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Fireblade executive terminal at OR Tambo airport is now handling international flights

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 5 hours ago The Fireblade Aviation Fixed-Base Operations (FBO) terminal at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport handled its first international flight last week, the company reported on Tuesday. A FBO is a private air terminal, to cater for VIP and VVIP passengers, flying into, out of and within a... 

Stellenbosch declares Level 6B water restrictions

By: News24Wire      16th February 2018 Joining Cape Town, Stellenbosch municipality is set to enforce Level 6B water restrictions from Monday, February 19, to help extend the availability of water in the region, Mayor Gesie van Deventer announced. The municipality is situated about 50 km east of Cape Town and receives two thirds of... 

Initiative changing development narrative in townships, rural economies

     16th February 2018 A three-year partnership between tyre manufacturing company Sumitomo Rubber South Africa’s (SA’s) iconic tyre brand, Dunlop, and development finance agency Ithala Development Finance Corporation’s Small Business Growth Enterprise division will see a minimum of 25 containerised tyre fitment... 

Alstom Foundation unveils new welding curriculum for Duduza school 

     15th February 2018 Alstom Ubunye has unveiled its latest educational initiative, a new welding school at a Secondary School in the Duduza township near Nigel. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Cape Town to host a trio of major water conferences in 2018

By: Kim Cloete     15th February 2018 Cape Town is fast becoming the international water conference capital for this year, with the city and the Western Cape Convention Bureau having won a bid to host its third major conference on water this year. The International Conference on Sanitation, Waste and Water will be held in November... 

KAP gears up for growth, announces solid interim results

By: Schalk Burger     12th February 2018 Diversified industrial group KAP Industrial Holdings has raised R2-billion through the issuance of three- to five-year bond tenures to fund its future growth, the firm stated in its six-month interim results for the period ended December 31. The group on Monday reported that its revenue from... 

Relief for Cape Town as mining indaba proceeds despite water shortage

By: African News Agency      9th February 2018 The acute water shortage in South Africa’s tourism capital Cape Town almost cost it crucial revenue when the organisers of an annual international mining conference considered scrapping this year's event in the city. But the Investing in African Mining Indaba went ahead this week despite strict... 

Cape drought takes its toll on the economy 

     9th February 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Natasha Odendaal about the impact of the ongoing drought and water shortages on Cape Town’s tourism sector and the economy. 

Smart city initiatives must be ‘part of long-term vision’ – Huawei

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2018 Using information and communication technologies, and more broadly digital technologies, in cities must be part of long-term, sustained transformative visions to ensure that a city and its systems improve over time, says Huawei Enterprise Government and Public Utility Sector VP Edwin Diender.... 

Iata welcomes latest African ‘open skies’ initiative

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has welcomed the launch of the African Union’s (AU’s) Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative. This is intended to improve intra-African air transport links by “opening up” the skies above the continent. The initiation of the SAATM... 

Cape Town International Airport runway realignment project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     9th February 2018 The Department of Environmental Affairs has granted final approval for the building of the new, realigned runway. 

Cape Town drought hits tourism, threatens province’s credit ratings 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th February 2018 As the ongoing drought and resultant water crisis threatens Cape Town’s credit ratings and gross domestic product (GDP) growth, warnings of the impact the drought on the local tourism industry are mounting. Tourism to one of South Africa’s most popular destinations is starting to take a knock as... 

Sasol successfully commissions Phase 2 of wax expansion plant

By: Simone Liedtke     6th February 2018 Phase 2 of petrochemicals company Sasol’s Fischer-Tropsch Wax Expansion Plant (FTWEP) has successfully been commissioned at its Sasolburg operation. Valued at R13.6-billion, the plant has successfully started in its entirety and has been running stably for six months. 

Cape Town's water crisis hitting tourism – officials

By: Reuters     2nd February 2018 A chronic drought that could leave South Africa's Cape Town without water within weeks is hurting visitor numbers and knocking a rare economic bright spot, officials said on Friday. With experts predicting Cape Town will run out of water in mid-April, residents have been told to limit usage to 50... 

New runway for Cape Town International Airport gets green light

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st February 2018 Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) announced on Wednesday that the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) had granted final approval for the building of the airport’s new, realigned, runway. This followed the conclusion of the DEA’s appeals process regarding the project. This is a... 

British Columbia further hamstrings oil pipeline development

By: Henry Lazenby     31st January 2018 The coalition British Columbia provincial government has moved the goal post for crude oil pipeline operator Kinder Morgan yet again, adding another hurdle to the seemingly insurmountable legal obstacles that stand in the way of the company twinning its existing pipeline between Alberta's oil... 

Moody's raises red flags over Cape Town water crisis

By: News24Wire      29th January 2018 Due to the marked income inequality in the City, Cape Town's water crisis poses a possible threat to social order, according to a report released by Moody's Investors Service on Monday. The City of Cape Town is currently rated Baa3 - the lowest level of investment grade, and is on review for a... 

Water shops cashing in on #DayZero panic warned over municipal water use

By: News24Wire      29th January 2018 Shops cashing in on Cape Town's water panic by selling filtered municipal water without a licence will be targeted in the coming days, a city official said at a briefing on its #DayZero plans on Sunday. "Either you stop this or we going to have to cut the water flow to the facility to a much... 

Water crisis hits Cape Town tourism, cancellations from international visitors - industry body

By: African News Agency      26th January 2018 The drought-induced water crisis in the Western Cape province, which could run out of supply in April if there are no rains, has hit the key tourism sector with visitors cancelling trips, an industry official said on Friday. Officials in Cape Town, South Africa's tourism capital which boasts... 

China unveils vision for 'Polar Silk Road' across Arctic

By: Reuters     26th January 2018 China on Friday outlined its ambitions to extend President Xi Jinping's signature Belt and Road Initiative to the Arctic by developing shipping lanes opened up by global warming. Releasing its first official Arctic policy white paper, China said it would encourage enterprises to build... 

Mining Indaba to provide ‘first-hand experience’ of return of investor appetite

By: Nadine James     26th January 2018 With commodity prices improving and the mining industry moving towards positive growth, indications are that participants at the Investing in African Mining Indaba 2018 will experience the “return of investor appetite” first-hand, says Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose. This renewed investor interest... 

World-class events benefit the township economy

By: Sydney Majoko     26th January 2018 Most South African townships are built along similar physical lines. They consist of a lot of bland structures that provide for the basic need of accommodation but nothing more. Sure, some people have displayed the need to be different and embarked on changing their dwellings. But in terms of... 

Aerotropolis market access to foster economic growth

By: Donald Makhafola     26th January 2018 A successful aerotropolis has to ensure that the benefits associated with international air connectivity, such as market access and attractiveness for investment, will support economic activity, says consultancy and engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV’s subsidiary Netherlands Airport Consultants... 

Need for more energy increases demand for solar power

By: Victor Moolman     26th January 2018 With electricity demand in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region increasing, Stellenbosch University Faculty of Engineering’s Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies senior researcher Karin Kritzinger believes that solar water heaters can be one of the major... 

Aerotropolis scheduled for launch in Q1

By: Donald Makhafola     26th January 2018 The Durban Aerotropolis, with King Shaka International Airport at its nucleus, will be launched this year with Dube TradePort as the implementing agent. Dube TradePort CEO Hamish Erskine tells Engineering News that the implementation of the aerotropolis will involve establishing the funding... 

Cape Town held up as example of climate change disaster at WEF

By: African News Agency      25th January 2018 Cape Town and its desperate battle to avoid running out of water is a climate change disaster, the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, has heard. At a WEF session on environmental risks, experts urged the world to move faster on climate change to avoid disaster, as extreme weather... 

Wine industry sees positives despite expected R700m shortfall

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd January 2018 The smaller wine grape harvest anticipated by industry body Vinpro for this year is expected to result in a R700-million shortfall at farm gate, at a time when production costs have doubled in the past decade and the minimum wage for farm workers is set to increase by 17% in May. However, despite... 

Botswana to spend $495m to extend power grid to northwest

By: Reuters     22nd January 2018 The Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) on Monday launched a P4.8-billion ($495-million) project to build an electricity transmission line to connect the northwest of the country, a centre of copper mining and tourism, to the national grid. Domestic consumers in the region currently rely on imports... 

ABB supplies motor for world’s steepest funicular railway

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2018 A 1.7 km funicular railway in the Swiss Alps, said to be the steepest in the world, has been brought into operation this week. The railway cable car, which can carry 36 passengers, is being powered by a 1.2 MW low-voltage electric motor designed and built by automation company ABB. 

Without rain, S Africa's Cape Town may run out of water by April

By: Reuters     16th January 2018 South Africa's Cape Town, one of the world's iconic tourist destinations, could run out of water by April as the city's worst drought in a century risks forcing residents to join queues for emergency rations. "Day Zero" – the date taps are due to run dry – has crept forward to April 22 as city... 

First ever Tshwane Tourism Showcase to take place next week.

     15th January 2018 The Tshwane Tourism Association (TTA) is hosting its first Tourism Showcase 2018 at the CSIR International Convention Centre (CSIR ICC) on Tuesday 23 January 2018. The Showcase is a table top exhibition of over 200 tourism products and services from the city of Tshwane and a morning symposium... 

Opinion: My vision for transforming TPT into a leading global port operator

     11th January 2018 In this opinion article, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) CEO Nozipho Sithole outlines what she sees as the key principles and values that will help to transform TPT into a 'Top 5' global port terminal operator in five years. The top terminal operators globally account for about 30% market share in... 

SAA, TAAG sign code-share agreement

By: Schalk Burger     10th January 2018 State-owned airline South African Airways (SAA) and Angola State-owned airline TAAG Angola Airlines on Wednesday announced a code-share agreement for flights between Luanda and Cape Town or Johannesburg. “SAA will code-share with TAAG on direct services between Johannesburg and Luanda and between... 

SA Parliamentary committee anguished over deadly train crash

By: African News Agency      5th January 2018 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Transport has described Thursday’s train accident in the Free State in which at least 18 people died as “anguish beyond measure”. In a statement, the committee sent its condolences to the families whose relatives were involved in a train crash that took place... 

Improving quality of life remains key priority, says Zuma

By: African News Agency      2nd January 2018 Improving the quality of life of the South African people, especially the poor and the working class, remains a key priority of government, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday. “Significant strides” were made in 2017 in fighting poverty, inequality, and unemployment, he said in his new year’s... 

Volunteers restore, relaunch iconic Apple Express tourism train 

By: Henry Lazenby     27th December 2017 A group of Port Elizabeth-based railway enthusiasts has painstakingly restored and successfully relaunched the iconic Apple Express tourist steam train. The two-foot narrow gauge steam train made its maiden trip at 09:00 on December 26, carrying fare-paying passengers between the city’s Kings... 

Successful solar PV project exemplified for SA uptake

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th December 2017 The “tremendous” success of the Robben Island solar photovoltaic (PV) microgrid project lends itself to “fantastic” replication potential, as it serves as a model example for retrofitting existing energy systems with solar and batteries to significantly reduce fossil fuel consumption and... 

A race to (or for) the bottom

By: Riaan de Lange     15th December 2017 “Ha ha ha ha ha. Yo, I'll tell you what I want, what I really, really want. So tell me what you want, what you really, really want. I'll tell you what I want, what I really, really want. So tell me what you want, what you really, really want.” These opening lyrics of the Spice Girls’ 1996 song,... 

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