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Govt, industry collaboration needed to create thriving diamond industry – Ernie Blom

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 7 hours ago World Federation of Diamond Bourses president Ernie Blom has called on Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, through an open letter, to put into practice what government has said regarding the development of the South African mining industry, in general, and to help “pave the road to... 

Reatile acquires 37.54% stake in Pragma Holdings

15th February 2019 The Reatile Group, an investment holding company, has acquired a 37.54% stake in Pragma, one of SA’s leading enterprise asset and facilities management companies. This move enhances Pragma’s potential international growth, while accelerating the organisation’s transformation agenda. “I’ve been... 

Boeing reports the first flight of ‘Flying Car’

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th February 2019 US aerospace group Boeing announced on Wednesday, January 23, that its prototype autonomous urban air mobility vehicle had successfully made its maiden flight at Manassas in the US State of Virginia on the previous day. Boeing calls the aircraft a passenger air vehicle (PAV). The maiden flight... 

Cesa optimistic after president’s address

By: Halima Frost     15th February 2019 The 2019 presidential address of industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Neresh Pather, which he delivered with cautious optimism, calling for a transparent drive for the betterment of the sector, sent out a strong message about the future of the civil engineering and... 

Rubber company to focus on automotive sector

By: Cameron Mackay     15th February 2019 Premium rubber products manufacturer Hudson Rubber plans to focus on the localisation of rubber products for the automotive sector this year. Following its merger with rubber retail and wholesale specialists Pro-Auto Rubber’s manufacturing operation in November 2016, the most significant... 

What to expect from 2019 Africa Energy Indaba

15th February 2019 The Africa Energy Indaba Conference is the definitive energy conference for Africa providing an annual programme that shapes energy policy for the African continent. Key issues that impact the African energy sector will be discussed and debated at the event, based on the outcomes of the 2018... 

Isuzu consolidates truck and bakkie manufacturing plants

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th February 2019 Isuzu Motors South Africa has consolidated its truck and bakkie manufacturing plant – relocating its truck production facilities from Kempston Road, in Port Elizabeth, to its new headquarters in Struandale, Port Elizabeth, where all truck and bakkie manufacturing will now take place. The... 

Companies at Mining Indaba panic about 1 March 2019 deadline for Mining Charter implementation and compliance with the NEMA Financial Provision Regulations, says Alusani® Course Leader

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th February 2019 Mining Charter The Mining Charter 2018 was a hot topic at the recently held Mining Indaba in Cape Town. With the proposed changes to BEE requirements which prescribes how mining companies are required to involve communities and women in their management and ownership structures, many companies... 

Electrifying! Wacker Neuson and Kramer at Bauma 2019

13th February 2019 At Bauma 2019, international construction equipment manufacturer Wacker Neuson Group will be taking visitors on an electrifying tour of its vast product portfolio. The zero emission range will be one of the main attractions at the Wacker Neuson and Kramer stand.   “Bauma is and always has been... 

SAPICS Fighting The Supply Chain Skills Crisis

13th February 2019 Reflecting its commitment to tackling the supply chain skills crisis head on, SAPICS, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management, recently hosted the 11th annual Supply Chain Management Education Excellence Awards. This event recognises individuals, organisations and educators who are... 

BI partners with OVK to offer its Agri-Smart solution to farmers

13th February 2019 Leading supplier Bearings International (BI) is extending its footprint in the agricultural industry by partnering with OVK of Ladybrand. The partnership will see BI’s products and services for the sector available at the co-operative’s 57 branches countrywide. The partnership is the culmination... 

Desoutter Industrial Tools Benchmarks with the Delta Cart II

13th February 2019 Desoutter Industrial Tools recently sold a Delta Cart II precision tool bench, to a key customer in the automotive manufacturing industry. The first one of its kind in Africa, places tool management, verification and calibration at the customer’s fingertips. “Efficient tool management,... 

Marginal decrease in South Africa’s unemployment rate

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th February 2019 South Africa’s official unemployment rate decreased marginally by 0.4 of a percentage point to 27.1% in the final three months of 2018, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on Tuesday. The Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) indicates the number of employed people increased by 149 000 to... 

Enel starts construction of 140 MW Eastern Cape wind farm

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2019 Italy’s Enel, through its renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA (EGP RSA), has started construction of its 140 MW Nxuba wind farm in the Amatole district, making it the group’s third wind project in the Eastern Cape province. The construction of Nxuba, which is expected to be completed by... 

Harmony’s Steenkamp rising to President Ramaphosa’s ten-point challenge  

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2019 Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp is rising to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ten point mining challenge by striving to pay meaningful social dividends across a broad front and answering the call to beneficiate, which is no mean feat when it comes to gold. The executive head of the million-ounce-plus... 

SKF TKSU 10 provides an air-tight solution!

12th February 2019 When a local vehicle manufacturer experienced air leaks in the pneumatically operated components and systems of the specialised vehicles they construct, the company turned to SKF for assistance. As a global frontrunner in the supply of bearing technology and services, SKF was able to offer a... 

OCP Group and Cummins Africa Middle East announce strategic partnership in Morocco

12th February 2019 OCP Group and Cummins Africa Middle East have announced the signing of a strategic partnership related to the implementation of a Master Rebuild Centre (MRC) for Cummins High Horse Power engines in Khouribga, Morocco. The new facility will serve both North and West Africa, and the scope of the... 

Stemming slow progress in science & tech requires encouragement

11th February 2019 In an era where South African women have become increasingly prominent in medicine, law and business, why are there so few women scientists and engineers?  Encouragement vs. acumen seems to be the key to speeding up the take-up of careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). In... 

President initiates remedial action on Mogajane appointment

By: News24Wire      11th February 2019 The Presidency has informed the Office of the Public Protector that President Cyril Ramaphosa has initiated remedial action in line with the report of the Public Protector on the appointment of National Treasury Director General Dondo Mogajane.   On 18 December 2018, the Public Protector issued a... 

Business, industry comment on positives, negatives of SoNA 2019 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th February 2019 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) and many other industry bodies and companies have welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SoNA), which was delivered on Thursday evening. His war on corruption and focus on economic growth,... 

Ramaphosa floundering on job creation, says IRR

By: African News Agency      8th February 2019 The south African Institute of Race relations (IRR) said on Thursday that it found President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address was floundering especially on the creation of jobs.  Dr Frans Cronje, IRR chief executive, said their research demonstrated a close relationship between... 

New plans in sight for lubricants specialist

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     8th February 2019 The recently opened grease plant by lubricants specialist FUCHS Lubricants South Africa is manufacturing a large variety of specialty grease grades that will be exported across Africa and to other parts of the world. “FUCHS sees the importance and demand for speciality grease growing... 

New tech balances ever-increasing demands

8th February 2019 As Industry 4.0 continues to cut a swathe through the automotive industry globally, Port Elizabeth-based global technology company Jendamark Automation is providing new technologies that allow local and international manufacturers to keep pace with the ever-increasing demands. Jendamark... 

Latest technology improves clients’ on-boarding experience

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     8th February 2019 Next month cloud-based platform company Passport 360 will release the latest version of its Passport 360 application (app), which incorporates the latest robotic process automation technology to improve the platform and assist clients to on-board even faster. What exactly does the app do? 

What needs to be done to make SA’s buildings fire safe

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2019 In the wake of a deadly fire at the Bank of Lisbon building, in Johannesburg last year, along with a spate of fires at other buildings, questions have been raised about the safety and compliance of South Africa’s high-rise buildings. In September, a fire broke out on the 23rd floor of the... 

Denel urges govt to use, support its new cybersecurity unit

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th February 2019 State-owned defence industrial group Denel has urged the Government to support the development of and make use of the capabilities of the group’s recently established division, Denel Sovereign Security Solutions (Denel S3). The aim is to ensure that cyber security for Government information and... 

Big economic opportunity being missed as ewaste piles up

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2019 The rise in electronic and electrical waste (e-waste) is resulting in a lost economic opportunity of $62.5-billion a year– a value greater than the gross domestic product of most countries – a new report shows. Each year, about 50-million tonnes of e-waste is being discarded – with less than 20%... 

CBE announces initiatives to drive transformation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th February 2019 Transformation in the built environment has progressed at a slower rate than in other sectors, such as the financial sector, with only 26% of all registered built environment professionals being previously disadvantaged individuals and only 0.3% of all registered professionals being women,... 

Social, technological change on the way for built environment industry – CBE

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th February 2019 The Council for the Built Environment (CBE) has continued its efforts to promote and achieve transformation in the built environment sector, but has added technological change to its focus. CBE chairperson Absalom Molobe on Thursday addressed delegates at CBE’s second yearly Transformation Indaba. 

Skills levels and trust big concern for SA’s economic growth

6th February 2019 “Pivotal uncertainties relating to the future of the South African economy hinge on the integrity and trust in institutions and our ability to develop appropriate skill levels”, says Prof André Roux, economist and head of the Futures Studies programmes at the University of Stellenbosch Business... 

Job creation through local manufacturing

6th February 2019 Approximately 50-70% local content in products would be considered acceptable to the future growth and sustainability of the local manufacturing sector. This is according to Eric Bruggeman, CEO at the South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC). In a presentation at the Electra Mining... 

De Beers to spend R30m on diamond exploration this year  

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2019 De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) will spend R30-million on greenfield diamond exploration in South Africa this year, DBCM MD Phillip Barton told Mining Weekly Online on the sidelines of the Investing in African Mining Indaba. This follows DBCM being granted 32 exploration licences across a... 

Obuasi mine to be an engine of growth for AngloGold, says CEO

By: Kim Cloete     6th February 2019 AngloGold Ashanti CEO Kelvin Dushnisky is very upbeat about developing its Obuasi gold mine, in Ghana, and has described it as being "in a class of its own on a number of metrics".  “It will be an engine of growth for this company. You need big, chunky engines of growth which, year after year,... 

Ramaphosa challenges mining to take ten value-adding steps   

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday challenged the mining industry to take ten value-adding steps to hoist the industry into a potent new orbit across the entire continent. Addressing the Investing in African Mining Indaba, the president said he wished to issue a challenge against the background... 

Epiroc and Elf Drilling – keeping the finger on the mining pulse

5th February 2019 Epiroc has once again rocked the local mining space with a landmark sale of the first BenchREMOTE in South Africa to key customer, Elf Drilling. The innovative BenchREMOTE is an advanced monitoring system, which can be linked to up to three SmartROCs and is ideal for removing the operator from... 

ATNS appoints new human resources executive

By: Simone Liedtke     5th February 2019 State-owned Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) has appointed Lulekwa Ngcwabe as its new human resources executive. She joins ATNS from the City of Johannesburg’s Metrobus entity, where she was GM for corporate services. 

South32’s South Africa Energy Coal expresses concern about Eskom’s fragile state 

By: Kim Cloete     4th February 2019 Mining and metals company South32 says it is concerned about the challenges that have increasingly threatened the stability of South African power utility Eskom and needs to ensure the continuity of supply of its coal to Eskom in the long run. South32’s South Africa Energy Coal (SAEC) company... 

New investor for Cape Town Cobra maker; electric car on the table

By: Irma Venter     4th February 2019 Les Hayden’s Cobra replica assembly line in Cape Town is up and running again, following a change in ownership.   Automotive Investment Holdings (AIH) in 2017 initiated a project to modernise the Hayden Cobra, but sold its interest in the venture after a decision to return to its core business of... 

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