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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

CROP WARNING

17th April 2015 Dried maize growing on a drought-affected farm in Lichtenburg, in South Africa’s North West province. The country is experiencing its worst drought since 1992, leading to forecasts of a 32% drop in the 2015 harvest.  

CROP WARNING

STORAGE WARS

10th April 2015 Pipelines running toward oil storage tanks at a terminal in Cushing, Oklahoma, in the US, where supplies last month reached a record 56.3-million barrels, or about 80% of working capacity. By the end of March, US inventories as a whole were said to be at their highest in at least 80 years, with... 

STORAGE WARS

RED ENGINE

3rd April 2015 President Jacob Zuma climbing aboard one of the 85 electric locomotives produced at Transnet’s manufacturing and engineering facility in Koedoespoort, Pretoria. The locomotive is one of the 95 electric locomotives that Transnet has purchased from a consortium led by China South Rail. The... 

RED ENGINE

POWER OF PATIENCE

27th March 2015 US Federal Reserve chairperson Janet Yellen, explaining at a news conference following a Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, DC, last week, the decision of to drop an assurance that it will be “patient” in raising interest rates. 

POWER OF PATIENCE

TRANSSHIPMENT HUB

20th March 2015 Transnet Port Terminals and the Transnet National Ports Authority have together invested R2-billion to expands the Ngqura Container Terminal’s operating capacity to 1.5-million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) from 800 000 TEUs. The terminal is currently moving in around 730 000 TEUs yearly... 

TRANSSHIPMENT HUB

SOLAR AT NIGHT

By: Terence Creamer     13th March 2015 A 100 MW solar plant, which has been developed near the town of Pofadder, in the Northern Cape, has officially been inaugurated. Known as KaXu Solar One, the thermal electricity power plant incorporate a storage system that enables it to produce electricity 2.5 hours after sunset, or before dawn.... 

SOLAR AT NIGHT

HIGHS & LOWS

6th March 2015 The Burj Khalifa tower stands above other skyscrapers on the city skyline in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Bloomberg reports that declining currencies in European countries, whose citizens are among the leading buyers of Dubai homes, are combining with falling oil prices and a tax on foreign... 

HIGHS & LOWS

YEAR OF THE SELFIE?

27th February 2015 A woman takes a selfie in front of a Lunar New Year display featuring sheep at a shopping mall in Hong Kong, China. The Chinese Lunar New Year was celebrated on February 19, when the Year of the Sheep, also known as the Year of the Goat or Ram, was ushered in. (Photograph: Bobby Yip for Reuters) 

YEAR OF THE SELFIE?

WAIT GOES ON

20th February 2015 Despite the historic decision by US President Barack Obama to ease restrictions on Cuban travel and goods, Cuban cigars cannot yet legally be sold in America. But it is anticipated that freshly rolled cigars such as these from a tobacco farm in Vinales will eventually be exported to America,... 

WAIT GOES ON

TOUGH TALK

13th February 2015 There is no doubt that Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis – dubbed an anti-austerity ‘rock-star’, partly because of his informal dress sense – has one of the world’s toughest jobs. Appointed in late January, the University of Essex-educated political economist has already conducted a... 

TOUGH TALK

KICK-STATING THE FUTURE

6th February 2015 A Plen.D robot kicking a ball during a demonstration hosted by DMM.Com in Tokyo, Japan, last month. The digital contents provider announced today that it will start to sell robots through the DMM.make Robots website. 

KICK-STATING THE FUTURE

PAGE TURNER

30th January 2015 US President Barack Obama called on partisan American lawmakers to “turn the page” after what he dubbed as a “breakthrough year for America”, when the economy began creating jobs at its fastest pace since 1999. “Will we allow ourselves to be sorted into factions and turned against one another? Or... 

PAGE TURNER

POWER IN THE AIR

23rd January 2015 South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme may have hit a bit of a wobbly last year, owing to grid-connection problems. However, it remains one of the few bright spots on an otherwise bleak electricity horizon. Including this wind farm in the Easter Cape, a... 

POWER IN THE AIR

WINNERS & LOSERS

16th January 2015 While consumers are experiencing something of a windfall as the oil price falls, the precipitous decline is not good news all round. Those African governments that have become reliant on oil-linked revenues are deeply concerned. The decline has also dampened prospects for hard-mineral prices,... 

WINNERS & LOSERS

MORE GLOBAL

12th December 2014 A Lego version of the Star Wars character R2D2, inside the group’s new central London office, in the UK. Its headquarters will remain in Denmark, but the company is strengthening it presence in London, the US, Singapore and Shanghai as part of a plan to further globalise and attract a more... 

MORE GLOBAL

VIRTUAL KA-CHING

By: Terence Creamer     5th December 2014 Online spending is expected to account for about 13% of December sales in the UK, a recent Deloitte report argued. Figures are less readily available for South Africa, but online shopping appears to be on the rise globally. Pictured above is an employee wearing a T-shirt depicting a $100 bill as... 

VIRTUAL KA-CHING

SOLID PLATFORM

By: Terence Creamer     28th November 2014 US automotive group Ford, which has been in South Africa for 90 years, has reiterated its commitment to manufacturing in in the country, despite the power and labour challenges. Ford has grown its South African market share from around 6% in 2010, to 13.4%. Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s... 

SOLID PLATFORM

ROAD TO . . .

21st November 2014 The Australian city of Brisbane hosted the Group of 20 summit of developed and developing nations last week, where some 5 300 delegates debated ways to restore and raise levels economic growth across the world. However, it is far from clear whether world leaders truly have the formula for placing... 

ROAD TO  . . .

LOOKING UP

14th November 2014 South Africans were given a taste of space recently when a working model of the Curiosity Mars Rover, the biggest robot to land on Mars, was unveiled at Siemens South Afirca’s recent Future of Manufacturing Conference. The actual Rover landed on Mars in August 2012. In partnership with the... 

LOOKING UP

CLOSE CALL

7th November 2014 Supporters of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff carry flags as they celebrate the result of the national election in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sunday, October 26, 2014. Rousseff narrowly won re-election and stretched the Workers’ Party’s rule to a record 16 years. The run-off vote against Aécio... 

CLOSE CALL

NEED FOR SPEED

31st October 2014 An L0 series magnetic levitation (maglev) train pictured at the Yamanashi Maglev Test Track site in Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. Central Japan Railway is building a maglev rail link between Tokyo and Osaka, which is set to open in 2027. Once operational, the travel time between the two... 

NEED FOR SPEED

BEHIND THE CURVE

24th October 2014 World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim, said earlier this month that the global response to the Ebola crisis was “way behind the curve”. Pictured here at news conference during the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group annual meetings in Washington, DC, Kim, who is trained as a... 

BEHIND THE CURVE

PLAQUE UNVEILING

17th October 2014 In the context of a chronically weak manufacturing environment, news that Nampak Glass had invested R1.2-billion in a third furnace at its Germiston facility was quite uplifting. Pictured above are Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and Nampak CEO André de Ruyter at the official... 

PLAQUE UNVEILING

MORE TO COME

10th October 2014 Transnet signed its first ten-year take-or-pay agreement with BHP Billiton Energy Coal South Africa (Becsa) last week, but said that it planned to conclude similar deals with 28 other coal exporters by the end of November. Pictured above is Transnet CEO Brian Molefe (left) shaking hands with... 

MORE TO COME

WHAT NAW?

3rd October 2014 It was far more tightly contested that initially anticipated, but voters in Scotland eventually said 'Naw' to independence from the UK. Nevertheless, the momentum behind the ‘Yes’ campaign highlighted some genuine discontent with the prevailing governance structures. It will thus fall mainly to... 

WHAT NAW?

THINKING BIKE, BUT

26th September 2014 Sao Paulo, Brazil, has introduced bike lanes along with new rules for drivers, tighter building laws and higher taxes, which are all intended to make the metropolis of 12-million more liveable. However, the initiatives have also reportedly contributed to Mayor Fernando Haddad’s approval rating... 

THINKING BIKE, BUT

ELECTRIC PARTNERSHIP

19th September 2014 Elon Musk, the South African-born cofounder and CEO of Tesla Motors, holds the charging nozzle as he demonstrates the company's Model S electric sedan following a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, in early September. Musk said Tesla might partner with Toyota Motor Corporation again in future.  

ELECTRIC PARTNERSHIP

ROBUST BRIC

12th September 2014 While the leaders in Bric countries such as Brazil, Russia and South Africa are experiencing both economic and political pressure, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi remains on a strong trajectory. Business confidence in India has risen since he took charge in late May and Modi also had a... 

ROBUST BRIC

LONDON CALLING

5th September 2014 Business magazine Forbes recently ranked London as the most influential city in the world, followed closely by New York. The magazine said that, while the UK “may now be a second-rate power”, London’s “unparalleled legacy as a global financial capital still underpins its pre-eminence”. The... 

LONDON CALLING

AYE OR NAW

29th August 2014 Offshore drilling rig Prospector 1 seen through the window of a pub as it stands anchored in the Cromarty Firth in Cromarty, in Scotland. Oil and gas extraction from the North Sea is a bone of contention in the debate on independence for Scotland that will culminate in an ‘Aye or Naw’ referendum... 

AYE OR NAW

BUILDING CAPACITY

22nd August 2014 Pharmaceutical manufacturer Sanofi South Africa has indicated that it remains committed to maintaining its production capacities in the country. Pictured above is Thembi Lepele working in the raw materials section of Sanofi’s quality control laboratory at its Tshwane factory. The group recently... 

BUILDING CAPACITY

AFRICAN DEBUT

15th August 2014 The A350 XWB, dubbed by Airbus as the “world’s newest, most modern and efficient aircraft” made its African debut on August 2, 2014, when it landed at OR Tambo International Airport. Pictured above is the MSN 005, one of five A350 XWB prototypes used to perform comprehensive flight test and... 

AFRICAN DEBUT
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