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South African space component heading beyond the Moon

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th May 2018 South African enterprise Space Advisory Company (SAC), part of the Somerset West, Western Cape province-based SCS Aerospace Group, has supplied a key component for a joint Dutch-Chinese science payload on China’s recently launched Chang’e-4 spacecraft. The component is a digital controller unit,... 

Hydrogen Epoch of Reionisation Array project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     18th May 2018 The telescope is creating a favourable impression for the way it has involved the local community and boosted the local economy.  

Fogmaker fire suppression system takes the heat in the forestry industry

16th May 2018 South Africa‘s plantation area covers more than 1.5 million hectares, stretching over five provinces - Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern and Western Cape. “With the forestry industry in the summer rainfall areas nearing the fire season, forestry machinery not fitted with a fire... 

SAWEA workshops promote economic development in rural communities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th April 2018 A final workshop in a series hosted by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) brought together key representatives of the three constituencies concerned with economic development under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).  

Changing of the guard on eve of golden anniversary

13th April 2018 Interior flooring supplier and installer KBAC Flooring will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of operations next year with three new key executive appointments. Brandon Park has been appointed KBAC’s new CEO, Ashleigh Keefer as its new CFO, and Etienne Louw as the new MD. 

South Africa’s renewables focus shifting from costs to jobs and transformation

By: Terence Creamer     5th April 2018 The themes of transformation and employment in the renewable-energy sector have started to eclipse traditional concerns over cost and reliability following government’s highly contested, and much delayed, decision to press ahead with the signing of agreements for another 27 renewables independent... 

Aucor commemorates its 50 years in business

19th March 2018 From humble beginnings in 1968, Aucor has grown into one of the most successful and experienced auction houses in southern Africa and the company is proudly celebrating its 50th birthday in 2018.   “This is an exciting time for Aucor to be celebrating its success and achievements over the past 50... 

UCT academic joins UN special envoy to discuss Cape Town’s water future

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 University of Cape Town (UCT) academic and Future Water Institute lead researcher Dr Kevin Winter was part of a team of experts that joined United Nations (UN) climate action special envoy Mike Bloomberg – founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term mayor of New York – on a tour of the... 

Tribunal approves Sinopec’s $900m acquisition of Chevron SA with conditions

By: Nadine James     9th March 2018 The Competition Tribunal has approved Hong Kong-based Sinopec’s proposed $900-million acquisition of a 75% interest in Chevron South Africa (CSA), subject to a range of employment, investment and other public interest conditions. Sinopec and CSA had tendered a set of proposed conditions, which... 

There are many reasons that attribute to the growing water crisis in South Africa.

9th March 2018 Climate change and rising temperatures are making droughts more frequent and severe, with potentially devastating consequences for agriculture, water supply and human health. This phenomenon is already being observed in the Western Cape, with Cape Town currently facing the very real threat of... 

John Jacobs

9th March 2018 This week we profile John Jacobs, MD of manufacturing and sales company Sweet-Orr   

Steering a course for growth – AMSOL

8th March 2018 STEERING A COURSE FOR GROWTH: AMSOL INVESTS IN A ROBUST TALENT PIPELINE As a finalist in the Skills Development category at the 2018 Oliver Empowerment Awards which recognise exceptional contributions to sustainable transformation in South Africa, majority Black South African owned specialist... 

Mpact’s earnings fall in ‘challenging’ year

By: Anine Kilian     7th March 2018 In what CEO Bruce Strong described as the “most challenging year” for the group since listing, JSE-listed Mpact’s headline earnings a share for the year ended December 31, decreased to 166.3c, from 252.7c in 2016. Underlying operating profit fell to R457-million from R784-million in 2016, while... 

Urgent call for SA to prioritise alternative waste-treatment technologies

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th March 2018 However, with Johannesburg, Tshwane, and Cape Town all having less than ten years of useful landfill life left, the pressure is on to find alternative waste-treatment technologies (AWTT), argues Nicola Liversage, AECOM's Business Unit Director - Environment, Africa. South Africa's eight Category... 

Transversely-launched Ashton Arch Bridge a first for AECOM

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th March 2018 This is a first in South Africa, using a transverse launching method of the completed arch bridge after it is constructed adjacent to the final road position, in order to minimise the impact on traffic during construction on this strategic route, Michael Bouwmeester, AECOM Highway and Bridges... 

Renewable energy procurement programme notches up successes despite delays

By: Kim Cloete     7th March 2018 A recent report has shown that 112 projects have been procured through the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), with 62 of those having started commercial operations by December 31, 2017. The total infrastructure investment from 64 signed projects totals... 

Government to finalise designation of Atlantis and Nkomazi SEZs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th March 2018 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will finalise the designation of the Atlantis and the Nkomazi special economic zones (SEZs), located in the Western Cape and Mpumalanga, respectively, in the next financial year.  

Western Cape dam levels drop even more

By: News24Wire      5th March 2018 The latest average level, for dams across the Western Cape, is 20.83% - compared to 30.09% for the same time last year - MEC for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Anton Bredell said on Monday. "At this stage, the water situation in our 30 municipalities is... 

Western Cape EMSS awards their top graduates

5th March 2018 Engen’s Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) held an awards ceremony held at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology on Saturday, March 3rd to celebrate the outstanding results of their top graduates.   Overall, the EMSS matric class of 2017 attained an impressive 94% pass rate, with the Cape... 

Hyprop lifts H1 distributions by 8.3% y/y

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd March 2018 JSE-listed specialist shopping centre real estate investment trust (Reit) Hyprop on Friday reported solid growth in distributions of 8.3% for the six months to December 31, which was driven by a stable performance from South African shopping centres and a strengthening South-Eastern European... 

Cape Town launches two landfill gas projects, working towards more 

By: Schalk Burger     2nd March 2018 The City of Cape Town’s Department of Solid Waste Management on Friday launched gas extraction and flaring systems at the Coastal Park and Bellville South landfills, while a similar system is under development at the Vissershok South landfill. Each system comprises a wellfield made up of a... 

Changing Of The Guard On Eve Of KBAC Golden Anniversary

2nd March 2018 KBAC Flooring will celebrate the 50th anniversary of operations next year with three new key executive appointments in place to steer the flooring giant on the next phase of a remarkably successful journey that started way back in 1969, the year man first stepped on the moon. Brandon Park has... 

Water preservation and treatment industry expected to grow

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd March 2018 Water preservation and treatment industries - from harvesting rainwater to the recycling of grey water and purification to potable water, as well as desalinating sea water - will vastly grow in importance globally, says Johannesburg-based valve manufacturer and supplier AVK Holding Southern... 

Cost-effective water treatment solutions imperative

By: Donald Makhafola     2nd March 2018 South Africans have to reduce water use and wastage by optimising existing processes such as segregating, recovering, treating and recycling effluent waters for reuse, reducing the overall water footprint, says water treatment specialist Proxa director of business development Elspeth Grahn. "This... 

Why the Koeberg nuclear power station was built

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     2nd March 2018 A lot of people are very much against South Africa building another nuclear power station. Many hope that the first project that President Cyril Ramaphosa throws under the bus will be a new nuclear power station. It is a sensitive topic. 

Metair buys into Romanian battery packs, electric drives firm

By: Irma Venter     2nd March 2018 Energy storage and automotive component specialist Metair has acquired 35% in Primemotors (Prime), in Romania, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Rombat, in an effort to accelerate its production of lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries for the growing European market. Metair recently launched a... 

Super Group posts 27.5% revenue increase in December half-year

By: Irma Venter     2nd March 2018 Challenging trading conditions and political uncertainty continued to depress trading conditions at transport logistics and mobility company, Super Group. The group on Monday reported a 27.5% increase in revenue for the six months ended December 31, compared with the same period in 2016, to... 

Trade agreement with the EU a boost for Western Cape exports

By: Kim Cloete     1st March 2018 The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union and six countries in Southern Africa has been a boost for the Western Cape, with strong gains for the wine and fishing industries since it came into effect in October 2016.  The EPA between the EU and the Southern African Customs... 

Western Cape, financial institutions pledge commitment to affordable housing delivery

By: Simone Liedtke     1st March 2018 The Western Cape Department of Human Settlements on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with five financial institutions operating within the affordable housing market, with the parties pledging their commitment to accelerating the delivery of affordable housing in the province.... 

Losses mount in Western Cape's farm sector

By: Reuters     1st March 2018 The Western Cape province expects its agriculture sector to decline by around 20 percent, as a severe drought hits farmlands surrounding Cape Town as the city braces for "Day Zero", when its taps are expected to run dry. South Africa has declared a national disaster over the drought afflicted... 

Aarto Amendment Bill too broken to be fixed – Dembovsky

By: Nadine James     28th February 2018 The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offence (Aarto) Amendment Bill is unconstitutional and will inevitably be challenged once signed into law, Justice Project South Africa chairperson Howard Dembovsky told a National Press Club briefing on Tuesday. He stated that, in addition to being... 

AECI posts record HEPS for FY17

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th February 2018 Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI on Tuesday reported its highest recorded headline earnings per share (HEPS) to date, at 959c, for the financial year ended December 31. HEPS were up 17% year-on-year, while earnings a share increased by 22% year-on-year to 900c. 

Goscor Power Products to showcase full Weima range at NAMPO 2018

27th February 2018 Goscor Power Products (GPP), part of the Goscor Group, will showcase the full extent of its Weima product range at Grain SA's NAMPO Harvest Day from 15 to 18 May at Bothaville in the Free State. Last year’s unveiling of the Weima diesel-engine range from 4 hp to 13 hp will be supplemented with... 

Residents in water-scarce areas need to adjust, says water department

By: African News Agency      26th February 2018 Residents in water-scarce areas of the country need to recognise and adjust to the water supply limitations, especially those in drought-stricken areas, the water and sanitation department said on Sunday. The department was continuing its endeavours to ensure security of the supply of water for... 

Jasco acquires Ramm Technologies stake to bolster technology offering

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd February 2018 JSE-listed Jasco Electronics has acquired a 51% stake in Ramm Technologies for R30.6-million in a deal that will allow it entry into asset-tracking markets through Internet of Things (IoT) platforms, as well as provide further growth in new sectors and several cross-selling opportunities. Ramm,... 

Interactive lighting – a first for SA stadium

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd February 2018 Electrical engineer and light-emitting-diode (LED) supplier Maritz Electrical completed the installation of an interactive lighting system at the St George’s Park cricket stadium, in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape.  

Millions, gigabytes and gigawatts

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     23rd February 2018 All the really frightening climate change graphs have the vertical scale in tenths of a degree. The scale is from –0.6 oC to 0.8 oC (about 1.4 oC). On the horizontal axis, the time is given as from 1880 to 2018, a period of 138 years. We know that, routinely, temperatures can change from, say, 12... 

UCT civil engineering graduate wins national award for waterless urinal study

By: Schalk Burger     22nd February 2018 University of Cape Town (UCT) civil engineering graduate Tinashe Chipako won the 2018 South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) National Investigative Project Showdown for his research project on the feasibility of implementing waterless urinals on UCT’s upper campus. The Western... 

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