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Powerstar introduces new Euro III truck 

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th October 2013 After delaying the launch of its Euro II truck in South Africa two years ago on the back of limited after-market readiness, Chinese truck manufacturer Powerstar has unveiled a revamped and redesigned Euro III truck custom-made for South African conditions. Following extensive and comprehensive... 

Economist calls on South Africa to save pivotal gold-mining industry

By: Martin Creamer     3rd October 2013 Steps must be taken to halt the rapid decline of South Africa’s crucial gold-mining industry, economic strategist Chris Hart urged on Thursday. Hart, who was delivering the keynote address at the Tenova Mining & Minerals Symposium in Johannesburg, warned that if steps were not taken timeously,... 

Foreign Secretary welcomes UN IPCC report on Climate Change

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th September 2013 United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change release Fifth Assessment Report; the latest assessment of climate science for the first time in six years. “The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest assessment of the science confirms that climate change is already... 

Biomass boiler to reduce environmental impact

By: Zandile Mavuso     20th September 2013 To reduce the environmental impact of the printing process, a new biomass boiler will be installed at printing company Paarl Media’s Cape Town plant in December. 

Rockwell Diamonds recovers four heavyweights from SA alluvial operations

By: Henry Lazenby     17th September 2013 South Africa-focused Rockwell Diamonds has found four heavyweight stones, each weighing more than 100 ct, from its Middle Orange River (MOR) alluvial operations during the past three weeks, reinforcing management's decision to focus operations in this region and embrace new processing... 

Gauteng seeks input on ‘radical’ spatial and transport plan

By: Irma Venter     30th August 2013 Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi has unveiled the province’s proposed 25-year integrated transport master plan (ITMP25), set to guide the Gauteng government in its transport development and planning. The public has the opportunity to comment on the document up to September 20. 

Retention structure technology proves effective

By: Joanne Taylor     23rd August 2013 Seven years after the completion of a new boundary-wall retention structure for the Italian Embassy, in Ethiopia, the solution has proven to be structurally durable and environmentally friendly. 

Haver highlights F-Class Four-Bearing Vibrating Screen at AIMEX

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd August 2013 Haver Australia is displaying its popular F-Class vibrating screen at AIMEX, highlighting a key product offering to the industry as it is the only solution for challenging screen applications which require consistent performance to minimise vibration transmission in the structure 

Vadi unveils 25-year Gauteng transport plan, seeks funding leap  

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2013 Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi has unveiled the province’s proposed 25-year integrated transport master plan (ITMP25), set to guide the Gauteng government in its transport development and planning. The public has the opportunity to comment on the document up to September 20. Key... 

TDCA safeguard guidelines published

By: Callie Lombard     2nd August 2013 In the instalment of this column published on April 19, which was headlined 'Itac publishes draft TDCA safeguard guidelines', I informed of a notice in the Government Gazette notice of April 3 whereby the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) extended an invitation... 

German company enters SA market with new free-form bending concept

By: Ilan Solomons     26th July 2013 German tube-bending machine manufacturer Schwarze-Robitec recently delivered several cold-bending machines to South Africa, Schwarze-Robitec plant manager Jürgen Korte informs Engineering News. He says that in terms of freeform bending, the company has further developed its freeform bending... 

First high school for Mvezo community 

25th July 2013 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Technology giant Siemens is funding and building a science and technology high school at former President Nelson Mandela’s birth town, Mvezo, in the Eastern Cape. The high school is the first in the area. Joanne Taylor reports.  

Steel supplier officially opens automated Gauteng facility 

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     19th July 2013 Supplier of steel products NJR Steel Reinforcing has officially launched its fully automated factory in Northlands Industrial Park, Gauteng, last month, during which the facilities and the latest technology in steel reinforcing were introduced. 

Quality of power transmission chain emphasised

By: Zandile Mavuso     19th July 2013 Cost reduction to protect margins is a global power transmission trend; however, engineering components provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) says investing in a high-quality branded power transmission chain can achieve significant cost savings for industry. 

Cape Town’s tallest building awarded five-star rating

By: Joanne Taylor     19th July 2013 The R1.6-billion Portside development, in Cape Town’s central business district, has been awarded a 5 Star Green Star South Africa (SA) office design rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). 

Olifants River Water Resources Development Project Phase 2, South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th July 2013 The Department of Water Affairs has reported that the De Hoop dam is in its final stage of completion. 

Reinforcing Africa’s future: Manufacturing, distributing and installing reinforced steel

12th July 2013 Macsteel Reinforcing primarily supplies reinforcing steel and provides allied value added services to the construction sector. A strong management team with vast experience and technical knowledge enhances all aspects of the business including the on-site management and installation of its... 

SA growth, commodities vulnerable as China slows

By: Terence Creamer     1st July 2013 Slower-than-expected growth in China poses a material external risk to South Africa’s 2013 growth outlook, a leading banking group warned on Monday, while reinforcing the view that the domestic headwinds of policy and labour-market uncertainty remained worrying threats. Absa Capital, which is... 

Carlmac Steel acquires Murray and Roberts Steel

28th June 2013 Carlmac Steel, a company controlled by Malcolm McCulloch and Carlo di Nicola, together with members of the existing management team have acquired all the shares of Murray and Roberts’ reinforcing and steel bar business, Murray and Roberts Steel. The company will retain the name and branding of... 

SA to gauge Agoa-extension temperature during Obama visit

By: Terence Creamer     26th June 2013 South Africa plans to use the upcoming visit of US President Barack Obama to reinforce its position that the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) should be extended for a sustained period beyond its September 30, 2015, expiry date and that South Africa should remain a beneficiary, despite its... 

Turkish steel exporters explore SA business prospects

By: Samantha Herbst     7th June 2013 To explore potential areas of cooperation and new business prospects between the steel sectors of South Africa and Turkey, high-level delegates from the Turkish Steel Exporters’ Association (CIB), comprising 17 prominent steel exporters and manufacturers currently operating in Turkey, held talks... 

Africa offers opportunity for north, south to work together – Zuma

By: SANews, SA government news service     21st May 2013 In developing Africa, countries from the north and the south have the unique opportunity to work together to change the lives of millions of Africans, President Jacob Zuma said today. Briefing the media in Tuynhuys during a visit by Canada’s Governor-General David Johnston, Zuma said South Africa... 

Big renewables financing push a highlight of bank’s sustainability report

By: Joanne Taylor     17th May 2013 Standard Bank Group (SBG) has recently released its 2012 ‘Sustainability Report’ and says its sustainability programmes are mutually reinforcing and have served the company well. 

Cisco’s new Turkish owners to invest R250m to bolster capacity ahead of restart

By: Terence Creamer     5th April 2013 The new Turkish owners of the Cape Town Iron and Steel Works (Cisco), in Kuilsrivier, in the Western Cape, will invest R250-million to expand and upgrade the facility and improve its energy efficiency ahead of its official restart, which is scheduled for either July or August. The plant produces... 

Steel fibres in concrete for strength and ductility

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     28th March 2013 Industrial concrete flooring experts Concrete Laser Flooring (CLF) director Peter Norton explains that kooked end high tensile steel fibres are added to concrete in order to make it “tougher” to create a reinforced floor that can withstand heavy impact environments. 

Cisco’s new Turkish owners to invest R250m to bolster capacity and efficiency ahead of restart 

By: Terence Creamer     20th March 2013 The new Turkish owners of the Cape Town Iron and Steel Works (Cisco), in Kuilsrivier, in the Western Cape, will invest R250-million to expand and upgrade the facility and improve its energy efficiency ahead of its official restart, which is scheduled for either July or August. The plant produces... 

Focus on high-margin business areas

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th March 2013 A key focus for JSE-listed paper, pulp and packaging group Sappi this year is to return its Southern African business to profitability by implementing various interventions aimed at repositioning the paper business to be more competitive and better serving the requirements of its customers. 

$15m African project development facility launched

By: Joanne Taylor     1st March 2013 African-led multilateral financial institution the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) and the Dutch Development Bank (FMO) recently launched a project-development facility. 

Ngodwana specialised cellulose project to be commissioned in mid-2013

By: Chantelle Kotze     15th February 2013 Paper and packaging group Sappi’s $340m-million GoCell specialised cellulose (SC) expansion project at its Ngodwana Mill, in Mpumalanga, is on track for commissioning by mid-2013 to grow its SC production. 

Industrial gas firm invests R100m in Richards Bay expansion

18th January 2013 Gas company Air Liquide has invested R100-million in the expansion of its existing production plant in Richards Bay, Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN). 

Marikana re-inflicts 70s stagflation on SA economy – Peter Leon

By: Martin Creamer     13th December 2012 The Marikana tragedy and the events that it sparked have re-inflicted a 1970s-type stagflation on the South African economy, which is now poised to be downgraded yet again by a third sovereign ratings agency, says Webber Wentzel’s Africa mining head Peter Leon in a Chamber of Mines... 

Regional demand for SA alternative building technologies rising

7th December 2012 South African exports of alternative building technologies (ABTs) into Southern Africa are gathering pace across an increasingly wider proportion of the region as it continues to gain momentum amid economic growth and infrastructural development. 

Company Announcement: Concor Civils Makes Rapid Progress on City Deep Container Terminal Upgrade

29th November 2012 Concor Civils, a Murray & Roberts Construction company, is making rapid progress on a multi-million rand contract awarded by Transnet Capital Projects for the construction of new concrete paving, civil services and electrical lighting at its City Deep Container Terminal 

Construction of Eastern Cape retail mall complete

By: Sashnee Moodley     16th November 2012 The new 33 000 m2 Nonesi Mall, in Queenstown, in the Eastern Cape, was opened last month and is set to create jobs for local residents and promote economic activity in the area, says retail centre developer Tintswalo Property Group CEO Lisa Goosen. 

Sound engineering principles used to develop home-grown toy concept

By: Schalk Burger     12th October 2012 The plastic construction toys launched by start-up toy manufacturer Tugo Build Toys will help to develop delicate skills in children at play, says Vaal University of Technology (VUT) vice-chancellor and principal Professor Irene Moutlana 

New thinking and technology being proposed to deal with South Africa’s road-death scourge

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     5th October 2012 In South Africa, road accidents claim an estimated 14 000 lives every year, making it one of the highest road-death rates globally.  

Market cap of WA-listed firms up 2%

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th October 2012 Advisory firm Deloitte reported on Thursday that the market capitalisation of the Western Australian listed companies making up its WA Index had increased some 2% during September, continuing a steady recovery for a second consecutive month. The WA Index stood at some A$142.8-billion at the end... 

Company Announcement: AREVA fosters industry discussions on Nuclear Economics in its 3rd Safety Alliance Seminar

17th September 2012 AREVA welcomed 30 operational and financial leaders of the world’s largest nuclear utilities, from 13 countries, to discuss Nuclear Economics during its latest Safety Alliance Seminar held today in London, England 

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