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More than a century following the invention of the automobile, the horseless carriage continues to evolve. Following an array of developments over the years, such as power steering, run-flat tyres, turbo engines, windscreen wipers, air-conditioning, radio and music...
The quote attributed to General George Patton, “A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week”, came to mind  during a recent media interaction with acting South African Airways (SAA) CEO Nico Bezuidenhout. Admittedly, so did Yogi...
 


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Worldwide, the main thrust in the ports industry over the past decade or more has been to increase efficiency. Traditionally, ports have been run by engineers and mariners and, in the past, increasing a port’s capacity was achieved by expanding the harbour. “That has...
What do you do when an elephant has a toothache? You call Dr Gerhard Steenkamp from the University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) faculty of veterinary science, Onderstepoort, one of only two elephant ‘dentists’ in the world.
The 2015 Sanlam/Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) competition was launched earlier this month in Johannesburg, with the main focus on creating and inspiring entrepreneurs to create jobs and boost the economy.
In a recent letter to the editor that I sent to Engineering News (Concerns regarding South African portion of Square Kilometre Array) and in a follow-up article elaborating further (We must start preparations to build our own synchrotron light source), I stated my...
More than a century following the invention of the automobile, the horseless carriage continues to evolve. Following an array of developments over the years, such as power steering, run-flat tyres, turbo engines, windscreen wipers, air-conditioning, radio and music...
MAKING A CHANGE Owing to the rising energy costs and mounting energy challenges, the vehicle manufacturer launched a dedicated environmental engineering department
Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has won its second consecutive Energy Company of the Year award, presented by the Southern Africa Association for Energy Efficiency, for its efforts in energy efficiency.
Construction and engineering group Aveng has been faced with weak markets almost everywhere it turned, says CEO Kobus Verster. Continued softness in the local construction sector has made it particularly difficult for the still-struggling Grinaker-LTA to regain its...
TERENCE GREGORY Ecsponent’s bridging financing and support render companies more sustainable
Bridging finance plays an important role in creating sustainable businesses and the greatest challenge small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) face is a lack of technical acumen to complete a transaction, says JSE-listed private equity and financial services group...
 
EDWARD CARBUTT Overarching strategy can be effectively achieved by breaking objectives into measurable KPIs
Municipalities have the necessary processes, policies and protocols available to deliver services effectively, but struggle to execute complex projects involving many organisations and stakeholders.
Private sector expertise and finance should be leveraged to help reinvigorate South Africa’s underperforming infrastructure programmes, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) argues, adding that the accelerated deployment of energy, transport and water projects...
 
 
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Earlier this month, global assurance, tax and advisory services group PwC published The World in 2050: Will the Shift in Global Economic Power Continue? From an African point of view, the most striking thing was the prediction that, by 2050, Nigeria would be one of...
Just to be clear, to defer something means to postpone it. While this might be construed as procrastination, it provides a financial benefit in the customs and value-added tax (Vat) environment. The South African Revenue Service (Sars) deferment scheme provides a...
Many readers do not know that, as a precursor to the State of the Nation address by President Jacob Zuma, there was an address by an underling Minister. It is the State of Our Electricity Supply address. As far as I know, the text was not published. As a unique...
There has been considerable debate on whether Cape Town should rename a street after former President FW de Klerk. Many people of note have come out publicity in favour of the intended move. In fact, some African National Congress stalwarts have come out strongly in...
 
 
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Main Activity of the Company: Alco-Safe is a distributor of drug and alcohol testing equipment in South and Southern Africa Date and Place of Birth: February 19, 1986, Pretoria Education: Bachelor of Commerce and Business Management, University of Pretoria, 2004 to...
A woman takes a selfie in front of a Lunar New Year display featuring sheep at a shopping mall in Hong Kong, China. The Chinese Lunar New Year was celebrated on February 19, when the Year of the Sheep, also known as the Year of the Goat or Ram, was ushered in....
With sales exceeding $13-billion in fiscal 2013, Parker Hannifin is the world’s leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies, providing precision-engineered solutions for a variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company has...
National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete may have laid the blame squarely on the Department of State Security for the unlawful use of a cell-phone jamming device ahead of the State of the Nation address on February 12. But that does not exonerate her from a range of...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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