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New Port of Ngqura liquid bulk facility to serve South African and African markets

By: Schalk BurgerA new liquid bulk handling facility at the deep-water Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape, will be built to assist with the predicted future growth of petroleum product consumption in Africa. The terminal – for which civil construction is scheduled to start in July – will serve as a strategic... 

New Port of Ngqura liquid bulk facility to serve South African and African markets

Editorial Insight

Out of step

By: Terence CreamerA new report on global energy investment in 2018 points to an ongoing misalignment between approved expenditure on new fuel and power projects and meeting the twin goals security of supply and decarbonisation. The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) ‘World Energy Investment 2019’ report,... 

Out of step

News & Insight

Altron targets growth after concluding two-year turnaround phase

By: Natasha OdendaalAfter a tough two years, JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) has marked the conclusion of its turnaround phase, with growth on the cards as it tracks a year ahead of its five-year strategy plan. During the year-end presentation of its 2019 financial results, the group announced it was in sight... 

Cloud adoption prompting new ways of using tech

By: Schalk BurgerWhile the migration of workloads into public cloud systems requires different strategic approaches to information technology (IT) resources, transitioning to the cloud prompts companies to become more agile and more secure by exposing them to security and IT consumption best practices, says... 

Cloud adoption prompting new ways of using tech

Denel announces last phase of offset programme for Malaysia

By: Rebecca CampbellSouth Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel has announced that it has launched its tenth and last offset project for Malaysia, being provided in return for the South East Asian country’s order for armoured vehicle gun turrets and integrated weapons systems for armoured fighting... 

Huawei’s market share surges despite smartphone shipment slump

By: Natasha OdendaalDespite a “deeper” decline – for the sixth consecutive quarter – of smartphone shipment volumes during the first quarter of 2019, Chinese brand Huawei has accelerated its sales, surpassing Apple as the number two in terms of market share worldwide. Market intelligence and advisory services firm... 

Kenya outlines plan to revive century-old railway network

By: John MuchiraKenya intends to revive its century-old metre-gauge railway (MGR) line after failing to secure funding to extend the standard-gauge railway (SGR) network to the border town of Malaba. The East African nation has announced plans to undertake a $210-million project to rehabilitate and upgrade the... 

South Africans play major roles in international astronomy project

By: Rebecca CampbellThe South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (Sarao) has reported that the international consortium of computing specialists, which included South Africans, which had been developing the Science Data Processor (SDP) for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project, had completed its... 

Vodacom to buy IoT.nxt to accelerate IoT strategy

By: Natasha OdendaalJSE-listed Vodacom is planning to acquire a majority stake in end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provider IoT.nxt for an undisclosed amount to provide traction for its own IoT strategy and transform its dedicated IoT business unit. The acquisition will enable Vodacom to operate across... 

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RICH PICKINGS

By: Creamer Media Reporter Visitors walk through the exhibition area at Grain SA's NAMPO Harvest Day in Bothaville, South Africa, earlier this month. The show is one of the southern hemisphere’s largest agricultural exhibitions and the 2019 edition once again underlined the scale and sophistication of South Africa’s... 

RICH PICKINGS

Columns

Buttress SA Employment

By: Riaan de LangeI must admit: I too had to reread the headline. If, like me, you need reminding, a buttress is an architectural exterior support or structure of masonry that is built against, or serves to support or reinforce, a wall. In essence, it serves to support a wall when it shows signs of cracking or... 

Dear Mr President

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyHappily, if I google 'Ramaphosa', I get 12.7-billion hits. If I google 'Mackenzie-Hoy, it is 8.1-million, and if I google 'Alan Mulally, I get 462 000 hits. So, I am more famous than Mulally and about 8% as famous as our President. I doubt if the President or anybody in his party has the vaguest... 

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