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South Africa's main two airports to expand capacity again

By: Keith Campbell     Updated 41 minutes ago The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) is planning to start work on new or expanded domestic passenger terminal facilities at both Cape Town International Airport and Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport in the near future. ACSA CEO Bongani Maseko conveyed this information to... 

South Africa's main two airports to expand capacity again
Photo by Duane Daws
OR Tambo International airport

SacOil says DRC drilling may start in 2017 after positive exploration results

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 3 hours ago South African oil and gas junior SacOil is optimistic that energy major Total could initiate a drilling campaign in 2017 on a resource in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), following positive geophysical exploration results. The French group is the operating partner over the 3... 

 SacOil says DRC drilling may start in 2017 after positive exploration results
SacOil group executive of operations Bradley Cerff

Gautrain agency crunching numbers on new lines, tunnels and rolling stock

By: Irma Venter     Updated 4 hours ago Building and operating the Gautrain rail system has always been a complex numbers game, ever since former Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa first announced the project in 2000. Six years from the start of operations in 2010, not much has changed. 

Gautrain agency crunching numbers on new lines, tunnels and rolling stock

AMSA calls for more support as loss increases

By: African News Agency      Updated 3 hours ago ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) called for more state support for the steel sector as it reported a loss of R450-million for the six months to the end of June, a hefty increase on the loss of R111-million recorded for the corresponding period a year before. The company acknowledged the support... 

AMSA calls for more support as loss increases

We cannot fight railway crime alone – PRASA

By: News24Wire      Updated 57 minutes ago The Passenger Rail Agency South Africa (PRASA) says it cannot fight increasing violent crime at South Africa's train stations on its own. PRASA was responding to the United National Transport Union (Untu) after the union slammed the body on Wednesday, following a number of violent murders in the... 

Gordhan says domestic, global growth outlook bleak

By: Reuters     Updated 2 hours 39 minutes ago South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Friday that the domestic and global growth outlooks remained bleak and sounded a warning about the financial health of state-owned companies, which include power utility Eskom "As a country we are operating in a global environment that is not... 

Eskom postpones IPP signing with Redstone

By: News24Wire      Updated 3 hours ago Eskom postponed the signing of a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Redstone Solar Thermal Power Project, intended to happen on Thursday July 28 2016. The agreement would have seen Eskom buy 100 MW from the project for an estimated R50-billion for the duration of the contract, according... 

Southern Africa in urgent need of food production assistance

By: African News Agency      Updated 9 minutes ago Some 23-million people in southern Africa are in need of urgent support to be able to produce enough food to feed themselves and avoid being dependent on humanitarian assistance until mid-2018, the United Nations agricultural agency has warned. According to the Food and Agricultural Organisation... 

Creamer Media scores highly with readers for credibility, accuracy

     29th July 2016 Accurate reporting and a high credibility rating continue to be the hallmarks of Creamer Media’s publishing effort, according to a survey completed by nearly 2 000 readers of Engineering News, Mining Weekly, Polity and Research Channel Africa. During the reader survey conducted during May, June... 

Creamer Media scores highly with readers for credibility, accuracy
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Creamer Media publishing editor Martin Creamer

Seshego Industrial Park receives R21m boost from DTI

By: Ilan Solomons     28th July 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has launched the R21-million first phase of the Seshego Industrial Park revitalisation project, in Polokwane, which is aimed at promoting industrialisation, job creation and economic growth. Trade and Industry Minsiter Dr Rob Davies, Limpopo Premier Stan... 

Seshego Industrial Park receives R21m boost from DTI
Photo by Ilan Solomons
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

NNR passes Eskom’s nuclear site applications, further scrutiny to follow

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th July 2016 The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) has completed the initial review of State-owned Eskom’s nuclear installation site licence (NISL) applications for the Eastern Cape-based Thyspunt site, and the Western Cape-based Duynefontein site. The regulator indicated that the applications, submitted in... 

CSIR transport infrastructure engineering expert wins JD Roberts Award

By: Anine Kilian     28th July 2016 CSIR senior researcher and manager of the bituminous binders’ laboratory Georges Mturi was awarded the 2016 JD Roberts award, which is sponsored by construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) and held in partnership with the CSIR. The award, which was instituted in 1980 in remembrance of one of... 

Hold off nuclear until current projects are complete, Outa urges Eskom

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th July 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Thursday urged State-owned power utility Eskom to complete its currently-under-construction Medupi, Kusile and Ingula power stations before embarking on any new mega power station projects, particularly nuclear projects. Outa spokesperson Ted Blom... 

Cennergi wind farm enters commercial operation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th July 2016 Local independent power producer Cennergi on Thursday celebrated achieving commercial operations at its 134 MW Amakhala Emoyeni wind farm, near Bedford, in the Eastern Cape. Cennergi, a 50:50 joint venture between miner Exxaro Resources and Tata Power, was selected as the preferred bidder for two... 

Aurecon-led consortium wins award for aerotropolis master plan

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th July 2016 The South African Planning Institute (SAPI) has recognised an Aurecon-led consortium for its completion of the Ekurhuleni OR Tambo Aerotropolis Master Plan, declaring it the winner of the Private Sector category of the institute’s Planning Awards. The consortium, comprising Aurecon, the Council... 

CompComm prohibits tiles and sanitaryware merger

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th July 2016 The Competition Commission has prohibited Italtile Group’s proposed acquisition of Ceramic Industries and Ezee Tile Adhesive Manufacturers, as it found that there would be no viable alternatives for competitors in the downstream retail market. The commission added that the merged entity could... 

MTN prepares for Nigeria listing 

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th July 2016 JSE-listed MTN Group is targeting a 2017 Nigeria bourse listing for its Nigeria-based operations – a move that will be reliant on suitable market conditions. The group is set to embark on preparations for the NSE listing as and when it is "commercially and legally" possible, with a management... 

Construction sector launches revised sector code

By: David Oliveira     28th July 2016 The Construction Sector Charter Council (CSCC) on Thursday launched the revised draft Construction Sector Code (CSC), which is aimed at aligning the unique aspects of the sector with the black economic-empowerment and transformation targets set out by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).... 

Molewa launches R30m Gauteng Youth Jobs in Waste Programme

By: Anine Kilian     28th July 2016 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa launched the R30-million Gauteng Youth Jobs in Waste Programme in Mohlakeng, Randfontein, on Thursday.   This is in line with the Minister’s commitment to launching projects that will contribute to overcoming the country’s waste challenge, as well as... 

Stats SA boss slams UN invoice-fraud report

By: News24Wire      28th July 2016 Statistician-general Pali Lehohla disputed the accuracy of a United Nations report on invoice fraud, which states that there had been gross discrepancies in South Africa’s records of gold exports and that of its trading partners. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad)... 

Unemployment rate remains virtually unchanged at 26.6% in Q2 – Stats SA

By: Anine Kilian     28th July 2016 South Africa’s unemployment rate fell by 0.1 of a percentage point to 26.6% in the second quarter, Statistics South Africa’s (Stats SA’s) latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) shows. In total, 129 000 jobs were lost quarter-on-quarter, with both the formal and informal nonagricultural... 

Local hotel tourism rakes in R14.2bn, despite visa gripes 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th July 2016 Despite uncertainty in the domestic tourism industry, owing to the revised visa regulations and a weak global economy, South Africa can still expect healthy growth over the next five years, PwC’s Hotels Outlook 2016 – 2020 reveals. Almost 2 600 rooms will be added to the South African hotel... 

PwC Southern Africa hospitality and gambling industry leader Pietro Calicchio tell Engineering News about the hotel tourism industry. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

South Africa's largest oil refinery operating, no strike impact

By: Reuters     28th July 2016 South Africa's largest oil refinery, jointly operated by Shell and BP, has not shut down due to a workers' strike over wages, a spokeswoman said on Thursday, contradicting an earlier union claim. "The plant has not stopped production and we have measures in place to ensure continued safe... 

New positive wind blowing through South African mining – Sibanye

By: Martin Creamer     28th July 2016 A new positive wind is blowing through South African mining with government and industry engagement taking a turn for the better, Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman said on Thursday. Updating visiting mining analysts and journalists on strategy during the first of two investor days, Froneman remarked... 

New positive wind blowing through South African mining – Sibanye
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Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman

South Africa a leader in aviation security

By: Keith Campbell     28th July 2016 South Africa is one of the leading countries in the world in implementing the latest commercial aviation security systems. This was pointed out on Tuesday by International Air Transport Association (Iata) head of facilitation Bob Davidson. The systems concerned are Advanced Passenger Information... 

South Africa a leader in aviation security
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Departure concourse, OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg

South African inspection robot attracting international interest  

     28th July 2016 Johannesburg company Ryonic Industries is receiving both national and international interest in its newly developed pipeline inspection robot.  

South African inspection robot attracting international interest

Rockefeller foundation backs African renewables platform

By: Terence Creamer     28th July 2016 Private grantmaking foundation the Rockefeller Brothers Fund is participating in a $117.5-million investment in the Lekela Power Platform, which aims to build over 1.3 GW of wind and solar plants in Africa by 2018. The fund, created in 1940 by the sons of US oil industry pioneer John D... 

Rockefeller foundation backs African renewables platform
Mainstream Renewable Power CEO Eddie O’Connor

Cape Town’s Iziko Planetarium set for major digital upgrade

By: Kim Cloete     28th July 2016 Cape Town’s much-loved Iziko Planetarium will undergo a thorough R27-million digital upgrade, culminating in a state-of-the-art digital full dome immersive theatre facility by early 2017. In tune with the digital revolution, the Iziko Planetarium will migrate from analogue to full dome digital... 

Cape Town’s Iziko Planetarium set for major digital upgrade

Denel wins Gupta capture court challenge

By: African News Agency      28th July 2016 Denel on Wednesday said it felt vindicated from allegations of being co-opted by the Gupta family after the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria dismissed an urgent business rescue application made by LMT Holdings against the state-owned defence conglomerate. The application for business rescue... 

Eni, Saipem to be tried in Algeria corruption case

By: Reuters     28th July 2016 Italian oil major Eni, oil services group Saipem and former Eni CEO Paolo Scaroni have been ordered by an Italian judge to stand trial in an Algerian corruption case. The long-running case revolves around allegations Saipem paid intermediaries around 198-million euros ($218-million) to bag... 

Engineering News iPhone and Android Apps available for free download

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th July 2016 Creamer Media’s readers continue to be part of the mobile revolution.  Over 20% of Creamer Media’s online readers view the websites on their mobile devices. To cater for this growing mobile readership Creamer Media offers an Engineering News Online app for iPhone and Android users.  These apps... 

Engineering News iPhone and Android Apps available for free download

South Africa struggling to manage the water crisis – Turton

By: Anine Kilian     27th July 2016 Albeit a water-strained country, South Africa has one of the most diverse economies in the world for the ecosystem in which it is embedded, according to University of the Free State professor and water expert Dr Anthony Turton. Speaking at the ninth yearly Green Building Conference in Sandton,... 

South Africa struggling to manage the water crisis – Turton

Energy Minister cracks down on CEF governance

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th July 2016 The Central Energy Fund (CEF) board will review its governance processes, as well as its turnaround strategies for the subsidiaries in the group, after Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson raised concerns around the recent lapses in governance in the group. At a meeting held earlier this month... 

Green buildings can reduce climate change – WGBC

By: Anine Kilian     27th July 2016 There is a direct correlation between climate change and nongreen buildings, with 98% of the world’s megacities already experiencing climate risks, World Green Building Council (WGBC) CEO Terri Willis said on Wednesday. Addressing an audience at the country’s ninth yearly Green Building... 

Necsa, unions reach wage agreement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th July 2016 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and labour unions have reached a wage agreement, following months of negotiation. The parties agreed that, effective July 1, employees earning less than R600 000 a year, would receive a 7% increase, as well as a R5 000 one-off payment, while... 

South Africa ranks moderately on food security index

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th July 2016 South Africa is ranked at 47 out of the 113 countries in this year’s Global Food Security Index (GFSI), reflecting a one-position decline from 2015, but an overall 0.6 point score increase. The country ranked first among its sub-Saharan African peers and landed in the top ten of... 

South Africa ranks moderately on food security index

PIC in talks with SABMiller over improved offer by AB Inbev

By: Reuters     27th July 2016 South Africa's Public Investment Corporation (PIC) is in talks with SABMiller over an improved offer from Anheuser-Busch Inbev, the state pension fund said on Wednesday. "We are in discussions with SABMiller on the offer price and would not like to make our view public at this point in time," PIC... 

WGBC, partners to improve energy efficiency of cities

By: Anine Kilian     27th July 2016 The World Green Building Council (WGBC), along with the World Resources Institute-led Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA), on Wednesday announced a new partnership to dramatically ramp up energy efficiency within buildings across the world, starting with the city of Tshwane, in Gauteng.... 

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