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South Africa trials electric vehicle fleet 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th March 2013 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. The Department of Environmental Affairs has launched an electric vehicle pilot programme, which will see it trial a fleet of electric vehicles in the capital.  

We report on an epic flight and an unusual donation from Russia 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th March 2013 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Recently, Russian aviation company U.T.Air and South African business aviation company ExecuJet donated an Antonov An-2 utility aircraft to support charity operations in Southern Africa.  

The latest laser technology at the CSIR's National Laser Centre 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th March 2013 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Engineering News recently took a tour of the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research’s National Laser Centre to catch up on the latest laser technology and developments in the industry.  

International business jet operator VistaJet is now operating from SA 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th March 2013 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Global business jet operator VistaJet regards Africa as one of the regions of the world in which there are great growth opportunities for its business. Keith Campbell reports. 

Braddick Defense Systems' new unmanned aerial vehicle 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th February 2013 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Braddick Defense Systems is developing a high-speed, long-range, mobile deployment unmanned aerial vehicle for surveillance of an attack-mission augmentation in collaboration with Marenco Engineering Technologies Africa.  

City of JHB has rolled out the first of 1400 new-look commuter shelters 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st February 2013 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. The city of Johannesburg unveiled its new-look commuter shelters in Randburg and Alexandra, earlier this month. The shelters are part of the city’s plans to integrate public transport to make walking, cycling and public... 

Denel Dynamics' efforts to stimulate maths, science and engineering education and training 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th February 2013 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Recently, local missile and unmanned air vehicle company Denel Dynamics hosted its 2012 Young Achievers Award presentations. Keith Campbell was there.  

A report on Marenco SA's flight simulator and wind tunnel 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th February 2013 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Aeronautical engineering company Marenco Engineering Technologies Africa recently completed a flight simulator to assist with the accuracy of various flight projects. Anine Vermeulen has the story. 

Skills development needed to transform Joburg's public transport system 

31st January 2013 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Johannesburg's mayoral committee member for transport Rehana Moosajee says skills development is central to transforming the city’s public transport system into a safe, accessible and reliable service. Idele Esterhuizen has the... 

South Africa's next satellite project 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th January 2013 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. The South African National Space Agency is developing a new South African satellite programme. Keith Campbell has the story. 

Transnet Rail Engineering ensures fuel security to Botswana 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th January 2013 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Last year, Transnet Rail Engineering unveiled 50 tanker wagons, which were built at its Germiston plant. Equipment and technology worth over R20-million was invested, for the plant to meet the specific requirements of the... 

Real Economy report – The best of 2012 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th December 2012 Another busy year has come to an end, so Creamer Media’s Real Economy Report reflects on a selection of stories that made news headlines this year:BAE SYSTEMS LAND SYSTEMS SOUTH AFRICA (RER 222) We start our 2012 roundup with local defence company BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa’s... 

Site visit to TSB Malalane's sugar mill  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th December 2012 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sugar miller TSB held a media day in November to familiarise journalists with its milling operations and the support it provides to local growers of sugar cane. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Beijing Automotive Works opens taxi plant in Springs 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th November 2012 The local arm of Chinese company Beijing Automotive Works, BAW South Africa, has cut the ribbon on its R200-million taxi assembly plant in Springs. The Industrial Development Corporation contributed equity of R22.9-million in what is reported to be the first of many investments in a number of... 

3-D printing catches on in SA 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd November 2012 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. South Africa’s Vaal University of Technology is helping to bring 3D printers to schools and rural communities around the country. Joanne Taylor has the story. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th November 2012 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. The South African division of the French group Alstom recently signed an agreement with the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation to invest R8-million into the Nuclear Skills Development Centre. Keith Campbell was there. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th November 2012 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. The awarding of a locomotive tender by State-owned logistics group Transnet to a consortium led by Chinese manufacturer China South Rail Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive could enable South Africa to localise manufacturing and... 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st November 2012 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. A few weeks ago, local defence company BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa demonstrated the latest versions of two gun turrets developed by its Dynamics division. Keith Campbell was there. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th October 2012 Energy giant Total South Africa has officially unveiled its first sustainable, energy-efficient service station as part of its local and international push towards a greener approach to its business. Engineering News’s Natalie Greve attended the launch to find out more.  

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th October 2012 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Automation and robotics provider Yaskawa Motoman opened its doors for a demo day at its Modderfontein offices in Johannesburg. Nomvelo Buthelezi finds out more about the trends within the automation and robotics industry. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th October 2012 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Denel Dynamics has developed a new unmanned air vehicle, which was displayed at the recent African Aeropsace and Defence exhibition. Keith Campbell reports. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th October 2012 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. The government has set up a Joint Aerospace Steering Committee to help develop the country’s aerospace sector. Keith Campbell reports. The creation of the Joint Aerospace Steering Committee, or JASC for short, was announced at... 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th September 2012 A number of South African academic teams hope to gain invaluable knowledge and skills by racing seven-locally built solar-powered vehicles against more experienced international teams in the 11-day, 5 400 km Sasol Solar Challenge, which kicked off in September. Natasha Odendaal has the story.  

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2012 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. The City of Tshwane has started engaging key stakeholders in the development of an integrated transport plan as part of its Tshwane 2055 framework.  

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th September 2012 A division of South Africa’s DCD industrial group has developed an new mine and ballistic protected vehicle, called the Mountain Lion. DCD Protected Mobility has many years of experience in developing and manufacturing mine protected vehicles, today often referred to by the American term Mraps,... 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th September 2012 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Local bulk water utility Rand Water says it is still supplying Gauteng residents with some of the best water in the world. Engineering News visited the utility’s Zuikerbosch plant to witness the purification process first-hand –... 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th August 2012 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says volatile food prices in South Africa necessitate local food production and that commercial farmers, as well as small subsistence farmers, should join in.... 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2012 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Mines Rescue Services recently opened its fourth rescue station in Steelpoort, in Limpopo. Leandi Kolver has the story. 

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     16th August 2012 Things seem to be looking up for State-owned defence industrial group Denel. Keith Campbell has the story. Keith Campbell: In July, Denel released its annual results for the 2011/2012 financial year, registering a R41-million profit, achieved entirely by sales.  

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th August 2012 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. South African aeroengine company Turbomeca Africa, a joint venture between Turbomeca of France and South Africa’s Denel, recently celebrated its tenth anniversary. Keith Campbell discovers what’s next for the company. 

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     2nd August 2012 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. A concerted strategy by the local banking sector and government to increase the financing of structures built using alternative building technologies in South Africa is driving the increased application of these techniques.... 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2012 A City of Johannesburg initiative is redeveloping abandoned or derelict buildings in the city centre into low-cost accommodation units for the working poor. Natalie Greve visited a number of these developments to find out more.  

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th July 2012 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. South African Airways Technical recently concluded an agreement with American aero engine company Pratt & Whitney. Keith Campbell has the story. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th July 2012 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Eurocopter has established what is believed to be the first full flight helicopter simulator in Africa. Keith Campbell reports. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th July 2012 Extensive temperature insulation of residential structures is crucial to the efficacy of off-the-grid, solar-powered living to ensure energy-efficiency. Natalie Greve visited a recent off-the-grid residential development in Midrand to find out more.  

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th June 2012 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. At a cost of nearly R5-million each, JSE-listed construction company Basil Read has acquired the latest pipelayers from the Babcock International Group, making it the owner of the largest fleet of Volvo pipelayers in Africa.... 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st June 2012 Eskom CE Brian Dames tells us about the influence the R91-billion Medupi project is having on Lephalale. The giant Medupi power station project is currently swarming with 17 000 workers.  

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2012 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. South African cement producer PPC has rolled out an express outlet pilot project in Orlando West, Soweto. Megan Wait has more. 

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