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Amended Act a ‘second revolution’ for competition law in South Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2019 The Competition Amendment Act, which was signed into law by President Cyril Ramaphosa in February, represents a “second revolution” for competition law in South Africa and will require practitioners to enter territory that is unchartered globally, Justice David Unterhalter argues. Speaking during... 

Amended Act a ‘second revolution’ for competition law in South Africa
Nicola Theron, Norman Manoim, Liberty Mncube and Justice David Unterhalter

Davies sees rising unilateralism as trade war escalates 

By: African News Agency      24th May 2019 South Africa, like the rest of the global economy, will continue to be collateral damage in the escalating trade war between China and the US, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has said, predicting a worrying rise in unilateral actions by individual states. Davies cast doubt on the World... 

New Port of Ngqura liquid bulk facility to serve South African and African markets 

By: Schalk Burger     24th May 2019 A new liquid bulk handling facility at the deep-water Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape, will be built to assist with the predicted future growth of petroleum product consumption in Africa. The terminal – for which civil construction is scheduled to start in July – will serve as a strategic... 

New Port of Ngqura liquid bulk facility to serve South African and African markets

New strategy, new structure for the CSIR

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th May 2019 Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) CEO Dr Thulani Dlamini announced on Friday both a new strategy and a radical restructuring of South Africa's world-renowned science council. The aim of the new strategy and structure is to strengthen the industrial research activities of the... 

New strategy, new structure for the CSIR
CSIR chairperson Professor Thokozani Majozi and CEO Dr Thulani Dlamini

Gauteng metros hit by water restrictions due to declining reservoir levels

By: African News Agency      24th May 2019 Rand Water on Friday morning started the process of reducing flow to the three metros, Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni as a result of declining levels in Gauteng reservoirs. In a statement, Rand Water said these reductions were as a consequence of higher than normal demand resulting in... 

Project to restore Durban Dry Dock under way

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th May 2019 The rehabilitation of the inner caisson, which divides the Port of Durban’s Prince Edward Graving Dock into two compartments, enabling two smaller vessels to be docked simultaneously, is in full swing. It is among 11 large-scale projects earmarked for the Durban Dry Dock complex. 

Project to restore Durban Dry Dock under way
Removal of the air chamber

HC Heat Exchangers named ‘most innovative’ at Seifsa awards

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th May 2019 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) on Thursday crowned HC Heat Exchangers as the Most Innovative Company of the Year at its Awards for Excellence ceremony. The judges were impressed by the improvement of HC’s offering that sees it use its expertise to... 

City of Cape Town replaces old swing bridge at V&A Waterfront

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 2 hours 51 minutes ago Designer SMEC South Africa and construction contractor Stefanutti Stocks Coastal have progressed in its work to replace the old swing bridge at the V&A Waterfront that connects the Pierhead and the Clock Tower precincts. The massive structure that is 42 m long and 4 m wide will need to be... 

City of Cape Town replaces old swing bridge at V&A Waterfront
The swing bridge at V&A Waterfront

KwaZulu-Natal’s La Lucia mall to receive a major upgrade

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th May 2019 The La Lucia mall, in KwaZulu-Natal, is undergoing a major upgrade that will modernise its retail space. The mall has undergone eight extensions and five major mall upgrades since it first opened its doors in 1974. Its most recent major upgrade was in 2003. 

KwaZulu-Natal’s La Lucia mall to receive a major upgrade
La Lucia Mall interior

Sapics appoints new director, effects other top level changes

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th May 2019 Keabetswe Mpane has been appointed president of supply chain management professional body Sapics. Having served as a director of Sapics for five years, Mpane asserted that she had the experience, energy and determination to propel the association into a new era of professionalism and transformation. 

Sapics appoints new director, effects other top level changes
Keabetswe Mpane

Big data business solutions lab launched at Wits

By: Schalk Burger     24th May 2019 A new research and design laboratory at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), called Scilinx, was developed to address the needs of businesses and industries that require high-level, specialised expertise to develop solutions for their agile, freely evolving operational systems and... 

Land Bank economist warns of increasing risk of African swine fever

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th May 2019 South African meat producers are likely to continue facing challenges this year, says Land Bank agricultural economist Karabo Takadi. One of the biggest likely challenges is that the risk profile for the outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) was increasing, posing a potential risk to stakeholders... 

South African energy companies expanding into Angola

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th May 2019 Angola, with its lucrative opportunities and reformed business environment, will be hosting a strong delegation of South African companies during the upcoming Angola Oil & Gas Conference, which will be held in Luanda from June 4 to 6, the African Energy Chamber (AEC) announced in a statement this... 

EPP opens flagship shopping centre in Warsaw

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th May 2019 Dual-listed real estate company EPP on Friday opened its flagship development in Warsaw – Galeria Młociny, which gives residents access to more than 200 stores alongside one of the city’s most ambitious food and beverage projects. Galeria Młociny features nearly 85 000 m2 of modern space... 

EPP opens flagship shopping centre in Warsaw
Galeria Młociny

Senegal imports turbines for West Africa's first big wind farm project

By: Reuters     24th May 2019 Senegal started importing turbines for its first large-scale wind farm on Thursday, the biggest such project in West Africa that will supply nearly a sixth of the country's power. Privately-owned British renewable power company Lekela expects the wind farm, located in Taiba Ndiaye, about 100 km... 

Theresa May announces resignation

By: News24Wire      24th May 2019 Theresa May will resign as British Prime Minister on June 7. Speaking in front of 10 Downing Street, May said she had done everything she could to convince MPs to back her deal for Brexit, but without success. She said it was a matter of "deep regret" that she could not deliver Brexit. May said... 

 Theresa May announces resignation
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British Prime Minister Theresa May

NASA executive quits weeks after appointment to lead 2024 moon landing plan

By: Reuters     24th May 2019 A top NASA executive hired in April to guide strategy for returning astronauts to the moon by 2024 has resigned, the space agency said on Thursday, the culmination of internal strife and dwindling congressional support for the lunar initiative. Mark Sirangelo, named six weeks ago as special... 

Engineering News iPhone and Android Apps available for free download

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th May 2019 Creamer Media’s readers continue to be part of the mobile revolution.  Over 20% of Creamer Media’s online readers view the websites on their mobile devices. To cater for this growing mobile readership Creamer Media offers an Engineering News Online app for iPhone and Android users.  These apps... 

Engineering News iPhone and Android Apps available for free download

Public Protector finds Gordhan guilty of 'improper conduct' 

By: News24Wire      24th May 2019 Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has found Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan guilty of "improper conduct" over his approval of then-deputy South African Revenue Services Commissioner Ivan Pillay's early retirement and payout. Mkhwebane made the announcement at a media briefing on... 

Public Protector finds Gordhan guilty of 'improper conduct'
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Makhanda considering paying for 11 out of 15 boreholes drilled by Gift of the Givers

By: African News Agency      24th May 2019 Government has agreed to compensate humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers for its drought intervention work done in Makhanda, formerly Grahamstown.  A meeting was held in Makhanda on Thursday following a R10-million dispute between the Makana Municipality and the humanitarian organisation.... 

'Dead' former Thales boss and Zuma trial witness Alain Thétard found alive in Europe

By: News24Wire      24th May 2019 Even though former president Jacob Zuma's legal team told the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg this week that a key witness and co-conspirator in the alleged corruption that led to him being charged was dead, investigators have found him in Europe. Alain Thétard, controversial former... 

'Dead' former Thales boss and Zuma trial witness Alain Thétard found alive in Europe
Former President Jacob Zuma

Importance of scientific cooperation with South Africa reaffirmed by Japan

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd May 2019 Japan regards South Africa as an important research partner. This was affirmed on Thursday during the first session of the 4th South Africa-Japan University (SAJU) Forum Conference, at the University of Pretoria. "South Africa is a very important country for Japan," highlighted Ministry of... 

Enviro dept invites public comment on sulphur dioxide emissions amendment  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2019 The Environmental Affairs Minister has temporarily withdrawn a provision that would have allowed for a doubling in the amount of harmful pollutant sulphur dioxide companies may emit. This follows environmental organisation GroundWork’s litigation, instituted last month, seeking to have the... 

Enviro dept invites public comment on sulphur dioxide emissions amendment

Afrimat’s diversification contributes to strong full-year results

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd May 2019 Industrial minerals and construction materials group Afrimat has recorded a good overall performance for the year ended February 28, and achieved positive results for the period owing to its diversification strategy, Afrimat group CEO Andries van Heerden said in a statement on Thursday. The... 

NPA starts prosecution of Aurora directors 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2019 Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Thursday announced that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) would start its prosecution of the former directors of Aurora Empowerment Systems on May 28. A summons had been issued in March related to environmental and water transgressions at the... 

SA Express says to lay charges against former execs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2019 As South African Express (SA Express) continues to strengthen its operational efficiency and governance systems, the State-owned airline is preparing to lay fraud and corruption charges against some of its former executives. SA Express chairperson Tryphosa Ramano said in a statement on Thursday... 

Reserve Bank again keeps repo rate unchanged at 6.75% 

By: News24Wire      23rd May 2019 The South African Reserve Bank's monetary policy committee has again decided to keep the repo rate unchanged at 6.75%, a decision widely expected by analysts.  The central bank's governor Lesetja Kganyago made the announcement at a media briefing in Pretoria on Thursday afternoon. The repo rate... 

 Reserve Bank again keeps repo rate unchanged at 6.75%
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SARB governor Lesetja Kganyago

PE port the first in South Africa to achieve ISO 45001 certification

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd May 2019 The Port of Port Elizabeth (PE) has become the first port in South Africa to achieve the International Organisation for Standardisation’s (ISO’s) 45001 certification, the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) said in a statement this week. ISO 45001 is an international standard that specifies... 

PE port the first in South Africa to achieve ISO 45001 certification
Port of PE

Use remote machinery to mine at depth ­– Jourdan 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2019 Independent consultant Dr Paul Jourdan on Thursday called on South Africa to cease sending people down dangerous deep-level mines and introduce remote machinery to mine at depth. He was speaking at the Southern African Mining Supply Chain Conference and Strategy Workshop, which was hosted by the... 

Use remote machinery to mine at depth ­– Jourdan
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Dr Paul Jourdan at the SA Mining Supply Chain Conference.

Pioneering system holds huge potential for microgrids

By: Kim Cloete     23rd May 2019 A sharper focus on renewable energy has led to increased opportunities for microgrids in rural areas, industrial and commercial parks and residential developments in African countries. “Technology is progressing very fast on alternative energies and systems. An increased focus on renewable energy... 

JRA says M2 bridge on track to reopen in October

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2019 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) this week reminded road users that the M2 motorway between the Crown interchange and Maritzburg street remained closed for rehabilitation works on the bridge. The full closure will remain in force until the end of October.  

Cosatu wants Gordhan's department scrapped

By: Bloomberg     23rd May 2019 South Africa’s biggest labor-union group wants state companies to be managed by various ministries and wants the Department of Public Enterprises scrapped when President Cyril Ramaphosa announces his new executive. Such a step would do away with the department currently led by Public Enterprises... 

India to surpass China as largest importer of coking coal by 2025

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2019 Fitch Solutions maintains its forecast for an average coking coal price of $195/t for this year, stating that prices will remain elevated, with strong demand from China’s steel sector, as US–China relations continue to deteriorate and the probability rises of further economic support from the... 

India to surpass China as largest importer of coking coal by 2025

Cape Town to spend R320m on next phase of hostel transformation programme

By: African News Agency      23rd May 2019 The City of Cape Town on Thursday said that it will be moving forward with plans to upgrade more hostel units in Langa as part of the next phase of the hostel transformation programme, which will cost R320-million. The next phase of the programme, which is set to start in 2020, will see the... 

Saceec celebrates inaugural Exporter of the Year awards

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2019 The South African Capital Equipment Export Council (Saceec) on Wednesday evening hosted its first-ever Exporter of the Year Awards, coinciding with the inaugural Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo (LME), which was held from May 21 to 23. Saceec CEO Eric Bruggeman told Engineering News... 

Saceec celebrates inaugural Exporter of the Year awards
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Saceec CEO Eric Bruggerman

South Africa’s fiscal crisis, price volatility among top energy risks for this year 

By: Kim Cloete     23rd May 2019 The South African National Energy Association (Sanea) has outlined its nine top energy risks for 2019, with price volatility and uncertainty, and South Africa’s fiscal crisis, among the top risks at both the country and industry level. The issue of price volatility and uncertainty was significant... 

South Africa’s fiscal crisis, price volatility among top energy risks for this year

Kenya's Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore to stay an extra year in post

By: Reuters     23rd May 2019 The chief executive of Safaricom, Bob Collymore, said on Thursday that he will stay on in his role for an extra year at Kenya's biggest telecoms operator. "I'm here until the year 2020," Collymore told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting. He was due to step down in August. 

International science cooperation benefits South Africa – DST

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd May 2019 International cooperation has been most beneficial for the development of scientific capacity in developing countries, and South Africa was no exception. So pointed out South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) acting Deputy Director General for Research Development and Support Dr... 

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