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Leading hotel group partners shines a light on local artist

10th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Murals create a sense of community. They brighten up city streets and uplift neighbourhoods - creating an opportunity for connection.  This is the exact reason BlackBrick has partnered with artists to bring a taste of South African and global culture to each of their hotels. The hotel group drew... 

Winner of 35th Corobrik student architecture awards announced

9th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / The winner of the 2021 Corobrik Student Architecture Awards was announced on Wednesday 8 June at a special event at the Radisson RED in Rosebank, Johannesburg. The 35thnational awards ceremony was unique in that all seven regional winners and the heads of school from their respective... 

First electric minibus taxi coming to South Africa – project team aims to accelerate green mobility adoption

9th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Midrand, South Africa – As the fuel price hits historic highs, commuters are starting to feel the pinch in increasing transport fares. The typical South African commuter already spends up to 40% of their income on transport and the minibus taxi sector is still struggling from the impact of the... 

Trafo supplies transformers for standby gensets in cape

9th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Dry-type transformer specialist Trafo Power Solutions supplied four transformers for use in standby diesel generator sets in the Western Cape province.  The transformers will step up the 400 Volt supply from the generators to serve the 11 kV networks at customer sites. Two 2000 kVA gensets were... 

Booyco Electronics builds capability, skills in SA economy

9th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / (Virtual Showroom): Driven by stringent mine safety requirements underpinned by legislation, South Africa is a global front-runner in proximity detection systems (PDS) with Booyco Electronics as a recognised local trailblazer with growing production and engineering capability. The company’s Jet... 

Atlas Copco keeps customers pumped with specialist after-market solutions

9th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Atlas Copco is a trusted service partner that assists customers, through the delivery of professional after-market solutions, maximising machine performance, availability, efficiency and lifecycle, while minimising operating costs. “When customers buy Atlas Copco products, they are making an... 

Engagement Banking leader Backbase raises €120M from Motive Partners

9th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Backbase, creator of the category-leading Engagement Banking Platform, raised €120 million in growth equity funding from Motive Partners. Having grown organically to over €200 million in revenue, Backbase is now partnering with a Fintech specialist private equity firm, to further strengthen its... 

Commvault sees global momentum soar with Metallic portfolio expansion for driving new customer growth

9th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Continuing to deliver exceptional services, Commvault also announces availability of new ThreatWise security solution and Metallic Recovery Reserve Cloud Storage Service. Commvault, a recognised global enterprise leader in intelligent data services across on-premises, cloud, and software as a... 

Celebrating Youth - Engen’s Sameerah Khan is determined to make her mark

9th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / “Youth Month is an opportunity to celebrate how young people can make an impact on the world…but only if we put our minds to it!”   This is the rallying cry of Sameerah Khan, a passionate environmental scientist and emerging business leader who is currently developing her skills as an Engen... 

Parker’s latest "Expert Insights" Tech Talk dissects current EV Automotive Technologies and their contribution to Mobile Electrification

9th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies, will present the latest episode of their incisive tech talk series “Expert Insights” on Thursday, June 9, 2022. Moderated by international keynote speaker Mark Jeffries, the discussion will dive deeper into the topic of mobile... 

Planned implosion of two silos at Kusasalethu in Carletonville

9th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Numerous mines in South Africa are either reaching the end of their productive lifespans, or have redundant infrastructure on-site that either needs to be refurbished or demolished. Here is where Phoenecian Group offers an essential service to the mining industry. The company specialises in... 

German packaging producer integrates ABB’s automatic paper testing for faster quality insights

9th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Containerboard manufacturer Papierfabrik Adolf Jass Schwarza GmbH has successfully integrated ABB’s latest L&W Autoline automatic testing solution into its production process, largely replacing manual laboratory measurements.  The move is part of wider digitalisation project at the mill, which... 

Could mathematical optimisation help with South Africa’s energy crisis?

9th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / According to the National Planning Commission, there is a pressing need for an Independent, Transmission System and Market Operator (ITSMO) in South Africa in order to turnaround the country’s current debilitating energy crisis. The National Development Plan (NDP) 2029 is explicit on the... 

Is going off grid SA’s biggest energy myth?

8th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT /   Eskom’s load shedding schedule for the next six months indicates that businesses across the country can expect a significant amount of downtime over the coming months, with two months of planned load shedding between April and August. This continuous disruption to productivity is costing South... 

Conservation agreements open the door to conservation co-operation in South Africa

8th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / The signing of two important agreements at the residence of French Ambassador Mr. Aurélien Lechevallier, in Pretoria on 7 June, has opened the door to critical regional and inter-continental co-operation in the field of biodiversity.  This will impact on spatial and development planning as well... 

Looking to sell? home improvements that will up your asking price

8th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / The local housing market remains a hive of activity despite the recent interest rate hike. This is largely driven by an uptick in home loan approvals, a surge in first-time buyers and South Africans looking to semigrate. But, with so many looking to sell their homes and capitalise on this... 

Concor at the forefront of "green" construction

8th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / When it comes to care for the environment, there can be few contractors around with the track record of Concor, which has shown its commitment to ‘green’ construction on literally scores of building, construction and civil engineering projects, some of which have won top industry awards. “Our... 

Special use culverts … with windows

8th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / When one thinks of precast concrete culverts one imagines them installed under bridges and roads enabling stormwater to flow freely and preventing the destruction of bridges and roads. So, when a mining operation from the North West Province contacted Rocla for culverts for a smelter tunnel that... 

Entrepreneurial skills development must drive job creation for SA youth

8th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / By Yershen Pillay, CEO, CHIETA (chemical industries SETA) Empowering youth to become successful entrepreneurs delivers a multiplier effect, with sustainable SMMEs creating jobs for other unemployed youth. This in turn also contributes to Setas with their levies, enabling further support of small... 

The Technology Innovation Agency and the SAB Foundation form a partnership to further support innovation.

8th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), and the SAB Foundation have announced a partnership to promote social entrepreneurship development in South Africa. The SAB Foundation describes social entrepreneurship as business solutions to... 

A quick guide to foamed chemicals in high-pressure pumping equipment

8th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / (Virtual Showroom): Foamed chemicals are used for various applications and industries where high-pressure pumping equipment is employed. Most commonly, foam allows chemicals to cling to certain surfaces, giving them longer contact time with the material. This helps the chemicals do a better job.... 

You don’t need to know the exact nature of a crisis to plan for it

8th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / DC Kemp, Chief Financial Officer, Atterbury In this uncertain world, there’s one thing we can know for sure; the future will surprise us, again and again. We may not know precisely what these shocks will be or when they will hit. Sometimes there are warning signs, sometimes there aren’t. Some... 

Weir Minerals Africa opens labs for foundry and rubber plant at Isando

8th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Boosting manufacturing quality and consistency at Weir Minerals Africa’s Isando foundry and rubber plant, two laboratories recently opened their doors at the company’s facility near Johannesburg. According to Umar Smith, plant manager at Weir Minerals Africa’s Isando facility, the two... 

When your cloud is compromised by ransomware, can your backup strategy recover?

8th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / By Kate Mollett, Regional Director at Commvault Africa Ransomware attacks are on the rise, and the pay-out for a successful breach is growing as data becomes more and more valuable. The potential of falling victim to ransomware is escalating, and such an occurrence could end up costing billions... 

SAIA continues to champion a quality built environment

7th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / The nearly 100-year-old South African Institute of Architects (SAIA)continues to champion the need for a constant pipeline of projects in both the public and private sectors, according to SAIA President Ruben Reddy, who will be officially inaugurated by the Institute on Friday 10 June. This will... 

Africa’s budding 5G infrastructure provides an unparalleled opportunity for growth in local manufacturing

7th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Over the past few years, technology experts have been extolling the potential of 5G technology to transform how we operate in a highly connected modern world. Buzz words such as Smart Homes and Smart Cities have worked their way into discussions at every level of society. In more recent months,... 

Seabourne Logistics extends its South African footprint

7th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Latest Nelspruit branch offers new road freight and fast delivery options  From the automotive industry to the agricultural community, new road freight and fast delivery options are now available thanks to Seabourne Logistics, which opened a branch in Mbombela, formerly known as Nelspruit, in... 

Higher performance and connectivity features with new SACE Tmax XT

7th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Higher performances, protection, metering, and connectivity features up to 1600A are features of the newly launched SACE Tmax XT, which extends ABB’s range of moulded case circuit breakers (MCCBs). The MCCB range has been designed for maximum ease of use, integration, and connectivity, and is... 

A dozen ENGEL injection moulding machines from GreenTech deliver flexible operation for diemaster Industries

7th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / When GreenTech Plastics Machinery first opened their doors for business in 2016, they supplied one of their first customers, diemaster Industries, with an ENGEL injection moulding machine. But this was not diemaster’s first ENGEL unit. diemaster has been a loyal ENGEL customer for the past 22... 

MF Connect telemetry solution from Massey Ferguson

7th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / An equipment-management solution that enables remote and real-time monitoring to any device is now available from Massey Ferguson. MF Connect allows machine data to be used to make informed operational decisions about equipment performance, ensuring that preventative maintenance is conducted. MF... 

PRAWA mobilises to strive for excellence

7th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / The Professional Roof / Repairs and Waterproofing Association (PRAWA) is spearheading a drive to implement minimum standards and a register of approved application products within the waterproofing and roof repairs industry. This will be done in collaboration with various manufacturers and... 

Paying ransomware? Should you really pay ransom settlements?

7th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / By Aamir Lakhani, Global Security strategist and researcher at Fortinet Ransomware is one of the top threats facing organizations and individuals today. In fact, according to a recent survey, 85% of organizations are more worried about a ransomware attack than any other cyber threat. By simply... 

Brainwave Primary Cooperative on sound footing to fulfil major contract after completing Seriti ESD Programme

7th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Brainwave Primary Cooperative is a Standerton-based entity that provides mechanical and auto-electrical maintenance services in the Mpumalanga province. Having completed the Seriti Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) Programme in 2021, the company is now better positioned to deliver on a... 

The rush for renewable energy is upon us – but have the IPPs got a handle on labour?

7th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / By Wayne Alcock, MD at Quyn International Outsourcing As the energy crisis continues and load shedding intensifies, South Africa is desperate to see the finalisation of projects that will add emergency generation capacity. However, delays created by a court challenge to the emergency power... 

Organisations must consider the need for a highly secure and effective authorisation and authentication process

7th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / By Hayden Sadler, Country Manager for South Africa at Infinidat Cybersecurity is a constantly evolving field, with new technologies opening new avenues for cyberattacks. Furthermore, while significant security breaches are frequently publicised, organisations need to learn how to improve their... 

Success all around for Engen sponsored Truck Test 2022  

6th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / The highly anticipated Truck Test, whose intense route this year spanned three provinces, has been successfully completed.   As a major supplier of fuels and lubricants to the transport sector, Engen once again partnered with Focus Magazine as this year’s Truck Test Platinum sponsor to... 

Recycling hazardous used oil responsibly is essential to protect our environment

6th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / By Bubele Nyiba, CEO, ROSE Foundation The 2022 National Environment Month campaign, “#OnlyOneEarth”, is calling for transformative changes to policies and choices to enable cleaner, greener, and sustainable living in harmony with nature.  Waste management of a wide range of products is a key... 

Missed opportunities at WEF present an opportunity for Africa to create its own platforms

6th June 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / By Gontse Tsatsi, Head of Retail Client Management at Old Mutual Investment Group After being postponed earlier this year, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has been meeting in Davos from 22 May. Looking at its programme, it is a stark reminder that whilst this forum is a great learning and sharing... 

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