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Alten Hulme

     16th February 2018 This week we feature Alten Hulme, chief sales and marketing officer of Konica Minolta South Africa, an office automation and business solutions company.   

Nuclear energy future imminent, despite delays in updated IRP

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 South Africa-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Lesedi Nuclear Services (Lesedi) business development executive Shane Pereira believes that there is a future for nuclear power globally, although it is being hindered locally by the delay in passing the updated Integrated... 

Ramaphosanomics

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     16th February 2018 It is said that many a truth is spoken in jest. I contend that restricting the adage to ‘spoken’ might well be dated. A few years ago, I co-authored a chapter in the book Zumanomics. With a change of guard at the Presidency anticipated, I consulted my favourite search engine for references to... 

Lompec Education Centre Builds New Classrooms And Learning Facilities

     15th February 2018 Located in Mamelodi East, Lompec Education Centre is providing much needed educational facilities to the local community. The demand for affordable education has grown considerably since the center inception in 1982, so much that an additional ten classrooms were required in order to separate the... 

PwC forecasts 'pain' for the public amid prospects of tax hikes

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th February 2018 The nature of fiscal revenues and expenditure in the 2018/19 fiscal year so far indicate that the fiscal deficit will likely expand to R250-billion, unless prudent spending cuts are implemented, financial services firm PwC warned on Wednesday. As such, South Africans can potentially expect the... 

Construction Management Programme

     14th February 2018 The CMP is a middle management programme for engineers and other practitioners who have the potential for advancement into corporate management. The CMP grooms future leaders for the construction industry. Participants to the programme include delegates from client (owner) organisations,... 

Warning of ‘seismic’ tax hikes, spending cuts to close R50bn 2018 Budget hole 

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2018 Standard Bank chief economist Goolam Ballim is warning that the upcoming Budget will include “seismic” tax increases and spending cuts to address a menacing “fiscal cleavage” that, in nominal terms, is unprecedented in South Africa’s history. The Budget is scheduled for release on February 21 and... 

Mt Ridley acquires Philippines epithermal gold project

By: Schalk Burger     13th February 2018 ASX-listed gold miner Mount Ridley Mines has acquired Singapore-based Prometheus, which owns the rights to the high-grade Diwalwal gold project, on the island of Mindanao, in the Philippines. Mount Ridley will issue about 1.59-billion fully paid ordinary shares in exchange for 100% of the issued... 

BEE Under the Government Spotlight – Has SA Truly Embraced Transformation?

     12th February 2018 Head of Operations at LFP Training sheds some light on the current situation and the momentum gained. 2018 has already seen a drastic outcry by Government calling on corporates to truly embrace BEE policies in transforming the country. While this is nothing new, Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa... 

Budget is watershed moment for South Africa's economy - economist

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th February 2018 While there are early signs of a recovery in the local economy, with expected business conditions improving, government now needs to show - through its Budget later this month - that it has the credibility to take the country forward and build business and consumer confidence. Speaking at a... 

Untrustworthy PPE leads to higher injury rates

By: Paige Müller     9th February 2018 Companies buying personal protective equipment (PPE) without conducting adequate market research on vendors and the products supplied may result in more harm than good, says labour, financial assistance, broad-based black economic empowerment and PPE outsourcing company Innovative Solutions Group... 

Global aeronautics body promoting networking among young researchers

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 The International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR) is seeking to develop international interactions between young professionals working in both technical and non-technical areas of aviation research around the world. This initiative is described as “early career networking” and is a focus area... 

Michael Roberts

     9th February 2018 This week we feature Michael Roberts, CEO of Khonology, a technology services provider   

Disrupting mindsets

By: Terence Creamer     9th February 2018 The main disruption in the global energy milieu over the past five years has been a “disruption in the mindset,” Engie CEO Isabelle Kocher asserted during a recent panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. In fact, she argued that this shift in thinking (about the role... 

Colombia's Cerrejon, union reach last-minute deal to avoid strike

By: Reuters     8th February 2018 The largest union at Colombia's top coal mine Cerrejon has reached an 11th-hour salary and benefits deal with the company, avoiding a strike, the union said on Thursday. Cerrejon accounts for 37% of Colombia's coal output, the world's fifth-largest exporter of the mineral, and a strike likely... 

South African professor receives prestigious award

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th February 2018 University of South Africa (Unisa) Unesco-Unisa chair in nanosciences and nanotechnology Professor Malik Maaza has been awarded the African Union (AU) Kwame Nkrumah Award for Scientific Excellence (Auknase), recognising his pioneering work in science and technology. The award is the AU's the... 

Smec develops master plan for Uganda oil and gas industrial park

By: Anine Kilian     7th February 2018 Global consulting engineering firm Smec has been asked by the Uganda Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development to develop a master plan for a proposed oil and gas industrial park, in Kabaale, western Uganda. Owing to the discovery of oil in the region, and the need to maximise value from the... 

Investment poised to increase in Chile – central bank survey

By: Reuters     6th February 2018 Chile's economy is poised to improve by mid-year as rebounding copper prices and President-elect Sebastian Pinera's promise of business-friendly policies increase optimism among investors, according to a central bank survey released on Tuesday. The study, which surveyed the perceptions of more... 

AfDB boosts ALBC Fund books with R140m loan

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th February 2018 To further enhance the African Local Currency Bond Fund (ALCB Fund) portfolio and promote the development of domestic capital markets across the continent, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a loan of R140-million. The senior loan, with a seven-year tenor including a two-year grace... 

Mining essential to human progress – Rio Tinto

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2018 The images of large yellow mine trucks flashed across the big screen at this year’s Mining Indaba looked pretty ordinary. But that misperception was quickly cut short when Rio Tinto CE Energy and Minerals Bold Baatar told the full-house audience: "What you're watching are robots on wheels.... 

Treasury asks South Africans to submit their tips for 2018 Budget

By: Simone Liedtke     5th February 2018 The National Treasury on Monday encouraged South Africans to share their views about the country's economy and other issues they would like government to highlight when Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba delivers his 2018 Budget Speech, in Parliament, on February 21. South Africans are invited to... 

Australian official confirms no federal financing for Adani mine

By: Reuters     5th February 2018 There will be no Australian federal financing of a loan facility for Indian conglomerate Adani Enterprises to build a rail line to its proposed Carmichael coal project, a government frontbencher confirmed on Sunday. Assistant minister for vocational education Karen Andrews told Sky News Speers... 

Removing the transformation deadlock in the mining industry

     5th February 2018 "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." Einstein By Henk de Hoop, Business Development Director Resources at Rand Merchant Bank 

Wale Arewa

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     2nd February 2018 This week we feature Wale Arewa, CEO of secure information technology asset disposal services company Experien   

Logistics operator fosters road safety

     2nd February 2018 The logistics and supply chain sector must be proactive in adhering to stringent safety standards because companies’ rubber-stamped policy documents locked in lever arch files cannot govern safety on the roads, says logistics and supply chain management company Crossroads MD Arend du Preez. “As... 

Tubular – Professionals of choice for SMEIPP services

     2nd February 2018 Structural steelwork, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, platework and piping (SMEIPP) services specialists for the construction industry Tubular offers clients a seamless process from foundation level to commissioning and the final handover of the project. A well respected and privately... 

South Africa could dive into greater policy uncertainty as budget speech looms

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th January 2018 The North-West University’s School of Business and Governance’s Policy Uncertainty Index for the fourth quarter of 2017 rose to 55.4, up from the 53.6 it recorded in the previous quarter. Speaking at a media briefing in Johannesburg, Professor Raymond Parsons noted that this decline into negative... 

Altron appoints new human capital group executive

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th January 2018 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) has appointed Dolores Mashishi human capital group executive. Mashishi will be part of the Altron group executive committee and report directly to Altron CEO Mteto Nyati. 

Union at Colombia's Cerrejon votes to strike, mine seeks deal

By: Reuters     29th January 2018 The largest union at Colombia's top thermal coal mine Cerrejon has voted to strike following failed salary and benefit negotiations with the company, the union said on Monday. Cerrejon accounts for 37% of Colombia's coal output, the world's fifth-largest exporter of the mineral, and a strike is... 

Milwaukee provides trade-specific tools to make construction a cinch

     29th January 2018 Trade-specific tools from Milwaukee such as battery-powered drain cleaners for plumbing applications, and large hydraulic cable cutters, are available locally from distributor Upat.This focus on trade-specific tools is what sets Milwaukee apart as the premium tool brand for construction and... 

Union, Colombia's Cerrejon mine return to talks in bid to avoid strike

By: Reuters     26th January 2018 Colombia's top thermal coal mine Cerrejon and its largest union have returned to talks in a bid to avoid a strike over pay and benefits, the two sides said on Friday. A ten-day voting period for union members to decide whether to stop work after failed talks ends on Monday afternoon. A strike... 

Junior projects lighting bright path into Africa for ‘search and solve’ group

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 Motor and controls manufacturer Zest WEG Group, which designs, manufactures, markets and installs electrical products and solutions across the full electrical spectrum, is achieving great success with its new specially crafted ‘pavement pounding, search and solve’ business model that ensures... 

Rosatom competition winners tour nuclear facility

By: Nadine James     26th January 2018 Russian nuclear corporation Rosatom’s African subsidiary Rosatom Africa sponsored an all expenses paid trip to Russia for winners of the yearly student competition, held for the third time last year. The students visited the Novovoronezh nuclear power plant (NPP), as well as its training... 

Michael Higley

     26th January 2018 This week we feature Michael Higley, VP Operations at FedEx, a company that provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transport, ecommerce and business services   

Money no panacea for education’s ills

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     26th January 2018 The excitement around the results of last year’s matric exams has now died down. Indeed, the class of 2017 gave a very good account of themselves, with those who sat for the exams at private schools notching up a 98.76% pass rate and their public-school counterparts 75.1%. Hats off to them. One... 

Portuguese firm to support SA’s auto tool-making skills push

By: Zandile Mavuso     26th January 2018 With South Africa having shown growth in the automotive manufacturing sector in the past few years, integrated mould manufacturer CR Moulds laments the shortage of South Africa-based toolmaking skills to match the current positive industry growth. 

Thyssenkrupp spreads a little joy at Nyeleti’s Children’s Home

     24th January 2018 In the true spirit of Christmas, Thyssenkrupp heeded the call from Nyeleti’s Children’s Home in Putfontein, Benoni, to bring a little joy to the children currently under their care. The home was badly damaged by a veld fire which severely depleted their already meagre funds. “We approached... 

Chilean president-elect names Larrain as finance minister again

By: Reuters     23rd January 2018 Chile's conservative President-elect Sebastian Pinera on Tuesday named a former finance minister in the top copper exporter, Felipe Larrain, to fill the same spot again in his new cabinet. Pinera, a billionaire businessman who won the presidency last month, governed the country from 2010 to 2014,... 

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