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The world still doesn’t have enough places to plug in cars

By: Bloomberg     15th February 2019 Even in the biggest electric vehicle markets, a driver venturing too far from home can have a hard time finding a place to recharge. Try your luck on California’s Pacific Coast Highway. The roughly 600-mile route between San Diego and San Francisco has dramatic sea cliffs, off-the-grid retreats,... 

Load-shedding 'not likely' on Friday – Eskom

By: African News Agency      15th February 2019 Eskom was not likely to implement load shedding on Friday, the power utility said. "Due to further improvement in generation performance and the notable strides made in replenishing water and diesel reserves, Eskom is not likely to implement load shedding on Friday. We thank South Africans and... 

Concrete paver launched at Las Vegas Expo

15th February 2019 At the World of Concrete 2019 Expo held in Las Vegas last month construction solutions provider Wirtgen Group introduced the new AutoPilot 2.0 – a pour in place concrete paver – showcased three Wirtgen slipform pavers and a texture curing machine, as well as displayed an aftermarket specialist... 

Ford’s Silverton plant starts production of refreshed Ranger 

By: Irma Venter     11th February 2019 Ford’s Silverton vehicle assembly plant in Pretoria has started production of the refreshed 2019 Ford Ranger. “Following the investment of over R3-billion in our local operations and extensive upgrades to our plants over the past 18 months, we are delighted to see the first of the new Ford Ranger... 

Collaboration to ensure better understanding of emission standards

8th February 2019 Oils and lubricants company Shell collaborates with a number of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) transport operators to understand the future vision of emission standards set by the manufacturers and various legislation, as well as taking into consideration the challenges that transport... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th February 2019 Eskom has offered a sobering update on the difficulties it is having at its Medupi project. 

Rand-Air oil-free compressors assist luxury motor vehicle manufacturer’s ‘drive’ to achieve a perfect finish

4th February 2019 For any company it is gratifying when customers request repeated service. When that customer is of the calibre of a well-known luxury motor vehicle manufacturer, it is a very sound endorsement indeed! Leading local provider of portable air and power Rand-Air was recently requested to hire two... 

Eskom warns of R20bn losses this year and next, even after big hikes  

By: Terence Creamer     4th February 2019 State-owned electricity utility Eskom is warning that its loss for 2018/19 will be worse, at R20-billion, than the R15-billion loss it had projected earlier and that it will be followed by another big loss in 2019/20 even if it receives hikes it is currently seeking from the regulator. CFO Calib... 

The Eskom quagmire

By: Saliem Fakir     1st February 2019 As we enter the year 2019, State-owned electricity utility Eskom, once a success story of South Africa's industrialisation programme, is now an albatros around the neck of the National Treasury and hampering the State's efforts to realise the full potential for economic growth.   

AfriTin to add components to Uis pilot plant

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st February 2019 AfriTin Mining has decided to implement two additional components to the Phase 1 pilot plant at its Uis tin mine, in Namibia. To increase plant throughput capacity and flexibility, a third dense medium separation section has been procured and a magnetic separation circuit will be installed in the... 

Rand-Air oil-free compressors assist luxury motor vehicle manufacturer’s ‘drive’ to achieve a perfect finish

1st February 2019 For any company it is gratifying when customers request repeated service. When that customer is of the calibre of a well-known luxury motor vehicle manufacturer, it is a very sound endorsement indeed! Leading local provider of portable air and power Rand-Air was recently requested to hire two... 

Buses using natural gas to curb fuel costs

By: Halima Frost     1st February 2019 Since the initial introduction of natural gas vehicles (NGV) in South Africa, natural gas supplier CNG Holdings has successfully converted about 180 dual-fuel compressed natural gas- (CNG-) run buses for the City of Johannesburg (CoJ). This makes Johannesburg one of the first cities in... 

Precision farming enables cost savings in a tight economy 

31st January 2019 Agricultural equipment manufacturer John Deere has evolved from supplying ploughs more than two centuries ago, to farmers being able to control their whole fleet through an app. Marleny Arnoldi tells us more about precision farming. 

Hino SA expects truck market to remain flat, aims to set up dedicated EHCV dept

By: Irma Venter     30th January 2019 The South African new-truck market grew by 4.6%, to 27 492 units, in 2018 compared with 2017, says Hino South Africa (SA) VP Ernie Trautmann. Within this market, medium commercial vehicle (MCV) sales increased by 0.3%, to 7 913 units, with heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) sales expanding by 1.7%,... 

Cummins Inc. Celebrates Centennial Year

30th January 2019 Cummins Inc. is celebrating its 100th year as a company throughout 2019. Cummins today, which is listed as a Fortune 150 company, employs around 60 000 people worldwide, and serves customers in nearly every country across the globe. Cummins products range from diesel and natural gas engines to... 

Engen Midrand gets a Woolies Foodstop

30th January 2019 The people of Midrand in Gauteng are set to reap the yummy goodness of a 24-hour Woolworths Foodstop, which has been added to the recently upgraded Engen Big Bird 1 Stop. Engen Big Bird is located on the N1 Highway South, New Road Interchange, Midrand.  The new Woolies food offering was... 

Petrol price likely to go up in February – AA

By: News24Wire      29th January 2019 The price of petrol is likely to go up and that of diesel down in February, according to the Automobile Association (AA). The AA was commenting on unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund (CEF). 

Palladium theft rampant – FT 

By: Martin Creamer     29th January 2019 Palladium, used in catalytic converters that reduce harmful petrol vehicle emissions, is catalysing a crime wave in the UK, says the Financial Times (FT) of London. “Thieves are stealing catalytic converters – often in broad daylight – and selling the devices to illegal scrap dealers for cash,”... 

Steam Generation in talks to expand on boiler distribution

By: Thabi Madiba     25th January 2019 Heat and energy generation equipment provider Steam Generation Africa says it is in talks with a small- to mid-range biomass boiler manufacturer to distribute into the South African and African markets this year. Owing to biomass being readily available and the possibility to produce it as a... 

Sapref refinery upgrade, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     25th January 2019 The project aims to upgrade the Sapref refinery to produce lower-sulphur diesel. 

Syama solar hybrid power plant, Mali

By: Sheila Barradas     25th January 2019 The plant is tipped to be the world’s largest off-grid, fully integrated hybrid power plant for a standalone mining operation.  

Complete solution from Bobcat paves the way in roadwork projects

24th January 2019 Not only does Bobcat Equipment South Africa offer some of the toughest and most innovative machines on the market, it can also supply complete equipment solutions to speed up project delivery, enhance health and safety, and improve overall quality. A recent example was a well-known civils company... 

New vehicle technology uses cobalt 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd January 2019 A promising new vehicle technology, which uses a cobalt-based catalyst, mirrors the world’s current ‘well-to-wheel’ refuelling ecosystem in being designed to allow motorists to call at conventional petrol stations to fill up with the liquid fuel from which hydrogen is extracted and then converted... 

How the cargo ship industry is cleaning up its filthy act

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2019 Air pollution from cars and factories has been regulated in much of the world since the 1970s. When it comes to the smoke-belching ships that carry global trade, the rules have been a lot looser. Big changes start next January, though, when long-debated standards from the International Maritime... 

India mulls bringing natural gas under single unified tax regime

By: Ajoy K Das     18th January 2019 The Indian government has initiated moves to bring natural gas under the purview of Goods and Service Tax (GST) offering succor to a large number of gas-based power plants stranded by high-priced fuel. A Parliamentary committee on energy has batted in favour of including natural gas in the... 

US urges Zimbabwe military to practice restraint amid protests

By: African News Agency      17th January 2019 The United States Embassy in Harare on Thursday expressed concern over reports of violence in parts of Zimbabwe, urging all parties to exercise restraint. "We condemn any disproportionate use of force and call on Zimbabwe’s security forces to respond to civil unrest professionally and with... 

Transnet to pursue ‘just and equitable’ settlements with rail OEMs awarded ‘unlawful’ contracts 

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2019 Having determined the procurement of 1 064 diesel and electric locomotives to be “irregular and unlawful”, Transnet has communicated its intention to review contracts awarded to four original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in 2015. The State-owned freight logistics group has also indicated that... 

Pimco favours 'unloved' platinum that's looking cheap to gold

By: Bloomberg     16th January 2019 Platinum could be the dark horse among precious metals, according to a money manager at Pacific Investment Management Co. Nic Johnson, Pimco’s managing director and portfolio manager for commodities, says he prefers the metal over gold. Used in autocatalysts of diesel engines and jewelry, it’s... 

Alstom, APIX celebrate Coradia Polyvalent’s first journey in Senegal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th January 2019 Integrated transport systems provider Alstom and APIX, the agency responsible for the promotion of investment and major works in Senegal, this week celebrated the first voyage of the Coradia Polyvalent train, in Dakar. The event took place in the presence of Senegal President Macky Sall and... 

AA predicts another fuel price drop for February

By: News24Wire      15th January 2019 The Automobile Association (AA) said on Tuesday that the fuel price would likely fall in February, based on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. The AA said the projected drop in the price of petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin was due to international oil... 

Electric forklifts for fast-growing drinks producer

15th January 2019 Multi-national beverage manufacturer, Kingsley Beverages, has become the first largescale company in South Africa to make the switch from internal combustion-engine forklifts to more productive and efficient electric machines from Linde. With a fleet of more than 80 forklifts the company has... 

World's highest gasoline price prompts strike in Zimbabwe

By: Bloomberg     14th January 2019 Police clashed with protesters in the Zimbabwean capital as the main labor-union confederation began a national strike after the government more than doubled fuel prices to the highest in the world. The stay-away comes as a foreign-exchange shortage has sparked scarcities of everything from fuel... 

Hydrogen leap needed to aid platinum’s future 

By: Martin Creamer     11th January 2019 A South African decision to step firmly into the hydrogen age, like so many other countries are doing, has great potential benefit for the country. Because South Africa has better combined solar and wind resources than just about any other country, it is well positioned to generate hydrogen using... 

Oil near one-month high amid Opec cuts, economic uncertainty

By: Bloomberg     10th January 2019 Oil traded near a one-month high after entering a bull market, while the tension between an uncertain economic outlook and efforts by Opec to restrict supplies continued to cause volatile trading. West Texas Intermediate slipped 0.5% after a rally on Wednesday brought crude’s rebound from an... 

Alstom, Evershold Rail unveil design for new hydrogen train for UK market

By: Simone Liedtke     7th January 2019 Rail transport companies Alstom and Eversholt Rail have unveiled the design of a new hydrogen train for the UK market. The train, called Breeze, will be a conversion of the existing Class 321 trains, which reengineers some of the UK’s most reliable rolling stock, to create a clean train for the... 

If you can't pipe it, refine it: Alberta seeks oil glut solution

By: Bloomberg     7th January 2019 What’s worse: Too much oil, or too much gasoline? The government of Alberta, weighing the potential of a new refinery for the province, may be on its way to finding out. In 2018, surging crude production in the Canadian province ran into limited space on export pipelines, creating bottlenecks and... 

Construction starts on most technically advanced vessel ever built in South Africa

By: African News Agency      3rd December 2018 A South African black-owned shipbuilding company has taken big steps in the transformation of the maritime sector by forging ahead on a multi-billion rand build programme for a new hydrographic survey vessel for the country’s navy. On Friday, Southern African Shipyards (SAS) went one step further... 

South Africa faces more power cuts, raising Ramaphosa reform risk

By: Reuters     3rd December 2018 South Africa faces more power cuts, electricity utility Eskom warned on Monday as it sought to prevent the collapse of its power grid in a test for President Cyril Ramaphosa's reforms. Eskom implemented a fifth day of controlled power cuts on Monday, putting more strain on an economy already... 

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