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Security drones taking off, but SA restrictions limit adoption

By: Dylan Slater     13th April 2018 Drones, otherwise known as remotely piloted aircraft systems, continue to gain a foothold in an increasing number of industries, with adoption rates in the safety and security industry growing worldwide. In fact, safety and security drone sales totalled $145-million in 2016, according to a market... 

Security drones taking off, but SA restrictions limit adoption

By: Dylan Slater     13th April 2018 Drones, otherwise known as remotely piloted aircraft systems, continue to gain footholds in an increasing number of industries, with adoption rates in safety and security industry growing worldwide. In fact, safety and security drone sales totalled $145-million in 2016, according to a market... 

Darling Brew becomes Africa’s first carbon-neutral brewery

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2018 Western Cape-based craft brewery Darling Brew has been named Africa’s first carbon-neutral brewery and is expected to offset a total of 687.96 t of carbon dioxide over the next year. This, the brewery explained, will be equivalent to having eliminated the same amount of carbon from the... 

National road network at core of local growth

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2017 The national road network has been steadily growing over the years and this improves connectivity between cities and regional hubs, which is essential given that it is on this network that the majority of South African citizens commute and conduct business, says South African National Roads... 

Long4Life acquires beverage producer Chill

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th November 2017 JSE-listed Long4Life has acquired beverage producer, packer and distributor Chill Holdings from Chill’s management, Africa Beverage Ventures and Raubenbe, for at least R452-million, after deducting net debt of R182-million. The transaction, effective from the locked-box date of July 1, 2017,... 

JG Afrika scoops top two places in SAICE Western Cape Awards

9th June 2017 JG Afrika’s Western Cape-based projects secured first and second place in the branch programme of this year’s prestigious annual South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) Awards. The high-profile SAICE annual awards recognise well-engineered projects that truly demonstrate the art... 

Industrial effluent recovery a sustainable water solution

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 With the Department of Water Affairs’ National Water Week Awareness campaign – taking place from March 17 to 23 – celebrating twenty years of water delivery for social and economic development, water treatment specialist Proxa is looking to the future of water in South Africa by developing... 

Khobab wind farm completes foundations ahead of schedule

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th December 2016 The Khobab wind farm, 60 km north of Loeriesfontein in the Northern Cape, has completed all 61 of its wind turbine foundations ahead of schedule. Khobab said in a note released Monday that the first foundation pour was finished on June 30, using low quantities of Portland cement in the concrete... 

Solar system donation for Western Cape nonprofit organisation

By: David Oliveira     2nd December 2016 Solar power solutions manufacturer SolarWorld Africa donated a R120 000 5 kW solar system to Western Cape-based non-profit organisation Grootbos Foundation’s Green Futures horticulture and life-skills college, which will significantly reduce the foundation’s electricity overheads, allowing for... 

N7 upgrade enhances safety and set to facilitate traffic flow

By: Nadine James     28th October 2016 Civil engineering consultants SMEC South Africa  recently successfully completed the R400-million National Route 7 (N7) upgrade, which included the realignment and widening of the road to improve safety and enhance traffic flow. Completed in April, the reconstruction project was carried out on a... 

NNR passes Eskom’s nuclear site applications, further scrutiny to follow

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th July 2016 The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) has completed the initial review of State-owned Eskom’s nuclear installation site licence (NISL) applications for the Eastern Cape-based Thyspunt site, and the Western Cape-based Duynefontein site. The regulator indicated that the applications, submitted in... 

Accelerate rides out economic pressures, reports 9.1% distribution growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th June 2016 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Accelerate Property Fund has delivered 9.1% year-on-year distribution growth to 53.67c a share for the year ended March 31. The strong 2016 financial year-end results achieved by the company also included 24% growth in the value of Accelerate’s... 

Home energy solution integrated into Western Cape estate

By: Dylan Slater     3rd June 2016 Energy solutions provider Energy Partners, which is 57% owned by holding company PSG Group, celebrated its partnership with Western Cape-based estate Val de Vie last month.  

Afrimat FY HEPS up 15.5% y/y

By: David Oliveira     19th May 2016 JSE-listed Afrimat lifted its headline earnings a share for the year ended February 29 to 156.6c, up 15.5% from the 135.6c achieved in the prior financial year. “We are very pleased with this solid improvement, which is [owing] to a strong performance from the mineral-producing operations across... 

Solar PV system installed at 382 Jan Smuts avenue  

26th April 2016 Initial results of a solar photovoltaic (PV) installation at 382 Jan Smuts avenue are proving to be “exciting”, with 300 highly-efficient rooftop solar panels providing 26% of the three-storey building’s electricity requirements. The installation, managed by Spire Sustainable Solutions, was being... 

2015 intern programme benefited Denel Dynamics and its interns

By: Keith Campbell     18th February 2016 South African missile, unmanned air vehicle and space company Denel Dynamics held its annual intern project presentation at its main facility in Centurion, south of Pretoria, on Thursday. For some years now the company has designated young, newly recruited, engineers and technologists as interns... 

Brewery produces SA’s first commercially available green beer

13th November 2015 Western Cape-based brewery Cape Brewing Company (CBC) has, with the help of renewable-energy company E3 Energy Group of Companies (E3), produced what it says is South Africa’s first commercially available green beer, using water heated by the sun. The beer-brewing process requires water at 85 ˚C.... 

Afrimat credits diversification thrust with 24% surge in H1 earnings

By: Natalie Greve     9th November 2015 Openpit mining group Afrimat has credited an understanding of the cyclical nature of the construction industry, coupled with the intentional diversification of its industrial minerals and construction materials product portfolio, with a healthy 24% uptick in headline earnings a share for the six... 

S Africa junkie addicted to coal, diesel, gas target may increase – Energy Minister  

By: Kim Cloete     29th September 2015 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has likened South Africa, which has the second highest dependency on coal in the world, second to North Korea, to a “junkie addicted” to coal and diesel, stressing that gas will be the cornerstone of the country’s baseload power. “Our coal and diesel... 

Saldanha Bay wastewater works project under way

25th September 2015 The civils works for the Western Cape-based Saldanha Bay industrial development zone’s (IDZ’s) Wastewater Treatment Works project is under way. The mechanical and electrical contract has also been awarded for the project upgrade, which will increase the capacity of the treatment works from 2.5 Mℓ... 

South African Satellite Company launches Africa's first European Space Agency standard Clean Room.

23rd September 2015 NewSpace Systems a South African Western Cape-based company, which specializes in the manufacture of satellite components, just launched their own European Space Agency standard Clean Room facility in the wake of securing 22 contracts from 11 countries worldwide in their second year of operation.... 

Canola oil production in E Cape gets R1.1m boost, to rival W Cape yields

By: Tracy Hancock     9th September 2015 The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) has invested R1.1-million of risk capital into a 50 ha trial, a potential catalyst for canola production in the Eastern Cape to rival that of the Western Cape. The trial will aid the development of a 500 ha commercial canola oil production drive in... 

SKA antennae positioner snags first prize at Steel Awards

By: Samantha Herbst     4th September 2015 The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Africa project's radio antennae positioner took top honours at this year’s Southern African Institute of Steel Construction Steel Awards, which took place on Thursday night at Emperor’s Palace, in Ekurhuleni. This year marked the second in a row that the overall... 

Diversification of S African energy mix a no-brainer – Gibb 

By: Natalie Greve     1st September 2015 South Africa’s growing energy crisis should be addressed through a well thought-through and phased programme that included economically feasible renewable-energy alternatives, nuclear energy and traditional fossil fuel-based sources, multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm Gibb has... 

Distributor sees satisfactory growth in tractor sales

By: Kimberley Smuts     14th August 2015 The growth in sales of Japan-manufactured Kubota tractors, distributed in South Africa by specialist machinery importer and distributor Smith Power Equipment, has been satisfactory, says Smith Power Equipment technical specialist Mike Heath, adding that customers have been “very happy with the... 

Time for Western Cape to start ‘dreaming big’ in agriculture sector – Winde  

By: Tracy Hancock     25th March 2015 The agriculture sector is fast becoming “serious business” for the Western Cape and South Africa, says Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde, who envisages a future in which agricultural produce from the Western Cape plays a major role in feeding the world. When delivering... 

Aftermarket effort promotes new product sales

4th March 2015 K1 Quarry, regarded as one of the leading quarrying operations in the region around George, recently purchased a new Pilot Modular Twister AC06 vertical shaft impact crusher from Pilot Crushtec International’s distributor, Innovexx, to increase its output of building sand. K1 Quarry wasted no... 

Compact housing launched onto national market

By: Dylan Slater     27th February 2015 Grabouw-based timber homes company Rustic Homes last month launched a rustic modular-design luxury housing solution, the Eco Cabin, which uses locally available materials unique to the Western Cape, onto the national market. 

Sassda honours local stainless steel fabricators at gala event

27th February 2015 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) in November announced the winners of the 2014 Stainless Steel Awards at a gala banquet held at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, Johannesburg. “We have seen some of the strongest entries in several years for the 2014 Stainless Steel... 

Rhodes Food announces further acquisitions worth R112m

By: Tracy Hancock     20th February 2015 Rhodes Food is accelerating the implementation of its growth strategy with the announcement of two further acquisitions, totalling R112-million, following the January announcement of its acquisition of fruit juice product manufacturer and distributor Pacmar for R165-million. The company, a... 

Equites to develop R150m warehouse for TFG

By: Natalie Greve     3rd February 2015 Specialist industrial property manager and developer Equites Property Fund has concluded a deal that will see it developing a 22 000 m2 distribution warehouse for apparel, jewellery and homeware retailer The Foschini Group (TFG), in Midrand, Gauteng.  Equites CEO Andrea Taverna-Turisan said the... 

Western Cape entrepreneurs to vie for R10m funding in ‘Dragon’s Den’ 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th January 2015 Western Cape entrepreneurs have just four days before applications close to secure cash injections of at least R10-million by pitching their business ideas to major funding bodies at the Western Cape Funding Fair – the province’s own “Dragon’s Den”. A statement on Tuesday noted that the deadline... 

R7m distributed among six plastics recyclers

16th January 2015 South Africa-based Polyolefin Recycling Company (Polyco) released the names of the six successful applicants who will be receiving total investment loans of R7-million over the next six months to fund existing polyolefin recycling operations, in November last year. The company’s second request... 

IDC funding for green projects totals R14bn 

By: Natalie Greve     11th August 2014 Since the inception of the New Growth Path in November 2010 – in which South Africa’s renewable energy ambitions are defined – development finance institution, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), has funded 54 green projects in the solar, wind, renewable energy and green technology... 

Equites raises R650m through share placement

By: Natalie Greve     11th June 2014 After earlier this week announcing that it would pursue a listing in the Industrial and Office real estate investment trust sector of the JSE, property investment fund manager Equites Property Fund said its private placement of shares to invited investors had been “heavily” oversubscribed,... 

Equites Property Fund to pursue JSE listing

By: Natalie Greve     9th June 2014 South African property investment fund manager Equites Property Fund has announced that it will, from this month, pursue a listing in the Industrial and Office real estate investment trust sector of the JSE. It planned to pursue a private placement of shares to raise between R400-million and... 

New maritime and offshore exhibition to take place in July

By: Ilan Solomons     9th May 2014 Local events organiser Exhibition Management Services (EMS) expects about 4 000 delegates to attend the Maritime & Offshore Marine Africa (Moma) exhibition, which will replace the Fish & Marine Africa exhibition. Moma will form part of the 2014 Cape Industries Showcase exhibition and will take... 

Wine producer to establish ethanol fuel plant in Western Cape 

21st March 2014 Western Cape-based wine producer Namaqua Wines signed an agreement with Paarl-based distillation design and technology provider Taurus Distillation, in February, to establish a commercial 1.2-million ℓ 96.4% fuel ethanol pilot plant at their Spruitdrift Cellar near Vredendal. The customised,... 

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