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April 18, 2019

Policy and regulatory malaise undermining efforts to address power deficit.

Lingering policy uncertainty and regulatory delays are continuing to impede the development of hundreds of small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) projects, which are seen at the quickest and cheapest way for South Africa to address its current electricity supply deficit.

The South African Independent Power Producer Association (SAIPPA) estimates that between 2 500 MW to 3 500 MW of capacity is being constrained as a result of the problem and that 30 MW to 50 MW could be added monthly once coherent processes are instituted.

 

The prevailing policy framework and regulatory processes remain deeply problematic and are affecting both small plants below a capacity [...]

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April 18, 2019

Headed for Saudi Arabia: New Dakar venue a big win for team Hilux?

Temperatures will be brutal but Saudi Arabia will be a better Dakar racing location for the South African built Hilux bakkie.

It’s the world’s most famous and gruelling off-road race and now the Dakar is heading for its third host geography. Born in Africa, the Dakar has become synonymous with high-speed off-road driving and human drama as competitors are humbled by towering dunes and Tolkienesque ravines year after year, in a fantastic diversity of racing machines.

Although the Dakar started in Africa during the summer of 1977, and retains a unique identity associated with the continent through its iconic Touareg logo, it has been hosted in South America for the last [...]

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April 18, 2019

THIS UK MANUFACTURER OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY BARRIERS IS SETTING THE STANDARD FOR EXPORT GROWTH

A-Safe’s industrial safety barriers often take a big hit, but the company has no such worries.

Exports have been a major part of A-Safe’s success over the past six years. Averaging 40% year-on-year growth has brought the company to £54m turnover, with the proportion of export earnings rising from just over 50% to now approaching 90%.

With UK manufacturing urgently needing to boost trade, what can we learn from A-Safe’s relentless progress?

Worldwide demand

It helps that there is a global need for A-Safe’s high-quality products in factories, warehouses, airports, carparks – anywhere that assets and people need to be separated and protected from industrial [...]

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