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Highest number of Renewable Energy installations in SA

     23rd June 2017 Specialist electrical contractor, Brand Engineering SA (Pty) Ltd, has carried out the highest number of utility scale solar Renewable Energy (RE) installations in the RE industry in South Africa.  It has become a key construction partner for RE developers, and is responsible for the generation of... 

Indaba critical for policy engagement 

By: Nica Schreuder     23rd June 2017 With the policy environment changing as a result of global and local competition, consulting firm Cova Advisory believes that this year’s Manufacturing Indaba can play a significant role to assist industry in staying abreast of the changes. Cova Advisory has been a sponsor of the Manufacturing... 

Salga calls on municipalities to comply with audit outcomes

By: Anine Kilian     22nd June 2017 The South African Local Government Association (Salga) has reiterated its call for action to be taken against municipalities that do not comply with audit outcomes, stating that municipalities that have irregular outcomes should face consequences. The latest municipal audit outcomes of local... 

Western Cape govt hopes to see dams 75% full by October

By: News24Wire      21st June 2017 The Western Cape government has cautioned residents to use water sparingly, despite the increase of dam levels across the province following recent rains. Local Government MEC Anton Bredell said dams had risen to 21.2%. 

Chapman’s Peak drive closed

By: Anine Kilian     19th June 2017 Chapman's Peak drive, in the Western Cape, has been closed until further notice after about 15 m3 of rock came down on the Noordhoek end, causing significant damage to two catch fences and the road surface. Geotechnical engineers have visited the site and put a remedial action plan in place.... 

Bubele Nyiba

     16th June 2017 This week we feature Bubele Nyiba, CEO of the Rose Foundation, which promotes and encourages the environmentally responsible management of used oils and related waste in South Africa   

Local airline announces new routes after public survey

By: Keith Campbell     16th June 2017 South African low cost carrier FlySafair announced at the beginning of the month that it was launching new routes on its network. These will be between Durban and East London and Durban and Port Elizabeth. The new routes will be in operation by the end of November. The decision to implement these... 

South African timber industry could become net importer amid supply pressures

By: David Oliveira     16th June 2017 While the short-term outlook for South Africa’s timber industry looks positive, with positive supply and demand figures, the medium term outook for the industry is under pressure owing to a potential looming timber shortage, as the total area under plantation in South Africa is not expanding in... 

Budding local wind technicians graduate on Global Wind Day

By: Kim Cloete     15th June 2017 After seven months of intense training, 18 young South Africans graduated from the internationally recognised Wind Turbine Service Technician programme, in Cape Town, on Thursday, which also happened to be Global Wind Day. Five of the seven months of training were spent at the South African... 

Deterioration of local economic landscape pinching jobs outlook

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th June 2017 While South African employers are reporting limited hiring prospects for the third quarter, opportunities for local job seekers are expected to be strongest in the electricity, gas and water supply and the finance, insurance, real estate and business services sectors, ManpowerGroup South Africa’s... 

Agribusiness confidence index remains in expansionary territory despite marginal Q2 decline

By: Anine Kilian     12th June 2017 The Agbiz/ Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Agribusiness Confidence Index declined by one Index point to 56 points in the second quarter of this year. Despite the slight decline in confidence, the sector remains in expansionary territory. 

Why engineers from across sub-Saharan Africa will head for the Western Cape in July

     12th June 2017 Cape Town is the hub of the oil, gas & petrochem sector for sub-Saharan Africa and the city hosts Oil & Gas 2017, a three-day conference and expo. Engineers are being invited to Cape Town this July for Oil & Gas 2017 with its unique three-day conference, with presentation on issues from fracking... 

Local embedded generation requires management

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 Although embedded power generation is gaining traction nationwide, the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) national project manager Alf Hartzenburg says the benefits of such generation have to be managed. Embedded generation entails... 

Sunrise Energy liquefied petroleum gas import terminal, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     9th June 2017 One of two international traders has discharged 2 450 t of liquefied petroleum gas through Sunrise’s Saldanha Bay terminal, in the Western Cape. 

Water, water everywhere . . .

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     9th June 2017 A year ago, we had electricity load-shedding and now, in the Western Cape, we may have water-shedding. There is a very very serious water shortage in the Western Cape. There is a website that gives updates on the steady decline of the dam levels. At the time of writing, the dams were 19.7 % full,... 

Desalination the way to go in water-scarce South Africa 

By: Kim Cloete     5th June 2017 With South Africa facing even more dire water shortages than expected, the need for desalination is vital and should be at the forefront of government plans, according to local water expert and University of the Free State professor Dr Anthony Turton. “Desalination is a critical component. It is... 

Sunrise discharges first LPG shipment through Saldanha Bay terminal

By: Samantha Herbst     2nd June 2017 One of two international traders – and their local joint venture partners – who have commercial agreements in place with South Africa-based energy infrastructure company Sunrise Energy on Thursday discharged 2 450 t of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) through Sunrise’s Saldanha Bay terminal, in the... 

Wine of Origin Cape Town set to hit stores across the world

By: Anine Kilian     2nd June 2017 Wines produced in the surrounds of Cape Town will now be promoted under a new banner – Wine of Origin Cape Town.    A total of 29 wineries, including some of South Africa’s leading brands such as Groot Constantia, Durbanville Hills, Diemersdal, Klein Constantia, Nitida, Meerendal,... 

Free Waterless Car Wash in under 2 minutes

     1st June 2017 Simulating the speed and enhanced performance of a real Formula One pit experience, 700 Engen motorists were treated to a free waterless car wash by a pit crew who demonstrated Engen’s improved performance and economy as part of the launch of their new advanced energy formula, Engen Primax... 

Cape Town airport reaches milestone in environmental approval for new runway

By: Keith Campbell     31st May 2017 Cape Town International Airport (CTIA), which belongs to the State-owned Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), has received authorisation from the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) to proceed with its planned runway realignment and other necessary infrastructural developments. Acsa... 

South Africa’s latest nanosatellite now in orbit

By: Keith Campbell     31st May 2017 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) announced on Wednesday that South African nanosatellite nSight1 had been successfully launched from the International Space Station last week, on May 24. nSight1 was designed and built by SCS Space, part of the local SCS Aerospace Group, and is the... 

Western Cape dams drop below 20%

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th May 2017 The average water level of dams across the Western Cape has dropped to below 20%, with the latest data showing that the major dams in the Western Cape including the Voëlvlei dam, currently, at 14.7%; the Theewaterskloof dam, at 13.4%; and the Clanwilliam dam, at 6%, are struggling. Western Cape... 

Column: Koeberg aims to ease Cape Town's water woes through desalination

     29th May 2017 In this article, Koeberg power station manager Velaphi Ntuli outlines initiatives under way at the nuclear power station to reduce water consumption and desalinate groundwater. Cape Town is in a drought crisis, and it is predicted that this will certainly not be the city’s last water crisis. Dam... 

Surcotec’s thermal spray coating solutions has the Western Cape marine market covered

     29th May 2017 The marine industry is a notoriously harsh environment for equipment, parts and components due to accelerated corrosion in a seawater atmosphere and severe operating conditions. Leading thermal spray company, Surcotec, in partnership with Thermaspray, offers a range of high quality thermal spray... 

SA will take some three years to recover from drought, WC more – Mokonyane

By: African News Agency      26th May 2017 South Africa will take two to three years to recover from the worst drought in a century but the Western Cape will feel the effects for longer than that, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said on Friday. Mokonyane said in her budget vote speech major dams were almost three quarters... 

Surcotec’s thermal spray coating solutions has the Western Cape marine market covered

     26th May 2017 The marine industry is a notoriously harsh environment for equipment, parts and components due to accelerated corrosion in a seawater atmosphere and severe operating conditions. Leading thermal spray company, Surcotec, in partnership with Thermaspray, offers a range of high quality thermal spray... 

Aggregate recycling to benefit industry

     26th May 2017 South African aggregate producers are drawing up plans to formalise the aggregate recycling industry to ensure that previously used materials are given new life, in the best possible manner. The aggregate producers’ organization Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa)... 

Chairside milling beneficial for dental industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2017 With the dental industry moving towards chairside milling for clinics, digital production solutions company Telpro Management launched electronics manufacturer Roland’s DWX-52DC tooth milling machine last month.  

Civil work, settlement agreement position company for future growth

By: Nadine James     26th May 2017 A minuscule uptick in civil tenders, private sector projects and a recent development agreement with a multinational construction group have ensured that emerging construction group Motheo Construction is well positioned for future growth. One of the project’s the group has secured is the... 

Local company invests in space worthiness of new generation of space imagers

By: Keith Campbell     26th May 2017 South African private-sector space company SCS Space is looking forward to establishing the spaceworthiness credentials of its Gecko imager, which is mounted on South Africa’s nSight-1 nanosatellite and which was scheduled to have been launched from the International Space Station on May 23.... 

Property developer to unveil rental model at Boksburg development

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th May 2017 Residential property developer Balwin Properties will soon announce details of the rental model that the group will use in Boksburg and Linbro Park, in Gauteng, and in Pretoria. Balwin Properties CEO Stephen Brookes noted during the developer’s results presentation in Johannesburg earlier this... 

Drought already cost Western Cape grape farmers R500m – MEC

By: News24Wire      25th May 2017 Western Cape Agriculture MEC Alan Winde has said the ongoing drought in the province will cost grape producers an estimated R500-million. "We’ve seen a decline in the volume of wine grapes harvested, in part due to a lack of irrigation water," Winde said in a statement. 

Cape Town to spend more than R300m over 3 years to tackle drought

By: News24Wire      24th May 2017 City of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille says the city plans to spend R315-million in the next three financial years to deal with the ongoing drought in the region. This came after Western Cape Premier Helen Zille declared the Western Cape a disaster zone last week to accelerate the deployment... 

Western Cape declared disaster area to repriotise funding

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd May 2017 The Western Cape was on Monday declared a disaster area, with local government implementing drastic interventions to relieve the distressing water shortage in the province. This includes the drilling of boreholes at hospitals, starting in the metro, and followed by schools in high-risk water... 

Study finds that climate change threatens fynbos

By: News24Wire      19th May 2017 A study using data stretching back several decades has produced the first empirical evidence that increasingly hot, dry summers driven by climate change are having a negative effect on the Cape’s unique fynbos. The findings also raise questions about the effect this climate change impact could... 

Southern Palace outlines vision for radically transformed M&R infrastructure unit 

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th May 2017 The newly black-owned construction company conceived from a R314-million sale agreement between engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) and black-empowered Southern Palace Group aims to build on its 115-year heritage to become a “leading, Tier 1, infrastructure player in South... 

Eskom Academy trains over 500 contractors

     19th May 2017 Over the last three years, State-owned power utility Eskom’s enterprise development programme, the Contractor Academy, trained 518 contractors from all nine provinces, with the youth accounting for about 60% of participants. The programme started as a pilot programme in 2008 and has since grown... 

Geosynthetic products supplied for substation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th May 2017 Manufacturer and comprehensive supplier of geosynthetic products Fibertex South Africa is providing an ongoing supply of its geosynthetic products for use in the construction of State-owned power utility Eskom’s Pinotage substation, in the Western Cape. This new large electrical substation is... 

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