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Western Cape's mounting rubbish problem

By: News24Wire      21st May 2018 "We have a serious waste problem in the Western Cape. We are running out of landfill space," MEC for environmental affairs Anton Bredell warned in a press release. The Western Cape generated approximately three million tonnes of waste in 2017 according to the government. The City of Cape Town... 

Nuclear: “many studies have shown it is the cheapest of all energies”

18th May 2018 South Africans were never informed properly that nuclear power is not as expensive as it is made out to be, a nuclear energy expert said Thursday.

Nuclear energy expert Des Muller dismissed these and other concerns as “propaganda”. He refuted the cost issue but also took aim at corruption... 

Eskom wants to use “lessons” from Medupi and Kusile to drive nuclear

18th May 2018 Written by Alicestine October The power utility Eskom wants to use lessons learnt from the construction of the two mega power stations, Medupi and Kusile, to drive the country’s nuclear build programme. 

Kenya banks on nuclear energy to sustain manufacturing, build the economy

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2018 Kenya hopes to grow its economy and boost manufacturing after building nuclear power plants, a Kenyan academic has told African Utility Week in Cape Town. "We envisage we will become a middle-income industrial country by 2030. With nuclear coming onboard, that will gave us baseload which will... 

Eskom continuing with nuclear plans pending IRP update

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2018 Eskom is going ahead with tentative plans for new nuclear capacity amid uncertainty about whether the technology will be included in the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which government has indicated will be released for public comment soon. Eskom acting general manager for nuclear new... 

Physical asset management maturity in mining - case study

17th May 2018 With more than 200 delegates, 35 speakers and only 21 days until the fifth SAAMA Conference officially commences on the 4th of June 2018 at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West, Cape Town, organisers are excited to announce yet another case study and topic of discussion presented at this... 

South Africa will need more power generation, for itself and for region – consultant

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th May 2018 Energy planning in South Africa should take into account energy security and energy equity, highlighted energy consultancy NuEnergy Developments MD Des Muller in his address to the National Nuclear Regulator's second Nuclear Information Conference on Wednesday. Energy security was important while... 

India keen to do business with Africa’s energy sector

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2018 Representatives from more than 45 Indian companies have been in Cape Town for the African Utility Week, with the hope of cracking deals in everything from the supply of galvanised wire to solar inverters and water generators.  Indian Chamber of Commerce director general and CEO Rajeev Singh... 

Rik Rhino 

17th May 2018 South African technical security and surveillance solutions specialist Rik Rhino Surveillance was started in 2011 to help eradicate the terror of rhino poaching by supplying anti-rhino poaching projects in wildlife reserves with scouting trail cameras. These cameras are equipped with motion... 

Technical construction used to change historical building to modern art museum 

17th May 2018 The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, built inside of the old grain silo at the V&A Waterfront, in Cape Town, required specialist concretes and technical formwork to realise the vision of the architect Thomas Heatherwick. Schalk Burger has the details. Also making headlines, South African... 

GoMetro signs global distribution deal to Improve the Way every City Moves

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th May 2018 Whether you’re in Ghana where the trotos’s are, on a jitney in the Philippines or in a sometimes ironically named ‘car rapide’ in Senegal, there’s no escaping the fact that informal transport exists in every major city in the world. Even more intriguingly, the innovation and agility displayed in... 

Massive iceberg proposed as solution to Cape Town’s water crisis

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2018 South African marine salvage expert Nick Sloane has outlined a novel plan to guide an iceberg towards the west coast and harvest it to keep Cape Town’s water shortage at bay. He said despite the idea seeming “crazy”, he believed it could be done and would supply 20% of Cape Town’s water needs. 

Home Affairs launches new biometric system as it pursues lofty ideals

By: Schalk Burger     16th May 2018 Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday launched an Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS), in Cape Town, which will identify and verify citizens using fingerprint, facial recognition and iris biometrics. “ABIS is a fundamental baseline for the broader National Identification... 

Biomimicry is one of the top tech trends, says expert

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2018 Nature-inspired design – biomimicry – has been highlighted as one of the key technology trends that will shape the future and is beginning to transform industries across the world. The rapidly growing field focuses on adapting nature’s solutions to solve man-made design challenges. 

AECOM showcases the future of digital project delivery at KZN event

16th May 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery firm AECOM is pioneering digital project delivery by adding various Immersive Technologies like Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) to its portfolio of existing 3D models produced by a Building Information Modelling (BIM) process. This allows both... 

Capetonians applauded for driving down water use

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2018 Residents of Cape Town have managed to halve the amount of water they use compared with six months ago in what has been described as a “remarkable” effort. City of Cape Town Utility Services: Water and Sanitation director Peter Flower this week said people had completely changed their way of... 

Radebe affirms South Africa’s commitment to renewable energy

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has affirmed his commitment to renewable energy in South Africa, saying it will help to reduce pollution and create thousands of jobs. He told delegates at the African Utility Week, in Cape Town, that he was pleased the long-awaited renewable energy power purchase... 

Eskom says it intends to play a bigger role in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 Eskom interim CEO Phakamani Hadebe says the utility is keen to expand its services into other African countries.  “We have made a decision that our ambition is to play a bigger role on the continent,” he told the opening plenary of African Utility Week, in Cape Town, on Tuesday. 

Calgro M3 confident of securing longer-term working capital

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2018 Property developer Calgro M3 reported a worse-than-expected financial performance for the year ended February 28, owing to challenging political and associated economic conditions, as well as delays in raising working capital.  

Port of East London to expand its petroleum footprint

14th May 2018 More than 100 attendees representing 97 companies have shown keen interest in the Port of East London’s plans to recommission an existing tank in the port for handling of liquid bulk and to introduce a liquid bulk terminal through a 25-year port concession awarded to a private, empowered entity.... 

Atlantis SEZ designation to be completed in two months

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2018 The process of designating the Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is to be completed within two months, says Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe.  

Is desalination the key to our water future?

14th May 2018 Victaulic believes that alternate pipe joining systems will ensure optimal productivity of these vital projects   Recent droughts experienced have caused much of the country to be deemed somewhat of a disaster zone, and with the dreaded Day Zero imminent, the only solution appears to be a manner... 

Hera telescope takes shape in the Karoo 

By: Kim Cloete     11th May 2018 The construction of a radio telescope that will look for the first stars in the universe, is making headway near Carnarvon, in the Northern Cape. It is also making waves for the way it has involved the local community and boosted the local economy.    

TPT continues to strive for greater efficiency at Durban port

By: Shirley le Guern     11th May 2018 The Port of Durban has come a long way but it is not yet where Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) wants it to be, CE Nozipho Sithole told delegates attending the Transport Forum Special Interest Group gathering, held at the former Durban Maritime School of Excellence, this week.  “I’m not sure how... 

Energy efficient tech can bring farmers substantial savings

By: Paige Müller     11th May 2018 With energy cost a major factor in farm viability and profitability, the South African farming sector will need to shift its thinking towards the implementation of energy efficient technology, says motor and controls manufacturer Zest WEG Group integrated solutions executive Johan van Niekerk.... 

AfriSam anchor sponsor for Fulton Awards

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 Leading concrete materials supplier AfriSam is the anchor sponsor for the 2019 biennial Fulton Awards, hosted by nonprofit organisation the Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA). According to AfriSam, the event recognises the possibilities that concrete structures create for society and,... 

Space agency’s upgraded Space Weather Warning Centre reopened

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th May 2018 The South African National Space Agency’s (Sansa’s) Space Weather Regional Warning Centre, at Hermanus in the Western Cape, was recently officially re-opened by Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane following its recent upgrade. This is the only Space Weather Regional Warning... 

Backlog in application process stifling drone industry in South Africa

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     11th May 2018 The lack of urgency in processing commercial drone operating licences and the registering of drones is stifling the drone industry in South Africa, says Cape Town-based drone pilot training school UAV Industries director Ken Venn, who is also a board member of Commercial Unmanned Aircraft... 

Aerovision South Africa

11th May 2018 Cape Town-based aerial surveying and remote-sensing specialist Aerovision South Africa is the developer of the ALTiMapper AV-01, a remotely piloted fixed-wing mapping aircraft. The company also undertakes custom builds for various commercial remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) applications.... 

R11.6bn in fines and merger conditions secured since 2010, Patel reports

By: Terence Creamer     10th May 2018 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel reports that R11.6-billion has been mobilised as a result of cartel settlements and conditions placed on firms that have pursued mergers and acquisitions in South Africa since 2010, with commitments worth a further R11-bilion have been secured in... 

Greenpeace Africa launches petition to make water central to govt decision-making

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th May 2018 Greenpeace Africa has launched a petition calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa to put water at the centre of all government decision-making.  

Equites reports strong FY18 distribution growth

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th May 2018 Real estate investment trust (Reit) Equites Property achieved 12.2% year-on-year growth in distributions a share to R1.23 for the financial year ended February 28 – cementing the company’s record of strong distribution that exceeds full year guidance.  

Coating solution from Surcotec extends Labyrinth casing life span and saves costs for Eskom Palmiet Hydro installation

10th May 2018 Surcotec’s metal spray coating solution has extended the life span of a Labyrinth casing thereby avoiding the need for costly replacement, leading to significant cost savings for key customer, Eskom, at its Palmiet Hydro installation.  The power station is located near Grabouw in the Western Cape... 

Effective Stormwater Management Is Crucial

10th May 2018 Effective stormwater management can prevent pollution, flooding, erosion and damage to the environment and infrastructure.  Therefore, it makes financial sense for local municipalities to invest in products and technologies to ensure that the quality of infrastructure, be it stability and... 

“Opportunities for everyone” as Engen bursaries extend work training to poor with learning disabilities

10th May 2018 Engen sponsored bursaries aimed at extending access to crucial work-training opportunities for persons with learning disabilities has seen Work4You successfully place 90% of candidates, significantly boosting employment of these young adults in the formal labour market. Although Engen has spent... 

DST committed to making inroads despite tight budget

By: Kim Cloete     9th May 2018 The Department of Science and Technology will be working on a tight budget of R7.8-billion this year, but hopes to make inroads in programmes and innovations across South Africa. The money will be used to address transformation, through key research, development and support initiatives.  

Aurecon strengthens Gauteng Built Environment team with new unit leader

By: Simone Liedtke     9th May 2018 Recognising the increasing pressure on the built environment from growing populations and development in African countries, global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon has appointed Kolosa Madikizela as its unit leader for the built environment, in Gauteng. “African skylines... 

5th SAAMA conference is 'smarter' and now, eSmarter

8th May 2018 According to Alan Tait, ‘learning within Asset Management, as within any other discipline, is constantly under pressure to adopt new technologies and techniques to ensure an increase in learner impact and engagement’. For this reason, organisers of the fifth Southern African Asset Management... 

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