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Conference celebrates 19 years of success

By: Victor Moolman     24th June 2016 The longest running rail conference and exhibition in Africa, Africa Rail, will mark its nineteenth year of existence, says international business to business media company Terrapinn. 

Confusion regarding certification explained

     24th June 2016 Owing to the confusion within municipalities and the general public regarding the meaning of a certification body within the pipes industry,  Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association CEO Jan Venter highlights the misperceptions by explaining the differences between the South... 

Engineers faced with fast delivery challenge

By: Sebastian Whyle     24th June 2016 Consulting engineering and environmental consulting firm JG Afrika MD Paul Olivier reports that the consulting engineering industry is faced with an increased demand for fast project delivery from clients.  

Microwave communication range launched after company link-up

By: David Oliveira     24th June 2016 Information and communications technology (ICT) provider Netshield South Africa, a Westcon-Comstor Southern Africa company, launched the product range of leading microwave research and production company Youncta in Pretoria earlier this month. Netshield is the sole distributor of Youncta products... 

New nuclear programme localisation target likely to be 50%

By: Keith Campbell     24th June 2016 The South African government is looking at securing a local content level of 50% in the country’s proposed new nuclear power plant (NPP) programme. This was stated recently by South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) Board Chairperson Dr Kelvin Kemm at a press briefing at the Necsa... 

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. 

Rail upgrade project largest in the world

By: Victor Moolman     24th June 2016 The new rolling stock procurement programme from the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) is the largest passenger rail and system upgrade in the world, says professional service firm KPMG. 

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... 

South Africa’s R&D spend falls short of Brics counterparts

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th June 2016 South Africa spends a relatively low proportion of its gross domestic product (GDP) on research and development (R&D), the National Advisory Council on Innovation (Naci) revealed in its yearly South African Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Indicators report. “South Africa’s general... 

New Board Calls For Industrial Unity To Safeguard Skills Funds

     23rd June 2016 The newly-established Professional Board for the Master Built Environment intends playing a major role in boosting the skills level and professional status of 41 industries that have pledged allegiance to the PBMBE's goals, says Dr Ivor Blumenthal, CEO of ArkKonsult,  the consultancy spearheading... 

Poland signs poultry deal with SA

By: African News Agency      23rd June 2016 The Polish government has negotiated a health certificate with the South African government, paving the way for the eastern European country to export poultry to South Africa. Poland’s deputy main animal health inspector Krzysztof Jażdżewski concluded the deal with his South African counterparts... 

Markets ignore Tshwane violence over Brexit - for now

By: News24Wire      22nd June 2016 Although intra-African National Congress (ANC), election-related, factional violence is being currently ignored by markets trading on external factors, it remains worrying, said emerging markets economist Peter Attard Montalto of Nomura. He said at the moment, nothing is relevant to the market... 

Zuma urges labour to work with government

By: News24Wire      21st June 2016 President Jacob Zuma has praised organised labour and business for working with the government to avert a recent ratings downgrade, and said the cooperation should continue. Speaking at the opening of a meeting of the presidential labour working group in Pretoria on Tuesday, he thanked trade... 

Presidency reports on progress with 9-point plan

By: News24Wire      21st June 2016 The South African Government is making steady progress in the implementation of its Nine Point Plan to reignite growth and create jobs, the Presidency said on Monday. The plan, which forms part of of the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP), was announced by President Jacob Zuma... 

Clamps remain a trusted product across projects

By: Victor Moolman     17th June 2016 Distributor of connection systems for steelwork Structural Fixing Systems has been providing products from UK-based fastener systems manufacturer Lindapter for South African projects since 1976. 

R400m Dunnottar train plant contract awarded to black-owned firms

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2016 Gibela has awarded the Trencon Black Jills joint venture (JV) the R400-million contract to build the main site buildings at its Dunnottar train manufacturing plant, on the East Rand. The plant will be used to produce the 580 trains Gibela is to supply to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa... 

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... 

People and the community are first-in-mind, first-in-choice for Atlas Copco

     14th June 2016 Batho Pele Christian School, nestled in the Vastfontein community North of Pretoria, has been making good use of cash funding received from Atlas Copco South Africa to purchase building equipment and take care of the maintenance and general running costs. Atlas Copco has been supporting... 

Stor-Age outperforms listing forecasts

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th June 2016 JSE-listed self storage property fund Stor-Age has exceeded all of its prelisting forecasts in its maiden financial year-end results, delivering a 4.7% higher distribution of 30c a share, or R39-million, to shareholders during the period to March than forecast upon listing. Since listing on the... 

The new Royal School Alberton defined by brick

     13th June 2016 A total of 612 000 Corobrik Moroccan Red Travertine face bricks are being used in the construction of Royal School Alberton in Cosmopolitan Projects’ Leopard’s Rest housing development in Albertsdal, bringing rich aesthetic appeal and integrity to this greenfield project.   Leopard’s Rest... 

A Fluor South Africa Community Project Stands a Chance to Receive $10,000 Grant

By: Liezille Vermeulen     13th June 2016 Fluor Corporation is supporting 10 community improvement projects around the globe. Each project receives $10,000 from Fluor’s Global Community Project Fund. 

Moloto Road upgrades get Zuma’s nod

By: African News Agency      10th June 2016 President Jacob Zuma on Friday reassured Mpumalanga residents that government would deliver to them necessary services and infrastructure to improve their livelihoods. He said the delivery of these services would begin with the upgrading of the deadly Moloto road and the building of water... 

The Cullinan Dream Sells For Us$25,365,000 Million

     10th June 2016 The 24.18 carat Cullinan Dream, sold for US$25,365,000 million, making it the most expensive fancy intense blue diamond sold at auction Petra Diamonds will receive a 15 percent share in the diamond sales proceeds after expenses The largest Fancy Intense Blue Diamond ever to be auctioned, featured... 

BMW SA unveils purpose-built solar carport for electric vehicles

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2016 BMW Group South Africa (SA) has unveiled a purpose-built solar carport that allows its electric vehicle (EV) range to charge using the power of the sun, instead of electricity from power utility Eskom's grid. The carport, an international innovation by Germany's BMW Group, can charge any EV, such... 

S Africa’s localisation target for its new nuclear programme likely to be 50% 

By: Keith Campbell     8th June 2016 The South African government is looking at securing a local content level of 50% in the country’s proposed new nuclear power plant (NPP) programme. This was stated on Tuesday by South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) Board Chairperson Dr Kelvin Kemm at a press briefing at the Necsa... 

NUM to demand a 20% wage hike at Amplats – internal document

By: Reuters     3rd June 2016 South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers will demand a wage increase of 20% per year for the next two years in upcoming talks with Anglo American Platinum, according to an internal document seen by Reuters. According to Amplats, NUM represents about 20% of its workforce. The majority belong... 

South Africa may dodge credit rating cut on Friday but risks remain – analysts

By: Reuters     3rd June 2016 Standard & Poor's (S&P's) will probably not cut South Africa's credit rating into "junk" territory on Friday, analysts say, but it may warn that any signs of political upheaval undermining economic policy could trigger a downgrade later in the year. S&P's, which rates the sovereign debt of... 

Armscor committed to assisting local SMMEs

By: Keith Campbell     3rd June 2016 South African defence acquisition and disposal, research and development (R&D) agency Armscor Chairperson, retired Vice Admiral Refiloe Mudimu, has pledged the organisation's support for local small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs), especially black-owned ones, seeking to enter the defence... 

BMW turns sod on new Rosslyn bodyshop

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2016 BMW Group South Africa (SA) in May marked the start of construction of a new bodyshop at its Rosslyn plant, in Tshwane. The group acquired a roughly 33 000 m2 site adjacent to the plant for the new building, said BMW Group SA plant director Stefan Huelsenberg at a sod-turning ceremony at the... 

Gautrain fee increase announcement indicative of poor management

By: Kelvin Kemm     3rd June 2016 Operators of the Gautrain have yet again increased the fees for the service and this irritates me. What particularly irritated me was a Gautrain spokesperson saying in the newspaper: “The Gautrain increases fees every year to keep up with inflation-related increases. Our increases are related to... 

Small enterprises urged to contribute to defence sector charter

By: Keith Campbell     3rd June 2016 Small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) have been urged to provide inputs for the development of the Defence Industry Sectoral Charter, which will seek, among other things, to advance black economic empowerment in the local defence industry. The call was made by Department of Defence (DoD)... 

Proposed changes to coal-cost regulation under spotlight at Nersa hearings 

By: Anine Kilian     2nd June 2016 The National Energy Regulator of South Afria (Nersa) indicated on Thursday that it planned to finalise the review of the Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD) methodology by June 28. During public hearings held in Pretoria on proposed changes to the methodology, State-owned utility Eskom’s input... 

Trencon Black Jills JV wins R400m Gibela train plant contract

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2016 Gibela on Thursday announced that it had awarded the Trencon Black Jills joint venture (JV) the R400-million contract to build the main site buildings at its Dunnottar train manufacturing plant, on the East Rand. The plant would be used to produce the 580 trains Gibela was to supply to the... 

Pandor urges South Africa to engage venture capital companies to invest in science, technology

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd June 2016 South Africa should actively engage local venture capital companies to encourage and facilitate joint investments in commercial science, technology and public-benefit projects, says Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor. Speaking at the National Advisory Council on Innovation's Business... 

Black industrialists receive R550m funding support 

By: David Oliveira     1st June 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has provided R550-million in finance to five companies that have been approved for participation in the department’s Black Industrialists (BI) programme, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has revealed. Speaking at a media briefing following the... 

Gautrain disruptions cause havoc in Johannesburg

By: African News Agency      1st June 2016 The month of June started badly for Gautrain passengers with service interruptions adding to the pain of fare increases which came into force on Wednesday. Passengers faced the grim possibility of missing their flights as services from Johannesburg’s Park Station and Pretoria to OR Tambo... 

More To Benefit From Laudium Community Fun Walk 2016

     31st May 2016 The exponential growth of the Annual Laudium Community Fun Walk since it started in 2013 will result in even more needy people being assisted this winter. The 4th edition of the Walk on Sunday 29 May saw more than 3 000 supporters from all over Gauteng and even some from neighbouring provinces... 

Fourways Airconditioning is expanding – yet again!

     30th May 2016 The secret of Fourways Airconditioning’s success ever since we started over 15 years ago has always been – we sell service! And ‘service’ in our view means ‘being close to our customers’. That’s why we’re not only situated in metropolitan areas such as Durban, P.E., Cape Town, George and... 

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