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Mercedes-Benz unveils self-driving, electric, interchangeable van vision 

By: Irma Venter     4th October 2018 The future of the van is self-driving, electric and versatile, says Mercedes-Benz. The German manufacturer unveiled its Vision Urbanetic at the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicle show in Germany last month. The envisaged new member of the Mercedes-Benz Vans family will be based on an all-electric... 

Ports’ Customer Forum seeks to align Eastern Cape planning

4th October 2018 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) hosted port clients and representatives of government, business and industry at the Nelson Mandela Bay ports’ Customer Forum on 28 September in the Port of Ngqura. The session aimed to align TNPA’s plans to meet the business requirements of port users.... 

African transport infrastructure insufficient for continental growth – Nzimande

By: African News Agency      4th October 2018 Transport Minister Blade Nzimande has said that if Africa wants to capitalise on its fast growth trajectory it needed better transport and logistics as current infrastructure was “insufficient”. Delivering the keynote address at the 2018 African Ports and Rail Evolution Conference at the Inkosi... 

Cargo Carriers helps its customers navigate complex supply chains

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2018 Supply chains are becoming more complex and a higher degree of coordination is, therefore, required to manufacture or produce products and get them to market. One of the largest contributors towards this scenario is customer expectations, including a need to drive down costs. 

Infrastructure Africa 2018 to discuss development business opportunities

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2018 Infrastructure development is a key driver for progress across the African continent and a critical enabler for productivity and sustainable economic growth. It contributes significantly to human development, poverty reduction, and the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).... 

High administrative costs, industry uncertainty holding mining back

By: Nadine James     3rd October 2018 The mining sector is poised for a positive future but is still hindered by a “harsh” environment, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter stated at the Joburg Indaba, on Wednesday. In his keynote address, titled ‘A harsh environment in South Africa or a new dawn’, he noted that one of the... 

Prinsloo to head Redefine's new Europe division

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2018 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Redefine Properties has appointed Hyprop Investments CEO Pieter Prinsloo to head up Redefine Europe, effective February 1, 2019.   “The new role was necessitated as Redefine advances its geographic diversification strategy through direct investment in... 

Infrastructure Africa 2018 to discuss development business opportunities

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2018 Infrastructure development is a key driver for progress across the African continent and a critical enabler for productivity and sustainable economic growth. It contributes significantly to human development, poverty reduction, and the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).... 

Transnet lining up to be a global player by 2020, Gama tells delegates

By: African News Agency      2nd October 2018 Embattled Transnet chief executive Siyabonga Gama on Tuesday told delegates at a transport and logistics conference in Durban that the parastatal is aiming to be a multi-billion rand player in the global logistics game by 2020. “We aim to grow Transnet to a R100-billion business by 2020 and a top... 

Full rope-access inspection service deployed at major petchem plant

28th September 2018 The full suite of inspection services from Skyriders was on display recently at a maintenance project at a major petrochemical producer in the Free State. “This was definitely a first for us, given the extent of the rope-access services required,” Skyriders Marketing Manager Mike Zinn comments.... 

Hwange Colliery narrows interim loss, signs of recovery shown

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th September 2018 Hwange Colliery Company has narrowed its loss for the six months ended June 30 to $23-million, compared with a loss of $24.5-million reported for the six months to June 30, 2017. Despite the loss position, the financial results indicate signs of recovery. 

US regulator sues Musk for fraud, seeks to remove him from Tesla

By: Reuters     28th September 2018 The US Securities and Exchange Commission accused Tesla CE Elon Musk on Thursday of fraud and sought to remove him from his role in charge of the electric car company, saying he made a series of “false and misleading” tweets about potentially taking Tesla private last month. In a lawsuit, the... 

DRA Global confirmed as preferred EPCM contractor for Colluli

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th September 2018 Danakali has, on behalf of the Colluli Mining Share Company (CMSC), confirmed DRA Global as the preferred engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) provider for the Colluli potash project, in Eritrea. This represents another critical milestone for the project, reinforcing that... 

Mercedes-Benz aims for 2021 series production of electric Actros

By: Irma Venter     27th September 2018 Mercedes-Benz last week unveiled the electric Actros heavy-duty truck. The first eActros was delivered to German logistics company Hermes in September for use under real-life conditions. 

Lion Match division boosts local manufacture of feminine personal care products

By: Shirley le Guern     27th September 2018 NSP Unsgaard, a division of Lion Match Company, has commissioned a R20-million pantyliner production line at its Cape Town factory. Lion Match CEO Basie Van Wyk says the new equipment – dubbed “the pink lady” – is some of the most sophisticated of its kind in the country and has grown the... 

AfDB seeks partnerships to lift 1bn people out of hunger

By: Simone Liedtke     26th September 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has called on global partners to join hands to lift one-billion people globally out of hunger. The finance institution said in a statement that it was leading the way by investing $24-billion in African agriculture over the next decade. 

President Highlights Importance of Infrastructure Development

26th September 2018 On Friday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced his plan to establish a public-private infrastructure fund as part of the nation’s recovery plan in an effort to revive the nation’s sluggish economy after the country entered a recession in the second quarter of this year. “With a view to unlocking... 

Innovation and automation critical in race to digitisation

25th September 2018 Maintaining relevance and driving conversations with customers remains critical to the challenges of business in an increasingly digitised world. To achieve this and ensure longevity, Cassie Lessing, managing director, Strato IT Group, a mobile business solutions provider, says that while... 

Domestic Manufactures Must Work Together To Survive

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2018 The global trade war between two of the world’s largest economies has the potential to render global growth less synchronised, less certain and less supportive of emerging economies. Moreover, weaknesses in the global economy would make it even more difficult for South Africa to accelerate its... 

Africa’s metals, engineering cluster needs to do more to attract investment 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st September 2018 Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) chief economist Dr Michael Ade has declared Africa’s metals and engineering sector open for business. Ade was addressing delegates on the second day of Seifsa’s fourth annual Metals and Engineering Indaba, in Johannesburg. 

Infrastructure Africa 2018 to Highlight Opportunities for Stakeholders in Zimbabwe Infrastructure Development Sector

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st September 2018 The Infrastructure Africa event of 2018 is expected to assemble 350 infrastructure business leaders and investors who are planning to revolutionise the future of the African infrastructure development landscape. The conference will host a Zimbabwean Ministerial and private sector panel to unpack... 

Aerosud’s new partnership with DB Schenker South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st September 2018 DB Schenker South Africa was chosen following a survey of 22 of the largest international logistics service providers, as it would best support Aerosud’s current and future logistics requirements. This is a powerful partnership. Aerosud is the largest privately owned Aerospace manufacturing... 

Potential buyer ditches plan to acquire Bidcorp's UK logistics business

By: Reuters     21st September 2018 International food distributor Bid Corporation Ltd (Bidcorp) said on Friday the prospective buyer for its UK logistics business is no longer interested in buying it, citing internal reasons. In August the South African company said is was finalising an agreement to sell that business to an... 

Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies

By: Dylan Slater     21st September 2018 The South African mining industry, once the backbone of economic growth, intensive job creation and development, is declining constantly, owing to the slow rates of research and development into newer, safer, modernised, mechanised and continuous mining methods. A key pillar of improving mining... 

Increased investment in refrigeration model planned

By: Paige Müller     21st September 2018 Core energy utilities provider Energy Partners Refrigeration plans to invest a further R30-million this year still in its increasingly popular refrigeration outsourcing model. Energy Partners Refrigeration CEO Dawie Kriel tells Engineering News that the company’s two-year-old refrigeration... 

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... 

Kelvin power station coal-to-gas conversion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st September 2018 A feasibility study has been initiated into the prospect of converting the Kelvin power station into a 450 MW to 600 MW gas-fired power station. 

Shedding Light on Durban’s Emerging Aerotropolis

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2018 There is currently much being said about Durban’s emerging aerotropolis. Mooted to spearhead significant economic and social transformation in KwaZulu-Natal, it is worth unpacking exactly what an aerotropolis is and what the benefits to the province will be. An aerotropolis is a strategic,... 

Glencore to issue new bonds

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th September 2018 Global diversified miner Glencore has placed a tap issue of nondilutive zero-coupon cash settled guaranteed convertible bonds for $125-million to be consolidated with its $500-million nondilutive bonds due 2025. The new bonds are to be issued on the same terms as the original bonds and, as of... 

DRA to conduct feasibility study for Guinea graphite project

By: Schalk Burger     19th September 2018 Engineering services multinational DRA has been appointed to conduct the feasibility study for Canada-based Guinea-focused mining company SRG’s Lola graphite project, in Guinea. DRA said in a statement on Wednesday that the project will be executed through the DRA Met-Chem office, in Montreal,... 

NAIF approves A$95m loan for Sheffield’s Thunderbird

By: Mariaan Webb     19th September 2018 The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) is backing the Thunderbird mineral sands project, in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, through a A$95-million loan, ASX-listed Sheffield Resources announced on Wednesday. The NAIF loan comprises a A$30-million project development... 

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... 

Africa needs strong defence force to set foundation for economic, social development – professor

By: Simone Liedtke     18th September 2018 A strong, well-led and legitimate defence force, which is underpinned by scientific defence industries, will be vital to ensuring peace on the continent that is the foundation of economic and social development, says Western Cape University research dean Professor Renfrew Christie. To provide the... 

Aerosud’s new partnership with DB Schenker South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2018 DB Schenker South Africa was chosen following a survey of 22 of the largest international logistics service providers, as it would best support Aerosud’s current and future logistics requirements. This is a powerful partnership. Aerosud is the largest privately owned Aerospace manufacturing... 

Transnet, Eskom and PWC bosses to discuss administered prices affecting South Africa’s international competitiveness

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 Transnet and ESKOM Chief Executive Officers Siyabonga Gama and Phakamani Hadebe will discuss administered prices such as logistics costs, electricity prices and port tariffs, which are negatively affecting South Africa’s international competitiveness on the second day of the fourth Southern... 

New road paves way into one of the biggest industrial estates in South Africa  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2018 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Redefine Properties, together with Abland Property Developers, on Monday unveiled the completed new public road that will improve accessibility to the S&J industrial estate, situated along the N3 highway, south of Germiston, in Gauteng. The construction of... 

Saldanha port’s iron-ore facility to shut for maintenance from Sept 26

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2018 Transnet Port Terminal’s (TPT’s) Saldanha iron-ore plant will shut down from September 26, as part of its yearly maintenance plan across mechanical, electrical and structural works. TPT Cape Channel GM Velile Dube states that maintenance is a critical necessity at this stage, since the facility... 

KEMPER orders logistics systems from AMOVA

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 Gebr. Kemper GmbH + Co. KG, headquartered in Olpe, Germany, has awarded to AMOVA GmbH (www.amova.eu), a subsidiary of SMS group (www.sms-group.com) and located in Netphen, Germany, an order worth several million euros. For the second construction stage of its new Works III, which will accommodate... 

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