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Ethiopian wins vote to be first African head of WHO

By: Reuters     24th May 2017 Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a former health minister and foreign minister of Ethiopia, won an election on Tuesday to head the World Health Organisation (WHO), the first African to do so, edging out a veteran insider from Britain. A jubiliant Ethiopian official emerged from the closed-door meeting... 

Solidarity, Hospersa worried about proposed bail-out plans for SAA

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd May 2017 Trade union Solidarity is demanding answers about whether the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) is considering recapitalising “sinking ship” South African Airways (SAA) through the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), as the union’s members have a direct interest in the proper management... 

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%... 

Manufacturing Circle, Gauteng Premier to cooperate on reviving the Vaal Triangle

By: Anine Kilian     22nd May 2017 The Manufacturing Circle will work with Gauteng Premier David Makhura on an action plan to revive the Vaal Triangle and arrest the decline of manufacturing in the region.    “The Vaal Triangle rejuvenation project is being driven the CEO Initiative, which Manufacturing Circle chairperson André de... 

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... 

AuRico Gold, First Nations ink impact benefit accord

By: Henry Lazenby     19th May 2017 TSX-listed AuRico Metals and First Nations surrounding the Kemess underground project have signed an impact benefits agreement (IBA) for the Kemess underground project, in British Columbia, solidifying local relationships and ensuring the project provides economic opportunities and benefits to... 

Binnenhof complex renovation project, the Netherlands

By: Sheila Barradas     19th May 2017 The Binnenhof complex requires large-scale renovation to ensure the safety of employees and visitors to the complex. 

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... 

The haves, the have-nots and the wants

By: Riaan de Lange     19th May 2017 The first words of wisdom – which I clearly recall – that my father imparted to me as a youngster were these: "There are three sides to every story – your side, my side and the truth. And no one is lying. Memories shared serve each differently.” This assessment is attributed to American film... 

Valves association provides platform for training

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th May 2017 With poor product design, poor selection and inefficient processes in the manufacture of valves becoming a concern, the South African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association (Savama) says there is a need for training to be emphasised to avoid this reality becoming entrenched.  

Take control of your assets - Tool and Equipment Management System for Enhanced Visibility

     18th May 2017 - Implemented at Eskom Can you answer the following question regarding the tools in you organization? 

World Bank cautions African utilities against mounting debt 

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2017 A survey undertaken by the World Bank has shown that less than half of the utilities in sub-Saharan Africa are able to cover their operating expenditures and that several countries lose in excess of $0.25 for every kilowatt-hour that gets sold.  The sobering assessment of the financial health of... 

Qld seeks to improve black lung screening with new standards

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th May 2017 The Queensland government has introduced new accreditation standards for people conducting the compulsory lung function test on the state’s 30 000 coal miners, as part of its reform to tackle black lung disease. “The new standards will ensure quality tests, so if a coal mine worker has lung... 

Huge tech rewards for SA opencast mines, but underground operations lag behind

By: David Oliveira     12th May 2017 The adoption of new technology, aimed at improving operational efficiency and lowering costs, is driving the future of the resources sector globally. However, South Africa’s deep-level underground platinum and gold mining sectors, with their unique challenges, have proven to be slower in adopting... 

Daimler testing the effects of augmented lighting on health of truckers

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2017 A research team from German truck maker Daimler recently explored an interesting question in the darkness of Finland’s polar night: Does the biological effect of light have a positive influence on the wellbeing and performance of truck drivers? Eight Daimler test drivers simulated two typical... 

Focus on future uranium tech amid subdued price

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 With innovations in the extraction and application of uranium constantly being made, the Uranium 2017 International Conference will provide a platform for the discussion of advances in the industry and a forum for generating new ideas. 

Hats off to Noakes for standing up for scientific truth

By: Kelvin Kemm     12th May 2017 Professor Tom Noakes has won his confrontation with the professional medical body over his stance that a long projected option concerning the best ratio for fats and carbohydrates in a person’s diet is not correct. This whole Banting diet issue has been very much in the news for a while now.... 

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... 

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:... 

ELB completes first phase, Tippler A at the Manganese Terminal, Port of Port Elizabeth

     11th May 2017 ELB Engineering Services (Pty) Ltd (ELB) has successfully completed the refurbishment of the first phase, Tippler A, of the Transnet Tippler Refurbishment project at the Transnet Port Elizabeth Manganese Terminal. ELB’s scope of work included the design, supply of new components, stripping,... 

GIBB appoints new chairperson

By: Anine Kilian     11th May 2017 South African multidisciplinary engineering firm GIBB has appointed Nana Magomola chairperson. She succeeds the late Dr Don Mkhwanazi.   Magomola was the former director-general in the Office of the Premier of the North West provincial government. 

Fast Population Growth Means Fast Infrastructure!

     11th May 2017 The World Health Organisation estimates that by 2025 half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas. That is a frightening statistic. With water being the key source to life as we know it, this is a serious problem that needs serious solutions. 

NUM marks 22 years since Vaal Reefs disaster

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th May 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday remembered the 104 mineworkers that were killed in an accident at AngloGold’s Vaal Reefs mine in 1995. On May 10 that year, a locomotive broke through safety barriers and fell into a lift shaft, landing on a cage transporting people to the... 

Qld proposes changes to Gasfields Commission

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th May 2017 The Queensland government on Wednesday introduced the Gasfields Commission and Other Legislation Amendment Bill to Parliament as part of a package of reforms to revamp the Gasfields Commission to better serve landholders, communities and the onshore gas industry during the next phase of gas... 

The impact of wearable devices on Warehouse Management

     9th May 2017 The rise of automation and the Internet of Things on traditional manufacturing cannot be underestimated but innovation in wearable user devices can also not be ignored as the fusion of technology with the human labour force increases. For example witness wearable Google glasses which allow... 

National consultations on supporting ICT White Paper draft strategies begin

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th May 2017 The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) on Monday kicked off the first sessions of a planned national public consultation roadshow to unpack details of the three recently gazetted strategies to implement the National Integrated Information and Communication Technologies... 

SACP welcomes reassertion of ANC broadcasting digital migration policy

By: Anine Kilian     8th May 2017 The South African Communist Party (SACP) has welcomed the reassertion of the ANC’s Broadcasting Digital Migration (BDM) policy, including encryption.  “The SACP agrees with the basic principles underlying the policy, specifically the strategic aim to strengthen free-to-air, public and community... 

Settlement likely by year-end as parties in silicosis case pursue out-of-court option

By: Jade Davenport     5th May 2017 Mining companies facing a class action suit from mineworkers who developed silicosis on South Africa’s gold mines are expected to reach an out-of-court settlement before the close of the year. The class action, which was lodged in May 2016, comprises, according to attorney Richard Spoor, an... 

PPP promising for water industry

     5th May 2017 Water management forms an important part of African Utility Week and this year, the conference will focus on how private-public partnerships (PPPs) can assist water utilities to become more responsive and efficient in their practices. During the upcoming African Utility Week in Cape Town in May,... 

SA world’s 53rd most competitive travel and tourism destination

By: Riaan de Lange     5th May 2017 South Africa is the fifty-third most competitive travel and tourism destination in the world, according to the World Economic Forum's (WEF's) 'Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017', released on April 5. The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index, or TTCI, which consists of four... 

Gauteng to spend R46-billion on infrastructure projects

By: Anine Kilian     4th May 2017 The Gauteng provincial government will spend R46-billion on infrastructure over the next three years, Premier David Makhura said on Thursday. Delivering the keynote address at the Gauteng Infrastructure Funding Summit, he said the investment would contribute significantly to economic empowerment,... 

EU concerns about local poultry 'false aspersions' – Sapa 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th May 2017 The South African Poultry Association (Sapa) on Thursday dismissed the European Union’s (EU’s) concerns that South Africa was not monitoring the use of prohibited medicines and growth hormones in poultry and other animal species. While briefing the Portfolio committee on Trade and Industry at... 

Private investment key to Gauteng infrastructure development

By: Anine Kilian     4th May 2017 If Gauteng wants to achieve its objective of becoming a global city region, government must partner with the private sector to deliver infrastructure, Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile said on Thursday. Addressing delegates at the Gauteng Infrastructure Funding Summit, in Midrand, he said... 

China's economy shaping up for positive 2018, Rio Tinto says

By: Bloomberg     4th May 2017 Latest indicators on China’s economy point to continued growth through 2018, according to mining giant Rio Tinto Group, which counts the world’s No. 2 economy as its biggest customer. “Are we concerned about the Chinese economic health? The answer is no,” CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques told... 

Nigeria plans to set up national airline, develop aviation capacity

By: Reuters     4th May 2017 Nigeria has appointed advisers to help it set up a national airline and develop its aviation infrastructure – currently seen as a barrier to economic growth – to create a hub for West Africa, junior aviation minister Hadi Sirika said on Wednesday. Sirika said a group of six firms including German... 

Another milestone for WorleyParsons on Africa’s premier wind power project

     4th May 2017 WorleyParsons reports that the project delivery and engineering consultancy is nearing completion of its major scope of work on the Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) Project in Kenya, with a key milestone of 120 wind turbines attaining Ready for Energisation (RFE) status in January 2017 and... 

South Africa remains largest FDI hub in Africa – report

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd May 2017 South Africa remains the leading foreign direct investment (FDI) destination in Africa, with a 6.9% increase in FDI projects in 2016, according to financial services advisory firm EY’s latest ‘Africa Attractiveness’ report, published on Wednesday. The report provides an analysis of FDI investment... 

Kenya seeks to cure plastic bag addiction with blanket ban 

By: Reuters     2nd May 2017 The sight of overflowing heaps of plastic waste at Gioto, the largest dump in Nakuru County, in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, was an eyesore that turned photojournalist James Waikibia into an environmental activist. Knowing plastic was a national problem, he decided to look beyond his hometown of... 

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