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FAW SA aims to produce 1 200 trucks at its Coega plant this year 

By: Irma Venter     Updated 4 hours ago FAW Vehicle Manufacturers South Africa (FAW SA) aims to assemble 1 200 trucks at its Coega plant, in the Eastern Cape, this year, slightly up from the 1 153 units produced last year. FAW SA sales and marketing GM Cheng Zhang says the local arm of the Chinese truck giant sold 986 units in the... 

Xolobeni community asks Ramaphosa to stop Mantashe's upcoming visit

By: African News Agency      23rd April 2019 The Amadiba Crisis Committee on Monday asked President Cyril Ramaphosa and "democratic institutions" to stop Mines Minister Gwede Mantashe from visiting Xolobeni, where there is a raging dispute over keeping the area pristine versus allowing mining activities to go ahead. Mantashe's last visit to... 

Versatility key to Vanguard embracing Industry 4.0

By: Thabi Madiba     19th April 2019 The heavy lifting and abnormal loads sector has embraced Industry 4.0 and incorporated many new technologies, such as three-dimensional (3D) modelling of heavy lift solutions and real-time data monitoring, says heavy rigging and lifting company Vanguard lead sales and project manager Dale Huddy.... 

Saice requests Ramaphosa’s urgent intervention to address construction site attacks

By: Nadine James     17th April 2019 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) has joined other industry bodies in strongly condemning the recent spate of alleged “mafia-style” coordinated gang activity on project sites across the country. In a statement issued on Wednesday, Saice referred to pleas from the South... 

Chryso To The Rescue As Quality Sand Becomes Scarce

9th April 2019 It is no secret that the quality of sand significantly affects the performance of concrete and the increased scarcity of clean washed filler sand from traditional sources, such as river beds, is a growing concern to South African concrete manufacturers. The shortage of good quality sand has been... 

SME building and construction industry in the doldrums, says CIDB survey

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2019 The 2019 first quarter Construction Industry Development Board small and medium-sized enterprise Business Conditions Survey, released on Tuesday, suggests that the South African building and construction industry remains under pressure. General building confidence declined by one index point to 33. 

Construction industry in rapid decline as work wanes, ‘mafia’ takes over, warns Safcec  

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2019 The South African construction industry is in a state of accelerated decline, says South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) CEO Webster Mfebe. This is caused mainly by a lack of new contracts flowing from government’s purse, as well as increased violence and thuggery on local... 

Kudos for Kenyan science teacher

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     5th April 2019 I have in the past used this column to lay into a top KwaZulu-Natal Education Department official for ranting about the rather lacklustre performance of the province’s matriculants, despite the massive funding that schools receive. My contention is you do not cure the ills of the basic education... 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – fourth window, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     5th April 2019 An update on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – fourth window. 

ANC expected to clinch national elections, albeit weakened

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th April 2019 Independent elections analyst and management consultant Dawie Scholtz expects the African National Congress will again win the May 8 national election and secure an estimated 56% of votes. Scholtz, who was speaking at a panel discussion hosted by Herbert Smith Freehills, in Sandton, on Wednesday,... 

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