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Durban port takes delivery of Umbilo tug

By: Shirley le Guern     26th May 2017 “Made for Durban in Durban” is how Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) CEO Richard Vallihu described the Umbilo, the latest tug to be launched in Durban, on Friday. The sixth to roll off the South African Shipyards’ (SAS’s) production line, the Umbilo will be the first tug to be based at its... 

Innovative solutions necessary for healthcare in Africa

     26th May 2017 There was a definite urgency to focus on economic diversification, revitalisation of manufacturing, and harnessing of innovation to weather the economic storm forecast for the continent apparent among regional and global leaders in business, government and civil society who attended the World... 

Long-serving Sanral engineering exec looks back as he prepares to step down

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2017 When Koos Smit studied civil engineering on a public service bursary at the University of Pretoria in the 1970s, the plan was that he would qualify and build dams and pipelines.However, an oversupply of engineers at the Department of Water Affairs saw him sign up at National Roads. He remained at... 

Volvo Trucks makes further investment into Durban plant

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2017 Volvo Trucks South Africa (VTSA) has invested R6.5-million into its semi-knockdown manufacturing plant, in Durban. The investment will allow the facility to install and calibrate selected safety features that were previously not available in the local market. 

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... 

Premier’s RHA mine ships first concentrate

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2017 Multicommodity resource and development company Premier African Minerals is preparing to mark its first shipment of wolframite concentrate from the newly upgraded plant at its RHA tungsten mine, in Zimbabwe, to Durban, South Africa. This followed the Aim-listed group’s receipt of all the required... 

AfriBusiness launches investigation into Transnet’s multiproduct pipeline 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th May 2017 Nonprofit business rights watchdog AfriBusiness will launch an application against Transnet regarding the new multi-product pipeline’s (NMPP’s) completion and implementation. The NMPP, which entailed the building of a pipeline for the transportation of various fuels from Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal,... 

Hudson Rubber (Pty) Ltd

     23rd May 2017 Hudson Rubber (Pty) Ltd was founded in 1959 in Pretoria, South Africa and is a well- known brand in the industry. The company was owned by the founding family until October 2016 when it was sold to private investors. The Hudson Rubber capacity was further expanded in November 2016 when a merge... 

Rhodes Food attributes strong interim results to organic growth

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd May 2017 JSE-listed Rhodes Food on Tuesday posted a 14.6% year-on-year increase in net profit to R125-million for the six months ended April 2, while headline earnings rose 15.9% to R126-million. The food producer attributed the growth to sustained strong organic growth in the regional segment, with fresh... 

Megabridge construction on N2 highway project to start later this year 

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 The construction of two megabridges, as part of the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR) project, is expected to begin between August and October this year, says Sanral’s bridge network manager Edwin Kruger. “The tenders for the two bridges –... 

Reform of South African public enterprises would help reassure investors – IMF 

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2017 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says "structural reforms" in product, service and labour markets should be South Africa’s immediate policy priority for stimulating growth and job creation, particularly in light of the limited room to galvanise growth through macroeconomic policies. It also... 

BAW, IDC invest R250m to expand Gauteng minibus taxi plant

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 Beijing Automotive Works (BAW) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) will invest R250-million to expand and upgrade its minibus taxi plant, in Springs, Gauteng. The facility currently assembles the Sasuka 16-seater taxi from semi knocked-down kits, for the South and Southern African... 

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... 

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... 

Princess Anne crowns South African conservationist a winner

By: African News Agency      18th May 2017 HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne on Thursday presented a Whitley Award, a prestigious international nature conservation prize worth £35 000 in project funding, to Ian Little at a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society, London, in honour of his work to protect South Africa’s threatened... 

South Durban scholars learn about road and rail safety

     18th May 2017 Over the past month, 30 schools in the South Durban area have learnt all about road and rail safety as part of a campaign to educate primary and secondary school learners about the very real danger of not taking their safety seriously.   The roadshow visited 20 Primary schools and 10 High schools... 

Tourism can change people's lives for the better – Zuma

By: News24Wire      17th May 2017 Tourism has the potential to change people’s lives for the better, especially during these globally depressed economic times, President Jacob Zuma has said. In addition to job creation, tourism also provided opportunities for entrepreneurship, Zuma said at the official opening of the Travel... 

Balwin delivers solid year-end results, sustains property demand

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th May 2017 Residential property developer Balwin Properties has achieved a solid financial performance in the year ended February 28, with headline earnings a share and earnings a share up by 7% to 141c. The group’s profit for the period improved by 18% year-on-year to R661-million, while revenue rose 30%... 

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 concrete technology courses launched

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 To improve ease of access to education and training courses as well as pass rates in the South African construction sector, cement and concrete technical services provider The Concrete Institute’s (TCI’s) School of Concrete Technology launched its online e-learning platform in January. 


By: Zandile Mavuso     12th May 2017 Concrete equipment manufacturer PMSA offers the most technologically advanced and high-quality machinery available to the precast concrete sector including brick, paver, block and specialist decking and retaining wall block products in South Africa. 

SKF South Africa Training Solutions receives third accreditation

     9th May 2017 SKF South Africa Training Solutions is proud to have obtained accreditation through the South African Institute of Mechanical Engineers (SAIMechE) on five of its training courses. SKF South Africa is the first bearing manufacturer to receive SAIMechE accreditation which is mandated by the... 

BAW invests R250m to upgrade Springs taxi plant 

By: Irma Venter     8th May 2017 Beijing Automotive Works (BAW) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) will invest R250-million to expand and upgrade its minibus taxi plant, in Springs, Gauteng. The facility currently assembles the Sasuka 16-seater taxi from semi knocked-down kits, for the South and Southern African... 

Global Award Winning Forex Broker Brings Elite Team To South Africa

     8th May 2017 London, The United Kingdom 8 May 2017 The award winning global Forex broker; ForexTime Limited (FXTM) will be hosting a series of educational seminars and workshops as a result of record growth and a high demand for Forex Trading in South Africa. After acquiring their FSB licence in July 2016,... 

Africa needs to industrialise and exploit 4th Industrial Revolution – Davies

By: Reuters     5th May 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Friday that Africa needed to industrialise and pursue larger blocs of regional integration for it to fully exploit opportunities presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. “This continent needs to industrialise. We need to do that because the... 

Healthy oceans key to welfare, growth of Africa

By: African News Agency      5th May 2017 South Africa has about 4,000 kilometers of coastline and if protected and properly managed the country could have about one million jobs by 2032. This emerged at a session of the World Economic Forum on Africa taking place this week in Durban. 

Durban, Joburg and Cape Town join global list of Treepedia cities

By: African News Agency      5th May 2017 Treepedia, an interactive website that measures the “green canopy” – trees and vegetation of cities around the world – has included Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town as its first African cities. The announcement was made during the World Economic Forum on Africa in Durban on Friday. 

Sanral’s chief engineer on retirement, career highlights and tolling 

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2017 When Koos Smit studied civil engineering on a public service bursary at the University of Pretoria in the 1970s, the plan was that he would qualify and build dams and pipelines. However, an oversupply of engineers at the Department of Water Affairs saw him sign up at National Roads. 

Urgent reforms needed to ensure Africa creates the 450m jobs it needs in 20yrs

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th May 2017 Less than a quarter of the 450-million new jobs needed for Africa’s youth over the next two decades will be created unless urgent reforms to boost productivity and competitiveness are undertaken. The ‘Africa Competitiveness Report 2017’ reveals that Africa’s working age population is growing... 

Eskom says plan to mothball power plants only a 'scenario'

By: Reuters     5th May 2017 The chairperson of State-run South African power utility Eskom said on Thursday that plans unveiled in March to decommission five coal-fired power station were not set in stone and could be shelved depending on economic growth and other factors. South Africa is diversifying its energy mix away... 

Too much money, not enough green projects in Africa

By: African News Agency      5th May 2017 There is more capital than there are ready renewable projects in Africa, according to the African Development Bank. Speaking at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Durban, Amadou Hott, African Development Bank’s vice-president, said the continent was the most impacted by climate change yet it... 

Agriculture sector needs to be globally competitive to survive

By: African News Agency      5th May 2017 Job losses were inevitable if the agricultural sector was not globally competitive and not supported by government, the World Economic Forum on Africa heard yesterday. Speaking on the sidelines of the WEF event in Durban, Mauricio Adade, board chairperson of Africa Improved Foods, said: “It’s... 

Believe me, SA has all the water we need

By: Kelvin Kemm     5th May 2017 Winter is approaching and, for us folks in the highland areas of South Africa, such as Gauteng, Limpopo, the North West, the Free State and other provinces, this means that nights become cold. We are blessed in this country because the winter days in these areas have no clouds. This means that... 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     5th May 2017 Forming part of a six-berth reconstruction project at the Port of Durban, berths 13 and 14 are now fully operational. 

Radical economic transformation the path to inclusive growth, says Zuma 

By: African News Agency      4th May 2017 President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday that radical economic transformation would take South Africa, and the rest of the African economies, on the path to inclusive growth and a better life for all. “Moves are already underway to radically transform the African economy. Infrastructure development... 

More South Africans saving water, says Mokonyane

By: African News Agency      4th May 2017 A massive behavioural change has been witnessed in water conservation and usage amongst South Africans following extensive campaigns by the government in the wake of drought conditions experienced across the region. “There is a high level of behavioural change in our country, though a lot can... 

EU commits to assist in infrastructure delivery in Africa

By: Shirley le Guern     4th May 2017 The European Union (EU) is engaging with key stakeholders in Africa to ascertain the development pipeline and to identify the constraints to delivery of and investment in successful infrastructural projects across the continent, EU Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development... 

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