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Engen joins forces with SAVTEC to give first engines a second life

     Updated 6 hours ago Engen’s long heritage within the Agricultural sector is built upon a tradition of quality that has seen the company consistently recognised as the preferred fuels and lubricants brand for farmers in South Africa. Combining this decades long association with its drive to develop the technical... 

Pandor questions issuance of nuclear RFP ahead of IRP agreement 

By: Terence Creamer     27th September 2016 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor revealed on Tuesday the Economic Cluster of Ministers would be deliberating on the next iteration of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity at its next meeting and questioned whether a nuclear request for proposals (RFP) could be released... 

Manufacturing income increased to R2.2tr in 2014 – statistics

By: Anine Kilian     26th September 2016 Although the embattled manufacturing industry’s income grew by 9.4% a year from 2011 to 2014, employment in the sector decreased significantly over the same period, Statistics South Africa’s (Stats SA’s) data shows. Its Manufacturing Industry 2014 report notes that the industry’s income increased... 

Educators Praised For Digital Teaching At Education Awards

     26th September 2016 Department of Telecommunications & Postal Services (DTPS) Minister Dr Siyabonga Cwele on Thursday evening (22/09/2016) credited South African educators with introducing digital teaching tools in classrooms. "Learners today don't respond well to blackboards. They want digital content in the... 

BMW, Nissan expand national charging footprint for electric vehicles

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2016 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) and Nissan South Africa has expanded the national charging footprint for electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in electric hybrid vehicles (PHEV) with the introduction of their first joint charging stations in the Western Cape. The continued roll-out of charging... 

Local unit of global defence group enjoying significant success

By: Keith Campbell     23rd September 2016 South African private-sector defence company Saab Grintek Defence (SGD) is enjoying such success that it has had to recruit 198 new staff since January 2015, taking its work force up to 719 people. The company, 75%-owned by Sweden’s Saab and 25% by black South African investors, now has customers... 

Pharmaceuticals giant to launch SA’s first biotech manufacturing facility

     23rd September 2016 Global pharmaceutical company Cipla announced in July that its proposed biotech subsidiary, Cipla BioTec South Africa (CBSA) will invest just over R1.3-billion into the country's first biotech manufacturing facility, used for the production of biosimilars, and located in KwaZulu-Natal. Cipla’s... 

PRASA rail network expansion, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd September 2016 The project aims to develop network extensions to the Daveyton–Etwatwa and Blue Downs rail lines, the Hammanskraal and Moloto rail corridors, and the Cape Town International Airport rail link. 

CSIR displays its ability to support industrial development

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) highlighted its abilities to support the development of the country's industries at an event at its complex in Pretoria on Thursday. "For industry development we showcased to our stakeholders that we have the national infrastructure and... 

CSIR demonstrates several technological developments

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2016 As part of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Industry Day, held on Thursday as part of at its four-day CSIR Live exhibition, at the organisation's complex in Pretoria, it displayed and demonstrated integrated technologies relevant to national industrial development.... 

MICROmega buys CSIR Food and Beverage Laboratories

By: African News Agency      21st September 2016 IT and financial services firm, MICROmega Holdings on Wednesday announced the acquisition of CSIR Food and Beverage laboratories, formerly a division of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The CSIR Food and Beverage laboratories provide chemical analytical services that focus... 

Menlyn Maine Central Square open for business 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st September 2016 Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Wednesday opened the Menlyn Maine Central Square, in Pretoria, calling it a “very important development” for Gauteng. Speaking at the launch of the 65 000 m2 R1.8-billion Central Square development, which forms part of the overall 315 000 m2 Menlyn Maine mixed-use... 

TomTom helps Sasol solar challenge team

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th September 2016 Through its flagship products, TomTom will support Nuon Solar Team when it participates in the yearly Sasol Solar Challenge. The Dutch team won last year’s overall competition, the World Solar Challenge. 

CSIR unveils prototype fingerprint scanning tech for crime scenes

By: Irma Venter     20th September 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Tuesday launched a new fingerprinting acquisition system, using high-speed, large-volume optical coherence tomography (OCT). In practice, the system, once operational, should see the immediate, on-site scanning and matching of... 

Case against 22 illegal miners in Welkom postponed

By: News24Wire      20th September 2016 The case against 22 illegal miners arrested at a Welkom gold mine was postponed in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court, Free State police said on Monday. The matter was postponed to September 26 for a formal bail application, Captain Stephen Thakeng said. 

Renault Kwid set for SA debut in Nov, Oroch small bakkie possibility for 2017

By: Irma Venter     19th September 2016 Renault South Africa (SA) is set to launch a fresh attack on the country’s budget market in November, when it introduces the A-segment Kwid. The India-made Kwid should be priced below Renault SA’s current entry-level Sandero. 

More illegal miners die, this time in Welkom

By: News24Wire      19th September 2016 The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) has expressed sadness at the deaths of two illegal miners at the Eland shaft of Harmony mine in Welkom. In a statement issued on Saturday, Sanco spokesperson Jabu Mahlangu called on authorities to intensify the crackdown on unlawful mining... 

iX Engineers – an Enterprise Development success story

     19th September 2016 An active participant in the transformation of South Africa, project delivery and engineering consultancy WorleyParsons RSA has demonstrated that Enterprise Development can be successful, as attested to by the creation of iX Engineers (Pty) Ltd, a 53% black-owned consulting engineering company... 

South African, Chinese groups enter industrial partnership in maritime sector

By: Keith Campbell     16th September 2016 South African defence industrial group Denel and China's Poly Technologies signed a partnership agreement at the Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition in Centurion, just south of Pretoria, on Friday. This agreement is "to develop our joint Denel/Poly Technologies maritime business in South... 

Mobile platform enhances safety across industries

By: Kimberley Smuts     16th September 2016 Technological engineer and mobile application (app) provider ttrumpet currently has a number of apps and services that are used to gather information and drive awareness about safety across industries. “Technology is driving innovation . . . particularly changes in existing customer service... 

Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa station modernisation programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     16th September 2016 The project involves the modernisation of 135 stations on the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa rail network.  

South African, European companies to cooperate on Rooivalk upgrade 

By: Keith Campbell     15th September 2016 Airbus Helicopters and Denel Aviation announced on Thursday that they were to cooperate on the upgrading of the South African Air Force's Denel Rooivalk Mark (Mk) 1 attack helicopters. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to this end at the Africa Aerospace and Defence... 

Lockheed Martin emphasises advantages to SA of its C-130J Super Hercules

By: Keith Campbell     15th September 2016 Large orders from the US government for Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules transport and multimission aircraft are helping the manufacturer keep down the acquisition costs for the aircraft for all customers. At the end of last year, Washington placed a multiyear contract for 78 C-130Js, plus... 

Paramount showcases new infantry fighting vehicle at AAD

By: Dylan Slater     15th September 2016 South Africa-headquartered defence and aerospace platform manufacturer Paramount Group this week unveiled, for the first time in Africa, its high-mobility 8 X 8 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), the Mbombe 8, during the Africa Aerospace & Defence (AAD) 2016 exhibition, held at Airforce Base... 

UK committed to increasing both defence and wider business with South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     14th September 2016 Trade in the defence and security sector between the UK and South Africa is increasingly significant, British High Commissioner to South Africa Dame Judith Macgregor told Engineering News Online on Wednesday. "It's not a huge part of our trade relationship but it is important and growing and it's... 

DCD’s Husky 2G takes the lead in route clearance

     13th September 2016 The recent fitment of a Route Clearance Platform Autonomous Control Kit (RC-PACK) on the DCD Portable Mobility (DCD PM) Husky 2G design has maximised DCD’s vehicle-mounted mine detector (VMMD) system – making this Husky model the most strategically important item in the route clearance convoy.... 

South African space agency mulls future course in rapidly changing sector

By: Keith Campbell     9th September 2016 Space science and technology are developing ever more rapidly. And this has consequences for South Africa and especially the South African National Space Agency (Sansa). “We’re living in exciting times, in terms of space,” highlighted the founder-CEO of Sansa, Dr Sandile Malinga. “There are many... 

Elections prediction system showed accurate results in recent local polls

By: Keith Campbell     9th September 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has enjoyed considerable success in its operation to predict the outcomes of the recent local government elections, in the crucial (for the media and political analysts being interviewed) period between the closing of the polls and the... 

Grindrod reports some interest in locomotive unit despite weak market

By: Irma Venter     9th September 2016 A depressed commodities market continued to takes its toll on shipping and logistics group Grindrod in the six months ended June 30. Grindrod reported a drop in revenue to R11-billion in its management income statement – which included the company’s share in joint ventures – compared with... 

SA space agency mulls future course in rapidly changing sector 

By: Keith Campbell     9th September 2016 Space science and technology is developing ever more rapidly. And this has consequences for South Africa and especially the South African National Space Agency (Sansa). “We’re living in exciting times, in terms of space,” highlighted the founder-CEO of Sansa, Dr Sandile Malinga. “There are many... 

Student accommodation facility on schedule for start of new academic year

By: Dylan Slater     9th September 2016 The Hatfield Square redevelopment in Pretoria, which is currently under construction, is on track to open for reservations in January 2017, offering Pretoria’s student community a mixed-use precinct that will include modern student residences, retail and leisure facilities.  

Zuma pressed to fire errant South African mining minister

By: Bloomberg     8th September 2016 South African President Jacob Zuma is facing growing pressure from within the ruling party to fire Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane after his false statement about a cabinet decision to set up a judicial investigation into banking oversight bodies. Zwane’s actions embarrassed the... 

Agreement to build the Moloto Rail Development Corridor signed in China 

By: African News Agency      7th September 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China Communications Construction Company to build the Moloto Rail Development Corridor, the Presidency said on Wednesday. In a statement, the Presidency said the MoU to explore various... 

Vodacom enhances coverage in Gautrain’s underground tunnels

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th September 2016 Telecommunications giant Vodacom has enhanced its connectivity coverage along select routes of Gautrain’s underground tracks with speeds in excess of 100 Mb/s The group on Tuesday announced that its fourth-generation (4G) coverage currently deployed along the Rosebank, Sandton, Marlboro and... 

Central Square at Menlyn Maine introduces unique architectural boutique-styled shopping and leisure experience

     6th September 2016 South Africa will soon have a new architectural landmark. The iconic new Central Square at Menlyn Maine will open in Pretoria on 21 September 2016, introducing a distinctive new design attraction and a unique shopping and leisure experience. The 65,000sqm R1.8 billion mixed-use Central Square is... 

MechCaL Boosts Production Processes with Automation Technology

     6th September 2016 MechCaL has invested in cutting edge technology to enhance the productivity, efficiency and production performance of their manufacturing facility. They have procured a Yaskawa Motoman Robot to carry out several vital tasks that will enhance the already cutting edge design of MechCaL’s advanced... 

Government Needs To Raise Paint Import Duties To Protect Coatings Sector, SAPMA Urges

     6th September 2016 The government needs to take urgent steps to protect the South African paint industry from the unacceptably high level of imported paints now reaching our shores, says Deryck Spence, executive director of the SA Paint Manufacturing Association. Spence says for the past two decades or so the... 

South African poultry producers under threat from cheap imports – SAPA

By: Reuters     5th September 2016 South Africa's poultry industry is battling for survival in the face of stiff price competition from producers in Brazil, the European Union (EU) and the United States (US), as well as the worst drought in a century, the industry association said. The June scrapping of 15 years of punitive duties... 

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