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Pandemic highlights role of digital readiness in mitigating supply-chain risks

By: Schalk Burger     1st May 2020 Covid-19 is disrupting economic and social life, but it is occurring in a time of rapid digitalisation, which, in turn, is helping governments, businesses and consumers in their decision-making to respond and adapt to the situation. However, differences in digital readiness hamper the ability of... 

Veecraft Marine to manufacture workboats for Cape Town port

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd April 2020 Veecraft Marine, a subsidiary of Paramount Maritime, has been awarded a Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) tender to design, manufacture and assemble two twin-screw, diesel-powered workboats to spearhead harbour activities. These activities include conventional escort, lighthouse services... 

Grinding Techniques - Keeping the wheels of the transport industry rolling

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th April 2020 Since the dawn of commerce and industry in the times when people were bartering for goods and services, it was just as important to produce the product as it was to be able to transport the product to the target market. Today the need for transport is far greater than before. The number of goods... 

China’s ‘green zone’ coal price tested as virus fight continues

By: Bloomberg     13th April 2020 China’s coal prices have sunk to levels that threaten State intervention, but this time policy makers may refrain from doing so as they continue efforts to buttress the economy hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. The government will try to keep power prices low as it pushes to restart the economy,... 

Covid-19 hits China-Africa trade and investment, but impact should fade

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th April 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has hit African trade with China and is likely to reduce Chinese investment on the continent, the Economist Corporate Network, Baker McKenzie and Silk Road Associates pointed out in their report ‘BRI Beyond 2020’. The BRI is the Belt and Road Initiative, which is China’s... 

BMG gets go ahead to operate during lockdown

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2020 Engineering solutions company BMG has been authorised as an essential service to provide its components and support services during the remainder of South Africa’s lockdown period ending at midnight on April 16. The BMG team is on hand and its distribution centre in Johannesburg is stocked to... 

Ultra-high capacity bulk bag filling system

27th March 2020 A new sanitary bulk bag filling system from Flexicon features dual SWING-DOWN™ fillers fed by high capacity weigh hoppers, achieving fill rates of up to 40 bulk bags per hour. The patented filler design simultaneously lowers and pivots each fill head into a vertically-oriented position that... 

Transnet scales back to only essential services, operations

By: Simone Liedtke     27th March 2020 In line with government’s implementation of a three-week lockdown of the country to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus, State-owned entity Transnet will be scaling down its transportation services and operations of non-essential cargo during this period. After consultation with various... 

Coronavirus in SA: Extra water and sanitation for informal settlements, rural areas 

By: News24Wire      17th March 2020 The Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation will increase the provision of water and sanitation in high-density public areas, informal settlements and rural areas in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak in South Africa. The department will provide water tanks and standpipes to... 

Labour suggests South Africa use $11bn jobless fund for virus

By: Bloomberg     17th March 2020 South Africa’s biggest labour organisation and the nation’s main business lobby are pushing the government to find a way to utilise an unemployment fund with assets of about $11-billion to fight the effects of the coronavirus outbreak. The Congress of South African Trade Unions and Business Unity... 

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