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Plastics SA, CSIR discuss new tech at Innovation Forum

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th July 2018 At the third yearly Innovation Forum organised by industry association Plastics SA’s training division, in collaboration with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), on Wednesday, speakers highlighted the need for innovation with regard to waste management, packaging and... 

AECOM Educational Trust awards three bursaries for 2018

11th July 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery company AECOM has announced the latest recipients of bursaries awarded by its Educational Trust, which provides financial assistance to young women in previously-disadvantaged communities. The AECOM Educational Trust was established in 2017, and celebrates its... 

Bridging between traditional and new energy

11th July 2018 As the current global energy transition moves towards a future more dependent on renewable resources, WorleyParsons is using its expertise in new energy to bridge between conventional and sustainable power generation. WorleyParsons says the global transition to fully realising the potential of... 

Criticise us, but give us a chance, SAA CEO implores South Africans

By: News24Wire      11th July 2018 It is very important that South Africans give the new board and management at South African Airways (SAA) the opportunity to turn the national airline around financially, CEO Vuyani Jarana told Fin24 on Wednesday. "South Africans must support the airline. I can only shape its future, since I was... 

Royal HaskoningDHV wins big at SAICE JHB Regional Awards

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2018 It was a night to remember for Royal HaskoningDHV at the SAICE JHB Regional Awards held in Midrand on Thursday 5 July 2018. The Level 1 B-BBEE engineering consultancy walked away with 4 awards for the Grayston Pedestrian Bridge at the gala dinner. The bridge was awarded the Most Outstanding Civil... 

SRK, industry loses leading light

By: Nadine James     11th July 2018 One of SRK Consulting’s three founding members, Dr Oskar Steffen, passed away on Wednesday, June 27, in Johannesburg. He was 77 years old. Steffen was born in Swaziland, where he completed his schooling. He left for Johannesburg in 1956 to study civil engineering at the University of the... 

Miners welcome ACCC power plans

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th July 2018 The resources sector has welcomed recommendations from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to significantly improve electricity affordability for Australian consumers and businesses. The ACCC in March launched an inquiry to identify the root causes of the high electricity... 

Epiroc South Africa encourages employee wellness in the home and work space

11th July 2018 With employee wellness at the core of Epiroc South Africa’s ethos, the company addressed the important topic of stress management in support of World Safety Day 2018. The World Health Organisation’s safety day focus this year was on child labour. However, globally Epiroc decided to focus on... 

Mining can be a major driver of development in poor countries – ICMM

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th July 2018 The lives of people living in countries whose economies are dependent on mining have, on average, improved faster than those of people in other countries over the past 20 years, a report by the International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM) has found.  

Turnaround under way for Miranda Mineral Holdings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th July 2018 JSE-listed Miranda Mineral Holdings narrowed its headline loss a share for the year ended August 31, 2017, by 76% to 1.26c, compared with 5.34c in August 2013.  

Hogan Lovells optimistic that Africa is fit for the future at fifth annual Africa Forum

9th July 2018 Global law firm Hogan Lovells is set to host its fifth annual Africa Forum London event at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in the heart of City, against the backdrop of a rapidly-improving investment outlook across the continent. This year’s Forum – themed Africa Fit for the Future – aims to explore,... 

Ballito Junction and Build the Future Project start building a much-needed new creche in Ndwedwe

9th July 2018 Building a brighter future, today the first sod was turned for the construction of a brand new early learning child centre - The Vukuzakhe Creche. Ballito Junction Regional Mall, together with Build the Future Project, is building the early learning centre in Ndwedwe, located 35km from the mall... 

Eskom executive structure strengthened with the appointment of a COO

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 The board of State-owned power utility Eskom has appointed Jan Oberholzer COO. The board, which was appointed in January, was mandated to resolve and take decisions to address the immediate challenges facing Eskom. Key to this mandate was to bring stability to the executive leadership structures... 

Private equity useful in current economy

6th July 2018 Using private equity to gain capital, especially for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that might not meet the criteria to qualify for bank loans, seems like a preferential means of raising capital in South Africa’s current tough economic climate, according to private equity company RMB... 

Latest charter draft an improvement on previous iteration but discontent persists

By: Simone Liedtke     6th July 2018 The third iteration of the Mining Charter will have a significant effect on vendors of services and goods in the procurement space of South African mining, says legal services provider Strata Legal director Brandon Irsigler, noting that a great many suppliers to the mining industry are in the... 

Repairing of ageing water infrastructure can increase supply

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Amid ageing water infrastructure in most developed areas in South Africa, engineering advisory firm WSP technical director water, transport and infrastructure Africa Arnaud Malan says there is a need to adopt more sustainable approaches to managing available water through smarter water governance... 

Steel a sustainable choice for building addition

6th July 2018 Knysna-based light steel frame (LSF) construction company Rancor has completed the addition of a 570 m2 second floor to the Kaap Agri building in Paarl, Western Cape.  The requirements for the new structure were clear; it had to be cost-effective, comply with building regulations, be acoustically... 

Testing and verification multinational launches women education trust

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 Testing, verification and certification multinational Bureau Veritas has launched the iThemba Trust, which will fund the degrees of disadvantaged girls and young women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines, says Bureau Veritas South Africa VP Sal Govender. The trust is... 

Derisking Eskom

By: Terence Creamer     6th July 2018 The term ‘too big to fail’ came to the fore during the so-called Great Recession, which arose after America’s sub-prime mortgage crisis triggered the collapse of Lehman Brothers in late 2008. The concept was attached to those businesses in the financial sector that had become so large as to make... 

AngloGold starts development of Vogue orebody to increase Sunrise Dam production

By: Simone Liedtke     5th July 2018 Development of the large, high-grade Vogue orebody at gold miner AngloGold Ashanti’s Sunrise Dam gold mine, in Western Australia, is now under way, with production expected to increase by 25% this year to about 300 000 oz. This development follows the commissioning of the miner’s Recovery Enhance... 

Petra to sell KEM JV stake to Ekapa for R300m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th July 2018 LSE-listed Petra Diamonds and its black economic empowerment partners plan to sell their 75.9% interest in the Kimberley Epaka Mining (KEM) joint venture (JV) to JV partner Ekapa Mining for about R300-million. The KEM JV incorporates the Kimberley Underground mine, extensive tailings retreatment... 

Cargo Carriers drives excellence in SHEQ

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th July 2018 It is more than an ability to provide an innovative transport logistics solution that has ensured Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Cargo Carriers remains a preferred partner to leading participants in specialist and highly-regulated industry segments. Customers also value the credence this... 

Bulgarian Subsidiary Grows European Market Share

5th July 2018 Condra Bulgaria Ltd, fledgling European subsidiary of South African crane manufacturer Condra, has received orders worth some €½-million in the past six months, and secured further contracts for the ongoing supply of end-carriages to crane manufacturers in England and Spain. The subsidiary’s... 

US probe darkens Glencore's horizons from Africa to Americas

By: Bloomberg     4th July 2018 The US corruption and money-laundering probe into Glencore Plc represents the sum of all fears for the world’s largest commodity trader and its billionaire CEO Ivan Glasenberg. The possibility that the Justice Department would add to the dizzying array of regulatory and legal headaches the Swiss... 

SA retailer pilots compostable bags with customers on International Plastic Bag Free Day

4th July 2018 Pick n Pay chairman calls for Government action, investment in recycling and waste management Pick n Pay became the first South African retailer to trial compostable bags as an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic bags. The one-day trial at its V&A Waterfront store will gauge customer... 

Pick n Pay trials compostable carrier bags in Cape Town

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2018 Pick n Pay has become the first South African retailer to trial compostable bags as an environment-friendly alternative to plastic bags.  

Draft Mining Charter progressive, but still ambiguous – Bench Marks Foundation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2018 The new draft Mining Charter, released mid-June, is a step in the right direction, says performance monitoring organisation Bench Marks Foundation, but it warns that the devil remains in the detail, with some matters still to be clarified.  

Growthpoint launches new trading, development business unit

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd July 2018 International property company Growthpoint Properties has formed a dedicated trading and development business unit. This new specialised division, the company explained on Tuesday, will play a key role in creating “excellent business opportunities for the company and world-class premises for its... 

Ramaphosa concludes Mauritania visit, returns home

By: African News Agency      3rd July 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has returned home after a working visit to Nouakchott, in Mauritania where he participated and led the South African delegation at the 31st Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Assembly of Heads of State and Government, the Presidency said on Tuesday. The AU Summit... 

Agility Keeps Concor Infrastructure Project On Track

2nd July 2018 The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) project on the N2, between Mtunzini and Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal, has brought with it its own challenges and in so doing has allowed Concor Infrastructure to demonstrate its agility as one of South Africa’s leading roads contractors.... 

Agility Keeps Concor Infrastructure Project On Track

2nd July 2018 The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) project on the N2, between Mtunzini and Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal, has brought with it its own challenges and in so doing has allowed Concor Infrastructure to demonstrate its agility as one of South Africa’s leading roads contractors.... 

Fears of a dry future for Cape Town as water conference kicks off

By: News24Wire      2nd July 2018 A scarce supply of water may become Cape Town's defining feature, and the city has already been touted as one of the first major cities in the world that could run out of water. This was the warning from City of Cape Town Deputy Mayor Ian Nielson, who spoke on Sunday at the WISA 2018 Conference,... 

Southern Africa construction equipment rental market growing at 3% CAGR to reach $3,5m by 2024

2nd July 2018 According to a new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc. Southern Africa Construction Equipment Rental Market to exceed USD 3.5 billion by 2024. In Southern Africa construction industry, usage of rental services is a prevalent channel. A steady rise in the rental model has been... 

Digitisation key to sustainable mining industry

By: Anine Kilian     2nd July 2018  The mining industry is at an inflection point and on the cusp of profound change, Australian mining futurist Gavin Yeates told delegates at the AEL Workshop for Explosives Engineers and Technical Representatives (WEETR) themed IntelliBlast, in Pretoria. Delivering the keynote address, he said... 

Toyota shares 800 localisation opportunities with South African suppliers

29th June 2018 The Durban Automotive Cluster (DAC) was pleased to attend the Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) International Multipurpose Vehicle (IMV) Imported Parts Exhibition held on 21 June 2018 in Durban. Over 40 suppliers viewed over 800 components that are open to localisation in what TSAM calls their... 

Radebe says labour cannot be 'left behind' in energy transition 

By: Terence Creamer     29th June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe urged business to support government in ensuring that South Africa’s energy transition is a “just” one for labour, especially those operating in the coal-mining sector. In an engagement on Friday with business leaders in Johannesburg, following a meeting of the energy... 

With universal access in sight, SA’s electrification drive takes on new dimensions

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2018 The integrated national electrification programme (INEP) of the Department of Energy (DoE) is set to change in scope and character as it nears its initial goals of electrifying most communities in South Africa that were not connected to the national grid. Energy Deputy Minister Thembisile Majola... 

With universal access in sight, SA’s electrification drive takes on new dimensions

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2018 The integrated national electrification programme (INEP) of the Department of Energy (DoE) is set to change in scope and character as it nears its initial goals of electrifying most communities in South Africa that were not connected to the national grid. Energy Deputy Minister Thembisile Majola... 

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