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World airline body calls for international alignment on restoring airworthiness of 737 MAX

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th June 2019 National aviation safety regulators should continue to align their technical validation timelines and requirements for the safe restoration to service of the Boeing 737 MAX airliner, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) has urged. The association also urged that there be alignment... 

Basil Read’s business rescue on track

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th June 2019 JSE-listed construction company Basil Read on Friday announced that the implementation of its business rescue plan was progressing well. From February to May, the company continued to complete three contracts, while five contracts were in the process of being descoped or ceded to other... 

Metal fabrication support programme in next 100 days – Patel  

By: Martin Creamer     27th June 2019 Within the next 100 days, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition intends launching a support programme for new plant and equipment in metal fabrication. “We’ll meet investors and stakeholders on the long-term development of foundries and steel mini-mills, including measures to enable... 

People are dying from pollution in South Africa 

By: Bloomberg     27th June 2019 In Pullens Hope, your eyes itch and your nose clogs. It’s easy to figure out why. On the right side of the main street of the dilapidated village east of Johannesburg is a fenced-off electricity substation with a red sign warning of pollutants. On the left, a power plant belches emissions from... 

Atlas Copco South Africa moving with the 4IR times

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th June 2019 Amid a global rise in smart factories that form part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, industrial equipment supplier Atlas Copco South Africa is taking its vision of a smart factory to a higher level. The company calls its concept the “Smart Connected Assembly – Powered by Data” and says it... 

CPD-accredited industrial automation courses on offer from EM

26th June 2019 Panel builders, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), and end users have access to industrial automation training offered by ElectroMechanica (EM) at its Ormonde, Cape Town, and Durban branches. A major benefit is that the training is accredited in terms of Continuous Professional Development... 

Former EBH Namibia Namdock kicks off new era with superb rig repair success

26th June 2019 The years 2018 and 2019 have been strategically momentous ones for EBH Namibia. From the previous position of having South African shareholding, the company has moved to become a wholly Namibian-owned company, with 100% of the shareholding jointly held by the EBH Consortium and the Namibian Ports... 

Factory of the Year embraces local design and 3D technology for printing of first Factory of the Year awards trophies

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th June 2019 A.T. Kearney has commissioned locally-designed and 3D-printed trophies for its inaugural Factory of the Year (FotY) award in South Africa. According to Igor Hulak, Partner at A.T. Kearney, embracing technology is central to the philosophy underpinning the awards. “3D printing is one of the key... 

‘Platinum Valley’ SEZ in three months – Patel 

By: Martin Creamer     26th June 2019 The legal entity for the Bojanala Platinum Valley Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in North West, which already has an investment pipeline in place, will be set up in the next three months, Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel promised on Tuesday evening. Fuel cell development is listed as the... 

Defining the heavy-haul railway of the future

26th June 2019 Heavy-haul railways are under constant pressure to optimise operational efficiency, a factor that has led the sector to spearhead many new technologies. Michael Roney, special advisor to the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA), explains in this article, originally published in the... 

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