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Oil, gas outlook positive amid tough conditions, says PwC review

By: Kim Cloete     7th November 2018 The outlook for Africa’s oil and gas industry is positive, despite tough economic conditions and far fewer discoveries over the past year, PwC’s yearly 'Africa Oil & Gas Review' shows. The review indicates how the industry has responded in the wake of the recovery of the oil price to close to... 

Industry needs to adapt to new technology or risk becoming irrelevant

By: Simone Liedtke     31st October 2018 By doubling the pace at which the local workforce acquires the skills demanded by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), South Africa can significantly reduce potential job losses. This would, however, require the development of solutions appropriate for Africa, Accenture MD Eric Croeser said at... 

Rio CEO says mining industry has to reinvent itself 

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th October 2018 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has called for a reinvention of the resources industry, in order to fit into a modern world. Speaking at the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in Melbourne, Rio CEO Jean-Sebastian Jacques said on Tuesday that the resource industry’s vision had to be... 

Industry 4.0 won’t be a death knell for mining jobs, but will require reskilling

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th October 2018 The rapid developments around the concept of the mine of the future and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) are sending mixed reactions over jobs in what is a struggling sector. However, stalling or adopting what is inevitable, in a slow fashion, will deliver penalties for the economy on an... 

SEZ to boost stainless steel industry

By: Thabi Madiba     26th October 2018 The Limpopo-based export-oriented mega mineral energy complex, in a special economic zone (SEZ), in which Chinese State-owned companies are set to invest, is “the biggest thing on the horizon” in the local stainless steel industry, says Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association... 

Progress made to deliver value-based company strategy

By: Paige Müller     26th October 2018 Integrated chemical and energy company Sasol’s 2018 financial year – which came to a close in June of this year – has proven positive in terms of realising the company’s strategy. “The company has made significant strides in bettering its organisational culture and advancing opportunities in its... 

SAWEA CEO bullish about SA wind energy outlook

By: Tracy Hancock     26th October 2018 As forecast, 2018 is shaping up to be a landmark year for the South African energy sector, South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) CEO Brenda Martin tells Engineering News. Bolstering South Africa’s energy sector is much-improved policy certainty, transparent decision-making and public... 

BTT starts construction on Richards Bay LPG storage facility  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th October 2018 Bulk liquid storage operator Bidvest Tank Terminals (BTT) on Thursday celebrated the start of construction on its R1-billion mounded liquified petroleum gas (LPG) storage facility in Richards Bay. The facility is set to house the largest tanks in the world once completed and is anticipated to... 

Danone Southern Africa joins Polystyrene Association of South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     25th October 2018 Danone Southern Africa (Danone SA) has become the latest producer of high-impact polystyrene (HIPS) to join the Polystyrene Association of South Africa, which represents the entire value chain of polystyrene packaging manufacturers, collectors and recyclers. According to the association’s CE Adri... 

Danone Southern Africa Joins Polystyrene Association Of SA

24th October 2018 Danone Southern Africa has become the latest producer of High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) to join the Polystyrene Association of South Africa, a non-profit Product Recovery Organisation (PRO) representing the entire value chain of polystyrene packaging manufacturers, collectors and recyclers.... 

PIC buys into Africa's biggest feedlot in $365m deal

By: Bloomberg     24th October 2018 The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and black economic empowerment group Pelo Agricultural Ventures agreed to pay as much as R5.2-billion ($365-million) for a majority stake in Karan Beef, which operates the continent’s largest cattle feedlot and abattoir. Founded by the Karan family on their... 

Better recycling requires pact with consumers

By: Schalk Burger     19th October 2018 While commercial companies continue to work to reduce the impact of their products on the environment, improving the recycling of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) requires the involvement and understanding of consumers, said recycling company Mpact GM Nicholas Schild. PET recycling rates in South... 

Poverty comes with a data premium – Competition Commission hears 

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th October 2018 Just over a year since initiating a market inquiry into data services, the Competition Commission on Wednesday kicked off its three-day public hearings to obtain a clear understanding of what is causing or leading to high data prices, along with the current state of competition, in South Africa.... 

Opinion piece: Manufacturers: find the right tech partnership to achieve exponential change

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th October 2018 With the right technology partners by their side, manufacturers can achieve exponential change and digitisation in their operations, opening new opportunities and positioning them for the digital future.  Core to achieving this is alliance between vendors and IT partners to create a powerhouse... 

Manufacturers: find the right tech partnership to achieve exponential

11th October 2018 By Charles McNamara, IBM Global Alliance Leader for Cloud and Infrastructure Services, Wipro Limited With the right technology partners by their side, manufacturers can achieve exponential change and digitisation in their operations, opening new opportunities and positioning them for the digital... 

Siemens to showcase sector-specific solutions and future technologies for Industrie 4.0

9th October 2018 Integrated Digital Enterprise portfolio for machine and plant builders as well as end customers Concrete digitalization use cases from chemical, pharmaceutical, aerospace, battery, food and beverage industries 

EDF, GIBB form GIBB Power partnership

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th October 2018 Through a new partnership between EDF and GIBB, finalised last week, GIBB Power aims to become a reference-engineering platform, specialising in supporting energy projects and offering solutions to overcome the challenges of Africa’s energy transition. GIBB Power is owned 70% by GIBB and 30% by... 

Sappi launches sustainable dissolving wood pulp brand

By: Simone Liedtke     5th October 2018 Diversified woodfibre company Sappi on Friday launched its Sappi Verve brand, which the company intends to use to strengthen its leadership in the dissolving wood pulp (DWP) market. Sappi CEO Steve Binnie said the company’s products and service offering within the DWP market are “highly valued... 

Mining tech boosts competitiveness, efficiency

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th October 2018 The miners of today look to create greater efficiencies to ensure their sustainability and profitability, which is greatly enabled with technology, a panel of speakers agreed during day two of the Joburg Indaba. Accenture Resources Africa MD Cameron Tandy said in a separate statement that the... 

Integrated Solutions Key To Growing Africa’s Power Generation

4th October 2018 As African countries work to develop their power generation capacity in the most cost effective ways, the key will be to find integrated solutions that attract investment throughout the value chain. According to Alastair Gerrard, integrated solutions executive at Zest WEG Group, the energy sector... 

New Wärtsilä power plant will support industry development in Equatorial Guinea

3rd October 2018 The technology group Wärtsilä was awarded a 38 MW power plant project by the EPC company Groupement TEC-IEE in Equatorial Guinea. The project is sponsored by the Ministry of Hydrocarbons with the intention to boost the development of local industry. The order was booked in Q3 2018. A 24 MW... 

EY urges mining companies to adopt a cohesive approach to implementing digital initiatives

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd October 2018 Digital solutions in the mining sector are typically disconnected, with each solution designed specifically to deal with one element of the mining value chain. Companies operating in the sector are, however, being advised to pursue long-term, integrated solutions that work across the mining value... 

Mars Changing How It Does Business One Year From Launch Of $1b Sustainable In A Generation Plan

1st October 2018 Mars Multisales Africa, a division of Mars Incorporated (Mars), a global family owned food, well known for producing global brands such as M&M’s®, Snickers®, Pedigree®, Whiskas®, Royal Canin®, Orbit® & Airways® gum, Royco® and many more, is proud to announce the progress made on the company’s... 

Babcock and ZAC partnership a success story

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st October 2018 Striving to find effective, flexible solutions to customers’ unique needs underpinned Babcock’s recent partnership with Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC). Earlier this year ZAC celebrated an impressive average of 5 000 machine hours worked in the space of just one year, with zero downtime while... 

Petco submits industry waste management plan

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     28th September 2018 Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling company Petco submitted its Industry Waste Management Plan (IndWMP) for the PET packaging sector as part of industry body Packaging SA’s Federation of Plans for the packaging industry, says Petco stakeholder relations manager Janine Basson. Packaging SA... 

Fuel cell parts manufacturer ready to commission plant

By: Donald Makhafola     21st September 2018 Fuel cell components manufacturer Isondo Precious Metals (IPM) hopes to commission its platinum-containing membrane electrode assembly (MEA) manufacturing plant in the upcoming months, pending the finalisation of the balance of funding. The state-of-the-art MEA manufacturing technology plant from... 

CAMASA forges ahead to create a R5bn advanced Aerospace Manufacturing Industry in 5 years

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2018 Thursday 06th September, just shy of 20 months since its founding in December 2016, CAMASA (the Commercial Aviation Manufacturing Association South Africa) held its 2nd AGM characterised by industry-wide Stakeholder participation constituted of Government – including National and Provincial... 

Tailored road-freight solutions for SA’s strategic steel industry

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th September 2018 Cargo Carriers, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed supply-chain solutions specialist, remains committed to providing a cutting-edge road-logistics solution to the South African steel manufacturing industry. About 190 000 South Africans earn their livelihood in the steel value chain, spanning... 

CSIR NLC to develop local photonics industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     14th September 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) National Laser Centre (NLC), in Pretoria, aims to contribute to the development of the South African photonics industry, says NLC head Delon Mudaly. “In relation to the global environment and the number of companies that exist worldwide,... 

Zest WEG Group achieves Level 1 BBBEE status

By: Simone Liedtke     12th September 2018 Motors and controls manufacturer WEG’s subsidiary, Zest WEG Group, on Wednesday announced that it has achieved Level 1 status under the Broad-Based Black Economic-Empowerment (BBBEE) Codes of Good Practice. The achievement follows just over a year after Zest WEG reached Level 2 status, in... 

Manganese star performer, more stability in iron-ore price – Assore

By: Martin Creamer     6th September 2018 Manganese was the star performer for diversified mining company Assore in the 12 months to June 30, when the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed record-performer experienced greater stability in iron-ore pricing but also chrome price volatility caused by global tariff uncertainty. In reporting... 

Diamond sector must do more to tackle transparency challenge – rights groups

By: Anine Kilian     31st August 2018 The diamond industry continues to be tainted by links between diamonds and human rights abuses, conflict finance and corruption. This is according to Global Witness conflict resources campaign leader Michael Gibb, who notes that, although the diamond industry is not the only sector facing these... 

R&D must be prioritised as Industry 4.0 disrupts

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     31st August 2018 Research and development (R&D) is crucial for the aviation industry and government should establish it as a national priority, says the Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa (Barsa) GM Ndiphiwe Ntuli. Barsa submitted its comments to the Department of Transport on the Revised White... 

Pacton gains greater ground in Pilbara

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th August 2018 Junior gold explorer Calidus Resources has inked a letter of intent (LoI) with TSX-listed Pacton Gold to dispose of its non-core conglomerate gold rights for C$3.5-million in shares. Under the terms of the LoI, Calidus will receive a non-refundable payment of C$10 000 and will be issued... 

Auto thought leader on need to build Tier 2 and 3 suppliers as local content falls

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2018 The South African automotive industry is eagerly awaiting the announcement of the details of government’s new support programme, the Automotive Masterplan, which is set to guide the industry’s investment activities from 2020 to 2035. The masterplan will perhaps be South Africa’s most challenging... 

Sasol FY18 headline earnings fall 22%

By: Anine Kilian     20th August 2018 Integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol on Monday reported a 22% year-on-year decrease in its headline earnings a share to R27.44 for the financial year ended June 30. Speaking at a presentation of the group’s results on Wednesday, joint president and CEO Bongani Nqwababa said core headline... 

Sustainability beyond the “factory door”

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2018 Sustainable business practices are no longer a nice to have, but a vital component of strategy that drives organisational longevity, market share and bottom-line performance. For the most part, responsible organisations have adopted environmentally friendly practices into their everyday... 

Erudite adopts a fresh approach to transformation 

By: Nadine James     3rd August 2018 Becoming a sustainable and relevant mining industry service provider requires a genuine effort to meet and address issues of localisation and transformation, while fostering local partnerships to develop extractive projects in African countries, suggests engineering, procurement and construction... 

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