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Previous Necsa board inept, defiant – Radebe 

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th December 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has made most serious allegations against the previous and recently dismissed board of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa). He was briefing the media, in Pretoria, on Friday. He accused the previous board members of failing to properly and... 

Previous Necsa board inept, defiant – Radebe
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Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

South Africa’s 'dysfunctional' rail system root of many transport problems 

By: Irma Venter     7th December 2018 South Africa has a “completely dysfunctional" passenger rail system, says Professor Stephan Krygsman of the University of Stellenbosch’s Department of Logistics (Transport Economics). “There is no way to sugarcoat it. “The fact that we cannot get a rail system working in this country is probably... 

South Africa’s 'dysfunctional' rail system root of many transport problems

Gibela delivers its first South African made train to PRASA 

By: Irma Venter     7th December 2018 Gibela has delivered its first South African-built X’trapolis Mega commuter train to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). The train was dispatched from Gibela’s new train manufacturing complex at Dunnottar, in Ekurhuleni, this week, travelling to Prasa’s Wolmerton depot, north of... 

Gibela delivers its first South African made train to PRASA
The first South African-built X’trapolis Mega commuter train on its way to the Wolmerton depot

Transnet praised for rapidly restoring stricken Saldanha iron-ore line 

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2018 State rail transport enterprise Transnet has earned praise by pulling out all the stops to rapidly restore a railway bridge on South Africa’s crucial Sishen–Saldanha iron-ore line. The line came to a halt on November 28 after a truck carrying heavy equipment at excessive height on a public road... 

Transnet praised for rapidly restoring stricken Saldanha iron-ore line
Crucial iron-ore line back on track after rapid bridge restoration

Energy Minister 'very confident' in new Necsa board

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th December 2018 The new chairperson of the board of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), Dr Rob Adam, has given the assurance that the new board and interim CEO would be able to restore the beleaguered entity. He was talking, via video link, at a media briefing in Pretoria on Friday.... 

Radebe denies allegations of corruption regarding his Necsa actions

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th December 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has emphatically denied imputations that his dismissal of the previous board of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) was motivated by a desire for personal enrichment. These allegations were "complete balderdash" he told a media briefing held in... 

Energy Minister highlights 'defiance' by Necsa CEO, board chairperson

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th December 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe confirmed at a media briefing on Friday that South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane had been subject to "precautionary suspension". The CEO is an ex-officio member of the Necsa Board. A totally new Necsa Board was announced this week.... 

National minimum wage of R20 an hour to take effect on Jan 1

By: African News Agency      7th December 2018 The national minimum wage will kick in on January 1, meaning no South African worker will earn less than R20 an hour in the new year, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Friday. "We are here to declare that from 1 January 2019 the national minimum wage shall be introduced. No worker in South... 

National minimum wage of R20 an hour to take effect on Jan 1
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Comments received for proposals to reform key interests rate

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th December 2018 The South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB’s) initial assessment of the comments received on the proposals for the reform of key interest rate benchmarks used in South Africa is that there is broad-based in-principle support for the recommended reforms. This follows after the SARB in August embarked... 

Eskom should weigh selling its crown jewels, FirstRand CEO says

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2018 State-owned Eskom should consider selling two coal-fired plants that rank among the world’s biggest to repair the state-owned utility’s finances, according to the head of South Africa’s biggest bank by market value. The supplier of almost all of South Africa’s power is being battered by declining... 

Tiger Brands to reopen Polokwane meat products processing facility

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th December 2018 Tiger Brands on Thursday received a Certificate of Acceptability from the Capricorn Municipality for its value-added meat products processing facility in Polokwane, Limpopo, allowing for the production of ready-to-eat products to restart immediately. The certificate was issued after a rigorous... 

Dawn expects interim headline loss a share to widen

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th December 2018 JSE-listed Distribution and Warehousing Network (Dawn) on Friday advised its shareholders that it expects its headline loss per share (HLPS) for the six months ended September 30, to deteriorate by between 174% and 188%. It expects to report a HLPS of between 37.6c and 39.5c, compared with the... 

Attracting investors to green technology in the Atlantis SEZ

By: Kim Cloete     7th December 2018 The Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ), which has been launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa, has already attracted R680-million in investment and created 312 jobs.  A large slice of the investment was contributed by wind tower manufacturer Gestamp Renewable Industries. 

3D printing surging globally and South Africa is making its mark

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th December 2018 The global take-off of Additive Manufacturing (AM, popularly called 3D printing), it is now apparent, took place some six years ago. "2012 was a turning point in AM, globally," consultancy Wohlers Associates President Terry Wohlers tells "Engineering News". "The technology really gained... 

3D printing surging globally and South Africa is making its mark

Process that will ‘drastically’ cut the power needed to reprocess mining waste edging closer to commercialisation

By: Tracy Hancock     7th December 2018 Energy efficiency in the mining and minerals processing sector continues to be a hot topic, especially in South Africa, where increases in the cost of energy sources – namely electricity, diesel and coal – along with that of labour, exceed inflation.   

Process that will ‘drastically’ cut the power needed to  reprocess mining waste edging closer to commercialisation

Mammoet opens new office in Accra, Ghana

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th December 2018 Dutch company Mammoet is expanding its footprint in Africa with the opening of a new office in Accra, Ghana. The new base in Ghana will increase Mammoet’s offerings of specialist services in engineered heavy lifting and transport to the fast growing West African market, allowing for more... 

Mammoet opens new office in Accra, Ghana
Mammoet specialises in heavy lifting and transport

Regius developing coal-to-liquids, fertiliser project in Mozambique

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th December 2018 UK-incorporated company Regius Synfuels is, through its Mozambican subsidiary Regius Synfuels Mozambique, developing an integrated 10 000 bbl/d clean diesel and gasoline and a 409 000 t/y fertiliser project, in the Tete province of Mozambique. The project is registered with the Investment... 

Nigerian govt launches bid for flare gas offtakers

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th December 2018 The Nigerian government is inviting parties with an interest in accessing and securing competitively priced gas to participate in an open and competitive bid process. The government is implementing a Nigerian Gas Flare Commercialisation Programme (NGFCP) to make use of gas instead of it being... 

Nigerian govt launches bid for flare gas offtakers

Engineering News iPhone and Android Apps available for free download

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th December 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

The switch to EVs needs plugs on the world's remotest roads

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2018 The whole four-hour drive to Coober Pedy, Wiebe Wakker knew the inevitable was coming. Less than 15 miles outside town, a sun-scorched outpost of Australia’s Outback that’s served as a backdrop for Mad Max movies, the battery of his electric car ran out. Wakker, a 31-year-old Dutchman, steered... 

Wakkerstroom residents want R13m water pipeline project halted

By: News24Wire      7th December 2018 Residents of Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga have called for a R13-million water pipeline project to be halted, saying it will put their water supply at risk. Speaking via the Wakkerstroom Interest Group (WIG), they say the pipeline project - from Martin's Dam, above the Wakkerstroom Wetland, to... 

South Africa axes state nuclear firm Necsa's board

By: Reuters     7th December 2018 South African Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said on Friday that the government had replaced the entire board of directors of State-run nuclear firm Necsa and suspended its chief executive over problems with how it was governed. The previous Necsa board included prominent backers of plans to expand... 

South Africa axes state nuclear firm Necsa's board
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Opec goes back into crunch talks as Russia resists big oil cut

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2018 The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) prepared for a further day of talks on oil-production curbs after a summit on Thursday ended with no deal, as Russia resisted the big output cut that Saudi Arabia was demanding. After a six-hour meeting in Vienna, Saudi Energy Minister... 

Ghosn is said to be indicted in Japan as soon as Monday

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2018 Three weeks after his arrest at a Tokyo airport, Carlos Ghosn is set to be indicted for financial crimes as soon as Monday, according to people familiar with the matter, bringing to a head the case that has sent shock waves through the global auto industry. Prosecutors are also planning to... 

Nissan to recall 150 000 cars on newly found inspection failures

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2018 Nissan Motor is planning to recall 150 000 vehicles in Japan after uncovering more failures in its final vehicle inspection process, dealing another blow to the carmaker whose former chairperson Carlos Ghosn is detained over alleged financial crimes. The new problems include inappropriate tests... 

Europe was growing wary of Huawei even before CFO's arrest

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2018 The shock arrest of Huawei Technologies’ chief financial officer comes at a crunch time in Europe, as governments decide whether to crack down on the Chinese technology giant. Before Canadian officials detained Wanzhou Meng on December 1 over potential violations of US sanctions on Iran,... 

Tullow oil seeking partners in bid for additional Ghana block

By: Reuters     7th December 2018 UK oil explorer Tullow Oil is seeking partners in a bid to acquire a new oil block in Ghana which launched its first oil bidding round in October, the company's MD Kweku Awotwi said on Thursday. Tullow is already lead operator of two oil fields in Ghana including its flagship offshore Jubilee... 

Eskom implements Stage 1 load shedding

By: African News Agency      7th December 2018 State power utility Eskom said on Friday it would again effect rotational powercuts to reduce demand and avoid a collapse of the grid, but that this would be on a lower scale than in recent days. "Eskom will be implementing Stage 1 rotational load shedding from 09:00 and this is likely to... 

Eskom implements Stage 1 load shedding

Water and sanitation audit committee says Mokonyane ignored reports on financial mismanagement

By: News24Wire      7th December 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation's internal audit committee had given its former minister, Nomvula Mokonyane, detailed quarterly reports about serious financial mismanagement in her department – but she ignored them all. The ailing department has clocked up more than R6-million in irregular... 

Water and sanitation audit committee says Mokonyane ignored reports on financial mismanagement
Former Water & Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane

Corruption charges laid against acting Sars boss Mark Kingon

By: News24Wire      7th December 2018 Corruption charges have been filed against acting South African Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Mark Kingon by an unknown and obscure organisation named the Anti-Poverty Forum (APF). The charge was laid by APF's director Phapano Phasha on Tuesday at the Brooklyn police station. News24 is in... 

Corruption charges laid against acting Sars boss Mark Kingon

'Treasonous' tweets won't help Eskom out of current 'crisis' 

By: Terence Creamer     6th December 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan reported that a Cabinet task team would be appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa soon to finalise a road map for turning around the debt-laden utility, which he acknowledged was in the midst of an operational “crisis”. The “small” task team would work... 

'Treasonous' tweets won't help Eskom out of current 'crisis'
Photo by Dylan Slater
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Ramaphosa launches Atlantis SEZ 

By: Kim Cloete     6th December 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has officially launched the Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in the Western Cape, with the goal of making it "a launching pad for economic growth" in the region. “A combined R1.8-billion is expected to be invested in the SEZ by 2022. In the short to medium-term, the... 

SABS laboratories awarded 20-year commendation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th December 2018 Three of the South African Bureau of Standards’ (SABS’s) testing laboratories have been awarded commendations by the South African National Accreditation System (Sanas) for maintaining continuous accreditation status during the last 20 years, SABS Laboratory Services Division executive Johan Louw... 

SABS laboratories awarded 20-year commendation
Johan Louw, Executive: Laboratory Services; Duke Nene, Manager Explosion Prevention Technology; Hanli Hendriksz, Quality Manager and Sihle Qwabe, Senior Manager Electro-technical Engineering

Confident outlook for local Reits in 2019

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th December 2018 The South African real estate investment trust (Reit) sector is set to deliver double-digit returns to investors next year, says the SA Reit association. Catalyst Fund Managers adds that it expects the Reits’ performance in 2019 to be marked by positive total returns from the sector, largely... 

Progress made with establishing Nkomazi SEZ

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th December 2018 Cabinet earlier this week ratified a decision by Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies to designate the Nkomazi Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and to grant an SEZ licence to the Mpumalanga provincial government’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism. The Nkomazi SEZ will be positioned... 

Cabinet announces new Necsa board members

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th December 2018 Government on Thursday announced the names of new board members for the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa). It revealed in a post Cabinet meeting statement that Dr Robert Adam, Dr Ramatsemela Masango, Aadil Patel, Bishen Singh, Pulane Kingston, Matlhodi Ngwenya, Jabulani Ndlovu and... 

Sacci BCI increases slightly to 96.1 in November

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th December 2018 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) Business Confidence Index (BCI) for November measured 96.1, which is an increase of 0.3 index points compared with October. “The upward momentum of the BCI since September appears to have flattened and it is the second time this... 

EPP reports solid increase in net property income amid good market conditions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th December 2018 JSE-listed Polish property company Echo Polska Properties (EPP) on Thursday reported a 37% year-on-year increase in net property income to £102-million for the nine months ended September 30. Earnings available for distribution amounted to 8.75c apiece and the company was on track to meet its... 

EPP reports solid increase in net property income amid good market conditions
EPP CEO Hadley Dean

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