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Google SA works with Johannesburg libraries to give youth digital skills

By: African News Agency      27th July 2018 The city of Johannesburg's library department has collaborated with Google SA to provide free online-training in digital and entrepreneurial skills programmes in 12 of its eLearning classrooms, the mayor's office said on Friday. Johannesburg has a population of around 4.9-million people and... 

Impact of microplastics in Gauteng, North West water unknown – Rand Water

By: News24Wire      27th July 2018 The health impact of microplastics – bits of plastic less than 5mms in size – that were found in tap water in Johannesburg and Tshwane is at this stage unknown, Rand Water has said. This comes as a new study reported that substantial amounts of microplastics were found in the tap water supplied... 

LafargeHolcim restructuring, Africa troubles dent H1 profit

By: Reuters     27th July 2018 LafargeHolcim first half profit fell 43%, the company said on Friday, as the world's largest cement took 300-million Swiss francs ($301.81-million) in restructuring costs from its overhaul under Chief Executive Jan Jenisch. The Zurich company said first-half net profit tumbled to 371-million... 

Ethiopian Nile dam manager found shot dead in his car

By: Reuters     27th July 2018 The project manager of a $4-billion Ethiopian dam was found shot dead in his car on Thursday, police said. "We have confirmed that engineer Simegnew Bekele was shot dead," Zeinu Jemal, head of Ethiopia's Federal Police Commission, told reporters. "He had a bullet wound behind his right ear,"... 

South Africa authorities clear SA Express to resume limited flights

By: Reuters     27th July 2018 South Africa's Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has cleared state-run airline SA Express to resume flights again, with two of its planes permitted to fly for now, the regulator said on Thursday. Citing safety concerns, SACAA in May grounded all 21 aircraft operated by SA Express, which has lost... 

No longer flavour of the month, SA rethinks its bus rapid transit systems 

By: Irma Venter     27th July 2018 It seems government’s love affair with bus rapid transit (BRT) systems has cooled. Courted in the Brazilian city of Curutiba – it is difficult to find a local government transport executive who has not been there on a study tour – and sworn to fidelity in the pressure cooker years before the... 

No longer flavour of the month, SA rethinks its bus rapid transit systems

Brics leaders commit to strengthen multilateral trading system amid ‘unprecedented challenges’

By: Terence Creamer     26th July 2018 Heads of State from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa highlighted the benefits of multilateralism and cooperation for unlocking economic growth and development during the tenth Brics Summit, which took place in Johannesburg on Thursday. In the open session chaired by South Africa’s... 

Brics leaders commit to strengthen multilateral trading system amid ‘unprecedented challenges’
Chinese President Xi Jinping, Indian PM Narendra Modi, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Brazilian President Michel Temer and Russian President Vladimir Putin

French consortium joins SKA Organisation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2018 Maison SKA-France, a French consortium comprising five research organisations and seven private companies, has joined the SKA Organisation. CNRS is the leading research organisation for the participation of French institutes in the SKA through the Maison SKA-France consortium. The other research... 

TFR to spend R90m on yearly manganese line shutdown

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2018 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) is set to spend about R90-million on its yearly, large-scale maintenance shutdown on the manganese rail line from August 2 to 8.  The railway line, which spans across three provinces – the Eastern Cape, the Northern Cape and the Free State – will be undergoing... 

Necsa, Rosatom subsidiary partner on nuclear medicine

By: Anine Kilian     26th July 2018 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and Rusatom Healthcare, the healthcare division of Russian State-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom, on Thursday signed an agreement to cooperate with each other on nonpower-related uses of nuclear technology. The agreement, which is based on... 

Necsa, Rosatom subsidiary partner on nuclear medicine
Necsa CEO Phumzile Tshelane, Necsa chairperson Dr Kelvin Kemm and Rusatom Healthcare director-general Denis Cherednichenko

Global steel output jumps in H1 as strong margins tempt mills to ramp up

By: Reuters     26th July 2018 Global crude steel output, a gauge of economic health, rose 4.6% in the first half of this year versus the same period last year, as strong margins prompted mills in major producing countries to ramp up, industry data showed on Thursday. Crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to... 

$5bn Anglo copper project going ahead in Peru

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2018 Expected payback on the $5-billion copper project that Anglo American is leading in partnership with Mitsubishi is four years after initial production, Anglo CE Mark Cutifani said on Thursday, when the company announced the go-ahead for the development of the new community-backed low-cost,... 

$5bn Anglo copper project going ahead in Peru
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The Anglo-Mitsubishi Quellaveco copper mining project in Peru.

PPC launches new, extended product range despite economic headwinds

By: Simone Liedtke     26th July 2018 PPC Cement South Africa on Thursday launched its fit-for-purpose ‘Sure’ product range, with each of the six products in the range carefully designed for a specific application. Dubbing it the company’s “most significant rebranding and refocusing in over 100 years,” PPC Cement South Africa MD... 

PPC launches new, extended product range despite economic headwinds

Budgetary constraints hindering sustainable practices, says report

By: Irma Venter     26th July 2018 Sixty-four percent of respondents in this year’s Barloworld Logistics supplychainforesight report indicate that their companies have adopted sustainable business practices. Of the remaining 36% of respondents, 23% say it will only be a priority in the next three years, 6% say it will be a... 

Budgetary constraints hindering sustainable practices, says report

Private equity investment more than doubles in Southern Africa – Savca

By: Anine Kilian     26th July 2018 The Southern African private equity industry invested R31.3-billion in 2017, which represents an increase of 102% on the R15.5-billion invested in the previous year and well above the yearly average of R14.7-billion a year invested over the preceding ten years. Further, South Africa’s private... 

Workers win against labour brokers  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2018 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Thursday welcomed the Constitutional Court judgment which strengthened the rights of temporary workers. The amendment to Section 198A(3)(b) of the Labour Relations Act (LRA) was under scrutiny in this case relating to whether this... 

Workers win against labour brokers

China loans to Africa energy, infrastructure projects almost trebled between 2016 and 2017

By: African News Agency      26th July 2018 The value of Chinese loans to energy and infrastructure projects in Africa almost trebled between 2016 and 2017 to nearly $9-billion and the impact of this lending is increasingly visible in Africa, law firm Baker McKenzie said at the sidelines of a Brics summit. Baker McKenzie, participating at... 

Business Leadership urges SA private sector to match foreign investment

By: African News Agency      26th July 2018 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) on Thursday urged the local private sector to help build on the BRICS Summit by matching and taking advantage of the investment opportunities presented by the summit and associated business forums.  This follows an announcement of US $14,7 billion worth of... 

Business Leadership urges SA private sector to match foreign investment
BLSA Chief Executive Bonang Mohale

Cape Town pushes ahead with plans for more renewable energy

By: Kim Cloete     26th July 2018 The City of Cape Town is working hard to meet its target for renewable energy to make up 20% of total energy used in the city by 2020. It is also following international blueprints and plans to implement more renewable energy projects, says City of Cape Town energy executive director Kadri Nassiep. 

Cape Town pushes ahead with plans for more renewable energy

New milestone set at Gamsberg zinc project

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2018 The completion of the main construction activities and commissioning of the front-end ore crushing, handling and stockpiling system for the Gamsberg zinc mine project in the Northern Cape is seen as a significant milestone. Completed for the Black Mountain Complex – part of the Vedanta Resources... 

New milestone set at Gamsberg zinc project
First ore deposited on coarse ore stockpile at Gamsberg.

Another Metrorail train on fire in Cape Town, bringing the number of incidents to five

By: News24Wire      26th July 2018 Yet another Metrorail train was in flames in Cape Town on Thursday - this time in Retreat. It is the fifth such incident in Cape Town this year. "Yes, we have confirmation that it is in Retreat," Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott said. Scott was still waiting for further details. Fire... 

New Actros promises R300 000 in savings, despite SA’s dirty fuel

By: Irma Venter     26th July 2018 The new Mercedes-Benz Actros truck can save South African fleet owners up to 6% in fuel compared with the previous model, says Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) executive director Jasper Hafkamp. If calculated over a four-year period, this could mean a saving of up to R300 000 per... 

New Actros promises R300 000 in savings, despite SA’s dirty fuel
The new Mercedes-Benz Actros

WTO chief sees trade war ending in political talks

By: Reuters     26th July 2018 The nascent global trade war will have to be ended by a political agreement between world leaders, because continuing down the current path will only damage the global economy, the head of the World Trade Organization said on Wednesday. WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo said that world leaders... 

South Africa opens door to future Russian nuclear power deal

By: Reuters     26th July 2018 South Africa cannot afford large-scale expansion of its nuclear power fleet but would still be open to future nuclear deals with Russia, the ruling party's Treasurer General said on Thursday shortly before President Vladimir Putin arrived for the Brics summit. The nuclear project was prioritised... 

South Africa opens door to future Russian nuclear power deal
ANC treasurer general Paul Mashatile

Innovation ‘coming out of the lab, into the field’ – Anglo

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2018 The comprehensive technology and innovation programme being intensively conducted by diversified mining major Anglo American is coming “out of the lab and into the field”, the company told Mining Weekly Online on Thursday, when it reported continued performance improvement in the six months to... 

Innovation ‘coming out of the lab, into the field’ – Anglo
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Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani

Ncondezi submits updated tariff proposal for Mozambique energy project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th July 2018 Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy has submitted an updated tariff proposal to Mozambican State-owned power utility Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) and the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy (Mireme). The updated tariff proposal arose from a financial model submitted to the two authorities, which... 

MeerKAT radio telescope inaugurated as precursor to larger SKA project 

26th July 2018 After a decade in design and construction, the MeerKAT radio telescope, which is located about 90km from Carnarvon in the Northern Cape, was inaugurated earlier this month. Simone Liedtke tells us a bit more about this step towards building an international enterprise. 

MeerKAT radio telescope inaugurated as precursor to larger SKA project
MeerKAT radio telescope inaugurated as precursor to larger SKA project

Xi Jinping, Ramaphosa say Brics should uphold multilateralism, reject trade war

By: Terence Creamer     25th July 2018 The Presidents of China and South Africa, Xi Jinping and Cyril Ramaphosa, offered an unequivocal rebuke of US President Donald Trump’s trade war on Wednesday and called on the Brics countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa to act to uphold multilateralism and defend the... 

Xi Jinping, Ramaphosa say Brics should uphold multilateralism, reject trade war
Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Cyril Ramaphosa

AECI achieves strong H1 performance

By: Anine Kilian     25th July 2018 JSE-listed AECI on Wednesday reported positive financial results for the six months ended June 30. Together with contributions from the acquisitions of Schirm and Much Asphalt in February and April respectively, AECI increased its revenue by 24% to R10.47-billion and profit from operations by 35%... 

Eskom’s financial position 

25th July 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Eskom’s latest financial results, the utility’s need to raise more debt and what can be expected from Eskom in terms of the publication of a new long-term corporate plan. 

Eskom’s financial position
Eskom’s financial position

Development agenda key to achieving African vision

By: Simone Liedtke     25th July 2018 Africa’s biggest challenge, according to Pan African Chamber of Commerce (PACC) CEO Johnny Muteba, is the continent’s lack of an agenda that is solely focussed on its development. Instead of focusing on sustainable development agendas, such as the 2063 Agenda, he suggested during a pre-Africa... 

Greenpeace, DA scrutinise Eskom, China Bank’s R33bn loan agreement 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th July 2018 Nonprofit organisation Greenpeace has expressed its disappointment at China choosing to support “dirty, dead-end coal” in South Africa, especially since China has an emerging and strengthening leadership on climate change. This comment follows after State-owned power utility Eskom on Tuesday... 

Enabling environment needed for private sector to contribute to Africa’s development

By: Simone Liedtke     25th July 2018 To attract the financing needed to meet Africa’s investment needs, the public sector must create an enabling environment for the private sector to play its role, African Development Bank (AfDB) Southern African deputy director general Josephine Ngure says. Speaking at a pre-African Investment... 

Gautrain operator requests meeting with union to avoid planned strike

By: Simone Liedtke     25th July 2018 Gautrain-operator Bombela Operating Company (BOC) on Wednesday told Engineering News Online that it remains open to further wage negotiations with trade union, the United National Transport Union (UNTU), after its wage offer was rejected. BOC has requested a meeting with UNTU on July 26. 

Nene announces independent inquiry into PIC's affairs

By: African News Agency      25th July 2018 Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene met with the board of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) on Wednesday and informed them of an independent inquiry into the affairs of the institution which manages pension funds on behalf of South African government employees, a statement from Treasury said.... 

Nene announces independent inquiry into PIC's affairs
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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene

New property fund aims to renew South Africa’s cities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th July 2018 Divercity Urban Property Fund is seeking to renew and re-energise South Africa’s urban centres, and is backed by the experience of leading property specialists and a R2-billion seed portfolio of landmark property assets. Divercity’s biggest shareholders are Atterbury Group and Ithemba Property,... 

Vukile’s Castellana lists on Spanish Stock Exchange

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th July 2018 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Vukile Property Fund’s 98%-owned Spanish subsidiary Castellana Properties on Wednesday listed on the Spanish Stock Exhange’s Mercado Alternativo Bursátil. The shares were listed at an introductory price of €6 apiece, which attributes a market... 

Ford vehicles face extreme conditions in new €70m weather factory

By: Irma Venter     25th July 2018 US car manufacturer Ford has invested €70-million in a new weather factory, based in Germany. The facility features three climate wind tunnels, including a high-altitude lab, and four temperature-controlled test chambers. 

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