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Group Five granted immunity from competition authorities for 15 construction projects 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th August 2018 The Competition Tribunal has approved a settlement agreement in terms of which construction company Group Five will receive immunity for cooperating with the Competition Commission’s investigation into the construction industry and disclosing its participation in 15 construction projects as a... 

Sweihan solar photovoltaic plant, United Arab Emirates

By: Sheila Barradas     6th July 2018 Joint venture partners Marubeni, Jinko and Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority are building the world’s largest, single-location solar photovoltaic plant in Sweihan, Abu Dhabi. 

Emirates Global Aluminium signs bauxite supply contract with Vedanta

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th July 2018 Industrial company Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has signed an agreement to supply metals miner Vedanta Limited with bauxite from its mining operation in Guinea from 2019.  

Rethinking Cities In ARID Environments

21st June 2018 Cape Town’s prolonged water shortage has thrown into sharp relief the need for the city and its residents to be proactive in the long-term management of its water demand and consumption, and to build a more water resilient future.  A new research report by Arup highlights the need for cities in... 

Year of Zayed Celebrated in a Short Film Featuring Renowned Businessman and Philanthropist Dr B. R. Shetty

11th June 2018 In attendance of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE’s Minister of Culture, Abu Dhabi witnessed the premiere of ‘Estimrariya’, a short film that pays tribute to the legacy of the father of the nation, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Written and Directed by Ullas R... 

Barakah nuclear energy plant, United Arab Emirates

By: Sheila Barradas     18th May 2018 Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation is building the United Arab Emirates' first nuclear energy plant. 

Paramount in talks to boost Saudi arms industry

By: Reuters     2nd May 2018 South African defence company Paramount Group is in talks with the Saudi Arabia government to establish production facilities in the kingdom, its chairman said on Monday. Saudi Arabia, one of the world's largest arms buyers, is seeking international partners to develop its manufacturing... 

Crude flexibility project, United Arab Emirates

By: Sheila Barradas     6th April 2018 Abu Dhabi National Oil Company plans to introduce crude processing flexibility at its Ruwais oil refinery, in Abu Dhabi. 

Only one Brics leader among those who made early calls to Ramaphosa

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd March 2018 Not one of the five world and regional leaders who formed the first group to phone new South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday February 18, to hold preliminary discussions with, and to congratulate, him came from a Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) group country. Two... 

SA company exploring nuclear, other opportunities abroad

By: Nadine James     2nd March 2018 South Africa-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Lesedi Nuclear Services’ current plans surrounding diversification into biomass, waste-to-energy and gas projects as well as its targeted geographical expansion is supported by the company’s niche expertise in bespoke... 

No Brics leader among those who first phoned President Ramaphosa, on Sunday

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th February 2018 Not one of the five world and regional leaders who formed the first group to phone new South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday to hold preliminary discussions with, and to congratulate, him came from a Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) group country. Two of the... 

Nuclear energy future imminent, despite delays in updated IRP

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 South Africa-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Lesedi Nuclear Services (Lesedi) business development executive Shane Pereira believes that there is a future for nuclear power globally, although it is being hindered locally by the delay in passing the updated Integrated... 

New ‘power-to-X’ prospects may arise as renewables costs continue to fall

By: Terence Creamer     15th January 2018 The outlook for solar and wind electricity costs to 2020 “presages historically low costs for new renewable electricity”, which could create new economic and industrial opportunities, a new International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) report argues. Released in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab... 

Nigeria, Russia sign nuclear agreements

By: Keith Campbell     10th November 2017 Nigeria has signed agreements with Russia covering the construction and operation of a nuclear power plant (NPP) and a nuclear research reactor and associated research facilities, Russia’s State-owned nuclear group Rosatom has announced. The two countries also signed a cooperation roadmap... 

Khazna Data Centres expansion, United Arab Emirates

By: Sheila Barradas     27th October 2017 Khazna Data Centres plans to double its data centre capacity to deliver more than 24 MW of information technology load. 

Hydraulics company expands Middle Eastern presence

20th October 2017 UK-based hydraulic tools designer, manufacturer and supplier Hi-Force has opened a new office in the Khalidia area of Dammam, Saudi Arabia. According to a statement released by Hi-Force last month, the new facility will stock a range of Hi-Force products that provides the market with the fastest... 


13th October 2017 Saudi Arabia has received an offer to supply solar electricity for the cheapest price ever recorded. Bloomberg reports that Abu Dhabi’s Masdar and Electricite de France bid to supply power from a 300 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant for as little as US1.79c/KWh. If awarded, that would beat the... 

Sweihan photovoltaic independent power project, United Arab Emirates

By: Sheila Barradas     13th October 2017 Sweihan will be the world’s largest photovoltaic plant to be built at a single generating power plant. 

Sulphate reduction plant project, United Arab Emirates

By: Sheila Barradas     4th August 2017 The project entails the installation of a sulphate reduction plant module along with new installations and tie-ins to existing facilities on West Island. 

Lucara’s search to sell giant ‘Lesedi La Rona’ diamond leads beyond the ‘Ferrari-buying type’

By: Henry Lazenby     29th July 2017 It is one thing to find big flawless diamonds, but an entirely different ball game to sell large diamonds as big as the ‘Lesedi La Rona’ stone that Lucara Diamond Corp recovered from its Karowe mine, in Botswana. “It’s difficult for people to understand what a rough diamond would yield. It’s hard... 

The Gupta Emails

By: News24Wire      29th May 2017 A cache of damning e-mails between members of the Gupta family, some of their trusted lieutenants and President Jacob Zuma's son, Duduzane, has brought forward fresh details on the mechanics of the Guptas' dubious state capture strategies. City Press, News24's sister publication, on Sunday... 

How can outsourcing your mining company’s FIFO travel requirements increase efficiencies?

6th April 2017 By Lucy Donald, Director and Head of Mining Division at WRS – Worldwide Recruitment Solutions The process of managing FIFO rosters is something which gives a lot of our clients a real headache, with limited automation the process is ripe for mistakes and places a real burden on internal processes... 

Air Seychelles starts flights to Durban

3rd April 2017 Today, the Province of KwaZulu-Natal welcomed the inaugural flight of Air Seychelles to Durban’s King Shaka International Airport.   Air Seychelles will be flying a twice-weekly non-stop service on Thursdays and Saturdays, connecting Durban and the Seychelles' capital Mahé, using an Airbus A320... 

Paramount Group unveils new version of Mwari aircraft

By: Dylan Slater     3rd March 2017 Following a “large increase in customer demand” for the South African-designed, -developed and -built Advanced, High-performance, Reconnaissance, Light Aircraft (Ahrlac), South African defence platforms company Paramount Group announced the unveiling of a new version of the aircraft – the Mwari... 

MENA region to account for big proportion of 3% growth

24th February 2017 Last month, international consultancy company Deloitte projected a growth of more than 3% in global defence spending in 2017 after years of declining budgets. 

Emirates Global Aluminium orders seventh Hertwich batch homogenizing unit

16th February 2017 Emirates Global Aluminium has placed an order for the supply of an additional batch homogenizing furnace for the heat treatment of billets with Hertwich Engineering, a company of the SMS group. Including this new unit, which will go into operation at the end of 2017, a total of five batch... 

Challenging chefs to produce great food – in a unique location

13th February 2017 The Tsogo Sun Chef’s Challenge takes the hospitality group’s leading chefs out of the comfort zones of their restaurant kitchens and challenges them to prepare a meal for a select group of invited foodies in a unique location within the property. The first challenge saw Chef Gareth Jordaan of the... 

New-Look SAIW Welding Challenge off with a blast!

17th January 2017 The new-look SAIW Welding Challenge, which comprises the Youth and Senior competitions, took place from 21-25 November 2016 at the head office of the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) in Johannesburg and was a whopping success attracting more than 40 competitors from all around the... 

PETRONAS and Engen win third consecutive World Constructor Championship

8th December 2016 Engen Petroleum’s proud association with motor racing has been sealed with yet another victory at the Japanese Grand Prix held on October 10th with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team winning their third consecutive FIA Formula One World Constructors Championships secured at the 2016... 

Durban's Hilton Hotel undergoing major refurbishment

By: Dylan Slater     2nd December 2016 Scheduled for completion in May 2017, the Hilton Hotel Durban is undergoing a refurbishment project undertaken by professional services company Turner & Townsend as project managers.  

Firm begins installing off-grid solar-charging stations in informal settlements

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th October 2016 Following the successful installation of its solar-powered charging station in the Mooiplaas informal settlement, in Centurion, renewable-energy supplier ePower Holdings are installing additional charging stations, with the latest stations to be installed in Shoshanguve, Gauteng, and in Zambia,... 

Aspiring chess masters go head to head in Soweto

26th October 2016 Ikaneng Primary School in Diepkloof in Soweto hosted 120 learners from 10 local primary schools in a one-day Tsogo Sun Moves for Life Chess Tournament last week. The Tsogo Sun Moves for Life programme operating in Soweto and Mayfair is sponsored by Gold Reef City and has a total of 4 289... 

Healthcare Professionals Set to Gather for Remote Healthcare Middle East 2017 in Abu Dhabi

17th October 2016 The second annual regional event dedicated to innovators and visionaries across the remote healthcare industry. Remote Healthcare Middle East has announced its full agenda for the 2017 instalment. The program boasts an impressive line-up of regional and international experts from NOC's, IOC's,... 

Market research shows growth in lift and escalator industries

23rd September 2016 The global lift and escalator market was valued at $86-billion in 2012 and is expected to grow steadily from 2016 to 2020 spurred by robust demand from Asia, according to a report released last month by market research company Research and Markets. 

Entrepreneurs form joint venture to boost renewable energy service

By: Dylan Slater     23rd September 2016 With over 600-million people in Africa living without electricity, four entrepreneurs have joined forces in an effort to reduce this volume of people without access to electricity with the formation of renewable energy company ePower Holdings.  

Exciting New Solar Energy Company Set to Light Up Communities All Over Africa

8th September 2016 The world is moving towards clean renewable resources yet in Africa, we still have over 600 million people living without electricity.   Statistics such as these are easy to overlook. Four entrepreneurs Tariq Yusuf, Brent Peterson, Rudi van der Westhuizen and Thlopie Motsepe have joined forces to... 

Solar aeroplane completes round-the-world trip

By: David Oliveira     12th August 2016 The zero-emission electric and solar aeroplane Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) completed its circumnavigation of the globe when it landed in Abu Dhabi again last month, following a 43 041 km journey of 17 legs. Flying from Egypt, Solar Impulse chairperson Bertrand Piccard landed in Abu Dhabi to complete... 

Denel ships mine-resistant vehicles to UAE

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th July 2016 South African State-owned aerospace and defence company Denel’s subsidiary, Denel Vehicle Systems, has shipped its first batch of the RG31 mine-resistant vehicles to the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) Armed Forces.   The RG31 is a mobile mortar platform (MMP) with 4 x 4 capabilities, mobility and... 

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