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Marleny Arnoldi

Marleny Arnoldi

Marleny Arnoldi is a Creamer Media Deputy Editor Online for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

Sacci records dip in BCI over April, May as elections unfolded

Sacci records dip in BCI over April, May as elections unfolded

11th June 2024 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) says the lead up to the national and provincial elections on May 29 had a notable effect... 

Business confidence ticked up ahead of elections but more is needed to spur investment

Business confidence ticked up ahead of elections but more is needed to spur investment

5th June 2024 The Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) and Bureau for Economic Research (BER) Business Confidence Index (BCI) increased by five points to 35% in the second... 

BCIMA urges construction industry to increase safety measures in wake of George tragedy

BCIMA urges construction industry to increase safety measures in wake of George tragedy

20th May 2024 The Building and Construction Industry Medical Aid Fund (BCIMA) has called for a review of the safety practices on construction sites and the... 

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Organisations call ‘rushed’ NHI Bill an electioneering ploy

Organisations call ‘rushed’ NHI Bill an electioneering ploy

14th May 2024 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has again expressed concern about the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill on the eve of its planned... 

Unemployment rate worsens to 32.9%

Unemployment rate worsens to 32.9%

14th May 2024 South Africa’s official unemployment rate has widened by 0.8 of a percentage point to 32.9% in the first quarter of the year, compared with 32.1%... 

CER lauds enactment of Climate Change Bill, says related policies should also be collaborative

CER lauds enactment of Climate Change Bill, says related policies should also be collaborative

30th April 2024 With the National Council of Provinces having passed the Climate Change Bill and it nearing official promulgation, nonprofit organisation the... 

NBI launches pragmatic Just Energy Transition Skilling for Employment Programme

NBI launches pragmatic Just Energy Transition Skilling for Employment Programme

30th April 2024 With skills having been identified as a key cross-cutting requirement for the Just Energy Transition Implementation Plan (JET-IP), the National... 

Mavuso encouraged by restored business, govt relations following turbulent Zuma reign

Mavuso encouraged by restored business, govt relations following turbulent Zuma reign

29th April 2024 Ahead of South Africa’s national elections on May 29, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso says regardless of changes to government,... 

Eskom anticipates limited winter loadshedding amid generation improvements

Eskom anticipates limited winter loadshedding amid generation improvements

26th April 2024 Newly appointed Eskom group CEO Dan Marokane has provided assurances that loadshedding during the upcoming winter months will likely be contained... 

Some uncertainties remain around incoming visa regime changes

Some uncertainties remain around incoming visa regime changes

25th April 2024 Government is changing the way the South African visa system works and immigration law experts have lauded this positive step to enable more... 

African Risk Capacity to pay out insurance to drought-affected Southern African farmers

African Risk Capacity to pay out insurance to drought-affected Southern African farmers

17th April 2024 Farmers in Mozambique and Zambia are being impacted by one of the worst droughts in decades, United Nations (UN) assistant secretary-general Reena... 

Mavuso says visa reform is good and well, but govt capacity may negate the positives

Mavuso says visa reform is good and well, but govt capacity may negate the positives

8th April 2024 While it is positive that regulations for digital nomad visas are in place, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso says it will take... 

Experts propose private solutions to better capacitate municipalities for effective water management

Experts propose private solutions to better capacitate municipalities for effective water management

28th March 2024 As South Africa starts to experience more extreme weather events, such as floods, droughts and high-energy storms, the sustainability of public... 

Draft IRP 2023 falls short in every aspect, says Just Share

Draft IRP 2023 falls short in every aspect, says Just Share

25th March 2024 As government considers the public comments made on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2023 up to March 23, shareholder activism organisation... 

Skills development central to fixing water quality issues, says Mavuso

Skills development central to fixing water quality issues, says Mavuso

18th March 2024 In her latest weekly newsletter, published on March 18, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso addresses the major challenge of... 

Crisis of confidence has exacerbated sub-Saharan Africa’s funding squeeze

Crisis of confidence has exacerbated sub-Saharan Africa’s funding squeeze

13th March 2024 Various shocks have resulted in commodity price pressure and fiscal constraints globally, but sub-Saharan African countries, in particular, have... 

Mavuso urges public-private collaboration to mitigate looming natural gas cliff

Mavuso urges public-private collaboration to mitigate looming natural gas cliff

4th March 2024 Once again policy inaction and government’s inability to commit to large-scale investment will lead to a new blow to energy availability in the... 

US grants $11m to environmental insurance efforts in Africa

13th February 2024 African Risk Capacity (ARC) has entered into a landmark $11.7-million partnership with the US government to increase access to parametric insurance... 

Mavuso lauds business for pragmatic assistance despite govt failures

12th February 2024 Despite the great difficulty that is involved with running a business in South Africa, the private sector has taken a very pragmatic approach to... 

Business stakeholders find ‘election-oriented’ SoNA wanting

Business stakeholders find ‘election-oriented’ SoNA wanting

9th February 2024 Business stakeholders agree that President Cyril Ramphosa was right to emphasise economic reforms in his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on... 

Mavuso warns populist politicking ahead of elections can harm reform efforts

Mavuso warns populist politicking ahead of elections can harm reform efforts

15th January 2024 Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso foresees a challenging year ahead for business, given the record number of elections that lie... 

World Bank makes $100m in financing available for African climate research

11th December 2023 The World Bank will make $100-million available to the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centres (CGIAR) through the bank’s... 

Unemployment rate decreases to 31.9%

Unemployment rate decreases to 31.9%

14th November 2023 The official unemployment rate has decreased by 0.7 of a percentage point to 31.9% in the third quarter of the year. This compares with the... 

South Africa expected to be worst affected by security-impacting energy supply disruption in 2024

9th November 2023 London-based global security company G4S finds in its inaugural ‘World Security Report’ that South Africa will be the worst-affected country... 

Meeting with President, Ministers reinvigorates BLSA’s confidence in joint problem-solving efforts

Meeting with President, Ministers reinvigorates BLSA’s confidence in joint problem-solving efforts

2nd October 2023 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has gained confidence in government’s willingness to work in partnership with the private sector to deal... 

Krutham calls for rethink of how JET activities are included in municipal budgets

Krutham calls for rethink of how JET activities are included in municipal budgets

27th September 2023 Financial and policy advisory company Krutham, formerly Intellidex, has recommended that the Presidential Climate Commission, with the support of... 

Ramaphosa calls on wealthy nations to fulfil promises of helping Africa adapt to climate change

Ramaphosa calls on wealthy nations to fulfil promises of helping Africa adapt to climate change

26th September 2023 Amid the Western Cape’s battle against severe storms and flooding, along with a tropical storm in Libya causing deadly flooding earlier this month,... 

Too early to say if proposed SOE holding company will succeed – Mavuso

Too early to say if proposed SOE holding company will succeed – Mavuso

18th September 2023 With Cabinet having recently approved the publication of the draft National State Enterprises Bill for public comment, Business Leadership South... 

Agri SA warns govt’s interference amid food price dilemma could have detrimental long-term effects

Agri SA warns govt’s interference amid food price dilemma could have detrimental long-term effects

18th September 2023 Industry body Agri SA has warned that government interference in the food market could lead to empty supermarket shelves. The organisation intends... 

Commission unpacks why food inflation remains high despite overall inflation easing

Commission unpacks why food inflation remains high despite overall inflation easing

13th September 2023 While overall inflation has come down in recent months to its lowest level since October 2021, food inflation remains at nearly twice the inflation... 

Inflation expectations ease

11th September 2023 The Bureau for Economic Research (BER) cites in its latest Inflation Expectations Survey that respondents including analysts, business people and... 

GDP records 0.6% growth in Q2, but loadshedding threatens gains

5th September 2023 South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 0.6% in the second quarter, which North West University Business School Professor Raymond... 

Universities to progress human trials of what could be groundbreaking TB vaccine

25th August 2023 The universities of Walter Sisulu and North-West have announced some astounding results from preclinical trials for a combination vaccine against... 

Legislation bungle reveals much of govt is not serious about delivering change, says BLSA

21st August 2023 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso has expressed her dismay over the delays to the Electricity Regulation Act (ERA) Amendment... 

BLSA clarifies role of business amid increasing public-private endeavours

7th August 2023 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso has taken the opportunity to address the criticism the business sector often receives for... 

Agri SA warns of unconstitutionality of proposed water-use licence regulation

Agri SA warns of unconstitutionality of proposed water-use licence regulation

31st July 2023 Industry body Agri SA remains concerned about the draft Water Use Licence Applications, Amendment and Appeals Regulations published by the... 

Eskom hands control of Ekurhuleni loadshedding back to the municipality

28th July 2023 State-owned power utility Eskom has handed loadshedding operations in Ekurhuleni back to the municipality, after having revoked its authority to... 

Zikalala, panelists warn construction mafia poses an existential threat

Zikalala, panelists warn construction mafia poses an existential threat

20th July 2023 Organised crime, particularly in the construction sector, has become more prevalent, more violent and more organised in recent years, with “mafia”... 

Mavuso says govt is chasing vote-earning fantasy of NHI without considering practicalities

Mavuso says govt is chasing vote-earning fantasy of NHI without considering practicalities

10th July 2023 In her latest weekly newsletter, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso has spoken out about the National Health Insurance (NHI) “charade... 

South African trade to suffer heavily if Russian arms aid allegations persist – Nedbank

7th July 2023 Nedbank commercial banking agriculture head John Hudson has shared his unease over the potential fallout following South Africa’s alleged supply of... 

Mavuso stresses centrality of efficient visa regime, lauds recent progress made

29th May 2023 Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso bemoans, in her latest weekly newsletter, the months of waiting for visa decisions and how it is... 

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