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Air Products to play pivotal role in hydrogen mobility ecosystem  

22nd May 2024 Industrial and specialty gas manufacturer and supplier Air Products South Africa is aiming to play a pivotal role in establishing a sustainable and thriving hydrogen mobility ecosystem in the country.  

Air Products to play pivotal role in hydrogen mobility ecosystem

John Deere showcases continued technology, innovation focus  

15th May 2024 Equipment manufacturer John Deere South Africa will continue to focus on pursuing innovation on its machines and technology as it looks to strengthen its footprint in Africa. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

John Deere showcases continued technology, innovation focus

Tiger Brands invests R300m in new Black Cat factory 

9th May 2024 Africa’s largest food processing company, Tiger Brands, has unveiled a new peanut butter manufacturing facility for its Black Cat brand in Krugersdorp, which marks the single-largest capital investment that Tiger Brands has undertaken in South Africa.  

Tiger Brands invests R300m in new Black Cat factory

Interwaste launches leachate and effluent treatment plant 

2nd May 2024 Local waste management company Interwaste – a Séché Environnement Group company – has launched its R100-million leachate and effluent treatment plant in Delmas, Mpumalanga. The company describes the plant as a “first of its kind in South Africa,” noting that it marks a step forward in... 

Interwaste launches leachate and effluent treatment plant

Defy launches solar-powered off-grid range 

24th April 2024 Amid the compounding effects of loadshedding in South Africa and increasing concerns about climate change, appliance manufacturer Defy has launched its Solar Off-Grid fridge and freezer range to address local energy challenges. Sabrina Jardim tells us more. 

Defy launches solar-powered off-grid range

Joburg Water showcases its reservoirs 

17th April 2024 Johannesburg Water has showcased some of the various reservoirs and systems that supply the City of Johannesburg with water. The water utility also outlined the challenges in operating the systems that feed the economic hub with the critical resource. Natasha Odendaal has the story. 

Joburg Water showcases its reservoirs

Murray & Roberts Cementation showcases simulated mine training facility 

10th April 2024 Mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation in mid-March showcased its mock-up mine and other training facilities for underground mechanised mining operators, supervisors and engineers at its Bentley Park Training Academy, in Carletonville.  

Murray & Roberts Cementation showcases simulated mine training facility

Masslift Africa launches Mitsubishi Forklift’s new Grendia series in South Africa  

3rd April 2024 Forklift products and services provider Masslift Africa, in partnership with Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks, in March launched Mitsubishi’s new-generation Grendia forklift series for the Southern African market. 

Masslift Africa launches Mitsubishi Forklift’s new Grendia series in South Africa

Metso brings Concorde flotation cell technology to Africa 

27th March 2024 Process and optimisation company Metso has brought its Concorde flotation cell technology to Africa for the first time. Mining Weekly recently attended the launch of the first Concorde cells in Africa at local steel fabricator Betterect in Krugersdorp. Darren Parker tells us more. 

Metso brings Concorde flotation cell technology to Africa

Thungela launches fish breeding facility in Mpumalanga  

20th March 2024 Coal producer and exporter Thungela in February launched a fish breeding facility at the Loskop Dam Nature Reserve, in Mpumalanga, to mitigate some of the impacts of an uncontrolled release of mine-affected water in the area. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

Thungela launches fish breeding facility in Mpumalanga

Coleus Packaging showcases new machinery for bottle crown manufacturing  

13th March 2024 African metal crown manufacturer and supplier Coleus Packaging, which hosted a launch event for its new machinery at its Alrode facility in Alberton, in Johannesburg, in February, aims to enhance bottle crown closure manufacturing processes and product output for the beverage industry throughout... 

Coleus Packaging showcases new machinery for bottle crown manufacturing

Hawks fleet boosted with new cars to widen operational footprint 

6th March 2024 The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, also known as the Hawks, was given a new fleet of cars last month to improve its response time and broaden the national footprint of the investigative branch of the police. Thabi Shomolekae has the story. 

Hawks fleet boosted with new cars to widen operational footprint

Rand Water works to rid Vaal river of invasive plants  

28th February 2024 Rand Water has embarked on a three-pronged integrated programme to clear the invasive water lettuce currently overwhelming the Vaal River, one part of which is the release of hundreds of weevils as biological agents across several sites across the Barrage area. 

Rand Water works to rid Vaal river of invasive plants

BMW brings prototype hydrogen fleet to SA  

20th February 2024 Vehicle manufacturer BMW South Africa has brought prototype hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles to South Africa to showcase the future mobility technology to local stakeholders, test its domestic applicability and sample consumer interest. 

BMW brings prototype hydrogen fleet to SA

Landsdowne reports progress on Orlando Towers, Steyn City developments 

16th February 2024 As managers of the Orlando Towers Estate, a sectional title and lifestyle development in Soweto, Gauteng, residential real estate manager Landsdowne Property Group notes that there is growth potential for sectional title property management in townships, such as Soweto. Sabrina Jardim tells us more. 

Landsdowne reports progress on Orlando Towers, Steyn City developments

Shoprite launches new robotics labs for local high schools 

7th February 2024 As part of the first phase of technology support for various schools around South Africa, the Shoprite Foundation facilitated the launch of two fully equipped robotics laboratories at the Mountview and Verulam high schools in KwaZulu Natal, last month. Sabrina Jardim tells us more. 

Shoprite launches new robotics labs for local high schools

Sunward South Africa unveils new facility in Boksburg 

17th January 2024 Drill, earth-moving and construction equipment supplier Sunward South Africa has unveiled a new dedicated office, warehouse and workshop facility in Jet Park, in Boksburg, to better serve the Southern African mining and construction markets. Marleny Arnoldi attended the launch. 

Sunward South Africa unveils new facility in Boksburg

Transnet Freight Rail highlights challenges and plans to address them 

10th January 2024 Transnet Freight Rail is facing a wide array of challenges undermining its ability to operate, ranging from cable theft to community-related challenges. The struggling rail operator recently took Engineering News on one of its trains to show us the extent of its challenges and what it is doing to... 

Transnet Freight Rail highlights challenges and plans to address them

Lelapa AI develops language models for customer interaction  

13th December 2023 The use of artificial intelligence, or AI, is being explored in many different industries, and Africa, like the rest of the world, stands to benefit from its uses, one of which is to improve interactions between companies and their clients or users of systems.  

Lelapa AI develops language models for customer interaction

Ramohlale Industries, Exxaro Resources mark milestones in Limpopo  

6th December 2023 Electromechanical engineering company Ramohlale Industries in October launched its new offices and factory facility at the N1 Industrial Park in Polokwane, Limpopo.  

Ramohlale Industries, Exxaro Resources mark milestones in Limpopo

CSIR launches research commercialisation enterprise 

29th November 2023 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, or CSIR, launched its intellectual property commercialisation enterprise C-Cubed to commercialise its initial portfolio of 18 technologies. Schalk Burger has more. 

CSIR launches research commercialisation enterprise

Wacker Neuson expanding in Southern Africa as it celebrates 175 years 

22nd November 2023 Construction, agriculture and forestry machinery and equipment manufacturer Wacker Neuson gave media and guests a tour of its Gauteng product centre, as part of its 175th anniversary celebrations. 

Wacker Neuson expanding in Southern Africa as it celebrates 175th years

Ford invests R5.2bn to produce hybrid Rangers at Silverton, celebrates 100 years in SA 

16th November 2023 As it celebrates 100 years of existence in South Africa, Ford Motor Company South Africa has announced it will invest R5.2-billion at its plant in Silverton to start producing plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) Ranger models from late next year. Marleny Arnoldi attended the centenary... 

Ford invests R5.2bn to produce hybrid Rangers at Silverton, celebrates 100 years in SA

Futurelife opens new R75m factory near King Shaka Airport 

8th November 2023 Futurelife, which is owned by food and beverage company PepsiCo South Africa, has opened a brand new manufacturing facility in the Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone in KwaZulu-Natal 

Futurelife opens new R75m factory near King Shaka Airport

Pratley touts new products as it celebrates 75 years 

2nd November 2023 Local manufacturer Pratley celebrated its 75th anniversary at its manufacturing facility in Krugersdorp, Gauteng, in September this year, where it revealed new products in the pipeline. Sabrina Jardim tells us more. 

Pratley touts new products as it celebrates 75 years

FLSmidth progressing Core’26 strategy 

25th October 2023 Technology and service supplier FLSmidth is transforming from an engineering company to a technology partner through its current Core’26 strategy, and this is already realising benefits for clients, such as helping them meet sustainability targets. 

FLSmidth progressing Core’26 strategy

Inside the Energy One Stop Shop and its drive to fast-track electricity project applications 

18th October 2023 The Energy One Stop Shop, or EOSS, which was officially launched by Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel in July, is in the ramp-up phase of a four-stage process aimed at fast-tracking the regulatory approvals required for new electricity projects to be connected to the grid.... 

Inside the Energy One Stop Shop and its drive to fast-track electricity project applications

DRS unveils dedicated CT/PET scanning facility in Alberton 

11th October 2023 Diagnostic Radiological Services (DRS) has unveiled its dedicated computer tomography/positron emission tomography(CT/PET) scanning facility in Alberton, which is currently the only one of its kind in the Johannesburg South region. Marleny Arnoldi visited the facility. 

DRS unveils dedicated CT/PET scanning facility in Alberton

SATMC launches tyre safety programme to boost road safety 

4th October 2023 Automotive industry body the South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC) hosted a launch event for its tyre safety programme on September 1 in Pretoria.  

SATMC launches tyre safety programme to boost road safety

Vodacom to complete Midrand campus solar PV installation by year-end 

28th September 2023 African connectivity, digital and financial services company, Vodacom is on track to finalise the transformation of its Midrand campus, in Gauteng, into a 10.5 gigawatt-hours-a-year grid-based solar photovoltaic plant by December, about five months ahead of schedule. Tracy Hancock tells us more. 

Vodacom image

Growthpoint showcases safe, high quality student accommodation developments 

21st September 2023 Student accommodation real estate investment trust Growthpoint Student Accommodation recently took media on a tour of some of their student residences. Schalk Burger was on site. 

Growthpoint showcases safe, high quality student accommodation developments

Anglo donates CBD building to Maharishi Invincibility Institute   

13th September 2023 Diversified miner Anglo American in August announced the handover of its 45 Main Street building, in the Johannesburg central business district (CBD), to nonprofit private education institution the Maharishi Invincibility Institute. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

Anglo donates CBD building to Maharishi Invincibility Institute

SAP, EPI-USE launch Africa’s first AppHaus 

6th September 2023 Africa’s first AppHaus, a creative space available to organisations that use SAP solutions, has been launched in South Africa to bolster innovation on the continent. Natasha Odendaal has the story. 

SAP, EPI-USE launch Africa’s first AppHaus

Transport Minister opens Sanral Vala Zonke pothole War Room 

30th August 2023 The National Department of Transport in July launched the Vala Zonke War Room which will monitor and manage all pothole repairs in the country at the South African National Roads Agency’s Central Operations Centre in Centurion. Cameron Mackay has the story. 

Transport Minister opens SANRAL Vala Zonke pothole War Room

Nestlé localises production of coffee mixes 

23rd August 2023 Food and beverage company Nestlé South Africa in July showcased a new production plant at its site in Babalegi, Hammanskraal, to locally produce the Nescafé Gold range of coffee mixes. The investment involved R79-million for new equipment and staff training for 27 new employees. Marleny Arnoldi... 

Nestlé localises production of coffee mixes

Chery, Absa and Innovation Group launch insurance offering  

16th August 2023 Vehicle manufacturer Chery, banking and financial services provider Absa and insurance technology platform provider the Innovation Group in July officially launched an insurance partnership that aims to ensure post-warranty assurance for the growing number of Chery customers in South Africa.... 

Chery, Absa and Innovation Group launch insurance offering

SAB and Isanti Glass commemorate transformational partnership 

10th August 2023 Beer maker South African Breweries and South Africa’s first majority black-owned glass container manufacturer Isanti Glass marked three years of partnership at a commemorative event on July 11. Darren Parker tells us more. 

SAB and Isanti Glass commemorate transformational partnership

Epiroc highlights hand-held rock drill at customer day 

2nd August 2023 Conventional mining operations have relied on pneumatic machines for years, but mining equipment supplier Epiroc is confident that its hand-held rock drill (HRD) 100 is poised to replace current pneumatic models in the market, especially once its multi-stage pusher leg becomes available.... 

Epiroc highlights hand-held rock drill at customer day
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