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Gauteng evolves as South Africa’s hub for enterprise app development

     Updated 1 hour 29 minutes ago Gauteng is fast emerging as a centre for enterprise app development. This is according to Cassie Lessing, Managing Director of the Strato IT Group, adding that the app economy is expected to create trillions of dollars of opportunities globally over the next few years, including in Africa, where... 

Call for expressions of interest for S Africa’s gas-to-power plan

     22nd July 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) announced, early in May, a call for expressions of interest (EoI) for the appointment of strategic partners to assist State-owned companies (SoCs) in the development of a 600 MW gas-fired power plant, says international law firm White & Case.  

Dedicated truck highway could improve logistics services

By: David Oliveira     22nd July 2016 A truck rapid transit (TRT) system, with dedicated road infrastructure similar to that provided for the bus rapid transport system being rolled out in many South African cities, could provide the impetus to improve the country’s anaemic economic growth. During petrochemicals group Shell’s Rimula... 

Eastern Cape gas-to-power hub plans on track

     22nd July 2016 The Eastern Cape’s plan to host a gas-to-power hub is well advanced with the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) now clearly the province's preferred location for the development says Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism MEC Sakhumzi Somyo.  

Imperial group to acquire 70% of Sasfin Premier Logistics

     22nd July 2016 The Imperial group has entered into an agreement with Sasfin to acquire 70% of Sasfin Premier Logistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sasfin. Sasfin Premier Logistics will be renamed Imperial Sasfin Logistics. 

Tambo-Springs inland port project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd July 2016 Tambo-Springs is one of three megaterminals being proposed for Gauteng over the next 20 years. 

Sava Trains 1 000 Hospital Staff In The Recycling Of Non-Hazardous PVC Waste

     21st July 2016 “The rising costs of healthcare waste management in South Africa and the rest of the world are forcing hospitals and clinics to rethink the way in which they deal with their healthcare waste”.  This is the opinion of Southern African Vinyls Association CEO, Delanie Bezuidenhout, who, in... 

The security platform of tomorrow is here

     21st July 2016 Video Management Systems arrived 15 years ago and have been one of the top technologies to transform the IP video surveillance market. Modern VMS has evolved substantially from its start as a simple surveillance system offering video data recording and playback, to going far beyond simplistic... 

Wacker Neuson plans to open new factory in China

     21st July 2016 The Wacker Neuson Group is planning to open a new plant near Shanghai in China. Initially compact excavators will be produced for the local market, further products will follow. It is planned that the first compact excavator should roll off the production line at the beginning of 2018. Wacker... 

Indian govt agrees to fund GAIL’s gas pipeline project

By: Ajoy K Das     20th July 2016 Acceding to the demands of gas logistics and transportation major GAIL India Limited, the Indian government has agreed to the funding of $1.82-billion for the construction of a 2 539 km gas pipeline traversing the northern and eastern Indian provinces. GAIL, which had initially been apprehensive... 

Food and beverages are an important economic factor for Southern Africa.

     20th July 2016 Food & drink technology Africa, trade fair for processing, filling, packaging and logistics, will present the industry’s latest developments on September 14 and 15, 2016. The food and beverage market in the entire Southern African region is experiencing continuous growth with South Africa leading... 

Public or Private – best practice is what matters

     20th July 2016 The understanding of the term supply chain management differs between the public and private sectors.  However, whatever supply chain professionals do and wherever they are, they should be putting the customer at the centre. This is according to contributions at the recent SAPICS conference for... 

Kumba production dips 15%, sales down 26% in Q2

By: Ilan Solomons     20th July 2016 JSE-listed Kumba Iron Ore’s production decreased by 15% to 8.9-million tons in the second quarter of this year, compared with the 10.3-million tons of iron-ore produced in the second quarter of 2015. The iron-ore producer’s sales volumes also decreased by 26% to 9.6-million tons in the quarter... 

Frost & Sullivan lauds MiX Telematics’ rise as the leading provider of information and related services for mobile assets

     19th July 2016 Based on recent analysis of the telematics market, Frost & Sullivan recognises MiX Telematics as the recipient of the 2016 South African Company of the Year Award. As a leading global provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions, MiX Telematics serves a range of industries and customer... 

E-commerce a $22tn market of opportunities – Unctad

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th July 2016 The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) has unveiled a new electronic commerce (e-commerce) initiative to assist emerging economies in leveraging the rapidly growing $22.1-trillion market. The global e-commerce market has increased 38% since 2013, with business-to-business... 

Aguia advances Três Estradas phosphate project

By: Samantha Herbst     18th July 2016 Based on a positive resource update reaffirming the potential value of its flagship Três Estradas phosphate deposit, in southern Brazil, ASX-listed fertiliser developer Aguia Resources has confirmed its intention to commence with a bankable feasibility study (BFS) once additional project... 

AFC concludes debut CHF bond issue

     18th July 2016 Africa Finance Corporation, a leading pan-African multilateral development finance institution and project developer, has issued its debut senior unsecured Swiss Franc denominated bond, raising CHF 100 million with a tenor of 3 years and 150 days. The bond which pays an annual coupon of 0.85% has... 

African passport 'launched' at AU summit 

By: News24Wire      18th July 2016 Outgoing African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has managed to tick at least two big items off the to-do list she had in her term at the helm of the continental body. In her last opening speech at the AU’s heads of state on Sunday, she said the one item the AU managed to tick... 

Airbus Defence & Space believes its tactical transports are ideal for Africa

By: Keith Campbell     15th July 2016 With 57 of its twin-engined light and medium tactical transport aircraft already in service with 14 countries in Africa, Airbus Defence and Space (DS), part of the Airbus Group, believes its products are ideal to meet the continent’s needs, both regarding transport and intelligence, surveillance... 

New rail loop adds coal export capacity for Waterberg mines

By: Terence Creamer     14th July 2016 The capacity of South Africa’s coal export corridor to transport material mined in the Limpopo province’s Waterberg coalfields has been increased with the completion of a new 1.8 km passing loop at Matlabas, Transnet reports. The loop, which enables 100-wagon trains to cross without disrupting... 

UJ student-designed electrical car in top 15 at Eco-Marathon Europe 

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2016 The University of Johannesburg (UJ) Voltronics team finished 15th at the Shell Eco-Marathon Europe, held in London, earlier this month. The team’s prototype battery-electrical vehicle finished ahead of teams from France, the Netherlands, Ireland, Turkey and Spain. 

Supply chain problems can be solved through professionalisation, innovation, speed

     14th July 2016 “South Africa needs to become a hub of service, production, and capability. The only way we’re going to get there is when everybody does their part.” This is according to the opening keynote address at the recent 38th Annual SAPICS Conference and Exhibition for supply chain professionals... 

Lech-Stahlwerke GmbH places order with SMS group for expansion of bar mill 2

     14th July 2016 The expansion of bar mill 2 of Lech-Stahlwerke GmbH at the Meitingen site will be completed by SMS group (www.sms-group.com) in the fall of 2017 when the mill will go into production. The scope of supply of SMS group includes a 3-roll precision sizing block (PSM® - Precision Sizing Mill)... 

MB Crusher: The number one crusher bucket in the world told by some of the thousands customers in 72 countries

     14th July 2016 ‘’We could choose catchy words and photoshopped  images with a strong impact, but when you are sure of the quality of the products all you have to do is to talk to customers " MB CRUSHER marketing team  have begun in recent years, this interesting advertising campaign that does not leave MB to... 

AECOM Drives Expansion At Toyota Press Shop In Durban

     14th July 2016 AECOM was responsible for the engineering services for a recent expansion project undertaken by Toyota South Africa Motors at its manufacturing facility near Durban. This included a new press line with the largest press in the Southern Hemisphere. Toyota South Africa Motors recently increased the... 

India’s IBM lays down micro management systems for mines

By: Ajoy K Das     13th July 2016 India’s multidisciplinary mining industry body, Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM), has ordered dedicated sustainable development units (SDUs) at each mine or leasehold area to implement the government’s Sustainable Development Framework (SDF) though the newly instituted ‘star rating of mines’.... 

RS Components announces global distribution agreement with Fischer Connectors

     13th July 2016 RS Components, the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers, today announced it has signed a global distribution agreement with Fischer Connectors, a world leader in high-performance circular connectors and cable assembly solutions. The agreement allows the... 

Why Cape Town is home to South Africa’s most important meeting place for oil industry professionals

     12th July 2016 South Africa is a gateway to the continent, according to exhibitors and the new owner of Cape Industries Showcase 2016 One of South Africa’s key expos will bring a bigger focus on the oil and gas sector this September in Cape Town. 

Imperial acquires 70% of Sasfin Premier Logistics to create trade expert

By: Irma Venter     12th July 2016 The Imperial group said on Tuesday that it had entered into an agreement with Sasfin to acquire 70% of Sasfin Premier Logistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sasfin. Sasfin Premier Logistics would be renamed Imperial Sasfin Logistics. 

Lithium bubble floats higher as investors ignore dangers

By: Simon Rees     11th July 2016 Lithium is in a bubble and many investors have taken positions in companies with little prospect of achieving a market presence, let alone creating value, Resource Maven newsletter writer Gwen Preston told Mining Weekly Online in a recent interview. “Lithium stocks are in a bubble and many of... 

Barloworld Logistics’ supplychainforesight 2016 report reveals the universal alignment of supply chain strategies with business strategy.

     11th July 2016 Without doubt, the complex nature and fast pace of business today is forcing many business leaders to rethink their traditional approach and strategies. Notably, the adoption of new technology tools and platforms has become a business imperative. Closely related to the tech-driven transformation... 

Offering Complete Confidence, Certainty And Comfort

     11th July 2016 It is never just about supplying products or technical support to the market. It is also about implementing best practice across all companies and in particular manufacturing operations. Louis Meiring, chief executive officer of the Zest WEG Group, says that it is this operating philosophy that... 

Brockman may build own rail line to link Marillana to Port Hedland

By: Mariaan Webb     8th July 2016 Iron-ore developer Brockman Mining was considering building a railway line to link its Marillana, and later its Ophthalmia projects, in the East Pilbara, to Port Hedland, the company reported on Friday. Brockman said it had commissioned engineering group Engenium to evaluate the commercial... 

Airbus says incremental development strategy is taking shape

By: Keith Campbell     8th July 2016 With a comprehensive range of modern or modernised designs, European airliner manufacturer Airbus (part of the larger Airbus Group) is currently focused on the incremental improvement and further development of its existing airliner designs (as well as manufacturing processes and services, not... 

Airbus says incremental development strategy is taking shape

By: Keith Campbell     8th July 2016 With a comprehensive range of modern or modernised designs, European airliner manufacturer Airbus (part of the larger Airbus Group) is currently focused on the incremental improvement and further development of its existing airliner designs (as well as manufacturing processes and services, not... 

Automotive investment projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th July 2016 BMW SA, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa and Volkswagen South Africa Group are undertaking multibillion-rand investment programmes to increase capacity at their respective assembly plants. 

SA’s first public rail infrastructure

By: Jade Davenport     8th July 2016 It has been established that South Africa’s first rail-esque infrastructure was a 1.6N km oxen-operated wooden line, which was laid along Durban’s Bluff in 1856 to facilitate the conveyance of quarried sandstone for the construction of the harbour’s North Pier. However, the country did not have... 

South Africa should retain, expand and add new exporters to boost economic growth

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th July 2016 If South Africa retains 50% of its exporters in one year, the country, whose projected growth for 2016 is forecast at about 0.7%, can grow the economy by an additional half a per cent, says independent economist Dr André Gouws. Speaking at the international export/import multi-sector business and... 

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