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LPG industry urged to act on non-binding market inquiry findings

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 58 minutes ago South Africa’s Competition Commission has made far-reaching, yet non-binding, recommendations for dealing with prevailing “market distortions” in the domestic liquid petroleum gas (LPG) sector following its first-ever market inquiry, which took nearly three years to complete. The report... 

Easter road death toll increases by 51%

By: News24Wire      21st April 2017 Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi announced on Friday that 235 people died on South African roads over the 2017 Easter holidays. He said this was a 51% increase over last year's figure of 156. 

Interest in nuclear energy said to be rising across sub-Saharan Africa 

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2017 There is more interest in nuclear energy in sub-Saharan Africa than is generally realised. According to the World Nuclear Association (WNA), countries in the region which are individually planning or considering nuclear power are Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and... 

Interest in nuclear energy said to be rising across sub-Saharan Africa

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2017 There is more interest in nuclear energy in sub-Saharan Africa than is generally realised. According to the World Nuclear Association (WNA), countries in the region which are individually planning or considering nuclear power are Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and... 

SA landmine detection pioneer in big US defence contract

     20th April 2017 In a breakthrough for South African military exports to the US and allied countries, Boksburg-based DCD Protected Mobility is contracted to provide more than 20 of its unique Husky 2G landmine detection vehicles to the US Department of Defence. According to Cornelius Grundling, general manager of... 

BMW Group SA to start X3 production in the first half of 2018

By: Irma Venter     18th April 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... 

Chess can help improve maths, science pass rate

By: Kelvin Kemm     14th April 2017 To drive our industrial economy, South Africa needs people who can actually ‘do’ things. We need people who can think; we need people who can analyse and come to conclusions. When some company employs an individual, that company is investing in what that individual will do for the company in the... 

R&D capitalises on global growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2017 The National Laser Centre (NLC), part of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is undertaking a Photonics Prototyping Facility (PPF) programme and is exploring advance manufacturing technologies, leveraging on the strong global growth of the laser technology sector. NLC PPF... 

South African R&D spending on the rise but government aims yet higher

By: Keith Campbell     12th April 2017 The South African government seeks to increase the country’s investment in research and development (R&D) by 100% from the R29-billion of 2014/2015 to about R60-billion a year by 2020. In terms of percentage of gross domestic product (GDP), this would involve an increase from 0.77% to 1.5%. This... 

Survey on South African publicly-funded intellectual property launched

By: Keith Campbell     12th April 2017 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor launched the first 'South African National Survey of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer at Publicly Funded Research Institutions' in Pretoria on Wednesday. “The survey reveals many trends that we did not know before . . . [T]his survey... 

Atterbury secures new R1bn-plus Deloitte office development tender

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th April 2017 Property investment and development business Atterbury has been awarded the tender to develop a new office for Deloitte in Waterfall City, in Midrand, Gauteng, as the audit firm consolidates its Johannesburg and Pretoria offices. The total estimated R1-billion-plus development cost is expected to... 

CSIR warns global shake-up in Earth Observation will affect South African sector

By: Keith Campbell     10th April 2017 Worldwide, the Earth Observation (EO) sector is being shaken-up by disruptive innovations by major enterprises. "Globally, traditional EO value chains are changing radically due to technological developments, rapid commercialisation and operationalisation by, especially, leading IT [information... 

South African spatial data infrastructure is developing, but not as fast as desired 

By: Keith Campbell     10th April 2017 Despite the fact that South Africa's Spatial Data Infrastructure Act was passed nearly 14 years ago, in 2003, with the intent of establishing the South African Spatial Data Infrastructure (Sasdi), the Committee for Spatial Information (CSI) and the Electronic Metadata Catalogue, among other... 

History will be made during nationwide shutdown – Outa 

By: News24Wire      7th April 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) says history will be made during a nationwide shutdown on Friday in protest against President Jacob Zuma and corruption. "The conduct by the authorities in trying to place approval barriers in the way of the Pretoria march to the Union Buildings is a... 

Automotive investment projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     7th April 2017 Volkswagen South Africa Group aims to ramp up production of the new Polo at the Uitenhage plant by the third quarter of this year. 

BMW to spend R400m on new regional distribution centre, HQ expansion

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) will, over the next two years, invest R400-million in a new regional distribution centre (RDC) and the expansion of its Midrand headquarters. The R400-million investment is in addition to the R6-billion injection, announced in November 2015, to prepare the... 

Data-rich Atlas shows SA having higher bio-energy potential than believed

By: Keith Campbell     7th April 2017 The South Africa Bio-energy Atlas, recently launched in Pretoria, will allow the country to identify opportunities for sustainable bio-energy and be able to achieve much more in terms of developing a Green Economy. This was affirmed by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor in her keynote... 

Pretoria property development to incorporate lagoon technology

By: David Oliveira     7th April 2017 Multinational water innovation company Crystal Lagoons has partnered with JSE-listed Balwin Properties to construct and operate South Africa’s first local Crystal Lagoon, a proprietary technology used to construct and maintain lagoons at low costs.   Balwin Properties’ new R4.2-billion The Blyde... 

South Africa has real bioenergy potential

By: Keith Campbell     7th April 2017 "South Africa definitely has exploitable bio-energy potential," stated Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Principle Engineer Crescent Mushwana at the recent launch of the South Africa Bio-energy Atlas in Pretoria. "Bio-energy is feasible from organic waste, residues from forestry and... 

Big miners have trouble joining technology revolution

By: Reuters     6th April 2017 Mining companies chasing the kind of technological breakthroughs made long ago in the manufacture of cars and mobile phones have unveiled eye-catching innovations ranging from vast drills and remote-controlled trucks to second-by-second data analysis. Behind the scenes, however, there has so far... 

‘No firm decisions’ on nuclear, Gigaba insists as he seeks to soothe post-junk anxieties

By: Terence Creamer     4th April 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba has reiterated South Africa’s stance that the proposed nuclear programme be implemented only at a “pace and scale” that is affordable and denied that any “firm decisions” had been made on the issue, besides Cabinet’s endorsement of a plan to add 9 600 MW of new... 

Downgrade a setback but no need for worry – Gigaba 

By: African News Agency      4th April 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Tuesday said the decision by S&P Global to cut South Africa’s sovereign credit rating to junk status was a setback but there was no need for despondency regarding the matter. “We acknowledge that yesterday’s announcement was a setback. Despite our current... 

Transnet unveils Trans-Africa locomotive

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th April 2017 State-owned rail company Transnet on Tuesday unveiled the first locomotive to be designed, engineered and manufactured in Africa, the Trans-Africa locomotive. The company said the locomotive, which will be assembled at the company’s production facility in Koedoespoort, east of Pretoria, marked a... 

SA downgrade communicated last week – Gigaba

By: African News Agency      4th April 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Tuesday said he was informed of Standard and Poor (S&P) Global’s decision to cut South Africa’s sovereign credit rating to junk status last week, on his first day as finance minister. “When I spoke on Saturday, I indicated that I had spoken to Moody’s and Fitch,... 

Economics now key driver of commercial rooftop solar adoption as supply stabilises - juwi

By: Terence Creamer     3rd April 2017 Renewable energy engineering, procurement and construction services group juwi Renewable Energies expects the commercial solar market in South Africa to undergo a significant shift in the coming months as independent power producers (IPPs) begin playing a more prominent role. CEO Greg Austin says... 

Kaytech Reinforces Site of new Mamelodi Mall

     3rd April 2017 Kaytech’s quality separation, basal reinforcement and subgrade stabilisation solutions for the new Mamelodi Mall, east of Pretoria, resulted in significant savings for New Africa Development. With the planned Mall strategically situated in the centre of Mamelodi, a township of over half a million... 

High-temperature reactor phoenix emerging from PBMR ashes? 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd April 2017 Early-stage research into the possible revival of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) has yielded a revamped reactor concept that incorporates an entirely new operational philosophy, as well as the use of construction materials and manufacturing techniques that were either not considered or... 

‘I will not betray our people,’ says Gigaba 

By: African News Agency      1st April 2017 Newly appointed Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Saturday appealed to South Africans to give him the opportunity to steer the National Treasury ship and judge him on his own record of service in the new post. “The people of this country, the long suffering ordinary citizens, are relying on their... 

Gordhan is inciting a revolution – eThekwini ANCYL 

By: African News Agency      31st March 2017 The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in eThekwini Region has accused outgoing Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan of inciting a revolution, saying that it was extremely concerned at the nature and content of his media briefing. “Never in a million years did we imagine a day where a... 

Gordhan says intelligence report used to fire him 'nonsense'

By: Reuters     31st March 2017 South Africa's outgoing Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Friday an intelligence report President Jacob Zuma used as justification to fire him was "absolute nonsense". Gordhan also said during a televised press conference in Pretoria on Friday that he had been "sickened" by allegations that... 

Thanks, and goodbye – Gordhan

By: African News Agency      31st March 2017 Axed finance minister Pravin Gordhan on Friday paid tribute to ordinary South Africans for their support during his tenure at the helm of National Treasury. “Thank you very much for being here, and for demonstrating this solidarity. We have had a meeting with the staff of the Treasury and we said... 

Zuma ‘just plunged country into crisis’ – Saftu

By: African News Agency      31st March 2017 The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) on Friday accused President Jacob Zuma of having plunged the country into a crisis after a sweeping Cabinet reshuffle in which he fired the finance minister and his deputy. The new federation urged South Africans to take to the streets in protest. 

Midnight Cabinet reshuffle prompts calls for demo

By: African News Agency      31st March 2017 In the wake of the biggest Cabinet reshuffle since 1996, civil rights organisations and trade unions have vowed to take to the streets on Friday to protest the removal of key ministers, especially Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Section27, SaveSA, and the... 

Zuma’s night of the long knives

By: News24Wire      31st March 2017 President Jacob Zuma has fired Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his biggest Cabinet reshuffle yet since assuming office in 2009. In a brutal display of power, the president fired five ministers, including former tourism minister Derek Hanekom, who asked for Zuma to be recalled last year. 

Biomass solution brings new energy to degraded land

By: Dylan Slater     31st March 2017 A case study into an opportunity for renewable energy development in conjunction with community upliftment, has led to a proposal for biomass production and a 2 MW bio-energy power plant to be built in the Merafong local municipality, west of Johannesburg.  

Rand Airport – Joburg’s first hub of civil aviation

By: Jade Davenport     31st March 2017 Since it was established  in 1886, the city of Johannesburg has been at the forefront of much of the economic, industrial and infrastructure development in South Africa and the broader African continent. However, there is one notable exception to that general historical and ongoing trend, and... 

Eskom to fast-track socioeconomic assessments for five coal stations facing closure 

By: Terence Creamer     30th March 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has called on Eskom to urgently complete socioeconomic impact assessments for its coal-fired power stations in Mpumalanga, five of which having been earmarked for decommissioning over the coming five years, owing to flat demand and the introduction of new... 

Eskom confident of its ability to implement new nuclear build programme 

By: Keith Campbell     29th March 2017 A Request for Proposals (RFP) for new nuclear power plants (NPPs) and a new research reactor could be issued by the middle of this year. This was reported by Eskom chief nuclear officer Dave Nicholls at the Nuclear Africa 2017 conference on Wednesday. In parallel, the process of obtaining the... 

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