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South African Conversations on Infrastructure

14th July 2015 DIALOGUES OVER THE YEARS Over the past three years of Dialogues, role players and stakeholders have faced many hurdles in the race to develop South Africa’s infrastructure. Some have cleared these hurdles and others have not. Going forward, achieving a better performance requires teamwork... 

Event addresses Africa’s power, distribution sector issues

By: Bruce Montiea     3rd July 2015 Power generation and distribution industry conference and exhibition, POWER-GEN Africa and DistribuTECH Africa’s expert advisory board has identified the integration of renewable energy into the traditional power ecosystem, universal access to power, funding and sustainability as key issues to be... 

KTH acquires 51% of Servest in landmark empowerment deal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th June 2015 Investment holding company Kagiso Tiso Holdings (KTH) has acquired a 51% shareholding in Servest Group, in a transaction that values the group at about R4.5-billion. The deal would see Servest become the largest, majority black-owned, facilities management company in Africa, strongly positioning... 

KTH acquires 51% of Servest in a landmark transaction

25th June 2015 Investment holding company, Kagiso Tiso Holdings announces the successful acquisition of a 51% shareholding in the Servest Group (“Servest”) to form the largest, majority black-owned, facilities management company in Africa, in a transaction valuing the group at approximately R4.5 billion. The... 

CompComm approves Lion Match’s acquisition of Sasol candle business

By: Natalie Greve     12th June 2015 The Competition Commission has approved, without conditions, the acquisition of Sasol-owned Price’s Candles’ manufacturing business and assets by safety match and firelighter company Lion Match. This followed the inking of a deal between the petochemicals group and Lion Match to have Price’s... 

Gantsho to step in as Implats chairperson in October

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th June 2015 JSE-listed platinum miner Impala Platinum (Implats) has appointed Dr Mandla Gantsho as independent nonexecutive chairperson, effective October 21. He would succeed Dr Khotso Mokhele who would step down as director and chairperson at Implats’ annual general meeting. 

Large stainless steel localisation potential in power generation industry

By: Dylan Slater     29th May 2015 The production of specialised products, such as stainless steel heat-exchanger tubing, for the industrial power generation industry could hold significant benefits for local stainless steel manufacturer Fischer South Africa (SA). 

Sasol expands production at German alumina plant

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th May 2015 Energy and chemicals group Sasol has expanded the production capacity of its alumina spheres plant in Brunsbüttel, Germany, to 4 000 t/y. “The expansion marks another step in strengthening our position in the alumina market to meet growing market demand for carrier materials for industrial... 

New valve test station provides quality assurance

By: David Oliveira     15th May 2015 South African valve manufacturing company Mitech last month installed a combination shut-off and control valve test station at the company’s factory in Kempton Park, Johannesburg. The test station was imported from Netherlands-based valve testing unit manufacturer Ventil through Ventil’s South... 

Resources Watch  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th May 2015 This week: Sasol nears the tail end of its R15.3-billion mine replacement project in Secunda. Brazil’s Vale stresses the importance of community engagement. And, Stonewall aims to mine 36 000 ounces a year from Mpumalanga tailings in the next ten years. 

Power crisis’ silver lining

By: Sisa Njikelana     8th May 2015 As would be expected, the current electricity crisis has triggered a flurry of activities aimed at mitigating the crisis. Thus, the crisis has had a catalytic effect in terms of seeking short-,medium- and long-term solutions. As an example, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Petterssen said when she... 

Sasol nears tail end of R15.3bn mine replacement project in Secunda  

By: Natalie Greve     6th May 2015 A sweeping R15.3-billion project that will replace three of petrochemical group Sasol’s ageing coal mines across the Secunda coalfields of Mpumalanga continues to advance within budget and will, once fully completed in 2016, supply the group’s nearby Synfuels complex with 42-million tons of coal... 

Sasol to complete design of biogas plant by year-end

By: David Oliveira     24th April 2015 Petrochemicals group Sasol will finalise the conceptual design of a 60 Mℓ anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) at the end of this year, which is expected to generate 40 MW of electricity by treating a gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant’s industrial effluent to produce methane-rich biogas. Sasol... 

The battle for clean air isn’t over

23rd April 2015 Last week, Sasol withdrew litigation against the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs. Sasol was seeking to review and set aside the minimum air emission standards promulgated in 2013 under section 21 of the National Environmental Management Air Quality Act. However, despite the withdrawal... 

Sasol pulls 340 S African workers from Moz operations as xenophobic tensions rise 

By: Natalie Greve     17th April 2015 Petrochemicals group Sasol has confirmed that it has evacuated 340 South Africans from its operations in Mozambique, following fears of retaliation by local workers amid outbreaks of xenophobic violence against foreign nationals – among them Mozambicans – in South Africa. The group said in a... 

Low oil price to smother infrastructure spend in Nigeria, Angola

By: Natalie Greve     15th April 2015 Infrastructure spend by Africa’s largest oil producing countries, Nigeria and Angola, will be hard-hit by the retreating global oil price, which has more than halved since June last year and is currently at $58/bl, it emerged on Tuesday. “Angola and Nigeria are not in a fortunate position.... 

Air Liquide air separation unit, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     27th March 2015 The project involves the construction of the largest air separation unit ever built. 

Sasol working with SA's power 'war room' on gas-importation plan 

By: Terence Creamer     9th March 2015 Energy and chemicals group Sasol is working with the Eskom War Room on a possible public–private partnership (PPP) to build a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility along the South African coast, which would facilitate the importation of gas to be used by both Eskom and independent power... 

Sasol to cut capex by as much as R22bn as part of ‘lower-for-longer’ oil response plan

By: Terence Creamer     9th March 2015 Energy and chemicals group Sasol aims to save between R13-billion and R22-billion from “capital portfolio phasing and reductions” over the coming 30 months as part of a larger R30-billion to R50-billion cash-conservation programme launched in response to an expectation of a “lower-for-longer” oil... 

Ressano Garcia’s gas-to-power capacity rises to 400 MW as loop-line is completed

By: Terence Creamer     5th March 2015 The $200-million ‘loop line 1’ project to expand the capacity of the gas pipeline from Mozambique to South Africa has been completed, the Republic of Mozambique Pipeline Investments Company (Rompco) has confirmed. Rompco is the gas transport joint venture set up in 2004 by JSE-listed energy and... 

Sassda honours local stainless steel fabricators at gala event

27th February 2015 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) in November announced the winners of the 2014 Stainless Steel Awards at a gala banquet held at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, Johannesburg. “We have seen some of the strongest entries in several years for the 2014 Stainless Steel... 

Air Liquide to build €200m oxygen plant to supply Sasol 

25th February 2015 Petrochemicals group Sasol has signed a long-term agreement with French multinational Air Liquide for the supply of large quantities of industrial gases to Sasol Secunda. The deal would see Air Liquide invest about €200-million on the construction of what it says is the largest air separation... 

Sasol corporate office development project, Gauteng, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th February 2015 Sasol is building its new corporate office on Katherine street, in Sandton, Johannesburg. 

Sasol amends ‘progressive’ dividend policy, management structures

By: Natalie Greve     18th February 2015 Petrochemicals group Sasol has amended its “progressive” dividend policy, which sees dividends improved or maintained in line with the company’s earnings, in light of a low oil price environment and current macroeconomic conditions. “The revised policy is based on a dividend cover range, which... 

Sasol’s new corporate office to be completed next year

By: Zandile Mavuso     6th February 2015 Integrated energy and chemical company Sasol is building its new corporate office in Sandton that is designed to replicate the company’s logo and is scheduled for completion in 2016. 

Sasol ethane cracker and derivatives complex, US

6th February 2015 Sasol insists that it has “stress tested” the $8.9-billion ethane cracker and derivatives complex against several parameters and that the project’s economics remain “robust, even under extreme scenarios”. 

Former Cesa CEO to lead Amatola Water

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th February 2015 In his position as the new CEO of water utility Amatola Water, Lefadi Makibinyane would be responsible for driving the utility’s 20-year strategy, which was in its second year of implementation. He would also be expected to play a critical role in steering the Amatola board as it strengthened its... 

Sasol says Louisiana cracker stress tested for ‘extreme scenarios’

By: Terence Creamer     3rd February 2015 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol insists that it has “stress tested” the $8.9-billion ethane cracker and derivatives complex it is currently building in the US against a number of parameters and that the project’s economics remain “robust, even under extreme scenarios”. Speaking to... 

Diesel Electric Services to install high-pressure natural gas connection

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th January 2015 South African generator set (genset) designer and manufacturer Diesel Electric Services (DES), has contracted a permanent, high-pressure gas connection that would allow it to test natural gas-powered engines with greater flexibility. The connection would give DES access to natural gas reticulator... 

Home-grown bioremediation process turns harmful industrial sludge into fertilisers

By: Schalk Burger     30th January 2015 Petrochemicals giant Sasol, which typically incinerates its waste sludge streams or sends them to hazardous waste sites, is increasing its use of composting to treat these streams at its Secunda plant, in Mpumalanga, reducing transportation and disposal costs, as well as air pollution. Composting... 

Home-grown bioremediation process turns harmful industrial sludge into useful fertilisers

By: Schalk Burger     30th January 2015 Petrochemicals giant Sasol, which typically incinerates its waste sludge streams or sends them to hazardous waste sites, is increasing its use of composting to treat these streams at its Secunda plant, in Mpumalanga, reducing transportation and disposal costs, as well as air pollution. Composting... 

Sasol to delay investment decision on Louisiana GTL plant 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th January 2015 Energy and chemicals group Sasol will delay making a final investment decision on a proposed 96 000 bl/d gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in the US state of Louisiana, as the group announces plans to cut costs in response to lower international oil prices. Sasol on Wednesday said it was formulating a... 

Sasol offloads candle business to Lion Match Co

By: Natalie Greve     27th January 2015 Petochemicals group Sasol and the Lion Match Company have inked a deal that will see Sasol subsidiary and candle manufacturer Price’s Candles being absorbed into Lion’s portfolio of homecare brands. Lion Match Company group CEO Alisdair Sinclair said the acquisition of Price’s Candles was aligned... 

AGM injects new blood into body’s board of directors

By: Ilan Solomons     16th January 2015 In October, industry body the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) announced changes to its board of directors as well as the winners of its 2014 Merit Awards. The announcement was made during Sappma’s tenth annual general meeting (AGM), which was held in Midrand, in... 

New Sasol building to embody logo – architects

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th January 2015 South African chemicals group Sasol’s new corporate office at 2 Katherine street, Sandton, has been designed to resemble the company’s logo, architecture firm Paragon Architects noted on Wednesday. The ten-storey office building, which would span almost 70 000 m2, would consolidate the company’s... 

Gas power plant adds to Moz energy mix

By: Pimani Baloyi     12th December 2014 Financial services provider Investec says it has gained invaluable experience through its funding of a Mozambican power generation project, the Kuvaninga Energia project, which reached financial close in December 2013 and is scheduled for commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2015. The... 

Sasol moving to upscale industrial sludge bioremediation process 

By: Schalk Burger     12th December 2014 Petrochemicals giant Sasol’s industrial sludge bioremediation project aims to move into full commercial scale over the next two years to treat 200 000 t/y of industrial sludge. The project uses aerobic composting to convert the sludge from its Bioworks water treatment plants, in Secunda, into... 

Sasol moving to commercial scale with industrial sludge bioremediation

By: Schalk Burger     27th November 2014 Petrochemicals giant Sasol’s industrial sludge bioremediation project will move into full commercial scale over the next two years to treat its 200 000 t/y of industrial sludge. The project made use of aerobic composting to convert sludges from Sasol’s Bioworks water treatment plants in Secunda... 

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