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    1. Auto manufacturers start to feel Numsa strike impact

      Explore Engineering News (Jul 14 2014)

      Auto manufacturers start to feel Numsa strike impact

      As the National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa-led metal and engineering sector strike continues, vehicle manufacturers have started halting production at some plants as car component supply is interrupted. Toyota, which maintained full production for the first 14 days of the strike, owing to contingency build-up, was set to shut down two production lines on Tuesday.

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      Mentions:   Toyota   Ford   Pretoria

    2. Mining strikes continue to weigh on private-sector performance

      Explore Engineering News (Jul 3 2014)

      Mining strikes continue to weigh on private-sector performance

      June data for banking and financial services organisation HSBC’s latest Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for South Africa points to a further deterioration in operating conditions at South African private-sector companies, with the headline PMI falling fractionally from 49.7 in May to 49.5. “The June reading marked the third successive monthly contraction, but the pace of decline remained marginal,” said HSBC in a statement on Thursday.

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      Mentions:   Africa   South Africa   HSBC

    3. Zuma unveils new plans to tackle growth-sapping labour, power problems

      Explore Engineering News (Jun 17 2014)

      Zuma unveils new plans to tackle growth-sapping labour, power problems

      President Jacob Zuma placed the growth-sapping issues of labour instability and electricity insecurity at the centre of his post-election State of the Nation address to lawmakers on Tuesday night. He also used the platform to announce a series of new interventions, ranging from a study into the institution of a minimum wage, through to the development of better housing in mining towns and the creation of a Cabinet subcommittee to tackle the country’s energy challenges.

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      Mentions:   IMF   South Africa   World Bank

    4. April PPI again surprises to the upside

      Explore Engineering News (May 29 2014)

      South African producer price inflation (PPI) again surprised the market to the upside in April, rising 8.8% year-on-year, surpassing the March figure of 8.2% and exceeding consensus expectations of an 8.4% rise, Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) said on Thursday.

      In month-to-month terms, PPI inflation grew by 1% against a rise of 1.3% in March, while price growth in the subcategories made a positive contribution of 7.2% to yearly headline PPI and 0.8% to monthly PPI, Investec said.

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    5. Afrox signs R55m LPG supply deal with Sun Intl

      Explore Engineering News (May 28 2014)

      Afrox signs R55m LPG supply deal with Sun Intl

      Gas provider Afrox has signed a five-year, R55-million contract to supply bulk and cylinder liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to South African hotel chain, Sun International. Afrox MD Brett Kimber said on Wednesday that securing the “major” agreement against strong competition could be attributed to the group’s national footprint and ability to access product, be it from local refineries or by importing LPG during periods of shortage.

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      Mentions:   South Africa

    6. Logistics costs to rise sharply in 2014, fuel price biggest culprit

      Explore Engineering News (May 27 2014)

      Logistics costs to rise sharply in 2014, fuel price biggest culprit

      In 2012, the absolute cost of logistics in South Africa was R393-billion. Logistics costs for 2013 were estimated at R423-billion, with this number forecast to grow to between R456-billion and R470-billion in 2014, depending on fuel inflation. The tenth State of Logistics (SOL) survey for South Africa, released on Tuesday, also indicated that logistics costs, as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP), were expected to increase to 12.8% this year, up from 12.5% in 2013.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Johannesburg   Gauteng

    7. Surprise and concern greet Joemat-Petterssen, whose energy inbox overflows

      Explore Engineering News (May 26 2014)

      Surprise and concern greet Joemat-Petterssen, whose energy inbox overflows

      Widespread surprise, mixed with a good deal of concern, greeted news of Tina Joemat-Petterssen’s appointment as South Africa’s new Energy Minister – she replaces Dikobe Ben Martins, who himself only took up the position from Dipuo Peters following a Cabinet reshuffle in July last year.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   BHP Billiton   Eskom

    8. Additional port system operator standards in the works - TNPA

      Explore Engineering News (May 26 2014)

      Additional port system operator standards in the works - TNPA

      In addition to the terminal operator performance standards (TOPS) established by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) late last year the authority will also establish marine operator performance standards (MOPS), rail operator performance standards (ROPS) and haulier operator performance standards (HOPS).

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Boeing   KwaZulu-Natal

    9. SA moves on solar atlas as project momentum builds

      Explore Engineering News (May 16 2014)

      SA moves on solar atlas as project momentum builds

      A South African solar energy atlas is in the process of being developed to further stimulate the deployment of both solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal technology solutions in the sun-rich country. Science and Technology Deputy Minister Michael Masutha reported this week that the South African Weather Services was in the process of establishing 12 solar radiation stations across the country, with six already operational.

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      Mentions:   Africa   South Africa   Department of Trade and Industry

    10. Engineering industry confidence exceeding expectations – CESA

      Explore Engineering News (May 16 2014)

      Engineering industry confidence exceeding expectations – CESA

      Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (Cesa’s) latest biannual Economic and Capacity Survey (BECS) for the period July 2013 to December 2013 has revealed that market conditions continued to surprise firms on the upside, with most reporting a “better than expected” trading environment.

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      Mentions:   Africa   South Africa   Southern Africa

    11. PMI drops to lowest level in nearly three years

      Explore Engineering News (May 5 2014)

      PMI drops to lowest level in nearly three years

      After several Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) subcomponents lost ground in April, the seasonally adjusted Kagiso PMI declined by 2.9 index points to 47.4 for the month – its lowest level since July 2011.

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      Mentions:   Institute for Supply Management   South Africa   Andre Coetzee

    12. Davies dismayed by below-target black ownership in construction sector

      Explore Engineering News (May 5 2014)

      Davies dismayed by below-target black ownership in construction sector

      While Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has commended the release of the first baseline report for the construction sector, which focuses on the progress made on the implementation of a Construction Sector Code – a requirement in terms of broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) policy – he has expressed concern that BBBEE targets in the sector remain unachieved.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Lesotho   Pretoria

    13. General Electric eyes Alstom’s energy assets

      Explore Engineering News (Apr 30 2014)

      General Electric eyes Alstom’s energy assets

      Alstom on Wednesday said it was considering a binding offer from General Electric (GE) to acquire its energy assets, leaving the France-headquartered company to expand its transport sector activities. The deal, representing an equity value of €12.35-billion and an enterprise value of €11.4-billion, comprised the Alstom’s thermal, renewable and grid power sectors, as well as its related corporate and shared services.

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      Mentions:   Paris   South Africa   France

    14. Hyundai SA to start truck assembly in R110m investment, exports to follow

      Explore Engineering News (Apr 30 2014)

      Hyundai SA to start truck assembly in R110m investment, exports to follow

      Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) will start assembling medium-duty trucks at a plant in Benoni in July, says CEO Alan Ross. HASA has taken over the old Tyco facility on the East Rand. The plant, a R110-million investment, will assemble five- and six-ton trucks for the local market. The plan, however, is to also export these trucks to Africa within the next 12 months. HASA wants to add the H100 bakkie to its assembly line-up, says Ross. The company is still awaiting permission from ...

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      Mentions:   Africa   South Africa

    15. Carbon Offsets Paper published for public comment

      Explore Engineering News (Apr 29 2014)

      Carbon Offsets Paper published for public comment

      The National Treasury on Tuesday published the ‘Carbon Offsets Paper’ for public comment, outlining proposals for a carbon offset scheme that would enable businesses to lower their carbon tax liability.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   National Treasury

    16. New Metrorail coaches to arrive in 2015 as PRASA closes R51bn deal

      Explore Engineering News (Apr 29 2014)

      New Metrorail coaches to arrive in 2015 as PRASA closes R51bn deal

      The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and Gibela Rail Transportation announced on Tuesday that it had achieved commercial close on the contract to supply the State agency with 600 commuter trains (3 600 coaches) over the next ten years.

      The deal would play a vital role in revitalising the ailing Metrorail passenger rail network. The R51-billion contract to supply the trains was signed in October last year.

      The deal, which included the construction of a local train manufacturing plant, came into effect on April 26. The price tag was subject to inflation ...

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      Mentions:   Brazil   South Africa

    17. New supplier development body set up to stimulate infrastructure localisation

      Explore Engineering News (Apr 24 2014)

      New supplier development body set up to stimulate infrastructure localisation

      A new business association has been formally launched to link foreign suppliers of equipment to State-owned companies (SoCs) with large and small domestic companies in an effort to improve prospects for higher levels of local content in South Africa’s multibillion-rand infrastructure programme.

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      Mentions:   Japan   South Africa   Transnet

    18. Trade activity restrained but steady – Sacci

      Explore Engineering News (Apr 15 2014)

      Trade activity restrained but steady – Sacci

      While trade activity remained in positive territory during March it was still restrained, found the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) Trade Conditions Survey, released earlier in April 2014.

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    19. Call for earlier involvement by engineers, contractors in tender process

      Explore Engineering News (Apr 8 2014)

      Call for earlier involvement by engineers, contractors in tender process

      Civil engineering construction contractor Stefanutti Stocks Civils MD Werner Jerling has iterated the call for government to include input from consulting engineers and contractors “early on” in the tender conception process of large infrastructure projects to expedite the award process and provide “invaluable” project timeline and budget-related input.

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      Mentions:   IMF   Transnet

    20. SA has to move away from price-driven procurement – Cesa

      Explore Engineering News (Apr 7 2014)

      SA has to move away from price-driven procurement – Cesa

      The current consulting engineering procurement approach – dominated by price, with functionality and quality only being minimum prequalification thresholds – is reducing consulting engineering services to a commodity as opposed to being “trusted advisers”, Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) president Abe Thela has said.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   National Treasury

    21. South Africa's Hsbc Pmi falls to 50.2 in March

      Explore Engineering News (Apr 3 2014)

      South Africa's Hsbc Pmi falls to 50.2 in March

      South Africa's seasonally adjusted HSBC Purchasing Managers' Index dipped to 50.2 in March from 51.5 in February as a mining strike caused contraction in private sector output, sponsor HSBC has said.

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      Mentions:   India   South Africa   HSBC

    22. RBCT ready to boost junior coal exports in partnership with Transnet

      Explore Engineering News (Mar 27 2014)

      RBCT ready to boost junior coal exports in partnership with Transnet

      The private-sector-owned Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) is keen to boost the export potential of emerging black coal juniors in close partnership with South Africa’s State-owned rail company Transnet.

      RBCT CEO Nosipho Siwisa-Damasane tells Mining Weekly Online that RBCT is ready to work with Transnet in an “open-minded” way to ensure that an additional 19-million tons of coal export capacity is made available to South Africa’s emerging black coal-mining juniors.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   KwaZulu-Natal   Transnet

    23. Start of acquisition process for six new SA Navy patrol vessels confirmed

      Explore Engineering News (Mar 20 2014)

      Start of acquisition process for six new SA Navy patrol vessels confirmed

      The South African Navy (SAN) has confirmed that South African defence procurement (and disposals and research and development) agency Armscor has been granted the authority to start the acquisition process for three new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) and three new inshore patrol vessels (IPVs). This programme is codenamed Project Biro.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   United Nations

    24. Transition period for BEE compliance extended

      Explore Engineering News (Mar 19 2014)

      Transition period for BEE compliance extended

      Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has decided to extend the transitional period for the recently revised Broad-Based Black Economic-Empowerment (B-BBEE) codes of good practice to the end of April 2015.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Department of Trade and Industry   Rob Davies

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