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Randgold CEO Bristow ‘super excited’ about Africa as ‘next China’

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 6 hours ago Africa needs investments coupled with aggressive growth and if correctly managed, will be the world’s "next China", says Randgold Resources CEO Dr Mark Bristow, who has developed half a dozen highly successful gold mines on the continent besides traversing its length and breadth on his motor... 

Chevron’s Refinery in Milnerton celebrates its 50th anniversary with a Community Day celebration

     Updated 6 hours ago More than 800 guests marked the Milnerton Refinery’s 50th year with a guided ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour. Chevron South Africa, which markets its fuel under the Caltex brand in South Africa,   celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Cape Town Refinery, situated in Milnerton,by opening its doors to... 

City of Cape Town connects more backyarders to the power grid

By: African News Agency      26th September 2016 The City of Cape Town’s electricity services department is pumping a further R50 million into its backyarder electrification project in 2016/17, the city said on Sunday. A total of R229.5-million had been spent on this project from inception up until this financial year, mayoral committee member... 

Commission’s ports probe to place spotlight on Transnet’s economic impact

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd September 2016 State-owned logistics company Transnet, which owns all commercial ports in South Africa and is the sole operator of the country’s container and automotive terminals, has naturally had a major influence over port operations and terminal handling charges. However, that role and dominance have often... 

BMW, Nissan expand national charging footprint for electric vehicles

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2016 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) and Nissan South Africa has expanded the national charging footprint for electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in electric hybrid vehicles (PHEV) with the introduction of their first joint charging stations in the Western Cape. The continued roll-out of charging... 

Commission’s ports probe to place spotlight on Transnet’s economic impact

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd September 2016 State-owned logistics company Transnet, which owns all commercial ports in South Africa and is the sole operator of the country’s container and automotive terminals, has naturally had a major influence over port operations and terminal handling charges. However, that role and dominance has often... 

Local unit of global defence group enjoying significant success

By: Keith Campbell     23rd September 2016 South African private-sector defence company Saab Grintek Defence (SGD) is enjoying such success that it has had to recruit 198 new staff since January 2015, taking its work force up to 719 people. The company, 75%-owned by Sweden’s Saab and 25% by black South African investors, now has customers... 

New technology optimises manufacturing process

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2016 Cape Town-based aluminium-frame structure manufacturer Speed Structures is adapting skill sets to enhance adaptability of temporary structures for a variety of applications, such as military, warehousing and agriculture, as well as the traditional event, exhibition and festival industry. 

Revenue service releases customs strategic plans

By: Riaan de Lange     23rd September 2016 Do you know what the values of the South African Revenue Service (Sars) are? According to the organisation's strategic plan for the period 2016/17 to 2020/21, released on September 5, Sars has seven values: These fairness, accountability, integrity, respect, transparency, trust and honesty. On... 

Growthpoint debuts in South Africa’s 50 Most Valuable Brands

     22nd September 2016 Growthpoint Properties has debuted in 50th place in Brand Finance’s list of South Africa’s 50 Most Valuable Brands. In doing so, it has also become only SA REIT to be included in this prestigious index. Each year, leading brand valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance puts thousands of... 

Agilitude partners with Qstream and boosts its Salesforce offering

     22nd September 2016 Platinum Salesforce partner, Agilitude has announced a strategic partnership with Qstream, makers of a mobile sales capabilities platform for igniting high-performance teams. The move not only supports Qstream’s global rollout and footprint in EMEA, but strengthens Agilitude’s already... 

DBSA aims to ‘catalyse’ funding to poor munis as it sets R100bn funding goal

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2016 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) disbursed a record R17.1-billion during its 2016 financial year, up from R13-billion in 2015, with disbursements to the country’s eight metropolitan councils (metros) surging to R7.5-billion from R3.7-billion. CEO Patrick Dlamini said a total of... 

Mining Indaba opens the door for more emerging miners to participate

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd September 2016 The Investing in African Mining Indaba has “recreated a platform for the emerging or smaller miner to participate at a palatable price point”, says outgoing Mining Indaba MD Jonathan Moore. Mining Indaba in June announced price reductions of up to 50% for mining corporates, as many companies had... 

Sanral judgment a victory for Cape Town - De Lille 

By: News24Wire      22nd September 2016 Sanral should stop wasting taxpayers' money and concede that they have followed an unlawful process in trying to toll the N1 and N2 freeways in Cape Town, the city's mayor said on Thursday. "The City of Cape Town has won every round in court since we launched our review application on 28 March... 

Multi-Disciplinary Design Solutions Through Parametric Modelling Paper Presented at SEMC

     22nd September 2016 Arup façade engineer, Rudolf le Roux, presented a paper on ‘Multi-Disciplinary Design Solutions Through Parametric Modelling’ at the Sixth International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation (SEMC 2016) recently held in Cape Town. The conference, hosted by the University... 

Top talent primed for the 2016 Engen Champ of Champs

     22nd September 2016 The journey to the top for many of the country’s prodigiously talented young footballers is set to continue following the draw for the eagerly anticipated Engen Champ of Champs on Tuesday, 20 September 2016. The Engen Champ of Champs, which pits the five regional Engen Knockout Challenge winners... 

SCA to rule on Winelands tolling

By: News24Wire      22nd September 2016 The Supreme Court of Appeal is to rule on the Winelands toll route matter on Thursday. The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) appealed a judgment over the right to toll the N1 and the N2 highways in August. The judgment was in favour of the City of Cape Town.On September 30 last... 

MICROmega buys CSIR Food and Beverage Laboratories

By: African News Agency      21st September 2016 IT and financial services firm, MICROmega Holdings on Wednesday announced the acquisition of CSIR Food and Beverage laboratories, formerly a division of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The CSIR Food and Beverage laboratories provide chemical analytical services that focus... 

Uber pilots dashcams in Cape Town

By: News24Wire      21st September 2016 Internet ride-sharing app Uber has launched a month-long dashcam pilot in Cape Town amid the service experiencing recent safety concerns. The digital cameras record what is happening in front of the Uber cars on the road as well as inside vehicles where riders and drivers sit, Uber Africa... 

Futuregrowth seeks ‘right side of history’ with clean coal

By: Bloomberg     21st September 2016 Futuregrowth Asset Management, South Africa’s largest specialist fixed-income money manager, said it won’t participate in funding of coal-fired power generation until the industry develops environmentally sustainable methods of operating. The decision is based on the company’s investment... 

TomTom helps Sasol solar challenge team

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th September 2016 Through its flagship products, TomTom will support Nuon Solar Team when it participates in the yearly Sasol Solar Challenge. The Dutch team won last year’s overall competition, the World Solar Challenge. 

Awards recognise game-changers in South Africa’s energy sector

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th September 2016 Strategic adviser Dr Willie de Beer received the 2016 South African National Energy Association (Sanea) Energy Award in recognition of his ongoing contribution to the local energy sector. The awards recognise South Africans and their efforts in ensuring that the country enjoys a stable and secure... 

Koeberg unit shut down for refuelling

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th September 2016 Unit 1 of the Koeberg nuclear power station, near Cape Town, will be shut down on Monday for a planned refuelling outage. This outage will take just over a month, with the unit expected to be back on line towards the end of October. Koeberg Unit 1 has been on stream without any interruption since... 

iX Engineers – an Enterprise Development success story

     19th September 2016 An active participant in the transformation of South Africa, project delivery and engineering consultancy WorleyParsons RSA has demonstrated that Enterprise Development can be successful, as attested to by the creation of iX Engineers (Pty) Ltd, a 53% black-owned consulting engineering company... 

Apps Will Boost Maturing Mobile Market, Says WASPA

     16th September 2016 Greater local app development is the key to sustaining a South African cellular market with significantly more mobile devices than users. "South Africa is Africa's biggest economy and the most mature cellular market with an impressive 130% mobile penetration. When there are more cellphones than... 

Eskom delivers on services despite arising challenges

By: Sascha Solomons     16th September 2016 Service delivery in South Africa is a very demanding undertaking, says the Western Cape provincial branch of State-owned utility Eskom; however, it has to be done regardless of the challenges. Eskom provincial spokesperson Jolene Henn adds that for this reason, the delivery of projects within the... 

Mobile platform enhances safety across industries

By: Kimberley Smuts     16th September 2016 Technological engineer and mobile application (app) provider ttrumpet currently has a number of apps and services that are used to gather information and drive awareness about safety across industries. “Technology is driving innovation . . . particularly changes in existing customer service... 

Water fund to slake Cape Town's thirst by restoring native bush

By: Reuters     15th September 2016 Cape Town is planning to launch a new fund by the end of 2017 that will improve its water supply by restoring the native shrubland plants covering the region's watersheds and aquifers. Amid uncertain rainfall patterns as the planet warms, protecting indigenous vegetation should yield more water... 

First Cut – celebrating 60 years at the ‘cutting-edge’ of South African industry

     15th September 2016 From a cool-drink can to an oil tanker, before something is manufactured or fabricated, each component needs to be cut from raw material. However, the speed, accuracy, precision and reliability with which that cutting is done all has a profound impact on a manufacturer’s ultimate profitability.... 

Coating solutions from Thermaspray for wear protection of glass product manufacturing tools

     15th September 2016 Joint venture companies Thermaspray and Surcotec have a combined technical expertise and experience of over three decades in offering a comprehensive range of coating solutions that protect against wear and extend the service life of tools used in the manufacturing of glass products. Most... 

Vitol plan to buy Gupta coal terminal stake may be thwarted

By: Bloomberg     12th September 2016 Vitol Group’s plans to buy a stake in Africa’s biggest coal terminal from a company controlled by South Africa’s Gupta family, who are friends of President Jacob Zuma, could be thwarted by the preemptive rights held by existing shareholders in the export facility, people familiar with the matter... 

#YourJourneyStartsHere continues at Engen Champ of Champs

     12th September 2016 The journey to the top for many of the country’s most talented young footballers continues as the winners of the regional Engen Knockout Challenge competitions face-off for the Engen Champ of Champs title in early October. The 2016 Engen Knockout Challenge crowned regional champions in Port... 

Water research institute launched at UCT

By: Kim Cloete     9th September 2016 A water research institute that aims to generate new knowledge and come up with innovative ways to manage water in South Africa was launched at the University of Cape Town (UCT) by Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane at an event held in Cape Town on Thursday. The Future Water... 

Curve moves into Grosvenor Square, Century City

     9th September 2016 Curve Financial Services, a new start-up services company offering free banking and an e-commerce platform throughout Africa, is the latest tenant to move into the Grosvenor Square sectional title office development in Century City. Four of the five free-standing blocks in the development have... 

Fluor Receives Award for Project Excellence

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th September 2016 The prestigious Hugh K. Coble award was recently presented to Fluor South Africa for the Natref Clean Fuels II/Octane Project located in Sasolburg, South Africa. Fluor was awarded a contract by Sasol Group Technology in June 2013 to perform basic engineering services associated with the Natref... 

Deeper gets deadly for workers in ageing South Africa gold mines

By: Bloomberg     9th September 2016 Finding minerals in South Africa after more than a century of digging often means going deeper than ever before. Now, it’s also becoming deadlier. In a country that remains one of the biggest producers of gold, platinum and diamonds, 60 mining deaths this year through August was 20 percent higher... 

SAIW inspects high quality welding operations in France

     9th September 2016 Following the announcement late last year by the South African government that it would be going out on tender for the procurement of 9.6 GW of nuclear power, a delegation from France, which is interested in bidding, visited the South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) as part of its mission to... 

Gordhan makes no bones about SAA 

By: News24Wire      8th September 2016 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan made no bones about South African Airways (SAA) during an interview by political analyst Justice Malala at the Open Book Festival in Cape Town on Thursday. To this Gordhan replied that some kind of continuity had to be created. 

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