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Is Basic Sanitation a Human Right?

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th November 2018 From 2005 to 2017, Human Rights Watch conducted research in countries such as China, Russia, Nepal, South Africa, India and America to assess the levels of sanitation and other basic human rights. Senior women’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch, Amanda Klasing, said, “The way people are... 

Energy-saving lighting installed at Boxer DC

2nd November 2018 Magnet has added another energy-saving lighting installation to its repertoire, with the completion of an installation for the new Boxer Superstores distribution centre (DC) in East London, the company indicated in a statement in October. “Following the success of Magnet’s lighting installation... 

Afrimat prospers in H1, despite tough economic environment

By: Simone Liedtke     1st November 2018 Openpit mining company Afrimat on Thursday posted a 4.3% year-on-year improvement in operating profit to R202.7-million for the six months ended August 31, while revenue increased by 28.6% year-on-year to R1.5-billion. These positive results, CEO Andries van Heerden said at a media breakfast,... 

Specialist contractor establishes the benchmark in specialised lining applications

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th October 2018 BKV Holdings devised a novel means of installing a Polyurea waterproofing over a Perlite cement fire-rated screed to wall system at a newly-built power station, and this approach has since become the standard on other similar projects. Perlite cement screeds are more porous than conventional... 

Nzimande inaugurates R1.1bn Mt Edgecombe interchange

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th October 2018 Transport Minister Blade Nzimande on Tuesday officially opened the R1.1-billion Mount (Mt) Edgecombe Interchange, in KwaZulu-Natal. The Minister described the interchange as a veritable civil engineering work of art that contributes greatly to easing traffic congestion, while promoting road... 

Unemployment rate rises to 27.5% in Q3  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th October 2018 The official unemployment rate increased to 27.5% during the third quarter, compared with 27.2% in the second quarter. This translates to 6.2-million unemployed people in South Africa. The unemployment rate was 26.7% in the first quarter of the year, according to Statistics South Africa’s (Stats... 

Natural gas cheaper than soaring diesel, petrol, says NGV Gas  

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2018 When compared with petrol, diesel and liquefied petroleum gas, compressed natural gas (CNG) is the most economic transport fuel, believes CNG group sales and marketing manager Wayne Williams. “On 26 September, natural gas was R7.10c cheaper than a litre of 95 octane petrol in Johannesburg,” he... 

Advocacy organisation urges better enforcement of second-hand tyre regulations

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 Newly launched advocacy organisation Part Worn Africa is calling on governments and regulatory bodies across the African continent to develop and enforce stronger regulations governing the sale of part-worn and second-hand tyres. Part Worn Africa advocates that part-worn and second-hand tyres... 

Richard’s Bay IDZ gate wins AfriSam-SAIA sustainable architecture award

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 The Richard’s Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) entrance gate in KwaZulu-Natal has won a seminal sustainable design award, in the sustainable architecture category, at the biennial AfriSam-South African Institute of Architects (AfriSam-SAIA) Awards for Sustainable Architecture and... 

Rail industry plagued by theft, vandalism

By: Simone Liedtke     26th October 2018 Train collisions accounted for the highest number of safety incidents in the rail sector during 2017/18, the Railway Safety Regulator’s (RSR’s) annual ‘State of Safety’ report, shows. Other prominent incidents included fires, platform train interchange incidents, people being struck by trains and... 

Ramaphosa declares end to 'investment strike' and unveils R290bn in commitments  

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa declared an end to South Africa's proverbial 'investment strike', when he unveiled firm investment commitments of R290-billion across a diverse range of sectors, from mining and energy to infrastructure and manufacturing, at a well attended and vibrant investment... 

Automatic shut-off valves improve plant safety

By: Paige Müller     26th October 2018 Valves, steam and combustion system solution provider Heaton Valves Africa (HVA), states that its extensive range of German-made Albrecht-Automatik safety shut-off systems and components, significantly improve combustion system operational safety in the industries it serves. HVA combustion... 

AfriCanopy to deploy low-cost Internet to rural KZN in TV white-space trial

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th October 2018 Telecoms start-up AfriCanopy is embarking on a R32-million fundraising programme, after securing approval from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa), for an eight-month commercial trial of television white space (TVWS). AfriCanopy aims to deploy high-speed low-cost... 

African market opening helps spur R970m Ladysmith tyre investment

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2018 The state-of-the-art R970-million truck and bus radial (TBR) factory in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, will produce 24 sizes for the Dunlop, Sumitomo and Falken tyre brands, says Japanese diversified industrial group Sumitomo. The investment to manufacture truck and bus tyres locally are part of the... 

Eskom to add 6 500 km of high-voltage transmission lines by 2028

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th October 2018 Power utility Eskom plans to add about 6 500 km of high-voltage transmission lines and 46 000 MVA of transformer capacity in the next ten years, its latest Transmission Development Plan (TDP), for the period from 2019 to 2028, shows. The TDP, which was released on Thursday, also demonstrates... 

Air Products launches centralised dissolved acetylene facility 

25th October 2018 Air Products has invested more than R90-million into a centrally located dissolved acetylene plant in Midvaal, and is decommissioning its two existing plants, located on Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

BBF Safety Group

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th October 2018 BBF Safety Group is proud to have been recognised in multiple categories at the recent Durban Chamber of Commerce KZN Exporter of the Year Awards held at the Durban International Convention Centre. The workplace safety solutions provider – who now exports to more than 20 countries globally - was... 

Gauteng dams almost 100% full, Western Cape levels stable

By: News24Wire      24th October 2018 Gauteng dam levels are at a whopping 98%, according to a weekly Department of Water and Sanitation report. The latest levels, following heavy rains in the province last weekend, make the dams the fullest in the country, the department said. It said the levels were 12% higher than those recorded... 

Calgro M3 remains committed to delivering shareholder value despite current challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2018 In a period described by CEO Wikus Lategan as one of the most difficult ever experienced by the company, JSE-listed Calgro M3 posted revenue of R628.6-million for the six months ended August 31. Calgro M3 faced several major challenges, including uncertainty over the economy, coupled with... 

Arup façade Design Commended at 2018 Steel Awards

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd October 2018 Arup was commended for their entry of the V&A Grain Silo Complex façade in the Architectural Category at the 2018 South African Steel Awards on 11 October 2018. The company, an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists, works across every aspect of... 

African Chemicals Imbizo registers impressive growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th October 2018 The fourth African Chemicals Imbizo, to be held in Durban from October 24 to 25, is expected to be the largest one in its four-year history. Starting as a modest concept of meetings between members of the Durban Chemicals Cluster (DCC) – a public-private partnership between eThekwini municipality... 

Better recycling requires pact with consumers

By: Schalk Burger     19th October 2018 While commercial companies continue to work to reduce the impact of their products on the environment, improving the recycling of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) requires the involvement and understanding of consumers, said recycling company Mpact GM Nicholas Schild. PET recycling rates in South... 

Western Cape Revival Sees Paragon Open Cape Town Office Next Year

18th October 2018 Demand from clients in the Western Cape, combined with an uptick in the region’s building and construction industry, has resulted in architecture and interior architecture company Paragon finally opening a Cape Town office at the V&A Waterfront in January 2019. The new office, the first branch... 

Western Cape revival sees Paragon open Cape Town office next year

18th October 2018 Demand from clients in the Western Cape, combined with an uptick in the region’s building and construction industry, has resulted in architecture and interior architecture company Paragon finally opening a Cape Town office at the V&A Waterfront in January 2019. The new office, the first branch... 

EnviroServ returning to its roots following Shongweni malodour issue

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2018 After acknowledging that its KwaZulu-Natal-based Shongweni landfill was a contributor to malodour, waste management company EnviroServ has returned to its “old way of disposing of waste”, which comprises using lime to raise the alkalinity (pH) levels at its landfill sites. This decision,... 

Microplastics are everywhere

16th October 2018 Science shows us that increasingly we are surrounded by tiny fragments of plastic, known as microplastics. They are not just in the oceans but also on land, in rivers, wetlands, soil and even in the air. A problem this pervasive will take a concerted effort from governments, businesses,... 

Tower Property generates R396m in proceeds, property net income guidance remains unchanged

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2018 Real estate investment trust (Reit) Tower Property Fund (TPF) has generated proceeds of R396-million from asset management initiatives in the current financial year, which it will use as part of its total return strategy. The asset management initiatives included the sale of the Pick n Pay... 

Prudent capital allocation keeps Balwin performing in H1 despite challenging climate

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th October 2018 JSE-listed housing developer Balwin Properties handed over 1 058 residential units, which contributed to a 33% increase in revenue to R1.19-billion for the six months ended August 31. An average unit selling price of R1.12-million was achieved, compared with R1.2-million in the same period of... 

Numsa plastic sector workers to strike over wages

By: African News Agency      15th October 2018 Thousands of National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa are expected to strike in more than 450 companies in the plastic sector on Monday over wages and benefits, the union said. Numsa said these workers had, until 2016, enjoyed the same rights and benefits as those in engineering, but the... 

AfriCanopy to deploy low-cost Internet to rural KwaZulu-Natal in TV white space trial

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th October 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has approved plans for telecoms start-up AfriCanopy to embark on an eight-month commercial trial of television white space (TVWS) devices. AfriCanopy will now deploy high-speed, low-cost broadband using its new telecoms technology... 

KZN MEC unveils 25 planned projects to attract R200bn investment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th October 2018 KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala on Friday unveiled his portfolio of investment opportunities, which will result in R200-billion being pumped into the province’s economy over the next few years. Addressing captains of industry during an... 

Company offers new range of equipment

By: Halima Frost     12th October 2018 Power equipment and tool supply company Hire It launched its locally assembled range of small plant construction equipment, called Kwagga, following a need for cheaper and more readily available equipment by industry. Launched in August, Hire It sales director Richard Fraser says stock to the... 

Cranes used for heavy lifting on N2 upgrade

12th October 2018 Midrand-based crane rental agency Concord Cranes deployed equipment manufacturer Liebherr’s 440T mobile cranes to the N2 Mtunzini-to-Empangeni upgrade project in KwaZulu-Natal for main client the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral). According to Sanral, this has been acknowledged... 

Speciality textiles firm to produce flame-resistant fabrics for Africa

By: Schalk Burger     12th October 2018 South Africa-based speciality textiles manufacturer Gelvenor Textiles will produce flame-resistant Nomex and flame- and arc-resistant Protera fabrics to be distributed in Africa in partnership with industrial multinational DuPont, says Gelvenor Textiles CEO Dicky Coetzee. The company underwent 18... 

Jasco moves from planning into execution as it tweaks strategy

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th October 2018 New Jasco CEO Mark van Vuuren has implemented a few tweaks to the company’s already solid strategy to bring about a new sense of purpose. The group, which continues its recovery after returning to profitability in 2016, aims to build a sustainable profitable business by directing the corporate... 

SBS Tanks

12th October 2018 SBS Tanks is a proudly South African company, passionate about local business. Born from humble beginnings in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), it now manufactures its own 3.3-million litre reservoirs. The company employs over 150 staff across South Africa and its job retention rate over the past 20 years of... 

Durban Container Terminal: Pier 2 North Quay berth deepening project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     12th October 2018 Transnet plans to create deeper berths at the Durban Container Terminal Pier 2’s North Quay to enable the Port of Durban to accommodate newer-generation container vessels. 

Air Products launches centralised acetylene facility 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th October 2018 Air Products has invested more than R90-million into a centrally located dissolved acetylene facility in Midvaal and decommissioning its two existing plants in Kempton Park, in Gauteng, and Pinetown, in KwaZulu-Natal. The company officially unveiled the new central facility on Thursday. 

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