http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.05Change: -0.06
R/$ = 11.99Change: -0.14
Au 1201.87 $/ozChange: -4.28
Pt 1150.50 $/ozChange: -5.00
 
 
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 Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Aug 03, 2012

Firms to develop blueprint for port terminal privatisation

Back
Construction|DURBAN|Engineering|Johannesburg|Parktown|Port|Africa|Building|Consulting|Design|Ekurhuleni|Gautrain|Ports|PROJECT|Project Management|Projects|Royal Haskoning|Royal HaskoningDHV|SSI|System|Systems|Training|Transnet|Water|Africa|South Africa|The Netherlands|Gautrain|Gautrain Station|Port Of Ngqura|Airport Site|Freight Logistics|Logistics|Maintenance|Preferred Operator|Project Management|Prospective Operator|Services|Suitable Port Operator|Systems|Transportation Information Register|Gautrain|Francis Gibbons|Frederick Scott|Gautrain|George Stewart|Sibusiso Ndebele|Water|Johannesburg|Operations|Ekurhuleni
Construction|Engineering|Port|Africa|Building|Consulting|Design|Gautrain|Ports|PROJECT|Project Management|Projects|Royal HaskoningDHV|SSI|System|Systems|Training|Transnet|Water|Africa||Gautrain||Logistics|Maintenance|Services|Systems||Gautrain|Gautrain|Water|Operations|
construction|durban|engineering|johannesburg|parktown|port|africa-company|building|consulting-company|design|ekurhuleni-company|gautrain-company|ports|project|project-management|projects|royal-haskoning|royal-haskoningdhv|ssi|system|systems-company|training|transnet|water-company|africa|south-africa|the-netherlands|gautrain-facility|gautrain-station|port-of-ngqura|airport-site|freight-logistics|logistics|maintenance|preferred-operator|project-management-industry-term|prospective-operator|services|suitable-port-operator|systems|transportation-information-register|gautrain-organization|francis-gibbons|frederick-scott|gautrain|george-stewart|sibusiso-ndebele|water|johannesburg-product|operations|ekurhuleni
© Reuse this



Consulting firm SSI has partnered with European project management, engineering and consultancy services provider Royal HaskoningDHV to develop a blueprint for State-owned freight logistics group Transnet to privatise its Ngqura container port terminal operations.

SSI is part of the DHV group, which merged with Royal Haskoning in July to form Royal HaskoningDHV. Its headquarters are in Amersfoort, in the Netherlands.

In terms of the contract, which was awarded in June, SSI will serve as an adviser to the Transnet National Ports Authority.

“This is a major step for Transnet, as it has always kept the control of South Africa’s port terminals in-house. For South Africa to become more competitive, the entity has realised that privatisation is needed,” says SSI COO Francis Gibbons.

He adds that the Port of Ngqura will be the first to be privatised according to the blueprint. SSI will then assist Transnet in finding a suitable port operator and will enter into negotiations with the preferred operator on behalf of Transnet.

Once an operator has been appointed, SSI will ensure that the prospective operator complies with the tender conditions, says Gibbons.

Transnet plans to look at a similar model for the new port at the old Durban airport site.

Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality

Meanwhile, SSI has secured a contract with the Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality to develop a comprehensive integrated transport plan in terms of the National Land Transport Act of 2009.

“This project will focus on public transport, training and capacity building relating to the compilation of the transportation information register.

“SSI has been appointed to develop this plan and assist the Ekurhuleni municipality with regard to the requirements of the National Land Transport Act, as well as the budgeting and prioritisation for the 2013 to 2017 period,” Gibbons explains.

The consultancy will also be responsible for the preparation of the geographical information systems database for the municipality.

“Once this project has been completed, transport across the municipality will be at a stage where it can be integrated.”

Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele stated, in 2010, that more than R14.5-billion would be spent on the development of integrated rapid public transport networks in South Africa over a three-year period.

More than R6-billion in funding was allocated to the development of the networks during the 2010/11 financial year, while a further R8.5-billion would likely be allocated in the two years after that.

“South Africa currently experiences so much pressure with regard to the integration of public transport, and government is committed to doing something about it, which is evident in the Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality project,” says Gibbons.

Further, SSI is also involved in Phase 1 of the Johannesburg bus rapid transit (BRT) system.

The BRT focuses on improving and upgrading Johannesburg’s transport system. The entire Phase 1 comprises 122 km and 150 stations. SSI will be involved in Sections 8 and 15 of the project. Construction is anticipated to start early in 2014 and be completed by mid-2015.

Gibbons explains that Section 8 comprises nine BRT stations, is 8.5 km long, will start at Sandton’s Gautrain station and terminate at a convenient location in Alexandra.

Section 15 comprises eight stations, is 12 km long, will start in Parktown and will also terminate in Alexandra.

A 90-Year Anniversary
Meanwhile, Gibbons adds that SSI will be cele- brating its ninetieth anniversary this year.

To commemorate this, the consultancy is compiling a book titled Reflections.

“The book will be released in the near future and is aimed at the engineering sector. It will provide an overview of SSI’s history, its achievements, awards and growth,” says Gibbons.

SSI was founded in Johannesburg in 1922 and owes its name to its founding fathers – George Stewart, a specialist in water-cycle and municipal-services projects, and Frederick Scott, whose forté was transport and structural design.

“We have developed from a civil-focused company to a multidisciplinary company, providing a range of services – from the public to the private sector,” he adds.

SSI states it is known for its engineering experience across a variety of sectors and is increasingly involved in an advisory capacity when projects are first conceptualised.

“We will never give up our engineering role but are taking up advisory projects on a large scale as well,” says Gibbons.

The consultancy is also getting involved in downstream services, such as asset management, as well as the operation and maintenance of water and wastewater treatment plants.

Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Consulting Engineers News
Article contains comments
Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) on Thursday said it was dismayed that the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) was seconding 35 Cuban engineers on a two-year contract to share their expertise with South African engineers in the water sector.
Article contains comments
Cesa president Abe Thela
Private sector expertise and finance should be leveraged to help reinvigorate South Africa’s underperforming infrastructure programmes, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) argues, adding that the accelerated deployment of energy, transport and water projects...
TESSEL SEVERS Royal HaskoningDHV is committed to exposing local aviation experts to state-of-the-art international airport design
International project management, engineering and consultancy services provider Royal HaskoningDHV says its South African aviation division has been exposing its personnel to projects outside of Africa as part of its commitment to developing South Africa-based...
More
 
 
Latest News
The presidency on Thursday said it would not entertain what it called rumours and gossip about operations at Eskom. "President Jacob Zuma has been kept fully briefed about the developments at Eskom and the attempts being made by the Minister of Public Enterprises, Ms...
A senior US embassy official has urged the South African government to address a number of mixed messages on the openness of the country to foreign investment so as to take advantage of a growing appetite among American companies for investments into the country and...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
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...
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Updated 5 hours ago Projected capital expenditure (capex) in the South African automotive assembly industry should reach a record R7.48-billion this year, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) in its 2014 fourth quarter business review. Capex...
Updated 5 hours ago After several years of navigating project-threatening red tape and currency fluctuations, the 4.4 MW Bronkhorstspruit biogas power plant, which will supply clean energy to a leading automotive manufacturer in Gauteng, is expected to enter production before June....
RESOURCEFUL The raw material for the pilot plant would be supplied from the dissolving wood pulp plants at Sappi’s Saiccor and Ngodwana mills, in South Africa, and the Cloquet mill, in the US
Updated 5 hours ago South African paper and pulp producer Sappi reported earlier this month that it would build a pilot plant for the production of low-cost Cellulose NanoFibrils, or CNF (nanocellulose) at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen in the Netherlands.
Updated 5 hours ago The long-term outlook for Nigeria is a country that has the potential to be very strong. So affirmed International Monetary Fund (IMF) Nigeria Mission Chief and Senior Resident Representative Dr Gene Leon on recently. "But we are starting from a point of huge...
Updated 5 hours ago Poor infrastructure planning and inadequate maintenance are becoming increasingly problematic for new developments and the associated infrastructure required to support such developments.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96