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Irma Venter

Irma Venter

Irma Venter is a Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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African shared mobility sector to almost double in size by 2030 – report

1st March 2024

The size of Africa’s shared mobility market, which includes services such as ride-hailing, scooter or e-bike rentals, as well as car-sharing, will almost double by 2030, creating an additional 550... 


DESHAN NAIDOO The cell plant’s focus will be on local customers and those in neighbouring countries

Aqora rebrands, aims to make battery cells in Cape Town

1st March 2024

South African energy company Aqora has rebranded to become Afrivolt, says MD Deshan Naidoo. The firm’s goal, however, remains the same – opening a lithium-ion cell gigafactory in South Africa, able... 


Tyre stakeholders team up against illicit tyre trade

1st March 2024

The South African Association of Freight Forwarders, the South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC), the Tyre, Equipment and Parts Association (Tepa) and the Tyre Importers Association of... 


Households can now apply to sell their excess solar power to the City of Cape Town

23rd February 2024

The City of Cape Town is now enabling households to earn cash for the power generated from their solar photovoltaic generation systems.  Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis says a first round of applications... 


Suzuki ends 2023 just shy of 50 000 unit sales, starts January with a bang

23rd February 2024

Suzuki Auto South Africa (Suzuki SA) ended 2023 with sales of 49 573 vehicles – up more than 460% from the 8 833 vehicles sold in 2017. Over the past six years, the Japanese compact-car specialist,... 


Vehicle crime ramped up towards end of last year, says Tracker

23rd February 2024

Tracker’s vehicle crime statistics for July to December last year show an increase in vehicle crime, with a peak in November. Data from the asset tracking company also shows that a business-owned... 


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Premium car market outlook murky as South Africans continue to hunt for Asian bargains

23rd February 2024

The South African new-car market has been shifting steadily over the last few years as consumers continue to battle persistent economic headwinds. Times are tough. Interest rates, living costs,... 


New-vehicle sales slide continues

16th February 2024

New-vehicle sales declined by 3.8% in January, to 41 636 units, compared with the same month last year. This continued the decline in new-vehicle sales witnessed in the last five months of 2023. 


Antidumping duties to be slapped on Chinese windscreens

16th February 2024

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition will impose antidumping duties on windscreens imported from China, to be used in the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) area as replacement... 


Initial signs energy supply is stabilising, logistics to endure for longer – Minerals Council 

16th February 2024

The domestic mining industry is looking at 2024 as a year of stabilisation, rather than growth, says Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane. The industry continues to face persistent... 


Electric buses to be rolled out in Tshwane, eThekwini

16th February 2024

Tshwane and eThekwini could see the roll-out of 39 electric commuter buses by the end of next year. The introduction of the zero-emissions vehicles will form part of a pilot project funded by the... 


Cape Town recovers 53 km of stolen cable, 1.2 t of metal

9th February 2024

The City of Cape Town’s (CoCT’s) specialist metals theft unit, the Copperheads, recovered more then 53 km of stolen cable during the last six months of 2023. The unit says it executed 404... 


Transnet needs ‘the right, permanent management, quickly’ – Stellenbosch University academic

9th February 2024

State-owned rail and port operator Transnet could, potentially, show significant improvement this year, compared with last year’s dismal performance, says transport economist and macrologistics... 


Construction of Stellantis’ R3bn Coega auto assembly plant poised to start in May

9th February 2024

Construction work on Stellantis’ assembly plant in the Coega Special Economic Zone, in the Eastern Cape, should kick off in May, says the vehicle manufacturer’s new CEO, Mike Whitfield. The start... 


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Initial signs that energy sector is stabilising; logistics to take longer – Minerals Council 

5th February 2024

The domestic mining industry is looking at 2024 as a year of stabilisation, rather than growth, says Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane. The industry continues to face persistent... 


Cape Town reports nearly R4bn boost from 2023 events

2nd February 2024

The City of Cape Town has reported an almost R4-billion boost from the raft of events hosted in the Western Cape capital last year. The events include Africa’s first Netball World Cup, the ICC... 


Multibillion-rand Cape Winelands Airport aims to receive first passengers in 2027  

2nd February 2024

 Cape Town’s proposed second big commercial airport, Cape Winelands Airport (CWA), should receive its first passengers in 2027, says RSA.Aero MD Nick Ferguson. RSA.Aero is the project developer,... 


Port of Maputo reports record volume for 2023

2nd February 2024

The Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) says the Port of Maputo achieved a record volume of 31.2-million tons in 2023, up 16% on the previous year. MPDC is a public–private partnership between... 


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Transnet needs ‘the right, permanent management, quickly’ – Havenga

29th January 2024

State-owned rail and port operator Transnet could, potentially, show significant improvement this year compared with last year’s dismal performance, says transport economist and macrologistics... 


Ashok Leyland enters Southern African market with Dost workhorse

26th January 2024

India’s Ashok Leyland has entered the Southern African commercial vehicle market with its Dost 1.5 l ℓturbodiesel workhorse. Headquartered in Chennai, with nine manufacturing plants, Ashok Leyland... 


Bell Equipment founder’s grandson named CEO

26th January 2024

Bell Equipment has appointed Ashley Jon Bell (41), grandson of company founder Irvine Bell, as new group CEO, effective January 1. This follows the July resignation of outgoing group CEO Leon... 


City of Cape Town issues independent power tender

26th January 2024

The City of Cape Town has issued the latest in a series of power-related tenders aimed at mitigating the impact of loadshedding and diversifying its energy supply from Eskom. The city says this is... 


Metair appoints O’Flaherty as new CEO

26th January 2024

Automotive and energy group Metair has appointed Paul O’Flaherty its new CEO, starting from February 1. This follows Sjoerd Douwenga’s resignation at the end of last year. 


Takealot rolls out ten JAC battery-powered delivery trucks

26th January 2024

Online retailer Takealot has deployed ten JAC N75 EV battery electric trucks to make deliveries in Gauteng and the Western Cape. The company in November welcomed four N75 four-ton electric trucks... 


DTSA launches online parts platform

19th January 2024

Daimler Truck Southern Africa (DTSA) has launched a new e-commerce platform – the Daimler Truck Parts Portal. The platform works on a click-and-collect basis, which means customers can buy parts... 


Eagle Eye Defence aims to roll out in-vehicle biometric security system this year

19th January 2024

South African startup Eagle Eye Defence has developed an in-vehicle security system that uses fingerprint verification to start the powertrain. Cofounder Iviwe Mosana describes Eagle Eye Defence as... 


SA-made nature-mimicking shark-barrier tech scores first commercial installation

19th January 2024

The ecofriendly SharkSafe Barrier technology, developed by marine biologists at Stellenbosch University (SU) and their collaborators, and manufactured in the Western Cape, has been installed at a... 


THOMAS MILZ AND JED MICHALETOS The ID.Buzz units will be deployed for specialised last-mile deliveries

DHL to test Volkswagen’s electric ID.Buzz Cargo vans in South Africa

19th January 2024

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has partnered with DHL Express for the pilot testing of the electric ID.Buzz Cargo van in South Africa. Four ID.Buzz Cargo units have been placed at DHL Express... 


Vehicle sales up 0.5% in 2023 – Naamsa

19th January 2024

New-vehicle sales in the domestic market inched up by 0.5% in 2023 compared with 2022, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. This follows jumps of 13.9% in 2022 and 22.2% in 2021. 


Barloworld expects slowdown in mining equipment sales as commodity cycle cools

8th December 2023

Barloworld expects a 10% to 15% decline in the 2024 Southern African mining equipment industry on the back of slowing commodity demand and weak commodity prices. “Having said that, we are... 


Transnet expects 175 vessel calls as cruise liner season opens

8th December 2023

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) says it expects 175 vessel calls at South African port cities in the 2023/24 cruise liner season, which opened earlier this month. The vessels are expected... 


Volkswagen, Egyptian govt to undertake feasibility study on shared painting facility

8th December 2023

Volkswagen and the government of Egypt have signed an agreement to develop a feasibility study on a shared automotive painting facility in the East Port Said Automotive Zone (EPAZ) within the East... 


Cape Town to announce preferred bidders for power projects in mid-2024

1st December 2023

The preferred bidders for the City of Cape Town’s 200 MW embedded independent power producer programme will be announced in mid-2024, says Energy MMC Beverley van Reenen. The first power from these... 


Toyota Gazoo Racing SA to contest Dakar 2024 with three new crews as Al-Attiyah bows out

1st December 2023

Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa (TGR SA) will field three crews at the 2024 Dakar Rally, with all three drivers hailing from South Africa.  Former TGR SA star and Dakar 2023 overall winner Nasser... 


GWM launches its first EV in South Africa – priced below R700 000 

1st December 2023

Great Wall Motors (GWM), also the owner of the Haval brand, has launched its first electric vehicle (EV) in the domestic market. Ora is the Chinese carmaker’s new-energy-vehicle-specific brand,... 


Business vehicles twice as likely to be hijacked as stolen – Tracker

1st December 2023

Tracker statistics for the period January to June show that hijackings still dominate national vehicle crime, accounting for 55% of incidents, versus theft at 45%.  However, while the... 


Report shows uptick in truck collisions

1st December 2023

The 2023 Webfleet Road Safety Report shows a jump in collisions involving trucks this year, at 1 313 incidents, compared with 1 252 collisions in 2022. The survey for the report was conducted... 


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PRASA sets sights on big recovery in passenger trips by 2030

1st December 2023

Like many other State-owned entities, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has had its share of scandals. Its board chairperson was fired following an investigation into abuse of PRASA... 


China’s cheaper EVs challenging Western market dominance – report

24th November 2023

A divide in the global transition to electric vehicles (EVs) has emerged as Chinese manufacturers seem to be rushing ahead of their Western counterparts in the production and sale of EVs.  This is... 


Stellantis to launch Strada half-tonner in sub-Saharan Africa, excluding S Africa

24th November 2023

Stellantis has announced that it will launch the Fiat Strada half-ton bakkie in left-hand-drive markets in sub-Saharan Africa, starting this month. This excludes South Africa, where the Strada was... 


Contractors urge dialogue on the back of 88 liquidations

24th November 2023

Contract changes within the construction industry and conditions that are slashing margins are becoming a growing threat to contractors, “contributing to the downward spiral of the construction... 


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