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BMW Group South Africa Rosslyn plant investment programme

By: Sheila Barradas     27th May 2016 BMW SA has started the construction of new bodyshop at its Rosslyn plant, in Gauteng. 

CSIR launches new facility to support biomanufacturing

By: David Oliveira     27th May 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) launched the R90-million Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC) at the CSIR’s main campus, in Pretoria, earlier this month. The R90-million investment had resulted in new infrastructure, pilot-scale equipment, enterprise... 

Mazda’s Zen moment amid vehicle market turbulence

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2016 In a bruised domestic market scrambling for volume, Mazda Southern Africa is having a Zen moment. Mazda sales in South Africa reached 9 066 units in 2015, almost double the 4 939 units sold in 2014 – this in a new-vehicle market that dipped 4.2% last year compared with 2014.   Mazda Southern... 

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... 

Rainwater harvesting key for drought-stricken SA

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 Owing to constant water supply not being guaranteed, aggravated by the prolonged drought, South Africans have become more proactive in saving water by creating emergency back-up systems and systems that can collect rainwater, says water systems provider Sinvac Plastics, which is based in Pretoria... 

SA’s relative economic decline undermines its diplomatic ambitions

By: Keith Campbell     27th May 2016 The news, released earlier this month, that Egypt had become Africa’s second largest economy, pushing South Africa into third place, did not create all that much of a stir. There were two good reason for this. The huge shock had been to lose first place to Nigeria, back in 2014, whose economy was... 

Space agency hampered by tight finances

By: Keith Campbell     27th May 2016 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) is seeking to fulfil its mission despite challenges. “All government entities are under pressure, given the state of the economy. We’re expected to do a lot more, with less,” points out Sansa Corporate Communications Manager Vaneshree Maharaj.. One... 

UK-SA bilateral research chair to boost food security research in SA

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th May 2016 Amid rising food prices, coupled with one of the worst droughts the country has experienced, food security research in South Africa has received a much-needed boost from the Newton Fund, and National Research Foundation (NRF) UK–South Africa Bilateral Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) launched... 

Competition Commission sets sights on paper packaging companies

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th May 2016 The Competition Commission on Thursday said it was investigating packaging paper products producers Mpact and New Era Packaging over allegations of collusion. A search and seizure operation of the parties’ Gauteng and Free State premises got under way on Thursday after warrants were obtained from... 

More X’Trapolis Mega trains delivered to PRASA

By: David Oliveira     25th May 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has, to date, taken delivery of five X’Trapolis Mega train sets being manufactured by the Gibela Rail Transportation Consortium, in Brazil. A further two of the train sets, each comprising six coaches, were en route to South Africa, while the... 

Balwin delivers strong maiden results

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd May 2016 Property developer Balwin has delivered double-digit growth as it set out its maiden financial results for the year ended February 29, CEO and founder Stephen Brookes said on Monday, attributing the performance to record sales and strong demand. The group, which listed on the Johannesburg bourse... 

Murray & Roberts Buildings Gives Old Dame A Major Makeover

     23rd May 2016 For most in the building sector, a project of the sheer magnitude and complexities of the Menlyn Park Reconfiguration Phase 2 project comes once or twice in their lifetime. This is just one of the reasons why Murray & Roberts Buildings operations director, Rui Santos, is so excited about handing... 

Murray & Roberts Buildings Gives Old Dame a Major Makeover

     23rd May 2016 For most in the building sector, a project of the sheer magnitude and complexities of the Menlyn Park Reconfiguration Phase 2 project comes once or twice in their lifetime. 

BMW SA unveils solar carport charging for its electric car range

By: Irma Venter     23rd May 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... 

Energy Training Foundation secures training facility in Pretoria

     20th May 2016 A memorable milestone for the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) as 2016 marked the launch of the first training event at the EnTF’s own premises. Early in 2016, the EnTF secured a training facility in Persequor Technopark in Lynnwood, Pretoria where all future Gauteng-based training will be... 

Transnet appoints group executive for R&D

     20th May 2016 State-owned Transnet has appointed Khomotso Phihlela group executive for research and development to spearhead and monetise the company’s intellectual property drive. The group has identified innovation as one of the key drivers of revenue and profitability, operational efficiency and a way of... 

Experience outweighs cost – piling contractor

By: Nadine James     20th May 2016 Entrusting piling projects to inexperienced operators who cut costs to secure business could result in harmful consequences, warns piling specialist and contractor Gauteng Piling (GP). “Proper piling is critical to the durability and safety of any new structure, as it provides the foundations of... 

Polystyrene homes for North West orphans

By: Nadine James     20th May 2016 Nonprofit organisation Mobile Education and Training Trust (METT), in a joint venture (JV) partnership with polystyrene recyclers’ association Polystyrene Packaging Council (PSPC), is finalising construction of 75 housing units of 68 m2 each using polystyrene and cement-admixture panels to house... 

BMW SA starts construction of new bodyshop

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2016 BMW Group South Africa (SA) on Thursday 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... 

Transnet Engineering targets big rise in third-party orders as OEM strategy evolves

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2016 The engineering unit of State-owned Transnet has set a target of securing 40% of its revenue from third-party orders by 2021, which would represent a material increase from current levels of around 12%. The bulk of Transnet Engineering’s R10-billion in yearly revenues is currently derived from... 

SMMEs need to contribute to Defence Sector Charter and meet Armscor requirements

By: Keith Campbell     19th May 2016 Small, medium-sized and microenterprises (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... 

Armscor committed to supporting local SMMEs

By: Keith Campbell     19th May 2016 South African defence acquisition and disposal, research and development agency Armscor chairperson, retired Vice Admiral Refiloe Mudimu, has pledged the organisation's support for local small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs), especially black-owned ones, seeking to enter the defence... 

USAID building gets green star rating

By: Anine Kilian     18th May 2016 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has awarded the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) new office building, in Pretoria, with a five-star rating, after improvements were made to the building. These included the installation of a solar panel grid system,... 

DoE launches appliance label to encourage energy savings

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) has unveiled an energy efficient label for domestic appliances in a bid to promote energy savings in South Africa.   The South African Energy Efficiency Label would be attached to all appliances that meet the minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) so that... 

Motor industry driving Tshwane economy – Mayor

By: African News Agency      17th May 2016 Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa on Tuesday paid tribute to the automotive sector for driving the capital city’s economy during the current challenging global economic conditions. “I assume all of us have seen in the recent months investments made in the automotive sector of the our economy... 

Ford invests R11.5m in new community, jobs training centre

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2016 US car maker Ford on Tuesday announced that it would invest R11.5-million in the construction and operation of a new job training and entrepreneurial development centre at its South African assembly plant, in Silverton. The Ford Resource and Engagement Centre (FREC) was slated to open in October. 

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... 

CSIR launches biomanufacturing facility to support local bio-industry

By: David Oliveira     13th May 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Friday launched the R90-million Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC) facility at the CSIR’s main campus in Pretoria. The R90-million investment had resulted in new infrastructure, pilot-scale equipment, enterprise support... 

The Industry of Steel – to reboot or to boot?

By: Riaan de Lange     13th May 2016 “The Industry of Steel” - Reboot or Boot? Superman, now the intellectual property of DC Comics, debuted in June 1938, when it appeared on the cover of the Action Comics #1, having been published on April 18, 1938. If you should have a copy, it is worth more than $137 000. David Gonzalez recently... 

Experience Vital For Successful Foundation Piling

     12th May 2016 Entrusting piling projects to inexperienced operators who cut costs to secure business is short-sighted and could result in disastrous consequences, warns Nico Maas, chairman and founder of Gauteng Piling, which is this year celebrating its 20th anniversary. "Proper piling is critical to the... 

Vedhant Maharaj wins the 2015 Corobrik Architectural Awards

     12th May 2016 Vedhant Maharaj from The University of the Witwatersrand became the 29th architectural student to take first prize at the Corobrik Architectural Awards in Johannesburg last night. For nearly three decades, this prestigious award has been presented to a talented young graduate who is on the brink... 

African countries have major nuclear ambitions

By: African News Agency      6th May 2016 Eleven African countries are considering building nuclear power plants over the next 14 years to overcome the continent’s extreme electricity shortage. Outside South Africa, the entire installed generation capacity of Sub-Saharan Africa was now just 28 GW – equivalent to that of Argentina – Anton... 

Ford Silverton assembly plant expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     6th May 2016 The project involves the expansion of Ford’s Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria, to produce the new Ford Everest sport utility vehicle and the Ford Ranger. 

Grindrod delivers 6 locomotives to Bolloré Logistics for Sitarail

By: Yolande Botes     6th May 2016 Pretoria-based Grindrod Locomotives has delivered six of the 16 locomotives ordered by Bolloré Logistics for their Sitarail operation in the Côte d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso, in West Africa. The locomotives which were ordered in June 2015 were shipped in April this year. The R400-million order... 

SADC’s real state of power and the case for renewable energy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th May 2016 By Greg Austin Agility, flexibility and new thinking are required to solve the power-stressed Southern African region’s energy crisis 

Mazda records blistering sales growth in faltering local market

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2016 In a bruised domestic market scrambling for volume, Mazda Southern Africa is having a Zen moment. Mazda sales in South Africa reached 9 066 units in 2015, almost double the 4 939 units sold in 2014 – this in a new-vehicle market that dipped 4.2% last year compared with 2014.   Mazda Southern... 

South Africa rating downgrades could lead to capital outflows – SARB

By: Reuters     4th May 2016 Any further ratings downgrade of South Africa could lead to increased capital outflows, the South African Reserve Bank said on Tuesday. Ratings agencies have warned of possible ratings cuts should Pretoria show a lack of commitment to reining in its budget deficit. 

Exploration, mining expected to grow in importance for cement producer PPC

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2016 The medium-term game plan of African cement producer PPC is to find new resources needed by its operations, which will probably require it to engage in some form of exploration and eventual mining close to where urban development is expected in Africa. Over time, the resources side of the... 

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