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SA company supplies urethane product to Moroccan project   

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th February 2016 South Africa-based polyurethane manufacturing company Urethane Moulded Products (UMP) successfully completed and supplied polyurethane lining for the Jorf Lasfar slurry pipeline project in Morocco. The project won best project in the International Projects Category at the South African... 

SA company supplies urethane  product to Moroccan project
Pipeline service specialists Aptec explains and highlights the details surrounding the Aptec Sure-Liner pipe lining system.

Survey shows wearable technology buy-in 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th February 2016 While market acceptance of wearable technology – clothing and accessories incorporating computer and advanced electronic technologies – is on the increase, regulation and policy frameworks surrounding the use of this fast-growing technology in the workplace need to be discussed. An online survey... 

Survey shows wearable technology buy-in
PwC actuarial, risk and quants division associate director Nanie Rothman discusses wearables in the workplace and the outcomes of a survey testing market acceptance. Date recorded: 09.02.2016. Camerawork and videoediting: Nicholas Boyd.

S Africans encouraged to participate in nominating a new Public Protector   

By: Sashnee Moodley     8th February 2016 Nonprofit organisation (NPO) Corruption Watch on Monday launched the Bua Mzansi public awareness campaign in Johannesburg in an effort to engage South Africans to actively participate in this year’s process of nominating and appointing a new Public Protector. Thuli Madonsela would end her... 

S Africans encouraged to participate in nominating a new Public Protector
Corruption Watch executive director David Lewis discusses awareness campaign Bua Mzansi. (Camera & Editing: Nicholas Boyd)

Cesa adopts back-to-basics strategy for 2016 

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd February 2016 A back-to-basics approach is needed to ride out the current economic environment and bring the consulting engineering sector back in from the cold, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Lynne Pretorius said at her first presidential address on Wednesday. Speaking at the yearly event,... 

Cesa adopts back-to-basics strategy for 2016
New Cesa president Lynne Pretorius discusses the industry body's focus points for the year ahead. Date: 03.02.16. Camerawork and video editing Nicholas Boyd.

South Africa’s inaugural policy uncertainty index shows worrying spike  

By: Terence Creamer     1st February 2016 South Africa’s first-ever Policy Uncertainty Index (PUI) has been launched, with the inaugural publication showing a “spike” in uncertainty during the fourth quarter of 2015 – a period during which President Jacob Zuma removed the well-regarded Nhlanhla Nene as Finance Minister. The index, which... 

South Africa’s inaugural policy uncertainty index shows worrying spike
Professor Raymond Parsons on the mechanics behind South Africa's Policy Uncertainty Index and the inaugural results from the fourth quarter of 2015. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 1.2.2016.

Deloitte warns of higher taxes ahead of February budget speech  

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th January 2016 This will be a watershed year for tax hikes, as South Africa faces sluggish economic growth, continuing electricity supply challenges, growing water shortages, a commodity price slump and rising inflation. These factors would strongly influence Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s Budget Speech on... 

Deloitte warns of higher taxes ahead of February budget speech
Deloitte Africa taxation services head Nazrien Kader speaks about the expectations for the budget speech. 27/01/16 Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd

Gauteng reveals potential bidders for R3.5bn Gautrain rolling stock contract 

By: Natalie Greve     26th January 2016 Pointing to a sustained increase in ridership figures that continues to place strain on the Gautrain’s limited capacity, Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Dr Ismail Vadi has outlined the business case behind the decision to embark on a R3.5-billion acquisition of additional rolling stock for... 

Gauteng reveals potential bidders for R3.5bn Gautrain rolling stock contract
Gautrain to procure R3.5-billion of additional rolling stock

People to talk to their cars following Volvo Cars, Microsoft deal 

By: Irma Venter     22nd January 2016 Vehicle manufacturer Volvo Cars and technology group Microsoft are launching a voice control system that will allow Volvo owners to talk to their cars using the Microsoft Band 2 wearable device. The system will allow owners to instruct their vehicle to perform tasks remotely, such as setting a... 

People to talk to their cars following Volvo Cars, Microsoft deal

Chinese economic slump not the precursor to Africa’s demise – Standard Bank CEO 

By: Natalie Greve     21st January 2016 While Africa-friendly China’s economic growth languishes at 25-year lows, Standard Bank joint CEO Sim Tshabalala has deviated from popular economic opinion which cautions of a devastating knock-on effect of the slowdown on African economies, arguing instead that the Asian powerhouse’s transition... 

Chinese economic slump not the precursor to Africa’s demise – Standard Bank CEO
Standard Bank joint CEO Sim Tshabalala suggests Chinese slowdown may not signal Africa's swan song. Cameraperson: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Wits, Unilever to pioneer practical work training for engineering students  

By: Natalie Greve     19th January 2016 In the first corporate-academic partnership of its kind, consumer goods manufacturer Unilever South Africa and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) have announced a collaborative skills development programme that aims to provide promising engineering students with practical work experience... 

Wits, Unilever to pioneer practical work training for engineering students
University of the Witwatersrand School of Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering head Professor Robert Reid discussed a pioneering work experience programme for engineering students. Video and editing Darlene Creamer 19.01.2016

Fixed wireless deployment growing apace, especially in Europe 

By: Schalk Burger     15th January 2016 South African antenna manufacturer Poynting derives about 50% of its revenue from consumer and enterprise fixed wireless antenna product sales in Europe, including Norway, Finland, Denmark and Sweden, says Poynting founder and chairman Dr André Fourie. Fixed wireless network access is growing... 

Fixed wireless deployment growing apace, especially in Europe
Poynting chairman André Fourie and CEO Michael Howard discuss fixed wireless systems. Video Cameraperson: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Gauteng shopping centre boasts largest rooftop PV installation in Africa   

By: Anine Kilian     15th January 2016 Development company Hyprop’s regional shopping center Clearwater mall, in Johannesburg, Gauteng, tripled the generation output of its solar photovoltaic (PV) plant by adding an additional 1000 kWp to the system last month. The mall currently has the largest rooftop PV system in Africa. Hyprop... 

Gauteng shopping centre boasts largest rooftop PV installation in Africa
Solareff MD Jaco Botha talks about the Clearwater Mall PV expansion. Video Cameraperson: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

S Africa consumer uptake of US meats next Agoa ‘test’  

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th January 2016 South Africa’s continued successful participation in the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) agreement now relies on consumers’ uptake of US poultry, pork and beef. South Africa and the US this week put to bed all long-standing disagreements over sanitary and phytosanitary matters... 

S Africa consumer uptake of US meats next Agoa ‘test’
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies discusses the conclusion of South Africa's deal with the US to ensure continued participation in Agoa. Date recorded: 07.01.2016. Camerawork and videoediting: Nicholas Boyd

SA awaits US decision on missed Agoa deadline, assures of near resolution  

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th January 2016 South Africa’s access to some of the duty-free trade benefits of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) hangs in the balance as the nation enters “extra time” in meeting the demands of the US for the elimination of barriers to US poultry, beef and pork trade. With South Africa’s deadline... 

SA awaits US decision on missed Agoa deadline, assures of near resolution
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies discusses South Africa's the outstanding agreements to ensure the country's continued benefits under Agoa. Camerawork and videoediting: Nicholas Boyd. Date recorded: 04.01.2016.

South African stainless sector expected to track sideways in 2016 

By: Terence Creamer     11th December 2015 South Africa’s stainless steel consumption, which has recovered from the slump experienced during the 2009 recession, is expected to track sideways in 2016. Apparent consumption in 2015 rose 1.9% year-on-year to 190 000 t, which is below the post-crisis peak of nearly 210 000 t, but still... 

South African stainless sector expected to track sideways in 2016
Sassda executive director John Tarboton in conversation with Engineering News editor Terence Creamer on the performance of the stainless steel sector in 2015 and the outlook for 2016. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Science still on the backburner as Africa tends to other obstacles 

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th December 2015 Science, technology and innovation is the solution to many of the challenges faced by Africa; however, it still takes a backseat as the continent strives for sustainable development. Despite science being critical to the mitigation of issues such as water scarcity and food security and disease... 

Science still on the backburner as Africa tends to other obstacles
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor discusses the urgent role of science in resolving several critical challenges faced by Africa. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

GWK depicts ‘humble’ farmer as ‘hero’ advancing economy  

By: Tracy Hancock     7th December 2015 On the back of its most successful financial showing to date, reporting a profit of R163.8-million in 2015, a 57% increase on 2014, farmer-owned agribusiness GWK is ending the year by emphasising the integral role farmers play in supporting the growth of South Africa’s economy. The Douglas,... 

GWK depicts ‘humble’ farmer as ‘hero’ advancing economy
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the production of farmer owned agribusiness GWK's new advertising campaign.

Water: Decide now on Lesotho 2, acid mine drainage projects – Prof  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd December 2015 The Cabinet Ministers responsible for approving the second phase of the Lesotho Highlands Water Scheme should be asked to explain why this important project is being delayed – and should also be pressed to take decisions on acid mine drainage (AMD) projects as new sources of short-term water. In... 

Water: Decide now on Lesotho 2, acid mine drainage projects – Prof
Wits School of Governance visiting adjunct professor Mike Muller talks to Mining Weekly Online Martin Creamer on the urgency of ensuring long-term water supply. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Industrial equipment company opens new Wadeville sales office 

By: Anine Kilian     27th November 2015 Industrial equipment sales and rental company Renttech South Africa launched its new sales outlet adjacent to its premises in Wadeville, Ekurhuleni last month. The facility has convenient access for many industries in the area - as well as power generation projects and local refineries – and... 

Industrial equipment company opens new Wadeville sales office
Renttech MD Gerrit van Zyl talks about the launch of the new Renttech

Johannesburg municipality to continue public transport initiatives  

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th November 2015 The City of Johannesburg municipality plans to continue its focus on the implementation of an integrated transport system through its transport legacy projects following the EcoMobility World Festival 2015, in the Sandton central business district (CBD). “[The festival] proved . . . that there is... 

Johannesburg municipality to continue public transport initiatives
Johannesburg executive mayor Parks Tau discusses the impact of the EcoMobility month and the way forward

Upgraded City Deep seen as key to improving Joburg-Durban logistics performance 

By: Terence Creamer     26th November 2015 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet formally opened its upgraded City Deep inland port on Thursday, reporting that its yearly container handling capacity had been doubled to 400 000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) following an R800-million investment programme. The terminal, which is... 

Upgraded City Deep seen as key to improving Joburg-Durban logistics performance
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama on the role of the upgraded City Deep inland port, in Johannesburg, in supporting the group’s road-to-rail strategy. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 26.11.2015

Eskom says OCGT use falling from very high first-half levels  

By: Terence Creamer     24th November 2015 Despite reporting a 1.7% period-on-period decline in electricity sales for the six months to the end of September, Eskom’s primary energy costs still rose 8% to R40.9-billion, with diesel accounting for 16%, or over R6.5-billion, of that bill. Sales slumped to 107 307 GWh from 109 168 GWh in the... 

Eskom says OCGT use falling from very high first-half levels
Eskom CEO Brian Molefe on uses for take-or-pay Medupi coal and the outlook for Hendrina supply. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 24.11.2015

Eskom plans ten-year tariff submission while pushing ahead with two clawback bids  

By: Terence Creamer     24th November 2015 State-owned electricity producer Eskom plans to make an early fourth multiyear price determination (MYPD4) application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) and also extend the tariff horizon in the submission to ten years, CFO Anoj Singh said on Tuesday. The current MYPD3... 

Eskom plans ten-year tariff submission while pushing ahead with two clawback bids
Eskom CFO Anoj Singh on the utility's approach to future tariff requests. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 24.11.2015

Banks offer up R12bn in Transnet deal as parastatal eyes R500bn spend over coming decade  

By: Natalie Greve     23rd November 2015 Boosting the coffers earmarked for its ambitious locomotive fleet acquisition programme, State-owned logistics group Transnet has announced the successful conclusion of a R12-billion club loan with five of the country’s major financial institutions, ratifying what the parastatal described as... 

Banks offer up R12bn in Transnet deal as parastatal eyes R500bn spend over coming decade
Transnet acting group CEO Siyabonga Gama announces a R12-billion club loan facility.

Local services app offers fast access to artisans 

By: Schalk Burger     20th November 2015 The HelpOut application (app) aims to connect users with service businesses in their area to enable fast access to services and less travel for local artisans, says HelpOut founder and entrepreneur Francois Briers. The app uses a device’s global positioning system location to display the twenty... 

Local services app offers fast access to artisans
HelpOut founder Francois Briers discusses the new local services app

Weak demand not only cause of fall-off in load-shedding, Eskom insists  

By: Terence Creamer     16th November 2015 South Africa’s State-owned electricity utility Eskom insisted on Monday that the performance of its generation fleet was on an improving “trend”, rebuffing arguments that its newfound ability to avoid load-shedding was primarily the result of sharply lower demand from industry. Speaking at a... 

Weak demand not only cause of fall-off in load-shedding, Eskom insists
Eskom CEO Brian Molefe on the summer outlook and Eskom's more to limit load-shedding. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 16.11.2015

Eskom expects tariff clawback to cover big portion of R30bn 2016 funding gap 

By: Terence Creamer     16th November 2015 State-owned electricity producer Eskom says it should end its current financial year with a cash balance of between R10-billion and R15-billion and that its liquidity outlook for its 2016/17 financial year has also improved, with its funding requirement having narrowed from R47-billion to around... 

Eskom expects tariff clawback to cover big portion of R30bn 2016 funding gap
Eskom FD Anoj Singh on the current state of Eskom’s finances. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 16.11.2015

Sadara chemicals complex nears completion  

By: Kimberley Smuts     13th November 2015 Sadara, a joint venture (JV) developed by the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) and The Dow Chemical Company, is currently in advanced stages of construction of the largest chemical complex ever build worldwide in Jubail Industrial City, in Saudi Arabia. Dow polyurethane business regional... 

Sadara chemicals complex nears completion
Dow Southern Africa discusses the current state of the construction industry

Vodacom rebounds from tough year, reports solid H1 performance 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th November 2015 Telecommunications group Vodacom on Monday posted a strong start to the 2016 financial year as the South African operations recovered and the international operations continued its solid performance. After overcoming what was previously described as one of its toughest years yet, with... 

Vodacom rebounds from tough year, reports solid H1 performance
Vodacom Group CEO Shameel Joosub unpacks the telecommunications company's performance during the first half of the new financial year. Videowork and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

AMSA adds R4.5bn rights issue to survival plan, as it warns of earnings ‘bloodbath’ 

By: Terence Creamer     6th November 2015 JSE-listed steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) announced a whopping R4.5-billion rights issue on Friday as part of a multipronged survival package, which hinges materially on greater protection for the embattled domestic steel industry. The offer will be fully underwritten by the... 

AMSA adds R4.5bn rights issue to survival plan, as it warns of earnings ‘bloodbath’
ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Paul O’Flaherty outlines steps being taken to increase protection for the domestic steel industry. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. 6.11.2015

Engine remanufacturer expands locomotives services 

By: Dylan Slater     6th November 2015 Germiston-based large-engine remanufacturer Metric Automotive Engineering has invested in new equipment to extend its services to larger engines for the locomotives industry, says operations director Andrew Yorke.  

Engine remanufacturer  expands locomotives services
Metric Automotive Engineering operations director Andrew Yorke tells Engineering News about the company’s latest investment

Steam locomotive operator undertakes refurbishment contract   

By: Dylan Slater     6th November 2015 Germiston-based nonprofit association and steam locomotive operator Reefsteamers Association is undertaking a dual refurbishment project on two mainline steam locomotives to return them to full operation.  

Steam locomotive operator  undertakes refurbishment contract
steam locomotive expert Shaun Ackerman tells Engineering News about Reefsteamers’ newly refurbished locomotive wheel lathe. Cameraperson: Dylan Slater.

Steel fabricator taking survival steps as pressures mount 

By: Zandile Mavuso     6th November 2015 Since China reduced its steel consumption owing to overcapacity in February last year, over the past 18 months, multidisciplinary construction and engineering group Aveng’s Steel division has initiated several work streams to acclimatise and reposition the group ahead of the restructuring... 

Steel fabricator taking survival steps  as pressures mount
Aveng Steel MD Hercu Aucamp discusses plans made by its steel division to survive current market pressures

Wealth tax on Davis commission’s radar, but immediate focus on estate duties  

By: Terence Creamer     5th November 2015 Davis Tax Commission (DTC) head Judge Dennis Davis has confirmed that the commission would be investigating a possible wealth tax for South Africa, but indicated that the process to design such a tax would take time and that its immediate focus was on other instruments, such as estate duties. The... 

Wealth tax on Davis commission’s radar, but immediate focus on estate duties
Judge Dennis Davis on the risk of a tax revolt should government fail to rein in corruption. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Tax commission head urges govt to hold back on carbon tax  

By: Terence Creamer     5th November 2015 Judge Dennis Davis, who is leading South Africa’s Davis Tax Commission (DTC), has urged government not to introduce the carbon tax in the current “fragile” economic environment. The National Treasury released the Draft Carbon Tax Bill for public comment on November 2, outlining an initial... 

Tax commission head urges govt to hold back on carbon tax
Judge Dennis Davis on the proposed carbon tax. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

It’s 30 not out for Steloy Castings 

By: Anine Kilian     30th October 2015 The maintenance and development of South Africa’s manufacturing sector was critically important at this stage of the country’s economic history, Bronkhorstspruit-based specialist foundry Steloy Castings CEO Danie Slabbert in Johannesburg, Gauteng, earlier this month. He was speaking at Steloy... 

It’s 30 not out for  Steloy Castings
Steloy Castings CEO talks about the importance of maintaining SA’s manufacturing industry.

Transnet says some capex to be deferred, but insists R380bn plan remains intact 

By: Terence Creamer     29th October 2015 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet insisted on Thursday that its R340-billion to R380-billion Market Demand Strategy (MDS) remained intact, but confirmed that some components of the investment plan could be deferred in light of the weaker commodity outlook and South Africa’s lower... 

Transnet says some capex to be deferred, but insists R380bn plan remains intact
Transnet acting CEO Siyabonga Gama and acting CFO Garry Pita on adjustments to the timing of the Market Demand Strategy. Camera Work: Duane Daws. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded: 29.10.2015

TPT keeps eye on financial stability 

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th October 2015 As State-owned Transnet prepares to deliver its financial results for the first half of this year on Thursday, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) CEO Karl Socikwa on Wednesday vowed to do everything possible to keep the division’s balance sheet healthy as the South African economy faces low economic... 

TPT keeps eye on financial stability
Transnet Port Terminal CEO Karl Socikwa discusses the group's focus on maintaining financial stability in a slow-growth economy. Date recorded: 28.10.15. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd.

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