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Real Economy Reports

Menar launches first manganese mining operation as part of diversification 

2nd June 2021 Mining investment firm Menar has officially launched its first-to-portfolio manganese mine, called East Manganese, based in Hotazel in the Northern Cape, which is expected to produce its first ore in July. Marleny Arnoldi visited the mine. 

Menar launches first manganese mining operation as part of diversification

Transnet doubles Bethlehem grain rail haulage capacity, launches 2021 grain export season 

27th May 2021 State-owned logistics company Transnet Freight Rail has increased its planned haulage of grain through the Bethlehem silo facility of VKB Agriculture by 133%, with 550 000 t of grains planned to be moved to South Africa’s ports for export. Creamer Media contributing editor Donna Slater tells us... 

Transnet doubles Bethlehem grain rail haulage capacity, launches 2021 grain export season

Lebone Litho Printers invests in tech, people  

19th May 2021 Print solutions company Lebone Litho Printers’ infrastructure and technological investments, as well as its skills development and small, medium-sized and microenterprise focus, are engendering benefits for the company. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

Lebone Litho Printers invests in tech, people

Kwatani’s facilities equipped for swift, custom orders 

13th May 2021 Original-equipment manufacturer Kwatani’s fabrication jobbing processes are designed to accommodate custom-designed equipment in similar time frames that other OEMs deliver standard equipment, while also being flexible enough to handle emergency orders with short lead times. Cameron Mackay tells... 

Kwatani’s facilities equipped for swift, custom orders

Training Academy embraces Industry 4.0  

5th May 2021 Occupational technical skills and safety training facility Murray & Roberts Training Academy has made some upgrades that embrace the Industry 4.0 mindset. Darren Parker tells us more. 

Training Academy embraces Industry 4.0

Impala Rustenburg hands over nine SLP projects to municipality 

21st April 2021 Impala Rustenburg in April officially handed over nine Social and Labour Plan projects to the local community. Along with community leaders and representatives of the Royal Bafokeng Nation family and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, Impala celebrated the handover of the completed... 

Impala Rustenburg hands over nine SLP projects to municipality

Zest WEG introduces new super premium efficiency motors 

14th April 2021 Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG’s South African subsidiary Zest WEG group has introduced its new WEG IE4-rated super-premium efficiency motor to the South African market. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Zest WEG introduces new super premium efficiency motors

Vukile invests R90m on Daveyton Mall expansion 

7th April 2021 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Vukile Property Fund will invest R90-million on upgrades at its Daveyton Mall, in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, including a new food court. Marleny Arnoldi attended the construction launch. 

Vukile invests R90m on Daveyton Mall expansion

Bara500 ICU hospital handed over after six months of construction 

31st March 2021 With the surge in hospital admissions brought about by the global Covid-19 pandemic, the Gauteng departments of Health and Infrastructure Development embarked on a project to increase its ICU capacity through a national refurbishment and additional build programme. Enza Construction was... 

Bara500 ICU hospital handed over after six months of construction

Dale completes its first-ever 96 t carton chiller 

24th March 2021 Dale Spiral Systems & Bakery Automation is this month getting its first-ever 96 t carton cooler ready for delivery to a dairy manufacturer, which has been in development for the last four years. Marleny Arnoldi visited the site. 

Dale completes its first-ever 96 t carton chiller

Babcock adds new truck models to its transport portfolio 

17th March 2021 Transport equipment and engineering solutions provider Babcock International added the latest DAF XF 480, XF 530 and CF 430 truck models to its transport portfolio earlier this month, bringing many improvements compared to older trucks in the portfolio. Marleny Arnoldi visited the company. 

Babcock adds new truck models to its transport portfolio

VescoPlastics expansion focuses on cost-effectiveness, product life extension 

9th March 2021 Polymer supplier VescoPlastics, which produces a proprietary brand of Vesconite of bushings and wear plates that operate in various conditions, is now expanding into providing replacement parts for forklifts and forklift companies. Journalist Simone Liedtke gives us more insight. 

VescoPlastics expansion focuses on cost-effectiveness, product life extension

Renergen Covid-19 vaccine transport solution unveiled 

25th February 2021 South African emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen earlier this month unveiled its Covid-19 vaccine transport solution, the Cryo-Vacc. Creamer Media journalist Simone Liedtke, who attended the unveiling event, tells us more. 

Renergen Covid-19 vaccine transport solution unveiled

MRS tests new mobile rescue winder at South Deep 

3rd February 2021 Nonprofit organisation Mines Rescue Services on January 21 carried out testwork on a world-first mobile rescue winder that can go down to 3 000 m underground. Marleny Arnoldi attended the testing at Gold Fields’ South Deep mine, in Gauteng. 

MRS tests new mobile rescue winder at South Deep

Tjeka Training Centre poised for upskilling as infrastructure greenshoots appear 

27th January 2021 Construction academy Tjeka Training Centre, based in Randfontein, is poised for the training and upskilling of future construction industry artisans, according to the centre. While the anticipated infrastructure boom is yet to happen, Creamer Media journalist Simone Liedtke finds out what the... 

Tjeka Training Centre poised for upskilling as infrastructure greenshoots appear

Rosond’s new rigs ready to be operationalised at Kumba mines 

7th January 2021 Rosond has delivered a range of newly manufactured, technologically advanced drill rigs to Kumba Iron Ore’s Kolomelo and Sishen mines, to be fully operationalised early this year. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Rosond’s new rigs ready to be operationalised at Kumba mines

Local natural gas producer keeping its foot on the gas 

8th December 2020 Emerging natural gas and helium producer Renergen, who continues to keep its foot on the gas in South Africa, invited the Engineering News team to visit the company’s project site in the Free State, South Africa. Creamer Media journalist, Simone Liedtke, gives us the update. 

Local natural gas producer keeping its foot on the gas

New Castle Gate Lifestyle centre opens its doors in Pretoria 

2nd December 2020 The first phase of the new multibillion-rand Castle Gate mixed-use precinct development in Pretoria has officially opened its doors to the public. Home to some of the latest store concepts for the likes of Woolworths, Checkers, Dis-Chem and Builders Warehouse, Creamer Media Journalist Simone... 

New Castle Gate Lifestyle centre opens its doors in Pretoria

BT Industrial goes from strength to strength with manufacturing diversification 

26th November 2020 Plastic pipes manufacturer BT Industrial Group has extended its plastics-processing capacity to include polymer-based medical fabrics and components. Marleny Arnoldi attended a tour of the company’s cleanroom manufacturing facility. 

BT Industrial goes from strength to strength with manufacturing diversification

Sarens Siba opens Brits mining-specific depot 

18th November 2020 Crane company Sarens Siba opened its new Brits-based crane depot in mid-November to cater specifically for the regional mining industry. Demand and logistics were the main driving factors for the company to branch out from its depot in Brakpan to service mines in the northern part of South Africa. 

Sarens Siba opens Brits mining-specific depot

New 5G lab unveiled at Tshimologong Innovation Precinct 

12th November 2020 Chinese information and communication technology giant Huawei, data-only network operator Rain and the University of the Witwatersrand have partnered to launch South Africa’s first 5G laboratory, located at the Wits Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, in Johannesburg. Natasha Odendaal tells... 

New 5G lab unveiled at Tshimologong Innovation Precinct

Dwyka Mining Services trials new GPD-denied technology  

22nd October 2020 Mining technology company Dwyka Mining Services has conducted what it claims is the first Autonomy Level 2 flight in South Africa, using a drone-mounted light detection and ranging payload fitted to a drone. Donna Slater tells us more. 

Dwyka Mining Services trials new GPD-denied technology

SEW-Eurodrive breaks ground on new South African head office, factory  

15th October 2020 Drive and control technologies specialist SEW-Eurodrive on October 1 started construction on its new R200-million head office and factory in Aeroton, Johannesburg. 

SEW-Eurodrive breaks ground on new South African head office, factory

Divercity launches Jewel City 

23rd September 2020 Divercity Urban Property Fund has completed the first phase of its Jewel City project in a two-year development programme, and the new inner-city mixed-use precinct officially launched to the public on Heritage Day. Jewel City is a residential, commercial and retail development. 

Divercity launches Jewel City

SAVE-P manufacturing underway, showcases local capabilities 

16th September 2020 Nonprofit organisation, the South African Emergency Ventilator Project, or SAVE-P, was launched in March in an effort to cost-effectively locally produce much-needed ventilators to meet an expected shortage. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

SAVE-P manufacturing underway, showcases local capabilities

Locally-produced fuel cells being used by army field hospital  

8th September 2020 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: 

Locally-produced fuel cells being used by army field hospital

Betterect, FLSmidth showcase bolted thickeners for southern African mine 

3rd September 2020 Steel fabrication, steel erection and corrosion protection specialist Betterect and engineering, equipment and services solutions company FLSmidth have collaborated to deliver several 45m diameter modular bolted thickeners for an undisclosed mining project in southern Africa. Natasha Odendaal... 

Betterect, FLSmidth showcase bolted thickeners for southern African mine

AECI provides water infrastructure for Hammanskraal communities 

21st May 2020 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. AECI has established a ‘filling station’ for the City of Tshwane to supply 40 000 ℓ of safe drinking water to the water-stressed Hammanskraal community amid the Covid-19 pandemic. 

AECI provides water infrastructure for Hammanskraal communities

Ford’s Straundale Engine Plant produces for export markets 

23rd April 2020 Automotive company Ford Motor Company South Africa hosted a two-day media tour in February, in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, to showcase its engine plant. Mamaili Mamaila tells us more. 

Ford’s Straundale Engine Plant produces for export markets

Bosal opens new emission control systems plant in Pretoria 

8th April 2020 Automotive component manufacturer Bosal Afrika in February officially opened its new emissions control systems manufacturing plant, in Pretoria, which is supplying major original-equipment manufacturers including Ford, Nissan, Isuzu and Volkswagen, in South Africa. Marleny Arnoldi attended the... 

Bosal opens new emission control systems plant in Pretoria

Corteva spearheading agricultural growth on the continent  

26th March 2020 Agricultural company Corteva Agriscience considers Africa as an important market for the company, as it presents a multitude of opportunities for agricultural development. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

Corteva spearheading agricultural growth on the continent

Werner Pumps upgrades facility to ramp up output 

19th March 2020 Local hydraulic pump supplier Werner South Africa Pumps & Equipment has upgraded its on-site facilities to allow for better quality control, more environment friendly manufacturing and faster assembly of its hydraulic pump trucks. Halima Frost has the details. 

Werner Pumps upgrades facility to ramp up output

Pilot Crushtec positions compact Metso range for African applications 

12th March 2020 Mining and quarrying equipment company Pilot Crushtec has introduced a range of mobile and compact equipment into the market, which will help it to diversify its customer base and meet requirements for small and medium-sized operations. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Pilot Crushtec positions compact Metso range for African applications

Pratley launches all-rounder cable gland 

5th March 2020 Industrial products and adhesives manufacturer Pratley has launched a new internationally-certified corrosion-resistant flameproof compression cable gland that boasts a number of world firsts. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Pratley launches all-rounder cable gland

Schneider Electric Academy 4IR energy skills 

27th February 2020 Electricity management company Schneider Electric’s academy is linked to its global community of practice, and provides training on new energy and electricity management technologies. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Schneider Electric Academy 4IR energy skills

Arnot OpCo launched to transfer mine to former employees  

20th February 2020 Exxaro Resources this month officially launched Arnot OpCo, the consortium through which the Arnot coal mine in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, will be owned and managed by the mine’s former employees. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

Arnot OpCo launched to transfer mine to former employees

Accelerator Lab aims to use innovation to tackle SA's biggest social problems 

13th February 2020 In an effort to provide a network and platform through which new solutions can be developed to mitigate and solve the country’s challenges, the United Nations Development Programme has launched its 60th Accelerator Lab in South Africa. Journalist Simone Liedtke attended the launch event last month. 

Accelerator Lab aims to use innovation to tackle SA's biggest social problems

Port of Gauteng development to revamp logistics landscape 

6th February 2020 Investor and developer NT55 Investments believes the Port of Gauteng development – a proposed inland port and railway park in Gauteng – will transform the country’s rail and transport logistics landscape through its efficient supply chain performance and the considerable cost savings it will... 

Port of Gauteng development to revamp logistics landscape
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