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Nuclear regulator confirms receipt of 25 000 comments on Thyspunt, Duynefontyn applications 

By: Terence Creamer     6th December 2018 The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) reports that is has received over 25 000 comments from affected parties and the general public in response to two nuclear installation site licence (NISL) applications received from Eskom on March 2016. The applications are for the Thyspunt site, in the... 

Business confidence edges up slightly as momentum flattens – Sacci

By: African News Agency      6th December 2018 Business conference among South African companies edged up just slightly in November, with the momentum seen since September slowing, a survey showed on Thursday. The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry's  (Sacci) business confidence index (BCI) for November 2018 measured 96.1, up just... 

Business confidence edges up slightly as momentum flattens – Sacci

Additive Manufacturing in South Africa 

6th December 2018 Additive Manufacturing, also known as 3D Printing, is one of the technologies that is integral to the concept of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Rebecca Campbell reports. 

Additive Manufacturing in South Africa
Additive Manufacturing in South Africa

Pioneering nickel sulphate venture draws down on loan 

By: Martin Creamer     6th December 2018 Black-controlled Thakadu Battery Materials, a pioneering South African high-purity battery-grade nickel sulphate developer, has made its first drawdown from South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) under a R152-million loan facility agreement. The IDC loan is funding... 

Pioneering nickel sulphate venture draws down on loan
Thakadu Battery Materials CEO Ruli Diseko

Dion Shango appointed PwC Africa CEO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th December 2018 Professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has appointed South Africa CEO Dion Shango the new Africa CEO, effective July 2019. Shango has been the regional senior partner of PwC Southern Africa since July 2015.  

Dion Shango appointed PwC Africa CEO
Photo by Dylan Slater
PwC South Africa CEO Dion Shango appointed Africa CEO from July 2019

ELB Engineering obtains regulatory approval to sell satellite antenna terminals in South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th December 2018 Engineering firm ELB Engineering Services and partner Kymeta Corp have successfully obtained approval from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) for the sale and distribution of the Kymeta KyWay u7 terminal devices in South Africa. The Icasa green light occurred four... 

Group Five shares plunge on further claim from Cenpower

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th December 2018 JSE-listed construction company Group Five's share price fell by nearly 68% on Thursday morning after it announced that it had been informed of a new claim of $60.5-million from client Cenpower, which late last month terminated its contract with Group Five for the construction of the Kpone gas... 

Ramaphosa to announce effective date for national minimum wage in Kliptown 

By: African News Agency      6th December 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Friday proclaim the effective date for the recently approved national minimum wage, his office said. Consensus on the minimum wage was reached by stakeholders under the auspices of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) and has been set at... 

Ramaphosa to announce effective date for national minimum wage in Kliptown
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Denel Asia closing down, says Public Enterprises portfolio committee

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th December 2018 State-owned arms maker Denel is in the process of closing down the controversial Denel Asia joint venture, the company informed the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on Wednesday. The committee was briefed by a delegation led by Denel chairperson Monhla Hlahla on the current state of... 

Denel Asia closing down, says Public Enterprises portfolio committee

Eskom confirms another full day of load shedding

By: News24Wire      6th December 2018 It looks increasingly likely that load shedding will continue all week, after Eskom on Thursday said its maintenance crews were still struggling to repair broken power generating units.  Stage 2 load shedding will take place between 09:00 and 22:00 on Thursday. Stage 2 allows for up to 2000... 

 Eskom confirms another full day of load shedding

DoE seeks comment on proposed revisions to fuel-price formula 

By: Terence Creamer     5th December 2018 The Department of Energy (DoE) is calling for comment on a discussion document it has compiled following a review the basic fuel price (BFP) structure for petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin. The BFP formula has been employed to calculate the prices of petroleum products produce at South... 

DoE seeks comment on proposed revisions to fuel-price formula

Agribusiness outlook remains cautious as lack of rainfall issue looms

By: Simone Liedtke     5th December 2018 The agriculture sector’s optimistic outlook at the start of the 2018/19 production season has changed, says Agbiz agribusiness research head Wandile Sihlobo. Despite the season having started with farmers aiming to lift the summer grain and oilseed planting activity by 5% from the previous season... 

Agribusiness outlook remains cautious as lack of rainfall issue looms
Photo by Simone Liedtke
Agbiz agribusiness research head Wandile Sihlobo

EVs to become main driver of battery storage deployment over next decade, says Fitch Solutions

By: Simone Liedtke     5th December 2018 The electric vehicle (EV) market is set to become the main driver of surging battery storage deployment over the next decade, following increasing ambitions by developed and emerging markets to decarbonise their transport sectors, and will have a substantial disruptive effect on how energy is... 

Springs-based fuel cell SEZ approved  

By: Nadine James     5th December 2018 The special economic zone (SEZ) for fuel cell development, proposed for development by the Gauteng Industrial Development Zone initiative and Impala Platinum (Implats), has been approved, Implats fuel cell coordinator Fahmida Smith told attendees at the International Partnership for Hydrogen and... 

DEA to appoint sulphur dioxide emissions expert panel  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th December 2018 Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane will appoint a panel of experts to provide strategic and technical guidance on the effective management of sulphur dioxide from old and existing power generation plants. The decision to appoint a panel comes as a result of the challenges faced by... 

DEA to appoint sulphur dioxide emissions expert panel
Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia  

By: Martin Creamer     5th December 2018 The objectives of innovating and generating cash are not mutually incompatible and can be achieved at multiple levels simultaneously, says Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand, who was in Johannesburg to showcase the French company’s suite of advanced three-dimensional (3D) software.... 

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia
Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on new mining technology. Video: Christo Greyling. Photogaphs: Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater.

EPWP biometric system goes live

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th December 2018 Gauteng’s new biometric identification system for the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) has gone live at the Helen Joseph Hospital, in Johannesburg, kicking off the first part of a province-wide deployment. The “cutting edge” biometric and facial recognition system is expected, over the next... 

SA Express adds Jhb to Mthatha route to offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th December 2018 State-owned domestic and regional airline SA Express will introduce a new route between Johannesburg, in Gauteng, and Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape, from December 10. The airline will initially operate a daily flight from OR Tambo International Airport with the intention of increasing frequency... 

SA Express adds Jhb to Mthatha route to offering

South Africa's average port tariffs to fall 6 pct next year – regulator

By: Reuters     5th December 2018 South Africa's Ports Regulator said its average tariffs for the 2019/20 financial year will decrease by 6.27%, although coal export charges will rise, a statement seen by Reuters on Wednesday said. The coal dry bulk export cargo dues will increase by 10% from April 1 next year to March 31 in... 

SARB sponsors chair to develop financial stability studies portfolio at UCT

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th December 2018 The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has partnered with the University of Cape Town (UCT) to host the Research Chair in Financial Stability Studies, which will be chaired by Professor Co-Pierre Georg. The portfolio will be housed within the African Institute of Financial Markets and Risk... 

Growthpoint provides R908m towards Growthpoint Australia office acquisition

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th December 2018 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Growthpoint Properties will provide R908-million towards its subsidiary ASX-listed Growthpoint Properties Australia’s (GOZ’s) acquisition of the Bank of Queensland’s headquarters, in Brisbane. Growthpoint has a 66% shareholding in GOZ.  

Eskom signals components of turnaround plan 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th December 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about signals from Eskom as to some components of its turnaround plan and how this is likely to impact on consumers. 

Eskom signals components of turnaround plan
Eskom signals components of turnaround plan

Level of activity in construction sector recovers by 9% since Q1 – index

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th December 2018 JSE-listed construction materials supplier Afrimat’s latest Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) rose by 4% in the third quarter, compared with the second quarter. This follows a gain of 7% between April and June.  

Level of activity in construction sector recovers by 9% since Q1 – index

Denel confirms it cancelled pilot bursary for Mahumapelo Jr

By: African News Agency      5th December 2018 Denel confirmed to MPs on Wednesday it had terminated a R1.1-million bursary agreement with Supra Mahumapelo Jr, the son of the former North West premier. Briefing Parliament's portfolio committee on public enterprises, Denel board audit committee chair Talib Sadik said an investigation into the... 

South Africa’s Parliament approves agreement to establish AfCFTA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th December 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has welcomed Parliament’s ratification of the agreement that establishes the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The AfCFTA was launched during an extraordinary summit of African Union (AU) Heads of State and government, in Kigali, Rwanda, on... 

South Africa’s Parliament approves agreement to establish AfCFTA
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Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

HySA strategy bears fruit with multiple projects nearing commercialisation 

By: Nadine James     5th December 2018 The Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) strategy has produced multiple inventions and pilot projects that are nearing commercialisation, Department of Science and Technology Hydrogen and Energy chief director Dr Rebecca Maserumule told attendees of the thirtieth International Partnership for Hydrogen... 

Private sector contracts at slower pace in Nov – Standard Bank PMI

By: Reuters     5th December 2018 South African private sector activity shrank again in November, albeit at a slower pace than the previous month, as firms cut inventories to their lowest level in more than four years, a survey showed on Wednesday. The Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), compiled by IHS Markit, rose to 48.2 in... 

Eskom to implement rolling power cuts

By: African News Agency      5th December 2018 State power utility Eskom said on Wednesday it would implement rotational powercuts from 9 am to 10 pm as a result of a shortage of capacity due to a number of generating units still being out of service due to breakdowns. "Our maintenance teams continue to work hard to bring the units back to... 

Eskom to implement rolling power cuts

How power utility Eskom is hobbling South Africa's economy  

By: Bloomberg     5th December 2018 It’s deja vu for South Africa as a chronic power deficit plunges large tracts of the country into darkness and casts a pall over the already struggling economy. Eskom Holdings, which supplies most of the nation’s electricity, has instituted daily rolling blackouts since November 29 to avert a... 

How power utility Eskom is hobbling South Africa's economy

Sener advocates for IRP policy adjustment to cater for ‘reliable, carbon-free’ CSP 

By: Terence Creamer     4th December 2018 Spanish technology group Sener, which has overseen the construction of three concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in South Africa and 29 in total internationally, is urging the South African government to reconsider CSP’s exclusion from the final version of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).... 

Sener advocates for IRP policy adjustment to cater for ‘reliable, carbon-free’ CSP
Photo by Dylan Slater
Sener Southern Africa regional MD Siyabonga Mbanjwa

Kenya starts construction of 83 MW geothermal plant

By: Reuters     4th December 2018 Kenya has started building a geothermal power plant to add 83 MW of capacity to the national grid, the state-owned power generation utility said on Tuesday.  Geothermal power is Kenya's second largest source of electricity after hydroelectric power. The country has total installed power capacity... 

Texton appoints Golding chairperson, Muller takes the reins as CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th December 2018 Texton Property Fund has appointed Marcel Golding chairperson and Marius Muller CEO, with immediate effect.   Golding succeeds Dempsey Naidoo, who was not available for re-election to the board. Golding has over 30 years of experience across sectors and industries, including as Deputy General... 

Texton appoints Golding chairperson, Muller takes the reins as CEO
Texton chairperson Marcel Golding

City of Joburg updates investors on inner city housing project opportunities

By: Schalk Burger     4th December 2018 The City of Johannesburg has identified and is preparing 84 buildings in and around the inner city of Johannesburg for use by private sector developers to build housing for 300 000 people in the city who do not have housing. At the council chambers on Tuesday, City of Johannesburg mayor Herman... 

Mpumalanga remains under strain as water pollution continues

By: Simone Liedtke     4th December 2018 Residents of Mpumalanga remain concerned about sewage spillages and wastewater challenges. The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has received complaints about alleged sewage spillages and/or the inadequate treatment of wastewater. 

Science body pushes for better human genetics ethics guidelines in South Africa

By: News24Wire      4th December 2018 The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has released a study it says is aimed at creating a more certain regulatory environment for government departments on matters relating to human genetics and the human genome. The authors of the study, titled Human Genetics and Genomics in South... 

Oman's Raysut Cement eyes acquiring Kenya's ARM Cement – statement

By: Reuters     4th December 2018 Oman's Raysut Cement said on Tuesday it plans to acquire Kenya's ARM Cement, which went into administration in August, as part of its expansion plans. Raysut has expressed its interest to the administrators to acquire the company, it said in a statement. 

South Africa emerges from recession as farming, manufacturing jump 

By: Reuters     4th December 2018 Farms and factories dragged South Africa out of its first recession in almost a decade, data showed on Tuesday, as the economy grew by more than expected in the third quarter. The positive data is a boost for President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has pledged to re-start growth after a decade of... 

South Africa emerges from recession as farming, manufacturing jump

Two South African entrepreneurs shortlisted for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

By: Simone Liedtke     4th December 2018 Pelebox Smart Lockers and the Hybrid Five-Axis Machine Tool are two South African innovations that have been shortlisted for the Royal Academy for Engineering’s (RAE’s) Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, accelerated by the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi).   

Two South African entrepreneurs shortlisted for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation
Pelebox Smart Locker system developer Neo Hutiri

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