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Keeping truckers healthy and aware with free medical screenings

     24th June 2016 Engen Petroleum, a leading producer and marketer of fuels, lubricants and oil-based products, has recognised the Cape Winelands as a welcome refuelling and refreshment stopover on the routes of long haulage companies with the launch of a permanent wellness clinic. Truck drivers passing through... 

Cape Town doctor aiming to rewrite the sports safety-gear script

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2016 Fifteen years ago, Dr Chris Leatt witnessed the death of a fellow motorcycle rider a few weeks after his four-year-old son, Matthew, got on a bike and fell in love with the sport. “Alan Selby had fallen at the top of a hill and I travelled up with the paramedic to assist,” says Leatt from his... 

Cape Town doctor aiming to rewrite the sports safety-gear script

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2016 Fifteen years ago Dr Chris Leatt witnessed the death of a fellow motorcycle rider a few weeks after his four-year-old son, Matthew, got on a bike and fell in love with the sport. “Alan Selby had fallen at the top of a hill and I travelled up with the paramedic to assist,” says Leatt from his home... 

Ensuring relevancy by remaining competitive

By: Sascha Solomons     24th June 2016 Apart from being heavily committed to educating various industries on the benefits of using high-quality branded and approved products, engineering supplies specialist Incledon also strives to remain abreast of the latest trends and developments in the industry by remaining competitive. Incledon... 

Isuzu expects South Africa’s new truck market to slump again in 2016

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2016 The South African new-truck market will probably drop 13.2% in 2016, to 26 500 units, compared with 2015, says Isuzu Trucks South Africa (ITSA) COO Craig Uren. Next year holds little promise for recovery, with the market currently forecast at around 27 500 units or less, he adds. 

List of local suppliers for new passenger trains continues to grow

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2016 The number of local suppliers in the R51-billion contract to produce 600 new passenger trains for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has reached 32. Six trains have been completed and shipped to South Africa to date. These units form part of an order of 20 that are being imported... 

New nuclear programme localisation target likely to be 50%

By: Keith Campbell     24th June 2016 The South African government is looking at securing a local content level of 50% in the country’s proposed new nuclear power plant (NPP) programme. This was stated recently by South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) Board Chairperson Dr Kelvin Kemm at a press briefing at the Necsa... 

New US products showcased at Africa Rail

By: Victor Moolman     24th June 2016 New material testing equipment from US-based company MTS that can determine the strength and durability of rail infrastructure will be showcased at the Africa Rail 2016 conference and exhibition by laboratory equipment and services suppliers IMP Scientific & Precision. 

Serious stresses remain at local level, but will they affect the elections?

By: Keith Campbell     24th June 2016 As is no doubt by now well known, the Institute for Security Studies recently reported that its violence monitoring project had identified 2 880 public protests in this country between 2013 and 2015, of which 53% had been violent. These protests are often, if not nearly always, described as... 

Township tourism remains untapped

By: Sydney Majoko     24th June 2016 Tourism in South Africa remains an untapped market. Yes, there are tourist destinations like Cape Town, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga but, as a country, we are barely scraping the barrel when it comes to cashing in on tourism generally and township tourism, in particular. The township economy... 

Study determines impact of algae on irrigation costs

By: Anine Kilian     23rd June 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has estimated that commercial farmers in the Dwars River area of the Western Cape spend R600 000 a year ridding their irrigation systems of filamentous algae.   The CSIR was in the process of formulating a tradable permit system as a tool... 

Chevron South Africa and Caltex with Techron® growing innovations within the fuel segment

     23rd June 2016 Ever conscious of the needs of motorists, the Caltex™ brand has reformulated its signature additive package with the addition of new Clean & Glide Technology™.   The new active ingredients are specifically formulated to clean and protect metal surfaces within the engine. This formulation is at... 

First of its kind CSIR study puts a price tag to the impacts of algae on irrigation costs

     23rd June 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has estimated that commercial farmers in the Dwars River area of the Western Cape spend approximately R600 000 per year ridding their irrigation systems of filamentous algae. The CSIR has taken the first step in formulating a tradable permit... 

Gupta-owned Oakbay responds to claims it's buying a bank

By: News24Wire      23rd June 2016 Gupta-owned Oakbay Investments on Thursday slammed media reports about an approach to buy UBank as "speculation", with "several significant untruths and misunderstandings". Oakbay Investments CEO Nazeem Howa told Fin24 in an emailed response that the company did express an early interest in UBank... 

Youth entrepreneurship can help solve SA’s job problem

     23rd June 2016 As South Africa narrowly avoids a credit rating downgrade, one factor that can contribute positively to the revival of the economy is entrepreneurship, particularly youth entrepreneurship. Yudhvir Seetharam, Head of Analytics for FNB Business says with first quarter GDP figures not showing signs... 

Eskom takes city to court over Wescape development

By: News24Wire      22nd June 2016 Eskom has slammed the decision of Anton Bredell, the provincial minister of local government, environmental affairs and development, and the Cape Town City Council to amend the urban edge to include land for the Wescape development on the west coast. The power utility has taken Bredell and the... 

Private sector breathes life into Operation Phakisa

By: News24Wire      22nd June 2016 An initiative that saw three South African companies work together to successfully deliver two world-class marine vessels has been hailed as exemplary by the Department of Trade and Industry’s (dti) and the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) recently... 

Cape Town seeks partner to unlock potential of unfinished highways  

By: Anine Kilian     21st June 2016 The City of Cape Town will next month issue a call to prospective investors and developers, or a consortium, to provide a solution to address the congestion the city is currently facing in the foreshore precinct. The city would issue a document, the ‘Prospectus for the Development of the... 

Second phase of Western Cape’s Emerging Business Support Programme launched

By: Anine Kilian     20th June 2016 Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde, together with Absa Bank, on Monday launched the second phase of the province’s Emerging Business Support Programme at the Century City Convention Centre, in Cape Town. Winde encouraged emerging entrepreneurs from across the Western Cape to... 

DA launches petition against purchase of presidential jet

By: News24Wire      20th June 2016 The Democratic Alliance (DA) has launched an online petition against the purchase of a presidential jet, the party said on Saturday. In a speech prepared for delivery at a youth event in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said South Africa was experiencing a "chronic jobs crisis" and... 

Davies outlines agricultural benefits from new EU trade deal

By: Terence Creamer     17th June 2016 South Africa is “satisfied” that the recently signed Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union (EU) will lead to improved market access for some additional South African agricultural products, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said at the weekend, reporting that Cabinet had,... 

Maritime training facility receives accreditation for skipper courses

By: Dylan Slater     17th June 2016 Cape Town-based Nautic Maritime Training Academy (NMTA) recently received accreditation from the South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) for a number of its courses relating to certificates of competency for skippers under a variety of conditions.  

Megabus buys ten CNG buses to be fuelled using Free State gas

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th June 2016 Unitrans’s subsidiary Megabus has procured ten Scania, 280 hp, 100% compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, which it will trial for the next five years at its Free State operations. The official handover of the buses, which comprise the first Euro 6 bus engines in South Africa, was concluded in... 

Mpumalanga paying huge enviro price owing to poor regulation by govt departments – report

By: Ilan Solomons     17th June 2016 Mining is a destructive activity that poses significant threats to the environment, health and livelihoods. Managing these threats to avoid the violation of Constitutional rights requires strong, well-resourced and principled regulation. This is according to Cape Town-based nonprofit organisation... 

Stor-Age outperforms listing forecasts

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th June 2016 JSE-listed self storage property fund Stor-Age has exceeded all of its prelisting forecasts in its maiden financial year-end results, delivering a 4.7% higher distribution of 30c a share, or R39-million, to shareholders during the period to March than forecast upon listing. Since listing on the... 

Africa’s food suppliers target international exports in the drive for growth and profit

     14th June 2016 Suppliers at the continent’s largest food expo that begins on Sunday reveal aggressive plans for investment and expansion in the run up the three-day exhibition. Companies from across the world arrive in Johannesburg this weekend for the start of the biggest food and beverage expo on the... 

Exciting Working with Wood show surrounded by history

     14th June 2016 With a history in timber dating back as far as 1932, what better venue for this year’s Wood Turning Festival in association with the Working with Wood Show than Saasveld, George, Western Cape. The woodworking fraternity globally are extremely excited that the Wood Turners South African in... 

South Africa’s dam levels falling weekly

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th June 2016 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has warned that dam levels across all South Africa’s provinces continue to steadily decline each week, with the overall average dam levels falling 0.4 percentage points from 53.8% capacity two weeks ago to 53.4% by June 6. This compared with the 76.2%... 

African capability gets recognition in small satellite world market

     13th June 2016 A South African small satellite component manufacturer just improved its standing and export capabilities to world markets in a pact signed with a USA counterpart. Newspace Systems Pty LTD from Cape Town, South Africa signed up with Oakman Aerospace, Inc. from Colorado, USA at the 4S Symposium... 

Why SAB–AB Inbev won’t be freezing out craft brewers

By: African News Agency      10th June 2016 As Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) sails over the hurdles it must clear before gulping down SABMiller to form a company that would brew one in every three beers consumed globally, craft beer enthusiasts will be pleased to note that the South African Competition Commission has acted to protect... 

Gibela secures 32 local suppliers for R51bn PRASA contract, seeks many more

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2016 The number of local suppliers in the R51-billion contract to produce 600 new passenger trains for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has reached 32. Six trains have been completed and shipped to South Africa to date. These units form part of an order of 20 that are being imported... 

BMW SA unveils purpose-built solar carport for electric vehicles

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2016 BMW Group South Africa (SA) has unveiled a purpose-built solar carport that allows its electric vehicle (EV) range to charge using the power of the sun, instead of electricity from power utility Eskom's grid. The carport, an international innovation by Germany's BMW Group, can charge any EV, such... 

International exposure key for South African fabricators

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th June 2016 There is a tendency among local and international original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to underestimate the capabilities of South African sheet metal fabricators. This makes industry collaboration crucial to increase the exposure of local fabricators and prevent the loss of orders to... 

Saint-Gobain Gyproc launches high-strength drywall solution

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th June 2016 Interior building solutions group Saint-Gobain Gyproc introduced an industry-first, high-strength drywall that has five times the core strength of a normal plasterboard, to South Africa last month. The Habito drywall solution was a 12.5 mm board with a pull-out strength or load-bearing quality of... 

Securing youth employment is paramount to poverty alleviation in South Africa

     9th June 2016 According to the World Economic Forum Global Risk 2014 report, South Africa has the third highest unemployment rate in the world between the ages of 15 and 24. Furthermore, the report estimates that more than 50% of this age group is unemployed. In addition, Statistics South Africa recently... 

Eskom unveils new nuclear operator training programme with formal launch

By: Keith Campbell     9th June 2016 National electricity utility Eskom has announced that it started training some 100 recruits as nuclear operators on May 1. This Nuclear Project 100 initiative was formally launched on Thursday by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown. The training is taking place at the Koeberg nuclear power... 

Successful Israel South Africa Water Week Creates Partnerships

     9th June 2016 The first annual Israel South Africa Water Week wraps up today in Durban after successful sessions in both Johannesburg and Cape Town earlier in the week. Top experts on water scarcity and over a dozen Israeli companies were joined by South African partners, NGO’s and high ranking members of... 

South Africa’s supercomputing facility unveils the fastest computer in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     7th June 2016 The fastest computer in Africa, named Lengau (cheetah in Setswana) has been unveiled at the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) in Cape Town. The new petaflop system is the first of its kind on the continent and is aimed at boosting services for researchers and scientists working on... 

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