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South African engineers invited to enter Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation programme

By: Simone Liedtke     16th July 2018 Entries are open for engineers from South Africa and other sub-Saharan African countries to participate in the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. The deadline for entries is July 23. 

PET industry supports local waste recycling entrepreneurs

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     13th July 2018 The polyethylene terephthalate (PET) sector on Friday showed its support to small-, medium-sized and microenterprises in the recycling sector by providing equipment that will enable the enterprises’ effective participation in the mandatory recycling programme launched by the City of Ekurhuleni... 

67 websites for 67 small businesses

13th July 2018 According to a study by The Small Enterprise Development Agency, 75% of small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in South Africa fail. With the National Development Plan predicting that, by 2030, 90% of all new jobs will be in SMBs, it is imperative that small businesses get the enabling... 

Action needed to integrate UAVs into civil air space in South Africa – Denel

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th July 2018 Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Denel Dynamics (which also produces missiles and space technology) has called for a national programme to integrate UAVs (popularly called drones) into the country’s civilian controlled air space. Controlled air space is air space in which all air... 

Bell Equipment, Sanral MoU gives small contractors access to earthmovers

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2018 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and construction machinery company Bell Equipment have signed a memorandum of understanding that will give small contractors access to earthmoving machinery to allow them to participate more meaningfully in major construction projects. The... 

SA mines relying heavily on unskilled workers despite Industry 4.0 gaining traction

By: Dylan Slater     13th July 2018 Contrary to the expected move towards employing a higher number of skilled personnel at mines to catalyse modernisation and mechanisation targets, the South African mining industry has backtracked, employing a significant number of unskilled personnel instead, according to a report compiled by... 

Company calls for distribution partners to increase footprint

By: Paige Müller     13th July 2018 Industrial equipment supplier Banding and Identification Solutions Africa (Bisa) is calling for distribution partnerships to help the company expand its footprint in Africa. The company – the only certified African distributor of the US and UK manufactured Band-It products – has noted a... 

Skills deficit a leading cause of cable installation failure

13th July 2018 There has been a marked increase in the amount of failures of medium voltage (MV) cable joints and terminations in South Africa, says manufacturer and supplier of cable accessories Tank Industries. The company states that for installation of house wiring, a formal trade test is mandatory,... 

Designation status a cabling industry boon

By: Paige Müller     13th July 2018 Providing the cable industry with designation status has helped the industry to grow despite a myriad of local manufacturing barriers, says the Association of Electrical Cable Manufacturers of South Africa (AECMSA). The Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) revised Preferential Procurement... 

Investment, solutions critical for Africa’s power generation sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th July 2018  The African power generation sector needs sustainable investment to bolster economic growth and assist in developing fit-for-purpose, integrated power solutions, says electrical equipment manufacturer and solutions provider Zest WEG Group integrated solutions executive Alastair Gerrard.... 

UK continues to push development of small and modular reactors

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th July 2018 The UK Government has reaffirmed its commitment, including research and development (R&D) funding, to the development of small and modular nuclear reactors. It has done so in the Nuclear Sector Deal, developed by Britain’s Nuclear Industry Council in cooperation with the Government, and published... 

Everising’s upgraded E- and P-Series sawing machines: ‘cut out’ to meet customers’ sawing requirements with faster cutting times and greater functionality

12th July 2018 To maintain its enviable reputation for excellence and sophistication in sawing, the Taiwan-based Everising Machine Company continuously strives to anticipate its customers’ requirements to provide timeous and effective solutions. What the company established recently was that many customers... 

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... 

Cargo Carriers gives skills development a jump-start

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2018 Cargo Carriers, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed supply-chain solutions specialist, continues to contribute towards the long-term sustainability of southern Africa’s transport logistics industry by investing heavily into skills development and training. A dearth of skills at both... 

CSIR-designed LiDAR mobile system to monitor air quality in uMhlathuze Municipality

11th July 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has designed and constructed a mobile light detection and ranging (LiDAR) lab that will be operating at the University of Zululand, the second university to have and operate a LiDAR system within in its premises in South Africa. This... 

“Wacker Neuson quality is the best!”

10th July 2018 “The relationship and partnership with an excellent supplier and market-leading brand such as Wacker Neuson allows us to return that excellence to our customers,“ says Managing Director of AllCut Power Products, Waldo Nel. “The Wacker Neuson brand represents quality and we are proud stockists of... 

DWS notes concerns about War on Leaks programme

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th July 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is worried about the War on Leaks (WoL) programme, since not all Phase 1 trainees have been placed within the projected timelines.  

Who will Qualify for Critical Skills Work Permit – from Winemakers to Payroll Managers

9th July 2018 Marisa Jacobs, Director and Immigration Specialist at Xpatweb The starting point when bringing in a foreign specialist into your business is the Critical Skills List, which notes the professions where Home Affairs issues Work Permits due to areas where there are shortages of skills. 

Schneider Electric expands education training collaboration with DHET

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 Energy management and automation multinational Schneider Electric South Africa has signed a letter of intent with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to expand their Access to Education training collaboration. Working towards the promotion of vocational training and training of... 

Polyflor SA Partners With M-Net’s Carte Blanche Making A Difference Trust

6th July 2018 Tygerberg Hospital receives state of the art Paediatric Operating Theatre Polyflor SA has once again partnered with M-Net’s award-winning investigative journalism series Carte Blanche, and its Making a Difference (MAD) Trust, by contributing vinyl flooring and wall protection valued at more R250... 

S Africa wastewater facilities in disrepair

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Half of South Africa’s water infrastructure is in disrepair and it will take significant financial investment, and political will, to restore it, according to the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). “Our research indicates that what is needed is investment in basic infrastructure such as fixing... 

Cheap valve imports taking over the local market

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Amid ageing water infrastructure, the South African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association (Savama) laments the substantially cheaper and poor-quality Chinese valves and associated products that find their way onto the local market. “In the current market, we find that price supersedes... 

Emergency rescue mask available in Africa

By: Paige Müller     6th July 2018 Local safety equipment supplier Dromex now holds the sole distribution rights in Africa for the internationally distributed safety-critical Duram escape mask. The emergency evacuation mask, manufactured in Israel, is designed to provide respiratory protection and reduce the health risk and... 

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... 

Intelligent management of data key to human-machine interactions

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 The way data is viewed, managed and used is becoming more complex, requiring intelligent management to enable people to interact with machines, devices and services, says enterprise information management multinational OpenText product marketing VP Stephen Ludlow. The effects and combinations of... 

Cabinet’s failure to consider IRP threatens mid-August deadline

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2018 South Africa’s Cabinet did not deliberate on the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) at its most recent fortnightly meeting, potentially threatening Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s self-imposed mid-August deadline for finalising the long-awaited update to the electricity generation plan. Communications... 

Brics Industry Ministers agree to step up cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th July 2018 The Industry Ministers of the Brics alignment countries reaffirmed on Wednesday their commitment to the Brics Economic Partnership Strategy, with increased stress on strengthening business-to-business contacts between their countries. The Brics countries are Brazil, Russia, India, China and South... 

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... 

Skills investment needed to sustain manufacturing industry 

5th July 2018 To ensure South Africa has the skills required for advanced manufacturing, industry needs to invest in high-end skills, according to National Tooling Initiative Programme CEO Dirk van Dyk. Anine Kilian has the story. 

TruckX on track to open in just 7 days

5th July 2018 The countdown to the most anticipated trucking and fleet event of the year has begun. With less than a week to go until TruckX, participants and industry stakeholders are preparing for two days of interactive events, expertise, knowledge-sharing, business building, deal-making and fun. TruckX... 

Wacker Neuson welcomes Powerdek to its dealer network!

4th July 2018 Wacker Neuson South Africa recently welcomed long-standing customer and industrial power tools and accessories specialist, Powerdek, into its fold. The partnership was formalised with the signing of the dealer agreement during an intimate gathering of customers and staff on 28th June 2018. The... 

Brazilian aircraft company signs maintenance deal with South African air operator

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th July 2018 Brazilian aerospace group Embraer announced on Tuesday that it had signed a multi-year spare parts and support deal, known as a Pool Programme Agreement, with South African-based Sahara Africa Aviation (Sahara). The agreement covers more than 500 components for two Embraer ERJ 145 50-seater... 

ElectroMechanica celebrates longstanding relationship with Perelec

3rd July 2018 Kya Sand-based electrical supply company Perelec has been a distributor of low-voltage switchgear products from leading distributor ElectroMechanica (EM) since 1991. This is testament to the longstanding business relationships that EM has forged over the years. Established in 1989, this... 

Four SANDF members die in KZN crash

By: News24Wire      3rd July 2018 Four South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members have died in a crash on the N3 northbound in KwaZulu-Natal over the weekend. The members were on their way to the Boschoek training area for mission readiness. Defence force spokesperson Brigadier General Mafi Mgobozi said the accident... 

KLT’s community partnerships in South Africa recipe for meeting global production standard

By: Anine Kilian     3rd July 2018 India-based automotive component manufacturer KLT Automotive and Tubular Products South Africa plans to add 1 000 people to its 900-strong work force in the next eight years. The company has a major contract with the Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) for the Ford Ranger, and... 

Afrox launches 360-degree Integrated Customer Application Solutions Programme

3rd July 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... 

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.... 

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