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South Africa must wake up to fuel cell race or risk losing out 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th December 2016 South Africa is in a global race in fuel cell development and should not consider itself “special”, as there are a number of other countries that could reap benefits from their fuel cell plans far sooner, an analyst warned on Friday. Speaking during a panel discussion on the impact of fuel cell... 

Open data initiative to boost African research, development and innovation – ASSAf

By: Schalk Burger     9th December 2016 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor on Friday launched an Africa-wide initiative to promote the development and coordination of data policies, data training and data infrastructure. The African Open Science Platform aims to promote the value – and exploit the potential – of open data... 

Former President Mbeki appointed Unisa chancellor

By: Samantha Herbst     9th December 2016 In an effort to sustain the reputable profile of outgoing University of South Africa (Unisa) chancellor Judge Bernard Ngoepe, who served the university for 15 years before stepping down this week, Unisa has appointed former South African President Thabo Mbeki its new chancellor. In a media... 

Consulting engineers ready to help with irregular expenditure fight

By: Dylan Slater     9th December 2016 Firms that are members of nonprofit organisation Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) made known at the yearly Cesa Infrastructure Indaba, that they are ready to partner with government to reduce irregular expenditure.  

McDonald’s embracing energy efficiency at SA restaurants

By: Schalk Burger     9th December 2016 The focus on small improvements in energy efficiency, restaurant interiors and client service, as well as the design and architecture of new restaurants, is helping global restaurant subsidiary McDonald’s South Africa to remain efficient, profitable and growing organically, says McDonald’s South... 

PRASA New Rolling Stock Acquisition Programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     9th December 2016 The first trains delivered in the R51-billion rolling stock acquisition programme for Metrorail operations are gearing up for service. 

South African commercial aviation sector outperforming economy, index shows

By: Keith Campbell     9th December 2016 The South African commercial aviation sector “is alive and well and outperforming most other sectors of the economy by a considerable margin” reported the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (Caasa) in a statement released on November 29. The release marked the publication of the... 

Tamagotchi and Van der Bijl

By: Riaan de Lange     9th December 2016 November 23, twenty years to the day, which saw the sale of the first Tamagotchi, created in Japan by Akihiro Yokoi and Aki Maita. If you are old enough to remember, or even care to remember, it quickly became one of the biggest toy fads of the 1990s, particularly in the United States of America... 

Gibela progresses Dunnottar site, highlights 500 000 lost-time injury-free hours

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th December 2016 Visible progress is being made on rail consortium Gibela’s R1-billion train factory at Dunnottar, in Ekurhuleni, with some 522 t of structural steel erected, 4 043 m3 of concrete cast, 5 km of piping installed and around 511 000 productive hours worked. In a recent project update for the site,... 

GBCSA launches Green Star – Communities Pilot Programme in South Africa

     8th December 2016 The Green Building Council South Africa today announced the launch of the locally applicable version of the Green Star – Communities rating tool in South Africa. The tool is a framework that will drive the development of more sustainable neighbourhoods and precincts, ultimately making African... 

Public consultations for IRP, IEP get under way as DoE attracts criticism over timelines, pricing basis 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th December 2016 Planned nationwide public consultations got under way in Boksburg on Wednesday for the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) long-awaited draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), drawing some industry criticism regarding timelines and an outdated pricing structure.... 

GBCSA launches Green Star – Communities pilot programme

By: Anine Kilian     7th December 2016 The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) on Wednesday announced the launch of the locally applicable version of the Green Star – Communities rating tool in South Africa. The tool is a framework that will drive the development of more sustainable neighbourhoods and precincts, ultimately... 

Power & Electricity World Africa 2017

     7th December 2016 Africa’s largest power and electricity show - Power & Electricity World Africa 2017 celebrates its 20th anniversary. The show welcomes over 7000 attendees and hosts a mecca of solution providers spanning 3 halls and thousands of square meters. Taking place in Johannesburg South Africa, this is a... 

Significant growth forecast for the food and beverage industry

     7th December 2016 Growth prospects for the food and beverage industry in South Africa remain positive, according to Verder South Africa, which supplies Packo pumps to applications from breweries and wineries to dairies. The Food Processing Machinery and Packaging Machinery Association of the German Engineering... 

Gold Fields’ Muller appointed Implats CEO

     7th December 2016 Gold Fields executive VP for South Africa Nico Muller has resigned, effective March 3, to take up the position of CEO at Impala Platinum (Implats) on April 3. He will succeed Implats CEO Terence Goodlace, who will step down on December 1. 

Gas technology group makes case for flexibility as South Africa mulls power road map

By: Terence Creamer     7th December 2016 Leading gas-engine technology provider Wärtsilä has started making the case for greater flexibility within South Africa's evolving electricity supply industry, as well as within the gas-to-power subsector itself, as the country seeks comment on its future electricity road map. The Finnish group,... 

Boardroom shuffle sees Merc SA’s Van der Merwe head to China 

By: Irma Venter     6th December 2016 German automaker Daimler has announced the appointment of Andreas Engling as the new CEO and manufacturing executive director of Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA). Current CEO, Arno van der Merwe, will start a new chapter in his career as president and CEO of Beijing Benz Automotive (BBAC). 

Old Mutual’s Cape Town office a southern hemisphere leader in green building

By: Anine Kilian     5th December 2016 Old Mutual’s Mutualpark offices, in Pinelands, Cape Town, have received a 5-star Green Star South Africa (SA) Existing Building Performance rating.   This rating by the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) makes it the largest existing building to achieve this level of environmental... 

Geological Society of Africa runs new 3D geological modelling course using Micromine

     5th December 2016 Within the past decade, there has been huge growth in the capability of almost all commercial 3D geological modelling software. 3D geological modelling, or geomodelling, is the applied science of creating computerized representations of portions of the Earth’s crust based on geophysical and... 

Locking down security: Fortinet urges beefed up security skills development

     5th December 2016 Ron Harris, Major Account Manager: public sector at Fortinet South Africa, says the IT security skills shortfall is a global problem. “In South Africa, we see cyber risk exposure increasing due to the skills shortfall, as well as due to ageing security infrastructure that is inadequate for... 

Sun City relaunches after R1bn upgrade

By: African News Agency      2nd December 2016 Government Ministers, businesspeople and representatives from the media joined a host of entertainers including fire throwers, stilt walkers, dancers and a scattering of Miss South Africas, past and probably future, at Sun City this week to celebrate the resort’s relaunch after a R1-billion... 

GO!Durban discusses potential of partnerships with eThekwini businesses

By: Shirley le Guern     2nd December 2016 The eThekwini municipality is rezoning the land associated with the first phase of the R22-billion GO!Durban integrated rapid public transport network (IRPTN) and is actively courting private sector partnerships to develop commercial nodes around stations along the corridor. “There is still a lot... 

First new PRASA trains take to the tracks in Tshwane

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2016 The first trains delivered in the R51-billion rolling stock acquisition programme for Metrorail operations are gearing up for service, says the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). The agency says the testing and commissioning of the units “have progressed well in the past six months,... 

Business process outsourcing to increase job opportunities in Western Cape

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 Business process outsourcing (BPO) industry body and investment promotion agency Business Process Enabling South Africa (BPESA) continues to create jobs in South Africa’s BPO sector by increasing the jobs that are projected to be created across South Africa by the industry from 30 800 currently... 

Freight and logistics company of the year named

     2nd December 2016 South Africa-based transport company Dachser South Africa (SA) has been named the Freight and Logistics Company of the Year at the ninth Transport Africa Awards 2016. The Transport Africa Awards are designed to recognise companies that have demonstrated an unparalleled ability to succeed and have... 

Govt appoints consultants to help decide future course for airlines

By: Keith Campbell     2nd December 2016 A notice (NT008-2016) on the website of National Treasury has confirmed that a joint venture between Bain and Company South Africa and Abacus Advisory has been appointed the “professional service provider(s) for developing the optimal group corporate structure for the realignment of the... 

High- and medium-speed power generation products for South Africa

     2nd December 2016 Power systems provider Rolls-Royce presented its high-speed and medium-speed power generation products, including various power generation solutions in the 24 kW to 9 400 kW range suitable for a wide variety of applications and types of fuel, at Power & Electricity World Africa. The event was... 

Hybrid gensets to complement renewable energy

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd December 2016 Generating set producer Aksa Power Generation South Africa (SA) will launch its hybrid generating set (genset) in South Africa in January next year, providing a standby power generating solution to the country that is able to run in parallel with renewable-energy sources. 

Programme encourages standalone third-party distribution businesses

By: Sascha Solomons     2nd December 2016 As a means to grow the customer base in underserved communities and informal markets, global beverages company Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa’s (CCBSA’s) local distribution partner (LDP) programme has been launched to help local entrepreneurs create sustainable standalone distribution... 

S Africa, Brazil authorities agree to bolster competition policy, enforcement

By: Anine Kilian     1st December 2016 South Africa’s Competition Commission on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) to strengthen competition law enforcement between the two countries. The signing ceremony took place on the sidelines of the fifteenth... 

November PMI recovers most of October’s dip

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2016 The seasonally adjusted Barclays Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) has bounced back with a 2.4 index point rise to 48.3 in November, reversing October’s 2.6 index point decline to 45.9. However, factory sector output growth remains under pressure, as indicated by the index staying below the... 

BASF appoints new South Africa MD, country cluster head

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st December 2016 International chemicals company BASF has appointed Benoit Fricard South Africa MD and Southern Africa country cluster head. He joined the organisation in 2002 and most recently held the position of BASF South America performance materials director. 

Debt capital markets in Africa remain resilient, says Standard Bank

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st December 2016 A review of the continent’s activity in debt capital markets by financial services provider Standard Bank reveals continued growth in issuance, including the evolution of new asset classes, which speak well to both the resilience and future growth prospects of Africa’s debt capital markets. Debt... 

New approach to airport lounges will keep Standard Bank customers flying effortlessly into 2017 and beyond

     1st December 2016 Bustling day and night, South Africa’s major airports are cities in their own right.  Spread over hundreds of hectares of land, their buildings offer more than just places to wait for flights; they are ‘destinations’ where there are more restaurants than in many shopping malls, banks, shopping... 

BASF South Africa announces the appointment of new Managing Director and Country Cluster Head for BASF in Southern Africa

     1st December 2016 BASF recently announced the appointment of Benoit Fricard as Managing Director of BASF South Africa and Country Cluster Head for Southern Africa. Fricard, who holds a Betriebswirt (FH) Diploma and a Master’s Degree in Economics as well as a MBA, joined the organization in 2002 and has... 

Things not 'hunky-dory' at Prasa, admits acting CEO

By: African News Agency      1st December 2016 The scope of a forensic audit into the embattled Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has been widened and now includes probes into R24-billion in contracts, the rail company’s acting chief executive Collins Letsoalo told MPs on Wednesday. Letsoalo, Prasa board chairman Popo Molefe, and... 

Project Solaris starts first local seed selection 

     1st December 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 2014. 

Porsche to open technician training centre in Cape Town

By: Irma Venter     30th November 2016 German sports car manufacturer Porsche will, from the middle of next year, train 75 young South Africans from disadvantaged backgrounds as service technicians at its new Porsche Training and Recruitment Centre, in Cape Town. The course has a duration of three years. Those who complete the course... 

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