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Joemat-Pettersson backs renewables; promises coal, expedited renewable-energy IPP decision soon

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2016 With government preparing to announce its long-awaited decision on the expedited round of  the Renewable-Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and the Coal Baseload Independent Power Producer Procurement  Programme (CBIPPPP), Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has... 

Steel designations, Highveld supply to shore up AMSA demand amid weak market

By: Terence Creamer     29th July 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) expects a proposed deal to reopen the heavy-section mill at Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium (Highveld), together with recent moves by government to stipulate the use of local steel when calculating local content on certain infrastructure... 

Customers laud Wacker Neuson service

     29th July 2016 Wacker Neuson South Africa upholds a proud heritage of supporting its quality range of compact machines and equipment supplied to Southern African construction, road making, mining, agricultural and landscaping industries with unsurpassed service and after-sales backup. “Irrespective of how good... 

New aviation statistics report shows strong South African passenger growth

By: Keith Campbell     29th July 2016 Airline passenger traffic is growing strongly in South Africa. "Passenger growth in South Africa is defying all economic logic!" highlighted Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) CEO Bongani Maseko on Friday. Passenger traffic growth usually reflects growth in gross domestic product (GDP). "GDP... 

South Africa's main two airports to expand capacity again

By: Keith Campbell     29th July 2016 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) is planning to start work on new or expanded domestic passenger terminal facilities at both Cape Town International Airport and Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport in the near future. ACSA CEO Bongani Maseko conveyed this information to... 

We cannot fight railway crime alone – PRASA

By: News24Wire      29th July 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency South Africa (PRASA) says it cannot fight increasing violent crime at South Africa's train stations on its own. PRASA was responding to the United National Transport Union (Untu) after the union slammed the body on Wednesday, following a number of violent murders in the... 

AMSA calls for more support as loss increases

By: African News Agency      29th July 2016 ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) called for more state support for the steel sector as it reported a loss of R450-million for the six months to the end of June, a hefty increase on the loss of R111-million recorded for the corresponding period a year before. The company acknowledged the support... 

Belgium trade and investment agency signs Mou with DTI unit

By: David Oliveira     29th July 2016 Belgium-based Wallonia Export-Investment Agency (Awex) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) investment promotion agency InvestSA initiative last month. InvestSA provides a number of services for investors, including facilitation of the... 

Construction on the largest solar field in S Africa to start in 2017

     29th July 2016 Norwegian power producer Scatec Solar plans to start construction by mid-2017 on three new adjacent solar projects in Upington, in the Northern Cape, which will form the largest solar field in South Africa and one of the biggest in the world with a combined peak capacity of 258 MW. 

ECIC plays a pivotal role in Sub-Saharan Africa with 15 years of Project Export Excellence

     29th July 2016 The creation of ECIC began 15 years ago, in July 2001, when the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa LTD (ECIC), was given a mandate of filling a market gap through provision of medium to long term export credit and investment guarantees by underwriting bank loans for political and... 

France, South Africa to foster pulp, paper industry relationships

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th July 2016 With South Africa and France being “well recognised” as key players in the international paper industry, it is essential to engage in “fruitful exchanges”, including knowledge sharing and stakeholder solutions for the industry. This is according to Ambassador of France Elisabeth Barbier, who... 

Inspection device to provide safety in rail operations

By: Simon Sonnekus     29th July 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a prototype survey and inspection device (SID) to survey and inspect South Africa’s railway lines, which is intended to improve safety and operations. Along with reporting on the condition of the rail infrastructure, the SID... 

Local content priority for PRASA contract

     29th July 2016 French multinational rail transport company Alstom, which has a controlling stake in local rail transport consortium Gibela, has reinforced its commitment to ensuring local content forms a significant portion of the multibillion-rand contract signed between Gibela and the Passenger Rail Agency of... 

South African auto plant now producing plug-in hybrid luxury sedan

By: Irma Venter     29th July 2016 Following the premiere of its hybrid technology in the S-Class, Mercedes-Benz has expanded the technology to the C-Class, in the form of the C 350 e sedan. One of the plants producing the newly launched C-Class sedan is Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s (MBSA’s) facility in East London. 

Stability and cohesion a way forward for African rail sector

By: Simon Sonnekus     29th July 2016 Companies are under pressure from government and the public to embark on new projects while there are still projects that need to be completed. The countless delays across the rail expansions are concerning, says the RailRoad Association of South Africa (RRA). Negative sentiments by the industry... 

Unemployment rate remains virtually unchanged at 26.6% in Q2 – Stats SA

By: Anine Kilian     28th July 2016 South Africa’s unemployment rate fell by 0.1 of a percentage point to 26.6% in the second quarter, Statistics South Africa’s (Stats SA’s) latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) shows. In total, 129 000 jobs were lost quarter-on-quarter, with both the formal and informal nonagricultural... 

Atlas Copco South Africa employee questions ASKed & answered

     28th July 2016 Atlas Copco South Africa once again showed its commitment to its employees with the launch on 11th May 2016 of the Atlas Copco Self Service Kiosk at the company’s Head Office in Jet Park, Johannesburg. Atlas Copco Holdings Vice President, Frans van Niekerk, was on hand to cut the ribbon during... 

South African inspection robot attracting international interest  

     28th July 2016 Johannesburg company Ryonic Industries is receiving both national and international interest in its newly developed pipeline inspection robot.  

Energy Minister cracks down on CEF governance

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th July 2016 The Central Energy Fund (CEF) board will review its governance processes, as well as its turnaround strategies for the subsidiaries in the group, after Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson raised concerns around the recent lapses in governance in the group. At a meeting held earlier this month... 

Atlas Copco supports Filpro, an Enterprise Development Township Mechanics Programme

     27th July 2016 Atlas Copco South Africa, in partnership with Tirisano Trust, supports Filpro, an enterprise development township mechanics programme that is empowering countless informal businesses in seven of the country’s provinces. Industrial Technique and Compressor Technique, two business areas within... 

Prasa must be held accountable for senseless killings on railways

     27th July 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) must be held accountable for the senseless and barbaric killings of train crew, railway staff, security guards and commuters as it continues to ignore pleas to drastically increase its security on railway lines across the country.   This demand by... 

South African to chair international maths commission

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th July 2016 The International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI) has appointed local mathematics educator and University of Witwatersrand (Wits) Professor Jill Adler as its president. She is the first African to lead the ICMI and will serve in this position until 2020. She succeeds Ferdinando... 

Fingerprint authentication coming to South African bank cards 

By: News24Wire      26th July 2016 New standards to facilitate card payments using fingerprint authentication have been introduced to make transactions more secure and convenient for consumers. The Payments Association of South Africa (PASA), in partnership with Visa and Mastercard, announced on Tuesday a new standardised... 

Lumax Energy equips ABB headquarters with Renusol mounting solution for solar microgrid installation

     26th July 2016 The South African wholesaler Lumax Energy has equipped the national headquarters of ABB, the global leader in power and automation technology, with a mounting solution for its 756 kWp solar microgrid installation. This is a world premiere for the innovative solution with fully grid-connected and... 

Itac seeks input on steel duties after HRC probe finds imports causing ‘serious injury’ 

By: Terence Creamer     25th July 2016 The International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) has concluded that the domestic steel industry is “suffering serious injury” as a result of a surge of imports of hot-rolled coil (HRC). However, it has decided not to impose provisional measures until it has received... 

Enabling a connected world: Nokia’s Mobile World Congress Revisited Roadshow hits Johannesburg

     25th July 2016 As one of the world’s renowned innovation leaders Nokia will host a local Mobile World Congress Revisited Roadshow in Johannesburg. Nokia will be showcasing the telecom operators how they can tap its latest innovations to provide world-class ultra-fast broadband services with highly secured... 

AMSA seeks more protection as it warns of bigger H1 loss

By: Terence Creamer     22nd July 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) warned on Friday that its loss for the six months to June 30 could be up to 64% higher than the loss of 28c a share reported for the same period in 2015. However, the interim loss of between 42c and 46c a share represented a significant improvement... 

Lafarge dismisses 150 employees over illegal work stoppages 

     22nd July 2016 Lafarge South Africa has dismissed about 150 employees at various operations, including its cement plant in Lichtenburg, following several illegal work stoppages over the past few weeks. The workers were issued with letters of dismissal on July 8 after they illegally downed tools to demand the... 

MeerKAT telescope project, South Africa

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd July 2016 The MeerKAT First Light image has been released, shedding light on more than 1 300 galaxies in the universe. 

Developing existing skills to benefit businesses

By: Sascha Solomons     22nd July 2016 To upskill professionals with degrees in the engineering industry and natural sciences, the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) has added an expert level course in Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP) to its range of offerings that already includes Energy... 

Gas gensets a sustainable power alternative  

By: Sebastian Whyle     22nd July 2016 Engine, filtration and power-generation product manufacturer Cummins notes that gas-powered gensets are a sustainable power solution, owing to natural gas being methane-rich and occurring naturally. This makes it a cost-effective alternative energy source, compared with wind and solar power.  

Improved Stem curriculum can benefit engineering sector

By: Sascha Solomons     22nd July 2016 A nationwide need for improved curriculum delivery in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) education in primary and secondary schools, which skills and enterprise development organisation ORT South Africa (ORT SA) has responded to, will see more pupils studying... 

Jaco Maritz

     22nd July 2016 This week we feature Jaco Maritz Position, CFO of SYSPRO, an enterprise resource planning software company 

Manufacturers to profit from ‘connected life’ concept

By: Nadine James     22nd July 2016 Technological developments relating to high-speed connectivity, smart sensors and cloud-based computing, present vehicle manufacturers with an opportunity to develop services based around connected cars and devices. This has provided new impetus to the “Connected Life” concept, says computer... 

New robot offers bigger payload handling, compact footprint

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd July 2016 ABB Robotics has launched its latest robot – the IRB 1660ID – for applications, such as arc welding, machine tending and material handling, which require work in tight spaces. The new robot’s Integrated DressPack solution makes it easier to programme and simulate predictable cable movements,... 

Nurtured skills to benefit engineering sector

By: Sascha Solomons     22nd July 2016 Owing to there being a lack of welders, technicians and fitters, nonprofit organisation TEACH South Africa (TEACH) believes that nurturing pupils’ skills in mathematics, science and English in primary and secondary schools could significantly help to address the challenges in the engineering... 

Parallel system enables line upgrades without disrupting production

By: Nadine James     22nd July 2016 Factory automation systems manufacturer Omron has refined its parallel upgrade system, which enables manufacturers to complete line upgrades for redundant electrical hardware and control systems without impacting on production, reducing downtime or compromising operational efficiency for... 

Rosebank office awarded top green rating

By: Dylan Slater     22nd July 2016 Green-focused architecture consultancy Solid Green Consulting’s Rosebank offices were recently awarded 6-Star Green Star South Africa Interiors v1 certification for the incorporation of ecofriendly aspects into their offices.  

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