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2020 vision drives Eastern Cape economic growth

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th February 2007 The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) is in the throes of effecting its R2-billion Vision 2020 campaign, which aims to drive economic growth and investment within the area. 

R1-billion tourism development grows Algoa Bay

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th February 2007 The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in the Eastern Cape, recently gave Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) consortium Embizweni the approval for a R1 billion tourism development within Algoa Bay. 

East London IDZ draws investors

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th February 2007 The East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) has announced seven new investors within its Automotive Supplier Park (ASP). 

Automotive industry training programme rocked by budget cuts

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th February 2007 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC)-initiated tertiary education institution programme (TEI) has been discontinued in four of the seven tertiary education institutions contracted to the programme, following a 70% budget cut in 2006. 

Black-empowered group lives up to its name

By: Nomzamo Dladla     1st December 2006 Black-empowered Shanduka Group, founded by poli-tician-turned-businessman Cyril Ramaphosa, has madesignificant progress in acquiringdiverse investments, both inside and beyond South Africa’s borders. Shanduka, a black-owned and-managed company operating in a transforming South Africa, has... 

Foundation on track for R100m in CSI by 2014

By: Nomzamo Dladla     1st December 2006 Shanduka, a company founded by Cyril Ramaphosa to participate in black economic- empowerment transactions, has committed itself to assisting the previously disadvantaged people of South Africa. 

BEE investment group spreads its wings IN rest of continent

By: Jade Davenport     1st December 2006 One of South Africa’s largest black economic-empowerment (BEE) investment houses, the Shanduka group, has adopted a strategy to expand its investment drive into Africa, the company told Engineering News earlier this year. 

Profile: executive chair and founder Cyril Ramaphosa

By: Nomzamo Dladla     1st December 2006 Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa was born on November 17, 1952, in Soweto, Johannesburg. He matriculated at Mphaphuli High School in Venda, in 1971. 

Steeled and empowered for growth

By: Terence Creamer     1st December 2006 Africa’s largest steel merchant, Macsteel Service Centres South Africa (MSCSA) announced its much-anticipated black economic-empowerment (BEE) transaction in August, involving a consortium comprising staff and a series of well-known empowerment companies, led by Kagiso and Cyril... 

Mondi in R112m employee ownership move

1st December 2006 Paper and packaging firm Mondi South Africa and its black economic-empowerment partner, Shanduka, in January this year gave all employees at its South African operations ownership in the firm. 

Mineral projects firm seeks to capitalise on BEE potential

1st December 2006 May this year saw the consummation of a black economic-empowerment (BEE) deal in which Shanduka Resources, a subsidiary of the Shanduka group, acquired a 25% share in Dowding Reynard & Associates (DRA) and Minerals Operations Executive (Minopex). 

Cement shortages attributable to logistics – producer

By: Dennis Ndaba     1st December 2006 Cement producer Lafarge’s aggregate and ready-mix business has acquired the Mpumalanga aggregates quarry and ready-mix operations of White River Crushers. 

Concrete mixers get industry thumbs up

1st December 2006 Specialist vehicle body builder TFM Industries and Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles (MBCV) Centurion have strengthened their relationship and collaborated to provide, in the words of 3Q Concrete’s Alfrancois Henning, “the best service I have ever experienced”. 

Green light for South Coast concrete plants

1st December 2006 The South African Readymix Association (Sarma), the national body, which represents all the reputable readymix companies in southern Africa, has given a perfect accreditation score to the NPC Concrete plants in Margate and Marburg. 

Association targets 90% membership base

By: Dennis Ndaba     1st December 2006 The South African Readymix Association (Sarma) chairperson John Wearne says the association wants to grow its membership base to 90% of companies participating in the sector. Sarma is a national body representing reputable ready-mix companies. “Members pay an annual levy based on cubic... 

Association plays crucial standardisation role

By: Dennis Ndaba     1st December 2006 Ready-mixed concrete and mortar supplier Afrimix believes that the South African Ready- mix Association (Sarma) is a critical part of the ready-mix industry. 

Strategic focus shifts inland

By: Dennis Ndaba     1st December 2006 Altx-listed ready-mix concrete and aggregate supplier, WG Wearne, is focusing on growing the company’s inland operations, as well as looking at opportunities in the coastal areas. 

Soaring demand translates into capital reinvestment

By: Amy Heydenrych     24th November 2006 After 25 years of little invest ment, the steel industry has entered a buoyantperiod, with demand frommultiple sectors. In addition to the widespread boom in steel construction, the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) has also noted a general trend ofreinvestment within the... 

Steel awards celebrate diversity

24th November 2006 From detailed steel additions to an historic building, to a clothing design and distribution centre, ship-to-shore container-handling cranes, a taxi rank, a weather base on Marion Island, a sports stadium complex in Qatar, and a famous high-rise building in Dubai, the winners of the 2006 Steel... 

Lightweight steel housing catches on in South Africa

24th November 2006 The advent of light steel-frame building in South Africa is one of the most exciting developments in recent times in the steel and building industries, says John Barnard, director of Southern Africa Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa), a newly-formed division of the Southern African... 

Challenges, opportunities abound for local industry

24th November 2006 Predicting the future is a difficult task, and, considering that we live in a time of, perhaps, the most rapid change in the history of the world, it is now harder than ever. 

Steel 50 celebrations draw high-profile sponsors

24th November 2006 Mittal Steel and Macsteel Service Centres SA are two of an array of leading steel companies that sponsored the recent Steel 50 celebrations held at the Sandton Convention Centre in November 2006. 

Industry calls for clarity on sustainable development

24th November 2006 More than 200 members of the international steel industry, including world renowned Arup Fellow, Tristram Carfrae, have called on the South African government and world leaders in general to work rapidly to define guidelines that would give decision makers greater clarity and more measurable... 

Steel conference draws high-level speakers, delegates

24th November 2006 The Steel 50 conference, organised by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), has been acclaimed as one of the best conferences of its kind by attending engineers from various parts of the world. 

Alstom South Africa targets black control by year end

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2006 Alstom South Africa’s target is to be a black-controlled company by January 1, 2007, group MD Mark Wilson tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview. Already, Alstom SA’s black economic-empowerment (BEE) shareholding is at the comparatively high level of 47%,reflected in eight... 

Positioned to provide full power-generation scope

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2006 With Eskom to spend R67-billion on power-generation capacity in the next five years, Alstom South Africa’s power division is looking to capture a substantial slice of the business, together with its European principal and technology partner Alstom Power Generation. 

Signalling company dominates with home-grown products

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2006 Alstom Railway Signalling, a designer, manufacturer and supplier of a wide range of home-grown signalling equipment tailored to suit local conditions, provides a turnkey service of project and system design, project management, installation and a complete product-support capability. 

‘We haven’t seen a market like this since the 70s’

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2006 We haven’t seen a market like this since the seventies,” Alstom MD:transmission and distribution Jack Rowan tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview. 

Project-based operations boast enviable record

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2006 The industry and contracting division of Alstom South Africa has a long history of catering to key requirements of the local deep mining and metals processing industries through the supply and installation of mine winders and cold rolling and grinding mills respectively. 

High-flying electrical machines business goes for more growth

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2006 All the companies and business units in Alstom South Africa’s electrical machines division have grown by leaps and bounds in the last three years. 

Innovative projects poised to generate new business

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2006 Alstom Mechanical Equipment has put in place a number of innovative projects that promise to generate a great deal of new business for the company in the future. 

TARGET: 20% synfuels growth by 2015

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     27th October 2006 Sasol Synfuels is embarking on a strategy to grow its operation in Secunda by 20% by 2015. 

Most of R45bn capital spend will be in SA – Ramon

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2006 Some 60% of the R45-billion capital expenditure that Sasol will undertake in the next three years will be spent in South Africa, new Sasol CFO Christine Ramon assures Engineering News. 

Sasol now has 28 000 foreign shareholders

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2006 Thirty-five per cent of Sasol shares are held by foreigners - five per cent off the 40% target that Sasol set for itself when it listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in April 2003. 

Bids in for 100 000-t/y biodiesel plant

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2006 Sasol Nitro and CEF are evaluating three tenders for the establishment of a 100 000 t/y biodiesel-from-soybean plant, MD Bernard Klingenberg tells Engineering News. 

Project DNA gives birth to value-enhancing clusters

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2006 Sasol is implementing a project to enable its business strategy. 

180 projects worth R60bn in execution phase

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2006 Sasol has 180 projects in the execution phase that have a combined capital value of just over R60-billion. 

Higher maize plantings poised to lift fertiliser business

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2006 Sasol Nitro has traditionally had three business units - the ammonia, fertiliser and explosives business units - but now there is a fourth - the biodiesel business unit. 

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