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Distributed generation can mitigate transmission constraints in Africa

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     Updated 7 hours ago Investment in the African transmission grid and distributed generation solutions could be viable in mitigating the challenge of providing access to electricity, says power generation original-equipment manufacturer Himoinsa. “Whether owing to transmission constraints or distribution issues,... 

Johnson Controls launches new products as it marks SA milestone

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 7 hours ago Building technology systems multinational Johnson Controls launched the new range of YZ York chillers and the new R-1233zd low-global warming potential and low-pressure refrigerant in South Africa as part of its fiftieth anniversary in the country. Johnson Controls South Africa GM Neil Cameron... 

PentaFloor Sponsorship at the new GBCSA Offices

     19th April 2018 When the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) outgrew its offices in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, a call for sponsorships was sent out requesting contributions from industry to assist with the fitout of the new offices in Rosebank. PentaFloor stepped up with a generous contribution of... 

New EM lighting division to focus on latest luminaire technology

     19th April 2018 A new lighting division launched by leading supplier ElectroMechanica (EM) in February, in conjunction with OSRAM and LEDVANCE, will focus on introducing the latest luminaire technology to the local market. The full-LED luminaires distributed by the division represent the latest trend in the... 

Habitat Apartments high-rise tower is Nairobi’s first ‘vertical village’

     9th April 2018 Architecture and interior architecture practice Paragon, in conjunction with Design Source of Nairobi, is overseeing Habitat Apartments in Kilimani, a 24-storey, 160-unit mixed-use apartment tower. Under development by Ekco Investments, the project is scheduled for completion by mid-2020. The... 

Tackling malaria with solar-powered mosquito traps

     9th April 2018 Malaria remains the number one killer of people worldwide, with 272-million infections and 495 000 deaths occurring annually. This excludes the statistics generated by other mosquito-borne diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya, West Nile, Yellow fever and the Zika Virus. In 2016 the Zika outbreak... 

Efficiency certification achieved for new project

     6th April 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa has achieved an EDGE Preliminary Certification for the new Balwin Properties residential apartments project - The Polo Fields; setting a benchmark for sustainable residential developments of the future in the country, and the continent. The... 

Skid steer loaders maintain popularity in projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Construction and earthmoving equipment distributor CASE Construction South Africa says it has a healthy pipeline of equipment supply orders for the first quarter of 2018 to meet client requirements for construction projects.  

Oando commissions new office building in Lagos

By: Anine Kilian     5th April 2018 Dual-listed Oando has officially commissioned its new office building, the Wings Office Complex, in Lagos, Nigeria. The complex, which was commissioned by State and Petroleum Minister Ibe Kachickwu,  comprises two 12-storey towers with 27 000 m2 of lettable office space, a three-level car park,... 

EIB pumps $25m into off-grid solar project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2018 The European Investment Bank (EIB) has provided $25-million in financing for off-grid solar lighting company d.light to strengthen access to energy in Africa.  

Atlas Copco

     23rd March 2018 A world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions, Atlas Copco is characterised by focused businesses, a global presence with direct sales and service, a strong, stable and growing service business, professional people and an asset-light and flexible manufacturing setup. “We are... 

Energy management automation products to be exhibited at PEWA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Electrical solutions and lighting specialist organisation Magnet Group will exhibit at Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) on March 27 and 28 at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Gauteng.  

PEWA to set stage for African energy investment once again

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 With 600-million people in Africa not having access to electricity, the onus is on Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) to provide the platform that will encourage investment in infrastructure and grid connection across Africa.  

Durban on track to open public transport network

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th March 2018 The City of Durban is on track to start its GO!Durban integrated public transport network from Pinetown’s central business district (CBD) to KwaMashu’s Bridge City in the latter part of this year. Aligned to the eThekwini municipality’s vision to be Africa’s most caring and liveable city by 2030,... 

Rope access company using new technology at petrochemicals giant

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th March 2018 Rope access solutions provider Skyriders Access Specialists has started using the Elios drone, from Swiss drone manufacturer Flyability, at a large petrochemicals company, in Mpumalanga. “Skyriders is at the forefront in terms of using drones in tandem with rope access services; they complement... 

SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa collaborates on systems integration approach

     2nd March 2018 Electrical wholesale supplier and panel builder Ptytrade 228 (Pty) Ltd situated in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, is a successful Systems Integrator that uses SEW-EURODRIVE products in its electrical panels and Motor Control Centres (MCCs). The two companies have forged a close working... 

The Lion Match Company’s extra-long match epitomises its growth push

By: Shirley le Guern     2nd March 2018 The Lion Match Company, which is making massive inroads into the local fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) space, has begun 2018 with the roll out of a new extra-long safety match. This, according to executive chairman, Gora Abdoola, forms part of a progressive strategy of innovation, acquisition... 

Heavy duty lighting upgrade on display at expo

     2nd March 2018 Heavy-duty, auto-electrical components and collision avoidance systems in Southern Africa supplier Trysome Auto-Electrical will be introducing its range of Nordic KL LED work lights at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA. 

Pros of on-site solar PV systems

By: Schalk Burger     2nd March 2018 On-site solar photovoltaic (PV) renewable-energy systems serve as effective and cost-effective ways for companies to become familiar with the correct application of renewable generation to reduce energy costs, says South African information and communication technology company Sizwe IT Group... 

Legrand’s new Classe 300 connected video door entry system has advanced design features, coupled with the latest technology, to offer the highest levels of security control in modern living environments.

     1st March 2018 The Classe 300X13E video internal unit, with integrated Wi-Fi connectivity, a smartphone and a dedicated App, ensures every installation is totally automated and easily managed, either from inside the home, or at a distance - even from another country. According to the Legrand design team, all... 

WSP achieves EDGE Preliminary Certification for Balwin’s Polo Fields

     27th February 2018 WSP in Africa, one of the largest multi-disciplinary engineering consultancies on the continent, has achieved an EDGE Preliminary Certification for the new Balwin Properties residential apartments project, The Polo Fields; setting a benchmark for sustainable residential developments of the future... 

Lighting company launches linear light

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd February 2018 Designer and manufacturer of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting solutions LEDWise is taking advantage of the definite trend towards using linear LEDs in industrial and commercial applications by launching its ACE continuous linear light.  

German premium lighting distributed in SA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd February 2018 Electrical solutions and lighting specialist organisation Magnet Group has been appointed to exclusively distribute and support the German market-leading premium range of manufacturer Trilux’s lighting solutions in South Africa.  

New products to cater for industrial, commercial applications

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd February 2018 Earlier this month, leading lighting solutions company Beka Schréder launched nine new luminaires, of which seven are designed to be used in industrial and commercial applications.  

Interactive lighting – a first for SA stadium

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd February 2018 Electrical engineer and light-emitting-diode (LED) supplier Maritz Electrical completed the installation of an interactive lighting system at the St George’s Park cricket stadium, in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape.  

Engie acquires Southern African HVAC companies

     23rd February 2018 Multinational electric utility company Engie has acquired air conditioning company Thermaire Investments as well as its sister company heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) products and services provider Ampair. This is a major step for Engie in developing its energy services in... 

AfDB expresses strong support for new Eskom leadership

By: Terence Creamer     20th February 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB), which has extended loan facilities worth a collective R20-billion to South Africa’s power utility Eskom, expressed confidence on Tuesday that the new leadership at the cash-strapped State-owned company would restore the group’s governance and creditworthiness.... 

Discovery headquarters nears completion 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th February 2018 With the construction of health insurance and financial services provider Discovery’s head office set for completion at the end of this month, construction consultancy Aurecon believes that the building is set to become a pioneering green precinct concept, owing to its size and the way in which... 

ARB maintains growth in tough environment

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th February 2018 JSE-listed ARB Holdings on Thursday posted a 34% hike in headline earnings per share (HEPS) to 37.62c for the six months ended December 31, mostly owing to a put option International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) adjustment. Nearly 21%, or 5.88c, of the HEPS increase was the positive... 

Sustainable design is a ‘green’ light for long-term cost-savings

     13th February 2018 The challenge facing ‘green’ building in South Africa focuses on convincing clients that many of the additional costs associated with sustainable design are recouped within a fairly short period of time. Tenants are now demanding that buildings are either Green Star rated, or at least designed... 

City of Cape Town announces winning bidder for foreshore redevelopment

By: African News Agency      12th February 2018 The City of Cape Town on Monday announced that Mitchell Du Plessis Associates (MDA) have been chosen as the winning bid for the redevelopment of the Foreshore Freeway Precinct, which includes completing the unfinished flyover that has marked the city's skyline for more than 40 years. The City... 

Companies urged to ‘proactively’ reduce their carbon footprint as second Draft Carbon Tax Bill is released for comment

By: Nadine James     9th February 2018 In light of National Treasury’s publishing the second Draft Carbon Tax Bill for public comment in December, systems integration specialists Jasco Group’s CEO Pete da Silva suggests that companies proactively determine their carbon footprint and implement measures to mitigate the eventual effects... 

Trafo Fast Tracks Dry-Type Transformers For Bisie In DRC

     5th February 2018 Alphamin Resources’ remote Bisie tin mine is being supplied with fit-for-purpose dry-type transformers by Johannesburg-based Trafo Power Solutions, in a fast track project that will see the complete solution manufactured in just 12 weeks. Bisie’s location – some 160 km north-east of Goma in the... 

Technically-advanced anchoring system for a range of building materials

     1st February 2018 The combination of two different materials – a red plug tip for safe fixing in solid building material, with expansion wings for bracing, and a grey plug base for folding in cavities – makes the DuoPower nylon plug the most technically-advanced anchoring system from fischer to date. Available... 

Legacy Marine (Pty) Ltd Launches New Vessel For Stapem Offshore

     30th January 2018 Stapem Beluga, the first of two Incat Crowther designed 18-meter Aluminium Dive Support catamarans has landed safely in Angola. Built under ABS survey by the Legacy Marine Group in Port Elizabeth, South Africa for French oil and gas services company Stapem Offshore, this Marshall Island flagged... 

Small But Mighty: Always On The Right Rack

     29th January 2018 With the IPS 200i, Leuze electronic has introduced the smallest camera-based sensor on the market for compartment fine positioning with high-bay storage devices in single-depth storage.  Available from Johannesburg based Countapulse Controls, this sensor offers some powerful advantages, among... 

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... 

Motor solutions ensure simpler, more compatible installations

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2018 Owing to the installation of electrical products onto panels and enclosures being time-consuming and costly, electric solutions provider Magnet Group MD Brian Howarth says product installations need to be made simpler and more compatible with existing wiring through the supply of cost-effective... 

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