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Commission’s ports probe to place spotlight on Transnet’s economic impact

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd September 2016 State-owned logistics company Transnet, which owns all commercial ports in South Africa and is the sole operator of the country’s container and automotive terminals, has naturally had a major influence over port operations and terminal handling charges. However, that role and dominance have often... 

BMW, Nissan expand national charging footprint for electric vehicles

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2016 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) and Nissan South Africa has expanded the national charging footprint for electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in electric hybrid vehicles (PHEV) with the introduction of their first joint charging stations in the Western Cape. The continued roll-out of charging... 

Commission’s ports probe to place spotlight on Transnet’s economic impact

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd September 2016 State-owned logistics company Transnet, which owns all commercial ports in South Africa and is the sole operator of the country’s container and automotive terminals, has naturally had a major influence over port operations and terminal handling charges. However, that role and dominance has often... 

Leading brick producer replaces fleet with Volvo construction equipment

     22nd September 2016 Using innovative technologies to deliver affordable, sustainable and quality products to their customers is the hallmark of clay brick manufacturer Claytile, which is why the Babcock range of Volvo construction equipment represented much more than just another brick in the wall when it came to a... 

Sanral judgment a victory for Cape Town - De Lille 

By: News24Wire      22nd September 2016 Sanral should stop wasting taxpayers' money and concede that they have followed an unlawful process in trying to toll the N1 and N2 freeways in Cape Town, the city's mayor said on Thursday. "The City of Cape Town has won every round in court since we launched our review application on 28 March... 

SCA to rule on Winelands tolling

By: News24Wire      22nd September 2016 The Supreme Court of Appeal is to rule on the Winelands toll route matter on Thursday. The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) appealed a judgment over the right to toll the N1 and the N2 highways in August. The judgment was in favour of the City of Cape Town.On September 30 last... 

Jacobs Capital & Vulindlela Holdings Invest in Summit Crane Hire

     21st September 2016 Durban based private equity investors, Jacobs Capital and Vulindlela Holdings, have purchased a majority stake in leading mobile crane hire company, Summit, for an undisclosed sum. The company, which is the market leader in the Western Cape and has a presence in the Eastern and Northern Cape, has... 

Rolfes’ Bragan acquisition leads to major profit increase  

By: Anine Kilian     19th September 2016 JSE-listed chemicals manufacturer Rolfes Group’s acquisition of Bragan Chemicals – an importer and distributor of speciality products in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries –helped the company achieve a 91% increase in headline earnings, from R41-million to R79-million,... 

Agribusiness confidence index experiences uptick in Q3

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th September 2016 After remaining below 50 index points for five consecutive quarters, the Agbiz/Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Agribusiness Confidence Index recovered significantly by 13 index points to 60 in the third quarter of this year. This is the highest reading since the third quarter of 2014. An... 

Public comment period for Eskom application for nuclear installation licences extended

By: African News Agency      19th September 2016 Interested parties will from Monday be able to comment on Eskom’s application for nuclear installation site licences in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, the power utility announced on Monday. Earlier this month, the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) approved the extension of the deadline for... 

Eskom delivers on services despite arising challenges

By: Sascha Solomons     16th September 2016 Service delivery in South Africa is a very demanding undertaking, says the Western Cape provincial branch of State-owned utility Eskom; however, it has to be done regardless of the challenges. Eskom provincial spokesperson Jolene Henn adds that for this reason, the delivery of projects within the... 

Twinsaver new production equipment project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     16th September 2016 The project aims to install new production equipment at Twinsaver’s operations in Belville and Kliprivier. 

Water fund to slake Cape Town's thirst by restoring native bush

By: Reuters     15th September 2016 Cape Town is planning to launch a new fund by the end of 2017 that will improve its water supply by restoring the native shrubland plants covering the region's watersheds and aquifers. Amid uncertain rainfall patterns as the planet warms, protecting indigenous vegetation should yield more water... 

Coating solutions from Thermaspray for wear protection of glass product manufacturing tools

     15th September 2016 Joint venture companies Thermaspray and Surcotec have a combined technical expertise and experience of over three decades in offering a comprehensive range of coating solutions that protect against wear and extend the service life of tools used in the manufacturing of glass products. Most... 

Water research institute launched at UCT

By: Kim Cloete     9th September 2016 A water research institute that aims to generate new knowledge and come up with innovative ways to manage water in South Africa was launched at the University of Cape Town (UCT) by Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane at an event held in Cape Town on Thursday. The Future Water... 

South African space agency mulls future course in rapidly changing sector

By: Keith Campbell     9th September 2016 Space science and technology are developing ever more rapidly. And this has consequences for South Africa and especially the South African National Space Agency (Sansa). “We’re living in exciting times, in terms of space,” highlighted the founder-CEO of Sansa, Dr Sandile Malinga. “There are many... 

SA space agency mulls future course in rapidly changing sector 

By: Keith Campbell     9th September 2016 Space science and technology is developing ever more rapidly. And this has consequences for South Africa and especially the South African National Space Agency (Sansa). “We’re living in exciting times, in terms of space,” highlighted the founder-CEO of Sansa, Dr Sandile Malinga. “There are many... 

CompComm’s case against Power Construction for collusive tendering stays

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd September 2016 Power Construction and its subsidiary, Power Construction (Western Cape), were unsuccessful in their bid to have a collusive tendering complaint, filed by the Competition Commission with the Competition Tribunal in December 2014, withdrawn. The matter involves a 2006 South African National Roads... 

Lingering clean-fuels uncertainty could ‘wipe out’ South Africa’s refineries 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd September 2016 South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) chairperson Maurice Radebe has appealed for “decisive action” to resolve the prevailing policy uncertainty on cleaner fuels and how the $4.9-billion cost of upgrading the country’s existing refineries to produce such fuels will be recovered.... 

Company science and engineering programme celebrates graduates

     2nd September 2016 More than 100 science and engineering university graduates and participants in petrochemicals and chemicals company Sasol’s education programmes were recognised on July 7 for successfully completing their respective degree courses from undergraduate to doctorate level. The graduates had... 

Focus on innovation provides opportunities for trade

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd September 2016 China’s thirteenth five-year plan – from 2016 to 2020 – includes a clear prioritisation of innovation, which is likely to increase the country’s interest in importing technologies from outside, including from South Africa, says advisory services provider KPMG local China practice in South Africa... 

The foundations of South Africa’s forestry industry

By: Jade Davenport     2nd September 2016 The vital contribution trees make towards sustaining our habitable environment is a fact acknowledged the world over, with many countries having a dedicated 'arbor day’ On their national calendars. South Africa is one of the most enthusiastic proponents of this fact, dedicating not just a day,... 

Selcrete offers a solution to South Africa’s housing shortage

     1st September 2016 South Africa's housing shortage may be solved faster, cheaper, and environmentally friendlier. By mixing cement with polystyrene, and an additive – a technique that is widely used in Scandinavia and northern Europe – Selcrete wants to do just that. The company's pilot project, phase one of a... 

DVT heralds Western Cape expansion with new premises

     30th August 2016 Global Testing Centre now the largest specialist software testing centre in Southern Hemisphere   Software and solutions company DVT has officially opened the doors to its new 2,000 square metre premises in Cape Town’s fast-growing Northgate Island precinct, heralding the start of a massive... 

Entries for Western Cape entrepreneurship awards to close soon

By: Anine Kilian     30th August 2016 Western Cape businesses have two weeks left to enter the Premier’s Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards (Pera). The programme, which is cosponsored by Absa Bank, celebrates entrepreneurs who contribute to job creation and growth. 

BMW, Nissan roll out electric car charging stations in Cape Town 

By: Irma Venter     29th August 2016 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) and Nissan South Africa are expanding the national charging footprint for electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in electric hybrid vehicles (PHEV) with the introduction of their first joint charging stations in the Western Cape. The continued roll-out of charging... 

DVT looks to double global software Test Centre capacity

     29th August 2016 Software and solutions specialist company DVT is looking to double the capacity of its Global Test Centre in Cape Town with a significant increase in the intake of trainee testers and developers over the next 18 months to two years.   The DVT GTC is the largest independent software testing... 

Eskom may re-advertise nuclear notices after noncompliant E Cape notice

By: Terence Creamer     26th August 2016 State-owned electricity utility Eskom may re-advertise notices relating to its Nuclear Installation Site Licence (NISL) applications for Thyspunt, in the Eastern Cape, and Duynefontyn, in the Western Cape, having acknowledged that a notice published in the Eastern Cape Provincial Gazette on... 

Gas-to-power programme to play significant role in power grid

By: Sascha Solomons     26th August 2016 Although demand for power has decreased, owing to stagnation in the economy, meaning less demand from key industries such as mining and manufacturing, engineering and design firm WSP⎪Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa believes that the Gas-to-Power Programme (GTPP) has a substantial role to play in... 

Ibhubesi gas project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 The draft environmental-impact report has been updated to a final enviornmental-impact report. 

N1/N2 Winelands toll-highway project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited has appealed a judgment over the right to toll the N1 and the N2 highways at the Supreme Court of Appeal. 

PRASA rail signalling system project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 Overall completion of Phase 1 and 2 of the Gauteng signalling projects is at 28%. 

Process Pipe

By: Zandile Mavuso     26th August 2016 With 47 years’ expertise in the pipes industry, wholesale carbon and mild steel pipes, fittings and flanges wholesaler Process Pipe has established a national footprint in South Africa, with branches in Gauteng (Alrode), KwaZulu-Natal (Jacobs) and two branches in the Western Cape (Belville and... 

SA population balloons to 55.91m

By: News24Wire      25th August 2016 South Africa’s population is estimated to be 55.91-million of which 51% are female, according to Statistics South Africa’s mid-year calculations. Announcing the figures at a media conference in Pretoria on Thursday, statistician general Pali Lehohla said migration is an important demographic... 

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,... 

Eskom, Outa at odds over nuclear-site licensing notices 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th August 2016 Eskom insists it has complied with the National Nuclear Regulator’s (NNR’s) prescribed processes in its application for Nuclear Installation Site Licences (NISL) at Thyspunt, in the Eastern Cape, and Duynefontein, in the Western Cape. However, a civil society campaigner, Organisation Undoing Tax... 

War of words as Telkom strike drags on

By: News24Wire      22nd August 2016 Local telecommunications company Telkom [JSE:TKG] and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) are locked in a bitter battle over continuing strike action. Hundreds of Telkom staff have launched strike action against the company over a pay dispute. The CWU, which is behind the strike, says Telkom... 

TPT celebrates 1bn ton iron-ore export milestone

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th August 2016 Transnet Port Terminals’ (TPT’s) Saldanha operations on Thursday celebrated a significant milestone – with one-billion tons of iron-ore having passed through the bulk terminal. Saldanha is South Africa's main iron-ore export terminal and a highly mechanised bulk-handling facility that remains the... 

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