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How will the soon-to-be-implemented Employment Equity Amendment Bill affect your business?

How will the soon-to-be-implemented Employment Equity Amendment Bill affect your business? Bill now before Parliament; includes requirements for employee training and compliance certificates for government tenders By Triple E Training JOHANNESBURG – March 05, 2020 – South Africa is facing a double dilemma right now in terms of unemployment and skills. Firstly, we have one of the highest unemployment rates in the world, but secondly, we also rank poorly in terms of skills. The net effect is that despite this high unemployment level, companies still battle to find skilled workers. In mid-February, Cabinet gave the Employment Equity Amendment Bill of 2020 the green light for submission to Parliament. This is a crucial bill that seeks to strengthen the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 (the Act) and support efforts to eradicate the legacies of apartheid discrimination, as well as inequality in the workplace. When it becomes law, most likely in mid-2020, it will bring far-reaching conseq…

Lurco’s attempt to disrupt sale of Koornfontein Coal mine dismissed

Since the Makole Group’s Black Royalty Minerals was announced as the preferred bidder for the acquisition of Koornfontein coal mine in late October 2019, it has been inundated with numerous interdicts and court applications to disrupt or halt the sale process. Lurco Group, Charles King SA and Westdawn Investments approached the South Gauteng High Court on an urgent basis in order to interdict Koornfontein Mines’ Business Rescue Practitioners from transferring the mine to Black Royalty Minerals. These interdicts were argued in front of Judge Matojane on 27 January 2020. Judgment was passed on 28 January 2020 with Judge Matojane dismissing all three interdict applications with costs. Makole Group’s Chairman Ndavhe Mareda said that Black Royalty Minerals is relieved that the court cases have been finalised and legal certainty prevailed. He said the Business Rescue Practitioners can now be left to continue with their work of transferring the mine in terms of the approved business rescue…

Mozambique Improves Immigration Processes for the Oil & Gas Sector

Authored by: Tarissa Wareley, Immigration specialist at Xpatweb The discovery of natural gas along the shores of one of the poorest countries in Africa has paved the way for Mozambique to become the next major supplier of liquified natural gas. The expected influx of expatriates and investments into the exploration of LNG has forced government departments to implement various measures to monitor as well as facilitate entry into Mozambique. The Rovuma Basin Decree 2/2014, although approved about six years ago, its various measures and concessions for immigration-related matters were not implemented until recently. This has been timeous in the booming projects in the oil and gas sector in Pemba, Coral Sul, and others. From an immigration perspective, this decree relaxes requirements, improves processing times, and removes layered processes. Sub-contractors and companies in the Mozambique LNG Project are expected to benefit greatly from its measures. These companies and their approved s…

Visual inspection made easy with SKF’s stroboscopes

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A range of hand-held, easy-to-use stroboscopes that enables the visual inspection of rotating equipment to be carried out in an economic and timely fashion has been unveiled by SKF. All rotating equipment needs to be inspected periodically to ensure that it is working correctly. Sylvain Humbert, Product Development Manager at SKF says: “If visual inspection is not carried out, machine damage can be overlooked and unexpected breakdowns can occur. With visual inspection, problems can be detected and preventive measures can be planned and taken." However, machinery often must be shut down to allow visual inspection to take place, interrupting vital operations and causing costly downtime. SKF's TKRS stroboscopes enable visual inspections to be carried out on equipment while it is rotating. The hand-held devices emit flashes of light timed to coincide with the speed of the running machine, creating an optical effect whereby the moving parts appear to be permanently frozen in …

Atterbury develops new Cape Town showroom for WeBuyCars

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Leading property developer and investor Atterbury has handed over the innovative fast-track R 150 million development of a new purpose-built showroom to car resale specialists WeBuyCars in the Western Cape. The greenfields dealership development includes 13,500sqm of car floor space and 800sqm of offices. The showroom of this car supermarket can accommodate up to 700 cars. Atterbury’s development manager, Arno du Plessis, says, “WeBuyCars’ brief was to create a showroom that offers a superior customer experience with space for at least 700 cars at a time. We are confident that the end result of this development is everything they wanted and more.” Atterbury successfully delivered within an extremely tight turnaround time – a mere 10 months from concept to occupation. Construction started at the beginning of June 2019, and WeBuyCars opened the doors to welcome customers to its new showroom on 1 December. Du Plessis explains that in order to meet WeBuyCars’ schedule, Atterbury inv…

Best Western Plus Westlands

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Superior service, style and value in the heart of Nairobi’s upmarket entertainment hub With an unrivalled location in the heart of Nairobi’s vibrant Westlands district, the brand new, purpose-built, Best Western Plus Westlands combines enhanced style and creative dining experiences with all the convenience, safety and comfort required for a restful stay. Located directly behind the renowned Sarit Centre shopping mall and Expo Centre, the hotel sits just off the city’s main highway, close to the Central Business District and KICC and only 20km from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Nairobi National Park. Whether travelling for business or leisure, Best Western Plus Westlands provides thoughtful touches to enhance every stay. From relaxed business meetings over freshly brewed coffee at Craft, our all-day-dining restaurant, lobby bar and coffee shop, to more formal gatherings in one of the five meeting rooms on our dedicated meetings floor, we have free high-speed Wi-Fi througho…

Jewel City and Towers Main are set to revive Joburg inner-city living in 2020

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The transformation of the city of Johannesburg will continue with a resurgence of life and community in its inner-city in 2020 driven by two major Divercity Urban Property Fund developments. Residents have already started moving into the vibrant new live-work-play neighbourhood that has been created in inner Joburg as a result of two development projects, Jewel City precinct and Towers Main. Together these initiatives, which represent a substantial investment, are changing the face of Johannesburg’s CBD. “The market response from retailers and residents alike has been positive beyond our expectations, which reaffirms that Towers Main and Jewel City are ideally suited for what people want from inner-city living. There is no doubt that they are going to be the best place to work and live in Joburg central,” says, Derrick Pautz, Atterbury Development Manager. Divercity is a new property investment fund driven to renew and re-energise South Africa’s urban centres by sculpting…

CENTURY CITY’S LATEST CULINARY ADDITIONS CREATE A VIBE

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Century City is expanding its culinary outlets, creating new hot spots and exciting places to meet, relax and even get your groove on. Opening onto the popular Century City Urban Square, La Parada Century City has created quite the vibe since it’s spectacular opening on 7 September 2019. In addition to its sister brand, Tiger’s Milk, La Parada has held several successful music events since its launch. “We’re thrilled to have La Parada on the Square” says Colin Anderson, COO at Rabie. “The combination of Century City Conference Centre, Century City Hotel, Square Café and Wine Bar, Seattle Coffee Shop and the two Harbour House brands – Tiger’s Milk and La Parada – we believe that we’ve hit the spot in creating a great vibe and good variety for patrons.” On the ground floor of the Axis luxury residential building, the authentically Chinese Akiya Sushi has opened a sit-down restaurant earlier in 2019, with enviable views of Table Mountain. Offering delicious Chinese delicacies and sush…

AFRICA OIL WEEK: REGULATIONS, FISCAL POLICY, AND GOOD GOVERNANCE

Provide a brief overview of the current regulatory environment applicable to the oil sector in South Africa. • On 7 February 2019, Total announced a major discovery of gas condensate offshore South Africa in the Outeniqua Basin (Brulpadda prospect, Block 11B/12B), reported to contain around 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent. The discovery has put the spotlight on the regulatory regime governing the upstream petroleum sector in South Africa. • Currently, the principal legislation governing the exploration and production of oil and natural gas (in other words, the upstream sector) is the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 (MPRDA). • Other legislation governs the midstream and downstream sectors, including: o the Gas Act, 2001, governing the construction and operation of gas transmission, storage, distribution, liquefaction and re-gasification facilities, and trading in gas (including liquefied petroleum gas); o the Petroleum Pipelines Act, 2003, governing the constr…

Consistent lack of Quantity Surveyors in government departments is the root of infrastructure budget misspending

Late last year, the Auditor General reported that unauthorised expenditure in South Africa had increased by 38% to R2.1-billion, with the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure being one of the departments that received the poorest audit results. While the Department is mandated to be the custodian and portfolio manager of the national government’s immovable assets, there are virtually no Quantity Surveyors within many government departments. Zandile Makhathini, Chairperson of the Built Environment Matters Committee on the Council for the Built Environment (CBE), has worked in various roles within government departments for the past twenty years. In 2012, she became the head of an infrastructure programme at the Department of Public Works and in 2015 she was able to appoint a Quantity Surveyor for the first time. “Before 2015, there weren’t formally appointed Quantity Surveyors at the Department of Public Works. After requesting a special dispensation from HR to appoint a Quant…

#StrongerTogether: WE MUST LEARN FROM THE SPRINGBOKS

For the Springboks to have won the rugby world cup, certain elements were vitally important to make that possible. These elements are important for success in all spheres of life. In the case of the Springboks, these vital qualities included a shared focus, a coach with a unified coaching team; a common approach in respect of plan and style of play, based on a sound strategy and playing according to the team’s strengths and weaknesses. It included the freedom to select the best team - without exception, regardless of race. It required hard work, discipline and the sacrifice of self, all for the sake of the country they love. All of this taking place in an environment of trust. These rugby ambassadors in Japan - coaching staff and players - have shown what can be achieved if people of different colour and background work together towards one goal. They have shown that these attributes, practiced for months prior to the world cup and displayed during the tournament, can make South A…

Talbert Hires Dealer Development Manager

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RENSSELAER, Ind. (Sept. 12, 2019) –Talbert Manufacturing, a North American leader in specialized heavy-haul solutions, welcomes David Henderson as dealer development manager. With the expansion of their Liberty, North Carolina, facility earlier this year, Talbert Manufacturing created the position to support their growing dealer network. Henderson works closely with dealers and Talbert’s regional sales managers to develop and grow the 80-year-old company’s recognition across the United States and Canada. “Talbert Manufacturing had outgrown our capacity, so, with the North Carolina expansion, we made a strategic step toward maximizing our potential,” said Troy Geisler, Talbert Manufacturing vice president of sales and marketing. “Along with increased production, we recognized the need to increase support for our dealers through a centralized position. Their success is our success. We believe David is a valuable addition to the Talbert team and will provide the necessary support fo…

Flanagan & Gerard take shopping malls to the sun

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South Africa’s leading shopping centre developer, Flanagan & Gerard Property Development & Investment, has invested more than R16 million to install state-of-the-art solar plants at its malls in an effort to save energy and significantly reduce its carbon footprint. So far, over 3MVA of solar energy generation capacity has been installed at three of their co-owned shopping centres, Vaal Mall (co-owned with Growthpoint Properties) Middleburg Mall (co-owned with Moolman Group) and Springs Mall (co-owned with Vukile Property Fund, Murinda Investments and Blue Crane Eco Mall). A further solar plant for Mall of the North (co-owned with Resilient REIT and Moolman Group) is expected to be live before the end of the year, and capable of generating an additional 1 MVA. Added to that, Highveld Mall (co-owned with Resilient REIT, Mogwele Investments and Retraction Props) will introduce solar to its energy mix in early 2020, increasing the total solar energy capacity at Flanagan &…

Brokk Inc. Relocates Stanhope Facility for Increased Inventory and Services

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MONROE, Wash. (Sept. 25, 2019) – Brokk, the world’s leading manufacturer of remote-controlled demolition machines, recently opened the doors to their relocated Stanhope, New Jersey, distribution and service facility. The new building is in the same industrial complex as the original location but offers the company 33% more space for increased inventory. Additionally, the added room allows the Stanhope team to offer Brokk demonstrations onsite. “As Brokk’s presence in the United States has grown, so has interest in seeing the power and precision of our machines firsthand. It’s an exciting position to be in,” said Lars Lindgren, president of Brokk Inc. “Part of the decision to move our Stanhope facility was the need to increase inventory to better meet our customers’ needs, but in addition, it gave us the opportunity to add an onsite demonstration area. The move allows us to better support our customers across the U.S. and Canada and provides a perfect setting to experience the intel…

PURPLE HAZE APARTMENTS, NAIROBI

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Are you tired of living in an ordinary apartment surrounded by an absolutely mundane environment? Come to Purple haze apartments in Nairobi, a residential development well tailored to give you and your loved ones a touch of luxury and relaxation. Purple haze apartments is a state of the art development that comprises of 216 units located on 2 acres piece of land. It is divided into 2 similar blocks housing 102 - 2 Bedroom apartments and 102 - 3 Bedroom apartments each with 12 sumptuous penthouses that give a generous view Nairobi skyline. All apartments fitted with European products; Kitchens from ltaly, Bathrooms from Spain's, Tiles from Italy, Oven, microwave, gas and electric hobs from Germany,Tafwares and WC from Germany. Solar heating and LED lighting in all apartments. The development sits on a prime location along Kitale Lane, off Dennis Pritt Road, Kilimani (near State House Nairobi). It is centrally located, it is easy to access and it is connected to the main r…