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Eskom inquiry reference book published

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th September 2017 Professor Anton Eberhard and Catrina Godinho have published ‘The Eskom Inquiry Reference Book' as an aid to the upcoming Parliamentary inquiry into so-called State capture at the power utility. The inquiry by the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises is due to kick off later this month. It... 

Think-tank hands over title deeds to residents of Western Cape town  

By: Ilan Solomons     11th August 2017 Think tank the Free Market Foundation’s (FMF’s) Khaya Lam land reform project last month handed over the latest batch of title deeds to residents in the town of Grabouw, in the Western Cape, thereby taking the project’s total title deed handover tally to 1 360. Khaya Lam project manager Perry... 

Company leads by example in new green premises

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th June 2017 Engineering consultant WSP Africa will be moving into its new head office in Knightsbridge office park in Bryanston, in September, providing its clients with a stellar example of a sustainable building project.  

Peugeot Citroën South Africa ‘here to stay’

By: Irma Venter     30th June 2017 Peugeot Citroën South Africa (PCSA) is here to stay, says new PCSA MD Francisco Gaie. “The company forms part of VT Holdings’ long-term strategy in South Africa.” 

Peugeot SA here to stay, assures new MD

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2017 Peugeot Citroën South Africa (PCSA) is here to stay, says new PCSA MD Francisco Gaie. “The company forms part of VT Holdings’ long-term strategy in South Africa.” 

High-temperature reactor phoenix emerging from PBMR ashes? 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd April 2017 Early-stage research into the possible revival of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) has yielded a revamped reactor concept that incorporates an entirely new operational philosophy, as well as the use of construction materials and manufacturing techniques that were either not considered or... 

Rooibos, Honeybush among South Africa’s most widely commercially cultivated plant products

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th October 2016 Rooibos and Honeybush, which are both endemic to South Africa, are among the most widely commercially cultivated botanical species originating in the country, with more than 300 trademarks and 20 patents to their names, which is why they have been singled out as local treasures, according to... 

The life and times of Anton Rupert

By: Jade Davenport     30th September 2016 October 4 marks the centenary of the birth of Anton Edward Rupert, one of South Africa’s most successful business magnates, whose entrepreneurial interest and influence not only extended across almost every sector of our economy and abroad in the latter half of the last century but is also still... 

The foundations of South Africa’s forestry industry

By: Jade Davenport     2nd September 2016 The vital contribution trees make towards sustaining our habitable environment is a fact acknowledged the world over, with many countries having a dedicated 'arbor day’ On their national calendars. South Africa is one of the most enthusiastic proponents of this fact, dedicating not just a day,... 

Wine farm has its ducks in a row

By: Simon Sonnekus     5th August 2016 About 1 000 Indian runner ducks have been employed by Stellenbosch-based wine farm Vergnoegd Wine Estate to eradicate white dune snails and other insects which inhabit and feed on the vines in the vineyard. According to Vergenoegd winemaker and viticulturist, Marlize Jacobs, the ducks – which... 

3 500 North West households to be electrified

     29th July 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom GM Phil Khumalo says that the utility is committed to electrifying more than 3 500 households in the Madibeng local municipality in North West by the end of this financial year. 

Sika Sponsors Wildlands Green Filter Plant Planenbrug

     30th May 2016 The Wildlands Green Filter Plant is the result of collaborative efforts to address the serious pollution problems of the Plankenbrug River in Stellenbosch and Sika is proud to be one of the main sponsors of this great green initiative. The Plankenbrug River receives greywater, polluted stormwater... 

Location technology a game-changer for SA retail

     15th February 2016 Coveted real-time communication between brands and customers – as well as detailed shopper analytics – available to retailers, brands and loyalty programmes thanks to partnership between Gimbal Inc and Stellenbosch-based Skybird Technologies (Pty) Ltd. In a first for South African retail,... 

DST identifies solar energy game changers through R&D projects

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd January 2016 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is funding two solar energy projects that are set to become game changers in the research and development (R&D) of solar solutions. 

Launchlab Assists Start-Up, Mysidekick, To Secure R4 Million Staged Investment

     4th December 2015 Mobile shopping application start-up, MySidekick, secured a R4 million staged investment from Stellenbosch-based technology funder and developer, Alchemy-A. Based at the Nedbank Stellenbosch University LaunchLab business incubator, MySidekick, one of the LaunchLab Payments and Big Data focus area... 

Solid foundation key to running a successful wine farm

By: Bruce Montiea     13th November 2015 Undertaking a comprehensive soil and climate research project before establishing a wine farm is necessary to limit risk when dealing with the unpredictability of nature, including climate change and soil condition, says Karusa Premium Wines & Craft Brewery winemaker and brew master Jacques... 

Engen launches ground-breaking digital campaign with augmented reality app, Zappar

     5th October 2015 “As a brand, it is important for Engen to move into exciting, innovative spaces where it can engage customers and interact with them.” - Dumisani Bengu, Retail Business Manager, Engen Petroleum Limited Engen, the country’s favourite petroleum brand*, embarked on a digital and augmented reality... 

Biobulk facility set for commissioning in March 2016

     18th September 2015 Water treatment solutions company Veolia Water Technologies South Africa has been awarded a contract to design, build and operate South Africa’s first Biobulk Waste Water Treatment facility, which will be ready for commissioning in March 2016. 

Acquisition gives Western Cape new IT services powerhouse

     16th September 2015 Cape Town-based IT services and support firm CyberLogic is set to take a majority stake in Stellenbosch-based IT services firm Space Age Technologies with effect from 1 September. CyberLogic founder and chief executive Edge Bisset says the acquisition of a 70% stake in Space Age Technologies for... 

Next mechatronics scholarships round set for September

By: Zandile Mavuso     26th June 2015 Operating power company Globeleq South Africa Management Services’ next round of scholarships for mechatronics students, who will be doing their second-year of study in 2016, will start in September. 

BMW shrugs off SA’s power woes with electric-vehicle launch

By: Irma Venter     20th March 2015 A second full electric vehicle has entered the South African market, following the local debut of the Nissan Leaf in 2013. The BMW i3 BEV sells for R525 000, while the derivative with a range extender, the i3 REx, sells for R595 000. 

SA sees launch of second electric vehicle, BMW’s first plug-in hybrid 

By: Irma Venter     6th March 2015 A second full electric vehicle has entered the South African market, following the local debut of the Nissan Leaf in 2013. The BMW i3 BEV sells for R525 000, while the derivative with a range extender, the i3 REx, sells for R595 000. 

US, SA water technology partnership delivers mobile sanitation unit 

By: Natalie Greve     18th February 2015 Since partnering with US water technology firm Zoeller in 2010, Stellenbosch-based company Maskam Water has sold and installed some R10-million worth of water treatment plants and pumps in South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Kenya and Nigeria. Moreover, the company this week launched a... 

Baywest’s Eastern Cape employment boost

     22nd January 2015 Mall opening creates 2,500 jobs as R500m in new development rolls out THE opening of the R1.7-billion Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth this April – the Eastern Cape’s largest retail and entertainment centre – will bring with it the creation of up to 2,500 permanent jobs, while development to the... 

Local company secures flooring contract for WC winery

By: David Oliveira     14th November 2014 Jet Park-based corrosion protection, epoxy flooring, concrete repair and waterproofing company Verni secured a contract for its Supaflor polyurethane (PU), high-density (HD) screed flooring solution last month. The solution will be applied to the floors of the winery at Mont Rochelle in... 

New Solar Resource Maps for South Africa

     5th November 2014 Stellenbosch University, in cooperation with GeoSUN Africa and GeoModel Solar, this week released updated solar maps for South Africa.  The German Government, through their development agency the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, made funding available for this task, as... 

Advanced engineering software group opens South African office

By: Anine Kilian     8th August 2014 US-based engineering company Altair celebrated the acquisition of electromagnetic field analysis and antenna design company EM Software & Systems (EMSS) at a launch that took place in Centurion, Gauteng, last month. EMMS designs the commercial code FEKO electromagnetic field analysis software.... 

Institute expands development programmes

By: Ilan Solomons     11th July 2014 Steel construction industry body Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) aims increase its presence in Southern Africa, says Saisc CEO Paolo Trinchero. “We are. . . establishing links with universities and training institutes in other Southern African countries, such as Botswana... 

South African space agency aims to select earth observation satellite design this year

By: Keith Campbell     25th April 2014 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) expects to make key decisions on the design of its next Earth observation satellite in July. “The satellite programme is going well,” reports Sansa CEO Dr Sandile Malinga. “We will have a scheduled system requirement review in July, at which Denel... 

Let’s be smart – skills are needed to grow the Wi-Fi connection in Africa

     10th February 2014 2014 is said to be the year that Wi-Fi takes its rightful position in the industry benchmarked on estimations that 1.9 billion Wi-Fi devices will hit global networks by the end of the year1. Further research2 suggests that global public Wi-Fi hotspot numbers could reach 5.8 million by 2015,... 

Stellenbosch commercial satellite concern takes on international partner

     7th January 2014 The burgeoning Stellenbosch-based Space Commercial Services Holdings (SCSH) with satellite business interests in advanced engineering, geospatial intelligence and socio-economic development projects, spread its wings further with a Dutch Aerospace & Technology Group (SSBV) joint venture. “The... 

State takes over SA satellite manufacturer

By: Keith Campbell     26th July 2013 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) recently revealed that it is buying the intellectual property (IP) and tangible assets of insolvent South African microsatellite company Sun Space and Information Systems (SunSpace) for R55-million. The majority of the company’s creditors accepted... 

SA satellite manufacturer taken over by the State 

By: Keith Campbell     11th July 2013 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is buying the intellectual property (IP) and tangible assets of insolvent South African microsatellite company Sun Space and Information Systems (SunSpace) for R55-million. This was announced by the DST on Thursday. The majority of the company’s... 

Setas, industry body to drive skills development

By: Chantelle Kotze     16th November 2012 The Wine Industry Network for Expertise and Technology (Winetech), an organisation that coordinates research, training and technology transfer in the wine industry, hopes to form a steadfast partnership with sector education and training authorities (Setas), the Foodbev and AgriSeta to develop... 

SunSpace 

     8th November 2012 Creamer Media's Mariaan Webb speaks to Engineering News senior deputy editor Keith Campbell about Stellenbosch-based microsatellite company  SunSpace. 

Company Announcement: Soventix brings on board South Africa’s outstanding solar expert

     17th August 2012 Soventix South Africa (PTY) ltd., a company specialized on the development and projection of PV installations, reinforces the project development team with Michael Smith as new Design and Commissioning Manager 

One mining job benefits 26 others – Bafokeng study

By: Martin Creamer     16th July 2012 For every one person who works on a mine in South Africa, 26 other people benefit, South Africa’s second anti-mine-nationalisation research document finds. The 370-page study, which was funded by the mining-dependent Bafokeng community, follows the publication by the ruling African National... 

Dialogue urgent on Mangaung mining policy input – Bafokeng study

By: Martin Creamer     16th July 2012 An urgent multistakeholder dialogue is necessary to provide critical input to the mining policy discussion of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) at Mangaung in December, says South Africa’s latest anti-mine-nationalisation study. The 370-page research document, funded by South Africa’s... 

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