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Ford production expansion, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th February 2019 Ford’s Silverton vehicle assembly plant, in Pretoria, has started production of the refreshed 2019 Ford Ranger. 

Isuzu consolidates truck and bakkie manufacturing plants

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th February 2019 Isuzu Motors South Africa has consolidated its truck and bakkie manufacturing plant – relocating its truck production facilities from Kempston Road, in Port Elizabeth, to its new headquarters in Struandale, Port Elizabeth, where all truck and bakkie manufacturing will now take place. The... 

Growsmart enters its tenth year of boosting the education performance of primary school children

14th February 2019 The prestigious Growsmart literacy competition, a leading education initiative by Growthpoint Properties in collaboration with the Western Cape Department of Education (WCED), has kicked-off its tenth year. The annual programme is focused on elevating the literacy, story writing, numeracy,... 

SEW-EURODRIVE (Pty) Ltd. drives assembly-line extension at major automotive manufacturer

13th February 2019 The MOVITRANS® contactless energy transfer system from SEW-EURODRIVE (Pty) Ltd., in conjunction with its MOVIPRO® SDC decentralised drive, position, and application controller, have played a critical role in an assembly-line extension at a major automotive producer in Port Elizabeth. The big... 

Ford’s Silverton plant starts production of refreshed Ranger 

By: Irma Venter     11th February 2019 Ford’s Silverton vehicle assembly plant in Pretoria has started production of the refreshed 2019 Ford Ranger. “Following the investment of over R3-billion in our local operations and extensive upgrades to our plants over the past 18 months, we are delighted to see the first of the new Ford Ranger... 

New tech balances ever-increasing demands

8th February 2019 As Industry 4.0 continues to cut a swathe through the automotive industry globally, Port Elizabeth-based global technology company Jendamark Automation is providing new technologies that allow local and international manufacturers to keep pace with the ever-increasing demands. Jendamark... 

‘Scale’ matters in South Africa’s logistics game

1st February 2019 Scale matters to competitive advantage and doing more with less through technology, consolidation and networking enables South Africa-based and -managed freight solutions provider Bidvest Panalpina Logistics’ (BPL’s) larger service offering at a lower unit cost. The concept of scale – the average... 

Wicus Pretorius

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     1st February 2019 This week we profile Wicus Pretoria, CEO of Wictra Holdings, a repairer, refurbisher and builder of railway rolling stock in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and East London   

Transnet National Ports Authority Appoints Bidfreight Port Operations (Pty) Ltd As Terminal Operator Of Sheds 10 And 11 At The Multi-Purpose Terminal Facility At The Port Of Port Elizabeth

30th January 2019 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has concluded an agreement with Bidfreight Port Operations (Pty) Ltd (BPO) for the design, development, financing, construction, operation, maintenance and transfer of a Multi-Purpose Terminal at Sheds 10 and 11 in the Port of Port Elizabeth, following an... 

TNPA appoints multipurpose terminal operator at PE port

By: Simone Liedtke     29th January 2019 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has concluded an agreement with Bidfreight Port Operations (BPO) for the design, development, financing, construction, operation, maintenance and transfer of a multipurpose terminal at Sheds 10 and 11 in the Port of Port Elizabeth, following an open... 

Kamva Lengisi tops Engen Maths and Science School’s Cala class

28th January 2019 The personal success of Kamva Lengisi, the top matric at the Engen Maths and Science School (EMSS) in Cala in the rural Eastern Cape, will be South Africa’s gain, as he plans to attend Nelson Mandela University this year to chase his dream of becoming an engineer. Kamva, 17, who attended Cala... 

Crowdfunding plan for resurrecting South Africa’s Spitfire

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th January 2019 The South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum Spitfire Restoration Project has launched a crowdfunding project to raise money to pay for the construction of a new combined workshop and hangar at the Museum’s main branch, at Air Force Base (AFB) Swartkop in Centurion (south west of Pretoria) in... 

Major upgrades to start at six airports

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     25th January 2019 South African airport management company Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) announced that upgrades and improvements over the next three to eight years at six of the country’s airports will cost about R26-billion. The upgrades and improvements are primarily to improve passenger facilities... 

Crowdfunding plan for resurrecting South Africa’s Spitfire

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th January 2019 The South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum Spitfire Restoration Project has launched a crowdfunding project to raise money to pay for the construction of a new combined workshop and hangar at the Museum’s main branch, at Air Force Base (AFB) Swartkop in Centurion (south west of Pretoria) in... 

KwaNobuhle matric tops his Engen Maths and Science class

23rd January 2019 Port Elizabeth matriculant and Engen Maths and Science School alumni, Kamvalethu Hlatshwayo did not allow the passing of his father in 2012 or subsequent financial constraints get in the way of studying towards his dream job. Kamvalethu, who is starting the four-year journey to achieve a Bachelor... 

Cape Town’s WhereIsMyTransport expands to Latin America, India

By: Irma Venter     22nd January 2019 Public transport data and technology company WhereIsMyTransport has raised $1.85-million in funding from Liil Ventures and Goodwell Investments, as part of its Series A funding round. The funding will support the company’s expansion into Latin America and India. 

Education is key to success – EC’s top Engen Maths and Science School matric

21st January 2019 The Eastern Cape’s top Engen Maths and Science School (EMSS) matric graduate, Libhongo Mko lives by the philosophy that hard work and dedication will open doors. It is this belief that saw him come out as the top learner in the Eastern Cape EMSS classes with five distinctions, including 90% for... 

Concor Boosts Safety And Targeted Enterprises In Eastern Cape Road Project

18th January 2019 Safety of both pedestrians and motorists has been boosted by Concor Infrastructure’s rehabilitation of the R75 double-carriageway between Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage, while the project has had considerable positive spinoff for local small targeted enterprises. The project, which began in May... 

Motherwell Passenger Rail Corridor, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     18th January 2019 Passenger Rail Association of South Africa plans to build a railway line, together with four rail stations and associated structures and infrastructure, in Motherwell, in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. 

Electricity increases will badly hurt the poor, say community leaders, residents  

By: Kim Cloete     15th January 2019 Community and faith leaders, as well as pensioners and residents, have called on the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to oppose Eskom’s request for a tariff hike, with a projected overall increase of 45% to 2021. “If granted, this price increase will severely impact on all... 

'Find it in your heart, Eskom' – public's pleas on 'unbearable' tariff hikes  

By: News24Wire      15th January 2019 Granting power utility Eskom the 15% annual tariff hike it has asked for will only add pressure to already struggling households, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) heard on the second day of public hearings.  The energy regulator, which sets prices and tariffs for Eskom,... 

KZN scores a hat-trick with top three EMSS School performers

15th January 2019 Engen have announced the top learners for 2018 who attended the Engen Maths & Science School (EMSS) programme, and revealed that the matric EMSS class of 2018 attained an impressive 93% pass rate against the national pass rate of 78.2%. The EMSS programme offers additional Maths, Science and... 

Weir Mineral’s Cavex® Hyrdocyclone Shines In Diamonds

15th January 2019 The successful performance of Weir Minerals’ Cavex® hydrocyclones at a diamond mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province has proved the technology’s applicability in dense medium separation (DMS) plants treating diamondiferous material. In her presentation to the Southern African Institute of... 

SAA secures R3.5bn loan to keep operating until March  

By: News24Wire      8th January 2019 South Africans Airways (SAA) says it has secured the R3.5-billion loan it needed to keep operating until the end of the financial year in March, providing a temporary relief for the cash-strapped airline. The loss-making flag carrier, which is battling cash flow challenges, is implementing a... 

Drone Racing First For Port Elizabeth

25th October 2018 Drone and technology enthusiasts are in for a treat when South Africa's top pilots will race in a unique Drone Night Racing exhibition at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on November 8. Sixteen of South Africa's top pilots will demonstrate the spectacle of drone racing, which says... 

Huge Portals Delivered To Nelson Mandela Bay

24th October 2018 A leading construction company has taken delivery of two Condra 60-ton portal cranes for its pre-cast yard in Port Elizabeth. The twin Class Three machines, each one weighing approximately 52 tons, are very large cranes with 30-metre spans and 9-metre lift heights.  They will be used for the... 

There is room for more ride-hailing services, says Taxify country manager

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2018 Taxify believes there is room for another electronic ride-hailing service in South Africa. US-based Uber started operations in South Africa in 2013, with Estonia’s Taxify moving into the country in 2016. 

Grindrod buys marine support services business

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2018 JSE-listed Grindrod said on Tuesday that the recently announced acquisition of the Novagroup from Pescanova would enhance its service and product offering, as well as expand its footprint in southern Africa. Nova was established in the 1960s to deliver support services to the maritime industry,... 

Bulk water supply project nears completion

12th October 2018 Phase 1 of the design and implementation for the augmentation of the James Kleynhans Bulk Water Supply project in Makhanda – formerly known as Grahamstown, in the Eastern Cape – which started last year in September is due for completion in December. The first phase of the four-phase project,... 

New equipment to boost PE port’s manganese export capacity by 1.8 Mt/y

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th October 2018 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has taken delivery of the first two of four RAM rotating spreaders that are set to create an additional 1.8-million tons a year of capacity for manganese exports at its Port Elizabeth (PE) terminal. A further two spreaders will arrive from China at the end of... 

Ford produces first trial Ranger Raptors in SA, invests another R160m

By: Irma Venter     10th October 2018 The Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa has produced its first batch of trial Ranger Raptor bakkies at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria. In preparation for full-scale production of the new model, the plant assembled its first ten official Ranger Raptor units as part of the tooling... 

Kemach JCB’s commitment to service builds long-term customer relationships

5th October 2018 Kemach JCB’s strong service ethic provides a solid foundation on which the company builds and maintains sound long-term relationships with customers like Lusthof Civil & Plant Hire. Founded by Anton Schonken, Lusthof Civil & Plant Hire specialises in quarry and gravel road building projects,... 

Adventures on the Eskom system – Part 4

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     5th October 2018 In my last column on the Eskom integrated power system, I explained that I worked for Eskom as the senior engineer for operations in the Eastern Cape for nearly two years. My region, the Eastern Cape region, included Port Elizabeth. Eastern Cape Control reported to me and all I had to do was to... 

Taxify expands South African operations with two new cities

3rd October 2018 Ride hailing service Taxify has significantly expanded its South African operations by announcing the launch of services in the cities of Polokwane in Limpopo, and East London in the Eastern Cape. This announcement comes shortly after the ride hailing service said in June 2018 that it had... 

Jaguar I-Pace EV drives from JHB to Durban on two charges 

By: Irma Venter     3rd October 2018 Jaguar has successfully completed the long-distance journey between Johannesburg and Durban in its all-electric I-Pace, using the recently announced Powerway network to charge the vehicle. The pre-production Jaguar I-Pace, in South Africa for testing and homologation purposes, began its trip with... 

Motherwell Passenger Rail a potential boon for Port Elizabeth

28th September 2018 Designed by GIBB Engineering and Architecture, the Motherwell Passenger Rail Corridor (MPRC) in the Eastern Cape is one of PRASA’s largest rail projects. The MPRC, when constructed will be a major benefit for Port Elizabeth and could lead to other important developments, such as the upgrading of... 

Yet more adventures on the Eskom system

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     28th September 2018 In my last column on the Eskom integrated power system, I explained that I worked for the State-owned power utility as the senior engineer for operations in the Eastern Cape for nearly two years. The backbone of the national grid was the 400 kV powerline system and the 220 kV powerline system.... 

Triumph for Triomf Primary, the first Growsmart Eastern Cape champions!

26th September 2018 The first-ever Growsmart Eastern Cape champion is Triomf Primary. The school claimed the prestigious Growsmart winner’s title out of 60 competing schools and after coming through two tough tie-breaker rounds in the finals of this life-changing literacy competition. Triomf Primary emerged... 

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