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Mt Peake gets Native Title Agreement

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th October 2018 ASX-listed TNG has signed Native Title Agreement for its Mount Peake vanadium/titanium/iron project, in the Northern Territory. The agreement was struck with the Central Land Council and the Eynewantheyne Aboriginal Corporation, the body corporate for the native title holders of the land. 

FairPlay welcomes Minister’s fuel ethanol policy strategy, to host ethanol strategy conference in November  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th October 2018 Nonprofit organisation FairPlay has welcomed government’s decision to revive its biofuels strategy, stating that a mandatory bioethanol fuel blend will benefit the country through job creation, increased fixed investment, technology development and energy security, as well as expanded sugar... 

Alaska's Graphite Creek is potentially key to US defence industrial base

By: Mariaan Webb     10th October 2018 The Graphite Creek graphite project that TSX-V-listed Graphite One Resources is studying in Alaska could be a key source of supply for the US defence industry, which has recommended that the country reduce its import reliance for critical equipment and material. Commenting on the White House/US... 

Basic Cyber Hygiene Practices That Go A Long Way

10th October 2018 Doros Hadjizenonos, regional sales director at Fortinet in South Africa When on the job at a corporate office, a healthcare organization, or an academic institution or government agency, or even when you are working from a local coffee shop, restaurant, or home office, your organization’s online... 

Blockchain tech coming to commodities, Masters tells LME

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2018 The blockchain is coming to commodity markets, Blythe Masters told guests at the London Metal Exchange annual dinner during LME Week. The virtual ledger technology underlying cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin promises greater confidentiality, fewer paper exchanges, better provenance and a boost in... 

Tulu Kapi on track for 2019 construction start

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th October 2018 Aim-listed Kefi Minerals made progress with preparations for the development of its Tulu Kapi project, in Ethiopia, in the third quarter ended September 30. Project development funding has been secured through the Ethiopian government, which committed $20-million over 2019 and 2020 to fund... 

Siemens to showcase sector-specific solutions and future technologies for Industrie 4.0

9th October 2018 Integrated Digital Enterprise portfolio for machine and plant builders as well as end customers Concrete digitalization use cases from chemical, pharmaceutical, aerospace, battery, food and beverage industries 

UK expresses faith in South Africa's economy, backs Ramaphosa's stimulus package

By: African News Agency      9th October 2018 The United Kingdom's trade commissioner for Africa, Emma Wade-Smith, said on Tuesday that the UK had full confidence in South Africa's "stimulus package" and was more likely to continue to invest in South Africa despite the country's troubled economy going through a technical recession. President... 

Losses due to arson attacks on Metrorail trains closing in on R700m 

By: African News Agency      9th October 2018 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) on Tuesday put its losses due to arson attacks on its Metrorail trains at R636-million over the past three years. Briefing Parliament's portfolio committee on transport, PRASA chief executive Sibusiso Sithole said 71% of the arson attacks had... 

Bladon’s new microturbine genset to power up telecoms towers

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th October 2018 UK-based engineering pioneer Bladon Micro Turbine has launched its first commercial product, the Bladon MTG12 – a 12 kW (15 kVA) microturbine generator set (genset) dedicated to powering global telecoms towers. The microturbine genset manufacturer aims to dominate the telecoms tower market where... 

Stats SA to conduct commercial agriculture census

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th October 2018 Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) will, on October 15, embark on a countrywide Census of Commercial Agriculture. About 600 field staff will visit commercial farms across the country to establish the number of commercial farmers, farm size, crop type being farmed in different geographic areas,... 

Metals streaming a viable alternative funding solution – Fasken

By: Simone Liedtke     5th October 2018 Persistent volatility in commodity prices has made it increasingly difficult for mining companies to access debt and equity financing, which is why more mining companies may be considering entering into metals streaming agreements, as opposed to seeking traditional forms of finance, law firm... 

Cowal expansion could come sooner - Evolution

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th October 2018 The New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment has approved gold miner Evolution Mining’s plans to increase the processing rate at its Cowal plant by 31%, from 7.5-million tonnes a year to 9.8-million tonnes a year. “This approval is a significant step towards achieving our objective... 

Icasa publishes discussion document to define its role and responsibilities in cybersecurity matters

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th October 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) this week published a discussion document to determine its role in the regulation of cybersecurity. Interested parties have until November 30 to make their written submissions on the matter, after which the authority will likely... 

Drought: more action, less rhetoric needed from business

5th October 2018 South Africa’s current drought affects people at home, but more important to our economy is the damage to businesses. The Western Cape is not the only place in trouble, and as a new El Niño season approaches, the effects will only worsen. The story of the business sector and its water security is... 

Air traffic control being transformed by digital technologies

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th October 2018 The dramatic advances in information and communications technology, electro-optical technologies and digitalisation have enabled a revolution to take place in terms of airport air (and ground) traffic control. This was highlighted in a briefing at the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence 2018... 

UK reaffirms wish to strengthen ties with SA defence industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th October 2018 Britain was committed to further developing and strengthening partnerships with South Africa in the defence and security sectors, and not least with the South African defence industry. "The Prime Minister's [Theresa May's] recent visit here highlighted the importance the UK places on its defence... 

Security as important as people, technology in ensuring organisational success

By: Schalk Burger     5th October 2018 Security is as vital to organisational success as technology and people, and is fundamental for digital transformation, says market intelligence and advisory firm International Data Corporation (IDC) sub-Saharan Africa associate VP Mark Walker. If systems are taught the wrong things at the start,... 

Govt looking at ‘modernising’ defence funding – Ramaphosa

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has stated that the Government was looking at reducing the dependency of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) on direct funding by the State. He was delivering the opening address for the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2018 exhibition at Air Force Base... 

DBCM, partners invest R27m in upgrading primary school near Voorspoed mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th October 2018 De Beers Group has, through its De Beers Fund, partnered with the Free State Department of Education and Kagiso Shanduka Trust (KST) to invest R27-million on the construction of a school in its labour sending area community of Maokeng, in Kroonstad. The construction of Phuleng primary school,... 

Paramount appoints CEO for new South African subsidiary

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th October 2018 Aerospace and defence company Paramount Group has appointed Mike Ramagoma CEO of its new subsidiary, Paramount South Africa.   Paramount South Africa was founded to bolster the capacity of South African end-users by providing advanced technologies and solutions that form part of Paramount Group’s... 

African transport infrastructure insufficient for continental growth – Nzimande

By: African News Agency      4th October 2018 Transport Minister Blade Nzimande has said that if Africa wants to capitalise on its fast growth trajectory it needed better transport and logistics as current infrastructure was “insufficient”. Delivering the keynote address at the 2018 African Ports and Rail Evolution Conference at the Inkosi... 

Home buyers drawn to Killarney’s eclectic architectural styles and contemporary community lifestyle

3rd October 2018 The picturesque suburb of Killarney, north of Johannesburg continues to be a sought after home location, thanks to its eclectic mixture of architectural styles, and contemporary community lifestyle. Conveniently located just off the M1 freeway with easy access to the Johannesburg CBD and... 

Joburg and Cape Town pave major investment for mobility access and infrastructural developments

3rd October 2018 Report highlights role of emerging technologies and innovative solutions in fuelling future of mobility The city of Cape Town began its Congestion Management Program to reduce traffic problems and plans to spend more than US$57 million over five years on road infrastructure projects 

Alviva turns to Datacentrix for consolidated group IT management

3rd October 2018 Alviva Holdings Limited, one of Africa’s largest providers of information and communication technology products and services, has outsourced its group IT requirements to Datacentrix. As part of this agreement Datacentrix manages desktop support (within office hours), network support (on a 24 x 7... 

Bedfordview’s new high-rise apartment building nearly sold out

3rd October 2018 With occupation expected in March 2019, the finishing touches are being put to Infinité, Bedfordview’s stylish new, high-rise residential development which has risen out the ground in a prime location opposite Eastgate shopping centre in Johannesburg. Following a rapid sell-out of all 100 units... 

PetroSA says it is committed to ethical leadership

By: Kim Cloete     1st October 2018 PetroSA has told international and local players in the energy space that it is committed to ethical leadership and prudent business management. “What has become pronounced is the issue of ethics in State-owned entities (SoE) and more broadly in government and elsewhere. National oil companies... 

Govt to finalise biofuels regulatory framework by March 2019

By: Kim Cloete     1st October 2018 The government plans to finalise the long-awaited biofuel blending regulatory framework and have it approved by Cabinet before the end of March 2019, while the Department of Energy (DoE) is also focusing sharply on the development of gas-to-power opportunities. This was revealed in a speech read... 

Niasa to hold deliberations on the draft IRP2018

By: Simone Liedtke     1st October 2018 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) will, on Wednesday, host a workshop to deliberate its response to the new Integrated Resource Plan 2018 (IRP2018). The workshop, which will be held at the Wits Club at the University of the Witwatersrand, in Braamfontein, aims to bring... 

Renewable Energy Projects Are ‘Home Ground’ For Raubex Infra

1st October 2018 Renewable energy infrastructure specialist Raubex Infra is looking forward to the rollout of public-private solar and wind energy projects this year and is excited about Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s announcement of a fifth bid window to be launched in November. “Our work in the renewable energy... 

Strikes And Their Economic Consequences

1st October 2018 Perfect Word Consulting (Pty) Ltd After conducting intensive research* into the topic of strikes and labour unrest, the Mandela Initiative came to several conclusions. One of these was that the right to strike is made up of a delicate balance between the power of firms and the rights of... 

Track and trace with PackVerifi

28th September 2018 Track and trace technology ensures that brand owners can track their products throughout the supply chain and, among other things, protect their shipments against counterfeiting. To do this, product coding and marking is essential for providing traceability information that is displayed on... 

Comstor Southern Africa now to offer SolarWinds to resellers in South Africa

28th September 2018 Comstor Southern Africa is pleased to announce that customers in South Africa now, as a result of the extension of its distribution contract, have access to the full range of end-to-end IT infrastructure management software solutions from SolarWinds. SolarWinds dramatically simplifies the process... 

Union says reached wage deal with Alcoa Australia, will end strike

By: Reuters     28th September 2018 Unionised workers at aluminium producer Alcoa's Western Australian operations on Friday agreed to end a strike that lasted more than six weeks after securing better job security provisions in a new wage agreement. Workers at two alumina refineries and three bauxite mines walked out on August 8... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th September 2018 The remaining Kusile units are progressing well. 

Musings on the local aerospace and defence industries

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th September 2018 Last week saw the latest edition of Africa Aerospace and Defence, still the continent’s premier exhibition in this sector, attracting exhibitors and visitors from all over the world. And, naturally, drawing one’s thoughts to the state of the closely related but not identical aerospace and defence... 

IBAS Group

28th September 2018 South Africa based IBAS Group has grown to be one of the most consistent service providers in the demanding industrial access and related value-add sector. Founded 23 years ago to provide innovative solutions to energy and chemicals group Sasol’s Secunda and Sasolburg plants, Wouter Booysen, a... 

Mall of Africa to debut world first in integrated solar system

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th September 2018 Mall of Africa is set to unveil a world first in integrated renewable energy systems, with the largest rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system of its kind in the southern hemisphere and tenth worldwide. The 4 755 kW installation covers most of the available mall roof space, an area of about 45 000... 

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