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SAAF swoops in as Cape Town firefighters stretched to limit

By: African News Agency      17th January 2017 The South African Air Force (SAAF) has been brought in to assist firefighters who have been stretched to the limit as at least 19 fires rage across the Western Cape. In a statement on Tuesday, Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC Anton Bredell said a fire in Paarl... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th January 2017 The Khobab Wind Farm has completed all 61 of its wind turbine foundations ahead of schedule. 

DoE extends comment period for energy plans to end of March 

By: Terence Creamer     9th January 2017 The Department of Energy (DoE) has formally extended the period for public comment on the draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) base case until March 31. The closing date for written comment was initially set as February 15, after the two plans were... 

SA’s Class of 2016 improves pass rate to 72.5%

By: African News Agency      4th January 2017 Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga announced on Wednesday that the National Senior Certificate (NSC) class of 2016 had achieved a pass rate of 72.5% – up from the 70.7% in 2015. The 2016 pass rate includes progressed learners – those who had failed Grade 11 twice and been pushed through... 

Education dept stands by 2016 matric results

By: News24Wire      4th January 2017 The Basic Education Department is standing by its 2016 matric results, due to be released on Thursday, despite DA MP Gavin Davis questioning the way some averages were increased. "We do stand by our results," said department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga on Tuesday. 

Worcester set to have a new R61m high school in 2017

By: Ilan Solomons     22nd December 2016 Construction of the new Worcester high school, in the Western Cape, is nearing completion and is expected to open its doors in January, the Western Cape government (WCG) said on Thursday. The R61-million project was commissioned in August 2015 by the Department of Transport and Public Works... 

Sanral inclusive approach to ease roads tax burden – Outa 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Wednesday welcomed South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) newly appointed CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma’s statement that the agency will be “looking to achieve a balanced funding portfolio with fuel tax-based revenue, as well as toll... 

Timber houses become tourist attraction

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th December 2016 Thirty-two forestry workers’ timber houses at the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve, near Heidelberg, in the Western Cape, have been transformed into “eco-unit” accommodation for tourists. Work on this R14.5-million project, commissioned for conservation group CapeNature, started in April 2015 and... 

Wind farm completed in Eastern Cape

     16th December 2016 The Nojoli wind farm, in the Eastern Cape, has been completed and connected to the grid by multinational renewable-energy corporation Enel’s subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA (EGP RSA).  

Efficient Engineering secures top empowerment rating as its transformation journey continues

By: Terence Creamer     15th December 2016 All three business units at leading South African heavy engineering and solutions group Efficient Engineering have been verified as level 1 broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) companies under the South African government’s new codes. Verification agency BEE on Call confirmed the... 

New gas projects will be economical – Aurecon  

By: Victor Moolman     15th December 2016 With two major gas-to-power projects under way in the country, consulting company Aurecon believes that the two, possibly three, gas power stations associated with the projects can be economical as existing infrastructure can be used to support them. 

Football Safe-Hub kicks off in Alexandra 

     14th December 2016 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: The Totalsports Safe-Hub, a football-based after-school programme for youth development, was launched last month in Alexandra, Johannesburg, as part of the South African Football Association’s (Safa’s) Vision... 

NGOs express concern about Eskom’s involvement in nuclear build programme

By: Kim Cloete     14th December 2016 Several organisations attending public hearings in Cape Town have expressed concern about conflict of interest in Eskom’s involvement in the nuclear new build programme.  “Nuclear will not easily be accepted by the population. It is heavily contested. If you go down the nuclear path, it needs to... 

Farm workers earn through carbon credit programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2016 Twenty-seven employees of the Spier wine estate, in Stellenbosch, have, through a climate change mitigation initiative, shared half the R204 000 paid out from carbon credits – derived from practicing regenerative farming on a section of the organically certified wine farm. An average of R4 000... 

Stable hiring prospects expected for Q1 2017 – survey

By: Anine Kilian     13th December 2016 The electricity, gas and water supply and restaurants and hotels sectors are likely to offer job seekers the best opportunities to secure a job in the first quarter of 2017, says Manpower SA. Its latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey also indicates that opportunities for jobs will be weakest... 

Eskom insists Koeberg not affected by manufacturing anomalies afflicting French reactors 

By: Terence Creamer     13th December 2016 South African electricity utility Eskom insisted on Tuesday that the Koeberg nuclear power station, located in the Western Cape, is not affected by manufacturing anomalies that have afflicted the French nuclear industry this year, resulting in several reactor outages. The State-owned company... 

A brief history of SA’s nuclear energy sector

By: Jade Davenport     9th December 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom’s recent announcement that it intends to move ahead with a controversial initiative to request proposals for new nuclear generation capacity has sparked an intensive national debate on not only the need and viability of such a project but also its ethics. Politics... 

Innovative wastewater treatment system launched in W Cape

By: David Oliveira     9th December 2016 Water solutions provider Maskam Water launched the Clarus Fusion sewage treatment system, which substitutes treated water with recycled water for sanitation, industrial or irrigation use, in October. The decentralised wastewater treatment system, launched at the company’s premises in Brackenfell... 

Nuclear power is the way to go

By: Kelvin Kemm     9th December 2016 If one decides to build a new hospital, one would expect that medical doctors and nurses would have a major say in how the hospital should be laid out. Architects would be involved. But local church groups, the baker and butcher should not be involved. Representatives of the church could make... 

Liberty lists new Reit, raises nearly R4bn 

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th December 2016 Liberty Group on Tuesday successfully unbundled and listed a portion of its property portfolio on the JSE’s main board as real estate investment trust (Reit) Liberty Two Degrees (L2D), raising some R3.8-billion. The Amelia Beattie-led Reit raised R3-billion at listing price from invited investors... 

Western Cape provisional municipal audit report shows municipalities continue upward trend towards good governance

By: African News Agency      5th December 2016 The Auditor General of South Africa (Agsa) has awarded clean audits to 23 of 30 Western Cape municipalities for 2015/16, the Western Cape government said on Sunday. This was highlighted in the Agsa's provisional audit report on Western Cape municipalities, and was an improvement from the 22... 

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,... 

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... 

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