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Bombardier opens new propulsion equipment production site in Isando 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th August 2016 Rail technology provider Bombardier Transportation on Thursday inaugurated a new 6 000 m2 production site and headquarters in Isando. The facility will produce Bombardier Mitrac high-power propulsion equipment for use in the Transnet locomotives project, for which Bombardier is delivering 240... 

Bombardier opens new propulsion equipment production site in Isando
Bombardier has opened a new propulsion equipment manufacturing facility in Isando. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Implications of this year’s local government elections 

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     24th August 2016 In electoral terms, South Africa is a new country. The South Africa of the day before the local government elections, in relation to the South Africa of the day after the elections, is a country that is foreign to the African National Congress (ANC). As former treasurer-general of the ANC Mathews... 

Implications of this year’s local government elections
Aubrey Matshiqi discusses the local elections. (Camera & editing: Nicholas Boyd)

‘Transformational’ deal to change Aveng Grinaker-LTA’s look-and-feel, not tick BEE boxes 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd August 2016 South African construction and engineering group Aveng expects to conclude an empowerment transaction within months to further transform its Aveng Grinaker-LTA business, which is on the cusp of moving into the black for the first time since 2011. CEO Kobus Verster believes the transaction to be... 

 ‘Transformational’ deal to change Aveng Grinaker-LTA’s look-and-feel, not tick BEE boxes
Aveng CEO Kobus Verster on the thinking behind a planned 'transformational' deal involving Aveng Grinaker-LTA. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded: 23.8.2016

Cabinet sets up ‘Broadband War Room’ amid policy, spectrum uncertainty 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2016 Amid extended delays in the finalisation of South Africa’s information and communications technology (ICT) policy and a legal dispute over the auctioning of broadband spectrum, Cabinet has announced the formation of a ‘Broadband War Room’ to address the uncertainty. Minister in The Presidency for... 

Cabinet sets up ‘Broadband War Room’ amid policy, spectrum uncertainty
Minister in The Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe on the creation of a ‘Broadband War Room'. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 22.8.2016.

BMW launches remote-control parking in South Africa 

By: Irma Venter     22nd August 2016 Is that parking spot just too tight to allow you to get into and out of your car? Never fear, remote-control parking is here. BMW South Africa (SA) has launched its remote control parking system that allows 7 Series owners to manoeuvre in or out of a garage or forward-parking space – no parallel... 

BMW launches remote-control parking in South Africa
Remote-control parking in the BMW 7 Series

South Africa won’t change IPP course ‘midstream’ 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2016 Cabinet appears to have put paid to Eskom efforts to halt the country’s highly regarded independent power producer (IPP) programme, with Minister in The Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe indicating on Monday that there was no intention to “change course midstream”.... 

South Africa won’t change IPP course ‘midstream’
Minister in The Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe on South Africa's commitment to the IPP programme. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 22.8.2016

Risk assessment pivotal in fire prevention  

By: Sascha Solomons     19th August 2016 To achieve its aim of preventing business destruction caused by fire, Gauteng-based fire detection and suppression equipment solutions provider ASP Fire says that thorough analyses of businesses’ fire prevention points are needed. “ . . . to mitigate the risks of fire, it is important to complete... 

Risk assessment pivotal  in fire prevention
ASP Fire’s COO Michael van Niekerk discusses the importance of fire prevention and accurate evacuation plans in businesses. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Implementation of change in industry increases legitimacy  

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 Amid the challenges faced by the South African logistics industry, materials management and logistics consultancy Greiner Mendi MD Lars Greiner notes that logistics companies should consider change to mitigate inefficiencies in their operations. He comments that logistics has always been a highly... 

Implementation of change in industry increases legitimacy
Greiner Mendi’s Lars Greiner discusses the challenges and future developments of the logistics industry. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Concentrated solar plants valuable for South Africa 

By: Robyn Wilkinson     29th July 2016 As baseload plants, concentrated solar plants (CSPs) are highly sought after in the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), says infrastructure operations and maintenance (O&M) company Investing in Africa Holdings (IIAH) director Gabriel Reeder. 

Concentrated solar plants valuable  for South Africa
Investing in Africa Holdings directors Gabriel Reeder and Mandla Sibanda discuss the value of concentrated solar plants in South Africa

Local hotel tourism rakes in R14.2bn, despite visa gripes 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th July 2016 Despite uncertainty in the domestic tourism industry, owing to the revised visa regulations and a weak global economy, South Africa can still expect healthy growth over the next five years, PwC’s Hotels Outlook 2016 – 2020 reveals. Almost 2 600 rooms will be added to the South African hotel... 

Local hotel tourism rakes in R14.2bn, despite visa gripes
PwC Southern Africa hospitality and gambling industry leader Pietro Calicchio tell Engineering News about the hotel tourism industry. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

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 Southern Africa Director Power Generation 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
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