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Bushveld signs BEE deal to complement Vametco acquisition

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     Updated 4 hours ago Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals has agreed to facilitate a change in the ownership of one of Evraz Vametco's black economic empowerment (BEE) partners. Bushveld will support Jaxson 640's acquisition of a controlling interest in the BEE shareholdings in Vametco, which will take place alongside its... 

Victoria introduces new assessment process for reviving mining at Big Hill

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th February 2017 Residents in the Stawell community, in Victoria, will have a greater say on any proposal to revive the opencut gold mine along Big Hill ridge under a new assessment process announced by the state government. It was hoped that the process would ensure that any new plan from unlisted Stawell Gold... 

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust despite ongoing e-toll tussle 

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 Not too long ago, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was a firm darling among its peers. It was a well-funded State-owned enterprise (SOE) almost never under fire, seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward in its task to manage and expand the country’s road network. Then came... 

Gibraltar – a major Brexit casualty?

By: Riaan de Lange     24th February 2017 On the south-western tip of Europe, on the Iberian Peninsula, at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea, lies a British overseas territory (formerly known as a colony) that is all of 6.7km2 in area. It even has a straight named after it. The territory is call Gibraltar. If you view it from a... 

Gunter Vogel

     24th February 2017 This week we feature Gunter Vogel, chairperson of Kwatami (previously Joest), an original-equipment manufacturers that supplies customised engineered vibrating equipment to the African mining and industrial sectors   

New training course offered on refrigeration units

     24th February 2017 Transportation and logistics solutions company Eqstra Flexi Fleet has introduced a new training course at its training academy, specifically designed to equip qualified auto-electricians and diesel mechanics to work on refrigeration units fitted within cold chain vehicles.  

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust despite ongoing e-toll tussle

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 Not too long ago the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was a firm darling among its peers. It was a well-funded State-owned enterprise (SOE) almost never under fire, seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward in its task to manage and expand the country’s road network. Then came... 

Busa welcomes Budget, commits to playing a role in country’s economic transformation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2017 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) on Thursday welcomed the prioritisation of education and social spending, as well as the reforms in public procurement outlined by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his Budget speech on Wednesday. Busa believes these measures will generate improved efficiencies... 

Engen continues to build future leaders in Cala

     23rd February 2017 The 2016 class of the Engen Maths and Science Schools achieved an impressive 94% pass rate, up 5% from last year’s average of 89%, with 70% of learners attaining a Bachelor pass.The Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) are a national initiative that seeks to address key skills shortages in the... 

Treasury seeks to establish budgeting facility for large infrastructure projects

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd February 2017 As South Africa’s government moves to strengthen its budget execution and improve in-year monitoring, while also bolstering infrastructure development, the National Treasury has proposed the establishment of a new facility to optimise large multiyear infrastructure project roll-outs that require... 

Electrifying rural areas offers opportunity for skills development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd February 2017 African governments’ growing implementation of minigrids to electrify rural areas creates the opportunity for innovation and skills development to operate these grids, Emergent Energy renewable-energy consultant Adele Boadzo says. In a panel discussion on skills development in the energy sector... 

SKA SA, Agri SA partner to benefit Karoo communities

By: Anine Kilian     22nd February 2017 Square Kilometre Array South Africa (SKA SA) and Agri SA have signed an agreement to ensure that local communities of the Karoo benefit from the SKA project. The SKA project is an international effort to build the world's largest radio telescope. 

Higher education secures a further R5bn in funding

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd February 2017 As the National Treasury allocates a further R5-billion to support financially-strapped students, new ways are being examined to develop a clear roadmap to mitigate the magnitude of the student funding challenge faced by young South Africans. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday said... 

Government to proceed with the introduction of a sugar tax 

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd February 2017 South African consumers of sugar-sweetened drinks are set to feel the impact of the proposed sugar tax later this year as the relevant legislation is finalised for Parliamentary approval. The National Treasury on Wednesday confirmed a proposed tax rate of 2.1c/g of sugar content in excess of 4... 

Ewseta, DUT launch EnergyDrive to create awareness of alternative energy sources

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st February 2017 The Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (Ewseta) and the Durban University of Technology (DUT) on Tuesday launched the EnergyDrive initiative, to educate rural communities on climate change and alternative energy sources. A custom-designed truck equipped with ten solar... 

African Utility Week Industry Awards include new gas, small scale and ICT categories to reflect evolution of energy and water sectors

     20th February 2017 Nominations are open for top industry professionals and projects   “I know the energy revolution is powering up and ready to take off. We should embrace energy trade with each other”.  With these words Mr Kandeh Yumkella, UN Under-Secretary-General and Former Special Representative of the... 

Engen continues to build future leaders in Gauteng

     20th February 2017 The 2016 class of the Engen Maths and Science Schools achieved an impressive 94% pass rate, up 5% from last year’s average of 89%, with 70% of learners attaining a Bachelor pass. The Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) are a national initiative that seeks to address key skills shortages in the... 

NSFAS to fund over 400 000 students for 2017

By: News24Wire      20th February 2017 The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has approved over 400 000 applications for funding for the 2017 academic year. NSFAS chairperson Sizwe Nxasana said they had approved a total of 309 788 students for universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), but... 

Commitment to quality boosts confidence in specialised product

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th February 2017 Construction solutions provider a.b.e. Construction Chemicals is seeing growing confidence in the use of specialised coatings in the South African construction industry, proving that the company’s commitment to high quality and durability in its product range continues to be a successful strategy... 

CSI fund supports investment in Vanderbijlpark school infrastructure

By: Dylan Slater     17th February 2017 Gas materials and equipment company Air Products South Africa launched its new R800-million air-separation unit, the G-Plant, in 2014, with an associated ring-fenced corporate social investment (CSI) fund aimed at uplifting the Vanderbijlpark community.  

Energy efficient qualifications finalised

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 Occupational qualifications developed by the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, the German Development Institute (GIZ) and the Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (Ewseta) for... 

Luther Erasmus

     17th February 2017 This we feature TLT MechCal and TLT Actom MD Johannes Erasmus. The group is a global leader in the supply of innovative ventilation solutions for the mining, power, industrial and process industries   

Programme to accelerate investment implemented

     17th February 2017 The African Union’s (AU’s) planning body, the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad), is undertaking an exercise that will accelerate the development and implementation of Africa’s high priority renewable energy projects and will be organising a showcase at the Africa Energy Indaba for... 

Third Women in Energy conference cohosted at Energy Indaba

     17th February 2017 The yearly Women in Energy conference, organised by the Africa Energy Indaba, will bring together Africa’s leading women in the energy sector for its third iteration on Monday, February 20 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The Africa Energy Indaba was the first energy conference... 

Diepsloot girls play at the national chess championship

     16th February 2017 Two Grade 5 girls from Diepsloot, who started playing chess through the Tsogo Sun Moves for Life Chess programme in 2015, made such excellent progress in the sport that they were selected to be part of the Johannesburg Metro Chess Union team at the SA Junior Chess Championship in Boksburg in... 

DRDGold spends R26m in six months on environmental restoration  

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2017 Johannesburg is probably one of the world’s best examples of unintended sustainable development, where almost accidentally the mining economy has been fully replaced by another larger economy. This is because mining took place for long enough to allow for the emergence of services industries such... 

Engen continues to build future leaders

     15th February 2017 The 2016 class of the Engen Maths and Science Schools achieved an impressive 94% pass rate, up 5% from last year’s average of 89%, with 70% of learners attaining a Bachelor pass. The Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) are a national initiative that seeks to address key skills shortages in the... 

Construction sector ‘pushing boundaries’ of transformation with ‘ground-breaking’ deal 

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2017 Government and the seven leading construction companies reported further progress on Monday in the implementation of a voluntary agreement that seeks to materially accelerate the racial transformation of the South African industry and raise the combined revenue attributable to black contractors... 

Engen KZN learners scoop top three positions

     13th February 2017 Engen Maths and Science Schools learners in KwaZulu-Natal scored top marks in 2016, scooping the top three programme positions nationally.   The Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) are a national initiative that seeks to address key skills shortages in the engineering and technical fields by... 

Adapt IT reports on normalised headline earnings as it continues with acquisition strategy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th February 2017 Information technology services provider Adapt IT has, for the first time, disclosed normalised headline earnings per share (HEPS). At 34.74c for the six months to December 31, this was up 20% from the prior year, owing to higher noncash expenses as a result of acquisitions. Noting that its... 

Atlas Copco and Tirisano Trust help further education through donation of laptops

     10th February 2017 Siyabonga Children’s Home residents Sage Godfrey (18) and Rosemary Holt (20 are the proud recipients of a brand new laptop donated by Atlas Copco and its social development funding organisation, Tirisano Trust, on 20 January 2017. Expressing their delight, Sage who plans to study a BCom in... 

MCA laments Victoria opposition party’s support for ban on onshore gas

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th February 2017 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has slammed the Victorian opposition’s support of a ban on onshore gas developments, saying the party had been cowered by a political scare campaign. “This is a weak, politically expedient decision that confirms the Victorian opposition has been captured... 

Eerste River High School construction project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     10th February 2017 The Department of Public Works for the Western Cape Education Department is building a school to accommodate 1 200 learners. 

Ian McCrystal

     10th February 2017 This week we feature Ian McCrystal, CEO of First Cut, which manufactures and distributes engineering cutting consumables and also sells and services associated machinery, including bandsaw machines, tube and sheet metal bending, laser and waterjet machines   

Northern Cape youths receive financial aid for tertiary education

By: David Oliveira     10th February 2017 Twenty-six youths from the Emthanjeni municipality, in the Northern Cape, were awarded full tertiary bursaries last month by solar energy project developer Solar Capital and its subsidiary Solar Capital De Aar 3. These bursaries were among the 80 distributed at the well-attended Ministerial... 

Those who cannot do . . . talk

By: Riaan de Lange     10th February 2017 You may well be acquainted with the adage 'He who can, does; he who cannot, teaches' from George Bernard Shaw’s 1903 play, Man and Superman, Maxims for Revolutionists: Education. But it no longer holds true for South Africa for several reasons, the most prominent being that I do not know of... 

Cesa eyes ambitious consulting engineering profession transformation strategy  

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2017 A year after taking a back-to-basics approach, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) is gearing up to tackle transformation within its membership base and throughout its industry, with a transformation committee embarking on a process to develop the industry body’s proposed interventions to... 

Unpaid stipends, no certificates, Carletonville youth up in arms

By: African News Agency      8th February 2017 More than 100 Carletonville youths – who completed a three-month courses in practical skills that included upholstery, sewing, clothing, agriculture, jewellery and cabinet-making – are up in arms because the Gauteng department of education has not given them certificates. All in all about 115... 

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