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Eskom to add 6 500 km of high-voltage transmission lines by 2028

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th October 2018 Power utility Eskom plans to add about 6 500 km of high-voltage transmission lines and 46 000 MVA of transformer capacity in the next ten years, its latest Transmission Development Plan (TDP), for the period from 2019 to 2028, shows. The TDP, which was released on Thursday, also demonstrates... 

DBSA awarded funding to create R2bn climate finance facility 

By: African News Agency      22nd October 2018 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) announced on Monday that it has been awarded funding of R795-million to establish a R2-billion Climate Finance Facility (CFF) focusing on infrastructure projects and businesses that mitigate or adapt to climate change.  The DBSA received funding from... 

South African slump batters smaller neighbours protecting rand peg

By: Bloomberg     18th October 2018 South Africans aren’t the only ones struggling through the country’s economic slump. The fortunes of Lesotho, Namibia, and eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, are beholden to developments in their larger neighbor with their exchange rates pegged to the rand, the worst-performing major currency... 

Extending the life of mine beyond its life as a mine

11th October 2018 The last thing on the minds of workers at the oldest-known mine on archaeological record some 43,000 years ago in Swaziland was what their mine might become long after their tools had been put away. Fast forward to today, and the transformation from active mine to mine closure is a C-level... 

Company eyes expansion into Africa

By: Evert Wasserman     21st September 2018 Owing to its ability to adhere to State-owned power utility Eskom’s stringent electrification infrastructure requirements, electrical solutions and engineering provider Gridbow has expanded its services into other African countries. “Contrary to popular belief, Eskom has very stringent rules with... 

Engen operations in nine African countries transfer to Vivo Energy in March 2019

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th September 2018 Oil company Engen Holdings’ operations in nine sub-Saharan African countries will be transferred to JSE-listed downstream petroleum company Vivo Energy on March 1, 2019. The $203.9-million transaction will see Vivo’s retail service station network expand from 15 to 23 countries in Africa,... 

DEHN AFRICA offers lightning and surge protection as solar installations in Africa gather momentum

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 The use of solar power and solar energy installations is growing around the globe, and this holds true in Africa as well. DEHN AFRICA has worked on a number of projects across the continent and notes that, while solar installations are on the rise, the use of photovoltaic (PV) installations... 

Johnson Crane Hire Rolls Out Its Own ‘Big Five’

10th September 2018 Customers of Africa’s lifting leader Johnson Crane Hire were recently treated to an impressive display of a selection of the company’s lifting equipment at an open day where its heavy lift fleet was likened to the ‘big five’ of the wild. “Johnson Crane Hire is a home grown South African business,... 

GemCap investment allows Linebooker to venture outside South Africa

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2018 African Rainbow Capital Investments subsidiary GemCap has acquired online transport management business Linebooker from the Oceana Group for an undisclosed amount.   “The investment by GemCap is significant in that it gives us the scope and capital to expand our service offering and logistical... 

Q(h)ubeka Trust pays out R134m to former mineworkers suffering from silicosis.

By: Simone Liedtke     29th August 2018 The Q(h)ubeka Trust has, since its establishment in 2016, paid out about R134-million in compensation to qualifying former mineworkers, who are suffering from silicosis. The compensation paid to date represents a first payment to claimants, after which a further distribution will be made once all... 

Cost-effective braking systems brand launched

By: Paige Müller     24th August 2018 Commercial vehicle technologies supplier WABCO South Africa (SA) last month launched ProVia – a high-quality, price-competitive aftermarket brand for commercial vehicle braking systems – across ten Southern Africa countries. ProVia is a safety-focused and reliable budget parts product range for... 

Uniquely African Skincare Range Branches Out

22nd August 2018 Local entrepreneur wins Pick n Pay’s 2018 Small Supplier of the Year award with business growth Local entrepreneur Portia Mngomezulu, founder of Portia M Skin Solutions, was today awarded Pick n Pay’s 2018 Small Supplier of the Year award for her business’ exceptional growth performance and job... 

Our innovations are the key partnership to your future

By: Yolande Botes     17th August 2018 “The EIE Group is known for its innovative state-of-the-art machinery and associated technologies on their automated and semi-automated solutions. Similarly, our reputation for applying solutions that ensure that our customer’s operations are fully optimised and fully supported through our... 

Fuel price protestors send letter of demand to Ramaphosa 

By: African News Agency      24th July 2018 An organisation formed to combat increases in petrol and paraffin prices has sent a list of demands to president Cyril Ramaphosa. People Against Petrol and Paraffin Price Increases (PAPPPI) has requested a meeting with the head of state before its attempt at a national shutdown on Friday. 

In Senegal, China's President Xi pledges stronger Africa ties

By: Reuters     23rd July 2018 China's President Xi Jinping pledged during a visit to Senegal on Saturday to strengthen economic ties with Africa, a continent already awash with cheap Chinese loans in exchange for minerals and huge construction projects. Xi arrived in Senegal on Saturday for a two-day visit to sign bilateral... 

Dagga: a budding opportunity

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     20th July 2018 First, a disclaimer: I am of very sober habits and this week’s topic – the apparent desire by many on our continent to embrace the cannabis business – is not at all indicative of my recreational preference. I am also not a closet Rastafarian. The latest country to hop on the cannabis bandwagon is... 

SRK, industry loses leading light

By: Nadine James     11th July 2018 One of SRK Consulting’s three founding members, Dr Oskar Steffen, passed away on Wednesday, June 27, in Johannesburg. He was 77 years old. Steffen was born in Swaziland, where he completed his schooling. He left for Johannesburg in 1956 to study civil engineering at the University of the... 

97% UN member States use Twitter – study

By: Thabi Madiba     10th July 2018 A new study has revealed that 97% of the 193 United Nations (UN) member States have a presence on Twitter, with the South African government’s Twitter page the fourth most active on the African continent. Global communications agency Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW) released its yearly Twiplomacy Study... 

TFR’s MMC business unit to conduct national maintenance in June

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR’s) Mineral Mining and Chrome (MMC) business unit, which is responsible for yearly planned maintenance where major capital replacement activities are implemented, will hold its financial year shutdown from June 7 to 13.  

Investing in returns, not in debt

By: Riaan de Lange     1st June 2018 Data from the JSE, released on May 18, revealed that, since the beginning of the year, investors had sold R493-billion worth of South African bonds and bought bonds valued at R485-billion. It is worth mentioning that bonds are a debt instrument. For the week ending May 18, investors had disposed... 

Motheo Construction Group wins Lesedi fuel terminal contract

25th May 2018 Motheo Construction Group has been appointed civil engineering and earthworks contractor for a new fuel-terminal project for Lesedi Local Municipality in Heidelberg, Mpumalanga. The contract was awarded to Motheo Construction Group by Chemie Tech, an EPCM contractor in the oil-and-gas industry,... 

Proposed Mpumalanga SEZ to boost provincial economy, skills development

By: Simone Liedtke     21st May 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has approved a recommendation that the Nkomazi Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in Mpumalanga, be designated and has called on the public and interested parties to comment on the proposed designation by June 28. The application for the designation of the... 

Stefanutti Stocks’ FY operating loss widens on impairment

By: Simone Liedtke     17th May 2018 JSE-listed Stefanutti Stocks’ operating loss widened to R451-million for the financial year ended February 28, compared with the R106-million loss incurred in the prior financial year. The company on Thursday reported that goodwill and intangible assets of R667-million had been impaired,... 

Transnet to review tenders, expand petrochemicals capacity at East London port

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2018 More than 100 attendees representing 97 companies have shown a keen interest in the Port of East London’s plans to recommission an existing tank in the port for handling of liquid bulk and to introduce a liquid bulk terminal through a 25-year port concession awarded to a private entity, says... 

Port of East London to expand its petroleum footprint

14th May 2018 More than 100 attendees representing 97 companies have shown keen interest in the Port of East London’s plans to recommission an existing tank in the port for handling of liquid bulk and to introduce a liquid bulk terminal through a 25-year port concession awarded to a private, empowered entity.... 

A-OSH EXPO 2018 exhibitors gearing up for show

11th May 2018 As the continent’s leading occupational health and safety (OHS) show draws closer, it’s all systems go for this year’s exhibitors as they work on the finishing touches for their stands and marketing plans. Whatever your interest in the OHS arena, there is something for everyone at A-OSH EXPO... 

Exclusive CEO Forum to discuss utilities transformation at AUW

By: Melissa Zisengwe     4th May 2018 CEOs from Africa will meet at the Pan-African Utility CEO Forum to discuss pertinent issues affecting the power, energy and water sectors. The Forum at African Utility Week (AUW), taking place from 15 to 17 May, is the largest of the five forums and is the meeting place for CEOs from across the... 

UK, SA leaders hold bilateral trade talks in London

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th May 2018 South African Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies met with his British counterpart, International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox, on the margins of the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, to discuss the bilateral trade relationship. They both expressed pleasure at the... 

A monarch’s costly whim

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     4th May 2018 It is safe to say that many readers of this column now know that what used to be the Kingdom of Swaziland is now the Kingdom of eSwatini, which means ‘the place of the Swati people’. The name change, announced by King Mswati III last month, during celebrations to mark 50 years of independence... 

Ramaphosa arrives in Luanda ahead of the SADC Double Troika Summit

By: African News Agency      24th April 2018 South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa arrived in Luanda, Angola, on Tuesday morning for the Extraordinary Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Double Troika which will consider the political and security environment in the SADC region, particularly the kingdom of Lesotho... 

Africa's last absolute monarch renames Swaziland as eSwatini

By: Reuters     20th April 2018 Swaziland's King Mswati III, Africa's last absolute monarch, said on Thursday he was officially renaming the country as the Kingdom of eSwatini. He announced the change to eSwatini, meaning "land of the Swazis", in the local Swati language at Golden Jubilee celebrations of the fifteeth... 

UK, SA Trade Ministers hold talks in London

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th April 2018 South African Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies met with his British counterpart, International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox, on Tuesday on the margins of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, to discuss the bilateral trade relationship. They both expressed pleasure at... 

Pick N Pay And Unitrans Extend Their Solid Partnership For 10 Years

17th April 2018 Unitrans Supply Chain Solutions has secured a 10 year contract extension from Pick n Pay to provide the transportation services at the retailer’s Longmeadow Distribution Centre in Gauteng. Unitrans is a diversified supply chain company that has been serving the needs of select Sub-Saharan African... 

Regional workshop in support of fight against wildlife crime in Southern Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th April 2018 The illegal trade in wildlife has become a major form of transnational organised crime that is damaging economies, undermining public safety and good governance in many regions around the world. And Southern Africa is no exception. “Criminals involved in wildlife crime are not involved only in... 

Free trade deal is much ado about nothing

By: Riaan de Lange     6th April 2018 It is the eightieth day of the year as I sit down to write this piece – the first full day of the sign of Aries. In case you are wondering, there are 285 days until the end of the year, and, in another 65 days, it will be Tax Freedom Day. It means that you will need to work up to May 25 to pay... 

Regional wildlife crime workshop highlights threat, promotes cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th March 2018 The illegal trade in wildlife has become a major form of transnational organised crime that is damaging economies, undermining public safety and good governance in many regions around the world. And Southern Africa is no exception. “Criminals involved in wildlife crime are not involved only in... 

Maputo faces possible water crisis

By: African News Agency      27th March 2018 Mozambique’s capital Maputo could follow Cape Town’s water crisis with the El Nino phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean which is responsible for the current drought in southern Africa effecting Mozambique this year, the country’s National Meteorological Institute has warned, AllAfrica has reported.... 

Massmart to open 20 stores in Pan-African expansion – chairperson

By: Reuters     27th March 2018 South African retailer Massmart is continuing its Pan-African expansion with plans to open about 20 new stores outside its home market over the next three years, the company's chairman said on Monday. Massmart, majority-owned by US retail giant Wal-Mart, operates nearly 400 stores, including 42... 

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