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South Africa must wake up to fuel cell race or risk losing out 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th December 2016 South Africa is in a global race in fuel cell development and should not consider itself “special”, as there are a number of other countries that could reap benefits from their fuel cell plans far sooner, an analyst warned on Friday. Speaking during a panel discussion on the impact of fuel cell... 

4th Energy Wave fuel cell analyst Kerry-Ann Adamson talks about South Africa in the race for fuel cell development. Cameraperson and editing: Nicholas Boyd 9/12/16

Zambia eyes energy diversification, reviews South Africa's progress

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th December 2016 Zambia has started reviewing its options to reverse the country's current energy constraints and diversify its own energy mix, leaving no viable potential initiatives off the table as it seeks to become a "power trader". The mostly hydropowered Southern African country is currently battling... 

Zambia eyes energy diversification, reviews South Africa's progress
Zambian President Edgar Lungu

Gauteng aims to hard-wire open tendering after pilot yields positive results

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th December 2016 What began as a tentative pilot project to test the ‘open tendering’ concept in the South African public sector is now likely to become a permanent fixture, as the Gauteng provincial government (GPG) considers tabling legislation making the Open Tender System a necessary condition for procuring... 

Gauteng aims to hard-wire open tendering after pilot yields positive results

Desalination helps South32’s KZN aluminium smelter beat water woes

By: David Oliveira     9th December 2016 To ensure sustainable operations in drought-stricken Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, diversified miner South32 has invested R74-million in a seawater desalination plant that uses membrane technology to produce cooling process water for its Hillside aluminium smelter. The diversified miner appointed... 

Desalination helps South32’s KZN aluminium smelter beat water woes

Electric vehicles’ share of market to grow rapidly, says IHS Markit

By: Irma Venter     9th December 2016 Electric vehicles (EVs) could make up 15% to 35% of worldwide new vehicle sales in 2040, says IHS Markit, a specialist in critical information, analytics and solutions. The findings are part of a new research project, ‘Reinventing the Wheel’, that the company will conduct over the first half of... 

Electric vehicles’ share of market to grow rapidly, says IHS Markit

Fitch revises Eskom outlook to negative

By: African News Agency      9th December 2016 Fitch Ratings on Thursday revised the outlook on Eskom to negative from stable and affirmed its long-term local-currency issuer default rating at BBB-. Fitch said the revision followed the change in outlook on South Africa’s long-term local-currency issuer default rating to negative from stable... 

Fitch revises Eskom outlook to negative

Busa welcomes extension of Employment and Learnership Tax Incentives

By: Anine Kilian     9th December 2016 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has welcomed the extension of the employment and learnership tax incentive schemes, adopted by Parliament on December 9, which will support job creation for young people in a meaningful and effective way. The Employment Tax Incentive (ETI) has been extended for... 

Former President Mbeki appointed Unisa chancellor

By: Samantha Herbst     9th December 2016 In an effort to sustain the reputable profile of outgoing University of South Africa (Unisa) chancellor Judge Bernard Ngoepe, who served the university for 15 years before stepping down this week, Unisa has appointed former South African President Thabo Mbeki its new chancellor. In a media... 

Former President Mbeki appointed Unisa chancellor
Former President Thabo Mbeki

DTI acknowledges poultry stakeholder concerns over imports

By: Anine Kilian     9th December 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has acknowledged concerns raised by South Africa’s poultry industry with regard to the increase in poultry product imports. Through the DTI and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), government has been working with the domestic... 

DTI acknowledges poultry stakeholder concerns over imports

First phase of new medical precinct in Cape Town completed

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th December 2016 The new flagship Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital has been opened in Cape Town’s central business district (CBD). The 16-storey building, with about 30 000 m2 of floor space, will comprise 248 beds, of which of 61 will be used for intensive care and high care. 

First phase of new medical precinct in Cape Town completed

Water essential for socioeconomic growth – Mokonyane

By: Anine Kilian     9th December 2016 Addressing a delegation at an Orange-Senqu River Basin Commission (Orasecom) meeting in Kempton Park, Gauteng, on Friday, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvulo Mokonyane highlighted the need for access to water as a serious challenge facing South Africa, as water security is necessary and... 

Water essential for socioeconomic growth – Mokonyane
Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane

South African Nuclear Energy Corporation CEO reappointed for three more years

By: Keith Campbell     9th December 2016 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) announced on Friday that its CEO, Phumzile Tshelane, has had his contract extended for another three years. The decision was taken by the Cabinet. The reappointment of Tshelane was recommended by the Necsa Board, which was appointed in March.... 

South African Nuclear Energy Corporation CEO reappointed for three more years
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Necsa CEO Phumzile Tshelane

Open data initiative to boost African research, development and innovation – ASSAf

By: Schalk Burger     9th December 2016 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor on Friday launched an Africa-wide initiative to promote the development and coordination of data policies, data training and data infrastructure. The African Open Science Platform aims to promote the value – and exploit the potential – of open data... 

Eskom hunts electricity thieves after 29 deaths and 82 injuries over 3 years

By: African News Agency      9th December 2016 Eskom on Thursday requested the help of the public to bring to book electricity thieves who are allegedly responsible for the deaths of 29 people and for the serious injuries suffered by 82 others in Kwazulu-Natal over the past three years. Eskom said the deaths and injuries were as a result of... 

Eskom hunts electricity thieves after 29 deaths and 82 injuries over 3 years

Additional staff deployed at ports of entry over the festive season

By: African News Agency      9th December 2016 Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced on Thursday that a total of 92 additional staff members would be deployed at OR Tambo International Airport over the festive season. “The two shifts of additional staff will allow for 100 percent capacity at the workstations, with all cubicles... 

Additional staff deployed at ports of entry over the festive season
Photo by Duane Daws
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba

Windhoek goes hi tech in bid to be Africa’s safest

By: African News Agency      9th December 2016 Radwin, the global broadband wireless provider, on Thursday said it had installed a state-of-the-art wireless video surveillance network for the Windhoek Police Department as part of Namibia’s vision to be the safest African country by 2020. Radwin’s point-to-multipoint and point-to-point systems... 

Engineering News iPhone and Android Apps available for free download

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th December 2016 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

Stillwater deal runs deep

By: Martin Creamer     9th December 2016 The acquisition of America’s Stillwater Mining has the potential to put South Africa’s Sibanye on the inside track of low-cost mechanised primary mining as well as provide it with deep insight into secondary mining – the recycling of platinum-group metals (PGMs). Both these inputs will help... 

Stillwater deal runs deep
The US assets Sibanye is buying

Implats selling chrome interest

     9th December 2016 Platinum mining company Impala Platinum (Implats) is disposing of its 65% interest in Impala Chrome, a chrome beneficiation operation that produces 200 000 t of chrome concentrate a year by processing four-million tonnes of tailings a year. As announced in a newspaper advertisement, Implats’... 

Sibanye to acquire US platinum miner for R30bn

By: Martin Creamer     9th December 2016 Precious metals mining company Sibanye Gold has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Stillwater Mining Company of the US for R30-billion ($2.2-billion). The $18-a-share offer represents a premium of 23% to Stillwater’s prior day closing share... 

Sibanye to acquire US platinum miner for R30bn
Photo by Duane Daws
Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman

Black-woman-owned steel manufacturing company launched 

By: Anine Kilian     8th December 2016 Despite the difficult economic climate South Africa currently finds itself in, black-woman-owned steel-manufacturing company RSC Avelo, which was officially launched in Roodepoort, Gauteng on Thursday, aims to be a key player in market, according to MD Mayleen Kyster. “Even though we are in a... 

Black-woman-owned steel manufacturing company launched
RSC Avelo, Roodepoort

Manufacturing output underperforms in October

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th December 2016 South Africa’s manufacturing output delivered a surprise contraction in October, well below the market expectations of a 0.7% to 0.8% increase, indicating that economic activity remains weak and underlying confidence fragile. New data released by Statistics South Africa on Thursday show a... 

Intercontinental hybrid air race raises awareness of unique technology, design

By: Dylan Slater     8th December 2016 Earlier this week Canada-based hybrid airship manufacturer Solar Ship challenged US aerospace, defence and security technologies company Lockheed Martin to undertake an intercontinental friendly air race to raise international awareness about hybrid aircraft and renewable-energy technologies in... 

Consumer confidence still in negative territory

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th December 2016 The Bureau for Economic Research (BER) consumer confidence index (CCI) registered -3 in the third quarter. Although still negative, it was a significant improvement, after slipping to -11 the previous quarter. Nevertheless, the index remains well below its long-term average of 4 and has now been... 

Alternative fuels power more than 5 000 flights

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     8th December 2016 The global airline industry will have made more than 5 000 commercial flights powered by sustainable alternative fuels by the end of the year, reporters attending the International Air Transport Association’s (Iata's) global media day heard on Thursday. The alternative fuels initiative forms part... 

Alternative fuels power more than 5 000 flights

Global airline industry projects eight consecutive years in the black

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     8th December 2016 GENEVA - The global airline industry expects to post a record net profit of $35.6-billion in 2016, up from $35.3-billion in 2015, with this strong performance forecast to continue into 2017, albeit at a lower level. The projected net profit of $29.8-billion in 2017 would mean eight consecutive... 

Global airline industry projects eight consecutive years in the black
Iata director-general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac

Africa squandering its potential, head of UN agency tells UK Parliament

By: African News Agency      8th December 2016 Africa is a world leader in poverty and hunger due to a lack of committed leadership and rampant corruption, said Dr Kanayo F. Nwanze, president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), in an address to the upper house of the UK Parliament on Wednesday. Britain is a founding... 

Africa squandering its potential, head of UN agency tells UK Parliament

DoE urged to re-run IRP base case without ‘artificial constraints’ 

By: Terence Creamer     8th December 2016 A call has been made for the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) base case to be re-run in order to generate a “least-cost” outcome that is free from the “artificial constraints” imposed on renewable energy in the current draft. The base case, published by the Department of Energy (DoE) on November... 

DoE urged to re-run IRP base case without ‘artificial constraints’

SA-Zambia cement economic ties

By: African News Agency      8th December 2016 South African and Zambian officials committed to strengthen cooperation in trade and investment, science and technology, defence and energy following high level discussions in Pretoria on Thursday. “We further committed to actively encourage both South African and Zambian companies to take full... 

SA-Zambia cement economic ties

Sasol enters several hedges for FY17

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th December 2016 JSE-listed Sasol has entered into several hedges to mitigate specific financial risks in the 2017 financial year, which ends June 30, 2017. The move, part of a board-approved policy, includes hedges against the downside risk in the crude oil price to “increase the stability and predictability of... 

Air cargo volumes encourage, outperforming weak global trade

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     8th December 2016 Although the global airfreight business continues to face headwinds from weak global trade, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) says there are encouraging signs that growth in air cargo volumes, which came in at 8.2% year‐on‐year in October, will endure into the new year. This was... 

Air cargo volumes encourage, outperforming weak global trade

Glencore shares rise as Rosneft deal wins analyst thumbs-up

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2016 The share price of diversified mining and marketing company Glencore rose in Johannesburg on the news that the company is in final-stage negotiations to buy 19.5% of Russia’s privatised oil company Rosneft for $11-billion together with the Qatar Investment Authority, which is Glencore’s largest... 

Glencore shares rise as Rosneft deal wins analyst thumbs-up
Photo by Reuters
Russia's president Vladimir Putin with Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin

CompComm cracks down on oils, margarine manufacturers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th December 2016 The Competition Commission on Thursday conducted a search and seizure operation at the premises of five South African companies involved in the manufacture and distribution of refined edible oils, baking fats and margarine, operating in Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal. The commission noted that it had... 

Adcock Ingram sells stake in Ayrton

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th December 2016 The Ghana Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved the sale of South African pharmaceuticals manufacturer Adcock Ingram’s 53% interest in Ghana-based pharmaceuticals company Ayrton Drug Manufacturing. Adcock Ingram noted in June that it would sell this stake to Dannex, another... 

Defence group Denel unveils new version of 20 mm semiautomatic weapon

By: Keith Campbell     8th December 2016 South African defence company Denel PMP, part of the State-owned Denel group, highlighted on Thursday the latest version of its iNkunzi PAW semiautomatic weapon, the iNkunzi PAW A2 (iNkunzi means Bull). The iNkunzi PAW (the acronym stands for Personal Area Weapon) fires 20 mm bursting ammunition... 

Gibela progresses Dunnottar site, highlights 500 000 lost-time injury-free hours

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th December 2016 Visible progress is being made on rail consortium Gibela’s R1-billion train factory at Dunnottar, in Ekurhuleni, with some 522 t of structural steel erected, 4 043 m3 of concrete cast, 5 km of piping installed and around 511 000 productive hours worked. In a recent project update for the site,... 

Gibela progresses Dunnottar site, highlights 500 000 lost-time injury-free hours

South Africa’s economic, political landscape 

     8th December 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about South Africa’s economic and political performance in 2016 and what the country can expect in 2017. 

South Africa’s economic, political landscape

Tesla arrives in South Africa, targets energy market first 

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2016 Tesla has finally arrived in South Africa, even if in a somewhat unexpected guise. With the availability of the US company’s electric cars apparently still some way off, South Africans do, however, now have access to its energy storage solutions. The stationary, rechargeable lithium-ion battery... 

Tesla arrives in South Africa, targets energy market first
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