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Apr 23, 2014
As industry prepares for the launch of South Africa’s digital terrestrial migration, the South African Communications Forum (SACF) hosted a workshop to determine the country’s readiness in terms of compliance of set-top boxes [STBs] and access to funding. The...
Apr 23, 2014
Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande
Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has outlined plans for the development of a new health and allied sciences university into which the Medical University of Southern Africa (Medunsa) campus of the University of Limpopo, located in Ga-Rankuwa, will...
Apr 23, 2014
Communications Minister Yunus Carrim
The costs of communicating have to drop, Communications Minister Yunus Carrim said on Wednesday. "Clearly, the costs have to come down. It's not just in the interests of the poor and disadvantaged but the economy as a whole," Carrim said in a statement following a...
Apr 23, 2014
Commitments made over the past 16 years, following the 1998 Defence Review, has resulted in a mismatch between what was expected from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the resources allocated to it, causing a decline in most aspects of the...
Apr 23, 2014
US vanadium project developer and renewable energy technology purveyor American Vanadium on Wednesday unveiled plans to demonstrate the CellCube vanadium redox flow energy storage system in partnership with the New York State Research and Development Authority...
Apr 23, 2014
New car prices should, on average, increase between 8% and 11% this year, compared with 3% last year, predicted Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) group CEO Jebb McIntosh on Wednesday. He said in Johannesburg that some some importers had already upped the price tags on...
Apr 23, 2014
File photo from 2007
A database glitch delayed the start of trading on the JSE for an hour on Wednesday, the latest in a string of errors that have hampered Africa's biggest bourse in recent years. Trade on the $900-billion exchange did not start until 0800 GMT, rather than the usual...
Apr 23, 2014
State-owned logistics firm Transnet has announced a R2-million, three-year sponsorship agreement with the University of Stellenbosch Business School-Executive Development (USB-ED) – the public management development and training company affiliated to the USB –...
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Apr 23, 2014
A year after six Eastern Cape-based companies were placed at a permanent trade fair in Ningbo, China, for 30 months, significant inroads into the “lucrative Chinese consumer market” have been made, with the companies securing growing orders and distribution...
Apr 23, 2014
Science and Technology Deputy Minister Michael Masutha has launched the Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Human Development in an attempt to improve research in early childhood development (ECD) and enhance the knowledge available to social policy makers. The initiative...
Apr 23, 2014
Hino South Africa (SA) will open its new truck plant on May 21. Hino SA is a subsidiary of Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM). The truck plant has been relocated in a R54-million investment, as TSAM required additional space for production of the Quest Corolla sedan,...
Apr 23, 2014
Corruption Watch executive director David Lewis
Police should probe a tender awarded by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) to Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), Corruption Watch said on Tuesday. "Corruption Watch will urge the police to undertake an investigation into allegations of bribery surrounding...
Apr 23, 2014
Creamer Media’s Steel 2014 report provides an overview of the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon steel and stainless...
Apr 22, 2014
NAIROBI – Kenya will negotiate the import of natural gas from Qatar Gas to fuel a power station it wants built in the Indian Ocean port city of Mombasa, the President's office said on Tuesday. The gas-powered power plant was part of the government's plans to add 5...
Apr 22, 2014
Eastern Cape Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism MEC Mcebisi Jonas on Tuesday opened the R4-million Ikusasa Green manufacturing plant, in Stutterheim, Eastern Cape. The project was funded by the Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development,...
Apr 22, 2014
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TNPA CEO Tau Morwe
State-owned Transnet has awarded a R760-million contract to a joint venture comprising Stefanutti Stocks and Axsys for the reconstruction of the steel sheet pile quay walls at Maydon Wharf, in Durban. The contract was signed by Transnet Capital Projects on behalf of...
Apr 22, 2014
South Africa increased crude steel production by 21.1% year-on-year in March, producing 615 000 t of the metal and outperforming the global production pace, which increased by 2.7% year-on-year to 141-million tons for the third month of 2014. World Steel Association...
Apr 22, 2014
JSE- and NYSE-listed Camac Energy on Tuesday expected its Northern Offshore Energy Searcher drillship to arrive at the Oyo oilfield by the end of April as it awaited “imminent” Nigerian Department of Petroleum Resources clearance to enter Nigeria and kick off...
 
 
 
 
Apr 22, 2014
Engineering solutions provider ELB Group is set to leverage the synergies between it and electrical and instrumentation company B&W Instrumentation and Electrical, the acquisition of which ELB is busy concluding. ELB, which had issued over 1.96-million shares as...
Apr 22, 2014
South Africa-based investment group Sekunjalo Investments on Tuesday reported a 12% increase in headline earnings a share to 3.72c for the six months ended February 28, while revenue for the period was up 7% to R242-million, as a result of the strong operational...
Apr 22, 2014
About 67 000 retired Transnet employees and beneficiaries would be paid an ad hoc bonus equalling 8.33% of their yearly individual benefit by the end of April. Transnet on Tuesday said it approved R178-million to distribute among members of the Transnet Second...
Apr 22, 2014
A recent survey by business advisory firm FTI Consulting has found that merger and acquisition (M&A) activism is on the rise, with the overwhelming majority, or 89%, of leading activist investors surveyed expecting an overall increase in M&A activism this year. The...
Apr 22, 2014
Alan Winde
The Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism will, over the next two weeks, open a call for nonprofit organisations (NPOs) to submit proposals to run an interactive community access network centre, in Elsies River, in Cape Town. The Western Cape...
Apr 22, 2014
The African Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA) on Tuesday said it welcomed the announcement made by the Department of Energy that the final biofuels position paper would be published next month, stating that it was ready to meaningfully participate in the...
Apr 22, 2014
JSE-listed Delta Property Fund on Tuesday said it planned to acquire a range of properties in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, from Old Mutual Life Assurance Company for R487.2-million. Delta agreed to buy OMC Durban, which included the Old Mutual Centre, Westguard House, 300...
Apr 22, 2014
The national electricity system is expected to remain tight over the evening peak demand periods for the rest of the week, as Eskom continues with its planned maintenance schedule to prepare for winter while also managing unplanned outages that add more pressure to...
Apr 22, 2014
The Department of Trade and Industry will again lead a group of South African companies to the 2014 Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF), in Bulawayo, from April 22 to 26, which over the last three years has contributed millions to South Africa’s economy. Trade...
Apr 22, 2014
In this corner of South Africa's black township of Soweto, the biggest building used to be the Catholic church. Now it's been overshadowed by a shopping centre and business has only gotten worse for Grace, a 68-year-old shopowner. Like many proprietors of spaza shops...
 
 
 
 
Apr 18, 2014
Few would argue with the notion that unemployment, which stands at around 25% on the narrow definition as reported by Statistics South Africa, remains one of the country’s most pressing challenges. Fewer still could contest the view that South Africa’s education...
Apr 17, 2014
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Renewable-energy projects, such as this Northern Cape solar farm, seen as key to low‐carbon energy supply.
Upfront investment costs will and should remain a critical consideration as South Africa moves to upscale and accelerate its infrastructure programmes. But one of the lead authors of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) argues that the...
Apr 17, 2014
The barrier to efficient water service delivery in South Africa was not of a technological nature but rather related to legal and Constitutional challenges, Water Research Commission (WRC) CEO Dhesigen Naidoo said on Thursday. Opening a WRC debate under the theme...
Apr 17, 2014
ANC SG Gwede Mantashe (L), chairperson Baleka Mbete (C) and President Jacob Zuma (R)
The creation of a small and medium enterprises department is very likely, African National Congress national chairwoman Baleka Mbete said on Thursday. "We are talking about a focused department looking at small and medium businesses because the departments must be...
Apr 17, 2014
France's Total said on Thursday it had discovered oil in a deep offshore area in the west of Ivory Coast, the company's second oil find in a year in the West African country. "This well is the first discovery in the San Pedro Basin, a frontier exploration area in...
Apr 17, 2014
Africa's demand for bandwidth is doubling every year, outpacing the laying of terrestrial telecom fibre links and encouraging commercial satellite operators to launch more units into orbit. The arrival of submarine cables on Africa's eastern shore just five years ago...
Apr 17, 2014
The value of copper stolen increased slightly to R11-million in March from R10.7-million in February, increasing by 10% year-on-year and coming in slightly above the 2013 monthly average of R10.5-million, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci)...
Apr 17, 2014
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A specialist in finance and energy says South Africa's electricity prices are too low and unsustainable. “We are under-pricing electricity by at least a factor of two,” Bridge Capital Refco director Dudley Baylis told Engineering News Online.
Apr 17, 2014
Major changes have been announced at PSA Peugeot Citroën as it continues the fight to return to profitability and increase sales. It is especially the overseas markets that have taken a pummelling for the French manufacturer at the beginning of 2014, with the...
Apr 17, 2014
Two more Northern Cape solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, Droogfontein Solar Power and De Aar Solar Power, have achieved commercial operations and will be formally inaugurated in mid May. Both projects are majority owned by independent power producer Globeleq and both...
 
 
 
 
Apr 17, 2014
More than 600 engineering students from the University of Cape Town (UCT) have come up with suggestions for what do with the city's infamous unfinished Foreshore freeway, together with the Foreshore precinct.  They range from demolishing the unfinished freeway to...
Apr 17, 2014
Apr 16, 2014
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South Africa's drive to create a competitive and food-secure State was boosted on Tuesday with the launch of the Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Food Security, at the University of the Western Cape, which would bring together a cohort of experts and researchers from 19...
Apr 16, 2014
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The City of Cape Town has entered into eight third-party service provider agreements licensing the take up of the spare infrastructure capacity generated through the city’s broadband network. Lease-agreement negotiations were progressing with another 20 third-party...
Apr 16, 2014
A 344.5 t wax reactor has arrived at petrochemicals giant Sasol’s Fisher-Tropsch wax expansion project, in Sasolsburg, in the Free State, after five weeks of road travel from Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal. The reactor was transported through Pongola, in...
 
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