ASA orders FNB to withdraw Steve ad’s – BDlive

ASA orders FNB to withdraw Steve ad’s by Agency Staff, 2014-12-06 15:29:12.0 The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ordered First National Bank to withdraw its ‘Steve’ advertisements as it was harmful to children. “The potential harm in the current matter lies in the possibility that children could interpret the advertising to effectively condone ridiculing anybody named Steve merely because of their name,” the authority said in a statement. It said about 20 complaints were lodged against FNB’s Steve campaign which was broadcast on radio and television, and printed on billboards. The theme for the campaign focused on how people should “Un-Steve” themselves by moving to FNB rather than “suffering the frustrations they currently endure”. The…

BUSINESS DAY TV: Time is right for uranium, says Oakbay CEO – BDlive

Source: BUSINESS DAY TV: Time is right for uranium, says Oakbay CEO by Transcript service, December 4 2014, 2014-12-05 17:05:17.0 Transcript service, December 4 2014 BUSINESS DAY TV: Time is right for uranium, says Oakbay CEO GEORGE van der Merwe is CEO of Oakbay. BUSINESS DAY TV: Oakbay Resources and Energy, majority owned by SA’s politically connected Gupta family, began trading on the JSE last week and while this was a listing by way of introduction, the company does plan to raise at least R800m over the next year to further invest in uranium assets in SA’s North West Province. CEO George van der Merwe joins us now on News Leader. George, let’s start off…

Domino’s pizza deal leaves a bad taste – BDlive

FOR 18 months, Domino’s Pizza negotiated with a local consortium to open the world’s biggest pizza-delivery chain in South Africa, but then made a sudden about turn and announced a deal with Taste Holdings instead, court documents show. The local consortium, now a Mauritian-registered company called International Foodservice Concepts (IFC), has now lodged court papers revealing e-mails between it and senior Domino’s executives to show that the deal was all but complete, except for the final signature. IFC is made up of three prominent businessmen — RJ van Spaandonk, Rodney Ichikowitz and Keith Warren. Warren was the general manager for Africa of KFC-parent Yum! Restaurants International, responsible for building the chicken franchise on the African…

BUSINESS DAY TV: No instant solution in platinum sector – BDlive

JOHAN Theron is group executive of corporate relations at Impala Platinum. BUSINESS DAY TV: With the Amcu (Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union)-led strike set to kick off on Thursday … some of the world’s largest platinum companies don’t seem to be leaving anything to chance. Earlier Lonmin told Business Day TV that they’d beefed up security at their operations for the safety of their employees. We’ve heard that Impala Platinum has decided to suspend all operations. Joining us on the line with more on this is Johan Theron, group executive of corporate relations at Impala Platinum. We’ve had some mixed reports today, whether you are going to be closing all of your operations or…

Yemen commits to Korkie’s release, unharmed – BDlive

Yemen commits to Korkie’s release, unharmed by Makwena Manamela, 2014-01-23 17:49:10.0 DEPUTY Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, Ebrahim Ebrahim, says following his visit to Yemen that country is committed to releasing South African teacher Pierre Korkie. Held hostage for nine months by militias in Yemen, things came to a head when his wife was released only to be told her husband would be killed if a large ransom was not paid. In this video, Mr Ebrahim describes how, during his visit to Yemen, he engaged with the Yemeni authorities, met with President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, representatives of security forces and relevant ministers. He says the Yemeni authorities have committed to do everything they…

Platinum falls despite strikes, but gold rallies – BDlive

Platinum falls despite strikes, but gold rallies by Veronica Brown, 2014-01-23 15:46:23.0 LONDON — Platinum prices headed lower on Thursday, little affected by strike action in South Africa due to ample above-ground stocks, while gold rallied from two-week lows on a falling US dollar. Spot platinum was down 0.3% on the day to $ 1,447.75 an ounce by 11.01am GMT, while bullion gained 0.7% to $ 1,244.66 after falling earlier to $ 1,231.36. South African mines that produce half the world’s platinum shut on Thursday as the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union began a strike for pay increases, which their employers say they cannot pay. Amcu members downed tools at Anglo American Platinum, Impala…

DA urges Zuma to get rid of Joemat-Pettersson – BDlive

DA urges Zuma to get rid of Joemat-Pettersson by Sue Blaine, 2014-01-13 09:17:50.0 PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma should “pull the plug” on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson following Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report last month, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Sunday. Ms Madonsela recommended — for the second time — that Mr Zuma consider disciplinary action against Ms Joemat-Pettersson. “It is now abundantly clear that Minister Joemat-Pettersson is not fit for public office. The only person who can remove her from her position in Cabinet is President Zuma. He must pull the plug on Minister Joemat-Pettersson’s term of office. It is time for her to go,” said DA agriculture, forestry and fisheries shadow…