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Silo cleaning service expands into sub-Saharan Africa

     26th August 2016 Furnace and industrial service Dickinson Group of Companies offers a highly specialised service for cleaning contaminated and clogged up bulk storage containers to manufacturing companies across sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Asia.  

Deteriorating global supply chain market faces increasing obtacles

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th August 2016 The latest data from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), released on Thursday, reveals escalating operational risk, both globally and in sub-Saharan Africa, owing to the prolonged slump in global commodity prices and the slowdown in emerging markets. The CIPS risk index... 

Sasol awards SNC-Lavalin five-year contract

By: Anine Kilian     25th August 2016 Engineering and construction group SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a mechanical engineering-led framework agreement and associated project management services contract by petrochemicals group Sasol, in support of the general maintenance projects at its sub-Saharan Africa sites.   The five-year... 

Twinsaver investing R580m in new equipment

     25th August 2016 Branded tissue products manufacturer Twinsaver has committed R580-million to the installation of new production equipment at its Bellville and Kliprivier operations. It has already completed the installation of an R80-million two-ply converting line at its Bellville factory, in the Western Cape,... 

Bidcorp achieves FY profit increase

By: Anine Kilian     24th August 2016 JSE-listed Bidcorp reported a 32.5% year-on-year increase in its headline earnings a share to R10.80, while basic earnings a share increased by 26.1% year-on-year to R10.34 for the year ended June 30. The company, which was spun out of Bidvest and listed on the JSE in May, announced a 20.8%... 

South Africa not surrendering its steel industry, says Davies

By: Kim Cloete     23rd August 2016 South Africa’s steel industry is facing some serious challenges, brought on by a global steel glut of 44-million tons a year, but it is vital for the country to do everything possible to maintain a sustainable, competitive steel industry as it is of strategic importance to the country, says Trade... 

Basil Read intensifies focus on integrated housing development to strengthen order book

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd August 2016 Construction company Basil Read will be focusing in particular on the integrated housing development sector to drive future growth and strengthen its order book, as this “is a real opportunity for South Africa”. Speaking to Engineering News Online on Tuesday, CEO Neville Nicolau highlighted that... 

Fit-For-Purpose Wear Solutions

     22nd August 2016 Pressure on maintenance budgets coupled with the need to increase productivity while reducing unplanned downtime in the mining, quarrying and power sectors of the market presents a unique set of challenges. One of the most obvious ways to cut costs is to look at areas in the plant where excessive... 

Political risk, poor infrastructure and lack of geodata stymying African exploration

By: Jade Davenport     19th August 2016 It is an age old adage that, when the mining industry enters a slump, exploration budgets, particularly those designated for greenfield activities, are the first to be curtailed. This has certainly been reiterated over the last few years as the drastic slump in commodity prices and, consequently,... 

Broadband opportunities and challenges for Africa

     19th August 2016 By Kuseni Dlamini In a global economy increasingly characterised by information, broadband networks are the essential pathways along which the information content, services and applications travel. Broadband network infrastructure has transformed economic activity in much the same way as the... 

Developer emphasises accuracy in measurement instrumentation

By: Sebastian Whyle     19th August 2016 The South African food and beverage, and pharmaceutical sectors require measurement technology that offers precision and reliability while complying with local hygiene regulations. There is, hence, greater demand for accuracy in measurement instrumentation in these sectors, says Germany-based... 

Food and beverage companies aim to minimise project risk

     19th August 2016 In line with ELB Engineering Services’ (ELB’s) diversification strategy the Industrial Projects business line has expanded from its traditional pneumatic and fine handling capability into the food, beverage and fast moving consumer goods sector, as well as the power sector associated with... 

New fire door in high demand

     19th August 2016 Fire and security doors producer Bitcon Industries has been contracted to supply doors to an array of new shopping centres throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Jet Park-based Bitcon director Bill Vollmer comments that the company is supplying its Rubidor fire doors for the upgrading and construction of... 

Randhir Haripersad

     19th August 2016 This week we feature Randhir Haripersad, General Manager for Africa at Goscor Group of Companies 

Coke bottler to rethink South Africa spending plans due to sugar tax

By: Reuters     18th August 2016 Africa's biggest Coke bottler, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, will rethink its spending plans in South Africa if Pretoria's proposed tax on sugary drinks gets the green light, a spokeswoman said on Thursday. In a bid to fight a growing obesity rate in the continent's most lucrative market for... 

A New Era in Energy for Resolve

     18th August 2016 In an effort to capitalise on the significant opportunities that exist in the fuel industry, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, Resolve Solution Partners (an Imperial company) has partnered with SJS Energy to form a new business unit called Resolve Energy Solutions. The new unit comprises key... 

African auto body lobbies Nigeria on industry development

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2016 A delegation from the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM), led by chairperson Jeff Nemeth, is visiting the Nigerian capital, Abuja, with the aim of creating a framework for policy development that will support the growth of the Nigerian automotive industry. Nemeth is also the... 

Sub-Saharan Africa must preserve innovation momentum – index

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th August 2016 The Global Innovation Index (GII) has ranked Mauritius as the most innovative economy in sub-Saharan Africa, above South Africa. Overall, however, the two countries placed fifty-third and fifty-fourth, with Switzerland in first place for a sixth consecutive year. The GII, published by Cornell... 

Cushman & Wakefield expands sub-Saharan footprint

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th August 2016 Real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield has entered into an exclusive affiliate arrangement across sub-Saharan Africa with holding company Excellerate Property Services. The new venture, which will be branded Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate, provides an integrated platform serving the... 

Protect local e-Sports before it’s game over

     12th August 2016 At the start of this year, South Africa announced its first one million Rand prize money in an e-Sports tournament, the Telkom DGL Masters tournament. e-Sports, or electronic sports, is competitive gaming via electronic systems. It’s a growing industry in South Africa with local e-Sports... 

European helicopter maker highlights global presence, including SA

By: Keith Campbell     12th August 2016 Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter and part of the larger Airbus Group) is confident that it has a unique global presence. The company recently pointed out it that had 22 900 employees worldwide, with 29 customer centres, 26 training centres and 100 maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO)... 

Gas master plan needs to be finalised so investment can follow – Gibb

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th August 2016 If South Africa is looking to incorporate more gas into its energy mix, while moving away from carbon-intensive coal, hurdles such as policy uncertainty and legislation need to be resolved in the short-term, according to multidisciplinary engineering consultancy Gibb. This includes government’s... 

African youth need to be vested in the future of their countries – US Bureau of African Affairs

By: Samantha Herbst     5th August 2016 With 70% of Africans under the age of 25, it is imperative for African youth to be engaged in communities and vested in the future of their respective countries, according to US Bureau of African Affairs assistant secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who highlights this as the central tenet of the... 

Private-equity firm aims to raise R2bn through listing of unit

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th August 2016 Ethos Capital has received about R1.1-billion from investors, including investment adviser Ethos Private Equity (EPE), following its intention to list its issued A ordinary share capital on the main board of the JSE. The listing, scheduled for this week, is subject to market conditions and the... 

Plummeting economy catalyst preceded Nenegate – economist

By: Anine Kilian     4th August 2016 While many blame December’s sudden depreciation of the rand, which plummeted from R13.92 to the dollar to almost R17 to the dollar, on President Jacob Zuma’s sudden firing of then Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, and on US Federal Reserve chairperson Janet Yellen’s decision to increase US interest... 

Partners appointed for first SA waste-to-energy project 

By: African News Agency      2nd August 2016 Black & Veatch announced on Tuesday that it had been chosen by MBHE African Power to provide technical assistance for South Africa’s first waste-to-energy (WTE) plant to be located in the Drakenstein municipality, near Wellington in the Western Cape. A statement from the US-based, employee-owned... 

Welding Skills Development Means Job- Creation, says Afrox

     2nd August 2016 Developing skills across industries will play a key role in developing South Africa’s economy, and training welding artisans locally will increase opportunities within the country’s workforce, says Afrox.  In support of this, sub-Saharan Africa’s leading industrial gases and welding equipment... 

Customers laud Wacker Neuson service

     29th July 2016 Wacker Neuson South Africa upholds a proud heritage of supporting its quality range of compact machines and equipment supplied to Southern African construction, road making, mining, agricultural and landscaping industries with unsurpassed service and after-sales backup. “Irrespective of how good... 

Agency supports waste-to-energy project in SA

     29th July 2016 The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to South African renewable energy project developer MBHE African Power to support a waste-to-energy project in the Drakenstein municipality, in the Western Cape. 

Belgium trade and investment agency signs Mou with DTI unit

By: David Oliveira     29th July 2016 Belgium-based Wallonia Export-Investment Agency (Awex) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) investment promotion agency InvestSA initiative last month. InvestSA provides a number of services for investors, including facilitation of the... 

Clearing environmental hurdles to power supply growth

     29th July 2016 Environmental consultant SRK Consulting is developing an enabling framework that will help power projects in South Africa to streamline the process of acquiring environmental approvals, in order to avoid unnecessary delays in implementation. 

Effective supply chain crucial in combating spread of HIV/Aids

By: David Oliveira     29th July 2016 Effective supply chain management remains the most significant challenge facing HIV treatment in developing countries, particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa, and is critical to realising the global goal of an Aids-free generation by 2030, says former Anglo American chief medical officer Dr... 

France, South Africa to foster pulp, paper industry relationships

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th July 2016 With South Africa and France being “well recognised” as key players in the international paper industry, it is essential to engage in “fruitful exchanges”, including knowledge sharing and stakeholder solutions for the industry. This is according to Ambassador of France Elisabeth Barbier, who... 

Monsanto to extend confined field trial permits

By: Tracy Hancock     29th July 2016 Agriculture company Monsanto has applied to extend the confined field trial (CFT) permits of three genetically improved maize products involved in CFTs in four provinces across South Africa. A decision expected prior to the start of the country’s planting season, which takes place around October. 

Rockefeller Brothers Fund confirms investment in Mainstream Renewable Power Africa power generation platform

     28th July 2016 The Rockefeller Brothers Fund investment is part of the R1.66 billion ($117.5m) deal which has now closed, after being announced in June subject to shareholder approval  Investment will fund Lekela Power Platform  to build over 1.3GW of wind and solar plants in Africa by 2018 Investors includes... 

South Africa ranks moderately on food security index

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th July 2016 South Africa is ranked at 47 out of the 113 countries in this year’s Global Food Security Index (GFSI), reflecting a one-position decline from 2015, but an overall 0.6 point score increase. The country ranked first among its sub-Saharan African peers and landed in the top ten of... 

Fingerprint authentication coming to South African bank cards 

By: News24Wire      26th July 2016 New standards to facilitate card payments using fingerprint authentication have been introduced to make transactions more secure and convenient for consumers. The Payments Association of South Africa (PASA), in partnership with Visa and Mastercard, announced on Tuesday a new standardised... 

Stanbic receives Côte d’Ivoire banking licence

By: Anine Kilian     25th July 2016 Standard Bank, trading as Stanbic Bank, has been awarded a banking licence in Côte d’Ivoire.  The group opened a representative office in the country in December 2013, signaling a drive towards establishing a presence in Francophone West Africa. 

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