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South Africa's Zuma reassures investors after dodging credit downgrade

By: Reuters     5th December 2016 President Jacob Zuma moved to reassure foreign investors on Saturday after all three major rating agencies kept South Africa's investment-grade status, granting the scandal-prone leader a reprieve after prolonged political turmoil. S&P Global Ratings downgraded the local debt of Africa's most... 

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... 

Panel to give minimum wage recommendation on Sunday

By: Reuters     18th November 2016 A government advisory panel will give its recommendation for a national minimum wage on Sunday, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday. Wages and salaries are politically sensitive in South Africa, where the official unemployment rate is close to 25 percent and inequality remains glaring... 

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... 

Transfer delays impact on Balwin’s otherwise solid H1 performance

By: Samantha Herbst     15th November 2016 Three property registration delays have impacted on Balwin Properties' otherwise glowing half-year results, according to the residential property developer, which saw a 36% decline in headline earnings a share and earnings a share to 37c respectively in the six months to August 31. The group’s... 

UD Trucks resets business in SA following reshuffle at Volvo group

By: Irma Venter     14th November 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. 

Move to integrate virtual and physical value chains

By: David Oliveira     11th November 2016 Digitalisation offers the opportunity to integrate virtual value chains into existing physical value chains, allowing for the development of a “digital twin” that can be used to improve product design, engineering, manufacturing and maintenance. This is according to global engineering firm... 

Indluplace exceeds guidance, declares handsome dividend

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th November 2016 JSE-listed residential real estate investment trust Indluplace Properties on Wednesday declared a dividend of 92.61c a share for the year ended September 30, up 10.5% on its prelisting forecast. This, FD Terry Kaplan said, was also higher than the company’s guidance of 92.55c. 

CSIR needs to look to its revenues

By: Keith Campbell     4th November 2016 Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) chairperson Dr Thokozani Majozi, has warned that the organisation is going to have to re-look its funding model. He was giving the keynote address at the biennial CSIR Excellence Awards in Pretoria on Friday. He pointed out that the science... 

CSIR acting head reaffirms commitment to excellence

By: Keith Campbell     4th 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 in Pretoria on Friday. "It is an exciting time for... 

Armscor cancels intercontinental jet tender for Air Force

By: Keith Campbell     4th November 2016 South Africa’s defence acquisition, disposals and research and development agency Armscor has announced that it had cancelled the tender “for the lease of an intercontinental aircraft” for the South African Air Force (SAAF). This probably refers to the project to obtain a new Presidential VIP... 

CSIR considering flight test and research UAV project

By: Keith Campbell     4th November 2016 One of the projects currently being developed by the Aeronautics Competency of the Defence, Peace, Safety and Security unit of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is a Modular Transonic Research Platform (MTRP). A preliminary feasibility study has been completed and is now... 

Lithuania seeking trade partnership with South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     4th November 2016 The first ever trade mission to South Africa from Lithuania, although small, represented no fewer than six sectors of the latter country’s economy. The just-concluded mission is part of the small European country’s programme of diversifying its trade and investment partners and expanding into the... 

Rehab of Pretoria–Bela-Bela stretch of N1 set for completion by the end of 2017

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2016 The R396-million, 80 km rehabilitation of the N1 highway between Pretoria and Bela-Bela is 80% complete. The project should be wrapped up by the end of 2017, with R123-million to be spent next year, says Bakwena Platinum N1N4 CEO Graeme Blewitt. 

Royal HaskoningDHV achieves Level 2 BBBEE status underpinning the company’s ambition to Enhance Society Together

     3rd November 2016 3rd November 2016, Today, Royal HaskoningDHV SA consulting engineers announced that the company achieved Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Level 2 status. This demonstrates Royal HaskoningDHV’s ambition towards Enhancing Society Together and a great recognition for the role the... 

Business finds voice, but holds back from calling for Zuma’s head

By: Terence Creamer     2nd November 2016 In an action that is unprecedented since the advent of democracy in South Africa, organised business has united with religious and civil society groups behind a campaign, known as Save South Africa, which is deeply critical of the current state of government. Business, nevertheless, refrained... 

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