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Sasol, Indian companies join EP100 global energy saving initiative

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2018 Petrochemicals giant Sasol and Indian companies UltraTech Cement, Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers, Mahindra Heavy Engines and Godrej Industries and Associate Companies (Gilac) on Monday pledged to put energy efficiency at the heart of their business growth strategies by joining EP100. EP100 is a... 

Late payments, ‘tick box empowerment’ undermine SA small businesses

7th September 2018 Despite their stated commitment to B-BBEE and to supporting the growth of small business, SA state organisations and large enterprises can hamper small business growth through their procedures and procurement approaches. This is according to small business experts who were speaking at the opening... 

Eskom offers free load profile audits to business customers

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th September 2018 Power utility Eskom said on Thursday that it was offering its business customers free electricity load profile audits, which would assist businesses to free up existing electrical capacity without having to invest in new points of supply and/or upgrades in supply. Eskom noted that sufficient... 

Verder expands its network with Nelspruit distribution partner

29th August 2018 Verder Pumps South Africa, a market leader in advanced industrial pumping solutions – is pleased to confirm the company has appointed Flo-Tek as its exclusive distributor in Nelspruit and surrounding areas. “We are very pleased to bring Flo-Tek onboard as a distribution partner. Nelspruit and the... 

De Beers, UN Women to support women micro-entrepreneurs in South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     28th August 2018 Diamond miner De Beers and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in South Africa have launched a capacity-building programme, which aims to support 500 women micro-entrepreneurs in the Blouberg and Musina communities, near De Beers’ Venetia diamond... 

Bridgestone to move into new Waterfall head office in 2019

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2018 Bridgestone South Africa will move into its new head office, located in the growing Waterfall City commercial node between Johannesburg and Pretoria, in February next year. The tyre manufacturer’s new headquarters will occupy 4 800 m2 and accommodate a staff complement of more than 200. 

Uniquely African Skincare Range Branches Out

22nd August 2018 Local entrepreneur wins Pick n Pay’s 2018 Small Supplier of the Year award with business growth Local entrepreneur Portia Mngomezulu, founder of Portia M Skin Solutions, was today awarded Pick n Pay’s 2018 Small Supplier of the Year award for her business’ exceptional growth performance and job... 

Event seeks sustainability for Africa’s electricity supply industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th July 2018 This year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa (PGDA) event will focus on all areas of the electricity supply industry, in line with the goal to take a holistic approach and engender sustainability across the industry, PGDA consistent advisory board chairperson Dr Willie De Beer tells Engineering... 

100 Resilient Cities appoints Dana Omran as MD for Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2018 Dana Omran has been appointed Africa MD for the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) programme.  

The effects of counterfeiting

12th June 2018 Backed by an illicit industry considered to be one of the largest in the world and costing the global economy billions of dollars, counterfeit goods are on the rise. It’s essential for brands to invest in resources to fight counterfeiting because just about any brand you consume can be... 

US, Japanese platinum jewellery demand to continue growing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 With China’s strong economic growth in the first quarter of this year, jewellery demand in that country also increased, but platinum jewellery demand lagged behind other jewellery segments owing to a lack in innovative product and market-wide marketing support, says Platinum Guild International... 

Opportunities for SA SMEs to progress digital innovation projects free-of-charge

24th May 2018 South African SMEs can now achieve their business growth objectives, through an industry partnership that delivers advanced digital innovation projects, free-of-charge. Digital Skills Academy, a premier industry provider of online BSc Degree in digital skills, invites South African SMEs to... 

Topics to be Covered at the 2018 Manufacturing Indaba Conference

21st May 2018 The latest instalment of the Manufacturing Indaba not only aspires to meet participants’ expectations but exceed them, by hosting an event to achieve objectives integral to supporting the economy of Sub-Saharan Africa. The conference aims to focus on the growth prospective of the Department of... 

Safety valves manufacturer invests in growth, celebrates 200 years

18th May 2018 European safety valves manufacturer Leser celebrates its 200th anniversary this year, with the share of its profits last year spent on the development of its facilities amounting to €35.3-million. Leser’s service and products in South Africa are offered through its sole local distributor,... 

The DTI gazetted proposed changes to the BEE Codes of Good Conduct last month with the anticipated changes to come into effect around October this year.

3rd May 2018 As part of this announcement, Skills Development once again came to the fore. AJ Jordaan, Sales Manager from LFP Training, a leading provider of BEE-aligned Skills Development training provides a run-through on how these changes will affect your business in 2018. Eight critical points are... 

The Role of Incentives in Manufacturing

23rd April 2018 The Manufacturing Indaba 2018 will be leading pertinent discussions regarding the various government grants, tax incentives and financing opportunities available to manufacturing-specific enterprises.  The symposium will also focus on the requirements candidates must meet to be eligible for such... 

First Cut’s stellar business growth drives major space optimisation for star-studded customer service

19th April 2018 In spite of the prevailing economic challenges industry has experienced in the past few years, First Cut has embarked upon a major expansion of its offices in Benrose, Johannesburg. First Cut was ready for growth in the business and required additional floor space to cope with the growth and... 

Developing Small Manufacturers: How to Grow and Develop Small Manufacturing Businesses

19th April 2018 Manufacturing experts, Small and Medium Enterprise (SMME) leaders and entrepreneurs to assemble in Johannesburg to mentor emerging manufacturing business owners on proven strategies for accelerating the growth of their enterprises Johannesburg, 19 April 2018; With the onset of pioneering... 

Nigeria: Africa’s prime power development hotspot

9th April 2018 Nigeria offers a wealth of power sector business opportunities, with industrialists actively seeking generation and distribution solutions to power their business growth. Paul Runge, Director Projects & Development Finance at research and consulting specialists Africa House, reports that his... 

Nigeria: Africa’s prime power development hotspot

5th April 2018 Nigeria offers a wealth of power sector business opportunities, with industrialists actively seeking generation and distribution solutions to power their business growth. Paul Runge, Director Projects & Development Finance at research and consulting specialists Africa House, reports that his... 

Engineers Need to Start Mining Soft Skills

22nd March 2018 In order to remain competitive and to achieve growth, engineers at firms in South Africa’s engineering, mining and manufacturing sectors need to recognise the role that emotional intelligence plays in business growth and career development. This says leading management systems and assessment tool... 

Aucor commemorates its 50 years in business

19th March 2018 From humble beginnings in 1968, Aucor has grown into one of the most successful and experienced auction houses in southern Africa and the company is proudly celebrating its 50th birthday in 2018.   “This is an exciting time for Aucor to be celebrating its success and achievements over the past 50... 

Initiative changing development narrative in townships, rural economies

16th February 2018 A three-year partnership between tyre manufacturing company Sumitomo Rubber South Africa’s (SA’s) iconic tyre brand, Dunlop, and development finance agency Ithala Development Finance Corporation’s Small Business Growth Enterprise division will see a minimum of 25 containerised tyre fitment... 

Global And National Energy Experts Prepare To Attend The 10th Annual Africa Energy Indaba 2018

12th February 2018 The 10th edition of the Africa Energy Indaba, is the African energy event organised for Africans, by Africans, in Africa.  It is also the regional Africa event of the World Energy Council (WEC) and is strategically partnered with the South African National Energy Association (SANEA), the NEPAD... 

What the Amended B-BBEE codes mean for your industry

17th January 2018 Amended B-BBEE Sector Codes and What they Mean for your Industry   The Department of Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies recently announced amendments to the Financial, Agricultural and Construction Sector Codes.   While these amendments have been long awaited and look to constantly improve... 

Economic instability ‘new normal’ in South Africa, can-do attitude persists amid crime wave

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th November 2017 Seventy-two per cent of business executives confirmed that turbulence in the local economy over the past six months has affected business operations and decisions, Grant Thornton’s International Business Report (IBR) for the third quarter shows. Referring to economic instability as the “new... 

Cidb concerned over 140 000 construction job losses

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th November 2017 Construction Industry Development Board (cidb) monitoring and evaluation project manager Ntando Skosana on Tuesday described the loss of 140 000 jobs in the local construction industry between the first and third quarters of this year as “disheartening”. The construction industry is an important... 

These are the do-or-die priorities for SME survival in the next 6 months

1st November 2017 By Trevor Gosling, CEO: Lulalend   With 70-80% of SMEs failing within the first five years, and only 1% growing to employ more than 10 people, South African SMEs are struggling to realise their own growth potential and become active drivers of job creation. And with slow economic growth, on-going... 

UK unveils post-Brexit bilateral commitment to South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     6th October 2017 British International Trade Secretary (equivalent to Minister in South Africa) Dr Liam Fox announced on his recent visit to South Africa that his country’s export credit agency, UK Export Finance, has increased the funds available to South African enterprises buying British goods and to British... 

Welding company aims to bridge skills gap

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 Despite challenging economic conditions and a dire lack of welding skills, steel welding and fabrication service provider Federal Steel Company is committed to welding skills development initiatives that will expand nationally. Federal Steel Company MD Phakamile Buthelezi explains that the lack... 

Propak Cape to showcase latest products and innovation

6th September 2017 All the latest international packaging trends will be on show at this year’s Propak Cape trade exhibition, which takes place at the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC) from 24-26 October. Visitors will be able to see the latest advancements in machinery, equipment, products,... 

The smart manufacturing revolution is here

30th August 2017 In today’s on-demand retail landscape, manufacturers are undergoing massive changes to meet customers ever-increasing expectations. It’s the new reality manufacturers face and those that don’t integrate automation and smart technologies over the next few years risk becoming irrelevant. According... 

Small businesses get a leg up at supplier conference

By: David Oliveira     28th July 2017 To assist the development and success of small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in South Africa, project delivery and engineering consultancy WorleyParsons South Africa held its Supplier Grow Conference at its offices in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, earlier this month. WorleyParsons... 

Political instability a blow to business confidence

By: Anine Kilian     27th July 2017 South Africa’s political turbulence has prompted 28% of surveyed local business executives to give the nation’s economy a pessimistic outlook for the year ahead, according to advisory firm Grant Thornton’s second-quarter International Business Report (IBR). “At the end of March, South Africa... 

Exhibition facilitates industrial growth in KZN

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 This year’s KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition (Kite) will provide businesses in the province with an ideal access route to the key resources required to ramp up their operations in line with government’s extensive and ongoing investment in new manufacturing endeavours. 

Smartphone adoption expected to drive investment in Africa

By: David Oliveira     14th July 2017 Driven by significant growth in smartphone adoption, Africa is poised to become the skills pool for the world, underpinned by innovation solutions derived from trends, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and data analytics, making the continent an attractive target for international investment.... 

Western Cape agri-processing sector identified for high growth and employment potential

6th July 2017 The Western Cape Province is currently South Africa’s leading agricultural export region. The province’s broader agricultural value chain, consisting of the primary production agriculture and value-added agri-processing (food and beverages manufacturing) sectors, forms an important and integral... 

Ontario invests C$500 000 to help Avalon extract lithium hydroxide from petalite

By: Henry Lazenby     26th June 2017 The Ontario provincial government has announced a C$500 000 investment that will assist TSX-listed explorer Avalon Advanced Materials to develop an innovative new process to make lithium-ion batteries from petalite mineral deposits in the Kenora area. The government said in a statement on Monday... 

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