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Otel Maps Fibrehoods Online

     25th July 2017 Independent telco and fibre provider, OTEL Telecoms, has launched an easy visual guide mapping the location of 250 000 square kilometres of fibre optic cable within South Africa.   By visiting, prospective high-speed broadband Internet customers can easily determine if... 

SA to probe data costs as a hindrance to small business – Gigaba

By: African News Agency      24th July 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Monday said the South African government wanted to probe the cost of data and its limitations to doing business in the country, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises. “We believe that further reforms in the telecommunications sector would be... 

South Africa makes surprise recovery in 2017 reputation index

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2017 Despite ongoing political turmoil and an increase in policy uncertainty, South Africa made a surprise recovery in the 2017 edition of a global reputation study, rising four places to 45 out of 71 countries measured. Unveiling the results of the latest Country RepTrak study, which has been... 

Community consultation prompted to enter the digital era

     21st July 2017 Global consulting engineering expert Aurecon communication and stakeholder engagement global lead Kylie Cochrane posits that it is time that the project approval and community consultation process step squarely into the digital age, for the benefit of all. 

Majority of new Barloworld technician apprentices are women

By: Dylan Slater     21st July 2017 Women now represent more than 80% of apprentices enrolled for construction equipment manufacturer Barloworld Equipment’s rigorous apprentice training class of 2017.  

May unveils British initiatives aimed at reducing Africa’s reliance on aid

By: Keith Campbell     21st July 2017 British Prime Minister Theresa May used the recent G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, to announce a series of new British initiatives intended to reduce the reliance of African countries on aid and increase their long-term stability and prosperity. This was in line with a theme for the summit... 

Need for NDT personnel to be competent

     21st July 2017 To perform nondestructive testing (NDT) in accordance with code requirements and customer expectations, Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) systems and quality manager Harold Jansen says there is a need for NDT personnel to be competent. 

Otis relaunches training academy to build skills, expertise in industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st July 2017 Elevator and escalator manufacturer Otis South Africa earlier this month relaunched its training academy in line with its skills development programme, which is designed to create technical and functional expertise in African markets. “Building skills and expertise through the Otis training... 

Ryan Nortje

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     21st July 2017 This week we feature Ryan Nortje, logistics director of Goscor Lift Trucks, which sells and distributes equipment and parts to the materials handling industry   

Engineering sector held back by lack of entrepreneurial skills

     20th July 2017 By Daniel Schwartzkopff, co-founder: DataProphet   South Africa’s engineering sector is being held back by universities’ inability to teach entrepreneurial skills and breed a new generation of innovators and business leaders. Instead, we are training our graduates to fill available positions... 

Fast Population Growth Means Fast Infrastructure!

     20th July 2017 The World Health Organisation estimates that by 2025 half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas. That is a frightening statistic. With water being the key source to life as we know it, this is a serious problem that needs serious solutions. 

Virtual Technology Now Used For Blast Training In SA

     20th July 2017 Training for underground blasting has just taken a technological leap forward, with the installation and commissioning of Africa’s first virtual reality blast wall with rear-view projection, powered by Simulated Training Solutions, at the Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy near... 

AECOM announces inaugural Educational Trust bursary recipients

     19th July 2017 AECOM has announced the first three beneficiaries of its newly-established Educational Trust. The trust has been set up pursuant to the company’s broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) objectives, including contributing to skills development and gender inclusivity in the consulting... 

Nuclear is essential to Africa’s energy mix – Rosatom 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2017 If Africa is to ensure it places itself on its expected path of becoming the future growth market of the world, nuclear energy needs to be included into its plans, as a lack of energy access is a major hurdle for the continent, Rosatom regional VP of sub-Saharan Africa Viktor Polikarpov said on... 

New local fluorspar mine set to lead globally in production volume, quality and cost

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th July 2017 The new R1.7-billion Nokeng fluorspar mine in Gauteng, the development of which got under way last month, is expected to lead in terms of production volume and quality, and to rank “in the bottom cost quartile when it reaches full production in 24 months”, says SepFluor CEO Rob Wagner. Speaking... 

North-West University to offer nuclear technology management degree

By: Anine Kilian     18th July 2017 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) has congratulated North-West University (NWU) on the official introduction of the MEng Nuclear Technology Management degree, which aims to provide nuclear and management skills to professionals intending to apply their trade in the nuclear... 

WASPA Continues To Invest In Mobile Safety Training For Teachers

     14th July 2017 The Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association of SA (WASPA) will again be sponsoring digital safety training for educators participating in the ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year Competition.   South Africa’s premier IT in education awards are a feature of iWeek, the country’s... 

Andrew Matseke

     14th July 2017 This week we feature Andrew Matseke, MD of Tedaka Network Solutions, which designs, installs, commissions, distributes and integrates telecommunications products and solutions   

Event to advance renewable-energy models

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa is crucial to business development on a continent where there are chronic energy shortages and access to modern, affordable energy services is critical to developmental objectives, says South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia) chairperson Davin Chown. 

Partnership formed to offer after-sales support for burgeoning drones industry

By: Dylan Slater     14th July 2017 To meet the needs of the rapidly expanding drones market, a new retail and aftersales support, repair and training network has been established through a partnership between technology support company weFix and drone training service provider Drone Racing Africa (DRA).  

Digital innovation, while necessary, comes with risks – Deloitte

By: Ilan Solomons     13th July 2017 While global competition has necessitated technological and digital innovation across all industries, there is legitimate concern globally that innovation could threaten job creation, particularly in traditionally labour-intensive sectors such as mining, manufacturing and agriculture, according... 

Sub-Saharan Africa mobile users to exceed 500m by 2020

By: Anine Kilian     12th July 2017 More than 500-million people across sub-Saharan Africa will be subscribed to a mobile service by the end of the decade, a new report shows. The report ‘The Mobile Economy: Sub-Saharan Africa 2017’, which was published by GSMA on Wednesday, forecasts that the number of unique mobile subscribers in... 

Atlas Copco supports Wits to engineer the future of final 4th year mining students

     12th July 2017 Atlas Copco South Africa together with business areas, Mining and Rock Excavation Technique and Construction Technique, sponsored jackets, beanies and scarves to support final 4th year Wits School of Mining Engineering students on their 2017 mine tour. The annual initiative involves a tour by 4th... 

Engineering active transformation

     10th July 2017 Bluhm Burton Engineering attracts Black Economic Empowerment partner, Agile Capital. Established in 1990, Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE), is internationally recognised as a world leader in mine ventilation and cooling systems. Being a ‘proudly’ South African company, and acknowledging the needs... 

The Wentworth Education Trust turns 20

     7th July 2017 The Wentworth Education Trust (WET) recently celebrated 20 years of giving back to the Wentworth community. The Trustees of WET include 10 school principals, two Engen representatives and local Councilor Aubrey Snyman. Teachers, governing bodies, NGO’s, their auditors and the general public were... 

Women of AECOM help to champion its presence in Africa

     7th July 2017 AECOM’s executive committee has five female members out of 13, a record in terms of female representation at this management level for most companies in Africa, says Rashree Maharaj, the Marketing and Communications Director for AECOM Africa, who is helping to spearhead the company’s presence on... 

Lack of contractual commitments hindering solar-geyser manufacturing growth

By: David Oliveira     7th July 2017 The current economic climate and a lack of mid- to long-term contractual agreements from the Department of Energy (DoE) have slowed plant expansion and capacity increases by local solar water heater (SWH) manufacturers. Local manufacturer Satchwell Controls Appliance Controls division key account... 

Lack of contractual commitments hindering solar-geyser manufacturing growth

By: David Oliveira     7th July 2017 The current economic climate and a lack of mid- to long-term contractual agreements from the Department of Energy (DoE) has slowed plant expansion and capacity increases by local solar water heater (SWH) manufacturers. Local manufacturer Satchwell Controls, a division of electro-mechanical... 

Manufacturing to be changed by digital systems, Endress+Hauser avers

By: Schalk Burger     7th July 2017 Digital technologies, the automation of processes and the changes to business models will be some of the main areas to be affected by digitalisation and connection of industrial systems, says industrial automation multinational Endress+Hauser VP supervisory board and German Electrical and... 

Nigerian university expansion project receives AfDB loan

By: David Oliveira     7th July 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) last month signed agreements for a corporate loan to finance the expansion of Afe Babalola University (ABUAD) in Ado Ekiti, Nigeria. The expansion project consists of the construction of new facilities – including a 400-bed teaching hospital, an industrial... 

Tariq Yusuf

     7th July 2017 This week we feature Tariq Yusuf, cofounder and director of ePower Holdings, a supplier of affordable alternative energy sources that are set up in communities and can be used by people who have minimal or no access to the power grid   

SAREBI, the South African Renewable Energy Business Incubator,

     5th July 2017 Is pleased to announce that Dassault Systems SOLIDWORKS has donated full commercial SOLIDWORKS licenses to the business incubator.   SAREBI’s business model centres around a full-service incubation package that is based on mentoring & coaching, operational support, facilitation, networking, and... 

SMEC South Africa celebrates 70 years of transformational success

     5th July 2017 SMEC acquired Vela VKE, a South African professional consulting engineering company in 2012 as part of a strategy to strengthen their presence within South Africa and the wider African market. With Vela VKE commencing operations in 1947, this year proudly marks the celebration of 70 years of... 

Namibia to establish mining and marine institutes at the coast

By: African News Agency      3rd July 2017 The University of Namibia (UNam) plans to establish marine engineering and mining training institutions at the coast. The School of Marine Engineering and Maritime Studies will be established in Henties Bay where an eight hectare piece of land was donated by the municipality. 

Beyonce joins forces with Unicef for children's water project in Burundi

By: Reuters     3rd July 2017 Pop icon Beyonce is throwing her superstar power behind a new effort to bring safe, clean water to children in Burundi in a partnership with Unicef, the United Nations' children's agency said on Friday. Plans call for the project, BEYGOOD4BURUNDI, to help build wells and improve hygiene education... 

ALCO-Safe launches line of educational safety booklets

     3rd July 2017 Despite ongoing on-site drug and alcohol testing, and rehabilitative measures, undertaken by many organisations in a bid to reduce alcohol and drug related accidents and incidents at the workplace, many businesses are still struggling with ongoing problems. ALCO-Safe is assisting these... 

4th Africa LPG Summit 2017

     3rd July 2017 You are invited to join over 500 pan-African energy stakeholders who will participate in the largest conference around LPG and CNG in the region. The fourth edition of the Africa LPG Summit, co-located with CNG-NGV Africa will be staged from 11 - 12 July at Emperor's Palace, Johannesburg. Limited... 

Zuma awaits higher education report on fees

By: Sashnee Moodley     30th June 2017 The deadline for the Presidential Commission report on the feasibility of free higher education and training coincided with the opening of African National Congress’ (ANC’s) fifth National Policy Conference on Friday. President Jacob Zuma delivered the opening address to more than 3 000 delegates... 

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