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BMW SA invests in new warehouse, X3 production to start in 2018

By: Irma Venter     22nd March 2017 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) will, over the next two years, invest R400-million in a new regional distribution centre (RDC) and the expansion of its Midrand headquarters. The R400-million investment is in addition to the R6-billion injection, announced in November 2015, to prepare the... 

UJ, Singapore university strengthen research ties, to improve local maths, science education

By: Anine Kilian     20th March 2017 The Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS), which was established through a partnership with Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU), has renewed its partnership with the University of Johannesburg (UJ) through the signing of a second memorandum of understanding (MoU) on... 

Joburg rooftop gardens bringing agriculture to heart of city living

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Food shapes the daily patterns of city life, and food production in urban and peri-urban areas is increasingly regarded as integral to resilient and sustainable city region food systems, says United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN FAO) director-general José Graziano da Silva. “In... 

Joburg rooftop gardens bringing agriculture to heart of city living

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Food shapes the daily patterns of city life, and food production in urban and peri-urban areas is increasingly regarded as integral to resilient and sustainable city region food systems, says United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN FAO) director general José Graziano da Silva. “In... 

New controller increases memory and processing power

By: Victor Moolman     17th March 2017 Machine manufacturer Hurco Machine Tools’ Max5 control console, using WinMax software, is a forerunner in memory capacity, processing power and design in the machine tools industry in South Africa, says Hurco export sales manager Peter Guy. 

Sanral initiates training scheme for small firms ahead of N2 Wild Coast construction

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has started with the roll-out of a R120-million community development and small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) training programme in anticipation of the construction of the N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR). The programme aims to... 

MCS registers its first ship under the South African flag

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th March 2017 Cape Town-based vessel operator, seafarer recruitment and training company Marine Crew Services (MCS) has registered a modern, multipurpose platform supply and support vessel (MPSV) on the South African Ships Register. The 4 221 t, 93.67 m MPSV Greatship Manisha, bareboat chartered from owner... 

R158m road construction project part of Gauteng development programme

By: African News Agency      16th March 2017 An R158-million road construction project was launched for the Rust der Winter and Mkhombo Nature Reserves, north-east of Pretoria, the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport said on Thursday. The D1944 road construction project, launched by the Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail... 

Take community engagement seriously, ARM’s Motsepe advises 

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2017 The South African mining industry must take community engagement extremely seriously to prevent this country’s global competitiveness from being negatively impacted, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe urged on Thursday. Speaking at question time after ARM... 

Urban agriculture pilot project hints at potential 

     16th March 2017 The vegetable garden on the roof of the Kotze street shelter, in Braamfontein, is part of a pilot project series of urban gardens to improve food security for the more vulnerable people in the city. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Commitment To Africa Is Not Just About Money

     16th March 2017 When companies invest in Africa by setting up production facilities here, they contribute far more than just finances, buildings and equipment; they offer their host countries a shortcut into the global mainstream, opening the doors to trade and development on an unprecedented scale. According to... 

BBE Group launches new automation division

     16th March 2017 The BBE Group, specialists in mine ventilation, refrigeration and energy optimisation engineering, have established a new automation division to extend its services.  BBE Automation primarily supports the Group’s consulting services and turnkey projects, but also provides automation and... 

New agroprocessing-, metals-focused Ipap to be released next month

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2017 A new Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) focused on supporting the agroprocessing and metals industries, including foundries and the casting sector, will be released in April, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director-general Lionel October said at the Metal Casting Conference, in Kempton... 

Google hits 1m digital skills training target ahead of schedule 

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th March 2017 With Google reaching its target of upgrading the digital skills of one-million people across Africa ahead of its 12-month deadline, it now seeks to expand its offerings offline and in different languages. The Digital Skills programme, launched last year, offers 89 courses through the online... 

Taking ECSA, Minister to court was a ‘last resort’, says Saice

By: Anine Kilian     14th March 2017 Taking legal action against the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi was a last resort in attempts to have the current ECSA council suspended, South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) CEO Manglin Pillay told Engineering News Online on... 

Eskom, CDC sign MoU in preparation for possible Thyspunt nuclear build

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th March 2017 As South Africa “gears up” for its Nuclear New Build Programme (NNBP), State-owned power utility Eskom has joined hands with the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) as its partner on the ground at the preferred Thyspunt site, in the Eastern Cape, for the construction of the programme’s first... 

New EOS/ESD Association, Inc. Online Academy Classes

     14th March 2017 Education is the EOS/ESD Association, Inc.'s first priority. By offering convenient training, EOS/ESD Association, Inc. provides ESD professionals with the knowledge and tools needed to meet the challenges of ESD in their companies and in industry. • Learn from top industry professionals. • Meet... 

Redefining the impact of project delays on cost

     14th March 2017 Project delays can have a significant impact on trust and budget if not handled adeptly from the start, and now there are tools which can help to transform the challenge When it comes to delays and the assessment of delay claims, there is limited guidance available. In fact, there is no clear... 

Global agriculture innovators vie for top honours at Future Agro Challenge awards 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th March 2017 Two South African innovators in the agriculture industry, Reel Gardening and Meat Naturally, will on Wednesday battle it out against 48 other agripreneurs for the title of Agripreneur of the Year. As part of agriculture innovation hub Future Agro Challenge’s (FAC’s) Global Championships, held in... 

Sanral appoints first research associate  

By: Anine Kilian     13th March 2017 A PhD candidate at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Keith Nare, has been appointed South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) first ever research associate at the entity’s materials lab in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. Nare’s role at the lab is to perform a role linking... 

Denel signs agreement with German shipbuilding group

By: Keith Campbell     13th March 2017 South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS). This agreement will allow Denel’s Maritime division to take responsibility for the maintenance of, and upgrades to, the South... 

A catalyst for innovation, Goldcorp pushes the envelope on technological advances

By: Henry Lazenby     11th March 2017 Canadian gold major Goldcorp is acting as a catalyst to bring innovation into the mining industry, an industry traditionally loathe to adopt new technologies that could ultimately improve the bottom line. As exemplified in its leading role in sponsoring the #DisruptMining competition during the... 

South African defence company unveils increased range artillery round 

By: Keith Campbell     10th March 2017 South African defence company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has reported that it has successfully qualified its 155 mm calibre M2005 Velocity Enhanced Artillery Projectile (VLAP). This is a longer-ranged enhancement of the company’s Assegaai series of 155 mm artillery rounds. The qualification... 

Sars to lay complaint with JSC against Judge Dennis Davis

By: African News Agency      10th March 2017 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) on Friday accused Judge Dennis Davis of “unashamedly” misleading the public by claiming that the revenue services was at a risk of imploding. This comes after Davis, chairperson of the Davis Tax Committee, addressed a conference on tax evasion and illicit... 

Career development network being established to boost women in IT

By: Schalk Burger     10th March 2017 Information technology (IT) firms Mint Management Technologies and Pinnacle are working to establish a professional network to support the career development of women in the IT sector, says Mint Management Technologies human resources executive Lauren Clark. The need for a professional career... 

Cradle of South African aviation

By: Jade Davenport     10th March 2017 The birth of South Africa's aviation industry cannot be pinpointed to one location or date or to a single individual. While East London may boast the status of hosting the first flight in South Africa, the first aerodrome, along with the first flying school, was, in fact, established in... 

Early signs pointing to recovery in foundry industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 With the foundry industry having been under pressure last year owing to very low levels of economic growth, the drought and continuing import leakage, the South African Institute of Foundrymen (Saif) believes that signs to date this year point towards some form of industry recovery. 

Industrial manufacturers to implement energy management systems

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) is assisting industrial manufacturing companies – such as foundries – to develop and implement energy management systems (EnMS) in line with ISO 50001 through its EnMS training programme. 

Metal casting technology station provides added value for industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 As a means to add value to the casting industry in South Africa, the Metal Casting Technology Station (MCTS) – located at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) – provides technical services such as testing, failure analyses, research and development (R&D) work in laboratories, as well as product... 

Rukwa coal-to-power project, Tanzania

By: Sheila Barradas     10th March 2017 Edenville Energy has appointed a consultant mining engineer to oversee the mining development and efficient operation of the project. 

Tracker sees big data investments adding fleet-management value

By: Schalk Burger     10th March 2017 Vehicle telemetry multinational Tracker is investing in a range of research and development projects, which will provide significant insights and value for a broad range of stakeholders. The projects leverage the large volumes of data and many data streams that Tracker has access to, says Tracker... 

Safety always a priority after 90 years in the welding business

     9th March 2017 Despite increasing legal pressure to ensure workplace safety, unsafe gas and electrical arc equipment continues to find its way into industry. This presents a legal risk to companies and a risk to the safety of their employees. As sub-Saharan Africa’s market leader in gases and welding products... 

AFD sets aside €1.3bn to support high social impact South African projects

By: Terence Creamer     8th March 2017 French development financier Agence Française de Développement (AFD) expects to disburse €1.3-billion in funding support to South African projects in the coming five years as part of a newly approved operational strategy for the country. AFD says the funding will take the form of nonsovereign... 

One month left for public to comment on OHASA regulations

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th March 2017 Companies that employ people in high-risk areas and the public in general, have one month left to comment on the draft ergonomic regulations set to be promulgated in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHASA). In January, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant gazetted her intention to introduce... 

Strong outlook for recovering ferrochrome industry – Merafe

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2017 Ferrochrome and chrome ore prices recovered from rock bottom in the first quarter of last year to levels twice and four times higher respectively in 2017, a year in which a shortage of electricity supply has ceased to be a constraining factor, ferrochrome company Merafe reports. Despite market... 

Krugerrand testament to what South Africa can do through beneficiation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th March 2017 The Krugerrand celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year, marking a critical milestone in South Africa’s beneficiation of its precious metals. “The success of the Krugerrand shows it is possible to add value to our precious metals if we develop local capabilities and channel resources towards... 

Pursuit of better performance sees Gauteng split R44bn MTEF infrastructure spend

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th March 2017 Infrastructure and education have taken the largest slices of Gauteng’s R108-billion provincial budget for 2017/18, which this year included the addition of R10-billion to departmental baselines. Tabling the provincial budget in the Gauteng Legislature, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday, Finance MEC... 

Time to stop digging trenches manually

     7th March 2017 With the advent of trenching machines nearly seventy years ago, Ditch Witch the inventors, revolutionized the industry and put paid to manual trenching throughout most of the world. Yet in South Africa the chain gang still prevails with manual labour used to painstakingly dig our trenches and... 

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