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Trump clears way for Dakota Access, Keystone XL pipelines

By: Henry Lazenby     Updated 47 minutes ago Recently installed US President Donald Trump has cleared the way for the contentious Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines to be built in the US, after signing-off on executive orders Tuesday that overturned the Obama administration’s efforts to block these development projects. Trump also... 

Puma Energy’s Richards Bay fuel storage facility operational

By: Anine Kilian     24th January 2017 Independent fuel distribution company Puma Energy’s new fuel storage facility in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, has become fully operational and the company has started supplying aviation fuel to the OR Tambo International Airport, in Johannesburg. Puma Energy established its newest storage... 

Mokonyane stresses need for careful water management as drought persists

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th January 2017 It will be three years before South Africa starts to fully recover from the intense drought that has exacerbated its already-dry conditions over the past few years; however, the country will always be a naturally water-scarce country that needs careful water management. Briefing media in Kempton... 

Opinion: Billions can be saved by building gas turbines ahead of solar and wind

     24th January 2017 In this opinion piece, Professor Dawid Serfontein enters the debate on the costs and benefits of South Africa’s renewable-energy fleet, responds to recent media articles on the matter and makes the case for a revision to the sequence in which new generation technologies are added to the... 

Sun City resort greens it entrances with Besam door systems

     24th January 2017 ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems, South Africa’s leading supplier of entrance automation solutions, recently installed five Besam SL 500 Bi-Parting door systems at the entrances to Sun City Resort’s entertainment area, Sun Central. Sun City Resort, one of Africa’s premier lifestyle destinations... 

SA can save billions by building gas turbines first, then PV-solar and wind

     24th January 2017 Dawid Serfontein, Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, North-West University. This is a response to the Fin 24 article Koko unpacks Eskom’s renewable costs, but experts disagree (17 Jan.). I am impressed with the dramatic reductions in the prices of PV-solar,... 

Absa campaign ‘led by Gupta-sponsored groups,’ – EFF

By: African News Agency      23rd January 2017 A campaign to get Barclays-owned Absa to pay back apartheid debt is led by “State Security” and the controversial Gupta family, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema said on Monday. The EFF has been attacked in recent times for being complacent after announcing that it would occupy... 

Ramaphosa concludes ‘productive’ visit to Davos

By: African News Agency      20th January 2017 South Africa Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has concluded his visit to the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, where he delivered the message that South Africa was hard at work and remained open for business. A statement from his office on Friday said... 

Former coal baron Blankenship’s conviction upheld on appeal

By: Bloomberg     20th January 2017 Former coal baron Donald Blankenship will stay in jail for now after an appeals court upheld his conviction for flouting mine-safety laws. The self-described “political prisoner” didn’t identify any reversible errors in his 2016 trial on charges he ignored safety rules at Massey Energy’s Upper... 

Cost, rather than value, still driving SA’s transport investments

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2017 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... 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th January 2017 A a significant milestone has been celebrated at the Port of Durban, with the Maydon Wharf precinct having serviced Bright Sky, the first vessel to use the common-user Berth 14 after its reconstruction. 

Holistic business approach advised amid complex cybersecurity risks

By: Schalk Burger     20th January 2017 The cybersecurity risks that businesses face are complex, making them difficult to defend against and requiring technical and managerial responses at all levels of the enterprise, says Kaspersky Lab anti-targeted attack business solution lead Oleg Glebov. The complexity of cyberthreats means that... 

New coins to mark Krugerrands’ golden jubilee

By: Kelvin Kemm     20th January 2017 This year,  a new pure-silver Krugerrand will be issued to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the first gold Krugerrands being issued in 1967. From 1967 to 1970, the Krugerrands were produced mainly for collectors, but they became so popular that, in 1970, the South African Mint started... 

Power battle lines

By: Terence Creamer     20th January 2017 The delicate balancing of the factional interests within the African National Congress (ANC) was a significant feature of the National Executive Committee’s 105th anniversary statement. It was even apparent in this seemingly bland section dedicated to electricity, which reads as follows: “South... 

Ralph Mills

     20th January 2017 This week we feature Ralph Brian Mills, CEO of Paramount Advanced Technologies, a company involved in system integration and mission systems for the defence, land, air, sea and security sectors   

Scientists use high-tech methods to deliver accurate agricultural information

By: Schalk Burger     20th January 2017 Scientists at the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) are using high-technology methods to provide accurate information and research for the agricultural sector, such as the use of genomics to significantly and rapidly improve breeding of animals and plants, and using high precision mapping to... 

Encanto hits jackpot with direct-selling offtake agreement with Indian farmers' co-op

By: Henry Lazenby     19th January 2017 The potash market on Thursday reverberated with the news that junior project developer Encanto Potash has struck a definitive 20-year offtake agreement with an India-based farmers’ co-op for a minimum of five-million tonnes a year, cutting out the middle man and selling directly to farmers. The... 

Cybercrime Bill to be tabled in Parliament

By: Anine Kilian     19th January 2017 The Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Bill is set to be tabled in Parliament soon. The Bill, which was approved by Cabinet in December, is necessary for building safer communities as envisaged in the National Development Plan, Justice and Constitutional Development Deputy Minister John Jeffery said on... 

BHP and Vale set June deadline to settle Samarco claims

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th January 2017 Mining major BHP Billiton and its joint venture (JV) partner Vale have set a June 30 deadline to conclude negotiations with Brazilian prosecutors over the 2015 Samarco tailing dams failure, which killed 19 people. The parties have reached a preliminary agreement with Brazil, which outlines the... 

Egypt on track to receive IMF loan's second tranche

By: Reuters     19th January 2017 Egypt is on track to receive the second tranche of a $12-billion three-year loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) pending a visit in the end of February to review progress on its economic reform program, the fund said on Wednesday. The IMF originally approved the loan, intended to... 

KPMG to lead the energy conversation at the 2017 African Utility Week

     18th January 2017 KPMG’s commitment to create agile utilities in the energy sector across Sub-Saharan Africa, has motivated the Firm to take up a diamond sponsorship opportunity at the 2017 African Utility Week. The 17th annual African Utility Week is the only global meeting place, conference and trade exhibition... 

African Utility Week returns to Cape Town in May and showcases how community scale projects are the continent’s energy future

     18th January 2017 Expo and conference to focus on major industry trends “The power and energy landscape in Africa is undergoing significant change” says Evan Schiff, African Utility Week event director, adding that current trends include “the availability of private investment for power and energy projects, the... 

Nigeria's Kaduna airport terminal still building site ahead of air hub switch

By: Reuters     17th January 2017 A new terminal at northern Nigeria's Kaduna airport is still under construction with cables hanging from ceilings less than two months before it is due to become an aviation hub when the capital's airport closes temporarily for runway repairs. Nigeria plans to shut Abuja airport for six weeks... 

Fedusa takes aim at SoEs with Section 77 notice  

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th January 2017 The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) is taking a stand against government’s alleged failure to appoint “suitably qualified, accountable, responsible and responsive” management at some of South Africa’s vital parastatals. A Section 77 Protest Action Notice has been lodged with the... 

Trump threatens German carmakers with 35% US import tariff

By: Reuters     16th January 2017 US President-elect Donald Trump warned German car companies he would impose a border tax of 35% on vehicles imported to the US market, a plan that drew sharp rebukes from Berlin and hit the automakers' shares. In an interview with German newspaper Bild, published on Monday, Trump criticized... 

Trend Micro TippingPoint launches 100 Gb standalone next-generation intrusion prevention system

     16th January 2017 Trend Micro Incorporated , a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, last week announced the availability of the latest Trend Micro TippingPoint NX Series next-generation intrusion prevention systems (NGIPS). The series includes a first-to-market standalone NGIPS solution that delivers up to... 

Renewable energy projects receive $44.5m boost from ADFD

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2017 Four renewable energy projects in developing countries in the Pacific and Africa have been identified by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) to receive $44.5-million in funding. These projects include a 4.6 MW hybrid microgrid project in the... 

Zim gold producer claims ownership of cargo on crashed plane

By: News24Wire      13th January 2017 A leading gold producer, developer and explorer in southern Africa, Metallon Corporation, has claimed ownership of the gold that was being transported by a private plane that crash-landed in southern Zimbabwe on Tuesday, putting to rest speculation that the mineral was being smuggled out of the... 

Astral says Eskom cutting municipal electricity supply would be ‘catastrophic’ for Standerton operations 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th January 2017 Eskom’s plan to cut power to the Lekwa local municipality, in Mpumalanga, will interrupt poultry producer Astral’s feed and poultry operations in Standerton with “catastrophic” results, the company has warned. Astral has received notification that Eskom plans to start interruptions of its bulk... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th January 2017 Eskom connected the first power-generating unit of the new Kusile coal-fired power station at the end of December 2016. 

Five key challenges to shape global risk profile – WEF

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th January 2017 The World Economic Forum (WEF) has identified five key challenges that face the global economy. In its ‘The Global Risks Report 2017’, the WEF outlined that the first two challenges fall within the economic category, in line with the fact that rising income and wealth disparity are key trends in... 

Smart multi-modal supply chain unlocks Central African Republic

     11th January 2017 Since Ecolog was awarded its contract by the United nations mission MINUSCA in the Central African Republic in September 2014, the company manages successfully the delivery of 1.5 million kilograms of food and water every month to 22 different locations in the Central African Republic. Despite... 

World Bank warns rand could take hit amid global policy flux

By: Terence Creamer     10th January 2017 The World Bank has issued a warning that the South Africa currency could come under pressure in 2017, owing to heightened policy uncertainty in the US and Europe, which could constrain capital flows to emerging and frontier markets. However, the bank’s baseline projection is for the South African... 

Mineral ‘wrongs’ righted 

By: Martin Creamer     10th January 2017 A company that showed diligence in applying for mineral rights ended up getting mineral ‘wrongs’, a court has found. The Gauteng division of the High Court in Pretoria has ruled that Aquila Steel South Africa is entitled to the mineral right that South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources... 

NETSCOUT Helps Sub Saharan Africa IT Decision Makers Maximize the Benefit of their Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Investments

     10th January 2017 Networks Unlimited signs distribution agreement with NETSCOUT (Centurion, South Africa) Networks Unlimited, a value-added distributor (VAD) with branches in South Africa and Africa has announced its distribution agreement with NETSCOUT today and will now offer NETSCOUT’s range of enterprise... 

Australia offers financial support for crippled Alcoa aluminium plant

By: Reuters     9th January 2017 The Australian government has offered "substantial" financial support to help repair Alcoa's aluminium smelter in Victoria that was crippled last month by a state-wide blackout, government Ministers said on Monday. The outage, which caused molten aluminium to solidify, disrupted some production... 

Consumers to feel impact of Victoria brown coal royalty rate hike – MCA

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th January 2017 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has slammed plans by the Victorian government to raise the royalty rate for brown coal extracted in the state. Treasurer Tim Pallas in April 2016 announced the royalty rate increase, which came into effect on January 1 this year. The brown coal industry... 

Outstanding Features Make Voip A Fraud Target

     9th January 2017 Two-thirds of South African respondents to a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) global survey indicated they have been victims of economic crime over the preceding 24 months. Almost one-third of local organisations reported experiencing cybercrime. Debit card fraud is up, as is Card Not Present (CNP)... 

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