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SA road freight industry undergoing ‘tech disruption'

Following the lead of tech innovators in the taxi industry, South Africa’s road freight sector is set for a similar shake-up. According the latest Logistics Barometer (published by Stellenbosch University), transport remains the most significant portion of logistics costs (57% of the total in 2014)* — an opportunity that is being seized upon by Cape Town-based start-up Linebooker.  A spinoff from the innovation arm of CCS Logistics (part of the Oceana Group), the company has launched an online-bidding platform that connects bulk business transport customers and trucking companies to offer transparent pricing, as well as end-to-end delivery facilitation services.

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Highest number of Renewable Energy installations in SA

Specialist electrical contractor, Brand Engineering SA, has carried out the highest number of utility scale solar Renewable Energy (RE) installations in the RE industry in South Africa.  It has become a key construction partner for RE developers, and is responsible for the generation of 360MW of power for Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) projects and other related renewable energy initiatives.

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SEW-EURODRIVE SA supplies largest drives to Canadian mine

A 24 t ZDN hoist drive, representing one of the largest single units from SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa to date, is to be supplied to a mine in Canada for a hoisting application. Traditionally known as specialising in smaller geared motors for conveyor applications, the project highlights the OEM’s capability to manufacture custom components up to the size and complexity of girth gears.

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Can small businesses survive in SA?

South Africa has been well known for its entrepreneurial spirit. The incredible successes of businesses like Discovery, Black Like Me, Nandos and most recently, Get Smarter, have encouraged many South Africans to see starting their own businesses as a desirable and achievable goal. But it’s not enough.

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