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French Foreign Affairs Minister visits local construction academy

By: Schalk Burger     22nd March 2019 The French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian visited construction materials and infrastructure components multinational Saint-Gobain Construction Training Academy, in Germiston, Ekurhuleni, earlier this month to inspect its work and its youth development partnership. The... 

Financial markets driven by politics, rather than economic fundamentals – Peregrine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th March 2019 The world is in an era of populism and nationalism, marked by the rapid rise of politicians echoing the message of a “selfish” State, effectively making the geopolitical landscape a treacherous one, says Peregrine Treasury Solutions. Corporate treasury manager Bianca Botes noted in a release... 

Kenya, France collaborate on new Nairobi railway line

By: African News Agency      19th March 2019 A French consortium will build a new railway line linking Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and the central business district within the next two years, according to a report on Tuesday. The commuter rail, complemented by a Rapid Bus Transit System are expected to greatly... 

Hulamin reviews extrusions business, rolled products reaches record volumes 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th March 2019 JSE-listed aluminium supplier and exporter Hulamin’s rolled products division reported a “superb” manufacturing performance for the year ended December 31, 2018, increasing its sales by 6% to 228 000 t. This third consecutive year of record sales volumes from rolled products helped to offset... 

World Water Day on 22 March: “Leaving no one behind”

15th March 2019 Water a key focus at African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa in Cape Town in May A Cape Town bottling plant has managed to reduce its waste water by over 60%, saving more than 90 million litres of municipal water since January 2017. The Epping-based The Beverage Company produces over 1.5... 

Helios keeps sights on African growth as it makes SA market play

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th March 2019 As independent telecoms tower infrastructure company Helios Towers settles its entry into new markets, South Africa being the most recent, the group aims to continue its profitable growth path over the next year. Helios marked the start of 2019 with an entry into the South African market, through... 

Lesedi exploring opportunities in Africa at PEWA

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th March 2019 Engineering, procurement, project management and maintenance solutions house Lesedi Nuclear Services will, for the second time, attend the Power and Electricity World Africa (PEWA) conference taking place on March 26 to 27.  

SA, French space agencies sign MoU on future cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th March 2019 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) and its French counterpart, the Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES – the National Centre for Space Studies), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Pretoria at the end of February, laying the foundations for future cooperation between... 

World Bank doubles pledge for climate adaptation, mitigation in Africa

By: Bloomberg     14th March 2019 The World Bank will more than double its commitment to climate adaptation and mitigation in Africa over the next five years to $22.5-billion. “This region is particularly vulnerable to increasing floods, droughts and destructive storms,” World Bank Group Interim President Kristalina Georgieva... 

Ethiopian crash black boxes sent to Paris as 737 MAX jets grounded globally

By: Reuters     14th March 2019 Two black boxes from the Boeing 737 MAX airplane that crashed in Ethiopia were being taken to Paris for investigation, Ethiopian Airlines said, as regulators around the world awaited word on whether it was safe to resume flying the jets. Following the lead of other global aviation regulators... 

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