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Appointment Of Executive Director And Chief Financial Officer

29th September 2014 Sasol appointed Bongani Nqwababa as executive director and Chief Financial Officer of Sasol with effect from 1 March 2015. Nqwababa has been an independent non-executive director and a member of Sasol’s Audit Committee since 5 December 2013. He has been the Finance Director of Anglo American... 

Company introduces battery-powered lifts onto local market

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th September 2014 Vertical transportation systems manufacturer Otis introduced its Gen2 Switch range of lifts, which boasts ReGen technology, in May, making the Gen2 systems 75% more energy efficient than conventional systems, states the company. Otis Southern Africa MD Segren Reddy tells Engineering News that,... 

School competes against universities in Sasol’s Solar Challenge 2014 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2014 Maragon Private School Olympus pupils competed in energy and chemical company Sasol’s Solar Challenge from September 27, which comprised driving a solar-powered car over eight days covering 2 000 km from Pretoria to Cape Town. 

ELB attributes growing revenue to risk spread across industries

By: Natalie Greve     22nd September 2014 Materials handling group ELB has attributed its solid full-year showing to its diversification across several industries and numerous commodities, which has resulted in the spread of risk rather than a reliance on the health of a single market. “If you specialise in [materials handling] for one... 

Three legs of new Sasol: gas, US growth, Southern African consolidation

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2014 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol has “strategically repositioned” itself over the past three years to focus on gas-based opportunities in Southern Africa and North America, having moved away from coal-to-liquids opportunities in China, Indonesia, India and South Africa. The... 

High-density polyethylene project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     19th September 2014 The project involves the construction of a new high-density polyethylene facility at Ineos’s Battleground Manufacturing Complex, in La Porte, Texas. 

Hyundai moves from imports to local commercial vehicle assembly 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2014 Automotive company Hyundai Automotive South Africa recently opened a local commercial vehicle assembly plant, increasing the company’s contribution to the South African economy.  

Resources Watch  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2014 Sasol repositions itself for gas-based future. Gov, business and labour grapple with hostile labour climate at Nov summit. And, Sasol expects R4bn in restructuring savings, without ‘forced’ job cuts. 

Local wax microsphere manufacturer expanding

By: Anine Kilian     12th September 2014 Local wax microsphere (spherical beads with a diameter measured in microns) developer and manufacturer Cirebelle will open its new factory, in Johannesburg, this month to focus on industrial prilling solutions, in addition to the company’s personal care line that has been operating for six years.... 

Sasol extends R150m Afrox gas contract to 2020

By: Natalie Greve     10th September 2014 Gas provider African Oxygen (Afrox) has retained its key contract to supply energy group Sasol with compressed gases until December 31, 2020. With the yearly value of compressed gas sales to Sasol currently at R26-million, this five-year contract extension was expected to result in total sales... 

Sasol repositions itself for gas-based future  

By: Terence Creamer     8th September 2014 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol has “strategically repositioned” itself over the past three years to focus on gas-based opportunities in Southern Africa and North America, having moved away from coal-to-liquids opportunities in China, Indonesia, India and South Africa. The... 

Higher volumes, weaker rand lift earnings at Sasol

By: Terence Creamer     8th September 2014 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol reported a 13% rise in earnings attributable to shareholders to R29.6-billion for the year ended June 30, 2014, despite write-downs of R7.6-billion during the period. The group, which reported an operating profit of R41.7-billion on revenue of... 

Specialised compressor for refinery

By: Dylan Slater     5th September 2014 A large-capacity process gas compressor was delivered in July to energy and chemicals group Sasol’s Synfuels Catalytic Cracker plant, in Secunda. 

Govt mulls boosting divestiture, pricing powers of competition bodies 

By: Terence Creamer     4th September 2014 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has hinted to further amendments to South Africa’s Competition Act – changes that could increase the powers of the competition authorities to influence the industrial structure of the economy through forced divestiture and pricing remedies. Addressing... 

Mozambique’s first gas-to-power facility inaugurated 

By: Leandi Kolver     28th August 2014 Petrochemical giant Sasol, in partnership with Mozambique State-owned power utility Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM), on Thursday inaugurated Mozambique’s first permanent large-scale gas-to-power facility in Ressano Garcia. Natural gas would be supplied to the new 175 MW Central Termica de... 

Fire protection workshops for professionals a success

By: Pimani Baloyi     22nd August 2014 Cape Town-based fire-protection technology provider DoseTech last month hosted its third four-day course, the 2014 storage tank and associated facilities fire hazard management workshop, at coal miner Sasol Mining’s Secunda fire training centre, in Mpumalanga. DoseTech MD Michael Feldon tells... 

SA a profitable place for investment – Zuma

By: Sapa     5th August 2014 South Africa is a profitable place to invest, President Jacob Zuma told a US Chamber of Commerce forum on Monday. "Our country is also a great location for growing your business in other parts of the African continent," he said at a US-South African Business and Investment Forum in Washington. 

Marna van der Walt is the new President of SA’s shopping centre council

31st July 2014 With her extensive property experience and reputation for industry leadership, Marna van der Walt has been appointed President of the South African Council of Shopping Centres. The highly regarded CEO of Excellerate Property Services Group – which includes group companies JHI Properties,... 

MTN again named SA’s top brand

By: Natalie Greve     22nd July 2014 Telecommunications giant MTN has, for the second year running, been named the country’s most valuable brand, accounting for 16.5% of the total value of the country’s top 50 brands and potentially emerging as Africa’s first home-grown “superbrand”, Brand Finance revealed in its yearly report on... 

Anglo’s South African mines up output, platinum sales ‘normal’ despite strike

By: Martin Creamer     17th July 2014 Anglo American’s South African mines came to the party in the three months to June 30, with increased production across-the-board, including platinum supply “at normal levels” to all platinum customers, in spite of the fierce five-month strike in the platinum belt. The London- and... 

Strong support for more gas in SA’s energy mix, but constraints linger 

By: Sashnee Moodley     11th July 2014 Government’s Gas Utilisation Master Plan (Gump), Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) underline that gas is not only a substitutable alternative to coal, but could also evolve to become a substantial part of South Africa’s energy mix. Gas is flexible and can complement... 

Africa to provide significant steel opportunities

By: Ilan Solomons     11th July 2014 Steel plant processing technology, equipment and services specialist SMS Siemag, a division of SMS group, supplier of processing technology, equipment and services for the ferrous, ferro-alloy and non-ferrous metals industries, says there is potential to establish new steel plants in Africa in... 

Strong support for more gas in SA’s energy mix, but constraints linger 

By: Sashnee Moodley     11th July 2014 Government’s Gas Utilisation Master Plan (Gump), Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) underline that gas is not only a substitutable alternative to coal but a definitive and substantial part of South Africa’s energy mix. 

Gas provider launches R800m facility to service Sasol’s swelling gas needs 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th June 2014 In the largest single investment made by a local industrial gas company in the past decade, gas provider Air Products South Africa recently celebrated the launch of its new R800-million air separation unit, or ASU, at the company’s Vanderbijlpark facility, in Gauteng.  

Egoli Gas says R50m investment part of bigger network expansion plan

By: Terence Creamer     13th June 2014 Natural gas reticulator Egoli Gas has formally initiated a network expansion on the west of Johannesburg, which will enable cellular group MTN to increase its power generation capacity from 2 MW currently to over 10 MW during 2015 and lay the basis for further gas-network expansions into areas... 

Sasol, Eni partner on SA hydrocarbon exploration 

By: Leandi Kolver     10th June 2014 Energy and petrochemicals group Sasol’s oil and gas subsidiary Sasol Petroleum International has concluded a farm-out agreement with Italian multinational oil and gas company Eni for the exploration of hydrocarbon opportunities along the east coast of South Africa. The exploration right (ER)... 

Sasol readies for move to new operating model

By: Natalie Greve     9th June 2014 Energy and Petrochemicals group Sasol remains on track to implement its re-engineered operating model on July 1, reorganising the company into two upstream business units, three regional operating hubs, and four “customer-facing” strategic business units. In an update to shareholders on the... 

Sasol Mining’s coal projects on track for 2015 completion

By: Natalie Greve     9th June 2014 Sasol Mining has confirmed that its R14-billion mine replacement programme, which includes the development of the Mpumalanga-based Impumelelo and Shondoni collieries, remains on track for completion within budget and on schedule. The Sasol subsidiary expected Impumelelo to reach beneficial... 

New regulations impact on boilers

6th June 2014 Since the change by South Africa’s Department of Labour (DoL) from the Vessel Under Pressure Regulations to the Pressure Equipment Regulations in 2009, local boiler users, among other pressure vessel users, are now required to have a risk-based inspection (RBI) scheme in place if they exceed the... 

Air Products launches R800m facility to service Sasol’s swelling gas needs

By: Natalie Greve     3rd June 2014 In the largest single investment made by a local industrial gas company in the past decade, gas provider Air Products South Africa on Tuesday celebrated the launch of its new R800-million air separation unit (ASU) at the company’s Vanderbijlpark facility, in Gauteng. Construction of the ASU,... 

Infrastructure spend boosts industrial paints and coatings market

By: David Oliveira     30th May 2014 The increase in infrastructure and maintenance spending by the private and public sectors in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya is lending momentum to the industrial paints and coatings market in these countries, says consultancy Frost & Sullivan. Nigeria presents the most opportunities owing to its... 

New gas pipeline to open way for 10 MW MTN power plant 

By: Terence Creamer     27th May 2014 Natural gas reticulator Egoli Gas has formally initiated a network expansion on the west of Johannesburg, which will enable cellular group MTN to increase its power generation capacity from 2 MW currently to over 10 MW during 2015 and lay the basis for further gas-network expansions into areas... 

Sasol, DBSA enter municipal infrastructure partnership

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th May 2014 Energy and chemicals group Sasol and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) signed a memorandum of agreement on Monday opening the way for collaboration on infrastructure development in the Govan Mbeki municipality, in Mpumalanga, and Metsimaholo municipality, in the Free State. Sasol has... 

Sasol’s BEE fund delivers dividend

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd May 2014 Petrochemicals giant Sasol’s broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) fund, Sasol Inzalo Public, will, on Friday distribute a dividend of R2/share to shareholders. Inzalo, with about 16-million shares in Sasol, currently has over 214 000 shareholders. 

Sasol's 344.5 t wax reactor arrives in Sasolburg

By: Natalie Greve     16th April 2014 A 344.5 t wax reactor has arrived at petrochemicals giant Sasol’s Fisher-Tropsch wax expansion project, in Sasolsburg, in the Free State, after five weeks of road travel from Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal. The reactor was transported through Pongola, in KwaZulu-Natal, and Piet Retief, in... 

New machine increases forging company’s forging capability

11th April 2014 Product supplier and manufacturer Frankwen Forge installed a four-axis computer numerical controlled machine during the late last year, says Frankwen Forge sales manager Vince Horsburgh. He says that the machine enables the company to machine complex, integrally reinforced lip-type nozzles, final... 

Critical equipment keeps upgrade project on schedule

By: David Oliveira     21st March 2014 Compressor and generator hire company Rand-Air played a significant role in the delivery of mission-critical equipment and service to energy and chemicals group Sasol’s Synfuels nitrogen project, it reported in October. The company, which is part of international engineering group Atlas Copco,... 

Chemicals group inaugurates R1.9bn polyethylene plant

By: David Oliveira     21st March 2014 Energy and chemicals group Sasol inaugurated its new R1.9-billion ethylene purification unit, known as the Ethylene Purification Unit 5 (EPU5), in Sasolburg, in January. The inauguration, which was held at the Sasol Polymers Plant in Sasolburg, was attended by CEO David Constable and the South... 

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