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Khalladi wind farm project, Morocco

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd October 2015 The project involves the construction of a 120 MW wind farm on the ridge of the Jbel Sendouq, 50 km east of Tangiers. 

BASF opens construction chemicals production facility in Lagos, Nigeria

     16th October 2015 BASF yesterday inaugurated its new production plant for concrete admixtures in Lagos, Nigeria. The production site is BASF’s answer to the increasing demand for construction chemicals in western Africa. BASF produces standard and custom-made performance concrete additives, so-called admixtures,... 

Ceuta and Melilla – the European Union in Africa

By: Riaan de Lange     16th October 2015 What a difference a week makesI When I was preparing last week’s column, I wanted to head for the hills, but then I already was in the mountains – in Spain, as you would recall from last week’s instalment of this column. This week, I am readying myself to board a ferry and sail from the city of... 

Innovation key to tackling continent’s challenges

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th October 2015 Local innovation will undoubtedly provide solutions to many of the challenges faced by Africa, as it sets the tone for progress and enables businesses to gain a competitive advantage, create additional jobs and change peoples’ lives. Speaking as part of a panellist discussion on innovation in... 

GIBB to expand environmental solutions footprint through acquisition

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th September 2015 Engineering consulting firm GIBB has acquired environmental solutions consultancy Strategic Environmental Focus (SEF), more than doubling the size of its environmental team. GIBB environmental services sector GM Dr Urishanie Govender said the move enabled the company to deliver broader... 

GIBB acquires Strategic Environmental Focus (SEF) – A Partnership geared towards a sustainable future

     29th September 2015 GIBB, South Africa’s largest black-owned multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firm, has announced the acquisition of environmental solutions consultancy, Strategic Environmental Focus. The transaction ushers in South Africa’s strongest environmental offering in the engineering fraternity.... 

Agriculture and energy offer some of the most attractive investments in Africa

     22nd September 2015 As well as analysing the most attractive investment destinations in Africa Rand Merchant Bank’s Where to Invest in Africa 2015/2016 report also addresses two of the most under-invested sectors on the continent - power and energy - and looks at the opportunities they offer to investors. In many... 

South Africa tops list for Africa investment destinations

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st September 2015 South Africa retained its position as the most attractive investment destination in Africa, despite a reduction in its score owing to a weaker business environment and a faltering business outlook, Rand Merchant Bank’s (RMB’s) Where to Invest in Africa 2015/16 report has revealed. Egypt... 

Royal Bafokeng Nation hosts second annual East West and Africa Women’s Forum in Phokeng, Rustenburg

     8th September 2015 Under the Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen Mother of The Royal Bafokeng Nation, Dr. Semane Bonolo Molotlegi, Royal Bafokeng Nation today welcomed a delegation of female leaders from around Africa, the Middle East and the West, to the second annual East West and Africa Women’s Forum in Phokeng,... 

Earthmoving machinery parts supplier to showcase new products

By: Nadine James     4th September 2015 Earthmoving machinery spare parts manufacturer Malika Overseas will display a new range of replacement parts for backhoe loaders, originally manufactured by industrial equipment manufacturers JCB, Caterpillar and Case, at this year’s BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA international trade fair, which will take... 

Oil and gas expo aims to discuss and mitigate industry challenges

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th September 2015 International and African key decision-makers in the oil and gas industry have confirmed their attendance at the yearly Africa Oil & Gas Expo 2015, which will take place on September 8 and 9 at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg. They will discuss the latest developments and... 

Elle Rising Star Design Award embraces Africa

     24th August 2015 From the Mother City to Morocco, finalists in this year’s ELLE Rising Star Design Award in association with MRP have embraced the power of 21st-century African fashion and of digital technology, says ELLE Editor Emilie Gambade. Entries for the competition have almost doubled this year, with a... 

The roles of aviation in supporting mining 

By: Keith Campbell     21st August 2015 Mining depends on infrastructure – so much so that mining companies sometimes have to build and operate their own railways, ports and power stations in parts of the world in which such essentials are nonexistent or woefully inadequate. And those parts of the world tend to be rather isolated or... 

Successful independent renewable-energy projects boosting industry regionally

By: Dylan Slater     31st July 2015 The South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has proven to be so successful in South Africa that the same model could be replicated across Africa, especially amid the current drive towards using cleaner sources of energy, says Sandton-based law... 

African asset market offering key opportunities for intl investors – PwC

By: Natalie Greve     30th July 2015 As African economies advance their “aggressive” expansion, boosting demand for financial services products such as pensions, life insurance products and retail investment funds and drawing more consumers into the formal financial sector, traditional assets under management (AuM) in 12 key markets... 

African cities highlighted as cities of opportunity, but Joburg will fall short 

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th July 2015 The emerging social order will see Africa build its megacities; however, South Africa’s economic powerhouse, Johannesburg, would likely fall to the wayside as other emerging cities on the continent take the stage as “cities of opportunity”. Africa was poised to unlock 12 megacities and 100 new... 

Iata highlights aviation opportunities for Namibia

By: Keith Campbell     24th July 2015 Namibia would see significant economic benefits if the country, along with some other African states, implemented the Yamoussoukro Decision on liberalising intra-African air transport. So concludes a report by independent economics consultancy InterVISTAS, commissioned by the International Air... 

Strong African aviation growth predicted by US manufacturer

By: Keith Campbell     17th July 2015 US aerospace giant Boeing predicts, in its latest commercial market forecast, that over the next 20 years Africa (excluding Egypt, which the manufacturer includes in the Middle East) will need 1 170 new aeroplanes, worth $160-billion. VP: Boeing International - Africa Miguel Santos stressed to... 

Lake Turkana wind power project, Kenya

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd July 2015 Kenya's Lake Turkana wind power project aims to start supplying as much as 90 MW of electricity as early as September 2016. 

The origins of the word ‘tariff’

By: Riaan de Lange     26th June 2015 One of my passions in life is to study and uncover the origin of words, especially those that pertain to international trade – international trade terminology, if you will. In earlier columns I explored the origins of, besides others, 'duty', ,tax' and 'levy'. I am astounded that international... 

Ample work opportunities in Africa, especially in power infrastructure

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th June 2015 There are abundant project opportunities for consulting engineers in Africa, as many countries on the continent are embarking on power generation infrastructure development projects, says multinational consulting engineering firm SMEC South Africa (SMEC SA), which expanded its services in 2013 to... 

Italian manufacturer Corazza highlights demand for stock cubes in W Africa

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd June 2015 Africa was an important, continuously growing market, presenting opportunities to attract new potential customers, said Italian packaging machine manufacturer Corazza area sales manager for West and North Africa Paolo Valmori. He told Engineering News Online on Monday at Africa’s largest food and... 

S Africa key to German tool manufacturer’s Africa growth

By: Pimani Baloyi     19th June 2015 South Africa remains an important market and source of revenue for Germany-headquartered machine tools manufacturer Robert Bosch Power Tools, says Southern Africa regional sales director Yugan Moodley. “South Africa contributed about 60% of Bosch’s Africa-based turnover in 2014 and we are... 

Spanish renewables group showcases solutions in SA

By: Anine Kilian     19th June 2015 Engineering and technology group Sener showcased its active renewable energy solutions at an event sponsored by the Spanish Embassy in South Africa in Pretoria, Gauteng, last month. Sener has been working in South Africa since 2013, when it started construction on the 50 MW Bokpoort thermosolar... 

Kasbah raises cash and adapts strategy to lower tin price

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th June 2015 Tin developer Kasbah Resources announced on Tuesday it would raise A$3-million to advance its Achmmach mine, in Morocco, despite taking the decision not to hunt for project financing given the current low metal prices. The company reported that it had received firm commitments from major... 

Saudi power group poised to make coal IPP bid, as it sets 5 000 MW regional target 

By: Terence Creamer     5th June 2015 Power plant developer and owner ACWA Power, of Saudi Arabia, is aiming to develop a 5 000 MW portfolio of renewable-energy and conventional generation assets in Southern Africa by 2025 and reports that it is ready to bid into South Africa’s upcoming Coal Baseload Independent Power Producer (IPP)... 

Blazer admits accepting bribe for SA to host 2010 SWC

By: News24Wire      4th June 2015 Ailing former FIFA official Chuck Blazer admits that he and others accepted bribes before the votes that gave the 1998 World Cup to France and the 2010 World Cup to South Africa, according to newly unsealed US court documents. A former FIFA executive committee member, Blazer confessed to taking... 

Degremont

     1st June 2015 Degrémont and all companies of the Group now operate under the brand SUEZ environnement and continues to expand winning six new contracts in Africa. Degrémont has strengthened its presence in Africa, winning four new water treatment plant construction and refurbishment contracts worth a total of... 

Case Declares Intermat 2015 Show a Success

     19th May 2015 Case Construction Equipment attracted a large number of visitors on its stand, which remained crowded throughout the duration of the Intermat 2015 show. The brand showcased its full line of industry leading equipment, introduced important new products and technologies, and offered new ways of... 

S African invention among innovation prize winners

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th May 2015 Researcher Adnane Remmal on Thursday won the $100 000 grand prize in the African Innovation Foundation’s (AIF’s) Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) awards, for his work that sought to provide African farmers with a solution to improve livestock production while taking into account consumer health... 

Morocco desalination plant

By: Sheila Barradas     1st May 2015 Mott MacDonald has been appointed lender’s technical adviser by the SEDA special-purpose vehicle for the development of the desalination plant. 

Schneider Electric announces the Top 12 teams of the Go Green in the City 2015 Student Competition

     28th April 2015 • 12 teams from 12 countries have been selected to participate in the final phase of the challenge • Finalists will present their case study on June 24th at Schneider Electric’s headquarters in France Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, announces today... 

Generator sets gain significant fuel savings

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th April 2015 Integrated generator set (genset) manufacturer Cummins Africa has launched the QSK95 series – a new range of high-horsepower gensets to help industrial and mining customers across Africa lower their fuel costs and reduce their environmental impact. “The QSK95 gensets are Cummins Power... 

African Ministers call for strong universal climate agreement 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th April 2015 Ministers from governments across Africa have renewed their call for a strong, new universal climate-change agreement and increased flows of funds, including through market and finance opportunities, sufficient to fulfil Africa’s development aspirations, at the day-long ministerial segment at... 

Africa could use trade to accelerate growth, development – WTO

By: Sashnee Moodley     9th April 2015 World Trade Organisation (WTO) director-general Roberto Azevêdo says more effort is needed to help developing countries, particularly those in Africa, use trade as a means to leverage growth and development.  

Nuclear power has advantages for Africa, atomic agency head avers

By: Keith Campbell     3rd April 2015 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is committed to helping all African countries seeking to adopt nuclear energy. This assurance was recently given by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano. "Nuclear power has obvious advantages for countries in Africa," he said. "Africa is a high priority... 

The next chapter in Africa’s oil and gas story

     3rd April 2015 By Alan Morgan Africa is more democratised and decentralised than ever before. There is a new wave of companies that have started to explore new ways of communicating and interacting with local people. What might others learn from this? Late last month, in London, a high-profile group of African... 

Africa installed nearly 1 GW of wind power in 2014 – report 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd April 2015 Africa installed nearly 1 GW of wind power for the first time in 2014 and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) expects the market to expand even faster in 2015, led by South Africa, Egypt and Morocco. Speaking during the release of the ‘Global Wind Report: Annual Market Update’, GWEC secretary... 

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