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Africa’s brightest youth brainstorm solutions to socioeconomic challenges 

By: David Oliveira     22nd July 2016 One hundred of Africa’s most innovative youth gathered at the Brightest Young Minds (BYM) 2016 summit, held in Johannesburg last month, to discuss and find innovative solutions for Africa’s socioeconomic challenges. “BYM is a nonprofit public-benefit organisation aimed at providing a platform for... 

Africa’s brightest youth brainstorm solutions to socioeconomic challenges
Absa corporate and investment banking CEO Stephen van Coller and Brightest Young Minds (BYM) CEO Dhiren Govender discusses the 2016 BYM summit. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Gas gensets a sustainable power alternative  

By: Sebastian Whyle     22nd July 2016 Engine, filtration and power-generation product manufacturer Cummins notes that gas-powered gensets are a sustainable power solution, owing to natural gas being methane-rich and occurring naturally. This makes it a cost-effective alternative energy source, compared with wind and solar power.  

Gas gensets a sustainable power alternative
Cummins South Africa director power Kenny Gaynor discusses the implications of gas-fired power generation in Africa.

Eskom moves to raise exports as it closes in on 80% plant-availability goal 

By: Terence Creamer     19th July 2016 State-owned electricity producer Eskom says it is on course to achieve its stated goal of achieving an energy availability factor (EAF) of 80% well ahead of its 2021 target, reporting a steady recovery in the performance of its fleet of coal-fired power stations. As a consequence, the utility... 

Eskom moves to raise exports as it closes in on 80% plant-availability goal
Eskom CEO Brian Molefe outlines progress regarding the energy availability factor at its power stations. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded: 19.7.2016

UJ student-designed electrical car in top 15 at Eco-Marathon Europe 

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2016 The University of Johannesburg (UJ) Voltronics team finished 15th at the Shell Eco-Marathon Europe, held in London, earlier this month. The team’s prototype battery-electrical vehicle finished ahead of teams from France, the Netherlands, Ireland, Turkey and Spain. 

UJ student-designed electrical car in top 15 at Eco-Marathon Europe
UJ's Nightfury, with driver Shalaka Thomas, takes to the track in London

Eyes on Africa in Aecom strategy shift 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th July 2016 Professional and technical services firm Aecom planned to leverage its extensive base in South Africa to expand its presence across Africa in a strategy that could see the company’s revenue from the continent doubling from $150-million in the next few years. Speaking on the sidelines of a... 

Eyes on Africa in Aecom strategy shift
Aecom CEO for Africa Carlos Poñe tells Engineering News how the company plans to leverage its South Africa headquarters to build on its base across sub-Saharan Africa. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 7.7.2016

Eskom insists R1 600/t is the ‘total cost’ of Anglo coal to Tutuka 

By: Terence Creamer     6th July 2016 State-owned electricity utility Eskom moved to clarify its statement that Anglo American’s New Denmark colliery had supplied coal to the Tutuka power station between April 2015 and May 2016 at R1 600/t – a level that group executive for generation Matshela Koko described as “unacceptable”. In a... 

Eskom insists R1 600/t is the ‘total cost’ of Anglo coal to Tutuka
Eskom group executive for generation Matshela Koko on its coal sourcing strategy and the 'unacceptable' cost of coal to Tutuka. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Molefe in forceful defence of Gupta-linked coal deal  

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2016 Eskom CEO Brian Molefe went on the offensive on Tuesday against critics of the State-owned utility’s recent coal contract with the Gupta-family-linked Tegeta Exploration and Resources, likening the role of the banks and the media in the “hullabaloo” to that of a “kangaroo court”. Speaking at the... 

Molefe in forceful defence of Gupta-linked coal deal
Eskom CEO Brian Molefe defends Tegeta coal deal, while slamming banks and media. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 5.6.2016

Modernisation of steel plants crucial in South Africa  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     1st July 2016 Global metallurgical processing plant supplier SMS group’s South African MD, Pieter Bezuidenhout, says the modernisation of South African steel plants is crucial in boosting the industry’s ability to remain internationally competitive in a difficult economic environment. 

Modernisation of  steel plants crucial  in South Africa
Global metallurgical processing plant supplier SMS group South Africa MD Pieter Bezuidenhout, senior processing engineer Peter Sanders and key accounts manager Samuel Gounden discuss the company’s solutions for the modernisation of South African steel plants. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Métier reports lower margins, higher revenue  

By: Anine Kilian     30th June 2016 JSE-listed Sephaku Holdings’ mixed concrete subsidiary Métier increased its revenue 13% to R874-million in the year to March 31, but subdued demand from the construction industry resulted in prices remaining flat year-on-year, resulting in Métier having to prioritise cost management and the... 

Métier reports lower margins, higher revenue
Sephaku CEO Dr Lelau Mohuba talks about the group's operational performance in the 2016 financial year. Video: Nicholas Boys; Editing: Lional da Silva

TNPA luring private oil-services investors to Saldanha using ‘flexible’ terminal concessions  

By: Terence Creamer     29th June 2016 Freight logistics group Transnet is optimistic of receiving positive responses to a tender for the development of an offshore supply base (OSSB) for the oil and gas industry in Saldanha Bay, reporting that around 120 people attended a tender site briefing this week. A request for proposals (RFP)... 

TNPA luring private oil-services investors to Saldanha using ‘flexible’ terminal concessions
Operation Phakisa programme director Ricky Bhikraj outlines the approach being taken to PPP projects at the Port of Saldanha. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

TNPA to add container capacity at Durban harbour as it puts dig-out port on hold 

By: Terence Creamer     28th June 2016 Having pulled back from any immediate development of the so-called Durban Dig-Out Port (DDOP), Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is moving ahead with two more modest projects to expand the container capacity at the Port of Durban. Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama has indicated that the DDOP is... 

TNPA to add container capacity at Durban harbour as it puts dig-out port on hold
TNPA senior manager for planning and development Selvan Pillay on the berth-deepening and Salisbury Island projects to increase container capacity at the Port of Durban. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 28.6.2016

Transnet pares back capex as commodity slump impacts demand 

By: Terence Creamer     27th June 2016 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has pared back its 2016/17 capital expenditure (capex) plan in line with its strategy of “validating” demand ahead of moving ahead with major investments. The rail, ports and pipelines utility expects to invest around R22.8-billion during the 2017... 

Transnet pares back capex as commodity slump impacts demand
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama and CFO Garry Pita on the capex outlook for the group. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 27.6.2016

Brexit deals 'resilient' South Africa a new complication  

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th June 2016 As the UK’s decision to withdraw from the European Union (EU) this week sent ripples of uncertainty and volatility across an already unsteady global economy, South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has moved to assure the public of the country’s strong trade ties and resilience. However,... 

Brexit deals 'resilient' South Africa a new complication
LISTEN: Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan assures South Africans of the country's resilience and that it has strong ties with the UK and the EU.

South Africa should ensure small business participation through JVs, FDI investments – Zulu 

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th June 2016 South Africa has to find ways of ensuring that small businesses participate actively in the global market, not just through export facilitation, trade exhibitions and market access opportunities obtained through preferential market opportunities, but also through joint ventures (JVs), foreign... 

South Africa should ensure small business participation through JVs, FDI investments – Zulu
Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu discusses the opportunities for small business participation,local economic growth and in Africa's growth prospects. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Equipment supplier strengthens bonds with German companies 

By: Simon Sonnekus     17th June 2016 The continued quality of German products has allowed Boksburg-based capital equipment and consumables provider Elquip Solutions to thrive in a challenging local market. According to Elquip Solutions MD Mike Cronin, the resounding quality of the German-made electrical, automation and mechanical... 

Equipment supplier strengthens bonds with German companies
Elquip Solutions MD Mike Cronin discuss the influence of German products on the South African market, scan the barcode with your phone’s QR reader, or go to ‘Video Reports’ on www.engineeringnews.co.za. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded 18.05.2016

South African, Tunisian researchers display potential of light to increase bandwidth 

By: David Oliveira     10th June 2016 Researchers from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have published their findings in a study that shows it is possible to increase bandwidth using the patterns of light used in optical communications links. The researchers,... 

South African, Tunisian researchers display potential of light to increase bandwidth
Researchers demonstrate a 100 times increase in the amount of information that can be “packed into light” by showing how information was encoded into patterns of light by “sending” and “receiving” this example of a Rubik’s cube. (Source: Wits)

Free State poised to be helium pioneer as gas developments unfold 

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th June 2016 The discovery and proposed exploitation of a natural gas dome containing methane and some of the highest concentrations of helium in the world – South Africa’s first onshore gas find – in the Free State has created much excitement and visions of a local gas hub. “The Free State now has the... 

Free State poised to be helium pioneer as gas developments unfold
Renergen CEO Stefano Marani discusses Renergen’s plans for the Free State helium and natural gas field. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Need for greater focus on local welding skills 

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th June 2016 The lack of good quality artisanal skills in South Africa, specifically welding skills, calls for a bigger focus on the development of training schools, says specialised stainless steel products supplier Plasma Cut technical director Manny da Silva. 

Need for greater focus on local welding skills
Plasma Cut’s Kanyisa Limekaya and Manny da Silva discuss the macroeconomic environment’s effect on the South African welding and cutting industry and the company’s innovations

South Africa not immune from ‘Brexit’ fallout – economist  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd June 2016 The outcome of the ‘Brexit’ referendum on Thursday June 23 is not of mere academic interest to South Africa and could have real consequences for the country’s trade relations with both Britain and the European Union (EU), academic economist Professor Peter Sinclair, of the University of... 

South Africa not immune from ‘Brexit’ fallout – economist
University of Birmingham's Professor Peter Sinclair on the potential impacts of Britain's upcoming 'Brexit' vote. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded: 2.6.2016

Corporates urged to support youth development through football programme  

By: Sashnee Moodley     2nd June 2016 The South African Football Association’s (Safa’s) Development Agency (SDA) is urging corporate companies to partner and invest in its football-based Safe-Hub programme, which aims to encourage youth to engage in life skills programmes through the use of football.  The Safe-Hub programme – which... 

Corporates urged to support youth development through football programme
SDA CEO Robin Petersen discusses the Safe-Hub programme. (Camera & editing: Nicholas Boyd)

Deputy Minister calls for junior mining Migdett 

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2016 South Africa needed to establish a Migdett – a mining industry growth, development and employment task team – for the junior mining sector, which was crucial for future exploration success, Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant said on Wednesday. Oliphant reminded the Junior Indaba... 

Deputy Minister calls for junior mining Migdett
Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant talks about the positive impact that the Migdett has had for South Africa. Camerawork and editing: Nicholas Boyd

Now is time for Africa to take charge of mining destiny – Dlamini Zuma 

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2016 Now is the time for Africa to take charge of its mining destiny, African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told junior miners on Wednesday. Speaking at the Junior Indaba, the AU head drew repeated attention to the need for a new win-win approach to ensure that Africans... 

Now is time for Africa to take charge of mining destiny – Dlamini Zuma
Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma stresses the importance of using Africa's resources to benefit the continent's citizens and countries. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

South Africa must grow its small business community – economist  

By: Ilan Solomons     31st May 2016 It is impossible for South Africa to be economically successful without a much bigger, more vibrant small business community. It is an area of the economy that has huge potential to create many much-needed job opportunities, financial services provider Stanlib economist Kevin Lings told attendees... 

South Africa must grow its small business community – economist
Stanlib economist Kevin Lings discusses the importance of the small business sector to the future of the South African economy. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 31.5.2016

Post-Panama, there are lessons to be learnt in fighting corruption 

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th May 2016 The so-called Panama Papers should be used as a launchpad to develop multi-jurisdictional efficiencies and to promote an exchange of best practices globally to fight corruption and mitigate widespread illicit financial flows. Swiss Foreign Ministry public international law and legal adviser and... 

Post-Panama, there are lessons to be learnt in fighting corruption
Swiss Foreign Ministry public international law and legal adviser and director-general Ambassador Valentin Zellweger discusses the Panama Papers and issues surrounding the tackling of illicit financial flows on a global scale. Date recorded: 30.05.16. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd.

Bidcorp lists on JSE, creates platform for growth 

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th May 2016 International broad-line foodservice group Bid Corporation Limited (Bidcorp), which houses the international and local foodservice operations and assets unbundled from Bidvest Group Limited, has listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in an attempt to facilitate future growth. Speaking at... 

Bidcorp lists on JSE, creates platform for growth
Bid Corporation CEO Bernard Berson discusses Bidcorp's listing and outlook for the company in the current global economic climate. Cameraperson: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Growing CSI project in KwaZulu-Natal 

By: Victor Moolman     27th May 2016 More business and projects in KwaZulu-Natal has subsequently led to increased involvement in corporate social investment (CSI) projects there for international engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV. 

Growing CSI project in KwaZulu-Natal
Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa MD Salani Sithole discusses the future of corporate social investment projects and Royal HaskoningDHV in KwaZulu-Natal

‘Steel committee’ to be set up to monitor AMSA’s ‘fair pricing’ pledge 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2016 Government would, within weeks, finalise a “fair pricing” agreement with steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and establish a “steel committee” to monitor implementation of the formula, which would be based on a basket of selling prices in Europe, Asia and North America. Department of... 

‘Steel committee’ to be set up to monitor AMSA’s ‘fair pricing’ pledge
Garth Strachan, Dean Macpherson and Dean Subramanian debate the fair-pricing steel 'deal'. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 26.5.2015

Metals sector forfeiting billions as imports capture 55% domestic market share 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2016 The share held by South African metals and engineering producers of the domestic market fell to just 45% last year as imports continued to rise, representing a material decline from a peak of over 65% in 2002. In fact, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa chief economist... 

Metals sector forfeiting billions as imports capture 55% domestic market share
See Kgalema Motlanthe, Dean Macpherson, Dr Martyn Davies, Henk Langenhoven, Philippa Rodseth and Garth Strachan speaking about the performance of manufacturing at the Metals & Engineering Indaba. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded: 26.5.2016

Manufacturing sector sentiment tumbles in Q1 

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2016 Falling sales, rising unsold inventory levels and increased costs marred the sentiment of the manufacturing sector during the first quarter of the year. The Manufacturing Circle’s 2016 first quarter manufacturing survey, released on Wednesday, showed a deterioration in sentiment over the past... 

Manufacturing sector sentiment tumbles in Q1
Nascence Research and Advisory chief economist Xhanti Payi discusses the results of the first quarter 2016 Manufacturing Survey and the difficulties leading to the deteriorated sentiments of the manufacturing sector. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 25.05.2016

More X’Trapolis Mega trains delivered to PRASA 

By: David Oliveira     25th May 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has, to date, taken delivery of five X’Trapolis Mega train sets being manufactured by the Gibela Rail Transportation Consortium, in Brazil. A further two of the train sets, each comprising six coaches, were en route to South Africa, while the... 

More X’Trapolis Mega trains delivered to PRASA
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters tells communities to value and protect the new trains being acquired by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer

New highly profitable acid mine water solution unveiled  

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2016 A process has been developed that yields handsome profits by converting acid mine water into valuable fertiliser materials. The process, which purifies the water free of charge, removes all of the total dissolved solids and converts them into saleable products. 

New highly profitable acid mine water solution unveiled
Trailblazer Technologies director John Bewsey shows Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer his pilot plant that eliminates acid mine drainage at a handsome profit. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editor: Lionel da Silva.

S&P's downgrade will tip South Africa into job-shedding recession, bank economist warns  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd May 2016 A downgrade of South Africa’s credit rating to junk was currently only partially priced in, a leading bank economist warned on Monday, arguing that a negative assessment by Standard & Poor’s (S&P’s) on June 3 would most probably trigger a recession and precipitate the shedding on around 200 000... 

S&P's downgrade will tip South Africa into job-shedding recession, bank economist warns
Standard Bank chief economist Goolam Ballim on the risks of a downgrade to the real economy. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 23.5.2016

South Africa’s economy at a crossroads, Sunter warns  

By: David Oliveira     20th May 2016 The Swiss-based International Institute of Management Development’s 2015 ‘World Competitiveness Report’ (WCR) ranked South Africa’s economy 53 out of 63, highlighting that the country’s economy remains a significant player in the global economy, said futurologist Clem Sunter during the 95-year... 

South Africa’s economy at a crossroads, Sunter warns
Futurologist Clem Sunter discusses the challenges faced by South Africa’s economy. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Technical team set up to craft post-2020 automotive master plan 

By: Terence Creamer     9th May 2016 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies formally announced on Monday the establishment of a team of technical experts to develop a “post-2020 Automotive Master Plan”, which would guide support for the sector beyond the current Automotive Production and Development Plan (APDP). Speaking during... 

Technical team set up to craft post-2020 automotive master plan
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on the establishment of a team of technical experts to develop a post-2020 Automotive Master Plan. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 9.5.2016

PPC planning to double every ten years  

By: Martin Creamer     29th April 2016 The target of major cement producer PPC to more than double the size of its business every ten years to retain its market share in Africa is based on the continent’s world-leading rate of urbanisation and the projection that the population of Africa will double by 2050. 

PPC planning to double every ten years
PPC CEO Darryll Castle outlines company strategy to Martin Creamer

Commission study shows only 47% alignment between Budget and NDP 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd April 2016 A preliminary analysis conducted by South Africa’s second National Planning Commission (NPC) of the current alignment between the country’s Budget and the National Development Plan (NDP) shows there to be only a 47% correlation. Nevertheless, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, who is NPC... 

Commission study shows only 47% alignment between Budget and NDP
NPC deputy chairperson professor Malegapuru Makgoba on the need to align the Budget withthe NDP goals. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 22.4.2016

Datacentrix's transformation journey yields fruit 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th April 2016 After a years-long transformational journey, Datacentrix has made significant gains in delivering an agile, single-minded, customer-centric company with the capability to assist customers in navigating the ever-changing information technology (IT) landscape. The integrated information and... 

Datacentrix's transformation journey yields fruit
Datacentrix CEO Ahmed Mahomed discusses the company's strategy and the benefits it is reaping from it. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd

Sanral rubbishes Outa’s claim that GFIP was 321% overpriced, questions its motives  

By: Ilan Solomons     12th April 2016 The conclusions reached in the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse’s (Outa’s) recent position paper only served the objective of Outa, namely to discredit the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and the road agency’s integrity, said Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona on Tuesday. In a media... 

Sanral rubbishes Outa’s claim that GFIP was 321% overpriced, questions its motives
To watch a video in which Sanral refutes Outa’s findings that it paid 321% more than was needed for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 12.4.2016
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