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Sasol shareholders approve new R21bn BEE structure

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th November 2017 Sasol Khanyisa, a R21-billion broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) ownership structure, has been granted formal approval by Sasol shareholders. “We are delighted with this outcome as it marks a significant milestone in Sasol’s transformation journey. Sasol Khanyisa will be implemented... 

SA lacking global competitiveness

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th November 2017 Local legislation, including stringent policy frameworks, continues to prove cumbersome for the South African construction sector, particularly owing to the necessity to conduct socioeconomic- and environmental-impact assessments, as well as obtain approval from the respective government... 

Investigative unit lauded for role in recovering hijacked trucks

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2017 During the 2016 financial year, Imperial Logistics investigated 86 cases of truck hijackings with a value of more than R134-million. A dedicated Imperial Logistics investigation team successfully recovered more than 90% worth of trucks, trailers and vehicles, says Imperial Logistics chief... 

Stephen Goldberg

     17th November 2017 This week Engineering News profiles Stephen Goldberg, CEO of Selpal, which provides retailers in the informal sector with a platform to sell a full suite of virtual products and produces deep data that brings efficiency and transparency to the informal-sector supply chain   

Big Data, analytics to improve responses to natural disasters

By: Schalk Burger     17th November 2017 The effective use of analytics to interrogate data related to, for example, geography, population and mobile device usage can help authorities discern underlying patterns and associations that will allow for relevant emergency services to quickly react to floods, fires and other pressing... 

Students to benefit from 2018 bursary programme

By: Nadine James     17th November 2017 Having investigated the best possible means of aiding students, industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has established a bursary fund, with a first intake of about 20 students expected for the 2018 academic year. Cesa CEO Chris Campbell explains that, previously many Cesa member... 

De Beers Invests In Educational Infrastructure Development

     16th November 2017 De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) has partnered with the Free State Department of Education, and Kagiso Shanduka Trust (KST) to unveil two educational infrastructure projects in its labour sending area community of Viljoenskroon. DBCM fully supports the Department of Education’s national agenda... 

Gauteng Dept of Health secures large adjustment in medium-term provincial budget

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th November 2017 The Gauteng Department of Health on Thursday secured the bulk of the adjustments delivered in the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement and the Adjustment Budget. The total budget of the provincial government increased from R108-billion to R112-billion, with the Department of Health among the... 

Few cities have experience to deliver smart city systems

By: Schalk Burger     14th November 2017 Transforming the world by 2030 to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals will require the establishment of more smart cities, information and communication technology multinational Huawei industry, marketing and solution department CTO Joe So told delegates at the Smart City World... 

Ramaphosa proposes a New Deal for South Africa

By: News24Wire      14th November 2017 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday evening said there must be an uncompromising rejection of corruption, patronage, cronyism and wastage. "To those with vested interests in ineffective governance, deliberate misgovernance, hidden deals, the concentration of economic control and unfair... 

Treasury turmoil sends rand to one-year low

By: Reuters     13th November 2017 South Africa's rand tumbled more than 1% and the risk premium on government bonds soared on Monday over news of a top Treasury official resignation, financial woes at the sole power utility and political jostling in the ruling party. A report by a presidential commission that government raise... 

No free higher education, cost-sharing more feasible – Heher Report

By: African News Agency      13th November 2017 As expected, a report of the commission which looked into the feasibility of making higher education free in South Africa, released by President Jacob Zuma on Monday, found that government alone would not be able to foot the sizeable bill for such a reality. The report by the commission, chaired... 

Zuma to release report on higher education at midday – presidency

By: Reuters     13th November 2017 President Jacob Zuma will release a report into the feasibility of fee-free higher education at midday (1000 GMT) today, the presidency said in a statement on Monday. Reports that Zuma was planning to announce free tertiary education have hurt the rand currency in recent days, as higher education... 

Treasury rocked as budget chief quits

By: News24Wire      13th November 2017 National Treasury has been rocked by the resignation of its long-time budget head, Michael Sachs. Fin24 has obtained independent confirmation from two sources close to Treasury that Sachs, a deputy director general who headed up the budget office, quit last week over interference by the Presidency. 

Zuma says has no plans to announce free education programme yet

By: Reuters     13th November 2017 South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has no plans to announce a programme for free higher education until he reviews the report of a commission studying the feasibility of such a programme, his office said in a statement on Sunday. The rand slipped to a one-year low on Friday amid reports Zuma was... 

Alberta creates C$40m worker support fund as coal phase-out deadlines loom

By: Henry Lazenby     11th November 2017 The Alberta provincial government has announced a C$40-million worker transition fund to provide income support for employees transitioning from working in the fossil-fuel-rich Western Canadian province’s thermal coal mines and coal-fired power plants, to new jobs or retirement. The new Coal... 

Rand falls further on free education reports

By: Reuters     10th November 2017 South Africa's rand currency extended losses on Friday, reacting to news reports that President Jacob Zuma is preparing to introduce free tertiary education, which would put added pressure on public finances. At 1150 GMT the rand was 0.9 percent weaker against the dollar at 14.3750, after earlier... 

South Africa mulls welfare cuts to fund free higher education – report

By: Reuters     10th November 2017 South Africa's government is considering a range of budget cuts that could include slashing social grants for the most vulnerable in order to pay for free tertiary education, a newspaper reported on Friday. South Africa's rand weakened on Thursday after comments by President Jacob Zuma raised... 

Energy-saving guide promotes sustainable mindset industry

By: Nica Schreuder     10th November 2017 International oil and gas company ExxonMobil has recently launched an energy- saving guide for the plastics industry to demonstrate to major companies in plastics how they can better manage their energy consumption. The guide, launched last month, is a practical approach designed to help with... 

Competence Centre promotes energy efficiency awareness in Africa

By: Nica Schreuder     10th November 2017 The South African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Competence Centre for Sustainable Energies (CC:SE), in Cape Town plays an important role in creating awareness and fostering conversations among African stakeholders in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector. CC:SE manager... 

Competition equips students with practical energy efficiency knowledge

By: Nica Schreuder     10th November 2017 International digital industrial company General Electric (GE) Africa held the University Business Challenge Competition last month, putting into practice its commitment to helping boost learning and skills development through technology, and stimulating students to create energy efficient... 

New course for employees to launch in 2018

By: Nadine James     10th November 2017 Germiston-based valves company Invincible Valves has established a bursary competition for schools within its community, scheduled to be launched in January next year. The competition will be open to matric students taking mathematics and science as subjects, and who have an interest in... 

John Hunt

     10th November 2017 This week Engineering News features John Hunt, MD of Mpact Recycling, a collector of  recyclable paper and plastic.   

Large national manufacturers not main determinant of aerospace success

By: Keith Campbell     10th November 2017 Germany serves as a leading example of a country that has a major and successful aeronautical industry but does not have a single wholly- or predominantly-German owned aerospace original equipment manufacturer (OEM). This was highlighted by Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR – German... 

Eerste River High School, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     10th November 2017 The project entails the construction of a state-of-the-art school that will accommodate learners from Grade 8 to Grade 12.  

Rand weaker on rumour Zuma to announce free education

By: Reuters     9th November 2017 South Africa's rand weakened on Thursday on speculation that President Jacob Zuma was preparing to announce a controversial plan for free tertiary education. At 1419 GMT, the rand was down 0.78% against the dollar at 14.2650, after earlier trading more than 1% weaker on the day. 

Mining technology gets boost from new Wits-Sibanye partnership

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2017 Mining technology is being given a Fourth Industrial Revolution boost through the new partnership struck between precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater and the Wits Mining Institute. Wits Mining Institute director Professor Fred Cawood outlined in a news release on Thursday that... 

It took Engen’s Tevin Richard seven years to achieve his dream

     9th November 2017 Growing up in Merebank outside Durban, close to Engen Refinery, Tevin Richard dreamt of becoming an engineer and being able to change his world for the better.   Tevin attended Merebank Secondary School where he found that “maths and science just made sense” and discovered that these subjects -... 

IREM, SAIBPP and Wits partner to raise profile of South African property managers

     8th November 2017 The Institute of Real Estate Management’s (IREM) Certified Property Management (CPM) designation is being introduced to South Africa to raise the profile of local real-estate managers. This initiative is being driven by the South African Institute of Black Property Practitioners (SAIBPP) and the... 

US signs $524.7m investment compact with Côte d'Ivoire

By: Reuters     8th November 2017 The Millennium Challenge Corporation, the US government's main development fund, said on Tuesday it had signed a $524.7-million investment compact with Côte d'Ivoire to build schools and improve roads around the busy port in the commercial capital Abidjan. The five-year compact was signed at the... 

Transformation a critical conversation point as progress remains slow

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th November 2017 Transformation in South Africa, and the approaches taken to realise those ambitions, has been revived as an urgent imperative among proponents in the engineering sector, as questions have emerged as to how far off the mark the industry, and the country, is in progressing towards a more inclusive... 

SA enterprise catches up with global counterparts on IT security

     7th November 2017 The IT security concerns, challenges and investment by South African enterprises is closely aligned with those of their international counterparts, according to a new global survey by network security specialists Fortinet. “Where as recently as two years ago, South Africa lagged the rest of the... 

PROTEC-engineering-education-35years-alumni-celebrations…

     7th November 2017 PROTEC - a national non-profit career development programme for high school learners from disadvantaged communities – celebrates 35 years of uplifting education in South Africa this year. “To honour this milestone, PROTEC past graduates gathered at Alumni functions held in Gauteng and... 

KZN pupils head to court over school transport

By: News24Wire      7th November 2017 Pupils from 12 schools in KwaZulu-Natal - who brave the weather and crime on their long walk to school every day - will pack into the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday morning to support their lawyers who will argue that the provincial government must provide transport for... 

Engen Driver Wellness 2017 travels to Springfontein

     6th November 2017 Engen Petroleum is launching their annual Driver Wellness programme in Springfontien on November 17th. Truck drivers are invited to receive free voluntary health screenings at the Springfontein Truck Stop, situated on the N1 Highway from 07:00 – 15:00 as part of Engen’s Driver Wellness... 

Driver Wellness visits Kokstad

     6th November 2017 Engen Petroleum is taking their annual Driver Wellness programme to Kokstad in the KwaZulu Natal, offering free health screenings for truck drivers passing through Kokstad.   As part of this initiative, all truck drivers are invited to receive voluntary health screenings at Engen Kokstad Truck... 

BCX unveils new digital learning platform

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th November 2017 Telecommunications giant BCX on Monday launched a new digital learning platform aimed at providing free access to online educational content. No charge will be levied for the maths and science learning material and content that learners, educators, school administrators and parents can access... 

Mdantsane proves the perfect laboratory for Engen’s Kanyisa Royana

     6th November 2017 Kanyisa Royana grew up with her two girl cousins (her Sisters) in Mdantsane, 15km outside East London. They lived with their grandmother and grandfather – who passed away in 2009. From thereon, her gran supported them and became beloved mother and father to them in their home.   This example of... 

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