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SA moves to find consensus on how to tackle tyre-mountain scourge

24th February 2012 It is common cause that South Africa requires a plan to deal with its growing ‘tyre mountain’ problem, which is growing at a rate of about 200 000 t a year, or one-million waste tyres each month. This is aggravated by the fact that about 11-million used tyres, are dumped illegally yearly, or... 

SA moves to find consensus on how to tackle tyre-mountain scourge

24th February 2012 It is common cause that South Africa requires a plan to deal with its growing ‘tyre mountain’ problem, which is growing at a rate of about 200 000 t a year, or one-million waste tyres each month.  

Foreign investment key to sustaining African growth

17th February 2012 Africa must ensure that it improves its attractiveness to foreign direct investment (FDI) including from other large emerging countries to sustain its growth and development, says Ernst & Young Africa CEO Ajen Sita. 

Engineering group invests R380m in ring production line as it rebrands

17th February 2012 The rebranding and restructuring of heavy engineering company DCD, previously DCD-Dorbyl, is aimed at improving its international competitiveness while manufacturing products and components for the international and local markets, says DCD MD Rob King. 

Fine tolerance 3D plastics printer for rapid prototyping

10th February 2012 A three-dimensional (3D), multimaterial plastics and rubber printer, made by 3D printing equipment company Objet, prints hard and soft materials in 0.6 micron layers and can be used to produce a functional prototype of a product, for example a pharmaceuticals dispensing bottle, an electronic... 

Advances in autonomous robots seen as key to unlocking astroid mining

10th February 2012 The value of near-Earth asteroids is staggeringly huge and is prompting global companies into a race to access these lucrative targets. 

Agriculture key to climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions

10th February 2012 The world’s agriculture sector can contribute to climate change mitigation, while at the same time helping countries to adapt to climate change, say 14 scientists writing in the January 20 edition of the peer-reviewed journal Science. Members of the contributing team are drawn from from 12... 

Manufacturers looking to control supply chain to curtail price rises

10th February 2012 Concrete-products equipment company PMSA is building a factory for steel component manufacturer TWR Steel Services, who will give preferential supply to PMSA’s equipment manufacturing division, in an effort to control its supply of critical parts, says PMSA sales and marketing manager Quintin... 

Areva unveils hydrogen storage system

10th February 2012 A hydrogen storage system, designed to store excess electrical energy produced by a solar photovoltaic plant, has been installed on Corsica by French nuclear and renewable energy company Areva. 

Sustainability, growth tension to come to the fore in 2012 Budget

10th February 2012 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who will present South Africa’s 2012 Budget on February 22, will need to strike a difficult balance between finding the resources required to implement growth-supporting policy objectives and debt sustainability, Deloitte economist Kay Walsh argues in her Budget... 

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