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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... 

Unemployment rate rises to 14-year high of 27.7%

By: Anine Kilian     1st June 2017 South Africa’s unemployment rate rose to 27.7% in the first quarter of this year, the highest level since September 2003. Statistics South Africa’s latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey, released on Thursday, reveals that the growth in employment, of 144 000 people, was offset by the growth in the... 

Nelson Mandela Bay water crisis drops to disaster status

By: African News Agency      25th May 2017 Nelson Mandela Bay was formally declared a water disaster by Executive Mayor Athol Trollip. Th mayor formally declared the metro a disaster area on Monday after major storage dams dropped to 38.5%. At a media briefing on Wednesday, Trollip said the city faced a severe drought and had been... 

South Africa’s water levels remain low

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd May 2017 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on Wednesday warned of dwindling water reserves in South Africa’s dams, and pleaded with consumers to continue to save water and the Water Service Authorities to implement water conservation and water demand management strategies. With no significant... 

Water situation in Nelson Mandela Bay a 'crisis'

By: African News Agency      13th April 2017 Residents of Nelson Mandela Bay can gear up for stringent water restrictions within the next week as the water situation in the city is on the verge of a “crisis”. Executive Mayor Athol Trollip on Wednesday called an emergency media briefing at Port Elizabeth City Hall to address the critical... 

Property body investigates municipal rates and taxes

By: David Oliveira     24th March 2017 The South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) announced last month that it had reappointed specialist consultants Rates Watch to monitor rates policies for the next five years, owing to the negative impacts of rising municipal rates and taxes on operating costs, gross rentals and property... 

Power products on display at Solar Show Africa

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Global electronics company Omron Electronics will showcase its power-monitoring, power-management and energy-saving products at the Solar Show Africa 2017 – which runs alongside the Power & Electricity World Africa 2017 conference taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre on March 28 and 29.... 

BASF in South Africa supports science and education projects to upskill local learners.

     9th March 2017 • BASF in South Africa donates R250 000 to Maths and Science education project. • Techno-blended Mathematics and Science school model supports skills for automotive, manufacturing and chemical industries. BASF in South Africa yesterday made a R250 000 donation to the Govan Mbeki Mathematics... 

Mandela Bay on brink of disaster as water crisis deepens

By: News24Wire      8th March 2017 The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality is on the brink of being declared a disaster area as the water crisis deepens, mayor Athol Trollip said on Tuesday. "Despite saving water, our water is running out. It's not raining and we could run out of water. If we run out of water, we have an absolute... 

One regional water utility for the Eastern Cape

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 Eastern Cape State-owned water utility Amatola Water is leading the charge in the advocacy of and planning activities required to ensure that a single regional bulk water utility is realised in the Eastern Cape, in line with the Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS’s) institutional reform... 

Diversified fuel source required to fuel local facilities

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2017 South Africa requires a diversified fuel source for power generation, and natural gas is an ideal fuel, as several facilities in the country are compatible with natural gas to fuel power plants, and the resulting infrastructure will benefit other industries and end-users, says engineering... 

Electronics company boasts unique PID inverter

By: Sascha Solomons     27th January 2017 Global electronics company Omron says the Omron KP100L photovoltaic (PV) inverter has the unique distinction of being the only potential induced degradation (PID) preventive inverter on the market. “The importance of this has been recognised in recent years, owing to the introduction of increased... 

Sanral rehabilitation project derisks Uitenhage power failures 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2017 The completion of an R80-million slope stabilisation engineering project in Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan region, in the Eastern Cape, has prevented the risk of damage to power cables and related blackouts in Uitenhage. The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said on Tuesday... 

CDC bullish for the year ahead

By: Anine Kilian     9th January 2017 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is optimistic that this year will highlight the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) as a prime investment destination. CDC marketing and communications head Dr Ayanda Vilakazi says there are currently six projects under construction within the IDZ and... 

Council for Geoscience okays Thyspunt for nuclear development 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2016 State-owned Eskom on Tuesday welcomed the Council for Geoscience’s (CGS’s) confirmation that there are no geological, bedrock topography or seismological problems at the proposed Thyspunt nuclear site that could possibly disqualify the area for the construction of a nuclear installation. In... 

ANC extends its final NEC for 2016

By: News24Wire      28th November 2016 A “fierce” and “robust” African National Congress (ANC) national executive committee (NEC) meeting had to be extended as it could not agree on holding a secret vote for President Jacob Zuma to step down. The meeting which was due to end on Sunday has been extended to Monday. 

BASF in South Africa supports mathematics and science education initiative

     24th November 2016 BASF in South Africa donates R200 000 to iGEMS programme. Programme aimed at supporting the study of Mathematics and Science amongst the disadvantaged communities of the Nelson Mandela Metropole. Collaborative venture aims to support the chemical and manufacturing industries by providing skilled... 

Recent rainfall improves dam levels

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd November 2016 As a result of increased rainfall in recent weeks, the total volume of water in storage across South Africa’s dams and water systems increased this week from 47.9% to 48.7%, according to the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). The department further confirmed that water released from the... 

ECRDA Approves R14,8 Million In Loans For Disbursement To Rural Entrepreneurs In 2015/16

     3rd November 2016 The Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency (ECRDA) says it approved a total of R14,8 million in loans to rural entrepreneurs in the 2015/16 financial year.   Actual disbursements amounted to R12,5 million while R11,8 million of this amount were ECRDA agricultural loans which went to 265 clients.... 

Dam levels likely to drop further as summer sets in, says Gamtoos Irrigation Board

     1st November 2016 With the Nelson Mandela Bay region’s largest supply dam levels dropping rapidly as warmer weather sets in, the Gamtoos Irrigation Board is asking residents and farmers to be increasingly vigilant when it comes to water usage. The Kouga Dam, which is managed by GIB, is currently at 63.1% capacity... 

Failed Nelson Mandela Bay public transport system set to take off in April

By: African News Agency      5th October 2016 The failed and dysfunctional Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS) in Nelson Mandela Bay will be operational in April next year, if approved by council. Twenty five buses are currently stagnant as the project has failed to kick off since its inception during 2009. National Treasury has also... 

Coega positions itself as energy mix hub

By: Nadine James     23rd September 2016 A growing number of manufacturing opportunities have been created and sustained through the approach of diversifying the energy mix in the Eastern Cape, which has seen the development of several energy investment projects worth more than R3.5-billion. The Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ)... 

DBSA aims to ‘catalyse’ funding to poor munis as it sets R100bn funding goal

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2016 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) disbursed a record R17.1-billion during its 2016 financial year, up from R13-billion in 2015, with disbursements to the country’s eight metropolitan councils (metros) surging to R7.5-billion from R3.7-billion. CEO Patrick Dlamini said a total of... 

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