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Pockets of resilience, but SA’s manufacturing outlook remains fragile

By: David OliveiraSouth Africa’s manufacturing sector is expected to grow by 0.5% this year and by 1.2% in 2018, according to data from economic analysis and forecast provider FocusEconomics. Financial institution Barclays’ latest purchasing managers’ index (PMI) released earlier this month indicates that the... 

Pockets of resilience, but SA’s manufacturing outlook remains fragile

Editorial Insight

Watching brief

By: Terence CreamerThe closure and possible liquidation of an Eastern Cape wind-tower manufacturing facility only four years after it opened raises serious questions about whether business can truly rely on government policy as a basis for making investment decisions. Operations at the plant have been suspended... 

Watching brief

News & Insight

A380 airliner restored to the Johannesburg route by Emirates

By: Keith CampbellMajor international airline Emirates, based in Dubai, recently reintroduced the Airbus A380 Superjumbo on to its Dubai-Johannesburg route, to meet growing passenger demand. Previously, the airline had operated the A380 on its Johannesburg route for a few months in 2011/2012, but the market had... 

Acquisitions help bolster logistics group in ‘difficult’ market

By: Irma VenterLogistics group OneLogix has, for the six-month period ended November 30, reaped the benefit from recent acquisitions and property infrastructure developments. The group reported a 12% increase in revenue compared with the same period in 2015, to more than R1-billion. The jump came as a result of... 

Advances in GM crops highlighted at anniversary event

By: Dylan SlaterIndependent, nonprofit biotechnology stakeholders association Africabio celebrated 20 years of genetically modified (GM) crops and other biotechnology at a dinner event in November, 2016, during which various roleplayers from governmental departments and private-sector farmers discussed the... 

African and global airlines enjoyed strong passenger growth last year

By: Keith CampbellLast year, African airlines experienced their strongest year of passenger growth since 2012, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported. Passenger numbers on international flights within, and to and from, the continent, measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs),... 

Anglo’s New Largo project considered in coal mine sale package

By: BloombergAnglo American may sell its New Largo project in a package with three other coal mines that supply South Africa’s power utility, as the company moves forward with plans to scale down operations. State-owned Eskom is discussing with Anglo the sale of the New Vaal, Kriel and New Denmark mines that... 

Business applications and processes set to become analytics augmented

By: Schalk BurgerThe computing power present in most end-point and network edge devices can be leveraged to enhance business work applications – which display information streamed from analytics systems – with contextual information and automatic processes, says business information software multinational Qlik... 

Consumer choices will increasingly drive ‘circular’ manufacturing

By: Schalk BurgerManufacturing worldwide is far from adopting circular resource-use principles into the practical reality of its design and distribution streams, but consumer choices can change this reality, says engineering company Aurecon manufacturing market director Tim Plenderleith. Multinational consultancy... 

Consumer choices will increasingly drive ‘circular’ manufacturing

CSI fund supports investment in Vanderbijlpark school infrastructure

By: Dylan SlaterGas materials and equipment company Air Products South Africa launched its new R800-million air-separation unit, the G-Plant, in 2014, with an associated ring-fenced corporate social investment (CSI) fund aimed at uplifting the Vanderbijlpark community.  

CSI fund supports investment in Vanderbijlpark school infrastructure

Efforts to salvage wind-tower plant shut in wake of Eskom’s refusal to sign new IPP contracts

By: Terence CreamerThe Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is hoping to salvage the domestic manufacturing capability established to produce wind-tower sections in the Eastern Cape that was set up in response to government’s demand for higher levels of local content in the renewable-energy sector. However, it... 

Efforts to salvage wind-tower plant shut in wake of Eskom’s refusal to sign new IPP contracts

French Finance Minister believes SA’s nuclear contest is still open

By: Terence CreamerFrench Minister of Finance and Economy Michel Sapin has urged the South African authorities to adopt a “fully transparent” approach to the procurement of new nuclear capacity, arguing that France is not afraid of transparency, or competition. Speaking through a translator in Pretoria at the... 

IBM to train 25m Africans over five years

By: BloombergTechnology group IBM is ramping up its digital-skills training program to accommodate as many as 25-million Africans in the next five years, looking toward building a future workforce on the continent. The US giant plans to make an initial investment of R945-million to roll out the training... 

Intelligent Edge network architecture a foundation for IoT systems

By: Schalk BurgerInternet of Things (IoT) systems will allow for cost savings, efficiencies and enhanced customer experience, and is expected to change the way people work,  comparable with the changes brought about by mobile work systems and collaborative digital work environments, says networking multinational... 

New black-owned compressed-air company launched

By: David OliveiraThe South African compressed-air industry has celebrated its first 100% black-owned company following the launch of Enza Air, a division of industrial holdings company Asani Group, in Johannesburg earlier this month. “This is a very important day for us and signals the birth of a new player in... 

New black-owned compressed-air  company launched

Pockets of resilience, but SA’s manufacturing outlook remains fragile

By: David OliveiraSouth Africa’s manufacturing sector is expected to grow by 0.5% this year and by 1.2% in 2018, according to data from economic analysis and forecast provider FocusEconomics. Financial institution Barclays’ latest purchasing managers’ index (PMI) released earlier this month indicates that the... 

Pockets of resilience, but SA’s manufacturing outlook remains fragile

Rental, government segments offer Jan vehicle sales boost

By: Irma VenterJanuary new-vehicle sales increased by 3.7%, reaching 50 333 units, compared with the same month last year – the first sales increase in 14 months. However, warns asset finance group WesBank, this positive performance was the result of growth in the rental and government channels, where sales... 

SA body makes economic case for embracing global electric-vehicle trend

By: Irma VenterThe Electric Vehicle Industry Association’s (EVIA’s) first goal is to demonstrate to the South African public that they can use electric vehicles (EVs) with confidence, says South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) cleaner mobility programme GM Carel Snyman. The second goal is... 

Smartphone app aspires to ‘Tinder’ of car market

By: Irma VenterLike it? Swipe right on your smartphone screen. Not interested? Swipe left. Three young South Africans have developed a smartphone app similar to dating app Tinder, but with one important difference – Carter aims to facilitate a long-term relationship between its users and the cars of their dreams. 

South Africans appointed to top nuclear positions abroad and at home

By: Keith CampbellInternational Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General (DG) Yukiya Amano has appointed South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane to the Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy (SAGNE). Tshelane will serve as a member of the Group for two years. The Group... 

Umgeni Water requires R200-billion to fix backlog

By: BloombergThe water board serving South Africa’s second most-populous province said it needs at least R200-billion to address a service backlog, almost double the country’s total budget for water and sanitation for the three years through 2019. “The real headache is where the funds are going to come from,”... 

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NATURAL PREOCCUPATION

By: Terence CreamerFrench Minister of Finance and Economy Michel Sapin says it is natural for South Africa to be preoccupied with the issue of nuclear affordability; an issue that he confirmed was raised during his February 3 meeting with South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. He used the meeting to offer... 

NATURAL PREOCCUPATION

Columns

Foreign policy rows all about the changing balance of power

By: Aubrey MatshiqiThe year began with two rows on foreign policy. The first was about a visit to Taiwan by Solly Msimang in his capacity as the executive mayor of Tshwane. The second, which riled the African National Congress (ANC) even more, was about a visit to Israel by Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi... 

Foreign policy rows all about the changing balance of power

High-powered speakers lined up for Nuclear Africa

By: Kelvin KemmSouth Africa’s nuclear programme has attracted a great deal of public interest. This has ranged from serious scientific and engineering interest to the emotional attacks of the extreme antinuclear lobby. The antinuclear crowd does not comprise South Africa only; there are Germans, Americans and... 

Life is just a game of inches

By: Riaan de LangeIt is Super Bowl Sunday, the day on which the National Football League (NFL) yearly championship is played in the US. Well, where I am, it is close to midnight, with Monday only minutes away as I prepare to watch Super Bowl LI (‘LI’ being the Roman numerals for 51). The New England Patriots are... 

World domination through the Internet

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyAbout 43 years ago, my friend Charles and I decided to see if we could make the letter 'E' appear on an oscilloscope screen. I could easily explain to you how we did it by varying the Z intensity of the oscilloscope, the time base, the 'Y' deflection . . . But would you really care? 

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