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Irma Venter

Irma Venter

Irma Venter is a Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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WesBank announces R60m carport solar-panel project

28th October 2016 Vehicle and asset finance group WesBank and sister company First National Bank (FNB) have announced a R60-million project to replace the shade-net carports at its shared offices in Fairland, Johannesburg, with solar-panel carports. The project will hopefully nudge the 150 000 m2 campus towards a... 

Political consultation under way on Gautrain expansion study

28th October 2016 Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi says the feasibility study on the possible expansion of the Gautrain rail network has been completed. The proposed routes under investigation include a link from Lanseria through Honeydew to Sandton, an additional line from Mamelodi, north-east of... 

2019 target set for launch of Gauteng Transport Authority

28th October 2016 Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi aims to have the Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA) in place before the 2019 national and provincial elections, which could see his tenure come to an end. The GTA will be a legally constituted public transport authority with legal powers, reaching... 

Gauteng aerotropolis feasibility study completed

28th October 2016 The feasibility study for Gauteng’s Aerotropolis project, to be developed around the OR Tambo International Airport, has been completed, says Aerotroplis project manager Jack van der Merwe. “We are ready to set up an implementation office. This will be a physical office on site. 

Ford begins local production of sports utility vehicle

28th October 2016 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has started production of the Everest sports-utility vehicle (SUV) at its Silverton plant, in Pretoria. The introduction of the Everest to the assembly line means the Ford plant becomes a two-vehicle assembly facility. The plant currently produces the... 

One-year countdown to Hakskeen Pan record attempt

28th October 2016 One year from now the British Bloodhound team will attempt to set a new land speed record at Hakskeen Pan, in South Africa's Northern Cape. The current land speed record is 763 miles an hour, set by Royal Air Force Pilot Andy Green in 1997, who will also pilot the Bloodhound in 2017. 

Cartrack to launch low-cost solution for bottom end of the car market

27th October 2016 Fleet management and vehicle recovery company Cartrack will launch a low-cost vehicle tracking and data-mesh solution for cars priced between R20 000 and R50 000. The solution would be “substantially more affordable” than anything else on the market, said CEO Zak Calisto in Johannesburg on... 

Mercedes-Benz X-Class bakkie to launch in SA in 2018

26th October 2016 Mercedes-Benz has finally lifted the lid on its X-Class mid-size (one-ton) pickup. Unveiling the bakkie in Stockholm, Sweden, the German car maker says the “premium pickup will combine the best of two worlds”. 

Mahindra SA to add generator sets to its product portfolio

25th October 2016 Vehicle distributor Mahindra South Africa (SA) will add another product to its portfolio in November, when the company will introduce a range of generator sets (gensets) to the local market. Mahindra SA is a subsidiary of the Indian Mahindra & Mahindra conglomerate. 

Klerksdorp school takes top honours in 2016 Electric Car Challenge

25th October 2016 Klerksdorp’s Schoonspruit High School was crowned the winner of the 2016 GreenpowerZA Electric Car Challenge, held at the Red Star Raceway this weekend. The race challenges schools to bring their self-built electric cars to the track, in an effort to create interest in the subjects of science,... 

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