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LOOKING UP

2nd March 2012 BMW South Africa MD Bodo Donauer at a function held last month to announce that the luxury car manufacturer would almost double output at its Rosslyn plant, north of Pretoria, to more than 90 000 units a year, which would also lead to the creation of an additional 600 jobs. 

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF

24th February 2012 Buildings in the city centre of Athens in the foreground, with the Parthenon atop Acropolis hill in the background, as clouds gather overhead. Sadly, the economic clouds have also not lifted. But German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said earlier this month that the European Union is now... 

FREEZING ENTRY

17th February 2012 A no-entry road sign covered with hoarfrost on a roadside near the village of Sliznevo, Russia, where the air temperature dropped to below -30 °C in late January and early February. The prolonged cold spell in Europe has cut off towns, disrupted air travel, pushed up energy bills and led to the... 

SIGNING THE PLEDGE

By: Terence Creamer     10th February 2012 Congress of South African Trade Unions general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi signing Corruption Watch’s anti-graft pledge during the recent high-profile launch of the organisation, which took place at the Women’s Gaol, at Constitution Hill, in Johannesburg. Other prominent South Africans who signed... 

STATE OF DISUNION

3rd February 2012 In his ‘State of the Union’ address to a joint session of Congress last week US President Barack Obama vowed to “fight obstruction with action” in dealing with a divided Congress, as he runs for re-election with the economy still struggling to recover. Reflecting the mood, this photograph shows... 

TURNING THE VALVE

27th January 2012 Transnet CEO Brian Molefe, left, and the State-owned freight logistics group’s chairperson, Mafika Mkwanazi, opening a valve at Jameson Park, south of Johannesburg, to allow the first diesel fuel to flow through the new multiproduct pipeline, from Durban to Gauteng. The R23-billion pipeline will... 

RE-ENGINEERING RAIL

By: Terence Creamer     20th January 2012 Transnet CEO Brian Molefe and Transnet Rail Engineering (TRE) CE Richard Vallihu on board a Class 43-000 type General Electric (GE) C30-ACi diesel-electric locomotive, which was built at TRE’s Koedoespoort facility, north of Pretoria. TRE, which has already produced 28 units locally, will... 

PAST & FUTURE

By: Terence Creamer     16th December 2011 The ‘Living Beehive’, which is a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties 17 legacy project, was officially unveiled at the Durban Botanical Gardens in late November. Nine-metres high and 17 m in diameter, the structure aims to showcase South Africa’s ability to... 

PUBLIC OUTRAGE

9th December 2011 Demonstrators carry banners as they march during last week’s one-day public-sector workers strike in London, the UK. Members of 30 public-sector unions walked out in a dispute over pensions with Prime Minister David Cameron's government, closing more than half the schools as more than 1 000... 

SOLAR HQ

By: Terence Creamer     2nd December 2011 Over the past few months, coal-heavy power utility Eskom has been rolling out three solar photovoltaic solutions for internal consumption. Two of these systems have been installed alongside its Kendal and Lethabo power stations. There third, which is pictured above, is being deployed at the... 

MAN WITH A PLAN

25th November 2011 Minister in The Presidency Responsible of the national planning Commission Trevor Manuel speaks at the released of the inaugural National Development Plan. The 430-page document was handed over the President Jacob Zuma at a function held at the Presidential Guesthouse, in Pretoria, on November... 

ROAD TO RUIN

18th November 2011 ROAD TO RUIN: A European Union flag flies at the foot of the Acropolis hill near the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The troubles in that country led its Prime Minister, George Papandreou, to initiate moves to make way for a coalition government. However, the focus then shifted firmly towards... 

PAPANDREOU PULL-BACK

11th November 2011 Greece's prime minister George Papandreou speaking to members of Parliament in Athens last week. Papandreou reached out to the opposition about setting up a transitional government, indicating an accord would secure aid and remove the need for a referendum on euro membership.  

BETTER TEMPO

4th November 2011 The weekly performance of Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) on the coal export line to Richards Bay increased to a record 1.6-million tons in September, or an annualise rate of 72-million tons, which had led the private terminal operator to begin stockpiling material, Transnet CEO Brian Molefe reported... 

DARK TIMES

28th October 2011 Black banners hang from balconies near a Greek flag at the occupied offices of the Interior Ministry during recent demonstrations against austerity cuts in central Athens, Greece. The debt-ridden country shut for two days last week as unions protested Prime Minister George Papandreou's efforts to... 

RENEWABLES PUSH

21st October 2011 A worker guides the hub and blades for a 1.5 MW wind turbine being hoisted by crane at International Power Canada’s Plateau Wind Farm east of Dundalk, Ontario, Canada. The North American country expects to install a record amount of wind-power capacity this year. South African wind developers,... 

PRAYING FOR . . .

14th October 2011 The outrageous prevarication by the South African government over the Dalai Lama’s visa application is not only embarrassing, but it is also disturbing. It palpably demonstrates that our relationship with China is on an extremely weak and uneven footing. We are able to disagree with the US on... 

READY FOR SERVICE

7th October 2011 A Boeing 787 Dreamliner for All Nippon Airways (ANA) lands at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, September 28, 2011. The landing ended more than three years of delays for ANA, the initial operator of the aircraft. The Dreamliner has been described as the world's most advanced jetliner... 

NEW ERA

30th September 2011 A cropped photo of a United Nations (UN) security guard carrying the new flag of Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) ahead of a meeting of the Libya Contact Group during the UN General Assembly meeting in New York last week. US President Barack Obama said America would reopen its embassy... 

JOBS, JOBS, JOBS

23rd September 2011 A construction worker on the new Transbay Terminal in San Francisco, in the US. The photograph was taken after President Barack Obama called on Congress to pass a jobs plan that would inject $447-billion into the economy through infrastructure spending, subsidies to local governments to stem... 

ENERGY LIFELINE?

16th September 2011 Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin with OAO Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller at the opening ceremony of the new Nord Stream pipeline near Vyborg, Russia, on September 6. Gazprom starting pumping natural gas into a $10-billion subsea pipeline from Russia to Germany, bypassing Ukraine, where disputes... 

LOOKING BACK

9th September 2011 Leading South African mining personality Nicky Oppenheimer at the recent launch of ‘Prospecting in Africa’, a book edited by Mike de Wit, Bob Liddle and Eddie Kostlin. It records the experiences and adventures of some of the early De Beers explorers looking for kimberlites in Africa prior to... 

FOOD WORRIES

2nd September 2011 There is ongoing global concern about prospects for food prices. But these worries are particularly acute in Africa, where it is estimate that up to 12-million people are at risk of starvation, owing to the prevailing Horn of Africa famine. Pictured, is a farmworker inspecting wheatears before... 

STEELING FOR NEXT BOOM

26th August 2011 The retail sector may be going through a very soft patch, but that has not prevented Liberty Properties from steeling for the next boom. In fact, the R1.7-billion, 143 690 m2 phase one Sandton City’s redevelopment project is nearing completion and is said to be on track for its official opening... 

IN FED WE TRUST?

19th August 2011 The US Federal Reserve (Fed) building in Washington, DC, has become something of a symbol on hope as the US and the rest of the world battles the double-dip gloom. The Fed last week indicated that it would hold short-term interest rates at near zero through until the middle of 2013, indicating... 

HERE WE GO

By: Irma Venter     12th August 2011 The second phase of the Gautrain had a smooth start on August 2, with the new link ferrying 7 000 customers between Johannesburg and Tshwane by 09:00, said Bombela Concession Company CEO Jerome Govender at the opening of the train service. 

FIT FOR PURPOSE

5th August 2011 Cyclists riding across Westminster Bridge in London, the UK, towards the end of July. The bicycles are from the London Cycle Hire scheme, which is sponsored by Barclays and the programme's operator Serco. London Mayor Boris Johnson is in talks with Barclays about additional sponsorship for the... 

POWER BEHIND POWER

29th July 2011 Wendi Deng watched as her embattled husband, News Corp CEO and chairperson Rupert Murdoch, was questioned during a parliamentary committee hearing on phone hacking at Portcullis House, in London, last week. Deng more than proved the ‘power behind the power’ theory when she reacted with... 

SILLY CEILING

22nd July 2011 US President Barack Obama at White House press briefing in mid-July, where he said he would continue to press Congressional leaders for "the largest possible deal" on a package of significant deficit cuts, as well as on the immediate need to raise America's debt limit to avoid a default. Despite... 

CHANGING OF ‘LAGARDE’

15th July 2011 France's former Finance Minister Christine Lagarde was confirmed as the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) first woman MD on June 28, 2011. She is pictured here arriving at IMF headquarters in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 – her first day on the job. Against the backdrop of... 

MEA CULPA

8th July 2011 Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba (pictured) expressed personal regret again last week over the “unfair” treatment of the then incumbent board members at Eskom, after the “premature publication” of Cabinet-approved changes to the composition of the utility’s board. He was speaking at the... 

POWER PARTNERS

1st July 2011 US first lady Michelle Obama walking with Nelson Mandela's wife Graca Machel during a recent visit to the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg. During her recent inspirational visit to South Africa, Obama called on the young leaders to help ensure girls everywhere are afforded their right to... 

STORM WARNING

24th June 2011 Nouriel Roubini, cofounder and chairperson of Roubini Global Economics and one of those credited with forecasting the recent global financial crisis, at a media briefing in Singapore last week. He used the platform to warn that a “perfect storm” of fiscal woe in the US, a slowdown in China,... 

BIG CLEAN UP

17th June 2011 JSE-listed steelmaker ArcelorMittal South Africa plans to spend more than R2-billion over the coming four years to ensure that all its operations are compliant with the country’s increasingly stringent environmental legislation. The bulk, or around R700-million, of that expenditure will be... 

FRAMING THE DEBATE

10th June 2011 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel attempted last week to draw a line in the sand with regards the ongoing contestation for policy ideas, saying that the problem was not a shortage of ideas, but the poor implementation of good ideas. He went on to say that government will have one... 

ANOTHER ASH CLOUD

3rd June 2011 An Abandoned vehicles sit in a field covered in volcanic ash from the Grimsvotn volcano in the village of Vik, in Myraldur, Iceland. A number of airlines cancelled several flights and US President Barack Obama curtailed his visit to Ireland after ash from an Icelandic volcano drifted over the... 

FOR WHOM THE ROAD TOLLS

27th May 2011 Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele (pictured) is a man under pressure. He has to make a call on what to charge Gauteng drivers for the use of newly upgraded motorways. Whatever the decision, it’s sure to be unpopular, with everyone from freight hauliers to taxi drivers. In fact, the Congress of... 

NUCLEAR RETHINK

20th May 2011 Japan's embattled Prime Minister Naoto Kan, at news conference at held last week at his official residence in Tokyo, Japan. Kan said he would reconsider a plan to increase the country's dependence on nuclear energy after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami crippled an atomic power plant in the... 

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