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South Africa's neighbours ban poultry imports after bird flu outbreak

By: Reuters     27th June 2017 Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana on Tuesday suspended poultry imports from South Africa with immediate effect following outbreaks of highly contagious H5N8 bird flu. South Africa has confirmed outbreaks of avian flu, which is often transmitted by wild birds, on at least two farms. South Africa and... 

Omnia FY17 results pinched by tough economy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th June 2017 Chemicals producer Omnia on Tuesday reported a drop in headline earnings a share to 881c for the year ended March 31, from 944c in the prior financial year, owing to a tough economic environment. This resulted in an 8% drop in its profit before tax, to R856-million. 

Blue Label to acquire mobile device distributor in R1.9bn deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th June 2017 Local telecommunications firm Blue Label will, through its The Prepaid Company subsidiary, acquire mobile device distributor 3G Mobile for R1.9-billion. The shares in 3G Mobile will be acquired in two stages, with the initial acquisition of 47.37% of the issued share capital for R900-million,... 

Omnia profit drops against tough economic backdrop

By: Reuters     27th June 2017 South African diversified chemicals maker Omnia Holdings' full-year profit dropped 7% as a tough economic environment hit its mining and chemicals divisions, the company said on Tuesday. Headline earnings per share (EPS), the main profit measure in South Africa that strips out certain one-off... 

South Africa To Maximise Opportunities In Sub-Saharan Africa To Further Re-Industrialisation

     23rd June 2017 South Africa’s re-industrialisation is inevitable, but crucial to this process will be investment led trade and regional integration with the country’s neighbours. With relative ease of access to Sub-Saharan Africa and an understanding of the region, South African manufacturers can get ahead of... 

High Commissioner ‘seized’ with avoiding post-Brexit trade interruption with South Africa

By: Terence Creamer     23rd June 2017 British High Commissioner to South Africa Nigel Casey says he is currently “very seized” with ensuring that measures are put in place “timeously” to guarantee no interruption in the trade relationship between the UK and South Africa when Britain leaves the European Union (EU) on March 29, 2019.... 

Company to expand its fastener market share

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd June 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Rutherford’s fastener division FTS Fasteners and Fixings is working steadily to expose its customers to its new product range and aims to increase its South African fastener market share by increasing the product range, improved stockholdings as well as through... 

Haval outlines SA operating model after GWM takeover

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2017 Haval Motors South Africa (Haval SA) has launched its first new vehicle in the local market since the company took over from Great Wall Motors South Africa (GWM SA). The H2 sports-utility vehicle (SUV) is set to compete with the Ford EcoSport and the Mazda CX3. 

Ecsponent Development Fund improving BEE procurement in the Mining Sector

     21st June 2017 JSE-listed African financial services company, Ecsponent Limited, says that its unique Ecsponent Development Fund (EDF) provides large corporate business with an effective way of managing preferential procurement and improving reliable delivery whilst ensuring true social upliftment and skills... 

Newly developed chemical on trial in S Africa and Zim

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th June 2017 Chemcol, the latest product in research and development (R&D) from chemicals supplier ChemQuest, is currently on plant trials and laboratory evaluations at three platinum mines in South Africa and Zimbabwe concurrently.  

South Africans more conscious of greener ways of living

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 With South Africans being more aware of greener ways of living, multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP regional director and sustainability consultant Alison Groves says this has led to green building becoming integral in the design and construction of buildings. 

De Beers, Namibia launch world's biggest diamond exploration ship

By: Reuters     15th June 2017 Anglo American's diamond unit De Beers on Thursday launched the world's largest diamond exploration vessel off the coast of Namibia as it looks to maintain high production levels until 2035. The 12 000 t, 113-m-long SS Nujoma was built at a cost of $157-million and is named after Sam Nujoma,... 

Bushveld Minerals completes buyout of stake in Namibia tin project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th June 2017 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals has completed the acquisition of 49.5% interest in Dawnmin Africa Investments through its Greenhills Resources subsidiary. The miner bought the stake from a consortium of Namibian shareholders through the issue of 41-million ordinary shares at 1p apiece. 

Fishing Line Recovery Programme expands thanks to DPI Plastics

     15th June 2017 DPI Plastics’ involvement with the Fishing Line Recovery Programme, aimed at preserving South Africa’s marine heritage, has seen the initiative extend to 360 bins along the coast. The bins are proudly branded with the DPI Plastics logo, helping entrench the company as the main custodian of the... 

Africa’s rail development key to growth in intra-Africa trade

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th June 2017 A lack of efficient rail infrastructure and a rail “disconnect” were inhibiting dealings within the continent and contributing to struggling intra-African trade growth, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa-Alliance for Commodity Trade in East and Southern Africa trade and market director... 

Paladin has 30 days to repay $277m in debt

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th June 2017 Uranium miner Paladin has to repay $277-million in debt within the next 30 days, after the company failed to provide sufficient security to offtake partner Électricité de France (EDF) under a long-term supply contract (LTSC) Paladin previously proposed additional security for the LTSC, signed in... 

Lean technology approach helps mattress manufacturer remain competitive

By: Dylan Slater     9th June 2017 Langlaagte-based sleep products manufacturer the Bravo Group’s Sleep Factory attributes its lions’ share of the domestic premium sleep products market to an adoption of low technology processes, low levels of automation and, instead relying on a large labour-intensive workforce and refined... 

Uranium to boost Namibian mining sector – BMI

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th June 2017 Namibia's mining sector will witness solid growth over the coming years, owing to an increase in domestic uranium production, but this could be stifled by proposed regulatory revisions, which will pose significant challenges for the broader mining sector, research firm BMI said on Thursday. In... 

Component exports up 6.8% in 2016, engines show strong growth

By: Irma Venter     6th June 2017 Component exports from South Africa in 2016 were again dominated by catalytic converters. Data published in the Automotive Export Manual 2017 shows that catalytic converter exports made up 41.3% of all component exports from South Africa, by value, earning R21.9-billion, up from last year’s... 

Local commercial and general aviation sector under policy pressures

By: Keith Campbell     2nd June 2017 The commercial and general aviation (GA) sector in South Africa is currently facing significant challenges that really need to be addressed if it is to remain healthy over the coming years. So cautions the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (Caasa). The association is concerned... 

Continuous improvement concept to increase productivity 

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd June 2017 As part of the company’s commitment to stay relevant through innovation, local stainless steel and aluminium cookware manufacturer Hendler and Hart is implementing a substantial two-year re-engineering process, based on the concept of continuous improvement, at its Boksburg manufacturing plant. 

Euro Steel

By: Zandile Mavuso     2nd June 2017 As part of Afmetco Group of Companies, steel distributor and exporter Euro Steel has evolved into one of South Africa’s largest stainless steel, special steels, aluminium and other corrosion-resistant materials distributor and exporter.  

Local commercial and general aviation sector under policy pressures

By: Keith Campbell     2nd June 2017 The commercial and general aviation (GA) sector in South Africa is currently facing significant challenges that really need to be addressed if it is to remain healthy over the coming years. So cautions the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (Caasa).  

On track for Africa Rail

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2017 This month, business-to-business media company Terrapinn will host the twentieth annual Africa Rail exhibition and conference at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, Gauteng, from June 13 to 14. Africa Rail provides an interactive platform for rail industry stakeholders to share... 

EM continues to supply the best products at the right price

     1st June 2017 With virtually every panel builder in South Africa using ubiquitous technology distributed exclusively by ElectroMechanica (EM), the major supplier continues to build on its strategy of providing the right product at the right price, for the correct application and specification at hand. This... 

Haval Motors SA opens its doors, mulls local assembly

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2017 Haval Motors South Africa (Haval SA) this week launched its first new vehicle in the local market since the company took over from Great Wall Motors South Africa (GWM SA). The H2 sports-utility vehicle (SUV) is set to compete with the Ford Ecosport and the Mazda CX3. 

Namibia to spend $12.44bn on projects in next five years

By: Reuters     1st June 2017 Namibia will invest N$164-billion ($12.44-billion) over the next five years on plans which include upgrading and revamping hospitals, and building water and energy infrastructure, President Hage Geingob said on Wednesday. The investment package under a National Development Plan will be deployed... 

Forevermark celebrates diamond inscription milestone

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th May 2017 The De Beers’ Forevermark diamond brand has inscribed its two-millionth diamond – a 3.48 ct round brilliant, bearing ‘2,000,000’. The diamond was mined, cut and polished in Namibia and inscribed at the Forevermark Diamond Institute in Surat, India. It will be set in a piece of jewellery at the... 

Vedanta hits production high spot at Black Mountain

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2017 Diversified mining company Vedanta has achieved its highest quarterly production in four years at Black Mountain in South Africa, where the Gamsberg zinc project is on track to begin production towards the middle of next year. In addition, mobilisation on the Skorpion pit layback, in neighbouring... 

South Africa, Namibia collaborate on science statistics

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd May 2017 South Africa’s Human Sciences Research Council’s Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII) and Namibia’s National Commission on Research, Science and Technology will collaborate on the production of national scientific and innovation statistics, which enables the countries... 

Southern Palace outlines vision for radically transformed M&R infrastructure unit 

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th May 2017 The newly black-owned construction company conceived from a R314-million sale agreement between engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) and black-empowered Southern Palace Group aims to build on its 115-year heritage to become a “leading, Tier 1, infrastructure player in South... 

Company reaches 400-mark installation milestone

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th May 2017 Water solutions company Amanziflow Projects have installed more than 400 of its locally developed Fluid Dynamic Systems automatic diaphragm valves (FDS-DVs) across Southern Africa to date.  

Southern Palace outlines vision for radically transformed M&R infrastructure unit 

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th May 2017 The newly black-owned construction company, conceived from a R314-million sale agreement between engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) and black-empowered Southern Palace Group, aims to build on its 115-year heritage to become a “leading, tier one, infrastructure player in... 

Trevali shareholders vote overwhelmingly in favour of African asset acquisitions

By: Henry Lazenby     18th May 2017 Trevali Mining reported Thursday that a majority of shareholders present and represented at the company’s special meeting have voted in favour of all resolutions presented, including the acquisition of a suite of African zinc assets from Glencore. 

Standard Bank provides $120m debt package to increase energy supply in Zimbabwe

By: Anine Kilian     16th May 2017 Standard Bank has finalised a $120-million debt package with Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) for the rehabilitation of existing power infrastructure at the Kariba South hydropower station and the Hwange thermal power station. The transaction is a continuation of a previous funding arrangement with... 

Drill the SmartROC way

     12th May 2017 Atlas Copco’s automated SmartROC Down-The-Hole and Top Hammer drill rigs have transformed the drilling procedure. Equipped with smart technology, these rigs help to drive down operational and maintenance costs, drive up efficiencies, increase safety and reduce carbon footprints for sustainable... 

Focus on future uranium tech amid subdued price

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 With innovations in the extraction and application of uranium constantly being made, the Uranium 2017 International Conference will provide a platform for the discussion of advances in the industry and a forum for generating new ideas. 

AfDB to support Namibia’s economic governance, competitiveness

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th May 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a R3-billion loan to finance the Namibia Economic Governance and Competitiveness Support Programme (EGCSP), which will support the strengthening of public financial management and improve the quality and efficiency of public sector spending. “The... 

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