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Tiny beetle is killing SA's trees – and nothing can stop it

By: News24Wire      5th September 2018 A beetle smaller than a sesame seed is killing huge trees throughout South Africa, and little can be done to stop it. The polyphagous shot hole borer, a native of southeast Asia no bigger than 2mm, has found its way to South Africa and is infesting trees at an alarming rate. According to... 

Transformer explosion to affect water supply in parts of Johannesburg, Rustenburg

By: Simone Liedtke     27th August 2018 The explosion of an electrical transformer at Rand Water’s Eikenhof pumping station, in Johannesburg South, will affect water supply to consumers in parts of the West Rand, as well as Rustenburg in the North West province. The transformer, which is part of the electricity facility supplying power... 

Spreading warmth this winter - Atlas Copco and Paballo Ya Batho join forces to get blankets to the homeless

25th July 2018 Atlas Copco Industrial partnered with Paballo Ya Batho, a non-profit organisation, to donate blankets to the homeless in Johannesburg City on 13 June 2018. Paballo Ya Batho, which means Caring for People, is a non-profit organisation that provides soup and bread every Wednesday evening to the... 

Reflections on the IRP2016

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     7th April 2017 You probably do not know, but there has been much discussion concerning the Integrated Resource Plan of 2016 (IRP 2016). I am sure you have heard people discussing it at cocktail parties and children giving their views to one another in the playground during big break. In fact, just the other... 

City Power clamps down on corruption, welcomes forensic investigation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th February 2017 Johannesburg City Power chairperson Reverend Frank Chikane on Thursday said the company’s board welcomes any forensic investigation into multibillion-rand tenders awarded by the entity. City Mayor Herman Mashaba earlier this month said he would start such an investigation after hearing of serious... 

Local engineers need to be paid more, says former energy DG 

By: Kim Cloete     16th July 2015 Young South African engineers should be paid as much as merchant bankers if the country wants to stop them from heading into more lucrative fields or seeking work opportunities abroad, says Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) council member and former director-general of the Department of... 

Presidency appoints energy adviser for Zuma 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th June 2015 The Presidency has appointed Silas Mzingeli Zimu as a special adviser on energy to President Jacob Zuma. An electrical engineer by qualification and training, Zimu joins the Presidency from the private sector and brings extensive experience in both business and strategic management in energy. 

Seifsa reiterates energy constraint, cost concerns

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th May 2015 The local metals and engineering sector cannot grow as a result of South Africa’s unreliable energy supply and the fact that, on average, energy costs in the sector account for about 8% of intermediary input costs, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) CEO Kaizer... 

Eskom moves to stage 2 blackouts

By: Sapa     4th February 2015 Power utility Eskom would implement stage two rolling blackouts from 14:00 on Wednesday, it stated on Twitter. "Loadshedding will move into stage 2 from 14:00. This is as a result of power station units not returning to service as planned," Eskom tweeted. 

‘Series of unfortunate events’ led to Joburg water shortages – Greeff 

By: Leandi Kolver     22nd September 2014 A series of unfortunate events led to Johannesburg and surrounding areas experiencing significant water shortages over the past week, City of Johannesburg mayoral committee member for development planning and urban management Roslynn Greeff said at a media briefing on Monday. State-owned water... 

Expo to focus on African transport opportunities

By: Schalk Burger     20th September 2013 Seamless transport in South Africa and across the borders of the Southern African Development Community countries will help improve regional integration and growth and will be bolstered by the TransAfrica Expo, says Department of Transport Integrated Transport chief director Mvikeli Ngcamu.... 

Builders seek to align themselves with NDP-linked opportunities

By: Joanne Taylor     28th March 2013 The Master Builders Association North (MBA North) indicated at its annual general meeting (AGM) last month, in Midrand, that it planned to establish strategic partnerships for innovation in the construction sector for government’s National Development Plan (NDP). 

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