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SAB, AB InBev on track with five-year public interest commitment investments

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd April 2018 South African Breweries (SAB), together with its parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), has spent R209-million on Public Interest Commitments (PICs) in 2017, with investments in agriculture, enterprise development and societal benefits programmes in South Africa. With the merger of SAB... 

Corobrik embarks on multibillion-rand investment

By: African News Agency      23rd April 2018 South African brickmaker Corobrik announced on Monday it has embarked on a multi-billion rand investment roll-out to grow its business and develop new markets over the next five to six years. Corobrik CE Dirk Meyer said that the lion’s share of the initial R1-billion allocated during 2017/18... 

Department shares Vaal dam water regulatory best practice with Nigerian group

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th April 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on Wednesday hosted a delegation from the Nigerian government’s integrated water resources management commission at the Vaal dam, in the Free State, to undertake a technical study tour and share water regulatory best practices. The study tour comes as... 

Skysite expands and increases its offering

By: Donald Makhafola     13th April 2018 Work-at-height specialist Skysite is celebrating twenty years of doing business this year, with the company evolving from handling small cleaning and rigging projects to big and diverse projects, increasing its competency and service offering to divisionally managed offices in the Western Cape... 

Coastal Park landfill gas flaring project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th April 2018 The City of Cape Town's Department of Solid Waste Management intends using methane as a fuel for the generation of electricity.  

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... 

Cape Town dam levels continue to dwindle, despite the recent rains

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd April 2018 The few days of “good rainfall” experienced by the Western Cape is not enough to fix a system that has received three years of below average rainfall. The average dam levels in the region continue to decline, falling to 17.6% by April 2, from 24.3% a year ago and 18.22% last week. 

Goal driven and competitive South African manufacturing can up the stakes in global competitiveness

     28th March 2018 Manufacturing Indaba, the foremost Manufacturing event in sub-Saharan Africa and with its strategic partners, the dti and the Manufacturing Circle has grown exponentially, and now in its 5th year, is considered to be the leading manufacturing business platform. Manufacturing Indaba has relocated... 

Makhura establishes water war room for Gauteng

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd March 2018 Premier David Makhura has established a war room to ensure Gauteng’s own taps do not run dry amid a drought that has devastated many provinces in South Africa, particularly the Western Cape. Following a Premier’s Coordinating Forum, held on Friday, he said water security in South Africa’s... 

Gauteng urged to use water sparingly or face its own ‘Day Zero’  

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd March 2018 In light of government recently declaring the drought and water crisis plaguing the country a national disaster, the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation (DWS) has urged Gauteng water consumers to use resources sparingly. DWS water sector regulations director Mangwani Mabada cautioned on... 

Cape farmers lose 25% of orchards, vineyards as result of drought – expert 

By: News24Wire      22nd March 2018 Drought-stricken farmers in the Western Cape have had to abandon at least a quarter of their high-value vineyards and deciduous fruit orchards because of a lack of water for irrigation. This has had a knock-on effect on rural employment, with the loss of about 30 000 seasonal farm worker jobs... 

Headline: It’s proven: business can save on water purification costs by integrating nature-based solutions

     22nd March 2018 There is no doubt that drought experienced in most provinces across South Africa has changed livelihood in various ways, including business and environment itself. The scarcity of water, and indeed its value has been proven to be worth even more than fuel per litre: NO WATER-NO LIFE!  Citizens,... 

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... 

Stellenbosch aims to sustain potable-water supply as Day Zero looms

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th March 2018 As part of a R60 million emergency water-augmentation project, ten contractors - four drilling contractors, two civils and four mechanical contractors - are drilling up to 20 new boreholes and equipping seven existing boreholes, and at least eight new containerised borehole water-treatment... 

Economy faces paralysis if govt does not act urgently on water crisis – report

By: News24Wire      15th March 2018 If the government fails to respond to the country's critical water situation, South Africans could face a situation similar to the energy crisis that nearly paralysed the economy, according to a Water Research Commission report. "To avoid a state of national panic, similar to that which occurred... 

Confidence in agriculture ticks up, but land expropriation yet to weigh in

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th March 2018 The Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index for the first quarter painted an encouraging picture of the South African agricultural sector, as it improved by nine points to 58, after declining to levels below the 50-point mark in the last quarter of 2017. The survey, which was conducted between... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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. 

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... 

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... 

Western Cape drought will severely test govt, says provincial premier Zille

By: African News Agency      22nd February 2018 The immense challenge of the province's longest drought on record will test the capabilities at all levels of government to their limits, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said during her state-of-the-province address on Thursday. Addressing the provincial parliament, Zille said: "While addressing... 

Inside Metrorail’s cable theft and commuter crisis

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2018 Brazen thieves, who have effectively brought a critical rail route in Cape Town to a standstill for nearly six weeks, leaving thousands of commuters in the lurch, have become the focus of intense and unprecedented operations to squeeze out criminals who target beleaguered Metrorail's... 

Utilities should embrace technology and innovation – Eskom’s Govender

By: Anine Kilian     21st February 2018 The fourth industrial revolution presents an opportunity to embrace technology and innovation in the energy sector, State-owned Eskom transmission and sustainability group executive Thava Govender said on Wednesday.   Addressing delegates at the Africa Energy Indaba in Johannesburg, he said that... 

Treasury allocates R6bn for drought relief measures

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st February 2018 Citizens of towns in the Western Cape, particularly Cape Town, on Wednesday could give a sigh of relief as Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba outlined that a provisional allocation of R6-billion has been set aside in 2018/19 for drought relief measures and to augment public infrastructure investment.... 

Ramaphosa should shift to green energy – Greenpeace

By: News24Wire      20th February 2018 Environmental organisation Greenpeace is demanding newly-elected President Cyril Ramaphosa takes urgent action on energy policy in South Africa. Ramaphosa delivered his maiden State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on Friday, when he highlighted economic growth and combating corruption. 

Vandalism threatens Cape Town public transport – Councillor Herron

By: African News Agency      15th February 2018 The latest statistics on vandalism of Cape Town's bus services MyCiTi, Golden Arrow, and Prasa - the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa – indicate that public transport faces an onslaught, Councillor Brett Herron said on Wednesday. Herron, a member of the mayoral committee for transport and... 

M&R committed to deliver sub-Saharan power and water prospects as mega-project era draws to close 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th February 2018 The Power & Water business platform within JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is beginning to shift its attention from Eskom’s two megascale power station projects, in Limpopo and Mpumalanga respectively, to tackling a range of smaller opportunities in various... 

Prasa’s subpoena aids safer commutes – DA

By: African News Agency      7th February 2018 The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Western Cape on Wednesday said it welcomes Parliament’s Transport Portfolio Committee’s decision to issue a subpoena to the Prasa board. "Prasa’s interim board failed to attend a meeting with the Committee yesterday, 6 February 2018, to discuss, among other... 

'We cannot afford to lose momemtum now' – Maimane on water crisis

By: African News Agency      7th February 2018 Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane on Wednesday thanked Capetonians for playing their part in reducing water consumption in the City, but warned that it will require a collective effort to avert Day Zero. At a press briefing on several "demand management" techniques to further reduce... 

Fruit farmers opening sluices for Cape Town

By: News24Wire      6th February 2018 The fruit growers of the Groenland Water Users Association (GWUA) in the Western Cape will begin the release of between seven-million to ten-million cubic metres of water on Tuesday to help Cape Town avoid Day Zero, GWUA chief executive Johan Groenewald said. "We were blessed [with rain], even... 

Crossroads duped by alleged fraudsters in Western Cape water scam

     5th February 2018 Crossroads has been the unwitting victim of an alleged scam as it sought to be a good Samaritan in the Western Cape water crisis and warns others against similar scams during this difficult period for millions of people.    Crossroads is a logistics services organisation that operates a large... 

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