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Still much uncertainty as LPG stakeholders grapple with market inquiry findings

By: Mia BreytenbachIn the findings and recommendations of the first-ever market inquiry into the local liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry, the Competition Commission urges public and private organisations to improve performance in the sector, yet much uncertainty remains in the wake of the report’s publication.... 

Still much uncertainty as LPG stakeholders grapple with market inquiry findings

Editorial Insight

Auctions steam ahead

By: Terence CreamerSouth Africa may be on the global sidelines currently with regard to the procurement of new renewable generation capacity, chiefly because of Eskom’s refusal to enter into new power purchase agreements. Nevertheless, as a relatively early adopter (some might even say pioneer) of the auction... 

Auctions steam ahead

News & Insight

Asian giant proceeds with latest nuclear expansion project with Russia

By: Keith CampbellThe ASE Group of Companies, a subsidiary of Russia’s State-owned Rosatom nuclear energy group, has announced that key contracts for Stage III of India’s Kudankulam nuclear power plant (NPP) had been signed on the last day of July. The contracts cover priority design work, and working design and... 

Bentley Systems releases update for AutoPIPE Connect edition

By: Ilan SolomonsGlobal infrastructure software manufacturer Bentley Systems has released the most recent update of its AutoPIPE Connect edition, which supports ASME B31J piping code document calculations. AutoPIPE Connect edition provides engineers with a comprehensive and advanced software application for pipe... 

Bentley Systems releases update for AutoPIPE Connect edition

BMW’s SA unit seeks removal of duties on electric vehicles

By: Irma VenterBMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) is seeking 0% import duties on pure electric vehicles (EVs). The local arm of the German car maker in December 2016 submitted a formal application to the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) for the reduction of the import duty on... 

Cape firm launches compact solar-powered battery system

By: Dylan SlaterCape Town-based energy storage solutions company BlueNova Energy has launched its first, fully integrated solar photovoltaic (PV) system – the CompactHybird – onto the South African market.  

Cape firm launches compact solar-powered battery system

Cloud virtualization platform adds flexibility to legacy enterprise networks

By: Schalk BurgerCloud wide-area network (CloudWan), unifies and centralises complex corporate networks, as well as provide flexibility and control over hybrid cloud deployments, says information and communication technology firm Internet Solutions Software-defined networking (SDN) and Internet executive head... 

Construction contract awarded for Kenya’s techno city

By: John MuchiraKenya has has awarded the construction contract for East Africa’s first smart city. The $390-million engineering, procurement, construction and financing contract – entailing the construction of roads, water and sewerage infrastructure within the 400 acre first phase of  Konza Techno City, about... 

Despite rising EV tide, automaker urges SA to implement cleaner-fuels vision

By: Irma VenterResearch published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) this month shows that electric vehicles (EVs) may account for 54% of all new light-duty vehicle sales globally by 2040. However, it is unlikely that South Africa will follow this trend to the same degree. 

Draft empowerment code for the defence industry gazetted

By: Keith CampbellTrade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has approved and gazetted for public comment the draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) code for the defence industry, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced on August 4. In line with the BBBEE Act, there will now be a 60-day... 

Joburg Council Chamber’s innovative design receives recognition

By: David OliveiraThe City of Johannesburg’s (CoJ’s) Council Chamber, which is managed by the CoJ’s property portfolio company Joburg Property Company (JPC), has been awarded the Public Services Development award by the Africa & Arabia Property Awards. The JPC will officially receive the award at a ceremony at the... 

Joburg Council Chamber’s innovative design receives recognition

Licensing rules for large desalination plants remain challenging

By: Dylan SlaterWith increased debate around water security in South Africa, as a result of growing surface-water scarcity and future uncertainty, the prospect of implementing large-scale desalination of seawater is also increasing.  

Licensing rules for large desalination plants remain challenging

Neutral Internet exchange point reports strong growth in African demand

By: Schalk BurgerLocal neutral access Internet exchange peering service NAPAfrica achieved 200 Gb/s of traffic in July as a result of significant demand from neighbouring countries and sub-Saharan Africa (sSA), says data centre company Teraco Data Environments business development manager Michele McCann. The... 

Neutral Internet exchange point reports strong growth  in African demand

New branding, again, for SA’s premier motoring event

By: Irma VenterFrom Auto Africa, to the Johannesburg International Motor Show, to the Festival of Motoring, to the South African (SA) Motoring Experience . . . In an effort to seek increased support from cost-conscious motor manufacturers and consumers, South Africa’s premier motoring event has again been... 

New truck dealership opens in Lusaka

By: Irma VenterVolvo Group Southern Africa, in partnership with Titanium Motors, has opened a new dealer facility in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, in a R130-million investment. The dealership will provide services to Volvo Trucks and UD Trucks customers operating in the region.  “Zambia is a key African market... 

New-vehicle sales rose by 4.1% in July

By: Irma VenterNew-vehicle sales in July increased 4.1% compared with the same month last year, to 46 719 units. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry earlier this month showed that new passenger car sales increased by 6.2%, to 30 826 units. 

Newly designated Atlantis SEZ aims to be green-technology hub

By: Natasha OdendaalTrade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies is preparing to issue a gazette outlining an intention to designate the proposed Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ). The SEZ Advisory Board-recommended action followed an application for designation by the Western Cape Department for Economic... 

Processing power, analytics enabling machine learning across industries

By: Schalk BurgerAnalysts, businesses and whole industries have become empowered with the flood of data that can be processed to build stronger models and make data-driven decisions in shorter periods of time, says credit bureau Compuscan senior data analyst Jacobus Eksteen. The powerful combination of machine... 

South Africa supplying critical medical radioisotope to 50 countries

By: Keith CampbellSouth African nuclear company NTP Radioisotopes (NTP), a subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (better known as Necsa), has increased its production of, and its share in the global market for, the Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) radioisotope, the company announced recently.... 

Sustainable partnerships needed to ensure Africa’s food security

By: David OliveiraNew approaches and sustainable partnerships are required to ensure food security for Africa’s rapidly urbanising population, says financial services provider Absa senior agricultural economist Wessel Lemmer. According to a January 2017 report by The Sustainable Development Goals Centre for... 

Sustainable partnerships needed to ensure Africa’s food security

Thermal imaging cameras, speakers deployed in bid to protect rhino

By: David OliveiraSwedish security camera manufacturer Axis Communications is showing its commitment to combating the scourge of rhino poaching in South Africa. Axis Communications country manager Roy Alves explains that the company has been involved in several conservation efforts, but highlights a 30 ha rhino... 

Wind body aims to use mentoring scheme to support gender transformation

By: Mia BreytenbachThe South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) has launched a programme to connect leading women in the energy sector with senior students at South African universities and young professionals currently entering the energy sector. The WindAc Africa Mentoring Programme seeks to promote the... 

Wind body aims to use mentoring scheme to support gender transformation

Photo of the Week

PEAKS & PEEVES

By: Creamer Media Reporter Construction workers pictured above build new track as part of renovation works aimed at boosting peak-time capacity by 30% at the London Waterloo train station, in the UK capital. The £800-million- renovation will open four platforms mothballed since Channel Tunnel express trains switched to St.... 

PEAKS & PEEVES

Columns

Electrical Power Generation 101

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyA few things we should possibly all know if we wish to talk about energy. The national grid is not a energy storage dam. What goes into the grid comes out of the grid very shortly, almost instantaneously. Thus, the amount of power generated matches the amount of power used, apart of losses due to... 

Enviro rights entail more than just the environment

By: Saliem FakirIt is important to review where we have come from over the past 20 years and how much has been achieved in that time. South Africa's Constitution makes provision for environmental protection in its Bill of Rights. This follows a long history of environmental issues not having been treated with... 

No credible candidate in the overcrowded race for the presidency of the ANC

By: Aubrey MatshiqiIn recent months and weeks, Lindiwe Sisulu, Mathews Phosa, Baleka Mbete and Jeff Radebe have entered the race for the presidency of the African National Congress (ANC). In other words, the 2017 national conference of the ANC has delivered the highest number of presidential candidates since the... 

Thanks, Mr Trump, for introducing the concept of fake news

By: Kelvin KemmThere is certainly one thing that US President Donald Trump has given to the world, and that is the concept of fake news. I watched, in real time, Trump’s media interaction in which he first used the term.  That media interaction was scheduled to last for 20 minutes; it went on for 75 minutes.... 

The real conflict is between truth and lies

By: Riaan de LangeThe Real Conflict is between Truth and Lies It is 21 hours since the unthinkable has happened, an event which has divided, and is expected to continue to divide, the athletics world for the foreseeable future. It will take the athletics world a considerable time to recover from the effects of the... 

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