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Public not properly consulted on e-tolls, says toll collection firm

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2018 The public was not properly consulted in the process to implement e-tolling in Gauteng, says  Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) CEO Coenie Vermaak. “The Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) was very poorly communicated and the tax payer not respected. 

Swiss energy storage startup breathing new life into South African battery invention

By: Terence Creamer     10th July 2018 A Swiss energy storage startup is moving to revive the Zebra battery, which was invented at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in Pretoria, in the 1980s and initially commercialised for use in electric vehicles (EVs) by, among others, Anglo American and Daimler. Located in... 

You can’t have your cake and eat it, Sanral’s Macozoma warns govt, South Africans 

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2018 South Africa is in critical need of a funding model for its road infrastructure. “The situation with toll in this country now is that, number one, people are anti-toll, and now we can’t toll anything,” said South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma on Monday at... 

VAT, fuel price hikes: Ramaphosa gives ministers 2 weeks for plan to ease consumer pain

By: News24Wire      6th July 2018 Government will in two weeks’ time announce a package of economic measures to cushion the public from the crippling effects of high fuel price hikes and the VAT increase, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday. Addressing business and government leaders in Pretoria ahead of the BRICS Summit... 

5G capabilities showcased through virtual reality driving test

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th July 2018 MTN South Africa and Ericsson have showcased the potential of fifth-generation (5G) capabilities by having a driver navigate a vehicle around a skid pan at the Gerotek testing facility, in Pretoria, using only data fed into a virtual reality (VR) device. In the first automotive use case... 

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... 

Brics Industry Ministers agree to step up cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th July 2018 The Industry Ministers of the Brics alignment countries reaffirmed on Wednesday their commitment to the Brics Economic Partnership Strategy, with increased stress on strengthening business-to-business contacts between their countries. The Brics countries are Brazil, Russia, India, China and South... 

KLT’s community partnerships in South Africa recipe for meeting global production standard

By: Anine Kilian     3rd July 2018 India-based automotive component manufacturer KLT Automotive and Tubular Products South Africa plans to add 1 000 people to its 900-strong work force in the next eight years. The company has a major contract with the Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) for the Ford Ranger, and... 

Digitisation key to sustainable mining industry

By: Anine Kilian     2nd July 2018  The mining industry is at an inflection point and on the cusp of profound change, Australian mining futurist Gavin Yeates told delegates at the AEL Workshop for Explosives Engineers and Technical Representatives (WEETR) themed IntelliBlast, in Pretoria. Delivering the keynote address, he said... 

Association takes firm stance on quality of products

By: Melissa Zisengwe     29th June 2018 The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) is taking a “no-nonsense, uncompromising” stance on the quality of pipes that are manufactured by Sappma members. The association operates in an industry that is facing various challenges to maintain the standards of pipes... 

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... 

Entrepreneurial spirit, collaboration, education needed to advance Fourth Industrial Revolution – WEF chairperson  

By: Nadine James     28th June 2018 South Africa must create ecosystems that foster entrepreneurial activity and multistakeholder collaboration, while furthering innovation and education in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) fields, if it is going to benefit from opportunities that result from the Fourth... 

Scania and Growthpoint extend their relationship with lease renewals at four properties

27th June 2018 Growthpoint Properties has renewed four leases with Scania, extending its relationship with the global company that offers sales of trucks, buses, and services in more than 100 countries. The leases were renewed for four properties located in established industrial areas across the province of... 

Africa needs to attract foreign investment to achieve development, advises China

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 "Foreign investment can be a very practical, convenient and viable way for industrialisation," stressed Ambassador Zhou Yuxiao, Beijing's emissary to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), at the recent Africa Institute of South Africa-Human Sciences Research Council/Embassy of the... 

Asian giant supports African industrialisation – ambassador

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 Industrialisation is necessary for Africa to achieve sustainable development. "Only by realising sustainable development could Africa escape foreign interference." These points were made by Chinese Ambassador to South Africa Lin Songtian at the recent Africa Institute of South Africa-Human... 

New era for healthcare as Motsoaledi abolishes co-payments

By: News24Wire      21st June 2018 The abolishment of co-payments is one of the proposals of the Medical Schemes Amendment bill, announced by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Motsoaledi was speaking at a briefing on the medical schemes amendment bill and National Health Insurance bill in Pretoria on Thursday. 

Solar Turtle Wins Nation Builder Social Innovation Challenge

18th June 2018 SOLAR TURTLE, pitched by Lungi Tyali, was announced as the winner of the inaugural Nation Builder Social Innovation Challenge. They came out on top, chosen from ten outstanding ideas presented at the pitching final, hosted at the Stellenbosch University LaunchLab on Wednesday evening, 13 June.... 

Industry 4.0 to add benefits across the entire value chain

By: Schalk Burger     14th June 2018 The nascent industrial revolution happening across the world, termed Industry 4.0, is helping to improve the entire value chain through the digitalisation of all processes and the integration and improvement of the interdependent processes, says industrial systems multinational Siemens Digital... 

South Africa’s metrology institute reports successful food safety conference

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th June 2018 The National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) announced earlier this week that it had held its first Africa Food Safety Workshop during the first week of this month, in Pretoria. The event was attended by delegates form South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world. They represented... 

Attacq continues to develop Waterfall City

By: Anine Kilian     13th June 2018 Construction and development of JSE-listed Attacq’s Waterfall City is ongoing, with new infrastructure including roads, residential properties and warehouses continuously in the pipeline. During a tour of the Waterfall City precinct on Wednesday, head of development Giles Pendleton said the last... 

Atterbury harnesses innovation to unleash its power within

13th June 2018 Atterbury recently launched its groundbreaking innovation platform to nurture new, inventive ideas. Proudly rooted in Pretoria, Atterbury is a leading property investor and developer that operates across South Africa, Africa and Europe. It has introduced AttNovate as a platform and incentive to... 

Protect your personal information on social media- warns CSIR cybersecurity experts

11th June 2018 South Africans are sharing too much of their personal information on social media, allowing cybercriminals to exploit them for their personal gain. Cybersecurity experts from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have urged the public to be mindful of what they post on social... 

China stresses importance to Africa of attracting foreign investment

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th June 2018 "Foreign investment can be a very practical, convenient and viable way for industrialisation," stressed Ambassador Zhou Yuxiao, Beijing's emissary to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), at the Africa Institute of South Africa-Human Sciences Research Council/Embassy of the People's... 

China supports African industrialisation – Ambassador 

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th June 2018 Industrialisation is necessary for Africa to achieve sustainable development. "Only by realising sustainable development could Africa escape foreign interference." These points were made by Chinese Ambassador to South Africa Lin Songtian at the Africa Institute of South Africa-Human Sciences... 

Artisanal mining should be legalised – analyst  

By: Anine Kilian     7th June 2018 As industrial mining for gold declines, artisanal mining for gold in abandoned, ownerless and derelict mines will increase, making way for artisanal miners to mine abandoned shafts, says mining analyst David van Wyk. Addressing delegates during a mining seminar at Sustainability Week 2018, in... 

Booth Schoch Future Success Fund established at Ford Resource and Engagement Centre

6th June 2018 New Fund to assist selected FREC graduates to establish in-home businesses or After School Care Centres Fund honours community initiatives established in South Africa by Lewis Booth and Dave Schoch $10,000 grant to be awarded each year for the next 10 years Ford Motor Company Fund is expanding... 

Another two South African wind projects reach financial close

By: Terence Creamer     5th June 2018 A further two South African wind farms, with a combined investment value of R6.6-billion, have reached financial close following the signing of agreements for 27 renewable-energy projects on April 4. Global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power announced on Tuesday that construction... 

Sars cuts deadline for tax returns

By: News24Wire      4th June 2018 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) said on Monday that the tax filing season, which kicks off on July 1, has been shortened by three weeks, in a bid to improve efficiency. "A shorter filing season allows additional time for Sars, taxpayers and the tax fraternity to deal with return... 

Competition Commission to host public hearings into public passenger transport sector

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st June 2018 The Competition Commission will hold public hearings into the land-based public passenger transport market from June 4 to 6, at Constitution Hill, in Johannesburg, and from June 7 to 8 at Manhattan Hotel, in Pretoria.  

Retail leads the way with solar PV installations

1st June 2018 JSE listed REIT SA Corporate Real Estate Limited will invest more than R30 million to install state-of-the-art rooftop solar PV plants to help curb ever climbing electricity tariffs at its malls and reduce their carbon footprint. Retail Asset Manager, Carmen Collison, said that the ongoing... 

Rail operator to occupy its rail services hub this month

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     1st June 2018 Locomotive and rail operator Traxtion Sheltam plans to move into its rail services hub in Rosslyn, Pretoria, later this month, says CEO James Holley. The company started this project last year owing to its requiring a hub to service its own fleet of locomotives, wagons and cabooses. 

KLT SA in push to increase chassis frame production to meet Ford requirements

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2018 KLT Automotive and Tubular Products South Africa (KLT SA) has to increase production this year at its Hammanskraal plant, in Pretoria, from around 450 chassis frames a day, to 500 units a day, says KLT SA CEO Paul Leonard. KLT SA supplies the Ford plant in Silverton, also in Pretoria, where the... 

NCPC-SA raises awareness about water efficiency

30th May 2018 The National Cleaner Production Centre, South Africa (NCPC-SA) continues with the drive to raise awareness in industry and government about the importance of water management. Following on the recent water workshop held in February 2018, the NCPC-SA hosted a second water efficiency workshop on... 

DTI, stakeholders establish sugar value-chain task team to address industry challenges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2018 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has established a sugar value-chain task team, comprising representatives from the beverage industry, retailers, the South African Sugar Association (Sasa), smallholder farmers, small manufacturers and the Industrial Development Corporation of South... 

How To Put Premium Brands Back Into The AISLE

28th May 2018 Retailers and brands have to take it on the chin when premium and sensitive consumer goods are dumped behind the tobacco kiosk due to the real risk of shrinkage. But now there is a way to get the products back in front of shoppers. One of the most bizarre placements found in retail stores, at... 

Tiger Brands H1 earnings hit by South Africa cold meat recall costs

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 South Africa's Tiger Brands reported on Thursday a 16% drop in half-year earnings, weighed down by R365-million ($29.24-million) in costs due to a recall of cold meat products in response to a listeria outbreak. The country's biggest food producer suspended production at its Polokwane, Germiston,... 

Study offers upbeat view of Africa’s fourth industrial revolution manufacturing prospects

By: Terence Creamer     22nd May 2018 A newly released study into prospects for manufacturing in Africa offers a relatively upbeat assessment of the industrialisation opportunities that could arise should governments move decisively to harness the disruptive trends associated with the unfolding fourth industrial revolution. Titled... 

Feasibility study on moving Parliament to Pretoria to start this month – Speaker 

By: African News Agency      22nd May 2018 Parliament has appointed a service provider to conduct a feasibility study on moving the national legislature to Pretoria, Speaker Baleka Mbete told members of Parliament (MPs) on Tuesday. "With respect to the proposal of relocating parliament from Cape Town to Pretoria, an external service... 

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