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Ford produces milestone 500 000 Rangers in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     14th August 2018 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s (FMCSA’s) Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria, has produced its 500 000th Ford Ranger. “The current Ford Ranger has been a remarkable success story for FMCSA, and we are delighted to have reached the 500 000 mark for this vehicle programme,” Ford Middle... 

Ongoing waterproofing for Innovation Hub campus

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     10th August 2018 Speciality chemicals manufacturer a.b.e. Construction Chemicals continues to provide large volumes of polyurea coating for the waterproofing of an expansive roof of one of the Innovation Hub campus’ new buildings in Gaborone, Botswana. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the... 


10th August 2018 Chinese vehicle manufacturer the Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC) officially opened its 88 969 m2 semi-knocked-down vehicle assembly plant in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, near Port Elizabeth, late last month. Presidents Cyril Ramaphosa and Xi Jinping presided over the launch via a live... 

Should we worry about Chinese generosity?

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     10th August 2018 Back in March, former US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson became the umpteenth Western big gun to urge Africans to beware of Chinese generosity on the continent, which has taken the form of freebies such as the African Union headquarters in Addis Abba, Ethiopia – built at a cost of $200-million... 

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... 

This Women’s Day we celebrate a future leader from Motherwell

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd August 2018   August is a special for Engen. It is Women’s Month, and it provides the company with an opportunity to reflect upon its commitment to helping gifted South African women explore new horizons.   Babalwa Pendlani is one of many young women whose horizons have broadened thanks to Engen.   Despite... 

New appointments to help ship repair focus

3rd August 2018 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has announced its new appointments and rotational changes to current harbour masters, all effective July 1, 2018.   

Maintaining Ngqura now easier and more cost effective

By: Halima Frost     3rd August 2018 South Africa’s newest deep-water port, the Port of Ngqura, has received its first piece of maintenance equipment since becoming operational in 2009. The vehicle, a crane truck – estimated to be valued at R1.8-million – was specifically modified to meet the ports requirements, and will be used... 

BAIC vehicle manufacturing plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     27th July 2018 Beijing Automotive Group Corporation South Africa opened its 88 969 m2 vehicle assembly plant, in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, on July 24.  

Transnet signs manganese capacity allocation contract with Assmang

By: Anine Kilian     25th July 2018 State-owned Transnet has signed a seven-and-a-half-year Manganese Export Capacity Allocation (MECA2) contract with Assmang as part of its strategy to secure 95% of manganese volumes on rail. The contract, which will see the transportation of export manganese from pit to port, offers Assmang, the... 

BAIC SA opens vehicle assembly plant at Coega IDZ

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th July 2018 Chinese vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group’s South African subsidiary, BAIC SA, on Tuesday opened its 88 969 m2 vehicle assembly plant, in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, near Port Elizabeth.   The company has completed the critical construction and equipment installation... 

Automated Bulk Solids Drum Dumping System

24th July 2018 PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA ¾ A new TIP-TITE™ Drum Dumping System from Flexicon automatically rolls drums containing bulk material into position, dumps the material into downstream equipment and rolls empty drums out of the dumping station, allowing safe, high-capacity transfer from drums of all... 

Business Unusual: Embracing Disruptive Technologies in the Automotive Sector

20th July 2018 Rapid technological advancements in the global manufacturing landscape have changed the ways in which manufacturers function – from product design and development, to production optimisation, to techniques selected to penetrate new markets and deliver products to customers. Interest and... 

Bridgestone South Africa’s manufacturing plant showcases rubber innovation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th July 2018 Tyre manufacturer Bridgestone South Africa on Wednesday hosted a media tour of its 186 027 m2 manufacturing facility in Brits, North West, to showcase how its technology has evolved from the 1950s to date. Bridgestone manufactures passenger radial, light truck radial, truck and bus radial, and... 

New PE vessel repair slipway boosts local economy

By: Schalk Burger     11th July 2018 The R200-million vessel repair facility built at the Port of Port Elizabeth in recent years, is starting to generate a return on investment, says the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA). The facility was developed as a positive step towards a thriving vessel maintenance and marine... 

“Wacker Neuson quality is the best!”

10th July 2018 “The relationship and partnership with an excellent supplier and market-leading brand such as Wacker Neuson allows us to return that excellence to our customers,“ says Managing Director of AllCut Power Products, Waldo Nel. “The Wacker Neuson brand represents quality and we are proud stockists of... 

Key enviro assessment launched for SA gas and power networks

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute are undertaking a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) for the development of a phased gas pipeline network and the expansion of the electricity grid infrastructure (EGI) corridors.... 

Troubles at SAA helping to drive local businesses to budget airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th July 2018 Business travel sources have reported that troubled State-owned national carrier South African Airways (SAA) has slashed the discounts it gives to corporations for business travel. Furthermore, the airline’s cutbacks on certain routes have also adversely affected major businesses. The consequence... 

Coega takes a step towards eco-friendly SEZ

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd July 2018 The NCPC-SA and Coega discuss ways for the SEZ to become an energy efficient and Eco-Industrial Park. The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) hosted an engagement with the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) late last week at the CDC head office in Port Elizabeth. The... 

Toyota shares 800 localisation opportunities with South African suppliers

29th June 2018 The Durban Automotive Cluster (DAC) was pleased to attend the Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) International Multipurpose Vehicle (IMV) Imported Parts Exhibition held on 21 June 2018 in Durban. Over 40 suppliers viewed over 800 components that are open to localisation in what TSAM calls their... 

Mining downturn results in profile expansion for consulting firm

By: Paige Müller     29th June 2018 International consulting engineering and scientists consultancy SRK Consulting’s local non-mining contracts have become its main revenue contributor, contributing to about 40% to 50% of the firm’s overall workload over the past three years. “The company’s growth in non-mining work is not just in... 

TNPA appoints national ship repair executive manager

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th June 2018 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has promoted Richards Bay Port manager Preston Khomo to national ship repair executive manager.  

FibreCo’s Johannesburg–Durban dark fibre link goes live

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd June 2018 FibreCo Telecommunications has gone live on its open-access dark fibre link along the N3 from Johannesburg to Durban, including the subsea cable landing stations of Seacom and EASSy on the east coast. The strategic link, which nets Seacom as one of FibreCo’s first customers, is the shortest dark... 

First equipment brings relief to Ngqura port maintenance

By: Simone Liedtke     19th June 2018 The Port of Ngqura, located in Port Elizabeth, has received its first piece of maintenance equipment since the port became operational in 2009. Valued at about R1.8-million, a crane truck was specifically modified to meet the port’s unique requirements. 

Sean Momberg

By: Schalk Burger     15th June 2018 This week we feature Sean Momberg, MD of Workforce Staffing, a temporary employment services company   

Union wants answers as gaps left by SAX grounding are plugged

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th June 2018 South African Airways (SAA) has created an extended flight schedule to replace the capacity lost with the grounding of the SA Express airline by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). (This grounding was because of “severe cases of non-compliance that pose serious safety risks” found... 

From Upington to Durban, Incledon has South Africa covered

8th June 2018 With branches in every major South African city, leading quality fluid conveyance solutions provider Incledon has a formidable national footprint. This allows it to target many major water-infrastructure projects in the country at present. DPI Trading, a division of the larger national Incledon... 

DEA, Unido to host roadshow on HFC phase-out

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th June 2018 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) will collaborate with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido) to host a roadshow with the aim of engaging stakeholders about the Hydrofluorocarbons Phase-Out Management Plan (HPMP) for South Africa.  

KPMG to lay off 400 employees in South Africa after graft scandal

By: Reuters     4th June 2018 Global auditor KPMG said on Monday it will lay off up to 400 people in South Africa, in its latest shake-up following a corruption scandal that saw it lose several major clients. The auditor has taken a number of steps since last September to help restore its reputation, including changes to... 

Aspen Pharmacare high-containment facility, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st June 2018 Aspen Pharmacare opened the high-containment facility in May. 

FibreCo increases Dark Fibre Resilience from Johannesburg to Durban, SEACOM and EASSy

31st May 2018 FibreCo went live on its open access dark fibre link along the N3 from Johannesburg to Durban including the subsea cable landing stations of SEACOM and EASSy on the east coast. SEACOM will be one of FibreCo’s first customers.  The N3, Johannesburg to Durban, is a strategic link for FibreCo... 

Low-profile flexible screw conveyor rolls under mezzanines, discharges anywhere

31st May 2018 PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA ¾ A new Low Profile Flexible Screw Conveyor with integral bin and castor-mounted frame can roll below mezzanines and other low-headroom areas, receive material from overhead equipment, and discharge the material into process equipment and vessels throughout the plant.... 

SAA and partners filling the flight gap created by the grounding of SA Express

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th May 2018 South African Airways (SAA) announced on Wednesday an extended flight schedule to replace the capacity lost with the grounding of the SA Express airline by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). (This grounding was because of “severe cases of non-compliance that pose serious safety... 

Reducing TCO will enable construction firms to remain competitive

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 With government infrastructure spending on large construction projects remaining subdued, Himoinsa Southern Africa MD Martin Foster warns against the short-sighted temptation by the South African construction industry to try and manage its power generation costs, stressing the importance of... 

Colas South Africa

25th May 2018 Colas South Africa is a company focused on innovative road surfacing products and technology. A subsidiary of the Bouygues Group, the international Colas Group, headquartered in France, is a world leader in the construction and maintenance of transport infrastructure, operating in 50 countries... 

Coega perfectly poised to participate in lithium-ion battery industry – CDC

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd May 2018 The Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is at an advanced stage of setting up factories that will supply gigawatt factories with manganese, a key ingredient in most lithium-ion batteries. Coega Development Corporation (CDC) business development metallurgic sector manager Sadick Davids says the SEZ... 

Arrowhead vacancies improve despite challenging economic environment

By: Anine Kilian     23rd May 2018 South African focused real estate investment trust Arrowhead achieved a strong operating performance in the six months ended March 31, despite macroeconomic challenges. Speaking to Engineering News Online COO Riaz Kader on Wednesday said that although the company was operating in a very... 

Struandale engine plant expansion, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     18th May 2018 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa is expanding the capability and capacity of its operations at the Struandale plant as part of a wide-ranging investment in its two South African plants.  

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