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Fraser Alexander’s structured funding offering to revolutionise mining industry – CEO

By: Mia Breytenbach     Updated 4 hours ago Mining Services and construction company Fraser Alexander has, as part of repositioning its business value proposition, introduced a structured funding offering to its Integrated Mining Service (IMS) for its clients. CEO Velile Nhlapo believes this value proposition will “revolutionise the mining... 

We were forced to work for Western-run mine, say migrants who fled Eritrea

By: Reuters     Updated 6 hours ago Bemnet Negash never got to say a proper goodbye to his family. In February 2006, government officials arrived at his school in the highlands of Eritrea and put him and his classmates on a bus to a military training camp. He was 20 years old, and still at school because a childhood illness had... 

What does it take to efficiently manage remote location IT?

     26th September 2016 Taj Elkhayat, Regional Vice President Middle East, Turkey and Africa for Riverbed Technology   On average, today’s enterprises store 50 per cent of their corporate data in branch offices, to which they dedicate half of their total IT budget. In practice, this means half of today’s IT... 

Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate Advisory appoints Gavin Klarmann to head its comprehensive property occupier and investor advisory services

     23rd September 2016 Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate Advisory has received a considerable boost with the appointment of real estate industry veteran Gavin Klarmann, who is committed to continue driving property advisory disciplines forward in South Africa, and delivering the best international standards in the local... 

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... 

Physical, virtual integration can improve safety in African cities

By: Schalk Burger     23rd September 2016 The integration of physical infrastructure and information technology (IT) systems will improve the safety of cities, but these capabilities will also underpin smart city systems that will improve the efficiency of Africa’s cities, says multinational IT firm NEC chief engineer Shinya Kukita.... 

SA government to lease, then buy, VIP aircraft

By: Keith Campbell     23rd September 2016 The South African Air Force (SAAF) will acquire a VIP aircraft for Presidential travel, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula affirmed last week, reported specialist news website Defenceweb. While this acquisition process is under way, an aircraft will be leased to... 

Saab, Denel create joint air defence system from their products

By: Keith Campbell     23rd September 2016 Swedish security and defence group Saab has revealed that it and South African Defence group Denel have cooperated to integrate the former's Giraffe radar with the latter's Umkhonto surface-to-air missile. "It's producing a system that's going to be very hard to beat," affirmed Saab Country Unit... 

Melrose Arch gives Trillian Capital Partners’ fresh new headquarters

     22nd September 2016 Securing new headquarters at South Africa’s most sought after business address, Trillian Capital Partners has moved its head office to Melrose Arch, crafting a fresh and highly collaborative workspace that supports its business. Adding to the long list of corporate heavyweights already enjoying... 

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.... 

The Energy Trilemma

     22nd September 2016 As the world population continues to grow exponentially and becomes more urbanised and affluent, demand for power, heat and transport will continue to grow. Global energy demand is expected to increase in line and potentially double by 2050. To keep up with global energy demand, the investment... 

DTI developing national Industrial Parks Programme

By: Anine Kilian     21st September 2016 Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director-general Lionel October hopes that the department’s Industrial Parks Programme will develop into a national priority that serves as a catalyst for broader economic and industrial development in host regions. Presenting to the Portfolio Committee on... 

Uber pilots dashcams in Cape Town

By: News24Wire      21st September 2016 Internet ride-sharing app Uber has launched a month-long dashcam pilot in Cape Town amid the service experiencing recent safety concerns. The digital cameras record what is happening in front of the Uber cars on the road as well as inside vehicles where riders and drivers sit, Uber Africa... 

Leading analyst firm data once again identifies Fortinet as network security market leader

     21st September 2016 Fortinet, the global leader in high-performance cybersecurity solutions, announced the results from International Data Corporation’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker. The2Q16 and historical report data reinforces Fortinet’s continued leadership within the security industry by... 

Zuma warns illicit financial outflows hinder Africa’s development 

By: African News Agency      21st September 2016 President Jacob Zuma has warned that illicit financial flows out of Africa of about $50-billion a year were depriving the continent of much needed resources for development. In a statement on Wednesday, the Presidency quoted Zuma as saying: “Illicit financial flows deprive developing countries of... 

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... 

The open access telecommunications model in South Africa

     20th September 2016 “The Open Access Network model has been adopted to a major extent in the telecommunications sectors of many parts of the developed world (European Union and the Americas).  The advantage of this model is that it allows multiple service providers to compete over the same network, in so doing... 

Rolfes’ Bragan acquisition leads to major profit increase  

By: Anine Kilian     19th September 2016 JSE-listed chemicals manufacturer Rolfes Group’s acquisition of Bragan Chemicals – an importer and distributor of speciality products in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries –helped the company achieve a 91% increase in headline earnings, from R41-million to R79-million,... 

Addivant To Exhibit Its Polymer Additive Innovations At K 2016

     19th September 2016 Leading polymer additives supplier, Addivant™ will greet K 2016 visitors at Hall 6 Booth E24 and introduce a comprehensive range of innovations aimed at a large range of applications such as high-voltage wire and cable, impact modification for automotive, food packaging, and low fog PUR foam. The... 

DoE insists 'compliant' nuclear management system contract part of procurement preparations 

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2016 South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) has listed the names of several expert advisers whose services it has used over the past five years in relation to the country’s controversial nuclear procurement programme. However, the value of the various contracts was not immediately provided. The... 

Women in Logistics: Harnessing the Opportunity to Drive Sustainable Growth

     19th September 2016 In recent years, several major studies have demonstrated that having more female leaders, board members, managers and supervisors leads to better business outcomes including higher levels of productivity, safety and improved financial returns. More specifically, research referenced in the 2009... 

IoT – exposure everywhere

     19th September 2016 The adoption of IoT technologies is set to broaden the risk exposure consumers and enterprises face, driving a need for new legislation, more layers of security and increased awareness, says Fortinet. The arrival of Internet of Things technologies might not significantly change the mode of attack... 

Corruption watchdog interviews finance ministers in Zuma, Gupta inquiry – paper

By: Reuters     19th September 2016 South Africa's anticorruption watchdog has interviewed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas as part of an investigation into whether President Jacob Zuma was influenced by the wealthy Gupta family in making government appointments, the Sunday Times newspaper reported. The... 

DMR moves to close down Langlaagte shaft of death

By: African News Agency      16th September 2016 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) on Friday confirmed that it was moving ahead with plans to shut down the shaft at the disused mine in Langlaagte, west of Johannesburg, where three illegal miners died last week after being trapped underground for days. DMR spokesperson Martina Madlala... 

S.M.A.R.T. DIALOG and P:REACT enable permanent monitoring of Food Grade Quality on rPET, shown at the K2016

     16th September 2016 The Austrian provider of recycling-solutions, Next Generation Recyclingmaschinen GmbH, displays the PET Improvement Equipment P:REACT now with S.M.A.R.T. DIALOG to fully control, monitor and data-log the decontamination performance, especially for Food Grade applications. PET-Improvement with... 

Cartrack software to keep taxi cabs in check

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th September 2016 Vehicle tracking and recovery systems provider Cartrack has introduced a telematic device aimed at improving the safety of drivers and passengers of taxicabs. The Cartrack software will enable taxi operators to receive a far more accurate report of driver behaviour as opposed to relying on the... 

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... 

UK PM firm on only revealing fate of nuclear project later this month

By: Keith Campbell     16th September 2016 The future of Britain’s first major nuclear power plant (NPP) project in two decades, Hinkley Point C, remains uncertain. In July, the new British Prime Minister, Theresa May, took everyone by surprise when she announced a delay in the approval for the project. Hinkley Point C is to be a European... 

Nuclear regulator, UP launch nuclear safety centre of excellence

By: Anine Kilian     15th September 2016 The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR), in partnership with the University of Pretoria (UP), will officially launch South Africa’s first Centre of Excellence for Nuclear Safety and Security (CNSS), on Friday, at the UP Hatfield campus. This dedicated institution for nuclear safety and security will... 

MTN Business unveils partner programme

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th September 2016 As telecommunications group MTN continues its transformational drive, a new programme has been launched to develop deeper relations with partners to unlock the value chain on offer to customers. MTN Business will team up with existing and potential partners to fill any capacity or expertise gap... 

Gas will be integral to energy mix in the future – Eskom

By: Anine Kilian     15th September 2016 South Africa’s decision to introduce a carbon tax by 2020 will impact coal mines in an already declining coal market, Eskom renewables research manager Kubeshnie Bhugwadin said on Thursday. Addressing an audience at a gas workshop hosted by the Fossil Fuel Foundation, she pointed out that the... 

Water fund to slake Cape Town's thirst by restoring native bush

By: Reuters     15th September 2016 Cape Town is planning to launch a new fund by the end of 2017 that will improve its water supply by restoring the native shrubland plants covering the region's watersheds and aquifers. Amid uncertain rainfall patterns as the planet warms, protecting indigenous vegetation should yield more water... 

South Africa drops in economic freedom index

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th September 2016 South Africa ranking 105th out of 159 countries and territories included in the 'Economic Freedom of the World: 2016 Annual Report' “is tragic”, the Free Market Foundation (FMF) said on Wednesday. The index measures the economic freedom – levels of personal choice, ability to enter markets,... 

Mine land, water should be used for agriculture – Exxaro CEO 

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2016 The vast tracts of land and abundant water supply held by mining companies around their mines should be used for community development through agriculture. “We sit on land, vast land. We sit on water resources, where because of new legislative requirements, we have to make sure that we put in... 

South Africa a priority defence market in Africa for the UK

By: Keith Campbell     14th September 2016 Following a successful appearance at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2014 Exhibition, which led to a number of British and South African companies signing partnership agreements, Britain's Defence and Security Organisation (DSO), a unit of the Department of International Trade, is seeking... 

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... 

Will nuclear tender ‘lock in’ bid price, energy expert asks 

By: Terence Creamer     14th September 2016 A leading energy academic, who is opposed to the imminent issuance of a nuclear tender in the absence of an updated generation plan, says he will be paying close attention to whether the request for proposals (RFP) is a “genuine competitive tender for a fixed-price contract”, or simply a process... 

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