http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.16Change: -0.01
R/$ = 12.12Change: 0.04
Au 1180.66 $/ozChange: 4.46
Pt 1122.50 $/ozChange: 0.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Feb 25, 2010

Real Economy Report

Back
RER 96
 
 
 
Engineering|Africa|Aviation|Environment|Mining|Nuclear|Platinum|Resources|Transnet|Water|Africa|Automotive|Energy|Logistics|Nuclear|Environmental|Power|Water
Engineering|Africa|Aviation|Environment|Mining|Nuclear|Platinum|Resources|Transnet|Water|Africa|Automotive|Energy|Logistics|Nuclear|Environmental|Power|Water
engineering|africa-company|aviation|environment|mining|nuclear-company|platinum|resources|transnet|water-company|africa|automotive|energy|logistics|nuclear-industry-term|environmental|power|water
© Reuse this

From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Our top stories this week: we look at nuclear power as an option for South Africa; the platinum price collapsed along with the automotive market early last year, but a much-changed outlook is now lifting sentiment; and, we look at South Africa's new aviation exhibition.

Shannon de Ryhove:
Does South Africa still have a nuclear energy programme? Keith Campbell answers this question.

Keith Campbell:
The apparent axing by the government of South Africa's own Pebble-Bed Modular Reactor does not end this country's nuclear energy programme, as it is still planned to build new pressure water reactors. But is nuclear a viable option for South Africa? I put this question to North West University Executive Director for Research and Innovation, Prof Frikkie van Niekerk.

North West University Executive Director for Research and Innovation, Prof Frikkie van Niekerk

Keith Campbell:
However, Claire Tucker, a partner in the Energy, Natural Resources and Environment department of law firm Bowman Gilfillan, believes that South Africa's nuclear legislation needs updating.

Bowman Gilfillan partner in the Energy, Natural Resources and Environment department Claire Tucker

Shannon de Ryhove:
Mining Weekly went to Impala Platinum's latest presentation to gain new insight. Martin Creamer reports.

Martin Creamer:
The recovery in the platinum market has emphasized once again as the world's economic power has shifted East. Impala's Derek Engelbrecht reports.

Impala Platinum Marketing Executive Derek Engelbrecht

Martin Creamer:
More cars were sold in China in just the month of January than for the entire year in 2002.

Derek Engelbrecht

Martin Creamer:
Not to be sneezed at either are India's car sales.

Derek Engelbrecht

Martin Creamer:

Motor cycle demand is now also entering the fray to boost platinum.

Derek Engelbrecht

Martin Creamer:
Also presenting strong demand are the platinum exchange-traded funds or ETFs.

Derek Engelbrecht

Martin Creamer:
And then there is also jewellery demand, where the appetite for platinum had seemingly not abated at the time of going to press, despite the rising price.

Shannon de Ryhove:
Mid-February saw the inaugural Aviation Industry Rendezvous Africa exhibition. Keith Campbell was there.

Keith Campbell:
Aviation Industry Rendezvous, or AIR Africa 2010, is a new aviation exhibition for South and Southern Africa, and was held at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand. I asked Duma Exhibitions director and AIR Africa organiser Lynne Brown what the primary focus of the show was.

Duma Exhibitions director and AIR Africa organiser Lynne Brown

Shannon de Ryhove:
And now for a sneak preview of this week's Engineering News magazine:

In our cover story, we report that French car manufacturer Renault has grown its South African sales by 70% to claw back its lost market share.

State-owned freight logistics group, Transnet, expects to tap its recently established $2-billion Global Medium-Term Note programme within the next six months.

And, we report that Ethiopia has been plunged into a major power crisis after the water-passage tunnel of a newly inaugurated power plant collapsed.

And in Mining Weekly this week:

In this week's cover story, we report that urgent decisions are necessary to avoid the environmental consequences of acid mine drainage.

Major world nuclear group Areva is considering constructing a uranium processing plant in South Africa.

And, read that platinum major Implats is withholding further expansionary investment in Zimbabwe until the Zimbabwean government resolves outstanding issues.

That's Creamer Media's Real Economy Report. Join us again next week for more news and insight into South Africa's real economy.

 

Edited by: Shannon de Ryhove
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Real Economy Report
More
 
 
Latest News
South African mining and energy adviser Ted Blom has raised a litany of concerns about the state of power utility Eskom and has warned of runaway costs and shortfalls in coal and water, as well as rail capacity. Blom was surprised by the recent buoyancy shown by...
JSE-listed Astrapak will sell specialised packaging systems manufacturer Knilam to Mapflex SA for R17.7-million. The proceeds would be used to reduce Astrapak’s current level of gearing.
The last of the 26 mooring units comprising the Port of Ngqura’s automated mooring system (AMS) have arrived at the port and are expected to improve port efficiency and safety, further driving the Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) objective of establishing...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon...
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex Thiel
Forest products group Sappi has confirmed the selection of its 25 MW biomass-to-power project, to be erected at its Ngodwana mill, in Mpumalanga, as a preferred bidder under the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement...
Information and communications technology (ICT) distributor DCC is making Windows- and Android-operating systems tablets available through retailers and education equipment suppliers to provide school children with affordable, high-performance education tools. The...
Another cement manufacturer is set to enter the Ugandan market, raising hopes that prices will come down and spur growth in the construction industry. National Cement, a Kenyan manufacturer, has unveiled plans to invest $195-million in a new manufacturing plant in...
With growth rates exceeding that in the developed world – at an average of between 4% and 5% between 2002 and 2014 – African countries provide investors with ample reason to tap into booming consumer demand says Manufacturing Circle executive director Coenraad...
The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) Business Confidence Index (BCI) decreased by 3.7 index points month-on-month to 89.1 in March.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96