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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.

Integrated approach critical for pump requirements 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th October 2020 Responding to customer pump requirements is not about selling a product, but rather about an integrated approach, says equipment rental agency Integrated Pump Rental rental development manager Steven Du Toit. Taking “a more integrated approach” to customer requirements and problems enables the... 

Integrated approach critical for pump requirements
Integrated Pump Rental’s Steven Du Toit gives more insight into the company’s holistic approach.

Koeberg’s 20-year life extension marks steam-generator milestone   

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2020 The steam generator replacement project, which is central to Eskom’s R20-billion programme to extend the 40-year design life of the Koeberg nuclear power station by a further 20 years, marked a major milestone this week with the arrival of the first units in Cape Town. The project, which was... 

Koeberg’s 20-year life extension marks steam-generator milestone
The first unit being transported the 40-km distance from the Cape Town Harbour to Koeberg using abnormal-load vehicles.

EPP expects profit recovery in second half of this year 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th September 2020 JSE-listed real estate investment trust EPP has reported a loss of €24-million, or €0.027 a share, for the six months ended June 30, owing to lower tenant activities during the lockdown in Poland, where the company owns a portfolio of 25 retail centres and three office developments. This... 

EPP expects profit recovery in second half of this year
EPP CEO Tomasz Trzósło discusses some aspects of the company's interim results

LG affirms commitment to providing quality air purification solutions for MEA region  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th September 2020 The pandemic has heightened concerns over health and air quality and LG Air Solutions' latest portfolio of air purification solutions for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region aims to deal with the growing concerns about air quality inside buildings and facilities, as well as outdoors. This was... 

LG affirms commitment to providing quality air purification solutions for MEA region
LG Middle East and Africa Air Solutions Engineering Sales Team regional direction Iyad Jurdy, and MEA Air Solution Engineering Sales Team team leader Prabhjeet Singh Channa outline the company’s latest portfolio of air purification solutions for the Middle East and Africa.

Maintenance work completed during lockdown 

By: Halima Frost     25th September 2020 A team of eight work-at-height specialists representing rope access company Skyriders has safely completed the cleaning and maintenance of two storage tanks at a petrochemicals producer, in Mpumalanga. The maintenance project, which was conducted during Level 5 of the Covid-19 lockdown period,... 

Maintenance work completed during lockdown
Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn discusses a recently completed maintenance project that required specialised rope access expertise. Camerawork: Halima Frost. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 21.08.2020

Fairvest reports resilient performance in an 'exceptionally tough' environment 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd September 2020 Property investment holding company Fairvest Property Holdings' total distribution for the financial year ended June 30 was 21.038 c apiece – 3.4% year-on-year decrease. “We are pleased with the resilience that our portfolio has shown, in what can only be described as an exceptionally tough... 

Fairvest reports resilient performance in an 'exceptionally tough' environment
Fairvest CEO Darren Wilder outlines the company's performance for the period

Attacq decides against declaring a full-year dividend to preserve liquidity 

By: Donna Slater     22nd September 2020 Real estate investment trust (Reit) Attacq experienced a decline in distributable earnings during the last six months six months of the financial year ended June 30, mainly as a result of tenant rent relief measures to help tenants through the worst of the Covid-19 lockdown. The company was... 

Attacq decides against declaring a full-year dividend to preserve liquidity
Attacq CEO Melt Hamman and COO Jackie van Niekerk discuss the group’s financial six-month results for the year ended June 30.

Daimler’s first hydrogen fuel-cell truck to start customer trials in 2023  

By: Irma Venter     17th September 2020 Daimler Trucks has unveiled its first hydrogen-based fuel cell truck. The GenH2 Truck is aimed at the long-haul transport market and marks the beginning of commercial fuel-cell drive development for the German truck maker. 

Daimler’s first hydrogen fuel-cell truck to start customer trials in 2023
Take a closer look at the Daimler concept hydrogen fuel-cell truck.
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