as a sustainable solution to South Africa’s water infrastructure challenges.  The association highlights its presence as a key player, representing... 

An image of Sappma CEO Jan Venter
JAN VENTER The intersection of National Water Week, Human Rights Day, World Water Day and Earth Hour, serves as a poignant reminder of the interconnected nature of water, human rights and environmental sustainability

Promoting access through collaboration

15th March 2024 Global water solutions and technology company Xylem is undertaking a strategic collaboration partnership with the African Water and Sanitation Association (AfWASA) to help increase access to safe drinking water and sanitation solutions. The two organisations have a memorandum of understanding... 

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... 

construction workers on scaffolding

Immediate actions needed to foster a more competitive rail industry

By: Simone Liedtke     8th March 2024 South Africa’s rail sector is faced with unprecedented challenges that threaten its operational viability and economic contribution, says law firm Webber Wentzel partner Scott Edmundson, who says the dire situation underscores the urgent need for transformative reforms to salvage and rejuvenate... 

SCOTT EDMUNDSON
By creating an international registry for recognising and enforcing creditor and lessor rights, these treaties aim to reduce financing costs and risks
SCOTT EDMUNDSON By creating an international registry for recognising and enforcing creditor and lessor rights, these treaties aim to reduce financing costs and risks

Scopa/SIU MoU flags Eskom intelligence, National Skills Fund reports for investigation in seventh administration  

By: Sashnee Moodley     6th March 2024 The Standing Committee on Public Accounts and the Special Investigating Unit have assured that the Eskom intelligence report and the National Skills Fund matters will be flagged for consideration in the seventh administration, following the dissolution of the sixth Parliament in May. The SIU and... 

PwC report highlights importance of building trust by paying tax

By: Darren Parker     5th March 2024 Auditing firm PwC has released its ‘Building Public Trust through Tax Reporting’ publication, which outlines the importance of tax in the business operating environment and look at why tax is material to both internal and external stakeholders from a risk, opportunity and sustainability point of... 

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