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Tooling capabilities open up new prospects for SA auto-parts firm

By: David Oliveira     Updated 3 hours ago Cable management solutions provider HellermannTyton South Africa’s 2014 acquisition of PVS Engineering has significantly improved the company’s tooling manufacturing capabilities and placed the company in a strong position within the group internationally. HellermannTyton South Africa network... 

Sanral rehabilitation project derisks Uitenhage power failures 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2017 The completion of an R80-million slope stabilisation engineering project in Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan region, in the Eastern Cape, has prevented the risk of damage to power cables and related blackouts in Uitenhage. The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said on Tuesday... 

Loeriesfontein, Khobab wind farms edge closer to completion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2017 Around 750 loads of wind turbine component sections are expected to be delivered to the Loeriesfontein and Khobab wind farms, near Calvinia, in the Northern Cape, between January 12 and September. The components are being transported from the Port of Ngqura, outside of Port Elizabeth, in the... 

NGOs express concern about Eskom’s involvement in nuclear build programme

By: Kim Cloete     14th December 2016 Several organisations attending public hearings in Cape Town have expressed concern about conflict of interest in Eskom’s involvement in the nuclear new build programme.  “Nuclear will not easily be accepted by the population. It is heavily contested. If you go down the nuclear path, it needs to... 

Council for Geoscience okays Thyspunt for nuclear development 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2016 State-owned Eskom on Tuesday welcomed the Council for Geoscience’s (CGS’s) confirmation that there are no geological, bedrock topography or seismological problems at the proposed Thyspunt nuclear site that could possibly disqualify the area for the construction of a nuclear installation. In... 

Transnet appoints Ngqura liquid bulk terminal operator

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th December 2016 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has selected independent bulk liquid storage provider Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo (OTGC) as the preferred bidder to plan, fund, build, own, maintain and operate a new liquid bulk handling facility at the Port of Ngqura, in Port Elizabeth. OTGC,... 

App ensures improved security for businesses

By: Victor Moolman     9th December 2016 To further improve security for businesses, technological engineer and mobile application (app) provider ttrumpet has designed a mobile app that will enable businesses to monitor their surroundings, link camera systems and provide new information on any security risks. 

Freight and logistics company of the year named

     2nd December 2016 South Africa-based transport company Dachser South Africa (SA) has been named the Freight and Logistics Company of the Year at the ninth Transport Africa Awards 2016. The Transport Africa Awards are designed to recognise companies that have demonstrated an unparalleled ability to succeed and have... 

BASF appoints new South Africa MD, country cluster head

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st December 2016 International chemicals company BASF has appointed Benoit Fricard South Africa MD and Southern Africa country cluster head. He joined the organisation in 2002 and most recently held the position of BASF South America performance materials director. 

A.B.E Concrete Protection For Upgrading Of Three Cape Waste Water Treatment Plants

     30th November 2016 A.B.E Construction Chemicals has supplied specialised products for the protection of the concrete surfaces and joints of three waste water treatment works in the Cape Province. A.B.E is part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group. Dean Botha, a.b.e. Technical Sales Consultant in the Eastern Cape,... 

BASF in South Africa contributes to social upliftment programme.

     28th November 2016 BASF South Africa donates R50 000 to the Missionvale Care Center for the fourth consecutive year. Social upliftment, donations and employee volunteering form an integral component of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility Programme. BASF South Africa today contributed a further R50 000 to... 

Company supports plastic waste management  

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics will sponsor the inaugural African Marine Waste Network (AMWN) conference next year.   The AMWN was launched in July this year by the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST), plastics industry representative... 

Eastern Cape SMMEs to manufacture dolosse for N2 refurbishment project

By: David Oliveira     25th November 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) announced last month the appointment of four small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the Eastern Cape to manufacture interlocking concrete blocks, known as dolosse. The roads agency, which has a responsibility to protect its... 

Energy efficient charging of electric vehicles successfully piloted at PE varsity

     25th November 2016 By Heather Dugmore After a year of development, a smart grid pilot project for the energy efficient charging of electric vehicles (EVs) through battery storage and energy management across a network of charging stations has proved successful. 

German drive engineering group to expand activities in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     25th November 2016 German drive engineering group SEW Eurodrive is planning to expand its assembly capacity in South Africa. The company operates 15 manufacturing plants in Germany, France, Brazil, the US and China, which ship components to assembly plants in 75 countries, including South Africa. “We invest in all... 

Results of passenger car product quality survey unveiled

By: Irma Venter     25th November 2016 Research house Ipsos has announced the winners in its newest Ipsos Passenger Car Product Quality Survey. The survey is voluntary, with 17 vehicle brands participating, representing 77% of the new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles sold through retail channels in South Africa. 

BASF in South Africa supports mathematics and science education initiative

     24th November 2016 BASF in South Africa donates R200 000 to iGEMS programme. Programme aimed at supporting the study of Mathematics and Science amongst the disadvantaged communities of the Nelson Mandela Metropole. Collaborative venture aims to support the chemical and manufacturing industries by providing skilled... 

Engen launches PETRONAS lubricants through rebranded Engen Oil Centre franchise

     23rd November 2016 Engen Petroleum, a leading producer and marketer of a wide range of fuels, lubricants and oil based products, has rebranded its lubricants distribution business as Engen Oil Centre – marking its official launch of the PETRONAS Lubricants International (PLI) range in the market.   Engen Oil... 

FibreCo appoints Business Development Executive

     22nd November 2016 FibreCo Telecommunications today announced the appointment of Sammy Thamsanqa Mafu as its Business Development Executive.  This strategic and pivotal role will help drive the growth of the company, driving new business initiatives as well as aligning FibreCo’s growth strategy with the... 

ECDC Spent R6 Million And Attracted R19, 8 Million Testing And Developing Smme Business Ideas And Concepts In 2015/16

     21st November 2016 An Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) funded polyfibre project has been bolstered with a R22 million injection from the Department of Trade and Industry’s Employment Creation Fund for the establishment of a factory in Port Alfred and three buy-back centres in Stutterheim, Grahamstown and... 

Perfectly positioned in PE: New Renttech SA sales outlet offers customers greater convenience and service levels

     16th November 2016 Renttech South Africa, a leader in the sales and rental of top quality welding, lifting, rigging and construction equipment, has moved its Port Elizabeth branch into a new, spacious, state-of-the-art sales outlet. The move is in line with Renttech South Africa's strategy of expanding and... 

Arguments for nuclear energy

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     11th November 2016 When I worked for State-owned power utility Eskom, I gave up trying to explain to people how power systems work. Right now I am hard practising my ignoring skills in the debate over whether or not we need nuclear power or whether or not wind power is good. But before I do this, before I drop the... 

Company celebrates long-time continuous operations in Africa

     11th November 2016 This month geotechnical contractor Franki Africa celebrates seventy years of continuous operation in Africa. The company highlights that it is more motivated than ever to move forward vigorously in spite of challenging times in the construction industry. “Seventy years is a significant milestone... 

Toyota, Audi win big in Ipsos quality survey

By: Irma Venter     9th November 2016 Research house Ipsos has announced the winners in its newest Ipsos Passenger Car Product Quality Survey. The survey is voluntary, with 17 vehicle brands participating, representing 77% of the new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles sold through retail channels in South Africa. 

Indluplace exceeds guidance, declares handsome dividend

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th November 2016 JSE-listed residential real estate investment trust Indluplace Properties on Wednesday declared a dividend of 92.61c a share for the year ended September 30, up 10.5% on its prelisting forecast. This, FD Terry Kaplan said, was also higher than the company’s guidance of 92.55c. 

Ozone depleting gas smugglers face clampdown

     3rd November 2016 Industries using imported ozone depleting HCFC refrigerants face escalating retrofit and recycling costs and should not be tempted to use illegal alternatives, warned leading industrial gases company Afrox. The South African government has launched a campaign to clamp down on the smuggling of... 

Go Life International To List On Altx

     3rd November 2016 Go Life International, a Mauritian-listed nutraceutical company is seeking an inward listing on the AltX board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange following the acquisition earlier this year of the remaining 78% interest in Go Life Health Products, which holds Gotha Health Products (collectively... 

Nutraceutical firm Go Life seeks AltX listing

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd November 2016 Mauritian-listed nutraceutical company Go Life International is seeking an inward listing on the JSE’s AltX, following the acquisition earlier this year of the remaining 78% interest in Go Life Health Products. Go Life will list on the AltX this month, subject to JSE approval. Go Life... 

ACSA signs contract to run Mthatha Airport 

By: Anine Kilian     31st October 2016 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) will take over management and operations of Mthatha Airport, in the Eastern Cape, as part of an agreement between ACSA and the Eastern Cape Department of Transport, it announced on Monday. In terms of the contract, ACSA will be responsible for the management... 

African Oxygen (Afrox) officially unveiled its flagship R60-million filling and engineering services hub at Riverhorse Valley to the north of Durban on Friday.

     28th October 2016 The 18 000 m² site is home to a one-stop-shop for Argoshield, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, helium, medical and food-grade gases, as well as portable cryogenic containers, Afrox MD Schalk Venter explained. African Oxygen (Afrox) has officially unveiled its flagship R60-million filling and engineering... 

BAIC vehicle manufacturing plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th October 2016 The site on which the first new car-manufacturing facility in South Africa to be built in 40 years is ready for construction. 

Ford begins local production of sports utility vehicle

By: Irma Venter     28th October 2016 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has started production of the Everest sports-utility vehicle (SUV) at its Silverton plant, in Pretoria. The introduction of the Everest to the assembly line means the Ford plant becomes a two-vehicle assembly facility. The plant currently produces the... 

Government initiatives result in more road lighting projects

By: Nadine James     28th October 2016 The South African government’s drive to implement energy efficiency practices and maximise energy savings, along with its work with municipalities and State-owned power utility Eskom in the electrification of informal settlements and rural areas, has ensured that there are more opportunities for... 

Voltage optimisation solution punted as way to cut energy costs

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th October 2016 A deal by South African energy efficiency specialists Rhino Lighting and Powerstar South Africa (SA) has signalled the nationwide roll-out of a globally patented Powerstar range of voltage optimisation systems for local industry, which has resulted in energy cost-savings of more than 25% in some... 

SA Ports Geared for 2016/17 Cruise Season

     27th October 2016 South Africa’s ports are ramping up for another busy cruise season with at least 14 luxury cruise lines and 20 vessels of varying sizes set to ferry international and domestic tourists across the country’s port cities. The 2016/17 South African cruise season kicks off on 1 November. MSC SINFONIA... 

20 cruise liners to dock in South African ports over the next six months

By: African News Agency      27th October 2016 At least 20 cruise vessels, including the Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Elizabeth, are set to dock in South Africa’s ports in the next six months. Transnet National Ports Authority spokeswoman Lunga Ngcobo said in a statement release on Wednesday that the first cruise liner to dock will be the MSC... 

Port projects tweaked to suit market

     26th October 2016 Transnet National Ports Authority said it had built flexibility into the tender specifications for Operation Phakisa new build projects at its ports in order to meet the current economic climate. Speaking at the African Ports Evolution 2016 Conference in Durban last week, Ricky Bhikraj, Executive... 

Coega site ready for BAIC’s R11bn car plant

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th October 2016 The site set to house the first new car manufacturing facility in South Africa in 40 years is ready for construction, the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) said on Monday. CDC has cleared some 54 ha of land in Zone 1 of the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), near Port Elizabeth, for... 

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