Six new bakkies to look forward to in 2021 and 2022

JOHANNESBURG – As far as bakkie sales are concerned, Toyota’s Hilux has a stranglehold on the South African market, as it has for decades now, but that has never stopped its rivals from stepping up to the plate with some compelling alternatives. And while the Hilux just got more competitive than ever with its recent round of upgrades, the competition is preparing to go to war in the next two years with an array of all-new models. These are six of the newcomers that we are looking forward to in…

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Cape Town company to make SA-designed oxygen delivery devices for Covid patients

A Cape Town medical manufacturer is set to mass produce a brand-new oxygen delivery device to assist South Africa’s struggling health sector. Gabler Medical, based in Thornton, will manufacture and distribute the Oxygen-Efficient Respiratory Aid (OxERA), a new low-cost and portable device that assists Covid-19 patients. The device was created by a team of volunteers in East London. Reiner Gabler, managing director of Gabler Medical, said there had historically been little support for the sector in South Africa, but this could change with the Covid-19 pandemic. “The supply shortages during…

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Numsa protesting nationwide to demand that ‘retrenched’ workers be reinstated

It is simply inhumane to retrench workers during a deadly pandemic, especially during Christmas, which is what this management did’, the trade union said. The National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) will be embarking on a nationwide protest against steel manufacturing giant Macsteel, following the alleged retrenchment of 99 workers.  Macsteel has branches in Port Elizabeth, the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and Mpumalanga. Numsa members said they would be picketing at “various offices and workplaces nationally” from Monday morning.    Their only demand, they said, was that all 99 workers that…

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S.Africa’s glass packagers face $100 million hit from alcohol ban – Consol

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s glass packaging industry could lose a further 1.5 billion rand ($98 million) in sales if the latest ban on alcohol sales continues for long, the CEO of glass bottle maker Consol said on Monday. Bottles of beer move along a production line at the South African Brewery in Alrode, file. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko South Africa has recently banned alcohol sales for the third time as part of efforts to free up space for COVID-19 patients in hospitals burdened with alcohol-related injuries. The first two bans together…

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South Africa’s 4IR strategy: Huge gap between what’s on the ground and what the Ramaphosa commission recommends

  How will the recommendations of the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution catapult South Africa? We find a huge gap between what we see on the ground and the recommendations of the commission. The much-anticipated final report and recommendations of the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution were officially gazetted and made available for public scrutiny in October 2020. In summary, the commission’s recommendations were: Invest in human capital development; Establish an Artificial Intelligence Institute; Establish a platform for advanced manufacturing and new materials; Secure and avail data to…

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