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SA cities not among the least liveable

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th September 2018 South Africans are a whinging lot – there is survey data from credible research entities to prove this – and one of biggest gripes is about living conditions in towns and cities, especially in the less-well-to-do areas, better known in our lingo as ‘locations’ or ‘townships’. The service delivery... 

Renewable-energy guide offers insight into maturing African markets

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 Global law firm DLA Piper has characterised the regulatory environments for renewable-energy projects in 12 African countries in response to developing markets on the continent, says DLA Piper Global co-chair of energy sector Natasha Luther-Jones. Renewable energy projects are becoming... 

Machine learning, knowledge management tools changing legal industry

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 The legal profession, as with most other knowledge professions, is changing through the use of machine learning tools applied to ensure that legal information is leveraged and disseminated efficiently to lawyers to fulfil their tasks more quickly and more accurately, law firm Cliffe Dekker... 

I-10 Corridor project – Contract 1, US

By: Sheila Barradas     14th September 2018 The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority is upgrading the I-10 Corridor in California. 

DWS today presented on its 2017/18 Quarter 4 performance at the Portfolio Committee

13th September 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) today presented on its 2017/18 performance at the Portfolio Committee. The DWS delegation was led by the Acting Director-General, Ms. Deborah Mochotlhi whilst the Portfolio Committee was as usual led by the Chairperson, Hon. Lulu Johnson. In response... 

PRASA commits to paying R16m for special Rail Enforcement Unit

By: News24Wire      13th September 2018 The Passenger Rail Agency of SA (PRASA) says it is fully committed to its part in the establishment of a special Rail Enforcement Unit, pledging to pay its R16-million contribution towards the deployment of an additional 100 officers. The rail agency's contribution, which it reaffirmed at a... 

Tanzanian integrity pledge regulations lack clarity, cause uncertainty – law firm

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th September 2018 Multinational law firm Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has raised concerns around Tanzania’s new integrity pledge for mining companies, questioning whether it meets international best practice. Since July 2017, the Tanzanian government has introduced significant regulatory reforms to the mining... 

Further Australian LNG projects needed to keep prices in check

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th September 2018 New Australian liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies will have to come on line by 2028 in order to forestall a shortage, advisory firm Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac) has forecast. “The Queensland LNG export projects have shattered the east coast’s ‘cheap gas forever’ mentality,” WoodMac director for... 

Simmering Alcoa labour dispute morphed into 'clash of the titans'

By: Bloomberg     12th September 2018 Workers of the Alcoa-controlled Becancour smelter in Quebec stand guard under umbrellas outside the gates. Whenever a vehicle approaches, a pair scurries to take down the driver’s details and make sure there’s no scab laborer in disguise. The ritual, witnessed on a rainy August morning, has... 

Water Research Commission urges SA to 'get in first' and develop the iceberg project

By: News24Wire      11th September 2018 The Water Research Commission believes that within 20 years, countries will be towing icebergs from the Antarctic to supplement their water supplies. It also believes if South Africa does not get in first, the country will lose out to other countries in developing the new technology - as it had... 

Sasol, Indian companies join EP100 global energy saving initiative

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2018 Petrochemicals giant Sasol and Indian companies UltraTech Cement, Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers, Mahindra Heavy Engines and Godrej Industries and Associate Companies (Gilac) on Monday pledged to put energy efficiency at the heart of their business growth strategies by joining EP100. EP100 is a... 

Tahoe aims to work 'in good faith' to restart Guatemala mine 

By: Reuters     10th September 2018 Tahoe Resources will work closely with Guatemalan officials and locals to resolve a dispute and resume operations at its flagship Escobal silver mine, one of the world's largest, CEO Jim Voorhees said on Monday. Guatemala's Constitutional Court last week upheld the suspension of licenses at... 

10X-e partners with Alphacode to accelerate five top companies in South Africa

10th September 2018 South African Scale Up specialists, 10X-e, will partner with SA’s premier fintech incubator subsidiary of RMI, Alphacode to support SA’s top Fintech’s on their path to scale This collaboration will initially see five of SA’s highest-profile fintech companies investing two years scaling up using... 

VAST Networks engineers the smartest, wireless dumb pipe

10th September 2018 Technology aimed at pro-actively and cost-effectively addressing the lack of mobile spectrum Aimed at addressing South Africa’s spectrum shortage challenges and facilitating access to affordable connectivity, VAST Networks (VAST) - Africa’s largest public Wi-Fi provider - has developed the... 

LuckyMouse Group is back and using a legitimate certificate to sign Malware

10th September 2018 The Kaspersky Lab Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) has discovered several infections from a previously unknown Trojan, which is most likely related to the infamous Chinese-speaking threat actor – LuckyMouse. The most peculiar trait of this malware is its hand-picked driver, signed with a... 

Maxiflex delivers sweet door solutions to leading Eastern Cape citrus fruit company

7th September 2018 Maxiflex’s reputation as a purveyor of world-class quality door solutions and services was instrumental in securing an order for an overhead panel sectional door from a leading citrus fruit handling company situated in the Eastern Cape. The customer required a specialised door solution for their... 

SA is not actually in a recession – economist

By: News24Wire      7th September 2018 South Africa is not in a recession, despite the latest gross domestic product (GDP) figures released by Statistics South Africa, economist Roelof Botha said on Thursday. South Africa slipped into what is generally considered a technical recession - defined as two successive quarters of negative... 

Red 5 enters into gold loan facility

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th September 2018 Gold miner Red 5 has entered into a gold loan facility of 5 015 oz with Malaysia-based investment fund Asian Investment Management Services. The gold will be made available in one tranche, with the facility to have a term of 12 months, and will be secured by a security interest in Red 5’s... 

Sasol develops new IT solution for head office

7th September 2018 In partnership with integrated energy and chemical company Sasol’s Information Management Services (IMS) to develop and deliver an integrated information technology (IT) solution for its new head office, professional services company Turner & Townsend has helped Sasol – which is involved in... 

Blueprint needed for integration of smart solutions with new and old infrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2018 The implementation of sensor networks and smart infrastructure systems can be done as part of maintenance efforts and for greenfield developments, which will help to improve infrastructure resilience and service delivery, says networking multinational Ruckus Networks sub-Saharan Africa sales... 

Samsung Pay launches in South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th September 2018 As part of a global deployment of fast, convenient and secure mobile payment services for Samsung smartphone users, technology giant Samsung Electronics has unveiled Samsung Pay, a first-of-its-kind secure and convenient mobile payment service, in South Africa. Using both magnetic secure... 

Viceroy says it's shorting Canadian miner Pretium Resources

By: Bloomberg     6th September 2018 Viceroy Research said it’s shorting Pretium Resources, arguing the company has artificially inflated the value of its Canadian gold mine, which risks being taken over by creditors in coming months. The New York-based short seller – which rose to prominence last year with research into financial... 

Coal-transition support should aid workers and communities, not Eskom – report

By: Terence Creamer     6th September 2018 A new report into South Africa’s coal sector argues that any subsidies set aside for the country’s “inevitable” transition away from coal in electricity production should be tailored to protect workers, their dependants and communities, rather than Eskom, or the coal sector as a whole. Published... 

Northern Territory’s 5-point plan to build a gas industry

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th September 2018 The Northern Territory government has revealed a five-point gas strategy to drive its vision of creating a world-class hub for gas production, manufacturing and services, by 2030. The strategy will be aimed at getting more liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Darwin, and expand the Darwin LNG export... 

India-US dialogue to set outline for Indian crude oil imports from Iran

By: Ajoy K Das     5th September 2018 The Indian government will not totally halt crude oil imports from Iran, but will likely show flexibility on volumes of inward shipment as a nuanced stance at the US-India bilateral engagements starting Wednesday. The Indian government reckons that this willingness to reduce crude volume imports... 

All-weather surge protection for PoE cameras and ethernet applications with DEHNpatch outdoor

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th September 2018 Experts in the fields of safety, monitoring and network communication are familiar with the problem of surge arresters often needing to be installed in extremely exposed locations. This generally meant that they had to be laboriously protected against weather-related influences, which cost time,... 

ANC calls for immediate stimulus package as economy dips into recession  

By: News24Wire      5th September 2018 The African National Congress (ANC) has called for ‘aggressiveness’ in implementing an economic recovery package after Stats SA announced on Tuesday that South Africa had slipped into its first technical recession since 2009.  In a statement on Wednesday, the party’s subcommittee on economic... 

Appea blasts South Australian decision

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th September 2018 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has condemned the South Australian government’s decision to support a bill to legislate a decade-long moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the state’s Limestone Coast region. “It is disappointing to see the state... 

Congo's biggest coltan miner resumes purchases after output halt

By: Bloomberg     5th September 2018 Societe Miniere de Bisunzu, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s biggest coltan miner, resumed purchases of the ore after a three-month shutdown at one of the country’s largest deposits. Output restarted at SMB’s mining permit, comprising seven sites at Rubaya in east Congo, on August 14 and the... 

Ethiopia opens logistics sector to foreign investment

By: News24Wire      5th September 2018 Ethiopia will open its logistics sector to foreign investors but cap their participation, the State investment body said on Tuesday in the latest reform to loosen the government's control of the economy. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has presided over a shake-up of one of the most heavily-regulated... 

Hotel group Hilton opens $100m Society Business Park in Zambian capital

By: African News Agency      4th September 2018 Luxury hotel group Hilton has opened the refurbished 20-floor mixed-use development Society Business Park which houses Hilton Garden Inn in the Zambian capital Lusaka. In 2011, Zambia National Building Society (ZNBS) and the National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) entered into a 20-year... 

Constitutional Court reverses Escobal reinstatement

By: Mariaan Webb     4th September 2018 Precious metals miner Tahoe Resources’ troubles in Gautemala deepened on Monday after the Constitutional Court reversed a Supreme Court decision to reinstate the Escobal mine's licence and ordered that nearby communities be consulted. The Ministry of Energy and Mines has to complete an ILO 169... 

Bidvest lifts FY18 HEPS despite volatile market

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd September 2018 JSE-listed services, trading and distribution company Bidvest on Monday declared a final dividend of 301c a share, bringing the total dividend for the financial year ended June 30 to 556c, amid a volatile market, which the company said was characterised by weak economic growth and consumer spend,... 

Beacon raises A$18m for Jaurdi restart

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd September 2018 ASX-listed Beacon Minerals will raise A$18-million through a debenture issue to professional and sophisticated investors to fund the restart of its Jaurdi gold project, in Western Australia, in the first quarter of 2019. A prefeasibility study released last week found that the project could... 

Peregrine holders approve De Beers deal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd September 2018 The takeover of Peregrine Diamonds by De Beers is expected to close on September 12, the TSX-V-listed junior said on Friday, announcing that its security holders have approved the plan of arrangement between the companies. In terms of the arrangement, announced in July, the Anglo American unit... 

CSIR Aeronautics attracting international clients as SA budgets fall

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Aeronautics Systems Competency has created an innovation team to address both emerging opportunities and problems in the global aerospace environment. (“Innovation team” is a description, not a title.) This amounts to the creation of a new... 

Diamond sector must do more to tackle transparency challenge – rights groups

By: Anine Kilian     31st August 2018 The diamond industry continues to be tainted by links between diamonds and human rights abuses, conflict finance and corruption. This is according to Global Witness conflict resources campaign leader Michael Gibb, who notes that, although the diamond industry is not the only sector facing these... 

Politics hamper African airlines’ growth potential

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     31st August 2018 The African airline sector has significant potential for growth, but it is not growing sufficiently because of various issues, such as stringent regulatory frameworks, says flag carrier airline Air Mauritius Southern Africa and Latin America regional GM Carla da Silva. Government policies in... 

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