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Cornubia Interchange to create significant benefits for businesses

By: Anine Kilian     Updated 1 hour 25 minutes ago The Cornubia link bridge and interchange, scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2017, will provide businesses in the area unencumbered access to main arterial routes and a dedicated link into the heart of the uMhlanga new town centre. The multibillion-rand Cornubia human settlement... 

Next phase of auto policy to focus on black companies – Zuma

By: Irma Venter     24th May 2016 The next phase of automotive policy development would have a strong focus on creating black-owned suppliers in the automotive value chain, said President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday as he opened Toyota South Africa Motors’ (TSAM’s) new Fortuner and Hilux production lines in Durban. The Department of... 

Toyota SA opens R6.1bn Fortuner, Hilux assembly lines

By: Irma Venter     24th May 2016 President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday officially opened Toyota South Africa Motors’ (TSAM’s) new Fortuner and Hilux production lines. The Japanese manufacturer invested R6.1-billion to facilitate production of the two new models at its Prospecton plant, in Durban. 

BMW SA unveils solar carport charging for its electric car range

By: Irma Venter     23rd May 2016 BMW Group South Africa (SA) has unveiled a purpose-built solar carport that allows its electric vehicle (EV) range to charge using the power of the sun, instead of electricity from power utility Eskom's grid. The carport, an international innovation by Germany's BMW Group, can charge any EV, such... 

Zuma to officially launch new Toyota lineup in Durban

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th May 2016 While production of the all-new Toyota Hilux and Fortuner models ramps up, President Jacob Zuma will officially unveil the new plant additions at Toyota South Africa’s Prospecton manufacturing facility, in Durban. The Tuesday launch of the new lines, which had been operating since February, was... 

Funding for South African pharmaceuticals research increasing

     20th May 2016 Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca through its research trust has awarded seven South Africans grants totalling R1.5-million for the 2015/2016 year. This increases the total number of research grants conferred locally by the trust to 18 since its inception in 2014. 

Skyjacks

     20th May 2016 East Rand-based Skyjacks has been supplying  the construction, mining, building and maintenance industries with specialised access systems – including powered suspended platforms, aerial work platforms and aluminium scaffolding – for over three decades, having been established in 1978. Since... 

Transnet Engineering targets big rise in third-party orders as OEM strategy evolves

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2016 The engineering unit of State-owned Transnet has set a target of securing 40% of its revenue from third-party orders by 2021, which would represent a material increase from current levels of around 12%. The bulk of Transnet Engineering’s R10-billion in yearly revenues is currently derived from... 

Local company Conlog celebrates five decades in business

     19th May 2016 South African prepayment electricity meter specialist, Conlog, has celebrated 50-years in business.  During the last five decades, the Durban-based business, which today is part of Schneider Electric, has founded groundbreaking technology, and made notable advancements in both the leadership... 

A.B.E. Polyurea Protection For Two New Concrete Parking Decks

     18th May 2016 A.B.E. Construction Chemicals' VIP Polyurea coatings have been applied as waterproofing to commercial property parking decks in the Free State and KZN. A.B.E. - part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group - holds an exclusive agreement with Voelkel  Industrie Produkte (VIP) in Germany for the local... 

Toyota SA to see production, exports dip, recovery expected in 2017

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2016 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) will see production at its Durban plant drop from 138 000 units in 2015 to an expected 122 000 units this year, says TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby. Of the 138 000 units assembled at the Prospecton plant last year, 93 500 units were Hilux bakkies, 10 200... 

EKD Kolibri Energy Chain from Powermite delivers seamless, cost-effective protection of cables & hoses

     17th May 2016 EKD Kolibri energy chain from electrical and mechanical equipment and energy supply systems specialist, Powermite, has been delivering high quality, reliable, cost saving solutions for seamless operation of mobile equipment across Southern African industry for more than 3 decades. Produced in... 

Importance of research undervalued, impacting economic development

     17th May 2016 National research institution the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Built Environment division executive director Dr Cornelius Ruiters says countries that do not adequately invest in research, development and innovation (R&D&I) will not develop economically. 'In South... 

Outa slams 'dodgy' Sanral summonses 

By: News24Wire      17th May 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has slammed the South African National Roads Agency's (Sanral's) legal strategy to issue summonses to motorists who have failed to pay their e-tolls. The civil action organisation, known for its opposition to e-tolls, said Sanral employed attorneys with... 

DWS advances water policies 

By: Shirley le Guern     17th May 2016 The recent drought – the worst in 23 years – not only revealed that South Africa did not have a national water plan but also sparked a review of various policies and infrastructure projects, Water and Sanitation Deputy Minister Pamela Tshwete said at the opening of the Water Institute of Southern... 

KZN, WC to have desalination plants in place within months 

By: Shirley le Guern     16th May 2016 Package desalination plants are likely to be in place on both the KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape coasts within months, Department of Water and Sanitation director-general Margaret Diedericks and KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Corporate Governance and Traditional Affairs Nomusa Dube revealed during the... 

SAICE launches new marine division  

By: Anine Kilian     16th May 2016 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering has launched its new marine division, which will act as a forum for members in the marine environment to exchange ideas for the betterment of the sector. “The division must work towards enabling competent institutions that can either do... 

Construction starts on R250m optical fibre cable manufacturing plant

By: Shirley le Guern     16th May 2016 A R250-million new optical fibre cable manufacturing plant at Dube TradePort, north of Durban, would be fully operational by January 2017, proving that much-needed industrial development could be fast-tracked, government officials said at a sod-turning event at the construction site on Friday.... 

Port authority maps out infrastructure projects

     13th May 2016 The ports industry is in a state of radical change and uncertainty, which requires flexible and adaptable port planning and design, notes Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) COO Phyllis Difeto. “The impact of the global economic downturn is a daily reminder to ports of the need to change... 

Tug building project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th May 2016 The Transnet National Ports Authority launched two tugboats – Qunu and Cormorant – on May 6. 

Water taken from Sterkfontein still not replaced – Muller 

By: Martin Creamer     12th May 2016 Water extracted from the Sterkfontein dam had still not been replaced, six months after officials promised that it would be, Wits School of Governance visiting adjunct professor Mike Muller has pointed out. Speaking at this week’s South African Institution of Civil Engineering Civilution... 

Vedhant Maharaj wins the 2015 Corobrik Architectural Awards

     12th May 2016 Vedhant Maharaj from The University of the Witwatersrand became the 29th architectural student to take first prize at the Corobrik Architectural Awards in Johannesburg last night. For nearly three decades, this prestigious award has been presented to a talented young graduate who is on the brink... 

Two more tugs roll off the production line for delivery to TNPA

By: Anine Kilian     6th May 2016 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) on Friday launched two tugboats – Qunu and Cormorant – as part of its R1.4-billion contract to procure nine tugboats from Durban shipbuilder Southern African Shipyards. The contract was the largest single contract TNPA had ever awarded to a South African... 

AECOM wins high-profile consultancy work across South Africa

     6th May 2016 AECOM, a premier fully-integrated infrastructure and support services company, continues to secure high-profile consulting engineering work in South Africa across a range of sectors. AECOM has been awarded a R134 million five-year contract by SANRAL to provide consulting engineering services for... 

Darryll Castle

By: Martin Creamer     6th May 2016 This week we feature Darryll Castle, CEO of PPC, the South Africa-based 3 000-employee, R12-billion producer of cement, lime and aggregates 

Tyrexpo Africa introduces new knowledge exchange platforms

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th May 2016 To tap into opportunities of the South African automotive industry transforming itself into a global engine for the manufacturing and export of vehicles and components, the tyres, automotive repairs and maintenance and accessories exhibition Tyrexpo Africa introduced three new business segments... 

Emira expands its retail footprint and upgrades its centres

     5th May 2016 Emira Property Fund continues to grow value in its retail property portfolio, investing over R250 million in acquiring new centres and upgrading its shopping centres. The leading JSE-listed REIT (real estate investment trust) is already reaping the rewards of its investment in retail properties... 

New chicken row brewing in South Africa 

By: News24Wire      4th May 2016 Following the concessions on US imports to South Africa in January this year, another chicken storm is brewing as local poultry producers face harsh punishment if they fail to comply with new brine limits. The poultry industry has six months to adjust to new maximum levels of brine, a fluid,... 

South African architecture set for significant changes

     3rd May 2016 THE South African architectural industry is changing so radically and with such speed that current business practices will be virtually unrecognisable a decade from now. This is according to leading architectural firm SVA International, which has been a major industry player for the past 73... 

Concrete Footprint In Growth Nodes

     3rd May 2016 South Africa’s leading concrete solutions provider, AfriSam has strengthened its readymix production and supply capacities in the northern areas of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. Since September 2015, its new batching plant in Phoenix has been supplying concrete for the construction of the massive Dr... 

Company prepared for civil projects decrease

By: Nadine James     29th April 2016 Construction chemicals producer Chryso Southern Africa continues to innovate and expand, offsetting the decrease in major civil projects. Chryso Group VP and Chryso South Africa (SA) CEO Norman Seymore notes that, aside from a few high-profile building projects in high-income areas, the... 

Partnership aims to use Joburg offices as a catalyst for redevelopment

By: Dylan Slater     29th April 2016 State-owned company the Johannesburg Property Company (JPC) is partnering with the South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) in a municipal property development project valued at R12-billion, which aims to enhance the use of municipal-owned land within the City of Johannesburg’s (CoJ’s)... 

PRASA New Rolling Stock Procurement Programme – Gibela rolling stock project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     29th April 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa and the Gibela Rail Transportation Consortium have begun open-line testing on the first test train imported from Brazil. 

Port of Durban appoints first female deputy harbour master 

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th April 2016 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has appointed Port of Durban’s first black female deputy harbour master – nautical, effective May 1. Pinky Zungu, who was one of the first three women in Africa to obtain a marine pilot open licence in 2011, would now be tasked with managing marine pilots,... 

Engen builds meaningful bonds with soccer field upgrades

     28th April 2016 Engen continues to make a positive impact by giving back to the communities in which it operates. As part of an inventive advertising deal, a portion of Engen’s outdoor spend will be used to upgrade soccer facilities around the country. Engen, who is the proud sponsor of Premier Soccer League... 

Waste beneficiation efforts rewarded with an Eco-Logic Award

     26th April 2016 • ‘A measurable difference and creating a more sustainable environment to live in.’ • ‘The job creation aspect of such strategies is vital for the development of our communities.’ USE-IT, the eThekwini Waste Materials Recovery Industry Development Cluster, has won the Eco-Logic Recycling and... 

Decision ‘soon’ on seawater desalination plant for Durban 

By: Terence Creamer     25th April 2016 Amid new night-time water restrictions on eThekwini residents, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has confirmed that a medium-sized seawater desalination plant is being studied for development in an area south of the city. Writing in a response to a Parliamentary question posed by... 

Housing backlog at 2.1m, says Minister Sisulu

By: African News Agency      22nd April 2016 At least 2.1-million houses needed to be built to clear the backlog exacerbated by rapid urbanisation, Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said on Thursday. “We had put the figure at 1.9-million a few months ago, but the Statistician General [Pali Lehohla] yesterday in Parliament during his... 

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