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JSE looks to tighten listing rules

By: Reuters     19th September 2018 The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) wants to increase the minimum capital amount required for a primary listing and is considering stricter rules on secondary listings as it seeks to improve corporate governance. Africa's biggest securities exchange published its proposals in a public... 

India working on mechanism to check gold imports without customs duty hike

By: Ajoy K Das     19th September 2018 The Indian government is mulling measures to curb gold imports without having to increase import duties to rein in its rising current account deficit and rapidly depreciating rupee. Sources say that increasing import duty on gold to 12% or 13% from the current rate of 10% will be the last option... 

Russian giant copper project aims to raise $1.25bn in 2018

By: Reuters     17th September 2018 Baikal Mining Company, operator of Russia's biggest untapped copper deposit Udokan, plans to raise $1.25-billion in project financing from a Russian bank by the start of 2019, its chairperson Valery Kazikayev told Reuters. Spurred by high global appetite for cooper, which many expect to be in... 

DST prioritises innovation in new draft White Paper 

14th September 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Rebecca Campbell about the contents of the new draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation. 

TÜV SÜD receives SANS accreditation

14th September 2018 Global technical services company TÜV SÜD’s inspection services were awarded South African National Accreditation System accreditation to South African National Standard (SANS) 17020 in March this year, in line with the expanded development of the company. The scope of accreditation covers the... 

Mpact provides peek inside paper, plastic recycling operations  

13th September 2018 Paper and packaging company Mpact earlier this month hosted media for a tour inside its paper mill recycling facility in Springs, which also happens to be the biggest recycling plant in South Africa. Marleny Arnoldi tells us more. 

DST draft White Paper changes science, technology and innovation focus

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th September 2018 The Department of Science and Technology’s (DST’s) recently released draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) contained a number of policy shifts in comparison with its predecessor, the 1996 White Paper on Science and Technology. These are intended to allow STI to fulfil its... 

South Africa to set up a 'sovereign innovation fund'

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th September 2018 The Department of Science and Technology (DST), in its recently released draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), stated that a “sovereign innovation fund” is to be created. “There is a need for increased commercialisation funding,” said section 6.2 of the draft White Paper.... 

High-level meeting planned to set innovation agenda as new draft White Paper launched

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th September 2018 The Presidency is to lead a Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) “Plenary meeting” involving major sectors of South African government and society, Science and Technology Minister (Ms) MT Kubayi-Ngubane told the media on Monday. No date for the meeting was given. “South Africa needs to set... 

Engen support advances rapid growth of David Swartz Engineering Services

7th September 2018 Petroleum giant’s Enterprise & Supplier Development fund provides an encouraging stimulus for a South Durban engineering firm. David Swartz grew up hard in the Durban township of Wentworth, where opportunities were scarce. His dreams of becoming an architect, thwarted by the modest financial... 

Engen support advances rapid growth of David Swartz Engineering Services

7th September 2018 Petroleum giant’s Enterprise & Supplier Development fund provides an encouraging stimulus for a South Durban engineering firm. David Swartz grew up hard in the Durban township of Wentworth, where opportunities were scarce. His dreams of becoming an architect, thwarted by the modest financial... 

Mpact trials aluminium, plastic recyclate construction board manufacturing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th September 2018 Paper and packaging company Mpact is running manufacturing trials at its plant, in Benoni, Gauteng, to manufacture construction boards and pallets made from recycled aluminium and plastic. The aluminium and plastic are offcuts from liquid packaging that is recycled at the company’s paper mill in... 

Spectrum challenge likely to be resolved by next year

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd September 2018 South Africa's years-long limbo over spectrum licensing and allocation could possibly be fully resolved by this time next year. Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) director-general Robert Nkuna on Monday promised action on the much-debated subject, as industry becomes... 

SKF ReMan extends service life of centre suction roll bearing after more than 20 000 hours of operation!

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st August 2018 SKF ReMan delivered a 60% cost saving to a key paper mill customer by refurbishing a SKF centre suction roll bearing which had exceeded 20 000 hours of service life. When the SKF suction roll bearing which was installed at the paper mill in November 2015, reached over 20 000 hours of operation,... 

SKF ReMan extends service life of centre suction roll bearing after more than 20 000 hours of operation!

31st August 2018 SKF ReMan delivered a 60% cost saving to a key paper mill customer by refurbishing a SKF centre suction roll bearing which had exceeded 20 000 hours of service life. When the SKF suction roll bearing which was installed at the paper mill in November 2015, reached over 20 000 hours of operation,... 

R&D must be prioritised as Industry 4.0 disrupts

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     31st August 2018 Research and development (R&D) is crucial for the aviation industry and government should establish it as a national priority, says the Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa (Barsa) GM Ndiphiwe Ntuli. Barsa submitted its comments to the Department of Transport on the Revised White... 

Green Bay packaging mill, US

By: Sheila Barradas     31st August 2018 The contract to provide the packaging line has been awarded. 

Ring-fence Eskom’s ‘bad bank’ generation assets, says energy expert  

By: Terence Creamer     29th August 2018 A leading electricity expert is warning that there is little or no prospect that Eskom can trade itself out of its current financial difficulties and that restructuring – including a vertical separation of its cash-guzzling generation assets from its transmission, system operator and distribution... 

Manufacturers continue to invest, despite tough market conditions

By: Simone Liedtke     28th August 2018 With tough economic conditions continuing to impact on manufacturers, the Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker (MCIT) index for the second quarter of 2018 saw a marginal decrease from 59 index points to 58. Despite this marginal decrease, Manufacturing Circle (MC) executive Philippa Rodseth... 

Icasa eyes market review notice by September, lists first priorities

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd August 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Thursday said it would likely announce the start of a market inquiry into the identified priority markets that may require regulation intervention by the first week of September. Speaking during a roundtable at the Icasa... 

Survey finds healthcare workers are uninformed about NHI scheme

By: Anine Kilian     21st August 2018 Nearly half of healthcare workers surveyed by the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI) have said they are not well informed about the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme. Unpacking key findings of its ‘Healthcare Workers’ Knowledge, Insight and Opinion on the Proposed NHI’ report, in... 

Commodity price increases lack conviction – IHS

By: Nadine James     17th August 2018 Commodity analysts IHS Markit on Thursday reported that the Materials Price Index (MPI) had risen by 0.5% in the last week, but that the index’s ten subcomponents were evenly split between those showing increases and those showing declines, highlighting the uncertainty in markets. The MPI... 

Company offers paper alternative to wooden and plastic pallets

17th August 2018 Transport packaging company Kimmo is driving the industry to switch to paper pallets as alternatives to the usual wooden and plastic pallets.  The company manufactures paper pallets using honeycomb fibreboard in South Africa. According to the founder of Kimmo Jan Vreken, he discovered honeycomb... 

Our innovations are the key partnership to your future

By: Yolande Botes     17th August 2018 “The EIE Group is known for its innovative state-of-the-art machinery and associated technologies on their automated and semi-automated solutions. Similarly, our reputation for applying solutions that ensure that our customer’s operations are fully optimised and fully supported through our... 

PM3 paper machine, Germany

By: Sheila Barradas     17th August 2018 Propapier is building a state-of-the-art PM3 10 000 mm wire width paper machine in Leipzig. 

Congo copper faces increased LME scrutiny with audits

By: Bloomberg     16th August 2018 The London Metal Exchange (LME) will start requiring that copper producers which source metal from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) carry out independent audits to prove their material is ethically sourced, according to people familiar with the matter. The LME is reviewing its requirements... 

KML bearings from BI a perfect fit for food-and-beverage applications

16th August 2018 The KML range of corrosion-resistant, food-grade ball bearings, distributed exclusively in Southern Africa by leading supplier BI, continue to set the quality and hygiene benchmark in the food-and-beverage industry. With over 35 years’ experience in power transmission, KML Bearings has developed... 

Sappi shares fall on lower Q3 profit

By: Simone Liedtke     13th August 2018 Dissolving wood pulp (DWP), paper and pulp producer Sappi’s share price on the JSE fell by as much as 10.4% on Monday after the company reported a 12% year-on-year decrease in net profit to $51-million for the third quarter ended June 30, compared with a net profit of $58-million reported for the... 

Thermaspray’s Plasma coatings solve a sticky situation

13th August 2018 The excellent release properties of Plasma non-stick coatings from Thermaspray render this surface coating technology ideal for a wide range of applications within industries such as food processing, printing and packaging, paper and pulp, tyre and rubber, and conveyor belt manufacturing. These... 

Retailer pilots South Africa’s first in-store recycling vending machine

By: Simone Liedtke     10th August 2018 In line with its commitment to achieving zero packaging waste to landfill by 2022, retailer Woolworths has launched the customer trial of an integrated reverse vending machine in its flagship green store, Woolworths Palmyra, in Claremont. This, Woolworths says, is good news for the many South... 

Investments in paper business start paying off – Mpact

By: Anine Kilian     8th August 2018 Capital investments in JSE-listed Mpact’s paper business are starting to contribute to the group’s performance, CEO Bruce Strong said on Wednesday. Reporting on the group’s results for the six months ended June 30, he noted that the gains made in the paper business had, however, been offset by a... 

As technology advances, level measurement tools are becoming more sophisticated.

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2018 Since radar was developed and deployed during the Second World War, it’s use has expanded enormously. As technology advances, these uses are also advancing. For example, radar technology is used in the motor industry to assist in detecting objects near a car or truck, for warning systems. Staying... 

What is thermal transfer overprinting?

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th August 2018 Thermal transfer overprinting (TTO) is a digital printing process that offers an alternative to hot stampers and other traditional analogue printing techniques. Thermal transfer overprinting works by creating high-quality and high-definition marks, codes and images by transferring ink onto a... 

Mondi declares €0.21 dividend on strong H1 performance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd August 2018 LSE- and JSE-listed packaging and paper group Mondi has delivered a strong performance in the first half of this year, and declared an interim dividend of €0.21 a share. Mondi’s underlying earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation are €852-million, which was up 17%... 

Free-to-attend seminars to share latest industry insights

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd August 2018 Taking place from 10-14 September at the Expo Centre in Nasrec, Johannesburg, visitors to this year’s Electra Mining Africa will not only have the potential of engaging with 900+ exhibitors across the inside halls and outside exhibit areas, they will also have the opportunity to attend daily... 

Success of Africawide free trade area will partly rest on world-class infrastructure

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd August 2018 The construction industry - a key partner in the economic integration of the continent envisaged by the African Continental Free Trade Area By Mokate Ramafoko, PPC Managing Director: International Operations 

SA’s bioeconomy should be multipronged

By: Saliem Fakir     3rd August 2018 The fact that South Africa does not have a White Paper or a holistic bio-economy strategy is the biggest of ironies, given that a vast variety of biological life and biodiversity can be found across the country. This is a sector with the highest labour intensity.   The aggregate value of the... 

Sappi debuts on FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Top 30 index

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st July 2018 Pulp and paper producer Sappi has been included in the FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Top 30 Index. The company has also been confirmed as a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series, which is designed to measure the performance of companies demonstrating strong environmental, social and... 

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