Cape Times 2021-11-22

Cape Town’s main English language morning newspaper, offering breaking city and national news, and in-depth coverage of politics, business and sport.

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pepkor flags higher inflation as it is expanding its store footprint

Dineo Faku SOUTH African-based investment company Pepkor (PEP) expects higher levels of inflation to kick in next year after supply chain disruptions added to its woes, causing delays in product inflows during the year ended September 2021. Chief executive Leon Lourens said on Friday that the backlog had been improving and stock levels were likely to normalise for the December trading period. “The group’s merchandise and logistics teams, in conjunction with its stable supply base, have done well to keep prices intact, but higher levels of inflation are expected towards the end of 2022,” said Lourens. He said Pepkor was building on its existing local partnerships with strategic vendors to develop growth plans in support of its local sourcing and manufacturing strategy. Pepkor, whose outlets were disrupted by the…

used car sales soar as consumers seek more affordable options on the market for every new vehicle sold, 2.4 used vehicles are sold, data from transunion has shown

Edward West USED VEHICLE sales are soaring, driven by demand for more affordable and economical vehicles, supply problems in new vehicle stock and a switch from public transport to owned vehicles in the Covid-19 environment. Recent data from Transunion shows that for every new vehicle sold, 2.64 used vehicles are being sold, which represents a significant increase over the past eight to 12 months, InspectaCar JV head Jason White said yesterday. He said InspectaCar saw a signifi- cant increase in activity with applications increasing by an average of 9.5 percent year-on-year. “After we moved out of tough lockdowns activity increased and InspectaCar advanced on a 16 percent increase in pre-owned vehicle sales in 2021,” he said. Motus Holdings, the biggest vehicle distribution group in the country,…

eskom, hawks are passing the buck on vandalism and sabotage

Banele Ginindza THE POSSIBILITY of further load shedding and the security of Eskom’s assets hang in the balance as the utility and the national intelligences service pass the buck on vandalism reported to the nation by chief executive Andre de Ruyter on Friday. De Ruyter said power pylons were being cut down, coal laden trucks with fake authentications seals were discovered and acts of sabotage were evident in power stations. Hawks spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Philane Nkwalase told Business Report that there had been no urgent matter filed by Eskom to the elite crime investigating reporting division while De Ruyter on Friday told the media that Eskom was working in tandem with the Hawks to resolve urgent issues regarding vandalism on Eskom’s properties. “The last issue we have with Eskom…

tiger approaches court on durban strike

Dineo Faku TIGER Brands, which incurred costs amounting to R732 million owing to the civil unrest and recall of canned vegetable products during the year ended September 2021, has approached the courts for an interdict against acts of intimidation by striking employees at its Durban facility. Chief executive Noel Doyle said on Friday that the strike was not across the group’s entire portfolio but could have an impact on the ability to service the market if it was not resolved. “We have lodged court papers because of the violence and intimidation that was experienced yesterday and to poten- tially bring the strike to a halt. We are also engaged in talks with the trade union and hope the matter can be resolved in the short term,” Doyle said.…

activists are disappointed after sasol’s climate plan is endorsed by shareholders

Dineo Faku PETROCHEMICALS giant Sasol faces the wrath of environmental activist groups after shareholders endorsed the group’s climate change plans during its 2021 annual general meeting (AGM) on Friday, where communities and shareholder activists called on the board to account for the group’s continued pollution and increasing emissions. Sasol is South Africa’s second-biggest greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter after Eskom, and plans to become a net zero emitter by 2050. In September, Sasol announced its GHG emissions would be reduced by 30 percent across its energy and chemical value chains in southern Africa by 2030. This is up from the previous 10 percent target. The group, also in September, committed to usiing between 10 and 15 percent of its capital spending towards meeting the 30 percent GHG…

normani, gigi hadid and kaia gerber partner with h&m

Thobile Mazibuko Swedish fashion company H&M has partnered with Normani, Gigi Hadid and Kaia Gerber on its upcoming collection “Circular Design Story”. The collection celebrates two themes: sustainability and joy, to embrace the future. They used recycled materials to create the collection . “The Innovation Circular Design Story is the latest addition to H&M’s Innovation Stories, a ground-breaking new sustainability initiative that focuses on forward-thinking design and innovative materials. “The collection is for those who love to experiment and express themselves, and this jubilant ethos is also reflected in the campaign, shot by the pioneering photographer Rafael Pavarotti and titled ‘Just before the party starts’,” said H&M. “The theme captures the sensation of getting ready, and the optimism and individuality of those who love fashion, glamming up, choosing looks,…