SA construction associations form an umbrella body

  Casa’s intention is not to compete with existing associations and bodies but to complement them. Almost 30 South African construction sector associations and bodies have united to form an umbrella body, Construction Alliance South Africa (Casa), with the aim of speaking to government with one voice. Casa chairperson John Matthews said on Thursday that Casa is a product of the collective effort of the entire construction industry in South Africa and its formation is a historic moment with far-reaching effects that will transform, grow and improve the industry. “Its…

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SA MANUFACTURING SECTOR SEES ITS 7TH MONTH OF GROWTH DECLINES

Production in the sector plummeted by almost 6% year-on-year in December.   Production in the sector plummeted by almost 6% year-on-year in December. This is the biggest drop in the sector in recent months. FNB senior economist Geoff Notling said: “All manufacturing divisions recorded negative growth in December. The largest detractors, which were motor vehicles parts and accessories, declined by 24.9% year-on-year while petroleum and chemical products declined by 5.9% year-on-year.” He said load shedding contributed towards the contraction: “What we found with our models is that electricity output declined…

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Manufacturing sector invests in solar to supplement energy needs

With electricity costs increasing, solar energy efficiency for businesses is a low-risk investment, yielding substantial rewards, particularly for high day-time energy users. Manufacturing companies like South Africa’s Sheffield Manufacturing in Durban, are increasingly turning to solar as a way to supplement energy needs, go green and bring costs down, says Lance Green of SolarSaver, a provider of customised rooftop solar photovoltaic solutions through a unique rent-to-own model. SolarSaver has just completed a 130 kW grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) system with 330 solar panels at Sheffield Manufacturing, a producer of multiple ranges…

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Innovation the key to reviving SA’s manufacturing sector: steel federation

JOHANNESBURG – Innovation was crucially important for the future survival of South Africa’s manufacturing sector, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa said on Tuesday. Speaking at the Industrial Development Conference held in Sandton, SEIFSA Chief Executive Officer Kaizer Nyatsumba said innovation would ultimately be the difference between thriving manufacturers and those that were merely surviving. Nyatsumba said that the South African manufacturing sector was going through a “structural adjustment phase, rather than a cyclical downturn” and a “rethink of South Africa’s approach to manufacturing was, therefore, most…

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