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R300m empowerment project launched in citrus industry

By: Anine Kilian     2nd December 2016 The launch of a R300-million black economic empowerment project in the citrus-rich Sundays River valley, in the Eastern Cape, could have significant ramifications for the roll-out of similar empowerment deals around the country which, until now, have experienced very limited success, according to... 

Botswana, Namibia expand scope of Trans-Kalahari railway project

By: African News Agency      2nd December 2016 The government of Botswana and Namibia have expanded the scope of the Trans-Kalahari Railway Line project from being a dedicated coal export route to a multisectoral project designed to unlock the potential of other economic sectors along the corridor. Addressing parliament in Gaborone on... 

Iconic Joburg ice rink being transformed into television production hub

By: David Oliveira     2nd December 2016 The Sky Rink atop the Carlton Centre’s parking lot in downtown Johannesburg always had something of an edge to it. Experienced ice-skaters, often with a cigarette in their mouths, would make little effort to disguise their disdain for beginners as they weaved effortlessly and at extreme speed... 

Enbridge closes $1.08bn sale of Prairie-based pipeline assets

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd December 2016 Dual-listed oil and gas logistics company Enbridge on Thursday announced that it has closed the $1.08-billion sale of liquids pipelines and related facilities in south-east Saskatchewan and south-west Manitoba to Tundra Energy Marketing. The assets include the Saskatchewan and Weyburn gathering... 

Cloud-based solution enables companies to manage staff in real time

By: Schalk Burger     2nd December 2016 Companies can manage the allocation, productivity and planning of human resources in real-time using a new cloud-based people resource management solution, says human resource management solutions company PRP Solutions CEO Kriya Govender. The solution can be used to integrate any existing... 

Company aligns with South Africa regulations

     2nd December 2016 Transportation, logistics and supply chain service provider Cargo Carriers has responded to the South African government’s Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) regulations with enthusiasm and has a host of initiatives in the pipeline. “BBBEE regulations actually talk to our company’s... 

Freight and logistics company of the year named

     2nd December 2016 South Africa-based transport company Dachser South Africa (SA) has been named the Freight and Logistics Company of the Year at the ninth Transport Africa Awards 2016. The Transport Africa Awards are designed to recognise companies that have demonstrated an unparalleled ability to succeed and have... 

Hybrid gensets to complement renewable energy

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd December 2016 Generating set producer Aksa Power Generation South Africa (SA) will launch its hybrid generating set (genset) in South Africa in January next year, providing a standby power generating solution to the country that is able to run in parallel with renewable-energy sources. 

Iconic Joburg ice rink being transformed into television production hub

By: David Oliveira     2nd December 2016 The Sky Rink atop the Carlton Centre’s parking lot in downtown Johannesburg always had something of an edge to it. Experienced ice-skaters, often with a cigarette in their mouths, would make little effort to disguise their disdain for beginners as they weaved effortlessly, and at extreme speed,... 

Need for centralised courier point made clear

By: Sascha Solomons     2nd December 2016 As tech-savvy customers demand faster and more efficient services, the need for a centralised technology-enabled courier point has become clear. Owing to this, outsourced e-commerce warehousing and order fulfilment services provider ParcelNinja.com realised the need for a scalable cloud-based... 

Programme encourages standalone third-party distribution businesses

By: Sascha Solomons     2nd December 2016 As a means to grow the customer base in underserved communities and informal markets, global beverages company Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa’s (CCBSA’s) local distribution partner (LDP) programme has been launched to help local entrepreneurs create sustainable standalone distribution... 

The worst appears to be over for mining sector – Barloworld

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2016 For the first time in four years some green shoots are starting to appear in the mining industry, says Barloworld CE Clive Thomson. Discussing the JSE-listed group’s financial results for the year ended September 30, he says he believes the current cycle has reached its bottom. 

Top-class maintenance, repair and training augments Husky’s success

     1st December 2016 Arguably the most durable vehicle in the US military’s wheeled fleet, the Husky’s success in the field has been secured by ongoing field support – in training, maintenance and logistics – by US-based Critical Solutions International (CSI). Working in close partnership with DCD Protected Mobility,... 

Wine and Olive Oil Suppliers Expo heads for Cape Town in 2017

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th November 2016 South Africa is the eighth largest producer of wine in the world with export volumes having doubled in the past ten years. According to a study commissioned by the SA Wine Industry Information & Systems (SAWIS), published in January 2015, of the R36.1 billion gross domestic product (GDP)... 

SA business delegation explores opportunities at Central African ports

By: David Oliveira     25th November 2016 Research and consulting specialists Africa House led a business delegation to Central African port cities last month, to explore business opportunities in new port developments in Cameroon and the Republic of Congo. The business delegation comprised South African business development managers and... 

Local Plastics Collectors And Recyclers Get Much Needed Financial Boost

     24th November 2016 Five New Project Partners To Receive A Total Of R5.5 Million In Funding Support POLYCO, the Polyolefin Recycling Company has just released the names of the five successful applicants who will be receiving a total investment of R5.5 million to expand their existing separation, collection, sorting... 

Fluor Igoda Projects (Pty) Ltd celebrates 10 years milestone

     23rd November 2016 Fluor Igoda Projects (Pty) Ltd, an engineering, procurement, project and construction management (EPCM) services company, is celebrating 10 successful years of undertaking capital projects in the oil, gas and chemicals markets in South Africa. “During the past decade, we have worked on more than... 

Goscor Unveils its Innovative, High-Performance Battery Sweeper-Scrubber

     23rd November 2016 Tennant’s M17 Battery Sweeper-Scrubber increases productivity with features designed to maximise efficiency and deliver customised solutions Goscor Cleaning Equipment, part of the Goscor Group of Companies, recently unveiled its new high-performance battery sweeper-scrubber, part of its trusted... 

Some green shoots visible in mining sector, says Barloworld’s Thomson

By: Irma Venter     21st November 2016 For the first time in four years some green shoots are starting to appear in the mining industry, says Barloworld CE Clive Thomson. Discussing the JSE-listed group’s financial results for the year ended September 30, in Johannesburg, he said he believed the current cycle had reached its bottom. 

Coke’s upgraded Durban plant on stream in time for festive demand

By: Shirley le Guern     18th November 2016 The R205-million upgrade to the Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) plant in the Phoenix Industrial Park in Durban and the replacement of a seventies packing line, has come on stream just in time for the busy festive season. The upgrade of the line, which has trebled capacity, came with... 

Equipment supplier sets 40% target for women representation by 2020

By: Dylan Slater     18th November 2016 Equipment supplier Barloworld Equipment – a division of JSE-listed Barloworld – recently launched its 40/20 strategy, which aims to increase women representation to about 40% of the company’s staff by 2020.  

Imported trucks adapted to suit South African environment

     18th November 2016 Engineering support services company, Babcock Africa’s Transport Solutions division is giving cutting-edge European engineering a distinctly African twist, with adaptations to suit the local environment, having stocked up on high-quality DAF Trucks vehicles imported directly from the DAF factory... 

Local LSFB market worth R1-billion yearly

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2016 The South African light steel frame building (LSFB) market is estimated to be worth about R1-billion a year. This is based on the steel used by LSF manufacturers, as well as volumes of the major materials – including gypsum board, fibre cement board, insulation, vapour permeable membranes and... 

DFA to deploy, operate South Africa’s new Sigfox IoT network

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th November 2016 Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) and its subsidiary SqwidNet have partnered with global communication solution firm Sigfox to deploy an Internet of Things (IoT) network. South Africa will be the twenty-sixth country to deploy and operate Sigfox’s network, with SqwidNet to distribute IoT connectivity... 

Plastics|SA Helps Industry Members Prepare For An Uncertain Future

     16th November 2016 Energy experts give advice on how to face the current economic downturn by implementing energy and water solutions. The Sustainability Council of Plastics|SA and DRA Global Engineering Consultants hosted a seminar entitled “Preparing for an uncertain future” in which a panel of sustainability... 

Transnet, GE Transportation collaborate on digitising Africa’s supply chain

By: Anine Kilian     16th November 2016 State-owned rail, port and pipeline company Transnet has partnered with global digital industrial company GE Transportation to create a digital solution, powered by GE’s Predix operating system, to connect shippers and transport operators, enabling the efficient movement of goods. The solution... 

Resources Watch 

     16th November 2016 Transnet sets up R20bn acquisitions war chest, as it pulls in capex horns; And, Pneumatic cylinder uniformity benefits distributor, improves part availability 

Operation Khanyisa cuts illegal electricity connections  

     16th November 2016 With electricity theft resulting in about R15.9-billion loss to the country’s municipal accounts every year, Eskom anti-theft campaign Operation Khanyisa is increasing its reach.  

New additions planned for 2017 edition of Automechanika Joburg

By: Irma Venter     11th November 2016 Next year’s Automechanika Johannesburg trade fair for the automotive aftermarket, taking place at the Johannesburg Expo Centre from September 27 to 30, will also play host to three new, related shows. The new shows are Futuroad Expo, Scalex Johannesburg, and REIFEN. 

Hisense programme to upskill 1 000 unemployed electricians

By: Anine Kilian     10th November 2016 Endeavouring to contribute to the South African economy and job creation, Chinese home appliance manufacturer Hisense will next year implement a programme at its factory in Atlantis to upskill 1 000 unemployed electricians in the Western Cape. Hisense skills development manager Mark Dammert told... 

Exploration results make compelling case for Armadale's Tanzania graphite project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th November 2016 Initial assay results from Armadale Capital's Mahenge Liandu project, in Tanzania, show high-grade graphite mineralisation at up to 26% near-surface total graphitic carbon. Further feedback on Joint Ore Reserves Committee- (Jorc-) compliant modelling, due for completion by the end of the fourth... 

Atlantic Leaf moves to JSE main board

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th November 2016 Mauritius-based property investment company Atlantic Leaf Properties has moved its primary listing from the AltX to the main board of the JSE under the Real Estate ‒ Real Estate Holdings and Development sector. It will also remain listed on the Mauritius Stock Exchange. 

Most Transnet lenders agree to relax downgrade triggers

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2016 South Africa’s freight logistics utility Transnet has reached agreement with the majority of lenders to relax covenant triggers in respect of R30.1-billion in debt. These triggers would otherwise be brought into play in the event that South Africa is downgraded to junk in December. Transnet’s... 

Transnet to terminate Trillian relationship, seeks Futuregrowth apology  

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2016 State-owned logistics group Transnet will be terminating its relationship with both Trillian Capital and Regiments Capital in light of the current fallout surrounding the two companies – developments that are reflected in the Public Protector’s ‘State of Capture’ report and is currently also the... 

Transnet sets up R20bn acquisitions war chest, as it pulls in capex horns 

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2016 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has set aside a R20-billion war chest for mergers and acquisitions inside South Africa and the rest of the continent, owing to “limited” prospects for organic growth domestically. Specific merger and acquisition (M&A) targets have been identified as... 

Modified wagon designs to increase volumes per trip

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 By modifying construction materials and wagon design, original-equipment manufacturer Galison Group believes that the lighter weight of a wagon will significantly reduce transport and production costs, by enabling customers to increase their production volumes per wagon per trip. 

Transnet ranked a top employer in S Africa

     4th November 2016 Last month, State-owned freight and logistics company Transnet was ranked one of South Africa’s top employers for providing its employees with an exceptional working environment. 

Premier praises new mixed-use development in Menlyn 

     3rd November 2016 The much anticipated mixed-use development Menlyn Maine’s Central Square was launched in September. Megan van Wyngaardt has the story. 

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