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US, China still at odds after steelmakers agree to tackle market-distorting subsidies

By: Reuters     30th November 2017 The world's largest steel-producing countries agreed to dismantle market-distorting subsidies but deep division remained, with China calling for more action from other producers and the US saying there was much more to do. Speaking at the conclusion of a Berlin summit hosted by the German... 

Germany's respite for coal may end as talks resume with Merkel

By: Bloomberg     26th November 2017 The future of Germany’s coal industry is moving back into the spotlight as Chancellor Angela Merkel restarts talks on forming a new coalition government, with pressure building for stricter limits on the most polluting fuels. Two months after national elections, discussions aimed at forging a... 

Paragon sponsors UJ’s Graduate School of Architecture

     17th November 2017 The main sponsor of the Summer Show 2017 at the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) Graduate School of Architecture (GSA) in November is leading architecture, interior design, and space-planning practice Paragon of Sandton, Johannesburg. Paragon has a long association with UJ’s Graduate School of... 

Cobalt hedging not mining the route for VW in EV drive

By: Reuters     17th November 2017 Volkswagen is not looking to secure long-term supplies of cobalt, a key ingredient of electric-car batteries, by investing in mines, a senior official at the automaker said. Demand for cobalt is expected to soar as carmakers rush to embrace electric vehicles (EVs) in response to governments... 

New AfDB, OpenOil report shows gaps in extractive resources management

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th October 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) and Berlin-based financial analysis firm OpenOil are hoping to trigger a new debate within Africa’s oil and gas and mining sectors with the publication of a jointly produced report on how African governments use financial models to manage projects. In an effort... 

Helmuth Ludwig, Siemens’ Global Head of Information Technology, Highlights Joint Development Projects with Bentley Systems at Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference

     11th October 2017 Shares updates about joint development activities to advance product, production and performance “digital twins” In his keynote at Bentley’s annual event for sharing thought leadership relevant to infrastructure design, construction, and operations, Helmuth Ludwig, Global Head of Information... 

Merkel may have promised too much in carbon pollution fight

By: Bloomberg     28th September 2017 As German Chancellor Angela Merkel embarks on coalition talks to bed down her fourth term in office, a promise made shortly before her re-election may come back to haunt her. At least that’s the view of nine analysts and researchers from Berlin to London who all say her target of reducing carbon... 

Electric buses expected to spur platinum demand – Implats 

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2017 Electric buses powered by platinum-catalysed fuel cells are attracting the attention of South Africans, who will visit Germany next month to update themselves on passenger carriers that emit zero pollution into the atmosphere. “There’s a lot of interest in fuel cell buses simply because the... 

Henning Rasmuss

     15th September 2017 This week we feature Henning Rasmuss, international business director at architectural firm Paragon Architects   

Passenger pooling startup attracts interest from Daimler unit

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2017 Daimler Buses’ subsidiary EvoBus has secured a minority investment in CleverShuttle. Based in Berlin, Germany, CleverShuttle pools passengers travelling in a similar direction together in an electric vehicle, driven by a professional driver. The startup’s app determines the fastest and cheapest... 

Daimler invests in startup that pools passengers travelling in a similar direction

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2017 Daimler Buses’ subsidiary EvoBus has secured a minority investment in CleverShuttle. Based in Berlin, Germany, CleverShuttle pools passengers travelling in a similar direction together in an electric vehicle, driven by a professional driver. The startup’s app determines the fastest and cheapest... 

Copper trumps politics as investors take shine to Zambian assets

By: Bloomberg     27th July 2017 Investors are overlooking Zambia’s political risk and buying the nation’s assets as the price of copper, its biggest export, rises. The yield on Zambia’s $1-billion Eurobonds due April 2024 have fallen 135 basis points this year to 7.55% on Wednesday. The southern African nation’s currency has... 

May unveils British initiatives aimed at reducing Africa’s reliance on aid

By: Keith Campbell     21st July 2017 British Prime Minister Theresa May used the recent G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, to announce a series of new British initiatives intended to reduce the reliance of African countries on aid and increase their long-term stability and prosperity. This was in line with a theme for the summit... 

SAPPMA and PPCA’s pipes XI conference

     30th June 2017 More than 35 of South Africa and the world’s top experts on issues relating to plastic piping, water infrastructure and engineering will be presenting at this year’s PIPES XI Conference – an annual event hosted by the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA).  This year’s... 

BATTERY BET

     2nd June 2017 German Chancellor Angela Merkel, centre, at the inauguration, of Deutsche Accumotive’s electric automobile battery factory, in Kamenz, Germany. The plant will assemble lithium-ion energy-storage units for Daimler, whose executives are pictured marking the milestone along with Merkel. Bloomberg... 

REFORM ROAD MAP

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th May 2017 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... 

Move over Tesla, Europe's building its own battery gigafactories

By: Bloomberg     22nd May 2017 Battery-making gigafactories are about to arrive in Europe, challenging a lead Tesla is building at a plant in Nevada and opening the way for a quicker shift toward green power for both cars and utilities. German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday is scheduled to break ground at a €500 million... 

Trade agreements must go far beyond just cutting tariffs – Merkel

By: Reuters     17th May 2017 Free trade agreements have to do more than just cut tariffs, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told trade unionists on Wednesday, adding that environmental, consumer protection and dispute resolution standards were also essential. "A modern trade agreement has to be about more than cutting... 

Giant gold coin worth $4m stolen in Berlin museum heist

By: Bloomberg     28th March 2017 Burglars stole a 100 kg (220 lb), solid-gold coin worth $4-million from a Berlin museum in a heist out of a Hollywood movie. A security guard at the Bode Museum alerted police early Monday morning that the coin – which carries Queen Elizabeth II’s imprint and is called "Big Maple Leaf" – had been... 

German coal mine to be reborn as giant pumped hydropower battery

By: Bloomberg     17th March 2017 A coal mine that powered German industry for almost half a century will get a new lease on life when it’s turned into a giant battery that stores excess solar and wind energy. The state of North-Rhine Westphalia is set to turn its Prosper-Haniel hard coal mine into a 200 MW pumped-storage... 

Cello Solar Ltd a UK TV Manufacturer are launching a 22" and a 32" ...

     14th March 2017 Solar Television at the forthcoming Power & Electricity World Africa Conference & Exhibition, on 28th and 29th March 2017.  The Solar TV's  come as a complete out of the box solution with TV, solar panel and smart antenna. The solar panel is connected to the TV and positioned in a suitable... 

Marzahn gas-fired combined heat and power plant project, Germany

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd March 2017 The project entails the construction of a modern combined heat and power plant. 

Germany, South Africa discuss the prospect of fuel cell buses

By: Kim Cloete     20th February 2017 South African specialists and government officials have met with their German counterparts to discuss a pilot project to introduce hydrogen fuel cell buses in two cities in South Africa. Germany has already rolled out some such buses in Berlin, Stuttgart and Hamburg and is sharing its experience... 

Plastic Pipe Conference Association Confirms Spin-Off Conference And Exhibition To Take Place In South Africa Later This Year

     26th January 2017 The Plastic Pipes Conference Association (PPCA) has announced dates and venue for its two spin-off conferences and exhibitions in South Africa and China for this year. The first event in South Africa will be held on 4 -5 September 2017 at the Emperors Palace in Johannesburg. The second will be... 

It don’t matter if you’re black or white

By: Riaan de Lange     2nd December 2016 No, it don’t matter - rather, grammatically it doesn’t matter. It’s not supposed too, but then, in South Africa’s instance it does. Unfortunately, it does. It has been for living memory, and there is no indication that this would not be the case in the foreseeable future. It might not have... 

MAS acquires mall in Poland

By: Anine Kilian     21st November 2016 Property development company MAS Real Estate has acquired the Nova Park Mall, in Poland. The company said in a statement released Monday that the acquisition was an important step in achieving its updated strategy to deliver sustainable growing income distributions - up at least 30% a year for... 

Klingenberg combined heat and power plant upgrade project, Germany

By: Sheila Barradas     11th November 2016 The project aims to phase out the use of lignite at the power plant. 

Richard Malkin

     28th October 2016 This week we feature Dr Richard Brian Malkin, MD of Workforce Healthcare, a company that provides workplace healthcare, including risk-based assessments for employees and corporate wellness programmes 

R300bn-a-year climate change war chest could electrify all of Africa

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     21st October 2016 The joke goes like this: a Frenchman and a German meet in a bar just after the end of the Second World War. Initially a bit wary, they start talking after a while. They have both just been discharged from their respective armies. They discuss what they are going to do when they get home. “Oh,”... 

Plastic pipes integral to water infrastructure

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th October 2016 The plastic pipe industry is arguably one of the most important in South Africa as infrastructure such as water distribution, waste disposal, irrigation, telecommunications and a myriad of other services rely on pipe infrastructure to work effectively, says Southern African Plastic Pipe... 

Congo backs billionaire Gertler after Och-Ziff allegations

By: Bloomberg     5th October 2016 The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) defended Israeli-billionaire Dan Gertler’s business dealings in the mineral-rich country, five days after he was linked to a bribery investigation by US authorities. “For us an attack on him is an attack on the Congo,” Barnabe Kikaya Bin Karubi, President... 

Food & drink technology Africa—the success continues

     23rd September 2016 Over 40 percent increase in participant numbers Leading networking and knowledge platform for the beverage and food industry in Africa 20 percent more exhibition space Food & drink technology Africa (fdt Africa) is continuing its success story. The most important sector event for the food and... 

Alstom unveils emission-free Coradia iLint locomotive

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2016 Two years after inking the first letters of intent (LoIs) with various German states and entities, French multinational Alstom’s zero-carbon-dioxide- (CO2) emission passenger train is set to grace the European country’s rail network. Launched on Tuesday at railway trade fair InnoTrans, in Berlin,... 

Alstom on the right track, says CEO

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2016 French multinational Alstom is well on course in the “railway traffic evolution” stakes, with sustained growth in the sector affirming the group is on the right track with its 2020 strategy, says Alstom chairperson and CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge. Addressing media at a press conference on the... 

FA 07 Refineries are quite sophisticated

     20th September 2016 Valve makers are increasingly targeting refineries outside of Europe. Energy efficiency is decisive for the competitiveness of refinery operators and their valve suppliers. Refineries always are in operation, and simply cannot be replaced. Traffic can only flow with their products, namely petrol... 

Video killed the radio star

By: Riaan de Lange     16th September 2016 Ever heard of The Buggles? While you might not remember them, you will no doubt recall their iconic song, Video killed the radio star. The instalment of  this column published on August 5, titled 'And then they were gone – RIP, trusted friends', chronicles the demise of the video. So, in keeping... 

The Great Wall of Trump

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     16th September 2016 In this and future columns (well, in at least one), I will be discussing some of the electrical engineering issues coming out of the US election campaign and the promises made by the candidates. There is a song which goes: “If you’re white, you’re all right; if you’re brown, stick around; if... 

Trade fair to provide industry networking platform

     1st September 2016 Trade fair food & drink technology Africa (fdt Africa) – taking place on September 14 and 15 at Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand – is set to provide a platform for networking in the food and beverage industry. 

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