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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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Saudi Arabia embarks on utility-scale renewable energy projects

18th April 2017 Saudi Arabia is seeking bids for its first utility-scale renewable energy projects, following the launch of the round one request for proposal (RFP) stage by the country’s Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Minister Khalid Al Falih. The RFP is now live on a 300 MW solar photovoltaic (PV)... 

Free State special economic zone to launch at month-end

18th April 2017 In its efforts to accelerate economic growth and development in designated regions of the country, government is set to launch the Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone (MAP-SEZ) in Tshiame, near Harrismith, in the eastern Free State, on April 25. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said... 

Enterprise development can help firms meet empowerment obligations

14th April 2017 South African companies cannot continue with business as usual practices in terms of meeting black economic-empowerment (BEE) targets, as it is no longer just a “tick-box exercise”, panelists at the Inyosi Enterprise and Supplier Development BEE debate said on Thursday. Panelist Leanne... 

Research partners aim to influence policymakers

14th April 2017 The University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) Public and Environmental Economics Research Centre (PEERC) and the South African Local Government Association (Salga) on Tuesday launched a new partnership to contribute to improving policymaking at local government level. PEERC was established this year... 

Grayston bridge inquiry may be postponed again

14th April 2017 The Department of Labour’s (DoL) inquiry into the collapse of the Grayston drive pedestrian bridge, on Gauteng’s M1 highway – which resulted in the death of two people and the injury of a further 19 –  may be postponed to July, 2018. The presiding inspector Lennie Samuel said that he would make a... 

CoM sees green shoots in mining industry as job losses wane

13th April 2017 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) on Thursday said that, despite general uncertainty about the global economy and the direction and sustainability of commodity prices, as well as domestic cost and policy pressures, it seems as if there are “green shoots” of improvements “if one [looks] carefully”. Its... 

Liberty Two Degrees refurbishments contribute to lower vacancies, higher turnover

13th April 2017 JSE-listed property fund Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) has signed a binding offer to lease the Nelson Mandela Square offices, comprising 6 350 m2, to an international tenant for five years. The rental obligation date of the lease agreement is from October 1 and will reduce the complex’s office space... 

Seifsa extends deadline for excellence awards entries to April 28

13th April 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has extended the deadline for entries for its Awards for Excellence for 2017 to April 28, to afford more companies time to submit entries. “After countless queries from interested companies in the metals and engineering... 

South American flavour coming to South Africa through Las Iguanas

13th April 2017 A new restaurant chain specialising in authentic Mexican, Brazilian and South American food and cocktails, is coming to Johannesburg in June, with Gold Brands bringing the UK midmarket restaurant brand Las Iguanas to the local market. “South Africans are always hungry for new places to dine, and... 

DEA to delve into plastic bag recycling saga

13th April 2017 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) will be liaising with the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) and the South African Bureau of Standards to ensure that manufacturers of plastic carrier bags comply with regulatory requirements and standards, it says. This follows... 

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