Gautrain’s first locally built rail car

Featuring a modern white carriage, and with gold and blue stripes above the windows, side panels, floors and doors, the first of 81 locally manufactured rail cars for the Gautrain rapid rail link rolled off the assembly line east of Johannesburg this week.

MTN expands in Cote d’Ivoire

MTN has acquired two telecommunications companies, Arobase Telecom and Afnet, in Cote d'Ivoire, enabling the South African based company - the largest cellphone operator in Africa and the Middle East - to expand its footprint in West Africa.

Absa, Western Union offer cash transfers

South Africa's largest retail bank has partnered with Western Union to roll out the US financial services company's money transfer services in selected branches countrywide, making it easier for Absa customers to send and receive money internationally.

Telkom rolls out its own 3G network

South African telecoms company Telkom is deploying its own third generation (3G) wireless network across the country, taking the fixed-line operator closer towards providing its customers with fully converged information communication technology solutions.

Sasol on Dow sustainability index

South Africa’s petroleum producer Sasol has listed on the Dow Jones sustainability world index – the first time that the local company has made the list of leading sustainability-driven firms worldwide.

Cellphones for the sight impaired

South African cellular operator Vodacom has launched three new "speaking phones" to make cellular communication accessible to customers who are blind or partially sighted. Users do not have to pay extra for the text-to-speech software, as it is subsidised by the company.

Eskom awards $75m contract to ABB

Multinational power and automation technology company ABB has won a US$75-million (about R612.1-million) order from Eskom to supply and install circuit breakers to strengthen South Africa's electricity network.

Doing business easier in SA

South Africa has risen three places on the World Bank’s recently released Ease of Doing Business 2009 survey, coming in at number 32 out of 181 countries. Small-and medium-sized businesses will benefit from the country's business policy reforms.

Eskom secures R2.8bn Medupi loan

State electricity company Eskom has secured a €250-million loan from Germany's KfW-IPEX to help fund six boilers for South Africa's Medupi power station, being built in Lephalale in Limpopo province.

Bank gives SMEs a helping hand

Nedbank has created a specialised credit risk management unit to help South African small business owners manage their debt better.