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KZN education department awarded green building certification

By: Dylan Slater     13th December 2017 The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) has awarded the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education a 4 Star Green Star SA Office Design v1.1 certification for its Ugu district office.  

Protect equipment and productivity levels with flexible and space saving DEHNcord during SA’s lightning season

     8th December 2017 The South African summer season brings with it widespread possibilities of lightning strikes. The massive voltage fluctuations caused by lightning can damage sensitive equipment, as well as cause data loss on computers, servers and storage devices. To combat this, the DEHNcord surge arrester from... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st December 2017 Eskom has linked unit four of its Medupi coal power station to the grid. 

Schréder And Huawei Announce Strategic Partnership To Light And Connect The City With Shuffle Site

     17th November 2017 At the Eighth Global Mobile Broadband Forum, Huawei, with the leading global outdoor lighting solutions provider Schréder, launched the Shuffle Site, a multi-functional light column co-developed by the two companies. Shuffle Site is based on the modular Shuffle lighting-based system and the... 

The 2023 Rugby World Cup mistake

By: Riaan de Lange     17th November 2017 The 2023 Rugby World Cup Mistake “Impi! wo 'nans' impi iyeza, Obani bengathinta amabhubesi?” The opening lyrics of Johnny Clegg and Juluka’s ‘Impi’ resonates with me, as do the images of the Springboks storming past Zulu warriors, in traditional dress, with fireworks exploding all around them as... 

EM poised to take advantage of renewed growth opportunities in 2018

     16th November 2017 ElectroMechanica’s (EM’s) significant investment in its internal processes in 2017 will stand it in good stead to reap the benefits of renewed growth in the New Year, EM Sales and Marketing Director Richard Nobbs comments. Describing 2017 as a year of “real development and structural change,”... 

Few cities have experience to deliver smart city systems

By: Schalk Burger     14th November 2017 Transforming the world by 2030 to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals will require the establishment of more smart cities, information and communication technology multinational Huawei industry, marketing and solution department CTO Joe So told delegates at the Smart City World... 

Affordability makes energy efficient solutions accessible

By: Nica Schreuder     10th November 2017 Increasing emphasis on the importance of energy efficiency and sustainable energy solutions has resulted in energy efficient lighting solutions using solar power becoming more cost effective. Subsequently, this has enabled disadvantaged communities, with minimal access to lighting, to afford... 

Aberdare Cables

     10th November 2017 Southern Africa’s largest cable manufacturer Aberdare Cables, established in 1946, offers cable design, product development, installation support, commissioning and diagnostic testing through its engineering services division. “Through our people and customer relationships, we deliver... 

Paragon is a double winner at GIfA 2017 Awards

     8th November 2017 Leading architecture, interior design, and space-planning practice Paragon of Johannesburg was a double winner at the Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIfA) Awards held on Thursday 28 September 2017. Paragon clinched an Award of Merit for Alice Lane 3, an office building on the corner of Alice... 

Turkish electronics, electrical trade mission to meet SA importers

     6th November 2017 Following renewed Turkish-South African commitments to boost bilateral trade, a Turkish electronics and electrical goods trade mission will travel to South Africa in November for meetings with local buyers and distributors.  

Company completes second sustainable storage project

     3rd November 2017 Self-storage solutions company Stor-Age earlier this year installed a complete solar photovoltaic (PV) system for the generation of its three-phase power requirements at its Tokai store in the Western Cape. This is the second store in Stor-Age’s portfolio to be fitted with PV panels, and forms... 

South Africa steadily keeps pace with global LED shift

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd November 2017 With the UK expecting that all conventional street lights will be converted to street lights fitted with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) by 2021, manufacturer of luminaires and glass-fibre-reinforced polyester poles BEKA Schréder product development manager Daniel Kasper laments South Africa’s... 

Solar photovoltaic invention passes two-year milestone

By: Schalk Burger     3rd November 2017 Standalone solar photovoltaic (PV) social enterprise technology SolarTurtle, which provides low-cost energy for remote and unconnected communities, has been profitable and operational for more than two years in various communities, says SolarTurtle inventor, founder and manager James van der... 

Innovative fit-out boosts ‘green’ status of GE Africa Innovation Centre

     1st November 2017 Leading architecture, interior design, and space-planning practice Paragon was tasked by GE Global Properties to design and fit-out the GE Africa Innovation Centre (GEAIC), the first green- and LEED-certified GE building in Sub-Saharan Africa. GE opened its first African-based innovation centre... 

Positive prospects for synfuels sector with focus on efficient maintenance

By: Simone Liedtke     27th October 2017 Welding and construction equipment-related supplier Renttech South Africa (SA) sees prospects for the synfuels industry improving, as the recent depressed period - owing to the decline globally in hydrocarbon fuel prices - has seen the petrochemicals industry focusing on efficient maintenance,... 

Legrand’s Ysalis switches and sockets, which were launched in South Africa at the beginning of the year, have been well received by the local market.

     24th October 2017 Feedback reveals that style, convenience and energy saving are key features that add to the popularity of this new range. Ysalis - designed for new and existing installations -provides easy control of lighting and fans and accommodates current and new RSA standards for local plugs. Ysalis is... 

Exxaro headquarters, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th October 2017 Exxaro aims to consolidate its current offices in Pretoria and Johannesburg into one workspace at a convenient midpoint for staff and business partners. 

Kwena Rocla Awarded Contract For Supply Of Culverts For Boatle Road Dual Carriageway Upgrade In Botswana

     17th October 2017 Kwena Rocla, part of the Infrastructure Specialist Group (ISG) of companies, was recently awarded the contract to supply culverts and inverted base slabs for the upgrading of the Gaborone to Boatle Road project which will upgrade the road to a dual carriageway standard in Botswana. This upgrade... 

Renewed focus for construction equipment supplier

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Welding and construction equipment-related supplier Renttech South Africa (SA) aims to provide an “unmatched” range of construction equipment for sale or to rent for the construction industry as part of its goal to grow consistently and sustainably. 

Khayelitsha MyCiti commuters no longer left in dark

By: News24Wire      9th October 2017 Khayelitsha commuters using the City of Cape Town’s MyCiti busses will no longer be left in the dark. The city’s Transport and Urban Development Authority has commenced with the electrification of the permanent MyCiTi bus stops along the N2 Express routes in Khayelitsha, which according to the... 

Biometrics security risks lie in data vulnerability

By: Schalk Burger     6th October 2017 The use of biometrics is growing in the financial services sector, making the security of the technology behind these mechanisms increasingly important. For financial institutions the primary goal of digitisation is making banking simpler and more intuitive for customers, says networking company... 

M1 overpass bridges rehabilitation project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     6th October 2017 The Johannesburg Road Agency is finalising the project. 

PRASA New Rolling Stock Acquisition Programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     6th October 2017 Alstom Brazil has started the process during which technology is being transferred to South Africans for the manufacture of X’Ttrapolis Mega trains. 

Hall's Chemicals And Adhesives Build New Retail Space In Pietermaritzburg

     2nd October 2017 The new Hall’s Retail space offers everything a DIY enthusiast to a contractor could need. After months of anticipation, Hall’s Chemicals and Adhesives has reinvented itself with a fantastically renovated space at 176 Victoria Road in Pietermaritzburg. Built in 1957 and restored to its former... 

LED best fit for energy-hungry smart cities

By: Schalk Burger     29th September 2017 Energy efficiency is critical to sustaining smart cities, especially as the levels of urbanisation are expected to increase, and light-emitting diode- (LED-) technologies will be a key component, says electronic multinational Philips Lighting Southern Africa GM Reggie Nxumalo. “As much as 78% of... 

Anticipated tariffs hike makes energy efficiency wise choice

     22nd September 2017 A ruling by the Constitutional Court last month which allows State-owned power utility Eskom to retrospectively ask the National Energy Regulator of South Africa to permit Eskom to claw back additional tariffs from consumers, could lead to further hikes in the price of electricity for South... 

Solar-powered lantern brightens off-grid areas

     22nd September 2017 Suited for off-grid households’ electrification, the Mobiya TS 170S portable solar LED lantern is being distributed by electrical solutions provider Magnet Group. The Mobiya solar LED lanterns have been designed by automation systems company Schneider Electric as an appropriate, safe and reliable... 

DEHN Africa upholds lighting protection installation standards with twice-yearly two-day HVI Cable workshop

     15th September 2017 DEHN Africa (PTY) LTD recently trained a number of local partners on the installation of the company’s high-voltage-resistant insulated (HVI®) cable, in a two-day workshop which was run by the company’s technical director, Hano Oelofse. DEHN Africa is the local subsidiary of Germany-based... 

Mitigate summer lightning strike risk and tick insurance compliance boxes for your thatched roof with DEHN Africa

     15th September 2017 It is no longer necessary to install a 30-metre long mast as the only option for lightning protection for residential or commercial thatched roof structures. This is thanks to DEHN’s external protection system for installation on thatched buildings, the High Voltage resistant Insulated (HVI)... 

Staying online despite extreme lightning hazards: DEHN Africa keeps internet solutions provider up and running in all weather conditions

     15th September 2017 The subtropical climate of the greater Johannesburg area brings with it regular rain showers during the summer and this, in combination with its high elevation above sea level, makes the city particularly vulnerable to lightning strikes. Internet solutions provider Jenny Internet had a newly... 

Colourful Concrete That Glows After Dark

     15th September 2017 Chryso Southern Africa has launched a new product that adds an attractive luminous glow to concrete surfaces after dark. LuminTech®, the impressive new addition to Chryso’s wide range of decorative concretes, comprises a variety of different luminescent particles that are applied to the surface... 

Labels assist in reducing domestic energy use

By: Robyn Wilkinson     15th September 2017 With all common household electronic appliances now required to display new energy efficiency labelling, the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) is confident that there will be a marked improvement in energy use and cost savings in South Africa, says NRCS communications and... 

Drones ensure effective tower inspection

By: Robyn Wilkinson     15th September 2017 To ensure efficient gathering of relevant data without any risk to human life, international drone services provider Delta Drone Group is using multi-rotor drones with optical sensors, operated under automatic flight plans, to conduct inspections on cellphone towers. 

Equipment manufacturer inaugurates new facility

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th September 2017 Heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has officially inaugurated its new parts distribution facility, near Johannesburg, in Gauteng. The 60 000 m2 facility consolidates two smaller parts-distribution sites – Linbro Park and Isando – and offers several advantages, including the ability to work... 

Cloud-based security solutions to be part of building management systems

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2017 Building security solutions will converge with information technology (IT) infrastructure, enterprise applications and external systems, becoming an Internet of Things to deliver more than perimeter surveillance, authentication and protection of assets and people, says converged IT systems firm... 

Tailings-savvy DRDGold inviting collaboration, consolidation 

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2017 Surface gold mining company DRDGold, the oldest company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange with more experience than any other mining company in the recovery of gold from tailings dumps, believes that the time may have arrived for the transplanting of its remarkable expertise to other... 

China sends one of the West's most critical materials soaring

By: Bloomberg     11th September 2017 The price of one of the most critical materials for the Western world’s economy and defenses is spiking faster than any major commodity. Tungsten, used to harden steel in ballistic missiles and in drill bits, has surged more than 50% in the last two months amid growing concern about supply... 

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