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Trump America-first pipeline plan draws ire of American oil

By: Bloomberg     21st July 2017 Donald Trump’s allies in the oil industry are warning the president that his bid to boost US steelmakers could backfire against their efforts to achieve his goal of "American energy dominance." The intense lobbying effort comes as the Commerce Department faces a Sunday deadline to give the... 

Industrial cybersecurity resilience in focus as attacks increase

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2017 Effective industrial cybersecurity protection improves the resilience of industries, defends investments in automation and control systems and becomes an asset to manage industrial systems, risks and business continuity, a range of industrial cybersecurity specialists explain. The increased... 

Cybersecurity needs to be integrated into business continuity strategies

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2017 The resilience of businesses and critical services amid cyberattacks and their ability to recover rapidly from such attacks or breaches are critical, especially as many business systems and processes are being connected to improve their efficiency or to monitor them, says information technology... 

Exhibition facilitates industrial growth in KZN

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 This year’s KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition (Kite) will provide businesses in the province with an ideal access route to the key resources required to ramp up their operations in line with government’s extensive and ongoing investment in new manufacturing endeavours. 

Gaziantep integrated health campus public–private partnership scheme, Turkey

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 Gaziantep will be one of the largest health campuses in Turkey once complete. 

Illegal mining threatens infrastructure development in KwaZulu-Natal

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 Failure to adequately regulate illegal sand mining in KwaZulu-Natal is increasingly becoming a threat to the mining and construction sectors in the region, says Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) director Nico Pienaar. 

Industrial cybersecurity resilience in focus as attacks increase

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2017 Effective industrial cybersecurity protection improves the resilience of industries, defends investments in automation and control systems and becomes an asset to manage industrial systems, risks and business continuity, a range of industrial cybersecurity specialists explain. The increased... 

Otis relaunches training academy to build skills, expertise in industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st July 2017 Elevator and escalator manufacturer Otis South Africa earlier this month relaunched its training academy in line with its skills development programme, which is designed to create technical and functional expertise in African markets. “Building skills and expertise through the Otis training... 

Stellenbosch Hospital emergency centre, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 The project involves the construction of a new emergency centre at Stellenbosch Hospital. 

Fast Population Growth Means Fast Infrastructure!

     20th July 2017 The World Health Organisation estimates that by 2025 half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas. That is a frightening statistic. With water being the key source to life as we know it, this is a serious problem that needs serious solutions. 

State capture casts long shadow over Eskom’s results  

By: Terence Creamer     19th July 2017 South Africa’s worst kept corporate secret was confirmed on Wednesday, when Eskom reported a sharp fall in after-tax profits to R888-million in 2017, from over R5-billion in the previous financial year. However, the results were overshadowed by serious allegations of corruption and... 

Developed economy methodologies not the key to solving Africa’s energy poverty

By: Anine Kilian     19th July 2017 To overcome energy poverty, Africa will have to stop relying on Western solutions, that are appropriate for developed economies, to ensure access to electricity for citizens. Energy Security Services Africa head Gareth Gregory on Wednesday told delegates at the PowerGen Africa conference, in... 

Know what you are buying – Buy genuine

     19th July 2017 Many may think they are getting the deal of a lifetime when purchasing cheaper products on the grey market. The reality is that there is a strong chance that you are losing out quite significantly on quality and service, and may even risk buying counterfeit or unlicensed products.   “What we’ve... 

What is government doing about Cape Town’s water crisis?

By: News24Wire      19th July 2017 Cape Town's dam levels were at just over 26% on July 17, almost 17% down on the same week last year. The City says it is hard to use the last 10% of water in dams, meaning the dam levels are essentially about 16%, GroundUp reported. For a city that relies on historically wet winters, these... 

Interim report into NT fracking released

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th July 2017 Communities in the Northern Territory are “overwhelmingly” against hydraulic fracturing (fracking), says the independent inquiry body appointed last year to investigate the environmental, social and economic risks and impacts of fracking. The inquiry, which started in December, concluded its... 

Property development JV announces Sandton mixed-use precinct development

By: David Oliveira     14th July 2017 Property management company Abland and construction company Tiber announced earlier this week that they will join forces to develop the Sandton Gate mixed-use precinct, comprising office, retail and residential building space with the added benefits of highly convenient access, a vast choice of... 

Conformity assessment key to navigating disruption in the power sector

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 The power industry is a global community that has developed a strong habit of sharing best practice and discussing joint problems – making events like POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa invaluable for advancing the sector in times of disruption, says testing, inspection and certification services... 

Engineering firm appointed for Umhlanga development

By: David Oliveira     14th July 2017 Multidisciplinary engineering firm Arup announced last month that it had been appointed to supply multidisciplinary engineering services to the iconic mixed-use office and retail development Park Square, in Umhlanga New Town Centre, Kwa-Zulu Natal.  The project is being developed by financial... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has appointed the Matla a Metsi joint venture to oversee the design and construction supervision of the Polihali dam. 

Three in 10 people around the world lack access to safe water

By: African News Agency      13th July 2017 Three in 10 people around the world lack access to safe and readily available water at home, and almost six in 10 do not have safe managed sanitation, a new United Nations report has revealed. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) joint report “Progress on... 

Massive copper mine tests Trump's push to slash regulation

By: Reuters     13th July 2017 Rio Tinto's proposed Resolution Copper Mine in Arizona would tunnel 7 000 feet underground, where rocks radiate heat from the earth’s molten core. It would suck up enough water to supply a city and leave a crater a mile and a half wide and 1 000 feet deep. Planned for more than a decade, the... 

Maxiflex PVC strip curtains improve the bottom line – strip by strip

     12th July 2017 Flexible PVC strip curtains from door and loading dock specialist, Maxiflex, are economical, practical, efficient, versatile and cost-effective partition solutions. The strip curtains present a flexible barrier across internal and external apertures providing seamless traffic flow, protecting... 

Platinum for new fuel cell Mercedes cut to autocat level  

By: Martin Creamer     12th July 2017 German car manufacturer Daimler has cut the platinum loading of its new fuel cell Mercedes to catalytic converter level. “We reduced the amount of platinum by 90%, which provides a significant cost reduction. Our fuel cell is not much above the platinum loading of a catalytic converter on a... 

Western Cape Dept of Transport completes R152m green building project

By: Anine Kilian     12th July 2017 The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works has completed the construction of a R152-million regional office green building at Karl Bremer Hospital in Bellville, Western Cape. The Green Building Council of South Africa (GCBSA) awarded the project a 5-Star Green Star rating for... 

Sub-Saharan Africa mobile users to exceed 500m by 2020

By: Anine Kilian     12th July 2017 More than 500-million people across sub-Saharan Africa will be subscribed to a mobile service by the end of the decade, a new report shows. The report ‘The Mobile Economy: Sub-Saharan Africa 2017’, which was published by GSMA on Wednesday, forecasts that the number of unique mobile subscribers in... 

Data and digitisation spur on innovation in the mining industry

     12th July 2017 Big data and analytics stand to play an increasingly important role in the future of the mining industry as latest trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT) spurs on continuous innovation. Only 1% to 5% of the data generated by the mining industry is actually used for prediction and... 

Hycontrol’s Shield Brings A New Level Of Protection

     12th July 2017 Compact, budget-conscious new system is a game-changer for the field of silo pressure safety Redditch, Worcestershire: After months of development and testing, silo protection experts Hycontrol Ltd. are proud to announce the launch of the SHIELD Silo Protection System on Monday 17th July 2017.... 

South Africa, Chile sign mining cooperation MoU 

     12th July 2017 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with his Chilean counterpart Aurora Elvira Williams for the two countries to cooperate in the mining and minerals field. The MoU, which was signed in Santiago during the LatAm Mining Cumbre, commits the two... 

Bird Flu confirmed on new locations in Gauteng and Mpumalanga

By: African News Agency      12th July 2017 The Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N8 virus – commonly known as bird flu – has been confirmed on two new locations on farms in Gauteng and Mpumalanga, the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries said on Tuesday. “The new locations involved commercial layer chickens on farms... 

Eurofer ups EU steel demand forecast, warns on 'disastrous' US tariff plan

By: Reuters     10th July 2017 European steel association Eurofer raised its 2017 EU steel demand forecast on Monday but said isolationist measures such as a US plan to levy steel tariffs on national security grounds could be disastrous for global trade flows. Eurofer said apparent EU steel demand, which includes inventory... 

Airborne Drones on patrol – the answer to public safety policing

     10th July 2017 Autonomous drones are set to take over border patrols, crime hotspot monitoring and more, says South Africa’s Airborne Drones Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)s, commonly known as drones, will soon be a common sight over border zones, crime hotspots and city streets, as public safety and security... 

BBF Safety Group Acquires Pinnacle OSH Holdings

     10th July 2017 Acquisition supports company’s expansion to compete in the Occupational Safety and Health Services market   BBF Safety Group has announced its acquisition of Pinnacle OSH Holdings, a provider of Occupational Safety and Health services. The acquisition is strategically well aligned and... 

Charter destroying national patrimony, depriving citizens of economic wellbeing

By: Martin Creamer     7th July 2017 Fourteen years ago, I attended a sod-turning ceremony at a manganese project in South Africa’s Northern Cape, made possible by a R1.7-billion equity investment by foreigners. These investors were prepared to bet on the successful development of a new manganese mine in the Kalahari, with one... 

Filter standard replacement to occur over 18-month transition period

     7th July 2017 The new test standard for International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 16890, for filter testing and assessment, replaced European Standard (EN) 779 as of January this year, with a transition period of 18 months. 

Increased battery efficiency for electric forklift fleets

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th July 2017 Industrial battery management system (BMS) developer Balancell has turned electric forklift batteries into smart connected devices for increased lifespan and efficiency.  

International nuclear regulatory body selects South African for key post

By: Keith Campbell     7th July 2017 South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) CEO Dr Bismark Tyobeka has been appointed Chairperson of the Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the NNR announced late last month. The appointment was decided at the annual RCF Steering Committee... 

Nigerian university expansion project receives AfDB loan

By: David Oliveira     7th July 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) last month signed agreements for a corporate loan to finance the expansion of Afe Babalola University (ABUAD) in Ado Ekiti, Nigeria. The expansion project consists of the construction of new facilities – including a 400-bed teaching hospital, an industrial... 

Particulate matter a national concern

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Owing to government’s 2020 target that air quality in all low-income settlements should be in full compliance with ambient air quality standards, mineral processing company MIP Process Technologies (MIP) MD Philip Hoff says particulate matter is, therefore, a national concern. 

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