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Western Cape reiterates need to save water as dam levels reach 31%

By: Anine Kilian     21st August 2017 The average water level for dams across the Western Cape has reached 31% following recent rainfall, compared with a level of 58% at the same time last year. Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Minister Anton Bredell has cautioned the public about the... 

Robotics surgery offers peace of mind to more men with prostate cancer

By: Kim Cloete     21st August 2017 As the field of robotics advances, South Africans are increasingly opting for robotics surgery for prostate cancer as an alternative to conventional procedures. Urological and robotics surgeon Dr Greg Boustead says medical schemes are beginning to appreciate the long-term, overall benefits of the... 

Upstream and downstream industry has to work together

By: Victor Moolman     18th August 2017 Upstream and downstream steel industries need to work together to overcome the challenges of imports and tariffs in the steel construction industry, says South African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) CEO Paolo Trinchero. 

Italtile FY sales, profitability below target

By: Anine Kilian     16th August 2017 JSE-listed Italtile’s basic earnings a share rose by 3% to 90.3c, while headline earnings a share decreased by 1% to 85.7c for the year ended June 30. Revenue grew by 4% to R3.7-billion, while after-tax profit rose 3% to R880-million. 

Solidarity warns of ‘major impact’ should AMSA proceed with job cuts

By: Terence Creamer     16th August 2017 Trade union Solidarity has confirmed receipt of a Section 189A retrenchment notice from steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and has indicated that it will enter negotiations with the company to ensure alternatives to retrenchments are considered. On Tuesday, AMSA announced that it... 

Housing supply remains a moving target as govt plays catch-up

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th August 2017 South African cities are struggling to match housing availability to the pace of urbanisation, with the many South African and foreign migrants adding to an ever-expanding population and placing further pressure on housing supply, which is already backlogged owing to a reduction in household... 

Eskom electrifies 800 households in Klipheuwel community

By: Anine Kilian     14th August 2017 State-owned Eskom is aiming to achieve universal access to electricity by 2020 and more than 4 000 new households across the Western Cape have been connected to the grid since January.   Cape Town executive mayor Patricia de Lille officially switched on electricity for close to 800 households in... 

Suspected avian flu outbreak in Western Cape

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th August 2017 Two ostrich farms in the Heidelberg area of the Western Cape have been placed under quarantine as authorities work to determine the possibility of an outbreak of the now widely-spread H5N8 avian influenza. The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is leading the investigations to confirm if the... 

Meaningful transformation is the journey to BEE success

     11th August 2017 Energy Engineered Products and associate companies, Multi Alloys and E-Metals Cape, are proud to announce that they have attained a Level 4 Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) contributor status. From the first codes of good practice more than a decade ago to the new codes, Energy Engineered... 

Amid growing water worries, desalination option enters SA’s supply debate 

By: Dylan Slater     11th August 2017 Scarce surface water resources in South Africa are threatening the availability of potable bulk water, which is also coming under strain because of growing suburban areas and increased demand from consumers. The recycling of wastewater to ensure long-term sustain- ability has been posited as the... 

Amid growing water worries, desalination option enters SA’s supply debate

By: Dylan Slater     11th August 2017 Scarce surface-water resources in South Africa are threatening the availability of potable bulk water, which is also coming under strain because of growing suburban areas and increased demand from consumers. The recycling of wastewater to ensure long-term sustainability has been posited as the... 

Creative farming methods ensure sustainability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th August 2017 Amid extreme weather, regulatory barriers and import competition, South African farmers need to think creatively about farming practices – not only to reduce costs but also preserve an environment that is struggling under the pressures of a growing global population, says agriculture... 

Phase 1 of aquarium resealing project completed

By: Nadine James     11th August 2017 Speciality chemicals manufacturer a.b.e. Construction Chemicals supplied a range of products for the resealing of the waterproofing system of two Cape Town Two Oceans Aquarium tanks between January and March this year. The Two Oceans Aquarium – located at the V&A Waterfront – is resealing its... 

Think-tank hands over title deeds to residents of Western Cape town  

By: Ilan Solomons     11th August 2017 Think tank the Free Market Foundation’s (FMF’s) Khaya Lam land reform project last month handed over the latest batch of title deeds to residents in the town of Grabouw, in the Western Cape, thereby taking the project’s total title deed handover tally to 1 360. Khaya Lam project manager Perry... 

Western Cape’s agricultural growth to drive economy

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th August 2017 Supported by the Western Cape government’s strategic initiatives to help farmers grow their crops – and their market share – the province’s official tourism, trade and investment agency Wesgro has successfully committed investments in the Western Cape agricultural sector of R1.56-billion over the... 

Engen KlevaKidz puts paraffin safety first

     8th August 2017 The annual Engen KlevaKidz has kicked off with its unique brand of industrial theatre set to engage and educate learners across South Africa about the importance of paraffin safety.   Engen are South Africa’s leading supplier of paraffin, through the Laurel Paraffin brand.   Engen KlevaKidz takes... 

Sunrise Energy's R1bn LPG storage facility to boost energy security, downstream competition

By: Anine Kilian     7th August 2017 Sunrise Energy's R1.02-billion open-access liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) import and storage terminal, in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, will enable the import of LPG in large quantities, boosting regional energy security and increasing downstream competition. The facility, which is Africa's... 

AfriBusiness supports renewable energy  

By: Anine Kilian     4th August 2017 Business rights watchdog AfriBusiness this week said it supports the stance of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille on renewable energy and welcomes possible court action against State-owned Eskom. This court action is being considered as a result of the refusal by Eskom and the national government... 

As batteries make power play, South Africa mulls market participation

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2017 The world changed more than could be imagined in the 1990s. Not only was it the advent of all things Internet and digital connectivity, it also saw the birth of the rechargeable lithium battery, required to charge humankind’s new tools, such as cellphones and laptop computers. Today, the chase is... 

As batteries make power play, South Africa mulls market participation

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2017 The world changed more than could be imagined in the 1990s. Not only was it the advent of all things Internet and digital connectivity, it also saw the birth of the rechargeable lithium battery, required to charge humankind’s new tools, such as cellphones and laptop computers. Today the chase is... 

Group’s contracts set to increase marine protection in South Africa

     4th August 2017 African Marine Solutions Group (Amsol) states that two milestone contract awards have further supported the company growth strategy since its acquisition of maritime services provider SMIT Amandla Marine in December.  

Waste specialist makes South African investments following contract awards

By: Schalk Burger     4th August 2017 Dubai-headquartered specialist waste management multinational Averda has made several investments in its South African operations after it won medical waste management contracts in the Western Cape and Gauteng. The firm developed a hazardous waste landfill site in Vlakfontein, Gauteng, to drive... 

Cutting number of SA provinces is against the law – Free Market Foundation

By: African News Agency      3rd August 2017 The Free Market Foundation (FMF) on Thursday warned that any attempt to reduce the number of provinces from nine to six, as suggested by the African National Congress (ANC), would be against the law and an affront to democracy. The ANC first mooted the reduction of the number of provinces in... 

Albany launches R350m revamped Bellville bakery

By: African News Agency      2nd August 2017 Albany Bakeries on Wednesday launched a R350-million investment into a new bakery in Bellville in the Western Cape, which includes the building of a brand-new plant and an upgrade of interiors of the existing plant. The new building occupies 6 884 m2, compared to an area of 3 766 m2 in the old... 

Brown sacks personal assistant over Gupta links

By: African News Agency      2nd August 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown on Wednesday asked her personal assistant Kim Davids to resign after details of her ties to the controversial Gupta family emerged. ”This past week I have been confronted by allegations against Ms Davids. In the interest of fairness, I asked Ms Davids to... 

Atlantis to be designated as an SEZ

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies is preparing to issue a gazette outlining an intention to designate the proposed Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ). The SEZ Advisory Board-recommended action followed an application for designation by the Western Cape Department for Economic... 

Zille to bill Mokonyane millions for water systems maintenance, repairs 

By: News24Wire      2nd August 2017 Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is planning to slap Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane with a bill for R3.5-milllion for water infrastructure maintenance that she believes the national department should have done. The national government is responsible for the maintenance of... 

New report shows municipalities still fall short in drinking water quality, sewage treatment 

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st August 2017 The drinking water of three municipalities in South Africa have failed to meet the national standards for quality drinking, while 59 failed to meet the set quality standards for sewage systems, civil rights organisation AfriForum said on Tuesday. This followed the nationwide testing of the... 

City of Cape Town’s support generates investment worth R2.67bn, with 6 236 jobs created in key growth industries 

By: African News Agency      31st July 2017 The City of Cape Town, via its enterprise and investment department under the directorate of the mayor, has facilitated R2.67-billion worth of investment which has resulted in 6 236 direct jobs created for the people of Cape Town in the past financial year (July 2016 – June 2017), the city said... 

Shale gas still a power resource option

By: Nica Schreuder     28th July 2017 Global leading engineering, consulting and construction company Black & Veatch sub-Saharan Africa business development director Webb Meko says successful exploration for shale gas could make up for South Africa’s lack of natural gas as a power resource. “Concerns about the possible detrimental... 

Eskom tariffs in AMSA’s action plan crosshairs as losses spike  

By: Terence Creamer     27th July 2017 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) will approach the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) directly with a request for discounted electricity tariffs as part of a multi-pronged business sustainability action plan unveiled after the JSE-listed group slumped to a... 

Deputy Minister ‘uncomfortable’ at not being consulted

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2017 Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant told Radio 702 morning anchor Xolani Gwala on Wednesday that he was “uncomfortable” at having to read about the proposed mineral rights moratorium in the newspapers. Oliphant, who has served as the deputy to three Mineral Resources Ministers,... 

Liberty Two Degrees acquires additional shares in Liberty property portfolio

By: Samantha Herbst     26th July 2017 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) will acquire additional undivided shares in properties co-owned by financial services company Liberty Holdings (Liberty) to the value of R2.51-billion, boosting L2D’s share in the Liberty property portfolio from 22% to 31%.... 

DPI Trading to exhibit at SABI Congress 2017 in Somerset West

     25th July 2017 DPI Trading, which is able to partner with irrigation engineers to promote its extensive product range and value-add support services, will exhibit at the South African Irrigation Institute (SABI) Congress 2017 from 1 to 3 August at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West in the Western Cape.... 

With drought threatening food security, farmers turn to drip irrigation 

By: Anine Kilian     21st July 2017 With the recent drought in Southern Africa compounding the unpredictable impact of climate change on food production, local farmers are converting to drip irrigation in an attempt to conserve water, using less to produce more, according to Crookes Brother’s Limited (CBL) MD Guy Clarke. During a... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 The Loeriesfontein Wind Farm is using a mobile transformer to allow for an early connection to the grid for the commissioning of its turbines. 

Multidisciplinary platform pursued for project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2017 Engineering professional services consulting firm WSP Africa is making its infrastructure consultancy offering available through one multidisciplinary project delivery platform. WSP Transport and Infrastructure MD Dr Terence Milne joined the company last month to spearhead this venture and... 

PRASA rail signalling system project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 A digital wireless communications system is being deployed to improve the Passenger Rail of South Africa's operations and run its transport systems more efficiently. 

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