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Aspen CEO working to ensure supply of promising Covid drug

By: Bloomberg     18th June 2020 Aspen Pharmacare Holdings is working to ensure it can manage demand for a generic anti-inflammatory drug that was shown to improve survival in Covid-19 patients. Africa’s biggest drugmaker has set up a team to assess how much of the 60-year-old drug dexamethasone it can supply and by when, Chief... 

Sasol revamp to cut jobs, end West African oil ops

By: Reuters     18th June 2020 South Africa's Sasol plans to cut jobs and end West African oil operations as part of a business revamp, the petrochemicals producer said on Thursday, adding it had also agreed a deal with lenders to relax borrowing rules. Sasol has been reviewing its business as it struggles with high debt... 

Great demand for infection control across Africa

By: Tracy Hancock     12th June 2020 The demand for infection control solutions manufacturer SteriTech’s products has increased significantly across Africa since the Covid-19 outbreak, but so have the company’s lead times. “Demand in the rest of Africa existed prior to the outbreak and was steadily growing at a rate just slightly... 

Great demand for infection control across Africa
SOUGHT-AFTER SteriTech has increased its production capacity twenty-fold to meet demand across Africa

AMSA agrees to pay R3.64m fine for exceeding hydrogen sulphide limits

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th June 2020 JSE-listed ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has agreed to pay a R3.64-million fine to the Department of Environmental Affairs, Forestry and Fisheries as a settlement for transgressions of the Atmospheric Emissions Licence at its Vanderbijlpark operations during 2016. AMSA in June last year... 

Adoption of automation, robotics expected to accelerate

By: Schalk Burger     9th June 2020 Increasingly automated processes and the use of robotics are expected to support greater production and the provision of services safely in a contactless society, says robotics multinational Yaskawa Southern Africa chairperson Terry Rosenberg. He notes that many businesses are rapidly adopting... 

British scientists bypass drug giants to sell potential coronavirus vaccine

By: Reuters     9th June 2020 A team of British scientists developing a coronavirus vaccine has set up a special company to distribute it if they are successful, rather than partnering with a big pharmaceutical company, to ensure access for the world's poorest. The scientists from London's Imperial College hope to bring a... 

Concrete batchers training in the works

By: Mamaili Mamaila     5th June 2020 The Concrete Institute’s (TCI’s) School of Concrete Technology is planning to offer a special one-day course for concrete batchers and batch plant staff in the second half of 2020. 

Concrete batchers training in the works
THE WHOLE BATCH Batching ensures high and uniform quality of readymix concrete for each batch produced by a batching plant

Commission refers another case of excessive pricing to the tribunal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th May 2020 The Competition Commission has referred, to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution, a case against an industrial chemicals company, Caprichem, for alleged excessive pricing during the State of National Disaster. This follows an investigation by the commission, which found that Caprichem... 

B4SA increasing PPE procurement from local suppliers, more funding needed

By: Schalk Burger     28th May 2020 Business solidarity coalition Business For South Africa (B4SA) on May 28 said the focus of its personal protective equipment (PPE) procurement platform over the past four weeks had been to pivot its procurement efforts to identify, capacitate and source from local manufacturers and black-owned... 

Entries for Sasol Business Accelerator programme now open

By: Donna Slater     28th May 2020 Petrochemicals and chemicals manufacturer Sasol reports that it has opened entries for small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the manufacturing, engineering services and recyclables sectors to join its Sasol Business Accelerator (SBA) programme. Interested companies must be based in... 

Integration vital for construction-project life cycle

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 There is a need for integration between the engineering design and environmental processes, before the final submission stage of a project, to avoid the possibility of environmental authorisation for construction on the preferred site being denied, says environmental consultancy Environmental... 

Integration vital for construction-project life cycle
SUSTAINABILITY MATTERS Identifying the environmentally sensitive areas on-site early during the design phase can increase the probability of a sustainable and integrated development

More to concrete parking lots than meets the eye

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 Concrete offers several major advantages when building parking areas, says industry body The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan Perrie. 

More to concrete parking lots than meets the eye
DIG A LITTLE DEEPER The environmental aspects of concrete parking lots, should not be overlooked

Company supplies products for new Gauteng reservoirs

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 A variety of products supplied by construction products specialist a.b.e. Construction Chemicals are being used for several new major water reservoir projects currently under construction in Gauteng. 

Company supplies products for new Gauteng reservoirs
WATER WORKS Benoni’s Northmead elevated water reservoir is the largest elevated type in Gauteng and one of the biggest in South Africa

System gaining traction in building conversion projects

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 Alternative building technology solutions provider SanteQ Liteweight Building Technology’s bespoke Plaswall building technology provides for simple and rapid installation using unsophisticated skills. 

System gaining traction in building conversion projects
BACK TO THE WALL SanteQ's walling systems use between 80% and 90% recycled and waste materials

Pandemic prompts diverse solutions development

By: Theresa Bhowan     22nd May 2020 The outbreak of Covid-19 has prompted identification and traceability solutions company MITAS Corporation, to develop solutions that aid clients during and after the pandemic. 

Pandemic prompts diverse solutions development
LABELLED AND COVERED MITAS Corporation plays an active role in the monitoring of goods throughout the lockdown period

Russian nuclear group spotlights role of nuclear medicine in countering Covid-19

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st May 2020 Giant Russian State-owned nuclear energy corporation group Rosatom has highlighted the value of nuclear medical techniques in sterilising medical devices and personal protective equipment, as part of global efforts to counter the Covid-19 pandemic. Nuclear medical sterilisation destroys viruses,... 

Nuclear corporation briefs Parliamentarians on its 12-month, 5- and 10-year objectives

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th May 2020 In a briefing to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy on May 20, the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) stated that it would achieve a turnover of more than R2-billion during the 2021 financial year (FY), but nevertheless expected a net loss of... 

Adcock's acquisition of Plush Professional Leather Care now unconditional

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th May 2020 JSE-listed Adcock Ingram has announced that all conditions precedent, including regulatory approval, for its acquisition of Plus Professional Leather Care, have been met and the acquisition is now unconditional. The final closing of the transaction will take place before the end of May. 

Aspen focused on maintaining production during pandemic

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th May 2020 JSE-listed Aspen’s immediate focus under Covid-19 has been to establish processes aimed at ensuring optimum production and the responsible allocation of essential drugs through a heightened focus on its production and supply chain activities. Aspen is experiencing an elevated demand for certain... 

Sasol to mull adding pipeline, Qatar plant to disposal plan

By: Bloomberg     15th May 2020 Sasol is considering additional divestments, including the potential sale of stakes in an African gas pipeline and a Middle Eastern plant, as it explores ways to reduce its $10-billion debt pile, people with knowledge of the matter said. South Africa’s biggest company by revenue is working with... 

Valves maintenance still a challenge

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th May 2020 Although demand for valves has increased over the past five years, maintenance costs, efficiency and valve service life are some of the challenges that companies face yearly, says coating technology specialist Thermaspray’s laser cladding manager Jordaan Lourens. 

Valves maintenance  still a challenge
IRREPLACEABLE SOLUTIONS The initial coating of new valves as well as their efficient repair results in fewer valve replacements

New gland packing reduces emissions

By: Halima Frost     15th May 2020 Companies looking to lower emissions can now buy sealing solutions manufacturer Teadit’s 2236 gland packing in South Africa from gasket manufacturer and distributor Absolut Gasket. Gland packing is a contact-type sealing element that comprises a braided rope-like material that is packed around... 

New gland packing  reduces emissions
TIGHT FIT The Teadit glad packing is packed tightly around the shaft of a pump or valve to seal the moving shaft from the housing component

Seals company introduces bearing seal combo

15th May 2020 Advanced materials and product supplier Freudenberg Sealing Technologies introduced a machine component that combines a plastic rotating bearing with a seal in a single, precisely matched unit which the company says is an innovation first. Introduced in February, the design offers significant... 

Seals company introduces bearing seal combo
DYNAMIC DUO The bearing and seal combination introduced by Freudenberg has been validated through extensive testing

CEF denies nine ‘requests’ for support amount to a bailout 

By: Terence Creamer     12th May 2020 South Africa’s State-owned Central Energy Fund (CEF) has outlined an extensive list of support measures – including access to a portion of the fuel levy and carbon-tax proceeds – which it argued on Tuesday would help extricate the group from a “precarious financial position”, precipitated by... 

CEF denies nine ‘requests’ for support amount to a bailout
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The PetroSA refinery in Mossel Bay

Samed urges vigilance in acquiring quality PPE

By: Donna Slater     11th May 2020 The outbreak of Covid-19 in South Africa and the consequent rapid requirement for bulk personal protective equipment (PPE) supply, has led to an influx of PPE products from many suppliers and distributors, thereby raising quality and functionality concerns by the healthcare industry and, in... 

Donations close supply gap for PPE in fight against Covid-19

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th May 2020 The Solidarity Fund, working with Business for South Africa (B4SA), has helped secure 100% of the N95 masks and nearly 80% of the surgical masks required in terms of weekly demand ahead of the expected surge in Covid-19 cases. The successful procurement of this essential personal protective... 

Theranostics can play a role in nuclear medicine

By: Cameron Mackay     8th May 2020 The development and use of theranostics with nuclear medicine provides ample opportunity for nuclear medicine and molecular imaging to become more familiar to the public, and can help grow the local nuclear medicine industry, says South African Society of Nuclear Medicine president Moshe... 

Theranostics can play a role in nuclear medicine
SAFARI-1 FACILITY The facility conducts clinical trials with, and produces, radiopharmaceuticals or radioisotopes, such as key medical radioisotopes like molybdenum-99 and iodine-131

Tribunal approves more excessive pricing consent agreements

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th May 2020 The Competition Tribunal has approved two more consent agreements with a company accused by the Competition Commission of charging excessive prices for essential products. The Van Heerden Pharmacy Group has agreed to pay a R30 000 settlement and to make a further donation to the national... 

Cape Town company joins global efforts to develop plant-based Covid-19 test kits

By: Donna Slater     5th May 2020 Cape Bio Pharms, a spin-off company of the Biopharming Research Unit at the University of Cape Town, has partnered with international biotechnology companies to address the international problem of accessibility to affordable reagents and rapid Covid-19 serology testing, with the launch of its... 

Covid-19 exit strategy depends on getting vaccine to whole world

By: Bloomberg     4th May 2020 Coming up with a vaccine to halt Covid-19 in a matter of months isn’t the only colossal challenge. The next big test: getting billions of doses to every corner of the world at a time when countries increasingly are putting their own interests first. A variety of financing tools are under... 

Good agricultural sales expected post lockdown

By: Darren Parker     1st May 2020 The outbreak of Covid-19 and the consequent initial 21-day national lockdown in South Africa, which has since been extended by two weeks, caused a slowdown in sales for almost every sector in South Africa, including the agricultural sector. Despite the lull, Pratley marketing director Eldon... 

Good agricultural sales expected post lockdown
DON’T BLOW A GASKET The new room temperature vulcanising silicone gasket maker compound is temperature resistant from -50 ºC to 300 ºC for short periods

Atomised airborne disinfectant useful to fight workplace spread of Covid-19

By: Donna Slater     30th April 2020 The atomising and making airborne of fine droplets of disinfectant can be used to sterilise vast workplaces in the fight against the spread of Covid-19, says explosion suppression, automatic fire suppression and dust suppression systems supplier, as well as sanitisation solutions provider... 

Atomised airborne disinfectant useful to fight workplace spread of Covid-19
The V12SO indoor turbine

Labat increases integrated cannabis business drive

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th April 2020 JSE-listed healthcare group Labat Africa has announced a comprehensive plan to expand and further develop an integrated cannabis business in South Africa. The company, which has interests in information and communications technology, logistics and energy has added Labat Healthcare to its... 

South Africa receives significant PPE order for frontline healthcare workers

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th April 2020 South Africa has received a significant order of personal protective equipment (PPE), including includes two-million surgical masks and 216 000 KN95 respirators.  This critical stock is intended for the sole use of frontline doctors, nurses and community healthcare workers, to protect them in... 

South Africa receives significant PPE order for frontline healthcare workers
Photo by GCIS/Elmond Jiyane
The B4SA PPE procurement team received a significant order of 2-million surgical masks, and 216 000 KN95s

Adcock Ingram employee tests positive for Covid-19, response measures in place

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th April 2020 An employee at pharmaceutical manufacturer Adcock Ingram’s Critical Care manufacturing facility has tested positive for Covid-19, and 50 other employees have undergone testing on April 23, and have self-quarantined based on the primary contact trace. The infected employee displayed minor symptoms... 

Pipeline repair continues despite Covid-19

24th April 2020 Repair of the Mt Albert high-pressure sludge pipeline is a critical project for city council Wellington’s wastewater network in New Zealand, and one that Wellington Water is committed to progressing during lockdown.  Repairing these pipelines is a significant technical challenge, because the... 

Ford SA, Gift of the Givers partner for Covid-19 face shield efforts

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd April 2020 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa's (FMCSA's) initiative to produce protective face shields for front-line medical and essential services personnel in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic has been given a boost, with local nongovernmental organisation Gift of the Givers Foundation coming on... 

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