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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,... 

SAFE SUSPENSION
Being able to safely complete a task while suspended from a structure takes a specialised team which Skyriders offers
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 CEO Darren Wilder
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 CEO Melt Hamman
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.

ARC delivers satisfactory performance amid economic, Covid-19 impacts  

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th September 2020 Empowerment investment firm African Rainbow Capital (ARC) Investments has posted what it deems a satisfactory performance for the year ended June 30, 2020, considering the challenging operating environment that has dragged the performance of many of its portfolio investments. The group achieved... 

African Rainbow Minerals Investment co-CEO Johan van Der Merwe
African Rainbow Minerals Investment co-CEO Johan van Der Merwe discusses ARC's financial results for the year ended June 30, 2020. Date recorded: 15.09.2020. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matala. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Local manufacturing needs support to fulfil potential, panellists say  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th September 2020 Local manufacturing had the potential to support South Africa's economic recovery, but this required addressing a myriad of challenges, panellists said during a South African Capital Equipment Export Council webinar on September 10. The webinar was held as part of this year's Electra Mining... 

Oupa Magashula
CZ Electronics executive chairperson Oupa Magashula outlines some of the challenges facing the local manufacturers; while Department of Trade Industry and Competition Export Promotion Africa Trade Invest Africa chief director John Rocha calls for African investment to boost the country’s manufacturing capabilities.

Afrox manages healthy dividend, profit despite lower demand in H1 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th September 2020 Gas supplier African Oxygen (Afrox) has declared a dividend of 38c a share for the six months ended June 30. It also posted earnings before interest and taxes (Ebit) of R336-million and basic earnings a share of 77.8c.  

Afrox manages healthy dividend, profit despite lower demand in H1
Afrox's executives discuss its performance for the six months ended June 30

Data key to long-term optimisation, says SAIMC's first-ever female president 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th September 2020 Describing data as the “new oil” or “new water” of the world, Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Mechatronics and Control (SAIMC) president Annemarie van Coller has emphasised the importance of changing data from “just data to insights”. Speaking during an automation-themed webinar hosted... 

SAIMC president Annemarie van Coller
SAIMC president Annemarie van Coller gives viewers some insight into the data journey. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

4IR a ‘unique opportunity’ for Africa to overcome development hurdles 

By: Simone Liedtke     8th September 2020 The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) represents a unique opportunity for African countries to scale development hurdles with the help of technologies, electronics manufacturer Pepperl+Fuchs Africa sales director Marc van Pelt said on September 8. He spoke during an automation-themed webinar,... 

Pepperl+Fuchs Africa sales director Marc van Pelt
Pepperl+Fuchs Africa sales director Marc van Pelt gives us some more insight into how the Fourth Industrial Revolution represents a unique opportunity for Africa, and South Africa. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Proper ventilation a key tool to prevent the spread of Covid-19 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th September 2020 Indoor ventilation is an important tool to prevent the viral transmission of the Covid-19 virus when correctly applied. Conversely, poor ventilation promotes viral transmission, Engen industrial hygiene specialist Garth Hunter warned during the South African Institute of Occupational Safety and... 

Occupational medicine specialist Dr Greg Kew
Two specialists discuss the importance of proper ventilation as a tool to prevent the viral transmission of Covid-19. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Libstar grows interim revenue despite supply chain, consumer demand challenges 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd September 2020 JSE-listed fast-moving consumer goods holding company Libstar has delivered robust interim results, with revenue increases reported for household and personal care products, as well as some food categories, despite Covid-19 impacts. Libstar recorded a 1.9% year-on-year growth in group revenue... 

Libstar grows interim revenue despite supply chain, consumer demand challenges
Libstar CEO Andries van Rensburg talks interim performance and outlook for remainder of 2020

Emira’s US portfolio helps offset lockdown impacts locally  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st August 2020 JSE-listed Emira Property Fund has declared a final dividend of 30.26c apiece, taking its dividend for the full-year ended June 30 to 104.36c apiece. The company declared a dividend of 151.34c apiece in the 2019 financial year, reflecting a 31%, or 46.98c apiece, year-on-year decrease in this... 

Emira Property Fund COO Ulana van Biljon
Emira CEO Geoff Jennet and COO Ulana van Biljon discusses the company’s performance over the last year

Coal to remain relevant despite growing shift to renewable energy, says consultancy 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th August 2020 The use of coal is enabling the energy transition, owing to its provision of a basis for the economy to develop, drive wealth and enable economic progress, which then, in turn, creates and enables the funds for stronger and further investment into renewable energy, says Boston Consulting Group MD... 

Boston Consulting Group MD and partner Tycho Möncks
Boston Consulting Group MD and partner Tycho Möncks gives Engineering News and Mining Weekly some insight into how coal is enabling the energy transition. Video: Recorded via Zoom. Editing: Creamer Media's Darlene Creamer.

Deliberate action required to encourage transformation  

By: Simone Liedtke     28th August 2020 Deliberate action in pursuit of transformation will continue to play a huge role in attracting more women to the local construction sector, says diversified infrastructure and services construction company Concor Construction business development and stakeholder engagement executive Fezeka... 

FEZEKA NOMPUMZA
Only 144 000 women are currently employed , formally and informally, in the construction sector, compared with about 1.2-million men
Concor Construction’s Fezeka Nompumza discusses women transformation in the construction industry, and what needs to be done to encourage this.

Support, mentoring key in driving transformation 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th August 2020 Women will need to support and mentor other women in the construction industry as part of reshaping the mindset that the industry is male-dominated, says building materials company AfriSam mineral resource manager Niraksha Singh. “This is necessary, considering that legacy issues and societal... 

EMBRACING CHANGE
AfriSam has fully embraced empowering women in the construction and mining sector
AfriSam’s Niraksha Singh discusses how mentoring and support are key in driving transformation.

Redflank launches BeyondCOVID initiative to build business resilience  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th August 2020 Specialist management company Redflank on August 27 launched the BeyondCOVID initiative, which aims to help businesses in the country "embrace solidarity and survive the impact of Covid-19", by shaping their responses to challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic and setting them up... 

Lings Naidoo
BeyondCOVID cofounder Lings Naidoo outlines the initiative and how people can contribute.

Bidcorp revenue declines as a result of Covid-19 measures 

By: Donna Slater     26th August 2020 Food distribution company Bidcorp recorded net revenue of R121.1-billion for the financial year ended June 30, representing a 6.3% decline from the R129.3-billion in revenue reported for the 2019 financial year. Its gross profit margin, however, increased to 24.1%, up from 23.9% in the 2019... 

Bidcorp revenue declines as a result of Covid-19 measures
Bidcorp operations and financial performance impacted by Covid-19-hit consumer markets

Initiative launched to stimulate adoption of fast-growing energy management standard by South African firms  

By: Terence Creamer     25th August 2020 An initiative is under way to accelerate the adoption by South African industrial firms of the international energy management standard ISO 50001, which is designed to help improve the performance of a company’s energy-intensive assets to support cost savings and emission reductions. Although ISO... 

Initiative launched to stimulate adoption of fast-growing energy management standard by South African firms
The NCPC-SA’s Alf Hartzenburg, who heads up the IEE Project in South Africa, on the benefits of the international energy management standard ISO 50001. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matala Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Redefine lays foundations for future growth as property fundamentals continue to be challenged 

By: Simone Liedtke     24th August 2020 Managing risk through a streamlined, more focused offshore asset platform and zoning in resolutely on high-quality, well-located domestic assets have helped real estate investment trust (Reit) Redefine Properties lay the foundations for future growth once Covid-19-related uncertainty and... 

Redefine CEO Andrew Konig
CEO Andrew Konig speaks to investors and media during a pre-close briefing on August 24. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Eskom Transmission head says policy, legislative and regulatory changes needed to facilitate unit’s full independence  

By: Terence Creamer     21st August 2020 The head of Eskom’s Transmission division has outlined some of the progress being made to establish an Independent Transmission System Operator (ITSO) but has also warned that full separation will take time and will also require major policy, legislative and regulatory changes. The creation of... 

Eskom Transmission head says policy, legislative and regulatory changes needed to facilitate unit’s full independence
Eskom Transmission CEO Segomoco Scheppers on the progress being made in setting up an Independent Transmission System Operator and the gaps that remain. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

ARB says financial year ‘will be well remembered’ for Covid-19, other challenges 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st August 2020 JSE-listed investment and property holding company ARB Holdings says sluggish economic growth and the collapse in business confidence became a “secondary concern” this year, as regulations and national lockdown restrictions were implemented to halt the spread of Covid-19. ARB owns investments in... 

ARB CEO Billy Neasham
ARB CEO Billy Neasham gives Engineering News some further detail and insight on the company's financial results. Video: Recorded via Zoom. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Reliable infrastructure needed to meet fibre demand  

By: Halima Frost     21st August 2020 With physical distancing encouraged amid Covid-19, the need for reliable fibre connectivity and infrastructure has increased, says open access network provider Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) strategy, mergers and acquisitions and innovation executive Vino Govender.  “We have seen a significant increase... 

VINO GOVENDER
Enabling a high-speed digital world where innovations and meaningful connections prosper. Connecting Africans to each other and to the world
Dark Fibre Africa strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and innovation executive Vino Govender discusses the increased demand for bandwidth and data during Covid-19. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 23.07.2020

Experts unpack rising violent extremist attacks in Mozambique 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th August 2020 The presence of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant- (ISIL-) affiliated violent extremists in the northern provinces of Mozambique has raised the threat levels for the lives of people in Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries. Although the government of Mozambique only formally... 

Experts unpack rising violent extremist attacks in Mozambique
Conflict experts discuss the rising radicalisation and violent extremist groups in Mozambique

MTN to exit Middle East markets, focus on Africa 

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th August 2020 Telecommunications giant MTN is planning to exit its Middle East markets over the medium term as it turns its focus solely to its African markets. The group’s renewed focus on the future of its pan-African strategy forms part of its ongoing portfolio review programme. 

MTN Group president and CEO Rob Shuter
MTN Group president and CEO Rob Shuter discusses MTN’s planned exit from its Middle East markets.

Mpact ensures business continuity as electricity, Covid-19 challenges persist 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th August 2020 Paper and plastic packaging manufacturer Mpact managed to ensure business continuity, alongside the safety and health of employees, over the past six months, especially as the period, which ended on June 30, began with persistent external electricity supply interruptions across South Africa,... 

Mpact CEO Bruce Strong
Mpact CEO Bruce Strong speaks to Engineering News following the release of the company's results on August 5. Camerawork: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

PwC says pandemic forces a relook at remuneration policies  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2020 It has been a year that has exposed the vulnerabilities of lower-level workers and, coupled with the context of job insecurity and food insecurity in South Africa, there have been increasing calls for executive pay cuts. Consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), in its latest 'Executive... 

PwC people and organisation director Leila Ebrahimi.
Two PwC executives discuss the changing landscape for remuneration amid Covid-19

AMSA implements large-scale, but ‘flexible’, labour reorganisation as Covid-19 bites  

By: Terence Creamer     30th July 2020 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), which reported a loss of R2.6-billion for the interim period to June 30, warned on Thursday that it expected steel demand to remain subdued for the foreseeable future and indicated that it was pushing ahead with a large-scale labour... 

ArcelorMittal South Arica CEO Kobus Verster
ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Kobus Verster presenting a slide on market conditions in South Africa during the group's interim results presentation. Video by: Nicholas Boyd & Kutlwano Matala.

AECI still turns healthy profit, dividend owing to a robust response plan   

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th July 2020 JSE-listed chemicals group AECI has declared a gross interim cash dividend of 100c apiece for the six months ended June 30, owing to its well managed cash resources and despite the negative effects of Covid-19. The negative impact of Covid-19 on the company, in the six months under review, was... 

AECI CEO Mark Dytor
AECI CEO Mark Dytor discusses the Covid-19 impact on the company and its business drivers going forward

ICE power plants offer ‘least regret’ solution for South Africa, says Wärtsilä 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th July 2020 Modular internal combustion engine (ICE) power plants offer the "least regret" answer to South Africa's power crisis, Wärtsilä  South Africa business development manager Wayne Glossop said during a July 28 virtual media roundtable discussion. He noted that ICE power plants were also a solution... 

ICE power plants offer ‘least regret’ solution for South Africa, says Wärtsilä
Wärtsilä South Africa Business Development Manager Wayne Glossop explains the challenges facing South Africa’s power sector and why flexible capacity is the ‘least risk’ solution.

New technology offers effective communication  

By: Halima Frost     24th July 2020 Blockchain solution provider DoshEx’s newest offering, Sherlock blockchain, is adapted for project managers and engineers to effectively communicate within a communal ecosystem. DoshEx CEO Alex de Bruyn explains that the Sherlock network combines the Internet of Things (IoT), distributed document... 

ALEX DE BRUYN
Sherlock provides a smart contract management network using blockchain and distributed technology
DoshEx CEO Alex de Bruyn discusses the use of its Sherlock blockchain solution in the project management sector. Camerawork: Halima Frost. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 25.06.2020

Zutari geared with creative, collaborative approaches for infrastructure-led recovery in Africa  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st July 2020 After demerging from the global engineering and advisory brand Aurecon on January 1, Aurecon Africa has emerged as Africa’s newest engineering consultancy and is now called Zutari. Zutari CEO Dr Gustav Rohde says that although it is a “new” company, it is really one of the oldest in the industry... 

Zutari CEO Gustav Rohde
Zutari CEO Gustav Rohde discusses the new company's Africa-centric approach

4IR skills map way forward  

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th July 2020 With continuous improvements in technology, there is a need for concurrent upskilling across all sectors, especially as the reality of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) has set in locally. 

ASTRID STRAUSSNER
The traditional education system is still important, although it needs to adopt new ways of delivering its content
Polytech Africa MD ​Astrid Straussner​ tells ​Engineering News ​about the company’s Mechatronics Academy. Camerawork: ​Creamer Media’s​ Kutlwano Matlala​.​ Editing: ​Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd​.​ Recorded: 28.02.2020

Condra supplies nine telescopic cranes to chemicals company 

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th July 2020 Crane manufacturer and refurbishment specialist Condra is deploying telescopic cranes to help a South African chemicals company with the production of large volumes of alcohol for hand sanitisers. Recently tested and soon to be delivered, Condra’s order for nine double-girder cranes with... 

Condra supplies nine telescopic cranes to chemicals company
Condra showcases the crane with telescopic boom under test

WEF stresses need for nature-based solutions and business involvement  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th July 2020 A new report published by the World Economic Forum (WEF), the 'Future of Nature and Business' report, has found that nature-positive solutions can create $10.1-trillion in economic opportunity and counter growing biodiversity losses, while creating 393-million jobs by 2030. The Covid-19 pandemic... 

Carlos Alvarado Quesada
Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado Quesada and World Economic Forum Nature Action Agenda head Akanksha Khatri detail the importance of pursuing nature-based solutions, and the recent WEF report that supports this.

Renergen bringing LNG fuel alternative to South Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     15th July 2020 The current global recession is accelerating the transformation to cleaner energy sources and the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in transport owing to the need to reduce costs by as much as possible. Within this context, emerging natural gas and helium producer Renergen CEO Stefano Marani... 

The compression station at Renergen's Virginia gas project, in the Free State.
Renergen CEO Stefano Marani gives some insight in to how accepting South Africa is of LNG, and whether or not there is an actual demand. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Creamer Media’s 40-year evolution – watch the video 

14th July 2020 In March next year Creamer Media will achieve the remarkable milestone of 40 years of successful business-to-business publishing.  

Creamer Media’s 40-year evolution – watch the video
Creamer Media’s 40-year evolution

Dlamini-Zuma elaborates on alcohol ban, family gatherings    

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th July 2020 Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says government is taking every possible measure that it can to help curb the spread of Covid-19, which has called for some controversial regulation changes and restrictions since the start of the lockdown in South... 

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
Dlamini-Zuma discusses some of the issues around the new alcohol ban and family gatherings

Ian McRae, who oversaw Eskom’s ‘electricity for all’ policy, dies 

12th July 2020 The much respected former CEO of Eskom, Ian McRae, died in the early hours of Sunday morning July 12, 2020. He was 90 years old. Born in Germiston on September 24, 1929, Ian Campbell McRae started his career as an apprentice fitter and turner at Eskom. After qualifying he went on to obtain a... 

Ian McRae, who oversaw Eskom’s ‘electricity for all’ policy, dies
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter pays tribute to Dr Ian McRae, who died on July 12.
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