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Western Cape's mounting rubbish problem

By: News24Wire      Updated 6 hours ago "We have a serious waste problem in the Western Cape. We are running out of landfill space," MEC for environmental affairs Anton Bredell warned in a press release. The Western Cape generated approximately three million tonnes of waste in 2017 according to the government. The City of Cape Town... 

VVIP presidential jet still an option even though defence's budget is cut by billions

By: News24Wire      18th May 2018 Despite a budget cut amounting to billions, the purchase of a VVIP presidential jet by the South African Defence Force is not off the table. In her speech in the debate about the South African Defence Force budget on Friday, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said:  "I must now report to... 

Rio-Carb appoints new Finance Manager to oversee its diversification

18th May 2018 Wear-engineering specialist Rio-Carb from Alrode in Johannesburg has appointed Iwan Pretorius as its new Financial Manager, with immediate effect. Pretorius has a BA (Psychology) from the University of Johannesburg and a BCompt (Accounting) from Unisa. He received his accreditation from the South... 

HomeFixer App launches, bringing ease to home renovations and maintenance

18th May 2018 At last an App to help fix any household related issue at the push of a button. HomeFixer was recently launched by, 2018 Namibian Rugby Captain and previous player for both the Cell C Sharks and Vodacom Bulls, and now playing for the UK Harlequins. HomeFixer is a free mobile App that puts users... 

Safety anchors installed for Maredi Telecoms maintenance project

18th May 2018 Skyriders Access Specialists (Pty) Ltd. recently installed working-at-height safety anchors to allow telecoms technicians safe access to install and maintain equipment for Maredi Telecoms in Polokwane. Maredi Telecoms is a next-generation telecoms infrastructure deployment and field services... 

Murray & Roberts Announces The Potential Combination With Aveng Limited

18th May 2018 Murray & Roberts Holdings Limited (“Murray & Roberts”) today announced a potential transaction, proposing to make an all share offer to acquire the entire issued share capital of Aveng Limited (“Aveng”), as well as to implement a solution to enable the early redemption of the Aveng convertible... 

Nuclear: “many studies have shown it is the cheapest of all energies”

18th May 2018 South Africans were never informed properly that nuclear power is not as expensive as it is made out to be, a nuclear energy expert said Thursday.

Nuclear energy expert Des Muller dismissed these and other concerns as “propaganda”. He refuted the cost issue but also took aim at corruption... 

Project Brings Sand Back to Durban’s Beaches

18th May 2018 An innovative sand pumping initiative between eThekwini Municipality and Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has successfully reinstated sand along eroded sections of Durban’s popular Golden Mile and could offer similar benefits for beaches extending further northwards. The municipality and... 

R3bn budgeted for Moloto road upgrade

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2018 The Department of Transport has this financial year set aside roughly R3-billion to upgrade the Limpopo and Mpumalanga sections of the R573 Moloto road. Over the medium term, this road project will receive R4.3-billion. 

Africa’s air traffic liberalisation journey continues, after 30 difficult years

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2018 In November 1988, the Ministers responsible for civil aviation in 40 African countries agreed a declaration on a new African air transport policy. This was immediately designated the Yamoussoukro Declaration, after the city in which it was adopted (the capital of Ivory Coast). Among other things,... 

Rope specialist introduces drones to NDT at Eskom

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     18th May 2018 Rope access specialist Skyriders has introduced the collision-tolerant Elios drones to its nondestructive (NDT) testing offering, and has started using them at State-owned power utility Eskom. The drones are part of Skyriders’ turnkey solution offering that improves the efficiency of the NDT and... 

New research group to bridge skills gap at Eskom

18th May 2018 Applied Thermo Fluid Process Modelling Research Unit (ATProM), a new research group, is building on an existing collaboration between State-owned power utility Eskom and the University of Cape Town (UCT) to provide engineers with up-to-date research and students with real-world experience while... 

Safety valves manufacturer invests in growth, celebrates 200 years

18th May 2018 European safety valves manufacturer Leser celebrates its 200th anniversary this year, with the share of its profits last year spent on the development of its facilities amounting to €35.3-million. Leser’s service and products in South Africa are offered through its sole local distributor,... 

Cranes company upgrades equipment at power stations

18th May 2018 Crane manufacturer Konecranes Southern Africa is currently working on systematically upgrading lifting equipment at State-owned power utility Eskom’s different power stations. The upgrading of the equipment includes repairing equipment that has been misused and replacing equipment that is obsolete. 

Cost-effective and lasting automatic drain valves for compressors

By: Donald Makhafola     18th May 2018 Air compressor products distributor Tru Compressor Solutions’ automatic drain valve for compressors can last up to 15 years if maintained regularly, and could save companies substantial amounts of money and downtime , says sales director Philip Botha. “Many companies neglect to open their manual... 

Africa’s air traffic liberalisation journey continues, after 30 difficult years

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2018 In November 1988, the Ministers responsible for civil aviation in 40 African countries agreed a declaration on a new African air transport policy. This was immediately designated the Yamoussoukro Declaration, after the city in which it was adopted (the capital of Ivory Coast). Among other things,... 

Toshiba signs MoUs to support African hydropower, geothermal roll-out

By: Schalk Burger     18th May 2018 Energy systems multinational Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions signed four memoranda of understanding (MoUs) to cooperate with African countries to develop hydropower and geothermal energy systems. The MoUs were signed on the sidelines of the Japan-Africa Public-Private Economic Forum, in... 

Ultra Control Valves

18th May 2018 South African valves company Ultra Control Valves (UCV) was formed by two valves industry veterans about eight years ago to fill a gap in the South African market for a specialist valves company concentrating on control valves. UCV has since earned a substantial stake in both the water and mining... 

Fuchs Lubricant opens new grease manufacturing plant in Gauteng

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th May 2018 Lubricants specialist Fuchs Lubricants South Africa (Fuchs SA), together with its parent company Fuchs Petrolub, on Wednesday launched a R125-million grease manufacturing plant at its factory, in Isando, Gauteng. The plant will allow Fuchs to manufacture specialty greases for the local market, as... 

Nordgold’s Burkina Faso exploration programme on track

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th May 2018 The 2018 exploration programme at gold producer Nordgold’s Bissa and Bouly mine, in Burkina Faso, is advancing rapidly. The mine is on track to achieve its objectives of replacing mined gold and increasing resources. 

Mondi Q1 performance strong despite maintenance shutdowns, challenging trading conditions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th May 2018 Paper and packaging multinational Mondi achieved an underlying profit of €295-million for the first quarter ended March 31 – a 15% improvement on the underlying profit of €256-million reported for the first quarter of 2017 and a 6% improvement on the €279-million reported for the fourth quarter... 

Group Five secures R650m in bridge funding

By: Irma Venter     16th May 2018 JSE-listed construction company Group Five has secured R650-million in short-term bridge funding. The company said on Wednesday that it had also entered a creditors standstill agreement with regards to the secured short-term bridge funding. 

Fogmaker fire suppression system takes the heat in the forestry industry

16th May 2018 South Africa‘s plantation area covers more than 1.5 million hectares, stretching over five provinces - Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern and Western Cape. “With the forestry industry in the summer rainfall areas nearing the fire season, forestry machinery not fitted with a fire... 

Booyco Electronic Checklist Checks All The Boxes

16th May 2018 While design developments in vehicle ergonomics continue to mitigate human error, there remains the need to ensure the safe operation of all construction, earthmoving and mining machinery. Leading electronic safety equipment supplier, Booyco Electronics has again leveraged technology to provide... 

Aurizon warns miners of train cuts

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th May 2018 Freight operator Aurizon has reportedly advised Queensland coal companies that it would ‘dramatically cut’ train movements on the Goonyella system of the Central Queensland Coal Network (CQCN). The Goonyella system connects several of Queensland’s largest metallurgical coal suppliers to the port... 

Gordhan outlines his plan for the ‘recapture’ of South Africa’s SoCs

16th May 2018 The full text of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan’s Budget Vote speech to Parliament on May 15. In it, the Minister warns that it has become evident that several State-owned companies (SOCs) will not be able to trade and borrow their way out of their financial difficulties and that some... 

Government ready to do business with the private property sector – Nxesi

By: Simone Liedtke     15th May 2018 The government is ready to do business with the private property sector to bring certainty to the market, says Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi. Delivering his Budget Vote in Parliament, on Tuesday, the Minister said market certainty would be based on market-related pricing, improved value and... 

Solar Power in your home

15th May 2018 Solar energy has exploded over the last decade with the cost of solar panels decreasing, making solar more affordable than ever. Many homeowners have already invested in this to make their homes more environmentally friendly and sustainable, but if you are still investigating the options... 

Mantashe prioritises policy, laments ‘inadequate’ budget allocation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th May 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) will make policy and legislation one of its key priorities this year and has committed to finalising the Mining Charter in June, Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday. Mantashe, who tabled the DMR’s Budget Vote in Parliament, listed the department’s... 

Denel Group CEO resigns

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th May 2018 State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced on Tuesday that its Group CEO, Zwelakhe Ntshepe, had resigned. The resignation was also with effect from Tuesday. He had been appointed Group CEO only six months ago, following two years in which he had been acting in that capacity. Ntshepe... 

Refocused enX delivers pleasing half-year results; well-positioned for future growth

15th May 2018   Revenue increases to R3.6bn from R2.4bn EBIT improves to R354.4m from R257.1m Profit before tax grows to R182.7m from R175.2m Balance sheet strengthened, and debt maturity profile extended Group well positioned for future growth Diversified JSE-listed industrial group enX today announced... 

Engen continues to walk-the-walk at Nampo 2018

15th May 2018 Billed as the biggest agricultural show in the southern hemisphere, Nampo has since its inception in 1966 provided many great moments in the recent history of South African agriculture. The annual Nampo Harvest Day is a forum for the majority of stakeholders in the agricultural sector to get... 

Angola LNG Soyo plant to shut for planned maintenance in July

By: Reuters     15th May 2018 Angola's Soyo plant, which has a capacity of 5.2-million tons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per year, will have a planned shutdown for maintenance in July, a company spokeswoman told Reuters on Tuesday. Production at the plant is expected to resume in early August, she said in an email. 

Consolidation needed to save jobs – Lonmin 

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2018 Ben Magara, the CEO of embattled mining company Lonmin, on Monday made an impassioned plea for authorities to approve the company’s consolidation plans with Sibanye-Stillwater as soon as possible, as these will generate R1.5-billion in synergies and save 20 000 vitally needed jobs. The 32... 

Sappi continues to invest in growth as Q2 performance beats expectations

By: Simone Liedtke     14th May 2018 Global diversified woodfibre company Sappi will continue to invest in its growth and has submitted an environmental approval application to expand its Saiccor mill, in KwaZulu-Natal by another 110 000 m2. Production is expected to start early in 2020, with the environmental approval expected... 

PNG LNG delivering economic promises - Oil Search

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th May 2018 ASX-listed Oil Search has maintained that the Papua New Guinea liquefied natural gas (PNG LNG) project has been beneficial to the region, despite reports suggesting otherwise. Social justice advocates Jubilee Australia has claimed that the PNG LNG project has caused increased violence in PNG as... 

Is desalination the key to our water future?

14th May 2018 Victaulic believes that alternate pipe joining systems will ensure optimal productivity of these vital projects   Recent droughts experienced have caused much of the country to be deemed somewhat of a disaster zone, and with the dreaded Day Zero imminent, the only solution appears to be a manner... 

Bridging The Gaps In The Construction Industry To Deliver A Safe And Efficient Environment To Building Users

14th May 2018 Two key events for construction professionals co-located on 16 and 17 May to form one mega-event to cater for the entire industry. Providing a safe and efficient working and living environment to building users is the ultimate goal of any construction project. Yet often the building design phase... 

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