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Former mineworkers owed billions of rands

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd July 2016 A substantial sum – between R7-billion and R10-billion – of an estimated R30-billion in unclaimed benefits is believed to be due to South Africa’s former mineworkers. The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) is working to deliver a single compensation legislation by March and an integrated... 

AFRICAN ENERGY

     22nd July 2016 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya earlier this month in an effort to strengthen diplomatic and economic ties, with special attention given to the issue of energy. In South Africa, where this photograph was taken during an address to business... 

Africa’s brightest youth brainstorm solutions to socioeconomic challenges 

By: David Oliveira     22nd July 2016 One hundred of Africa’s most innovative youth gathered at the Brightest Young Minds (BYM) 2016 summit, held in Johannesburg last month, to discuss and find innovative solutions for Africa’s socioeconomic challenges. “BYM is a nonprofit public-benefit organisation aimed at providing a platform for... 

Rea Vaya to reach Sandton central by 2018

By: Irma Venter     18th July 2016 The City of Johannesburg aims to bring its Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system to Sandton central within the next two years. Rea Vaya started operations in 2009, and already runs between areas such as Parktown, Doornfontein and Soweto. 

DTI sets up Africa-focused trade unit in bid to grow exports beyond R300bn

By: Terence Creamer     15th July 2016 The South African government believes the launch of a new one-stop-shop to facilitate higher levels of trade and investment in the rest of Africa will help consolidate the continent as the country’s most important market for value-added goods and create the platform for an expansion in exports... 

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... 

PRASA new rolling stock procurement programme – Gibela rolling stock project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th July 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa plans to unveil a replica of its newly acquired trains at the Pretoria station for public viewing from the end of July. 

Role of 3D printing in development of aircraft components rising

By: Dylan Slater     15th July 2016 The rise of additive manufacturing technology, or three-dimensional (3D) printing, is spurring accelerated levels of development in a broad range of items, as concepts can be manufactured at a fraction of the costs and time it would otherwise have taken to develop parts using conventional... 

Nissan South Africa teams up with Ntirisano to help stimulate economic development

     14th July 2016 Nissan South Africa welcomed Gauteng Premier David Makhura and his delegation to its Head Office in Rosslyn, north of Pretoria, last week. This visit was part of the government’s Ntirisano programme, which is aimed at solving local community problems and empowers them to drive their own... 

Eskom commits to second phase funding of the Eskom Power Plant Engineering Institute (EPPEI)

     13th July 2016 Eskom will sign phase 2 of Eskom Power Plant Engineering Institute funding agreement, in collaboration with the Universities of Cape Town, Witwatersrand, North-West, Pretoria, KwaZulu-Natal and Stellenbosch, in partnership with a further seven other universities. The signing ceremony will be held... 

Honeywell And U.S. Space & Rocket Center Re-Igniting Teachers’ Passion For Stem Education In South Africa

     11th July 2016 The program has inspired 2,576 maths and science teachers from 56 countries and 52 U.S. states and territories since 2004, reaching more than 3 million students The U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) and its long-term partner Honeywell (NYSE: HON) hosted more than 200 teachers from 25 countries... 

South Africa backs India’s bid to join Nuclear Suppliers Group 

By: African News Agency      8th July 2016 South African President Jacob Zuma agreed Friday to support India’s controversial bid to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), an international body which controls commerce in nuclear materials and technology. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced this at a joint press conference at the... 

Trade Registration Open For Africa’s Premier Aerospace And Defence Exhibition Aad2016

     8th July 2016 Trade visitor registration for the fast approaching Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition and Air show is now open. AAD 2016 takes place from 14th -18th September 2016 at the Air Force Base Waterkloof, Pretoria. Prospective visitors are invited to visit the website www.aadexpo.co.za to apply.... 

Material failure contributed to fatal Johannesburg bridge collapse, insists expert witness 

By: African News Agency      8th July 2016 For the second day running, the head of the University of Pretoria’s Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering Department, Roelf Mostert, gave evidence in the Department of Labour inquiry into the Grayston bridge collapse last year that killed two people and injured 19 others. On Friday,... 

SA, India to deepen trade ties

By: African News Agency      8th July 2016 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s current visit to South Africa has presented the opportunity for the two countries to enhance trade and investment relations, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday. "We are looking to increase and diversify South African exports to India. We have identified new... 

Automotive investment projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th July 2016 BMW SA, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa and Volkswagen South Africa Group are undertaking multibillion-rand investment programmes to increase capacity at their respective assembly plants. 

First new passenger trains to enter into service in October

By: Irma Venter     8th July 2016 The first new passenger trains to be delivered according to a multibillionrand contact signed between Gibela and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), are set to enter service in October, says PRASA strategic asset development group executive Piet Sebola. He says the first new blue... 

New header designs to be showcased at Power-Gen Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th July 2016 Engineering, manufacturing, construction and maintenance services provider Steinmüller Africa will showcase two header models at this year’s Power-Gen Africa event, which will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre from July 19 to 21. 

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... 

Sustainable roof tile set to revolutionise market

By: Simon Sonnekus     8th July 2016 Pretoria-based start-up company Thevia has introduced a sustainably manufactured roof tile that should “revolutionise” the roof tile market owing to its unique design, says Thevia FD Martin Ackermann. The tiles, each weighing 1.3 kg are 70% lighter than traditional concrete, slate or clay tiles,... 

PRASA to display train replica

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th July 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) plans to unveil a replica of its newly purchased trains at the Pretoria station for public viewing from the end of July. The showpiece, which arrived at the station on Thursday, was meant to showcase the new trains it aimed to roll out over the... 

PRASA Welcomes The Mock - Up Of The New Trains

     7th July 2016 PRASA has welcomed the mock-up of its new trains at Pretoria Station today. The Mock-up train, an exact replica of the newly purchased trains, will be open for public viewing at the end of July free of charge.   The train is an example of a single coach that will be used to demonstrate the... 

Phase 1 of MyCiti done, ‘obsession’ with BRT ‘waning’ – Heron 

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2016 Cape Town’s MyCiti bus service transported its highest ever number of passengers in May this year, said Cape Town Transport MMC Brett Heron on Thursday. Addressing delegates at the Southern African Transport Conference in Pretoria, he said MiCiti had seen 700 000 passenger journeys in May. The... 

IMF cuts South Africa's 2016 growth forecast to 0.1%, says outlook sobering

By: Reuters     7th July 2016 The International Monetary Fund cut South Africa's 2016 growth forecast to barely above 0% on Thursday, saying that Africa's most industrialised economy was not keeping up with the increasing population. The economy would grow by 0.1% in 2016 versus a previous estimate of 0.6% given by the global... 

Eskom says it owns assets at some South African coal mines

By: Bloomberg     6th July 2016 South Africa’s power utility plans to transfer assets at coal mines it helped to pay for onto its own balance sheet, which will involve a “painful process” of discussions with companies including Anglo American and Exxaro Resources, an executive said. Lawyers for Eskom, South Africa’s biggest... 

New funding to boost ruby mining

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2016 Coloured-gemstone miner and marketer Gemfields announced on Monday that it had finalised four new debt financing facilities totalling $65-million. Gemfields CFO Janet Boyce said Gemfields now had the necessary funding to increase its rough ruby production to 20-million carats a year and rough... 

India’s PM Modi to attend a business forum in SA

By: African News Agency      4th July 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) on Monday said Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, will be visiting South Africa this Friday. In a statement, the dti Minister Rob Davies said Modi was expected to be accompanied by a high level business delegation and would attend the... 

Current public transport subsidies not sustainable, warns Treasury

By: Irma Venter     4th July 2016 South African public transport operators need “to do more with less” as the economy contracted and the national fiscus faced increasing financial pressure, said National Treasury intergovernmental relations deputy director-general Malijeng Ngqaleni on Monday as she addressed the Southern African... 

SAPMA Bestows Honorary Membership On Terry Ashmore

     4th July 2016 Terry Ashmore, who has served as chairperson of the SA Paint Manufacturing Association (SAPMA) for the past seven years, has been awarded Honorary Professional Membership of SAPMA. Deryck Spence, executive director of SAPMA, says the honour was bestowed on Terry because of the major role the... 

Recently a number of articles have appeared in the South African media focused on WorleyParsons’ alleged close working relationship with Rosatom and the Russian government

     1st July 2016 These articles questioned WorleyParsons’ ability to act as an independent adviser and the integrity of WorleyParsons in carrying out its work.  The also allege certain irregularities in WorleyParsons’ dealings on previous projects. WorleyParsons eschews all forms of improper business practice and... 

Grayston Drive bridge collapse inquiry to resume

By: African News Agency      1st July 2016 The on and off inquiry into the Grayston Drive pedestrian and cyclist bridge that collapsed and killed two people and injured 19 others last year is set to resume, the Department of Labour said on Friday. The inquiry, which was set up after the 14 October 2015 collapse of the temporary bridge... 

Perspective, innovation and positivity: the keys to successfully mastering current economic challenges

     1st July 2016 South Africans are currently enduring an extremely financially challenging – and at times even fraught - 2016. Business confidence has hit its lowest level in more than two decades as the threat of junk status, drought, a charged political atmosphere, Great Britain’s exit from the European Union... 

South Africa takes steps to nurture nascent biomanufacturing industry

By: David Oliveira     1st July 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC), a biomanufacturing innovation hub aimed at supporting small, medium-sized and micro- enterprises (SMMEs) in entering the local bio- industry, will have provided about R50-million... 

PRASA new rolling stock procurement programme – Gibela rolling stock project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st July 2016 The first new passenger trains to be delivered according to a multibillion-rand contract, signed between Gibela and PRASA, are set to enter service in October. 

PRASA rail signalling system project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st July 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa plans to implement a new technologically advanced rail signalling system to replace the old and often unreliable system. 

South Africa takes steps to nurture nascent biomanufacturing industry

By: David Oliveira     1st July 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC), a biomanufacturing innovation hub aimed at supporting small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) to enter the local bio-industry, will have provided about R50-million worth of... 

GE, Transnet explore use of digital technologies to boost locomotive performance

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2016 Technology multinational GE reports that it is working with South Africa’s Transnet on ways to integrate its digital solutions into the locomotives it has already supplied, and is in the process of supplying, to the State-owned freight logistics group. The two companies are using GE’s newly... 

Sasol experience shows sharing information with universities benefits both sides

By: Keith Campbell     28th June 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... 

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