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Irma Venter

Irma Venter

Irma Venter is a Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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First new PRASA trains take to the tracks in Tshwane

2nd December 2016 The first trains delivered in the R51-billion rolling stock acquisition programme for Metrorail operations are gearing up for service, says the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). The agency says the testing and commissioning of the units “have progressed well in the past six months,... 

Unions in three-year wage deal with vehicle retailers, components makers

2nd December 2016 South Africa’s component makers and retail motor industry have reached a new three-year wage agreement with the National Union of Metalworkers  of South Africa (Numsa) and the Motor Industry Staff Association. The settlement will see wage increases at component manufacturers of 8.5% in year... 

The worst appears to be over for mining sector – Barloworld

2nd December 2016 For the first time in four years some green shoots are starting to appear in the mining industry, says Barloworld CE Clive Thomson. Discussing the JSE-listed group’s financial results for the year ended September 30, he says he believes the current cycle has reached its bottom. 

2016 new-truck sales seen declining 10% year-on-year

2nd December 2016 South Africa’s new truck market is under pressure, with a 10% drop in sales likely in 2016, says UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) marketing director Rory Schulz. This means the new truck market should end the year around the 25 000-mark. 

Ford’s local unit shipping first batch of Africa-bound Everest SUVs

2nd December 2016 The first batch of South African-built Ford Everest vehicles destined for export markets in sub-Saharan Africa has been completed, with the first vehicle on its way to its new owner in Kenya. The moondust silver Everest 2.2 XLT 4 X 4 departed Durban on November 12, and is destined for Mombasa,... 

End of the road for red traffic lights?

2nd December 2016 Imagine taking the kids to school, driving to work or across town to do some shopping without ever hitting a single red traffic light. US carmaker Ford is testing technology that could make ‘riding the green wave’ a day-to-day reality. 

Porsche to open technician training centre in Cape Town

30th November 2016 German sports car manufacturer Porsche will, from the middle of next year, train 75 young South Africans from disadvantaged backgrounds as service technicians at its new Porsche Training and Recruitment Centre, in Cape Town. The course has a duration of three years. Those who complete the course... 

SA Taxi secures R300m in funding to take on Uber

30th November 2016 SA Taxi has secured R300-million in funding from Futuregrowth Asset Management, which it will use to provide financing to the company’s Zebra Cabs owner-driver scheme. SA Taxi is South Africa’s largest financier of minibus taxis. It acquired Zebra Cabs metered taxis in 2015, motivated by the need... 

Price war placing pressure on proper design, warns Arup SA boss

30th November 2016 South Africa’s struggling economy has increased the pressure on engineering firms to underbid on larger projects, says Arup Southern Africa leader Poya Rasekhi. This, however, often leads to poor design and staff burn-out, which almost inevitably ensures that the final price tag ends up being... 

Results of passenger car product quality survey unveiled

25th November 2016 Research house Ipsos has announced the winners in its newest Ipsos Passenger Car Product Quality Survey. The survey is voluntary, with 17 vehicle brands participating, representing 77% of the new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles sold through retail channels in South Africa. 

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