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DVT heralds Western Cape expansion with new premises

     Updated 4 hours ago 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... 

Budget airline ponders going regional as it adds to domestic network

By: Keith Campbell     19th August 2016 South African low cost airline FlySafair is pondering whether it should add international flights, to other Southern African countries, to its currently all-domestic route network. “We are looking at it,” reports company CEO Elmar Conradie. “But it’s in its infancy, at the due diligence stage.... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th August 2016 Construction of the R3.5-billion Loeriesfontein wind farm, in the Northern Cape, has passed another milestone. 

Cape Town on track to be the start-up capital of Africa, says Wesgro

By: Kim Cloete     18th August 2016 Cape Town is pushing beyond its tourist image with a drive to be seen as the start-up capital in Africa. “We’re incredibly excited about Cape Town becoming a destination for young people around the world. Cape Town has become Africa’s largest start-up scene,” Wesgro CEO Tim Harris told delegates... 

Sanral appeals Winelands toll plan ruling 

By: News24Wire      17th August 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) appealed a judgment over the right to toll the N1 and the N2 highways at the Supreme Court of Appeal on Tuesday. The judgment had been in favour of the City of Cape Town. On September 30 last year, the Western Cape High Court reviewed and... 

Dam levels remain low in Western Cape

By: Anine Kilian     16th August 2016 This season’s rains have helped – to some extent – to address the Western Cape’s water shortages, according to the latest data available on the state of the province’s dam levels, provided by the national Department of Water and Sanitation. Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and... 

Weak rand, drought send South African food prices higher

By: Anine Kilian     12th August 2016 The drought and rapid depreciation of the rand have led to a rise in food prices, hitting the poorest South Africans hard, Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde said on Friday.   Delivering the opening address at the launch of the latest yearly baseline produced by the Bureau... 

National SEZ roadshow goes to the W Cape

By: Anine Kilian     12th August 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) national roadshow on special economic zones (SEZs) will make a scheduled stop in Cape Town, on August 17. The roadshow is aimed at unpacking key aspects of the SEZ Act, which was passed into law in February. 

Company implements new logistics system

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 Amid the challenges of cost transparency and inefficient vehicle use, food and beverages producer and distributor Pioneer Foods implemented solutions provider Resolve Solution Partners’ in-house transport management system PLATO at its plant. The PLATO system helps generate an optimised... 

LSFB demand shows steady growth

By: Victor Moolman     12th August 2016 The use of light steel frame (LSF) building has been growing steadily for the last seven years, partially owing to architects looking for alternative building methods to overcome the inefficiencies of conventional masonry building, says the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association... 

Power Up energy systems boost green development

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 With construction expected to begin in September, specialised procurement company Build Africa Corporation will supply its Power Up energy systems to 480 luxury-living housing units in the Acorn Creek complex in Somerset West, in the Western Cape. “This is the largest green residential... 

Atterbury kick-starts works at Richmond Park development

By: Anine Kilian     11th August 2016 Property development company Atterbury has started the internal works at the first of two properties at its Richmond Park mixed-use development in the Western Cape – the site of the biggest land restitution in the province.   “The first two developments at Richmond Park will be for CTM and Cape... 

Aveng divests from steel sector through Steeledale sale

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th August 2016 As part of its efforts to divest from its steel assets, JSE-listed Aveng on Wednesday revealed that its wholly owned subsidiary Aveng Africa had reached an agreement with Kutana Steel stipulating that the latter would acquire a 70% interest in the Steeledale business for R252-million. Between... 

Algae-free irrigation systems to save money for farmers

By: Simon Sonnekus     5th August 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has estimated the rand value of the impact of algae pollution in the Berg river, near Stellenbosch, in the Western Cape. The calculation enables farmers to compare different ways of managing the problem in the area. A ‘Water SA’ report... 

Wine farm has its ducks in a row

By: Simon Sonnekus     5th August 2016 About 1 000 Indian runner ducks have been employed by Stellenbosch-based wine farm Vergnoegd Wine Estate to eradicate white dune snails and other insects which inhabit and feed on the vines in the vineyard. According to Vergenoegd winemaker and viticulturist, Marlize Jacobs, the ducks – which... 

Rehabilitation of R101, R304 progressing well – WC transport dept

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd August 2016 Good progress is being made on the R59-million rehabilitation of the R101 and R304 between Old Paarl road and Bloekombos, in the Western Cape, which is scheduled for completion early in 2017, the provincial Department of Transport and Public Works said on Tuesday. Nearly a year-and-a-half after... 

Partners appointed for first SA waste-to-energy project 

By: African News Agency      2nd August 2016 Black & Veatch announced on Tuesday that it had been chosen by MBHE African Power to provide technical assistance for South Africa’s first waste-to-energy (WTE) plant to be located in the Drakenstein municipality, near Wellington in the Western Cape. A statement from the US-based, employee-owned... 

30% Club launches new initiatives to increase senior representation of women in corporates

     1st August 2016 Diversity makes business sense   Many have been inspired by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of the Lean In Foundation, who is known for her quote: “A truly equal world would be one where women ran half our countries and companies and men ran half our homes. I believe that this would... 

South African budget airline inaugurates new route

By: Keith Campbell     1st August 2016 South African low cost airline FlySafair celebrated the latest step in its expansion on Monday with the landing of its first scheduled flight at Lanseria International Airport, which lies south-west of Pretoria and north-west of Johannesburg. The flight originated in Cape Town. FlySafair is part... 

Agency supports waste-to-energy project in SA

     29th July 2016 The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to South African renewable energy project developer MBHE African Power to support a waste-to-energy project in the Drakenstein municipality, in the Western Cape. 

Monsanto to extend confined field trial permits

By: Tracy Hancock     29th July 2016 Agriculture company Monsanto has applied to extend the confined field trial (CFT) permits of three genetically improved maize products involved in CFTs in four provinces across South Africa. A decision expected prior to the start of the country’s planting season, which takes place around October. 

Power builds to continue despite decreased demand across industries

By: Robyn Wilkinson     29th July 2016 Despite a decrease in demand for energy from the mining and related industries, construction, engineering and mining contractor Murray & Roberts Power & Water platform CEO Steve Harrison believes that the power station builds at Medupi, in Limpopo, and Kusile, in Mpumalanga, will continue to... 

Cape Town’s Iziko Planetarium set for major digital upgrade 

By: Kim Cloete     28th July 2016 Cape Town’s much-loved Iziko Planetarium will undergo a thorough R27-million digital upgrade, culminating in a state-of-the-art digital full dome immersive theatre facility by early 2017. In tune with the digital revolution, the Iziko Planetarium will migrate from analogue to full dome digital... 

106 township mechanics get lifeline

     27th July 2016 Nelson Mandela Bay’s township economy is set for a major boost with 106 mechanics inducted for the two-year Informal Automotive Service Centres Development Programme today. An initiative of the Uitenhage Despatch Development Initiative in partnership with Filpro, an enterprise development company... 

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