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Gigaba slams Eskom’s ‘mistake’ of contradicting government policy on renewables 

By: Terence Creamer     19th April 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba says Eskom made a “mistake” by raising its corporate difficulties in relation to the signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) with renewable-energy generators in a way that undermined the policy position of government on both the energy mix and the... 

Nationalisation of banks is not government policy – Treasury 

By: African News Agency      18th April 2017 National Treasury on Tuesday distanced itself from an opinion piece written by Professor Chris Malikane, an economic adviser to the Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba, saying that the nationalisation of banks is not government policy. This comes after Malikane, an economics professor at the... 

I-395 Express Lanes northern extension project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     7th April 2017 The project will extend the I-395 Express Lanes by almost 13 km. 

SPEED OF LIGHT

     7th April 2017 Washington DC, in the US, has long been a source of both world altering news and stunning controversy. But the pace at which the news and the controversies are flowing has definitely accelerated since the shock election of President Donald Trump in late 2016. Keeping up with both is probably as... 

G20’s Compact with Africa launched with widespread support

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th March 2017 Clear support emerged last week from Group of 20 (G20) members’ Finance Ministers and central bank governors for the broadening of international economic and financial cooperation with African countries to “foster sustainable and inclusive growth” in line with the African Union’s Agenda 2063. At... 

Rio quietly optimistic over Trump’s infrastructure delivery promises

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th March 2017 Mining giant Rio Tinto is quietly optimistic about the ability of US President Donald Trump to deliver on his infrastructure promises, driving demand for Rio’s products. Speaking on CNBC, Rio CEO Jean-Sebastian Jacques said a team from Rio had recently met with “key influencers and key... 

SIGN OF THE TIMES

     3rd February 2017 A Greenpeace ‘Resist’ banner hanging from a construction crane behind the White House in Washington, DC, in late January. The protest arose after the administration of President Donald Trump invited TransCanada to reapply for its controversial Keystone XL project and issued a memorandum... 

South Africans or self-interest first?

By: Riaan de Lange     3rd February 2017 I woke to bad news recently, being immediately reminded of a television series that has undisputed longevity and is a personification of both innovation and trailblazing. It is the BBC’s 1980s classic, Allo 'Allo! Unless you are of a single-digit age, or a recent arrival to the third rock from... 

Plan, but no man

By: Terence Creamer     9th December 2016 South African Reserve Bank (SARB) governor Lesetja Kganyago does little to hide his frustration about the lack of progress in pursuing the structural reforms required to improve South Africa’s growth prospects and deal with its serious unemployment problem. He argues that the National Development... 

Amid policy angst, US energy diplomat points to bipartisan support for powering Africa

By: Terence Creamer     11th November 2016 America’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources would not be drawn this week on how the administration of President-elect Donald Trump could approach energy policy and the Africa Power Initiative in particular. However, Ambassador Mary Burce Warlick highlighted during... 

Local business App debuts at APICS

     26th September 2016 A new perspective on business applications has boosted interest in digital solutions from the enterprise sector. According to Gartner, business priorities have shifted and there is a renewed focus on using technology to compete more effectively, only it’s now digital applications and... 

Davies urges Tesla to invest in South Africa 

By: African News Agency      26th September 2016 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies, who is attending Monday’s Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) forum in Washington DC, made the most of an opportunity at a business breakfast on Sunday to encourage an investment by South African-born entrepreneur Elon Musk in the country of his... 

Northeast Corridor train project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     16th September 2016 The project involves the design and construction of 28 new high-speed trains for the Northeast Corridor. 

African youth need to be vested in the future of their countries – US Bureau of African Affairs

By: Samantha Herbst     5th August 2016 With 70% of Africans under the age of 25, it is imperative for African youth to be engaged in communities and vested in the future of their respective countries, according to US Bureau of African Affairs assistant secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who highlights this as the central tenet of the... 

Private investment key to rejuvenation of world cities, including Joburg

By: Terence Creamer     14th July 2016 Private sector participation is the “single most crucial component” in rejuvenating decaying urban areas, a new World Bank report, which includes Johannesburg as a case study, shows. Published in conjunction with the Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility during the World Cities Summit,... 

Slave wreck artefacts set for next trans-Atlantic journey

     11th July 2016 Over 220 years after it foundered just off the Clifton coast in Cape Town, the discovery of the shipwreck of the Portuguese slaver, São José Paquete de Africa was the first successful effort ever, to bring to light the archaeological vestiges of one of thousands of vessels that brought over ten... 

Johannesburg among top cities for women entrepreneurs

By: News24Wire      28th June 2016 Johannesburg is among the top 25 cities in the world which fosters high potential women entrepreneurs, according to the latest 2016 Women Entrepreneur Cities Index (WE Cities). The index looks at a city’s ability to attract and foster growth in firms founded by women entrepreneurs. The findings... 

Consulting engineer selected to serve on advisory board

     24th June 2016 Engineering consulting services provider ECS announced early this year that the company’s Mid-Atlantic LLC president, Leo J. Titus, has been selected to serve on the advisory board for George Mason University’s Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship in Virginia, in the US.  

Motor industry driving Tshwane economy – Mayor

By: African News Agency      17th May 2016 Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa on Tuesday paid tribute to the automotive sector for driving the capital city’s economy during the current challenging global economic conditions. “I assume all of us have seen in the recent months investments made in the automotive sector of the our economy... 

Getting It Right

     6th May 2016 In an article published on April 15 as part of the Heavy Lifting and Abnormal Loading feature, we incorrectly stated that “engineered heavy lifting equipment and transport machinery manufacturer Mammoet completed the recovery of ‘Bertha’ – the world’s largest boring machine, which was built in... 

African leaders and World Bank to collaborate on digital identification programme

By: African News Agency      15th April 2016 As global leaders convened in Washington DC for the annual World Bank’s International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings, the African Union said on Friday that African leaders and development partners had agreed on a common approach to provide digital identification services for millions of people on... 

Modular crane completes recovery of Bertha

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Global engineered heavy lifting and transportation specialist - Mammoet completed the recovery of ‘Big Bertha’ ; the world’s largest boring machine, which was built in 2013 specifically for the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Tunnel in Seattle, Washington. 

South African biometrics device launched in the US

By: Schalk Burger     1st April 2016 The locally developed and built Biometric Identity Management System (Bims) device, which can support six biometric modalities simultaneously, was unveiled in the US capitol of Washington DC in March. The device – about the size of a laptop – and its support systems were developed by biometrics... 

Antinuclear stance illogical and irrational

By: Kelvin Kemm     19th February 2016 As the nuclear debate continues, it really is an interesting exercise to examine the way in which the antinuclear lobby attacks nuclear power.  Much of the time, there is virtually zero logic or rationality involved.  There is just an emotional gut response. It is a most interesting phenomenon,... 

Permasteelisa Supports Foster & Partners In The Exhibition “Architecture, Urbanism, Innovation” In Tokyo

     19th January 2016 The exhibition will be open at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo until 14th February 2016, with a showcase of more than 50 projects completed by the architecture firm over the years. The large-scale exhibition “Architecture, Urbanism, Innovation”, currently running in Japan at the Mori Art Museum in... 

From Copenhagen To Paris, Cities And Mayors Are Leading The Way On Climate Action

     10th December 2015 World’s Leading Mayors Exponentially Increase Climate Action: C40 Cities Have Taken 10,000 Climate Actions Since Copenhagen On Track to Reduce Carbon Emissions by 3Gt   Africa leads in climate change adaptation   The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and research partner Arup presented... 

Weak South African growth to weigh on jobs, hamper poverty fight – World Bank

By: Terence Creamer     5th October 2015 The World Bank has again lowered its 2015 growth outlook for South Africa, while announcing that growth across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) as a whole will also slow to its lowest level since 2009. The bank expects South Africa to grow by only 1.5% in 2015, a material write-down from its forecast of... 

BAUMA moves to three-year cycle

     4th September 2015 Following this year's exhibition, BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA will move to a three-year cycle, meaning the next fair will be held in 2018.  

SAA’s new route to Washington DC via Accra now operational

By: Keith Campbell     14th August 2015 South African Airways (SAA) started its new route between Johannesburg and Washington DC via Accra, Ghana, on August 2. The inaugural flight carried Ghanaian Transportation Minister Dzifa Aku Attivor, as well as other dignitaries, on the Accra-Washington leg and was greeted as it taxiied in at... 

Unified construction measurement standards to be published next year

By: Sashnee Moodley     7th August 2015 The International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS) coalition was launched at the International Monetary Fund headquarters in Washington DC, in the US, last month, following the gathering of more than 30 worldwide professional bodies.  

South Africa lists five reasons for continued Agoa eligibility 

By: Terence Creamer     4th August 2015 South Africa planned to offer five reasons as to why it should retain its status as an African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) beneficiary during public hearings scheduled for Friday in Washington DC. The US House of Representatives passed a ten-year extension to Agoa in late June and President... 

SAA now flying to Washington via Accra 

By: Keith Campbell     3rd August 2015 South African Airways (SAA) started its new route between Johannesburg and Washington DC via Accra, Ghana, on Sunday. The inaugural flight carried Ghanaian Transportation Minister Dzifa Aku Attivor, as well as other dignitaries, on the Accra-Washington leg and was greeted as it taxiied in at... 

CLIMATE ALLIES

     10th July 2015 Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, left, speaks during a joint news conference with US President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, DC, last week. Obama and Rousseff committed to “intensify collaboration . . . to address the challenges posed by climate change”. The... 

SAA is stabilising its business and beginning to aim for profitability

By: Keith Campbell     10th July 2015 South African Airways (SAA), the country’s State-owned flag carrier, does not think that it will need any more State financial guarantees to ensure its liquidity. This was reported by SAA Acting CEO Nico Bezuidenhout at a media briefing at the company’s head office, in Kempton Park, east of... 

SAA stabilising and beginning to aim for profitability

By: Keith Campbell     30th June 2015 South African Airways (SAA), the country’s State-owned flag carrier, does not think that it will need any more State financial guarantees to ensure its liquidity. This was reported by SAA acting CEO Nico Bezuidenhout at a media briefing at the company’s head office, in Kempton Park, east of... 

New green-star rated USAID building opened

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2015 The US government officially opened its new, four-storey United States Agency for International Development (USAID) office, in Totius street, Pretoria, on Friday. The nearly 8 000 m2 environment-friendly building received a Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) 4-star Green Star SA... 

SAA expands West African footprint

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th May 2015 National carrier South African Airways (SAA) proposes to introduce another West Africa–US link as an air route between Accra, in Ghana, and Washington, in the US, from August. The development formed part of the State-owned airliner’s long-term turnaround strategy. 

US Ambassador says time running out for Agoa-threatening chicken deal 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd April 2015 US Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard has indicated that an agreement on the long-running dispute over South Africa’s antidumping duties on American chicken needed to be secured ahead of government-to-government discussions on the trade and investment framework – the talks are scheduled... 

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