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No conclusive data on feasibility of nuclear, National Treasury says

By: African News Agency      2nd December 2016 National Treasury has said there are no conclusive figures to date on the financial affordability and social impact on procuring new nuclear plants for South Africa. In a response to a parliamentary question released on Friday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said studies released by the... 

Turquoise Hill stops shipments from Mongolian mine to China

By: Reuters     2nd December 2016 Canadian copper miner Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd said on Friday it had suspended shipments from its Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia across the Chinese border, a day after the imposition of new fees on commodity shipments between the two countries. The fee was imposed following a diplomatic row... 

South Africa's water sector: a case study in state capture

     2nd December 2016 The call for radical economic transformation in the water sector is being used as a cover for the enrichment of a new elite, professor Mike Muller argues. A lot of what is being presented as radical economic transformation initiatives in South Africa is simply state capture by a corrupt elite.... 

Bell Equipment launches tractor-loader-backhoe

By: Dylan Slater     2nd December 2016 South African equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment launched its new L-series tractor-loader-backhoe (TLB) to the domestic market in October.  

Business process outsourcing to increase job opportunities in Western Cape

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 Business process outsourcing (BPO) industry body and investment promotion agency Business Process Enabling South Africa (BPESA) continues to create jobs in South Africa’s BPO sector by increasing the jobs that are projected to be created across South Africa by the industry from 30 800 currently... 

Malawi inviting bids for immigration records digitisation project

By: Marcel Chimwala     2nd December 2016 Malawi’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism is inviting bids for the digitisation of old records and the supply and installation of e-permit issuance system at the Department of Immigration. The project is to be financed by a pool of donors that include the World Bank, the European Union,... 

New small-scale generator powerful but quiet

     2nd December 2016 This year, generator provider Kohler Generators introduced its 30 kW standby generator, which is ideally suited to larger homes and smaller business as it is both powerful and quiet. 

New technology enables control of express deliveries

     2nd December 2016 Express parcels company DPD Laser has rolled out an advanced mobile technology platform at its Dawn Wing and Time Freight businesses that it believes sets it up as an industry leader in the South African express service sector.  The platform offers customers unprecedented real-time visibility and... 

Project to add 260 000 jobs by 2019

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 With its objective of increasing the economic contribution of three key focus sectors by up to R59-billion, the Western Cape government has put in place its Project Khulisa growth strategy, which also aims to add about 260 000 jobs across these sectors. 

Thinking outside the box not as easy as it may seem

By: Kelvin Kemm     2nd December 2016 Something that I have done for many years is to carry out strategic planning sessions for companies. These sometimes last a couple of hours, but at other times they last for three days.  Even three days usually turns out not to be enough. 

BHP Billiton suffers another power failure at Olympic Dam

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st December 2016 The Olympic Dam uranium/copper mine, in South Australia, has suffered another power failure, costing the mine more than four hours of production. Mining major BHP Billiton told Mining Weekly Online on Thursday that the overnight power outage had resulted from an interconnector failure and a lag... 

SAIL to double iron-ore production of its Bolani mine

By: Ajoy K Das     1st December 2016 Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), the country’s largest integrated steel producer, will double the production capacity of its Bolani iron-ore mine in the eastern Indian province of Odisha. The capacity of the mine will be ramped up to ten-million tons a year over the next four years from... 

Brown says current power build ‘trajectory’ may be detrimental to consumers 

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2016 Public Enterprises Lynne Brown says that South Africa is currently adding electricity capacity to the grid at rate higher than what is required and argues that the “current trajectory” could be detrimental to consumers. She asserts, therefore, that it is “critical that the Integrated Resource... 

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... 

Seacom’s business unit gains traction 

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th November 2016 Pan-African telecommunications firm Seacom has gained better-than-expected momentum in its quest to grow its enterprise segment, with the well received establishment of the second unit opening up the East African market. The business unit, which launched its full set of business offerings to the... 

Australian Treasurer announces petroleum tax review as revenues decline

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     30th November 2016 Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison has announced a review into the operation of the Petroleum Resources Rent Tax (PRRT), crude oil excise and associated commonwealth royalties. The launch of the review comes only days after a report from the Australian National Audit Office revealed that the... 

Ansys profits soar to R51m

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th November 2016 Engineering solutions provider Ansys’s profit before interest and tax in the half-year ended September 30, increased by 645.9% to R51.1-million from R6.8-million in the comparative period. The company attributed this significant increase to its continued investment in its operations, as well as... 

Riverbed Teams Up with Verizon to Deliver AWS Direct Connect Bundle to Enhance Network Connections to the Cloud

     29th November 2016 Riverbed Technology, the application performance company, is joining forces with Verizon Enterprise Solutions to deliver an Amazon Web Services Direct Connect Bundle solution to support hybrid architecture deployments. With this solution, enterprise customers can connect their branch offices and... 

Western Cape govt intensifies fight against climate change

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th November 2016 The Western Cape provincial government has been accepted to join the Climate Group – States & Regions Alliance, an international group of provincial, State and regional governments that aims to accelerate the global transition to a low-carbon economy. Members share expertise on innovative policy,... 

Alecto Minerals’ JV projects progress to plan

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th November 2016 Aim-listed Alecto Minerals has agreed the final terms of its joint venture (JV) partnership with Ashanti Gold around its Kossanto East gold project, in western Mali. The two parties have signed a binding option agreement, which concludes the proposals originally set out in a nonbinding letter of... 

SA French Supplies Saltec Passenger Hoists To Zambian Mines

     28th November 2016 Safety and operational reliability are key for equipment that operates on mines, and even more so when this machinery is responsible for the vertical movement of personnel. SA French reports that the company will supply two Saltec T1 half ton passenger hoists to copper mines in Zambia. The two... 

CFMEU claims Anglo is targeting its striking members in Qld job cuts

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th November 2016 Diversified miner Anglo American will cut 82 positions at its German Creek mine, in Queensland, amid a strike that started in August over protracted enterprise bargaining agreement negotiations. The Fair Work Commission on Friday dismissed an application by union CFMEU for ‘good faith... 

Signs of hope in South Africa’s struggling agriculture sector  

By: Anine Kilian     25th November 2016 The agriculture sector contributes about 1.6% to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP), below the 2.2% contribution that is needed for the sector to remain sustainable, Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) CEO Dr John Purchase said on Friday. Addressing delegates at a conference focused on... 

MIRACLES Generic Risk Methodology

     25th November 2016 Risk management is usually the responsibility of risk managers/professionals in separate business units working with differing risk management systems. This contributes to multiple risk mitigation strategies resulting in a lack of risk information sharing and a lack of understanding of the key... 

Ecofriendly innovations in on-site wastewater treatment simplified

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 Using technology in sustainable wastewater treatment combined with the creation of its own bacterial strains developed in-house, South Africa-based biological wastewater treatment solutions provider SewTreat can respond to the demand for water management across sectors. SewTreat spokesman Theunis... 

Financial institutions urged to prepare for rise in mobile device attacks

By: Schalk Burger     25th November 2016 Financial institutions can expect a rise in the number of cyberattacks on mobile devices next year, as well as attacks on employee machines and noncritical systems, says cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky Lab Russia Research and Analysis team head Yury Namestnikov. A Kaspersky Lab security... 

SD-WAN technology transforming business connectivity

By: Schalk Burger     25th November 2016 Software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) technology is displacing multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) for business connectivity, as the complex and open networks of business necessitate a different approach to managing and securing business data traffic, says telecommunications service... 

UK Premier seeks to protect globalisation by ensuring it is fairer

By: Keith Campbell     25th November 2016 British Prime Minister Theresa May has defended globalisation, while warning its downsides must be addressed to ensure continued public support for free markets and free trade around the world. She was delivering the annual Prime Minister’s speech to the Lord Mayor’s Banquet, in the Guildhall,... 

Way companies use IT resources changing, IBM asserts

By: Schalk Burger     25th November 2016 The short timeframes businesses have in which to compete successfully against one another in the increasingly connected and digital world of business is driving them to reengineer their operations to create agile business systems that can respond rapidly to transient opportunities, says... 

Engen continues to drive construction of Reunion’s €1.6bn highway over the sea

     24th November 2016 In 2014 Engen Petroleum won a €960 000 tender to provide fuel to the mega construction project to build Reunion’s New La Nouvelle Route du Littoral, a 12km long “highway over the sea” that will connect the island’s two biggest cities – Saint Denis and La Possession - as well as the island’s port... 

‘Ramaphosa meets our criteria for president’: Cosatu

By: African News Agency      24th November 2016 Despite being embroiled in the fallout following the Marikana killings, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was the right person to take over the leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) next year. Cosatu’s second deputy president... 

Public transport development driven by lowest cost, not value, says ITSSA

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2016 South Africa’s transport procurement system is often driven by cost, rather than value, says Intelligent Transport Society of South Africa (ITSSA) CEO Dr Paul Vorster. “We tend to look for the lowest-cost supplier of services and equipment and not always the best value. The problem with this is... 

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... 

GDID to hold first auction for noncore properties this month

By: Anine Kilian     22nd November 2016 The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (GDID) will, this month, begin disposing of 413 noncore residential and strategic properties that are owned by the department. Addressing journalists at a media briefing in Johannesburg, Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Jacob Mamabolo... 

ABB supplies first UniPack Compact Substation in South Africa to the Cape Peninsula University of Technology for R1.2 million

     22nd November 2016 ABB's UniPack compact substation will enable the Cape Peninsula University of Technology to improve monitoring of its electrical network and provide real-time training platform for electrical engineering students. ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, is supplying a R1,2 million... 

Fibre-to-the-home rolled out in Namibian estate

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd November 2016 Pan-African telecommunications operator Paratus Telecoms has connected residents in the Finkenstein estate, east of Windhoek, with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) – a first in Namibia.   The developers of Finkenstein Manor and Finkenstein Village have partnered with Paratus Telecom to create the... 

South Africa matters to the US – Ambassador Gaspard

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd November 2016 In the wake of concerns and uncertainties surrounding South Africa’s future US trade structure since billionaire businessperson and US President-elect Donald Trump won what was described as the most personality-driven political election in US history, US Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard... 

4 Key Strategies to Secure Cloud Migration

     22nd November 2016 Comprehensive hybrid cloud security strategy critical to strengthening security posture Paul Williams, Country Manager SADC at Fortinet, outlines 4 key strategies to help organizations protect their businesses while migrating to private and public clouds: Maintain a Strong Security Posture... 

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