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Wed, 15 May 2019
€55-million five-star hotel launches in Johannesburg

The R880m (€55m) Houghton Hotel launched in Johannesburg on May 13, bringing another five-star* luxury brand to South Africa.

The property is a synergy of residential and hotel accommodation, situated in the heart of the city, but offering privacy that feels far removed from the busyness of urban Johannesburg.

The hotel offers seven luxury penthouses, four presidential suites, two junior suites, eight executive king rooms, and 46 king rooms. All rooms have Apple and cable TV, extended breakfast, complimentary WiFi and newspapers, with 24-hour in-room dining. Facilities at The Houghton include a business and day lounge, four private dining rooms, a whisky lounge and international Nova deli; four heated pools, a FitBar gym, and flagship Amani Spa with nine treatment rooms.

In keeping with the medical tourism movement, the hotel also has a medical centre on site, with Medical Suites and world-class specialists and practitioners to provide medical tourists with a one-of-a-kind remedial experience. Practitioners include, amongst others, a plastic surgeon, physiotherapist, GP and pharmacy.

The hotel also boasts an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, and an 8km Parkland running track.

Situated 5km from the business and retail meccas of Sandton and Rosebank, The Houghton Hotel is a 30- to 40-minute drive from OR Tambo International Airport.

Arnold Forman, CEO of The Houghton Hotel, says: “Whether you are an international traveller, spending quality time with your family or staying at the hotel for your business travels – the Houghton Hotel has something for everyone. For instance, our business guests have access to a fully equipped business centre and day lounge, very similar to the airport lounges, with eating and shower facilities. And each of our boardrooms has a dedicated personal assistant.”

* Please note: Grading status of the hotel was not verified by the TGCSA at time of publishing.


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Mon, 13 May 2019
Global power management firm charts a path towards sustainable power for Af...

CAPE TOWN – Microgrid energy systems that incorporate energy storage and renewable energy can be effectively used to address Africa’s challenges of energy access, resiliency, and cost, global power management company Eaton Africa said on Friday.

Eaton Africa said it would be highlighting its drive to provide reliable and sustainable electricity access for all during the upcoming African Utility Week conference, taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from May 14 -16.

“Our key objective is to enable broad access to energy-efficient solutions to Africa that help consumers manage power in a safe, cost-efficient and sustainable manner,” said Seydou Kane, Eaton South Africa’s managing director.

Kane will join other executives within the power and energy sector for the Utility CEO Forum, in which they will discuss utilities’ operational challenges, particularly in a fast-developing market.

The nineteenth edition of African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa is the continent’s leading conference and exhibition in the sector. It is expected to attract more than 10,000 senior level executives, 300 renowned speakers, 350 exhibitors, and 77 utilities and municipalities. South Africa’s Energy Minister Jeff Radebe is due to deliver the opening keynote address at the conference.

Eaton’s senior application leader in microgrid energy systems, Bunty Kiremire said: “Innovations in energy storage and microgrid technology that incorporate renewables are especially important to Africa, where energy access levels average 42 percent, with some countries having access rates as low as 15 percent of the overall population.”

Most commercial, industrial and residential customers who do have access to energy still face issues with respect to the availability and resilience of power, he added.


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Fri, 10 May 2019
Hefty rise in petrol price for May

Diesel 0.05 percent sulphur will increase by 1c/l, while the price of diesel 0.005 percent sulphur would remain unchanged, the department said in a statement on Sunday.

The wholesale price of illuminating paraffin would increase by 3c/l and the single maximum national retail price (SMNRP) of illuminating paraffin would increase by 4c/l. The maximum retail price for LPGas would increase by 84c/kg.

In a later statement on Sunday, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said the main reasons for the increased fuel prices were that the rand on average had strengthened slightly against the US dollar from 14.3871 to 14.1401 rand per dollar. The settling of contagion risks from emerging markets provided a foundation for the rand’s strengthening trend. This decreased the contribution on the basic fuel price of petrol, diesel, and illuminating paraffin by about 13.00c/l.

The average Brent Crude oil price increased from $66.03 per barrel to $70.82 per barrel during the period under review. The oil prices rose to the highest level in almost six months as the US government decided to eliminate sanction waivers that allowed buyers to import Iranian crude oil.

Geopolitical issues in the Middle East and Venezuela had provided added upward impetus to oil as output curbs by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) and its allies to keep supplies in check. This led to adjustments the contribution on the basic fuel price of petrol, diesel, and illuminating paraffin by about 53c/l, 1.c/l, and 2.c/l respectively, he said


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