Author: Danielle Petterson

SA’s water deficit and the threat to business

A deficit of almost 2 billion m3  in potable water is expected by 2025. With the current state of South Africa’s Gordon Allen, MD of Gurumanzi, believes all risks, including water crises, need to be discussed in company boardrooms.   Source: Moneyweb... Read More

DWS threatens to blacklist non-payers

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) says it is considering blacklisting individuals, companies and organisations that continue not to honour their debts due to the department. This proposal was tabled before the Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation last week when the department presented its Quarter One report for the 2017/2018 financial year. During the first quarter of the financial year the department only managed to collect R115 million of more than R7 billion owed to it by municipalities and water boards. “The DWS views the failure of water users to pay for the services in a serious light as this failure has adverse implications for the department in the execution of its mandate,” the department said in a statement. Q1 results On its Quarter One report, the DWS revealed that it has 15% of its original R15 billion budget with Acting Director-General Sifiso Mkhize saying the department is on the right track in as far as... Read More

DWS concludes national raw water consultations

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has completed its national raw water consultations where it presented proposed raw water tariffs for the 2018/19 financial year and listened to input from key stakeholders in the water and sanitation sector. Mpho Mofokeng, DWS Chief Financial Officer of the Water Trading Entity, presented the 2018/19 tariffs, indicating a proposed increase of 14.6% across the spectrum of raw water users was. According to Mofokeng, the Water Resource Infrastructure Charges for the domestic and industrial sector will increase from 0% to 14.6%. Irrigation charges will also range from 0% to 14.6%. Furthermore, the water resource management charges for the domestic and industrial sector will range from 0%-14.6%, as will forestry sector tariffs. The irrigation sector charges will be capped and will range between 4% and 14.6%. The primary aim of the pricing strategy is to find appropriate methods of funding water resource management, water resource development and use of waterworks as per section... Read More

Cape Town given R20.8 million towards drought relief

The City of Cape Town’s efforts to mitigate the impacts of the current drought in Cape Town will be boosted by R20.8 million. The National Disaster Management Centre in the Department of Cooperative Governance will transfer the funds to the City of Cape Town for emergency disaster relief. The R20.8 million is solely to provide emergency relief for drilling of boreholes and the installation of pumps and pipelines due to drought conditions. “We are extremely grateful to the department for this contribution and thank them for coming on board to assist us with this very important task to supplement our water supplies,” says Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille. De Lille declared Cape Town a local disaster area in March to prepare for all eventualities and invoke emergency procurement procedures required to expedite the emergency. “The city plans to utilise the funds for responding to the immediate needs of the drought disaster that has occurred and to alleviate... Read More

Isuzu SA makes key senior leadership appointments

Isuzu Motors South Africa has announced a number of key leadership appointments in support of the purchase of the Isuzu related assets from General Motors (GM) South Africa, effective January 2018. Haruyasu Tanishige, in addition to his current role of Senior Executive officer for the Sales Division of Isuzu Motors in Japan, will be appointed to the position of Chairman of Isuzu Motors South Africa. Tanashige will continue to be based in Tokyo at Isuzu’s headquarters. Michael Sacke, currently CFO for GM South Africa, has been appointed as Chief Operations Officer and CFO with immediate effect. He will assume responsibility for the transition of GM South Africa’s operations to Isuzu Motors by year-end and also to ensure the integration of the Isuzu truck and light commercial businesses. Following this he will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Isuzu Motors South Africa. “We are very excited about the appointment of Michael Sacke as he has had... Read More

VW wins Exporter of the Year

Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) walked away with the 2017 Exporter of the Year Award at the annual Eastern Cape Exporters Club Awards in Port Elizabeth. VWSA the also won the 2017 Best Exporter OEM Award, for the fourth year in a row, as well as the 2017 SJM Flex Environmental Merit Award. “Volkswagen has been the passenger car market leader for the last seven consecutive years and continues to lead the market in 2017. The Polo and Polo Vivo, which are produced in our Uitenhage factory, have been instrumental in our success, both locally and overseas,” said Thomas Schaefer, Chairman and Managing Director: Volkswagen Group South Africa. “Our position in the passenger car market together with our ongoing commitment in trying to reduce our impact on the environment and our commitment to the Eastern Cape and the community we are situated in are all rewarded by these three awards and I am very proud to lead this great... Read More

CT port expands with new fuel storage facility

The Port of Cape Town’s new fuel storage facility is now fully operational, having received its pilot consignment of diesel in the first week of July 2017 and was tested ahead of full operation this month. Located on approximately 37 273 square meters of land at the port’s Eastern Mole, the new fuel storage and distribution facility for cleaner fuels is poised to assist with security of fuel supply in the region. Construction began in late 2015 after Transnet National Ports Authority awarded Burgan Cape Terminals a 24-year lease to develop a new independent fuel storage, distribution and loading facility. The company, which will operate the terminal, is owned by Netherlands firm VTTI and black economic empowerment companies Thebe Investment Corporation and Jicaro. “With an estimated investment of R 890 million, the awarding of this contract to a 30% black owned company in partnership with an international operator, speaks strongly to Transnet’s commitment to the Market Demand Strategy (MDS) and the vision... Read More

UD Trucks opens Harrismith dealership

UD Trucks has established a new dealership in Harrismith, Free State. The dealership, which will officially open its doors on 4 September, is strategically located inside the Highway Junction truck stop right of the busy N3 highway, and will offer UD fleet owners convenient sales, service and maintenance support. The dealership forms part of the Morgan Group, which also owns the UD Trucks dealership in Welkom. “Our partnership with UD Trucks spans over 12 years and during this time, we have come to appreciate everything the brand stands for and aspires to,” said Dicky Roux, dealer principal of UD Trucks Harrismith. “UD Trucks truly know South African customers and local operating conditions, and therefore offer exceptionally built, quality and durable products.  We are happy to continue our investment in the UD Trucks brand.” Gert Swanepoel, managing director of UD Trucks Southern Africa, said that the company is pleased to continue their partnership with the Morgan Group in Harrismith. “With... Read More

Workers deliver memorandum to transport minister

South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (SATAWU) members at Electronic Toll Collection (e-Toll) and Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) marched to the Department of Transport on 17 August. SATAWU members employed by the two parastatals were protesting against the flouting of labour laws by their employers and handed over a memorandum of grievances to the Minister of Transport Joe Maswanganyi. Members at e-Toll are aggrieved because their employer refuses to grant the union organisational rights even though the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration has ruled on the matter in favour of SATAWU. Withholding of organisational rights prevents the union from addressing workers’ grievances, which include salary disparities between workers doing the same job and the deducting of 50% of the 13th cheque for workers who have been issued with a written warning. Allegations of nepotism and tribalism have also been levelled at area managers who are said to have employed their friends into positions. SATAWU therefore calls on... Read More

Appeal to truck drivers as bridge reopens

Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi has officially open the refurbished N12 Bridge near Eldorado Park after it was structurally damaged when a truck carrying cargo exceeding the permissible height restrictions hit its top structure in 2015. Commonly known as The ‘Kliptown bridge’ to local residents, the bridge was constructed in the 1960s and served as a critical link between Kliptown, Eldorado Park, Nancefield Industrial and the nearby informal settlement. The severe damage caused by the truck led to the closure of the bridge as it posed serious risk to motorists and pedestrians. This negatively affected local businesses as traffic had to be diverted. Speaking at the event Vadi called on freight trucks to abide by the load and height restrictions as well as set speed limits. “The damage to this bridge is another example of how overloading of freight trucks and disregard for height restrictions continue to cause untold damage to our road infrastructure,” said Vadi.... Read More

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