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Dec 05, 2014
PAUL PHILLIPS Nutanix’s solutions enable companies to remove their reliance on specific hardware and enable its IT functions to operate across a virtualised infrastructure
Web-scale hyper-converged infrastructure company Nutanix is entering African markets, owing to the significant potential of its solutions to provide companies and governments with unified and scalable information technology (IT) infrastructure. Nutanix’s integration...
Nov 28, 2014
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As the City of Ekurhuleni continues its bid to develop the largely industrialised metropole into the continent’s first aerotropolis, executive mayor Mondli Gungubele has committed the city to creating a predictable, stable and enabling business environment in which...
Nov 28, 2014
While Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) did not have “significant issues” with power supply in Gauteng, it was a different story in the Eastern Cape, said FMCSA and American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa president Jeff Nemeth earlier this month....
Nov 28, 2014
In 2000, exports into Africa from South Africa represented less than 5% of the turnover of Federal Mogul Motorparts Africa, with sales largely centred around Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. Today, African exports represent 30% of sales, with trade expanded...
Nov 28, 2014
The Malawi government has launched a $50-million project to upgrade the Kamuzu barrage, on the Shire river, an outlet of Lake Malawi, which is used to control the flow of water from the lake to the lower Shire area. The project will run from this year to 2017 and...
Nov 28, 2014
  Our new Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges will replace the Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges which have served us for the past twenty years.  The buildings will be the same and most of the staff will be the same but as the...
Nov 28, 2014
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Daff) has unveiled a draft version of the Agriculture Policy Action Plan (Apap), which is aligned with the National Development Plan's (NDP's) target of creating one-million agricultural-sector jobs by 2030. The...
Nov 28, 2014
JSE-listed openpit mining and materials company Afrimat has reported a 10.5% increase in revenue for the six months to August 31, to R1-billion, while profit after tax jumped 17.9%, to R88.8-million, compared with the same period last year. Full-year revenue for the...
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Nov 28, 2014
DISCOVERING MATHEMATICS An effective teacher can make mathematics concepts accessible for children, enabling them to discover mathematics principles
Electronic engineering research and development company Keystone Electronics notes that many of the engineering graduate candidates it interviews lack a firm grasp of key foundational mathematical and scientific concepts. Keystone Electronics subjects candidates to...
Nov 28, 2014
FRANS JOHANSSON The only risk to companies’ sustainability is doing the same thing over and over
Logic alone does not confer a competitive advantage and companies must increase collaboration to capture latent potential innovations that will improve the business, says entrepreneurial and innovation consultant Frans Johansson. Expertise is not a sufficient...
Nov 28, 2014
All development policies in Mozambique are focused on two major issues: poverty reduction and social and economic infrastructure development. This was recently affirmed by the Rector of Mozambique's Higher Institute of International Relations, Dr Patricio José....
Nov 28, 2014
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says the coming two years are likely to be “challenging” for South Africa as government moves to rebuild the fiscal space that has been exhausted through actions taken to stimulate the economy following the global economic crisis. But...
Nov 28, 2014
The launch of multinational consulting services company WorleyParsons’ new global advisory business Advisian in sub-Saharan Africa will see petrochemicals, hydrocarbons, mineral resources and oil and gas companies being advised on more prioritised decision-making for...
Nov 28, 2014
International heavy lifting and plant relocation solutions provider Vanguard successfully completed its contract to transport abnormal load equipment for South African gas company Afrox’s R300-million air-separation unit (ASU) to the Afrox site in the Coega...
Nov 28, 2014
By Peter Fowles The subject matter of Engineering News columnist Sisa Njikelana’s article titled 'Rehabilitating power infrastructure a matter of urgency’ will strike a chord with many of those intimately involved with the electricity distribution industry, both as...
Nov 28, 2014
The Space Science division of the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) is focusing its attention on space research in the South Polar region and in the upper atmosphere, with particular interest in phenomena called Transient Luminous Events (TLEs), but more...
Nov 28, 2014
The Toyota Imperial Hilux team needs to shave 70 minutes off its time in the 2014 Dakar Rally to win the 2015 event. So far, the team has managed to cut around 60 minutes, estimates team principal Glyn Hall.
Nov 28, 2014
PETER SONDERGAARD Digital businesses will have lower margins than those of current business models and will rely on volume, scalable cost structures and agility
The communications connections that are emerging between people, business and objects will change the way businesses operate, says technology research and analysis firm Gartner senior VP and global research head Peter Sondergaard. This change will impact on all...
 
 
 
 
Nov 21, 2014
JSE-listed real estate investment trust (REIT) Rebosis Property Fund achieved a distribution growth of 8.1% to 99.45c per linked unit in the financial year ended August 31, despite volatile market conditions.
Nov 21, 2014
JAMES ROBERTS The MOM incubator was designed to help babies in developing nations who were dying in conflict-struck nations or who do not receive hospital care
A low-cost, inflatable incubator won this year’s international James Dyson design award, which aims to encourage and inspire the next generation of design engineers.
Nov 21, 2014
The World Bank released its ‘Doing Business 2015: Going Beyond Efficiency’ report last month and ranked South Africa 43 out of 189 global economies for its ease of doing business, with Singapore topping the rankings.
Nov 21, 2014
Air Products South Africa officially launched its R300-million Eastern Cape air- separation unit (ASU), at its new manufacturing facility in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), earlier this month. It is the second facility that Air Products launched in South...
Nov 21, 2014
BMW South Africa (SA) has signed a power purchasing agreement with energy company Bio2Watt. The offtake partnership will bring renewable energy to the carmaker’s Rosslyn plant, north of Pretoria.
Nov 21, 2014
Global technology group Siemens is supporting engineering students in skills development and technological innovation through its 2014 Cyber Junkyard competition, at which the College of Cape Town took the top award.
Nov 21, 2014
Energy group Shell confirmed on Wednesday that the company had received notification from the Petroleum Agency South Africa (Pasa) that its applications for three exploration rights in the Karoo, which had been submitted in 2009, were being processed. But Shell South...
Nov 21, 2014
DOROS HADJIZENONOS Check Point also includes its threat emulation capabilities in the system to protect enterprises from unknown and new threats
Enterprises can protect their data – even if employees use their own devices for work – using data protection company Check Point’s Capsule system. The system, which enforces partitions on the devices to store data and routes all business communications through a...
Nov 21, 2014
“Based on the information available to us at present, we would strongly recommend that fleet managers budget for a 12% to 13% increase in fuel [prices] for 2015,” says Eqstra Fleet Management (EFM) MD Murray Price. In its review of fuel prices over the past few...
Nov 21, 2014
Domestic new truck sales ticked up 4.7% month-on-month in October, with sales of 2 876 units. According to the latest statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry, the truck market is up 2.09% for the first ten months of the year compared with the same...
 
 
 
 
Nov 21, 2014
Public confidence in Gauteng tender processes is expected to improve with the newly launched Gauteng Open Tender Process, which will be the piloted by the provincial Department of Roads and Transport.
Nov 21, 2014
The seventh International Symposium on Macro- and Supramolecular Architectures and Materials (MAM) will reinvigorate the link between academia, industry and international partners to stimulate the application of local research and growth of the economy, says science...
Nov 21, 2014
The Imperial Group expects earnings in the 2015 financial year to mirror that of the 2014 financial year. CEO Mark Lamberti says Imperial anticipates earnings in the current six months to decline on the prior year, as the impact of the weak rand on the vehicle...
Nov 21, 2014
MULTI-ASSET COMPLEX: Sasol aiming to establish Lake Charles as an integrated, multi-asset site
In a reversal of traditional foreign-investment flows, an African company is poised to make the largest-ever capital investment into the southern US State of Louisiana, with a second, even bigger, investment under investigation. JSE-listed energy and chemicals group...
Nov 21, 2014
A $5.45-million plant to assemble Hyundai light motor vehicles was officially opened by outgoing Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on November 6. Located in the town of Matola in Maputo province, the plant has been erected by the Somyoung consortium, which is a...
Nov 21, 2014
There is a need to regulate engineers in South Africa to ensure the safety of citizens from a public works perspective, newly appointed Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) CEO Sipho Madonsela tells Engineering News.
Nov 21, 2014
The multipurpose trade between South Africa and West Africa is expected to grow in 2015 as a result of South African companies strengthening their footprint in the West African market and becoming globally competitive, says multipurpose vessel owner Safmarine MPV.
Nov 21, 2014
STEVE BLUEN Between 2008 and 2010, only 4% of students in sub-Saharan Africa graduated with engineering and construction degrees
The skills shortage in the oil and gas development sector in Southern Africa was hampering economic development in the region, said University of the Witwatersrand Business School head and director Steve Bluen at a skills development seminar, in Johannesburg, earlier...
Nov 21, 2014
ASSET MANAGEMENT The South African government is a large infrastructure asset-owner and, therefore, it should have an interest in certain solutions that operate those assets as effectively as possible
The South African government has been ranked thirty-fifth out of this year’s top 500 global infrastructure owners, with its infrastructure valued at $80.584-billion, as measured by reported net tangible fixed assets. This is according to global software developer...
Nov 21, 2014
MARAIS ‘SPYKER’ VAN HEERDEN 3D Draughting’s MD flanked by Bentley Systems' global marketing director Anne-Marie Walters and building, electrical plants and plant products VP Ken Adamson
South Africa was again recognised for excellence in engineering earlier this month, when Cape Town-based computer-aided design draughting (CADD) specialist 3D Draughting took top honours at global infrastructure software manufacturer Bentley System’s Be Inspired...
 
 
 
 
Nov 21, 2014
Joseph Stiglitz: Real exchange rate instability is a major source of uncertainty for investors
South Africa should consider policy interventions that weaken and stabilise the rand as part of a package of industrial-policy measures that supports the emergence of a diversified industrial sector able to export into the region and globally and compete with...
Nov 21, 2014
The story of the salvage of the Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia, which took place from May 2012 to July 2014 (the refloated ship was towed into Genoa harbour on July 27, and is now being scrapped) is well known in general outline, as is the fact that the Salvage...
Nov 21, 2014
The Urban Development Zone (UDZ) tax incentive, administered by the South African Revenue Service and introduced by National Treasury in 2003, is being underused, although it is a great motivation for development, says Cape Town Central City Improvement District...
Nov 21, 2014
Scaw CEO Markus Hannemann
Government’s aspirations to raise beneficiation levels, once implemented, would certainly be a massive leap towards stemming the tide of the deindustrialization South Africa has witnessed in recent years. As a country our relative competitive advantage has...
Nov 14, 2014
Renault Trucks Southern Africa (RTSA) has a 2% share of the local truck market, but would like to grow this to 5%, says Renault Trucks Commercial GM Herman Venter. RTSA expects to sell around 300 trucks this year, with Venter hopeful of pushing this to 400 units in...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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