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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. 

PROTEC opens more education centres

By: Victor Moolman     18th November 2016 South African nonprofit organisation PROTEC opened two new education centres in Gauteng, on June 6, 2016, in Ebony Park, Midrand, and on October 3, 2016 at the Soweto Empowerment Zone, with plans to open another in Atteridgeville, in Pretoria, next year. 

Survival of steel construction industry top priority

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2016 This year, the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction’s (Saisc’s) focus has been on ensuring that steelwork is sourced locally to save the local steel industry. 

These are SA's 3 worst performing provinces 

By: News24Wire      17th November 2016 The Free State, Mpumalanga and North West provinces failed to improve their audit outcomes over the past three years, according to Auditor General South Africa (AGSA). Auditor general (AG), Kimi Makwetu, shared the past year’s audit results at a press briefing held at Parliament on Wednesday. 

Rolls-Royce unit eyeing Southern African gas-to-power prospects

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2016 Power systems group Rolls-Royce aims to use a newly inaugurated 100 MW gas-fired power station at Ressano Garcia, in southern Mozambique, as a key reference plant, as several countries in the region consider their gas-to-power options. The plant is owned and operated by the independent power... 

Irregular expenditure jumps 80% in 2015/16 – Auditor-General

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th November 2016 Irregular expenditure by national and provincial departments and public entities has increased to R46.36-billion in 2015/16, an 80% increase from the prior year. Auditor-General (AG) Kimi Makwetu revealed on Wednesday that this was owing to the continued noncompliance with supply chain management... 

PPC not out of the woods yet, but sees growth potential

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th November 2016 JSE-listed PPC has posted flat earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of R1.14-billion for the six months ended September 30, while its Ebitda margin, at 22.2%, was negatively impacted on by selling price pressures and the timing of administration and other... 

As domestic oil-refinery debate continues, study highlights big jobs contribution

By: Terence Creamer     16th November 2016 The employment and economic spin-offs of South Africa’s domestic oil refining sector have received prominence in a new study, which suggests that the country’s six refineries generate yearly economic activity of more than R200-billion and sustain more than 480 000 jobs. The study, titled ‘The... 

Perfectly positioned in PE: New Renttech SA sales outlet offers customers greater convenience and service levels

     16th November 2016 Renttech South Africa, a leader in the sales and rental of top quality welding, lifting, rigging and construction equipment, has moved its Port Elizabeth branch into a new, spacious, state-of-the-art sales outlet. The move is in line with Renttech South Africa's strategy of expanding and... 

Company targets major construction contracts

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th November 2016 Construction, civils and housing company Motheo Construction Group is upgrading the on- and off-ramps at the Engen Blockhouse on the R59, in Vereeniging, which is scheduled for completion in January. Having started in September, the project comprises earthworks that mainly consist of the... 

Effective construction materials delivered to Dukathole project

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th November 2016 Concrete brick, block and paving machinery manufacturer Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) supplied a new PMSA VB4X plant to Dukathole Brickworks, in the Eastern Cape, that will manufacture M9, M6, M4, Maxi, Stockbricks, 80 mm paving, 60 mm paving and 50 mm paving for the project. The company details... 

Locally developed management system to be launched next year

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th November 2016 Eastern Cape-based manufacturing micro-brewery Dockside Brewery is beta testing an in-house developed supervisory control and data acquisition system that will be launched in South Africa next year. 

VWSA installs 320 robots as Uitenhage gears up for new models

By: Irma Venter     11th November 2016 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has installed 320 new robots at its body shop as the manufacturer ramps up to produce the new Polo – and one or two other unconfirmed models – at its Uitenhage plant, in the Eastern Cape. The roughly R4.5-billion investment to produce the new models,... 

16 emerging contractors hired on Eastern Cape housing initiative

By: David Oliveira     4th November 2016 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) reported last month that it had built 496 houses in the small town of Moltena, outside of Queenstown, in the Eastern Cape, on behalf of the Department of Human Settlements (DoHS). The initiative forms part of projects that the CDC has successfully... 

Nojoli wind farm project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     4th November 2016 The Nojoli wind farm has been completed. 

ECRDA Approves R14,8 Million In Loans For Disbursement To Rural Entrepreneurs In 2015/16

     3rd November 2016 The Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency (ECRDA) says it approved a total of R14,8 million in loans to rural entrepreneurs in the 2015/16 financial year.   Actual disbursements amounted to R12,5 million while R11,8 million of this amount were ECRDA agricultural loans which went to 265 clients.... 

Go Life International To List On Altx

     3rd November 2016 Go Life International, a Mauritian-listed nutraceutical company is seeking an inward listing on the AltX board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange following the acquisition earlier this year of the remaining 78% interest in Go Life Health Products, which holds Gotha Health Products (collectively... 

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