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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... 

Global interest in nuclear development on the rise, hears Mining Indaba 

By: Kim Cloete     10th February 2016 Amid declining nuclear costs, more nuclear power stations are being constructed now than in any other time in history, according to Australian energy major Peninsula Energy Limited (PEN) CEO Gus Simpson. Addressing delegates at the 2016 Investing in African Mining Indaba, Simpson conceded that... 

Logistics Sector Joins Cape Industries Showcase

     9th February 2016 Two world-class distribution, materials handling and storage expos have been added to the Cape Industries Showcase taking place from 13 to 15 July 2016 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The Cape Logistics Expo and the Temperature Controlled Storage and Distribution Expo join the... 

N2 Wild Coast Road not in breach of EIA – Sanral

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th February 2016 With “misinformation” over the Wild Coast Road project spreading among the local communities along the route, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has defended the project that it believes will bring substantial benefit to Eastern Cape region. The roads agency on Friday called... 

New exhibition focuses on Cape logistics sector

By: Dylan Slater     29th January 2016 Event organising company Exhibition Management Services (EMS) will launch two logistics-oriented exhibitions, Cape Logistics and Temperature Controlled Storage and Distribution Africa (TCSD), which will be co-located with the Cape Industries Showcase.  

Xylem expands pump rental capabilities across Europe and South Africa with multi-million euro investment

     26th January 2016 Xylem Inc, a leading global water technology company, announced that it is expanding its pump rental and service portfolio across Europe and South Africa through a multi-million euro investment. This expansion initiative will enable Xylem to better meet the market demand from construction,... 

Eskom calls power cut truce with municipalities

By: News24Wire      22nd December 2015 Eskom has agreed not to implement power cuts to four Eastern Cape municipalities on Tuesday, after a lengthy meeting resulted in a truce. “They have come to an agreement with the municipalities, and as a result we are not going to be affected by the power interruption which was scheduled for... 

Diamond in the Rough

By: Tracy Hancock     11th December 2015 “There’s massive consolidation taking place in the textile industry and one of the reasons that I am here is that I believe in the resurgence of the South African industry,” says newly appointed CEO of uniform and personal protective equipment manufacturer and supplier The Kit Group, Andrew... 

GWK depicts ‘humble’ farmer as ‘hero’ advancing economy  

By: Tracy Hancock     7th December 2015 On the back of its most successful financial showing to date, reporting a profit of R163.8-million in 2015, a 57% increase on 2014, farmer-owned agribusiness GWK is ending the year by emphasising the integral role farmers play in supporting the growth of South Africa’s economy. The Douglas,... 

Safety body releases report on PRASA’s Afro 4000 locomotives 

By: News24Wire      3rd December 2015 A report into the controversial Afro 4000 locomotives has confirmed that they are at times too high for South Africa’s railway network, but shows they can still operate without causing any safety issues. The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) published its report this week into the 13 locomotives... 

Eskom secures R2.3bn in development finance from French agency 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd November 2015 South African electricity utility Eskom has secured a R2.3-billion (€150-million) long-term loan from French development financier Agence Française de Développement (AFD) to support distribution projects in Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo. CEO Brian Molefe said the 25-year facility had... 

Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery on acquisition trail

     4th November 2015 With the impact of the global economic challenges and an explosion of technology and digital media, there are some that question the on-going value and importance of exhibitions and face-to-face marketing. Exhibitor feedback and research surveys suggest otherwise, highlighting that exhibitions... 

Academy to introduce 'blended training' for artisans in 2016

By: Zandile Mavuso     30th October 2015 As of next year, accredited training provider MSC Artisan Academy will implement what it calls ‘blended training’ for artisans, which it hopes will stimulate self-learning and e-learning for its students owing to technological advancements being incorporated into the training methodology. 

Only Tshwane municipality pursues ultrathin reinforced concrete roads

By: Dylan Stewart     30th October 2015 Since 2010, when the Tshwane municipality stated its intention to pursue the use of ultrathin reinforced concrete pavements (UTRCPs) specifically for roads in townships, it is the only municipality to have done so, says Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) project consultant... 

Breast cancer awareness concert rocks Mthatha

     19th October 2015 Today an array of local and leading South African artists fired up a 5 000-strong crowd at the Walter Sisulu University Stadium in Mthatha, Eastern Cape. The concert, hosted by the Tobeka Madiba Zuma (TMZ) Foundation, was in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness. “I strongly believe that prevention is... 

SA aluminium body positive about aluminium prospects 

By: Dylan Stewart     25th September 2015 Owing to the increased use of aluminium in the automotive and beverage packaging industries, demand for aluminium in South Africa has positive long-term prospects, says Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) executive director Mark Krieg. 

Hamburg aquaculture farm completes second harvest of dusky kob this year

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th September 2015 A local aquaculture farm in Hamburg, Eastern Cape, falling under government’s Operation Phakisa: Ocean’s Economy initiative, conducted its second harvest from its first batch of dusky kob, or kabeljou, this week, taking the total number of fish harvested to 422, with a further 537 fish still... 

Small businesses rewarded at the Eskom Business Investment Competition

     10th September 2015 Budding small businesses from around the country were rewarded at the 2015 Eskom Business Investment Competition Awards, held on Thursday, September 10 at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg. Over 400 entries were received from registered small and medium enterprises from across the country in... 

Manpower expects uptick in energy sector job opportunities

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th September 2015 South Africa’s job seekers are most likely to find opportunities in the country’s electricity, gas and water supply and wholesale and retail trade sectors, while the mining and quarrying sector will have the lowest number of opportunities, workforce solutions provider Manpower South Africa points... 

Atlas Copco’s Mother City branch relocates to purpose-built facilities

     8th September 2015 The relocation of Atlas Copco South Africa’s Cape Town branch to larger, purpose-built premises at number 10 Manhattan Street, Airport Industria on 17th July 2015, combines under one roof the previously separately-housed business areas of Compressor Technique and Construction Technique’s Road... 

Legislative changes to be supportive of offshore oil, gas drilling – Zuma 

By: Terence Creamer     13th August 2015 President Jacob Zuma says the finalisation of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill, which is currently in the Parliamentary process, will assist the country to accelerate offshore oil and gas exploration. Delivering an update in Pretoria on government’s... 

Operation Phakisa betters health services 

By: SANews, SA government news service     13th August 2015 The health system in South Africa has since last November received a face-lift, as government launched Operation Phakisa Ideal Clinic Realisation and Maintenance. President Jacob Zuma said building Ideal Clinics for the public is on track. So far, he said progress made in this Phakisa segment... 

Marikana families sue police minister

By: News24Wire      12th August 2015 Families of the 37 mineworkers killed in Marikana are taking on Police Minister Nathi Nhleko in court. The families, represented by the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI), the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) and Wits Law Clinic, filed papers at the High Court in Pretoria on... 

Sanral embarks on R2.2bn worth of projects in the Eastern Cape  

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd August 2015 State-owned South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is undertaking 32 projects, totalling R2.2-billion, in the Eastern Cape, this year. 

Mandela Bay’s aerospace ‘sky economy’ closer to take-off

     27th July 2015 Investment intent by international investor and national memorandum of understanding paving the way for Coega Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing Cluster  THE Eastern Cape’s aerospace industry in Nelson Mandela Bay is taking off thanks to several new developments. The project received an... 

Consulting firm focuses on grooming junior engineers

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th June 2015 Black-owned multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm Gibb is exposing its junior engineers to as many large-scale projects as possible to secure development of the company and South Africa’s consulting engineering sector. Gibb environmental services GM and director Dr Urishanie Govender... 

Air Products South Africa – ‘fuelling’ the future

     19th June 2015 As leaders in the field of hydrogen technology, Air Products South Africa is one of the key partners in a pilot project which aims to enhance the quality of learning and teaching in remote, rural schools. The pilot project forms part of the TECH4RED (Technology for Rural Education and... 

Energy investment to contribute to hiring in S Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th June 2015 Despite the ongoing energy crisis, South Africa has created some opportunities for those businesses and individuals with the right skills sets, product and service offerings, which should contribute to an increase in job opportunities in this sector in the third quarter of this year.... 

S African oceans to unlock opportunities in economy

By: SANews, SA government news service     8th June 2015 South Africa’s oceans have the potential to unlock the country’s economic development opportunities, said Environmental Affairs deputy Minister Barbara Thomson. “We thus need to develop a proactive approach to understand our oceans capacity and role to ensure socioeconomic emancipation while... 

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