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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... 

Microgrid technologies can help unlock electrification

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th June 2016 Large scale centralised generation will increase with the development of grid solutions, which will include an increase in focus on microgrid and standalone home systems, as well as off-the-grid, distributed generation solutions, expects advisory firm PWC Power, Capital Projects, and... 

Slow economic growth challenges local engineering industry

By: Sebastian Whyle     24th June 2016 Infrastructure projects, consulting and project management services provider Aecom Africa CEO Carlos Poñe tells Engineering News that low economic growth in South Africa is a major challenge for the consulting engineering industry.  

Denham, GreenWish ink renewable-energy partnership

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd June 2016 Global energy-focused private equity firm Denham Capital and renewable-energy investment company GreenWish Partners have entered into a strategic partnership to develop, build and finance a 600 MW renewable-energy portfolio across sub-Saharan Africa by 2020. The partnership would unlock the... 

Africa uniquely placed to develop a diverse and sustainable energy mix

     22nd June 2016 Africa is uniquely placed to build a sustainable, renewable energy matrix with immense potential, says Rentia van Tonder, Head: Power at Standard Bank.  “However, how quickly, efficiently and at what cost the continent builds this energy infrastructure will be influenced by sovereign wealth,... 

Improved Healthcare Delivery Models across Africa Transform the Industry, Says Frost & Sullivan

     22nd June 2016 The pharmaceutical industry, followed closely by healthcare information technology (IT), in Africa is predicted to experience substantial growth in 2016. A host of factors are anticipated to have a positive effect on the African healthcare industry. Increased investment in both the pharmaceutical... 

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... 

South Africa makes most use of Agoa, but still only a fraction of the tariffs

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st June 2016 While South Africa has seemingly made the most use of the duty-free trade benefits with the US under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) since inception, the nonreciprocal deal was, for the most part, heavily underused across the continent. While the 15-year-old Act had surged into the... 

South Africa should ensure small business participation through JVs, FDI investments – Zulu 

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th June 2016 South Africa has to find ways of ensuring that small businesses participate actively in the global market, not just through export facilitation, trade exhibitions and market access opportunities obtained through preferential market opportunities, but also through joint ventures (JVs), foreign... 

Creamer Media publishes Energy Roundup for June 2016 research report

     20th June 2016 The June 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for May 2016 and includes details of Russia’s State nuclear agency’s plans to sign cooperation agreements with Kenya, Uganda and Zambia to lay the groundwork for an expanded presence in sub-Saharan Africa; the Department of Energy’s... 

New lock washer and nut replace traditional fastening systems

By: Victor Moolman     17th June 2016 HEICO-LOCK wedge lock products can be used as replacements for traditional locking systems because of their ability to stay secure and in place even under the most extreme vibration and dynamic load applications, says fastener distributor The Fastener Factory MD Darryl Campbell. 

ET Energy establishes South African subsidiary

By: Anine Kilian     14th June 2016 Clean energy developer ET Energy has established a South African subsidiary ET Solutions South Africa, to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), and operations and maintenance services for large-scale solar power plants. “ET Energy's new subsidiary in South Africa demonstrates... 

Trends Driving the African Automotive Industry in 2016 and 2017

     14th June 2016 The global automotive business is in its most disruptive era since the advent of the industry over a century ago, creating an abundance of opportunities for new and established companies in the global automotive market. Frost & Sullivan anticipates the market to grow by 2%, reaching 91 million... 

GE invests R500 million to innovate in Africa for Africa

     14th June 2016 GE opens state of the art Africa Innovation Centre The centre will leverage GE’s global expertise and will be GE’s innovation and technology transfer centre of excellence in Africa The centre will  enable skills and SME development in Africa and collaboration between  GE, it’s customers and... 

World Bank to loan Kenya $1.1bn for northern region, bank VP says

By: Reuters     14th June 2016 Kenya will get a World Bank loan of $1.1-billion for infrastructure projects in the country's arid northern region, the bank's vice president for Africa said. The loan is the latest in series to Kenya, which amount to $5.5-billion, excluding the new package. 

Dangote eyes aggressive market share gains

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th June 2016 Cement producer Dangote Cement is aggressively targeting 60% market share in all countries where it operates as it cuts prices, doubles its production and expands it geographic footprint over the next three years, positioning itself to benefit from the 6.1% cement demand growth expected from... 

Upscaled infrastructure and regional integration needed in Africa

     10th June 2016 Africa is urbanising at a rapid pace, which means infrastructure such as bypasses, bridges, new highways and new technologies needs to be deployed in congested areas where traditional methods cannot work, notes Africa-focused consultancy Africa House director Duncan Bonnett. 

International companies view Johannesburg show as gateway to Southern Africa

     9th June 2016 Hundreds of companies have confirmed their arrival in Johannesburg seeking new distribution deals with retailers and entrepreneurs as part of this year’s South African International Trade Exhibition (SAITEX). SAITEX 2016, which takes place from June 19 to 21 at the the Gallagher Convention... 

ABB inaugurates its first South African microgrid at Longmeadow headquarters

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th June 2016 Automation technology group ABB has commissioned an integrated solar-diesel microgrid installation – the group’s first microgrid in South Africa – at its 96 000 m2 Longmeadow facility in Johannesburg. The Longmeadow site hosts ABB’s head offices and logistics and manufacturing centre. 

Change in SA supply chain association leadership

     8th June 2016 At the recent annual general meeting of SAPICS – the industry association for the South African supply chain sector Mungo Park accepted the invitation from the directors to take up the role of Association President. Park’s career spans 20 years in supply chain. “I have always considered supply... 

Dubai-based solar firm pursuing 650 MW African project pipeline

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2016 Solar energy company Phanes Group, of the United Arab Emirates, reports that its African project pipeline currently exceeds 650 MW, including a 150 MW project under development in South Africa, where it recently opened a regional office. The Johannesburg office is the Dubai-headquartered firm’s... 

CRG to widen, diversify its portfolio through acquisitions

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th June 2016 Dual-listed gold miner Central Rand Gold (CRG) is actively seeking new acquisitive opportunities to diversify its commodity portfolio and geographic reach across Africa, with discussions reportedly under way with two parties. CRG, currently a Witwatersrand, Johannesburg-focused gold miner, was... 

Entrepreneurs navigating economic uncertainty better than large corporates – EY

By: Samantha Herbst     6th June 2016 In an environment where individual companies are being transformed by the disruptive force of technology, and where entirely new sectors are being created, entrepreneurs are becoming increasingly pivotal to global job creation, according to EY global chairperson Mark Weinberger. In a statement... 

South African industry has new infrastructure opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa if they take long term view

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th June 2016 In the face of growing international competition in Sub-Saharan Africa, South African-based companies need to take a long-term strategic view of the region and how best to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the demographic, industrial and energy evolution that is taking place. “Low... 

Infrastructure Africa Summit to tackle issues that will awaken sleeping African giant

     6th June 2016 31st May, Johannesburg – Last week’s Africa Day was commemorated across the continent, marking the birth of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963. The celebrations were met with renewed calls for Africa to make its own way, to work on the low rate of inter-regional trade and to build... 

BMW turns sod on new Rosslyn bodyshop

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2016 BMW Group South Africa (SA) in May marked the start of construction of a new bodyshop at its Rosslyn plant, in Tshwane. The group acquired a roughly 33 000 m2 site adjacent to the plant for the new building, said BMW Group SA plant director Stefan Huelsenberg at a sod-turning ceremony at the... 

EPG products ensure consistent transfer of energy loads

By: Kimberley Smuts     3rd June 2016 Energy distributor Vert Energy was in March appointed the distributor for industrial control products supplier ASCO Power Technologies, whose products will form part of Vert’s range of energy efficient electric power generation (EPG) products in Southern Africa. Being a subsidiary of power... 

Tradecore Steel (Pty) Ltd Launches In Johannesburg

     2nd June 2016 TradeCore Steel (Pty) Ltd recently opened its doors as a privately-owned steel trading and distribution company in Wadeville, Johannesburg. The company’s core offering is the physical bulk trading and local and cross-border logistics and distribution of steel sourced from third party producers,... 

Kipeto Energy signs 100MW purchase power agreement in Nairobi

     2nd June 2016 Kipeto Energy is one step closer to delivering additional clean energy to the people of Kenya following an announcement that it has formally signed a 20-year Purchase Power Agreement with Kenya Power on Thursday. This represents a significant milestone for the development of the 100-megawatt wind... 

Infrastructure Africa Summit To Tackle Issues That Will Awaken Sleeping African Giant

     1st June 2016 Last week’s Africa Day was commemorated across the continent, marking the birth of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963. The celebrations were met with renewed calls for Africa to make its own way, to work on the low rate of inter-regional trade and to build the infrastructure that... 

Agriculture: The Key to SA’s Growth

     1st June 2016 Agriculture and rural development are cornerstones of the National Development Plan, they have been identified as key areas that will help drive economic and social growth for the South African economy. With agriculture being a big contributor to employment and GDP, the past year has seen... 

Advisian engages with clients to create greater value

     31st May 2016 The South African operation of WorleyParsons’ global consulting business, Advisian, has experienced notable growth since its launch less than a year ago with its initial office of five members expanding to close to 100 in an effort to service the needs of clients and deliver expert strategic and... 

$60m boost to Zambia power grid

By: Martin Creamer     30th May 2016 Mining is poised to receive a spinoff benefit from Monday’s announcement that the power grid in Zambia is to be boosted by a $60-million investment. In this latest transaction, Standard Chartered bank has partnered with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide a... 

Japanese group expands South African presence as part of Africa push

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 Japan-headquartered automation and control, test and measurement company Yokogawa opened its new, larger South African office in Cresta last month.  

UK-SA bilateral research chair to boost food security research in SA

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th May 2016 Amid rising food prices, coupled with one of the worst droughts the country has experienced, food security research in South Africa has received a much-needed boost from the Newton Fund, and National Research Foundation (NRF) UK–South Africa Bilateral Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) launched... 

Water and sanitation priority at WISA 2016

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 African cities are developing rapidly and existing water management systems cannot keep up, leading to a projected quadrupling in demand for water over the next 25 years, said ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability - Africa professional officer Tarryn Quayle during the Water Institute of... 

Repp, Opic team up for renewable-energy project development

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th May 2016 The Renewable Energy Performance Platform (Repp) and the US development finance institution Overseas Private Investment Corporation (Opic) have inked a memorandum of understanding that supports the development of renewable-energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa. The parties would jointly identify... 

Sasol begins drilling of Mozambique PSA licence

By: Anine Kilian     26th May 2016 Drilling is under way at Sasol’s production sharing agreement (PSA) licence in Inhambane province, Mozambique, in terms of its field development plan (FDP), which was approved earlier this year,  the petroleum giant announced Thursday. Adjacent to Sasol’s current producing petroleum production... 

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