Invoicing & Payment,
Spend Analysis & Benchmarking,
Supplier Relationship Management,
B2B Social Media: Online Supply Communities, Open Innovation, SM B2B Marketing, SM Customer Driven Support
Industry Groups: Construction, Defence & Aerospace, Education, Financial Services, Healthcare, Manufacturing & Automotive, Public Sector, Resources, Retail & CPG/FMCG, Utilities
Categories / Commodities: Business Travel, Capital Equipment, Construction & Building, Electronic & High Tech, Fuels & Lubricants, Managed Print Services, Marketing & Advertising, Metals & Minerals, Office Suppliers, Services Procurement, Transport & Logistics
Procurement People: Careers, Leadership, People on the move, Talent Management
Cape-based engineering, procurement and construction company Sustainable Power Solutions and its subcontractor Renen Renewable Energy Solutions have completed the installation of a R17-million, 1 MW single-rooftop grid-tied solar plant on the roof of floorcovering manufacturer Belgotex’s factory, in Pietermaritzburg.(Read Full Article)
State-owned power utility Eskom’s eta Awards this week unveiled exceptional efforts by South Africa’s individuals, students, companies and other institutions in energy efficiency initiatives to reduce strain on the national grid. The eta Awards, initially established 20 years ago to create awareness and encourage action in the energy efficiency field, sought to recognise and reward excellence in energy efficiency.
INNOVATION(Read Full Article)
Welding solutions specialist Shield Technologies was the winner of Innovation category with its weld spatter product – Spatter Guard HT Plus – which reduced the amount of spatter caused when welding. Energy intensive methods, such as manual grinding and needle ...
Telecommunications group Telkom has appointed Ian Russell chief procurement officer, with effect from February 1, as it continues to strengthen its top leadership team. This follows the recent appointment of Len de Villiers as chief information officer and Enzo Scarcella as chief marketing officer. Telkom noted that it was still in the process of recruiting a chief technology officer.(Read Full Article)
Futuregrowth Asset Management is investing R165-million in five projects in round three of the Department of Energy's (DoE) Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). This brought the total number of REIPPPP projects in which Futuregrowth was involved, through its Power Debt Fund (projects in round one and two) and its Development Equity Fund (round three projects) to 23, the company said on Wednesday. .(Read Full Article)
The energy-related proportion of Group Five’s R14.7-billion order book as of the end of October has increased to 39%, or R5.7-billion, with power projects comprising R3.4-billion and oil and gas developments the R1.9-billion balance. CEO Mike Upton says power, oil and gas are central to the group’s sector-based strategy, from which its geographical expansion is likely to follow, particularly into the rest of Africa, as well as Central and Eastern Europe.(Read Full Article)
Absa Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) on Monday said it would provide R10.8-billion of debt funding to a total of six projects, comprising wind, solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP), under the third round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).
Absa CIB committed about one-third of the total debt committed overall by South Africa’s commercial banks for the REIPPPP’s third bidding window, with the projects supported by Absa totalling a combined yearly power output of 635 MW.(Read Full Article)
JSE-listed speciality chemicals group AECI’s explosives division AEL Mining Services will look to grow and consolidate its South African market share, while reducing its local cost base and advancing its international expansion strategy. At an investor day on Wednesday, AEL CEO Schalk Venter said the bulk emulsion explosives business had deliberately and substantially grown its share of the surface opencast mining market in the country, as it continued its strategic alignment with South Africa’s narrow reef sector.(Read Full Article)
Following the acquisition of project house TWP by Australia-based WorleyParsons earlier this year, the global project delivery company has announced that former TWP Holdings CEO Digby Glover has been appointed CEO of WorleyParsons South Africa. Glover, who had been employed by the TWP group since 2001, had occupied the role of WorleyParsons South Africa COO for the last eight months, which sub-Saharan Africa MD Francis McNiff said made him the most suitable candidate to lead the combined South African business after integration.(Read Full Article)
Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins says it is premature to say for certain that further renewable-energy projects will be added to the list of 17 preferred projects, collectively valued at R44-billion, already confirmed following a highly competitive third-bidding round. However, he stressed that the matter was receiving serious consideration and that a decision would be made in the not too distant future, following and internal assessment.(Read Full Article)
In a significant show of support for South African renewable-energy projects, the European Union’s (EUs) long-term lending institution, the European Investment Bank (EIB), has agreed to provide €210-million, or R2.8-billion, for the construction of the Ka Xu Solar One concentrated solar power (csp) plant, to be located north of Pofadder, in the Northern Cape.
The loan, which is the first 20-year credit facility provided by the EU member State-owned institution, will be provided through South African partner banks FirstRand Bank Group and its subsidiary Rand Merchant Bank (RMB).(Read Full Article)
The Department of Energy (DoE) has informed another 17 renewable-energy developers that they have been appointed as preferred bidders following the conclusion of the third bid-submission round under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The bidders were informed in line with the schedule outlined for the third bid-submission and despite the postponement of the official media announcement to November 4.(Read Full Article)
Following the introduction of an enterprise incubation support programme by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in September last year, the department has approved 30 applications, with a total investment value of some R817-million. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said in response to a Parliamentary question that the incubation initiative had approved 14 applications in the 2012/13 fiscal period and 16 in the current financial year, resulting in the creation of 19 546 jobs.(Read Full Article)
The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) has started the roll-out of a Total Productive Management/Maintenance (TPM) programme in South Africa’s component sector. TPM is used as a tool to improve global competitiveness, explains AIDC enterprise and supplier development department manager Nkumbuzi Ben-Mazwi.(Read Full Article)
Standard Bank Corporate and Investment Banking reports that it is backing projects worth R10-billion as part of South Africa’s third renewable-energy bidding round, which is currently in the final stages of adjudication. CEO David Munro says the projects have a combined capacity of more than 1 000 MW and that the bank, which was a leading funder of projects during the first two rounds, is eagerly awaiting the outcome of the adjudication process.(Read Full Article)
Companies would be granted a one-year transitional period to align with and prepare for the implementation of the revised broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) Codes of Good Practice following its gazetting on Friday. This seemed to be the only good news to emerge out of the newly gazetted codes, global audit, tax and advisory firm Mazars national BBBEE leader Tony Balshaw noted on Monday.(Read Full Article)
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Sasol on Thursday inaugurated the ChemCity Business Incubator (CBI), which will support and promote the development of small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs). Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and Sasol Group executive of public affairs Maurice Radebe opened the first building of the CBI.(Read Full Article)
Following over four years of engagement between Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and Imperial Logistics, the freight and logistics firms on Friday finally put pen to paper, ratifying a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will divert freight that is currently transported by road to a multimodal transport combination and amplify the use of rail in long-haul transportation.(Read Full Article)
Financial chaos continues to haunt the public works department and the entity responsible for managing its property portfolio. According to the department's 2012/13 annual report, tabled in Parliament, Auditor General (AG) Terence Nombembe again struggled to find proof of much of the department's expenditure, which runs into billions of rand. Nombembe found the department did not always follow the law when it procured goods and services and in managing its contracts.
A ten-year multibillion-rand Armscor contract, which would see State-owned Denel produce over 200 armoured vehicles for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), was expected to “significantly and permanently” change the South African defence industry.
The full-scale manufacture of the Badger New Generation Infantry Combat System would deliver direct and indirect jobs, while enabling enterprise development opportunities and increasing skills development and retention in the defence industry.
“This is the most significant defence contract signed with a South African company in at least the last ten years and demonstrates government’s and the SANDF’s confidence in the ability of ...(Read Full Article)
Thirteen US-based franchise companies on Friday ended a two-day trade mission to Johannesburg during which the firms had looked to connect with appropriate local candidates that could develop franchises in the South African market. The mission, organised collaboratively by the US Embassy’s Commercial Service and the International Franchise Association, which represents 1 300 US franchise companies, identified the energy, infrastructure development and consumer goods markets as those offering the greatest opportunities for the establishment of new franchise partnerships.(Read Full Article)
Foreign companies supplying the South African wind energy industry have called for more clarity on the procurement requirements for future rounds of the government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The requirement for local content was steeply increased to 40% for the third bidding window of the REIPPPP.
The Department of Energy also introduced a black identity shareholders requirement, mandating that companies or programmes need to have black South Africans as shareholders. There is a question mark hanging over the local-content requirements for future rounds, as well as how many megawatts will be available to bid for.(Read Full Article)
JSE-listed Clover said on Wednesday that it would not renew several agreements with Danone Southern Africa when the contracts end in December 2014, enabling the branded consumer goods and beverages group to pursue other opportunities. The company’s exit from the agreements would enable it to shed certain legacy restrictions that were limiting its scope for new product development and further principal distribution prospects, CEO Johann Vorster said.(Read Full Article)
Aspects of the Gas Amendment Bill relating to pricing were some of the main concerns raised during the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) stakeholder consultation process, DoE chief director of hydrocarbons policy Muzi Mkhize pointed out on Tuesday at a final stakeholder workshop. The workshop, held in Pretoria, aimed to discuss and finalise the comments and inputs submitted, based on workshops held across South Africa during May and June, after the Bill was approved for public comment in May.(Read Full Article)
South Africa’s Transnet Engineering (TE) is assembling 30 General Electric-branded C30ACi diesel-electric locomotives at it Koedoespoort facility, east of Pretoria, for African railways customers and has entered into a partnership with the US multinational to jointly market the solution across the region.
Transnet CEO Brian Molefe confirmed the orders at a briefing held to announce the extension of a R1.1-billion Nedbank loan (with a guarantee from US export credit agency Ex-Im) for 53 of the 143 C30ACi locomotives that have already been introduced into Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR’s) fleet.(Read Full Article)