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Construction companies urged to streamline businesses

24th May 2019 With South Africa’s construction sector under growing pressure as a result of slow government infrastructure spending and a tightening economy, construction companies should be looking at ways to streamline their business processes, improve cash flow management and tighten risk management,... 

Digital innovation outside of the ‘factory’ needed for manufacturing success – tech advisory

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd May 2019 The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is blurring the boundaries between how people traditionally see an organisation and what people call a “factory” in the first place, says technology advisory company On-a-Cloud CEO Geoff Scott. During a seminar at the Local Manufacturing Expo, in... 

BCI rises to 93.7 amid election campaigning

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th May 2019 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Confidence Index improved by 1.9 index points month-on-month to 93.7 in April. The latest figure is 2.3 index points below the 96 points measured in April 2018. Five of the thirteen subindices of the BCI improved on their March readings,... 

Affiliate Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution launched in SA

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd May 2019 South African Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has highlighted that the country's future development probably depended on how fast it mastered the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). She was addressing a recent breakfast forum to mark the setting up of... 

Engen Integrated Energy Centre uplifts Bushbuckridge community

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th April 2019 Engen in partnership with the Department of Energy and the Bushbuckridge local municipality officially launched an Integrated Energy Centre (IeC) in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga on 12 April. South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) gave a mandate to all major South African oil companies to... 

Digital transformation pros and cons

19th April 2019 All businesses are having to transform digitally and embrace technology in order to survive in this smart digital world, says digital technology solutions provider Etion. “We’re living in a technology-driven environment that is defined by a succession of catchphrases such as digitalisation, the... 

Israeli researchers print 3D heart using patient's own cells

By: Bloomberg     15th April 2019 Israeli researchers have printed a three-dimensional (3D) heart using a patient’s own cells, something they say could be used to patch diseased hearts – and possibly, for full transplants. The heart the Tel Aviv University team printed in about three hours is too small for humans – about 2.5... 

Engen supports Caring4Girls at Lekete Secondary School

15th April 2019 Lekete Secondary School in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga is the first of 30 schools to benefit from Engen’s R2.5 million cash injection to the Imbumba Foundation’s Caring4Girls programme.   Engen and Caring4Girls visited the school on April 11th providing female learners with sanitary towel packs to... 

Seifsa ‘disappointed’ by slower Feb manufacturing output growth 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th April 2019 The latest preliminary data published by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) indicates that production in the broader manufacturing sector grew at a slower pace in February than in January. On a continuous three-monthly basis, output in the manufacturing sector has been volatile, increasing from... 

Paper, pulp and board industry will grow

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     29th March 2019 The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) is optimistic that the paper, pulp and board industry is sustainable and will continue to provide South Africa with several paper products, says Pamsa executive director Jane Molony. She also notes that while the industry has had to... 

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