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Cover Story

Iconic Joburg ice rink being transformed into television production hub

By: David OliveiraThe Sky Rink atop the Carlton Centre’s parking lot in downtown Johannesburg always had something of an edge to it. Experienced ice-skaters, often with a cigarette in their mouths, would make little effort to disguise their disdain for beginners as they weaved effortlessly, and at extreme speed,... 

Iconic Joburg ice rink being transformed  into television production hub

Editorial Insight

Scenario sampling

By: Terence CreamerFirst the good news. The Department of Energy (DoE) has, finally, released the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) base case for public comment and consultation. Despite what has been an unacceptable delay in updating a plan that is six years out of date, at least South Africans have something... 

Scenario sampling

News & Insight

2016 new-truck sales seen declining 10% year-on-year

By: Irma VenterSouth Africa’s new truck market is under pressure, with a 10% drop in sales likely in 2016, says UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) marketing director Rory Schulz. This means the new truck market should end the year around the 25 000-mark. 

86 MW Northern Cape solar photovoltaic plant connected to national grid

By: Dylan SlaterDeveloped on a remote site 50 km south-west of Prieska in the Northern Cape, the 86 MW Mulilo-Sonnedix-Prieska photovoltaic (PV) project was connected to the national grid in October, thereby finalising the project on schedule, on budget and reaching full grid code compliance in good time for... 

86 MW Northern Cape solar photovoltaic plant  connected to national grid

Artificial football field built in Alexandra in latest roll-out of Safe-Hub programme

By: David OliveiraThe Totalsports Safe-Hub, a football-based after-school programme for youth development, was launched earlier this month in the north of Johannesburg, as part of the South African Football Association’s (Safa’s) Vision 2022 that aims to build the structures needed for the development of local... 

Bell Equipment launches tractor-loader-backhoe

By: Dylan SlaterSouth African equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment launched its new L-series tractor-loader-backhoe (TLB) to the domestic market in October.  

Certification a feather in Saint-Gobain Gyproc’s cap

By: Creamer Media Reporter Interior building solutions group Saint-Gobain Gyproc was awarded the prestigious Global Green Tag certification in October 2015, earning Green Rate Level C for its range of plasterboards for walls and ceilings.   Saint-Gobain Gyproc, which manufactures lightweight building materials and... 

Cloud-based solution enables companies to manage staff in real time

By: Schalk BurgerCompanies can manage the allocation, productivity and planning of human resources in real-time using a new cloud-based people resource management solution, says human resource management solutions company PRP Solutions CEO Kriya Govender. The solution can be used to integrate any existing... 

Cloud-based solution enables companies to manage staff in real time

Construction of $340m East African hydropower plant to start in 2017

By: John MuchiraConstruction of the $340-million Rusumo hydropower plant, on the Rwanda-Tanzania border, is set to begin early next year. This follows the awarding of the construction contract to a consortium Chinese companies China Geo-Engineering Corporation and Jianxi Water & Hydro Construction and Austria's... 

Durban's Hilton Hotel undergoing major refurbishment

By: Dylan SlaterScheduled for completion in May 2017, the Hilton Hotel Durban is undergoing a refurbishment project undertaken by professional services company Turner & Townsend as project managers.  

End of the road for red traffic lights?

By: Irma VenterImagine taking the kids to school, driving to work or across town to do some shopping without ever hitting a single red traffic light. US carmaker Ford is testing technology that could make ‘riding the green wave’ a day-to-day reality. 

Eskom justifies nuclear tender urgency on back of hand-picked IRP scenario

By: Terence CreamerState-owned power utility Eskom indicated last week that it planned to move ahead with a controversial request for proposals (RFP) for nuclear before the end of 2016, despite the base case in a draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) update indicating that the first reactor would only be required by... 

Ford’s local unit shipping first batch of Africa-bound Everest SUVs

By: Irma VenterThe first batch of South African-built Ford Everest vehicles destined for export markets in sub-Saharan Africa has been completed, with the first vehicle on its way to its new owner in Kenya. The moondust silver Everest 2.2 XLT 4 X 4 departed Durban on November 12, and is destined for Mombasa,... 

Govt appoints consultants to help decide future course for airlines

By: Keith CampbellA notice (NT008-2016) on the website of National Treasury has confirmed that a joint venture between Bain and Company South Africa and Abacus Advisory has been appointed the “professional service provider(s) for developing the optimal group corporate structure for the realignment of the... 

How Brics bank can change the way lenders do business

By: Creamer Media Reporter In times of economic distress, a situation South Africa finds itself in at present, governments tend to invest heavily in infrastructure, which plays a central role in economic growth and poverty reduction by promoting greater productivity, increasing trade, reducing the cost of doing business... 

Innovative wastewater treatment system launched in W Cape

By: David Oliveira     Updated -966 minutes agoWater solutions provider Maskam Water launched the Clarus Fusion sewage treatment system, which substitutes treated water with recycled water for sanitation, industrial or irrigation use, in October. The decentralised wastewater treatment system, launched at the company’s premises in Brackenfell... 

Innovative wastewater treatment system launched in W Cape

Kenya to pilot oil production from June

By: John MuchiraKenya has unveiled an Early Oil Pilot Scheme in terms of which it will produce 2 000 bbl/d of crude oil from June next year. Ministry of Energy and Petroleum principal secretary Andrew Kamau says "the Early Oil Pilot Scheme is not a money making operation", explaining: "We are simply proving our... 

Malawi inviting bids for immigration records digitisation project

By: Marcel ChimwalaMalawi’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism is inviting bids for the digitisation of old records and the supply and installation of e-permit issuance system at the Department of Immigration. The project is to be financed by a pool of donors that include the World Bank, the European Union,... 

Most small businesses aiming to grow customer base in coming year

By: Schalk BurgerThe majority of small businesses in South Africa plan to actively increase their customer base and generate more sales during the next year, the 2016 National Small Business Survey of more than 17 950 small businesses found. The survey, conducted by nonprofit body the National Small Business... 

Most small businesses aiming to grow customer base in coming year

PetroSA plans gas-to-condensate swing to deal with feedstock crisis

By: Terence CreamerSouth Africa’s embattled national oil company, PetroSA, has confirmed yet another, albeit smaller, loss for 2015/16, while revealing that it is planning to use more heavy condensate as a feedstock at its gas-to-liquids (GTL) refinery in Mossel Bay, as indigenous gas resources dwindle. The swing... 

Portuguese firm to investigate viability of 200 MW Malawi hydropower plant

By: Marcel ChimwalaMalawi has contracted Portuguese company Coba Consultores de Engenharia to conduct a feasibility study into a 200 MW hydropower plant on the Shire river. Joseph Kalowekamo, energy spokesperson at the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, says the feasibility study is being financed... 

Proposed standards for vegetable oil for use in transformers problematic – engineer

By: Schalk BurgerThe standards proposed for the production of vegetable oils to use as electricity transformer oil are unnecessary, and prevent the inclusion of smaller producers who stand to benefit most and provide the greatest number of new employment opportunities, says retired chemical engineer John... 

SA needs to get out of its petrochemicals cul-de-sac

By: Creamer Media Reporter In this article, Dr Rod Crompton makes the case of more refinery capacity in South Africa, which could provide competitively priced transport fuels and feedstocks for petrochemical factories that can compete with Sasol 

SA needs to get out of its petrochemicals cul-de-sac

SABS adopts international safety standard for the process sector

By: Dylan SlaterStandards and regulatory provider the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has officially adopted International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61511 Functional Safety standard – which is applicable to safety instrumented systems for the process industry sector – as South African National... 

Solar system donation for Western Cape nonprofit organisation

By: David OliveiraSolar power solutions manufacturer SolarWorld Africa donated a R120 000 5 kW solar system to Western Cape-based non-profit organisation Grootbos Foundation’s Green Futures horticulture and life-skills college, which will significantly reduce the foundation’s electricity overheads, allowing for... 

Technology group calls on innovators to enter industrial drive competition

By: David Oliveira     Updated -966 minutes agoInternational power and automation technology group ABB announced last month that innovation platform The IdeaHub is recruiting hardware and software innovators worldwide. These innovators are needed to take on the challenge of transforming the role of drives in an industrial setting that might... 

The worst appears to be over for mining sector – Barloworld

By: Irma VenterFor the first time in four years some green shoots are starting to appear in the mining industry, says Barloworld CE Clive Thomson. Discussing the JSE-listed group’s financial results for the year ended September 30, he says he believes the current cycle has reached its bottom. 

UK to stimulate nuclear research, development and innovation

By: Keith CampbellThe United Kingdom has launched a new nuclear innovation programme. This was recently announced in Manchester by the country’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (equivalent to Minister in South Africa), Greg Clark. “We want to upgrade the UK’s existing nuclear... 

Unions in three-year wage deal with vehicle retailers, components makers

By: Irma VenterSouth Africa’s component makers and retail motor industry have reached a new three-year wage agreement with the National Union of Metalworkers  of South Africa (Numsa) and the Motor Industry Staff Association. The settlement will see wage increases at component manufacturers of 8.5% in year... 

Photo of the Week

GOOD CHEMISTRY

By: Creamer Media Reporter Lauded as a major capital investment in tough economic times, petrochemicals company Sasol unveiled its C3 expansion project. Pictured is Sasol joint CEO Bongwani Nqwababa, Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas, Govan Mbeki Mayor Lindi Masina and Sasol joint CEO Stephen Cornell. Speaking to... 

GOOD CHEMISTRY

Columns

It don’t matter if you’re black or white

By: Riaan de LangeNo, it don’t matter - rather, grammatically it doesn’t matter. It’s not supposed too, but then, in South Africa’s instance it does. Unfortunately, it does. It has been for living memory, and there is no indication that this would not be the case in the foreseeable future. It might not have... 

Musk and Gates geniuses? I think not

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyThe other day JP and I were chewing the fat. I mentioned to JP that Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket had gone up on the launch pad with a fearful scene of destruction. I also said that Musk was saying that it was not an explosion as much as it was a “fast fire”. I said I was not too sure about this; I... 

Thinking outside the box not as easy as it may seem

By: Kelvin KemmSomething that I have done for many years is to carry out strategic planning sessions for companies. These sometimes last a couple of hours, but at other times they last for three days.  Even three days usually turns out not to be enough. 

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