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Creamer Media’s Engineering News presents Business Thought Leadership. This is a platform for unsolicited opinion articles written by various thought leaders on topical issues affecting the South African economy and the business environment. Creamer Media retains the right not to publish unsolicited opinion articles, as well as to remove articles from the platform. The opinions expressed are not those of Creamer Media.

Denying the voting rights of post-commencement creditors carries negative implications for future businesses undergoing business rescue
17th May 2024

By Riza Moosa, Director, Head of Banking & Finance and Karabo Kanapi, Associate, Banking & Finance at CMS South Africa The recent decision by the Gauteng High Court denoting that creditors who have... 


Unlocking growth: Cross-border trade gives African entrepreneurs access to new markets
17th May 2024

Sejeng Matlhako, Head: Regional Transactional Banking Sales (Business Banking) Absa CIB and Stanley Hlamalani Godi, Regional Segment Head: Relationship Banking Coverage Growth, Absa Group... 


 Establishing a skilled Mozambican economy
Establishing a skilled Mozambican economy
16th May 2024

By Mark Marucchi, General Manager, Schneider Electric Mozambique Mozambique is set for some exciting growth in the coming years.  In fact, according to the Mozambican government, the southeast... 


Identity security can help Africa capitalize on opportunities for growth
Identity security can help Africa capitalize on opportunities for growth
16th May 2024

Several developments on the movement of people and goods in Africa hold prospects for surges in trade and development. Technology that supports security and individuals can and must facilitate... 


Buildings are Phygital too
16th May 2024

By Thabang Byl, Buildings Segment Lead at Schneider Electric It’s a story as old as, well, the pandemic; industries going through disruption to adapt to a world which has in some instances remained... 


Empowering prosperity - social labour planning for inclusive workforce development
Empowering prosperity - social labour planning for inclusive workforce development
16th May 2024

By Jacques Farmer, Managing Director at PRISMA Training For mining companies, Social Labour Planning (SLP) should be more than a tick-box exercise when applying for a mining licence. If approached... 


Leveraging advances in technology to drive sustainable construction
Leveraging advances in technology to drive sustainable construction
15th May 2024

Morag Evans, CEO of Databuild Globally, the building and construction industry has been putting more emphasis on using energy-efficient technologies and equipment to reduce carbon emissions and... 


Embracing circular economy principles in the built environment to unlock the potential of a renewable water sector
15th May 2024

By Walter Wales, Head of WaterSolve at Remote Metering Solutions (RMS). With its potential for renewable practices, the water sector holds the key to a critical transition. A paradigm shift is... 


The new energy landscape in Africa and youthful potential – the time for incremental change is over
The new energy landscape in Africa and youthful potential – the time for incremental change is over
14th May 2024

By Ifeanyi Odoh, Country President, Schneider Electric East Africa The world is becoming increasingly electrified and with this comes challenges and opportunities. It is a time that sees countries... 


South Africa Takes Bold Step: Climate Change Bill Receives Parliamentary Nod of Approval
South Africa Takes Bold Step: Climate Change Bill Receives Parliamentary Nod of Approval
14th May 2024

By Garyn Rapson, Partner & Sinalo Matubatuba, Candidate Attorney at Webber Wentzel The South African Parliament unanimously passed the Climate Change Bill, which sets ambitious goals to achieve the... 


What do sectoral emission targets mean for your business?
What do sectoral emission targets mean for your business?
13th May 2024

Garyn Rapson, Partner, Nonhlanhla Mnengi, Associate, Sabeeha Loonat, Associate & Sinalo Matubatuba, Candidate Attorney at Webber Wentzel To support the implementation of South Africa's Nationally... 


Rising commercial crimes in South Africa highlight the need for effective risk mitigation strategies
Rising commercial crimes in South Africa highlight the need for effective risk mitigation strategies
13th May 2024

The rising number of commercial crimes in South Africa demands immediate attention from businesses across the country. By implementing thorough employee vetting processes and robust internal... 


How do you manage an overburdened grid? Electricity 4.0 provides some answers
How do you manage an overburdened grid? Electricity 4.0 provides some answers
10th May 2024

By Taru Madangombe, Vice President: Power and Grid for Middle East and Africa at Schneider Electric Energy transition and innovation are inherently interdependent. If one looks at the history of... 


Increase in Cost of Working
Increase in Cost of Working
9th May 2024

George Jennings and Kobus van Niekerk Understanding Increase in Cost of Working (ICOW) 


Infrastructure policy reforms and logistics plans could reshape SA’s economy
Infrastructure policy reforms and logistics plans could reshape SA’s economy
6th May 2024

By Roelof van den Berg, CEO of Gap Infrastructure Corporation 06 May 2024: There is a considerable mountain for South Africa to climb if we are to reach the country’s infrastructure goals by 2030.... 


The Magnificent Seven of industrial software development
The Magnificent Seven of industrial software development
2nd May 2024

By Johan Potgieter, Cluster Industrial Software Lead at Schneider Electric There’s fast paced and there’s supersonic, and the latter certainly applies to the evolution of software or more... 


Understanding UPS system failure and how to mitigate the risks associated with this crucial equipment
Understanding UPS system failure and how to mitigate the risks associated with this crucial equipment
30th April 2024

By Sarika Andee, Marketing Leader: Field Service at Schneider Electric Research shows that 64% of costly breakdowns on manufacturing s­ites are caused by f­ires, w­ith 24% of those f­ires bei­ng... 


Embracing Industry 4.0 is key to unlocking the transformation of the electro-mechanical landscape
Embracing Industry 4.0 is key to unlocking the transformation of the electro-mechanical landscape
30th April 2024

By Wesley Vorster, Product Manager at ACTOM The electro-mechanical industry is fundamentally being transformed by Industry 4.0, which is ushering in an era of more efficient and innovative... 


Building practices of the future will integrate digital solutions to reduce buildings’ carbon footprints
Building practices of the future will integrate digital solutions to reduce buildings’ carbon footprints
29th April 2024

By Mark Freeman, Offer Manager Digital Buildings for Anglophone Africa at Schneider Electric Unchecked energy consumption is linked to various environmental challenges, including air, water and... 


 The digital mining frontier - future developments for process automation in mining
The digital mining frontier - future developments for process automation in mining
26th April 2024

By Hennie Colyn, MMM - Strategic Account Executive at Schneider Electric The digital process automation market is expected to reach a staggering 24.2 Billion by 2028, with a Compound Annual Growth... 


EIT Graduate Irvin Chikeya’s Story in the Community
EIT Graduate Irvin Chikeya’s Story in the Community
25th April 2024

Driven by a keen desire to advance his engineering skills, Irvin Chikeya embarked on his Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation) degree with the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT). As... 


 Making digitisation and sustainability work for the channel
Making digitisation and sustainability work for the channel
25th April 2024

By Ahmed El-Besary, Vice President, Channel Sales & Marketing. Anglophone Africa, MEA at Schneider Electric 2023 was marked by increased emphasis on digital tools and its impact on companies’... 


Water scarcity in South Africa threatens the agricultural sector and food security
Water scarcity in South Africa threatens the agricultural sector and food security
24th April 2024

South Africa is naturally a water-scarce country – among the 30 driest countries in the world. But, combined with unpredictable climate changes that tend towards hotter and drier conditions,... 


Optimising green hydrogen production with technology advancement
Optimising green hydrogen production with technology advancement
18th April 2024

By Hennie Colyn at Schneider Electric A recent Markets and Markets research report Green Hydrogen Market, Industry Size Forecast Report  outlines that the segment is set to reach USD 7,314 billion... 


 The important evolution of HR
The important evolution of HR
17th April 2024

By Kim Naidoo, HR Manager, Anglophone Africa at Schneider Electric The role of Human Resources (HR) has certainly changed over the years. The advances in technology (AI) continues to evolve at a... 


Businesses can conquer power quality challenges with expert consultative services
Businesses can conquer power quality challenges with expert consultative services
16th April 2024

By Wesley Govender, Power Quality Product Application Expert at Schneider Electric Due to the instability of South Africa’s energy market, characterised by frequent fluctuations and disruptions,... 


Securing telcos’ future through tech transformation
Securing telcos’ future through tech transformation
16th April 2024

By Nitesh Sing, Communications, Media, and Technology (CMT) lead for Accenture, Africa As South African telecommunications companies grapple with significant challenges, hope is on the horizon.... 


3 tips to improve your employees’ productivity – from a behavioural change specialist
15th April 2024

Ask any company head or business leader how important employee productivity is to them, and they will tell you that it is right up there with a strong bottom line and a good coffee machine. But... 


Elevating data ethics: a perspective on responsible data management
12th April 2024

By Pieter Nienaber (Compliance Africa at Crown Records Management South Africa) As the Compliance Officer of Crown Records Management, with a global footprint, Pieter Nienaber is acutely aware of... 


A Resolved governance crisis in SOEs could lead to an industrial South Africa through the National State Enterprises Bill
10th April 2024

The anaemic economic situation in South Africa, born out of incompetent economic management, has a strong correlation with political legitimacy and survivability, Bongani Mankewu argues. In recent... 


Is your building intelligently supporting your well-being?
Is your building intelligently supporting your well-being?
9th April 2024

By Thabang Byl, Buildings Segment Lead at Schneider Electric Buildings are gathering places for humans, and for its inhabitants to prosper, it needs to be sustainable, resilient and people centric.... 


A comprehensive approach to modernising manufacturing operations and how to overcome the fear of change
A comprehensive approach to modernising manufacturing operations and how to overcome the fear of change
5th April 2024

By Sarika Andhee, Marketing Leader at Schneider Electric Businesses are often hesitant to embrace change, particularly when it involves crucial operations. Many organisations and industries worry... 


10 Ways to slash rising electricity costs
4th April 2024

Starting from 1 April 2024, prepaid electricity prices have increased by 12.74%, resulting in an average electricity tariff rise from around R1.84 per kWh to approximately R2.07. With households... 


Precise planning, clear goals and optimization key to Air Products’ Supply Chain success
Precise planning, clear goals and optimization key to Air Products’ Supply Chain success
2nd April 2024

As one of the leading manufacturers of industrial gas, Air Products has established a successful supply chain strategy, crafted from  industry experience, best practice and knowledge sharing by... 


Distance, what distance?  Microgrids meet remote operations’ energy requirements
Distance, what distance? Microgrids meet remote operations’ energy requirements
2nd April 2024

By Nishandra Baijnath, Systems Architect, Power Systems, Anglophone Africa at Schneider Electric As the world’s second largest continent, the vast expanse Africa lends itself to remote operations,... 


AI, scarcity, power, and other datacentre trends
AI, scarcity, power, and other datacentre trends
27th March 2024

By Faith Waithaka, Cloud and Service Provider Segment Sales Lead: Anglophone Africa at Schneider Electric It’s easy to say that 2023 was the year of AI, or generative AI to be more specific.... 


Shift in household energy use alters South Africa’s power landscape: advent of solar and smart technologies offers light at the end of Eskom’s tunnel
26th March 2024

Co-authored by Mark Allewell, CEO at Sensor Networks and Ross Mains-Sheard, CEO and Co-Founder of Versofy It has been reported that South African households tripled their spending on solar imports... 


Revolutionising road safety: Combating drinking and driving and police corruption in South Africa with cloud technology
Revolutionising road safety: Combating drinking and driving and police corruption in South Africa with cloud technology
26th March 2024

By Rhys Evans, Managing Director at ALCO-Safe The fight against drinking and driving is an ongoing battle often exacerbated by the prevalence of police bribery. In many instances, citizens are... 


Patel's misguided industrial policy hindrance to Black Industrialists
Patel's misguided industrial policy hindrance to Black Industrialists
25th March 2024

Authored: Bongani Mankewu Blurb: Minister Patel is phony and plays Machiavellian when he blames the failure of state-owned enterprises for the failure of black industrialists. 


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