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Old August 12th, 2018, 05:26 PM   #701
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Warmest July on record for Port Elizabeth in 70 years


This past July was the warmest in Port Elizabeth on record since 1950.

Garth Sampson‚ South African Weather Service spokesperson in Port Elizabeth said they had recorded an average maximum temperature of 22.8°C for the month.

“This was a whopping 1.2°C higher than the previous record of 21.6°C‚ recorded in 2010‚” Sampson said.

“Furthermore‚ the average maximum temperature for the first two months of winter (June and July) were also the highest on record‚ at 22.4°C. The previous record occurred in 1999‚ when 21.7°C was measured. We are thus heading for one of the warmest winters on record.”

Sampson‚ who said the records went back to 1950‚ added that the nighttime average of 8.2°C was closer to the norm of 8.3°C.

“This can largely be attributed to the lack of clouds‚ which was a result of considerably lower than normal rainfall figures‚” he said.

https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/sou...h-in-70-years/
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Old August 15th, 2018, 12:03 PM   #702
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There was an article from Feb siting an approval for a 60 mil litre a day desalination plant at Coega - 25% of the cities needs.

"The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, in this month announced that the water levels of the Metro supply dams have reached an all-time low of just above 24%. The CDC now has authorization to develop facilities for the desalination of water with a maximum capacity of 60 million litres (Ml) per day. "
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Old August 29th, 2018, 02:54 AM   #703
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MSQ, Coega SEZ to build R100m medical device factory


South African healthcare company MSQ Health is positioning itself to become South Africa’s third active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturer.

The company, which has set its sights on becoming a market leader in a sector dominated by imports, has teamed up with the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ) to build a R100-million greenfield medical device factory.

It states that the country’s API industry is dominated by two large players “but we believe there is room for a third API manufacturer in South Africa and we are putting up our hands. I believe that Coega could also be the ideal location for this,” MSQ director Themba Nyembezi said this week.

The new facility will enable MSQ to consolidate its two existing medical suture and textile manufacturing facilities into one. It will relocate plant from its Cape Town and Port Elizabeth operations, while also investing in new machinery from Chinese technical partner, Zende.

This will free up the Cape Town factory to focus on plastics manufacturing. Further investment to replace dated and inefficient machinery there would allow it to better compete against imports.

The facility, which will initially comprise a 5 900 m² manufacturing plant could potentially be expanded in future to include complementary and new businesses.

http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/art...28/rep_id:4136
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Old October 16th, 2018, 04:48 PM   #704
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Port Elizabeth could get a 27-storey glass tower dedicated to Nelson Mandela









A 27-storey glass tower that will serve as a monument and interactive museum to the late Nelson Mandela has won a design competition set up by Nelson Mandela Bay in the city of Port Elizabeth.

The city opened a competition to all South Africans to design a new precinct for Nelson Mandela Bay, with a consortium including Makeka Design Lab, Gregg Scott and partners, M&C Saatchi and Abel, and prominent PE businessman Khusta Jack winning the day with the “Tower of Light”.

The new precinct would honour Madiba’s contribution to South Africa, as well as elevate the city’s status as a hub for socio-economic transformation, tourism and employment opportunities.

According to Makeka Design’s Mokena Makeka, the concept was to create a “towering beacon of light that spoke to the light that Mandela brought to the world, a light that resides within all of humanity”.

“We have positioned the landmark as crucial generator of economic growth and access to new public assets, by catalysing a reimagined waterfront neighbourhood for the citizens of Nelson Mandela Bay and the world,” he said.

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Old October 18th, 2018, 02:14 PM   #705
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WOW! - this will be the tallest thing in PE!
I like the idea, and I think that PE more than anywhere can use Mandela's name to good use - to instil pride, to bring visitors to learn about his message, and to create investment and opportunity through being on the map and lead to rejuvenation in the city - I note how they mention it would be a possible catalyst to the harbour precinct.

However, I also do hear the detractors say that Madiba would have preferred the money go towards building a lot of houses etc.
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While potentially looking stunning, and the design does, a 27 story glass tower as a museum piece seems very extravagant and highly unlikely to ever make a profit.
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I like the recreation of Madiba's cell on the top floor with him sitting in it on his bench looking out like Lincoln over all he surveys.
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Old November 26th, 2018, 12:39 PM   #708
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EAST LONDON :

Repairs along the East London beachfront are nearing completion after massive waves in August 2017 caused havoc along the Esplanade by breaking sidewalk walls, damaging the sewerage network and crushing cement bins placed on both sides of the road.

PORT ELIZABETH :

A new R438m production line and accompanying infrastructure for the production of South African Breweries’ recently introduced 1-litre Castle Lager and Carling Black Label returnable glass bottles was unveiled at the company’s Ibhayi Brewery in Port Elizabeth on Thursday
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Old January 4th, 2019, 04:06 PM   #709
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From NMB Draft Built Environment Performance Plan 2019-2021

RAIL NETWORK
There is an existing passenger rail link between the PE CBD and Uitenhage via
New Brighton, Sydenham, Swartkops, Redhouse and Despatch. This is part of
the Port Elizabeth – Graaff-Reinet Line.
There is an existing passenger rail link between PE CBD and
Motherwell/Markman. This is part of the Port Elizabeth – Johannesburg Line.

The planning of a future passenger rail link between Port Elizabeth CBD and
Motherwell via a proposed new Motherwell Rail Corridor parallel to Tyinira
Street (Motherwell) is well under way. There is a long-term possible linkage
between Coega and Uitenhage. This is a high-priority project driven by PRASA
and detailed route alignments and station designs are being finalised.
Environmental Impact Assessment in terms of the National Environmental
Management Act, 107 of 1998 and its regulations has also commenced.
PRASA envisages to commence with implementation during the first quarter of
2018.
PRASA has confirmed their long-term interest in a passenger rail link between
Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage via Bethelsdorp, Chatty, Jachtvlakte and
KwaNobuhle along a route alignment which has been in existence for a long
time. The route is however partially compromised by existing developments
which require attention at the appropriate time.
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Old January 5th, 2019, 03:25 PM   #710
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They should electrify the current lines first...
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Old May 17th, 2019, 04:26 AM   #711
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DA still building at local government level -

DA retains wards 35 and 37 in Nelson Mandela Bay by-election
BY NOMAZIMA NKOSI - 16 May 2019

The DA in Nelson Mandela Bay has retained Ward 35 and Ward 37 in Wednesday's by-election.

The DA’s Ward 35 candidate, Helga van Staaden, won the ward by 83.3% and Ward 37 candidate Georgina Faldtman won Ward 37 by 55.4% of votes cast.

DA provincial leader Nqaba Bhanga said this was an endorsement by voters that they want the DA to govern the metro once more.

"Under the ANC, EFF and UDM coalition of corruption service delivery in the city, and especially the northern areas, has come to a virtual standstill.

"The residents of this city have suffered long enough under the ANC, EFF, UDM coalition of corruption and we are confident that a DA-led government will shortly return to power in Nelson Mandela Bay," Bhanga said.

The metro is run through a coalition government between the ANC, UDM, AIC and United Front often with the supported by the EFF in council.

The DA now has 57 seats in council making it the biggest party in the metro.
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Old May 17th, 2019, 04:20 PM   #712
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I read recently that in terms of the PE waterfront coming to fruition, there is only a commitment to remove the tank farm in the next say, 2 years, but that Trans/Portnet will only tackle the manganese part in about 10 years. If the Govt was serious about bringing PE into focus, this can and must surely be done earlier? - why waste time - Coega seems capable to taking it over.
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Some details about the mall development at the Boardwalk

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New medical school to open in PE in 2021

When I am standing in one of our medical school lecture halls at Nelson Mandela University’s Missionvale campus, I almost don’t believe that we have come this far. People have been waiting for a medical school in Port Elizabeth since 1946. It’s a giant boost for public health and the local economy.

Launching a fully operational medical school has required prudent planning, as the total funding required from the department of higher education and training was not available.
That’s when we came up with the idea to repurpose buildings on the Missionvale campus to meet our needs.

These include lecture halls; a skills laboratory for second to final year medical students; basic science laboratories for physics, chemistry, physiology and anatomy; more than 60 offices for medical staff members; and new spaces for the medical school at the Dora Nginza hospital and the associated clinics.

We deliberately chose the Missionvale campus for our medical school — the 10th in South Africa — because it is located in the township areas of Missionvale and Zwide, populated by working class, unemployed and financially strapped communities. The Missionvale campus was originally part of the old Vista University, built for black people during the apartheid years. Situating the medical school here is about committing to proper healthcare for all our communities, and contributing to urban renewal and development.

Before we can open applications for the six-year MBChB degree, starting in 2021, the programme’s curriculum, together with the infrastructure and equipment, must be approved during a site visit by the Health Professions Council of South Africa and the Council on Higher Education. The site visit is from 28 October to 1 November this year and we are ready.

One hundred medical students will be selected for the first MBChB cohort in 2021. Our first choice will be matriculants from the Eastern Cape with a matric pass rate of 60% or more, and we require maths, physical science, life science and English. BSc students wanting to switch to medicine must have a pass rate of at least 60%. There will be an 80% matric admission from schools (60% from non-fee-paying schools) and 20% from universities.

Staffing wise, we are receiving CVs from throughout South Africa and internationally: people at all levels want to be part of our new medical school, and many have said they are keen to move to Port Elizabeth. Our staffing needs are considerable. The basic sciences courses alone require more than 60 staff.

The medical programme director has been appointed and started on October 1. He is Professor Mfanufikile Nomvete, a gastroenterologist from Livingstone Hospital and the former head of its internal medicine department. All the clinicians at the provincial hospitals in the Nelson Mandela Metro (Livingstone, Dora Nginza and Port Elizabeth Provincial) and at the private hospitals are extremely excited about the medical school. The whole health services platform will improve in the province once the medical school is up and running.

To develop our model, we incorporated some of the best elements of the Cuban medical training model. I visited Cuba and experienced first-hand the quality and appropriateness of their medical training for our country’s needs. In Cuba 80% of medical practitioners are comprehensive general or specialist family physicians; only 20% are specialists in other areas of medicine or are super-specialists. In South Africa, there is a far higher percentage of specialists, with many in private practice or emigrating overseas.

The Cuban system laid the foundation for top specialists, such as Dr Khanyisa Makamba who was among the first cohort of South Africans to be trained in Cuba, and who subsequently went on to specialise in urology in South Africa. He is head of urology at Livingstone Hospital and he will be joining our medical school.

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