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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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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Schneider boosts next generation TeSys Giga offering with digital innovation

Modular design with 40% size reduction Maximize resilience and uptime with self-diagnosis indicators and end-of-life notifications; Improves equipment reliability and robustness   Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has announced the release of new generation of TeSys Giga series Motor Starters.   The iconic TeSys Giga series has been reimagined with the latest smart digital innovations to deliver a simpler, more sustainable, safe and secure customer experience for panel builders, consulting engineers, system integrators, facility managers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) further building on proven reliability and high electrical durability.   With 56 patents under the belt, the TeSys Giga series Motor Starters is designed to serve the needs of the process machinery, water and wastewater, metals, minerals and…

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CHIETA and MICT SETA sign MOU to boost digital transformation

CHIETA, the Chemical Industrial Education & Training Authority, and MICT (Media, Information & Communication Technologies) SETA signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) last  week, to encourage greater cross-SETA collaboration on digital transformation initiatives. Wezi Khoza, CHIETA Chairperson says, “Because the Fourth Industrial Revolution impacts a steadily growing portion of the chemical industries sector, it is becoming more imperative to stay ahead of the game and develop closer partnerships with organisations specialising in the IT sector.” CHIETA-CEO-Yershen-Pillay-and-MICT-SETA-Acting-CEO-Matome-Madibana-sign-the-MoU Beneficiaries to this MOU are both CHIETA and MICT SETA, and the SETAs’ respective…

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The OHS Amendment Bill enforces stricter health and safety requirements for South African business

Opinion Piece: By Louise Woodburn, General Manager at KBC Risk Solutions, a Division of KBC Health & Safety The original Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act was enacted in 1993, with the purpose of providing for the health and safety of people at work while operating equipment and machinery. While the OSH Act is legally enforceable, and managed by the Department of Labour, the aim of the OHS Amendment Bill is to ensure that businesses have a direct consequence for non-compliance. This will be gazetted and signed into legislation in…

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Nitralife supplies Nannochem with nitrogen generator to assist in the fight against COVID-19 and other pathogens

Nitralife, a local pioneer in the manufacture and supply of nitrogen generation equipment since 1996, has recently supplied leading nano-active, antimicrobial sanitisers and mister manufacturer Nannochem, with a Nitralife nitrogen generator. This will assist Nannochem with the production of its flagship products, which are created for use in the current ongoing fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as against other potentially deadly pathogens. T om Sowry, Managing Director at NitraLife   Tom Sowry, Managing Director of Nitralife, explains: “With more than 24 years of nitrogen generator manufacturing knowledge,…

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Dekra Industrial’s ‘one-stop’ service further elevated with the addition of lifting inspections division

JP Muller, Project Leader: Industrial Lifting Inspections division at Dekra Industrial As a fully registered Lifting Machine Entity (LME), Dekra Industrial SA is able to provide registered Lifting Machine Inspectors (LMIs) in various approved categories, to conduct comprehensive inspection and load testing services of lifting and rigging equipment. This includes overhead cranes, truck-mounted (TM) cranes, lifting tackle, mobile elevating work platforms (or ‘cherry pickers’ as they are commonly referred to), with offshore cranes shortly to be added. “We are very pleased to have attained our LME registration,” says Johan Gerber,…

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CHIETA creates new opportunities for people with disabilities in chemical sector

CHIETA, the Chemical Industrial Education & Training Authority, believes there is a need for an increased focus on skills development for people with disabilities in all sectors. This, as South Africa marks the start of National Disability Rights Awareness Month. CHIETA has undertaken a range of initiatives and partnerships to deliver skills and opportunities for people with disabilities in the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors. Yershen Pillay, CHIETA CEO, says conservative estimates are that about 3 million people in South Africa are living with disabilities, equating to about 18% of the population.…

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Making agility count in the power sector: Rand-Air’s rental equipment solutions ensure optimal productivity

Rand-Air, a recognised leader in the provision of portable air and power to the local market, has been supplying rental equipment to the South African power sector for over 20 years. Rand-Air is part of the Atlas Copco Specialty Rental division and an established provider of air, nitrogen, power, flow (pumps), steam boiler and lighting solutions.   Byrone Thorne, Sales and Marketing Manager at Rand-Air, explains: “We assist the power sector with rental equipment for their standby and prime power requirements, including the supply of compressors, generators, lighting towers and…

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As South Africa plans to get back to ‘normal’ – alcohol testing equipment needs to be dusted off

By Rhys Evans, MD at ALCO-Safe As South Africa scrambles to restore stability in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, industry leaders need to dust off their alcohol testing equipment to ensure worker safety. Covid-19 precautionary measures shouldn’t overshadow the need to prevent intoxicated persons from posing a risk in the workplace. Although testing should have continued throughout the pandemic, with stringent alcohol restrictions imposed by the government, there was a tendency for businesses to slack off on testing because of alcohol availability limitations. However, with the sale of alcohol…

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