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Locally developed software to safeguard social grant recipients’ data

22nd May 2018 Black-owned cybersecurity experts Magix Africa and Dataproof, together with local biometric authentication specialists Fides Cloud Technologies, are now verifying and managing social grant recipients’ identification data for the South African Post Office (SAPO). The Magix Africa consortium won a... 

Congo billionaire seeks French loan to develop iron-ore railway

By: Bloomberg     17th May 2018 Paul Obambi, a billionaire investor in the Congo Republic, is in talks with French lenders to fund a railway he’s building to export iron-ore. Obambi’s company Sapro SA is negotiating with “a consortium of banks” to finance the 450-km track that will link the southwestern town of Mayoko to a... 

Construction starts on mixed-use precinct, Barloworld Logistics HQ in Irene

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th May 2018 Property developers Abland, Giflo Develoments and SOM have started work on a new mixed-use precinct called Irene Boulevard, in the south of Pretoria. This site will become the new four-star rated green headquarters of industrial company Barloworld Logistics, which will be vacating its offices in... 

Radebe sees energy contributing $25bn to South Africa’s $100bn investment target

By: Terence Creamer     16th May 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe says one-quarter, or $25-billion, of South Africa's newly announced five-year investment target of $100-billion could be met through investments in new energy projects, including a possible new greenfield crude oil refinery and a gas pipeline linking South Africa to... 

Smart cities in Africa require intelligent planning and an active citizenry

15th May 2018 Smart cities in an African context require intelligent planning and an active citizenry rather than the overlay of technological solutions more applicable to international markets such as Europe. This was the message from Paragon Founding Director Henning Rasmuss, a key speaker at the Bigen Smart... 

Social compact an ‘essential foundation’ for overcoming poverty, inequality in South Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     14th May 2018 A new World Bank report describes President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plan for crafting a new social compact with business, labour and civil society as an “essential foundation” for overcoming the country’s legacy of racial exclusion, which remained the main cause of chronic poverty and worsening... 

BMW Group South Africa Rosslyn plant investment programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     11th May 2018 BMW SA has dispatched its first made-in-South Africa X3 vehicles for export. 

BMW’s Rosslyn plant exports the first made-in-SA X3s

By: Irma Venter     8th May 2018 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) last week dispatched its first made-in-South Africa X3 vehicles for export, transporting more than 100 units on 27 wagons via train to the Durban port, with Europe the final destination. “[This is] the result of a R6.1-billion investment into the country and the... 

Redefine, Abland launch mixed-use Loftus Park precinct

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th May 2018 City of Tshwane executive mayor Solly Msimanga this week officially launched Loftus Park – a new mixed-use green precinct, in Pretoria.  

Rad Jankovic

4th May 2018 This week we feature Rad Jankovic, CEO Otel, a provider of information and communication technology solutions and services   

Passengers stranded as national bus strike revs towards third week

By: African News Agency      1st May 2018 Labour unions involved in a bus strike, which has left thousands of commuters stranded across South Africa, were meeting on Monday to map the way forward as the protest neared its third week. South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) spokesperson Zanele Sabela told the African... 

Kubayi-Ngubane to unveil Mandela Mining Precinct

By: Nadine James     30th April 2018 Science and Technology Minster Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane will deliver the keynote address at the launch of the Mandela Mining Precinct, a Mining Phakisa initiative aimed at reviving South Africa’s flagging mining sector, on May 4. The Mandela Mining Precinct is aimed at supporting local... 

Exciting new mining research thrust 

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2018 The new Mandela Mining Precinct will be officially opened on May 4 to revitalise and modernise South Africa’s high-potential but struggling mining industry. 

Syrian storm puts SA in uncomfortable company

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th April 2018 On April 7, Douma, in Syria, was subject to what appears to have been a chemical weapons attack. The Syrian Government has an independently-established (by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, or OPCW) record of using chemical weapons in the current civil war, and against... 

New association aims to raise level of debate on energy economics in South Africa

By: Terence Creamer     26th April 2018 A new independent professional organisation was launched in Pretoria on Thursday with the aim of raising the level of research and debate on energy economics in South Africa, where policy and regulatory uncertainty remain a major constraint to investment. Named the South African Association for... 

Pests, diseases a burden on agriculture – ARC

By: Anine Kilian     25th April 2018 Despite an influx of agricultural imports and an increase in pests and diseases coming into the country over the past 20 years, South Africa has not invested adequately in pest and disease control strategies, says Agricultural Research Council (ARC) president Shadrack Moephuli. “We have not been... 

First renewables projects reach financial close after April 4 signing

By: Terence Creamer     25th April 2018 Wind turbine supplier Nordex has received an order to supply 47 turbines to the 147 MW Roggeveld wind farm, which is among the first projects to reach financial close following the signing of agreements for 27 independent power producer projects on April 4. Situated in the Karoo, on the boundary... 

Africa’s population growth could drive South Africa’s livestock exports

By: Anine Kilian     25th April 2018 Africa’s population is expected to grow by 25% by 2050, creating an expanding middle class population that will require an affluent protein diet, Agricultural Research Council (ARC) research institute manager Dr Misheck Mulumba said on Wednesday. Addressing delegates at a public awareness day... 

Nissan’s Rosslyn investment decision draws nearer; NP200, NP300 life extended 

By: Irma Venter     25th April 2018 Nissan South Africa (Nissan SA) expects to announce the decision on the production of a new model at its Rosslyn plant in the next three months, says Nissan Group of Africa MD Mike Whitfield. Speaking at a media function at Gerotek, in Pretoria, on Wednesday, he said the announcement was “not a... 

Resistance persists despite declaration of new renewables dawn 

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2018 The world did not stop to allow South Africa to get off. While ‘sunny South Africa’ spent more than two years delaying the introduction of new renewable-energy plants, including 12 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects and a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, the rest of the world continued... 

Resistance persists despite declaration of new renewables dawn

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2018 The world did not stop to allow South Africa to get off. While ‘sunny South Africa’ spent more than two years delaying the introduction of new renewable-energy plants, including 12 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects and a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, the rest of the world continued... 

New Denel board faces tough turnaround task as financial pressure mounts

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan recently announced the completely new, high-powered, Board to turn-around beleaguered State-owned defence industrial group Denel. Technically, it is currently an interim Board, he explained, because it had not yet been approved by the Cabinet. He... 

NCPC-SA hosts green chemistry awareness workshop

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th April 2018 As part of a global initiative, the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA), in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation and the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale University, hosted a workshop on green chemistry, in... 

Atterbury’s Stellenbosch Trumali House offices become the new HQ of Hungry Lion

19th April 2018 Atterbury, the leading South African property developer, has completed the refurbishment of Trumali House, Stellenbosch, into modern multi-tenant A-grade offices with 3,500sqm of space. It has also signed the building’s first tenant, Hungry Lion, which will begin operating from its new... 

First Cut’s stellar business growth drives major space optimisation for star-studded customer service

19th April 2018 In spite of the prevailing economic challenges industry has experienced in the past few years, First Cut has embarked upon a major expansion of its offices in Benrose, Johannesburg. First Cut was ready for growth in the business and required additional floor space to cope with the growth and... 

AfriForum to privately prosecute Malema for fraud and corruption  

By: Sane Dhlamini     19th April 2018 Lobby group AfriForum on Thursday announced its intention to prosecute Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema if the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) did not reinstate the case against Malema for fraud and tender corruption in the On-Point Engineering matter. On-Point, in which... 

Nanoclay technology being developed as possible means to treat AMD

By: Anine Kilian     17th April 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is developing low-cost polymer-based adsorbents for the removal of toxic pollutants such as heavy metals, anions and organics, from wastewater, that could be applied in the treatment of acid mine drainage (AMD). AMD is the outflow of... 

CSIR developing water treatment, biodegradable plastic solutions

By: Anine Kilian     17th April 2018 Most of the plastics used in South Africa are nonbiodegradable, especially in the packaging industry, and end up in landfills, posing environmental threats and health concerns, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) polymer modification group leader Dr Avashnee Chetty says.... 

First Green Chemistry awareness raising workshop on African soil

17th April 2018 As part of a global initiative, the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA), in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Center for Green Chemistryand Green Engineering at Yale University, hosted a workshop on Green Chemistry in... 

Unitrans and RCL Celebrates a 20 year relationship

13th April 2018 Unitrans and RCL Foods are celebrating their more than 20-year relationship. RCL Foods is a leading food producer in South Africa and holds a varied portfolio of prominent and much-loved food brands like Rainbow chicken, Nola mayonnaise and Yum Yum peanut butter. The company’s history spans over... 

Regional workshop in support of fight against wildlife crime in Southern Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th April 2018 The illegal trade in wildlife has become a major form of transnational organised crime that is damaging economies, undermining public safety and good governance in many regions around the world. And Southern Africa is no exception. “Criminals involved in wildlife crime are not involved only in... 

R350m Menlyn apartment hotel development to open June  

12th April 2018 After an uncertain start, the Regency – a new upmarket apartment hotel development, situated in Menlyn Pretoria – has entered its final stage of construction. Paige Muller tells us more. 

Mistra launches new book on the ethics, applications of nanotechnology

By: Anine Kilian     11th April 2018 The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mistra) on Wednesday officially launched its new research book ‘Beyond Imagine: The Ethics and Applications of Nanotechnology and Bio-Economics’, in Pretoria. The book looks at countries like India, where nanotechnology is being supported as a... 

BMW opens R260m regional distribution centre in Midrand

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2018 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) has cut the ribbon on its new regional distribution centre at the Waterfall precinct, in Midrand, Gauteng. Project developer Attacq and BMW SA jointly invested around R260-million to create the facility. 

Analytica Lab Africa, food & drink technology Africa and IFAT Africa to co-locate for the first time in 2019

11th April 2018 First trade fair dates: July 9 – 11, 2019 Synergies from the co-location will create added value for exhibitors and visitors South Africa is one of the leading industrial economies on the continent Wide-ranging water delivery and purification, solutions for the food and beverage industries as... 

Day hospital opens at Atterbury’s The Club precinct

By: Simone Liedtke     9th April 2018 South African property investor and developer Atterbury’s landmark new development The Club, in Pretoria, now includes the fully operational Club Surgical Centre. Club Surgical Centre, a state-of-the-art day hospital that offers cutting-edge treatment in skin cancer, cosmetic, ear-nose-and-throat... 

Court rules on the ‘once empowered, always empowered’ principle

9th April 2018 On 4 April 2018, the High Court of South Africa (Gauteng Division, Pretoria) handed down its judgement in the matter between the Chamber of Mines of South Africa v Minister of Mineral Resources and Director-General, Department of Mineral Resources [case no.41661/2015], regarding the ‘once... 

Court rules on the ‘once empowered, always empowered’ principle

9th April 2018 On 4 April 2018, the High Court of South Africa (Gauteng Division, Pretoria) handed down its judgement in the matter between the Chamber of Mines of South Africa v Minister of Mineral Resources and Director-General, Department of Mineral Resources [case no.41661/2015], regarding the ‘once... 

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