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‘Stifling legislation’ preventing SA drones industry from gaining altitude

By: Dylan SlaterThe drones industry in South Africa has the potential to benefit numerous industries, potentially contributing just under R7-billion this year alone, according to economist Dr Roeloef Botha.  

‘Stifling legislation’ preventing SA drones industry from gaining altitude

Editorial Insight

Damage control mode

By: Terence CreamerThere is now absolutely no question that the country’s toxic politics is dragging the economy down and that most, if not all, the pain is self-inflected. There is also no doubt that, because the most pressing problem is a political one (corrupt politicians and private citizens, who have distorted... 

Damage control mode

News & Insight

AI expected to be key disrupter in transition to smart-city status

By: David OliveiraAccording to research by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML), about 54.5% of the global population is living in urban areas, which is expected to increase to about 70% in the next 35 years. As such, the US-based investment service provider highlights that urbanisation and smart cities, as well... 

Automakers eye fast-growing East Africa as they set up shop in Kenya

By: John MuchiraGlobal automakers have, in recent years, established assembly plants in Kenya as they seek to increase sales in East Africa, sub-Saharan Africa's fastest-growing region. East Africa, of which Kenya is the biggest economy, is projected by the World Bank to grow by 5.4% in 2017, compared with... 

Commercial vehicles JV set to introduce Eicher trucks onto SA market

By: Irma VenterVE Commercial Vehicles (VECV), the joint venture between the Volvo Group and Eicher Motors, has announced that it will introduce India-made Eicher trucks into the South African truck market by the end of June. The joint venture has already set up base in South Africa in the form of a 100%... 

Djibouti commissions $590m multipurpose port

By: John MuchiraDjibouti has commissioned its $590 state-of-the-art Doraleh multipurpose port, at a time when fellow East African nations Kenya and Tanzania are investing heavily in port expansion in a bid to become the region's shipping hub. The new port, which occupies a 690 ha site, comprises 15 berths that... 

Experts ponder the effect electric cars could have on oil market

By: Kim CloeteClimate change policies, green investment and changes in consumer behaviour are beginning to bite and are expected to have a major impact on oil consumption throughout the world, a special seminar on the future of oil and gas has heard. “The collapse in the price of oil and the failure of the... 

Haval outlines SA operating model after GWM takeover

By: Irma VenterHaval Motors South Africa (Haval SA) has launched its first new vehicle in the local market since the company took over from Great Wall Motors South Africa (GWM SA). The H2 sports-utility vehicle (SUV) is set to compete with the Ford EcoSport and the Mazda CX3. 

Infrastructure development key to accelerating growth, Gama avers

By: Mia BreytenbachIndustrialisation and the provision of infrastructure will accelerate Africa’s economic growth, says State-owned logistics provider Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama. Speaking at the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) Conference promotion breakfast, in Johannesburg, earlier this month, he... 

Infrastructure development key to accelerating growth,  Gama avers

Italian forged railway products group makes R200m SA investment

By: Irma VenterItalian forged railway product manufacturer, Lucchini RS, in June officially opened its new manufacturing facility in Germiston, Ekurhuleni. The R200-million investment sees the company evolve from importer into local manufacturer. “Having actively traded forged railway wheels and axles in South... 

Kaspersky Lab, AVL collaborating on secure-by-design auto components

By: Schalk BurgerCybersecurity multinational Kaspersky Lab and German automotive software, systems and electronics subsidiary AVL Software and Functions are developing secure communications units (SCUs) to protect all automotive communications from cyberthreats. The partnership will help to develop... 

Kaspersky Lab, AVL collaborating on secure-by-design  auto components

Local defence sector seeks strategic support from government

By: Keith CampbellPre-Cabinet level discussions are under way within the Government about transferring State-owned defence industrial group Denel from the aegis of the Department of Public Works to that of the Department of Defence (DoD). This was stated by Defence Secretary Dr Sam Gulube at a recent function... 

Malawi awards contract for rehabilitation of border road

By: Marcel ChimwalaThe Malawi government has awarded China's Zhejiang Provincial Transportation Engineering Construction the tender to rehabilitate a 46 km road stretch from Karonga to Songwe, near the border with Tanzania. The project will be financed by a loan from the World Bank’s International Development... 

R125m conveyor for Ford plant

By: Irma VenterThe Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has invested more than R125-million to upgrade the 3 000-m vehicle conveyor system at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria. The conveyor system carries vehicles from the plant’s body shop to the paint shop. 

Stenprop mulls London listing as it pursues UK prospects

By: Mia BreytenbachFollowing the acquisition of a portfolio of 25 multilet industrial (MLI) properties in the UK earlier this month, JSE-listed property investment company Stenprop is  considering the merits of a conversion to real estate investment trust status, as well as a possible listing on the LSE. The... 

Stenprop mulls London listing as it pursues  UK prospects

Syspro, Prophix team up to tackle lucrative African growth markets

By: Schalk BurgerHomegrown enterprise resource planning (ERP) software provider Syspro and Canada-based corporate performance management (CPM) multinational Prophix Software have entered into a global partnership to provide a broad range of services to their combined set of clients in growth markets, particularly... 

Syspro, Prophix team up to tackle lucrative African growth markets

Tech watchers forecast major disruption on way for power utilities

By: Schalk BurgerThe energy generation industry will be dramatically disrupted over the next ten to twenty years, and electricity could be close to free within the next twenty years. This will dramatically impact the power generation industry and will trigger a sea-change in the way it generates revenue, say... 

Tech watchers forecast major disruption on way for power utilities

Tough economic conditions reflected in May vehicle sales

By: Irma VenterA tough domestic economy continued to take its toll in May, with new-vehicle sales in the local market declining by 2.6%, to 41 783 units, compared with May last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry earliert his month showed that new passenger car sales declined by... 

VescoPlastics’ strong training heritage recognised

By: David OliveiraFor its commitment to training, local polymer bearing manufacturer   VescoPlastics received the Artisan Award at the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa’s (Seifsa’s) Awards for Excellence, which were held last month at the Industrial Development Corporation Conference... 

Warning issued that Highveld structural mill’s survival may hinge on more protection

By: Terence CreamerThe newly reopened heavy structural mill (HSM) at Highveld Steel, in Mpumalanga, is expected to ramp up to its 18 000 t/m nameplate capacity over the coming few months, having produced 4 100 t since its initial restart in April. However, both Highveld and ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), which... 

Photo of the Week

COMBAT READY

By: Creamer Media Reporter Members of the South African National Defence Force’s Special Forces Brigade use ropes to rappel from a Denel Oryx utility helicopter in a live-fire battlefield scenario during the Air Power Capability Demonstration at Roodewal Weapons Range, in Polokwane, earlier this month. The purpose of the... 

COMBAT READY

Columns

Disaster on different continents

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyIt is storms and rain in Cape Town. I have been in countries where natural disasters have occurred and have been reported on the television (okay, clever clogs, they have been reported on radio, newspaper, the Internet and by word-of-mouth at the local pub but, in this column . . . television). 

Thumbs up to govt’s push to support small business

By: Kelvin KemmThere is constant talk of supporting small business. I agree; it is a good thing to do. However, this needs some thought. Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu recently introduced Operation Vula to stimulate entrepreneurs. So, let is ponder some of this. An entrepreneur is somebody who... 

You must be choking all over again

By: Riaan de LangeIt is a balmy London Sunday afternoon. It is June 11. It is Groundhog Day. Well, for me it is. Just a few hours ago, an unwelcome event recurred. You might even say that it was “It's deja vu all over again”, to quote Yogi Berra. Yes, Yogi Berra, and not Yogi Bear. (Yogi Berra was an American... 

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