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Ismail Mapara

15th May 2015 Ishmael Mapara is MD of 3M South Africa and the Southern African Development Community region. 3M is a science- and technology-based company that produces thousands of products for the consumer, safety and graphics, electronics and energy, healthcare and industrial markets. 

Gold demand remains stable – WGC

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th May 2015 Gold demand for the first three months of this year was 1 079 t, down 11 t, compared with the first quarter of 2014, the World Gold Council (WGC) said in its latest ‘Demands Trends’ report, released on Wednesday.  In value terms, gold demand in the first quarter was $42-billion, down 7% compared... 

Westcon recovery boosts Datatec to new heights 

By: Schalk Burger     13th May 2015 The recovery of networking and data centre division Westcon helped to boost the revenue of holding company Datatec by 13.3% to $6.4-billion and operating profit by 9.1% to $726.5-million for the year ended February 28. Westcon’s revenue grew by 19% year-on-year to $4.85-billion, while its gross... 

High-quality iron-ore from Anglo’s low-cost Minas-Rio set to leverage price premium

By: Martin Creamer     12th May 2015 The iron-ore that Anglo American is producing at low cost in the hills of Conceicao do Mato Dentro is meeting growing market demand for better quality, low-contaminant ore, visiting international mining journalists heard on Monday. Minas-Rio’s pellet feed iron-ore products, which are transported... 

Air freight helping to change and grow Africa

By: Keith Campbell     8th May 2015 Largely unnoticed, air freight has come to have a pervasive influence on the lives of people, the prosperity of enterprises and the growth of nations. “Look around any household and you will see the influence of air cargo,” International Air Transport Association (Iata) director-general and CEO... 

Air freight helping to change and grow Africa

By: Keith Campbell     8th May 2015 Largely unnoticed, air freight has come to have a pervasive influence on the lives of people, the prosperity of enterprises and the growth of nations. “Look around any household and you will see the influence of air cargo,” International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General and CEO... 

Ballooning demand moving water up business risk agenda 

By: Natalie Greve     7th May 2015 At the current pace, global demand for water will increase by 55% by 2050, moving concerns around sustained water supply up the business risk agenda, a recent report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has revealed. This finding came coupled with the conclusions of a... 

SA boasts world’s ninth-largest recoverable coal reserves – US report 

By: Natalie Greve     4th May 2015 Validating the South African government’s policy decision to retain coal as a central bastion of its diversified energy mix, a recent report by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has affirmed the extent of the country’s coal deposits, noting that the Southern African country holds the... 

Real-time database techniques can empower emergency services

By: Schalk Burger     1st May 2015 The importance of timeously supplying the correct information to the right people is crucial to the effectiveness of emergency and security services, and these first responders can gain significant value from real-time databases, says German database giant SAP Public Security Europe, Middle East,... 

Japanese electronics group officially relaunches brand in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     1st May 2015 Japanese electronics company Panasonic officially relaunched its brand in South Africa at a media briefing in Johannesburg last month and aims to reclaim its status as a household name in the country. While Panasonic has kept a low profile in recent years, this is set to change, with major plans... 

The ‘third platform’ could revolutionise MEA’s economies

30th April 2015 By Anish Kanaran, Channel Director for Epicor in the Middle East, Africa & India There are a new generation of technologies emerging in business that promise greater levels of responsiveness and agility than ever before. Each of them has the potential to provide companies with the tools to offer... 

Floods, power outages curb Moma output

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th April 2015 Amid difficult operating conditions associated with power outages and floods during the quarter ended March 31, Mozambique-based mineral sand miner Kenmare Resources mined 3.21-million tonnes of ore at a grade of 5.85% and produced 144 500 t of heavy minerals concentrate (HMC) at its Moma mine.... 

Egypt, power group sign MoU to develop 65 MWp solar PV plant

By: Natalie Greve     29th April 2015 Access Power MEA, a developer, owner and operator of power assets in the Middle East and Africa, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy (MERE), which will see the development of a 65 MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, in... 

Alcatel-Lucent appoints Ramy Hashem as Country Senior Officer for Ghana

29th April 2015 Alcatel-Lucent strengthens presence in key market for the Africa region as the company pursues The Shift Plan transformation as a specialist in IP, cloud and ultra-broadband accessAccra, Ghana, April 27, 2015-  Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has appointed Ramy Hashem, as Country... 

Golder Associates appoints new CEO

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th April 2015 Global consulting and engineering firm Golder Associates has appointed Dr Hisham Mahmoud as president and CEO. Mahmoud’s career spanned some 27 years, the majority of which was spent working at diversified global engineering and construction companies. 

Fortinet Becomes The Only Network Security Provider to Protect Enterprises Against Threats at Every Possible Entry Point with New Data Center and Endpoint Solutions

28th April 2015 Launches New FortiGate 3000 series and an Enhanced FortiClient Endpoint Solutions at GISEC Deliver Advanced Protection from Cyber Threats, from the Inside Out. Fortinet® - a global leader in high-performance cyber security solutions, is protecting customers at every entry point into the network... 

DuPont introduces innovative new painting technology

24th April 2015 DuPont Titanium Technologies, the largest global manufacturer of titanium dioxide, announced today that it is expanding its innovative product range throughout Africa.  The company is launching Ti-Pure® One Coat™ at the Coatings For Africa show this week – now allowing importers in the African... 

SA mobile competition starting to ease

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th April 2015 Competition in South Africa’s mobile market is starting to ease, global ratings firm Standard & Poor’s (S&P’s) Paris-based telecoms and technology director for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region Mark Habib said this week. Speaking to Engineering News Online during a visit to South Africa,... 

GM’s new appointment highlights growing importance of Africa

By: Irma Venter     24th April 2015 General Motors (GM) has announced the appointment of Ian Nicholls as president and MD of GM’s South Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and Israel operations, effective June 1. GM says the move is part of the company’s consolidation of its Africa and Middle East operations. 

Are we ready for a new breed of CIO?

22nd April 2015 By Stuart Scanlon, sales director for New Era Solutions, Epicor value-added reseller. The role of Chief Information Officer (CIO) first had a presence on the board of organisations in the eighties when companies, mainly in North America, such as Bank of America and American Airlines, first... 

Global energy sector faces transformation, challenges

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd April 2015 Globally, the power industry is facing a perfect storm of unprecedented challenges and companies failing to stay ahead of the curve face an uncertain future, PwC said on Wednesday. As South Africa – and the world’s – power sector rapidly transformed, new business and market models would need to... 

Hidrostank Access Chambers In Panama Canal

22nd April 2015 HIDROSTANK has supplied innovative reinforced polypropylene chambers to the expansion works of the Panama CANAL, one of the great engineering feats of the XXI century. In August 2009, the Panama Canal Authority awarded the design and construction of the third set of locks in the Panama Canal to... 

Cortec® Middle East Gears Up To Support Drilling Companies For Rig Stacking!

22nd April 2015 Drilling companies are in a precarious position right now as they often rely upon antiquated rig stacking procedures to minimize the impact of idle times.   During these down times, drilling operators attempt to minimize labor, equipment, and other costs without compromising their “rebound... 

V&A Waterfront to invest R380m in new hotel

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd April 2015 The V&A Waterfront, in Cape Town, will invest R380-million in the construction of a new Radisson Red hotel, in its Silo District. Developed and funded by the V&A Waterfront, the 235-room hotel, which would open by end-2016, would also mark the first of its kind in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. 

HE Dr Ahmed Albanna, Director of African Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Speaks at Opening of Dubai Diamond Conference 2015

21st April 2015 • Speech focused on growing importance of U.A.E.-Africa relations • FNC Chairman Mohammed Ahmed Al-Murr attended as Guest of Honour • Herman Van Rompuy, former president of the European Union, delivered keynote address • Dubai Diamond Trade Valued at $30 billion The Dubai Diamond Conference,... 

Rooftop solar is the way forward – power management company

By: Dylan Slater     17th April 2015 The large-scale exploitation and rapid implementation of rooftop solar power for commercial buildings and households would bring drastic relief from South Africa’s current electricity woes, says power management solutions company Eaton.  

Metair consolidates Turkey as battery R&D hub, targets output scale-up

By: Irma Venter     17th April 2015 Automotive component manufacturer and distributor Metair is centralising its research and development (R&D) work in Turkey, in an attempt to bolster the company’s ability to produce affordable start/stop batteries. The new R&D centre is part of an expansion plan in which Metair aims to build its... 

Tru-Cape launches distribution hub for Africa in City Deep, Johannesburg

By: Tracy Hancock     16th April 2015 South Africa’s largest distributor of apples and pears Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing on Thursday officially launched a more than 4 000 m2 depot in City Deep, Johannesburg, to service sub-Saharan Africa. “As apples and pears are not grown to the North of our borders, City Deep, Johannesburg, is a... 

Digital radio switchover gains traction worldwide

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th April 2015 As South Africa trialed two potential standards as the digital replacement for current analogue radio broadcasting in the AM and FM/VHF bands, much of Europe and the Asia Pacific had gained traction in the switchover to digital radio through the DAB+ standard. This emerged during the Southern... 

Goldman Sachs bullish on South Africa as favourable investment destination 

By: Martin Creamer     15th April 2015 Leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm Goldman Sachs is bullish on South Africa, which it regards as a favourable destination for fund managers because of the depth of its capital market and the scarcity of other emerging market options. Goldman Sachs... 

The Abraaj Group appoints Huda Al Lawati as Partner

15th April 2015 The Abraaj Group (“Abraaj” or “the Group”), a leading investor operating in global growth markets, today announced the appointment of Huda Al Lawati as a Partner and Chief Investment Officer for the Middle East and North Africa region. Ms. Al Lawati was previously a Managing Director at Abraaj... 

Australia's Waratah Resources to launch Islamic commodities venture

By: Reuters     15th April 2015 Sydney-based Waratah Resources Limited plans to launch an Islamic commodities trading business as it shifts focus from Asian markets to the Middle East, the company said in a statement. The move adds to a growing number of firms keen to tap into an Islamic finance market that is developing... 

Safmarine supports decision to curtail Spanish threat to SA citrus exports

By: Tracy Hancock     14th April 2015 International shipping business Safmarine, a member of the Maersk group, has come out in support of ceasing citrus exports to Spain, with MD Dirk Hoffmann noting that it was a sign of solidarity and that the decision would, in the long term, benefit the company as it protected exports to Europe.... 

Fortinet to Focus on Advanced Threat Protection at GISEC 2015

14th April 2015 Fortinet® a global leader in high-performance cyber security - today announced that it will be present at the Gulf Information Security Expo & Conference , the Middle East’s essential IT Security Knowledge Platform, taking place from April 26 to 28, 2015 at the Dubai World Trade and Convention... 

GDF SUEZ and SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT sign a solar-powered seawater desalination research contract in Abu Dhabi

10th April 2015 At the World Future Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, a research contract to study seawater desalination using solar power was signed by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, GDF SUEZ and SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT in the presence of Ségolène Royal,... 

Bulk liquid storage specialist signs $60m contract

10th April 2015 Multinational energy infrastructure-focused company CB&I was last month awarded a $60-million contract by JGSK – a joint venture between global engineering company JGC Corporation and general contractor SK Engineering & Construction. The project scope includes the engineering, procurement,... 

Flooring companies collaborate for global business growth

10th April 2015 Seamless industrial and commercial flooring manufacturer Flowcrete Group, a subsidiary of RPM International, seems to be growing from strength-to-strength, having won the RPM 2014 Connections Creating Value Award in December last year for its collaborative efforts with other RPM International... 

Metair sets ambitious battery production target following global acquisitions

By: Irma Venter     10th April 2015 Automotive component manufacturer and distributor Metair has a target to build its vehicle battery production capacity to 50-million batteries a year within the next five years, says MD Theo Loock. Current capacity is 11-million batteries a year. 

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