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ABB opens traction transformer factory 

     18th May 2017 The Global CEO of technology group ABB, Ulrich Spiesshofer, was in South Africa this month to officially open the company’s latest manufacturing investment in the country – a state-of-the-art traction transformer factory in eastern Johannesburg. 

ABB opens traction transformer factory

Sansa formalises support for Africa  

     11th May 2017 The South African National Space Agency has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the NEPAD Agency. 

Sansa formalises support for Africa

Flexible engineering borescopes seeing rising demand 

     4th May 2017 US borescope manufacturer Gradient Lens Corporation’s new Hawkeye V2 flexible video borescopes are in demand in South Africa’s technical industries where they support efficient, documented non-destructive testing and inspection.  

Flexible engineering borescopes seeing rising demand

CNC Machines to produce components for isotope separation facility 

     26th April 2017 Machine component manufacturer Precision Separators will be manufacturing and producing components for a medical isotope facility in Pretoria.  

CNC Machines to produce components for isotope separation facility

Asset manager launches latest logistics and warehousing facility 

     20th April 2017 Asset management Fortress Income Fund has launched its Westlake View logistics park, further increasing the companies warehousing and logistics development pipeline, which currently has a gross leasable area of about 1-million m2 that spans Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.  

Asset manager launches latest logistics and warehousing facility

Barloworld launches incubation hub to assist SMME development 

     13th April 2017 Barloworld launched its Incubation Hub at its Barlow Park head office in Johannesburg, last month to assist small business suppliers and companies operating in its value chain in overcoming challenges, including market access, finance and skills that commonly impact on small, medium-sized and... 

Barloworld launches incubation hub to assist SMME development

Adaptable Lifting Solutions for Engineering Projects 

     6th April 2017 Lifting solutions company SA French recently showcased its permanent and temporary lifting gear in an effort to show customers its potential in various sectors.  

Adaptable Lifting Solutions for Engineering Projects

South Deep Reaffirms Rebase Plan 

     30th March 2017 Gold mining major Gold Fields has reinforced its rebase plan for its South Deep mine with renewed focus being put into safety, production and mechanisation.  

South Deep Reaffirms Rebase Plan

AMSA officially launches Gauteng steel rail hub 

     23rd March 2017 ArcelorMittal South Africa in February officially launched its Isando Distribution Centre, in Germiston, in a long-term initiative to migrate the bulk of domestic final product steel distribution from road to rail.  

AMSA officially launches Gauteng steel rail hub

Urban agriculture pilot project hints at potential 

     16th March 2017 The vegetable garden on the roof of the Kotze street shelter, in Braamfontein, is part of a pilot project series of urban gardens to improve food security for the more vulnerable people in the city. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Urban agriculture pilot project hints at potential

R1bn Eastern basin treatment plant processes 94 Mℓ/d of AMD 

     9th March 2017 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has officially visited the Eastern Basin acid mine drainage treatment plant, in Springs, where she heaped high praise on the facility and its operators. 

R1bn Eastern basin treatment plant processes 94 Mℓ/d of AMD

Digital public-private high school celebrates ten years 

     2nd March 2017 Information technology multinational Oracle last month celebrated the tenth year of the fully digital high school, which it built in partnership with the Gauteng Department of Education.  

Digital public-private high school celebrates ten years

Amplats launches new Chrome Recovery Plant 

     23rd February 2017 Anglo American Platinum launched its newly commissioned chrome recovery plant earlier in January at its Thabazimbi-based Amandelbult complex in Limpopo.  

Amplats launches new Chrome Recovery Plant

SK 9 set for early 2018 clinker production 

     15th February 2017 Cement producer PPC invited media in January to a tour of its Slurry operation, in the North West, and the construction site of the R1.7-billion Slurry Kiln 9 project, which is scheduled for first clinker production at the beginning of next year. 

SK 9 set for early 2018 clinker production

South African National Space Agency appoints new CEO 

     8th February 2017 The South African National Space Agency has a new Chief Executive Officer. The new CEO of the South African National Space Agency, or SANSA, is Dr Val Munsami. He tells us about the agency’s plans and programmes for this coming year. 

South African National Space Agency appoints new CEO

JHB Property Company unveils rejuvenation initiatives 

     1st February 2017 The Johannesburg Property Company invited media in December last year to view the construction sites of the new R340-million Johannesburg Council Chamber building and Alexandra townships latest mall, Alex Mall. David Oliveira reports.  

JHB Property Company unveils rejuvenation initiatives

Water restrictions remain as drought still bites supply 

     26th January 2017 The currently imposed water restrictions are expected to remain in place for at least a few more months while drought-hit South Africa continues to suffer water shortages. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Water restrictions remain as drought still bites supply

The Pretoria-based Falcon 402 aircraft programme 

     19th January 2017 Falcon Air, based at Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria, has developed and is producing the Falcon 402 single-engined passenger and utility aircraft. Keith Campbell reports. 

The Pretoria-based Falcon 402 aircraft programme

Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital seeks to bring hope 

     12th January 2017 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: The brainchild and dream of former statesman Nelson Mandela, who encouraged society’s involvement in the nurturing and safeguarding of children, The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, will soon launch. Megan... 

Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital seeks to bring hope

Football Safe-Hub kicks off in Alexandra 

     14th December 2016 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: The Totalsports Safe-Hub, a football-based after-school programme for youth development, was launched last month in Alexandra, Johannesburg, as part of the South African Football Association’s (Safa’s) Vision... 

Football Safe-Hub kicks off in Alexandra

Cameras roll in Joburg sky to bring African stories to the world 

     7th December 2016 African stories have a new avenue for expression following the October launch of the Sky Rink Studios, which replaces the old ice rink atop Carlton Centre’s parking lot in downtown Johannesburg. David Oliveira tells us more. 

Cameras roll in Joburg sky to bring African stories to the world

Project Solaris starts first local seed selection 

     1st December 2016 South African seed selection for research and development company Sunchem’s solaris crop – a nicotine-free tobacco variety that yields significant amounts of sustainable oil for biojet fuel feedstock – has started taking place locally for the first time since the launch of Project Solaris in 2014. 

Project Solaris starts first local seed selection

PPC unveils laboratory workings 

     24th November 2016 Cement manufacturer PPC recently held a media tour to show how cement is formulated. The company’s Jupiter plant is a popular landmark and can be seen from the N3 near Heriotdale. Dylan Slater tells us more. 

PPC unveils laboratory workings

Operation Khanyisa cuts illegal electricity connections  

     16th November 2016 With electricity theft resulting in about R15.9-billion loss to the country’s municipal accounts every year, Eskom anti-theft campaign Operation Khanyisa is increasing its reach.  

Operation Khanyisa cuts illegal electricity connections

Amplats pilots fuel cell rural electrification microgrid 

     9th November 2016 Anglo American Platinum has piloted the electrification of 34 households using a methanol-based fuel cell microgrid over the past 28 months. It will decommission the field trial next month. 

Amplats pilots fuel cell rural electrification microgrid

Premier praises new mixed-use development in Menlyn 

     3rd November 2016 The much anticipated mixed-use development Menlyn Maine’s Central Square was launched in September. Megan van Wyngaardt has the story. 

Premier praises new mixed-use development in Menlyn

Ahrlac production set to begin in 2017 

     27th October 2016 South African defence platforms company Paramount Group announced in September its plans to begin full scale manufacture of its Ahrlac fixed-wing aircraft at a 15 000 m2 purpose-built facility at Wonderboom Airport, north of Pretoria. 

Ahrlac production set to begin in 2017

New valve factory opens in SA 

     19th October 2016 Danish valves manufacturer AVK Valves Southern Africa has officially launched its R200-million valves manufacturing facility in Alrode, Gauteng, with the manufacturer being the first in its sector to take full advantage of the Department of Trade and Industry’s local content requirements for... 

New valve factory opens in SA

Pretoria celebrates transport month 

     13th October 2016 The City of Pretoria is this month co-hosting the October Transport Month campaign with the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport and aims to encourage commuters to use public transport and more sustainable ways of travelling.  

Pretoria celebrates transport month

Siemens SA eyes global market entry with fourth-generation substation 

     4th October 2016 Siemens South Africa has unveiled its new 11 MW fully automated direct current containerised trolley assist substation, which has been introduced at a mine in Namibia, to set the platform for an international entry.  

Siemens SA eyes global market entry with fourth-generation substation

25th school bridge building competition demonstrates value of hands-on engineering training 

     29th September 2016 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: The South African Institute of Civil Engineering has held its 25th yearly school bridge building competition, which sees pupils from across Southern Africa competing and aims to get children to apply engineering... 

25th school bridge building competition demonstrates value of hands-on engineering training

Bombardier affirms localisation with new Isando facility 

     22nd September 2016 A new 6 000 m2 production site for rail technology provider Bombardier Transportation’s high-power propulsion equipment was opened earlier this month. Megan van Wyngaardt has the story. 

Bombardier affirms localisation with new Isando facility

Beijing Automotive Group and Industrial Development Corporation to build new vehicle plant 

     15th September 2016 Chinese vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group and South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation has announced the establishment of a new vehicle plant, to be located in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, near Port Elizabeth. 

Beijing Automotive Group and Industrial Development Corporation to build new vehicle plant

Career day exposes high school and undergrad interest in science and technology 

     7th September 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research held its Career day last month as part of the Department of Science and Technology’s national science week, which saw significant and growing interest in science careers. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Career day exposes high school and undergrad interest in science and technology

Cummins launches technician training programme  

     1st September 2016 Cummins Africa has added a compressed natural gas engine technician training programme to its training centre in Kelvin View, in Gauteng, to support the use of CNG in the region and the continent. Schalk Burger has the details. 

Cummins launches technician training programme

Barloworld stands the test of 75 years 

     25th August 2016 Industrial brand management company Barloworld celebrated its 75th year on the JSE earlier this month, making it one of only nine companies to have achieved the milestone. Megan van Wyngaardt tells us more. 

Barloworld stands the test of 75 years

New pump designs improve longevity, reduce costs 

     18th August 2016 With the global mining industry facing a challenging commodities downturn, industrial equipment supplier Weir Minerals is focusing on developing pump designs that improve the cost-effectiveness and lifespan of their pumps.  

New pump designs improve longevity, reduce costs

Rand Water invests billions to ensure sufficient supply by 2020 

     11th August 2016 Water utility Rand Water will invest more than R17-billion on infrastructure development during its five-year infrastructure development plan, which will end in 2020. David Oliveira has the story. 

Rand Water invests billions to ensure sufficient supply by 2020
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