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Packaging trade show boosts business in the Western Cape

     24th November 2017 Taking place at the CTICC from 24-26 October, Propak Cape attracted thousands of visitors keen to find out about latest technologies and innovations in packaging and related industries. The Western Cape is home to a large agro-processing industry and is an important export province for... 

SEW-EURODRIVE confirms its presence at bauma CONEXPO Africa 2018

     24th November 2017 SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa has confirmed its  presence at bauma CONEXPO Africa 2018 from 13 to 16 March 2018 at the Johannesburg Expo Centre in Hall 5, Stand D30. Attending this premier exhibition for the mining and construction industry in Africa is part and parcel of the company’s strategy to... 

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 The launch of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid on Robben Island – the World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town, which, until recently, relied on diesel to generate electricity – not only showcases the versatile advantages of microgrid technology, but also... 

Agromining may provide new opportunities to extract remaining value from mined land

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 With a significant portion of large mineral deposits having been discovered worldwide, and, in many cases, reaching the end of viable economic recovery, phytomining is one option that could be chosen to extract the remaining value from this mined ground, Florida International University... 

Saturday Schools programme celebrates ten years

By: Nadine James     24th November 2017 Global engineering and project management company Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa held celebrations across the country to mark ten years of investing in education through its Saturday Schools programme. These celebrations culminated in a function held at Kwabhekilanga Secondary School in... 

Industry body looks to develop industry’s future leaders

By: Nadine James     24th November 2017 The yearlong Business of Consulting Engineering (BCE) management development programme – offered by industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) –  is aimed at producing future leaders of the consulting engineering industry, says Cesa CEO Chris Campbell. He notes that, within the... 

Modest recovery in South African commercial aviation activity consolidated

By: Keith Campbell     24th November 2017 The Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (Caasa) has reported that its Aviation Activity Index (Caai) for the third quarter of this year had “consolidated its modest recovery from a disappointing first quarter”. The Caai is a composite index created to provide an indicator of... 

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 The launch of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid on Robben Island – the World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town, which, until recently, relied on diesel to generate electricity – not only showcases the versatile advantages of microgrid technology, but also... 

Passenger car sales carried market in October

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2017 New-vehicle sales in October increased for the fifth month in a row, improving by 4.6% on sales in the same month last year, to reach 51 037 units. Passenger car sales carried the market in October, with all other segments in decline. 

Richard Kuhlmann

     24th November 2017 This week we feature Richard Kuhlmann, MD of Upat South Africa, the sole Southern African distributor of the Upat range of construction fasteners, including anchor bolts, chemical anchors and nylon plugs, besides   

Talking openly about selective application of local content requirements for valves

     24th November 2017 The Association of Valve Importers South Africa (AVISA) is a voluntary association of valve importers whose mission is to ensure that its members are treated in a fair and equitable manner by national, provincial or local spheres of government. AVISA supports local manufacturing in South Africa... 

Cesa members’ optimism for 2018 waning

By: Anine Kilian     23rd November 2017 While the net satisfaction of Consulting Engineers South Africa's (Cesa’s) member firms improved significantly in 2017, they do not have high hopes for 2018 owing to the current political landscape, amid revelations of state capture and corruption allegations across key government entities. “Our... 

South32 bullish on aluminium, manganese, energy coal prospects

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd November 2017 With the price of various commodities having improved during the 2017 financial year, diversified miner South32 remains optimistic about the aluminium, manganese and energy coal sectors for the year ahead. “Manganese led the way [in terms of price increases], and metallurgical coal, energy coal,... 

South Africa keeps rate at 6.75%, says risks to inflation rising

By: Reuters     23rd November 2017 South Africa's central bank kept its benchmark repo rate at 6.75% on Thursday, in-line with expectations, citing increased risks to inflation posed by currency weakness, possible credit downgrades and political jostling. "The lead-up to the African National Congress national elective conference... 

Robben Island inaugurates solar PV microgrid 

     23rd November 2017 Robben Island, a World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town has gone green with the installation of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid. Mia Breytenbach has the details. 

Precision control boosts productivity on Bobcat E55 compact excavator

     23rd November 2017 Precision control of the boom, arm, and bucket is critical in harsh operating environments such as Africa. It is for this reason that Bobcat Equipment South Africa is punting the Bobcat E55 compact excavator as the toughest and most efficient machine on the market today. Precision control and... 

AMSA welcomes designation of local steel for rail sector

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd November 2017 ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) on Thursday welcomed the latest designations by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) of the local content threshold for local production and content in the rail permanent way sector. A permanent way is the structure, comprising the rails, fasteners,... 

Global NCAP, AA South Africa launch #SaferCarsforAfrica initiative

By: Anine Kilian     22nd November 2017 The Global New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP), together with the Automobile Association (AA) of South Africa, on Wednesday launched the #SaferCarsforAfrica initiative, in Cape Town, with the first independent crash test assessment of some of South Africa’s most popular compact and small cars.... 

South African Reits make their mark among South Africa’s top listed companies

By: Anine Kilian     20th November 2017 South African real estate investment trusts (Reits) rank high among the country’s top companies that earn the most for shareholders.   The sector featured strongly overall in the list of the Top 100 Companies on the JSE for performance. South African Reits made up a significant 12% of the Top 100... 

Business Leadership SA reveals business contribution of R1.9tn to GDP

By: African News Agency      20th November 2017 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) chief executive, Bonang Mohale, revealed on Monday that business contributed R1.9-trillion to the country’s GDP, employing seven times more people than government. “We are saying business is the answer, not the enemy. Business is going to play its goal... 

The sooner Guptas leave SA, the better – Gordhan

By: News24Wire      20th November 2017 Former finance minister Pravin Gordhan has said the sooner the Guptas get out of South Africa, the better for the country. He was speaking at the Congress of Business and Economics dinner on Saturday, where they were paying tribute to heroes who have created a legacy that will benefit South Africa. 

Sasol shareholders approve new R21bn BEE structure

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th November 2017 Sasol Khanyisa, a R21-billion broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) ownership structure, has been granted formal approval by Sasol shareholders. “We are delighted with this outcome as it marks a significant milestone in Sasol’s transformation journey. Sasol Khanyisa will be implemented... 

Artificial intelligence wins big at Mercedes-Benz SA Innovation Challenge

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2017 Artificial intelligence (AI) solutions secured big wins at the Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) Innovation Challenge, held on November 10. The winners were announced following a judging process by a panel that included representatives from MBSA’s parent company, German car maker Daimler. 

Nissan South Africa confident of delivering on long-awaited investment promise in 2018

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2017 Vehicle manufacturer Nissan in 2012 confirmed plans to invest R1-billion in its Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, to build a new one-ton pick-up, with capacity at the plant to be increased to around 100 000 units a year. Local production of the new model was set to start in 2014. 

Legislation, infrastructure crucial for electromobility to thrive in South Africa

     17th November 2017 Tim Abbott contends that, with favourable legislation and the requisite infrastructure, South Africa's burgeoning electric-vehicle market will thrive There is no doubt that the long-term future of automotive mobility includes electric vehicles (EVs). In 2016, nearly 774 000 EVs and plug-in hybrid... 

Geosynthetic products produce a sealing barrier for diverse applications

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Geosynthetic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex South Africa (SA) distributes a comprehensive range of NAUE Geosynthetics products designed for use as efficient sealing barriers, in a range of diverse applications, including construction projects. 

Third biennial food and drink exhibition to be held in 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Conceptualised as a “for Africa by Africa” event, exhibition company Messe München South Africa (SA) will host the third biennial food and drink technology Africa (fdt Africa) exhibition from September 4 to 6 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, next year. 

Industry suffers when large companies close down

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th November 2017 From a global consulting engineers’ perspective, construction industries globally suffer the consequences when large construction companies close down.  

SAB entrepreneurship for employment initiative welcomed

     17th November 2017 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has welcomed South African Breweries (SAB’s) entrepreneurship campaign aimed at enabling South African entrepreneurs to create 10 000 jobs by 2021. 

Nissan SA confident of delivering on long-awaited investment promise in 2018

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2017 Vehicle manufacturer Nissan in 2012 confirmed plans to invest R1-billion in its Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, to build a new one-ton pickup, with capacity at the plant to be increased to around 100 000 units a year. Local production of the new model was set to start in 2014. 

South African van market continues to underperform

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2017 The total South African new van market currently ranges between 19 000 and 20 000 units a year, estimates Mercedes-Benz Vans Southern Africa VP Nadia Trimmel. “Historically, the market used to be between 22 000 and 23 000 units, but this year we do not expect it to break 20 000. The general... 

High-tech SA firm aiming to revolutionise production of electronic components

By: Keith Campbell     17th November 2017 A small South African high-technology company is seeking to revolutionise the production of a key category of components for aerospace electronics and radars by using additive manufacturing (more popularly known as 3D Printing). The company is NewSpace Systems (a finalist in this year’s Western... 

Students to benefit from 2018 bursary programme

By: Nadine James     17th November 2017 Having investigated the best possible means of aiding students, industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has established a bursary fund, with a first intake of about 20 students expected for the 2018 academic year. Cesa CEO Chris Campbell explains that, previously many Cesa member... 

Swazi Rail Link infrastructure project, Swaziland and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th November 2017 An expression of interest for the proposed cross-border Swazi Rail Link infrastructure project will be released to potential investors before the end of this year. 

Chubb to sell all its shares in South African business to empowerment consortium

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th November 2017 US-owned security company Chubb will sell 100% of its South African business to a black economic empowerment consortium led by Kilimanjaro Capital. The entity will then be rebranded. The move follows the passing of the Private Security Industry Regulation Amendment Bill, which proposes that... 

SNC-Lavalin signs multiyear agreement with Chevron

By: Anine Kilian     16th November 2017 Project management company SNC-Lavalin has inked a multiyear agreement with oil producer Chevron South Africa’s crude oil refinery in Cape Town, which will run until August 31, 2020.     As per the agreement, SNC-Lavalin’s scope of work includes the mechanical maintenance services of various... 

Lanseria International Airport launches new control tower complex 

     16th November 2017 A new control tower and fire station complex was recently opened at Lanseria International Airport.  

Growthpoint makes operational management changes

     15th November 2017 Owing to a revised operational management structure, JSE-listed Growthpoint CEO Norbert Sasse will become group CEO, from March 1, 2018. Sasse’s primary focus will be on the strategic direction of the group, aligned with Growthpoint’s internationalisation strategy, and overseeing and representing... 

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