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Demand for shipping containers as an alternative building material has increased across South Africa and the continent, with many companies discovering uses for them and a wide variety of creative and socially uplifting applications, from student accommodation to...
Avoiding South Africa’s downgrade to junk status is arguably the South Africa’s first priority for 2016. Achieving that goal, though, is going to be extremely difficult in a context of heightened uncertainty, a precarious fiscal balance and the rapid deterioration in...

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WIDENING FLEXIBILITY The trailers have a 3-m-wide (2-file) and 4.3-m-wide (2-file) configuration
Lifting, transporting, installing and ballasting solutions provider Ale has expanded its global fleet of trailers and invested in the latest range of widening trailers that can be mechanically widened from 3 m to the desired width for any project. Ale ordered 48 axle...
The market for the BMW 7 Series in South Africa differs quite significantly from the rest of the world. China, the US and the Middle East almost exclusively buy the long-wheel-base version, using the German manufacturer’s luxury high-end sedan as a chaffeur-driven...
January new-vehicle sales fell by 6.9%, to 48 615 units, compared with the same month last year. Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that the domestic new passenger-car market declined by 6.1%, to 34 936 units, compared with 12 months ago.
Information technology (IT) equipment and infrastructure multinational Dell is providing open infrastructure systems for clients so that they can use any systems, including innovative new systems, that suit their business needs, says Dell Europe, Middle East and...
South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group, Denel, has set up another international partnership, based in Hong Kong. This new subsidiary is Denel Asia and it is a joint venture (JV) with South African private sector company VR Laser.
Development finance institutions and export credit agencies, the largest funders of African infrastructure projects, are creating an environment for more investment in the continent’s infrastructure, says global law firm Baker & McKenzie South Africa banking and...
South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel is in advanced discussions with the Department of Defence and the South African Air Force (SAAF) for upgrading the latter’s Denel Aviation Rooivalk attack helicopters. The upgrade would increase the...
The local solution centre of US enterprise asset life-cycle and information management company Archibus aims to help government departments manage their asset registers of movable and immovable assets with one system. The firm has more than 33 years of experience,...
South African fleet managers will continue to tighten their belts in 2016, faced with the pressure to reduce costs, and to squeeze every bit of value from their vehicles before replacing them. This means new-vehicle purchases in this segment of the market are likely...
South African scrap merchants and domestic scrap consumers are taking strongly opposing positions regarding proposed amendments to the price preference system (PPS) policy guidelines, which will govern the future exportation of ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal. The...
The African National congress (ANC) launches its local government election manifesto on April 16. Obviously, the elections will definitely not take place in May. Remember that the term of local government ends in May and that the elections must be held within 90 days...
On January 29, the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) informed, through a Government Gazette notice, of the initiation of a sunset review of the antidumping duties on polyethylene terephthalate (PET), in primary forms (excluding...
The South African government received quite a pleasant surprise when it deposited some cash for drought relief in areas badly struck by the drought, and invited the public to contribute. The public poured millions into the fund, which it goes to show how much we all...
I previously wrote about Stirling engines and I thought I would write more about them. Stirling engines have at least two cylinders – a 'cold' cylinder and a 'hot' cylinder. In each cylinder is a piston that can move from the bottom to the top of the cylinder. The...
This week, we feature Brian Frederick Kuhnert, MD of Gedore Tools, a manufacturer, importer and distributor of hand tools and equipment
The Benjamin Franklin container ship, which has been made in China and is owned by French shipping group CMA CGM, will be the biggest-ever container ship to dock in the US when it is arrives at the Port of Long Beach in mid-February. It’s said to be bigger than the...
There is little question that Budget 2016 will be watched even more closely than usual following the upheavals of December. There is also very little room of manoeuvre, with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan address to be critical in determining whether or not South...
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