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Old Conradie hospital project could be 'make or break' for housing system, says Zille

By: News24Wire      17th January 2019 Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said the "pioneering" housing project expected at the site of the derelict old Conradie Hospital in Cape Town could "make or break" the current housing system. A R3-billion mixed-income residential project, set for the vast grounds of the old hospital could... 

Electricity increases will badly hurt the poor, say community leaders, residents  

By: Kim Cloete     15th January 2019 Community and faith leaders, as well as pensioners and residents, have called on the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to oppose Eskom’s request for a tariff hike, with a projected overall increase of 45% to 2021. “If granted, this price increase will severely impact on all... 

'Find it in your heart, Eskom' – public's pleas on 'unbearable' tariff hikes  

By: News24Wire      15th January 2019 Granting power utility Eskom the 15% annual tariff hike it has asked for will only add pressure to already struggling households, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) heard on the second day of public hearings.  The energy regulator, which sets prices and tariffs for Eskom,... 

KZN scores a hat-trick with top three EMSS School performers

15th January 2019 Engen have announced the top learners for 2018 who attended the Engen Maths & Science School (EMSS) programme, and revealed that the matric EMSS class of 2018 attained an impressive 93% pass rate against the national pass rate of 78.2%. The EMSS programme offers additional Maths, Science and... 

Eskom warns of 'debt trap' as it pleads for 15% hike  

By: Kim Cloete     14th January 2019 Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe has apologised for the severe predicament Eskom is in, but has pleaded for an electricity tariff increase of 15% over the next three years.   Hadebe made the call at the opening of public hearings into electricity tariffs held by the National Energy Regulator of South... 

Western Cape spends millions on drought relief

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th January 2019 The Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Department will have spent R78.2-million by March 31 on drought alleviation projects across the province. The average dam level in the Western Cape was 51% on Monday, nearly double the 26.5% recorded in the... 

International passenger numbers at Cape Town International Airport grow by 9.6% in 2018

By: African News Agency      14th January 2019 Last year, 2.6-million international passengers were recorded by Cape Town International Airport (CTIA), representing a 9.6% growth from 2017 despite the drought and other problems experienced by the region, the City of Cape Town said on Sunday. "This growth came from long-haul carriers from... 

Nersa begins public hearings on Eskom tariffs

By: African News Agency      14th January 2019 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) on Monday began public hearings on Eskom's application to increase electricity tariffs annually by 15 percent for the next three years. The hearings on the multi-year price determination (MYPD4) kicked off in Cape Town, with heated objection... 

We must apologise to South Africans for 'avoidable' challenges – Eskom CEO 

By: News24Wire      14th January 2019 Eskom's 15% tariff increase for the next three years may seem steep, but Eskom has run into challenges which it cannot solve alone, CEO Phakamani Hadebe said. The executive made opening remarks at the National Energy Regulator of South Africa's (Nersa) nationwide public hearings, which kicked off... 

ITE Group, LSE celebrate upcoming Mining Indaba

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th January 2019 ITE Group CEO Mark Shashoua on Friday ceremonially opened trading on the LSE, while celebrating the upcoming twenty-fifth edition of the Investing in African Mining Indaba conference, which ITE Group owns. The LSE opening event was attended by partners from the World Gold Council, Memery... 

SA Express airline hopes to break even by FY-end – spokesperson

By: Reuters     11th January 2019 State-run South African airline SA Express, which has seen several executives suspended over graft allegations, hopes to break even by the end of the financial year, its spokesman said in a radio interview on Friday. He was speaking ahead of the relaunch of the airline's flights from Cape Town to... 

SA Express reintroduces routes from Cape Town

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th January 2019 State-owned local regional airline SA Express announced on Thursday that it would be reinstating its flights between Cape Town and Bloemfontein and Cape Town and Walvis Bay (in Namibia). “Cape Town is one of our most important hubs and we are delighted to be back, offering our services to... 

Cape Town dam levels holding steady

By: African News Agency      8th January 2019 Cape Town dam levels sit at 62% average capacity, a huge improvement from the 27% capacity at this time last year when Cape Town was in the grips of a crippling drought. The City of Cape Town said on Tuesday “dam levels have made an improvement by averaging 62% now, compared to averaging 27% at... 

Liquid Telecoms to launch 'multi-billion rand' wholesale 4G network

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st December 2018 Liquid Telecom South Africa, part of pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, on Friday announced that it would establish a multi-billion rand 4G network in South Africa. From early 2019, wholesale roaming services will be made available across its network nationwide. 

Groote Schuur neonatal unit receives R45m upgrade

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st December 2018 A R45-million project to renovate the neonatal unit at Groote Schuur hospital, in Cape Town, has reached practical completion, the Western Cape government reported on Friday. The project was funded by the Red Cross Hospital Trust and overseen by the Department of Transport and Public Works in... 

Microsoft data centres to impact local insurance market

7th December 2018 In May last year, Microsoft announced plans to launch two data centres in South Africa. Located in Johannesburg and Cape Town, these see the company targeting cloud services growth on the continent. These data centres will deliver the Microsoft Cloud, including Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and... 

Treasury loses out on more than R1bn in VAT from drought-stricken farmers

By: News24Wire      27th November 2018 The government has lost out on more than R1-billion in VAT from drought-stricken farmers who were forced to cut production after their irrigation water from the Cape supply dams was radically reduced a year ago. Agri Western Cape CEO Carl Opperman said on Monday this was one of the facts he... 

Radebe hints at possible Saudi investment to boost South Africa's oil refining capacity

By: Kim Cloete     7th November 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has called for a collaborative approach to attract investment in oil refining hubs throughout the continent and has hinted that Saudi Arabian investment in refining capacity in South Africa may soon become a reality. “In South Africa we believe the time has come for an... 

Oil, gas outlook positive amid tough conditions, says PwC review

By: Kim Cloete     7th November 2018 The outlook for Africa’s oil and gas industry is positive, despite tough economic conditions and far fewer discoveries over the past year, PwC’s yearly 'Africa Oil & Gas Review' shows. The review indicates how the industry has responded in the wake of the recovery of the oil price to close to... 

AfriSam Celebrates The Beauty Of Concrete Through Its Inaugural Concreativity Award

2nd November 2018 AfriSam announced the winners of its inaugural ConCreativity challenge at a prestigious awards ceremony held at Zeitz MOCAA, the largest museum of contemporary African art in the world, on 26 October 2018. Celebrating the various forms and potential of concrete, ConCreativity invited South... 

Companies on a drive to become more efficient

By: Kim Cloete     1st November 2018 Cape Town’s Groote Schuur hospital, a leading manufacturer of catalytic converters and a well-known car sales dealer have one essential thing in common. They have all managed to radically improve efficiency across their operations over the past few years. The three examples were showcased at the... 

ExecuJet welcomes first Pilatus PC-24 aircraft to its fleet  

1st November 2018 Luxury aviation company ExecuJet last month officially launched and welcomed the Pilatus PC-24 to its fleet at the company’s private terminal at Cape Town International Airport. Simone Liedtke reports. 

Lessons on transforming manufacturing in India

By: Kim Cloete     31st October 2018 Transformational changes in manufacturing in India have been unpacked at the Lean Summit Africa 2018, in Cape Town, holding important lessons for ramping up efficiency and boosting competitiveness in South Africa. Takayuki Furuhashi, who is considered an international guru in the field of... 

American trade delegation in South Africa to expand business opportunities in Southern Africa

By: African News Agency      30th October 2018 An American trade delegation, comprising businessmen from more than 30 American companies and state government leaders, is in South Africa seeking to expand agricultural export opportunities in the region. The trade delegation, which arrived in South Africa on Monday and will conclude its visit... 

City of Cape Town poised to ease water restrictions further

By: News24Wire      30th October 2018 The City of Cape Town believes dam levels are high enough for water restrictions to be relaxed even further – possibly to level 4 or even level 3. But the City cannot take steps to ease restrictions until the national Department of Water and Sanitation decides how much bulk water supply Cape Town... 

WSP project teams receive multiple top honours at Steel Awards 2018

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th October 2018 WSP in Africa, one of the largest multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firms on the continent, are honoured that two of the firm’s projects received multiple awards – including Overall winner - at the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Steel Awards 2018. The winning... 

Sumitomo Rubber South Africa partners with ‘Part Worn Africa’ initiative to champion Tyre Safety

29th October 2018 As South Africa commemorates Transport Month in October and a few days after the Global Road Safety Partnership’s “Africa Road Safety 2018” gathering in Cape Town from 23 to 24 October 2018 - Sumitomo Rubber South Africa, manufacturer of the popular Dunlop, Sumitomo and Falken tyre brands, has... 

Richard’s Bay IDZ gate wins AfriSam-SAIA sustainable architecture award

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 The Richard’s Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) entrance gate in KwaZulu-Natal has won a seminal sustainable design award, in the sustainable architecture category, at the biennial AfriSam-South African Institute of Architects (AfriSam-SAIA) Awards for Sustainable Architecture and... 

Fintech business pays hosts in advance for Airbnb bookings

29th October 2018 Further disruption in South Africa’s accommodation and property letting sector is on the cards as AirAdvance, a fintech startup, provides those offering private accommodation through Airbnb easy access to affordable finance. It uses a confirmed Airbnb booking as collateral for a cash advance.... 

Rain to launch 5G network

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th October 2018 South Africa’s newest data network provider, rain, is planning to deploy a fifth-generation (5G) broadband fixed-wireless network to support government’s drive for competition, lower data prices and improved access in the telecommunications industry. Teaming up with partners Huawei and Nokia, the... 

SA Express on track to relaunch Cape Town base by January 2019

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 State-owned airline SA Express is charting a new path, since having returned to the skies in August, which is evidenced in the way it has managed to stabilise the business and maintain its operational performance in the past two months. To date, eight of its 18 aircraft have been recertified to... 

Rail Enforcement Unit launched in Cape Town

By: African News Agency      29th October 2018 A much-anticipated Rail Enforcement Unit was launched during a ceremony on Cape Town railway station on Monday morning, with the hope of securing the safety of passengers and critical infrastructure on the city's beleaguered rail network. The establishment of the unit follows the memorandum of... 

City of Cape Town delays decision on social housing project

By: News24Wire      26th October 2018 The Cape Town City council was scheduled on Thursday to announce its decision on the sale of City-owned land to housing non-profit organisation Communicare for redevelopment for social housing, GroundUp has reported. But the decision was pushed back to the next council meeting because "the DA... 

Automatic shut-off valves improve plant safety

By: Paige Müller     26th October 2018 Valves, steam and combustion system solution provider Heaton Valves Africa (HVA), states that its extensive range of German-made Albrecht-Automatik safety shut-off systems and components, significantly improve combustion system operational safety in the industries it serves. HVA combustion... 

Klawer awaits PPA signature, while Roggeveld surges ahead

By: Tracy Hancock     26th October 2018 Having received preferred bidder status three years ago, Cape Town-based wind farm developer G7 Renewable Energies’ Klawer wind farm project awaits a power purchase agreement (PPA) signature before undertaking the 18 months of construction needed to add 5 MW of electricity to the national grid. 

Potential issues with charging electric vehicles

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     26th October 2018 All the big automotive manufactures are making electric vehicles (EV). Why? I mean that, right now, internal combustion (IC) engines, gearboxes, drive systems, instrumentation . . . the whole lot . . . are pretty much sorted for the conventional cars (let us call them IC cars), so why retool for... 

WSP project teams receive multiple top honours at Steel Awards 2018

25th October 2018 WSP in Africa, one of the largest multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firms on the continent, are honoured that two of the firm’s projects received multiple awards – including Overall winner - at the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Steel Awards 2018. The winning... 

Mali's first independent power project to start up next week

By: Reuters     25th October 2018 Mali's first independent power project – a €122-million ($139.06-million), 90 MW diesel plant – will go online next week in the country's gold-rich southwest, a board member of the operator said on Wednesday. The new plant could spur more of the foreign investment Mali has struggled to attract... 

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