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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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Email: newsdesk@engineeringnews.co.za

SADC infrastructure plan on track

17th March 2015 Key areas have to be unlocked to ensure that the Southern African Development Community’s (SADC’s) Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan (RIDMP) – a guide to the development of seamless and cost-effective transboundary infrastructure – is successful. These areas included the development... 

Youth unemployment might remarginalise Africa

17th March 2015 There are three key challenges impeding infrastructure development and economic growth in Africa, including government policies, the continent’s position on global competitiveness and a high level of youth unemployment. At the second Public–Private Dialogue Forum on Infrastructure Projects in... 

Further downgrades inevitable if S Africa doesn’t change policy – economist

17th March 2015 Given South Africa’s low gross domestic product growth, the likelihood of the country being further downgraded by international ratings agencies was inevitable, Efficient Group chief economist Dawie Roodt warned on Monday. Speaking to delegates at a Rode property lunch in Pretoria, he pointed out... 

DTI to strengthen S Africa, Russia trade

16th March 2015 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is leading a delegation of 25 South African businesspeople to participate in the sixth Investment and Trade Initiative (ITI) to Moscow and Novosibirsk, Russia, from March 23 to 27. The initiative would comprise investment seminars, business-to-business... 

Seifsa reiterates bleak outlook for metals and engineering sector

13th March 2015 The only ray of light in the manufacturing sector over the last year had been that January production had been slightly higher than in December, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) chief economist Henk Langenhoven said on Friday.  Speaking after the release by... 

Despite lower price, CoAL remains bullish on S African projects

13th March 2015 Despite a lower coal price in the short term, which would impact South African-focused miner Coal of Africa Limited’s (CoAL’s) project development, the company remained bullish, noting that prices would likely increase again in 2018. The ASX-, Aim- and JSE-listed company on Friday said coal... 

CoAL agrees deal with Makhado empowerment partners

13th March 2015 ASX-, Aim- and JSE-listed Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) has concluded agreements with broad-based black economic-empowerment partners to acquire a 26% stake in the Makhado hard coking and thermal coal project, near Musina, in Limpopo. The transaction resulted in the formation of the Makhado... 

100 MW solar park to relieve pressure on national grid

13th March 2015 The Department of Economic Development, together with Spanish solar company Abengoa and the Industrial Development Corporation on Monday launched a 100 MW concentrated solar power (CSP) park, about 60 km outside Pofadder, in the Northern Cape. Speaking to journalists at the launch of the... 

Western Cape tackles energy crisis by engaging with business

12th March 2015 To reduce the economic impact of the current energy crisis, the Western Cape government (WCG), the City of Cape Town and businesses in the region have agreed to work together to find innovative solutions for alternative energy generation. Short-term solutions included using the design of the... 

Mining production down 4.7% y/y in January

12th March 2015 Mining production decreased by 4.7% year-on-year in January, and by 5.4% month-on-month on a seasonally adjusted basis, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) revealed on Thursday. This followed month-on-month changes of 0.2% in December and a decrease of 1.1% in November. 

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