We are captured by deindustrialisation

  Manufacturing, job losses and the shortage of skills in all sectors of the economy are debated more and more at industry conferences but, if we break it down, the one thing impacting South Africa’s economy most is deindustrialisation. In the 1980s, manufacturing’s contribution to GDP was around 27%. By 2015, this had fallen to below […]

Rooftop solar rules, OK?

  With all the attention focused on the REI4P and the haggling over final signing off, it is often forgotten that there is a market sector which is independent of government plans, uses private finance, and is growing at an astounding rate, namely commercial and residential rooftop solar. An industry database estimates the total number […]

New electrical contracting industry sick benefit fund

  The parties to the Bargaining Council for the Electrical Industries (SA) recently concluded an agreement to establish the new Sick Benefit Fund for the electrical contracting industry. We previously had three different sick benefit funds, one covering the Western Cape, the other KwaZulu-Natal, and one for the rest of the country. Each of these […]