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DST to showcase benefits of using STI in designing future human settlements

By: Simone Liedtke     8th February 2019 With a surplus of drivers for the adoption of alternative and innovative technologies in the built environment, particularly in the human settlements sector, the effective application of science, technology and innovation (STI) can be a transformative instrument in addressing South Africa’s most... 

Sasol expects higher H1 earnings, but warns of Lake Charles cost increase

By: Nadine James     8th February 2019 Chemicals and energy company Sasol expects to report earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) of between R23.71 and R24.16 and between R22.97 and R23.68, respectively, for the six months ended December 31. This means EPS is expected to increase by between 110% and 114%... 

Business, industry comment on positives, negatives of SoNA 2019 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th February 2019 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) and many other industry bodies and companies have welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SoNA), which was delivered on Thursday evening. His war on corruption and focus on economic growth,... 

Lance Schultz appointed as Gauteng AIDC CEO

By: Irma Venter     8th February 2019 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) in Gauteng has appointed Lance Schultz as its new CEO. He joins the AIDC after a near four-year tenure as CEO of the Centurion Aerospace Village. 

Lance Schultz appointed as Gauteng AIDC CEO
Lance Schultz

Industry shares sentiments on Eskom, energy landscape following SoNA 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th February 2019 Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on Thursday evening, Business Unity South Africa (Busa) said it concurred on the urgent need to implement an effective turnaround strategy at Eskom.  The organisation also welcomed the general thrust of policies mapped out... 

Industry shares sentiments on Eskom, energy landscape following SoNA

City of Cape Town proposes R800m transport infrastructure project for Wynberg

By: African News Agency      8th February 2019 The City of Cape Town’s portfolio committee for transport on Friday morning approved a project for the further roll-out of the MyCity bus service in the greater Wynberg area, which if given council approval, will see new infrastructure investment of around R800-million. The two proposed transport... 

Investec says Sona focused on reviving growth with enhanced policy certainty 

By: African News Agency      8th February 2019 Investec economist Kamilla Kaplan said on Friday that President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation address (Sona) reaffirmed the key economic policy objective of reviving fixed investment rates in a bid to place the economy on a sustainable faster economic growth path. Ramaphosa's Thursday... 

Investec says Sona focused on reviving growth with enhanced policy certainty
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa confirms Eskom restructuring 

8th February 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about President Cyril Ramaphosa’s confirmation that power utility Eskom will be split into three independent entities, what this will mean for the utility and its customers, and if it will be enough to put Eskom on... 

Ramaphosa confirms Eskom restructuring
Ramaphosa confirms Eskom restructuring

Reatile acquires 37.54% stake in Pragma Holdings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th February 2019 Investment holding company Reatile Group has acquired a 37.54% stake in enterprise asset and facilities management company Pragma; thereby enhancing Pragma’s potential international growth, while accelerating the organisation’s transformation agenda. Pragma CEO and founder Adriaan Scheeres... 

DBSA wins global award for renewable energy project financing 

By: Simone Liedtke     8th February 2019 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has won the African Renewable Energy Programme Award. The award was presented to the DBSA, in London, in the UK, by Project Finance International (PFI), an institution that organises the global awards. 

Jasco’s Reflex dispute heads to arbitration

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2019 A dispute over JSE-listed Jasco Electronics' majority ownership of Reflex Solutions by the fairly new addition’s minority shareholders is heading for arbitration. Jasco in November warned shareholders in its 2018 annual financial statements that the minority shareholders of Reflex Solutions have... 

Pikitup finds new bin providers, expects supply to resume by end-Feb 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th February 2019 Waste manager Pikitup’s spokesperson Muzi Mkhwanazi has confirmed to Engineering News Online that the company has had challenges with its wheelie bin supplier, resulting in a shortage of about 22 000 bins. Contracts with new service providers have, however, been entered into.  

ARB's H1 earnings drop

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2019 JSE-listed investment and property holding company ARB Holdings on Friday posted a double-digit decline in headline earnings per share (HEPS), exacerbated by an increase in the put option liability in Eurolux, for the six months to December 31, 2018. The group reported a contraction of 12.8% in... 

Ramaphosa floundering on job creation, says IRR

By: African News Agency      8th February 2019 The south African Institute of Race relations (IRR) said on Thursday that it found President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address was floundering especially on the creation of jobs.  Dr Frans Cronje, IRR chief executive, said their research demonstrated a close relationship between... 

What needs to be done to make SA’s buildings fire safe

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2019 In the wake of a deadly fire at the Bank of Lisbon building, in Johannesburg last year, along with a spate of fires at other buildings, questions have been raised about the safety and compliance of South Africa’s high-rise buildings. In September, a fire broke out on the 23rd floor of the... 

What needs to be done to make SA’s buildings fire safe

Ramaphosa promises ‘meaningful consultation’ as he confirms split of Eskom into three units 

By: Terence Creamer     7th February 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed on Thursday that South Africa’s embattled State-owned electricity producer would be split, under Eskom Holdings, into three separate entities – generation, transmission and distribution – in an effort to bring credibility to the turnaround of the utility and to... 

Ramaphosa promises ‘meaningful consultation’ as he confirms split of Eskom into three units
Photo by Reuters
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Sort out Eskom or beneficiation will suffer, warns Mantashe

By: Kim Cloete     7th February 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has expressed concern about progress in beneficiating minerals, while Eskom is still battling. “If we don’t sort out Eskom problems, we are going to be in trouble with beneficiation. There must be an arrangement for certain categories of customers for an... 

ASJV denies it terminated Mtentu project owing to alleged ‘financial inability’

By: Simone Liedtke     7th February 2019 Aveng and Strabag International on Thursday reasserted that the Aveng-Strabag Joint Venture (ASJV) had terminated the Mtentu river bridge contract as a result of force majeure, adding in a statement that the termination “had nothing to do with either of the ASJV members’ financial ability to... 

CBE announces initiatives to drive transformation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th February 2019 Transformation in the built environment has progressed at a slower rate than in other sectors, such as the financial sector, with only 26% of all registered built environment professionals being previously disadvantaged individuals and only 0.3% of all registered professionals being women,... 

Education challenges remain an impediment to South Africa’s growth

By: Simone Liedtke     7th February 2019 With only moderate expectations for South Africa’s economic growth this year, especially amid political uncertainty ahead of the national elections, part-time lecturer at the Wits School of Governance professor Ebrahim Fakir on Thursday said that, especially in the business environment, “people... 

Sebenza substation officially opened

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th February 2019 City Power on Thursday officially launched the newly-built Sebenza 400 kV – 275/132 kV intake substation, built and project managed by Consolidated Power Projects (Conco) on behalf of City Power. The ribbon cutting marking the opening was undertaken by Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba and City... 

Sebenza substation officially opened
Photo by Tasneem Bulbulia
The Sebenza substation was officially launched on Thursday

Social, technological change on the way for built environment industry – CBE

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th February 2019 The Council for the Built Environment (CBE) has continued its efforts to promote and achieve transformation in the built environment sector, but has added technological change to its focus. CBE chairperson Absalom Molobe on Thursday addressed delegates at CBE’s second yearly Transformation Indaba. 

CSIR displays new combined missile and gunshot warning system

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th February 2019 One of the technologies showcased by the Defence, Peace, Safety and Security (DPSS) division of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) at its Pretoria campus on Thursday was an Optical Missile Approach Warning and Gunshot Detection System. This combined system not only detects... 

Steel group to approach Nersa for power-tariff relief  

By: Terence Creamer     7th February 2019 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) says it will submit site-specific applications to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to secure tariff relief from Eskom for its operations in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. The submissions will be made in line with... 

Steel group to approach Nersa for power-tariff relief
AMSA CEO Kobus Verster on the threat posed by power hikes and on the group's plan to approach the regulator for relief. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 7.2.2019

Brimstone second-guesses Clover deal following BDS outcry

By: Nadine James     7th February 2019 JSE-listed Brimstone Investment Corporation is reviewing its participation in the proposed buyout of Clover Industries, following an outcry by human rights and Palestine solidarity organisation BDS South Africa. Clover and Brimstone separately reported on Monday that Milco SA – a new company... 

Transnet, Botswana Rail seek to unlock Botswana’s coal reserves

By: Nadine James     7th February 2019 State-owned Transnet and Botswana Railways have resuscitated discussions on the construction of a proposed heavy-haul railway line that will link the two countries to “unlock” Botswana’s estimated 212-billion tons of coal reserves, Transnet announced on Thursday. Discussions around this project... 

Transnet, Botswana Rail seek to unlock Botswana’s coal reserves
Photo by Dylan Slater
Dr Popo Molefe

OneLogix to broaden logistics footprint in R280m Umlaas project

By: Irma Venter     7th February 2019 Niche logistics provider OneLogix aims to more than double the size of its automotive logistics site at Umlaas, in KwaZulu-Natal, in a project that is named ‘Umlaas 3’. OneLogix CEO Ian Lourens said on Thursday in Johannesburg that the R280-million development, next to the N3 highway, will add... 

OneLogix to broaden logistics footprint in R280m Umlaas project
The Umlaas hub

New floating caisson to improve productivity at Cape Town dry dock

By: Nadine James     7th February 2019 A new, R98-million floating caisson is to be fabricated for the Sturrock Dry Dock in the Port of Cape Town, which will enable one of the biggest dry dock facilities in the Southern Hemisphere to double its productivity, the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) announced on Thursday. TNPA... 

New floating caisson to improve productivity at Cape Town dry dock
Sturrock dry dock

Solar Mining Services helps to boost the Mpumalanga economy 

By: Kim Cloete     7th February 2019 Solar Mining Services, a manufacturer and supplier of explosives, accessories and blasting services for the mining industry, has made strides in growing its business in South Africa. It has created more than 100 jobs and invested R500-million in South Africa since setting up in the country in... 

Solar Mining Services helps to boost the Mpumalanga economy
Solar Mining's Charles Hurly discusses the company's product offerings and its growth plans, while CEO Desmond Pillay talks about the company's impact on the Mpumalanga economy. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

CSIR wind tunnels very busy and other aeronautics projects secure partnerships

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th February 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) wind tunnels are currently very busy with two international contracts, Aeronautics Competency Area manager Kaven Naidoo told Engineering News Online on Thursday. Aeronautics falls under the CSIR's Defence, Peace, Safety and Security... 

CSIR wind tunnels very busy and other aeronautics projects secure partnerships
Photo by Rebecca Campbell
The LEMU twin-fuselage air vehicle

Nigerian court adjourns MTN case until March 26

By: Reuters     7th February 2019 A judge has adjourned a Lagos court case between South African telecoms firm MTN Group and Nigeria’s attorney general over a $2-billion tax demand until March 26, the court said on Thursday. MTN faces the demand from the country’s attorney general, a claim which the company has said is without... 

CSIR showcases its defence and security technologies to industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th February 2019 The Defence, Peace, Safety and Security (DPSS) division of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) held a technology demonstration day at the CSIR campus in Pretoria on Thursday. Various technologies developed by DPSS were displayed to representatives of industry and the media.... 

Total makes significant discovery off South Africa’s southern coast

By: Nadine James     7th February 2019 Petroleum company Total has made a significant gas condensate discovery on the Brulpadda prospects, located on Block 11B/12B in the Outeniqua Basin, the company announced on Thursday. Located 175 km off the southern coast of South Africa, the Brulpadda well encountered 57 m of net gas condensate... 

Total makes significant discovery off South Africa’s southern coast
Photo by Odfjell
Brulpadda drilling rig

Construction professionals test latest tools and consumables 

7th February 2019 Professionals in the construction industry interrogated and tested the latest building tools and consumables at local construction equipment distributor Upat’s open day, in January. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Construction professionals test latest tools and consumables
Construction professionals test latest tools and consumables

South African exporters urged to exploit Germany’s new Africa-specific initiatives

By: Nadine James     7th February 2019 South African exporters should take advantage of new German initiatives on Africa, as they are geared towards stimulating business, trade and economic development, South Africa’s Foreign Economic Representative in Germany Jacob Moatshe stated at the Fruit Logistica Berlin trade fair, on... 

South African exporters urged to exploit Germany’s new Africa-specific initiatives
South Africa's Foreign Economic Representative in Germany Jacob Moatshe

Mboweni appoints panel to assist in appointment of Sars commissioner  

By: Nadine James     7th February 2019 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has appointed a panel to interview and recommend a shortlist of potential candidates for the position of the Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service (Sars). The President appoints the Sars Commissioner, but the Finance Minister is responsible for overseeing... 

Tribunal confirms Alcon Marepha’s settlement and R1.37m fine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th February 2019 The Competition Tribunal on Wednesday confirmed, as an order, a settlement agreement between power cable supplier Alcon Marepha and the Competition Commission, with Alcon to pay an administrative penalty of R1.37-million. Alcon admitted to collusive tendering through the submission of cover... 

AMSA reports first profit since 2010 on back of higher steel prices  

By: Terence Creamer     7th February 2019 Following years of sustained losses, steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) reported a full-year profit in 2018, on the back of a 12% rise in average realised prices and a 5% increase in sales volumes, supported by a 21% rise in export sales. The company last reported a full-year profit... 

AMSA reports first profit since 2010 on back of higher steel prices
New AMSA CFO Desmond Maharaj on the contribution made by the sale of Macsteel International Holdings to AMSA's net borrowings. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 7.2.2019

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