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AMSA unveils first phase of incubation hub to support emerging industrialists

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th July 2017 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) on Friday unveiled the completed first phase of its new 1 600 m2 steel industry incubation hub, in Vanderbijlpark, which has been set up to help develop industrialists to be absorbed into its procurement supply chain. The R30-million Matlafatso... 

Numsa warns of imminent metals, engineering industry strike

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th July 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Friday warned of an imminent strike in the local metals and engineering sector, after the latest round of negotiations reached a deadlock on Thursday. The union is demanding a two-year 15% wage increase across the board, based on the... 

JSE’s cost savings drive to result in 60 job cuts

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th July 2017 The JSE plans to reduce its technology operating expenditure by a minimum of R70-million over a two-year period, which will also result in the stock exchange reducing its staff complement by 60 people. Noting that the plans form part of its ongoing cost optimization drive, JSE CEO Nicky... 

Locally produced engineering steel declining

By: Nica Schreuder     7th July 2017 It has become cheaper to import finished products manufactured  overseas  than to manufacture engineering steel in the country, which has resulted in more than half the country’s foundries closing down, laments specialised steel and industry expertise company Special Steels MD Byron Ferguson. He... 

Locally produced engineering steel declining
HIGH PROFILE Hydraulic cyclinder components being cut from a 300 mm carbon steel plate at Special Steels

New-generation Sentient hand-held unit for gas detection

     7th July 2017 The new generation Ingress Protection 68 rated Sentient handheld unit is widely regarded as the most cost effective, sophisticated and low maintenance gas detection device in the mining industry today. 

New-generation Sentient hand-held unit for  gas detection
GAS DETECTION SYSTEMS This instrument was developed by Booyco Electronics, specifically to improve safety in any confined spaces

Driver report programme enhances total service offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th July 2017 Fleet management company MiX Telematics (MiX) last month announced the relaunch of its MiX ReportMyDriving programme, previously offered by a division of MiX, Compass Fleet Management, after an incremental development period to ensure key improvements to the reports offered to clients, as well as... 

Driver report programme  enhances total service offering
MIX REPORTMYDRIVING MiX Telematics Journey Management Centre provides road users with a platform to report traffic incidents or driver offences of subscribed fleet vehicles

Nigerian university expansion project receives AfDB loan

By: David Oliveira     7th July 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) last month signed agreements for a corporate loan to finance the expansion of Afe Babalola University (ABUAD) in Ado Ekiti, Nigeria. The expansion project consists of the construction of new facilities – including a 400-bed teaching hospital, an industrial... 

Strike would threaten MEIBC's continued existence – Solidarity

By: Samantha Herbst     6th July 2017 With wage negotiations in the metals and engineering sector coming to a standstill, Solidarity fears that if a strike is the result it would jeopardise the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC), the trade union said on Thursday. Trade unions and employers reached a deadlock... 

Strike would threaten MEIBC's continued existence – Solidarity
Solidarity deputy general secretary Marius Croucamp

South Africa, Canada partnership awards C$1m to new research initiatives

By: Anine Kilian     4th July 2017 The South Africa–Canada Research Chairs Trilateral Partnership Initiative announced on Tuesday that it would award C$1-million to two new trilateral research chairs, including a South Africa-Canada-Kenya collaboration and a South Africa-Canada-Uganda collaboration. In addition, the South... 

Zuma awaits higher education report on fees

By: Sashnee Moodley     30th June 2017 The deadline for the Presidential Commission report on the feasibility of free higher education and training coincided with the opening of African National Congress’ (ANC’s) fifth National Policy Conference on Friday. President Jacob Zuma delivered the opening address to more than 3 000 delegates... 

Zuma awaits higher education report on fees
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President Jacob Zuma

Business holds small-business funding line, despite serious postreshuffle trust deficit

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th June 2017 It is now well documented how President Jacob Zuma’s March 31 Cabinet reshuffle, which saw South Africa’s highly-regarded Pravin Gordhan removed as Finance Minister, seriously undermined trust between government and its social partners, including business. The controversial move also placed the... 

Business holds small-business funding line, despite serious postreshuffle trust deficit

Women in energy efficiency look to expand mentorship programme

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th June 2017 Following the initial success of the Southern African Females in Energy Efficiency (Safee) mentorship programmes in the past year, Safee’s potential objectives are to establish the mentorship programme in other provinces, as well as host Safee chapters at various tertiary institutions in the... 

Short- and long-term options for ailing supply

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2017 Although South Africa’s current dam infrastructure setup is reliable, sustainable consulting in the built and natural environment provider WSP Africa Structures senior engineer Peter Townshend says there are a number of short- and long-term solutions that South Africa can pursue to augment water... 

Short- and long-term options for ailing supply
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DAMNING STATE Dams in South Africa are under pressure to meet a growing water demand

Consulting engineering industry must become resilient

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th June 2017 A key focus that arose out of discussions at this year’s International Federation of Consulting Engineers’ Group of African Member Associations (FIDIC GAMA) Conference, and which will be further explored at the FIDIC International Infrastructure Conference in October, is the need for resilience... 

Consulting engineering industry must become resilient
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GOOD BUSINESS SENSE The only way to develop sustainable infrastructure in Africa is through partnerships between international and local companies

Partnerships key to sustaining consulting engineering sector

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th June 2017 Cultivating partnerships between larger, established firms and smaller organisations in the various sectors, is the best way to drive sustainability in South Africa’s consulting engineering industry, says consulting engineering firm Malani Padayachee & Associates (MPA) CEO Malani Padayachee-Saman. 

IEA recognises ECSA for a further six years for Washington Accord

By: Anine Kilian     27th June 2017 The International Engineering Alliance (IEA) has recognised the Engineering Council of South Africa’s (ECSA‘s) standards and processes for the Washington Accord for an additional six years. “The recognition of ECSA by the IEA reaffirms that ECSA conforms to global engineering education and... 

Numsa reiterates demands as it prepares for further negotiations in metals, engineering sector

By: Anine Kilian     27th June 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has confirmed it will participate in further meetings with employers in the metals and engineering sector to resolve a wage disputes. Further negotiations will take place on June 28 and 29, and again on July 5 and 6. 

Formal jobs decline by 48 000 in Q1 – Stats SA

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th June 2017 Jobs in the formal nonagricultural sector declined by 48 000, or 0.5%, to 9.64-million in the quarter ended March 31, Statistics South Africa’s (Stats SA’s) Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) report has revealed. This was mainly driven by trade and finance and business services, which lost 32... 

MEIBC appoints subcommittee in attempt to resolve metals, engineering wage negotiation deadlock

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd June 2017 The Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council’s management committee has agreed to appoint a subcommittee to attempt resolving the disputes declared by employers and trade unions in the metals and engineering sector. Negotiations to conclude a wage agreement and an agreement on... 

S Africa’s attractiveness to investors dependent on economic recovery

By: Nadine James     23rd June 2017 South Africa’s attractiveness to foreign investors in the future will depend a great deal on how it recovers from its latest economic knocks and political and policy developments, warns the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI). SAGCCI CEO Matthias Boddenberg explains... 

S Africa’s attractiveness to investors dependent on economic recovery
RESOLUTE RELATIONSHIP German businesses have deep roots in South Africa and are unlikely to pull out any time soon

VescoPlastics’ strong training heritage recognised

By: David Oliveira     23rd June 2017 For its commitment to training, local polymer bearing manufacturer   VescoPlastics received the Artisan Award at the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa’s (Seifsa’s) Awards for Excellence, which were held last month at the Industrial Development Corporation Conference... 

Joint venture to boost localisation and skills development

By: Nadine James     23rd June 2017 STEAG EOH Energy Services, a strategic joint venture (JV) – formed in February by JSE-listed technology solutions provider EOH and German energy group STEAG Energy Services – has been actively pursuing opportunities in the local energy market, while identifying areas for localisation and skills... 

Expansion ensures greater manufacturing capability for Hydra-Arc

By: Nica Schreuder     23rd June 2017 Steel fabricator Hydra-Arc has recently expanded its machining capability allowing them to take on work previously done by international manufacturing and engineering companies. Founded in 1987 by Jose Maciel, Hydra-Arc has grown from a supplier of specialised welders into a leading refinery... 

Expansion ensures  greater manufacturing  capability for Hydra-Arc
BEACON OF HOPE Mshiniwami trainees do practical training by assisting with the less complex welds on Hydra- Arc’s water tank projects, helping water-scarce rural communities

Untapped drone industry holds multibillion-rand potential for economy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th June 2017 South Africa’s economy is set to earn around R2-billion and gain about 3 600 formal jobs through the economic output generated by the local drone industry, Commercial Aviation Association of South Africa economist Dr Roelof Botha believes. Speaking at Drone Con, in Midrand, last week, Botha said... 

Untapped drone industry holds multibillion-rand potential for economy

Education is the key to economic freedom, says Zuma

By: African News Agency      16th June 2017 Education is the most powerful weapon towards economic freedom, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday. “Government has taken reasonable and practical measures in ensuring that young people are enrolled in schools and study in decent schools and not mud schools and other inappropriate structures,... 

Education is the key to economic freedom, says Zuma
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South African President Jacob Zuma

NBI offering guidance for workplace-based learning for youth

By: Schalk Burger     16th June 2017 Business organisation the National Business Initiative (NBI) is using its construction industry youth internship project to determine best practices in establishing effective youth training initiatives in other industries. The organisation, in June, launched the NBI Guidelines for Work Integrated... 

Company aims for positive impact on environment

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions aims to deliver a product and service offering that impacts the environment favourably when compared with traditionally used products. 

Company focuses on total cost of ownership

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th June 2017 With an increased focus on total cost of ownership rather than individual product expenditure, chemicals supplier CPS Chemicals Oil-Tech has started tailoring its optimisation services to cater for improved total cost of ownership solutions.  

Company focuses on total cost of ownership
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SHARING KNOWLEDGE CPS Chemicals Oil-Tech offers training on friction, wear and lubrication for engineers

Regulation changes for chemicals industry next year

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th June 2017 Major Hazard Installation (MHI) regulations for hazardous chemical and petrochemical industries – which fall under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) – are under review to align them with international standards.  

Regulation changes for chemicals industry next year
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SAFETY ABOVE ALL Ishecon’s training helps engineers to build and operate safe chemical plant installations

South Africans more conscious of greener ways of living

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 With South Africans being more aware of greener ways of living, multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP regional director and sustainability consultant Alison Groves says this has led to green building becoming integral in the design and construction of buildings. 

South Africans more conscious of greener ways of living
INITIAL FOCUS The rating system developed by the Green Building Council of South Africa was initially only focused on new buildings

Programme provides in-depth understanding to boost green industry

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Owing to the continuous development and application of new technology in the green industry, training and research provider Enterprises University of Pretoria (Enterprises at UP) will present the biannual ten-day Programme in Environmental Management under the auspices of the Centre for... 

Budding local wind technicians graduate on Global Wind Day

By: Kim Cloete     15th June 2017 After seven months of intense training, 18 young South Africans graduated from the internationally recognised Wind Turbine Service Technician programme, in Cape Town, on Thursday, which also happened to be Global Wind Day. Five of the seven months of training were spent at the South African... 

Trade unions, MEIBC reach wage negotiation deadlock

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th June 2017 Trade union Solidarity, along with other unions, on Thursday declared a dispute with employers in the metals and engineering industry over stalled wage negotiations that are currently under way at the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC). Solidarity deputy general secretary... 

Deteriorating trade conditions will contribute to higher unemployment – Sacci

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th June 2017 Trade conditions remained in negative territory in May, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Wednesday, with its Trade Activity Index at 49. While this was an improvement on the 45 recorded in April, Sacci raised concerns about the index remaining below the neutral... 

Deteriorating trade conditions will contribute to higher unemployment – Sacci

Sasol awards consultancy contract to Petroplan

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th June 2017 Local chemicals and energy company Sasol has contracted oil and gas recruitment specialist Petroplan to provide consultancy and managed services in the UK, South Africa and Mozambique. Petroplan already has a long-standing working relationship with Sasol through the provision of both contract and... 

Court orders MEIBC to be placed under administration

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th June 2017 Trade union Solidarity has succeeded in its application to have the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) placed under administration. The first of its kind in the country, Solidarity deputy general secretary Marius Croucamp welcomed the judgment by Judge Sean Snyman, noting... 

Court orders MEIBC to be placed under administration

Deterioration of local economic landscape pinching jobs outlook

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th June 2017 While South African employers are reporting limited hiring prospects for the third quarter, opportunities for local job seekers are expected to be strongest in the electricity, gas and water supply and the finance, insurance, real estate and business services sectors, ManpowerGroup South Africa’s... 

Deterioration of local economic landscape pinching jobs outlook

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