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Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital aims to change face of local medical care

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd December 2016 The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital (NMCH), in Parktown, Johannesburg, was launched on Friday. Built over two years, the hospital will host a number of centres of excellence for paediatric care. This includes the cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery ward, an oncology and haemotology ward, a... 

Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital aims to change face of local medical care

SAA still years from break-even

By: Keith Campbell     2nd December 2016 National carrier South African Airways (SAA) does not expect to reach break-even point for another five years. “We remain committed to ensuring that the airline becomes financially self-reliant and the arrival of these aircraft mark a stepping stone in our move in that direction,” assured SAA... 

SAA still years from break-even
Photo by SAA
SAA’s first Airbus A330-300 airliner

First new PRASA trains take to the tracks in Tshwane

By: Irma Venter     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,... 

First new PRASA trains take to the tracks in Tshwane

GO!Durban discusses potential of partnerships with eThekwini businesses

By: Shirley le Guern     2nd December 2016 The eThekwini municipality is rezoning the land associated with the first phase of the R22-billion GO!Durban integrated rapid public transport network (IRPTN) and is actively courting private sector partnerships to develop commercial nodes around stations along the corridor. “There is still a lot... 

GO!Durban discusses potential of partnerships with eThekwini businesses
eThekwini Transport Authority head Thami Manyathi (centre), shows the emerging Regent Street station to Samsung KwaZulu-Natal GM Karlan Chetty and Samsung KwaZulu-Natal director of business operations Hlubi Shivanda

South African nuclear regulator to host international review mission

By: Keith Campbell     2nd December 2016 An Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be active in South Africa from December 5 to 15, the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) announced on Thursday. The purpose of the IRRS mission will be to examine South Africa’s nuclear... 

South African nuclear regulator to host international review mission
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Dr Mzubanzi Bismark Tyobeka

No conclusive data on feasibility of nuclear, National Treasury says

By: African News Agency      2nd December 2016 National Treasury has said there are no conclusive figures to date on the financial affordability and social impact on procuring new nuclear plants for South Africa. In a response to a parliamentary question released on Friday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said studies released by the... 

South Africa's water sector: a case study in state capture

     2nd December 2016 The call for radical economic transformation in the water sector is being used as a cover for the enrichment of a new elite, professor Mike Muller argues. A lot of what is being presented as radical economic transformation initiatives in South Africa is simply state capture by a corrupt elite.... 

South Africa's water sector: a case study in state capture
Photo by Duane Daws
Professor Mike Muller

R300m empowerment project launched in citrus industry

By: Anine Kilian     2nd December 2016 The launch of a R300-million black economic empowerment project in the citrus-rich Sundays River valley, in the Eastern Cape, could have significant ramifications for the roll-out of similar empowerment deals around the country which, until now, have experienced very limited success, according to... 

Iconic Joburg ice rink being transformed into television production hub

By: David Oliveira     2nd December 2016 The Sky Rink atop the Carlton Centre’s parking lot in downtown Johannesburg always had something of an edge to it. Experienced ice-skaters, often with a cigarette in their mouths, would make little effort to disguise their disdain for beginners as they weaved effortlessly and at extreme speed... 

Iconic Joburg ice rink being transformed into television production hub

Nersa postpones public hearings into Rompco’s gas tariff application

By: Anine Kilian     2nd December 2016 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has postponed public hearings into gas transmission pipeline company Rompco’s tariff application for a gas pipeline expansion project, in Mozambique, until January. Rompco is seeking approval from Nersa for a baseline tariff of R49.87/GJ for... 

Air Seychelles opens direct route to Durban

By: Anine Kilian     2nd December 2016 Air Seychelles has established a new direct route to Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal set to open on March 30, 2017. Travellers can already buy tickets with round-trip economy class fares starting from R5 000 and business class fares starting from R15 000. 

Lufthansa's year-round Frankfurt-Cape Town route launched

By: Anine Kilian     2nd December 2016 International airline Lufthansa’s new direct year-round flight between Frankfurt and Cape Town is scheduled to arrive in Cape Town on Saturday morning. Passengers on this flight will enjoy a newly retrofitted Airbus A340-300, which boasts 279 seats and offers the airline’s new intercontinental... 

BitData: A peer-to-peer mobile data system

     2nd December 2016 South African researcher and a senior electrical engineer Daneel Uys has produced a paper introducing a new proposed peer-to-peer (P2P) mobile data platform in response to high data rates and the #DataMustFall movement. In the attached White Paper, BitData: A Peer-to-Peer Mobile Data System, he... 

Redefine moves to transform board

By: Anine Kilian     2nd December 2016 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Redefine Properties has announced a number of changes to its board and board committees, in line with its gender diversity goals. Independent nonexecutive director Günter Steffens and nonexecutive director Mike Watters will step down from the board at the... 

WHO approves INSTI HIV self-test for African market

By: Sane Dhlamini     2nd December 2016 The INSTI HIV self-test (INSTI) manufactured by Canadian company bioLytical Laboratories will soon be available for the African market after getting the nod from the World Health Organisation (WHO). This comes after the WHO released new guidelines on HIV self-testing to improve access to and... 

WHO approves INSTI HIV self-test for African market

Fast-dissolving sugar to help Nestlé reduce sugar in chocolate by 40% by 2018

By: Schalk Burger     2nd December 2016 A new fast-dissolving sugar developed by Swiss food multinational Nestlé will help it to reduce the amount of sugar used in its chocolates by 40% by 2018 without reducing the sweetness of the chocolates, Nestlé chief technology officer Stefan Catsicas said in a media release this week. “Using... 

Fast-dissolving sugar to help Nestlé reduce sugar in chocolate by 40% by 2018
Photo by Duane Daws
Nestlé will reduce the amount of sugar used in its chocolates by 40% by 2018

Engineering News iPhone and Android Apps available for free download

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd December 2016 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

Glencore sees nickel shortage as electric vehicle demand burgeons

By: Martin Creamer     2nd December 2016 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore sees a shortage in nickel arising as a result of burgeoning demand from electric vehicle (EV) production. Batteries used in EVs are consuming about 100 000 t of nickel demand and if 10% of the world’s vehicle fleet transitions to electric power,... 

Glencore sees nickel shortage as electric vehicle demand burgeons
Glencore's Koniambo nickel project in New Caledonia, a French territory.

Sun City relaunches after R1bn upgrade

By: African News Agency      2nd December 2016 Government Ministers, businesspeople and representatives from the media joined a host of entertainers including fire throwers, stilt walkers, dancers and a scattering of Miss South Africas, past and probably future, at Sun City this week to celebrate the resort’s relaunch after a R1-billion... 

Botswana, Namibia expand scope of Trans-Kalahari railway project

By: African News Agency      2nd December 2016 The government of Botswana and Namibia have expanded the scope of the Trans-Kalahari Railway Line project from being a dedicated coal export route to a multisectoral project designed to unlock the potential of other economic sectors along the corridor. Addressing parliament in Gaborone on... 

WTO Member African countries must ratify trade facilitation agreement – AUC Commissioner

By: African News Agency      2nd December 2016 African Union Commissioner for Trade and Industry, Fatima Haram Acyl called on African countries that are members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to ratify its Trade Facilitation Agreement. She said it created a blueprint for customs modernisation amongst its 162 members. 

Gordhan orders inquiry into tax agency

By: Reuters     2nd December 2016 South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has ordered an investigation into the tax collection authority, officials told parliament on Thursday, underlining rising tensions between the Treasury and the revenue agency. Gordhan has expressed concerns at the leadership of the South African... 

Growthpoint subscribes for Globalworth shares

By: Anine Kilian     1st December 2016 JSE-listed Growthpoint has concluded an agreement with Aim-listed Globalworth Real Estate Investments to subscribe for an initial 26.88% stake in Globalworth, Romania’s leading office investor and developer, for a total consideration of €186.4-million. Globalworth has agreed to issue Growthpoint... 

S Africa, Brazil authorities agree to bolster competition policy, enforcement

By: Anine Kilian     1st December 2016 South Africa’s Competition Commission on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) to strengthen competition law enforcement between the two countries. The signing ceremony took place on the sidelines of the fifteenth... 

Awareness low of South Africa’s ‘astounding’ renewables success, US survey finds

By: Terence Creamer     1st December 2016 Amid domestic uncertainty about the future of South Africa’s renewable-energy procurement programme, a US State Department official has described the initiative as “astoundingly successful” and reports that several countries are currently seeking to draw lessons from the country’s reverse-auction... 

Awareness low of South Africa’s ‘astounding’ renewables success, US survey finds

Ansys showcases manufacturing capabilities

By: David Oliveira     1st December 2016 Engineering solutions provider Ansys on Wednesday hosted investors and media on a tour of its technology investment business unit Parsec’s manufacturing facility, in Irene, Gauteng. Ansys CEO Rynier van der Watt highlighted that the facility was dedicated to the manufacture of high-end technology... 

Cape Town refurbs boost Emira’s Western Cape property portfolio occupancies

By: Anine Kilian     1st December 2016 JSE-listed Emira Property Fund has completed upgrades at several key performing properties in Cape Town.   “We’re strengthening our portfolio by assessing each asset for opportunities to unlock and grow value,” says CEO Geoff Jennett.   As a result of the upgrades, Emira’s office vacancies in the... 

November new-vehicle sales down 9.6% y/y

By: Reuters     1st December 2016 South Africa's new vehicle sales fell 9.6% year-on-year to 46,413 units in November, data from the trade and industry department showed on Thursday. However, exports were up 12.1% to 31,508 units compared with the same month last year, the department said. 

Sasol appoints new HR executive

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2016 Charlotte Mokoena has been appointed Sasol human resources (HR) and corporate affairs executive VP, effective February 1, 2017. As part of the group executive committee, she will direct and oversee Sasol’s global HR and corporate affairs functions in line with the group’s strategic aims. 

Oil hits 6-week high after Opec deal, sterling jumps

By: Reuters     1st December 2016 Oil swept to a six-week high on Thursday after Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) agreed to cut crude output to help clear a glut, while sterling hit a three-month peak after traders interpreted comments from a senior UK official as a crack in the government's "hard Brexit"... 

Seifsa welcomes uptick in PMI, but warns that corner not turned yet

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st December 2016 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) on Thursday welcomed the slight growth registered in the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) data for November, notwithstanding the fact that neither the overall nor the activity subindex could break through the neutral... 

HSBC: South Africa’s economy 'stalled' in Q3, not contracting

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2016 HSBC Securities on Thursday revised its growth forecast to reflect a “stalled” South African economy during the third quarter of the year, as opposed to its initial “falling” outlook, mostly as a result of more robust mining output during the period. The firm on Thursday said it expected the... 

South African company buys Smit Amandla Marine 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st December 2016 African Marine Solutions Group (Amsol) has bought Southern Africa-focused specialist marine solutions provider Smit Amandla Marine from Netherlands-based maritime infrastructure company Royal Boskalis Westminster for €50-million, returning the company to South African ownership. Amsol is owned by... 

November PMI recovers most of October’s dip

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2016 The seasonally adjusted Barclays Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) has bounced back with a 2.4 index point rise to 48.3 in November, reversing October’s 2.6 index point decline to 45.9. However, factory sector output growth remains under pressure, as indicated by the index staying below the... 

November PMI recovers most of October’s dip

BASF appoints new South Africa MD, country cluster head

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st December 2016 International chemicals company BASF has appointed Benoit Fricard South Africa MD and Southern Africa country cluster head. He joined the organisation in 2002 and most recently held the position of BASF South America performance materials director. 

Debt capital markets in Africa remain resilient, says Standard Bank

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st December 2016 A review of the continent’s activity in debt capital markets by financial services provider Standard Bank reveals continued growth in issuance, including the evolution of new asset classes, which speak well to both the resilience and future growth prospects of Africa’s debt capital markets. Debt... 

JSE-listed Reits' performance impressive

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st December 2016 Nine South African real estate investment trusts (Reits) are in the Top 100 Companies listed on the JSE, based on value created for shareholders over five years. The sector’s top player was Fortress Income Fund B, which earned second place overall with a compound yearly growth rate of 58.51%.... 

Kibo receives integrated draft financial model for MCPP

By: Anine Kilian     1st December 2016 Tanzania-focused mineral exploration and development company Kibo has received an advanced draft of the integrated financial model for the Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP) from its financial advisers, Absa/Barclays. The model will be the subject of extensive review and further adjustment, based... 

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