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Bell laments import duties on steel, tyres; Kamaz assembly could start in 2019

By: Irma Venter     Updated 2 hours 28 minutes ago “South African manufacturers are paying 22% too much for their steel; whether you are making lamp posts or electrical cabinets, you are not going to pay what you would pay on the global market,” says Bell Equipment CEO Gary Bell. Bell Equipment manufactures six lines of capital equipment,... 

 Bell laments import duties on steel, tyres; Kamaz assembly could start in 2019
The Bell Equipment factory in Richards Bay

AfriForum to privately prosecute Malema for fraud and corruption

By: Sane Dhlamini     Updated 1 hour 42 minutes ago Lobby group AfriForum on Thursday announced its intention to prosecute Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema if the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) did not reinstate the case against Malema for fraud and tender corruption in the On-Point Engineering matter. On-Point, in which... 

AfriForum to privately prosecute Malema for fraud and corruption
AfriForum's Kallie Kriel & Gerrie Nel

Volvo Trucks launches first all-electric truck, sales to start in 2019

By: Irma Venter     Updated 1 hour 37 minutes ago Volvo Trucks has introduced its first all-electric truck for commercial use. The FL Electric will be used for urban distribution and refuse operations, among other applications. Sales and series production of the new model will start in Europe next year. 

Volvo Trucks launches first all-electric truck, sales to start in 2019

World Bank sees microgrids playing bigger role in Africa’s electrification as solar costs fall

By: Terence Creamer     18th April 2018 Changes in generation technologies, including the sharp fall in solar photovoltaic (PV) costs, means that the evolution of electricity systems in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) will need to involve more than one national grid, a new World Bank report argues. “The path to universal electrification will... 

World Bank sees microgrids playing bigger role in Africa’s electrification as solar costs fall
Bank says microgrids have worked well in East and South Asia

Ramaphosa scores R857m UK funding from Prime Minister May

By: News24Wire      18th April 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa and British Prime Minister Theresa May agreed on a deal worth millions to help South Africa improve its business environment. Ramaphosa is in the UK on a working visit to London to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which will take place on Thursday and... 

Ramaphosa scores R857m UK funding from Prime Minister May
President Cyril Ramaphosa & British Prime Minister Theresa May

Ramaphosa urges closer ties between South African businesses and other Commonwealth nations

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has encouraged South African businesses to reach out to their Commonwealth counterparts across the globe to forge closer ties and create avenues for greater trade and investment. In an address in London, on Wednesday, he said that the Commonwealth Business... 

Ramaphosa's plan to attract R1.2tr in investment marks potential new dawn

By: News24Wire      18th April 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plan to raise over R1-trillion in new foreign investment has been hailed by economists as the beginning of a “new dawn” for South Africa after years of low growth and policy uncertainty. On Monday, Ramaphosa announced that South Africa will later this year host a major... 

 Ramaphosa's plan to attract R1.2tr in investment marks potential new dawn
President Cyril Ramaphosa

UK, SA Trade Ministers hold talks in London

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th April 2018 South African Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies met with his British counterpart, International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox, on Tuesday on the margins of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, to discuss the bilateral trade relationship. They both expressed pleasure at... 

UK, SA Trade Ministers hold talks in London
UK Secretary of State for the Department of International Trade Dr Liam Fox and South African Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies

AfriSam bolsters Western Cape prominence with technical Zeitz Museum concrete work

By: Schalk Burger     18th April 2018 Building materials company AfriSam designed and supplied specialist concrete for the construction of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, which involved the cutting away of the inside of the old grain silo at the V&A Waterfront, in Cape Town, to build the modern art museum. The museum,... 

AfriSam bolsters Western Cape prominence with technical Zeitz Museum concrete work
Photo by Dylan Slater
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

Department shares Vaal dam water regulatory best practice with Nigerian group

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th April 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on Wednesday hosted a delegation from the Nigerian government’s integrated water resources management commission at the Vaal dam, in the Free State, to undertake a technical study tour and share water regulatory best practices. The study tour comes as... 

Department shares Vaal dam water regulatory best practice with Nigerian group
Photo by Marleny Arnoldi
Vaal dam

Further tariff increases would exacerbate Eskom’s death spiral – EIUG

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 The Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) of Southern Africa, whose members account for about 40% of electrical energy consumed in the country, has warned that increases to electricity tariffs will exacerbate State-owned power utility Eskom’s “death spiral”. The EIUG is participating in the National... 

Eskom board continues to clean house

By: African News Agency      18th April 2018 Board members at Eskom are continuing with their clean sweep at the State-owned power utility, with 239 cases of possible wrongdoing being identified through whistleblowers alone, MPs heard on Wednesday. Briefing Parliament's portfolio committee on public enterprises, board member Sindi... 

Busa supports labour law amendments, but concerned about risks

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has voiced its support for amendments to legislation to introduce provisions to enhance labour relations stability and the implementation of a National Minimum Wage (NMW). Busa warned, however, that the risks to employment and business, particularly smaller and... 

Railway industry to develop new roadmap towards Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 The International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) has commissioned a study to provide a global strategic view of Heavy Haul 4.0, and attempt to visualise the heavy haul railway of the future. The ‘Development of the Heavy Haul Vision in the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ study, which will be... 

Grindrod concludes sale of Unicorn Bunker Services

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 Grindrod has finalised the sale of its bunker division, Unicorn Bunker Services, for an undisclosed amount. Unicorn Bunker Services, which employs 110 people, was first established in 2006 and operates three modern bunker tankers in the ports of Durban and Cape Town under contract to BP, Engen... 

R360m Admin Craft Basin opens opportunities for growth at Port of Ngqura

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 The completed Admin Craft Basin (ACB), valued at R360-million, in the Port of Ngqura has opened up opportunities for revenue growth in the developing port. The new structure will be home to the port’s three tugs and one pilot boat, thereby freeing up Berth C101, which was designed to handle... 

R360m Admin Craft Basin opens opportunities for growth at Port of Ngqura
The completed Admin Craft Basin (ACB), in the Port of Ngqura, is valued at R360-million

Another hydrogen boost for platinum fuel cells

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 The introduction of platinum-using fuel cells has received another boost with the latest success in hydrogen compression announced by Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Wednesday.   Last week, Amplats revealed plans for a fuel cell dozer, which makes use of hydrogen in liquid, to make a 2019... 

Another hydrogen boost for platinum fuel cells
Photo by Creamer Media
Amplats PGM investment programme CEO Andrew Hinkly

Rebosis postpones H1 results, CEO resigns

By: Reuters     18th April 2018 South Africa's Rebosis Property Fund said on Wednesday its CEO Andile Mazwai had resigned and the firm would postpone the release of its interim financial results, sending shares down more than 10%. The company said in a statement its current executive deputy dhairperson Sisi Ngebulana would be... 

Imperial CEO resigns after court ruling over employee dismissal

By: Reuters     18th April 2018 South Africa's Imperial Holdings said on Wednesday CEO Mark Lamberti will resign at the end of the month following a court judgement against him involving a remarks he made to an ex-employee at one of Imperial's units. Osman Arbee, currently CEO of the Imperial division Motus, will replace... 

Ncondezi JDA on track to be concluded by end-July

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 The joint development agreement (JDA) for Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy’s integrated 300 MW power plant and coal mine project in Tete, Mozambique, remains on track for completion by the end of July. Proposals for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operations and maintenance... 

St Helena's cherished lifeline ship to return as anti-piracy armoury

By: Reuters     18th April 2018 The RMS St Helena, Britain's last working postal ship, was for nearly three decades the main source of contact between one of humanity's remotest islands and the outside world. Now the ship, cherished by the 4 500 residents of British-ruled St. Helena, will start a new life as a floating armoury,... 

St Helena's cherished lifeline ship to return as anti-piracy armoury
Photo by Reuters
RMS St Helena

Industrial microgrid leveraging solar and storage launched 

     Updated 3 hours ago Power management multinational Eaton South Africa has launched a grid-tied microgrid that uses solar photovoltaic and lithium ion battery storage systems. The microgrid powers its Wadeville campus and factory.  

Industrial microgrid leveraging solar and storage launched

AfriForum to privately prosecute Julius Malema

By: News24Wire      Updated 3 hours ago Lobby group AfriForum announced on Thursday that it intended to privately prosecute Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on charges of fraud and corruption. The announcement was made in Centurion on Thursday morning by AfriForum's private prosecution head, the so-called "Pit Bull"... 

AfriForum to privately prosecute Julius Malema
Photo by Reuters
EFF leader Julius Malema

Rand recovery double-edged sword, land must be shared – Ramaphosa

By: Reuters     18th April 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday the rebound in the country's currency, the rand, had both positive and negative effects but wasn't quite complete. "It is a double-edged sword," Ramaphosa said in a interview with Bloomberg television. "It reflects the level of confidence that the world... 

Rand recovery double-edged sword, land must be shared – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Solidarity gives Brian Molefe Friday deadline to pay back the money

By: African News Agency      18th April 2018 Trade union Solidarity has given former Eskom chief executive Brian Molefe until Friday 11am to pay back the money he unlawfully received from the power utility as part of the R30-million pension payout granted to him. On Tuesday, Molefe lost his court bid to appeal a January high court judgement... 

 Solidarity gives Brian Molefe Friday deadline to pay back the money
Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe

Nersa public hearings into Eskom’s RCA applications get under way 

     18th April 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the first round of public hearings held by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa to determine whether or not to grant Eskom’s applications to recover R66.6-billion in cost and sales variances. 

Nersa public hearings into Eskom’s RCA applications get under way

Steel demand to grow by 1.8% in 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     17th April 2018 The World Steel Association (worldsteel) has forecast 1.8% year-on-year growth in global steel demand to 1.62-billion tonnes this year. Worldsteel further reports in its April Short Range Outlook (SRO), published on Tuesday, that global steel demand will grow by a further 0.7% to 1.63-billion... 

R90m Bronkhorstspruit road project completed ahead of schedule

By: African News Agency      17th April 2018 Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi on Tuesday launched a  R90-million road rehabilitation project between Bronkhorstspruit and Ekangala, east of Tshwane. Vadi said the 19 kilometre road project, wholly funded by the department, was completed eight months ahead of schedule. Road D670... 

Government cancels auditing contracts with KPMG and Nkonki Inc

By: News24Wire      17th April 2018 The Auditor General, Kimi Makwetu, on Tuesday announced his office’s decision to terminate, with immediate effect, the auditing contracts with KPMG and Nkonki Inc with the government.  The two beleaguered companies had been doing public sector audits on behalf of the Auditor General of South... 

 Government cancels auditing contracts with KPMG and Nkonki Inc
Auditor General Kimi Makwetu

Nanoclay technology being developed as possible means to treat AMD

By: Anine Kilian     17th April 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is developing low-cost polymer-based adsorbents for the removal of toxic pollutants such as heavy metals, anions and organics, from wastewater, that could be applied in the treatment of acid mine drainage (AMD). AMD is the outflow of... 

CSIR developing water treatment, biodegradable plastic solutions

By: Anine Kilian     17th April 2018 Most of the plastics used in South Africa are nonbiodegradable, especially in the packaging industry, and end up in landfills, posing environmental threats and health concerns, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) polymer modification group leader Dr Avashnee Chetty says.... 

R300m social housing project launched in Tshwane

By: Simone Liedtke     17th April 2018 As part of plans to meet the growing demand for housing in Gauteng, Human Settlements Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo on Tuesday launched the R300-million Thembelihle Village in Tshwane. Completed in November 2017, with first occupation in February 2018, the project provides safe housing for families... 

R300m social housing project launched in Tshwane
Photo by Simone Liedtke
Human Settlements Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo on Tuesday launched the R300-million Thembelihle Village in Tshwane

IMF makes positive about-turn on SA growth outlook after January slash

By: News24Wire      17th April 2018 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is upbeat about South Africa's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in 2018, raising its forecast to 1.5% after cutting its prediction to 0.9% in January. The international lender released its World Economic Outlook report in Washington DC on Tuesday, ahead of... 

 IMF makes positive about-turn on SA growth outlook after January slash

African businesses grow despite difficult macro environment – PwC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th April 2018 Despite a challenging environment, with public debt approaching critical levels in some countries and concerns over excessive reliance on oil, African businesses are expanding.  

Those who can afford to pay for toll roads, must pay – Nzimande

By: News24Wire      17th April 2018 The funding of road infrastructure development for the next 15 to 20 years worries Transport Minister Blade Nzimande, the portfolio committee on transport heard. The Department of Transport (DoT) on Tuesday briefed Parliament’s committee on the annual performance plan for the 2018/19 financial... 

 Those who can afford to pay for toll roads, must pay – Nzimande
Photo by Creamer Media
Transport Minister Blade Nzimande

Port Elizabeth MoU set to assist composites industry

By: Irma Venter     17th April 2018 The Mandela Bay Composites Cluster and eNtsa, an engagement institute within Nelson Mandela University, have signed a cooperation agreement which is set to boost the development and use of composites in South Africa. In terms of a memorandum of understanding (MoU), the two entities will work... 

Port Elizabeth MoU set to assist composites industry

Ride-hailing kilometres predicted to grow dramatically to 2030

By: Irma Venter     17th April 2018 Today, ride-hailing accounts for 4% of all miles driven globally. By 2030 it will be 25%, says Uber Technologies public policy head Yolisa Kani. In South Africa, Uber has proven most popular when people spend an evening out. 

Ride-hailing kilometres predicted to grow dramatically to 2030

Eskom says facing coal shortages at seven power plants

By: Reuters     17th April 2018 South African power utility Eskom, which is battling to recover from a financial and leadership crisis, said on Tuesday that it was facing coal shortages at seven power stations. Eskom supplies around 95% of South Africa's electricity, predominantly by burning coal. The state-owned utility has... 

Eskom says facing coal shortages at seven power plants

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