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Jul 16, 2015
US aerospace giant Boeing predicts, in its latest commercial market forecast, that over the next 20 years Africa (excluding Egypt, which the manufacturer includes in the Middle East) will need 1 170 new aeroplanes, worth $160-billion. VP: Boeing International -...
Jul 16, 2015
For the remainder of the year, Taiwan-based electrical discharge machining (EDM) company Excetek aims to distribute 95% of its global production into regions such as Africa, Asia, Europe and America.
Jul 16, 2015
Government’s ambitious national solar water heating (SWH) rebate programme, which was suspended in February until further notice, has left investors and businesses in limbo.
Jul 09, 2015
Nuclear energy’s share of the world’s electricity generation mix may have pared down in the past decade, but hopes that this technology will once again account for nearly one-fifth of total supplies from around 2050 remain. And the Brics grouping of Brazil, Russia,...
Jul 09, 2015
WATERBANK Waterbank founders Geoff Brown and Les Lange
Water conservation company Waterbank Africa hopes to engage government in the high-volume roll-out of its patented, pressurised water tank – the Waterbank– to help ease the burden of water loss.
Jul 09, 2015
Quality standards for data will provide significant benefits for engineering and technical disciplines, as reliable master data can then be sourced and transferred, which enables accurate management of engineering components and services, says data quality and...
Jul 09, 2015
The US House of Representatives this week passed a ten-year extension to the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), which was due to expire at the end of September. The legislation was approved along with other trade-preference packages and the Trade Promotion...
Jul 09, 2015
Creating sales and protecting margins: why it’s critical to be demonstrably different “Differentiate or die.”
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Jul 09, 2015
Affordability is one of the major challenges regarding the implementation of renewable energy in South Africa, says Absa head of consumer banking Pierre Loubser. He notes that the initial capital investment required to install renewable-energy solutions might be more...
Jul 09, 2015
South African Airways (SAA), the country’s State-owned flag carrier, is not negotiating any sale of shares to anyone else. This was affirmed by SAA Acting CEO Nico Bezuidenhout at a media briefing at the end of last month. “There is no discussion with any airline,...
Jul 09, 2015
The governments of Malawi and Mozambique have retained international consultancy, Mott Mcdonald to conduct feasibility and environmental-impact assessment study on the construction of a power interconnector linking the electricity grids of the two countries. Malawi...
Jul 09, 2015
There has been a strong increase in interest in radar technology among South African engineers and organisations over the past year or so. This has been demonstrated by greater than expected interest in radar education and training courses in the country this year –...
Jul 09, 2015
South African Airways (SAA), the country’s State-owned flag carrier, does not think that it will need any more State financial guarantees to ensure its liquidity. This was reported by SAA Acting CEO Nico Bezuidenhout at a media briefing at the company’s head office,...
Jul 09, 2015
As part of its initiative to provide management and financial support for young entrepreneurs, the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (Sefa) hosted a youth entrepreneur’s event in Soweto last month to address challenges faced by the youth in their businesses.
Jul 09, 2015
Although the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) aims to use small businesses and cooperatives as vehicles to redistribute South Africa’s wealth, access to funding for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) remains a concern.
Jul 09, 2015
By Duane Newman Somebody was questioning on Twitter recently whether the fax machine is now dead? It probably is, along with the ticker-tape machine, snail mail, CDs and DVDs, video rental stores and bank cheques, which are all heading the same way.
Jul 09, 2015
TEAMWORK Accelerating Africa’s proposed experiment will study the properties of a crystal undulator for the production of megaelectron volts-range gamma radiation
Eight Grade 11 learners from St John’s College and two from Barnato Park High School, both in Johannesburg, recently teamed up to win the European Organisation for Nuclear Research’s (CERN’s) Beamline for Schools competition and will travel to Switzerland in...
Jul 09, 2015
Spanish investments in South Africa grew to €6-billion in 2014, from €2.2-billion in 2010, with 4% of South Africa’s imported goods coming from Spain, Embassy of Spain trade commissioner Enrique Manzanares tells Engineering News. Spanish companies have also made...
 
 
 
 
Jul 09, 2015
EDWARD LAWRENCE ISPs in Africa and South Africa have the ability to prepare for IPv6 in a controlled and independent way and should train their employees on IPv6 standards to prepare for its adoption
African ISPs should accelerate the adoption of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) to prepare for large volumes of data traffic, says terrestrial network service provider Workonline Communications business development director Edward Lawrence. Implementing IPv6 allows...
Jul 09, 2015
WARREN OLIVIER Tier-one workloads are being virtualised because companies can expect tier-one availability of 99.5% for their virtualised environments
Information technology (IT) availability company Veeam is improving the integration of its availability suite of products into the software and hardware capabilities of other companies to better leverage these systems, says Veeam Software Southern Africa regional...
Jul 02, 2015
NHLANHLA NENE The main constraints to economic growth are domestic
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene earlier this month stated that, while South Africa’s 2015 economic growth target of 2% was achievable, it was not enough to deliver the tax revenue needed to combat the country’s challenges.
Jul 02, 2015
The World Steel Association has published the 2015 edition of the World Steel in Figures report, which shows an increase in steel production as well as provides an overview of steel industry activities from crude steel production to apparent steel use.
Jul 02, 2015
The 25-year master plan for Gauteng’s Aerotropolis project will go through a process of approval and adoption during June and July, says Aerotroplis project manager Jack van der Merwe. “We are also in the process of putting together a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to...
Jul 02, 2015
SOLAR PANELS The existing buildings in the Coega Industrial Development Zone lent themselves well to rooftop solar panel installations
The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) plans to fit 15 of its buildings, totalling 127 000 m2 of roof space, in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), in the Eastern Cape, with solar panels.
Jul 02, 2015
The Supreme Court of Appeal’s (SCA’s) November 2014 judgment, ordering steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) to hand over the 2003 Environmental Master Plan for its Vanderbijlpark steel plant to environmental pressure groups, confirmed the right of civil...
Jul 02, 2015
CARLOS RODRIGUEZ TORTOSA The R2-billion project will consist of 34 wind turbine generators, each with a 3 MW capacity
Wind project developer Gestamp Wind has been awarded a 102 MW wind project in Copperton, in the Northern Cape, with a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA), as part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPPP), with construction expected to...
Jul 02, 2015
Dutch construction services firm Heijmans announced in June that it will collaborate with Dutch start-up MX3D on the three-dimensional (3D) printing of a steel bridge, to be located in the centre of Amsterdam. The bridge will be designed by Dutch designer Joris...
Jul 02, 2015
The nascent South African renewable-energy unit of giant US electricity utility, NRG, is preparing to participate in the country’s upcoming ‘expedited’ bid window for the procurement of an additional 1 800 MW of renewables capacity. NRG Renew Africa CEO Grant...
 
 
 
 
Jul 02, 2015
Nonprofit organisation the Bench Marks Foundation released its ‘Policy Gap 10’ report last month, which examines mining company Kumba Iron Ore,  a business unit of Anglo American’s, efforts to maintain a social licence to operate. The report states that neither the...
Jul 02, 2015
The Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Company has reached an agreement with Yihai Food and Oil Industry, in China, for the supply of silica derived from rice husk ash. Goodyear will begin using the silica this year in a consumer tyre that will be manufactured in its factory in...
Jul 02, 2015
WILLIAM SAAD The telecommunications industry needs to focus on ensuring that towers are diesel neutral in the coming years and on alternative sources of power
The telecommunications industry can deal with two of its key challenges through green initiatives and diesel-reduction strategies, says mobile communications infrastructure company IHS Towers chief technology officer William Saad.
Jul 02, 2015
Many good engineers are leaving South Africa to undertake contract work in other countries or choose to work for the private sector instead of government, recruitment company Network Recruitment team leader Bellah Nxumalo tells Engineering News. She says this is...
Jul 02, 2015
The annual Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) congress will be taking place at the Nasrec Expo Centre from September 16 to 17 this year.
Jul 02, 2015
The National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) recently agreed to massively improve its time reference precision in order to support the South African element of the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope. This agreement was embodied in...
Jul 02, 2015
South African users of satellite imagery will gain significant benefits from the latest generation of SPOT Earth Observation satellites, SPOT 6 and SPOT 7. These form a small constellation, being deployed 180 degrees apart in the same orbit. They replace a single...
Jul 02, 2015
Corporates hoarding cash on their balance sheets rather than investing the capital had become a global phenomenon since the 2008 financial crisis, said Nedbank group head of cash solutions investments Sean Seger. Seger was speaking at the fourth Annual Nedgroup...
Jul 02, 2015
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The BMW Group’s Rosslyn plant in June received the Platinum Plant Quality Award in the JD Power 2015 Initial Quality Study (IQS) for producing vehicles – on a global basis – with the fewest defects or malfunctions of models for the US market. The plant assembles the...
Jul 02, 2015
South African Airways Technical (SAAT), the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) subsidiary of the South African Airways (SAA) group, is pushing strongly into the African market. This was reported at a recent media briefing by SAAT head of department:...
 
 
 
 
Jul 02, 2015
The aviation industry currently faces low economic growth, and the new South African visa requirements, which came into effect this month, are making it more difficult for people to visit the country, Nedbank’s Corporate and Investment Bank (CIB) head of aircraft...
Jun 25, 2015
JSE-listed Afrimat will make a cash offer to acquire the entire remaining issued share capital of subsidiary Infrasors that it does not already own.
Jun 25, 2015
TEAMWORK Aggreko Europe, Middle East & Africa MD David Taylor-Smith; Aggreko Zambia chairperson Dr. Sixtus Mulenga; Aggreko Africa MD James Shepherd
Temporary power generation services provider Aggreko announced earlier this month that it had appointed Dr Sixtus Mulenga as nonexecutive chairperson of Aggreko Zambia, a move it believed was integral to the ongoing expansion of its operations in Zambia and the rest...
Jun 25, 2015
Major global aircraft manufacturer Airbus Commercial Aircraft is maintaining a steady course. "I don't have any big news, good or bad," company President and CEO Fabrice Brégier told international aviation journalists in Toulouse, France, at the company’s recent...
Jun 25, 2015
MEASURING DEVICES Bosch has released a mobile app that enables the measurements made with measuring devices to be sent and used directly on the app for accuracy and on-site quoting
Industrial tool manufacturer Bosch has increased the compatibility of many batteries in its range of blue industrial power tools and has released mobile-device applications (apps) for users of the tools, says Bosch South Africa training manager Peter du Bruyn. Many...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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