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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... 

The Fastener Factory

By: Zandile Mavuso     23rd June 2017 Established in 2015, The Faster Factory is a Durban-based company with sales representation through distributors in Gauteng and the rest of the country. 

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... 

Barloworld Equipment celebrates 90 years in South Africa

By: Dylan Slater     16th June 2017 South African distributor of US-based construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar’s products, Barloworld Equipment turns 90 years old this year – a milestone set in place in 1927 when Charles “Punch” Barlow built a lasting relationship with Caterpillar.  

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... 

Product and process innovation key to future success of components firms

By: Irma Venter     16th June 2017 South Africa’s component industry will be well served by implementing innovative growth strategies in the short to medium term. This emerged as one of the recommendations of the South African Automotive Supplier Performance Report 2017, produced for the National Association of Automotive... 

South African farmers position themselves for macadamia boom

By: Bloomberg     16th June 2017 Booming demand for macadamias is transforming farmland in eastern South Africa, as landowners switch focus from bananas and sugarcane to the creamy nuts used in sweet treats from ice cream to cookies. First introduced in South Africa in the 1960s, evergreen macadamia nut trees are grown on farms... 

Multidisciplinary Engineering From Arup On Park Square Project

     15th June 2017 Arup has been appointed to supply multidisciplinary engineering services to the iconic mixed-use office and retail development, Park Square situated in the heart of Umhlanga New Town Centre, north of Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal.  The project is being developed by Nedport Developments (Pty) Ltd, a... 

Stor-Age maintains growth trajectory

By: Anine Kilian     13th June 2017 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Stor-Age increased its divided by 10% year-on-year to R88.05 in the year ended March 31 and is expecting 9% to 10% dividend growth in the current financial year. The company noted that its results were driven by a strong trading performance across the... 

Fluor’s Commitment to Sustainable Development in Botswana

     13th June 2017 Development of individuals is critical to the overall success of companies, as well as to the countries in which they operate. Fluor, a global engineering, procurement and construction company, has trained more than 250 000 people over a period of 100 years. In 2008, Fluor University, an award... 

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... 

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... 

Wild Coast highway megabridge projects expected to start this year

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2017 The construction of two megabridges, as part of the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR) project, is expected to begin between August and October this year, says Sanral’s bridge network manager Edwin Kruger. “The tenders for the two bridges –... 

Stor-Age to acquire StorTown portfolio

By: Anine Kilian     8th June 2017 JSE-listed Stor-Age will acquire the Durban-based StorTown portfolio of self-storage assets from the DanCor Properties group, the self-storage real estate investment trust announced Thursday. The StorTown portfolio comprises four well-tenanted and geographically attractive properties in... 

No taxi protests planned 'for now' over rising price of Quantum

By: News24Wire      8th June 2017 There will be no taxi protest "over the escalating price of the Toyota Quantum in Durban for now", the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) said on Thursday. Santaco had threatened to shut down the whole country if the highly used Toyota Quantum manufacturer did not respond to their demands within... 

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... 

Junk status impact on construction industry widely exaggerated

     6th June 2017 Dentons SA discusses the real effect of junk status on SA’s construction industry There has been highly publicised, widespread concerns about how South Africa’s downgraded status by international agencies will affect the local construction sector. Fears of non-payment, rising credit costs and a... 

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... 

More than 30 properties up for lease at the Port of Durban

By: Anine Kilian     5th June 2017 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is offering new lease agreements for more than 30 properties and operational sites in the Port of Durban’s Ship Repair and Bayhead precincts. The commercial sites, which can be leased for a minimum of five years, present opportunities for new... 

Authorities warn KZN still in drought danger

By: News24Wire      2nd June 2017 Umgeni Water, bulk water supplier for KwaZulu-Natal, has cautioned that the province is not yet safe from worsening drought conditions. Umgeni Water spokesperson Shami Harichunder on Friday said they had taken a decision to intensify messages to communities that water shortages were still... 

Local low cost carrier launches new routes

By: Keith Campbell     2nd June 2017 South African low cost carrier FlySafair announced on Friday 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 routes followed a... 

Local commercial and general aviation sector under policy pressures

By: Keith Campbell     2nd June 2017 The commercial and general aviation (GA) sector in South Africa is currently facing significant challenges that really need to be addressed if it is to remain healthy over the coming years. So cautions the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (Caasa). The association is concerned... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd June 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority will host a briefing session on June 12 to provide information pertaining to the project schedule. 

Local commercial and general aviation sector under policy pressures

By: Keith Campbell     2nd June 2017 The commercial and general aviation (GA) sector in South Africa is currently facing significant challenges that really need to be addressed if it is to remain healthy over the coming years. So cautions the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (Caasa).  

Tug building project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd June 2017 The latest tug in the Transnet National Port Authority tug building project has been launched. 

Babcock provide cranage and rigging services for economiser replacement project

     1st June 2017 Operating a 500-tonne mobile crane for 24-hours a day, at heights of 50 metres and a load exceeding 100 tonnes in highly constricted work conditions is no mean feat. Despite these challenges, Babcock’s plant services business concluded an economiser replacement project in March for Sappi Saiccor... 

Taxi drivers block Durban roads

By: News24Wire      31st May 2017 Minibus taxi operators in Durban and surrounding areas have started blocking busy Durban roads ahead of their protest to Toyota in Prospection, Isipingo later on Wednesday. Streets in the Durban CBD, Umlazi, Isipingo, and the N2 have been blockaded with Toyota Quantum minibuses. 

Preferred bidder for R215m Durban cruise terminal finally selected

By: Shirley le Guern     30th May 2017 KwaZulu Cruise Terminal (KCT) – a joint venture between MSC Cruises, a subsidiary of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, and its black empowerment partner, Africa Armada Consortium – has been selected the preferred bidder for the development of the R215-million Durban Cruise Terminal. Announcing... 

Pressing 'refresh' in logistics

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th May 2017 Imagine the value of 30-40% of cargo vehicles in a R500bn market returning empty? Can you imagine the savings if we could change this? And this is not just a South African problem, it’s a global issue. Where did it all start… Well… Approximately 2 years ago, Benji Coetzee, now Founder and CEO of... 

SA’s component sector should pursue growth strategies, says report

By: Irma Venter     29th May 2017 South Africa’s component industry will be well served by implementing innovative growth strategies in the short to medium term. This emerged as one of the recommendations of the South African Automotive Supplier Performance Report 2017, produced for the National Association of Automotive... 

LHDA calls on construction companies to attend information briefings

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th May 2017 Water resources development and management organisation, the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) will host a briefing session on June 12, at the Wanderers Club, in Johannesburg, to provide information relating to the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase 2 project schedule. The... 

Durban port takes delivery of Umbilo tug

By: Shirley le Guern     26th May 2017 “Made for Durban in Durban” is how Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) CEO Richard Vallihu described the Umbilo, the latest tug to be launched in Durban, on Friday. The sixth to roll off the South African Shipyards’ (SAS’s) production line, the Umbilo will be the first tug to be based at its... 

Innovative solutions necessary for healthcare in Africa

     26th May 2017 There was a definite urgency to focus on economic diversification, revitalisation of manufacturing, and harnessing of innovation to weather the economic storm forecast for the continent apparent among regional and global leaders in business, government and civil society who attended the World... 

Long-serving Sanral engineering exec looks back as he prepares to step down

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2017 When Koos Smit studied civil engineering on a public service bursary at the University of Pretoria in the 1970s, the plan was that he would qualify and build dams and pipelines.However, an oversupply of engineers at the Department of Water Affairs saw him sign up at National Roads. He remained at... 

Volvo Trucks makes further investment into Durban plant

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2017 Volvo Trucks South Africa (VTSA) has invested R6.5-million into its semi-knockdown manufacturing plant, in Durban. The investment will allow the facility to install and calibrate selected safety features that were previously not available in the local market. 

Jasco acquires majority stake in Reflex

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2017 JSE-listed Jasco Electronics has acquired a majority 51% stake in Johannesburg-based information technology (IT) managed services group Reflex Solutions for R39.8-million. The acquisition of Reflex, which recently expanded into fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) solutions, adding to a portfolio of hosted... 

Premier’s RHA mine ships first concentrate

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2017 Multicommodity resource and development company Premier African Minerals is preparing to mark its first shipment of wolframite concentrate from the newly upgraded plant at its RHA tungsten mine, in Zimbabwe, to Durban, South Africa. This followed the Aim-listed group’s receipt of all the required... 

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