‘Get connected’ with genuine parts from Anderson Power Products – putting the power back in the end-user’s hands

Alexander & Poole (A&P) was founded over 4 decades ago in 1980 and today is the sole distributor for the Southern African region of Anderson Power Products (APP) electrical connectors, renowned to achieve the highest levels of durability, reliability and performance. While Anderson Power Products has a sound reputation for the manufacture and distribution of highest quality electrical products, locally, there has also been an alarming influx of counterfeit and inferior products supplied by unscrupulous companies, which are replicating APP connectors under the guise of authenticity. This is posing a…

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The most in-demand job skills in South Africa right now

  CareerJunction has published its latest monthly jobs index for July 2020, showing which jobs are currently the most sought after in South Africa. The CareerJunction Index (CJI) represents online labour dynamics in South Africa by providing a detailed analysis of the relative ratio of supply and demand in the online job market. The CJI is based on comprehensive data gathered from the CareerJunction website. The index for July settled at 99 index points indicating little change in supply and demand in the local labour market, the jobs portal said. “Recruitment activity…

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SA economy deep in the woods

Key economic data released last week showed that South Africa’s economy is headed for a deep recession in the second quarter of the year. The lockdown regulations implemented to curb the spread of COVID-19 have continued to impede manufacturing production output, although at a somewhat decelerated pace. This has resulted in manufacturing production for the months of June and May decreasing by 16.3% year on year and 32.4% respectively. Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa chief economist Michael Ade said poor manufacturing output reflects the extensive impact of…

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South Africa Structural Metal Products Manufacturing Industry, 2020

Dublin, Aug. 07, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “The Manufacture of Structural Metal Products in South Africa 2020” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. This report focuses on the Manufacture of Structural Metal Products in South Africa, and includes information on the state and size of the sector, developments and corporate actions, trade statistics and influencing factors. There are profiles of 17 companies including major producers of structural metal products such as Argent Industrial, CIS Engineering, Consolidated Steel Industries, Mazor Group and Wispeco. Other profiles include barrier security products manufacturer Trellidor Holdings and…

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Tobacco wars escalate as Batsa takes broad swipe at Fita members

Cigarette and tobacco product sales are legal again from Tuesday and in a statement on Monday afternoon, Batsa seemingly accused Fita members of capitalising on the sales ban during lockdown. British American Tobacco SA (Batsa) has taken a broad swipe at rivals represented by the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association (Fita), hours after the details surrounding the Level 2 lockdown regulations were made public. Cigarette and tobacco product sales are legal again from Tuesday and in a statement on Monday afternoon, Batsa seemingly accused Fita members of capitalising on the sales…

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Coronavirus a catalyst for deciding on a new global manufacturing hub

  PRETORIA – The book ‘In the Eyes of Darkness’ (1981) by Dean Koontz details about the global rat race to see who has better weapons among the superpowers, China, Russia and the United States. It has always been known that biological warfare is real but very people understand what it entails. There are claims that that the coronavirus (or Covid-19) is part of biological warfare but it is unclear who is attacking whom as the crisis grows. No formal sources have commented on this except for Russia after it…

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Is the coronavirus outbreak a risk for South Africa’s agriculture?

There is a strong sense of unease in the world right now. The coronavirus outbreak in China is fast spreading across Asia and other regions, and the health implications present risks for global value chains. From a macroeconomic perspective, we have already seen organisations such as the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development slashing growth forecasts for the year. Some of the economic data released in China this week was quite weak. In my own world of the agricultural economy, I have started to pick up concerns from various stakeholders…

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Load-shedding is killing South Africa’s manufacturing industry

  Sentiment in South Africa’s manufacturing industry fell to the lowest level in more than a decade in February as the prospect of continued power cuts and concern about the global economy weighed on confidence. That makes the recovery of an economy that the government estimates expanded at the slowest pace in 10 years in 2019 even more challenging. Absa Group Ltd.’s Purchasing Managers’ Index, compiled by the Bureau for Economic Research, dropped to 44.3 from 45.2 in January, the Johannesburg-based lender said in an emailed statement Monday. That’s the…

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Mozambique gas can spur SA construction and manufacturing sector

The discovery of vast quantities of gas offshore of Mozambique’s northern province could catalyse the economic development South Africa needs. Mozambique’s Rovuma basin holds the biggest natural gas discoveries in recent history with the basin estimated to hold about 32 billion barrels of equivalent (boe), enough to supply Europe’s gas needs for a decade. Speaking at the Africa Gas Forum in Cape Town on Monday, recently retired executive director of SA Oil and Gas Association (Saoga) Niall Kramer, said South Africa – coupled with last year’s discovery of an estimated…

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Alpla builds new manufacturing plant in Lanseria, South Africa

Austrian packaging manufacturer Alpla is building a new production site near Johannesburg which will combine activities from five existing plants. As part of the consolidation, the production of five existing plants in Harrismith, Denver, Isando, Kempton Park and Samrand will be transferred to the new plant in Lanseria. Located in the province of Gauteng, the factory aims to simplify and optimise manufacturing processes while also contributing to improving logistics and transport. Standard bottle solutions and tailor-made packaging for the food, personal care, home care, chemical, detergent and pharmaceutical industries will…

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