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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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Five years before economy may return to pre-Covid levels, says Absa’s Gable  

18th November 2020 It will, most likely, take half a decade before the South African economy returns to the level it was at the end of 2019, says Absa chief economist Jeff Gable. “And 2019 was a miserable year for South Africa – the economy grew barely 0.5%. On top of that we weren’t doing great in the previous... 

WBHO sees plunge in profit as Covid-19, loss-making projects take toll

17th November 2020 Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) on Tuesday reported a massive turnaround in fortunes from 12 months ago when it boasted R513-million in operating profit for the year ended June 30, to a position where it suffered an operating loss of R585-million. Group CEO Wolfgang Neff cited the main reasons... 

Ports survey shows uptick in delays, storage levels

16th November 2020 The newest International Association of Ports and Harbors’ World Ports Sustainability Programme (IAPH-WPSP) Covid-19 Task Force report shows that there is an uptick in hinterland delays, as well as port storage utilisation levels for medicines, foodstuffs and consumer goods. The survey also... 

Brabus armoured G-Class now available in South Africa

16th November 2020 Local vehicle armouring specialist, SVI Engineering, has been appointed as the  official distributor of Brabus Automotive armoured products in Africa, starting with the Invicto Mercedes-Benz G-Class range, says SVI Engineering business development manager Nicol Louw. 

South African-made MellowVan ready for global rollout in 2021

16th November 2020 The South African conceived and developed MellowVan will enter commercial production next year, says MellowCabs founder Neil du Preez. The electric three-wheeler, aimed at the last-mile delivery market, is currently the subject of a number of advanced large-scale proof-of-concept projects with... 

Solar roll-out at Ford start of project to be 100% energy self-sufficient by 2024

13th November 2020 The Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has kicked off a 13.5 MW, R135-million solar-energy project at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria. The project forms part of a larger programme to develop an integrated renewable energy solution for the facility, with the aim to be entirely... 

Logistics index shows ‘strong growth’ in third quarter, following decline in prior three months

13th November 2020 The South African logistics sector has just recorded its strongest ever quarter of growth, according to the newest Ctrack Freight & Transport Index (CFTI). In June, at the end of the second quarter, the CFTI showed that the domestic logistics sector recorded a decline of 17.6% compared with the... 

Cape Town’s largest bus company now a net exporter of green energy 

13th November 2020 Cape Town’s largest bus company, Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS), has become a net exporter of electricity. This achievement is the culmination of a multiyear collaborative effort between Golden Arrow, New Southern Energy and the City of Cape Town. 

Covid-19 taking heavy toll on dealerships, says NADA

13th November 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has seen six amalgamations between dealerships from April 1 to September 30, as well as the sale of 19 others and the closure of a further 38 – all members of the National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) – the association’s national director, Gary McCraw, tells... 

Toyota replaces popular Etios with new Starlet

13th November 2020 In August last year, Toyota and Suzuki announced a formal alliance between the two carmakers in order “to leverage each other’s strengths and compete in the evolving global vehicle market”.  Toyota’s expertise in hybrid technology and autonomous driving would be of benefit to Suzuki, while Toyota... 

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