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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... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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... 

Labat Africa to acquire remaining 30% interest in CannAfrica
26th July 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

JSE-listed Labat Africa, in terms of a sale of business and assets agreement, will acquire the remaining 30% interest in CannAfrica from a private owner for R6.4-million to be settled through the... 

Silverleaf Business Accelerator set to catapult cannabis industry
25th July 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Investment company Silverleaf Investments is the first-of-its-kind venture capital company in South Africa. The company is focused on investments throughout the entire cannabis value chain by... 

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Firm open to investing in the ‘right’ sectors in KZN
7th July 2023 By: Bridget Lepere

Black-owned private equity investment firm Agile Capital focuses on investments that drive sustainable development and have a demonstrable track record of growth and investment returns, with Agile... 

The AfDB's investment will help increase pharmaceutical production in Africa
AfDB commits $11m to BluePeak to provide capital to mid-sized enterprises
3rd July 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Development finance institution the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved an $11-million equity investment in BluePeak Private Capital Fund toward its $155-million target for final close.... 

HIGH-TECH OFFERING CERTUSS steam generators enable a highly flexible steam supply while saving energy
Partnership with German supplier bearing fruit
9th June 2023 By: Nadine James

Boiler and steam generator supplier Steam Generation Africa’s work and partnership with German industrial equipment supplier CERTUSS has resulted in numerous projects and opportunities considering... 

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Bidvest’s performance on track for a strong year-end
8th June 2023 By: Darren Parker

In a trading update for the ten months ended April 30, service, trading and distribution group Bidvest has reported that its financial performance remains robust and has so far been sustained in... 

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Much work needed to boost Africa’s vaccine manufacturing capability
1st June 2023 By: Darren Parker

A newly published report has highlighted the steps that need to be taken to close the significant gap between the current less than 1% of vaccine doses supplied to African countries that are... 

Tiger Brands unpacks latest upgrades at HPC plant
Tiger Brands unpacks latest upgrades at HPC plant
10th May 2023

Tiger Brands has invested R632-million since 2016 at its Home and Personal Care plant in Isando, with the latest planned upgrades being two new production lines in the aerosol factory, which... 

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DFFE invites public comment on proposed amendment to EPR Regulation
10th May 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

The public have been given until June 5 to submit comments on the proposed amendment to the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Regulations in relation to electrical and electronic equipment... 

Guidepost chief medical officer Prof David Segal
Locally-developed chatbot helps South African diabetes patients
9th May 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

After a successful trial period of the product, South African healthtech company Guidepost is now rolling out an artificial intelligence- (AI-) powered chatbot that assists people with diabetes to... 

Kenyan Roads and Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen
Kenya seeking a 5% share of the African pharmaceuticals market
8th May 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

Kenyan Roads and Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen has highlighted the recently announced policy of President William Ruto to make the country East Africa’s pharmaceutical... 

Aspen secures distribution rights for Amgen products in South Africa
4th May 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Pharmaceutical company Aspen has concluded an agreement with biopharmaceutical company Amgen to exclusively market, distribute, use and sell Amgen’s products in South Africa for an initial term of... 

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