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Air Seychelles opens direct route to Durban

By: Anine Kilian     2nd December 2016 Air Seychelles has established a new direct route to Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal set to open on March 30, 2017. Travellers can already buy tickets with round-trip economy class fares starting from R5 000 and business class fares starting from R15 000. 

GO!Durban discusses potential of partnerships with eThekwini businesses

By: Shirley le Guern     2nd December 2016 The eThekwini municipality is rezoning the land associated with the first phase of the R22-billion GO!Durban integrated rapid public transport network (IRPTN) and is actively courting private sector partnerships to develop commercial nodes around stations along the corridor. “There is still a lot... 

Durban's Hilton Hotel undergoing major refurbishment

By: Dylan Slater     2nd December 2016 Scheduled for completion in May 2017, the Hilton Hotel Durban is undergoing a refurbishment project undertaken by professional services company Turner & Townsend as project managers.  

Ford’s local unit shipping first batch of Africa-bound Everest SUVs

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2016 The first batch of South African-built Ford Everest vehicles destined for export markets in sub-Saharan Africa has been completed, with the first vehicle on its way to its new owner in Kenya. The moondust silver Everest 2.2 XLT 4 X 4 departed Durban on November 12, and is destined for Mombasa,... 

Freight and logistics company of the year named

     2nd December 2016 South Africa-based transport company Dachser South Africa (SA) has been named the Freight and Logistics Company of the Year at the ninth Transport Africa Awards 2016. The Transport Africa Awards are designed to recognise companies that have demonstrated an unparalleled ability to succeed and have... 

SA needs to get out of its petrochemicals cul-de-sac

     2nd December 2016 In this article, Dr Rod Crompton makes the case of more refinery capacity in South Africa, which could provide competitively priced transport fuels and feedstocks for petrochemical factories that can compete with Sasol 

BASF appoints new South Africa MD, country cluster head

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st December 2016 International chemicals company BASF has appointed Benoit Fricard South Africa MD and Southern Africa country cluster head. He joined the organisation in 2002 and most recently held the position of BASF South America performance materials director. 

New approach to airport lounges will keep Standard Bank customers flying effortlessly into 2017 and beyond

     1st December 2016 Bustling day and night, South Africa’s major airports are cities in their own right.  Spread over hundreds of hectares of land, their buildings offer more than just places to wait for flights; they are ‘destinations’ where there are more restaurants than in many shopping malls, banks, shopping... 

Nedbank to build new office, retail offering in Umhlanga

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th November 2016 Nedbank has committed to investing R1-billion into a new mixed-use office and retail development in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, which is currently under construction. The Park Square development, which is located in the fast-growing Umhlanga Parkside node adjacent to CJ Saunders Park and opposite... 

Seacom’s business unit gains traction 

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th November 2016 Pan-African telecommunications firm Seacom has gained better-than-expected momentum in its quest to grow its enterprise segment, with the well received establishment of the second unit opening up the East African market. The business unit, which launched its full set of business offerings to the... 

Identify And Manage Construction Risks Early – Or Face Disastrous Consequences, JBCC Warns

     30th November 2016 Construction projects that are not properly planned at the design stage could pose a major risk to the reputation of all the parties involved, Uwe Putlitz, CEO of the Joint Building Contracts Committee (JBCC), has warned. Putlitz was speaking at the recent 8th Annual Construction Risk Management... 

SA Taxi secures R300m in funding to take on Uber

By: Irma Venter     30th November 2016 SA Taxi has secured R300-million in funding from Futuregrowth Asset Management, which it will use to provide financing to the company’s Zebra Cabs owner-driver scheme. SA Taxi is South Africa’s largest financier of minibus taxis. It acquired Zebra Cabs metered taxis in 2015, motivated by the need... 

Zambia copper concentrate duty to disrupt global copper supplies – sources

By: Reuters     25th November 2016 A plan by Zambia to put a duty on copper concentrates imports could put a kink in the global supply chain for the metal, industry sources said, by forcing neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to send surplus mine output elsewhere. The 7.5% duty announced earlier this month and due to... 

Filtration group focuses on product expansion

     25th November 2016 Filtration group CLARCOR Engine Mobile Group released over 250 filtration products in the first half of this year. 

German drive engineering group to expand activities in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     25th November 2016 German drive engineering group SEW Eurodrive is planning to expand its assembly capacity in South Africa. The company operates 15 manufacturing plants in Germany, France, Brazil, the US and China, which ship components to assembly plants in 75 countries, including South Africa. “We invest in all... 

Rail freight system will benefit economy, reduce road maintenance

By: Nadine James     25th November 2016 To limit the damage to the national and provincial road networks – primarily caused by heavy-duty freight vehicles – and cut down on resulting maintenance, government should ensure that South Africa has a workable and reliable rail freight service, says auditing and consulting firm KPMG. KPMG... 

Work starts on R50bn KZN lifestyle development

By: Dylan Slater     25th November 2016 During the construction of the Sibaya Coastal Precinct – situated along the northern corridor of KwaZulu-Natal between the natural boundaries of the Ohlanga river and uMdloti river estuaries – more than 300 000 jobs are set to be created and an estimated R50-billion invested to produce the... 

Repositioned Vukile delivers on retail promise, eyes international expansion

By: Anine Kilian     24th November 2016 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Vukile has announced a 7% increase on its dividend for the six months to September 30, which is now 67.65c a share. This solid set of half-year results reflects the company’s strategic retail property focus, strong operational performance and... 

Engen launches PETRONAS lubricants through rebranded Engen Oil Centre franchise

     23rd November 2016 Engen Petroleum, a leading producer and marketer of a wide range of fuels, lubricants and oil based products, has rebranded its lubricants distribution business as Engen Oil Centre – marking its official launch of the PETRONAS Lubricants International (PLI) range in the market.   Engen Oil... 

Fluor Igoda Projects (Pty) Ltd celebrates 10 years milestone

     23rd November 2016 Fluor Igoda Projects (Pty) Ltd, an engineering, procurement, project and construction management (EPCM) services company, is celebrating 10 successful years of undertaking capital projects in the oil, gas and chemicals markets in South Africa. “During the past decade, we have worked on more than... 

“Public Participation Is Crucial To Progressing Sa’s Electricity Plan” - SAFCEI

     23rd November 2016 Yesterday, South Africans got their first glimpse at the Department of Energy’s (DoE) proposed electricity plans. The proposals suggested in the plan came as no surprise to the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environmental Institute (SAFCEI) and Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA-JHB), who... 

FibreCo appoints Business Development Executive

     22nd November 2016 FibreCo Telecommunications today announced the appointment of Sammy Thamsanqa Mafu as its Business Development Executive.  This strategic and pivotal role will help drive the growth of the company, driving new business initiatives as well as aligning FibreCo’s growth strategy with the... 

Rhodes Food sets sights on concluding two largest acquisitions yet

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st November 2016 JSE-listed Rhodes Food Group has prioritised wrapping up its two largest acquisitions yet, as it reports a year-end profit surge of 70% on the back of organic and acquisitive growth. The food conglomerate is currently undertaking due diligence and seeking competition authority approval for the... 

Coke’s upgraded Durban plant on stream in time for festive demand

By: Shirley le Guern     18th November 2016 The R205-million upgrade to the Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) plant in the Phoenix Industrial Park in Durban and the replacement of a seventies packing line, has come on stream just in time for the busy festive season. The upgrade of the line, which has trebled capacity, came with... 

Eastgate Shopping Centre wins Saisc Award 2016

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2016 The group of companies responsible for the multimillion-rand refurbishment of Eastgate Shopping Centre, in Bedfordview, were named as overall winners at the 2016 South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Steel Awards. 

Local LSFB market worth R1-billion yearly

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2016 The South African light steel frame building (LSFB) market is estimated to be worth about R1-billion a year. This is based on the steel used by LSF manufacturers, as well as volumes of the major materials – including gypsum board, fibre cement board, insulation, vapour permeable membranes and... 

Sadly, the Hawks following in the Scorpions’ footsteps

By: Kelvin Kemm     18th November 2016 The police unit that is popularly the Hawks continues to embarrass itself in public and, for that matter, internationally.  I have written about the Hawks more than once before. When the unit was established, I wrote a congratulatory column and I said that I hoped that the unit would be different... 

Volvo Trucks targets strong growth in slowly recovering Africa

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2016 Volvo Trucks should this year sell around 250 new trucks in Southern African markets outside South Africa, says Volvo Group Southern Africa president Torbjörn Christensson. Three years from now, in 2019, the company wants sales in these Southern African markets to grow to 1 000 trucks a year. 

Exports of SA-built Ford Everest starts, first vehicle to Kenya

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2016 The first batch of South African-built Ford Everest vehicles destined for export markets in sub-Saharan Africa has been completed, with the first vehicle on its way to its new owner in Kenya. The moondust silver Everest 2.2 XLT 4 X 4 departed Durban on November 12, and is destined for Mombasa,... 

DFA to deploy, operate South Africa’s new Sigfox IoT network

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th November 2016 Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) and its subsidiary SqwidNet have partnered with global communication solution firm Sigfox to deploy an Internet of Things (IoT) network. South Africa will be the twenty-sixth country to deploy and operate Sigfox’s network, with SqwidNet to distribute IoT connectivity... 

Liberty Two Degrees confirms December JSE listing plans

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th November 2016 Real estate investment trust (Reit) Liberty Two Degrees plans to list on the Diversified Real Estate Investment Trust sector of the main board of the JSE in early December, subject to market conditions and approval by the JSE. Financial services company Liberty Holdings in August announced that... 

Arguments for nuclear energy

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     11th November 2016 When I worked for State-owned power utility Eskom, I gave up trying to explain to people how power systems work. Right now I am hard practising my ignoring skills in the debate over whether or not we need nuclear power or whether or not wind power is good. But before I do this, before I drop the... 

Committee concerned by lack of contracts in construction

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th November 2016 The lack of awareness among smaller, and so-called emerging building contractors in the civil engineering and construction industry about protecting their interests through proper contract documentation is alarming, says the Joint Building Contracts Committee (JBCC). “At least 100 000 people are... 

Company celebrates long-time continuous operations in Africa

     11th November 2016 This month geotechnical contractor Franki Africa celebrates seventy years of continuous operation in Africa. The company highlights that it is more motivated than ever to move forward vigorously in spite of challenging times in the construction industry. “Seventy years is a significant milestone... 

Hesitancy in the construction industry owing to lack of funds

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th November 2016 Engineering professional services consulting firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff  highlights that there is a fair amount of uncertainty in the construction and infrastructure industry given the negative influences affecting it as a whole. WSP divisional director Michael Bouwmeester points out that... 

Indluplace exceeds guidance, declares handsome dividend

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th November 2016 JSE-listed residential real estate investment trust Indluplace Properties on Wednesday declared a dividend of 92.61c a share for the year ended September 30, up 10.5% on its prelisting forecast. This, FD Terry Kaplan said, was also higher than the company’s guidance of 92.55c. 

Track system to benefit railway contractors

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 Railway track manufacturer Tubular Track adviser and business development head of T-Track Global Jaap van der Merwe believes that contractors awarded Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) tenders can use Tubular Track’s tubular modular track (TMT) to build and rebuild track and platforms... 

Welding certification to become unavoidable for rail industry

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 With infrastructure development planned to take place rapidly in the rail industry, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) believes that EN 15085 certification is crucial to upholding the quality and safety of railway vehicles and components in the local industry.  

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