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Irma Venter

Irma Venter

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

By Irma Venter

Image of the DFSK EC35 four-seater panel van

Yet more Chinese imports on their way, this time electric, and available to rent

17th May 2024

Local importer of Dongfeng Sokon Automobile (DFSK) battery electric vehicles (BEV), Enviro Automotive, says it will make a number of additions to its vehicle line-up. The company introduced the... 


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Steady increase in demand for MyCiTi bus service

17th May 2024

The latest audited statistics on MyCiTi ridership in and around Cape Town show that there is an increasing demand for the bus service. “It took some time for the service to settle in again after... 


New-vehicle sales gain 2.2% after eight months of decline, Suzuki swoops into second place

17th May 2024

New-vehicle sales have finally moved into positive territory following eight gruelling months of decline. Not all market segments experienced growth, however. 


Cape Town targeting this year as starting date for turning landfill waste into power

17th May 2024

The City of Cape Town (CoCT) says it is moving closer to turning landfill waste into energy, with two projects that are designed to produce electricity from the combustion of landfill gas moving... 


Millennials, Gen-Zs want cars but are struggling to afford them – WesBank

17th May 2024

Young South Africans, aged 35 and younger, are demonstrating a growing preference for private mobility. This is evident in recent WesBank data that shows a consistent increase over the past three... 


Startup to build 120 off-grid e-truck charging sites

17th May 2024

Electric vehicle charging startup Zero Carbon Charge has launched a new subsidiary, Zero Carbon Logistics, which it says will roll out 120 off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) electric truck charging... 


The Msikaba bridge

Concor’s Msikaba bridge progresses to highly technical phases

16th May 2024

Construction at the Msikaba Bridge on the N2 in the Eastern Cape is set to move up a gear this year, with a number of challenging technical activities to be tackled. According to contractor Concor,... 


Stellantis assembly-plant site being readied for construction – dtic

Stellantis assembly-plant site being readied for construction – dtic

15th May 2024

The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has started to prepare the site at the Coega Special Economic Zone for the construction of the new Stellantis vehicle-assembly plant, says the Department of... 


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LDV to launch bakkie, SUV, MPV and panel van ranges in SA

14th May 2024

Chinese car maker LDV has confirmed that its full range of passenger and commercial vehicles have been given the go-ahead for introduction in the South African market. The company is part of the... 


The Mandela Peace Prize coin placed underneath the keel

Construction of new TNPA multipurpose vessel kicks off

14th May 2024

A keel-laying ceremony has marked the beginning of construction of a new multipurpose vessel that will increase the marine fleet availability for Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) in Cape... 


Contractors, sub-contractors battling as late payments accelerate – MBA North

Contractors, sub-contractors battling as late payments accelerate – MBA North

13th May 2024

The construction industry value-chain is at risk of collapsing as shrinking margins, unfair practices and payment issues continue to undermine the sector. This is according to members of the Master... 


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Raubex sees 28% bounce in its order book despite challenging environment

13th May 2024

Raubex saw a 28% jump in its order book for the financial year ended February 29, to R25.55-billion, compared with R20-billion in the previous financial year. “This is testimony to our diversified... 


Image of stolen copper recovered by the Copperheads

Cape Town’s Copperheads recover 1.7 t of stolen metal

10th May 2024

The City of Cape Town (CoCT) says it has recovered more than 1.7 t of stolen metal in the nine months between July last year and March this year. This effort was led by the city’s Metals Theft... 


Air freight leads recovery in logistics sector in March – Ctrack index

Air freight leads recovery in logistics sector in March – Ctrack index

10th May 2024

After a notable decline in the first two months of the year, the Ctrack Transport and Freight Index (Ctrack TFI) in March increased to an index level of 119.7. This is an increase of 1.1% compared... 


Puma Energy’s Africa head calls for urgent development of energy infrastructure on the continent

10th May 2024

Puma Energy Africa head Fadi Mitri has issued a call to action to the African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARDA) to urgently develop the continent’s energy infrastructure. ARDA is the... 


Blue Energy, wheel maker ink green power deal

10th May 2024

Local developer and operator of clean energy infrastructure Blue Energy Africa has signed a 20-year deal with Borbet South Africa (SA) for the procurement of power from renewable-energy sources.... 


Conditions still challenging, but contractors report noticeable uptick – MBA North

10th May 2024

Last year was one of the most challenging years the Master Builders Association (MBA) North has ever experienced, with many of its long-standing members entering business rescue or closing their... 


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More than 430 Cape Town households apply to sell their excess power

9th May 2024

A total of 432 Cape Town households have applied to earn cash from selling their excess solar power to the city. These applications will now be assessed to determine their eligibility. 


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BMW 7 Series clinches 2024 Car of the Year title

9th May 2024

The luxurious BMW 7 Series has been awarded the 2024 South African Car of the Year (COTY) title. In a competition run by the South African Guild of Mobility Journalists (SAGMJ), the the Suzuki... 


Seen from left to right is a view from a drone delivered to the command centre in Goodwood, the view from the ISR, and live footage from a body cam during a crime combatting event

Cape Town adds new tech layer in fight against crime – Eye-in-the-Sky

8th May 2024

Very early on in his term, Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis was told by law enforcement agencies that there could never be enough boots on the ground to fully combat violent crime and the drug... 


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Goodyear South Africa appoints new MD

7th May 2024

Goodyear South Africa (SA) has appointed Paul Gerrard as its new MD, starting from May 1. Gerrard takes over from Richard Fourie, who led the company for two years. 


Image of Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council chief trade and research officer Dr Norman Lamprecht

Auto exports soar to new record; shift to EVs sees drop in catalytic converter numbers

7th May 2024

Despite a tough domestic economy undermining a recovery in new-vehicle sales to pre-pandemic levels, record vehicle exports in 2023 ensured that the South African automotive sector still managed to... 


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New-vehicles sales gain 2.2% after eight months of decline; Suzuki swoops into second place

6th May 2024

New-vehicle sales have finally moved into positive territory following eight gruelling months of decline. Not all market segments experienced growth, however. 


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SA’s largest boat builder eyes growing share of global ocean-cruising catamaran market

3rd May 2024

It’s easy to overlook the sheer magnitude of Robertson and Caine’s (R&C’s) operations in Cape Town. The company’s ten boat-building factories and assembly lines are dotted across the city – from... 


Shoprite, four global retailers form $125m venture fund aimed at innovation

3rd May 2024

Five grocery retailers, including South Africa’s Shoprite group, have established a venture fund called W23 Global. W23 Global brings together Ahold Delhaize (US, Europe, Indonesia), Tesco (UK,... 


Cape Town takes another stab at rolling out electric buses for its MyCiTi service

3rd May 2024

The City of Cape Town should have battery electric buses (e-buses) operational on its MyCiTi bus service by 2027, says Urban Mobility MMC Rob Quintas. It will be the city’s second stab at rolling... 


Suzuki breaks through 50 000 unit sales mark

3rd May 2024

Suzuki Auto South Africa (Suzuki SA) has broken through the 50 000-units-a-year sales barrier for the first time in its history. The year in question is the company’s financial year, running from... 


Electric trucks too expensive? Now you can rent one from Volvo Trucks SA

3rd May 2024

Volvo Trucks South Africa (SA) has introduced an equipment-as-a-service (EaaS) model for its new electric truck rental business. Following last year’s launch of Volvo electric trucks in South... 


VW Africa laments power outages in Eastern Cape, but Electricity Minister said to be tackling the problem

3rd May 2024

Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA) suffered four power outages at its Kariega plant in the second week of April, says VWA MD and chairperson Martina Biene. This happened while there was no loadshedding... 


Magazine cover image

SA’s largest boat builder eyes growing share of global ocean-cruising catamaran market

3rd May 2024

It’s easy to overlook the sheer magnitude of Robertson and Caine’s (R&C’s) operations in Cape Town. The company’s ten boat-building factories and assembly lines are dotted across the city – from... 


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Former Audi SA head moves to Ford as sales director

2nd May 2024

Ford South Africa has appointed Ryan Searle as its new sales director, effective May 1. Searle joins Ford after six years as the head of Volkswagen passenger sales where he was responsible for... 


Image of the Ford Ranger plant

Lower income consumers are being priced out of the car market – TransUnion

2nd May 2024

TransUnion Africa CEO Lee Naik says a tough economic environment characterised by cost-of-living challenges, high fuel costs and currency depreciations have resulted in a notable decline in vehicle... 


Image of a landfill

Cape Town targeting this year as starting date for turning waste into power

30th April 2024

The City of Cape Town (CoCT) says it is moving closer to turning landfill waste into energy, with two projects that are designed to produce electricity from the combustion of landfill gas moving... 


View of the Cape Flats Managed Aquifer Recharge Programme

Cape Town budgets R5.3bn for water and sanitation capital projects

26th April 2024

The City of Cape Town (CoCT) says its total proposed budget for water and sanitation for the upcoming 2024/25 financial year is R18.5-billion. Of this, R5.3-billion will be spent on capital... 


Hyundai unveils nano cooling film able to slash interior heat in cars

26th April 2024

The Hyundai Motor Company has unveiled what it says is the world’s first application of a nano cooling film. The South Korean car maker describes the film as “a revolutionary vehicle window tint... 


PRASA partially restores five more railway corridors

26th April 2024

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) says it has restored another five Metrorail corridors across Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. These rail services were interrupted by... 


Volkswagen to invest R4-billion to produce third model at Kariega plant in show of commitment to South Africa

26th April 2024

Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA) will invest R4-billion in its manufacturing plant in Kariega, in the Eastern Cape. The investment will be used to prepare the plant for the addition of a third model... 


Image of the MAN Lion’s Explorer E electric bus

‘No operational issues’ as Golden Arrow tests electric Explorer bus

25th April 2024

Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS) says it will probably make a final decision in the third or fourth quarter of this year on whether it will acquire any Lion’s Explorer E electric buses from MAN... 


Image of Maltento's Dominic Malan and Dean Smorenburg

Fly farmer Maltento opens laboratory to expand insect research

24th April 2024

Fly farmer Maltento has unveiled a new laboratory at its insect breeding facility in Cape Town. The laboratory has been built to expand Maltento’s research on insect biotechnology, and aims to... 


Blue Energy signs 20-year green power deal with wheel manufacturer

Blue Energy signs 20-year green power deal with wheel manufacturer

24th April 2024

Local developer and operator of clean energy infrastructure, Blue Energy Africa, has signed a 20-year deal with Borbet South Africa (SA) for the procurement of power from renewable-energy sources.... 


Urgent need to develop Africa’s fuel storage, distribution networks – Puma Energy

Urgent need to develop Africa’s fuel storage, distribution networks – Puma Energy

23rd April 2024

Puma Energy Africa head Fadi Mitri has issued a call to action to the African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARDA) to urgently develop the continent’s energy infrastructure. ARDA is the... 


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