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First phase of new medical precinct in Cape Town completed

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th December 2016 The new flagship Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital has been opened in Cape Town’s central business district (CBD). The 16-storey building, with about 30 000 m2 of floor space, will comprise 248 beds, of which of 61 will be used for intensive care and high care. 

App ensures improved security for businesses

By: Victor Moolman     9th December 2016 To further improve security for businesses, technological engineer and mobile application (app) provider ttrumpet has designed a mobile app that will enable businesses to monitor their surroundings, link camera systems and provide new information on any security risks. 

Prof Mark Alexander To Edit Latest Revision Of ‘’Concrete Bible’’

     8th December 2016 The Concrete Institute has announced that Prof Mark Alexander, who at the end of 2015 retired from the Department of Civil Engineering at UCT, will edit the 10th edition of the world-renowned ‘’concrete bible’’, Fulton’s Concrete Technology. Bryan Perrie, managing director of TCI, says Prof... 

GBCSA launches Green Star – Communities Pilot Programme in South Africa

     8th December 2016 The Green Building Council South Africa today announced the launch of the locally applicable version of the Green Star – Communities rating tool in South Africa. The tool is a framework that will drive the development of more sustainable neighbourhoods and precincts, ultimately making African... 

Anglo confronts messy divorce in miner’s South Africa birthplace

By: Bloomberg     8th December 2016 In 1917, Ernest Oppenheimer met with South African general and soon-to-be Prime Minister Jan Smuts to seek his blessing for a new mining company called Anglo American. Smuts wanted one assurance, the company was there for the long haul. Anglo, along with its sister company De Beers, made... 

Salvage Of Bulk Carrier ‘Antaios’

     7th December 2016 The condition of the disabled bulk carrier ‘Antaios’, currently under tow by the salvage tug ‘Smit Amandla’ approximately 650 miles west of Cape Town, South Africa, is reported to be stable as preparations for the offshore transfer of 170 metric tonnes of her bunker fuel continue. The 27 776 DWT... 

Numsa reiterates rejecting minimum wage, throws shade at Ramaphosa 

By: African News Agency      7th December 2016 The National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) on Wednesday reiterated its rejection for the proposed national minimum wage and also said that it did not support the endorsement of deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa as the next president of the African National Congress (ANC). In a fiery media briefing... 

Lily Mine probe escalated to inquiry

By: SANews, SA government news service     7th December 2016 The Department of Mineral Resources says the investigation into the tragic Lily Mine disaster, which left three mineworkers trapped underground, will be converted into an inquiry. Xolile Mbonambi, the Acting Chief Inspector of Mines, said this when the department appeared before the Portfolio... 

Old Mutual’s Cape Town office a southern hemisphere leader in green building

By: Anine Kilian     5th December 2016 Old Mutual’s Mutualpark offices, in Pinelands, Cape Town, have received a 5-star Green Star South Africa (SA) Existing Building Performance rating.   This rating by the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) makes it the largest existing building to achieve this level of environmental... 

Indaba invaluable, time-efficient industry barometer – previous delegates

By: Nadine James     5th December 2016 Considered the preferred deal-making platform for mining in Africa, the Investing in African Mining Indaba – scheduled to run from February 6 to 9, in Cape Town – offers invaluable networking opportunities and informative discussions and presentations, contributing to the success of African... 

Engen Swartland 1-Stop celebrates 20 years

     5th December 2016 The Engen Swartland 1-Stop, located on the N7 outside of Cape Town, celebrated its 20th anniversary on 2 December.   The service station, which started off as “cash only” with an old fashioned ‘ZipZap’ credit card machine, has gone through extensive improvements over the years but has always... 

Illegal electricity connections tripping up service delivery in Cape Town

By: African News Agency      5th December 2016 The City of Cape Town’s electricity services department is facing an uphill battle to prevent illegal connections to the grid, the city said on Sunday. Last week, attempts to disconnect illegal users resulted in violent protest action in Schaapkraal and the Philippi horticultural area. 

Lufthansa's year-round Frankfurt-Cape Town route launched

By: Anine Kilian     2nd December 2016 International airline Lufthansa’s new direct year-round flight between Frankfurt and Cape Town is scheduled to arrive in Cape Town on Saturday morning. Passengers on this flight will enjoy a newly retrofitted Airbus A340-300, which boasts 279 seats and offers the airline’s new intercontinental... 

Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital aims to change face of local medical care 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd December 2016 The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital (NMCH), in Parktown, Johannesburg, was launched on Friday. Built over two years, the hospital will host a number of centres of excellence for paediatric care. This includes the cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery ward, an oncology and haemotology ward, a... 

Business process outsourcing to increase job opportunities in Western Cape

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 Business process outsourcing (BPO) industry body and investment promotion agency Business Process Enabling South Africa (BPESA) continues to create jobs in South Africa’s BPO sector by increasing the jobs that are projected to be created across South Africa by the industry from 30 800 currently... 

Freight and logistics company of the year named

     2nd December 2016 South Africa-based transport company Dachser South Africa (SA) has been named the Freight and Logistics Company of the Year at the ninth Transport Africa Awards 2016. The Transport Africa Awards are designed to recognise companies that have demonstrated an unparalleled ability to succeed and have... 

Monitoring portal ensures standby power equipment is primed

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd December 2016 Power management solutions provider Powermode has introduced its monitoring portal, which provides real-time feedback on the performance of standby power equipment to prevent power failures. 

Plans in place to stimulate industries for further economic growth

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 Being the second largest regional economy after Gauteng, the Western Cape is set on creating new industries as well as stimulating labour-intensive industries such as agroprocessing, marine culture, the green economy, tourism, and oil and gas to further grow the economy. 

Ansys showcases manufacturing capabilities

By: David Oliveira     1st December 2016 Engineering solutions provider Ansys on Wednesday hosted investors and media on a tour of its technology investment business unit Parsec’s manufacturing facility, in Irene, Gauteng. Ansys CEO Rynier van der Watt highlighted that the facility was dedicated to the manufacture of high-end technology... 

Cape Town refurbs boost Emira’s Western Cape property portfolio occupancies

By: Anine Kilian     1st December 2016 JSE-listed Emira Property Fund has completed upgrades at several key performing properties in Cape Town.   “We’re strengthening our portfolio by assessing each asset for opportunities to unlock and grow value,” says CEO Geoff Jennett.   As a result of the upgrades, Emira’s office vacancies in the... 

BASF appoints new South Africa MD, country cluster head

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st December 2016 International chemicals company BASF has appointed Benoit Fricard South Africa MD and Southern Africa country cluster head. He joined the organisation in 2002 and most recently held the position of BASF South America performance materials director. 

New approach to airport lounges will keep Standard Bank customers flying effortlessly into 2017 and beyond

     1st December 2016 Bustling day and night, South Africa’s major airports are cities in their own right.  Spread over hundreds of hectares of land, their buildings offer more than just places to wait for flights; they are ‘destinations’ where there are more restaurants than in many shopping malls, banks, shopping... 

Seacom’s business unit gains traction 

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th November 2016 Pan-African telecommunications firm Seacom has gained better-than-expected momentum in its quest to grow its enterprise segment, with the well received establishment of the second unit opening up the East African market. The business unit, which launched its full set of business offerings to the... 

Porsche to open technician training centre in Cape Town

By: Irma Venter     30th November 2016 German sports car manufacturer Porsche will, from the middle of next year, train 75 young South Africans from disadvantaged backgrounds as service technicians at its new Porsche Training and Recruitment Centre, in Cape Town. The course has a duration of three years. Those who complete the course... 

SA Taxi secures R300m in funding to take on Uber

By: Irma Venter     30th November 2016 SA Taxi has secured R300-million in funding from Futuregrowth Asset Management, which it will use to provide financing to the company’s Zebra Cabs owner-driver scheme. SA Taxi is South Africa’s largest financier of minibus taxis. It acquired Zebra Cabs metered taxis in 2015, motivated by the need... 

Wine and Olive Oil Suppliers Expo heads for Cape Town in 2017

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th November 2016 South Africa is the eighth largest producer of wine in the world with export volumes having doubled in the past ten years. According to a study commissioned by the SA Wine Industry Information & Systems (SAWIS), published in January 2015, of the R36.1 billion gross domestic product (GDP)... 

Cape Town harbour’s Alfred Basin

By: Jade Davenport     25th November 2016 Given that Cape Town was the most important port on the sea route between Europe and the East, for the first half century that the British administered this strategic maritime jewel, it is surprising that little effort was made to develop any infrastructure that could transform Table Bay into a... 

Energy efficient charging of electric vehicles successfully piloted at PE varsity

     25th November 2016 By Heather Dugmore After a year of development, a smart grid pilot project for the energy efficient charging of electric vehicles (EVs) through battery storage and energy management across a network of charging stations has proved successful. 

Filtration group focuses on product expansion

     25th November 2016 Filtration group CLARCOR Engine Mobile Group released over 250 filtration products in the first half of this year. 

German drive engineering group to expand activities in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     25th November 2016 German drive engineering group SEW Eurodrive is planning to expand its assembly capacity in South Africa. The company operates 15 manufacturing plants in Germany, France, Brazil, the US and China, which ship components to assembly plants in 75 countries, including South Africa. “We invest in all... 

Govt, business must jointly boost township economy

By: Sydney Majoko     25th November 2016 As the township economy is usually referred to as a secondary or informal economy, there is a huge risk that it could be regarded as not being important to the economy as a whole. That could prove truly detrimental to the creation of employment in the long run. There are, however, very... 

Water restrictions could impact significantly on business

By: Anine Kilian     24th November 2016 The impact of reducing water supply in the City of Cape Town could have catastrophic implications for unprepared businesses over the next three to four years, notes business rescue practitioner Global Continuity GM Greg Comline. This warning follows the City of Cape Town this month implementing... 

Engen launches PETRONAS lubricants through rebranded Engen Oil Centre franchise

     23rd November 2016 Engen Petroleum, a leading producer and marketer of a wide range of fuels, lubricants and oil based products, has rebranded its lubricants distribution business as Engen Oil Centre – marking its official launch of the PETRONAS Lubricants International (PLI) range in the market.   Engen Oil... 

“Public Participation Is Crucial To Progressing Sa’s Electricity Plan” - SAFCEI

     23rd November 2016 Yesterday, South Africans got their first glimpse at the Department of Energy’s (DoE) proposed electricity plans. The proposals suggested in the plan came as no surprise to the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environmental Institute (SAFCEI) and Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA-JHB), who... 

Recent rainfall improves dam levels

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd November 2016 As a result of increased rainfall in recent weeks, the total volume of water in storage across South Africa’s dams and water systems increased this week from 47.9% to 48.7%, according to the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). The department further confirmed that water released from the... 

Stor-Age declares higher-than-forecast interim dividend

By: Anine Kilian     22nd November 2016 Real estate investment trust (Reit) Stor-Age, which listed on the JSE in November 2015, on Tuesday declared a dividend of 43.04c for the six months to September 30, outperforming the prospectus forecast by more than 6%. The Reit owns and operates a portfolio valued at R1.4-billion and comprising... 

FibreCo appoints Business Development Executive

     22nd November 2016 FibreCo Telecommunications today announced the appointment of Sammy Thamsanqa Mafu as its Business Development Executive.  This strategic and pivotal role will help drive the growth of the company, driving new business initiatives as well as aligning FibreCo’s growth strategy with the... 

Five W Cape municipalities declared ‘disaster areas’ as drought persists

By: Anine Kilian     22nd November 2016 The ongoing drought taking a toll on the Southern African region is impacting significantly on the Western Cape, which has declared five municipalities local disaster areas, according to Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Minister Anton Bredell, who... 

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