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Food, beverage supply chain under focus at SAPICS 2017 conference

     Updated 3 hours ago Food production is the world’s largest manufacturing sector, and in Africa it is second only to the oil and gas industry – based on the combined revenue of the 111 largest African agro-food companies. Potential for further growth is substantial, but it relies on efficient and innovative supply... 

Blue Nova launches production facility as lithium-iron battery bug bites in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     Updated 3 hours ago Energy storage solutions company Blue Nova has launched a new production facility in Somerset West, near Cape Town, to keep up with rising demand for lithium-iron yttrium phosphate (LiFeYPo4) batteries. The lithium-iron batteries are seen as an excellent alternative to ageing lead-acid batteries,... 

TNPA appoints new port managers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st April 2017 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has appointed the Port of Cape Town’s first female port manager Mpumi Dweba, who most recently served as port manager at the Port of Ngqura. She succeeds Sipho Nzuza, who recently resigned to take up the role of eThekwini municipality city manager. 

On-The-Air (21/04/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     21st April 2017 A new gold project being fast-tracked following the successful raising of capital in London and Johannesburg; A new aspirant mining champion has stepped up to the plate with a R2.3-billion debut deal and Money is being raised to revive a once thriving copper-mining area in the Northern Cape. 

Interest in nuclear energy said to be rising across sub-Saharan Africa 

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2017 There is more interest in nuclear energy in sub-Saharan Africa than is generally realised. According to the World Nuclear Association (WNA), countries in the region which are individually planning or considering nuclear power are Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and... 

Africa’s largest scissor lift launched

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st April 2017 Mobile elevated work platform rental company Goscor Access Rental launched Africa’s largest scissor lift at its Montague Gardens facility, in Cape Town, last month. The HL-275 D27, manufactured by Netherland-based industrial equipment supplier Holland Lift, has the highest working height and... 

Alternative power supply approach to benefit low-income areas

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 Alternative energy supply company Specialized Solar Systems (SSS) is making significant headway in driving the large-scale implementation of its solar-powered distributed direct current microgrids, which incorporate the Internet of Things (IoT) to supply energy to low-income areas in the form of... 

Cross-border power to boost African economies

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 With the announcement of an ambitious power project to connect Cape Town and Cairo within the next three years by regional orhganisation the Eastern Africa Power Pool, the opportunities for reliable cross-border electricity generation are once again in the spotlight, says power generation... 

Interest in nuclear energy said to be rising across sub-Saharan Africa

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2017 There is more interest in nuclear energy in sub-Saharan Africa than is generally realised. According to the World Nuclear Association (WNA), countries in the region which are individually planning or considering nuclear power are Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and... 

Abland starts earthworks at Atlantic Hills business park

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th April 2017 Earthworks and services installation have started for the first phase of a new 450 000 m2 industrial precinct in Durbanville, the Atlantic Hills business park, with the first tenant expected to take occupation in January 2018, construction company Abland says. The first phase will involve the... 

Siemens enters into local manufacturing agreement with black industrialist firm

By: Anine Kilian     19th April 2017 German electronics manufacturer Siemens has entered into a local manufacturing agreement with Cape Town-based black industrialist company Electro Inductive Industries (Eii). Through this partnership, Eii will benefit from internationally recognised skills and knowledge transfer, while Siemens... 

Cape Town finally hits water use target

By: News24Wire      19th April 2017 Water consumption in Cape Town has dropped below the city’s 700-million litre per day target for the first time. The city’s inhabitants used 685-million litres per day in the past week, the city said in a statement on Tuesday. 

De Lille vows to take minister to court over energy management

By: News24Wire      19th April 2017 The City of Cape Town is preparing to take legal action against the energy minister over where it receives its electricity supply from, mayor Patricia de Lille said on Tuesday. The city would fight for its right to purchase renewable energy directly from independent power producers (IPP), she... 

Transforming the African energy landscape

     18th April 2017 Siemens has entered into a local manufacturing agreement with Electro Inductive Industries (PTY) Ltd (Eii), a Cape Town based Level 2 B-BBEE black industrialist company that specialises in the manufacturing of transformers. Through this partnership, Eii will benefit from... 

De Lille to address Cape Town drought intervention plans 

By: News24Wire      18th April 2017 Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille will join a panel discussion on Tuesday to discuss the city's interventions in the metro's drought crisis. De Lille will address the Climate Change Coalition at Green Point Urban Park, and will also discuss the city's stance on climate change, and the risks... 

Cape Town initiates study into viability of affordable-bicycle plant

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2017 The City of Cape Town is studying the viability of establishing a bicycle plant in the city, says Cape Town Transport and Urban Development Authority commissioner Melissa Whitehead. “As far as we know, there is no affordable bicycle manufacturing plant in the whole of Africa.” 

Exosun, Lesedi partnership to offer localised solar tracking solutions

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th April 2017 Global supplier of solar tracking solutions for ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) plants Exosun and South Africa-based engineering, procurement and construction company Lesedi Nuclear Services have entered into a partnership to provide localised solar tracking systems in South Africa. “Lesedi will... 

Flooring project completed at Cape Town hospital

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th April 2017 Vinyl supplier Polyflor South Africa (SA) recently completed a 16-storey building flooring project for the relocation of Christiaan Barnard Hospital –part of healthcare provider Netcare Group – in Cape Town, which has been under construction for 18 months.  

KSB Pumps & Valves

     14th April 2017 East Rand-headquartered KSB Pumps & Valves is an original-equipment manufacturer of technologically advanced pumps, valves and related products for the water, sewage, chemicals, petrochemicals, mining and building services sectors, among others. Since its establishment in 1959, the company has... 

Moz plant illustrates rapid commissioning potential of gas engines

By: Dylan Slater     14th April 2017 Electricity generation using gas as a fuel has great potential to meet the growing needs of many African countries, especially with a peaking-plant application, according to Cape Town-based engineering firm MTU South Africa, a subsidiary of UK-based engines, propulsion systems and distributed... 

Bosch sponsors equipment for research mission to Antarctica

     13th April 2017 Bosch has joined a range of eminent South African companies in sponsoring equipment for an initiative to conduct research into the Snow Petrel and the near-threatened Emperor Penguin in Antarctica. Craig Blanckenberg from Solutec, a solutions provider based in Cape Town, travelled to Antarctica... 

The 2017 SAAMA conference will be hub for the exchange of innovative ideas around the physical asset management

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th April 2017 The Southern African Asset Management Association (SAAMA) is gearing up to host the 4th annual physical asset management conference from 5 to 7 June 2017 at the Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West, Cape Town. The conference will focus on asset management as a holistic, systematic, dynamic and... 

Fresh produce markets, agents critical to enabling market access – association

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th April 2017 The agency system of sales in the South African fresh product market is “definitely not under siege”, as suggested by the recent Competition Commission raids, say Produce Marketing Association Southern Africa GM Lindie Stroebel and ZZ2 CEO Tommie van Zyl. The commission, last month, held search... 

South African nanosatellites to be launched soon as part of international project 

By: Keith Campbell     11th April 2017 Two South African-designed and built nanosatellites, designated nSight1 and ZA-Aerosat, are set to be launched into space next week, as part of a consignment of 28 nanosatellites from 23 countries. The entire shipment of nanosatellites will, according to current plans, be lifted into space by a... 

Step up to 2017 supply chain Global Challenge

     11th April 2017 Once again, the challenge is on for South African supply chain experts to test their skills against the world’s best – in the annual Fresh Connection Global Challenge.   “This is a great online simulation game in which participants must work together in teams of four to save a fictitious food... 

New online system allows transporters to bid directly on loads

By: Irma Venter     11th April 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),... 

Golden Arrow, MyCiTi to suspend service after strike announced

By: News24Wire      11th April 2017 Golden Arrow Bus Services staff around the country will go on strike later this week after wage negotiations deadlocked, the company said in a statement on Monday. The MyCiTi bus service in Cape Town would be suspended for the same reason. 

Capetonians urged to keep up water-saving efforts despite rain

By: News24Wire      11th April 2017 The City of Cape Town on Monday urged consumers not to relax their water-saving efforts after two days of light rain in the city. The city's dam levels have declined to 25.2%. With the last 10% of a dam's water mostly unusable, dam levels are effectively at 15.2%, the city said in a statement. 

Africa’s first Radisson RED hotel to open in V&A Waterfront Silo District

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th April 2017 Africa’s first Radisson RED hotel is set to open in the third quarter of 2017 at the V&A Waterfront’s newly revamped Silo District, in Cape Town. The hotel chain, which successfully launched RED hotels in Brussels, Belgium, and Minneapolis, in the US, and with RED hotels in Campinas, Brazil, and... 

Cesa backs Treasury in much-anticipated procurement standards overhaul

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 In its quest to mitigate the challenges that consulting engineers face, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell says Cesa has developed a healthy working relationship with the National Treasury. 

Consulting engineer develops process for projects

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 Project work for global engineering company Hatch’s Environmental and Social Services Group (Hatch ESSG) is picking up significantly, owing to its continual evolution of the Hatch project life-cycle process (PLP) that includes a strong focus on integrating the social, community and environmental... 

Duncan Ayling

     7th April 2017 This week we feature Duncan Ayling, GM of Wind Prospect, a wind and solar engineering and technical consultancy providing services for developers, investors, lenders and utilities throughout Africa   

Thermal spray coating solutions for Turbomachinery and Rotating Equipment from Thermaspray

     6th April 2017 Thermally sprayed coating solutions, as provided by coating technology specialist, Thermaspray, ensures protection from wear, erosion and corrosion for a wide range of components found in the turbomachinery and rotating equipment industries. The application of a thermally sprayed coating leads to... 

Africa’s Largest, Tallest Scissor Lift Launched By Goscor Access Rental

     4th April 2017 In keeping with its philosophy of introducing the most technologically-advanced equipment locally from leading international manufacturers, Goscor Access Rental is launching the continent’s largest scissor lift, boasting the highest working height and biggest deck of any comparable machine. The... 

100 days of water left in Cape Town dams, restrictions to be tightened

By: News24Wire      4th April 2017 Cape Town’s water supply is down to its last 100 days, resulting in the municipality bringing forward its emergency supply schemes. Dam storage levels had declined to 26.2%, one percentage point down from last week, the City of Cape Town said in a statement on Monday. 

M&R Water, partner offer emergency desalinated water solutions in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     3rd April 2017 Murray & Roberts (M&R) Water and Australian-based Osmoflo have concluded a memorandum of agreement to offer emergency desalination plants in South Africa. Through its agreement with Osmoflo, M&R Water has four 7 000 m3/d sea water desalination plants that are immediately available to the drought... 

Emergency desalinated water solutions for drought stricken areas of South Africa

     3rd April 2017 Murray & Roberts Water and Osmoflo (an Australian-based company) concluded a Memorandum of Agreement to offer emergency desalination plants to the Southern African market. Harry Singleton, Operations Executive, Murray & Roberts Water comments: “Osmoflo has a business model built around supplying... 

Wind farms cause drought

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     31st March 2017 I quote from an obituary (of Nancy Wertheimer, which refers to her partner, Ed Leeper – both were American): "In 1979, Wertheimer and Leeper reported that children living near high-current electrical wiring had a higher than expected rate of leukaemia. At the time, the association was seen as a... 

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