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BMW SA expects small gains in EV market; in talks with fuel group on charge points

By: Irma Venter     Updated 6 hours ago BMW i3 sales declined last year to 66 units, down from 93 units in 2016. Sales of the fully electric i3 have reached 32 units for the first five months of the year. The i3 currently represents all electric vehicle (EV) sales in South Africa, as no Nissan Leaf sales have been recorded this year. 

BMW SA expects small gains in EV market; in talks with fuel group on charge points
The new BMW i3 electric vehicle

PIC increases shareholding in M&R to 20.41%

By: Anine Kilian     Updated 3 hours ago Engineering and construction group Murray and Roberts (M&R) on Monday reported that the Public investment Corporation (PIC) has increased its beneficial shareholding in the company from 19.96% to 20.41%. The PIC is one of M&R’s biggest shareholders. 

Ascendis to sell noncore assets in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     Updated 4 hours ago South African healthcare provider Ascendis Health plans to dispose of smaller local noncore businesses as part of a strategic review aimed at improving cash generation and enhancing profitability. Ascendis will sell its sports nutrition business, its direct selling and network marketing business... 

Chevron South Africa empowers logistics company to use drones, expand fleet

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 3 hours ago Black-owned petroleum logistics company Crusade Logistics is being aided by some of the newest technology available in logistics, as it goes toe to toe with bigger fuel hauling companies.  

Dimension Data acquires majority stake in e2y

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 4 hours ago To add digital commerce capabilities to its digital business solutions portfolio, Dimension Data is acquiring a majority stake in digital commerce consultancy e2y for an undisclosed amount. e2y is expected to add further skills to Dimension Data’s digital infrastructure consulting and services... 

Fears of a dry future for Cape Town as water conference kicks off

By: News24Wire      Updated 6 hours ago A scarce supply of water may become Cape Town's defining feature, and the city has already been touted as one of the first major cities in the world that could run out of water. This was the warning from City of Cape Town Deputy Mayor Ian Nielson, who spoke on Sunday at the WISA 2018 Conference,... 

IFAT Africa partners with Water Institute of Southern Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 3 hours ago To help overcome the water crisis in South Africa, IFAT Africa and the Water Institute of Southern Africa (Wisa) will launch a cooperation venture as of this week.  

Metair considers debt funding options for proposed TAB acquisition

By: Anine Kilian     Updated 13 minutes ago JSE-listed Metair and its advisers are assessing the most effective and efficient debt funding alternatives for settling the proposed €300-million purchase price for Tovarna Akumulatorskih Baterij (TAB), in Slovenia. Metair earlier this month announced that it had submitted an indicative... 

100 Resilient Cities appoints Dana Omran as MD for Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 19 minutes ago Dana Omran has been appointed Africa MD for the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) programme.  

Hybrid power generation on the rise – HIMOINSA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 49 minutes ago Interest in hybrid energy generation is high, says generator manufacturer HIMOINSA Southern Africa business development director Matthew Bell.  

Hybrid power generation on the rise – HIMOINSA
Engineering News speaks with HIMOINSA Southern Africa business development manager Matt Bell

Local business must lead on investment, says Jabu Mabuza

By: African News Agency      Updated 1 hour 25 minutes ago Jabu Mabuza, the chair of Eskom and Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), said on Monday that local businesses needed to affirm their confidence in the country’s economy for international investment to take hold. “Foreign direct investment will only come about at the back of local investment,”... 

 Local business must lead on investment, says Jabu Mabuza
Eskom & BLSA chairperson Jabu Mabuza

Govt eyes staff cuts, hiring caps after wage deal

By: Reuters     22nd June 2018 Government is considering layoffs and early retirement packages for staff in the public sector to avoid breaking its pledge to cut spending after unions clinched above-inflation wage increases, the Treasury said on Friday. Under a deal reached in May, the government will raise salaries of public... 

Govt eyes staff cuts, hiring caps after wage deal

More must be done for youth development, job creation – Mabuza

By: Anine Kilian     22nd June 2018 The Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) should be able to contribute meaningfully in answering why South Africa’s unemployment rate remains stubbornly high, at 27.7%, Deputy President David Mabuza said on Friday.   Addressing delegates at the twentieth HRDC meeting, in Johannesburg, he... 

IDC denies politically connected elite has ‘hijacked’ black industrialist scheme

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2018 South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has defended the integrity of the credit approval processes for its flagship Black Industrialist Programme and has given the assurance that the scheme has not been captured by individuals with connections to the governing African National... 

IDC denies politically connected elite has ‘hijacked’ black industrialist scheme
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Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has promised that the IDC will release the names of beneficiaries

Zambia shortlists ten firms for 100 MW solar projects

By: Reuters     22nd June 2018 Zambia has shortlisted ten regional and international companies to build a total of 100 MW of solar electricity projects by 2020, the director of the project said on Friday. Zambia is heavily dependent on hydropower and following a drought in 2016, an electricity shortage hit Africa's No.2 copper... 

Arid cities urged to adopt climate responsive design solutions

By: Anine Kilian     22nd June 2018 A new research report by multinational professional services firm Arup highlights the need for cities in arid and semi-arid climates, like Cape Town, to not only manage their scarce water resources better, but to promote smarter ways of living in arid urban environments through climate responsive... 

IFC signs $34m financing agreement for Zambia solar project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd June 2018 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has signed a $34-million financing agreement with Enel, the Industrial Development Corporation of Zambia and the European Investment Bank for the construction of the 34 MW Ngonye solar plant, in Zambia.  

Saldanha Bay aquaculture development zone gets green light

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd June 2018 The proposed sea-based Aquaculture Development Zone (ADZ), in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, has been granted an environmental authorisation.  

Saldanha Bay aquaculture development zone gets green light

AfDB launches index to drive improvements in electricity regulatory environment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd June 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB) this week launched its Electricity Regulatory Index (ERI) at the Africa Energy Forum 2018, in Mauritius.  

AfDB launches index to drive improvements in electricity regulatory environment
African Development Bank power, energy, climate change and green growth development VP Amadou Hott

Seychelles parliament blocks planned Indian naval base on remote island

By: Reuters     22nd June 2018 Seychelles parliament will not ratify a pact allowing India to build naval facilities on one of the archipelago’s islands, a top foreign affairs ministry official said on Friday. The two countries signed an agreement in January to build military facilities on the remote island of Assumption, but... 

Kenya Airways to restart hedging to counter oil price volatility

By: Reuters     22nd June 2018 Kenya Airways' immediate biggest challenge is oil price volatility, and the airline will restart price hedging, its chief executive officer said on Friday. "The volatility of the oil price has been really tremendous. Addressing this is of utmost concern," Sebastian Mikosz told a news conference... 

Restructuring Eskom top of South Africa's agenda – Nene

By: Reuters     22nd June 2018 Restructuring State-run power firm Eskom is "on top of the agenda" for South Africa, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said on Friday, though he said recent outages likely had very little impact on the economy. Africa's most industrialised economy suffered power outages earlier in June because of... 

Restructuring Eskom top of South Africa's agenda – Nene
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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene

Getting below the surface of the Cape Town water crisis

By: News24Wire      22nd June 2018 It will take three months and cost R350-million for a small-scale temporary desalination plant to produce enough water to raise the level of Cape Town’s supply dams by just 1%. Yet the small amount of rain over the long weekend in April raised the dam levels by more than 1% – free of charge.... 

World Bank approves $455m loan for Tanzania power projects

By: Reuters     22nd June 2018 The World Bank has approved a $455-million loan to Tanzania under its International Development Assistance (IDA) programme to support financing of power projects in the East African nation. The financing from IDA, which gives grants or low-interest loans to the world’s poorest countries, will... 

Durban High Court lifts Shongweni landfill interdict

By: African News Agency      22nd June 2018 An interdict brought by a Durban community preventing national waste management firm EnviroServ from operating its Shongweni-based hazardous landfill site was lifted by the Durban High Court on Thursday. Judge Johan Ploos van Amstel lifted the restrictive interdict claiming it had served its... 

New-look IPP bid documents will need to strike delicate balance

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2018 The new bid documentation being prepared by the Department of Energy (DoE) for future independent power producer (IPP) procurement rounds will have to strike a delicate balance between sustaining investor interest and responding to society’s demand for increased socioeconomic benefits. In fact,... 

New-look IPP bid documents will need to strike delicate balance
Allen & Overy partner Jason van der Poel

Nontechnical issues present the main obstacles to nuclear’s role in future energy mix

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 Key issues regarding the future of nuclear power in South Africa were raised at the National Nuclear Regulator’s recent 2nd Nuclear Regulatory Information Conference, held in northern Johannesburg. The conference took place over three days.  

Nontechnical issues present the main obstacles to nuclear’s role in future energy mix

Engineering News iPhone and Android Apps available for free download

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd June 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

Zimbabwe regulator cuts mobile data tariffs by 60 percent

By: Reuters     21st June 2018 Zimbabwe's telecoms regulator has cut the price of mobile data by 60% with effect from next month, it said on Thursday, adding that it will now review charges annually. Lower prices will likely increase the country's Internet penetration rate, which the country's regulator says stood at 50.8%... 

IEC encourages the youth to register to vote in the 2019 elections

By: Simone Liedtke     21st June 2018 The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) aims to increase the voter’s roll by about one-million to at least 27-million people before the 2019 national elections take place. National elections are expected to be held at some stage between May and August next year. 

IEC encourages the youth to register to vote in the 2019 elections
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IEC CEO Sy Mamabolo

Gama cites need for digital change to ensure greater economic growth

By: Simone Liedtke     21st June 2018 With an unemployment rate of about 27% in South Africa, State-owned Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama highlights the need for creating, on an urgent basis, more job absorption strategies. This vision, he explained at the Vision 2030 Summit, in Johannesburg, on Thursday, will involve employing more of... 

Gama cites need for digital change to ensure greater economic growth
Photo by Dylan Slater
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

New era for healthcare as Motsoaledi abolishes co-payments

By: News24Wire      21st June 2018 The abolishment of co-payments is one of the proposals of the Medical Schemes Amendment bill, announced by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Motsoaledi was speaking at a briefing on the medical schemes amendment bill and National Health Insurance bill in Pretoria on Thursday. 

 New era for healthcare as Motsoaledi abolishes co-payments
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi

Imperial board to proceed with Motus unbundling, separate listing

By: Nadine James     21st June 2018 Imperial Holdings’ board has resolved to proceed with the unbundling of its Motus automotive business, it announced on Thursday. The JSE-listed company has previously indicated its plans to restructure its operations into two large independent and self-sufficient businesses – one holding the... 

Imperial board to proceed with Motus unbundling, separate listing
Imperial CEO Osman Arbee

Govt to deploy support teams to assist distressed municipalities – Nel

By: Simone Liedtke     21st June 2018 Government is working to ensure that all distressed and dysfunctional municipalities have access to a district support team by December this year, says Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Andries Nel. Speaking at the Vision 2030 Summit, in Johannesburg, on Wednesday, he... 

Govt to deploy support teams to assist distressed municipalities – Nel
Photo by Simone Liedtke
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Andries Nel

Brand new equipment takes centre stage at coal terminal

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2018 The first phase of the equipment replacement project reached full swing at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) on Thursday when R1.34-billion worth of brand new stacker reclaimers and shiploaders went into official action, holding out the prospect of improved turnaround times for coal... 

Brand new equipment takes centre stage at coal terminal
Photo by Martin Creamer
The official launch of a new machine at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal

Cummins and Komatsu launch S Africa’s first TEC programme at Sedibeng TVET 

21st June 2018 Cummins Africa Middle East and Komatsu Africa have teamed up to bring the first Technical Education for Communities, or TEC, programme to South Africa. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Cummins and Komatsu launch S Africa’s first TEC programme at Sedibeng TVET

Zambia aiming for power prices that reflect costs by end 2018

By: Reuters     21st June 2018 Zambia plans to introduce electricity tariffs that reflect the cost of production by the end of this year, a senior government official said on Thursday, a move that could increase costs for economically vital mining firms that currently pay a flat price. In 2015 and 2016, Zambia experienced a... 

Current account deficit widens in Q1 as exports slump

By: Reuters     21st June 2018 South Africa's current account deficit widened more than expected in the first quarter to register its largest shortfall in two years as the trade balance swung to a deficit after a steep decline in exports, the central bank said on Thursday. Investor sentiment in South Africa picked up after... 

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