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Roadshow highlights motion control products to industry

By: Halima Frost     18th January 2019 Electrical solutions provider Magnet Group hosted a roadshow with about five of power management company Eaton’s technicians in October to highlight Eaton’s DILM range of contractors, circuit breakers and overload relays to Magnet clients and end-users. The roadshow, which visited the Durban,... 

SEW-EURODRIVE gear units used in OEM projects

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     18th January 2019 Local original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Wamechsi Group uses products from automation and drive specialist SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa for a range of wastewater treatment plants it has built in the country. This standardization is largely owing to the quality and reliability of the German... 

Corruption, weak governance hinders sub-Saharan Africa’s economic growth – IMF

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th January 2019 Countries in sub-Saharan Africa could strengthen their economic performance by improving governance and reducing corruption, a working paper published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has found. The paper, titled ‘A Governance Dividend for Sub-Saharan Africa?’ stated that countries in... 

Reserve Bank publishes policy proposals for crypto assets  

By: African News Agency      15th January 2019 The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) on Tuesday asked for public comment on a policy paper outlining the perceived risks and benefits associated with crypto assets, the available regulatory approaches around them and proposals to industry participants and stakeholders. In 2014, the National... 

UN warns of rising levels of toxic brine as more desalination plants are built

By: Simone Liedtke     14th January 2019 The fast-rising number of desalination plants globally, now almost 16 000, quench a growing thirst for fresh water but create a “salty dilemma” on how to deal with all the chemical-laden left-over brine, authors of a recently published United Nations- (UN-) backed paper say. In the paper, the... 

Big investor Nassef Sawiris cuts LafargeHolcim stake

By: Reuters     10th January 2019 One of LafargeHolcim's biggest shareholders, Nassef Sawiris, has reduced his stake in the world's biggest cement maker, the company said on Wednesday, confirming a report by Swiss newspaper Handelszeitung. The Egyptian tycoon sold nearly 1.6-million shares in the Swiss company in December, when... 

Fabricating for 25 years

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th January 2019 November 2018 marked 25 years of service for Babcock’s fabricating facility as it celebrated two and a half decades of providing fabricated products and a full range of specialised support services to Africa’s power generation and metallurgical industries. Where it all began 

Ballito Junction and Build the Future Project complete first phase of new Vukuzakhe Crèche

7th December 2018 Ballito Junction Regional Mall together with Build the Future project have successfully completed the first phase of the much-needed early childhood development and learning centre in Ndwedwe. The brand new Vukuzakhe Crèche, located 35km from Ballito Junction in the iLembe District now boasts a... 

Nampak produces ‘pleasing’ FY18 results despite challenging environment

By: Nadine James     27th November 2018 Packaging company Nampak has achieved positive results for its continuing operations for the financial year ended September 30, with profit up 29% year-on-year to R1.2-billion and headline earnings a share up 15% year-on-year to 168.7c a share. Nampak CEO André de Ruyter told Engineering News... 

Treasury announces progress on national health insurance bill  

By: African News Agency      16th November 2018 The South African National Treasury on Friday announced it made “substantial” progress on the national health insurance (NHI) Bill consultation in key areas and have reached agreement on most of the major issues. “We have made substantial progress on key areas and have reached agreement on most... 

TPP-11 to give Australian resources a major boost – Minerals Council

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st October 2018 PERTH (miningweekly.com) – The Australian government has ratified the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11) trade agreement, a move that has been welcomed by the resources sector. Australia is the sixth country to ratify the agreement, meaning it can now enter into force on December 30, with... 

EGA partners with Emirates Environmental Group to open new recycling centres in schools

26th October 2018 EGA will also plant 150 trees as part of the initiative Centres aimed at increasing awareness of recycling amongst students 

Prototype soil sampling device being tested for use in agriculture

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2018 A cost-effective, handheld soil and water chemical testing device for use in agriculture is being developed and tested by information technology research subsidiary IBM Research, says IBM Research Brazil Industrial Technology & Science manager Dr Mathias Steiner. The AgroPad is a business... 

Danone Southern Africa joins Polystyrene Association of South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     25th October 2018 Danone Southern Africa (Danone SA) has become the latest producer of high-impact polystyrene (HIPS) to join the Polystyrene Association of South Africa, which represents the entire value chain of polystyrene packaging manufacturers, collectors and recyclers. According to the association’s CE Adri... 

PwC Tower stands proud at 2018 SAICE Awards

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th October 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering firm, WSP in Africa, is elated to confirm that the PwC Tower received the prestigious Environmental Engineering Project accolade for the 2018 South African Institute of Civil Engineering (SAICE) Awards that were presented during the gala dinner earlier this month.... 

Pyrotec and The Age of Agile

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th October 2018 The Age of Agile is the title of Steve Denning’s most recent book that describes a shift in business to adopt an agile mindset for management, leadership, innovation and narrative. Having taken root in the software development sector, Steve describes how the Agile Movement is now spreading... 

Danone Southern Africa Joins Polystyrene Association Of SA

24th October 2018 Danone Southern Africa has become the latest producer of High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) to join the Polystyrene Association of South Africa, a non-profit Product Recovery Organisation (PRO) representing the entire value chain of polystyrene packaging manufacturers, collectors and recyclers.... 

Shoprite to pay South African customers for reusing plastic bags

By: Reuters     23rd October 2018 Shoprite Holdings, South Africa's biggest supermarket chain, said on Tuesday it would pay customers for reusing its newly introduced recyclable bag as it joined domestic rivals in efforts to curb plastic pollution. Supermarkets have come under increased pressure to cut their use of plastic as... 

PwC Tower stands proud at 2018 SAICE Awards

23rd October 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering firm, WSP in Africa, is elated to confirm that the PwC Tower received the prestigious Environmental Engineering Project accolade for the 2018 South African Institute of Civil Engineering (SAICE) Awards that were presented during the gala dinner earlier this month.... 

Nature’s incredible ecosystems do not produce waste.

23rd October 2018 Rather, they are the ideal example of how nature reuses and recycles its embedded chemicals and nutrients, generating and regenerating the raw materials of life. For a sustainable planet, we need to start replicating these natural systems. This closing of the loop is what is called a ‘circular... 

Euro Steel

23rd October 2018 Part of AFMETCO Group of Companies, Euro Steel has evolved into one of South Africa’s largest stainless steel, special steels, aluminium and other corrosion-resistant materials distributors and exporters. The company operates predominantly in all major cities in South Africa, but also has... 

Growing risk of ‘reform by default’ as South Africa battles to adapt to electricity transition 

By: Terence Creamer     19th October 2018 There is a growing risk of “reform by default” in South Africa’s electricity industry, which is already showing symptoms of the “proverbial utility death spiral”, whereby sales volumes fall as tariffs rise, with consumers opting for alternatives. This argument is outlined in a paper titled ‘The... 

Building A Connected, Trusted, Smart Enterprise

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th October 2018 Business intelligence (BI) is an essential element to the success of any organisation. Without fully understanding the data within the business, without a true understanding of its operational performance (or lack thereof), reliable and effective strategies cannot be built. In the wake of... 

Packaging market volumes declines

By: Thabi Madiba     19th October 2018 The potential imposition of an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) tax by the Department of Environmental Affairs will have a negative impact on the packaging industry, which may result in the collapse of numerous packaging manufacturers in South Africa, says Packaging South Africa executive... 

Sandoz launches global healthcare challenge access competition

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th October 2018 Novartis Group’s generics and biosimilars division Sandoz has launched its second Healthcare Access Challenge (HACk) in an effort to seek out broader digital solutions to local healthcare access challenges. The global Sandoz HACk competition is inviting entrepreneurs and innovators to submit... 

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... 

Building A Connected, Trusted, Smart Enterprise

18th October 2018 Business intelligence (BI) is an essential element to the success of any organisation. Without fully understanding the data within the business, without a true understanding of its operational performance (or lack thereof), reliable and effective strategies cannot be built. In the wake of... 

Telecommunications industry loses billions of rands on the back of regulatory uncertainty

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th October 2018 The South African telecommunications industry needs regulatory certainty or it will continue to lose billions of rands in investment, Vodacom Group CEO Shameel Joosub warned on Thursday. Speaking during a question and answer panel at the MyBroadband conference, in Midrand, he explained that the... 

ZTE Releases 5G Network Intelligence White Paper

18th October 2018 ZTE South Africa has announced that  ZTE Corporation - a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet - has released its "5G Network Intelligence White Paper". Featuring ZTE’s leading technologies in 5G arena and in-depth... 

AfDB to provide €229m for Rwanda electricity programme

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th October 2018 The Rwandan government has signed a €229.20-million funding agreement with the African Development Bank (AfDB) to support the country’s electricity supply improvement programme and expand access to electricity under the Scaling Up Electricity Access Program Phase II (SEAP II). This builds on... 

Mondi proceeds with Slovakia kraft top white machine project, but costs rise

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th October 2018 After receiving permitting approvals, global packaging and paper group Mondi will invest in a new 300 000 t/y kraft top white machine at its Ruzomberok factory, in Slovakia, with start-up expected towards the end of 2020. “This investment provides an exciting opportunity for Mondi to leverage... 

Engineering firm acquires valve test bench

By: Donald Makhafola     12th October 2018 Mpumalanga-based wholly black-owned mechanical engineering company Brimis Engineering will procure a pressure relief valve test bench by the end of this month to test more than 90% of all installed safety valves currently in use in South Africa.  Global valve test and repair equipment supplier... 

Rail to form backbone of South African transport, mobility by 2050

By: Simone Liedtke     11th October 2018 The draft White Paper on National Rail Policy is expected to be completed by the end of this year, with the legislative process only expected to begin post the 2019 national elections. The promulgation of the draft White Paper will be the first instance in which government will be giving the... 

Cabinet approves revised digital migration model

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th October 2018 Cabinet on Wednesday approved a revised digital migration delivery model that will see government step back from its involvement in the procurement of set-top boxes (STBs), warehousing, transportation and the installation of the devices. The new model for the implementation of the broadcast... 

New evidence shows arms deal commission 'ignored critical evidence of wrongdoing'

By: News24Wire      11th October 2018 New evidence to be filed as part of a court case taking the arms deal commission of inquiry’s findings on review purports to show that the commission ignored critical evidence, ignored the advice and documents provided by local and international investigators, and ultimately, through wilful... 

Packaging firm Mondi reports 30% rise in Q3 underlying profit

By: Reuters     11th October 2018 Packaging and paper group Mondi, reported a 30 percent increase in third-quarter underlying core profit, benefiting from higher average selling prices in some of its businesses. Underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose to €466-million in the three... 

Blockchain tech coming to commodities, Masters tells LME

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2018 The blockchain is coming to commodity markets, Blythe Masters told guests at the London Metal Exchange annual dinner during LME Week. The virtual ledger technology underlying cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin promises greater confidentiality, fewer paper exchanges, better provenance and a boost in... 

Concord Cranes supports refurbishment of 102-m-high digester jib crane

8th October 2018 Concord Cranes has deployed its advanced lifting services and expertise to assist with the refurbishment of a fixed digester jib crane in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal. This complex project, involving what is deemed to be one of the highest structures in the region, was completed in May 2018. The... 

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