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UJ researchers develop new model to improve causality links

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2018 University of Johannesburg (UJ) researchers professor Tshilidzi Marwala and Dr Pramod Kumar Parida have developed a multivariate additive noise model (MANM), which they say serves as a robust model for general causality that identifies multiple causal connections without time-sequence data. The... 

Ansys rebrands as Etion

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th July 2018 Digital technology solutions provider Ansys has embarked on a significant rebranding to breathe new life into its business units and reflect its new position as a diversified digital technology group. Now evolved into Etion, representing “energy in action”, the AltX-listed group has changed the... 

Get reel quality with new SR-Express spring cable reels from Powermite

12th July 2018 Powermite, South Africa’s industry-leading supplier of electrical and mechanical equipment for moving machinery, has boosted its superior quality, rugged and reliable cable reeling systems with the introduction of the new SR-Express range from Conductix Wampfler. Powermite holds exclusive... 

Platina finds site for Owendale plant

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th July 2018 ASX-listed Platina Resources has signed a lease for the site of its proposed Owendale scandium processing facility, in New South Wales. The site, a former abattoir, is some 70 km from the mine site and has road system capable of handling the trucks that will be used to transport ore from the... 

Egypt wants $500m from World Bank

By: African News Agency      11th July 2018 Egypt’s Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation has held discussions with the World Bank for an additional $500-million loan for the country’s social housing projects targeting low-income households, according to an official ministry statement. The discussions were held on Tuesday... 

Eskom wage negotiations continue

By: African News Agency      10th July 2018 Wage negotiations between power utility Eskom and unions resumed on Tuesday in Johannesburg. National Union of Mineworkers (Num) spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu told television news channel eNCA that unions have given Eskom two options of a one year deal or a three year one. Eskom on Friday... 

Reliable Detection Of Objects With Sensors From Countapusle Controls

10th July 2018 Countapulse Controls advises that German sensor specialist, Leuze electronic is expanding its portfolio of optoelectronic and inductive switches with capacitive proximity switches. This move will make it possible for users to procure obtain complete solutions for detection requirements from a... 

Eskom ups pay rise offer to 6.7%, NUM says ready to strike

By: Reuters     6th July 2018 South Africa's State-run power utility Eskom has raised its latest pay rise offer to 6.7% from around 6% to three unions it is in negotiations with, a source with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Friday. The NUM source earlier said its members were demanding as much as 12% but... 

Latest charter draft an improvement on previous iteration but discontent persists

By: Simone Liedtke     6th July 2018 The third iteration of the Mining Charter will have a significant effect on vendors of services and goods in the procurement space of South African mining, says legal services provider Strata Legal director Brandon Irsigler, noting that a great many suppliers to the mining industry are in the... 

New division to focus on diversification, innovation

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 Midvaal-based structural and reinforcing steel supply company Fabcon Steel is developing a new engineering division to diversify into different market segments. The company provides turnkey solutions based on engineering services, such as drawing, design and certification, followed by the actual... 

New range of ZAP fasteners released

6th July 2018 Johannesburg-based roofing, cladding and steel frame fastener supplier Kare Industrial Suppliers has introduced a new range of ZAP fasteners designed for fixing roof sheeting to light steel battens and purlins. Over the last few years, there has been an increase in the use of light steel battens... 

UK to invest £420m to lift construction productivity

By: Reuters     5th July 2018 Britain's government announced what it said was the largest investment in at least a decade to speed up home-building on Thursday, which will see £420-million ($556-million) of public and private money spent on new construction technology. Building more housing has been one of Prime Minister... 

dmg events open for business in Saudi Arabia

5th July 2018 dmg events establishes office to use as base for the company's events throughout the Kingdom att Denton Having been granted a Saudi investment licence by the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) earlier this year, dmg events, a leading international events company, has now... 

More than R650m budgeted to prepare Gauteng land for expropriation   

By: Anine Kilian     2nd July 2018 The Department of Human Settlements has budgeted more than R650-million to prepare identified portions of land in Gauteng for expropriation without compensation. Human Settlements MEC Dikgang Uhuru Moiloa said on Monday that the province’s rapid land release programme, launched in May, would... 

Govt to deploy support teams to assist distressed municipalities – Nel

By: Simone Liedtke     21st June 2018 Government is working to ensure that all distressed and dysfunctional municipalities have access to a district support team by December this year, says Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Andries Nel. Speaking at the Vision 2030 Summit, in Johannesburg, on Wednesday, he... 

Looking Around The Corner With Leuze

21st June 2018 Manufacturing plants, packaging facilities and warehouse operations often have areas where visibility is not what it should be, and not only can these prove hazardous to both vehicles and pedestrians moving in these areas but plant operators have limited visibility as well. A solution, available... 

Traffic on Gauteng’s freeways to grow by 50 000 trips a day in 2018 

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2018 Current traffic growth on Gauteng’s e-toll freeways is running at around 4%, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) planning, toll and transportation project engineer Alan Robinson. This means the current volume of 1.25-million people-trips a day on the e-toll freeway network... 

Eskom wage negotiations enter final day

By: African News Agency      21st June 2018 Wage negotiations between Eskom and trade unions will on Thursday enter the final day after workers rejected the 4.7% wage offer from the embattled power utility. Trade unions on Wednesday said they presented a consolidated wage proposal to Eskom as talks resumed for a second day this week after... 

Western Cape govt identifies 7 possible affordable housing sites

By: News24Wire      21st June 2018 At least seven vacant plots have been identified as "possible sites for social and affordable housing" in Cape Town's southern suburbs, including Parkwood, Lotus River and Retreat. The announcement was made by Thando Mguli, head of the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements, GroundUp... 

Trade unions to respond to Eskom's 4.7% wage offer increase

By: African News Agency      20th June 2018 Trade unions involved in wage negotiations with Eskom will give a joint response to the power utility's revised 4.7 percent wage offer when the talks resume for the second day on Wednesday morning. In a joint statement, the National Union of Mineworkers, the National Union of Metalworkers of... 

Trade unions to debate Eskom's 4.7% wage offer increase

By: News24Wire      20th June 2018 All recognised trade unions at Eskom met with South Africa's power utility on Tuesday to restart wage talks and would debate the new offer, the unions said. In a joint statement, the National Union of Mineworkers, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, and Solidarity said they met... 

Eskom wage talks off to a bad start – union

By: News24Wire      19th June 2018 Talks between Eskom and unions got off to a bad start on Tuesday, with the power producer reneging on its earlier agreement to include "high-powered" members in its delegation, a union spokesperson said. "The talks started this morning, but we are not happy with Eskom’s failure to honour its... 

Over 1 000 international delegates gather in Cape Town to find ways of adapting to global climate change

By: News24Wire      18th June 2018 In the beginning the conversation about global climate change focused on cutting greenhouse gas emissions to keep Earth's temperatures from rising dangerously high. Later, another conversation developed alongside the first, which said even if we stopped all greenhouse gas emissions today, we... 

Gauteng prepares to expropriate privately owned land without compensation 

By: News24Wire      15th June 2018 The Gauteng government wants to "immediately" expropriate without compensation privately owned land lying idle. Premier David Makhura said the province was completing an audit of all unused privately owned land to test the Constitution instead of waiting on the parliamentary process currently... 

Local Industrial Internet of Things Solution Provider, 1Worx, Partners with TUT to Bring World Class Leading IIoT Technology to African Engineering Students

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2018 On 22nd of June 2018, 1Worx together with Tshwane University of Technology will be launching the world’s first African Industrial Internet of Things laboratory powered by PTC ThingWorx. Appropriately named the “Emerging Laboratory”, the lab is based at the TUT Soshanguve campus and is designed to... 

Rothdene pumpstation upgrade nears completion 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th June 2018 The upgrade of the Rothdene pumpstation, in Meyerton, is 99% complete and will be finalised by the end of June. The project started in June last year and is four pumps with a capacity of 440 ℓ/s comprise the upgrade, which, upon completion, will open the opportunity for the Midvaal municipality... 

UD+ single-filter technology from Atlas Copco redefines filtration standards

14th June 2018 The UD+ advanced filter technology which combines Atlas Copco’s 2-in-1 nautilus concept, delivers a 40% lower pressure drop, removes contamination in compressed air down to 0.01 ppm, reduces maintenance costs and offers numerous environmental advantages. The patent-pending UD+ single cartridge... 

NUM, Numsa reject Eskom wage offer, want Ramaphosa to intervene

By: African News Agency      12th June 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Tuesday officially rejected Eskom's zero percent wage offer, saying that the state-owned power utility cannot plead poverty because it was "dealing with a self-imposed crisis". Last week, wage... 

African cities for sustainable future start with building for resilience

11th June 2018 Driving Agenda 2063 to connect communities and seize opportunities Rapid population growth and urbanisation of African cities will see nearly 350 million new city-dwellers by 2030, and a billion more by 20631. In response to meeting the expected demand of the future populous – and the standards... 

Public sector strike off as wage deal signed

By: Reuters     11th June 2018 A strike by South African public sector workers planned to start on Monday was called off after most trade unions accepted a government pay offer that exceeds Treasury provisions for salary increases. The stoppage was cancelled when more than 50% of unions in a bargaining council agreed to the... 

From Upington to Durban, Incledon has South Africa covered

8th June 2018 With branches in every major South African city, leading quality fluid conveyance solutions provider Incledon has a formidable national footprint. This allows it to target many major water-infrastructure projects in the country at present. DPI Trading, a division of the larger national Incledon... 

Diligence in selecting slab-construction methods saves costs in the long run

8th June 2018 Deciding on whether to use hollow-core slabs or rib-and-block systems to construct concrete floor slabs for residential projects cannot be taken lightly. Jaco de Bruin, CoreSlab’s managing director, therefore, urges homebuilders and their professional teams to exercise diligence in selecting... 

Fabcon Steel builds on turnkey solutions for diverse applications

8th June 2018 Structural and reinforcing steel supplier Fabcon Steel of Midvaal, Gauteng continues to expand its service offering, while targeting growth opportunities beyond the construction sector. Established in 2008, Fabcon Steel has become well-known throughout South Africa for the supply of structural... 

Industry pursuing better management of energy use

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 There has been a growing trend among South African manufacturing plants to pursue energy reduction and manage its use better, says energy training services provider the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) training manager Yolanda de Lange. She explains that significant hikes in electricity rates... 

Basil Read enters new avenue with Savanna City residential development

By: Simone Liedtke     7th June 2018 As part of its turnaround strategy, construction group Basil Read on Thursday launched Basil Read Homes with the first of its 44 residential units on a land parcel at Savanna City, south of Johannesburg, which will, upon completion, boast about 18 399 integrated housing units. “This launch is a... 

Workers call for total shutdown of Eskom amid wage negotiations deadlock 

By: African News Agency      7th June 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Thursday called for a total shutdown of South African state-owned power utility, Eskom, following another collapse in wage negotiations.  Eskom workers are demanding a 15% wage increase across the board in a one-year agreement, 80:20 percent contribution... 

Mantashe says dept paying attention to seismicity to avoid fatalities

By: African News Agency      7th June 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday that the death-toll increase in mining accidents was a serious concern, adding that the department's Council for Geoscience (CGS) and other stakeholders were paying special attention into seismicity.  Since the beginning of 2018, a total... 

Public sector wage deal inches closer as more unions sign

By: News24Wire      7th June 2018 The public sector wage agreement is close to being a done deal, with 48% of workers represented by trade unions at the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) supporting the offer. A majority of 50%+1 employee agreement is required to implement the deal. 

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