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
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
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
SA, DRC strengthen relations
Bilateral relations between South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) formed part of discussions between the two countries’ Heads of State on Friday. “The Heads of State exchanged views mainly on the following three points: bilateral relations between the two countries, the evolution of the political, electoral... Read more
SA’s business confidence improves in July
South Africa’s business confidence rose in July, doing so for the first time in six months, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) said on Wednesday. The body’s Business Confidence Index (BCI) gained one index point in July 2018 and was 94.7 compared to 93.7 in June... Read more
Committee to Call Provincial Treasuries to Address Worrying Trends
The late payment of invoices by government departments has a negative impact on small, medium and micro enterprises and goes against the spirit of the Public Finance Management Act The Select Committee on Finance has resolved to arrange a follow-up meeting with all provincial Treasury departments to deal with... Read more
Is your organisation paying women what they are worth?
Author: Janine van der Merwe, Psychometrist and Reward Specialist at Remuneration Consultants Women tend to have higher levels of emotional intelligence and empathy compared to their male counterparts, and often promote delivery of soft benefits that may be overlooked in a purely commercial approach to business. Although these are... Read more
Small businesses win big
Three companies have won prizes ranging from R30 000 to R100 000 as part of the small business support programme for the Free State Department for Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs. “These prizes cover productive equipment, marketing support, training and other non-financial support,” the provincial department said.... Read more
Have your say on SEZ Act regulations
The public has been invited to have their say on the draft regulations on the Governance and Composition of the Special Economic Zones Act. “The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, invites members of the public to make inputs and comments on the draft Regulations on the... Read more