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TNPA undertakes R15m maintenance dredging campaign at Cape Town port

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th March 2017 The dredging services division of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has implemented a R15-million maintenance dredging campaign at the Port of Cape Town to restore the design depths inside the Duncan dock. The maintenance campaign, which was started two weeks ago and is scheduled for... 

Competition Commission extends fresh produce market agent raid to Cape Town, Durban 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 The Competition Commission on Friday extended its search and seizure operation targeting fresh produce market agents, to premises in Cape Town and Durban. This followed its raid, on Thursday, of the premises of nine fresh produce market agents suspected of involvement in alleged cartel and... 

Cape Town park earmarked for housing, work development 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 Plans are under way to develop 120 ha of the 240 ha Two Rivers Urban Park (TRUP), in Cape Town, into a mixed-use development to provide previously disadvantaged and lower-income families access to the central business district. The TRUP, located near the confluence of the city’s Liesbeek and... 

Cape Town to take delivery of 11 electric buses by year-end

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2017 Cape Town’s fleet of eleven electric buses are scheduled for arrival by the end of 2017, “operating by the beginning of 2018, or sooner”, says Cape Town Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) commissioner Melissa Whitehead. The buses will be supplied by Chinese green energy firm BYD, in... 

Drone piloting course launched following increased demand

By: Dylan Slater     24th March 2017 With interest in remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASes), or drones, increasing, seemingly unhindered by their high costs, Cape Town-based RPAS sport organisation Drone Racing Africa (DRA) has introduced a basic drone flying course.  

Nuclear build programme will bring immense benefits 

By: Kelvin Kemm     24th March 2017 South Africa builds and exports Mercedes-Benz vehicles from East London.  BMW cars are built in Pretoria, as are Ford cars. Other vehicle brands are also built are this country.  I have toured the BMW and Ford plant several times, and I can assure you that what you see is South African workers... 

Property body investigates municipal rates and taxes

By: David Oliveira     24th March 2017 The South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) announced last month that it had reappointed specialist consultants Rates Watch to monitor rates policies for the next five years, owing to the negative impacts of rising municipal rates and taxes on operating costs, gross rentals and property... 

State of the township economy

By: Sydney Majoko     24th March 2017 During this year's chaotic State of the Nation address (Sona), in February, President Jacob Zuma promised that, in line with the radical economic development that government is embarking on, the State will use its buying power to boost and empower small business enterprises, especially rural and... 

Exosun, Lesedi partner to offer localised solar tracking solutions in South Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd March 2017 Global supplier of solar tracking solutions for ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) plants Exosun and South Africa-based engineering, procurement and construction company Lesedi Nuclear Services have entered into a partnership to provide localised solar tracking systems in South Africa. “Lesedi will... 

Maxiflex welcomes customers to their doors

     23rd March 2017 Maxiflex has been a specialist and trusted supplier of a fully comprehensive range of high quality, efficient and reliable door and dock loading solutions to the Southern African industry for 27 years. Alongside the renowned in-house Maxiflex brands, the company also boasts sole distribution... 

City of Cape Town to try flexi-time, work from home, to reduce gridlock

By: News24Wire      22nd March 2017 The City of Cape Town will introduce flexi-hours and an option for working from home for some employees to help reduce the city's infamous rush-hour gridlock. The city also wants bosses in private companies to consider doing the same. Something had to give, said Brett Herron, the city's mayoral... 

Jasco acquires 65% stake in Cross Fire for R52m

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd March 2017 JSE-listed Jasco is acquiring a 65.4% stake in Cross Fire in a R52.3-million deal with Cross Fire management and its Cross Fire founder John Cross. The addition of Cross Fire will bolster Jasco’s existing fire solutions portfolio in the blue-chip corporate market and lift it into the top three... 

Vedanta already turning Anglo’s discarded zinc assets to account 

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2017 Diversified mining company Vedanta, which is being associated with the acquisition of 13% of the equity of Anglo American by Volcan Investments because of the link both these entities have with Indian billionaire Anil Agarwal, has done well with the South African assets it acquired from Anglo... 

China's Sinopec nears deal to buy Chevron's South African oil assets – sources

By: Reuters     17th March 2017 China Petroleum and Chemical Corp (Sinopec) is nearing an agreement to buy a majority stake in Chevron Corp's South African assets, which are estimated at $1-billion, two people familiar with the transaction said. The sources said that Sinopec, Asia's largest oil refiner, was the last bidder... 

Junior miners under strain as investors increasingly look elsewhere

By: Dylan Slater     17th March 2017 Encouraging investment for junior miners is becoming a persistent issue amid faltering markets and investors increasingly seeking ways to settle their capital in other markets, stocks and companies that can guarantee its safeguarding and growth. Based on the sentiment of participants of the... 

Microgrid powers Kruger Park lodge resort

     17th March 2017 American battery manufacturer Aquion Energy last month announced the completion of  a newly installed offgrid microgrid at a nature lodge resort in Kruger National Park in South Africa, which consists of a 55 kWh Aquion Aspen battery bank, paired with a 10 kW solar array. Aquion, which... 

Partnership aims to build 25 fly farms a year

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2017 Austria-based engineering group Christof Industries has partnered with waste-to-nutrient company AgriProtein to build up to 25 fly farms a year. AgriProtein rears fly larvae (on an industrial scale) on organic waste and harvests the larvae to make natural, high-protein animal feed products.  

Power products on display at Solar Show Africa

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Global electronics company Omron Electronics will showcase its power-monitoring, power-management and energy-saving products at the Solar Show Africa 2017 – which runs alongside the Power & Electricity World Africa 2017 conference taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre on March 28 and 29.... 

Project Biro and Hotel defence projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th March 2017 Armscor plans to build three offshore patrol vessels and three inshore patrol vessels. 

Sanral initiates training scheme for small firms ahead of N2 Wild Coast construction

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has started with the roll-out of a R120-million community development and small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) training programme in anticipation of the construction of the N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR). The programme aims to... 

Statistical ‘sleight of hand’ abounds

By: Kelvin Kemm     17th March 2017 The statistician-general of South Africa is Dr Pali Lehohla.  We have known each other for years and have engaged in many interesting discussions. Recently, when commenting on statistics in the modern world, he made the point that, with modern technology, data is now available in unprecedented... 

MCS registers its first ship under the South African flag

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th March 2017 Cape Town-based vessel operator, seafarer recruitment and training company Marine Crew Services (MCS) has registered a modern, multipurpose platform supply and support vessel (MPSV) on the South African Ships Register. The 4 221 t, 93.67 m MPSV Greatship Manisha, bareboat chartered from owner... 

Sasol officially launches 2017 GTC Championship

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th March 2017 The Sasol GTC Championship team on Thursday welcomed newest team member Robert Wolk, who will be behind the wheel of the team’s BMW GTC racer. Thirty-one-year-old Wolk replaces Hennie Groenewald, who stepped down to start a new business venture in Cape Town. Wolk has been racing since the age of... 

Fortress Income Fund launches R650 million Louwlardia development

     16th March 2017 The JSE listed Fortress Income Fund has officially launched the Louwlardia Logistics Park, a R650 million A Grade logistics facility that is under development alongside the N1 in Centurion.   Speaking at the launch,  executive director Andrew Teixeira said that Louwlardia was part of the 1... 

KPMG to take the lead with industry solutions at African Utility Week

     15th March 2017 Generating value and creating agility in the evolving business landscape of power and utilities With the firm’s goal to focus on ‘future proofing’ in an effort to prepare for both foreseeable and  unforeseeable forces that are fundamentally changing the power and utilities industry, KPMG has... 

Expect more oil price volatility over the coming months – Vitol

By: Kim Cloete     15th March 2017 A continuing massive stock overhang could contribute to more volatility in the oil price over the coming months, says energy and commodities company Vitol global analyst Simon Warren. He told delegates at the yearly conference of the African Refiners Association (ARA), in Cape Town, that despite... 

Refiners commit to producing clean fuels 

By: Kim Cloete     15th March 2017 Although Africa’s oil refining industry will need significant investments to adapt to the move by industry and the automotive sector to cleaner fuels, companies say they are committed to the change. “The impact will touch all sides of the industry, starting with refining and marketing. It will... 

Government confirms lawsuits from Marikana victims total close to R1.2bn

By: African News Agency      15th March 2017 Government has been served with summonses of claims of over R1.1-billion in compensation from the victims of the Marikana massacre, which claimed the lives of 34 people on April 16, 2012, and ten others in the preceding week, it emerged in Parliament on Tuesday. Briefing Parliament’s portfolio... 

Oakbay Resources' CEO resigns 

By: African News Agency      15th March 2017 Oakbay Resources and Energy, which is owned by the controversial Gupta family, announced on Wednesday that its CEO Jacques Roux had resigned with effect from the end of this month. Roux took over from Varun Gupta in May last year. 

Emergency measures in place for water crisis – Cape Town

By: News24Wire      14th March 2017 The City of Cape Town said on Monday disaster planning was underway to ensure measures were in place for the possibility of an extended drought. "[We] continue planning for the implementation of contingency and emergency measures in conjunction with the National Department of Water and... 

Low dam levels, high number of fires a challenge for the Western Cape

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th March 2017 The Western Cape government on Monday renewed its call for citizens to reduce their water consumption, as the average level of the province’s dams now stood at 28.4%. Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Minister Anton Bredell said the continued drop in... 

Standout Eastern Cape learners commence student life

     13th March 2017 Two standout Eastern Cape learners who attended an Engen Maths and Science School in their area, aced their matric examinations and are now all set to pursue their tertiary studies in medicine and engineering at the University of Cape Town. Athini Mqolora achieved an impressive overall average of... 

Top learners head to Cape Town and Harvard to commence student life

     13th March 2017 The Engen Maths and Science Schools EMSS is a national initiative that addresses key skills shortages in the engineering and technical fields by providing after hours Maths and Science tuition to learners who show an advanced aptitude in the subjects.    Engen’s manager of Corporate Social... 

Heading For Harvard

     13th March 2017 Hailing from KwaZulu-Natal and an attendee of the Engen Maths and Science School at Mangosuthu University of Technology, Sasasa Dlamini completed matric with an 89% average and distinctions in all his subjects. A learner at Westville Boys High School, Sasasa is bound for Harvard University in the... 

Sars to lay complaint with JSC against Judge Dennis Davis

By: African News Agency      10th March 2017 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) on Friday accused Judge Dennis Davis of “unashamedly” misleading the public by claiming that the revenue services was at a risk of imploding. This comes after Davis, chairperson of the Davis Tax Committee, addressed a conference on tax evasion and illicit... 

Cradle of South African aviation

By: Jade Davenport     10th March 2017 The birth of South Africa's aviation industry cannot be pinpointed to one location or date or to a single individual. While East London may boast the status of hosting the first flight in South Africa, the first aerodrome, along with the first flying school, was, in fact, established in... 

Norwegian company to design the South African Navy’s new survey ship

By: Keith Campbell     10th March 2017 Norwegian ship design and shipbuilding company Vard Marine, a subsidiary of Italy’s Fincantiere group (which holds 55.63% of the Norwegian enterprise), has confirmed that its VARD 9 105 hydrographic/oceanographic ship design is the one offered to the South African Navy (SAN) by Southern African... 

R150bn small-business opportunity 

By: Terence Creamer     10th March 2017 The new Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPFA) regulations, which will take effect on April 1, have the potential to provide a significant stimulus to small business development in South Africa. The updated rules explicitly allow for a “set aside” in tenders for firms with a certain... 

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