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AMSA unveils interim steel rail hub

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th February 2017 The official unveiling of the Isando Distribution Centre, in Germiston, on Friday, marked the next step in steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) long-term initiative to migrate the bulk of domestic final product steel distribution from road to rail. Dedicated rail links between... 

Significant growth ensures positive future for defence company

     24th February 2017 Swedish security and defence group Saab’s South African defence and security company Saab Grintek Defence (SGD) has expanded its client base and grown its staff complement, explaining that Saab Grintek Defence has a solid order book to 2020, firmly positioning the South African security and... 

DPI Plastics upgrades large-bore extrusion line for new Ultraflo™ range

     21st February 2017 DPI Plastics has upgraded the tooling on its large-bore extrusion line at its Roodekop facility in Johannesburg in order to extend its current range of Ultraflo™ PVC-m pressure pipes to include diameters of up to 630 mm and a 16-bar maximum operating pressure. The Ultraflo™ range has been... 

Noncommunicable diseases present African pharmaceutical industry with a $40bn opportunity

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th February 2017 The growing incidence of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) across sub-Saharan Africa, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and respiratory disease, in addition to infectious and parasitic illness, will present the pharmaceutical industry in Africa with a business opportunity of... 

New-look M&R to transfer listing to Diversified Industrials board from Heavy Construction

By: Terence Creamer     20th February 2017 Murray & Roberts (M&R) has confirmed that its application to transfer its listing from the ‘Construction and Materials’ sector of the JSE to the ‘General Industrials’ sector has been approved and that the change will become effective from Monday, March 20. From that date, the company will trade... 

Exponential increase in the number of power generation projects

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The African continent’s large energy deficit has resulted in an exponential increase in the number of power generation projects – both planned and implemented – as well as the number of stakeholders which are a consequence of renewed commercial interest in the African energy sector, says... 

Third Women in Energy conference cohosted at Energy Indaba

     17th February 2017 The yearly Women in Energy conference, organised by the Africa Energy Indaba, will bring together Africa’s leading women in the energy sector for its third iteration on Monday, February 20 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The Africa Energy Indaba was the first energy conference... 

AFRICA GAS FORUM seeks to unlock new business opportunities for African investors

     15th February 2017 Will the nascent gas industry become South Africa’s new money-spinner? With a bleak outlook emanating out of last week’s #MiningIndaba, investors would be forgiven for losing their stomach for the mining sector and its troubles. Questions are being raised about whether South Africa’s gas sector,... 

Construction sector ‘pushing boundaries’ of transformation with ‘ground-breaking’ deal 

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2017 Government and the seven leading construction companies reported further progress on Monday in the implementation of a voluntary agreement that seeks to materially accelerate the racial transformation of the South African industry and raise the combined revenue attributable to black contractors... 

AMSA narrows FY losses

By: Reuters     10th February 2017 ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) narrowed full-year losses by 82%, it said on Friday, citing higher steel prices and a reduction in one-off items. The affiliate of ArcelorMittal, the world's biggest steelmaker, reported a basic headline loss per share of 244c for the year end December 31,... 

Rapid response required to protect ‘cybertrust’

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2017 The digital economy relies on trust as one of its key currencies; the other currency is time. Cyberattacks erode not only the psychological currency of trust in organisations, but also that of customers in organisations’ ability to withstand future breaches and protect their interests, says... 

S Africa to keep pace with automotive technology advances

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th February 2017 With American analyst firm Gartner predicting that there will be a quarter of a billion connected vehicles on the road globally by 2020, equipped with new in-vehicle services and automated driving capabilities, asset and vehicle tracking solutions company Ctrack, part of Inseego Corp, says cars... 

Safety always a priority after 90 years in the welding business

     9th February 2017 Despite increasing legal pressure to ensure workplace safety, unsafe gas and electrical arc equipment continues to find its way into industry. This presents a legal risk to companies and a risk to the safety of their employees. As sub-Saharan Africa’s market leader in gases and welding products... 

Sluggish local economic outlook leads big companies to seek growth abroad

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th February 2017 As South Africa continues to face stagnant economic growth, spurred by political and economic instability, the country’s multinational enterprises (MNEs) are expected to not only increase their foreign investment outflows, but also to set up corporate offices abroad, a new survey reveals. South... 

ELB and ENFI announce African Partnership

     8th February 2017 After many years of working together, ELB Engineering Services and China ENFI Engineering Corporation are excited to announce their strategic partnership to tackle mineral and metal process projects, and associated infrastructure projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. This partnership combines the best... 

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... 

Detecting advanced cyberattacks to be key security focus in 2017

By: Schalk Burger     3rd February 2017 The rising dependence of economic and social systems on information technology (IT) systems has directly increased the risks to these systems from cyberattacks, the World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2017 highlights. Cybercrime syndicates and attacks are growing increasingly sophisticated,... 

Detecting advanced cyberattacks to be key security focus in 2017

By: Schalk Burger     3rd February 2017 The rising dependence of economic and social systems on information technology (IT) systems has directly increased the risks to these systems from cyberattacks, the World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2017 highlights. Cybercrime syndicates and attacks are growing increasingly sophisticated,... 

Expo and conference to focus on major industry trends

     3rd February 2017 In line with significant changes in the power and energy landscapes in Africa, this year’s African Utility Week (AUW) conference and expo will focus on the latest challenges, developments and opportunities in the power and water sectors. “The availability of private investment for power and... 

Truck group expects market to recover in 2017, but risks persist

By: Irma Venter     3rd February 2017 Both the South African and sub-Saharan African (SSA) new-truck markets should see growth this year, following a tough 2016, says UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) marketing director Rory Schulz. The South African new truck market, including exports from South Africa into Africa, declined by 11%,... 

Ventilation groups team up in new African collaboration

By: David Oliveira     3rd February 2017 Germany-based TLT-Turbo, and local industrial fans and ventilation companies MechCaL and TLT ACTOM, will team up to produce and distribute a full range of ventilation products for the mining, construction, industrial and power markets in South Africa and wider sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). After... 

Inspired Evolution exits renewable-energy fund, starts another 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     31st January 2017 Clean energy and resource efficiency specialised fund manager Inspired Evolution is exiting a number of its renewable-energy investments, held under its Evolution One Fund portfolio, as the renewable-energy industry reaches maturity. The $90-million Evolution One Fund, which focuses on the clean... 

Automation University in South Africa – May 2017

     31st January 2017 A two-day training programme providing leading-edge automation solutions Automation University Classic, a comprehensive two-day training programme from Rockwell Automation open to everyone interested in leading-edge automation solutions, from engineers to business managers, will be hosted in... 

As from 1 December 2016 Talent Africa became a member of Signium

     31st January 2017 Formed in 1951 in the US, Signium is an international executive search firm specialising in talent management that has 46 offices in 30 countries.  Talent Africa will form part of Signium’s EMEA Region and the membership will allow them to service international clients not only in South Africa,... 

Gen 10 Adts Take Terex Trucks To The Next Level

     30th January 2017 “It’s pretty simple” showcasing what 65 years of manufacturing know-how looks like for Terex Trucks as the Volvo CE-owned manufacturer launches its new Generation 10 TA300 and TA400 ADTs in South Africa in the first quarter of 2017. These articulated dump trucks will be available through Babcock,... 

AFRICA ENERGY INDABA 2017 launches Africa Utility Forum to boost growth of energy projects in the region

     30th January 2017 South Africa has been seeking foreign investment to help drive sluggish economic growth and used the World Economic Forum 2017 platform last week to market the country as a favourable investment destination. South African Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, led a 60-strong country delegation in... 

Africa Energy Indaba 2017 brings together Africa’s leading women in energy

     30th January 2017 The third annual Women in Energy conference, organised by the Africa Energy Indaba, will bring together Africa’s leading women in the energy sector on Monday 20th February at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The Africa Energy Indaba was the first energy conference on the continent... 

Strong developmental flavour to Africa’s tentative adoption of IoT solutions

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th January 2017 The concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) is beginning to penetrate Africa, where adoption, albeit patchy and hesitant, is underpinned primarily by a developmental agenda, as well as efforts by firms to bolster productivity and efficiency. The continent’s unique socioeconomic and business... 

Strong developmental flavour to Africa’s tentative adoption of IoT solutions

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th January 2017 As the Internet of Things (IoT) embeds its early-stage unique shape across Africa, one thing is certain: the continent cannot afford to fall behind as it approaches the adoption of the interconnected way of life in its own way to drive growth and development. Despite an initially slow, hesitant... 

Countapulse Controls Offers Smart Process Gating

     26th January 2017 Specialist sensing solutions company Countapulse Controls is making Leuze’s smart process gating (SPG) technology available across sub-Saharan Africa. Countapulse Controls managing director Gerry Bryant says SPG offers a compact, space saving design as the bridging of a protective field can be... 

South Africa slightly improves score in corruption perceptions index, rank drops

By: Sashnee Moodley     25th January 2017 While South Africa slightly improved its score in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2016 from 44 to 45, its rank in relation to all 176 countries reviewed fell three points to 64. Global civil society organisation Transparency International’s CPI score refers to the perceived level of... 

Innovation, outward-looking approach will bolster industry growth

By: Nadine James     20th January 2017 The plastics converter industry needs to alter its mindset and look for innovative solutions while becoming more outward-looking to experience real economic growth, says industry body Plastics SA. Plastics SA chairperson Bernhard Mahl describes real growth as “thousands of tons of plastics,... 

Construction under way at 7.5 MW Burundi solar park

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2017 Solar and social development enterprise Gigawatt Global on Wednesday broke ground on a 7.5 MW solar field that will boost Burundi’s electricity generation capacity. The $14-million project is being built in the Mubuga district, in one of the world's least-developed nations and is expected to be... 

KPMG to lead the energy conversation at the 2017 African Utility Week

     18th January 2017 KPMG’s commitment to create agile utilities in the energy sector across Sub-Saharan Africa, has motivated the Firm to take up a diamond sponsorship opportunity at the 2017 African Utility Week. The 17th annual African Utility Week is the only global meeting place, conference and trade exhibition... 

African Utility Week returns to Cape Town in May and showcases how community scale projects are the continent’s energy future

     18th January 2017 Expo and conference to focus on major industry trends “The power and energy landscape in Africa is undergoing significant change” says Evan Schiff, African Utility Week event director, adding that current trends include “the availability of private investment for power and energy projects, the... 

Vehicle owners to sue Ford over Kuga saga

By: African News Agency      17th January 2017 The majority of families whose Ford Kuga SUVs burst into flames in South Africa in the past few months will be filing a class action lawsuit, their attorney announced on Tuesday. “Initially I have been instructed by the Jimmy family [Reshall Jimmy died in December 2015 after his Ford Kuga burst... 

One Month To Go To Africa Energy Indaba With Exciting Side Events January 2017

     16th January 2017 Energy is a prerequisite for sustainable economic growth in Africa and has been at the forefront of discussions on Africa reaching and maximising its growth potential. Without reliable and continuous access to energy, Africa’s most vulnerable remain disempowered and disenfranchised. Africa’s... 

World Bank warns rand could take hit amid global policy flux

By: Terence Creamer     10th January 2017 The World Bank has issued a warning that the South Africa currency could come under pressure in 2017, owing to heightened policy uncertainty in the US and Europe, which could constrain capital flows to emerging and frontier markets. However, the bank’s baseline projection is for the South African... 

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