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PRASA New Rolling Stock Procurement Programme – Gibela rolling stock project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th June 2016 The number of local suppliers in the R51-billion contract to produce 600 new passenger trains for PRASA has reached 32. 

Final qualifiers for AfriSam-Saia Awards announced

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th June 2016 The shortlisted contenders in this year’s AfriSam–South African Institute of Architects (Saia) Awards for Sustainable Architecture and Innovation were unveiled on Wednesday after record entries across the four categories were received by closing on March 24. Twenty-two projects out of 47 entries... 

Transnet, Mercedes-Benz SA set export record at East London port

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2016 Transnet and Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) in April set an export record at the East London harbour, with more than 10 000 new C-Class vehicles exported from MBSA’s Eastern Cape plant. “In April we were the highest exporter of new vehicles in South Africa, when we recorded a total of 10 674... 

Five firms get R550m in funding under Black Industrialist programme

By: David Oliveira     10th June 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has provided R550-million in finance to five companies that have been approved for participation in the department’s Black Industrialists (BI) programme, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies revealed. Speaking at a media briefing following the... 

Niche welding companies remain optimistic

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th June 2016 Despite a challenging start to the year for companies in the mining and engineering sectors, friction welding specialist Manapp Industries director Shannon Frost and welding and cutting solutions provider Shield Technologies CEO Wayne Holt are optimistic about their companies’ prospects. 

NDP drift needs to end, implementation the responsibility of all – summit participants

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th June 2016 The country’s National Planning Commission (NPC) has “no whip to crack” to get South African society and business to implement the National Development Plan (NDP) aimed at transforming the country’s economic landscape. One of the key messages emerging out of the second yearly Vision 2030 Summit,... 

LED Highmast Retrofit for Eastern Cape Townships

     8th June 2016 BEKA Schréder has supplied a cost-effective and energy efficient LED lighting solution for the highmast floodlight retrofit project in Mdantsane, Dimbaza and Duncan Village, all suburbs in the Buffalo City Metropolitan area of the Eastern Cape. With this project, the Buffalo City Metropolitan... 

JHI wins appointment to manage Old Mutual properties

     6th June 2016 JHI, part of the Excellerate Property Services Group, has been appointed to manage Old Mutual Life Assurance Company SA’s entire property portfolio in South Africa and Namibia, from 1 April 2016. This new property management agreement is a cost-effective solution that allows leading real estate... 

Over A Billion Rand Worth Of Sales Achieved At Auctions

     3rd June 2016 Launched over a year ago, Broll Auctions and Sales has achieved over a billion Rand worth of commercial property sales at auctions. Broll Auctions and Sales has achieved in excess of a billion Rand worth of commercial property sales at auctions since it was launched on 26 March 2015. The service... 

Electricity connections rise to 85.5% – Stats SA

By: News24Wire      3rd June 2016 Eskom took credit for accelerating the number of households connected to the electricity supply, after Stats SA revealed on Thursday that levels increased “consistently from 77.1% in 2002 to 85.5% in 2015”. This as Stats SA also revealed that electricity generation increased by a relatively small... 

PRASA New Rolling Stock Procurement Programme – Gibela rolling stock project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd June 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has, to date, taken delivery of five X’Trapolis Mega train sets being manufactured by the Gibela Rail Transportation Consortium, in Brazil. 

VWSA to build the new-generation Polo at Uitenhage

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2016 The Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) will build the new-generation Polo at its Uitenhage plant, in the Eastern Cape, confirms MD Thomas Schaefer. Production will start at the end of next year. 

TPT appoints Ngqura Container Terminal manager

     2nd June 2016 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has appointed Noxolo Thabatha terminal manager of the Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT), in the Eastern Cape. She joined TPT as planning technician at NCT in 2009 and has worked in a planning and logistics environment contributing to the performance success of the... 

Municipalities improve audit outcomes, but AG concerned about irregular, wasteful spending

By: African News Agency      1st June 2016 The number of South African municipalities which received clean audits increased from 13 to 54 in the last five financial years, Auditor General (AG) Kimi Makwetu revealed Wednesday. Releasing the 2014/15 audit outcomes, Makwetu said this number shot up to 72 if one included the 18 municipal... 

Fossils of new plant and invertebrate species discovered along N2 in the Eastern Cape 

     1st June 2016 Controlled rock cutting explosions for the upgrading of a portion of a major national road in the Eastern Cape have led to the discovery of a treasure trove of fossils from an ancient river mouth ecosystem. “A number of new invertebrates, as well as excellently preserved plant fossils of the... 

Black industrialists receive R550m funding support 

By: David Oliveira     1st June 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has provided R550-million in finance to five companies that have been approved for participation in the department’s Black Industrialists (BI) programme, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has revealed. Speaking at a media briefing following the... 

R47m spent to service empty government buildings, MPs told

By: News24Wire      31st May 2016 Over R47-million a year is spent on rates and taxes for unused government buildings around the country, the public works department has said. An additional R12-million a year is spent keeping the lights on and water running. 

Coega’s critical to South Africa’s Gas localisation Programme

     30th May 2016 Minister for Energy, Tina Joemat‐Pettersson announced that the Department of Energy “will make a preliminary information memorandum on the MW (Megawatts) gas to power programme available to the market in the second quarter of the 2016/2017 financial year”. This, the minister explained, will lay... 

Calls to reuse water treatment waste take centre stage at WISA 2016

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 While the cost-effective and environmentally compliant disposal of water treatment residue (WTR) is a challenge for water treatment practitioners worldwide, WTR management has taken centre stage in the local water industry amid increasing water demands, deteriorating raw water quality aggravated... 

Power management company unveils new products

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th May 2016 Power management company Eaton launched its first month-long exhibition, called South Africa Mobile Tech Day, to showcase solutions in commercial construction that combines expert analysis and demonstrative exhibitions to address customers’ power management needs. The Eaton Mobile Tech Day... 

Volkswagen South Africa Group investment plan, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     27th May 2016 Volkswagen South Africa Group has announced that it will build the new-generation Polo at its Uitenhage plant. 

Engen spreads a smile

     25th May 2016 Four years ago a short 50 metre stroll left Engen service station owner Helder Silva short of breath. Three years later, the owner of Engen North End Convenience Centre completed his first gruelling IronMan Triathlon. On 10 April 2016 he did it again, swimming 3.8km, cycling 180km and running... 

Anglo American Zimele, Jobs Fund support agricultural entrepreneurs

     24th May 2016 Anglo American’s enterprise development arm Zimele has collaborated with the National Treasury’s Jobs Fund to support the establishment of 490 agricultural entrepreneurs through projects such as the Lambasi agricultural initiative – a jointly owned farming operation trading as Fundirite, in the... 

R17m Tsitsikamma upgrade to start next week

By: Anine Kilian     20th May 2016 The R17-million planned upgrade of the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park, in the Eastern Cape, will get under way next week, starting at the Storms River Rest Camp, in Tsitsikamma. The upgrade at Storms River was scheduled to start with the lodge’s administration building and... 

VWSA to build new Polo at Uitenhage plant

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2016 The Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) will build the new-generation Polo at its Uitenhage plant, in the Eastern Cape, confirms MD Thomas Schaefer. Production will start at the end of next year. 

Tool Die And Mould-Making At South African Automotive Week

     17th May 2016 The Tool, Die, Mould-making and precision engineering sectors will take centerstage at the 5th edition of South African Automotive Week from October 11-13 2016 at the Tshwane Events Centre. Speaking after the launch of the Eastern Cape Tooling Initiative in Port Elizabeth in April, Inkanyezi... 

Pia Solar

     13th May 2016 From humble beginnings in the Eastern Cape five years ago, PiA Solar – a designer, manufacturer and installer of mounting systems for the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry – has grown into a major African structures supplier, with over 460 MW supplied and/or installed to date. The full range of... 

Bioremediation at North End lake shows promising results

By: David Oliveira     13th May 2016 Water-quality test results following the organic clean-up of the North End lake in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, were positive in various critical parameters, suggesting a significant drop in pollution levels, which made the lake unsuitable for swimming events in the past. According to... 

Leakage system provides solutions in Johannesburg

By: Simon Sonnekus     13th May 2016 Water-leak detection and control systems provider AquaTrip South Africa has reasserted its focus on conserving water with the installation of its electronic valve, which monitors water flow at schools across Johannesburg. The Brisbane-based company has a regional office in Stellenbosch, in the... 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – third window, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th May 2016 An update on the third round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. 

EC government wants more auto industry opportunities for black companies

     12th May 2016 The Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism called on the automotive industry to shift the gears of its supply chain processes to open up opportunities for the previously disadvantaged companies. MEC for DEDEAT Sakhumzi Somyo made the call at Volkswagen South... 

From Pump Attendant To Co-Owner: The Rise Of Engen’s Shepherd Macothoza

     10th May 2016 Ask Shepherd Macothoza how old he is and he’ll answer “That depends”. Born in Khayelitsha in 1979, Shepherd’s family lost their possessions - including his birth certificate - in the township riots in the mid-1980s. On re-issue, the government moved his birthdate back to 1975 and so (on paper)... 

Govt remains focused on localisation, skills development in auto sector

By: Anine Kilian     6th May 2016 Localisation, transforming the South African economy into an inclusive one and skills development remained long-term goals for government, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said this week. Speaking at Volkswagen South Africa’s (VWSA’s) inaugural black-owned supplier’s day in Uitenhage, in... 

Emira invests R250m in shopping centre upgrades, acquisitions

By: Anine Kilian     5th May 2016 The JSE-listed Emira Property Fund has invested over R250-million in acquiring new centres and upgrading its shopping centres to strengthen its retail assets, according to Emira CEO Geoff Jennett, who stated on Thursday that the company was investing strategically.   “Through key acquisitions and... 

Less than 1% of staff on strike, says SA Post Office

By: African News Agency      5th May 2016 Less than one percent of staff stayed away from work on the first day of a strike by members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU), the SA Post Office said on Thursday. CEO Mark Barnes said it was “business as usual” as the first day of the strike had had a minimum impact on operations... 

FAW SA sees increase in sales, exports, but initial targets prove elusive

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2016 FAW Vehicle Manufacturers South Africa (FAW SA) has seen a steady increase in sales and exports, following the opening of its Eastern Cape truck assembly plant in 2014. To date, FAW SA has recorded exports of 90 trucks. To be more specific, exports in the first four months of 2015 reached 29... 

Emira expands its retail footprint and upgrades its centres

     5th May 2016 Emira Property Fund continues to grow value in its retail property portfolio, investing over R250 million in acquiring new centres and upgrading its shopping centres. The leading JSE-listed REIT (real estate investment trust) is already reaping the rewards of its investment in retail properties... 

Environmental Affairs pumps R40m into water research at Walter Sisulu University 

By: African News Agency      29th April 2016 The Department of Environmental Affairs on Thursday handed over a three-year R40 million agreement to the Walter Sisulu University for a water research programme. University spokesperson, Yonela Tukwayo, said in a statement that the programme was aimed at curbing water pollution. 

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