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Ian Cilliè

     27th May 2016 This week we feature Ian Cilliè, MD of SKF Southern Africa, which provides engineered solutions, specialising in bearings, seals, mechatronics, power and transmission and mechanical services through SKF South Africa and lubrication systems and fire suppression through Lincoln South Africa  

Japanese group expands South African presence as part of Africa push

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 Japan-headquartered automation and control, test and measurement company Yokogawa opened its new, larger South African office in Cresta last month.  

Mazda’s Zen moment amid vehicle market turbulence

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2016 In a bruised domestic market scrambling for volume, Mazda Southern Africa is having a Zen moment. Mazda sales in South Africa reached 9 066 units in 2015, almost double the 4 939 units sold in 2014 – this in a new-vehicle market that dipped 4.2% last year compared with 2014.   Mazda Southern... 

Stainless steel imports problematic – association

By: Nadine James     27th May 2016 Stainless steel industry body Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda) executive director John Tarboton says some imported stainless steel products do not have the correct alloy composition to adequately fulfil their functions. He explains that this conclusion is partially... 

Water and sanitation priority at WISA 2016

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 African cities are developing rapidly and existing water management systems cannot keep up, leading to a projected quadrupling in demand for water over the next 25 years, said ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability - Africa professional officer Tarryn Quayle during the Water Institute of... 

Sasol begins drilling of Mozambique PSA licence

By: Anine Kilian     26th May 2016 Drilling is under way at Sasol’s production sharing agreement (PSA) licence in Inhambane province, Mozambique, in terms of its field development plan (FDP), which was approved earlier this year,  the petroleum giant announced Thursday. Adjacent to Sasol’s current producing petroleum production... 

Metals sector forfeiting billions as imports capture 55% domestic market share

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2016 The share held by South African metals and engineering producers of the domestic market fell to just 45% last year as imports continued to rise, representing a material decline from a peak of over 65% in 2002. In fact, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa chief economist... 

Esor returns to FY profitability

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th May 2016 Civils and construction group Esor on Thursday posted a return to profitability for the year ended February 29, 2016, after a “painful” restructuring that set the JSE-listed group on a more stable path for recovery and growth. Esor swung to a profit of R3.7-million for the year under review, from... 

The Connected Enterprise: why Africa’s operations managers should care

     24th May 2016 With the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), a wealth of possibilities have emerged that, through greater connectivity between the plant floor and the enterprise, are revolutionising efficiencies of production. Through greater industrial connectivity, we can make better decisions, expose... 

Top economist will discuss Land Reform as part of The Food Forum 2016 in Johannesburg

     23rd May 2016 Following new South African government pledges to speed up Land Reform over the weekend, Africa’s biggest food expo promises expert analysis at a major conference in Johannesburg next month. Africa’s Big Seven (AB7) attracts hundreds of exhibitors from around the world and hosts The Food Forum... 

Afrisam Steps In To Create Possibilities For Maths And Science Learners & Teachers In Kimberley

     23rd May 2016 Leading construction materials group AfriSam, has partnered with the Maths and Science Leadership Academy to create possibilities of quality education aimed at learners and teachers across 38 schools in Kimberley. AfriSam’s commitment to the initiative is in line with its Corporate Social... 

Afrisam Invests In The Economic Development Of Lesotho And Its People

     23rd May 2016 As the leading supplier of concrete materials in southern Africa, AfriSam has been supplying the Lesotho nation with superior quality cement for over half a century. The company established a physical presence in Lesotho when it opened its distribution centre in Maseru in 1999.  This year AfriSam... 

Protect performance critical surfaces with Thermal Spray coating solutions for improved pump efficiencies

     20th May 2016 The application of Thermaspray’s protective thermal spray coatings reduce degradation processes on performance critical pump components to extend operating life and improve pump efficiencies for optimised uptime and increased production. Pumps are essential in many heavy industries including... 

Energy Training Foundation secures training facility in Pretoria

     20th May 2016 A memorable milestone for the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) as 2016 marked the launch of the first training event at the EnTF’s own premises. Early in 2016, the EnTF secured a training facility in Persequor Technopark in Lynnwood, Pretoria where all future Gauteng-based training will be... 

About Bidvest Faclities Management

     20th May 2016 Bidvest Facilities Management, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the JSE-listed Bidvest group, is one of the premier Facilities Management solutions companies in southern Africa, providing a wide range customised and end-to-end integrated facilities management services to the industrial, engineering,... 

ARV project’s third attempt to supply affordable medicine

     20th May 2016 Government driven initiative the Ketlaphela project, which is aimed at establishing a fully backward integrated pharmaceutical company that bridges the gap between research and development capabilities in South Africa, is going through its third attempt at being implemented. 

Concrete society calls for Fulton Awards nominations

By: Dylan Slater     20th May 2016 Nonprofit company the Concrete Society of Southern Africa is calling for nominations for its biennial Fulton Awards, which recognise and honour excellence and innovation in the design and use of concrete.  

Experience outweighs cost – piling contractor

By: Nadine James     20th May 2016 Entrusting piling projects to inexperienced operators who cut costs to secure business could result in harmful consequences, warns piling specialist and contractor Gauteng Piling (GP). “Proper piling is critical to the durability and safety of any new structure, as it provides the foundations of... 

Manufacturer spends on socioeconomic upliftment

     20th May 2016 Construction products manufacturer Chryso Southern Africa (SA) Group is completely committed to the transferal of skills, socioeconomic development, and transformation within the construction sector in which it operates, says human resources and organisation GM Brian Matthee. He says Chryso,... 

Johannesburg’s City Power among big winners at African Utility Week awards

By: Kim Cloete     19th May 2016 Johannesburg’s City Power has scooped the award for Africa’s Power Utility of the Year, while the George Airport solar plant and Sierra Leone’s Kandeh Yumkella of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative also won awards. Uganda’s National Water and Sewerage Corporation won the coveted Water... 

Australia’s GB Energy to acquire lithium project in Namibia

By: Samantha Herbst     19th May 2016 In line with its strategy of targeting minerals critical for the future of the energy environment, ASX-listed GB Energy has entered into an option agreement with an unnamed South African company which, if exercised, provides the GB Energy with the right to acquire a 70% stake in Namibia’s... 

USAID building gets green star rating

By: Anine Kilian     18th May 2016 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has awarded the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) new office building, in Pretoria, with a five-star rating, after improvements were made to the building. These included the installation of a solar panel grid system,... 

HIV vaccine trial to launch in SA

By: Sane Dhlamini     18th May 2016 An early-stage HIV vaccine clinical trial in South Africa has concluded that an investigational vaccine regimen was safe and generated comparable immune responses to those reported in a landmark 2009 study which showed that a vaccine could protect people from HIV infection. The National Institute... 

A.B.E. Polyurea Protection For Two New Concrete Parking Decks

     18th May 2016 A.B.E. Construction Chemicals' VIP Polyurea coatings have been applied as waterproofing to commercial property parking decks in the Free State and KZN. A.B.E. - part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group - holds an exclusive agreement with Voelkel  Industrie Produkte (VIP) in Germany for the local... 

Restore the original function of castings, reduce scrap & save with polymeric coating solutions from Thermaspray

     17th May 2016 Diamant polymeric metal product solutions from Thermaspray, in partnership with Diamant Metallplastic GmbH based in Germany, can deliver substantial cost savings for the foundry industry by significantly reducing scrap through the restoration of the original function of castings. Porosity, blow... 

Ford invests R11.5m in new community, jobs training centre

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2016 US car maker Ford on Tuesday announced that it would invest R11.5-million in the construction and operation of a new job training and entrepreneurial development centre at its South African assembly plant, in Silverton. The Ford Resource and Engagement Centre (FREC) was slated to open in October. 

DWS advances water policies 

By: Shirley le Guern     17th May 2016 The recent drought – the worst in 23 years – not only revealed that South Africa did not have a national water plan but also sparked a review of various policies and infrastructure projects, Water and Sanitation Deputy Minister Pamela Tshwete said at the opening of the Water Institute of Southern... 

Gas industrialisation could be a game-changer, say industry players

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2016 Potential investors and experts in South Africa’s gas industry foresee great potential in the sector despite the risks.  “We are on the cusp of a global oversupply of shale gas. We have the opportunity to ship gas and drive industrialisation in industries from glass and cement to agroprocessing... 

DTI launches Gas Industrialisation Unit

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has launched the Gas Industrialisation Unit (GIU), aimed at spearheading a medium to long-term gas industrialisation strategy for South Africa and the Southern Africa region.  The aim is to unlock power constraints and reduce carbon intensity, to secure... 

KZN, WC to have desalination plants in place within months 

By: Shirley le Guern     16th May 2016 Package desalination plants are likely to be in place on both the KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape coasts within months, Department of Water and Sanitation director-general Margaret Diedericks and KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Corporate Governance and Traditional Affairs Nomusa Dube revealed during the... 

Barloworld’s H1 HEPS down 9% y/y

By: Anine Kilian     16th May 2016 While trading conditions remain challenging for some of its businesses, Barloworld notes that the industry and geographic diversity of the group’s operations is providing some resilience. “Equipment Southern Africa continued to be impacted by a slowdown in mining activity [in the six months ended... 

It all starts with lifting: Renttech South Africa’s Unilift range of lifting and rigging equipment provides both peace of mind and value for money

     16th May 2016 The role that lifting and rigging plays in industry is often underestimated, but in many cases an entire industrial process both starts and ends with the lifting of heavy materials. Indeed, lifting is an integral part of most industries, from mining to manufacturing, construction to engineering,... 

HSRC appoints HIV/AIDS research expert as the Deputy CEO

     16th May 2016 The Human Sciences Research Council has appointed Prof Leickness Simbayi as the Deputy CEO for Research, effective 1 June 2016.  Prof Simbayi has a rich history within the HSRC, spanning over 15 years. He is the founding Executive Director of the HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB research programme, the... 

Umzamo Analytical Services CEO Audrey Ndlovu Named as Finalist at Ithala Business Acheiver Award

     13th May 2016 Umzamo Analytical Services, a leading coal analysis sampling and preparation provider, has announced that CEO Audrey Ndlovu was named as a finalist at the 2016 Ithala Business Acheiver Awards. The Ithala Business Achiever Awards recognises clients’ business success and acknowledges their... 

Saudi group keen to expand South African solar footprint well beyond Bokpoort  

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2016 Located on a dead flat piece of land about an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Upington and close to the Orange river, the curved solar collector mirrors, gleaming pipes and large molten-salt tanks of the 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) plant stand in stark industrial contrast to the... 

Manufacturing crisis spiralling – Seifsa 

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th May 2016 The “crisis” faced by the metals and engineering sector was likely to continue unabated, with any short-term improvements recorded likely to dissipate, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) said this week. A 7% year-on-year decline in production during the... 

Innovation and research needed to bolster farming productivity

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th May 2016 As South Africa struggles with rising food prices, the effects of the worst drought in 20 years and water shortage, the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) highlighted how the country’s agricultural industry could address some of the challenges from an agricultural... 

Kariba dam rehabilitation project, Zambia

By: Sheila Barradas     13th May 2016 Zambia and Zimbabwe plan to start repairs to Kariba dam in the first quarter of next year. 

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