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Changes are abound in the valves sector as the formation of The Valve and Actuator Manufacturers’ Cluster of South Africa (VAMCOSA) gears up to provide significant demand prospects for local manufacturers. However, with great promise comes great responsibility, and local manufacturers need to step up to the plate to produce…
Using local skills in mining projects across Africa can have hugely positive effects for both the mining house, mining services suppliers and for the local economy itself. As a result, this should become a key focus for South African companies when exploring new regions.  This is according to Mark Benning,…
Oil is fast becoming a scarce resource, with alarming estimates from a range of credible sources suggesting that we will run out of the commodity during the current century. It has therefore become crucial for companies, especially those that are heavily oil-dependent, to identify new ways of continuing operations whilst…
Greater stakeholder collaboration can reduce fatalities by a significant margin At the 2003 Health and Safety Summit, Government committed to bringing safety in mining up to international standards by 2013. However, ten years later the industry is still grappling with the issue, with mine deaths having risen by 8% year-on-year…
A growing body of microeconomic evidence shows that an increase in women’s education, labour force participation and earnings stimulates socio-economic development.  In Africa, there is real and timely potential for developing countries to stimulate their rate of economic growth through the general empowerment of women.  In fact, the emergence of…
While the need for infrastructure development in Africa is growing, the lack of skills and workforce required to bridge the project-preparation gap continues to hinder development.  Strategic initiatives and fresh approaches to develop construction industry skills are now arising out of this demand gap.  From the public sector, governments across…
Foster Wheeler partnered with SA Foundry, Steloy Castings, for the supply of static and centrifugal castings for the major upgrade and expansion of the Barrancabermeja Refinery in Columbia, owned by Fortune 500 Company, Ecopetrol. Foster Wheeler is internationally recognised as a leading engineering, construction and project management contractor as well…
Thursday, 25 April 2013 14:15

Signs of Transformation in the Engineering Sector

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There is a common thread in arguments about the status of engineering in South Africa: that there are simply not enough black engineers.  Research shows that black engineers make up only 14% of South Africa's professional engineers (those registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa). This sub-par representation, however,…
April 2013 - Affiliated Hospitality Leadership Experiences (AHLE-X) opens its doors in Cape Town, South Africa to provide an exciting new concept in professional development offering local and international hospitality professionals, including Chefs and interior designers, a unique way to develop themselves further in their chosen career fields. These two-week…
The newly launched Sardinia Bay Golf & Wildlife Estate just south of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape offers everyone from young families to retirees the freedom of an exciting outdoor lifestyle on a beautiful eco-estate within the comfort of a secure, gated community. Alan Moore, broker manager at Re/Max…
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 22:31

Manufacturing in 2013 and beyond

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Manufacturing in South Africa is under pressure. Labour costs are comparatively high, cheap Chinese goods are flooding the market and foreign investors are increasingly migrating to more politically stable countries for investment opportunities.  Moderate growth expected in 2013 Notwithstanding all the doom and gloom of a recessionary climate, analysts are…
The Dihlabeng Local Municipality had taken a council resolution with the objective of entering into a Public Private Partnership arrangement with potential private investors with the view of undertaking construction of all municipal services for 264 sites in Panorama East Bethlehem on Subdivision 111 of the farm Pretorius Kloof 152.…

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