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Lance Schultz

     16th March 2018 This week we feature Lance Schultz, CEO of the Centurion Aviation Village, an aerospace and defence industrial park near Pretoria   

PEWA to set stage for African energy investment once again

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 With 600-million people in Africa not having access to electricity, the onus is on Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) to provide the platform that will encourage investment in infrastructure and grid connection across Africa.  

Joint SA-UK research programmes going well

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th March 2018 South Africa is one of the most successful partner countries for the UK in terms of scientific research and technological development. “The scale of [research and development (R&D)] institutional links and Governmental links are enormous,” highlights British High Commission (Pretoria) UK Regional... 

State firms and departments ‘obliged’ to implement B-BBEE Act

By: Simone Liedtke     15th March 2018 Out of 195 compliance reports received from the Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Commission, only eight were from State entities and government departments, representing a gross level of under compliance, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Thursday. None were from... 

June summit to focus on rural, township economy development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th March 2018 A township and rural economy summit will be held in June to discuss issues affecting rural economy development, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Rural and Township Industrial Economic Development programme director Mbofholowo Tsedu revealed on Wednesday. “By the end of the year, we want a... 

Anglo commits to ambitious sustainability strategy

By: Martin Creamer     14th March 2018 Diversified mining company Anglo American has outlined an innovative approach to three major areas of sustainability - the environment, community development, and driving greater trust and transparency across the mining industry. 

Anglo says cleaning up mining will earn it billions in profit

By: Bloomberg     14th March 2018 Mining is a dirty business, but Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani says it doesn’t have to be. The miner of everything from copper to diamonds to iron ore is overhauling its sustainability targets, and predicts it can earn an extra $9-billion through 2030 by improving the way it mines and boosting... 

McGowan announces LNG jobs taskforce

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th March 2018 The Western Australian state government has established a dedicated taskforce focused on the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector. Premier Mark McGowan on Wednesday used the Australasian Oil and Gas expo, in Perth, to announce the establishment of the jobs taskforce, which will be focused on... 

Busa optimistic of South Africa’s economic prospects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th March 2018 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) is optimistic about South Africa’s economic prospects following meetings with investors and ratings agencies in London this week.  

Australian Minerals Council backs TPP

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th March 2018 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has again lobbied for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), joining nine other national industry groups in issuing a policy brief setting out the reasons Australia should support the regional trade agreement. The TPP, which was signed by Trade Ministers... 

UCT academic joins UN special envoy to discuss Cape Town’s water future

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 University of Cape Town (UCT) academic and Future Water Institute lead researcher Dr Kevin Winter was part of a team of experts that joined United Nations (UN) climate action special envoy Mike Bloomberg – founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term mayor of New York – on a tour of the... 

There are many reasons that attribute to the growing water crisis in South Africa.

     9th March 2018 Climate change and rising temperatures are making droughts more frequent and severe, with potentially devastating consequences for agriculture, water supply and human health. This phenomenon is already being observed in the Western Cape, with Cape Town currently facing the very real threat of... 

John Jacobs

     9th March 2018 This week we profile John Jacobs, MD of manufacturing and sales company Sweet-Orr   

Automated systems reduce production waste

     9th March 2018 The implementation at one of the largest foundries in the South Africa of supervised and unsupervised machine learning capabilities produced a 0% external scrap rate, saving the manufacturer as much as R10-million a month, explains business management consultant Dataprophet cofounder Daniel... 

Conference to shed light on CO2-based production technologies

     9th March 2018 The sixth edition of the international Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemicals and Polymers conference will take place in Cologne, Germany in mid-March. More than 200 industry and research experts are expected to attend the symposium. Organiser, independent institute Nova-Institute, has... 

New Cabinet appointments

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     9th March 2018 When I worked for State-owned power utility Eskom, the top position went to either to engineer or an accountant, often turn by turn. When the engineer was in charge, the system was solid and reliable and we had all the smart and cool stuff we needed. When the accountants were in charge, the... 

Brics' New Development Bank could fast-track Africa infrastructure projects

By: Anine Kilian     8th March 2018 Africa lacks adequate infrastructure, which stymies regional trade and the provision of basic services such as health and education, New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) capacity development officer Bob Kalanzi said on Thursday. Addressing delegates at a dialogue, hosted by Oxfam... 

All set for Africa’s largest HEVAC&R expo: FRIGAIR 2018

     8th March 2018 This world-class exhibition is organised in partnership with the South African Institute of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (SAIRAC) and is Africa’s biggest dedicated HEVAC&R trade exhibition, taking place from 6–8 June at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, South Africa.  Exhibitors from... 

Steering a course for growth – AMSOL

     8th March 2018 STEERING A COURSE FOR GROWTH: AMSOL INVESTS IN A ROBUST TALENT PIPELINE As a finalist in the Skills Development category at the 2018 Oliver Empowerment Awards which recognise exceptional contributions to sustainable transformation in South Africa, majority Black South African owned specialist... 

From Warehouse floor to store: How Trackmatic’s Driver-Led Visibility™ transformed distribution for Massdiscounters

     8th March 2018 Massdiscounters, a leading distribution chain, has adopted Trackmatic’s Driver-Led Visibility™ solution. The solution, paired with Trackmatic’s detailed business analytics, has transformed key performance indicators, with objective, empirically based driver performance KPIs improving by 14% and... 

Cargo Carriers Scholar Road Safety Education

     8th March 2018 Cargo Carriers puts its full weight behind Scholar Road Safety Education Cargo Carriers, a leading transport logistics and supply-chain specialist, continues to support initiatives aimed at creating safer roads for South Africans, including the country’s youth. It remains a serious concern that... 

Wine industry continuously focuses on transformation, social development, says Vinpro 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th March 2018 With every R1-million invested into the South African wine industry, almost five jobs are created, says wine industry representative Vinpro.  

Renewable energy procurement programme notches up successes despite delays

By: Kim Cloete     7th March 2018 A recent report has shown that 112 projects have been procured through the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), with 62 of those having started commercial operations by December 31, 2017. The total infrastructure investment from 64 signed projects totals... 

Manufacturing Indaba 2018 and Africa’s drive towards a Manufacturing Revival

     7th March 2018 The 5th edition of the Manufacturing Indaba will be hosted at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on the 19th and 20th of June 2018, and will take place with the joint support and strategic partnership of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and the Manufacturing Circle, a... 

Gauteng allocates large chunk of 2018/19 budget to health, education

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th March 2018 The Gauteng departments of Education and Health have secured the largest slices of Gauteng’s R121.2-billion budget for the 2018/19 financial year. This year’s budget sets aside R46.4-billion for the Department of Health, an increase of R4.4-billion on the prior year, and R45.2-billion for the... 

Decrease in government spend could harm the infrastructure sector  

By: Anine Kilian     5th March 2018 This year is going to be extremely difficult for South Africa’s infrastructure sector owing to the 12% decrease in infrastructure spending, economist Elsie Snyman told delegates at the Consulting Engineers South Africa Infrastructure Indaba, in Johannesburg, on Monday. Former Finance Minister... 

A proposal to the President – A six-point plan

     2nd March 2018 South Africa’s minerals and mining industry faces severe headwinds. The Republic of South Africa hosts a treasure trove of geology and minerals, valued at about $2.5-trillion. Without modern exploration, prospecting and new local and foreign investment, these resources will not be developed for... 

Mariam Abdullahi

     2nd March 2018 This week we feature Mariam Abdullahi, telecommunications industry lead for Africa at SAP   

Over 20 000 visitors expected at event

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd March 2018 With more than 20 000 international and local visitors from 72 countries expected to attend bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018, international exhibition company Messe München South Africa CEO Elaine Crewe says the event aims to present an opportunity for stakeholders to showcase new innovative products... 

Development programme encourages economic growth

By: Paige Müller     2nd March 2018 To date, steel service centre and distributor Macsteel’s Usizo development programme has assisted in creating 175 new jobs in the steel sector. The programme was first initiated by Macsteel in May 2015 to assist small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the steel industry by... 

More water awareness initiatives needed

By: Donald Makhafola     2nd March 2018 Despite a below-average average rainfall of about 465  mm a year - compared with the world average of about 860 mm a year - the water shortage in many parts of South Africa is also the result of inadequate management and wasting water, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Group... 

De Beers unit’s novel density measurement system now commercially available 

     1st March 2018 The De Beers Group of Companies’ innovation division, De Beers Technologies South Africa (DebTech SA), has developed a novel density measurement system that can provide process plants with fast and accurate data on the material density profiles of particle samples. Mia Breytenbach tells us more. 

Scenario development exercise to take in diverse views

By: Sane Dhlamini     1st March 2018 There is a growing need for strategic conversations around scenarios across the globe to imagine possibilities and be prepared for the future, said University of South Africa political analyst Professor Somadoda Fikeni on Thursday. He was addressing delegates at the Indlulamithi – South Africa... 

Ramaphosa announces sweeping Cabinet changes

     26th February 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa’s statement outlining changes to the National Executive. 

Township economy, jobs remain top priority for Gauteng

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th February 2018 Gauteng Premier David Makhura’s State of the Province Address (SoPA) has highlighted “greater determination” to accelerate South Africa’s most populous province’s radical transformation, modernisation and reindustrialisation programme, particularly the revitalisation of the township economy and... 

Big ticket items in Budget were more miss than hit - Jamine 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2018 The Budget tabled on Wednesday had a number of misses, with one of the biggest being the failure to cut government's public servant remuneration, which was set to grow by 7% a year over the medium term, economist Dr Azar Jamine said on Friday. "It is earmarked to carry on growing as fast as it... 

Wacker Neuson South Africa extends market share in partnership with Coastal Hire Botswana

     23rd February 2018 In December 2017, Wacker Neuson South Africa sealed an exclusive dealer agreement with Coastal Hire Botswana, as part of a strategic move to expand the premium brand’s footprint across the region, increase market share and unlock new sectors.  The agreement is the culmination of Wacker Neuson... 

He got rich on Congo mines until bribe probe put future on hold

By: Bloomberg     23rd February 2018 A 20-year friendship that helped turn Dan Gertler into a billionaire has left the Israeli businessman with a lot fewer places to go. The US government accused Gertler of corrupt mining and oil deals in the Democratic Republic of Congo and said he acted as a middle-man to enrich his longtime... 

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