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Africa to get state-of-art HIV drugs for $75 per patient a year

By: Reuters     21st September 2017 Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year. Global health experts hope the deal will help... 

ARA recommits to 2020 clean fuels policy

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2017 The African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARA) on Thursday confirmed its commitment to the 2020 clean fuel policy, which outlined a plan for vehicle emission controls and standards to achieve all the benefits of clean air quality. Following a clean fuels workshop in Togo last week, the... 

Johnson Matthey to invest £200m in battery material technology

By: Reuters     21st September 2017 Johnson Matthey said it will invest an initial £200-million in expanding its battery material technology business from 2018, aiming to capitalise on growth in the electric vehicle market. The specialty chemicals company said the overall market "could be (worth) more than $30-billion (in) sales... 

Engen launches Auto Gardens in 100 schools across South Africa

     20th September 2017 Engen, in collaboration with Acts of Random Kindness South Africa (ArkoSA), a not-for-profit company which encourages acts of random kindness one person at a time, are striving to assist schools in the production and growth of year-round crops.   With the introduction of Auto Gardens to 100... 

IFC provides $150m loan to assist BMW SA’s production plans

By: Irma Venter     20th September 2017 The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank, will assist in financing BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA’s) R6-billion investment in its Rosslyn plant, set to produce the new BMW X3. The $150 million loan comes as South Africa “seeks new sources of economic growth after... 

A resolute commitment to SHEQ keeps fuels and chemical deliveries in the safe lane

     19th September 2017 Renewed and expanded contracts in the fuel and chemicals sector Despite an extremely challenging economic climate, many South African companies are taking a longer-term outlook to business by only partnering reputable providers of specialist supply chain and transport logistics services. 

Cybercrime becoming a major threat in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     19th September 2017 The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has ranked South Africa sixth and seventh on the cybercrime predator list, which means that there is an increasing amount of fraud being perpetrated from the country, says computer forensics company Cyanre CEO Danny Myburgh. Speaking at the ninth Chartered... 

Corruption rampant in South Africa – Corruption Watch

By: Anine Kilian     19th September 2017 There is a multiplicity of factors that drive corruption in both public and private institutions throughout South Africa, nongovernmental organisation Corruption Watch chairperson Mavuso Msimang said on Tuesday. Addressing delegates at the ninth Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa Corporate... 

Big fall in DBSA disbursements partly attributed to renewables stand-off

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2017 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) recorded a sharp fall in disbursements to R12.4-billion in 2017, from a record R17.1-billion in 2016, but has promised to "step up" its role as a catalyst of development in 2018, setting a R20-billion disbursement target for the year. The development... 

Deterrence, prevention critical for miners in fight against fraud

By: Henry Lazenby     18th September 2017 Fraud is a significant burden on the mining industry and is likely to cost companies an average of 5.85% of turnover every year. Therefore, catching it before it happens is often the best weapon to combat this scourge. This figure is based on 20 years of data across more than 40 sectors,... 

Good corporate governance key to fighting corruption

By: Anine Kilian     18th September 2017 Poor corporate governance at State-owned enterprises (SoEs) has become endemic, Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa (CSSA) CEO Stephen Sadie said on Monday. He told delegates at the ninth CSSA Premier Corporate Governance conference, in Johannesburg, that good governance at public sector... 

Fleet Renewal Puts Burma Plant Hire At Cutting Edge

     18th September 2017 A restructuring and fleet renewal programme at Cape Town-based Burma Plant Hire has put the company on track for further growth in the construction, mining and other sectors. Significantly, the company is a Level 2 contributor to BBBEE. In addition to its traditional base load work in the... 

Railway safety body and Engineering Council sign MoU

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2017 The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) and the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) on Friday signed a memorandum of onderstanding (MoU) aimed at professionalising the work of railway safety inspectors. The MoU also aims to ensure that railway safety inspectors and engineers have the necessary... 

SKF launches innovative maintenance service packages

     15th September 2017 New service packages from SKF will help manufacturers and users of rotating equipment excel in their sectors and integrate technologies to enable business success.  SKF has taken another leading position within its sector by creating two new and innovative service packages that address the... 

Legal fight over R4.5bn logistics park in Durban

By: News24Wire      15th September 2017 Residents of Clairwood are expected to turn out in their numbers at the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban on Friday when their lawyers challenge the provincial government’s approval of a massive R4.5-billion logistics park at the old Clairwood Racecourse - once the only green lung in the area.... 

New acid gas scrubber up to standard

By: Robyn Wilkinson     15th September 2017 Testing, inspection and certification services provider TÜV Rheinland Quality Services South Africa has ensured that the design and fabrication of a new 15-m-long acid gas scrubber for one of South Africa’s largest fuel refineries has met all quality and safety requirements for pressure vessels. 

Partnership to supply world-class chain slings in South Africa

     15th September 2017 Specialty steel products integrated producer Scaw Metals Group's operation, Distribution Network, has extended its cooperation with lifting, rigging and securement applications manufacturer Crosby by adding Crosby Platinum Line Grade 100 chain fittings to its product offering. Having made the... 

Sandton Gate mixed-use development project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th September 2017 The proposed Sandton Gate site will provide 130 000 m2 of developable floor area. 

Toolkits help companies navigate standards upgrades

By: Robyn Wilkinson     15th September 2017 Inspection, verification and certification company SGS South Africa has developed toolkits that have been circulated to all its clients to assist them with the transition process required to meet the updates in the International Organisation for Standardisation’s (ISO’s) three core management... 

Sulphurous fuels flow to West Africa as States defer tougher rules

By: Reuters     13th September 2017 Nigeria and several other West African States are not expected to implement rules banning imports of sulphur-heavy fuels until December 1 at the earliest after missing summer deadlines, drawing the ire of health campaigners pushing for cleaner air. Nigeria, Togo, Côte d'Ivoire and Benin promised... 

Royal HaskoningDHV WINS Community-based Projects category at SAICE PMB Regional Awards

     13th September 2017 Royal HaskoningDHV continued its winning streak at the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) KwaZulu Natal Regional Awards that were held in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday 29th July. In the category for Community-based projects, Royal HaskoningDHV won the award for the ePhatheni... 

Zuma talks up NDP's 'achievements' at anniversary bash

By: News24Wire      13th September 2017 President Jacob Zuma talked up the adoption of the National Development Plan (NDP) at a five-year anniversary bash, and did not mention radical economic transformation once. Zuma and Cabinet colleagues celebrated the adoption of the plan in Cape Town on Tuesday, labelling it the "roadmap to... 

Ascendis reports strong headline earnings growth

By: Anine Kilian     12th September 2017 JSE-listed pharmaceuticals company Ascendis Health has reported strong growth in normalised headline earnings of 92% to R645-million for the year ended June 30.   The group’s revenue increased by 64% to R6.4-billion, with acquisitions contributing R2.3-billion, the company said in a statement on... 

Solar grid keeps harvests high, hospitals lit in parched rural Zimbabwe

By: Reuters     11th September 2017 Until recently, farmers in this town in southern Zimbabwe struggled to water their crops, frustrated by poor rainfall and the regular breakdown of the diesel engines that powered their irrigation systems. As in most areas of rural Zimbabwe, rain-fed agriculture provides most of the jobs in this... 

Petra halts Williamson operations after key personnel questioned over seized diamond consignment

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th September 2017 London-listed Petra Diamonds on Monday said it had temporarily idled the operations of its 75%-owned Williamson mine, in Tanzania, for “health and safety and security reasons”, as key personnel cooperate with authorities over a blocked diamond shipment. The company on Monday confirmed that a... 

Eskom at a sustainability ‘tipping point’, business and labour warn

By: Terence Creamer     8th September 2017 Business and labour raised serious questions on Friday about the sustainability of State-owned electricity producer Eskom in light if its current governance failings, which were now undermining its financial health to the point where government could be force to assist the utility in meeting its... 

Jacobs Arup JV and Transport Scotland Deliver Queensferry Crossing

     8th September 2017 Royal opening of largest infrastructure project in Scotland for a generation DALLAS – Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. and Arup celebrate the official opening of the Queensferry Crossing by Her Majesty The Queen. The Jacobs Arup Joint Venture (JV) has worked with Transport Scotland since 2007 to... 

Qld pumps A$25m into coal health and safety

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th September 2017 The Queensland government on Friday announced a A$25-million investment over the next two years to deliver more reforms aimed at protecting the health and safety of the state’s coal workers. In tabling the government’s response to the second Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis Select Committee report,... 

Coastal Clean-Up assists in educating public on responsible plastic use

By: Nadine James     8th September 2017 As part of the yearly initiative Clean-up & Recycle SA Week, taking place from September 11 to 17, industry body Plastics|SA says the yearly International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) day on September 16 is the highlight of the week, as it is the world’s biggest yearly volunteer effort for ocean... 

Well-managed upgrades essential at African refineries

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th September 2017 With demand for cleaner fuel products driving refinery upgrades in Africa, turnaround planning must be carefully managed to eliminate the risks of costly overruns and production losses, which can threaten the economic viability of the projects, says project management consultancy Turner &... 

New Queensland mines legislation provides for civil penalties

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th September 2017 The Queensland government has introduced new legislation to impose penalties on mine operators that fail to keep workers safe. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said on Thursday that the Mines Legislation (Resources Safety) Amendment Bill, introduced to Parliament, would... 

Fortinet Expands the Security Fabric with Enhanced Software-Defined Wide Area Networking Capabilities

     6th September 2017 New SD-WAN Functionality Combined with Security Fabric Features Enable Distributed Enterprises to Increase Flexibility with Reduced Cost and Complexity   Fortinet®, the global leader in high-performance cybersecurity solutions, announced the latest expansion of its Security Fabric, featuring... 

Expensive mine dump vegetation going up in flames – DRDGold 

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2017 Surface mining company DRDGold, which has spent more money on vegetating tailings dams in the last ten years than it has paid dividends to shareholders, is seeing its dump vegetation effort going up in smoke at the same time as it comes under criticism from a leading nongovernmental organisation... 

Family trusts sue Durban factory for R9m in damages

By: News24Wire      5th September 2017 The large warehouse in Prospecton, an industrial area outside of Durban's CBD, appears old and rusting. In fact, it was built a mere five years ago. Its condition, its owners say, is due to continuous wafts of black ferrous dust from a neighbouring crushing plant which is chasing away prospective... 

Heavy haul rail industry urged to improve efficiencies

By: Kim Cloete     5th September 2017 The heavy haul industry should work hard to improve the efficiency of rail operations, cut costs of doing business and create internationally competitive supply chains, says Transnet Group CE Siyabonga Gama. He told delegates at the eleventh International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) conference,... 

WA fracking moratorium bad for investment – industry

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th September 2017 The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (Appea) has slammed a decision by the Western Australian government to ban fracking in the South West, Peel and Perth metropolitan regions, as well as imposing a moratorium throughout the rest of Western Australia. “The government... 

'Zero-waste' stores put consumers on frontline in fight against packaging

By: Reuters     4th September 2017 When Ingrid Caldironi decided to start living a more eco-friendly lifestyle, she made a few changes to her routine. Caldironi bought a reusable coffee cup, started making her own beauty products and tried to stop buying packaged products. 

Fatalities serve to remind industry of necessity to achieve zero harm – DMR

By: Ilan Solomons     1st September 2017 The recent spike in fatalities at South African mines, with the most recent occurring at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, should serve as a timely reminder to the mining industry that a significant step change in health and safety practices is needed to ensure the goal of zero... 

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