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SA will take some three years to recover from drought, WC more – Mokonyane

By: African News Agency      26th May 2017 South Africa will take two to three years to recover from the worst drought in a century but the Western Cape will feel the effects for longer than that, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said on Friday. Mokonyane said in her budget vote speech major dams were almost three quarters... 

Surcotec’s thermal spray coating solutions has the Western Cape marine market covered

     26th May 2017 The marine industry is a notoriously harsh environment for equipment, parts and components due to accelerated corrosion in a seawater atmosphere and severe operating conditions. Leading thermal spray company, Surcotec, in partnership with Thermaspray, offers a range of high quality thermal spray... 

New-look procurement rules punted as possible transformation game changer

By: David Oliveira     26th May 2017 Major reform of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) regulations, which came into effect last month, has been held up as a key tool in driving radical economic transformation in South Africa by providing greater opportunities for small, medium-sized and microenterprises... 

Stellenbosch municipality announces tougher water restrictions

By: News24Wire      26th May 2017 The Stellenbosch municipality will also introduce Level 4 water restrictions from June 1, with exemptions available on application for the town's important agricultural and nursery industries, it announced on Thursday. This is after Western Cape Premier Helen Zille declared a drought disaster in... 

Chairside milling beneficial for dental industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2017 With the dental industry moving towards chairside milling for clinics, digital production solutions company Telpro Management launched electronics manufacturer Roland’s DWX-52DC tooth milling machine last month.  

New-look procurement rules punted as possible transformation game changer

By: David Oliveira     26th May 2017 Major reform of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) regulations, which came into effect last month, is expected to provide the legislative assistance to drive radical economic transformation in South Africa by providing greater opportunities for small, medium-sized and... 

Jasco acquires majority stake in Reflex

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2017 JSE-listed Jasco Electronics has acquired a majority 51% stake in Johannesburg-based information technology (IT) managed services group Reflex Solutions for R39.8-million. The acquisition of Reflex, which recently expanded into fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) solutions, adding to a portfolio of hosted... 

Cape Town water supplies will last until August – city official 

By: News24Wire      25th May 2017 The City of Cape Town has enough water to last until August or September at current consumption levels, an official has said. Any rainfall in the coming weeks would change this projection, but there was "significant uncertainty" over the rain forecast for June and July, mayoral committee member... 

Mgojo elected president as chamber heads for new beginning, new name, rebranding

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2017 It is an organisation that is more relevant today than it has ever been in its 128-year history. Its role is so much more than mining. It operates in a changing environment and needs to contemplate its own new identity and name. 

Govt, industry agree on way forward for State-owned wireless network

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th May 2017 As the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) spends the next few months developing the implementation plan for the recently tabled National Integrated Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy, Telecommunications Minister Dr Siyabonga Cwele on Wednesday assured... 

Cape Town to spend more than R300m over 3 years to tackle drought

By: News24Wire      24th May 2017 City of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille says the city plans to spend R315-million in the next three financial years to deal with the ongoing drought in the region. This came after Western Cape Premier Helen Zille declared the Western Cape a disaster zone last week to accelerate the deployment... 

Cape Town water usage must come down by 100 million litres - city

By: News24Wire      23rd May 2017 Water use in Cape Town must be brought down by 100 million litres immediately, the City of Cape Town said in a statement on Monday. “Dam storage levels are now at 20,7%, which is 0,7% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being usable, dam levels are effectively at... 

Engen’s investment in grass-root talent changes lives and our world

     22nd May 2017 Engen’s recent graduate induction marked another major step in the business’ talent development strategy, and a proud day for the 20 graduates who gathered in Cape Town-along with their Engen-appointed mentors-to begin their orientation into the business. This latest crop of maths, science and... 

US awards grant to SA renewable energy company

By: African News Agency      19th May 2017 The US Trade and Development Agency has awarded a grant to Pele Green Energy, a South African independent power developer based in Johannesburg. Wednesday’s grant funds a feasibility study to assess the viability of a 75 MW solar photovoltaic power plant in the Free State province of South... 

Advances in PBMR designs demonstrate possible cost, efficiency benefits – Eskom 

By: Kim Cloete     19th May 2017 Advances have been made in the new Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) design, which show promise for being both cheaper and less complicated than previous designs, says Eskom. The design for PBMRs were initially developed in South Africa. Research into PBMRs was mothballed in 2010, but has since... 

Eskom Academy trains over 500 contractors

     19th May 2017 Over the last three years, State-owned power utility Eskom’s enterprise development programme, the Contractor Academy, trained 518 contractors from all nine provinces, with the youth accounting for about 60% of participants. The programme started as a pilot programme in 2008 and has since grown... 

Expo creates new opportunities for young scientists

     19th May 2017 Earlier this month, three learners departed to participate in the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, and Environment Project Olympiad (I-SWEEEP) in Houston, US. The three learners did exceptionally well in the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Finals in October last... 

Industry leaders warn of loss in investments in renewables sector

By: Johane Turkstra     19th May 2017 Following State-owned power utility Eskom’s decision last year not to sign a number of contracts with independent power producers (IPP) and the delay in doing so since, industry leaders are warning that a loss in investments in the renewables sector could lead to a severe plateau in... 

No corruption in nuclear negotiations, Eskom chief nuclear officer assures 

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2017 Eskom’s chief nuclear officer David Nicholls is still firmly committed to the principle that nuclear is the way to go for a sustainable energy future and says he knows of no corruption in negotiations on a deal to procure new nuclear energy capacity. “I’ve been in the middle of this deal for... 

INDUTEC 2017 Day 2 – Why moves toward water security offer huge opportunities for innovative suppliers

     18th May 2017 Pump, valves and pipes manufacturers exhibiting in Johannesburg are told their products are vital to the future water supply that will drive economic growth The conference agenda set the tone for the second day of INDUTEC  2017 in Johannesburg today as the preservation of this vital resource... 

New Southern African commercial aviation activity report shows sharp fall in first quarter

By: Keith Campbell     18th May 2017 The Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (Caasa) on Thursday officially launched its Caasa Aviation Activity Index (CAAI). This is a composite index of aviation activity, developed to improve knowledge about conditions in the sector. “We decided we’d really like to know what is... 

Open letter to Zuma: 'Water crisis will lead to war and deaths in W Cape'

By: News24Wire      18th May 2017 The water crisis in the Western Cape will lead to war and deaths unless urgent steps are taken soon, Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) said on Wednesday. "We know that we have asked for you to step down, but whilst you are still president we bring this urgent matter to your... 

Cape Town’s water crisis calls for drastic steps – city official 

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2017 Despite dramatically reducing water consumption, the City of Cape Town is still in a severe situation, with dam levels dropping by the day. “We are well beyond the point that Gauteng was at when it declared a disaster,” City of Cape Town executive director of informal settlements, water and waste... 

Building African brands a feature of African Utility Week

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2017 Africans need to be proud of their brands and local companies and do everything they can to boost the image and reputation of these brands, says Brand Leadership Group founder and chairperson Thebe Ikalafeng. “The top brands that Africans admire are all foreign. How are we going to transform the... 

Supply chain practitioners aim for global benchmarks

     17th May 2017 It is forecast that there will be 25 billion sensor devices connected to the ‘internet of things’ (IoT) by the year 2020;[1] this bodes well for the supply chain profession as almost 80% of organisations experience inadequate visibility of their supply chains.[2]   Sensor technology is allowing... 

African countries look to minigrids to light up rural areas

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2017 African countries are increasingly looking towards minigrids to provide people living in remote areas access to electricity. Government officials from Ghana, Uganda and Nigeria have told delegates at the African Utility Week, in Cape Town, this week, that minigrids are the way to go for many... 

World Bank cautions African utilities against mounting debt 

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2017 A survey undertaken by the World Bank has shown that less than half of the utilities in sub-Saharan Africa are able to cover their operating expenditures and that several countries lose in excess of $0.25 for every kilowatt-hour that gets sold.  The sobering assessment of the financial health of... 

Western Cape water crisis an opportunity for innovation – Zille

By: News24Wire      17th May 2017 Western Cape Premier Helen Zille on Tuesday compared the ongoing drought in the Western Cape to load shedding in 2008, saying it was an opportunity for the country to innovate. "This is an opportunity for South Africa to emerge as the fastest growing water economy in the world," Zille said in a... 

Don't leave the meter running on utility infrastructure upgrades

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th May 2017 A smart solution for overcoming barriers to municipal cash flow and revenue collection By Martin Kuhlmann – Siemens SA Technical Sales 

Certainty needed to drive energy projects in Africa 

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2017 Private sector players have called on African governments to be reliable and predictable in their energy policies and programmes. "Investors want to know that the rules won’t change in the middle of a project,” Power Africa coordinator Andrew Herscowitz told delegates at Africa Utility Week on... 

Absence of Eskom CEO rattles opening of African Utility Week 

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2017 Despite great anticipation ahead of his address, reinstated Eskom CEO Brian Molefe did not open the annual African Utility Week, in Cape Town, as planned. The CEO was scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the opening plenary, attended by several thousand energy and water experts, but pulled out... 

Water levels in South Africa still slowly dropping

By: Anine Kilian     16th May 2017 Water levels are continuing to drop gradually despite recent good rains that have been experienced in some parts of South Africa. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on Tuesday said the national water storage decreased from 72.9% last week to 72.7% this week. This was, however, still... 

Kubayi expresses support for 3 700 MW gas-to-power vision amid IPP uncertainty 

By: Terence Creamer     16th May 2017 Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi expressed her support on Tuesday for the country’s proposed gas-to-power programme, assuring delegates to a conference in Cape Town that government intended proceeding in line with the existing “vision and policy objectives” for gas infrastructure. “Over the past... 

Critical water warning for Capetonians

By: African News Agency      15th May 2017 The City of Cape Town metro on Monday issued a “critical warning” to water users in the Mother City. The city has warned residents to only use water for drinking, cooking and washing as dam levels drop to 21.2%, or an effective 11.2%, as the last 10% of dam water is not useable. 

City of Cape Town a hub for food and beverage manufacturing sector – deputy mayor

By: African News Agency      15th May 2017 The City of Cape Town has set itself the goal of establishing Cape Town as a forward-looking, globally competitive business city, deputy mayor Ian Neilson said on Sunday. Cape Town already boasted some of South Africa’s largest food and beverage manufacturing companies, making the city a... 

High Court rejects Farmers Trust’s appeal in fresh produce competition investigation 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th May 2017 The High Court of South Africa has dismissed an application by Farmers Trust to set aside the Competition Commission’s search warrant in an investigation into alleged cartel and price-fixing conduct by fresh produce market agents. The failed bid followed a search and seizure operation conducted... 

New research facility enhances offerings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 Chemicals solutions provider Chryso Southern Africa (Chryso) has established a research facility in Jet Park, Johannesburg, to develop products specifically for the African market while offering regional testing services. Chryso CEO Norman Seymore tells Engineering News that South Africa has been... 

Online bidding platform aims to ‘disrupt’ truck transport industry

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2017 Linebooker wants to do for the truck transport industry what Uber’s introduction did within the metered taxi industry – disrupt the traditional business model, cut costs and improve competitiveness and convenience. A spinoff from the innovation arm of CCS Logistics (part of the Oceana Group),... 

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