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Highest number of Renewable Energy installations in SA

     23rd June 2017 Specialist electrical contractor, Brand Engineering SA (Pty) Ltd, has carried out the highest number of utility scale solar Renewable Energy (RE) installations in the RE industry in South Africa.  It has become a key construction partner for RE developers, and is responsible for the generation of... 

Drive supplier remains committed to continent

By: Nadine James     23rd June 2017 German drive engineering group SEW Eurodrive remains committed to Africa despite political and economic instability in parts of the continent, says local subsidiary SEW Eurodrive South Africa (SA). SEW Eurodrive SA MD Raymond Obermeyer says while the political upheaval and economic uncertainty... 

Indaba critical for policy engagement 

By: Nica Schreuder     23rd June 2017 With the policy environment changing as a result of global and local competition, consulting firm Cova Advisory believes that this year’s Manufacturing Indaba can play a significant role to assist industry in staying abreast of the changes. Cova Advisory has been a sponsor of the Manufacturing... 

Salga calls on municipalities to comply with audit outcomes

By: Anine Kilian     22nd June 2017 The South African Local Government Association (Salga) has reiterated its call for action to be taken against municipalities that do not comply with audit outcomes, stating that municipalities that have irregular outcomes should face consequences. The latest municipal audit outcomes of local... 

VWSA trust makes first investment to grow black supplier base

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 2017 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) on Thursday officially launched its broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) Initiatives Trust. The aim of the trust is to increase the number of black-owned suppliers in the automotive sector value chain.  

SWC welcomes moratorium on Wild Coast mining, but remains sceptical

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th June 2017 Activist group Sustaining the Wild Coast (SWC) has welcomed a notice gazetted by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane which blocks any mining or prospecting applications on the Xolobeni mine area, in Bizana, in the Eastern Cape, for the next 18 months, “or until the Minister is satisfied... 

Composites cluster charts way forward for basalt in composites

By: Irma Venter     16th June 2017 Nelson Mandela Bay Composites Cluster MD Andy Radford says the cluster has mapped the value chain for the production and application of basalt in composites. He says the cluster is at an advanced stage of securing local and global beneficiators and buyers for the mineral for use in composite... 

Williams Hunt group to take over Opel distributorship in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2017 The German Opel brand will be distributed in South Africa by the Williams Hunt group, as from January 1, 2018. US carmaker General Motors (GM) earlier this year sold the Opel brand to French rival, Peugeot. Peugeot Citroën South Africa will not, however, take responsibility for Opel in the local... 

Deterioration of local economic landscape pinching jobs outlook

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th June 2017 While South African employers are reporting limited hiring prospects for the third quarter, opportunities for local job seekers are expected to be strongest in the electricity, gas and water supply and the finance, insurance, real estate and business services sectors, ManpowerGroup South Africa’s... 

MTN donates R1.5m towards relief efforts following Cape storm, fires 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th June 2017 Telecommunications giant MTN on Friday set aside R1.5-million to contribute to relief efforts across the Western and Eastern Cape after storms and fires this week caused several deaths and displaced thousands of people, as well as causing structural infrastructure damage. The funds would be used... 

SA car buyers had widest choice-to-market-size ratio globally in 2016

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2017 South African car buyers had access to 55 passenger car brands in 2016, with 3 458 model derivatives to choose from, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) executive manager Dr Norman Lamprecht. “This afforded car buyers the widest choice to market-size... 

Water, water everywhere . . .

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     9th June 2017 A year ago, we had electricity load-shedding and now, in the Western Cape, we may have water-shedding. There is a very very serious water shortage in the Western Cape. There is a website that gives updates on the steady decline of the dam levels. At the time of writing, the dams were 19.7 % full,... 

Isuzu sees opportunity as it buys GM’s Port Elizabeth plant

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2017 US vehicle manufacturer General Motors (GM) has announced that it will disinvest from South Africa as part of a global restructuring process. GM South Africa (GMSA) sells the Opel, Isuzu and Chevrolet brands in South Africa. 

Unemployment rate rises to 14-year high of 27.7%

By: Anine Kilian     1st June 2017 South Africa’s unemployment rate rose to 27.7% in the first quarter of this year, the highest level since September 2003. Statistics South Africa’s latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey, released on Thursday, reveals that the growth in employment, of 144 000 people, was offset by the growth in the... 

National English Literary Museum obtains green building rating

By: Anine Kilian     29th May 2017 The National English Literary Museum, in Grahamstown, in the Eastern Cape, has been awarded a 5-Star Green Star SA Public Education Building v1 As-Built rating – a first for South Africa. The museum was built by the Department of Public Works (DPW) for the Department of Arts and Culture at a cost... 

Famous Brands reins in acquisition pipeline, focuses on growth path

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th May 2017 After wrapping up the 2017 financial year with seven successfully integrated acquisitions and a strong financial performance, JSE-listed Famous Brands plans to remain strongly focused on growth in a difficult operating climate. However, while the group remained acquisitive by nature and was... 

PE composites cluster investigates basalt, kenaf potential 

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2017 Nelson Mandela Bay Composites Cluster MD Andy Radford says the cluster has mapped the value chain for the production and application of basalt in composites. He says the cluster is at an advanced stage of securing local and global beneficiators and buyers for the mineral for use in composite... 

Active citizenry mobile platform launched in Eastern Cape

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2017 The OR Tambo district municipality, in the Eastern Cape, rolled out a citizen engagement omni-channel digital platform – Thetha Nathi, which means “talk to us” in isiXhosa – that enables citizens to engage directly with the municipality on service delivery issues, says telecommunication service... 

Bongiwe Pityi

     26th May 2017 This week we feature Bongiwe Pityi, GM of OR Tambo International Airport   

Chairside milling beneficial for dental industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2017 With the dental industry moving towards chairside milling for clinics, digital production solutions company Telpro Management launched electronics manufacturer Roland’s DWX-52DC tooth milling machine last month.  

DTI refuses to release list of black industrialist scheme beneficiaries for fear they will be ‘harassed’ 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd May 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies showcased four recipients of government’s flagship Black Industrialist programme (BIP) during his Budget Vote on Tuesday, but astonishingly refused to release the names of all 46 recipients of the non-refundable government grants and concessional loans.... 

South Africans spoilt for choice when buying new vehicles 

By: Irma Venter     23rd May 2017 South African car buyers had access to 55 passenger car brands in 2016, with 3 458 model derivatives to choose from, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) executive manager Dr Norman Lamprecht. “This afforded car buyers the widest choice to market-size... 

Company reaches 400-mark installation milestone

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th May 2017 Water solutions company Amanziflow Projects have installed more than 400 of its locally developed Fluid Dynamic Systems automatic diaphragm valves (FDS-DVs) across Southern Africa to date.  

Deal opens way for new liquid bulk handling facility at the Port of Ngqura

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo (OTGC) in May signed an agreement in Port Elizabeth that will see OTGC plan, fund, construct, maintain and operate a new liquid bulk handling facility at the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape. The facility’s concept... 

Thyspunt nuclear power plant would bring great benefits to the region – CDC 

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2017 The Eastern Cape is holding out hope that the planned Thyspunt nuclear power plant will be built in the province despite the nuclear deal being put on ice for now. Coega Development Corporation (CDC) energy business development manager Sandisiwe Ncemane said the plant would hold great economic... 

Public Works sets sights on 1.4m work opportunities this year

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th May 2017 Government will disburse its R1-billion Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) integrated grant to eligible public bodies, while incentivising nonprofit organisations to create 1.4-million work opportunities in the year ahead, with a particular focus on rural communities. “This will also allow... 

General Motors pulls out of SA, GMSA to become Isuzu Motors SA

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2017 US vehicle manufacturer General Motors (GM) on Thursday announced that it would disinvest from South Africa as part of a global restructuring process. GM South Africa (GMSA) sells the Opel, Isuzu and Chevrolet brands in South Africa. 

Shadow Minerals Minister warns of ‘disastrous’ mining outlook 

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2017 Shadow Mineral Resources Minister James Lorimer forecasts that South Africa’s new minerals legislation and new charter will be “disastrous” for an industry already crippled by hugely diminished capital injection and massive year-on-year job loss. The Opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) MP, who... 

Kubayi expresses support for 3 700 MW gas-to-power vision amid IPP uncertainty 

By: Terence Creamer     16th May 2017 Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi expressed her support on Tuesday for the country’s proposed gas-to-power programme, assuring delegates to a conference in Cape Town that government intended proceeding in line with the existing “vision and policy objectives” for gas infrastructure. “Over the past... 

Eastern Cape sets sights on becoming Africa’s leading fuel bunkering centre

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th May 2017 Following the successful introduction of a deep-sea bunkering service off the coast of  Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, the province has set itself the target of being the leading bunkering stopover in Africa, states Eastern Cape MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform Mlibo... 

Nordex completes fifth wind farm project in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     8th May 2017 Wind turbine manufacturer Nordex has successfully deployed 37 wind turbines in the Eastern Cape as part of Round 3 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. Producing 111 MW of power, Nordex’s Delta Generation wind turbines have started operation. It is the first... 

Davies to launch revitalised industrial park in Mthatha

By: Anine Kilian     5th May 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies will launch the first phase of the revitalised Vulindlela Heights industrial park, in Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape, on May 15. The first phase of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) Revitalisation of Industrial Parks Programme focuses on the... 

BAIC unveils passenger car offering for SA

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2017 Beijing Automotive Industry Group Company (BAIC) has unveiled the passenger car that it hopes will secure its first customers in the South African market. The D20 compact hatchback and sedan range “is a boutique small car for the South African market”, says BAIC International VP Li Xiaofan. 

Mercedes-AMG models to be added to SA plant’s production portfolio

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2017 In 2017, Mercedes-AMG celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. The company from Affalterbach, founded by Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher, today acts as the sports car and performance brand for German carmaker Daimler. The AMG badge has grown rapidly in popularity since 1967, nudged on by... 

SBS Tanks

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th May 2017 As a proudly ISO 9001:2008 accredited company, tank manufacturer SBS Tanks is truly an industry leader in liquid storage not only in sub-Saharan Africa, but in the rest of the continent as well. 

Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo, TNPA sign liquid bulk agreement

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2017 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo (OTGC) on Thursday signed an agreement in Port Elizabeth that will see OTGC plan, fund, construct, maintain and operate a new liquid bulk handling facility at the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape. The facility’s concept... 

Commercial operations start at Enel’s Gibson Bay Wind Farm

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th May 2017 Enel, through its subsidiary Enel Green Power (EGP), has started commercial operations at its 111 MW Gibson Bay Wind Farm, in the Kouga municipality of the Eastern Cape. Enel South Africa country manager William Price noted that this was the second wind farm for the company in the province. The... 

Gaia lifts FY earnings a share by 205% y/y

By: Anine Kilian     3rd May 2017 Infrastructure investment company Gaia Infrastructure Capital has reported a 205% year-on-year increase in earnings a share to 65.59c for the year ended February 28. The company delivered an enhanced tangible net asset value per share of R10.63 during the period, compared with R9.97 in 2016. 

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