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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

WORKING AT HEIGHT

5th August 2016 An engineer climbs out of the nacelle of a GE wind turbine at the Salkhit wind farm, the in Khongor district of the Darkhan-Uul province, in Mongolia. The 50 MW Salkhit project was connected in 2013 and marked the first time in 30 years that a new power plant was connected to Mongolia's central... 

WORKING AT HEIGHT

CLEANER AIR TRAVEL

29th July 2016 South African Airways’ (SAA’s) low-cost carrier Mango, together with Boeing, recently conducted Africa’s first flights using jet biofuel, harvested from Project Solaris, South Africa’s only biofuel feedstock plant, based in Marble Hall, Limpopo. Pictured above is SAA acting CEO Musa Zwane with... 

CLEANER AIR TRAVEL

AFRICAN ENERGY

22nd July 2016 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya earlier this month in an effort to strengthen diplomatic and economic ties, with special attention given to the issue of energy. In South Africa, where this photograph was taken during an address to business... 

AFRICAN ENERGY

GREEN MOBILITY

15th July 2016 Opposite the Sandton Gautrain Station and outside The Place, at 1 Sandton Drive, property group Growthpoint has set up electronic-bike hubs as part of a pilot project. Head of energy sustainability Werner van Antwerpen (pictured) hopes the scheme will be the catalyst for a much larger-scale... 

GREEN MOBILITY

BUMPER CROP

8th July 2016 Russian wheat-export prices dropped to a six-year low in late June as prices in major competitors such as the US and France fell and harvesting of a bumper crop was about to start. The photograph above shows wheat kernels in evening sunlight during the summer harvest on a farm in Ust-Labinsk,... 

BUMPER CROP

APP TAKES FLIGHT

1st July 2016 South Africans have become increasingly used to hailing a taxi using the Uber application. However, the US ride-hailing company is spreading its wings and is currently testing a helicopter-hailing service in the congested Brazilian city of Sao Paulo. Above, a prospective passenger is photographed... 

APP TAKES FLIGHT

INNOVATIVE & GREEN

24th June 2016 US technology group GE officially opened its R500-million Africa Innovation Centre in Johannesburg earlier this month. The centre will enable the group to work collaboratively with customers and governments in the region on home-grown solutions to Africa’s many infrastructure and healthcare... 

INNOVATIVE & GREEN

RETURNING AFTER THE FIRE

17th June 2016 Residents of Fort McMurray, in Alberta, Canada, began returning home this month and companies started resuming operations after wildfires forced the evacuation of more than 80 000 people from the town. The fire destroyed entire neighbourhoods and seriously affected oil and gas production. First... 

RETURNING AFTER THE FIRE

FOOT ON THE GAS

10th June 2016 Unitrans’s subsidiary Megabus has procured ten Scania Euro 6, 280 hp compressed natural gas buses, which it will trial for the next five years at its Free State operations. The buses, which service the mining industry, will undergo testing in terms of downtime, fuel consumption and maintenance... 

FOOT ON THE GAS

SOLAR CARPORT

3rd June 2016 BMW Group South Africa CEO Tim Abbott stands inside a purpose-built solar carport that is able to charge the company’s growing range of electric vehicles using the sun, rather than electricity from South Africa’s coal-dominated grid. The first solar carport has been installed at the company’s... 

SOLAR CARPORT

DAY & NIGHT

27th May 2016 Some 125 km southeast of Upington, in the Northern Cape, the solar collectors of the 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar thermal plant warm the heat transfer fluid that, in turn, heats the molten salts to create a giant battery. This makes it possible for the plant to produce electricity day and... 

DAY & NIGHT

BURNING ISSUE

20th May 2016 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies attempted to use launch of the latest Industrial Policy Action Plan this month to give practical expression to government’s black-industrialist programme. Instead of releasing the 170-plus-page report at a hotel or a conference centre, it was unveiled at... 

BURNING ISSUE

INSPIRING & INSTRUCTIVE

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th May 2016 The story of Leicester City winning the English Premier League is as instructive as it is inspirational. Not only does it lift the spirits of underdogs the world over, but it also proves what can be achieved when honest professionals (supported by visionary owners and guided by an experienced... 

INSPIRING & INSTRUCTIVE

MONEY & ART

6th May 2016 The UK’s next 20-pound note will feature nineteenth-Century English painter JMW Turner, it was revealed last month. The Bank of England chose Turner following an unprecedented public nomination process. Above is an artist impression of the note, standing on display at the Turner Contemporary art... 

MONEY & ART

RED-HOT CRISIS

29th April 2016 The steel industry globally is in crisis. There is a glut of material, exports from countries such as China have surged, placing strain on steel industries in many other parts of the world. South Africa has already seen the closure of Highveld Steel and Vanadium, as well as parts of ArcelorMittal... 

RED-HOT CRISIS

SEEKING A BREAKTHROUGH

22nd April 2016 Physicist Stephen Hawking on stage during an announcement of the Breakthrough Starshot initiative, held in New York on April 12. At the event, investor Yuri Milner unveiled plans, supported by Hawking, to send a fleet of robot spacecraft no bigger than a cell phone to Alpha Centauri, the nearest... 

SEEKING A BREAKTHROUGH

POST-NUCLEAR WUNDERLAND

15th April 2016 The Wunderland Kalkar amusement park, north of Dusseldorf, Germany, has been built on the site of a former nuclear power plant, which never went online. The 55 ha amusement park includes a swing ride inside an old cooling tower, which has a 40 m tall climbing wall on its outside. Pictured above... 

POST-NUCLEAR WUNDERLAND

FEELING POWERLESS

8th April 2016 South Africans are all too aware of the how power cuts can drain business confidence and raise social tensions. Sadly for the citizens of Venezuela, they too are being hit hard on the electricity front. Government has been rationing electricity and water supplies for months as the country endures... 

FEELING POWERLESS

‘POT’ PLANTS

1st April 2016 In 2015, $135-million in state taxes and fees was raised from about 938 marijuana dispensaries in Colorado, in the US. Yet as the market enters its third year after legalisation, some officials question whether the newfound income outweighs the escalating social costs. Pictured above are... 

‘POT’ PLANTS

ANTI-JUNK ALLIANCE

25th March 2016 In a relatively short space of time, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has been able to unite business and labour into an anti-junk alliance of sorts. He led a tripartite delegation to meet investors in London, Boston and New York earlier in the month and work is under way on a series of growth... 

ANTI-JUNK ALLIANCE

VIRTUAL DRIVING

18th March 2016 Attendees try a virtual reality experience in Smart Brabus concept vehicle, manufactured by Daimler, during the 86th Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland. The car is the company’s smallest convertible. 

VIRTUAL DRIVING

SLOW EXTINCTION

11th March 2016 A Google logo hangs from the skeleton of Tyrannosaurus Rex inside the Googleplex headquarters in Mountain View, California, US. Google, part of Alphabet, plans on tapping into existing fibre networks in San Francisco to deliver ultra-fast internet access across the city.  

SLOW EXTINCTION

READY TO SHIP

4th March 2016 The Asia Vision liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier docked at the Sabine Pass terminal in US State of Louisiana late last month. The arrival signals the imminent start of LNG exports as a result of the US shale boom. Once operational, Sabine Pass will be the first American LNG export terminal... 

READY TO SHIP

RIVER BUS

26th February 2016 A Thames Clipper catamaran passing the Houses of Parliament in London, UK, earlier this month. The river bus service added two new high-speed catamarans to their fleet in 2015 and the river transport network has also installed pay-as-you-go Oyster readers on all piers served by the Clippers. A... 

RIVER BUS

POUND WISE OR FOOLISH?

19th February 2016 With Britain to hold a referendum on whether or not to leave the European Union, the implications for the pound have come under the spotlight. The currency has already falling against the dollar this year and opinion is divided as to the implications of a so-called ‘Brexit’. Some believe it will... 

POUND WISE OR FOOLISH?

SUPERSIZED

12th February 2016 The Benjamin Franklin container ship, which has been made in China and is owned by French shipping group CMA CGM, will be the biggest-ever container ship to dock in the US when it is arrives at the Port of Long Beach in mid-February. It’s said to be bigger than the Empire State Building, wider... 

SUPERSIZED

HOUSEHOLD HUMANOID

5th February 2016 Pepper the humanoid robot gestures during a news conference prior to the Pepper World 2016 event in Tokyo, Japan, which took place in late January. Developed by SoftBank, Pepper is able to read stories and express a mechanical version human emotion. The company is also poised to open an... 

HOUSEHOLD HUMANOID

GOOD, CLEAN PARTNERSHIP

29th January 2016 Unilever South Africa, which produces iconic consumer brands such as the Sunlight dishwashing liquid pictured above, has teamed up with the University of the Witwatersrand on a collaborative skills development programme. The scheme, which was unveiled at its Gauteng facility earlier this month,... 

GOOD, CLEAN PARTNERSHIP

FINAL ADDRESS

22nd January 2016 After seven years as American leader, US President Barack Obama delivered his final State of the Union Address to members of the US Congress last week. Obama expressed hope in the future, asserting that “voices of unarmed truth and unconditional love” would have the final word. However, he... 

FINAL ADDRESS

PROCUREMENT TEMPLATE

15th January 2016 South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme is arguably the one bright spot in an otherwise bleak public procurement picture. Not only has an impressive amount of solar and wind capacity been secured, but the prices have also fallen steadily. Surely, it should... 

PROCUREMENT TEMPLATE

HEAVY LIFTING

11th December 2015 A new rail-mounted gantry crane in operation at the City Deep inland port, in Gauteng, where container handling capacity has been doubled to 400 000 twenty-foot equivalent units, following an R800-million investment by State-owned Transnet. City Deep, which is situated just south of... 

HEAVY LIFTING

TEXTBOOKS TUSSLE

4th December 2015 Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi at a Section 27 meeting held at the Morris Isaacson High School, in Soweto, to debate the #textbooksmatter campaign. The meeting took place ahead of a Supreme Court of Appeal matter brought by Basic Education for All and Section 27 into the obligation on the... 

TEXTBOOKS TUSSLE
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