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Aug 23, 2012

Real Economy Report

Engineering|Johannesburg|Africa|Building|Lighting|Mining|Solar|Solar Charge|Technology|Training|transport|Africa|South Africa|Thusong Centre|Indoor And Outdoor Solar Lighting Products|Products|Services|Technology Providers|Christo De Klerk|Mike Upton|Peter Graham|Middle East
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From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report.
Mines Rescue Services recently opened its fourth rescue station in Steelpoort, in Limpopo. Leandi Kolver has the story.

Leandi Kolver:
The significant expansion of Limpopo’s mining industry, with the number of mines increasing from 68 in 2007 to 89 in 2012, and the number of employees increasing from about 25 000 to 63 000 in the same period, led to the opening of this new rescue station to cater specifically for the needs of mines in the Steelpoort, Burgersfort and Lydenburg areas. Mines Rescue Services GM Christo de Klerk tells us more.

Mines Rescue Services GM Christo de Klerk

Leandi Kolver:
This rescue station will also provide more realistic training than MRS’s other three rescue stations, De Klerk explains.

Christo de Klerk

Shannon de Ryhove:
Technology providers of indoor and outdoor solar lighting products Solar Charge has launched its first solar charge centre at the Thusong Centre in Alexandra. Nomvelo Buthelezi finds out what inspired the initiative.

Nomvelo Buthelezi:
Solar Charge CEO Peter Graham tells Engineering News why the solar charge centre is such an important establishment in a township like Alexandra.

Solar Charge CEO Peter Graham

Nomvelo Buthelezi:
Graham says the company hopes to achieve community development with this establishment, with a special focus on the youth in the area.

Peter Graham

Shannon de Ryhove:
Other news making headlines this week: Group Five exits the Middle East, targeting Africa as it records a R230-million loss.

Group Five CEO Mike Upton believes there is a strong market for the building and operating of assets in Africa, especially in the transport market. The group has wrapped up work on the Middle East for the foreseeable future, with only one active contract remaining.

Group Five CEO Mike Upton

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
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Polity & Multimedia
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