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“Best of the Best” primed for the 2017 Engen Champ of Champs

     22nd September 2017 The top under-17 football teams from across South Africa will soon lock horns in a fierce battle to determine which club can call themselves the “best of the best.” The 2017 Engen Champ of Champs will kick off at the University of Pretoria on Thursday, 5 October with the champions being crowned... 

Tariff push-back

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2017 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has outlined the process it will be following to assess Eskom’s request for a 19.9% tariff increase for the 2018/19 financial year, setting a deadline of October 13 for the submission of written comments. Nersa has approved Eskom’s request to... 

Broken lifts and stairs for commuters with wheelchairs

By: News24Wire      21st September 2017 There is no time frame on when railway stations in Cape Town will be universally accessible, but they will be upgraded says Metrorail. The trains themselves will only be fully accessible for wheelchair users in two to three years, GroundUp reported. 

Eskom’s unsustainable business model in need of proactive reform – Eberhard

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom is stuck in a “classic utility death spiral” that many power companies worldwide face as the pressure to adopt new business models and proactively reform increases. Eskom’s need for higher tariffs to offset declining electricity sales amid ever-rising costs is... 

‘Rebasing’ for lower Eskom sales to trigger 9.4% hike even before any revenue adjustment 

By: Terence Creamer     20th September 2017 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has sounded that warning that, even if its allowable revenue is not increased at all for the 2018/19 year, tariffs will still need to rise by 9.4% simply to accommodate a “rebasing” electricity sales volumes when compared with those approved in the third... 

CTC Plant Company turns 25

     20th September 2017 The year of 2017 is a landmark year for South Africa’s most experienced used equipment company, CTC Plant Company (Pty) Ltd, based at Airport Industria, Cape Town, conveniently located right next to the Airport and close to main access highways. 

Many Capetonians ignoring water restrictions – City

By: News24Wire      19th September 2017 Many Capetonians are failing to adhere to level 5 water restrictions, with only one out of two limiting their daily personal water consumption to 87 litres, the City of Cape Town said. The City of Cape Town announced level 5 water restrictions earlier this month. 

First Raspberry Pi Jam comes to South Africa

     19th September 2017 16 September 2017 – Willie Strydom was awarded the prize for the most innovative build at the first ever Raspberry Pi Jam to be hosted in South Africa.    Willie’s project in ‘home automation’ is designed to consolidate various home automation applications into a single user interface that can be... 

Engen launches innovative Pharmacy Concept in Kenya

     18th September 2017 Engen launched its first pharmacy in Kenya earlier this month at its highly-successful Hurlingham branch in Nairobi, in partnership with Payless Pharmacy.   Selling over-the-counter and prescription medication, the pharmacy is yet another source of convenience for consumers to choose Engen.... 

Fleet Renewal Puts Burma Plant Hire At Cutting Edge

     18th September 2017 A restructuring and fleet renewal programme at Cape Town-based Burma Plant Hire has put the company on track for further growth in the construction, mining and other sectors. Significantly, the company is a Level 2 contributor to BBBEE. In addition to its traditional base load work in the... 

World’s largest museum dedicated to African art opens in Cape Town this week

By: Kim Cloete     18th September 2017 The world’s largest museum dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora has been unveiled at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, and will officially open its doors to the public on Friday. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) is the V&A Waterfront’s R500-million... 

Nelson Mandela Bay chamber says 19.9% power hike would be ‘crippling’

By: Terence Creamer     15th September 2017 The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber has expressed extreme disappointment with Eskom’s application for a 19.9% tariff increase from April 1, 2018, warning that such a hike would be “crippling” to business and the economy. Should the increase be approved it could translate to a 27.5% municipal... 

Following My Dream And Making A Difference

     15th September 2017 “It is increasingly important to me to use my career as a tool to address the challenges we face in our current environment. My final year Mechanical Engineering thesis, a wave-powered desalinator, was motivated by addressing water scarcity,” says Kausar Khan, engineer for renewable energy... 

McKinsey, KPMG targeted as South Africa graft scandal widens

By: Bloomberg     15th September 2017 After helping topple one of Britain’s best known public-relations companies, South African anti-corruption groups are now targeting US consultancy McKinsey & Co. and auditing firm KPMG for doing work for businesses tied to the Gupta family and President Jacob Zuma’s son. The Guptas, originally... 

Systems water intensive, but more efficient and environment friendly 

By: Victor Moolman     15th September 2017 Although ultrahigh-pressure water blasting systems used to clean refineries or cut rock and prepare surfaces on mines will not save water, it is more efficient than using acid washing or abrasive grit blasting techniques, says water jetting solutions provider Total Blasting sales director Bradley... 

Stakeholders to push back at upcoming hearings into Eskom’s 2018 hike 

By: Terence Creamer     14th September 2017 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has outlined the process it will be following to assess Eskom’s request for a 19.9% tariff increase for the 2018/19 financial year, setting a deadline of October 13 for the submission of written comments. Nersa has approved Eskom’s request to... 

Cape Town identifies inner city housing sites for lower income families

By: News24Wire      14th September 2017 The City of Cape Town identified 11 central sites it owns that would be set aside for affordable, social and transitional housing initiatives. Mayor Patricia de Lille on Wednesday said the goal was to reverse the effects of apartheid spatial planning, forced removals and gentrification. 

Eskom inquiry reference book published

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th September 2017 Professor Anton Eberhard and Catrina Godinho have published ‘The Eskom Inquiry Reference Book' as an aid to the upcoming Parliamentary inquiry into so-called State capture at the power utility. The inquiry by the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises is due to kick off later this month. It... 

National Industrial Efficiency Conference will empower greener industry

     13th September 2017 The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) will be hosting its biennial Industrial Efficiency Conference in Cape Town in its on-going efforts to capacitate industrial and commercial sectors to become cleaner, greener and more resource efficient. The conference, a two day event... 

Zuma talks up NDP's 'achievements' at anniversary bash

By: News24Wire      13th September 2017 President Jacob Zuma talked up the adoption of the National Development Plan (NDP) at a five-year anniversary bash, and did not mention radical economic transformation once. Zuma and Cabinet colleagues celebrated the adoption of the plan in Cape Town on Tuesday, labelling it the "roadmap to... 

Western Cape dam levels still dire

By: News24Wire      12th September 2017 Water levels in Western Cape dams are showing slight improvements at an average 35.2% full, but the situation is still dire. This time last year, dams were 61% full. 

Atlantis Special Economic Zone designation application published for comment

By: African News Agency      11th September 2017 The City of Cape Town, the Western Cape government, and GreenCape on Sunday welcomed “with great excitement” the notice by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies to designate Atlantis, north of Cape Town, a Special Economic Zone (SEZ). Davies has published the intention to designate the Atlantis... 

Trends in commercial property and the changing nature of risk

     8th September 2017 Pieter van den Berg – Commercial Segment Lead, Eaton Africa Region The business and commercial property landscape is changing as a result of mass urbanisation and population growth, in fact 64.3% of the current South Africa population lives in urban areas. As a result buildings are now being... 

Zuma launches first provincial InvestSA One Stop Shop

By: African News Agency      8th September 2017 President Jacob Zuma officiated over the official opening of the first provincial InvestSA One Stop Shop in the Western Cape on Friday. Speaking in Cape Town, Zuma described the launch as historic following the launch of the national One Stop Shop in Pretoria in March this year. 

Western Cape independent fuel storage and distribution project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th September 2017 The Western Cape independent fuel storage and distribution project was officially opened at the end of August. 

Thermaspray showcases thermal spray coating technologies and welding capabilities in Limpopo

     7th September 2017 Thermaspray showcased its ground-breaking thermal spray coating technologies and Plasma Transferred Arc (PTA) welding process capabilities at the Mining & Technical Exhibitions (MTE) which took place in Mogalakwena and Lephalale, Limpopo, on 1st and 3rd August 2017 respectively. Thermaspray’s... 

Thailand plans trade mission to South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th September 2017 A high-level Thailand trade delegation, led by the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) of the Ministry of Commerce of Thailand, will make its way to South Africa from September 18 to 22 to build trade links between the two countries. The delegation will comprise representatives of... 

Companies urged to join the digital revolution

By: Kim Cloete     6th September 2017 Companies have been advised to join the digital revolution, as innovations and technology start to change the nature of jobs and work in the rail and other industries. Siemens Mining and Freight Solutions global head Thomas Bieg on Wednesday said there would be huge demand for people with skills... 

Don’t leave people behind as the pace of technology speeds up, urges Gama

By: Kim Cloete     6th September 2017 It is crucial not to leave people behind amid the hurtling speed of change in technology, Transnet Group CE Siyabonga Gama has warned. “The Fourth Industrial Revolution is going to create better jobs and new industries that have never been thought of. But this must transform the global economy... 

China Railway shares its experience in operating heavy haul trains

By: Kim Cloete     5th September 2017 China’s national rail operator China Railway has outlined its experience in safety and technology tests in developing a 30 000 t heavy haul train, which passes through 13 cities on the country’s Daqin railway line. China Railway Transportation Bureau deputy director general Shen Ruiyuan said the... 

Zwane launches investigation into deadly Kusasalethu mining accident

By: African News Agency      5th September 2017 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has instructed that no stone should be left unturned in getting to the cause of the accident which claimed the lives of five mine workers at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine last week. “This should be a turning point in as far as accidents and fatalities... 

Heavy haul rail industry urged to improve efficiencies

By: Kim Cloete     5th September 2017 The heavy haul industry should work hard to improve the efficiency of rail operations, cut costs of doing business and create internationally competitive supply chains, says Transnet Group CE Siyabonga Gama. He told delegates at the eleventh International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) conference,... 

Western Cape dams only a third full

By: News24Wire      5th September 2017 The Western Cape's dams are only at an average 33.6% full as the rainy season draws to a close, the province's MEC for Local Government Anton Bredell said on Monday. At the moment, Theewaterskloof Dam is currently at 26% (2016: 51%); Voëlvlei Dam is at 26% (2016: 65%) and Clanwilliam Dam 38%... 

Revolutionary industrial changes set to shift the heavy haul industry

By: Kim Cloete     4th September 2017 Heavy haul rail operators across the world have been urged to adapt to rapid advances in technology and improvements in cybersecurity. “The Fourth Industrial Revolution will change everything. The rise in technology will be profound, but it will also open up bridges for us,” World Economic Forum... 

SMC Pneumatics to Showcase at ProPak Cape 2017

     4th September 2017 SMC Pneumatics is a proud, official sponsor of ProPak Cape 2017 As the world leaders in pneumatics and industrial automation, SMC Pneumatics prides itself on developing solutions for almost every industry. One of the largest and most vital sectors to the company is that of the food, beverage and... 

Level 5 water restrictions implemented in Cape Town

By: News24Wire      4th September 2017 Further water restrictions for domestic and commercial users have been implemented in Cape Town, Mayor Patricia de Lille announced on Sunday. “[These include] the institution of Level 5 restrictions and a further increase in pressure management,” she said. 

Water dept moves to fast-track Cape Town’s critical water use licence applications

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st September 2017 Amid the ongoing drought in the Western Cape, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is assessing critical water use licence applications submitted by the City of Cape Town. These applications are being given priority and include three applications for the abstraction of water for domestic... 

Master Builders South Africa’s yearly congress to unpack construction industry challenges

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st September 2017 Under this year’s theme of Building South Africa Together, the yearly Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) Congress aims to tackle economic transformation in the South African construction sector and the impact of ratings downgrades on the development and the future of the industry. Now it its... 

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