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Commission’s ports probe to place spotlight on Transnet’s economic impact

By: Mia BreytenbachState-owned logistics company Transnet, which owns all commercial ports in South Africa and is the sole operator of the country’s container and automotive terminals, has naturally had a major influence over port operations and terminal handling charges. However, that role and dominance has often... 

Commission’s ports probe to place spotlight on Transnet’s economic impact

Editorial Insight

Power trends

By: Terence CreamerIn light of recent disruptions in the sector, as well as sharply rising tariffs, electricity remains a hot topic in South Africa. There is an especially heated debate currently under way about what would be the lowest-cost generation mix, particularly in light of the country’s weaker... 

Power trends

News & Insight

Auto industry, unions conclude wage deal to 2019

By: Irma VenterSouth Africa’s automotive manufacturing sector and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have concluded their negotiations in Port Elizabeth for a new three-year wage agreement. The agreement will be in force until 2019. 

BMW, Nissan expand national charging footprint for electric vehicles

By: Irma VenterBMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) and Nissan South Africa has expanded the national charging footprint for electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in electric hybrid vehicles (PHEV) with the introduction of their first joint charging stations in the Western Cape. The continued roll-out of charging... 

Capital follows certainty, Cennergi warns amid IPP flux

By: Terence CreamerSouth African independent power producer (IPP) Cennergi, which is a joint venture between Exxaro and Tata Power, warns of possible investor “flight” unless the prevailing uncertainty surrounding the future of IPPs in South Africa is urgently resolved. Speaking to Engineering News Online ahead of... 

Digital services offering stimulus to wealth management industry

By: Schalk BurgerThe wealth management industry is ideally positioned to leverage and scale up using digital technology to improve efficiency and responsiveness, despite only 25% of wealth management firms globally offering more than email access to clients. When this is compared with the average... 

Entrepreneurs form joint venture to boost renewable energy service

By: Dylan SlaterWith over 600-million people in Africa living without electricity, four entrepreneurs have joined forces in an effort to reduce this volume of people without access to electricity with the formation of renewable energy company ePower Holdings.  

Entrepreneurs form joint venture to boost renewable energy service

Gearing to fall sharply once Lake Charles project starts, Sasol insists

By: Terence CreamerEnergy and chemicals group Sasol expects its capital expenditure (capex) to rise to R75-billion in 2017 and its balance sheet gearing to increase to between 25% and 35%, following the upward revision to the budget of the Lake Charles Chemical Project (LCCP), in the US, to $11-billion, from an... 

Insight into SA’s new auto master plan expected in early 2017

By: Irma VenterThe South African automotive industry should have its first glimpse of the strategic direction of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) new automotive master plan in the first quarter of 2017, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) president Mike... 

Integration of digital tech seen as critical to future business success

By: David OliveiraCompanies that incorporate digital technology that is customer-centric are most likely to succeed in the business world of tomorrow, says research-based consultancy Forrester Consulting VP and principal analyst Nigel Fenwick. In a presentation following the release of a paper titled ‘Business and... 

IoT solution helping to reduce electricity line losses in Nigeria

By: David OliveiraGlobal information and communications technology (ICT) services provider Huawei’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solutions have enabled energy conglomerate Sahara Group’s Nigerian Ikeja Electric power distributor to reduce line losses from 46.2% to 11.6% This has led to electricity bill... 

Local unit of global defence group enjoying significant success

By: Keith CampbellSouth African private-sector defence company Saab Grintek Defence (SGD) is enjoying such success that it has had to recruit 198 new staff since January 2015, taking its work force up to 719 people. The company, 75%-owned by Sweden’s Saab and 25% by black South African investors, now has customers... 

New device may offer a solution to South Africa’s leaking pipes

By: Kim CloeteResearchers at the University of Cape Town (UCT) have developed a novel device that could help to contain the massive amount of water lost through leaking pipes in South Africa. UCT Department of Civil Engineering researcher Professor Kobus van Zyl says the device is able to do a sophisticated... 

New pipe and flow calculator app to allow for accelerated pipe design

By: Mia BreytenbachIn enabling future generation customers to be part of the smartphone and digital application (app) future, pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics is developing its own internal pipeline design and flow calculator app to assist design, consulting and civil engineers in designing, implementing new and/or... 

New pipe and flow calculator app to allow for  accelerated pipe design

Physical, virtual integration can improve safety in African cities

By: Schalk BurgerThe integration of physical infrastructure and information technology (IT) systems will improve the safety of cities, but these capabilities will also underpin smart city systems that will improve the efficiency of Africa’s cities, says multinational IT firm NEC chief engineer Shinya Kukita.... 

R200m valves factory to take advantage of local content requirements

By: Anine KilianDanish 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 seek to take full advantage of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI's) local content... 

SA government to lease, then buy, VIP aircraft

By: Keith CampbellThe South African Air Force (SAAF) will acquire a VIP aircraft for Presidential travel, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula affirmed last week, reported specialist news website Defenceweb. While this acquisition process is under way, an aircraft will be leased to... 

Saab, Denel create joint air defence system from their products

By: Keith CampbellSwedish security and defence group Saab has revealed that it and South African Defence group Denel have cooperated to integrate the former's Giraffe radar with the latter's Umkhonto surface-to-air missile. "It's producing a system that's going to be very hard to beat," affirmed Saab Country Unit... 

Upgraded Kyalami receives key Grade 2 motor racing certification

By: Irma VenterKyalami’s 4.522 km Grand Prix circuit has been certified by the Federation International de l’Automobile (FIA) as a Grade 2 race track, following an extensive refurbishment process that started in May last year. Kyalami is the only motor-racing facility in Africa with such accreditation, says... 

Water research institute launched at UCT

By: Kim CloeteA water research institute that aims to generate new knowledge and come up with innovative ways to manage water in South Africa was launched at the University of Cape Town (UCT) by Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane at an event held in Cape Town earlier this month. The Future Water... 

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POST-BREXIT PRIORITIES

By: Creamer Media Reporter European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said last week that the coming year will be critical for the European Union (EU) in seeking to remain relevant following the UK decision to quit the 28-nation bloc. Bloomberg reports that, during his state of the Union address in Strasbourg,... 

POST-BREXIT PRIORITIES

Columns

Breathtaking views on electricity and renewables

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyOf late, I have been reading in Engineering News and other publications of opinion on electricity and renewable energy by various people that are just breathtaking. It is interesting that these opinions are somewhat fanciful, to say the least. Let us first get down to the detail in a particular... 

Many arguments are similar to like charges that will never meet

By: Kelvin KemmIn elementary nuclear physics textbooks, there is almost always a simple diagram of two like charges being fired at each other.  So, one will see two positively charged protons moving towards each other on a collision course. But, as they get close, they skid past each other without touching. The... 

Politics to blame as SA hurtles towards downgrade

By: Aubrey MatshiqiSouth Africa is inching closer and closer towards a downgrade to subinvestment grade. To blame, of course, is the increasingly fractious politics of the ruling African National Congress (ANC). If former US President Bill Clinton had been South African, he would have said: “It’s politics, stupid!”... 

Revenue service releases customs strategic plans

By: Riaan de LangeDo you know what the values of the South African Revenue Service (Sars) are? According to the organisation's strategic plan for the period 2016/17 to 2020/21, released on September 5, Sars has seven values: These fairness, accountability, integrity, respect, transparency, trust and honesty. On... 

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