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Saice embarks on long-term expansion strategy

By: Cameron Mackay     21st June 2019 Civil engineering voluntary association and learning institution, the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) has initiated a long-term expansion strategy to cater to the needs of its members according to their specific member segment, such as segments for students, graduates or... 

Regulations enable organisations to develop graduates

By: Cameron Mackay     21st June 2019 Organisations need to play a more active role in developing engineering capacity in South Africa, as new regulations are in place to provide available funding for graduate training, says South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) capacity building arm Civils Masakheni MD Allyson... 

Regulations enable organisations to develop graduates
ALLYSON LAWLESS Employers are mistaken in unrealistically expecting graduates to design and manage processes, projects and systems from their first day at work

Govt explores new approach to industrial policy implementation

By: Nadine James     18th June 2019 The government – led by the Presidency – is rethinking how industrial policy is conceptualised and implemented as a key element in revitalising the economy. This emerged during a recent debate organised by trade research organisation Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) on the role of... 

DTI forges ahead with product standardisation task

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th June 2019 Following Mining Charter III’s call to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to develop a “Standardised Coding and Product Identification System in the Mining Supply Chain” whereby products can be identified using a unique name and code, the department has established a multistakeholder... 

DTI forges ahead with product standardisation task
INDUSTRY GROWTH The DTI looks forward to exchanging lessons and experiences to unpack challenges and identify solutions for growth across the manufacturing sector

The Concrete Institute highlights composite road benefits

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 The benefits of concrete for roads can be exploited by the South African roads industry, says South African concrete education and skills organisation The Concrete Institute MD Bryan Perrie. While concrete is generally more expensive in terms of initial costs, it does offer reduced life-cycle... 

The Concrete Institute highlights composite road benefits
BRYAN PERRIE South African roads are predominantly asphalt, and The Concrete Institute has been trying to make inroads for the use of concrete for roads

‘Blanket deviation’ does not exempt 1 MW to 10 MW projects from licensing process – Nersa  

By: Terence Creamer     31st May 2019 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) is ready to consider licence applications for small-scale embedded generator (SSEG) plants between 1 MW and 10 MW in line with the “blanket deviation” from the Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) provided by former Energy Minister Jeff Radebe in a... 

‘Blanket deviation’ does not exempt 1 MW to 10 MW projects from licensing process – Nersa

Sector shows decline despite strong market growth

By: Mamaili Mamaila     31st May 2019 Although the local chemicals sector has recently been characterised by strong market growth, it has shown a consistently weak performance, with its contribution to total manufacturing output having declined significantly over the past ten years, says the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)... 

Sector shows decline despite strong market growth
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RAW MATERIALS Domestic chemical firms face multiple challenges such as access to appropriately priced feedstock, as well as large volumes of raw chemical materials that continue to be imported and are subject to exchange rate fluctuations

Rand tumbles on Cabinet anxiety, risk aversion

By: Reuters     29th May 2019 South Africa's rand tumbled to a five-month low against the dollar early on Wednesday, extending losses in the previous session as global risk aversion and uncertainty over Cabinet appointments hurt sentiment. At 06:48 GMT, the rand traded at 14.8575 per dollar, 0.9% weaker than its New York... 

We need serious overhaul of Cabinet to attract foreign investment – Prof Duvenhage

By: Sane Dhlamini     28th May 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa needs to introduce a major overhaul of his Cabinet if he is to attract foreign investment, says political analyst Professor Andre Duvenhage. Duvenhage was addressing members of the business organisation Sakeliga in Centurion on Tuesday as the country anticipates the... 

We need serious overhaul of Cabinet to attract foreign investment – Prof Duvenhage
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Mkhwebane not fit for office – BLSA  

By: Sashnee Moodley     28th May 2019 Business Leadership South Africa said on Tuesday that it had lost trust in Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane and called for her removal, citing her continued lack of objectivity and "egregious character" as problems. BLSA further accused Mkhwebane of politicking and said her “political... 

Mkhwebane not fit for office – BLSA
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Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane

South African seafarers given reprieve after 'white list' jobs scare – for now

By: News24Wire      28th May 2019 Thousands of South African seafarers who faced being axed from the International Maritime Organistion's (IMO's) "white list", can breathe easy again after the organisation agreed to shelve changes to the list for the next two years. This means the 5 000 South African-trained seafarers and South... 

Carbon Tax Act signed into law, effective from June 1 

By: News24Wire      27th May 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed the Carbon Tax Act into law and it will come into effect on June 1, the National Treasury said on Sunday. The Act was gazetted on May 23, together with the Customs and Excise Amendment Act, the Treasury said in a statement. "Climate change represents one of... 

 Carbon Tax Act signed into law, effective from June 1
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Public Protector finds Gordhan guilty of 'improper conduct' 

By: News24Wire      24th May 2019 Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has found Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan guilty of "improper conduct" over his approval of then-deputy South African Revenue Services Commissioner Ivan Pillay's early retirement and payout. Mkhwebane made the announcement at a media briefing on... 

Public Protector finds Gordhan guilty of 'improper conduct'
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Eskom unbundling will allow for efficient and effective management

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th May 2019 The challenges facing State-owned power utility Eskom can be mitigated through proper, efficient and effective management, which is possible with the company’s unbundling, says Stellenbosch University Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES) director Professor Sampson Mamphweli. 

Eskom unbundling will allow for efficient and effective management
SAMPSON MAMPHWELI There is a greater need for a balanced energy mix between coal, gas and renewable energy

Nuclear is a solution to Eskom’s woes 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th May 2019 The success of all the countries that have undertaken large nuclear programmes shows that nuclear energy is a credible solution to State-owned power utility Eskom’s power challenges, says retired Eskom chief nuclear officer David Nicholls. 

Nuclear is a solution to Eskom’s woes
Retired Eskom Chief Nuclear Officer David Nicholls discusses the power utility, scan the barcode with your phones QR reader, or go to ‘Video Reports’ on www.engineeringnews.co.za/ Camerawork: Christo Greyling. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 24.04.2019

Antibribery, corruption compliance programme critical to combatting corruption – CDH

By: Simone Liedtke     15th May 2019 The cost of corruption, globally, is estimated at $2.6-trillion a year, of which the private sector contributes about $515-billion a year, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr dispute resolution executive consultant Willem Janse van Rensburg said on Wednesday. “It constitutes a massive illegal and fraudulent... 

Unreliability of coal power stations calls for a nuclear solution

By: Mamaili Mamaila     10th May 2019 With coal power stations starting to reach the end of their lives, owing to insufficient maintenance, the country’s only option going forward will have to be nuclear energy, says University of the Witwatersrand radiation and health physics unit director Professor James Larkin. 

Unreliability of coal power stations calls for a nuclear solution
UPSKILLING It is difficult to create new programmes and qualifications when there is so much resistance towards the industry from government in terms of having nuclear energy play a more important role in the power sector

Mashaba calls for prioritisation of ‘neglected’ local government basics

By: Simone Liedtke     30th April 2019 Under the Diphetogo banner, which means “real, transformative, lasting change”, City of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba on Tuesday called for the prioritisation of the basics of local government that have been “neglected”. Some of these basics focus on pressing community needs, youth... 

Mashaba calls for prioritisation of ‘neglected’ local government basics
City of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba

Long period of backsliding masks genuine promise South Africa still holds

By: Terence Creamer     26th April 2019 It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of political inclusion, it was the age of income inequality, it was the epoch of human dignity, it was the epoch of neglect and corruption, it was the season of electricity access, it was the season of load-shedding, it was the... 

Long period of backsliding masks genuine promise South Africa still holds

Barloworld optimistic ‘black public’ will take up offer to invest in new property group 

By: Terence Creamer     25th April 2019 Industrial group Barloworld is optimistic that qualifying black South Africans will respond positively to its offer to buy a maximum of 30% of the shares available in a new black-owned property company, called Khula Sizwe Property Holdings, being created as part of a larger R3.5-billion... 

Barloworld optimistic ‘black public’ will take up offer to invest in new property group
Barloworld to sell 68 mostly industrial properties to Khula Sizwe

Ongoing copper cable theft negatively affects power capacity 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     19th April 2019 Ongoing copper cable theft from companies, such as State-owned power utility Eskom, has devastating effects on the local copper industry, says Copper Development Association Africa (CDAA) executive chairperson Evert Swanepoel. 

Ongoing copper cable theft negatively affects power capacity
COPPER ALLIANCE The high demand for copper and copper alloys, with demand mainly from the Asian region, particularly China, is causing expensive exports to many countries

Morocco biggest contender for SA auto assembly hegemony

By: Cameron Mackay     12th April 2019 Owing to lower costs, access to European markets, attractive incentives offered to industry and high investment into infrastructure, Morocco has become South Africa’s biggest challenger in the automotive manufacturing industry, says multinational professional services firm Deloitte Africa... 

Morocco biggest contender for SA auto assembly hegemony
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MARTYN DAVIES MARTYN DAVIES South Africa’s passenger vehicles sales declined roughly by 25% in the past decade

Long-running trade dispute between aerospace giants ends with victory for Airbus

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th April 2019 Late last month the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO’s) Appellate Body found that the US had failed to end some of the subsidies awarded by Federal, State and local authorities to aerospace giant Boeing, and to stop the damage these subsidies were causing to Boeing’s Europe-based arch rival... 

Corruption has eroded pillars of democracy – report   

By: Sane Dhlamini     10th April 2019 While South Africans commemorate the late freedom fighter Chris Hani, who was assassinated 26 years ago, civil society organisation Corruption Watch on Wednesday released a report on how corruption has eroded the pillars of democracy. This comes before South Africans cast their votes on May 8 in... 

Corruption has eroded pillars of democracy – report
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Corruption Watch executive director, David Lewis

Eskom to class action firm: We can’t be sued for load-shedding and here’s why  

By: News24Wire      9th April 2019 Eskom says that based on legal advice it has received, a law firm seeking to initiate a class action suit against it on behalf of companies which have been affected by load-shedding, has little ground to stand on. Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said that the legal advice the power utility had... 

 Eskom to class action firm: We can’t be sued for load-shedding and here’s why

Digital tech can improve client and project interaction

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 Professional services firm WSP is finding more opportunities to use emerging digital technologies in delivering engineering and infrastructure projects globally, points out WSP in Africa MD Mathieu du Plooy. This involves the managing of information and data, designing and collaboration efforts... 

Digital tech can improve client and project interaction
MATHIEU DU PLOOY WSP’s focus on the African continent is more sector-based than geographical. We will follow the countries where the need is pressing

Consulting firm shifts to public-sector partner role

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 Multinational engineering consultancy Aurecon sees a need to shift the group’s role from that of consultant for engineering design and delivery to being more of a partner to government, specifically in the capacity of adviser and decision-maker on important infrastructural challenges. This will... 

Consulting firm shifts to public-sector partner role
GREEN BUILDINGS The next for green buildings will be the integration the Internet of Things and consistent use of technology through the life cycle of an asset

SME politics hindering civil projects, says consulting firm

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 Government efforts to motivate for the employment of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for civil engineering and construction projects are causing difficulties for local infrastructure projects, says engineering and construction company Hyson Cells CEO and founder Sally Hall. “The... 

SME politics hindering civil projects, says  consulting firm
SME OPPORTUNITIES The most successful projects in which Hyson Cells has been involved are where women-owned teams have been employed

Emphasis on STEM subjects at schools vital

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 The announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation Address in February this year that government plans to introduce more technical subjects at high schools in South Africa, is long overdue, says consulting engineering and project implementation firm Hatch’s Sibongile... 

Emphasis on STEM subjects at schools vital
MEANINGFUL CONTRIBUTION Companies should create an inclusive environment for employees to enable them to contribute to the company and community

Early crypto-asset regulations indicate firmer rules on the way

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2019 The initial regulations proposed by a crypto-asset regulations consultation paper, released by the South African Reserve Bank in January, indicate that a firmer regulatory regime will be put in place, says legal firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr finance and banking director Bridget King and Cliffe... 

Education important for future of industry – Cesa  

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 Consulting engineering association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Neresh Pather says introducing new technology subjects at technical high schools will play a critical role in preparing future generations for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and the general consulting... 

Education important for future of industry – Cesa
Consulting Engineers South Africa president Neresh Pather & Gauteng Road & Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi discuss education and technology in consulting engineering. Camerawork and Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Law firm plans class action against Eskom over load-shedding 

By: News24Wire      2nd April 2019 The national load-shedding crisis will shortly come under legal scrutiny, if a local law firm has its way. Law firm De Beer Attorneys has called on businesses who have suffered financial losses to join a class action lawsuit against State-owned enterprise Eskom. 

Law firm plans class action against Eskom over load-shedding

Enablers to expedite port infrastructure investment

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th March 2019 While investment in local ports is increasing, even more investment is required in harbour infrastructure, says global engineering company Aurecon Group capital projects principal Johan de la Rey. 

Enablers to expedite port  infrastructure investment
PORT INFRASTRUCTURE MASTERPLAN Execution-ready projects need to be prioritised to ensure that funds are not relocated to other, non-port priorities

Trade and Industry committee attends to industry challenges

29th March 2019 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry is well aware that the South African sugar industry is experiencing various challenges as it has been engaging the industry for over a year to alleviate the plight of local sugarcane farmers. Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry... 

Trade and Industry  committee attends to  industry challenges
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LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS The committee acknowledges that factors such as bio-fuels and cogeneration may require legislative changes

Environmental plan for South African segment of SKA radio telescope gazetted

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th March 2019 The Integrated Environmental Management Plan (IEMP) for the Phase 1 of the Square Kilometre Array mid-frequency array (SKA1_MID) was gazetted by Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane on Friday, the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (Sarao) announced on Monday. The SKA is an... 

Environmental plan for South African segment of SKA radio telescope gazetted
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An artist’s impression of the core of the South African segment of the SKA

Greenpeace opposes Eskom’s application to postpone air quality legislation compliance

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2019 Nonprofit organisation Greenpeace Africa on Tuesday reaffirmed its opposition to State-owned Eskom’s application for further postponements and/or suspensions from air quality legislation. The organisation explained that, in the interests of realising the Constitutional right to a healthy... 

Greenpeace opposes Eskom’s application to postpone air quality legislation compliance
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Greenpeace global air pollution unit lead analyst Lauri Myllyvirta

Looming SA 'expat tax' is ultimately fair – Citadel

By: African News Agency      18th March 2019 Changes to South Africa's Income Tax Act which will from March 2020 see expatriates taxed locally for income from foreign employment exceeding R1-million is ultimately fair given their continued ties in the country, financial services group Citadel said on Monday. The National Treasury held a... 

 Looming SA 'expat tax' is ultimately fair – Citadel
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