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Leading power firms showcase new technologies to Africa

     Updated 2 hours 56 minutes ago 75 international exhibitors and over 2,800 delegates converged at the Sandton Convention Centre for the fifth annual POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa in July, to explore power solutions and discuss strategies and technologies for power sector growth on the continent. With the urgent need for... 

Mandla Gantsho to replace Fani Titi as Kumba chair

By: Martin Creamer     25th July 2017 Kumba Iron Ore chairperson Fani Titi is to step down from the board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed mining company from September 30 and will be replaced by Dr Mandla Gantsho, who has been appointed as chairperson designate. Gantsho will join the board on August 1 and will succeed Titi... 

Kumba lifts iron-ore output 23%, reinstates dividend, shares rise

By: Martin Creamer     25th July 2017 Iron-ore mining company Kumba Iron Ore on Tuesday reported a 23% increase in production in the six months to June 30 on the back of a productivity step change linked to the revised Sishen mine plan. The Anglo American subsidiary achieved a fatality-free half year and reduced lost-time injuries in... 

Outa lays treason, corruption charges against Zwane

By: Anine Kilian     24th July 2017 Civil rights body, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa), on Monday laid a charge of treason against Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, for allegedly “actively aiding State capture and causing massive financial loss to South Africa”.   Outa laid charges of treason, corruption,... 

Zero waste to Landfill

     24th July 2017 By Marilize Worst – Managing Director, SmartMatta Why Local Innovation is Key to Future Environmental Sustainability  

Castle exits PPC after nearly three years

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th July 2017 After two and a half years at the helm, Darryll Castle is stepping down as JSE-listed PPC CEO and director to pursue other interests, with immediate effect. “The company and the CEO have agreed to part ways,” said PPC chairperson Peter Nelson in a statement to shareholders, released on Monday. 

New association launched to support emerging truck operators 

By: Ilan Solomons     21st July 2017 The newly launched Emerging Truckers Association of South Africa (Tasa) aims to assist in meaningfully transforming the local truck and freight industry, with a long-term view of ensuring work for women and black truck owners and operators. This is according to Tasa convener Mary Phadi, who was... 

Hulisani invests in global wind tower producer

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st July 2017 JSE-listed Hulisani has structured an investment path into wind towers producer GRI Wind Steel South Africa through a R82.5-million deal, marking Hulisani’s move “down the renewable-energy value chain”. The investment holding company provided preference share funding to Pele Green Energy (PGE)... 

Industrial cybersecurity resilience in focus as attacks increase

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2017 Effective industrial cybersecurity protection improves the resilience of industries, defends investments in automation and control systems and becomes an asset to manage industrial systems, risks and business continuity, a range of industrial cybersecurity specialists explain. The increased... 

By failing to plan, we are planning to fail

By: Riaan de Lange     21st July 2017 South Africa is stuck in economic and political rut, and “there is no two ways about it" and "there can be no doubt about that”, as one of my bosses of many years past was famed for saying. South Africa is in a rut; a rut of multiple levels. According to, citing... 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 The project to lengthen and deepen two berths at the Durban Container Termnal has been approved. 

Exhibition facilitates industrial growth in KZN

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 This year’s KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition (Kite) will provide businesses in the province with an ideal access route to the key resources required to ramp up their operations in line with government’s extensive and ongoing investment in new manufacturing endeavours. 

Free State natural gas project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 Tetra4 is waiting for the final record of decision from the Petroleum Agency of South Africa for development to start. 

Futureproof solutions ensure green living

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 Demonstrating its capability for creative thinking, engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa has overcome bulk services shortages and ensured the preservation of the natural environment along KwaZulu-Natal’s north coast through the sustainable design of the... 

Industrial cybersecurity resilience in focus as attacks increase

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2017 Effective industrial cybersecurity protection improves the resilience of industries, defends investments in automation and control systems and becomes an asset to manage industrial systems, risks and business continuity, a range of industrial cybersecurity specialists explain. The increased... 

Otis relaunches training academy to build skills, expertise in industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st July 2017 Elevator and escalator manufacturer Otis South Africa earlier this month relaunched its training academy in line with its skills development programme, which is designed to create technical and functional expertise in African markets. “Building skills and expertise through the Otis training... 

PRASA rail signalling system project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 A digital wireless communications system is being deployed to improve the Passenger Rail of South Africa's operations and run its transport systems more efficiently. 

Schäfer appointed African Association of Automotive Manufacturers chair

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2017 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) chairperson and MD Thomas Schäfer has been appointed as chairperson of the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM). Former AAAM chairperson and Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa president and CEO Jeff Nemeth returned to the US on June 8,... 

Transnet Freight Rail 1 064 locomotives acquisition programme

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 Transnet has reported progress regarding the delivery of the diesel and electric locomotives for the General Freight Business. 

‘Durban’s best kept secret’ honoured for technical excellence  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 Engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa was awarded the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) Durban branch’s prestigious technical excellence award last month for the design and construction of Main Road 577 (MR577), with SAICE calling it... 

Shell launches Dynaflex technology in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     20th July 2017 Shell South Africa on Thursday launched its next generation of advanced fuel formulations enhanced with Dynaflex technology. The Dynaflex technology includes a new additive for Shell V-Power 50 ppm. 

Reserve Bank cuts repo rate, denies political pressure

By: Reuters     20th July 2017 South Africa's central bank unexpectedly cut its benchmark lending rate for the first time in five years on Thursday, citing weak growth and easing inflation, and denied any pressure from recent political attacks against its mandate. South Africa's main anti-graft watchdog recommended last month... 

Bobcat Equipment SA launches pothole-busting Pavijet MG7 paver

     20th July 2017 The ‘pothole-busting’ Pavijet MG7 paver, representing the latest technology in the asphalt-finishing sector, has been launched in South Africa by Bobcat Equipment South Africa, part of the Goscor Group. This internationally-patented paver is ideal for tough local maintenance jobs such as patching... 

New screening processor launched to South African Market 

     20th July 2017 New screening technology to the South African mining market, the MS 703 EVO, has been introduced by mobile crushing and screening equipment supplier Kleemann in June. Victor Moolman tells us more. 

AMSA predicts sharply higher H1 loss

By: Reuters     20th July 2017 Steelmaker ArcelorMittal South Africa expects first-half headline losses to increase by over 200% because of higher costs, the company said on Thursday. The company, majority-owned by ArcelorMittal, forecast a headline loss per share in a range of 143 and 152 cents for the six months ended 30... 

Mercedes-Benz seeks ‘fair share’ of growing bakkie market with new X-Class 

By: Irma Venter     20th July 2017 With a new-bakkie market of roughly 110 000 units a year, Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) would like to secure its “fair share” of this lucrative, “but highly competitive” segment with the launch of the new X-Class in the local market in the first half of next year, says Mercedes-Benz Vans... 

First Cut and NitraLife form a ‘clean cut’ partnership to provide on-site, on-demand nitrogen to the laser-cutting industry

     20th July 2017 Nitrogen is all around us and makes up the majority of the air we breathe. But for the laser cutting and fabrication sectors, high-purity nitrogen is essential as it is used to clear molten metal from the point of cutting. An important factor in this process is that – as an alternative to oxygen... 

Nuclear is essential to Africa’s energy mix – Rosatom 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2017 If Africa is to ensure it places itself on its expected path of becoming the future growth market of the world, nuclear energy needs to be included into its plans, as a lack of energy access is a major hurdle for the continent, Rosatom regional VP of sub-Saharan Africa Viktor Polikarpov said on... 

Nuclear is not just about energy – Niasa MD

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2017 South Africa’s controversial nuclear energy plans have overwhelmingly overshadowed the more expansive, overall industry that has quietly developed in the country, which has become a world leader in nuclear medicine. Speaking at the one-day nuclear forum on the sidelines of the PowerGen Africa... 

SKF South Africa is appointed official OEM supplier to Henred Fruehauf

     19th July 2017 SKF South Africa, global bearing and rotating technology and engineering specialist, has been appointed by Henred Fruehauf as OEM supplier.  Acquired by SA Truck Bodies in 2002, Henred Fruehauf trailers are recognised for their rugged reliability and have been faithfully serving the local market... 

North-West University to offer nuclear technology management degree

By: Anine Kilian     18th July 2017 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) has congratulated North-West University (NWU) on the official introduction of the MEng Nuclear Technology Management degree, which aims to provide nuclear and management skills to professionals intending to apply their trade in the nuclear... 

Visions of African super grid at POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa

     18th July 2017 Urging faster, more innovative power generation and distribution, pan-African power experts attending POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa this week predict that Africa could share infrastructure, knowledge and skills to take affordable, reliable and cleaner power across the continent. Speaking at the... 

Temporary mobile transformer helps Loeriesfontein connect to the grid

By: Samantha Herbst     18th July 2017 The Northern Cape-based Loeriesfontein Wind Farm has been making use of a mobile transformer to allow for an early connection to the grid for the commissioning of the turbines – a temporary solution until the wind farm can connect to the Helios substation, which is the permanent grid connection.... 

‘Gigaba stifling good governance’ – Popo Molefe 

By: African News Agency      18th July 2017 Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) board chairperson Popo Molefe on Tuesday accused Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba of withholding a National Treasury nominee to his board and stifling corporate governance at the state enterprise. Molefe, who was reinstated as board chairman following a... 

Uber, metered taxis accuse one another of intimidation tactics

By: News24Wire      18th July 2017 Meter taxi drivers and Uber drivers have levelled allegations of intimidation against one another as the recent clash between them intensifies. The Gauteng Provincial Metered Taxi Council has alleged that they were informed that Uber drivers were using various intimidation tactics such as the... 

Mazda South Africa recalls 19 000 vehicles over potentially defective airbags

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th July 2017 Vehicle manufacturer Mazda South Africa is recalling up to 19 000 Mazda2, Mazda6 and RX-8 vehicles in South Africa as a formal global recall over possible defective airbags is extended. Owners of 2003 and newer models of Mazda2, Mazda6 and RX-8 vehicles with VIN numbers starting with MM6DE, JM6GG... 

New SA truck market treading water, says Isuzu Motors

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2017 South Africa’s new truck market will this year most likely decline by between 2% and 3%, to 26 500 units, compared with the 26 997 units sold last year, says Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) COO Craig Uren. He says the truck market is now entering the season where retailers gear up for... 

Despite electric-car future, SA must pursue clean fuel agenda, says VWSA MD

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2017 Research published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) this month shows that electric vehicles (EVs) may account for 54% of all new light-duty vehicle sales globally by 2040. However, it is unlikely that South Africa will follow this trend to the same degree. 

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