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     1st July 2016 R1.6 billion Ballito Junction to brings top shopping to north KZN’s permanent population The permanent population of Ballito and its surrounds will soon have the choice of over 130 stores handpicked especially for them, when the Ballito Junction Regional Mall redevelopment opens in March 2017.... 

Botswana markets itself as an attractive business destination

By: Dylan Slater     1st July 2016 Several key factors make doing business in Botswana attractive, according to Botswana high commissioner Zenene Sinombe, who posed several key sentiments of business opportunities during the launch of inter-country relations promotion platform the Africa Matchmaking in May.  

Chinese vehicle group to directly enter the South African market

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2016 Vehicle manufacturer Great Wall Motor Company Limited of China (GWM) has announced that it will enter the South African market directly, by granting distribution rights to Haval Motors South Africa (HMSA), a wholly owned subsidiary of GWM. GWM made this decision following the expiry of the... 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st July 2016 Having postponed any immediate development of the Durban Dig-Out Port, Transnet National Ports Authority is progressing with two more modest projects to expand the container capacity at the Port of Durban. 

Modernisation of steel plants crucial in South Africa  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     1st July 2016 Global metallurgical processing plant supplier SMS group’s South African MD, Pieter Bezuidenhout, says the modernisation of South African steel plants is crucial in boosting the industry’s ability to remain internationally competitive in a difficult economic environment. 

Technology redefines warehousing

By: Sascha Solomons     1st July 2016 With labelling and barcoding being critical elements of the packaging process, companies are increasingly exploring innovative technology to unlock economies of scale and the potential of space, says beverage manufacturer and distributor ABI Bottling. “The process of getting one’s product to... 

enX, Eqstra sign R7.8bn deal to create ‘industrial powerhouse’

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th June 2016 JSE-listed industrial energy group enX will acquire two of JSE-listed industrial and capital equipment group Eqstra’s divisions and recapitalise Eqstra’s contract mining division in a R7.8-billion deal. enX would issue 52.7-million of its shares (consideration shares), at R21 apiece, to Eqstra... 

GE, Transnet explore use of digital technologies to boost locomotive performance

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2016 Technology multinational GE reports that it is working with South Africa’s Transnet on ways to integrate its digital solutions into the locomotives it has already supplied, and is in the process of supplying, to the State-owned freight logistics group. The two companies are using GE’s newly... 

Successful site visit at Graphex’s Tanzania project prompts detailed negotiations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th June 2016 ASX newcomer Graphex Mining will commence with detailed negotiations next month regarding offtake and development finance for its Chilalo graphite project, in Tanzania, following a successful five-day site visit last week by China Gold Group Investment and CN Docking Joint Investment and... 

Makhura eyes Gauteng as heart of South Africa’s industrial revival

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th June 2016 Gauteng, and more specifically the City of Ekurhuleni, should be used as a base for South Africa’s reindustrialisation programmes and drive the unfolding fourth industrial revolution, Premier David Makhura has said. Ekurhuleni, South Africa’s oldest industrialised region, remained the... 

TNPA luring private oil-services investors to Saldanha using ‘flexible’ terminal concessions  

By: Terence Creamer     29th June 2016 Freight logistics group Transnet is optimistic of receiving positive responses to a tender for the development of an offshore supply base (OSSB) for the oil and gas industry in Saldanha Bay, reporting that around 120 people attended a tender site briefing this week. A request for proposals (RFP)... 

New certification for logistics, transport, and distribution sector launched at SAPICS conference

     29th June 2016 The Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution designation was introduced to delegates at the recent 38th Annual SAPICS Conference and Exhibition for supply chain professionals. The CLTD programme will provide supply chain practitioners with the essential knowledge needed for success... 

World Bank ranks S Africa among top 20 in logistics report  

By: Anine Kilian     28th June 2016 South Africa was ranked at 20 out of 160 countries based on income grouping and trade logistics performance in the latest edition of the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index, which was a part of biannual report titled Connecting to Compete 2016: Trade Logistics in the Global Economy. The... 

Despite volume slump, Omnia sees growth opportunities in mining sector

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th June 2016 Despite the downturn in global mining revenues and volumes, JSE-listed Omnia’s Mining division has been “remarkably resilient” and continues “to forge ahead in maintaining its position as a leading player” in the opencast mining industry on the African continent, group CEO Rod Humphris said on... 

Automotive sector part of South Africa’s manufacturing success story – Davies

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th June 2016 South Africa’s automotive sector is a success story in an embattled manufacturing industry. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on Tuesday credited the success of the sector, in part, to the country’s long-term policy certainty and incentives developed under the Industrial Policy Action... 

Damco launches Supply Chain OrchestratorTM programme

     28th June 2016 Damco, one of the world’s leading third party logistics providers, announces its new Supply Chain Orchestrator programme. This control tower solution enables companies to improve overall supply chain visibility, performance and optimisation. Damco’s Supply Chain Orchestrator provides a single... 

ICTSI wins excellence award in supply management

     28th June 2016 International Container Terminal Services, Inc. recently won the 2016 Gawad Sinop Corporate Award for Excellence in Supply Management Practices by the Philippine Institute for Supply Management and the Foundation of the Society of Fellows in Supply Management.  The award is conferred to... 

Transnet Engineering hands over passenger coaches to Botswana Railways

By: Samantha Herbst     27th June 2016 The engineering unit of State-owned freight logistics group Transnet on Monday released the last batch of passenger coaches to Botswana Railways at a handing-over ceremony in Salt River, Cape Town. This followed the initial staggered delivery of 22 coaches to the Botswana utility this year, which... 

Transnet pares back capex as commodity slump impacts demand 

By: Terence Creamer     27th June 2016 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has pared back its 2016/17 capital expenditure (capex) plan in line with its strategy of “validating” demand ahead of moving ahead with major investments. The rail, ports and pipelines utility expects to invest around R22.8-billion during the 2017... 

Keeping truckers healthy and aware with free medical screenings

     24th June 2016 Engen Petroleum, a leading producer and marketer of fuels, lubricants and oil-based products, has recognised the Cape Winelands as a welcome refuelling and refreshment stopover on the routes of long haulage companies with the launch of a permanent wellness clinic. Truck drivers passing through... 

Cape Town doctor aiming to rewrite the sports safety-gear script  

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2016 Fifteen years ago, Dr Chris Leatt witnessed the death of a fellow motorcycle rider a few weeks after his four-year-old son, Matthew, got on a bike and fell in love with the sport. “Alan Selby had fallen at the top of a hill and I travelled up with the paramedic to assist,” says Leatt from his... 

Cape Town doctor aiming to rewrite the sports safety-gear script

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2016 Fifteen years ago Dr Chris Leatt witnessed the death of a fellow motorcycle rider a few weeks after his four-year-old son, Matthew, got on a bike and fell in love with the sport. “Alan Selby had fallen at the top of a hill and I travelled up with the paramedic to assist,” says Leatt from his home... 

Danish valves producer boosts local production with new factory

By: Simon Sonnekus     24th June 2016 Danish valves producer AVK Valves, which acquired local valves company Premier Valves in 2014, is nearing completion of a brand new valve manufacturing facility located in Alrode in Gauteng. The R100-million investment includes a 1 200 m2 training facility, 4 500 m2 office area and 2 000 m2... 

Powerhouse merger completed

     24th June 2016 Global technology, engineering, procurement and construction company KBR announced late last month that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire specialised engineering, scientific and technical services provider Wyle. 

Summit brings governments, operators and investors together

     24th June 2016 Regional and international stakeholders for East and Central Africa's transport infrastructure sector will be gathering once again at the seventh East & Central Africa Roads & Rail Infrastructure Summit 2016 (Roads & Rail 2016) to be held on September 27 and 28 in Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania. 

Fastener Fair India 2016: New Delhi edition hits the heights, ending with positive results

     23rd June 2016 The fourth edition of Fastener Fair India took place in the country’s capital city, New Delhi, for the first time from 19-20 May 2016. The exhibition attracted 2,651 Indian and international visitors and 151 exhibiting companies were present at the two-day event. The majority of exhibitors were... 

Imperial’s Five-Pillar Approach Reduces Transport Risk

     23rd June 2016 Imperial Logistics’ proactive, multi-pronged approach to managing transport risk is yielding big benefits for the supply chain and logistics leader and its clients, including fewer hijackings, more successful convictions and the collapse of hijacking syndicates. Imperial Logistics, Health Safety... 

Russia’s Gazprom and Indian E&P majors seek greater oil and gas collaboration

By: Ajoy K Das     22nd June 2016 Close on heels of India’s ONGC Videsh picking up a $1.26-billion stake in Rosneft’s Vankor oil fields, Indian oil exploration and production (E&P) majors and Russia’s Gazprom were seeking to extend collaborations beyond trading in oil and gas to exploration and production projects. 

Why is Outsourcing Still a Dirty Word?

     22nd June 2016 Amongst South African business leaders, outsourcing is still something of a dirty word. For many, it denotes weakness and an inability to properly grow and manage all the traditional aspects of a successful company. Yet this is an outdated view – and one that does not take into account today’s... 

S&P affirms Transnet’s investment-grade rating

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st June 2016 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet reported on Tuesday that S&P Global Ratings had affirmed its long-term foreign currency rating at 'BBB-' and its local currency rating at 'BBB+'. The affirmation follows S&P’s June 3 decision to affirm South Africa’s long- and short-term 'BBB-/A-3'... 

Bidvest McCarthy invests in Isuzu Trucks dealership

By: Anine Kilian     21st June 2016 Vehicle retailer Bidvest McCarthy has invested in an Isuzu Trucks dealership strategically situated just off the N4 at Gateway Industrial Park in Pretoria East. The Bidvest industrial conglomerate was extensively involved in freight management, logistics services, terminal operations and marine... 

GAIL India seeks full government funding for gas pipeline project

By: Ajoy K Das     17th June 2016 Gas logistics and transportation major GAIL India has sought full government funding of $1.82-billion for the construction of a 2 539 km gas pipeline that will run through the northern and eastern Indian provinces. According to an official in the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry, GAIL had... 

Digital logistics management system reducing costs and claims

By: Schalk Burger     17th June 2016 South African information technology (IT) business solutions company Strato’s newly launched electronic consignment management and verification system is helping to reduce costs and claims in the logistics and delivery industry, says Strato IT MD Cassie Lessing. The StratoPod proof-of-delivery... 

Drives company envisions new developments

By: Simon Sonnekus     17th June 2016 The depressed economy and tightened budgets have not diminished the need for quality products, but rather increased demand for German-made products, notes German industrial drives and motors multinational SEW-Eurodrive. SEW-Eurodrive MD Raymond Obermeyer indicates that although mining and mineral... 

Internet of Things impacts on manufacturing

By: Nadine James     17th June 2016 Research shows that smart devices like machine sensors, radio-frequency identification readers and video cameras – connected to the Internet and the Cloud, and communicating in real time – are impacting significantly on factory-floor production and distribution processes worldwide. Enterprise... 

Prioritise labour-intensive industries – EU Chamber

By: Nadine James     17th June 2016 The European Union Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Southern Africa (EUCCIISA) believes that the manufacturing sector and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) should prioritise less complex, labour-intensive production – as opposed to high-end, high-precision production –  to increase... 

Supply chain study highlights rising uncertainties for local firms

By: David Oliveira     17th June 2016 Supply chain service company Barloworld Logistics launched its supplychainforesight 2016 programme in Johannesburg earlier this month, which reviews the change and adaptation of South African businesses over the past year. The in-depth study explores how companies have fared and analysed key... 

Zulu wants small business development integrated into nine-point plan

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th June 2016 While the South African Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) is one of the lead departments for one of the priority interventions of government’s Nine-Point Plan to boost economic growth and create much-needed jobs – unlocking the potential of small, medium-sized and microenterprises... 

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