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Afrox expects job losses amid restructuring  

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd March 2015 JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) expects a “reasonable number” of job losses to occur up to the third quarter of this year, as the company restructures its operations. “I do not want to say exactly how many jobs will be lost during this restructuring period because this is confidential. But I... 

Afrox expects job losses amid restructuring
Afrox FD Nicholas Thomson discusses the status of the company’s operation.

R13bn in US, Canadian development-finance support for SA locomotives purchase  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd March 2015 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet confirmed on Monday that it had received the backing of leading American and Canadian development funding agencies for its purchase of more than 500 diesel and electric locomotives from General Electric and Bombardier Transportation respectively. The... 

R13bn in US, Canadian development-finance support for SA locomotives purchase
Transnet CEO Brian Molefe on R13-billion in funding for group's locomotives-acquisition programme. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded: 2.3.2015

Turbines boosting mine power – AngloGold  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd March 2015 Gold major AngloGold Ashanti is installing turbines in underground mines to boost energy regeneration, as part of a strategy of recovering electricity without spending significant amounts of capital. “What we’ve done is put in energy regeneration and capture plants in the form of turbines at two... 

Turbines boosting mine power – AngloGold
AngloGold Ahsanti COO South Africa Mike O’Hare updates Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on technology being implemented. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Prestigious competition seeks to showcase and inspire local entrepreneurs 

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th February 2015 The 2015 Sanlam/Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) competition was launched earlier this month in Johannesburg, with the main focus on creating and inspiring entrepreneurs to create jobs and boost the economy.  

   Prestigious competition seeks to showcase and inspire  local entrepreneurs
Business Partners CFO Ben Bierman and Sanlam marketing head of business market Kobus Engelbrecht discusses this year’s Sanlam/Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year competition.

Proposed R5.3bn expressway to increase safety, productivity of N3 road users   

By: Sashnee Moodley     26th February 2015 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Thursday outlined the benefits of its proposed R5.3-billion De Beers Expressway, saying this would result in significant relief in congestion on the Van Reenen’s Pass route.  

Proposed R5.3bn expressway to increase safety, productivity of N3 road users
Sanral project manager Ron Harmse gives an overview of the proposed De Beers Expressway project. (Video courtesy of Sanral)

Property sale, speciality chemicals division provide impetus for AECI 

By: Ilan Solomons     24th February 2015 The completion of the bulk surplus property sale of a 2 300 ha Heartland property in Modderfontein to Chinese investment company Shanghai Zendai and a “record performance” from the speciality chemicals cluster were key to the growth of JSE-listed speciality chemicals and explosives group AECI’s... 

Property sale, speciality chemicals division provide impetus for AECI
To watch a video in which AECI CEO Mark Dytor discusses the group's performance in 2014 and aims for the year ahead. Camera work and editing: Nicholas Boyd

Hyprop declares 262c interim dividend 

By: Sashnee Moodley     23rd February 2015 Property company Hyprop on Monday reported strong return growth with an interim dividend of 262c a share for the six months to December 31, an increase of 13.7% on the previous year. Hyprop CEO Pieter Prinsloo stated that the total return for the six months was 25.9% and Hyprop’s revenue and... 

Hyprop declares 262c interim dividend
Hyprop CEO Pieter Prinsloo discusses the company's interim results. Camerawork and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Sibanye eyes R3bn, 150 MW solar power station  

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th February 2015 Gold miner Sibanye Gold plans to build a R3-billion, 150 MW solar power plant to ease its reliance on the costly and unreliable electricity supply from South Africa’s State-owned power utility Eskom, which posed a threat to the company’s current operations and future development. Despite reducing... 

Sibanye eyes R3bn, 150 MW solar power station
Sibanye Gold CEO Neal Froneman discusses the company's energy plans for the future. Camerawork and videoediting: Nicholas Boyd.

Blue Label probes prepaid water opportunities 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th February 2015 As the trend of moving into a prepaid world continues, JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms has started examining opportunities to enter the emerging prepaid water segment and replicate its successful prepaid electricity sales model. On the back of the “phenomenal growth” experienced in the deployment... 

Blue Label probes prepaid water opportunities
Blue Label joint CEO Mark Levy discusses the company's prepaid meter offerings. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd; Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Blue Label posts double-digit rise in H1 earnings  

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th February 2015 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms on Wednesday reported double-digit growth for the first half of the 2015 financial year, as its South African distribution division outperformed, setting a positive pace for improved financial performance for the final six months of the year. The group posted a 15%... 

Blue Label posts double-digit rise in H1 earnings
Blue Label joint CEO Brett Levy discusses the company's interim results. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd; Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Steel group losing up to R1.5m/hr during ‘uncontrolled’ load shedding 

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2015 Former Eskom FD and the current head of Africa’s largest steel group, Paul O’Flaherty, has described the latest round of load shedding as “uncontrolled” and reports that, when interrupted, the JSE-listed company is losing the equivalent of R1.5-million an hour. Speaking after ArcelorMittal South... 

Steel group losing up to R1.5m/hr during ‘uncontrolled’ load shedding
AMSA's Paul O’Flaherty and Dr Hans Ludwig Rosenstock on the effect of uncontrolled load shedding. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 13.2.2015.

AMSA in formal talks with government on new steel pricing model 

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2015 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has set up four bilateral working groups with various government departments and State entities in a bid to deal decisively with what current CEO Paul O’Flaherty describes as debilitating “legacy issues”, including the highly contentious issue of... 

AMSA in formal talks with government on new steel pricing model
ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Paul O’Flaherty on the group's formal talks with government on a new steel pricing model. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 13.2.2015.

Study outlines ways to decouple growth from environmental degradation  

By: Zandile Mavuso     13th February 2015 Following the launch of the State of Green Technologies in South Africa study last month in Johannesburg, the Academy of Science of South Africa (Assaf) says the study aims to increase the development of green technologies as a way of stimulating economic growth, creating job opportunities and... 

   Study outlines ways to decouple growth from  environmental degradation
Assaf and the DST discuss the State of Green Technologies in South Africa.

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.

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