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Pontins Solves Lightning Strike Problem For Absa Bank’s Project Lumen

9th March 2015 Leading lightning protection systems provider, Pontins, has installed a unique protection system for ABSA Bank’s Project Lumen - the world’s largest Light Emitting Display – in the Johannesburg CBD. The system comprises, inter alia, an insulated, high-voltage resistant HVI® conductor, designed... 

Holistic approach to sports and arts programmes is impacting children’s lives

4th March 2015 According to 19-year-old Nkosikhona Ndebele of Diepsloot Number 3 High School, the Tsogo Sun Arts Academy “inspired me to become a better person”. That’s the holistic nature of the Tsogo Sun CSI flaghship school programmes that impact thousands of children’s lives every year. “Our sports and arts... 

With Powerful MCI®- 2020 Organic Corrosion Inhibitor!

4th March 2015 Extend the Service Life of Concrete Structures to a Maximum MCI®2020 is organic, surface applied, migrating corrosion inhibitor designed to penetrate through cementitious materials including concrete, mortar, and limestone. It migrates in both liquid and vapor (gas) phases through the pore... 

WBHO reports 11% increase in H2 revenue

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2015 Moderate growth across all Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) business segments has resulted in an 11%, or R14.7-billion, increase in revenue from continuing operations in the six months ended December 31, the JSE-listed construction company reported on Monday. The group also noted a 4% increase in... 

Yokogawa Reinforces Local Commitment in KZN

19th February 2015 Yokogawa South Africa (Pty) Ltd celebrated the official opening of their office yesterday in Amanzimtoti, reinforcing its commitment to local customers in the KwaZulu-Natal region from sensor to enterprise integration. The new office will complement Yokogawa’s existing sales, after-sales services... 

Business IT standards basis for continuous business improvement

By: Schalk Burger     30th January 2015 Information technology (IT) systems are critical business systems and integrating IT and business development using a framework of business sustainability standards enable processes to be improved continuously, says Service Management specialist provider and consultancy Marval Africa executive... 

Stick to the professionals - Thermaspray - for Corrosion, Wear and Non-Stick Plasma Coatings solutions

21st January 2015 Thermaspray takes surface coating technology to the next level as the first company in South Africa to introduce an array of coatings from Plasma Coatings in the USA, at world class standards. Plasma Coatings combine the advantages of thermal spray (metal) coatings with polymer based top coatings... 

Kenya’s economy remains robust, but security a concern for IMF

By: Anine Kilian     12th December 2014 A team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led by IMF assistant director Africa Mauro Mecagni, visited Kenya this month and reached a staff-level agreement on a programme that could be supported by the IMF through a stand-by arrangement and stand-by credit facility (SBA/SCF). “Kenya’s... 

Power crisis calls for paradigm shift 

By: Sisa Njikelana     12th December 2014 Notwithstanding the vitriol against government, generally, and power utility, specifically, on Carte Blanche, the current electricity crisis is an opportunity for us to prove to ourselves first, before proving to the world, that we can pull ourselves out of a crisis – a model that might even be... 

Company launches new facilities

By: Jonathan Rodin     21st November 2014 Logistics services provider DHL launched two new facilities, in Plumbago Business Park, east of Johannesburg, for its Supply Chain and Global Forwarding divisions last month. 

The engineering and nonengineering challenges behind the salvaging of Costa Concordia

By: Keith Campbell     21st November 2014 The story of the salvage of the Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia, which took place from May 2012 to July 2014 (the refloated ship was towed into Genoa harbour on July 27, and is now being scrapped) is well known in general outline, as is the fact that the Salvage Master for the operation was... 

Govts seek to strengthen Kimberley Process certification scheme

By: Natalie Greve     17th November 2014 The strengthening of the Kimberley Process certification scheme (KPCS) stood atop the agenda of the delegation of the World Diamond Council (WDC), which joined representatives from 50 governments and several nongovernment organisations at the four-day KP plenary meeting, which concluded in... 

Eskom reviews summer plan after Majuba silo collapse

By: Terence Creamer     14th November 2014 Electricity utility Eskom has indicated that its full summer plan will be reviewed in light of a catastrophic failure of the 10 000 t central coal storage silo at its Majuba power plant at 13:12 on Saturday November 1. Periods of load shedding are also possible until the end of March 2015, owing... 

Power prognosis improves, but load-shedding risk persists for Wed, Thurs 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd November 2014 State-owned electricity producer Eskom said it was not anticipating any need to introduce load shedding on Tuesday, having avoided load shedding on Monday. In a system update, the utility also reported that the risk of rotational load shedding had reduced “significantly and the prognosis for the... 

Majuba silo collapse pushes system ‘over the edge’, summer load-shedding risk high 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd November 2014 Electricity utility Eskom confirmed on Sunday that the risk of load shedding had increased materially for the coming week in light of a catastrophic failure of the 10 000 t central coal storage silo at its Majuba power plant at 13:12 on Saturday November 1. The State-owned company also indicated... 

New demands on African airports as aviation sector expands

By: Sashnee Moodley     24th October 2014 The twenty-third Airports Council International Africa Regional Assembly, which took place in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, earlier this month, brought together African airport leaders under the theme: Service Excellence – Key to the Future. 

Elemental halves Congo capex in refigured project plan

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd October 2014 Potash developer Elemental Minerals on Thursday announced a new capital estimate of $908-million for the development of its Sintoukola sylvinite (Kola) project, in the Republic of Congo. This compares with an initial capital estimate of $1.85-billion in the 2012 prefeasiblity study (PFS), which... 

Concerns about possible deflationary spiral as commodity prices continue to slide

By: Henry Lazenby     17th October 2014 In a global economy witnessing passive consumer inflation, sluggish wage growth and falling commodity prices, some market observers have voiced their concern about the potential for deflation in developed markets. Last month, gold dipped below $1 200/oz, before recovering marginally, as inflation... 

Call for commission of inquiry into power crisis is spot-on

By: Sisa Njikelana     17th October 2014 The University of Cape Town's Professor Eberhad recently called for a commission of inquiry on what he regards as an electricity crisis that is currently prevalent in the country. The first challenge this call presents is whether there is adequate acknowledgement that we have a crisis on our... 

Zuma gives go-ahead for France nuclear cooperation deal

By: Natalie Greve     10th October 2014 Reinforcing government’s pro-stance on nuclear energy, President Jacob Zuma has, in terms of Section 231 of the Constitution, granted Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson the authority to sign an agreement on Cooperation in the Development of Peaceful uses of Nuclear Energy between South Africa... 

Company plays a role in the future of cement industry

By: Jonathan Rodin     10th October 2014 South African cement manufacturer AfriSam has been developing composite technology cements since 2000 to reduce the carbon-intensive Portland clinker content of cement.  As a result, when the National Building Regulations published its green-building requirements, AfriSam set the industry... 

Shared value, partnerships the ‘formula’ for African growth 

By: Natalie Greve     8th October 2014 Africa’s developmental challenges can only truly be met through the mainstreaming of public–private partnerships (PPPs) that drive the creation of a shared value in the pursuit of profits and the development of infrastructure, it was held at the EY Strategic Growth Forum Africa 2014, on... 

A new era in youth football – the Engen Champ of Champs

6th October 2014 Youth football is set to rise to the next level when the Engen Champ of Champs U17 tournament kicks off at the Nike Centre in Pimville, Soweto from 10th to 12th October, 2014. Hosted by Engen’s football partners Supersport United FC, the Engen Champ of Champs ushers in a new era for grassroots... 

Olifants River Water Resources Development Project Phase 2, South Africa

3rd October 2014 With the De Hoop dam completed, the Department of Water and Sanitation is focusing on accelerating the implementation of the bulk distribution system at an estimated R7.6-billion. 

Securing sufficient quality scrap metal is key challenge – Scaw

By: Martin Creamer     25th September 2014 Securing sufficient scrap metal of the correct quality in order to ensure the efficient and sustainable operation of numerous electric arc furnaces is a key challenge currently faced by the Scaw Metals Group of Ekurhuleni. Another challenge also being addressed by Scaw CEO Markus Hannemann and... 

Govt committed to supporting struggling municipalities – Zuma 

By: Leandi Kolver     18th September 2014 National government was committed to supporting all struggling municipalities to become functional and efficient, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday, opening the 2014 Presidential Local Government Summit (PLGS), in Midrand. Also speaking at the PLGS, Cooperative Governance and Traditional... 

De Beers continues investment to meet consumer demand

By: Zandile Mavuso     17th September 2014 Major investments continue to be undertaken by diamond mining and manufacturing company De Beers Group, as demand is expected to almost outstrip growth in terms of diamond carat production in the next ten years, given the lack of new mining discoveries in the last decade, the group said on... 

Light Steel-frame house turns heads above Hout Bay harbour

18th August 2014 Nestled among indigenous vegetation, with spectacular views of Chapman's Peak and Hout Bay harbour, a new development will alter the Hout Bay skyline for ever. Built by the Silverline Group using the light steel frame building method, this eco-friendly 340m² triple-storey house, took... 

Waterfall developments top R7-billion

By: Schalk Burger     13th August 2014 The Waterfall mixed-use property development has already built or secured developments valued at R7-billion, with many of its first phase projects already operational. The flagship R4.1-billion, 120 000 m2 Mall of Africa, at the centre of Waterfall City, would be completed by April 2016 and has... 

Blanket mine retains low-cost producer title in Q2, battles low grades

By: Natalie Greve     12th August 2014 Reinforcing its position as a low-cost gold producer, on-mine costs for Caledonia Mining’s Blanket mine, in Zimbabwe, fell from $651/oz in first quarter to $624/oz in the second quarter ended June 30, while all-in sustaining costs fell from $924/oz to $881/oz over the same period.  The miner said... 

On-The-Air (08/08/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     8th August 2014 South Africa stands to benefit richly from the huge technical breakthrough in the strike-hit platinum sector 

Companies to sponsor Soweto community education campus

By: David Oliveira     1st August 2014 South Africa and US-based nonprofit organisation Growing Up Africa (GUA) formed a collaboration in the building industry for the construction of a multipurpose education campus, the Devland Community Education Campus, in Soweto. The building is primarily funded through pro bono professional... 

Govt to rebuild ‘fiscal space’, narrow deficit – Nene 

By: Natalie Greve     21st July 2014 The changing global economic climate was providing new challenges to the fiscal outlook, with the rising burden of public debt reinforcing the importance of ensuring the sustainability of fiscal policy over the period ahead, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said when presenting National Treasury’s... 

First dual-apprenticeship training pilots kick off

By: Janet Lopes     18th July 2014 The Department of Higher Education and Training’s (DHET’s) three year project to pilot the dual apprenticeship training system in South Africa based on the Swiss-German-Austrian apprentice training model, which kicked off early this year, is now set to expand its initial scope to colleges and... 

Olifants River Water Resources Development Project Phase 2, South Africa

18th July 2014 The Department of Water and Sanitation is focusing on accelerating the implementation of the bulk distribution system at an estimated R7.6 billion. 

Pilbara expansions boost Rio’s iron-ore output, shipments hit record

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th July 2014 Mining giant Rio Tinto’s Pilbara expansions have delivered an 11% increase in production during the three months to June, with the company producing 73.1-million tonnes of iron-ore. Iron-ore shipments were also up by 23% compared with the previous corresponding period, to a record 75.1-million... 

Steel producer wades through subdued market

By: Ilan Solomons     11th July 2014 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) says it is operating in a challenging global steel market, which has been exacerbated by a subdued local market, with low sales volumes and competition from imports, particularly finished goods. “Therefore, we have been on a drive to increase... 

Financing pressure eases as alternatives fill gap – TD Securities

By: Simon Rees     10th July 2014 The financing pressures experienced by the mining sector are slowly lifting as alternative options become more accessible and increasingly popular, TD Securities head of global mining investment banking Michael Faralla told an audience at the Canada-South Africa Chamber of Business’s Innovative... 

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