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Advisian engages with clients to create greater value

     22nd July 2016 The South African operation of WorleyParsons’ global consulting business, Advisian, has experienced notable growth since its launch less than a year ago with its initial office of five members expanding to close to 100 in an effort to service the needs of clients and deliver expert strategic and... 

Scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education under spotlight

By: Bruce Montiea     22nd July 2016 Advancing teaching innovation and research excellence in higher education will be the focus of this year’s Annual Teaching & Learning in Higher Education Conference. The conference, in its tenth year, is an international gathering of academics and researchers that will be held at the Southern Sun... 

South Africa’s first locomotives

By: Jade Davenport     22nd July 2016 The South Africa of the late 1850s was an economic and industrial backwater with limited growth prospects, especially when compared with other colonial outposts. Diamonds and gold, which were to drive the country’s industrial revolution, were still a long way from being discovered and, thus, the... 

Teaching scholarship in education under spotlight

By: Keith Campbell     22nd July 2016 Advancing teaching innovation and research excellence in higher education will be the focus of this year’s Annual Teaching & Learning in Higher Education Conference. The conference, in its tenth year, is an international gathering of academics and researchers that will be held at the Southern Sun... 

Training courses improve engineering skills, businesses and future stability

By: Sascha Solomons     22nd July 2016 South African Energy and Water Skills Education Training Authority-accredited training provider Terra Firma Academy believes that South Africa’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and its intention to provide a sustainable energy and water supply can be supported through appropriate short... 

Chryso Drives Future Sustainability By Investment In Innovative Product And Service Development

     21st July 2016 Innovation is necessary to develop products and services that underline environmental stewardship. This is according to Andries Marais, General Manager – operations at CHRYSO Southern Africa, who says that in order to create a sustainable future for Earth’s inhabitants, it is critical that... 

Who you gonna call to clean up the streets?

     20th July 2016 Ghostbusters and Kärcher of course! There’s something strange in our neighbourhood’s – the iconic Ghostbusters ‘No Ghost’ logo has been spotted around Johannesburg and Durban thanks to a rather unique partnership between the new Ghostbusters movie and global cleaning company Kärcher, official... 

Imperial’s Health Initiatives Working For Good In Africa

     19th July 2016 As a major sponsor of AIDS 2016, the international AIDS conference being held in Durban from the 18th to 22nd of July, Imperial believes in improving and facilitating healthcare across Africa. Says Dr Iain Barton, Imperial’s Group Business Development Executive for Healthcare, “it is vitally... 

Durban leads the charge towards a national spatial revolution

     18th July 2016 Hosted by the KZN branch of the South African Institute of Architects, a conference held at Durban’s historic city hall on 8 July had as its objective to put the radical transformation of South African cities, towns and villages at the top of the national agenda. In his keynote address, Minister... 

Powermite – all things engineering

     15th July 2016 Powermite, a Division of Hudaco, has earned the reputation as a specialist engineering supplier of world-class components, equipment and systems to Southern Africa’s mining, marine, industrial and general engineering sectors. “From buffers for overhead cranes to couplers for motors, we combine... 

Expansion of LPG coating range imminent

     15th July 2016 Retail, trade, industrial and furniture coatings markets supplier Kansai Plascon launched its liquid petroleum gas (LPG) coating for the LPG market in May 2015, and expansion of the range is imminent, as interest this year has exceeded expectations. Kansai Plascon industrial and protective... 

Infrastructure firm secures new contract

     15th July 2016 Global infrastructure firm AECOM, announced last month that it has been selected as the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor for the electric utility company Alliant Energy’s Riverside Energy Center expansion project. 

PRASA new rolling stock procurement programme – Gibela rolling stock project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th July 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa plans to unveil a replica of its newly acquired trains at the Pretoria station for public viewing from the end of July. 

Tug building project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th July 2016 The latest of the Transnet National Ports Authority’s nine new tugboats will set sail from the Durban premises of contractor Southern African Shipyards this month. 

Imperial’s Health Initiatives Working For Good In Africa

     14th July 2016 As a major sponsor of AIDS 2016, the international AIDS conference being held in Durban in July, Imperial believes in improving and facilitating healthcare across Africa.   Says Dr Iain Barton, Imperial Group Business Development Executive: Healthcare, “it is vitally important for the private... 

AECOM Drives Expansion At Toyota Press Shop In Durban

     14th July 2016 AECOM was responsible for the engineering services for a recent expansion project undertaken by Toyota South Africa Motors at its manufacturing facility near Durban. This included a new press line with the largest press in the Southern Hemisphere. Toyota South Africa Motors recently increased the... 

Zuma endorses SA efforts to attract investment

By: News24Wire      14th July 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry will in the next few months launch a national one-stop-shop that will be responsible for issuing permits, licences and registering new businesses, President Jacob Zuma said in a written reply to a parliamentary question. Cope MP Deirdre Carter asked Zuma... 

Broadlink Expands its Micro Wave and Fibre services

     13th July 2016 Telecommunications provider, Broadlink has announced its upgraded network expansion project has begun and already over 40 new high sites are live. This new look network is expanding the capabilities and product performance in new geographic areas with increased capacities. To complement its... 

Second of nine new TNPA tugs to set sail

By: Anine Kilian     8th July 2016 The latest of Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) nine new, powerful tugboats will set sail from the Durban premises of contractor Southern African Shipyards this month, destined for its new home at the Port Elizabeth port. The tug was ceremonially launched as Qunu in May alongside a... 

Govt subsidies for development programmes unsustainable – Gordhan 

By: Shirley le Guern     8th July 2016 The level of government subsidies for development programmes was not sustainable and alternative sources of funding needed to be found, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan told a KwaZulu-Natal Institute for Architecture conference in Durban on Friday. Addressing the conference theme – ‘Calling for a... 

Africa’s mining opportunities underexplored – Vedanta chair

By: Martin Creamer     8th July 2016 Africa’s true scale of business opportunities, particularly those in South Africa’s rich natural resources sector, were underexplored, Vedanta Resources chairperson Anil Agarwal outlined here during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit on Friday. The head of the Indian natural resources company,... 

SA’s first public rail infrastructure

By: Jade Davenport     8th July 2016 It has been established that South Africa’s first rail-esque infrastructure was a 1.6N km oxen-operated wooden line, which was laid along Durban’s Bluff in 1856 to facilitate the conveyance of quarried sandstone for the construction of the harbour’s North Pier. However, the country did not have... 

Second of Nine New TNPA Tugs Sets Sail

     7th July 2016 The latest of Transnet National Ports Authority’s nine new, powerful tugboats set sail from the Durban premises of contractor, Southern African Shipyards, on Thursday, 7 July, destined for its new home at the Port of Port Elizabeth. The tug was ceremonially launched as QUNU in May alongside a... 

Dachser South Africa named Freight and Logistics Company of the Year

     5th July 2016 On 28 June, Dachser South Africa was named the ‘Freight and Logistics Company of the Year’ at the 9th Transport Africa Awards 2016.  The Transport Africa Awards are designed to recognise companies who have demonstrated an unparalleled ability to succeed and have continually set standards of... 

Zacr Winter Price Freeze Heats Up Zadotcity Registrations

     5th July 2016 The ZA Central Registry's (ZACR's) Winter Price Freeze Sale until the end of this week is set to boost the number of registered .capetown ('dotCapeTown'), .joburg ('dotJoburg') and .durban ('dotDurban') domains as wholesale ZAdotCity prices are reduced to the same level as co.za domains. There... 

Gibb sets sights on rest of Africa after 60 years of South African growth

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2016 Leading South African multidisciplinary engineering consultancy Gibb, which marked its sixtieth anniversary in late June, is aiming to materially expands its African footprint in the coming years and has set a target of deriving 30% of its yearly revenues of around R1-billion from the rest of the... 

South Africa mourns passing of ‘BEE father’ Don Mkhwanazi 

By: Reuters     4th July 2016 The South African business world on Saturday mourned the death of prominent KwaZulu-Natal businessman and "father" of black economic empowerment (BEE) Don Mkhwanazi, who died of a heart attack in Durban on Friday night. The 63-year-old Mkhwanazi was a politically connected businessman and an ally... 

From Menlyn Maine Investment Holdings And Flanagan & Gerard Property Development & Investment

     1st July 2016 R1.6 billion Ballito Junction to brings top shopping to north KZN’s permanent population The permanent population of Ballito and its surrounds will soon have the choice of over 130 stores handpicked especially for them, when the Ballito Junction Regional Mall redevelopment opens in March 2017.... 

Private sector rail entry in Italy sees jump in rail market share

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2016 Airlines in Italy have received some surprise competition from high-speed rail links over the last four years, says TRA Consulting CEO and NTV studies office head Professor Andrea Giuricin. NTV operates the Italotreno nonstop service between Milan and Rome, in competition with State operator... 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st July 2016 Having postponed any immediate development of the Durban Dig-Out Port, Transnet National Ports Authority is progressing with two more modest projects to expand the container capacity at the Port of Durban. 

PRASA new rolling stock procurement programme – Gibela rolling stock project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st July 2016 The first new passenger trains to be delivered according to a multibillion-rand contract, signed between Gibela and PRASA, are set to enter service in October. 

PRASA rail signalling system project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st July 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa plans to implement a new technologically advanced rail signalling system to replace the old and often unreliable system. 

Telecoms fibre cable manufacturing facility, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st July 2016 The project involves the establishment of a new optical-fibre cable manufacturing facility, in KwaZulu-Natal. 

Unitrans’s Megabus procures first Scania Euro 6, CNG buses, Tetra 4 to supply local gas 

     30th June 2016 Unitrans’s subsidiary Megabus has procured ten Scania, 280 horsepower, 100% compressed natural gas buses. Megabus will trial these buses for the next five years at its Free State operations. Mia Breytenbach tells us more. 

Plans for municipal entity to run Durban’s troubled bus service put on hold

By: African News Agency      30th June 2016 The establishment of a new entity to run Durban’s troubled municipal bus service will not take place at the start of July as had been promised. A statement released by the eThekwini Metro Municipality on Wednesday said plans to establish a municipal bus service had been placed on hold. 

Atlas Copco Compressor Technique relocates to bring service closer to customers in Kwazulu-Natal

     29th June 2016 Atlas Copco Compressor Technique has added value to customer service in Kwazulu-Natal following the recent relocation of its service division from Pinetown to Durban, joining Rand Air and Atlas Copco Industrial Technique under one roof. “The move which is in line with Atlas Copco’s trend to... 

TNPA to add container capacity at Durban harbour as it puts dig-out port on hold 

By: Terence Creamer     28th June 2016 Having pulled back from any immediate development of the so-called Durban Dig-Out Port (DDOP), Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is moving ahead with two more modest projects to expand the container capacity at the Port of Durban. Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama has indicated that the DDOP is... 

Construction of Western Aqueduct continues according to plan

     27th June 2016 Durban’s largest ever bulk water pipeline, the Western Aqueduct, is making steady progress and reaching important milestones. Head of eThekwini Water and Sanitation, Ednick Msweli, said this week that the WA would have a significant impact on the future development of the eThekwini region.“With... 

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