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$100-million loan for African infrastructure spending

By: Nadine James     Updated 7 hours ago The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) in March signed a $100-million loan agreement aimed at furthering the DBSA’s infrastructure financing activity across Africa. This flexible credit line will focus on DBSA’s four strategic sectors:... 

Bongiwe Pityi

     Updated 7 hours ago This week we feature Bongiwe Pityi, GM of OR Tambo International Airport   

Contested terrain

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 7 hours ago So what precisely is radical economic transformation? The answer, in an era of factional African National Congress (ANC) politics, depends very much on the speaker and the audience. Indeed, the definition is more hotly contested than this season’s Premier Soccer League, which ended on a... 

Country’s science and technology budget remains stable

By: Keith Campbell     Updated 7 hours ago The annual budget of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) remains stable, in real terms. “It’s in line with inflation,” DST Director General Dr Phil Mjwara told Engineering News Online at a recent press briefing. “It’s not declining, it’s not growing.” However, exchange rate volatility... 

Health council suggests professional autonomy

     Updated 7 hours ago The Health Practitioners Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has noted concerns expressed by healthcare professionals in relation to global fee and similar arrangements by medical schemes. These concerns relate to the protection of patient rights and limitations on professional autonomy, to be able... 

Work-based experience for graduate interns

By: Mia Breytenbach     Updated 7 hours ago Technology ecosystem company Resolution Circle has welcomed 115 South African graduates to its graduate internship programme, which aims to develop them into high-quality, employable individuals that can excel in South Africa’s economy. Resolution Circle, an ‘idea-to-barcode’ ecosystem that... 

Jasco acquires majority stake in Reflex

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2017 JSE-listed Jasco Electronics has acquired a majority 51% stake in Johannesburg-based information technology (IT) managed services group Reflex Solutions for R39.8-million. The acquisition of Reflex, which recently expanded into fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) solutions, adding to a portfolio of hosted... 

Innovation, education key to SA transition to Industrie 4.0

     25th May 2017 The Fourth Industrial Revolution or ‘Industrie 4.0’ is forever changing the world of manufacturing and automation. To keep pace with global trends, South Africa must invest in education and innovation, experts say. 

Peru FTA to unlock opportunities for Australian exporters

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     25th May 2017 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed a possible free trade agreement (FTA) with Peru, saying Australia’s mining and mining services sectors could benefit from the agreement Australian Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister Steven Ciobo this week launched FTA negotiations with his... 

Entrepreneurs key to unlocking continent’s economy – AfDB report

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd May 2017 With the continent continuing to face sluggish growth, African governments need to integrate entrepreneurship more fully into their industrialisation strategies, the African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) ‘African Economic Outlook 2017’ suggests. Last year, Africa’s economic growth slowed to 2.2%... 

Engen’s investment in grass-root talent changes lives and our world

     22nd May 2017 Engen’s recent graduate induction marked another major step in the business’ talent development strategy, and a proud day for the 20 graduates who gathered in Cape Town-along with their Engen-appointed mentors-to begin their orientation into the business. This latest crop of maths, science and... 

Mining magnet Andrew Forrest’s A$400m philanthropic donation lauded

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd May 2017 Mining magnate Andrew Forrest has become Australia’s largest living philanthropist, donating A$400-million of his own fortune to fund a number of social and scientific causes, including cancer research, equality, higher education and ending ‘modern-day slavery’. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull... 

Engen Driver Wellness 2017 travels to Gauteng

     19th May 2017 Engen Petroleum launched their annual Driver Wellness programme in Gauteng this week. Truck drivers were invited to receive free voluntary health screenings at the Kranskop 1 Stop North and South Bound on the N1 Highway, Bela Bela and the Vaal 1 Stop on the N3 Highway as part of Engen’s Driver... 

KZN coal mine supplying communities’ water needs and more, mulls output expansion 

By: Ilan Solomons     19th May 2017 The Zululand region of KwaZulu-Natal was afflicted by what the Department of Water and Sanitation described as the “worst drought in a century” in 2016 and is still one of the water-scarce areas of the country. Helping neighbouring communities survive this disaster, investment company Menar... 

Southern Palace outlines vision for radically transformed M&R infrastructure unit 

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th May 2017 The newly black-owned construction company conceived from a R314-million sale agreement between engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) and black-empowered Southern Palace Group aims to build on its 115-year heritage to become a “leading, Tier 1, infrastructure player in South... 

South Africa advances new earth observation satellite

By: Keith Campbell     19th May 2017 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor reported recently that the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) has made significant progress in developing the country's next Earth observation (EO) satellite. She was giving the keynote address at the opening of the 37th International... 

Andrew Kendrick

     19th May 2017 This week we feature Andrew Kendrick, MD of Goscor Access Rentals, a provider of access rental services   

Combining satellite and terrestrial connectivity can help fast-track Africa’s digitalisation

By: Schalk Burger     19th May 2017 Satellite connectivity has a role to play as part of hybrid infrastructure systems for Africa and can help companies digitally transform themselves and improve the competitiveness of economies, says satellite communications solutions company SES Africa commercial head Laurent Petit. African... 

Cybercrime still a significant threat to business

By: Robyn Wilkinson     19th May 2017 Despite the ongoing threats of cyber criminality, companies continue to fail to adequately protect their valuable data resources, says digital security provider Gemalto Africa identity and data protection manager Neil Cosser. 

Eskom Academy trains over 500 contractors

     19th May 2017 Over the last three years, State-owned power utility Eskom’s enterprise development programme, the Contractor Academy, trained 518 contractors from all nine provinces, with the youth accounting for about 60% of participants. The programme started as a pilot programme in 2008 and has since grown... 

Expo creates new opportunities for young scientists

     19th May 2017 Earlier this month, three learners departed to participate in the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, and Environment Project Olympiad (I-SWEEEP) in Houston, US. The three learners did exceptionally well in the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Finals in October last... 

Southern Palace outlines vision for radically transformed M&R infrastructure unit 

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th May 2017 The newly black-owned construction company, conceived from a R314-million sale agreement between engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) and black-empowered Southern Palace Group, aims to build on its 115-year heritage to become a “leading, tier one, infrastructure player in... 

Training facility in final stages

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th May 2017 Valve company Invincible Valves is in the final stages of completing its new training facility on-site at the company’s factory in Knights, in Germiston.  

Young innovative entrepreneurs offer renewable-energy solutions

By: Johane Turkstra     19th May 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom’s Development Foundation’s yearly Business Investment Competition (BIC) continues to discover businesses bringing about positive socioeconomic changes to the benefit of communities and the country. The latest such business is solar energy company Lamo Solar, which... 

Mining Maverick lured out of hiatus by billion-dollar gold dream

By: Bloomberg     18th May 2017 Frank Giustra likes to see big where others think small. The Canadian mining magnate’s latest target is a subterranean patch of red earth in southwestern Mexico. In January his new undertaking, Leagold Mining, bought the Los Filos mine from Goldcorp for $350-million. It wasn’t the openpits... 

Supply chain practitioners aim for global benchmarks

     17th May 2017 It is forecast that there will be 25 billion sensor devices connected to the ‘internet of things’ (IoT) by the year 2020;[1] this bodes well for the supply chain profession as almost 80% of organisations experience inadequate visibility of their supply chains.[2]   Sensor technology is allowing... 

South African selected as finalist for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th May 2017 South African rocket scientist Andre Nel has been selected as a finalist in the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. Nel invented a hybrid, solar microgrid solution, the GreenTower Microgrid, which uses 90% less energy to heat water. 

Ransomware attacks should be tackled through a 'people-process-technology triangle' – Deloitte

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th May 2017 Companies affected by ransomware attacks should not be tempted to pay a ransom, as the likelihood of receiving the decryption keys is often very slim. Following last week’s Wanna Cry malware attack, that locked up over 200 000 computers in more than 150 countries, including a retail company in... 

Higher education dept to invest R6.9bn in infrastructure in 2017/18

By: Anine Kilian     16th May 2017 The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) will invest R6.9-billion on major new infrastructure developments at local universities and technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges in the 2017/18 financial year. Addressing a media briefing ahead of the department’s... 

Necsa signs skills-related MoU with French utility

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th May 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and French electric utility company Electricité de France (EDF) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to advance training of and development of technical skills and, for the continuous education and training of technicians, in the... 

Australia and Hong Kong begin free trade agreement talks

By: Reuters     16th May 2017 Australia and Hong Kong began talks to secure a free trade agreement, Australia's trade minister Steven Ciobo said on Tuesday, saying the focus would be on securing increased access for service providers and it could be firmed up within a year. Ciobo, who met Hong Kong's Secretary for Commerce... 

Don’t cry over data loss as a result of WannaCry if you could have prevented it

     16th May 2017 Security practitioners the world over should take a stern reality check after WannaCry ransomware hits the globe   The WannaCry ransomware cyber attack orchestrated over the weekend of the 12th of May should act as a stark reminder to companies that data backups need to be done regularly, that... 

Guinea town's unrest a cautionary tale for African mining

By: Reuters     12th May 2017 When the frustration of youths in this Guinean mining town finally erupted, they looted shops, pillaged government buildings and smashed up dozens of vehicles, dispersing only when police opened fire. "It was an immense crowd," said Lieutenant Souare Abdoul, a fireman who had to shelter in a... 

Gladys Mawoneke

     12th May 2017 This week we feature Gladys Mawoneke, CEO of Breva Beverages, a manufacturer, marketer and wholesaler of alcohol-free beverages for adults   

Nuclear energy provides secure, clean, affordable baseload power

By: Nadine James     12th May 2017 Nuclear energy is the only provider of secure, reliable, clean and affordable baseload power that, from a total lifecycle cost perspective, offers one of the most affordable electricity sources, states the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa). Niasa supply chain development... 

Online concrete technology courses launched

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 To improve ease of access to education and training courses as well as pass rates in the South African construction sector, cement and concrete technical services provider The Concrete Institute’s (TCI’s) School of Concrete Technology launched its online e-learning platform in January. 

South African intellectual property offices seeking to stimulate innovation

By: Keith Campbell     12th May 2017 The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), an agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has been holding talks with the Department of Higher Education about establishing a national Intellectual Property (IP), or Innovation, Academy, reported CIPC Executive Manager:... 

Online agricultural education platform set to create trained farmers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th May 2017 A new online education platform, Agricolleges, aims to help create a fresh wave of farmers and agriculturalists in Africa. It is expected to assist in the provision of education and training for small-scale farmers on the continent, which is one of four factors identified by the World Economic... 

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