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LHDA appoints engineering panel for LHWP II

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd January 2019 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) on Tuesday announced the appointment of an engineering panel of experts for the second phase of the Lesotho Highlands water project (LHWP II). The panel comprises a selection of experts from the UK, Europe, the US and Australia, with the combined... 

Armscor grants CEO special leave to prepare for State capture inquiry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st January 2019 Armaments Corporation of South Africa (Armscor) CEO Kevin Wakeford has requested special leave, after his name was mentioned during testimony before the Zondo Commission Inquiry into State Capture last week. IOL News reported on Sunday that Bosasa’s former COO Angelo Agrizzi last week told the... 

Concor Boosts Safety And Targeted Enterprises In Eastern Cape Road Project

18th January 2019 Safety of both pedestrians and motorists has been boosted by Concor Infrastructure’s rehabilitation of the R75 double-carriageway between Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage, while the project has had considerable positive spinoff for local small targeted enterprises. The project, which began in May... 

New Healthcare Clinic Paved by Technicrete

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th January 2019 Health care clinics by their very nature have an enormous amount of foot traffic that requires safe, sturdy, attractive and long-lasting paving. The new Jouberton Community Clinic, a primary health care centre in Klerksdorp, North West Province, sought paving that offered these features and were... 

Sappma pleased with results after increasing audit frequency

By: Cameron Mackay     18th January 2019 Last year, more factory audits of plastic pipe producers and manufacturers who are members of the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) showed promising results leaving much hope for the future of the plastic pipes industry, says the quality regulator’s CEO, Jan Venter.... 

Need for new tech knowledge across industry

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th January 2019 With technology advancing in the wastewater treatment industry, industry needs to be educated on the latest available solutions that will improve operational economies and ensure long-term cost-savings, says separations and purification company Sagisa projects manager Lourens du Plessis. Sagisa... 

High-tech to become fully embedded in core business processes

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2019 During the next five years, the steadily growing adoption and application of innovative technologies will be firmly embedded in many of the core processes and technologies of businesses, says information technology services multinational Dimension Data group CTO Ettienne Reinecke. This prediction... 

DoL launches formal inquiry into roof collapse at KZN building

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 The Department of Labour (DoL) has set up a formal inquiry into the collapse of a structure that was under construction last year on the premises of Imperial Logistics, in Durban. The collapse led to the death of four employees and the injury of four others.  

New SAPA division GM to focus on chicken dumping issue in South Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th January 2019 The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) has appointed businessperson Izaak Breintenbach GM of the association’s Broiler Organisation division. He succeeds Kevin Lovell who headed up the division for several years.  

Lundin’s strong Q4 boosts full-year production results

By: Nadine James     16th January 2019 TSX-listed Lundin Mining has achieved, or exceeded, its yearly guidance at all of its operations, the diversified miner announced on Tuesday, releasing production results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018. The company produced 48 206 t of copper in the fourth quarter, taking... 

Project Halo refutes allegations of favoritism in bid to acquire Optimum, Koornfontein mines 

By: African News Agency      16th January 2019 Project Halo – the consortium which came out as the preferred bidder in the highly-contested purchase of coal mine previously owned by the Gupta family – on Tuesday rejected allegations of impropriety in the way it secured the bid to acquire mine and other related assets.  Last year, Project Halo... 

Bethal water crisis: Rand Water curbs supplies over outstanding municipal debt

By: News24Wire      16th January 2019 Fed-up Bethal residents, who have had little or no water over the last 25 days, have launched a silent protest to draw attention to their plight. But it didn't quite go according to plan. "The original plan was to get as many residents as possible to gather at the Bethal Dam and then have one... 

IDM wins environmental approval for Red Mountain

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th January 2019 Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna has announced an environmental decision for the underground gold and silver mine that IDM Mining is proposing near Stewart, British Columbia. The Minister said that the proposed mine was not likely to cause significant adverse... 

Safety First With Durable Mentis Floor Grating

15th January 2019 Liability claims from slips, trips and falls in the workplace can be financially debilitating and have an extremely negative impact on the reputation of a business. Considered the most frequent cause of injuries in the workplace, these incidents can result in serious downtime and even closure of... 

Ghosn faces months in jail as another bid for bail is rejected

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Carlos Ghosn’s latest bid to be released on bail was rejected by a Tokyo court, leaving the fallen car titan behind bars for at least another two months as prosecutors continue to build their case against him for financial crimes. Ghosn’s lawyers had submitted the bail application last week after... 

Worst-performing South African stock gets bid for crown jewel

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Ascendis Health is in talks to sell one of its best-performing units as last year’s biggest South African loser on Johannesburg’s stock exchange battles to ensure survival. The debt-laden maker of multivitamins, probiotics and pet nutritional supplements received an unsolicited offer for Cyprian... 

UN warns of rising levels of toxic brine as more desalination plants are built

By: Simone Liedtke     14th January 2019 The fast-rising number of desalination plants globally, now almost 16 000, quench a growing thirst for fresh water but create a “salty dilemma” on how to deal with all the chemical-laden left-over brine, authors of a recently published United Nations- (UN-) backed paper say. In the paper, the... 

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Ghosn's fresh indictment pulls him deeper into legal quagmire

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2019 Carlos Ghosn’s chances of getting out of jail anytime soon took a serious blow on Friday after he was indicted for a second time by Japanese prosecutors building their case against the fallen car executive, who was detained almost two months ago. The ousted Nissan Motor Co. chairman was indicted... 

What would you do if you didn’t need the money? (and why it matters NOW)

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th January 2019 What would you do if you didn’t need the money? It’s not a question we often give much serious thought to, but it may very well be one that we need to answer in the next few decades. The advent of the internet was expected to result in widespread economic democratisation; instead, it has resulted... 

Siemens launches the Digital Mining Incubator at Wits University’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th January 2019 South Africa faces a shortage in mining engineering skills, as well as new digital technology that could help transform mining processes. The Digital Mining Incubator (DMI) is aimed at developing the next generation of digital mining experts. Siemens will collaborate with graduates to co-create... 

Rand to weaken in volatile trade this year 

By: Reuters     9th January 2019 South Africa's rand will lose over 3% of its value in volatile trade against the dollar this year, a Reuters poll of market strategists found on Wednesday, but should be cushioned by wavering expectations for US interest rates. The health of the world's two biggest economies - the United States... 

Pharmaceutical giant Mylan acquires ARV drugs manufacturing plant in South Africa

By: African News Agency      8th January 2019 Global pharmaceutical company Mylan on Tuesday announced the acquisition of a manufacturing site, previously owned by Ascendis Health, for its plans to produce high-quality antiretrovirals for seven million South Africans living with HIV. Spread over an expanse of 2.34 ha, the facility at Isando... 

South Africa finds foot-and-mouth disease in cattle in Limpopo

By: Bloomberg     8th January 2019 South Africa’s Department of Agriculture has quarantined an area in Vhembe in Limpopo province following positive laboratory results for foot-and-mouth disease in cattle in the district. Samples were collected during a disease investigation after reports of cattle with lameness were received, the... 

South Africa improves its score in 2018 Index of Economic Freedom

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th January 2019 South Africa’s ranking in the 2018 Index of Economic Freedom has improved, with the country ranked fourth in the Africa region and seventy-seventh out of 180 countries globally, reports Heritage Foundation. Marketing agency Brand South Africa research GM Dr Petrus de Kock says the index... 

Groote Schuur neonatal unit receives R45m upgrade

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st December 2018 A R45-million project to renovate the neonatal unit at Groote Schuur hospital, in Cape Town, has reached practical completion, the Western Cape government reported on Friday. The project was funded by the Red Cross Hospital Trust and overseen by the Department of Transport and Public Works in... 

Davies to launch revised business process services incentive scheme

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th December 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies will, on Friday, launch the revised Global Business Process Services Incentive Scheme, while on a trip to London, in the UK. The launch of the revised incentive further supports and enhances South Africa’s value proposition, catalysing new investments... 

Profica delivers an engineering Design & Build turnkey solution to transform Vodacom World

7th December 2018 The new Vodacom World mall in Midrand, Gauteng opens to the public on Friday 7 December after an intensive revamp which has transformed it into the largest digital telecommunications mall in the world, boasting 6,000m2 of shopping and technology space. The launch of the re-invented Vodacom World... 

Treasury announces progress on national health insurance bill  

By: African News Agency      16th November 2018 The South African National Treasury on Friday announced it made “substantial” progress on the national health insurance (NHI) Bill consultation in key areas and have reached agreement on most of the major issues. “We have made substantial progress on key areas and have reached agreement on most... 

Is Basic Sanitation a Human Right?

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th November 2018 From 2005 to 2017, Human Rights Watch conducted research in countries such as China, Russia, Nepal, South Africa, India and America to assess the levels of sanitation and other basic human rights. Senior women’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch, Amanda Klasing, said, “The way people are... 

Eaton develops 10 000 operation switchgear for Shoprite’s warehouses

2nd November 2018 Shoprite Holdings commissioned engineering professional services firms WSP Africa to design a medium voltage (MV) power distribution system for its new Cilmor Distribution Centre, to provide reliable, continuous power to three large warehouses despite regular utility load shedding issues which... 

South Africa needs new narrative to create inclusive growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st November 2018 South Africa needs positive leadership and a change in narrative to tackle its problems and create inclusive sustainable growth for all, said Discovery Group CE Adrian Gore during the opening of the Discovery Leadership Summit, in Johannesburg, on Thursday. The summit brought together many world... 

New research finds developing countries’ coal miners face ‘substantial risk inequality’  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st October 2018 Coal miners in developing countries are likely to be exposed to health and safety risks more often than those working in advanced economies, new research has found. Researchers from Cardiff University, funded by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), have found that a lack of... 

Save the date: Securex South Africa 2019 set to continue on integrated physical and cybersecurity path

31st October 2018 On the back of the most successful Securex South Africa expo to date in 2018, Africa's leading security and fire trade exhibition will return to Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg for its 26th edition from 14 to 16 May 2019. “Securex South Africa 2018 drew in over 7,000 visitors, a more... 

Queensland gets tough on mine safety, gives inspectors more power

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st October 2018 The Queensland Parliament has backed changes to the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act, and the Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act, giving the state’s mine inspectors more power to directly take action on health and safety issues. The amendments to the legislation will see miners face... 

Merkel looks to Africa to cement a legacy shaped by migration 

By: Reuters     30th October 2018 German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted African leaders on Tuesday, pledging a new development fund to tackle underdevelopment on the continent that has helped to spur mass migration, shaping the later years of her long premiership. Merkel announced on Monday she would retire from politics by... 

Epiroc affirms its automation expertise with unveiling of new Regional Application Centre

30th October 2018 Epiroc proudly introduces its new Regional Application Centre (RAC), which aligns with the OEM’s ongoing focus on meeting customers’ growing pursuit to elevate uptime, boost productivity, improve safety and shrink operating costs through the implementation of technology. Based in five key cities... 

ASSAf appoints Professor Himla Soodyall executive officer

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has appointed Professor Himla Soodyall executive officer, effective November 1. She will succeed outgoing executive officer Professor Roseanne Diab, who is retiring.  

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