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Cape Town housing expansion not linked to water crisis

By: News24Wire      20th July 2017 Cape Town's water restrictions cannot be blamed on new housing projects popping up around the city, the city's mayoral committee member in charge of water and sanitation said. "Despite our population growth almost doubling since 1996, our water demand remained relatively flat," said Xanthea... 

High standard of fire and security technology & services at Securex 2017 win the approval of decision makers

     19th July 2017 Securex 2017, held at Gallagher Convention Centre from 30 May to 1 June, again proved that it is Africa’s premier exhibition for sourcing security- and fire-related solutions all under one roof. With 121 local (75%) and 53 international exhibitors showcasing their solutions on 3 388 m2 of stand... 

MSA Africa, Africa Fire Mission donate essential firefighting equipment

     19th July 2017 MSA Africa has teamed up with Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) Africa Fire Mission and High Pressure Systems (HPS) to donate essential firefighting equipment to Machakos County in Kenya. The latest donation of an advanced, energy-efficient Bauer compressor to fill Self-Contained Breathing... 

What is government doing about Cape Town’s water crisis?

By: News24Wire      19th July 2017 Cape Town's dam levels were at just over 26% on July 17, almost 17% down on the same week last year. The City says it is hard to use the last 10% of water in dams, meaning the dam levels are essentially about 16%, GroundUp reported. For a city that relies on historically wet winters, these... 

Mercedes-Benz lifts veil on production version of new X-Class bakkie

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2017 The premium market finally has a bakkie. German manufacturer Daimler on Tuesday evening in Cape Town lifted the veil on the production version of its Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup, scheduled to launch in South Africa in the first quarter of 2018. 

Engen’s Phikolomzi Gugwana has found his wings and space to fly

     18th July 2017 Phikolomzi Gugwana grew up in Mount Ayliff in the Eastern Cape but attended a secondary school in Wentworth, Durban as there were no high schools in Mount Ayliff that taught in English.   From an early age, Phikolomzi (his name means ‘wings’) showed great aptitude for maths and science, subjects... 

Vitol drops plan to buy Gupta stake in RBCT

By: Bloomberg     18th July 2017 Vitol Group, the world’s largest independent oil trader, walked away from a deal to buy a stake in the Richards Bay Coal Terminal from a company controlled by South Africa’s Gupta family. “The consortium comprising Vitol and Burgh Group Holdings will not be proceeding with the acquisition,” the... 

If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet!

     17th July 2017 BBF Safety Group donation enables youth upliftment project to extend its reach to more children The Happy Feet Youth Project is a Cape Town-based non-governmental organisation that works with under-privileged children in one of the oldest and most over-crowded townships called Langa. 

Inaugural Africa Architecture Awards to take place in September

By: David Oliveira     14th July 2017 The inaugural Africa Architecture Awards, the first Pan-African awards programme of its kind and launched by French manufacturing multinational Saint-Gobain, aims to recognise and reward worthy projects from across the African continent, with the overall winner garnering a $10 000 prize. The... 

Increased demand for fibre connectivity cables and accessories

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th July 2017 Cable accessories company Tank Industries says the telecommunications industry is picking up, owing to the uptake of fibre-optic cables in domestic and new build commercial installations.  

Nuclear collaboration is all that this country is looking for

By: Kelvin Kemm     14th July 2017 I spent a week in Moscow recently, attending the yearly Russian nuclear power conference and exhibition, Atomexpo 2017. As chairperson of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation, or Necsa, I was invited to chair the opening session of the conference, which was attended by hundreds of people... 

Powermite

     14th July 2017 Gauteng-headquartered Powermite, which has been operational since 1967, manufactures products for moving and rotating machinery, as well as cable, industrial plugs and sockets, mining connectors and lighting systems. 

Spotlight on solar

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 With solar photovoltaic (PV) installations now recognised globally as the cheapest form of power generation, a key emerging trend is the integration of these systems with storage and transport options, says solar solutions provider SOLA Future Energy CEO Dom Wills. 

Desalination could be necessary to mitigate S Africa’s water woes 

By: Anine Kilian     13th July 2017 With freshwater resources in South Africa almost fully utilised and heavily stressed – especially in the Western Cape, where drought conditions have left dam levels at 25% – water scarcity conditions are set to increase in the country, especially in winter months, according to engineering... 

Years of gridlock face South Africa as new rules hurt mining 

By: Bloomberg     13th July 2017 Executives from Sibanye Gold Ltd., South Africa’s biggest gold miner, were in Los Angeles in the final stages of a roadshow with U.S. bond fund managers last month when a bombshell hit from back home. The government had introduced shock new rules requiring local mines be 30 percent black-owned in... 

Green Bond to help with 'new normal' of water shortages

By: News24Wire      13th July 2017 The City of Cape Town should spend some of the R1bn raised in its first Green Bond on installing digital water-use devices in homes, a University of Cape Town (UCT) senior lecturer has suggested. "We have no electronic dashboard to help us compare day-to-day consumption," Dr Kevin Winter, who is... 

Platinum for new fuel cell Mercedes cut to autocat level  

By: Martin Creamer     12th July 2017 German car manufacturer Daimler has cut the platinum loading of its new fuel cell Mercedes to catalytic converter level. “We reduced the amount of platinum by 90%, which provides a significant cost reduction. Our fuel cell is not much above the platinum loading of a catalytic converter on a... 

Thermal spray coating and Plasma Transferred Arc cladding solutions from Thermaspray protect power generation components against corrosion and wear

     12th July 2017 South Africa’s Thermal Spray and Plasma Coating technology specialist, Thermaspray, delivers world-class refurbishing, manufacturing and repair services to numerous power stations around the country. Equipment and components such as steam generators, pumps and turbines that handle steam and water... 

Cape Town dams 25.4% full

By: News24Wire      11th July 2017 Despite an increase in water levels since June, the City of Cape Town says dam storage levels and usable water are still very low. The city said in a statement on Monday that dam storage levels were at 25.4% and usable water levels were at approximately 15.4%. Water levels have increased by 6%,... 

Ekurhuleni tops metros in governance in BD index

By: African News Agency      10th July 2017 The Business Day newspaper’s new index that tracks how well cities and towns spend residents’ money has ranked the City of Ekurhuleni top in the country, the city said on Sunday. Released in June, the index allocated each municipality a score out of 100 points based on five indicators – the... 

Wesgro to host water loss conference in Cape Town in 2018  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th July 2017 The International Water Association's (IWA’s) 2018 Water Loss Conference will be held in Cape Town from May 7 to 9, 2018.   The conference, which will be hosted by Wesgro, will be held at the Century City Conference Centre and Hotel and is expected to attract over 500 participants from more than... 

BMW i-brand now best-selling electric vehicle in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2017 Two years after its market launch in South Africa, the BMW i-brand has established itself as the best selling electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) in the country. Since the i-brand’s market introduction in March 2015, a total of 419 BMW i models have been delivered to... 

Increased battery efficiency for electric forklift fleets

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th July 2017 Industrial battery management system (BMS) developer Balancell has turned electric forklift batteries into smart connected devices for increased lifespan and efficiency.  

International nuclear regulatory body selects South African for key post

By: Keith Campbell     7th July 2017 South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) CEO Dr Bismark Tyobeka has been appointed Chairperson of the Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the NNR announced late last month. The appointment was decided at the annual RCF Steering Committee... 

Besam automatic door systems at Lanseria International Airport

     6th July 2017 ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems’ automatic entrance and exit solutions facilitate passage at Lanseria International Airport’s international departures terminal as well as to offices at the facility. First established in 1974 and located North of Johannesburg, Lanseria is South Africa’s only... 

GIL Africa: How are companies using digital tech to gain the ultimate competitive edge?

     6th July 2017 Frost & Sullivan to host 360 degree Industry Think Tanks that will demonstrate digital growth opportunities across industry sectors A number of organisations are entering the race for “digital transformation”, striving to gain the ultimate competitive edge within their industry and against... 

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... 

Chevron refinery in Cape Town gets high pressure clean

     5th July 2017 Chevron’s refinery in Milnerton, Cape Town, underwent its annual shutdown during February and March this year, during which all critical path production equipment is maintained. High pressure industrial cleaning of the plant and equipment was conducted using equipment from South Africa’s leading... 

Paragon Group wins big at SAPOA Awards 2017 

     5th July 2017 The Paragon Group has confirmed its place as one of the premier architecture and design firms in South Africa, with Paragon Architects and Paragon Interface clinching four major awards at the South African Property Owners’ Association (SAPOA) awards held during its annual convention in Cape Town... 

Harsh summer predicted for 2018 – Cape Town

By: News24Wire      5th July 2017 The City of Cape Town on Monday warned residents to conserve more water as a harsh summer is predicted for the city in 2018. In a statement, the city said residents should use less than 87l of water per person per day. 

Fly-farm venture mulls two more SA sites, appoints heavy hitters as it expands

By: Irma Venter     4th July 2017 Waste-to-nutrient group AgriProtein will expand its presence in South Africa with two new fly-farming sites, while also growing its research and development function in the country, says CEO Jason Drew. AgriProtein started operations in Cape Town in 2015, launching the world’s first... 

Top level conference alongside the region’s finest supplier expo make Oil & Gas Africa 2017 a magnet for industry chiefs next week

     4th July 2017 Cape Town hosts one of the most important Oil & Gas sector events on the continent in 2017 with key industry speakers examining the present successes and the future of southern Africa’s energy sector Engineers from across Africa arrive in Cape Town next week for the Oil & Gas Africa 2017... 

IFP calls for urgent action to stop national taxi strike

By: African News Agency      30th June 2017 The Inkatha Freedom Party has called for urgent action to prevent a national taxi strike bringing the country to a standstill. Parts of the country, including Johannesburg and Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town have been affected by taxi strikes in recent weeks which saw outbreaks of violence and... 

DA, ANC duke it out over who's to blame for Western Cape drought

By: News24Wire      30th June 2017 Democratic Alliance (DA) and African National Congress (ANC) Members of Parliament (MPLs) took turns in blaming each other over the causes of the Western Cape drought. The Western Cape legislature debated the crippling effects of the current drought in the province on Thursday. The draught was... 

Acquisition creates larger industry opportunities

     30th June 2017 In April, construction and civil engineering contractor Esor acquired trenchless technology specialist Tuboseal, renaming it to Esor Tuboseal, which creates larger industry opportunities. 

Company brings consulting engineering into digital age  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th June 2017 With advanced technologies replacing pen-and-paper approaches across all industries, engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa MD Salani Sithole stresses that consulting engineering companies must find ways to embrace the era of digitalisation in their... 

Company leads by example in new green premises

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th June 2017 Engineering consultant WSP Africa will be moving into its new head office in Knightsbridge office park in Bryanston, in September, providing its clients with a stellar example of a sustainable building project.  

Consulting engineering industry must become resilient

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th June 2017 A key focus that arose out of discussions at this year’s International Federation of Consulting Engineers’ Group of African Member Associations (FIDIC GAMA) Conference, and which will be further explored at the FIDIC International Infrastructure Conference in October, is the need for resilience... 

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