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BLSA throws weight behind Ramaphosa's R1.2trn investment drive

By: News24Wire      Updated 29 minutes ago President Cyril Ramaphosa’s initiative to raise R1-trillion in new investments over five years could add 4 percentage points to the country’s foreign direct investment, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) said Thursday, as it welcomed the plan. "If we achieve these figures, I believe we can... 

Volvo Trucks launches first all-electric truck, sales to start in 2019

By: Irma Venter     Updated 4 hours ago Volvo Trucks has introduced its first all-electric truck for commercial use. The FL Electric will be used for urban distribution and refuse operations, among other applications. Sales and series production of the new model will start in Europe next year. 

Bell laments import duties on steel, tyres; Kamaz assembly could start in 2019

By: Irma Venter     Updated 4 hours ago “South African manufacturers are paying 22% too much for their steel; whether you are making lamp posts or electrical cabinets, you are not going to pay what you would pay on the global market,” says Bell Equipment CEO Gary Bell. Bell Equipment manufactures six lines of capital equipment,... 

Bayer commits to provide innovative vector control solutions to help eradicate malaria by 2040

     Updated 5 hours ago Today, at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, Bayer joins with members of the agriculture industry - BASF, Mitsui Chemicals, Sumitomo Chemical Company and Syngenta - to pledge its ongoing support to the research, development and supply of innovative vector control solutions,... 

PentaFloor Sponsorship at the new GBCSA Offices

     Updated 5 hours ago When the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) outgrew its offices in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, a call for sponsorships was sent out requesting contributions from industry to assist with the fitout of the new offices in Rosebank. PentaFloor stepped up with a generous contribution of... 

Mantashe stresses importance of partnerships for mining sustainability

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Wednesday stressed the importance of partnerships between mining companies and labour, as well as with communities, for mining to be sustainable. Speaking at the inaugural KwaZulu-Natal Mining Indaba, in Newcastle, he noted that such partnership would... 

UK, SA Trade Ministers hold talks in London

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th April 2018 South African Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies met with his British counterpart, International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox, on Tuesday on the margins of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, to discuss the bilateral trade relationship. They both expressed pleasure at... 

Tomorrow’s smart cities will need equally smart utilities

     18th April 2018 By Hannes Venter, Industry Advisor: Utilities at SAP Africa Sustainable energy consumption and 'green' energy production at home is becoming a new lifestyle. Today's hyperconnected consumer expects a reduced environmental footprint while still enjoying seamless services and ease of use, improving... 

Railway industry to develop new roadmap towards Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 The International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) has commissioned a study to provide a global strategic view of Heavy Haul 4.0, and attempt to visualise the heavy haul railway of the future. The ‘Development of the Heavy Haul Vision in the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ study, which will be... 

Another hydrogen boost for platinum fuel cells

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 The introduction of platinum-using fuel cells has received another boost with the latest success in hydrogen compression announced by Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Wednesday.   Last week, Amplats revealed plans for a fuel cell dozer, which makes use of hydrogen in liquid, to make a 2019... 

Those who can afford to pay for toll roads, must pay – Nzimande

By: News24Wire      17th April 2018 The funding of road infrastructure development for the next 15 to 20 years worries Transport Minister Blade Nzimande, the portfolio committee on transport heard. The Department of Transport (DoT) on Tuesday briefed Parliament’s committee on the annual performance plan for the 2018/19 financial... 

First Green Chemistry awareness raising workshop on African soil

     17th April 2018 As part of a global initiative, the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA), in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Center for Green Chemistryand Green Engineering at Yale University, hosted a workshop on Green Chemistry in... 

Enabling a Sustainable Future – Delivering on Africa's Renewable Energy Agenda Unlocking the power of nature with smart trucking solutions

     17th April 2018 Smart Supply Chain Solutions African economies have in recent years experienced a surge in business activity, thanks in part to the emergence of an increasingly prosperous middle class. This consumer boom has not only strained retail supply chains but has placed overwhelming demands on national... 

Why is it important to grow manufacturing?

     17th April 2018 Manufacturing Indaba will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on the 19th and 20th of June, 2018 and will be facilitated with the collaborative backing and strategic partnership of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and the Manufacturing Circle, a corporate... 

ELB gets go ahead to start construction at Ngodwana biomass plant

By: Anine Kilian     16th April 2018 JSE-listed ELB’s ELB Engineering subsidiary, together with its project partner, KC Cottrell, has received notice to proceed with the building of a 25 MW biomass power plant for Ngodwana Energy following the successful bid in terms of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement... 

PPA signings open up a sustainable energy vision for South Africa, Africa – Juwi

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th April 2018 The power purchase agreements (PPAs) signed by State-owned power utility Eskom earlier this month ended three years of waiting and uncertainty and it is a significant step towards a truly sustainable energy vision for South Africa and Africa as a whole, says solar energy equipment supplier Juwi.  

Interior architecture transforms Discovery Campus into a city

     16th April 2018 The 111 000 m2 Discovery Campus in Sandton allowed interior architecture practice Paragon Interface to flex its design muscles in a project that resembled more of a city than it did an actual building. The number of amenities and benefits integrated within the building matrix transformed it into... 

Eskom kicks off public hearings by asking for R66.6bn

By: Kim Cloete     16th April 2018 Eskom has argued its case for the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to grant it the R66.6-billion it is claiming, including for unforeseen expenses and unrealised revenue for the past three financial years. An Eskom team on Monday kicked off countrywide public hearings in Cape... 

Glencore releases all-embracing 117-page sustainability report

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2018 One of the strategic priorities of diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is to invest in community initiatives that deliver sustainable socioeconomic benefits, the London- and Johannesburg-listed company states in today’s 117-page Sustainability Report 2017, which emphasises the... 

Four South African cities strive to make all new buildings zero-carbon

By: Simone Liedtke     16th April 2018 Residents and businesses moving into new buildings in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Tshwane will soon enjoy lower energy bills, and will generate fewer greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, reducing their climate change impact. High-efficiency energy performance requirements are being developed... 

Afreximbank, ECIC Sign MOU, Pledge $1bn to Expand Trade Between South Africa and Other African Nations

     16th April 2018 Afreximbank President Dr. Benedict Oramah (right) and Kutoane Kutoane, Chief Executive Officer of ECIC of South Africa, exchange documents following the signing of the MOU in Cairo. The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC)... 

NEXT starts to deliver results for Lynas

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th April 2018 Rare earths miner Lynas has reported a 9% increase in neodymium and praseodymium (NdPr) volumes during the three months to March, as the company’s NEXT project advanced. Lynas in the December quarter of last year launched a A$35-million investment into its NEXT programme, which is aimed at... 

Shanta records maiden profit following strategy implementation

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th April 2018 Aim-listed Shanta Gold turned the profit tide in the year ended December 31, 2017, posting a maiden profit after tax of $4.2-million, compared with the 2016 loss after tax of $8-million. The East Africa-focused gold producer, developer and explorer posted an operating profit for the year of... 

Flsmidth Offers Modular Rc® Plants On Low-Risk Terms

     16th April 2018 As the fines recovery gains achieved by REFLUX™ Classification (RC™) technology are extended to a wider range of commodities, FLSmidth is making mines an offer they can’t refuse: to share the value of expanded production – including retreatment of waste dumps – at no cost to themselves. The... 

Africa’s first SAP Next-Gen Lab in partnership with the University of Cape Town enables innovation with purpose between corporate SA and millennial talent

     16th April 2018 By 2020, nearly half of the total workforce will be made up of Millennials, the young, connected and tech-savvy demographic born between the early 1980s and the mid-1990s. Despite this, the latest PwC CEO survey found that one of the biggest challenges for organisations will be engaging and... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 The Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) is scheduled to make its debut on the Canadian resource conference circuit between June 16 and 21, in Vancouver, and is shaping up to be an event unlike the myriad of competing forums held in Canada throughout the year. RFG2018 chairperson... 

Radebe lauds REIPPPP, Bepa’s role in transforming the energy sector

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th April 2018 The signing, earlier this month, of power purchase agreements for 27 independent power producer (IPP) energy projects under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) supports an increase in black participation in the industry, as well as the creation of black... 

Sense of optimism for greater industrialisation in Africa prevails – DTI

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2018 Regardless of barriers to trade between African countries, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) African integration and industrial development chief director Nigel Gwynne-Evans believes there is currently a sense of far greater optimism among heads of State that these issues can be overcome.... 

Rooftop PV system donated to Consulate of Italy in Cape Town

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2018 Multinational company Building Energy has donated a 3.12 kW off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop power plant to the Italian consulate in Cape Town. The plant, comprising 12 PV panels, will generate about 5 MWh/y of energy, significantly decreasing the building’s carbon footprint through a... 

Flooring company takes over linoleum activities

     13th April 2018 Production and distribution of flooring, wallcovering and finishes global leader Gerflor entered into a binding agreement to acquire floor coverings manufacturer DLW Flooring’s linoleum activities. Consummation of the transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and was expected to... 

Vedanta chairperson upbeat on Zambia’s growth prospects

By: Simone Liedtke     12th April 2018 Vedanta Resources chairperson Anil Agarwal on Thursday shared his views on a path to growth for subsidiary Konkola Copper Mines (KCM). He expressed confidence in what he sees as the start of an “African economic resurgence driven by various metals”. 

Trade union Solidarity believes business rescue essential to save SAA; other unions strongly disagree

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th April 2018 Trade union Solidarity believes that business rescue is the only way that jobs can be saved at embattled State-owned national flag-carrier South African Airways (SAA) and the company put back on a sustainable footing. This was made clear at the media briefing at the union's head office on... 

Impact, Consensas partner to develop solutions to ensure conflict-free mineral sourcing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th April 2018 Natural resources management company Impact and technology company Consensas have partnered to create solutions to enable companies to confidently source minerals from conflict-prone and high-risk areas, while compensating women and men in local artisanal mining communities for supply chain... 

Altron’s FY18 earnings up 14% to 18%

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th April 2018 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) expects to deliver a 14% to 18% increase in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) on a normalised basis for continued operations for the year ended February 28. The continuing operations’ revenue is expected to increase by... 

Eskom considers sale of mortgage business

By: Reuters     12th April 2018 South Africa's state power utility Eskom is sounding out possible buyers for its mortgage business, a tender document showed on Wednesday, in what would be the first major privatisation deal under President Cyril Ramaphosa. Ramaphosa has made revamping state-owned firms like Eskom a top priority... 

Komatsu sales growth to slow as miners avoid new equipment buys

By: Reuters     12th April 2018 Japanese machine maker Komatsu expects revenue growth from mining to slow as a surge in demand for equipment maintenance fades while miners remain wary of large new investments, an executive at the company said on Wednesday. Miners were forced to curb spending by a collapse in commodities prices... 

ABB forms digital research, innovation partnership with Wits

By: Schalk Burger     11th April 2018 Power management multinational ABB on Wednesday signed a research and development and innovation partnership agreement with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) with the view to support and tap into digital innovation to augment its own research, development and engineering work, said ABB... 

Atlas Copco and Skills Development Corporation giving hope to the disabled

     11th April 2018 In a bid to contribute to the much-needed skills development and work experience of disabled people, Atlas Copco South Africa partnered with the Skills Development Corporation (SDC) 12 months ago on 4 April 2017. Atlas Copco recognises the daily challenges the disabled face both in their private... 

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