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Gauteng optimistic new project toolkit will raise infrastructure delivery efficiency

By: Natasha OdendaalGauteng’s Department of Infrastructure Development (DID) believes transforming from a department characterised by crisis management and chasing shadows to an “efficient project delivery machine” is well under way and has led to the “cracking of the code” for efficient infrastructure delivery in... 

Gauteng optimistic new project toolkit will raise infrastructure delivery efficiency

Editorial Insight

Lessons from China’s solar surge

By: Terence CreamerLast year, when Eskom illegally put the brakes on the country’s hitherto successful renewables roll-out, new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity around the world grew by 50%, reaching over 74 GW. The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) ‘Renewables 2017’ report indicates that the record year for... 

Lessons from China’s solar surge

News & Insight

Autoliv in R150m settlement deal with competition authorities

By: Irma VenterOne of the world’s largest manufacturers of airbags, seatbelts and steering wheels has agreed to pay an administrative penalty of almost R150-million following its admission of having contravened the Competition Act. Autoliv has concluded a settlement agreement with the Competition Commission for... 

BAIC implementing catch-up strategy to meet 2018 Coega deadline

By: Dylan SlaterChina-based vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC), is accelerating some of its construction plans for its vehicle manufacturing plant, currently under construction at the Port Elizabeth-based Coega Industrial Development Zone, to catch up on delays incurred owing to primarily... 

BAIC implementing catch-up strategy to meet 2018 Coega deadline

Bicacon considers manufacturing acquisition opportunities

By: Schalk BurgerConstruction and engineering services group Bicacon is investigating the viability of establishing a manufacturing division within the group to produce products for use by its maintenance division, says Bicacon Group strategy and planning head Bornapart Sibanda. The group continues to look for... 

Bicacon considers manufacturing acquisition opportunities

BT launches bandwidth on demand service

By: Schalk BurgerInformation and communication technology (ICT) multinational BT has launched a service that enables customers to requisition additional bandwidth for their businesses or between sites for a set amount of time, says BT Network Services VP Keith Langridge. The service enables customers that rely on... 

BT launches bandwidth on  demand service

Call for collaborative action to support sustainable tourism

By: Dylan SlaterIn recognition of Africa’s tourism and travel industry’s ability to serve as an engine of progress for socioeconomic transformation, the African Development Bank (AfDB) calls for collaborative actions from all stakeholders for the development of sustainable tourism in Africa.  

CSIR is looking to transform how infrastructure is built in South Africa

By: Keith CampbellThe Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) continues to research innovations and initiatives to transform the local construction industry. This was reported by CSIR Principal Researcher Llewellyn van Wyk at the recent 6th CSIR Conference in Pretoria.  

Daimler invest in solution to make EV charging as fast as filling a petrol tank

By: Irma VenterThe trucks division of German mobility group Daimler has invested in Israeli firm StoreDot, in an effort to accelerate the adoption of FlashBattery technology in the electric vehicle (EV) market. StoreDot, a Tel Aviv-based company founded in 2012, is a nanotechnology materials firm focused on the... 

Data governance key for precise, accurate business intelligence systems

By: Schalk BurgerThe rules of data governance, defined as the management of the availability, usability, integrity and security of enterprises’ data, are critical for effective business intelligence (BI) tools, says Yellowfin South Africa distributor AIGS sales and marketing director Gustav Piater. Many modern BI... 

Empowered lubricants firm seeks to raise market share with blending plant investment

By: Irma VenterBlue Chip Lubricants (BCL) has completed the construction of a new blending plant in Johannesburg, which it hopes will help the company to secure a fifth of the lubricants market in South Africa. The company will be aided in this ambition by the sale of 51% of the business to black-owned firm... 

Gautrain chief on the four pillars of a successful transport megaproject

By: Keith CampbellThe successful implementation of transport infrastructure megaprojects rest on four equally important “pillars”, Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe told the recent Sixth Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Conference, in Pretoria. They are: political will and commitment;... 

IDC will invest in infrastructure that unlocks industrialisation

By: Keith CampbellThe Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), South Africa’s development finance institution which exists to fund entrepreneurs and projects in the industrial sector, also seeks to use investments in infrastructure to free up industrial development opportunities. This was highlighted by IDC... 

Local gas company trials diesel dual-fuel kits on long-haul trucks

By: Mia BreytenbachAs fleet operators increasingly aim to enhance fuel efficiency and reduce costs, natural gas company Tetra4, a subsidiary of JSE-listed energy company Renergen, has started trialling diesel dual-fuel (DDF) kits on two European brands of trucks to establish the advantages of natural gas as a fuel... 

Local gas company trials diesel dual-fuel kits on long-haul trucks

Property developer launches SA’s first dual-certified property portfolio

By: Mia BreytenbachReal estate investment trust (Reit) Growthpoint Properties has launched the first and only property portfolio in South Africa to be highly rated by the South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) and the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). The Thrive Portfolio combines quality and... 

Property developer launches SA’s first dual-certified property portfolio

SA transport tech firm aims to expand into rest of continent

By: Irma VenterWhereIsMyTransport is expanding its reach to the rest of Africa. WhereIsMyTransport is a technology company that collects and connects public transport data, centralising regularly updated information about a city’s formal and informally run public transport networks (minibus taxis included) on... 

Sasol to unveil new empowerment funding plan in Feb

By: BloombergSasol, the world’s largest maker of fuel from coal, abandoned a plan to sell about R13-billion of shares in order to repay debt owed by investors who participated in a transaction to boost black ownership of the company. Johannesburg-based Sasol transferred a stake to about 250 000 black... 

Solar PV beats other forms of power in 2016

By: BloombergSolar power grew faster than any other source of fuel for the first time in 2016, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a report suggesting the technology will dominate renewables in the years ahead. The institution established after the first major oil crisis in 1973 said 165 gigawatts... 

South Africa seeks Glencore, Vitol talks as legal fight looms

By: BloombergSouth Africa plans to engage with traders who acquired strategic oil reserves two years ago, even as it prepares legal action to try to cancel the deal. The Strategic Fuel Fund, responsible for managing the reserves, sold 10 million barrels of oil in December 2015 to Taleveras Group and joint... 

T-Systems investing in local Microsoft Azure services and resources

By: Schalk BurgerInformation and communication technology multinational T-Systems South Africa is investing extensively in Microsoft Azure capabilities and offerings that will be provided as local Microsoft Azure cloud services, says T-Systems South Africa solutions, projects and portfolio Head Rajan Padayachee.... 

T-Systems investing in local Microsoft Azure services and resources

Tata Motors South Africa targets double-digit market share

By: Irma VenterTata Motors South Africa (SA) must grow its position in the South African truck market from the current number eight to number three, says Tata International distribution vertical executive director and head Len Brand. “We must be bigger. We need double digit market share and we want this in the... 

Photo of the Week

ELECTRIC SPINOFF

By: Creamer Media Reporter Aluminium components producer Sapa has reopened a British plant to supply material for the country’s first electric vehicle factory that will produce London black cabs. Pictured above, an employee fixes aluminum parts to a flight bar to be dipped into cleaning and anodising tanks at the plant in... 

ELECTRIC SPINOFF

Columns

Just havin’ fun

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyOh, woe to all of you who are married to engineers. Engineers are generally useful people to have around. But, when watching TV, if something is shown that is not correct engineering-wise, the engineer will snort and launch into a detailed explanation as to why the TV is wrong. You want to... 

KPMG scandal could be the tip of the iceberg

By: Aubrey MatshiqiThe KPMG scandal is an example of what happens when accounting meets the profit imperative. It is also an example of what happens when the profit motive, accounting and politics meet. That said, I am happy that members of Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) are not as... 

KPMG scandal  could be the tip  of the iceberg

Neopatrimonialism is merely ‘a huge embarrassment’

By: Riaan de LangeThe dramatic decline to which a select few ‘South Africans’ are subjecting so many of us no longer considered a ‘crisis’. In essence, neopatrimonialism is not considered a crisis’ – it is merely a huge embarrassment. As I account for the latest narration, attributable to a senior politician, my... 

New era of disruption

By: Saliem FakirPerhaps the recent multiple attacks of extreme weather – hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria – do not only tell us that fierce weather is the new normal, but changes in weather, together with other global shifts and crises, are forcing us to acknowledge that we are moving into an era of greater... 

Now the Pope weighs in against fake news

By: Kelvin KemmPope Francis, of the Catholic Church, is working on a document about fake news. You will be interested to know that ‘fake news’ in Latin is nuntii fallaces. The Pope says he is preparing the document for the church’s next World Day of Social Communications. He says the theme of his document will... 

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