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South Africa eyed as potential African production hub for Datsun cars

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2016 South Africa is the ideal place to produce Datsun vehicles for Africa, “but not today”, says Datsun global head Vincent Cobee. Africa as a continent, with its rapidly growing middle class, is every consumer product company’s dream, he notes. However, it is also a highly complex market, made up of... 

Futurist outlines four trends that will radically alter business practices

By: Ilan Solomons     14th October 2016 We are living at a remarkable time in history, where history itself is changing, said futurist and strategy consultant Dr Graeme Codrington at engineering and environmental consulting firm Jones & Wagener’s 50-year celebration function in Johannesburg, on Thursday evening. In a presentation... 

BHP to test solar for remote mine sites as renewable costs fall

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2016 BHP Billiton, which forecasts wind and solar energy can achieve price parity with rival sources within a decade, is partnering in a battery-storage project to test technology that could be adopted at its remote sites. The world’s biggest miner is participating with partners, including Origin... 

Gauteng promotes trade potential, investment attractiveness

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th September 2016 The Gauteng City Region (GCR) is continuing its efforts to grow trade and investment in South Africa’s most populous province and stimulate national economic growth. “The GCR is strategically located on the African continent, this makes it a key investment destination for the rest of the world... 

Airbus to assist with Rooivalk upgrade, as it reaffirms Africa commitment

By: Keith Campbell     30th September 2016 The Airbus Group (parent of Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters) is committed to help develop aeronautical industries in Africa, because it believes that this makes good business sense. For the Group, Africa is defined as sub-Saharan Africa plus Moroco (with Egypt, Libya,... 

Lahmeyer International at WindEnergy Hamburg 2016 in Hall B4 at Stand EG.301

     26th September 2016 From September 27 to 30, 2016, on- and offshore specialists will come together in Hamburg at the WindEnergy Trade Fair. Lahmeyer International, together with its parent company Tractebel, will present its range of services in the field of wind energy. The engineers support wind energy projects... 

Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate Advisory appoints Gavin Klarmann to head its comprehensive property occupier and investor advisory services

     23rd September 2016 Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate Advisory has received a considerable boost with the appointment of real estate industry veteran Gavin Klarmann, who is committed to continue driving property advisory disciplines forward in South Africa, and delivering the best international standards in the local... 

Airbus Group sees helping African aeronautics sector as good business

By: Keith Campbell     15th September 2016 The Airbus Group (parent of Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters) is committed to help develop aeronautical industries in Africa, because it believes that this makes good business sense. For the Group, Africa is defined as sub-Saharan Africa plus Morocco (with Egypt, Libya,... 

SA’s economic competitiveness stumbling block to Datsun production

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2016 South Africa is the ideal place to produce Datsun vehicles for Africa, “but not today”, says Datsun global head Vincent Cobee. Africa as a continent, with its rapidly growing middle class, is every consumer product company’s dream, he notes. However, it is also a highly complex market, made up of... 

Cummins Africa opens CNG training facility 

By: Schalk Burger     9th September 2016 Power and engine multinational Cummins Africa has added a compressed natural gas (CNG) engine training programme to the courses available at its Kelvin View training facility, in Gauteng, to support the growing use of CNG engines in public transport and power generation, says Cummins Africa... 

Trade misinvoicing: one of the dark sides of international trade

By: Riaan de Lange     2nd September 2016 One of the few movie franchises that made a lasting impression on me has each movie or episode opening with the static blue text, “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away …”, followed by the franchise’s logo, shrinking in front, and, as it starts retreating, the 'crawl' text begins. It is a... 

AMR makes move to acquire Kasbah Resources

By: Samantha Herbst     11th August 2016 The board of ASX-listed Kasbah Resources has unanimously recommended that all shareholders vote in favour of TSX-V-listed Asian Mineral Resources’ (AMR) intention to acquire the Australian miner. The companies announced on Thursday that they had entered into a scheme implementation agreement... 

Financiers circle as Arianne seeks funds to advance Lac à Paul project

By: Simon Rees     5th August 2016 With a Ministerial decree in hand, issued on December 22, to advance its Lac à Paul phosphate project, in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec, Arianne Phosphate hopes to put Canada – where potash is king – on the phosphate map. However, the market it seeks to enter is competitive,... 

Brazilian group to help develop aviation industry in Morocco

By: Keith Campbell     5th August 2016 Brazilian aerospace group Embraer and Morocco’s Mohammed VI International Aviation Academy (AIAC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Casablanca last week. The aim of the MoU is to develop aviation-related engineering in the North African country. Embraer will train Moroccan engineers... 

New programme to empower African youth through internship opportunities

By: Anine Kilian     4th August 2016 Starting next year, African youth will have an opportunity to gain technical and leadership skills through a new Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) internship programme called Africa’s Promise. MCC’s new initiative, announced on Thursday by President Barack Obama at a Young African Leaders... 

Morocco tin project development costs fall sharply after DFS

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th July 2016 A completed definitive feasibility study (DFS) has established that the Achmmach project, in Morocco, will only need $61.7-million for development, rather than the previously estimated $131-million, owner Kasbah Resources reported on Friday . “Establishing the project in a weak financing,... 

Brazilians and Moroccans agree to develop aviation industry in the African country

By: Keith Campbell     26th July 2016 Brazilian aerospace group Embraer and Morocco’s Mohammed VI International Academy of Civil Aviation (AIAC is its abbreviation in French) on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Casablanca. The aim of the MoU is to develop aviation-related engineering in the North African country.... 

Airbus Defence & Space believes its tactical transports are ideal for Africa

By: Keith Campbell     15th July 2016 With 57 of its twin-engined light and medium tactical transport aircraft already in service with 14 countries in Africa, Airbus Defence and Space (DS), part of the Airbus Group, believes its products are ideal to meet the continent’s needs, both regarding transport and intelligence, surveillance... 

Event costs deter local companies

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th July 2016 The lack of emphasis on local innovation seems to be reflected in the pricing scheme of the Power-Gen Africa event, which favours international currencies more than the local one, says solar solutions provider Microcare Solar Components marketing manager Gareth Burley. 

African sales of oil brand rose in 2015, despite economic difficulties

By: Irma Venter     8th July 2016 The volume of Castrol oil sales in Africa increased by around 5% in 2015 compared with 2014, says Castrol Africa MD David Bouet. Despite the visible slump in the continent’s mining industry, the automotive and industrial markets are still ticking over, he notes. 

Zuma leads delegation to France to promote trade

By: Anine Kilian     4th July 2016 President Jacob Zuma will lead South African Ministers and a business delegation on an official State visit to France from July 11 to 12. The key objective for the visit would be to promote South Africa’s exports and to attract investment in the automotive, ship-building, aquaculture and energy... 

Will Brexit break up the African Union? 

By: News24Wire      27th June 2016 African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s Twitter timeline was quiet on Friday morning, even as #Brexit was trending. The African Union, too, did not immediately issue a statement. 

Slow economic growth challenges local engineering industry

By: Sebastian Whyle     24th June 2016 Infrastructure projects, consulting and project management services provider Aecom Africa CEO Carlos Poñe tells Engineering News that low economic growth in South Africa is a major challenge for the consulting engineering industry.  

Engineered core facility project, Morocco

By: Sheila Barradas     24th June 2016 The project entails the construction of an engineered core facility at the MidParc Free Trade Zone Industrial Park, in Casablanca. 

Engineered core facility project, Morocco

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd June 2016 The project entails the construction of an engineered core facility at the MidParc Free Trade Zone Industrial Park, in Casablanca. 

Drives company envisions new developments

By: Simon Sonnekus     17th June 2016 The depressed economy and tightened budgets have not diminished the need for quality products, but rather increased demand for German-made products, notes German industrial drives and motors multinational SEW-Eurodrive. SEW-Eurodrive MD Raymond Obermeyer indicates that although mining and mineral... 

European breakfast cereal giant sets its sights on South African market

     14th June 2016 Sante is among top Polish producers using Africa’s Big 7 food & beverage expo to target new importers and retailers. A POLISH breakfast cereal giant begins its big push into southern Africa this weekend with the ambition to make Sante as familiar as Kellogg’s to shoppers. Sante is one of nine... 

IAEA helps Mauritius wage war on fruit flies

By: Reuters     14th June 2016 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is helping Mauritius to assist the island country “step up its fight against fruit flies threatening valuable crops” the IAEA said on Monday. The IAEA has given Mauritius a new irradiator that would help it to accomplish this purpose by using the... 

Castrol Africa sales up 5% in 2015; new GTX range launched

By: Irma Venter     13th June 2016 The volume of Castrol oil sales in Africa increased by around 5% in 2015 compared with 2014, says Castrol Africa MD David Bouet. Despite the visible slump in the continent’s mining industry, the automotive and industrial markets are still ticking over, he notes. Some countries, such as those... 

South Africa should leverage its strong reputation – Brand South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th June 2016 South Africa needs to leverage its strong and resilient “brand” in continuing to implement the National Development Plan (NDP), Brand South Africa head of research Petrus de Kock said on Wednesday. Speaking at the second yearly Vision 2030 Summit, on Wednesday, he said the nation’s brand, its... 

Nothing new in latest Ipap iteration

By: Riaan de Lange     27th May 2016 It is said that the English expression 'same old, same old', which means nothing has changed, evolved from the 1950s Japanese expression, samo, samo – but I am certain that this is so. Then there is the English expression 'much of a muchness', which is a great way of saying that two things are so... 

POWER-GEN & DISTRIBUTECH AFRICA: Africa’s power sector to seek sustainable growth drivers

     23rd May 2016 POWER-GEN & DISTRIBUTECH AFRICA: Africa’s power sector to seek sustainable growth drivers Africa’s leading power generation and distribution stakeholders are set to converge in Sandton later this year, for talks on creating power for sustainable growth in Africa. 

New African automotive body to offer support to aspirant manufacturers

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2016 The initial focus of the newly formed African Association of Automobile Manufacturers (AAAM) will be to assist countries wishing to participate in the automotive value chain to implement the appropriate legislation and regulations that will allow the automotive industry to thrive on the... 

Renewable-energy prices reach low of $0.03/kWh 

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2016 New technologies and the rapid rise of renewable energy have shaken up the global energy landscape, with prices falling to below $0.03/kWh. “We are now in the world of three cent renewable energy,” said Bloomberg New Energy Finance UK advisory board chairperson and founder Michael Liebreich. 

Nuclear will be needed in years to come, says Eskom

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2016 While State-owned power utility Eskom has acknowledged the importance of renewable energy as a way of producing better and cheaper energy, it maintains that nuclear will still be needed as baseload energy in years to come. Eskom distribution group executive Mongezi Ntsokolo told delegates at... 

Saudi group keen to expand South African solar footprint well beyond Bokpoort  

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2016 Located on a dead flat piece of land about an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Upington and close to the Orange river, the curved solar collector mirrors, gleaming pipes and large molten-salt tanks of the 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) plant stand in stark industrial contrast to the... 

African airlines suffer from excessive capacity and need smaller planes

By: Keith Campbell     13th May 2016 Brazilian aerospace group Embraer, one of the world’s four biggest commercial aircraft manufacturers, has forecast that African operators will acquire 240 new jet airliners in the 70- to 130-seat category over the next 20 years. “Africans are turning progressively to air travel,” noted Embraer... 

BASF increases its footprint in Ivory Coast

     11th May 2016 BASF, the world's leading chemical company, establishes a legal entity in Ivory Coast to enable future growth opportunities. BASF is looking at Ivory Coast as the hub country for West Africa French Speaking countries and has expanded its capabilities considerably to continue innovating in this... 

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