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Office workers prefer mobile over desk phones

     22nd May 2017 In a recent report by Westcon-Comstor vendor partner, Avaya, workers are calling time out on “dumb phones” urging employers to allow them to make use of mobile devices.    The report, conducted by research company YouGov on behalf of Avaya, surveyed 3,000 global office workers, asking if they... 

Megabridge construction on N2 highway project to start later this year 

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 The construction of two megabridges, as part of the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR) project, is expected to begin between August and October this year, says Sanral’s bridge network manager Edwin Kruger. “The tenders for the two bridges –... 

Southern Palace outlines vision for radically transformed M&R infrastructure unit 

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th May 2017 The newly black-owned construction company conceived from a R314-million sale agreement between engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) and black-empowered Southern Palace Group aims to build on its 115-year heritage to become a “leading, Tier 1, infrastructure player in South... 

BAW, IDC invest R250m to expand Gauteng minibus taxi plant

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 Beijing Automotive Works (BAW) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) will invest R250-million to expand and upgrade its minibus taxi plant, in Springs, Gauteng. The facility currently assembles the Sasuka 16-seater taxi from semi knocked-down kits, for the South and Southern African... 

Company reaches 400-mark installation milestone

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th May 2017 Water solutions company Amanziflow Projects have installed more than 400 of its locally developed Fluid Dynamic Systems automatic diaphragm valves (FDS-DVs) across Southern Africa to date.  

New security solutions showcased at Securex 2017

     19th May 2017 Securex 2017 will bring together key players in the South African security and fire protection markets to showcase the latest technological developments in the industries, allieviating the often arduous task facing businesses and private individuals alike of finding simultaneously budget-friendly... 

Southern Palace outlines vision for radically transformed M&R infrastructure unit 

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th May 2017 The newly black-owned construction company, conceived from a R314-million sale agreement between engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) and black-empowered Southern Palace Group, aims to build on its 115-year heritage to become a “leading, tier one, infrastructure player in... 

Upgrades in pipeline for valve manufacturing facility

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th May 2017 Since valves manufacturer AVK Southern Africa’s (AVK SA’s) acquisition of valves manufacturer Gunric in December last year, AVK has taken full control of Gunric’s manufacturing facility in Robertville, Gauteng.  

Valves association provides platform for training

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th May 2017 With poor product design, poor selection and inefficient processes in the manufacture of valves becoming a concern, the South African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association (Savama) says there is a need for training to be emphasised to avoid this reality becoming entrenched.  

INDUTEC 2017 Day 2 – Why moves toward water security offer huge opportunities for innovative suppliers

     18th May 2017 Pump, valves and pipes manufacturers exhibiting in Johannesburg are told their products are vital to the future water supply that will drive economic growth The conference agenda set the tone for the second day of INDUTEC  2017 in Johannesburg today as the preservation of this vital resource... 

New cost-slashing platinum technology gaining impressive momentum

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2017 The new cost-slashing, time-saving, capital-unlocking, mine-broadening and cobalt-saving platinum technology, driven by diversified mining company Pallinghurst and South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), is gaining impressive international momentum as an initiative... 

Stefanutti Stocks’ FY earnings drop as settlement with govt plays out

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th May 2017 Construction company Stefanutti Stocks has swung to an operating loss of R106-million for the financial year ended February 28, compared with a profit of R392-million the year before, “reflecting the challenging trading environment”. Contract revenue from operations decreased by R611-million to... 

New Southern African commercial aviation activity report shows sharp fall in first quarter

By: Keith Campbell     18th May 2017 The Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (Caasa) on Thursday officially launched its Caasa Aviation Activity Index (CAAI). This is a composite index of aviation activity, developed to improve knowledge about conditions in the sector. “We decided we’d really like to know what is... 

Gas-to-power essential for South Africa’s future energy mix - Siemens

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2017 With a fall in gas prices and a stagnant economy, gas-fired power plants may not be as attractive an option as they were a few years ago, but they will still form a vital part of South Africa’s energy mix in future, believes Siemens. Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa CEO Sabine Dall’Omo said... 

Heating things up this winter, AUCOR announces its biggest auction road show across South Africa

     18th May 2017 Auction floors will be filled with eager buyers next week as AUCOR prepares to host a staggering 15 auctions around the country over one week from the 20th to the 27th of May.  Bidders will be spoilt for choice as a selection of vehicles; trucks, mining and construction equipment; lifestyle and... 

Don’t cry over data loss as a result of WannaCry if you could have prevented it

     16th May 2017 Security practitioners the world over should take a stern reality check after WannaCry ransomware hits the globe   The WannaCry ransomware cyber attack orchestrated over the weekend of the 12th of May should act as a stark reminder to companies that data backups need to be done regularly, that... 

Fuso expands local assembly, looks to double market share

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2017 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DT&B SA), a member of Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA), has started local assembly of the FA 9-137 truck at MBSA’s East London plant. The truck was previously imported from India as a fully built-up unit. 

SA Auto Inc pursues duty-free access for new vehicles in African markets

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2017 South African vehicle manufacturers in April joined the negotiations around the formation of an African Tripartite free trade area (TFTA).   The local industry was pursuing duty-free access for new vehicles made in South Africa to the markets included in the TFTA, said National Association of... 

Drill the SmartROC way

     12th May 2017 Atlas Copco’s automated SmartROC Down-The-Hole and Top Hammer drill rigs have transformed the drilling procedure. Equipped with smart technology, these rigs help to drive down operational and maintenance costs, drive up efficiencies, increase safety and reduce carbon footprints for sustainable... 

Cement and concrete affected by faltering construction industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 The construction industry in South Africa – which is tied directly to the state of cement and concrete – is stuttering, but there is scope to improve, says chemicals solutions provider Chryso Southern Africa (Chryso) CEO Norman Seymore. It has been widely reported that the construction industry... 

Huawei's SA OpenLab to focus on safe city, smart grid solutions

By: Schalk Burger     12th May 2017 Information and communication technology multinational Hauwei has launched an OpenLab in South Africa that will focus on safe city and smart grid technologies, says Huawei South Africa deputy CEO Alex Du. The research and development laboratory is one of seven Huawei OpenLabs that will be opened... 

Nampo provides ideal platform to penetrate region

By: Victor Moolman     12th May 2017 With aspirations to start distribution of its agriculture products across sub-Saharan Africa, Industrial equipment supplier Vermeer believes the Nampo Harvest Day is an ideal platform to promote its products to the market. 

New research facility enhances offerings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 Chemicals solutions provider Chryso Southern Africa (Chryso) has established a research facility in Jet Park, Johannesburg, to develop products specifically for the African market while offering regional testing services. Chryso CEO Norman Seymore tells Engineering News that South Africa has been... 

Chryso Works With Precast Concrete Manufacturers To Improve Cost Per Cube

     11th May 2017 Its strong technical support for manufacturers of precast concrete products allows admixture expert, CHRYSO Southern Africa to help customers improve their cost per cubic metre and boost their bottom lines. With global research and development behind its solutions, CHRYSO helps manufacturers to... 

SAA makes CFO appointment permanent

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th May 2017 South African Airways (SAA) has appointed Phumeza Nhantsi as CFO, effective May 1. Nhantsi had acted in the position since November 2015, after it was left vacant with the departure of Wolf Meyer. 

Atlas Copco’s sale of Road Construction Equipment leads to establishment of Dynapac South Africa

     8th May 2017 The Atlas Copco Group has sold its global Road Construction Equipment Division, including the Dynapac brand name, to the number one construction Group in France and world-leader in road construction equipment, Fayat Group. The Road Construction Equipment division became part of Atlas Copco‘s... 

BAW invests R250m to upgrade Springs taxi plant 

By: Irma Venter     8th May 2017 Beijing Automotive Works (BAW) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) will invest R250-million to expand and upgrade its minibus taxi plant, in Springs, Gauteng. The facility currently assembles the Sasuka 16-seater taxi from semi knocked-down kits, for the South and Southern African... 

FAO to lead Africa’s intervention against fall armyworm

By: Anine Kilian     5th May 2017 The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has been tasked with coordinating control and management interventions to combat the fall armyworm infestation in Africa. Centre for Agricultural and Biosciences International sanitary and phytosanitary coordinator Dr Roger Day estimates... 

African Utility Week organisers clinch four awards

     5th May 2017 Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser Spintelligent, which owns and organises the African Utility Week, has won four major awards at the Respect, Opportunities, Achievement, Recognition (Roar) Organiser and Exhibitor Awards, which took place in Johannesburg on January 26. The... 

Challenged renewable energy sector growing rapidly in Africa

By: Johane Turkstra     5th May 2017 The renewable energy sector has grown rapidly in the last four years and has delivered over 5 000 MW in South Africa alone, owing to the completion of about 80 renewable energy projects, says financial services company Thomson Reuters. “Renewables will receive considerable attention at African... 

Gold and silver sponsors sign global reseller agreement

     5th May 2017 German conglomerate company and silver sponsor at this year’s African Utility Week, Siemens, and business analytics company and gold sponsor at the event SAP, have signed a global reseller agreement through which SAP will globally resell Siemens’ market-leading meter data management solution... 

Richard Mukheibir

     5th May 2017 This week we feature Richard Mukheibir, MD of Cash Converters Southern Africa, a franchise operation specialising in the buying and selling of pre-owned household goods and the provision of financial services in the form of small secured and unsecured short-term loans   

Afrox expands Mozambique – Maputo business

     4th May 2017 Afrox, sub-Saharan Africa’s leading industrial gases and welding company, is expanding existing operations in Mozambique to support current customer demand and to position itself to service the country’s fledgling gas resources sector. Driving Afrox’s strategy is a new 8 600sqm headquarters hub... 

African countries must create conducive environment to attract more infrastructure investment

By: Shirley le Guern     4th May 2017 Development finance institutions, banks and private investors are collectively sitting on trillions of dollars in capital that could be invested into African infrastructure projects if they were offered returns commensurate with the perceived higher risk environment, Africa50 CEO Alain Ebobisse... 

Resgen progresses talks with DBSA over funding for rail link at Boikarabelo

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th May 2017 JSE-and ASX-listed Resource Generation (Resgen) said talks with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) concerning the funding for a rail link at its Boikabarelo coal mine, in Limpopo, was now at an advanced stage, with the DBSA to submit its application for first stage credit approval... 

ABB responds to South Africa’s rail localisation demand with traction transformer investment

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2017 Technology multinational ABB has responded to South Africa’s tightened local-content requirements in the railways sector by opening a new state-of-the-art traction transformer factory in eastern Johannesburg. Traction transformers direct power, at safe voltages, to support train functions such as... 

Zim, SA researchers work together on baby elephant formula

By: News24Wire      2nd May 2017 Researchers in Zimbabwe and South Africa have embarked on a quest to unlock the make-up of elephant milk – and hopefully come up with a baby "formula" to keep orphan elephants alive. The difficulties of hand-rearing baby elephants are well-known: close to half die in captivity, many from... 

Volvo Trucks invests in fitment of safety features at Durban plant

By: Irma Venter     28th April 2017 Volvo Trucks South Africa (VTSA) has invested R6.5-million into its semi-knockdown manufacturing plant, in Durban. The investment will allow the facility to install and calibrate selected safety features that were previously not available in the local market. 

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