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Discovery CE scoops innovation award

By: Kim Cloete     18th August 2017 Discovery Group CE Adrian Gore has been awarded the 2017 Growth, Innovation and Leadership (GIL) Visionary Innovation Award: Africa 2017. He received the award from global research and consulting organisation Frost & Sullivan, which, this week, hosted its yearly GIL Africa summit, in Cape Town.... 

Ten injured after Metrorail train derails near Bellville station

By: African News Agency      18th August 2017 At least ten people suffered minor to moderate injuries when a train carriage derailed near Bellville station in Cape Town on Friday morning. Emergency services provider ER24 said that at about 08.15, paramedics from ER24, Metro EMS and Rescue Services, police, as well as other services, arrived... 

Cape Town reveals sites of proposed new water desalination plants

By: News24Wire      18th August 2017 Cape Town's Granger Bay, Hout Bay and Dido Bay may soon be home to three proposed new desalination plants that the city intends commissioning to make extra drinking water for its residents and visitors, according to tender documents issued this week. Earlier on Thursday Cape Town Mayor Patricia... 

Biofuels company launches franchise solution

     18th August 2017 Cape Town-based biofuel company Biogreen Diesel will start franchising its ‘Biodiesel & Research model’, to aid in the expansion of the industry and simultaneously increase awareness of biofuels in the region. The company, having made the announcement in June on its website, says it felt it had... 

Cape firm launches compact solar-powered battery system

By: Dylan Slater     18th August 2017 Cape Town-based energy storage solutions company BlueNova Energy has launched its first, fully integrated solar photovoltaic (PV) system – the CompactHybird – onto the South African market.  

Crystal Events Africa

     18th August 2017 Crystal Events Africa, formerly Crystal Events & Incentives, is a leading conference, incentive travel and corporate meeting organiser in South Africa. Its recent expansion into Africa has increased its business capacity to successfully drive intercontinental business through in-bound incentive... 

Joburg Council Chamber’s innovative design receives recognition

By: David Oliveira     18th August 2017 The City of Johannesburg’s (CoJ’s) Council Chamber, which is managed by the CoJ’s property portfolio company Joburg Property Company (JPC), has been awarded the Public Services Development award by the Africa & Arabia Property Awards. The JPC will officially receive the award at a ceremony at the... 

LSFB expands into student accommodation

By: Victor Moolman     18th August 2017 Student accommodation requires fast, efficient and sustainable building solutions, prompting the increased use of light steel frame building (LSFB) for its construction, explains Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) director John Barnard 

Procurement standard set to stop use of ‘cheap’ professional services

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 The National Treasury’s (NT’s) standard for infrastructure procurement and delivery management aimed at addressing government’s use of “cheap” professional service providers in public infrastructure projects officially became applicable to municipalities last month.  

Wind body aims to use mentoring scheme to support gender transformation

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th August 2017 The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) has launched a programme to connect leading women in the energy sector with senior students at South African universities and young professionals currently entering the energy sector. The WindAc Africa Mentoring Programme seeks to promote the... 

Africa can benefit from global volatility

By: Kim Cloete     17th August 2017 Despite major global challenges, including global trade, Africa has the opportunity to step up to global change and benefit from the volatility that is shaking up the world, says Thomson Reuters Africa MD Sneha Shah. “Africa has the richest resource pool in the world, but we always lose, because... 

Business leaders facing the wave of digital transformation

By: Kim Cloete     17th August 2017 Business leaders are urgently trying to keep pace with the surging pace of digital transformation globally.   Frost & Sullivan senior partner Dorman Followwill told delegates at the Growth, Innovation and Leadership (GIL) Africa 2017 summit, in Cape Town, on Thursday that the world was faced with... 

Paragon is one of the largest design practices in Africa

     16th August 2017 Leading architectural, interior design, and space planning practice Paragon is one of the largest in Africa. Over the past seven years, it has undertaken projects in 18 countries on the continent, and in Brazil. Projects have been completed in eleven countries in Africa, encompassing both... 

City of Cape Town to release 'Water Resilience Plan'

By: News24Wire      15th August 2017 A comprehensive plan to avoid the City of Cape Town running out of water will be announced on Thursday, the city said on Monday. This as the city's storage dam levels stood at 31.1% on Monday compared to 56.1% for the same period in 2016. 

Eskom electrifies 800 households in Klipheuwel community

By: Anine Kilian     14th August 2017 State-owned Eskom is aiming to achieve universal access to electricity by 2020 and more than 4 000 new households across the Western Cape have been connected to the grid since January.   Cape Town executive mayor Patricia de Lille officially switched on electricity for close to 800 households in... 

Growthpoint Properties a step closer to wholly owning N1 City Mall

By: African News Agency      11th August 2017 JSE-listed Growthpoint Properties got one step closer to acquiring N1 City Mall from Redefine Properties after the Competition Commission recommended to the Competition Tribunal that its proposed merger be approved without conditions. The 64 000 m2 N1 City Mall, with over 140 stores, is situated... 

US Embassy welcomes new Consul General to Cape Town

     11th August 2017 Consul General Virginia Blaser has been appointed to lead the Consulate General in Cape Town. “Consul General Blaser brings extensive experience from across the continent, where she led key US embassies, promoting trade and investment, empowering women and young leaders, and supporting... 

Amid growing water worries, desalination option enters SA’s supply debate 

By: Dylan Slater     11th August 2017 Scarce surface water resources in South Africa are threatening the availability of potable bulk water, which is also coming under strain because of growing suburban areas and increased demand from consumers. The recycling of wastewater to ensure long-term sustain- ability has been posited as the... 

Mining-impacted water punted as potential source of supply for agriculture 

By: Dylan Slater     11th August 2017 There is a dire need for alternative, sustainable cheap processes to treat mining-impacted water (MIW) and acid mine drainage (AMD), says State-owned research organisation Mintek senior scientist Tamsyn Grewar, who calls for support for irrigation as a preferred reuse activity for the treated MIW... 

AgriProtein assessing two new fly-farming sites in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2017 Waste-to-nutrient group AgriProtein will expand its presence in South Africa with two new fly-farming sites, while also growing its research and development function in the country, says CEO Jason Drew. AgriProtein started operations in Cape Town in 2015, launching the world’s first... 

Amid growing water worries, desalination option enters SA’s supply debate

By: Dylan Slater     11th August 2017 Scarce surface-water resources in South Africa are threatening the availability of potable bulk water, which is also coming under strain because of growing suburban areas and increased demand from consumers. The recycling of wastewater to ensure long-term sustainability has been posited as the... 

Chris Baloyi

     11th August 2017 This week we feature Chris Baloyi, MD of Bosch Capital, an advisory services, capital raising and investment company   

Open Design festival to be held in Cape Town this month

By: Dylan Slater     11th August 2017 The yearly design and innovation gala the Open Design Cape Town Festival will be held in conjunction with a new symposium on the way in which art, design, mathematics, science and technology can collaborate to ignite innovation.  

Phase 1 of aquarium resealing project completed

By: Nadine James     11th August 2017 Speciality chemicals manufacturer a.b.e. Construction Chemicals supplied a range of products for the resealing of the waterproofing system of two Cape Town Two Oceans Aquarium tanks between January and March this year. The Two Oceans Aquarium – located at the V&A Waterfront – is resealing its... 

Think-tank hands over title deeds to residents of Western Cape town  

By: Ilan Solomons     11th August 2017 Think tank the Free Market Foundation’s (FMF’s) Khaya Lam land reform project last month handed over the latest batch of title deeds to residents in the town of Grabouw, in the Western Cape, thereby taking the project’s total title deed handover tally to 1 360. Khaya Lam project manager Perry... 

Zuma is said to consider dropping Minister Zwane if he wins vote

By: Bloomberg     8th August 2017 South African President Jacob Zuma is considering making changes to his Cabinet if he survives a motion of no confidence in Parliament, according to two officials of the ruling African National Congress who have knowledge of the matter. Minerals Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, Energy Minister... 

No-confidence vote signals 'High Noon' for South Africa's Zuma

By: Reuters     8th August 2017 Protesters blocked roads with burning tyres and rocks on Tuesday in a show of opposition to President Jacob Zuma hours before the South African parliament was due to vote on a no-confidence motion which could force him to step down. Newspaper headlines reflected the high stakes at play -- "JZ's... 

Clyde & Co further expands its insurance footprint in South Africa with key partner hires

     8th August 2017 Global law firm Clyde & Co has today announced the appointment of Deon Francis and Reshana Pillay as Partners in its leading insurance practice in South Africa. They will be based in Johannesburg. Deon and Reshana both join from Hogan Lovells, where they have built successful self-standing... 

Cape Town residents advised to use water sparingly during hot weather

By: News24Wire      8th August 2017 The City of Cape Town is urging all water users to reduce their water usage further during the unseasonably hot, dry weather that Cape Town is currently experiencing. The city said consumption has remained too high, exacerbated by the warmer weather and associated evaporation. 

African Marine Waste Conference Highlights Need For More Collaboration, Communication And A Clear Game Plan For The Plastics Industry

     7th August 2017 The 2017 African Marine Waste Conference took place from the 9th to the 13th of July in Port Elizabeth, and was attended by approximately 200 delegates from 9 African states and a further 10 countries from other continents. The inaugural African Marine Waste Conference was managed by the... 

Howards Quarry Meets Much Asphalt Standards With Quality Dolerite Stone

     7th August 2017 High quality dolerite aggregate from B&E International’s Howards Quarry at eMalahleni is keeping Much Asphalt’s nearby static plant well stocked to produce asphalt for the N4 highway project and developments as far as Nelspruit over 200 km east. As one of southern Africa’s largest commercial... 

AfriBusiness supports renewable energy  

By: Anine Kilian     4th August 2017 Business rights watchdog AfriBusiness this week said it supports the stance of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille on renewable energy and welcomes possible court action against State-owned Eskom. This court action is being considered as a result of the refusal by Eskom and the national government... 

Engineering marvel at foot of Lions Head places JG Afrika at the top of SAICE Awards

     4th August 2017 It is more than just sheer magnitude and modern aesthetics that have placed a new residential development in a very affluent area of Cape Town in the spotlight. This new six-storey residence at 145 Kloof Road at the foot of Lions Head in Clifton is also a major civil- and structural-engineering... 

Transnet mulls options to improve Durban port efficiencies

By: Shirley le Guern     4th August 2017 Improving ship turnaround times, implementing a scheduling system to alleviate crippling truck congestion at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) and rescheduling construction of the Durban Dig Out Port (DDOP) were some of the key topics discussed during a business-to-business breakfast hosted by... 

City published harbour bylaw for public comment

     4th August 2017 The City of Cape Town has made its draft Harbour bylaw available for public comment, proposing to reverse the long-running systematic mismanagement of the city’s harbours under the national departments of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), and Public Works (DPW).  

Liezl Gericke

     4th August 2017 This week we feature Lizl Gericke, country manager for Southern Africa at Virgin Atlantic   

New development zone in Cape Town

     4th August 2017 Property development company AMDEC Property Development has developed a nautically-inspired commercial and residential space in the Roggebaai Canal Tourism Precinct, in Cape Town, called the Yacht Club. 

Variance rates measured in eight metropolitan municipalities

     4th August 2017 The South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) has compared the level of rates and taxes levied in each of the eight metropolitan municipalities of the country which reveals some variance in the cents in the rand rate across the main property types. 

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