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MeerKAT radio telescope inaugurated as precursor to larger SKA project

By: Simone Liedtke     13th July 2018 After a decade in design and construction, the MeerKAT radio telescope, located about 90 km from Canarvon in the Northern Cape, was inaugurated on Friday. The MeerKAT is the precursor to the R10-billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA) – an international enterprise to build the largest and most... 

MeerKAT radio telescope inaugurated as precursor to larger SKA project

SARB launches commemorative Mandela notes, R5 coin for circulation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th July 2018 The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) on Friday hosted a commemorative occasion at Freedom Park, in Pretoria, to introduce a series of banknotes and a R5 circulation coin, in honour of what would have been former President Nelson Mandela’s one-hundredth birthday this year.  

SARB launches commemorative Mandela notes, R5 coin for circulation
Photo by Marleny Arnoldi
SARB commemorative notes to be circulated in July

Low-carbon economy scenarios project under way

By: Terence Creamer     13th July 2018 Amid growing calls for South Africa’s transition to a low-carbon economy to be a just one, a project has been launched to map the possible socioeconomic and environmental scenarios for the transition. The initiative is being undertaken by the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection... 

Low-carbon economy scenarios project under way
Zamanzima Mazibuko

Infrastructure-focused firm moving to raise capital for next round of acquisitions

By: Terence Creamer     13th July 2018 JSE-listed investment holding company GAIA Infrastructure Capital is embarking on an investor roadshow in an effort to raise the capital it needs to acquire additional infrastructure assets with a combined value of R1.7-billion. The company, which invests in operating infrastructure assets in... 

Infrastructure-focused firm moving to raise capital for next round of acquisitions
GAIA Infrastructure Capital CEO Prudence Lebina

Transnet Pipelines unveils new national operating centre

By: Shirley le Guern     13th July 2018 A new national operating centre (NOC) that will serve as a nerve centre for Transnet Pipelines (TPL) and its 3 800 km underground national pipeline network was officially opened in Durban on Friday. Up until now, the control centre was based at TPL’s head office in the Durban central business... 

Transnet Pipelines unveils new national operating centre
Transnet Group CEO Siyabonga Gama, TPL COO Sibongiseni Khathi and Transnet COO Mlamuli Buthelezi

Truck dealerships facing a tough future, says BB Group CEO

By: Irma Venter     13th July 2018 The number of truck dealerships in South Africa will decrease over the next few years, says BB Motor Group CEO Arnold du Plessis. The 59-year-old BB Group owns 33 dealerships, ranging from passenger cars to heavy trucks. 

Truck dealerships facing a tough future, says BB Group CEO

Action needed to integrate UAVs into civil air space in South Africa – Denel

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th July 2018 Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Denel Dynamics (which also produces missiles and space technology) has called for a national programme to integrate UAVs (popularly called drones) into the country’s civilian controlled air space. Controlled air space is air space in which all air... 

Action needed to integrate UAVs into civil air space in South Africa – Denel
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
A Denel Dynamics Seeker military UAV (with a Casspir mine-protected vehicle in the background)

Others expected to follow Coca-Cola’s solar leadership as costs fall

By: Simone Liedtke     13th July 2018 Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA), Coca-Cola’s bottling partner in South Africa, is aiming to have 25% of its electricity powered by renewable sources by 2025. The company says the first 10% of this renewable energy, about 18-million kilowatt hours a year, will be rolled out nationwide... 

Others expected to follow Coca-Cola’s solar leadership as costs fall

Inquiry into Grayston drive bridge collapse awaiting heads of arguments

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th July 2018 The Department of Labour-led inquiry into the October 2015 collapse of the Grayston drive pedestrian and cyclist structural bridge this week completed its work of gathering evidence. It is now awaiting the submission of written heads of arguments by legal representatives of interested... 

Bell Equipment, Sanral MoU gives small contractors access to earthmovers

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2018 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and construction machinery company Bell Equipment have signed a memorandum of understanding that will give small contractors access to earthmoving machinery to allow them to participate more meaningfully in major construction projects. The... 

BBBEE certification company punished for lack of verification quality control

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2018 The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Commission has found that empowerment certification company BEE Matrix South Africa issued certificates between 2015 and 2017 that did not comply with verification procedures. The commission said in a statement on Friday that BEE Matrix SA has... 

PET industry supports local waste recycling entrepreneurs

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     13th July 2018 The polyethylene terephthalate (PET) sector on Friday showed its support to small-, medium-sized and microenterprises in the recycling sector by providing equipment that will enable the enterprises’ effective participation in the mandatory recycling programme launched by the City of Ekurhuleni... 

Thyssenkrupp launches industrial-scale water electrolysis solution for large projects

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2018 Engineering and construction company Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions on Thursday launched its industrial-scale advanced water electrolysis solution that makes large-scale hydrogen production from electricity economically attractive. The advanced water electrolysis features a well-proven cell... 

Stenprop acquires industrial estate for £3.1m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th July 2018 JSE- and LSE-listed industrial property investor Stenprop has acquired an industrial estate in Newport, South Wales, from Storage Giant for £3.1-million. Estuary Court is a modern estate, located in the established industrial location of Queensway Meadows. It comprises 20 units offering 34 980... 

Total’s acquisition of Engie LNG portfolio closes

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th July 2018 Petroleum giant Total’s acquisition of Engie’s portfolio of upstream liquefied natural gas (LNG) assets for an overall enterprise value of $1.5-billion, has closed.  

Engineering News iPhone and Android Apps available for free download

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th July 2018 Creamer Media’s readers continue to be part of the mobile revolution.  Over 20% of Creamer Media’s online readers view the websites on their mobile devices. To cater for this growing mobile readership Creamer Media offers an Engineering News Online app for iPhone and Android users.  These apps... 

Engineering News iPhone and Android Apps available for free download

Putin to take part in Brics summit in South Africa – Kremlin

By: Reuters     13th July 2018 Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to visit South Africa for a summit of BRICS countries on July 26 and 27, Kremlin foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov said on Friday. The BRICS group of emerging economies comprises Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. 

One arrested as Eskom stolen cables worth R5m discovered in Johannesburg

By: Reuters     13th July 2018 An investigation team from Eskom recovered stolen Eskom infrastructure worth R5-million, the power utility said on Friday. One person was arrested when the team and members of the SA Police Service made the discovery of the infrastructure, which included aluminium and copper cables, in... 

China June aluminium, steel exports rise as trade row intensifies

By: Reuters     13th July 2018 China's aluminium exports exceeded half a-million tonnes for only the second time ever in June as stronger international than domestic prices encouraged overseas shipments, while steel exports hit an 11-month high, defying US tariffs. China is the world's biggest producer of both steel and... 

UN Security Council to vote Friday on proposed arms embargo on South Sudan

By: Reuters     13th July 2018 The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on Friday on a US-drafted resolution that would impose an arms embargo on South Sudan, five years after civil war broke out in the country, diplomats said on Thursday. A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Russia, China,... 

Panasonic launches its new headquarters in Cape Town

By: Kim Cloete     12th July 2018 Prompted by a growing customer base in the Western Cape, Panasonic South Africa has launched its new South African headquarters in Century City, in Cape Town. “We are excited about our new headquarters. We decided to move to the Western Cape because of the growth in our customer base in this... 

Panasonic launches its new headquarters in Cape Town
Springbok rugby captain Siya Kolisi and Panasonic South Africa MD Hidetoshi Kaneko

Wind energy industry warned of tough road ahead

By: Kim Cloete     12th July 2018 A leading economist has warned the wind energy industry that it will need to become even more competitive and lower the price of wind power in a stagnant and increasingly challenging South African energy sector.   “Our power sector is bankrupt. Whether we like it or not, this will impact the wind... 

Wind energy industry warned of tough road ahead

Property sector must do more on transformation – PSCC

By: Schalk Burger     12th July 2018 The South African property sector is making reasonable efforts towards transformation, but it needs to pick up the pace, says the Property Sector Charter Council (PSCC). The PSCC this week released the results of its ‘2016-2017 State of Transformation Report’, which sampled institutional... 

South African M&A activity declines in H1

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th July 2018 Merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions in South Africa declined in terms of both volume and value of domestic and cross-border deals, according to analysis by law firm Baker McKenzie.  

Mintek, Unisa acquire 3D X-ray microscopy system

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th July 2018 Minerals beneficiator Mintek and Unisa’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology have jointly acquired a three-dimensional (3D) X-ray microscopy system, which the companies will launch on July 24 at Unisa’s Florida science campus.  

Saudi Arabia pledges to invest R133bn in South African energy sector

By: News24Wire      12th July 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ambitious plan to attract $100-billion to kick start the country’s struggling economy got a major boost on Thursday, when Saudi Arabia committed to invest $10-billion (about R133-billion) in the country. This is expected to be invested in the energy and power creation... 

Saudi Arabia pledges to invest R133bn in South African energy sector
President Cyril Ramaphosa and Saudi Arabian Minister of African Affairs Mahomed bin Adullah Al-Kattan

Accountability, ethical remuneration needed to boost corporate governance – PwC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th July 2018 Rules on executive bonuses and incentives need to be tightened to boost corporate governance, professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC’s) ‘Executive Directors: Practices and Remuneration Trends’ report has found.  

SA Express on route to full re-certification by Civil Aviation Authority

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th July 2018 State-owned regional airline SA Express announced on Thursday that its certification as an aircraft maintenance organisation (AMO) had been reinstated by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (Sacaa) on June 22. “Since then SA Express has undergone a stringent and rigorous process to meet... 

SA Express on route to full re-certification by Civil Aviation Authority
Photo by SA Express
A Bombardier CRJ 700 of SA Express, before the airline was grounded

Shanghai rebar hits 10-month top as China's pollution fight intensifies

By: Reuters     12th July 2018 China's rebar steel futures rallied more than 3% to their highest in 10 months on Thursday amid potentially tighter supply as the government intensifies efforts to clean up its skies. China's cabinet launched on Wednesday a new cross-ministerial leadership group, headed by vice-premier Han Zheng,... 

Macron says Nato debates were 'frank and respectful'

By: Reuters     12th July 2018 French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that talks at a Nato summit were measured and respectful, despite critical tweets from US President Donald Trump in the run up to and during the gathering. Ahead of the summit, Trump criticised Germany on Twitter for what he called its dependence... 

SAA CEO gives assurances on plans to secure the airline’s future 

12th July 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Senior Deputy Editor Rebecca Campbell about assurances given by South African Airways CEO Vuyani Jarana to trade union Solidarity and the general public about plans to secure the airline’s future. 

SAA CEO gives assurances on plans to secure the airline’s future

Industrial clothing company opens showroom to get closer to end-users 

12th July 2018 Industrial garment manufacturer Sweet-Orr has opened a showroom near the OR Tambo International Airport, in Boksburg, which stocks its utility, essential and special ranges of industrial workwear. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Industrial clothing company opens showroom to get closer to end-users

Manufacturing output tempers recession fears

By: Reuters     12th July 2018 South Africa's manufacturing output rose again in May after a disappointing first quarter as production of motor vehicles and durable consumer goods increased, offering hope the economy will avoid slipping into recession. The continent's most industrialised economy suffered its worst quarterly... 

Manufacturing output tempers recession fears

Ski Monkey paves the way to study the Indian Ocean

By: News24Wire      12th July 2018 The sun is shining, the sea is sparkling and a whole pod of humpback whales have been putting on the most spectacular display, leaping out of the water so close you can see the white and dark patterns on their bellies. It is a thrill to be near these big mammals, and everyone on the pool deck who... 

African countries rapidly expanding use of UAVs, while South Africa lags

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th July 2018 The number of applications for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)/unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in Africa is expanding rapidly, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) principal aeronautical engineer John Monk told the aviation session of the Southern African Transport Conference in... 

African countries rapidly expanding use of UAVs, while South Africa lags
Photo by CSIR
An unidentified CSIR research team member making adjustments to a CSIR-designed modular UAV

Ramaphosa embarks on Eskom overhaul

By: Reuters     12th July 2018 A month after Cyril Ramaphosa took the helm of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) in December, he called an urgent meeting with then-President Jacob Zuma and senior ministers to save state power firm Eskom. Ramaphosa understood sweeping changes were needed at the struggling... 

Ramaphosa embarks on Eskom overhaul
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Western Cape edges closer to an end to the drought as dam levels continue to rise

By: News24Wire      12th July 2018 Good news for the drought-stricken Western Cape came in the form of a dramatic increase in the province's dam levels. According to the Department of Water Affairs, dam levels increased from 45% to 51.7% in seven days, thanks to recent torrential rains in large parts of the province. And that's... 

Western Cape edges closer to an end to the drought as dam levels continue to rise

Fatality-free Pan African sparkles on lower-cost, longer-life prospects

By: Martin Creamer     12th July 2018 Pan African has repositioned itself as a lower-cost, longer-life gold mining company that is guiding production of 170 000 oz of gold in the 12 months to June 30 next year. The Aim- and JSE-listed company saw its Barberton Mines commendably achieve a million fatality-free shifts and help the... 

Fatality-free Pan African sparkles on lower-cost, longer-life prospects
Photo by Creamer Media
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