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Industry body authorised as verification authority

2nd February 2018 The Department of Labour has authorised industry body the Southern African Gas Association (Saga) to be the verification authority for the natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industrial equipment industry for South Africa.  All industrial equipment needs to conform to the SANS 329 and... 

Construction expo brings new opportunities to KwaZulu-Natal

2nd February 2018 The second annual KZN Construction Expo will gather thousands of construction professionals, government officials and investors to support infrastructure development, service delivery, and the development partnerships and industry transformation currently underway in the province. KwaZulu-Natal... 

South Africa's water crisis spreads from Cape Town

By: Reuters     1st February 2018 Cape Town is running out of water and low dam levels in the emerald-green highlands of Lesotho are raising alarm bells in South Africa's industrial heartland around Johannesburg, which has so far avoided the shortages hitting other regions. The tourist hub of Cape Town may run dry in April and... 

aQuellé donates 30 000 litres of water as Day Zero draws closer

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th January 2018 As Day Zero approaches for the drought-stricken Western Cape, bottled water brand aQuellé has donated almost 30 000 ℓ of bottled water to retirement homes across Cape Town. aQuellé MD Arno Stegen and other drivers are expected to deliver 19 008 one-and-a-half-litre bottles equating to 28 512 ℓ to... 

Tribunal refuses to confirm consent agreement between commission, ammonia producers

By: Anine Kilian     29th January 2018 The Competition Tribunal has refused to confirm a consent agreement entered into between the Competition Commission and AECI, Foskor, Omnia Fertilizers and Sasol South Africa, on the basis of irrationality. The respondents are equal partners in an ammonia terminal facility, the RAMM facility, in... 

Record-breaking year for Richards Bay Coal Terminal

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 Despite a loss of 38 days to bad weather, 2017 has been a record-breaking year for South Africa’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) in KwaZulu-Natal, which loaded a record 76.47-million tonnes of South African-mined coal in the 12 months to the end of December. The private sector terminal, which... 

Money no panacea for education’s ills

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     26th January 2018 The excitement around the results of last year’s matric exams has now died down. Indeed, the class of 2017 gave a very good account of themselves, with those who sat for the exams at private schools notching up a 98.76% pass rate and their public-school counterparts 75.1%. Hats off to them. One... 

Aerotropolis market access to foster economic growth

By: Donald Makhafola     26th January 2018 A successful aerotropolis has to ensure that the benefits associated with international air connectivity, such as market access and attractiveness for investment, will support economic activity, says consultancy and engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV’s subsidiary Netherlands Airport Consultants... 

ORTIA IDZ development gaining traction

By: Donald Makhafola     26th January 2018 Development of the OR Tambo International Airport Industrial Development Zone (ORTIDZ), worth an estimated R400-million, is gaining traction, with the zone’s first phase targeted for completion before the end of 2018. The company mandated with the responsibility of developing and operating... 

Project to lift station platforms proving challenging, PRASA admits

By: Irma Venter     26th January 2018 Commuters making use of the 18 new X’Ttrapolis Mega commuter trains, supplied by Gibela to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) are “extremely happy” with the new rolling stock, says PRASA strategic asset development group executive Piet Sebola. The Gibela Rail Transport Consortium... 

Mindset change required to mitigate water crisis effects

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Owing to water currently being a critical global commodity, engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV business development manager Sander Zweers says a societal mindset change regarding the importance of water, as well as its treatment, purification and desalination, is needed. 

Mitigating plastic’s negative public image

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th January 2018 Continued local and international pressure to ban plastic bags and other single-use plastics, as cited in the media and social media, is at an all-time high, says plastic industry representative body Plastics South Africa (Plastics SA).  

Thyssenkrupp closes the loop in Africa’s sugar industry

18th January 2018 Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa combines local knowledge with global expertise to bring turnkey technology and equipment solutions that will promote the sustainability and profitability of the sugar industry in the Sub Sahara African region. The company offers market, feasibility... 

South Africa’s dam levels continue to drop

By: Anine Kilian     17th January 2018 South Africa’s dam levels continue to decrease, with data released by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), on Wednesday, showing that average dam levels had dropped from 60.2% last week to 58% this week. In the Western Cape, dams have reached critically low levels, with the average dam... 

Novus Holdings welcomes ITB Manufacturing on board

17th January 2018 In June 2017, the Competition Commission approved the proposed merger between Novus Holdings, a leader in commercial print and manufacturing, and ITB Manufacturing, a private company that manufactures and supplies flexible plastic packaging solutions. Accordingly, it was announced via SENS on 19... 

PRASA New Rolling Stock Acquisition Programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     12th January 2018 Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has reported that commuters using the first of the new X’Ttrapolis Mega commuter trains are “extremely happy” with the new rolling stock. 

Green ID books still valid – DHA

By: Anine Kilian     10th January 2018 The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has dismissed allegations that green barcoded ID books will not be recognised by March. Speaking to media during a briefing at the Centurion Home Affairs office on Wednesday, DHA deputy director-general Mkuseli Apleni said that the department was concerned... 

Order from Willowton Group continues 40 year business relationship with TAKRAF Africa

9th January 2018 Two Redler Chain Elevators ordered from key equipment supplier TAKRAF Africa by the Willowton Group in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, brings the number of machines supplied to this plant to more than 40 in a business relationship stretching back some 40 years. In addition to the 40, TAKRAF... 

Next 12 months crucial as PRASA prepares to receive new rolling stock

By: Irma Venter     8th January 2018 Commuters making use of the 18 new X’Ttrapolis Mega commuter trains, supplied by Gibela to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) are “extremely happy” with the new rolling stock, says PRASA strategic asset development group executive Piet Sebola. The Gibela Rail Transport Consortium... 

SA ruling party lauds exam results, but opposition, unions not impressed

By: African News Agency      5th January 2018 South Africa’s governing ANC on Friday applauded a higher pass rate from the 2017 school ending examinations, but opposition said the results were much weaker when factoring in a worryingly high dropout rate. The African National Congress said the National Senior Certificate examination results... 

Construction firm forges ahead on N2 road, bridges

15th December 2017 Infrastructure construction firm Concor Infrastructure is making progress on the 34 km section of the N2 highway between Mtunzini and Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal, while ensuring minimal impact to environmentally sensitive areas along the route. 

Firm completes Soweto-based project

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2017 The design and construction supervision of roads, stormwater infrastructure and a bridge for the Elias Motsoaledi housing project, in Soweto, were completed last month, states Hatch Africa, Europe and Middle East highways and bridges practice lead, Leon Mbongwa. 

ANC leadership race really a contest between Ramaphosa and Zuma  

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     15th December 2017 Twelve months ago, I had no doubt that  the national conference of the African National Congress (ANC) would elect Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as president of the ruling party and successor to President Jacob Zuma. Today, a day before the commencement of the conference, I am not so sure. In the past... 

Saiccor mill baling line, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th December 2017 Sappi Saiccor aims to increase the capacity of its mill by constructing a new baling line. 

Size of new mall developments increasing despite saturation being at 88% – MSCI

By: Schalk Burger     13th December 2017 The average size of shopping centres has steadily increased since the 1990s, with centres slated for completion between this year and 2020 being significantly larger than those developed during the 1990s and 2000s, a study by Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Real Estate South Africa on... 

Court action to stop PRASA 'conspiracy'

By: News24Wire      12th December 2017 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has missed a deadline to respond to demands by the UniteBehind coalition. Legal action will now be taken against the agency responsible for Metrorail, GroundUp reports. 

eThala Biomass-To-Power Project

12th December 2017 eThala Management Services has received a Project Preparation Grant (PPG) from the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) administrated by the African Development Bank to undertake project preparation/development activities for the proposed eThala Biomass-to-Power Project to approach... 

Khoza to continue as Eskom chair

By: Anine Kilian     8th December 2017 Zethembe Khoza will continue in his position as chairperson of State-owned power utility Eskom until the 2018 annual general meeting, according to Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, who announced the State-owned power utility’s new board on Friday. The new board – comprising Khoza, Dr Pat... 

Battling threat of sugar tax, excessive imports and low price

By: Victor Moolman     8th December 2017 The large amount of sugar being imported into South Africa has caused the country’s sugar industry, which may soon be further compromised by the introduction of a sugar tax, to start exporting sugar at world market prices to offload excess sugar, which it is unable to sell locally. While opposing... 

Concor Infrastructure Boosts Order Book With New Contracts

5th December 2017 Concor Infrastructure recently secured two significant contracts in the mining sector, and managing director, Eric Wisse, says the company, formerly known as Murray & Roberts Infrastructure, is well positioned to take advantage of the recently increased optimism in the mining space. As part of... 

Chinese auto group dips toe in SA’s diesel-taxi waters

By: Irma Venter     1st December 2017 Beijing Automotive Works South Africa (BAW SA) will test a new diesel minibus taxi in the local market through sales at four selected dealers in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast. Should the market accept the vehicle, availability would grow to most of the 28 BAW... 

Municipalities to reduce emissions by diverting waste

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Consulting engineering company JG Afrika and international specialist waste consultancy RWA have developed a strategy to help South African municipalities reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by diverting biodegradable waste from their landfills. 

Crookes Brothers profits down on lower sugar cane revenue

By: African News Agency      29th November 2017 Agricultural firm Crookes Brothers said on Wednesday its after-tax profit decreased by 70.5% to R26.4 million in the six months ended September 2017, driven down by a decline in sugar cane revenue in the aftermath of drought. Crookes however said it expected results for the full year to March... 

Steel Awards 2017 confirms LSFB growth

24th November 2017 This year’s annual Steel Awards, hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction, showed excellent growth for the South African light steel frame building (LSFB) industry, with more than 25 000 m2 represented in category entries. The awards, which took place on September 13, saw 19... 

Saturday Schools programme celebrates ten years

By: Nadine James     24th November 2017 Global engineering and project management company Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa held celebrations across the country to mark ten years of investing in education through its Saturday Schools programme. These celebrations culminated in a function held at Kwabhekilanga Secondary School in... 

GirlCode floats ambitions of becoming world’s largest women's digital agency

By: Dylan Slater     23rd November 2017 Nonprofit organisation (NPO) GirlCode, which aims to empower women in the technology sector, on Thursday revealed its new programmes for 2018, as well as its Vision 2030 ambitions, which includes reaching ten-million women by 2030. GirlCode chairperson Zandile Keebine commented that reaching that... 

BBF Safety Group Recognises the Bright Stars

23rd November 2017 On 9 November 2017, BBF Safety Group hosted customers in Johannesburg for its annual year-end celebration. On the evening, themed “The Future is Bright”, the BBF Safety Group leadership team set the agenda for a 2018 characterised by growth, diversification and a bullish outlook on the workplace... 

Continued apartment demand supports Balwin’s top-line growth in H1

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th November 2017 Despite a tough operating environment, residential property developer Balwin Properties continued to perform well in the six months ended August 31, with the group’s revenue up 19% year-on-year to R894-million. The increase was driven by good sales volumes, which were in line with forecasts,... 

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