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Real Economy Reports

LG to increase manufacturing output this year 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th January 2015 Electronics company LG South Africa expects to increase its manufacturing output to 320 000 units this year at its only manufacturing facility in South Africa. Sashnee Moodley has the story. 

LG to increase manufacturing output this year

Rhino ambulance to save poaching survivors  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th December 2014 Rhino conservation initiative Saving the Survivors has received more than R3-million from Dubai-based air services provider dnata – part of the Emirates Group – to acquire and operate a rhino ambulance.  

Rhino ambulance to save poaching survivors

The importance of South Africa’s radar capabilities 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th December 2014 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. The South African radar sector marks an important milestone this month. 

The importance of South Africa’s radar capabilities

Govt, private sector join forces to promote skills development at schools  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th November 2014 With South Africa faced with a significant shortfall in skilled artisans, gas and welding products group Afrox has partnered with the Gauteng Department of Education by investing over R1-million in upgrading and resourcing the welding training facilities of five under-privileged technical high... 

Govt, private sector join forces to promote skills development at schools

Rustenburg christens R7bn integrated public transport system 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th November 2014 Likely to soon become a familiar brand in the city of Rustenburg, the North West-based metropole has, some three years after first announcing its integrated public transport strategy, officially launched the name and logo of its developing R7-billion integrated rapid transport system, now dubbed... 

Rustenburg christens R7bn integrated public transport system

Siemens showcases technological advancements in manufacturing 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th November 2014 The future of manufacturing in South Africa has in recent times raised concerns across the manufacturing sector. This has since seen multinational electronic company Siemens advocating that technology will be at the forefront of manufacturing in years to come. 

Siemens showcases technological advancements in manufacturing

Nampak Glass increases capacity in environmentally sustainable way 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th November 2014 Through the addition of a third furnace at its Germiston-based manufacturing facility, glass manufacturer Nampak Glass will be meeting increased market demand in a more environmentally sustainable way. 

Nampak Glass increases capacity in environmentally sustainable way

Green buildings showcase energy-efficiency trends 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th October 2014 The need to mitigate the impact of climate change to the environment continues to be a global initiative. This has since seen more and more companies shifting into green buildings as a means to decrease the impact of climate change on the environment. 

Green buildings showcase energy-efficiency trends

New SA-developed unmanned ground vehicle for military use unveiled  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd October 2014 One of the new products on display at the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2014 exhibition last month was the Testudo unmanned ground vehicle.  

New SA-developed unmanned ground vehicle for military use unveiled

Dutch team clinches 2014 Sasol Solar Challenge title  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th October 2014 Delft University’s Nuon Solar Team, from the Netherlands, has clinched the 2014 Sasol Solar Challenge title. Ten solar powered cars managed to complete the race, crossing the finish line at the end of the eight-day, Pretoria to Cape Town race.  

Dutch team clinches 2014 Sasol Solar Challenge title

Two new vehicles launched by SA companies at African Aerospace and Defence expo 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th October 2014 At the recent African Aerospace and Defence exhibition, two South African armoured and mine-protected vehicle companies, BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa and DCD Protected Mobility, publicly launched new vehicles.  

Two new vehicles launched by SA companies at African Aerospace and Defence expo

Denel launches project to develop regional aircraft 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd October 2014 South African State-owned defence group Denel used the opportunity of the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition to launch a new aircraft project. The proposed new aircraft is currently being referred to as the SARA, an acronym for South African Regional Aircraft.  

Denel launches project to develop regional aircraft

School competes against universities in Sasol’s Solar Challenge 2014 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2014 Maragon Private School Olympus pupils competed in energy and chemical company Sasol’s Solar Challenge from September 27, which comprised driving a solar-powered car over eight days covering 2 000 km from Pretoria to Cape Town. 

School competes against universities in Sasol’s Solar Challenge 2014

Hyundai moves from imports to local commercial vehicle assembly 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2014 Automotive company Hyundai Automotive South Africa recently opened a local commercial vehicle assembly plant, increasing the company’s contribution to the South African economy.  

Hyundai moves from imports to local commercial vehicle assembly

Reliable Transformers plans to triple its production capacity through factory expansion 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th September 2014 During a factory tour to transformer manufacturer Reliable Transformers’ 3 500 square meter manufacturing facility in Benoni the company outlined several plans that would help it increase its production capacity.  

Reliable Transformers plans to triple its production capacity through factory expansion

Chinese construction and mining machinery launched locally 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th September 2014 China-based machine manufacturer XCMG launched a diverse range of specialist machinery in August in Ruimsig, Johannesburg. Jonathan Rodin tells us more.  

Chinese construction and mining machinery launched locally

South Africa’s latest aircraft design makes its first public flight 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th August 2014 On August 13, South Africa's latest aircraft design, the Advanced High-performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft, made its first public flight.  

South Africa’s latest aircraft design makes its first public flight

Factory notches up 200 aircraft 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st August 2014 Light-aircraft manufacturer The Airplane Factory delivered its two- hundredth airplane in June, having started production of its light and light sport aircraft in August 2010.  

Factory notches up 200 aircraft

SA-based pharmaceutical facility servicing 1m HIV, TB patients a year 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th August 2014 Bucking a global trend that has seen a number of pharmaceutical firms withdrawing their manufacturing capabilities from emerging countries, Sanofi has committed to maintaining its production facilities in these markets, citing a recent 3-million Euro investment to expand the manufacturing... 

SA-based pharmaceutical facility servicing 1m HIV, TB patients a year

Metrorail refurbishment to run for another 15 years  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th August 2014 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has signed a R51-billion order for 600 new trains. However, all of these trains will not be delivered at once, which means Prasa’s refurbishment programme will have to run another 15 years.  

Metrorail refurbishment to run for another 15 years

Department of Transport to launch new record-keeping legislation 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st July 2014 The Department of Transport is in the process of developing the Multimodal Transport Planning and Coordination Act as well as the Transport Databank, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said at the launch of Statistics South Africa’s latest National Household Travel Survey, in Pretoria, last week.  

Department of Transport to launch new record-keeping legislation

Eskom eta Awards rewards energy efficiency excellence 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th July 2014 The consistent efforts of State-owned power utility Eskom to recognise excellence in the field of energy efficiency through its eta Awards, aims at raising awareness of more energy and cost efficient ways of using electricity. 

Eskom eta Awards rewards energy efficiency excellence

Rooftop garden to enhance food security 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th July 2014 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Social housing provider the Johannesburg Housing Company recently launched another sustainability garden, the Lake Success Food Garden, in Hillbrow.  

Rooftop garden to enhance food security

Sappi producing specialised cellulose to secure future growth, profitability 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th July 2014 Paper and pulp manufacturer Sappi recently started producing specialised cellulose at its Ngodwana mill, in Mpumalanga, in line with its strategy of facilitating growth in high-margin products. 

Sappi producing specialised cellulose to secure future growth, profitability

Sibanye works to win hearts of workers with Care programme   

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd July 2014 Sibanye Gold has accelerated its ambitions of winning the hearts and minds of its workers as progress is made on the gold miner’s commitment, accountability, respect and enabling, or Care, programme.  

Sibanye works to win hearts of workers with Care programme

Gas provider launches R800m facility to service Sasol’s swelling gas needs 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th June 2014 In the largest single investment made by a local industrial gas company in the past decade, gas provider Air Products South Africa recently celebrated the launch of its new R800-million air separation unit, or ASU, at the company’s Vanderbijlpark facility, in Gauteng.  

Gas provider launches R800m facility to service Sasol’s swelling gas needs

R1.5bn Forest Hill City shopping mall geared up for grand opening 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th June 2014 The first phase of the R1.5-billion Forest Hill City shopping mall, in Monavoni, in Centurion, was launched last month by property developers Billion Group, with the entire development set for a grand opening on July, 10.  

R1.5bn Forest Hill City shopping mall geared up for grand opening

Wesizwe Platinum celebrates cutting of first level of ventilation shaft at Bakubung 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th June 2014 Platinum’s “new kid on the block” Wesizwe Platinum continues to make good headway on the development of its flagship Bakubung mine, in the North West, recently celebrating the cutting of the first level of the ventilation shaft some 690 m below the surface and 45 m above the first intersection of... 

Wesizwe Platinum celebrates cutting of first level of ventilation shaft at Bakubung

Tshwane’s state-of-the-art BRT buses gear up for services 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th June 2014 As the City Of Tshwane takes delivery of the first buses for its bus rapid transit system, Volvo Southern Africa looks at what the buses can offer. Natasha Odendaal reports. 

Tshwane’s state-of-the-art BRT buses gear up for services

Kruger park, Nampak launch multimillion-rand waste, recycling system 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th May 2014 The Kruger National Park, with the help of paper and packaging company Nampak, has changed the way it manages its waste in an attempt to make the park more environmentally friendly.  

Kruger park, Nampak launch multimillion-rand waste, recycling system

Coca-Cola bottling partner invests in water saving initiatives  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd May 2014 Global beverage manufacturer Coca-Cola’s bottling partner Amalgamated Beverage Industries, or ABI, has invested significantly in an effort to reduce is water use at its bottling plant in Devland, Johannesburg.  

Coca-Cola bottling partner invests in water saving initiatives

Aquaponics project produces first harvest 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th May 2014 As part of its corporate social investment initiative, industrial gas company Air Products, in partnership with international philanthropic organisation Inmed, have taken sustainable development to the next level by sponsoring an Aquaponics sustainable farming project at Carel de Wet Technical... 

Aquaponics project produces first harvest

Murray & Roberts showcases small-enterprises support schemes 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th May 2014 During a sustainable enterprise tour of one of the 24 businesses that form part of construction and engineering firm Murray & Roberts’ enterprise development programme last month, the company said it subcontracted between 70 and 80% of its building work, while its enterprise development programme... 

Murray & Roberts showcases small-enterprises support schemes

Samsung hands over first Digital Village 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st May 2014 Consumer electronics producer Samsung Electronics is providing African communities with much needed education and health services not affected by the availability of electricity through its Digital Village programme. 

Samsung hands over first Digital Village

First antenna for MeerKAT radio telescope launched 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th April 2014 The first antenna for the MeerKAT radio telescope array was launched at the end of March. This dish antenna is the first of 64 that will make up MeerKAT, which is a precursor to the international Square Kilometre Array or SKA radio telescope. 

First antenna for MeerKAT radio telescope launched

SA’s manufacturing ambitions boosted by new R150m cable facility 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th April 2014 Government’s efforts to advance South Africa’s manufacturing capability and boost the country’s international competitiveness through incentive mechanisms was in evidence last month, as a new high-voltage (HV) cable manufacturing facility – partly funded by government – was officially introduced... 

SA’s manufacturing ambitions boosted by new R150m cable facility

Telkom's data centre moves to meet rapid SA cloud adoption 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th April 2014 With an ever-increasing uptake of cloud services in South Africa, maintaining a secure, modern and innovative data centre has become critical. Natasha Odendaal tells us how Telkom is leading the pack.  

Telkom's data centre moves to meet rapid SA cloud adoption

Kruger Park receives R255m for intensive rhino protection zone 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd April 2014 An “intensive protection zone”, or IPZ, using sophisticated detection and tracking equipment on the ground as well as in the air is set to be established to combat rhino poaching in South Africa’s flagship Kruger National Park and assess anti-poaching tactics that can be applied in other regions... 

Kruger Park receives R255m for intensive rhino protection zone

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