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South Africa is fast becoming the preferred new call centre destination of choice for large international firms, instead of countries like India and the Philippines, where the industry is well developed and thriving. Workforce solutions provider Manpower South Africa...
In a recent presentation on the effect of South Africa’s electricity crisis on the mining sector, Chamber of Mines chief operating officer Roger Baxter included a PowerPoint slide titled ‘Problem Statement’. He included the following bullet points under that heading:
 


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SMART DISTRIBUTION Providing funds to introduce smart grid technologies in the absence of a clearly defined strategy will not result in the desired outcome
South Africa’s distribution grid is a twentieth-century relic, which must be changed to serve the country’s modern electricity needs, says South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) Smart Grid Programme manager Dr Minnesh Bipath. “What we are...
There is a disparity in government funding provided to integrated transport networks – bus rapid transit (BRT) networks ¬¬– and that given to conventional bus services, says Putco executive director Thys Heyns. “We have neglected and strangled conventional bus...
The Johannesburg Social Housing Company (Joshco) is building 502 rental housing units, valued at R200-million, in Dobsonville, Soweto, which are scheduled for completion in June 2016.
Automotive component manufacturer and distributor Metair is centralising its research and development (R&D) work in Turkey, in an attempt to bolster the company’s ability to produce affordable start/stop batteries. The new R&D centre is part of an expansion plan in...
According to a number of recent forecasts, the South African new car market is likely to see little growth this year, with motorists increasingly shifting towards the used car market as they seek more bang for their buck. The latest statistics from a South African...
The need for corporate South Africa to move collectively towards alternative energy sources has been heightened by the recent disruption at Medupi power station, says Energy Partners energy solutions divisional head Alan Matthews. “Unfortunately for corporate South...
While the energy crunch in South Africa will remain a problem over the medium term, the benefits of energy efficiency and management will persist for much longer, says national Measurement and Verification Council (MVCSA) board member and Southern African Association...
This year’s top 18 national finalists for the South African Breweries’ (SAB) youth entrepreneurship programme, SAB KickStart, was announced last month in Johannesburg, and coincided with the competition’s twentieth anniversary.
 
PARKS TAU The city is using international standards and evaluations of smart systems to provide a foundation for rolling out robust smart systems
The City of Johannesburg has confirmed it has opened its Smart City Portal – a collection of resources, standards, best practices and in-house discussions to support the development of smart city implementation frameworks – to smaller municipalities that do not have...
MANUFACTURING South Africa’s manufacturing stimulation policies must be cognisant of global value chain opportunities and risks
South Africa’s industrial policies might be ignoring the importance of global value chains because focusing on realistic competitive advantages might allow for the sustainable production of intermediate goods that dovetails with multinational, globalised supply...
 
 
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When was the last time that you thought of buying a plastic carrier bag when visited your favourite or most convenient retailer? You know the place where the cashiers generally say just a single word – not "Hi" or "Hallo", but "Plastic?" And when last did you notice...
A lawyer and I were on site the other day. He had asked me to send a technician to do some noise measurements over the weekend. So I arrived and said hello and I set up the instruments and then did the calibration and we sat around, talking. And he said how long had...
I was really disappointed at the University of Cape Town's (UCT's) decision to move the statue of Cecil John Rhodes.  I saw the vice chancellor of UCT on TV and, quite frankly, he looked like a scared rabbit.  My opinion of him plunged.  Where is the pride of UCT, a...
 
 
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Main Activity of the Company: GUD Holdings is a manufacturer and marketer of automotive products Date and Place of Birth: June 3, 1958, Durban Education: Westville Boys High School First Job: Internal sales, Rhesco Engineering Career History Prior to Current...
Dried maize growing on a drought-affected farm in Lichtenburg, in South Africa’s North West province. The country is experiencing its worst drought since 1992, leading to forecasts of a 32% drop in the 2015 harvest.
Morris Material Handling SA (Pty) Ltd, of Apex, Benoni, on Gauteng’s East Rand, manufactures and supplies engineered and standard electric overhead travelling cranes as well as electric wire rope hoists, jib cranes, electric chain hoists and associated lifting...
Uncertainty over South Africa’s approach to funding the newly improved Gauteng highway network can be seen every time Sanral attempts to raise debt on the capital markets. At some point (hopefully sooner rather than later), resolution has to be found to the current...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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