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Omnia, IFC announce €15m carbon-credit deal 

By: Christy van der Merwe     17th March 2008 Diversified chemical services provider, Omnia on Monday announced its €15-million agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), under which the IFC will buy up to a million carbon credits from Omnia, over the next five years. The IFC, a World Bank member, will purchase the... 

Hydraulics shortage now the ‘headache', says Bell CEO 

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2008 A shortage of hydraulic components was now causing the supply "headache" and no longer tyres and steel, Bell Equipment CEO Gary Bell said on Monday. Bell said that reputable supplying companies, which "had done great for us over the last 20 or 30 years", were no longer meeting... 

EU announces €107m support package for SA water sector 

By: Dennis Ndaba     17th March 2008 The third phase of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry's (Dwaf's) Masibabane programme was officially launched on Monday, at the first day of the third National Water Summit at Gallagher Estate, in Midrand. South Africa’s Water Affairs and Forestry Minister, Lindiwe... 

Coca Cola opens international quality testing laboratory in Gauteng  

By: Matthew Hill     14th March 2008 World number-one beverage maker Coca Cola on Friday launched a new $6-million (nearly R50-million) quality testing laboratory in Midrand, which it lauded as its most technologically advanced globally. The facility would test Coca Cola products from 162 bottlers in 56 African countries and... 

Eskom sets July target for roll-out of power-conservation incentives 

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2008 The head of embattled power utility Eskom, Jacob Maroga, has set a July 1 deadline for the introduction of a system of incentives to support power conservation nationally, which would move the country beyond the damaging and blunt instrument of load shedding. Speaking at a media briefing in... 

Upcoming US process heat tender to include PBMR 

By: Keith Campbell     14th March 2008 SOUTH Africa’s fourth-generation nuclear power technology, the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) has a real chance that it could be demonstrated, in a process heat application, in the US. This would involve the construction of a PBMR plant in that country. 

Real income levels rise across the board, but inequality remains high 

By: Christy van der Merwe     14th March 2008 The income and expenditure of households statistics gathered by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) between September 2005 and August 2006 were released on Tuesday, and would serve as an important input into identifying the goods and services that should be included in the consumer price index, an... 

Eskom, Transnet put final touches to localisation plans 

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2008 South Africa’s two largest State-owned enterprises (SoEs), Eskom and Transnet, have completed draft ‘supplier development plans’, or SDPs, for their respective multibillion-rand investment programmes, and their final local-content schemes should be in place by midyear. 

Eskom commits to limit unplanned outages to 2 500 MW 

By: Terence Creamer     13th March 2008 State-owned utility Eskom made a commitment on Thursday to limiting its unplanned outages to a maximum of 2 500 MW as South Africa enters a new phase of power rationing. Speaking at a press conference following a meeting with key industrial users and municipalities, CEO Jacob Maroga said that the... 

SA govt to meet business on new Zim law 

By: Reuters     12th March 2008 The South African government would meet with business leaders to see how the country's interests in Zimbabwe could be protected in light of a new law giving locals a controlling share in businesses, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Aziz Pahad said on Wednesday. President Robert Mugabe... 

Aveng's order book climbs to R22bn 

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     10th March 2008 South African construction group Aveng, which on Monday reported improved interim results, said that its order book had reached R22-billion. This was 16% higher than a year earlier, and in line with the group's target range, which seeks to optimally balance winning current contracts, while... 

Sasol to spend R300m on coal-to-liquids feasibility study  

By: Christy van der Merwe     10th March 2008 Showing its commitment to the proposed new 80 000 barrel a day coal-to-liquids plant, project Mafutha, the Sasol board has committed R300-million to the feasibility studies for the project. "I think this shows our commitment - we want to make this project work, and I think it will be great... 

Electricity sector has significant emission reduction potential, prof says 

By: Christy van der Merwe     10th March 2008 Climate change was no longer debatable at Eskom, and was receiving a significant amount of attention from the electricity utility’s Research and Innovation department. 

Key challenges ahead for SA as power shifts in global auto sector 

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     7th March 2008 South Africa should position itself as a key location for growth in the global automotive industry, National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa president and Toyota CEO Johan van Zyl said at the weekend. Speaking at the presentation to release the results of global automotive... 

Contractor promises proactive engagement with competition body in construction sector probe 

By: Terence Creamer     7th March 2008 Leading South African construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R), which is listed in the JSE and has a market capitalisation of more than R30-billion, says it has adopted a "proactive" policy of engagement with South Africa's competition authorities, which have initiated an... 

International workshop to promote science centres 

By: Christy van der Merwe     7th March 2008 Johannesburg was abuzz with scientific brainstorming as the fifth, four-day international workshop on enhancing change through science centres kicked off at the OR Tambo conference centre, with delegates sharing ways to make science centres ‘more friendly' and accessible to the general... 

AECI mulls 25-MW gas-fired power plant 

By: Matthew Hill     7th March 2008 Chemicals, explosives and property company AECI said that it was looking to build a R200-million, 25-MW gas-fired power station at its Modderfontein site, near Johannesburg, which it could commission in two years. However, the project depended on the availability of gas Graham Edwards, who takes... 

AltX-listed firm studies Eastern Cape wind power options  

By: Matthew Hill     7th March 2008 AltX-listed flooring and chemicals company Safic has taken a proactive stance in light of South Africa’s power crisis and is studying the feasibility of building a wind turbine power station at its East London plant, which could become the third such facility in the country.  

Appointment of two baggage handlers aimed at improving service, security 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     7th March 2008 Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) has awarded the licences for the ground handling-operations at South Africa's airports to Menzies Africa and BidAir Services, and has said that a third licence will be awarded by June. 

Copper should be declared a precious resource – Minister 

By: Leandi Kolver     7th March 2008 “We have to look into declaring copper as precious, or our economy will not be able to grow,” said the Minister of Communications, Dr Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri, at the official opening of black-empowerment cable manufacturer Malesela Taihan Electrical Cable’s new telecommunications... 

SADC telecoms growth underpins cable plant investment 

By: Leandi Kolver     7th March 2008 A R20-million telecommunications cable-manufacturing facility erected in Vereeniging by black-empowerment cable manufacturer Malesela Taihan Electrical Cable (M-Tec) will assist government in delivering on its 2010 communications promises says Minister of Communications Dr Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri. 

Immediate power crisis won't defer Eskom's research projects 

By: Christy van der Merwe     5th March 2008 The challenges currently faced by State-owned power utility Eskom were said to make a fertile environment for research, development and innovation, which made the timing for Eskom's fifth bi-yearly electric power research conference, in Johannesburg, particularly appropriate. Although the... 

South Africans reduced expenditure on food, but transport picked up significantly - survey  

By: Christy van der Merwe     4th March 2008 The income and expenditure of households statistics gathered by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) between September 2005 and August 2006 were released on Tuesday, and would serve as an important input into identifying the goods and services that should be included in the consumer price index... 

Greenpeace cofounder Moore backs nuclear power 

By: Christy van der Merwe     3rd March 2008 Adding a green voice to the promotion of nuclear power generation, ecologist, environmentalist, and cofounder of Greenpeace, Dr Patrick Moore affirmed his environmental support for nuclear power while in Johannesburg on Monday, and stated that there was "every reason to choose nuclear power... 

Areva seeks to grow automation business in SA power industry 

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     29th February 2008 French energy company Areva Transmission & Distribution (T&D) Automation has identified South Africa as an important country for the company's growth in upcoming years, following the recent completion of Eskom's new National Control Centre in collaboration with Areva... 

Another coal-fired station needed to fill pre-nuclear gap 

By: Terence Creamer     29th February 2008 State-owned power utility Eskom would need to develop a third new coal-fired power station in South Africa beyond the 12 units, or 8 766 MW, to be built at Medupi, in Limpopo, and at ‘Project Bravo', in Mpumalanga, in order to fill an expected base-load gap that would arise before the... 

Institute’s head warns that transmission, distribution problems should not be overlooked 

By: Terence Creamer     29th February 2008 The president of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAiEE), Ian McKechnie, has appealed for a more “holistic” response to the current electricity emergency and the evolving response plans. 

The clock is ticking away towards the launch of SA's space agency  

By: Keith Campbell     29th February 2008 The fact that the creation of a South African Space Agency is now only a matter of months away is attracting international interest, including proposals for technological cooperation, to this country. 

World Cup bosses point to progress amid division speculation  

By: Dennis Ndaba     29th February 2008 Media speculation regarding divisions within the 2010 FIFA World Cup’s Local Organising Committee (LOC) did not hamper the sixth inspection by football’s world governing body FIFA, and the LOC, to establish South African preparedness for the Confederations Cup in 2009 and for the 2010... 

Joburg mayor unveils plan to save 745 MW over 18 months  

By: Matthew Hill     28th February 2008 The City of Johannesburg, which uses one-tenth of capacity constrained Eskom's generation capacity, has plans to make some 745 MW of electricity available to the national grid over the next 18 months through supply side and demand-side interventions, mayor Amos Masondo revealed on Thursday.... 

M&R promises proactive engagement with competition body in construction sector probe 

By: Terence Creamer     28th February 2008 Leading South African construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R), which is listed in the JSE and has a market capitalisation of more than R30-billion, says it has adopted a "proactive" policy of engagement with South Africa's competition authorities, which have initiated an... 

SA ponders satellite launch options 

By: Keith Campbell     28th February 2008 The fact that all the leading players in Outer Space have, or are developing, national launch capabilities, has resulted in debate within and between government departments and institutions about South Africa exploring the establishment of its own satellite launch capability. "This has... 

Imperial writes off R1,5bn amid restructuring 

By: Matthew Hill     27th February 2008 Diversified group Imperial Holdings, which has just about halved its market capitalisation on the JSE over the past 12 months, has had to make some tough decisions, leading to a far-reaching portfolio rationalisation and a R1,5-billion write off. CEO Hubert Brody apologised to investors for the... 

AECI plans 25-MW gas-fired power plant 

By: Matthew Hill     26th February 2008 Chemicals, explosives and property company AECI said on Tuesday that it was looking to build a R200-million, 25-MW gas-fired power station at its Modderfontein site, near Johannesburg, which it could commission in two years. However, the project depended on the availability of gas Graham Edwards,... 

International workshop to promote science centres starts in Gauteng 

By: Christy van der Merwe     25th February 2008 Johannesburg was abuzz with scientific brainstorming as the fifth, four-day international workshop on enhancing change through science centres kicked off on Monday, with delegates sharing ways to make science centres ‘more friendly’ and accessible to the general public. The... 

AltX-listed firm studies Eastern Cape wind power options 

By: Matthew Hill     22nd February 2008 AltX-listed flooring and chemicals company Safic has taken a proactive stance in light of South Africa's power crisis and is studying the feasibility of building a wind turbine power station at its East London plant, which could become the third such facility in the country. CEO Fred Platt... 

A ‘Maponya Mall’ in every province. That’s the vision of a black business icon 

By: Dennis Ndaba     22nd February 2008 “I would like to be afforded an opportunity to build more malls through out the country,” the father of township retail and entrepreneur extraordinaire Richard Maponya announces casually in an exclusive interview with Engineering News at the comfort of his patio in Hyde Park, in... 

ArcelorMittal still bullish on domestic demand despite power worries 

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     22nd February 2008 Steel giant ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Rick Reato said last week that the outlook for domestic demand remains “very bullish” going forward into 2008 and that the company expected an equilibrium between supply and demand. 

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