Manufacturing output up 1,8% in December

Manufacturing production increased by 1,8% in December 2020 compared with December 2019, according to data from Statistics South Africa (Stats SA). The largest positive contributions were made by the following divisions: • food and beverages (6,4% and contributing 2,2 percentage points);• motor vehicles, parts and accessories and other transport equipment (18,1% and contributing 0,8 of…

Ramaphosa’s dream of a smart city

President Cyril Ramaphosa unveiled the progress of the country’s infrastructure plan to stimulate the economy and promote growth during his State of the Nation Address (Sona), which includes smart cities. Lanseria smart city “Two years ago I spoke about the dream of building new cities that will enable us to make a break with apartheid’s…

Greater infrastructure spend needed to help construction sector gain stability

According to the results from a Construction Industry Development Board (cidb) survey among more than 825 contractors in all nine provinces, increased government spending on infrastructure projects is needed to help the construction sector gain stability and eventually recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The poll, which reflects the state of the construction…

Afri.Can Microfactories launches contactless access control terminal

Afri.Can Microfactories recently launched the first Afri.Can Good to Go prototype. Companies and institutions need rapid, dignified access to their buildings and premises, while having peace of mind that risks are reduced. To address this need Afri.Can Microfactories led a team of experts, including Steyn Calitz, Innovative Modular Concepts, ERS Biometric, Motla Consulting Engineers and…