http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.14Change: -0.15
R/$ = 12.05Change: -0.20
Au 1200.03 $/ozChange: -6.12
Pt 1139.50 $/ozChange: -16.00
 
 
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  
 
 
Feb 09, 2007

On-The-Air (09/02/2007)

Back
SAFM 090207.mp3
 
 
 
Engineering|Africa|Cleaning|CoAL|Eskom|Gautrain|Mining|PDF|PROJECT|Road|Roads|System|Africa|Gautrain|Cleaning|Energy|Service|Environmental|Gautrain|Gautrain|Infrastructure|Power|Rail
Engineering|Africa|Cleaning|CoAL|Eskom|Gautrain|Mining|PDF|PROJECT|Road|Roads|System|Africa|Gautrain|Cleaning|Energy|Service|Environmental|Gautrain|Gautrain|Infrastructure|Power|Rail
engineering|africa-company|cleaning-company|coal|eskom|gautrain-company|mining|pdf|project|road|roads|system|africa|gautrain-facility|cleaning|energy|service|environmental|gautrain-organization|gautrain|infrastructure|power|rail
© Reuse this Every Friday morning, SAfm's AMLive's radio anchor John Perlman speaks to Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly. Reported here is this Friday's At the Coalface transcript:

Perlman: A big spotlight on transport especially with 2010 coming up. I believe Joburg is going to do some big things.

Creamer: Yes, the city of Johannesburg is aims to have a R2-billion rapid bus transport system operation by 2009, just ahead of the 2010 Soccer World Cup. This is a 94 km bus system. They are talking about busses coming on in the peak period every minute to three minutes and in the non-peak every five minutes to 10 minutes. They have chosen out six routes, one of these is from Alexandra township to Soweto's Regina Mundi, from Randburg to Johannesburg, from Dobsonville to Troyville and they picked out the taxi areas - where is the taxi commuter route. The idea is to follow the pattern of 40 other countries in particularly Bogota where taxi operators became the bus operators at a new economic level. So, that is the aim here, to actually convert the taxi operators into bus operators and have a totally new system of road networks linking in with the Gautrain, particularly at Park station, Johannesburg station, Sandton and Rosebank and using a smart card so that it is cashless, which is intermodal being able to go onto rail and rapid bus.

Perlman: Interesting, last week we talked about power - the six pack station. Some more energy related developments, but I believe with an environmental focus.

Creamer: That's right, clean-coal. Coal-fired power is a fact of life in South Africa. We burn 100-million tons of it a year; 90% of our electricity comes from it. Even when you look at the new generation stations and take the top six in the military phonetic culture of Alpha, Bravo and Charlie, all are going to be coal fired and the ones that have been announced, both Alpha and Charlie, are also coal-fired. But, it has a tremendous emission problem. We know that the world over, investors are looking to coal as there is an abundant supply of it and the world is investing in coal to a greater extent than it is in oil. They have got more faith in it, but there is just one big caveat: coal has to clean up its act. You can't have the emissions going through. So, enormous funds are being poured globally into cleaning coal - clean-coal technology. Eskom has been working on this for the last few years. In 2003 they joined the International Energy Agency, there is 23 countries working on this and will share the information. Big action is taken in the FutureGen project in the US where Anglo American, BHP Billiton, Xstrata and Rio Tinto are coming together to produce what would be near-zero emission coal at these new stations and then migrate that technology around the world. Meantime, Eskom also has a few aces up its sleeve particularly with underground coal-gasification at Majuba instead of combusting the coal on surface to actually combust underground and create a gasflow where the combustion actually take place underground in areas where you can't mine coal so you might as well use that huge abundance of coal and create a combustion under the ground so that you are virtually emission free on service.

Perlman: Martin, funding BEE deals has always been a complex question. I believe some new players who think that they have got some answers.

Creamer: It is also a tidal wave of private-equity activity. Every time we open a paper we see this private-equity. Now, there is a new R649-million black-economically empowered private-equity fund and this is the Kagiso Infrastructure Empowerment fund. They will be looking across the board and, of course, also having to recapitalise because to be meaningful they will need to do that, but their early activities will be in a secondary market, assets probably in toll-roads, prisons and telecommunications sectors. They are known to be talking to Kelvin Power Station, there has been a lot of trouble after the privatisation of the Kelvin Power Station. Johannesburg City Council used to own it, it was privatised, the new private sector owners couldn't run the thing and it has actually been taken back by the banks. So there will be talks for this new BEE private-equity fund to see where there is an opportunity to do some dispersement into that activity. So, across the board they will be looking at potential and all greenfields and the idea and strategy will be that if they have got this BEE funding coming in, as we know private-equity only stays there for five to seven years, and, while it exists, Kagiso wants to make sure that there are BEE operators to succeed it. Kagiso has conformed to the good code of BEE practice as outlined by the government and soon to be gazetted.

Perlman: 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.

Click here to listen to audio file
Edited by: Yolande Botes
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other SAFM
More
 
 
Latest News
The government of St Helena (SHG) and its Department for International Development (DFID) on Friday appointed airline Comair as the provider of air services to St Helena with the Island’s first airport opening in 2016. Comair would offer a weekly Saturday service,...
The Department of Communications (DoC) digital terrestrial television (DTT) project team was accelerating its efforts to “revive” South Africa’s long anticipated transition from analogue to digital broadcasting. After a more than six-year delay, the next few weeks...
Paul-Roux de Kock
Residential property prices are forecast to grow at 7.2% this year, on the back of 6.72% growth in 2014.
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
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...
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
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...
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
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.
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...
Poor infrastructure planning and inadequate maintenance are becoming increasingly problematic for new developments and the associated infrastructure required to support such developments. In many urban and rural municipalities, the state of infrastructure has been...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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