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No compliant bids received for additional Gautrain rolling stock  

By: Mariaan Webb     18th December 2018 It is back to the drawing board for the procurement of additional rolling stock for the Gautrain system, after the prequalified bidders’ submissions failed to meet procurement requirements. The three prequalified bidders – Bombardier Transport, CRRC E-Loco Supply and Egoli Rail Consortium... 

No compliant bids received for additional Gautrain rolling stock

Enhanced Emirates codeshare to assist with turnaround implementation – SAA CEO

By: Mariaan Webb     18th December 2018 South African Airways (SAA) and Emirates are expanding their commercial relationship with enhancements to a codeshare agreement, opening up new destinations for customers of both airlines. SAA CEO Vuyani Jarana said on Tuesday that the expansion of the commercial relationship with the world’s... 

Enhanced Emirates codeshare to assist with turnaround implementation – SAA CEO
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SAA CEO Vuyani Jarana

Naspers approved for secondary listing on A2X

By: African News Agency      18th December 2018 South Africa-based global internet and entertainment group Naspers, the largest listed company in the country, has been approved for a secondary listing on the A2X platform, the latter said on Tuesday. Naspers will retain its primary listing on the JSE and its issued share capital will be... 

Naspers leads $540m investment in Indian tech startup

By: Reuters     17th December 2018 Naspers and Canada's State pension fund have invested $540-million in Indian educational technology startup Byju's, the South African internet giant said on Monday. Bengaluru-based Byju's launched a learning app in 2015 that offers tools for school students in India, a country with the world's... 

I was dismissed from Prasa for uncovering looters, says Collins Letsoalo

By: African News Agency      17th December 2018 Collins Letsoalo, former acting chief of Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), said on Monday that his dismissal from the troubled entity was due to "a web of corruption and looters" he had unearthed during his walkabouts and roadshows at the agency, and never about an alleged massive salary... 

 I was dismissed from Prasa for uncovering looters, says Collins Letsoalo
Collins Letsoalo

MTN announces executive appointments

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th December 2018 Telecommunications giant MTN has announced several new executive appointments, including the position of chief technology and information officer and executive for corporate services and sustainability. Charles Molapisi has been appointed as the company’s group chief technology and information... 

Global climate pact seen as weak

By: Reuters     18th December 2018 Nearly 200 countries overcame political divisions late on Saturday to agree on rules for implementing a landmark global climate deal, but critics say it is not ambitious enough to prevent the dangerous effects of global warming. After two weeks of talks in the Polish city of Katowice, nations... 

Global climate pact seen as weak

Hitachi to acquire ABB's power grids unit valued at $11bn

By: Bloomberg     17th December 2018 Hitachi agreed to buy ABB’s power grids division in a deal that values the entire business at $11-billion, a plan that’s aimed at turning the Japanese conglomerate into a top global provider of equipment for electricity networks. ABB will return proceeds of $7.6-billion to $7.8-billion through... 

Women on track to earn the same as men – in 202 years

By: Bloomberg     18th December 2018 The good news: The global gender gap has improved, slightly. The reality: Differences in economic opportunity, including pay between men and women, are so vast it’ll take 202 years to fully bridge them, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). The group looks at several measures of equality... 

Zuma's legal mire deepens as Zimbabwe farmers seek $133m

By: Bloomberg     18th December 2018 Jacob Zuma, the former South African president facing 16 corruption charges and a demand to pay back as much as R32-million in legal fees, may see his woes deepen from beyond the country’s borders. South Africa’s top court ruled on December 11 that Zuma had no right to co-sign a Southern African... 

Zuma's legal mire deepens as Zimbabwe farmers seek $133m
Jacob Zuma

Eskom evaluating bids for mortgage business

By: Reuters     15th December 2018 Cash-strapped power utility Eskom is evaluating bids for its finance company that specialises in mortgage lending to employees, its spokesman said on Friday. State-run Eskom is scrambling to keep the lights on in Africa's most advanced economy and has been implementing frequent controlled power... 

Ramaphosa appoints high-level Eskom sustainability task team to resolve problems

By: African News Agency      14th December 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a high-level task team to come up with solutions to the many challenges that Eskom faces, the Presidency said in a statement on Friday. And as a signal of the urgency of its task, the President has asked the Eskom sustainability task team to submit initial... 

 Ramaphosa appoints high-level Eskom sustainability task team to resolve problems
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Former Eskom CEO Brian Dames

China hopes US can learn not to 'blurt things out' after Zesco denial

By: Reuters     18th December 2018 China hopes the US can learn a lesson and "not blurt things out", the Foreign Ministry said on Monday, after Zambia denied claims by a White House official that China is about to take over its state power utility to recover debt. US National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Thursday that... 

PRASA closes Pretoria station for 40 days for maintenance

By: News24Wire      14th December 2018 If you take a train from Metrorail's Bosman station in Pretoria as part of your commute to work, you'll need to consider other modes of transport. The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) will be carrying out maintenance at the station, completely closing it to the public for at least 40... 

Transfer of Eskom's debt to South African government credit neutral – Moody's

By: Reuters     14th December 2018  Power utility Eskom's request for government to take up R100-billion of its debt could cause the country's overall debt ratio to jump two%age points from the current 55.8%, ratings agency Moody's said on Friday. Moody's, the last of the top three ratings firms to still rate Pretoria's debt at... 

Denel's accounts littered with flaws – Auditor General

By: Reuters     14th December 2018 Shoddy and incomplete accounting at South Africa's troubled state-run arms firm Denel left the country's Auditor General unable to make a judgement on the soundness of its most recent financial statements, according to the firm's annual report. In the report the Auditor General listed more than... 

Tongaat to make CEO announcement next month

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th December 2018 JSE-listed agriculture and agroprocessing group Tongaat Hulett is finalising the appointment of a permanent CEO and said on Friday that it would make an announcement before the end of January. Sydney Mtsambiwa is currently interim CEO, following retirement of long-serving CEO Peter Staude on... 

Ministers work around the clock to strengthen global climate deal

By: Reuters     14th December 2018 Ministers are working around the clock to complete and strengthen the rules for making a landmark agreement to combat climate change operational, with one day of talks remaining. Delegates from nearly 200 nations are on a self-imposed deadline to produce a "rule book" to flesh out details of... 

Aerospace industrial park should receive new tenants in four months

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th December 2018 The Centurion Aerospace Village (CAV) industrial park could be transformed from a national State-owned non-profit entity into a Gauteng Provincial Government-owned for-profit company, CAV CEO Lance Schultz told “Engineering News Online” on Thursday. “We are conducing a due diligence into our... 

Kingon’s term as Sars acting Commissioner extended for 90 days

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th December 2018 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has reappointed Mark Kingon as acting Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service (Sars) for a further 90 days, beginning December 13, or until such date as a new Commissioner for Sars is appointed by the President. Section 7 of the Sars Act empowers the... 

Kingon’s term as Sars acting Commissioner extended for 90 days

Foreign direct investment in South Africa down in Q3, portfolio flows up

By: Reuters     14th December 2018 South Africa's foreign direct investment inflows fell by nearly R3-billion in the third quarter, the central bank said on Friday in its quarterly bulletin, as foreign firms sent less money to local subsidiaries. South Africa's direct investment liability fell to R27.9-billion from R31.6-billion,... 

Fourways office park goes solar

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th December 2018 To convert Willow Wood Office Park, in Fourways, Gauteng, to using solar energy, Heartwood Properties has partnered with SolarSaver, which offers a rent-to-own model that does not require any capital outlay, to reduce the building’s footprint and save on electricity costs. All indications are... 

Fourways office park goes solar
Willow Wood solar

US to counter China, Russia influence in Africa – Bolton

By: Reuters     14th December 2018 The United States plans to counter the rapidly expanding Chinese and Russian economic and political influence in Africa, US national security adviser John Bolton said on Thursday, calling business practices of the two nations "corrupt" and "predatory." Washington's No 1. priority will be... 

Aspen says on track to dispose of baby milk business

By: Reuters     14th December 2018 Aspen Pharmacare said on Thursday it expected the conditions for the sale of its infant formula business to be in place by the first quarter of 2019. The drugmaker's shares tumbled 35% within a week after it announced the sale of its infant formula business in September to French company Lactalis... 

Air cargo revenue to increase by 5% in 2019, despite trade friction

By: Nadine James     14th December 2018 Air cargo revenue is expected to increase by about 5% to $116-billion in 2019, despite potential escalations in the US-China trade war and the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, International Air Transport Association (Iata) chief economist Brian Pearce told attendees of the Iata Cargo Day, in... 

SACAA suspends CemAir’s air operator certificates

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th December 2018 CemAir can no longer operate as an airline or air operator or fly any of its 21 aircraft, following a decision by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) to suspend two of the airline’s air operator certificates (AOCs). The suspension became effective at around 15:30 on December 13. 

Johannesburg mayor urges Ramaphosa to intervene in housing funding row

By: African News Agency      14th December 2018 Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba on Friday said the provincial government had reduced the city’s Human Settlements Development Grant (HSDG) funding by R180-million for the current financial year, a move he said would worsen its housing crisis, and urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene.... 

Cape Town agrees to transfer R114.3m Salt River site for 10% of its value for housing

By: News24Wire      14th December 2018 The City of Cape Town has agreed, "in principle", to sell the Salt River Market site to a "social housing institution (SHI)" for 10% of its market value for an 820 unit mixed-use development, it announced on Thursday. "I'm elated by Council's decision to agree, in principle, to transfer this... 

Eskom debt swap not an option – Ramaphosa 

By: Reuters     14th December 2018 A debt swap for cash-strapped state power company Eskom would spiral the country into more debt, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday, adding there was a need to look at other options to shore up the company's balance sheet. Eskom, which has had to implement power cuts due to... 

Sandton Central introduces sensory pedestrian crossing traffic signal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th December 2018 Sandton Central Management District has introduced new initiatives at Sandton Central, that of traffic signals that improve streets for pedestrians, including those with impaired vision, and all other road users. Working closely with the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA), Sandton Central, which is... 

Sandton Central introduces sensory pedestrian crossing traffic signal
Audible lights will soon be installed at the corner of Katherine St and Rivonia Rd, Sandton Central

Maluti Crescent Shopping Centre Phase 1 complete

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th December 2018 Maluti Crescent Shopping Centre, formerly Setsing Crescent in Phuthaditjhaba, in the Free State, has unveiled the first part of its major redevelopment and expansion undertaken by JSE-listed retail real estate investment trust Vukile Property Fund; and is well on track for its official launch on... 

Maluti Crescent Shopping Centre Phase 1 complete
Opening of the taxi rank L-R: Maluti Crescent community liaison officer Elias Mokoena, Vukile Property Fund’s Johan le Roux, Maluti Crescent Shopping Centre manager Jeffrey Motloung, Local Economic Development MMC at Maluti-a-Phofung local municipality Mojalefa Naledi, Maluti-a-Phofung local municipality mayor Gilbert Mokotso and Qwa Qwa United Taxi Association chairlady Matshidiso Rachel Nteu

Enforcing local procurement rules would help offset weak demand  

By: Terence Creamer     14th December 2018 Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) wants government to take decisive action in 2019 to ensure that departments and State-owned companies (SoCs) honour their obligations to purchase designated steel products from domestic manufacturers. The organisation is also... 

Seifsa CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba reflects back on 2018 and offer insight into prospects for the metals and engineering sector n 2019. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Electric trucking no silver bullet, but pace of development picking up 

By: Irma Venter     14th December 2018 Perusing the floor of the 67th IAA commercial vehicle fair, held in Hannover, Germany, in September, it was clear that the electric truck (ET) is not just a passing fancy. Yes, the so-called electric revolution may not happen in the next year, and not yet for long-distance, heavy-duty deliveries,... 

Electric trucking no silver bullet, but pace of development picking up

Engineering News iPhone and Android Apps available for free download

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th December 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

Cabinet to assess municipal electricity debt management plan in Feb

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th December 2018 The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) on Thursday said Cabinet would, in February, consider a detailed implementation plan to deal with the more than R14-billion in debt owned by municipalities to power utility Eskom. This plan is part of CoGTA’s municipal... 

Back to the future for Eskom as it seeks to plug 1.3bn ton coal hole 

By: Terence Creamer     13th December 2018 State-owned electricity producer Eskom is going back to the future as it seeks to close an estimated 1.3-billion ton coal shortfall that it calculates will arise over the remaining life of its coal-fired power station fleet. The shortfall calculation takes account of the decommissioning of the... 

Back to the future for Eskom as it seeks to plug 1.3bn ton coal hole
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Primary energy division GM Dan Mashigo

Emira highlights good demand, pricing for debt refinancing programme

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th December 2018 Emira Property Fund has, to date, successfully refinanced more than R1.2-billion of its debt maturing in the current financial year ending June 30, 2019, and is experiencing “keen demand and favourable pricing” in the process, the company noted in a statement on Thursday. In September, the... 

Emira highlights good demand, pricing for debt refinancing programme
Emira CFO Greg Booyens

DEA launches climate change monitoring app at UN climate change conference

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th December 2018 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) on Friday launched the South Africa Biennial Update Report Explorer (BURE) app on the sidelines of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference in Katowice, Poland. The BURE app is part of South Africa’s Climate Change... 

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