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Real Economy Reports

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

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

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