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Sugar master plan signed and good to go

4th December 2020 The virtual signing of the much-anticipated Sugarcane Value Chain Master Plan 2030 has been welcomed by all stakeholders of the South African sugar industry, according to a statement issued by the South African Sugar Association (Sasa) last month. “This is a momentous occasion for the industry... 

New female vice chairperson for sugar association

4th December 2020 The South African Farmers Development Association (Safda) said in statement issued last month that it “welcomes and congratulates” the appointment of new South African Sugar Association (Sasa) vice chairperson Joanmariae Fubbs. Fubbs was nominated by Safda and voted in at a special meeting of... 

Business restructuring anchors producer as sugar master plan gives hope

By: Darren Parker     4th December 2020 The business restructuring efforts of sugar producer Tongaat Hulett over the past few years have enabled it to enter the Covid-19 outbreak as a “leaner, fit-for-purpose organisation” better able to weather the pandemic, says Tongaat Hulett sugar operations MD Simon Harvey. “The Covid-19 pandemic... 

A NEW HORIZON
The sugar master plan seeks to create a diversified and globally competitive, sustainable and transformed sugarcane-based value chain
A NEW HORIZON The sugar master plan seeks to create a diversified and globally competitive, sustainable and transformed sugarcane-based value chain

Tough times ahead despite better yields

By: Darren Parker     4th December 2020 Data gathered by the South African Canegrowers Association (SA Canegrowers) indicate that sugar cane crop yields in the current season are expected to be an improvement on those of the past year, owing to “perfect” to weather to date. Moreover, canegrowers have also put much effort into... 

ABUNDANT HARVEST
A large yield and constrained sugar milling capacity means that some sugar cane will not be processed this year
ABUNDANT HARVEST A large yield and constrained sugar milling capacity means that some sugar cane will not be processed this year

Rail link planned for small-scale cane growers

By: Darren Parker     4th December 2020 Sugar producer Tongaat Hulett is partnering with the South African Farmers Development Association, and the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development to establish a sugar cane rail transport system, in KwaZulu-Natal, between Makhathini cane growers in northern Zululand and... 

LOWERED HAULAGE COSTS
The project will result in a 50% reduction in transportation costs for growers
LOWERED HAULAGE COSTS The project will result in a 50% reduction in transportation costs for growers

SA Supreme Court dismisses Airlink’s claim against national carrier SAA   

By: African News Agency      1st December 2020 Privately owned airline Airlink said on Tuesday it was disappointed, but respected the Supreme Court of Appeal’s decision to dismiss its claim against South African Airways. Airlink, which services the southern Africa region, applied to the Johannesburg High Court in January for a declaratory... 

 SA Supreme Court dismisses Airlink’s claim against national carrier SAA

Cloud-based vaccine management system launched in Africa

By: Sane Dhlamini     24th November 2020 IT giant Oracle and the Tony Blair Institute announced on Tuesday the launch of the cloud-based Oracle Health Management System, which will help African countries manage large-scale vaccination programmes. Ghana, Rwanda and Sierra Leone are the initial users of the system, which will create... 

Cloud-based vaccine management system launched in Africa

S African-Italian trade dips but remains adequate

By: Darren Parker     20th November 2020 Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, a respectable $1.4-billion worth of goods has been exchanged between South Africa and Italy since January, according to Italian-South African Chamber of Trade and Industries (ItalchamSA) secretary general Pamina Bohrer. She explains that the bulk of this trade... 

TRADE-OFF
Since Italy and South Africa were both subjected to strict lockdowns, trade between the two countries is expected to be significantly lower this year
TRADE-OFF Since Italy and South Africa were both subjected to strict lockdowns, trade between the two countries is expected to be significantly lower this year

Automaker notes industry decline, expands African footprint

By: Mamaili Mamaila     20th November 2020 Global automotive company Isuzu Motors South Africa – a subsidiary of Isuzu Motors Limited – expects that domestic vehicle sales will decline by around 30% this year, compared with those of 2019. 

BILLY TOM 
Isuzu has maintained its number one position in Kenya, to which it exports semi-knocked down bakkies
BILLY TOM Isuzu has maintained its number one position in Kenya, to which it exports semi-knocked down bakkies

Rough road ahead for VUCA-plagued trucking industry

20th November 2020 It is going to take at least five years for South Africa’s economy to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, says Road Freight Association (RFA) chief executive Gavin Kelly. 

DRIVING LEGITIMACY 
Road freight operators should transport efficiently, safely and refuse to operate in non-sustainable circumstances
DRIVING LEGITIMACY Road freight operators should transport efficiently, safely and refuse to operate in non-sustainable circumstances

Structural integrity aids building life cycle

13th November 2020 Asset management company Collaborit has successfully started penetrating the mining and industrial sectors, providing expert solutions and services into the sustainable, proactive management of structural assets such as steel, concrete and masonry.  

THE END IS ALWAYS CERTAIN 
Every structure has a limited design life and adequate budgeting must be allowed for to ensure regular maintenance is done to ensure this design life is reached
THE END IS ALWAYS CERTAIN Every structure has a limited design life and adequate budgeting must be allowed for to ensure regular maintenance is done to ensure this design life is reached

Consultancy laments construction sector decline

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th November 2020 The construction sector experienced a significant contraction in terms of the change in value added to the gross domestic product year-on-year in quarter two of 2020, at -30.7%, compared to -2.2% in quarter one of 2020 and -0.9% in the fourth quarter of 2019. 

CONTRADICTORY MUCH? 
There is a paradox in the South African construction sector of large construction firms collapsing amid a housing backlog of about 2.3-million units
CONTRADICTORY MUCH? There is a paradox in the South African construction sector of large construction firms collapsing amid a housing backlog of about 2.3-million units

Pandemic challenges exacerbated for industry

13th November 2020 While construction sites were able to reopen in early May for civil projects, ongoing delays in terms of both the public sector being slow to change gears and client’s additional regulations around health and safety, have exacerbated challenges for both property development and construction... 

COVID-19 CONUNDRUM 
The Power Group’s construction arm has been hit with challenges no one could have foreseen with Covid-19
COVID-19 CONUNDRUM The Power Group’s construction arm has been hit with challenges no one could have foreseen with Covid-19

Infrastructure recovery roadmap mulled

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th November 2020 If South Africa is to have any hope of economic recovery, no sector can afford to do things the way it did before 2020, says the International Zinc Association (IZA). 

REFINED STRUCTURES 
The construction of a new zinc refinery will reduce dependence on special high-grade zinc imports, and provide a much-needed boost for the construction industry
REFINED STRUCTURES The construction of a new zinc refinery will reduce dependence on special high-grade zinc imports, and provide a much-needed boost for the construction industry

Makwetu hailed as gentle, unwavering giant in the fight against corruption

By: Sane Dhlamini     12th November 2020 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) president Sipho Pityana has hailed outgoing Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu as a gentle and yet unwavering giant in the fight against corruption and maladministration, following the news of his death. Makwetu died on Wednesday, at a hospital in Johannesburg,... 

Kimi Makwetu
Kimi Makwetu

Ramaphosa urges holiday vigilance to avoid second wave of virus  

By: Sane Dhlamini     9th November 2020 With the festive season fast approaching, President Cyril Ramaphosa has asked for vigilance from South Africans to avoid a possible second wave of the coronavirus. He is expected to address the nation this week with an update on government’s Covid-19 strategy. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

PPPFA invalidity declaration has no effect on BBBEE Act, says commission

By: Donna Slater     4th November 2020 The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Commission says the ruling by the Supreme Court of Appeal that declared the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) Regulations of 2017 invalid, has no effect on the BBBEE Act and its requirements. The BBBEE Act permits organs of... 

Company set for expansion despite difficulties

By: Mamaili Mamaila     30th October 2020 Despite Africa’s holding much promise in terms of business development, the business dynamics in African countries have been severely affected by the effects of Covid-19. 

DANIEL PETROV 
Africa is the future and remains so, even in a depressed economic environment
DANIEL PETROV Africa is the future and remains so, even in a depressed economic environment

Difficulties heightened during pandemic, company forges ahead

By: Mamaili Mamaila     30th October 2020 South Africa’s subdued economic growth has been well recorded – even prior to the pandemic, says industrial equipment supplier Verder Pumps South Africa MD Darryl Macdougall. 

CHECK THIS OUT
Verder Pumps South Africa also launched the new Verder HI-Clean AODD and EODD pumps earlier this month, with more announcements planned heading into 2021
CHECK THIS OUT Verder Pumps South Africa also launched the new Verder HI-Clean AODD and EODD pumps earlier this month, with more announcements planned heading into 2021

Private-sector investment key amid challenges

By: Mamaili Mamaila     30th October 2020 From an economic perspective, the Covid-19 pandemic has not affected countries in Africa, apart from South Africa, as much as countries on other continents.  

GET IT TOGETHER 
While there is so much potential in Africa, political certainty is required in conjunction with more streamlined procurement processes
GET IT TOGETHER While there is so much potential in Africa, political certainty is required in conjunction with more streamlined procurement processes

UCT research unit shares considerations for REIPPPP going forward  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th October 2020 Power auctions are fast becoming the dominant procurement method for renewable energy globally, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, but it is not without its crucial requirements for success. University of Cape Town (UCT) specialist research unit Power Futures Lab research fellow Wikus Kruger... 

Fronting still a major issue in delivering on economic transformation, says commission 

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2020 “Fronting”, where a person of color or entity is given a stake but does not get the powers associated with it, remains the biggest challenge to the power of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Act to deliver on economic transformation, the BBBEE Commission warns. Speaking at the... 

South Africa moves to soothe investor fears over land grabs

By: Bloomberg     21st October 2020 As South Africa revises its legal framework to make it easier to take property without paying for it, the nation’s land minister has given assurances that the contentious process won’t degenerate into a free-for-all. The ruling African National Congress decided in December 2017 to change the... 

Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza
Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza

Gap analysis needed to guide gas-to-power industry growth

By: Darren Parker     16th October 2020 With the potential of gas as an alternative energy source in South Africa an encouraging prospect, South African Oil and Gas Alliance (Saoga) CEO Adrian Strydom says the gas-to-power industry needs to conduct an accurate gap analysis, and engage in upskilling and capacity building to ensure that... 

FLOATING GAS
South Africa will need to import liquid natural gas for the short-term future, which will serve to stimulate the market
Photo by Adobe
FLOATING GAS South Africa will need to import liquid natural gas for the short-term future, which will serve to stimulate the market

Landmark court judgment enhances Eskom's collection efforts

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th October 2020 The South Gauteng High Court has affirmed Eskom’s right to interrupt, or terminate, electricity supply to nonpaying customers. The case was brought against Eskom by Pioneer Foods, in which the packaged goods company sought to review and set aside Eskom’s decision in 2018 to interrupt... 

Landmark court judgment enhances Eskom's collection efforts

Wake loss could create headwinds

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd October 2020 With wind energy set to contribute more to the national energy grid in the future, owing to the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2019, wake loss will become more of a challenge as the wind energy sector grows, says local wind energy company Aurora Wind Power CEO Mmoledi Chisalokile. “The IRP 2019... 

Wind industry ready for surplus energy procurement

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd October 2020 The local wind energy industry is “eagerly anticipating a growth phase”, as the approved Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2019 allocates 14.4 GW of wind power that needs to be added to the local energy mix from 2022. “This requires government to move swiftly in announcing the next round of... 

Windaba riding winds of digital change

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd October 2020 Owing to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and physical distancing regulations, the tenth yearly Windaba Conference and Exhibition will be hosted as a virtual event on October 26 and 27. The Windaba event brings together exhibitors, industry pioneers and leaders, investors, and power producers. 

Policy Uncertainty Index still in negative territory at 58

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st October 2020 The North West University (NWU) Business School Policy Uncertainty Index (PUI) has remained deep in negative territory, at 58, during the third quarter. This compares with a level of 57.4 in the second quarter, with the baseline being 50.  

Initiative to accelerate technology strategies amid aerospace industry decline

By: Mamaili Mamaila     18th September 2020 The Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI) plans to continue building technology strategies with industry for long-term implementation amid the industry’s decline of late. 

EVEN ODDS
Although there are “pockets of excellence”, the local aerospace industry is very small and focuses almost exclusively on exports
EVEN ODDS Although there are “pockets of excellence”, the local aerospace industry is very small and focuses almost exclusively on exports

Breathalyser tests should be adapted, not cancelled

By: Darren Parker     18th September 2020 The misconceptions regarding the potential hygiene risks associated with alcohol breathalyser tests can have a significant negative impact on affected industries, since the safety of staff and expensive equipment can be compromised by intoxicated workers, says alcohol breathalyser and drug... 

RHYS EVANS
Lives can be saved and accidents can be avoided if proper alcohol testing continues to be implemented
RHYS EVANS Lives can be saved and accidents can be avoided if proper alcohol testing continues to be implemented

Covid-19 outbreak delays launch of dust suppression system

By: Darren Parker     18th September 2020 Environmental solutions company I-CAT intended to launch a new dust suppression system earlier this year but there were many delays owing to the national lockdown, says I-CAT director Lourens Jansen van Rensburg. “While the Covid-19 national lockdown halted many mining operations, the outbreak... 

A MIST OPPORTUNITY
I-CAT’s new misting system launch was delayed because of Covid-19, but the company aims to launch it before the end of the year
A MIST OPPORTUNITY I-CAT’s new misting system launch was delayed because of Covid-19, but the company aims to launch it before the end of the year

Engineering collaboration assists local development

18th September 2020 Mechanical engineering contractor Brimis Engineering is working together with air conditioning contractor Blue Hemisphere on the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) installation at the Middelburg Provincial Hospital. 

HVACR industry at a turning point

By: Mamaili Mamaila     18th September 2020 The heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry is at a turning point and it is up to all the innovators in the industry to take the lead and set a new standard for South Africa, multinational air-conditioning manufacturing company Daikin South Africa MD Koen Van... 

KOEN VAN WYNENDAELE
Before the Covid-19 outbreak, the industry in general was under pressure owing to a sluggish economy with limited to no growth, a difficult political climate and a tough investment climate
KOEN VAN WYNENDAELE Before the Covid-19 outbreak, the industry in general was under pressure owing to a sluggish economy with limited to no growth, a difficult political climate and a tough investment climate

Acquisition ensures increased OHS offering

By: Darren Parker     18th September 2020 Facilities management services provider Afroteq Advisory, a subsidiary of holding company AFMS Group, expanded its service offering in the occupational health and safety (OHS) sector by acquiring OHS service provider OHS Africa. Acquired in May this year, the new division, OHSAfroteq, forms part... 

A HEALTHY OUTCOME
Covid-19 has put health and safety in the workplace at the top of the agenda
Photo by Adobe
A HEALTHY OUTCOME Covid-19 has put health and safety in the workplace at the top of the agenda

Economy breathes welcome sigh for Level 1, while alcohol, travel industries remain aggrieved

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2020 With President Cyril Ramaphosa having announced the move to a Level 1 lockdown for South Africa, effective September 20, positive reactions have been streaming in from all spheres of the economy, but grievances around weekend alcohol sales, the curfew and only partially reopened borders remain.... 

Economy breathes welcome sigh for Level 1, while alcohol, travel industries remain aggrieved

Industry’s wings seemingly clipped

By: Mamaili Mamaila     11th September 2020 South Africa’s economy is hanging by a thread and this has presented massive challenges for the local aerospace industry, says aircraft design organisation Aerodesigns Africa director Murray Spoelstra. 

GLOBAL SIGHTS SET 
Similar to the local automotive industry that is manufacturing for European countries, so must there be opportunities to manufacture aircraft under licence for foreign companies
GLOBAL SIGHTS SET Similar to the local automotive industry that is manufacturing for European countries, so must there be opportunities to manufacture aircraft under licence for foreign companies
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