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Global atomic agency selects South African for key regulatory post

By: Keith Campbell     23rd June 2017 South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) CEO Dr Bismark Tyobeka has been appointed chairperson of the Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the NNR announced on Friday. The appointment was decided at the annual RCF Steering Committee meeting... 

Company to expand its fastener market share

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd June 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Rutherford’s fastener division FTS Fasteners and Fixings is working steadily to expose its customers to its new product range and aims to increase its South African fastener market share by increasing the product range, improved stockholdings as well as through... 

Disaster on different continents

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     23rd June 2017 It is storms and rain in Cape Town. I have been in countries where natural disasters have occurred and have been reported on the television (okay, clever clogs, they have been reported on radio, newspaper, the Internet and by word-of-mouth at the local pub but, in this column . . . television). 

Increased customs duty on stainless steel fasteners an ‘oversight’

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd June 2017 Cape Town-based fastener supplier Fastenright is appealing to the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) to remove the customs duty that was implemented on stainless steel fasteners on April 1. 

Infrastructure development key to accelerating growth, Gama avers

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd June 2017 Industrialisation and the provision of infrastructure will accelerate Africa’s economic growth, says State-owned logistics provider Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama. Speaking at the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) Conference promotion breakfast, in Johannesburg, earlier this month, he... 

Zuma backs Zwane on new Mining Charter

By: African News Agency      22nd June 2017 President Jacob Zuma on Thursday threw his weight behind the controversial revised Mining Charter published by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. “Yes, I believe firstly, the minister gave the briefing and consultation, including the cabinet and what the minister is doing has been... 

Western Cape govt hopes to see dams 75% full by October

By: News24Wire      21st June 2017 The Western Cape government has cautioned residents to use water sparingly, despite the increase of dam levels across the province following recent rains. Local Government MEC Anton Bredell said dams had risen to 21.2%. 

Cape Town dam levels rise by 3.7% following recent rains

By: News24Wire      20th June 2017 The City of Cape Town on Monday warned residents to curb water consumption, saying recent rains had done little to elevate the ongoing drought. On Monday afternoon, the city's storage dam levels stood at 23.1%, an increase of 3.7%, following recent rains. 

City of Cape Town releases request for information to industry on possible temporary water solutions 

By: African News Agency      19th June 2017 Despite recent rain, the City of Cape Town is increasing its efforts to secure new sources of temporary water supplies in the midst of the worst drought in 100 years, mayor Patricia de Lille said on Sunday. At the May council meeting, the council resolved to take a new water resilience approach... 

Zwane defends new Mining Charter

By: Reuters     19th June 2017 South Africa mine's minister on Sunday defended new regulations seeking to accelerate black ownership in the key industry as a "win-win" situation for all, despite objections from an industry body threatening court action to block the changes. Minister Mosebenzi Zwane released the government's... 

Gigaba announces ministerial meeting on economy, says fiscal consolidation will stay

By: African News Agency      16th June 2017 President Jacob Zuma has called a meeting of key ministers in a fortnight to devise a strategy to spur the South African economy out of recession, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Thursday. “The president has stressed the urgency of a co-ordinated response, and is convening a full-day... 

Num welcomes Mining Charter, but says it wanted higher black ownership targets

By: African News Agency      16th June 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (Num) on Friday said while it welcomed the reviewed Mining Charter gazetted this week, the goverment-set targets for black ownership of the country’s mineral wealth could have gone further. In a statement, the union welcomed the introduction of a 30% black... 

A new refinery would be a sensible move for South Africa’s future 

By: Kelvin Kemm     16th June 2017 When she prese Budget Vote in Parliament in May, the Minister of Energy; Mmamoloko Kubayi said that she intended to approach Cabinet with a proposal to build a new oil refinery in South Africa. I think that this is a good idea.  The sooner the better.  The Minister pointed out the danger of... 

Distribution network helps facilitate equipment access

     16th June 2017 Fabricators can now access welding consumables and equipment aupplier ESAB’s welding machines, consumables, automation equipment and gas apparatus following the its partnership with industrial equipment supplier Howden Donkin’s distribution and logistics network. 

Local airline announces new routes after public survey

By: Keith Campbell     16th June 2017 South African low cost carrier FlySafair announced at the beginning of the month that it was launching new routes on its network. These will be between Durban and East London and Durban and Port Elizabeth. The new routes will be in operation by the end of November. The decision to implement these... 

Budding local wind technicians graduate on Global Wind Day

By: Kim Cloete     15th June 2017 After seven months of intense training, 18 young South Africans graduated from the internationally recognised Wind Turbine Service Technician programme, in Cape Town, on Thursday, which also happened to be Global Wind Day. Five of the seven months of training were spent at the South African... 

Onshore gas production Africa: ‘We’ve walked the road many still fear to tread’ Renergen COO

     15th June 2017 South Africa’s sole onshore natural gas project Tetra4 owner Renergen has just secured $17m of government funding. Chief Operating Officer Nick Mitchell will reveal more about this landmark project at the Oil & Gas Africa Conference in Cape Town next month Thirteen gas wells make up the Tetra4... 

Global business aviation group offering drone services in Africa

By: Keith Campbell     14th June 2017 Worldwide business aviation company ExecuJet announced on Tuesday that it has added unmanned air vehicle (UAV) services to its activities at its African bases (Johannesburg, Cape Town and Lagos). The company will, however, be able to deploy UAVs to any place in the continent, to meet customers’... 

The journey to stardom beckons at the 2017, Engen Knockout Challenge.

     13th June 2017 The journey to stardom beckons for many young football hopefuls via the Engen Knockout Challenge. Brought to you by Engen, South Africa’s leading petroleum brand*, the Engen Knockout Challenge is played in five cities across South Africa, namely: Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Bloemfontein... 

More Metrorail delays after delayed Cape Town trains torched

By: News24Wire      13th June 2017 Train commuters were on Tuesday stuck with further delays on all routes after eight train carriages were set alight at Cape Town station. In a service alert on its Twitter account, Metrorail said residual delays of "60+" minutes were being experienced in the region. 

Storms in South Africa's Cape fail to stem water shortages

By: Reuters     13th June 2017 South Africa's tourist capital Cape Town remains gripped by critical water shortages despite being lashed by torrential rains last week in the region's worst storm in 30 years, officials said on Tuesday. More than eight people were killed and thousands forced from their homes after gale force... 

Need to keep saving water and using water sparingly remains essential, says Cape Town mayor De Lille

By: African News Agency      12th June 2017 The need to keep saving water and using water sparingly remains as pressing as ever despite the recent rain, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille said on Sunday. “Today [Sunday] I visited the city’s Think Water exhibition at the Canal Walk shopping centre where dozens of great water saving... 

Why engineers from across sub-Saharan Africa will head for the Western Cape in July

     12th June 2017 Cape Town is the hub of the oil, gas & petrochem sector for sub-Saharan Africa and the city hosts Oil & Gas 2017, a three-day conference and expo. Engineers are being invited to Cape Town this July for Oil & Gas 2017 with its unique three-day conference, with presentation on issues from fracking... 

Digital Transformation in Africa: Real change requires a fundamental shift

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th June 2017 Frost & Sullivan’s GIL 2017 Africa summit will discuss how to build effective digitalization strategies Global markets are being disrupted by an accelerating pace of technological change, and Africa is close behind. Digital transformation has entered an era of unprecedented change for... 

Better supply chains will help turn SA business around

     9th June 2017 As South Africa slips into recession following two consecutive quarters of negative growth, supply chain experts met in Cape Town at SAPICS 2017 this week to share ways of keeping business competitive in a volatile but tech-enhanced world.   Geo-politics, trade rules and robotics jostled on the... 

Atlantic Hills business park project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     9th June 2017 The project entails the development of a new industrial precinct on a 72 ha site, with 45 ha zoned for light industrial business. 

Company unveils containerised gas-to-power product offering

By: David Oliveira     9th June 2017 Cape Town-based containerised renewable-energy generation company SustainPower hosted their official gas-to-power product launch at African Utility Week (AUW), held in Cape Town last month. The company focusses on containerised gas-to-power and solar solutions with the integration of technologies... 

Lean technology approach helps mattress manufacturer remain competitive

By: Dylan Slater     9th June 2017 Langlaagte-based sleep products manufacturer the Bravo Group’s Sleep Factory attributes its lions’ share of the domestic premium sleep products market to an adoption of low technology processes, low levels of automation and, instead relying on a large labour-intensive workforce and refined... 

Residential solar PV poses significant threat to utility model 

By: David Oliveira     9th June 2017 Increasing environmental awareness was driving South Africans to invest in a more sustainable future by installing solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop panels, global professional service company Accenture resources associate director Ashley Maistry said at the African Utility Week, held in Cape Town... 

Smart electricity meter standards presented

By: David Oliveira     9th June 2017 Underwriters Laboratories (UL) presented on important new standards for testing and certifying smart electricity meters at the African Utility Week, held in Cape Town last month. During the presentation, titled Accelerating Technology Adoption with Product Standards, UL electricity utility... 

Water, water everywhere . . .

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     9th June 2017 A year ago, we had electricity load-shedding and now, in the Western Cape, we may have water-shedding. There is a very very serious water shortage in the Western Cape. There is a website that gives updates on the steady decline of the dam levels. At the time of writing, the dams were 19.7 % full,... 

Cost-saving protective coating solutions for hostile chemical & petrochemical environments

     8th June 2017 The unmatched protection and wear properties of Thermaspray’s range of superior quality, highly dependable coating and welding solutions offer excellent protection against surface wear and corrosion and assist in enhancing the lifespan of parts and components in the chemical and petrochemical... 

BMW SA seeks greater govt commitment for EV expansion in SA 

By: Irma Venter     8th June 2017 Two years after its market launch in South Africa, the BMW i-brand has established itself as the best selling electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) in the country. Since the i-brand’s market introduction in March 2015, a total of 419 BMW i models have been delivered to... 

Protection and recovery in infrastructure spend to determine fate of revived Highveld mill

By: Terence Creamer     6th June 2017 The newly reopened heavy structural mill (HSM) at Highveld Steel, in Mpumalanga, is expected to ramp up to its 18 000 t/m nameplate capacity over the coming few months, having produced 4 100 t since its initial restart in April. However, both Highveld and ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), which... 

‘Creative destruction’ drives business change

     6th June 2017 Economies the world over are in a brutal and unsettling phase of transition in which new technologies are shaking the foundations of business and demanding innovative solutions from supply chain managers.   Speaking at the 39th SAPICS conference at Century City in Cape Town, keynote speaker Sean... 

Desalination the way to go in water-scarce South Africa 

By: Kim Cloete     5th June 2017 With South Africa facing even more dire water shortages than expected, the need for desalination is vital and should be at the forefront of government plans, according to local water expert and University of the Free State professor Dr Anthony Turton. “Desalination is a critical component. It is... 

Thermaspray’s plasma coating solutions are helping the adhesives and labelling industries out of sticky situations

     5th June 2017 The remarkable properties of plasma coating technologies from coating specialists, Thermaspray, can extend component service life and reduce costs significantly. This is achieved by improving component performance and efficiency in the adhesives and labelling industry. Replacing parts with new... 

Salga to convene inaugural Council of Mayors in Cape Town

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd June 2017 South Africa’s 257 metropolitan, district and local mayors are set to convene at the South African Local Government Association’s (Salga’s) inaugural two-day Council of Mayors convention, in Cape Town, from June 8 to 9. Among the mayors, speakers and panellists are Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba,... 

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