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New tug fleet will enable South African ports to handle larger vessels

By: David Oliveira     Updated 7 hours ago As part of parastatal Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy (MDS), Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA) will spend about R56-billion by 2019 to improve efficiencies of South Africa’s ports, including a R1.4-billion tugboat replacement project. The contract, which was awarded to local shipbuilding... 

BAIC vehicle manufacturing plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 The Beijing Automotive Group Corporation (BAIC) plans to build a completely knocked-down vehicle manufacturing plant in the Eastern Cape Industrial Development Zone. 

New tug fleet will enable SA ports to handle larger vessels

By: David Oliveira     26th August 2016 As part of parastatal Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy (MDS), Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA) will spend about R56-billion by 2019 to improve efficiencies of South Africa’s ports, including a R1.4-billion tugboat replacement project. The contract, which was awarded to local shipbuilding... 

SA population balloons to 55.91m

By: News24Wire      25th August 2016 South Africa’s population is estimated to be 55.91-million of which 51% are female, according to Statistics South Africa’s mid-year calculations. Announcing the figures at a media conference in Pretoria on Thursday, statistician general Pali Lehohla said migration is an important demographic... 

Eskom, Outa at odds over nuclear-site licensing notices 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th August 2016 Eskom insists it has complied with the National Nuclear Regulator’s (NNR’s) prescribed processes in its application for Nuclear Installation Site Licences (NISL) at Thyspunt, in the Eastern Cape, and Duynefontein, in the Western Cape. However, a civil society campaigner, Organisation Undoing Tax... 

Fuso imports second truck from India, looks toward imminent local assembly

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2016 Fuso Trucks Southern Africa (FTSA), a division of Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA), has launched its second made-in-India truck in South Africa. The Fuso FJ 16-230 follows in the footsteps of the FA 9-137, introduced last year. 

Eskom urges South Africans to use electricity safely

By: African News Agency      22nd August 2016 Eskom will launch a countrywide campaign on Monday to educate the public on safe electricity use. Public fatalities and injuries due to the unsafe use of electricity remains a major problem, the electricity parastatal said in a statement. 

Runaway locomotive kills train driver, injures another

By: News24Wire      19th August 2016 A runaway diesel locomotive smashed head-on into a freight train and burst into flames, killing one train driver and critically injuring another, a trade union said on Friday. Train drivers Alexander Flemming and Jan Swanepoel, and train assistant Neo Jason Witkoei, were on their way from Rosmead... 

BAIC to build CKD auto plant in Coega industrial zone 

By: Terence Creamer     19th August 2016 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) reports that it has signed a deal with the Beijing Automobile International Corporation (BAIC) for a new automotive investment worth R11-billion into the Eastern Cape industrial development zone (IDZ). The Chinese State-owned company plans to build a... 

Lanseria in midst of expansion, upgrade programme

By: Keith Campbell     19th August 2016 South Africa’s biggest and busiest privately-owned aerodrome, Lanseria International Airport, continues to expand and upgrade its facilities to meet rising demand for both domestic and international services. These increases embrace passenger numbers and the numbers of scheduled commercial... 

Port of Ngqura manganese export expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th August 2016 Transnet Freight Rail plans to increase the capacity on its Postmasburg−Port Elizabeth−Ngqura manganese rail line. 

Exxaro eyes more renewables

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th August 2016 Following the success of its entry into renewable energy through a 50% wind farm joint venture (JV) with Tata Power, diversified miner Exxaro Resources is exploring further opportunities in clean energy. Independent power producer (IPP) Cennergi had marked its first income generation following... 

Tsitsikamma wind farm reaches commercial operation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th August 2016 The 95 MW Tsitsikamma Community wind farm project, in the Eastern Cape, this week started commercial operation, marking the second wind farm by independent power producer Cennergi to achieve the milestone this year. Cennergi, a 50:50 joint venture between coal miner Exxaro Resources and India’s... 

IDC, BAIC set to unveil plans for new Eastern Cape auto plant

By: Terence Creamer     16th August 2016 South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has indicated that it and the BAIC Automotive Group, of China, will announce details of a new multibillion-rand motor vehicle manufacturing plant in Eastern Cape later this month. The development financier will host its annual... 

LSFB demand shows steady growth

By: Victor Moolman     12th August 2016 The use of light steel frame (LSF) building has been growing steadily for the last seven years, partially owing to architects looking for alternative building methods to overcome the inefficiencies of conventional masonry building, says the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association... 

New manager for ICT business incubator

By: Dylan Slater     12th August 2016 Nelson Mandela Bay-based information and communications technology (ICT) incubator SNII appointed executive manager Phumza Mfenyana in July.  

Building female owned businesses is critical to economic and social development in South Africa

     11th August 2016 Women are underestimated powerhouses of an economy. This is not a fact that is relevant only to South Africa, but it is a global phenomenon. Mike Anderson, CEO and founder of the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) says that South Africa needs to not only build entrepreneurship, but to... 

Amakhala Emoyeni wind energy facility, South Africa

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2016 The project has achieved commercial operation. 

SA farmers hope for enough rain after winter

By: Simon Sonnekus     5th August 2016 The next five months and the following planting season will be critical for farmers who have been affected by the devastating drought which crippled the agriculture sector recently. According to agricultural organisation AgriSA CEO Omri van Zyl, farmers need to see out the winter and hope for... 

Water wise: agriculture gets innovative amid crippling drought

     2nd August 2016 WITH eight of South Africa’s nine provinces declared drought disaster areas, the agricultural sector and other water-intensive industries are incorporating clever water conservation solutions to preserve this increasingly scarce commodity. Among these solutions are the lining of dams and... 

Department of Energy peaker projects, South Africa

By: Mariaan Webb     29th July 2016 The 685 MW Avon peaker plant has started commerical operation. 

Construction on the largest solar field in S Africa to start in 2017

     29th July 2016 Norwegian power producer Scatec Solar plans to start construction by mid-2017 on three new adjacent solar projects in Upington, in the Northern Cape, which will form the largest solar field in South Africa and one of the biggest in the world with a combined peak capacity of 258 MW. 

NNR passes Eskom’s nuclear site applications, further scrutiny to follow

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th July 2016 The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) has completed the initial review of State-owned Eskom’s nuclear installation site licence (NISL) applications for the Eastern Cape-based Thyspunt site, and the Western Cape-based Duynefontein site. The regulator indicated that the applications, submitted in... 

Cennergi wind farm enters commercial operation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th July 2016 Local independent power producer Cennergi on Thursday celebrated achieving commercial operations at its 134 MW Amakhala Emoyeni wind farm, near Bedford, in the Eastern Cape. Cennergi, a 50:50 joint venture between miner Exxaro Resources and Tata Power, was selected as the preferred bidder for two... 

106 township mechanics get lifeline

     27th July 2016 Nelson Mandela Bay’s township economy is set for a major boost with 106 mechanics inducted for the two-year Informal Automotive Service Centres Development Programme today. An initiative of the Uitenhage Despatch Development Initiative in partnership with Filpro, an enterprise development company... 

Dinosaur fossil found in South Africa finally gives up its secrets

By: News24Wire      27th July 2016 A remarkable dinosaur fossil discovery made by a South African palaeontologist in 2005 has finally revealed its secrets. The fossil, the most complete ever found of a species known as Heterodontosaurus tucki, was recently scanned at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble,... 

NMMU to get SA's tenth medical school

By: News24Wire      25th July 2016 South Africa’s tenth medical school will be opened at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth, the university announced on Sunday. The announcement was made on Saturday by NMMU vice chancellor Professor Derrick Swartz following the government's approval. 

Sanral will start construction on Eastern Cape bridges in 2017 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd July 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says construction will start on the Msikaba and Mtentu river bridges, on the N2 Wild Coast Toll road, early next year. The agency has concluded a two-day briefing session with prequalified bidders and site visit for the Msikaba and Mtentu... 

Former mineworkers owed billions of rands

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd July 2016 A substantial sum – between R7-billion and R10-billion – of an estimated R30-billion in unclaimed benefits is believed to be due to South Africa’s former mineworkers. The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) is working to deliver a single compensation legislation by March and an integrated... 

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.  

South Africa’s first locomotives

By: Jade Davenport     22nd July 2016 The South Africa of the late 1850s was an economic and industrial backwater with limited growth prospects, especially when compared with other colonial outposts. Diamonds and gold, which were to drive the country’s industrial revolution, were still a long way from being discovered and, thus, the... 

Uranium is the dirty underbelly of nuclear – scientist

By: News24Wire      21st July 2016 Antinuclear sentiment tends to focus on nuclear waste or operational risks, but more focus should be on the “dirty underbelly” of uranium mining, according to a science adviser. “Whenever people get excited about nuclear power stations, they kind of forget where the actual uranium comes from,” Dr... 

New Cape Regional Manager For A.B.E.

     18th July 2016 Glenn Bouwer has been appointed Regional Manager, Western and Eastern Cape for a.b.e. Construction Chemicals, part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group. Prior to joining a.b.e., Glenn worked at BASF Coating Services for a decade, responsible for various duties that culminated in being in charge of... 

More Than 80 Wheelchairs Donated During First 6 Months Of 2016 Thanks To “Breadtags For Wheelchair” Project

     15th July 2016 More than 80 wheelchairs have already been awarded during the first six months of this year thanks to the hugely successful “Breadtags for Wheelchairs” project, which is administered by the Polystyrene Packaging Council, and with the support of coordinator Mary Honeybun and the Sweetheart... 

Noupoort Wind Farm project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th July 2016 The Noupoort Wind Farm entered commercial operation on July 11. 

OR Tambo, Mthatha and King Sabata Dalindyebo district municipality bulk water supply and sanitation project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th July 2016 The project involves the augmentation of the existing water scheme in the OR Tambo, Mthatha and King Sabata Dalindyebo district municipality. 

PRASA new rolling stock procurement programme – Gibela rolling stock project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th July 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa plans to unveil a replica of its newly acquired trains at the Pretoria station for public viewing from the end of July. 

Tug building project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th July 2016 The latest of the Transnet National Ports Authority’s nine new tugboats will set sail from the Durban premises of contractor Southern African Shipyards this month. 

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