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    1. Telkom to nurture entrepreneurs through new full-spectrum programme

      Explore Engineering News (May 7 2015)

      Telkom to nurture entrepreneurs through new full-spectrum programme

      Information and communications technology (ICT) major Telkom on Thursday unveiled its new R100-million plus programme to incubate and develop starting up and existing entrepreneurs and small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs). The ‘FutureMakers’ programme would bolster enterprise and supplier business development at scale, offering SMMEs access to much-needed funding, business development opportunities, all-important access to technology, long-term support and mentoring and access to incubators and innovation hubs.

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      Mentions:   Microsoft   SAP   South Africa

    2. PMI slumps to 45.4 as manufacturing activity falls to four-year low

      Explore Engineering News (May 4 2015)

      PMI slumps to 45.4 as manufacturing activity falls to four-year low

      The seasonally adjusted Kagiso Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell to 45.4 index points in April from 47.9 points in March, dragged down by a four-point decline in the business activity index to 40.6 – its lowest level since July 2011. Kagiso Asset Management research head Abdul Davids described April as a “tough month” for manufacturers, owing to the intensity of electricity load-shedding and, to a lesser extent, the large number of public holidays.

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      Mentions:   Kagiso   Abdul Davids   Kagiso Asset Management

    3. South Africa has enough scope to procure locally

      Explore Engineering News (Mar 3 2015)

      South Africa has enough scope to procure locally

      There was enough scope in South Africa to make local procurement of goods and services feasible, Shanduka Black Umbrellas COO Seapei Mafoyane said during the Proudly South Africa Buy Local Summit and Expo, in Sandton, recently.

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      Mentions:   Africa   South Africa

    4. Funding not an SME inhibitor – Absa

      Explore Engineering News (Mar 3 2015)

      Funding not an SME inhibitor – Absa

      The failure of one in seven small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) within the first year of operation was not a result of a lack of access to funding, asserted Absa South Africa head of business banking Happy Ralinala.

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      Mentions:   Africa   South Africa   Absa

    5. Declines in manufacturing demand, activity narrows in Feb – Kagiso PMI

      Explore Engineering News (Mar 2 2015)

      Declines in manufacturing demand, activity narrows in Feb – Kagiso PMI

      The seasonally adjusted Kagiso Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell by a steeper-than-expected 6.6 index points to 47.6 in February, driven chiefly by a 16.2-point decline in the business activity index (BAI) to 45.5.

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      Mentions:   Kagiso   Abdul Davids   Kagiso Asset Management

    6. More than 70 bids received for the REIPPPP fourth bid

      Explore Engineering News (Feb 25 2015)

      More than 70 bids received for the REIPPPP fourth bid

      Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson confirmed on Tuesday that 77 bids were received by the August 18, 2014, submission deadline for the fourth bid window under government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and that, with the evaluation process complete, an announcement of the preferred bidders was “imminent”.

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      Mentions:   Russia   South Korea   France

    7. Four banking giants vie for Gauteng finance department tender

      Explore Engineering News (Feb 6 2015)

      Four banking giants vie for Gauteng finance department tender

      Four South African banking heavyweights, Standard Bank, First National Bank (FNB), Absa and Nedbank, are contesting for the tender to manage banking transactions of the Gauteng government, with a 2015 budget estimated at more than R90-billion, Gauteng Provincial Treasury (GPT) revealed on Friday.

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      Mentions:   IBM   Africa   Gauteng

    8. Treasury calls for reform of public sector procurement, SCM practises

      Explore Engineering News (Feb 4 2015)

      Treasury calls for reform of public sector procurement, SCM practises

      Noting that the South African public sector spent an “enormous” R500-billion on goods and services and construction works in the 2013/14 fiscal period, National Treasury has called for various reforms of government’s strategic sourcing, procurement and supply chain management (SCM) practises.

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      Mentions:   National Treasury

    9. South Africa's Hsbc Pmi falls to 49.8 in January

      Explore Engineering News (Feb 4 2015)

      South Africa's Hsbc Pmi falls to 49.8 in January

      South Africa's private sector shrank slightly in January, a survey showed on Wednesday, ending a four-month period of continuous growth. The HSBC Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) fell to 49.8 as companies reported declines in output and new orders, while new export orders were also down.

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      Mentions:   Africa   South Africa   HSBC

    10. Rolls Royce secures €100m order to supply 232 loco engines for TFR

      Explore Engineering News (Jan 26 2015)

      Rolls Royce secures €100m order to supply 232 loco engines for TFR

      Consortium China North Rail (CNR) Rolling Stock South Africa (RSSA), led by Chinese locomotive manufacturer CNR Dalian, has ordered 232 MTU Series 4000 engines from Rolls-Royce Power Systems for State-owned Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR’s) new freight locomotives. The €100-million order would see the delivery of Rolls Royce subsidiary MTU’s “most powerful” locomotive engines between 2015 and 2017.

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      Mentions:   Africa   South Africa   Germany

    11. Gauteng govt reveals bidders for Cedar road upgrade

      Explore Engineering News (Jan 22 2015)

      Gauteng govt reveals bidders for Cedar road upgrade

      The Gauteng Provincial Treasury and the Department of Roads and Transport on Wednesday revealed the names of the 12 bidders for the Cedar road upgrade tender, which formed part of the province’s open tender pilot project.

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    12. PRASA starts testing new long-haul passenger loco

      Explore Engineering News (Jan 12 2015)

      PRASA starts testing new long-haul passenger loco

      The country was one step closer to delivering a multimodal, multifacet, integrated, accessible and reliable transport system as the first of 70 Spain-manufactured AFRO 4000-series locomotives is tested for power and functionality.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Cape Town

    13. DoE tests market for near-term power demand reduction offers

      Explore Engineering News (Jan 12 2015)

      DoE tests market for near-term power demand reduction offers

      South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) has issued a formal appeal for companies and individuals to provide it with information on possible near-term solutions to reduce or shift electricity demand, as well as to immediately improve supply – the responses will guide the design of future procurement processes. Government’s Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office released the request for information (RFI) in mid-December and responses need to be submitted by February 2.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Eskom

    14. Nov manufacturing down 1.3% y/y, below analyst expectations

      Explore Engineering News (Jan 12 2015)

      Nov manufacturing down 1.3% y/y, below analyst expectations

      Manufacturing output for November fell below analyst expectations, registering a “disappointing” 1.3% year-on-year contraction. This followed on the revised 2.3% year-on-year uptick in October.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   China

    15. SA steel demand set to grow over next decade

      Explore Engineering News (Dec 12 2014)

      SA steel demand set to grow over next decade

      The government’s substantial infrastructure programme outlined in the National Development Plan is expected to drive demand for steel over the next decade, says Department of Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina. He told over 250 delegates to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)/South Africa Workshop on Steelmaking Raw Materials, in Cape Town, that he expected steel demand, both upstream and downstream, to grow between 6% and 10% a over the next decade.

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      Mentions:   Africa   South Africa   Department of Trade and Industry

    16. Treasury issues RFP to revamp legacy financial management system

      Explore Engineering News (Nov 28 2014)

      Treasury issues RFP to revamp legacy financial management system

      South Africa’s National Treasury on Friday reissued its amended request for proposal (RFP) for the five-year multibillion-rand project to replace the legacy systems currently in use with an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for an integrated financial management system (IFMS).

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      Mentions:   South Africa   National Treasury

    17. Wind energy a pillar of Danish investment in South Africa

      Explore Engineering News (Nov 4 2014)

      Wind energy a pillar of Danish investment in South Africa

      Danish companies are keen to set up a green hub on renewable energy in South Africa, with an eye on developing markets into Southern Africa, Danish Minister of Trade and Development Cooperation Morgens Jensen has told Engineering News Online. He said he saw tremendous opportunity in South Africa, particularly in terms of wind energy, but that Danish companies needed to expand into Africa to make their investments worthwhile.

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      Mentions:   Australia   Africa   South Africa

    18. Advisers appointed for Gautrain extension feasibility study

      Explore Engineering News (Oct 14 2014)

      Advisers appointed for Gautrain extension feasibility study

      Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Dr Ismail Vadi on Tuesday announced the appointment of a consortium of transaction advisers to conduct the feasibility study (FS) for the proposed extensions to the Gautrain rail system.

      The SMEC Consortium comprised SMEC South Africa, DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr and Deloitte – consultants with proficiencies in public–private partnership (PPP) procurement processes; rail design and planning; socioeconomic impact studies; and legal and financial planning.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Gauteng

    19. Metals and engineering sector set to contract in 2014 - Seifsa

      Explore Engineering News (Oct 3 2014)

      Metals and engineering sector set to contract in 2014 - Seifsa

      The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) warned on Friday that the metals and engineering sector could contract by between 2% and 3% in 2014, owing primarily to the fallout from a month-long strike in July.

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      Mentions:   Africa   Southern Africa   Jacob Zuma

    20. Pamodzi, FAW set up black-owned African truck sales company

      Explore Engineering News (Sep 19 2014)

      Pamodzi, FAW set up black-owned African truck sales company

      FAW South Africa (FAW SA), a subsidiary of China’s FAW Group, has established a joint venture with the Pamodzi Group, focusing on truck sales in South Africa and other countries in sub-Equatorial Africa.

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      Mentions:   Africa   South Africa   China

    21. Govt outlines gains in fight against State corruption following SIU probes

      Explore Engineering News (Sep 10 2014)

      Govt outlines gains in fight against State corruption following SIU probes

      Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said on Monday that government had made “great” progress in countering corruption within State institutions, noting that President Jacob Zuma had, since 2009, signed 36 proclamations authorising the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to probe departments and entities in the three spheres of government as well as State-owned enterprises.

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      Mentions:   Sabc   Jacob Zuma   Jeff Radebe

    22. SA urged to import natural gas ahead of local gas finds

      Explore Engineering News (Aug 26 2014)

      SA urged to import natural gas ahead of local gas finds

      South African Oil and Gas Alliance CEO Ebrahim Takolia has argued that South Africa should first increase the size and distribution network of the local gas market.

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      Mentions:   Africa   South Africa   Nigeria

    23. Smaller players get leg up into motor body repair industry

      Explore Engineering News (Aug 15 2014)

      Smaller players get leg up into motor body repair industry

      Hollard and Telesure have launched a pilot programme to lower the barriers to entry for small motor body repair (MBR) companies and put them at the forefront of preferred suppliers.

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      Mentions:   South Africa

    24. Metrorail refurbishment to run for another 15 years

      Explore Engineering News (Aug 7 2014)

      Metrorail refurbishment to run for another 15 years

      The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has signed a R51-billion order for 600 new trains. However, all of these trains will not be delivered at once, which means Prasa’s refurbishment programme will have to run another 15 years. Irma Venter visited CTLE, where some of the coaches are being refurbished.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Boeing   Johannesburg

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