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REFORM ROAD MAP

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th May 2017 New French President Emmanuel Macron called for a “historic rebuilding” of Europe during his recent meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Germany, which was also Macron’s first international trip as president. The two leaders indicated that they would work together to draw up a... 

REFORM ROAD MAP

THAT CAT FLIES

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th May 2017 Aerobatic pilot Scully Levine of the Flying Lions aerobatic team waves to spectators at Germiston’s Rand Airport, in Gauteng, after completing a flying display. Sponsorship of the Flying Lions was recently taken over by Puma Energy. 

THAT CAT FLIES

IF IT’S NOT MINED . . .

     12th May 2017 The well-worn phrase ‘if it’s not mined, it’s farmed’ comes to mind when analysing the business model of commodity producer and trader Glencore. While the Swiss group, with strong South African ties, is best known for its minerals and fuels operations, Glencore Agriculture is making it presence... 

IF IT’S NOT MINED . . .

RIBBON CUTTING

     5th May 2017 Pulp and paper producer Sappi has launched its second trial generation renewable sugar extraction demonstration plant at its Ngodwana mill, in Mpumulanga. The demonstration plant has been built in partnership with Finnish pulp and paper technology supplier Valmet and will explore and improve the... 

RIBBON CUTTING

BACK TO THE FUTURE

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th April 2017 In January, Kodak announced that it would be bringing back its iconic Ektachrome film, discontinued in 2012, owing to declining demand. Pictured above are canisters of newly manufactured film in a warehouse at the Eastman Kodak Company film production labs in Rochester, New York. The company... 

BACK TO THE FUTURE

BLUE SKY TOURISM

     21st April 2017 Blue Origin founder CEO Jeff Bezos, who is also Amazon.com CEO, inside a mock up of the New Shepard crew capsule during the Space Symposium in Colorado, the US, earlier this month. Blue Origin is still hoping to start flying people on suborbital space-tourism flights by the end of 2018. The crew... 

BLUE SKY TOURISM

WOOD FOR THE . . .

     14th April 2017 For those whose job it is to see the political wood for the trees, the removal by President Jacob Zuma of the highly regarded finance pairing of Pravin Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas will undoubtly be the subject of close scrutiny and painstaking analysis. No matter the capabilities of their... 

WOOD FOR THE . . .

SPEED OF LIGHT

     7th April 2017 Washington DC, in the US, has long been a source of both world altering news and stunning controversy. But the pace at which the news and the controversies are flowing has definitely accelerated since the shock election of President Donald Trump in late 2016. Keeping up with both is probably as... 

SPEED OF LIGHT

GLASS FLOOR

     31st March 2017 The $3.6-billion, 123-floor Lotte World Tower in Seoul, South Korea, boasts some record-setting amenities, including the highest glass floor at the top of a building and the highest swimming pool. Pictured above are visitors taking photographs from the glass-bottomed observation deck in mid-March... 

GLASS FLOOR

BATTLE OF BRITAIN

     24th March 2017 The Saltire, the Scottish national flag, flying alongside a Union Jack in Edinburgh, Scotland, as the so-called Brexit Bill cleared all hurdles in the UK Houses of Parliament, opening the way for a triggering of Article 50. However, Scottish First Minister and Brexit opponent Nicola Sturgeon has... 

PRAISED THEN RAIDED

     17th March 2017 Officials from the US Department of Commerce, together with those from Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Illinois State Police raided Caterpillar’s corporate headquarters in Peoria, Illinois, on March 2, reportedly seeking evidence related to allegations... 

PRAISED THEN RAIDED

CLASSIC COMEBACK

     10th March 2017 Finnish company HMD Global has unveiled a redesign of the classic Nokia 3310 as part of a bid to revive Nokia’s glory days. First launched in 2000, the Nokia 3310 featured a small monochrome display and became known for its durability. The revamped version now has a colour screen, but includes... 

CLASSIC COMEBACK

CLOUDS & LININGS

By: Terence Creamer     3rd March 2017 A silhouette of people on a walkway during a tour of the Eastern basin acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment plant, located in the Gauteng town of Springs. The high-density sludge plant is the largest of South Africa’s three AMD treatments plants and is also, according to the Department of Water and... 

CLOUDS & LININGS

MAX FAMILY

     24th February 2017 Earlier this month, Boeing reported that it plans to fly its new 737 MAX-9 aircraft for the first time in April. Pictured above is the jetliner on the production floor at the company's manufacturing facility in Renton, Washington, in the US. The plane maker is creating up to five MAX versions and... 

MAX FAMILY

NATURAL PREOCCUPATION

     17th February 2017 French Minister of Finance and Economy Michel Sapin says it is natural for South Africa to be preoccupied with the issue of nuclear affordability; an issue that he confirmed was raised during his February 3 meeting with South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. He used the meeting to offer... 

NATURAL PREOCCUPATION

GOLDEN HATCH

     10th February 2017 The Chinese Lunar New Year, the celebrations for which began on Saturday January 28, ushered in the ‘Year of the Rooster’, which is associated with being trustworthy, punctual and confident. Pictured above is a gold chick figurine on display inside a Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group store in Hong... 

GOLDEN HATCH

SIGN OF THE TIMES

     3rd February 2017 A Greenpeace ‘Resist’ banner hanging from a construction crane behind the White House in Washington, DC, in late January. The protest arose after the administration of President Donald Trump invited TransCanada to reapply for its controversial Keystone XL project and issued a memorandum... 

SIGN OF THE TIMES

GREEN SHOOTS, BUT . . .

     27th January 2017 While the good summer rains have helped raise water levels at the Vaal Dam (pictured here in early January) to close to 60%, Gauteng residents and businesses are still being urged to exercise restraint before opening their taps. The Department of Water and Sanitation has warned the full recovery... 

GREEN SHOOTS, BUT . . .

BIO LIGHTING

     20th January 2017 Cherry trees decorated with light-emitting-diode lamps along the Meguro river during the Megurogawa Minnano Illumination event in downtown Tokyo, Japan. The 2016 display went off-grid, with lights powered using biodiesel fuel from used cooking oil collected from residents and restaurants in... 

BIO LIGHTING

HIVE OF ACTIVITY

By: Terence Creamer     16th December 2016 A bee hard at work outside Sasol Place, the chemicals and energy group’s recently completed headquarters at 50 Katherine street, Sandton. The 11-storey building consolidates, under one roof, Sasol’s 17 previous Johannesburg offices. It currently houses 2 500 employees, but there is room to expand... 

HIVE OF ACTIVITY

FIRST FLIGHT

     9th December 2016 Pilots and crew members wave from the door of a Airbus A350-1000 twinjet passenger plane, following its first flight at the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France, on November 24. The plane is the biggest version of Airbus's A350 wide-body jet, swelling the twin-engine model's capacity. Bloomberg... 

FIRST FLIGHT

GOOD CHEMISTRY

     2nd December 2016 Lauded as a major capital investment in tough economic times, petrochemicals company Sasol unveiled its C3 expansion project. Pictured is Sasol joint CEO Bongwani Nqwababa, Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas, Govan Mbeki Mayor Lindi Masina and Sasol joint CEO Stephen Cornell. Speaking to... 

GOOD CHEMISTRY

DEVELOPMENTAL KICK-OFF

     25th November 2016 Children from Alexandra run through drills on a new R8.5-million artificial football pitch at the Totalsports Safe-Hub, which was launched last week. The Safe-Hub initiative, which was started by Amandla EduFootball and is supported by the South African Football Association, is a football-based... 

DEVELOPMENTAL KICK-OFF

TRUMPED

     18th November 2016 It was referred to by some a “fright night”, with markets jolted by the decision of Americans to elect Donald Trump, 70, as their forty-fifth President. The vote has been described as a stunning repudiation of the political establishment and followed an ugly campaign, punctuated by media leaks... 

TRUMPED

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th November 2016 Controversial South African Airways chairperson Dudu Myeni pictured here peering out of the sixth-floor boardroom at Airways Park, alongside OR Tambo International Airport. The media were allowed in for a glimpse of Myeni and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan seemingly working together on the... 

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

NO FLASH IN THE PAN

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th November 2016 One year from now, the Khomani-San, whose hunter-gatherer way of life still survives in some parts of South Africa and the region, will witness yet another in a long series of new phenomena in a territory they have known intimately for thousands of years: a land-speed record attempt. A British... 

NO FLASH IN THE PAN

GROWING JET FUEL

     28th October 2016 South African seed selection for research and development company Sunchem’s solaris crop has started taking place locally for the first time since its official launch in 2014. The long-term goal of the initiative, known as Project Solaris, is to set up a local biojet fuel refinery in South... 

GROWING JET FUEL

OUT OF THE DARK?

     21st October 2016 Speaking in Parliament last week, Eskom group executive: generation Matshela Koko expressed supreme confidence that growth-sapping power cuts would not return to haunt South Africa. “Load-shedding is a thing of the past and is no longer part of our vocabulary,” he said. For a city such a... 

OUT OF THE DARK?

SMOKING HOT

     14th October 2016 The South African Air Force’s display team, the Silver Falcons, engaging in formation aerobatics at the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence 2016 exhibition. 

SMOKING HOT

HIT THE DIRT

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th October 2016 Soldiers of the South African Special Forces fast rope from an Oryx helicopter of the South African Air Force in a simulated battle during the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence 2016 exhibition. 

HIT THE DIRT

SHOWTIME

     30th September 2016 A South African Air Force C-130BZ Hercules transport aircraft deploys flares at the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence 2016 exhibition at Air Force Base Waterkloof, in Tshwane. The flares form part of the aircraft’s self-defence suite and are intended to decoy infrared homing missiles away from... 

SHOWTIME

POST-BREXIT PRIORITIES

     23rd September 2016 European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said last week that the coming year will be critical for the European Union (EU) in seeking to remain relevant following the UK decision to quit the 28-nation bloc. Bloomberg reports that, during his state of the Union address in Strasbourg,... 

POST-BREXIT PRIORITIES

LIGHT OR TUNNEL

     16th September 2016 The 8.1% recovery in manufacturing, which accounts for about 13% of the economy, helped South Africa report a 3.3% rise in gross domestic product in the second quarter. However, there were immediate questions about whether the performance would be sustained, particularly after the Barclays... 

LIGHT OR TUNNEL

BLUE CITY GOES RED

     9th September 2016 Only a few weeks after the African National Congress lost the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality to the ‘Blue’ of the Democratic Alliance, the city’s new Mayor, Athol Trollip (third from left), participated in a very ‘Red’ occasion. While he did not make any statements, Trollip was... 

BLUE CITY GOES RED

MIXED MESSAGES

     2nd September 2016 Minister in The Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe delivered a mix of promising and troubling news during his briefing on the recent Cabinet lekgotla. Most would welcome news that there is no intention to pull back from South Africa’s independent power producer... 

MIXED MESSAGES

HEAVY LIFTING

     26th August 2016 The Dockwise Swift heavy vessel transporting Paceco Portainer STS gantry and Transtainer cranes to the Port of Long Beach, in California, in the US, earlier this month. The port's decade-long, $4-billion capital improvement programme to modernise terminals and other infrastructure is the biggest... 

HEAVY LIFTING

POWER MOUNTAIN

     19th August 2016 The Ingula pumped-storage project in the lower Drakensberg, on the Free State-KwaZulu-Natal border, is late and over budget. However, as an engineering feat the peaking power station remains impressive. Ingula’s four 333 MW units – one of which is in commercial operation – are located 350 m... 

POWER MOUNTAIN

SALT OF AFRICAN EARTH

By: Terence Creamer     12th August 2016 A worker silhouetted while harvesting salt in the waters of Lake Retba, near Dakar, Senegal, in late July. The Pink Lake is known to the local salt collectors as Lac Rose and is a world heritage site.  

SALT OF AFRICAN EARTH
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