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Public sector unions table inflation-linked wage demands

By: Reuters     1st March 2021 South Africa's public sector unions want a general salary rise of consumer inflation plus 4% for all workers, according to a labour document presented on Monday, as talks began over a new wage deal. The list of 16 demands, which includes better housing payments and a risk allowance of 12% of... 

Agri SA warns 4 000 jobs are at stake this year as a result of minimum wage increase 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th February 2021 After surveying 577 participants among member companies, industry association Agri SA has found that a potential 4 384 jobs could potentially be lost in 2021/22 as a result of the increase in the national minimum wage for farmworkers. Agri SA reports that 549 of the 577 participants will exceed... 

First 3D printed building in Florida, US

10th February 2021 The first 3D printed building in Florida makes COBOD focus on the US in 2021 after reaching numerous 3D construction printing milestones in Europe, Africa and Asia in 2020. 

Raubex

29th January 2021 Firmly entrenched as an Africa-based diversified heavy engineering company, Raubex Group continues to excel as a world-class player in the heavy construction sector, with a focus on infrastructure development. Founded by industry legend Koos Raubenheimer in 1974, the company has a proud record of... 

OMRON robot streamlines food deliveries in a pilot trial

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th January 2021 An autonomous mobile robot has been seen moving around the corridors of the REDI shopping centre in Kalasatama, a neighbourhood in Helsinki. Operated by OMRON’s solution partner Dimalog, the robot was taking part in a month-long ‘Home-on Demand’ automated courier service trial. This is testing... 

Biden poised to freeze oil and coal leasing on federal land

By: Bloomberg     22nd January 2021 President Joe Biden is poised to suspend the sale of oil and gas leases on federal land, which accounts for about a tenth of US supplies, according to four people familiar with the matter. The moratorium, which would also freeze coal leasing, is set to be unveiled along with a raft of other... 

BI consolidates Tier 2 electrical products under ALPHA brand

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th January 2021 Following the recent successful launch of the ALPHA Drive Micro and the ALPHA Drive Plus range of Variable Speed Drives, leading supplier Bearings International (BI) is excited to announce the rebranding of its BAUER range of electric motors to ALPHA. The growth of BI’s market share in electric... 

Opinion: Breathing fresh air into old coal power stations

13th November 2020 In this opinion piece, Wärtsilä South African business development manager Wayne Glossop writes about the benefits of converting old coal-fired power plants to modern gas engine power plants. AGL Energy Limited undertook a successful transformation of an old coal plant to a modern flexible gas... 

Fort Hare University ready for 2021 student intake

9th November 2020 The construction of South Africa’s largest student housing project is progressing on track at the University of Fort Hare (UFH). Despite delays caused by the national lockdown, the 2 047-bed student village will reach completion in December 2020. The new residence was unveiled at a roof-wetting... 

Bearing isolators faring well in bearings sector

6th November 2020 Bearings distributor BMG tells Engineering News that its Garlock Klozure and Guardian Bearing Isolators have fared notably well subsequent to being introduction to the BMG range of isolators. A bearing isolator is an advanced sealing solution that is used to protect bearings on rotating equipment... 

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