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New-look procurement rules punted as possible transformation game changer

By: David OliveiraMajor reform of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) regulations, which came into effect last month, is expected to provide the legislative assistance to drive radical economic transformation in South Africa by providing greater opportunities for small, medium-sized and... 

New-look procurement rules punted as possible  transformation game changer

Editorial Insight

Contested terrain

By: Terence CreamerSo what precisely is radical economic transformation? The answer, in an era of factional African National Congress (ANC) politics, depends very much on the speaker and the audience. Indeed, the definition is more hotly contested than this season’s Premier Soccer League, which ended on a... 

Contested terrain

News & Insight

Active citizenry mobile platform launched in Eastern Cape

By: Schalk BurgerThe OR Tambo district municipality, in the Eastern Cape, rolled out a citizen engagement omni-channel digital platform – Thetha Nathi, which means “talk to us” in isiXhosa – that enables citizens to engage directly with the municipality on service delivery issues, says telecommunication service... 

Country’s science and technology budget remains stable

By: Keith CampbellThe annual budget of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) remains stable, in real terms. “It’s in line with inflation,” DST Director General Dr Phil Mjwara told Engineering News Online at a recent press briefing. “It’s not declining, it’s not growing.” However, exchange rate volatility... 

Data preparation should be part of business intelligence offering

By: Schalk BurgerBusiness intelligence (BI) service providers should offer data preparation as an integral part of analytic platforms to overcome the delays and problems caused by unprepared, incorrectly formatted or “dirty” data, says business intelligence subsidiary AIGS Yellowfin South Africa sales and... 

Free State hydropower plant receives international acclaim

By: Dylan SlaterThe 2017 Monsonyi Award for Excellence in Hydropower was recently presented by the International Hydropower Association (IHA) to local greenfield independent power plants developer Renewable Energy Holdings (REH) for its contribution to the hydropower sector during the World Hydropower Congress,... 

Free State hydropower plant receives international acclaim

French logistics group aims to double SA business by 2020

By: Irma VenterFrance-based logistics company ID Logistics hopes to double the size of its business in South Africa by 2020, in terms of revenue and number of contracts and customers, says ID Logistics South Africa (SA) MD Etienne Juillard. The company opened its doors in South Africa in 2012, with a contract... 

Gas safety highlighted during summit as energy demand grows

By: Dylan SlaterUsing gas safely as a form of energy was highlighted during the Gas Safety and Compliance Summit, held in February, at the Royal Elephant Hotel and Conference Centre in Eldoraigne, and hosted by the Southern African Gas Association (Saga).  

Local company invests in space worthiness of new generation of space imagers

By: Keith CampbellSouth African private-sector space company SCS Space is looking forward to establishing the spaceworthiness credentials of its Gecko imager, which is mounted on South Africa’s nSight-1 nanosatellite and which was scheduled to have been launched from the International Space Station on May 23.... 

Long-serving Sanral engineering exec looks back as he prepares to step down

By: Irma VenterWhen Koos Smit studied civil engineering on a public service bursary at the University of Pretoria in the 1970s, the plan was that he would qualify and build dams and pipelines.However, an oversupply of engineers at the Department of Water Affairs saw him sign up at National Roads. He remained at... 

Mobile app aims to help South Africans save and invest better

By: David OliveiraSouth African financial services provider Liberty launched its Stash investment application (app) earlier this month to help improve a local savings culture by providing a solution that removes the complexity and fear associated with investing. Stash is designed to mitigate all the complicated... 

New COO for data management company

By: David OliveiraLocal data management and security company M2TD announced the appointment of new COO Melusi Gumbi earlier this month, who joins the company from local information and communications (ICT) technology service provider Khauleza IT Solutions, where he was the ICT operations executive.   M2TD aims to... 

New tube-bending machine launched at MTA 2017

By: Mia BreytenbachIn collaboration with international tube-bending technology specialist BLM Group, cutting consumable and capital equipment supplier First Cut launched the latest version of the E-TURN32 tube-bending machine at trade exhibition Machine Tools Africa 2017, held in Johannesburg, earlier this month.... 

New tube-bending machine launched at MTA 2017

New WD solid-state drives launched in SA

By: Schalk BurgerData storage multinational Western Digital has launched its new WD Green and Blue range of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) in South Africa for business and private users. The drives can be used to boost the performance of computer equipment, says Western Digital Storage Technology... 

Pricing deal prevents us from adding protection to price, AMSA insists

By: Terence CreamerSteel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) insists that the institution of a 12% safeguard duty on hot-rolled coil (HRC) from July 1 will not result in a commensurate rise in domestic prices for the primary-steel product, owing to a pricing agreement with government that regulates the... 

Property developer to unveil rental model at Boksburg development

By: Mia BreytenbachResidential property developer Balwin Properties will soon announce details of the rental model that the group will use in Boksburg and Linbro Park, in Gauteng, and in Pretoria. Balwin Properties CEO Stephen Brookes noted during the developer’s results presentation in Johannesburg earlier this... 

Property developer to unveil rental model at Boksburg development

SA auto firms join Tripartite Free Trade Area talks

By: Irma VenterSouth African vehicle manufacturers in April joined the negotiations around the formation of an African Tripartite free trade area (TFTA).   The local industry was pursuing duty-free access for new vehicles made in South Africa to the markets included in the TFTA, said National Association of... 

South Africa’s space agency develops system to monitor crops

By: Keith CampbellThe Earth Observation (EO) Directorate of the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) has developed an advanced crop-monitoring system for South Africa that will also be made available to other African countries, in due course. “We are able to monitor their [the crops’] condition through... 

Volvo Trucks makes further investment into Durban plant

By: Irma VenterVolvo Trucks South Africa (VTSA) has invested R6.5-million into its semi-knockdown manufacturing plant, in Durban. The investment will allow the facility to install and calibrate selected safety features that were previously not available in the local market. 

Work-based experience for graduate interns

By: Mia BreytenbachTechnology ecosystem company Resolution Circle has welcomed 115 South African graduates to its graduate internship programme, which aims to develop them into high-quality, employable individuals that can excel in South Africa’s economy. Resolution Circle, an ‘idea-to-barcode’ ecosystem that... 

Work-based experience  for graduate interns

Photo of the Week

REFORM ROAD MAP

By: Creamer Media Reporter New French President Emmanuel Macron called for a “historic rebuilding” of Europe during his recent meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Germany, which was also Macron’s first international trip as president. The two leaders indicated that they would work together to draw up a... 

REFORM ROAD MAP

Columns

Down with State security! Long live national security!

By: Keith CampbellWhy does South Africa have a Ministry of State Security? (The official South African Government website refers to it as a Ministry, although it is also officially referred to as a Department.) Let me make the question clearer: why does South Africa have a Ministry/Department of STATE Security? As... 

Life imitating art at power utility Eskom

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyThere is a most wonderful musical, A Little Night Music, which is based on a film by Ingmar Bergen, Smiles of a Summer Night. Probably the very best known song from A Little Night Music is Send in the Clowns. The last lines of the song are: "And where are the clowns? / Quick, send in the clowns /... 

New vision needed for conservation

By: Saliem FakirA friend of mine, Mark Halle, argues that the world of conservation is going nowhere and that a new vision is needed to take it out of its maelstrom. I agree and often solutions are not found in defensive postures but in the offensive realm. Three things will determine the future of conservation... 

Preferred-trader numbers all very confusing

By: Riaan de LangeOn May 8, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) announced that, on that day, it would officially launch its Customs Preferred Trader Programme, which, it said, marked the culmination of an extensive process aimed at introducing one of the most significant trade facilitation initiatives in its... 

We must nurture ‘dreamers’ who ‘see’ things others can’t see

By: Kelvin KemmThomas Edison is famous for investing the incandescent light bulb, which revolutionised the world.  He invented many other things that many people do not know about. He also invented the forerunner of the modern ‘turntable’ found in discos, which, in his day, was called the phonograph. The first... 

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