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Serious stresses remain at local level, but will they affect the elections?

By: Keith Campbell     24th June 2016 As is no doubt by now well known, the Institute for Security Studies recently reported that its violence monitoring project had identified 2 880 public protests in this country between 2013 and 2015, of which 53% had been violent. These protests are often, if not nearly always, described as... 

Study determines impact of algae on irrigation costs

By: Anine Kilian     23rd June 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has estimated that commercial farmers in the Dwars River area of the Western Cape spend R600 000 a year ridding their irrigation systems of filamentous algae.   The CSIR was in the process of formulating a tradable permit system as a tool... 

First of its kind CSIR study puts a price tag to the impacts of algae on irrigation costs

     23rd June 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has estimated that commercial farmers in the Dwars River area of the Western Cape spend approximately R600 000 per year ridding their irrigation systems of filamentous algae. The CSIR has taken the first step in formulating a tradable permit... 

EU trade agreement to boost Western Cape wine exports

By: Anine Kilian     21st June 2016 Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde has welcomed the signing of an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union (EU) and six Southern African Development Community countries, which would double the Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) of South African wine to be imported... 

Presidency reports on progress with 9-point plan

By: News24Wire      21st June 2016 The South African Government is making steady progress in the implementation of its Nine Point Plan to reignite growth and create jobs, the Presidency said on Monday. The plan, which forms part of of the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP), was announced by President Jacob Zuma... 

Second phase of Western Cape’s Emerging Business Support Programme launched

By: Anine Kilian     20th June 2016 Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde, together with Absa Bank, on Monday launched the second phase of the province’s Emerging Business Support Programme at the Century City Convention Centre, in Cape Town. Winde encouraged emerging entrepreneurs from across the Western Cape to... 

Pioneer Foods, Energy Partners in national solar programme

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th June 2016 Food and beverage manufacturer Pioneer Foods, in conjunction with energy solutions service provider Energy Partners’ solar division, has rolled out a solar programme, which is about 60% complete.      The programme entails the installation of large commercial solar systems with a combined size of... 

Western Cape road rehabilitation project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th June 2016 The project involves repairing damage to roads and associated structures near Robertson and Ashton, in the Western Cape, caused by floods in 2013/14. 

Final qualifiers for AfriSam-Saia Awards announced

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th June 2016 The shortlisted contenders in this year’s AfriSam–South African Institute of Architects (Saia) Awards for Sustainable Architecture and Innovation were unveiled on Wednesday after record entries across the four categories were received by closing on March 24. Twenty-two projects out of 47 entries... 

WC Department of Health office wins green building accolades

By: Anine Kilian     14th June 2016 The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works has been recognised by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) for its work on a R128-million regional office building currently under construction for the Department of Health in Bellville, Western Cape. The building, located... 

South African mining sector alive with opportunities for young people – govt official  

By: Ilan Solomons     14th June 2016 There are significant opportunities for young entrepreneurs to enter the local mining industry, particularly with a number of senior miners exiting their existing assets owing to depressed commodity prices and general business challenges, Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) deputy... 

Exciting Working with Wood show surrounded by history

     14th June 2016 With a history in timber dating back as far as 1932, what better venue for this year’s Wood Turning Festival in association with the Working with Wood Show than Saasveld, George, Western Cape. The woodworking fraternity globally are extremely excited that the Wood Turners South African in... 

Agri SA calls for a national disaster declaration 

By: African News Agency      10th June 2016 Agri SA on Friday welcomed the announcement by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Des van Rooyen, to declare most of South Africa’s provinces as drought disaster areas. On Friday, Van Rooyen declared all but Gauteng as drought disaster areas because of the threat to... 

New Centre for RadioCosmology improves our understanding of the cosmos

     10th June 2016 UWC’s new Centre for Radio Cosmology aims to fully exploit the use of next-generation radio telescopes to make measurements to probe some of the deepest mysteries in cosmology.   The University of the Western Cape’s Department of Physics & Astronomy has taken a crucial step with the creation of... 

Product offering focuses on employee safety

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th June 2016 Specialised lubrication and maintenance products provider Orapi Africa is introducing products for use in welding and cutting processes that not only increase the life span and operating efficiency of machinery and equipment but are also environment friendly and aligned with international... 

Saint-Gobain Gyproc launches high-strength drywall solution

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th June 2016 Interior building solutions group Saint-Gobain Gyproc introduced an industry-first, high-strength drywall that has five times the core strength of a normal plasterboard, to South Africa last month. The Habito drywall solution was a 12.5 mm board with a pull-out strength or load-bearing quality of... 

Where there’s smoke, there’s a university

By: Riaan de Lange     10th June 2016 One of my earliest memories, on my grandfather’s farm, was sitting next to an anthill with a little sachet of sugar, tempting the ants from the safety of their anthill and then sending them to happy hunting grounds. When the toll was in the early single digits, my grandfather abruptly intervened.... 

Building confidence edges lower in Q2

By: Anine Kilian     9th June 2016 The First National Bank (FNB)/Bureau for Economic Research (BER) Building Confidence Index fell by five points to 34 in the second quarter, with the current level of the index indicating that more than 65% of respondents were dissatisfied with prevailing business conditions. In addition, all of... 

Enel’s South Africa unit connects another 66 MW solar plant to grid

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2016 The renewable-energy unit of Italian energy group Enel reports that its 66 MW Tom Burke photovoltaic (PV) plant in South Africa’s Limpopo province has been connected to the grid, raising its installed capacity in the country to nearly 160 MW. Country manager in South Africa Lamberto Dai Pra’ adds... 

JHI wins appointment to manage Old Mutual properties

     6th June 2016 JHI, part of the Excellerate Property Services Group, has been appointed to manage Old Mutual Life Assurance Company SA’s entire property portfolio in South Africa and Namibia, from 1 April 2016. This new property management agreement is a cost-effective solution that allows leading real estate... 

Corobrik’s facebrick gives Century City Square a modern, natural look

     6th June 2016 A mixture of Corobrik’s facebrick and paver range has been used in the construction of the vibrant Century City Square, a R1 billion project of mixed-use development that forms the heart of the Bridgeway Precinct in Cape Town.   Developed by Rabie Property Group, Century City Square forms the... 

Electricity connections rise to 85.5% – Stats SA

By: News24Wire      3rd June 2016 Eskom took credit for accelerating the number of households connected to the electricity supply, after Stats SA revealed on Thursday that levels increased “consistently from 77.1% in 2002 to 85.5% in 2015”. This as Stats SA also revealed that electricity generation increased by a relatively small... 

Energy efficient solutions reduce carbon footprint, improve quality of life

By: Kimberley Smuts     3rd June 2016 Solar system specialist and engineering design company ZRW Mechanika has since 2012 supplied and installed up to 25 000 units of their solar direct current (DC) home power solution in low-cost housing units, called Siyakhanyisa. The renewable energy capacity of up to 500 kWp was installed in... 

Corporates urged to support youth development through football programme  

By: Sashnee Moodley     2nd June 2016 The South African Football Association’s (Safa’s) Development Agency (SDA) is urging corporate companies to partner and invest in its football-based Safe-Hub programme, which aims to encourage youth to engage in life skills programmes through the use of football.  The Safe-Hub programme – which... 

Black industrialists receive R550m funding support 

By: David Oliveira     1st June 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has provided R550-million in finance to five companies that have been approved for participation in the department’s Black Industrialists (BI) programme, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has revealed. Speaking at a media briefing following the... 

R47m spent to service empty government buildings, MPs told

By: News24Wire      31st May 2016 Over R47-million a year is spent on rates and taxes for unused government buildings around the country, the public works department has said. An additional R12-million a year is spent keeping the lights on and water running. 

Sika Sponsors Wildlands Green Filter Plant Planenbrug

     30th May 2016 The Wildlands Green Filter Plant is the result of collaborative efforts to address the serious pollution problems of the Plankenbrug River in Stellenbosch and Sika is proud to be one of the main sponsors of this great green initiative. The Plankenbrug River receives greywater, polluted stormwater... 

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub 

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 A liquid petroleum gas (LPG) terminal and import infrastructure is being constructed by energy infrastructure company Sunrise Energy in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, to curb historical LPG shortages and meet potential future requirements for gas-fired power plants and other industrial energy... 

Calls to reuse water treatment waste take centre stage at WISA 2016

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 While the cost-effective and environmentally compliant disposal of water treatment residue (WTR) is a challenge for water treatment practitioners worldwide, WTR management has taken centre stage in the local water industry amid increasing water demands, deteriorating raw water quality aggravated... 

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 A liquid petroleum gas (LPG) terminal and import infrastructure are being constructed by energy infrastructure company Sunrise Energy, in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, to curb historical LPG shortages and meet potential future requirements for gas-fired power plants and other industrial... 

Space agency hampered by tight finances

By: Keith Campbell     27th May 2016 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) is seeking to fulfil its mission despite challenges. “All government entities are under pressure, given the state of the economy. We’re expected to do a lot more, with less,” points out Sansa Corporate Communications Manager Vaneshree Maharaj.. One... 

UK-SA bilateral research chair to boost food security research in SA

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th May 2016 Amid rising food prices, coupled with one of the worst droughts the country has experienced, food security research in South Africa has received a much-needed boost from the Newton Fund, and National Research Foundation (NRF) UK–South Africa Bilateral Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) launched... 

Famous Brands buys Western Cape potato processor

By: Tracy Hancock     26th May 2016 Although the South African potato processing industry is growing rapidly to meet increasingly strong demand fuelled by the brisk growth in food services and the convenience market, JSE-listed Famous Brands says it lagged its peer industries in developed countries, illustrating the growth... 

China the promised land for South African winemakers

By: Reuters     26th May 2016 South African tycoon Koos Bekker sells wine from his vineyard all over the world, but a small detail offers a clue as to where his priorities may lie - all the bottles are labelled in Mandarin. Other producers along the Stellenbosch wine routes where his 

Balwin delivers strong maiden results

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd May 2016 Property developer Balwin has delivered double-digit growth as it set out its maiden financial results for the year ended February 29, CEO and founder Stephen Brookes said on Monday, attributing the performance to record sales and strong demand. The group, which listed on the Johannesburg bourse... 

Western Cape launches climate change action plan 

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2016 The Western Cape government on Tuesday launched a comprehensive climate change response strategy called Smart Agri, which aims to to combat the impact of extreme weather events on the province’s agriculture sector. Smart Agri was unveiled by provincial Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde... 

Importance of research undervalued, impacting economic development

     17th May 2016 National research institution the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Built Environment division executive director Dr Cornelius Ruiters says countries that do not adequately invest in research, development and innovation (R&D&I) will not develop economically. 'In South... 

SAICE launches new marine division  

By: Anine Kilian     16th May 2016 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering has launched its new marine division, which will act as a forum for members in the marine environment to exchange ideas for the betterment of the sector. “The division must work towards enabling competent institutions that can either do... 

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