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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... 

Nutraceutical firm Go Life seeks AltX listing

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd November 2016 Mauritian-listed nutraceutical company Go Life International is seeking an inward listing on the JSE’s AltX, following the acquisition earlier this year of the remaining 78% interest in Go Life Health Products. Go Life will list on the AltX this month, subject to JSE approval. Go Life... 

Winde questions why Saldanha Bay was excluded from DoE’s LNG IPPPP plans

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd November 2016 Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde on Wednesday said the provincial government was disappointed that Saldanha Bay was not identified as a port for the importation of natural gas. The Department of Energy last month selected Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal, and Coega, in the... 

Dam levels likely to drop further as summer sets in, says Gamtoos Irrigation Board

     1st November 2016 With the Nelson Mandela Bay region’s largest supply dam levels dropping rapidly as warmer weather sets in, the Gamtoos Irrigation Board is asking residents and farmers to be increasingly vigilant when it comes to water usage. The Kouga Dam, which is managed by GIB, is currently at 63.1% capacity... 

ACSA signs contract to run Mthatha Airport 

By: Anine Kilian     31st October 2016 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) will take over management and operations of Mthatha Airport, in the Eastern Cape, as part of an agreement between ACSA and the Eastern Cape Department of Transport, it announced on Monday. In terms of the contract, ACSA will be responsible for the management... 

SENTECH Enables Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) Migration

     28th October 2016 Friday, 28th October 2016 marks the beginning of the Analogue Switch-Off (ASO) in South Africa. This major national milestone forms part of the country’s Broadcasting Digital Migration (BDM) process, and will begin in the Northern Cape within the Square Kilometer Array (SKA). This event will... 

Awarded Projects in the AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation Announced

     28th October 2016 Seven Awards and four Commended projects were announced in the 2015/2016 AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation at the gala event in Cape Town tonight. The eleven projects chosen by the award adjudicators were among a total of 22 final qualifying entries that had been... 

Analogue transmission switch-off starts in Northern Cape as South Africa progresses digital migration

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th October 2016 South Africa is starting to switch off its analogue transmissions following the completion of a dual-illumination period in the Northern Cape, a year-and-a-half after missing the International Telecommunications Union deadline for the digital terrestrial television (DTT) migration. Ten years... 

BAIC vehicle manufacturing plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th October 2016 The site on which the first new car-manufacturing facility in South Africa to be built in 40 years is ready for construction. 

Further potential for wind energy

By: Kimberley Smuts     28th October 2016 Global professional services firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa highlights that there is great potential for wind energy as a suitable energy source for South Africa. The company notes that the first wind farms are already on the grid and contribute to South Africa’s energy supply. Three... 

Government initiatives result in more road lighting projects

By: Nadine James     28th October 2016 The South African government’s drive to implement energy efficiency practices and maximise energy savings, along with its work with municipalities and State-owned power utility Eskom in the electrification of informal settlements and rural areas, has ensured that there are more opportunities for... 

Richard Malkin

     28th October 2016 This week we feature Dr Richard Brian Malkin, MD of Workforce Healthcare, a company that provides workplace healthcare, including risk-based assessments for employees and corporate wellness programmes 

Voltage optimisation solution punted as way to cut energy costs

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th October 2016 A deal by South African energy efficiency specialists Rhino Lighting and Powerstar South Africa (SA) has signalled the nationwide roll-out of a globally patented Powerstar range of voltage optimisation systems for local industry, which has resulted in energy cost-savings of more than 25% in some... 

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