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Rail industry plagued by theft, vandalism

By: Simone Liedtke     26th October 2018 Train collisions accounted for the highest number of safety incidents in the rail sector during 2017/18, the Railway Safety Regulator’s (RSR’s) annual ‘State of Safety’ report, shows. Other prominent incidents included fires, platform train interchange incidents, people being struck by trains and... 

Klawer awaits PPA signature, while Roggeveld surges ahead

By: Tracy Hancock     26th October 2018 Having received preferred bidder status three years ago, Cape Town-based wind farm developer G7 Renewable Energies’ Klawer wind farm project awaits a power purchase agreement (PPA) signature before undertaking the 18 months of construction needed to add 5 MW of electricity to the national grid. 

Eskom to add 6 500 km of high-voltage transmission lines by 2028

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th October 2018 Power utility Eskom plans to add about 6 500 km of high-voltage transmission lines and 46 000 MVA of transformer capacity in the next ten years, its latest Transmission Development Plan (TDP), for the period from 2019 to 2028, shows. The TDP, which was released on Thursday, also demonstrates... 

Knowledge Pele Launches Social Impact Investments to stimulate Township, Per-Urban and Rural Economies

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th October 2018 Knowledge Pele (KP), South African research, development and advisory company, has launched its first social impact investments in the community of Touwsrivier in the Western Cape. The investments address key needs in township, peri-urban and rural communities: social infrastructure and... 

Port of Cape Town infrastructure and port development projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th October 2018 The Transnet National Ports Authority has identified infrastructure and port development projects that will address three critical sectors in the Port of Cape Town – liquid bulk, ship repair and tourism. 

Prudent capital allocation keeps Balwin performing in H1 despite challenging climate

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th October 2018 JSE-listed housing developer Balwin Properties handed over 1 058 residential units, which contributed to a 33% increase in revenue to R1.19-billion for the six months ended August 31. An average unit selling price of R1.12-million was achieved, compared with R1.2-million in the same period of... 

Emira concludes portfolio rebalancing with BEE deal, acquisition of Transcend stake

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th October 2018 Emira Property Fund is selling a sizeable R1.8-billion portfolio of 25 office assets to a new majority black-owned entity, Shankly Property Investments, which was specifically set up for this purpose. This concludes the diversified real estate investment trust’s (Reit’s) programme of rebalancing... 

Losses due to arson attacks on Metrorail trains closing in on R700m 

By: African News Agency      9th October 2018 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) on Tuesday put its losses due to arson attacks on its Metrorail trains at R636-million over the past three years. Briefing Parliament's portfolio committee on transport, PRASA chief executive Sibusiso Sithole said 71% of the arson attacks had... 

System approach optimises pumps performance

By: Thabi Madiba     5th October 2018 Owing to pumps having a significant impact on national and industrial energy consumption, the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa’s Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) project says pump efficiency can be improved if an approach that optimises pump system performance is implemented.... 

Drought: more action, less rhetoric needed from business

5th October 2018 South Africa’s current drought affects people at home, but more important to our economy is the damage to businesses. The Western Cape is not the only place in trouble, and as a new El Niño season approaches, the effects will only worsen. The story of the business sector and its water security is... 

Behavioural change a hurdle across industries

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     28th September 2018 A change of attitude towards waste management and recycling is needed to effect a real and positive cultural shift in the sector, but cooperation and willingness to change behaviours is a significant obstacle, says waste management company Interwaste business development and marketing director... 

Western Cape farmers call for easing of water restrictions to repair drought damage

By: News24Wire      18th September 2018 Western Cape farmers are calling on government to reveal how much water they are likely to be allocated this summer, so they can make plans to fix the damage caused by the 60% cut in their water supply. Some farmers say they have already experienced their Day Zero – now they want to know if they... 

Moves under way to lift SA film industry out of the doldrums

By: Kim Cloete     14th September 2018 The South African film industry has been going through some troubled times, as local films battle to draw audiences and provinces fail to attract as many foreign film and commercial shoots as in previous years.   The hardships have propelled various partners in the film industry to work together... 

Moves under way to lift SA film industry out of the doldrums

By: Kim Cloete     14th September 2018 The South African film industry has been going through some troubled times, as local films battle to draw audiences and provinces fail to attract as many foreign film and commercial shoots as in previous years.   The hardships have propelled various partners in the film industry to work together... 

Easing of water restrictions will restore international investor confidence in Cape Town

By: News24Wire      13th September 2018 The easing of the stringent water restrictions will restore international confidence in Cape Town as a destination for tourism and investment, say business leaders. But it will take hard work getting the message out there. Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro, the agency that promotes tourism, trade and... 

Conservative hiring intentions by employers anticipated in the last quarter - survey

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th September 2018 South African employers expect conservative hiring intentions, across all industries nationally, for the fourth quarter, the ManPowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey (MEOS) has found. Fourteen per cent of employers expect to increase staffing levels, 8% forecast a decrease and 78% anticipate no... 

Mining waste set to grow, but ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ solutions abound

By: Tracy Hancock     7th September 2018 The evolution of waste management techniques to accommodate the shift to low-grade ores by mining operations is one of the key emerging trends in the global mining waste management market, states UK market research company Technavio. The London-headquartered company explains that in the last... 

Fairvest maintains solid results for FY18

By: Simone Liedtke     4th September 2018 South African real estate investment trust Fairvest Property on Tuesday announced solid results for the year ended June 30, with annual distributions increasing by just over 9.9% to 20.15c a share. Fairvest continues to deliver sector-beating growth in distributions, while advancing the portfolio... 

Dinosaurs dominate South African Mint’s 2018 Natura Palaeontology Collection

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd September 2018 The South African Mint on Monday unveiled the five-coin Palaeontology Collection in 24 ct gold. The collection brings to life the ‘archosauria’, which comprise crocodiles, pterosaurs, dinosaurs and birds or the ruling reptiles that roamed and soared freely in Southern Africa about 200-million... 

Waste gas fuels smelter

By: Halima Frost     31st August 2018 A gas processing plant, built by backup and continuous power solutions provider Diesel Electric Services, in Boshoek near Rustenburg, has achieved over 45 000 lost-time injury-free hours in its first year of operation. The project –  which started in January 2016, and took about 16 months to... 

Saldanha facility ramping up gas supply

By: Halima Frost     31st August 2018 Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) supplier Avedia Energy has announced the first year of operational success of its Avedia Energy LPG storage facility in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape.  With the installation of the 2 000 t LPG facility and six road loading gantries built at the Saldanha terminal,... 

Heroic Engen petrol attendant to the rescue during attack on elderly lady

29th August 2018 Engen’s “With us you are Number One” brand promise took on a new meaning when a brave Table View petrol attendant, without a thought for his own safety, rushed to the defence of an elderly woman being attacked and robbed. Lawrence Kananji, originally from Malawi and now a petrol attendant at... 

SKF provides technical acumen as proud sponsor of the 2018 Sasol Solar Challenge

28th August 2018 SKF is proud to be one of the event sponsors in the prestigious 2018 Sasol Solar Challenge (SSC). The eight day solar journey kicks off in Pretoria, Gauteng, on 22 September, finishing in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, on 29 September. This biennial competition draws teams from across the world;... 

GreenCape unveils tool for modelling water efficiency interventions

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th August 2018 Nonprofit organisation the GreenCape Sector Development Agency has developed a financial feasibility tool modelling scenarios of suitable water efficiency interventions for commercial and industrial buildings, showing that it makes business sense to invest in water efficiency solutions. With... 

Gauteng: a looter’s paradise

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     24th August 2018 Gold has been associated with our neck of the woods since its discovery on a farm just outside the present-day Joburg central business district back in 1886. Thanks to this association, it was not too difficult for our leaders in the early years of the post-1994 dispensation to come with a name... 

Sydney Metro Cable-Stayed Bridge wins again in South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2018 The iconic Sydney Metro Cable-Stayed bridge project was once again a winner, this time at the 2018 Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, held on August 15 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Representatives from the proud South African Structures team, who worked... 

BI offers fit-for-purpose chain solution for cement producers

21st August 2018 Leading supplier BI has supplied a large order of KÖBO chains to cement producers in the North West and the Western Cape. This consisted of bucket elevator, coal reclaimer, and hot pan conveyor chain. In total, BI supplied 80 m of coal reclaimer chain, 93 m of bucket elevator chain, 90 m of... 

SAPICS delegates put their hearts into annual supply chain conference

13th August 2018 Delegates attending the recent 40th annual SAPICS Conference in Cape Town went all out to help those struggling under the strain of water and food shortages. A “Rise Against Hunger” food packing event that was organised by SAPICS, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management, was well... 

Irrigation system reduces water use in orchards by 70%

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 Louirrigate’s micro drip irrigation system, Tree Hog, can reduce farmers’ water use by up to 70% in orchards, and save up to 70% of energy costs, claims Tree Hog designer and Louirrigate owner Louis Loubser, who is a wine and fruit farmer in Robertson, Western Cape.   The Tree Hog system is... 

Investments in paper business start paying off – Mpact

By: Anine Kilian     8th August 2018 Capital investments in JSE-listed Mpact’s paper business are starting to contribute to the group’s performance, CEO Bruce Strong said on Wednesday. Reporting on the group’s results for the six months ended June 30, he noted that the gains made in the paper business had, however, been offset by a... 

SAPICS delegates put their hearts into annual supply chain conference

6th August 2018 Delegates attending the recent 40th annual SAPICS Conference in Cape Town went all out to help those struggling under the strain of water and food shortages. A “Rise Against Hunger” food packing event that was organised by SAPICS, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management, was well... 

R400m boost for small-scale fishing industry and tourism in W Cape

3rd August 2018 The national Department of Public Works (DPW) has teamed up with the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) on the roll-out of the first phase of the upgrade of 13 Western Cape harbours worth R400-million. The project – known as the Small Harbours Programme – spearheaded by the DPW and implemented... 

SA varsities deserve a pat on the back

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     27th July 2018 Two international university rankings published in the last couple of months had me thinking about a perception index released by consultancy firm Ipsos in January, which revealed that South Africans are in a league of their own apropos of their perceptions of key scenarios in the country, with... 

MeerKAT highlights importance of funding

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th July 2018 The official inauguration of the 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope array in the middle of this month was a wonderful landmark in the history of both science and technology in South Africa. It marked the culmination of years of hard work and innovation by South African scientists and engineers, and,... 

South Africa beats European recycling rate, but more can be done to grow the industry

25th July 2018 Plastics|SA, the umbrella body representing the entire value chain of the local plastics industry, has just released the plastics recycling figures for the year ending 2017.  For the seventh year running, plastics recycling in South Africa has continued to grow, with more than 334 727 tons... 

Structures team scores a win at SAICE Regional Awards

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th July 2018 Cape Town office Structures team were proud to be announced the winner for the 2018 Best International Project at SAICE’s Western Cape Regional Awards, for the Sydney Metro Cable-Stayed Bridge project. Located in the north west of Sydney this unique, curved three-span cable-stayed rail bridge was... 

High-level meeting to be held to decide on easing of Cape Town water restrictions

By: News24Wire      20th July 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation is expected to hold a high-level meeting on Friday to assess whether the severe water restrictions in Cape Town and surrounding areas can be relaxed. Regional head of the department Rashid Khan said on Thursday that there had been requests from users of the... 

Climate change not the only reason for water shortages – Muller 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th July 2018 While recent rainfall has brought some reprieve to the drought-plagued City of Cape Town, the region remains vulnerable, and people, politics and poor planning are predominantly to blame for most urban water shortages, water expert Professor Mike Muller has said. In an opinion piece published in... 

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