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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... 

Considerable growth opportunities for sustainable environmental management

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 With the drive to a greener economy and sustainable management of the environment, specialist cleaning service provider Spill Tech is well positioned for considerable growth in the Western Cape owing to its rapid spill response service concentrating on hazardous waste, says Spill Tech chairperson... 

Considerable growth opportunities for sustainable environmental management
WASTE MANAGEMENT Opportunities introduce new waste technologies, as the future of the spillage response will move toward more environment-friendly methods

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. 

Omnia H1 profit down 11% y/y amid drought, plant breakdown

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th November 2016 South African chemicals producer Omnia on Tuesday reported that negative impacts on its agriculture division, including the drought and a breakdown at its Nitric Acid 2 complex, have seen its gross profit decrease by 11% year-on-year to R1.5-billion for the six months to September 30. The... 

Omnia H1 profit down 11% y/y amid drought, plant breakdown

Company promotes ecofriendly production processes

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 As a means of protecting the environment, nonwoven geotextile manufacturer Fibertex uses chemical-binder-free products and production processes to manufacture Fibertex geotextiles, which are made of virgin polypropylene (PP) material. Fibertex South Africa CEO Clive Hitchcock comments that virgin... 

Company promotes ecofriendly production processes
CLIVE HITCHCOCK Nonwoven geotextiles play an important role in diverse sectors

Exclusive rights for wastewater treatment acquired

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 Angolan oil and gas services company Friburge has acquired the exclusive rights to provide waste treatment solutions using wastewater treatment company Nature Oil and Gas’s technology in sub-Saharan Africa. The waste treatment solutions are on-board solutions to treat wastewater, or slops,... 

Exclusive rights  for wastewater treatment acquired
WASTE MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS Friburge provides waste treatment solutions that are on board and can be flushed regularly with water or chemical to clean them of debris and built-up residue

Sasol unveils R1.1bn polypropylene expansion project 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st November 2016 Petrochemicals group Sasol on Monday inaugurated its C3 expansion project, which enables it to expand Secunda Chemicals Operations polypropylene production by 103 000 t/y to just over 625 000 t/y. The R1.1-billion, Secunda-based project was lauded as a major capital investment in tough economic... 

Sasol unveils R1.1bn polypropylene expansion project
Sasol CEO Stephen Cornell speaks on the launch of the new C3 expansion project. Cameraperson: Nicholas Boyd Editing: Vincent Pestana

Company experiences growth despite difficult environment

     4th November 2016 Valve distributor TTV Fluval Group of companies is celebrating 18 years of success in the South African market, further illustrated and encapsulated by this year’s numerous successfully completed projects resulting in a total invoicing for valves and actuators amounting to more than R180-million.... 

Company experiences growth despite  difficult environment
SUBSEA VALVES Some of the valves supplied to national oil company PetroSA’s Mossel Bay FO Fields for R60-million

Nutraceutical firm Go Life seeks AltX listing

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd November 2016 Mauritian-listed nutraceutical company Go Life International is seeking an inward listing on the JSE’s AltX, following the acquisition earlier this year of the remaining 78% interest in Go Life Health Products. Go Life will list on the AltX this month, subject to JSE approval. Go Life... 

Dis-Chem to start trading on JSE

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th October 2016 After announcing its decision to list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) earlier this month, South African pharmacy group Dis-Chem on Friday revealed that it expected to start trading on the JSE’s main board on November 18, under the food and drug retailers sector. The JSE has granted... 

Industry body calls for elimination of lead in road marking paint

By: Nadine James     28th October 2016 Paint manufacturers organisation South African Paint Manufacturing Association (Sapma) executive director Deryck Spence has approached the national standards authority South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) to request that it reformulates specifications for the use of lead pigments in road... 

Industry body calls for elimination of lead in  road marking paint
DANGERS UNDERFOOT Friction caused by vehicles tyres erodes the lead paint, which could result in pedestrians or drivers inhaling minuscule amounts of lead particulates

Rolfes boasts higher profit across all divisions in Sept quarter

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th October 2016 JSE-listed chemicals group Rolfes has, as a result of restructuring initiatives undertaken since July, lifted the profit of its water division by 84.2% to R3.5-million. Speaking to Engineering News Online on Thursday, Rolfes CEO Lizette Lynch said the company took a number of steps to... 

Accéntuate wraps up big fraud case against employee

By: Irma Venter     21st October 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 says the guilty party – a director at its East London operation – has been charged and found guilty of fraud and theft. Sentencing is imminent. In... 

CSIR high-throughput screening system to accelerate local malaria research

By: Schalk Burger     21st October 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Biosciences unit is using an automated robotic liquid handling system to dramatically increase the throughput of its screening for viable medical compounds as part of its research into malaria in its human-hosted stages. The Janus machine,... 

Lake Charles is value accretive in the long term

     21st October 2016 Despite the announcement in August revising the cost estimate of its Lake Charles chemicals project (LCCP) by about $2.9-billion, South African petrochemicals giant Sasol remains confident that the project is value accretive to shareholders in the long term. The project, located adjacent to... 

Lake Charles is value  accretive in the long term
LAKE CHARLES Sasol's Louisianan chemicals project is adjacent to its current chemicals operation

Robotic tank floor eliminates risks

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st October 2016 Oil, gas and petrochemicals services provider A.Hak Industrial Services (A.Hak) will introduce a Robotic online storage tank floor inspection service in South Africa before the end of this year. This new technology eliminates the need for storage tanks to be decommissioned for lengthy periods for... 

Robotic tank floor eliminates risks
PRODUCT MODIFICATION A.Hak can now inspect furnace tubes as small as 3” in diameter

Strong operating performance to continue in 2017

     21st October 2016 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol CFO Paul Victor announced last month that despite the anticipated oil and currency price volatility, the company expects its strong operating performance to continue next year. Speaking at Sasol’s annual results presentation on September 12, Victor pointed... 

Strong operating performance to continue in 2017
SASOLBURG PLANT Sasol CFO Paul Victor stated that the outlook for 2017 remained reasonably positive

Sasol espouses multi-asset virtues of $11bn US project amid cracker rivalry

By: Terence Creamer     10th October 2016 The skyline associated with Sasol’s $11-billion ethane cracker project in Lake Charles, Louisiana, is starting to change fundamentally as the plant’s large steel structures are installed on a portion of the vast 890 ha site, where the South African energy and chemicals group is creating a new... 

Sasol espouses multi-asset virtues of $11bn US project amid cracker rivalry
Photo by Sasol
Aerial view of Lake Charles chemicals project

New blending method may slash energy needed to produce bioethanol-enriched petrol by up to 40%

By: Schalk Burger     7th October 2016 A simple gasoline-ethanol blending method will reduce the energy required to produce a bioethanol-enriched gasoline mix by between 17% and 40%, and can potentially be applied to other biofuel blends. Three South African scientists, Dr Neil Stacey and Aristoklis Hadjitheodorou of the University of... 

Monitoring the use of pool pumps results in greater efficiency

By: Sascha Solomons     30th September 2016 Pool maintenance and renovations company Pool Busters notes that monitoring pool pumps can lead to greater savings. “Using a pool pump that is popular in the market and readily available doesn’t guarantee savings or effective use. If a pool pump is selected on its availability at a lower price,... 

Monitoring the use of pool pumps results in greater efficiency
PUMPING EFFICIENTLY Monitoring the use of pumps results in longer lasting and cost effective pump use

Pharmaceuticals giant to launch SA’s first biotech manufacturing facility

     23rd September 2016 Global pharmaceutical company Cipla announced in July that its proposed biotech subsidiary, Cipla BioTec South Africa (CBSA) will invest just over R1.3-billion into the country's first biotech manufacturing facility, used for the production of biosimilars, and located in KwaZulu-Natal. Cipla’s... 

Ascendis focuses on international growth

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th September 2016 Despite its results being impacted by offshore acquisitions and its headline earnings per share (HEPS) dropping 30% to 56c in the year ended June 30, health and care company Ascendis Health still reported a 41% increase to R613-million in normalised earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation... 

Sasol’s gearing to increase as 2017 capex forecast rises to R75bn

By: Terence Creamer     12th September 2016 Energy and chemicals group Sasol expects its capital expenditure (capex) to rise to R75-billion in 2017 and its balance sheet gearing to increase to between 25% and 35%, following the upward revision to the budget of the Lake Charles Chemical Project (LCCP), in the US, to $11-billion, from an... 

Sasol’s gearing to increase as 2017 capex forecast rises to R75bn

Company science and engineering programme celebrates graduates

     2nd September 2016 More than 100 science and engineering university graduates and participants in petrochemicals and chemicals company Sasol’s education programmes were recognised on July 7 for successfully completing their respective degree courses from undergraduate to doctorate level. The graduates had... 

Company science and engineering programme celebrates graduates
Photo by Duane Daws
SASOLBURG PLANT The Sasol Inzalo Foundation has enabled 105 black, and predominantly female students to graduate in the past year

Opportunities for bitumen producers increased in Africa

     2nd September 2016 With there being various commitments to improve infrastructure made by African countries, bitumen producers will be assured of significant work in future, says oil industry company Royal Dutch Shell. According to figures stated in the Roads and Highways overview compiled by international... 

Opportunities for bitumen producers increased in Africa
SAPREF The 10/20 bitumen is available for direct pick-up at the Shell and BP South African Petroleum Refineries in Durban

Agriculture entrepreneurs innovate to take awards

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st September 2016 Innovation in the local agriculture sector was highlighted at this year’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, with pelleting solutions provider Agricon owner Johan Eksteen named the overall winner. Pelletising is used globally by manufacturers of animal feed or at recycling facilities that... 

Agriculture entrepreneurs innovate to take awards
Agricon owner Johan Eksteen

Ascendis completes European acquisitions valued at R7.3bn

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th August 2016 Ascendis Health has concluded its acquisitions of Cyprus-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Remedica and European sports nutrition company Scitec for a combined R7.3-billion.   The company on Friday said its fully underwritten rights offer of 54-million shares was three times oversubscribed, with... 

Adcock turns focus from survival to development

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th August 2016 After being in “remedial mode” for the past two years, JSE-listed pharmaceuticals giant Adcock Ingram is eyeing growth and development after generating healthy amounts of cash and accumulating “significant” resources during the year ended June 30. The group, which is progressing the sale of its... 

Adcock turns focus from survival to development

Career day drums up interest in science and technology

By: Schalk Burger     26th August 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) career day, part of the Department of Science and Technology’s national science week, garnered significant interest from schoolchildren and undergraduate students, says CSIR human capital development manager Joseph Tshikomba. Chemistry... 

Career day drums up interest in science and technology
CSIR BIOSCIENCES CAREER DAY Dr Jenny-Lee Panayides, PhD student Valerie Ramaotsoa and TUT chemistry undergraduates at the CSIR career day

Hygiene products manufacturer adds new product line at upgraded plant

By: David Oliveira     26th August 2016 Hygiene products manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser (RB) South Africa opened its upgraded Dettol antiseptic liquid (ASL) plant in Elandsfontein, Johannesburg, earlier this month, and launched a new line of Dettol bar soap. Gauteng Department of Economic, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development... 

Cracker ‘fundamentals intact’ despite cost rise to worst-case $11bn

By: Terence Creamer     23rd August 2016 Sasol joint CEO Stephen Cornell insists that the “fundamentals” of the Lake Charles Chemical Project (LCCP), in the US state of Louisiana, remain intact despite confirmation that the project’s costs have increased to the ‘worst case’ projection of $11-billion, from an initial forecast of... 

Cracker ‘fundamentals intact’ despite cost rise to worst-case $11bn
Photo by Duane Daws
Sasol joint CEO Stephen Cornell

Sasol takes steps to contain Louisiana project costs below revised $11bn estimate

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2016 Energy and chemicals group Sasol is implementing several changes at its Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP), in Louisiana, in the US, to ensure that the project has “a good probability” of being completed within the revised $11-billion capital cost guidance. The group in March initiated a... 

Sasol takes steps to contain Louisiana project costs below revised $11bn estimate

Adcock expects to deliver higher headline earnings in FY16

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th August 2016 JSE-listed Adcock Ingram expects to report a double-digit headline earnings increase, along with a double-digit basics earnings contraction, for the year to June 30. The group expected to post 41.9% to 43% higher headline earnings per share (HEPS) to between 227.2c and 228.9c. 

Risk assessment pivotal in fire prevention  

By: Sascha Solomons     19th August 2016 To achieve its aim of preventing business destruction caused by fire, Gauteng-based fire detection and suppression equipment solutions provider ASP Fire says that thorough analyses of businesses’ fire prevention points are needed. “ . . . to mitigate the risks of fire, it is important to complete... 

Risk assessment pivotal  in fire prevention
ASP Fire’s COO Michael van Niekerk discusses the importance of fire prevention and accurate evacuation plans in businesses. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Omnia asks TSX-V to deny or reprice Nordex going-private placement

By: Henry Lazenby     12th August 2016 Johannesburg-based Omnia Holdings has submitted a letter to the TSX-V asking it to consider denying or repricing a proposed change-of-control transaction through which Société Anonyme d’Explosifs et de Produits Chimiques (EPC) intends to take Canadian firm Nordex Explosives private. According to... 

Remediation of waste tyres reduces carbon emissions

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) has adopted several tactics to remediate waste tyres and, ultimately, reduce carbon emissions. This includes processing waste tyres using pyrolysis, crumbing and controlled burning in cement kilns. From January last year... 

Sustainable concrete structures actively reduce energy consumption

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 Being active in reducing energy consumption, The Concrete Institute (TCI) notes that concrete is a cost-effective material with low embodied energy and is, therefore, important in contributing to the sustainability of South Africa’s infrastructure. Embodied energy is the energy consumed by all of... 

Sustainable concrete structures actively reduce energy consumption
AIR-BORNE TOXINS DISMISSED Use of titanium dioxide in the surface of concrete results in the conversion of harmful compounds when exposed to ultra-violet light
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