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Engen continues to build future leaders in Gauteng

     20th February 2017 The 2016 class of the Engen Maths and Science Schools achieved an impressive 94% pass rate, up 5% from last year’s average of 89%, with 70% of learners attaining a Bachelor pass. The Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) are a national initiative that seeks to address key skills shortages in the... 

Efforts to salvage wind-tower plant shut in wake of Eskom’s refusal to sign new IPP contracts

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2017 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is hoping to salvage the domestic manufacturing capability established to produce wind-tower sections in the Eastern Cape that was set up in response to government’s demand for higher levels of local content in the renewable-energy sector. However, it... 

Umgeni Water requires R200-billion to fix backlog

By: Bloomberg     17th February 2017 The water board serving South Africa’s second most-populous province said it needs at least R200-billion to address a service backlog, almost double the country’s total budget for water and sanitation for the three years through 2019. “The real headache is where the funds are going to come from,”... 

Watching brief

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2017 The closure and possible liquidation of an Eastern Cape wind-tower manufacturing facility only four years after it opened raises serious questions about whether business can truly rely on government policy as a basis for making investment decisions. Operations at the plant have been suspended... 

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... 

Engen continues to build future leaders

     15th February 2017 The 2016 class of the Engen Maths and Science Schools achieved an impressive 94% pass rate, up 5% from last year’s average of 89%, with 70% of learners attaining a Bachelor pass. The Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) are a national initiative that seeks to address key skills shortages in the... 

Engen KZN learners scoop top three positions

     13th February 2017 Engen Maths and Science Schools learners in KwaZulu-Natal scored top marks in 2016, scooping the top three programme positions nationally.   The Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) are a national initiative that seeks to address key skills shortages in the engineering and technical fields by... 

Elidz Enterprises Impact Local Economy

     10th February 2017 The operations of enterprises in the East London Industrial Development Zone have had a tremendous impact on the broader economy of the Eastern Cape Province.  This is according to a report released in 2016 by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) which evaluated the ELIDZ’s impact on job creation,... 

Sundale On Another Capital Investment Drive

     9th February 2017 Sundale Free Range Dairy announced this week that they have commissioned a R2million state of the art boiler for the plant at the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ). The announcement comes shortly after the ELIDZ AGM report that highlighted Sundale as one of the noteworthy success... 

IDC hopes to salvage wind-tower plant, but warns liquidation can’t be ruled out 

By: Terence Creamer     8th February 2017 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is hoping to salvage the domestic manufacturing capability established to produce wind-tower sections in the Eastern Cape that was set up in response to government’s demand for higher levels of local content in the renewable-energy sector. However, it... 

Enel’s South African unit brings two new PV plants into operation

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th February 2017 Italian energy group Enel’s renewable-energy subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA has brought its 82.5 MW apiece Adams and Pulida solar photovoltaic (PV) plants into commercial operation. The Pulida PV plant, in the Northern Cape, and the Adams PV facility, in the Free State, which are supported by... 

Tyre testing facility seen as key to boosting manufacturing in SA

By: Dylan Slater     3rd February 2017 A testing facility is urgently required in South Africa to ensure locally made tyres meet the criteria for South African and African conditions, as there is currently no such facility on the continent.  

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... 

Matatiele Spaza Shops educate locals about Paraffin Safety

     30th January 2017 Several Spaza shops in the Matatiele Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape have been revamped as part of Engen’s paraffin education and safety campaign. The branded Spaza shops reinforce important paraffin safety messages in both English and isiXhosa. Highly-visible sites were chosen to ensure... 

DoE resumes IEP, IRP public consultations

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th January 2017 The Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) public consultation workshops on the updated draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) will resume in Limpopo on Wednesday. This followed on the first series of public consultation sessions, which were held in Gauteng,... 

Gaia acquires 25% interest in Dorper wind farm

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th January 2017 Infrastructure investment holding company Gaia Infrastructure Capital has transitioned its JSE-listing from special purpose acquisitions to the investment services sector after a R501-million acquisition of a 25.2% economic interest in Dorper wind farm. The acquisition became unconditional in... 

Sanral rehabilitation project derisks Uitenhage power failures 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2017 The completion of an R80-million slope stabilisation engineering project in Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan region, in the Eastern Cape, has prevented the risk of damage to power cables and related blackouts in Uitenhage. The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said on Tuesday... 

Loeriesfontein, Khobab wind farms edge closer to completion 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2017 Around 750 loads of wind turbine component sections are expected to be delivered to the Loeriesfontein and Khobab wind farms, near Calvinia, in the Northern Cape, between January 12 and September. The components are being transported from the Port of Ngqura, outside of Port Elizabeth, in the... 

Transport Minister reports 5% increase in festive season road deaths

By: African News Agency      10th January 2017 Transport Minister Dipuo Peters on Tuesday blamed unqualified and reckless drivers for the significant increase in road crashes and fatalities that occurred during the past festive season, saying that drivers needed to change their behaviour on the roads. According to the Road Traffic Management... 

DoE extends comment period for energy plans to end of March 

By: Terence Creamer     9th January 2017 The Department of Energy (DoE) has formally extended the period for public comment on the draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) base case until March 31. The closing date for written comment was initially set as February 15, after the two plans were... 

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... 

PRASA must get house in order or face collapse – Untu 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd December 2016 The United National Transport Union (Untu) has lashed out against South African railway services, including the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and Transnet, stating that it needed to provide proper service, or face “total collapse”. The union said that a number of incidences in the... 

Sanral embarks on R226m road resurfacing project  

By: Ilan Solomons     19th December 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has announced a R226-million road resurfacing project between the Eastern Cape towns of Grahamstown and Fort Beaufort.    Resurfacing of the R67 from Grahamstown to Fort Beaufort will commence in January and is set to be completed by... 

Wind farm completed in Eastern Cape

     16th December 2016 The Nojoli wind farm, in the Eastern Cape, has been completed and connected to the grid by multinational renewable-energy corporation Enel’s subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA (EGP RSA).  

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. 

Stable hiring prospects expected for Q1 2017 – survey

By: Anine Kilian     13th December 2016 The electricity, gas and water supply and restaurants and hotels sectors are likely to offer job seekers the best opportunities to secure a job in the first quarter of 2017, says Manpower SA. Its latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey also indicates that opportunities for jobs will be weakest... 

Poverty led to Marikana tragedy, says Mahumapelo

By: African News Agency      5th December 2016 Poverty was the root cause of the Marikana tragedy four years ago, North West premier Supra Mahumapelo said on Sunday. “Poverty forced people to work in the mines, some come from Zimbabwe, Lesotho, the Eastern Cape and other provinces, and neighbouring countries to work in Rustenburg mines,” he... 

R300m empowerment project launched in citrus industry

By: Anine Kilian     2nd December 2016 The launch of a R300-million black economic empowerment project in the citrus-rich Sundays River valley, in the Eastern Cape, could have significant ramifications for the roll-out of similar empowerment deals around the country which, until now, have experienced very limited success, according to... 

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... 

A.B.E Concrete Protection For Upgrading Of Three Cape Waste Water Treatment Plants

     30th November 2016 A.B.E Construction Chemicals has supplied specialised products for the protection of the concrete surfaces and joints of three waste water treatment works in the Cape Province. A.B.E is part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group. Dean Botha, a.b.e. Technical Sales Consultant in the Eastern Cape,... 

Cape Town harbour’s Alfred Basin

By: Jade Davenport     25th November 2016 Given that Cape Town was the most important port on the sea route between Europe and the East, for the first half century that the British administered this strategic maritime jewel, it is surprising that little effort was made to develop any infrastructure that could transform Table Bay into a... 

Company supports plastic waste management  

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics will sponsor the inaugural African Marine Waste Network (AMWN) conference next year.   The AMWN was launched in July this year by the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST), plastics industry representative... 

Eastern Cape SMMEs to manufacture dolosse for N2 refurbishment project

By: David Oliveira     25th November 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) announced last month the appointment of four small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the Eastern Cape to manufacture interlocking concrete blocks, known as dolosse. The roads agency, which has a responsibility to protect its... 

Western Cape residents have the most improved drinking water

By: News24Wire      24th November 2016 The Western Cape has the highest rate of universal access to improved drinking water sources in the country, says Statistics South Africa (Stats SA). At 99.4% the province is closely followed by the Free State at 99.3%, the Northern Cape at 99.1% and Gauteng at 98.6%. 

Go Life International lists on the JSE

By: Anine Kilian     23rd November 2016 Life sciences group and nutraceutical manufacturer Go Life International listed on the AltX board of the JSE on Wednesday, with shares opening at 50c. This follows the acquisition earlier this year of the remaining 78% interest in Go Life Health Products, which holds Gotha Health Products. 

ECDC Spent R6 Million And Attracted R19, 8 Million Testing And Developing Smme Business Ideas And Concepts In 2015/16

     21st November 2016 An Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) funded polyfibre project has been bolstered with a R22 million injection from the Department of Trade and Industry’s Employment Creation Fund for the establishment of a factory in Port Alfred and three buy-back centres in Stutterheim, Grahamstown and... 

Indian vehicle and equipment group adds gensets to SA offering

By: Irma Venter     18th November 2016 Vehicle distributor Mahindra South Africa (SA) will add another product to its portfolio this month, when the company will introduce a range of generator sets (gensets) to the local market. Mahindra SA is a subsidiary of the Indian Mahindra & Mahindra conglomerate. 

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