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685 MW Avon power plant enters commercial operation

By: Anine Kilian     Updated 1 hour 3 minutes ago 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      Updated 2 hours 38 minutes ago 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. 

CSIR’s frightening attitude towards renewable energy 

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     15th July 2016 Wikipedia says of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR): "[It] is South Africa's central and premier scientific research and development organisation. It was established by an Act of Parliament in 1945 and is situated on its own campus in the city of Pretoria.” About two years... 

Tug building project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th July 2016 The latest of the Transnet National Ports Authority’s nine new tugboats will set sail from the Durban premises of contractor Southern African Shipyards this month. 

Broadlink Expands its Micro Wave and Fibre services

     13th July 2016 Telecommunications provider, Broadlink has announced its upgraded network expansion project has begun and already over 40 new high sites are live. This new look network is expanding the capabilities and product performance in new geographic areas with increased capacities. To complement its... 

Second of nine new TNPA tugs to set sail

By: Anine Kilian     8th July 2016 The latest of Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) nine new, powerful tugboats will set sail from the Durban premises of contractor Southern African Shipyards this month, destined for its new home at the Port Elizabeth port. The tug was ceremonially launched as Qunu in May alongside a... 

Former mineworkers to get integrated support in claiming unpaid benefits

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th July 2016 An improved integrated process to aid former mineworkers battling with pension and provident fund claims would be rolled out across major historical mine labour sending areas following the conclusion of a pilot project in the Eastern Cape earlier this week. The Department of Planning, Monitoring... 

Sasol reports sharing information with universities benefits both sides

By: Keith Campbell     8th July 2016 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol warns that maintaining strict secrecy regarding intellectual property (IP) hampers cooperation between businesses and universities and thus constrains the development of new innovations, to the disadvantage of business. This was pointed out by Sasol... 

Second of Nine New TNPA Tugs Sets Sail

     7th July 2016 The latest of Transnet National Ports Authority’s nine new, powerful tugboats set sail from the Durban premises of contractor, Southern African Shipyards, on Thursday, 7 July, destined for its new home at the Port of Port Elizabeth. The tug was ceremonially launched as QUNU in May alongside a... 

Vandalised assets costing PRASA millions, raises concern over risk to new rolling stock

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th June 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) on Monday said extensive, ongoing incidences of vandalism against, and theft of, its assets had severely impacted on services, threatened safety and cost the operator some R331-million it could ill afford to lose. The ongoing incidents of... 

New US products showcased at Africa Rail

By: Victor Moolman     24th June 2016 New material testing equipment from US-based company MTS that can determine the strength and durability of rail infrastructure will be showcased at the Africa Rail 2016 conference and exhibition by laboratory equipment and services suppliers IMP Scientific & Precision. 

Serious stresses remain at local level, but will they affect the elections?

By: Keith Campbell     24th June 2016 As is no doubt by now well known, the Institute for Security Studies recently reported that its violence monitoring project had identified 2 880 public protests in this country between 2013 and 2015, of which 53% had been violent. These protests are often, if not nearly always, described as... 

Coca-Cola opens new $130m bottling plant in Mozambique

By: African News Agency      21st June 2016 Coca-Cola Bottling Company on Tuesday announced the official opening of its world-class bottling facility in Matola Gare, near Maputo, Mozambique. The plant, built over three years at a cost of $130-million, is the largest green-field facility in Coca-Cola Sabco’s history across its seven-country... 

Final qualifiers for AfriSam-Saia Awards announced

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th June 2016 The shortlisted contenders in this year’s AfriSam–South African Institute of Architects (Saia) Awards for Sustainable Architecture and Innovation were unveiled on Wednesday after record entries across the four categories were received by closing on March 24. Twenty-two projects out of 47 entries... 

Businesses turn to new technology for crucial energy savings

     14th June 2016 DESPITE a promise by parastatal Eskom of no load-shedding for the foreseeable future, soaring energy prices have forced businesses continue to cut energy consumption. The issue has become particularly crucial for companies bearing the ISO 50001 energy management standard certification, which... 

Another multimillion-rand expansion at Coega IDZ

By: Dylan Slater     10th June 2016 State-owned company for the development of 11 500 ha of industrial land in Port Elizabeth, the Coega Development Corporation (CDC), last month announced a R22-million expansion project by agroprocessing company Dynamic Commodities to be developed in Zone 3 of the Coega industrial development zone... 

Niche welding companies remain optimistic

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th June 2016 Despite a challenging start to the year for companies in the mining and engineering sectors, friction welding specialist Manapp Industries director Shannon Frost and welding and cutting solutions provider Shield Technologies CEO Wayne Holt are optimistic about their companies’ prospects. 

New Appointment Takes Cynthia Back To Her Free State Roots

     8th June 2016 For Cynthia, who was previously a.b.e's Regional Manager in the Eastern Cape,  the appointment has taken her back to her roots as she started her career at a.b.e. in Bloemfontein as Resellers Consultant 16 years ago,  marketing the company's  products to hardware stores and builders merchants in... 

TFR moves record 1.05Mt of manganese in May

     8th June 2016 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) moved a record 1.05-million tons of manganese in May – a new monthly record – as a result of an improvement in operational efficiencies and an upturn in market conditions. “The record-breaking performance is due to a significant improvement in efficiencies across the... 

R116m water treatment plant launched in the Eastern Cape 

By: African News Agency      1st June 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through its Critical Infrastructure Programme (CIP), has launched a R116-million water treatment plant in Steytleville, outside Port Elizabeth, to combat water shortages in the area. The project was supported by the DTI, the Department of Water and... 

Power management company unveils new products

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th May 2016 Power management company Eaton launched its first month-long exhibition, called South Africa Mobile Tech Day, to showcase solutions in commercial construction that combines expert analysis and demonstrative exhibitions to address customers’ power management needs. The Eaton Mobile Tech Day... 

Tool Die And Mould-Making At South African Automotive Week

     17th May 2016 The Tool, Die, Mould-making and precision engineering sectors will take centerstage at the 5th edition of South African Automotive Week from October 11-13 2016 at the Tshwane Events Centre. Speaking after the launch of the Eastern Cape Tooling Initiative in Port Elizabeth in April, Inkanyezi... 

Pia Solar

     13th May 2016 From humble beginnings in the Eastern Cape five years ago, PiA Solar – a designer, manufacturer and installer of mounting systems for the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry – has grown into a major African structures supplier, with over 460 MW supplied and/or installed to date. The full range of... 

There’s more to elections than attendance at manifesto launch rallies 

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     13th May 2016 An old Prog – a former member of the liberal Progressive Party, one of the precursors of the Democratic Alliance (DA) – told me a story about the 1961 general election, which was held on October 18, 13 months before I was born. 

Bioremediation at North End lake shows promising results

By: David Oliveira     13th May 2016 Water-quality test results following the organic clean-up of the North End lake in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, were positive in various critical parameters, suggesting a significant drop in pollution levels, which made the lake unsuitable for swimming events in the past. According to... 

Leakage system provides solutions in Johannesburg

By: Simon Sonnekus     13th May 2016 Water-leak detection and control systems provider AquaTrip South Africa has reasserted its focus on conserving water with the installation of its electronic valve, which monitors water flow at schools across Johannesburg. The Brisbane-based company has a regional office in Stellenbosch, in the... 

Tug building project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th May 2016 The Transnet National Ports Authority launched two tugboats – Qunu and Cormorant – on May 6. 

Water taken from Sterkfontein still not replaced – Muller  

By: Martin Creamer     12th May 2016 Water extracted from the Sterkfontein dam had still not been replaced, six months after officials promised that it would be, Wits School of Governance visiting adjunct professor Mike Muller has pointed out. Speaking at this week’s South African Institution of Civil Engineering Civilution... 

Two more tugs roll off the production line for delivery to TNPA

By: Anine Kilian     6th May 2016 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) on Friday launched two tugboats – Qunu and Cormorant – as part of its R1.4-billion contract to procure nine tugboats from Durban shipbuilder Southern African Shipyards. The contract was the largest single contract TNPA had ever awarded to a South African... 

South African architecture set for significant changes

     3rd May 2016 THE South African architectural industry is changing so radically and with such speed that current business practices will be virtually unrecognisable a decade from now. This is according to leading architectural firm SVA International, which has been a major industry player for the past 73... 

SA quantity surveyors should look to Africa for new projects

     29th April 2016 Project management company Synergy Property Solutions (Synergy) says South African quantity surveyors should expand their operations to include African countries, as there are vast business opportunities in Africa, and it can assist them overcome the cyclical slumps in the South African economy. 

Engen builds meaningful bonds with soccer field upgrades

     28th April 2016 Engen continues to make a positive impact by giving back to the communities in which it operates. As part of an inventive advertising deal, a portion of Engen’s outdoor spend will be used to upgrade soccer facilities around the country. Engen, who is the proud sponsor of Premier Soccer League... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd April 2016 The first of 1 098 wind turbine components are en route from the deepwater Port of Ngqura to Loeriesfontein, in the Northern Cape. 

KSB Pumps and Valves

     22nd April 2016 Headquartered on the East Rand, KSB Pumps and Valves in an original-equipment manufacturer of technologically advanced pumps, valves and related products for sectors including water, sewerage, chemicals, petrochemicals, steel, mining, energy and building services. Since 1959, the company has... 

South Africa’s 2016 solar-car race set to kick off on September 24

By: Irma Venter     22nd April 2016 This year’s biennial eight-day Sasol Solar Challenge will take place from September 24 to October 1. The event will start in Pretoria, move down to Port Elizabeth and wrap up in Cape Town, similar to the 2014 solar challenge. The 2016 event again revolves around maximising and managing the energy... 

BASF co-sponsored innovative diploma course yields first graduates at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

     20th April 2016 Contribution addresses the critical scarce-skills needs of the chemical processing industry BASF remains committed  to supporting the upliftment of science, mathematics and engineering programmes BASF South Africa joins the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s InnoVenton Institute in... 

Africa’s largest expanse of wind turbines en route to Loeriesfontein 

By: Samantha Herbst     18th April 2016 The first of 1 098 wind turbine components are en route from the deepwater Port of Ngqura, 20 km north-east of Port Elizabeth, to Loeriesfontein, in the Northern Cape, which will soon become home to the largest expanse of wind turbines on the African continent, announced Khobab and Loeriesfontein... 

Ford to invest R2.5bn as it gears up for new Everest SUV production at Pretoria plant

By: Irma Venter     15th April 2016 US car maker Ford will invest R2.5-billion to build the new Everest sports-utility vehicle (SUV) at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria. The plant already produces the Ranger pickup for the local market, as well as 148 markets in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. It is the best-selling... 

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