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South Africa improves slightly in global competitiveness rankings

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 46 minutes ago South Africa has slightly improved its competitiveness score and ranking in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) latest Global Competitiveness Index (GCI), registering marginal improvements in almost all aspects of competitiveness. The 2016/17 GCI shows the African powerhouse moving up two rankings... 

Greater investment needed in inner city development

By: Anine Kilian     27th September 2016 Inner cities are important nodes for local economic development and investing in them is necessary for future growth, inner city property financier TUHF CEO Paul Jackson said at the Rode-REIM Property Conference in Johannesburg on Tuesday. He noted that urban living was often associated with... 

Chevron’s Refinery in Milnerton celebrates its 50th anniversary with a Community Day celebration 

     26th September 2016 More than 800 guests marked the Milnerton Refinery’s 50th year with a guided ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour. Chevron South Africa, which markets its fuel under the Caltex brand in South Africa,   celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Cape Town Refinery, situated in Milnerton,by opening its doors to... 

Geely sponsorship restarts Bloodhound project

By: Irma Venter     26th September 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... 

We were forced to work for Western-run mine, say migrants who fled Eritrea

By: Reuters     26th September 2016 Bemnet Negash never got to say a proper goodbye to his family. In February 2006, government officials arrived at his school in the highlands of Eritrea and put him and his classmates on a bus to a military training camp. He was 20 years old, and still at school because a childhood illness had... 

At 50, Botswana discovers diamonds are not forever

By: Reuters     26th September 2016 When David Magang opened Botswana's first domestic law firm shortly after independence in 1966, he and his country were starting from scratch. Since then, both he and the former British protectorate, which celebrates its fiftieth birthday this week, have travelled a huge distance based largely on... 

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... 

Local business App debuts at APICS

     26th September 2016 A new perspective on business applications has boosted interest in digital solutions from the enterprise sector. According to Gartner, business priorities have shifted and there is a renewed focus on using technology to compete more effectively, only it’s now digital applications and... 

North American Aboriginals, First Nations join hands to thwart domestic oil development 

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd September 2016 Canadian and Northern US Aboriginal groups and First Nations have, this week, adopted the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion, seeking to officially prohibit and collectively challenge and resist oil sands industry expansion in Alberta. This extends to preventing the transport of such... 

Industrial group wins contract for 500 elevators and escalators

     23rd September 2016 Diversified industrial group ThyssenKrupp has been awarded a contract to manufacture, supply, install and maintain more than 500 elevators and escalators for the red line north, green line and two additional major stations of Qatar capital city Doha’s upcoming metro network, which will be... 

Velaphi Ratshefola

     23rd September 2016 This week we feature Velaphi Ratshefola, MD of Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa, a soft drinks bottling company 

Making early childhood development easier

     22nd September 2016 In the disadvantaged Durban community of Khulula, in Newlands West, there were no decent crèches, nursery schools or day care centres for children. This meant zero facilities for hard-working parents to drop their little ones in the morning where they can learn, be safe and have some fun. But,... 

Education Innovations in Africa Could Level Playing Field for Millions of Students Worldwide

     22nd September 2016 African public-private partnerships are fast-tracking education improvement from primary school to university, potentially levelling the playing field for millions of students worldwide. In the face of electricity shortages and over-crowding, African public-private partnerships are integrating... 

Zuma warns illicit financial outflows hinder Africa’s development 

By: African News Agency      21st September 2016 President Jacob Zuma has warned that illicit financial flows out of Africa of about $50-billion a year were depriving the continent of much needed resources for development. In a statement on Wednesday, the Presidency quoted Zuma as saying: “Illicit financial flows deprive developing countries of... 

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... 

Awards recognise game-changers in South Africa’s energy sector

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th September 2016 Strategic adviser Dr Willie de Beer received the 2016 South African National Energy Association (Sanea) Energy Award in recognition of his ongoing contribution to the local energy sector. The awards recognise South Africans and their efforts in ensuring that the country enjoys a stable and secure... 

UIF commits nearly R12m to training scheme for Scaw Metals employees

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th September 2016 The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has committed R11.9-million to the Manufacturing Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority to fund the training of 325 Scaw Metals employees for six months. This follows the approval of Scaw Metals’ application to the Commission... 

Women in Logistics: Harnessing the Opportunity to Drive Sustainable Growth

     19th September 2016 In recent years, several major studies have demonstrated that having more female leaders, board members, managers and supervisors leads to better business outcomes including higher levels of productivity, safety and improved financial returns. More specifically, research referenced in the 2009... 

MOOCs won’t ease higher-education stresses, but add diversity and flexibility

By: Schalk Burger     16th September 2016 Massive open online courses – MOOCs – are exposing many people to the educational content and academic quality of universities, with these courses forming part of increasingly diverse, flexible study options that enable a wider range of students to access quality tertiary education. Even though... 

US mining industry in flux as policy, economic and enviro challenges force change

By: Henry Lazenby     16th September 2016 The outcome of the November 2016 US Presidential election will not reverse the decline in the US mining industry’s value, as the beleaguered coal industry continues to face market headwinds. Rather, the results will determine the trajectory of environmental regulations and, therefore, raise or... 

Drug testing ensures industry health & safety

By: Kimberley Smuts     16th September 2016 With health and safety being of paramount concern across industrial sectors, owing to the high-risk working environments and frequent use of heavy machinery, employees and contractors are being subjected to alcohol and drug testing before they are allowed to enter company premises, says drug and... 

Keith Vroon

     16th September 2016 This week we feature Keith Anthony Vroon, CEO of Novus Holdings, a commercial printing and manufacturing company 

MOOCs won’t ease higher-education stresses, but add diversity and flexibility

By: Schalk Burger     16th September 2016 Massive open online courses – MOOCs – are exposing many people to the educational content and academic quality of universities, with these courses forming part of increasingly diverse, flexible study options that enable a wider range of students to access quality tertiary education. MOOCs have... 

Natural refrigerant trailer unit unveiled

     16th September 2016 Container refrigeration equipment provider Carrier Transicold will introduce a prototype natural refrigerant trailer unit as well as a new generation of engineless transport refrigeration systems at the 2016 Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) show, an international trade fare for... 

Will nuclear tender ‘lock in’ bid price, energy expert asks 

By: Terence Creamer     14th September 2016 A leading energy academic, who is opposed to the imminent issuance of a nuclear tender in the absence of an updated generation plan, says he will be paying close attention to whether the request for proposals (RFP) is a “genuine competitive tender for a fixed-price contract”, or simply a process... 

Kumba warns of potential additional R1bn tax claim

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th September 2016 The share price of JSE-listed Kumba Iron Ore fell by more than 5% on Tuesday morning after the company announced that it may face an additional R1-billion tax liability for the 2011 tax year. It noted that its Sishen Iron Ore Company (SIOC) subsidiary had cooperated fully with the South African... 

Half-mask respirators prevent the spread of silicosis among SA miners

     12th September 2016 The Department of Health’s Tuberculosis (TB) Strategic Plan for South Africa reveals that the country’s mining industry may have the highest incidence of TB in the world. For every 100 000 mineworkers, about 3 000 to 7 000 are infected with TB, according to the official statistics. The risk of TB... 

Gauteng 'open for business', Makhura tells German chamber

By: Anine Kilian     9th September 2016 Government’s vision for the Gauteng province has not changed, despite the change of leadership from the African National Congress to a Democratic Alliance-led coalition in major metropolitan regions, including Johannesburg and Tshwane, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said on Friday. Speaking at an... 

Company encourages ISO 55000 certification

By: Kimberley Smuts     9th September 2016 Multidisciplinary and professional services engineering company Smec is encouraging its clients to become ISO 55000 certified, as this certification will enable companies to realise enhanced value from their assets. Smec explains that good asset management maximises value for money by ensuring... 

Cummins Africa opens CNG training facility 

By: Schalk Burger     9th September 2016 Power and engine multinational Cummins Africa has added a compressed natural gas (CNG) engine training programme to the courses available at its Kelvin View training facility, in Gauteng, to support the growing use of CNG engines in public transport and power generation, says Cummins Africa... 

Investments integral to effective safety

     9th September 2016 The South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC) notes that deeper conversations pertaining to legislation, education and safety processes are necessary to ensure that the industry advances the safety of motorists.  This is the motivation behind the SATMC’s collaboration with other... 

Morne Wilken

     9th September 2016 This week we feature Morne Cornelius Wilken, CEO of Attacq, a capital growth fund with a relatively new high-quality portfolio 

Risk of malfunctioning algorithms leads to calls for new AI regulation

By: Schalk Burger     9th September 2016 Although artificial intelligence (AI) is set to improve financial institutions' risk management, credit provision, asset management, trading and hedge funds, certain risks will remain, says multinational law firm Baker & McKenzie Banking and Finance partner Chris Hogan. These risks include... 

SAIW continues to make significant contributions to education

By: Victor Moolman     9th September 2016 Despite there being a decline in enrolments in inspector and competent persons courses for welding, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) continues to be well positioned to make a significant contribution to capacity building through its education and training programmes. 

Walking on sunshine, a battle and a mountain

By: Riaan de Lange     9th September 2016 On some days, just some days, you look back at the previous few days with absolute delight, enjoyment and fulfilment, just wanting the days to linger for a wee longer. Unfortunately, this never happens. I wrote this column on August 28, the eve of a week that has all the hallmarks of a tumultuous... 

Globally competitive mining legislation critically important – Motsepe 

By: Martin Creamer     8th September 2016 Globally competitive mining legislation is critically important for South Africa, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe said on Thursday when he gave his full backing to the “once empowered, always empowered” principle currently the subject of negotiation between... 

Bass eyes nameplate capacity at Graphmada

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th September 2016 The ASX’s only graphite producer, Bass Metals, is hoping to have its Graphmada project, in Madagascar, produce at nameplate capacity of 6 000 t/y by the second quarter of 2017. Bass CEO Tim McManus told Mining Weekly Online on the sidelines of the Africa Downunder conference, that production at... 

The data obtained is key to leveraging IoT

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th September 2016 Common themes are being seen in the shift from traditional asset-heavy business models in the transition to the Internet of Things (IoT), and this includes comprehending the generated data and applying the insights gained  to add real value. The interconnection of billions of devices can... 

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