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Lufthansa's year-round Frankfurt-Cape Town route launched

By: Anine Kilian     2nd December 2016 International airline Lufthansa’s new direct year-round flight between Frankfurt and Cape Town is scheduled to arrive in Cape Town on Saturday morning. Passengers on this flight will enjoy a newly retrofitted Airbus A340-300, which boasts 279 seats and offers the airline’s new intercontinental... 

On-The-Air (02/12/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd December 2016 Patrice Motsepe’s new bank is helping to fund a brand new mine being built in the Western Cape. The platinum price has plunged so low that many platinum mines have fallen into the red; and a top-level discussion on fuel cells to is due to take place at the CSIR next Friday. 

Artificial football field built in Alexandra in latest roll-out of Safe-Hub programme

By: David Oliveira     2nd December 2016 The Totalsports Safe-Hub, a football-based after-school programme for youth development, was launched earlier this month in the north of Johannesburg, as part of the South African Football Association’s (Safa’s) Vision 2022 that aims to build the structures needed for the development of local... 

Business process outsourcing to increase job opportunities in Western Cape

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 Business process outsourcing (BPO) industry body and investment promotion agency Business Process Enabling South Africa (BPESA) continues to create jobs in South Africa’s BPO sector by increasing the jobs that are projected to be created across South Africa by the industry from 30 800 currently... 

Considerable growth opportunities for sustainable environmental management

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 With the drive to a greener economy and sustainable management of the environment, specialist cleaning service provider Spill Tech is well positioned for considerable growth in the Western Cape owing to its rapid spill response service concentrating on hazardous waste, says Spill Tech chairperson... 

Continued investment growth foreseen in Western Cape

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 The Western Cape is increasingly being recognised as a feasible alternative gateway into South Africa or Africa, owing to it contributing 14.3% of the country’s gross domestic product, making it the second biggest provincial economy in the country, says engineering and design company WSP |... 

Plans in place to stimulate industries for further economic growth

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 Being the second largest regional economy after Gauteng, the Western Cape is set on creating new industries as well as stimulating labour-intensive industries such as agroprocessing, marine culture, the green economy, tourism, and oil and gas to further grow the economy. 

Project to add 260 000 jobs by 2019

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 With its objective of increasing the economic contribution of three key focus sectors by up to R59-billion, the Western Cape government has put in place its Project Khulisa growth strategy, which also aims to add about 260 000 jobs across these sectors. 

Eskom commissions 765 kV transmission line in Western Cape

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st December 2016 State-owned Eskom earlier this week commissioned its 765 kV Kappa–Sterrekus transmission line, connecting the Western Cape to the network over and above the 400 kV network. The 765 kV is one of the highest voltages used for electricity transfer in the world. This line connects Sterrekus’s 765 kV... 

About 40% of SA taxpayers registered in Gauteng 

By: News24Wire      30th November 2016 Gauteng had the largest number of taxpayers for the 2015 tax year in South Africa, according to the latest tax statistics report. The report, which is published jointly by National Treasury and the South African Revenue Services (Sars), was released on Tuesday. It takes the tax register as at... 

Awards For New Pool Of Talent For The Coatings Industry

     30th November 2016 Ruan van der Westhuizen, of Fillrite Paints in Boksburg, has won the S.A. Paint Manufacturing Association (SAPMA) Student of the Year Award for 2016. He received the accolade and trophy at the Gauteng SAPMA annual student awards function in Bedfordview recently. Ruan also won the BAMR Award for... 

A.B.E Concrete Protection For Upgrading Of Three Cape Waste Water Treatment Plants

     30th November 2016 A.B.E Construction Chemicals has supplied specialised products for the protection of the concrete surfaces and joints of three waste water treatment works in the Cape Province. A.B.E is part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group. Dean Botha, a.b.e. Technical Sales Consultant in the Eastern Cape,... 

Omnia H1 profit down 11% y/y amid drought, plant breakdown

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th November 2016 South African chemicals producer Omnia on Tuesday reported that negative impacts on its agriculture division, including the drought and a breakdown at its Nitric Acid 2 complex, have seen its gross profit decrease by 11% year-on-year to R1.5-billion for the six months to September 30. The... 

Western Cape govt intensifies fight against climate change

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th November 2016 The Western Cape provincial government has been accepted to join the Climate Group – States & Regions Alliance, an international group of provincial, State and regional governments that aims to accelerate the global transition to a low-carbon economy. Members share expertise on innovative policy,... 

South Africa's proposed nuclear power plant unsafe – study

By: Reuters     28th November 2016 South African power provider Eskom has proposed building a nuclear power station on a site that may be at risk of surge storms and tsunamis, a geological report suggests, but the state-owned utility disputes the findings. South Africa has the continent's only nuclear power station and plans to... 

Wine and Olive Oil Suppliers Expo heads for Cape Town in 2017

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th November 2016 South Africa is the eighth largest producer of wine in the world with export volumes having doubled in the past ten years. According to a study commissioned by the SA Wine Industry Information & Systems (SAWIS), published in January 2015, of the R36.1 billion gross domestic product (GDP)... 

Western Cape residents have the most improved drinking water

By: News24Wire      24th November 2016 The Western Cape has the highest rate of universal access to improved drinking water sources in the country, says Statistics South Africa (Stats SA). At 99.4% the province is closely followed by the Free State at 99.3%, the Northern Cape at 99.1% and Gauteng at 98.6%. 

Recent rainfall improves dam levels

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd November 2016 As a result of increased rainfall in recent weeks, the total volume of water in storage across South Africa’s dams and water systems increased this week from 47.9% to 48.7%, according to the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). The department further confirmed that water released from the... 

Five W Cape municipalities declared ‘disaster areas’ as drought persists

By: Anine Kilian     22nd November 2016 The ongoing drought taking a toll on the Southern African region is impacting significantly on the Western Cape, which has declared five municipalities local disaster areas, according to Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Minister Anton Bredell, who... 

ECDC Spent R6 Million And Attracted R19, 8 Million Testing And Developing Smme Business Ideas And Concepts In 2015/16

     21st November 2016 An Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) funded polyfibre project has been bolstered with a R22 million injection from the Department of Trade and Industry’s Employment Creation Fund for the establishment of a factory in Port Alfred and three buy-back centres in Stutterheim, Grahamstown and... 

DPI Plastics awarded SATAS certification

     18th November 2016 DPI Plastics, a leading manufacturer of PVC and HDPE water reticulation and drainage pipe and fitting systems, has received certification for some of its products from the South African Technical Auditing Service. SATAS is a regulatory body, accredited by South African National Accreditation... 

Indian vehicle and equipment group adds gensets to SA offering

By: Irma Venter     18th November 2016 Vehicle distributor Mahindra South Africa (SA) will add another product to its portfolio this month, when the company will introduce a range of generator sets (gensets) to the local market. Mahindra SA is a subsidiary of the Indian Mahindra & Mahindra conglomerate. 

These are SA's 3 worst performing provinces 

By: News24Wire      17th November 2016 The Free State, Mpumalanga and North West provinces failed to improve their audit outcomes over the past three years, according to Auditor General South Africa (AGSA). Auditor general (AG), Kimi Makwetu, shared the past year’s audit results at a press briefing held at Parliament on Wednesday. 

Irregular expenditure jumps 80% in 2015/16 – Auditor-General

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th November 2016 Irregular expenditure by national and provincial departments and public entities has increased to R46.36-billion in 2015/16, an 80% increase from the prior year. Auditor-General (AG) Kimi Makwetu revealed on Wednesday that this was owing to the continued noncompliance with supply chain management... 

PPC not out of the woods yet, but sees growth potential

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th November 2016 JSE-listed PPC has posted flat earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of R1.14-billion for the six months ended September 30, while its Ebitda margin, at 22.2%, was negatively impacted on by selling price pressures and the timing of administration and other... 

Liberty Two Degrees confirms December JSE listing plans

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th November 2016 Real estate investment trust (Reit) Liberty Two Degrees plans to list on the Diversified Real Estate Investment Trust sector of the main board of the JSE in early December, subject to market conditions and approval by the JSE. Financial services company Liberty Holdings in August announced that... 

Football talent in Alexandra gets R8.5m boost

By: David Oliveira     15th November 2016 The Totalsports Safe-Hub, a football-based after-school programme for youth development, was launched earlier this week in the north of Johannesburg, as part of the South African Football Association’s (Safa’s) Vision 2022 that aims to build the structures needed for the development of local... 

Test flying in South Africa at a critical crossroads

By: Keith Campbell     11th November 2016 It is generally, if not universally, accepted that the height of flying skill is embodied in the test pilot and the apex of air engineering ability in the flight test engineer. Despite huge advances in computer modelling and simula- tion, test pilots and flight test engineers still have a crucial... 

Company offers aftermarket maintenance services for various industries

By: Aarifah Nosarka     11th November 2016 Opencast mining and mineral processing equipment specialist Tenova Takraf Africa offers maintenance and refurbishment services through its Tenova Client Support Services business unit, currently operating from the company’s headquarters in Kempton Park, Gauteng. The unit comprises 1800 m2 of... 

Company targets major construction contracts

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th November 2016 Construction, civils and housing company Motheo Construction Group is upgrading the on- and off-ramps at the Engen Blockhouse on the R59, in Vereeniging, which is scheduled for completion in January. Having started in September, the project comprises earthworks that mainly consist of the... 

Craft-Star system debuts in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th November 2016 Food processing technology provider GEA Africa commissioned Africa’s first Craft-Star system at a craft beer brewery in South Africa, last month. 

New Hermanus Medical Village to open in January

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th November 2016 The increasing population of Hermanus and the surrounding Overberg area, as well as high demand for quality medical facilities, has prompted Cape Town-based commercial and industrial property brokers Annenberg Property Group to develop a multi-disciplinary, state-of-the art medical centre in... 

Test flying in South Africa at a critical crossroads

By: Keith Campbell     11th November 2016 It is generally, if not universally, accepted, that the height of flying skill is embodied in the test pilot and the apex of air engineering ability in the flight test engineer. Despite huge advances in computer modelling and simulation, test pilots and flight test engineers still have a crucial... 

Hisense programme to upskill 1 000 unemployed electricians

By: Anine Kilian     10th November 2016 Endeavouring to contribute to the South African economy and job creation, Chinese home appliance manufacturer Hisense will next year implement a programme at its factory in Atlantis to upskill 1 000 unemployed electricians in the Western Cape. Hisense skills development manager Mark Dammert told... 

Manufacturing and diversification of economy is key driver to attaining economic growth – Davies

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th November 2016 The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies says that the manufacturing sector and diversification of the economy is a key driver to attaining South Africa’s economic growth objectives. Davies was speaking at the one-day Manufacturing Indaba Western Cape that is currently underway at the... 

Economic diversification critical to growth success – Davies

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th November 2016 As the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) works to develop a dedicated agroprocessing incentive to attract investment, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has reiterated the importance of diversifying South Africa’s economy. The development and revitalisation of South Africa’s... 

Cape Town emerging as a 'smart city'

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th November 2016 While Cape Town is emerging as a 'smart city', it has much to learn from other cities about the potential of using Internet of Things (IoT) applications to make its operations more efficient, technology company Nokia said on Tuesday. Its latest 'The Smart City Playbook' report examines the... 

AMSA reiterates call for safeguards as Itac probe advances

By: Terence Creamer     8th November 2016 JSE-listed steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has reiterated its call for additional import protection through safeguard duties, despite a “slight fall” in imports during the third quarter. In a quarterly operational update, CEO Wim de Klerk argued that imports remained high,... 

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