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New association aims to raise level of debate on energy economics in South Africa

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 2 hours 44 minutes ago A new independent professional organisation was launched in Pretoria on Thursday with the aim of raising the level of research and debate on energy economics in South Africa, where policy and regulatory uncertainty remain a major constraint to investment. Named the South African Association for... 

New association aims to raise level of debate on energy economics in South Africa
Photo by Dylan Slater
SAAEE president Professor Roula Inglesi-Lotz

Fuel cell frenzy as cars, plants deploy platinum to protect environment

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 6 hours ago Hyundai has just launched its new Nexo fuel cell car in South Korea, pre-orders for Honda’s 2018 Clarity fuel cell car have exceeded expectations, Doosan Fuel Cell America has cut the ribbon on three 460 kW fuel cells at the Waterbury Pollution Control Authority in Connecticut, FuelCell Energy... 

Fuel cell frenzy as cars, plants deploy platinum to protect environment
The NEXO, Hyundai's latest fuel cell vehicle

Icasa announces new regulations for mobile network service providers

By: African News Agency      Updated 4 hours ago The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Thursday issued new regulations which seek to prohibit mobile network providers from charging out-of-bundle tariffs without the consent of their subscribers in a bid to regulate runaway data prices.  This comes after Icasa last... 

Ramaphosa to meet labour ministry after minimum wage protests

By: Reuters     Updated 4 hours ago South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Thursday meet officials from the labour ministry to discuss the planned introduction of a national minimum wage, a day after nationwide protests over the policy which he has championed. Several thousand union members marched in Johannesburg, Cape... 

Increasing debt at water trading entity unacceptable – Portfolio Committee

By: Anine Kilian     Updated 3 hours ago The Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation is worried about the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) Water Trading Entity’s (WTE’s) increasing debt book, despite various calls by the committee to use intergovernmental relations framework avenues to address the problem, committee... 

Irish forklift manufacturer launches new headquarters, manufacturing facility

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 2 hours 28 minutes ago Irish manufacturer of multidirectional forklifts Combilift, which specialises in customised machines, on Wednesday launched its new 46 500 m2 global headquarters and manufacturing facility, in which it invested about €50-million. The facility, which is based in Monaghan, Ireland, currently... 

Irish forklift manufacturer launches new headquarters, manufacturing facility

PRASA steps in as union calls for payment of Autopax employees’ salaries

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 3 hours ago The United National Transport Union (Untu) on Thursday demanded the South African government ensure that the employees of bus operator Autopax receive their salaries.  

Reclaimers ‘dispossessed’ in Joburg’s waste-based commodity frontier

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 4 hours ago Initiatives to integrate reclaimers, or waste pickers, into Johannesburg’s waste management programme have resulted in new forms of dispossession of reclaimers, says University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) human geography senior lecturer Dr Melanie Samson.  

Petrol going up 49c/l in May

By: News24Wire      Updated 2 hours 11 minutes ago The price of petrol will increase by 49c a litre on Wednesday 2 May, Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe announced on Thursday afternoon. Diesel (0.05% Sulphur) will increase by 59c/l increase, while diesel with 0.005% Sulphur will go up 58c/l. 

 Petrol going up 49c/l in May

Tests confirm deadly listeria strain at South Africa's Tiger Brands' plant

By: Reuters     Updated 4 hours ago Tiger Brands, which faces two class action lawsuits over a listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people, said results from an independent laboratory confirmed the presence of the deadly listeria strain in one of its food factories. The government, which has been criticised for taking too long to... 

HMI postpones publication of provincial findings report

By: Anine Kilian     Updated 3 hours ago The Health Market Inquiry (HMI) has postponed the publication of its provisional findings and recommendations report to May 31, to afford HMI experts sufficient time to assess and interrogate submissions raised in stakeholder responses, which were submitted in April. The report was due to be... 

Wiese sues Steinhoff for $5bn

By: Reuters     Updated 2 hours 23 minutes ago South African businessman Christo Wiese has launched a $5-billion lawsuit against crisis-hit Steinhoff, a retail company in which he was a board member and biggest shareholder until earlier this year, his company Titan Group said. Wiese resigned as chairperson in December last year, days after... 

Concrete 3D printed house showcased in Milan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 6 hours ago Multinational professional services firm Arup and US-based CLS Architects this week unveiled a new concrete three-dimensional (3D) printed house in central Milan, as part of the Salone del Mobile design festival.  

Concrete 3D printed house showcased in Milan
3D printed concrete house

Senegal integrating more renewables with 130 MW Wärtsilä Flexicycle power plant

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 6 hours ago Technology group Wärtsilä has signed a contract to engineer, manufacture and deliver a 130 MW Flexicycle plant in Senegal, which will be an integral part of the country’s energy future.  

Senegal integrating more renewables with 130 MW Wärtsilä Flexicycle power plant
A Wärtsilä Flexicycle power plant

Business Leadership SA dismisses merger talks with Black Business Council

By: African News Agency      Updated 4 hours ago Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has dismissed reports that it is in talks about a merger with the Black Business Council (BBC).  BLSA is an independent association whose members include the leaders of some of South Africa’s biggest and most well-known organisations, and aims to create... 

Company launches adhesive range for heavy and abnormal load applications 

26th April 2018 Diversified sealing and adhesive company Loctite, a division of Henkle South Africa, has launched it’s new range of fast-setting industrial strength adhesives. Paige Muller attended the event. 

Company launches adhesive range for heavy and abnormal load applications

Fuel prices could hit record levels in May - AA

By: News24Wire      26th April 2018 There is a strong likelihood of a fuel price hike to record levels in May, the Automobile Association (AA) said on Wednesday. It believes this is because the rand is currently weakening against the dollar and international petroleum prices are also rising. The AA also said the increase in toll... 

Fuel prices could hit record levels in May - AA

M&R Water, partner launch innovative wastewater treatment demo plant

By: Shirley le Guern     25th April 2018 Murray & Roberts Water (MRW), together with its European technology partner, Organica Water, on Wednesday launched an innovative, environment-friendly wastewater treatment plant that closely resembles a greenhouse at the eThekwini municipality’s Verulam Wastewater Treatment Works. The first of... 

M&R Water, partner launch innovative wastewater treatment demo plant

South Africa to host the Japan–Africa Public Private Economic Forum

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2018 South Africa will host the Japan–Africa Public Private Economic Forum at the Sandton Convention Centre from May 3 to 4.  

MTN commits to creating 1 000 jobs in support of the YES initiative

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th April 2018 Telecommunications company MTN Group has committed to the creation of 1 000 jobs within the first year of the Youth Employment Service (YES) initiative. President Cyril Ramaphosa last month launched the initiative – a business-led collaboration with government and labour which aims to empower... 

Pests, diseases a burden on agriculture – ARC

By: Anine Kilian     25th April 2018 Despite an influx of agricultural imports and an increase in pests and diseases coming into the country over the past 20 years, South Africa has not invested adequately in pest and disease control strategies, says Agricultural Research Council (ARC) president Shadrack Moephuli. “We have not been... 

De Lille asks for lower water tariff hike after thousands of complaints

By: News24Wire      25th April 2018 Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has asked for a reduction in the proposed 27% water tariff hike, after the City received roughly 24 900 complaints from residents during public submissions on the new budget. De Lille - in what could be one of her last budget speeches before the council as mayor... 

De Lille asks for lower water tariff hike after thousands of complaints

Eskom dealing with coal shortages at seven power stations

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2018 State-owned power utility Eskom on Wednesday said it had put measures in place to deal with the coal shortages at seven of its power stations, in Mpumalanga, and has assured the public that this would not result in load-shedding.  

Eskom dealing with coal shortages at seven power stations
Majuba power station

First renewables projects reach financial close after April 4 signing

By: Terence Creamer     25th April 2018 Wind turbine supplier Nordex has received an order to supply 47 turbines to the 147 MW Roggeveld wind farm, which is among the first projects to reach financial close following the signing of agreements for 27 independent power producer projects on April 4. Situated in the Karoo, on the boundary... 

First renewables projects reach financial close after April 4 signing

Africa’s population growth could drive South Africa’s livestock exports

By: Anine Kilian     25th April 2018 Africa’s population is expected to grow by 25% by 2050, creating an expanding middle class population that will require an affluent protein diet, Agricultural Research Council (ARC) research institute manager Dr Misheck Mulumba said on Wednesday. Addressing delegates at a public awareness day... 

Exxaro to fund R100m road upgrade in Limpopo

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2018 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources and provincial roads agency Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) on Wednesday signed a memorandum of agreement for the R100-million upgrade of a road in Lephalale. The project, to be implemented jointly, is for the upgrade from gravel to tar of road D2001, which stretches... 

Exxaro to fund R100m road upgrade in Limpopo

Global crude steel production up 4% y/y in March

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2018 World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 148.33-million tonnes in March – a 4% increase compared with production for March 2017.  

Consol reconsiders decision to relist on the JSE

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2018 Glass packaging manufacturer Consol Holdings no longer plans to relist on the main board of the JSE, citing challenging market conditions.  

Consol reconsiders decision to relist on the JSE

Barloworld to sell Iberian equipment business, shares hit

By: Reuters     25th April 2018 Barloworld will sell its underperforming Iberian equipment business to privately-owned Italian group Tesa following a strategic review. Shares in the equipment, car rental and logistics provider fell more than 7% after Wednesday's announcement, in which Barloworld said the overall proceeds of the... 

Davies launches Lesedi skills development academy in Atlantis

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2018 Skills development is critical to the economy and is non-negotiable, says Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies.  

Davies launches Lesedi skills development academy in Atlantis
DTI Minister Dr Rob Davies at the Lesedi Skills Development Academy launch

Daimler joins China's Responsible Cobalt initiative

By: Reuters     25th April 2018 German carmaker Daimler has joined the Responsible Cobalt Initiative, a programme established under a Chinese industry body to tackle risks in the cobalt supply chain arising from artisanal mining. Cobalt consumers are under pressure to ensure the material they use is not tainted by child labour... 

Nissan’s Rosslyn investment decision draws nearer; NP200, NP300 life extended

By: Irma Venter     25th April 2018 Nissan South Africa (Nissan SA) expects to announce the decision on the production of a new model at its Rosslyn plant in the next three months, says Nissan Group of Africa MD Mike Whitfield. Speaking at a media function at Gerotek, in Pretoria, on Wednesday, he said the announcement was “not a... 

Nissan’s Rosslyn investment decision draws nearer; NP200, NP300 life extended
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Nissan Group of Africa MD Mike Whitfield

Social partners to meet on boosting investment 

25th April 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plans to secure higher levels of investment and the role business and labour are likely to play in the process. 

Social partners to meet on boosting investment

Growthpoint Properties issues maiden $425m eurobond, lists on JSE green bond segment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2018 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Growthpoint Properties has successfully priced its inaugural US dollar-dominated eurobond, the proceeds of which will be used to fund its expansion in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).  

Growthpoint Properties issues maiden $425m eurobond, lists on JSE green bond segment
Growthpoint Properties CEO Norbert Sasse

Global wind body sees South African market returning to ‘full health’ in 2018

By: Terence Creamer     25th April 2018 The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) expects the South African wind market to return to “full health” in the coming year, following more than two years of uncertainty. The council’s latest Global Wind Report, which deals with market developments for 2017, notes that the South African renewable... 

Global wind body sees South African market returning to ‘full health’ in 2018

Ncondezi reviews updated EPC, operations and maintenance proposals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2018 Power development company Ncondezi Energy is reviewing updated proposals for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operations and maintenance (O&M) contracts for its integrated 300 MW power and coal mine project in Tete, Mozambique.  

Zambezi River Authority launches Kariba dam spillway rehabilitation works tender

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2018 The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) has embarked on the final stage of its Kariba Dam rehabilitation project (KDRP) with the launch of a tender for the spillway rehabilitation works to a shortlist of three prequalified companies – China Gezhouba Group, the CMC/ATB Kariba joint venture and GE Hydro... 

Zambezi River Authority launches Kariba dam spillway rehabilitation works tender
Kariba Dam

Treasury announces panel of experts to review VAT zero-rated items

By: African News Agency      25th April 2018 Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene announced that Stellenbosch University's Professor Ingrid Woolard will chair the nine-member independent panel of experts that will review the current list of Value-Added Tax (VAT) zero-rated items. Woolard is currently dean of Economic and Management Sciences at... 

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