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Zuma releases State capture inquiry regulations

By: News24Wire      9th February 2018 President Jacob Zuma released the regulations for the judicial commission of inquiry into State capture, said Justice Minister Michael Masutha. Masutha announced on Friday that Zuma's regulations have been published in the Government Gazette on February 9. 

Budget is watershed moment for South Africa's economy - economist

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th February 2018 While there are early signs of a recovery in the local economy, with expected business conditions improving, government now needs to show - through its Budget later this month - that it has the credibility to take the country forward and build business and consumer confidence. Speaking at a... 

Budget is watershed moment for South Africa's economy - economist

Dedicated unit set up to combat crime on Cape Town trains

By: African News Agency      9th February 2018 The City of Cape Town, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), and the Western Cape Government on Friday agreed to establish a dedicated unit to secure the safety of Metrorail commuters and key infrastructure. Metrorail's Central Line, which serves largely poor and working class... 

Collective bargaining to determine wages above set minimum wage – labour dept

By: African News Agency      9th February 2018 The department of labour says wages above the national minimum wage will be increased through collective bargaining once the remuneration target comes into force on May 1. The national minimum wage (NMW) agreed at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) is pegged at R20 an... 

Ramaphosa pursues "pressing matters" in push for Zuma exit

By: Reuters     9th February 2018 African National Congress (ANC) leader Cyril Ramaphosa pulled out of public events to focus on "pressing matters" on Friday, fuelling speculation that Ramaphosa was making a final push to force Jacob Zuma to step down as South Africa's head of state. Zuma, in power since 2009 and battling... 

Ramaphosa pursues
Photo by WEF
ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa

Ford lifts veil on new Ranger Raptor, set for production at Pretoria plant

By: Irma Venter     9th February 2018 The first-ever Ranger Raptor, Ford’s new off-road, performance pick-up bakkie, was unveiled in Thailand this week. The Raptor will be produced at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa's (FMCSA’s) Silverton plant, in Pretoria, as part of a $220-million investment announced late last year, aimed at... 

 Ford lifts veil on new Ranger Raptor, set for production at Pretoria plant
The Ranger Raptor

Relief for Cape Town as mining indaba proceeds despite water shortage

By: African News Agency      9th February 2018 The acute water shortage in South Africa’s tourism capital Cape Town almost cost it crucial revenue when the organisers of an annual international mining conference considered scrapping this year's event in the city. But the Investing in African Mining Indaba went ahead this week despite strict... 

Cape drought takes its toll on the economy 

     9th February 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Natasha Odendaal about the impact of the ongoing drought and water shortages on Cape Town’s tourism sector and the economy. 

Cape drought takes its toll on the economy
Natasha Odendaal discusses the Cape drought & the economy. (Camera & editing: Nicholas Boyd)

Mokonyane says 'Day Zero' will not happen in Cape Town

By: African News Agency      9th February 2018 Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane says “Day Zero” is a phenomenon in drought-stricken Cape Town, which will "not happen". The minister made her remarks on Thursday during a meeting with the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation, her department and the Department of... 

Sappi moves to consolidate dissolving pulp leadership

By: Anine Kilian     9th February 2018 Pulp and paper producer Sappi plans to significantly expand its operations in South Africa, Europe and the US by 2020, starting with the preparatory work for the potential expansion of its South Africa-based Saiccor dissolving wood pulp (DWP) mill. The South African group supplies about 20% of... 

Sappi moves to consolidate dissolving pulp leadership

Revival of interest in robotics to increase safety in South African mines

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 There is a renaissance of interest in using robotics in mining in South Africa,” affirms Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Materials Science and Manufacturing Operational Unit Mechatronics and Micro Manufacturing (MMM) Competency area research group Leader Peter Bosscha.... 

Revival of interest in robotics to increase safety in South African mines

Signs of manufacturing recovery, despite ongoing metals industry pressures

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th February 2018 The latest preliminary production data for the metals and engineering sector, released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) on Thursday, reflected a slowdown in production in December, despite a 2% increase in the broader manufacturing production during the same period, Steel and Engineering... 

Signs of manufacturing recovery, despite ongoing metals industry pressures

OneLogix achieves strong H1 performance despite tough economy

By: Anine Kilian     8th February 2018 JSE-listed OneLogix’s earnings a share for the six months to November 30, 2017, increased by 11% to 23.3c, with CEO Ian Lourens commenting on Thursday that this growth was organic in nature. “This affirms the strength of our growth strategy and the resilient business models of our businesses,... 

OneLogix achieves strong H1 performance despite tough economy
OneLogix CEO Ian Lourens

Transnet to lease rolling stock to Zambia Railways

By: Reuters     8th February 2018 South African logistics firm Transnet will lease locomotives and wagons to Zambia Railways to boost its capacity to handle bulk cargo, Zambia Railways' CEO said on Thursday. Zambia Railways CEO Christopher Musonda said Transnet had agreed to lease eight locomotives and 600 wagons to the Zambian... 

Fresh legal challenge in 'big stink' landfill battle

By: News24Wire      8th February 2018 The row over the "rotten egg, big stink" - said to come from a landfill site adjoining the Durban suburbs of Hillcrest and Shongweni - has intensified, with a fresh legal challenge seeking to compel the relevant ministers and departments to take action against the site’s owners, waste management... 

Accenture breaks ground on new building in Waterfall

By: Simone Liedtke     8th February 2018 Construction has started on the new Southern African offices of global professional services company Accenture, which will be relocating from its current offices in Woodmead to a 3 875 m² facility, in Waterfall City, in December, as part of its Africa expansion strategy. Waterfall commercial... 

No immunity for Zuma – Ramaphosa tells ANC caucus

By: News24Wire      8th February 2018 African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa has told the party's Parliamentary caucus that immunity from prosecution for President Jacob Zuma is not part of their "transition" discussions. He also assured the MPs that the talks would be concluded in a "day or two". 

No immunity for Zuma – Ramaphosa tells ANC caucus
ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa

Richards Bay zone woos investors at Cape Town's Mining Indaba

By: African News Agency      8th February 2018 The Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) went on a charm offensive at the Mining Indaba held in Cape Town to woo local and international investors seeking export and import opportunities in KwaZulu-Natal province. RBIDZ acting manager for business development and support, Mzamo... 

Steel Authority of India swings to profit in Dec quarter

By: Reuters     8th February 2018 Steel Authority of India Ltd posted a profit for the three months ended December on Thursday, snapping ten straight quarters of losses. Net Profit was 431.6-million rupees ($6.72-million), compared with a loss of 7.95-billion rupees in the year-ago period, the company said in a statement.... 

Limpopo roads agency seeks funding from mining sector

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th February 2018 Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) will, on February 16, host a stakeholder engagement and fundraising session with the mining industry in the Sekhukhune district municipality. The session is aimed at building cofunding relationships between RAL, the mines and local communities, RAL CEO Maselaganye Matji... 

Water crisis in Cape Town could be declared a national disaster by February 14

By: African News Agency      8th February 2018 The drought in South Africa's Western, Eastern and Northern Cape provinces could be declared national disasters as early as next week, government said on Thursday. The announcement was made by members of a Cabinet task team on drought and water scarcity in Cape Town. 

Water crisis in Cape Town could be declared a national disaster by February 14

Political shifts lift investor mood in Southern African mining

By: Reuters     8th February 2018 Mining is a long-term game, but in Southern Africa dramatic political changes have transformed the investment mood for the better in the space of a year. Angola's Jose Eduardo dos Santos and Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe stepped down in 2017 after a combined 75 years in office, while the election of... 

Editorial: Is Eskom loan a case of good money after bad?

By: Terence Creamer     8th February 2018 It seems an eternity since there has been anything to be excited about when it comes to South Africa’s most important, and most embattled, State-owned company (SoC), Eskom. Since 2008, the business has lurched from supply crunch to wet-coal chaos, from funding crisis to construction confusion,... 

Editorial: Is Eskom loan a case of good money after bad?

Western Cape adds a further R82.5m for drought relief efforts

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2018 The Western Cape cabinet has allocated another R82.5-million to fund drought relief measures, including new water augmentation and demand management projects in the water-strapped province. The additional funding will be focused on municipalities that border the City of Cape Town and which rely... 

South African professor receives prestigious award

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th February 2018 University of South Africa (Unisa) Unesco-Unisa chair in nanosciences and nanotechnology Professor Malik Maaza has been awarded the African Union (AU) Kwame Nkrumah Award for Scientific Excellence (Auknase), recognising his pioneering work in science and technology. The award is the AU's the... 

New R14m slipway, truck arrestor bed being built at Sir Lowry's Pass

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th February 2018 The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) has started a R14-million project to build a new slipway and truck arrestor bed on the downward slope of the N2 near Sir Lowry's Pass road, in Cape Town. The project is expected to be complete by August and construction will take... 

VR technology incorporated into working-at-height training programme 

     8th February 2018 Arcelor Mittal South Africa has already seen a return on investment on its newly commissioned Working at Heights virtual reality training programme, used to determine trainees’ fear of heights and to test their functioning at height. Nadine James has more. 

VR technology incorporated into working-at-height training programme
VR technology incorporated into working-at-height training programme

Big Mining Indaba thinking for 2019’s quarter-century milestone

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2018 This year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba has just ended here and the organisers are already putting their thinking caps on to make next year’s twenty-fifth anniversary of the event a grand affair. The names Cyril Ramaphosa, Elon Musk and the top who’s who of global and African mining are... 

Big Mining Indaba thinking for 2019’s quarter-century milestone
Photo by Duane Daws
Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose

Thousands of train commuters still stranded in Cape Town

By: News24Wire      8th February 2018 Tens of thousands of commuters who use Cape Town's central line are still waiting for Metrorail to say when the train service, suspended since January 8, will be restored. Meanwhile commuters on the northern line were greeted by a filthy toilet this week, according to a GroundUp report.The... 

South African nuclear group under financial stress, but optimistic about recovery

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th February 2018 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is currently facing financial pressures, the State-owned group’s Chief Executive, Phumzile Tshelane, has confirmed to Engineering News Online. “At the moment, Necsa is under financial stress, because [subsidiary] Pelchem is loss-making and we... 

South African nuclear group under financial stress, but optimistic about recovery
Photo by Duane Daws
Necsa CE Phumzile Tshelane

Chamber-mentored black emerging miner hits high spots in contest

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2018 Chamber of Mines-mentored black emerging mining company Opal Mining on Wednesday hit the high spots on the investment battlefield stage at the Investing in African Mining Indaba. Opal, headed by group executive chairperson Paul Ranamane succeeded in reaching the semi-finals of a tough... 

Chamber-mentored black emerging miner hits high spots in contest
Photo by Martin Creamer
Opal Mining chairperson Paul Ranamane

China aims to meet 2020 target for steel capacity cuts this year, warns on resumption

By: Reuters     7th February 2018 China aims to meet its target for reducing steel production capacity two years earlier than planned, the industry ministry said in a statement on Wednesday, as the world's top steel producer ramps up its years-long push to reduce excess output. The original plan called for reducing 150 million... 

South African mining industry makes compelling case for protection of coal

By: African News Agency      7th February 2018 The South African mining industry on Wednesday tabled a case for coal mining in the country, arguing that coal will continue to play an important role in the economy for the foreseeable future despite its declining profile and negative impact on the environment. At the Mining Indaba on Wednesday,... 

New dawn for platinum mining – Robert Friedland

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2018 New cars being produced in Japan have platinum- and copper-intensive fuel cell drives that outdo battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs) in cold climates as the EV batteries drain when the heaters are switched on, Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson and founder Robert Friedland said on Wednesday.... 

New dawn for platinum mining – Robert Friedland

Basil Read CEO upbeat about capital raise, company prospects

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th February 2018 Although still in the grips of a financial predicament, owing to poor construction prospects in South Africa, paired with bad debts and cash-depleting projects, local construction company Basil Read’s CEO Khathutshelo Mapasa tells Engineering News Online that he is confident about company’s... 

Italtile anticipates stronger H2 as business outlook improves

By: Simone Liedtke     7th February 2018 Despite the improved outlook for South Africa and a gain in consumer confidence stemming from recent political events, retail company Italtile believes the macroeconomic environment will remain challenging in the short term. Italtile management, however, anticipates its performance in the second... 

Prasa’s subpoena aids safer commutes – DA

By: African News Agency      7th February 2018 The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Western Cape on Wednesday said it welcomes Parliament’s Transport Portfolio Committee’s decision to issue a subpoena to the Prasa board. "Prasa’s interim board failed to attend a meeting with the Committee yesterday, 6 February 2018, to discuss, among other... 

 Prasa’s subpoena aids safer commutes – DA

Tribunal to consider Sinopec's $900m deal to acquire 75% of Chevron South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     7th February 2018 The Competition Tribunal will, on Thursday, consider the proposed $900-million buyout by China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) subsidiary SOIHL HK of a 75% interest in Chevron South Africa (CSA). Sinopec is a significant Chinese manufacturer and supplier of petroleum and... 

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