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Cape Town doctor aiming to rewrite the sports safety-gear script

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2016 Fifteen years ago Dr Chris Leatt witnessed the death of a fellow motorcycle rider a few weeks after his four-year-old son, Matthew, got on a bike and fell in love with the sport. “Alan Selby had fallen at the top of a hill and I travelled up with the paramedic to assist,” says Leatt from his home... 

Largest fibre manufacturing plant opens in KZN

27th May 2016 Nonwoven product manufacturer Fibertex South Africa’s manufacturing plant in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal – which is one of six Fibertex factories in the world – is now the largest nonwoven geotextiles manufacturing facility in Africa. 

Largest fibre  manufacturing plant opens in KZN
POLYPROPYLENE PELLETS Some of the products produced by Fibretex are made from polypropylene

Black industrialists funding forum sifting through first 50 applications 

By: Terence Creamer     31st March 2016 South Africa’s black industrialists funding forum had its inaugural meeting in mid-March to consider 50 applications from aspirant black-owned manufacturing enterprises, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies revealed this week. Speaking following a meeting with the Black Business Council... 

Black industrialists funding forum sifting through first 50 applications

Localisation can be game-changer for SA – DTI 

By: News24Wire      16th March 2016 South Africa missed a golden opportunity by not manufacturing its own boilers and transformers for the Medupi and Kusile coal-fired power stations, which are currently under construction. This is according to Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director general Lionel October, who briefed MPs... 

Localisation can be game-changer for SA – DTI
Photo by Duane Daws
DTI DG Lionel October

Growthpoint H1 results carried by V&A Waterfront, Aus properties

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd March 2016 JSE-listed Growthpoint has, amid “hugely challenging economic and operating conditions”, recorded a dip in headline earnings a share to 59.72c for the six months ended December 31. This was 11.49c lower than the comparative period of 2014 and significantly lower than the 149.42c apiece reported... 

Growthpoint H1 results carried by V&A Waterfront, Aus properties

Lack of planning to address slow economic growth worrying – Seifsa

By: David Oliveira     25th February 2016 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has welcomed government’s announced efforts to reduce its expenditure; however, the organisation remained concerned about the lack of concrete plans to address the country’s slow economic growth. Speaking a day after... 

Lack of planning to address slow economic growth worrying – Seifsa
Photo by Duane Daws
Seifsa chief economist Henk Langenhoven

Survey shows wearable technology buy-in 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th February 2016 While market acceptance of wearable technology – clothing and accessories incorporating computer and advanced electronic technologies – is on the increase, regulation and policy frameworks surrounding the use of this fast-growing technology in the workplace need to be discussed. An online survey... 

Survey shows wearable technology buy-in
PwC actuarial, risk and quants division associate director Nanie Rothman discusses wearables in the workplace and the outcomes of a survey testing market acceptance. Date recorded: 09.02.2016. Camerawork and videoediting: Nicholas Boyd.

Clothing, textiles industry can be saved by consumption

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th December 2015 Despite arresting some of the decades-long gradual decline in the textiles and clothing sectors, it was time South Africa changed direction in its approach to saving this once-thriving industry. This was the view of University of the Witwatersrand Corporate Strategy and Industrial Development... 

Clothing, textiles industry can be saved by consumption
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