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Business Process Outsouring News

Ongoing investment underscores commitment 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2024 Anchored fundamentally in the principle of efficiently managing its manufacturing processes, conveyor belt solutions manufacturer and supplier Tru-Trac Rollers’ ongoing investments in “state-of-the-art technology” and its adherence to strict international quality standards underscore its... 

Robotics, AI beneficial for business

19th April 2024 The manufacturing industry is currently at the doorstep of a transformational era, one marked by the seamless integration of robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and augmented reality or virtual reality (AR/VR), says GridRaster co-founder and COO Dijam Panigrahi.   This fusion is “not merely a... 

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DIJAM PANAGRAHI GridRaster co-founder and COO Dijam Panigrahi that robotics and AI will have an impact on the manufacturing industry

Institute warns of looming change in standards

By: Halima Frost     12th April 2024 As the unit standards of the current National Qualifications Framework (NQF) expired in June 2023, with the last enrolment of learners in June 2024, professional body Institute for Work at Height (IWH) continues its efforts to maintain some form of standardisation in the sector. As a result of... 

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STANDING FOR STANDARDS The Institute for Work at Height continues its efforts to maintain some form of standardisation in the sector

Energy company driving global move to renewables

15th December 2023 In South Africa, global renewable-power producer Scatec has initiated numerous projects under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme contributing towards a more sustainable energy grid. The company says that as a major player in the renewables space, its role... 

A man in PPE under a Solar PV Panel installation conducting quality assurance checks
THE WHOLE SOLUTION Scatec has successfully contributed to many of South Africa's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programmes

Company opens high-tech warehouse in Cameroon

3rd November 2023 Integrated logistics company A.P Moller–Maersk, commonly referred to as Maersk, opened the doors to a brand-new and technology-driven warehousing and distribution (W&D) facility in Douala, Cameroon in September. Situated within the Douala Port Zone, Maersk’s new facility is the ideal site for the... 

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SUPPLYING THE NATION The new Maersk facility in Douala, Cameroon, will be used predominantly for the storage and redistribution of fast-moving consumable goods

Pandemic-induced change demands upskilling

By: Halima Frost     3rd November 2023 The warehousing and storage sector has noted a substantial uptick in demand for space and associated services, following the significant increase in e-commerce buying after Covid-19. The e-commerce “explosion” has, in turn, increased the need for industry-related skills, which employers and... 

A woman and man in a warehouse looking at a tablet
POST COVID GROWTH The Covid-19 pandemic benefited the e-commerce sector by increasing the demand for efficient and streamlined warehousing and storage facilities

New warehouse to bolster logistics provider’s position in sector

3rd November 2023 Independent logistics service provider Seabourne Logistics announced in September that it would be moving into a new, “expansive” facility in Gauteng, South Africa. The new 22 000 m2 premises reportedly signals a significant step forward for the company's growth and operational capabilities. 

a photo of the outside of Seabourne's new facility
BIGGER IS BETTER Seabourne's new premises is considerably larger than its previous facility, which will drastically increase its operational capacities

Better hydro efficiency through pump, turbine tech

By: Simone Liedtke     20th October 2023 Early attempts to replace conventional metallic-type lantern rings with polymers, such as nylon, yielded discouraging results compared to metallic lantern rings in the water engineering industry, deterring the industry from exploring alternative solutions. However, a recent installation of... 

The introduction of Vesconite Hilube’s lantern ring applications prolonged lifespan and reduced maintenance efforts
LANTERN RINGS The introduction of Vesconite Hilube’s lantern ring applications prolonged lifespan and reduced maintenance efforts

Company empowers communities

By: Simone Liedtke     20th October 2023 Amid challenges of population growth and recurring droughts, the need for swift, cost-effective, and sustainable water provision solutions in South Africa has never been more critical, states environmental consultancy Environmental Assurance (Envass) geohydrological business unit manager... 

By acknowledging the fundamental right to clean water, South Africa can secure its water future
WATER SECURITY By acknowledging the fundamental right to clean water, South Africa can secure its water future

TES providers simplify recruitment processes

By: Nadine Ramdass     13th October 2023 The logistics sector can significantly benefit from temporary employment service (TES) providers in bridging the skills gap and improving efficiencies. Further, through working with TES providers, logistics companies can streamline employment recruitment processes. TES providers manage the... 

BCG promotes Lisa Ivers to head of African operations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th October 2023 Strategy consultancy the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has promoted MD and senior partner Lisa Ivers to head of its African operations. She succeeds Patrick Dupoux, who joined BCG’s global executive committee. 

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Lisa Ivers

Talk of the town at Indaba

29th September 2023 The Manufacturing Indaba, being held in October, endeavours to promote positive changes in sub-Saharan Africa’s manufacturing landscape – a source of livelihood for millions of people and leading contributor to the region’s gross domestic product. The tenth instalment of the Manufacturing Indaba,... 

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TRENDING TOPICS The topics for the Manufacturing Indaba this year will cover new trends, challenges, and prospects going forward

Supplemental solutions beneficial

29th September 2023 Temporary power generation supplier Aggreko, an official sponsor at this year’s Manufacturing Indaba being held at the Sandton Convention Centre, in October, states that climate change is a hot topic in today’s world – and for good reason. With the last decade reported as the warmest on record,... 

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PROBLEM SOLVING SOLUTIONS The mobile rental energy solutions offered by Aggreko have numerous advantages

Two aerospace research projects under spotlight

15th September 2023 Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI), an initiative of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in conjunction with prominent aerospace design company Ontrack Technologies, reports its ongoing support of two projects currently under way. The projects listed are the... 

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PLANE SAILING The newly developed Jonker Sailplane aims to push the boundaries of aerodynamics, materials, and manufacturing techniques

Emissions requirement postponed for Kusile

25th August 2023 The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) announced in June that the National Air Quality Officer (NAQO) has granted State-owned power utility Eskom a postponement to meet Minimum Emission Standards (MES) at its Kusile power station. The postponement will be in effect from... 

A view of a Kusile stack through a maze of metal scaffolding
KEEPING KUSILE The emissions standards requirement which needs to be met by Kusile has been postponed untill March 2025 by The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

Judgment in favour of power utility welcomed

25th August 2023 State-owned power utility Eskom in July said it was pleased with the Johannesburg High Court judgment dismissing with costs, the interdict application by green energy supplier G7 Renewable Energies to prevent Eskom from implementing the Interim Grid Capacity Allocation (IGCA) rules. In passing... 

Microgrid roll-out gaining traction

By: Halima Frost     25th August 2023 After the successful commissioning of State-owned power utility Eskom’s third microgrid, at the Swartkop dam, in the Northern Cape, the company aims to launch its next two microgrids at Nomalengena Village, in the Eastern Cape, and Nounieput, also in the Northern Cape, by December 31, 2023. The... 

A solar and battery powered microgrid developed and built by Eskom at the Swartkop dam in the Northern Cape
SEEING THE LIGHT Eskom has rolled out its third solar microgrid as part of a greater plan to provide universal access to electricity using clean and reliable technologies to remote areas

Refurbishment under way at Kriel

By: Halima Frost     25th August 2023 Thermal solutions specialist Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) is working with State-owned power utility Eskom on the refurbishment of two natural draught cooling towers at its Kriel power station, in Mpumalanga. The refurbishment includes the installation of fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP)... 

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TOWERING ABOVE THE REST The cooling tower refurbishment at a power station in Mpumalanga is being undertaken by industry specialists Industrial Water Cooling

Company spotlights new trend in rope access

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2023 Emerging rope access company Vertical Logic Rope Access MD Craig Muller highlights an “interesting new trend” in the rise of robotics and third-party access initiatives, such as drones, and other unmanned non-destructive testing (NDT) devices in work-at-height applications and projects. He says... 

Vertical Logic consistently promotes awareness of total quality and safety principles
SAFETY VANGUARD Vertical Logic consistently promotes awareness of total quality and safety principles

Global giant acquires materials handling supplier

18th August 2023 Mining and construction equipment manufacturer Metso signed an agreement to acquire privately-owned Australian company Brouwer Engineering in July. Brouwer Engineering specialises in automation, control systems, and electrical solutions for bulk materials handling solutions in industrial and... 

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KEEP 'EM COMING Metso continues to grow its materials handling offerings through acquiring new companies and technologies

Yearly materials handling conference well represented

By: Halima Frost     18th August 2023 This year’s International Materials Handling Conference (IMHC), Beltcon21, was held on August 2 and 3 at the Emperor's Palace Conference Centre in Kempton Park, Gauteng. Beltcon – the leading conveyor event in Africa – again played host to an impressive speaker line-up of reputable international... 

A large conveyor system carrying coal
GAINING MOMENTUM The materials handling and conveyor sectors benefited form the topics discussed at this years Beltcon 21

Navigating effective project management hurdles

By: Nadine Ramdass     28th July 2023 Project management firms must contend with various challenges, including navigating methodologies that clients may not understand, and shortage of experienced personnel. One of the main challenges affecting project management is implementing a methodology that is aligned with the project goals,... 

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GROWING OPPORTUNITY Project managers skilled in D365, finance and operation are in demand

Disruptive trends affecting industry

By: Nadine Ramdass     28th July 2023 Nonprofit, for-purpose project management organisation Project Management Institute’s (PMI’s) ‘Global Megatrends Report’ shows that the trends affecting project management the most are digital disruption, climate crisis and labour shortages. Project managers are tasked with the challenge of... 

An image of PMI Africa partner success specialist and regional youth lead Joanna Baidu
JOANNA BAIDU Cloud computing and AI have enhanced customer experience, boosted employee efficiency and improved project management outcomes

Project managers must consider ESG factors to ensure success

By: Nadine Ramdass     28th July 2023 Considering environment, social and governance (ESG) factors is imperative and sets the scene for a successful project. Project managers, therefore, should be aware of the specific ESG factors that will impact a project’s development, particularly in the implementation phase of a project, says... 

An image of University of Pretoria project management associate Professor Giel Bekker
GIEL BEKKER Modern capital expenditure projects go beyond securing the materials required to construct a project

Strong, positive workplace culture adds value

By: Nadine Ramdass     28th July 2023 Innovation within the construction materials and equipment industry can be cultivated through a strong and positive workplace culture, resulting in an improvement in the quality of products and services, says built environment industry support platform The Engineer's Table director Koketso... 

An image of a project manager working with blueprints
UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES A positive workplace culture can attract and retain skilled workers, improve productivity and contribute to the success and growth of the industry

US helps fund water projects

7th July 2023 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced last month that it has committed $3-million to the African Water Facility (AWF). The funding will support the preparation of water and sanitation investment projects in Africa, through the provision of grants and technical... 

An African child with cupped hands drinking water from a tap
WATER AID The African Water Facility welcomes the donation of $3-million which is being made by The United States Agency for International Development

‘Ground-breaking’ projects completed for retail giant

7th July 2023 Water management solutions provider Sewtreat has successfully completed two “ground-breaking” projects at fast moving consumer goods retail giant Pick n Pay's Eastport Logistics Park, in Kempton Park Gauteng. The projects involved the implementation of innovative rainwater harvesting and... 

Urbanisation placing pressure on water infrastructure

By: Halima Frost     7th July 2023 Africa’s already limited water infrastructure will likely face increased strain as multiple countries experience rapid urbanisation, says market research company Frost & Sullivan Africa consultant Yaa Ngonyama. She stresses that by 2030, more than 350-million Africans will be living in cities,... 

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HARSH REALITY The fact that millions of Africans do not have access to water even in urban area's should be of great concern

Enforcing measurable objectives can ensure quality products

7th July 2023 Businesses need to implement measurable objectives to manage product quality  and ensure products meet the standards expected by consumers. The most effective avenue to do so is to become certified with the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), says business management consultant... 

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MEASURABLE OBJECTIVES ISO standards assist manufacturers in creating measurable objectives to ensure high quality

Capital Appreciation concludes acquisition of Dariel Solutions

By: Cameron Mackay     4th July 2023 Financial technology (fintech) group Capital Appreciation has completed the R131.2-million acquisition of Dariel Solutions, the parent company of South African information technology (IT) software services provider Dariel Software.   Capital Appreciation offers technology-based goods and services... 

S Africa’s green building adoption lags despite benefits

23rd June 2023 The global construction industry accounts for about 40% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Yet, while green building practices have been posited as effective tools to counter the effects of the construction industry on the climate and natural environment, and are gaining traction globally,... 

Event promotes sector research  

By: Halima Frost     9th June 2023 Industry body Cement & Concrete South Africa (CCSA) will host its second biennial Young Concrete Researchers, Engineering and Technologists Symposium (YCRETS) from July 12 to 14. The event is aimed at promoting definitive research and technologies in the cement and concrete sector, and will be... 

a portrait image of CCSA CEO Bryan Perrie and CCSA business development manager and event organiser Hanlie Turner
Cement and Concrete South Africa business development manager Hanlie Turner discusses this year’s Young Concrete Researchers, Engineering and Technologists Symposium.

All-electric mixer launched, tested

9th June 2023 Global innovative and sustainable building solutions developer Holcim tested an all-electric concrete mixer truck last month. The eMixer was officially presented to the industry at international trade fair bauma 2022, which was held at Neue Messe München in Germany. 

A Large white electric concrete mixer with the SANY Logo and green detailing with the Paris landscape in the backdrop
IN THE MIX The new eMixer being distributed by Putzmeister is 100% electric and thus carbon-emission free

UAV expo set for September

26th May 2023 The organisers of Commercial UAV Expo, the world’s leading commercial drone trade show and conference, have announced an impressive list of more than 135 top unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) companies globally that have already signed on to exhibit at the upcoming edition. This year's conference... 

Contracting makes for global debate

By: Halima Frost     26th May 2023 The question of whether engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) or engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) is a preferred or advisable contracting strategy in the South African context has attracted much debate, says University of Pretoria project management associate... 

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CONTRACTING QUESTIONED The use of EPC and EPCM strategies is being questioned not only in South Africa but globally as wel

Firm selected as supplier of choice

By: Halima Frost     26th May 2023 A prominent South African property development firm has opted to use technology and connectivity provider Lighter Than Air Network’s (LTA’s) devices to monitor and capture critical environment parameters across its South African construction sites to better assess various parameters for its... 

Risk solutions provider growing African footprint

By: Halima Frost     26th May 2023 Since its establishment in 2021, risk mitigation solutions provider Africa Speciality Risk (ASR) has set its sights on consolidating its underwriting activities in South Africa as part of its developing in the African insurance construction space. The company highlights that it has made “real... 

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ASSURING INSURANCE ASR offers reinsurance to many sectors including the construction sector across Africa
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