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Extreme inequality in South Africa is constraining growth and investment 

By: Terence Creamer     10th April 2018 New analysis by the World Bank has confirmed that South Africa’s is not only the world’s most unequal country, but that extreme inequality has become a major constraint to higher levels of economic growth, because it is undermining policy certainty and depressing investment. The bank’s latest... 

Extreme inequality in South Africa is constraining growth and investment
World Bank program leader Sebastien Dessus and country director Paul Noumba Um on the negative impact that extreme inequality in South Africa is having on growth and investment. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 10.4.2018

New measuring laser introduced to African market 

By: Victor Moolman     6th April 2018 Tool and fixings distributor Upat has introduced the Stabila LAR 350 rotational laser (LAR 350) to the African market, which enables construction workers and foremen to measure, level and position equipment, explains Upat national product specialist Charl Weber. The LAR 350 has a wireless... 

New measuring  laser introduced  to African market
Stabila national product specialist Charl Weber describes the advantages of using Stabila measuring tools. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Power tool systems’ new line launched in Southern Africa 

By: Victor Moolman     6th April 2018 Hand-held power tool supplier Milwaukee has launched the patented Red Link Plus Intelligence electronics system for hand-held power tools. “The Red Link Plus system introduces new electrical controls throughout the hand-held power tools that the company supplies. It starts with the battery packs... 

Power tool systems’ new line launched in Southern Africa
Milwaukee product specialist Werner Koch explains the power tools available from the company. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Paper producer to upgrade Mpumalanga mill 

By: Victor Moolman     30th March 2018 Pulp and paper producer Sappi will shut down its Ngodwana mill, in Mpumalanga, for four weeks in May, to install new equipment that will decrease bottlenecking. The company will install new machines, and upgrade the wood chipper, fibre line and pulp dryer, says Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex... 

Paper producer  to upgrade Mpumalanga mill
SAPPI southern Africa CEO Alex Thiel explains what the company is doing and how the paper industry has changed. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Christo Greyling.

Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th March 2018 Boxes. Labels. Books. Biochemicals. It’s paper – a renewable, recyclable material that is an inextricable, often invisible, part of daily life. Much is done with paper, and the world would be at a loss without it. The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) has been actively... 

Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa
Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa executive director Jane Molony discusses why paper is here to stay.

Youth Employment Service to benefit 1m young people  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th March 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday launched the Youth Employment Service (Yes) initiative – a business-led partnership with government, labour and society, that aims to empower one-million young South Africans between the ages of 18 and 34 through paid work experiences over the next three years.  

Youth Employment Service to benefit 1m young people
President Cyril Ramaphosa announces youth employment service launch. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd

We should be less euphoric about the Ramaphosa moment 

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     23rd March 2018 In his State of the Nation address, President Cyril Ramaphosa spoke about  a new dawn, hope and renewal. Quoting from the song Thuma Mina (send me), by the late South African jazz giant, Hugh Masekela, he asked us to act in pursuit of a better life and a better South Africa. Since Ramaphosa's... 

We should be less euphoric about the Ramaphosa moment
Aubrey Matshiqi on 'We should be less euphoric about the Ramaphosa moment'. (Camera & editing: Nicholas Boyd)

Gauteng urged to use water sparingly or face its own ‘Day Zero’  

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd March 2018 In light of government recently declaring the drought and water crisis plaguing the country a national disaster, the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation (DWS) has urged Gauteng water consumers to use resources sparingly. DWS water sector regulations director Mangwani Mabada cautioned on... 

Gauteng urged to use water sparingly or face its own ‘Day Zero’
Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation (DWS) Water Sector Regulations Director Mangwani Mabada discussing awareness surrounding Gauteng’s precious water resource during a tour at Roodeplaat Dam, north-east of Pretoria. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Himoinsa sees demand growth in construction, mining in Africa 

By: Schalk Burger     12th March 2018 Power equipment manufacturer Himoinsa has expanded its local African teams and partners to meet the growing demand for custom-designed power systems and generators in the construction and mining sectors, Himoinsa Europe, Middle East and Africa director Guillermo Elum said on Monday. The demand... 

Himoinsa sees demand growth in construction, mining in Africa
Himoinsa EMEA regional director Guillermo Elum, Himoinsa Southern Africa MD Martin Foster and Himoinsa Southern Africa business development director Matthew Bell discuss the company’s growth and business development in Africa. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Company becomes exclusive dealer in Rosslyn area 

By: Victor Moolman     9th March 2018 Steel supplier BBD steel, in Rosslyn, Pretoria, has become steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode’s exclusive distributor of Allied Steelrode Stretcher Material (ASSM) for the area. BBD Steel supplies ASSM products to car manufacturers that are located in the Rosslyn area. BBD... 

Company becomes exclusive dealer in Rosslyn area
BBD Steel MD Monika Pretorious and business development director Gwen Mahuma discuss the importance of ASSM steel and how BBD Steel started. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Christo Greyling.

CSIR makes progress on first African climate change model 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th March 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is making progress in developing the first Africa-based earth system model to provide reliable projections of the potential impact of climate change on the continent. The model will provide input into the coupled model intercomparison... 

CSIR makes progress on first African  climate change model
CSIR natural resources and environment executive director May Hermanus and CSIR principal researcher Dr Rebecca Garland discuss the new Africa-developed earth system model.

New rules needed to facilitate transition to decentralised electricity system – Tau  

By: Terence Creamer     7th March 2018 South African Local Government Association (Salga) president Parks Tau has called for an overhaul of the policy and regulations governing electricity supply in South Africa to facilitate a transition towards a more decentralised electricity system. Addressing a well-attended Salga Energy Summit... 

New rules needed to facilitate transition to decentralised electricity system – Tau
Salga president Parks Tau discusses the benefits of transitioning to a decentralised electricity supply model. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Sasol expects to realise $1bn from noncore asset disposals 

By: Terence Creamer     26th February 2018 Chemicals and energy group Sasol expects to realise more than $1-billion from the disposal of noncore assets in the coming few years. However, besides its Canadian shale-gas assets, which have been formally put up for sale, the group is yet to announce which other assets will be sold. Speaking at... 

Sasol expects to realise $1bn from noncore asset disposals
Sasol joint CEO Stephen Cornell on the group's noncore asset disposal plan. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 26.2.2018

Green shoots seen in construction industry, despite tight conditions 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2018 The South African construction sector is still facing "very tough and difficult" conditions, with the 2.5% inflation rate creating an even tighter environment, Econometrix chief economist Dr Azar Jamine said on Friday. Speaking to industry representatives during an Afrisam-hosted post-Budget... 

Green shoots seen in construction industry, despite tight conditions
Econometrix economist Dr Azar Jamine and AfriSam CEO Rob Wessels. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 23.2.2018

Big ticket items in Budget were more miss than hit - Jamine 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2018 The Budget tabled on Wednesday had a number of misses, with one of the biggest being the failure to cut government's public servant remuneration, which was set to grow by 7% a year over the medium term, economist Dr Azar Jamine said on Friday. "It is earmarked to carry on growing as fast as it... 

Big ticket items in Budget were more miss than hit - Jamine
Econometrix economist Dr Azar Jamine speaks on the Budget. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 23.2.2018

Cape Town open for business despite water shortage 

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd February 2018 South African Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona, Wesgro CEO Tim Harris and Tsogo Sun COO and Tourism Business Council deputy chairperson Ravi Nadasen in February convened in Johannesburg to discuss the Cape Town water crisis and the impact on tourism. South African Tourism, the Tourism Business Council of... 

Cape Town open for business despite water shortage
South African Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona, Wesgro CEO Tim Harris and Tsogo Sun COO and Tourism Business Council deputy chairperson Ravi Nadasen in February convened in Johannesburg to discuss the Cape Town water crisis and the impact on tourism.

CSIR publishes latest Atlas to guide response to climate change  

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st February 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has published the second edition of the South African Risk and Vulnerability Atlas (Sarva), alongside the relaunch of the newly revamped online portal, to help business navigate current research on the risk and vulnerability of key social... 

CSIR publishes latest Atlas to guide response to climate change
CSIR Natural Resources and Environment executive director May Hermanus discusses the climate change impact on Africa and the need for accessible information to aid decision-making. 21/02/2018. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Christo Greyling.

Reuse of road construction materials mitigates road damage 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 To eliminate extensive road damage, construction company Wirtgen SA sales manager Waylon Kukard explains that for an environment-friendly rehabilitation of road pavements, existing construction materials need to be fully reused, which significantly reduces material costs. 

Reuse of road construction materials mitigates  road damage
Wirtgen South Africa sales manager Waylon Kukard discusses the benefits of road rehabilitation and cold recycling. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd.

The choices Ramaphosa has to make 

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     15th February 2018 As I sit to write this month’s missive, it seems the Zuma moment will be behind us soon. As I write, I am listening to a news bulletin in which it is being reported that African National Congress (ANC) reasurer-general Paul Mashatile told a group of businesspeople at the Mining Indaba, in Cape... 

The choices Ramaphosa has to make
Aubrey Matshiqi on the choices Ramaphosa has to make. Video and editing: Thabiso Dhlamini and Darlene Creamer. Recorded 14.2.2018)

M&R committed to deliver sub-Saharan power and water prospects as mega-project era draws to close 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th February 2018 The Power & Water business platform within JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is beginning to shift its attention from Eskom’s two megascale power station projects, in Limpopo and Mpumalanga respectively, to tackling a range of smaller opportunities in various... 

M&R committed to deliver sub-Saharan power and water prospects as mega-project era draws to close
M&R Power & Water platform head Steve Harrison and business development director Vusi Tsale outline the unit’s new strategy as the Medupi and Kusile projects draw to a close. Camerawork and Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Warning of ‘seismic’ tax hikes, spending cuts to close R50bn 2018 Budget hole  

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2018 Standard Bank chief economist Goolam Ballim is warning that the upcoming Budget will include “seismic” tax increases and spending cuts to address a menacing “fiscal cleavage” that, in nominal terms, is unprecedented in South Africa’s history. The Budget is scheduled for release on February 21 and... 

Warning of ‘seismic’ tax hikes, spending cuts to close R50bn 2018 Budget hole
Standard Bank chief economist Goolam Ballim on the “seismic” tax increases and spending cuts needed to correct the Budget balance. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 13.2.2018

Cape Town drought hits tourism, threatens province’s credit ratings 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th February 2018 As the ongoing drought and resultant water crisis threatens Cape Town’s credit ratings and gross domestic product (GDP) growth, warnings of the impact the drought on the local tourism industry are mounting. Tourism to one of South Africa’s most popular destinations is starting to take a knock as... 

Cape Town drought hits tourism, threatens province’s credit ratings
South African Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona and Wesgro CEO Tim Harris discuss the Cape Town water crisis and the importance of bolstering the tourism industry despite the drought. 07.02.2018. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Videoediting: Christo Greyling.

Hudaco profit rises in FY17  

By: Anine Kilian     2nd February 2018 JSE-listed Hudaco on Friday reported a 7% increase in sales to R5.9-billion for the financial year ended November 30, 2017, while operating profit rose 6% to R676-million. CEO Graham Dunford told Engineering News Online on Friday that comparable earnings a share were up by 7% to 1 251c, while... 

Hudaco profit rises in FY17
Hudaco CEO Graham Dunford talks about the group's end of year financial results

Albeit modest, metals sector poised for second consecutive year of growth 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd February 2018 South Africa’s metals and engineering sector is poised for a second consecutive year of modest growth, with the Steel and Engineering Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) forecasting a 1.1% expansion for 2018. The sector grew by 2.7% in 2017, breaking a streak of three consecutive years of... 

Albeit modest, metals sector poised for second consecutive year of growth
Seifsa chief economist Dr Michael Ade on the outlook for the metals and engineering sector in 2018. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Christo Greyling. Recorded: 2.2.2018

Eskom expects to sign emergency funding deals in ‘day or two’ 

By: Terence Creamer     1st February 2018 Cash-strapped State-owned power utility Eskom confirmed on Thursday that its negotiations with funders to meet immediate debt-repayment obligations were at an advanced stage and that it expected to sign-off on the deals “in a day or two”. Eskom acting CEO Phakamani Hadebe revealed this week that... 

Eskom expects to sign emergency funding deals in ‘day or two’
Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza and acting CEO Phakamani Hadebe on the options being considered to improve the group's capital structure. Camera work & editing Darlene Creamer.

AMSA weighs asset disposals as losses mount, debt rises and rand strengthens 

By: Terence Creamer     31st January 2018 ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) is considering various asset disposals as part of a plan to strengthen its balance sheet, which remains under pressure as a result of a protracted period of lossmaking, which has endured since 2010. The JSE-listed steelmaker declared another headline loss of... 

AMSA weighs asset disposals as losses mount, debt rises and rand strengthens
New AMSA CEO Kobus Verster on the immediate outlook for the group and initiatives under way to improve prospects for a return to profitability. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 31.1.2018

Eskom cannot commit to nuclear expansion – acting CFO  

By: Reuters     30th January 2018 South Africa's power utility Eskom cannot afford a nuclear power station expansion, acting Eskom chief financial officer Calib Cassim said on Tuesday during the release of its financial results. South Africa's government has said it will push ahead with its nuclear expansion plan but will now do... 

Eskom cannot commit to nuclear expansion – acting CFO
Acting Eskom CFO Calib Cassim on the utility’s inability to take on a new nuclear build programme, owing to its balance sheet stresses. Video and video editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded 30.1.2018

Eskom looking beyond shareholder to tackle ‘unsustainable’ capital structure 

By: Terence Creamer     30th January 2018 Having secured “in principle” commitments from funders to enable Eskom to meet looming debt obligations of R20-billion by the end of February, the new leadership at the power utility has started weighing various options, including asset sales, for shoring up the group’s fragile balance sheet.... 

Eskom looking beyond shareholder to tackle ‘unsustainable’ capital structure
Newly appointed Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza and acting CEO Phakamani Hadebe speak on governance, sustainability and Eskom’s immediate liquidity challenge. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded:30.1.2018

Cesa to focus on strengthening engineering industry through effective leadership  

By: Anine Kilian     30th January 2018 Industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has set effective, ethical leadership and embracing the fourth industrial revolution as its priorities for this year. Delivering his presidential message, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday, Cesa president Neresh Pather said the organisation would... 

Cesa to focus on strengthening engineering industry through effective leadership
Cesa President Naresh Pather talks about ethical leadership in his presidential message

Concerns raised over lack of policy framework for competition law changes 

By: Terence Creamer     19th January 2018 Concern has been expressed about the absence of a comprehensive competition policy framework to help guide proposed amendments to competition legislation and facilitate greater alignment with other government policies and programmes, such as the Industrial Policy Action Plan. In December,... 

Concerns raised over lack of policy framework for competition law changes
Wits Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management Dean Imraan Valodia, CCRED director Simon Roberts, Genesis Analytics’ James Hodge, DTI’s Garth Strachan, Advocate Michelle le Roux and the Competition Commission’s Liberty Mncube on proposed changes to the South Africa’s Competition Act and the lack of an overarching policy framework. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Christo Greyling. Recorded: 19.1.2018

Autonomous driving in SA faces pedestrian, road sign challenges, finds Merc 

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2018 It may surprise the taxi haters, but South Africa is not the most challenging country to sit behind the wheel of a vehicle in self-driving mode. The winner is China, with its sometimes erratic cyclists, lack of lane markings and confusing traffic signals. Mercedes-Benz at the end of last year... 

Autonomous driving in SA faces pedestrian, road sign challenges, finds Merc
Self-driving mode on the Mercedes-Benz Inteliigent Drive S-Class with Jochen Haab. (See second self-parking video as well)

Smarter mining, manufacture, agriculture needed, says IDC’s Maia 

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2018 South Africa needs to aim towards smarter mining, smarter agriculture and smarter manufacturing. “It’s about taking all the major sectors of the economy forward, with each feeding on the other,” says Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) research and information head Jorge Maia of the roles... 

Smarter mining, manufacture, agriculture needed, says IDC’s Maia
Industrial Development Corporation research and information head Jorge Maia and Unctad economic affairs officer Stefan Csordas respond to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

ANC leadership race really a contest between Ramaphosa and Zuma  

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     15th December 2017 Twelve months ago, I had no doubt that  the national conference of the African National Congress (ANC) would elect Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as president of the ruling party and successor to President Jacob Zuma. Today, a day before the commencement of the conference, I am not so sure. In the past... 

ANC leadership race really a contest between Ramaphosa and Zuma
Aubrey Matshiqi says ANC leadership race really a contest between Ramaphosa and Zuma. (Camera & editing: Nicholas Boyd)

Khato Civils opens new head office in South Africa 

By: Anine Kilian     8th December 2017 South African construction and engineering company Khato Civils on Friday unveiled its official headquarters, located in Samrand, Gauteng. Speaking at the launch, Khato Civils chairperson Simbi Phiri noted that the company has expanded its operations to Botswana, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Ghana and... 

Khato Civils opens new head office in South Africa
Khato Civils chairperson Simbi Phiri discusses the company's growth prospects in Africa. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Second Norway-South Africa Science Week to stimulate oceans science and economy 

By: Schalk Burger     1st December 2017 The second Norway-South Africa Science Week will provide a platform for scientists, researchers, civil servants and business people from both countries to share best practices and policies to promote the sustainable use of ocean resources. Norwegian ambassador to South Africa, Botswana,... 

Second Norway-South Africa Science Week to stimulate oceans science and economy
Norway Ambassador to South Africa, Botswana, Madagascar and Nambiia Trine Skymoen discusses the upcoming Norway-South Africa science week. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Unfiltered air shortens air compressors’ life span 

By: Victor Moolman     1st December 2017 With many industrial air compressors being used in dusty conditions, the lack of proper filtration of incoming air can shorten the life span of the compressors by 75% to 80%, says specialised engineering company RTS Africa Engineering MD Ian Fraser. “Air compressors used in industries are, for... 

Unfiltered air shortens air compressors’ life span
RTS Africa Engineering MD Ian Fraser explains how spin filters work. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

South Zambezi delivers Engineering services: for Africa by Africans 

By: Tracy Hancock     1st December 2017 South Zambezi corporate director Sikanyisiwe Phiri and Makoko Makgonye discuss its role in developing Africa 

South Zambezi delivers Engineering services: for Africa by Africans
South Zambezi corporate director Sikanyisiwe Phiri and Makoko Makgonye discuss its role in developing Africa. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Here is why CR17 is not ahead in ANC leadership race 

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     24th November 2017 In a matter of weeks, the African National Congress (ANC) will elect its fourteenth president. Depending on who or what section of the media one believes, it is either Cyril Ramaohosa (CR17 to his supporters) or Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (NDZ) who is, as they say, ‘miles ahead’. This is not... 

Here is why CR17 is not ahead in ANC leadership race
Aubrey Matshiqi discusses why why CR17 is not ahead in ANC leadership race. (Camera & editing: Nicholas Boyd)
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