Monthly Archives: February 2016

Risen Energy Announces Full Year 2015 Results

NINGBO, China, Feb. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Risen Energy Co., Ltd, a public limited company organised under the laws of the People’s Republic of China, listed on the Shenzhen stock market, and a tier 1, “AAA” credit rated integrated manufacturer of high-performance solar photovoltaic products and provider of total business solutions, today announced its annual report for the year ending December 31, 2015.

Full Year 2015 Financial and Operation Headlines

  • Sales revenue of 5.26 billion RMB, an increase of 78% from 2014
  • Net Income of 320 million RMB, an increase of 382% from 2014
  • Shipments grow to 1246 MWp of solar PV modules and 547 MWp of EPC, BOT and BT solar project installations

The Company continues to demonstrate that their historic prudent financial management is now delivering unequivocal financial benefit to strategic partners, EPC project owners, the Company’s own projects and a minimal spot market on an international basis. With regionalised sales and service support structure, in place and expanding, end users are assured of detailed provision of techno-commercial solutions.

Ultramodern highly automated manufacturing infrastructure for cell and module production of 2600 MWp capacity at the end of 2015 which will be increased to 3100 MWp during 2016.

Investment in R&D delivers solar PV cells with efficiencies of 19%+ for polycrystalline and 20%+ for monocrystalline, as well as solar PV modules with the lowest temperature coefficient of power within the industry.

Risen’s Group diverse and supporting portfolio of products and services encompasses further segments and industries, covering the 2nd largest producer of Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) under the brand of Sveck, LED lighting solutions under the brand of Twinsell, financial services under the brand of Sunallies, an International Real Estate business, and an EPC services organisation, ensure that Risen’s financial sensitivity is diluted and not subject to an individual markets whims, with a net effect of long term viability being a pronounced asset for customers and their long term servicing needs.

Clearly the year ahead will prove remarkable as the Company continues to expand from its own cash generation. The guidance for Q1 2016 with a net income prediction of between 160 and 170 million RMB epitomises and re-iterates the growth is managed with long term sustainability as its core objective.

About Risen Energy Co., Ltd

Risen Energy Co., Ltd is a leading, global, tier 1, “AAA” credit rated manufacturer of high-performance solar photovoltaic products and provider of total business solutions for residential, commercial and utility-scale power generation. The Company, founded in 2002 and publicly listed in 2010, compels value generation for its chosen global customers. Techno-commercial innovation, underpinned by consummate quality and support, encircle Risen Energy’s total Solar PV business solutions which are among the most powerful and cost effective in the industry. With local market presence, and strong financial bankability status, we are committed, and able, to building strategic, mutually beneficial collaborations with our partners, as together we capitalise on the rising value of green energy.


By Thabile Mbhele

PRETORIA, South African Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has called for the re-opening of the University of Pretoria following violent demonstrations at the institution in recent weeks.

Nzimande met with university management and students here Sunday to plead with them to resume with their academic programme while they continue to engage on thorny issues troubling the university, including the issue of using Afrikaans as a medium of instruction.

Nzimande said if the issue of language was not addressed immediately, it could lead to a racial confrontation at the university.

“In some of these institutions you could easily have racial confrontation. We must be careful that in the manner in which we treat the problems that are facing us, we don’t allow deterioration where we see expressions of racism as well as white anti-chauvinism. We must condemn both those things,” said Nzimande.

Stressing that he does not run the 26 public universities in the country on a daily basis, he added that they must each deal with their own challenges. Nzimande said students should express their frustrations through dialogue with the management and not through violence.

“If we are not careful, we can collapse our education system. I don’t like to see the police or security on campus but also we must not have criminality,” he said.

Nzimande called on students to go back to class and accept that the changes they are calling for will not happen overnight. Transformation is not going to be an overnight thing, no matter how much they wish for it, he added.

“We want curriculum transformation; it’s not going be an overnight thing. Do we have enough lecturers to understand what we need. Isn’t part of curriculum transformation also the production of a more diverse professorate in this country in terms of race and gender?”

The opposition political party, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), wing, the Student Command, stormed out of the meeting with Nzimande and university management. They vowed that the University of Pretoria will not re-open.

Nzimande says the EFF came into the meeting with a different a political agenda anyway. “I am not surprised because for them it’s more of a different political agenda. I will be honest with that and they need not do that because they must not gamble with the future of our young people,” he added.

“This is the future of our youth and the future of our economy and the future of our country in terms of providing skills and changing lives. So it’s unfortunate, I hope at some stage they will see the light.” –


Young researchers impacting the science environment

Diabetes, genetics and micro-vinification were a few of the research topics covered by participants in the Department of Science and Technology (DST)-National Research Foundation (NRF) internship programme.

Over 700 interns countrywide recently completed this dynamic programme, which allowed them to conduct research in their fields at such leading institutions as the Medical Research Council, the University of Fort Hare and the Agricultural Research Council.

The DST-NRF internship programme is aimed at building research capacity and improving development and innovation skills for the country.

The internship programme offers young graduates exposure to research projects a critical part of developing the science, technology and innovation expertise needed to grow South Africa’s economy.

Since 2005/06, the DST-NRF programme has supported a total of 2 821 interns. Of these, 1 210 (42%) secured employment during or immediately after the internship year. A further 753 (26% of the 2 821 interns) have gone on to study further with bursary support from the NRF.

A ceremony for interns completing the programme took place in Gauteng last week. At a second ceremony, held in Cape Town today, Deputy Director-General: Research Development and Support, Thomas Auf der Heyde, said that the number of published research papers produced by South Africans had increased dramatically since 2003.

Dr Auf der Heyde said the impact of these papers was significant, with citations higher than the global average. South African publications in environmental science and ecology, astronomy and astrophysics, and social sciences were much cited.

Dr Auf der Heyde urged the interns, who are at various postgraduate levels, to make use of the many exciting research opportunities South Africa offered in fields such as astronomy, marine and Antarctic sciences, palaeosciences, climate change, titanium beneficiation and Earth observation, to mention but a few.

He said that government continued to invest heavily in education and training to ensure that the country produced the knowledge workers it needed.

Interns presented their research on topics ranging from Parkinson’s disease and high blood pressure to information and communication technologies.

Kgothatso Letswaki, who spent her internship at the Medical Research Council, conducted research into how plants such as Honeybush and Rooibos could be used to protect pancreatic B-cells against diabetic stressors. In her presentation she said that the global prevalence of type 2 diabetes was increasing at an alarming rate, with the figures in Africa showing the most rapid increase. She said that the figures for 2015 showed that 415 million were reported to have diabetes globally and projections showed that by 2040 that figure would jump to more than 640 million people.

Siliziwe Matolengwe focused on using ICTs for marketing agricultural products, specifically in the case of Qamata irrigation scheme farmers in the Eastern Cape. She said her research found that farmers in the region were over 40 and had not been exposed to new ICT technology, or were not ready to use it. Ms Matolengwe said that this meant that their farming methods were not being modernised.

The NRF believes that these young researchers display what is needed to develop the high-level research and innovation capacity that will make South Africa internationally competitive. The NRF’s CEO, Dr Molapo Qhobela, said that young people with enquiring minds were needed to push boundaries, question the status quo and unlock dormant solutions.

The DST-NRF Internship Programme is intended to nurture and to guide such minds by giving recently qualified graduates and postgraduates work experience to increase their chances of employment in South Africa’s vibrant research and development environment.

The DST-NRF interns will help us achieve the national goal of an equitable growth path that includes sustainable livelihoods, the provision of education and health care, and safe and secure communities.

SOURCE: Department of Science and Technology Republic Of South Africa

Making a difference in learners’ lives

Ntombozuko Mkizwana’s desire to inspire and teach learners, who come from disadvantaged communities, to be fluent in English has kept her motivated for the past 18 years.

On Saturday, the Department of Basic Education recognised the Eastern Cape teacher for her commitment to the profession as she received an Excellence in Secondary School Teaching Award.

Mkizwana couldn’t contain her excitement. She was close to tears when she reflected how far she had come in life.

“When you are poor, you never know that you will make it in life. When you are the product of a widow, you never think that you will get educated,” she said.

Mkizwana chose to be a teacher because she saw that many learners who were gifted in her community struggled to find jobs.

“They would pass Grade12 but find that they could not make it in the world because they could not market themselves. English was that barrier,” she said.

The Mandela School of Science and Technology Secondary teacher uses drama, dance, debate and public speaking when she teaches her learners.

Under her leadership, the schools she has taught in have won many competitions for the activities that she uses to keep learners engaged.

She has vast experience as she has taught all phases of basic education.

“I have been exposed to different cognitive levels of children and I learnt that it’s easier to teach children at intermediate phase than learners in the senior phase,” Mkizwana said.

The 16th National Teaching Awards were held at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand.

Through the National Teaching Awards, the Department of Basic Education acknowledges the extraordinary efforts of teachers, often achieved under very difficult conditions, in service to children from underprivileged families and economically depressed communities.

Sphiwe Sibanyoni of Iketsetseng Comprehensive Secondary School in the Free State was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Natural Sciences Award.

The 27-year-old man has been teaching for four years. He holds a BSc in Microbiology from the University of Pretoria and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education specialising in FET Phase Science.

The young man, who previously worked as a microbiologist, said he was bitten by the teaching bug when he was teaching Saturday classes at school.

“I love this more than anything. I love learners. I love teaching science. This is going to be very important as we need highly skilled science teachers in the country,” Sibanyoni said.

He said before he starts his lessons, he motivates his learners and encourages them to work hard in school.

Sibanyoni participates in an internet broadcast project that allows him to make use of videos and to stream live science demonstrations directly to his classroom.


APR Energy livre une centrale électrique à turbine à gaz à un ...

JACKSONVILLE, Floride, 26 février 2016 /PRNewswire — APR Energy, un leader mondial pour les solutions d’électricité rapide, annonce aujourd’hui la livraison d’une nouvelle centrale en Égypte. La centrale contribuera au développement d’un complexe industriel à grande échelle en cours de construction pour le compte de l’Egyptian Ethylene and Derivatives Company (ETHYDCO), un fabricant et fournisseur majeur de produits en caoutchouc et de plastiques à valeur ajoutée.

APR Energy.

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La solution clé en main d’APR Energy est équipée de trois turbines à gaz mobiles dérivées de réacteurs GE et alimentées en gaz naturel non polluant qui s’ajoutent à la partie classique de la centrale. Dans le cadre de son offre de service complète, APR Energy s’est chargé de l’ensemble de la conception, de l’installation et de la mise en service de la centrale, et continuera de gérer la totalité des opérations et de la maintenance. La centrale fonctionnera durant une période de 12 mois minimum.

« Il s’agit d’un projet majeur dans un secteur industriel égyptien en pleine croissance, et nous sommes heureux d’avoir APR Energy comme partenaire pour la production d’électricité », a déclaré Abd-el Rahman Zeid, le président d’ETHYDCO. « Nous étions à la recherche d’une solution au gaz naturel fiable et rentable et il s’est avéré que ses turbines à gaz mobiles étaient la meilleure solution pour répondre à nos besoins critiques en électricité. Nous avons été impressionnés par la rapidité et la flexibilité dont APR Energy a fait preuve pour répondre en temps opportun à nos exigences uniques pour ce projet et sommes reconnaissants de la réactivité de son personnel à chaque étape du processus. »

John Campion, le président d’APR Energy, a déclaré : « Je tiens à féliciter notre équipe chargée de l’installation et de la mise en service pour la livraison de notre nouvelle centrale électrique, en toute sécurité, de manière efficace et dans les temps, conformément aux exigences de notre client. Le projet est important en ce qu’il nous permet de pénétrer l’un des plus gros marchés de la région et soutient l’un des investissements industriels les plus stratégiques d’Égypte. Il met à profit notre expérience dans l’espace industriel, diversifie notre clientèle, et vient s’ajouter au solide succès que nous avons remporté dans le segment des services publics. »

  1. Campion a ajouté : « La centrale égyptienne d’APR Energy présente l’utilisation de turbines à gaz mobiles comme une solution d’auto-alimentation abordable pour les clients d’industries énergivores telles que la pétrochimie, l’exploitation minière, la production d’électricité, les secteurs pétrolier et gazier. Nos solutions clés en main constituent non seulement une source fiable d’énergie permettant le maintien des opérations essentielles en cours, mais permettent également aux clients de se concentrer sur leur cœur de métier plutôt que de se soucier de la production d’énergie. »

Cliquez ici pour voir une courte vidéo en time-lapse de la construction de la centrale.

À propos d’APR Energy

APR Energy est le premier fournisseur mondial d’électricité rapide par turbines mobiles. Nous fournissons de l’électricité rapide à grande échelle, offrant à nos clients un accès rapide à une source d’électricité fiable quand et où ils en ont besoin, et pour aussi longtemps qu’ils en ont besoin. Combinant une technologie de pointe, économe en carburant, à une expertise sans égal, nous fournissons des usines électriques clés en main au service des villes, des pays et des industries à travers le monde, tant sur les marchés développés que sur les marchés en voie de développement. Pour de plus amples informations, consultez le site internet de la société :

APR Energy Commissions Gas Turbine Plant for Industrial Customer in ...

JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Feb. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — APR Energy, a global leader in fast-track power solutions, announces today that it has commissioned its new power plant in Egypt. The plant will support development of a large-scale industrial complex being built for the Egyptian Ethylene and Derivatives Company (ETHYDCO), a manufacturer and leading provider of value-creating plastics and rubber products.

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APR Energy’s turnkey solution features three GE aeroderivative mobile gas turbines running on clean-burning natural gas, together with the associated balance of plant. As standard with its full-service package, APR Energy handled all design, installation and commissioning work for the plant, and will continue to manage all ongoing operation and maintenance. The plant will run for a minimum of 12 months.

“This is a major project for Egypt’s growing industrial sector, and we are pleased to have APR Energy as our power generation partner,” said ETHYDCO Chairman Abd-el Rahman Zeid. “Due to our need for a reliable and cost-efficient natural gas solution, their mobile gas turbines were the best fit to meet our critical electricity needs. We have been impressed with the speed and flexibility APR Energy has demonstrated in delivering our unique project requirements on time, and appreciate the responsiveness its people have shown during every stage of the process.”

John Campion, APR Energy Chairman, said, “I want to congratulate our installation and commissioning team for safely and efficiently delivering our newest power plant on-time, per customer requirements. The project is significant in that it gives us a foothold in one of the largest markets in the region and supports one of Egypt’s most strategic industrial investments. It also builds upon our experience in the industrial space, further diversifying our customer base and complementing the strong success that we have had in the utility segment.”

Campion added, “APR Energy’s Egyptian power plant exemplifies the use of mobile gas turbines as an affordable self-power solution for customers in energy-intensive industries such as petrochemicals, mining, EPC and oil and gas. Our turnkey solutions not only provide a highly-reliable source of power to keep critical operations running, but also enable customers to focus on their core business rather than worrying about power generation.”

Click here to view a brief time-lapse video of the plant from ground breaking to commissioning.

About APR Energy

APR Energy is the world’s leading provider of fast-track mobile turbine power. Our fast, flexible and full-service power solutions provide customers with rapid access to reliable electricity when and where they need it, for as long as they need it. Combining state-of-the-art, fuel-efficient technology with industry-leading expertise, our scalable turnkey plants help run cities, countries and industries around the world, in both developed and developing markets. For more information, visit the Company’s website at

Community Care Centres to bring much needed services in rural ...

The handover of the first of 18 Community Care Centres by the German Development Bank to the Department of Social Development on February 22, 2016 marked the start of a new phase of service delivery and development of rural communities.

For residents of Charlestown in KwaZulu-Natal, the centre symbolises progress because community members will now be able to easily access services closer to their homes and allowing for improved quality of life and the growth of the community.

A German Delegation, led by Mr Matthias Seiche, Deputy Head of Division Southern Africa for the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany, were visibly excited during a tour of the centre. Mr Seiche, in his address, stated: “It is hoped that this centre will bring a new world perspective to the children of Charlestown.”

The centre was received by MEC for Social Development in KwaZulu-Natal, Ms, Weziwe Thusi who expressed her gratitude to the German Delegation for their investment in South Africa and for recognizing the need for Community Care Centres in rural communities. “This centre is going to assist us greatly in taking care of vulnerable and orphaned children. It will also assist us in running programmes to reduce the rate of new infections of HIV/AIDS in the province,” said MEC Thusi.

The R63 million per centre partnership between the Department of Social Development and the German Development Bank will see the building of 18 Community Care Centres in rural areas that will offer much needed relief to communities in distress, similar to those in Charlestown.

Three provinces were identified and 18 centres (six in each province) will be built in KwaZulu-Natal; Limpopo and North West Province. These provinces have the highest number of children at risk.

The new centre will consist of different buildings with rooms set up for Early Childhood Development services; youth and skills development programmes; clinic facilities; a library; a computer lab; private rooms for counseling and support; activity rooms for youth clubs and pensioner clubs; a food garden; a playground, and an amphitheatre to allow for demonstrations; educational talks and even serve as a stage for artists to perform for the community.

Mr Gilbert Ndlozi (68) a community member was amongst the people who attended the handover ceremony.

Mr Ndlozi has for a long time being worried about the struggles his community had to go through especially young children who did not have access to Early Childhood Development Centre. However, with the handover of the multi-million centre, his grandchildren will now be able to access early childhood development and all his services can be received in one place.

The new centre is a new model that is a one-stop for a range of social services in communities with nurses, doctors, SASSA officials who can come to the centre and assist community members.

Source: Social Department Republic Of South Africa

Remarks by Minister Nkoana-Mashabane on the occasion of the Joint ...

Ladies and gentlemen of the media,

Today I had the pleasure of hosting my colleague the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini for the 13th Ministerial Political Dialogue.

This Dialogue took place within the context of the SA-EU Strategic Partnership which represents the close collaboration which South Africa has with the European Union. The Partnership is broad-based and committed to supporting the National Development Plan 2030.

The Strategic Partnership covers over twenty sectoral policy dialogues, covering diverse issues including development cooperation, science and technology, space, communications, migration, health, trade, education and skills development, peace and security and human rights.

We have assessed the state of our cooperation, and have reaffirmed that the Strategic Partnership which is extensive, and covers many areas is working well in pursuit of our mutually beneficial interests.

The European Union as a bloc (28 members) is South Africa’s largest trading partner and largest foreign investor. Over 2000 EU companies operate within South Africa creating over 350 000 jobs, and producing value added goods which are exported and which contribute substantially to skills development and job creation.

The EU extensively supports our National Development priorities through the Development Assistance, Multi Indicative Programme, which has allocated an amount of Euros 241 million for the cycle 2014-2020.

The Multi Indicative Programme (MIP) outlines three priority areas aligned with objectives of the National Development Plan, namely, employment creation; education, training and innovation; and building a capable and developmental state.

The EU also contributes 100 million Euros (R1.5 billion rand) to infrastructure development for domestic as well as regional programmes.

This morning, we had extensive discussions on the Strategic Partnership, internal developments in the EU and in South Africa, peace and security on the continent, developments in Burundi, South Sudan and in Libya, amongst others as well as terrorism, migration and multilateral issues.

In addition, we have reviewed developments regarding the Middle-East Peace Process, and also expressed great concern at the deteriorating humanitarian situation and civilian casualties in Syria.

May I take this opportunity to invite my colleague, High Representative Mogherini to address you.