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African ports define development roadmap for 2018 and beyond

     22nd September 2017 Over 20 African ports authorities, terminal operators and Ministries of Transport convene in Durban, South Africa this October for strategic think-tank discussions around port optimisation and modernisation across the region.  The African Ports Evolution initiative sets the backdrop for the... 

Maintenance and rehabilitation – putting African Rail back on track

     22nd September 2017 After a period of decline, Rail in the developed world has made a significant comeback to mature in a vibrant sector. With a few exceptions, Rail in Africa lag behind due to poor or even non-existence of rail maintenance and rehabilitation with the result of an outdated infrastructure – in some... 

Wits seeks commercial partner for scalable DC-microgrid innovation

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2017 Researchers at the University of the Witwatersrand are aiming to commercialise a plug-and-play DC-microgrid innovation, which is incrementally scalable to any number of power sources, loads and batteries. The direct-current solution has already been proved at a laboratory level through a test-bed... 

Balan Govender

     22nd September 2017 This week we feature Balan Govender, MD of Bosch Ulwazi, a skills development and mentoring company   

Coal-line investment programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd September 2017 R3.5-billion has been approved for the doubling of the Overvaal Tunnel. 

More British funds for trade with South Africa and renewed bilateral commitment to post-Brexit trade

By: Keith Campbell     20th September 2017 British International Trade Secretary (equivalent to Minister in South Africa) Dr Liam Fox announced in Pretoria on Wednesday that his country’s export credit agency, UK Export Finance, has increased the funds available to South African enterprises buying British goods and to British companies... 

Afrox unveils welding school at LIV Village

     19th September 2017 Afrox’s commitment to assisting young South Africans to acquire welding skills and knowledge recently culminated in the official opening on 7 September of the LIV Welding Academy, a custom container welding school that was developed by Afrox in partnership with LIV and the Southern African... 

Fate is against us

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     15th September 2017 Recently, somebody was  discussing minibus taxis and how badly they drive. It was mentioned that, in fact, they drive very well: they pass through the narrowest of gaps between cars, they glide down pavements. They can reverse at high speed through rush hour traffic. They can embark and disembark... 

Welding company aims to bridge skills gap

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 Despite challenging economic conditions and a dire lack of welding skills, steel welding and fabrication service provider Federal Steel Company is committed to welding skills development initiatives that will expand nationally. Federal Steel Company MD Phakamile Buthelezi explains that the lack... 

Welding foundation industry collaboration empowers SA learners

     15th September 2017 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Foundation aims to provide training to disadvantaged individuals in a range of areas that include welding and inspection, and the training of trainers for welding and related technologies. In addition, integrated steel and mining company... 

Metso showcases ongoing commitment to servicing South African mining sector 

By: Ilan Solomons     13th September 2017 This year marks 60 years since global engineering and technology corporation Metso's factory in Vereeniging was established. The factory became part of the Metso group in 1970 and has played "a crucial role" not only in the South African, but also the African mining industry. 

Royal HaskoningDHV WINS Community-based Projects category at SAICE PMB Regional Awards

     13th September 2017 Royal HaskoningDHV continued its winning streak at the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) KwaZulu Natal Regional Awards that were held in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday 29th July. In the category for Community-based projects, Royal HaskoningDHV won the award for the ePhatheni... 

Numsa downs tools at plastic factory in KZN

By: African News Agency      13th September 2017 Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have downed tools at Mpact Plastics in Pinetown in Durban in protest against unequal wages and employee benefits. Mpact Plastic is a major supplier of plastic containers and manufacturer of Jumbo Bins, wheeled bins, and a... 

South African employers set for modest hiring in Q4

By: Schalk Burger     12th September 2017 South African employers report modest hiring intentions for the fourth quarter of the year, with 10% of employers expecting to increase staffing levels, 5% forecasting a decrease and 84% anticipating no change, says workforce solutions multinational ManpowerGroup South Africa MD Lyndy van den... 

Third Annual Manufacturing Indaba Kwazulu-Natal To Provide Manufacturing Insights

     11th September 2017 The third annual MANUFACTURING INDABA KwaZulu-Natal will bring together government and business on the 14th September 2017 at the Durban International Convention Centre to bolster the province’s manufacturing sectors, unlock the untapped potential and explore new partnerships and opportunities... 

Zuma launches first provincial InvestSA One Stop Shop

By: African News Agency      8th September 2017 President Jacob Zuma officiated over the official opening of the first provincial InvestSA One Stop Shop in the Western Cape on Friday. Speaking in Cape Town, Zuma described the launch as historic following the launch of the national One Stop Shop in Pretoria in March this year. 

Climate change is an ‘extreme green’ hoax

By: Kelvin Kemm     8th September 2017 I read yet another of those ‘we are all headed for doom’ newspaper articles about climate change in a national business newspaper. To make matters worse, it was written by a fellow who is the director of the environmental law division at a law firm. The article was peppered with the word ‘may',... 

Company champions enterprise development in fledgling waste industry

By: Nadine James     8th September 2017 Skills and socioeconomic development company Bosch Ulwazi launched the first phase of its three-year Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) programme in KwaZulu-Natal, in July. The Petroleum and Waste Recycling programme will assist in developing five businesses that will offer products and... 

Heavy rainfall predicted in late summer, says water dept

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2017 Although no heavy rains are expected at the beginning of the summer season, the South African Weather Services is predicting heavy showers towards the end of the period. “The good news is that the El Nino phenomenon that brings with it the drought, will not hit South Africa this summer,” the... 

Africa’s transport leaders drive free trade agenda

     6th September 2017 National development across Africa continues to support the commitment undertaken by the 54 members of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in November 2016 to create a continent-wide free trade area.  At the helm of this initiative is Africa’s transport sector, taking continuous strides to... 

Cost-effective workforce housing supplied to support major oil refinery shutdown

     6th September 2017 Whilst South Africa is heavily dependent on petroleum products to keep the economy running, major refineries need to periodically suspend or circumvent crude oil production to conduct routine maintenance, renovations and repairs. Kwikspace Modular Buildings (Kwikspace) – a leading manufacturer of... 

Manufacturing Indaba Heads To Kwazulu-Natal To Address Provincial Manufacturers

     6th September 2017 DURBAN - Following the recent success of the fourth national Manufacturing Indaba event which took place at Emperors Palace, Ekurhuleni, in June 2017, and the aligned Small Business Indaba, the KwaZulu-Natal roadshow of the Manufacturing Indaba will be hosted in Durban on Thursday, 14th September... 

Manufacturing Indaba Heads To Kwazulu-Natal To Address Provincial Manufacturers

     5th September 2017 DURBAN - Following the recent success of the fourth national Manufacturing Indaba event which took place at Emperors Palace, Ekurhuleni, in June 2017, and the aligned Small Business Indaba, the KwaZulu-Natal roadshow of the Manufacturing Indaba will be hosted in Durban on Thursday, 14th September... 

Domestic travel shrinks in South Africa due to financial hardship – Stats SA

By: African News Agency      4th September 2017 Domestic tourism within South Africa has declined over the past two years due to economic hardships, the Domestic Tourism Survey 2016 (DTS 2016) released by Statistics South Africa on Monday shows. According to the survey, the total number of day trips undertaken within the country decreased from... 

Advocates want inquiry into 'illegal, dubious developments' in Durban

By: News24Wire      4th September 2017 Advocates for Transformation (AFT) in KwaZulu-Natal have entered the fray on the issue of "illegal building developments" in Durban, calling on the eThekwini Municipality to take urgent steps to establish a commission of inquiry into "the proliferation of dubious developments" in the city and its... 

More participation in safety scheme ensures safe gas use

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st September 2017 Despite strict safety compliance procedures, industries that use coal-fired or electrical equipment are slowly realising the benefits of using gas-fired equipment instead.  

Toyota Empowerment Trust to focus on training, enterprise development

By: Irma Venter     1st September 2017 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has announced the creation of the Toyota Empowerment Trust (TET). The TET has been seeded with R42-million in start-up funding and will focus on skills and enterprise development initiatives in the automotive industry. 

Engen KlevaKidz travels to Free State and puts paraffin safety first

     31st August 2017 The annual Engen KlevaKidz has kicked off in the Free State with its unique brand of industrial theatre set to engage and educate learners across South Africa about the importance of paraffin safety.   Engen KlevaKidz opened at Batjha Primary School in Botshabelo on August 29th visiting 17 school... 

Poultry industry challenges, drought negatively impact on RCL Foods’ FY17 profit

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th August 2017 The widely reported challenges facing the local poultry industry and the performance of JSE-listed RCL Foods’ chicken business unit decimated the company’s profits in the financial year ended June 30, with the company reporting a 0.8% decrease in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and... 

Assore posts record headline earnings of R5.2bn as commodity prices rebound

By: Ilan Solomons     30th August 2017 Mining investment holding company Assore achieved a 199% increase in headline earnings to R5.2-billion for the financial year to June 30, compared with R1.7-billion in the previous year. Attributable earnings amounted to R5-billion, which was an improvement of 226% from 2016, which was also a... 

The unintended effect of excessive safety measures

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     25th August 2017 Sometimes certain things just come to a logical plateau. The best way of doing them or the best process for achieving a result has been found. I have this belief that the process of safety education was once at a pinnacle and is now going downhill. I am not sure why this is the case, but I think... 

Two chain elevators to be supplied to plant in KZN

By: Victor Moolman     25th August 2017 Two TAKRAF Redler chain elevators will be supplied later this year to family-owned food and beverage company Willowton Oil and Cake Mills (WO&CM) for its plant in Pietermaritzburg, in KwaZulu-Natal, says equipment supplier Tenova TAKRAF Africa (TAKRAF Africa). 

Embattled Buffalo Coal relies on seventh renegotiation with Investec

By: Samantha Herbst     24th August 2017 The survival of South Africa-focused coal miner Buffalo Coal depends on the outcome of the seventh amendment to the company’s term loan and revolving credit agreement with specialist banker and asset management firm Investec, which is currently being negotiated. Despite having implemented various... 

Roll up for the SAPICS regionals

     24th August 2017 SAPICS, a professional knowledge-based association for the supply chain community across Africa will be hosting their regional conferences in September. Each of the regional conferences will host a stimulating speaker line-up, providing the opportunity for attendees to gain access to a number of... 

Two New Tugs for Transnet’s KZN Ports

     24th August 2017 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has celebrated a twin milestone for its KwaZulu-Natal ports as part of its R1.4 billion, nine-tug construction contract. On Thursday, 22 August the new USIBA tug was christened and named ahead of its delivery to the Port of Richards Bay, while the Port of... 

Attention to detail crucial for conveyor belts

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 Stringent adherence to safety protocols and a fit-for-purpose design are important factors governing the successful use of conveyor belts to increase production rates in mining, say industrial rubber products manufacturer Dunlop Industrial Products product managers Paul Nel and Dave Pitcher.  

Company supplies piping for water treatment expansion project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 Thermoplastic piping company Plasti-Tech supplied a range of piping, custom fittings and flanges to Zululand district municipality’s Usuthu purification plant expansion infrastructure project to increase output by 20 M a day.  

Project aids community development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 With 70% of the R370-million Cornubia Interchange project complete, construction design and engineering services provider Royal HaskoningDHV and the eThekwini roads provision department say the project is likely to be completed in January next year.  

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