AFRICAN leaders were due to meet hundreds of global business chiefs in Dakar on Monday in a bid for cash to pay for an ambitious plan to lift the world's poorest continent out of misery. But some continental heavyweights, who played a key role in putting the programme together, have pulled out at the last minute or are not attending.<br>
Shaken by the "savagery" of market reaction to a leaked black empowerment charter, the government has elevated the issue of empowerment in mining beyond the exclusive remit of Minister of Minerals and Energy Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
SA's private sector land freight volumes rose by 8% year-on-year in September to 45,754 million metric tons, while the volume of goods transported by state-owned Transnet declined by 1% y/y to 14,686-million metric tons.
Government is fast-tracking its partial privatisation drive this year through major changes to arms manufacturer Denel - including the sale of a third share in the business - and the drawing in of private-sector skills in running South Africa's main port at Durban.
South African white maize on the JSE Securities Exchange South Africa rocketed on Friday on the back of the continued lack of widespread rain in the country's maize belt, at a time when farmers are trying to sow maize.
Agricultural marketing is under way in Mozambique's northern and central regions and there is a marked change to the agricultural trade this season, the latest Famine Early Warning Systems Network report on the country says.
South African- and London-listed breweries group SABMiller (SAB) on Thursday announced an empowerment deal with its gaming joint venture partner, Tsogo Investment Holding Company (Proprietary) Limited.
Automobile manufacturers operating in South Africa are planning to more than double their worldwide exports by 2005, from 120 000 cars in 2002 to 250 000, with the US market taking an increasingly larger share.