http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.19Change: 0.12
R/$ = 11.25Change: 0.03
Au 1214.31 $/ozChange: 5.62
Pt 1283.70 $/ozChange: -18.30
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
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 Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Jan 29, 2009

Daily podcast – January 29, 2009

Back
enpol-29012009
Engineering|Expertise|Johannesburg|Africa|Engines|Marcopolo South Africa|PROJECT|Projects|REA|Resources|Roads|Scania South Africa|South African Roads Agency Limited|System|Africa|Brazil|Consultancy Services|Energy|Energy Demand|Mining|Power Generation|Power-generation|Service|Services|FIFA|Amos Masondo|Bob Stanway|Brian Statham|Infrastructure|Power|Rea Vaya Bus
Engineering|Expertise||Africa|Engines|PROJECT|Projects|REA|Resources|Roads|System|Africa||Energy|Mining|Power Generation|Power-generation|Service|Services||Infrastructure|Power|
engineering|expertise|johannesburg|africa-company|engines|marcopolo-south-africa|project|projects|rea|resources|roads|scania-south-africa|south-african-roads-agency-limited|system|africa|brazil|consultancy-services|energy|energy-demand|mining|power-generation|power-generation-industry-term|service|services|fifa|amos-masondo|bob-stanway|brian-statham|infrastructure|power|rea-vaya-bus
© Reuse this



This podcast is brought to you by Ukwazi - Bringing relevant mining engineering consultancy services to dynamic industry.

Thursday, January 29, 2009.

From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I'm Shannon O'Donnell.

Making headlines today:

On Wednesday, the City of Johannesburg announced that Scania South Africa and Marcopolo South Africa are the two bus manufacturers that'll supply buses for Phase 1A of the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit system. The contract is worth R391-million.

Executive Mayor Councillor Amos Masondo said that Scania will supply and deliver the chassis and engines for 143 BRT buses. Marcopolo will supply the bus bodies.

All the buses will be delivered before the start of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in June. They'll be fully imported from Brazil and won't be locally manufactured.

While all the manufacturers that had tendered for the project, including Scania and Marcopolo, had the ability to assemble and manufacture the buses locally, the tight timelines to the Confederations Cup had made this impossible.

Project manager for the BRT, Bob Stanway:

(audio clip)

On Wednesday, chairperson of the South African National Energy Association, Brian Statham, said that Africa's energy supplies would have to increase at least fourfold by 2025, if the continent was to meet the energy demand of its people.

He said that the most severe challenges facing the continent, with regard to power generation, included inadequate development of the energy infrastructure, high capital costs attached to energy projects, the lack of finance and investing in energy projects, and the lack of technical expertise.

However, he noted that the continent offered a vast and diverse energy potential. Statham said that there are plentiful energy resources in Africa to satisfy the energy demand over the next 40 years. The challenge is to develop these resources and to get them from where they are produced, to the places where they are needed the most. He said more cooperation and integration would assist with this.

(audio clip)

Also making headlines:

The South African Roads Agency Limited seeks to raise a further R2,5-billion by mid-April.
An action group opposes plans to build a PetroSA liquid natural gas facility near Vleesbaai, in the Western Cape.
The Department of Trade and Industry announces a call centre for Soweto.
And, the Air Service Licensing Council warns that a new low-cost carrier is ‘illegal' without a licence.

That's a round up of news making headlines today. For more on these and other stories please visit engineeringnews.co.za.

 

Edited by: Shannon de Ryhove
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Intellectual Property Law News
Pharmaceutical companies typically invest substantial amounts of money into research and development. Their research, however, is not only aimed at discovering new active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). Instead, some companies make small modifications to existing...
A controversial patent process known as ‘ever-greening’ is being carried out by many pharmaceutical brands, and is preventing medications from being made available as generics, affecting many South Africans who are struggling to keep up with the cost of medication....
HIGH COST FOR GOOD HEALTH Linezolid, one of the only effective treatments for drug resistant tuberculosis, is priced at R676 a pill in South Africa
It has been over six years since the government began developing the draft policy on intellectual property (IP) that has been the focus of major public controversy following the PharmaGate scandal, which involved a leaked pharmaceutical industry email by Knowledge...
More
 
 
Latest News
Updated 5 hours ago Protech Khuthele Holdings on Wednesday said, in a cautionary note to shareholders, that, as the failed company unwound, investigations were ongoing into its affairs. The company provided no indication of the completion date.
Updated 5 hours ago Private equity investors are increasingly becoming more active in Africa’s bid to narrow the $90-billion a year infrastructure funding gap constraining the continent’s growth. This was according to a survey by the Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity...
Updated 5 hours ago The shortlist of innovations in the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation was announced on Wednesday, comprising 12 new innovations from seven African countries. The shortlist announced by the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) included innovations in...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 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 network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2014 (PDF Report)
This six-page brief covers key developments in the road and rail industries over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s road and rail network and prospects for both sectors.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
The latest TransUnion Vehicle Pricing Index (VPI) contains a number of small, but significant indications that the tide may at last be turning for the beleaguered used car industry. For the third successive quarter, used car inflation has increased on a year-on-year...
The South African new vehicle market is likely to reach around 630 000 units in 2014, down from the 650 000 units recorded in 2013, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl. Van Zyl is also president of the National Association of...
Efforts by the Kenya government to increase energy generation by 5 000 MW over the next three years received a major boost following the award of a $2-billion contract to build a coal power plant in Lamu.  Despite allegations of irregular tendering process, the...
Using crafty wordplay on a well-known Internet meme, brilliant South African-born US entrepreneur and businessperson Elon Musk announced that Tesla Motors would not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wanted to use its technology. Instead,...
August new vehicle sales declined by 1.4%, to 55 722 units, compared with the same month last year. Assisted by the car rental market, the South African new passenger car market, at 37 953 units, contracted by 1 047 units, or 2.7%, compared with August last year.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
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
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks