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SA’s ambitious Youth Employment Service starts taking shape

By: Marleny ArnoldiThe Youth Employment Service (YES) aims to create one-million jobs within three years to help alleviate the situation of six-million unemployed youths in South Africa, 60% of whom reside in townships and rural areas. YES was established by the CEO Initiative, which is a partnership created... 

SA’s ambitious Youth Employment Service starts taking shape

Editorial Insight

Time to embrace a Wild Boars spirit

By: Terence CreamerThe evacuation of the 12 members of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach from a flooded cave in northern Thailand serves as a powerful reminder of just what is possible when people unite behind a common project. Success was far from guaranteed, but the mission would have failed at the very... 

Time to embrace  a Wild Boars spirit

News & Insight

Agreement stokes West African renewable-energy market

By: Schalk BurgerGerman solar mounting company Schletter Group has signed a wholesale agreement with steel manufacturer Sparkwest Steel Industries, which will exclusively market Schletter open-area and rooftop systems in Nigeria. Sparkwest Steel will also act as wholesale dealer for the Schletter Group in a... 

Demand for 37 390 new airliners and freighters over next 20 years – Airbus

By: Rebecca CampbellEuropean-based aerospace giant Airbus recently published its forecast for new airliner and freighter aircraft demand for the next 20 years. The Group’s “Global Market Forecast 2018-2037” predicts a need for 37 390 new passenger and freighter aircraft over this period, taking the global fleet of... 

FibreCo boosts broadband connectivity in Kroonstad

By: Natasha OdendaalOpen-access infrastructure and connectivity provider FibreCo Telecommunications has lit up its first city along its national fibre route between Johannesburg and Cape Town. Under the “FibreCo Kroonstad connectivity project”, Free State city Kroonstad is the first in FibreCo’s town connectivity... 

Finding common ground in the energy mix

By: Creamer Media Reporter South Africa’s energy sector has been mired in controversy of late, leaving citizens in the dark as to where the country’s energy future is headed and what it will take to keep the lights on. Be it the delays in signing power purchase agreements for the renewables projects, the National Union of... 

Global airliner-maker consolidation continues as Boeing, Embraer announce JV

By: Rebecca CampbellUS aerospace giant Boeing and Brazilian aerospace major Embraer have jointly announced that they had signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding to create a commercial aviation joint venture (JV). Boeing will hold 80% of the JV and Embraer the remaining 20%. The deal has still to be approved... 

Industrial workwear showroom aims to extend business reach

By: Schalk BurgerThe new showroom of industrial apparel manufacturer Sweet-Orr aims to get closer to clients and extend its market reach, says Sweet-Orr executive director Denver Berman-Jacob. The showroom, in Bartlett, Boksburg, is close to the OR Tambo International Airport and the industrial areas of Germiston... 

Industrial workwear showroom aims to extend business reach

Kenya to lower age limit on used-vehicle imports to promote local assembly

By: John MuchiraKenya has decided to reduce the age limit of used vehicles allowed into the country to promote local assemblers, who are struggling to increase sale of new vehicles in a market choking with imports. Industrialisation Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohamed said that Kenya is on the verge of reducing the... 

New zero-discharge chemical production facility opens in Pomona

By: Schalk BurgerThe new 6 600 m2 chemical production facility of multinational Veolia Water Technologies South Africa, in Pomona, Kempton Park is the main blending facility for the company’s local operations, and is also set to export to Veolia’s clients throughout Africa, owing to its competitive costs of... 

New zero-discharge chemical production  facility opens in Pomona

Occupational disease prevention campaign launched

By: Schalk BurgerWorkplace health and safety compensation funds Rand Mutual Assurance (RMA), Federated Employer’s Mutual Assurance Company and the Department of Labour Compensation Fund, as well as the Department of Mineral Resources have launched the Occupational Disease Prevention Campaign. Preventing injuries... 

SA can still shape its own Fourth Industrial Revolution destiny

By: Natasha OdendaalAs the Fourth Industrial Revolution rapidly blurs the lines between the physical, digital and biological spaces, South Africa has a unique opportunity to influence the impact on its economy to the benefit of society as a whole. Despite the next revolution delivering significant advancements, such... 

SAA gives assurances to union about its future plans, including privatisation

By: Rebecca CampbellIn a letter to trade union Solidarity, and released by the union at a recent media briefing, South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana has given a number of assurances about the plans for the future of the beleaguered State-own national flag carrier. The letter followed a meeting between... 

Self-imposed August deadline for finalisation of IRP at risk

By: Terence CreamerSouth Africa’s Cabinet did not deliberate on the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) at its most recent fortnightly meeting, potentially threatening Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s self-imposed mid-August deadline for finalising the long-awaited update to the electricity generation plan. Communications... 

WiFi access demand surges in South Africa

By: Natasha OdendaalDemand for access to WiFi across South Africa is rising as connectivity becomes critical to business and employee activity. A new report by Ruckus Networks and World Wide Worx shows that 51.4% of the corporate companies and 50% of the small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) surveyed say the need... 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter Trade tensions continued to rise between the US and China this month, with President Donald Trump imposing new tariffs and China retaliating. Bloomberg reports that China has told companies to boost imports of goods – from soybeans to seafood and automobiles – from countries other than the US... 



It’s Friday I’m in love

By: Riaan de LangeIt’s Friday I'm in … ‘I don't care if Monday's blue; Tuesday's gray and Wednesday too; Thursday I don't care about you; It's Friday I'm in love.’ 

The elephant in the substation

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyEverybody knows that renewable energy is great for us all: it is free, it does not pollute, it keeps big bad Eskom on its toes and it  represents huge investments in South Africa. What is there not to love? The bids for various wind power farms (this is the amount for which Eskom has to buy power... 


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