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Educators Praised For Digital Teaching At Education Awards

     26th September 2016 Department of Telecommunications & Postal Services (DTPS) Minister Dr Siyabonga Cwele on Thursday evening (22/09/2016) credited South African educators with introducing digital teaching tools in classrooms. "Learners today don't respond well to blackboards. They want digital content in the... 

Commission’s ports probe to place spotlight on Transnet’s economic impact

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd September 2016 State-owned logistics company Transnet, which owns all commercial ports in South Africa and is the sole operator of the country’s container and automotive terminals, has naturally had a major influence over port operations and terminal handling charges. However, that role and dominance have often... 

Coega positions itself as energy mix hub

By: Nadine James     23rd September 2016 A growing number of manufacturing opportunities have been created and sustained through the approach of diversifying the energy mix in the Eastern Cape, which has seen the development of several energy investment projects worth more than R3.5-billion. The Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ)... 

Commission’s ports probe to place spotlight on Transnet’s economic impact

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd September 2016 State-owned logistics company Transnet, which owns all commercial ports in South Africa and is the sole operator of the country’s container and automotive terminals, has naturally had a major influence over port operations and terminal handling charges. However, that role and dominance has often... 

Employed NSFAS beneficiaries pay back the money, urges Treasury 

By: African News Agency      20th September 2016 National Treasury on Tuesday urged employed beneficiaries of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to start repaying their loans in a bid to finance the shortfall for tertiary education created by next year’s zero-fee increment. This comes after Higher Education and Training Minister... 

Public comment period for Eskom application for nuclear installation licences extended

By: African News Agency      19th September 2016 Interested parties will from Monday be able to comment on Eskom’s application for nuclear installation site licences in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, the power utility announced on Monday. Earlier this month, the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) approved the extension of the deadline for... 

Reaching your full potential, leads to endless opportunities

     19th September 2016 As a Junior Civil Engineer at GIBB, Kate Murphy owes her successful career at a young age to her own perseverance and determination. She strives harder each day to make a positive impact on the lives of the people around her, through the work she does. Working at GIBB, one of South Africa’s... 

Two more Eastern Cape wind farms inaugurated

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th September 2016 Two Eastern Cape wind farms – the 134 MW Amakhala Emoyeni and the 95 MW Tsitsikamma Community wind facilities – were officially inaugurated this week. Both projects have been developed by Cennergi, the energy joint venture owned by Exxaro and Tata Power. The Amakhala Emoyeni  plant incorporates... 

Minister halts TEM’s Xolobeni mining application

By: Anine Kilian     16th September 2016 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has placed an 18-month moratorium on Transworld Energy and Mineral Resources’ (TEM’s) application to mine at Xolobeni in the Eastern Cape. TEM is a subsidiary of ASX-listed Mineral Commodities, which announced in July that it plans to sell its stake in... 

Another made-in-India truck enters SA market

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2016 Fuso Trucks Southern Africa (FTSA), a division of Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA), has launched its second made-in-India truck in South Africa. The Fuso FJ 16-230 follows in the footsteps of the FA 9-137, introduced last year. 

Eastern Cape water board warns that restrictions could hit jobs

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th September 2016 At the beginning of this month, the Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan municipality in the Eastern Cape announced that it would be putting in place minimal water restrictions with residents urged to reduce water use by at least 15%. However, with the level of the Kouga dam in the Eastern Cape... 

Nuclear-powered desalination a possible solution to SA’s water woes

By: Kelvin Kemm     16th September 2016 People in the area falling under the Kouga municipality are becoming worried that the drought is continuing. This area is in the Eastern Cape and stretches inland from around Jeffrey’s Bay, St Francis Bay and Oyster Bay. It is a rich agricultural area and the prime dairy producing area of the... 

ARM keen to do more in platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2016 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM), which has reached agreement to increase its holding in the Two Rivers platinum mine to 54%, is keen on enlarging its overall platinum base still further. The Two Rivers mine on the eastern limb of the Bushveld Complex achieved record... 

Afrox secures LPG deals worth R1bn

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th September 2016 Local welding and gas solutions provider Afrox on Friday reported that it had signed additional deals within the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sector totalling R1.1-billion. The first contract will see the company provide LPG to major Lesotho distributor Gordon Enterprises over a ten-year period,... 

Electricity safety campaign highlights risks of illegal connections

By: Dylan Slater     9th September 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom launched a countrywide week-long safety campaign between August 22 and 28 to create awareness about and responsible use of electricity.  

Italtile to expand retail footprint

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th September 2016 With prevailing economic and sociopolitical conditions unlikely to improve in the forthcoming year, JSE-listed ceramic tiles retailer Italtile states that to sustain results at current levels, “opportunities for growth have to be realised within the business”. Further, despite expected growth in... 

Capital follows certainty, Cennergi warns amid IPP flux 

By: Terence Creamer     8th September 2016 South African independent power producer (IPP) Cennergi, which is a joint venture between Exxaro and Tata Power, warns of possible investor “flight” unless the prevailing uncertainty surrounding the future of IPPs in South Africa is urgently resolved. Speaking to Engineering News Online ahead of... 

Kenya to assemble the Polo Vivo from South African kits

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2016 Volkswagen aims to start assembly of the Polo Vivo in Kenya at the end of this year. Kenya will be the first global market outside South Africa to sell the Vivo. Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) MD and chairperson Thomas Schaefer and the Kenyan government signed the deal for the new plant in the... 

Two significant mega-bridges on their way 

     7th September 2016 Throughout the centuries bridges have fascinated people. Their purpose is self-evident as being the link between transportation routes be they footpaths, railways or roads.  Although the primary purpose is functional and safe to use, a bridge can be a thing of beauty. World-wide there are bridges... 

Investec says release of updated IRP could ease IPP frustration and uncertainty

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2016 Banking group Investec, which has supported various renewable energy and peaking power projects in South Africa, including the Avon and Dedisa open cycle gas turbines that recently entered commercial operation, remains convinced that the country will continue with its independent power producer... 

Bold EC macadamia nut project unlocks opportunity in the rural space

     6th September 2016 The Amajingqi rural community in Willowvale is set for a major socio-economic transformation when 300 hectares earmarked for macadamia plantations is completed in April 2017. Spearheaded by East Cape Macadamia (ECM), the project is the second macadamia growing site in the Eastern Cape’s coastal... 

Nuclear regulator grants extension for Eskom nuclear site comment period

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd September 2016 The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) has given State-owned electricity provider Eskom approval to extend the period for comment on its application for a Nuclear Installation Site Licence (NISL) at Thyspunt, in the Eastern Cape, by 30 days. Additionally, the NNR gave Eskom approval to place a... 

Lingering clean-fuels uncertainty could ‘wipe out’ South Africa’s refineries 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd September 2016 South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) chairperson Maurice Radebe has appealed for “decisive action” to resolve the prevailing policy uncertainty on cleaner fuels and how the $4.9-billion cost of upgrading the country’s existing refineries to produce such fuels will be recovered.... 

BAIC vehicle manufacturing plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd September 2016 The official sod turning for the project was held on August 30. 

Molefe urges municipalities to move to prepaid electricity meters

By: Kim Cloete     1st September 2016 Eskom CEO Brian Molefe says municipalities that have electricity arrears, should enter into an agreement to allow Eskom to install prepaid meters for customers. He also anticipates a complete move to prepaid meters in the long term. “[In the] long-term, South Africa should move to prepaid... 

IDC seeks strategic partner for struggling Scaw unit

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2016 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has initiated a process to find a strategic equity partner for its struggling steel subsidiary Scaw Metals, which reported a loss of over R1-billion for 2016. Speaking at the IDC’s financial results at the Coega Industrial Development Zone, in the... 

New tug fleet will enable South African ports to handle larger vessels

By: David Oliveira     26th August 2016 As part of parastatal Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy (MDS), Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA) will spend about R56-billion by 2019 to improve efficiencies of South Africa’s ports, including a R1.4-billion tugboat replacement project. The contract, which was awarded to local shipbuilding... 

BAIC vehicle manufacturing plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 The Beijing Automotive Group Corporation (BAIC) plans to build a completely knocked-down vehicle manufacturing plant in the Eastern Cape Industrial Development Zone. 

New tug fleet will enable SA ports to handle larger vessels

By: David Oliveira     26th August 2016 As part of parastatal Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy (MDS), Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA) will spend about R56-billion by 2019 to improve efficiencies of South Africa’s ports, including a R1.4-billion tugboat replacement project. The contract, which was awarded to local shipbuilding... 

SA population balloons to 55.91m

By: News24Wire      25th August 2016 South Africa’s population is estimated to be 55.91-million of which 51% are female, according to Statistics South Africa’s mid-year calculations. Announcing the figures at a media conference in Pretoria on Thursday, statistician general Pali Lehohla said migration is an important demographic... 

Eskom, Outa at odds over nuclear-site licensing notices 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th August 2016 Eskom insists it has complied with the National Nuclear Regulator’s (NNR’s) prescribed processes in its application for Nuclear Installation Site Licences (NISL) at Thyspunt, in the Eastern Cape, and Duynefontein, in the Western Cape. However, a civil society campaigner, Organisation Undoing Tax... 

Fuso imports second truck from India, looks toward imminent local assembly

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2016 Fuso Trucks Southern Africa (FTSA), a division of Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA), has launched its second made-in-India truck in South Africa. The Fuso FJ 16-230 follows in the footsteps of the FA 9-137, introduced last year. 

Eskom urges South Africans to use electricity safely

By: African News Agency      22nd August 2016 Eskom will launch a countrywide campaign on Monday to educate the public on safe electricity use. Public fatalities and injuries due to the unsafe use of electricity remains a major problem, the electricity parastatal said in a statement. 

Runaway locomotive kills train driver, injures another

By: News24Wire      19th August 2016 A runaway diesel locomotive smashed head-on into a freight train and burst into flames, killing one train driver and critically injuring another, a trade union said on Friday. Train drivers Alexander Flemming and Jan Swanepoel, and train assistant Neo Jason Witkoei, were on their way from Rosmead... 

BAIC to build CKD auto plant in Coega industrial zone 

By: Terence Creamer     19th August 2016 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) reports that it has signed a deal with the Beijing Automobile International Corporation (BAIC) for a new automotive investment worth R11-billion into the Eastern Cape industrial development zone (IDZ). The Chinese State-owned company plans to build a... 

Lanseria in midst of expansion, upgrade programme

By: Keith Campbell     19th August 2016 South Africa’s biggest and busiest privately-owned aerodrome, Lanseria International Airport, continues to expand and upgrade its facilities to meet rising demand for both domestic and international services. These increases embrace passenger numbers and the numbers of scheduled commercial... 

Port of Ngqura manganese export expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th August 2016 Transnet Freight Rail plans to increase the capacity on its Postmasburg−Port Elizabeth−Ngqura manganese rail line. 

Exxaro eyes more renewables

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th August 2016 Following the success of its entry into renewable energy through a 50% wind farm joint venture (JV) with Tata Power, diversified miner Exxaro Resources is exploring further opportunities in clean energy. Independent power producer (IPP) Cennergi had marked its first income generation following... 

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