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Real Economy Reports

SK 9 set for early 2018 clinker production 

     15th February 2017 Cement producer PPC invited media in January to a tour of its Slurry operation, in the North West, and the construction site of the R1.7-billion Slurry Kiln 9 project, which is scheduled for first clinker production at the beginning of next year. 

SK 9 set for early 2018 clinker production

South African National Space Agency appoints new CEO 

     8th February 2017 The South African National Space Agency has a new Chief Executive Officer. The new CEO of the South African National Space Agency, or SANSA, is Dr Val Munsami. He tells us about the agency’s plans and programmes for this coming year. 

South African National Space Agency appoints new CEO

JHB Property Company unveils rejuvenation initiatives 

     1st February 2017 The Johannesburg Property Company invited media in December last year to view the construction sites of the new R340-million Johannesburg Council Chamber building and Alexandra townships latest mall, Alex Mall. David Oliveira reports.  

JHB Property Company unveils rejuvenation initiatives

Water restrictions remain as drought still bites supply 

     26th January 2017 The currently imposed water restrictions are expected to remain in place for at least a few more months while drought-hit South Africa continues to suffer water shortages. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Water restrictions remain as drought still bites supply

The Pretoria-based Falcon 402 aircraft programme 

     19th January 2017 Falcon Air, based at Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria, has developed and is producing the Falcon 402 single-engined passenger and utility aircraft. Keith Campbell reports. 

The Pretoria-based Falcon 402 aircraft programme

Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital seeks to bring hope 

     12th January 2017 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: The brainchild and dream of former statesman Nelson Mandela, who encouraged society’s involvement in the nurturing and safeguarding of children, The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, will soon launch. Megan... 

Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital seeks to bring hope

Football Safe-Hub kicks off in Alexandra 

     14th December 2016 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: The Totalsports Safe-Hub, a football-based after-school programme for youth development, was launched last month in Alexandra, Johannesburg, as part of the South African Football Association’s (Safa’s) Vision... 

Football Safe-Hub kicks off in Alexandra

Cameras roll in Joburg sky to bring African stories to the world 

     7th December 2016 African stories have a new avenue for expression following the October launch of the Sky Rink Studios, which replaces the old ice rink atop Carlton Centre’s parking lot in downtown Johannesburg. David Oliveira tells us more. 

Cameras roll in Joburg sky to bring African stories to the world

Project Solaris starts first local seed selection 

     1st December 2016 South African seed selection for research and development company Sunchem’s solaris crop – a nicotine-free tobacco variety that yields significant amounts of sustainable oil for biojet fuel feedstock – has started taking place locally for the first time since the launch of Project Solaris in 2014. 

Project Solaris starts first local seed selection

PPC unveils laboratory workings 

     24th November 2016 Cement manufacturer PPC recently held a media tour to show how cement is formulated. The company’s Jupiter plant is a popular landmark and can be seen from the N3 near Heriotdale. Dylan Slater tells us more. 

PPC unveils laboratory workings

Operation Khanyisa cuts illegal electricity connections  

     16th November 2016 With electricity theft resulting in about R15.9-billion loss to the country’s municipal accounts every year, Eskom anti-theft campaign Operation Khanyisa is increasing its reach.  

Operation Khanyisa cuts illegal electricity connections

Amplats pilots fuel cell rural electrification microgrid 

     9th November 2016 Anglo American Platinum has piloted the electrification of 34 households using a methanol-based fuel cell microgrid over the past 28 months. It will decommission the field trial next month. 

Amplats pilots fuel cell rural electrification microgrid

Premier praises new mixed-use development in Menlyn 

     3rd November 2016 The much anticipated mixed-use development Menlyn Maine’s Central Square was launched in September. Megan van Wyngaardt has the story. 

Premier praises new mixed-use development in Menlyn

Ahrlac production set to begin in 2017 

     27th October 2016 South African defence platforms company Paramount Group announced in September its plans to begin full scale manufacture of its Ahrlac fixed-wing aircraft at a 15 000 m2 purpose-built facility at Wonderboom Airport, north of Pretoria. 

Ahrlac production set to begin in 2017

New valve factory opens in SA 

     19th October 2016 Danish valves manufacturer AVK Valves Southern Africa has officially launched its R200-million valves manufacturing facility in Alrode, Gauteng, with the manufacturer being the first in its sector to take full advantage of the Department of Trade and Industry’s local content requirements for... 

New valve factory opens in SA

Pretoria celebrates transport month 

     13th October 2016 The City of Pretoria is this month co-hosting the October Transport Month campaign with the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport and aims to encourage commuters to use public transport and more sustainable ways of travelling.  

Pretoria celebrates transport month

Siemens SA eyes global market entry with fourth-generation substation 

     4th October 2016 Siemens South Africa has unveiled its new 11 MW fully automated direct current containerised trolley assist substation, which has been introduced at a mine in Namibia, to set the platform for an international entry.  

Siemens SA eyes global market entry with fourth-generation substation

25th school bridge building competition demonstrates value of hands-on engineering training 

     29th September 2016 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: The South African Institute of Civil Engineering has held its 25th yearly school bridge building competition, which sees pupils from across Southern Africa competing and aims to get children to apply engineering... 

25th school bridge building competition demonstrates value of hands-on engineering training

Bombardier affirms localisation with new Isando facility 

     22nd September 2016 A new 6 000 m2 production site for rail technology provider Bombardier Transportation’s high-power propulsion equipment was opened earlier this month. Megan van Wyngaardt has the story. 

Bombardier affirms localisation with new Isando facility

Beijing Automotive Group and Industrial Development Corporation to build new vehicle plant 

     15th September 2016 Chinese vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group and South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation has announced the establishment of a new vehicle plant, to be located in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, near Port Elizabeth. 

Beijing Automotive Group and Industrial Development Corporation to build new vehicle plant

Career day exposes high school and undergrad interest in science and technology 

     7th September 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research held its Career day last month as part of the Department of Science and Technology’s national science week, which saw significant and growing interest in science careers. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Career day exposes high school and undergrad interest in science and technology

Cummins launches technician training programme  

     1st September 2016 Cummins Africa has added a compressed natural gas engine technician training programme to its training centre in Kelvin View, in Gauteng, to support the use of CNG in the region and the continent. Schalk Burger has the details. 

Cummins launches technician training programme

Barloworld stands the test of 75 years 

     25th August 2016 Industrial brand management company Barloworld celebrated its 75th year on the JSE earlier this month, making it one of only nine companies to have achieved the milestone. Megan van Wyngaardt tells us more. 

Barloworld stands the test of 75 years

New pump designs improve longevity, reduce costs 

     18th August 2016 With the global mining industry facing a challenging commodities downturn, industrial equipment supplier Weir Minerals is focusing on developing pump designs that improve the cost-effectiveness and lifespan of their pumps.  

New pump designs improve longevity, reduce costs

Rand Water invests billions to ensure sufficient supply by 2020 

     11th August 2016 Water utility Rand Water will invest more than R17-billion on infrastructure development during its five-year infrastructure development plan, which will end in 2020. David Oliveira has the story. 

Rand Water invests billions to ensure sufficient supply by 2020

SAA, Mango fly first biofueled plane on the continent 

     4th August 2016 Aircraft manufacturer Boeing, along with South African Airways and its low-cost carrier Mango, celebrated Africa’s first commercial passenger flights using sustainable aviation biofuel in July.  

SAA, Mango fly first biofueled plane on the continent

South African inspection robot attracting international interest  

     28th July 2016 Johannesburg company Ryonic Industries is receiving both national and international interest in its newly developed pipeline inspection robot.  

South African inspection robot attracting international interest

Vibrating equipment supplier commissions moulding system, begins local manufacture 

     21st July 2016 Screening and vibrating equipment supplier Aury Africa hosted a media launch and factory tour to celebrate the commissioning of its newly installed gravity-pour polyurethane system. which allows the company to begin manufacturing its own polyurethane panels, liners and wedges. Nadine James tells... 

Vibrating equipment supplier commissions moulding system, begins local manufacture

ABB inaugurates its first South African microgrid at Longmeadow headquarters 

     14th July 2016 Automation technology group ABB has commissioned an integrated solar-diesel microgrid installation at its 96 000 m2 Longmeadow facility in Johannesburg. This is the group’s first microgrid in South Africa. Mia Breytenbach tells us more.  

ABB inaugurates its first South African microgrid at Longmeadow headquarters

Corporates urged to support youth development through football programme 

     7th July 2016 The South African Football Association’s Development Agency is urging corporate companies to partner and invest in its football-based Safe-Hub programme, which aims to encourage youth to engage in life skills programmes through the use of football. Creamer Media was invited to the site of the... 

Corporates urged to support youth development through football programme

Unitrans’s Megabus procures first Scania Euro 6, CNG buses, Tetra 4 to supply local gas 

     30th June 2016 Unitrans’s subsidiary Megabus has procured ten Scania, 280 horsepower, 100% compressed natural gas buses. Megabus will trial these buses for the next five years at its Free State operations. Mia Breytenbach tells us more. 

Unitrans’s Megabus procures first Scania Euro 6, CNG buses, Tetra 4 to supply local gas

Emperors Palace launches rooftop solar PV plant 

     22nd June 2016 Emperors Palace, in Boksburg, Gauteng is underway with construction of one of the largest rooftop solar photovoltaic plants in South Africa. Completion of the rooftop plant is set for August this year. Mia Breytenbach tells us more. 

Emperors Palace launches rooftop solar PV plant

German forklift manufacturer re-enters SA market  

     14th June 2016 Focused on being a direct service supplier to local customers, German forklift manufacturer Jungheinrich has officially re-launched its South African offices, based in Edenvale, Gauteng. Anine Kilian tells us more. 

German forklift manufacturer re-enters SA market

Mpact Polymers new R350m PET recycling plant to ease burden of plastic waste 

     8th June 2016 Paper and plastics packaging business Mpact has unveiled a new R350-million PET recycling operation in Wadeville aimed at reducing the impact of plastic waste in South Africa.  

Mpact Polymers new R350m PET recycling plant to ease burden of plastic waste

Prasa begins open line testing on new commuter trains 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd June 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, along with the Gibela Rail Transportation Consortium, began open line testing on the first test train imported from Brazil last month. Anine Kilian tells us more. 

Prasa begins open line testing on new commuter trains

Pneumatics company launches locally 

     25th May 2016 Japan-headquartered pneumatics company SMC Pneumatics launched its South African office in Midrand last month, cementing its presence in 84 countries and creating a distribution and manufacturing centre to extend its service offering for other African clients.  

Pneumatics company launches locally

Makro Carnival going green 

     19th May 2016 Retail company Massmart recently installed a 572 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant on the roof of its soon-to-be-launched Makro Carnival store, in Brakpan, Gauteng. 

Makro Carnival going green

Joburg Market Day focuses on Agro-processing business opportunities, supporting entrepreneurs 

     12th May 2016 The City of Johannesburg in conjunction with a range of partners collaborated to facilitate the Joburg Market Day for Agricultural and Agro-processing sectors. This focused on targeting entrepreneurs and export possibilities for fresh produce. 

Joburg Market Day focuses on Agro-processing business opportunities, supporting entrepreneurs
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