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Vital Engineering: ensuring quality and safety standards don’t slip in the local and pan-African mining sector

Updated 2 hours 12 minutes ago “Electra Mining has definitely grown exponentially over the past few years in terms of the scale and variety of companies, products and solutions showcased”, was the observation by Glen Pringle, Technical Director at Vital Engineering, on visiting the show with members of his sales team last... 

Ngqura Port celebrates milestone

By: Simone Liedtke     19th September 2018 The developing Port of Ngqura, owned by Transnet National Ports Authority, celebrated a milestone this week, with the arrival of the first vessel discharging cargo for Osho Cement. Osho Cement is a new cement manufacturer currently under construction in the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in... 

The future of work in a digital world

19th September 2018 By Cathy Smith, Managing Director at SAP Africa The digital age, and the new technologies it’s brought with it - blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, augmented reality and virtual reality - is seen by many as a threat to our way of life as we know it. What if my job gets automated?... 

Tailored road-freight solutions for SA’s strategic steel industry

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th September 2018 Cargo Carriers, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed supply-chain solutions specialist, remains committed to providing a cutting-edge road-logistics solution to the South African steel manufacturing industry. About 190 000 South Africans earn their livelihood in the steel value chain, spanning... 

Satellite operator launches South Africa-based operations

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th September 2018 Satellite operator Avanti Communications Group has officially launched its South Africa-based operations as it continues a corporate revamp and continued investment and focus in Africa. “The announcement is underpinned by Avanti’s continued commitment to investing in Africa through a direct local... 

Aspen sells global nutritional business

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th September 2018 Pharmaceutical manufacturer and supplier Aspen has concluded an agreement to sell its global nutritional business to French-based multinational dairy corporation Lactalis Group for a fully funded cash consideration of €739.8-million, or about R12.9-billion. The company disclosed this during a... 

Moody's sees little chance of South Africa downgrade

By: Reuters     13th September 2018 Moody's said on Thursday there was little chance it would strip South Africa of its investment grade credit rating this year – giving some respite to President Cyril Ramaphosa after the economy moved into recession. But the agency – the last of the top three ratings firms to have Pretoria's... 

Business confidence falls amid uncertainty

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th September 2018 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) Business Confidence Index (BCI) declined by 4.2 index points in August to 90.5, compared with 94.7 in July. The BCI, nevertheless, remained 0.9 index point above the level of 89.6 recorded in August 2017.  

Aspen mulls sale of infant formula unit

By: Reuters     11th September 2018 South African drug maker Aspen Pharmacare said on Tuesday it was in discussions to sell its global infant formula business, but did not give any further details. Aspen's infant milk formula business sells infant milk formula in the Asia-Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, and has 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... 

Women of Steel: ‘tempered’ by empathy and experience and taking the industry forward

6th September 2018 Despite the many women making a sterling contribution to many facets of the local steel industry today – from management, finance and procurement, sales, marketing, production and on the shop floor itself - the pivotal role women play in this sector is not widely known and seldom acknowledged.... 

Affordability of energy must be prioritised – Radebe

By: African News Agency      5th September 2018 South Africa's Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has urged the prioritisation of energy affordability in order to attract investment. During his keynote address at the Africa oil and power conference held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre he said it was imperative in order to create jobs. 

Afrox launches 360-degree Integrated Customer Application Solutions Programme

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th September 2018 The challenging South African energy, transport, mining and fabrication industries require innovative solutions to stay abreast of global technology and competition. Whether the application is a locomotive, a pressure vessel, tanker, wind tower, a petro-chemical plant shut-down or any other... 

Volkswagen signs assembly, policy MoUs in Nigeria, Ghana

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2018 Volkswagen has added Ghana and Nigeria to its list of future vehicle assembly operations in Africa. The German manufacturer is already active on assembly sites in Kenya, Algeria and Rwanda. 

Hyprop ‘ahead of the market’ with total dividend of 756.5c a share for FY18

By: Simone Liedtke     31st August 2018 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Hyprop continued to deliver strong growth in a tough economic environment, with a total dividend a share of 756.5c declared for the financial year to June 30. This growth was 8.8% higher than in the prior financial year, the company said on Friday. 

Air quality control solutions balance social and environmental needs

29th August 2018 Coal-fired power generation remains an important component of Africa’s energy landscape. Air-quality control solutions are key to preserving clean air and quality of life, says Webb Meko, Business Development Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, Black & Veatch Johannesburg, 21 August 2018 – According to... 

Auto thought leader on need to build Tier 2 and 3 suppliers as local content falls

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2018 The South African automotive industry is eagerly awaiting the announcement of the details of government’s new support programme, the Automotive Masterplan, which is set to guide the industry’s investment activities from 2020 to 2035. The masterplan will perhaps be South Africa’s most challenging... 

Rental market, power-as-service offerings underpinning demand for generators

By: Schalk Burger     24th August 2018 A growing rental market and the provision of expert services, including electrical engineering services, is providing global generator manufacturer Himoinsa with good growth in Southern Africa, says Himoinsa Southern Africa business development director Matt Bell. The rental market provides it... 

Firms in satellite broadband services partnership

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th August 2018 Satellite operator and services provider Avanti Communications and panAfrican telecommunications solutions service provider iWayAfrica have signed a deal to provide satellite broadband services across sub-Saharan Africa. The new master distributor contract will allow iWayAfrica to provide... 

Sanitech Rapit Solution

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th August 2018 Two or so years ago after the sad passing of yet another toddler Sanitech briefed its R&D department to find a solution to the travesty of the current pit latrines. Their mandate was simple. Firstly, develop a product that protects our children from harm and the risk of falling into an open pit. 

Industry membership set to stimulate sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th August 2018 Steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode will use its new membership of the SA Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) to play a positive role in the development and regeneration of the downstream steel industry, Allied Steelrode executive director Warne Rippon tells Engineering... 

Most Extensive Low Voltage Electric Motor Range From Zest Weg Group

16th August 2018 Electric motor applications require a reliable, robust fit-for-purpose product that will give the end user the requisite low total cost of ownership. Fanie Steyn, manager responsible for rotating machines at Zest WEG Group, says it is encouraging that most industries in southern Africa have woken... 

Government changes shake up the sub-Saharan African construction sector

By: Anine Kilian     10th August 2018 International consultancy and construction company Mace has released its latest tender cost update for sub-Saharan Africa, showing mixed performances for the region’s two most prominent economies.    

Uber rival Taxify bets on motorcycles and rickshaws in East Africa

By: Reuters     10th August 2018 Taxify, an Estonian ride-hailing company aiming to take on Uber in emerging markets, will invest millions of euros in East Africa in the next five years with a strategy focused on motorised rickshaws and motorcycles, it said on Thursday. The company, which already operates in five cities in... 

App monitors spread of FAW in Africa

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 The Fall Armyworm Monitoring and Early Warning System (FAMEWS) application (app) can save 300-million people in Africa from food insecurity and prevent significant economic losses in maize of up to $4.8-billion, caused by the infestation of the fall armyworm (FAW), says Food and Agriculture... 

South African industry has new infrastructure opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa if they take long-term view

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th August 2018 In the face of growing international competition in Sub-Saharan Africa, South African-based companies need to take a long-term strategic view of the region and how best to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the industrial and energy evolution that is taking place, combined with... 

KSB South Africa achieves Level 1 BBBEE status

By: Simone Liedtke     6th August 2018 KSB Pumps and Valves, which has offices in Gauteng’s East Rand, has achieved Level 1 broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) status after black women-owned company Insikazi Synergies acquired a 30% stake in KSB South Africa. “Achieving Level 1 BBBEE status has marked a major milestone for... 

Key industry knowledge to be delivered at co-located conferences

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd August 2018 Electra Mining Africa offers further value-add to visitors attending industry conferences, which will be taking place alongside the trade show.   With a heritage to be proud of and backed by 46 years of experience, Electra Mining Africa is ranked as one of the largest mining shows in the world... 

Water Research Commission to investigate tow-an-iceberg proposal

By: News24Wire      1st August 2018 The Water Research Commission is to investigate the proposal to tow an iceberg to Cape Town to establish whether it is feasible as a new source of water. The commission has asked the brains behind the project, salvage expert Nick Sloane, to set up a seminar where they can get a more detailed... 

Report shows Cape Town is Africa’s tech capital

By: Anine Kilian     31st July 2018 A report commissioned by the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi), Wesgro and the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation – with the support of the Western Cape government – has confirmed that the greater Cape Town area, including Stellenbosch, is Africa’s tech capital. The report, compiled by... 

Nacala corridor transaction reaffirms ‘Africa open for business’

By: Simone Liedtke     30th July 2018 Owing to a consortium of three export credit agencies (ECAs), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and a lending consortium of six international and four South African banks, a collaboration on funding for the revamp and extension of the Nacala Logistics Corridor has successfully raised... 

Kibo to raise £500 000 for Botswana, Mozambique projects; shareholders approve name change

By: Simone Liedtke     30th July 2018 Aim-listed Kibo Mining has received commitments from an Ireland-based Investment Fund to raise £500 000 through a placing of just over 9.5-million ordinary shares in Kibo of par value at €0.015 at a placing price of 5.25p a share. The funds from the placing will go towards general working... 

Infrastructure challenges Africa Business Forum to provide solutions for Africa’s socio-economic

30th July 2018 The impact of Africa’s current economic status and future growth potential on infrastructure development will be deliberated during the 7th annual Infrastructure Africa Business Forum (IABF) at the Sandton Convention Centre on the 9th and 10th of October. This event will be attended by prominent... 

Uganda signs agreement to protect small-scale renewable energy projects

By: African News Agency      27th July 2018 Uganda on Friday became the first African country to de-risk small and medium scale renewables in a bid to ensure the viability of these renewable energy projects. This, as Uganda signed an agreement with the Regional Liquidity Support Facility (RLSF), a joint initiative of the African Trade... 

Funding a vital link across 912kms

27th July 2018 Railway infrastructure is key to the growth of any economy – all the more, if you are exporting coal across international trade waters. Thanks to the revamped and extended Nacala Logistics Corridor, the Moatize coal mine in the northwest Tete region of Mozambique can now export greater volumes of... 

China loans to Africa energy, infrastructure projects almost trebled between 2016 and 2017

By: African News Agency      26th July 2018 The value of Chinese loans to energy and infrastructure projects in Africa almost trebled between 2016 and 2017 to nearly $9-billion and the impact of this lending is increasingly visible in Africa, law firm Baker McKenzie said at the sidelines of a Brics summit. Baker McKenzie, participating at... 

Fluor Chosen for Conceptual Study for Sasol’s Clean Fuels and Octane Program in South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd July 2018 IRVING, Texas and WOODMEAD, South Africa (July 23, 2018) – Fluor Corporation  announced today that it was awarded the front-end loading engineering (FEL) for the Secunda Clean Fuels Baseline Improvement Basket of Projects by Sasol South Africa (Pty) Ltd. Fluor signed the contract in the second... 

Africa must respond to power challenges as a collective

18th July 2018 Massive change is underway in Africa’s power sector, and unless the continent’s power sector adapts to the changes and embraces new models and new technologies, it risks its future profitability, pan-African stakeholders heard ahead of POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa. Dr Willie de Beer, power... 

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