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IBM launches free digital skills development platform for Africa 

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2017 Technology multinational IBM has launched a $70-million (R945-million) digital literacy and skills development initiative aimed at training 25-million people in Africa over five years. The Digital Nation Africa (DNA) initiative is being undertaken in partnership with African universities,... 

IBM launches free digital skills development platform for Africa
IBM Middle East and Africa university relations manager Juan Pablo Napoli provides details of the new IBM Digital Nation Africa free online education programme. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Cesa eyes ambitious consulting engineering profession transformation strategy  

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2017 A year after taking a back-to-basics approach, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) is gearing up to tackle transformation within its membership base and throughout its industry, with a transformation committee embarking on a process to develop the industry body’s proposed interventions to... 

Cesa eyes ambitious consulting engineering profession transformation strategy
Cesa president Lynne Pretorius outlines the industry body's theme for 2017 and discusses the importance of transformation. Date: 08/02/2017. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Videoediting: Lionel da Silva.

Sappi to invest $305m in US, Europe mills 

By: Anine Kilian     8th February 2017 JSE-listed Sappi will invest $305-million over a three-year period in certain of its operations in the US and Europe, the company said on Wednesday. Reporting on its results for the first quarter of the 2017 financial year, it highlighted that it would invest $165-million in upgrading a paper... 

Sappi to invest $305m in US, Europe mills
Sappi head of group communications Andre Oberholzer talks to Engineering News online about the company's most recent investments

Outa calls on Ministers to establish commission of inquiry into ‘excessive’ GFIP costs 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th February 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Monday called on Transport Minister Dipuo Peters and Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown to intervene and commit to introducing a commission of inquiry into the “excessive costs” of the first phase of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP),... 

Outa calls on Ministers to establish commission of inquiry into ‘excessive’ GFIP costs
Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenage says the organisation still believes the first phase of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project was overpriced. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Hudaco posts higher FY earnings, overcomes 2015's tough trading environment  

By: Anine Kilian     3rd February 2017 JSE-listed industrial products provider Hudaco posted an increase in earnings for the year ended November 30, 2016, overcoming the “exceedingly difficult” trading environment in the prior financial year. Speaking at a presentation of the group’s results, CEO Graham Dunford said Hudaco was... 

Hudaco posts higher FY earnings, overcomes 2015's tough trading environment
Hudaco CEO Graham Dunford talks about the company's progress and future outlook

Sappi celebrates 80 years on the JSE 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     31st January 2017 Pulp and paper producer Sappi on Tuesday celebrated its eightieth year as a JSE-listed company, as well as the fact that it was, once again, part of the bourse’s Top 40 Index, which includes the 40 largest companies by market capitalisation included in the FTSE/JSE All Shares Index. Sappi has... 

Sappi celebrates 80 years on the JSE
Sappi celebrates its eightieth year on the JSE. Videographer and editing: Nicholas Boyd 31/01/2017

Ongoing solar projects promote IPP success 

By: Sascha Solomons     27th January 2017 Global private engineering and technology company Sener and its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) partners, Emvelo and Cobra, are scheduled to complete the EPC of the 100 MW Ilanga solar thermal power plant near Upington, in the Northern Cape, at the end of 2018. The company... 

Ongoing solar projects promote  IPP success
Sener’s Southern Africa regional MD Siyabonga Mbanjwa discusses the importance of solar energy, as well as current projects the company is working on.

Camden power station to receive last of 164 burners 

By: Victor Moolman     27th January 2017 Engineering company Hlakani Engineering will deliver the last of the 164 custom made burners to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Camden power station, in Mpumalanga, in the second half of this year. 

Camden power station to receive last of 164 burners
Hlakani directors Hermann Bruemmer and Gerhard Holtshauzen explain the future of burner manufacturing for State-owned power utility Eskom

Equipment firm launches new sit-on cleaner  

By: Dylan Slater     27th January 2017 Industrial cleaning equipment supplier Goscor Cleaning Equipment launched the new M17 sit-on sweeper-scrubber, manufactured by cleaning equipment company Tennant, in November 2016.  

Equipment firm launches new sit-on cleaner
Equipment firm launches new sit-on cleaner

Exxaro will support any ‘sustainable’ plan for restarting Arnot 

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2017 Mining group Exxaro says it will be guided by Eskom on the future of the Arnot coal mine, in Mpumalanga, which was closed after Eskom’s contentious December 31, 2015, decision not to renew a 40-year coal supply agreement (CSA) with Arnot, an Eskom-tied mine operated by Exxaro. The termination of... 

Exxaro will support any ‘sustainable’ plan for restarting Arnot
Eskom interim CEO Matshela Koko on Arnot, Matla and Exxaro's empowerment structure. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

New ICT policy could throw industry into tailspin, warns analyst  

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th January 2017 Despite the positive, well-intended rationale behind South Africa’s new National Integrated Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Policy White Paper, the implementation of the policy could turn the industry on its head and into untested, questionable territory. The implementation of... 

New ICT policy could throw industry into tailspin, warns analyst
Africa Analysis MD Dobek Pater discusses South Africa's new integrated ICT Policy White Paper. Date recorded: 25.01.17. Camerawork and videoediting: Nicholas Boyd

Anglo confident of ‘favourable outcome’ with Eskom on sale of three tied coal mines  

By: Terence Creamer     25th January 2017 Mining group Anglo American says it has held discussions with and continues to engage with Eskom, government and potential bidders on its plan to exit its Eskom-tied mines – Kriel, New Denmark and New Vaal. Responding to Eskom interim CEO Matshela Koko’s insistence that Eskom had assets at the... 

Anglo confident of ‘favourable outcome’ with Eskom on sale of three tied coal mines
Eskom interim CEO Matshela Koko on Anglo American's proposed exit of Eskom-tied coal mines. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Investment key to raising South Africa’s lagging growth potential – World Bank 

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2017 The World Bank says raising private investment in South Africa will be critical to increasing the country’s growth potential above its current estimate of only 1.3%, which is well below the National Development Plan’s (NDP’s) aspiration of 5.4% a year. In its ninth South Africa Economic Update,... 

Investment key to raising South Africa’s lagging growth potential – World Bank
World Bank senior economist Marek Hanusch outlines how South Africa could make more effective use of its investment tax incentives. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded 17.1.2017

Organic growth in local companies to boost employment, but scarce skills a concern – PwC 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2017 Amid the country’s rising unemployment rate, 83% of South African CEOs are confident about their company’s prospects for revenue growth over the next year, which will result in an increase in headcount. In its eighth South African edition of the yearly Global CEO Survey, financial services firm... 

Organic growth in local companies to boost employment, but scarce skills a concern – PwC
PwC Southern Africa CEO Dion Shango discusses CEO sentiments

Ford South Africa recalls Kuga model   

By: Anine Kilian     16th January 2017 Ford South Africa has recalled its 1.6 litre Ford Kuga model. CEO Jeffrey Nemeth on Monday said the recall was limited to 1.6 litre models manufactured in Valencia, Spain, between December 2012 and February 2014. About 4 556 vehicles will be affected by the safety recall. 

Ford South Africa recalls Kuga model
Ford announces safety recall of its Kuga model. Video: Nicholas Boyd, Editing Lionel Da Silva.

Draft new built environment regulations to be completed by financial year-end – Nxesi 

By: Anine Kilian     13th January 2017 The Department of Public Works (DPW) is reviewing “outdated” legislation that regulates the built environment. Addressing media on the sidelines of a DPW bursary awards ceremony in Centurion, on Friday, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi noted that the department intends to have new built... 

Draft new built environment regulations to be completed by financial year-end – Nxesi
Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi says the department is making progress with its seven-year turnaround plan. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

2016: Year of Orwellian manipulation  

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     16th December 2016 We must declare 2016 the year of Orwellian manipulation. For the purposes of this article, Orwellian manipulation is about presenting falsehoods as truths, and truths as falsehoods. The aim is to distort political reality and, thereby, change the political environment to the disadvantage of... 

2016: Year of Orwellian manipulation
Aubrey Matshiqi on "2016: Year of Orwellian manipulation". (Camera: Nicholas Boyd, Editing: Vincent Pestana)

New gas projects will be economical – Aurecon  

By: Victor Moolman     15th December 2016 With two major gas-to-power projects under way in the country, consulting company Aurecon believes that the two, possibly three, gas power stations associated with the projects can be economical as existing infrastructure can be used to support them. 

New gas projects will be economical – Aurecon
Aurecon associate – power generation explains the future and opportunities of electricity projects in South Africa.

Locally designed cot promotes functionality in paediatric care, potential niche market 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2016 A display of engineering creativity has earned industrial design firm Praestet a contract to supply 50 of its Symba paediatric beds to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH), with three beds already delivered to the Parktown-based paediatric hospital. An improvement on the old “cage bed”... 

Locally designed cot promotes functionality in paediatric care, potential niche market
Praestet director and product designer Jed Aylmer speaks about the idea behind the Symba bed

South Africa must wake up to fuel cell race or risk losing out  

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th December 2016 South Africa is in a global race in fuel cell development and should not consider itself “special”, as there are a number of other countries that could reap benefits from their fuel cell plans far sooner, an analyst warned on Friday. Speaking during a panel discussion on the impact of fuel cell... 

South Africa must wake up to fuel cell race or risk losing out
4th Energy Wave fuel cell analyst Kerry-Ann Adamson talks about South Africa in the race for fuel cell development. Cameraperson and editing: Nicholas Boyd 9/12/16

Power instability leads to security technology changes in South Africa 

By: Victor Moolman     9th December 2016 Owing to South Africa’s power instability, smart technology and solutions provider Jasco Group says it has designed solar-powered security systems. 

Power instability leads to security technology changes in South Africa
Jasco head of business development Eckart Zollner explains the challenges, opportunities and future of security technology in South Africa.

Sasol shows off new corporate head office 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th December 2016 The final phase of global chemicals company Sasol’s new headquarters, Sasol Place, in Sandton, its tenth floor, was commissioned on Monday. This not only houses its group executive suites, but also hosts the company’s engagement facilities. This completes the 11-storey, 47-m-tall office complex,... 

Sasol shows off new corporate head office
Sasol project management lead Adam Sargent tells Engineering News Online about the new office. Cameraperson and editing: Nicholas Boyd 06/12/16

Liberty lists new Reit, raises nearly R4bn 

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th December 2016 Liberty Group on Tuesday successfully unbundled and listed a portion of its property portfolio on the JSE’s main board as real estate investment trust (Reit) Liberty Two Degrees (L2D), raising some R3.8-billion. The Amelia Beattie-led Reit raised R3-billion at listing price from invited investors... 

Liberty lists new Reit, raises nearly R4bn
Liberty Group on Tuesday successfully unbundled and listed a portion of its property portfolio on the JSE’s main board as real estate investment trust Liberty Two Degrees, raising some R3.8-billion. Camerawork and editing: Darlene Creamer 6.12.2016

Ekurhuleni excited to activate Aerotropolis project as part of wider 5-year plan  

2nd December 2016 Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality is excited to finally acquire a comprehensive plan for the much anticipated Aerotropolis project announced two years ago. The Aerotropolis project is one of the important projects the city is spearheading, amongst others it has unveiled as part of its... 

Ekurhuleni excited to activate Aerotropolis project as part of wider 5-year plan
Ekurhuleni MMC for Infrastructure Robert Mashego on the municipality's 5-year infrastructure plan. (Camera & editing: Darlene Creamer)

Seacom’s business unit gains traction 

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th November 2016 Pan-African telecommunications firm Seacom has gained better-than-expected momentum in its quest to grow its enterprise segment, with the well received establishment of the second unit opening up the East African market. The business unit, which launched its full set of business offerings to the... 

Seacom’s business unit gains traction
Seacom Business head Grant Parker discusses the progress being made in the company's year-old enterprise segment. 30.11.2016. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Videoediting: Vincent Pestana.

Govt, business and labour to up partnership game in 2017 

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th November 2016 The partnership between civil society, labour, business and government that recently averted a near-downgrade of South Africa’s investment rating will “lift its game” next year to ensure that citizens start to experience change, according to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Speaking at a World... 

Govt, business and labour to up partnership game in 2017
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan discusses the upcoming yearly World Economic Forum meeting and South Africa's position in the WEF theme. Date recorded: 29.11.2016. Camerawork and videoediting: Nicholas Boyd.

Signs of hope in South Africa’s struggling agriculture sector  

By: Anine Kilian     25th November 2016 The agriculture sector contributes about 1.6% to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP), below the 2.2% contribution that is needed for the sector to remain sustainable, Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) CEO Dr John Purchase said on Friday. Addressing delegates at a conference focused on... 

Signs of hope in South Africa’s struggling agriculture sector
AGbiz CEO John Purchase talks to Engineering New Online about land reform and the redistribution of land. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Company supports plastic waste management  

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics will sponsor the inaugural African Marine Waste Network (AMWN) conference next year.   The AMWN was launched in July this year by the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST), plastics industry representative... 

Company supports plastic waste management
Plastics SA sustainability director Douw Steyn and DPI Plastics technical and product manager Renier Snyman discuss the importance of environmental and waste management, as well as the plastics industry’s contribution to environmental protection. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Tiger Brands posts higher income despite inflationary pressure 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd November 2016 The prolonged drought and significant currency volatility has contributed to significant inflation in raw material input costs for JSE-listed fast-moving consumer goods producer Tiger Brands in the financial year ended September 30. The higher costs impacted the grains and groceries divisions, in... 

Tiger Brands posts higher income despite inflationary pressure
Tiger Brands management speaks about the past financial year as well as the year ahead. Cameraperson: Nicholas Boyd Editing:Vincent Pestana 23/11/16

Sasol unveils R1.1bn polypropylene expansion project 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st November 2016 Petrochemicals group Sasol on Monday inaugurated its C3 expansion project, which enables it to expand Secunda Chemicals Operations polypropylene production by 103 000 t/y to just over 625 000 t/y. The R1.1-billion, Secunda-based project was lauded as a major capital investment in tough economic... 

Sasol unveils R1.1bn polypropylene expansion project
Sasol CEO Stephen Cornell speaks on the launch of the new C3 expansion project. Cameraperson: Nicholas Boyd Editing: Vincent Pestana

Minimum wage adds stability that local economy needs – Jonas 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st November 2016 The newly proposed national minimum wage of R3 500 will not only establish greater labour stability in South Africa, but it will also evoke positive collaboration between business, labour and government, Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said on Monday. Speaking on the sidelines of a media... 

Minimum wage adds stability that local economy needs – Jonas
Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas speaks to Engineering News Online about the state of South Africa. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Vincent Pestana

Clover opens R40m visitors centre  

By: Anine Kilian     15th November 2016 Dairy products and juice manufacturer Clover on Tuesday launched its R40-million visitors centre at its factory in Clayville, Midrand – the first such centre in the South African dairy industry. The facility, which took three years to complete, will be open to the public from February 2017. 

Clover opens R40m visitors centre
Clover CEO Johann Vorster discusses the launch of the Clover Visitor's Centre in Clayville, Gauteng Editing by Nicholas Boyd

Transnet to terminate Trillian relationship, seeks Futuregrowth apology  

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2016 State-owned logistics group Transnet will be terminating its relationship with both Trillian Capital and Regiments Capital in light of the current fallout surrounding the two companies – developments that are reflected in the Public Protector’s ‘State of Capture’ report and is currently also the... 

Transnet to terminate Trillian relationship, seeks Futuregrowth apology
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama on Trillian contracts and relations with Futuregrowth. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 7.11.2016

Transnet sets up R20bn acquisitions war chest, as it pulls in capex horns 

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2016 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has set aside a R20-billion war chest for mergers and acquisitions inside South Africa and the rest of the continent, owing to “limited” prospects for organic growth domestically. Specific merger and acquisition (M&A) targets have been identified as... 

Transnet sets up R20bn acquisitions war chest, as it pulls in capex horns
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama on the group's R20-billion M&A war chest. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 7.11.2016

OR Tambo first African airport to implement digital security checkpoint  

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th November 2016 To improve passenger security and speed up the process of moving through airport security checkpoints, the OR Tambo International Airport will implement a new digital security system – the first airport in Africa to do so. The pilot implementation of the Scarabee smart security system, which uses... 

OR Tambo first African airport to implement digital security checkpoint
An Airports Company South Africa video explains how the new system will work. Video supplied by ACSA

Countdown to Kalahari land speed record attempt begins 

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2016 It is a few minutes shy of twelve and the heat shimmers like water on Hakskeen Pan. Royal Air Force wing commander Andy Green gets behind the wheel of a maroon Geely Boyue, journalists in tow, and chases down the pan at 160 km/h – a mere fraction of the speed at which he will travel here next... 

Countdown to Kalahari land speed record attempt begins
Royal Air Force wing commander Andy Green driving a maroon Geely Boyue down Hakskeen Pan at 160 km/h. Video and editing: Duane Daws.

Emotional Molefe weighs judicial review and future after damning Public Protector report  

By: Terence Creamer     3rd November 2016 Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has indicated that he is weighing his future options as head of the State-owned electricity producer following the release of a Public Protector report, which raises serious questions about his role in facilitating a coal deal involving Tegeta, a mining company linked to... 

Emotional Molefe weighs judicial review and future after damning Public Protector report
Eskom CEO Brian Molefe outlines his unhappiness with the Public Protector's State of Capture report. Camera Work and Editing: Nicholas Boyd. 3.11.2016

New holdings group unveils prototype point-of-entry water filtration system 

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st November 2016 CrossAfrica Holdings is leveraging its official launch this week as a platform to unveil its new Cleansui water filtration system prototype under its newly established standalone subsidiary CrossAfrica Water Solutions. The holdings group will on Thursday showcase a prototype point-of-entry... 

New holdings group unveils prototype point-of-entry water filtration system
CrossAfrica group MD Manny Cross and top South African water expert Dr Anthony Turton speak to Engineering News about CrossAfrica Holdings leveraging its official launch this week as a platform to unveil its new Cleansui water filtration system prototype. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 1.11.2016

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