Old school disruption may be the catalyst SA needs for digital transformation

While South Africa navigates its way through lockdown measures and confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases now head towards 600 000, this is a time to take stock and act. By Hamilton Ratshefola, country GM at IBM South Africa Many industries can use this time to realign and regard this challenge as an opportunity to re-wire the fundamentals of the way they do business. This is an opportunity for South Africa to completely embrace digital transformation. Indeed, the wealth of opportunity at our country’s disposal in terms of technological skills ensures it…

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Consol Glass cancels R1.5-b manufacturing plant due to impact of Covid-19

  Consol Glass has indefinitely suspended construction of a new R1.5-billion glass manufacturing plant in Ekurhuleni.  Photo by Sandra Grünewald on Unsplash Consol Glass has indefinitely suspended construction of a new R1.5-billion glass manufacturing plant in Ekurhuleni due to the reduction of the demand for glass products driven by the pandemic. The reduction in demand is coupled with government’s actions to slow the spread of the virus, including bans on the sale of alcohol and restrictions on all on-premise consumption in the restaurant and hospitality industry. “The legal alcoholic beverages…

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Pick n Pay Clothing celebrates SA designers in new collaboration

    Pick n Pay Clothing is launching a fashion initiative that will celebrate and support local talent through limited, exclusive collections.  by Mia Russell  2020-08-11 13:48 in Lifestyle Image via picknpayclothing.co.za The retail store, Pick n Pay, will partner with award-winning fashion designer, Gavin Rajah in a collaboration that will showcase promising young South African designers and help them create exclusive collections under the mentorship of Rajah. The collaborative partnership was established to celebrate local design and manufacturing and make designer clothing more accessible and affordable to South African fashion-lovers. General…

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Unions agree to a wage-freeze in the steel and manufacturing sector

Incentivised manufacturing is the key to economic growth, says the writer. Picture: SUPPLIED Employers in the metals and engineering sector got a reprieve from unions’ demands for higher wages after entering into an agreement to freeze wages until 2021 due to Covid-19. The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), the largest union in the sector, said the wage-freeze agreement was  brought on by the lockdown that came into effect in March as the government moved to limit the spread of the coronavirus in the country. The three-year wage agreement…

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SA seeks ‘BEE compliant’ proposals for emergency power

  South Africa has issued a request for proposals (RPF) to procure emergency power to help plug a severe energy shortage, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) announced Saturday. The programme seeks to procure 2000 megawatts (MW) from a range of energy sources and technologies, it said. Proposed technical solutions will have to be able to provide a range of support services to the grid system operator, the Department added. PROPOSALS MUST MEET BEE CRITERIA The RFP is designed to support Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment initiatives including ownership and…

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Iron lady: Transnet CEO Portia Derby means business

  Transnet CEO Portia Derby has been tasked with turning around an SOE hollowed out by corruption. Getting the R74bn-turnover rail, port and pipeline company back on track will involve clawing back money lost through dodgy deals, cleaning up contracts, and pushing back against the ‘Transnet premium’ — the 30% mark-up the company is overcharged by contractors Transnet CEO Portia Derby has been tasked with turning around an SOE hollowed out by corruption. Getting the R74bn-turnover rail, port and pipeline company back on track will involve clawing back money lost…

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Bridgestone plans PE plant closure, issues Section 189 notices

      Tyre manufacturer Bridgestone has proposed the closure of its 84-year-old manufacturing plant in Port Elizabeth and on Thursday issued Section 189 retrenchment notices to around 250 employees at the facility. In another blow to South Africa’s industrial manufacturing capacity and the coastal city’s economy, the group announced the proposed closure in a statement issued on Thursday. It claimed the move is due to declining demand in “older bias tyres” that are made at the plant. Bridgestone Southern Africa (BSAF) noted that adapting the plant to radial tyre…

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