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Real Economy Reports

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

Transnet TE hands wagons over to Swaziland Rail 

5th May 2016 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: Transnet Engineering presented 25 fuel tanker wagons and 20 container wagons to Swaziland Railway in April. Anine Kilian tells us more. 

Transnet TE hands wagons over to Swaziland Rail

Steel strapping enhances conventional tyrewall barrier  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th April 2016 The Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit’s novel approach to tyrewall barrier assembly is owed largely to steel strapping products from stainless steel manufacturer and Band It product distributor, Banding & Identification Solutions Africa. Nadine James tells us more. 

Steel strapping enhances conventional tyrewall barrier

Teraco building new data centre for Southern African clients 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st April 2016 Digital asset hosting and co-location service provider Teraco is building a 17 500 square metre data centre in Gauteng to serve the demand for data centre and hosting services throughout Southern Africa. Schalk Burger tells us more. 

Teraco building new data centre for Southern African clients

JHB firm to expand lithium iron phosphate energy storage module production  

13th April 2016 Having completed more than a 100 installations of its locally produced lithium iron phosphate Freedom Lite range of batteries across Southern Africa, Johannesburg-based energy solutions provider Freedom Won aims to enhance its production capacity amid growing demand. 

JHB firm to expand lithium iron phosphate energy storage module production

Casspir sheds apartheid notoriety 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th April 2016 South African defence vehicle systems company, Denel Land Systems, is marketing its new generation of mine-protected armoured personnel carriers – the Casspir NG 2000 – as a multirole vehicular platform to suit peacekeeping, demining and support operations in war-torn regions. Dylan Slater tells... 

Casspir sheds apartheid notoriety

De Aar solar project expanded to 175 MW 

30th March 2016 Renewable-energy project developer Solar Capital last month inaugurated the second phase of its De Aar solar farm project, in the Northern Cape, with De Aar 3 adding 90 MW of capacity to the overall project. 

De Aar solar project expanded to 175 MW

Orion hotel partners with Best Western 

24th March 2016 South African hotel group Orion Hotels has officially joined US hotel chain Best Western Hotels and Resorts as its local franchisee. 

Orion hotel partners with Best Western

Secure solar solution to provide sustainable off-grid energy  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th March 2016 The South African government and several partners have launched the new-generation, modular solar solution the PowerTurtle at the off-grid Pheasant Folly Primary school in Palm Ridge, in Gauteng earlier this month. 

Secure solar solution to provide sustainable off-grid energy

Improved operations brings glass operations back into profitability 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th March 2016 Packaging company Nampak invited media to its glass manufacturing facility earlier this month to highlight its improved operational efficiencies, which has taken its glass business from red to black in recent months. 

Improved operations brings glass operations back into profitability

Mozambique President inaugurates new gas-fired station  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd March 2016 Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi inaugurated the 120 MW Gigawatt Park gas-fired power station, in Ressano Garcia, Mozambique, last month.  

Mozambique President inaugurates new gas-fired station 

Local manufacturer showcases international competency through MeerKAT project 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th February 2016 Heavy engineering company Efficient Engineering has delivered 15 radio antennas comprising a stationary pedestal and a rotating yoke, which are being used for the MeerKAT radio telescope project, the first phase of the Square Kilometer Array project in the Northern Cape.  

Local manufacturer showcases international competency through MeerKAT project

Local waste management company launches alternative fuel plant 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th February 2016 Local waste management business Interwaste launched South Africa’s first refuse derived fuel plant earlier this month, which aims to divert waste from landfill by creating fuel from non-recyclable materials such as plastic. 

Local waste management company launches alternative fuel plant

AIDC to use new augmented reality welding simulators 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th February 2016 Students who are looking to start careers in vehicle production at the Automotive Industry Development Centre’s Gauteng Automotive Learning Centre will be able to benefit from the centre’s new augmented-reality welding programme. 

AIDC to use new augmented reality welding simulators

Improved SA–EU black spot collaboration yields growth 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th February 2016 There has been three years of intense collaboration between the EU and the South African Citrus Growers Association, which had resulted in record South African citrus exports, as the domestic industry acclimatises to the EU’s controversial citrus black spot measures.  

Improved SA–EU black spot collaboration yields growth

Wits, Unilever to pioneer practical work training for engineering students 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th January 2016 In the first corporate-academic partnership of its kind, consumer goods manufacturer Unilever South Africa and Wits, have announced a collaborative skills development programme that aims to provide promising engineering students with practical work experience and a premium academic qualification. 

Wits, Unilever to pioneer practical work training for engineering students

Bright future for creative containers  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st January 2016 Shipping containers, since their inception, have been used for various applications and shipping container manufacturer Container World operations director Darren Singh believes there is a bright future ahead for the industry. 

Bright future for creative containers

Mrs Ples possibly Mister Ples  

14th January 2016 It has been 68 years since the world famous Mrs Ples was discovered in South Africa in 1947 by paleontologist Dr Robert Broom in Sterkfontein, Gauteng. Now, new research is trying to prove that Mrs Ples was actually male. 

Mrs Ples possibly Mister Ples

Afro Energy receives Bulk Sampling Permission 

By: Sashnee Moodley     10th December 2015 As the need to explore alternative sources of energy becomes more apparent, Afro Energy is exploring onshore gas, which the company believes can serve as an alternative power source in South Africa. 

Afro Energy receives Bulk Sampling Permission

First biowaste-produced renewable energy made available to BMW’s Rosslyn plant 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd December 2015 South Africa’s first commercially viable biogas-to-electricity plant has successfully started providing renewable energy to automotive manufacturer BMW South Africa’s Rosslyn plant. 

First biowaste-produced renewable energy made available to BMW’s Rosslyn plant

Major Canadian aviation company Bombardier is interested in the South African market 

26th November 2015 The aerospace business of major Canadian group Bombardier believes it has aircrafts that meet South Africa’s needs.  

Major Canadian aviation company Bombardier is interested in the South African market

UN would like more SA companies to bid for its business  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th November 2015 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. The United Nations is encouraging more South African businesses to tender for its contracts.  

UN would like more SA companies to bid for its business

Prasa launches high-tech Gauteng rail nerve centre 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th November 2015 Consolidating the province’s eight existing passenger train control rooms into a single, high-tech ‘super’ control centre that will act as Gauteng’s passenger signalling hub, Prasa earlier this month officially launched the Gauteng Rail Nerve Centre in Tembisa.  

Prasa launches high-tech Gauteng rail nerve centre

Small South African defence businesses succeeding in sector 

5th November 2015 While the local defence industry is dominated by relatively large companies, there are also smaller companies succeeding in the sector. 

Small South African defence businesses succeeding in sector

Midrand becomes Unilever’s African ice-cream capital as factory opens 

By: Sashnee Moodley     29th October 2015 Unilever has opened its first ice-cream factory in Africa at the Lords View Industrial Park, in Midrand, making it one of 40 Unilever ice-cream factories across the world.  

Midrand becomes Unilever’s African ice-cream capital as factory opens

New rock drill systems to significantly increase mining extraction volumes, improve safety levels for operators 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st October 2015 Local pump and rock drill manufacturer Scamont Engineering has launched new rock drill systems to significantly increase mining extraction volumes and improve safety levels for operators. 

New rock drill systems to significantly increase mining extraction volumes, improve safety levels for operators

Amplats unveils first cogen clean energy power plant for Rustenburg smelter 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th October 2015 Anglo American Platinum has officially launched the 5 MW Eternity Power Thermal Harvesting plant at its Waterval Smelting Complex, in Rustenburg. 

Amplats unveils first cogen clean energy power plant for Rustenburg smelter

All roads lead to Johannesburg for international trade fair 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th October 2015 The BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA 2015 exhibition took place in mid September at the Johannesburg Expo Centre in Nasrec, Gauteng, and showcased components and machines for construction and mining, as well as building materials from some of the most prominent brands worldwide.  

All roads lead to Johannesburg for international trade fair

Tsogo Sun nears completion of casino revamp 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st October 2015 The first phase of Tsogo Sun’s R640-million refurbishment and expansion of the Gold Reef City complex is nearing completion.  

Tsogo Sun nears completion of casino revamp

Black-owned South African company focused on mine dump rehabilitation 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th September 2015 Black-owned green technology company G-Tech is currently running a mine dump rehabilitation project in Randfonetin, West of Johannesburg, on one of South Africa-focused gold miner Mintails’ tailings sites. 

Black-owned South African company focused on mine dump rehabilitation

3D simulation technology provider outlines the value of virtual reality in the mining sector 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2015 The growth in the use of virtual reality technologies in the South African mining industry has been considerable over the past year. Ilan Solomons met with a local virtual reality technology company to find out more about the increased emphasis on the use of virtual reality technologies in mine... 

3D simulation technology provider outlines the value of virtual reality in the mining sector

Soweto community education campus to launch on Mandela Day 2016 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th September 2015 The community of Devland, in Soweto, will have access to a modern, multipurpose learning centre by July next year, in commemoration of Mandela Day, as part of a community outreach project undertaken by nonprofit organisation Growing Up Africa.  

Soweto community education campus to launch on Mandela Day 2016

Smallest GoPro camera aims for broader market  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd September 2015 Action video camera manufacturer GoPro has released its 74 gram Hero4 Session camera, which it hopes will also be used to film lifestyle and family moments, broadening its use beyond its traditional markets of action and extreme sports. 

Smallest GoPro camera aims for broader market

Baker third scarcest job in South Africa 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th August 2015 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa recently chaired a Human Resources Development Council meeting at the Pick n Pay regional offices in Johannesburg, where it was revealed that baker was the third scarcest occupation in the wholesale and retail industry in South Africa.  

Baker third scarcest job in South Africa

Waterfall Estate secures slice of key HQ market 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th August 2015 Providing capital growth fund Attacq with a 15-year project pipeline, the Waterfall City mixed-use development, in Midrand, has attracted a suite of corporates looking to consolidate their satellite centres into a single Gauteng foothold.  

Waterfall Estate secures slice of key HQ market

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