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TNPA unveils R255m admin building at Ngqura

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     Updated 6 hours ago State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has unveiled a new R255-million administration building – eMendi – at the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape. Speaking at the unveiling, TNPA CEO Richard Vallihu said the 10 000 m2 building was named in reference to the SS Mendi troop ship... 

Legrand has extended its range of DIY products to incorporate new everyday electrical components, including lamps, worklights, wall fixtures and pendant fittings, as well as extractor fans.

     26th June 2017 Feedback from home enthusiasts indicates a need for safe, affordable and reliable light fittings, that are easy to install. The HPM range, which adheres to stringent quality and safety specifications, meets all requirements for home lighting, including energy efficiency, flexibility and enhanced... 

AI expected to be key disrupter in transition to smart-city status

By: David Oliveira     23rd June 2017 According to research by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML), about 54.5% of the global population is living in urban areas, which is expected to increase to about 70% in the next 35 years. As such, the US-based investment service provider highlights that urbanisation and smart cities, as well... 

Lighting solutions company adapts to changing technology

By: Nica Schreuder     23rd June 2017 Leading lighting solutions company Beka Schrèder is succeeding in adapting to rapidly changing lighting technology, in its manufacturing process, while maintaining focus on cost benefits for consumers. Beka Schrèder product development manager Daniel Kasper says the company prioritises cost... 

Magnet now distributes new portable Mobiya solar LED lanterns, which have been designed by Schneider Electric as a convenient, safe and reliable source of energy efficient lighting.

     21st June 2017 Mobiya TS 170S off-grid portable solar LED lanterns consist of a solar panel and an integrated mobile phone charging facility, with a USB cable with 5 adaptors. “This compact, user friendly lighting system is particularly well suited for use in off-grid households, small shops and for street... 

At Oil & Gas Africa Show, Pelican Presents for the First Time its Innovative Advanced Lighting Solutions for Safety

     21st June 2017 In its continuous commitment with innovation to enhance the safety of professionals working in high-risk environments, Pelican™ -the global leader for over 40 years in the design and manufacture of advanced portable lighting tools- presents at Oil & Gas Africa (Hall 2/Stand A6) two... 

Goldplat’s Kilimapesa switches to grid power

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st June 2017 Africa-focused Goldplat will start using grid power at its Kilimapesa mine, in Kenya, as it is facing ongoing difficulties with its generators, primarily owing to poor diesel quality. The miner has reached an agreement to pay the $200 000 installation cost for the required infrastructure to the... 

Free power: African launch of new batteries you recharge from saltwater

     20th June 2017 Hydra Light launches fuel cells at Johannesburg show next week that recharge by dipping in seawater, offering hours of free power possibilities without an electrical source After winning innovation awards around the world, Hydra Light, an Australia company, this week launches its innovative... 

Grayston pedestrian and cyclist bridge, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     16th June 2017 The City of Johannesburg has reported that the project will be completed by October. 

Luminaire manufacturer expands product offering 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Energy efficient luminaires manufacturer Beka Schréder launched a new standalone solar luminaire – the SOL-ONE – in May 2017, which uses the most efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs), says Beka Schréder marketing manager Sibusiso Skosana. 

Lighting system a resounding success

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 Electrical solutions provider Magnet Group is seeing much success from its MARS light-emitting-diode (LED) lighting system since its launch in August 2015. Magnet lighting solutions engineer and MARS product specialist Kaylen Reddy informs that the MARS LED lighting range is based on advanced... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     9th June 2017 Eskom announced on June 1 that Unit 4 had been synchronised to the grid. 

Need for businesses to become energy efficient

     9th June 2017 According to the International Energy Agency, many companies are using up to 100% more energy than they would if they were best practice energy efficient businesses, says provider of efficient solutions for reducing energy costs and carbon emissions Ensight Energy Solutions CEO Francis Barram. 

System positions company in good stead in South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 Global electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand is using its lighting and motion management systems to position itself in the South African energy efficiency market. “We have seen a positive response from the South African market to these systems, with a pleasing... 

McDonald’s rolls out first revamped restaurant

By: Anine Kilian     7th June 2017 Food and beverage giant McDonald’s South Africa unveiled its first newly built, revamped restaurant at Stoneridge shopping centre, in Johannesburg on Wednesday. The R10-million flagship Stoneridge rebuild is the first of its kind in the fast food major’s Middle East and African markets. 

National English Literary Museum obtains green building rating

By: Anine Kilian     29th May 2017 The National English Literary Museum, in Grahamstown, in the Eastern Cape, has been awarded a 5-Star Green Star SA Public Education Building v1 As-Built rating – a first for South Africa. The museum was built by the Department of Public Works (DPW) for the Department of Arts and Culture at a cost... 

DTI spends R42m on Hammanskraal industrial park security upgrades

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th May 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry has spent R42-million on security upgrades at the Babelegi industrial park, in Hammanskraal, which included the installation of invisible fencing, a control room, guard houses, swing gates and pedestrian gates, a new boom gate and high-mast lighting upgrades... 

Builders Warehouse launches its first store featuring renewable energy

By: Anine Kilian     22nd May 2017 The North Riding-based Builders Warehouse, which forms part of the Builders Warehouse chain of stores owned by management company Massmart, has installed a 126 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, which comprises 400 roof-mounted polycrystalline PV panels. The plant will provide 70% of the store’s... 

From incandescent light bulbs to laser lights

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     19th May 2017 The incandescent light bulb, rated at about 60 W, is one we all know and which endeared for about 130 years. Along the way had been invented various other types of light: gas-discharge lamps (such as streetlights) fluorescent lamps, metal halide lamps, and so on. But, for a very long time, basic... 

Traction transformer investment a response to South Africa’s local-content push

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2017 Technology multinational ABB has responded to South Africa’s tightened local-content requirements in the railways sector by opening a new state-of-the-art traction transformer factory in eastern Johannesburg. Traction transformers direct power, at safe voltages, to support train functions such as... 

BEKA Schréder illuminates the Rea Vaya BRT Bridge over the M1 highway

     17th May 2017 Africa's leading manufacturer of energy efficient luminaires, BEKA Schréder, has recently completed lighting the BRT Bridge on the M1 highway. Rea Vaya's new route will form the backbone of Johannesburg's Louis Botha Development Corridor, connecting Alexandra not only to central Johannesburg but... 

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... 

PRASA New Rolling Stock Acquisition Programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     12th May 2017 The first trains built by Gibela have entered commercial service. 

Davies to launch revitalised industrial park in Mthatha

By: Anine Kilian     5th May 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies will launch the first phase of the revitalised Vulindlela Heights industrial park, in Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape, on May 15. The first phase of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) Revitalisation of Industrial Parks Programme focuses on the... 

Asset management company launches new logistics facility

By: David Oliveira     5th May 2017 Asset management company Fortress Income Fund launched its 19 878 m2 Westlake View logistics park in March, further increasing the company’s warehousing and logistics development pipeline. The company currently has a gross leasable area of about one-million m2 that spans Gauteng, the Western Cape... 

Energy management to improve

By: Johane Turkstra     5th May 2017 Attending this year’s African Utility Week taking place from May 16 to 18, the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) believes that the implementation of energy management systems (EnMSes) can be beneficial for energy producers in Africa. Referring to the Industrial Energy... 

Portable power and solar solutions manufacturer to launch in SA

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th May 2017 US-based portable power and solar manufacturer Goal Zero will launch its product range in South Africa through local multichannel distributor Wintec Solutions this month. Goal Zero has been developing a line of sustainable portable power solutions and lighting accessories since 2010, with its... 

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... 

ABB responds to South Africa’s rail localisation demand with traction transformer investment

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2017 Technology multinational ABB has responded to South Africa’s tightened local-content requirements in the railways sector by opening a new state-of-the-art traction transformer factory in eastern Johannesburg. Traction transformers direct power, at safe voltages, to support train functions such as... 


By: Zandile Mavuso     28th April 2017 As a global corporation that designs, manufactures and distributes power generation equipment globally, Himoinsa adds incomparable application and engineering know-how, excellent design and service capabilities, delivering value beyond the equipment it produces. 

Atlas Copco portable LED light towers shed reliable and efficient light

     25th April 2017 Atlas Copco Portable Energy’s latest range of portable HiLight light towers incorporates cutting-edge LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology and delivers reliable and efficient lighting solutions with up to 25% more light compared to metal halide lamps and average savings of 60% on fuel... 

Joburg pilots scheme to improve energy access in informal settlements

By: David Oliveira     21st April 2017 To address the challenges of supplying electricity to informal settlements in Johannesburg, the city’s electricity utility City Power is managing a pilot project to supply residents in the Lawley and Thembelihle informal settlements. During the Power and Electricity World Africa conference, which... 

Can fake daylight in truck cabs lead to better driver performance?

By: Irma Venter     19th April 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... 

Electricity supply programme of R2.4bn for Ekurhuleni informal settlements

By: African News Agency      19th April 2017 A R2.4-billion programme for electricity in informal settlements across Ekurhuleni will be completed by the end of this financial year covering 16 000 households, Ekurhuleni executive mayor Mzwandile Masina announced. The legalities on the roll-out of the programme in privately owned informal... 

A new light shines brightly in the Voltex Group

     18th April 2017 Voltex is proud to announce the opening of its specialised commercial, industrial, professional and residential lighting branch in Weltevreden. The new branch is also the new home of Voltex Lighting (Lascon) who is a leader in the field of lighting design, manufacturing and distribution,... 

Voltex shines bright at Africa’s largest power and energy show

     18th April 2017 Power and Electricity World Africa is the largest, longest running energy conference and trade show that provides a platform for exhibitors and a meeting place for buyers, sellers and their partners to negotiate the caliber of deals that drive Africa’s burgeoning energy sector. Voltex, currently... 

R&D capitalises on global growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2017 The National Laser Centre (NLC), part of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is undertaking a Photonics Prototyping Facility (PPF) programme and is exploring advance manufacturing technologies, leveraging on the strong global growth of the laser technology sector. NLC PPF... 

See Africa’s largest selection of targeted security and fire products under one roof at Securex 2017

     13th April 2017 Everyone has something they need to protect. For some it’s personal and business material assets, for most it’s the safeguarding of family members and personnel, and for others it’s the protection of sensitive data. Finding solutions that are simultaneously budget-friendly and reliable is often... 

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