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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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Panel appointed to review solutions for grounded St Helena airport

30th September 2016 The UK’s Secretary of State for International Development, Priti Patel, has appointed an external expert to review the process that has seen a delay in the start of regular air services to St Helena, a spokesperson for the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) tells Engineering... 

South African container trade flows declined in H1

30th September 2016 Container trade flow in and out of South Africa for the first half of 2016 has shown a year-on-year decline of 7%. Maersk Line Southern Africa MD Jonathan Horn attributes the decline to reduced consumer spending and weak global demand for mining commodities. 

BMW to expand Rosslyn high-tech centres amid strong digitalisation push

30th September 2016 BMW Group South Africa (SA) aims to expand its IT Operations Centre, at the company’s Rosslyn plant, as well as its SAP Shared Services Centre (SSC), in Pretoria East, to employ a combined total of more than 600 people by 2017. The SAP SSC currently employs 200 specialists, with a target of 320... 

Fully autonomous Volvo truck put to work underground in Sweden

30th September 2016 The Volvo Group has put its first fully autonomous truck to the test at underground operations at the Kristineberg mine, 100 km from Arvidsjaur, in northern Sweden. The mine, owned by metals company Boliden, was opened in 1940 and is the oldest in operation in the area. A polymetallic ore... 

Volkswagen gearing to assemble Polo Vivo in Kenya

30th September 2016 Volkswagen aims to start assembly of the Polo Vivo in Kenya at the end of this year. Kenya will be the first global market outside South Africa to sell the Vivo. 

Fraud case at Accéntuate wrapped up; operating profit jumps to R13.4m

28th September 2016 Accéntuate has wrapped up the fraud case that saw R70-million disappear at the JSE-listed flooring, water and chemicals specialist. CEO Fred Platt said on Wednesday that the guilty party – a director at its East London operation – had been charged and found guilty of fraud and theft. Sentencing... 

2017 car of the year finalists announced

28th September 2016 The South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) has announced the finalists for the 2017 WesBank South African Car of the Year (COTY) competition. The announcement follows a voting process by a 28-member jury from the SAGMJ. 

App tracks phone use while driving, promises free coffee if you behave

27th September 2016 Three Japanese companies have joined forces to reward drivers for not using their phones while driving, making use of an innovative smartphone app. Auto maker Toyota Motor Corporation, coffee company Komeda, and telecommunications operator KDDI Corporation kicked off the initiative in September,... 

Sometimes less is more, says Pitot as he departs Naacam

27th September 2016 A local automotive industry with five vehicle manufacturers producing 150 000 units each a year might be better than seven to eight manufacturers producing between 50 000 and 100 000 vehicles each a year, says former National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam)... 

Ford, BMW dealerships to be built in R170m Newtown development

26th September 2016 Property investor and developer Atterbury is building premises for two new motor dealerships in the Johannesburg city basin – Joburg City Auto BMW and Joburg City Auto Ford. These showrooms and service facilities, set to open on July 1, next year, are being developed on the northern edge of... 

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