http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.31Change: -0.08
R/$ = 10.68Change: -0.06
Au 1294.60 $/ozChange: -0.60
Pt 1477.50 $/ozChange: 0.00
 
 
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 Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Mar 12, 2009

Real Economy Report

Back
RER 50
Engineering|Gold|Johannesburg|Tshwane|Africa|CoAL|Defence|Denel|Energy|Flow|Gautrain|Hansen|Industrial|Mitsubishi|PROJECT|Projects|Renewable Energy|Renewable-Energy|Risø Windconsult|Roads|Africa|Denmark|South Africa|Gautrain|Midrand Depot|Energy|Flow|Mining|Wind Energy|Gautrain|Andre Otto|Bernie Fanaroff|Christy Van Der Merwe|Gautrain|Infrastructure|Irma Venter|Jack Van Der Merwe|Jens Carsten Hansen|Keith Campbell|Power|Rail|Shannon O'Donnell
Engineering|Gold||Africa|CoAL|Defence|Denel|Flow|Gautrain|Hansen|Industrial|PROJECT|Projects|Renewable Energy|Renewable-Energy|Roads|Africa||Gautrain||Energy|Flow|Mining|Wind Energy|Gautrain|Gautrain|Infrastructure|Power|Rail|
engineering|gold|johannesburg|tshwane|africa-company|coal|defence|denel|energy-company|flow-company|gautrain-company|hansen-company|industrial|mitsubishi|project|projects|renewable-energy|renewable-energy-company|ris-windconsult|roads|africa|denmark|south-africa|gautrain-facility|midrand-depot|energy|flow-industry-term|mining|wind-energy|gautrain-organization|andre-otto|bernie-fanaroff|christy-van-der-merwe|gautrain|infrastructure|irma-venter|jack-van-der-merwe|jens-carsten-hansen|keith-campbell|power|rail|shannon-odonnell
© Reuse this



From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Our top stories this week: the Gautrain mega-project skills spin off; a R25-million wind atlas project for South Africa; and South Africa is driving forward with its MeerKAT radio telescope project.

Shannon O'Donnell:
The Gautrain project calls up the image of a blue and gold train running between Johannesburg and Tshwane. But project leader Jack van der Merwe says it's about much more than this. Irma Venter spoke to him at the project's Midrand depot.

Irma Venter:
Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe's involvement in the rapid-rail link goes back to 1997. More than eleven years on, this civil engineer by training, says he has learned a few valuable lessons - one of them being that any mega-project is more about people that anything else.

Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe

Irma Venter:
The R25-billion Gautrain project - which is being build by the Bombela consortium in public-private partnership, or PPP, with the Gauteng Government - has sourced its skills far and wide.

Jack van der Merwe

Irma Venter:
Van der Merwe's skills in building a PPP project have also not gone unnoticed.

Jack van der Merwe

Shannon O'Donnell:
Join us after the break to hear about South Africa's R25-billion wind project.

Mitsubishi Fuso advert

Shannon O'Donnell:
South Africa has started the process of creating a wind atlas for the country by 2010. Christy van der Merwe reports.

Christy van der Merwe:
South Africa's Department of Minerals and Energy is trying to diversify from its heavy reliance on coal-fired power and is encouraging the formation of a renewable energy industry. The potential for wind power in particular has been highlighted. The department wants to create an attractive environment for business to enter the wind energy market in South Africa.

Andre Otto, SAWEP project manager, DME

Christy van der Merwe:
A wind atlas, indicating the best sites in the country for wind farms, is vital for investors. South Africa plans to have it done in 2010, at a cost of about R25-million. The more wind at a site, the more electricity, and thus, the more income for investors.
But, creating a wind map is a BIG JOB.

Jens Carsten Hansen, Risø Windconsult Manager, Denmark Technical University

Christy van der Merwe:
After creating a "decent" wind atlas, this needs to be refined and improved to add value, making the bankability, and predictions of projects better.

Typically, sites with complex terrain, such as steep mountains, create larger uncertainties with the flow models, which calculate energy production.

Jens Carsten Hansen

Christy van der Merwe:
And importantly...

Jens Carsten Hansen

Shannon O'Donnell:
South Africa is developing a precursor instrument to the international square kilometre array radio telescope. This precursor is called MeerKAT. Keith Campbell reports on the progress so far.

Keith Campbell:
The MeerKAT radio telescope - the KAT part of the name stands for Karoo Array Telescope - will comprise up to 80 dishes. A lot of progress has been made. For example, 14 000 hectares of Karoo have been bought, to create the radio-free reserve the instrument needs. Roads and accommodation have been constructed, as has a Dish shed in which the dish antennas will be assembled on site. SKA South Africa project director Dr Bernie Fanaroff has more.

SKA South Africa project director Dr Bernie Fanaroff

Shannon O'Donnell:
And now for a sneak preview of this week's Engineering News magazine:

Read our cover story where we interview the new chief of State-owned defence industrial group Denel.

We report that South Africa's power distribution infrastructure backlog is pegged at R27-billion.

And, read about South Africa's plans to invest R80-million in the acquisition of a high-resolution transmission electron microscope

And in Mining Weekly this week:

We report that diversified mining giant Vale reaffirms its commitment to its investment programme, despite the global recession.

Read how South African diamantaires are pulling together stakeholders to devise a way of riding out the economic slowdown.

And, we report on the new CEO of Metorex's emphasis on debt reduction.

Shannon O'Donnell:
That's Creamer Media's Real Economy Report. Join us again next week for more news and insight into South Africa's real economy.

 

Edited by: Shannon de Ryhove
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Real Economy Report
More
 
 
Latest News
Nigeria-focused oil and gas explorer Oando Energy Resources (OER) on Wednesday announced that it had completed the acquisition of the Nigerian upstream oil and gas business of New York-listed ConocoPhillips for a total cash consideration of $1.5-billion as well as a...
The disciplinary hearing of telecommunications giant Telkom’s suspended CFO Jacques Schindehütte was set to resume next Wednesday. Telkom said it hoped the hearing would result in a definitive resolution on the matter of Schindehütte’s personal conduct after a...
While unauthorised expenditure by South Africa’s municipalities has declined year-on-year, irregular expenditure has recorded a R2-billion increase as municipalities failed to follow legislated procurement procedures, the latest Auditor-General South Africa audit...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
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.
Real Economy Insight: Steel 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the steel industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the global and South African steel and stainless steel markets, South Africa’s major steel producers and events that have shaped these markets.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Multinational semiconductor chipmaker corporation Intel announced its national campaign to further acquire partners to drive its She Will Connect programme, an initiative that aims to expand digital literacy skills to young women in developing countries, further into...
South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope array programme should get back on schedule within a few months. This assurance has been given by SKA South Africa (SKA SA) associate director: science and technology Prof Justin Jonas. Early last month, Science and Technology...
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) Metrorail service will remain a subsidised service following its current multibillion-rand rolling stock, station, depot and signalling upgrade programme. PRASA group CEO Lucky Montana has allayed fears that...
GARYN RAPSON Contaminated Land Provisions in the National Environmental Management: Waste Act No 59 of 2008 will open the door for court battles to determine who will be held liable for the remediation
The uncertainties around the remediation of affected areas as addressed in the Contaminated Land Provisions in the National Environmental Management: Waste Act No 59 of 2008 will possibly spark litigation and disputes between landowners and businesses, contractors...
South Africa is currently the largest component of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) active portfolio in Southern Africa, comprising 62.5% of the bank’s $7.9-billion exposure to the 12-country region – the second largest beneficiary is Mauritius, which...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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