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mLab partners with CSIR to foster mobile health development

By: Anine Kilian     27th May 2016 Mobile solutions laboratory mLab Southern Africa has joined forces with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to stimulate more open innovation and development within the mobile health (mHealth) and wellness sector. The partnership, announced Friday, would include a number of... 

A sobering visit to Chernobyl 30 years on

     27th May 2016 Watching a post-apocalyptic movie doesn’t do justice to the experience of walking down the main road of the model Soviet town of Prypyat thirty years after it was evacuated in the aftermath of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident. What was once a spacious boulevard is now a forest hiding... 

Global nuclear agency ready to help African countries adopt atomic power

By: Keith Campbell     27th May 2016 The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, has reaffirmed his organisation's readiness to help African countries adopt nuclear energy, if they wish to. "Your country [South Africa] is the only established user of nuclear power [in Africa]. Other countries... 

Ian Cilliè

     27th May 2016 This week we feature Ian Cilliè, MD of SKF Southern Africa, which provides engineered solutions, specialising in bearings, seals, mechatronics, power and transmission and mechanical services through SKF South Africa and lubrication systems and fire suppression through Lincoln South Africa  

Power management company unveils new products

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th May 2016 Power management company Eaton launched its first month-long exhibition, called South Africa Mobile Tech Day, to showcase solutions in commercial construction that combines expert analysis and demonstrative exhibitions to address customers’ power management needs. The Eaton Mobile Tech Day... 

SA’s first lighthouse still in working order – 192 years on

By: Jade Davenport     27th May 2016 It is said that there are more than 3 000 shipwrecks off the coast of South Africa. This should hardly be surprising, given that our coastline, particularly the section around the Cape, which was originally christened Cabos das Tormentas (Cape of Storms) by Bartolomeu Dias, the first Portuguese... 

Water footprinting integral to water management systems

     27th May 2016 Professional services firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa have shifted focus to advising clients within the private sector to focus on their water strategies in order to sustainably manage water resources while lowering operational costs. WSP have assisted companies such as private hospital... 

Truck market to drop 13% in 2016; 2017 to offer little reprieve – ITSA

By: Irma Venter     26th May 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. 

China the promised land for South African winemakers

By: Reuters     26th May 2016 South African tycoon Koos Bekker sells wine from his vineyard all over the world, but a small detail offers a clue as to where his priorities may lie - all the bottles are labelled in Mandarin. Other producers along the Stellenbosch wine routes where his 

Safcei prepared to go to ConCourt over ‘secret’ nuclear deal 

By: News24Wire      23rd May 2016 An environmental group locked in a legal battle with government over its nuclear procurement plans said on Monday that it is prepared to take the matter all the way to the Constitutional Court. Speaking after a fundraising breakfast to raise funds for the court battle, Southern African Faith... 

BMW SA unveils solar carport charging for its electric car range

By: Irma Venter     23rd May 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... 

Protect performance critical surfaces with Thermal Spray coating solutions for improved pump efficiencies

     20th May 2016 The application of Thermaspray’s protective thermal spray coatings reduce degradation processes on performance critical pump components to extend operating life and improve pump efficiencies for optimised uptime and increased production. Pumps are essential in many heavy industries including... 

Call for more certainty on nuclear energy in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     20th May 2016 Nuclear experts are anxious to get to the request for proposals (RFP) stage in the nuclear build plan for South Africa. “Let’s get this RFP to vendors to see what they can offer and what the costs will be. Over the past few years, we have got closer and closer to this point and are ready to take... 

Alternative fundraising model seen flourishing but regulatory issues could stifle uptake in South Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th May 2016 The mining industry is facing increasing risk aversion from equity and debt investors, owing to testing circumstances in the depressed global market, particularly with regard to falling commodity prices, slower economic growth in China and reduced mining production. Owing to traditional funding... 

Funding for South African pharmaceuticals research increasing

     20th May 2016 Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca through its research trust has awarded seven South Africans grants totalling R1.5-million for the 2015/2016 year. This increases the total number of research grants conferred locally by the trust to 18 since its inception in 2014. 

Skyjacks

     20th May 2016 East Rand-based Skyjacks has been supplying  the construction, mining, building and maintenance industries with specialised access systems – including powered suspended platforms, aerial work platforms and aluminium scaffolding – for over three decades, having been established in 1978. Since... 

South African, Indian electronics associations ink skills transfer agreement

By: Kim Cloete     19th May 2016 The South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC) on Thursday signed an agreement with the Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers Association (IEEMA) to boost business opportunities and transfer skills between India and Africa. The two organisations would work together to boost... 

Johannesburg’s City Power among big winners at African Utility Week awards

By: Kim Cloete     19th May 2016 Johannesburg’s City Power has scooped the award for Africa’s Power Utility of the Year, while the George Airport solar plant and Sierra Leone’s Kandeh Yumkella of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative also won awards. Uganda’s National Water and Sewerage Corporation won the coveted Water... 

Transnet Engineering targets big rise in third-party orders as OEM strategy evolves

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2016 The engineering unit of State-owned Transnet has set a target of securing 40% of its revenue from third-party orders by 2021, which would represent a material increase from current levels of around 12%. The bulk of Transnet Engineering’s R10-billion in yearly revenues is currently derived from... 

Rosatom seeks cooperation agreements for African nuclear expansion

By: Reuters     19th May 2016 Russia's State nuclear agency Rosatom plans to sign cooperation agreements with Kenya, Uganda and Zambia to lay the groundwork for an expanded presence in sub-Saharan Africa beyond its planned bid to build nuclear power plants in South Africa. Rosatom has voiced confidence in its ability to see... 

South Africa faces potential 1.1bn cubic metre water deficit by 2035 – WRC 

By: Kim Cloete     19th May 2016 South Africa may be heading for a large water deficit of as much as 1.1-billion cubic metres by 2035, warns Water Research Commission (WRC) CEO Dhesigen Naidoo. The country would require an estimated two-billion cubic metres of water by 2035, but this may not be enough, he told delegates at the... 

Water, energy sectors need to collaborate more – World Bank

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2016 The interplay between water and energy is more critical than ever, with climate change forcing people to work together, according to World Bank energy and extractives global practive director Charles Feinstein. “You can’t tackle energy problems without being sensitive to water demands. Global... 

New partnership to boost smart energy tech in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2016 South African consulting firm EON Consulting has joined forces with global advisory firm Analysys Mason and leading renewable-energy producer Iberdrola to boost the development and implementation of smart energy technologies and services in South Africa. “Transformation in the energy sector is... 

DoE launches appliance label to encourage energy savings

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) has unveiled an energy efficient label for domestic appliances in a bid to promote energy savings in South Africa.   The South African Energy Efficiency Label would be attached to all appliances that meet the minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) so that... 

Renewable-energy prices reach low of $0.03/kWh 

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2016 New technologies and the rapid rise of renewable energy have shaken up the global energy landscape, with prices falling to below $0.03/kWh. “We are now in the world of three cent renewable energy,” said Bloomberg New Energy Finance UK advisory board chairperson and founder Michael Liebreich. 

Nuclear will be needed in years to come, says Eskom

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2016 While State-owned power utility Eskom has acknowledged the importance of renewable energy as a way of producing better and cheaper energy, it maintains that nuclear will still be needed as baseload energy in years to come. Eskom distribution group executive Mongezi Ntsokolo told delegates at... 

UN expert urges African utilities to improve policies, pricing

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2016 African power utilities have been urged to adopt good policies and pricing and be at the forefront of change or risk being left behind. “Africa contributes less than 3% of manufacturing globally. That is unacceptable. Our population will be 1.4-billion by 2030 and two-billion by 2050. We need to... 

EKD Kolibri Energy Chain from Powermite delivers seamless, cost-effective protection of cables & hoses

     17th May 2016 EKD Kolibri energy chain from electrical and mechanical equipment and energy supply systems specialist, Powermite, has been delivering high quality, reliable, cost saving solutions for seamless operation of mobile equipment across Southern African industry for more than 3 decades. Produced in... 

Restore the original function of castings, reduce scrap & save with polymeric coating solutions from Thermaspray

     17th May 2016 Diamant polymeric metal product solutions from Thermaspray, in partnership with Diamant Metallplastic GmbH based in Germany, can deliver substantial cost savings for the foundry industry by significantly reducing scrap through the restoration of the original function of castings. Porosity, blow... 

Riverbed Helps Energy Company Engen Centralize Remote and Branch Office IT and Accelerate Application Performance

     17th May 2016 Riverbed Technology, the application performance company, announced that global energy company Engen is using Riverbed solutions to centralize Remote and Branch Office IT, and improve productivity, back-up and data security across its multi-national organization. Riverbed® SteelFusion™ has... 

Gas industrialisation could be a game-changer, say industry players

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2016 Potential investors and experts in South Africa’s gas industry foresee great potential in the sector despite the risks.  “We are on the cusp of a global oversupply of shale gas. We have the opportunity to ship gas and drive industrialisation in industries from glass and cement to agroprocessing... 

SAICE launches new marine division  

By: Anine Kilian     16th May 2016 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering has launched its new marine division, which will act as a forum for members in the marine environment to exchange ideas for the betterment of the sector. “The division must work towards enabling competent institutions that can either do... 

Global companies start to influence consumers

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2016 In the wake of mounting climate change, a global conference on sustainable brands has shown how some companies are starting to innovate and redesign manufacturing, products and services to be more in tune with sustainable practices. “Brands, large and small, are showing the way, with some... 

It all starts with lifting: Renttech South Africa’s Unilift range of lifting and rigging equipment provides both peace of mind and value for money

     16th May 2016 The role that lifting and rigging plays in industry is often underestimated, but in many cases an entire industrial process both starts and ends with the lifting of heavy materials. Indeed, lifting is an integral part of most industries, from mining to manufacturing, construction to engineering,... 

Up your game on sustainability, challenges Manuel

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2016 Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has criticised both governments and companies for failing to live up to their commitments on sustainable development and has called for better laws and greater enforcement of those laws. He was speaking at the first ever Sustainable Brands Conference to be... 

Pia Solar

     13th May 2016 From humble beginnings in the Eastern Cape five years ago, PiA Solar – a designer, manufacturer and installer of mounting systems for the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry – has grown into a major African structures supplier, with over 460 MW supplied and/or installed to date. The full range of... 

Pioneering road construction at the foot of Africa

By: Jade Davenport     13th May 2016 Driving along the highly developed network of highways, roads and mountain passes that connect the urban and rural settlements of South Africa, it is quite easy, in this modern day, to take for granted the relative ease with which one is able to get from point A to B. Yet, less than two centuries... 

Surveillance vessel visits CT on courtesy port call

By: Kimberley Smuts     13th May 2016 French surveillance frigate the Nivôse arrived in Cape Town in February for a courtesy port call from Reunion Island, a French island in the Indian Ocean, after patrolling French southern and Antarctic territories. The French Embassy in South Africa notes that during the courtesy call,... 

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