Kumba, Mittal look at new supply deal – Business Day

Kumba Iron Ore and ArcelorMittal SA could avoid arbitration altogether if they can reach agreement on a new long-term iron-ore supply contract. Although an agreement also depends on the outcome of a Constitutional Court challenge, a resolution between two of the biggest companies listed on the JSE would end a three-year dispute that has drawn […]

Soaring sugar imports put jobs in danger – Business Report

The local sugar industry’s slow action to stem imports of cheap sugar may result in sugar mills closing down and 40 000 jobs being lost. Illovo Sugar managing director Dave Howells said last week that the industry was late to apply for a tariff increase. view article

New chapter opens for Exclusive Books – Business Day

Exclusive Books, the high-end book chain found in most of SA’s top shopping malls, has been sold by Times Media Group (TMG) to a consortium led by Medu Capital, a majority black-owned and managed private equity company.  view article

Competition will cap cement firms' profits – Business Day

South African cement demand grew strongly between 2000 and 2007 and producers were highly profitable, returning significant cash to shareholders, says Ross Heyns, an analyst at Kagiso Asset Management. But since the 2007 market peak, volumes have fallen sharply and margins have come under pressure.  view article

FirstRand posts 20% increase in earnings – Business Report

FirstRand is the third of the big banks to report a hit from the controversial collapse of First Strut earlier this year. Notice of the exposure followed yesterday’s release of FirstRand’s results for the 12 months to June, which revealed a strong 20 percent hike in normalised earnings a share to R2.718.  view article

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