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SA telcos broadening ICT services portfolios

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2017 South African telecommunications providers are pursuing mobile-data-driven diversification strategies that are creating growth opportunities for the industry and are bolstering their information and communication technology (ICT) services portfolios, Frost and Sullivan’s ‘South African ICT... 

First-class service keeps customers returning to Babcock

     26th April 2017 Babcock’s tailor-made aftersales service and reliable technical support, coupled with competitive pricing, were major deciding factors in Bidfreight Port Operations’ recent purchase of two additional SDLG wheeled loader machines from Babcock. Bidfreight Port Operations (BPO) is one of the largest... 

Zuma again stresses drive for ‘radical economic transformation’ at launch of Free State SEZ

By: Anine Kilian     25th April 2017 The 103 ha Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone (MAP-SEZ) in Harrismith, in the Free State, forms an important part of government’s SEZ Programme, which is aimed at ensuring excluded areas of the country are developed and able to contribute to the country’s economic growth. Speaking at the... 

Anglo commits to innovative mining that’ll keep people out of harm’s way

By: Martin Creamer     25th April 2017 Keeping people out of harm’s way, extracting more precious ore and less waste rock, recycling all the required water and producing only dry tailings are among the innovative steps diversified mining company Anglo American is firmly committed to taking.  “The real future of mining lies in turning... 

Connecting RFID to cloud systems such as MindSphere boosts efficiency and quality

     25th April 2017 • Simatic RF600 MindSphere link with OPC UA • First RFID system with data transmission to MindSphere • OPC UA enables seamless communication with third-party applications • Project engineering via web interface in the browser With the launch of new firmware release V3, the Simatic RF600 RFID... 

Holistic approach to logistics – are we there yet?

     25th April 2017 Most companies today recognise that managing logistics is a vital element of implementing business strategies and plans – with logistical planning now needing a holistic approach if future growth opportunities are to be fully grasped. But only a third of South African companies are positive that... 

Syrah awards logistics contract to Grindrod

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th April 2017 Graphite developer Syrah Resources has awarded the graphite distribution and logistics services supply contract at its Balama project, in Mozambique, to JSE-listed Grindrod Mauritius. The contract includes the provision of long haul trucking services for graphite concentrate from the Balama site... 

TNPA appoints new port managers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st April 2017 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has appointed the Port of Cape Town’s first female port manager Mpumi Dweba, who most recently served as port manager at the Port of Ngqura. She succeeds Sipho Nzuza, who recently resigned to take up the role of eThekwini municipality city manager. 

E-toll compliance low, can distance-based charging be a solution? 

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2017 The compliance rate on Gauteng’s urban toll network is between 30% and 40%, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) northern region toll and traffic manager Alex van Niekerk. E-toll collection on Gauteng’s freeways has been problematic since the implementation of tolling in 2013. 

BMW Group South Africa Rosslyn plant investment programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st April 2017 Production of the new X3 at the BMW plant, in Rosslyn, will start in the first half of 2018. 

Asset manager launches latest logistics and warehousing facility 

     20th April 2017 Asset management Fortress Income Fund has launched its Westlake View logistics park, further increasing the companies warehousing and logistics development pipeline, which currently has a gross leasable area of about 1-million m2 that spans Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.  

Ascendant lifts El Mochito mill throughput 17% since Dec buy; sees output rise 41% by Q4

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2017 Since acquiring the west-central Honduras-based El Mochito zinc/lead/silver mine about four months ago, Canadian miner Ascendant Resources has leveraged its management team’s experience to immediately turn the operation around, giving it a growth platform generating free cash flow. Once the crown... 

eXtract to restructure amid slump in contract mining sector

By: Anine Kilian     19th April 2017 Despite the recent improvement in commodity prices, the long-term outlook for the contract mining sector remains poor.  In a joint statement by enX and eXtract on Tuesday, the parties said there was an oversupply of contract mining services in the market. 

German logistics company to pilot electric vans in 2018

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2017 German logistics company Hermes and Mercedes-Benz Vans have agreed on a strategic partnership to electrify the courier service’s vehicle fleet. Under this agreement, Hermes will use battery-electric vehicles in its normal operations in a pilot phase in Stuttgart and Hamburg, in Germany, in early... 

BMW Group SA to start X3 production in the first half of 2018

By: Irma Venter     18th April 2017 Production of the new X3 at the BMW plant in Rosslyn, outside Pretoria, for the local and export markets will start in the first half of 2018, says BMW Group South Africa (SA) and sub-Saharan Africa CEO Tim Abbott. The plant currently produces the 3 Series sedan, also for the local and export... 

Free State special economic zone to launch at month-end

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th April 2017 In its efforts to accelerate economic growth and development in designated regions of the country, government is set to launch the Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone (MAP-SEZ) in Tshiame, near Harrismith, in the eastern Free State, on April 25. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said... 

Osisko picks future Windfall Lake mill site in Lebel-sur-Quévillon, Quebec

By: Henry Lazenby     14th April 2017 Montreal-based Osisko Mining has identified a site near Lebel-sur-Quevillon, in Quebec, for the future mill complex that will treat ore from its flagship Windfall Lake gold project. Osisko stated Wednesday it intends to evaluate the site location through the environmental assessment process and... 

Dredging of Port of Maputo access channel completed

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2017 The dredging of the access channel to the Port of Maputo from 11 m to up 14.4 m (chart datum) has been completed. “Those three additional metres allow us to affirm, with pride, that we are a port prepared to receive Capesize ships,” says Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) CEO Osório Lucas. 

Kenyan fabricator enters partnership with welding institute

     14th April 2017 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) facilitated a visit for Kenya-based stainless steel fabricator Desbro Engineering to several South African counterparts, resulting in a training partnership between Desbro and the South African Institute of Welding (SAIW).... 

Barloworld launches incubation hub to assist SMME development 

     13th April 2017 Barloworld launched its Incubation Hub at its Barlow Park head office in Johannesburg, last month to assist small business suppliers and companies operating in its value chain in overcoming challenges, including market access, finance and skills that commonly impact on small, medium-sized and... 

West Bengal to develop India’s largest coal block

By: Ajoy K Das     12th April 2017 The eastern province of West Bengal will develop India's largest coal block, the ten square kilometre Deocha Pachami coal block, at a cost of up to $1.88-billion. Moreover, provincial government officials expect total direct and indirect investment in developing the coal block, as well as... 

Mondi, Constantia Afripack reach one-billion sack-kraft-paper-made cement bag milestone

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th April 2017 In a partnership spanning decades, more than one-billion cement bags have been made from packaging and paper group Mondi’s sack kraft paper by South African packaging and bags producer Constantia Afripack. Mondi Sack Kraft Paper, Constantia Afripack’s principal supplier, supplies strong, quality... 

New online system allows transporters to bid directly on loads

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2017 Linebooker wants to do for the truck transport industry what Uber’s introduction did within the metered taxi industry – disrupt the traditional business model, cut costs and improve competitiveness and convenience. A spinoff from the innovation arm of CCS Logistics (part of the Oceana Group),... 

South Africa’s credit rating downgrade will also hit SADC region, says AgriSA

By: African News Agency      11th April 2017 AgriSA said on Tuesday that the impact of South Africa’s foreign currency credit rating downgrades was likely to be felt outside of the country’s borders and would have an impact in the Southern African region as a whole. South Africa’s foreign currency credit rating was downgraded to junk status... 

Competition Commission adds ten charges against Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th April 2017 Less than a week after referring Japanese company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line) to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution for collusive tendering, price fixing and market division, the Competition Commission has added ten more charges. The commission is also seeking administrative penalties of... 

Government infrastructure projects: Why it matters who manages the spend

     10th April 2017 Quantity surveyors are best positioned to keep public infrastructure spend on track, despite 83% of government infrastructure spend currently managed by engineers. An estimated R875.70 billion has been committed to a number of ambitious government infrastructure projects for the Medium Term... 

SA’s junk status will increase costs in auto production chain, warns analyst

By: Irma Venter     10th April 2017 The effects of Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings having downgraded South Africa to junk status will wash “through the entire value chain of automotive production”, warns Frost & Sullivan Mobility Africa programme manager Craig Parker. The impact of the downgrade, leading to a weaker rand, among... 

Stillwater transaction to test Trump team’s appetite for China deals

By: Bloomberg     10th April 2017 Even as President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping of China met for the first time to try to sort out their complex relationship, Trump’s administration is reviewing attempts by China to buy sensitive US companies and in one case is actively trying to thwart a deal. The Trump administration... 

Grace Chileshe Will Share Her View On The Impact Of The Internet Of Things (Iot) On Asset Management Processes In The Oil & Gas Industry At This Year’s Saama Conference

     7th April 2017 Grace Chileshe (Retail Reliability Engineer Secondment and Maximo Super User at BP South Africa) has specific interest in two things: technology and asset management. Thus, when she was offered the opportunity to submit an abstract for a paper at the SAAMA conference, she did not hesitate. She is... 

Nonhedging farmers to lose thousands of rands per maize ton, says Standard Bank

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th April 2017 Maize producers are likely to lose up to R1 860/t , offsetting the third-largest production season on record, as 60% of producers chose not to hedge their prices and lost gains when grain prices reversed, says Standard Bank. It is expected maize production will rise to 14.32 million tons this year. 

A Clean Sheet approach

     6th April 2017 In the latest phase of a 60-year partnership, SKF is helping a leading global supplier of pulp and paper equipment meet the challenges of a changing industry With roots that stretch back to the end of the 18th Century, Espoo-based Valmet Oyj has evolved to become one of the world’s most important... 

Competition Commission refers Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha to Tribunal

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th April 2017 The Competition Commission has lodged a complaint with the Competition Tribunal against Japanese company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha. The firm is one of four companies investigated by the commission and found to have been involved in a cartel transporting Toyota vehicles by sea to and from South Africa... 

Transnet calls for private sector support in funding South Africa’s logistics infrastructure

By: Shirley le Guern     4th April 2017 Transnet cannot foot the entire R400-billion bill for logistics infrastructure alone. At least 25% should come from the private sector, which has sufficient funds “sitting and being lazy” on its balance sheets,Transnet CE Siyabonga Gama told delegates at the eThekwini Maritime Cluster’s annual... 

Peabody Energy emerges from bankruptcy protection

By: Henry Lazenby     4th April 2017 The world’s largest private sector coal producer Peabody Energy has emerged from US Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the company said on Monday. The merging entity has a new capital structure, including new equity that will start trading on the NYSE on Tuesday morning under the ticker ‘BTU’. 

Avocet appoints new CEO, CFO to assist in the company’s restructuring

By: Anine Kilian     3rd April 2017 West Africa-focused gold producer Avocet Mining has appointed Boudewijn Wentink as CEO with immediate effect. His primary strategic objective will be to ensure the refinancing and restructuring that is critical to the future of the company. 

Air Seychelles starts flights to Durban

     3rd April 2017 Today, the Province of KwaZulu-Natal welcomed the inaugural flight of Air Seychelles to Durban’s King Shaka International Airport.   Air Seychelles will be flying a twice-weekly non-stop service on Thursdays and Saturdays, connecting Durban and the Seychelles' capital Mahé, using an Airbus A320... 

Automotive Masterplan In Focus At Naacam Show

     31st March 2017 The South African automotive industry will gain insight to the strategic direction of the soon to be finalised Automotive Masterplan at the NAACAM Show being held at Durban’s ICC on April 5-6. Work been done to finalise the masterplan and its associated policy levers is being done under the... 

Sugar industry reduces haulage costs by R38m

By: Robyn Wilkinson     31st March 2017 The South African sugar cane industry should be congratulated on the progress it has made over the past ten years in improving the efficiency of its haulage system in line with the South African National Roads Agency’s Road Traffic Management System (RTMS), says South African Cane Growers’... 

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