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Sanral initiates training scheme for small firms ahead of N2 Wild Coast construction

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has started with the roll-out of a R120-million community development and small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) training programme in anticipation of the construction of the N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR). The programme aims to... 

Domestic tourism declines between 2013 and 2015, but expenditure increases

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th March 2017 Domestic tourism declined from 54.4-million day trips in 2013 to 44-million in 2015, Statistics South Africa’s Domestic Tourism 2015 report, published on Thursday, reveals. However, while there was a downward trend in the number of day trips, the total expenditure on day trips increased from... 

E.Cape Rural Hydropower Scheme A Clean Energy Success Story

     14th March 2017 It's going to be a bright 2017 for the 39 households of the KwaMadiba settlement in the rural Eastern Cape 110 years after municipal electricity was first supplied to the provincial capital of Port Elizabeth. This village in the OR Tambo District Municipality has quite literally been "off the... 

Sanral appoints first research associate  

By: Anine Kilian     13th March 2017 A PhD candidate at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Keith Nare, has been appointed South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) first ever research associate at the entity’s materials lab in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. Nare’s role at the lab is to perform a role linking... 

Standout Eastern Cape learners commence student life

     13th March 2017 Two standout Eastern Cape learners who attended an Engen Maths and Science School in their area, aced their matric examinations and are now all set to pursue their tertiary studies in medicine and engineering at the University of Cape Town. Athini Mqolora achieved an impressive overall average of... 

Sanral rolls out R120m training programme for N2 Wild Coast project  

By: Irma Venter     16th February 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has started with the roll-out of a R120-million community development and small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) training programme in anticipation of the construction of the N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR). The programme aims to... 

AfriForum lays complaint of culpable homicide against Eskom acting CEO

By: Anine Kilian     3rd February 2017 Civil rights organisation AfriForum has laid a culpable homicide complaint against acting State-owned Eskom CEO Matshela Koko, after a woman was electrocuted while walking on her way home through open veld close to the informal settlement Blikkiesdorp, near Grabouw, in the Western Cape, last... 

Two Mpumalanga municipalities struggling to settle Eskom debt, says DA

By: African News Agency      31st January 2017 Two Mpumalanga municipalities were unable to honour debt payments to Eskom and could face total blackout this week, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Tuesday. “These two municipalities are the only remaining ones out of the initial eight, that have failed to reach an agreement with Eskom on... 

CDC champions learner education in Eastern Cape

     31st January 2017 The Coega Development Corporation, an enabling agent for socio-economic development in the Eastern Cape and operator of the Coega Industrial Development Zone, says that the pass rates of Eastern Cape matriculants can improve with the intervention of additional learning programmes.   Matric... 

SA’s Class of 2016 improves pass rate to 72.5%

By: African News Agency      4th January 2017 Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga announced on Wednesday that the National Senior Certificate (NSC) class of 2016 had achieved a pass rate of 72.5% – up from the 70.7% in 2015. The 2016 pass rate includes progressed learners – those who had failed Grade 11 twice and been pushed through... 

New gas projects will be economical – Aurecon  

By: Victor Moolman     15th December 2016 With two major gas-to-power projects under way in the country, consulting company Aurecon believes that the two, possibly three, gas power stations associated with the projects can be economical as existing infrastructure can be used to support them. 

About 40% of SA taxpayers registered in Gauteng 

By: News24Wire      30th November 2016 Gauteng had the largest number of taxpayers for the 2015 tax year in South Africa, according to the latest tax statistics report. The report, which is published jointly by National Treasury and the South African Revenue Services (Sars), was released on Tuesday. It takes the tax register as at... 

SENTECH Enables Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) Migration

     28th October 2016 Friday, 28th October 2016 marks the beginning of the Analogue Switch-Off (ASO) in South Africa. This major national milestone forms part of the country’s Broadcasting Digital Migration (BDM) process, and will begin in the Northern Cape within the Square Kilometer Array (SKA). This event will... 

Awarded Projects in the AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation Announced

     28th October 2016 Seven Awards and four Commended projects were announced in the 2015/2016 AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation at the gala event in Cape Town tonight. The eleven projects chosen by the award adjudicators were among a total of 22 final qualifying entries that had been... 

Analogue transmission switch-off starts in Northern Cape as South Africa progresses digital migration

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th October 2016 South Africa is starting to switch off its analogue transmissions following the completion of a dual-illumination period in the Northern Cape, a year-and-a-half after missing the International Telecommunications Union deadline for the digital terrestrial television (DTT) migration. Ten years... 

Government initiatives result in more road lighting projects

By: Nadine James     28th October 2016 The South African government’s drive to implement energy efficiency practices and maximise energy savings, along with its work with municipalities and State-owned power utility Eskom in the electrification of informal settlements and rural areas, has ensured that there are more opportunities for... 

Corobrik’s quality product used for largest all-facebrick social housing project in Pietermaritzburg

     20th October 2016 Hundreds of families in the Westgate Grange area of Pietermaritzburg will soon have access to affordable housing with the completion of Aloe Ridge, the largest social housing project in the city constructed entirely of Corobrik’s facebrick. Conceptualised by non-profit organisation, Msunduzi... 

Twenty One and still going strong … 342 now certified

     19th October 2016 The Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association has successfully presented its 6-day training course for light steel frame building contractors – for the 21st time! The course was presented at The Building Centre in Cape Town during the week 26 September to 1 October 2016. According... 

South African trade takes centre stage at Brics fair

By: African News Agency      12th October 2016 South African trade takes centre stage at the inaugural Brics Trade Fair in New Delhi from Wednesday. Brand South Africa said as many as 33 South African companies will showcase their value proposition to business people and investors from the Brics block ahead of the annual Summit of leaders... 

DPI Plastics to sponsor inaugural AMWN Conference in 2017

     29th September 2016 DPI Plastics will sponsor the inaugural African Marine Waste Network (AMWN) Conference in 2017 as its lead Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project. A leading manufacturer of PVC and HDPE water reticulation and drainage pipe and fitting systems, DPI Plastics is a key supporter of AMWN’s... 

Public comment period for Eskom application for nuclear installation licences extended

By: African News Agency      19th September 2016 Interested parties will from Monday be able to comment on Eskom’s application for nuclear installation site licences in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, the power utility announced on Monday. Earlier this month, the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) approved the extension of the deadline for... 

Reaching your full potential, leads to endless opportunities

     19th September 2016 As a Junior Civil Engineer at GIBB, Kate Murphy owes her successful career at a young age to her own perseverance and determination. She strives harder each day to make a positive impact on the lives of the people around her, through the work she does. Working at GIBB, one of South Africa’s... 

Two more Eastern Cape wind farms inaugurated

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th September 2016 Two Eastern Cape wind farms – the 134 MW Amakhala Emoyeni and the 95 MW Tsitsikamma Community wind facilities – were officially inaugurated this week. Both projects have been developed by Cennergi, the energy joint venture owned by Exxaro and Tata Power. The Amakhala Emoyeni  plant incorporates... 

Eastern Cape water board warns that restrictions could hit jobs

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th September 2016 At the beginning of this month, the Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan municipality in the Eastern Cape announced that it would be putting in place minimal water restrictions with residents urged to reduce water use by at least 15%. However, with the level of the Kouga dam in the Eastern Cape... 

Bold EC macadamia nut project unlocks opportunity in the rural space

     6th September 2016 The Amajingqi rural community in Willowvale is set for a major socio-economic transformation when 300 hectares earmarked for macadamia plantations is completed in April 2017. Spearheaded by East Cape Macadamia (ECM), the project is the second macadamia growing site in the Eastern Cape’s coastal... 

Nuclear regulator grants extension for Eskom nuclear site comment period

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd September 2016 The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) has given State-owned electricity provider Eskom approval to extend the period for comment on its application for a Nuclear Installation Site Licence (NISL) at Thyspunt, in the Eastern Cape, by 30 days. Additionally, the NNR gave Eskom approval to place a... 

Eastern Cape gas-to-power hub plans on track

     22nd July 2016 The Eastern Cape’s plan to host a gas-to-power hub is well advanced with the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) now clearly the province's preferred location for the development says Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism MEC Sakhumzi Somyo.  

East London harbour reports vehicle export record for April

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2016 Transnet and Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) in April set an export record at the East London harbour, with more than 10 000 new C-Class vehicles exported from MBSA’s Eastern Cape plant. “In April we were the highest exporter of new vehicles in South Africa, when we recorded a total of 10 674... 

Final qualifiers for AfriSam-Saia Awards announced

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th June 2016 The shortlisted contenders in this year’s AfriSam–South African Institute of Architects (Saia) Awards for Sustainable Architecture and Innovation were unveiled on Wednesday after record entries across the four categories were received by closing on March 24. Twenty-two projects out of 47 entries... 

Transnet, Mercedes-Benz SA set export record at East London port

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2016 Transnet and Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) in April set an export record at the East London harbour, with more than 10 000 new C-Class vehicles exported from MBSA’s Eastern Cape plant. “In April we were the highest exporter of new vehicles in South Africa, when we recorded a total of 10 674... 

Electricity connections rise to 85.5% – Stats SA

By: News24Wire      3rd June 2016 Eskom took credit for accelerating the number of households connected to the electricity supply, after Stats SA revealed on Thursday that levels increased “consistently from 77.1% in 2002 to 85.5% in 2015”. This as Stats SA also revealed that electricity generation increased by a relatively small... 

Coega’s critical to South Africa’s Gas localisation Programme

     30th May 2016 Minister for Energy, Tina Joemat‐Pettersson announced that the Department of Energy “will make a preliminary information memorandum on the MW (Megawatts) gas to power programme available to the market in the second quarter of the 2016/2017 financial year”. This, the minister explained, will lay... 

Pia Solar

     13th May 2016 From humble beginnings in the Eastern Cape five years ago, PiA Solar – a designer, manufacturer and installer of mounting systems for the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry – has grown into a major African structures supplier, with over 460 MW supplied and/or installed to date. The full range of... 

Less than 1% of staff on strike, says SA Post Office

By: African News Agency      5th May 2016 Less than one percent of staff stayed away from work on the first day of a strike by members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU), the SA Post Office said on Thursday. CEO Mark Barnes said it was “business as usual” as the first day of the strike had had a minimum impact on operations... 

Environmental feat for Bay developers

     19th April 2016 Almost one year since the opening of the Eastern Cape’s largest mall, an environmental report has pointed to the positive impact the responsible development has had on the sensitive fauna and flora in the area, thanks to careful interventions to preserve indigenous species. A recent environmental... 

When I’m feeling blue, all I have to do is . . .

By: Riaan de Lange     4th March 2016 It is a cool winter’s morning and I find myself in Juzcar, a village of 221 people that is located in the mountains in Andalucía, near Malaga, in southern Spain. If you know southern Spain, you will know that such villages are a dime a dozen. To reach Juzcar, one has to travel by road, stretches... 

Fairvest continues to deliver solid results

     3rd March 2016 Highlight Distribution for the period of 8,171 cents per share, up 10,02% and marginally ahead of forecasts The lowest vacancies level to date of 1,6% Net asset value of 185,6 cents per share * Renewals increase of 13,1% achieved Like for like annualised property income increased by 12,2%... 

Engen honours Eastern Cape top achievers

     3rd March 2016 Engen Petroleum, South Africa’s leading producer and marketer of a wide range of fuels, lubricants and oil-based products, honoured the Eastern Cape’s top performing Engen Maths & Science Schools  learners at their graduation. The ceremony, which took place on Saturday in East London and Port... 

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