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Koeberg Unit 1 passes 400 days of continuous operation

By: Schalk Burger     13th December 2017 Unit 1 of the Koeberg nuclear power station has reached the milestone of 400 days of continuous operation. State-owned power utility Eskom on Wednesday said this was achieved after the unit was shut down for scheduled refuelling, inspection and maintenance on September 19, 2016, after a safe,... 

CGS discovers fresh water resource in Beaufort West

By: African News Agency      13th December 2017 An unprecedented discovery of a fresh water resource has been found in Beaufort West, Western Cape, the Department of Mineral Resources said on Tuesday.  According to the department, the resource was discovered by the Council for Geoscience (CGS), a statutory science council reporting to the... 

Day Zero moved forward as Cape Town water consumption increases to 'dangerous levels'

By: News24Wire      13th December 2017 Cape Town's "Day Zero" has moved forward by two days after water consumption increased to "dangerous levels" from an average of 611-million litres per day last week to 628-million litres this week, Mayor Patricia de Lille said on Tuesday. "This means that many people have relaxed their... 

Company supplies Western Cape-based distribution centre

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2017 Concrete construction specialist Bedrock Group has supplied 194 precast tilt-up concrete columns for the construction of food retailer Shoprite Holdings’ 63 000 m2 main distribution campus for the Cape Town area, in Brackenfell, in the Western Cape.  

Drought: Has Cape Town planned properly for Day Zero?

By: News24Wire      6th December 2017 "Day Zero is the stark reality we face when most taps will be turned off and residents will have to queue for water." This sombre announcement was made by Mayor Patricia de Lille at the launch of the City of Cape Town's water dashboard on November 23, GroundUp reported on Wednesday. 

Renewable energy must continue to take centre stage in energy planning

     1st December 2017 By Tim Davidson It is imperative that South African policymakers continue to prioritise renewable energy in future power planning, considering the major strides the country has already made in the field. 

Saturday Schools programme celebrates ten years

By: Nadine James     24th November 2017 Global engineering and project management company Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa held celebrations across the country to mark ten years of investing in education through its Saturday Schools programme. These celebrations culminated in a function held at Kwabhekilanga Secondary School in... 

GirlCode floats ambitions of becoming world’s largest women's digital agency

By: Dylan Slater     23rd November 2017 Nonprofit organisation (NPO) GirlCode, which aims to empower women in the technology sector, on Thursday revealed its new programmes for 2018, as well as its Vision 2030 ambitions, which includes reaching ten-million women by 2030. GirlCode chairperson Zandile Keebine commented that reaching that... 

BBF Safety Group Recognises the Bright Stars

     23rd November 2017 On 9 November 2017, BBF Safety Group hosted customers in Johannesburg for its annual year-end celebration. On the evening, themed “The Future is Bright”, the BBF Safety Group leadership team set the agenda for a 2018 characterised by growth, diversification and a bullish outlook on the workplace... 

Drought unlikely to affect Cape Town tourism in December

By: Anine Kilian     21st November 2017 The acute water shortages in the Western Cape – and in the City of Cape Town, in particular – are unlikely to negatively affect the region’s tourism in the traditionally busy year-end period, says Grant Thornton Tourism director Martin Jansen van Vuuren, who acknowledges the severity of the water... 

Cidb concerned over 140 000 construction job losses

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th November 2017 Construction Industry Development Board (cidb) monitoring and evaluation project manager Ntando Skosana on Tuesday described the loss of 140 000 jobs in the local construction industry between the first and third quarters of this year as “disheartening”. The construction industry is an important... 

A lot needs to be done to ensure universal access to water and sanitation – Tshwete

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 The roll-out of water and sanitation services to everyone in South Africa is a key priority for the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), says Deputy Minister Pamela Tshwete.  

We will never allow Western Cape to run dry, vows Mokonyane

By: News24Wire      25th October 2017 The Western Cape will not get to a stage where it runs out of water completely, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane vowed on Wednesday. "We will never allow a situation of a total shutdown," Mokonyane told a joint sitting of three committees of Parliament, as the province's water... 

Drought: City doesn't live up to water augmentation promise

By: News24Wire      24th October 2017 The City of Cape Town has admitted that it will only be able to augment water supply to the drought-stricken Mother City by about half of the amount it promised previously. About two months ago, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille said the city aimed to augment current water supply by 500-million... 

Afrox presents Harvey Shacklock Gold Medal Award in honour of founding CEO

     23rd October 2017 In celebration of 90 years in the gases and welding industry and in honour of Afrox’s founding CEO, Afrox presented the prestigious Harvey Shacklock Gold Medal Award at the 69th annual SAIW dinner held on 20 October at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg. The award is significant to Afrox as it was... 

Time and money – two major obstacles in tackling Cape Town's water crisis

By: News24Wire      19th October 2017 Desalination plants and other plans, which are in the pipeline for Cape Town to help alleviate the water crisis, will probably cost the city billions of rand, and it is not yet clear where this money will come from. Another possibly hampering factor could be the time it will take to construct... 

KlevaKidz puts paraffin safety first

     17th October 2017 The annual Engen KlevaKidz campaign which engages with and educates learners about the importance of paraffin safety launched in the Western Cape on October 13th and runs until the end of the month.  Over the course of three weeks, Engen KlevaKidz will travel to 30 primary schools in the... 

Technology suitable for South African context

By: Nica Schreuder     13th October 2017 In the quest to mitigate water supply difficulties that have been prevalent in South Africa in the past few years, international engineering consultancy and technology provider Royal HaskoningDHV says its range of innovative wastewater treatment and smart water solutions is relevant in the context. 

V&A Waterfront Silo district project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th October 2017 The project has been completed. 

Production losses as result of bird flu estimated to be in region of R800m in Western Cape

By: African News Agency      2nd October 2017 Early estimates suggest an outbreak of avian influenza has led to production losses of around R800-million in the Western Cape, Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde said on Monday. In a statement, Winde said there were at least 36 confirmed cases of avian flu. Seventy ostrich farms were under... 

Corobrik’s bricklayer training programme empowers youth

     21st September 2017 A mutually beneficial partnership between Corobrik and the Department of Public Works will result in the upskilling of 30 Western Cape residents, improving their future employment opportunities through practical and theoretical bricklayer training. “Training those in disadvantaged communities is... 

Quantum Foods confirms avian flu outbreak at two Western Cape layer farms

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2017 Food and poultry company Quantum Foods will quarantine and depopulate two of its commercial layer farms in the Western Cape after an outbreak of avian influenza. Although the outbreak was confirmed at only two layer houses, the company has, as a preventive measure, decided to depopulate the two... 

Afrox unveils welding school at LIV Village

     19th September 2017 Afrox’s commitment to assisting young South Africans to acquire welding skills and knowledge recently culminated in the official opening on 7 September of the LIV Welding Academy, a custom container welding school that was developed by Afrox in partnership with LIV and the Southern African... 

Welding foundation industry collaboration empowers SA learners

     15th September 2017 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Foundation aims to provide training to disadvantaged individuals in a range of areas that include welding and inspection, and the training of trainers for welding and related technologies. In addition, integrated steel and mining company... 

South African employers set for modest hiring in Q4

By: Schalk Burger     12th September 2017 South African employers report modest hiring intentions for the fourth quarter of the year, with 10% of employers expecting to increase staffing levels, 5% forecasting a decrease and 84% anticipating no change, says workforce solutions multinational ManpowerGroup South Africa MD Lyndy van den... 

Fairvest FY17 distributions up 10% y/y

By: Anine Kilian     5th September 2017 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Fairvest Property has grown its distributions by 10.04% year-on-year to 18.33c a share for the financial year ended June 30, exceeding market guidance. Distribution growth has been higher than 10% for the fourth consecutive year.  

Industry support evident despite challenges

By: Victor Moolman     1st September 2017 Although the lack of meaningful government involvement has been one of the biggest challenges in the industry, the Aeronautical Society of South Africa (AeSSA) still get support from the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI), which is part of the Department of Trade and Industry’s... 

Recycling wastewater an option to counter water scarcity

By: Kim Cloete     31st August 2017 Recycling sewage into potable, drinking water is an extensive and complicated process, but it could be part of the solution for water-scarce South Africa in future. The issue has come into the spotlight since the World Health Organisation (WHO) published its ‘Potable Reuse Guidance for producing... 

No quick fix for Cape Town’s trains, commuters told 

By: News24Wire      25th August 2017 There is “no quick fix” to the problems with Cape Town’s trains, says Metrorail’s Riana Scott, in response to a letter from eight train commuters complaining about constant delays and shortages of trains on the southern line, GroundUp reports. In the letter, sent on August 17, the commuters... 

Creative farming methods ensure sustainability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th August 2017 Amid extreme weather, regulatory barriers and import competition, South African farmers need to think creatively about farming practices – not only to reduce costs but also preserve an environment that is struggling under the pressures of a growing global population, says agriculture... 

Cutting number of SA provinces is against the law – Free Market Foundation

By: African News Agency      3rd August 2017 The Free Market Foundation (FMF) on Thursday warned that any attempt to reduce the number of provinces from nine to six, as suggested by the African National Congress (ANC), would be against the law and an affront to democracy. The ANC first mooted the reduction of the number of provinces in... 

Albany launches R350m revamped Bellville bakery

By: African News Agency      2nd August 2017 Albany Bakeries on Wednesday launched a R350-million investment into a new bakery in Bellville in the Western Cape, which includes the building of a brand-new plant and an upgrade of interiors of the existing plant. The new building occupies 6 884 m2, compared to an area of 3 766 m2 in the old... 

Eskom tariffs in AMSA’s action plan crosshairs as losses spike  

By: Terence Creamer     27th July 2017 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) will approach the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) directly with a request for discounted electricity tariffs as part of a multi-pronged business sustainability action plan unveiled after the JSE-listed group slumped to a... 

Liberty Two Degrees acquires additional shares in Liberty property portfolio

By: Samantha Herbst     26th July 2017 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) will acquire additional undivided shares in properties co-owned by financial services company Liberty Holdings (Liberty) to the value of R2.51-billion, boosting L2D’s share in the Liberty property portfolio from 22% to 31%.... 

Multidisciplinary platform pursued for project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2017 Engineering professional services consulting firm WSP Africa is making its infrastructure consultancy offering available through one multidisciplinary project delivery platform. WSP Transport and Infrastructure MD Dr Terence Milne joined the company last month to spearhead this venture and... 

Sven Riddle takes up the reins at Propak Africa and Propak Cape

     6th July 2017 Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery has announced the promotion of Sven Riddle to Event Director of the highly successful trade exhibitions Propak Africa and Propak Cape. Having thrived in the exhibition industry during the past four years, Sven Riddle is thrilled to be taking up the reins as... 

Civil engineering confidence index rises to 43 in Q2

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th July 2017 After a largely flat 2016 and a disappointing start to this year, civil engineering confidence has picked up six index points to 43 in the second quarter, the Construction Industry Development Board’s (CIDB’s) small- and medium-enterprise business conditions survey has revealed. The organisation... 

Short- and long-term options for ailing supply

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2017 Although South Africa’s current dam infrastructure setup is reliable, sustainable consulting in the built and natural environment provider WSP Africa Structures senior engineer Peter Townshend says there are a number of short- and long-term solutions that South Africa can pursue to augment water... 

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