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Ramaphosa declares end to 'investment strike' and unveils R290bn in commitments  

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa declared an end to South Africa's proverbial 'investment strike', when he unveiled firm investment commitments of R290-billion across a diverse range of sectors, from mining and energy to infrastructure and manufacturing, at a well attended and vibrant investment... 

Investment Conference: Hundreds of billions of rands already pledged

By: News24Wire      26th October 2018 Several companies made major investment announcements during President Cyril Ramaphosa's Investment Conference, which called to rally investors to plough money into the country’s ailing economy. These include Sappi (R7.7-billion), Mondi SA (R8-billion), Rain (R1-billion), Mara (R1.5-billion),... 

Giuricich Bros secures Vukile’s investment for a section of the new prime offices at 104 Oxford Rd

25th October 2018 JSE-listed SA retail real estate investment trust (REIT) Vukile Property Fund has acquired a substantial section of Giuricich Bros Construction’s new premium-grade offices at 104 Oxford Road, Rosebank. Giuricich, the leading South African family-owned construction firm, began work on the 6,400sqm... 

Sappi launches sustainable dissolving wood pulp brand

By: Simone Liedtke     5th October 2018 Diversified woodfibre company Sappi on Friday launched its Sappi Verve brand, which the company intends to use to strengthen its leadership in the dissolving wood pulp (DWP) market. Sappi CEO Steve Binnie said the company’s products and service offering within the DWP market are “highly valued... 

Buy local to save jobs in South Africa, says Ramaphosa

By: African News Agency      4th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday urged companies doing business in South Africa, government entities and the general populace to prioritize purchasing locally manufactured goods and products in a bid to create and save jobs. "For the economy to grow and for jobs to be created, it is... 

Ngodwana biomass project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     14th September 2018 Official site clearing and preparation for earthworks have started at Ngodwana Energy’s biomass power project. 

Site clearing, earthworks preparation starts at 25 MW Ngodwana biomass power project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th September 2018 Official site clearing and preparation for earthworks have started at Ngodwana Energy’s 25 MW biomass power project, in Mpumalanga. The ELB-KCC Consortium on Wednesday said the project will be erected at the Sappi Ngodwana site about 40 km from Nelspruit, next to the N4 highway and is part of... 

ELB-KCC Consortium commencing site clearing and preparing for bulk earthworks at Ngodwana Energy Biomass Power Project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th September 2018 The ELB-KCC Consortium (Consortium), is pleased to announce that the official site clearing started and that preparation for bulk earthworks commenced at the Ngodwana Energy (RF) (Pty) Limited 25MW Biomass Power Project. The project will be erected at the Sappi Ngodwana site about 40km from... 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – fourth window

By: Sheila Barradas     31st August 2018 Twenty-seven Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme project agreements were signed in April 2018.  

Project Vulindlela, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th August 2018 Sappi proposes to expand capacity and undertake various continuous improvement initiatives and upgrade projects at the Saiccor mill. 

Xylex demonstration plant, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th August 2018 Sappi proposes to further upscale its Xylex technology for the production of xylitol and furfural. 

ELB to provide Side Arm Charger to Sappi Saiccor, KZN

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th August 2018 ELB Engineering Services (ELB) is pleased to announce that a contract has been entered into between Sappi Saiccor and ELB Engineering Services for the Sappi Saiccor Side Arm Charger Project at Umkomaas, South Coast of KZN, South Africa. The Sappi Saiccor mill at Umkomaas is planning to increase... 

Sappi shares fall on lower Q3 profit

By: Simone Liedtke     13th August 2018 Dissolving wood pulp (DWP), paper and pulp producer Sappi’s share price on the JSE fell by as much as 10.4% on Monday after the company reported a 12% year-on-year decrease in net profit to $51-million for the third quarter ended June 30, compared with a net profit of $58-million reported for the... 

Group Five granted immunity from competition authorities for 15 construction projects 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th August 2018 The Competition Tribunal has approved a settlement agreement in terms of which construction company Group Five will receive immunity for cooperating with the Competition Commission’s investigation into the construction industry and disclosing its participation in 15 construction projects as a... 

Sappi debuts on FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Top 30 index

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st July 2018 Pulp and paper producer Sappi has been included in the FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Top 30 Index. The company has also been confirmed as a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series, which is designed to measure the performance of companies demonstrating strong environmental, social and... 

Sappi to combat artisan skills dearth with two new centres

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     27th July 2018 To ensure an adequate supply of skilled labour and artisans, pulp and paper company Sappi has opened training centres in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga. Sappi opened a training centre at its Saiccor mill in Umkomaas, KwaZulu-Natal, in January and at its Ngodwana mill near Mbombela, in Mpumalanga,... 

Business Leadership urges SA private sector to match foreign investment 

By: African News Agency      26th July 2018 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) on Thursday urged the local private sector to help build on the BRICS Summit by matching and taking advantage of the investment opportunities presented by the summit and associated business forums.  This follows an announcement of US $14,7 billion worth of... 

Sappi to invest R7.7bn on Saiccor mill expansion, improvement initiatives

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd July 2018 Paper and packaging producer Sappi will invest R2.7-billion in 2018 and 2019 on expanding the capacity of its Saiccor Mill, in Umkomaas, south of Durban, to produce 890 000 t/y of dissolving wood pulp (DWP). The mill currently produces 780 000 t/y of DWP.  

Company facilitates provincial prosperity

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th July 2018 With sustainable woodfibre products and solutions provider Sappi’s KwaZulu-Natal operations contributing about R11.7-billion annually to the province’s economy, the company is pursuing socioeconomic transformation in its communities of operation. “We recognise that transformation is not just a... 

Sappi to build xylitol, furfural production demo plant

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th July 2018 Pulp and paper producer Sappi has decided to build a demonstration plant to further scale up its novel Xylex technology for the production of xylitol and furfural. The plant, which will become operational in early 2019, will be located adjacent to the existing sugars and lignin extraction plant... 

Company hits 500 mark in sales

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 Over the past 23 years, industrial services company The Dickinson Group has sold more than 500 specialised stud welding machines, says company refractory anchor division manager Miles Simpson. The machines were provided by Germany-based welding machine suppliers Soyer and UK-based welding... 

Ngodwana biomass project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     25th May 2018 The project involves the construction of a 25 MW woodchip biomass plant.  

Sappi continues to invest in growth as Q2 performance beats expectations

By: Simone Liedtke     14th May 2018 Global diversified woodfibre company Sappi will continue to invest in its growth and has submitted an environmental approval application to expand its Saiccor mill, in KwaZulu-Natal by another 110 000 m2. Production is expected to start early in 2020, with the environmental approval expected... 

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... 

Babcock’s plant division gives customers a lift

23rd April 2018 Babcock’s safety first philosophy has resulted in its plant hire business receiving two orders from Air Products South Africa (Pty) Limited to install two 88-tonne cryogenic tanks at its plant in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal. Following the first successful, incident-free heavy lift in 2017, Air... 

ELB gets go ahead to start construction at Ngodwana biomass plant

By: Anine Kilian     16th April 2018 JSE-listed ELB’s ELB Engineering subsidiary, together with its project partner, KC Cottrell, has received notice to proceed with the building of a 25 MW biomass power plant for Ngodwana Energy following the successful bid in terms of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement... 

Consortium appointed as EPC contractor for Mpumalanga biomass project

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2018 A consortium comprising engineering consultant ELB Engineering Services, environment equipment manufacturer KC Cottrell and the ELB Educational Trust, has been appointed as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for Ngodwana Energy’s 25 MW biomass project, in Mpumalanga.... 

Paper producer to upgrade Mpumalanga mill 

By: Victor Moolman     30th March 2018 Pulp and paper producer Sappi will shut down its Ngodwana mill, in Mpumalanga, for four weeks in May, to install new equipment that will decrease bottlenecking. The company will install new machines, and upgrade the wood chipper, fibre line and pulp dryer, says Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex... 

Safety solution provided for contractor at Sappi mill

30th March 2018 Rope-access specialist Skyriders has provided a working at height safety solution for a contractor undertaking maintenance at paper and pulp manufacturer Sappi’s Ngodwana pulp and paper mill, in Mpumalanga. The company explains that this follows an earlier successful project in 2016 where it... 

Energy-intensive firms say carbon tax wrong tool for reducing power emissions

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2018 The Industry Task Team on Climate Change (ITTCC), which includes many of South Africa’s largest mining and industrial companies, says the proposed carbon tax will have no material impact on reducing carbon emissions from the electricity sector, which is responsible for around half of the... 

Skyriders provides working-at-height safety solution for Sappi mill

9th March 2018 Rope-access specialist Skyriders has provided a working-at-height safety solution for a contractor undertaking maintenance at the Sappi Ngodwana pulp-and-paper mill in Mpumalanga. It follows an earlier successful projects in 2016 whereby Skyriders undertook inspection and repair work on the... 

Sappi concludes Cham Paper acquisition

By: Anine Kilian     28th February 2018 JSE-listed Sappi has completed the acquisition of Cham Paper Group (CPG). The transaction includes the acquisition of CPG’s Carmignano and Condino mills, in Italy, as well as its digital imaging business in Cham, Switzerland. 

M&R committed to deliver sub-Saharan power and water prospects as mega-project era draws to close 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th February 2018 The Power & Water business platform within JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is beginning to shift its attention from Eskom’s two megascale power station projects, in Limpopo and Mpumalanga respectively, to tackling a range of smaller opportunities in various... 

M&R committed to deliver sub-Saharan power and water prospects as mega-project era draws to close 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th February 2018 The Power & Water business platform within JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is beginning to shift its attention from Eskom’s two megascale power station projects, in Limpopo and Mpumalanga respectively, to tackling a range of smaller opportunities in various... 

Sappi moves to consolidate dissolving pulp leadership

By: Anine Kilian     9th February 2018 Pulp and paper producer Sappi plans to significantly expand its operations in South Africa, Europe and the US by 2020, starting with the preparatory work for the potential expansion of its South Africa-based Saiccor dissolving wood pulp (DWP) mill. The South African group supplies about 20% of... 

SA pulp and paper group moves to consolidate dissolving pulp leadership

By: Anine Kilian     9th February 2018 Pulp and paper producer Sappi plans to significantly expand its operations in South Africa, Europe and the US by 2020, starting with the preparatory work for the potential expansion of its South Africa-based Saiccor dissolving wood pulp (DWP) mill. The South African group supplies about 20% of... 

Sappi's Q1 results in line with expectations

By: Simone Liedtke     7th February 2018 Pulp and paper producer Sappi's performance for the first quarter of the 2018 financial year was in line with group expectations, with earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda), excluding special items, reaching $172-million. This was, however, lower than the... 

Sappi confirms expansion plans for dissolving wood pulp capacity

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2017 JSE-listed Sappi has announced plans to “significantly” expand its dissolving wood pulp (DWP) capacity by 2020, starting with the preparatory work for the potential expansion of its Saiccor DWP mill. The company aims to increase the mill’s capacity by up to 250 000 t/y to meet strong projected... 

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