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Water Research Commission urges SA to 'get in first' and develop the iceberg project

By: News24Wire      11th September 2018 The Water Research Commission believes that within 20 years, countries will be towing icebergs from the Antarctic to supplement their water supplies. It also believes if South Africa does not get in first, the country will lose out to other countries in developing the new technology - as it had... 

Energy committee blasts department for ‘boycott’ of meeting on fuel prices

By: Kim Cloete     14th August 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe and his department’s failure, on Tuesday, to show up at a hotly anticipated meeting in Parliament on the fuel price has been described as a “boycott” and “a disgrace” by Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Energy. Neither the Minister, nor his deputy Thembisile Majola,... 

AfricaOnline Launches JET-Powered Wireless Network to Deliver Fast Broadband in Namibia

12th July 2018 Marc Gregan, MD, AfricaOnline “We have launched a new 5GHz JET and customer feedback is that they are ecstatic with the 100Mbps they’re getting”   AfricaOnline, one of the largest ISPs in Nambia, has launched a wireless broadband network powered by RADWIN’s JET 5GHz Point-to-Multipoint (PtMP)... 

South Africa to align energy plans with SADC gas master plan

By: Terence Creamer     26th June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has promised greater alignment between South Africa’s energy plans, included the new Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, with a regional gas master plan, which is currently under development within the the 16-country Southern African Development Community... 

WSP celebrates 1 million m2 of Certified Green Space in Africa

18th June 2018 WSP in Africa, one of the largest multi-disciplinary engineering consultancies on the continent, is celebrating a milestone million square meters (1 million m2) of Certified Green Space in Africa. WSP sustainability consultants and engineers have been hard at work for over a decade; setting... 

Namibia may scrap black ownership requirements for mining companies – minister

By: Reuters     25th April 2018 Diamond and uranium producer Namibia may scrap requirements for black ownership in the mining sector as it seeks to woo investors to an industry that is rebounding with the commodities cycle, its new mines minister said on Tuesday. Regional peers such as Angola and Zimbabwe are also trying to... 

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... 

A Recent acquisition by Sanitech, a division of Waco Africa, has increased its ability to meet customer needs as well as expand its footprint further into Africa.

23rd February 2018 Rent-A-Toilet’s Namibian operations were integrated into Sanitech as from October 2017. This acquisition allows Rent-A-Toilet great opportunities for both employees and customers, while increasing Sanitech’s footprint into Namibia. Sanitech, known as Kwikform in Namibia, has made in-roads into... 

Wacker Neuson SA signs exclusive partnership agreement with Namibian dealer - IBS

9th February 2018 On Tuesday 28th November 2017 Wacker Neuson South Africa signed an exclusive partnership agreement with long-standing Namibian dealer, Industrial Building Supplies & Plant Hire (IBS). The agreement positions IBS as the exclusive supplier of Wacker Neuson light construction and compact equipment... 

De Beers diamond venture puts Namibian mine on sale

By: Reuters     9th February 2018 Namdeb, a 50/50 joint venture between the Namibian government and Anglo American's diamond unit De Beers, has put the Elizabeth Bay Mine on sale, a company spokesperson said on Friday. The sale comes three weeks after the diamond miner wrote to staff offering voluntary redundancies that will... 

Employees electing not to join medical aid schemes a concern

By: Paige Müller     9th February 2018 Construction and civil engineering industry professionals are reluctant to join medical aid schemes, citing monetary concerns as a primary deterrent. The Building and Construction Industry Medical Aid Fund (BCIMA) states that this is a concerning trend, given the number of work-related injuries... 

De Beers diamond venture to lay off at least 130 in Namibia – union

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Namdeb, a joint venture between Namibia's government and Anglo American's diamond unit De Beers, is expected to lay off at least 130 of its 1,700-strong workforce, a union official said on Wednesday. Shavuka Mbidhi, from the Mineworkers Union of Namibia's Oranjemund branch, said the diamond miner... 

De Beers Group Announces Shining Light Awards Finalists For 2016/2017

21st November 2017 Awards support emerging jewellery designers from southern Africa De Beers Group is pleased to announce the nine regional finalists in this year’s Shining Light Awards, which recognise emerging jewellery designers in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa and provide them with a valuable platform to... 

Competence Centre promotes energy efficiency awareness in Africa

By: Nica Schreuder     10th November 2017 The South African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Competence Centre for Sustainable Energies (CC:SE), in Cape Town plays an important role in creating awareness and fostering conversations among African stakeholders in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector. CC:SE manager... 

Design And Build Of New 12,000m³ Reservoir For Namwater At Rundu, Namibia

17th October 2017 Work is progressing well on the new 12,000 m³ reservoir and associated pipework on Namibia’s northern-most border with Angola. Progress is over 60% and completion is expected to be well in advance of the contractual completion date of 12 April 2018. The design and construction of the reservoir –... 

Design And Build Of New 12,000m³ Reservoir For Namwater At Rundu, Namibia

16th October 2017 Work is progressing well on the new 12,000 m³ reservoir and associated pipework on Namibia’s northern-most border with Angola. Progress is over 60% and completion is expected to be well in advance of the contractual completion date of 12 April 2018. The design and construction of the reservoir –... 

Glencore sells zinc mines to Trevali for $400m 

By: Schalk Burger     1st September 2017 Global diversified mining company Glencore has sold its 80% stake of the Rosh Pinah mine, and its 39% interest in the Gergarub project, both in Namibia, as well as its 90% stake of the Perkoa mine, in Burkina Faso, to zinc-focused base metals miner Trevali Mining Corporation for a total... 

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... 

Namibia black-ownership plan risks repeating South Africa's errors

By: Bloomberg     29th August 2017 A plan by Namibia, among the world’s most economically unequal nations, to better distribute wealth among its citizens may end up the way neighbouring South Africa’s has – benefiting an elite minority. The nation is working on a law that will require all businesses to be at least a quarter owned... 

Amid growing water worries, desalination option enters SA’s supply debate 

By: Dylan Slater     11th August 2017 Scarce surface water resources in South Africa are threatening the availability of potable bulk water, which is also coming under strain because of growing suburban areas and increased demand from consumers. The recycling of wastewater to ensure long-term sustain- ability has been posited as the... 

Amid growing water worries, desalination option enters SA’s supply debate

By: Dylan Slater     11th August 2017 Scarce surface-water resources in South Africa are threatening the availability of potable bulk water, which is also coming under strain because of growing suburban areas and increased demand from consumers. The recycling of wastewater to ensure long-term sustainability has been posited as the... 

ABB opens new office in Namibia

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2017 Technology multinational ABB has unveiled a new 2 200 m² facility in the heart of Windhoek, after the consolidation of two of its Namibia-based offices. The merge boosted the group’s capacity to better supply, maintain and service products in the local market and neighbouring countries, such as... 

Comair reports its diversification strategy is working

By: Keith Campbell     28th July 2017 South African airline group Comair Limited’s strategy of countering the weak local air passenger market by diversifying its business is proving successful, reports company CEO Erik Venter. “It’s working very well. About 20% of our profits are coming from our non-airline businesses and we’re... 

South Africa, Namibia collaborate on science statistics

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd May 2017 South Africa’s Human Sciences Research Council’s Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII) and Namibia’s National Commission on Research, Science and Technology will collaborate on the production of national scientific and innovation statistics, which enables the countries... 

Engineers set benchmark in sustainable building

7th April 2017 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has achieved the first Green Star rating in Namibia for FNB Namibia Holdings’ Parkside building.  

SAA, Ethiopian Airlines extend code-share agreement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th March 2017 The extension of South African Airways’ (SAA’s) code-share service agreement with Ethiopian Airlines to include Cape Town, Durban and Toronto, Canada, became effective this week. The expanded code share now offers a direct service between Addis Ababa and Cape Town and Addis Ababa and Durban.... 

Cape Town to take delivery of 11 electric buses by year-end

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2017 Cape Town’s fleet of eleven electric buses are scheduled for arrival by the end of 2017, “operating by the beginning of 2018, or sooner”, says Cape Town Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) commissioner Melissa Whitehead. The buses will be supplied by Chinese green energy firm BYD, in... 

Cape Town’s e-buses to arrive at end 2017; e-bus plant on track 

By: Irma Venter     28th February 2017 Cape Town’s fleet of eleven electric buses are scheduled for arrival by the end of 2017, “operating by the beginning of 2018, or sooner”, says Cape Town Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) commissioner Melissa Whitehead. The buses will be supplied by Chinese green energy firm BYD, in... 

IFAT Africa 2017: Finding ways out of the water crisis

9th February 2017 Messe München GmbH Messegelände 81823 München Deutschland Southern Africa suffering under severe drought Pipeline projects worth billions planned Greater use of groundwater and seawater in the future From September 12 to 14, 2017, local and international representatives from the environmental... 

Regional airlines flock to Zim as it opens its skies

By: News24Wire      24th January 2017 RwandAir and Ethiopian Airlines are the newest airlines to fly to Zimbabwe, as the government opens up its skies to other players after years of state protectionism for the country’s ailing flag carrier Air Zimbabwe. The two airlines will start flights to Zimbabwe this year and are banking on the... 

Windhoek goes hi tech in bid to be Africa’s safest

By: African News Agency      9th December 2016 Radwin, the global broadband wireless provider, on Thursday said it had installed a state-of-the-art wireless video surveillance network for the Windhoek Police Department as part of Namibia’s vision to be the safest African country by 2020. Radwin’s point-to-multipoint and point-to-point systems... 

Fibre-to-the-home rolled out in Namibian estate

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd November 2016 Pan-African telecommunications operator Paratus Telecoms has connected residents in the Finkenstein estate, east of Windhoek, with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) – a first in Namibia.   The developers of Finkenstein Manor and Finkenstein Village have partnered with Paratus Telecom to create the... 

Makhura leads delegation to Namibia International Investment Conference

By: Anine Kilian     7th November 2016 Gauteng Premier David Makhura is leading a provincial delegation comprising senior officials and businesspeople to the 2016 Namibia International Investment Conference, to be held in Windhoek on November 8 and 9.    Makhura will visit industrial parks, uranium mines and water reclamation plants... 

Namibia eyes balance in trade, promotes investment projects

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th October 2016 Namibia is aggressively pursuing its growth ambitions through its new development plan, the Harambee Prosperity Plan 2016 to 2020, as it heads to South African shores to rally investment and promote its potential investment projects prior to its upcoming Invest in Namibia International Conference... 

New Namibian uranium mine says to start production next month

By: African News Agency      29th September 2016 Swakop Uranium has announced that production at its Husab mine in Namibia would commence late next month. Local media reports said the planned operationalisation of the mine was disclosed by company CEO Zheng Keping when he paid a courtesy call on VP Nickey Iyambo in Windhoek on Wednesday. 

NamPower to install 1m LED lightbulbs to reduce power consumption in Windhoek

By: African News Agency      7th September 2016 State-owned Namibian power utility NamPower has embarked on the installation of one-million power-saving light emitting diode (LED) lightbulbs to replace power-intensive incandescent lightbulbs as part of a project aimed at cutting down household power consumption in the capital Windhoek.... 

New fire door in high demand

19th August 2016 Fire and security doors producer Bitcon Industries has been contracted to supply doors to an array of new shopping centres throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Jet Park-based Bitcon director Bill Vollmer comments that the company is supplying its Rubidor fire doors for the upgrading and construction of... 

Brief history of 15th ICG, the first to be hosted in Africa

By: Jade Davenport     19th August 2016 The City of Cape Town is set to host the thirty-fifth International Geological Congress, the most prestigious of geoscientific conferences held every four years, between August 27 and September 4. While it is certainly an exciting occasion for South Africa, it is interesting to note that the... 

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