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Gender diversity needed in industry

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     28th August 2020 Even though the equipment rental and construction sector is still male-dominated, the landscape is changing, says compressor and generator supplier Rand-Air GM Kim Coetzee. “. . . about 48% of this sector currently comprises female employees in South Africa - many of them very small women-led... 

Reliable infrastructure needed to meet fibre demand  

By: Halima Frost     21st August 2020 With physical distancing encouraged amid Covid-19, the need for reliable fibre connectivity and infrastructure has increased, says open access network provider Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) strategy, mergers and acquisitions and innovation executive Vino Govender.  “We have seen a significant increase... 

Reliable infrastructure needed to meet fibre demand
Dark Fibre Africa strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and innovation executive Vino Govender discusses the increased demand for bandwidth and data during Covid-19. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 23.07.2020

Use of integration platforms increases in sector

By: Halima Frost     24th July 2020 The role, development and deployment of collaboration tools and integration platforms in the project management sector have accelerated during the past six months, says University of Pretoria (UP) lecturer and Construction Industry Institute African Chapter director Dr Giel Bekker.  “The... 

Use of integration platforms increases in sector
TECH TAKE-UP Lockdown regulations have forced organisations to take up collaborative tools and integrated platforms

Post-lockdown solution offered

By: Halima Frost     24th July 2020 Integrated Project Alliance (IPA) has developed a complete end-to-end (E2E) project management solution to companies and landlords wanting to re-open their companies after the Covid-19 lockdown measures have been lifted. Established in March, the E2E solution – the brainchild of development and... 

Post-lockdown solution offered
RETURN JOURNEY The team has fine-tuned a workplace journey tracker that highlights where the company would need to implement safety measures before returning to work

EPC firm suggests experienced team is key factor

By: Halima Frost     24th July 2020 Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Lesedi Nuclear Services says using an experienced project management team remains one of the key factors that needs to be applied when managing, identifying and accounting for project risks in South Africa. “Our environment is unique and... 

EPC firm suggests experienced team is key factor
KEEPING THE LIGHTS ON Having an experienced project management team allows Lesedi Nuclear Services to maintain clients such as State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station

New technology offers effective communication  

By: Halima Frost     24th July 2020 Blockchain solution provider DoshEx’s newest offering, Sherlock blockchain, is adapted for project managers and engineers to effectively communicate within a communal ecosystem. DoshEx CEO Alex de Bruyn explains that the Sherlock network combines the Internet of Things (IoT), distributed document... 

New technology offers effective communication
DoshEx CEO Alex de Bruyn discusses the use of its Sherlock blockchain solution in the project management sector. Camerawork: Halima Frost. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 25.06.2020

German foam proportioner brought to local market

By: Cameron Mackay     10th July 2020 The latest Generation III foam agent proportioners of German fire-protection systems provider FireDos GmbH is in the final stages of certification and release to the global market. As exclusive suppliers of the product in Southern Africa, special risk fire-protection equipment supplier DoseTech... 

German foam proportioner brought to local market
GERMAN SOLUTIONS IN SA 255 proportioner units with all model flow options have been delivered to South Africa to date

Company invests in geared motors, employee training

By: Simone Liedtke     29th May 2020 A range of geared motors from Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG will be available from the third quarter of 2020 to clients in South Africa and the rest of Africa from subsidiary Zest WEG. Dubbed the WG20 range, the geared motors – with benefits such as efficiency and reliability –... 

Company invests in geared  motors, employee training
INTERCHANGEABLE SETTINGS WEG K geared units can also be equipped with a hollow shaft, output shaft, shrink disc, torque arm and mounting flange

Pandemic heightens existing construction sector woes

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 Challenges in the construction sector will continue to prevail if construction sites remain closed, owing to South Africa’s national lockdown, says Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) president Christelle Bown. 

Pandemic heightens existing construction sector woes
CHRISTELLE BOWN It is important to address the difficulties caused by the onerous conditions prescribed when tendering for professional services

New gas gensets launched

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th April 2020 Global diesel, alternative fuels and generator set (genset) supplier Cummins launched its new “innovative power generation products” at the Middle East Energy (MEE) event earlier this year. 

New gas gensets launched
PROGRESSIVELY FORGING AHEAD Cummins remains hopeful about the future, as it will introduce two new digital master controls which provide comprehensive design flexibility

Distributor’s experience makes for sweeter projects supply

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th March 2020 With more than 60 years of servicing the sugar industry, power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) has gained meaningful expertise, which enables the company to continue being a “dependable supplier” in the industry. 

Distributor’s experience makes for sweeter projects supply
SWEET RIDE Bearings International supplies the complete drive chain – from the feeder tables where the sugar cane arrives from the farm to the pack house where the product gets distributed

Mechanised systems gaining momentum

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th March 2020 Manual harvesting currently dominates sugarcane harvesting operations. 

Mechanised systems gaining momentum
CANE MECHANISATION Any change towards a fully mechanised harvesting system involves many disciplines and affects all aspects of cane production

Chamber launches Small Business Relief Centre

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th March 2020 The National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) has launched a Covid-19 Small Business Relief Centre to assist businesses during this crisis. The centre collaborates with experts in various business fields, which should help small businesses weather the storm successfully.  

Government reaffirms support for rural, township economies

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th December 2019 To improve access to information and bring economic infrastructure support closer to township and rural-based enterprises, government is expanding incubators and digital hubs to townships and rural areas, says President Cyril Ramaphosa. 

Government reaffirms support for rural, township economies
Photo by SA Investment Conference
VIBRANT THINKING South Africa's small, medium-sized and microenterprises are demonstrating out-of-the-box thinking in business skills

Sound software asset management solid basis for cloud management

By: Schalk Burger     15th November 2019 Best practices to manage software assets provide companies with a robust foundation from which to manage cloud-based software assets and services, and achieve the goals and cost structures that companies seek when adopting cloud services, says South African information technology (IT) services... 

Sound software asset management solid basis  for cloud management
NICOLE OLIVEIRA SAM is a business enabler that helps CIOs and facilitates CEOs’ digitalisation strategies

Warehousing strategy aids facilities management company

By: Mamaili Mamaila     1st November 2019 There is an opportunity for the facilities management sector to leverage expertise from the supply chain and logistics sectors by replicating similar processes in its warehousing and logistic systems, says integrated facilities solutions company Servest CEO Xolile Sizani. 

Warehousing strategy aids facilities management company
XOLILE SIZANI While the market remains under pressure, Servest has embraced new technologies to remain competitive and still maintain sufficiently good margins

Cybersecurity evolving as cloud platform use matures

By: Schalk Burger     25th October 2019 Moving data, workloads and business applications (apps) into and out of cloud service platforms, which must be addressed by cybersecurity solutions, is part of the maturing use of cloud by businesses, says cybersecurity Europe, Middle East and Africa Fortinet chief information security officer... 

Open source supports client choice of cloud, enterprise systems

By: Schalk Burger     2nd August 2019 Enterprise open source multinational SUSE is benefitting from the emphasis on client choice and control over software and hardware systems, whether in the cloud or on premise, says SUSE South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa country manager Grant Bennett. There is rising demand for cloud and... 

Federation committed to small business growth

By: Mamaili Mamaila     19th July 2019 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) Small Business Hub (SBH) was created specifically to address the needs of small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in Southern Africa to contribute to economic growth and job creation. 

Federation committed to small business growth
TECHNICAL SKILLS Seifsa’s training ensures that people in the metals and engineering sector become technically skilled individuals so that they can create products of high quality for the industry

Automation of business processes to change expectations and services

By: Schalk Burger     12th July 2019 New methods of rapidly and accurately delivering services using robotic process automation (RPA) is driving a shift in the expectations of end-users and, similar to other automation innovations, will underpin a change in economies, says RPA multinational UiPath chief strategy officer Vargha... 

CSG anticipates recovery in 2020 financial year

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st July 2019 JSE-listed industrial contract services group CSG Holdings had a “satisfactory” first half, but a “disappointing” second half in the financial year ended March 31, owing to a challenging business environment and trading conditions. “This was aggravated by a few negative one-off events relating... 

Company recognised for upliftment project

28th June 2019 The corporate social responsibility arm of consulting engineering firm holding company Bosch Holdings, Bosch Ulwazi has offered 200 unemployed young people in Peddie, in the Eastern Cape, jobs focusing on construction at one of its projects. 

Company recognised for upliftment project
LAYING A FOUNDATION The company hopes to educate young unemployed people with its new programme

Regulations enable organisations to develop graduates

By: Cameron Mackay     21st June 2019 Organisations need to play a more active role in developing engineering capacity in South Africa, as new regulations are in place to provide available funding for graduate training, says South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) capacity building arm Civils Masakheni MD Allyson... 

Regulations enable organisations to develop graduates
ALLYSON LAWLESS Employers are mistaken in unrealistically expecting graduates to design and manage processes, projects and systems from their first day at work

Digital accounting service to help startups, small businesses

By: Schalk Burger     31st May 2019 A digital accountant service was designed to help startups and small businesses manage their daily operations, tax and registration matters, which also change as they grow, says digital accountant company Osidon co-founder and CEO Hennie Ferreira. The Osidon service comprises an automated... 

Digital accounting service to help  startups, small businesses
HENNIE FERREIRA The automated service writes financial data to compliance and accounting documents based on regulations and client needs

Companies collaborate for maintenance work at petrochem provider

By: Mamaili Mamaila     31st May 2019 Industrial rope-access company Skyriders Access Specialists collaborated with engineering consultants SSA Acoustic and Specialised Inspections to conduct maintenance work at one of South Africa’s leading petrochemical manufacturers.  

Cloud adoption prompting new ways of using tech

By: Schalk Burger     24th May 2019 While the migration of workloads into public cloud systems requires different strategic approaches to information technology (IT) resources, transitioning to the cloud prompts companies to become more agile and more secure by exposing them to security and IT consumption best practices, says... 

Cloud adoption prompting new ways of using tech
CORNÉ DU PREEZ Skilled IT personnel remain crucial and should focus on supporting in-house needs and developing new products and services

EOH shares surge as restructuring takes form 

By: Schalk Burger     16th April 2019 JSE-listed information and communication technology (ICT) service provider EOH’s share price rose by 55.76% on Tuesday as the company reported its financial results for the six months ended January 31. The company reported a loss for the six months of R3.3-billion mainly owing to one-off costs... 

EOH expects Microsoft investigations to be completed by end-May

By: Schalk Burger     4th April 2019 JSE-listed information technology services group EOH expects the investigations into alleged impropriety in the resale of multinational technology company Microsoft’s licences to be completed by the end of May, EOH CEO Stephen van Coller said in an update to shareholders sent out on Wednesday.... 

EOH Microsoft licence partnership woes deepen

By: Schalk Burger     25th March 2019 JSE-listed information technology services company EOH announced in a statement on Monday that it had, on March 12, received a 30-day notice period from software multinational Microsoft Ireland of its intention to terminate the Partner Network Agreement with a number of EOH group companies, and... 

Computicket to appeal R20m Competition Tribunal fine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st January 2019 Ticketing provider Computicket on Monday said it would appeal a decision by the Competition Tribunal that it used dominance between 2005 and 2010 relating to exclusive agreements with inventory providers for live entertainment events. The Competition Tribunal earlier announced that it had... 

EOH hopes restructuring will create new growth platform

By: Schalk Burger     19th October 2018 JSE-listed information technology group EOH has separated into two companies as part of its work to renew the business and position it for growth. The EOH-branded information and communication technology (ICT) business will focus on digital services in a digitising economy and the Nextec company... 

Civil contractor confidence falls to historic low in Q3 – CIDB

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th October 2018 The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) business conditions survey has shown that civil contractor confidence fell by six index points to a historic low of 27 during the third quarter. Weakness in all the underlying indicators, especially... 

Civil contractor confidence falls to historic low in Q3 – CIDB

New partnership offers turnkey STO solutions

7th September 2018 At Marcus Evans' tenth annual Chemical/Petrochemical and Refinery Shutdowns and Turnarounds Event in San Antonio, Texas, in May, US-based business management consultant KAP Project Services and US-based industrial workforce management company Mobideo Technologies announced a strategic partnership... 

New partnership offers turnkey STO solutions
TURNING AROUND A new partnership will make Special Technical Operations easier

Tribunal to pursue alleged price-fixing, collusion in R240m Eskom tender

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 The Competition Tribunal has refused an application to dismiss a complaint against companies accused of alleged price-fixing and tender collusion in a R240-million tender issued by State-owned power utility Eskom in March 2015. The tender was for the supply, installation and dismantling of... 

PwC suggests reviewing corporate culture to combat economic crime

By: Nadine James     2nd August 2018 Digital innovation and technology have given rise to new attack surfaces for economic criminals and fraudsters, resulting in the rate of instances growing at exponential levels, PwC’s 2018 ‘Global Economic Crime’ survey shows.   The survey, released on Thursday, notes that just under half of... 

Datatec optimistic about full Westcon turnaround within two years

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st June 2018 International information and communications technology company Datatec expects its embattled Westcon International portfolio to return to profitability within the next year, with a full turnaround emerging within two years. Datatec, which recently disposed of its businesses in North America and... 

CCP 12J appoints DRA Group as technical partner

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 Mining engineering firm DRA Group will act as a technical partner to mining-focused venture capital company CCP 12J Fund in respect of engineering and outsourced operations and maintenance services.  

CCP 12J appoints DRA Group as technical partner
Former Keaton Energy CEO and experienced Nedbank corporate investment and mining investment banker Paul Miller
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