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Hillcrest Private & Gateway Private Hospital

A Gateway to Enhanced Healthcare Ross Healthcare has added Gateway Private Hospital to its existing Hillcrest Private Hospital facility to provide much needed surgical support to the KwaZulu-Natal region Writer: Matthew Staff  Project Manager: Eddie Clinton The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) region of South Africa has been graced by the comforting presence of Hillcrest Private Hospital for nearly four years and is now being complimented by the first tailored, purpose-built surgical hospital in the area; Gateway Private Hospital.The two healthcare facilities are now working in tandem to produce a turnkey offering for patients within the region, improving not only the scope and capacity emanating from the parent Ross Healthcare Group, but also the quality and standards of healthcare being offered across both.As a division of J.T. Ross, Ross Healthcare specialises in facilitating the development and management of private healthcare facilities, leveraging the history and reputation of the wider organisation to incorporate its own business philosophies.This was first brought to the fore in 2011 through the inception of Hillcrest Private Hospital, overcoming skills shortages to establish a core medical facility within the area for as many as 200 patients at a time. Priding itself on the speed of admission as well as the management and investments being made to the hospital, the Group has now replicated the initial successes of Hillcrest to unveil Gateway Private Hospital; a facility which is sure to adhere to Ross Healthcare’s ethos of quality workmanship, integrity and reliability. Gateway Private HospitalHousing 160 beds and consisting of two ICU units, six state-of-the-art operating theatres and a cardiac catheterization lab, Gateway

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Edendale Hospital

South African Hospital Celebrates 60 years in Healthcare Edendale has made a name for itself as a regionally significant hospital through its efforts in treating some of the country’s most serious diseases Writer: Matthew StaffProject Manager: Eddie Clinton  After turning 60 last year, Edendale Hospital is entering the next significant stage of its evolution as it looks to improve its already comprehensive level of healthcare in South Africa.Established today as a leading regional hospital in the country it has not always been a smooth progression, but thanks to a dedicated workforce and a long-standing commitment to helping the nation’s level of wellbeing, Edendale has grown to now reduce some of the country’s most significant health issues.“When we opened, Edendale only contained a few hospital beds, which was built up to 600 beds until around 30 years ago,” explains the hospital’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Zanele Ndwandwe. “Since then, it has gone through a lot of phases to be better aligned to the political landscape of the country, as well as in line with the growing population.”This demand for capacity growth has led to the hospital now comprising more than 900 beds to cater for the widened population that Edendale looks after.While this is a significant regional achievement though, Ndwandwe pinpoints a much more widespread trend, or reversal of it, as Edendale’s main success story in recent years.“Our key achievement has been to successfully reverse the trend of high mother-to-child aids transmission, and our general contribution to making South Africa a much healthier, aids free nation,” she emphasises. “We have

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DCG (DSM Corridor Group)

Committed to Efficiency in Cargo Handling As a favourable name in Tanzania known for reliability and quality, DCG has extensive experience to streamline the movement of bulk and break-bulk cargo with efficiency in mind Writer: Emily JarvisProject Manager: Tom Cullum  In 2004, DCG (DSM Corridor Group) discharged its first vessel from the port of Dar es Salaam, a port known as the most economical corridor for Zambia, Northern Malawi and DRC. More than ten years later the company stands strong, continuing its journey as an unrivalled cargo handler; specialising in non-liquid dry bulk goods including the handling of fertiliser, cereals, bulk sulphur, sugar, coal, clinker and various mined minerals.After a decade of building the capital needed, DCG has invested in its own new port handling equipment supplied by Verstegen Grabs, bulk terminals, clearing department and warehousing. “Our view was that Africa had enough second hand equipment and as a result, we wanted to stand out from any competition by offering the highest quality tech with zero downtime,” says Erik Kok, CEO of DCG.Backed by this belief, DCG introduced Tanzania to the use of small skid steers to significantly minimise trimming and therefore reduce the discharge time. “More than anything, we wanted reliability for efficient vessel discharges – this is the core of our existence,” highlights the CEO. Typically, cargo holds can be as large as a football field, and removing the last 1,000 metric tonne proved time consuming prior to the introduction of the skid steers, taking up to two days of extra time to remove that last cargo.

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WP Transport

Freight Transporting on the Double WP Transport has almost doubled in size as a consequence of the recent acquisition by Imperial Logistics, putting it in a prime position for further regional expansion Writer: Matthew StaffProject Manager: Tom Cullum Despite already being a reputable, well-established and successful market player since the turn of the century, WP Transport is enjoying an even more exciting transition stage at present as it expands both its internal infrastructure and its footprint across Sub-Saharan Africa.The Namibian freight transporting company has grown exponentially over the past 14 years from a small fleet of just 10 trucks in 2000, to its current state which comprises a fleet of more than 100. This is a figure that has doubled as recently as September 2014, however, thanks to an acquisition which promises to take WP Transport to the next frontier of success in the region.“In 2006, Imperial Logistics’ Africa division acquired 60 percent of the business and the company grew steadily up to last year when the Group also acquired the remaining 40 percent,” explains the company’s Managing Director, Markus van der Merwe, who also joined WP Transport in September last year.“As it stands now, WP Transport is wholly owned by Imperial Logistics’ Africa division, but while our operations have remained a continuation of what we were achieving prior to last year, a significant change has come about in that we have acquired 50 more trucks from a sister company under the Imperial Logistics brand, doubling our fleet size as a consequence.”This has laid the groundwork for extensive growth within

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Ethiopian Airlines

Rapid Expansion of Africa’s Largest Airline With further fleet and network expansion plans in 2015, Ethiopian Airlines has been able to jet ahead of the competition Writer: Emily JarvisProject Manager: Tom Cullum Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) has already become the largest airline in Africa based on fleet size and could overtake South African Airlines (SAA) this year as the largest in terms of passengers carried. With plans to further expand both its fleet and network, the flag carrier hopes to widen the gap between itself and the other leading African carriers.Fuelled by 15 percent year on year growth, in 2014 Ethiopian carried six million passengers and is one of only four airlines in Africa with more than five million annual passengers, and one of only four airline groups with a fleet of more than 50 aircraft.Having doubled in size since the beginning of the decade, Ethiopian has aggressive plans to tap the booming Asia-Africa market moving forward, with plans to launch services to Tokyo in April this year, which will become its 11th destination in Asia. The carrier will also add its second US destination in June as a service to Los Angeles is launched.Booming Asia-Africa marketCEO Tewolde Gebremariam told CAPA TV in November 2014 that the airline believes most of its future growth opportunities are in Asia, Africa and Latin America. He pointed out that while “Europe is a strong market for us”, most of the growth over the past decade has been to Asia and China is now Ethiopian’s single largest market.Ethiopian currently serves Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai,

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