Econometrix Basic Economics Course

Econometrix will host a basic Introduction to Economics course on 19 February. One of their experienced economists, Jeff Dinham, unpacks and explains economic jargon and concepts in a simple, yet informative manner, in this practical one-day economics course. “Nobody ever became rich from knowledge of economics, but nobody who is rich got that way without […]

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UK Publishes Guide to Post-Brexit Trade Policy Rules

On 8 January 2018, the UK Government published its guide to the Trade Bill, which underwent its second reading in the UK Parliament the next day, on 9 January. The Bill would enable the UK Government to roll over trade concessions in existing EU trade deals and to adopt dumping, subsidy and safeguard remedies through […]

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Tambo Springs intermodal hub “unnecessary”

The Tambo Springs intermodal hub built near Katlehong in Gauteng, is unwarranted. This is one of the findings of a centre of gravity analysis performed by multinational Arup, which plotted the optimized use of containers in Gauteng for Transnet. Key to its analysis was establishing where inland terminals should be developed to ensure last mile transport costs […]

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Cutting through the Brexit noise

The outcome of the British referendum to leave the European Union (EU) has sent shock waves across the globe that are still reverberating. 51.9%of Brits voted ‘leave’ the security of the EU to 48.1 percent who voted ‘remain’; in the immediate aftermath David Cameron promptly resigned as Prime Minister; UK banks lost around almost 22% […]

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Namibia to improve ease of doing business

Namibia is actively improving its business environment, including easing multiple-entry visa requirements for South African business, to encourage more cross-border trade and investment. Namibian President Hage G. Geingob told South African businesses delegates in Johannesburg that his government planned to remove visa restrictions hampering business travel to Namibia by South Africans. “We are undertaking a […]

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Differential excise duty tariff for brandy a positive step

The South African brandy industry has welcomed Government’s decision to introduce a differential excise tariff for potstill and vintage brandy, to be phased in over two years. The excise rate will be lowered by a 10% differential to the spirits excise tariff. Christelle Reade-Jahn, director of the SA Brandy Foundation, the organisation representing the country’s […]

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Supply Chain for Everyone: Real world lessons that really make a difference

Applying supply chain management (SCM) principles makes the world a better place. From saving money when stocking the pantry to helping others by regularly passing on the things we don’t need. Once we start benefiting from the application of supply chain principles, it can become addictive. US-based business scientist and supply chain consultant Keith Launchbury […]

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Thai Minister leads successful trade mission to SA        

The Thai Minister of Commerce, General Chatchai Sarikalya, headed a trade mission representing 39 Thai companies to South Africa recently, to seek business partnerships with South African enterprises. The trade mission, hosted by Thailand’s Department of International Trade Promotion, and the office of commercial affairs, Royal Thai Embassy, Pretoria, sought to step up existing ties […]

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Trans-Pacific Partnership Signed: What to Expect?

By Charlie Carre at Coface, the international credit insurer The US, Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim economies (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam) reached an agreement on the 5th of October in Atlanta on a long-waited trade agreement. Covering 40% of the global economy, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) […]

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