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Botswana diamond miner announces four-month plant closure

By: African News Agency      21st October 2016 Contract miner Basil Read Mining Botswana (BRMD) has announced an immediate cessation of all mining operations at Lerala Diamond Mine (LDM), which is owned by Australian gem miner Kimberely Diamonds. BRMD, which was contracted to conduct mining operations on behalf of Kimberley Diamonds Limited... 

3M invests R120m in South African expansion

By: Anine Kilian     21st October 2016 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has welcomed the R120-million investment by US-based multinational 3M to expand its operations in South Africa. 3M is a science and technology company that produces thousands of products, including consumer, safety and graphics, electronics and energy,... 

South Africa to withdraw from war crimes court – document

By: Reuters     21st October 2016 South Africa is withdrawing from the International Criminal Court, according to a document seen by Reuters on Thursday, a move that would take effect one year after notice is formally received by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. A UN spokesperson declined to confirm receipt of the... 

BLSA appoints Mabuza as chair as it unveils new leaders

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st October 2016 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has announced the appointment of Telkom’s Jabu Mabuza as its new chairperson and Shell South Africa’s Bonang Mohale as its deputy chairperson after a council meeting, which also approved a new board of directors for the big business grouping. Mabuza and... 

Continental vision identifies mining’s role in transforming economies

By: David Oliveira     21st October 2016 The need to diversify Africa’s primary-resource export-focused economies in support of other industry-related value chains is key to helping transform the continent’s economy and generate greater wealth from its significant minerals endowment. At this year’s Joburg Indaba, which took place... 

Need for industry to reconsider production, storage and distribution

By: Sascha Solomons     21st October 2016 As large amounts of working capital continue to be tied up in high inventory levels, which is often paired with slow reaction times to market changes, beverage company Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) asserts that this prompts the warehousing and storage industry to reconsider the way in... 

Rail Road Association to hold inaugural career expo

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st October 2016 In support of Transport month, the Rail Road Association (RRA) of South Africa will host an inaugural career expo day this month for all rail industry players to meet learners and youth to expose them to the opportunities in the industry. According to RRA officials Trevor Mohlala and Mesela... 

Recessionary conditions in new-vehicle market intensify

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2016 The recession in the domestic new-vehicle market “accelerated significantly” during September, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that September new-vehicle sales declined by 14.3%,... 

Renault South Africa plots fresh budget market assault

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2016 Renault South Africa (SA) is set to launch a fresh attack on the country’s budget market in November, when it introduces the A-segment Kwid. The India-made Kwid should be priced below Renault SA’s current entry-level Sandero. 

SA’s science policy to be reviewed but global cooperation will remain

By: Keith Campbell     21st October 2016 South Africa is to review its policy and plans regarding science, technology and innovation. This was stated by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor at the Fourth Ministerial Meeting of Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Ministers Responsible for Science and... 

Volkswagen South Africa Group investment plant, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st October 2016 VWSA has installed 320 new Kuka robots at its body shop as it ramps up to produce the new Polo. 

Chevron South Africa inks three-year products and services agreement with SNC-Lavalin

By: Anine Kilian     20th October 2016 Multinational energy corporation Chevron has signed a three-year master products and service agreement with engineering and construction group SNC-Lavalin for the 2017 turnaround work at Chevron’s oil refinery, in Cape Town. The scope of work included in the service agreement covers routine... 

Gauteng, Stats SA form partnership to improve infrastructure delivery

By: Anine Kilian     20th October 2016 The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (DID) is partnering with Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) to move closer to becoming a modern and smart organisation when it comes to the delivery of infrastructure that addresses economic and social goals. Addressing a press conference to... 

Enel expects renewables to prevail in South Africa despite current uncertainty

By: Terence Creamer     20th October 2016 Enel Green Power South Africa country manager William Price says he is “surprised” by Eskom’s current resistance to signing power purchase agreements (PPAs) for new renewable-energy projects in light of the undeniable success of the competitive-bidding model pursued by the Department of Energy... 

Better framework, legislation needed for sustainable CSR initiatives

By: Anine Kilian     20th October 2016 Corporate social responsibility (CSR), especially in the absence of a thorough appreciation of systemic weaknesses and local idiosyncracies, is often not very successful, says University of the Witwatersrand Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry director Caroline Digby. Speaking at a... 

Gauteng govt shortlists three bidders for Gautrain rolling stock contract

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2016 The Gauteng government has shortlisted three bidders to supply twelve new trains of four coaches each to the Gautrain rail link. The rail system currently operates 96 coaches, with train configurations of either four or eight coaches, depending on time-of-day demand. 

Chevron South Africa’s Lubricants Manufacturing Plant is awarded Best Performing Operator 2016 by the Transnet National Ports Authority in Durban and Supplier of the Year 2016 by Aftermarkets Solutions

     20th October 2016 The Transnet National Ports Authority in Durban bestowed upon Chevron South Africa’s Lubricants Manufacturing Plant at the Island View Terminal the Best Performing Terminal Operator (Island View Precinct) award for 2016. The LMP was also nominated as one of the top three terminals in terms of... 

Nersa awaits RCA appeal before moving on new Eskom applications

By: Terence Creamer     19th October 2016 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) expects its application for leave to appeal a recent North Gauteng High Court judgment, which found its approval of Eskom’s third multiyear price determination (MYPD3) Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) for the 2013/14 to be unlawful, to take... 

New valve factory opens in SA 

     19th October 2016 Danish valves manufacturer AVK Valves Southern Africa has officially launched its R200-million valves manufacturing facility in Alrode, Gauteng, with the manufacturer being the first in its sector to take full advantage of the Department of Trade and Industry’s local content requirements for... 

Gauteng, Italy’s Emilia-Romagna ink new trade MoU

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th October 2016 A new five-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region and the Gauteng province, and the Ekurhuleni municipality in particular, to enhance trade benefits between the two economic hubs. The cooperation agreement, signed by Gauteng Premier David... 

Skilled trades still most difficult positions to fill – survey  

By: Anine Kilian     18th October 2016 Workforce expert Manpower Group’s eleventh yearly Talent Shortage Survey shows some interesting results for 2016 over the 2015 results, with skilled trade workers remaining in the top three most difficult positions for companies to fill for the fifth consecutive year, and engineers dropping from... 

Corruption Watch, R2K launch court bid to have Seriti Commission’s findings set aside 

By: Anine Kilian     17th October 2016 Corruption Watch (CW) and Right2Know Campaign (R2K) on Monday launched an application in the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng division, to review and set aside the findings of the Arms Procurement Commission, also known as the Seriti Commission. “The Seriti Commission’s findings cannot be... 

First South African industrial property gets Green Star SA rating

By: Anine Kilian     17th October 2016 Property development company Growthpoint Properties’ Greenfield Industrial Park, in Cape Town, has been awarded South Africa’s first ever Green Star South Africa (SA) rating for an industrial property. Greenfield received a 4-Star custom industrial as-built Green Star SA certification from the... 

Growthpoint’s Greenfield Industrial Park achieves SA’s first industrial Green Star rating

     17th October 2016 Growthpoint Properties’ Greenfield Industrial Park in Cape Town has been awarded South Africa’s first ever Green Star SA rating for an industrial property. In a milestone achievement for green building in South Africa, Greenfield received a 4-Star Custom Industrial As-Built Green Star SA... 

Itac to make HRC steel safeguard recommendation in November

By: Terence Creamer     17th October 2016 The head of the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) reports that, following the completion of public consultations on the possible imposition of safeguard duties for hot-rolled coil (HRC) steel, the commission intends delivering its recommendation to Trade and... 

South Africa’s innovators of tomorrow win big with medals, bursaries and Pi-top Laptops at the annual Eskom Expo for Young Scientists

     17th October 2016 “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science,” said the great Albert Einstein. Learning and good grades are necessary, but to create tomorrow’s scientists we must help stimulate the creativity... 

New Seifsa president urges employer proactivity ahead of 2017 wage talks

By: Terence Creamer     14th October 2016 The incoming president of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa), Michael Pimstein, has called on employers affiliated to the body to adopt a proactive stance towards the upcoming 2017 wage negotiations. Pimstein is returning to a Seifsa post he last occupied... 

First local seed selection to take place at Project Solaris 

By: Anine Kilian     14th October 2016 South African seed selection for research and development company Sunchem’s solaris crop – a nicotine-free tobacco variety that yields significant amounts of sustainable oil for biojet fuel feedstock – has started taking place locally for the first time since the launch of Project Solaris in... 

Lifebuoy Touches Lives Through Hygiene Education

     14th October 2016 2.8 million children throughout Africa do not reach the age of five, this is caused by avoidable illnesses such as diarrhea and pneumonia.   On Thursday, 13 October  Unilever and representatives from the Department of Basic Education and UNICEF celebrated the life-saving habit of handwashing with... 

Construction of R1bn Dunnottar train factory on track – Gibela

By: Irma Venter     14th October 2016 The construction of Gibela’s R1-billion train factory at Dunnottar, in Ekurhuleni, is on schedule, says the rail consortium in a project update. Gibela has been contracted to supply the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa with 600 new passenger trains, in a deal worth R51-billion. 

Cooler series for hydraulic systems improves efficiency, saves costs

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th October 2016 In light of the importance of installing the correct cooler for particular hydraulic systems, motion and control technologies diversified manufacturer Parker Hannifin’s Accumulator and Cooler Division Europe (ACDE) is developing the MAC air oil-cooler series, which provides significant benefits... 

Hydrogen Epoch of Reionisation Array project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     14th October 2016 The project entails increasing the number of radio dishes at the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionisation Array. 

Increased interest in machine tools trade exhibition

By: Victor Moolman     14th October 2016 With the machine tools market having grown significantly over the past few years, exhibition specialists Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery plans to expand Machine Tools Africa by extending it from one hall at the Nasrec exhibition centre, in Johannesburg, to two halls in 2017. 

Many tech companies expected to be started, incubated at Joburg hub

By: Schalk Burger     14th October 2016 Many new technology companies would be started and incubated  at the digital innovation hub, in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, which would also contribute to the transformation of Johannesburg and Gauteng. The hub – called Tshimologong, which is seTswana for a place of new beginnings – was the... 

New cutting tools released onto the S African market

     14th October 2016 Construction company Wirtgen South Africa (SA) launched two new cutting tools for cold recyclers and soil stabilisers to the South African market last month. 

New regional chief for Daimler Trucks & Buses

By: Irma Venter     14th October 2016 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will, on December 1, welcome Jasper Hafkamp as its new Regional Centre Southern Africa (RCSA) executive director. In this position he will be responsible for Daimler Trucks & Buses (DT&B) in Southern Africa. Hafkamp joined Mercedes-Benz Nederland in 1995 after... 

PRASA unit, Vodacom in R1bn ICT services, dark-fibre-optic network lease deal

By: Irma Venter     14th October 2016   Vodacom has signed a 15-year deal with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), through its subsidiary Intersite Asset Investments, valued at more than R1-billion. Intersite is responsible for property and asset development within PRASA. It aims to raise additional revenue for the... 

Farm safety under the spotlight at AgriSA Congress

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th October 2016 To further bolster agricultural industry association Agri SA’s efforts to protect farmers and prevent farm attacks, financial services group Santam has donated R250 000 to Agri SA’s Securitas Trust Fund. The fund supports farming communities financially to combat crime, while raising awareness in... 

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