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Client choice and protection at heart of bank’s approach to fintech regulation

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 7 hours ago Financial technology (fintech) services are growing worldwide and reshaping the definition of money, financial services and economies. However, while the disruptions roil existing business models, companies and industries, increasing the choice of fintech services for users while protecting their... 

Johnson Controls pleased with market response to YZ chiller

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd February 2019 Multinational diversified technology and industrial leader Johnson Controls is pleased with the positive market response to its new YORK YZ magnetic bearing centrifugal chiller, after its global release last September. With energy efficiency and a low global-warming potential refrigerant,... 

Now is the time to focus on Industry 4.0 – CEA chairperson 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     22nd February 2019 With 2019 ushering in new executive leadership at employer and employee representative association, the Constructional Engineering Association of South Africa (CEA), chairperson Rajen Govender believes that it is the ideal time to focus on the association and industry’s readiness for the Fourth... 

Energy efficient lighting solution successfully installed

By: Thabi Madiba     22nd February 2019 Luminaires and glass-fibre-reinforced polyester poles manufacturer BEKA Schréder is proud to have worked with consulting engineers and project managers firm Bicon Consulting Engineers, consultant company WSP, and information technology specialists RM Consulting in providing a successful energy... 

AHR Expo showcases excitement at HVAC global market expansion

22nd February 2019 The latest advancements in technology and product advancement in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry were on display during the three-day 2019 AHR Expo that took place last month from 14 to 16 January in Atlanta in the US. For the first time since 2001, 1 824 companies... 

BBE Group air-cooling consulting crucial to African mining prospects

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd February 2019 Consulting and engineering services business Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE) Group’s air-cooling consulting and services are crucial to its involvement in several mining projects, with construction and delivery of design and build turnkey cooling solutions to mines across the African continent.... 

More trade-focused lighting solutions for the construction industry

By: Thabi Madiba     22nd February 2019 With lighting being a critical factor on any job site, as workers need to be able to see properly in order to carry out their work safely and correctly, heavy-duty, portable electric power tools and accessories manufacturer Milwaukee is investing significantly in the development of its lighting... 

Client choice and protection at heart of bank’s approach to fintech regulation

By: Schalk Burger     22nd February 2019 Financial technologies (fintech) are growing worldwide and reshaping the definition of money, financial services and economies. However, while the disruptions roil existing business models, companies and industries, increasing the choice of fintech services users while protecting their rights is... 

The end of Moore

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     22nd February 2019 There are certainly some of you who have never seen a transistor or held one in your hand. Few will have ever made an electronic circuit using transistors. Briefly, a transistor is an electronic switch that can turn on and off very quickly. In addition it can act as an amplifier to change a small... 

UAVs, e-commerce, set to transform air cargo

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st February 2019 Unmanned aerial vehicles, popularly called drones, and e-commerce (particularly the global giant e-commerce enterprises such as Amazon and Alibaba) look set to transform the air freight industry worldwide, including in Africa. This was the general opinion at a panel discussion on the third and... 

Electrifying eSwatini’s sustainable future

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st February 2019 In the age of renewable energy, long term planning is crucial for the transformation of the Kingdom of eSwatini’s energy systems and its access to sustainable energy growth. According to the Kingdom of eSwatini Energy Master Plan 2034, a major challenge facing the country’s energy system is a... 

ACSA starts Western Precinct development at OR Tambo 

21st February 2019 Airports Company South Africa has announced that construction of Phase 1 of its Western Precinct development will start later this month, with a target completion planned for March 2020. Marleny Arnoldi has the story. 

Disruptive technology for constructive change

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st February 2019 The word ‘disruption’ is a noun, used to describe a disturbance or problem that interrupts an event. So, when we talk about disruptive innovation or disruptive technology, these phrases may evoke thoughts of chaos. However, when done right, disruptive technology can break the confines of... 

Renewed load shedding sees Hire It power up genset sales

21st February 2019 From gensets specifically for the construction industry, to open-set petrol back-up gensets for residential and small office applications, Hire It (Natal) (Pty) Ltd. has a range of solutions to assist its customers in dealing with the fallout from renewed load shedding. The resumption of load... 

Idaho cobalt project development stalled by weak near-term price outlook

By: Mariaan Webb     20th February 2019 TSX-listed eCobalt Solutions has announced cost control measures to preserve its treasury, until the cobalt market recovers sufficiently to raise the necessary funding required for the advanced-stage Idaho cobalt project (ICP) in the US. The company will be reducing its overhead costs so that... 

Africa still slow to take up EVs, energy storage solutions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th February 2019 Globally, there is a rise in the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) and battery storage systems, especially in regions where there is a lack of constant, reliable energy supply or more economically feasible solutions, Electric Vehicle Industry Association representative Carel Snyman said during a... 

ELB commissions Ultra High DMS plant and implements digitalisation of the Sedibeng project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th February 2019 ELB Engineering Services (Pty) Ltd (ELB) is excited to announce the successful commissioning of the 200t/h Dense Media Separation (DMS) plant at Sedibeng Iron Ore (SIO), near Postmasburg in the Northern Cape. The DMS plant operates on both lumpy and fine feed, which is batch-fed into the plant... 

Power pools could benefit Africa’s regions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th February 2019 Power pooling is an effective means of mitigating electricity supply risk over a large area served by numerous utilities, information technology services company EOH divisional manager Rob Surtees said during the second day of the Africa Energy Indaba. During a panel discussion on energy trading... 

Comair continues to perform well, despite setbacks in Q1 of FY19

By: Simone Liedtke     19th February 2019 Despite the technical recession in the first quarter of its financial year, South African aviation group Comair performed well to deliver a record 12% increase in revenue for the interim period ended December 31, 2018. However, the company said on Tuesday that the revenue growth was offset by... 

Digitalisation could facilitate energy access, efficiency in Africa – panel

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th February 2019 Digitalisation within the African energy sector is accelerating at a rapid rate, creating demand for innovation and adaptation to new market technologies and the development of new skill sets within organisations, Trade and Industry Policy Strategies executive director Saul Levin told delegates... 

Regional development focus necessary for Africa’s energy future – panel

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th February 2019 A number of trends and influences are driving change in the energy sector, with the collective drive towards a safer, more environment-friendly, reliable and sustainable future. Leading a panel discussion at the Africa Energy Indaba, on Tuesday, Strategic Concepts chairperson Sean Cleary said the... 

Electra Mining Botswana recognised as essential industry trade platform

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th February 2019 Now in its 4th edition, the country’s leading mining, industrial and power generation expo returns in September together with the recently launched A-OSH Expo Botswana. Taking place at the Gaborone Fairgrounds from 10-12 September, this will be an all-encompassing event showcasing the latest... 

Ramaphosa’s big growth plan threatened by power cuts

By: News24Wire      19th February 2019 A major 18-sector growth initiative is imperilled by power cuts now ripping up the economy, warns one of the architects of President Cyril Ramaphosa's signature growth strategy. At the State of the Nation Address (SoNA), Ramaphosa said the Public Private Growth Initiative, stewarded by Minister... 

Adcock Ingram, Cipla awarded portions of State’s ARV tender

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th February 2019 Pharmaceutical manufacturers Adcock Ingram and Cipla have each secured a portion of a tender to provide State-run hospitals with antiretroviral (ARV) medicines over a three-year period from July 1. Adcock was awarded a 12% share of the ARV tender.   

Conlog launches blockchain incubation programme in partnership with Tshimologong Precinct

18th February 2019 Leading smart metering solutions provider, Conlog, has partnered with Wits University’s Tshimologong Precinct to launch an innovative technology programme. With a strong focus on blockchain and smart city solutions, Conlog approached the Precinct to assist in developing and promoting innovation,... 

AEI 2019 Kicks Off on Tuesday, 19th February

18th February 2019 The much-anticipated Africa Energy Indaba, held in collaboration with strategic partners, the World Energy Council, NEPAD Agency and SANEA, kicks off on Tuesday, 19th February at the Sandton Convention Centre.  This symposium will ensure that key issues impacting the African energy sector will be... 

African market is opening up to corporate PPAs – Baker McKenzie

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th February 2019 At a time when electricity tariffs are increasing and the shift towards greener energy is gaining momentum, law firm Baker McKenzie says Africa is starting to see a surge in the signing of corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs).  

Bearing and seal design considerations for tunnel boring machines

15th February 2019 The safe, reliable operation of tunnel boring equipment relies on the integrity of critical bearings and seals Once construction starts, there’s no going back. A tunnel boring machine (TBM) is not equipped with a reverse gear, so it is imperative that the machine is able to complete its job... 

On-The-Air (15/02/2019) 

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2019 African countries are streaking ahead of South Africa on the mining automation front; mining companies are opting for solar power because it is cheaper than Eskom power; and only black-owned companies will be allowed to buy the seven mining operations that are up for sale in Mpumalanga.... 

Chinese OEM supports Aury Africa with second major visit

15th February 2019 The parent company of Aury Africa, Dadi Engineering Development Group (DDEDG), holds the African market in such high regard that senior management will pay a second visit to South Africa from 13 to 22 February. The aim of the visit is to engage with potential customers in the mining industry,... 

EM launches cost-effective smart-building retrofit system

15th February 2019 Retrofitting older building stock with ‘smart’ automation solutions is now possible with the latest Hager system introduced locally by leading supplier ElectroMechanica (EM). Known as coviva, the system does not require extensive construction work in order to be installed, or even additional... 

Power utility business models set to change

15th February 2019 According to Africa Energy Indaba organiser Siyenza, African power utilities must respond appropriately to impending forces to prevent being surpassed by technological and market change. The organiser explains that several disruptive forces are set to threaten the traditional power utility... 

Continent’s energy demands increase

15th February 2019 Africa’s demand for energy is steadily increasing and solutions to meet this growth have become a major concern amongst the energy sector leaders of the continent. Key factors contributing to this soaring energy demand are Africa’s ever-growing population and the continent’s accelerating economic... 

Boeing reports the first flight of ‘Flying Car’

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th February 2019 US aerospace group Boeing announced on Wednesday, January 23, that its prototype autonomous urban air mobility vehicle had successfully made its maiden flight at Manassas in the US State of Virginia on the previous day. Boeing calls the aircraft a passenger air vehicle (PAV). The maiden flight... 

What to expect from 2019 Africa Energy Indaba

15th February 2019 The Africa Energy Indaba Conference is the definitive energy conference for Africa providing an annual programme that shapes energy policy for the African continent. Key issues that impact the African energy sector will be discussed and debated at the event, based on the outcomes of the 2018... 

Energy capacity shortfalls stunting Africa’s industrialisation efforts

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 Insurance company the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC) says there are significant shortfalls and backlogs in Africa’s installed energy capacity, which is stunting the continent’s efforts to industrialise and expand its local economies. ECIC COO Mandisi Nkuhlu stresses... 

Technical workshops to address energy efficiency

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 The Department of Trade and Industry’s National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) programme states that it will host technical workshops at this year’s Africa Energy Indaba. NCPC-SA communication manager Julie Wells tells Engineering News that the organisation plans on “a strong... 

Open day highlights new offerings from Upat

15th February 2019 Last month construction material and fastener distributor Upat hosted an open day at its head office in New Doornfontein, Gauteng, where customers were given a foretaste of the latest innovations which will be introduced locally in 2019. Upat provides solutions for construction, general industry,... 

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