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South African Astronomical Observatory has added important capabilities this year
7th October 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), a ‘business unit’ of the National Research Foundation, is focused on optical astronomy and formally came into being in 1972, although it can... 


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South African Astronomical Observatory has added important capabilities this year
7th October 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), a ‘business unit’ of the National Research Foundation, is focused on optical astronomy and formally came into being in 1972, although it can... 


Prototype waste-to-fuel pilot plant designed
30th September 2022 By: Halima Frost

In its drive to become a leading global supplier of green value from waste solutions, local waste solutions provider Explorius has designed its first coal fines and waste-to-fuel pilot plant for... 


Eskom plans to power SA households with micro-grids made of upcycled shipping containers
29th September 2022 By: News24Wire

With nearly a third of the country not yet electrified, Eskom believes its containerised micro-grids - made of repurposed shipping containers - are an innovative way to solve for energy access,... 


Konecranes Static Weighing System raises port productivity and efficiency
27th September 2022

Recent amendments to Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulations and the need to mitigate any potential risk has seen the maritime industry becoming increasingly stringent, with operators now... 


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Mobile green hydrogen platform launched by Rheinmetall
27th September 2022 By: Donna Slater

Integrated technology company Rheinmetall launched its newly designed and pilot-phase mobile green hydrogen production and storage platform at the Africa Aerospace and Defence Expo on September... 


Food market
Only higher supply can help lower food prices in the short term, says Futuregrowth
21st September 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

As the war in Ukraine rages and global inflationary pressure mounts, South Africa is unlikely to see reductions in key input costs – fuel and fertiliser – and, therefore, food prices will remain... 


EnergyDrive experiential education unit to teach children about new energy technologies
19th September 2022 By: Schalk Burger

The EnergyDrive experiential education mobile unit, which will visit more than 3 000 school learners in Mpumalanga during this week, features a solar roof structure, biogas digester, a photovoltaic... 


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TNPA Western Region ports expansion project, South Africa
16th September 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

The seven-year, R16.1-billion capital investment programme will focus on the ports of Mossel Bay, Saldanha and Cape Town. 


DCT delays implementation of change to free import storage rule by one month
12th September 2022 By: Darren Parker

State-owned Transnet Port Terminals’ (TPT’s) Durban Container Terminal (DCT) has extended the date of implementing the changed free import storage rule by one month following what it has called... 


DACHSER South Africa MD Detlev Duve
DACHSER SA facilitating logistics for complex mining requirements
9th September 2022 By: Simone Liedtke

Considering that the needs of mining companies are complex and unique, with operations often needing transportation to remote locations as well as the effective management of multi-modal projects,... 


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Shutdown of oil refineries requires more oil imports
9th September 2022 By: Leah Shelene Asaram

Local manufacturers and independent blenders of petroluem byproducts have to increase import expenses, owing to the shutdown of oil refineries, says lubricants manufacturer Oilflow director Enoch... 


Mobile firefighting technology for high hazard applications
9th September 2022

Fighting high hazard and storage tank fires is one of the most challenging scenarios firefighters and crisis management teams must plan for and manage, says fire protection foam dosing technology... 


Port of Durban
TNPA secures board approval for big expansions at Durban, Richards Bay ports
6th September 2022 By: Terence Creamer

The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) board has approved plans that open the way for various expansions at the Durban and Richards Bay ports, including a new berth for handling liquified... 


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ESAB moving into new 5 000 m2 facility owing to significant growth
6th September 2022 By: Simone Liedtke

Welding company ESAB will be moving into its new state-of-the-art 5 000 m2 facility in November - a move that’s largely motivated by the company experiencing “significant growth” over the last four... 


Rail line
TFR confirms applications for slot sales on two corridors
2nd September 2022 By: Terence Creamer

State-owned railways utility Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has confirmed that applications were received by the August 31 deadline for the slots being made available for sale to third-party operators... 


CONSIDERED CAPACITY
Before developing manufacturing capacity locally, Zest WEG endeavours to understand the end-users’ needs first
Motor manufacturer helping to reduce load on grid
2nd September 2022 By: Tracy Hancock

In focusing on energy efficiency, Zest WEG, a subsidiary of Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, is helping the South African mining industry reduce its load on the country’s fragile... 


CRANE TEST
A 5-t double-girder overhead crane being tested
BB Cranes’ orders grow after skills transfer from Condra Cranes
2nd September 2022 By: Schalk Burger

Cape Town-based crane manufacturer BB Cranes has received several new orders, including an order for two Class 4 cranes, which will be the first of this class built by BB Cranes in Cape Town. This... 


Sumitomo Rubber SA launches accredited training to drive success of township entrepreneurs
1st September 2022

Following the success of the Dunlop Container project, established in 2012 to drive sustainable township entrepreneurship and promote safety on the road, Sumitomo Rubber SA (SRSA), manufacturer of... 


South Africans look abroad as supply chain challenges increase
30th August 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Local container shipments for export declined by 17.5% year-on-year during the second quarter of the year as port activity was impacted by international supply chain disruptions, load-shedding and... 


Grindrod achieves strong interim performance
26th August 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

JSE-listed Grindrod achieved a strong performance for the six months ended June 30, delivering good earnings growth in its core businesses.  This was underpinned by strong mineral commodity markets... 


TIPPER TRUCK The tipper fleet consists of side tipper links with the state-of-the-art lightweight design that are capable of super payloads up to 40 t
Local truck company tipping the scales in favour of progress
26th August 2022 By: Mariaan Webb

Adaptability, intuition, and foresight are the key survival tools needed as business look to weather the myriad of storms currently facing South African companies. Years of neglect of South African... 


Freight costs, not oil, to blame for global price acceleration – economist
26th August 2022 By: Irma Venter

Ever since global inflation started heading north at an alarming rate, much of the conventional wisdom on the causes of this trend has pointed to energy prices, especially gas, oil and petroleum,... 


Volkswagen creates used-battery megapower bank for EV charging
26th August 2022 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen has commissioned a pilot fast-charging park at its Zwickau vehicle plant, in Germany, supplied with energy largely from a so-called power storage container (PSC).  The PSC is an enormous... 


Supplier leveraging industry experience to carve out market segment
Supplier leveraging industry experience to carve out market segment
19th August 2022 By: Simone Liedtke

Industrial equipment supplier Caslad is leveraging its industry experience and contacts to solidify themselves as a large player within the light industrial and materials handling market segment.... 


New world record set by steel company
19th August 2022

In pursuit of reinvention with its pioneering technology, steel and value-added steel products merchandiser and distributor Macsteel, a member of the South African Institute of Steel Construction... 


A large shipping vessel with gantry cranes and materials handling equipment is the first vessel to dock at the new Lekki port in Nigeria
Major milestone achieved
19th August 2022

In what has been described as a major milestone and a significant boost ahead of the start of port operations, Lekki deep sea port, on July 1, 2022, took delivery of three Super Post Panamax ship... 


Grindrod to post 188% earnings growth for H1
18th August 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Further to a trading statement published on June 28, JSE-listed freight and logistics group Grindrod in an on August 18 release says it now expects, with greater certainty, to report earnings of... 


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Growthpoint invests R50m in solar-charged battery system for the Paarl Mall
16th August 2022 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed real estate investment trust Growthpoint Properties is piloting a 4.5 MW battery system at Paarl Mall, in the Western Cape, for continuous, cost-efficient power supply, which will be... 


The Ngqura Container Terminal
Transnet shortlists bidders for Durban and Ngqura container terminals
15th August 2022 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has shortlisted ten respondents for private sector participation in the Durban Container Terminal Pier 2 (DCT2), in KwaZulu-Natal, and a... 


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Wear plates meet challenges of acid environments
13th August 2022

The use of steel in recycling industries faces a particular set of challenges because of the highly acidic environment in which it is used.  Municipal solid waste, or garbage, creates a low pH... 


Once upon a time
12th August 2022 By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy

Many years ago when I was a young engineer, I had finished my national service, got married and started work. The work that I found was to be employed by GEC Engineering Services. It was an... 


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Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II – update
12th August 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

The three-year construction of the Senqu bridge is set to start soon. 


Mpact CEO Bruce Strong
Home deliveries driving higher demand for paper bags
10th August 2022 By: Darren Parker

An increase in consumers ordering products for delivery to their homes instead of shopping at retail stores in the first half of this year has led to a “rapid” increase in demand for bag paper –... 


Aria proposes interventions to arrest Transnet’s rail network decline
10th August 2022 By: Donna Slater

Rail industry body the African Rail Industry Association (Aria) suggests several interventions to help State-owned Transnet address its prevailing inefficiencies, including re-introducing systems... 


Mpact’s interim earnings, revenue increase despite many headwinds
8th August 2022 By: Darren Parker

JSE-listed paper and plastic packaging manufacturer Mpact has reported an improved trading performance for the six months ended June 30, with group revenue for the period having increased by 5.2%... 


Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana
Bidding to be launched this month for private participation at Durban and Ngqura container terminals – Godongwana
5th August 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Request for proposal (RFP) documentation for private sector participation in the container terminals at the ports of Durban and Ngqura will be issued this month with the goal of having partnerships... 


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Freight costs to blame for spike in global inflation, not oil – Botha
5th August 2022 By: Irma Venter

Ever since global inflation started heading north at an alarming rate, much of the conventional wisdom on the causes of this trend has pointed to energy prices, especially gas, oil and petroleum,... 


SUPPLY STRATEGY
AFS offers better lead times compared with those associated with imported products, by carrying more stock of components that generally have a lengthy lead time
Commodities surge boosts demand
5th August 2022 By: Tracy Hancock

The global increase in commodity prices is motivating local mines to spend capital on new and existing projects, while the long delivery times of imported products have shifted their focus to South... 


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Ford Motor Company investment project, South Africa – update
5th August 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Mass production of the Ford Ranger pickup for the local and export markets is scheduled to start in October 2022. 


TNPA appoints Sphiwe Mthembu as East London port manager
3rd August 2022 By: Schalk Burger

State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has appointed Sphiwe Mthembu as East London port manager, with effect from August 1. He will be responsible for leading the port, which is South... 


Transnet CEO Portia Derby
Transnet to issue big locomotive tender in August as it clears legal hurdles
27th July 2022 By: Terence Creamer

State-owned freight logistics group Transnet intends launching its much-anticipated tender for new locomotives in August having recorded a 5.6% drop in rail volumes last year as a result of a... 


Top safety tips for operating your Generator
27th July 2022

Keep the lights on and your family warm with these safety tips for operating your generator  The latest round of daily load-shedding this winter, ranging from Stage 2 to Stage 6, has left many... 


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