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Creamer Media’s Engineering News presents Business Thought Leadership. This is a platform for unsolicited opinion articles written by various thought leaders on topical issues affecting the South African economy and the business environment. Creamer Media retains the right not to publish unsolicited opinion articles, as well as to remove articles from the platform. The opinions expressed are not those of Creamer Media.

How we achieve the energy future Africa needs
1st December 2023

By Nadja Haakansson, Managing Director of Africa at Siemens Energy In 2022, global emissions reached a record high of 36.8 billion tons of CO2. During 2023 several months broke global warming... 

Smart mobility in the South African context
Smart mobility in the South African context
1st December 2023

By Prof Dilip Kumar Das and Prof Mohamed Mostafa Many countries across the world are actively seeking to transform their cities into smart cities, or to establish new ones. At the core of this... 

SA fleets face internal and external pressures 
SA fleets face internal and external pressures 
1st December 2023

By Justin Manson, Sales Director at Webfleet The upcoming year, 2024, looms heavy with geopolitical upheaval and economic instability, setting the stage for what could be the greatest election year... 

Climate Change - Is enough being done to address the global threat?
29th November 2023

By Duncan MacFadyen – Oppenheimer Generations Research and Conservation head of research and Rendani Nenguda – Oppenheimer Generations Research and Conservation research associate  Oppenheimer... 

Marietjie Coertzen Brown
Collaborative Initiative Propels Regenerative Solutions for Human and Environmental Wellbeing
29th November 2023

By Marietjie Coertzen Brown, Sustainability and Government Affairs Lead, CHEP IMETA (India, Middle East, Türkiye, Africa) As the 12th largest emitter of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the world, South... 

Making the case for a multipronged approach in scaling Africa’s Agri-sector
29th November 2023

By Dominic Strano – Investment Director of IDH Invest From November 18 to 20, the African Agri Investment Indaba (AAII) took place in Cape Town, South Africa, a key calendar event for agrifood... 

Olympus Manthata
Enhancing access to climate and nature finance for African cities- challenges and opportunities 
23rd November 2023

By Olympus Manthata, Head of Climate Finance at the Development Bank of Southern Africa Climate change has become an urgent and pervasive challenge, with its impact keenly felt at the local level,... 

Richard Data – CEO of Abudiwe Group of Companies Limited
Richard Data pursues doctorate in civil and structural engineering
22nd November 2023

By Leah Shelene Asaram – Engineering Institute of Technology Introduction: 

An overview of 342 – Diesel quality and its importance
An overview of 342 – Diesel quality and its importance
13th November 2023

By John Evans B.Sc. MLA II – diagnostic manager, WearCheck SANS 342:2016 (South African National Standard) is the standard that governs the quality of diesel in South Africa. The SANS document,... 

Jessica Hawkey
Giving South Africa’s youth experiential tech training in a live environment is key to inclusivity 
13th November 2023

By Jessica Hawkey – MD of redAcademy Providing South Africa’s youth with experiential training in a live tech environment gives them the ability to contribute to the workplace, adding to its... 

Bongani Mankewu
The Third Party Introduction to Transnet Freight Railways Should not Translate to Privatize Keynesianism
13th November 2023

By Bongani Mankewu – Director of the Infrastructure Finance Advisory Institute Blurb: The Meiji Restoration of 1868 in Japan, which began massive industrialization under the motto fukoku kyōhei... 

 Fred Hume
No, African egg imports won’t resolve this crisis
13th November 2023

By: Fred Hume, Managing Director of Hume International Local egg producers are downplaying the critical egg shortage in South Africa, and the South African Poultry Association (SAPA) and Department... 

Responsible Mining and Sustainable Development Goals: A Shared Value Perspective
13th November 2023

By Sizwe Phakathi and Sietse van der Woude Mining companies worldwide are increasingly required to account and disclose their impacts on society, environment and corporate governance through... 

Christelle Grohmann
Collaborative strategies are key to overcoming South Africa’s poor rail, logistics performance
10th November 2023

South Africa's transport infrastructure, particularly its rail and logistics systems, are under severe strain, raising critical concerns about the nation's economic growth and employment prospects.... 

The year that was for agriculture and what to expect in 2024
7th November 2023

By John Hudson, head of agriculture: Nedbank Commercial Banking The year 2023 has been a tricky one that has needed to be carefully navigated. In many ways it has been a year of consolidation and... 

Into the Mind of the Safety Leader
6th November 2023

Safety expert sheds light on what makes an organisational safety leader By Lani van der Merwe, Senior Consultant at OIM Consulting 

Dwibin Thomas
EVs – grid assets in the making
6th November 2023

By Dwibin Thomas, Cluster Automation Leader at Schneider Electric  Electric Vehicles (EVs) have become somewhat commonplace in numerous countries. With its own, bona fide racing events such as... 

Shabeer Jhetam
Mandatory Separation at Source: A Vital Imperative for Sustainable Glass Recycling in South Africa
2nd November 2023

By Shabeer Jhetam, CEO of The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC) In a world grappling with mounting environmental challenges, South Africa must address the pressing issue of waste management to foster... 

 Louise Woodburn
Supporting businesses to address occupational health and safety in South African risk-sensitive industries
27th October 2023

By Louise Woodburn, General Manager of KBC Health & Safety, Risk Solutions In today's complex, fast-paced work environments, paying attention to occupational safety and health regulations is... 

Shirley Webber
Policy: Crucial to SA’s energy transition and socio-economic stability
24th October 2023

By Shirley Webber, Coverage Head Resources and Energy at Absa The transition to renewable energy is critical for South Africa's future. By creating a favourable policy environment that supports and... 

Msizi Khoza
The promise and perils of carbon offset markets for Africa
24th October 2023

By Msizi Khoza, Managing Executive for Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) at Absa Corporate and Investment Banking A prominent undercurrent of the recent Climate Week in New York was the... 

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Constructing the future of engineering insurance
20th October 2023

Mirabilis’s long-term strategy to be the preferred provider of specialist engineering insurance in South Africa, the rest of Africa and selected international markets has made it a trustworthy... 

Nato Oosthuizen
Why aren’t we harnessing the power of hydro as part of a comprehensive energy mix?
13th October 2023

By Nato Oosthuizen, Partner and Renewable Energy Expert at BDO After trudging through almost two decades of the country’s long term decline in power production, 2023 has seen some of the worst... 

Steve Bartels
Navigating water as the new frontier in industry
10th October 2023

By Steve Bartels, SRK Consulting, partner and principal technologist and Jennifer Meneghelli, senior engineer, SRK Consulting and chairman of SAICE’s Environmental Engineering Division As South... 

How to navigate the disruption eruption
10th October 2023

It’s simultaneously a threat and an opportunity, but it doesn’t have to be costly or intimidating. Incremental change is often the key. By Arnold van Graan, Head of Market Research at Nedbank... 

Garyn Rapson
South Africa's Just Transition Energy Framework: Transforming Agribusiness Sustainably
3rd October 2023

By Garyn Rapson, Partner & Lerato Molefi, Associate at Webber Wentzel South Africa’s Just Transition Framework recognises the agricultural sector as a-risk in the green transition and sets out... 

Rail tracks
Railways should be under the stewardship of experienced rail community
3rd October 2023

In this opinion article, Bongani Mankewu highlights the role that South Africa’s deep railways expertise should play in resolve the economic morass at Transnet 

Fresh from farm to table: how Cooling-as-a-Service can solve Africa’s cold chain challenges
29th September 2023

By Samuel Jacobs, Energy Partners 27 September 2023 In the developed world, the average consumer may not be aware that the domestic refrigerator is only the final link in a long continuum that... 

Africa lays the groundwork for a future of electric vehicles
26th September 2023

By Yael Shafrir, Associate Director at Webber Wentzel The fast-evolving emobility sector presents a significant opportunity for sustainable growth and job creation in Africa, but some constraints... 

Africa lays the groundwork for a future of electric vehicles
21st September 2023

By Yael Shafrir, Associate Director at Webber Wentzel The fast-evolving emobility sector presents a significant opportunity for sustainable growth and job creation in Africa, but some constraints... 

African foreign currency liquidity shortages are driving financial innovation
19th September 2023

By Bohani Hlungwane, Managing Principal & Head: Trade and Working Capital (Pan Africa) at Absa CIB The 15th Summit of BRICS Nations was recently held in South Africa during which many discussions... 

A rock solid case for circuit breaker diagnostics
A rock solid case for circuit breaker diagnostics
19th September 2023

By Casper Du Plessis, Power Systems Operational Manager: Services at Schneider Electric Circuit breakers are undoubtedly one of the unsung heroes of the electrical world.  It performs vitally... 

Yesh Surjoodeen
Artificial Intelligence: Catalysing Growth and Innovation for African Businesses
14th September 2023

By Yesh Surjoodeen, Managing Director for HP Southern Africa  In a continent as diverse and dynamic as Africa, businesses are at the forefront of embracing transformative technologies, and... 

The Energy Loom: Crafting Africa's Green Transition with Precision
11th September 2023

By Louis Strydom, Director of Project and Market Development, Europe and Africa, Wärtsilä The global discourse's broad-brush strokes must make room for the local reality's fine detail. 

Gert Nel
ESTER-GAZERS: Testing guidelines for ester oils in transformers - part 2
11th September 2023

By Gert Nel, WearCheck divisional manager: transformers, and Corné Dames, WearCheck transformer consultant ABSTRACT 

Mamiki Matlawa
Localisation of the renewable energy industry can position African manufacturers to effectively compete with foreign companies
7th September 2023

By Mamiki Matlawa, Group Business Development Executive at ACTOM Despite the urgency to transition from traditional power production to sustainable alternatives – not only as it reduces... 

Neglecting infrastructure maintenance puts lives at risk, undermining economic growth
7th September 2023

By Nyiko Chabalala, Building Services/Research & Development Engineer at Citadel 05 September 2023 Infrastructure is an asset that is at the core of a functioning society; it shapes economic... 

Agriculture needs impactful collaboration to flourish
6th September 2023

By Daneel Rossouw, Head of Sales for Agriculture at Nedbank Commercial Banking Agriculture is a complex business that’s affected by an array of challenges, many of which are outside of producers’... 

Critical role for DFIs as 4IR takes centre stage at GovTech 2023
6th September 2023

By Mathapelo Malao - Head of Energy, Environment, and ICT at DBSA The role of digitisation and digital transformation in commerce has become more pivotal than ever as many businesses have now... 

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