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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... 

Global, S African average connection speeds remain flat in Q4

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st April 2015 South Africa was the only country in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (Emea) region that failed to maintain an average connection speed above the 4 Mb/s level in the fourth quarter of 2014, the latest ‘Akamai State of the Internet’ report revealed on Wednesday. Barring South Africa, which... 

Pura Vida to press play in Morocco

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     30th March 2015 SX-listed junior Pura Vida Energy was gearing up to spud its first well at Mazagan permit, offshore Morocco, by April, with the company also advancing negotiations with potential farm-in partners over its offshore Gabon assets. At the start of 2013, Pura Vida inked a farm-in agreement with US... 

South Africa Climate Innovation Center kicks off its national program and joins the World Bank’s global network of innovation centers

     25th March 2015 The Climate Innovation Center South Africa will kick off its national program with a world-class conference on Green Technologies and Innovations for Inclusive Growth on March 25 and 26. The scaled-up CIC South Africa is the newest member of the World Bank/infoDev’s global network of Climate... 

AfDB supporting more countries to advance climate-smart initiatives

By: Sashnee Moodley     20th March 2015 Through its climate investment fund (CIF), the African Development Bank (AfDB) now supports one regional and 25 national investment plans across Africa. 

Nuclear power has advantages for Africa

By: Keith Campbell     18th March 2015 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is committed to helping all African countries seeking to adopt nuclear energy. This assurance was given by IAEA director general Yukiya Amano on Wednesday. "Nuclear power has obvious advantages for countries in Africa," he said. "Africa is a high... 

Kasbah improves Achmmach economics

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th March 2015 An enhanced definitive feasibility study (DFS) into the Achmmach tin mine, in Morocco, has delivered a 35% increase to the project’s net present value (NPV), while reducing expected preproduction capital costs by 18%. The 2014 DFS had estimated that a capital investment of $181-million would be... 

North African cities offer greatest opportunity – PwC

By: Natalie Greve     17th March 2015 A report by professional services firm PwC investigating Africa’s most “dynamic” and “future-focused” cities has identified North African cities Cairo, in Egypt, Tunis, in Tunisia, Algiers, in Algeria, and Casablanca, in Morocco, as well as South Africa’s Johannesburg as those offering the... 

Political instability in oil-producing regions a risk to emerging market investment – report

By: Natalie Greve     5th March 2015 Topping the list of political risks facing emerging market investors is the increasing instability in already-fragile oil-producing countries such as Iran, Iraq, Libya, Russia and Venezuela as a consequence of the low oil price, Aon Risk Solutions’ 2015 Political Risk Map revealed this week.... 

AfDB supports more countries to advance climate-smart initiatives

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th February 2015 Through its climate investment fund (CIF), the African Development Bank (AfDB) now supports one regional and 25 national investment plans across Africa. 

Global crude steel production at 133 Mt for January

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th February 2015 Global crude steel production decreased by 2.9% year-on-year to 133-million tonnes in January, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) said on Friday. Of the 65 countries reporting to the association, China had the highest crude steel production for the month, with 65.5-million tonnes, a 4.7%... 

More accurate digital migration progress database to be established

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th February 2015 On June 16, 2006, hundreds of countries agreed to a June 17, 2015, deadline to switch off their analogue transmissions; however, insufficient tabs had been kept on the status of the countries’ transition to digital broadcasting and a new platform has been proposed by the International... 

Pura Vida raises cash

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th February 2015 Emerging oil explorer Pura Vida Energy is hoping to raise A$4-million through a share placement, as the company starts a drilling campaign offshore Morocco. The junior reported on Friday that it would issue about 11.15-million shares, at 36c each, to raise the capital. 

Global wind generation capacity grows by record 44% in 2014

By: Natalie Greve     11th February 2015 After a slowdown in 2013, the wind industry set a new record for yearly installations in 2014, adding 51 477 MW of wind generating capacity globally, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has revealed. The record-setting figure, which brought total cumulative installations to 369 553 MW,... 

World economy doing better than one might think – expert 

By: Kim Cloete     10th February 2015 Despite two huge global disturbances – the burst of the technology bubble and what’s become known as the Great Recession in 2008/9 – world GDP growth has been stronger in the past decade than in the prior two decades. “The world economy has been stronger than many people seem to believe. It’s not... 

Good and bad news for SA in international open government report

By: Keith Campbell     30th January 2015 To start: absolutely nothing justified the murderous attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo or on a kosher supermarket, in Paris, early this month. Both were expressions of murderous bigotry. (Alas, bigots are to be found everywhere, but, fortunately, most are not killers.) Of... 

India revives sovereign fund for overseas fertilisers

By: Ajoy K Das     29th January 2015 With India’s foreign exchange reserves touching an all-time high of $322-billion, the country’s Department of Fertilisers has revived a three-year-old proposal to create a sovereign fund for the acquisition of mineral assets overseas. An official said that the proposal was still at a nascent... 

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