Farming sector to get more financial help amid Covid-19 outbreak

Agriculture minister Thoko Didiza says the agriculture and food supply sector will remain operational during the lockdown

Eskom coal suppliers exempt from lockdown

Only those providing essential services, including the maintenance of the power system, will be exempted

Banks step up to help customers take coronavirus hit

Announcements from Standard Bank, Nedbank and FNB come as the Reserve Bank works with sector to help shore up financial system

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GIBS professor Adrian Saville says policymakers around the world have not done enough to ease the pressure brought on by the Covid-19 outbreak

This is why subscriber numbers may not be the best measure for cellphone operators

SA has 58-million people but the four largest operators have about 100-million ‘subscribers’ among them — but these are active SIM cards, not actual people

New power capacity trapped in red tape

National Energy Regulator of SA process will delay for years new capacity coming on line

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Covid-19 likely to cause many force majeure terminations of contract

This may seem reasonable from the viewpoint of the affected party, but it may leave others in an untenable position

Pandemic could be the final straw for ailing small businesses

Amid the Covid-19 outbreak the government should follow global trends and support small, medium and microenterprises

KHAYA SITHOLE: Small businesses pay the price of job protection at SOEs

Unions ignore the impact of protecting jobs at SOEs as small businesses close

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Public transport sector to discuss plans to halt Covid-19 spread

Transport minister Fikile Mbalula says there will be random screening of passengers for Covid-19 at all taxi ranks and train stations

Lasher lands multimillion-rand order as virus shutters China’s factories

Some local manufacturers are experiencing demand in the wake of shortages in China, but experts argue the bad by far outweighs the good

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Construction slump continues, index shows

Investment in fixed assets hits its lowest level since 2013, according to the Afrimat index

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Opportunity beckons as AfCTFA’s go-live date approaches

The African Continental Free Trade Area’s kicks into motion on July 1, 2020 and Europe stands to benefit much if it invests in its former colony

EU environment chief vows to come down hard on apparel industry

Stricter rules may be coming as Brussels wants textile producers to clean up their act

Regulators push harder against dominance of top four audit firms

The Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors is developing guidelines on how firms can join forces to upskill mid-tier companies

M&A are about culture as much as commerce

Is the recent approval of the sale of Pioneer Foods to PepsiCo indicative of an upswing in M&A, asks  Stephen Rothgiesser

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