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FTTX Council punts open-source architecture for network development 

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th October 2019 With the increasing growth of data and the Internet of Things (IoT), there is a need to review the potential use of open-source architecture in the design and building of fibre networks, says FTTX Council president Andile Ngcaba. The open-source community has “changed the classic information... 

FTTX Council punts open-source  architecture for network development
To watch a video in which FTTX president Andile Ngcaba discusses an open source approach to network development, scan the barcode with your phone's QR reader, or go to Video Reports on www.engineeringnews.co.za.

Government and telcos sign excellence pact 

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th October 2019 Telecommunications leaders and government have signed a pact that will assit efforts to promote a sustainable industry built on excellence. The Industry Stakeholder Principles of Excellence was signed in October by an initial seven companies, including Altron, Liquid Telecoms, Dark Fibre Africa,... 

Government and telcos sign excellence pact
To watch a video in which Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, FTTX president Andile Ngcaba and CEO Juanita Clark discuss the new pact entered into between the private sector and government, scan the barcode with your phone's QR reader, or go to Video Reports on www.engineeringnews.co.za.

Transnet launches world’s longest production train  

By: Simone Liedtke     24th October 2019 State-owned rail company Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) on Thursday launched a 4-km-long train, with 375 wagons, officially making it the longest train in the world. The train was driven by Lisa Clark and transported about 24 000 t of manganese over a distance of more than 860 km between the Sishen... 

Transnet launches world’s longest production train
Transnet has launched a 4-km-long production train to transport manganese from the Northern Cape to Saldanha Bay. Camerawork: Dylan Slater; Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

IRP 2019 broadly welcomed 

24th October 2019 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the country’s general acceptance of the IRP 2019, the short-term gap in electricity supply that needs to be filled and what the next steps will be for implementing the plan.   

IRP 2019 broadly welcomed
IRP 2019 broadly welcomed

Altron remains on track to achieve its five-year Ebitda goal 

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th October 2019 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) on Thursday posted positive interim results as it continued to track towards its five-year goal of doubling its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) by 2022. Ebitda improved by 19% to R803-million during the six months... 

Altron remains on track to achieve its five-year Ebitda goal
Altron CEO Mteto Nyati discusses the group's financial performance in the six months to August 31. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matlala; Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Clariant’s new centre of excellence to serve growing African mining industry  

24th October 2019 Specialty chemicals company Clariant has launched a new centre of excellence in Johannesburg, in South Africa, with this aimed at supporting the growing African mining industry.  

Clariant’s new centre of excellence to serve growing African mining industry
Clariant’s new centre of excellence to serve growing African mining industry

DTIC, World Trade Organisation discuss AfCFTA opportunities, challenges 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd October 2019 Phase 2 agreements under the African Continental Free Trade Agreement are expected to be finalised by January 2021, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition says. The Phase 2 agreements will deal with investment, intellectual property and competition issues. 

DTIC, World Trade Organisation discuss AfCFTA opportunities, challenges
DTI's Xavier Carim and WTO ambassafor Dr Faizel Ismail discusses trade in Africa. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matlala; Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Seminar highlights need for greater energy generation flexibility 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd October 2019 It makes economic and technical sense for electricity utilities such as Eskom to source as much new wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) energy as possible, says EE Publishers MD Chris Yelland. Speaking at a seminar hosted by EE Publishers and Nedbank, on Tuesday, he said the only limitations were... 

Seminar highlights need for greater energy generation flexibility
Nersa CEO Chris Forlee and other delegates discuss flexible generation. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matlala; Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

South Africa to test market for emergency power ‘gap fillers’ as IRP is finalised   

By: Terence Creamer     18th October 2019 South Africa will release a request for information (RFI) in the coming weeks to test the market for solutions to close an immediate electricity supply gap of between 2 000 MW and 3 000 MW, which has emerged primarily as a result of a fall in the energy availability factor (EAF) from Eskom’s coal... 

South Africa to test market for emergency power ‘gap fillers’ as IRP is finalised
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 allocations and the need for short-term supply solutions. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 18.10.2019

Role of equipment suppliers in food safety under spotlight 

By: Schalk Burger     18th October 2019 Component and equipment multinational BMG hosted clients at its inaugural industry-specific engagement days with a showcase of its food and beverage industry solutions and components at its factory in Jeppestown, Johannesburg in September. The showcase provided advice from industry experts about... 

Role of equipment suppliers in food safety under spotlight
BMG Group product and sales manager Mark Barbour details the company’s approach to quality and safety in the food and beverage industry in Africa. Camera work: Kultwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Electricity tariffs tussle and the return of load-shedding 

17th October 2019 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Eskom’s plan to take another Nersa determination on legal review, the renewed threat of load-shedding and the best way for the country to deal with the threat to South Africa’s economy.   

Electricity tariffs tussle and the return of load-shedding
Electricity tariffs tussle and the return of load-shedding

BMG industry days highlight portions of its components range to clients 

17th October 2019 Equipment and components manufacturer BMG hosted its food and beverage industry day last month, which was the first of its showcase days that it intends to use to deepen its relations with clients and to highlight the products and solutions suitable for each industry. Schalk Burger has the story. 

BMG industry days highlight portions of its components range to clients
BMG industry days highlight portions of its components range to clients.

PPC warns against the threat of substandard cement products  

By: Simone Liedtke     15th October 2019 Substandard cement products are threatening the built environment industry and placing South African lives at risk, says PPC South Africa MD Njombo Lekula. He explains that the use of substandard cement has various implications that may negatively affect the sustainability of buildings and... 

PPC warns against the threat of substandard cement products
PPC South Africa MD Njombo Lekula speaks to Engineering News Online on the threats that sub-standard cement products pose, and what consumers can do to identify these products. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Darlene Creamer.

Large-scale dismissals continue to rise in labour market on back of legislative reform, 4IR 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th October 2019 Council for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration director Cameron Morajane on Monday revealed the commission had observed increased referrals of large-scale dismissals in the 2018/19 financial year. It expects these numbers to increase further in 2019/20.  

Large-scale dismissals continue to rise in labour market on back of legislative reform, 4IR
CCMA director Cameron Morajane discusses the commission’s 2018/19 financial year achievements, including industrial action resolutions. Video: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

On-The-Air (11/10/2019) 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2019 South Africans this week put a plan in place to ensure a “just transition” to the new clean electricity era; A new Proudly South African technology is being rolled out to stop the curse of cable theft; and By announcing its second big hydrogen project, Australia is beating South Africa to the... 

On-The-Air (11/10/2019)
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Agri SA, Minister agree on need for partnerships to advance growth 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th October 2019 With stagnant economic growth and an unemployment rate of about 29%, the pressure is increasing on the agricultural sector to contribute more to gross domestic product (GDP) and live up to its potential in the country. However, the sector is facing its own challenges, including policy... 

Agri SA, Minister agree on need for partnerships to advance growth
Agriculture Minister Thoko Didiza discusses what the sector needs to grow and Agri SA president Dan Kriek shares his view on land reform policy

Presidential Commission on Climate Change 

10th October 2019 Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer tells Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn more about Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy’s plans to finally establish the proposed Presidential Commission on Climate Change, what South Africa’s proposed just transition to a low-carbon... 

Presidential Commission on Climate Change
Presidential Commission on Climate Change

CBE Indaba identifies persistent built environment transformation barriers 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th October 2019 The Council for Built Environment (CBE) acting chairperson Maphefo Mogodi says the built environment industry is plagued by barriers to transformation and that government and industry have not done enough to change the situation. “The inability of small and medium businesses to prosper... 

CBE Indaba identifies persistent built environment transformation barriers
CBE CEO Priscilla Mdlalose talks about how transformation in the built environment has not progressed as fast as needed. Video: Kutlwano Matlala; Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Local OEM’s partnerships boost growth through expanded product range 

9th October 2019 Bulk handling vehicles original-equipment manufacturer Desmond Equipment South Africa, also referred to as Dezzi Equipment, is aiming to capitalise on and boost years of consistent growth in the South African market by expanding its product range through partnerships. Cameron Mackay tells us more. 

Local OEM’s partnerships boost growth through expanded product range
Local OEM’s partnerships boost growth through expanded product range

Investment in climate-positive companies growing – Joburg Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2019 Asset managers globally have become the lightning rod of populist views in Western countries, with the conversation now dominated by climate-change issues within the environmental, social and governance (ESG) paradigm as well as what the prospective upheaval in the vehicle industry means for... 

Investment in climate-positive companies growing – Joburg Indaba
Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer on Joburg Indaba climate discussion. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Video: Kutlwano Matlala. Photo: Dylan Slater.

On-The-Air (04/10/2019) 

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2019 Minerals Minister Gwede Mantashe this week reiterated South Africa’s full commitment to honouring its climate-change undertakings; New technology is available to turn South Africa’s mining industry back into a sunrise industry that is much safer; and Environment Minister Barbara Creecy says South... 

On-The-Air (04/10/2019)
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Energy transition the 'right path' for South Africa, says Mgojo  

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd October 2019 South Africa’s transition from coal-fired electricity generation to other sources is a “complicated problem to solve”, in the sense that the solution cannot depend on one organisation, or entity, alone, Exxaro Resources CEO Mxolisi Mgojo told delegates at the Joburg Indaba on Thursday. This was... 

Energy transition the 'right path' for South Africa, says Mgojo
In response to a panel question about the just transition from coal to the future should look like for South Africa, Exxaro Resources CEO Mxolisi Mgojo explains why this is not a "simplistic problem" to solve. Video: Kutlwano Matlala. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

‘No future without Eskom’, says Mabuza  

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd October 2019 Given the socioeconomic challenges facing South Africa, State-owned Eskom chairperson and acting CE Dr Jabu Mabuza on Thursday reiterated the power utility’s support for an energy mix that is based on providing reliable energy to the country. This should be a “practical energy mix”, he told... 

‘No future without Eskom’, says Mabuza
State-owned Eskom chairperson and acting CE Dr Jabu Mabuza on Thursday spoke at the Joburg Indaba, and reiterated the power utility’s support of an energy mix that is based on providing reliable energy to the country. Video: Kutlwano Matlala. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Transnet dealing with State Capture 

3rd October 2019 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Transnet’s results, the transport utility’s actions in response to State Capture and what this signals in terms of South Africa’s State-owned enterprises in general. 

Transnet dealing with State Capture
Transnet dealing with State Capture

FNB unveils first phase of revamped BankCity precinct 

3rd October 2019 Banking giant First National Bank in September unveiled the first phase of its BankCity campus revitalisation project in the Johannesburg CBD. Tasneem Bulbulia tell us more. 

FNB unveils first phase of revamped BankCity precinct
FNB unveils first phase of revamped BankCity precinct

John Deere invites third-party providers to join its digital platform 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd October 2019 Agricultural equipment supplier John Deere sub-Saharan Africa (JD SA) on Tuesday hosted a technology day, inviting 18 solutions providers to learn more about the company’s Operations Centre (OC) platform. The OC platform comprises digital innovations to manage farming operations. 

John Deere invites third-party providers to join its digital platform
John Deere's Wayne Spaumer tells Engineering News Online about the plans for its Operations Centre offering. Video: Kutlwano Matlala; Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Transnet sees slump in export coal volumes as ‘cyclical not structural’ 

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2019 State-owned logistics group Transnet reported a 6.5% fall, from 77-million tons to 72-million tons, in export coal volumes in 2018/19, but described the decline as cyclical rather than structural. The group attributed the slump to “operational challenges, derailments, community unrest, train... 

Transnet sees slump in export coal volumes as ‘cyclical not structural’
Transnet acting CEO Mohammed Mahomedy on the 6.5% fall in export coal volumes in 2018/19, which he describes as cyclical rather than structural. Camerawork and editing: Darlene Creamer 30.9.2019

Transnet aims to secure settlements on ‘unlawful’ loco contracts by end of financial year  

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2019 State-owned logistics company Transnet reported on Monday that settlement talks were under way with all four original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) supplying it with 1 064 new diesel and electric locomotives under contracts that had since been deemed “irregular and unlawful” by the group. Under... 

Transnet aims to secure settlements on ‘unlawful’ loco contracts by end of financial year
Transnet acting CEO Mohammed Mahomedy on the group's settlement talks with four original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) supplying it with 1 064 new diesel and electric locomotives under contracts that have been deemed “irregular and unlawful” by the group. Camerawork and editing: Darlene Creamer 30.9.2019

Transnet reports dramatic rise in irregular expenditure to R49bn  

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2019 State-owned freight logistics utility Transnet received yet another qualified audit for its 2018/19 financial year and also announced a dramatic rise in irregular expenditure to R49-billion, after locomotive contracts valued at R41.5-billion where added to the figure, which stood at R8-billion at... 

Transnet reports dramatic rise in irregular expenditure to R49bn
Transnet acting CEO Mohammed Mahomedy outlines the reason for the group receiving yet another qualified audit during the 2018/19 financial year, as well as the dramatic rise in irregular expenditure to R49-billion. Camerawork and editing: Darlene Creamer 30.9.2019

On-The-Air (27/09/2019) 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th September 2019 Using clean hydrogen fuel rather than diesel fuel is on the cards for 20 Gauteng buses; and Minerals Council South Africa is giving its full backing to the uptake of the hydrogen economy. 

On-The-Air (27/09/2019)
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24th Nedlac Summit 

27th September 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the twenty-fourth Nedlac Summit, Nedlac’s role in the economy and whether or not a social compact is needed for reigniting economic growth. 

24th Nedlac Summit
24th Nedlac Summit

Labour throws weight behind prescribed-assets proposal   

By: Terence Creamer     26th September 2019 Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (Cosatu) general-secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali has come out in support of government's prescribed-assets proposal, arguing that trustees of worker pension funds are currently being stymied from investing in assets that would be in the long-term interests of... 

Labour throws weight behind prescribed-assets proposal
Watch Congress of South Africa Trade Unions general-secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali explain labour's support of government's prescribed-assets proposal. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matlala; Editing: Nicholas Boyd. 26.9.2019

‘More inclusive’ Nedlac needed for crafting of growth-igniting compact  

By: Terence Creamer     26th September 2019 Business and government acknowledged on Thursday that the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) needs to be more inclusive and representative if it were to have any chance of crafting a social compact that lifts the South African economy out of its current low-growth and... 

‘More inclusive’ Nedlac needed for crafting of growth-igniting compact
Watch Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi and Business Unity South Africa president Sipho Pityana calling for Nedlac to be more inclusive and representative. Camerawork and video editing: Darlene Creamer 26.9.2019

Toyota unveils all-new connected car offering as standard 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th September 2019 Toyota South Africa Motors, in collaboration with partners Altron and Vodacom Business, has deployed connectivity features and in-car Wi-Fi on all new Toyota and Lexus models from September. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Toyota unveils all-new connected car offering as standard
Toyota unveils all-new connected car offering as standard

On-The-Air (20/09/2019) 

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2019 The Minerals Council this week urged South Africa to move forcefully into the hydrogen economy to boost our struggling economy; Yet another South African mining company announced this week that it is taking steps to generate its own electricity; and Black-controlled Exxaro this week took full... 

On-The-Air (20/09/2019)
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Govt to review coal, IPP contracts 

19th September 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe’s announcement that government plans to review Eskom’s coal contracts, as well as the contracts entered into with independent power producers in the... 

Govt to review coal, IPP contracts
Govt to review coal, IPP contracts

Luxury residential high-rise being developed 

19th September 2019 Residential property developer Tricolt and JSE-listed real estate investment trust Attacq have started building the Ellipse luxury residential high-rise, which will comprise four buildings in the Waterfall City precinct, in Midrand. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Luxury residential high-rise being developed
Luxury residential high-rise being developed

Pan African studying solar power project  

By: Martin Creamer     18th September 2019 Gold mining company Pan African is completing a feasibility study into the construction of a 10 MVA solar power plant at its Elikhulu Tailings Retreatment Plant, in Evander, Mpumalanga. The R1.74-billion project uses a conventional carbon-in-leach circuit with a proprietary preoxidation process... 

Pan African studying solar power project
Pan African CEO Cobus Loots talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.
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