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Stellenbosch engineering students showcase talents with mobile palletising solution  

By: Sashnee Moodley     13th February 2015 Engineering students from Stellenbosch University SU, in the Western Cape, received top honours during the 2014 PneuDrive Challenge prize-giving ceremony, held in Johannesburg last month, for their innovative Movipal mobile palletising solution. 

  Stellenbosch engineering students showcase talents with mobile palletising solution
Participants in the 2014 PneuDrive Challenge discuss competition.

Final determination on e-tolls in sight  

By: Natalie Greve     6th February 2015 In the final round of consultations centred on the province’s litigious e-tolling system, Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Friday met with representatives of civil society, political parties, labour, affected metropolitans and municipalities to elicit their feedback on the recent e-toll report... 

Final determination on e-tolls in sight
Gauteng Premier David Makhura consults with civic society over the findings of the e-toll report.

Media company develops new OHS training tech  

By: Dylan Stewart     6th February 2015 Multimedia production company The Boiler Room has, over the past 18 months, been developing its existing games engine that enables companies to build three-dimensional (3D) versions of their work environments for training purposes. Company MD Mark Hocker tells Engineering News that The Boiler... 

Media company develops new OHS training tech
Mark Hocker discusses the advantages of visual health and safety demonstrations. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Shane Williams. Recorded 08.01.2015

ABB bullish on Southern African growth prospects despite commodity pullback 

By: Terence Creamer     5th February 2015 The Southern African unit of global power and automation technology group ABB is optimistic that the region’s growth fundamentals remain intact despite the recent fall in oil and commodity prices. ABB Southern Africa MD Leon Viljoen reports that 17% of the company’s 2014 revenues arose from... 

ABB bullish on Southern African growth prospects despite commodity pullback
ABB Southern Africa MD Leon Viljoen on aligning the group's strategy to the region's growth drivers. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 5.2.2015

SAA again chalks up FY loss on impairments, intl operations  

By: Natalie Greve     2nd February 2015 National carrier South African Airways (SAA) has posted an operating loss of R374-million for the year ended March 31, 2014, attributing its fragile balance sheet to impairments dictated by its Long-Term Turnaround Strategy (LTTS) and lacklustre profits from intercontinental operations. SAA,... 

SAA again chalks up FY loss on impairments, intl operations
South African Airways releases its financial results for the 2013/14 year.

Study holds up policy certainty as key green-technology enabler  

By: Terence Creamer     28th January 2015 A newly released study has identified policy certainty and coherence as a “critical enabling factor” for the accelerated adoption and roll-out of green technologies across various industry subsectors in South Africa, including the coal-heavy electricity sector. Entitled ‘The State of Green... 

Study holds up policy certainty as key green-technology enabler
The State of Green Technologies in South Africa panel chairperson Professor Eugene Cloete on the prevailing challenges and the report's recommendations. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 28.1.2015.

3D printing upgrade path for wood, ceramics and metal alloys  

By: Schalk Burger     23rd January 2015 Three-dimensional (3D) printers being sold in South Africa by electronics distributor Rectron currently print in two types of plastic, but have a clear upgrade path over the next five years to eventually print in wood, ceramics and metal-alloy materials, says Rectron Group printer business unit... 

3D printing upgrade path for wood, ceramics and metal alloys
Rectron Group printer business unit manager Bruce Bradford talks about 3D printers and industry

Manufacturing sector key to Gauteng growth  

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd January 2015 Productivity declines in the manufacturing sector, influenced by the depressed global demand for South African products, is to blame for the rapid contraction in Gauteng’s gross domestic product (GDP) in recent years. Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural... 

Manufacturing sector key to Gauteng growth
Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development Lebogang Maile speaks on the importance of manufacturing in Gauteng. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. 22/01/15

Toyota mulls continued Dakar sponsorship as SA team comes second  

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2015 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) was “happy” with what its sponsorship of the Toyota Imperial South Africa Dakar team had achieved over the last few years, said TSAM president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl on Monday. Welcoming back the team that on the weekend clinched second place in the 2015 Dakar,... 

SA to replicate Indian SMME incubation hub model  

By: Natalie Greve     19th January 2015 South African industry organisation, the Black Business Council (BBC), and the Indian government’s National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will see the establishment of five local incubation hubs aimed at upskilling and training young... 

SA to replicate Indian SMME incubation hub model
The signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Black Business Council and the Indian government’s National Small Industries Corporation.

Amended Act to significantly change labour industry 

By: Dylan Slater     16th January 2015 Amendments to the Labour Relations Act (LRA) are set to drastically change employers’ use of temporary employment, says business law and litigation firm Fasken Martineau. 

Amended Act to  significantly change  labour industry
abour law experts Ludwig Frahm-Arp and Paul Fouche tell Polity about the legal aspects and consequences of amendments to the Labour Relations Act.

Plastics industry plans growth initiative 

By: David Oliveira     16th January 2015 Industry association Plastics South Africa (Plastics SA) will develop implementation and operation plans for four industry initiatives aimed at stimulating growth in the plastics industry in March. Plastics SA executive director Anton Hanekom tells Engineering News that the first initiative,... 

Plastics industry plans growth  initiative
Plastics SA executive director Anton Hanekom discusses the plastics industry’s growth initiatives.

Economic outlook positive for Africa, except SA 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th January 2015 While significant growth is forecast for five African countries that form part of the top-ten biggest growing economies in the world, this is not the case for South Africa. Speaking at the Frontier Advisory’s Africa Outlook 2015 forum, CEO Martyn Davies pointed out that the Democratic Republic of... 

Economic outlook positive for Africa, except SA
Commentators discuss the economic outlook for Africa. Camerawork and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

R5m in bursaries awarded for studies in built environment 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th January 2015 Forty matriculants from schools across South Africa have received bursaries totalling R5-million to further their studies in the fields of the built environment from the Department of Public Works (DPW), in partnership with the Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta). Speaking at the... 

R5m in bursaries awarded for studies in built environment
Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi speaks about the schools programme and bursaries. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

University not the only option for graduating matrics, emphasises Nzimande  

By: Natalie Greve     12th January 2015 Graduating matriculants should not consider acceptance to a university as the only option available to them to kick-start their career, but should also investigate other further education opportunities within the Post-School Education and Training (PSET) system, Higher Education and Training... 

University not the only option for graduating matrics, emphasises Nzimande
Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande discusses opportunities available to school-leavers

State rail company invests in track management 

By: Bruce Montiea     12th December 2014 In support of its Market Demand Strategy (MDS), State-owned freight and logistics company Transnet is concentrating on refurbishing the country’s rail track system through training and the introduction of new rail track monitoring and management methods, says Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) track... 

State rail company invests in track management
Transnet Freight Rail track and technology principal engineer Kanak Mistry discusses the parastatal’s training initiatives

CIPC launches JSE-based ‘special service’ for listed companies  

By: Natalie Greve     5th December 2014 The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) has launched a new “special services offering” to JSE-listed entities and their subsidiaries, describing the initiative on Friday as an effort to contribute towards the international competitiveness of the South African bourse by providing... 

CIPC launches JSE-based ‘special service’ for listed companies
The CIPC launches its new JSE-based special services hub.

SA R&D expenditure not yet on target  

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd December 2014 While South Africa improved its spending on research and development (R&D) during 2012/13 and halted the “worrying” contractions experienced in 2009/10 and 2010/11, the nation had failed to achieve its years-long target of spending 1% of gross domestic product (GDP) on R&D. With the release of... 

SA R&D expenditure not yet on target
Science & Technology Minister Naledi Pandor discusses South Africa's spending on research and development. Recorded: 04.12.14. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Videoediting: Shane Williams.

Gauteng Premier declares ‘open door policy’ for businesses  

By: Natalie Greve     3rd December 2014 In a move to entice the private sector to buy into the province’s overarching ten-pillar transformation, modernisation and reindustrialisation (TMR) strategy, Gauteng Premier David Makhura has declared an “open door policy” to businesses wishing to engage with the provincial Cabinet.  The former... 

Gauteng Premier declares ‘open door policy’ for businesses
Gauteng Premier David Makhura vows to enhance provincial consultation with business (Camerawork and editing: Nicholas Boyd)

Govt pioneers youth brigade programme for construction sector  

By: Natalie Greve     1st December 2014 Drawing on a Cuban skills development model first implemented by the island State in 1964, the Department of Human Settlements (DHS) has, in partnership with the National Youth Development Agency, the National Home Builders Registration Council and the Estate Agency Affairs Board, outlined plans... 

Govt pioneers youth brigade programme for construction sector
Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu at the launch of the Human Settlements Youth Brigade. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Rhino ambulance, set to assist poaching survivors, unveiled at Tuks  

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2014 Rhino conservation initiative Saving the Survivors has received more than R3-million from Dubai-based air services provider dnata – part of the Emirates Group – to acquire and operate a rhino ambulance. The ambulance, or rapid response unit, consists of a 4x4 vehicle and 4x4 trailer, equipped... 

Rhino ambulance, set to assist poaching survivors, unveiled at Tuks
Saving the Survivors' Dr Johan Marais explains how the rhino ambulance will assist the organsation's work in the field. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd; Editing: Lionel da Silva

Success of manufacturing hinges on stable environment, competitiveness and local beneficiation 

By: Zandile Mavuso     14th November 2014 The future of manufacturing in South Africa lay in the country’s ability to become a stable business destination, globally competitive and beneficiate locally produced products, said Manufacturing Circle executive director Coenraad Bezuidenhoudt at multinational electronics company Siemens’... 

   Success of manufacturing hinges on stable environment,  competitiveness and local beneficiation
Various commentators tell Engineering News their view on the future of manufacturing in South Africa.

Maintenance vital to infrastructure sustainability  

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th November 2014 Operations and maintenance service contracts are imperative in ensuring the sustainable operation and maintenance practices of existing and future infrastructure, as they can strengthen maintenance provision activities, voluntary association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Lefadi... 

Maintenance vital to  infrastructure sustainability
Consulting Engineers South Africa CEO Lefadi Makibinyane discusses the need for operations and maintenance contracts for the public sector.

Ekurhuleni mayor pledges predictable, stable business environment 

By: Natalie Greve     13th November 2014 As the City of Ekurhuleni continues its bid to develop the largely industrialised metropole into the continent’s first aerotropolis, executive mayor Mondli Gungubele has committed the city to creating a predictable, stable and enabling business environment in which foreign and local funders could... 

Ekurhuleni mayor pledges predictable, stable business environment
Executive mayor Mondli Gungubele outlines the city's commitment to creating a predictable business environment

Dipula grows distributable income, outperforms guidance 

By: Leandi Kolver     12th November 2014 Real estate investment trust Dipula Income Fund increased its distributable earnings by 16% year-on-year to R249.12-million during the year ended August 31, translating into a 7.2% growth in distributions a unit, exceeding management’s guidance of between 6% and 7%. Dipula’s total distribution... 

Dipula grows distributable income, outperforms guidance
Dipula Income Fund CEO Izak Petersen discusses the company's full-year results. Camerawork & editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 12/11/2014.

Private sector urged to join global humanitarian interventions 

By: Sashnee Moodley     7th November 2014 The global capacity of the humanitarian community to meet the needs of communities affected by natural disasters, chronic emergencies, conflict, political crisis and the threat of new and recurrent diseases is being expended and it has become essential for the humanitarian community to not only... 

  Private sector urged to join global humanitarian interventions
UN World Humanitarian Summit chief secretariat Jemilah Mahmood discusses business participation in humanitarian efforts.

Built-in safety valve improves safety and reliability 

By: Dylan Slater     7th November 2014 Sales of the Smoothflo gas pressure regulator, that is equipped with a piston-embedded safety valve, from gas and welding company Afrox, exceeded expectations for the first year and, subsequently, helped to accelerate global demand. 

Built-in safety valve improves safety and reliability
Afrox business manager Devandran Naicker tells Engineering News’ Dylan Slater about the future of the company’s new gas regulator.

Consortium enhances companies’ operational efficiencies  

By: Ilan Solomons     7th November 2014 Local original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Trident South Africa, underground railway control systems manufacturer Battery Electric (BE) and Southern Africa hydraulics engineering company Bearing Man Group (BMG) Hydraulics formed a consortium to improve and streamline the companies’ product and... 

Consortium enhances companies’ operational efficiencies
Trident South Africa international marketing manager Simon Lewis discusses the new cooperation agreement between Trident, Battery Electric and the Bearing Man Group, as well as the company's expansion into the African and South American markets.

Seifsa unveils indaba as part of steel, engineering revival plan 

By: Terence Creamer     31st October 2014 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) announced on Friday that it would host a high-level Metals and Engineering Indaba in Gauteng next May as part of efforts to revive the fortunes of the important, yet embattled, manufacturing subsector. Lamenting the... 

Seifsa unveils indaba as part of steel, engineering revival plan
Seifsa CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba on the context driving the decision to host a Metals and Engineering Indaba in 2015. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 31.10.2014.

Rival metals union likely should Numsa, Cosatu split – Friedman  

By: Terence Creamer     31st October 2014 Centre for the Study of Democracy director Professor Steven Friedman believes the prevailing view that a possible expulsion of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) from the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) would lead to “a Cosatu minus a metalworkers union and... 

Rival metals union likely should Numsa, Cosatu split – Friedman
Professor Steven Friedman on the implications of a Cosatu, Numsa split on the labour environment. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 31.10.2014

TFR confirms purchase of second-hand Aussie locos to plug capacity gap  

By: Terence Creamer     29th October 2014 South Africa’s Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) confirmed on Wednesday that it had purchased 34 second-hand diesel locomotives from rail company Aurizon, of Queensland, Australia, to augment its aging fleet ahead of the introduction of around 1 400 new locomotives by 2019. CEO Siyabonga Gama refused... 

TFR confirms purchase of second-hand Aussie locos to plug capacity gap
Transnet CEO Brian Molefe fends off Numsa criticism on acquisition of locomotives from foreign suppliers. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 29.10.2014.

R1bn set aside for initial Waterberg coal rail ramp-up to 26Mt 

By: Terence Creamer     29th October 2014 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet will invest nearly R1-billion to facilitate an incremental increase in coal export volumes from Limpopo’s Waterberg to 26-million tons between 2015 and 2019. Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) CEO Siyabonga Gama indicated on Wednesday that the “interim”... 

R1bn set aside for initial Waterberg coal rail ramp-up to 26Mt
Transnet Freight Rail CEO Siyabonga Gama on the group's plans for the Waterberg. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 29.10.2014.

Siemens demonstrates Curiosity Mars Rover capabilities 

By: Zandile Mavuso     28th October 2014 A working model of the Curiosity Mars Rover (Rover) – the biggest robot to land on Mars – was officially unveiled for the first time in Africa on Tuesday afternoon by multinational electronics company Siemens at its Future of Manufacturing Conference at the Birchwood Conference Centre in... 

Siemens demonstrates Curiosity Mars Rover capabilities
Siemens communications and government affairs manager Keshin Govender explains the significance of a working replica of the Curiosity Mars Rover that is currently on Mars (Camerawork and editing: Nicholas Boyd). Some footage provided by Nasa and its Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Afrox, GDE fund skills development at technical schools 

By: Ilan Solomons     27th October 2014 In partnership with the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE), gases and welding company Afrox officially unveiled the upgraded Jabulani Welding Centre at the Jabulani Technical High School, in Soweto, on Friday. Afrox MD Brett Kimber highlighted that, as part of the company’s corporate social... 

Afrox, GDE fund skills development at technical schools
Gauteng Department of education deputy-director general for educational support Vuyani Mpofu emphasises the importance of learners, teachers and the local community securing upgraded welding training centres. Editing: Shane Williams.

Big decline in vertebrate species over last 40 years, WWF warns  

By: Schalk Burger     24th October 2014 The World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF’s) 2014 Living Planet Index (LPI) indicates that there has been a 52% decline in vertebrate species since 1970. The Index tracked the trends of 10 000 discrete populations of over 3000 vertebrate species between 1970 and 2010. 

     Big decline in vertebrate species over last 40 years, WWF warns
WWF South Africa CEO Dr Morné du Plessis tells Engineering News' Schalk Burger about the WWF LPI 2014.

Realignment of operational focus and practices drives success 

By: Ilan Solomons     24th October 2014 Last month South African energy and chemicals group Sasol highlighted at its full-year financial results briefing for the year ended June 30 that the organisation intended to continue improving operational efficiencies in line with its group-wide change programme. Speaking at the company’s head... 

Realignment of operational focus  and practices drives success
Sasol president and CEO David Constable discusses the state of Sasol's operations at the company's financial results announcement function, in Johannesburg

Zuma says govt seriously mulling Operation Phakisa for mining sector  

By: Leandi Kolver     23rd October 2014 President Jacob Zuma on Thursday reiterated that government was seriously considering a mining-focused Operation Phakisa phase. Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe earlier this year, at the Mining Lekgotla, noted that an Operation Phakisa for the mining sector was on its way, with... 

Zuma says govt seriously mulling Operation Phakisa for mining sector
President Jacob Zuma speaks at the 2014 Sacci Convention. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel Silva. Recorded: 23/10/2014.

Emerging economies can overcome sluggish growth forecasts 

By: Leandi Kolver     23rd October 2014 Emerging economies did have the ability to overcome the current difficult economic conditions and slow growth forecast, Brazilian Ambassador Carneiro De Mondonça said on Thursday. Speaking at the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) 2014 Convention, he pointed out that the... 

Emerging economies can overcome sluggish growth forecasts
Brazilian Ambassador Carneiro De Mondonça discusses emerging market economies. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel Silva. Recorded: 23/10/2014.

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