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Education essential to SA’s move to Industry 4.0

Published: 22 October 2017

South African industry needs to find ways of adapting and using the technologies driving the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution (or Industry 4.0) to remain globally competitive, yet maintain and create...

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Parliament’s Eskom inquiry kicks off

Published: 21 October 2017

Parliament’s inquiry into allegations of corruption and maladministration at Eskom has started. In her opening remarks, acting committee chairwoman Zukiswa Rantho said the inquiry would comprise three parts: The Eskom...

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Swazi-SA rail project gaining momentum

Published: 20 October 2017

The feasibility study report for the multimillion-rand Swaziland Railway project, which will link Lothair in Mpumalanga to Sidvokodvo in Swaziland, has been completed, providing the go-ahead for the building of...

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Namibian ownership for Swanib Cables

Published: 19 October 2017

The Namibian Mid-Cap Fund (NMCF) has completed the acquisition of 100% of the shareholding in Swanib Cables from Powertech International Holdings, part of the JSE listed Altron Group. Swanib Cables...

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GE, Gauteng sign MoU

Published: 18 October 2017

GE has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the province of Gauteng to collaborate on projects in energy and healthcare. Under the MoU, GE and the Office of the...

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Eskom gets go-ahead for new nuclear plant

Published: 17 October 2017

Eskom has been given the go-ahead to develop a new nuclear plant. The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has authorised the final Environmental Impact Report for a power station at...

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Trade visit to Tunisia, Algeria a success

Published: 15 October 2017

A number of representatives of South African business and government recently visited Tunisia and Algeria in order to further trade and investment. Organised by the Department of Trade and Industry...

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Solar the fastest growing energy source in the world

Published: 14 October 2017

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has found that the amount of power from solar grew by more than 50%, and has officially increased energy output globally at a faster rate...

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Parliament still finalising Mineral Bill

Published: 13 October 2017

President Jacob Zuma is still waiting for Parliament to finalise the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment (MPRDA) Bill. The Bill was referred back to the National Assembly for reconsideration...

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Glencore buys local Chevron business

Published: 12 October 2017

Miner and commodity trader Glencore has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Off The Shelf Investments Fifty Six (RF) Proprietary Limited (OTS) to acquire a 75% stake...

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Young scientists lauded

Published: 11 October 2017

The Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair (ISF), which was held in Johannesburg recently, saw three young scientists being awarded bursaries worth over R1.3 million. Provided by Eskom...

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Construction contracts in Q2

Published: 10 October 2017

Construction activity in the second quarter of 2017 has contracted, and the sector’s contribution to GDP has shrunk. According to the Bryte Construction Activity Monitor, South Africa saw a contraction...

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Unizulu to overhaul engineering courses

Published: 09 October 2017

The University of Zululand (Unizulu) has announced plans to overhaul its engineering courses. The university has established an engineering advisory board to “initiate and review critical issues” as well as...

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Sanral announces new transformation policy

Published: 08 October 2017

The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has announced a new transformation policy that will see the organisation only working with companies that have 51% - or more – black...

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Refrigerants and their environmental impact

Published: 07 October 2017

Refrigerants are used in various kinds of equipment, including air conditioners, refrigerators and freezers. Refrigerants are substances, often in liquid form, that are used in a refrigeration cycle to cool...

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Nitrogen tyre inflation brings cost savings for fleet operators

Published: 06 October 2017

Nitrogen tyre inflation has become more well-known, and is no longer the sole preserve of specialist tyre users such as the international motorsport or commercial aviation sectors. In fact, it...

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New conformity assessment procedure for EMI/EMC CoCs

Published: 06 October 2017

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) and the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) have lodged a notification with the World Trade Organisation regarding new regulations on Electromagnetic...

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Mining industry profitable again

Published: 05 October 2017

2017 was another challenging year for South Africa’s mining industry. PwC’s ninth edition of SA Mine points to a decrease in dividends and market capitalisation, various retrenchments across the industry...

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Growthpoint launches new green portfolio

Published: 04 October 2017

Growthpoint Properties has launched a new portfolio, called the Thrive Portfolio. It is the first and only property portfolio in South Africa to be highly rated by both the South...

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African Development Bank, IDC to fund new industrialisation projects

Published: 04 October 2017

African industrialisation has received a $200 Million boost through the African Development Bank (AfDB), which has approved a private sector multi-currency line of credit of $ 100 million and R1.3...

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Tom Burke PV plant declared national key point

Published: 01 October 2017

Enel Green Power’s Tom Burke solar plant in Limpopo is the company’s first facility to be declared a national key point by the South African Police Service (SAPS). This status...

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Race to purchase PPC hots up

Published: 30 September 2017

Cement maker AfriSam has called its $700 million merger proposal with PPC “fair”, announcing that it has no intention of changing the offer. “AfriSam and Fairfax Africa believe that the...

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Cortec introduces graffiti remover

Published: 29 September 2017

Vandalism of public or private property with graffiti damages the value and appearance of businesses, neighborhoods, and municipalities. Bridges, walls, fences, dumpsters, train cars, road signs, and other structures are...

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New Crypto Metal Exchange to be launched

Published: 28 September 2017

MetalZoom.Energy has announced the creation of the world’s first Crypto Metal Exchange. This Exchange will provide a platform for miners to auction physical metal to global consumers without any interference...

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USTDA awards grant for SA power pilot

Published: 27 September 2017

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to Solafrica Energy, a developer of utility-scale solar power plants in southern Africa, for a pilot project that demonstrates...

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Coega courts Chinese investors

Published: 26 September 2017

The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) recently hosted Chinese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Songtian Lin. Ambassador Lin stated that the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is “by far the most successful...

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Massive construction projects underway in Durban

Published: 25 September 2017

The eThekwini Municipality was recently awarded the highly commended award in the category of technical excellence at the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) regional awards. The commendation came...

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Accessories important for effective insulation

Published: 24 September 2017

Eight different materials are commonly used in the insulation of commercial and industrial buildings: Calcium silicate, mineral fibre, cellular glass, expanded silica, elastomeric foam, foamed plastic, refractory fibre, and insulating...

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Numsa looks for 15% wage increase in coal sector

Published: 23 September 2017

Following the three-year wage agreement signed with employers in the metals and engineering sector, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has announced it will be meeting with...

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Study finds SA’s power grid can handle additional wind and solar power

Published: 22 September 2017

The recently released Assessing the impact of increasing shares of variable generation on system operations in South Africa – a flexibility study, has found that the South African power system...

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