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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

Logistics Barometer highlights paradox of local industry 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th October 2016 If South Africa invests more in beneficiating more of its raw materials, the logistics costs relative to gross domestic product (GDP) will drop, which will, in turn, contribute to job creation and grow the economy, Stellenbosch University (SU) logistics professor Jan Havenga said on Thursday. For... 

Logistics Barometer highlights paradox of local industry
Stellenbosch University logistics professor Jan Havenga

SAP opens new co-innovation lab to bolster relevant innovation 

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th October 2016 South Africa has become home to enterprise application software firm SAP’s seventh Co-Innovation Lab, or ‘Coil’, aimed at promoting innovative, locally relevant solutions through the unification of different ideas, tools and technology. The new lab, ceremoniously opened in Sandton, on Wednesday,... 

Stronger institutions can save South Africa from ratings downgrade 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th October 2016 Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago on Thursday warned that the threat of a downgrade to South Africa’s investment-grade rating remained. Addressing delegates at this year’s South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry convention, he pointed out that political uncertainty, along with falling... 

Stronger institutions can save South Africa from ratings downgrade
Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago speaks on institutional strength Cameraperson and editing: Nicholas Boyd 2016/10/20

New cashless ticketing system eyed for Gauteng’s taxis  

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th October 2016 The South African National Taxi Council’s commercial arm TaxiChoice on Monday unveiled its new cashless e-ticketing system for minibus taxis that contributes to the formalisation of the industry and its employees. The new FairPay electronic fare collection system, which was lauded by Gauteng... 

New cashless ticketing system eyed for Gauteng’s taxis
TaxiChoice chairperson Jothan Msibi discusses the new cashless, card-based system about to be deployed across taxis. Camerawork and editing: Nicholas Boyd. Date recorded: 17.10.2016

Community challenges seen as business opportunities for women – GEP 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th October 2016 Women entrepreneurs must use their environment and the immediate challenges facing their communities as drivers of business, Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP) CEO Leah Manenzhe said on Monday. Manenzhe told delegates at the Gauteng Young Women in Business Breakfast Dialogue – which aims to... 

Community challenges seen as business opportunities for women – GEP
Women entrepreneurs are encouraged to find solutions in their immediate environment. Cameraperson: Nichoals Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Construction starts on 100 MW Kathu Solar Park 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th October 2016 Ground was broken this week at the R9-billion, 100 MW Kathu Solar Park concentrated solar power (CSP) project, in the Northern Cape, which is set to be one of the largest projects of its kind in the country. The parabolic-trough technology plant, which is being developed by an Engie-led... 

Construction starts on 100 MW Kathu Solar Park
Kathu Solar Park partners Sener regional MD Siyabonga Mbanjwa and Engie Southern Africa CEO Mohamed Hoosen gives insight on the project. Cameraperson: Nichoals Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Mashaba eyes Jhb Inner City revival as small business launchpad  

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th October 2016 Newly elected Johannesburg executive mayor Herman Mashaba on Tuesday vowed to breathe life back into Johannesburg’s Inner City and create a platform of opportunities for smaller businesses and entrepreneurs to thrive. In what is a rapidly transforming urban space of mixed development types, which... 

Mashaba eyes Jhb Inner City revival as small business launchpad
Johannesburg executive mayor Herman Mashaba explains a new ten-point plan aimed at tackling the most pressing issues, including corruption, unemployment, stalled economic growth and housing, as the new administration works to rebuild a decayed “inheritance”. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 4.10.2016

Mercedes-Benz unveils electric brand; first car to launch by end-2020 

By: Irma Venter     4th October 2016 Mercedes-Benz will go electric – and in a big way. The German carmaker has launched a new product brand for electric mobility under the name EQ, which stands for ‘electric intelligence’. 

Mercedes-Benz unveils electric brand; first car to launch by end-2020
Mercedes-Benz's new Generation EQ has been unveiled in Paris

Monsanto opens revamped plant breeding centre  

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th September 2016 Sustainable agriculture company Monsanto on Friday opened its R15-million renovated breeding centre, in Petit, near Benoni. The breeding centre is located on a 300 ha maize farm and hosts new offices, which are more than double the size of the original office, and an audiovisual boardroom that... 

Monsanto opens revamped plant breeding centre
Monsanto South Africa breeding leader Kiru Pillay speaks about the new centre

SCBA launched for SA market  

By: Kimberley Smuts     30th September 2016 Safety products manufacturer MSA Africa launched the AirXpress 2 Fire – a new economical self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) – onto the South African market last month, officially unveiling it to the public at the 2016 Electra Mining Africa Expo that took place from September 12 to 16, at... 

SCBA launched  for SA market
MSA Africa’s product marketing manager Suraksha Mohun discusses the The AirXpress 2 Fire suitable for firefighting, rescue operations, escape scenarios, confined-space entry, and search and rescue missions.

Menlyn Maine Central Square open for business 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st September 2016 Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Wednesday opened the Menlyn Maine Central Square, in Pretoria, calling it a “very important development” for Gauteng. Speaking at the launch of the 65 000 m2 R1.8-billion Central Square development, which forms part of the overall 315 000 m2 Menlyn Maine mixed-use... 

Menlyn Maine Central Square open for business
Gauteng Premier David Makhura launches the new Menlyn Main Central Square

Rolfes’ Bragan acquisition leads to major profit increase  

By: Anine Kilian     19th September 2016 JSE-listed chemicals manufacturer Rolfes Group’s acquisition of Bragan Chemicals – an importer and distributor of speciality products in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries –helped the company achieve a 91% increase in headline earnings, from R41-million to R79-million,... 

Rolfes’ Bragan acquisition leads to major profit increase
Rolfes CEO Lynette Lynch discusses the company's financial results highlights

Commercial bamboo production may have biofuel potential  

By: Dylan Slater     16th September 2016 According to Africa-focused bamboo technology company Afribam, growing bamboo commercially could create biofuel possibilities for commercial power generation and serve to sequestrate a percentage of carbon emitted by the same power generation facilities.  

Commercial bamboo production may have  biofuel potential
Bamboo specialist Adrian Sutton tells Engineering News about the opportunities of commercially growing bamboo. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

SA legal firms soon to play more of a role in Africa business disputes with adoption of arbitration Bill 

By: Dylan Slater     16th September 2016 There are about 157 countries which have adopted the Model Law, thereby recognising international arbitration agreements and enforcing international arbitration awards.  

SA legal firms soon to play more of a role in Africa business disputes with adoption of arbitration Bill
Clyde and Co tells Engineering News about a new arbitration bill. Video courtesy of Shaun Smith.

Volvo places self-driving truck in operation at underground mine 

By: Irma Venter     14th September 2016 The Volvo Group has put a fully autonomous truck to the test at underground operations at the Kristineberg mine, 100 km from Arvidsjaur, in northern Sweden. The mine was opened in 1940 and is the oldest in operation in the Boliden area. A polymetallic ore containing zinc, copper, lead, gold and... 

Volvo places self-driving truck in operation at underground mine
The Volvo FMX self-driving truck enters operations at the Kristineberg mine

Cummins Africa opens CNG training facility 

By: Schalk Burger     9th September 2016 Power and engine multinational Cummins Africa has added a compressed natural gas (CNG) engine training programme to the courses available at its Kelvin View training facility, in Gauteng, to support the growing use of CNG engines in public transport and power generation, says Cummins Africa... 

Cummins Africa opens CNG training facility
Cummins launches technician training programme

Need for rope condition assessment emphasised  

By: Sascha Solomons     9th September 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) highlights that regular testing of samples from ropes forms a vital part of ongoing monitoring and evaluation. “Testing ropes in service helps the users . . . to understand the condition in which the ropes are in order to make an informed... 

Need for rope condition assessment emphasised
CSIR mining initiatives acting business manager Riaan Bergh discusses the need for rope testing in the engineering industry. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Welding industry seeks new alternatives  

By: Victor Moolman     9th September 2016 With fewer projects being available in the power generation and petrochemical sectors, South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) executive director Sean Blake says that for those seeking welding industry opportunities alternative sectors have to be considered. 

Welding industry seeks new alternatives
Southern African Institute of Welding executive director Sean Blake explains the challenges, the opportunities and the future of the welding industry in South Africa. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Bombardier opens new propulsion equipment production site in Isando 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th August 2016 Rail technology provider Bombardier Transportation on Thursday inaugurated a new 6 000 m2 production site and headquarters in Isando. The facility will produce Bombardier Mitrac high-power propulsion equipment for use in the Transnet locomotives project, for which Bombardier is delivering 240... 

Bombardier opens new propulsion equipment production site in Isando
Bombardier has opened a new propulsion equipment manufacturing facility in Isando. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Implications of this year’s local government elections 

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     24th August 2016 In electoral terms, South Africa is a new country. The South Africa of the day before the local government elections, in relation to the South Africa of the day after the elections, is a country that is foreign to the African National Congress (ANC). As former treasurer-general of the ANC Mathews... 

Implications of this year’s local government elections
Aubrey Matshiqi discusses the local elections. (Camera & editing: Nicholas Boyd)

‘Transformational’ deal to change Aveng Grinaker-LTA’s look-and-feel, not tick BEE boxes 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd August 2016 South African construction and engineering group Aveng expects to conclude an empowerment transaction within months to further transform its Aveng Grinaker-LTA business, which is on the cusp of moving into the black for the first time since 2011. CEO Kobus Verster believes the transaction to be... 

 ‘Transformational’ deal to change Aveng Grinaker-LTA’s look-and-feel, not tick BEE boxes
Aveng CEO Kobus Verster on the thinking behind a planned 'transformational' deal involving Aveng Grinaker-LTA. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded: 23.8.2016

Cabinet sets up ‘Broadband War Room’ amid policy, spectrum uncertainty 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2016 Amid extended delays in the finalisation of South Africa’s information and communications technology (ICT) policy and a legal dispute over the auctioning of broadband spectrum, Cabinet has announced the formation of a ‘Broadband War Room’ to address the uncertainty. Minister in The Presidency for... 

Cabinet sets up ‘Broadband War Room’ amid policy, spectrum uncertainty
Minister in The Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe on the creation of a ‘Broadband War Room'. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 22.8.2016.

BMW launches remote-control parking in South Africa 

By: Irma Venter     22nd August 2016 Is that parking spot just too tight to allow you to get into and out of your car? Never fear, remote-control parking is here. BMW South Africa (SA) has launched its remote control parking system that allows 7 Series owners to manoeuvre in or out of a garage or forward-parking space – no parallel... 

BMW launches remote-control parking in South Africa
Remote-control parking in the BMW 7 Series

South Africa won’t change IPP course ‘midstream’ 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2016 Cabinet appears to have put paid to Eskom efforts to halt the country’s highly regarded independent power producer (IPP) programme, with Minister in The Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe indicating on Monday that there was no intention to “change course midstream”.... 

South Africa won’t change IPP course ‘midstream’
Minister in The Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe on South Africa's commitment to the IPP programme. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 22.8.2016

Risk assessment pivotal in fire prevention  

By: Sascha Solomons     19th August 2016 To achieve its aim of preventing business destruction caused by fire, Gauteng-based fire detection and suppression equipment solutions provider ASP Fire says that thorough analyses of businesses’ fire prevention points are needed. “ . . . to mitigate the risks of fire, it is important to complete... 

Risk assessment pivotal  in fire prevention
ASP Fire’s COO Michael van Niekerk discusses the importance of fire prevention and accurate evacuation plans in businesses. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Implementation of change in industry increases legitimacy  

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 Amid the challenges faced by the South African logistics industry, materials management and logistics consultancy Greiner Mendi MD Lars Greiner notes that logistics companies should consider change to mitigate inefficiencies in their operations. He comments that logistics has always been a highly... 

Implementation of change in industry increases legitimacy
Greiner Mendi’s Lars Greiner discusses the challenges and future developments of the logistics industry. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Concentrated solar plants valuable for South Africa 

By: Robyn Wilkinson     29th July 2016 As baseload plants, concentrated solar plants (CSPs) are highly sought after in the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), says infrastructure operations and maintenance (O&M) company Invest in Africa Holdings (IIAH) director Gabriel Reeder. 

Concentrated solar plants valuable  for South Africa
Investing in Africa Holdings directors Gabriel Reeder and Mandla Sibanda discuss the value of concentrated solar plants in South Africa

Local hotel tourism rakes in R14.2bn, despite visa gripes 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th July 2016 Despite uncertainty in the domestic tourism industry, owing to the revised visa regulations and a weak global economy, South Africa can still expect healthy growth over the next five years, PwC’s Hotels Outlook 2016 – 2020 reveals. Almost 2 600 rooms will be added to the South African hotel... 

Local hotel tourism rakes in R14.2bn, despite visa gripes
PwC Southern Africa hospitality and gambling industry leader Pietro Calicchio tell Engineering News about the hotel tourism industry. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Africa’s brightest youth brainstorm solutions to socioeconomic challenges 

By: David Oliveira     22nd July 2016 One hundred of Africa’s most innovative youth gathered at the Brightest Young Minds (BYM) 2016 summit, held in Johannesburg last month, to discuss and find innovative solutions for Africa’s socioeconomic challenges. “BYM is a nonprofit public-benefit organisation aimed at providing a platform for... 

Africa’s brightest youth brainstorm solutions to socioeconomic challenges
Absa corporate and investment banking CEO Stephen van Coller and Brightest Young Minds (BYM) CEO Dhiren Govender discusses the 2016 BYM summit. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Gas gensets a sustainable power alternative  

By: Sebastian Whyle     22nd July 2016 Engine, filtration and power-generation product manufacturer Cummins notes that gas-powered gensets are a sustainable power solution, owing to natural gas being methane-rich and occurring naturally. This makes it a cost-effective alternative energy source, compared with wind and solar power.  

Gas gensets a sustainable power alternative
Cummins Southern Africa Director Power Generation discusses the implications of gas-fired power generation in Africa.

Eskom moves to raise exports as it closes in on 80% plant-availability goal  

By: Terence Creamer     19th July 2016 State-owned electricity producer Eskom says it is on course to achieve its stated goal of achieving an energy availability factor (EAF) of 80% well ahead of its 2021 target, reporting a steady recovery in the performance of its fleet of coal-fired power stations. As a consequence, the utility... 

Eskom moves to raise exports as it closes in on 80% plant-availability goal
Eskom CEO Brian Molefe outlines progress regarding the energy availability factor at its power stations. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded: 19.7.2016

UJ student-designed electrical car in top 15 at Eco-Marathon Europe 

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2016 The University of Johannesburg (UJ) Voltronics team finished 15th at the Shell Eco-Marathon Europe, held in London, earlier this month. The team’s prototype battery-electrical vehicle finished ahead of teams from France, the Netherlands, Ireland, Turkey and Spain. 

UJ student-designed electrical car in top 15 at Eco-Marathon Europe
UJ's Nightfury, with driver Shalaka Thomas, takes to the track in London

Eyes on Africa in Aecom strategy shift 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th July 2016 Professional and technical services firm Aecom planned to leverage its extensive base in South Africa to expand its presence across Africa in a strategy that could see the company’s revenue from the continent doubling from $150-million in the next few years. Speaking on the sidelines of a... 

Eyes on Africa in Aecom strategy shift
Aecom CEO for Africa Carlos Poñe tells Engineering News how the company plans to leverage its South Africa headquarters to build on its base across sub-Saharan Africa. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 7.7.2016

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