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Irma Venter

Irma Venter

Irma Venter is a Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Europe’s FlixBus to test electric buses on long-distance bus network

16th March 2018   Europe’s largest long-distance mobility provider, FlixBus, will be the first company worldwide to test electric buses (e-buses) on its longer-distance bus routes. Beginning in April, the first all-electric Flix-E-Buses will begin test operations on the 150 km route between Paris and Amiens,... 

Metair aims to almost double gigawatt hours capacity in the next three years

15th March 2018 Energy storage and automotive component manufacturer Metair is gearing up to become a multiple-site giga factory, in an effort to reap the benefits from the rapid increase in battery use in the automotive, telecoms, utility, mining, retail and materials-handling sectors. “We have made good... 

Afrimat Construction Index ticks up, but talks on land may dampen mood

15th March 2018 The 2017 fourth quarter results of the Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) show an upward trend, broadly in line with the uptick in South Africa’s gross domestic product. After reaching an eight-quarter high of 127 at the end of 2016, the ACI declined for two successive quarters before recovering in... 

WesBank forecasts meagre 0.75% growth in new-vehicle sales

14th March 2018 South Africa’s new-vehicle industry is forecast to grow by 0.75% in 2018 compared with last year, says vehicle finance provider WesBank. WesBank CEO Chris de Kock delivered the bank’s view on the market at the 2018 Car of the Year awards held on Tuesday, in Gauteng. 

High levels of crime may force PRASA to cancel services on certain routes

14th March 2018 Continued high levels of crime on certain urban rail corridors may “eventually leave the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) with no choice” but to cancel its services on these routes,  says the agency. The State-owned PRASA says while it continues to engage with the dedicated rapid... 

Porsche takes Car of the Year – again

14th March 2018 The South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) on Tuesday evening selected the Porsche Panamera as its 2018 Car of the Year. The Volvo S90 came second, with the Alfa Romeo Giulia in third position. 

Groupe PSA to assemble Peugeot, Opel vehicles in Namibia

13th March 2018 Groupe PSA has signed an agreement with the Namibia Development Corporation (NDC) to assemble Peugeot and Opel vehicles in Walvis Bay. Groupe PSA is a French multinational manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles sold under the Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel and Vauxhall brands. 

Metrorail train hijackings a ticking time bomb, warns union

13th March 2018 It is only a matter of time before the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) will be forced to face another derailment or serious accident on its Metrorail lines, says United National Transport Union (UNTU) spokesperson Sonja Carstens. “PRASA is sitting on a ticking time bomb.” 

Land expropriation talk countered by lure of better returns in SA

9th March 2018 While land expropriation without compensation “will be a challenge”, with a “lot of work remaining to be done” before it can become a reality, there is hope that “the rethoric around land will not upset foreign investment too much”, says Econometrix chief economist and director Dr Azar Jammine.... 

Local content key to safeguarding components industry amid powertrain revolution

9th March 2018 The global automotive industry is facing the rapid development of new powertrain technologies, such as electric and hydrogen vehicles, eager to displace the internal combustion engine (ICE), which has powered the industry for more than a century. The local automotive manufacturing industry is... 

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