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Unique accompanying program rounds off food & drink technology Africa 2016

     29th July 2016 The countdown is on for food & drink technology Africa, taking place on September 14 and 15, 2016. For the second time the future of the African food and beverage industry will be on show at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Coupled with the chance to review solutions tailored... 

Southern Africa in urgent need of food production assistance

By: African News Agency      29th July 2016 Some 23-million people in southern Africa are in need of urgent support to be able to produce enough food to feed themselves and avoid being dependent on humanitarian assistance until mid-2018, the United Nations agricultural agency has warned. According to the Food and Agricultural Organisation... 

Agency supports waste-to-energy project in SA

     29th July 2016 The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to South African renewable energy project developer MBHE African Power to support a waste-to-energy project in the Drakenstein municipality, in the Western Cape. 

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... 

Clearing environmental hurdles to power supply growth

     29th July 2016 Environmental consultant SRK Consulting is developing an enabling framework that will help power projects in South Africa to streamline the process of acquiring environmental approvals, in order to avoid unnecessary delays in implementation. 

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... 

Wastewater treatment necessary to grow the economy

By: Nadine James     29th July 2016 Consistent and sustainable water supply is necessary to ensure socioeconomic growth; therefore, wastewater treatment, as a comparatively cost-effective solution that reduces strain on available water supply, is vital to economic growth in water-stressed countries, says waste management company... 

Local hotel tourism rakes in R14.2bn, despite visa gripes 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th July 2016 Despite uncertainty in the domestic tourism industry, owing to the revised visa regulations and a weak global economy, South Africa can still expect healthy growth over the next five years, PwC’s Hotels Outlook 2016 – 2020 reveals. Almost 2 600 rooms will be added to the South African hotel... 

Modern day trucking challenges the status quo

     27th July 2016 ‘Technological innovations in the transport industry presents the opportunity to challenge the status quo of risk management and operational efficiencies,’ says Neil Henderson, Barloworld Transport chief executive. While the transport industry has seen some necessary change over the past two... 

CFOs concerned for 2016, more optimism expected next year

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th July 2016 There is less optimism across Africa around the performance of companies, with currency volatility and political uncertainty topping the list of concerns for 2016. Deloitte’s ninth edition of the CFO Survey shows CFOs across the continent adopting “defensive strategies” with most focused on... 

MakeMeMobile scoops two awards at the 2016 Honeywell META Partner Conference

     26th July 2016 MakeMeMobile was recognised for their excellence at the recent Honeywell Sensing and Productivity Solutions’ three-day Middle East Turkey and Africa partner conference in Bangkok. MakeMeMobile, a recognised leader in enterprise mobility computing and AutoID solutions in southern Africa, scooped... 

Africa one of only two regions achieving FDI project growth – EY

By: Anine Kilian     25th July 2016 Sub-Saharan Africa remains one of the fastest growing regions in the world according to advisory firm EY’s 2016 Africa attractiveness programme, entitled Staying the course. This is reflected in the foreign direct investment (FDI) levels in 2015, where FDI project numbers increased by 7%. 

Newcomers Add To Global Interest In Africa’s Premier Defence Show

     22nd July 2016 A display of the Russian-made Sukhoi Superjet and the participation of the Australian defence industry will be among the new attractions at this year’s AAD 2016 hosted at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in September. Kevin Wakeford, the CEO of Armscor, says the Africa Aerospace & Defence exhibition... 

Sanral will start construction on Eastern Cape bridges in 2017 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd July 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says construction will start on the Msikaba and Mtentu river bridges, on the N2 Wild Coast Toll road, early next year. The agency has concluded a two-day briefing session with prequalified bidders and site visit for the Msikaba and Mtentu... 

Severe rate of job losses reflects declining metals and engineering sector

By: David Oliveira     22nd July 2016 First-quarter employment data recently released by Statistics South Africa reflected a total loss of 15 553 jobs since the beginning of 2015. This downward trend is getting cumulatively worse, with 3 550 job losses being recorded in the third quarter and 6 902 for the fourth quarter of 2015, and... 

Transport costs undermining African farmers

By: Irma Venter     22nd July 2016 A study shows that agricultural fertiliser can land at the Kenyan Port of Mombasa at $350/t, and then sell for 300% to 400% more 1 000 km inland, says Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa CEO Argent Chuula. “The same is... 

Hurricane Electric Marks First Expansion into Africa with Launch of New Point of Presence in Teraco Johannesburg and peering at NAPAfrica

     21st July 2016 Housed within Teraco, Africa’s only vendor neutral data centre, the new PoP will meet the growing demand for high-speed connectivity in Southern Africa’s emerging economy. Hurricane Electric, the world’s largest IPv6-native Internet backbone, has continued its global expansion with the opening of... 

Chryso Drives Future Sustainability By Investment In Innovative Product And Service Development

     21st July 2016 Innovation is necessary to develop products and services that underline environmental stewardship. This is according to Andries Marais, General Manager – operations at CHRYSO Southern Africa, who says that in order to create a sustainable future for Earth’s inhabitants, it is critical that... 

IFC acquires 4% stake in ADvTECH

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th July 2016 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has acquired a 2.5% equity stake in South Africa-based private education provider ADvTECH for R190-million. The investment will support ADvTECH’s expansion in sub-Saharan Africa, which is expected to lead to better educational access for at least 30 000... 

Food and beverages are an important economic factor for Southern Africa.

     20th July 2016 Food & drink technology Africa, trade fair for processing, filling, packaging and logistics, will present the industry’s latest developments on September 14 and 15, 2016. The food and beverage market in the entire Southern African region is experiencing continuous growth with South Africa leading... 

Local truck sales struggle, but exports jump as rand strengthens

By: Irma Venter     20th July 2016 South Africa’s commercial vehicle industry faces some tough challenges at the halfway mark of 2016, says UD Trucks Southern Africa acting VP Gert Swanepoel. Sales in the truck industry are closely linked to macroeconomic conditions in South Africa, with both facing an uphill battle to recover.  

Galane stock rockets on Galaxy restart decision

By: Henry Lazenby     18th July 2016 The board of Southern Africa-focused gold producer Galane Gold has made a development decision for the first-phase restart of production at the Galaxy gold mine, in South Africa, up to a target of 60 000 oz/y, the company advised on Monday. The TSX-V-listed miner, which operates the Mupane mine,... 

Ethos to list on JSE main board, aims to raise up to R2bn

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th July 2016 Ethos Capital intends to list its issued A ordinary share capital on the main board of the JSE. The listing would be subject to market conditions and the requisite approvals by the JSE. Rand Merchant Bank, a division of First Rand Bank, is acting as the financial adviser, sole global coordinator,... 

New Cape Regional Manager For A.B.E.

     18th July 2016 Glenn Bouwer has been appointed Regional Manager, Western and Eastern Cape for a.b.e. Construction Chemicals, part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group. Prior to joining a.b.e., Glenn worked at BASF Coating Services for a decade, responsible for various duties that culminated in being in charge of... 

Boeing, Mango in Africa's first jet biofuel flight 

By: Anine Kilian     15th July 2016 Aircraft manufacturer Boeing, along with South African Airways (SAA) and its low-cost carrier Mango on Friday celebrated Africa’s first commercial passenger flights using sustainable aviation biofuel. The flights used sustainable jet biofuel produced from research and development company... 

DTI sets up Africa-focused trade unit in bid to grow exports beyond R300bn

By: Terence Creamer     15th July 2016 The South African government believes the launch of a new one-stop-shop to facilitate higher levels of trade and investment in the rest of Africa will help consolidate the continent as the country’s most important market for value-added goods and create the platform for an expansion in exports... 

Building green not as costly as once thought – study

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th July 2016 A new report published on Friday by industry associations has revealed that the cost premium of building “green” was only an average of 5% above the construction of traditional buildings, much less than previously thought. The first edition of the ‘Green Building in South Africa: Guide to Costs... 

Powermite – all things engineering

     15th July 2016 Powermite, a Division of Hudaco, has earned the reputation as a specialist engineering supplier of world-class components, equipment and systems to Southern Africa’s mining, marine, industrial and general engineering sectors. “From buffers for overhead cranes to couplers for motors, we combine... 

Noupoort Wind Farm project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th July 2016 The Noupoort Wind Farm entered commercial operation on July 11. 

Polymeric coatings extend component life

     15th July 2016 Surface coating technology company Thermaspray’s range of wear and corrosion resistant polymeric coatings protect components in extremely harsh environments, delivering cost and time saving benefits to customers through extended component life and enhanced production. “These highly flexible... 

SA shipping container trade in choppy waters

By: Irma Venter     15th July 2016 The economic slowdown in China, declining demand for mining commodities, dwindling consumer spending power and the persistent drought in Southern Africa have all negatively impacted shipping container trade in South Africa in the first quarter of the year, with import and export markets declining... 

HAZLETON PUMPS comes out top at the SADC Annual Quality Awards as only company to win two main awards.

     12th July 2016 The sixth SADC Annual Quality Awards presentation ceremony was held on the evening of the 16th March 2016 in Gaborone, Botswana. The aim of the SADC Annual Quality Award competition is to recognize and appreciate organizations and individuals who are contributing to quality advancement in all... 

Stainless steel in municipal applications has potential to save SA millions in water costs

     11th July 2016 Market developments in the international stainless steel industry have revealed the high value potential of using stainless steel piping in the service delivery of municipal water that can potentially save millions of Rands lost in leakage and filtration costs as well as see a reduction in the... 

Concerned DTI engaging with Zim on trade restrictions

By: News24Wire      11th July 2016 The adverse impact on South African exporters due to trade restrictive measures introduced by the government of Zimbabwe cannot be underestimated, the SA Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said on Sunday afternoon. The DTI said it continues to be responsive to affected exporters and to make... 

Africa’s Premier Aerospace And Defence Spectaculor Exhibition Aims To Unlock Markets On The Continent

     8th July 2016 The growth potential of the African aerospace and defence markets will be highlighted during the largest exhibition focusing on these industries on the continent hosted in Tshwane in September. The 9th edition of Africa Aerospace & Defence – AAD 2016 – is returning to the Air Force Base... 

Second of nine new TNPA tugs to set sail

By: Anine Kilian     8th July 2016 The latest of Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) nine new, powerful tugboats will set sail from the Durban premises of contractor Southern African Shipyards this month, destined for its new home at the Port Elizabeth port. The tug was ceremonially launched as Qunu in May alongside a... 

Automotive investment projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th July 2016 BMW SA, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa and Volkswagen South Africa Group are undertaking multibillion-rand investment programmes to increase capacity at their respective assembly plants. 

Company supports impact of IPP projects in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th July 2016 Consulting, engineering, procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch will support the evolution of independent power producer (IPP) projects already under way in South Africa. 

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