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Indaba critical for policy engagement 

By: Nica Schreuder     23rd June 2017 With the policy environment changing as a result of global and local competition, consulting firm Cova Advisory believes that this year’s Manufacturing Indaba can play a significant role to assist industry in staying abreast of the changes. Cova Advisory has been a sponsor of the Manufacturing... 

Indaba critical for  policy engagement
Cova Advisory joint MD Duane Newman discuss why the Manufacturing Indaba is important for the manufacturing industry. Video Cameraperson: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Economic growth ‘well below’ govt expectations, says Cesa survey  

By: Anine Kilian     21st June 2017 Barely missing a recession, South Africa saw its slowest economic growth rate in 2016 since the 2009 recession, when economic growth contracted, according to Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (Cesa’s) Biannual Economic and Capacity Survey for July to December. Taking the first quarter of 2017... 

Economic growth ‘well below’ govt expectations, says Cesa survey
Economist Elsie Snyman talks to Engineering News Online about the latest Cesa survey

Ramaphosa moves to reclaim ‘radical economic transformation’ from those 'misusing' term  

By: Terence Creamer     21st June 2017 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has moved, just days before the convening of the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) policy conference, to reclaim the phrase ‘radical economic transformation’ from those who he said were misusing and misrepresenting it as part of a paid-for “publicity offensive”.... 

Ramaphosa moves to reclaim ‘radical economic transformation’ from those 'misusing' term
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on the genesis and meaning of the phrase ‘radical economic transformation’. Camera Work & Editing. Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 20.6.17

Govt, miners need to 'go back to drawing board' on Charter – Ramaphosa  

By: Terence Creamer     20th June 2017 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says government and the mining industry need to "go back to the drawing board" to recraft the Mining Charter, following the recent Gazetting of a third version that has caused deep consternation within the industry and precipitated a major sell-off in South... 

Govt, miners need to 'go back to drawing board' on Charter – Ramaphosa
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on returning to the Mining Charter drawing board. Camera Work and Editing: Darlene Creamer 20.6.2017

Demand for welders decreases as power stations near completion 

By: Victor Moolman     16th June 2017 Owing to major projects, such as the Medupi and Kusile power stations, nearing completion, the South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) says fewer welders have enrolled for its training courses in the past year. 

Demand for welders decreases as power stations near completion
SAIW executive director Sean Blake explains the challenges and future of welding in South Africa. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Nitrogen partnership creates opportunities in local market 

By: Victor Moolman     16th June 2017 A distribution partnership between nitrogen filtration systems manufacturer NitraLife and cutting and bending solutions provider First Cut will see it become the exclusive distributor of NitraLife’s NitraCut nitrogen generators, allow its Swiss principal, sheet processing systems manufacturer... 

Nitrogen partnership creates opportunities in local market
Nitra-Life director Tom Sowry and First Cut Bystronic sales director for South Africa Gareth Jackson explains the benefits of working together and the future. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

South African cities underperforming – Gigaba   

By: Anine Kilian     5th June 2017 Although South African cities are the engines of economic growth, they are not performing as well as they should, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said at the Ekurhuleni Investment Conference, on Monday. “One of the major reasons for the insufficient performance of our city economies is related to... 

South African cities underperforming – Gigaba
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba talks about poor performance growth of South African cities

Continuous improvement concept to increase productivity 

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd June 2017 As part of the company’s commitment to stay relevant through innovation, local stainless steel and aluminium cookware manufacturer Hendler and Hart is implementing a substantial two-year re-engineering process, based on the concept of continuous improvement, at its Boksburg manufacturing plant. 

Continuous improvement concept to increase productivity
Hendler and Hart gives a tour of their aluminium and stainless-steel factory facility, in Boksburg. Video Cameraperson: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Industry teams up to craft road map for ‘a million new manufacturing jobs’  

By: Terence Creamer     29th May 2017 Manufacturing associations across a range of subsectors, including plastics and packaging, chemicals, agroprocessing and steel have endorsed a Manufacturing Circle-led initiative, designed to find ways of creating an additional one-million manufacturing jobs in South Africa. Manufacturing Circle... 

Industry teams up to craft road map for ‘a million new manufacturing jobs’
Manufacturing Circle chairperson André de Ruyter explains the ‘Map-to-a-Million’ initiative. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

New tube-bending machine launched at MTA 2017 

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th May 2017 In collaboration with international tube-bending technology specialist BLM Group, cutting consumable and capital equipment supplier First Cut launched the latest version of the E-TURN32 tube-bending machine at trade exhibition Machine Tools Africa 2017, held in Johannesburg, earlier this month.... 

New tube-bending machine launched at MTA 2017
The E-TURN32 as it is a fully electric, computer numerically controlled machine, with all axes using Siemens drive technology and servo-motors. It can bend in 15 axes movements, roll and punch different sizes of tube up to 50.8 mm in diameter, and in any material, such as ferrous, non-ferrous and specialty metals, except plastic

Planned infrastructure development presents milling opportunities  

By: Nadine James     26th May 2017 The planned and ongoing infrastructure development taking place locally and on the rest of the continent presents opportunities for securing work for civil and road infrastructure projects, says road milling company Road Milling and Sweeping (RMS). “The number of planned infrastructure projects... 

Planned infrastructure development presents milling opportunities
Road Milling and Sweeping GM Lesley Kafka discusses the company’s business objectives and relationship with equipment supplier Wirtgen. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Quad bikes and side-by-side vehicles used for rough terrains 

By: Victor Moolman     26th May 2017 Distributed in South Africa by equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment (SPE), single seater quads and side-by-sides – two-and three-seater vehicles – are used for robust tasks. 

Quad bikes and  side-by-side vehicles  used for rough terrains
Smith Power Equipment Polaris and Linhai product range national sales manager Mark Chittenden explains the advantages and uses of the small off-road vehicles. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Uniquely designed industrial gear units supplied to Kazakhstan gold mine 

By: Victor Moolman     26th May 2017 An order for 31 MC Series industrial gear units for a major gold mining project in Kazakhstan represents one of the largest orders of its kind in the company’s history, SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa projects head Rudi Swanepoel comments. 

Uniquely designed industrial gear units supplied to Kazakhstan gold mine
SEW-Eurodrive South Africa projects head Rudi Swanepoel explains the challenges and designs required for the units. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Verimark enters fortieth year with one of its best improved financial performances 

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd May 2017 After some years of static growth and marginal declines, and now in its fortieth year of operation, JSE-listed Verimark on Tuesday reported “one of its best” financial outcomes for the year ended February 28, aided by sales price increases and the strengthening of the rand. Verimark’s headline... 

Verimark enters fortieth year with one of its best improved financial performances
Verimark CEO and MD Michael van Straaten discusses the highlights of the year ended February 28, 2017. Camerawork and videoediting: Nicholas Boyd. Date recorded: 23.05.2017.

Thos Begbie’s global quality status boosted by on-the-spot Dekra 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2017 The same-site working relationship that Thos Begbie has established with global quality inspectorate Dekra Industrial RSA is giving the prolific exporter of copper castings a commercial edge in its global dealings with mining and smelter-related customers worldwide. Thos Begbie now hosts the... 

Thos Begbie’s global quality status boosted by on-the-spot Dekra
Engineering News Online’s Martin Creamer talks to Thos Begbie’s Edwin Dreyer and Dekra’s Johan Gerber. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Southern Palace outlines vision for radically transformed M&R infrastructure unit 

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th May 2017 The newly black-owned construction company, conceived from a R314-million sale agreement between engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) and black-empowered Southern Palace Group, aims to build on its 115-year heritage to become a “leading, tier one, infrastructure player in... 

Southern Palace outlines vision for radically transformed  M&R infrastructure unit
Southern Palace CEO Lucas Tseki discusses the importance of the new company which will emerge from the transaction with engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

The unravelling of Jacob Zuma  

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     19th May 2017 At the memorial service for former President Nelson Mandela, a section of the crowd booed President Jacob Zuma. At the end of last year, former Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom stood up at a meeting of the national executive committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC) and proposed a vote... 

The unravelling of Jacob Zuma
Aubrey Matshiqi discusses the unravelling of Jacob Zuma. (Camera & editing: Darlene Creamer)

South Africa’s foreign debt downgrade not the worst-case scenario  

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th May 2017 Despite the hype around the latest sovereign downgrades, South Africa has not hit rock bottom, nor has it experienced the worst-case scenario – a full downgrade to junk to include local currency debt ratings. Hanging in the balance, in particular, were the potential further downgrades of the... 

South Africa’s foreign debt downgrade not the worst-case scenario
Econometrix director and chief economist Azar Jammine discusses South Africa's junk status and why it is not the worst case scenario. Date recorded: 18.05.2017. Camerawork and videoediting: Nicholas Boyd.

Equipment, automotive divisions boost Barloworld’s performance in difficult interim period 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th May 2017 Fleet management and logistics solutions company Barloworld on Monday posted a 5% increase in its operating profit for the six months ended March 31, to R1.84-billion, as its automotive division achieved record results and its overall equipment division boasted strong growth amid challenging... 

Equipment, automotive divisions boost Barloworld’s performance in difficult interim period
Barloworld CEO Dominic Sewela speaks on the company's results. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva 15/05/2017

New CEO Nyati bullish on future of Altron 

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th May 2017 As JSE-listed Altron successfully transitioned from a family-controlled and managed business to an independent management structure, newly appointed successor to Robbie Venter, CEO Mteto Nyati on Thursday promised to aggressively drive a strategy aimed at returning the company to its previous... 

New CEO Nyati bullish on future of Altron
Altron CEO Mteto Nyati talks to Engineering News Online about the group's performance over the past year and what plans he has for the group moving forward. Camerawork and video editing: Nicholas Boyd. Date Recorded: 11.05.2017.

Davies promises support for downstream firms as he confirms steel safeguard duty  

By: Terence Creamer     8th May 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies confirmed on Monday that he had signed off on a hot-rolled coil (HRC) safeguard duty, but refused to be drawn on the duty level proposed until the Word Trade Organisation (WTO) had been notified. Speaking in Johannesburg at the release of the ninth... 

Davies promises support for downstream firms as he confirms steel safeguard duty
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on the link between the Industrial Policy Action Plan and Radical Economic Transformation. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 8.5.2017

Anti-Zuma campaigners should rather pressure ruling party to eject him 

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     28th April 2017 To defeat former President Thabo Mbeki, the coalition that supported the then deputy president of the African National Congress (ANC), Jacob Zuma, did two things. Firstly, they decided to step outside the disciplinary framework of the ANC and created structures outside the ruling party in support... 

Anti-Zuma campaigners should rather pressure ruling party to eject him
Anti-Zuma campaigners should rather pressure ruling party to eject him

Political decisions, downgrades push policy uncertainty into negative territory 

By: Anine Kilian     20th April 2017 The North-West University (NWU) School of Business and Governance’s Policy Uncertainty Index (PUI) increased to 51 in the first quarter of this year, putting it in negative territory. The PUI was at 38.8 in the fourth quarter of 2016. An increase to above 50 reflects heightened policy... 

Political decisions, downgrades push policy uncertainty into negative territory
Professor Raymond Parsons speaks to Engineering News Online about the reasons for the PUI spike in the first quarter of 2017

Land Bank sets aside R1bn to support black farming investments in 2017  

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2017 South Africa’s Land Bank has set a target of disbursing “at least” R1-billion in 2017/18 to support investments by black entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector and to begin transforming a loan book that is still overwhelmingly composed of funding to established commercial farmers. Should the... 

Land Bank sets aside R1bn to support black farming investments in 2017
Land Bank CEO TP Nchocho on plans to increase the pace and scale of support for black farmers. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded: 20.04.2014

New excavator brought to Africa  

By: Victor Moolman     7th April 2017 Industrial and agriculture equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment (SPE), last month expanded its Japanese construction equipment product offering in South Africa to include Kubota’s KX080-3S excavator. 

New excavator  brought to Africa
Smith Power Equipment GM Tom Bloom explains the advantages of using Kubota equipment. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Technology improved on cranes for efficient operation  

By: Victor Moolman     7th April 2017 Technological advancements over the years have meant Midrand-based tower cranes and lifting solutions company SA French has been able to install trackers on its crane fleet, ensuring more efficient operations during construction projects. 

Technology improved on cranes for efficient operation
SA French MD Quentin van Breda talks about new crane technology and the challenges in the industry. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

South Africa’s institutions need to be protected, strengthened – Jonas  

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th April 2017 South Africa’s institutions have either been forsaken or deliberately weakened for political expedience, with State transformation becoming so politicised that economics is almost just about political power, former Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said on Wednesday. Speaking a week after... 

South Africa’s institutions need to be protected, strengthened – Jonas
Former Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas speaks on the strengths of the country's institutions. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. 05/04/2017

Localisation a key ‘policy tool’ for South Africa – Davies  

By: Anine Kilian     4th April 2017 Localisation is an important policy tool for industrial development in South Africa and will assist in growing the economy and the manufacturing sector, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Tuesday. Speaking at the 2017 Proudly South African Buy Local Summit, in Johannesburg, he... 

Localisation a key ‘policy tool’ for South Africa – Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies discusses the importance of localisation in South Africa's industrialisation efforts. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

New Transport Minister will not interfere in legal proceedings initiated by former PRASA board 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd April 2017 Newly appointed Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi on Monday said he would not interfere with ongoing court proceedings initiated by the former board of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) to have former Transport Minister Dipuo Peters’ decision to dissolve the board set aside.... 

New Transport Minister will not interfere in legal proceedings initiated by former PRASA board
Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi speaks about his plans for the department. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd. 03/04/2017

Universal electrification a necessity for Africa   

By: Anine Kilian     29th March 2017 The African continent must ensure universal access to electricity to resolve energy poverty, Energy Security Services Africa head Gareth Gregory said on Wednesday. Addressing a global audience at the Power & Electricity World Africa 2017 conference, he noted that it was unacceptable that the vast... 

Universal electrification a necessity for Africa
Energy Security Services Africa MD Gareth Gregory talks about the need for Africa to resolve its energy poverty. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd

South African in the Mars mix as race to the Red Planet heats up 

By: Dylan Slater     24th March 2017 It is 2031 and the next space race has started with the launch of the largest-ever interplanetary space rocket and spaceship carrying four carefully selected astronauts on a mission to establish a human settlement on Mars – a planet that is, on average, 225-million km away.  

South African in the Mars mix as race to the Red Planet heats up
Theoretical physicist Adriana Marais tells Engineering News about her dream to go to Mars. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Industry needs a trade association to stabilise and grow  

By: Victor Moolman     17th March 2017 Establishing a dominant instrumentation and control trade association in South Africa could help the local industry grow and mitigate possible absorption by international competitors, says Architects Integrating Industry (Ai2SA) MD Petrus Klopper. 

Industry needs a trade association to stabilise and grow
Architects Integrating Industry MD Petrus Klopper explains the need for a control and instrumentation trade association. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Weapon system controlled from vehicle 

By: Victor Moolman     17th March 2017 Defence vehicle manufacturer Denel Vehicle Systems will deliver four Self Defence Remotely Operated Weapons (SD-ROW) systems and eight RG32M defence vehicles to the Namibian government by the end of this month for defence purposes and tactical observation. 

Weapon system controlled from vehicle
Denel Vehicle Systems executive for programmes and engineering Abri du Plessis and business development manager Gerrie van der Merwe explain the precision engineering in the SD-ROW system and the RG32M vehicles. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Global agriculture innovators vie for top honours at Future Agro Challenge awards 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th March 2017 Two South African innovators in the agriculture industry, Reel Gardening and Meat Naturally, will on Wednesday battle it out against 48 other agripreneurs for the title of Agripreneur of the Year. As part of agriculture innovation hub Future Agro Challenge’s (FAC’s) Global Championships, held in... 

Global agriculture innovators vie for top honours at Future Agro Challenge awards
FAC co-founder Carla Tanas speaks about the background of the awards. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd 13/03/17

Early signs pointing to recovery in foundry industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 With the foundry industry having been under pressure last year owing to very low levels of economic growth, the drought and continuing import leakage, the South African Institute of Foundrymen (Saif) believes that signs to date this year point towards some form of industry recovery. 

Early signs pointing  to recovery in  foundry industry
Saif CEO John Davies and Saif president Takalani Madzivhandila discuss the challenges of the foundry industry. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Metal casting technology station provides added value for industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 As a means to add value to the casting industry in South Africa, the Metal Casting Technology Station (MCTS) – located at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) – provides technical services such as testing, failure analyses, research and development (R&D) work in laboratories, as well as product... 

Metal casting technology  station provides added value for industry
Former MCTS station manager and MCC Core Committee member Farouk Varachia and current MCTS station manager Kulani Mageza discuss the skills gap and current technologies in industry. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Outgoing Barloworld CEO on surviving tough times and the group’s prospects 

By: David Oliveira     10th March 2017 JSE-listed Barloworld announced the appointment of new CEO Dominic Sewela, who replaced the outgoing Clive Thomson last month. Thomson was appointed in December 2006 and managed the South African industrial giant during some of the most challenging economic periods in recent history. 

Outgoing Barloworld CEO on surviving tough times  and the group’s prospects
Outgoing Barloworld CEO Clive Thomson discusses his tenure at the helm of the South African industrial conglomerate. Camerawork:Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

MTN optimistic of turnaround after plunging into the red in FY16  

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd March 2017 JSE-listed MTN believes it is on the mend and is seeing the first signs of a turnaround after plunging into the red during what it described as the most challenging year in the company's 22-year history. With its Ignite initiative and various other strategies in play, MTN hopes to reverse the... 

MTN optimistic of turnaround after plunging into the red in FY16
MTN interim chairperson Phuthuma Nhleko discusses the group's financial performance for the year ended December 31, 2016, and the plans in place to reverse the losses. Date recorded: 02/03/2017. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Video editing: Lionel da Silva.
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