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Business performance, strategy, Covid-19 drive further change in nonexecutive practices 

By: Schalk Burger     19th January 2021 While 2020 was a year of fluctuations and novel challenges, the remuneration of nonexecutive directors continues to be increasingly linked to the performance of businesses, as well as their ability to adapt to new challenges and new demands from stakeholders and shareholders, says professional... 

Business performance, strategy, Covid-19 drive further change in nonexecutive practices
PwC discusses the findings of its 2021 Nonexecutive Directors Practices And Fees Trends' report.

Project Isizwe overhauls its delivery model for sustainability 

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th December 2020 Project Isizwe has evolved from a non profit organisation to a full profit firm able to provide low cost Internet access for low-income communities around South Africa on a more sustainable basis and scale affordable Internet infrastructure. The group, which established the successful City of... 

Project Isizwe overhauls its delivery model for sustainability
Project Isizwe founder Alan Knott-Craig Jr discusses how Project Isizwe has evolved over the past few years.

Indaba panel unpacks challenges to Africa’s industrialisation agenda  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th December 2020 The African export basket continues to lack manufactured products and is overly-reliant on raw materials and in cases, a single commodity; as a result, African countries continue to be affected by commodity volatility and to experience high inequality. Speaking during the Manufacturing Indaba on... 

Indaba panel unpacks challenges to Africa’s industrialisation agenda
SAEEC, WEF discuss industrialisation challenges in Africa

Renergen develops simple logistics solutions to transport Covid-19 vaccine   

By: Simone Liedtke     10th December 2020 Emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen has developed a new device, the Renergen Cryo-Vacc, which is said to simplify the logistics of moving vaccines at temperatures of between -70 °C and -150 °C for periods of up to 30 days, regardless of ambient conditions, without the need... 

Renergen develops simple logistics solutions to transport Covid-19 vaccine
Renergen MD and CEO Stefano Marani gives Engineering News the update on the company's new development, the Renergen Cryo-Vacc. Video: Recorded on Zoom. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

PPC’s cost containment bears fruit, contributes to R610m interim profit  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2020 After what had been a difficult start to the financial year, JSE-listed cement manufacturer PPC managed to turn a profit of R610-million for the six months ended September 30, which was a 77% improvement year-on-year. The company posted a restated profit of R344-million for the six months ended... 

PPC’s cost containment bears fruit, contributes to R610m interim profit
PPC executive team discusses the company's interim financial performance

DTIC, partners launch Global Eco-Industrial Parks Programme in South Africa   

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th December 2020 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) and the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA), in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido) and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (Seco) on December 7 officially... 

DTIC, partners launch Global Eco-Industrial Parks Programme in South Africa
Unido programme manager Christian Susan outlines what an eco-industial park is and what it entails.

Home-grown gas innovation set to deliver zero-emission refrigerated transport 

By: Simone Liedtke     4th December 2020 Emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen continues to keep its foot on the gas in South Africa through the development of a zero-emissions solution for cold-chain logistics, in partnership with trailer manufacturer Henred Fruehauf. The solution uses liquefied natural gas... 

Home-grown gas innovation set to deliver zero-emission refrigerated transport
Scan the barcode or visit www.engineeringnews.co.za to watch a video interview with Renergen’s Stefano Marani and Henred Fruehauf’s Eduan Naude, as they give more insight into a new zero-emissions logistics solution.

Lack of anticorruption reporting evident in South African private sector  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd December 2020 The National Business Initiative, together with Corruption Watch (CW) and independent London-based global think tank Overseas Development Institute (ODI), have launched the 'Transparency in Corporate Reporting 2020' report. The report evaluates the transparency of corporate reporting by 100... 

Lack of anticorruption reporting evident in South African private sector
Corruption Watch director David Lewis and ODI fellow Stephen Gelp discuss the state of corruption disclosures in private sector

Local company overcoming power challenges with flow battery system 

By: Schalk Burger     27th November 2020 Local electronic printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturer Bosco is using a flow battery energy storage system alongside a rooftop solar energy and a battery management system (BMS) to keep a crucial production line and its engineering and sales departments free of disruptions caused by power... 

Pandemic serves as catalyst for blended learning 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th November 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has acted a catalyst for a future of blended learning in Africa; however, it has also highlighted a number of challenges that this learning model poses for the continent, which must first be dealt with, Future of Education Summit founder Rakesh Wahi said on November 26. He... 

Pandemic serves as catalyst for blended learning
Future of Education Summit founder Rakesh Wahi outlines the impact of the pandemic on education and the blended learning model of the future.

Global workforce to reach highest level of risk in 2021 – International SOS 

By: Simone Liedtke     25th November 2020 The risk to the global workforce has reached its highest level since 2016, according to the findings of International SOS's 'Risk Outlook 2021' report. The outlook reveals findings from the Business Resilience Trends survey of over 1 400 risk professionals across 99 countries, carried out by... 

Global workforce to reach highest level of risk in 2021 – International SOS
International SOS security director for intelligence and operations James Bird discusses the findings of the Risk Outlook 2021 report. Video editing: Darlene Creamer.

Omnia firmly in ‘fix and renew’ phase following September interim period 

By: Simone Liedtke     24th November 2020 JSE-listed diversified chemicals group Omnia Holdings is now firmly in the "fix and renew" phase of its turnaround strategy, where implementation of the new operating model during the six months, ended September 30, was “substantially completed” and has already resulted in improved production... 

Omnia firmly in ‘fix and renew’ phase following September interim period
Omnia CEO Seelan Gobalsamy discusses the group's interim performance. Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Digitalisation key for quality supply chain performance  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th November 2020 Some companies have been able to achieve supply chain excellence through the adoption of customer-centric and autonomous supply chains using smart technologies and solutions, PwC South Africa digital operations lead Pieter Theron noted during the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association’s... 

Digitalisation key for quality supply chain performance
PwC South Africa Digital Operation lead Pieter Theron explains what the supply chain of the future would entail

Prospective franchisees urged to consider brands’ readiness for the post-Covid world 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th November 2020 Prospective franchisees should not only consider those franchises that were successful before the Covid-19 pandemic, but rather those that have successfully adapted to the current environment. Restaurant chain Nando’s licensed markets CEO Trudi van Niekerk on November 18 said that the business... 

Prospective franchisees urged to consider brands’ readiness for the post-Covid world
PetroCONNECT co-founder Sbonelo Mbatha outlines the importance of transformation in the franchise sector, and how the company’s academy aims to engender this

Solar power industry has opportunity to build recycling value chain from scratch  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th November 2020 Solar photovoltaic (PV) power users, both utility-scale and rooftop users alike, will have to start thinking about, and develop, ways in which the waste of solar power generation facilities will be managed at the end of their lives. In terms of the industry’s regulatory requirements, the solar... 

Solar power industry has opportunity to build recycling value chain from scratch
DEFF hazardous waste management and licensing chief director Mishelle Govender shares insight on solar PV recycling

Institutions call for more awareness on skills development in the solar sector 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th November 2020 The decommissioning of coal-fired power stations without repurposing of labour will considerably exacerbate the unemployment crisis in South Africa and, therefore, workforce relocation and the associated skills development it calls for, needs to be considered ahead of time. Energy & Water... 

Institutions call for more awareness on skills development in the solar sector
EWSETA CFO and acting CEO Mpho Mookapele explains the skills needed for a burgeoning solar power sector

Local company battling industrial power challenges with flow battery system 

By: Schalk Burger     13th November 2020 Local electronic printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturer Bosco is using a flow battery energy storage system alongside a rooftop solar energy and a battery management system to keep a crucial production line and its engineering and sales departments free of disruptions caused by power outages... 

Local company battling industrial power challenges with flow battery system
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Pumping with flavour for multiproduct lines 

By: Halima Frost     13th November 2020 Industrial equipment supplier Verder Group has recently redesigned the structure of its hygienic brands – this included rebranding and adding sanitary pump supplier JEC JR’s series of pumps to its diverse pumping portfolio under Packo.  The Packo JRZS series of twin-screw pumps are suited to the... 

Pumping with flavour for multiproduct lines
Verder Pumps Hygienic Product manager Kenneth Demeulemeester discusses the growing demand for multi-product lines in the brewery and winery industry. Camerawork: Halima Frost. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 19.10.20

Tech partnership brews beer from re-used water 

By: Halima Frost     13th November 2020 Local water technology company Xylem has partnered with Berlin water utility Berliner Wasserbetriebe and the Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin (the Berlin Centre of Competence for Water) to produce Berlin Reuse Brew. Berlin Reuse Brew is a beer made from purified and treated wastewater. 

Tech partnership brews beer from re-used water
Xylem Water Solutions treatment project manager Brendan van Wyk discusses the use of ozone and ultraviolet technology in the cleaning processes in breweries and wineries. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 21.10.20

Sector recovery lies in collaboration – says cement maker 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th November 2020 The construction sector remains under pressure, despite the easing of the national lockdown to Level 1, and contractors need to work with materials suppliers to remain cost competitive, says construction materials company AfriSam.  

Sector recovery lies  in collaboration –  says cement maker
AfriSam readymix GM Amit Dawneerangen shares his insight on the state of the construction industry

Construction group welcomes green shoots after lull  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th November 2020 After what has been months of uncertainty about when new projects will come to tender or whether awarded projects will progress, construction company Concor notes that work continues apace on its contracts spread across the construction, infrastructure, civils and mining sectors.  

Construction group welcomes green shoots after lull
Lucas Tseki discusses Concor's project's in progress and his takeaways from Covid-19

Calls for support for waste pickers on the rise 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th November 2020 African Reclaimer Organisation (ARO) chairperson Eli Kodisang is calling for additional support for waste picker organisations and waste reclaimers as part of South Africa’s journey to reducing waste. Speaking during the virtual Plastics Colloquium on November 12, Kodisang lamented that the waste... 

Calls for support for waste pickers on the rise
African Reclaimer Organisation (ARO) chairperson Eli Kodisang speaking during the 2020 Plastics Colloquium. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

'New roadmap' needed for South Africa to deal with plastic waste pollution 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th November 2020 Although the plastics and plastic products industry contributed about R70-billion to South Africa’s economy in 2019, according to Plastics South Africa, plastic pollution has also had a significant impact on the country’s ecosystem services. Therefore, Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister... 

'New roadmap' needed for South Africa to deal with plastic waste pollution
Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy delivers the keynote address at this year's Plastics Colloquium. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Covid-19 accelerates energy transitions - PwC 

By: Donna Slater     11th November 2020 Assurance, advisory and tax services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) reports – through its newly released Africa Oil & Gas Review, titled Energising a New Tomorrow – that the rampant spread of the Covid-19 pandemic globally has resulted in galvanising of commitments to a green energy... 

Covid-19 accelerates energy transitions - PwC
PwC energy strategy and infrastructure director James Mackay discusses how Covid-19 has sped up developments in the green energy sector.

Telkom posts growth in interim headline earnings as working-from-home increased 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th November 2020 Despite having experienced different impacts to its business units as a result of Covid-19 and the related lockdown, JSE-listed telecommunications company Telkom still came out of the first half of its financial year with improved profitability, strong liquidity and a strengthened balance sheet.... 

Telkom posts growth in interim headline earnings as working-from-home increased
Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko shares the good and bad impacts of Covid-19 impacts on the business

FNB launches new smart solutions on its app for customers  

By: Simone Liedtke     9th November 2020 Financial services provider FNB on November 9 launched its latest edition of nav>> Smart Tools via its FNB application (app) to assist customers in managing their money better through "dynamic budgeting", as well as facilitating access to market and creating a digital marketplace for FNB-banked... 

FNB launches new smart solutions on its app for customers
The FNB team gives more insight into the bank’s new smart solution offerings under the ‘Nav >’ banner on its app. Video: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd.

African informal sector is disproportionate 

By: Donna Slater     6th November 2020 The informal employment sector within Africa is diverse and presents a range of challenges, notably with a higher percentage of women being employed and a correlation between the informal sector and skills, Ghana-based African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET) research and policy... 

African informal sector is disproportionate
African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET) research and policy engagements senior director Dr Edward Brown discusses the informal business environment in Africa.

Bearings supplier awarded distributorship  

By: Halima Frost     6th November 2020 Bearing manufacturer and distributor ISO Bearings South Africa has launched a substantial marketing drive to announce its being a distributor of bearing manufacturer FYH Bearings in Southern and South Africa. ISO Bearings GM Bennie van Niekerk tells Engineering News that the new brand was... 

Bearings supplier awarded distributorship
ISO Bearings GM Bennie van Niekerk discusses the company’s becoming a distributor of the FYH brand of bearings in South Africa. Camerawork: Halima Frost. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Emphasis placed on supplying products to address industry issues 

By: Simone Liedtke     30th October 2020 South Africa’s civil structures are in dire need of improved performance and longevity, hence building materials company AfriSam’s emphasis on supplying quality products that “go beyond current requirements”. Speaking to Engineering News, AfriSam regional product technical manager Nithia Pillay... 

Emphasis placed on supplying products to address industry issues
AfriSam’s Nithia Pillay speaks about the company’s drive to supply products that address industry issues

Afrimat's diversification strategy paying off  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2020 Openpit miner Afrimat reported an 11% year-on-year increase in operating profit for the six months ended August 31, despite a 9.4% year-on-year decrease in revenue. The company also ended the period with cash and cash equivalents of R330-million, a 170% year-on-year increase. 

Afrimat's diversification strategy paying off
Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden shares how the company's diversification strategy has made it more resilient

‘Great opportunity’ to tap Mpumalanga’s grid capacity for just transition – IPP Office   

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2020 The extension of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZs) to areas where coal jobs are at risk, but where grid capacity is available, represents a “great opportunity” to connect new renewable-energy generators while also supporting a just transition for coal workers, a senior... 

‘Great opportunity’ to tap Mpumalanga’s grid capacity for just transition – IPP Office
IPPO head of technical Pervelan Govender told participants attending the virtual 2020 edition of Windaba that there was potential grid and just-transition virtue to be derived from locating new renewables projects in Mpumalanga. Video & Editing: Kutlwano Matala & Nicholas Boyd. 16.10.2020

Experts urge govt to prioritise informal-trading-friendly policy 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd October 2020 With 60% of South Africa’s economic activity happening in the informal sector, national, provincial and local government alike need to realise the importance of empowering these entrepreneurs to contribute more to the gross domestic product of cities, University of the Witwatersrand associate... 

Experts urge govt to prioritise informal-trading-friendly policy
Witwatersrand associate Professor Margot Rubin talks about informal trade barriers

Cell C showing early signs of recovery, says CEO 

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th October 2020 Mobile operator Cell C’s strategic turnaround efforts are starting to reflect in the company’s underlying financial results performance during the six months to June 30, 2020, said CEO Douglas Craigie Stevenson on October 20. The company’s net loss widened significantly from R875-million in the... 

Cell C showing early signs of recovery, says CEO
Cell C CFO Zaf Mahomed discusses Cell C’s financial performance for the six months ended June 30, 2020.

Report discusses challenges, options as world continues to drive decarbonisation agenda 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2020 While the global shift from fossil fuels to renewables is helping new ecosystems and technologies to emerge, many of the pursued steps towards decarbonisation pose unique challenges. Many participants in the energy and resources industries have declared an intention to become carbon neutral by... 

Report discusses challenges, options as world continues to drive decarbonisation agenda
Deloitte's Andrew Lane discusses the company's new global report and value beyond compliance with Creamer Media journalist Simone Liedtke. Video: Recorded on Zoom. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Pump energy efficiency, maintenance critical to address water scarcity 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2020 Although not many realise it, South Africa is an arid country and there is a pressing need to address water scarcity, which is why pump manufacturer Grundfos places such emphasis on energy efficiency and addressing water leakages in pumping systems, says team leader Andrew Brunette. He laments... 

Pump energy efficiency, maintenance critical to address water scarcity
Grundfos team leader Andrew Brunette discusses the company’s energy efficiency and maintenance offerings.

Proactive national water programme on the cards 

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), in partnership with various government departments, is addressing the country’s water woes with the development of a proactive national water programme that aims to offer tangible solutions to municipalities, the relevant government departments and... 

Proactive national water programme on the cards
DBSA disruption specialist Johann Lübbe and infrastructure finance specialist Konstant Bruinette discuss the progress being made on a new national water programme that the DBSA is developing.

Index shows improved resilience in Africa’s financial markets 

By: Simone Liedtke     15th October 2020 Despite disruption from the Covid-19 pandemic, financial markets in Africa are proving to be robust, with countries like South Africa and Mauritius leading the way, newly released data out of the 2020 edition of the Absa Financial Markets Index shows. The index, which was launched in 2017, has... 

Index shows improved resilience in Africa’s financial markets
OMFIF chief economist and research head Danae Kyriakopoulou gives a quick overview of the report. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Property fund Equites says collection rate remains high 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th October 2020 Logistics real estate investment trust Equites Property Fund has recorded solid results, remained disciplined in capital allocation and protected its balance sheet during the six months ended August 31, despite the challenging macroeconomic challenges in the UK and South Africa. Equites on... 

Property fund Equites says collection rate remains high
CEO Andrea Taverna-Turisan, COO Riaan Gous, and CFO Laila Razack outline the company’s strategy execution and performance for the six months ended August 31.
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