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Energy efficiency practices and technologies can provide significant savings

9th November 2018 The scale of savings that can be cost effectively achieved in South Africa through managing energy use and using more energy efficient modern technologies and equipment can comprise up to 30% of all energy used, says building intelligence company Johnson Controls building efficiency GM Neil... 

Improved performance, energy efficiency and fault-finding

9th November 2018 A new cloud-based analytical building optimisation platform for building management systems analyses building data, and helps property owners and managers to improve building performance, fault finding and corrective action, as well as reduce energy costs, says building technology multinational... 

SA lags, but has much to gain from boosting energy efficiency

9th November 2018 The energy intensity of South Africa’s economy – defined as energy consumption as a function of gross domestic product – is about twice the international average and electrical energy consumption is about 40% higher than the international average, says the Academy of Science South Africa (ASSAf).... 

Cities need to invest up to $5.4tn a year to develop resilient infrastructure

9th November 2018 All forms of infrastructure are critical for the expected global urban growth, yet cities face a $4.5-trillion- to $5.4-trillion-a-year investment gap to develop resilient infrastructure. Smart cities are a response to infrastructure and funding challenges, says consulting engineering firm WSP... 

National composite cluster launched to stimulate advanced manufacturing

7th November 2018 The Composite Cluster, which was launched by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) space affairs chief director Nomfuneko Majaja during the inaugural Advanced Manufacturing and Composites Show, in Port Elizabeth, on Wednesday, aims to support the development and use of composites as part of... 

Deloitte proposes single figure standard for executive pay design

6th November 2018 Professional services firm Deloitte has proposed that the so-called single figure metric, which is a requirement of King IV reporting standards, become the standard to inform executive pay design – allowing internal and external comparisons on pay, as well as informing the shareholder and... 

Satellite connectivity can reduce sky-high Internet prices – MzansiSat

2nd November 2018 Accessible and affordable broadband Internet connectivity can be achieved through an infrastructure network that uses geostationary satellite technology to provide connectivity, says local satellite operator MzansiSat CEO Bart Cilliers. A study by Point Topic revealed that asymmetric digital... 

Clear strategy to identify talented individuals first step in developing leaders

2nd November 2018 Developing diverse and strong leadership teams requires that companies have a well-defined strategy for identifying potential leaders and placing them in challenging roles to empower them to lead within their disciplines, departments and organisations, says power management company Eaton Africa... 

South Africa’s Competition Tribunal approves Randgold, Barrick merger

1st November 2018 The proposed merger between Africa-focused gold miner Randgold Resources and Canadian gold miner Barrick Gold has received unconditional clearance from the South African Competition Tribunal, Randgold announced late on Wednesday. The transaction was approved without conditions, as recommended by... 

NUM members to strike as Gold Fields confirms retrenchment of 1 100 South Deep employees

1st November 2018 JSE-listed gold miner Gold Fields on Thursday announced that it had received a notice from the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) of the union’s intention to embark on a protected strike at its South Deep operation, in Johannesburg, to protest against planned retrenchments at the mine. The... 

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