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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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Fixing Eskom will result in higher taxes, electricity prices – economist

17th July 2019 There is little doubt that the taxpayer will be left footing the bill for the problems experienced at power supplier Eskom, and probably so through higher electricity prices and increased taxes. Over the last decade-plus, Eskom has seen generation capacity increase only slightly, with the amount... 

Ford, now accounting for 1% of GDP, introduces third shift at Silverton plant

17th July 2019 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is introducing a third shift at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria, to meet growing international and local demand for its new Ranger pick-up, Ranger Raptor performance pick-up and Everest sports-utility vehicle. The additional shift, which... 

Gautrain adds R6.4bn to the Gauteng economy a year, says new study

15th July 2019 A new study on the socio-economic impact of the Gautrain indicates that the rapid-rail system adds R6.64-billion to Gauteng economy’s gross domestic product (GDP) – or 0.56% ­– during a typical year of operation. The newest study – the second – was conducted by consulting engineering firm Hatch. 

Busmark, HySA and partners to roll out first homegrown hydrogen fuel cell bus

11th July 2019 The first South African developed hydrogen fuel cell bus is set to find a home with a local bus fleet, as soon as trial testing has been completed. The bus was developed in partnership with Busmark, a number of universities, government departments, the Council for Scientific and Industrial... 

CPUT prof develops one-stop solution for textile waste water

10th July 2019 The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) has developed a one-stop treatment reactor for treating textile waste water, using locally developed nano-powders. This treatment system offers an almost instantaneous removal of colour from water, explains project leader Professor Veruscha Fester. 

Africa’s vehicle policies threatening its air quality, warns Nissan’s Dando

10th July 2019 If not regulated, Africa could become one of the world’s fastest developing polluters, says Nissan Group of Africa sales and operations director Jim Dando. There are currently about 45-million vehicles in Africa, at 27 vehicles per 1 000 inhabitants, compared with 481 vehicles per 1 000 people in... 

Widebody tyres on trucks can save up to 5% on fuel costs

9th July 2019 Using single widebody tyres on trucks, as opposed to a dual-tyre assembly, can save transport operators up to 5% on fuel costs. “Some studies show this can be up to 12%,” says University of Illinois professor of engineering Imad Al-Qadi. 

Durban rail corridor to benefit most from addition of standard gauge track

9th July 2019 The freight corridor between Durban and Gauteng would benefit most from a standard gauge railway track being constructed next to the current narrow gauge track. The addition of the line would aid in the transport of mainly double-stacked containers, as well as various other commodities. 

Task team to look at future of e-tolling, completion date set for August

8th July 2019 A governmental task team will produce a report on the future of electronic tolling in Gauteng by August. Speaking at a media conference at the Southern African Transport Conference in Pretoria, on Monday, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said this report will be presented to President Cyril... 

Audi unveils virtual reality buying experience at Centurion dealership

4th July 2019 Elzanne Marais has a first-of-a-kind job in South Africa. However, it is one that should become increasingly prolific as local dealerships start to embrace the digital economy.  Marais is the customer private lounge (CPL) consultant at Audi Centre Centurion. 

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