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Airline safety in Africa getting better and better

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd February 2018 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has reported “strong progress” in airline safety in Africa last year. This was part of a world-wide improvement in safety, revealed in the global airline industry representative organisation’s 2017 safety performance data, released on Thursday.... 

A Recent acquisition by Sanitech, a division of Waco Africa, has increased its ability to meet customer needs as well as expand its footprint further into Africa.

     23rd February 2018 Rent-A-Toilet’s Namibian operations were integrated into Sanitech as from October 2017. This acquisition allows Rent-A-Toilet great opportunities for both employees and customers, while increasing Sanitech’s footprint into Namibia. Sanitech, known as Kwikform in Namibia, has made in-roads into... 

Zimbabwe’s Agoa eligibility up for review this year

By: Terence Creamer     23rd February 2018 The US government will consider Zimbabwe’s eligibility for the trade benefits it extends under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) during 2018, the State Department’s acting director for economic and regional affairs Harry Sullivan said during a recent telephonic briefing of Africa... 

Solar systems company dismisses takeover rumour

By: Dylan Slater     23rd February 2018 Solar photovoltaic (PV) mounting systems company Schletter South Africa is seeing positive growth in line with industry developments, with high hopes of renewed interest and demand in 2018.  

Energy policy certainty needed to bolster manufacturing growth in Africa

By: Anine Kilian     21st February 2018 More policy certainty is required to support energy projects and to build a strong manufacturing sector in Africa, says engineering and infrastructure advisory group Aurecon African market energy director Elekanyani Ndlovu. Speaking as part of a panel discussion at the Africa Energy Indaba on... 

SNC-Lavalin awarded Engen refinery shutdown contract

By: Schalk Burger     21st February 2018 SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a $12.4-million contract for the February 2018 refinery turnaround at the Engen crude refinery, in Durban, for Engen Petroleum. The scope of work on this project involves the planning, preparation and execution of all mechanical activities on the North Complex and... 

MCA – Advancing the Future of Mobility: Legislative and Policy Framework

     21st February 2018 The Mobility Centre for Africa NPC (MCA) hosted it’s 3rd Future Mobility Roundtable in Cape Town on the 13th February 2018. The discussion, held at the Westin Hotel was the 3rd in a series of events bringing together government, industry and academia to collaborate in a drive to prepare South... 

I-CAT offers end-to-end integrated dust-management solutions

     21st February 2018 I-CAT offers highly-effective dust-suppression systems for mines, based on extensive research and development, coupled with affordability. Thus it is able to provide end-to-end integrated dust-management solutions that comply with all relevant industry regulations and standards. I-CAT has... 

Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund commits $200m in loans to fragile States

By: African News Agency      20th February 2018 The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), suppliers of debt finance to private sector infrastructure projects in sub-Saharan Africa, said on Tuesday that it had ended 2017 on a high note with $200-million in loan commitments to fragile states. EAIF, a company of the Private Infrastructure... 

Africa needs to develop its gas infrastructure

By: Anine Kilian     19th February 2018 Africa has a significant and growing gas resource, but gas capability on the continent is disappointingly low, says Quantum Power founding partner Dr Louis van Pletsen. He told delegates attending the Africa Gas Forum, in Johannesburg, on Monday, that, although there were large hydro and... 

GE Power expects to build a renewables ‘ecosystem’ in South Africa as electricity mix transitions

By: Terence Creamer     16th February 2018 The global head of GE Power says the group anticipates that South Africa’s future electricity mix will incorporate higher contributions from wind and solar and that its South African unit, which currently has a strong coal focus, will “pivot and adjust” its skills and localisation strategies... 

Event to add value to African energy sector

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 To bolster the socioeconomic development of the African energy sector, Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) chairperson Brian Statham says thinking within the sector needs to be expanded. 

Innovation and blockchain tech high on agenda at energy event

     16th February 2018 Leading figures within the African energy scene will convene at the tenth Africa Energy Indaba (AEI), including at the World Energy Council's (WEC’s) annual Africa meeting, to discuss the importance of innovation and regional integration at a time when the energy sector is undergoing a major... 

M&R committed to deliver sub-Saharan power and water prospects as mega-project era draws to close 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th February 2018 The Power & Water business platform within JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is beginning to shift its attention from Eskom’s two megascale power station projects, in Limpopo and Mpumalanga respectively, to tackling a range of smaller opportunities in various... 

America to consider Zimbabwe’s eligibility for Agoa this year

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2018 The US government will consider Zimbabwe’s eligibility for the trade benefits it extends under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) during 2018, the State Department’s acting director for economic and regional affairs Harry Sullivan said during a telephonic briefing on Tuesday. Since Agoa... 

WSP to develop 330 kV Zambia-DRC electricity transmission line

By: Dylan Slater     13th February 2018 The Southern African Power Pool has appointed UK-based engineering consultancy WSP to develop a proposed 330 kV electricity interconnector between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  

Ford lifts veil on new Ranger Raptor, set for production at Pretoria plant

By: Irma Venter     9th February 2018 The first-ever Ranger Raptor, Ford’s new off-road, performance pick-up bakkie, was unveiled in Thailand this week. The Raptor will be produced at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa's (FMCSA’s) Silverton plant, in Pretoria, as part of a $220-million investment announced late last year, aimed at... 

Two Weeks To Go Before The Tenth Africa Energy Indaba With Exciting Side Events

     8th February 2018 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... 

With the drastic water shortage currently being experienced in Cape Town, individuals and organisations need to do all they can to save water.

     8th February 2018 One of the immediate actions which can be implemented is the use of portable toilets, which impacts on the physical saving of water as well as being a vital element of disaster management. “Although water saving has become a matter of urgency in Cape Town, it is relevant across South Africa and... 

Nimbus takes 26.5% stake in Paratus Namibia

By: Schalk Burger     7th February 2018 Namibian Stock Exchange- (NSX-) listed capital-pool company Nimbus Infrastructure has bought a 26.5% stake in Pan-African telecommunications company Paratus Africa’s Namibian operations for N$95-million. The deal resulted in Nimbus acquiring 8% of the issued share capital in Paratus for a cash... 

TPT boosts PE port handling volumes, rail use

By: Schalk Burger     6th February 2018 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) achieved higher than forecast automotive and container handling volumes at the Port Elizabeth port in December, which it attributes to greater demand from local and international markets, along with automotive investments made in the region, TPT Eastern Cape GM Siya... 

Underground mining division to drive more than 20% uptick in M&R's interim earnings

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd February 2018 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) expects to have achieved at least a 20% year-on-year improvement in its diluted and basic earnings per share and headline earnings per share for the is months to December 31. The uptick in results is attributed to its underground mining division, which is... 

Albeit modest, metals sector poised for second consecutive year of growth 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd February 2018 South Africa’s metals and engineering sector is poised for a second consecutive year of modest growth, with the Steel and Engineering Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) forecasting a 1.1% expansion for 2018. The sector grew by 2.7% in 2017, breaking a streak of three consecutive years of... 

Assembly plant included in VW’s roll-out of mobility solutions to Rwanda

By: Irma Venter     2nd February 2018 German car maker Volkswagen has established Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda (VMSR), an integrated automotive mobility solutions company that is to be run under the auspices of Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA). VWSA is responsible for the sub-Saharan African region within the Volkswagen... 

The growing importance of Gas in the Africa Mix, latest market trends

     1st February 2018 The 3rd Africa Gas Forum will be taking place on Monday, 19th February 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, and is affiliated to African Energy Indaba (AEI) as an official side event. With African economic growth in 2018 making a recovery after a difficult year,... 

Goscor Earth Moving appoints new GM for SANY range

     30th January 2018 Having clinched its first sale of a SANY SY750 excavator to a major coal-mining company, distributor Goscor Earth Moving (GEM), part of the Goscor Group, is confident that the new range will soon gain significant traction in the local mining, construction, and road-building industries. This is... 

Aspen to start review of infant milk formula unit

By: Reuters     29th January 2018 Aspen Pharmacare will review its infant milk formula business with options including a sale to a strategic partner, Africa's biggest generic drugmaker said on Monday. The unit, which has factories in New Zealand, South Africa and Mexico, follows the approval by the China Food and Drug... 

Innovation and blockchain tech high on the agenda at the 10th Africa Energy Indaba

     29th January 2018 Leading figures within the African energy scene will convene at the 10th Annual Africa Energy Indaba, the World Energy Council’s annual African regional meeting, to discuss the importance of innovation and regional integration at a time when the energy sector is undergoing a major transition.... 

Crop munching pest in Africa raises hunger threat

By: Reuters     29th January 2018 A crop munching worm that can fly up to 100 km (60 miles) at night is spreading rapidly across Africa, threatening food production and the livelihoods of millions of farmers already struggling with conflicts and drought, experts said on Friday. The larvae form of fall armyworm prefers maize, but... 

Ethiopia signs power purchase deals for two geothermal plants

By: John Muchira     26th January 2018 The government of Ethiopia has signed implementation and power purchase agreements (PPAs) with two private-sector investors for the building of two geothermal electricity generation plants with a combined capacity of 1 000 MW. The two plants – Corbett, to be developed by Corbett Geothermal, and... 

Microgrids using solar energy to meet energy demands

     26th January 2018 Communities and producers in Africa are struggling with energy deficits caused by a lack of infrastructure access in some cases and poor energy quality and high-power costs in others, explains procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch. As a result, Black & Veatch has... 

Investments accumulated to catalyse off-grid energy development

By: Dylan Slater     26th January 2018 Multilateral development bank African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) board approved a $30-million investment in the Facility for Energy Inclusion Off-Grid Energy Access Fund (FEI OGEF) last month.  

Sub-Saharan Africa set to reap the benefits of hybrid power

     25th January 2018 Hybrid power solutions, which combine renewable energy with fossil fuel and battery storage, are estimated to grow from a few installations to several thousand Megawatts in sub-Saharan Africa, between now and 2025. Renewable energy is now cheaper than gas and nuclear, and in several locations... 

In October 2017, Pristine Health Services sold its Gauteng-based hygiene and pest control services to Sanitech.

     23rd January 2018 Having purchased Pristine Health Services, Sanitech now has a greater presence in the pest control market as well as being able to offer current clients an extra service. “We c an now move into various industries where we may not have had a presence before, thereby increasing our experience in... 

Artisanal, small-scale mining explodes amid rising prices

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd January 2018 A new report has revealed explosive growth in the number of artisanal and small-scale miners worldwide over the past two decades amid rising mineral prices and a general struggle in earning a living from agriculture. The Intergovernmental Forum (IGF) on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable... 

Reserve Bank Governor Kganyago's election as IMFC chair welcomed

By: African News Agency      19th January 2018 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Thursday announced that South African Reserve Bank (SARB) Governor Lesetja Kganyago was selected as chairperson of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC). Kganyago, who is also South Africa's Alternate Governor on the International Monetary... 

Africa’s industrialisation needs to be more focused, unrushed – panel

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th January 2018 While there is some momentum in industrialisation efforts across Africa, a panel of industry participants have cautioned against a knee-jerk reaction that could fragment or overwhelm capacities on the continent. Industrialisation on the continent has historically lagged that of the rest of the... 

Congo Republic plans to join Opec oil cartel

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Congo Republic plans to join the Opec oil cartel, the government said, as the former French colony presses ahead with projects that could help it become the third-largest oil producer in sub-Saharan Africa. "The Republic of Congo has decided to accede to the Organization of the Petroleum... 

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