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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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Coega Development Corporation to implement Tshwane auto SEZ

13th July 2020 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC), the developer and operator of the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ), has been appointed as the implementing agent to develop and operate the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ).  The CDC, as a public entity, is the implementing agent of choice... 

Fiat Chrysler SA appoints new CEO

13th July 2020 As part of a restructuring in some African markets, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced the appointment of Ismaeel Hassen as the new CEO for FCA South Africa (SA).  Outgoing CEO Pierre Martin Bos will now head up the company’s operations in Morocco. 

Contracted bus sector struggles with high cost of Covid-19 compliance

13th July 2020 It costs around R1.3-million a day, or R34-million a month, for the contracted public transport bus sector to adhere to the hygiene and safety protocols implemented under the Covid-19 pandemic, says South African Bus Operators Association (Saboa) executive manager Bazil Govender. The sector... 

Ford enters fourth month of face shield production 

10th July 2020 As the number of recorded Covid-19 cases continues to climb in South Africa, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has entered its fourth month of producing protective face shields at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria. To date, the vehicle manufacturer has assembled 285 000 face... 

South Africa its own biggest enemy in infrastructure roll-out

10th July 2020 South Africa keeps on tripping itself up when it comes to infrastructure project development and implementation, says New Development Bank (NDB) Africa regional office director-general Monale Ratsoma. The NDB is a multilateral development bank established by the Brics States, namely Brazil,... 

MBA North welcomes infrastructure strategy, but warns implementation is key

10th July 2020 The Master Builders Association (MBA) North has broadly welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s vision of infrastructure spending as the flywheel of South Africa’s recovery from the Covid-19 crisis.  Speaking at the inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium South Africa, held on... 

Food industry specialist expands into ventilator production

10th July 2020 Dale Automation has developed a prototype emergency ventilator as a joint effort between its engineering department and medical professionals to assist with the treatment of Covid-19 and other respiratory diseases.  Dale Automation, based in Johannesburg and established in 1999, is active in the... 

VW’s Lionesses Den initiative seeks business pitches from female entrepreneurs

10th July 2020 Volkswagen and Lionesses of Africa are on the hunt for three winning business pitches to win a total of R175 000 in cash to support their businesses. As part of its partnership with Lionesses of Africa, the one-million-plus-strong all-female business network in Africa, Volkswagen has introduced... 

Barloworld to exit logistics, shed 2 500 jobs in auto, logistics unit

10th July 2020 Barloworld will be exiting the logistics sector, says CEO Dominic Sewela. Announcing the company’s financial results for the six months ended March 31, he said that the business had been given a three-year period to turn around, with a decision on its future scheduled for September. 

BMW, German govt in R76m partnership to upgrade South African hospitals

10th July 2020 German carmaker BMW and the German government will assist in upgrading eight South African hospitals and four clinics in the fight against Covid-19, in a project valued at R76-million. BMW will contribute €2.7-million, with the German government to add €1.6-million. 

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