A bid to up the export industry in KZN sets off In a coordinated effort to grow the export industry in KwaZulu-Natal, the KZN Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA) and Productivity SA introduced a programme to improve the productivity and competiveness of exporters and prospective exporters in KwaZulu-Natal. The programme aptly named the KZN Exporter Competitiveness Programme (KECP) was launched at an event held at the Coastlands Hotel in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. The Deputy Director General of Economic Development and Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA), Mr Sihle Mkhize, standing on behalf of the MEC of Economic Development and Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA, Mr Sihle Zikalala, said “The KwaZulu-Natal Exporter Competitiveness Enhancement Programme is a customised offering which is the first of its kind in South Africa and is meant to directly stimulate the province’s competiveness. The programme was initiated and funded by EDTEA, and is being implemented in partnership with Productivity SA. Recently, SEDA have also come on board and pledged funding support for the emerging exporters, as well as business development support for the programme, while Trade and Investment KZN will assist in driving market access for participating companies. Through this programme we aim to address four main pillars. Firstly, we would like to address firm-level productivity. Hence, we forged this partnership with Productivity SA who are experts in productivity enhancement. Secondly, we intend to increase global market access for KZN businesses, resultantly increase the value and volume of KZN exports. Part of our vision is to achieve this through increasing our footprint on the African continent and within the BRICS countries. Thirdly, we would like to enhance the province’s value chain efficiency. The Department is already driving the Special Economic Zones and Industrial Hubs initiatives in KZN. As such, in order to . . .
Top performing companies vie for National Productivity Awards The government entity tasked with promoting productivity and employment growth in South Africa launched Productivity Month 2018 earlier this month. During Productivity Month, October, the importance of productivity in enhancing economic growth was brought to the fore through a series of productivity workshops, awards and seminars. The highlight of Productivity Month is the National Productivity Awards. The rationale behind Productivity Month is to showcase, share ideas, methods and perspectives on how companies can improve productivity whilst recognizing top-performers. The run up towards the National Productivity Awards has been preceded by the Regional Productivity Awards which were held in the provinces. The broader objectives of productivity month are: •To promote productivity within South African industry •To raise awareness about the potential role of productivity in growing and developing the economy •To promote Productivity SA programmes and its outcome based solutions in place to assist ailing companies •To increase South Africa ‘s competitiveness The National Productivity Awards function for 2018 will be held as follows: Date: 19 October 2018 Time: 18:30 for 19:00 Venue: Hall 4, Gallagher Convention Centre, 19 Richards Drive, Midrand The awards are adjudged out of four categories, the Emerging, Corporate, Public and Cooperative Sector. The criteria employed to adjudge finalists includes the impact of productivity on the bottom line of profit-making enterprises and the impact relative to costs for nonprofit-making entities. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
To keep your home, its occupants, and other valuables inside the house safe, it is imperative that you invest in top quality security. RB Locksmiths Pretoria are readily available to help with your lock issues, and overall security maintenance for homes and businesses. They are very good when it comes to burglar-proofing properties. PRETORIA, October 18, 2018 – It goes without saying that the security of a property is a key consideration for homeowners and businesses in Pretoria. What with the number of household break-ins being on a steady rise each passing day. The statistics indicate that most of the burglars take advantage of loopholes in security to execute the robbery. It could be a lack of CCTV cameras around the compound, use of outdated lock systems, or being away from home for long. Our certified security experts believe every individual must put measures in place to prevent and minimize burglary cases in the region – whether you are at home or out of town. To start with, think like a burglar when assessing the efficiency of your security system. Lock the door and try getting back into the house without the use of keys, apply force on the doors to see if they will budge, and look around for tools a robber might use to try and enter your property. Fix any shortcomings immediately to avoid any risks. All access points must be secured appropriately, starting from the perimeter fence, to the windows and doors. If you can afford a barbed wire or electric fencing, the better for your cause. Windows on the other hand should be fitted with burglar bars while your doors need at least two locking mechanism. Mr Gerrie Botha, a master locksmith and owner of RB Locksmiths Pretoria noted that the security of South Africans was a collective responsibility. “For there to be a reduction in robbery cases, all of us have to be ready to play our part.” He went on to highlight the benefits of installing various security measures like alarms, security lighting, and . . .
The latest packaging report released earlier this year by local research house, BMi Research, has revealed that the collection rate of metals packaging in South Africa continues to grow year-on-year. An impressive 75.8 % of all metal packaging that entered the South African market during 2017 was recovered, compared to 73 % the previous year – making SA one of the leaders in the world when it comes to post-consumer metal packaging recovery. Internationally it is reported that 75% of all aluminium ever produced is still in use today. According to Kishan Singh, Chief Executive Officer of MetPac-SA (the Producer Responsibility Organisation representing the steel and aluminium packaging industries in South Africa), this positive growth in post-consumer metal recovery is expected to continue. “Like so many other sectors in South Africa, the metals packaging industry has not escaped the effects of the country’s economic slowdown. The beverage sector, in particular, was negatively impacted by the sugar tax that came into effect at the beginning of the year, resulting in a smaller slice of the pie of the local packaging market. Despite these obstacles, we have set ourselves aspirational collection targets for the next 7 years,” Singh says. Furthermore, the BMi reports reveals that the metal industry contracted by 5.8% in volume and 0.8% in value in 2017. BMI report reveals that the metals packaging sector shrunk slightly to 162 000 tons, compared to 175 000 tons in 2016. Singh agrees that while this contraction is expected to continue as the impact of continued light weighting and the switch from steel to aluminium is felt, he is confident that the market share will remain fairly constant at around 197 000 tons over the next five years, as a result of metal packaging becoming the preferred material, given the pressure from the Government, with respect to Industry Waste Management Plans and Circular Economies. “Challenging economic conditions are proving to be . . .
For thousands of people, the arrival of spring means something other than lovely warmer weather and pretty Namaqua daisies. It’s the annual affliction of hay fever, of course. But while there’s not much you can do about the air outside, you can control the quality of air inside your home to a large extent. The US Environmental Protection Agency estimate that indoor air can be anywhere from two to five times as polluted as outdoor air. As so many asthma and allergy sufferers already know, the kind of dust mites and particles (including pollen, pet dander and mould spores) that trigger these conditions tend to gather on textured, soft and warm fabrics and materials. Mattresses and carpets are big culprits, for sure, but have you considered that your curtains and blinds could be trapping the very pollen, dust or other allergens making your life a misery, too? Leading company, Plantation Shutters® specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of superior quality, custom-designed Plantation Timber Shutters and Plantation Security Shutters, both of which help minimise allergens inside the home. The wooden louvres of the timber shutters are wider than those of vertical blinds, making them one of the easiest types of window treatments to clean. Nothing other than the occasional wipe with a damp cloth is really necessary as the hard texture of the sustainably sourced solid timber is much less welcoming to those pesky particles than any fabric can be. The same goes for the aluminium security shutters that are designed and manufactured to be the most stylish and strongest adjustable louvre security shutters – perfect for both internal and external use. Offering an unparalleled lead time of 21 working days from order, with a five-year guarantee on the timber shutters and 12 years on the aluminium security shutters, Plantation Shutters® will keep pollen outside where it belongs this spring, while elegantly adding value to your . . .
Hydraulic and Automation Warehouse (HAW), a member of the Hytec Group of Companies, now supplies 700 bar hose, mainly used on hydraulic tooling. These hoses are lightweight and have high abrasion resistant covers. A significant step up from the standard hydraulic hose imported by HAW, the company now manufactures hose assemblies with this niche hose, which has a 4:1 safety factor and burst pressure rating of 2 800 bar. The hose core is constructed from thermoplastic elastomer and has a polyurethane covering, consisting of one or more braids of aramid fibre and one braid of steel wire. The hose can be used in environments ranging from -40° C to 100° C, although, 70° C should not be exceeded when transferring air and water based fluids. The hose is ideal for very high pressure lines in compact hydraulic systems operating at 300 to 700 bar. Commonly used with rescue and safety equipment, the low change in length means that the hose can be used to transfer petroleum, synthetic or water based fluids in hydraulic systems. Available in both 6.4mm and 9.5mm diameter sizes, the hose comes in a range of colour options including black, red and light blue hose covers. There is no difference in specifications between the various colours. HAW also boast its own test facilities, meaning that all hose assemblies can be subjected to static hold pressure tests upon request. HAW prides itself in its high stockholding of this hose range, which is accompanied by hose fittings and protective springs for this hose. All fittings stocked are 1/4" and 3/8” NPT male and HAW also stock 700 bar quick release couplings that work hand-in-hand with the hose assemblies. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Kwikspace, the mobile and site erected building specialists, was awarded the contract to supply temporary modular buildings for seven depots located across three provinces – Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Gauteng. The contract, awarded by a South African rail, port and pipeline company, entailed the hiring of 46 relocatable units for five months to assist with temporarily expansion to its existing infrastructure. This is needed to cater for added capacity required for the company’s administrative personnel, such as health and safety officers and site managers. All units are classified as single-wide, meaning that they are stand-alone 3 m-wide units which have been tailored to meet the client’s various onsite requirements. These include office units, kitchen units, locker rooms and ablution facilities, each kitted out to suit specified requirements. For example, some of the ablution facilities contain toilets only, while others include toilets and shower facilities. Kitchens, too, are equipped with a sink, worktop, under-counter cupboards and basic amenities, while the locker rooms incorporate burglar bars for safe storage purposes. “The opportunity to spread our supply across three different provinces for a single project explored our capacity to be far reaching,” says Claude Naidoo, Rental Account Manager, Kwikspace. “We refurbished, delivered, placed and handed over all units to all sites in four weeks, once again proving our capacity to deliver on time, even on a multi-leg project spanning several provinces.” Blinds and air conditioners were fitted to the units as optional extras, and the units were delivered only subsequent to standard refurbishment inside and out, the norm when hiring rental units from Kwikspace. Included with the refurbishment are all required electrics and electrical fittings with the associated Certificate of Compliance, as well as all fixtures necessary to connect designated units to water and sewage amenities. Acquiring the project . . .
Johannesburg, 17 October 2018. The South African plastics industry has condemned the latest strike action by members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), who has called on its members to join industrial action for a total National #PlasticsShutdown on Monday. The plastics industry, through the Plastics Convertors Association of SA (PCASA) and the National Employers' Association of South Africa (NEASA) and four other employer’s organisations condemn this strike as Industrial Relations Fraud. “This week’s strikes and picketing are therefore completely illegal and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms,” said Johan Pieterse, CEO of PCASA. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) issued a press statement regarding the upcoming strike in the Plastics Industry on 11 October 2018. The document outlines various contentious matters between NUMSA and the employer bodies in the Plastics Industry. NUMSA is demanding that plastics employers should be covered by the same Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) main collective agreement that applies to those employers in the engineering sector. Although NUMSA states that there is no factual dispute between these groupings, NUMSA alleges that the employer bodies in the Plastics Industry including the Plastics Convertors Association of South Africa (PCASA are deliberately misleading NUMSA's members by, inter alia, intimidating NUMSA members by misconstruing the facts. NUMSA further alleges that "The employer group we are dealing with in the plastic sector is constituted by a conservative, notorious group of employers who have been hell-belt on undermining the hard won gains of workers." The facts A further statement made by NUMSA is that "These are the same employers who wanted to collapse the MEIBC council by refusing to pay levies, which they still owe!" Directly contrary to this statement, PCASA employers have been paying these levies from . . .
With all development rights in place, civil construction on the much awaited Ntshongweni Urban Development will commence in early 2019. This 2 000-hectare project located 30 kilometres west of the Port of Durban on the N3, is the next logical urban precinct expected to unlock significant economic activity for the city’s largely underserviced outer west subregion. Ntshongweni Urban Development is ultimately set to provide a framework for environmentally sustainable, community-centric and inclusive urbanisation. As the primary land steward, Tongaat Hulett is responsible for the overall development vision and conceptual framework plan that aligns with public sector policy, plans and objectives. This extends to the creation of compelling and tailored real estate solutions for developers, investors, future residents and end users within Ntshongweni Urban Development. The site is situated with KwaNdengezi and Dassenhoek to the south, Summerveld to the west, Assagay and Hillcrest to the north and on completion will provide critical spatial, social and economic linkages to the existing surrounding communities. The first phase of the multiple phased development, the Retail and Urban Core will anchor the Ntshongweni Urban Development as a mixed-use, urban precinct centred around a new regional retailing offering. This will be followed by a variety of other uses including residential, logistics, recreational, warehousing and leisure components. The pioneering design will make substantial provision for the site’s ecological wellbeing as well as responding to the needs of the people who use it. Tongaat Hulett Developments Managing Director, Michael Deighton says, “All development rights for the Retail and Urban Core are in place and we officially have the go-ahead to break ground in the first quarter of 2019.” Commencing with essential road upgrades to Kassier Road, the first phase of construction in the Retail and Urban Core precinct will ultimately generate 19 000 . . .
Park Square, uMhlanga’s newest business and lifestyle development is due to open its doors in November 2018. Interfacing beautifully with its surrounds, the development offers a future-forward, people-centred destination where the surrounding communities and professionals can shop, work and connect. Hunt PR’s Melanie Rosettenstein connected with Jarryd Murray, MAP Architects Director and co-founder, to get the inside track on the vision to create a connected community through this new building. When in 2015 Jarryd Murray and Charles Taylor, director’s at MAP Architects and his team were approached by Nedbank to design a space that would accommodate their KwaZulu-Natal team, the brief was to create a structure which would allow the easy flow of people through the development but also accommodate a 17,500m² space to house their staff in addition to general commercial and retail space. Having grown up on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast, Jarryd loves the great outdoors and has witnessed the area’s urban transformation over the years. Passionate about creating dynamic urban spaces in our landscape, it’s no wonder that on designing Park Square, he has designed a space that responds perfectly to Durban’s climate and at the same time will be a connected urban landmark on the uMhlanga Ridge. After spending some time pinning down the vision, Jarryd and his team set about conceptualising an off-the-ground design that would see the commercial elements ‘hovering’ above a perfectly activated retail arcade and square which people could use for shopping and simply enjoying the city’s unique, outdoor lifestyle. The idea to create a connected community which would simultaneously be an exceptional business destination for professionals to work and socialise and a dynamic urban space to activate the local community, was born. The emphasis at Park Square is undoubtedly on transparency. The simple and modular building design features raw concrete slabs, steel beams, generous . . .