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Stats SA Industry statistics director Nicolai Carson
Manufacturing production up 5.3% y/y in April
11th June 2024 By: Darren Parker

South Africa’s manufacturing production increased by 5.3% year-on-year in April, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has reported. Stats SA Industry statistics director Nicolai Carson said on June... 

South African drug regulator finds no traces of toxic substance in children's cough syrup
5th June 2024 By: Reuters

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority on Wednesday released the results of its investigation into two recalled batches of Benylin Paediatric children's cough syrup, saying that it... 

A pharmacist dispensing HIV/Aids medication
Research project launched into telemedicine and HIV/Aids management in South Africa
30th May 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

How effective is telemedicine as a differentiated service delivery model for the prevention of HIV/Aids in South Africa? This is the question to be addressed by a PhD researcher at Stellenbosch... 

South Africa recalls J&J's cough syrup sold in six African nations after suspected toxicity
15th April 2024 By: Reuters

South Africa's health regulator said on Saturday it is recalling batches of Johnson & Johnson's children's cough syrup after detection of high levels of diethylene glycol. The affected batches were... 

Nigeria recalls J&J children's cough syrup over toxic substance
11th April 2024 By: Reuters

Nigeria's health regulator is recalling a batch of Johnson & Johnson children's cough syrup after finding an unacceptably high level of a potentially fatal toxic substance, it said on Wednesday.... 

Varsity, private firm in partnership to develop protocol for production of radiopharmaceuticals
29th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Stellenbosch University (SU) and high-tech company Enlightened Isotopes, a subsidiary of ASP Isotopes, have entered into an R8.5-million research partnership to develop a protocol for the... 

Fuel pumps being held by a mans hand
Industry body condemns fuel adulteration
15th March 2024

Industry body the South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) has affirmed in a statement released in January that it condemns the adulteration of diesel with illuminating paraffin. It... 

a glass bottle with clear methanol inside and a sticker on with the chemical compound breakdown on the front
Methanol surge expected to continue
15th March 2024

In recent years, the demand for methanol has witnessed a significant surge, particularly within the marine and construction industries, states analytical reportage company Persistence Market... 

A range of bottles filled with various colour liquids used for cleaning
Probiotic-based cleaning products now available
15th March 2024

In contributing to a healthier environment, biological cleaning solutions producer Bionetix International, a division of environmentally responsible corrosion control technologies developer Cortec,... 

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White biotechnology solutions highlighted
15th March 2024

Market intelligence specialists IDTechEx reported in February that handbags made of mushroom leather and biodegradable foodware are two examples of how white biotechnology can produce functional... 

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Biobased plastics launched to transform auto sector
15th March 2024

A consortium led by sustainable technology innovator Sonichem has been granted nearly R14.6-million in funding from UK government agency Innovate UK’s 'Resource efficiency for materials and... 

Image of the SU's Pieter Neethling and Christine Steenkamp
Stellenbosch laser physicists to develop protocol for production of high-tech radiopharmaceuticals
13th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Stellenbosch University (SU) and high-tech company Enlightened Isotopes, a subsidiary of ASP Isotopes, have entered into an R8.5-million research partnership to develop a protocol for the... 

TFR acting CEO Russell Baatjies and Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler sign the agreement, alongside their respective teams
Sasol to fund TFR’s maintenance of 128 ammonia tankers
28th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

JSE-listed Sasol has signed a five-year public-private partnership (PPP) agreement with Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), under which the energy and chemicals group will fund the maintenance and repair... 

AECI CEO Holger Riemensperger
Amid disposals, AECI aligns internationalisation strategy to regions geared for rapid critical minerals growth
28th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

JSE-listed AECI, which is undergoing far-reaching restructuring to re-focus on its core mining and chemicals businesses and reduce debt, reports strong initial interest in the six noncore companies... 

Adcock reports resilient performance despite challenging market conditions
21st February 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

JSE-listed pharmaceuticals manufacturer Adcock Ingram says it has delivered a “resilient performance” for the six months ended December 31, 2023, despite challenges facing consumers, such as high... 

An image of FUCHS Local Segment Lead Andy Weddell
Manufacturer introduces ‘evolved’ engine oil
16th February 2024 By: Trent Roebeck

As a successor to its TITAN CARGO MAXX 10W40 performance engine oil, lubricant manufacturer FUCHS Lubricants South Africa now offers the TITAN CARGO MAXX II performance engine oil, which also has a... 

South Africa urged to dedicate 30% of healthcare public procurement to local manufacturers
13th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

To build capacity and expand investment in South Africa’s pharmaceutical and healthcare products manufacturing sector, the country should ringfence 30% of public procurement for local... 

Sasol Secunda
Sasol warns of lacklustre interim results amid volatile macroeconomic environment
9th February 2024 By: Darren Parker

Energy and chemicals company Sasol has attributed its “underwhelming” upcoming financial results for the six months ended December 31, 2023, to continued volatility in the macroeconomic... 

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CSIR, GIZ collaborate on building skills for vaccine manufacturing in South Africa
26th January 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has partnered with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on a human capacity development initiative in South... 

An image of ​​​​​​​Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla 
Germany’s KfW donates equipment to South Africa’s public healthcare system
24th January 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla will, on January 25, preside over an official handover ceremony of mobile health clinics, cold chain and information technology equipment from the German... 

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Sasol defends disclosure of potential decarbonisation shortcomings as responsible corporate citizenship
3rd November 2023 By: Darren Parker

Energy and chemicals company Sasol has taken exception to nonprofit organisation Just Share accusing it of shirking its responsibility to meet its previously stated goal of reducing its... 

Dr Thulani Dlamini
CSIR launches enterprise to commercialise first set of 18 technologies
25th October 2023 By: Schalk Burger

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has launched its intellectual property (IP) commercialisation enterprise CSIR C-Cubed (CSIR C3) with a portfolio of 18 technologies and it... 

Professor Helen Rees
Professor Helen Rees to lead Gavi Vaccine Investment Strategy steering committee
19th October 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Child vaccination public-private partnership Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, has appointed global health leader Professor Helen Rees as its Vaccine Investment Strategy (VIS) steering committee... 

Mothballed Saldanha Steel Works, in the Western Cape
Study under way into producing green direct reduced iron at mothballed Saldanha Works
11th October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) is moving ahead with a study into the production of green hydrogen directly reduced iron (gHDRI) at its mothballed Saldanha Steel Works, in the... 

Waste industry can mitigate unemployment
6th October 2023 By: Bridget Lepere

South Africa needs more companies to implement effective waste management systems and principles in their value chains to effect a more circular economy. The country needs a focus on waste... 

MRC president Glenda Gray
African scientists join forces to find HIV vaccine
3rd October 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s Medical Research Council (MRC) is teaming up with scientists from eight countries on the continent in an US-funded effort to select an immunization candidate against the virus that... 

Green Hydrogen container
Export component of South Africa’s green hydrogen strategy will seek to lock in price subsidies
29th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The initial export component of South Africa’s yet-to-be-approved Green Hydrogen Commercialisation Strategy is not premised on the trade of scarce renewable electrons – converted into molecules or... 

A gentleman giving a talk standing on a stage in front of a large screen with the word PHYGITAL
Talk of the town at Indaba
29th September 2023

The Manufacturing Indaba, being held in October, endeavours to promote positive changes in sub-Saharan Africa’s manufacturing landscape – a source of livelihood for millions of people and leading... 

Vials being filled at Aspen's South African manufacturing operation
Novo Nordisk contracts South Africa's Aspen to produce insulin for African nations
19th September 2023 By: Reuters

Novo Nordisk has contracted Aspen Pharmacare to produce human insulin on its behalf in South Africa for export to African countries through a low-cost government tender system, the Danish drugmaker... 

Commission looks into Johnson & Johnson, subsidiary for anticompetitive practices
15th September 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Pharmaceuticals giant Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceutica has come under investigation by the South African Competition Commission for alleged exclusionary practices and... 

Wrapsa's ARV manufacturing facility
Pharma contractor Wrapsa calls for more localisation as it celebrates four decades of operations
15th September 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

In celebrating its fortieth year of existence, pharmaceutical contract manufacturer Wrapsa has shared the difficulty pharmaceutical manufacturers have with high import duties for active ingredients... 

Bidvest reports trading profit growth in all divisions, increases dividend by 20%
4th September 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

JSE-listed services, trading and distribution company Bidvest Group has reported double-digit trading profit growth from each of its seven divisions for the financial year ended June 30. The... 

Afro-Zonke commits R2.1bn to chlor-alkali plant in Gauteng
1st September 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Industrial company Afro-Zonke has committed to investing R2.1-billion in the establishment of a chlor-alkali plant in the Midvaal area of Gauteng. The manufacturing facility is expected to have a... 

Universities to progress human trials of what could be groundbreaking TB vaccine
25th August 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The universities of Walter Sisulu and North-West have announced some astounding results from preclinical trials for a combination vaccine against tuberculosis (TB) and Covid-19, with more trials to... 

Biovac chief people and brand officer Lauren Bhayat
Opinion: Policy certainty critical to keep scarce vaccine manufacturing skills in South Africa
11th August 2023

In this article, Biovac chief people and brand officer Lauren Bhayat writes that the right policy choices have helped South Africa to become a base for vaccine manufacturing, which can help to grow... 

Sustainability spurs new trends in chemicals industry
11th August 2023 By: Sabrina Jardim

With a strong focus on sustainability, a growing trend of fuel switches, opportunities for cogeneration and using by-product streams has emerged in the chemicals industry, says boiler and energy... 

An image of AES commercial director Dennis Williams
Fuel type key to success
11th August 2023 By: Sabrina Jardim

Amid ongoing power outages and energy constraints, new approaches to fuel selection and efficiency among chemical plants have become necessary, says boiler and energy plant operations and... 

An infographic on how the FireDos stationary proportioning systems work
Fire protection for industry
11th August 2023

With many highly flammable substances being processed and the varying risks of fire hazards and explosive potential on chemical and petrochemical plants, fire protection has become a major... 

An image of vials
Aspen to acquire portfolio of Viatris products in Latin America
1st August 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

JSE-listed Aspen’s fully-owned Mauritius subsidiary Aspen Global Incorporated (AGI) on July 31 concluded an agreement to acquire from Viatris the commercialisation rights and related intellectual... 

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