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Mining Resilience Research Centre launch to help sector survive Industrial Revolution 4.0

By: David Oliveira     26th May 2017 The University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Department of Mining Engineering has launched its Mining Resilience Research Centre (MRRC) at the Hatfield, Pretoria, campus. The centre will take a multidisciplinary and holistic research approach to address the challenges facing the South African mining... 

South Africa’s space agency develops system to monitor crops

By: Keith Campbell     26th May 2017 The Earth Observation (EO) Directorate of the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) has developed an advanced crop-monitoring system for South Africa that will also be made available to other African countries, in due course. “We are able to monitor their [the crops’] condition through... 

Country’s science and technology budget remains stable

By: Keith Campbell     26th May 2017 The annual budget of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) remains stable, in real terms. “It’s in line with inflation,” DST Director General Dr Phil Mjwara told Engineering News Online at a recent press briefing. “It’s not declining, it’s not growing.” However, exchange rate volatility... 

Earthworks for 42 500 m2 office to start in August

     26th May 2017 Bulk earthworks for the 42 500 m2 property that hosts auditing and consulting firm Deloitte South Africa’s new Gauteng office is excepted to start in August, with construction expected to start in the fourth quarter of this year. Property development company Atterbury announced last month that it... 

Property developer to unveil rental model at Boksburg development

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th May 2017 Residential property developer Balwin Properties will soon announce details of the rental model that the group will use in Boksburg and Linbro Park, in Gauteng, and in Pretoria. Balwin Properties CEO Stephen Brookes noted during the developer’s results presentation in Johannesburg earlier this... 

SA auto firms join Tripartite Free Trade Area talks

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2017 South African vehicle manufacturers in April joined the negotiations around the formation of an African Tripartite free trade area (TFTA).   The local industry was pursuing duty-free access for new vehicles made in South Africa to the markets included in the TFTA, said National Association of... 

SARB holds repo rate on inflation concerns

By: Reuters     25th May 2017 South Africa's central bank kept its benchmark repo rate steady at 7% on Thursday, as expected, citing concerns about the inflation outlook, even though it cut its growth forecasts. Governor Lesetja Kganyago said consumer inflation is now within the bank's target of between 3% and 6%, but the... 

Innovation, education key to SA transition to Industrie 4.0

     25th May 2017 The Fourth Industrial Revolution or ‘Industrie 4.0’ is forever changing the world of manufacturing and automation. To keep pace with global trends, South Africa must invest in education and innovation, experts say. 

Ford’s R1m offer a slap in the face, says Reshall Jimmy’s family

By: African News Agency      25th May 2017 The family of Reshall Jimmy, who died after his Ford Kuga burst into flames in December 2015, revealed on Thursday that they had felt deeply insulted by the company’s offer of another Ford vehicle, valued up to R1 million. Renisha Jimmy, Reshall’s sister, said outgoing Ford sub-Saharan Africa... 

Govt, industry agree on way forward for State-owned wireless network

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th May 2017 As the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) spends the next few months developing the implementation plan for the recently tabled National Integrated Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy, Telecommunications Minister Dr Siyabonga Cwele on Wednesday assured... 

Industrie 4.0 set to improve all processes, grow economy

     23rd May 2017 Advanced automation can improve virtually any process, anywhere, and has the potential to grow the South African economy and create jobs.   Industry leaders participating at the upcoming Africa Automation Fair and Connected Industries conference note that Industrie 4.0, the catchphrase describing... 

Hudson Rubber (Pty) Ltd

     23rd May 2017 Hudson Rubber (Pty) Ltd was founded in 1959 in Pretoria, South Africa and is a well- known brand in the industry. The company was owned by the founding family until October 2016 when it was sold to private investors. The Hudson Rubber capacity was further expanded in November 2016 when a merge... 

South Africans spoilt for choice when buying new vehicles 

By: Irma Venter     23rd May 2017 South African car buyers had access to 55 passenger car brands in 2016, with 3 458 model derivatives to choose from, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) executive manager Dr Norman Lamprecht. “This afforded car buyers the widest choice to market-size... 

Long-awaited national water master plan to see light in September 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th May 2017 The first draft of a master plan aimed at “re-engineering the manner in which the water and sanitation business in South Africa is coordinated and guided” is expected to be tabled in September, more than a year after its intended completion of August 2016. The Department of Water and Sanitation... 

Reform of South African public enterprises would help reassure investors – IMF 

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2017 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says "structural reforms" in product, service and labour markets should be South Africa’s immediate policy priority for stimulating growth and job creation, particularly in light of the limited room to galvanise growth through macroeconomic policies. It also... 

South Africa advances new earth observation satellite

By: Keith Campbell     19th May 2017 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor reported recently that the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) has made significant progress in developing the country's next Earth observation (EO) satellite. She was giving the keynote address at the opening of the 37th International... 

Expo creates new opportunities for young scientists

     19th May 2017 Earlier this month, three learners departed to participate in the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, and Environment Project Olympiad (I-SWEEEP) in Houston, US. The three learners did exceptionally well in the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Finals in October last... 

Ricoh SA embraces modern operations with new premises

     17th May 2017 Ricoh SA will move offices on May 26, 2017 from Bedfordview to 28 Milky Way, Linbro Business Park, Linbro.   The move consolidates the Pretoria and Johannesburg operations under a single roof while retaining all employees, including the warehouse, to reduce costs and improve service delivery,... 

Department of Science and Technology budget remains stable

By: Keith Campbell     16th May 2017 The annual budget of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) remains stable, in real terms. “It’s in line with inflation,” DST director-general Dr Phil Mjwara told Engineering News Online at a press briefing on Tuesday. “It’s not declining, it’s not growing.” However, exchange rate... 

Balwin delivers solid year-end results, sustains property demand

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th May 2017 Residential property developer Balwin Properties has achieved a solid financial performance in the year ended February 28, with headline earnings a share and earnings a share up by 7% to 141c. The group’s profit for the period improved by 18% year-on-year to R661-million, while revenue rose 30%... 

DoE won’t appeal nuclear ruling, but Kubayi leaves door open for new nuclear determination ahead of IRP update 

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2017 Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi announced on Saturday that government would not appeal the April 26 ruling of the Western Cape High Court, which declared the processes hitherto used to procure new nuclear capacity to be unconstitutional and illegal, along with three nuclear-related... 

SA Auto Inc pursues duty-free access for new vehicles in African markets

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2017 South African vehicle manufacturers in April joined the negotiations around the formation of an African Tripartite free trade area (TFTA).   The local industry was pursuing duty-free access for new vehicles made in South Africa to the markets included in the TFTA, said National Association of... 

Least-cost electricity transition being played out at CSIR’s Pretoria campus 

By: Dylan Slater     12th May 2017 The expansive Pretoria campus of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is increasingly being taken off the grid with the roll-out of renewable-energy projects as part of its drive to demonstrate the potential of renewable energy to the domestic energy industry. To drive... 

BMW’s Rosslyn plant to start producing X3 early next year

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2017 Production of the new X3 at the BMW plant in Rosslyn, outside Pretoria, for the local and export markets will start in the first half of 2018, says BMW Group South Africa (SA) and sub-Saharan Africa CEO Tim Abbott. The plant currently produces the 3 Series sedan, also for the local and export... 

Least-cost electricity transition being played out at CSIR’s Pretoria campus

By: Dylan Slater     12th May 2017 The expansive Pretoria campus of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research is increasingly being taken off-grid with the roll-out of renewable-energy projects as part of its drive to demonstrate the potential of renewable energy to the domestic energy industry.  

South African intellectual property offices seeking to stimulate innovation

By: Keith Campbell     12th May 2017 The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), an agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has been holding talks with the Department of Higher Education about establishing a national Intellectual Property (IP), or Innovation, Academy, reported CIPC Executive Manager:... 

The South African National Space Agency has developed a system to monitor crops

By: Keith Campbell     11th May 2017 The Earth Observation (EO) Directorate of the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) has developed an advanced crop-monitoring system for South Africa that will also be made available to other African countries, in due course. “We are able to monitor their [the crops’] condition through... 

Gigaba tones down 'radical' talk amid investor unease

By: Reuters     11th May 2017 South Africa's finance minister has sought to allay investor fears over his pledge of "radical economic transformation", toning down the rhetoric just over a month into the job to talk more of "inclusive growth". Malusi Gigaba, appointed after President Jacob Zuma sacked his predecessor Pravin... 

South Africa’s premier Engineering event of the year

     10th May 2017 The ECC is hosted by ESTEQ on 18 May 2017 at the CSIR ICC (International Convention Centre) in Pretoria. The ECC is fast becoming the premium event of its kind in South Africa. Industry itself showcases the exceptional work being done in Design, Simulation and Testing, through to Manufacturing... 

‘Budget Priorities’ paper for 2018 Budget to be compiled by end May – Radebe

By: Terence Creamer     9th May 2017 Minister in The Presidency Jeff Radebe confirmed that the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) would finalise a ‘Budget Priorities’ paper by the end of May in a bid to improve alignment between the 2018 Budget and the National Development Plan (NDP). The paper, which will be... 

First trains built by Gibela enter commercial service

By: Anine Kilian     9th May 2017 President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday unveiled 13 new passenger trains to be operated by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) Metrorail division. The X’Trapolis Mega trains were built by the Gibela Rail Transportation Consortium and form part of those to be delivered under a... 

Labour Minister to take hardline stance on noncompliance with EE Act 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th May 2017 Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant on Tuesday slammed calls for the scrapping of employment equity (EE) and affirmative action policies, stating that the objectives of the policies have not yet been achieved and a harsher approach to noncompliance is on the cards. Highlighting the dismal outcomes... 

Redefine confident of maintaining growth in future, even in uncertain environment

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th May 2017 JSE-listed Redefine Properties, which posted 7.5% distribution growth to 4.82c a share for the six months to February 28, on Monday said it was “well-poised to weather the coming storm” owing to its diversified asset platform. During a media briefing, CEO Andrew Konig outlined that the real... 

Sansa looking at supporting African space activities

By: Keith Campbell     8th May 2017 Africa needs the support of space-based products, services and products to achieve its development goals. This was highlighted by South African National Space Agency (Sansa) CEO Dr Val Munsami in his address to the thirty-seventh International Symposium on Remote Sensing of the Environment, in... 

'I’m not chasing any job' – Gordhan after High Court ruling

By: News24Wire      5th May 2017 Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan would not return to his job, even if the courts found that President Jacob Zuma had erred by unceremoniously removing him and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas from their positions. “Let the courts do their job and let’s see what happens. It’s a legitimate legal... 

Believe me, SA has all the water we need

By: Kelvin Kemm     5th May 2017 Winter is approaching and, for us folks in the highland areas of South Africa, such as Gauteng, Limpopo, the North West, the Free State and other provinces, this means that nights become cold. We are blessed in this country because the winter days in these areas have no clouds. This means that... 

ABB responds to South Africa’s rail localisation demand with traction transformer investment

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2017 Technology multinational ABB has responded to South Africa’s tightened local-content requirements in the railways sector by opening a new state-of-the-art traction transformer factory in eastern Johannesburg. Traction transformers direct power, at safe voltages, to support train functions such as... 

Business aviation company reports strong first quarter growth at its African bases

By: Keith Campbell     3rd May 2017 Business aviation company ExecuJet reported on Wednesday that its African operations had enjoyed significant growth in activity during the first quarter of this year. The company, which is part of the Luxaviation Group, has Fixed-base operations (FBOs) at Lanseria International Airport (northwest... 

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