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New approach needed to develop Africa’s energy landscape

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 2 hours 18 minutes ago Emerging from the closing panel at the PowerGen Africa conference is a strong new message – a different approach is needed to unlock 100% electricity access across Africa. There was no more time for discussions, no more time for political ramblings and no more time to rely on the traditional... 

Diamond output leap helps Anglo

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 6 hours ago A sharp rise in rough diamond production at a time of stable diamond trading conditions has boosted diversified mining company Anglo American in the three months to June 30, when overall production was 8% up on a copper-equivalent basis. Rough diamond production increased by 36% to 8.7 million... 

Mercedes-Benz seeks ‘fair share’ of growing bakkie market with new X-Class 

By: Irma Venter     20th July 2017 With a new-bakkie market of roughly 110 000 units a year, Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) would like to secure its “fair share” of this lucrative, “but highly competitive” segment with the launch of the new X-Class in the local market in the first half of next year, says Mercedes-Benz Vans... 

Africa's major central banks embarking on policy easing cycle ride

By: Reuters     20th July 2017 Africa's major central banks are entering an easing cycle as they try to stimulate growth after months of drought, austerity drives and confidence issues across the continent, a Reuters poll found on Thursday. Much of southern and eastern Africa is still recovering after an El Niño-related... 

Demand growth for some metals may exceed 1 000% – World Bank

By: Martin Creamer     18th July 2017 A new World Bank report highlights the potential impacts that the expected continuing boom in low-carbon energy technologies will have on demand for many minerals and metals, including Southern Africa's platinum, manganese and chrome. Using wind and solar energy, and energy storage batteries, as... 

Visions of African super grid at POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa

     18th July 2017 Urging faster, more innovative power generation and distribution, pan-African power experts attending POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa this week predict that Africa could share infrastructure, knowledge and skills to take affordable, reliable and cleaner power across the continent. Speaking at the... 

Process Pipes

By: Zandile Mavuso     18th July 2017 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... 

Digital trust: what’s it really worth?

     18th July 2017 By Paul Williams, Country Manager – Southern Africa at Fortinet Digital trust may appear to be a fairly meaningless buzzword, but in fact digital trust may prove to be the currency of the future, and failing to safeguard it could be a costly mistake. 

Seifsa appoints new economists

By: Anine Kilian     17th July 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has appointed Dr Michael Ade chief economist and Marique-Mari Kruger economist with effect from July 17 and August 1, respectively. Ade will join Seifsa from the South African Revenue Service where he is capacity director... 

Eicher Trucks’ medium-duty hauler to be followed by heavy truck, bus launch

By: Irma Venter     17th July 2017 This first phase of VE Commercial Vehicles South Africa’s (VECV SA’s) entry into South Africa will see the introduction of the Eicher medium-duty Pro 3000 series. The 8.5 t gross vehicle mass (GVM) haulage trucks (4 t to 5 t payload) will be followed by the launch of the heavy-duty Pro 6000... 

Engineering firm appointed for Umhlanga development

By: David Oliveira     14th July 2017 Multidisciplinary engineering firm Arup announced last month that it had been appointed to supply multidisciplinary engineering services to the iconic mixed-use office and retail development Park Square, in Umhlanga New Town Centre, Kwa-Zulu Natal.  The project is being developed by financial... 

Gautrain rolling stock procurement programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 Bidding on the 12 new train sets to be supplied to the Gautrain rail system will begin in August. 

Latest product range for carrying cables to be showcased

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th July 2017 At its annual expo scheduled to take place on September 14 and 15, technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) will showcase industrial motor control manufacturer Tsubaki’s Kabelschlepp roller supporter chain (RSC) system, which is used to carry cables and suitable for cranes and long... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has appointed the Matla a Metsi joint venture to oversee the design and construction supervision of the Polihali dam. 

New solutions make LNG to power a reality in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 Marine and energy solutions provider Wärtsilä will present solutions that provide a way for the South African government to realise its liquefied natural gas (LNG)-to-power ambitions in a realistic, cost-effective and swift manner at this year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa. 

New tax regime punted as way to spur development of disused or degraded land

By: Dylan Slater     14th July 2017 Using tax increment financing to spur business development on disused or degraded land could be a highly feasible method to repurpose otherwise unusable land, as well as create jobs and encourage entrepreneurs and business in general.  

PRASA New Rolling Stock Acquisition Programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 Alstom has completed the manufacture of the first 20 trains as part of its contract with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa.  

Special deals, again?

By: Terence Creamer     14th July 2017 South Africans will no doubt remember the ugly 2008 standoff between Standard Bank and BHP Billiton over whether Eskom should, in the midst of power shortages, honour a favourable metal-price-linked electricity supply deal with the diversified miner’s aluminium smelters in South Africa and... 

Solidarity ready to pursue bilateral talks to avoid metals sector strike

By: Terence Creamer     13th July 2017 Trade union Solidarity announced on Thursday that it would pursue bilateral talks with employer organisations in the metals and engineering sector in a bid to break a three-week deadlock in wage negotiations. Talks at the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) broke down on... 

Sibanye appoints Southern Africa executive VP

By: David Oliveira     13th July 2017 JSE- and NYSE-listed precious metals miner Sibanye Resources has appointed Robert van Niekerk the company’s executive VP for the Southern Africa region. Van Niekerk joined Sibanye in February 2013 as part of the executive team, fulfilling various roles within the organisation, including, most... 

Netshield SA ups the local fibre game with release of QSFP28 100G compatible transceiver module range

     13th July 2017 Networking and fibre specialists looking to take their environment to the next level can now do so with the release of the Netshield QSFP 100G range of compatible transceiver modules, ideal for bandwidth intense networking environments, from Netshield South Africa a WestconGroup Southern Africa... 

Seifsa and Neasa in war of words as metals sector strike looms

By: Terence Creamer     12th July 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has described suggestions that it is only representing the interests of large employers in the metals and engineering sector as malicious “propaganda”, arguing that it “fights hard” to represent both small and big... 

Thermal spray coating and Plasma Transferred Arc cladding solutions from Thermaspray protect power generation components against corrosion and wear

     12th July 2017 South Africa’s Thermal Spray and Plasma Coating technology specialist, Thermaspray, delivers world-class refurbishing, manufacturing and repair services to numerous power stations around the country. Equipment and components such as steam generators, pumps and turbines that handle steam and water... 

Schneider Electric appoints new Southern Africa energy VP

By: Anine Kilian     12th July 2017 Automation systems company Schneider Electric has appointed Taru Madangombe VP of Energy in Southern Africa. He will be responsible for managing and leading the entire energy team in the utility, intensive energy users and mining segment, while driving the achievement of business targets for the... 

Dawn signs nonbiding MoU for potential disposal of shares

By: Samantha Herbst     11th July 2017 JSE-listed branded hardware, sanitaryware and civil products manufacturer Distribution and Warehousing Network (Dawn) has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with the controlling shareholders of Grohe Dawn Watertech (GDW) for the potential disposal of Dawn’s 49% shareholding to GDW.... 

South Africa signs tripartite free trade agreement

By: Anine Kilian     10th July 2017 South Africa last week signed the agreement establishing the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) during a meeting of the tripartite Sectoral Ministers Committee in Kampala, Uganda. The meeting was attended by the trade Ministers and officials from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa... 

Oil & Gas Africa 2017 begins tomorrow in Cape Town

     10th July 2017 Key industry speakers join midstream and downstream suppliers at the three-day focus for the energy sector in southern Africa from July 11 to 13 Doors open at 10am on Tuesday (July 11) for Oil & Gas 2017 at the Cape Town International Conference Centre, a two-day conference and three day expo. 

Caledonia reports fatality at Blanket mine

By: Anine Kilian     10th July 2017 An employee at Southern Africa-focused gold miner Caledonia Mining’s Blanket mine, in Zimbabwe, has died in a mining-related accident. The accident occurred at the Number 6 shaft on July 7. 

Numsa warns of imminent metals, engineering industry strike

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th July 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Friday warned of an imminent strike in the local metals and engineering sector, after the latest round of negotiations reached a deadlock on Thursday. The union is demanding a two-year 15% wage increase across the board, based on the... 

Automotive investment projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     7th July 2017 Volkswagen has unveiled the new, sixth-generation Polo that will be produced in South Africa, among other global production locations. 

Minister Davies to attend TFTA negotiations in Uganda

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th July 2017 A Tripartite Committee of Sectoral Ministers meeting, in Kampala, Uganda, set to start on Friday, will provide an update to the continent’s Ministers on the progress achieved in the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) negotiations. The TFTA marks an important step in promoting regional integration... 

Futuregrowth to resume trading in Sanral debt instruments

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th July 2017 Asset management company Futuregrowth, which holds about R170-billion in assets, on Wednesday said it would resume trading in the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) debt instruments. The country’s biggest private fixed-income money manager in August last year said it would... 

Corestruc joins the Concrete Society of Southern Africa to promote

     5th July 2017 Corestruc recently became a member of the Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA), a community comprising about 700 built-environment professionals who promote excellence in the design and use of concrete. Corestruc is a leading designer and manufacturer of pre-cast concrete structures, with... 

Nersa calls for comment on special pricing deal to unlock ferrosilicon production 

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2017 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) is calling for written comments on an application by Eskom to implement a two-year incentive pricing package that will enable the restart of ferrosilicon production in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces. The regulator turned down an earlier... 

South African economy ‘too weak’ to support manufacturing sector – Seifsa

By: Anine Kilian     4th July 2017 The decline in the Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for June is confirmation that the fundamentals of the South African economy are too weak to support the manufacturing sector, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) said on Tuesday. The PMI dropped to... 

Top level conference alongside the region’s finest supplier expo make Oil & Gas Africa 2017 a magnet for industry chiefs next week

     4th July 2017 Cape Town hosts one of the most important Oil & Gas sector events on the continent in 2017 with key industry speakers examining the present successes and the future of southern Africa’s energy sector Engineers from across Africa arrive in Cape Town next week for the Oil & Gas Africa 2017... 

Westcon-Comstor Southern Africa awarded Zebra Distributor of the Year FY16

     4th July 2017 Westcon-Comstor Southern Africa, a value-added technology distributor of category-leading solutions in Security, Collaboration, Networking, Cloud and Data Centre, is delighted to announce that it has been awarded the Zebra Technologies’ 2016 Distributor of the Year award for South Africa for the... 

Mazda SA seeks another 8% growth after blistering 2016

By: Irma Venter     3rd July 2017 Mazda Southern Africa (Mazda SA) appears to be building another positive year in a domestic new-vehicle market that will, most likely, contract yet again. South Africa’s domestic new-vehicle market declined by 11.4% in 2016 over 2015, while Mazda SA managed to grow sales by 33%, from 9 067 units... 

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