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Host of new tech sees Merc trucks save up to 5% on fuel 

By: Irma Venter     3rd July 2020 The new Actros heavy-duty truck launched in South Africa comes with a host of “next-level innovations”, says Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) CEO Michael Dietz. These include the absence of outside mirrors in favour of in-cab screens (mounted on the A-pillars) that are linked to... 

Host of new tech sees Merc trucks save up to 5% on fuel
MirrorCam debuts in South Africa

New booster for industry 

By: Darren Parker     3rd July 2020 Nitrogen generation equipment manufacturer and supplier NitraLife has introduced a booster for its NitraCut nitrogen generator product, which ‘bolts’ onto the company’s NitraCut nitrogen generator, to increase its nitrogen delivery pressure and therefore also increase the thickness of steel it... 

New booster for industry
NitraLife MD Tom Sowry discusses the new NitraCut booster. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 11.06.2020

Future order book to relief pressure for fabricator 

By: Darren Parker     3rd July 2020 Although the strategic decision to continue to pay employees full salaries during the Level 5 lockdown in April put pressure on its cashflow, steel fabricator and erector Betterect believes a healthy order book of projects for the next 18 months should ensure that the pressure will be relieved.... 

Future order book to relief pressure for fabricator
Betterect MD Nicolette Skjoldhammer discusses the company’s strategic decisions, facility upgrades and the concept of ‘Team Africa’. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 12.06.2020

Insurers’ rejection of Covid-19 claims severely impacting tourism, hospitality sectors 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st July 2020 The South African tourism and hospitality sector has been “decimated” by the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown, and jobs and businesses are at risk owing to insurance companies continuing to reject claims related to the Covid-19 pandemic. This was indicated by specialist public loss... 

Insurers’ rejection of Covid-19 claims severely impacting tourism, hospitality sectors
Insurance Claims Africa CEO Ryan Woolley provides an overview and update of the process of Insurance Claims Africa’s acting on behalf of almost 500 claimants in the tourism and hospitality sector, against a number of large insurers who are rejecting business interruption claims related to the Covid-19 pandemic

Vukile bullish about financial position amid Covid-19 

By: Simone Liedtke     30th June 2020 Vukile Property Fund has reported 3.2% growth in its distributable earnings a share for the financial year ended March 31,. CEO Laurence Rapp says Vukile had a “very strong year and has delivered a stand-out set of results” where operationally, the company’s portfolios in South Africa and Spain... 

Vukile bullish about financial position amid Covid-19
Vukile Property Fund CEO Laurence Rapp gives some insight into the company's South African portfolio's results, as well as the company's Covid-19 response. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Weir Minerals South Africa inks empowerment transaction with Medu Capital  

By: Simone Liedtke     26th June 2020 Mineral solutions provider Weir Minerals Africa’s (WMA’s) South African operation, Weir Minerals South Africa (SA), is now 25.1% owned by black empowerment partner Medu Capital. Through the partnership, Medu will play an active role in guiding and fostering the future success of Weir Minerals SA,... 

Weir Minerals South Africa inks empowerment transaction with Medu Capital
Weir Minerals Africa regional MD Gavin Dyer and Medu Capital co-founder and director Ernest January discusses the new empowerment transaction between the two companies. Video: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd.

Customer behaviour now central to supply chain management  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd June 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated change and moved desired changes in the supply chain space forward by at least ten years, Australia-based supply chain advisory firm Gattorna Alignment executive chairperson Dr John Gattorna said on June 23. “Changes we were grappling with before, but... 

Customer behaviour now central to supply chain management
Gattorna Alignment exec chairperson Dr John Gattorna discusses the future of supply chain management

Telkom redirects dividend payouts to spectrum, capital investment programme 

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd June 2020 JSE-listed Telkom has suspended its dividend payouts for the next three years from the 2021 financial year to redirect the capital to acquire much-needed spectrum and complete its capital expenditure (capex) programme to ensure future sustainability. The group, which announced its intention of... 

Telkom redirects dividend payouts to spectrum, capital investment programme
Telkom Group CEO Sipho Maseko and Group CFO Tsholofelo Molefe discuss the group’s financial results for the year ended March 31, 2020.

Midvaal municipality pursues pioneering electricity distribution PPP model  

By: Terence Creamer     18th June 2020 The Midvaal municipality, in southern Gauteng, has issued a pioneering tender through which it is seeking to enter into a long-term concession agreement with a private entity to manage, operate and finance its electricity distribution service and to invest in new technologies. The municipality... 

Midvaal municipality pursues pioneering electricity distribution PPP model
DBSA specialist adviser Elliott Monama on the proposed Midvaal Electricity Distribution Services PPP. Camera Work & Editing: Kutlwano Matala and Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 18 June 2020.

Bidcorp says sales starting to recover 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2020 JSE-listed Bid Corporation's (Bidcorp's) group sales for the week ended April 5 reached a low of 37% versus the corresponding week year-on-year, but has recovered to 65% of the sales of the corresponding week in 2019 for the week ended May 31. The company on June 15 provided an update on the... 

Bidcorp says sales starting to recover
Bidcorp CE Bernard Berson provides an update on the trading environment across its operations for the fourth quarter of 2020, with particular emphasis on the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis

Danakali bullish about sulphate of potash demand growth beyond Covid-19 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th June 2020 ASX- and LSE-listed Danakali is cautiously optimistic about the food markets globally, despite uncertainty owing to Covid-19, and thanks to the sector’s resilience to the crisis. CEO Niels Wage tells Mining Weekly that global food production prospects are positive, stocks are high,... 

Danakali bullish about sulphate of potash demand growth beyond Covid-19
Danakali CEO Niels Wage discusses sulphate of potash market prospects and the Colluli project

Call centre combating Covid-19 effects 

By: Halima Frost     12th June 2020 Business process outsourcing solutions provider Merchants South Africa (SA) has identified a formal framework to help combat the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on its call centre environments, for staff and clients. “The framework is a multifaceted approach to ensure that we comply with... 

Call centre combating Covid-19 effects
Merchants MD Zain Patel discusses the steps taken by the company to combat the spread of Covid-19 in the call centre environment.

South Africa must rapidly implement measures to attract FDI − Leon 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th June 2020 The South African economy finds itself on the edge of a fiscal cliff, especially as the Covid-19 pandemic has caused a “massive and rapid shock”, says law firm Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chair Peter Leon. While the effects of the pandemic were initially localised to Asia,... 

South Africa must rapidly implement measures to attract FDI − Leon
Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chair Peter Leon discusses the fiscal cliff edge that the South African economy finds itself on, and highlights some potential measures that can attract FDI into the country. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Company welcomes relaxed lockdown regulations 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th June 2020 Construction materials company AfriSam has welcomed the first steps in relaxing South Africa’s national Covid-19 lockdown, and looks forward to Level 3, which was earmarked to start at the beginning of this month. The relaxed regulations now allow for critical supplies of cement and construction... 

Company welcomes relaxed  lockdown regulations
AfriSam’s Richard Tomes discusses South Africa’s lockdown regulations and the measures AfriSam has taken in response

WEF, Prince of Wales launch Great Reset initiative to drive global change  

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2020 With the Covid-19 pandemic having exposed various existing societal fault lines and laid bare a fundamental lack of social cohesion, fairness, inclusion and equality, the World Economic Forum (WEF) on June 3 announced the launch of its Great Reset initiative. Drawing from the vision and vast... 

Covid-19 pall hangs over Nampak’s recovery prospects  

By: Terence Creamer     29th May 2020 Packaging group Nampak announced on Friday that impairments of R3-billion, which related to its Nigerian and Angolan operations, had contributed materially to a slump in its interim results for the period to March 31. The outlook for the business was also uncertain, with the Covid-19 pandemic... 

Covid-19 pall hangs over Nampak’s recovery prospects
Nampak CEO Erik Smuts in conversation with Engineering News editor Terence Creamer on the group's interim results and its future strategy and prospects. Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Supplier launches 450 new products 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th May 2020 Electrical switchgear supplier ElectroMechanica (EM) launched the latest edition of its product catalogue this year. A new catalogue is launched on average every two years. 

Supplier launches  450 new products
ElectroMechanica director Richard Nobbs tells Engineering News about the company’s 2020 catalogue. Camerawork: Creamer Media’s Darlene Creamer. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 27.02.2020

Datatec posts strong results as Westcon turns around fortunes 

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th May 2020 JSE-listed Datatec on Wednesday May 27 posted strong results for the year ended February 29, as Westcon International returns to profitability and Logicalis Latin America produces an “exceptional performance”. The information and communications technology (ICT) group reported earnings before... 

Datatec posts strong results as Westcon turns around fortunes
Datatec CEO Jens Montana and CFO Ivan Dittrich discuss the company's results for the year ended February

AfCFTA to be continent’s main post-pandemic ‘stimulus’ lever  

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2020 The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) represents the only realistic stimulus option available to resource-constrained African governments for reigniting growth in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, AfCFTA secretary-general Wamkele Mene avers. The global response to the virus had... 

AfCFTA to be continent’s main post-pandemic ‘stimulus’ lever
AfCFTA secretary-general Wamkele Mene on the impact of Covid-19 on the trade agreement and its role in reigniting growth across the continent. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Eskom committed to ‘aggressive’ end-2021 unbundling timeline  

By: Terence Creamer     21st May 2020 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter describes as “aggressive” the end-of-2021 deadline for completing the unbundling of the vertically integrated power utility but insisted on Thursday that he was fully committed to adhering to the timeline contained in government’s restructuring roadmap. During a virtual... 

Eskom committed to ‘aggressive’ end-2021 unbundling timeline
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter on how Eskom plan to recover from its current downward trajectory. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd

As Eskom rolls out boiler fixes to more Medupi units, it confirms FGD talks with World Bank 

By: Terence Creamer     21st May 2020 Electricity utility Eskom is rolling-out design modifications made recently to Medupi Unit 3 to Medupi Unit 6, rather than waiting for the results of an evaluation of the fixes, which is proceeding in parallel. The unit was shut for 75 days on January 26 to address defects that emerged, mostly in... 

As Eskom rolls out boiler fixes to more Medupi units, it confirms FGD talks with World Bank
COO Jan Oberholzer on the rolling-out of design modifications at Medupi. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Entrepreneurs urged to document business development from early stage to attract investors 

By: Donna Slater     14th May 2020 Entrepreneurs that have started a business or are looking to start a business, especially in the green economy, should start, as soon as possible, with documenting their business development process to ensure they have that information available for when they start looking for investors, YWaste... 

Entrepreneurs urged to document business development from early stage to attract investors
YWaste Solutions MD Emile Fourie discusses how entrepreneurs can navigate starting businesses in the green economy.

Altron delivers positive FY20 results 

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th May 2020 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) posted a 14% increase in earnings before interest tax and depreciation (Ebitda) to R1.84-billion during the year ended February 29. The adoption of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) 16 accounting standard positively contributed... 

Altron delivers positive FY20 results
Altron CEO Mteto Nyati discusses the company’s financial performance during the year ended February

Localisation, digitalisation key to cost-effective maintenance in trying times  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th May 2020 Covid-19 has resulted in less funding for the power generation sector, owing to lower revenue from electricity sales amid business restrictions. At the same time, the sector still has to invest in the necessary equipment maintenance to ensure reliable power supply.  

Localisation, digitalisation key to cost-effective maintenance in trying times
An energy export panel discusses maintenance trends in a Covid-19 world

Resilient communications have never been more important, says Ericsson 

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th May 2020 Changing patterns in telecommunications traffic owing to the various levels of Covid-19 lockdowns worldwide are shifting the goalposts for predictions in a post Covid-19 world. With increasing surges in connectivity demand, information and communication technology (ICT) firm Ericsson president... 

Resilient communications have never been more important, says Ericsson
Ericsson’s Börje Ekholm, Patrik Cerwall and Jasmeet Singh Sethi discuss the information and communication technology trends that have been seen over the past few months. Editing: Darlene Creamer

Vodacom reports stronger H2, international operations shine in FY20 

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th May 2020 JSE-listed Vodacom has ended the year to March 31 with strong customer growth, increased revenue and earnings and increased traffic on its network. Vodacom’s group revenue increased 4.8% to R90.7-billion, with group service revenue up 5% to R73.3-billion during the financial year under review. 

Vodacom reports stronger H2, international operations shine in FY20

Commission warns retailers they'll have to substantiate reasons for cost increases 

By: Simone Liedtke     8th May 2020 Firms and retailers that are found to increase prices during the Covid-19 pandemic will need to substantiate why this is the case when approached by the Competition Commission, according to the commission’s chief economist James Hodge. While various factors are taken into account – such as... 

Commission warns retailers they'll have to substantiate reasons for cost increases
The Competition Commission’s James Hodge gives insight into how the organisation approaches the price regulation and excessive pricing situation in South Africa in its time of crisis. Video & Editing: Creamer Media’s Darlene Creamer.

Opinion: Innovation is vital to compete and grow in a digitally disrupted world 

7th May 2020 In this opinion article, Accenture in South Africa CEO Vukani Mngxati argues that South Africa needs to isolate the innovation gene and replicate it in all endeavours and in all sectors of society to create value. He also further unpacks the findings of Accenture’s latest Innovation Maturity... 

Opinion: Innovation is vital to compete and grow in a digitally disrupted world
Accenture in South Africa CEO Vukani Mngxati unpacks the findings of Accenture’s latest Innovation Maturity Index in this video interview with Engineering News & Mining Weekly editor and writer Terence Creamer.

Jachris offers frontline sanitising defence for companies to get back to business 

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th May 2020 Hose and fittings manufacturer Jachris is producing an automated mist sanitising safety tunnel that offers a frontline defence against Covid-19 and enables companies to “get back to business” safely. The SpraySAFE Mist Sanitising Safety Tunnel, used in conjunction with other sanitising and good... 

Jachris offers frontline sanitising defence for companies to get back to business

Steel production likely to stagnate or decline this year, says Roskill 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th May 2020 Steel production in developed economies is likely to either stagnate, or decline completely, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to influence and impact on the global economy, consultancy Roskill steel alloys principal consultant Erik Sardain said on May 5. Speaking in a webinar, he explained... 

Steel production likely to stagnate or decline this year, says Roskill
Roskill steel alloys principal consultant Erik Sardain discusses the impact of Covid-19 on the global steel industry. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Redefine expects full-year results to show a ‘tale of two halves’ 

By: Simone Liedtke     4th May 2020 With the Covid-19 virus and related uncertainty continuing to weigh on businesses, real estate investment trust (Reit) Redefine Properties has announced a 32% fall in its distributable income per share for the six months ended February 29, to 33.46c from 49.19c in the prior comparable period.... 

Redefine expects full-year results to show a ‘tale of two halves’
Redefine Properties' management discusses their results and what can be expected in the year ahead during a webinar on May 4. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Gautrain reopens with disinfectant spray booths, regular sanitising  

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2020 The Gautrain resumed service, albeit limited, on May 4, following the suspension of all services at the end of March owing to the national Covid-19 lockdown.  Trains will operate daily between 05h30 to 09h30 and 15h00 to 19h00.  

Gautrain reopens with disinfectant spray booths, regular sanitising
Gautrain acting COO Tshepo Kgobe on the operations of the Gautrain as from May 4

Patel offers insight into Level 4 balancing act as South Africans smart over irrational restrictions  

By: Terence Creamer     30th April 2020 Amid growing opposition to some of the restrictions to be imposed as part of South Africa’s Level 4 Covid-19 lockdown, which begins on May 1,  Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel has sought to outline the philosophy underpinning the country’s evolving approach to working during... 

Patel offers insight into Level 4 balancing act as South Africans smart over irrational restrictions
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel on the philosophy behind South Africa’s Level 4 lockdown, which begins on May 1, and the implications for manufacturing and construction. Recorded:29.04.2020. Source: GCIS. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Medical robots could contribute in South Africa's fight against Covid-19  

By: Schalk Burger     15th April 2020 Robotics could prove useful as the world, and the healthcare sector in particular, seeks solutions to help in the fight against Covid-19. Medical robotics distributor Nexmed Healthcare Solutions CEO Jonathan Burger tells Engineering News its UV-D medical robot uses short-wavelength ultraviolet... 

Medical robots could contribute in South Africa's fight against Covid-19
Video courtesy of Nexmed Healthcare Solutions

AIDC assists in the development of a no-touch sanitiser station  

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2020 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) has assisted Vusi Mkhize, the owner and CEO of the Mumbo Group, to produce a no-touch, non-electronic hand sanitiser dispenser.  AIDC mentored Mkhize by identifying companies and expertise in the automotive industry that could assist with the... 

AIDC assists in the development of a no-touch sanitiser station 
The Mumbo Group's no-touch hand sanitiser solution

MTN seeks new leader as Shuter plans departure 

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th March 2020 As MTN group president and CEO Rob Shuter prepares to step down in March 2021 from the role he has held since 2017, a year-long hunt is on for his successor. Shuter, nearing the completion of his four-year fixed contract, plans to pass on the baton to “take a well-deserved rest” before figuring... 

MTN seeks new leader as Shuter plans departure
MTN president and CEO Rob Shuter discusses the company’s search for a new leader.

MTN hikes proceeds from asset realisation programme 

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th March 2020 As telecommunications group MTN wraps up the first year of a three-year, R15-billion asset realisation programme (ARP), the medium-term targets have now been increased to release at least a further R25-billion. MTN realised about R14-billion in 2019 under the portfolio optimisation, which was... 

MTN hikes proceeds from  asset realisation programme
MTN president and CEO Rob Shuter and MTN group CFO Ralph Mupita discuss the company’s successful asset realisation programme

South Africa losing R250m a day because of illicit trade – BLSA 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2020 Illicit trade is one of the biggest contributors to the strain that South Africa’s fiscus is currently experiencing, as the country is losing about R250-million a day in tax revenue as a direct result of illicit trade. Illicit trade is defined as the production, import, export, purchase, sale or... 

South Africa losing R250m a day because of illicit trade – BLSA
Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso speaks to Engineering News about the commissioned report surrounding illicit trade in South Africa. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.
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