THE SA AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY RENEWS CALLS FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF CLEAN FUELS IN SA

Background In the 2013/2014 budget, the then Minister of Finance announced an allocation of R40 billion for the upgrading of SA oil refineries to produce Euro V fuels in South Africa by 2017. The Department of Energy subsequently decided to re-evaluate the Clean Fuels initiative and there has been little progress since then. Currently, South Africa is about 15 years behind the rest of the world in terms of fuel standards and quality. The introduction of Clean fuels in South Africa is essential from an environmental/urban air quality and human…

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Innovation the key to reviving SA’s manufacturing sector: steel federation

JOHANNESBURG – Innovation was crucially important for the future survival of South Africa’s manufacturing sector, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa said on Tuesday. Speaking at the Industrial Development Conference held in Sandton, SEIFSA Chief Executive Officer Kaizer Nyatsumba said innovation would ultimately be the difference between thriving manufacturers and those that were merely surviving. Nyatsumba said that the South African manufacturing sector was going through a “structural adjustment phase, rather than a cyclical downturn” and a “rethink of South Africa’s approach to manufacturing was, therefore, most…

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Scaw Metals dismisses US claims about steel dumping

Scaw confirms it has not exported wire rod to the US ‘for many years’ as US finds ‘critical circumstances’ exist with respect to ‘producers and exporters in SA’ South African steel producer Scaw Metals has dismissed an “affirmative preliminary determination” by the US department of commerce that states the company was involved in dumping carbon and alloy steel wire rod in America, along with firms from Italy, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, and the UK. Dumping occurs when a foreign company sells an imported product at less than fair value.…

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SOUTH AFRICA #CapeWaterGate: Business under strain in Cape water crisis

When water is scarce, the industry hardest hit is agriculture, where job losses are already projected to reach tens of thousands. As the Western Cape is discovering, however, there are other businesses that are heavily water-dependent – from the obvious (swimming pool installers) to the less obvious (abattoirs) – and taking serious strain in the water crisis. On the flip side, the amount of water dedicated for industrial use is also under scrutiny. By REBECCA DAVIS. “Big business should be held to harsher water restrictions than individual consumers,” wrote academic…

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