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Public Enterprises unhappy with business rescue process for SA Express airline

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th March 2020 The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) issued a statement on Friday expressing its concern about the direction that the business rescue process for State-owned regional airline SA Express was taking. “[T]he Business Rescue Practitioners [BRPs] are planning to ‘ground’ the airline without... 

Localisation to boost industries

By: Cameron Mackay     6th March 2020 Government’s intention to increase demand for locally manufactured content to at least 60% across industries will have a positive impact on the local casting, forging and machining sector, says nonprofit entity the Casting, Forging and Machining Cluster (CFMC) of South Africa project leader Steve... 

CLUSTER COLLABORATION

The CFMC is a development purposed vehicle which will enable companies to work together to achieve what could not be achieved individually
CLUSTER COLLABORATION The CFMC is a development purposed vehicle which will enable companies to work together to achieve what could not be achieved individually

4IR, rail projects can grow local foundries industry

By: Cameron Mackay     6th March 2020 The local foundries, forges and casting industry can benefit from following the global trend of metal casting companies implementing Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies. An abundance of infrastructure projects, such as rail projects from State-owned rail utility Transnet, has the... 

GLEN DIKGALE
There are opportunities for the local foundry industry. Government is increasingly talking about sourcing equipment locally, so we need to comply with requirements
GLEN DIKGALE There are opportunities for the local foundry industry. Government is increasingly talking about sourcing equipment locally, so we need to comply with requirements

Nersa’s concurrence on Ministerial determinations 

5th March 2020 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the process Nersa is likely to follow before giving its concurrence to two Ministerial determinations recently drafted by Minister Gwede Mantashe and how this is likely to impact on the timelines for securing... 

Nersa’s concurrence on Ministerial determinations
Nersa’s concurrence on Ministerial determinations (Camera & editing: Nicholas Boyd)

Nigeria’s immense gas reserves offer great scope to boost economic growth

By: Kim Cloete     3rd March 2020 Nigeria is hoping to make the most of its immense gas reserves, but needs to refine its legislation and get its projects moving swiftly.  Professor Abubakar Sani Sambo from the Nigerian Ministerial Task Force on Power said Nigeria had the ninth largest gas reserves in the world and was number one... 

Ramaphosa makes case for containing public wage bill

By: Reuters     2nd March 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday that "focused discussions" would be needed between the government and trade unions on ways to slow the rate at which public sector wages are growing. Ramaphosa used a weekly newsletter to the nation to back up Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, who proposed... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Sector in dire need of transformation

By: Mamaili Mamaila     28th February 2020 The manufacturing industry, and particularly the metals and engineering sector, is in much need of transformation, says national employer federation the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa). 

MICHELLE NORRIS 
Women working in the metals and engineering sector are predominantly found in administrative job functions
MICHELLE NORRIS Women working in the metals and engineering sector are predominantly found in administrative job functions

Market feels project pinch

By: Mamaili Mamaila     28th February 2020 The lack of significant public infrastructure spend to boost steel consumption and construction activity are some of the challenges that the local steel tube market has to deal with, says steel industry association the Association of Steel Pipe Manufacturers (ASTPM). 

KEITUMETSE MOUMAKOE
The influx of cheap small-bore steel tube imports has not aided the industry
KEITUMETSE MOUMAKOE The influx of cheap small-bore steel tube imports has not aided the industry

Stainless steel growth unlikely in 2020

By: Mamaili Mamaila     28th February 2020 The level of activity in the local stainless steel sector’s value chain has dwindled in the past decade, mainly owing to international competition, low steel prices and the slow growth of the local economy. 

FULL OF VIGOR 
Stainless steel is one of the youngest industrial materials globally, managing to positively change people’s lives
FULL OF VIGOR Stainless steel is one of the youngest industrial materials globally, managing to positively change people’s lives

Digitalisation beneficial for steel producers

By: Mamaili Mamaila     28th February 2020 Digitalisation will become an increasingly important strategy for steel producers to achieve a competitive advantage in the market, says metallurgical industry plant and integrated systems provider SMS group MD Pieter Bezuidenhout. 

New legislation driven by global digitalisation

28th February 2020 New legislation is driving a slew of changes amid rapid and widespread global digitalisation and has made print feel the impacts of the changing world, says business management consultant Ricoh SA commercial and industrial print head Vaughan Patterson. He notes that, while the Protection of... 

Local steel industry still holds much potential 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     28th February 2020 The current capacity and capabilities of the local steel industry are still largely understated, says export trade promotion agency the International Steel Fabricators (ISF). 

Local steel industry  still holds much potential
International Steel Fabricators CEO Neels van Niekerk discusses the South African steel sector. Camerawork: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 30.01.2020

Volatile steel prices to continue in 2020

By: Mamaili Mamaila     28th February 2020 The volatile prices of domestic steel producers and domestic steel merchants are likely to continue in 2020, says national employer federation Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) chief economist Dr Michael Ade. 

MICHAEL ADE 
2020 is still going to be a difficult year for the metals and engineering sector, with ongoing pressure on margins
MICHAEL ADE 2020 is still going to be a difficult year for the metals and engineering sector, with ongoing pressure on margins

Charge copper thieves with economic sabotage, says Mbalula 

By: African News Agency      25th February 2020 Copper thieves should be charged with economic sabotage rather than common theft, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula suggested in Parliament on Tuesday. Mbalula told the portfolio committee on transport that stolen copper rail cables were exported to India through Mozambique by syndicates, and... 

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Two trade unions demand that SAA business rescue respects workers’ rights

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th February 2020 Two trade unions – the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) – have jointly accused the Business Rescue Practitioners (BRPs) currently overseeing the business rescue process for State-owned South African Airways (SAA) of... 

Sasol confirms making 600 MW own-gen proposal in response to DMRE RFI   

By: Terence Creamer     24th February 2020 Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler confirmed on Monday that the energy and chemicals group made a submission to the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy in line with its request for information (RFI) on possible emergency electricity solutions that could be “grid-connected in the shortest time at... 

Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler
Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler on the need for a culture change at the company following major cost overruns at its US project. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 24.2.2020

SAB calls for ‘clear process’ on self-generation licence applications

By: Simone Liedtke     24th February 2020 South African Breweries (SAB) on Monday published a call for a clear process to be implemented with regard to generation license applications above 10 MW, which it says will assist the company in achieving its sustainability vision. The company welcomed the government’s commitment in this year’s... 

Court declares major Gupta-era coal contract with Eskom invalid 

By: News24Wire      21st February 2020 The Special Investigations Unit has secured a high court order setting aside a contract worth R3.7-billion between the formerly Gupta-owned mining group Tegeta Exploration & Resources and State power utility Eskom, according to Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services. According to the... 

 Court declares major Gupta-era coal contract with Eskom invalid

Electricity sector developments 

21st February 2020 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the latest developments in South Africa’s electricity sector, with Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe having announced this week that the Section 34 Ministerial Determinations required to... 

Electricity sector developments
Electricity sector developments

Cape Town adds more energy to Indaba

By: Cameron Mackay     21st February 2020 The decision to host this year’s Africa Energy Indaba at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on March 3 and 4, rather than in Johannesburg, where it was hosted previously, has resulted in increased interest from African and global delegates to attend the event, says Africa Energy Indaba... 

ENERGISING AFRICA
The sub-Saharan and East African regions will feature strongly at the indaba as electricity demand in these regions, and the rest of Africa, is growing
ENERGISING AFRICA The sub-Saharan and East African regions will feature strongly at the indaba as electricity demand in these regions, and the rest of Africa, is growing

Regulator says local tyres are ‘export worthy’

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st February 2020 South African pneumatic tyres are on par with their global counterparts, says regulatory authority the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS). 

HIGHLY GUARDED
Any amendments for compulsory specifications are governed by the development and approval of relevant products
HIGHLY GUARDED Any amendments for compulsory specifications are governed by the development and approval of relevant products

Energy institute to focus on IRP at Indaba

By: Cameron Mackay     21st February 2020 The publication of the long-awaited Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) in October last year will be a significant focus area for State-owned energy researcher the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) at this year’s Africa Energy Indaba. “The publication of the IRP provides... 

BARRY BREDENKAMP

We certainly don’t have to re-invent the wheel, there are many African countries doing exceptional work in this area, and we can learn from them
BARRY BREDENKAMP We certainly don’t have to re-invent the wheel, there are many African countries doing exceptional work in this area, and we can learn from them

Indaba increases prospect of project funding

By: Cameron Mackay     21st February 2020 The Africa Energy Indaba provides an ideal opportunity for State-owned export credit agency (ECA) the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC) to become more involved in the funding of significant energy infrastructure projects. “The Indaba raises the ECIC’s profile as an... 

ATTRACTING THE GLOBE

The ECIC’s mandate from government is to make local exports attractive to international buyers to attract foreign income, stimulate local economic growth and create jobs
ATTRACTING THE GLOBE The ECIC’s mandate from government is to make local exports attractive to international buyers to attract foreign income, stimulate local economic growth and create jobs

Regulator seeks to improve tyre homologation process

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st February 2020 Regulatory authority the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) is not “completely satisfied” with the current approval period for pneumatic tyre homologation, says NRCS automotive GM Duncan Mutengwe. 

TWICE THE TROUBLE 
The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications follows a two-stage approach for importers applying for tyre homologation
TWICE THE TROUBLE The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications follows a two-stage approach for importers applying for tyre homologation

Specialist on course despite pressures

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st February 2020 Despite the local manufacturing sector being under pressure, mouldered product specialist DEMS’ rubber manufacturing division – which operates within a very niche and specialised market – has not been affected negatively, says DEMS MD Mark Baptie. 

ALWAYS ON EDGE 
DEMS is always investigating and looking for opportunities to remain competitive and continue to have an edge in the market
ALWAYS ON EDGE DEMS is always investigating and looking for opportunities to remain competitive and continue to have an edge in the market

Rubber remains resilient despite strained sector

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st February 2020 Engineered rubber remains a requirement for many industries notwithstanding local manufacturing industry woes, says rubber products manufacturer Hudson Rubber MD Stoney Steenkamp. 

RUBBING OFF THE RIGHT WAY 
The rubber sector will survive the current unfavourable economic climate as the product remains resilient and relevant in the industrial markets
RUBBING OFF THE RIGHT WAY The rubber sector will survive the current unfavourable economic climate as the product remains resilient and relevant in the industrial markets

Bleak outlook for rubber SMMEs in 2020

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st February 2020 With the industrial market aspect of its rubber business having declined in 2019 by 25%, rubber compounding specialist National Rubber Matmin (NRM) MD Mike Stuart says 2020 is “not looking much better”. 

MIKE STUART 
National Rubber Matmin has had success in supplying products to the Australian mining sector
MIKE STUART National Rubber Matmin has had success in supplying products to the Australian mining sector

R2K to picket over Rica privacy failure

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th February 2020 Advocacy organisation, the Right2Know (R2K) Campaign on Wednesday held protests in Pretoria and Cape Town against what it says is the failure of the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act (Rica) to protect South African citizens’ right... 

R2K to picket over Rica privacy failure

Labour federation Fedusa slams 3.8% national minimum wage increase

By: African News Agency      19th February 2020 The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) said it was outraged after the employment and labour minister only increased the statutory minimum wage by 3.8% to R20.76 an hour with effect from March 1. The country's National Minimum Wage Act came into effect at the beginning of 2019,... 

Labour federation Fedusa slams 3.8% national minimum wage increase

Court dismisses bid to halt SAA job cuts as airline has not 'contemplated dismissals'  

By: News24Wire      14th February 2020 The Johannesburg Labour Court has dismissed a joint urgent application by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the South African Cabin Crew Association to halt job cuts at South African Airways, ruling the airline had not contemplated dismissals.  The unions lodged the interdict... 

Court dismisses bid to halt SAA job cuts as airline has not 'contemplated dismissals'

Huawei to participate in ‘noncore’ elements of Britain’s 5G network

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th February 2020 Towards the end of last month, the British Government announced that Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei will be allowed to participate in the creation of the UK’s fifth-generation (5G) broadband telecommunications network. This despite strong lobbying from the US Government to exclude Huawei.  

Renewed call to ban disposable cylinders

By: Darren Parker     14th February 2020 Despite various heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) industry participants contesting the banning of disposable gas cylinders in South Africa for years, there is no indication of a decision on the matter being reached. South African Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning... 

TIME TO SCRAP THIS PRACTICE
Disposed cylinders create about 3 150 m3 scrap metal and can explode if not thoroughly evacuated
TIME TO SCRAP THIS PRACTICE Disposed cylinders create about 3 150 m3 scrap metal and can explode if not thoroughly evacuated

Power supply, SOEs central to organisations’ concerns leading up to SoNA 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th February 2020 South African organisations are universal in their calling for President Cyril Ramaphosa to take decisive action around, particularly, South Africa’s constrained power supply, high employment and the state of State-owned enterprises (SOEs). This comes ahead of Ramaphosa delivering his State of... 

Power supply, SOEs central to organisations’ concerns leading up to SoNA

Minerals Council calls for an end to SOE bailouts

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th February 2020 Although President Cyril Ramaphosa is being buffeted by many perspectives from a range of constituencies, the Minerals Council South Africa says it is pleased that he signals clear direction and action on critical issues in the country. Thursday night’s State of the Nation Address and the... 

Correct policies, equipment vital for substance testing

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     7th February 2020 Without the correct drug-testing policies and correct testing equipment in place, companies can face serious legal implications, warns workplace testing company ALCO-Safe MD Rhys Evans, adding that these policies serve as guidelines for employees and employers. “Having policies in place ensures... 

WELL INFORMED Policies ensure employees understand the drug-testing equipment better and eliminate misconceptions
WELL INFORMED Policies ensure employees understand the drug-testing equipment better and eliminate misconceptions

Airbus reaches legal settlements to end bribery and compliance probes

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th February 2020 Europe-based major aerospace group Airbus has issued a brief press release, concerning its negotiations with regulators and law enforcement agencies in three countries. The release stated in full:  

Mazars says Mboweni facing a daunting task as he prepares to deliver the 2020 Budget   

By: Simone Liedtke     4th February 2020 The upcoming National Budget is likely to be a “watershed moment” for South Africa, accounting and consulting group Mazars tax partner Bernard Sacks said on Tuesday. Speaking to media at a pre-Budget briefing, he said the Budget itself would, however, not be a “watershed Budget”. 

(Left to right) Bernard Sacks, Graham Molyneux, Bongiwe Mbunge, Mike Teuchert and David French.
The video looks at some of the highlights from Mazars tax partner Bernard Sacks' presentation during a panel discussion, giving media some insight into the South African economy and what to expect ahead of the National Budget later this month, while also briefly discussing what can potentially solve power utility Eskom’s challenges. Video: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd.
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