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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... 

Riverbed Technology Again Named a Leader in the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization

     26th May 2016 Riverbed Technology, the application performance company, today announced that Gartner has once again positioned Riverbed as a Leader in its 2016 "Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization," marking Riverbed's ninth consecutive year in the Leaders position. The entire Gartner report can be viewed here.... 

The Connected Enterprise: why Africa’s operations managers should care

     24th May 2016 With the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), a wealth of possibilities have emerged that, through greater connectivity between the plant floor and the enterprise, are revolutionising efficiencies of production. Through greater industrial connectivity, we can make better decisions, expose... 

African Union Commissioner H.E Dr Elham Mahmood Ahmed Ibrahim confirms attendance at 2016 Infrastructure Africa

     24th May 2016 African Union Commissioner Her Excellency, Dr Elham Mahmood Ahmed Ibrahim, has confirmed her attendance at 2016 INFRASTRUCTURE AFRICA BUSINESS FORUM taking place on the 9th and 10th June 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre.   Mrs Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, Special Envoy for Gender at the... 

Safcei prepared to go to ConCourt over ‘secret’ nuclear deal 

By: News24Wire      23rd May 2016 An environmental group locked in a legal battle with government over its nuclear procurement plans said on Monday that it is prepared to take the matter all the way to the Constitutional Court. Speaking after a fundraising breakfast to raise funds for the court battle, Southern African Faith... 

Conventional building methods not suited to African conditions  

By: Nadine James     20th May 2016 Housing and construction systems developer Moladi says its low-cost housing system, comprising plastic formwork panels and a cement admixture, is widely embraced throughout Africa, as it has been specifically designed to meet the requirements of the African market. Moladi founder and CEO Hennie... 

Five-year funding plan to overcome challenges

     20th May 2016 Independent global charitable foundation, the Wellcome Trust has committed £21-million to the Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (Deltas) Africa initiative, which aims to improve health in Africa through research driven by the most urgent regional challenges. 

New antibacterial gel can save thousands in developing countries

     20th May 2016 A new antiseptic chlorhexidine gel – antibacterial gel – that can prevent umbilical cord infections (omphalitis) in newborn infants in developing countries has been granted an encouraging scientific judgement from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines... 

BMW SA starts construction of new bodyshop

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2016 BMW Group South Africa (SA) on Thursday 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... 

Rosatom seeks cooperation agreements for African nuclear expansion

By: Reuters     19th May 2016 Russia's State nuclear agency Rosatom plans to sign cooperation agreements with Kenya, Uganda and Zambia to lay the groundwork for an expanded presence in sub-Saharan Africa beyond its planned bid to build nuclear power plants in South Africa. Rosatom has voiced confidence in its ability to see... 

Australia’s GB Energy to acquire lithium project in Namibia

By: Samantha Herbst     19th May 2016 In line with its strategy of targeting minerals critical for the future of the energy environment, ASX-listed GB Energy has entered into an option agreement with an unnamed South African company which, if exercised, provides the GB Energy with the right to acquire a 70% stake in Namibia’s... 

USAID building gets green star rating

By: Anine Kilian     18th May 2016 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has awarded the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) new office building, in Pretoria, with a five-star rating, after improvements were made to the building. These included the installation of a solar panel grid system,... 

Vxpmills Adapted For Copper Processing Application

     18th May 2016 FLSmidth’s VXPmill technology is well-known for its efficient grinding of fine and ultra-fine materials. Because these mills operate at a power intensity that is higher than low speed mills and overlaps that of high speed mills, one of the major traits of VXPmills is their flexibility, allowing... 

Riverbed Helps Energy Company Engen Centralize Remote and Branch Office IT and Accelerate Application Performance

     17th May 2016 Riverbed Technology, the application performance company, announced that global energy company Engen is using Riverbed solutions to centralize Remote and Branch Office IT, and improve productivity, back-up and data security across its multi-national organization. Riverbed® SteelFusion™ has... 

South African Industry Has New Infrastructure Opportunities In Sub-Saharan Africa If They Take Long-Term View

     16th May 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... 

Riverbed Announces Partners of the Year for South Africa at Riverbed Partner Connect 2016

     16th May 2016 Riverbed Technology, the leader in application performance infrastructure, recognised seven top-performing sub-Saharan African partners during Riverbed® Partner Connect 2016, held in Johannesburg on 20 April. The Riverbed Partner Awards recognise top-performing companies for excellence in... 

End of commodities boom hits African countries

By: Keith Campbell     13th May 2016 The global commodities super cycle has come to an end, sharply lowering the price of oil, gas, metals and minerals,” stated the World Bank in its most recent ‘Regional Overview for Africa’ review (published in late March). “As a net commodities exporter, Africa is deeply affected by falling... 

Sierra Leone solar push aims to bring electricity to all by 2025

By: Reuters     12th May 2016 Sierra Leone aims to provide electricity to all of its six-million citizens by 2025 in a push to boost the economy, expand crucial services such as healthcare, and reduce dependency on aid, officials said on Wednesday. Less than 12% of people in Sierra Leone's cities have access to electricity,... 

Tallying the benefits of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Power Producer’s Procurement Programme

     9th May 2016 As energy investors eagerly await announcements of the preferred bidders in the latest round of South Africa’s renewable IPP programme – the so-called expedited bid window - it is worth reflecting on the successes of the country’s Renewable Energy Power Producer’s Procurement Programme (REIPPPP)... 

Tough global conditions suit the rise of African Champion economies, says Deloitte

     9th May 2016 With Africa’s positive economic outlook under pressure, intra-African multinational champions are well suited to develop the skills, expertise and scale to compete for a bigger piece of the global economy’s last frontier. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) cut Sub-Saharan Africa’s growth... 

Oems Rely On M&C Rotor Balancing Capacity

     6th May 2016 Leading local repairer of rotating electrical equipment, Marthinusen & Coutts says its in-house ability to precision balance rotors to a high accuracy improves vibration levels, thereby increasing reliability while reducing customer maintenance costs. Marthinusen Coutts, a division of Actom,... 

African countries have major nuclear ambitions

By: African News Agency      6th May 2016 Eleven African countries are considering building nuclear power plants over the next 14 years to overcome the continent’s extreme electricity shortage. Outside South Africa, the entire installed generation capacity of Sub-Saharan Africa was now just 28 GW – equivalent to that of Argentina – Anton... 

Ford Silverton assembly plant expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     6th May 2016 The project involves the expansion of Ford’s Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria, to produce the new Ford Everest sport utility vehicle and the Ford Ranger. 

Innovators to showcase new water and electricity projects

     6th May 2016 Twenty small and medium-sized enterprises, start-ups and young innovators will be given the opportunity to showcase their new development or invention for the power and water industry at the innovation hub that will be taking place during the upcoming African Utility Week in Cape Town from May 17... 

FAW SA sees increase in sales, exports, but initial targets prove elusive

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2016 FAW Vehicle Manufacturers South Africa (FAW SA) has seen a steady increase in sales and exports, following the opening of its Eastern Cape truck assembly plant in 2014. To date, FAW SA has recorded exports of 90 trucks. To be more specific, exports in the first four months of 2015 reached 29... 

Growth is a thirsty business, World Bank water report warns 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2016 A new World Bank report warns that some regions of the world, including parts of Africa, could see their growth rates decline by as much as 6% by 2050 as a result of water-related losses, with water scarcity also exacerbated by climate change. Titled ‘High and Dry: Climate Change, Water and the... 

South Africa’s growth out of sync with Africa’s other oil importers

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2016 While the International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects South Africa’s growth to halve to just 0.6% in 2016, growth in other oil-importing countries across sub-Saharan Africa is projected to remain relatively resilient at 5.2%. Nevertheless, the IMF is forecasting a difficult year for the 45-country... 

Emissions control gaining traction in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     29th April 2016 The importance of emission control is gaining traction not only locally but also in sub-Saharan Africa, where it held little priority previously. This is especially true of international companies, says air filtration company Freudenberg Filtration Technologies (FFT). 

S African suppliers penetrate African market

     29th April 2016 Global flooring tile producer Interface is using the resources of its South African suppliers to spearhead an intensified marketing drive into sub-Saharan Africa, says Interface director Julien Fanton. 

Off-grid solutions becoming an important consideration in the power sector

     28th April 2016 South Africa is currently one of the most attractive destinations for power project developers, sponsors and energy players seeking investment opportunities to support and grow power projects.  One of the key drivers for any power sector player remains an enabling environment with long term... 

Connect, Diversify and Grow With The 2016 FESPA Africa and Sign Africa Expo

     26th April 2016 FESPA Africa and Sign Africa 2016, taking place from 7-9 September at Gallagher Convention Centre, will feature educational content and a variety of exhibitors showcasing the latest industry trends and new products geared at helping visitors expand their businesses and enter into new revenue... 

Poweroad eyes market entry after Powertech Africa acquisition

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd April 2016 Following its outright acquisition of Powertech subsidiary Powertech Africa, for an undisclosed amount, newly established Poweroad Africa was preparing to make its official debut into the electric power market in May. Absorbing the full staff complement, as well as the assets and contracts of... 

Auto industry works to keep labour peace as wage talks near

By: Irma Venter     22nd April 2016 The South African automotive industry has “worked hard this labour season”, holding a number of “premeetings and indabas”, in an effort to be ready for the triennial negotiations to thrash out a new multiyear wage agreement, says Ford Motor Company sub-Saharan Africa president and CEO Jeff... 

Côte d’Ivoire e-waste drive helps stimulate recycling debate

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2016 Information and communication technology multinational Ericsson’s four-month-long e-waste recycling drive in Côte d’Ivoire, in West Africa, has established a long-term dialogue about recycling and e-waste recycling in the country and region. The e-waste recycling initiative in partnership with... 

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