China’s top court to handle intellectual property appeals

China’s top court will rule on intellectual property cases for the first time from January 1, the government said, elevating the handling of an issue that has become a key complaint in the trade war with the US.

Washington and Beijing are currently in talks to resolve a bruising trade spat that has spooked markets worldwide. The two sides imposed tit-for-tat tariffs on more than $300 billion worth of goods this year, before agreeing to a 90-day truce on December 1.

China’s top court to handle intellectual property appeals
China’s top court to handle intellectual property appeals

China’s top court to handle intellectual property appeals

China’s top court will rule on intellectual property cases for the first time from January 1, the government said, elevating the handling of an issue that has become a key complaint in the trade war with the US.

Cosatu investigating truck company whose owner allegedly called driver ‘a black dog’

Cosatu investigating truck company whose owner allegedly called driver ‘a black dog’

The labour federation plans to report Junior Jack Transport to the Human Rights Commission.
French start-up offers ‘dark web’ compass, but not for everyone

French start-up offers ‘dark web’ compass, but not for everyone

For years criminal websites shrouded in secrecy have thrived beyond the reach of traditional search engines, but a group of French engineers has found a way to navigate this dark web — a tool they don’t want to fall into the wrong hands.
Face of Colombian coffee Carlos Sanchez dead at 83

Face of Colombian coffee Carlos Sanchez dead at 83

Carlos Sanchez, the face of Colombian coffee for decades, and of Colombia’s answer to Starbucks, has died in Medellin. He was 83.
Belgium reviews smartphone use by troops to counter spying: media

Belgium reviews smartphone use by troops to counter spying: media

Belgium’s defense ministry is reviewing restrictions on the use of smartphones by active-duty soldiers on operations to counter potential espionage and data tracking especially by Russia, local media reported on Saturday.
Prolonged US shutdown threatens to unsettle economy

Prolonged US shutdown threatens to unsettle economy

The paralysis triggered by the US government shutdown could have unexpected consequences, such as muddying economic statistics just as the markets are extremely reactive to any whiff of uncertainty.
Trump touts ‘big progress’ after phone call with Xi on trade

Trump touts ‘big progress’ after phone call with Xi on trade

US President Donald Trump on Saturday touted ‘big progress’ on trade following a phone call with his Chinese counterpart, after the tariff war between the world’s two biggest economies helped rattle markets.
UPDATE: Radebe confirms adjustment of fuel prices effective from Wednesday

UPDATE: Radebe confirms adjustment of fuel prices effective from Wednesday

Petrol is showing a reduction of around R1.00 a litre, with diesel down by R1.30 and illuminating paraffin dropping by R1.22.
Starbucks’ expansion runs out of steam in SA

Starbucks’ expansion runs out of steam in SA

Local licensee Taste Holdings has opened 12 Starbucks cafes across Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban.
Russia expands economic sanctions on Ukraine

Russia expands economic sanctions on Ukraine

Russia on Tuesday expanded its economic sanctions on Ukraine, adding more than 250 people and businesses to a blacklist first announced at the start of November.
Nigeria resolves $8bn row with MTN

Nigeria resolves $8bn row with MTN

The sanction was the latest to hit MTN since it began operations in Nigeria 17 years ago.
Central bank is US economy’s ‘only problem’: Trump

Central bank is US economy’s ‘only problem’: Trump

President Donald Trump renewed his verbal assault against the Federal Reserve on Monday, comparing the central bank to a blundering golfer after the stock market tanked yet again.
Anglo American secures Step 3 licence approval for Minas-Rio

Anglo American secures Step 3 licence approval for Minas-Rio

Updated production guidance for 2020 and 2021 will be provided in due course.
What to expect from the markets in 2019

What to expect from the markets in 2019

Views from local and international experts.
Nersa holding up electricity generation by farmers for farmers

Nersa holding up electricity generation by farmers for farmers

Eskom can’t connect photovoltaic energy suppliers to the grid unless they’ve been registered by Nersa, but Nersa stopped doing registrations in February.
Top 10% of foreign-owned businesses in SA pay the least tax- report

Top 10% of foreign-owned businesses in SA pay the least tax- report

In addition, the biggest 10% of foreign-owned firms account for 98% of the total estimated tax loss.
Labour court orders CCMA to verify union membership at Sibanye

Labour court orders CCMA to verify union membership at Sibanye

The union has been on strike at Sibanye’s Kloof, Beatrice and Driefontein mines for the past four weeks.
Edcon board approves structure of proposed recapitalisation plan – CEO

Edcon board approves structure of proposed recapitalisation plan – CEO

Grant Pattison says the restructuring of the company has passed its next hurdle.
Business chamber asks Nersa to stop all new IPPs

Business chamber asks Nersa to stop all new IPPs

‘Renegotiate existing, unaffordable contracts’.
Tax growth lower than GDP growth for first time since 2008 – Sars

Tax growth lower than GDP growth for first time since 2008 – Sars

Tax revenue collected amounted to R1.2 trillion, growing year-on-year by R72.4 billion (6.3%), mainly supported by personal income tax.
Nova teetering on the verge of insolvency

Nova teetering on the verge of insolvency

Despite qualified audit opinion, directors approve R1.1m in bonuses and pocket nearly R1 of every R4 of rental income.
How Zimbabweans stock up on products in SA to beat inflation at home

How Zimbabweans stock up on products in SA to beat inflation at home

The cost of taking these goods back rises over Christmas.
SME confidence up, but not all plain sailing ahead – Business Partners

SME confidence up, but not all plain sailing ahead – Business Partners

Fuel hikes was an example of a challenge that had caught many SMEs off-guard this year, impacting their business operations.
Slight improvement in financial vulnerability of SA consumers, but pressure remains – report

Slight improvement in financial vulnerability of SA consumers, but pressure remains – report

The report shows that 50.5% of people surveyed believed that general prices will increase even more rapidly in 2019.
Brian Dames steps down from Eskom task team after EFF outcry

Brian Dames steps down from Eskom task team after EFF outcry

The party had earlier also questioned the former Eskom CEO’s competence.

 

 

 

 

 

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