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NEW VANTAGE POINT

4th October 2019 A view of Sandton's business district, and beyond, from the top of The Leonardo, Africa’s tallest building, standing at 234 m. To date, some R3-billion has been invested in the 56-storey multi-use tower block, which has been developed by the Legacy Group in partnership with Nedbank Corporate and... 

NEW VANTAGE POINT

BIG CARL

27th September 2019 The world's biggest crane started work earlier this month at Electricite de France’s (EDF’s) Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, in Somerset, in the UK. Named 'Big Carl' after Carl Sarens, the father of the Belgian family business Sarens that assembled the 250-m-tall crane. Able to carry 5 000... 

BIG CARL

HIGH HOPES

20th September 2019 The 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan today, September 20, and will conclude on November 2, hopefully with the Springboks bringing home the trophy. The final will be held at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, in Kanagawa Prefecture. Above is a high-definition satellite image of the stadium... 

HIGH HOPES

PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS

13th September 2019 Chinese President Xi Jinping will, on October 1, deliver a major speech to mark 70 years since the official founding of the People’s Republic of China. The speech will be accompanied by a national day parade showcasing China’s advances in military technology. Bloomberg reports that the speech... 

PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS

SCRAP OVER ALLOWANCE

6th September 2019 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, pictured above, launched the revised taxi recapitalisation programme (TRSA) last month at Elandsfontein-based scrapping company Anthus Service 84, which is owned by Anthus Service 84 (40%) and the taxi industry (60%). During the initial phase of the TRSA,... 

SCRAP OVER ALLOWANCE

SHOW & TELL

30th August 2019 South American airline group Latam Airlines showcased the newest addition to its fleet – an Airbus A350 XWB – which will operate between Johannesburg, South Africa, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. The airliner says the A350 XWB is about 30% quieter and emits 25% less greenhouse gases than other aircraft... 

SHOW & TELL

WAITING ON THE PLATFORM

23rd August 2019 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has set up a ‘war room’ in a bid to improve Metrorail’s notoriously unreliably and increasingly unsafe service. The war room, which is based in Johannesburg, will focus on three areas: service recovery; infrastructure availability; and the reliability of... 

WAITING ON THE PLATFORM

UMBRELLA RESISTANCE

16th August 2019 A man holding an umbrella looks down on demonstrators participating in a financial workers' 'flash mob' protest at Chater Garden in the Central district of Hong Kong, China, earlier this month. Hong Kong finance staffers gathered in the city's central business district after work for a flash mob... 

UMBRELLA RESISTANCE

TROUBLE SHOOTING

9th August 2019 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan speaking to Eskom Chairperson Jabu Mabuza at the State-owned utility’s results presentation at Megawatt Park last week. Mabuza, who will play the joint role of chairperson and CEO for the coming three months, confirmed that Eskom is facing extremely... 

TROUBLE SHOOTING

BRIGHT SPOT

2nd August 2019 The automotive industry remains one of the few industrial-strategy bright spots, with original equipment manufacturers continuing to invest in domestic production. Last month, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa reported that it would introduce a third shift at its Silverton assembly plant, in... 

BRIGHT SPOT

SOUNDTRACK TO OUR BETTER LIVES

26th July 2019 Johnny Clegg, who died this month at the age of 66, was one of those exceptional South Africans who was able to breakdown barriers, while simultaneously building a prototype for a new way of living as South Africans. Like President Nelson Mandela, Clegg was a sign to society that difference was... 

SOUNDTRACK TO OUR BETTER LIVES

ONE GIANT LEAP

19th July 2019 Fifty years ago on July 20, 1969, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the fist human beings to leave their footprints on the lunar surface, while fellow astronaut Michael Collins continued to orbit the Moon in the Apollo 11 command module. Four days earlier, on July 16,... 

ONE GIANT LEAP

WEATHER WORRIES

12th July 2019 Mumbai was hit, earlier this month, by what was described as the heaviest downpour to afflict the Indian city since 2005. The resultant flooding delayed trains and planes and spurred the city’s administrator’s to declare a holiday. The floods coincided with a heatwave in Europe, which scientists... 

WEATHER WORRIES

COTTON ON

5th July 2019 The protectionist policies pursued by various trading partners in recent years has hurt South Africa’s cotton industry. However, as can be seen from the above photograph, taken in Limpopo earlier this month, cotton picking is still alive, if not fully well, in South Africa. However, there are... 

COTTON ON

NET ZERO

28th June 2019 German Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking to build momentum within the European Union (EU) about moving toward adopting a goal for zeroing out greenhouse gas emissions by the middle of the century. Under the Paris climate deal, Germany set itself the goal of reducing carbon dioxide output by 80%... 

NET ZERO

LAST STRAW

21st June 2019 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last week that single-use plastics, such as straws, will be banned from as early as 2021. As part of the crackdown, plastics manufacturers and companies using plastic packaging will be responsible for the collection and recycling of the materials.... 

LAST STRAW

HOLISTIC APPROACH

14th June 2019 Government has given an assurance that South Arica’s carbon tax, implemented on June 1, has been designed not to raise revenue but to change the behaviour of plants such as AfriSam’s Dudfield factory, in the North West Province (pictured). The tax is being implemented at a time when the... 

HOLISTIC APPROACH

ECONOMIC EXPECTATIONS

7th June 2019 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was re-elected to office in May with a landslide majority. Expectations are for Modi to push through land and labour reforms after his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 303 of 543 elected seats in the lower house of parliament to secure a single-party majority.... 

ECONOMIC EXPECTATIONS

MEGA LINER

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st May 2019 The Spectrum of the Seas cruise ship is the newest and largest ship operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises in Asia. Pictured above berthed at the Marina Bay Cruise Center in Singapore, the 170 000 t ship can carry more than 4 000 passengers. The liner is the first of three Quantum Ultra class ships... 

MEGA LINER

RICH PICKINGS

24th May 2019 Visitors walk through the exhibition area at Grain SA's NAMPO Harvest Day in Bothaville, South Africa, earlier this month. The show is one of the southern hemisphere’s largest agricultural exhibitions and the 2019 edition once again underlined the scale and sophistication of South Africa’s... 

RICH PICKINGS

WASTE TO POWER

17th May 2019 A grapple crane transports waste at the Entsorga West Virginia resource recovery facility in Martinsburg, West Virginia, in the US. The facility, launched earlier this year, recovers biomass, plastics and other carbon-based materials from the mixed municipal solid waste stream and converts them... 

GREEN SHOOTS

10th May 2019 Pictured above is a lettuce crop being grown at the YES Kago Green Engine hub, in Tembisa. The hub is the first of 100 planned for launch across the country under the aegis of the Youth Employment Service (YES) scheme. The hubs aim to address youth unemployment challenges by bringing... 

GREEN SHOOTS

FINAL COUNTDOWN

3rd May 2019 South Africans go to the polls next week only days for the sixth national election held in the country’s democratic era. The 2019 poll comes at a time when many citizens have lost some enthusiasm for the democratic process, owing to years of poor delivery and rampant corruption. The election is... 

FINAL COUNTDOWN

INVESTMENT PICK-UP

26th April 2019 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa uses scissors to cut the ribbon at Japanese vehicle manufacturer Nissan’s factory in Rosslyn, in Tshwane, while Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, and Tshwane Mayor Solly Mokgolapa (both to Ramaphosa’s right) look on. Nissan will invest R3-billion to prepare... 

INVESTMENT PICK-UP

ROLLING AGAIN

19th April 2019 Railway engineering company TMH Africa has restarted operations at a 45 000 m2 rolling-stock manufacturing facility, in Boksburg, Gauteng. The facility was acquired in 2018 from DCD Rolling Stock, which closed down as a result of financial challenges. The acquisition formed part of a R500-million... 

ROLLING AGAIN

POWERING UP

12th April 2019 Swedish cleantech company Ripasso Energy has invested in a new power generation unit in South Africa that produces electricity using industrial residual gases. The plant has been constructed at specialty alloys company Afarak Mogales’ Kurgersdorp processing facility and has come on-stream at a... 

POWERING UP

EMISSIONS RISE

5th April 2019 Carbon emissions from fossil-fuel use rose to a record level in 2018 after energy demand grew at its fastest pace in a decade. The increase, which was reported by the International Energy Agency, was attributed to higher oil consumption in the US and more coal burning in China and India. In South... 

EMISSIONS RISE

NO NEW DAWN

By: Terence Creamer     29th March 2019 A 'sand fisher' prepares to collect sand from the Oubangui river for construction, at dawn in Bangui, Central African Republic earlier this month. A recent United Nations report pleaded for millions in funding for one of the world's most “neglected” crises following five years of fighting in the... 

NO NEW DAWN

REACHING FOR ZERO

22nd March 2019 Volkswagen announced last week that it plans to build 22-million battery-powered vehicles over the next ten years, compared with an earlier goal of 15-million. The world’s largest automaker also aims to launch almost 70 new electric models by 2020 as part of a drive put itself at the forefront of... 

REACHING FOR ZERO

NEW PRIVATE FRONTIER

15th March 2019 A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Crew Dragon spacecraft, lifting off on March 2 on an uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, US. A day later, the Crew Dragon capsule docked with the ISS. NASA was a particularly... 

NEW PRIVATE FRONTIER

NOT LIONEL MESSI

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th March 2019 It may have been in Barcelona, but it was neither at the hallowed Camp Nou stadium, nor was it football legend Lionel Messi. Instead, a gesture-controlled robot was photographed playing football at the Huawei Technologies pavilion during 2019 Mobile World Congress (MWC19), which took place in... 

NOT LIONEL MESSI

FINAL COUNTDOWN

By: Terence Creamer     1st March 2019 After British citizens surprised the world and voted to leave the European Union (EU) in June 2016, the UK Parliament voted in March 2017 to approve the triggering of Article 50, the EU’s legal provision for countries wishing to leave the bloc. After that, the two-year countdown clock began... 

FINAL COUNTDOWN

END OF ERA

By: Bloomberg     22nd February 2019 Airbus has announced that it will stop making the A380 airliner by 2021, by which time the remaining buyers of the double-decker passenger aircraft, including Emirates, will take delivery of their last orders. It has been reported that Emirates will also pare down its current A380 order backlog... 

END OF ERA

FROSTY RECEPTION

15th February 2019 Eskom CFO Calib Cassim presenting at the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) public hearings in Gauteng last week. Eskom is requesting allowable revenue of R219-billion for 2019/20, R252-billion for 2020/21 and R291-billion for 2021/22, which, if granted, would translate to... 

FROSTY RECEPTION

GO FOR GROWTH

By: Terence Creamer     8th February 2019 The greater sense of cohesion between government and business in South Africa was on visible display at Business Unity South Africa’s indaba in Johannesburg last week. President Cyril Ramaphosa used the platform to declare growth as his number one priority. The growth theme was echoed and... 

GO FOR GROWTH

CYBERSECURITY ON WHEELS

1st February 2019 IBM describes its X-Force Command Cyber Tactical Operations Center as a first-of-a-kind training, simulation and security operation on wheels. Painted black and emblazoned with IBM’s logo, a 23 t trailer, with expandable side panels, is hauled by Mercedes-Benz Actros heavy-duty truck. The trailer... 

CYBERSECURITY ON WHEELS

HOSTILE CLIMATE

25th January 2019 When Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) –headquartered in San Francisco, California – filed for bankruptcy last week, some commentators suggested that the utility’s failure would potentially turn it into America’s poster child for climate-change dangers. Bloomberg reported that the cost of wildfires... 

HOSTILE CLIMATE

GROUND BREAKING

18th January 2019 Earlier this month, Tesla’s Elon Musk presided over a ground-breaking ceremony in Shanghai, China, where the company is building its first car-production site outside of the US. The ceremony took place amid heavy rain and followed on from four years of planning. Bloomberg reports that Tesla... 

GROUND BREAKING
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