R/€ = 15.36Change: -0.04
R/$ = 14.45Change: -0.02
Au 1069.96 $/ozChange: 3.81
Pt 840.50 $/ozChange: 2.00
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?

And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters About Us
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
Jan 22, 2010

22/01/2010 (On-The-Air)

Engineering|Expertise|Africa|General Electric|Locomotives|Mining|Namibia|rail|Transnet|Water|Africa|Manufacturing|Environmental|Locomotive
Engineering|Expertise|Africa|General Electric|Locomotives|Mining|Namibia|rail|Transnet|Water|Africa|Manufacturing|Environmental|Locomotive
© Reuse this

Every Friday morning, SAfm's AMLive's radio anchor Tsepiso Makwetla speaks to Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly. Reported here is this Friday's At the Coalface transcript:

Makwetla: South Africa's biggest fresh-water-from-the-sea plant is about to come on stream in the Eastern Cape.

Creamer: Desalination of seawater into drinking water is becoming a bigger issue world wide and we see it now in South Africa in the Eastern Cape. We have got our biggest desalination plant near Kenton-on-Sea and is part of the Albany Coast Water Board and it will be producing at a rate of about 1 800 cubic metres a day.

This is in response to the need for more fresh water in the Eastern Cape. We see that there have been water constraints in those areas for some time and now people are glancing over at the sea and saying that there is a lot of water that we can get out of there and successfully being able to do it through the reverse-osmosis process and with the help of VWS Envig.

In Namibia the same thing's happening. We see that uranium miners there are short of water looking to the sea, putting up desalination plants, a trend that is going to be accentuated, but there is the problem with what do you do with the brine that remains, the salty substance that comes after you've done this process.

Albany have done the study and found that putting it back into the Bushmans River Mouth is not going to be a big problem because that water is already salty and farmers upstream having been taking off a lot of water, which has caused that to be really just part of the sea. So no big impact from the environmental point of view in this instance.

Makwetla: Transnet is buying 100 new locomotives for R2,4-billion - and 90 of the 100 will be produced locally, in South Africa.

Creamer: It is fantastic that we can keep up our local manufacturing programme and although these locomotives are urgent from Transnet's point of view, they still made sure that we get that local content. Only ten of these 100 locos that are being bought now will be built in the US.

The remaining 90 will be assembled here in South Africa and they are doing it as a partnership with the State-owned Transnet Rail Engineering. That is the old Transwerk and have workshops in Koedoespoort and elsewhere in South Africa.

They have got the expertise on how to build the locomotives and now that is being used. So, 90 of these will be built in South Africa itself over a period of time going to 2012. We know that there will be more locos needed, because the Transnet locomotive fleet is aging and they need to upgrade it.

They actually wanted 212 locomotives, but there was an irregularity with tender that was put out. They had to cancel that tender and put out a new tender. This has now been won by General Electric South Africa Technologies and working in tandem with the State-owned Transnet Rail Engineering.

We will have this local content in South Africa.

Makwetla: We have been speaking a lot about this, South Africa's home-built satellite is progressing excellently.

Creamer: Yes, still going like clock work, coming over South Africa at about nine o'clock in the morning, every day, but still having to be managed very carefully. We are lucky that we actually manufactured this satellite ourselves.

So, it is being managed at the moment by the builders of that satellite and they are SunSat in Stellenbosch. But, gradually, because it is a State-owned satellite, control must go to the State and which is why it is going to be handed over, over a period of time.

It is in the process of commissioning. SunSat down in Stellenbosch still managing this transition period where it goes over to Hartebeeshoek and then it will be managed from there. We see that the biggest payload it carries, the imager, that has had to be refocused already, because there is a lot of impact on the satellite as it goes speeding around the earth at about 500 km above the earth. It is a 81 kg satellite.

We have had one in the past which was smaller and was also built by SunSat and was put into orbit in 1999. That is no longer operational so this is our only South African satellite at the moment, State-owned, doing well and about to be transferred fully to the Hartebeeshoek Satellite Application Centre.

Makwetla: Thanks very much. Martin Creamer is publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly, he'll be back with us at the same time next week.



Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other SAFM
Latest News
Construction company Murray & Roberts (M&R) on Tuesday said board members Mahlape Sello and Royden Vice would be excluded from any discussion and documents relating to the investigation of the October collapse of a support structure of a pedestrian bridge being built...
The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) is not sitting by idly while National Treasury and the Department of Energy mull over the various options for the country’s controversial 9 600 MW nuclear build programme. While Energy Minister Tina...
While a resurgence in manufacturing in Africa has been popularly touted as the silver bullet that will accelerate the continent’s economic growth prospects, The Economist management editor and columnist Adrian Wooldridge has suggested that Africa’s industrial...
Recent Research Reports
Water 2015: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2015 Report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context but also in the African and global context in terms of supply and demand, water stress and insecurity, and access to water and sanitation, besides others.
Input Sector Review: Pumps 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2015 Input Sector Review on Pumps provides an overview of South Africa’s pumps industry with particular focus on pump manufacture and supply, aftermarket services, marketing strategies, local and export demand, imports, sector support, investment...
Liquid Fuels 2015: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2015 Report examines these issues in the context of South Africa’s business environment; oil and gas exploration; fuel pricing; the development of the country’s biofuels industry; the logistics of transporting liquid fuels; and...
Road and Rail 2015: A review of South Africa's road and rail sectors (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2015 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail infrastructure and network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and...
Defence 2015: A review of South Africa's defence sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Coal 2015 report examines South Africa’s coal industry with regards to the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local demand, export sales and coal logistics, projects being undertaken by the large and smaller participants in the...
Real Economy Year Book 2015 (PDF Report)
There are very few beacons of hope on South Africa’s economic horizon. Economic growth is weak, unemployment is rising, electricity supply is insufficient to meet demand and/or spur growth, with poor prospects for many of the commodities mined and exported. However,...
This Week's Magazine
The BMW Group will invest R6-billion at BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA’s) Rosslyn plant to produce the next-generation X3 sports-activity vehicle (SAV) for the local and export markets. Rosslyn will continue production of the current 3 Series through its lifecycle,...
The lack of consequences for poor performance and transgressions on the part of contractors remains a significant hurdle to tackling South Africa’s service delivery challenges, delegates heard at the Consulting Engineers South Africa Infrastructure Indaba, on...
City of Ekurhuleni executive mayor Mondli Gungubele earlier this month officially named the city’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system, Harambee.
NICK CHRISTODOULOU As about 58% of data stored by organisations is dark, they must identify this dark data to expose risks and valuable information
About 58% of unstructured data stored by companies is dark data, which means that the value or regulatory importance of the data has not been determined. Subsequently, most of the stored data add costs, rather than increasing revenue or reduce regulatory risks, says...
BRIAN VERWEY Effective management, review and administration of non-core elements can improve business operations and increase revenue and decrease unforeseen risks
Effective logistics, import/export and manufacturing consulting services require detailed industry knowledge and experience, but can add significant value to these industries by providing expert advice on various technical elements in their value chains, says...
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96