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Distressed SA market to be offset by UK acquisitions, says WBHO

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2018 A South African construction company that still makes a profit is a rare sight these days, yet Wilson Bailey Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) this financial year yet again managed to buck the depressing trend of failing domestic construction companies, owing largely to gains made in geographies outside South... 

Kate Mollett

31st August 2018 This week we profile Kate Mollett, regional manager: Africa South territory, at Veeam.   

WBHO grows its UK presence

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th July 2018 Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) subsidiary WBHO UK has acquired a 60% stake in UK construction business Russells for £32.8-million, as well as a 31.7% stake in Russell Homes for £3.25-million. Russells provides design, installation and project management capabilities in the UK construction... 

London, other cities call for new petrol and diesel car ban to start earlier

By: Reuters     18th June 2018 London Mayor Sadiq Khan and other city leaders from across Britain said on Monday a government plan to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol cars should be brought forward by ten years to 2030, in the latest push to improve air quality. Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative government said... 

Avocet sells Norwegian subsidiary Wega

By: Simone Liedtke     16th March 2018 Gold mining and exploration company Avocet Mining has sold its wholly-owned Norwegian subsidiary Wega Mining and certain intercompany receivables to Natholmen for $400 000 in cash. The sale forms part of a larger restructuring effort involving its overdue loans totalling $28.8-million to... 

Joint SA-UK research programmes going well

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th March 2018 South Africa is one of the most successful partner countries for the UK in terms of scientific research and technological development. “The scale of [research and development (R&D)] institutional links and Governmental links are enormous,” highlights British High Commission (Pretoria) UK Regional... 

Tower of Light, UK

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd March 2018 Manchester City Council and Vital Energi are building a flue tower and façade enclosing Vital Energi’s combined heat and power plant. 

Imperial’s Motus division acquires UK automotive dealer group for R493m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th August 2017 Imperial Holdings’ vehicle division Motus has acquired UK automotive dealer group Pentagon Motor Holdings for R493-million. “Imperial has strong global partnerships with leading vehicle manufacturers and we are delighted to expand our international retail footprint into the passenger and light... 

North-West University to offer nuclear technology management degree

By: Anine Kilian     18th July 2017 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) has congratulated North-West University (NWU) on the official introduction of the MEng Nuclear Technology Management degree, which aims to provide nuclear and management skills to professionals intending to apply their trade in the nuclear... 

From the Mother City to Manchester; Reputation Matters confirms partnership with research & insights specialists LOOKOUT!

3rd March 2017 South African corporate reputation management solutions company, Reputation Matters is joining forces with LOOKOUT!, an independent research and insights organisation based in Manchester, United Kingdom. As of Wednesday, 01 March 2017, Reputation Matters will be able to offer their clients a full... 

UK to stimulate nuclear research, development and innovation

By: Keith Campbell     2nd December 2016 The United Kingdom has launched a new nuclear innovation programme. This was recently announced in Manchester by the country’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (equivalent to Minister in South Africa), Greg Clark. “We want to upgrade the UK’s existing nuclear... 

Atlantic Leaf moves to JSE main board

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th November 2016 Mauritius-based property investment company Atlantic Leaf Properties has moved its primary listing from the AltX to the main board of the JSE under the Real Estate ‒ Real Estate Holdings and Development sector. It will also remain listed on the Mauritius Stock Exchange. 

Countdown begins for key South Africa-linked radio astronomy developments

By: Keith Campbell     20th May 2016 South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array will be ready to start scientific observations by the end of next month, South African Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor announced at last month’s Third SKA African Partner Countries Ministerial Meeting. By then, 21 antennas would be... 

Countdown begins for key South Africa-linked radio astronomy developments

By: Keith Campbell     20th May 2016 South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array will be ready to start scientific observations by the end of next month, South African Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor announced at last month’s Third SKA African Partner Countries Ministerial Meeting. By then, 21 antennas would be... 

My journey to England

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     5th February 2016 Over the Christmas break, I went to England for my daughter's wedding. Since I hate flying overseas for long, cramped hours, I bought myself a business class ticket on British Airways (BA). On the aircraft, I was asked what I wanted to eat and I said nothing. I was asked what I wanted to drink... 

Airport city development requires more than economic investment

By: Nadine James     22nd January 2016 Airport cities that lack a robust economy, excellent public transport infrastructure and a relatively large and educated population are prone to failure, says independent aviation consultancy Centre for Aviation chief airports analyst David Bentley.  

Mining helping to show how rich and poor South Africans can work arm-in-arm as volunteers  

By: Martin Creamer     6th January 2016 Every year, 700 000 to 800 000 young South Africans leave school with extremely limited prospects of obtaining employment, adding to the statistic of three to four million people younger than 25 who are already unemployed. One of the country’s most pressing challenges is finding ways of preparing... 

Sasol appoints Nqwababa, Cornell as joint-CEOs

By: Terence Creamer     11th December 2015 Energy and chemicals group Sasol announced on Friday that it had appointed Bongani Nqwababa and Stephen Cornell as joint-CEOs, with effect from July 1, 2016. The appointments follow the June 8 announcement that incumbent CEO David Constable had decided not to extend his contract with beyond June... 

Celebrating Vinyl Excellence With A Memorable Trip To The Uk

16th November 2015 Polyflor South Africa’s recent “In Search of Excellence” competition looked to celebrate the best in vinyl solutions across different industries and applications. According to Tandy Coleman-Spolander, Marketing Director of Polyflor SA, the aim was to encourage all key stakeholders within the... 

Mbeki slams Economic Partnership Agreements with EU as unfair and unbalanced

By: African News Agency      8th October 2015 Former South African President Thabo Mbeki has slammed the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) which the European Union (EU) has signed with developing countries, because he says they put “featherweights” in the boxing ring with the “heavyweight” EU. Mbeki said African concerns about the... 

SA needs to be more confident – SKA director

By: News24Wire      29th June 2015 The world will continue to underestimate South Africa until the country develops confidence in itself, Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa project director Dr Bernie Fanaroff says. News24 caught up with the recipient of the Order of the Mapungubwe in Silver presidential award on Sunday, as... 

Davyhulme wastewater treatment works modernisation programme, UK

By: Sheila Barradas     24th April 2015 United Utilities has appointed the Laing O’Rourke Imtech joint venture to undertake the modernisation of the Davyhulme wastewater treatment works, in Manchester. 

Next phase of the SKA authorised

By: Keith Campbell     20th March 2015 The international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project will now enter its final pre-construction phase. This decision was taken recently and unanimously by the SKA Board of Directors and by the SKA Organisation, which is responsible for leading the project and is based at the... 

Go-ahead given for next phase of the SKA

By: Keith Campbell     10th March 2015 The international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project will now enter its final preconstruction phase. This decision has been taken unanimously by the SKA board of directors and was announced on Monday by the SKA Organisation, which is responsible for leading the project and is... 

New Elcometer 456 Ultra/Scan Probe

10th March 2015 Ever since the development of the coating thickness gauge in the mid-1940’s, dry film thickness measurement has relied upon individual measurements being compared to a coating’s specification. With the introduction of digital coating thickness gauges, in addition to coating thickness measurements... 

British Safety Council’s Manchester morning event – keep up with the latest health, safety and environmental matters

27th January 2015 The British Safety Council will be holding a morning seminar in Manchester on Thursday 26 February 2015 at the Etihad Stadium with key speakers addressing a range of current health, safety and environmental topics affecting business and industry. The event will run from 08.30 – 12.30 with a... 

Nqwababa quits as Amplats FD to join Sasol as CFO

By: Natalie Greve     29th September 2014 Following his resignation as FD of mining major Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Monday, Bongani Nqwababa has been appointed executive director and CFO designate of petrochemicals group Sasol. Pursuant to his appointment as CFO designate, he had also stepped down as Sasol nonexecutive... 

Appointment Of Executive Director And Chief Financial Officer

29th September 2014 Sasol appointed Bongani Nqwababa as executive director and Chief Financial Officer of Sasol with effect from 1 March 2015. Nqwababa has been an independent non-executive director and a member of Sasol’s Audit Committee since 5 December 2013. He has been the Finance Director of Anglo American... 

Study reveals steel’s low environmental impact

15th August 2014 UK-based organisation that offers advice, technical information, consultancy services and membership for manufacturers, engineers, designers and specifiers for steel construction, the Steel Construction Institute (SCI), in February conducted an on-site study that found that steel construction has... 

Britain gives R2bn for SKA radio telescope construction

By: Keith Campbell     28th March 2014 The UK has given a major boost to the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope programme by announcing funding of £100-million (€120-million, almost R1.8-billion) for Phase 1 of the instrument. As the construction cost of Phase 1 has been capped at €650-million, the British... 

Square Kilometre Array project, Africa and Australia

14th March 2014 The UK has given a major boost to the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope programme by announcing funding of £100-million for Phase 1 of the instrument. 

Britain's R2-billion boost for the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope

By: Keith Campbell     11th March 2014 The UK has given a major boost to the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope programme by announcing funding of £100-million (€120-million, almost R1.8-billion) for Phase 1 of the instrument. As the construction cost of Phase 1 has been capped at €650-million, the British... 

MeerKAT radio telescope dish foundations completed

By: Keith Campbell     21st February 2014 The last of the 64 foundations for the dishes for South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array was poured on February 11, SKA South Africa (SKA SA) recently announced. The 64-dish MeerKAT will be a precursor to the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope, which will be jointly... 

€650m SKA programme enters key development and design phase 

By: Keith Campbell     17th January 2014 This year is going to be a key year in the process of transforming the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope programme from concept to concrete. “We’ll have a huge amount of work going on – on the design of the SKA and its systems and subsystems,” explains SKA Organisation... 

€650m SKA programme enters key development and design phase

By: Keith Campbell     17th January 2014 This year is going to be a key year in the process of transforming the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope programme from concept to concrete. “We’ll have a huge amount of work going on, on the design of the SKA and its systems and subsystems,” explains SKA Organisation... 

Company Announcement: SME Manufacturer of the Year Award

29th November 2012 Manchester based Trolex, leaders in gas detection and environmental monitoring systems, has just won the 2012 SME Manufacturer of the Year Award, organised by The Manufacturer magazine 

SKA Phase 1 will involve the construction of many scores of dishes

By: Keith Campbell     29th May 2012 Phase 1 of the €1.5-billion international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project will involve the erection of 250 dishes in South Africa and Australia, which will co-host the instrument. This has been revealed to Engineering News Online by the SKA Organisation, the Manchester, UK,... 

SKA to be shared between SA and Australia, geographically and industrially 

By: Keith Campbell     25th May 2012 The €1.5-billion international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope is to be shared between South Africa and Australia, the SKA Organisation announced in Amsterdam in the Netherlands on Friday afternoon. This was the option supported by the majority of the members of the SKA Organisation.... 

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