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Eastern basin AMD treatment plant treating 94 Mℓ/d, Mokonyane gives thumbs up

By: Ilan Solomons     17th February 2017 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has lauded the successes achieved by the Eastern basin acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment plant, which is located in the town of Springs, in Gauteng, since it began operating in June 2016. The R1-billion plant was completed under the instruction of... 

AMSA, government sign pricing principles agreement

By: Anine Kilian     17th February 2017 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has reached a five-year agreement with the Department of Trade and Industry on steel pricing principles. The agreement is intended to achieve a fair price for steel, which enables AMSA to earn a reasonable margin from domestic sales, while being... 

Blue Label expects higher H1 earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th February 2017 JSE-listed Blue Label expects to report a surge in earnings bolstered in part by 58.18%-owned subsidiary Oxigen Services India’s fair value gains of R150-million in the six months ended November 30, 2016. Earnings a share are expected to increase by 54% to 58% to between 80.79c and 82.89c for the... 

SANDF members died trying to help 'screaming' contract workers

By: News24Wire      17th February 2017 The three South African Defence Force members who died in a "freak accident" at the army’s naval base in Durban, were trying to rescue three contract workers screaming for help at the bottom of a sewage pit after a gas leak, says the SANDF. The SANDF's Brigadier-General Mafi Mgobozi said contract... 

Sarec says Eskom dragging its feet in honouring Zuma’s renewables ‘injunction’

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2017 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) claims that Eskom has yet to issue any updated budget quotes for projects that President Jacob Zuma said in his State of the Nation address (Sona) would proceed, following a protracted impasse that arose as a result of the State-owned utility’s... 

Sarec says Eskom dragging its feet in honouring Zuma’s renewables ‘injunction’
Mark Pickering

Zuma sends Expropriation Bill back to Parliament

By: African News Agency      17th February 2017 President Jacob Zuma has sent the Expropriation Bill back to the National Assembly for review, some 10 months after Members of Parliament approved it, his office said on Friday. Zuma confirmed last week in his state of the nation address that he would send the bill back to Parliament to allow for... 

Zuma sends Expropriation Bill back to Parliament
Photo by Duane Daws
President Jacob Zuma

Outa calls for judicial enquiry into Eskom’s affairs

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th February 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Friday called for a full judicial commission of enquiry into State-owned Eskom's affairs, following the release of a redacted version of the so-called Dentons report into corruption at the parastatal. International legal firm Dentons conducted a... 

New Draft White Paper suggests standard gauge network for freight rail

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2017 A new national rail strategy, proposed to become legislation in 2018/2019, will give policy direction to the rail sector for the first time in 150 years, says Department of Transport deputy director-general rail Jan-David de Villiers. The policy – currently a Draft White Paper – comes as South... 

New Draft White Paper suggests standard gauge network for freight rail

Treasury concerned about price-fixing allegations against banks

By: Anine Kilian     17th February 2017 The National Treasury has noted with concern the statement issued by the Competition Commission on the completion of an investigation into alleged price-fixing and market allocation by 17 banks, including three South African banks, all of which have an international footprint. The matter has now... 

DTI promises fast-tracked support for downstream steel industry

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) insists that measures to support the downstream steel industry in South Africa are a priority for government and are being fast-tracked. In a statement outlining the various interventions undertaken since 2015 to support a primary steel sector wracked by... 

DTI promises fast-tracked support for downstream steel industry

Construction sector ‘pushing boundaries’ of transformation 

     17th February 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the agreement between government and South Africa’s construction industry to accelerate transformation in the sector. 

Construction sector ‘pushing boundaries’ of transformation
Camera & editing: Nicholas Boyd

Pockets of resilience, but SA’s manufacturing outlook remains fragile

By: David Oliveira     17th February 2017 South Africa’s manufacturing sector, which has been struggling to shed the ‘deindustrialisation’ mantle for the past three decades, despite vocal support for the sector from government, is unlikely to experience a dramatic turnaround in 2017. However, there are some signs of resilience and even... 

Pockets of resilience, but SA’s manufacturing outlook remains fragile

Engineering News iPhone and Android Apps available for free download

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th February 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

SA Cabinet highlights progress in radio astronomy in the country

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2017 The South African government has endorsed the creation of a single national South African Radio Astronomy Observatory. This was done at the Cabinet meeting held on February 15 and reported in a statement released by the Government Communication and Information System (better known as GCIS) on... 

SA Cabinet highlights progress in radio astronomy in the country
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
HartRAO’s 26 m radio telescope

Umgeni Water requires R200-billion to fix backlog

By: Bloomberg     17th February 2017 The water board serving South Africa’s second most-populous province said it needs at least R200-billion to address a service backlog, almost double the country’s total budget for water and sanitation for the three years through 2019. “The real headache is where the funds are going to come from,”... 

City Power clamps down on corruption, welcomes forensic investigation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th February 2017 Johannesburg City Power chairperson Reverend Frank Chikane on Thursday said the company’s board welcomes any forensic investigation into multibillion-rand tenders awarded by the entity. City Mayor Herman Mashaba earlier this month said he would start such an investigation after hearing of serious... 

City Power clamps down on corruption, welcomes forensic investigation
City Power chairperson Reverend Frank Chikane

Armscor announces preferred bidders for new Navy ship projects 

By: Keith Campbell     16th February 2017 South Africa’s defence acquisition, disposals and research and development agency Armscor announced on Thursday the preferred bidders to supply ships for the South African Navy’s (SAN’s) projects Biro and Hotel. They are Damen Shipyards Cape Town and South African Shipyards. Project Biro is for... 

Armscor announces preferred bidders for new Navy ship projects
Photo by Damen
A Damen Stan Patrol 4207 IPV of the Mexican Navy. It is not known what IPV design the company has offered South Africa. This picture merely gives an idea of what Damen can offer

ABB hopeful Zuma’s IPP declaration will unlock orders for locally assembled inverter stations

By: Terence Creamer     16th February 2017 The head of ABB South Africa is hopeful that renewable-energy-related orders, which all but dried up in 2016 as a result of Eskom’s refusal to sign new power purchase agreements, will resume in light of President Jacob Zuma’s announcement that the State-owned utility will sign all outstanding... 

ABB hopeful Zuma’s IPP declaration will unlock orders for locally assembled inverter stations
ABB South Africa CEO Leon Viljoen

ARB Holdings holds steady amid tough economic conditions

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th February 2017 Investment company ARB Holdings has posted a profit of R77.97-million for the six months to December 31, marginally higher than the profit of R77.68-million posted for the six months to December 31, 2015. Revenue was up 3.1% year-on-year to R1.27-billion, as a result of revenue growth in the... 

Stor-Age to raise R400m to pay for acquisitions

By: Anine Kilian     16th February 2017 JSE-listed Stor-Age will undertake a R400-million equity capital raise through an accelerated bookbuild process to settle the R328.77-million purchase consideration for two acquisitions. The company in December announced it would acquire the entire issued share capital of Storage RSA, through its... 

Jaguar, Shell launch in-car app to pay for fuel at service stations

By: Irma Venter     16th February 2017 Jaguar drivers can now use their car’s touchscreen to pay for fuel at the pump, by making use of a new cashless payment app. The Shell app is one of a number of enhancements to Jaguar’s F-PACE, XE and XF models. (Other updates include the addition of gesture technology where the sweep of a foot... 

Jaguar, Shell launch in-car app to pay for fuel at service stations

Liberty Two Degrees sees ongoing growth in year ahead

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th February 2017 In its first set of financial statements since listing on the JSE, real estate investment trust Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) has reported a distribution of 4.85c per unit for the year ended December 31. The company on Thursday said it had R2.8-billion in cash available for acquisitions, positioning... 

€64m Kariba dam plunge pool contract signed

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th February 2017 A €64-million contract that will see the three-year Kariba dam plunge pool reshaping works set in motion, was signed by Zambia’s Treasury secretary Fredson Yamba and French construction company Razel-BEC on Wednesday. The plunge pool reshaping is the first component of the Kariba dam... 

Twinsaver looks to diversify portfolio through Validus acquisition

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th February 2017 Branded tissue products manufacturer Twinsaver Group is in talks to acquire hygienic disposable products company Validus Medical, further diversifying its portfolio in the fast-moving consumer goods sector. Twinsaver Group CEO Garth Towell said the acquisition would enable the company to service... 

Major South African coal extension project on cards – South32

By: Martin Creamer     16th February 2017 A decision will be taken in the June quarter on go-ahead for the Klipspruit Life Extension coal project in Mpumalanga, which is said to have robust economics. The original BHP Billiton capital expenditure (capex) of $500-million-plus for the two-year development has been more than halved under... 

Major South African coal extension project on cards – South32
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Kenya Power expects no drought-related rationing, minimal price hike

By: Reuters     16th February 2017 Kenyans will not be hit by electricity rationing or significant price rises, with diesel generation making up for a fall from drought-hit hydroelectric dams, the head of sole distributor Kenya Power said on Thursday. State-run Kenya Meteorological Department said earlier this week that the East... 

South Africa to learn from Germany’s experience in roll-out of fuel cell buses

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th February 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in partnership with the German government will host a fuel cell bus workshop at the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre, in Bellville, Cape Town, next week. The workshop will be held under the theme ‘Fuel Cell Bus – Unleashing Industrial... 

Fireblade Aviation rejects security claims about its base at OR Tambo International Airport 

By: Keith Campbell     16th February 2017 South African company Fireblade Aviation has stressed that the international arrivals and departures section of its Fixed-Base Operation (FBO) at OR Tambo International Airport, east of Johannesburg, will be totally under the control of the relevant government agencies. This was made clear in a... 

Fireblade Aviation rejects security claims about its base at OR Tambo International Airport
Photo by Duane Daws
Nicky Oppenheimer

Standard Bank appoints new vehicle and asset finance head

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th February 2017 Standard Bank has appointed Simphiwe Nghona as its Vehicle and Asset Finance (VAF) head, effective March 1. He will also join the bank’s Personal and Business Banking (PBB) group executive committee. Having worked most recently as CEO of WesBank’s motor division, Nghona brings 18 years of... 

Basa calls for collusion case against banks to run its course

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th February 2017 The Banking Association South Africa (Basa) on Thursday implored the public to not make harsh comments or brash decisions following the Competition Commission’s decision to refer a case of alleged collusion against 17 banks to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution. The commission on Wednesday... 

German steel federation sees Chinese overcapacity persisting

By: Reuters     16th February 2017 The German steel federation expects Chinese overcapacity for steel production, which puts pressure on global prices, to persist in the coming years, its president said on Thursday. China's overcapacity was 360-million tonnes last year and is likely to remain well above 300-million tonnes in 2020,... 

Sanral rolls out R120m training programme for N2 Wild Coast project  

By: Irma Venter     16th February 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has started with the roll-out of a R120-million community development and small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) training programme in anticipation of the construction of the N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR). The programme aims to... 

Sanral rolls out R120m training programme for N2 Wild Coast project

Eskom starts electricity supply cuts to two Mpumalanga municipalities

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th February 2017 As part of its ongoing campaign to recover outstanding debt from certain municipalities, State-owned Eskom will on Thursday interrupt electricity supply to the eMalahleni and Msukaligwa municipalities, in Mpumalanga. The power cuts will affect the Doornpoort, Churchill, Kwa-Guqa, Witbank and... 

Emira rebalancing its diversified portfolio

By: Anine Kilian     15th February 2017 The first half of JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Emira Property Fund’s 2017 financial year was defined by an intense strategic focus on rebalancing its portfolio out of the office sector, aggressive leasing and tenant retention, vigilant cost control, prudent financial management... 

Commission asks tribunal to fine banks over alleged collusion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th February 2017 The Competition Commission on Wednesday referred a case of collusion against a number of international banks for alleged price fixing to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution. This follows an investigation into a case of price fixing and market allocation in the trading of foreign currency... 

Amplats anticipates continued growth in fuel cells

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th February 2017 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) expects the autocatalyst sector to remain a significant driver of platinum demand. In the last year, autocatalyst demand continued to grow, with sales in Western Europe up 6%. This, CEO Chris Griffith said, was as a result of slightly higher loading, owing to... 

South Africa to be ‘resolute’ in using tariffs to protect domestic industry 

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2017 South Africa will be “resolute” in using tariffs to defend domestic industry and support industrial development, particularly in light of moves towards greater protectionism in other countries, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said in his contribution to the State of the Nation debate on... 

South Africa to be ‘resolute’ in using tariffs to protect domestic industry
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Trust in institutions on the decline in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     15th February 2017 The South African population’s trust in its government, media and business, is in steady decline, according to the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer, which was released on Wednesday. The barometer, which measures peoples’ trust in four institutions – government, media, business and nongovernmental... 

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