South Africa’s auto industry highlights the social and employment cost of innovation

In South Africa, local operations of international motor manufacturing companies must constantly innovate to meet global demands and offer competitive value. The way work is done is constantly changing. The current technologies adopted in the workplace are ever smarter than those that went before. This trend, driven by economic forces, does not always lead to social improvements. Automation and the use of robots in manufacturing, combined with new working methods and systems, can have negative social impacts on workers. Job automation in South Africa There has been an increase in technology in South Africa’s automobile sector since 2003. Most…

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Pharmaceutical manufacturing companies must handle returned drugs better

Pharmaceutical manufacturers should focus on reducing faults and working closely with pharmacies to manage medicine stocks better. But the return of medicine can’t be avoided. It’s inevitable that some products would be returned because of faults or when they have expired. Most drug returns are caused by recalls. A recall is typically done by the manufacturer. It’s different from a return of pharmaceutical products by customers. Whatever the reason for the return, manufacturers, importers, retailers, exporters and end-users must follow strict requirements for the removal of waste. In the normal…

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Total to increase investments in renewable energy production

  INTERNATIONAL – France’s Total on Wednesday said it would hike its annual investments in renewable energy and electricity by 50 percent as it cuts its reliance on oil and aims to become a major low-carbon power producer. Faced with gloomy long-term prospects for oil demand, Total has been accelerating a push into alternative sources of revenue, with a particular focus on providing electricity and expanding its renewable energy business. The French oil and gas company, which has slashed some spending as it grapples with the fallout from the coronavirus…

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Switch to local production gives Foschini extra value

  JOHANNESBURG – The Foschini Group (TFG) said yesterday that its switch in focus to local manufacturing had stood it in good stead through the lockdown and the staff complement in these operations could increase by “several thousand” from about 550 over time. TFG chief executive Anthony Thunström said waiting 180 days for a clothing consignment from China was risky in the current environment, given the delivery could be disrupted by the pandemic and even other factors such as the trade war between the US and China. Thunström said TFG…

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Can Invictus Energy solve the long running Southern Africa gas crisis?

  Rolling power outages and blackouts throughout the day caused by electricity shortages are hampering both industry and investment. This is not a short term issue either. The ways things are going, by 2030 some 530 million Africans will still lack adequate power supply. The combination of large population growth and very little new investment in traditional coal fired power generation has heightened the situation. Driven by ESG concerns from both government and financiers there’s been a move away from coal fired power. Now with the region’s coal fired generators…

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Steam generators arrive at Koeberg power plant

The first of Koeberg’s nuclear power station’s long-awaited six new replacement steam generators have arrived. The generators arrived at the plant on Tuesday. “This is a culmination of exceptional teamwork and collaboration, heralding a key milestone for Africa’s only nuclear power station. The steam generators weigh approximately 380 tons each and are about 20 metres long. The first three will be installed into Unit 1 between February and June 2021,” said Eskom. They were being transported by road from Cape Town Harbour over a period of eight hours per steam…

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Infrastructure: Construction industry ready and able to deliver

  But it’s concerned about projects taking too long to be awarded, the skills flight and corruption. By Roy Cokayne 30 Sep 2020  00:01 Gautrain Management Agency CEO William Dachs has said the construction sector will be hiring, training and skilling up people as soon as it can bank on a consistent supply of projects. Image: Shutterstock Concerns about the capacity of South Africa’s depleted and financially-distressed construction industry to deliver the government’s massive infrastructure investment plan have been debunked by industry associations and analysts. However, there are concerns about how long it…

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Private labels are starting to feel the love

  Their popularity is on the rise – and not just because consumers are feeling the pinch. By Melitta Ngalonkulu 1 Oct 2020  00:02 No name? No problem. South Africans are acquiring a taste for the combination of quality and good value in private label goods. Image: Nadine Hutton, Bloomberg There was a time when no-name brands were deemed to be cheap and tasteless – but oh my, how the tables have turned, with many households now embracing them as the product of choice. According to Nielsen’s State of Private Label Report, private…

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Ecotanks, the new household name in water tanks

  Ecotanks are available from major hardware retail chains and independent hardware stores throughout SA  30 September 2020 Ecotanks Ecotanks uses advanced rotational moulding technology to manufacture its products. Image: Supplied/Ecotanks Ecotank was founded in 2004 on a smallholding just outside East London, and is now one of the largest manufacturers of rainwater tanks and other rotationally moulded products in SA. With manufacturing branches in East London, Cape Town, Pretoria and Pietermaritzburg, and a depot in Port Elizabeth, Ecotanks boasts a nationwide delivery footprint and service excellence track record, and a household name…

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