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Agriculture department prefers 'measured approach' to poultry industry crisis

By: African News Agency      23rd March 2017 The department of agriculture preferred a more measured approach to dealing with the crisis in the South African poultry industry as opposed to the “trade war” with the European Union proposed by the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu), MPs were told on Wednesday. “As a department our view that... 

Find a multitude of industrial technology solutions at KITE 2017

     22nd March 2017 There are a number of common denominators for any manufacturing business when considering the sustainability and profitability of their operation and jargon like ‘just in time (JIT)’, ‘continuous workflow’ and ‘waste reduction’ is commonly used when referring to lean manufacturing processes.... 

EIUG supports Eskom plan for new pricing deals with power-intensive firms 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd March 2017 The Energy Intensive User Group of Southern Africa (EIUG) believes there is policy, legislative and regulatory space to introduce new electricity pricing arrangements to help restart of idle mining and process-industry activities, as well as encourage new investments to absorb Eskom’s surplus,... 

South Africa asks World Bank to review ease-of-doing-business position in light of InvestSA initiative 

By: Terence Creamer     17th March 2017 The South African government has officially launched a new investment facilitation service, dubbed InvestSA, which it claims will dramatically reduce red tape for foreign and domestic businesses seeking to pursue greenfield or brownfield projects in the country. The service, which has both... 

Evowood’s Estcourt mill dismisses 434 workers, remains closed after protracted strike action

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th March 2017 Some 434 Estcourt mill workers have been dismissed by hardboard manufacturer Evowood following protracted illegal strike action and a subsequent production stoppage costing the company more than R2-million a day. The workers were dismissed following a disciplinary process and a February 27 Labour... 

Commission gets go-ahead to review evidence in margarine manufacturers cartel case

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th March 2017 The Competition Commission on Friday welcomed a High Court ruling in its favour to review evidence seized during an investigation into alleged cartel activity by five manufacturers of refined edible cooking oils, baking fats and margarine in South Africa. Early in March, DH Brothers Industries,... 

Extra funding for another SA-based international radio telescope project

By: Keith Campbell     17th March 2017 The international Hydrogen Epoch of Reionisation Array (Hera) telescope, being constructed in South Africa’s radio astronomy reserve in the Karoo region in the Northern Cape province, has received a significant new cash injection, that will fund a major expansion of the array, SKA South Africa... 

Fall Armyworm reported in maize fields in two provinces

     17th March 2017 Last month, independent grain producers' support organisation Grain SA said that reports from KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape mentioned that the Fall Armyworm – also known as the Spodoptera Frugiperda – has established itself mainly in maize but also in sorghum, cotton, some vegetables and... 

Domestic tourism declines between 2013 and 2015, but expenditure increases

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th March 2017 Domestic tourism declined from 54.4-million day trips in 2013 to 44-million in 2015, Statistics South Africa’s Domestic Tourism 2015 report, published on Thursday, reveals. However, while there was a downward trend in the number of day trips, the total expenditure on day trips increased from... 

Top learners head to Cape Town and Harvard to commence student life

     13th March 2017 The Engen Maths and Science Schools EMSS is a national initiative that addresses key skills shortages in the engineering and technical fields by providing after hours Maths and Science tuition to learners who show an advanced aptitude in the subjects.    Engen’s manager of Corporate Social... 

Heading For Harvard

     13th March 2017 Hailing from KwaZulu-Natal and an attendee of the Engen Maths and Science School at Mangosuthu University of Technology, Sasasa Dlamini completed matric with an 89% average and distinctions in all his subjects. A learner at Westville Boys High School, Sasasa is bound for Harvard University in the... 

Global economics, politics cause uncertainty in chemicals manufacture

     10th March 2017 Volatile global political and economic conditions are making it difficult for South African companies to predict what 2017 holds as far as profitability is concerned, says leading admixture supplier, Chryso Southern Africa CEO and Chryso Group international VP Norman Seymore. The Chryso Southern... 

Hydrogen Epoch of Reionisation Array project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     10th March 2017 The Hydrogen Epoch of Reionisation Array has received a significant cash injection that will fund a major expansion of the array. 

Supplier delivers products for chemical conveyance system

By: Nadine James     10th March 2017 Thermoplastic products supplier Astore Keymak – formerly Astore Africa – supplied and delivered several polymer plastic products to assist with the installation of a conveyance system at Omnia Group’s chemical subsidiary Protea Chemicals’ plant, in Wadeville. The project, a result of a... 

Thulani Dlamini

     10th March 2017 This week we feature Thulani Dlamini, CEO of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research   

KZN budget up to R115bn

By: African News Agency      7th March 2017 KwaZulu-Natal’s provincial budget is set to top R115-billion in the coming financial year – a R5-billion rand increase over the current year. This emerged on Thursday when KwaZulu-Natal finance MEC Belinda Scott presented the provincial budget to the KwaZulu-Natal legislature in Pietermaritzburg. 

Eskom connects 40 000 KwaZulu-Natal households to grid in under a year

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th March 2017 State-owned Eskom has electrified over 40 000 households in KwaZulu-Natal between April 2016 and February this year, including more than 13 000 connections in the uMkhanyakude district. “With this achievement, the historic label of KwaZulu-Natal being one of the least electrified provinces is... 

Engen continues to build future leaders in the Eastern Cape

     6th March 2017 The 2016 class of the Engen Maths and Science Schools achieved an impressive 94% pass rate, up 5% from last year’s average of 89%, with 70% of learners attaining a Bachelor pass. The Engen Maths and Science Schools are a national initiative that seeks to address key skills shortages in the... 

South Africa-based international radio telescope project gets more cash

By: Keith Campbell     6th March 2017 The international Hydrogen Epoch of Reionisation Array (Hera) telescope, being constructed in South Africa’s radio astronomy reserve in the Northern Cape province, has received a significant new cash injection, that will fund a major expansion of the array, SKA South Africa (SKA SA) announced on... 

Full Steam Ahead For Grade 11 Maritime Economics Learners!

     3rd March 2017 There was much excitement on Wednesday this week at five schools in the greater Durban area when a brand new Grade 11 Maritime Economics textbook was distributed to learners by author Balungile Masuku, together with representatives from African Marine Solutions Group (AMSOL), the project sponsor.... 

Call for entries for Steel Awards 2017

     3rd March 2017 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) is calling for entries for the thirty-sixth annual Steel Awards scheduled to take place simultaneously on September 13 in Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal and the Western Cape.  

Entries open for Aveng Trident Steel Awards

By: David Oliveira     3rd March 2017 Entries are open for the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction’s (Saisc’s) Aveng Trident Steel Awards 2017 and Cadex Systems South Africa Photo Competition. Saisc CEO Paolo Trinchero says after the high standard of last year’s awards, there has been “extraordinary” expectation... 

Hlawe river sewer pipeline project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd March 2017 The project aims to service the northern part of the TradePort precinct and relieve pressure on the wastewater works. 

Increased awareness key to enhancing industrial water efficiency

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 Increased awareness of the importance of water conservation and an enhanced sensitisation to practices that can facilitate it are some of the most effective means of eliciting a positive response to the drive to see that water efficiency practices are adopted in South Africa’s industrial... 

Newly installed system helps KZN factory recover 1.63 Mℓ of process water

By: David Oliveira     3rd March 2017 A 500 000 ℓ rainwater harvesting system was handed over to global healthcare company BSN Medical’s Pinetown factory, in KwaZulu-Natal, in January, helping the company to reduce its environmental impact and operational costs as part of its global green initiative. Local rainwater harvesting... 

S Africa aims to improve poor maintenance of railway infrastructure

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd March 2017 The inability of local rail infrastructure to attract sufficient revenue has led to a deficiency in the required sustaining capital necessary for its maintenance, says professional services consultancy WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff infrastructure and transportation divisional director Vishaal... 

Vehicle theft, hijackings on the increase – Cartrack

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2017 Statistics released by fleet management and stolen vehicle recovery company Cartrack show that carjacking and vehicle theft in South Africa are on the rise. Theft within the base of vehicles protected by Cartrack increased by 31% in the ten months from March to December 2016, while hijackings... 

Demand for subsidised set-top-boxes rising in SA – Muthambi

By: African News Agency      2nd March 2017 The Communications Department on Thursday said that the demand for government subsidised set-top-boxes was on the rise. “It is encouraging to see the growth in demand. The increase in registrations is a strong indication of the success of the migration project,” said Communications Minister Faith... 

Renewable energy storage solutions ‘go green’ with RTS Africa Engineering and Nel Hydrogen

     2nd March 2017 Hydrogen is emerging as one of the most viable and effective storage solutions for renewable energy in many key industries, including the transportation and power sectors. Since 1996, the Tshwane-based specialised engineering company, RTS Africa Engineering, has had the sole agency to represent... 

Kobus Burger appointed a technical director of JG Afrika

     1st March 2017 Kobus Burger has been appointed as a technical director of JG Afrika, a leading multi-disciplinary engineering and environmental consultancy. With a total of 31 years’ of experience, Burger’s list of achievements includes his involvement in numerous projects throughout southern Africa designing a... 

Public Works implements remedial plan at Bluff Naval base 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th February 2017 The Department of Public Works (DPW) has appointed a team to prepare a remedial plan for the faulty pump station at the Bluff Naval base, in Durban, following an incident last week in which six people died. The deceased, three contract workers and three South African National Defence Force... 

Chicken imports contribute to 21.9% decrease in RCL Foods’ interim Ebitda

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th February 2017 The widely reported issues facing the domestic poultry industry have significantly decimated JSE-listed RCL Foods’ profits, with the company reporting a 21.9% decrease in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) to R900.4-million for the six months ended December... 

South African dams recovering as torrential rains continue

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th February 2017 The Vaal dam is expected to reach 100% capacity soon, if current rainfall volumes continue, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) said on Friday. The dam was 81.6% full by Friday and water levels were rising fast, owing to the torrential rains of the last two weeks. 

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust despite ongoing e-toll tussle 

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 Not too long ago, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was a firm darling among its peers. It was a well-funded State-owned enterprise (SOE) almost never under fire, seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward in its task to manage and expand the country’s road network. Then came... 

Ingula pumped-storage scheme project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th February 2017 All four units at Ingula are now commercial and produce a combined 1 332 MW. 

Refurbished fashion outlet receives new LED lighting

By: Nadine James     24th February 2017 Electrical solutions provider Magnet supplied a range of light-emitting diode (LED) light fittings to the newly refurbished Q’Dos fashion outlet at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, last year. Magnet lighting solutions engineer Kaylen Reddy explains that the design... 

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust despite ongoing e-toll tussle

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 Not too long ago the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was a firm darling among its peers. It was a well-funded State-owned enterprise (SOE) almost never under fire, seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward in its task to manage and expand the country’s road network. Then came... 

Petmin highlights delays in accessing new mining areas at Somkhele

By: Anine Kilian     23rd February 2017 JSE-listed Petmin’s normalised earnings decreased by 43% to 8.49c a share for the six months to December 31. The company attributed the lower earnings to lower average selling prices for anthracite exports and 12% higher operating costs as a result of delayed access to new mining areas at its... 

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