SA’s GDP grows by 3.1% in second quarter
South Africa’s gross domestic product increased by 3.1% in the second quarter of 2019, Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke revealed on Tuesday. Addressing reporters in Cape Town, Risenga highlighted several industries that had contributed positively to the growth. The mining and quarrying industry, statistics revealed, increased by 14.4% and contributed 1.0... Read more
DEDEAT acts against unemployment
As part of its contribution to the Eastern Cape Province’s Mandela Day celebrations today, the Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT), the Department helped clear five major illegal dumping sites in James Calata (Jamestown).  This clearing is led by one of DEDEAT funded Expanded... Read more
Isuzu reaches out to vulnerable communities
“History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children.” – Taking these famous words by former president Nelson Mandela to heart, children were at the centre of the Mandela Week celebrations hosted by Isuzu Motors South Africa across South Africa this week. In... Read more
Ford gives 67,000 women to  dignity
Ford South Africa is reaching out to young women for Mandela Day this year by supporting a project that will be providing 67 000 learners with locally-made, eco-friendly reusable feminine hygiene products. Ford donated R1-million to the Afribiz Foundation in support of the non-profit organisation’s outstanding, ongoing efforts to supply... Read more
SA pursues investments, direct funds to create jobs
President Cyril Ramaphosa says the government will this year continue to pursue the investment drive which was announced last year, and that the money will be directed to programmes that will create jobs. He said this when he led the debate on the Presidency’s budget vote in the National... Read more
ECAIF sets targets to change the EC auto industry
The recently adopted South African Automotive Masterplan (SAAM) sets ambitious targets for the development of the national automotive industry; not least of which an increase in local content from 39% to 60%. In response to this, the East Cape Automotive Industry Forum (ECAIF) has set five-year targets for growth... Read more
Urgent call to save oiled birds
Following reports of heavily oiled African penguins and other seabirds rescued in Algoa Bay after an oil spill at the weekend, Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism MEC, Mlungisi Mvoko has urged all the incident response teams to intensify their search and rescue for other birds and other marine... Read more
BAT supports EC tobacco operation
The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) has injected a further R500 000 into an exciting tobacco production operation which has been expanded to 10 hectares in Balfour outside Fort Beaufort in the Kat River Valley. Backed by British American Tobacco (BAT), the tobacco operation is owned by the five-member Khatala... Read more
NYDA launches district centre in Alfred Nzo
The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has successfully launched another district Centre at Alfred Nzo District Municipality in the Eastern Cape Province. The NYDA Alfred Nzo District Centre follows a successful launch of the NYDA OR Tambo Full Service Branch. This launch marks another milestone in the vision to... Read more
No need to panic over new critical skills list
In September last year, then Minister of the Department of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba announced that a new critical skills list is expected to be released soon. The industry is in turmoil as business and providers scramble to submit visa applications prior to the list being published and certain... Read more