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Irma Venter

Irma Venter

Irma Venter is a Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Afrimat Construction Index tanks in Q2, but predicts ‘strong performance’ ahead

10th September 2020 The second-quarter (Q2) Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) has dropped sharply on the back of the national lockdown regulations imposed between April and June to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. JSE-listed openpit miner Afrimat produces industrial minerals, bulk commodities and construction materials. 

Work on Tshwane auto SEZ in full swing after Covid-19 lockdown

8th September 2020 Work on the R3.4-billion Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ) is forging ahead following delays owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, with clearing of the site, groundworks and the installation of bulk infrastructure underway. The public-private partnership (PPP), located next to the Ford... 

Bell sees recovery following Covid-19, parts ways with John Deere

8th September 2020 Bell Equipment’s plants are currently operating at roughly 70% of pre-Covid-19 levels, says Bell Equipment CEO Leon Goosen. The South African operation at Richards Bay is running a little bit below this average, however, as it had stocked up on inventory prior to the pandemic in anticipation of a... 

Ford and partners roll out self-parking project

7th September 2020 Autonomous driving may not sound like a lot of fun, but autonomous parking may just be a different kettle of fish. Ford Motor Company, real estate developer Bedrock and Bosch are launching a demonstration project with connected Ford test vehicles that can drive and park themselves inside... 

Security function now top priority at PRASA, says CEO

7th September 2020 While Covid-19 has given the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) the opportunity to “stop and think” about its service offering and the way forward for the rail entity, it also left the door open for severe vandalism of its assets during the national lockdown, says CEO Nosipho Damasane.... 

Nissan’s Mike Whitfield elected AAAM president

4th September 2020 Nissan Africa South (NAS) chairperson Mike Whitfield has been elected president of the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM). He replaces former Volkswagen Group of South Africa chairperson and MD Thomas Schäfer. 

Covid-19 containment measures, manufacturing shutdown cost Metair R250m

4th September 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has cost Metair about R250-million, taking into account the measures taken to keep employees safe, as well as the total shutdown of manufacturing, says CFO Sjoerd Douwenga. This number, however, does not include the profit lost, he adds.  

PPP legislation being reviewed to ‘make it more workable’, says De Lille

4th September 2020 South Africa’s public-private partnership (PPP) legislation is undergoing a review, says Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia de Lille. “I can confirm that there is a review at the moment.” 

Study calls for extension of moratorium on transport height restrictions 

4th September 2020 Many South African industries, especially the fruit industry, could suffer major financial losses if they are not allowed to transport their goods in high-cube containers beyond June next year, a new master’s degree study indicates. This is when government’s seven-year moratorium (running from... 

Festival of Motoring rescheduled for August, 2021

3rd September 2020 Following its cancellation this year owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Festival of Motoring will now return to the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit from August 26 to 29, 2021. Event organiser, Messe Frankfurt South Africa, says next year’s event will be the fifth edition of the yearly motoring... 

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