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Continental vision identifies mining’s role in transforming economies

By: David Oliveira     21st October 2016 The need to diversify Africa’s primary-resource export-focused economies in support of other industry-related value chains is key to helping transform the continent’s economy and generate greater wealth from its significant minerals endowment. At this year’s Joburg Indaba, which took place... 

Awards sponsor commits to promoting welding profession

     21st October 2016 Welding equipment supplier African Oxygen’s (Afrox’s) sponsorship of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) Columbus Stainless Steel Awards 2016 Student category is part of its commitment to promote the welding industry and to encourage the youth to consider this as... 

Higher education can serve the township economy

By: Sydney Majoko     21st October 2016 The funding crisis in higher education presents an opportunity FOR both government and the private sector to search for unique solutions to the skills problem in our economy. The mantra that 'Our country doesn't have an unemployment problem, but a skills shortage" points To the direction in which... 

Sasol invests in social responsibility initiatives

     21st October 2016 Furthering its social outreach, energy and chemicals company Sasol held its sixteenth flagship career exhibition, Sasol Techno X, from August 16 to 19 at the Boiketlong Sports Centre in Sasolburg. 

Schalk Venter

     21st October 2016 This week we feature Schalk Venter, CEO of African Oxygen, an industrial gases and welding technologies company 

Gordhan has full backing of Cabinet – Radebe

By: Reuters     20th October 2016 South Africa's Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has the full backing of cabinet as he faces charges that, while running the tax agency, he fraudulently approved early retirement for a deputy, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said on Thursday. Gordhan is "innocent until proven otherwise by a... 

Better framework, legislation needed for sustainable CSR initiatives

By: Anine Kilian     20th October 2016 Corporate social responsibility (CSR), especially in the absence of a thorough appreciation of systemic weaknesses and local idiosyncracies, is often not very successful, says University of the Witwatersrand Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry director Caroline Digby. Speaking at a... 

Gordhan to shun populist reforms in mini budget – economist

By: News24Wire      20th October 2016 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will in his delivery of the medium-term budget policy (mini budget) on Wednesday not deviate from government’s expenditure plans or fiscal framework, emerging market economist Peter Attard Montalto of Nomura said in a company note. “In the current political context... 

Economy facing major challenges – Zuma

By: Sane Dhlamini     18th October 2016 South African President Jacob Zuma said the country’s economy was facing major challenges despite 3.3% growth in the global economy. He was speaking at the Heads of Missions conference in Pretoria on Tuesday where he addressed South African diplomatic missions that represented the country abroad.  

Gauteng, Italy’s Emilia-Romagna ink new trade MoU

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th October 2016 A new five-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region and the Gauteng province, and the Ekurhuleni municipality in particular, to enhance trade benefits between the two economic hubs. The cooperation agreement, signed by Gauteng Premier David... 

OceanaGold given seven days to clear Didipio questions

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th October 2016 Triple-listed gold miner OceanaGold has maintained optimism over the future of its Didipio operations, in the Philippines, after receiving a report from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) along with an audit report on the mine. A number of recommendations were made in the... 

South Africa’s innovators of tomorrow win big with medals, bursaries and Pi-top Laptops at the annual Eskom Expo for Young Scientists

     17th October 2016 “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science,” said the great Albert Einstein. Learning and good grades are necessary, but to create tomorrow’s scientists we must help stimulate the creativity... 

South Africa lands R1.3 billion pharmaceutical’s investment at Dube Trade Port (DTP) in KwaZulu-Natal.

     17th October 2016 The  KwaZulu-Natal Dube Trade Port Special Economic Zone has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Cipla BIOTEC for the commercial terms of the R 1.3 billion investment of Cipla BIOTEC’s new biosimilars  manufacturing facility. The agreement was concluded on the margins of the BRICS Summit taking... 

CoM speaks out on Fees Must Fall demands 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th October 2016 With South Africa facing a slow growth environment, further taxation demands cannot be placed on the corporate sector to fund universities in aid of free education, Chamber of Mines CEO Roger Baxter said on Friday. Baxter was responding to a letter received from higher education and further... 

Lifebuoy Touches Lives Through Hygiene Education

     14th October 2016 2.8 million children throughout Africa do not reach the age of five, this is caused by avoidable illnesses such as diarrhea and pneumonia.   On Thursday, 13 October  Unilever and representatives from the Department of Basic Education and UNICEF celebrated the life-saving habit of handwashing with... 

Autodesk working with varsities, communities to tackle service delivery issues

By: Dylan Slater     14th October 2016 Design software company Autodesk highlighted local education and skills development campaigns as catalysts to spur interest in and insight into the design industry during its Autodesk University Extension programme, which took place in Cape Town last month.  

Growing demand in Africa for knowledge & education

By: Simone Liedtke     14th October 2016 SUSE Enterprise Linux is in the process of training and educating its African region partners, such as South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Botswana, to apply new open-source technologies efficiently in Africa. 

Ryan Robertson

     14th October 2016 This week we feature Ryan Robertson, a director of Vert Energy, a company involved in electric power generation 

Wireless infrastructure prominent growth enabler for African continent

By: Simone Liedtke     14th October 2016 With noticeable developments regarding unified policies in the African Union, wireless vendor Ruckus Wireless believes that the key goal of an Africa-wide standardised telecommunications policy should be to stimulate growth by springboarding Africa into a position that would allow for much easier... 

First AfrikaBot competition to take place in South Africa in October

By: Anine Kilian     13th October 2016 Teams from government and private high schools from across the country that have built and programmed their own robots will be vying for top honours in the first AfrikaBot competition, a robotics challenge hosted by the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) Faculty of Engineering and the Built... 

Dynamic Technology Holdings acquires 51% stake in Blue Pencil

     13th October 2016 Dynamic Technology Holdings, one of the largest privately-owned software groups in Africa, has acquired a 51% stake in Blue Pencil, an SAP services specialist headquartered in Johannesburg. The deal provides DTH with high-level SAP skills, while exposing Blue Pencil to the sizeable number of... 

At last, residual mining right returned to Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen 

By: Martin Creamer     13th October 2016 A long-running legal dispute, which arose in 2010, came to a head on Thursday when South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) returned the residual 21.4% undivided share of the mining right for the Sishen mine to Kumba Iron Ore subsidiary, Sishen Iron Ore Company (SIOC). The 21.4%... 

Energy Minister says Eskom to fund nuclear as new procurement framework is unveiled

By: Kim Cloete     11th October 2016 Eskom’s balance sheet will be used to leverage funding for government’s anticipated multibillion-rand nuclear build programme, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson announced on Tuesday. She told Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Energy that the National Treasury would not be funding the... 

Despite increase in employment rate, South Africa’s labour absorption rate still low

By: Anine Kilian     11th October 2016 Employment in South Africa increased from 14.2-million to 15.7-million between 2009 and 2015, according to the Labour Market Dynamics South Africa 2015 report released by Statistics South Africa on Tuesday. “The rise did not, however, keep pace with the increase in the working age population and,... 

Engen and Supersport United kicks-off the PinkDrive to raise breast cancer awareness

     11th October 2016 Engen and football partners SuperSport United, along with the PinkDrive organisation kicked-off their breast cancer awareness campaign at the Sunnypark Mall in Pretoria on Saturday, 08 October 2016. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As early detection is critical to saving lives, free... 

PROTEC’s Post School Programme (PSP) is hosting an inaugural fundraising golf day at the Houghton Golf Course on 8 November.

     10th October 2016 “This prestigious event, which is being organised to raise funds to enable PSP to extend its support to PROTEC post school students, will be a celebration of the commitment of more than 30 000 learners from disadvantaged communities, who have fulfilled their dreams to become engineers,... 

Blue Flag status awarded to SA’s top beaches, boats and marinas

     10th October 2016 Fifty-eight Blue Flags will be proudly flown at coastal sites around South Africa over the forthcoming 2016/17 South African Blue Flag season, which opens officially on 1 November. This was announced by the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) at the national Blue Flag launch... 

Kwa-Zulu Natal learner wins top prize at the 36th Eskom Expo International Science Fair

     10th October 2016 S’nenhlanhla Dlamini from Ongoye Secondary School took home the top prize at the 2016 Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair (ISF). The Grade 12 learner is the winner of a full scholarship to study in Germany sponsored by Siemens. Her project is entitled Smart Home Energy... 

Alex Ackron

     7th October 2016 This week we feature Alex Ackron, MD of High Power Equipmnent Africa, the sole distributor of Hyundai earthmoving equipment in Southern Africa 

Chinese auto group becomes prime sponsor of Bloodhound land speed record

By: Irma Venter     7th October 2016 The Bloodhound project has announced a three-year agreement with the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (ZGH) as its prime sponsor and official automotive partner. The Chinese automotive group – the owner of the Volvo Car Group – will provide technical, as well as financial support to the British... 

Consultancy proposes ways to kick-start South Africa’s GDP growth

By: David Oliveira     7th October 2016 Five actionable plans would be key to help kick-start South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth – currently standing at below 1% – and address the country’s triple threat of unemployment, inequality and poverty, delegates heard at business consultancy IQ Business’s 

Initiative enlightens communities about infrastructure concerns

     7th October 2016 An Umgeni Water team hosted an event in June at the Mhlabatshane dam in KwaZulu-Natal’s Ugu district to inform and educate attendees, as part of a commitment to assist in the protection of communities that live close to bulk water storage and treatment infrastructure. Umgeni Water abstracts,... 

Reindustrialising South Africa an urgent necessity

     7th October 2016 South Africa is at a crossroads in its economic, social and political development. Hard choices need to be made, which will determine whether the country is to grow and help its people prosper or whether it is to sink into a long period of slow growth, stagnation, declining standards of living... 

South Africa’s economic woes largely self-inflicted – CDE

By: David Oliveira     7th October 2016 While the historical legacy of apartheid and the global economic slowdown have contributed to South Africa’s poor economic growth, Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) executive director Ann Bernstein stated that South Africa’s economic woes were predominantly owing to government’s policy... 

The paper chase

By: Riaan de Lange     7th October 2016 If you were a child in the mid-1970s, then you can truly relate this article. Back then, children would spend an evening, preferably a few evenings, in front of a television set, gazing at the South African Broadcasting Corporation's (SABC’s) text panel transmission, which lasted for all of two... 

New Tektronix oscilloscope in stock at RS Components delivers high-end test and measurement capabilities

     6th October 2016 Next-generation general-purpose scope ideal for applications in design engineering, research and development, and education. RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers, has added a new digital storage oscilloscope from Tektronix to its... 

Engen and Supersport United join PinkDrive to raise cancer awareness

     6th October 2016 Engen and their football partners SuperSport United, along with the PinkDrive association have joined forces to highlight the plight of women afflicted by cancer. This will be done via a number of activations in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As early detection is critical to... 

Electric car revolution brightens outlook for a medley of metals

By: Reuters     5th October 2016 Electric cars such as the Nissan Leaf may look no different from the standard family runaround. But the new materials that go into them could revolutionise the market for metals used in the industry, opening up a new field for commodities investors. "We identified electric vehicles as an area... 

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