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Jul 08, 2014
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Professor John Briscoe
The South African born and educated recipient of the 2014 Stockholm Water Prize, effectively the ‘Nobel Prize for water’, believes growing up in semi-arid settings helped inculcate in him an acute sense that water security was not necessarily a given. In fact,...
Jul 07, 2014
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Minister Dipuo Peters
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said on Monday that she “would love to” present the National Transport Master Plan (Natmap) to Cabinet for approval by the end of March next year. Speaking to Engineering News Online on the sidelines of the Southern African...
Jul 04, 2014
South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE), which has invited potential coal independent power producers (IPPs) to register their prospective projects by July 25, plans to use the information to gauge alignment between the location of the proposed projects and...
Jul 04, 2014
SPEED UP The aim of the Biopark is to accelerate the commercialisation of biotechnology
Phase 1 of the Innovation Hub’s Biopark@Gauteng is already filled to capacity, says Innovation Hub research, development and innovation GM Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela. The ten companies in Phase 1 of the Life Sciences Enterprise project will be able to move...
Jul 04, 2014
SOLAR SUPPLY Helukabel supplied more than three-million metres of its Solarflex PV1-F solar cable to solar energy projects in South Africa
Germany-based cable manufacturing specialist Helukabel has supplied a significant portion of several million metres of cable to the renewable-energy sector in South Africa in the past year, Helukabel South Africa MD Doug Gunnewegh tells Engineering News. Helukabel...
Jul 04, 2014
CABLE COMPANION Wireless solutions allow for rapid and affordable deployment for data transfer
The cabling industry is significantly important in terms of long-term benefits for and the economic growth of South Africa, as it delivers more data transfer capacity through cable roll-out than wireless technology, which should, however, be regarded as complementary...
Jul 03, 2014
African countries should be targeting minimum investment levels of 25% of gross domestic product to sustain economic growth and to improve prospects for job creation and poverty reduction. But a new United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) report...
Jul 03, 2014
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Sasol CEO David Constable
A joint prefeasibility study into a large-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant, based on gas from the Rovuma basin in Northern Mozambique, has been launched amid growing excitement about the energy potential that could flow as a result of large-scale gas discoveries in...
Jul 02, 2014
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Jul 02, 2014
Jul 01, 2014
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Jul 01, 2014
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Jul 01, 2014
The business rescue practitioner appointed to assist financially distressed civil engineering group Protech Khuthele Holdings, Gavin Gainsford, will file an application to have the group and its Protech Khuthele and Protech Readymix subsidiaries placed under...
Jun 30, 2014
Jun 30, 2014
As far as infrastructure plans go, government’s National Development Plan (NDP) is “right up there” with the best in the world, says KPMG global infrastructure chairperson James Stewart. He regards the strategic integrated projects (Sips) approach as “quite...
Jun 27, 2014
The request for proposals (RFP) for the preliminary design of four possible expansion routes to the 80 km Gautrain system closes today, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe. The RFP includes technical, legal and financial aspects, and should...
Jun 27, 2014
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The North West provincial government has set aside over R460-million for housing projects in the mining area of Marikana. Delivering his State of the Province Address, in Mafikeng, on Friday, North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo said for the next three years his...
Jun 27, 2014
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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa
Government’s ambitious target to buy at least 75% of goods and services from South African producers is “eminently achievable”, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa told black business leaders this week. In an address delivered at the Black Business Council’s...
Jun 27, 2014
PARKS TAU The City of Johannesburg municipality unveiled launched the stormwater project, which is set for completed in July this year
The City of Johannesburg metropolitan municipality together with the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) launched the Elias Motsoaledi Housing Project and various road infrastructure projects in Soweto, Johannesburg, on June 10 as part of the city’s mission to build...
Jun 27, 2014
SCHEDULE ACCELERATION Eskom will determine how to accelerate the Ingula project schedule to achieve earlier power commission
State-owned power utility Eskom plans to evaluate the remaining scope of work of the Ingula pumped-storage scheme to  synchronise the project’s first unit to South Africa’s electricity grid as close to the original project timeframe as possible Eskom group...
Jun 27, 2014
TEETHING PROBLEMS Eskom emphasises the importance of embedding lessons learned from Medupi’s Unit 6 to drive efficiencies in the rest of the utility’s fleet
With State-owned power utility Eskom having reached key milestones in resolving issues that have caused delays in synchronising its new-build Mepudi power station project Unit 6 onto the national electricity grid, Eskom is confident that the unit will be synchronised...
Jun 27, 2014
NEW BUILD PREPARATION Eskom is awaiting government direction regarding the proposed new nuclear and coal–fired power station builds
While work is progressing at State-owned power utility Eskom’s new build projects, Eskom group capital acting group executive Dan Marokane says the utility has conducted preliminary work for potential additional new build projects. These projects include a third...
 
 
 
 
Jun 27, 2014
POWER SUPPORT Sanea suggests that the private sector should be included with greater momentum to provide additional power supply
Although additional baseload power stations will be required to combat the shortage in the electricity supply industry in South Africa, the exact time at which the next new baseload power station would be commissioned, after the commissioning of the current new build...
Jun 27, 2014
According to the New Growth Path (NGP) framework, which has been adopted as the framework for economic policy and the driver of the country’s jobs strategy, government has identified the green economy as one of the top 12 job drivers to assist in creating 300 000...
Jun 27, 2014
CAPITAL TRANSMISSION Phase 1 of the R10-billion Medupi integration project is to be completed in July 2014
State-owned power utility Eskom’s Power Delivery Projects (PDP) portfolio, currently valued at about R37.5-billion as of 31 March this year, and which falls under the power utility’s Group Capital division, has carried out transmission line and associated...
Jun 27, 2014
POWER CONNECTION Eskom says the 765 kV network will stretch from the power stations in Mpumalanga to those in the Western Cape by 2016
State-owned power utility Eskom’s 765 kV transmission projects’ activities, which fall under its Power Delivery Projects (PDP) division, are currently concentrated on the Hydra-Sterrekus transmission line scheme, in the Western Cape, with completion for the...
Jun 26, 2014
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Jun 26, 2014
Jun 26, 2014
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Jun 25, 2014
The high-voltage (HV) yard and three power lines at power utility Eskom’s Ingula pumped storage scheme project have been successfully energised at a cost of R1.1-billion, completing the first phase of the integration of the scheme’s transmission system. Main...
Jun 24, 2014
Jun 24, 2014
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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has warned that current measures being used to increase the country’s competitiveness – from industrial incentives and infrastructure investment, through to cutting red tape for small businesses – will be insufficient to ensure...
 
 
 
 
Jun 24, 2014
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Seventy-four cloned vehicles, and 821 duplicate licence plates have, to date, been identified on Gauteng’s e-toll network, says Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) CEO Jamie Surkont. Speaking to Engineering News Online, he says a cloned vehicle is a vehicle identical...
Jun 24, 2014
Rentia van Tonder
Banking group Standard Bank reports that it has, to date, underwritten more than R10-billion-worth of funding to support the roll out of renewable-energy projects in South Africa. The projects have arisen as a result of the first two bid windows under government’s...
Jun 23, 2014
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The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority says it expects Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Project to be completed by mid-2023. The second phase of the major infrastructure project is expected to cost around R11.2-billion and will see the construction of Polihali...
Jun 20, 2014
USTDA Director Leocadia Zak
The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) says it has doubled its African energy investments since President Barack Obama launched the Power Africa initiative in June last year. The agency, which has a mandate to promote US exports by funding project planning,...
Jun 20, 2014
The construction of the R72-million pedestrian and walkway bridge linking the Alexandra and Sandton areas, in Johannesburg, will begin in September and will benefit the 10 000 commuters that walk 5.2 km daily between the two areas.
Jun 20, 2014
ENGINEERING ASSISTANCE AECOM suggests that more operation and maintenance services should be outsourced to the private sector in areas where municipalities lack capacity
To improve the current relationship between municipalities and municipal engineers, there must be a renewed appreciation for the skills and experience of these engineers, professional technical and management support services provider AECOM’s SA East district...
Jun 19, 2014
Phase 1 of the Biopark, currently under construction
Phase 1 of the Innovation Hub’s Biopark@Gauteng is already filled to capacity, says Innovation Hub research, development and innovation GM Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela. The ten companies in Phase 1 of the Life Sciences Enterprise project will be able to move...
Jun 18, 2014
South Africa’s Standard Bank has concluded a $70-million three-year term loan facility with the African unit of emerging-market-focused power group Globeleq, which plans to use the debt finance to grow its African power asset base. Globeleq currently has more than...
Jun 13, 2014
Cesa CEO Lefadi Makibinyane
Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) is hopeful that President Jacob Zumawill use the State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on Tuesday to emphasise the importance of the rigorous and accelerated implementation of the National Development Plan 2030 (NDP) to growing...
Jun 13, 2014
BUSINESS PLAN Service level agreements will ensure services at the Tombo Thusong Centre
Multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firm GIBB has compiled a business plan, aimed at identifying challenges that exist at the multi-purpose Thusong Centres, in the Eastern Cape, to support the effective functioning of the centres. GIBB has been tasked by the...
 
 
 
 
Jun 13, 2014
WATER WAY The R150-million first phase of the Northern Aqueduct project is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2015
Municipal water and sanitation services eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS) says construction of the Northern Aqueduct Augmentation, which forms part of the eThekwini strategic master plan to deal with the increasing demand for water in the northern regions of...
Jun 13, 2014
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MUNICIPAL PROFICIENCY Cesa suggests that engineers head municipal infrastructure departments
To enhance and monitor the quality of municipal infrastructure and services, engineers should head the various departments of South Africa’s municipalities as they have the necessary skills and expertise to understand the engineering aspects of the services in...
Jun 13, 2014
Precast concrete specialists Salberg Concrete Products and Ubuntu Pre-Cast have merged to form a new company with an estimated yearly turnover of R100-million. The 51% black-owned company will retain the name Salberg Concrete Products, as it is a well-known brand in...
Jun 13, 2014
In 2012, the absolute cost of logistics in South Africa was R393-billion. Logistics costs for 2013 were estimated at R423-billion, with this number forecast to grow to between R456-billion and R470- billion in 2014, depending on fuel inflation.
Jun 13, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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