In good taste: Rand-Air’s agile service ensures smooth production process for household name food and beverage customer

In the demanding, 24 x 7 food and beverage sector, where production schedules are very tight and standards meticulously high, any downtime in production can prove to be disastrous, resulting in lost time and having a financial impact too.   So when a household name in the local food and beverage sector recently took some of their Atlas-Copco oil-fee compressors offline for maintenance at their Johannesburg plant, Rand-Air – an established leader in the field of portable air, power, flow and lighting solutions, and part of the global Atlas Copco…

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An inclusive approach to encouraging women in energy: The time is now

Lethabo Manamela, Acting CEO, SANEDI   The recent national focus on gender mainstreaming and women empowerment has been inspiring to see. As companies across all industries in South Africa showcased their strong female talent during August – “Women’s Month” – I was encouraged to look beyond just the media frenzy and think about how we can maintain the momentum, practically. I believe that promoting women in the energy sector has wider benefits for the sustainable development of our society, so how can we aid this agenda?   Having a financial…

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THE HYDROGEN ECONOMY WILL SEE NO GROWTH IN SOUTH AFRICA WITHOUT ADEQUATE INVESTMENT INTO NEW SKILLS

  By Yershen Pillay, CEO, CHIETA   There is ongoing excitement in South Africa about the prospect of the Hydrogen Economy – we are one of just two African countries gearing up for it. The ability to turn chemical energy into electrical energy without emitting greenhouse gasses is certainly something to be celebrated and invested in. At the same time, with the global hydrogen market expected to record a value of US$184.10 billion in 2025, the economic opportunities open to the wider hydrogen value chain are a good news story…

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Building energy performance in the spotlight ahead of COP26: “Energy efficiency is a business and environmental imperative”

As the world prepares for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) taking place in November, measures to minimise greenhouse gas emissions are in the spotlight. The South African National Energy Development Institute has placed emphasis on the decarbonisation of commercial buildings.   The built environment is responsible for approximately 40% of global carbon emissions – and the operation of these buildings contribute upwards of 28% of the world’s energy consumption. With climate change at the forefront of current international discussions, and considering South Africa’s large carbon footprint, it…

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CHIETA, college and students celebrate successful STEM programme

CHIETA, the Chemical Industrial Education & Training Authority, and the South West Gauteng TVET College, are together celebrating progress in crucial 4IR training following a successful collaboration in the delivery of a Career Guidance and Fourth Industrial Revolution Programme. On 14 October, an awards ceremony was hosted for 100 students who completed the programme at the college’s six campuses. In the keynote address at the ceremony, Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mr Buti Manamela, challenged the first cohort of students who benefited from the programme “to be at…

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BAIC SOUTH AFRICA LAUNCHES THE B40 PLUS SUV

BAIC B40 PLUS BREAKING BOUNDARIES IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN MARKET NEW SUV SET TO CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN LIFESTYLE MARKET Johannesburg, South Africa BAIC South Africa has officially announced the launch of their iconic SUV, the B40 PLUS today. The OEM, headquartered in Linbro Park, Johannesburg also boasts a local assembly plant in Coega, Eastern Cape which is set to create much-needed employment opportunities for the Port Elizabeth community. In addition, the facility, with a footprint of 10,000 hectares aims to produce 40,000-50,000 vehicles for local…

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Outsourcing the manufacturing compliance process makes audits a far less daunting prospect

Opinion Piece   By Gean Botha, MD at Programmed Process Outsourcing   The manufacturing sector is diverse and highly regulated, subject to numerous checks, standards and laws governing quality control. This can make compliance – and the relevant audits that go along with it – a challenging prospect. Outsourcing not only the processes themselves, but the audit as well, can aid manufacturers in assuring quality, complying with all relevant standards, and streamlining operations for maximum output, productivity and profitability.   Many audits, different requirements Organisations within manufacturing are subject to numerous…

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Minister Blade Nzimande launches CHIETA rural development programme

Twenty co-operative members from Ulundi, who received training to manufacture beauty products using the natural resource of Aloe, were recognised at a certification ceremony in Ulundi yesterday. They are part of a total of forty individuals who are being upskilled to earn a sustainable living. The second group of trainees will begin the course in November. Acknowledging the important role of co-operatives in offering economic opportunities, the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) recently invested in a programme in partnership with African Alabaster Square to empower co-operatives in the…

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Kwikspace’s customised office solution boosts client’s business offering

  Derprops, a storage/warehousing and trucking specialist, needed to expand the office leasing operation at its Blackheath (Western Cape) premises. To achieve this quickly and cost-effectively, Derprops purchased a customised prefabricated office unit from Kwikspace.   While a similar brick-and-mortar building would have cost anything from R9 000/m2, Kwikspace’s prefabricated solution cost approximately R6 000 per m2.  It was ready-built for rapid delivery and installation, ensuring minimal disruption of client operations on site. Derprops placed the order for the purchase of this new office unit on 13 August 2021 and the unit…

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SANEDI offers three tips for cooling your home thissummer with a cool-coated roof

  Over a matter of days, South Africa’s winter chill has burned off with a very warm summer ahead. This will see a change in household requirements, from heating to cooling. “This should also bring about a change in energy usage,” comments Denise Lundall, Project Officer Energy Efficiency Cool Surface at the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). “If people embrace low-tech cooling initiatives such as cool coatings, there is no need to battle high electricity bills from using air conditioners and fans this summer,” she says.   Cool…

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