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Aveng Strabag Joint Venture to appeal ruling on calling of Mtentu bridge bonds 

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 2 hours 20 minutes ago The Aveng Strabag Joint Venture (ASJV) reported on Friday that it would appeal the dismissal of an urgent application, lodged by the ASJV in February, seeking to prevent the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) from making a call on the bonds relating to the Mtentu bridge... 

Aveng Strabag Joint Venture to appeal ruling on calling of Mtentu bridge bonds

Intervention needed to protect South Africa’s infrastructure projects 

By: Nadine James     Updated 6 hours ago Urgent intervention is needed to protect infrastructure projects, investor confidence and the safety of professionals in the built environment, Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) member Yunus Bayat said on Friday, in response to reports of widespread “construction mafia” and... 

Intervention needed to protect South Africa’s infrastructure projects

Intellidex cuts South African growth forecast as load-shedding woes continue  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 3 hours ago Capital markets research firm Intellidex has cut its growth forecast for South Africa’s economy for this year further to 1%, from the previous estimate of 1.2%. In a statement on Friday, it highlighted a strong risk scenario of negative full-year growth, as a result of load-shedding. 

Imminent global water shortfall can be managed through partnerships

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 2 hours 10 minutes ago The world has just over one decade to resolve the ever-diminishing supply of water or face a 40% shortfall and demand management is the fastest, cheapest strategy to get started on resolving the challenge. One year after the release of a World Bank study that showed that maintaining a... 

Revitalised Bloodhound project gets new livery and headquarters

By: Irma Venter     22nd March 2019 The Bloodhound is back and on the hunt to set a new world land speed record (LSR). Under the new ownership of Ian Warhurst, CEO of Grafton LSR, the freshly assembled Bloodhound LSR team will focus on completing development of the jet- and rocket-powered car and moving to the next phase of the... 

Revitalised Bloodhound project gets new livery and headquarters
The Bloodhound has shed its blue and orange colours for white and red

Localisation seen as key to stimulating struggling capital equipment sector

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd March 2019 The growth of the capital equipment sector, and the manufacturing sector in general, is being stifled by South Africa’s heavy reliance on imports, and its inability to deliver on its localisation promises. The manufacturing sector has the potential to significantly accelerate South Africa’s... 

Localisation seen as key to stimulating struggling capital equipment sector

Exxaro terminates Group 5 contracts

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 7 hours ago Exxaro has decided to terminate its agreement with Group Five Construction subsidiary, Group 5 Projects, with effect from March 21, following Group Five’s announcement that it has embarked on business rescue proceedings. Exxaro in April 2017 appointed Group 5 Projects to build a new small coal... 

Black Management Forum questions 'lack of transparency' in appointing new Sars commissioner

By: News24Wire      Updated 6 hours ago The Black Management Forum (BMF) has said that it is concerned with what it deems to be a 'rushed and guarded' recruitment process in appointing a new commissioner for the South African Revenue Service (Sars). Last week Finance Minister Tito Mboweni reappointed Mark Kingon as the acting head of... 

 Black Management Forum questions 'lack of transparency' in appointing new Sars commissioner
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Acting Sars Commissioner Mark Kingon

Zuma says nuclear could've solved load-shedding

By: News24Wire      Updated 3 hours ago Former president Jacob Zuma, whose administration has been blamed for the current power outages, has said the power crisis could have been averted if the country had built nuclear reactors.  In an interview with Business Day on Friday, Zuma said the costly nuclear build programme he supported... 

Zuma says nuclear could've solved load-shedding

Dube TradePort set for R18bn expansion

By: Nadine James     Updated 5 hours ago The R18-billion expansion of one of two of KwaZulu-Natal’s special economic zones (SEZs), the Dube TradePort, is set to create hundreds of jobs as the province gears for yet another round of development for its Durban Aerotropolis precinct, KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and... 

Sasol donates $250 000 to those hit by tropical cyclone Idai

By: African News Agency      Updated 7 hours ago Sasol on Thrsday committed to donate $250 000, or about R3.56-million, for the relief and support of communities that have been severely affected by the tropical cyclone Idai in Beira and Dondo in Sofala province of Mozambique. This will also be provided to other impacted areas in Inhambane... 

South32’s Mozal pledges $250 000 to aid Cyclone Idai recovery efforts

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 5 hours ago South32’s Mozal Aluminium smelter, which is located in the Mozambique capital Maputo, has pledged a $250 000 donation to support recovery efforts following the devastating impact of Cyclone Idai in the country. Commenting in a statement on Friday, Mozal VP Samuel Samo Gudo said the company had... 

SAB to expand water-saving collaborations to more municipalities

By: Nadine James     Updated 3 hours ago South African Breweries (SAB) hopes to expand its water-saving collaboration efforts with municipalities to more water-stressed communities across South Africa, after achieving significant successes in Cape Town and Tshwane. Working with local municipalities in Cape Town and Tshwane, SAB has... 

Kibo progresses Benga power plant development

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 5 hours ago Kibo Energy has noted progress with the development of its Benga power plant project, in Mozambique. A definitive feasibility study (DFS) has been completed ahead of schedule and the final review is in progress. 

Tanzania to start talks for $30bn LNG project in April

By: Bloomberg     22nd March 2019 Tanzania plans to negotiate terms for developing a $30 billion liquefied natural gas project with companies between April and September, the Energy Ministry said. The talks are aimed at reaching a so-called Host Government Agreement, the pact that governs the rights and obligations of parties... 

Boeing makes safety change, Indonesian airline cancels order

By: Reuters     Updated 7 hours ago Indonesian airline Garuda said on Friday it would cancel a $6-billion order for Boeing 737 MAX jets, citing concerns over passenger confidence, as Boeing tried to quell safety worries by making a previously optional cockpit warning light compulsory. National carrier Garuda is the first airline to... 

Guinea risks 'conflict and confusion' with mining eviction policy

By: Reuters     Updated 7 hours ago Civil society groups rejected Guinea's first policy seeking to protect people displaced by mines and dams on Thursday, saying it would worsen poverty and conflict in the mineral-rich nation. Seven human rights and development organisations asked the government not to adopt the proposed national... 

Engineering News iPhone and Android Apps available for free download

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd March 2019 Creamer Media’s readers continue to be part of the mobile revolution.  Over 20% of Creamer Media’s online readers view the websites on their mobile devices. To cater for this growing mobile readership Creamer Media offers an Engineering News Online app for iPhone and Android users.  These apps... 

Engineering News iPhone and Android Apps available for free download

'Signs are encouraging' load-shedding will be reduced – Eskom

By: News24Wire      22nd March 2019 Eskom will implement Stage 2 load-shedding on Friday, as strain on the national grid improves and “signs are encouraging” that there will be reduced rotational power cuts as available generating capacity improves, according to Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger. Stage 2 will be implemented... 

 'Signs are encouraging' load-shedding will be reduced – Eskom
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Eskom Spokesperson Andrew Etzinger

African Energy Chamber calls for oil and gas industry collaboration

By: African News Agency      21st March 2019 The chief executive and chairman of the African Energy Chamber (, NJ Ayuk, has called for more industry collaboration on key issues pertaining to Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. Ayuk made the call for strengthened cooperation as he led an industry delegation to Nigeria this... 

Ramaphosa demands action on Prasa turnaround

By: African News Agency      21st March 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa has ordered Transport Minister Blade Nzimande to urgently resolve the problems facing South Africa's rail commuter transport system, a statement from the presidency on Thursday said. Ramaphosa met with Nzimande on Tuesday following the president's train ride on Monday... 

Port of Durban records higher 2018 cargo volumes

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th March 2019 The Port of Durban has recorded volume growth in the container, liquid bulk and dry bulk sectors in 2018, the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) reported on Wednesday. Container volumes increased by 9.5% year-on-year to 2.96-million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). Of this, container... 

AMSA disputes Numsa’s claims

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2019 ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) expressed its disappointment on Wednesday, following the publication of a statement by National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Tuesday, that claimed that some AMSA employees are forced to work even if conditions are dangerous. Numsa, which has... 

Omnia expects positive full-year revenue growth but lower earnings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th March 2019 In line with its stated strategy to become a more diversified and balanced business with exposure to global markets, Omnia Holdings has realised positive revenue growth in the 2019 financial year, to date. This included revenue growth in new markets owing to a focus on global expansion based on... 

Gauteng launches 2019 travel survey to assist with transport planning 

By: Irma Venter     20th March 2019 The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport (DoRT) has launched a general household travel survey (GHTS) to assist it in determining travel needs and patterns within the province. The last survey was conducted in 2014. 

Gauteng launches 2019 travel survey to assist with transport planning
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Dr Ismail Vadi

Mercedes-Benz South Africa produces 500 000th W205 C-Class

By: Irma Venter     20th March 2019 The 500 000th W205 C-Class – the current model – rolled off the line at the Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) assembly plant in East London, in the Eastern Cape, on March 16. MBSA also this year celebrates 25 years of manufacturing the C-Class sedan and 25 years of women on the production line. 

Mercedes-Benz South Africa produces 500 000th W205 C-Class

Aveng appoints M&R veteran Jerome Govender MD for mining division

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2019 Construction major Aveng has appointed Jerome Govender MD for Moolmans – Aveng’s mining arm and one of the company’s two core businesses – effective April 1. Aveng executive chairperson Eric Diack says Govender has the necessary skills and 25 years of construction industry experience to lead... 

Ceta to present five-year SMME strategy at summit

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2019 The Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) will present its five-year strategy for progressing small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the built environment sector at the Ceta SMME Summit later this month. The summit will highlight the current SMME landscape in the... 

Rovuma could propel Mozambique to top LNG producer globally – Standard Bank

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2019 An independent macroeconomic study undertaken by Standard Bank has found that the first phase of Area 4 concession’s Rovuma liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, in Mozambique, has the potential to deliver 15.2-million tonnes of LNG a year. The project is expected to attract between $27-billion... 

Rovuma could propel Mozambique to top LNG producer globally – Standard Bank
Standard Bank Southern Africa oil and gas head Paul Eardley-Taylor

ACSA reports successful CBMT training for Cape Town communities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th March 2019 Forty-five community members from the informal settlements of Freedom Farm and Malawi Camp this week graduated in Competency Based Modular Training (CBMT) in House Building. The training, which started in September 2018 at a cost of R1.3-million, marks the second such initiative for Airports... 

Brics Bank to lend Eskom up to $780m 

By: Bloomberg     20th March 2019 The New Development Bank (NDB) plans to lend as much as $780-million to Eskom for infrastructure projects this year as the ailing power utility battles to keep power supply steady. Eskom, which on Wednesday entered a seventh day of controlled power cuts, is contending with operational and... 

Mogadishu jittery about withdrawal of AU troops

By: African News Agency      20th March 2019 Mogadishu is growing jittery about the planned withdrawal of African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops from Somalia, according to a report on Wednesday. On February 16, AMISOM commanders met in the Somali capital to agree on a plan to execute the mission’s new Concept of Operations (Conops), a... 

Rising energy costs, rates and taxes worry property owners

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th March 2019 South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) members have expressed concern about matters that may affect the sustainability of their assets in South Africa and the association is taking every effort to help its members tackle the various challenges they face, Sapoa president Ipeleng Mkhari... 

Novo Energy launches R130m gas compression facility 

20th March 2019 Energy solutions company Novo Energy earlier this month launched a R130-million large-scale natural gas compression facility, in Mpumalanga. Marleny Arnoldi tells us more. 

Novo Energy launches R130m gas compression facility

Communications Minister removes Mohlaloga as Icasa chair

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th March 2019 Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has given effect to a National Assembly resolution and removed Rubben Mohlaloga as a councillor and chairperson of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). On March 19, the National Assembly resolved that Mohlaloga should be... 

Boiler-tube leaks playing big role in rise of unplanned losses to over 12 000 MW 

By: Terence Creamer     20th March 2019 State-owned electricity producer Eskom has confirmed that boiler-tube leaks are significant contributor to unplanned losses of more than 12 000 MW across its coal fleet. The underperformance of the coal fleet, including those units in commercial operation at the Medupi and Kusile projects, is... 

Boiler-tube leaks playing big role in rise of unplanned losses to over 12 000 MW
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Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer

South African scientist wins Stockholm Water Prize

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2019 The Stockholm International Water Institute has announced South African scientist Dr Jacqueline King the winner of the Stockholm Water Prize, which many consider the “Nobel prize” for water. King will be the first African scientist to receive the award and she joins previous winners Professor... 

Fluor JV completes EPC work at Sasol’s US petrochem complex

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2019 NYSE-listed engineering construction multinational Fluor Corporation, in a joint venture (JV) with TechnipFMC, has completed its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) management services scope of work at Sasol’s petrochemicals complex, in Westlake, Louisiana, in the US. The JV... 

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