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CNG demand in Southern Africa increases

     Updated 5 hours ago Although Africa is endowed with large amounts of fossil fuels, general safety awareness in the technology and operating fields of the compressed gases industry promoter the Southern Africa Compressed Gases Association (SACGA) states that there is a relatively high demand for compressed natural... 

Greater awareness of SA gas installation regulations needed

     Updated 5 hours ago Similar to an electrical equivalent, gas installations need to be regulated in order to ensure optimum safety practices are adhered to. As gas usage increases in South African homes and businesses, awareness needs to be drawn to the safe practice of working with, installing and storing gas. As an... 

LPG an affordable energy alternative

By: Sascha Solomons     Updated 5 hours ago While the cost of electricity continues to increase quite substantially, the price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for domestic use, which is regulated by the Department of Energy, and its efficiency, make it a viable alternative energy carrier, says the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety... 

Natural gas a more affordable selection

     Updated 5 hours ago Apart from natural gas being a low carbon dioxide-emitting, affordable carbon fuel source used globally, within the Southern African context, natural gas is used in domestic, commercial, industrial and specialised environments owing to the Pressure Equipment Regulations (PERs) established to... 

New tug fleet will enable SA ports to handle larger vessels

By: David Oliveira     Updated 5 hours ago As part of parastatal Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy (MDS), Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA) will spend about R56-billion by 2019 to improve efficiencies of South Africa’s ports, including a R1.4-billion tugboat replacement project. The contract, which was awarded to local shipbuilding... 

Process Pipe

By: Zandile Mavuso     Updated 5 hours ago With 47 years’ expertise in the pipes industry, wholesale carbon and mild steel pipes, fittings and flanges wholesaler Process Pipe has established a national footprint in South Africa, with branches in Gauteng (Alrode), KwaZulu-Natal (Jacobs) and two branches in the Western Cape (Belville and... 

Southern African piped gas industry booming

     Updated 5 hours ago With the availability of natural gas in countries such as Mozambique and Namibia, coupled with the discovery of gas reserves offshore Mozambique and South Africa, the piped gas industry in Southern Africa is undergoing rapid expansion, says the Southern African Gas Association (Saga). In November... 

Ivanhoe expands Kakula mineralisation as Kamoa construction gathers pace

By: Henry Lazenby     Updated 7 hours ago Africa-focused explorer and project developer Ivanhoe Mines has reported further intercepts of greater than 10% copper, at a 3% cut-off, highlighting the high-grade nature of the thick, flat-lying, shallow, chalcocite-rich core of the Kakula Discovery zone, near the Kamoa copper project in the... 

Bayer opens first SeedGrowth Centre in Africa

     25th August 2016 The SeedGrowth Centre has the potential to help farmers in the region to not only secure, but significantly increase their yields in key crops   Bayer South Africa has opened its first multi-million rand SeedGrowth Centre, the first of its kind for the company in Africa, at its Production... 

Growing govt procurement, exports can push up local content – truck makers

By: Irma Venter     25th August 2016 Increased parts localisation within the truck assembly industry in South Africa will be difficult, largely because of the relatively low number of trucks sold in the country each year, says Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa executive director Kobus van Zyl. Van Zyl is also vice-chairperson... 

Quick Curing Flooring System From A.B.E. Eliminates Costly Downtimme

     25th August 2016 A.B.E Construction Chemicals’ range of flooring products has been expanded with the local distribution rights for the VIP QuickFloor system that can cure in less than an hour to enable flooring contractors to provide new flooring overnight or even faster. The rapid curing eliminates costly... 

Woolworths Holdings Ltd Annual Results

     25th August 2016 Woolworths Holdings Ltd today announced results for the year ended 28 June 2016, including David Jones full year results for the first time. Group sales (including concession sales) increased 16.4% to R72.1bn despite challenging trading conditions in both South Africa and Australasia. Adjusted... 

3Q Mahuma Concrete Builds Its Legacy With Chryso Admixtures

     25th August 2016 Admixtures have become an essential component of modern readymix concrete designs. And for many enterprising concrete producers access to a supply of these important sophisticated construction chemicals has been a cornerstone of their success. This has certainly been the case for 3Q Mahuma... 

M&R to sell building, manufacturing units to focus on global resources

By: Terence Creamer     24th August 2016 Construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts (M&R) has announced its intention to sell its infrastructure and building units, as well as manufacturing business Genrec as part of ongoing moves to focus on the global natural resources markets of oil and gas, metals and minerals and power and... 

Fuso imports second truck from India, looks toward imminent local assembly

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2016 Fuso Trucks Southern Africa (FTSA), a division of Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA), has launched its second made-in-India truck in South Africa. The Fuso FJ 16-230 follows in the footsteps of the FA 9-137, introduced last year. 

Billionaire Wiese sees opportunity to combine diamond mines

By: Bloomberg     23rd August 2016 Christo Wiese, South Africa’s richest man, sees opportunities to consolidate diamond operations in the region after buying a stake in a Cape Town-based miner of the precious stones. Wiese, 74, has always been “fascinated’’ by diamonds and saw good value in  Trans Hex Group Ltd., he said in an... 

The need for women town planners

     22nd August 2016 Women are fast becoming valuable resources in the engineering industry, however, there is a need for more women to pursue town planning as a career. Statistics provided by the South African Council for Professional Planners indicate that there is a total of 1403 registered planners in the... 

Trade fair to provide industry networking platform

     22nd August 2016 Trade fair food & drink technology Africa (fdt Africa) – taking place on September 14 and 15 at Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand – is set to provide a platform for networking in the food and beverage industry. 

Kumba wins EY integrated reporting award

By: Anine Kilian     19th August 2016 Professional services firm EY has selected Kumba Iron Ore as the overall winner of its Excellence in Integrated Reporting Awards for 2016. For the awards, EY considered the top 100 JSE-listed companies and top State-owned entities (SOEs). The awards were adjudicated by the University of Cape... 

SKF South Africa appoints new authorised industrial distributor, enhances service delivery to customers

     19th August 2016 SKF South Africa proudly announces the appointment Bolt & Engineering Distributors Group as an Authorised SKF Industrial Distributor. With this latest agreement SKF now has 60 Industrial Authorised Distributors with an overall total of 169 distributors located throughout Southern Africa.... 

New Schneider Electric variable-speed drives improve efficiency, security

By: Schalk Burger     19th August 2016 The research and development (R&D) of the latest generation of industrial equipment manufacturer Schneider Electric’s Altivar process variable-speed drives (VSDs) focused on smooth performance and efficiency, cybersecurity and connectivity to support automated industrial systems, says Schneider... 

AECOM offers total lifecycle solutions for oil, gas and chemical sectors

     18th August 2016 Clients in the oil, gas and chemicals sectors are on the lookout for smarter, more efficient ways to produce, process and deliver products to market, as well as assistance with environmental and sustainability considerations. AECOM is able to offer comprehensive services to these sectors over the... 

Predict, measure and correct for electrical run-out with Thermaspray’s burnishing and degaussing processes

     17th August 2016 Burnishing, de-magnetization and measuring of electrical run-outs by thermal and plasma coating solutions specialist, Thermaspray, aids with improving the mechanical reliability of rotating equipment inside motors and generators resulting in reduced failure risks, extended component life and... 

Lonmin working hard to improve living conditions, says CEO Magara

By: African News Agency      16th August 2016 Lonmin is working hard to improve the living conditions of its workers, CEO Ben Magara said on Tuesday. “I know very well that living conditions of some of employees are not well. We are doing our best to improve the condition. If you go to Karee you will be able to see what we have done. It is... 

DTI calls for more to be done to boost local manufacturing

By: Shirley le Guern     16th August 2016 Significant successes characterise the national industrial effort but much more needs to be done to achieve the required scale and a higher impact industrial policy, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) chief director Nigel Gwynne-Evans told delegates at the Manufacturing Indaba, in Durban, on... 

Infrastructure development critical to the success of the oil, gas industry 

By: Anine Kilian     12th August 2016 Demand for oil and gas in Africa remains high but low crude prices combined with poor physical infrastructure, inadequate logistical solutions and onerous government regulations have stunted investment in oil- and gasfield development, says SacOil CEO Thabo Kgogo. He believes industry activity on... 

European helicopter maker highlights global presence, including SA

By: Keith Campbell     12th August 2016 Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter and part of the larger Airbus Group) is confident that it has a unique global presence. The company recently pointed out it that had 22 900 employees worldwide, with 29 customer centres, 26 training centres and 100 maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO)... 

LSFB demand shows steady growth

By: Victor Moolman     12th August 2016 The use of light steel frame (LSF) building has been growing steadily for the last seven years, partially owing to architects looking for alternative building methods to overcome the inefficiencies of conventional masonry building, says the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association... 

CIG buys prepaid electricity meter manufacturer Conlog for up to R850m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th August 2016 JSE-listed Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) has acquired Schneider Electric’s Conlog business – a Durban-based developer, manufacturer and distributor of prepaid electricity meters, smart meters and related software applications – for up to R850-million. “Conlog is an ideal extension to... 

Minister Jeff Radebe To Address The South African Building Industry

     11th August 2016 The 2016 annual Master Builders Congress will be taking place from 31 August to 2 September at the Durban International Convention Centre. Now in its 111th year, the annual Congress has become the premium gathering for building contractors, construction and project managers, built environment... 

Africa Aerospace Defence 2016 Set To Unlock Africa’s Aerospace & Defence Potential

     8th August 2016 The 9th Edition of Africa Aerospace and Defence will take place 14th to 18th September 2016 at Air Force Base Waterkloof, Centurion, City of Tshwane, South Africa. Held biennially, AAD is the premier aerospace and defence exhibition on the African continent. The show has continued to grow and... 

Mobile technology - transforming the face of African business

     5th August 2016 As Africa becomes more in-tune with mobile technology, companies will be looking at what they can provide for their business operations as well as their local economies. According to a survey by the Africa Business Panel, the smartphone penetration rate in Africa increased from 76 to 89 percent... 

Multimillion Rand Africa Projects Offer Huge Potential For SA Stainless Steel Supply

     5th August 2016 Strategic trips by the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda) to Tanzania, Senegal and Mozambique as part of the dti’s Export Marketing and Investment Assistance Scheme (EMIA) have yielded a number of exciting, ‘new market’ opportunities for local companies wishing to... 

Adoption of railway telecoms systems boosting regional rail – Huawei

By: Schalk Burger     5th August 2016 The adoption of modern railway telecommunications systems is boosting the efficiencies of railways in the Southern African region, says Huawei Global Transport Solutions business development director Norman Frisch. The use of well-established GSM-R (2G for railway) systems as well as versatile... 

Banks back 1 000 MW coal fired power project in Kenya 

By: John Muchira     5th August 2016 Standard Bank of South Africa has concluded a deal to finance a massive coal-fired power plant in Kenya. The bank will be financing the $2-billion with Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd (ICBC) to finance the construction of the $2-billion coal power plant in Kenya that will have a... 

Private-equity firm aims to raise R2bn through listing of unit

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th August 2016 Ethos Capital has received about R1.1-billion from investors, including investment adviser Ethos Private Equity (EPE), following its intention to list its issued A ordinary share capital on the main board of the JSE. The listing, scheduled for this week, is subject to market conditions and the... 

Seifsa warns of possible further job losses in metals and engineering sector

     4th August 2016 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) says it is “extremely concerned” about persistently lower confidence and production levels, which could lead to possible further job losses in the metals and engineering sector as indicated by analysis of recent data.... 

SAA, Mango fly first biofueled plane on the continent 

     4th August 2016 Aircraft manufacturer Boeing, along with South African Airways and its low-cost carrier Mango, celebrated Africa’s first commercial passenger flights using sustainable aviation biofuel in July.  

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