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Western Cape edges closer to an end to the drought as dam levels continue to rise

By: News24Wire      12th July 2018 Good news for the drought-stricken Western Cape came in the form of a dramatic increase in the province's dam levels. According to the Department of Water Affairs, dam levels increased from 45% to 51.7% in seven days, thanks to recent torrential rains in large parts of the province. And that's... 

State capture at heart of Eskom’s load-shedding woes – Maimane

By: News24Wire      18th June 2018 Diversifying the energy mix, reducing demand and putting an end to the Eskom monopoly in the energy sector are some of the proposals the Democratic Alliance (DA) has made to mitigate load-shedding. Speaking during a briefing at Parliament on Monday, DA leader Mmusi Maimane stressed that... 

Should desalination play a bigger role in South Africa’s water future?

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2018 South Africa’s prolonged drought conditions and arid environment are increasingly highlighting the country’s existing water infrastructure vulnerabilities and demand that alternative and non-conventional sources of water beyond the traditional surface and groundwater resources be explored.... 

Should desalination play a bigger role in South Africa’s water future?

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2018 South Africa’s prolonged drought conditions and arid environment are increasingly highlighting the country’s existing water infrastructure vulnerabilities and demand that alternative and non-conventional sources of water beyond the traditional surface and groundwater resources be explored.... 

Construction for the expansion of Driftsands sewer in progress

27th April 2018 The construction of a 1 400-mm-wide concrete high density polyethylene- (HDPE-) lined sewer of 1 850 m in length, expected to be completed in November, forms part of Phase 1 of the four-phase Driftsands sewer augmentation project, which started in the second quarter of 2017 to increase the... 

School children recycle waste for food

By: News24Wire      4th April 2018 In Colchester, primary school pupils recycle plastic bottles and tins in exchange for school stationery, clothing and food. Thamara Gqogqani, a Grade 7 pupil, says she is always on the lookout for empty plastic bottles and metal tins, which she stores at her home. "This is helping my family very... 

Lance Schultz

16th March 2018 This week we feature Lance Schultz, CEO of the Centurion Aviation Village, an aerospace and defence industrial park near Pretoria   

Amatola Water appoints new CEO

By: Schalk Burger     1st March 2018 Eastern Cape water board Amatola Water announced on Thursday that it had appointed Vuyo Zitumane as CEO following a recommendation by the Amatola Water Board. Her immediate focus will be to “drive the agency’s demanding turnaround strategy, build and stabilise the water utility and ensure its... 

Coega hosts successful inaugural supplier development day

By: Simone Liedtke     27th February 2018 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) this past week launched its inaugural supplier development day at the Vulindlela Accommodation and Conference Centre, in Nelson Mandela Bay. The event, which is a first by a Special Economic Zone, saw captains of industry together with emerging businesses... 

Coega SEZ receives EIA approval for desalination, aquaculture zones

By: Schalk Burger     19th February 2018 The Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in the Eastern Cape, has received environmental-impact assessment (EIA) approval for a 440 ha land-based aquaculture development zone (ADZ) and a desalination plant in Zone 10 of the Coega SEZ. “The approval of the EIA is a step towards fulfilling the Coega... 

Mokonyane says 'Day Zero' will not happen in Cape Town

By: African News Agency      9th February 2018 Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane says “Day Zero” is a phenomenon in drought-stricken Cape Town, which will "not happen". The minister made her remarks on Thursday during a meeting with the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation, her department and the Department of... 

TPT boosts PE port handling volumes, rail use

By: Schalk Burger     6th February 2018 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) achieved higher than forecast automotive and container handling volumes at the Port Elizabeth port in December, which it attributes to greater demand from local and international markets, along with automotive investments made in the region, TPT Eastern Cape GM Siya... 

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... 

Association commends NMB municipality for plan to tackle irregular expenditure

30th January 2018 The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality recently announced its plans to address its R11.5bn irregular expenditure. “We are in full support of the appointment of a Quantity Surveyor as head of Demand Management,” says Larry Feinberg, Executive Director of the ASAQS – Association of South African... 

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... 

Port Elizabeth manganese export terminal to be transferred to Port of Ngqura

By: Anine Kilian     12th January 2018 State-owned Transnet has confirmed that its manganese export facility at the Port of Port Elizabeth will be transferred to the neighbouring Port of Ngqura by October 2023, where the commodity will continue to serve as an important catalyst for economic growth and development. During a site visit... 

Nelson Mandela Bay water crisis deepens 

By: African News Agency      3rd January 2018 Dam levels in Nelson Mandela Bay which supply drinking water are at an all-time low of 26.94%. The City’s Member of the Mayoral Committee for Infrastructure and Engineering, Councillor Masixole Zinto, said the recorded levels were the “lowest ever”, as compared to 31% that was recorded in 2010. 

Volunteers restore, relaunch iconic Apple Express tourism train 

By: Henry Lazenby     27th December 2017 A group of Port Elizabeth-based railway enthusiasts has painstakingly restored and successfully relaunched the iconic Apple Express tourist steam train. The two-foot narrow gauge steam train made its maiden trip at 09:00 on December 26, carrying fare-paying passengers between the city’s Kings... 

Phase 1 of Nelson Mandela Bay housing project under way

By: Nadine James     8th December 2017 Government construction contractor Sakhisizwe breaks ground on the first phase of the multibillion-rand Florida Heights integrated housing development in Nelson Mandela Bay, this month. According to Sakhisizwe, more than 10 000 direct and indirect jobs will be created during the five-year... 

BAIC SA appoints new CFO

By: Anine Kilian     6th November 2017 BAIC South Africa (SA) has appointed Batandwa Mdyesha CFO, with immediate effect. She was previously the CFO of State-owned mining company African Exploration Mining and Finance Corporation. 

New Eastern Cape business centre to boost township economy

By: African News Agency      1st November 2017 Local emerging businesses and aspiring business people from the Veeplaas community in the Eastern Cape have been granted an opportunity to boost the local township economy following the opening of a local Business Centre by the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality. Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Athol... 

Nelson Mandela Bay drought: Residents warned to reduce consumption

By: News24Wire      26th October 2017 Water consumption in Nelson Mandela Bay has increased despite the fact that the metro is experiencing one of its most severe droughts to date. Rainfall figures for the region are at their lowest in 20 years. 

BAIC implementing catch-up strategy to meet 2018 Coega deadline

By: Dylan Slater     20th October 2017 China-based vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC), is accelerating some of its construction plans for its vehicle manufacturing plant, currently under construction at the Port Elizabeth-based Coega Industrial Development Zone, to catch up on delays incurred owing to primarily... 

2nd Manufacturing Indaba Eastern Cape planned for the Province

4th October 2017 Manufacturing Indaba Eastern Cape (MIEC) a yearly provincial event, and part of the national Manufacturing Indaba will be hosted on the 20th October 2017 at The Boardwalk Convention Centre in Port Elizabeth. Nwabisa Makunga, the deputy Editor of both the Herald and the Weekend Post will be... 

SEZ receives recognition, contributes to SMME participation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th September 2017 Special economic zone (SEZ) developer and operator Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has been recognised by export assistance company Exporters Club for its dedication to job creation initiatives and excellent services to export orientated investors.  

‘Rebasing’ for lower Eskom sales to trigger 9.4% hike even before any revenue adjustment 

By: Terence Creamer     20th September 2017 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has sounded that warning that, even if its allowable revenue is not increased at all for the 2018/19 year, tariffs will still need to rise by 9.4% simply to accommodate a “rebasing” electricity sales volumes when compared with those approved in the third... 

Electric buses expected to spur platinum demand – Implats 

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2017 Electric buses powered by platinum-catalysed fuel cells are attracting the attention of South Africans, who will visit Germany next month to update themselves on passenger carriers that emit zero pollution into the atmosphere. “There’s a lot of interest in fuel cell buses simply because the... 

Nelson Mandela Bay chamber says 19.9% power hike would be ‘crippling’

By: Terence Creamer     15th September 2017 The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber has expressed extreme disappointment with Eskom’s application for a 19.9% tariff increase from April 1, 2018, warning that such a hike would be “crippling” to business and the economy. Should the increase be approved it could translate to a 27.5% municipal... 

Engen Penford puts Uitenhage on the World map

12th September 2017 ‘Donating the Most Units of Blood in One Day by a Town’ is the title category that Engen Penford, Uitenhage has applied for in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record.   The record breaking is set to take place on Friday, 6 October 2017 from 09h00 until 18h00. Nelson Mandela Bay Metro... 

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... 

CDC’s diverse Energy approach boasts well for the Eastern Cape

7th August 2017 The Coega Development Corporation recently hosted the Minister of Energy Ms Mamokolo Kubayi who recommitted the Coega SEZ as one of the preferred locations identified to host the gas to power plant and identified the CDC as one of the important partners to assist the department in implementing... 

Variance rates measured in eight metropolitan municipalities

4th August 2017 The South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) has compared the level of rates and taxes levied in each of the eight metropolitan municipalities of the country which reveals some variance in the cents in the rand rate across the main property types. 

S Africans satisfied with improvements in metros – survey

By: Sane Dhlamini     3rd August 2017 South Africans have seen a marked improvement in the performance of local government aside from the metropolitans Cape Town and Buffalo City, according to an Ipsos survey conducted after the local government elections on August 3. The Khayabus study, for which 3 598 South Africans 15 years and... 

Seven New Vehicles Attest to On-going Success of Cargo Carriers / Caltex Eastern Cape Branded Marketer Joint Venture in Eastern Cape

2nd August 2017 Uzuko Carriers hauls fuel for Caltex branded dealerships across the Eastern Cape. Supply chain experts Cargo Carriers just enhanced this joint venture with Caltex Eastern Cape Marketers via the acquisition of seven new Mercedes-Benz trucks. Uzuko Carriers (Pty) Limited (Uzuko Carriers) started as... 

Ekurhuleni tops metros in governance in BD index

By: African News Agency      10th July 2017 The Business Day newspaper’s new index that tracks how well cities and towns spend residents’ money has ranked the City of Ekurhuleni top in the country, the city said on Sunday. Released in June, the index allocated each municipality a score out of 100 points based on five indicators – the... 

Turbulent political climate set to remain – Malala  

By: David Oliveira     30th June 2017 South Africa’s turbulent political climate, which has been rocked by accusations of State capture and the surprise Cabinet reshuffle in March, is set to continue, political analyst Justice Malala has warned. “We are going through a time when we have outsourced our democracy,” he said on Friday,... 

ANC conference must analyse decline in electoral support – Zuma

By: Sashnee Moodley     30th June 2017 The African National Congress’ (ANC’s) fifth National Policy Conference must diagnose the cause of decline in electoral support following the party’s losses in the 2016 Municipal Elections. This was proposed by President Jacob Zuma at the opening of party’s conference in Johannesburg on Friday. 

Eskom wants Nersa to consider two outstanding RCA applications in wake of court ruling 

By: Terence Creamer     7th June 2017 State-owned electricity utility Eskom believes the decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) to upheld an appeal by National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) and Eskom relating to implementation of a clawback mechanism in South Africa’s tariff-setting methodology opens the way for... 

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