Adapting the supply chain to the ‘new normal’

  By Andrew Dawson, MD at MACmobile Issued by Evolution PR for MACmobile Johannesburg, 23 Sep 202 Andrew Dawson, MD, MACmobile The supply chain, particularly in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry and especially in South Africa’s main or informal market, has traditionally relied heavily on interpersonal contact for ordering and fulfilment. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the industry was literally turned on its head. Physical distance has become paramount when it comes to keeping staff safe and healthy, and the model of sales reps visiting stores simply for the…

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Proudly Local: Celebrate African Beauty Brands This Heritage Month

  As Heritage Day approaches it offers a reason to remember our small local businesses, many of whom are still trying to find their feet after a tough couple of months. So, as the country starts to reopen, it is more important than ever to support local. The V&A Waterfront’s Watershed, home to African design reopened its doors last Thursday, welcoming back visitors and allowing them to discover and support some of the best local brands that South Africa and Africa has to offer. Along with many familiar faces and…

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Russian plan to dig biggest Zimbabwe platinum mine clears hurdle

  When complete it is expected to produce 860,000 ounces of platinum group metals and gold a year. By Godfrey Marawanyika, Bloomberg 23 Sep 2020  09:05 Image: Bloomberg A project that aims to develop Zimbabwe’s biggest platinum mine has cleared a significant hurdle, with the African Export-Import Bank completing a due diligence study allowing it to proceed with a $500 million syndicated funding program. While some work has started on the mine, with $100 million spent to date including exploration costs, a significant amount of investment will now be needed if Great Dyke Investments, owned by…

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SA poultry industry invests $60m in expansion

  To grow the industry as the government earlier this year raised tariffs to counter cheap imports. By Prinesha Naidoo, Bloomberg 22 Sep 2020  16:09 Image: Shutterstock South African poultry producers have invested more than half of the funds they committed as part of a so-called master plan to grow the industry as the government earlier this year raised tariffs to counter cheap imports. Around R1 billion ($60.2 million) of the R1.7 billion pledged for expansion by 2022 has already been invested and 5% more chickens are being produced for slaughter each week,…

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Jendamark evolves from machine builder to global tech company

Partnerships key to automation success, says Jendamark Automation Group MD Quinton Uren (right) and Jendamark India CEO and director Himanshu Jadhav at the company head office in Port Elizabeth. Image: Supplied/Jendamark Building both strong partnerships and world-class production facilities has been the key to Jendamark Automation surviving and thriving over three decades of business in Nelson Mandela Bay. What started as a small sideline machine-building business for group MD Quinton Uren in 1989 has grown into a global tech company with more than 600 employees serving automotive customers worldwide. In 2008,…

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Covid-inspired Vitamin C boom lifts SA citrus exports

  Along with masks, hand sanitisers and Zoom, vitamin C is a product in red-hot demand because of the Covid-19 pandemic. This has triggered a surge in exports of South African citrus. South Africa’s agricultural sector has been one of the few bright spots in the economy, posting brisk growth of more than 15% in the second quarter (Q2) of 2020 when everything else imploded under the weight of the pandemic and associated lockdowns. Of course, farming was allowed to continue even under the hard lockdown and the weather has…

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July hotel, food and beverage data highlight lockdown’s mounting economic costs

  The third quarter of 2020 began on 1 July and data show some sectors picking up pace after the hard lockdown to contain the Covid-19 pandemic and the second quarter’s annualised 51% contraction. But things remained bleak on the hotel accommodation and food and beverage front. Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) released two data sets for July on Monday 21 September that underscored the costs of lockdown to sectors that remained in effect shut down even as other parts of the economy were rebooting. “Measured in nominal terms (current…

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Home-grown hero: Year of ‘continuous improvement’ for Isuzu SA

With “continuous improvement” a deeply ingrained philosophy that has underpinned its operations for more than four decades, Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSA) has made productive use of the COVID-19 lockdown period. The Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth-based bakkie and truck company said on Tuesday 22 September that it had been a busy year at its Struandale facilities where Isuzu had occupied itself with introducing many changes to its most popular models. Speaking at a virtual media briefing earlier this week, senior vice-president technical operations Dominic Rimmer said key updates, engineering…

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