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Irma Venter

Irma Venter

Irma Venter is a Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

Zero Carbon Charge signs MoU with Free State govt on EV charger rollout

20th May 2024 Zero Carbon Charge (Zero CC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Free State provincial government on the introduction of what it describes as a “network of solar-powered, offgrid, ultrafast electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the province”. The rollout promises the... 

Yet more Chinese imports on their way, this time electric, and available to rent

17th May 2024 Local importer of Dongfeng Sokon Automobile (DFSK) battery electric vehicles (BEV), Enviro Automotive, says it will make a number of additions to its vehicle line-up. The company introduced the DFSK brand to South Africa in July 2022, with the introduction of the EC35 panel van and EC31 one-ton... 

Yet more Chinese imports on their way, this time electric, and available to rent
The DFSK EC35 four-seater panel van

Steady increase in demand for MyCiTi bus service

17th May 2024 The latest audited statistics on MyCiTi ridership in and around Cape Town show that there is an increasing demand for the bus service. “It took some time for the service to settle in again after the Covid-19 pandemic, and for operations to return to normal,” says City of Cape Town Urban Mobility... 

Steady increase in demand for MyCiTi bus service

New-vehicle sales gain 2.2% after eight months of decline, Suzuki swoops into second place

17th May 2024 New-vehicle sales have finally moved into positive territory following eight gruelling months of decline. Not all market segments experienced growth, however. 

Cape Town targeting this year as starting date for turning landfill waste into power

17th May 2024 The City of Cape Town (CoCT) says it is moving closer to turning landfill waste into energy, with two projects that are designed to produce electricity from the combustion of landfill gas moving towards implementation. Landfill gas, primarily made up of methane, is produced when organic matter,... 

Millennials, Gen-Zs want cars but are struggling to afford them – WesBank

17th May 2024 Young South Africans, aged 35 and younger, are demonstrating a growing preference for private mobility. This is evident in recent WesBank data that shows a consistent increase over the past three years in the number of vehicle finance applications for new and pre-owned cars by Millennials and... 

Startup to build 120 off-grid e-truck charging sites

17th May 2024 Electric vehicle charging startup Zero Carbon Charge has launched a new subsidiary, Zero Carbon Logistics, which it says will roll out 120 off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) electric truck charging sites on national highways across South Africa. According to Zero Carbon Charge, the project will... 

Concor’s Msikaba bridge progresses to highly technical phases

16th May 2024 Construction at the Msikaba Bridge on the N2 in the Eastern Cape is set to move up a gear this year, with a number of challenging technical activities to be tackled. According to contractor Concor, these include post-tensioning the anchor blocks, installing pylon inserts and building the ladder... 

Concor’s Msikaba bridge progresses to highly technical phases

Stellantis assembly-plant site being readied for construction – dtic

15th May 2024 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has started to prepare the site at the Coega Special Economic Zone for the construction of the new Stellantis vehicle-assembly plant, says the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic). The CDC is supplying the land on which the factory will be... 

Stellantis assembly-plant site being readied for construction – dtic

LDV to launch bakkie, SUV, MPV and panel van ranges in SA

14th May 2024 Chinese car maker LDV has confirmed that its full range of passenger and commercial vehicles have been given the go-ahead for introduction in the South African market. The company is part of the SAIC automotive group. 

LDV to launch bakkie, SUV, MPV and panel van ranges in SA
The T60 bakkie

Construction of new TNPA multipurpose vessel kicks off

14th May 2024 A keel-laying ceremony has marked the beginning of construction of a new multipurpose vessel that will increase the marine fleet availability for Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) in Cape Town. As the first milestone in the history of a ship, the keel-laying ceremony marks the laying of... 

Construction of new TNPA multipurpose vessel kicks off
The Mandela Peace Prize coin placed underneath the keel

Contractors, sub-contractors battling as late payments accelerate – MBA North

13th May 2024 The construction industry value-chain is at risk of collapsing as shrinking margins, unfair practices and payment issues continue to undermine the sector. This is according to members of the Master Builders Association (MBA) North, who warn that “urgent dialogue and change” are needed to address... 

Contractors, sub-contractors battling as late payments accelerate – MBA North

Raubex sees 28% bounce in its order book despite challenging environment

13th May 2024 Raubex saw a 28% jump in its order book for the financial year ended February 29, to R25.55-billion, compared with R20-billion in the previous financial year. “This is testimony to our diversified business model,” said CEO Felicia Msiza on Monday as the group released its financial results. 

Raubex sees 28% bounce in its order book despite challenging environment
Felicia Msiza

Cape Town’s Copperheads recover 1.7 t of stolen metal

10th May 2024 The City of Cape Town (CoCT) says it has recovered more than 1.7 t of stolen metal in the nine months between July last year and March this year. This effort was led by the city’s Metals Theft Unit, also known as the Copperheads, following a wave of cable theft, particularly linked to street lights. 

Cape Town’s Copperheads recover 1.7 t of stolen metal
Stolen copper recovered in Khayelitsha

Air freight leads recovery in logistics sector in March – Ctrack index

10th May 2024 After a notable decline in the first two months of the year, the Ctrack Transport and Freight Index (Ctrack TFI) in March increased to an index level of 119.7. This is an increase of 1.1% compared with February, and just marginally up on a year ago. 

Air freight leads recovery in logistics sector in March – Ctrack index

Puma Energy’s Africa head calls for urgent development of energy infrastructure on the continent

10th May 2024 Puma Energy Africa head Fadi Mitri has issued a call to action to the African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARDA) to urgently develop the continent’s energy infrastructure. ARDA is the pan-African organisation for the downstream oil sector. 

Blue Energy, wheel maker ink green power deal

10th May 2024 Local developer and operator of clean energy infrastructure Blue Energy Africa has signed a 20-year deal with Borbet South Africa (SA) for the procurement of power from renewable-energy sources. Founded in 1962 by Peter Wilhelm Borbet, the family-owned company has five locations in Germany, as... 

Conditions still challenging, but contractors report noticeable uptick – MBA North

10th May 2024 Last year was one of the most challenging years the Master Builders Association (MBA) North has ever experienced, with many of its long-standing members entering business rescue or closing their doors, says MBA North executive director Mohau Mphomela. The 120-year-old employers’ body serves the... 

More than 430 Cape Town households apply to sell their excess power

9th May 2024 A total of 432 Cape Town households have applied to earn cash from selling their excess solar power to the city. These applications will now be assessed to determine their eligibility. 

More than 430 Cape Town households apply to sell their excess power
Geordin Hill-Lewis

BMW 7 Series clinches 2024 Car of the Year title

9th May 2024 The luxurious BMW 7 Series has been awarded the 2024 South African Car of the Year (COTY) title. In a competition run by the South African Guild of Mobility Journalists (SAGMJ), the the Suzuki Fronx secured second place, with the BMW M2 claiming the bronze medal. 

BMW 7 Series clinches 2024 Car of the Year title
The BMW 7 Series

Cape Town adds new tech layer in fight against crime – Eye-in-the-Sky

8th May 2024 Very early on in his term, Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis was told by law enforcement agencies that there could never be enough boots on the ground to fully combat violent crime and the drug trade in the city. What these agencies needed was for the local authority “to go all in” on... 

Cape Town adds new tech layer in fight against crime – Eye-in-the-Sky
Seen from left to right is a view from a drone delivered to the command centre in Goodwood, the view from the ISR, and live footage from a body cam during a crime combatting event

Goodyear South Africa appoints new MD

7th May 2024 Goodyear South Africa (SA) has appointed Paul Gerrard as its new MD, starting from May 1. Gerrard takes over from Richard Fourie, who led the company for two years. 

Goodyear South Africa appoints new MD
Paul Gerrard

Auto exports soar to new record; shift to EVs sees drop in catalytic converter numbers

7th May 2024 Despite a tough domestic economy undermining a recovery in new-vehicle sales to pre-pandemic levels, record vehicle exports in 2023 ensured that the South African automotive sector still managed to outperform the rest of the manufacturing sector, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council... 

Auto exports soar to new record; shift to EVs sees drop in catalytic converter numbers
Norman Lamprecht

New-vehicles sales gain 2.2% after eight months of decline; Suzuki swoops into second place

6th May 2024 New-vehicle sales have finally moved into positive territory following eight gruelling months of decline. Not all market segments experienced growth, however. 

New-vehicles sales gain 2.2% after eight months of decline; Suzuki swoops into second place

SA’s largest boat builder eyes growing share of global ocean-cruising catamaran market

3rd May 2024 It’s easy to overlook the sheer magnitude of Robertson and Caine’s (R&C’s) operations in Cape Town. The company’s ten boat-building factories and assembly lines are dotted across the city – from Woodstock to Paarden Island to Montagu Gardens, with the latter also housing a substantial warehouse.... 

SA’s largest boat builder eyes growing share of  global ocean-cruising catamaran market

Shoprite, four global retailers form $125m venture fund aimed at innovation

3rd May 2024 Five grocery retailers, including South Africa’s Shoprite group, have established a venture fund called W23 Global. W23 Global brings together Ahold Delhaize (US, Europe, Indonesia), Tesco (UK, Europe), Woolworths Group (Australia, New Zealand), Empire Company/Sobeys (Canada) and Shoprite Group... 

Cape Town takes another stab at rolling out electric buses for its MyCiTi service

3rd May 2024 The City of Cape Town should have battery electric buses (e-buses) operational on its MyCiTi bus service by 2027, says Urban Mobility MMC Rob Quintas. It will be the city’s second stab at rolling out the zero-emission technology, following an unsuccessful attempt as an early adopter in 2018. 

Suzuki breaks through 50 000 unit sales mark

3rd May 2024 Suzuki Auto South Africa (Suzuki SA) has broken through the 50 000-units-a-year sales barrier for the first time in its history. The year in question is the company’s financial year, running from April, 2023, to March, 2024. 

Electric trucks too expensive? Now you can rent one from Volvo Trucks SA

3rd May 2024 Volvo Trucks South Africa (SA) has introduced an equipment-as-a-service (EaaS) model for its new electric truck rental business. Following last year’s launch of Volvo electric trucks in South Africa, the company has been importing a range of configurations to suit local conditions. 

VW Africa laments power outages in Eastern Cape, but Electricity Minister said to be tackling the problem

3rd May 2024 Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA) suffered four power outages at its Kariega plant in the second week of April, says VWA MD and chairperson Martina Biene. This happened while there was no loadshedding scheduled for the Eastern Cape. 

SA’s largest boat builder eyes growing share of global ocean-cruising catamaran market

3rd May 2024 It’s easy to overlook the sheer magnitude of Robertson and Caine’s (R&C’s) operations in Cape Town. The company’s ten boat-building factories and assembly lines are dotted across the city – from Woodstock to Paarden Island to Montagu Gardens, with the latter also housing a substantial warehouse.... 

SA’s largest boat builder eyes growing share of  global ocean-cruising catamaran market

Former Audi SA head moves to Ford as sales director

2nd May 2024 Ford South Africa has appointed Ryan Searle as its new sales director, effective May 1. Searle joins Ford after six years as the head of Volkswagen passenger sales where he was responsible for sales and market share performance for its South African dealer network, including sales strategy and... 

Former Audi SA head moves to Ford as sales director
Ryan Searle

Lower income consumers are being priced out of the car market – TransUnion

2nd May 2024 TransUnion Africa CEO Lee Naik says a tough economic environment characterised by cost-of-living challenges, high fuel costs and currency depreciations have resulted in a notable decline in vehicle sales and financing in South Africa. However, while this contraction is expected to persist,... 

Lower income consumers are being priced out of the car market – TransUnion

Cape Town targeting this year as starting date for turning waste into power

30th April 2024 The City of Cape Town (CoCT) says it is moving closer to turning landfill waste into energy, with two projects that are designed to produce electricity from the combustion of landfill gas moving towards implementation. Landfill gas, primarily made up of methane, is produced when organic matter,... 

Cape Town targeting this year as starting date for turning waste into power

Cape Town budgets R5.3bn for water and sanitation capital projects

26th April 2024 The City of Cape Town (CoCT) says its total proposed budget for water and sanitation for the upcoming 2024/25 financial year is R18.5-billion. Of this, R5.3-billion will be spent on capital projects, while R13.2-billion is allocated to operations. 

Cape Town budgets R5.3bn for water and sanitation capital projects
View of the Cape Flats managed aquifer recharge project

Hyundai unveils nano cooling film able to slash interior heat in cars

26th April 2024 The Hyundai Motor Company has unveiled what it says is the world’s first application of a nano cooling film. The South Korean car maker describes the film as “a revolutionary vehicle window tint that offers a significant improvement in interior cooling performance compared to conventional tint... 

PRASA partially restores five more railway corridors

26th April 2024 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) says it has restored another five Metrorail corridors across Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. These rail services were interrupted by Covid-19, vandalism, crime and poor maintenance practices under previous management teams. 

Volkswagen to invest R4-billion to produce third model at Kariega plant in show of commitment to South Africa

26th April 2024 Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA) will invest R4-billion in its manufacturing plant in Kariega, in the Eastern Cape. The investment will be used to prepare the plant for the addition of a third model to the company’s production line-up from early 2027. 

‘No operational issues’ as Golden Arrow tests electric Explorer bus

25th April 2024 Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS) says it will probably make a final decision in the third or fourth quarter of this year on whether it will acquire any Lion’s Explorer E electric buses from MAN Truck & Bus South Africa (MAN SA). MAN SA in September provided GABS with its first Lion’s Explorer E... 

‘No operational issues’ as Golden Arrow tests electric Explorer bus
The MAN Lion’s Explorer E electric bus

Fly farmer Maltento opens laboratory to expand insect research

24th April 2024 Fly farmer Maltento has unveiled a new laboratory at its insect breeding facility in Cape Town. The laboratory has been built to expand Maltento’s research on insect biotechnology, and aims to position the company as a leader in the functional ingredient and sustainability space. 

Fly farmer Maltento opens laboratory to expand insect research
Dominic Malan and Dean Smorenburg

Blue Energy signs 20-year green power deal with wheel manufacturer

24th April 2024 Local developer and operator of clean energy infrastructure, Blue Energy Africa, has signed a 20-year deal with Borbet South Africa (SA) for the procurement of power from renewable-energy sources. Founded in 1962 by Peter Wilhelm Borbet, the family-owned company has five locations in Germany, as... 

Blue Energy signs 20-year green power deal with wheel manufacturer
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