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New tug fleet will enable South African ports to handle larger vessels

By: David Oliveira     26th August 2016 As part of parastatal Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy (MDS), Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA) will spend about R56-billion by 2019 to improve efficiencies of South Africa’s ports, including a R1.4-billion tugboat replacement project. The contract, which was awarded to local shipbuilding... 

New tug fleet will enable SA ports to handle larger vessels

By: David Oliveira     26th August 2016 As part of parastatal Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy (MDS), Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA) will spend about R56-billion by 2019 to improve efficiencies of South Africa’s ports, including a R1.4-billion tugboat replacement project. The contract, which was awarded to local shipbuilding... 

PRASA rail signalling system project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 Overall completion of Phase 1 and 2 of the Gauteng signalling projects is at 28%. 

R950m Springs Mall construction progressing ahead of March 2017 opening

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th August 2016 Construction of the R950-million Springs Mall at the Blue Crane Eco Park development, in Gauteng is well under way, with the 48 000 m² regional shopping centre on schedule and within budget to open in March 2017, says main contractors Giuricich Bros Group. The mall is a joint venture between the... 

Simon Smith

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     26th August 2016 This week we feature Simon Smith, MD of Triton-Leo, which manufactures and sells the Q20 multipurpose lubricant and the Q-range brand of products and, most recently, with the acquisition of Flight Chemical Manufacturers, manufactures and sells the Flight hand cleaner, Flight Spray Klean and M7... 

Specialists look to expand freightrelated services

By: Nadine James     26th August 2016 Automation specialist Abacus Automation intends to further business relations with State-owned freight utility Transnet Port Terminals (TPT), and increase its market share in port and harbour services through the implementation and optimisation of its crane automation offering. The company –... 

Engen boosts Supply Chain development

     24th August 2016 As part of Engen’s transformation agenda and in pursuit of contributing to socioeconomic development, Engen implemented a Supplier Development pilot programme at their Engen Prosperator facility in Durban. The programme has experienced some exciting results. Engen is serious about transformation... 

Local is Lekker

     24th August 2016 The grass is not always greener on the other side … the grass will be greener on your side when you are installing one of our new Easigrass grass ranges!   Easigrass South Africa, a division of Van Dyck Carpets, has taken the lead to redesign its entire range of 9 artificial grasses to better... 

TNPA to launch marine training centre in Cape Town

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd August 2016 As part of government’s Operation Phakisa programme aimed at fast-tracking economic growth in the oceans economy, the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is creating a marine training centre at the port of Cape Town for skills development and job creation. The new facility will be located at... 

‘Sleep cities’ no longer an option for urban development

     23rd August 2016 The creation of ‘sleep cities’, far away from work opportunities, is no longer sustainable in terms of urban development. New cities have to integrate all facets of life (live, work, play) in close proximity so as to enhance quality of life for inhabitants. Urban development in general has... 

Chinese and Austrian firms to upgrade major highway in Zimbabwe

By: Reuters     23rd August 2016 Zimbabwe signed an agreement on Monday with Chinese and Austrian firms to upgrade a busy highway, a deal that will be one of the country's biggest road projects since independence 36 years ago. China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC), a subsidiary of China Communications Construction Co Ltd,... 

Uber mulls new South African services as it expands African footprint 

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2016 There is “huge scope” for Uber to grow in South Africa, says Uber sub-Saharan Africa GM Alon Lits. “My wife and I have one car. I Uber to work every morning and I always drive past all of these cars in traffic with single occupants. I want each and every one of these drivers to switch to Uber.” 

Joemat-Pettersson to be quizzed on missing nuclear documents

By: News24Wire      19th August 2016 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson will be asked in Parliament next week to account for missing documents in a court case regarding the nuclear energy programme. That is according to Democratic Alliance (DA) MP and shadow energy minister Gordon Mackay on Thursday, who sits on the energy... 

Brief history of 15th ICG, the first to be hosted in Africa

By: Jade Davenport     19th August 2016 The City of Cape Town is set to host the thirty-fifth International Geological Congress, the most prestigious of geoscientific conferences held every four years, between August 27 and September 4. While it is certainly an exciting occasion for South Africa, it is interesting to note that the... 

Budget airline ponders going regional as it adds to domestic network

By: Keith Campbell     19th August 2016 South African low cost airline FlySafair is pondering whether it should add international flights, to other Southern African countries, to its currently all-domestic route network. “We are looking at it,” reports company CEO Elmar Conradie. “But it’s in its infancy, at the due diligence stage.... 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th August 2016 Fourteen Terberg haulers have entered operations at Pier 1 at Transnet Port Terminal's Durban Container Terminal. 

New crane truck launched at open day

By: Kimberley Smuts     19th August 2016 Fleet and specialised equipment provider Lovemore Bros launched its new 80 t/m crane truck at the company’s open day in June, with its second unit to be in production by the end of the year. The new 80 t/m crane truck has a narrow footprint and can fit into tight, restricted spaces with low... 

Transnet Freight Rail 1 064 locomotives acquisition programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th August 2016 One-hundred-and-forty-eight locomotives will be delivered in 2016. 

Uber mulls new South African services as it expands African footprint

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2016 There is “huge scope” for Uber to grow in South Africa, says Uber sub-Saharan Africa GM Alon Lits. “My wife and I have one car. I Uber to work every morning and I always drive past all of these cars in traffic with single occupants. I want each and every one of these drivers to switch to Uber.” 

Metair’s auto parts business struggles; no immediate fears over failed Turkey coup

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2016 A struggling automotive components business saw operating profit at JSE-listed Metair drop 25%, to R260-million, for the six months ended June 30, compared with the same period last year. Revenue at the energy storage solutions and automotive components manufacturer and distributor increased 14%... 

Union denies sabotage of Telkom facilities

By: News24Wire      18th August 2016 Striking Telkom workers have denied involvement in the alleged sabotage of several network facilities across the country. On Thursday, Telkom put up a R500 000 reward for information regarding the sabotage of numerous facilities around the country. 

DTI calls for more to be done to boost local manufacturing

By: Shirley le Guern     16th August 2016 Significant successes characterise the national industrial effort but much more needs to be done to achieve the required scale and a higher impact industrial policy, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) chief director Nigel Gwynne-Evans told delegates at the Manufacturing Indaba, in Durban, on... 

South Africa clamps down on noncompliant goods 

By: News24Wire      16th August 2016 In the 2014-15 financial year, more than R548-million worth of poor quality, unsafe goods were removed from the South African market, said Asogan Moodley, CEO of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS), on Tuesday. “These products were stopped at the ports of entry in Durban,... 

Bridge City development advances

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th August 2016 The end vision of agriculture and agroprocessing group Tongaat Hulett and the eThekwini municipality’s Bridge City mixed-use development, a joint venture public–private partnership north of Durban, is coming together, with the development of the town centre accelerating. Only a third, or 91 000... 

Bridge City moving closer to mixed-use vision

     16th August 2016 The Bridge City development north of Durban is gaining momentum as a new urban centre within a polycentric metro - increasing density, creating a mix of uses and linking adjacent areas to each other and the wider metropolitan region. With bulk infrastructure - particularly transport nodes -... 

Union embarks on strike at Telkom

By: News24Wire      12th August 2016 Hundreds of Telkom staff have launched strike action against the company this week over a pay dispute. The Communication Workers Union (CWU), which is behind the strike, says Telkom workers need a cost-of-living inflation linked salary increase. 

CIG buys prepaid electricity meter manufacturer Conlog for up to R850m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th August 2016 JSE-listed Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) has acquired Schneider Electric’s Conlog business – a Durban-based developer, manufacturer and distributor of prepaid electricity meters, smart meters and related software applications – for up to R850-million. “Conlog is an ideal extension to... 

Gigaba challenges Western media perspectives on Brics 

By: News24Wire      11th August 2016 For developing countries to achieve meaningful development, they must rely on their own resources to achieve their objectives. The Brics Forum and the introduction of the New Development Bank (NDB) are contributing to this independent development, according to Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba.... 

Corobrik bricklaying training schools upskill construction workers

     11th August 2016 Corobrik has opened a new bricklaying training centre at its Lawley factory in Gauteng which is one of three countrywide that provides opportunities for unskilled South Africans to acquire the fundamental expertise they need to secure work in the building industry.   More than 2000 people have... 

Chevron South Africa launches supplier development programme for black businesses

     11th August 2016 Chevron South Africa, which markets its fuel under the Caltex brand, has commenced with a new Enterprise and Supplier Development programme (E&SD) that is aimed at improving access to its value chain for black-owned businesses.  The initiative is open to businesses that are fifty one percent... 

South African budget airline inaugurates new route

By: Keith Campbell     1st August 2016 South African low cost airline FlySafair celebrated the latest step in its expansion on Monday with the landing of its first scheduled flight at Lanseria International Airport, which lies south-west of Pretoria and north-west of Johannesburg. The flight originated in Cape Town. FlySafair is part... 

New aviation statistics report shows strong South African passenger growth

By: Keith Campbell     29th July 2016 Airline passenger traffic is growing strongly in South Africa. "Passenger growth in South Africa is defying all economic logic!" highlighted Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) CEO Bongani Maseko on Friday. Passenger traffic growth usually reflects growth in gross domestic product (GDP). "GDP... 

South Africa's main two airports to expand capacity again

By: Keith Campbell     29th July 2016 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) is planning to start work on new or expanded domestic passenger terminal facilities at both Cape Town International Airport and Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport in the near future. ACSA CEO Bongani Maseko conveyed this information to... 

Department of Energy peaker projects, South Africa

By: Mariaan Webb     29th July 2016 The 685 MW Avon peaker plant has started commerical operation. 

Local hotel tourism rakes in R14.2bn, despite visa gripes 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th July 2016 Despite uncertainty in the domestic tourism industry, owing to the revised visa regulations and a weak global economy, South Africa can still expect healthy growth over the next five years, PwC’s Hotels Outlook 2016 – 2020 reveals. Almost 2 600 rooms will be added to the South African hotel... 

The 2016 Marriott Dargle Trails Festival promises to be a highlight in the trail running and MTB calendar.

     28th July 2016 On Sunday 14 August the Lions River Club will once again host the popular Marriott Dargle Trails Festival; a day packed with a variety of trail running and Mountain Trail Bike events to suit all fitness levels. Following on from the success of previous years, the Fifth Marriott Dargle Trails... 

Broll Achieves Approximately R2 Billion In Investment Sales

     27th July 2016 Over the last 12 months, Broll Property Group achieved approximately R2 billion in investment sales with some notable properties across the country changing hands. Notwithstanding a tough economic environment with low economic growth and rising interest rates, investment sales nearly R2 billion... 

MakeMeMobile scoops two awards at the 2016 Honeywell META Partner Conference

     26th July 2016 MakeMeMobile was recognised for their excellence at the recent Honeywell Sensing and Productivity Solutions’ three-day Middle East Turkey and Africa partner conference in Bangkok. MakeMeMobile, a recognised leader in enterprise mobility computing and AutoID solutions in southern Africa, scooped... 

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