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Haulage company offers discounted rates

By: Paige Müller     20th April 2018 Standard and specialised load transportation company Transcon Haulers is offering a haulage discount rate on specific national routes in South Africa. “The special rates offering is aimed at maximising fleet productivity by securing useful loads for return journeys, for trailers that would... 

Mpact opens expanded corrugated plant in PE

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th April 2018 Packaging company Mpact on Wednesday opened its expanded corrugated plant in Port Elizabeth.  

Coega Development Corporation welcomes the signing of the IPP contracts

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) on Friday welcomed government’s commitment to clean energy, following the signing of 27 power purchase agreements with renewable-energy producers, reigniting the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The projects,... 

Spar Eastern Cape declares war on plastic bags

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 Spar Eastern Cape (EC) has declared a war on plastic bags as part of the retailer’s efforts to help protect the environment. Spar EC plans to launch an initiative that urges customers to consider alternative grocery packaging options. 

Sustainable strategy engenders results

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th April 2018 Consulting firm Knight Piésold’s sustainable, quality process ethos across the board, from executing projects to implementing transformation, has enabled the company to maintain its competitive advantage amid a currently turbulent consulting engineering industry. Knight Piésold CEO Vishal... 

Need for crane depends on bridge design and location

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 The need for cranes in the construction of bridges usually depends on the design and geographical location of the bridge, states Midrand-based crane rental agency Concord Cranes, which forms part of the Industrial Services Group. 

Skid steer loaders maintain popularity in projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Construction and earthmoving equipment distributor CASE Construction South Africa says it has a healthy pipeline of equipment supply orders for the first quarter of 2018 to meet client requirements for construction projects.  

South Africa’s renewables focus shifting from costs to jobs and transformation

By: Terence Creamer     5th April 2018 The themes of transformation and employment in the renewable-energy sector have started to eclipse traditional concerns over cost and reliability following government’s highly contested, and much delayed, decision to press ahead with the signing of agreements for another 27 renewables independent... 

Survey shows market confidence flat among general builders, civil contractors

By: Anine Kilian     4th April 2018 General building confidence, as measured by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) SME Business Conditions Survey, was flat at 36 index points in the first quarter of this year. Only Grades 3 and 4 reported lower confidence in line with weaker underlying indicators among general... 

Oversight opportunity not to be missed

By: Terence Creamer     30th March 2018 One of the few positives arising from the disastrous period during which President Jacob Zuma occupied the Union Buildings is the fact that it appears to have woken up Parliament, albeit belatedly, to the oversight role envisaged for it in the Constitution. As Institute for Security Studies... 

MAN expands retail operations

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2018 Commercial vehicle provider MAN’s retail operations will on April 1 open a wholly owned operation in Port Elizabeth, which the company considers to be an important location on the Garden Route, to offer support to its clients.  

Goal driven and competitive South African manufacturing can up the stakes in global competitiveness

     28th March 2018 Manufacturing Indaba, the foremost Manufacturing event in sub-Saharan Africa and with its strategic partners, the dti and the Manufacturing Circle has grown exponentially, and now in its 5th year, is considered to be the leading manufacturing business platform. Manufacturing Indaba has relocated... 

Adriana Marais

     23rd March 2018 This week we profile Dr Adriana Marais, head of innovation at enterprise resource software and business solutions SAP Africa   

Transnet renews manganese contract with South32

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd March 2018 State-owned Transnet and diversified miner South32 on Thursday signed a seven-and-a-half-year manganese export capacity allocation (Meca) contract, allowing for the transportation of 2.6-million tonnes a year of export manganese and realising almost R10.4-billion in total value for Transnet.  

DTI to spend R415m to upgrade 11 industrial parks

By: Anine Kilian     20th March 2018 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will have spent R415-million on the revitalisation of 11 industrial parks, deputy director-general Lionel October said on Tuesday. Presenting the DTI’s annual performance plan to the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, in Parliament, he said the... 

55 municipalities are dysfunctional – Mkhize 

By: News24Wire      20th March 2018 No fewer than 55 municipalities have been identified as distressed or dysfunctional, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Zweli Mkhize says. Mkhize announced on Tuesday that he would be deploying technical capacity experts who would provide support to municipalities in... 

Aucor commemorates its 50 years in business

     19th March 2018 From humble beginnings in 1968, Aucor has grown into one of the most successful and experienced auction houses in southern Africa and the company is proudly celebrating its 50th birthday in 2018.   “This is an exciting time for Aucor to be celebrating its success and achievements over the past 50... 

Eskom to cut electricity supply to Free State municipality

By: African News Agency      16th March 2018 Power utility Eskom said on Friday it was left with no choice but to intermittently cut electricity supply to Free State's Tokologo Municipality after debt repayment negotiations failed. ''After allowing the municipality a grace period to meet Eskom’s terms to settle its outstanding debt of R36... 

South Africa’s drought declared a state of disaster

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th March 2018 South Africa’s persistent drought has now been declared a national state of disaster under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, an elevation from the initial disaster reclassification issued in February. The declaration will mobilise technical and financial resources by all spheres of... 

Himoinsa sees demand growth in construction, mining in Africa 

By: Schalk Burger     12th March 2018 Power equipment manufacturer Himoinsa has expanded its local African teams and partners to meet the growing demand for custom-designed power systems and generators in the construction and mining sectors, Himoinsa Europe, Middle East and Africa director Guillermo Elum said on Monday. The demand... 

There are many reasons that attribute to the growing water crisis in South Africa.

     9th March 2018 Climate change and rising temperatures are making droughts more frequent and severe, with potentially devastating consequences for agriculture, water supply and human health. This phenomenon is already being observed in the Western Cape, with Cape Town currently facing the very real threat of... 

Transnet rejects claim of no significant mining-linked rail and port investment in 15 years

     9th March 2018 Anglo American South Africa deputy chairperson Norman Mbazima argues that a revitalisation of South Africa’s rail and port networks will be key to ensuring a recovery in mining investment. Speaking at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, he lamented that he had not seen any significant rail... 

Local content key to safeguarding components industry amid powertrain revolution

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2018 The global automotive industry is facing the rapid development of new powertrain technologies, such as electric and hydrogen vehicles, eager to displace the internal combustion engine (ICE), which has powered the industry for more than a century. The local automotive manufacturing industry is... 

Local content key to safeguarding components industry amid powertrain revolution

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2018 The global automotive industry is facing the rapid development of new power-train technologies, such as electric and hydrogen vehicles, eager to displace the internal combustion engine (ICE) that has powered the industry for more than a century. The local automotive manufacturing industry is... 

Does time heal the wound? Loni v MEC for Health discussed

     8th March 2018 By Ayanda Nondwana, senior associate at Hogan Lovells (South Africa) Yet again, the Constitutional Court (CC) was called upon to determine the meaning of deemed knowledge in terms of section 12(3) of the Prescription Act 68 of 1969 (the Prescription Act) in respect of a medical negligence claim... 

Steering a course for growth – AMSOL

     8th March 2018 STEERING A COURSE FOR GROWTH: AMSOL INVESTS IN A ROBUST TALENT PIPELINE As a finalist in the Skills Development category at the 2018 Oliver Empowerment Awards which recognise exceptional contributions to sustainable transformation in South Africa, majority Black South African owned specialist... 

Mpact’s earnings fall in ‘challenging’ year

By: Anine Kilian     7th March 2018 In what CEO Bruce Strong described as the “most challenging year” for the group since listing, JSE-listed Mpact’s headline earnings a share for the year ended December 31, decreased to 166.3c, from 252.7c in 2016. Underlying operating profit fell to R457-million from R784-million in 2016, while... 

Does time heal the wound? Loni v MEC for Health discussed

     7th March 2018 Yet again, the Constitutional Court (CC) was called upon to determine the meaning of deemed knowledge in terms of section 12(3) of the Prescription Act 68 of 1969 (the Prescription Act) in respect of a medical negligence claim in Loni v MEC for Health, Eastern Cape [2018] ZACC 2 delivered on 22... 

Renewable energy procurement programme notches up successes despite delays

By: Kim Cloete     7th March 2018 A recent report has shown that 112 projects have been procured through the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), with 62 of those having started commercial operations by December 31, 2017. The total infrastructure investment from 64 signed projects totals... 

Government to finalise designation of Atlantis and Nkomazi SEZs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th March 2018 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will finalise the designation of the Atlantis and the Nkomazi special economic zones (SEZs), located in the Western Cape and Mpumalanga, respectively, in the next financial year.  

Clover not too worried about land expropriation proposals, satisfied with H1 results

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th March 2018 Despite concerns about the recent controversial calls for land expropriation without compensation and the possible effect this could have on South Africa’s economy and food security, JSE-listed foods and beverages group Clover believes it is not all doom and gloom. Speaking to Engineering News... 

Western Cape EMSS awards their top graduates

     5th March 2018 Engen’s Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) held an awards ceremony held at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology on Saturday, March 3rd to celebrate the outstanding results of their top graduates.   Overall, the EMSS matric class of 2017 attained an impressive 94% pass rate, with the Cape... 

Amatola Water appoints new CEO

By: Schalk Burger     1st March 2018 Eastern Cape water board Amatola Water announced on Thursday that it had appointed Vuyo Zitumane as CEO following a recommendation by the Amatola Water Board. Her immediate focus will be to “drive the agency’s demanding turnaround strategy, build and stabilise the water utility and ensure its... 

Resounding welcome for Gwede, who declines opportunity to comment

By: Martin Creamer     27th February 2018 New South African Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has received a resounding welcome from the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) and mining luminaries. The Chamber of Mines of South Africa has welcomed the appointment of Mantashe, 62, describing him... 

Interactive lighting – a first for SA stadium

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd February 2018 Electrical engineer and light-emitting-diode (LED) supplier Maritz Electrical completed the installation of an interactive lighting system at the St George’s Park cricket stadium, in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape.  

KwaZulu-Natal learners beat out the competition in Engen Maths and Science Schools class of 2017

     22nd February 2018 The personal success of the two top learners nationally in the Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) Class of 2017 will be South Africa’s gain, as the pair chase their dreams of becoming an actuary and a doctor.   The hard slog was all their own, admit Makyle Naidoo and Nokwenama Gumede, but... 

Efficient cleaning technologies can boost profitability

     21st February 2018 Large South African companies spend between 70% and 80% of total cleaning costs on associated labour, according to industry experts Nilfisk. For businesses looking to implement financial efficiencies within their operations, this insight provides an interesting perspective on commercial cleaning.... 

Engen helped secure our success, say star Western Cape matrics

     20th February 2018 Four standout Western Cape matriculants, all named among the top 50 in the province, say they have Engen’s Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) to thank for helping put them firmly on the path to career success.   Huda Adams, Shazia Amoo, Meeka-El Hendricks and Zakiyyah Petersen, began their tertiary... 

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