In its 2018 economic outlook, the African Development Bank (AfDB) says the continent’s infrastructure requirements run to $130–170 billion a year, far higher than earlier estimates of $93 billion.
President Cyril Ramphosa recently announced a R400bn infrastructure fund for South Africa’s creaking infrastructure and with the Africa Infrastructure Summit 2018 having just ended, it’s appropriate to explore some of the opportunities for grants and incentives for infrastructure finance.
Food security continues to be a concern as food prices have continued to rise month after month. The devastating drought, continued farm attacks and aging farmer-population, have all contributed to the result that half of the farms in the country are on the market.
EMIA (Export Marketing and Investment Assistance administered by the Department of Trade and Industry) supports existing South African manufacturers or traders of South African goods to exhibit at up to 6 foreign (international) trade shows per annum, on a rebate
It’s official, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has extended the Black Industrialist Scheme (BIS) after hitting their first 100 industrialists a year earlier than targeted.
The National Department of Tourism has established a R142.5 million Green Tourism Incentive Programme (GTIP), which they will run over a three-year period (FY 2017/18 to FY 2019/20), with a key objective of encouraging privately-owned tourism enterprises to move towards cleaner and renewable energy sources.
With the economic outlook for South Africa at around 1% growth for 2017, we need to ask ourselves “when will we grow at rates that we can be proud of and that will meet the requirements of poverty alleviation in our country?”.
In order to achieve the 5% growth needed, systemic and strategic changes need to take effect and in aid of the National Development Plan and Industrial Policy Action Plan, the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) have been actively promoting the establishment of Black Industrialists.
The Department has already awarded 46 of the 100 "slots" earmarked for grant funding and, whilst the intention was to stagger approvals over a 3 year period, it’s expected that all 100 positions will be filled by end March 2018, if not sooner.
Let’s not beat around the bush- Key decisions made by the finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in the 2016 Budget speech will impact your business growth and survival in this tough economic climate. The Minister had his job cut out for him as he made tough decisions to ensure that companies can reach their projected turnover goals for the next financial year resulting in the growth of our economy.
If you want to expand and increase your turnover in the next financial year here are the developmental funding opportunities identified from the budget speech 2016 per industry:
26 years ago to the day our former President Nelson Mandela stepped out of prison. Today, 11 February 2016, our current President Jacob Zuma took to the podium for the SONA 2016.
The SONA addresses many issues from economics to social matters like education and welfare. My article is purely focussed on business and the key points I got for the SONA.
I attended the “Davos Deconstructed” seminar at Wits Business School on 1st February 2016.
I must admit, I have been following the 4th Industrial Revolution discussion since the World Economic Forum and I have been fascinated.
We’re in for a total change in the way business, society and technology works and interacts and I am not sure how many people are actually aware of what’s happening, or even that something is happening.
>>Click Here<< to view a video that sums up the 4th Industrial Revolution
What does IR4.0 mean for the world?
Sure an economies cycle of growth and decline is never over but most people I know are pessimistic (at best) about the future of our economy and being in a sector that looks for growing businesses I found myself asking – where is the light?
A recent research report by McKinsey Global Institute, South Africa’s Big Five: Bold Priorities for Inclusive Growth provides a view into the enormous opportunity within the South African economy.
The effects of power outages and the inflationary effect of substantial increases in electricity prices are expected to continue to negatively influence the South African economy with the business confidence index having declined to 84.6 in June 2015 from 86.9 in May, falling to its lowest level since January 1999, said the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI).