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Engineering News Features

Waste management plan holds industry accountable

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     26th February 2021 Plastic industry body Plastics SA and packaging industry body Packaging SA have welcomed the new Section 18 Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) plan introduced by Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy, which is expected to be implemented on November 5, 2021. Section 18 is... 

Workplace-based learning programmes to address skills shortages

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     26th February 2021 Business development service ProudAfrique Human Capital has partnered with the University of Johannesburg’s training hub, Resolution Circle, to provide focused workplace-based learning programmes for the plastics manufacturing, computer numerical control (CNC) and injection-moulding industries.... 

Sustainability becomes new trend

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     26th February 2021 The increased awareness around sustainable packaging has led to consumers being more conscious about their purchasing decisions and shopping choices, highlights carton packaging systems and solutions provider SIG director corporate responsibility Michael Hecker. According to Deloitte’s 2018... 

Global crude steel output decreases by 0.9% in 2020

26th February 2021 Global crude steel production reached 1 864-million tonnes (Mt) for the year 2020, which is down by 0.9% compared with 2019, steel industry association the World Steel Association stated in a press release last month. 

Association hopeful despite challenging environment

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th February 2021 The stainless steel sector, similar to the rest of the local economy, was under pressure before the onset of Covid-19, says the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda). 

Manufacturing recovery’s slow pace a concern, Seifsa

26th February 2021 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) is concerned about the slow pace of recovery in the manufacturing sector, as depicted by the manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) number of 50.9 last month – lower than the 2020 fourth quarter average. 

Safe and reliable steel production even more crucial

26th February 2021 High temperatures, molten metals and heavy loads are some of the challenges faced during steel production, says industrial instrumentation and automation multinational Endress+Hauser. 

Companies committed to transformation honoured

26th February 2021 Entries are open for the seventh annual Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) Awards for Excellence and the federation is calling on all companies within the metals and engineering (M&E) industry to send in their submissions for the Most Transformed Company of... 

Company adopts ‘three Rs’ approach to reduce environmental impact

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th February 2021 Wear-resistant chromium carbide-clad liner plates manufacturer Rio-Carb has aligned itself with the ISO14001 environmental management system to benchmark its manufacturing processes by following the reduce, reuse and recycle approach. 

C.I.S Engineering

26th February 2021 C.I.S Engineering is a leading fabricator of specialist steel structures.  As such it manu-factures an impressive range of products ranging from power line support structures through to mining process plant structures and large and complex building structures. Established in 1998 as Central... 

Mine Site Accommodation

By: Liezille Vermeulen     22nd February 2021 This feature will provide an overview of the sector that provides permanent housing, as well as temporary site accommodation, for mineworkers and their families. The sector’s new products, solutions, notable projects, and challenges will be highlighted. 


By: Liezille Vermeulen     22nd February 2021 Coal remains South Africa’s primary source of electricity, as well as a major source of export revenue. This feature will provide an overview of the industry, focusing on the latest developments impacting on the sector and highlighting new projects and mine expansions. It will discuss emerging... 

Harbour Infrastructure & Dredging

By: Liezille Vermeulen     22nd February 2021 Transnet National Ports Authority’s dredging services have initiated dredging projects on the Durban Harbour and more initiatives of this nature are expected. This feature will focus on the latest technology, projects, contracts, equipment, maintenance as well as challenges related to harbour... 

Paper, Pulp & Board

By: Liezille Vermeulen     22nd February 2021 This feature will provide an overview of the paper, pulp and board industry in South Africa, focusing on contracts and projects recently completed or currently under way, new products and technologies, energy efficiency, streamlining operations and challenges currently facing the sector. It will... 

Sugar Growers, Millers & Refiners

By: Liezille Vermeulen     22nd February 2021 Following the signing of the sugar master plan 2030, the sugar industry is optimistic that this will lead to the recovery of the industry. The feature will highlight new products, technological innovation, research and development as well as challenges facing the sector. It will also look into... 

Storage high on the agenda for emerging economies

19th February 2021 Energy storage coupled with renewable energy ensures less intermittent supply of power, thereby solving balancing and system reliability issues, the Africa Energy Indaba stated in a January press release. 

Rising demand underpins renewables’ importance

19th February 2021 As demand rises for more accessible renewable energy, the Africa Energy Indaba conference discussions are set to underscore various new avenues for innovative financing to steer Africa’s ever-changing energy landscape towards sustainability. 

Unpacking opportunities in Africa’s gas sector

19th February 2021 Africa’s oil and gas potential will grow significantly over the next two decades, driven by population growth, urbanisation and the emergence of a wealthier middle class in Africa, according to the Africa Energy Indaba, which will take place virtually from March 1 to 5. 

Facility accreditation in process

By: Cameron Mackay     19th February 2021 Armour protection developer and manufacturer Bullet Proofing Technology is in the process of becoming the first ballistic testing laboratory in South Africa to be accredited by local body the South African National Accreditation System for ballistic testing. “There is a lack of independent and... 

Greater localisation of OEM supply needed

By: Darren Parker     19th February 2021 Despite the pandemic being a strong motivator for original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to localise procurement, rubber products manufacturer Hudson Rubber MD Stoney Steenkamp believes that too many local OEMs still lack the drive to do so. “Although many customers made huge efforts to localise... 

Rubber manufacturer buoyed in tough economy

By: Darren Parker     19th February 2021 Rubber manufacturer Rubber Products and Mouldings (RPM) is “very bullish” about the year ahead, with the company poised for growth despite the difficult economic circumstances because of ongoing lockdowns. “The economy is not strong, so it certainly won’t be easy for any business. However, RPM... 

Mining: Drilling & Tunnelling

By: Liezille Vermeulen     15th February 2021  


By: Liezille Vermeulen     15th February 2021 This feature will focus on drones used in various industries within the engineering sector holistically. The feature will also cover technological advancements, research and development, projects and the successful use of drones in industry. 


By: Liezille Vermeulen     15th February 2021 This feature will provide an overview of the pumps industry in South Africa and Africa, focusing on projects and contracts recently completed or currently under way, new products and technologies and new developments in the industry. It will also look at what the industry is doing to promote... 

Energy Transition

By: Liezille Vermeulen     15th February 2021 The Energy Transition is the pathway towards a sustainable and low-carbon energy system from a fossil-based energy system by the second half of the century. South Africa has set a goal to transition 90% coal-generated energy to renewable energy sources called Project 90 by 2030. This feature... 

Partnership ensures basket of training opportunities

12th February 2021 Manufacturer Gabion Baskets has partnered construction training specialist Tjeka Training Matters to provide practical instruction in the installation of its products. Under this new arrangement, customers will receive a certificate of competency from the training provider once they have... 

Industry body seeks purposeful rebuilding

By: Darren Parker     12th February 2021 The Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) theme for this year is: Rebuilding with purpose. This is aimed at encouraging the engineering and construction sectors to pursue the rebuilding of the sector and the economy in a more conscious and mindful manner so that all South Africa’s... 

Food warehouse expansion under way

By: Darren Parker     12th February 2021 Construction connection technology supplier Peikko South Africa has embarked on the second phase expansion of a production and warehousing facility for a food manufacturer in Johannesburg. The first phase was successfully completed last year and the second phase is under way, Peikko South Africa... 

Heritage building facelift under way

By: Darren Parker     12th February 2021 Construction contractor Icon Group is conducting bulk earthworks and demolitions in the Johannesburg central business district as part of a construction project aimed at developing a new Title Deeds Office for the City of Johannesburg. The project, a partnership between the city and the... 

Strategic forethought hindered by crisis mindset

By: Darren Parker     12th February 2021 With South Africa’s fiscus placed under immense strain as government attempts to combat the effects of the pandemic, South African Institute of Civil Engineering (Saice) CEO Vishaal Lutchman fears that owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the country’s leadership is in “head down crisis mode”, with... 

Project aims to transform HVAC-R sector

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     12th February 2021 The Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection, together with the Bavarian Environment Agency, has entered into bilateral cooperation with the Western Cape government in what is known as the refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) partnership project. The project being... 

Specialist installs humidifier at tobacco plant

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     12th February 2021 Humidification specialist Humidair, in collaboration with air conditioning contractor Fifty-two Engineering, completed a humidification project for a tobacco company in Edenvale, Gauteng at the end of last year. The project entailed the installation of large JetSpray humidifier systems comprising... 

Planned maintenance essential during pandemic

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     12th February 2021 With ventilation and filtration having become paramount in the prevention of Covid-19 infections, preventive maintenance for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment has become “vital” in ensuring that machines work optimally, says air conditioning specialist Flat Foot... 

Company expands lighting range

12th February 2021 International lighting solutions provider Signify has expanded its Philips Hue portfolio in the US. This expansion includes an outdoor light to further personalise gardens and porches, a new wall switch module that makes existing light switches smart, and a redesigned Philips Hue dimmer switch.... 


12th February 2021 Magnitech was founded in 1969. Our reputation for providing quality innovative technology and service-excellence has made Magnitech a market-leader in the South African and International lighting industry. Our products can be found in mines, power stations and factories, and are sought after by... 

Range provides dependable power distribution

12th February 2021 Electrical and digital building infrastructure provider Legrand’s range of Zucchini busbars includes the LB PLUS range of busbar trunking systems, designed for the distribution of power from 25 A to 63 A. This durable busbar trunking system is an efficient single product solution for dependable... 

Solutions light up local lodge

By: Cameron Mackay     12th February 2021 Lighting products supplier BEKA Schréder has supplied exterior lighting solutions to Skukuza Safari Lodge, which was officially opened last November. Located in one of the largest game reserves in Africa, the Kruger National Park, the newly built lodge offers tourism facilities for local and... 

African Mining Services

By: Liezille Vermeulen     8th February 2021 The feature will explore Africa’s cross-border mining supply chain, and provide insights into this sector. Challenges and strategies for alleviating constraints facing suppliers and service providers will be discussed, and new initiatives and plans for service provision will be highlighted.  

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