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Bahrain composites group aiming to use PRASA contract as platform for expansion into other sectors  

By: Terence Creamer     18th July 2019 Composites multinational BFG International, of Bahrain, has officially opened a R50-million factory in Ekurhuleni, South Africa, to supply fibreglass components for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) new trains. The investment, which is the first-ever by a Bahraini... 

BFG International group president Dr Samer Aljishi
BFG International group president Dr Samer Aljishi in conversation with Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the company's investment in South Africa and prospects for future growth. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 18.7.2019

Govt to see a 19% drop in road-generated revenue by 2030, study predicts 

By: Irma Venter     18th July 2019 By 2030, government will see a 19.45% loss in its total road-generated revenue, owing to technological and societal trends, forecasts Johann van Rensburg, a PhD candidate conducting research on transport finance. Van Rensburg delivered a paper entitled ‘Disruptive Transport Technologies:... 

 Govt to see a 19% drop in road-generated revenue by 2030, study predicts

Gautrain looks at procuring pre-owned trains from the UK  

By: Irma Venter     18th July 2019 The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) is investigating the procurement of pre-owned rolling stock from the UK to address peak-hour congestion on the Gautrain system. This follows as a tender process to secure 12 new four-car train sets for the Gautrain system failed to deliver the desired results... 

Gautrain looks at procuring pre-owned trains from the UK

Ayanda Myoli appointed as acting Necsa CEO as Robertson departs 

By: Terence Creamer     17th July 2019 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation has confirmed that Ayanda Myoli has been appointed acting CEO at the troubled State-owned enterprise, following the departure of Don Robertson at the end of June. Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has been informed of Myoli’s... 

Ayanda Myoli
Ayanda Myoli

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

By: Irma Venter     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... 

Ford Middle East and Africa operations VP Ockert Berry
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Ford Middle East and Africa operations VP Ockert Berry

Radical plan to stem Necsa losses proposed and then withdrawn by board  

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th July 2019 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation suffered cumulative losses of R257.78-million in the 2016/17 and 2017/18 financial years and is expected to announce an even larger loss of R294.27-million for 2018/19, resulting in cumulative losses of R552.05-million for the three-year period. The... 

An aerial view of Necsa’s Pelindaba complex
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An aerial view of Necsa’s Pelindaba complex

Sisulu promises traction in water sector  

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th July 2019 The Department Water and Sanitation is taking stock as it determines the required solutions for a sector fraught with major inequalities and unequal distribution, and an “inability to uphold the right of every South African to access water”. “South Africa’s water story is not a good one,” Human... 

Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu
Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu

EOH says bribery, corruption limited to a few individuals, subsidiaries 

By: Schalk Burger     16th July 2019 JSE-listed information technology services company EOH on Tuesday revealed the preliminary findings of a forensic investigation conducted by legal firm ENSafrica into suspected bribery and corruption at the R18-billion-a-year-turnover company. EOH CEO Stephen van Coller said the scale of the... 

EOH CEO Stephen van Coller
EOH CEO Stephen van Coller

Tongaat CEO seeking to freeze payments on R11bn of debt 

By: Bloomberg     16th July 2019 Tongaat Hulett is asking ten lenders for a break from payments on as much as R11-billion of debt so it can recover from the impact of having to restate accounts, according to CEO Gavin Hudson. The embattled South African sugar maker is spending about R1-billion a year servicing the borrowings and... 

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

By: Irma Venter     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. 

Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo and Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe
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Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo and Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe

Fuel cell electric vehicles set to make strong entry – visiting experts   

By: Martin Creamer     15th July 2019 There is simply no doubt that fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), which use platinum group metal catalysts, will make a very strong global entry in the next decade, global experts said on Monday. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online on the eve of Nedbank’s FCEV conference in Cape Town, Professor Dr... 

From left Dr Sakib Khan, Prof Dr Ferdinand Panik, Martin Creamer, Dr David Hart and Vinay Somera.
Fuel cell experts talk to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd. Photograph: Creamer Media’s Dylan Slater.

South African Navy falling behind other navies in Africa  

By: Kim Cloete     15th July 2019 Hit by budget cuts over the past few years, the South African Navy is bucking the regional trend and falling behind other navies in Africa, says the Chief of the South African Navy, Vice Admiral Mosiwa Samuel Hlongwane. “The naval balance of power is shifting on our continent,” Hlongwane told the... 

South African Navy falling behind other navies in Africa

Climate change takes priority in Creecy’s budget vote debate  

By: Nadine James     12th July 2019 Newly appointed Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy delivered her R7.5-billion budget vote statement in the National Assembly on Thursday, emphasising the socioeconomic threat of climate change, as more than two-million South Africans are directly dependent on the... 

Restructuring DTI to focus heavily on AfCFTA implementation  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th July 2019 The departments of Trade and Industry, and Economic Development, which are merging to become the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC), will focus on six areas over the next five years. For this year, the priority would be the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which... 

Minister Ebrahim Patel
Minister Ebrahim Patel

CSIR doubles down on solar PV amid energy-autonomous campus success 

By: Donna Slater     12th July 2019 The Pretoria-based headquarters of research organisation the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has almost doubled its commissioning of solar photovoltaic (PV) installed capacity because of its rooftop-mounted fixed-axis solar PV plant exceeding initial performance expectations.  

CSIR doubles down on solar PV amid energy-autonomous campus success

Gordhan says draft Eskom unbundling White Paper to be finalised soon 

By: Terence Creamer     11th July 2019 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan says a draft White Paper outlining government’s approach to the unbundling of State-owned power utility Eskom, as well as how its “unsustainable” debt burden will be managed, is being prepared and should be finalised within weeks. Gordhan made the... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

IRP will serve before Cabinet only in September as Nedlac process drags on 

By: Terence Creamer     11th July 2019 The long-awaited update to the Integrated Resource Plan for electricity is only likely to serve before Cabinet in September, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe reported on Thursday. The minister said that the draft IRP was still being considered by the social partners at the... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Fuel cells presenting mining, manufacturing with compelling opportunity – Isondo 

By: Martin Creamer     11th July 2019 If South Africans make use of their superior sunlight and their prime wind, they can generate a lot of carbon-free electricity at a cost potentially cheaper than when Eskom burns coal and pollutes the air. That, in itself, is in line with the world’s decarbonisation demands. But there is more.... 

Isondo Precious Metals COO Dr Sakib Khan
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Isondo Precious Metals COO Dr Sakib Khan

AMSA shares fall on job cuts warning 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th July 2019 Primary steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) share price on the JSE fell by 10.4% on Wednesday morning after it said it could possibly cut more than 2 000 jobs. In a trading update for the six months ended June 30, it said a difficult domestic economic environment was negatively... 

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

By: Irma Venter     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... 

Jim Dando
Jim Dando

National minimum wage not the jobs poison pundits feared – Minister Nxesi 

By: News24Wire      10th July 2019 Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi told reporters in Parliament on Wednesday that the employment market had taken well to the National Minimum Wage since it was signed into law, with only 7% of employers in the country not complying. Nxesi was speaking ahead of his first Budget Vote... 

Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi
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Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi

‘Weak’ carbon tax to be significantly strengthened from 2023 – Treasury official 

By: Terence Creamer     9th July 2019 A leading National Treasury official has warned industry to prepare for a significant strengthening of South Africa’s carbon tax during the second phase of implementation, which will begin in January 2023, describing the first phase, which came into force on June 1, as “weak”. South Africa’s... 

National Treasury deputy director-general Ismail Momoniat
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National Treasury deputy director-general Ismail Momoniat

Exciting new stimulus for hydrogen power, fuel cells, platinum economy 

By: Martin Creamer     9th July 2019 The emerging world of hydrogen power, fuel cells, platinum and climate change mitigation received another stimulus on Tuesday with the announcement of new high-level investment backing for a fund that promotes technologies dependent on the high-performance characteristics of platinum group metals... 

AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly
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AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly

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

By: Irma Venter     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. 

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

UCT researchers say road maintenance backlog exceeds R400bn 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th July 2019 The cost of South Africa’s road maintenance backlog is nearing R417-billion, research undertaken by the University of Cape Town’s School of Economics academics Don Ross and Matthew Townshend have found. This is more than double the amount set out in the South African National Roads Agency’s... 

UCT researcher Matthew Townshend
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UCT researcher Matthew Townshend

Conference presentations tackle spatial development, transport planning issues 

By: Simone Liedtke     8th July 2019 University of Johannesburg Professor Steven Friedman has called for an “urgent conversation” between people with technical expertise who understand planning and transport issues, to debate ways in which the country can begin to integrate its poor people into the country’s economic hubs. This... 

UJ Professor Steven Friedman
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UJ Professor Steven Friedman

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

By: Irma Venter     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... 

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula
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Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Marubeni seeks sites and partners as it gears up for next renewables bid window 

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2019 Japanese multinational Marubeni has issued an expression of interest (EoI) notice calling on entities with ‘bid ready’ wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) project sites in South Africa to approach it with the view to potentially jointly submitting the project as part of any future renewables auction... 

Marubeni seeks sites and partners as it gears up for next renewables bid window

Ramaphosa throws weight behind 4IR as South Africa’s growth accelerator 

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th July 2019 South Africa is positioning itself not as an adopter but rather as a leader and driver of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) worldwide, President Cyril Ramaphosa promised on Friday, throwing his weight fully behind the imminent digital disruption. He believes that taking the global lead on... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
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President Cyril Ramaphosa

Denel asks for R2.8bn State cash injection – CEO 

By: Reuters     5th July 2019 State arms company Denel has asked the government for a R2.8-billion cash injection to help it emerge from a financial crisis and secure lucrative export deals, its chief executive said. Denel, a cornerstone of the country's once-mighty defence industry, is one of several state firms whose... 

Denel asks for R2.8bn State cash injection – CEO

Audi unveils virtual reality buying experience at Centurion dealership 

By: Irma Venter     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. 

Audi unveils virtual reality buying experience at Centurion dealership

Valuation methods under microscope as secondary market for renewables picks up 

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2019 Ongoing consolidation in South Africa’s renewable-energy sector has led consulting firm Deloitte Africa to assess several asset valuation methodologies to help guide participants in secondary market transactions. Deloitte Africa partner Mohsin Khan tells Engineering News Online that valuing... 

Deloitte Africa partner Mohsin Khan
Deloitte Africa partner Mohsin Khan

Updated guide to renewables developments in Africa published 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th July 2019 Global law firm DLA Piper has published an updated version of its Africa Renewable Energy Guide, which provides a snapshot of the regulatory environment for renewable energy in 17 African countries, including South Africa. The second edition of the publication guide showcases the diverse approach... 

Mpumalanga coal mines noncompliant with water use licence conditions – CER 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2019 Nonprofit organisation (NPO), the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) says coal mines in Mpumalanga are “significantly” noncompliant with their water use licence conditions. In a report – the fourth instalment in the CER’s Full Disclosure series – released on Wednesday, the NPO details gross... 

Mpumalanga coal mines noncompliant with water use licence conditions – CER

Initial ‘just energy transition’ work points to need to cushion coal regions 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd July 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Energy Centre has initiated a project to model the socioeconomic risks and opportunities associated with South Africa’s transition from a coal-dominant electricity industry to one that is increasingly based on renewable energy. The... 

CSIR research group leader for the energy industry Ntombifuthi Ntuli
CSIR research group leader for the energy industry Ntombifuthi Ntuli

South Africa weighs new support measures for struggling Eskom 

By: Reuters     3rd July 2019 South Africa is weighing extra options to support Eskom, including swapping the financially troubled State power firm's debt for government bonds or ring-fencing it in a special account, a senior treasury official said. Discussions are at an early stage, and it is not yet clear which option will... 

South Africa weighs new support measures for struggling Eskom

Policy uncertainty persists in Q2, but there is potential for a turnaround 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd July 2019 The North West University Business School’s Policy Uncertainty Index decreased from 53.4 in the first quarter to 52.9 in the second quarter. NWU Business School economist Professor Raymond Parsons on Tuesday said policy uncertainty remained strongly elevated and had stayed in negative territory... 

NWU Business School economist Professor Raymond Parsons
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NWU Business School economist Professor Raymond Parsons

South Africa urged to start integrating carbon neutrality into revamped industrial strategy 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd July 2019 The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) is urging South Africa to take proactive steps to begin integrating the concept of carbon neutrality into its revised industrial strategy, warning that a delay in doing so could undermine the future competitiveness of the country’s... 

UNIDO energy and climate coordinator in South Africa Conrad Kassier
UNIDO energy and climate coordinator in South Africa Conrad Kassier
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