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Calls to reuse water treatment waste take centre stage at WISA 2016

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 While the cost-effective and environmentally compliant disposal of water treatment residue (WTR) is a challenge for water treatment practitioners worldwide, WTR management has taken centre stage in the local water industry amid increasing water demands, deteriorating raw water quality aggravated... 

Power management company unveils new products

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th May 2016 Power management company Eaton launched its first month-long exhibition, called South Africa Mobile Tech Day, to showcase solutions in commercial construction that combines expert analysis and demonstrative exhibitions to address customers’ power management needs. The Eaton Mobile Tech Day... 

Volkswagen South Africa Group investment plan, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     27th May 2016 Volkswagen South Africa Group has announced that it will build the new-generation Polo at its Uitenhage plant. 

Engen spreads a smile

     25th May 2016 Four years ago a short 50 metre stroll left Engen service station owner Helder Silva short of breath. Three years later, the owner of Engen North End Convenience Centre completed his first gruelling IronMan Triathlon. On 10 April 2016 he did it again, swimming 3.8km, cycling 180km and running... 

Anglo American Zimele, Jobs Fund support agricultural entrepreneurs

     24th May 2016 Anglo American’s enterprise development arm Zimele has collaborated with the National Treasury’s Jobs Fund to support the establishment of 490 agricultural entrepreneurs through projects such as the Lambasi agricultural initiative – a jointly owned farming operation trading as Fundirite, in the... 

R17m Tsitsikamma upgrade to start next week

By: Anine Kilian     20th May 2016 The R17-million planned upgrade of the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park, in the Eastern Cape, will get under way next week, starting at the Storms River Rest Camp, in Tsitsikamma. The upgrade at Storms River was scheduled to start with the lodge’s administration building and... 

VWSA to build new Polo at Uitenhage plant

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2016 The Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) will build the new-generation Polo at its Uitenhage plant, in the Eastern Cape, confirms MD Thomas Schaefer. Production will start at the end of next year. 

Tool Die And Mould-Making At South African Automotive Week

     17th May 2016 The Tool, Die, Mould-making and precision engineering sectors will take centerstage at the 5th edition of South African Automotive Week from October 11-13 2016 at the Tshwane Events Centre. Speaking after the launch of the Eastern Cape Tooling Initiative in Port Elizabeth in April, Inkanyezi... 

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... 

Bioremediation at North End lake shows promising results

By: David Oliveira     13th May 2016 Water-quality test results following the organic clean-up of the North End lake in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, were positive in various critical parameters, suggesting a significant drop in pollution levels, which made the lake unsuitable for swimming events in the past. According to... 

Leakage system provides solutions in Johannesburg

By: Simon Sonnekus     13th May 2016 Water-leak detection and control systems provider AquaTrip South Africa has reasserted its focus on conserving water with the installation of its electronic valve, which monitors water flow at schools across Johannesburg. The Brisbane-based company has a regional office in Stellenbosch, in the... 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – third window, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th May 2016 An update on the third round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. 

EC government wants more auto industry opportunities for black companies

     12th May 2016 The Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism called on the automotive industry to shift the gears of its supply chain processes to open up opportunities for the previously disadvantaged companies. MEC for DEDEAT Sakhumzi Somyo made the call at Volkswagen South... 

From Pump Attendant To Co-Owner: The Rise Of Engen’s Shepherd Macothoza

     10th May 2016 Ask Shepherd Macothoza how old he is and he’ll answer “That depends”. Born in Khayelitsha in 1979, Shepherd’s family lost their possessions - including his birth certificate - in the township riots in the mid-1980s. On re-issue, the government moved his birthdate back to 1975 and so (on paper)... 

Govt remains focused on localisation, skills development in auto sector

By: Anine Kilian     6th May 2016 Localisation, transforming the South African economy into an inclusive one and skills development remained long-term goals for government, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said this week. Speaking at Volkswagen South Africa’s (VWSA’s) inaugural black-owned supplier’s day in Uitenhage, in... 

Emira invests R250m in shopping centre upgrades, acquisitions

By: Anine Kilian     5th May 2016 The JSE-listed Emira Property Fund has invested over R250-million in acquiring new centres and upgrading its shopping centres to strengthen its retail assets, according to Emira CEO Geoff Jennett, who stated on Thursday that the company was investing strategically.   “Through key acquisitions and... 

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... 

FAW SA sees increase in sales, exports, but initial targets prove elusive

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2016 FAW Vehicle Manufacturers South Africa (FAW SA) has seen a steady increase in sales and exports, following the opening of its Eastern Cape truck assembly plant in 2014. To date, FAW SA has recorded exports of 90 trucks. To be more specific, exports in the first four months of 2015 reached 29... 

Emira expands its retail footprint and upgrades its centres

     5th May 2016 Emira Property Fund continues to grow value in its retail property portfolio, investing over R250 million in acquiring new centres and upgrading its shopping centres. The leading JSE-listed REIT (real estate investment trust) is already reaping the rewards of its investment in retail properties... 

Environmental Affairs pumps R40m into water research at Walter Sisulu University 

By: African News Agency      29th April 2016 The Department of Environmental Affairs on Thursday handed over a three-year R40 million agreement to the Walter Sisulu University for a water research programme. University spokesperson, Yonela Tukwayo, said in a statement that the programme was aimed at curbing water pollution. 

Daimler’s truck unit reports 2015 sales drop, expects continued 2016 weakness

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2016 Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) saw a marked slip in new-vehicle sales in 2015 compared with 2014, with sales dropping from 5 897 units to 5 300 units. The decline came as the South African new truck and bus market declined from 31 558 units in 2014 to 30 535 units in 2015. 

PRASA New Rolling Stock Procurement Programme – Gibela rolling stock project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     29th April 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa and the Gibela Rail Transportation Consortium have begun open-line testing on the first test train imported from Brazil. 

VWSA invests R120m in new try-out press

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2016 Following a 13 140 km journey from Spain by ship, Volkswagen Group South Africa’s (VWSA’s) new try-out press has arrived at the manufacturer’s Uitenhage plant. VWSA has invested R120-million in a new 21 000 kN try-out press to improve manufacturing capabilities at its Eastern Cape facility. 

SA imports maize to cover drought shortfall

By: News24Wire      22nd April 2016 The department of agriculture has imported 1 732 million tons of yellow  maize and 72 000 tons of white maize to cover shortfalls caused by the drought, Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana said on Thursday. For the next season, beginning May 1 and running until April 31 2017, another 4.3 million... 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – second window, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd April 2016 An update on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – second window. 

R120m programme to support emerging fruit farmers in Western, Eastern Cape  

     21st April 2016 The Western Cape province has, in partnership with the National Treasury and the deciduous fruit industry, established the Deciduous Fruit Development Chamber (DFDC) Commercialisation Programme, which will disburse R120-million in funding to emerging fruit farmers to grow their businesses to... 

DST commits to research hubs, despite budget squeeze

By: Kim Cloete     19th April 2016 Advances in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) programme, a significant fluorochemical expansion initiative and a R30-million science centre in Cofimvaba, in the Eastern Cape, were highlighted during the yearly Science and Technology budget vote debate in Parliament on Tuesday. Science and... 

Nestlé South Africa invests R1.2bn in KZN coffee plant

     19th April 2016 Nestlé South Africa has inaugurated its instant coffee manufacturing plant in Estcourt, in KwaZulu-Natal, after a R1.2-billion investment into the expansion of the factory. The investment formed part of the company's R2.9-billion foreign direct investment in the last five years. 

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... 

Company benefits from strategic positioning and branch network

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Crane solutions provider Johnson Crane Hire believes that its fleet of 250 cranes, a network of 13 branches throughout major cities in South Africa and a business branch in Gaborone, Botswana, have led to its success in various heavy lift applications over the years.  “Our branches are... 

Renewable energy project successfully completed

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Integrated heavy lifting, transportation and installation solutions provider ALE South Africa completed the handling and transportation of 56 wind turbine generators in February for the Amakhala project, in the Eastern Cape. The generators are made up of 10 components each comprising three... 

Township economy under spotlight in Nelson Mandela Bay

By: African News Agency      13th April 2016 Rural and township economies was put under the spotlight on Tuesday when the Minister of Small Business Lindiwe Zulu was in Nelson Mandela Bay for a Small, Medium and Micro-Sized Enterprises (SMME) stakeholder summit. Adressing SMMEs at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Zulu said that her... 

Oceans economy initiative unlocking billions in investment, Zuma says in Port Elizabeth

By: African News Agency      8th April 2016 Nelson Mandela Bay executive mayor Danny Jordaan on Friday thanked President Jacob Zuma for bringing investment to the metro. Jordaan was speaking at the port of Port Elizabeth where Zuma and a number of ministers attended an event for an update on the implementation of Operation Phakisa, the... 

Boardwalk Mall project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th April 2016 The proposal involves the construction of a mixed-use development on 13.3 ha of currently underutilised land in the Boardwalk precinct, in Port Elizabeth. 

OR Tambo district schools refurbishment project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th April 2016 The project involves the refurbishment of four dilapidated schools in the Eastern Cape. 

VWSA to host inaugural black-owned suppliers day in May

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2016 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has invited black-owned suppliers to participate in its first ever black-owned suppliers’ day. The event will take place at the VWSA PeoplePavilion in Uitenhage, in the Eastern Cape, on Thursday, May 5. 

VWSA to commission R120m try-out press

By: Irma Venter     6th April 2016 Following a 13 140 km journey from Spain by ship, Volkswagen Group South Africa’s (VWSA’s) new try-out press has arrived at the manufacturer’s Uitenhage plant. VWSA has invested R120-million in a new 21 000 kN try-out press to improve manufacturing capabilities at its Eastern Cape facility. 

The first of TNPA’s new tug fleet settles in Port Elizabeth

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th April 2016 The arrival of the first of two new, powerful tugboats bound for the port of Port Elizabeth marked the first milestone in a R1.4-billion nine-tugboat contract to bolster the efficiency of the ports’ marine operations countrywide, Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) said on Monday. The... 

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