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Versatility still important as technology develops

By: Victor Moolman     2nd February 2018 While innovation is taking centre stage amid rapid technological development, gas equipment supplier Energas Technologies says versatility remains high on the checklists of manufacturers and end-users. The company has, therefore, supplied companies in South Africa with the Protectoseal Series... 

New models needed to revitalise and modernise SA’s water sector

By: Dylan Slater     2nd February 2018 Sustainable transformation in the South African water sector requires the introduction of new models and mechanisms for working relationships that will enhance the effective and efficient delivery of related water services to consumers, according to Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.  

Multinational initiative stimulating intraregional East African trade

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd February 2018 The multinational TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) initiative has been bearing fruit and, with its first phase having proved a success, it is now moving into its second phase. TMEA involves Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, and is focused on promoting trade between the... 

The actions being taken and considered as ‘Day Zero’ looms for Cape Town

By: Kim Cloete     2nd February 2018 As dam levels drop and water becomes even more scarce, Cape Town is racing against time to deal with the worst drought in the city’s history. Over the past few weeks, Capetonians have been hurtling towards Day Zero, when the City of Cape Town has warned that water to households will be cut off.... 

The actions being taken and considered as ‘Day Zero’ looms for Cape Town

Hotels urged to capitalise on sharing economy

By: Schalk Burger     2nd February 2018 The hospitality industry is facing strenuous competition from short-term rental services provided through the Internet, such as those provided by Airbnb, so hoteliers should see how they can join in, says renowned Swiss hospitality management school Ecole hôteliere de Lausanne senior lecturer... 

Aveng subsidiary to retrench 2 863 workers - union

By: Reuters     1st February 2018 South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Thursday it had received a notice that 2,863 workers would be laid off by a subsidiary of construction firm Aveng because most of its projects were about to be completed. Work for South Africa's construction industry has slowed sharply as... 

New runway for Cape Town International Airport gets green light

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st February 2018 Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) announced on Wednesday that the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) had granted final approval for the building of the airport’s new, realigned, runway. This followed the conclusion of the DEA’s appeals process regarding the project. This is a... 

New runway for Cape Town International Airport gets green light
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Cape Town International Airport

Air Liquide launches €200m air separation unit at Sasol

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st February 2018 Gas company Air Liquide has launched a €200-million air separation unit (ASU) at energy and chemicals company Sasol's Secunda plant. Said to be the biggest oxygen production unit in the world, the ASU has a production capacity of 5 000 t/d of oxygen. Owned and operated by Air Liquide, it is the... 

Air Liquide launches €200m air separation unit at Sasol

Cape Town council approves building of 15 000 houses

By: African News Agency      1st February 2018 The City of Cape Town’s Council has given its approval for the development of seven housing projects that will provide more than 15 600 houses. The council’s approval of the projects on Wednesday paves the way for the City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) to conclude the seven... 

AMSA weighs asset disposals as losses mount, debt rises and rand strengthens 

By: Terence Creamer     31st January 2018 ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) is considering various asset disposals as part of a plan to strengthen its balance sheet, which remains under pressure as a result of a protracted period of lossmaking, which has endured since 2010. The JSE-listed steelmaker declared another headline loss of... 

AMSA weighs asset disposals as losses mount, debt rises and rand strengthens
New AMSA CEO Kobus Verster on the immediate outlook for the group and initiatives under way to improve prospects for a return to profitability. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 31.1.2018

Zambia's chamber of mines says rail transport law 'inappropriate and unworkable' 

By: Reuters     31st January 2018 A new Zambian law compelling mining companies and other bulk cargo firms to transport at least 30% of their freight by rail is "economically inappropriate and unworkable" and should be reviewed, the Chamber of Mines said on Wednesday. Transport Minister Brian Mushimba said on Friday the law was... 

Gauteng launches probe into housing backlog 

By: African News Agency      31st January 2018 The Gauteng Provincial Legislature’s (GPL) Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Human Settlements will on Thursday launch an inquiry into the housing backlog in the province. In a statement on Wednesday, the GPL said the 1st inquiry hearing will be on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, in... 

Plans for extra desalination plants at tender stage – city

By: News24Wire      31st January 2018 Cape Town's deputy mayor Ian Nielson says plans to build additional desalination plants in the city are currently at tender stage and could be announced in the next few weeks. Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane held a press conference on Tuesday, along with members of the City of Cape... 

AfDB renews commitment to connect 29.3m Africans to electricity grids

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th January 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB) plans to provide 29.3-million people on the continent with access to electricity by 2020. Speaking during meetings of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, in Addis Ababa, at the weekend, AfDB president Akinwumi Adesina pledged support for the New... 

AfDB renews commitment to connect 29.3m Africans to electricity grids

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan hope to break Nile dam talks deadlock in one month 

By: Reuters     29th January 2018 The leaders of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan on Monday set a one-month deadline for laying out the ways to break a deadlock in talks over a mega dam Addis Ababa is building along its share of the Nile, an official said. Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the construction of the Grand... 

Botswana power plant expansion plan stalls over terms 

By: Reuters     29th January 2018 A planned $800-million expansion of a coal-fired power plant in Botswana by Japan's Marubeni Corp and South Korea's Posco Energy has been put on hold due to a disagreement over terms, the energy minister said on Monday. Marubeni and Posco Energy were due to start work in January last year on a... 

Basil Read's shares fall on announcement of discounted rights offer terms

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th January 2018 JSE-listed construction company Basil Read's shares took a 23.08% tumble on Monday morning, after it released the terms of its proposed R300-million rights offer, which has been significantly discounted. The proposal includes the issue of 1.36-billion shares at 22c apiece, compared with the... 

Akuo secures €78m to build Mali solar plant

By: Schalk Burger     29th January 2018 French independent power producer (IPP) Akuo Energy has secured €78-million in financing to build the 50 MW Akuo Kita Solar Photovoltaic (PV) power plant, in southern Mali. Private sector infrastructure funding organisation Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) reports that the plant will be... 

Money won't curb #DayZero, we must adapt – Mokonyane

By: Reuters     29th January 2018 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says that throwing money at the looming #DayZero crisis is not the answer, but rather Capetonians need to adapt to the situation. Mokonyane and deputy director general Trevor Balzer were addressing the Cape Town Press Club on Sunday on the prospect... 

Zambia says miners must move 30% cargo by railway 

By: Reuters     26th January 2018 Mining firms and other bulk cargo firms in Zambia must transport at least 30% of their freight by railway, the government said on Friday, imposing a law to revive the sector. Transport Minister Brian Mushimba told reporters there was evidence of a huge imbalance between use of the road and rail... 

Need for more energy increases demand for solar power

By: Victor Moolman     26th January 2018 With electricity demand in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region increasing, Stellenbosch University Faculty of Engineering’s Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies senior researcher Karin Kritzinger believes that solar water heaters can be one of the major... 

Need for more energy increases  demand for solar power
Photo by Duane Daws
WIDESPREAD POWER There are several solar farms across the member countries of the Southern African Development Community

Solar energy can reduce tariff hike strain on consumers

     26th January 2018 With the ruling of the Constitutional Court having allowed power utility Eskom to retrospectively ask the National Energy Regulator of South Africa to claw back additional tariffs from consumers, solar energy equipment supplier Energy Partners Home Solutions believes that this could lead to... 

Three-year project reaches completion

By: Victor Moolman     26th January 2018 Technology solutions provider Jasco has completed its three-year solar farm project, which has reduced its maximum electricity demand by 27% and its reliance on State-owned power utility Eskom by 33%. “Phase 1 of the project – which started in April 2015 – resulted in the installation of 53 kWp... 

School installs solar system at boarding house

     26th January 2018 The South African College High School (SACS), in Cape Town, made a commitment to clean energy by installing a solar system at its Rosedale Boarding House. The solar system was installed in November by Energy Partners Home Solutions, part of the PSG group of companies. SACS deputy headmaster Barry... 

Emerging markets using latest energy technologies to improve competitiveness

By: Schalk Burger     26th January 2018 With the advent of new energy generation, storage and management technologies, developing country companies are using the capabilities of new integrated microgrid systems to improve their efficiency and lower costs, says electrical equipment and services multinational ABB Asia, Middle East and... 

Emerging markets using latest energy technologies  to improve competitiveness
CHUNYUAN GU Natural resources, accessible labour and more readily available energy can be leveraged to grow industry in Africa, if industrial operations become more efficient

Investments accumulated to catalyse off-grid energy development

By: Dylan Slater     26th January 2018 Multilateral development bank African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) board approved a $30-million investment in the Facility for Energy Inclusion Off-Grid Energy Access Fund (FEI OGEF) last month.  

Project to lift station platforms proving challenging, PRASA admits

By: Irma Venter     26th January 2018 Commuters making use of the 18 new X’Ttrapolis Mega commuter trains, supplied by Gibela to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) are “extremely happy” with the new rolling stock, says PRASA strategic asset development group executive Piet Sebola. The Gibela Rail Transport Consortium... 

Microgrids using solar energy to meet energy demands

     26th January 2018 Communities and producers in Africa are struggling with energy deficits caused by a lack of infrastructure access in some cases and poor energy quality and high-power costs in others, explains procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch. As a result, Black & Veatch has... 

Microgrids using  solar energy to meet energy demands
SOLAR SOLUTION Providing power through solar power projects is just one of many solutions that could grant electricity access to communities

Cities turn to digital solutions to solve service delivery problems

By: Schalk Burger     26th January 2018 Digital technologies are providing cities worldwide, including several in Africa, with a new set of tools to improve service delivery and bolster social and economic inclusion. The focus of the smart city movement is how technology can serve citizens, how it can make cities more equal and provide... 

Cities turn to digital solutions to solve service delivery problems

Interactive zebra crossing makes South London debut

By: Irma Venter     26th January 2018 UK-based technology company Umbrellium has installed an interactive pedestrian crossing in South London that responds dynamically, in real-time, to its environment. Umbrellium says the familiar zebra crossing design (originating in the 1940s) has not been updated for the ways that city... 

Global crude steel output up 5.3% y/y in 2017

By: Schalk Burger     25th January 2018 Global crude steel production increased by 5.3% year-on-year to 1.69-billion tonnes in 2017. Output increased in all regions except for the Commonwealth of Independent States, where production remained flat at about 102.1-million tonnes, the World Steel Association reported this week. 

China's Belt and Road initiative the future of global collaboration

By: African News Agency      25th January 2018 China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) which seeks to build structural linkages and cooperation between countries has been held up as a model of global collaboration. Initially set up as a framework for cooperation between Eurasian countries, the BRI is being hailed as being perfectly in sync... 

Japan's record exports, manufacturing, point to powerhouse economy

By: Reuters     24th January 2018 Japan’s exports to China and Asia hit record levels as shipments rose for a thirteenth straight month in December and manufacturing growth hit a four-year high in January, pointing to an economy that powered through the fourth quarter and into 2018. The Ministry of Finance (MOF) said on Wednesday... 

Infrastructure development a key driver of South African economy – Patel

By: African News Agency      23rd January 2018 Infrastructure development is a key driver of South Africa's growth prospects, with rail and water infrastructure focal areas. This is according to Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel, who is in Davos for the World Economic Forum (WEF), as part of the South African delegation looking to... 

Infrastructure development a key driver of South African economy – Patel

Stenprop appoints broker to assist with London listing

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd January 2018 To assist in implementing its proposed LSE listing, JSE-listed Stenprop has appointed Numis Securities to act as its broker. Numis Securities will be acting as financial adviser on the proposed move from the Bermuda Stock Exchange to the SFS of the LSE. 

Botswana to spend $495m to extend power grid to northwest

By: Reuters     22nd January 2018 The Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) on Monday launched a P4.8-billion ($495-million) project to build an electricity transmission line to connect the northwest of the country, a centre of copper mining and tourism, to the national grid. Domestic consumers in the region currently rely on imports... 

Ethiopia leader rejects call for World Bank arbitration in dam dispute 

By: Reuters     22nd January 2018 Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has rejected a call by Egypt for World Bank arbitration in a dispute over a hydroelectric dam Addis Ababa is building along its share of the Nile. The two countries are at odds over the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, with Cairo... 

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