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HOUSEHOLD HUMANOID

5th February 2016 Pepper the humanoid robot gestures during a news conference prior to the Pepper World 2016 event in Tokyo, Japan, which took place in late January. Developed by SoftBank, Pepper is able to read stories and express a mechanical version human emotion. The company is also poised to open an... 

HOUSEHOLD HUMANOID

GOOD, CLEAN PARTNERSHIP

29th January 2016 Unilever South Africa, which produces iconic consumer brands such as the Sunlight dishwashing liquid pictured above, has teamed up with the University of the Witwatersrand on a collaborative skills development programme. The scheme, which was unveiled at its Gauteng facility earlier this month,... 

GOOD, CLEAN PARTNERSHIP

FINAL ADDRESS

22nd January 2016 After seven years as American leader, US President Barack Obama delivered his final State of the Union Address to members of the US Congress last week. Obama expressed hope in the future, asserting that “voices of unarmed truth and unconditional love” would have the final word. However, he... 

FINAL ADDRESS

PROCUREMENT TEMPLATE

15th January 2016 South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme is arguably the one bright spot in an otherwise bleak public procurement picture. Not only has an impressive amount of solar and wind capacity been secured, but the prices have also fallen steadily. Surely, it should... 

PROCUREMENT TEMPLATE

HEAVY LIFTING

11th December 2015 A new rail-mounted gantry crane in operation at the City Deep inland port, in Gauteng, where container handling capacity has been doubled to 400 000 twenty-foot equivalent units, following an R800-million investment by State-owned Transnet. City Deep, which is situated just south of... 

HEAVY LIFTING

TEXTBOOKS TUSSLE

4th December 2015 Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi at a Section 27 meeting held at the Morris Isaacson High School, in Soweto, to debate the #textbooksmatter campaign. The meeting took place ahead of a Supreme Court of Appeal matter brought by Basic Education for All and Section 27 into the obligation on the... 

TEXTBOOKS TUSSLE

LONG SHADOW

27th November 2015 A silhouette of US Federal Reserve chairperson Janet Yellen taken ahead of the upcoming meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, which is scheduled for December 15 and 16. There is a strong expectation that Yellen will begin raising US interest rates, which have been held at close to zero... 

LONG SHADOW

TAXING ISSUES

20th November 2015 Judge Dennis Davis, who is leading South Africa’s Davis Tax Commission, argued that, in the context of rising demands on fiscal resources and increasing government debt, South Africa will probably need to find a way to bolster its tax revenues. However, he has also cautioned that, unless wasteful... 

TAXING ISSUES

OFFSHORE ENERGY

13th November 2015 An aerial view of wind turbines that form part of the the London Array offshore wind farm, in the Thames Estuary, where the River Thames meets the waters of the North Sea. The London Array, east of London, has 175 Siemens turbines and a capacity of 630 MW 

OFFSHORE ENERGY

ENTREPRENEURIAL ENERGY

6th November 2015 Bio2Watt’s CEO Sean Thomas on site at the company’s 4.4 MW Bronkhorstspruit Biogas Plant, in Gauteng. The project has been hailed as a biogas pioneer and is supplying electricity through the Tshwane municipality’s network to BMW South Africa’s Rosslyn factory. Thomas and his backers had to... 

ENTREPRENEURIAL ENERGY

# OF THE TIMES

30th October 2015 The #FeesMustFall protests have gripped the nation, with the campaign against planned tuition-fee increases having moved into a high gear last week outside Parliament in Cape Town, where riot police used stun grenades to disperse protesting students while Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene delivered... 

# OF THE TIMES

BACK & FROTH

23rd October 2015 After much speculation and back-and-forth negotiations, Anheuser-Busch InBev agreed last week to buy SABMiller in a deal valued at around over R1-trillion – a record for the industry. Pictured is a bottle of Budweiser, which is brewed by Anheuser-Busch InBev. South Africans, who still jealously... 

BACK & FROTH

BEYOND OIL

16th October 2015 Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has indicated that the country’s 2016 Budget will prioritise actions designed to diversify economy away from its current dependence on oil and gas. Nigeria is Africa’s biggest economy and oil producer, but government has has been forced to reduce spending in... 

HIVE HEISTS

9th October 2015 Bees play an essential role in almond production. But with the nut fetching record prices, bees have also become a target for criminals. Bloomberg reports that thieves have stolen hives with as many as five-million bees in the northwest corner of Victoria State, in Australia. Pictured above is a... 

HIVE HEISTS

BOOMING IN THE BUST

2nd October 2015 Appraiser Carlos Monteiro inspects a piece of jewellery at a government-run pawnshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Business at such pawnshops is said to be booming as Brazil heads toward recessions this year and next, its longest contraction in eight decades. 

BOOMING IN THE BUST

REEF REFURBISHMENT

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2015 The first phase of Tsogo Sun’s R640-million refurbishment and expansion of the Gold Reef City complex is nearing completion. CEO Marcel von Aulock reports that the aim of the upgrade is make the complex, which houses one of Gauteng’s casinos, more family orientated in line with what the company... 

REEF REFURBISHMENT

HAPPY DAY

18th September 2015 A delighted Siyabonga Gama, the acting CEO of Transnet, boards the Blue Train following an announcement last week of a public–private partnership between the State-owned group and tourism and leisure company Sun International. A joint business plan will be developed over the coming six months,... 

HAPPY DAY

CHINA SLOWDOWN

11th September 2015 International Monetary Fund (IMF) MD Christine Lagarde said last week that the global expansion outlook was worse than the lender anticipated less than two months ago, with advanced and Asian economies growing more slowly than expected. Speaking during an IMF conference in Jakarta, Indonesia,... 

CHINA SLOWDOWN

HEAVY DUTY

4th September 2015 An average of 58-million tons of freight is carried along the N3 motorway between Heidelberg to Pietermaritzburg yearly. The N3 Toll Concession company, which entered into a 30-year toll concession contract with the South African National Roads Agency Limited in 1999, says it is continually... 

HEAVY DUTY

TRADING NATION

28th August 2015 South Korea posted a record current-account surplus of $52.4-billion for the first half of 2015. The country’s surplus for June also hit a record monthly high of $12.2-billion. Pictured above are shipping containers stacked among gantry cranes at the Busan New Port, in Busan, South Korea.  

TRADING NATION

SWEET & SCARCE

21st August 2015 A photograph of cup cakes on display at retailer Pick n Pay’s bakery training centre in Kensington, Johannesburg. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande visited the facility earlier this month as part of the Human Resources Development Council’s... 

SWEET & SCARCE

CORPORATE ATTRACTION

14th August 2015 The Waterfall City mixed-use development, in Gauteng’s Midrand, has attracted a suite of corporates looking to consolidate their satellite offices into a single point of presence. Attacq CEO Morné Wilken reports that companies have been attracted by the development’s high visibility, central... 

CORPORATE ATTRACTION

TOUGH-LOVE TOUR

7th August 2015 US President Barack Obama delivering remarks at an indoor stadium in Nairobi, Kenya, during his visit in late July. Obama used his first Presidential trip to his father's homeland – which was also the first visit by a sitting American President to Kenya – to assert that there was “no limit” to... 

TOUGH-LOVE TOUR

TAXING TIMES

31st July 2015 As part of a tough bail-out package, Greece has accepted sweeping tax changes, including an increase in the value-added tax rate on certain products from 13% to 23%. Pictured above is a torn Greek national flag, symbolic, arguably, of the current mood among consumers in the European country 

TAXING TIMES

BOILING POINT

24th July 2015 State-owned electricity producer Eskom has confirmed that it has in fact tabled the option of taking a 30% shareholding in boiler-serve contractors Steinmuller, Actom and Babcock, in return for a portion of an order book, valued at around R30-billion. The three contractors are responsible for... 

BOILING POINT

JET FUEL?

17th July 2015 After ten years developing algae as a nutritional supplement, Japanese compnay Euglena is teaming up with the likes of All Nippon Airways and a unit of Chevron to “commercialise bio jet fuel by 2020”. Pictured above is the single-celled microscopic algae being cultivated at the company’s research... 

JET FUEL?

CLIMATE ALLIES

10th July 2015 Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, left, speaks during a joint news conference with US President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, DC, last week. Obama and Rousseff committed to “intensify collaboration . . . to address the challenges posed by climate change”. The... 

CLIMATE ALLIES

HIGH-FLIERS PUB

3rd July 2015 Coffee cups and drinks bottles on display in the first class passenger bar aboard an Airbus SAS A380 aircraft, operated by Qatar Airways. The aircraft and its amenities were showcased at last month’s fifty-first International Paris Air Show, in France. The show is the world's largest aviation and... 

HIGH-FLIERS PUB

AFRICAN DISUNION

26th June 2015 The 25th African Union summit, held in Johannesburg earlier this month, was thrown into a diplomatic crisis by the controversial entry into (and eventual exit from) the country by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes. The... 

AFRICAN DISUNION

BEYOND OIL

19th June 2015 Russia is not typically associated with solar energy, while Viktor Vekselberg's Renova has strong historical associations with oil and gas. However, Renova and OAO Rusnano jointly established Hevel Solar in 2009 as an integrated solar power company. Hevel is planning to establish of solar farms... 

BEYOND OIL

MANUFACTURING QUO VADIS

12th June 2015 Leaders from across the South African manufacturing sector gathered in Ekurhuleni late last month for the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa’s inaugural Metals and Engineering Indaba. Most agreed that the sectors remained in a perilous state of the sector, but the... 

MANUFACTURING QUO VADIS

POWER & PAYMENT

5th June 2015 Electricity utility Eskom is not only struggling financially and to to meet demand, it is also battling to ensure payment from certain municipalities, as well as from its direct customers in Soweto. But there is also ongoing demand for new connections in areas such as this informal settlement... 

POWER & PAYMENT

SOLAR RISING

29th May 2015 Global solar installations this year may approach 60 GW and surpass 68 GW in 2016, data compiled by Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows. In South Africa, tariffs associated with solar photovoltaic plants have fallen 76% since 2011 to 79c/kWh installed. Pictured above is an aerial view of solar... 

SOLAR RISING

SHARING AGREEMENT

22nd May 2015 Toyota president Akio Toyoda (left) with Mazda president Masamichi Kogai at a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, last week. The two automotive groups announced that they had agreed to broaden their partnership to share technologies, potentially including new projects on fuel efficiency and safety. 

SHARING AGREEMENT

POWER CAMPAIGNER

15th May 2015 The South African-born CEO of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, pictured at the unveiling of the company’s ‘Powerwall’ in California, in the US, late last month. Musk unveiled a suite of batteries to store electricity for homes, businesses and utilities, saying a greener power grid furthers the company's... 

POWER CAMPAIGNER

AFRICA UNITE

8th May 2015 The ugliest face of South African society was on display for the whole world to see during the recent xenophobic violence, which robbed many hard-working migrants of their dignity, possessions and, in the worst instances, their lives. The attacks also robbed many South Africans of their... 

AFRICA UNITE

ROBOT RECEPTIONIST

1st May 2015 Humanoid robot Aiko Chihira began work as a receptionist at an information desk inside the Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo, Japan, last month. Developed by Toshiba and dressed in a kimono, Chihira interacted with customers in Japanese, but her developer say she can be programmed to speak... 

ROBOT RECEPTIONIST

WATER & POWER

24th April 2015 The inextricable link between water and power currently has many South Africans concerned that the country’s electricity difficulties will eventually spill over into the area of water. But there are also some positive developments, with Exxaro recently unveiling the first of three water treatment... 

WATER & POWER
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