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Mayfox becomes first E Africa miner to implement cost-control software

By: Natalie Greve     23rd April 2014 Kenyan-owned Mayfox Mining has signed an agreement with Sage Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) X3 solution provider Wingo.net for the installation of an ERP solution, which will see the gold exploration company become the first mining company in East Africa to implement Sage ERP X3. Business... 

Ixia Launches Integrated Partner Program to Accelerate Global Growth

     22nd April 2014 Channel Xcelerate offers innovative visibility solutions portfolio to speed time to revenue Dubai has announced its integrated global partner program in the region, which will help partners increase revenue while providing their customers access to an industry-leading portfolio of network... 

Changing Easter dates a case of church politicians wrestling with the moon’s motion

By: Kelvin Kemm     18th April 2014 In 2013, Easter fell at the end of March. Good Friday was March 29 and Easter Sunday March 31. In 2014, the dates shifted a lot, with Good Friday being April 18 and Easter Sunday April 20.  Churches around the world have an Easter problem, which they would like to resolve. 

Ensure fire protection provisions are made for PV installations

     18th April 2014 Given the rapidly declining cost of photovoltaic- (PV-) generated electricity globally, independence from energy suppliers, through the use of solar PV technology, is likely to become a favourable option for businesses and home owners, says China-based solar cells and modules manufacturer Talesun... 

Leon Engineering’s cost-effective DIY weighbridge innovation to address different geographical and vertical needs.

     16th April 2014 Leon Engineering is a leading European manufacturer of industrial weighbridges and scales having served the global weighing industry for over 30 years. The company’s commitment to constant innovation has catapulted it into a major player in the global weighing industry. Leon Engineering is proud... 

‘Scale Infinite’ is a huge draw at FuoriSalone 2014

     15th April 2014 A new interpretation of the extraordinary American tulipwood CLT ‘Endless Stair’ steals the spotlight in Milan ‘Scale Infinite’, the latest iteration in the life of dRMM and the American Hardwood Export Council’s award-winning tulipwood structure, has attracted significant attention at... 

Customer order fulfilment software gaining ground in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     11th April 2014 South African retail companies are responding to the way in which e-commerce is changing their engagement model with customers by improving customer engagement channels and order fulfilment intelligence, says industrial and retail software company JDA Europe, Middle East and Africa Pre-sales... 

Local manufacturers in bid to stop battery dumping by Korean companies

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2014 The South African Battery Manufacturers Association is in the process of launching an application with the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac), for protection against what it views as the dumping of Korean manufactured vehicle batteries, says Metair MD Theo Loock.... 

SA container exports expected to increase by 5% to 10% this year

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2014 Container exports from South Africa are expected to record 5% to 10% growth in 2014, following the more than 10% growth seen in 2013, says Maersk Line South Africa trade executive Matthew Conroy. Imported containerised cargo grew 5% in 2013 in South Africa. However, strong growth in the first... 

New Nissan pickup production ‘moved out’, kits supplied to Nigerian plant

By: Irma Venter     10th April 2014 Local production of a new pickup, expected to replace assembly of the NP300 Hardbody in early 2015, has been “moved out”, says Nissan South Africa (SA) MD Mike Whitfield. Nissan has suffered several delays on the global introduction of a new pickup model, set to replace the Hardbody and the Navara. 

Bridging the gaps: Leaders to map future of investments in water, sanitation and hygiene

     10th April 2014 Government ministers from 50 countries are expected this week to pledge concrete commitments to bring safe water, sanitation and hygiene to those who need it most. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will open the third biennial Sanitation and Water For All High-Level Meeting here on... 

Green economy could aid in global unemployment challenge 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th April 2014 Transitioning to a green economy can help the world mitigate rising unemployment levels, particularly at a time when youth unemployment is peaking. Globally, in 2013, 202-million people were unemployed, up five-million on the previous year, said International Labour Organization (ILO) Green Jobs... 

SA labour a concern as Ford mulls growing production in Africa, Middle East

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2014 Labour stability in South Africa was not a Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) issue, or even an automotive industry issue, but a “country discussion”, said Ford Motor Company (FMC) Europe, Middle East and Africa president Stephen Odell on Wednesday. Odell said Ford was closely... 

Orica secures BEE partner, set to expand African footprint

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th April 2014 ASX-listed global commercial explosives and mining and tunnelling ground support provider Orica and South Africa-headquartered investment group Reindus Holdings have partnered to further Orica Mining Services South Africa’s (OMSSA's) African expansion ambitions. The venture, in which Reindus... 

Exports of U.S. hardwood lumber and veneer to South Africa reach USD 10.79 million in 2013

     3rd April 2014 AHEC reveals new outreach strategy for the region ahead of its participation at ‘Dubai WoodShow 2014’ Total exports of U.S. hardwood lumber and veneer South Africa reached USD 10.79 million for the year 2013, according to a statement issued by the American Hardwood Export Council, the leading... 

IS, Infinera partner to deliver 500 Gb/s super-channels

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd April 2014 Telecommunications solutions provider Internet Solutions (IS) has deployed 500 Gb/s super-channels, using optical network supplier Infinera’s intelligent transport network, across a 2 000 km long-distance optic-fibre network in South Africa, IS chief technology officer Prenesh Padayachee said on... 

Simmering geopolitical hot spots pose risk to energy stability

By: Jeremy Wakeford     28th March 2014 The tensions between the West and Russia, sparked by the political turmoil in Ukraine, carry echoes of Cold War geopolitics. But, in today’s world, energy often lies at the heart of geopolitical manoeuvrings. Conflicts over energy resources – particularly oil and gas – often given rise to... 

Looking for low-cost diesel locos? Come to Pretoria, says RRL Grindrod Locomotives

By: Irma Venter     27th March 2014 The world’s lowest-cost diesel-electric locomotive was not made in China, but in Pretoria, at RRL Grindrod Locomotives’ newly upgraded 30 000 m2 plant. The company’s locomotive pricing was “more competitive than any other original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in the world”, said RRL Grindrod... 

SA battery manufacturers turn to Itac, Metair laments costly strikes

By: Irma Venter     25th March 2014 The South African Battery Manufacturers Association was in the process of launching an application with the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac), for protection against what it viewed as the dumping of Korean manufactured vehicle batteries, said Metair MD Theo... 

ADSOFTWARE Vertical solutions attract Aerolys, Air et Compagnie and Air Kbz.

     25th March 2014 The European IT & Software Excellence Awards 2014 have selected ADSoftware as a finalist in the Vertical Market Solution category. A timely recognition that comes together with ADSoftware signing three very distinct new customers in the aviation industry market. A large number of solutions... 

DMCC signs MoU with World Diamond Mark

     24th March 2014 Dubai Multi Commodities Centre, Dubai’s and the region’s global gateway for commodity trade and enterprise, and World Diamond Mark have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to increase sustainable consumer appeal and confidence in diamonds and the jewellery industry. WDM, a non-profit... 

Zahid Tractor’s Rental Division Sells First BAUER BG39 Drilling Rig

     20th March 2014 Zahid Tractor’s Rental Division has sold the first BAUER BG39 drilling rig in the Middle East to HUTA Foundation Works Co. to be used for the Madinah Holy Mosque expansion. As a result, the BAUER Group has presented the Rental Division with the Sales Appreciation Award 2013 for outstanding sales... 

Altech Fleetcall

     14th March 2014 Telecommunications company Altech Fleetcall, which was established in 1993, is a provider of trunking, push to talk, digital mobile radios for the transport, mining, security and emergency services industries.  The company was acquired by Altech in March 2009 and is based at 1282 Heuwel Avenue,... 

International units underpin M&R’s current and future growth prospects

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2014 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R), a company synonymous with the South African construction industry, is increasingly deriving the bulk of its earnings from offshore operations, while its future fortunes are also increasingly tied to non-South African prospects, especially in the global natural... 

Real-time operational intelligence changes operations

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th March 2014 Global manufacturing, industrial and mining operations are benefitting from new technology that analyses operations, detects and predicts faults and communicates with technicians using mobile devices and applications from America-based manufacturer and supplier General Electric. General Manager:... 

World to face water scarcity by 2050

By: Carina Borralho     7th March 2014 The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development estimates that, by 2050, more than 60% of the population in Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, China and South Africa, will live under severe water stress. “Unless powerful measures are taken to boost water productivity, we run the risk of... 

Container exports to grow further, imports to remain flat – Maersk

By: Irma Venter     5th March 2014 Container exports from South Africa were expected to record 5% to 10% growth in 2014, following the more than 10% growth seen in 2013, said Maersk Line South Africa trade executive Matthew Conroy on Wednesday. Imported containerised cargo grew 5% in 2013 in South Africa. However, strong growth in... 

Global real estate landscape enters new era

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th March 2014 As confidence returns to the real estate industry following the global financial crisis, the industry needs to gear up to adapt to a “fundamental shift” that will “shape its future” over the next six years, a new report by professional services firm PwC revealed on Tuesday. The ‘Real Estate 2020:... 

BYOD Policies are Changing as Mobility Becomes a Critical Factor in Organisational Efficiency and Profitability

     28th February 2014 In a recent Chief Information Officers survey  conducted in Middle East, India and Africa, when asked what will be the 'next big thing' that will impact the role of the CIO the resounding answer was mobility. Not only does mobility drive efficiencies, it also causes a major shift in IT structures... 

Remedies mulled as SA autocat sector’s survival becomes uncertain

By: Irma Venter     28th February 2014 Magneti Marelli South Africa is closing its doors. The Gauteng-based catalytic converter manufacturer, family of the Italian Magneti Marelli conglomerate, will halt production at the end of February, and shut down finally at the end of April. 

Keystone pipeline Gulf Coast expansion project, Canada and the US

By: Sheila Barradas     28th February 2014 TransCanada has welcomed the US Department of State’s latest environmental analysis of the Keystone pipeline Gulf Coast expansion project. 

Hannans says third party conducting due diligence at Swedish project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th February 2014 ASX-listed Hannans said on Thursday that a third party was granted an exclusive right to conduct a due diligence on its Rakkuri iron project, near Kiruna, in Sweden. The period of exclusivity ends on September 1. Hannans said it had received interest from “a number” of parties regarding... 

Denel Tells Parliament Of Its ‘Transition From Good To Great’

     26th February 2014 Denel’s successful financial turnaround and its strong record of delivery on major products and projects in support of South Africa’s national defence will feature prominently in its presentation to Parliament today. “We are telling Parliament about the achievements of a state-owned-company that... 

Fujitsu to Support Dynamic Expansion Plans at Dubai’s Modern Bakery

     26th February 2014 News facts: Modern Bakery to gain real-time insight into relevant business data with the SAP HANA platform running on Fujitsu infrastructure Integrated platform to help provide streamlined sales, financial and other business processes Modern Bakery’s decision shows that Fujitsu’s solutions for... 

MTN eyes African business expansion in a ‘new world’ of business

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th February 2014 MTN Business has entered an “exciting” era as the telecommunications group shifts from being a predominantly mobile operator to becoming an end-to-end integrated technology solutions provider in a “new world” of business. MTN aimed to distinguish its rapidly evolving enterprise business unit from... 

Spike in interest in oil and gas exploration

By: Kim Cloete     24th February 2014 Interest in oil and gas exploration, both offshore and onshore, in South Africa is set to spike over the next five years, with improvements in technology and a need for an alternative to the unstable Middle East providing more opportunities locally, says Petroleum Agency SA (Pasa). Pasa resource... 

IPP Peaking Projects scoop top honours

     21st February 2014 Investec secures second African Power Deal of the Year award for 2013 Another South African energy deal took the limelight this year at the Euromoney Project Finance Magazine awards held in London on 20 February as the Department of Energy’s large scale independent power producer Peaking Projects... 

Global group has sector with urban focus

By: Keith Campbell     21st February 2014 With the world’s top 600 cities (with populations of 600 000 or greater) responsible for more than 50% of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP), urban infrastructure is a major focus for German-based global engineering and technology group Siemens. “This is one of the fastest growing sectors... 

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