|25 Oct 2011|
The Sun-Drop, a rare 110.03-carat yellow diamond discovered in South Africa last year is expected to fetch up to R100-million when it goes on auction next month. The gem has caught the attention of both collectors and grading experts. John King, the chief quality officer of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), said that Sun-Drop was "one of the most beautiful and rarest I've ever seen". Read more >>
South Africa's energy and chemicals group Sasol awarded a contract to construct its USA ethylene tetramerisation plant at Lake Charles, Louisiana, to Texas-based engineering, procurement and construction management company S&B Engineers & Constructors. Read more >>
According to Afrox, South Africa's largest gases and welding products supplier, there is a shortage of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in the country due to unplanned shutdowns in the local oil refinery industry. In a statement, the LPG distributor said: "We have always worked closely with our LPG suppliers, but no one could have foreseen the extent of the unplanned shutdowns experienced by South Africa's petroleum industry". Read more >>
Antalis, a leading distributor of graphic equipment and paper-communication support materials in South Africa, signed a distributorship agreement with EskoArtwork which offers software for artwork creation, pre-production, automation, quality assurance and collaboration. Read more >>
Invasive alien trees are being put to creative use by local crafters for décor accessories. Wetherlys has announced the launch of its newest collection which incorporates items from The Khumbulani Collection. Read more >>
The Fresh Air Factory, situated in The Eco Park, The Bluff, Durban, is taking advantage of climate change innovation and giving a group of previously disadvantaged community members the opportunity to work and learn business skills by producing green products from recycled materials. Read more >>
[Duncan McLeod & Craig Wilson]
President Jacob Zuma's decision to redeploy communications minister Roy Padayachie and his deputy, Obed Bapela, has drawn mixed reaction from the information and communications technology industry, with one analyst saying he was "stunned" by the move and that it would delay several important projects, including the migration to digital terrestrial television. Read more >>
[Chris Moerdyk: @chrismoerdyk]
When the new communications minister was shifted out of her role as deputy minister of the department last year and into the presidency, I wondered if she breathed a huge sigh of relief. And I wonder now whether she is really as happy as she seems about going back, in spite of being promoted to full minister? Read more >>
The Competition Appeals court hearings into the Wal-Mart/Massmart merger turned mainly around labour and economic efficiency issues that the giant US retailer could bring into the local market. Read more >>
Motion Pictures and Film
Cape Town movie director Tim Greene has scooped the Audience Choice award for "Skeem" at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, according to Channel24 and Sowetan Live. "Skeem" is a comedy adventure story about a group of small-time crooks and greedy holiday-makers who scheme to get their hands of a box of cash at a run-down resort. Read more >>
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