‘Buy local, support job creation’

Buying goods and products made in South Africa will go a long way towards creating jobs and growing the economy, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said at the launch of the Buyback SA Campaign in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

Unilever SA starts building R500m factory

Anglo-Dutch consumer goods firm Unilever is investing R500-million in an environmentally friendly, state-of-the-art ice cream factory north of Johannesburg as part of a multi-year, multi-million rand investment plan to cater for the company's growth on the continent.

South African firm wins Airbus A400M contract

In a major coup for South Africa's aerospace industry, European firm Airbus has contracted local aerospace company Aerosud to produce a number of key components for the full lifespan of the A400M military transport aircraft programme.

Households with electricity up by 50%

The number of South African households with electricity has increased by almost 50% over the last 10 years, according to Statistics South Africa's latest survey on household energy.

R3bn in manufacturing incentives approved

South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry has approved more than R3-billion in incentives for 436 manufacturing enterprises with a combined investment value of R13.1-billion since the inception of its Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme.

Watch: The South African Competitiveness Forum

At Brand South Africa’s inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum at Gallagher Estate on 5 November, leaders in business and government - including Kgalema Motlanthe, Colin Coleman, Chichi Maponya and Collins Chabane – addressed delegates on a range of issues affecting country competitiveness. Watch video excerpts of their speeches.

Coega wind tower factory nears completion

Construction of a R300-million wind turbine tower factory is nearing completion at the Coega Industrial Development Zone in South Africa's Eastern Cape. The facility will help supply the burgeoning renewable energy industry in the province.

The week that South Africa changed gear

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe set the toneat the inagural South African Competitiveness Forum when he called for a social contract between labour, government and business

Brand South Africa supports governance debate

At the Brand South Africa Competitiveness Forum governance and leadership breakaway, delegates debated how to improve the country’s competitiveness through nation branding and good governance.

Iveco in SA bus, truck making venture

Italian company Iveco has formed a 60-40 joint venture with local firm Larimar Group that will see the construction of a R530-million manufacturing plant outside Pretoria with an annual production capacity of 7 000 trucks and 1 000 buses.