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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...
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Jun 26, 2014
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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.
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Jun 13, 2014
Driving along the West Coast road not far from Cape Town, it’s hard not to miss the 37 turbines reaching into the sky at the Hopefield wind farm. It may seem an unusual sight in South Africa for now, but not for too long. There are likely to be 400 turbines...
Jun 13, 2014
NECCESARY UPGRADE Upgrades to the Mogale City Condale substation will ensure stable electricity supply capacity for the community
The estimated R140-million upgrades to Mogale City local municipality’s Condale substation, in Gauteng, are on track and due for completion in early 2015, consulting engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV says. The Condale substation, which is the only main infeed...
Jun 12, 2014
The Kendal power station
A further power system emergency was declared on Thursday afternoon and a second night of load shedding was instituted, following the first load shedding of winter on Wednesday June 11. Eskom also indicated that conditions for the rest of the month and July could...
Jun 12, 2014
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Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the City of Tshwane (CoT) signed a R1.6-billion long-term loan facility on Thursday to support the city’s capital expenditure programme. This facility aims to accelerate the eradication of backlogs in water and...
Jun 12, 2014
Civil engineering group Protech Khuthele Holdings, which last week filed for voluntary business rescue, has asked the JSE to suspend trading in its shares. The group said its decision to request the voluntary suspension was based on the fact that there was still...
Jun 11, 2014
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The World Bank has made a further material downward revision to South Africa’s growth outlook for 2014, citing tense labour-market conditions as a key reason, along with weak electricity supply and tighter monetary policy. The bank’s latest Global Economic...
Jun 10, 2014
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The Democratic Alliance has demanded proof that President Jacob Zuma applied his mind when he signed the Infrastructure Development Bill into law last month. To this end the party wants Zuma to furnish the opposition with legal opinion on the bill, DA MP Kobus Marais...
Jun 09, 2014
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ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe
The appointment of individuals to top positions in municipalities must be based on competence and not on political connections, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Sunday. "It should not be only political connections, cadres must be competent," he said at...
Jun 06, 2014
Imperial Health Sciences is developing a new pharmaceutical storage and distribution facility in Nairobi, Kenya. “This custom-built warehouse forms part of our active delivery of healthcare and storage solutions in developing markets, where there is a dire shortage...
Jun 05, 2014
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Jun 05, 2014
Interim Eskom CEO Collin Matjila
State-owned electricity utility Eskom will issue a tender soon for the procurement of an additional 500 MW of capacity from private generators, as part of a larger intervention to ensure supply security ahead of the introduction of new capacity from the Medupi,...
Jun 04, 2014
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Eskom's Megawatt Park head office
Senior executives at State-owned electricity supplier Eskom have agreed to forgo their bonuses for the financial year 2013/14 in light of the financial constraints afflicting the utility and ahead of possible Cabinet deliberations on additional future support for the...
Jun 03, 2014
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IEA executive director Maria van der Hoeven
With South Africa moving to materially raise the profile of gas in its energy mix – probably initially through the importation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) – the International Energy Agency (IEA) has cautioned that gas transportation costs could dampen...
Jun 02, 2014
The South African government’s draft Gas Utilisation Master Plan (Gump) could be released for public comment in June, should the document receive sign-off during one of the early meetings of the new Cabinet, which was named by President Jacob Zuma on May 25. The...
May 30, 2014
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DOE deputy director-general Ompi Aphane
Progress on the various electricity generation procurement programmes being overseen by South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) is now contingent on the new Cabinet approving further guarantees for Eskom, which remains the single buyer of power generated by...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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