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Monyane asks Zuma to intervene in finance minister dispute

By: African News Agency      24th February 2017 South African Revenue Service (Sars) Commissioner Tom Moyane on Friday disputed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s assertion that there was a tax collection shortfall of over R30-billion which had contributed to the budget deficit. Instead, Monyane accused his boss, Gordhan, of interfering in the... 

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust despite ongoing e-toll tussle 

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 Not too long ago, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was a firm darling among its peers. It was a well-funded State-owned enterprise (SOE) almost never under fire, seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward in its task to manage and expand the country’s road network. Then came... 

Air force base sends 60 cadets for training

     24th February 2017 From next year the South Africa Air Force (SAAF) will send 60 cadets to a US military academy each year to pursue their first degree in their chosen fields. This will include future pilots, navigators, engineers, technicians and other support mustering. 

Diplomatic doldrums for Pretoria?

By: Keith Campbell     24th February 2017 While much local media attention has been devoted to US President Donald Trump, there has been something that, from a South African perspective, was much more important. This was the outcome of the African Union summit at the end of January. This appears to have been pretty much a diplomatic... 

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust despite ongoing e-toll tussle

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 Not too long ago the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was a firm darling among its peers. It was a well-funded State-owned enterprise (SOE) almost never under fire, seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward in its task to manage and expand the country’s road network. Then came... 

Nersa allows Eskom to raise tariffs by 2.2% in 2017/18

By: Anine Kilian     23rd February 2017 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has allowed State-owned Eskom to raise its tariffs by 2.2% for the 2017/18 year. Nersa chairperson Jacob Modise on Wednesday said the regulator had confirmed Eskom’s allowable revenues of R205-billion for the period. 

Brian Molefe sworn in as ANC MP

By: News24Wire      23rd February 2017 Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has been sworn in as African National Congress member of Parliament. Two sources from Parliament confirmed to News24 that the swearing in took place in the Speaker's office on Thursday morning. 

Gordhan sees difficult political year for ruling ANC

By: Reuters     21st February 2017 South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Monday he sees a "difficult political year" for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) but that he saw "green shoots" of growth in an economy that is barely growing. The ANC has a major policy conference at the end of June and late this... 

High-powered speakers lined up for Nuclear Africa

By: Kelvin Kemm     17th February 2017 South Africa’s nuclear programme has attracted a great deal of public interest. This has ranged from serious scientific and engineering interest to the emotional attacks of the extreme antinuclear lobby. The antinuclear crowd does not comprise South Africa only; there are Germans, Americans and... 

Anglo’s New Largo project considered in coal mine sale package

By: Bloomberg     17th February 2017 Anglo American may sell its New Largo project in a package with three other coal mines that supply South Africa’s power utility, as the company moves forward with plans to scale down operations. State-owned Eskom is discussing with Anglo the sale of the New Vaal, Kriel and New Denmark mines that... 

Biogas needs favourable REIPPPP allocation for sustainable development

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The measureable and sustainable development of South Africa’s biogas industry requires projects, and therefore a favourable  Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) allocation, to prove sufficient financial viability to financial institutions is essential.... 

Gautrain 2 project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th February 2017 The Gautrain Management Agency has completed the feasibility study for the expansion of the railway. 

Luther Erasmus

     17th February 2017 This we feature TLT MechCal and TLT Actom MD Johannes Erasmus. The group is a global leader in the supply of innovative ventilation solutions for the mining, power, industrial and process industries   

SA Cabinet highlights progress in radio astronomy in the country

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2017 The South African government has endorsed the creation of a single national South African Radio Astronomy Observatory. This was done at the Cabinet meeting held on February 15 and reported in a statement released by the Government Communication and Information System (better known as GCIS) on... 

Tshwalec Power Projects

By: Zandile Mavuso     17th February 2017 With Tshwalec Power Projects specialising in electrical engineering design services in conjunction with turnkey overhead power line and substation projects up to 166 kV, it has become the preferred supplier of high and medium voltage transmission, distribution and reticulation projects to leaders... 

Unemployment rate improves to 26.5%  

By: Anine Kilian     14th February 2017 South Africa saw positive growth in the job market in the fourth quarter of 2016, with employment increasing by 235 000 and the number of job seekers declining by 92 000, resulting in the official unemployment rate improving to 26.5%, from the 27.1% recorded in the third quarter of the year.... 

Construction sector ‘pushing boundaries’ of transformation with ‘ground-breaking’ deal 

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2017 Government and the seven leading construction companies reported further progress on Monday in the implementation of a voluntary agreement that seeks to materially accelerate the racial transformation of the South African industry and raise the combined revenue attributable to black contractors... 

Value-for-money motoring entrenched in 2017

     13th February 2017 The 2017 motoring year will mark the entrenchment of value-added, stylish cars in the South African market, predicts Datsun South Africa General Manager, Des Fenner, as he assesses the changes taking place in local car buying circles. The 2017 motoring year promises to be challenging for South... 

Mini SA welcomes new leader

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 BMW Group South Africa has announced that Thilosh Moodally has been appointed as the new head of Mini South Africa. She succeeds Kabelo Rabotho, who left the company at the end of last year. 

Specialised energy mission from South Africa to Zambia commended for innovative approach to doing business in Africa

     9th February 2017 A South African energy sector trade and business delegation recently had another successful trip to Zambia. The trade mission was jointly led by Trade Invest Africa and the South African Electrotechnical Export Council. “We are impressed by the calibre of companies from the South African Energy... 

Corobrik face bricks combine to create attractive housing development

     6th February 2017 More than 3 million of Corobrik’s quality face brick products were used in the construction of The Junction @ Forest Hill in Centurion, Pretoria.   The 440-unit rental housing development, based in Heuweloord, will be completed by Central Developments in February 2017 to meet the growing need for... 

Truck group expects market to recover in 2017, but risks persist

By: Irma Venter     3rd February 2017 Both the South African and sub-Saharan African (SSA) new-truck markets should see growth this year, following a tough 2016, says UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) marketing director Rory Schulz. The South African new truck market, including exports from South Africa into Africa, declined by 11%,... 

Bepec expands membership base, aims to further SA Inc approach in Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd February 2017 The Built Environment Professions Export Council (Bepec) has expanded its membership platform to include the construction services sector in an effort to have a united South Africa Inc expand into the rest of Africa. The council’s broadened base unlocks all the Bepec export promotions and... 

DTI steps in with task team amid poultry industry crisis

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd February 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) action-focused government task team is in the process of identifying several interventions to resolve the current crisis surrounding poultry product dumping in South Africa’s market. The department is seeking out measures to boost trade,... 

Sabinet supports maths and science skill development in SA

     1st February 2017 Protec launched its 2017 programme at the Hofmeyr Secondary School in Atteridgeville, Pretoria on Saturday 28 January. Protec’s goal is to empower South Africa’s youth with optimal scientific, mathematics, technology, engineering and life skills to access and succeed in STEM-based careers... 

EU rebuffs South African claim of chicken imports being cause of industry distress 

By: Terence Creamer     31st January 2017 The European Union (EU) is strongly contesting arguments that its chicken exports to South Africa are the main cause of the current distress in the industry, asserting that “structural” problems in the South African industry are the main reason for its lack of competitiveness. Ambassador Marcus... 

Poultry industry to mark ‘day of misery’ with protest march against EU imports 

By: Anine Kilian     30th January 2017 The Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) will, on Wednesday, hold a protest march in Pretoria against the dumping of chicken in South Africa by European Union (EU) countries. This is in response to 1 350 employees losing their jobs after packaged goods and milling company RCL Foods, formerly... 

Blue Monday or Brew Monday?

By: Riaan de Lange     27th January 2017 It is Monday, January 16, the third Monday of the month and of 2017. Does this day have any significance, you might ask? Well, it is said to be the most depressing day of this year. So, with this Blue Monday out of the way, the remaining days of 2017 should be much better, and future Blue Mondays... 

Electronics company boasts unique PID inverter

By: Sascha Solomons     27th January 2017 Global electronics company Omron says the Omron KP100L photovoltaic (PV) inverter has the unique distinction of being the only potential induced degradation (PID) preventive inverter on the market. “The importance of this has been recognised in recent years, owing to the introduction of increased... 

Wacker Neuson provides equipment to build Pump Track for Pretoria school.

     26th January 2017 Pump Tracks are a worldwide phenomenon that allow cyclists of all levels and ages to experience the thrill of truly sportive bicycle riding in a relatively small area, and in so doing promote whole-family and community involvement in healthy exercise and leisure activities. They typically... 

Atlas Copco South Africa wraps up Christmas by bringing joy to children

     24th January 2017 Christmas is seen as the Festive Season but for many it is a very difficult time of the year. Atlas Copco South Africa takes its responsibility toward the community very seriously and supports numerous initiatives throughout the year and Christmas is certainly no exception.  In the spirit of... 

Recovery possible for SA, sub-Saharan truck markets, says UD Trucks

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2017 Both the South African and sub-Saharan African (SSA) new-truck markets should see growth this year, following a tough 2016, says UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) marketing director Rory Schulz. The South African new truck market, including exports from South Africa into Africa, declined by 11%,... 

Local light passenger and utility aircraft programme taking off

By: Keith Campbell     20th January 2017 Wonderboom Airport, in Pretoria (within the Tshwane metropolitan municipality), is the nest within which a fledgling civilian aircraft manufac- turing company is developing. Based in the airport’s Hangar 1, Falcon Air has developed and is producing its Falcon 402 general aviation aircraft, albeit... 

Local light passenger and utility aircraft programme taking off

By: Keith Campbell     20th January 2017 Wonderboom Airport, in Pretoria (within the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality), is the nest within which a fledgling civilian aircraft manufacturing company is developing. Based in the airport’s Hangar 1, Falcon Air has developed and is producing its Falcon 402 general aviation aircraft, albeit... 

Atterbury progressing with Pretoria legal hub development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2017 Property developers Atterbury are progressing with the development of a 6 000 m2 urban office precinct, aimed at legal practitioners. The Club Advocates’ Chambers, near Menlo Park, in Pretoria, will offer office space for around 120 advocates, with the option of sectional title ownership. 

Atterbury builds a vibrant new base for SA’s legal community at The Club Advocates’ Chambers

     19th January 2017 Offering advocates the opportunity to own or rent offices in a modern new urban precinct with a live-work-play lifestyle, Atterbury is developing The Club Advocates’ Chambers in Pretoria. Working hand-in-hand with a group of advocates from the city, the leading South African property investor and... 

The Pretoria-based Falcon 402 aircraft programme 

     19th January 2017 Falcon Air, based at Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria, has developed and is producing the Falcon 402 single-engined passenger and utility aircraft. Keith Campbell reports. 

South Africa could possibly downscale number of international airports

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2017 Cabinet will, this year, review and take a decision on rationalising the number of international airports in South Africa, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Wednesday. Speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria, he said Cabinet had already taken a decision last year “that there are too... 

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