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Local BPO sector to continue growing – Davies

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd November 2015 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies expects the growth potential of the local business process outsourcing (BPO) industry to continue increasing over the next five years, particularly in contact centre, shared services centre and legal process outsourcing. He added that the BPO sector was... 

Chryso Products Facilitate Silo Slide In Northern Cape

23rd November 2015 An innovation solution, applied by Chryso Southern Africa, contributed to the successful completion by Renniks Construction of six grain and wheat silos in Kimberley in the Northern Cape using slip forming construction methodology. These large silos, 33 metres in height with a 200 mm wall... 

Swiss product range plays integral role in Maitland water pipe refurbishment

By: Malusi Mkhize     13th November 2015 Swiss-based waterproofing, protecting and reinforcing products supplier Sika provided the range of products used in the refurbishment of the Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan municipality’s main city water pipeline at the Maitland river mouth in the Eastern Cape. The pipeline which has not... 

Two leading steel re-rollers to oppose application for 10% duty on hot-rolled coil

By: Terence Creamer     12th November 2015 Two leading steel processing companies will make a submission to International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) to voice their objection to ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) application for tariff protection of 10% on hot-rolled coil (HRC). HRC is the flat-steel product... 

Silo Spalling & Buffer Installation at PFG Building Glass

9th November 2015 Spalling concrete can be potentially hazardous if left untreated with potentially high risks involved from possible property damage or personal injury due to failing detritus. The term ‘spalling’ is used to describe the delaminating or fragmenting of the concrete surface. This flaking from the... 

Only Tshwane municipality pursues ultrathin reinforced concrete roads

By: Dylan Stewart     30th October 2015 Since 2010, when the Tshwane municipality stated its intention to pursue the use of ultrathin reinforced concrete pavements (UTRCPs) specifically for roads in townships, it is the only municipality to have done so, says Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) project consultant... 

Tilt-up construction chosen for clothing warehouse

By: Dylan Slater     23rd October 2015 Concrete construction company Bedrock Group has been contracted to construct a new distribution centre for clothing distributor Mr Price in Keystone Industrial Park, in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal.  

Construction and mining markets targeted

By: Dylan Stewart     16th October 2015 “Presenting its products to members from the construction and the mining industries was the focus for steel product manufacturer Scaw Metals at this year’s BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA, held at Johannesburg Expo Centre from September 15 to 18,” says company sales and marketing executive head George... 

Power tools specialist launches new rotary hammer

By: Dylan Slater     9th October 2015 Power tools company Bosch launched the GBH 12-52 D Professional rotary hammer last month, claiming it to be the most powerful rotary hammer from Bosch to date. 

Custom-made concrete products supplied to Moz power station

By: Dylan Slater     9th October 2015 Precast concrete products company Rocla earlier this year supplied precast concrete inverted culverts, lids and bases to use as cooling channels to the R2.24-billion, 100 MW natural gas-fired Gigawatt power station, near Ressano Garcia, in Mozambique. 

Cortec's MCI® Coating for Rebar - Superior Corrosion Resistance for Reinforcing Metal!

10th September 2015 Cortec's MCI® (Migratory Corrosion Inhibitor) Coating for Rebar is water based, environmentally friendly product that provides corrosion protection in outside storage as well as offering powerful corrosion resistance for embedded rebars. As a soft film, MCI® Coating for Rebar is an excellent... 

School soccer coach wins top women’s sports award

26th August 2015 Already a proven winner as a soccer coach for under-12 and under-14 boys, Tsogo Sun Soccer Academy Coach Londiwe Hlatswayo has taken her winning streak up a notch and won the gsport Volunteer of the Year Award. “No words can explain how I feel.  I am grateful to the Tsogo Sun Academy for... 

Loyiso Bala inspires Arts Academy kids in Diepsloot

24th August 2015 Participating in the arts can add great value to anyone’s life, multi-award-winning singer, songwriter and producer Loyiso Bala told youngsters of the Tsogo Sun Arts Academy at Diepsloot Primary School on a recent visit to encourage and motivate them. “There are many skills and values that the... 

Worker dies at Sherritt’s Ambatovy operation, Madagascar

By: Henry Lazenby     21st August 2015 A contract worker has died from head injuries after being struck by a falling tree at diversified miner Sherritt International’s Ambatovy joint-venture (JV) project, in Madagascar. TSX-listed Sherritt reported that an employee of a tree-clearing contractor was working  in a future mining area on... 

Reinforced concrete preferred for construction of Ekurhuleni bus lanes

By: Kimberley Smuts     21st August 2015 As concrete is the preferred material for the new concrete bus lanes for the Ekurhuleni integrated rapid public transport network (IRPTN) currently under construction on Gauteng’s East Rand, cement and concrete industry body The Concrete Institute (TCI) has played an advisory role on site for... 

South African steel giant willing to forego future upside to secure immediate protection

By: Terence Creamer     7th August 2015 South Africa’s largest steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) gave notice last month that it was weighing the partial or full closure of its Vereeniging Works, in southern Gauteng, and would make a decision on the plant’s future by the end of August. At the same time, CEO Paul... 

AMSA makes yet more submissions to Itac for steel protection

By: Terence Creamer     5th August 2015 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has confirmed the submission of seven new applications to the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) for an increase of customs duties on certain steel products to 10%. The new submissions cover plate, hot-rolled coil,... 

Tongaat Hulett releases land in Sibaya Precinct for development

By: Natalie Greve     5th August 2015 Citing healthy demand for new coastal developments, Tongaat Hulett has released the first parcels of land for development within the eastern component of the Sibaya Precinct development, north of Durban, expecting the 750-ha development to effectively pump R8-billion into the local economy,... 

Tongaat Hulett Developments releases land at Sibaya

5th August 2015 Tongaat Hulett Developments, building on its highly acclaimed track record over the past 20 years with developments such as the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, La Lucia Office Estate and Ridgeside which are home to some of South Africa’s most recognised names as well as the residential developments... 

‘Poor citizen’ AMSA promises to mend ways as it seeks support to save Vereeniging and company 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd July 2015 South Africa’s largest steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) gave notice on Thursday that it was weighing the partial or full closure of its Vereeniging Works, in southern Gauteng, and would make a decision of the plant’s future by the end of August. At the same time, CEO Paul... 

New coating solution a first in South Africa

By: Kimberley Smuts     17th July 2015 Local thermal spray coating and plasma transferred arc (PTA) cladding services provider Thermaspray is the first company in South Africa to introduce an array of coatings from US-based corrosion, wear and release-coating service providers Plasma Coatings USA – a division of rollers, roller... 

EBH Namibia boosts safety, customer loyalty and brand value through ISO and OHSAS compliance

15th July 2015 Elgin Brown & Hamer Namibia is fast progressing towards its stated vision of being ‘the preferred shipyard globally’. Pivotal to the company’s growing reputation for world-class systems and facilities is its adherence to international quality and safety standards, using ISO and OHSAS systems as... 

Three A.B.E. Products For Ashburton Bridge Repairs

8th July 2015 Three a.b.e. Construction Chemicals' concrete repair and protection products were used for the repair of the Ashburton Bridge over the N3 highway between Pietermaritzburg and Durban. The SA National Road Agency Ltd bridge experienced substantial fire damage after a truck crashed into it - and... 

Goodyear to use silica from rice husk ash in tyre manufacture

By: Irma Venter     3rd July 2015 The Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Company has reached an agreement with Yihai Food and Oil Industry, in China, for the supply of silica derived from rice husk ash. Goodyear will begin using the silica this year in a consumer tyre that will be manufactured in its factory in Pulandian, China, and sold in... 

Competition, collaboration ‘sweet spot’ critical in public procurement policy

By: Natalie Greve     1st July 2015 Some four years after the signing of the Local Procurement Accord, which sketches government’s intention to achieve a 75% localisation spend in the procurement of goods and services, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has described government’s greatest challenge in executing its local... 

‘Homeless’ S African CEOs raise R25m on icy streets of Joburg 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th June 2015 Over 250 CEOs from South Africa’s largest corporates last week traded in boardroom suits for cardboard boxes, spending 12 hours on the streets of Johannesburg as part of an initiative to raise some R25-million for charity Girls and Boys Town and bring awareness to the plight of the homeless in... 

Zambian opposition leader outlines partnership vision in SA address

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th June 2015 Zambian opposition party the United Party for National Development (UPND) aims to improve the way business is conducted in Zambia by removing bureaucracy and to find an opportunity for government and businesses to partner for mutual gain. 

Milk still a popular global choice of drink, study finds

By: Natalie Greve     17th June 2015 An international study commissioned by food processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak has confirmed the enduring global popularity of milk, observing that its consumption in developing countries is driven chiefly by an understanding of its nutritional value, while, in mature markets,... 

Goodyear in China to use rice waste in tyre production 

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2015 The Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Company has reached an agreement with Yihai Food and Oil Industry, in China, for the supply of silica derived from rice husk ash. Goodyear will begin using the silica this year in a consumer tyre that will be manufactured in its factory in Pulandian, China, and sold in... 

Solar academy to open in Mali aims to develop expertise for Africa

By: Sashnee Moodley     5th June 2015 Solar power initiative Akon Lighting Africa will launch its solar academy next month in Bamako, Mali, to help develop skills and expertise in the solar energy sector in Africa.  

Inside insight – see for yourself.

29th May 2015 Get a clear picture with the Hilti PS 1000 X-Scan detection system. With its ability to provide clear, 2D or 3D images of virtually all kinds of objects concealed in concrete structures. Hilti’s easy-to-use PS 1000 X-Scan system takes the non-destructive inspection of concrete structures into a... 

Piling contractors provide foundation for shopping centre construction

22nd May 2015 Piling contractors Gauteng Piling provided the foundation augercast piles for the latest extension to the Cresta Shopping Centre, to be completed in April 2015 on the border of Northcliff and Cresta, in Johannesburg. Auger piles, also known as continuous flight auger piles, are deep foundation... 

Data control and agility reinforcing hybrid enterprise trend

By: Schalk Burger     24th April 2015 Regulations governing data control in various countries in which multinational companies operate are a significant driver of hybrid on-premise and off-premise information technology (IT) systems, while in-house and external business demands reinforce this trend. User experience is paramount to... 

Drill-And-Cast Option For Gauteng Piling To Cope With Underground Water

16th April 2015 Gauteng Piling provided the foundation auger piles for the latest extension to the Cresta Shopping Centre on the border of Northcliff and Cresta in Johannesburg. Auger piles are deep foundation elements that are cast-in-place using flights of various diameters. The process is carried out by auger... 

Concrete Selected As Construction Material For Ekurhuleni’s New Bus Lanes

16th April 2015 Concrete is the preferred material for the new concrete bus lanes of the Ekurhuleni Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network now under construction on the East Rand. The bus lanes of Phase One of IRPTN will cover some 38kms to link Tembisa, Kempton Park CBD, Oliver Tambo International Airport,... 

South Deep’s problems should ease in second half – Gold Fields 

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2015 The problems hampering the South Deep gold mine, which represents 70% of Gold Fields gold reserves, should ease in the second half of 2015. Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland said at the company’s presentation of 2014 mineral resources and reserves on Tuesday that every effort was being made to... 

Skills, consistent corporate culture key to long-term growth, EOH claims

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2015 JSE-listed information and communications technology firm EOH’s continuing growth is the result of its perennial focus on skilled people, organisational capabilities and consistent corporate culture, says EOH CEO Asher Bohbot. The company increased revenue by 39.4% and profits after tax by 37.7%... 

Manufacturer launches optimised submersible pumps range

20th March 2015 Pumps manufacturer Grundfos recently launched an extended range of high-efficiency medium-sized submersible groundwater pumps that boast increased efficiency and improved wear resistance, which further enhances the reputation that Grundfos’s current submersible pumps (SP) range already has for... 

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