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Zimbabwe loses half its daily power supply after technical hitch

By: Reuters     Updated 50 minutes ago Zimbabwe lost half of its daily power supply on Tuesday after a technical hitch, the State power company said, disrupting business in an economy struggling to overcome a commodities downturn and severe drought. The power firm said a total of 800 MW of electricity was lost due to the fault on its... 

Industry body contributes to the changing landscape of waste management

     Updated 2 hours 35 minutes ago South Africa’s waste management industry is in a transformative state. With the country’s well-established waste management regulations, the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa encourages organisations to comply with legislation. During the past two years, South Africa’s waste... 

Valuable insights for Goscor customers during Tennant tour

     Updated 3 hours ago Tennant, a global leader in the design, manufacturing and supply of quality cleaning and hygiene equipment, hosted a delegation from Goscor Cleaning Equipment, southern Africa’s leading operator in industrial and commercial cleaning equipment, on a tour of its world class manufacturing facility... 

Metair acquires 25% of East African battery and solar power group

By: Irma Venter     27th June 2016 Manufacturer, distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components, Metair, announced on Monday that it had acquired 25% of Kenya-based Associated Battery Manufacturers East Africa (Abmeal), and its subsidiaries, at a price tag of $7.3-million. “This transaction ticked... 

Schneider Electric launches new channel loyalty programme

     27th June 2016 Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has announced the launch of its “APC by Schneider Electric iRewards Program”, a channel loyalty programme designed to reward reseller companies as a whole.   The APC iRewards Programme is a partner sales incentive... 

Industrial equipment giant Goscor signs key distribution deal with Chinese multi-national Sany

     27th June 2016 State-of-the-art industrial equipment specialist, the Goscor Group, has signed a key distribution deal to become the official dealer of Chinese multi-national Sany’s earthmoving equipment in South Africa. In accordance with the agreement signed on 17th May 2016, Goscor Group will newly set up an... 

South African CEOs bullish about future, but aware of challenges

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th June 2016 South African CEOs are relatively bullish about future prospects; however, local leaders shared a level of concern over various challenges, advisory firm KPMG’s latest Global CEO Outlook showed. Although confident of growth in their industries and companies over the next year, local CEOs’... 

CA Technologies Delivers First Integrated and Open Continuous Delivery Ecosystem, Enabling Organizations to Deliver Applications Faster and More Efficiently

     27th June 2016 CA Southern Africa has announced the availability of CA Technologies  Release Automation Continuous Delivery Edition, and several new integrations across CA’s DevOps portfolio and third party solutions creating the first integrated, fully automated and open continuous delivery ecosystem.... 

MBE Minerals Proves That Pneuflot Is Suited To All Ores

     27th June 2016 Pneumatic flotation technology is delivering outstanding results in field trials involving platinum group metals and iron ore, and will soon be put to the test in gold, rare earth and graphite circuits in southern Africa. Gregory Niekerk, business development manager at MBE Minerals, says that... 

The Cummins Power City To City Tour South Africa Bringing Energy Solutions to the Nation A Powerful brand on the Move

     27th June 2016 Cummins Inc., a global energy leader providing electrical power generation systems and complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, is embarking on a national City to City Tour of South Africa in a highly... 

Portfolio committee chair questions DTI’s exclusion from ‘steel committee’

By: Terence Creamer     24th June 2016 The Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry has raised serious concern about the exclusion of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as a direct participant in so-called ‘steel committee’ set up to monitor interventions made to shore up the domestic primary steel industry, which is under... 

Danish valves producer boosts local production with new factory

By: Simon Sonnekus     24th June 2016 Danish valves producer AVK Valves, which acquired local valves company Premier Valves in 2014, is nearing completion of a brand new valve manufacturing facility located in Alrode in Gauteng. The R100-million investment includes a 1 200 m2 training facility, 4 500 m2 office area and 2 000 m2... 

Engineers faced with fast delivery challenge

By: Sebastian Whyle     24th June 2016 Consulting engineering and environmental consulting firm JG Afrika MD Paul Olivier reports that the consulting engineering industry is faced with an increased demand for fast project delivery from clients.  

International company sees local potential

     24th June 2016 Earlier this year Reelcare was proud to announce the expansion of its successful UK business as the company now have an operation based in South Africa. The company has set up its hose and cable reel business in a fully stocked warehouse facility located in Wadeville in Gauteng. Reelcare sales... 

Microwave communication range launched after company link-up

By: David Oliveira     24th June 2016 Information and communications technology (ICT) provider Netshield South Africa, a Westcon-Comstor Southern Africa company, launched the product range of leading microwave research and production company Youncta in Pretoria earlier this month. Netshield is the sole distributor of Youncta products... 

South Africa’s first, albeit primitive, rail infrastructure

By: Jade Davenport     24th June 2016 John Milne, the man regarded as Durban’s first civil engineer, is most famous for his role as Port Natal’s (today the Port of Durban's) first harbour engineer and his pioneering efforts to overcome the infamous submarine sandbar that naturally blocks the entrance to the lagoon, which, for the... 

UPS systems launched to support ICT, telecoms infrastructure 

By: Schalk Burger     24th June 2016 Information and communication technology (ICT) multinational Huawei launched its range of uninterrupted power supply (UPS) systems in South Africa this month to enable ICT infrastructure, cellular towers and data centres to operate continuously regardless of grid stability. The range of... 

South Africa guaranteed access to Agoa until 2025

By: African News Agency      23rd June 2016 South Africa has been guaranteed access to the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) until 2025, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said on Thursday. The department’s spokesperson Sidwell Medupe said the country had resolved all of the issues regarding beef, poultry, and pork, "thus... 

New Kzn Branch Manager For A.B.E. Appointed

     23rd June 2016 Jasper Allardice has been appointed KZN Branch Manager for a.b.e. Construction Chemicals, part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group. Jasper's career prior to joining a.b.e. this year included 18-years' service at Air Products where he rose through the ranks from Sales Engineer in Pinetown, to Area... 

Youth entrepreneurship can help solve SA’s job problem

     23rd June 2016 As South Africa narrowly avoids a credit rating downgrade, one factor that can contribute positively to the revival of the economy is entrepreneurship, particularly youth entrepreneurship. Yudhvir Seetharam, Head of Analytics for FNB Business says with first quarter GDP figures not showing signs... 

Prefabricated data centres an efficient sustainable solution

     22nd June 2016 “There is a drive towards simplification in the data centre,” was one of the central messages by Maria de Lurdes Carvalho, vice-president for Data Centre Solutions, EMEA region, during her presentation at the recent IDC CIO Summit in Mozambique.The main challenge numerous data centres are facing,... 

Strong flow of water, sanitation projects for SMEC South Africa

     22nd June 2016 The Water & Environment sector of SMEC is engaged in a range of projects in South Africa, demonstrating its experience and track record in this highly competitive sector. Apart from its general capabilities, the Water & Environment sector also boasts specialist skills such as hydrology and water... 

Weak economy takes toll on container imports and exports

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 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... 

Resources Watch  

     22nd June 2016 Big boost for South African mining as old Comro reopens; New way to mine hard rock impresses veteran researcher ;And, legal discretion dogging mine safety inquiries 

CA Technologies Named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for IT Project and Portfolio Management Software Applications, Worldwide for Second Consecutive Year

     22nd June 2016 CA Southern Africa has revealed that CA Technologies  has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders quadrant of the “Magic Quadrant for IT Project and Portfolio Management Software Applications, Worldwide.”* According to the report, “Demand for IT PPM software continues to expand, with... 

FDI into South Africa fell to ten-year low in 2015, Unctad shows 

By: Terence Creamer     21st June 2016 Foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows to South Africa slumped to a ten-year low of only $1.8-billion in 2015, a 69% decline, the latest World Investment Report (WIR16) shows. Inward FDI into Africa’s most developed economy was recorded by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development... 

Schneider Electric launches new Altivar Machine range of variable speed drives

     21st June 2016 Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has announced the availability of its Altivar Machine range of variable speed drives, with the Altivar 320 leading the line-up of new drives dedicated to the needs of machine manufacturers in the southern African... 

Sage supports government’s call to grow South African entrepreneurship

     20th June 2016 Sage, the global market leader for integrated accounting, payroll, and payment systems, has welcomed the call for South African government to support entrepreneurs and grow a sustainable Small & Medium Business sector in the country.   Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan told delegates at a recent... 

CSIR, Airbus DS cooperation set to benefit South Africa

     17th June 2016 The research cooperation framework agreement between the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS), signed in August last year, will benefit a wide swathe of the South African defence and aerospace research and development (R&D) and industry... 

Ford invests in new job training, entrepreneurial development centre

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2016 US car maker Ford will 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) is slated to open in October. 

Prioritise labour-intensive industries – EU Chamber

By: Nadine James     17th June 2016 The European Union Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Southern Africa (EUCCIISA) believes that the manufacturing sector and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) should prioritise less complex, labour-intensive production – as opposed to high-end, high-precision production –  to increase... 

The Fastener Factory

By: Zandile Mavuso     17th June 2016 South Africa-based fasteners supplier The Fastener Factory – which will be celebrating its 1st birthday in July – offers a specialist supply and support service to diverse industries throughout the country. These industries include the automotive, engineering, packaging, printing, agriculture,... 

Water report to assess potential of water, resource recovery in food manufacturing

By: David Oliveira     17th June 2016 Engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV presented an academic paper that highlights the possibilities of water and feedstock recovery for the food and beverage industry at this year’s Water Institute of Southern Africa conference, held last month in Durban. In 2011,... 

Gupta-owned company shares dive 91% as websites downed by hackers 

By: News24Wire      15th June 2016 Gupta-owned Oakbay Resources and Energy’s share price plummeted by over 90% on the JSE on Wednesday, the same day that hackers attacked the company’s websites and shut them down. The JSE-listed company was trading R20.86 lower at R2.14, with only 30 shares trading. The company, with a market cap... 

Drilling just got smarter with new Atlas Copco SmartROC

     15th June 2016 Atlas Copco’s new ground-breaking SmartROC D65 down-the-hole drill rig combines brains and brawn to set the industry benchmark in intelligent, powerful and efficient high-precision drilling for improved production, productivity and ultimately profitability. In the current protracted tough... 

‘Cut out’ for Success – First Cut and Spear & Jackson’s long-standing partnership provides quality cutting consumables to industry

     15th June 2016 In a fast-changing and technology-driven world, many people take comfort in returning to a well-recognised, established brand that promises consistent quality and reliability. In the cutting industry, both First Cut and Spear & Jackson represent those qualities, thanks to their mutual longevity... 

European breakfast cereal giant sets its sights on South African market

     14th June 2016 Sante is among top Polish producers using Africa’s Big 7 food & beverage expo to target new importers and retailers. A POLISH breakfast cereal giant begins its big push into southern Africa this weekend with the ambition to make Sante as familiar as Kellogg’s to shoppers. Sante is one of nine... 

Settlement reached over Madagascar mining licence – Bushveld Minerals

By: Anine Kilian     14th June 2016 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ subsidiary Lemur Resources has reached a settlement with a claimant Rahajasoamampionona Ramiaramanana over mining licence 4578 within Lemur’s Imaloto power project coal concession, in Madagascar. Under the terms of the settlement agreement signed between Lemur’s... 

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