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Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust despite ongoing e-toll tussle

By: Irma VenterNot too long ago the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was a firm darling among its peers. It was a well-funded State-owned enterprise (SOE) almost never under fire, seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward in its task to manage and expand the country’s road network. Then came... 

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust  despite ongoing e-toll tussle

Editorial Insight

Contested terrain

By: Terence CreamerWhile the recent chaos-ridden State of the Nation address was long on rhetoric and short on detail (as well as new ideas), President Jacob Zuma nevertheless arguably succeeded in placing the concept of ‘radical socio-economic transformation’ at the centre of the current economic and business... 

Contested terrain

News & Insight

AA says vehicle safety ratings scale would equip buyers with vital information

By: Irma VenterSouth Africa’s Automobile Association (AA) has called for the implementation of a local vehicle safety ratings scale. The association on Friday said that such a ratings scale would ensure consumers had a better understanding of the safety of the vehicle they intended purchasing. 

African land disputes arise primarily as a result of forced removals – research

By: David OliveiraResearch released earlier this month by UK-based consultancy TMP Systems, and the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) found that 63% of disputes related to private-sector land and natural resources in Africa start because communities are forced to leave their land. The research explores... 

Construction sector ‘will never be the same’ in wake of transformation pledge

By: Terence CreamerGovernment and the seven leading construction companies reported further progress last week regarding the implementation of a voluntary agreement that seeks to materially accelerate the racial transformation of the South African industry and raise the combined revenue attributable to black... 

Construction sector ‘will never be the same’ in wake  of transformation pledge

Cummins to grow its Southern African presence as it celebrates 70-years

By: Schalk BurgerPower and engine multinational Cummins aims to grow its presence in its Southern  African operations, including Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique, says Cummins Southern Africa MD Thierry Pimi. The key industries for Cummins in the region are the mining, power generation and automotive... 

Cummins to grow its  Southern African presence  as it celebrates 70-years

Dangote Group planning $100m vehicle assembly plant for Lagos

By: Irma VenterThe Dangote Group plans to establish a $100-million vehicle assembly plant project, in Lagos, Nigeria. The Dangote Group is a Nigerian multinational industrial conglomerate. 

Diverse technologies combine to offer ‘smart’ ways of improving farm yields

By: Dylan SlaterConsulting firm Frost & Sullivan’s science team finds that factors such as information and communications technology (ICT), chemicals, hydroponics and aquaculture inputs are augmenting profits for farmers.  

Driverless transport startup receives backing from rail equipment giant

By: Dylan SlaterRailway systems and equipment company Alstom is investing €14-million in driverless transport startup company EasyMile, which is developing the EZ10 electric driverless shuttle.  

Driverless transport startup receives backing from rail equipment giant

East London IDZ attracts multibillion-rand investment

By: Dylan SlaterSince it was established in 2002, the East London Industrial Development Zone (Elidz) has attracted more than R7.3-billion in private-sector investment from 45 investors.  

East London IDZ attracts multibillion-rand investment

Good increases in passenger numbers at Acsa’s airports last year

By: Keith CampbellThe Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) had a record year last year, in terms of the numbers of passengers who passed through its airports. This was revealed when it published its latest “Aviation Barometer” report. This is the fourth edition of the report, which is compiled from official Acsa... 

IBM aims to train 25m young Africans using free digital skills platform

By: Schalk BurgerTechnology multinational IBM launched a $70-million (R945-million) digital literacy and skills development initiative aimed at training 25-million people in Africa over five years. The Digital Nation Africa (DNA) initiative is being undertaken in partnership with African universities, companies... 

IBM aims to train 25m young Africans using free  digital skills platform

Industrial automation firm to host two-day ‘automation university’ in May

By: Dylan SlaterIndustrial automation and information company Rockwell Automation will host a comprehensive two-day training programme – its Automation University – at Emperors Palace, in Gauteng, from May 17 to 18.  

Japanese-South African seminar seeks to boost business ties

By: Dylan SlaterThe fourth Japan Seminar was held at the Sandton Convention Centre last month.  

Kenya reins in 5 000 MW power plan amid surplus worries

By: John MuchiraThe Kenya has shelved plans to increase installed electricity generation capacity to 5 000 MW in the immediate future is it is concerned that this could leave the country with excess capacity Previously, the East African country intended to implement a "5 000 MW by 2018 project" to attract... 

New cleaning solution launched into Southern African markets

By: David OliveiraGoscor Cleaning Equipment (GCE) launched its latest cleaning equipment solution – the GM1ze zero-emission refuse picker from German environment-friendly cleaning equipment manufacturer Green Machines International – at its Johannesburg facilities earlier this month. GCE MD Greg Venter noted... 

New Fiat Chrysler Automobiles SA chief outlines ‘get fit’ vision

By: Irma Venter“We realise that we have to get ourselves fit again and I am committed to achieving that,” says new CEO at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles South Africa (FCA SA), Robin van Rensburg. “We have not been as versatile in the last while as we should have been.” Van Rensburg joins the Italian-US group from... 

Partnership aims to catalyse digitalisation within power utilities

By: Dylan SlaterAn agreement to jointly develop solutions to accelerate the digitalisation of planning, design, and operations for power utilities and industrial power customers has been agreed upon by electrification, automation and digitalisation technologies company Siemens, and architecture and engineering... 

Security response team launched to protect digital business

By: Schalk BurgerNetwork security multinational F5 Networks has launched a security incident response team (SIRT) and the F5 Labs cybersecurity laboratory service in addition to a suite of cybersecurity systems to protect modern digital commerce, says F5 Networks senior engineer Martin Walshaw. The SIRT will... 

Security response team launched to protect digital business

Steel group keen to tap power tariff deal as Eskom mulls ‘incentive pricing’

By: Terence CreamerSteel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) is optimistic that Eskom, with the support of the energy regulatory, could extend pricing incentives to it and other energy-intensive businesses in light of its surplus position and government’s appeal for interventions to reignite growth in the... 

Steel group keen to tap power tariff deal as Eskom  mulls ‘incentive pricing’

US group unveils its new-generation oversized cargo aircraft

By: Keith CampbellUS aerospace giant Lockheed Martin has rolled out the first example of the commercial version of its C-130J Super Hercules military airlifter. The civilian model is designated the LM-100J and it was built, and the roll-out ceremony took place at, the company’s plant at Marietta in the US State of... 

Wear solutions firm provides hands-on experience for ‘engineers of tomorrow’

By: Dylan SlaterAn internship programme offered by Alberton-based wear solutions company Rio-Carb aims to upskill the engineers of the future.  

Wear solutions firm provides hands-on  experience for ‘engineers of tomorrow’

Photo of the Week


By: Creamer Media Reporter Earlier this month, Boeing reported that it plans to fly its new 737 MAX-9 aircraft for the first time in April. Pictured above is the jetliner on the production floor at the company's manufacturing facility in Renton, Washington, in the US. The plane maker is creating up to five MAX versions and... 



Climate change a 100% robust hoodwink

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy  I had to explain to somebody that the United States in 1945 dropped two nuclear bombs on Japan. The first bomb was a uranium atom bomb. The second bomb was a plutonium bomb. Following the detonation of these devices USA, Britain, France, Russia developed programs to test bombs of increasing... 

Diplomatic doldrums for Pretoria?

By: Keith CampbellWhile much local media attention has been devoted to US President Donald Trump, there has been something that, from a South African perspective, was much more important. This was the outcome of the African Union summit at the end of January. This appears to have been pretty much a diplomatic... 

Electric vehicles unlikely to scale battery hurdle

By: Kelvin KemmMuch scientific work has gone into the development of electric vehicles over recent years. Huge strides have been made, but I cannot see a way past the battery problem in the case of day-to-day electric cars. This is always glossed over by the proponents of electric cars.  Making the electric... 

Gibraltar – a major Brexit casualty?

By: Riaan de LangeOn the south-western tip of Europe, on the Iberian Peninsula, at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea, lies a British overseas territory (formerly known as a colony) that is all of 6.7km2 in area. It even has a straight named after it. The territory is call Gibraltar. If you view it from a... 

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