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DPI Plastics to sponsor inaugural AMWN Conference in 2017

     29th September 2016 DPI Plastics will sponsor the inaugural African Marine Waste Network (AMWN) Conference in 2017 as its lead Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project. A leading manufacturer of PVC and HDPE water reticulation and drainage pipe and fitting systems, DPI Plastics is a key supporter of AMWN’s... 

Sometimes less is more, says Pitot as he departs Naacam

By: Irma Venter     27th September 2016 A local automotive industry with five vehicle manufacturers producing 150 000 units each a year might be better than seven to eight manufacturers producing between 50 000 and 100 000 vehicles each a year, says former National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam)... 

Commission’s ports probe to place spotlight on Transnet’s economic impact

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd September 2016 State-owned logistics company Transnet, which owns all commercial ports in South Africa and is the sole operator of the country’s container and automotive terminals, has naturally had a major influence over port operations and terminal handling charges. However, that role and dominance have often... 

Auto industry, unions conclude wage deal to 2019

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2016 South Africa’s automotive manufacturing sector and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have concluded their negotiations in Port Elizabeth for a new three-year wage agreement. The agreement will be in force until 2019. 

Commission’s ports probe to place spotlight on Transnet’s economic impact

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd September 2016 State-owned logistics company Transnet, which owns all commercial ports in South Africa and is the sole operator of the country’s container and automotive terminals, has naturally had a major influence over port operations and terminal handling charges. However, that role and dominance has often... 

Top talent primed for the 2016 Engen Champ of Champs

     22nd September 2016 The journey to the top for many of the country’s prodigiously talented young footballers is set to continue following the draw for the eagerly anticipated Engen Champ of Champs on Tuesday, 20 September 2016. The Engen Champ of Champs, which pits the five regional Engen Knockout Challenge winners... 

Launch of Osprey marks halfway point in TNPA’s R1.4bn tug-building contract 

By: Shirley le Guern     20th September 2016 The launch of the Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) Osprey tugboat in Durban harbour on Tuesday marked the halfway point in the port authority’s R1.4-billion tug-building contract. Southern African Shipyards CEO Prasheen Maharaj said at the launch that the Osprey was tangible proof... 

Rolfes’ Bragan acquisition leads to major profit increase  

By: Anine Kilian     19th September 2016 JSE-listed chemicals manufacturer Rolfes Group’s acquisition of Bragan Chemicals – an importer and distributor of speciality products in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries –helped the company achieve a 91% increase in headline earnings, from R41-million to R79-million,... 

iX Engineers – an Enterprise Development success story

     19th September 2016 An active participant in the transformation of South Africa, project delivery and engineering consultancy WorleyParsons RSA has demonstrated that Enterprise Development can be successful, as attested to by the creation of iX Engineers (Pty) Ltd, a 53% black-owned consulting engineering company... 

Keith Vroon

     16th September 2016 This week we feature Keith Anthony Vroon, CEO of Novus Holdings, a commercial printing and manufacturing company 

Mobile platform enhances safety across industries

By: Kimberley Smuts     16th September 2016 Technological engineer and mobile application (app) provider ttrumpet currently has a number of apps and services that are used to gather information and drive awareness about safety across industries. “Technology is driving innovation . . . particularly changes in existing customer service... 

Nuclear-powered desalination a possible solution to SA’s water woes

By: Kelvin Kemm     16th September 2016 People in the area falling under the Kouga municipality are becoming worried that the drought is continuing. This area is in the Eastern Cape and stretches inland from around Jeffrey’s Bay, St Francis Bay and Oyster Bay. It is a rich agricultural area and the prime dairy producing area of the... 

Beijing Automotive Group and Industrial Development Corporation to build new vehicle plant 

     15th September 2016 Chinese vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group and South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation has announced the establishment of a new vehicle plant, to be located in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, near Port Elizabeth. 

First Cut – celebrating 60 years at the ‘cutting-edge’ of South African industry

     15th September 2016 From a cool-drink can to an oil tanker, before something is manufactured or fabricated, each component needs to be cut from raw material. However, the speed, accuracy, precision and reliability with which that cutting is done all has a profound impact on a manufacturer’s ultimate profitability.... 

S Africa needs to increase positive news flow to attract FDI – Grant Thornton

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th September 2016 Despite negative perceptions of South Africa’s local economy, compounded by ongoing social challenges, the country remains the single-biggest recipient of foreign direct investment (FDI) on the continent, capturing more than a quarter of the continent’s total FDI allocation. “But, to many... 

#YourJourneyStartsHere continues at Engen Champ of Champs

     12th September 2016 The journey to the top for many of the country’s most talented young footballers continues as the winners of the regional Engen Knockout Challenge competitions face-off for the Engen Champ of Champs title in early October. The 2016 Engen Knockout Challenge crowned regional champions in Port... 

Auto industry, Numsa conclude new three-year wage deal

By: Irma Venter     9th September 2016 South Africa’s automotive manufacturing sector and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have concluded their negotiations in Port Elizabeth for a new three-year wage agreement. The agreement will be in force until 2019. 

BLUE CITY GOES RED

     9th September 2016 Only a few weeks after the African National Congress lost the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality to the ‘Blue’ of the Democratic Alliance, the city’s new Mayor, Athol Trollip (third from left), participated in a very ‘Red’ occasion. While he did not make any statements, Trollip was... 

Gordhan says recession unlikely in 2016

By: Reuters     7th September 2016 South Africa's economy is unlikely to fall into recession in 2016 although the right level of investment must be nurtured among investors to support growth, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Wednesday. Answering questions in parliament in Cape Town, Gordhan also said the government would be... 

Engen Xtreme Team ready to stamp their authority on GTC Africa

     2nd September 2016 The Engen Xtreme Team head into Round Two of GTC Africa at the Aldo Scribante Raceway on 10 September brimming with a confidence borne from their stellar showing in the opening round of the championship and the calming comfort of racing on their home track. The team’s Port Elizabeth-based... 

BAIC vehicle manufacturing plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd September 2016 The official sod turning for the project was held on August 30. 

Construction of BAIC, IDC Coega auto plant to be completed in Q1 2018

By: Irma Venter     30th August 2016 Chinese vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC) and South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) on Tuesday announced the establishment of a new vehicle plant, to be located in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), near Port Elizabeth. It will be the first new car... 

New tug fleet will enable South African ports to handle larger vessels

By: David Oliveira     26th August 2016 As part of parastatal Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy (MDS), Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA) will spend about R56-billion by 2019 to improve efficiencies of South Africa’s ports, including a R1.4-billion tugboat replacement project. The contract, which was awarded to local shipbuilding... 

BAIC vehicle manufacturing plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 The Beijing Automotive Group Corporation (BAIC) plans to build a completely knocked-down vehicle manufacturing plant in the Eastern Cape Industrial Development Zone. 

New tug fleet will enable SA ports to handle larger vessels

By: David Oliveira     26th August 2016 As part of parastatal Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy (MDS), Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA) will spend about R56-billion by 2019 to improve efficiencies of South Africa’s ports, including a R1.4-billion tugboat replacement project. The contract, which was awarded to local shipbuilding... 

BAIC to build CKD auto plant in Coega industrial zone 

By: Terence Creamer     19th August 2016 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) reports that it has signed a deal with the Beijing Automobile International Corporation (BAIC) for a new automotive investment worth R11-billion into the Eastern Cape industrial development zone (IDZ). The Chinese State-owned company plans to build a... 

Budget airline ponders going regional as it adds to domestic network

By: Keith Campbell     19th August 2016 South African low cost airline FlySafair is pondering whether it should add international flights, to other Southern African countries, to its currently all-domestic route network. “We are looking at it,” reports company CEO Elmar Conradie. “But it’s in its infancy, at the due diligence stage.... 

Port of Ngqura manganese export expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th August 2016 Transnet Freight Rail plans to increase the capacity on its Postmasburg−Port Elizabeth−Ngqura manganese rail line. 

South Africa clamps down on noncompliant goods 

By: News24Wire      16th August 2016 In the 2014-15 financial year, more than R548-million worth of poor quality, unsafe goods were removed from the South African market, said Asogan Moodley, CEO of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS), on Tuesday. “These products were stopped at the ports of entry in Durban,... 

IDC, BAIC set to unveil plans for new Eastern Cape auto plant

By: Terence Creamer     16th August 2016 South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has indicated that it and the BAIC Automotive Group, of China, will announce details of a new multibillion-rand motor vehicle manufacturing plant in Eastern Cape later this month. The development financier will host its annual... 

Government regulations seen supporting further green building uptake

By: David Oliveira     5th August 2016 Sustainable development specialists and property analysts have urged all South African businesses and developers to embrace the reality of green building as government actively pursues legislation to enforce more sustainable construction. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)... 

South African budget airline inaugurates new route

By: Keith Campbell     1st August 2016 South African low cost airline FlySafair celebrated the latest step in its expansion on Monday with the landing of its first scheduled flight at Lanseria International Airport, which lies south-west of Pretoria and north-west of Johannesburg. The flight originated in Cape Town. FlySafair is part... 

Department of Energy peaker projects, South Africa

By: Mariaan Webb     29th July 2016 The 685 MW Avon peaker plant has started commerical operation. 

Learners from poorly resourced schools participate in engineering job shadowing programme

     28th July 2016 In a move to empower the youth through its education, training and skills development programme, the Uitenhage Despatch Development Initiative has partnered with Royal HaskoningDHV to offer twenty grade 12 learners a job shadowing opportunity at the company. Royal HaskoningDHV is an international... 

MakeMeMobile scoops two awards at the 2016 Honeywell META Partner Conference

     26th July 2016 MakeMeMobile was recognised for their excellence at the recent Honeywell Sensing and Productivity Solutions’ three-day Middle East Turkey and Africa partner conference in Bangkok. MakeMeMobile, a recognised leader in enterprise mobility computing and AutoID solutions in southern Africa, scooped... 

Green building buy-in now imperative for corporates, developers, urge analysts

     25th July 2016 As government chases legislation to enforce the implementation of green building principles, analysts advise that embracing sustainable development is crucial for all sectors of South Africa. Sustainable development specialists and property analysts have urged all South African businesses and... 

685 MW Avon power plant enters commercial operation  

By: Anine Kilian     25th July 2016 The independent Avon peaking power open-cycle gas-fired power plant, near Durban, has started commercial operations. The 685 MW Avon power plant is the second independent power producer project (IPP) in South Africa developed by joint venture (JV) partners France’s Engie, South Africa’s Legend... 

NMMU to get SA's tenth medical school

By: News24Wire      25th July 2016 South Africa’s tenth medical school will be opened at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth, the university announced on Sunday. The announcement was made on Saturday by NMMU vice chancellor Professor Derrick Swartz following the government's approval. 

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