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Bloodhound project faces financial crunch, seeks R475m

By: Irma Venter     Updated 38 minutes ago Bloodhound Programme, the UK company behind Project Bloodhound, the initiative to break the land-speed world record (currently at 1 227.98 km/h), has run into serious financial trouble. The company has entered into administration, with the appointment of Andrew Sheridan and Geoff Rowley, partners... 

Bloodhound project faces financial crunch, seeks R475m
The Bloodhound vehicle in 2017

South Africa’s synfuels know-how could give it edge as world mulls power fuels

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 7 hours ago The newly formed Global Alliance Power Fuels believes that South Africa is well positioned to become a leading site for the large-scale production of liquid fuels from renewable energy and has confirmed with Engineering News Online that the country is on its radar for possible future... 

South Africa’s synfuels know-how could give it edge as world mulls power fuels
Photo by Creamer Media
Transmission lines with Sasol's Secunda complex in the background, where synthetic fuels and chemicals are produced from coal

Seifsa elects ‘most transformed’ board to date

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 5 hours ago Arabela Holdings executive chairperson Elias Monage has been elected president of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) and chairperson of its board of directors, with effect from October 12. Monage was elected president during Seifsa’s seventy-sixth annual... 

TNPA tests helicopter service at Cape Town port

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 5 hours ago Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is exploring options to introduce a helicopter service at its Port of Cape Town to assist with operations during major swells and to increase the availability of service during stormy conditions. With Cape Town having been plagued recently by... 

No digital migration funds have been wasted – Mokonyane

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 5 hours ago The Department of Communications (DoC) will continue to have the remaining set-top boxes (STBs) it has already procured distributed ahead of the implementation of the new broadcasting digital migration model in March next year. None of the R10-billion in expenditure or procurements undertaken to... 

AfriCanopy to deploy low-cost Internet to rural KwaZulu-Natal in TV white space trial

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 6 hours ago The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has approved plans for telecoms start-up AfriCanopy to embark on an eight-month commercial trial of television white space (TVWS) devices. AfriCanopy will now deploy high-speed, low-cost broadband using its new telecoms technology... 

Farmers head to court to challenge policy on transfer of water rights

By: News24Wire      Updated 9 minutes ago West Coast farmers launched an urgent application in the Western Cape High Court on Monday concerning water rights, which may have far-reaching consequences for agriculture. At the heart of the case is whether it is lawful for irrigation boards to approve the transfer of water rights from one... 

Famous Brands sees R874m impairment as UK burger business struggles

By: Reuters     Updated 13 minutes ago South African fast-food chain owner Famous Brands, which owns Wimpy, Steers and Debonairs pizza said on Monday it will take a pre-tax impairment charge of R874-million, sending its shares down 7%. The company blamed the impairment on the difficult trading conditions and sustained underperformance... 

Why AB InBev may cut its generous dividend, in four charts

By: Bloomberg     Updated 33 minutes ago Anheuser-Busch InBev is the most generous big food-and-beverage company in the world when it comes to paying cash out to shareholders. That largess could end as soon as next week. The reason? The Belgian beermaker is the most indebted company in the industry, in both absolute terms and relative... 

Telcos embracing once-feared OTTs

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 44 minutes ago South Africa’s mobile operators are seemingly starting to embrace over-the-top (OTT) services, with offerings of OTT-related bundles with lower effective rates per megabyte of data, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa’s) latest tariff analysis report shows. The... 

Long4Life appoints CFO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 55 minutes ago JSE-listed Long4Life has appointed Mireille Levenstein CFO, effective November 1. She will succeed Peter Riskowitz, who is retiring on October 31. 

SA yet to achieve land reform in urban areas, says deputy minister

By: News24Wire      Updated 1 hour 8 minutes ago There has not been any substantial land reform and restitution in urban areas in South Africa. So says Deputy Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Andries Nel, who was speaking at the Planning Africa 2018 conference on Monday. 

SA yet to achieve land reform in urban areas, says deputy minister

Roman’s Pizza head office kitted out with solar PV plant

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 2 hours 39 minutes ago Fast food franchise Roman’s Pizza’s head office in Centurion, Gauteng, has installed a 137 kW grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) solar plant, which is one of several actions the company is implementing to help conserve the environment. Other green initiatives by Roman’s include eliminating plastic... 

Mondi proceeds with Slovakia kraft top white machine project, but costs rise

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 2 hours 40 minutes ago After receiving permitting approvals, global packaging and paper group Mondi will invest in a new 300 000 t/y kraft top white machine at its Ruzomberok factory, in Slovakia, with start-up expected towards the end of 2020. “This investment provides an exciting opportunity for Mondi to leverage... 

Prudent capital allocation keeps Balwin performing in H1 despite challenging climate

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 2 hours 53 minutes ago JSE-listed housing developer Balwin Properties handed over 1 058 residential units, which contributed to a 33% increase in revenue to R1.19-billion for the six months ended August 31. An average unit selling price of R1.12-million was achieved, compared with R1.2-million in the same period of... 

Prudent capital allocation keeps Balwin performing in H1 despite challenging climate
Balwin Properties CEO Steve Brookes

Numsa plastic sector workers to strike over wages

By: African News Agency      Updated 3 hours ago Thousands of National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa are expected to strike in more than 450 companies in the plastic sector on Monday over wages and benefits, the union said. Numsa said these workers had, until 2016, enjoyed the same rights and benefits as those in engineering, but the... 

Renewable energy sector could provide jobs boost to SA

By: African News Agency      Updated 3 hours ago The renewable energy sector could provide an unexpected but much-needed jobs boost to South Africa’s employment levels, as the sector continues to mature, solar enery company SOLA Future Energy said on Monday. SOLA Future Energy is the company that replaced Robben Island’s diesel-powered... 

Sapoa to research root causes of planning delays in various municipalities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th October 2018 South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) CEO Neil Gopal says property sector role-players are experiencing significant challenges in some municipalities with regard to building plan application processes and land use/zoning. These challenges lead to a number of issues impacting on the... 

KenGen says new geothermal plant nearly ready

By: Reuters     12th October 2018 KenGen's new 165.4 MW capacity plant powered by geothermal steam is three quarters complete and on schedule for commissioning next July, Kenya's main electricity producer said on Friday. Geothermal steam, hot underground steam found in the Rift Valley which is used to drive turbines for... 

First LHWP Phase 2 construction contracts awarded

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th October 2018 Construction work on Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project is set to start soon. This follows the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) awarding the first construction contract on the project – the R235-million contract for the Polihali north-east access road – to the... 

Exxaro looks to fill Eskom coal shortage

By: Reuters     12th October 2018 Exxaro Resources said on Friday it was looking to supply coal to state-owned power utility Eskom, which has been hit by supply shortages, posing a threat to the power supply in Africa's most industrialised economy. Eskom, which has fewer than 20 days of coal supply at 10 of its power stations,... 

South Africa committed to African air transport liberalisation – Minister

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2018 South African Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande reaffirmed on Friday the country’s commitment to the implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision (YD) on liberalising air transport across Africa. He did so in a speech to the 48th annual general meeting of the Airlines Association of Southern... 

South Africa committed to African air transport liberalisation – Minister
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Dr Blade Nzimande

Steel Awards showcase resilience, workmanship in South African steel industry

By: Simone Liedtke     12th October 2018 South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) CEO Paolo Trinchero believes the industry continues to produce “outstanding work, [which] demonstrates its capability and expertise”. Speaking at its yearly Steel Awards function on Thursday evening, he said there was continued perseverance in... 

Steel Awards showcase resilience, workmanship in South African steel industry

KZN MEC unveils 25 planned projects to attract R200bn investment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th October 2018 KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala on Friday unveiled his portfolio of investment opportunities, which will result in R200-billion being pumped into the province’s economy over the next few years. Addressing captains of industry during an... 

KZN MEC unveils 25 planned projects to attract R200bn investment
KZN Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala

Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy growing, but better revenue mobilisation needed – IMF 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th October 2018 The macroenonomic outlook for sub-Saharan Africa continues to strengthen, with growth expected to increase from 2.7% in 2017 to 3.1% this year, the latest ‘Regional Economic Outlook’ report published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) shows. The higher growth reflects domestic policy... 

Seifsa president points to ‘signs of green shoots' for metals sector

12th October 2018 In an address at the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa’s (Seifsa’s) Presidential Breakfast on Friday, outgoing interim president Alph Ngapo expressed optimism that the political transition, which saw President Jacob Zuma replaced by President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier... 

Seifsa president points to ‘signs of green shoots' for metals sector

Southern African airlines face losses and slow growth, says industry association 

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2018 The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) has forecast that airlines in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region will suffer total losses of $300-million for this year. This would be in sharp contrast to the expected total profit of $33.8-billion for the global airline... 

Southern African airlines face losses and slow growth, says industry association
Photo by Airlink
An Embraer E190 airliner of Airlink, one of AASA’s member airlines

Reconstruction of Clanwilliam Dam in WCape to create thousands of jobs

By: African News Agency      12th October 2018 The construction of the Clanwilliam Dam in the Cederberg district in the Western Cape is envisaged to create more than 4,000 job opportunities, according to the department of water and sanitation. In a statement on Friday,  the department said: “A new-look Clanwilliam Dam is envisaged to create... 

Cape Town's increased water consumption is not sustainable, experts warn

By: News24Wire      12th October 2018 Cape Town's water consumption rose to 546-million litres a day this week – up from 520-million last week and 511-million the week before. Although dams that supply the city are 76% full, experts say a trajectory of increased consumption is not sustainable. The increased consumption comes as... 

Commercial vehicle market defies economic downturn 

By: Irma Venter     12th October 2018 The South African new-truck market has increased overall sales by 2.3% year-on-year for the first nine months of the year, defying a slew of negative economic indicators. According to the latest sales statistics released by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa,... 

Commercial vehicle market defies economic downturn
Gert Swanepoel

Sierra Leone axes plan to build Chinese-funded airport

By: Reuters     12th October 2018 Sierra Leone's government has terminated a $400-million scheme to build a new airport with Chinese labour and loans, according to a letter written last week by the country's minister of transport and aviation, reviewed by Reuters. The plan – one of many Chinese infrastructure projects that have... 

Tiger Brands reopens processing facility after listeria outbreak

By: Reuters     12th October 2018 Tiger Brands said on Friday it had re-opened a facility that was closed after South Africa's biggest food producer was implicated in the world's largest outbreak of listeria which killed more that 200 people. The health department recalled processed meat products known as "polony" and closed some... 

Lithium leaders tout bright EV future after tough trading debut

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2018 The market for lithium will remain tight through 2025 as producers struggle to lift output fast enough to meet demand for the material that’s essential in making batteries for electric vehicles (EVs), according to the sector’s newest public company, Livent. “We think demand is going to grow... 

Eskom optimistic plan to boost coal stocks will prevent power outages

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 The continuing coal supply shortage at State-owned power utility Eskom Holdings is considered a crisis by industry commentators. Although conceding that it “is not an ideal situation”, Eskom has assured Parliament that it is implementing a recovery plan to prevent any unplanned capacity loss.... 

Eskom optimistic plan to boost coal stocks will prevent power outages

Local constraints preventing SA civil aerospace firms from spreading wings

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2018 In his speech, officially opening the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 exhibition held at Air Force Base Waterkloof in Pretoria (City of Tshwane), President Cyril Ramaphosa made an all-too-brief reference to South Africa’s civil aerospace industry. “Some of our aircraft-related... 

Local constraints preventing SA civil aerospace firms from spreading wings

Engineering News iPhone and Android Apps available for free download

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th October 2018 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

Air Products launches centralised acetylene facility 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th October 2018 Air Products has invested more than R90-million into a centrally located dissolved acetylene facility in Midvaal and decommissioning its two existing plants in Kempton Park, in Gauteng, and Pinetown, in KwaZulu-Natal. The company officially unveiled the new central facility on Thursday. 

Air Products MD Rob Richardson details that company’s new dissolved acetylene facility in Midvaal, and Midvaal executive mayor Bongani Baloyi outlines the impact for the area. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Lethabo unit to remain out of service for 3 months following boiler rupture

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th October 2018 Based on a preliminary inspection by State-owned power utility Eskom, it is expected that Unit 5 at the Lethabo power station will remain out of service for a minimum of three months. This follows after the death of one employee and the injury of another at the power station on Wednesday when... 

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