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Zimbabwe had been ripe for a military coup for a long time

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     Updated 10 minutes ago The past few weeks have been hectic for Zimbabwe, our northern neighbour. Matters came to a head early this month, when Emmerson Mnangagwa was sacked as President Robert Mugabe’s joint number two in both government and the ruling Zanu-PF party, ostensibly for “disloyalty, disrespect,... 

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,... 

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. 

African operations shine as PPC delivers higher H1 earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd November 2017 Cement producer PPC produced double-digit earnings for the first half of the 2018 financial year, with the JSE-listed group’s rest of Africa cement operations delivering a shining performance. For the six months ended September 30, net profit attributable to PPC shareholders increased by 188% to... 

Sasol’s new strategy shuns GTL as specialty chemicals emerge as key growth driver

By: Terence Creamer     23rd November 2017 Chemicals and energy group Sasol is preparing to sell several assets, including its Canadian shale gas assets, following an overhaul of its corporate strategy, which eschews any further greenfield gas-to-liquids (GTL) investments in favour of smaller acquisitions and projects of between... 

Resgen in talks with Noble for support extension

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd November 2017 ASX- and JSE-listed Resource Generation (Resgen) is in discussions with Noble Resources International to extend its support to the coal company until April amid a prolonged funding gap. As Resgen has been working to secure an alternative funding source that is not linked to committed domestic... 

Bushveld Energy and Partners Deploy Eskom's First Vanadium Redox Flow Battery

     21st November 2017 Bushveld Minerals Limited , a mineral project development company with a portfolio of vanadium and coal assets in Southern Africa and an investment in tin, is pleased to announce that its 84%-owned energy subsidiary, Bushveld Energy Limited ("Bushveld Energy") has confirmed its first vanadium... 

De Beers Group Announces Shining Light Awards Finalists For 2016/2017

     21st November 2017 Awards support emerging jewellery designers from southern Africa De Beers Group is pleased to announce the nine regional finalists in this year’s Shining Light Awards, which recognise emerging jewellery designers in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa and provide them with a valuable platform to... 

Barloworld will consider logistics exit should unit not meet September targets

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2017 Barloworld may exit its logistics business should it not reach certain milestones by September next year, says CEO Dominic Sewela. Barloworld Logistics is currently the focus of a turnaround strategy under new divisional CEO, Kamogelo Mmutlana, who took control of the business in March. 

Climate change implementation now urgent – Molewa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th November 2017 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has called on all developed countries to urgently implement their pre-2020 pledges, including the provision of additional, new and predicable support to developing countries to reduce the effects of climate change. Speaking at the Bonn climate... 

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. 

Unique repair solutions have ‘unlimited’ applications

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th November 2017 Applications for industrial lining solutions provider Groupline Projects’ (GLP’s) Armacoat and Armasteel composite repair systems seem to be “unlimited”, as the company embarks on a quest to tailor the repair solutions – tried and tested in the mining sector – for other industries, says GLP GM... 

Ford investing R3bn to expand Ranger production in Silverton

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2017 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is investing R3-billion ($220-million) in expanding Ranger production at its Silverton plant, in Pretoria. The plant builds the Everest sports-utility vehicle and Ranger pickup, with the latter exported to 148 markets. 

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... 

Investment in infrastructure only way to realise integrated Africa dream

By: Schalk Burger     17th November 2017 The inaugural African Roundtable on Infrastructure Governance conference, hosted by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and co-sponsored by the World Bank, saw robust debate among members about the most effective way to overcome infrastructure development bottlenecks and leverage... 

Go Life in bid to acquire Brittan Healthcare

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th November 2017 AltX-listed Go Life International intends to acquire 100% of the shares and claims in medical device company Brittan Healthcare for R10-million. “Brittan healthcare offers an instant market in the whole of Southern Africa through its own range of products and services and, going forward, through... 

Mercedes-Benz to challenge commuter bus market with entry-level product

By: Irma Venter     15th November 2017 Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) has launched an entry-level Mercedes-Benz commuter bus aimed at fleet operators such as Putco and Golden Arrow Bus Services. The OF-1723 (pronounced 17-23) bus chassis is currently imported from the Daimler plant in India, but should be assembled... 

South African commercial aviation activity consolidates modest recovery

By: Keith Campbell     13th November 2017 The Commercial Aviation Association of South Africa (Caasa) reported on Monday 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... 

Maintenance and upgrades on cards for Platinum Corridor in 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     10th November 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) private concessionaire Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire (Bakwena) will conduct several maintenance and construction projects along the South African N1/N4 routes in 2018. 

Business process workload and orchestration platform launched in SA

By: Schalk Burger     10th November 2017 Software multinational CA Technologies has launched its Automic One Automation workload, release and orchestration products platform in Southern Africa, says Automic Middle East, Africa and Turkey sales VP Nabil Ben Abdallah. IT systems form an integral part the foundations of every company.... 

Aberdare Cables

     10th November 2017 Southern Africa’s largest cable manufacturer Aberdare Cables, established in 1946, offers cable design, product development, installation support, commissioning and diagnostic testing through its engineering services division. “Through our people and customer relationships, we deliver... 

N2 Wild Coast Toll Road megabridges project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     10th November 2017 The tender process for the construction of the Msikaba bridge, in the Eastern Cape, has been reopened.  

Surviving on $3/oz has Lonmin in race against time

By: Bloomberg     9th November 2017 Every day, Lonmin sends thousands of miners hundreds of meters below ground, where they use drills, diggers and explosives to extract about 40 000 metric tons of rock laden with precious metals. The ore is milled, crushed, concentrated, smelted and refined in a month-long process that eventually... 

Volvo Financial Services launches in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     8th November 2017 Volvo Financial Services (VFS), the global finance arm of the Volvo Group, has announced the launch of Volvo Financial Services Southern Africa. VFS Southern Africa will provide financial services to customers of Volvo Group Southern Africa, which includes the UD Trucks, Volvo Bus, Volvo Trucks... 

BAW introduces SA assembled diesel taxi

By: Irma Venter     8th November 2017 Beijing Automotive Works South Africa (BAW SA) will test a new diesel minibus taxi in the local market through sales at four selected dealers in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast. Should the market accept the vehicle, availability would grow to most of the 28 BAW... 

SA enterprise catches up with global counterparts on IT security

     7th November 2017 The IT security concerns, challenges and investment by South African enterprises is closely aligned with those of their international counterparts, according to a new global survey by network security specialists Fortinet. “Where as recently as two years ago, South Africa lagged the rest of the... 

Converting From Steel To Aluminium Beverage Cans Bears Fruit For Sa’s Metals Packaging And Recycling Industries

     6th November 2017 Since 2013, more than $94-million (ZAR1.258 billion) in capital investments have been made by industry heavyweights such as ABInbev, Coca-Cola Southern Africa, Nampak Bevcan and Hulamin to convert the beverage can industry from steel to aluminium.  Not only did this step bring the region in line... 

Ford invests R3bn to expand Ranger production, build Raptor locally

By: Irma Venter     3rd November 2017 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is investing R3-billion ($220-million) in expanding Ranger production at its Silverton plant, in Pretoria. The plant builds the Everest sports-utility vehicle and Ranger pickup, with the latter exported to 148 markets. 

Infrastructure governance conference seeks to remove development hobble

By: Schalk Burger     3rd November 2017 The inaugural African Roundtable on Infrastructure Governance conference, hosted by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and co-sponsored by the World Bank, on Thursday, saw robust debate among members about the most effective way to overcome infrastructure development bottlenecks and... 

Company keeps up with industrial cleaning trends, wins awards

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd November 2017 Over the past decade, global waste management company Averda’s focus regarding industrial cleaning has been to develop and increase the use of hands-free technologies, making it safer for operators to work and allowing for more complex tasks to be completed.  

Newly inaugurated PV microgrid to supply almost 50% of Robben Island’s electricity

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd November 2017 Robben Island, a World Heritage Site has gone green with the installation of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid that will supply almost half of the island’s yearly electricity requirement. The Department of Tourism, together with the appointed engineering,... 

James Calmeyer

     3rd November 2017 This week Engineering News profiles James Calmeyer, VP: Building for Southern Africa at Schneider Electric, a leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation in homes, buildings, data centres, infrastructure and industries   

Universal Storage Systems

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd November 2017 From its head offices at 6 Kruger road, Strijdom Park, Johannesburg, Universal Storage Systems offers steel racking, shelving and mezzanine storage solutions to the national and international markets. With branches in Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Nelspruit, Universal Storage Systems’... 

Reforms, business models key to unlocking private sector investment for climate change – IFC

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd November 2017 Smart policy reforms and innovative business models can unlock the trillions of dollars in private investment that is needed to ensure Africa meets its climate targets as agreed to in the landmark Paris Agreement. The private sector, boasting innovation, the financing and resources, is considered... 

Seifsa ‘cautiously optimistic’ following improved PMI

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st November 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) is “cautiously optimistic” about the sector’s performance, in light of data released by the Absa Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI),  which indicates an improvement in activity in the manufacturing sector. This was the... 

DPI Trading supplies pipe, fittings to Ruwacon Civils for Nduli Reservoir

     1st November 2017 DPI Trading has supplied a range of pipe and fittings to Ruwacon Civils of Bloemfontein, the main contractor on the Nduli Reservoir project in Ceres for the Witzenberg Municipality. The 4.5 megalitre reservoir will not only supply water to the existing Nduli community, but also cater for future... 

No tax revolt coming in South Africa – Gigaba 

By: African News Agency      31st October 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba says that he does not foresee a “tax revolt” among South African citizens who are fed up with corruption and government’s poor spending habits. “We will revolt against those who revolt against paying taxes,” he said during a question and answer session at a business... 

Zim project produces first known battery grade lithium carbonate in Southern Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     31st October 2017 Junior miner Prospect Resources has produced battery grade lithium carbonate from its Arcadia petalite project, in Zimbabwe, the company announced on Tuesday. The lithium carbonate with a purity 99.5% was produced in the company’s custom laboratory, Kwekwe, in Zimbabwe. 

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