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Key lessons learned this year 

10th December 2020   Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the key lessons emerging from a traumatic 2020 and the prospects for a recovery in 2021. 

Key lessons learned this year
Key lessons learned this year

Indaba panel unpacks challenges to Africa’s industrialisation agenda  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th December 2020 The African export basket continues to lack manufactured products and is overly-reliant on raw materials and in cases, a single commodity; as a result, African countries continue to be affected by commodity volatility and to experience high inequality. Speaking during the Manufacturing Indaba on... 

SAEEC CEO Chiboni Evans
SAEEC, WEF discuss industrialisation challenges in Africa

Renergen develops simple logistics solutions to transport Covid-19 vaccine   

By: Simone Liedtke     10th December 2020 Emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen has developed a new device, the Renergen Cryo-Vacc, which is said to simplify the logistics of moving vaccines at temperatures of between -70 °C and -150 °C for periods of up to 30 days, regardless of ambient conditions, without the need... 

Renergen develops simple logistics solutions to transport Covid-19 vaccine
Renergen MD and CEO Stefano Marani gives Engineering News the update on the company's new development, the Renergen Cryo-Vacc. Video: Recorded on Zoom. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

PPC’s cost containment bears fruit, contributes to R610m interim profit  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2020 After what had been a difficult start to the financial year, JSE-listed cement manufacturer PPC managed to turn a profit of R610-million for the six months ended September 30, which was a 77% improvement year-on-year. The company posted a restated profit of R344-million for the six months ended... 

PPC’s cost containment bears fruit, contributes to R610m interim profit
PPC executive team discusses the company's interim financial performance

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
Local natural gas producer keeping its foot on the gas

DTIC, partners launch Global Eco-Industrial Parks Programme in South Africa   

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th December 2020 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) and the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA), in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido) and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (Seco) on December 7 officially... 

Christian Susan
Unido programme manager Christian Susan outlines what an eco-industial park is and what it entails.

On-The-Air (04/12/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     4th December 2020 While Australia’s trade relations with China are under huge strain, South Africa’s relations with the Asian giant are strengthening; and mining companies are going all out to become the darlings of the investor community once again 

On-The-Air (04/12/2020)
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Sasol's rights issue and 2.0 transformation programme  

4th December 2020 Sasol is still mulling over whether or not to proceed with a rights issue to help it deal with its debt burden. Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses this and the ‘Sasol 2.0’ transformation programme. 

Sasol's rights issue and 2.0 transformation programme
Sasol's right issue and 2.0 transformation programme

Home-grown gas innovation set to deliver zero-emission refrigerated transport 

By: Simone Liedtke     4th December 2020 Emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen continues to keep its foot on the gas in South Africa through the development of a zero-emissions solution for cold-chain logistics, in partnership with trailer manufacturer Henred Fruehauf. The solution uses liquefied natural gas... 

Home-grown gas innovation set to deliver zero-emission refrigerated transport
Scan the barcode or visit www.engineeringnews.co.za to watch a video interview with Renergen’s Stefano Marani and Henred Fruehauf’s Eduan Naude, as they give more insight into a new zero-emissions logistics solution.

Lack of anticorruption reporting evident in South African private sector  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd December 2020 The National Business Initiative, together with Corruption Watch (CW) and independent London-based global think tank Overseas Development Institute (ODI), have launched the 'Transparency in Corporate Reporting 2020' report. The report evaluates the transparency of corporate reporting by 100... 

Lack of anticorruption reporting evident in South African private sector
Corruption Watch director David Lewis and ODI fellow Stephen Gelp discuss the state of corruption disclosures in private sector

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
New Castle Gate Lifestyle centre opens its doors in Pretoria

On-The-Air (27/11/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th November 2020 Strong steps are being taken by investors to open new precious metals mines and to reopen old ones; An ingenious method of turning dreaded acid mine water into drinking water at no cost has been discovered; and there is an urgent need for South Africans to focus unflinchingly on creating economic... 

On-The-Air (27/11/2020)
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SA's prospects for future coal projects 

27th November 2020 The role of new coal in South Africa’s electricity mix is coming under increasing scrutiny, with Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter the latest to question whether it can indeed be built. Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the prospects for future coal projects. 

SA's prospects for future coal projects
SA's prospects for future coal projects

Local company overcoming power challenges with flow battery system 

By: Schalk Burger     27th November 2020 Local electronic printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturer Bosco is using a flow battery energy storage system alongside a rooftop solar energy and a battery management system (BMS) to keep a crucial production line and its engineering and sales departments free of disruptions caused by power... 

Pandemic serves as catalyst for blended learning 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th November 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has acted a catalyst for a future of blended learning in Africa; however, it has also highlighted a number of challenges that this learning model poses for the continent, which must first be dealt with, Future of Education Summit founder Rakesh Wahi said on November 26. He... 

Rakesh Wahi
Future of Education Summit founder Rakesh Wahi outlines the impact of the pandemic on education and the blended learning model of the future.

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
BT Industrial goes from strength to strength with manufacturing diversification

Global workforce to reach highest level of risk in 2021 – International SOS 

By: Simone Liedtke     25th November 2020 The risk to the global workforce has reached its highest level since 2016, according to the findings of International SOS's 'Risk Outlook 2021' report. The outlook reveals findings from the Business Resilience Trends survey of over 1 400 risk professionals across 99 countries, carried out by... 

Global workforce to reach highest level of risk in 2021 – International SOS
International SOS security director for intelligence and operations James Bird discusses the findings of the Risk Outlook 2021 report. Video editing: Darlene Creamer.

Omnia firmly in ‘fix and renew’ phase following September interim period 

By: Simone Liedtke     24th November 2020 JSE-listed diversified chemicals group Omnia Holdings is now firmly in the "fix and renew" phase of its turnaround strategy, where implementation of the new operating model during the six months, ended September 30, was “substantially completed” and has already resulted in improved production... 

CEO Seelan Gobalsamy
Omnia CEO Seelan Gobalsamy discusses the group's interim performance. Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Digitalisation key for quality supply chain performance  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th November 2020 Some companies have been able to achieve supply chain excellence through the adoption of customer-centric and autonomous supply chains using smart technologies and solutions, PwC South Africa digital operations lead Pieter Theron noted during the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association’s... 

Pieter Theron
PwC South Africa Digital Operation lead Pieter Theron explains what the supply chain of the future would entail

On-The-Air (20/11/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     20th November 2020 Investment in platinum has rocketed, the World Platinum Investment Council reported this week; A South African mining company has overturned a major lawsuit brought against it in the United States; and Anglo American this week increased its investment commitment to South Africa, despite Covid. 

On-The-Air (20/11/2020)
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Repurposing of Eskom power stations key in SA's just transition  

20th November 2020   Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about plans by Eskom to repurpose and repower three coal-fired power stations that are due for decommissioning, why it is important for creating a just transition framework and the need for South Africa to determine... 

Repurposing of Eskom power stations key in SA's just transition
Repurposing of Eskom power stations key in SA's just transition

Prospective franchisees urged to consider brands’ readiness for the post-Covid world 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th November 2020 Prospective franchisees should not only consider those franchises that were successful before the Covid-19 pandemic, but rather those that have successfully adapted to the current environment. Restaurant chain Nando’s licensed markets CEO Trudi van Niekerk on November 18 said that the business... 

Prospective franchisees urged to consider brands’ readiness for the post-Covid world
PetroCONNECT co-founder Sbonelo Mbatha outlines the importance of transformation in the franchise sector, and how the company’s academy aims to engender this

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
Sarens Siba opens Brits mining-specific depot

Solar power industry has opportunity to build recycling value chain from scratch  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th November 2020 Solar photovoltaic (PV) power users, both utility-scale and rooftop users alike, will have to start thinking about, and develop, ways in which the waste of solar power generation facilities will be managed at the end of their lives. In terms of the industry’s regulatory requirements, the solar... 

Solar power industry has opportunity to build recycling value chain from scratch
DEFF hazardous waste management and licensing chief director Mishelle Govender shares insight on solar PV recycling

Institutions call for more awareness on skills development in the solar sector 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th November 2020 The decommissioning of coal-fired power stations without repurposing of labour will considerably exacerbate the unemployment crisis in South Africa and, therefore, workforce relocation and the associated skills development it calls for, needs to be considered ahead of time. Energy & Water... 

Institutions call for more awareness on skills development in the solar sector
EWSETA CFO and acting CEO Mpho Mookapele explains the skills needed for a burgeoning solar power sector

On-The-Air (13/11/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     13th November 2020 South Africa’s ferrochrome industry is staking steps to generate 750 MW of its own electricity; Southern Africa was this week urged to enter the new trillion-dollar green hydrogen economy with vigour; and Gauteng’s rich South Deep gold mine is entering a new high-technology phase. 

On-The-Air (13/11/2020)
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Local company battling industrial power challenges with flow battery system 

By: Schalk Burger     13th November 2020 Local electronic printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturer Bosco is using a flow battery energy storage system alongside a rooftop solar energy and a battery management system to keep a crucial production line and its engineering and sales departments free of disruptions caused by power outages... 

Local company battling industrial power challenges with flow battery system
Redflow

Sasol working to reset business for low-carbon world 

13th November 2020 Financially and environmentally beleaguered energy and chemicals group Sasol is working to reset its business for a low-carbon world. Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer unpacks the emerging strategy. 

Sasol working to reset business for low-carbon world
Sasol working to reset business for low-carbon world

Pumping with flavour for multiproduct lines 

By: Halima Frost     13th November 2020 Industrial equipment supplier Verder Group has recently redesigned the structure of its hygienic brands – this included rebranding and adding sanitary pump supplier JEC JR’s series of pumps to its diverse pumping portfolio under Packo.  The Packo JRZS series of twin-screw pumps are suited to the... 

PRETTY PUMP
Verder offers bespoke food grade pumps to both the brewery and winery industries
Verder Pumps Hygienic Product manager Kenneth Demeulemeester discusses the growing demand for multi-product lines in the brewery and winery industry. Camerawork: Halima Frost. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 19.10.20

Tech partnership brews beer from re-used water 

By: Halima Frost     13th November 2020 Local water technology company Xylem has partnered with Berlin water utility Berliner Wasserbetriebe and the Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin (the Berlin Centre of Competence for Water) to produce Berlin Reuse Brew. Berlin Reuse Brew is a beer made from purified and treated wastewater. 

'GO' ZONE
The speed in which ozone treats water is up to 3 000 times faster than conventional chemical cleaning
Xylem Water Solutions treatment project manager Brendan van Wyk discusses the use of ozone and ultraviolet technology in the cleaning processes in breweries and wineries. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 21.10.20

Sector recovery lies in collaboration – says cement maker 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th November 2020 The construction sector remains under pressure, despite the easing of the national lockdown to Level 1, and contractors need to work with materials suppliers to remain cost competitive, says construction materials company AfriSam.  

CEMENTING SOLUTIONS AfriSam was collaborating with contractors on customised concrete solutions long before Covid-19; however, the pandemic has exacerbated the need for companies to contain costs
AfriSam readymix GM Amit Dawneerangen shares his insight on the state of the construction industry

Construction group welcomes green shoots after lull  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th November 2020 After what has been months of uncertainty about when new projects will come to tender or whether awarded projects will progress, construction company Concor notes that work continues apace on its contracts spread across the construction, infrastructure, civils and mining sectors.  


MIXING IT UP
Concor is developing the derelict Conradie hospital site into an integrated, sustainable and affordable residential-led mixed-use precinct
Lucas Tseki discusses Concor's project's in progress and his takeaways from Covid-19

Calls for support for waste pickers on the rise 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th November 2020 African Reclaimer Organisation (ARO) chairperson Eli Kodisang is calling for additional support for waste picker organisations and waste reclaimers as part of South Africa’s journey to reducing waste. Speaking during the virtual Plastics Colloquium on November 12, Kodisang lamented that the waste... 

Calls for support for waste pickers on the rise
African Reclaimer Organisation (ARO) chairperson Eli Kodisang speaking during the 2020 Plastics Colloquium. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

'New roadmap' needed for South Africa to deal with plastic waste pollution 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th November 2020 Although the plastics and plastic products industry contributed about R70-billion to South Africa’s economy in 2019, according to Plastics South Africa, plastic pollution has also had a significant impact on the country’s ecosystem services. Therefore, Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister... 

Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy
Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy delivers the keynote address at this year's Plastics Colloquium. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

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
New 5G lab unveiled at Tshimologong Innovation Precinct

Covid-19 accelerates energy transitions - PwC 

By: Donna Slater     11th November 2020 Assurance, advisory and tax services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) reports – through its newly released Africa Oil & Gas Review, titled Energising a New Tomorrow – that the rampant spread of the Covid-19 pandemic globally has resulted in galvanising of commitments to a green energy... 

Covid-19 accelerates energy transitions - PwC
PwC energy strategy and infrastructure director James Mackay discusses how Covid-19 has sped up developments in the green energy sector.

Telkom posts growth in interim headline earnings as working-from-home increased 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th November 2020 Despite having experienced different impacts to its business units as a result of Covid-19 and the related lockdown, JSE-listed telecommunications company Telkom still came out of the first half of its financial year with improved profitability, strong liquidity and a strengthened balance sheet.... 

Telkom posts growth in interim headline earnings as working-from-home increased
Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko shares the good and bad impacts of Covid-19 impacts on the business

FNB launches new smart solutions on its app for customers  

By: Simone Liedtke     9th November 2020 Financial services provider FNB on November 9 launched its latest edition of nav>> Smart Tools via its FNB application (app) to assist customers in managing their money better through "dynamic budgeting", as well as facilitating access to market and creating a digital marketplace for FNB-banked... 

FNB CEO Jacques Celliers
The FNB team gives more insight into the bank’s new smart solution offerings under the ‘Nav >’ banner on its app. Video: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd.
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