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Made in South Africa

Made in South Africa

Creamer Media’s Made in South Africa is an exciting new showcase of products that are being manufactured in factories across the length and breadth of the country. Published fortnightly, Made in South Africa provides an exclusive glimpse into the innovative spirit of South Africa's most creative and productive citizens and businesses. Homegrown products, from concept to production, receive particular prominence, but Made in South Africa also features products manufactured locally by enterprises that have chosen to set up shop in Africa’s most industrialised economy. Click here if you have a product that you believe deserves to be showcased on Creamer Media's Made in South Africa platform.

Nissan introduces made-in-SA Navara single-cab bakkie

By: Irma Venter     17th October 2021 Following the introduction of the new Navara double-cab bakkie in June, Nissan South Africa has announced that it will round out the range with the launch of the single-cab derivative in October. As is the case with the double cab, the single-cab pickup is produced at the Nissan Rosslyn plant, in... 

Nissan introduces made-in-SA Navara single-cab bakkie

Sisi steps up game with women’s Basi Metaguard boot

By: Tracy Hancock     4th October 2021 With the launch of its Basi Metaguard boot scheduled for this month, women’s safety wear manufacturer Sisi Safety Wear will introduce the first locally produced women’s boot with a metaguard. “Metaguard boots for women are not yet widely available on the South African market. While their male... 

Sisi steps up game with women’s Basi Metaguard boot

Consumers hungry for Otima’s affordable kid’s lunchboxes

By: Tracy Hancock     13th September 2021 Launching its 850 ml kid’s lunchboxes last year, Johannesburg-based plastics manufacturer Otima Plastics is operating at full production capacity to meet demand, manufacturing 60 000 kid’s lunchboxes a month. The price point of the product is a major driver of demand, says Otima domestic and... 

Otima’s affordable kid’s lunchboxes

Mintek’s CyLas upgraded to accommodate remote working amid pandemic

By: Tracy Hancock     30th August 2021 Instrument technicians at remote sites can now install the CyLas on-line instrument for measuring a hydrocyclone’s underflow flare discharge angle with only telephone or email assistance where needed. The inability of minerals processing and metallurgical engineering products and services... 

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Enviro-friendly Battery Electric loco on track for underground testing at Sibanye-Stillwater

By: Tracy Hancock     15th August 2021 Following successful surface trials, mining major Sibanye-Stillwater has approved the testing of a 5 t diesel, hydraulic underground mining locomotive converted into an environment-friendly battery powered electric version. The locomotive was adapted using Gauteng-based underground railway... 

Enviro-friendly Battery Electric loco on track for underground testing at Sibanye-Stillwater

KFP Rail’s fishplate tech thwarts derailments during local mine trial

By: Tracy Hancock     30th July 2021 Johannesburg-based railway technology developer KFP Rail’s patented fishplate solution has been successfully trialled at a local mine, resolving uneven rail head thickness and, thereby, preventing derailments underground. “The mining industry faces many restrictions regarding maintenance and... 

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Locally crafted, colourful veldskoens head for Olympics

By: Tracy Hancock     18th July 2021 Footwear designer Veldskoen Shoes will add “gees” to South Africa’s Olympic kit as its veldskoen, which sees colourful soles and laces added to the original Chukka leather shoe, is the official off-field shoe of South African athletes competing in Toyko, Japan, this year. Introduced to the market... 

Locally crafted, colourful veldskoens head for Olympics

Rhino polycarb safety cap offers local market a clear solution

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd July 2021 The Rhino clear polycarbonate safety cap from personal protective equipment (PPE) supplier Pienaar Bros is the first locally produced clear safety cap of its kind to be offered to the South African market. Approved by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), the safety cap took two years to... 

Rhino polycarb safety cap offers local market a clear solution

TOWER A4 printable labels evolve along with changing printer market

By: Tracy Hancock     20th June 2021 South African self-adhesive products brand TOWER has continually adjusted the makeup of its A4 printable label range over the past 28 years to ensure compatibility with evolving desktop printer and high-volume copier technology, says TOWER CEO Stephen Beattie. “Keeping up with how the technology... 

TOWER A4 printable labels evolve along with changing printer market

Des Sol lifting Gen 4 Jimnys to new heights

By: Tracy Hancock     4th June 2021 Automotive manufacturer Suzuki’s Jimny has amassed a loyal following in South Africa, with its new boxy Gen 4 (JB74) model eliciting much excitement in the 4x4 community. KwaZulu-Natal-based aftermarket Jimny 4x4 hardware manufacturer Des Sol MD Lynton Godfrey says many of the company’s clients... 

Des Sol lifting Gen 4 Jimnys to new heights

Popularity of QualiRock’s SafeLight demands increased production

By: Tracy Hancock     21st May 2021 With a healthy order book for its SafeLight, underground mining specialist QualiRock is expanding its manufacturing operation to accommodate increased production at its factory in Gauteng. As manual processes result in the unnecessary loss of time, QualiRock uses the latest manufacturing... 

Popularity of QualiRock’s SafeLight demands increased production

Caring4Girls sanitary pads aiding sustainability of schoolgirl outreach programme

By: Tracy Hancock     7th May 2021 To support the distribution of sanitary pads to schoolgirls across South Africa and ensure their continued education, non-profit organisation Imbumba Foundation’s Caring4Girls programme has recently launched its own locally manufactured range of feminine hygiene products. “It is imperative that... 

Caring4Girls sanitary pads aiding sustainability of schoolgirl outreach programme

Demand climbs for bicycle component manufacturer’s offering

By: Tracy Hancock     16th April 2021 While international and local demand for bicycle component manufacturer cSixx Components’ offering is steadily increasing, it has also seen a spike in demand owing to a supply shortage from bigger original equipment manufacturers.   This stemmed from the significant global uptake of cycling... 

Demand climbs for bicycle component manufacturer’s offering

Aquabox supplying local water in ‘most sustainable beverage packaging’

By: Tracy Hancock     1st April 2021 Boxed water supplier and/or manufacturer Aquabox is offering South Africans an alternative to single-use plastic when buying water at their local retailer. Boxed using renewable bio-based carton packaging developed in Europe, Aquabox founder Neal McAlpine says before Aquabox was launched... 

Aquabox supplying local water in ‘most sustainable beverage packaging’

Woodies solid fuel firing up cross-border and global interest

By: Tracy Hancock     14th March 2021 Energy company GreenMovement Energy started exporting its Woodies, a solid fuel made from a combination of organic waste materials, to Botswana and Lesotho this year after launching the product in March 2016. “We have also garnered large interest from The European and North American markets,”... 

Woodies solid fuel firing up cross-border and global interest

First National Battery last of local SMP battery manufacturers

By: Tracy Hancock     26th February 2021 Benoni-headquartered lead acid battery manufacturer First National Battery is the only local manufacturer of surface motive power (SMP) batteries left in South Africa, says First National Battery SMP national sales manager Eugene Marais. The company produces more than 2.2-million batteries a year... 

First National Battery last of local SMP battery manufacturers

DMS pioneers first local fibreglass dust fallout unit with locking brackets

By: Tracy Hancock     19th February 2021 To mitigate the theft of dust fallout units deployed in the field, Johannesburg-based dust fallout unit manufacturer Dust Monitoring Services (DMS) has developed South Africa’s first fibreglass single-bucket dust fallout unit with locking brackets. “We received numerous requests for an... 

DMS pioneers first local fibreglass dust fallout unit with locking brackets

Castle Free demand climbs even after lifting of alcohol sales ban

By: Tracy Hancock     7th February 2021 There has been increased demand for Johannesburg-headquartered brewery South African Breweries’ (SAB’s) non-alcoholic Castle Free beer and this trend has continued despite the lifting of the ban on alcohol sales. “Consumers have had the chance to trial Castle Free during the ban on alcohol sales... 

Castle Free demand climbs even after lifting of alcohol sales ban

KZN-made Razorback boots a hit in US

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd January 2021 KwaZulu-Natal-based manufacturer Jim Green Footwear plans to increase its production capacity in line with the establishment of a distribution network in the US, where it has received much praise, says executive director Gareth Crouch. “So far, the feedback and demand has been great. There have... 

KZN-made Razorback boots a hit in US

Eco-friendly firelighters spark international interest

By: Tracy Hancock     8th January 2021 Western Cape organic firelighter manufacturer FireFly Biofuel delivered its first international shipment comprising 2 t of its FireSpark Jnr firelighters last year to Australia and is in discussions with European countries, but progress has slowed owing to the Covid-19 outbreak. “Since we do not... 

Eco-friendly firelighters spark international interest

Shock Wave Feed Silo Optimiser rental programme kicks off

By: Tracy Hancock     26th November 2020 Monitoring and control technology company Shock Wave Engineering is negotiating rental agreements with local feed suppliers for its Feed Silo Optimiser to eliminate the “headaches” associated with farmers ordering feed too soon and discarding exceed feed unnecessarily, or running out of feed when... 

Shock Wave Feed Silo Optimiser rental programme kicks off

Eco-friendly multipurpose GP² degreaser captures global market’s attention

By: Tracy Hancock     11th November 2020 With environment, social and governance considerations top of mind, owing to issues such as climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic, global markets are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious. Consequently, there is growing demand for the GP² Eco-friendly Industrial Degreaser and... 

Eco-friendly multipurpose GP² degreaser captures global market’s attention

Demand for Geostott vehicle locks driven by crime stats

By: Tracy Hancock     30th October 2020 The high level of vehicle and automotive component theft in South Africa is steering owners towards installing vehicle security products from steelwork manufacturerthe George Stott Group (Geostott), thereby, increasing demand from the aftermarket sector. According to the Governance, Public Safety... 

Demand for Geostott vehicle locks driven by crime stats

Covid-19 regulations up demand for Kwikspace mobile classrooms

By: Tracy Hancock     15th October 2020 With Covid-19 regulations requiring increased capacity to ensure adequate space to comply with physical distancing measures, modular buildings manufacturer Kwikspace Modular Buildings is seeing increased demand for its mobile classroom solutions, producing 497 classrooms so far this year.... 

Covid-19 regulations up demand for Kwikspace mobile classrooms

Mining tops demand for IPS Fibreglass Mouldings products

By: Tracy Hancock     1st October 2020 The mining industry continues to represent the greatest demand amid the Covid-19 pandemic for the fibreglass products, such as belt guards, produced by fibreglass moulds and mouldings solutions provider IPS Fibreglass Mouldings. The Benoni-based company also does “brisk trade” in shells for air... 

Mining tops demand for IPS Fibreglass Mouldings products

Demand for BBO’s poultry and juice processing solutions skyrockets

By: Tracy Hancock     18th September 2020 The poultry and fruit juice processing equipment manufactured by Free State-based agroprocessing equipment manufacturer Basils Business Opportunities (BBO) is in high demand, says owner Basil Phupha. The increasing need for this equipment is in line with the growth of South Africa’s agriculture... 

Demand for BBO’s poultry and juice processing solutions skyrockets

Backsaver Farming Equipment is helping plant crops across Africa

By: Tracy Hancock     7th September 2020 Free State farmer and inventor Michris Janse van Rensburg has supplied hand planters to more than 10 000 farmers across Africa to date and intends to become the John Deere of small-scale farmers. “I have grown my planter product range, which started with a hand maize precision planter, to include... 

Backsaver Farming Equipment is helping plant crops across Africa

Pump Optimiser is Shockwave’s solution to remote-controlled efficiency

By: Tracy Hancock     20th August 2020 The national lockdown to curb the Covid-19 outbreak in South Africa has provided smart farming agricultural Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provider Shockwave Engineering dedicated time to further develop its Pump Optimiser, says CEO Murray Bredin. The company upgraded the IoT monitoring and... 

Pump Optimiser is Shockwave’s solution to remote-controlled efficiency

Stanfra answers need for local quarter-turn segmented ball valve

By: Tracy Hancock     6th August 2020 Meyerton-based valve manufacturer Stanfra Abrasive Solutions is exposing South Africa’s first 100% locally manufactured quarter-turn segmented ball valves to extreme testing in the pulp and paper industry. The three test valves, comprising two 100 nominal bore (NB) valves and one 200 NB valve,... 

Stanfra answers need for local quarter-turn segmented ball valve

Local zero-plastics amenities range developed for City Lodge Hotel Group

By: Tracy Hancock     24th July 2020 Hotel chain City Lodge Hotel Group (CLHG) is believed to be the first in South Africa to introduce a zero-plastics bathroom amenities range, which includes a hair and body bar and hand bar made using no water. CLHG has already started using the new amenities in hotels that have finished their old... 

Food-waste composting aid manufacturer Bokashi Bran eyes US market

By: Tracy Hancock     10th July 2020 With more local residential and commercial kitchens using the Bokashi Bran food-waste composting system and the product readily available from building material retail outlets Builders Warehouse and Chamberlains, as well as online stores, environmentally concerned bokashi manufacturer Bokashi... 

Food-waste composting aid manufacturer Bokashi Bran eyes US market

Dale Automation emergency ventilator could create jobs amid crisis

By: Tracy Hancock     26th June 2020 While South Africa faces significant job losses amid the Covid-19 outbreak, engineering company Dale Automation expects to create 50 to 60 additional jobs should it receive the necessary medical approvals to proceed with the manufacturing of its prototype emergency ventilator. The device is not... 

Dale Automation emergency ventilator could create jobs amid crisis

Aeris Mask copper filtration face mask takes off

By: Tracy Hancock     12th June 2020 The “slide-in” copper filter inserts for cloth masks manufactured by South African startup Aeris Mask in accordance with government guidelines have had massive interest, with the company selling its first units days after it finalised commercial production runs in mid-May. “We are now launching a... 

Aeris Mask copper filtration face mask takes off

Crisis highlights sense in sourcing locally made First Cut blades,welding consumables

By: Tracy Hancock     28th May 2020 Covid-19 has brought with it doubts and concerns about supply chain security, availability of stock and lead times, says First Cut’s Consumables Division director, Gary Willis. The pandemic has caused companies accustomed to ordering international private-label products to re-evaluate their... 

Crisis highlights sense in sourcing locally made First Cut blades,welding consumables

EDS Systems developing first South African carbon tax tool

By: Tracy Hancock     15th May 2020 Software developer EDS Systems is developing the first cloud-based carbon tax tool tailored to the South African market, in response to the introduction of the country’s Carbon Tax Act last year, and has entered the final stages of quality assurance. “There are many carbon tax calculators online,... 

UJ creates open-source, low-cost ventilators

By: Tracy Hancock     30th April 2020 The Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) is coordinating efforts to further develop open-source ventilators in response to initial reports that between 40% and 70% of South Africans could become infected with Covid-19, depending on the national... 

UJ creates open-source, low-cost ventilators

South Africa-born XinaBox chips in sub-zero Antartica, space

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2020 From collecting data in sub-zero Antarctica to rapid circuit prototyping on the International Space Station (ISS), South African modular “xChip” manufacturer XinaBox, pronounced "X-in-a-box", claims to be  reinventing the way in which the Internet of Things (IoT) is approached while inspiring... 

South Africa-born XinaBox chips in sub-zero Antartica, space

3D printers answer call to produce PPE for healthcare workers

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd April 2020 Three-dimensional (3D) printing solutions provider Additive Manufacturing Solutions’ (AMS’) initiative to mobilise the 3D printing community to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) for Gauteng healthcare workers treating patients with the Covid-19 virus has been rolled out to all nine... 

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The three-dimensional printing community is called to help the fight against Covid-19 by helping manufacture face shields for healthcare professionals
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