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Real Economy Reports

Vodacom showcases 5G capabilities in official launch 

20th September 2018 Vodacom has officially launched its standards-based, commercial fifth-generation, or 5G, service in Lesotho, delivering early access technology initially to two enterprise customers, with ambitions of eventually launching the service commercially in South Africa. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Vodacom showcases 5G capabilities in official launch

Mpact provides peek inside paper, plastic recycling operations  

13th September 2018 Paper and packaging company Mpact earlier this month hosted media for a tour inside its paper mill recycling facility in Springs, which also happens to be the biggest recycling plant in South Africa. Marleny Arnoldi tells us more. 

Mpact provides peek inside paper, plastic recycling operations

Himoinsa sales and service facility supporting growth in rental demand 

6th September 2018 Generator manufacturer Himoinsa has opened its sales and service facility in Midrand to more effectively serve its rental customers and to provide immediate power to clients while customised power systems are manufactured for their specific applications. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Himoinsa sales and service facility supporting growth in rental demand

KLT’s community partnerships in S Africa recipe for meeting global production standard 

30th August 2018 India-based automotive component manufacturer KLT Automotive and Tubular Products South Africa plans to add 1 000 people to its 900-strong work force in the next eight years. Anine Kilian tells us more. 

KLT’s community partnerships in S Africa recipe for meeting global production standard

Veolia opens export-competitive factory in Ekurhuleni 

23rd August 2018 Veolia Water Technologies South Africa has opened a chemical production facility in Pomona, Kempton Park that is set to export to Veolia’s clients throughout Africa, owing to its competitive costs of production compared with other Veolia chemical production facilities. 

Veolia opens export-competitive factory in Ekurhuleni

Rothdene pumpstation upgrade allows municipality to accommodate growth in area 

16th August 2018 Following the completion of the Rothdene Pump Station at the end of June, the project aims to provide the Midvaal Municipality with an opportunity to start several housing and social developments in the area. Simone Liedtke tells us more. 

Rothdene pumpstation upgrade allows municipality to accommodate growth in area

Development continues at Waterfall City 

8th August 2018 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: Construction and development of JSE-listed Attacq’s Waterfall City is ongoing, with new infrastructure including roads, residential properties and warehouses continuously in the pipeline. Anine Kilian tells us... 

Development continues at Waterfall City

Solutions engender safety and reliability for chemical fasteners  

2nd August 2018 Construction industry service and technology provider Hilti South Africa is offering two innovative technologies – the HIT-Z rod and advanced on-site testing – to ensure safety and reliability for chemical fasteners. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

Solutions engender safety and reliability for chemical fasteners

MeerKAT radio telescope inaugurated as precursor to larger SKA project 

26th July 2018 After a decade in design and construction, the MeerKAT radio telescope, which is located about 90km from Carnarvon in the Northern Cape, was inaugurated earlier this month. Simone Liedtke tells us a bit more about this step towards building an international enterprise. 

MeerKAT radio telescope inaugurated as precursor to larger SKA project

Mandela centenary commemorated with banknotes and R5 coin 

19th July 2018 To commemorate late Statesman Nelson Mandela’s centenary, the South African Reserve Bank has launched commemorative banknotes and a R5 coin into circulation, depicting the most significant occasions in Mandela’s life. Marleny Arnoldi attended the launch. 

Mandela centenary commemorated with banknotes and R5 coin

Industrial clothing company opens showroom to get closer to end-users 

12th July 2018 Industrial garment manufacturer Sweet-Orr has opened a showroom near the OR Tambo International Airport, in Boksburg, which stocks its utility, essential and special ranges of industrial workwear. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Industrial clothing company opens showroom to get closer to end-users

Skills investment needed to sustain manufacturing industry 

5th July 2018 To ensure South Africa has the skills required for advanced manufacturing, industry needs to invest in high-end skills, according to National Tooling Initiative Programme CEO Dirk van Dyk. Anine Kilian has the story. 

Skills investment needed to sustain manufacturing industry

STS develops world-first VR solutions to revolutionise mining training  

28th June 2018 Simulated Training Solution’s world-first VR blast wall and its VR cube have resulted in efficient, effective and memorable training programmes for Anglo American Platinum’s Engineering Services Training Centre and Murray and Roberts Cementation Training Academy. Nadine James has the story. 

STS develops world-first VR solutions to revolutionise mining training

Cummins and Komatsu launch S Africa’s first TEC programme at Sedibeng TVET 

21st June 2018 Cummins Africa Middle East and Komatsu Africa have teamed up to bring the first Technical Education for Communities, or TEC, programme to South Africa. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Cummins and Komatsu launch S Africa’s first TEC programme at Sedibeng TVET

Twinsaver opens Kliprivier plant, now largest tissue manufacturer in sub-Saharan Africa 

14th June 2018 Tissue manufacturer the Twinsaver Group last month opened a new manufacturing plant in Klipriver, on the border of the Midvaal and Ekurhuleni municipalities. Marleny Arnoldi tells us more. 

Twinsaver opens Kliprivier plant, now largest tissue manufacturer in sub-Saharan Africa

MeerLICHT launch signals world’s first optical/radio telescope collaboration 

7th June 2018 The South African Astronomical Observatory and the Department of Science and Technology last month launched the MeerLICHT optical telescope at the Observatory site in Sutherland, which will be ‘the eye’ of the MeerKAT radio telescope. Marleny Arnoldi tells us more. 

MeerLICHT launch signals world’s first optical/radio telescope collaboration

Sappma takes firm stance on quality products  

31st May 2018 The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association is taking a no-nonsense, uncompromising stance on the quality of pipes that are manufactured by its members. Melissa Zisengwe tells us more. 

Sappma takes firm stance on quality products

Aspen opens R1bn high containment facility in Port Elizabeth 

24th May 2018 Pharmaceutical company Aspen officially opened its new high containment facility, valued at about R1-billion, earlier this month. Simone Liedtke tells us more. 

Aspen opens R1bn high containment facility in Port Elizabeth

Technical construction used to change historical building to modern art museum 

17th May 2018 The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, built inside of the old grain silo at the V&A Waterfront, in Cape Town, required specialist concretes and technical formwork to realise the vision of the architect Thomas Heatherwick. Schalk Burger has the details. Also making headlines, South African... 

Technical construction used to change historical building to modern art museum

FujiFilm unveils innovation centre to get closer to clients 

10th May 2018 Fujifilm has opened its new, more compact innovation centre, in Johannesburg, in an effort to get closer to its customers. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

FujiFilm unveils innovation centre to get closer to clients

Kwatani showcases capabilities after securing its largest screening order 

3rd May 2018 Kwatani is steadily delivering on its largest single screening machine order to date after kicking off the manufacturing process at its East Rand facilities in March. Also making headlines, petrochemicals giant Sasol last month inaugurated its seventeenth Air Separation Unit at their operations... 

Kwatani showcases capabilities after securing its largest screening order

Company launches adhesive range for heavy and abnormal load applications 

26th April 2018 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: 

Company launches adhesive range for heavy and abnormal load applications

Industrial microgrid leveraging solar and storage launched 

19th April 2018 Power management multinational Eaton South Africa has launched a grid-tied microgrid that uses solar photovoltaic and lithium ion battery storage systems. The microgrid powers its Wadeville campus and factory.  

Industrial microgrid leveraging solar and storage launched

R350m Menlyn apartment hotel development to open June  

12th April 2018 After an uncertain start, the Regency – a new upmarket apartment hotel development, situated in Menlyn Pretoria – has entered its final stage of construction. Paige Muller tells us more. 

R350m Menlyn apartment hotel development to open June

Renewed optimism in industry for Middelburg-based Columbus Stainless steel plant 

5th April 2018 Middelburg-based Columbus Stainless aims to remain committed to the growing domestic stainless steel market, while Sassda believes that 2018 may be the year to break the downward trend of consumption in South Africa. 

Renewed optimism in industry for Middelburg-based Columbus Stainless steel plant

RCL Foods opens new pet food factory  

29th March 2018 Fast-moving consumer goods manufacturer RCL Foods launched a new pet food manufacturing facility, in Randfontein, earlier this month. Megan van Wyngaardt has the story. 

RCL Foods opens new pet food factory

New tools include applications, precise control 

22nd March 2018 Tools and fastener supplier Upat is tackling industry challenges by providing new solutions to the industry. The company is the supplier for fischer fasteners, Milwaukee power tools and Stabila measuring equipment for the southern Africa region, Victor Moolman tells us more. 

New tools include applications, precise control

Trojan Foods expands into packaging 

15th March 2018 With over 15 years in the food and beverage industry, food manufacturing company Trojan Foods has expanded into packaging services in response to the increased demand for specialised packaging solutions in the industry. Melissa Zisengwe tells us more. 

Trojan Foods expands into packaging

World-class Ultra 3000 machine to debut at bauma  

8th March 2018 Concrete products machinery manufacturer Pan Mixers South Africa has designed, what it calls, the “world’s best” concrete-product manufacturing machine, which it will debut at this year’s bauma CONEXPO AFRICA. 

World-class Ultra 3000 machine to debut at bauma

De Beers unit’s novel density measurement system now commercially available 

1st March 2018 The De Beers Group of Companies’ innovation division, De Beers Technologies South Africa (DebTech SA), has developed a novel density measurement system that can provide process plants with fast and accurate data on the material density profiles of particle samples. Mia Breytenbach tells us more. 

De Beers unit’s novel density measurement system now commercially available

Innovative mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed 

22nd February 2018 Mining and engineering professionals recruiter TrueVine Consulting has developed an innovative online recruitment platform, called Digger to refine and improve the execution of recruitment in the mining industry.  

Innovative mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed

Alstom Foundation unveils new welding curriculum for Duduza school 

15th February 2018 Alstom Ubunye has unveiled its latest educational initiative, a new welding school at a Secondary School in the Duduza township near Nigel. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Alstom Foundation unveils new welding curriculum for Duduza school

VR technology incorporated into working-at-height training programme 

8th February 2018 Arcelor Mittal South Africa has already seen a return on investment on its newly commissioned Working at Heights virtual reality training programme, used to determine trainees’ fear of heights and to test their functioning at height. Nadine James has more. 

VR technology incorporated into working-at-height training programme

New Southern Africa payment infrastructure being designed 

1st February 2018 Southern African payment clearing utility BankservAfrica and the regional banking community are working together to design a new payment architecture and infrastructure that will help to lower interbank transaction costs and allow new services to be offered, with a special focus on improving... 

New Southern Africa payment infrastructure being designed

Pick n Pay Longmeadow benefits from completion of solar PV project 

25th January 2018 The installation of a photovoltaic system for South African retailer Pick n Pay’s Longmeadow distribution centre will be fully operational by the end of the month. The solar PV system, installed by Energy Partners Solar, is believed to be the largest solar PV installation in South Africa. Nadine... 

Pick n Pay Longmeadow benefits from completion of solar PV project

Shaw Controls ISO certified  

18th January 2018 Motor control centre manufacturer Shaw Controls, a Zest WEG group company, is now a proud ISO 9000:2015 certified local manufacturing facility. Shannon de Ryhove has the story. 

Shaw Controls ISO certified

Lanseria International Airport expansion plans 

11th January 2018 Privately-owned Lanseria International Airport has significant development plans for the next few years. Rebecca Campbell reports. 

Lanseria International Airport expansion plans

Inkunzi making headway in student accommodation 

14th December 2017 Real estate investment trust Inkunzi Student Accommodation Fund, which listed on the JSE in November, will acquire nine purpose-built, student accommodation assets valued at R1.7-billion. Anine Kilian has the story. 

Inkunzi making headway in student accommodation
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