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Pilot programme seeks to align artisan training with industry needs

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2018 The Centres of Specialisation pilot programme has been launched by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to develop a focused and industry-led apprenticeship structure for 13 priority trades needed for infrastructure development. The objective is to test the effectiveness of... 

SA aims to set new innovation agenda as Draft White Paper is released

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st September 2018 The Presidency is to lead a Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) “Plenary meeting” involving major sectors of South African government and society, Science and Technology Minister (Ms) MT Kubayi-Ngubane told the media at the recent launch of the Department of Science and Technology’s draft... 

Comsol and Samsung launch 5G pilot in Soweto

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2018 Enterprise-grade wireless infrastructure provider Comsol Networks and mobile, television and appliances giant Samsung South Africa have teamed up to bring fifth-generation (5G) communications to Soweto as a pilot before commercial deployment in 2019. Soweto’s Vilakazi Street is now lit up with a... 

Smart factories reshaping the face of manufacturing

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2018 Advanced manufacturing technologies, connectivity and analytics are helping factories to become integrated, intelligent, adaptable and efficient, says Japanese-based industrial technology multinational Omron South Africa GM and sub-Saharan Africa head Victor Marques. This global trend is mirrored... 

A ‘sovereign innovation fund’ proposed in draft technology policy

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st September 2018 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has, in its recently released draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), stated that a “sovereign innovation fund” is to be created. “There is a need for increased commercialisation funding,” said section 6.2 of the draft White... 

Partnerships enable HighJump to bring new supply chain technology to Africa

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2018 With the help of its partners, supply chain software company HighJump is bringing new logistics, freight and warehouse technologies into South Africa and Africa. These technologies include the use of voice commands, which will be important to interact with automated systems and robots that are a... 

Draft White Paper changes focus to improve impact on country

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st September 2018 The Department of Science and Technology’s (DST’s) recently released draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) contains a number of policy shifts in comparison with its predecessor, the 1996 White Paper on Science and Technology. These are intended to allow STI to fulfil its... 

Mahenge Liandu graphite project on track

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th September 2018 Aim-listed Armadale director Nick Johansen says the company is gaining momentum with confirming and highlighting the commercial viability of its Mahenge Liandu graphite project, in Tanzania, and is on track for a decision to mine in early 2019. “The completion of the scoping study in April was... 

DST bolsters biomass industry with new consortium

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th September 2018 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has established a biorefinery research consortium (BRC) to create new value chains from waste biomass. The consortium is a partnership between the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Tshwane University of Technology, the... 

African Rainbow Capital to acquire 25% of Moloto Capital Investments

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th September 2018 Investment holding company African Rainbow Capital (ARC) Investments has subscribed for a 25%interest in black-owned and women-controlled investment company Moloto Capital Investments, which is focused on driving empowerment in the industrial and manufacturing sectors in the country. The... 

Ingeteam presents its new platform to monitor PV plants and self-consumption systems

20th September 2018 The INGECON SUN Monitor platform is available as a web application and also as an app for iOS and Android mobile devices. A number of self-consumption systems monitored with this application are already achieving mean monthly self-consumption ratios of more than 99%. 

Atlas Copco launches latest high-efficiency oil-injected screw compressor

20th September 2018 The GA 90+-160 (VSD+) oil-injected screw compressors, the latest air compressor range in Atlas Copco’s smart AIR solutions portfolio, are designed for reduced energy consumption and ease of installation and service. The range features state-of-the-art compression elements with Smart Injection... 

Rolls-Royce launches new range of powerful medium speed V-Engines

20th September 2018 New B33:45 liquid fuel and B36:45 gas V-engine series with 12, 16 and 20 cylinder At 600 KW per cylinder the new engines offer a 20 per cent increase in power Perfect fit for hybrid systems with renewable energy sources Rolls-Royce has today launched a V-line version of the new B33:45 liquid... 

PSV brings on board two key partnerships to drive strategy going forward

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th September 2018 AltX-listed industrial holding company PSV Holdings has finalised an equity transaction with Regis Holdings and concluded a broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) partnership with Beryl Holdings Partners. Regis is a Mauritanian-headquartered investment holding company, and Beryl... 

Pan African’s rapid turnaround removes false notions on doing business in SA 

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2018 South Africa was on Wednesday reaffirmed as a country where business is able to do what is required, when London- and Johannesburg-listed gold mining company Pan African Resources outlined the remarkably efficient manner in which this country’s regulatory environment facilitated the closure of a... 

High-calibre Speakers To Address Challenges Confronting The Metals And Engineering Indaba Starting Tomorrow

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2018 High-calibre speakers – including Cabinet Ministers senior business leaders and labour leaders – will address delegates attending the fourth Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba taking place at the IDC Conference Centre in Sandton tomorrow and on Friday. The Indaba, now in its fourth... 

Defence industry needs to adapt, optimise for Industry 4.0 – panel

By: Simone Liedtke     19th September 2018 The South African defence industry will need to pilot new projects and adapt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution in order to grow the defence sector and create jobs in the process. To do this, however, Engineers Without Borders founder and CEO Wiebke Toussaint suggested the industry adopt the... 

Atlas Copco launches latest high-efficiency oil-injected screw compressor

19th September 2018 The GA 90+-160 (VSD+) oil-injected screw compressors, the latest air compressor range in Atlas Copco’s smart AIR solutions portfolio, are designed for reduced energy consumption and ease of installation and service. The range features state-of-the-art compression elements with Smart Injection... 

Rolfes announces 2019 plan to strengthen, build and grow

19th September 2018 • Progress on strategic issues and foundation set for future • Revenue from continuing operations decreased by 1,1% to R1,422 billion 

The future of work in a digital world

19th September 2018 By Cathy Smith, Managing Director at SAP Africa The digital age, and the new technologies it’s brought with it - blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, augmented reality and virtual reality - is seen by many as a threat to our way of life as we know it. What if my job gets automated?... 

Hudaco Industries appoints new Portfolio Executive

19th September 2018 Hudaco Industries, a South African group specialising in the importation and distribution of high-quality branded automotive, industrial, and electrical consumable products, has appointed Ernie Smith as Portfolio Executive within the group. Smith will initially be responsible for leading... 

SA Govt. Should Heed Global Value Of Coatings Market, SAPMA Pleads

19th September 2018 The beleaguered South African coatings market – which has struggled for government recognition and support for years - is part of a global industry expected to be worth US $178 billion by 2020, an international analysis of this industry has found. A global study commissioned by the International... 

ASSA ABLOY unlocks automation with over R10 million investment

19th September 2018 Global leader in door opening solutions, ASSA ABLOY, has tapped into the Industry 4.0 space by investing over R10 million to process automation machines in their Roodepoort factory in Johannesburg. This investment saw the recent installation of six robots with the goal to have a fleet of more... 

RS Components introduces low-cost high-density PCB stacking connectors

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2018 RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), a global multi-channel distributor, has introduced the Amphenol ICC BergStak® Lite 0.8 mm vertical mating PCB-to-PCB connector system. An economical yet versatile connector range with a multiplicity of configuration... 

Poland's JSW seeks Ministry approval to buy Prairie Mining assets - CEO

By: Reuters     19th September 2018 Poland's State-run JSW is awaiting approval from the Energy Ministry in its bid to acquire the Polish mining assets of Australia's Prairie Mining, JSW said on Wednesday. Prairie Mining has been developing coking coal projects at the Jan Karski mine in southeast Poland and the Debiensko mine in... 

Upbeat Pan African repositioned as lower-cost gold producer

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2018 Gold mining company Pan African Resources said on Wednesday that it had reconfigured its gold operations for sustainable profitability through the creation of a lower cost base and the imposition of efficiencies and stability through restructuring. The London- and Johannesburg-listed company,... 

CNN-flighted advert projecting huge growth for platinum-using fuel cells

By: Martin Creamer     18th September 2018 French company Air Liquide, a member of the Davos-launched Hydrogen Council that includes platinum-mining company Anglo American, is currently flighting an advertisement on the global television network CNN, which forecasts exceptional growth for the hydrogen and fuel cell market. Quoting the... 

Eskom delays finalisation of new strategy to mid-November  

By: Terence Creamer     18th September 2018 South Africa’s electricity utility Eskom has delayed the publication of a new strategy blueprint to mid-November from an initial deadline of the end September to allow for greater consultation with external stakeholders. Following the appointment of a new board in February, a strategy review was... 

Sitatunga Resources branches out into manganese

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th September 2018 Exploration and mining project development company Sitatunga Resources has bought the East Manganese project, in Hozatel, Northern Cape, from Southern Ambition, marking the first step in the company’s strategy to build a manganese portfolio in the province. The deal, which was signed on August... 

AECOM appoints new Water Business Line Lead for Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery company AECOM has appointed Werner Comrie as the Lead for its Water Business Line in Africa as of 1 July 2018. Comrie graduated in civil engineering from the University of Pretoria, and has 29 years’ experience in the field of water engineering. Starting out as... 

South African defence industry at a crossroads – Minister

By: Simone Liedtke     18th September 2018 The South African defence industry is “at a critical crossroads”, says Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. Speaking at the fourth iteration of the Aerospace, Maritime and Defence (AMD) Conference, in Pretoria, on Tuesday, she said this was as a result of the many... 

Rolfes to drive new products, regional footprint growth in FY19

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th September 2018 JSE-listed chemical specialist Rolfes Holdings has reported steady progress on strategic and foundational issues during the financial year ended June 30. It declared a final dividend of 4c apiece, maintaining full-year dividend guidance of 8c apiece.  

ELB uses AI to automate cutters on spiral and shaking tables

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2018 ELB Engineering Services (ELB) is pleased to announce that we have piloted and commissioned a fully automated control system to optimise the recoveries on spirals and shaking tables in the minerals beneficiation industry. “ELB has successfully managed to use camera recognition and machine... 

Mining, construction and automotive sectors critical for M&E sector’s survival

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2018 The link between the metals and engineering (M&E) sector and the mining, construction and auto manufacturing industries will come under scrutiny at the fourth Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba taking place at the IDC Conference Centre in Sandton on Thursday and Friday this week. “The... 

CAMASA forges ahead to create a R5bn advanced Aerospace Manufacturing Industry in 5 years

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2018 Thursday 06th September, just shy of 20 months since its founding in December 2016, CAMASA (the Commercial Aviation Manufacturing Association South Africa) held its 2nd AGM characterised by industry-wide Stakeholder participation constituted of Government – including National and Provincial... 

South African A-Darter guided missile test programme successfully concluded

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th September 2018 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced on Monday the successful completion of the guided missile qualification test series for the A-Darter infrared (IR) homing short range air-to-air missile system. The A-Darter is a fifth generation missile that uses an imaging IR... 

ELB, Elwatini partner to provide rail solutions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th September 2018 ELB Engineering Services and Elwatini Rail Consultants have formed a special purpose vehicle (SPV), ELB-Elwatini Rail Solutions, to provide services in rail feasibility studies, railway planning, railway engineering design, construction supervision and management, civil design, traction power and... 

Commercial coal mining in India potentially heading for backburner

By: Ajoy K Das     17th September 2018 Signs are emerging that commercial coal mining in India, sans any end-use restrictions and permitting free merchant sale, will be put on the backburner, if not die a slow death altogether. Although no official acknowledgement of the same is forthcoming from any of the departments involved in... 

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