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Improved freight rail logistics performance needed

     30th September 2016 “Improved port connectivity with rail networks and better logistics performance are strongly associated with trade expansion, export diversification, ability to attract foreign direct investments and economic growth.” This is according to The Port Management Association for Eastern and Southern... 

Airbus to assist with Rooivalk upgrade, as it reaffirms Africa commitment

By: Keith Campbell     30th September 2016 The Airbus Group (parent of Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters) is committed to help develop aeronautical industries in Africa, because it believes that this makes good business sense. For the Group, Africa is defined as sub-Saharan Africa plus Moroco (with Egypt, Libya,... 

Ensuring uninterrupted service for energy sector pumps

     30th September 2016 Owing to the requirement for technologically advanced systems on modern-day renewable energy plants, in order to obtain every available kilowatt of power out of a plant and thereby ensure the utmost efficiency and the projects’ success, pumps, valves and related systems producer KSB Pumps and... 

Move towards OEM pumps becomes an emerging trend

By: Sascha Solomons     30th September 2016 With the recent market move towards installing original equipment manufacturer (OEM) pumps in the Southern African mining sector, industrial pumps distributor Integrated Pump Technology asserts that the previous trend of sourcing cheaper replicated pumps has been turned on its head. “Owing to the... 

SA ports operator outlines view on weight regulations at global event

By: David Oliveira     30th September 2016 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) was invited to present at this year’s International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) conference, which took place last month in Hamburg, Germany. The presentation joint presentation of TPT senior strategy manager Dr Darren Fraser and TPT compliance manager... 

South African container trade flows declined in H1

By: Irma Venter     30th September 2016 Container trade flow in and out of South Africa for the first half of 2016 has shown a year-on-year decline of 7%. Maersk Line Southern Africa MD Jonathan Horn attributes the decline to reduced consumer spending and weak global demand for mining commodities. 

UK committed to increasing defence and wider business with South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     30th September 2016 Trade in the defence and security sector between the UK and South Africa is increasingly significant, British High Commissioner to South Africa Dame Judith Macgregor told Engineering News at the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence 2016 exhibition at Air Force Base Waterkloof in Centurion, just... 

25th school bridge building competition demonstrates value of hands-on engineering training 

     29th September 2016 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: The South African Institute of Civil Engineering has held its 25th yearly school bridge building competition, which sees pupils from across Southern Africa competing and aims to get children to apply engineering... 

AMSA insists R2.27bn empowerment deal meets highest governance standards

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has unwrapped its long-awaited R2.27-billion broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) transaction, which chairperson Mpho Makwana insists meets the highest standards of probity and governance. An earlier 2010 attempt by the JSE-listed company... 

South Africa improves slightly in global competitiveness rankings

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th September 2016 South Africa has slightly improved its competitiveness score and ranking in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) latest Global Competitiveness Index (GCI), registering marginal improvements in almost all aspects of competitiveness. The 2016/17 GCI shows the African powerhouse moving up two rankings... 

Maximum A.B.E. Protection For Ocean-Exposed Mauritian Wheat Silos

     27th September 2016 A special protective coating system supplied by A.B.E Construction Chemicals was used for the repair of 16 massive wheat silos in the harbour of Port Louis, Mauritius. Luis Ferreira, Business Development Manager: Exports for the Chryso Southern Africa Group – the holding company of A.B.E – says... 

CEO of FEDHASA says The Hotel Show 2017 is a boost to the continent’s tourism and hospitality sector

     27th September 2016 The organisers of The Hotel Show, one of the world’s most successful exhibitions, today announced a strategic partnership with Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (FEDHASA) for its Africa launch. The Hotel Show Africa 2017 takes place in Johannesburg from June 25 to 27 organised... 

Goscor Power Products rates Rato engines top notch!

     26th September 2016 Goscor Power Products (Pty) Ltd., a leading Southern African distributor of generators, engines and pumps, is proud to announce its recent appointment as the official distributor of the high quality Rato power product line up for the SADEC and East African regions. “In accordance with the... 

Futuregrowth lifts Land Bank lending freeze

By: Terence Creamer     26th September 2016 The Land Bank announced on Monday that Futuregrowth Asset Management had, with immediate effect, lifted a lending suspension controversially imposed on the bank, as well as five other State-owned companies (SoCs), on August 31. Besides the Land Bank, Futuregrowth also froze any new lending to the... 

Food & drink technology Africa—the success continues

     23rd September 2016 Over 40 percent increase in participant numbers Leading networking and knowledge platform for the beverage and food industry in Africa 20 percent more exhibition space Food & drink technology Africa (fdt Africa) is continuing its success story. The most important sector event for the food and... 

Noupoort Wind Farm project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd September 2016 The Noupoort Wind Farm, in the Northern Cape, has been declared officially operational. 

Saab, Denel create joint air defence system from their products

By: Keith Campbell     23rd September 2016 Swedish security and defence group Saab has revealed that it and South African Defence group Denel have cooperated to integrate the former's Giraffe radar with the latter's Umkhonto surface-to-air missile. "It's producing a system that's going to be very hard to beat," affirmed Saab Country Unit... 

Leading brick producer replaces fleet with Volvo construction equipment

     22nd September 2016 Using innovative technologies to deliver affordable, sustainable and quality products to their customers is the hallmark of clay brick manufacturer Claytile, which is why the Babcock range of Volvo construction equipment represented much more than just another brick in the wall when it came to a... 

DBSA aims to ‘catalyse’ funding to poor munis as it sets R100bn funding goal

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2016 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) disbursed a record R17.1-billion during its 2016 financial year, up from R13-billion in 2015, with disbursements to the country’s eight metropolitan councils (metros) surging to R7.5-billion from R3.7-billion. CEO Patrick Dlamini said a total of... 

Van Zyl departs MBSA trucks division

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2016 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will, on December 1, welcome Jasper Hafkamp as its new Regional Centre Southern Africa (RCSA) executive director. In this position he will be responsible for Daimler Trucks & Buses (DT&B) in Southern Africa. Hafkamp joined Mercedes-Benz Nederland in 1995 after... 

New research data set to stimulate trade growth for Stainless Steel sector

     22nd September 2016 Two years of intensive research by the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda) in association with the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa; now gives local stainless steel fabricators insight into growth opportunities in new export markets as... 

Knowledge-sharing and networking at waste management conference

     21st September 2016 Southern Africa’s premier waste management conference, WasteCon, is around the corner and attendees can look forward to thought-provoking topics and stimulating speakers. The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA’s) biennial conference will delve into all aspects of waste... 

De Beers, partner officially open Gahcho Kué mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st September 2016 De Beers and its joint venture partner Mountain Province Diamonds have officially opened the Gahcho Kué diamond mine, in Canada, which will produce about 54-million carats of rough diamonds over its 12-year mine life. Gahcho Kué is the world’s largest new diamond mine to have been developed in... 

Futuregrowth seeks ‘right side of history’ with clean coal

By: Bloomberg     21st September 2016 Futuregrowth Asset Management, South Africa’s largest specialist fixed-income money manager, said it won’t participate in funding of coal-fired power generation until the industry develops environmentally sustainable methods of operating. The decision is based on the company’s investment... 

Petra sees solid performance for 2016, to build production in year ahead

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th September 2016 Southern Africa-focused miner Petra Diamonds expects its production for the 2017 financial year to rise to between 4.4-million and 4.6-million carats, before reaching its long-term target of five-million carats in 2018, a year earlier than expected, and rising further to about 5.3-million carats... 

Chryso Southern Africa To Supply Cwa 10 Integral Waterproofing Admixture For Temba Waterworks Project

     19th September 2016 Construction chemicals specialist CHRYSO Southern Africa supplied its CHRYSO® CWA 10 integral waterproofing admixture at the Temba Waterworks project undertaken by Group Five Civil Engineering. The readymix supplier for the project was Chromecrete. Deon Klopper, technical sales consultant CHRYSO... 

PRASA deal's European 'BEE' partner, arms deal links

By: News24Wire      16th September 2016 A Swiss consulting firm, whose owner had been named in a corruption probe in Italy, may have received at least R4-million thanks to its bizarre BEE stake in PRASA's R51-billion tender for new passenger coaches. Last week, News24 revealed that JSE-listed technology firm EOH had paid R16.5-million... 

Another made-in-India truck enters SA market

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2016 Fuso Trucks Southern Africa (FTSA), a division of Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA), has launched its second made-in-India truck in South Africa. The Fuso FJ 16-230 follows in the footsteps of the FA 9-137, introduced last year. 

Coating solutions from Thermaspray for wear protection of glass product manufacturing tools

     15th September 2016 Joint venture companies Thermaspray and Surcotec have a combined technical expertise and experience of over three decades in offering a comprehensive range of coating solutions that protect against wear and extend the service life of tools used in the manufacturing of glass products. Most... 

Container trade declined by 7% in the first half of 2016 – Maersk

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2016 Container trade flow in and out of South Africa for the first half of 2016 has shown a year-on-year decline of 7%. Maersk Line Southern Africa MD Jonathan Horn attributes the decline to reduced consumer spending and weak global demand for mining commodities. 

Moody's may downgrade five South African State-owned firms

By: Reuters     15th September 2016 Moody's may cut the ratings of five South African State-owned firms, including utility Eskom, it said on Wednesday, citing funding risks after some local institutional investors said they had stopped lending to some parastatals. Asset manager Futuregrowth, which manages client assets of about... 

UK committed to increasing both defence and wider business with South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     14th September 2016 Trade in the defence and security sector between the UK and South Africa is increasingly significant, British High Commissioner to South Africa Dame Judith Macgregor told Engineering News Online on Wednesday. "It's not a huge part of our trade relationship but it is important and growing and it's... 

Ascendis focuses on international growth

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th September 2016 Despite its results being impacted by offshore acquisitions and its headline earnings per share (HEPS) dropping 30% to 56c in the year ended June 30, health and care company Ascendis Health still reported a 41% increase to R613-million in normalised earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation... 

Get Real-time unknown malware prevention through Westcon-Comstor

     13th September 2016 Many companies deploy various security products and software agents on their endpoint systems, including one or more traditional antivirus products. However, cybersecurity breaches continue to increase in variety and sophistication.   Traps Advanced Endpoint Protection from Palo Alto Networks... 

Westcon-Comstor Unified Communications and Collaboration Solutions Practice Adds Polycom

     13th September 2016 Southern Africa solution providers now gain access to industry-leading video conferencing, communication and collaboration technologies   As the unified communications-as-a-service (UcaaS) market transitions from early adopter to early mainstream phase, Westcon-Comstor customers are now ideally... 

Swedish and SA defence groups create joint air-defence system from their products

By: Keith Campbell     9th September 2016 Swedish aerospace and defence group Saab revealed on Friday that it and South African Defence group Denel had cooperated to integrate the former's Giraffe radar with the latter's Umkhonto surface-to-air missile. "It's producing a system that's going to be very hard to beat," affirmed Saab country... 

Auto industry, Numsa conclude new three-year wage deal

By: Irma Venter     9th September 2016 South Africa’s automotive manufacturing sector and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have concluded their negotiations in Port Elizabeth for a new three-year wage agreement. The agreement will be in force until 2019. 

800-plus exhibitors to showcase their products, services at Electra Mining 2016

By: Ilan Solomons     9th September 2016 It has become increasingly important for mining equipment and service providers to attend trade shows to benefit from increased marketing opportunities amid the difficult operating conditions in the global mining industry, says Electra Mining Africa 2016 show organiser Specialised Exhibitions... 

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