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Dewald van Rensburg

Sun sets on SA’s coal exports to China

19 October 2014 15:00

South Africa’s sizable coal exports to China have abruptly dropped to virtually nothing since March this year, reflecting how quickly the world’s major commodity importer can affect the fortunes of trading partners like South Africa.

Who wants to be a black industrialist?

12 October 2014 15:01

The Black Business Council in the Built Environment (BBCBE) has called for new government support for so-called black industrialists to jettison the usual definition of “black-owned” in favour of 100% ownership by black people.

Wage debate: Band-aid or revolution?

9 October 2014 7:00

The political implications of a national minimum wage are strangely absent from the heated debates about what could be the biggest labour market intervention in two decades.

Employers square off

28 September 2014 15:00

The long battle over collective bargaining in the manufacturing sector is coming to a head. The labour court has given the Metals and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) one month to fend off a legal attack that could undermine it completely.