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PSAM hosts discussion on improving public access to government budget data

10th July 2018 Rhodes University’s Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM) gathered members from the National Treasury (NT), the Legal Resources Centre, Afesis Corplan, and open data activist institute OpenUp for a panel discussion last week at Olive Schreiner Monument Hall. The dialogue was focused on... 

First African tetrapods discovered in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     8th June 2018 Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, together with South African palaeontologist Dr Rob Gess, on Friday announced the discovery of the first African fossils of Devonian tetrapods, or four-legged vertebrates. The two new species, named Tutusius umlambo, after Archbishop... 

Warne Rippon

1st December 2017 This week we feature Warne Rippon, executive director of Allied Steelrode, a supplier and processor of steel.   

Meccano enthusiast builds follow-up to his world’s most massive model

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th November 2017 Meccano enthusiast builds follow-up to his world’s most massive model. In 2014, after an almost five-year build, retired university mathematics lecturer Graham Shepherd claimed to have built the world’s largest model, by mass, out of Meccano or any similar metal-based system. This was the 1 335... 

Fluor contributes to the development of young South African engineers and scientists

23rd October 2017 The annual Eskom Expo for Young Scientists is South Africa’s only existing science fair for learners and offers companies the opportunity to support learners becoming involved in science and engineering at an early age. For many years this Expo has offered a platform for learners to demonstrate... 

Road resurfacing project – Grahamstown to Fort Beaufort, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd February 2017 The project involves the resurfacing of the road between Grahamstown and Fort Beaufort. 

Sanral embarks on R226m road resurfacing project  

By: Ilan Solomons     19th December 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has announced a R226-million road resurfacing project between the Eastern Cape towns of Grahamstown and Fort Beaufort.    Resurfacing of the R67 from Grahamstown to Fort Beaufort will commence in January and is set to be completed by... 

ECDC Spent R6 Million And Attracted R19, 8 Million Testing And Developing Smme Business Ideas And Concepts In 2015/16

21st November 2016 An Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) funded polyfibre project has been bolstered with a R22 million injection from the Department of Trade and Industry’s Employment Creation Fund for the establishment of a factory in Port Alfred and three buy-back centres in Stutterheim, Grahamstown and... 

Voltage optimisation solution punted as way to cut energy costs

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th October 2016 A deal by South African energy efficiency specialists Rhino Lighting and Powerstar South Africa (SA) has signalled the nationwide roll-out of a globally patented Powerstar range of voltage optimisation systems for local industry, which has resulted in energy cost-savings of more than 25% in some... 

Dinosaur fossil found in South Africa finally gives up its secrets

By: News24Wire      27th July 2016 A remarkable dinosaur fossil discovery made by a South African palaeontologist in 2005 has finally revealed its secrets. The fossil, the most complete ever found of a species known as Heterodontosaurus tucki, was recently scanned at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble,... 

South Africa’s first locomotives

By: Jade Davenport     22nd July 2016 The South Africa of the late 1850s was an economic and industrial backwater with limited growth prospects, especially when compared with other colonial outposts. Diamonds and gold, which were to drive the country’s industrial revolution, were still a long way from being discovered and, thus, the... 

Santam hands over fire-fighting equipment to Makana local municipality in Grahamstown

7th July 2016 In an extension of its proactive risk management initiatives in municipalities across the country, Santam, South Africa’s largest short-term insurer, handed over much needed fire-fighting equipment to the value of R220 000 to the Makana local municipality fire department in Grahamstown.  The... 

Santam hands over fire-fighting equipment to Makana local municipality in Grahamstown

6th July 2016 In an extension of its proactive risk management initiatives in municipalities across the country, Santam, South Africa’s largest short-term insurer, handed over much needed fire-fighting equipment to the value of R220 000 to the Makana local municipality fire department in Grahamstown.  The... 

Fossils of new plant and invertebrate species discovered along N2 in the Eastern Cape 

1st June 2016 Controlled rock cutting explosions for the upgrading of a portion of a major national road in the Eastern Cape have led to the discovery of a treasure trove of fossils from an ancient river mouth ecosystem. “A number of new invertebrates, as well as excellently preserved plant fossils of the... 

Block-making machinery used to build affordable housing

1st April 2016 The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform built 27 affordable homes on the Radway Green Farm Agri-Village outside of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, using brick- and block-making machine manufacturer Hydraform’s interlocking block-making technology. The official handover ceremony took... 

NEF supports bus companies through R90m investment

By: Anine Kilian     24th March 2016 The National Empowerment Fund (NEF) has invested a cumulative R90-million that has helped transform two disparate but critical segments of the bus transport sector. A R45-million investment had helped bus company Africa People Mover (APM) expand and entrench itself in the semi-luxury, intercity... 

New study aimed at improving understanding of potential Karoo shale gas reserves

By: Ilan Solomons     24th March 2016 The Council for Geoscience (CGS) in conjunction with other research bodies is improving the understanding of the stratigraphy and basinal settings of potential shale gas reserves in South Africa’s Karoo Basin region. CGS senior specialist scientist Dr Doug Cole says the study focuses on data... 

BASF’s Kids’ Lab wins at Scifest Africa 2016

22nd March 2016 Kids’ Lab aims at fostering learners’ interest in chemistry This educational outreach project highlights the importance of water resources BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, was awarded prize of 'Best Workshop-Outreach' for its highly successful Kids’ Lab workshops at the National... 

BASF’s Kids’ Lab teaches learners at Scifest Africa that chemistry is a solution provider

2nd March 2016 Kids’ Lab aims at fostering learners’ interest in chemistry This educational outreach project highlights the importance of water resources BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, will host, for the 5th consecutive year, its highly successful Kids’ Lab workshops at the National Science... 

Diamond in the Rough

By: Tracy Hancock     11th December 2015 “There’s massive consolidation taking place in the textile industry and one of the reasons that I am here is that I believe in the resurgence of the South African industry,” says newly appointed CEO of uniform and personal protective equipment manufacturer and supplier The Kit Group, Andrew... 

Johnson Crane Hire Completes Challenging Heavy Lifts For Two Wind Farm Projects

2nd November 2015 The Vestas wind farm projects at Grahamstown, Saldanha, Great Kei Municipality, Tsitsikamma and Grassridge will see a substantial amount of renewable energy filtered into the national grid, with a subsequent reduction in carbon emissions. Johnson Crane Hire has completed heavy lifts for three of... 

Protesting students plan to disrupt mini budget

By: News24Wire      21st October 2015 Protesting University of Cape Town (UCT) students have reportedly started making their way to Parliament ahead of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene's mid-term budget speech on Wednesday. Pam Dhlamini, a student leader among protesters, told News24 that protesters planned to go to Parliament in the... 

Construction starts on PE’s first green building

By: Anine Kilian     4th September 2015 Earlier this month ground broke on South Africa’s latest four star green building – the first of its kind in the Eastern Cape. The modern three-storey office block is located within the Baywest City precinct in Port Elizabeth’s western suburbs, along the N2, and signals the greater roll-out of... 

Eastern Cape housing development built by community

By: Anine Kilian     21st August 2015 Brick and block-making machinery manufacturer Hydraform contributed to the construction of 27 affordable homes in the Eastern Cape on behalf of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform. The project was completed last month. As part of the department’s commitment to development and... 

Construction starts on Baywest City office block

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th August 2015 Construction has started on a three-storey four-star green office block in the R6-billion Baywest City development. The office block inside the Baywest City precinct, in Port Elizabeth’s western suburbs, signalled the wide-ranging roll out of development at the precinct, which included 2 000... 

N2 highway upgrade project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     14th August 2015 The project involves the upgrade of a 47 km stretch of the N2 between Grahamstown and the Fish River Pass. 

Conference to home in on industry stakeholders delivering quality, value

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th August 2015 The 2015 Conference on Asphalt Pavements for Southern Africa’s (Capsa’s) theme of technology delivering quality and value is intended to demonstrate the industry’s willingness to strive for value creation for all stakeholders through the delivery of excellence and quality, says event organiser... 

R900m upgrade of N2 highway in E Cape begins

By: Natalie Greve     15th July 2015 Kicking off the initial leg of the three-phase, R900-million Southern Region construction project, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has started upgrading a 47 km stretch of the N2 highway between Grahamstown and the Fish River pass, in the Eastern Cape. The project, which... 

Johnson Crane Hire Provides Heavy Lifting Solution For Vestas Wind Farm Contracts

24th June 2015 Johnson Crane Hire’s expertise in finding customised heavy lifting solutions resulted in the formation of a long-term relationship with wind turbine manufacturer Vestas. The 12-month contract entails finding and instituting the most appropriate lifting solution for Vestas’ involvement in four... 

BASF’s Kids’ Lab teaches learners at Scifest Africa that chemistry is a solution provider

18th March 2015 German chemical company, BASF, who in 2015 is celebrating its 150 anniversary year, will once again host its highly successful Kids’ Lab workshops at this year’s National Science Festival in Grahamstown from 18 to 24 March.  Following the success of its Kids’ Labs workshops over the past two... 

Rhodes Business School receives accreditation

12th March 2015 Rhodes Business School, which forms part of the Grahamstown-based Rhodes University, on Thursday reported that its Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme had been accredited by the global Association of MBAs (AMBA). AMBA accreditation was the global standard for all MBAs and currently... 

Waainek wind farm project, South Africa

27th February 2015 The project involves the construction and operation of a 24.6 MW wind farm. 

Pandor to open high-tech nanotechnology facility at Rhodes

By: Natalie Greve     10th November 2014 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor is set to officially open the Centre for Nanotechnology Innovation at Rhodes University, in Grahamstown, on November 14, placing the institution at the forefront of international nanotechnology research. The centre will house new nanotechnology... 

Eastern Cape govt works to eradicate bucket toilet system 

By: Natalie Greve     12th September 2014 Noting a recent report by Statistics South Africa, which recorded an increase in the number of bucket toilets in the Eastern Cape, provincial government said this week that it was studying the contents of the report to ascertain where this increase had occurred and how the system could be... 

Commited to Commerce

By: Tracy Hancock     25th July 2014 Neren Rau, South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) CEO, sat down with Tracy Hancock of Engineering News to speak about the career path that led to his employment at Sacci and his next career move As Neren Rau nears the end of his second contract at Sacci, the academic turned CEO’s... 

ECDC moves to boost Eastern Cape’s export potential

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd April 2014 A year after six Eastern Cape-based companies were placed at a permanent trade fair in Ningbo, China, for 30 months, significant inroads into the “lucrative Chinese consumer market” have been made, with the companies securing growing orders and distribution channels for their products.... 

BASF’s Kids’ Lab wins ‘Best Exhibitor’ award at Africa’s largest Science Festival.

25th March 2014 Kids’ Lab experiments attended by close to 2000 learners BASF sponsors prizes for top science post-graduate presentations BASF’s global Kids’ Lab programme has won the “Best Exhibitor” award at SciFest Africa.  Announced at the closing ceremony of Africa’s largest science festival, the... 

Baywest begins the big countdown

19th March 2014 Baywest Mall developers Abacus Asset Management and Billion Group yesterday began the one year countdown until the doors of the Eastern Cape’s largest mall open to the public on March 19 next year. Celebrating the launch of the countdown on Algoa FM yesterday morning, Baywest MD Gavin Blows said... 

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