Delegation from the SEZ CEO`s Forum visits the Coega SEZ
Overview on the progress of SEZs  The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) hosted a delegation from the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Chief Executive Officer’s (CEO’s) Forum yesterday to reflect on the general performance and progress of SEZ`s followed by a site visit to the port of Ngqura and Coega SEZ.... Read more
Officials instructed to fast-track fishing rights allocation
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana has instructed his department’s senior officials to fast-track the process of fishing rights allocation to small scale fisheries and communities in the four coastal provinces. Zokwana said the impediments in the West Coast Rock Lobster Fishing Rights Allocation Process (WCRL/FRAP) was due... Read more
SA promotes participation of girls in STEM career fields
The TechnoGirl programme is at the frontline of a process that will contribute towards women participating meaningfully in the mainstream economy in careers that are predominantly dominated by men, says Department of Women Deputy Director-General, Annette Griessel. Addressing the TechnoGirl partnership launch, Griessel said the programme plays a critical... Read more
International ICT conference heads to Durban
Developments in ICT will for four days dominate discussions in September when over 7 000 global delegates descend on Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre for the ITU Telecom World conference. The conference, from 10 – 13 September, is an annual exhibition and forum for government and industry... Read more
Dti endorses recommendation to increase sugar import duties
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has endorsed the International Trade Administration Commission’s recommendation to increase import duties for sugar. In a statement on Tuesday, the Minister agreed to the raising of import duties to US$680/ton. This follows an application launched by the South African Sugar Association (SASA) to... Read more
Minister of Finance gives go ahead for tax deductions for companies operating in an SEZ –
 Coega amongst the six SEZs with approved preferential tax benefits  Following the promulgation of the Special Economic Zone Act in 2014 (SEZ Act of 2014) which then saw proclamation for commencement on the 9th of February 2016, the Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene approved the six SEZs preferential tax... Read more
Educational drive on digital migration
The Department of Communications is working with broadcasters such as e.tv, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), MultiChoice and Star Sat to educate the public about digital migration in the Free State. The initiative follows Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane’s announcement last month that the Broadcasting Digital Migration Project Management... Read more
Rand plummet “due to external factors”
The dramatic plummet of the Rand to the US Dollar is due to external factors and has nothing to do with the country’s domestic economic indicators, economists say. Professors Bonke Dumisa from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Raymond Parsons from the North West University School of Business and Governance both... Read more
VAT panel recommends zero-rating for sanitary products
The VAT review panel has recommended that sanitary products be added to the current list of zero-rated items. The panel recommended that sanitary products, school uniforms, nappies (including cloth and adult nappies) as well as white bread, bread flour and cake flour be added to the list of Value... Read more
Local project officer for local wind farm takes the reins and shows women the way
Ceres resident Gaylene Koopman, has taken on the key role of local Project Officer, for what will become the Western Cape’s newest wind farm. Women play an important part in the renewable energy industry, from construction management, engineering, health and safety management to administrative jobs. Perdekraal East Wind Farm,... Read more