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Megan van Wyngaardt

Megan van Wyngaardt

Megan van Wyngaardt is Creamer Media Senior Contributing Editor Online for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Zuma congratulates SA scientist on esteemed award

2nd February 2015 President Jacob Zuma on Monday congratulated South African Professor and infectious diseases epidemiologist Salim Karim for receiving the African Union's (AU’s) prestigious R1.1-million Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award in the field of Earth and Life Science, for his contribution to research in the... 

Group Five expects up to 50% drop in H1 earnings a share

2nd February 2015 Construction company Group Five expects its headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended December 31 to be between 40% and 50% lower than the comparative period the year before, owing to a disappointing performance from its engineering and construction cluster. The company expected... 

ACSA invests in solar energy for regional airports

2nd February 2015 Airports Company South Arica (ACSA) has called on interested parties to bid for the design of two 500 KWp photovoltaic (PV) solar plants, for installation at its Upington International and its Kimberley airports respectively. ACSA regional airports GM Yvette Schoeman told Engineering News Online... 

Diesel Electric Services to install high-pressure natural gas connection

30th January 2015 South African generator set (genset) designer and manufacturer Diesel Electric Services (DES), has contracted a permanent, high-pressure gas connection that would allow it to test natural gas-powered engines with greater flexibility. The connection would give DES access to natural gas reticulator... 

Challenges continue to impact on regional integration in Africa – report

30th January 2015 Overlapping memberships, limited financing, uneven commitment and slow project implementation are some of the challenges facing regional economic communities (RECs) in terms of regional integration and financing development, Zimbabwe-based research firm Africa Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)... 

Educational infrastructure a high priority for Nzimande

30th January 2015 Infrastructure development features prominently in the Department of Higher Education and Training’s (DHET’s) development plan, with the department aiming to invest a further R7.1-billion on university infrastructure development between 2015/16 and 2017/18, Higher Education and Training Minister... 

SA drags down otherwise robust African economic outlook

30th January 2015 While significant growth is forecast for five African countries that form part of the top-ten biggest growing economies in the world, this is not the case for South Africa. Speaking at the Frontier Advisory’s Africa Outlook 2015 forum, CEO Martyn Davies pointed out that the Democratic Republic of... 

Parliament free to decline changes to MPRDA Bill

29th January 2015 Law firm Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa director Lizel Oberholzer says the referral back to the National Assembly of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill, may potentially result in changes, unrelated to the substantive reservations raised by President... 

Bellzone secures $30m loan from Chinese partner

28th January 2015 Aim-listed miner Bellzone on Wednesday reported that it was finalising its $30-million secured debt agreement with China Sonangol International to meet its liabilities. The company last year reported that it had been unable to secure long-term financing, with China Sonangol providing short-term... 

Renewables fraternity welcomes CSIR study on economic value of projects

28th January 2015 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) has welcomed the conclusions of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) ‘Financial benefits of renewables in South Africa in 2014’ report, published on January 21. “The results of this study truly underline the economic value... 

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