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When it comes to thermal spray coatings quality is everything

     26th August 2016 Thermaspray leads the South African market in the supply of thermal spray coatings that contribute to the extension of critical industrial component life cycles through protection against corrosion, erosion and other adverse conditions.  The use of thermal spray coatings to address an... 

Career day drums up interest in science and technology

By: Schalk Burger     26th August 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) career day, part of the Department of Science and Technology’s national science week, garnered significant interest from schoolchildren and undergraduate students, says CSIR human capital development manager Joseph Tshikomba. Chemistry... 

N1/N2 Winelands toll-highway project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited has appealed a judgment over the right to toll the N1 and the N2 highways at the Supreme Court of Appeal. 

New fuel-economy benchmarks for diesel and petrol vehicles

By: Irma Venter     26th August 2016 A Porsche Panamera has set a new South African benchmark for how far a diesel-powered vehicle can travel on one tank of fuel, while Volkswagen’s new Passat has done the same for petrol-powered vehicles. With the backing of Continental Tyre, Porsche South Africa, Volkswagen South Africa, Total and... 

PRASA rail signalling system project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 Overall completion of Phase 1 and 2 of the Gauteng signalling projects is at 28%. 

Release coal docs at your own peril, Guptas warn Treasury

By: News24Wire      25th August 2016 Four days before the Guptas’ business chiefs ambushed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on a radio station, their company Tegeta threatened Treasury over a report into coal contracts with Eskom. The threat occurred when Democratic Alliance MP David Maynier submitted a request under the Promotion of... 

Ex-Sars duo mum on Hawks experience

By: African News Agency      25th August 2016 After spending more than four hours in Pretoria central offices of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), better known as the Hawks, former SA Revenue Services officials Ivan Pillay and Johann van Loggerenberg evaded a barrage of questions from throngs of media waiting outside.... 

Quick Curing Flooring System From A.B.E. Eliminates Costly Downtimme

     25th August 2016 A.B.E Construction Chemicals’ range of flooring products has been expanded with the local distribution rights for the VIP QuickFloor system that can cure in less than an hour to enable flooring contractors to provide new flooring overnight or even faster. The rapid curing eliminates costly... 

eHomeAffairs portal now available to all South African citizens  

By: Anine Kilian     24th August 2016 The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has officially opened its eHomeAffairs portal to the public at large, enabling all South African citizens to apply for their Smart ID cards and passports online. DHA initially launched the portal in April, inviting citizens between the ages of 30 and 35 to be... 

TNPA to launch marine training centre in Cape Town

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd August 2016 As part of government’s Operation Phakisa programme aimed at fast-tracking economic growth in the oceans economy, the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is creating a marine training centre at the port of Cape Town for skills development and job creation. The new facility will be located at... 

Billionaire Wiese sees opportunity to combine diamond mines

By: Bloomberg     23rd August 2016 Christo Wiese, South Africa’s richest man, sees opportunities to consolidate diamond operations in the region after buying a stake in a Cape Town-based miner of the precious stones. Wiese, 74, has always been “fascinated’’ by diamonds and saw good value in  Trans Hex Group Ltd., he said in an... 

MICROMINE to showcase new versions of Geobank and Micromine at the 35th International Geological Congress

     23rd August 2016 MICROMINE will be exhibiting at this year’s 35th International Geological Congress 27 August - 4 September in Cape Town, South Africa. The team will showcase our entire suite of solutions at booth C20, including a preview to Geobank 2017, the latest versions of our leading data management... 

CompComm approves AMSA’s R1.5bn settlement proposal

By: Samantha Herbst     22nd August 2016 The Competition Commission has approved steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) proposal to pay R1.5-billion to the commission for its involvement in long steel and scrap metal cartels. This will be the largest competition-related fine ever paid by a single South African entity and... 

Debmarine’s new offshore diamond exploration vessel in final construction phase

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd August 2016 The final phase in the construction of marine diamond mining giant Debmarine Namibia’s new diamond exploration and sampling vessel is now under way after its arrival in Cape Town last week. The critical integration phase is now under way to have the purpose-designed, 113-m-long offshore SS Nujoma... 

Spread your reach into Africa and Beyond

     22nd August 2016 Not all small businesses are meant to stay small. Some are destined for greatness, which often results in cross-border business and even global contracts. While this is an exciting opportunity, it can be daunting and a high risk investment. Mike Anderson, Founder & CEO of the National Small... 

Political risk, poor infrastructure and lack of geodata stymying African exploration

By: Jade Davenport     19th August 2016 It is an age old adage that, when the mining industry enters a slump, exploration budgets, particularly those designated for greenfield activities, are the first to be curtailed. This has certainly been reiterated over the last few years as the drastic slump in commodity prices and, consequently,... 

Uber mulls new South African services as it expands African footprint 

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2016 There is “huge scope” for Uber to grow in South Africa, says Uber sub-Saharan Africa GM Alon Lits. “My wife and I have one car. I Uber to work every morning and I always drive past all of these cars in traffic with single occupants. I want each and every one of these drivers to switch to Uber.” 

Embrace digitisation with care, GIL speakers advise

By: Kim Cloete     19th August 2016 Countries in Africa need to “lean in” towards cloud computing even though it may be uncomfortable and could cost jobs, says T-Systems South Africa MD Gert Schoonbee. “Data is the new currency. One of the key enablers of digitisation is the cloud, and it’s no good running away from it. We must... 

Sanral unfazed by foreign firm collecting e-toll fees 

By: News24Wire      19th August 2016 The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) appears unperturbed with paying over R50-million a month to a global transport giant for collecting e-toll fees in Gauteng. The Austrian conglomerate Kapsch Trafficom acquired full control of the e-tolls collections company Electronic Toll... 

Anaergia takes over as manager of SA’s first commercial biogas plant

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2016  The day-to-day management of South Africa’s first commercial biogas plant have shifted to biogas expert Anaergia Africa, part of the Anaergia international group of companies, as from July. Anaergia Africa will manage the plant in a two-year contract. 

Brief history of 15th ICG, the first to be hosted in Africa

By: Jade Davenport     19th August 2016 The City of Cape Town is set to host the thirty-fifth International Geological Congress, the most prestigious of geoscientific conferences held every four years, between August 27 and September 4. While it is certainly an exciting occasion for South Africa, it is interesting to note that the... 

Budget airline ponders going regional as it adds to domestic network

By: Keith Campbell     19th August 2016 South African low cost airline FlySafair is pondering whether it should add international flights, to other Southern African countries, to its currently all-domestic route network. “We are looking at it,” reports company CEO Elmar Conradie. “But it’s in its infancy, at the due diligence stage.... 

Lanseria in midst of expansion, upgrade programme

By: Keith Campbell     19th August 2016 South Africa’s biggest and busiest privately-owned aerodrome, Lanseria International Airport, continues to expand and upgrade its facilities to meet rising demand for both domestic and international services. These increases embrace passenger numbers and the numbers of scheduled commercial... 

Uber mulls new South African services as it expands African footprint

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2016 There is “huge scope” for Uber to grow in South Africa, says Uber sub-Saharan Africa GM Alon Lits. “My wife and I have one car. I Uber to work every morning and I always drive past all of these cars in traffic with single occupants. I want each and every one of these drivers to switch to Uber.” 

Cape Town on track to be the start-up capital of Africa, says Wesgro

By: Kim Cloete     18th August 2016 Cape Town is pushing beyond its tourist image with a drive to be seen as the start-up capital in Africa. “We’re incredibly excited about Cape Town becoming a destination for young people around the world. Cape Town has become Africa’s largest start-up scene,” Wesgro CEO Tim Harris told delegates... 

The digital transformation driving change in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     18th August 2016 Digital transformation is sweeping the world and making big inroads in Africa, where 600-million people are expected to be Internet users by 2025, when there will be four-billion connected devices on the continent. This was outlined at the Growth, Innovation and Leadership Africa 2016 conference... 

2016 engineering awards offer glimpse into South African profession's excellence

By: Samantha Herbst     18th August 2016 Creamer Media’s Engineering News was among the organisations and individuals recognised at 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards, hosted by Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) and Aon South Africa in Gauteng on Wednesday night. Engineering News received recognition for Publishing Excellence in... 

Stop fretting about ratings agencies, Coovadia urges SA

By: News24Wire      18th August 2016 South Africa should move away from being fixated on the views of ratings agencies and rather focus on a sustainable and inclusive growth path to address the three critical challenges, said Dr Cas Coovadia, MD of the Banking Association of South Africa. Coovadia was the keynote speaker at a... 

E-tolls collection firm no longer in SA hands 

By: News24Wire      17th August 2016 The company collecting payments for the contentious e-toll system in Gauteng is now fully owned by the Austrian conglomerate Kapsch. This was confirmed on Tuesday with the divestment of the only BEE partner in TMT Services and Supplies, which with Kapsch Trafficom made up the e-tolls collections... 

Cigicell reawarded prepaid electricity contract in Cape Town

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2016 Prepaid electricity token distributor Cigicell, a subsidiary of JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms, has been reawarded the contract to distribute prepaid electricity tokens on behalf of the City of Cape Town. “We have been distributing prepaid electricity tokens on behalf of the City of Cape Town for... 

Predict, measure and correct for electrical run-out with Thermaspray’s burnishing and degaussing processes

     17th August 2016 Burnishing, de-magnetization and measuring of electrical run-outs by thermal and plasma coating solutions specialist, Thermaspray, aids with improving the mechanical reliability of rotating equipment inside motors and generators resulting in reduced failure risks, extended component life and... 

Sanral appeals Winelands toll plan ruling 

By: News24Wire      17th August 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) appealed a judgment over the right to toll the N1 and the N2 highways at the Supreme Court of Appeal on Tuesday. The judgment had been in favour of the City of Cape Town. On September 30 last year, the Western Cape High Court reviewed and... 

South Africa clamps down on noncompliant goods 

By: News24Wire      16th August 2016 In the 2014-15 financial year, more than R548-million worth of poor quality, unsafe goods were removed from the South African market, said Asogan Moodley, CEO of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS), on Tuesday. “These products were stopped at the ports of entry in Durban,... 

Eskom can cut off your power, but must be fair – Madonsela

By: News24Wire      16th August 2016 Eskom does have the right to disconnect electricity when tampering is suspected, but it must be done in a reasonable, lawful and procedurally fair manner. That is essence of the Public Protector’s provisional report titled, “Who tampered?”, which has been leaked to the media before its final... 

South Africa needs more start-up businesses

     15th August 2016 The Global Entrepreneur Monitor global report says that while South Africa is not alone in its decline and failure rate for small businesses, what remains concerning is the country’s low level of start-up activity, Mike Anderson, Founder & CEO of the National Small Business Chamber, says that... 

Union embarks on strike at Telkom

By: News24Wire      12th August 2016 Hundreds of Telkom staff have launched strike action against the company this week over a pay dispute. The Communication Workers Union (CWU), which is behind the strike, says Telkom workers need a cost-of-living inflation linked salary increase. 

National SEZ roadshow goes to the W Cape

By: Anine Kilian     12th August 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) national roadshow on special economic zones (SEZs) will make a scheduled stop in Cape Town, on August 17. The roadshow is aimed at unpacking key aspects of the SEZ Act, which was passed into law in February. 

SMA Solar shuts factories as pricing pressure intensifies

By: Reuters     12th August 2016 SMA Solar, Germany's top solar power equipment maker, will shut down production sites in Denver and Cape Town, citing pricing pressure from Chinese rivals that seek to dump their products outside their collapsing home market. "The acceleration of price pressure in the solar industry has been... 

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