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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.

ACSA, Munich Airport ink sister airport agreement 

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th October 2015 A new agreement between airports management company Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) and Germany-based aviation services technology company Munich Airport Group would see the duo leverage each others’ respective skills, knowledge and regional experience to bolster the performance of their... 

ACSA, Munich Airport ink sister airport agreement
Munich Airport Group CEO and president Dr Michael Kerkloh and Airports Company of South Africa CEO Bongani Maseko announce a three-phase strategic sister airport agreement. Camerawork and video editing Nicholas Boyd

Company opens flagship food-distribution warehouse in Boksburg 

By: Dylan Slater     23rd October 2015 France-based logistics company ID Logistics’s (IDL’s) local fresh-food division IDL Fresh launched its new 15 300 m2 distribution centre in Lancaster Park, Boksburg, earlier this month.  

Company opens flagship food-distribution warehouse in Boksburg
ID Logistics Fresh South Africa MD Etienne Juillard tells Engineering News about the company’s new warehouse in Boksburg

South African mining’s delicate make-or-break phase outlined 

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2015 The South African mining industry’s delicate make-or-break phase has been outlined by some of the sector’s leading lights who make it clear that only give-and-gain will prevent it from losing colossal value. What will break it, they make clear, is failure to achieve a win-win, despite the... 

South African mining’s delicate make-or-break phase outlined
The scene is set for a make or break of South Africa’s vital mining industry, the Joburg Indaba, covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer, has heard. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Investors slam skewed incentivisation of mining top brass  

By: Martin Creamer     16th October 2015 Mining company executives have made a ton of money, fund managers have done fine and investment bankers have made a killing but the only people who have not made money are the shareholders – and the reason is the skewed way in which mining top brass are incentivised. That message came over loudly... 

Investors slam skewed incentivisation of mining top brass
Investors slam mining CEO incentives at Joburg Indaba, covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Chinese multinational launches in style  

By: Dylan Stewart     16th October 2015 Chinese multinational heavy machinery manufacturing company XCMG held its opening ceremony at BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA 2015, after having officially launched into the South African market in August 2014. 

Chinese multinational launches in style
XCMG distributor Niletrac GM Matt Dunne company title name discusses the strengths of XCMG

A new R&D approach required to create a sustainable future   

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th October 2015 As the world tends to the task of resolving short-term sustainability challenges, companies, universities and research institutions should pursue research and development (R&D) and stimulate open innovation to find potential solutions to the longer-term challenges. University of the Witwatersrand... 

A new R&D approach required to create a sustainable future
University of the Witwatersrand spatial analysis and city planning South African research chair Professor Philip Harrison discusses the new approach required to stimulate innovation.

Monsanto says GMOs will meet future food demands  

By: Tracy Hancock     8th October 2015 Although honourable, Monsanto South Africa MD Kobus Steenkamp does not see organic farming reaching a stage where it will provide 100% food security, highlighting the ability of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to increase the yield of every hectare. “Our main focus is on increasing... 

Monsanto says GMOs will meet future food demands
Engineering News talks to Monsanto South Africa MD Kobus Steenkamp about the company's role in ensuring food security through biotechnology traits, organic farming and obstacles in Africa at Monsanto's Petit Research Farm, in Benoni. Camerawork and editing Nicholas Boyd

Prevost drops coal bombshell  

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2015 South Africa’s Mr Coal on Wednesday called on the country to begin reversing out of low-priced coal export markets and turn inwards towards the domestic market through a grouping of inland terminals that could provide economic logistics to the high-grade South African coal that the global market... 

Prevost drops coal bombshell
Coal analyst Xavier Prevost outlines need to look inward to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer at Fossil Fuel Foundation coal conference. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva

EFF seeks 60% State ownership of mines, govt as custodian of farmland 

By: Irma Venter     29th September 2015 When the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) spoke of nationalising South Africa’s mines, it meant that the State would own 60% of the operation, said party leader Julius Malema in Johannesburg on Tuesday. Speaking at an American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) breakfast, Malema said this move would not... 

EFF seeks 60% State ownership of mines, govt as custodian of farmland
EFF leader Julius Malema discusses the party's mining policy

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