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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... 

On-The-Air (06/07/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2018 Black-controlled mining company Exxaro has hit the high spots with the introduction of South Africa’s first ‘smart’ mine. A strongly black-empowered mining company is taking steps to raise money in London for its modern new phosphates operation in the Western Cape. The Bafokeng community is... 

Over R1.3bn investments recorded for Western Cape in Q1 – Wesgro

By: African News Agency      6th July 2018 The Western Cape's investment promotion agency Wesgro said on Friday it had facilitated over R1.3-billion in investments in the first quarter, which would support the creation of 549 direct jobs. It said the nine investment projects secured represented a cross-section of the local economy and... 

Polyflor SA Partners With M-Net’s Carte Blanche Making A Difference Trust

6th July 2018 Tygerberg Hospital receives state of the art Paediatric Operating Theatre Polyflor SA has once again partnered with M-Net’s award-winning investigative journalism series Carte Blanche, and its Making a Difference (MAD) Trust, by contributing vinyl flooring and wall protection valued at more R250... 

Engen Droomers in Somerset West gets a new look

6th July 2018 The people of Somerset West can now enjoy the yummy goodness of a 24-hour Engen Quickshop, Wimpy and Corner Bakery at the recently upgraded Engen Droomers Convenience Centre. Engen Droomers Convenience Centre is located at 83 Main Road, Somerset West in the Western Cape. The upgraded site was... 

Installation of water metering system complete

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Utility management company Bosch Munitech in March completed the design and installation of a metering and monitoring system to manage water consumption for the Lower Berg River Irrigation Board, in the Western Cape. The company was appointed last year in November to install the Krohne Waterflux... 

Steel a sustainable choice for building addition

6th July 2018 Knysna-based light steel frame (LSF) construction company Rancor has completed the addition of a 570 m2 second floor to the Kaap Agri building in Paarl, Western Cape.  The requirements for the new structure were clear; it had to be cost-effective, comply with building regulations, be acoustically... 

Q2 building, civil engineering business confidence weakest in six years – CIDB

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2018 The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) says general building confidence fell by three points to 33 index points in the second quarter – its lowest level in six years.  

From concept to reality: bringing digital transformation into focus

2nd July 2018 The incredible announcement from Uber at this year’s annual Elevate conference in Los Angeles sent echoes across the globe, stirring imaginations about just what’s possible with new technologies. The transportation giant unveiled its electric-powered ‘flying car’ – looking like a hybrid of a... 

Feasibility study on Western Cape rare earths mine to be completed in 6 to 12 months

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2018 The Steenkampskraal rare earths mine, owned by developer Steenkampskraal Holdings, in the Western Cape, is aiming to be a building block in a global rare earths supply chain independent of China. Manufacturers globally are expressing concern over China’s dominance of these strategic elements,... 

Mining downturn results in profile expansion for consulting firm

By: Paige Müller     29th June 2018 International consulting engineering and scientists consultancy SRK Consulting’s local non-mining contracts have become its main revenue contributor, contributing to about 40% to 50% of the firm’s overall workload over the past three years. “The company’s growth in non-mining work is not just in... 

R59m project completed on R44 route in Western Cape

By: African News Agency      27th June 2018 The Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) in the Western Cape has completed a R59-million maintenance project on the scenic R44 route between Rooi Els and Gordon’s Bay in the Western Cape, the department said on Wednesday. The project that started in October 2017, included crack... 

Grass roots cricket given firm footing by JCB rollers

20th June 2018 Kemach JCB, official compaction equipment supplier to Cricket South Africa (CSA), was asked to present the Kemach JCB Groundsman of the Year Award during the recent 2018 CSA Awards Breakfast. In addition to paying tribute to both the emerging and established stars from the amateur ranks, the CSA... 

W Cape drought not over despite rising dam levels – Bredell

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th June 2018 Despite recent rains and the subsequent rise in dam levels in the Western Cape, the drought is far from over, Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Minister Anton Bredell warned on Monday. The average level for dams across the Western Cape for the week... 

Shelby SA opens orders for Shelby F-150, to overwhelming response

By: Irma Venter     5th June 2018 South Africans do love their bakkies – and the bigger the better, it seems. “We are delighted to confirm that the order book is open for a limited number of 565 kW Shelby F-150 bakkies to satisfy the ultimate needs of South African bakkie owners,” Shelby South Africa (SA) CEO Peter Lindenberg... 

By 2050 there may be more plastic in oceans than fish – UN

By: News24Wire      5th June 2018 Plastic pollution in the oceans has reached a stage where microplastics – pieces smaller than 5mm – now outnumber stars in our galaxy, according to UN secretary general António Guterres. And by 2050, he says, if present trends continue, there will be more plastic in the world's oceans than fish.... 

Local govt service delivery improved in 2016/17 – Stats SA

By: News24Wire      5th June 2018 The number of people receiving services from municipalities increased between 2016 and 2017, Statistics South Africa has found. "For the period under review, the highest percentage increase was recorded in the provision of sewerage and sanitation (3.8%), followed by solid waste management (2.6%),... 

Active seal solution to mitigate corrosion

By: Melissa Zisengwe     1st June 2018 Companies and industries affected by corrosion should consider Afrisun’s High Ratio Calcium Sulfonate Alkyd (HRCSA) coating to mitigate the threat of corrosion at production plants in the metal- and industrial sectors, says local corrosion solution provider Afrisun Coating Enterprises CEO Quentin... 

Should desalination play a bigger role in South Africa’s water future?

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2018 South Africa’s prolonged drought conditions and arid environment are increasingly highlighting the country’s existing water infrastructure vulnerabilities and demand that alternative and non-conventional sources of water beyond the traditional surface and groundwater resources be explored.... 

Should desalination play a bigger role in South Africa’s water future?

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2018 South Africa’s prolonged drought conditions and arid environment are increasingly highlighting the country’s existing water infrastructure vulnerabilities and demand that alternative and non-conventional sources of water beyond the traditional surface and groundwater resources be explored.... 

Despite somewhat dismal FY18 performance, Famous Brands remains cautiously optimistic

By: Simone Liedtke     24th May 2018 Despite a somewhat dismal performance by some of its operations in the financial year ended February 28, branded food services franchisor Famous Brands remains cautiously optimistic about the South African and African landscape, while feeling reserved about its UK operations. This follows... 

Leading infrastructure specialist mobilises in Western Cape

23rd May 2018  M&D Construction Group’s new office in Paarl will assist Breede Valley Local Municipality with the augmentation of the water-storage capacity at the Langerug reservoir. The construction of the 20 ML reservoir is the first contract to be secured by the leading diversified contractor’s new office,... 

Plastic bottle recycling hits record

By: Simone Liedtke     16th May 2018 Despite tough trading conditions and a fall of 13% in the total polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market, the South African plastic industry recycled a record 2.15-billion PET plastic bottles in 2017. With a post-consumer recycling rate of 65%, the country is on par with international standards,... 

Business, Cogta agree on cooperation plan for municipalities

By: Thabi Madiba     15th May 2018 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) have agreed to cooperate in setting up a structured process aimed at resolving some of the key challenges facing many of South Africa’s dysfunctional municipalities, particularly in the... 

Calgro M3 confident of securing longer-term working capital

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2018 Property developer Calgro M3 reported a worse-than-expected financial performance for the year ended February 28, owing to challenging political and associated economic conditions, as well as delays in raising working capital.  

Atlantis SEZ designation to be completed in two months

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2018 The process of designating the Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is to be completed within two months, says Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe.  

Mr Wise launches Engen KlevaKidz in the Western Cape

7th May 2018 The annual Engen KlevaKidz launched in the Western Cape this month with super hero safety educator, Mr Wise in the starring role.  KlevaKidz is an educational campaign that uses industrial theatre to engage and educate learners across South Africa about the importance of paraffin safety. Engen... 

SA falling behind on renewable energy 

By: News24Wire      2nd May 2018 South Africa is falling behind on renewable energy project implementation, even as other nations accelerate their plans for green energy. According to data from Greenbyte, a renewable energy management systems manufacturer, SA lags far behind fellow BRICS country China which has 188 232 MW... 

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