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Real Economy Reports

2013 set to be a milestone year for the A400M 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2013 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. This year is a big year for the Airbus Military A400M military transport aircraft programme, which involves South African industry. 

2013 set to be a milestone year for the A400M

Mandela, Mbeki, Motlanthe among first to receive new smart ID  

1st August 2013 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. To coincide with International Nelson Mandela Day, celebrated each year on the former Statesman’s birthday, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor officially launched the new identification smart cards at a ceremony at the Union... 

Mandela, Mbeki, Motlanthe among first to receive new smart ID

First high school for Mvezo community 

25th July 2013 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Technology giant Siemens is funding and building a science and technology high school at former President Nelson Mandela’s birth town, Mvezo, in the Eastern Cape. The high school is the first in the area. Joanne Taylor reports.  

First high school for Mvezo community

DCD Protected Mobility formally opens its new factory 

18th July 2013 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Recently, local armoured mine protected vehicle manufacturer DCD Protected Mobility officially opened its new factory in Isando, in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg.  

DCD Protected Mobility formally opens its new factory

Diamond Products introduces a new range of Titan high-frequency wall saws 

11th July 2013 Specialist in the manufacture, assembly, sales and support of diamond tools and equipment Diamond Products has introduced a new range of Titan high frequency wall saw, which was introduced onto the market in June.  

Diamond Products introduces a new range of Titan high-frequency wall saws

SA company designing, manufacturing ‘unrivalled’ digital X-ray scanner  

4th July 2013 South African medical engineering group Lodox Systems will, later this year, release the fourth version of its digital X-ray screening technology, dubbed the Xmplar-dr, which the company says is “unrivalled” as the world’s only high-speed full-body digital scanning device.  

SA company designing, manufacturing ‘unrivalled’ digital X-ray scanner

DEHN + SÖHNE establishes a local subsidiary 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th June 2013 Germany-based lightning and surge protection, earthing components and safety equipment manufacturer, DEHN + SÖHNE, has officially opened a local subsidiary, DEHN PROTECTION SOUTH AFRICA, in Johannesburg. 

DEHN + SÖHNE establishes a local subsidiary

Cassidian Optronics showcases locally designed and built submarine periscope 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th June 2013 The South African arm of Germany-based defence and security group Cassidian has designed and manufactured what it describes as the world’s most modern submarine periscope in its class, at its purpose-built facility in Irene, Centurion.  

Cassidian Optronics showcases locally designed and built submarine periscope

UMK becomes South Africa's mining success story  

13th June 2013 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. The United Manganese of Kalahari mine, or UMK, has become a real South African success story after it unveiled its newly built offices and warehouse.  

UMK becomes South Africa's mining success story

Philips roadshow brings light to rural communities  

6th June 2013 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Royal Philips Electronics is continuing its programme of installing more than a hundred Community Light Centres across Africa with six new centres in South Africa.  

Philips roadshow brings light to rural communities

Unilever South Africa's sustainable sunflower farming initiative in Limpopo 

30th May 2013 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Unilever South Africa is sourcing 40% of its sunflower oil from farms in Limpopo that use only yearly rains to grow their crops.  

Unilever South Africa's sustainable sunflower farming initiative in Limpopo

Government launches plan to develop local electric vehicle industry 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd May 2013 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies, in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Affairs, has launched the Electric Vehicle Industry Road Map.  

Government launches plan to develop local electric vehicle industry

Wesizwe platinum advances development of flagship Bakubung mine 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th May 2013 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. JSE-listed Wesizwe Platinum continues to advance the development of its flagship Bakubung mine, in the North West province, with the headgear construction some three-quarters complete and the primary shaft at a depth of 120 m at... 

Wesizwe platinum advances development of flagship Bakubung mine

BBEnergy concentrated solar thermal demonstration plant 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th May 2013 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sustainable energy specialist BBEnergy recently demonstrated its new concentrated solar thermal plant to media and Eskom management at Eskom’s Rosherville research and development site, in Germiston. 

BBEnergy concentrated solar thermal demonstration plant

Vodacom unveiles its R4,2-million rainwater harvesting project 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd May 2013 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Vodacom has taken another step to limit its environmental impact while eliminating about 12-million litres a year of water demand on the Midrand municipality’s supplies. Natasha Odendaal has the story. Natasha Odendaal:... 

New R200-million air separation unit at Afrox's Pretoria west site 

25th April 2013 The Linde Group recently invested in a new R200-million air-separation unit at its Afrox Pretoria West site as part of a three-year R1.5-billion investment programme, which aims to boost customer service levels as well as support the company’s growth strategy in South Africa and emerging... 

Denel Aviation's agreement on servicing Russian helicopters 

18th April 2013 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. South Africa’s Denel Aviation recently inaugurated its new maintenance, repair and overhaul Centre for Russian Mil Mi-8- and Mi-17-family helicopters.  

Bryprop launches its 5-star-rated green building 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th April 2013 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sectional title development firm Bryprop has enhanced its focus on sustainability with the launch of its new 5 Star Green Star SA rating for its development of the Block E, Upper Grayston building. 

MTN SA, Bloodhound aim to alleviate South Africa's engineering shortage 

4th April 2013 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Mobile operator MTN South Africa hopes to increase awareness of the engineering profession by providing near real-time video coverage of the Bloodhound supersonic car as it attempts to improve the current land-speed record at... 

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. 

Real Economy Report  

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. 

Real Economy Report  

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... 

Real Economy Report  

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. 

Real Economy Report 

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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