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Bigen Africa appoints Ruan Minnaar as Human Capital and Marketing Director

     Updated 3 hours ago Bigen Africa appointed Ruan Minnaar as Human Capital and Marketing Director. He is a dynamic executive with an excellent academic, business and personal record across a wide range of disciplines. “Ruan is a focused and performance-driven executive with a strategic mind-set and a proven ability to... 

Ford South Africa recalls Kuga model  

By: Anine Kilian     16th January 2017 Ford South Africa has recalled its 1.6 litre Ford Kuga model. CEO Jeffrey Nemeth on Monday said the recall was limited to 1.6 litre models manufactured in Valencia, Spain, between December 2012 and February 2014. About 4 556 vehicles will be affected by the safety recall. 

NSFAS to ease tertiary fee burden, DHET troubled by corruption 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th January 2017 Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has conceded that there is corruption in the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), which has led to some students not receiving their tertiary funding. Speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria, on Thursday, he said that while this... 

Fawu vows to fight job losses in poultry industry 

By: African News Agency      9th January 2017 The Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) on Monday made an impassioned plea to government to tighten regulations of importing chickens from the European Union (EU) in a bid to save jobs in the South African poultry industry. This comes after South Africa’s biggest chicken producer, Rainbow... 

DA queries what looks like artificial inflation of matric results

By: African News Agency      30th December 2016 The Democratic Alliance on Friday expressed concerns about the standardisation of matric examination results for 2016, pointing to what the party said looked like artificial inflation of results. In an open letter to the head of the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education... 

The great autocrat

By: Keith Campbell     16th December 2016 One of the highest points of my career as a journalist happened, back in 1994, when I interviewed then Cuban President Fidel Castro, in Pretoria. He was attending the inauguration of President Nelson Mandela. Castro was unquestionably a very impressive man. And there can be no doubt that, love... 

Minister Radebe unveils Stats SA’s new R1.4bn home

By: African News Agency      12th December 2016 Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe on Monday unveiled the new headquarters of Statistics South Africa – a giant green building near the Freedom Park monument in Salvokop, Pretoria, – which swallowed over R1-billion during its construction phase. “ISIbalo House has been constructed at the tune... 

South Africa must wake up to fuel cell race or risk losing out  

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th December 2016 South Africa is in a global race in fuel cell development and should not consider itself “special”, as there are a number of other countries that could reap benefits from their fuel cell plans far sooner, an analyst warned on Friday. Speaking during a panel discussion on the impact of fuel cell... 

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. 

Property developers shift focus to manage economic risk

By: Robyn Wilkinson     9th December 2016 There has been a slowdown in the development of commercial properties as developers shift their focus to residential, healthcare and industrial projects to best manage risks in South Africa’s economic climate, says business management consultant WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa regional director... 

Tamagotchi and Van der Bijl

By: Riaan de Lange     9th December 2016 November 23, twenty years to the day, which saw the sale of the first Tamagotchi, created in Japan by Akihiro Yokoi and Aki Maita. If you are old enough to remember, or even care to remember, it quickly became one of the biggest toy fads of the 1990s, particularly in the United States of America... 

ATNS CEO SPEECH as delivered at the Inaugural AVIATION YOUTH SUMMIT held at the Dube Trade Port, KSIA: Durban, South Africa on 6 December 2016

     8th December 2016 Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Management and Staff has been pivotal in ensuring that the company maintains and solidifies partnership arrangements with our stakeholders – within the industry and beyond.   ATNS has a proud history. The company has consistently led the continent in... 

SA-Zambia cement economic ties

By: African News Agency      8th December 2016 South African and Zambian officials committed to strengthen cooperation in trade and investment, science and technology, defence and energy following high level discussions in Pretoria on Thursday. “We further committed to actively encourage both South African and Zambian companies to take full... 

Platinum fuel cell passes competitive muster at Implats 

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2016 Impala Platinum Refinery and its partners are in the last phase of financial close for the introduction of 8 MW of off-grid electricity from a platinum-catalysed fuel-cell system that will make use of natural gas from the Sasol grid. “We expect to get close and first flow of funds by March, with... 

2016 new-truck sales seen declining 10% year-on-year

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2016 South Africa’s new truck market is under pressure, with a 10% drop in sales likely in 2016, says UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) marketing director Rory Schulz. This means the new truck market should end the year around the 25 000-mark. 

Ford’s local unit shipping first batch of Africa-bound Everest SUVs

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2016 The first batch of South African-built Ford Everest vehicles destined for export markets in sub-Saharan Africa has been completed, with the first vehicle on its way to its new owner in Kenya. The moondust silver Everest 2.2 XLT 4 X 4 departed Durban on November 12, and is destined for Mombasa,... 

Ria Pelser

     2nd December 2016 This week we feature Ria Pelser, owner/director of Interpast, which is involved in the manufacturing and development of quality control equipment for companies such as South African Breweries and SABMiller (ABInbev), Distell, Coca-Cola, Heineken and Pioneer Foods   

Awareness low of South Africa’s ‘astounding’ renewables success, US survey finds

By: Terence Creamer     1st December 2016 Amid domestic uncertainty about the future of South Africa’s renewable-energy procurement programme, a US State Department official has described the initiative as “astoundingly successful” and reports that several countries are currently seeking to draw lessons from the country’s reverse-auction... 

Corobrik’s face bricks and pavers enhance the green aspects of Menlyn Maine Central Square

     1st December 2016 Developed on principles of sustainability, the 65 000m² Menlyn Maine Central Square is a mixed-use project that forms the heart of the Menlyn Maine precinct situated in the eastern suburbs of Pretoria. The R1.8b Central Square development, co-owned by Menlyn Maine Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd... 

Drought prevails in South Africa despite increased rainfall

By: Anine Kilian     30th November 2016 Despite the significant increase in rainfall across South Africa in recent weeks, the country is still experiencing a severe drought, noted Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) climate modelling chief researcher Professor Francois Engelbrecht on Wednesday. Speaking at a CSIR... 

Fawu to march against sugar tax 

By: African News Agency      28th November 2016 The Food and Allied Workers’ Union (Fawu) will march to the National Treasury in Pretoria on Monday to protest against the proposed introduction of a sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) tax, or “sugar tax”. Fawu general secretary Katishi Masemola said in a statement that the protest is informed by... 

Agribusiness to face several challenges in the new year – Agbiz

By: Anine Kilian     25th November 2016 The South African agribusiness environment will be faced with various challenges in 2017, especially in terms of engaging with key land reform legislation, according to Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) CEO Dr John Purchase, who delivered an agricultural industry forecast for 2017 on Friday.... 

Science council heavily involved in mining research and development

By: Keith Campbell     25th November 2016 Although the new Mining Precinct (or Mining Hub) initiative has rightly attracted a lot of interest, the mining and minerals research and development (R&D) activities of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) – a key participant in the Mining Precinct – are not confined to that... 

N1/N4 highway rehabilitation projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     25th November 2016 The rehabilitation of the N1/N4 toll highway will increase the design life of the road by ten years. 

Siemens on schedule to complete PRASA’s Gauteng signalling project in early 2020

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th November 2016 International engineering company Siemens is on track and aims to complete its project scope for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) rail signalling system project in early 2020. Overall completion of Phases 1 and 2 of the Gauteng re-signalling project are at 83% and 33%... 

Esor profit up despite revenue drop

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th November 2016 Civils and construction company Esor on Thursday posted a 21.7% increase in profit for the six months ended September 30, up from R6.2-million in 2015, to R7.5-million this year. Basic earnings a share for the half-year grew 24.2% to 2.05c, while headline earnings a share increased by 6.8% to 2.15c. 

Home Affairs kicks off civil records digitisation project

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd November 2016 The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) and Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) have taken the first steps in the R200-million digitisation of South Africa’s 286-million civil records – 90% of which are in paper format. DHA and Stats SA have combined their resources to digitise birth, marriage and... 

“Public Participation Is Crucial To Progressing Sa’s Electricity Plan” - SAFCEI

     23rd November 2016 Yesterday, South Africans got their first glimpse at the Department of Energy’s (DoE) proposed electricity plans. The proposals suggested in the plan came as no surprise to the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environmental Institute (SAFCEI) and Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA-JHB), who... 

ELB to provide life extension services to the Portal Reclaimer Scraper at Petra Diamonds Cullinan Mine

     21st November 2016 ELB Engineering Services (ELB) is pleased to announce that a contract has been entered into between Petra Diamonds Premier Mine and ELB Engineering Services for the life extension of the Cullinan Portal Reclaimer Scraper at the Petra Diamond’s Cullinan Diamond Mine, close to Pretoria. The focus... 

CSIR reassessing funding model as grant uncertainty rises

By: Keith Campbell     18th November 2016 The Chairperson of the Board of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Dr Thokozani Majozi, has warned that the organisation is going to have to re-look at its funding model. He was giving the keynote address at the biennial CSIR Excellence Awards held in Pretoria recently. He... 

Ford Silverton assembly plant expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     18th November 2016 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa has started production of the Everest sports utility vehicle at its Silverton plant, in Gauteng. 

PROTEC opens more education centres

By: Victor Moolman     18th November 2016 South African nonprofit organisation PROTEC opened two new education centres in Gauteng, on June 6, 2016, in Ebony Park, Midrand, and on October 3, 2016 at the Soweto Empowerment Zone, with plans to open another in Atteridgeville, in Pretoria, next year. 

Sadly, the Hawks following in the Scorpions’ footsteps

By: Kelvin Kemm     18th November 2016 The police unit that is popularly the Hawks continues to embarrass itself in public and, for that matter, internationally.  I have written about the Hawks more than once before. When the unit was established, I wrote a congratulatory column and I said that I hoped that the unit would be different... 

Science council aims to educate public about its role and that of science

By: Keith Campbell     18th November 2016 Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) acting CEO Dr Molefi Motuku has assured that his organisation will continue to meet the challenges facing it and the country. He was speaking at the biennial CSIR Excellence Awards ceremony recently held in Pretoria. "It is an exciting time... 

Tide beginning to turn against Jacob Zuma

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     18th November 2016 What a week! In the same week, the National Prosecuting Authority dropped charges of fraud against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, a judge ordered that the report on the investigation into allegations of State capture be released and disparate groups – including the Economic Freedom Fighters... 

As DoE prepares to release IRP, all eyes will be on nuclear 

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) will on Tuesday November 22 release the long-waited draft of the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, as well as the draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP). The release, which will take place in Pretoria, follows the Cabinet decision of November 2,... 

Exports of SA-built Ford Everest starts, first vehicle to Kenya

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2016 The first batch of South African-built Ford Everest vehicles destined for export markets in sub-Saharan Africa has been completed, with the first vehicle on its way to its new owner in Kenya. The moondust silver Everest 2.2 XLT 4 X 4 departed Durban on November 12, and is destined for Mombasa,... 

DFA to deploy, operate South Africa’s new Sigfox IoT network

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th November 2016 Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) and its subsidiary SqwidNet have partnered with global communication solution firm Sigfox to deploy an Internet of Things (IoT) network. South Africa will be the twenty-sixth country to deploy and operate Sigfox’s network, with SqwidNet to distribute IoT connectivity... 

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