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DTI forges ahead with product standardisation task

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th June 2019 Following Mining Charter III’s call to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to develop a “Standardised Coding and Product Identification System in the Mining Supply Chain” whereby products can be identified using a unique name and code, the department has established a multistakeholder... 

Industry 4.0 presents transformation for African manufacturing sector

14th June 2019 The Manufacturing Indaba 2019 is set to explore the impact on, and opportunities associated with disruptive and revolutionary technologies that are transforming the global manufacturing sector.  Despite its status as a developing continent, Africa’s manufacturing space stands the opportunity to... 

Manufacturing sector remains resilient, output up 4.6% y/y in April 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2019 Despite the encouraging improvement in manufacturing output in April, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa economist Marique Kruger says there are still concerns about constraints, including exchange rate volatility and rising costs, facing the sector. Statistics South... 

‘Unintended consequences’ killing industry – MTMA

By: Tracy Hancock     7th June 2019 There is no improvement in demand from the South African manufacturing sector for machine tool imports, says Machine Tool Merchants’ Association (MTMA) chairperson Paul Savides, adding that government’s local content drive has been unsuccessful in increasing local manufacturing. He told... 

A woman in a man’s world – female used oil collector celebrates a decade of success

5th June 2019 Jemimah Mofokeng is proving that women can indeed conquer typically male dominated jobs. Jemimah is the owner and operator of Jemimah’s Oils, and spends her days collecting used motor oil.  Used motor lubricant is dirty, hazardous stuff. One litre of used oil, containing cancer causing... 

World Environment Day 2019

3rd June 2019 South Africans urged to act responsibly in recycling used oil   

TIPS Forum discusses how 4IR is helping efficiency, environment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st May 2019 Industrialisation leads to socioeconomic growth, often at a cost to the environment in the form of emissions and pollution, and, therefore, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) presents a promising opportunity for sustainable development. Speaking at the Trade and Industry Policy Strategies... 

Oil monitoring technology prolongs gearbox life

31st May 2019 Advanced monitoring technology company Atten2 presented its OilHealth and OilWear on-line optical sensors at the Wind O&M EU 2019 trade fair, held in February in Munich, Germany. Atten2 produces and markets the OilHealth and OilWear on-line optical sensors for the analysis of industrial fluids,... 

Effective Retail Hygiene for Refrigerators

30th May 2019 Commercial refrigeration is a huge investment for retailers who produce and sell food. It is essential that these appliances be thoroughly cared for to ensure a safe, clean and hygienic environment for food and those who consume it. The South African Consumer Protection Act (CPA) states that poor... 

Impairments drive down Famous Brands’ headline earnings

By: Simone Liedtke     29th May 2019 Branded food services franchisor Famous Brands on Wednesday reported a basic loss a share of 480c for the year ended February 28, while basic headline earnings per share (HEPS) decreased to 319c . This decrease in HEPS was attributable to an impairment of R873.9-million, relating to the Gourmet... 

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