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Integrated Air Solutions showcases specialist compressor engineering at Bauma 2018

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Integrated Air Solutions will showcase its comprehensive range of world-class compressed air solutions for customers in the construction, mining and drilling sectors in South and Sub-Saharan Africa at Bauma 2018 (stand ES 213). Integrated Air Solutions boasts decades of experience with the ELGi brand and is the sole regional distributor of the ELGi range of oil-lubricated and oil-free rotary screw, high-pressure diesel-driven as well as centrifugal and portable air compressors. ELGi is a leading global air compressor manufacturer that has earned worldwide distinction for designing sustainable solutions that contribute to increased uptime and lowest total cost of ownership, assisting end-users in achieving their productivity goals. “As first time exhibitors at Bauma, we believe that the Expo presents us with the perfect platform to showcase these world-renowned machines,” states Integrated Air Solutions’ Group CEO, Graham Russell. “Successfully tried and tested over 25 years in our…

Extend component life & boost productivity with protective polymeric coatings from Thermaspray

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South Africa’s market leader in surface coating technology, Thermaspray’s new range of wear and corrosion resistant polymeric coatings protect components in extremely harsh environments, delivering cost and time saving benefits to customers through extended component life and enhanced production. “These highly flexible polymer coating systems are extremely resistant to abrasive wear, corrosion as well as thermal degradation,” explains Thermaspray’s Metallurgical Engineer, Shaik Hoosain. “This is all to one purpose namely, to ensure that our customers have the best materials to protect their plant and equipment for the long term, reducing downtime and lowering maintenance costs.” This range of coatings from Thermaspray is especially effective in corrosive environments where application can extend component life significantly compared to the uncoated part. The coatings are resistant to a wide variety of chemicals ranging from various acids to bases, salts and organic materials. Hoos…

SKF quality and service value proposition improves delivery time of large size roller bearings

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The SKF Explorer series large size roller bearings presented the most optimum solution for a vertical roller mill used in the production of cement. A long-standing SKF customer in the cement and concrete industry contacted SKF for a solution when a routine maintenance check determined that the bearings on one of their vertical roller mills needed replacement. Operating in an extremely demanding environment, the vertical roller mill is critical in the production process of this cement producing facility. “It was therefore crucial that the bearings are of superior quality to deliver reliable performance and maximise productivity for the customer,” states SKF Territory Sales Manager, Sean Weir. Weir says that the SKF Explorer series bearings were proposed; he explains the technology: “These bearings feature optimisation of the internal design, high performance materials and heat treatment. These properties result in a greater wear resistance, lower operating temperatures and longer …

SOUTH AFRICA LEADS THE WAY

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Following the worldwide acquisition of Demag Cranes by Konecranes earlier this year, South Africa took the lead internationally within the group with integrating their respective head offices as well as all the branches around the country. Konecranes moved from their base of ten years in Germiston to Demag’s premises in Atlas Road in Boksburg. “Moving 65 employees as well as factory equipment and machinery took quite some doing,” said John MacDonald, Service, Sales and Marketing Director of Konecranes. “Months of discussions with our counterparts and our staff were held to ensure the minimal disruption to their working as well as their private lives as for some the distance to travel to work became longer. For others the move to Boksburg was more convenient.” “We definitely surprised our colleagues in the rest of the world with the speed that we, in true South African fashion, ‘just got on with it’, MacDonald said. Konecranes is a major supplier to the mining industry in South Af…

Heater selection tool

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The SKF heater selection tool is developed to help you to easily find the right SKF heater for your application. The heater selection tool covers three types of applications: heaters for mounting bearings, heaters for mounting other workpieces than bearings (such as gear wheels, couplings, pulleys, etc.) and heaters for dismounting inner rings of cylindrical roller bearings and similar annular components. The product range of the selection tool covers the electric hot plate (729659 C), the SKF Induction Heaters (TMBH 1, TIH 030m, TIH 100m, TIH 220m, TIH L33, TIH L44, TIH L77, TIH L33MB and TIH L44MB) and the SKF Fixed Induction Heaters EAZ series (incl. control cabinets). It offers the user valuable information about the recommended heater such as heater designation, heating position, technical information and useful links. The online heater selection tool is globally accessible via the public skf.com website (mapro.skf.com/heaterselect). The tool is available in…

Growsmart launches in the Eastern Cape to boost quality education for primary school children

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Growsmart, the leading education initiative by Growthpoint Properties in collaboration with the Eastern Cape Department of Education, today launched for the first time in 60 Eastern Cape schools. Growsmart is a fun, competitive and exciting resource that is curriculum-based and helps educators and learners to master their required syllabus work. The programme will be offered in 30 schools in East London and the same number of schools in Port Elizabeth for the first time in 2018. These schools are chosen by the Department of Education because they show poor literacy performance. Growsmart targets learning grades four, five and six, which is where the department has identified its potential to have the biggest possible impacts. The Eastern Cape is the second South African province in which Growsmart is working to have meaningful, positive impacts on primary school performance. The initiative started nine-years ago in the Western Cape, where it has established a strong, successfu…

Rosebank Link

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Rosebank Link is located at the Heart of Rosebank next to the Gautrain Station, The Zone and Rosebank Mall. The new office building development is at 173 Oxford road. The Rosebank Mews will achieve practical completion September 2018. The building has been planned for a total rentable area of 17 888m ² of office area and 817m ² of ground floor retail area. This project is set to transform the current existing building into an expressive steel and glass clad shell office building, making it a uniquely imposing icon of the Rosebank Skyline. Standing at a total of 15 stories above ground the building consists of 2 basement parking levels, a ground floor public/retail level, 5 parkade levels and 9 stories of offices above a podium level. East and West facades consist of a steel clad shell with articulated strip windows to allow light and views to filter into every office module. The faceted East and West façades will have a visual quality emphasised by the articulated strip windows tha…

Atlas Copco Industrial Technique’s Accredited Torque Laboratory talks the Torque

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Atlas Copco Industrial Technique is pleased to announce the recent extension of its SANAS accredited Torque Laboratory’s scope and capabilities. “We now have ability to do SANAS accredited hydraulic calibrations on torque wrenches up to 45 000Nm,” confirms Calibration Laboratory Manager, Nicolas Van Zyl, adding that Atlas Copco is currently the only laboratory in South Africa that can perform these types of SANAS accredited calibrations. “We also have the ability to do non-accredited calibrations up to 75 000Nm.” Further improvements to the laboratory’s accredited calibration capabilities include pneumatic torque wrench calibrations up to 2 000Nm as well as electronic displays for torque measuring equipment. “In addition to boosting our calibration and laboratory measurement capabilities, Deputy Laboratory Manager, Johan Kok, now takes up the responsibility as Technical Signatory alongside Van Zyl for the results that are issued on the certificate,” continues Van Zyl. “We have also…

SOUTH AFRICA LEADS THE WAY

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Following the worldwide acquisition of Demag Cranes by Konecranes earlier this year, South Africa took the lead internationally within the group with integrating their respective head offices as well as all the branches around the country. Konecranes moved from their base of ten years in Germiston to Demag’s premises in Atlas Road in Boksburg. “Moving 65 employees as well as factory equipment and machinery took quite some doing,” said John MacDonald, Service, Sales and Marketing Director of Konecranes. “Months of discussions with our counterparts and our staff were held to ensure the minimal disruption to their working as well as their private lives as for some the distance to travel to work became longer. For others the move to Boksburg was more convenient.” “We definitely surprised our colleagues in the rest of the world with the speed that we, in true South African fashion, ‘just got on with it’, MacDonald said. Konecranes is a major supplier to the mining industry in South A…

Power underpins wave of African industrialisation

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Power is closely tied to a surge of new infrastructure projects and rapid industrialisation across Africa, with significant opportunities still open to the power sector, delegates heard at a briefing for key power sector stakeholders in Sandton this week. Infrastructure spend across Africa will grow at 10% per annum from 2015 and 2025, exceeding $180 billion by 2025. Much of this is expected in Nigeria and South Africa with Nigerian infrastructure spend topping $77 billion by 2025, while in South Africa infrastructure spend may reach $60 billion by 2025. Strong development is also forecast in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania. This is according to Duncan Bonnett, Director Strategy & Business Development at Africa House, research partner to POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa, who was addressing power sector stakeholders in Sandton in the lead-up to POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa 2018. Outlining the importance of energy for Africa’s development, as well as som…

thyssenkrupp spreads a little joy at Nyeleti’s Children’s Home

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In the true spirit of Christmas, thyssenkrupp heeded the call from Nyeleti’s Children’s Home in Putfontein, Benoni, to bring a little joy to the children currently under their care. The home was badly damaged by a veld fire which severely depleted their already meagre funds. “We approached thyssenkrupp for assistance because every child deserves a gift at Christmas,” says founder and chairperson, Nomsa Sithole. Nyeleti had a very special beginning: At the tender age of 6 years, Nomsa’s daughter, Nyeleti, began sharing her food with desolate farmworkers and Aids orphans who were living on an abandoned 10.5 ha farm in Putfontein in Benoni on Johannesburg’s East Rand. Extremely proud of Nyeleti, Nomsa decided to follow her daughter’s good example and thus started Nyeleti’s Children’s Home in 2004. With the assistance of social workers, the home was officially registered a year later. “Nyeleti means ‘a star’ so naming the home after my daughter who truly is a star was so appropriate…

GROUNDSWELL ~ supporting enviropreneurs

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Are you an entrepreneur committed to solving environmental challenges? Can your proven product or potential service unlock possibilities in water sustainability? Fetola is launching GROUNDSWELL, a new initiative to accelerate the success of products and services in the water, sustainability and resource efficiency sectors. This practical programme, supported by seed funding from J.P. Morgan, builds entrepreneurial skills and helps big corporates and small business owners do better business together. Thirty South African entrepreneurs will benefit from an intensive 18-month growth programme of practical business skills training, mentorship, supply chain inclusion, investment readiness preparation, and access to markets. Enviropreneurs, waterpreneurs and greentrepreneurs are invited to apply. Established enterprises with growth potential and start-ups that have already invested in their initial concept are welcome. GROUNDSWELL encourages collaboration between entrepreneurs and citi…

UCT triumphs in environmental innovation at South Africa’s third Greenovate Awards

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Young environmental game-changes from the University of Cape Town (UCT) took first place in the Greenovate Awards for the third year running. UCT scooped up the very first Greenovate Engineering Award too. The awards programme is an exciting initiative by Growthpoint Properties in association with the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). The prestigious awards recognise innovative solutions for the property industry to environmental challenges. This is the third year the awards have strived to inspire and encourage students of the built environment to discover, explore and invent ways to live more sustainably. Also, for the first time this year, the awards were extended to include a second category for engineering students. The students were challenged to come up with ideas for any property-related project that makes the way we live greener and our environmental footprint lighter. A total of eight universities competed for both awards this year. UCT was the only one to t…

Barloworld, Atterbury, and African Rainbow Capital partner to redevelop the landmark Barlow Park, Sandton, into a new iconic 130,000sqm mixed-use precinct

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In a groundbreaking real estate transaction, Barloworld, Atterbury and African Rainbow Capital have partnered as co-investors in the redevelopment of the prime Barlow Park Campus, situated at 180 Katherine Street, Sandton. The joint venture property investment and development deal was signed this week. The next step is the rezoning of the property, which is expected to take at least a year. The initial property transaction involves each party holding one-third of the landmark site currently housing Barloworld’s corporate offices. The investment value will eventually climb to well over R3billion as the total redevelopment of this sprawling corporate park is rolled out into a 130,000sqm vibrant multi-billion-Rand mixed-use precinct. “The redevelopment of Barlow Park is part of our strategic focus to maximise the use of and unlock value in all our assets. This will not only contribute to the achievement of our bold ambition, but will be a legacy that will deliver value over the lon…

DACHSER South Africa flies high to deliver a seamless logistics service

When a client required fast, cost-effective and tailored assistance in moving raw, high-bulk materials for the automotive industry, DACHSER South Africa provided the optimal solution in the form of air charters. Air charters are fast-becoming a competitive logistics option for just-in-time (JIT) supply chains that need to move goods quickly to destinations around the globe. DACHSER South Africa’s particular client needed to rapidly move just under 400 tons of rubber from Germany to South Africa. Due to the urgency of the consignment, sea freight was not an option. DACHSER South Africa chartered three airplanes to move the bales of rubber. Detlev Duve, managing director of DACHSER South Africa, says, “By its nature, air cargo can reach its destination in a matter of days rather than the weeks that are typical of sea freight. Because of this, air charters are particularly attractive for manufacturing and JIT clients that are ultimately looking to reduce manufacturing down time a…

IT’S DANGEROUS TO SKIMP ON PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

Inferior Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the workplace could have a negative effect on productivity and a company’s bottom line. A number of companies have been found skimping on the PPE they supply to their staff, resulting in growing concern amid vigorous local and international drives to promote the creation of a safe working environment. PPE refers to equipment such as protective gear, gloves, boots, helmets, goggles and much more. Anton Zwanepoel, Business Unit Manager of Innovative PPE Solutions, cautions companies against being frugal when it comes to PPE. “Business owners need to alter their perception of PPE as a grudge purchase, to that of an investment in employee safety. This will protect both the company and its employees, as well as lives and money in the long run.” He says poor-quality PPE can impact output and the bottom line if left unchecked. “For example, an ill-fitting Conti Suit can impede a worker’s ability to do his job properly or even result in ac…

IITPSA names 2017 IT Personality and Visionary CIO of the Year

Who’s who of SA celebrates 60 years of SA ICT excellence at glittering awards night The Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) has named Entelect CEO Shashi Hansjee as the 2017 IT Personality of the Year and Sasol CIO Alec Joannou as the Visionary CIO of the Year at the gala IITPSA 60th anniversary banquet and President’s Awards. Titans of the industry gathered for the diamond awards banquet in Sandton in November 2017 to celebrate 60 years of South African ICT excellence and congratulate the winners of the prestigious IITPSA awards. The Visionary CIO Award is presented to an executive in the corporate IT environment who has demonstrated visionary leadership in applying technology to grow and transform business. The 2017 winner, Sasol CIO Alec Joannou, leads a team of 400 permanent staff and over 600 contractors serving over 30 000 users across four continents; as well as serving as a trusted advisor to a number of boards including Unilever, Sappi,…

‘Business unusual’ – Dachser South Africa crossing continents for mega-machinery

Due to this continent’s economic reliance on the extraction of natural resources, logistics operators in Africa will often be required to facilitate the movement of large machinery and parts, many times transporting goods from South African ports to remote locations beyond our borders. For Dachser South Africa this is ‘business as usual’. However, when the company was called upon to provide logistics support for a supply chain facilitating the manufacture of mega machinery between South Africa and China, all their skill, knowledge and systems were put to the test. Detlev Duve, Managing Director of Dachser South Africa, says that the project took a full 12 months from start to finish, and necessitated intensive coordination and highly specialist knowledge. “The client required the replacement of two stacker re-claimers and two ship loaders to be fabricated in China using raw materials from South Africa. Dachser South Africa was involved in collection of the raw materials, transpor…

PEOPLE-CENTRIC HEALTH & SAFETY TRAINING

If we were to rewind to 125 years ago, a vastly different picture of labour safety would emerge. What was then largely an agricultural economy, was moving swiftly into the industrial age, and more significantly, South Africa was experiencing the gold mining boom. The machinery aiding a new era of economic growth and productivity was bigger, faster and more dangerous. As a result, employees were getting injured or losing their lives in ever increasing numbers and companies were compelled to take remedial action. Legislation, safety guidelines and policies were implemented that significantly altered the way in which workplace safety was approached. Fast-forward to 2017. While it is true to say the gains in health and safety in the workplace have been vast, it still seems not enough is being done. Many organisations continue to report the same injuries: back and eye injuries as well as fractures due to slips, trips and falls. It is estimated that these injuries result in an avera…

Banks initiate SAMAR process in order to assist in reducing fraud by gaining control of movable assets currently excluded from registration on the Electronic National Traffic Information System (eNaTIS)

South African banking and finance industry to cover entire life-cycle of non-vehicle assets ROSEBANK – 15 November 2017 – The South African banking and finance industry has welcomed the creation of the Southern African Movable Asset Register (SAMAR) to help reduce fraud. SAMAR allows manufacturers, importers, builders, banks, insurers as well as the general public to control title and ownership of all movable assets. SAMAR’s system – developed at the request of several of the banks and importers of “yellow metal” assets – keeps a record to be kept of various assets and covers the life-cycle of a given asset – importantly including those that are currently not allowed to be loaded on eNaTIS (the Electronic National Traffic Information System). SAMAR creates the most recent reliable record of that asset by updating records in real-time as changes are made by various system participants such as financiers, dealerships and insurers. SAMAR’s use by Financial Institutions: • Registerin…

Extend component life & boost productivity with protective polymeric coatings from Thermaspray

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Refurbished components after application of Thermaspray’s new range of coatings South Africa’s market leader in surface coating technology, Thermaspray’s new range of wear and corrosion resistant polymeric coatings protect components in extremely harsh environments, delivering cost and time saving benefits to customers through extended component life and enhanced production. “These highly flexible polymer coating systems are extremely resistant to abrasive wear, corrosion as well as thermal degradation,” explains Thermaspray’s Metallurgical Engineer, Shaik Hoosain. “This is all to one purpose namely, to ensure that our customers have the best materials to protect their plant and equipment for the long term, reducing downtime and lowering maintenance costs.” This range of coatings from Thermaspray is especially effective in corrosive environments where application can extend component life significantly compared to the uncoated part. The coatings are resistant to a wide variety of …