DTI revises manufacturing incentives

The Department of Trade and Industry has published revised incentives for manufacturers that aim to offer better support to small- and medium-size enterprises, a spokesman said last week. Changes include lowering the caps on incentives for capital investments, green technology and improved resource efficiency.

Middle class Africa: meet the new African consumer

Wake up: Africa is no longer "the dark continent". It's a growing consumer market, and by 2020 it will be worth a trillion dollars, driven by demand for technology-based goods. Indeed, everything you think you know about Africa is about to change.

Getting the export balance right

The way forward for South Africa is to boost competition and promote regional trade integration. These are critical for restarting the nation's idling export engine to bolster growth, which in turn will help to create jobs and cut poverty.

R1bn investment sees new Corolla roll off the line

Toyota South Africa on Monday started full production of the new Toyota Corolla - the 11th generation of the world's best-selling car - following a R1-billion investment in its Prospecton manufacturing plant in Durban.

Pilot plant for SA thin-film solar technology

A semi-commercial plant for the production of a South African-developed thin-film solar module technology that offers a more efficient means of converting solar energy into electricity was officially opened in Stellenbosch on Monday.

Infrastructure to build long-term regional prosperity

South Africa has the capacity to stimulate economic growth by enhancing infrastructure development both at home and in the rest of Africa, through its National Infrastructure Plan, writes Brand South Africa deputy chairperson Happy Ntshingila.

Chinese tile firm to grow operations in SA

Chinese company Rayal Porcelain Roof and Floor Tile Manufacturing, which has invested more than R300-million in South Africa and employs over 300 people, is set to triple its workforce by 2016, the company said this week during a site visit by Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Elizabeth Thabethe.

South Africa’s economy: key sectors

The key sectors that keep South Africa's economic engine running are finance, real estate and business services, general government services, as well as trade,...

SA Premier Business Awards open for entries

The second annual South African Premier Business Awards, a showcase of the best businesses, products and services that South Africa has to offer, is now open for entries.

SA, Ghana ‘poised to deepen cooperation’

South Africa President Jacob Zuma returned from a two-day state visit to Ghana on Wednesday, saying it was a very successful visit which had "yielded very important results which will see our bilateral relations moving to a higher level".