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Africa remains a high potential oil frontier

By: Jean McKenzie     14th March 2012 In the context of the current nature of the oil and gas industry and the world crude oil price, Africa continued to be a “great frontier for the future”, Dr Duncan Clarke, chairperson and CEO of Global Pacific and Partners, said at the Oil and Gas Africa 2012 conference in Cape Town on... 

Oil and gas industry dynamics changing as LNG growth accelerates

By: Jean McKenzie     14th March 2012 The global oil and gas industry had undergone a number of major developments in the recent past, which would affect the industry significantly going forward, Deloitte & Touche South Africa oil and gas leader Anton Botes said on Wednesday. These developments include the growth of the liquefied... 

Company Announcement: From Finish Line To Bike Wash-Pragma To Ensure A Smooth Ride For Absa Cape Epic Participants

     14th March 2012 Physical asset management company Pragma, who was nominated as best overall race village service at the 2010 Absa Cape Epic for the Pragma Bike Wash, will once again join forces with the organisers of the event this year to surpass previous accomplishments and services provided. 

Vunani says financial performance solid

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th March 2012 Investment firm Vunani Property Investment Fund (VPIF) reported on Monday a solid financial performance since listing on the JSE in August 2011, despite a difficult operating environment. The company, meeting its distribution target of 8%, declared a maiden cash distribution of 27c a linked unit... 

South Africa goes big on nuclear a year on from Fukushima 

By: Reuters     9th March 2012 South Africa will come to the rescue of a nuclear industry, still struggling for customers a year after Japan's Fukushima disaster, with a tender for one of the world's biggest atomic power deals. Firms from France, the US, Japan, South Korea, China and Russia have been lining up for years for a... 

SA to sign new biotechnology agreement with the ICGEB

By: Henry Lazenby     8th March 2012 South Africa will sign a new operation agreement with the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), Cabinet said on Thursday. The ICGEB is an international organisation that was established by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation in 1987 and is... 

Company Announcement: Huawei shows off new technologies at its mobile road show

     8th March 2012 Huawei, the world’s leading information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, has embarked on the South African leg of its Mobile Truck Road Show to demonstrate its new Enterprise solutions to partners and customers in action. 

Energy shortfall worse than over investing – consultant 

By: Jean McKenzie     8th March 2012 The negative impacts of an energy shortfall are much worse than the risk of potentially over investing in new energy generation capacity, NorConsult Africa director Tore Horvei warned this week. The estimated cost of having insufficient electricity available in South Africa could be as much R75... 

Agriculture sector offers opportunities in Africa

By: Jean McKenzie     7th March 2012 Governments in Africa should consider more favourable agriculture policies to create an enabling environment for agriculture and agribusiness to be globally competitive, delegates at the sixth African Economic Forum in Cape Town heard this week. Agricultural Business Chamber CEO Dr John Purchase... 

Company Announcement: Goscor Group of Companies acquires Bobcat Equipment SA

     7th March 2012 The Goscor Group, an Imperial Holdings Limited subsidiary, announces that it has acquired Bobcat Equipment SA (Pty) Ltd and Bobcat Equipment Rental SA (Pty) Ltd. 

Tolls will 'milk' the public – Cosatu

By: Sapa     7th March 2012 The private operator of Gauteng's controversial tolls is going to "milk" the public, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said in a memorandum prepared for handing over during its anti-toll protest on Wednesday. "All the evidence indicates that the revenues from the tolls are... 

Davies says intra-African trade is key to SA growth 

By: Jean McKenzie     7th March 2012 Strengthening bilateral trade and investment relations with African countries was a key trade and economic strategy for South Africa, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies told the sixth Africa Economic Forum in Cape Town this week. “We have realised for a long time that the African... 

SADC energy infrastructure integration could lower end-user costs

By: Jean McKenzie     6th March 2012 Countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) should look at better integrating energy infrastructure to lower the costs for end-users, South Africa’s Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters said on Tuesday. “It may be more effective to link the region’s pipeline network for gas, as... 

Strike action could damage SA economy 

By: SA News     6th March 2012 The planned Cosatu industrial action has the potential to damage the South African economy, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) has warned.  

Leading UK airline investing billions, augmenting SA service

By: Keith Campbell     6th March 2012 Major international airline British Airways (BA), part of the International Airlines Group (IAG) is investing £5-billion over a five-year period in new aircraft, cabin interiors, cabin crew training and various hardware and software systems designed to benefit its passengers. The programme... 

South Africa

By: Asha Ramsaran     13th April 2011 What’s On provides you with information about conferences, exhibitions, seminars, training courses and other events pertaining to general industry and the mining sector. To include information about an upcoming event, e-mail whats-on@engineeringnews.co.za with key details. 

Cape Town port adopts ‘dual cycle’ strategy in bid to improve efficiency

By: Jade Davenport     19th November 2010 In an effort to further improve productivity and efficiency at the Port of Cape Town Terrminal, Transnet Port Terminals has implemented a Dual Cycle operations system, where containers are discharged and loaded simultaneously from a vessel using ship-to-shore cranes.  

Retailer opens new ‘green’ store at Cape supermarket

By: Jade Davenport     12th November 2010 Leading South African retailer Woolworths has strengthened its commitment to environmental sustainability with the opening of an environmentally-friendly store at the new Palmyra Junction shopping centre in Claremont, Cape Town. 

Future plans for Athlone site still to be determined, says the City of Cape Town

By: Jade Davenport     3rd September 2010 The Athlone cooling towers of Cape Town’s last remaining coal-fired power station were demolished last week after the structures were declared unsafe earlier this year.  

Cape Town battles to curb street light cable theft

By: Jade Davenport     25th June 2010 The City of Cape Town is falling victim to an unprecedented wave of electricity cable theft, which is compelling the City to employ innovative strategies to curb the increasing incidents of theft.  

Cement gathering to focus on emissions reduction, sustainable development

By: Jade Davenport     19th March 2010 It is estimated that global cement production accounts for as much as five percent of global carbon emissions. Although there are no clear figures for emissions from cement manufacturing in Africa, analysts believe that the sector’s contribution to the continent’s total carbon emissions is... 

Report highlights governance challenges in electricity sector

By: Jade Davenport     12th March 2010 An independently-commissioned report detailing the governance challenges confronting key electricity sector agencies was released earlier this month in Cape Town. 

First phase of Koeberg interchange upgrade 
to be completed by World Cup kick-off

By: Jade Davenport     5th February 2010 The first milestone of the R690-million Koeberg Interchange upgrade project is anticipated to be completed by the end of April and in time for the Soccer World Cup. 

Cape design house wins kudos for cargo-protecting bag inflator

By: Jade Davenport     22nd January 2010 The multi-award winning Cape Town-based product development consultancy …XYZ has added a new product to its prestigious portfolio with the design and manufacture of a break-bulk container cargo securing and protection bag inflator. 

R418m Cape Town station revamp moves into final phase

By: Jade Davenport     15th January 2010 The extensive R418-million renovation of the Cape Town Station is moving into its final phase of construction and is anticipated be completed in time for the kick-off of the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup. 

Construction of R2,3bn Jeffreys Bay wind farm 
to start in 2011

By: Jade Davenport     30th October 2009 Construction of the first phase of a R2,3-billion 125MW wind farm in the vicinity of Jeffrey’s Bay in the Eastern Cape is anticipated to begin in the first quarter of 2011. 

New Cape Town fuel depot 
should help improve supply security

By: Jade Davenport     30th October 2009 South Africa-based petroleum products marketer Engen Petroleum has opened its own fuel storage and loading depot in Cape Town, having previously operated out of the city’s sole crude oil refining facility, the Chevron Refinery in Milnerton. 

Cape Town susceptible to effects of sea level rise – new study

By: Jade Davenport     16th October 2009 Global climate change predictions suggest that, amongst others, sea level rise and an increase in the intensity and frequency of storm events may have a significant impact on coastlines across the globe.  

Feed-in tariff seen as growth stimulus for renewable-energy market

By: Jade Davenport     16th October 2009 Despite the considerable potential that exists to produce electricity using renewable energy in Southern Africa, renewable-energy projects have, to date, been largely limited to off-grid, small-scale applications. 

Cape Town releases 2010 Green Goal programme update

By: Jade Davenport     25th September 2009 The City of Cape Town launched the Green Goal progress report last week, a document that highlights the effort made by Government to ensure that the 2010 World Cup is an environmentally responsible event and leaves a positive environmental legacy in the region. 

Cape Town-based generator supplier experiences significant growth

By: Jade Davenport     18th September 2009 Cape Town-based turnkey generator supplier, Superwatt, has experienced significant growth over the last 18 months. 

State-of-the-art Cape Town film studios taking shape

By: Jade Davenport     18th September 2009 Construction of the R430-million Cape Town Film Studios (CTFS) is well underway, with the first phase scheduled for completion during the first quarter of 2010. 

Europe-based IT security 
solutions firm opens new branch in Cape Town

By: Jade Davenport     28th August 2009 Europe-based information technology (IT) security solutions firm Trusted Logic has announced a R47,5-million investment to establish a subsidiary in Cape Town called Trusted Logic Africa. 

Cape Town earmarks R900m for electricity distribution infrastructure upgrade

By: Jade Davenport     29th May 2009 The City of Cape Town has earmarked almost R900-million to upgrade the metropole’s electricity network in the coming financial year.  

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