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Nissan SA confident of delivering on long-awaited investment promise in 2018

By: Irma VenterVehicle manufacturer Nissan in 2012 confirmed plans to invest R1-billion in its Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, to build a new one-ton pickup, with capacity at the plant to be increased to around 100 000 units a year. Local production of the new model was set to start in 2014. 

Nissan SA confident of delivering on long-awaited investment promise in 2018

Editorial Insight

We have a demand problem, Minister

By: Terence CreamerNational Energy Regulator of South Africa and Eskom executives will naturally be relieved that hearings into the State-owned utility’s revenue application for 2018/19 have drawn to an end. However, it is somewhat of a pity that Energy Minister David Mahlobo did not have an opportunity to attend.... 

We have a demand  problem, Minister

News & Insight

Agreement on environmental monitoring of Karoo radio astronomy area

By: Keith CampbellTwo of the country’s top research institutions, the recently-established South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (Sarao) and the South African Environmental Observation Network (Saeon) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to execute the Integrated Environmental Management Plan (IEMP) for... 

Big Data, analytics to improve responses to natural disasters

By: Schalk BurgerThe effective use of analytics to interrogate data related to, for example, geography, population and mobile device usage can help authorities discern underlying patterns and associations that will allow for relevant emergency services to quickly react to floods, fires and other pressing... 

Big Data, analytics to improve responses to natural disasters

Clear delineation of roles seen as key as new SAA leadership takes flight

By: Terence CreamerFinance Minister Malusi Gigaba has promised that there will be a clear delineation of the roles between the shareholder, the board and the CEO at embattled national carrier South African Airways (SAA), following the constitution of the new board on November 3 and the appointment of Vuyani Jarana... 

Clear delineation of roles seen as key as new SAA leadership takes flight

Embraco enters local markets with strong R&D background

By: Schalk BurgerBrazil-headquartered hermetic compressors and refrigeration solutions multinational Embraco will leverage its research and development (R&D) competitive advantage to gain market share in Africa, says Embraco business and marketing VP Marcio Schissatti. The company invests 3% to 4% of its net... 

Eskom raised during Gigaba’s recent meeting with World Bank

By: BloombergSouth African Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba met with representatives of the World Bank earlier this month to discuss issues relating to Eskom Holdings. Gigaba met with the bank to discuss the financing of the State-owned power utility’s Medupi project, his spokesman Mayihlome Tshwete said by... 

Financing secured for solar projects in Egypt

By: Nadine JamesEuropean photovoltaic (PV) specialist Scatec Solar announced that it had secured financing of $335-million to fund its portion of the development of six 400 MW utility scale PV power plants which will be located in the Benban solar park in the City of Aswan in Egypt. The company secured funding... 

Ford investing R3bn to expand Ranger production in Silverton

By: Irma VenterFord Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is investing R3-billion ($220-million) in expanding Ranger production at its Silverton plant, in Pretoria. The plant builds the Everest sports-utility vehicle and Ranger pickup, with the latter exported to 148 markets. 

Former Rolls-Royce managers plead guilty to US bribery charges

By: BloombergTwo former Rolls-Royce  executives pleaded guilty to US charges that they orchestrated international bribes at the engine maker for more than a decade. The cases, also involving three other individuals, focus on efforts to secure a $145-million contract to power a gas pipeline from Kazakhstan to... 

High-tech SA firm aiming to revolutionise production of electronic components

By: Keith CampbellA small South African high-technology company is seeking to revolutionise the production of a key category of components for aerospace electronics and radars by using additive manufacturing (more popularly known as 3D Printing). The company is NewSpace Systems (a finalist in this year’s Western... 

Investigative unit lauded for role in recovering hijacked trucks

By: Irma VenterDuring the 2016 financial year, Imperial Logistics investigated 86 cases of truck hijackings with a value of more than R134-million. A dedicated Imperial Logistics investigation team successfully recovered more than 90% worth of trucks, trailers and vehicles, says Imperial Logistics chief... 

Investment in infrastructure only way to realise integrated Africa dream

By: Schalk BurgerThe inaugural African Roundtable on Infrastructure Governance conference, hosted by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and co-sponsored by the World Bank, saw robust debate among members about the most effective way to overcome infrastructure development bottlenecks and leverage... 

Landmark projects help Esor to improve performance in tough market

By: Dylan SlaterDespite challenging market conditions and a deteriorating market environment for the six months ended August 31, JSE-listed civils and construction group Esor recorded a “significant improvement” in its finances, with profit before tax of R3.1-million, compared with a loss recorded in February.... 

Legislation, infrastructure crucial for electromobility to thrive in South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter Tim Abbott contends that, with favourable legislation and the requisite infrastructure, South Africa's burgeoning electric-vehicle market will thrive There is no doubt that the long-term future of automotive mobility includes electric vehicles (EVs). In 2016, nearly 774 000 EVs and plug-in hybrid... 

New technologies promise to improve air traffic management

By: Keith CampbellAir traffic control/air traffic management (ATC/ATM) agencies need to embrace new technologies in order to further improve air safety. This was stressed by Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (Canso) Director General Jeff Poole at the recent Canso Global ATM Safety Conference 2017 in... 

Organisations’ digital memory gets cloud boost

By: Schalk BurgerThe new multipurpose cloud archiving solution, launched by e-mail management multinational Mimecast, can be used to ensure effective archiving of the email communications and documents that function as a company’s “digital memory”, says Mimecast Sales Enablement Manager Nick Saunders. The... 

Organisations’ digital memory  gets cloud boost

Outlook for vehicle market hinges on political landscape – bank

By: Irma VenterIt is impossible to accurately forecast where the new-vehicle market will end the year, or what the 2018 market will look like, says Standard Bank Vehicle and Asset Finance (VAF) group head Simphiwe Nghona. “Everything hinges on the political landscape. Anything can happen in the last quarter.... 

Shipments of SA sugar resume after storm-related repairs to terminal

By: Victor MoolmanA shipment of 31 000 t of bulk raw sugar was dispatched to London, in the UK, from Durban’s Maydon Wharf, in South Africa, earlier this month. This shipment aboard the cargo ship Centurius marks the third export of sugar to a European Union (EU) country after the instatement of the new Southern... 

Shipments of SA sugar resume after  storm-related repairs to terminal

South African van market continues to underperform

By: Irma VenterThe total South African new van market currently ranges between 19 000 and 20 000 units a year, estimates Mercedes-Benz Vans Southern Africa VP Nadia Trimmel. “Historically, the market used to be between 22 000 and 23 000 units, but this year we do not expect it to break 20 000. The general... 

Students to benefit from 2018 bursary programme

By: Nadine JamesHaving investigated the best possible means of aiding students, industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has established a bursary fund, with a first intake of about 20 students expected for the 2018 academic year. Cesa CEO Chris Campbell explains that, previously many Cesa member... 

Students to benefit from 2018 bursary programme

Photo of the Week


By: Terence CreamerFinance Minister Malusi Gigaba addressing staff at Airways Park, alongside the OR Tambo International Airport, last week. Reporting back after the first meeting of the new South African Airways board, Gigaba (who made a similar input to staff during his time as Public Enterprises Minister)... 



A little nuke never hurt nobody

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyI recently told a group of people at a pub (a pub, can you believe?) that I thought Donald Trump was a "good idea".  There was the sort of silence that you get when the stage magician vanishes completely and then the sort of shouting that follows when Sandra Bullock asks who would like to go with... 

The 2023 Rugby World Cup mistake

By: Riaan de LangeThe 2023 Rugby World Cup Mistake “Impi! wo 'nans' impi iyeza, Obani bengathinta amabhubesi?” The opening lyrics of Johnny Clegg and Juluka’s ‘Impi’ resonates with me, as do the images of the Springboks storming past Zulu warriors, in traditional dress, with fireworks exploding all around them as... 




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