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Business warns of downgrade threat amid Gordhan uncertainty

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th March 2017 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) is the latest business entity to express concern that President Jacob Zuma’s unexpected decision to cut short an international investor roadshow led by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will leave investors unsettled and raise the possibility of a downgrade. Media reports... 

Brazil is re-emphasising privatisations

By: Keith Campbell     28th March 2017 With the country slowly emerging from its worst recession in decades, with federal government spending now frozen, in real terms, by law, for the next 20 years, Brazil is again looking to the private sector to undertake or help undertake key infrastructure projects. Up to the mid-1990s nearly all... 

RenewSys is part of the 55 year old , R 3.75 Bn “Enpee Group” .

     28th March 2017 The core competency of the Company lies in manufacturing. Headquartered at Mumbai , Renewsys has a global presence with offices at Dubai, Johannesburg , Durban , Lagos , London , Mauritius & Singapore and representative offices in the USA and several countries in Europe. RenewSys is one of the... 

South Africa signs memorandum of understanding on defence with Pakistan

By: African News Agency      28th March 2017 South African Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Federal Minister for Defence of Pakistan Khawaja Muhammad Asif, her department said on Monday. The MoU on “Defence and Defence Industrial Cooperation” establishes a Joint... 

Outrage over Zuma's order to Gordhan, Jonas 

By: News24Wire      27th March 2017 President Jacob Zuma's instruction to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas to immediately return home from an investor roadshow in the UK and US has raised eyebrows among the opposition and civil society. "The instruction to cancel the international investor roadshow... 

Gordhan flying back to SA tonight – Treasury

By: News24Wire      27th March 2017 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will comply with President Jacob Zuma’s order and return to South Africa on Monday evening. That is according to Treasury spokesperson Yolisa Tyantsi, who told Fin24 on Monday that arrangements were being made to fly him back to South Africa later on Monday evening. 

South Africa’s Department of Human Settlements to support African Construction and Totally Concrete initiative

     27th March 2017 South Africa’s National Department of Human Settlements announces its support of the 5th annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo that will take place from 23 to 24 May 2017 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.  The 2017 initiative welcomes South Africa’s... 

Rockwell in a bind as court issues interim liquidation order on 3 subsidiaries

By: Henry Lazenby     25th March 2017 A judge in Kimberley, South Africa, has issued an interim liquidation order against three subsidiaries of TSX- and JSE-listed Rockwell Diamonds. The interim court order does not affect Rockwell Diamonds, the parent entity. 

South Africa has real bio-energy potential

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2017 "South Africa definitely has exploitable bio-energy potential," stated Council for Scientific and Industrial Research principal engineer Crescent Mushwana at the launch of the South Africa Bio-energy Atlas in Pretoria on Friday. "Bio-energy is feasible from organic waste, residues from forestry... 

Cheers to largest centrifugal pump in South Africa

     24th March 2017 The largest centrifugal pump available on the South African market for the food and beverage industry has been introduced by Verder Pumps South Africa. Part its new Packo range of food-grade pumps, the new centrifugal pump is capable of pumping beer into eight million 250 ml bottles an hour. It... 

New Bio-energy Atlas will help government implement NDP – Pandor

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2017 The South Africa Bio-Energy Atlas, launched on Friday, will help the government develop and implement its policies. This was pointed out by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor in her keynote address at the launch ceremony. She highlighted that policies could not be made without data.... 

Denel heads to court to dispel doubts over legality of Denel Asia JV

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th March 2017 Denel has taken to the High Court of South Africa in Gauteng to clear up doubts over the legal standing of Denel Asia, a joint venture (JV) with VR Laser Asia. The State-owned defence group on Friday applied to the High Court in Pretoria for an order declaring that it obtained approval to form... 

South African Bio-energy Atlas launched to support bio-energy development

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2017 The South Africa Bio-energy Atlas, launched in Pretoria on Friday, will allow the country to identify opportunities for sustainable bio-energy and be able to achieve much more in terms of developing a 'green' economy. This was affirmed by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor in her... 

Slow progress in payouts to former miners – Oliphant

By: African News Agency      24th March 2017 Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant on Thursday conceded that efforts to reach out and compensate former mineworkers, many of whom from neighbouring countries, have not been satisfactory. In his keynote address at the Southern Africa Trust summit on social security and compensation... 

Proponents see glistening future in seabed mining, but environmentalists fret  

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 With the current known mineral deposits on land increasingly being depleted globally, necessitating greater exploration, interest in deep-sea minerals is growing as mining companies look for future sources to exploit. “The ocean is where future resources exist,” India Council of Scientific and... 

Drone piloting course launched following increased demand

By: Dylan Slater     24th March 2017 With interest in remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASes), or drones, increasing, seemingly unhindered by their high costs, Cape Town-based RPAS sport organisation Drone Racing Africa (DRA) has introduced a basic drone flying course.  

Mobility Vision

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2017 Gauteng-based transport economist Andrew Marsay earlier in February detailed his vision for a high-density, high-value public transport system in South Africa, delivered in a presentation at the i-Transport and UATP conference, held in Sandton. Engineering News senior deputy editor Irma Venter... 

NCPC-SA to emphasise efficiency at Naacam show

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th March 2017 The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) will share its knowledge regarding resource efficiency and cleaner production methods to assist industry in lowering costs through reduced energy, water and material use during this year’s National Association of Automotive... 

One-stop solution gives company market edge

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 The ability to supply a full range of high-quality pumps with full back-up and support, as well as readily available spare parts, has placed pump supplier and manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves in a unique position where clients can meet all their pumping requirements through a single supplier. 

Renault launches new method to market, sell cars

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2017 Renault South Africa (SA) has launched a new method for consumers to explore the French manufacturer’s vehicle range. Operating between 09h00 and 17h00, Monday to Friday, customers can connect to Live Showroom, which offers an online, real-time, no-pressure, virtual dealership experience that... 

S African company wins Japanese award for the first time

     24th March 2017 Automotive safety systems manufacturer Autoliv South Africa (SA) has been awarded the coveted Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance (JIPM) Total Plant Maintenance (TPM) Excellence Award for 2017.  

Sanral freeway incident management project clinches intellegent transport award

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2017 The Intelligent Transport Society South Africa (ITSSA) this year introduced a single biennial award for an outstanding achievement in the intelligent transport systems (ITS) industry in South Africa, for a project completed in the preceding two-year period. This first award was made at the... 

Cesa focused on transformation

By: Anine Kilian     23rd March 2017 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has committed to transforming its membership and the industry as a whole. The industry body, which has identified transformation as a critical theme, has established a transformation committee that will embark on a process to develop proposed interventions... 

South Africa struggling to be reborn  

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     23rd March 2017 The South Africa we fought for is struggling to be reborn. In fact, it is being pushed back into the womb. As we prepare to celebrate 23 years of democracy, I find myself wondering whether our ancestors are proud of us. Are they proud of what we have become? 

AMSA officially launches Gauteng steel rail hub 

     23rd March 2017 ArcelorMittal South Africa in February officially launched its Isando Distribution Centre, in Germiston, in a long-term initiative to migrate the bulk of domestic final product steel distribution from road to rail.  

Find a multitude of industrial technology solutions at KITE 2017

     22nd March 2017 There are a number of common denominators for any manufacturing business when considering the sustainability and profitability of their operation and jargon like ‘just in time (JIT)’, ‘continuous workflow’ and ‘waste reduction’ is commonly used when referring to lean manufacturing processes.... 

Attacq welcomes BMW’s R400m investment in Waterfall distribution facility

By: Anine Kilian     22nd March 2017 JSE-listed Attacq has welcomed BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA's) decision to invest in the construction of a 32 000 m2 regional distribution facility at the Waterfall Distribution Campus, in Midrand, Gauteng. The value of this investment and the revamp of its headquarters, also in Midrand,... 

BMW SA invests in new warehouse, X3 production to start in 2018

By: Irma Venter     22nd March 2017 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) will, over the next two years, invest R400-million in a new regional distribution centre (RDC) and the expansion of its Midrand headquarters. The R400-million investment is in addition to the R6-billion injection, announced in November 2015, to prepare the... 

Anglo says South Africa reorganisation adds sale flexibility

By: Bloomberg     22nd March 2017 Anglo American said its decision to split some South African assets into a different subsidiary gives it the “flexibility” to dispose of its iron ore and export thermal coal assets should it decide to do so. The split, which was partly announced in February without reasons being given, means that... 

Argosy truck out, electric vehicles in, says Merc SA

By: Irma Venter     22nd March 2017 Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) saw a 12.6% drop in sales in 2016 compared with 2015. The company sold 4 631 new trucks and buses in South Africa in 2016, down from the 5 300 units and 5 897 units recorded in 2015 and 2014, respectively. 

South Africa needs a water-conscious, water-smart approach to mitigating looming water deficit 

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th March 2017 A new report ‘Scenarios for the future of water South Africa’ has revealed how the drought-stricken, water-scarce country needs to transition towards a water-conscious, water smart economy with stronger water governance. In the report unpacking various scenarios, the World Wide Fund for Nature... 

New Nordson EFD 781 Mini Spray Valve

     20th March 2017 Exceptionally Uniform Spray Control in 60% Smaller Form Factor Micro spray patterns ≥ 1 mm (0.04”) wide, innovative quick release (QR) technology, and modular design also set this spray valve apart. 

Commission gets go-ahead to review evidence in margarine manufacturers cartel case

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th March 2017 The Competition Commission on Friday welcomed a High Court ruling in its favour to review evidence seized during an investigation into alleged cartel activity by five manufacturers of refined edible cooking oils, baking fats and margarine in South Africa. Early in March, DH Brothers Industries,... 

AI seen improving the productive capacity of skilled workers

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and automation mean that technologies will be used to manage many of standard activities and improve the productive capacity of skilled workers, says international consultancy KPMG South Africa technology sector leader Frank Rizzo. Knowledge workers are... 

Automation company focuses on energy efficiency

By: Johane Turkstra     17th March 2017 Drive and automation technology company SEW-Eurodrive has standardised all its equipment to be more energy efficient as of the first of this month to cater for various industries’ demand for energy efficient equipment. The helical-bevel K19 and K29 series gearboxes are the first of such... 

Demand for ecofriendly paint expected to rise as building outlook improves

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Improving confidence and more projects in the construction sector are providing a boost in demand for a locally manufactured, industrial waste-derived, environment-friendly paint, says Amoriguard technical director and paint chemist Ryan Purchase. 

Extra funding for another SA-based international radio telescope project

By: Keith Campbell     17th March 2017 The international Hydrogen Epoch of Reionisation Array (Hera) telescope, being constructed in South Africa’s radio astronomy reserve in the Karoo region in the Northern Cape province, has received a significant new cash injection, that will fund a major expansion of the array, SKA South Africa... 

Govt’s involvement in promoting energy efficiency needed

     17th March 2017 Government should be more proactive and involved in encouraging energy efficiency, as it lies at the core of sustained economic growth, says the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA). This, along with the statement that industries and businesses must prepare more... 

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