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South Africa will spend billions of rands over the coming years on new infrastructure, with the government to focus on building rail, road, and economic links in five regions in the country and building new universities and refurbishing hospitals, President Jacob Zuma said in his State of the Nation Address.

The proposed infrastructure projects, outlined by the president in his state of the nation address, will be funded by the state. According to Minister Pravin Gordhan these key infrastructure projects would be developed over a number of years.

Business confidence fell to its lowest level since May 2010 dipping from 99.1 in December to 97.1 points. Lower economic growth, unemployment, higher inflation and weak municipal service delivery are some of the various challenges that could cloud the economic and business outlook for the year.

Following the success of implementing enterprise development projects on behalf of its clients, Siyakha Consulting has just launched The Big Container Initiative, a sustainable project that will ensure the financial and operational independence of the beneficiaries of the initiative.

Disabed people were given the opporutnity to complete certificates in Business Administration when Volkswagen South Africa and the merSETA united to provide learnerships in end-user computing for people with disabilities.

When a business is taken over by another business employees invariably feel threatened. Will they lose their job? Will their existing conditions change? What are their rights? Ivan Israelstam provides his view of what constitutes a transfer as a going concern and how this affects employee rights.

The South African business community has had close to a decade to implement BEE policies but many businesses are reluctant to engage with B-BBEE, largely as a result of fear and misinformation. Deon Oberholzer sets the record straight.

The steps leaders take in managing and motivating others in tough times tend to last and endure. Decisions taken and implemented now may well be the difference between surviving and thriving. Which would you prefer?

Top officials from South Africa and France have met in Pretoria to map a way forward on how to deepen political and economic relations between the two countries. The forum aims to strengthen bilateral trade and ensure that it is more balanced.

Despite the good intentions of the transformation laws, women who make up more than 50 percent of the South African population are still not properly represented in the mining sector. Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu has called for speedy transformation of the industry.

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