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Leadership and inclusive growth to take centre stage at WEF on Africa

By: African News Agency      28th April 2017 Africa’s drive to generate inclusive economic growth and the leadership this requires will be the focus of the twenty-seventh World Economic Forum on Africa, taking place in Durban, South Africa, from May 3 to 5. The 27th World Economic Forum on Africa will convene over 1,000 leaders from more... 

Discussions to spark innovative solutions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Engineers Without Borders South Africa (EWBSA) last month hosted an interactive discussion for students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and young professionals regarding the future of sanitation in South Africa last month.  

Riverbed Announces Partner Program Updates to Enable Partners to Accelerate Customers’ Cloud and Digital Transformation Initiatives

     26th April 2017 Riverbed Partner Summit 2017 conference theme of Disrupt sets stage for Riverbed and partners to capitalize on changing IT industry    Riverbed Technology today announced updates to the Riverbed® Performance Partner Program during the Riverbed Partner Summit 2017 in Santa Barbara, California.... 

ASAQS members internationally recognised thanks to MoU

     26th April 2017 MoU between ASAQS and RICS In March 2017, the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) to further professional development and information sharing for members of both institutions.... 

See the new 3D software system that revolutionises fluid transfer next month in Johannesburg

     24th April 2017 Meet Jamie van Schoor who has introduced to Africa PumpSim, which allows engineers to build a pipe and pump network that simulates pressures and flows… all in a virtual world. INDUTEC 2017 will offer visitors the chance to sample first hand an exciting new 3D modelling programme that plans all... 

Sun shines on South Africa’s clean energy future

     21st April 2017 Substantial ultra-violet radiation levels and excellent wind conditions have allowed South Africa to diversify its energy generation mix from one that previously relied heavily upon fossil fuels towards a national grid network that is now supported by “green” renewable energy (RE). In line with... 

Integrated energy solutions Africa’s answer

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 While several large-scale energy projects in Africa are progressing positively, growing global interest in sustainability and renewable energy highlights the need to actively pursue other low-cost, fast-tracked integrated energy solutions that will benefit Africans without access to electricity,... 

How South Africa is attracting the world’s leading hospitality experts to advise on growth for the next decade

     20th April 2017 Sub-Saharan Africa needs tourism for jobs and investment and a new expo based on one of the world’s most successful brands will bring international experience to Johannesburg in June 2017 Some of the world’s leading experts in hospitality have agreed to appear at the inaugural The Hotel Show... 

Cesa backs Treasury in much-anticipated procurement standards overhaul

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 In its quest to mitigate the challenges that consulting engineers face, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell says Cesa has developed a healthy working relationship with the National Treasury. 

Consulting engineer develops process for projects

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 Project work for global engineering company Hatch’s Environmental and Social Services Group (Hatch ESSG) is picking up significantly, owing to its continual evolution of the Hatch project life-cycle process (PLP) that includes a strong focus on integrating the social, community and environmental... 

Development projects a core part of business

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 Owing to the role of groundwater resource development projects in communities’ wider socioeconomic wellbeing, consulting engineering company JG Afrika’s geohydrology technical director Mark Schapers says these projects are fast becoming a core part of the team’s business. 

Engineers set benchmark in sustainable building

     7th April 2017 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has achieved the first Green Star rating in Namibia for FNB Namibia Holdings’ Parkside building.  

Increasing demand in industry for operational excellence

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 Growing demand for operational excellence in the country, in increasingly outward-facing industrial enterprises in a global economy, is accompanied by the requirement that more women be employed, owing to government legislation and societal demands, and the two imperatives are by no means... 

Local company partners with global software solutions major

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th April 2017 Provider of integrated project cost management software solutions Ares Project Management LLC, subsidiary of Ares Holding Company, and South Africa-based, multi-layered consulting company Infracon Consulting launched their strategic partnership last month. The aim of this partnership is to serve... 

UWP Consulting lifts black ownership to 51%

By: Anine Kilian     6th April 2017 Civil engineering consulting firm UWP Consulting has announced that it is now wholly owned by its employees, with 51% of shares held by black employees at all levels. “A milestone has been achieved in UWP’s transformation journey with the formation of the UWP Black Employees Trust (Ubet), which... 

Cabinet reshuffle, downgrade concerns South Africa’s engineers – Cesa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th April 2017 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) on Wednesday added its voice to those that have expressed concern over the latest Cabinet reshuffle and subsequent Standard & Poor’s (S&P’s) downgrade of South Africa to sub-investment grade. The industry association said the move risked exacerbating an... 

Kaytech Reinforces Site of new Mamelodi Mall

     3rd April 2017 Kaytech’s quality separation, basal reinforcement and subgrade stabilisation solutions for the new Mamelodi Mall, east of Pretoria, resulted in significant savings for New Africa Development. With the planned Mall strategically situated in the centre of Mamelodi, a township of over half a million... 

Cabinet reshuffle places South Africa firmly in junk status crosshairs

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st March 2017 As South Africa reels from the news of another Cabinet reshuffle overnight, the damage to business confidence and a renewed threat of a ratings downgrade should not be underestimated. After a week of speculation, President Jacob Zuma on Thursday night made sweeping changes to his Cabinet,... 

Freely dropping the antiprotectionist pledge

By: Riaan de Lange     31st March 2017 A favourite adage of mine is: with free advice, you get what you pay for. I heard it early in my working career, when Ken Warren, an elderly but world- and street-wise legal director of the South African Chamber of Business (Sacob), who also headed its Parliamentary team in Cape Town, mentioned... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     31st March 2017 Bid for the design and construction supervision of the two main water-transfer components – the Polihali dam and the transfer tunnel – are being evaluated. 

Salga, UJ economic research centre join forces for public interest research push

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th March 2017 The University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) Public and Environmental Economics Research Centre (PEERC) and the South African Local Government Association (Salga) on Tuesday launched a new partnership to contribute to improving policymaking at local government level. PEERC was established this year... 

ICT council progresses sector's BBBEE code

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th March 2017 The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services’ Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Sector Council has met all of its initial mandates and will now continue its work to guide and review the implementation of the amended and... 

New public procurement legislation to take effect this week

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th March 2017 With the revised legislation governing public procurement processes coming into effect this week, stakeholders are expecting the impact of the radical economic transformation within public procurement processes to become clear in due course. Government repealed and replaced its Preferential... 

Lucapa announces maiden Mothae resource estimate

By: Henry Lazenby     25th March 2017 ASX-listed Lucapa Diamonds has published a maiden Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant resource estimate for the Mothae kimberlite pipe, in Lesotho. The Mothae project is located about 5 km from Gem Diamonds’ Letšeng mine. 

Miners regain mojo to spark $18bn in exploration hunt

By: Bloomberg     24th March 2017 A rebound in exploration by global miners could see spending hit $18-billion by 2025 with China the front runner in the search for a new generation of giant discoveries. Exploration budgets are rising after they plunged to an 11-year low of about $10-billion last year as mining companies slashed... 

Cesa focused on transformation

By: Anine Kilian     23rd March 2017 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has committed to transforming its membership and the industry as a whole. The industry body, which has identified transformation as a critical theme, has established a transformation committee that will embark on a process to develop proposed interventions... 

Rainbow progresses Burundi rare earths project

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd March 2017 Rare earth elements mining company Rainbow Rare Earths has started work on the now fully permitted Gakara rare earths project, in Burundi, ahead of trial mining. Following its $8-million fundraising and successful initial public offering (IPO) on the LSE in January, preparation for mining at... 

Jasco acquires 65% stake in Cross Fire for R52m

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd March 2017 JSE-listed Jasco is acquiring a 65.4% stake in Cross Fire in a R52.3-million deal with Cross Fire management and its Cross Fire founder John Cross. The addition of Cross Fire will bolster Jasco’s existing fire solutions portfolio in the blue-chip corporate market and lift it into the top three... 

South Africa needs a water-conscious, water-smart approach to mitigating looming water deficit 

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th March 2017 A new report ‘Scenarios for the future of water South Africa’ has revealed how the drought-stricken, water-scarce country needs to transition towards a water-conscious, water smart economy with stronger water governance. In the report unpacking various scenarios, the World Wide Fund for Nature... 

Joburg rooftop gardens bringing agriculture to heart of city living

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Food shapes the daily patterns of city life, and food production in urban and peri-urban areas is increasingly regarded as integral to resilient and sustainable city region food systems, says United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN FAO) director-general José Graziano da Silva. “In... 

Junior miners under strain as investors increasingly look elsewhere

By: Dylan Slater     17th March 2017 Encouraging investment for junior miners is becoming a persistent issue amid faltering markets and investors increasingly seeking ways to settle their capital in other markets, stocks and companies that can guarantee its safeguarding and growth. Based on the sentiment of participants of the... 

Joburg rooftop gardens bringing agriculture to heart of city living

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Food shapes the daily patterns of city life, and food production in urban and peri-urban areas is increasingly regarded as integral to resilient and sustainable city region food systems, says United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN FAO) director general José Graziano da Silva. “In... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th March 2017 The Kusile power station’s Unit 1 has reached its full 800 MW load-generating capacity after initial synchronisation on December 26. 

Salani Sithole

     17th March 2017 This week we feature Salani Sithole, Managing Director of consulting engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa   

BBE Group launches new automation division

     16th March 2017 The BBE Group, specialists in mine ventilation, refrigeration and energy optimisation engineering, have established a new automation division to extend its services.  BBE Automation primarily supports the Group’s consulting services and turnkey projects, but also provides automation and... 

Royal HaskoningDHV delivers solid performance in 2016

     15th March 2017 Royal HaskoningDHV has seen another year on year improvement in operational performance delivering a net result of €12.1 million in 2016. The company’s strategy to focus and build on its leading positions and increase efficiency in operations has helped to further improve profitability to 4.1%.... 

Royal HaskoningDHV Engineering Inspiring Healthcare through Innovation

     15th March 2017 7 March, 2017 World leaders in Healthcare Engineering, Consulting Engineers Royal HaskoningDHV presented a paper entitled ‘Inspiring Healthcare through Innovation, Western Lessons - African Application’ at the South African Federation of Hospital Engineering (SAFHE) and the Clinical Engineering... 

Sandspring on the hunt for major minerals, partner in Guyana

By: Henry Lazenby     14th March 2017 Canada-listed project developer Sandspring Resources is firming up the resource base at the Toroparu gold project, in Guyana, with the focus on enticing a major partner to join the development of the nearly seven-million-ounce project. “We’ve got the backing of major mining investors such as... 

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