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Gordhan on getting South Africa’s growth, transformation dynamic right

By: Terence Creamer     24th March 2017 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has again responded to questions about whether his ‘inclusive growth’ narrative is at odds with the ‘radical economic transformation’ vision being espoused by President Jacob Zuma. Addressing businesspeople at a function hosted by Deloitte in Johannesburg on... 

Gordhan on getting South Africa’s growth, transformation dynamic right
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Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan

Denel heads to court to dispel doubts over legality of Denel Asia JV

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th March 2017 Denel has taken to the High Court of South Africa in Gauteng to clear up doubts over the legal standing of Denel Asia, a joint venture (JV) with VR Laser Asia. The State-owned defence group on Friday applied to the High Court in Pretoria for an order declaring that it obtained approval to form... 

Denel heads to court to dispel doubts over legality of Denel Asia JV
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Denel acting CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe

South African Bio-energy Atlas launched to support bio-energy development

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2017 The South Africa Bio-energy Atlas, launched in Pretoria on Friday, will allow the country to identify opportunities for sustainable bio-energy and be able to achieve much more in terms of developing a 'green' economy. This was affirmed by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor in her... 

New Bio-energy Atlas will help government implement NDP – Pandor

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2017 The South Africa Bio-Energy Atlas, launched on Friday, will help the government develop and implement its policies. This was pointed out by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor in her keynote address at the launch ceremony. She highlighted that policies could not be made without data.... 

Economic transformation imperative for South Africa – Davies

By: Anine Kilian     24th March 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on Friday highlighted what needed to be done to pursue radical economic transformation as an imperative for the advancement of more inclusive economic growth in South Africa. He said fundamental change was necessary in the structure, systems, institutions... 

BBBEE Commission committed to resolving noncompliance

By: Anine Kilian     24th March 2017 The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Commission, a member of the Department of Trade and Industry, has spent the past year assessing compliance problems and has resolved to investigate companies that are involved with fronting and noncompliance with the BBBEE legislation. The... 

Transnet offers voluntary severance packages to staff

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 Transnet on Friday confirmed that it is offering voluntary severance packages (VSPs) to its management and bargaining unit employees to streamline its business and ensure the group’s long-term sustainability. The parastatal cited subdued global economic growth, including a weak economic outlook... 

Transnet offers voluntary severance packages to staff

TNPA undertakes R15m maintenance dredging campaign at Cape Town port

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th March 2017 The dredging services division of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has implemented a R15-million maintenance dredging campaign at the Port of Cape Town to restore the design depths inside the Duncan dock. The maintenance campaign, which was started two weeks ago and is scheduled for... 

TNPA undertakes R15m maintenance dredging campaign at Cape Town port
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Competition Commission extends fresh produce market agent raid to Cape Town, Durban

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 The Competition Commission on Friday extended its search and seizure operation targeting fresh produce market agents, to premises in Cape Town and Durban. This followed its raid, on Thursday, of the premises of nine fresh produce market agents suspected of involvement in alleged cartel and... 

South Africa has real bio-energy potential

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2017 "South Africa definitely has exploitable bio-energy potential," stated Council for Scientific and Industrial Research principal engineer Crescent Mushwana at the launch of the South Africa Bio-energy Atlas in Pretoria on Friday. "Bio-energy is feasible from organic waste, residues from forestry... 

South African in the Mars mix as race to the Red Planet heats up

By: Dylan Slater     24th March 2017 It is 2031 and the next space race has started with the launch of the largest-ever interplanetary space rocket and spaceship carrying four carefully selected astronauts on a mission to establish a human settlement on Mars – a planet that is about 225-million kilometres away. Heading for the... 

South African in the Mars mix as race to the Red Planet heats up

South Africa's maize output seen rising 84% in 2017

By: Reuters     24th March 2017 South African farmers are expected to harvest 84% more maize this season compared with last season as yields were boosted by increased rains, a Reuters survey of five traders and market analysts showed on Friday. The government's Crop Estimates Committee (CEC), which will provide its second... 

South Africa's maize output seen rising 84% in 2017

Cape Town park earmarked for housing, work development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 Plans are under way to develop 120 ha of the 240 ha Two Rivers Urban Park (TRUP), in Cape Town, into a mixed-use development to provide previously disadvantaged and lower-income families access to the central business district. The TRUP, located near the confluence of the city’s Liesbeek and... 

Atterbury to open new Ghana mall in April

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 South African property development company Atterbury will open its fourth retail development in Ghana, the $95-million Kumasi City mall on April 20. The 18 500 m2 modern mall, with potential for a future 10 000 m2 expansion, will give the city of Kumasi its first one-stop building with shopping... 

Atterbury to open new Ghana mall in April

Engineering News iPhone and Android Apps available for free download

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th March 2017 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

Solar energy may get boost from Africa’s biggest oil exporter

By: Bloomberg     24th March 2017 Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil exporter, may be about to turn sunward to generate more of its power. Senators in the capital of Abuja are debating an allocation of $30-million to solar projects in this year’s Budget, according to the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN). They are... 

Want to sell more wind, solar power? Find corporate buyers

By: Bloomberg     24th March 2017 Contracts to sell electricity directly to corporate users are among the key demand drivers for wind and solar power, while the influence of state mandates wanes, according to a report by Moody’s Investors Service. Multiple factors are spurring corporate power deals, especially from companies that... 

Metair sees 7% drop in profit, signs supply agreement with Daimler

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2017 Manufacturer, distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components, Metair, has secured a multiyear supply agreement, from 2018 onwards, for the supply of enhanced flooded start/stop batteries to German car maker Daimler, in Europe, says MD Theo Loock. Speaking in... 

Metair sees 7% drop in profit, signs supply agreement with Daimler

Building Confidence Index improves for the third consecutive quarter

By: Anine Kilian     23rd March 2017 The First National Bank (FNB)/Bureau for Economic Research (BER) Building Confidence Index improved for the third consecutive quarter, rising by three points to 43 in the first quarter of this year. This marks the highest confidence in more than a year, FNB property economist John Loos said in a... 

Building Confidence Index improves for the third consecutive quarter

Cesa focused on transformation

By: Anine Kilian     23rd March 2017 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has committed to transforming its membership and the industry as a whole. The industry body, which has identified transformation as a critical theme, has established a transformation committee that will embark on a process to develop proposed interventions... 

OPINION: Enabling renewable energy with flexibility

     23rd March 2017 In this thought leadership article, Wärtsilä's Wayne Glossop explores the issue of building flexibility into the South African power system as the penetration of renewable energy rises  

OPINION: Enabling renewable energy with flexibility
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Wayne Glossop

Eskom, NamPower sign five-year supply deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd March 2017 Eskom on Thursday signed a five-year firm electricity sales agreement with Namibia’s national electricity utility NamPower, providing energy security to the neighbouring country and facilitating economic development and growth. Eskom interim CEO Matshela Koko noted at the signing, held alongside... 

Higher Education Minister extends skills strategy to reach goals

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd March 2017 Four years after its 2013 conference, the National Skills Authority is still implementing recommendations aimed at improving the mandate it is tasked with, enhancing national skills development, including the systemic study of the implementation of the third National Skills Development Strategy,... 

Higher Education Minister extends skills strategy to reach goals
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Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande

Liberty Two Degrees appoints new FD

By: Anine Kilian     23rd March 2017 Real estate investment trust Liberty Two Degrees has appointed José Snyders as the company’s new FD, effective immediately. He succeeds John Sturgeon, who will remain on the board as a nonexecutive director. 

Sea Harvest lists on the JSE

By: Anine Kilian     23rd March 2017 Black-owned fishing company Sea Harvest Group on Thursday listed in the Farming, Fishing and Plantations sector on the JSE’s main board.   The listing will provide investors with more choice and an opportunity to participate in the income streams and future capital growth of Sea Harvest.... 

Kibo Mining positions for power purchase agreement with the Tanzanian government

By: African News Agency      23rd March 2017 Kibo Mining said on Thursday that it was well placed to conclude negotiations on a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Tanzanian government following the completion of restructuring and policy changes at the State-owned power supplier. This comes after Tanzania president John Magufuli in... 

Rehabilitation school proposed for road traffic offenders

By: News24Wire      23rd March 2017 Those found guilty of breaking road rules by a court of law will have to complete a mandatory rehabilitation programme under the new proposed demerit system, Parliament has heard. The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Amendment Bill will establish rehabilitation centres around... 

AMSA officially launches Gauteng steel rail hub 

     23rd March 2017 ArcelorMittal South Africa in February officially launched its Isando Distribution Centre, in Germiston, in a long-term initiative to migrate the bulk of domestic final product steel distribution from road to rail.  

AMSA officially launches Gauteng steel rail hub

Competition Commission raids fresh produce market agents 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd March 2017 The Competition Commission on Thursday morning conducted a search and seizure operation at the premises of nine fresh produce market agents suspected of involvement in alleged cartel and price-fixing conduct in contravention of the Competition Act. The operation formed part of an investigation... 

Competition Commission raids fresh produce market agents

Coal transporters take Eskom, government to court 

By: African News Agency      23rd March 2017 The Coal Transporters Forum (CTF) has approached the high court, seeking an interdict to bar Eskom from entering into contracts with renewable energy independent power producers (IPPs) as envisaged by government. At a press briefing in Pretoria on Thursday, CTF spokesperson Mary Phadi however... 

Exosun, Lesedi partner to offer localised solar tracking solutions in South Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd March 2017 Global supplier of solar tracking solutions for ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) plants Exosun and South Africa-based engineering, procurement and construction company Lesedi Nuclear Services have entered into a partnership to provide localised solar tracking systems in South Africa. “Lesedi will... 

Uncertainty over regulatory clearing account having an impact on Eskom 

     23rd March 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the implications for Eskom of the uncertainties surrounding the Regulatory Clearing Account. 

Uncertainties emerge over Eskom’s ability to claw-back expenses under the RCA.

Agriculture department prefers 'measured approach' to poultry industry crisis

By: African News Agency      23rd March 2017 The department of agriculture preferred a more measured approach to dealing with the crisis in the South African poultry industry as opposed to the “trade war” with the European Union proposed by the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu), MPs were told on Wednesday. “As a department our view that... 

EnviroServ CEO cited in 'toxic landfill' charges 

By: African News Agency      23rd March 2017 Dean Thompson, the CE of waste management giant EnviroServ, will be criminally charged alongside the company on several allegations of contravening environmental legislation at EnviroServ’s Shongweni landfill site. The company has come under severe criticism over its management of the landfill by... 

We need to change how we use water – World Bank

By: News24Wire      23rd March 2017 The world needs to transform the way it manages its water, Professor Patrick Verkooijen of the World Bank said on Wednesday. To accelerate the transformation, World Bank President Jim Kim and UN secretary general Antonio Guterres are convening a high-level panel on water with 11 heads of state,... 

Zuma unveils UN's global water and sanitation plan

By: News24Wire      23rd March 2017 President Jacob Zuma unveiled the UN's broad-based plan to provide water and sanitation for ten-billion people by 2030 on Wednesday. Zuma was part of the UN's high level panel on water and sanitation. 

Global crude steel output rose 4.1% y/y in February

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd March 2017 Global crude steel production by the 67 countries reporting to industry body World Steel Association (worldsteel) increased 4.1% year-on-year to 126.6-million tonnes in February. China produced 4.6% more crude steel year-on-year, at 61.2-million tonnes, while Japan produced 8.3-million tonnes, a... 

Eskom announces executive committee changes

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd March 2017 Power provider Eskom has seconded group capital executive Abram Masango to the office of the group CE, to further strengthen the implementation of Eskom’s corporate plan. Eskom interim CEO Matshela Koko said the move was part of the company’s design-to-cost five-year strategic corporate plan,... 

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