Dunlop celebrates rich heritage in South Africa

As South Africans observe Heritage Month in September, Dunlop, one of the most iconic and recognisable tyre brands in the world, is reflecting on its history as the country’s oldest tyre brand and longest serving tyre manufacturer on South African soil. Eight years after John Boyd Dunlop’s invention of the first practical pneumatic tyre in 1888, the Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Company (SA) Limited was established in 1896 as the first tyre distribution depot in Cape Town, distributing imported tyres. This laid the foundation for the brand’s legacy of quality and…

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Kwikspace helps Northern Platinum Zondereinde mine meet space requirements

Requiring additional office and board room space, a kitchen unit as well as male and female ablutions for its Zondereinde mine in Thabazimbi, Northern Platinum approached Kwikspace for a solution. Kwikspace delivered four single wide units, resulting in a 150 square meter office and boardroom, male and female ablution block units measuring 3 X 6 m each, and a small 3 X 3.5 m unit for the kitchen.   The kitchen was supplied already equipped with cupboards, sink and geyser, and all prefabricated units were supplied with split air-conditioning units.…

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SUBARU SA TEAMS UP WITH TIMCA TO IMPROVE NUMERACY AROUND THE SOUTH AFRICA

Johannesburg, 13 September 2021 – Subaru Southern Africa has teamed up with South African NGO The International Math Club Alliance (TIMCA) to improve numeracy and mathematical competence in under-privileged communities around the country. TIMCA is an organisation that runs and co-ordinates maths clubs and workshops throughout the country. They empower children by teaching them mathematics, which improves their overall confidence, ability and agency to think for themselves. These clubs are predominantly run in under-privileged areas in partnership with schools, orphanages and for children with disabilities. Subaru Southern Africa has donated…

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Securing smart devices in OT environments

  By Joe Robertson, Director of Information Securiy and EMEA CISO at Fortinet   The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is all about connecting people, processes, and assets. Traditionally, devices in OT environments have been isolated or connected directly to an industrial control system. IIoT gives these devices a link to the internet. Now that these devices have been “brought to life,” users can interact with them in real time, draw data from them, and analyse that data via statistical or predictive analysis. The value from that intelligence is priceless…

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Beyond Responsible AI: 8 Steps to Auditable Artificial Intelligence

Auditable AI provides the documentation and records necessary to pass a regulatory review   With novel artificial intelligence (AI) applications multiplying like rabbits these days, it may seem like the current wave of AI innovation is all beer and skittles. Lawsuits have a way of sobering up any metaphorical party and, in the wake of numerous high-profile racial bias and fairness cases, The Wall Street Journal reports that companies including Google, Twitter and Salesforce say they “plan to bulk up ethics teams responsible for evaluating the behavior of algorithms.” That’s a positive step in…

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South Africa’s building industry in dire straits

  Business confidence in the construction industry has reached record low levels. The state’s tendency to underspend on housing budgets means some R400m will be returned to National Treasury – while the housing backlog, estimated at up to 4m units, continues to grow. Image: iStock South Africa’s building industry is in dire straits, with confidence among major contractors declining to record low levels as a result. The latest FNB-Bureau for Economic Research (BER) building confidence index released on Tuesday reveals that confidence declined in the third quarter to 35 index…

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Are multinational companies in the automotive industry in South Africa stifling growth?

The Guidelines for Competition in the South African Automotive Aftermarket need to be applauded and its implementation carefully monitored, particularly at a time when the economy is experiencing an unprecedented unemployment crisis.  Kate Elliott. Kate Elliott, CEO of Right to Repair SA, and a strong proponent for advocating for consumer choice and a free market which encourages fair competition, said the reality is that under certain conditions, totally free markets often fail to deliver optimal results. One reason for this is harmful conduct by firms that have grown too big…

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South Africa’s steel industry master plan is a case of close, but no cigar

Opinionista • Ludovico Sanges The steel master plan is a good start, but certain key issues need to be addressed in order to revive the downstream steel industry. The steel industry master plan was signed on 11 June 2021, with the laudable aim of revitalising the country’s ailing downstream steel industry, which turns “raw” steel into products. The concept of a master plan has considerable merit, especially when it comes to saving a critical strategic industry, but important issues need to be resolved to make it a success. Duferco, which represents a…

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Government moves ahead with controversial ‘localisation’ plans for some products in South Africa

Trade and industry minister Ebrahim Patel says the government’s industrialisation and localisation policies aim to build and upgrade domestic production to supply domestic and foreign markets, support broader economic development and promote employment growth. Patel has faced criticism in some sectors after the government announced plans to designate more products under the 100% local content category to support SMMEs in the local manufacturing sector. It has also considered blocking some imported products that are not 100% local. Responding in a written parliamentary Q&A this week, Patel said that the localisation is not just…

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FUCHS LUBRICANTS ACHIEVES IATF 16949:2016 CERTIFICATION

  Caption: From left to right: Andrew Cowling; Paul Deppe; Neo Pooe; Zandile Xulu;  Dr. Siphilisiwe Ndlovu; Lesley Mabaso. FUCHS Lubricants South Africa has achieived IATF 16949:2016 certification which aims at providing improved quality products to automotive customers worldwide. IATF 16949, specified by The International Automotive Task Force (IATF), defines the QMS standards specifically for the automotive industry.   IATF 16949:2016 emphasises the development of a process-oriented quality management system to facilitate continual improvement, defect prevention and waste reduction in the supply chain. Dr Siphilisiwe Ndlovu, Technical Director at FUCHS Lubricants…

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