Devan Pillay is Schneider Electric’s new Cluster President for Anglophone Africa

Devan Pillay has been appointed Cluster President, Anglophone Africa for Schneider Electric, taking over from Albert Fuchet, after rejoining the company last year as Vice President for Buildings.   Formerly the president of Signify Africa, Pillay comes with a wealth of experience that includes senior positions at Eskom, GE (General Electric), 3M and Schneider Electric from 1998 to 2003.   “Under the leadership of Pillay, Schneider Electric’s Anglophone Africa business will undoubtedly continue to flourish, building on the firm foundation set by Fuchet which has led the company to profitable…

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Megapipes HDPE culvert for new road that is set to give Ogiek Community easier access to essential services

Completion of the road has enabled the Ogiek easier access to amenities including hospitals and schools Megapipes using new technology to speed construction of the roads   Njoro, Nakuru County, December 20, 2021. Construction of the Ogiek Secondary School Road which is nearly complete is set to transform the Ogiek community by giving them easier access to schools, hospitals, and other local amenities. The road, which is being constructed by the Nakuru County Government, will bridge two parts of the Ogiek communal land and eliminate the need to use a 3-kilometre…

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Thermoplastic pipe standards will lead to a more sustainable infrastructure

Johannesburg, 24 January 2022: The debate surrounding standards is a political hot potato. And as the great potato debate rages on, it should not be too difficult to acknowledge why there is a need for every industry, from food processing to furniture manufacturing to pharmaceuticals, to have a set of standards that governs both products and services and identifies best practices. The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) correctly states that standards help to ensure that products and services are fit for their desired purpose and that they comply with accepted…

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How water helps us prepare for climate change

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, (January 26, 2022) – The threat of global warming is essentially a threat to water. Rising temperatures impact water cycles, increasing the intensity of rainfall and the severity of drought.   Data published by UNICEF reveal how closely coupled water is to natural disasters: 74 percent of major natural disasters between 2001 and 2018 have resulted from floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other weather-related events1. Matters have not improved since: for example, in the past two years, the US recorded the most named tropical storms in one…

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Bolt and Engineering Distributors Group learns the ‘nuts and bolts’ of SKF products at training day

As one of the largest SKF authorised distributors, Bolt and Engineering Distributors Group (B.E.D.) understands the vital importance of having a comprehensive and intricate understanding of their long-standing supplier SKF’s world-class agri-bearing and bearing products. The B.E.D. and SKF training day strengthened a very successful partnership   This imperative was the motivation behind a sales training day for the B.E.D. sales team that was held recently at the new SKF premises in Jet Park, Boksburg. Twenty-four members from the B.E.D. team attended the training day, in order to allow them…

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SYSPRO research reveals CFO 4.0 instrumental in building the factory of the future

Johannesburg, November 23, 2021. Today SYSPRO, a global provider of ERP software, announced new research into the CFO 4.0, which reveals that the manufacturing CFO will play a critical strategic, innovative and financial role in the business moving forward.  The study, which was conducted in July to September 2021 and led by SYSPRO, assessed the sentiment amongst senior level Chief Financial Officers within manufacturing sectors across the Americas, APAC and EMEA. The participants encompassed financial leaders across both SMEs and larger enterprises, indicating that these results reflect the insights of…

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AUTOMOTIVE IMPORT SUBSTITUTION A GROWING IN REALITY

Replacing imported automotive products with locally manufactured finished goods and components is a growing reality. Ashok Thakur, Chief Executive Officer of KLT Automotive and Tubular Products SA, who has been involved in international business in Africa for the past 25 years, says that substitution of imported products in favour of locally manufactured goods is now a viable alternative.   “From being a dedicated supplier to only one motor company, KLT has created additional capacity and is currently serving four OEMs in South Africa, based on the quality of our locally-produced…

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Autodesk BIM Collaborate Pro strengthens collaboration & clash detection

WorldsView, value-added distributor of Autodesk in Africa, delivers and supports Autodesk® BIM Collaborate Pro, formerly known as BIM 360 Design, across the African continent through its channel partners. BIM Collaborate Pro is a cloud-based design collaboration and co-ordination software which connects Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) teams on a single platform, helping execute design intent while delivering high-quality constructible models.   BIM Collaborate is used for design review and co-ordination, including automated clash detection, as well as cloud-based document management, project administration and advanced analytics. BIM Collaborate Pro has additional,…

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The link between power security and water

JOHANNESBURG, SA, (NOVEMBER 25, 2021) – California is currently on the edge of its seat during wildfire season. The U.S. state’s vast forests, many clustered in its north, are notorious for their tinderbox conditions. High winds can pick up debris such as branches, hitting power lines and causing sparks that quickly grow into infernos.   Such incidents are undoubtedly bad for California’s energy reliability. But they are flashpoints in a much bigger problem. Fires not only destroy power infrastructure, but persistent droughts are causing significant water shortages in the area,…

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Bosch Rexroth South Africa delivers customised & plant-specific training across Africa

As Africa’s largest hydraulics, pneumatics and automation company, Bosch Rexroth South Africa is committed to upskilling personnel with its training courses. These Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Validation and MerSETA accredited training courses are available at the Group’s training facilities based in Kempton Park, Johannesburg. Recognising that not all processes require the same type of training, the company also offers system-specific and plant-specific training at the clients’ premises throughout Africa. Bosch Rexroth South Africa hosts a series of ‘TechTalks’ – the latest session was on the company’s training services. Bosch Rexroth…

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