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Icasa, SABS outline process for issuing of EMI/EMC certificates of compliance

By: Anine Kilian     20th June 2016 Manufacturers and importers of electronic equipment can expect a “transparent, predictable and efficient process” when applying for Electromagnetic Interference/ Compatibility (EMI/EMC) Certificates of Compliance (CoCs), South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) CEO Dr Boni Mehlomakulu said on... 

Zulu wants small business development integrated into nine-point plan

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th June 2016 While the South African Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) is one of the lead departments for one of the priority interventions of government’s Nine-Point Plan to boost economic growth and create much-needed jobs – unlocking the potential of small, medium-sized and microenterprises... 

Zulu wants small business development integrated into nine-point plan
Photo by Duane Daws
LINDIWE ZULU The Department of Small Business Development has set a target of increasing the . . . jobs created by the small business sector from 7.1-million to 9.2-million by 2019

Protesting firefighters showed courage against exploitation – Numsa

By: News24Wire      16th June 2016 South African firefighters who went on strike in Canada were 'ruthlessly' exploited, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Thursday. "[Numsa] warmly congratulates the 301 fire-fighters who protested at the way they were being ruthlessly exploited while they were courageously... 

Protesting firefighters showed courage against exploitation – Numsa
Photo by Air Canada
Work on fire firefighters arrive in Canada

SAA scraps idea that it gave Mango cheap plane leases 

By: News24Wire      16th June 2016 Four days after South African Airways (SAA) said it sub-leased aircraft to its low-cost subsidiary Mango Airlines at a discounted cost, inadvertently raising concerns of collusion, the embattled airline did an about-turn and denied that it had done so. The change in tune came hours after... 

WC Department of Health office wins green building accolades

By: Anine Kilian     14th June 2016 The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works has been recognised by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) for its work on a R128-million regional office building currently under construction for the Department of Health in Bellville, Western Cape. The building, located... 

WC Department of Health office wins green building accolades
Department of Health office building, Bellville

Eskom outlines its position on coal contract to Gupta-linked firm 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th June 2016 In a seeming effort to preempt a City Press report raising questions about the award, by State-owned electricity utility Eskom, of a multimullion-rand coal contract to the Gupta-family-linked Tegeta Exploration and Resources, in which President Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane, is a shareholder, Eskom... 

Eskom outlines its position on coal contract to Gupta-linked firm
Photo by Duane Daws
Eskom Chairperson Dr Ben Ngubane

Enel’s South Africa unit connects another 66 MW solar plant to grid

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2016 The renewable-energy unit of Italian energy group Enel reports that its 66 MW Tom Burke photovoltaic (PV) plant in South Africa’s Limpopo province has been connected to the grid, raising its installed capacity in the country to nearly 160 MW. Country manager in South Africa Lamberto Dai Pra’ adds... 

Enel’s South Africa unit connects another 66 MW solar plant to grid

Eskom a threat to SA’s economy, warns Outa 

By: News24Wire      3rd June 2016 Eskom must be taken to task for its unacceptable conduct which is crippling South Africa’s ability to be a competitive and thriving economy, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse's (Outa's) energy specialist consultant Ted Blom charged on Friday. The civil action organisation said the public’s trust... 

Eskom a threat to SA’s economy, warns Outa

Small enterprises urged to contribute to defence sector charter

By: Keith Campbell     3rd June 2016 Small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) have been urged to provide inputs for the development of the Defence Industry Sectoral Charter, which will seek, among other things, to advance black economic empowerment in the local defence industry. The call was made by Department of Defence (DoD)... 

Armscor committed to assisting local SMMEs

By: Keith Campbell     3rd June 2016 South African defence acquisition and disposal, research and development (R&D) agency Armscor Chairperson, retired Vice Admiral Refiloe Mudimu, has pledged the organisation's support for local small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs), especially black-owned ones, seeking to enter the defence... 

Transnet invites private sector bids to build and operate new Gauteng inland port

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2016 Stated-owned freight logistics utility Transnet has issued a request for proposals (RFP) inviting private logistics companies to design, build, operate, maintain and eventually hand over an inland container terminal, earmarked for Tambo-Springs, in eastern Gauteng. The 20-year concession would be... 

Transnet invites private sector bids to build and operate new Gauteng inland port
Photo by Duane Daws
The City Deep inland port

French nuclear envoy expects ‘spring’ release of South Africa’s much-debated RFP

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2016 The French remain optimistic that South Africa’s nuclear request for proposals (RFP), which was initially expected for release before the end of March, will be issued before the end of the year, probably during South Africa’s “spring”, or France’s “fall”. Special envoy of the French President for... 

French nuclear envoy expects ‘spring’ release of South Africa’s much-debated RFP
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Special nuclear envoy of the French President Dr Pascal Colombani

Land Bank to be placed under the department of agriculture

By: African News Agency      31st May 2016 The African National Congress (ANC) has resolved to move the Land Bank to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries after it was placed under the Treasury, the party said on Tuesday. “It is moving to agriculture, where it belongs. The bank was transferred to national Treasury to stabilise... 

R47m spent to service empty government buildings, MPs told

By: News24Wire      31st May 2016 Over R47-million a year is spent on rates and taxes for unused government buildings around the country, the public works department has said. An additional R12-million a year is spent keeping the lights on and water running. 

‘Steel committee’ to be set up to monitor AMSA’s ‘fair pricing’ pledge 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2016 Government would, within weeks, finalise a “fair pricing” agreement with steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and establish a “steel committee” to monitor implementation of the formula, which would be based on a basket of selling prices in Europe, Asia and North America. Department of... 

‘Steel committee’ to be set up to monitor AMSA’s ‘fair pricing’ pledge
Garth Strachan, Dean Macpherson and Dean Subramanian debate the fair-pricing steel 'deal'. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 26.5.2015

Eskom, CSIR sign strategic partnership agreement

24th May 2016 Power utility Eskom and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have signed a partnership agreement aimed at synergising the research capabilities of the two State-owned organisations in support of Eskom’s strategic and operational needs.   The five-year agreement was aimed at... 

Transnet appoints chief information officer

24th May 2016 Transnet has appointed Makano Mosidi chief information officer (CIO), effective June 1. Mosidi will report to group CE Siyabonga Gama in line with the group’s objective of ensuring that digitalisation is central to driving innovation efficiency and cost effectiveness across all operations. She is... 

DTI moving to iron out local-content frustrations around Transnet contracts

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has confirmed that it is “concerned” about whether all four of the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that have been awarded parts of a R50-billion contract to supply 1 064 electricity and diesel locomotives to Transnet will meet the minimum... 

DTI moving to iron out local-content frustrations around Transnet contracts

Transnet appoints group executive for R&D

20th May 2016 State-owned Transnet has appointed Khomotso Phihlela group executive for research and development to spearhead and monetise the company’s intellectual property drive. The group has identified innovation as one of the key drivers of revenue and profitability, operational efficiency and a way of... 

Transnet Engineering targets big rise in third-party orders as OEM strategy evolves

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2016 The engineering unit of State-owned Transnet has set a target of securing 40% of its revenue from third-party orders by 2021, which would represent a material increase from current levels of around 12%. The bulk of Transnet Engineering’s R10-billion in yearly revenues is currently derived from... 

Transnet Engineering targets big rise in third-party orders as OEM strategy evolves
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet chief advanced manufacturing officer Thamsanqa Jiyane

Minister outlines 2016/17 gas IPP, FSRU procurement plans 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2016 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson indicates that the procurement processes for the gas-to-power (GTP) programme and associated gas infrastructure will begin taking shape during the course of the 2016/17 financial year, with a request for proposals scheduled for the fourth quarter.... 

Minister outlines 2016/17 gas IPP, FSRU procurement plans

Nair confirmed as TFR chief as Transnet unveils new team

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th May 2016 Freight logistics group Transnet on Wednesday unveiled its new leadership team and structure, which the State-owned company said was in line with revisions to its operating model and its aspiration to capture new market opportunities. Group CEO Siyabonga Gama, who was recently confirmed as the... 

Nair confirmed as TFR chief as Transnet unveils new team
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Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

Eskom taken to task for its pricing structure 

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2016 Independent energy adviser Ted Blom has lambasted Eskom for its pricing structure, saying it does not work to have cost-reflective prices in a monopoly. He told delegates at the African Utility Week that using the pricing system to justify very sharp price increases was hurting the South African... 

Eskom taken to task for its pricing structure

Outa slams 'dodgy' Sanral summonses 

By: News24Wire      17th May 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has slammed the South African National Roads Agency's (Sanral's) legal strategy to issue summonses to motorists who have failed to pay their e-tolls. The civil action organisation, known for its opposition to e-tolls, said Sanral employed attorneys with... 

Outa slams 'dodgy' Sanral summonses

Molefe’s negative renewables comments attract yet more criticism 

By: Terence Creamer     16th May 2016 Eskom CEO Brian Molefe’s negative comments regarding the performance of renewable energy in South Africa continued to attract criticism on Monday, with a solar photovoltaic (PV) industry body describing Molefe’s views as “ill-informed at best, and misleading at worst”. During a recent update on... 

Molefe’s negative renewables comments attract yet more criticism
Photo by Duane Daws
Eskom CEO Brian Molefe

Saudi group keen to expand South African solar footprint well beyond Bokpoort  

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2016 Located on a dead flat piece of land about an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Upington and close to the Orange river, the curved solar collector mirrors, gleaming pipes and large molten-salt tanks of the 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) plant stand in stark industrial contrast to the... 

Saudi group keen to expand South African solar footprint well beyond Bokpoort
Photo by Duane Daws
The 50 MW Bokpoort CSP plant

Locally manufactured high-pressure globe valve for power industry

By: Schalk Burger     13th May 2016 Locally manufactured high-pressure globe valves for use in the power generation industry were launched last month and would be piloted by three State-owned power utility Eskom plants over an extended period in preparation for local procurement fulfilment, said advanced industrial valve... 

Locally manufactured high-pressure globe valve for power industry
Photo by Duane Daws
ALLI ALBERTS The percentage of local materials and components used in the valves can be increased above 70% if local sources are developed

Eskom has control back – Molefe 

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th May 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom has regained control of its national electricity system after experiencing a prolonged surge in unplanned maintenance and breakdowns amid challenges to meeting demand. Unpacking the parastatal’s quarterly State of the System briefing, CEO Brian Molefe on Thursday... 

Eskom has control back – Molefe
Photo by Duane Daws
Eskom CEO Brian Molefe

South Africa moves to procure 600 MW gas-fired power project 

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) has confirmed plans to procure a new 600 MW gas-fired power generation project, to developed as a public-private partnership. It is envisaged that the private ‘strategic partner’ will work with the State-owned companies (SoCs) to implement the project, with private... 

South Africa moves to procure 600 MW gas-fired power project
LNG tanker

DoE tests market appetite for three new public-private solar parks

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) indicated on Wednesday that it would canvass the appetite of independent power producers (IPPs) to develop, finance, construct and operate three new Northern Cape solar parks, of between 400 MW and 700 MW in size, in partnership with State-owned companies (SoCs). In... 

DoE tests market appetite for three new public-private solar parks

ACSA well on its way to reducing its carbon footprint

By: News24Wire      11th May 2016 Testing vehicle smoke emissions as well as monitoring air quality regularly are just some of the things Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) are incorporating at Cape Town International airport to help curb its carbon footprint. Acsa met with the portfolio committee on environmental affairs and... 

ACSA well on its way to reducing its carbon footprint

GIBS sets up ethics and governance think tank

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th May 2016 An ethics and governance think tank has been established by University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), with a view to facilitating a national conversation about business ethics in South Africa. The think tank was formally launched on May 10 at the business school’s... 

GIBS sets up ethics and governance think tank

Eskom avoids downgrade following Moody’s review

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th May 2016 State-owned electricity producer Eskom announced on Tuesday that Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s) had affirmed the utility’s credit rating of Ba1, with a negative outlook, following an earlier affirmation of South Africa’s sovereign rating by the same agency. In March 2016, Moody’s placed... 

Eskom avoids downgrade following Moody’s review

Cwele: SOE cost-cutting plan under way

By: News24Wire      10th May 2016 The department of telecommunications and postal services has started to accelerate the rationalisation of state-owned entities (SOEs) to save money. Minster Siyabonga Cwele on Tuesday said that the programme to rationalise SOEs was under way to limit the duplication of work among various... 

Cwele: SOE cost-cutting plan under way
Photo by Reuters
Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele

Davies weighs in on rail localisation

By: Terence Creamer     9th May 2016 Government was aware of the complaints surrounding the lack of progress in ensuring that localisation in Transnet’s locomotive procurement programme, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Monday. However, he gave an assurance that there was a plan, as part of the latest Industrial... 

Davies weighs in on rail localisation
Photo by Duane Daws
Rob Davies, Ebrahim Patel and Sibusiso Maphatiane on the factory floor at Guestro Casting & Machining

Fabrication of ‘bullets’ for R1.2bn Saldanha LPG facility completed

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th May 2016 The fabrication of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessels, or ‘bullets’, for an open access LPG terminal being developed at Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, has been completed. Sunrise Energy reported on Monday that the bullets would be moved to the terminal site over the coming five weeks,... 

Fabrication of ‘bullets’ for R1.2bn Saldanha LPG facility completed
Aerial photo of the Sunrise Energy terminal site

Poor turn out at march to save ailing SA Post Office

By: African News Agency      6th May 2016 A small group of about 50 striking South African Post Office (Sapo) workers belonging to the Communication Workers Union (CWU) gathered at the Mary Fitzgerald Square on Friday before marching to Luthuli House, the headquarter of the ruling African National Congress (ANC). The Sapo workers, who... 

Poor turn out at march to save ailing SA Post Office
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