25 March 2020
Most mines are being placed on care and maintenance but some remain critical to the economy, including those supplying coal to Eskom.
Operators in the hospitality sector are preparing to close almost all their operations for the duration of the countrywide lockdown.
The investment group says companies in its portfolio will be affected differently by the pandemic, with most of its Virgin Active gyms closing.
Mpact and Trellidor have delayed payment of their dividends until September in order to preserve financial liquidity due to current uncertainty.
The pulp and paper producer says the Vulindlela expansion project will undergo a controlled shut down due to the pending lockdown.
The drilling services specialist has maintained a stable order book as it develops new technology and makes complementary acquisitions.
24 March 2020
A growing number of property groups say retaining cash will help them weather the difficult conditions that are likely to continue for the short term.
The private education and staffing group says it will revisit the situation at its May board meeting and may resort to share buybacks.
Standard Bank says it remains well capitalised and liquid but cannot estimate the likely negative impact Covid-19 will have on its performance.
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Households are stocking up on long life products including canned meat and vegetables and baby food due to Covid-19.
The casual dining restaurant group is beefing up its home delivery capability but says trading will become increasingly difficult, impacting sales this year.
The companies say they will revisit the share repurchase at a later date once markets have settled.
23 March 2020
While supply chain disruptions are easing, the retail group says turnover will be impacted as European countries restrict trading.
The gold producer says it is developing plans to help regain delayed production once mining operations resume.
The bank and wealth manager will report a decline in full-year earnings, with the pandemic impacting fourth-quarter results.
The ICT group says its Logicalis and Westcon division have reported rising orders for remote access computing, security and collaboration networks.
The network operator says it will reduce the price of its monthly bundles by up to a half next month.
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The investment group has liquidated loss-making franchises and is disposing of businesses so it can improve shareholder returns.
20 March 2020
The mass market bank and lender has defended the resilience of its business model following a sell-off of its shares this week.
The bank says it is taking steps to protect stakeholders and has appropriate capital, liquidity and funding buffers in place.
The group is reviewing its capex plans for the year due to the expense of fixing the converter plant at its Waterval smelter.
The technology group is halfway through a two-year turnaround as it cuts costs, sells non-performing businesses and reduces debt.
The investment group has grown its intrinsic value during a turbulent period thanks to an increase in the value of the data network operator.
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19 March 2020
The manufacturer has benefited from new vehicle launches but says it is already seeing declines in new vehicle sales and exports due to the pandemic.
The branded food producer and distributor has benefited from improving profit margins and a lower interest bill.
Sasol is under considerable pressure, with massive loss of value for shareholders. Ingham Analytics issues a timely Macro Insight on the oil market.
The residential property developer says it is keeping a close watch on the Covid-19 virus despite strong demand for its lifestyle apartments.
The cement producer says year-to-date sales are down in SA but most of its international operations have continued to grow revenue.
The telecommunications solutions company credits a debt recovery for the improvement.
The mining services group is no longer selling its Nkomati Anthracite and Benison Coal operations but has earmarked others for disposal.