LOCALISATION OF MANUFACTURING KEY UPLIFT SA

Viren Gosai is General Manager at ARTsolar – an SA Solar PV manufacturer & engineering procurement and construction organisation. SA Solar PV manufacturer & engineering procurement and construction organisation.As South Africans, we have always been resilient and faced almost insurmountable situations – and we overcame! But today, we face new challenges, and if they remain unresolved they may just result in irreversible consequences – like our declining manufacturing industry! Globally accepted opinion on the resuscitation of an economy is that the internal manufacturing sector is a crucial contributor. Sadly, our…

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Realigning water industry assets in digitally enhanced operations

Digital transformation is blending information and operational technology for asset performance improvements that reduce costs, optimise efficiency and improve conservation in the water and wastewater operations. “This opportunity comes at a time when water is recognised as a limited, high-value resource,” states Jacques Squire, Water and Wastewater Segment Leader at Schneider Electric South Africa. “The United Nations projects that if current water usage trends continue, by 2030 the world will have only 60% of the water it needs. This pending scarcity compounds pressures already mounting in the industry.” Industry pressures…

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Excellent service ensures Rand-Air is the supplier of choice in South Africa’s dry docks

According to Rand-Air Fleet Manager, Craig Swart “Our maritime customers appreciate that we understand their industry.”

Those who have worked in shipyards, harbours and dry docks will be familiar with the pressure and constant urgency, which is exacerbated by frequent delays due to anything from weather to a backlog of vessels awaiting maintenance or repair. When it comes to corrosion control, it is not something one can simply postpone and do later. The shipping industry’s natural environment of saltwater means constant and precise corrosion prevention and maintenance is required. This is according to Craig Swart, Fleet Manager at Rand-Air, a hire industry stalwart and provider of…

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FNB, Fetola launch initiative to help grow social entrepreneurs

JOHANNESBURG – First National Bank and Fetola Business Growth Professionals on Monday announced the launch of a small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) development initiative to help grow South African social entrepreneurs. The two-year “Social Entrepreneurship Impact Lab” will empower 25 existing ‘for profit’ businesses who already operate in the social entrepreneurship space and have genuine potential to scale. Entries for participants opened on September 2. The launch of the programme forms part of FNB’s broader strategy to provide meaningful support to SMEs as productive drivers of inclusive economic growth and development in South…

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Car market struggling along in low gear despite attractive pricing

  JOHANNESBURG – The South African car market continues to struggle, with the best performance seen in the used car sector, as financially stretched consumers increasingly opt for older cars at lower price points, according to the TransUnion SA Vehicle Pricing Index (VPI) for the second quarter of 2019.The numbers of new and used vehicles financed have fallen 7percent and 2percent quarter-on-quarter respectively, in spite of the VPI for new and used vehicle pricing remaining below inflation, with used vehicle pricing increases at their lowest since the same quarter 2014.…

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Mines print money as metals boom

  Power shortages, slow growth, policy uncertainty, a tense labour environment. These are the problems typically cited for holding back a mining company’s performance. But, judging by the interim results reported by the likes of Anglo American Platinum and Kumba Iron Ore this week, these usual suspects have not been enough to dampen their fortunes. The boom is in no small part thanks to the high prices for the underlying metals that both Kumba and Anglo Platinum produce, analysts said this week, namely iron ore and platinum group metals (PGMs).…

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Durban demolishes derelict buildings to unlock new development

Malaysian-based UEM Sunrise is pumping new energy into the multi-billion-rand development at the entrance to SA’s busiest port. Suren Naidoo  /  30 July 2019 13:31 Construction underway on the R300m extension of Durban’s beachfront promenade to the Point Waterfront development near the harbour entrance. Picture: Supplied Durban’s multi-billion rand Point Waterfront urban regeneration development, which stalled until a few years back, is set to benefit from the eThekwini Municipality’s moves to demolish derelict buildings around Mahatma Gandhi Road (old Point Road) – the main thoroughfare to the waterfront and harbour entrance. The…

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Global scientists root for digital tools to transform Africa’s farming

  INTERNATIONAL – African governments should enact policies that facilitate adoption of technologies and innovations required to transform small-holder farming, international scientists said on Monday. Athula Ginige, professor of information technology at Western Sydney University, said that a digital revolution holds key to enhanced productivity of African agriculture amid rising demand for food.  “We need to connect African farmers with technologies that can improve how they produce food at a time when population growth and climate change have escalated hunger and nutrition deficiencies in the continent,” Ginige said at a…

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OPINION: Putting more home-grown products on retailer shelves

OHANNESBURG – Last week, together with the Consumer Goods Council of SA, the Manufacturing Circle and the Department of Trade and Industry (dti), we convened a retailer consultative workshop to look at ways in which our major stores can increase the levels of locally grown, produced and manufactured goods on their shelves.Chatham House rules preclude me from divulging too much, and the session was really an exploratory discussion on how to move forward, but it was very informative and we saw that the commitment to increasing levels of localisation –…

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Eskom, Sasol emit over half of SA’s greenhouse gas

As South Africa makes efforts to reduce emissions that contribute to climate change, there are two major contributors that produce more than half of its greenhouse gases: Eskom and Sasol. State-owned power utility Eskom, which said it accounts for 42% of the nation’s total greenhouse gases, uses coal to generate most of the country’s electricity and Sasol, which emits 11%, makes fuel and chemicals from the mineral. The companies are South Africa’s two biggest by revenue. Read: Sasol’s South African plants threatened by emission standards South Africa’s emissions by 2025 and…

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