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ACSA continues to work with African partners in developing airports 

By: Kim Cloete     13th June 2018 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) says it is working with its counterparts in Mozambique, Zambia and Ghana on the commissioning of airports. ACSA COO Fundi Sithebe says the company is assisting the Zambian government in commissioning its Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, as well as... 

UK airline to launch direct Durban–London air link

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2018 The Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone has announced that the UK’s flag carrier airline, British Airways (BA), is to introduce a direct route between London’s Heathrow Airport and Durban’s King Shaka International Airport. The new service will commence on October 29. (King Shaka is located... 

Direct Durban-London air link to be launched by UK carrier

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th May 2018 The Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone announced on Tuesday that the UK’s flag carrier airline, British Airways (BA), is to introduce a direct route between London’s Heathrow Airport and Durban’s King Shaka International Airport. The new service will commence on October 29. (King Shaka is... 

Qatar steps in to buy Rosneft stake after China deal collapses

By: Bloomberg     7th May 2018 Qatar emerged as a major shareholder in Rosneft on Friday after a $9-billion deal to sell a stake in Russia’s State-run oil producer to China’s troubled CEFC Energy collapsed. Qatar Investment Authority stepped in after the sellers – a consortium of QIA itself and mining giant Glencore – told... 

Sudan, Qatar to sign $4bn deal to manage Red Sea port – Ministry

By: Reuters     27th March 2018 Sudan and Qatar will sign a $4-billion agreement to jointly develop the Red Sea port of Suakin off Sudan's coast, Sudanese media quoted Transport Minister Makawi Mohamed Awad as saying. Awad made the announcement during a visit by Qatari officials to Suakin on Sunday, the reports said. 

Climate change implementation now urgent – Molewa 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th November 2017 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has called on all developed countries to urgently implement their pre-2020 pledges, including the provision of additional, new and predicable support to developing countries to reduce the effects of climate change. Speaking at the Bonn climate... 

Hydraulic breakers from Chicago Pneumatic first choice for major infrastructure projects contractor in Qatar

8th August 2017 Rock Fall Contracting WLL (RFC), a major civil engineering and earthmoving specialist contractor based in Doha, Qatar, has augmented its fleet of Chicago Pneumatic rig-mounted hydraulic breakers with the addition of new RX8 and RX54 units. The breakers are destined for use in demanding... 

The first powered flight in South Africa

By: Jade Davenport     17th February 2017 The field of aviation achieved a new milestone last week with the safe passage of the world's longest commercial flight. That Qatar Airways plane travelled a distance of 14 535 km between the Qatari capital of Doha,  and Auckland, New Zealand, in one continuous stretch – a journey that covered... 

The impending trade facilitation agreement

By: Riaan de Lange     16th December 2016 Two years ago, December 12, 2014 to be exact, my last column for the year was simply titled, ‘Trade facilitation’, and now again, my final column for 2016 is devoted to trade facilitation - the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) that is. This time around, however,... 

Ukrainian manufacturer will ensure the safety of workers at the largest tunneling project in Qatar

13th October 2016 The personal respiratory protective devices of Ukrainian company DEZEGA will be used in order to ensure the safety of workers of Inner Doha Resewerage Implementation Strategy project. IDRIS will be the largest drainage system in the history of mankind. The project will start in November this... 

Industrial group wins contract for 500 elevators and escalators

23rd September 2016 Diversified industrial group ThyssenKrupp has been awarded a contract to manufacture, supply, install and maintain more than 500 elevators and escalators for the red line north, green line and two additional major stations of Qatar capital city Doha’s upcoming metro network, which will be... 

Down 25% year-on-year, Scotiabank’s Commodity Price Index expected to rally in March

By: Henry Lazenby     29th March 2016 Despite Scotiabank’s Commodity Price Index recording its fourth consecutive monthly decline in February when it edged down 0.3% month-on-month, and down 25% year-on-year, analysts expected the index to rally significantly in March. According to a press release commodity prices had rebounded... 

New Doha trade agenda faces tough global environment

By: News24Wire      17th March 2016 World trade has not recovered from the global economic recession in 2008 and countries are hesitant to open their markets, Roberto Azevedo, director general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), said on Thursday. Azevedo and Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies spoke at a media briefing at... 

Chryso Group's Rapid Expansion Spreads To The Middle East

9th March 2016 The Chryso Group has announced that it has acquired a production facility in the Middle East. Norman Seymore, vice-president of Chryso Group globally, and CEO of Chryso Southern Africa, has formally announced: "The Chryso Group has concluded the acquisition of Corrotech Qatar, a company... 

I’m all for a new oil refinery in South Africa

By: Kelvin Kemm     26th February 2016 A while ago, I was tasked to carry out an investigation linked to the movement of oil and processed fuel into the country. It was not new to me; I had been involved in that sphere before, but it has been rolling around in my head. 

Africa’s colonial history has disadvantaged its ability to trade, Davies asserts  

By: Natalie Greve     15th December 2015 Africa’s integration into international markets has been largely dictated by the continent’s history of colonialism, having been drawn into the world economy as producers and exporters of primary products, mineral commodity or agricultural commodity, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has... 

eThekwini hopes to lift Durban visitor numbers 

By: Shirley le Guern     22nd September 2015 The eThekwini municipality and the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government are aiming to increase the number of international arrivals in Durban by at least two-million visitors a year – a target that is likely to be boosted by the announcement that Turkish Airlines and Qatar Airways plan to... 

Doha Metro project, Qatar

By: Sheila Barradas     20th March 2015 The project calls for the turnkey construction of a fully automated driverless metro system. 

GTL project boasts impressive use and safety figures

By: Ilan Solomons     24th October 2014 The use rate of the flagship Oryx gas-to-liquids (GTL) project – the joint venture (JV) between South African energy and chemicals group Sasol and Qatari State-owned Qatar Petroleum – increased from 81% to 97% over the past three years. Speaking at the group’s year-end financial results last... 

Fortinet hosts ‘Power to Learn’ technology workshops for partners across the GCC region

8th September 2014 Fortinet® - a leader in high-performance network security, will kick-off its ‘Power to Learn’ pre-sales partner training sessions across the GCC region on September 8th in Dubai. The intensive technology training workshops are held on a quarterly basis across the region and provide partners with... 

Latest Airbus airliner undertakes test programme at Johannesburg

By: Keith Campbell     22nd August 2014 European airliner manufacturer Airbus’ latest design, the A350 XWB, recently completed a short period of flight tests in South Africa. The aircraft involved, MSN5, was undertaking route proving trials in order to demonstrate the new type’s readiness to carry out scheduled airline operations.... 

Trade facilitation gap unbridgeable – WTO director-general

By: Callie Lombard     15th August 2014 On July 31, World Trade Organisation (WTO) director-general Roberto Azevêdo reported to the WTO ambassadors that, despite intensive consultations, “we have not been able to find a solution that would allow us to bridge the gap on the adoption of the protocol on the trade facilitation agreement... 

G20 trade liberalisation measures increasing – WTO

By: Natalie Greve     19th June 2014 Group of 20 (G20) member countries continue to introduce trade restrictions, but at a slightly slower rate, while the number of trade liberalising measures being introduced appears to be rising, a World Trade Organisation (WTO) report has found. The report, published on Wednesday, stated that G20... 

African airline industry expected to remain weakest regional performer in 2014

By: Natalie Greve     2nd June 2014 In terms of regional profitability, the airline industry in Africa is expected to remain the weakest performer, with the International Air Transport Association (Iata) expecting the continent to post “barely positive” profits of $100-million for this year. This would represent a margin of only... 

iTSCi Appoints New Independent Evaluators Synergy Global Consulting For Conflict-Free Minerals Programme Assurance

22nd May 2014 iTSCi is pleased to announce the appointment of UK consultancy firm Synergy Global Consulting as the new Independent Evaluator for the minerals traceability and due diligence Programme. The company will be carrying out a range of auditing and assessment activities designed to provide general... 

South African anxiety about global trade talk trends

By: Keith Campbell     4th April 2014 Despite the Ninth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), held in Bali, Indonesia, from December 3 to December 7 2013, having resulted in some important agreements, South Africa remains uneasy about the current trends in global trade negotiations. This was recently made... 

SA still has reservations about global trade talk trends

By: Keith Campbell     25th March 2014 Despite the Ninth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), held in Bali, Indonesia, from December 3 to 7, 2013, having resulted in some important agreements, South Africa remains uneasy about the current trends in global trade negotiations. This was made clear by Department... 

India, Sacu trade agreement to miss December deadline

By: Ajoy K Das     29th November 2013 A preferential trade agreement (PTA) between India and South Africa would miss the December target, with the South African government seeking more time to bring other South African Customs Union (Sacu) members on board. According to an official in India’s Commerce Ministry, the Indian government... 

WTO members reach impasse ahead of Bali Ministerial conference

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th November 2013 South Africa has expressed its disappointment over a failure by members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to reach agreement on a package of global trade deals ahead of the ninth Ministerial Conference to be held in Bali, Indonesia, in December. WTO director-general Roberto Azevêdo on Tuesday... 

SA to take long-term strategic approach to COP19 

By: Leandi Kolver     5th November 2013 South Africa would take a long-term strategic approach to the nineteenth climate change Conference of the Parties (COP19) to be held in Warsaw, Poland, this month, Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) chief director of international climate change Maesela Kekana said on Tuesday. Speaking at... 

Hyder Consulting Launches Drive To Recruit Site Engineers For Exciting Qatar-Based Projects

25th October 2013 Highly skilled engineers in South Africa are being targeted by acclaimed multi-national design and engineering consultancy, Hyder Consulting, in a major recruitment drive for experienced site engineers to join its team in Doha, Qatar.  Following reports that the unemployment rate in South Africa... 

Hyder Consulting Launches Drive To Recruit Site Engineers

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st October 2013 Highly skilled engineers in South Africa are being targeted by acclaimed multi-national design and engineering consultancy, Hyder Consulting, in a major recruitment drive for experienced site engineers to join its team in Doha, Qatar.  Following reports that the unemployment rate in South Africa... 

Carbon taxes – key considerations for policy makers and stakeholders

By: Duane Newman     2nd August 2013 By Robert Kaineg and Duane Newman In line with global trends, the South African government wants to develop a greener economy. 

The resolution of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner battery crisis

By: Keith Campbell     17th May 2013 On August 26, 2011, the then Administrator (head) of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), J Randolph Babbitt, gave a speech in Everett, Washington state. He described the occasion as “momentous . . . for the economy and for the global aviation system”. 

The resolution of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner battery crisis 

By: Keith Campbell     17th May 2013 On August 26, 2011, the then Administrator (head) of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), J Randolph Babbitt, gave a speech in Seattle, Washington state. He described the occasion as “momentous ... for the economy and for the global aviation system”. He was speaking at the presentation... 

Company Announcement: Prysmian at Middle East Electricity 2013

15th February 2013 The Group Presents the Most Recent Innovations for PD/PT and OGP Cables 

Sars announces proposed alcohol tariff amendments 

By: Callie Lombard     8th February 2013 On January 25, 2013 SARS extended an invitation to all interested persons to comment on the Draft Tariff Amendments to Part 1 of Schedule No. 1 to the Customs and Excise Act (the Act). The proposed amendments relate to Additional Note 4 to Chapter 22 “Beverages, Spirits and Vinegar” to clarify... 

The carbon trading money tree

By: Kelvin Kemm     25th January 2013 The Carbon Trading Money Tree United Nations Convention on Climate Change eighteenth Conference of the Parties, or COP 18, held in Doha, has come and gone. A result was that the Kyoto Protocol was extended, but only after bitter debate.  

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