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VWSA to reach record production this year, says Schäfer

By: Irma Venter     20th February 2019 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) should this year produce a record number of vehicles at its Uitenhage plant, in the Eastern Cape, says CEO Thomas Schäfer. He says the local arm of the German car maker should produce 161 900 vehicles, of which 108 000 are scheduled to be exported. 

Makhanda water crisis: Fresh hope as Gift of the Givers strikes water

By: News24Wire      20th February 2019 Makana municipality in the Eastern Cape has declared all its water, except in Riebeek East, free from E. coli as the Gift of the Givers rejoices over the quick discovery of underground water in Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) that could help the troubled region pull through its water crisis soon.... 

Growsmart enters its tenth year of boosting the education performance of primary school children

14th February 2019 The prestigious Growsmart literacy competition, a leading education initiative by Growthpoint Properties in collaboration with the Western Cape Department of Education (WCED), has kicked-off its tenth year. The annual programme is focused on elevating the literacy, story writing, numeracy,... 

BI partners with OVK to offer its Agri-Smart solution to farmers

13th February 2019 Leading supplier Bearings International (BI) is extending its footprint in the agricultural industry by partnering with OVK of Ladybrand. The partnership will see BI’s products and services for the sector available at the co-operative’s 57 branches countrywide. The partnership is the culmination... 

Marginal decrease in South Africa’s unemployment rate

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th February 2019 South Africa’s official unemployment rate decreased marginally by 0.4 of a percentage point to 27.1% in the final three months of 2018, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on Tuesday. The Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) indicates the number of employed people increased by 149 000 to... 

Enel starts construction of 140 MW Eastern Cape wind farm

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2019 Italy’s Enel, through its renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA (EGP RSA), has started construction of its 140 MW Nxuba wind farm in the Amatole district, making it the group’s third wind project in the Eastern Cape province. The construction of Nxuba, which is expected to be completed by... 

Believe in yourself and work hard advises top Gauteng matric

12th February 2019 Gauteng’s top Engen Maths and Science School (EMSS) matriculant, Skhumbuzo Mbatha has a secret weapon to ensure his success – an absolute belief in himself, which saw him improve from just 6% in mathematics in grade 9 to an outstanding mark of 92% in his final matric exam. Skhumbuzo eventually... 

Lance Schultz appointed as Gauteng AIDC CEO

By: Irma Venter     8th February 2019 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) in Gauteng has appointed Lance Schultz as its new CEO. He joins the AIDC after a near four-year tenure as CEO of the Centurion Aerospace Village. 

N2 Wild Coast Toll Road megabridges project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th February 2019 The Aveng Strabag joint venture has decided to terminate its Mtentu bridge contract. 

Sort out Eskom or beneficiation will suffer, warns Mantashe

By: Kim Cloete     7th February 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has expressed concern about progress in beneficiating minerals, while Eskom is still battling. “If we don’t sort out Eskom problems, we are going to be in trouble with beneficiation. There must be an arrangement for certain categories of customers for an... 

Dam levels stable for now 

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th February 2019 South Africa’s dam levels have stabilised at a national average of 62.5%, with most dams’ water levels expected to rise with more rain and cooler weather over the next week. Intermittent thundershowers in parts of South Africa have stabilised dam levels, while the South African Weather Service... 

Engen Maths & Science School learner determined to make a difference

5th February 2019 Losing her beloved grandmother during her final matric exams forced Thabiso Ndlovu to suppress the pain and soldier on in pursuit of the results she knew would make the women who helped raise her proud. Hailing from Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal and an attendee of the Engen Maths and Science School... 

N2 Wild Coast Toll Road megabridges project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st February 2019 The Aveng Strabag Joint Venture, responsible for building the Mtentu bridge, has not returned to site following a three-month break as a result of violent community protests against the project. 

South Africa’s dam levels remain on downward trend

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th January 2019 South Africa’s national water level average continues to trend downwards, despite the rain in some parts of the country, from 63.6% last week to 62.9% this week. A weekly dam levels report resulted in the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) urging consumers to intensify their water... 

Aveng Strabag JV halts work at Mtentu bridge site, declares force majeure 

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2019 The Aveng Strabag joint venture (JV), responsible for building the R1.65-billion Mtentu bridge, in the Eastern Cape, has not returned to site following a three-month break as a result of violent community protests against the project. The bridge forms part of the South African National Roads... 

Kamva Lengisi tops Engen Maths and Science School’s Cala class

28th January 2019 The personal success of Kamva Lengisi, the top matric at the Engen Maths and Science School (EMSS) in Cala in the rural Eastern Cape, will be South Africa’s gain, as he plans to attend Nelson Mandela University this year to chase his dream of becoming an engineer. Kamva, 17, who attended Cala... 

Mthatha airport downgrade forces flights cancellations for SA Express

By: African News Agency      25th January 2019 SA Express on Friday announced that it was canceling its flights to Mthatha with immediate effect because the airport there has been downgraded. The Civil Aviation Authority has downgraded the Mthatha airport effective from Friday, 25 January 2019, following a negative audit finding against it. 

Boiler relocation project near completion

By: Thabi Madiba     25th January 2019 Boiler maintenance and installations provider Boiler and Industrial Plant hopes to complete the boiler relocation project it has been working on for manufacturer United National Breweries (UNB), commonly known as Ijuba breweries, by the end of this month. The project, valued at R2-million,... 

Major upgrades to start at six airports

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     25th January 2019 South African airport management company Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) announced that upgrades and improvements over the next three to eight years at six of the country’s airports will cost about R26-billion. The upgrades and improvements are primarily to improve passenger facilities... 

KwaNobuhle matric tops his Engen Maths and Science class

23rd January 2019 Port Elizabeth matriculant and Engen Maths and Science School alumni, Kamvalethu Hlatshwayo did not allow the passing of his father in 2012 or subsequent financial constraints get in the way of studying towards his dream job. Kamvalethu, who is starting the four-year journey to achieve a Bachelor... 

Education is key to success – EC’s top Engen Maths and Science School matric

21st January 2019 The Eastern Cape’s top Engen Maths and Science School (EMSS) matric graduate, Libhongo Mko lives by the philosophy that hard work and dedication will open doors. It is this belief that saw him come out as the top learner in the Eastern Cape EMSS classes with five distinctions, including 90% for... 

Concor Boosts Safety And Targeted Enterprises In Eastern Cape Road Project

18th January 2019 Safety of both pedestrians and motorists has been boosted by Concor Infrastructure’s rehabilitation of the R75 double-carriageway between Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage, while the project has had considerable positive spinoff for local small targeted enterprises. The project, which began in May... 

Location a key discussion point as Saudi Aramco mulls South African refinery investment

By: Terence Creamer     18th January 2019 “Location, location, location,” South Africa’s Minister Jeff Radebe quipped on Friday after a meeting with his Saudi counterpart, Khalid Al-Falih, where it was agreed that Saudi Aramco and the Central Energy Fund (CEF) would jointly study a plan for a new oil refinery and petrochemical investment... 

Xolobeni community survey to confirm whether mining can proceed

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th January 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Wednesday announced the imminent start of an independent survey to be undertaken in Xolobeni, in the Eastern Cape. This follows the Minister’s visit to the community on Tuesday in efforts to gain “full consent” to planned mining and economic activity... 

Festive season road death toll increases to 1 612

By: News24Wire      16th January 2019 Minister of Transport Blade Nzimande on Wednesday announced an increase in the number of fatalities experienced on the roads during the festive season. According to preliminary figures, 1 286 car accidents were recorded during the 2018/2019 festive season, which resulted in 1 612 fatalities. "We... 

South African faith communities back Xolobeni community's resistance against mining exploration

By: African News Agency      16th January 2019 The Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute (Safcei) on Tuesday came out in support of the Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) action group and called on Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe to stay away from Xolobeni. Mantashe is set to visit the volatile Xolobeni community in... 

KZN scores a hat-trick with top three EMSS School performers

15th January 2019 Engen have announced the top learners for 2018 who attended the Engen Maths & Science School (EMSS) programme, and revealed that the matric EMSS class of 2018 attained an impressive 93% pass rate against the national pass rate of 78.2%. The EMSS programme offers additional Maths, Science and... 

We have never invited Mantashe to Xolobeni – Amadiba Crisis Committee

By: African News Agency      15th January 2019 The Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) action group on Tuesday contradicted the statement by Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe that he would be visiting the volatile Xolobeni community in the Eastern Cape once again on the invitation of the ACC. This comes as the situation continues to... 

Mantashe to engage Xolobeni community  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th January 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe will once again engage with the Xolobeni community on Wednesday to try to find suitable solutions to an impasse over the awarding of mining rights in the Xolobeni area of the Eastern Cape. Following the Minister’s last meeting with the Amadiba Crisis... 

Xolobeni youth distances itself from Mantashe ban, wants Minister to visit the village 

By: African News Agency      10th January 2019 Xolobeni youths have distanced themselves from the Amadiba Crisis Committee's (ACC's) announcement that mineral resources minister, Gwede Mantashe, was not welcome at the volatile Eastern Cape village.  On Tuesday the ACC reiterated that Mantashe was not welcome in Xolobeni after the minister... 

Tensions rise again as Mantashe attempts to visit Xolobeni community  

By: African News Agency      8th January 2019 Tensions between the Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) and South Africa's minister of mineral resources, Gwede Mantashe, escalated once again on Tuesday after Mantashe announced that he would be making a third attempt to visit the volatile Xolobeni community in the Eastern Cape next week.   This... 

Investors inject R502m into East London development zone

By: African News Agency      3rd December 2018 Meek Mines South Africa and Nulatex Condoms South Africa have announced a R502-million investment into the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) expected to create 450 jobs for locals. Meek, which cuts and polishes diamonds mined for supply to both the domestic and foreign market, will... 

Is Basic Sanitation a Human Right?

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th November 2018 From 2005 to 2017, Human Rights Watch conducted research in countries such as China, Russia, Nepal, South Africa, India and America to assess the levels of sanitation and other basic human rights. Senior women’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch, Amanda Klasing, said, “The way people are... 

Sanral halts Mtentu megabridge construction owing to violent protest  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st November 2018 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was on Thursday forced to stop construction of the R1.63-billion Mtentu megabridge, which forms part of its N2 Wild Coast road project, owing to a violent protest. Workers and management at the site were reportedly threatened. 

HELLA South Africa to move head office to Coega SEZ

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th October 2018 In line with Germany-based lighting and electronics specialist HELLA’s decision to position its sub-Saharan African operations to serve as a gateway into Africa, HELLA Automotive South Africa (HELLA SA) will build a new R30-million operations hub in zone two of the Coega special economic zone... 

Unemployment rate rises to 27.5% in Q3  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th October 2018 The official unemployment rate increased to 27.5% during the third quarter, compared with 27.2% in the second quarter. This translates to 6.2-million unemployed people in South Africa. The unemployment rate was 26.7% in the first quarter of the year, according to Statistics South Africa’s (Stats... 

Ramaphosa declares end to 'investment strike' and unveils R290bn in commitments  

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa declared an end to South Africa's proverbial 'investment strike', when he unveiled firm investment commitments of R290-billion across a diverse range of sectors, from mining and energy to infrastructure and manufacturing, at a well attended and vibrant investment... 

SAWEA CEO bullish about SA wind energy outlook

By: Tracy Hancock     26th October 2018 As forecast, 2018 is shaping up to be a landmark year for the South African energy sector, South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) CEO Brenda Martin tells Engineering News. Bolstering South Africa’s energy sector is much-improved policy certainty, transparent decision-making and public... 

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