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AIIM successfully raises R5bn for infrastructure in SADC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th October 2021 Private equity fund manager African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) has successfully completed a capital increase of R5.5-billion for its flagship Southern African Development Community (SADC) infrastructure fund called the Ideas Managed Fund. The fundraise exceeds an initial... 

Jaguar Land Rover trials world-first digital supply chain for leather using blockchain technology

By: Irma Venter     15th October 2021 Jaguar Land Rover has trialled the use of secure blockchain technology “to ensure full transparency within a sustainable leather supply chain”. In the world-first, the British automaker partnered with supply chain traceability provider Circulor, UK leather manufacturer Bridge of Weir Leather... 

Sanbrado production keeps rising

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th October 2021 Gold miner West African Resources has reported a 29% increase in gold production for the three months to September, as ramp-up continued at its Sanbrado operation, in Burkina Faso. “The Sanbrado mine completed another record quarter with increased ounces and reduced costs, producing 82 000 oz of... 

Smart pumping solves infrastructure problems

By: Darren Parker     15th October 2021 Outdated water management infrastructure is threatening to “spiral out of control” as the global population grows, says digitalisation and automation technology company Schneider Electric South Africa product manager Jaque Mare, who claims that smart pumping technology is the solution. According... 

Dry running conveyors help food and beverage sector

15th October 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s light materials handling division supplies and supports a range of dry running conveyor components for the food and beverage sector, offering high productivity, low energy and reduced water consumption, as well as a safe and hygienic work environment.  

Customised bottling service introduced

15th October 2021 Container supplier Conceptainer’s range of specialist packaging services now includes contract bottling of almost any liquid product. 

New-vehicle sales momentum continues, despite shortage of some models

By: Irma Venter     15th October 2021 The South African new-vehicle market continued to recover some momentum in September, following the disruptions experienced in the economy during July, says WesBank. “Building on August sales successes, September sales . . . provided some reassurance for a stronger final quarter.” 

Free thermal heat from natural gas baseload power generation solution

15th October 2021 The gas burners used for heating water for students living at the University of Witwatersrand’s Barnato Hall residence were generating enormous costs for the university owing to old and inefficient equipment, which was ultimately affecting service delivery.  The university, which previously had... 

Market recognising higher likelihood of platinum deficit than surplus in years ahead – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     14th October 2021 Right now, the market is recognising the higher likelihood of platinum being in deficit rather than in surplus in the mid-term years ahead, said World Platinum Investment Council research director Trevor Raymond on Thursday. Raymond expects pent-up up consumer demand for vehicles to reduce any... 

Conference explores innovative and sustainable rail safety solutions and rail transport’s potential to drive economic growth

14th October 2021 If the safe operation of passenger rail transport is given the attention and priority it deserves, it can be a catalyst for economic development; if not, then it will become a catalyst for economic depression, unproductivity and unemployment. This was the assertion of Professor John Maluleke in... 

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