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Airlink continues fleet modernisation and growth programme with Embraer

By: Keith Campbell     Updated 1 hour 20 minutes ago South African private-sector airline Airlink and Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer jointly announced on Thursday that the carrier was leasing five of the manufacturer’s E-Jet family airliners. The aircraft, three E170s and two E190s, will be obtained from ECC Leasing, which is a... 

Airlink continues fleet modernisation and growth programme with Embraer
Photo by Embraer
An Embraer E190 of Airlink

Denel meeting mine-resistant vehicle contract from Namibia

By: Keith Campbell     Updated 3 hours ago South African defence group Denel reported on Thursday that its subsidiary, Denel Vehicle Systems, was on track to complete an export order to Namibia by the end of March. The order is for eight RG32M vehicles and four Self Defence Remotely Operated Weapon (SDROW) stations. The group described... 

Denel meeting mine-resistant vehicle contract from Namibia
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An RG32M

South Africa growth ticking up, Mexico slowing – S&P

By: Reuters     Updated 4 hours ago South Africa should avoid falling into recession this year, the chief economist of Standard & Poor's said on Wednesday, but the firm has cut its forecasts for Mexico amid rising concerns over its trade ties with the United States under Donald Trump. Paul Sheard, who is not involved in deciding... 

South Africa growth ticking up, Mexico slowing – S&P

Consumers will find relief in maize, chicken prices; red meat prices to rise

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     Updated 4 hours ago Maize production in the current season, which ends in April, is estimated to reach more than 12-million tonnes, up from the 7.5-million tonnes in the previous season, which could bring some relief to consumers. “The good rainfalls South Africa has experienced since October last year has restored... 

Consumers will find relief in maize, chicken prices; red meat prices to rise

Cybercrime Bill to be tabled in Parliament

By: Anine Kilian     Updated 1 hour 9 minutes ago The Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Bill is set to be tabled in Parliament soon. The Bill, which was approved by Cabinet in December, is necessary for building safer communities as envisaged in the National Development Plan, Justice and Constitutional Development Deputy Minister John Jeffery said on... 

Competition Commission prohibits cardboard manufacturers’ merger

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     Updated 1 hour 42 minutes ago The Competition Commission has prohibited packaging manufacturer Corruseal’s proposed acquisition of Boxlee and Pride Pak, as it was likely to substantially prevent or lessen competition. Corruseal owns varying interests in several businesses, most of which operate in the industry for the... 

Portia Derby joins Aurecon, advances company’s transformation efforts

By: Ilan Solomons     Updated 5 hours ago Employee-owned consulting engineering company Aurecon is moving its transformation process up a gear with the appointment of Portia Derby to the position of Gauteng senior regional director. She is the first black woman appointed to a senior management position involved in the operations of the... 

Portia Derby joins Aurecon, advances company’s transformation efforts
Portia Derby is Aurecon’s new Gauteng senior regional director

Atterbury progressing with Pretoria legal hub development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     Updated 21 minutes ago Property developers Atterbury are progressing with the development of a 6 000 m2 urban office precinct, aimed at legal practitioners. The Club Advocates’ Chambers, near Menlo Park, in Pretoria, will offer office space for around 120 advocates, with the option of sectional title ownership. 

Atterbury progressing with Pretoria legal hub development

KPMG highlights ten trends that will shape the infrastructure industry in the year ahead

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     Updated 5 hours ago Ten global trends, many of which underscore a drive for more responsible leadership, both from the public and private sectors, will shape the development of infrastructure in the year ahead, the 2017 ‘Emerging Trends in Infrastructure’ report from KPMG International reveals. “Political agendas... 

KPMG highlights ten trends that will shape the infrastructure industry in the year ahead

Cosatu calls for probe against defaulting North West municipalities

By: African News Agency      19th January 2017 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in North West on Wednesday called on the provincial government to investigate the municipalities who have failed to pay their Eskom electricity bills. Eskom interrupted its bulk electricity supply to the North West municipalities of Naledi,... 

Emirates introduces blankets made from recycled plastic on flights

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     Updated 7 hours ago Dubai-based airline Emirates is introducing new sustainable blankets made from 100% recycled plastic bottles for use in economy class on all its long-haul flights. The blankets are made using ecoTHREAD patented technology, with each blanket made from 28 recycled plastic bottles. The bottles are... 

Emirates introduces blankets made from recycled plastic on flights

Construction under way at 7.5 MW Burundi solar park

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     Updated 24 minutes ago Solar and social development enterprise Gigawatt Global on Wednesday broke ground on a 7.5 MW solar field that will boost Burundi’s electricity generation capacity. The $14-million project is being built in the Mubuga district, in one of the world's least-developed nations and is expected to be... 

Construction under way at 7.5 MW Burundi solar park

Polish consumer watchdog launches proceedings against Volkswagen

By: Reuters     Updated 50 minutes ago Poland's consumer protection watchdog on Thursday said it had initiated proceedings against Volkswagen for misleading customers over emissions, a step which could result in a fine of up to 10 percent of Volkswagen's local turnover. "The proceedings may also end with the adoption of a commitment... 

Eskom, IPP deadlock on renewables PPAs coming to a head 

     Updated 57 minutes ago Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the impasse between Eskom and renewables IPPs on the signing of power purchase agreements. 

Eskom, IPP deadlock on renewables PPAs coming to a head

The Pretoria-based Falcon 402 aircraft programme 

     Updated 2 hours 33 minutes ago Falcon Air, based at Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria, has developed and is producing the Falcon 402 single-engined passenger and utility aircraft. Keith Campbell reports. 

The Pretoria-based Falcon 402 aircraft programme

Zimbabwe tax agency says misses 2016 revenue target due to weak economy

By: Reuters     Updated 4 hours ago Zimbabwe's tax agency Zimra said on Thursday it failed to meet its 2016 revenue target by 4%, as the economy stalled and weak global commodity prices hit mineral royalties. The southern African nation's economy stagnated last year while its budget deficit exploded, putting political pressure on... 

Second Nigerian tomato paste plant shuts, in embarrassment for Buhari

By: Reuters     Updated 4 hours ago Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote has shut his new tomato paste plant in Nigeria due to a shortage of dollars needed to import raw materials, a senior executive said, the second such closure in months in a blow to official plans to diversify the economy. President Muhammadu Buhari, elected in... 

Eskom continues with supply interruptions in North West

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     Updated 4 hours ago Eskom on Thursday said that unless defaulting municipalities meet its requirements of cash payments as negotiated, a written undertaking in the form of a council resolution that current accounts will be honoured going forward, and a payment plan for the arrears, it will continue to interrupt bulk... 

Atlas Copco to sell road construction business

By: Reuters     Updated 4 hours ago Mining gear and compressor maker Atlas Copco will sell its road construction equipment business to French industrial and construction company Fayat Group, it said on Thursday, booking a loss of about 2-billion Swedish crowns ($225-million). Atlas announced plans a week ago to sell the business,... 

Sibanye’s Stillwater platinum deal edges forward

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 7 hours ago Precious metals mining company Sibanye’s proposed acquisition, Stillwater Mining of the United States of America, edged forward on Thursday with the notification that both companies had received early termination of the waiting period under the US’s Hart-Scott-Rodino legislation, which means that... 

Sibanye’s Stillwater platinum deal edges forward
Photo by Duane Daws
Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman

Egypt on track to receive IMF loan's second tranche

By: Reuters     19th January 2017 Egypt is on track to receive the second tranche of a $12-billion three-year loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) pending a visit in the end of February to review progress on its economic reform program, the fund said on Wednesday. The IMF originally approved the loan, intended to... 

Egypt on track to receive IMF loan's second tranche

Investment the cure for SA’s unemployment – Fedusa

By: African News Agency      19th January 2017 All sectors in South Africa needed to pull in the same direction if the country is to attract investment which could break the back of unemployment. This was according to Dennis George of the Federation of Unions of South Africa, the second largest trade union federation in the country, who is... 

Committee calls for permanent solution to municipal electricity debt problem

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2017 The Select Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on Wednesday said it was concerned about Eskom’s plans to cut electricity to certain municipalities that were defaulting on payments and that it would hold a meeting with all the affected parties to find a lasting solution to... 

Busa appoints new CEO

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2017 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has appointed Tanya Cohen CEO, effective immediately. Cohen, who was selected as the preferred candidate following a thorough recruitment process, will hold the position for a three-year term. 

New-truck sales show small operators hardest hit, says Isuzu Trucks

By: Irma Venter     18th January 2017 A sharp increase in fuel tax, triggered by government’s drive to fill its coffers, a stronger oil price and a continued weak rand may lead to a roughly R2/l increase in the price of fuel in the next few months, predicts Isuzu Trucks South Africa (ITSA) director and COO Craig Uren. This will have... 

New-truck sales show small operators hardest hit, says Isuzu Trucks

South Africa could possibly downscale number of international airports

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2017 Cabinet will, this year, review and take a decision on rationalising the number of international airports in South Africa, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Wednesday. Speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria, he said Cabinet had already taken a decision last year “that there are too... 

South Africa could possibly downscale number of international airports

Home Affairs allocates R25m to debottleneck OR Tambo customs 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2017 To accommodate the yearly increase of travellers at the OR Tambo International Airport, the Department of Home Affairs is allocating R25-million for the 2017/18 financial year to appoint 58 additional immigration officials. This followed as the number of travellers using the airport increased to... 

Home Affairs allocates R25m to debottleneck OR Tambo customs

December trade activity posts year-on-year improvement

By: Anine Kilian     18th January 2017 Although December is usually a tight month for trade conditions owing to less business-to-business trade, trade in December was noticeably better than in December 2015, says the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci). The chamber of Wednesday released its Trade Activity Index for... 

Davos boosts platinum fuel cell outlook with hydrogen council launch

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2017 Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) offer the most natural solution for emission-free vehicles, discharging only water and requiring negligible change to current driving and refuelling habits, which is why 13 leading energy, transport and industry companies this week chose Davos... 

Davos boosts platinum fuel cell outlook with hydrogen council launch
Photo by Duane Daws
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Sapvia welcomes Ramaphosa’s support of REIPPPP

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th January 2017 The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia) on Wednesday welcomed Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recognition of the success of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). Ramaphosa was addressing delegates at the World Economic... 

South African maize planting area seen a third larger as rains return

By: Reuters     18th January 2017 South African farmers have planted a third more hectares with maize this season following increased rainfall and favourable climate conditions, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday. South Africa's Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) is expected to forecast the planted area at 2.6-million hectares, up... 

Kenya's Lake Turkana wind power scheme readying for production by end June

By: Reuters     18th January 2017 Africa's biggest wind power scheme, the Lake Turkana Wind Power project in Kenya, should be fully connected to the national electricity grid and producing power by the end of June, a director at the consortium building the project said on Wednesday. The scheme had faced a series of setbacks,... 

Dangote, China's Sinotruck set up $100m truck plant in Nigeria

By: Reuters     18th January 2017 Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote has partnered with China's heavy duty truck group Sinotruck to set up a $100-million plant to assemble trucks and cars in Nigeria for local use and export, the executive director of Dangote group said. The joint venture, which is 65% owned by Dangote and 35% by... 

Food prices hike December inflation by 0.2%

By: African News Agency      18th January 2017 The consumer price index (CPI) inflation accelerated further to 6.8 percent year-on-year in December 2016 against market expectations of a moderation to 6.5 percent year-on-year, Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) said on Wednesday. This rate was 0.2 of a percentage point higher than the... 

Food prices hike December inflation by 0.2%

Uganda wraps up financing talks for $400m for expressway

By: Reuters     18th January 2017 Uganda has concluded talks with the European Union, the French Development Agency and the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) on them jointly financing $400-million of a planned $1.1-billion expressway, a senior government official said on Wednesday. The three will provide the $400-million in a mix of... 

Transnet continues to boost maritime skills

By: Anine Kilian     18th January 2017 State-owned Transnet has further committed to building and strengthening the country’s oceans economy with a further intake of trainees for its maritime training academy, the Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE), in Durban. The intake of unemployed learners is part of Transnet’s Market Demand... 

IPPs ‘entitled’ to approach courts to force Eskom to sign PPAs 

By: Terence Creamer     18th January 2017 A legal opinion secured by the South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) relating to the refusal by Eskom to conclude contracts with 37 independent power producers (IPPs) selected as preferred bidders by the Department of Energy (DoE) more than a year ago states that the IPPs “would be... 

IPPs ‘entitled’ to approach courts to force Eskom to sign PPAs

Bridgestone counting the cost of production shutdown at its Brits factory

By: Anine Kilian     18th January 2017 Tyre manufacturer Bridgestone may consider possible further legal action against the Madibeng municipality, in North West, after the municipality last week cut power supply to various factories, despite a court order preventing it from doing so. The tyre production facility, which employs more... 

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