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Nuclear build programme will bring immense benefits 

By: Kelvin Kemm     24th March 2017 South Africa builds and exports Mercedes-Benz vehicles from East London.  BMW cars are built in Pretoria, as are Ford cars. Other vehicle brands are also built are this country.  I have toured the BMW and Ford plant several times, and I can assure you that what you see is South African workers... 

Peristaltic hose pumps to mitigate challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Owing to the high air entrainment and shear sensitivity of froth pulp, mixing equipment and peristaltic pump manufacturer Afromix applied its AFX065 peristaltic hose pump – which is already associated with arduous mining and industrial applications – to mitigate this challenge.  

Property body investigates municipal rates and taxes

By: David Oliveira     24th March 2017 The South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) announced last month that it had reappointed specialist consultants Rates Watch to monitor rates policies for the next five years, owing to the negative impacts of rising municipal rates and taxes on operating costs, gross rentals and property... 

South Africa asks World Bank to review ease-of-doing-business position in light of InvestSA initiative 

By: Terence Creamer     17th March 2017 The South African government has officially launched a new investment facilitation service, dubbed InvestSA, which it claims will dramatically reduce red tape for foreign and domestic businesses seeking to pursue greenfield or brownfield projects in the country. The service, which has both... 

Eskom connects a further 35 000 Eastern Cape households to grid

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th March 2017 During the 11 months to February, State-owned electricity provider Eskom has connected 35 000 more Eastern Cape households, in rural areas, to its grid. “We have intensified our implementation programme throughout the country and we intend achieving an additional 15 000 new connections in the... 

Fall Armyworm reported in maize fields in two provinces

     17th March 2017 Last month, independent grain producers' support organisation Grain SA said that reports from KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape mentioned that the Fall Armyworm – also known as the Spodoptera Frugiperda – has established itself mainly in maize but also in sorghum, cotton, some vegetables and... 

Sanral initiates training scheme for small firms ahead of N2 Wild Coast construction

By: Irma Venter     17th March 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... 

Domestic tourism declines between 2013 and 2015, but expenditure increases

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th March 2017 Domestic tourism declined from 54.4-million day trips in 2013 to 44-million in 2015, Statistics South Africa’s Domestic Tourism 2015 report, published on Thursday, reveals. However, while there was a downward trend in the number of day trips, the total expenditure on day trips increased from... 

Eskom, CDC sign MoU in preparation for possible Thyspunt nuclear build

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th March 2017 As South Africa “gears up” for its Nuclear New Build Programme (NNBP), State-owned power utility Eskom has joined hands with the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) as its partner on the ground at the preferred Thyspunt site, in the Eastern Cape, for the construction of the programme’s first... 

E.Cape Rural Hydropower Scheme A Clean Energy Success Story

     14th March 2017 It's going to be a bright 2017 for the 39 households of the KwaMadiba settlement in the rural Eastern Cape 110 years after municipal electricity was first supplied to the provincial capital of Port Elizabeth. This village in the OR Tambo District Municipality has quite literally been "off the... 

Merc SA adds three AMG models to production line in R200m investment

By: Irma Venter     13th March 2017 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will, in the second half of the year, add three new derivatives to its production line at the company’s East London plant, in the Eastern Cape. The new derivatives are AMG models, which refers to Mercedes-Benz’s range of high-specification performance vehicles. 

Sanral appoints first research associate  

By: Anine Kilian     13th March 2017 A PhD candidate at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Keith Nare, has been appointed South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) first ever research associate at the entity’s materials lab in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. Nare’s role at the lab is to perform a role linking... 

Standout Eastern Cape learners commence student life

     13th March 2017 Two standout Eastern Cape learners who attended an Engen Maths and Science School in their area, aced their matric examinations and are now all set to pursue their tertiary studies in medicine and engineering at the University of Cape Town. Athini Mqolora achieved an impressive overall average of... 

Products supplied by A.B.E Construction Chemicals were successfully applied to create and coat floors in four parts of Southern Africa.

     9th March 2017 A.B.E. Is part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group. The A.B.E. Products supplied were: 

BASF in South Africa supports science and education projects to upskill local learners.

     9th March 2017 • BASF in South Africa donates R250 000 to Maths and Science education project. • Techno-blended Mathematics and Science school model supports skills for automotive, manufacturing and chemical industries. BASF in South Africa yesterday made a R250 000 donation to the Govan Mbeki Mathematics... 

JSE-listed infrastructure fund seeks capital for next acquisitions

By: Terence Creamer     8th March 2017 JSE-listed infrastructure investment holding company GAIA Infrastructure Capital has appetite for further funds for investments into energy, transport, as well as water and sanitation assets. CEO Prudence Lebina tells Engineering News Online that the company, which invests only in operational... 

Engen continues to build future leaders in the Eastern Cape

     6th March 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 are a national initiative that seeks to address key skills shortages in the... 

Full Steam Ahead For Grade 11 Maritime Economics Learners!

     3rd March 2017 There was much excitement on Wednesday this week at five schools in the greater Durban area when a brand new Grade 11 Maritime Economics textbook was distributed to learners by author Balungile Masuku, together with representatives from African Marine Solutions Group (AMSOL), the project sponsor.... 

One regional water utility for the Eastern Cape

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 Eastern Cape State-owned water utility Amatola Water is leading the charge in the advocacy of and planning activities required to ensure that a single regional bulk water utility is realised in the Eastern Cape, in line with the Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS’s) institutional reform... 

Situation critical as Western Cape remains driest province in country – Water Department

By: African News Agency      1st March 2017 The Department of Water and Sanitation was working with the provincial government in the Western Cape to “avert a total disaster”, it said in a statement on Wednesday. Department spokesperson Sputnik Ratau said two of the Western Cape’s rivers, Prinsrivier and Gamka, had completely dried up,... 

Engen continues to build future leaders in Cala

     23rd 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 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... 

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