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Seifsa welcomes R95m steel development fund

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd February 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) on Wednesday welcomed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s R95-million allocation towards the establishment of a Steel Development Fund in the 2017 National Budget. The fund will be controlled by the Industrial Development... 

Transnet exec suspended after tender report

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2017 A senior Transnet executive has been put on special leave following a News24 report on a R10-million tender the State-owned company awarded to the executive's former boss. Transnet confirmed on Wednesday that Sandile Simelane, the head of Transnet Freight Rail's (TFR) corporate affairs... 

Giyani sees ‘company maker’ potential in Botswana manganese claims

By: Henry Lazenby     21st February 2017 Canadian junior explorer Giyani Gold is strategically repositioning to take advantage of the rising tide in the energy metals market. After dabbling in several project opportunities in recent years, including an oil and coal infrastructure opportunity in Turkey, and gold exploration in... 

Westcon-Comstor to provide a real view of the “customer experience” at Cisco Connect 2017

     21st February 2017 Westcon-Comstor Southern Africa’s Comstor division will be providing customers attending this year’s Cisco Connect event a unique view of how customer experiences can be better delivered in an ever digitally transformative world.    “Because of the rapid evolution of technology, as well as... 

Minergy to list coal project in Botswana, also eyeing JSE

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2017 Coal and energy company Minergy said on Monday that it will list on the Botswana Stock Exchange in the first half of this year and is also planning a Johannesburg Stock Exchange listing in 2017’s latter half. In the initial capital raising ahead of the listing of its Masama coal project, Minergy,... 

Pockets of resilience, but SA’s manufacturing outlook remains fragile

By: David Oliveira     17th February 2017 South Africa’s manufacturing sector, which has been struggling to shed the ‘deindustrialisation’ mantle for the past three decades, despite vocal support for the sector from government, is unlikely to experience a dramatic turnaround in 2017. However, there are some signs of resilience and even... 

A380 airliner restored to the Johannesburg route by Emirates

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2017 Major international airline Emirates, based in Dubai, recently reintroduced the Airbus A380 Superjumbo on to its Dubai-Johannesburg route, to meet growing passenger demand. Previously, the airline had operated the A380 on its Johannesburg route for a few months in 2011/2012, but the market had... 

Acquisitions help bolster logistics group in ‘difficult’ market

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2017 Logistics group OneLogix has, for the six-month period ended November 30, reaped the benefit from recent acquisitions and property infrastructure developments. The group reported a 12% increase in revenue compared with the same period in 2015, to more than R1-billion. The jump came as a result of... 

Chamber looks to strengthen partnerships in local green economy

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The Italian–South African Chamber of Trade and Industries’ chief aim at the 2017 Africa Energy Indaba is to raise awareness among Italian corporations regarding investment opportunities in South Africa’s green economy. Chamber secretary-general Mariagrazia Biancospino says the chamber mediated a... 

Gautrain rolling stock procurement programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th February 2017 The Gauteng government is expected to announce the preferred bidder on the supply of new, additional rolling stock for the Gautrain system by mid-year. 

Pockets of resilience, but SA’s manufacturing outlook remains fragile

By: David Oliveira     17th February 2017 South Africa’s manufacturing sector is expected to grow by 0.5% this year and by 1.2% in 2018, according to data from economic analysis and forecast provider FocusEconomics. Financial institution Barclays’ latest purchasing managers’ index (PMI) released earlier this month indicates that the... 

Think layers of security – and start with the physical

     16th February 2017 It takes more than security software to protect your corporate network, says Netshield. As security vendors predict more focused and personalised cyberattacks in 2017, companies should consider multiple layers of security to protect their companies. This is the word from Inus Dreckmeyr, CEO of... 

South Africa to be ‘resolute’ in using tariffs to protect domestic industry 

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2017 South Africa will be “resolute” in using tariffs to defend domestic industry and support industrial development, particularly in light of moves towards greater protectionism in other countries, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said in his contribution to the State of the Nation debate on... 

Balledge® Design Gives Apex Welding Screens The Edge On Safety

     15th February 2017 The patented Balledge® design used on Apex Welding and Safety Screens is a major advantage as this aids access into cordoned off areas for workers without snagging or scratching, increasing safety in the workplace. Wim Dessing, managing director of Apex Strip Curtains, explains that the... 

Real, Round-The-Clock Rental Pump Availability

     15th February 2017 There are many companies in the pump rental business that promise, but not all of them deliver, according to Integrated Pump Rental managing director Lee Vine. “Actually delivering a rental service all day, every day, to the standards that the customer needs, is the core of our business model,”... 

Comair to bid for Air Botswana – CEO

By: Reuters     15th February 2017 South Africa's Comair will submit a proposal to Botswana take over the nation's carrier, Comair's chief executive said on Wednesday. Comair, which operates British Airways in southern Africa alongside its no-frills brand Kulula.com, has vied for Air Botswana before, but in 2008 pulled out of a... 

Real, Round-The-Clock Rental Pump Availability

     15th February 2017 There are many companies in the pump rental business that promise, but not all of them deliver, according to Integrated Pump Rental managing director Lee Vine. “Actually delivering a rental service all day, every day, to the standards that the customer needs, is the core of our business model,”... 

Balledge® Design Gives Apex Welding Screens The Edge On Safety

     15th February 2017 The patented Balledge® design used on Apex Welding and Safety Screens is a major advantage as this aids access into cordoned off areas for workers without snagging or scratching, increasing safety in the workplace. Wim Dessing, managing director of Apex Strip Curtains, explains that the... 

Municipal Stainless Steel Solutions Could Save SA Millions In Water Losses

     15th February 2017 With South Africa experiencing Stage 2 and 3 water restrictions following its worst drought in decades, the spotlight falls on the solution of using stainless steel in water distribution and service pipes in South Africa to reduce leakages and maintenance costs and preserve our already strained... 

Gautrain expansion project could see local spend of up to R79bn  

By: Irma Venter     14th February 2017 The proposed expansion of the Gautrain rail system has the capacity to create around 211 000 direct jobs, says Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile. Speaking at the i-Transport and UATP Conference and Exhibition, in Sandton, on Tuesday, he noted that the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA)... 

Westcon-Comstor Southern Africa offers resellers Azure on its BlueSky platform

     13th February 2017 Local customers now able to benefit from the full benefits of the Microsoft cloud services Westcon-Comstor Southern Africa is, effective immediately, enabling local reseller partners the opportunity to purchase Azure from its BlueSky digital aggregation platform.    The announcement allows local... 

AMSA keen to tap power tariff deal as Eskom mulls ‘incentive pricing’  

By: Terence Creamer     10th February 2017 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) is optimistic that Eskom, with the support of the energy regulatory, could extend pricing incentives to it and other energy-intensive businesses in light of its surplus position and government’s appeal for interventions to reignite growth in the... 

Arup Appoints New Leader For Building Engineering Team

     10th February 2017 Arup has appointed Heath Andersen as Leader for Building Engineering in Johannesburg.   Effective 1st February 2017, Heath Andersen will be the new Leader for Building Engineering at Arup South Africa. Andersen said “This role focuses on identifying and facilitating business opportunities for the... 

New MD for Babcock’s Equipment business

     10th February 2017 Babcock has appointed David Vaughan as the new Managing Director - Equipment as of 01 November 2016.  Vaughan was previously Sales Director of the business and has been with Babcock since 2005 when he joined as a regional general manager. Babcock’s equipment business manages the exclusive... 

Acclaimed A.B.E. Flooring System For Paarl Panel Beating Workshop

     10th February 2017 A.B.E. Construction Chemicals supplied one of its acclaimed epoxy floor coating systems for new workshop floors of the Paarl branch of Tekton Autobody Repairs, a leading panel beating company in the Western Cape. A.B.E. is part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group of companies. Johnie Emmerich,... 

Hijackings, car theft show sharp increases, warns Cartrack

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Statistics released this week by fleet management and stolen vehicle recovery company Cartrack show that carjacking and vehicle theft in South Africa are on the rise. Theft within the base of vehicles protected by Cartrack increased by 31% in the ten months from March to December 2016, while... 

Mazda Southern Africa appoints new MD

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Japanese car manufacturer Mazda Motor Corporation has appointed South Africa’s Craig Roberts as the new MD at Mazda Southern Africa. Roberts currently serves as the head of sales at Mazda Southern Africa. He will start work in his new role on April 1. 

Rfid Reinvents Itself And Retail With It

     10th February 2017 The retail industry stands poised to benefit exponentially from advancements that are spurring a plethora of new applications for already proven radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. On-pitch printing and encoding technology are increasing the accuracy while decreasing the size and... 

Metals, engineering sector to grow 1.4% this year, but risks remain

By: David Oliveira     10th February 2017 South Africa’s metals and engineering sector is expected to grow for the first time in more than three years this year – with growth estimated at 1.4% – amid rising commodity prices and an improved economic outlook globally and domestically. Speaking at the launch of the ‘State of the Metals and... 

Positive outlook for automotive industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th February 2017 Increased new-car production levels, which include an expected growth in vehicle exports, are likely to drive improvement in South Africa’s automotive industry this year, says industrial equipment supplier Bearings International sales representative Cherry Slater. 

Parties recommit to AMV Compact, Mbeki praises initiative’s aims

By: Ilan Solomons     9th February 2017 Delegates at a policy dialogue forum during the 2017 Investing in African Mining Indaba heard strong re-endorsements from public and private sector speakers for the Africa Mining Vision (AMV) Compact. The AMV Compact was launched at last year’s Mining Indaba, where it received early support from... 

Releasing Agents For Every Concrete Purpose

     9th February 2017 Releasing agents are a valuable part of any construction project, ensuring that concrete does not stick to formwork or moulds; the CHRYSO® Dem range takes this technology another step forward with a brand to suit every application. According to Hannes Engelbrecht, general manager:inland at CHRYSO... 

IFAT Africa 2017: Finding ways out of the water crisis

     9th February 2017 Messe München GmbH Messegelände 81823 München Deutschland Southern Africa suffering under severe drought Pipeline projects worth billions planned Greater use of groundwater and seawater in the future From September 12 to 14, 2017, local and international representatives from the environmental... 

New Revolutionary Quick-Curing A.B.E. Protection For Discovery Air-Conditioning Plant

     8th February 2017 A.b.e. Construction Chemicals’ new VIP quickfloor system that can cure in less than an hour to enable flooring contractors to provide incredibly rapid flooring has been applied as waterproofing protection at the Discovery Holdings headquarters in Sandton. A.b.e., part of the Chryso Southern... 

Master Drilling readies for international roll-out of new horizontal raiseboring technology

By: Ilan Solomons     7th February 2017 JSE-listed drilling services provider Master Drilling announced at the Investing in African Mining Indaba on Tuesday that its horizontal raiseboring (HRB) technology is ready for international roll-out after a successful pilot test at the Cullinan diamond mine, in Gauteng. Master Drilling CEO... 

Forevermark brand expanding customer base globally  

By: Ilan Solomons     7th February 2017 The response to the Forevermark diamond brand has been “just great” in the past three years, which is, to a significant degree, attributable to the brand’s promise of authenticity, quality, uniqueness, integrity and being ethically sourced, states De Beers' Forevermark brand ambassador at Caratco... 

Babcock to launch new equipment, says customers upbeat about 2017

By: Ilan Solomons     7th February 2017 Engineering support services company Babcock will, during the course of this year, launch new “ground-breaking construction equipment”. “Babcock is renowned and respected for delivering high-production machinery that is also fuel efficient. Therefore, this year, we are adding the Volvo A60H, the... 

Right conditions will unlock shared value for all South Africans – South32

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2017 The right conditions will enable mining companies to deliver inclusive growth and meet the expectations of stakeholders, as well as deliver superior returns to shareholders, South32 president and COO Africa Mike Fraser said on Monday. In delivering a forceful address at the Investing in African... 

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