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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
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
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.
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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...
Apr 16, 2014
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DoE promotional material
South African nonprofit environmental organisation Project 90 by 2030 has filed a complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) of South Africa against the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) recent promotion of nuclear energy. The complaint, in which the...
Apr 16, 2014
Michael Garcia
Steel and vanadium producer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium on Wednesday appointed executive director and FD Jan Valenta CEO, with immediate effect, after Michael Garcia stepped down. Olga Luzik would replace Valenta, who was appointed FD and director in 2011.
Apr 16, 2014
The enrolment of students into technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges has grown by 131% since 2010 but there are still challenges that must be addressed through industry and college partnerships.
Apr 16, 2014
Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi are looking for an adviser to help them secure financing for a $4.13-billion railway project aimed at boosting cross-border trade in the region. The railway will link Tanzania's port city of Dar es Salaam with the capital cities of...
Apr 16, 2014
South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has agreed to set up a joint Centre of Excellence (CoE) for radar and sensor technology with the National Defence University of Malaysia (NDUM). The Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) covering this was...
Apr 16, 2014
Dr Richard Maponya
The Free Market Foundation (FMF) on Wednesday presented its sixth Lumiary Award for individuals that inspire others in a particular sphere of life to South African entrepreneur Dr Richard Maponya. The award was given to Maponya in recognition of his “outstanding...
Apr 16, 2014
While South Africa’s ship building and repair industry is at a “critical” stage in its development, the industry continues to be stifled by obsolete port infrastructure, protectionist government policy and monopoly pricing, driving the migration of these...
 
 
 
 
Apr 16, 2014
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The South African Short-term Insurance Association (SAIA) on Wednesday called on motorists to be careful when driving during the coming Easter Weekend. This warning followed a call for caution by the association in February when heavy rains caused damage to roads and...
Apr 16, 2014
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Safair on Wednesday said it would soon start selling tickets for FlySafair flights after it secured a licence to operate a scheduled passenger low-cost domestic air service. The Air Services Licensing Council (ASLC) granted Safair – an aviation expert currently...
Apr 16, 2014
Charl Coetzee
Namibia is set to get a skills boost as a new information and communications technology (ICT) centre starts training network engineer recruits to maintain the Southern African country’s own infrastructure. Telecom Namibia, in conjunction with XON Systems and...
Apr 16, 2014
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Apr 16, 2014
The ultra-deep Angolan offshore oil project called Kaombo generated the third huge contract in three days on Wednesday when French group Total picked two firms to carry out underwater engineering worth $3.5-billion. The latest groups to win a share of the mega...
Apr 16, 2014
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There is enough water in South Africa to supply communities and the economy, even if some activities may be constrained, such as agriculture in the Limpopo, says National Planning Commission commissioner Mike Muller. 
Muller was also the director-general from 1997...
Apr 16, 2014
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South Africa's Reserve Bank said on Wednesday it had had fined the country's top four banks a total R125-million rand ($11.8-million) over lax anti-money laundering controls. The central bank said in a statement it had fined the South African unit of Barclays Africa...
Apr 16, 2014
South African stocks were led lower by top tier mining stocks on Tuesday as global gold prices slumped by more than two percent on US dollar strength. AngloGold Ashanti was the biggest loser in the blue chips index, tumbling 3.78% at R184.25, its biggest percentage...
 
 
 
 
Apr 16, 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 15, 2014
Majuba
Regulations governing the application for and awarding of prospecting rights and mining rights for underground coal gasification (UCG) in South Africa have been included in the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill, accelerating the...
Apr 15, 2014
While trade activity remained in positive territory during March it was still restrained, found the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) Trade Conditions Survey, released on Tuesday. Sacci’s trade activity index (TAI) for March, at a level...
Apr 15, 2014
JSE-listed integrated information and communications technology systems provider Datacentrix on Tuesday posted double-digit growth for the year ended February. CEO Ahmed Mahomed explained in a statement that a continued focus on intelligent, higher-value solutions...
Apr 15, 2014
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South Africa may have difficulty in financing new nuclear power plants (NPPs), an Academy of Science of South Africa symposium in Pretoria has been warned. The concern was expressed by University of Cape Town Energy Research Centre director Professor Harald Winkler....
Apr 15, 2014
South Africa’s infrastructure investment and roll-out ambitions face a significant capacity challenge as local government experiences a constraint in the availability of architects, engineers, project managers and financial managers. The nation’s pragmatic, but...
Apr 15, 2014
South Africa recorded its highest ever tourism month in December, a new Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) report shows, with a total of 937 792 overnight travellers, or tourists, of which 263 771 were from overseas and 668 045 from the rest of the continent. For 2013...
Apr 15, 2014
Ivory Coast said it had signed an initial agreement with a consortium including France's Bouygues and South Korea's Hyundai and Dongsan Engineering to build a €1-billion ($1.4-billion) urban rail line in Abidjan. French-speaking West Africa's largest economy has...
Apr 15, 2014
Ghana has banned the export of ferrous scrap metal immediately in a bid to make more raw material available to sustain the West Africa country's steel industry, Trade Minister Haruna Iddrisu said on Tuesday. Iddrisu said the government was also drafting legislation...
 
 
 
 
Apr 15, 2014
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The US Embassy announced on Tuesday that 46 South Africans had been invited to participate in the first Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Washington Fellowship.  US Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard congratulated the group of leaders who would...
Apr 15, 2014
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Low growth in electricity demand in South Africa will delay, or eliminate the need for, new nuclear power plants. So warned Eskom Transmission Division Energy Planning and Market Development Department power system economics: chief adviser Keith Bowen, addressing an...
Apr 15, 2014
JSE-listed Business Connexion (BCX) on Tuesday said it planned to reach a sustainable return on total equity of 17% as it targeted an African expansion and continued merger and acquisition activity, while advising shareholders that its board of directors had...
Apr 15, 2014
The Accent hatchback
Affordability is “becoming more and more of an issue” in the South African new car market, “especially if the interest rate goes up between 0.5% or 2% before the end of 2014”, says Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) marketing director Stanley Anderson....
Apr 14, 2014
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Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins
Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins confirmed on Monday that the long awaited cogeneration and coal independent power producer (IPP) procurement programmes would be initiated in April and May respectively. In addition, in something of a surprise move, the Minister...
 
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