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South Africa allocates extra R59bn for cash-strapped Eskom

By: Reuters     Updated 3 hours ago The South African government has made an extra R59-billion available to State-owned power utility Eskom over the next two years so it can meet its obligations, a Special Appropriation Bill seen by Reuters on Monday showed. Eskom, which supplies more than 90% of the country's electricity but has... 

South Africa allocates extra R59bn for cash-strapped Eskom

Eskom asks prospective CEOs to apply by August 2

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 4 hours ago State-owned Eskom is continuing its search for a group CE, following Phakamani Hadebe’s resignation in May, which becomes effective at the end of this month. Hadebe, at the time, said he was stepping down for health reasons after leading efforts to stabilise the highly indebted State firm since... 

Eskom asks prospective CEOs to apply by August 2
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Eskom head office, Megawatt Park

AFRO4000 locomotives to be auctioned off

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 4 hours ago Online auction house WH Auctioneers will, in September, auction off 13 AFRO4000 locomotives that were initially procured for use on the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) long-distance network. The auction will open on September 1 and close on September 12.  

AFRO4000 locomotives to be auctioned off
PRASA AFRO4001

South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope solves astronomical conundrum

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 3 hours ago The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (Sarao), which is one of the National Research Foundation’s facilities, announced on Monday that the country’s MeerKAT radio telescope array had made a major scientific discovery, solving a decades-old astronomical riddle. The discovery, published as... 

South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope solves astronomical conundrum
Photo by Serra/Sarao
MeerKAT image of NGC 1316/Fornax A (the bright object in the centre of the picture) superimposed on a visual image of the same region from the Italo-Dutch Fornax Deep Survey, showing hydrogen gas concentrations (the green blobs), with the two hydrogen gas tails indicated by the curved lines

South African firms invited to join exposure tour of Mozambique’s ‘game changing’ gas projects

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 7 hours ago Market and project intelligence firm Africa House will lead a group visit of South African companies to Mozambique in August to explore the business opportunities that will arise from the development of three multibillion-dollar gas projects in the far-flung northern provinces of the Southern... 

South African firms invited to join exposure tour of Mozambique’s ‘game changing’ gas projects

Further info on spectrum policy to be communicated in due course

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 6 hours ago The much-anticipated policy direction on unassigned high-demand spectrum has been finalised. The policy is now undergoing “requisite processes” prior to publication, the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies said in a statement. 

ConCourt deals a blow in Public Protector's SARB report

By: African News Agency      Updated 3 hours ago The Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane on Monday endured a scathing assessment of her report on the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) at the Constitutional Court, which found that she had lied and used false documents to advance her cause. Mkhwebane had appealed the high court order... 

Innovative waste management more necessary than ever before – Wasteplan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 3 hours ago South Africa has again been ranked as the seventeenth dirtiest energy producer in the world, “out-polluting” the UK and France, says commercial and industrial waste management company Wasteplan CEO Bertie Lourens. In a media release issued following the 2019 SAPICS Conference, in Cape Town,... 

Innovative waste management more necessary than ever before – Wasteplan
Wasteplan CEO Bertie Lourens

Bigen advances group’s transformation with new appointments

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 3 hours ago Infrastructure solutions company Bigen Group has appointed Dr Snowy Khoza group CEO, effective July 16 to September 30, 2021. Khoza was previously CEO of Bigen Africa Group Holdings, before she was appointed executive chairperson of the group when Bigen established Bigen Global in Mauritius.  

Bigen advances group’s transformation with new appointments
Bigen Group CE Dr Snowy Khoza

EY signs up as platinum sponsor for World Energy Congress

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 3 hours ago The World Energy Council on Monday announced that professional services firm EY had signed on to be a platinum sponsor for the World Energy Congress. The twenty-fourth World Energy Congress will be held from September 9 to 12 in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates.  

Nigeria, Siemens agree roadmap to increase power – Buhari

By: Reuters     Updated 2 minutes ago Nigeria and German company Siemens have agreed a roadmap to increase Nigeria's "reliable" power supply to 11 000 MW by 2023, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday. The president of the West African country said that at present, "only an average of 4 000 MW reliably reaches consumers". 

ExecuJet adds second Pilatus PC-24 to portfolio for safari missions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 5 minutes ago Luxury aviation company ExecuJet has added a second Pilatus PC-24 jet to its managed fleet. ExecuJet last year became the first company in Africa to use this aircraft for charter missions.  

ExecuJet adds second Pilatus PC-24 to portfolio for safari missions
Pilatus PC-24

SABS tests 32 t centrifugal diesel pump

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 7 minutes ago The South African Bureau of Standards has successfully conducted a four-hour demonstration test on one of the country’s largest centrifugal diesel pump systems. The 32 t pump has the ability to pump water at a rate of 2 800 m3 an hour and is used under emergency conditions for the suppression... 

SABS tests 32 t centrifugal diesel pump
Large centrifugal diesel pump

Grindrod recovers locomotives from Sierra Leone

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 8 minutes ago JSE-listed freight and financial services company Grindrod has, this month, taken delivery of 20 of its locomotives that had been recovered and transported from Sierra Leone to the Port of Durban. The locomotives had been contracted in 2012 for hauling iron-ore from the Tonkilili mine to Pepel... 

Grindrod recovers locomotives from Sierra Leone
Locomotives

Brits inland terminal moved 100 000 t of chrome in June

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 9 minutes ago State-owned Transnet Port Terminals’ (TPT’s) Pendoring inland terminal, in Brits, exceeded its monthly average throughput, moving 100 000 t of chrome, in June. TPT said in a statement on Monday the terminal generally moves about 90 000 t a month of chrome.  

Coal to Newcastle: Residents say mine puts them in danger

By: News24Wire      Updated 12 minutes ago Residents of Blaauwbosch village in Newcastle, who live near an old coal mine where informal mining takes place, say they are fed up with empty promises by the government and local politicians. They told GroundUp they want to be moved elsewhere. The residents say the walls of their houses are... 

Amplats targeting largest fuel cell truck, mulling renewable energy   

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 1 hour 9 minutes ago Platinum group metals mining and marketing company Anglo American Platinum, which recorded a spectacular 120% increase in half-year headline earnings per share, is screening the opportunities to use fuel cell trucks in its fleet. The cash-rich company has declared an interim dividend of... 

Anglo American Platinum first-half results presentation covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Creamer Media’s Dylan Slater

Murder stats show decline since SANDF troops deployment in Cape Town communities

By: African News Agency      Updated 3 hours ago Murder statistics for the Cape Town metro region have shown a decline from previous weekends, as the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) troops arrived on the ground in various communities, Western Cape government officials said on Monday. A total of 25 murders were recorded over the... 

Ngqura, Cape Town, Durban terminals returning to productivity after illegal strike

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th July 2019 State-owned freight utility Transnet on Friday said productivity at its affected ports was returning to normal and estimated that it would take two weeks to clear the backlog at the Ngqura container terminal. This follows after the company last week secured a court interdict against an... 

Commission recommends Tribunal prohibit ATON’s takeover of M&R  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th July 2019 The Competition Commission has recommended to the Competition Tribunal that the proposed acquisition of Murray & Roberts by ATON be prohibited. ATON, through Redpath South Africa, provides a range of mining services, including the excavation of vertical or inclined openings from the surface for... 

Commission recommends Tribunal prohibit ATON’s takeover of M&R

AB InBev sells Carlton subsidiary for $11bn

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th July 2019 NYSE- and JSE-listed Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) on Friday announced it would sell its Australian subsidiary Carlton & United Breweries to Asahi Group Holdings for $11.3-billion in enterprise value. As part of this transaction, AB InBev granted Asahi the rights to commercialise the... 

South Africa set to name 'bad cop' to oversee Eskom rescue 

By: Bloomberg     19th July 2019 Of all the executives, government officials and consultants being recruited to tackle the mammoth task of rescuing South Africa’s state power utility, the toughest task could fall to the person who has to take it apart. President Cyril Ramaphosa last month said a soon-to-be appointed chief... 

City's business plan to take over passenger rail service in Cape Town approved

By: African News Agency      19th July 2019 A business plan has been approved to incrementally take over the management of the failing rail network in Cape Town, Mayor Dan Plato said. Speaking at the Integrated Urban Transformations South-South Knowledge Exchange, hosted by the City of Cape Town this week, Plato said that over the last few... 

Plan in place to deal with ongoing electricity supply disruptions in Gauteng

By: Simone Liedtke     19th July 2019 The Gauteng provincial government and State-owned Eskom have agreed to implement joint action to deal with ongoing disruptions in electricity supply in several areas within the province. The provincial government, led by special adviser to the premier on service delivery and political management... 

South African, Indian defence industries agree on areas of collaboration

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th July 2019 The South African Aerospace Maritime and Defence Export Council (Saamdec) announced on Thursday that it had made a breakthrough in developing collaboration with the Indian defence industry. The breakthrough took the form of identifying the main areas in which Saamdec member companies will be able... 

Commission sees benefits in SAB’s takeover of Smirnoff, Guinness products

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th July 2019 The Competition Commission has recommended the Competition Tribunal to approve a transaction whereby South African Breweries (SAB) intends to acquire the rights to a range of products from Diageo South Africa. The Diageo brands in question include Smirnoff’s ready-to-drink (RTD) products namely... 

Water, sanitation challenges 

19th July 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Natasha Odendaal about Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu’s plans to deal with corruption within the Department of Water and Sanitation, as well as the funding challenges facing the... 

Water, sanitation challenges

Air Products, Jeka highlight benefits of solar rooftop installations 

By: Simone Liedtke     19th July 2019 A solar photovoltaic roof-mounted power plant system installed at industrial and specialty chemicals supplier Air Products’ Kempton Park facility generates sufficient energy to meet between 60% and 70% of the facility’s day-time requirements, Air Products GM Maropeng Bahula says. The plant,... 

Air Products GM Maropeng Bahula speaks to Engineering News Online about the company’s newly-installed solar rooftop PV system, while Jeka Energy CEO Thembani Marhanele touches on some of the system’s specifics. Video & Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd.

Pioneer’s shares rise on $1.7bn PepsiCo deal 

By: Simone Liedtke     19th July 2019 JSE-listed Pioneer Foods’ share price rose by nearly 29% on Friday morning after the company announced the conclusion of an agreement with New York-headquartered PepsiCo, which plans to acquire all of the outstanding shares in Pioneer at R110 a share. The acquisition represents a 56% premium to... 

Pioneer’s shares rise on $1.7bn PepsiCo deal

Union reports Denel has failed to pay contributions to pension fund

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th July 2019 Trade union Solidarity reported on Thursday that pension funds for Denel workers had not been paid to the company’s pension fund, Denret. This information had been provided by Denret. The union also reported that it had demanded that Denel provide proof of payment. Solidarity further stated that... 

Jasco’s Reflex dispute settled favourably

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2019 A dispute challenging JSE-listed Jasco Electronics' majority ownership of Reflex Solutions by the latter’s minority shareholders has been concluded, with an arbitrator having ruled in favour of Jasco. The arbitrator ruled that the cancellation by the minority shareholders of the sale of shares... 

How technology is starting to change logistics ecosystems

By: Schalk Burger     19th July 2019 New technologies being applied to supply chains – helping to digitalise them further – can provide significant intelligence that will improve control and streamline business processes. This will be grounded in more real-time information and predictions based on analytical outputs of the data,... 

How technology is starting to change logistics ecosystems

OPINION: Making farming cool for youngsters

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     19th July 2019 In this opinion piece, Engineering News Senior Deputy Editor Martin Zhuwakinyu discusses the stigma in Africa that farming is synonymous with poverty.  

OPINION: Making farming cool for youngsters
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Engineering News Senior Deputy Editor Martin Zhuwakinyu

Engineering News iPhone and Android Apps available for free download

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th July 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

Repo rate cut welcomed

By: Sane Dhlamini     18th July 2019 Black Business Council (BBC) CEO Kganki Matabane on Thursday welcomed the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) Monetary Policy Committee’s decision to cut the repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.5% from 6.75%. Matabane said the committee’s decision to decrease the repo rate will bring much needed... 

Repo rate cut welcomed

DBSA infrastructure competition gives youth chance to win R1.5m

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th July 2019 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has launched a competition aimed at getting young people in the country to come up with solutions to some of South Africa’s infrastructure challenges. The DBSA Youth Challenge is open to anyone between the ages of 18 and 35. Interested persons must... 

China, South Africa discuss trade relations at forum

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th July 2019 In working towards shared development goals, South Africa and China hosted a business forum, in Midrand, on Thursday, highlighting how far trade between the two countries has come and what opportunities lie ahead. China became South Africa’s largest trading partner in 2009, when South Africa... 

China, South Africa discuss trade relations at forum

WEF on Africa to focus on inclusiveness in the 4IR

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th July 2019 The twenty-eighth World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, which will be held in Cape Town, in September, will aim to address a number of key issues impacting inclusive development in the region. These issues include supporting growth and integration through the African Continental Free Trade Area;... 

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