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Bridgestone South Africa’s manufacturing plant showcases rubber innovation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th July 2018 Tyre manufacturer Bridgestone South Africa on Wednesday hosted a media tour of its 186 027 m2 manufacturing facility in Brits, North West, to showcase how its technology has evolved from the 1950s to date. Bridgestone manufactures passenger radial, light truck radial, truck and bus radial, and... 

AfriSam bolsters Western Cape prominence with technical Zeitz Museum concrete work

By: Schalk Burger     18th April 2018 Building materials company AfriSam designed and supplied specialist concrete for the construction of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, which involved the cutting away of the inside of the old grain silo at the V&A Waterfront, in Cape Town, to build the modern art museum. The museum,... 

Trams enjoy renewed interest in growing cities

By: Anine Kilian     16th March 2018 The exponential growth of cities worldwide raises many challenges for urban authorities, including reducing road traffic congestion, combating pollution, noise in cities and redeveloping urban zones. Addressing delegates during a media tour of Alstom’s La Rochelle manufacturing centre, in... 

Portuguese association says MoU with South African tooling bodies beneficial to both countries

By: Zandile Mavuso     9th February 2018 With an 85% export rate in the past year from its member companies in Portugal, Portuguese mouldmaking association Cefamol secretary-general Manuel Oliveira says the recent memorandum of understanding (MoU) it signed with South Africa’s National Toolmaking Initiative Programme (NTIP) and Tooling... 

Portuguese firm to support SA’s auto tool-making skills push

By: Zandile Mavuso     26th January 2018 With South Africa having shown growth in the automotive manufacturing sector in the past few years, integrated mould manufacturer CR Moulds laments the shortage of South Africa-based toolmaking skills to match the current positive industry growth. 

Leaf production under way at Oppama 'fairly small', but expected to grow

By: Tracy Hancock     11th September 2017 Vehicle manufacturer Nissan intends to initially produce about 140 Leaf 2 electric vehicles (EVs) a day from its Oppama mixed-model vehicle manufacturing plant in Yokohama, Japan, the company said on Thursday. Leaf production has just started at the plant, so it is currently "fairly small", but... 

Joburg Property Company showcases city’s heritage

By: David Oliveira     21st July 2017 In a R60-million renovation project, the former post office on Rissik street is being restored to its former glory as one of Johannesburg’s stand-out heritage sites. During a media tour hosted by the Johannesburg Property Company (JPC) last month, Johannesburg-based Paradigm Architects principal... 

SAB invests R2.8bn in expanding Gauteng breweries

By: Anine Kilian     11th July 2017 Multinational beverage and brewing company Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB-InBev) subsidiary South African Breweries (SAB) will invest R2.8-billion into brewery expansions, including two new packaging lines for returnable glass bottles, at its Alrode and Rosslyn breweries, in Gauteng. During a media... 

CSP projects boost South Africa’s green economy

By: Anine Kilian     25th May 2017 Global private engineering company Sener believes the 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, together with the 100 MW Ilanga and 100 MW Kathu CSP plants, will significantly contribute to South Africa’s green economy. Sener is the engineering, procurement and construction partner on... 

New Johannesburg Council Chamber to allow for greater public participation in governance

By: David Oliveira     13th December 2016 The new R340-million Johannesburg Council Chamber building, which is expected to be complete in March next year, will boast dedicated seats for the public and media. Joburg Property Company (JPC) property development senior manager Alan Dinnie on Tuesday told journalists attending a media tour... 

Sasol shows off new corporate head office 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th December 2016 The final phase of global chemicals company Sasol’s new headquarters, Sasol Place, in Sandton, its tenth floor, was commissioned on Monday. This not only houses its group executive suites, but also hosts the company’s engagement facilities. This completes the 11-storey, 47-m-tall office complex,... 

PPC unveils laboratory workings 

24th November 2016 Cement manufacturer PPC recently held a media tour to show how cement is formulated. The company’s Jupiter plant is a popular landmark and can be seen from the N3 near Heriotdale. Dylan Slater tells us more. 

Home Affairs kicks off civil records digitisation project

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd November 2016 The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) and Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) have taken the first steps in the R200-million digitisation of South Africa’s 286-million civil records – 90% of which are in paper format. DHA and Stats SA have combined their resources to digitise birth, marriage and... 

New development phase launched at gas-equipped Centurion estate

By: David Oliveira     18th November 2016 Southdowns Residential Estate, in Centurion, celebrated its tenth anniversary and the launch of its latest development phase earlier this month, which will result in the construction of 65 townhouses and 16 full-title clusters. The townhouse options include two- and three-bedroom lofts in sizes... 

Operation Khanyisa cracks down on illegal electricity connections in North West

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th October 2016 Through Operation Khanyisa, a national partnership campaign established in 2010 by power utility Eskom and other organisations to fight electricity theft, illegal connections in the North West’s Chaneng village, where electricity theft is widespread, were removed on Wednesday. North West, along... 

Renewable-energy costs rapidly decreasing – SolarReserve 

By: Anine Kilian     27th June 2016 Concentrated solar power (CSP) plants with storage systems are expected to result in lower installation costs as global deployment accelerates. Proposed projects for future development were already seeing a 30% reduction in capital costs, utility-scale solar power project developer SolarReserve... 

Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality hosts investment tour

By: David Oliveira     22nd June 2016 The Ekurhuleni municipality has given journalists insight into some of the key industrial and infrastructure developments being built in the metropolitan, including the Harambee bus-rapid transit (BRT) system and the Lords View Industrial Park. During the media tour, on Tuesday, Ekurhuleni senior... 

Renewable energy sector increasing in ELIDZ 

By: African News Agency      7th March 2016 The renewable energy sector is competing with the automotive sector in terms of investment value inside the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ), it emerged on Sunday. The trade and industry department (DTI) said in a statement Ayanda Ramncwana of the ELIDZ told a media tour organised... 

JSE punts local equity market to Asian funders ahead of China, Africa talks

By: Natalie Greve     27th November 2015 A week ahead of the second annual gathering of the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (Focac), in Johannesburg, the JSE is rolling out the proverbial red carpet for Chinese investors looking to Africa’s largest bourse for possible investment opportunities, calling attention to South Africa’s... 

Isuzu Trucks firms August sales figures but cautions of future headwinds

By: Natalie Greve     3rd September 2015 While the total sales of medium commercial vehicles in South Africa in August were hard hit by lingering economic drags, narrowing 6.3% year-on-year, Isuzu Trucks South Africa (ITSA) managed a modest uptick in its share of the truck market for the month, securing 15.5% of the market through the... 

Taiwan machining firm looks to Africa as it outlines export ambitions

By: Zandile Mavuso     17th July 2015 For the remainder of the year, Taiwan-based electrical discharge machining (EDM) company Excetek aims to distribute 95% of its global production into regions such as Africa, Asia, Europe and America. 

Skills development seen as key in expanding Africa’s machine tools footprint

By: Zandile Mavuso     17th July 2015 Fostering skills development will be key in achieving Taiwan-based machine tools company Yinsh Precision Industrial Company’s vision to expand its business to more European countries and explore the possibility of doing business in Africa. 

R1bn Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital to admit first patient in 2016 

By: Natalie Greve     22nd April 2015 A year after first breaking ground on the 238-bed, eight-theatre Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH), in Parktown, Johannesburg, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust (NMCHT) continues to advance the legacy project with a view to admitting its first young patient in the first half of... 

Octodec embarking on two multimillion-rand projects in Pretoria CBD

By: Anine Kilian     27th March 2015 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Octodec is undertaking two new development projects in the Pretoria central business district (CBD), comprising of 1 on Mutual and the Centre Forum, at a total cost of R537-million. These projects would enhance the company’s portfolio and contribute... 

Wesizwe meets next Bakubung project milestone

By: Anine Kilian     26th March 2015 Platinum development company Wesizwe Platinum this week intersected the secondary upper group two (UG2) reef at the main shaft of its Bakubung mine, on the western limb of the Bushveld Complex, and will send the samples to South Africa’s State-owned Council for Mineral Technology (Mintek) in... 

Hyundai starts local H100 assembly 

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th March 2015 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) has started rolling the 1.3 t H100 light commercial vehicle (LCV) off the newly established production line at the Commercial Vehicles Division’s assembly plant in Benoni, Gauteng. With nearly 450 of the currently imported H100 “bakkies” sold each month, the... 

Tolling of the national roads essential for maintenance 

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th March 2015 Tolling of South Africa’s national roads was essential to ensure the upkeep and maintenance of the popular trade and holiday routes, special purpose vehicle Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire said on Wednesday. Bakwena, which was responsible for 385 km of roads on the N1 and N4, was... 

Bakwena moves to revamp two of its busiest routes

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th March 2015 Two new programmes set to start this month to revamp two of the busiest roads under special purpose vehicle Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire’s responsibility were expected to enhance traffic flow and road safety upon completion. The group, as part of its 30-year concession with the South... 

N1N4 toll route to get R5bn upgrade

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th March 2015 Special purpose vehicle Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire has announced plans to inject over R5-billion into the rehabilitation and upgrade of the N1N4 toll road over the next 15 years as it reaches the midway mark of its 30-year concession with the South African National Roads Agency... 

Recovering platinum miner forging ahead

By: Samantha Herbst     15th March 2013 A one-day wildcat strike at platinum producer Lonmin’s Saffy and Newman operations on March 5 has left mine management embarrassed and disappointed, as the illegal stoppage coincided with a media tour intended to showcase the company’s road to recovery after last year’s fatal labour unrest that... 

Rail utility hopeful of meeting 77Mt coal target despite slow start

By: Terence Creamer     27th July 2012 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) is working to catch up export coal volumes lost during the first few months of its current financial year, which included a nine-day shutdown, in an effort to meet its 2012/13 budget of hauling up to 77-million tons to the privately-owned Richards Bay Coal Terminal... 

Rail utility hopeful of meeting 2012/13 coal target after slow start

By: Terence Creamer     17th July 2012 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) is working to catch up export coal volumes lost during the first few months of its current financial year, which included a nine-day shutdown, in an effort to meet its 2012/13 budget of hauling up to 77-million tons to the privately-owned Richards Bay Coal Terminal... 


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