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Cesa Aon Engineering Excellence Awards winners for 2017 announced

     18th August 2017 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa), supported by Aon South Africa, on Thursday announced the winners of this year’s Cesa Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, which recognise outstanding achievements in the engineering industry and celebrate innovation, quality, outstanding workmanship and... 

Despite rising EV tide, automaker urges SA to implement cleaner-fuels vision

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2017 Research published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) this month shows that electric vehicles (EVs) may account for 54% of all new light-duty vehicle sales globally by 2040. However, it is unlikely that South Africa will follow this trend to the same degree. 

Industrial base growth will stimulate province’s steel industry

     18th August 2017 Growing the Eastern Cape industrial base will assist in stimulating growth in the struggling steel industry, says the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). 

2017 new-truck sales to be 2% to 3% lower year-on-year

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2017 South Africa’s new truck market will this year most likely decline by between 2% and 3%, to 26 500 units, compared with the 26 997 units sold last year, says Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) COO Craig Uren. He says the truck market is now entering the season where retailers gear up for... 

N2 Wild Coast Toll Road megabridges project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     11th August 2017 The 580-m-long Msikaba bridge will be the longest-span cable-stayed suspension bridge in South Africa, and possibly in Africa.  

Think-tank hands over title deeds to residents of Western Cape town  

By: Ilan Solomons     11th August 2017 Think tank the Free Market Foundation’s (FMF’s) Khaya Lam land reform project last month handed over the latest batch of title deeds to residents in the town of Grabouw, in the Western Cape, thereby taking the project’s total title deed handover tally to 1 360. Khaya Lam project manager Perry... 

Engen KlevaKidz puts paraffin safety first

     8th August 2017 The annual Engen KlevaKidz has kicked off with its unique brand of industrial theatre set to engage and educate learners across South Africa about the importance of paraffin safety.   Engen are South Africa’s leading supplier of paraffin, through the Laurel Paraffin brand.   Engen KlevaKidz takes... 

Port of Ngqura manganese export expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     4th August 2017 Transnet Freight Rail plans to increase the capacity on its manganese rail line beyond 5.5-million tonnes to an eventual 16-million tons. 

SBS Tanks

By: Zandile Mavuso     4th August 2017 As a proudly ISO 9001:2008 accredited company, tank manufacturer SBS Tanks is truly an industry leader in liquid storage not only in sub-Saharan Africa, but in the rest of the continent as well. 

Station’s strategic location to improve corridor capacity

By: Simone Liedtke     4th August 2017 Rosmead station, in the Eastern Cape, was identified as strategic in improving operational capacity along the export corridor and forms part of Phase 1 of State-owned freight utility Transnet’s Port of Ngqura manganese export expansion project. 

Goodyear to wrap up R1bn investment in E Cape plant this year

By: Irma Venter     2nd August 2017 Goodyear South Africa (SA) will wrap up its R1-billion investment programme into the company's Uitenhage plant, in the Eastern Cape, by the end of the year, says group FD Manoel Almeida. The investment programme started in 2015. 

Seven New Vehicles Attest to On-going Success of Cargo Carriers / Caltex Eastern Cape Branded Marketer Joint Venture in Eastern Cape

     2nd August 2017 Uzuko Carriers hauls fuel for Caltex branded dealerships across the Eastern Cape. Supply chain experts Cargo Carriers just enhanced this joint venture with Caltex Eastern Cape Marketers via the acquisition of seven new Mercedes-Benz trucks. Uzuko Carriers (Pty) Limited (Uzuko Carriers) started as... 

New report shows municipalities still fall short in drinking water quality, sewage treatment 

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st August 2017 The drinking water of three municipalities in South Africa have failed to meet the national standards for quality drinking, while 59 failed to meet the set quality standards for sewage systems, civil rights organisation AfriForum said on Tuesday. This followed the nationwide testing of the... 

Coega IDZ preferred location for the gas to power programme

By: Nica Schreuder     28th July 2017 The Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) has initiated an environmental impact study for South Africa’s gas-to-power programme, and has strategically explored the IDZ’s full potential beyond its gas power plant’s current allocation of 1 000 MW. “The foundation of South Africa’s readiness... 

Shale gas still a power resource option

By: Nica Schreuder     28th July 2017 Global leading engineering, consulting and construction company Black & Veatch sub-Saharan Africa business development director Webb Meko says successful exploration for shale gas could make up for South Africa’s lack of natural gas as a power resource. “Concerns about the possible detrimental... 

Kwikspace wastes no time in rebuilding burnt-down school

     26th July 2017 In line of the recent raging fires in the Van Stadens Gorge area in the Eastern Cape, Kwikspace Modular Buildings (Kwikspace) were quick off the mark when most of the buildings at Woodridge College and Preparatory School were burnt to the ground, forcing non-local borders and staff to evacuate... 

CSP engineering specialist optimistic of technology’s inclusion in new IRP

By: Terence Creamer     24th July 2017 Global engineering and technology group SENER, which is active in three concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in South Africa, is optimistic that South Africa’s updated Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) will include an allocation for CSP, despite the technology’s exclusion from the draft Base... 

Telkom injects R200m into educational programmes

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st July 2017 Telecommunications giant Telkom has pledged R200-million over the next five years towards a scalable three-phased strategy to deploy educational programmes in high schools in disadvantaged communities. Through the group’s Connected Schools Programme (CSP) and Supplementary Teaching Programme,... 

Engen’s Phikolomzi Gugwana has found his wings and space to fly

     18th July 2017 Phikolomzi Gugwana grew up in Mount Ayliff in the Eastern Cape but attended a secondary school in Wentworth, Durban as there were no high schools in Mount Ayliff that taught in English.   From an early age, Phikolomzi (his name means ‘wings’) showed great aptitude for maths and science, subjects... 

Black-led energy investment firm encouraged by moves to restore IPP policy certainty 

By: Terence Creamer     17th July 2017 The head of a black-managed and led JSE-listed energy investment company says he is encouraged by the framework outlined by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba for re-establishing policy certainty for the electricity sector and for independent power producers (IPPs). IPPs have been left in limbo since... 

New SA truck market treading water, says Isuzu Motors

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2017 South Africa’s new truck market will this year most likely decline by between 2% and 3%, to 26 500 units, compared with the 26 997 units sold last year, says Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) COO Craig Uren. He says the truck market is now entering the season where retailers gear up for... 

Despite electric-car future, SA must pursue clean fuel agenda, says VWSA MD

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2017 Research published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) this month shows that electric vehicles (EVs) may account for 54% of all new light-duty vehicle sales globally by 2040. However, it is unlikely that South Africa will follow this trend to the same degree. 

New solutions make LNG to power a reality in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 Marine and energy solutions provider Wärtsilä will present solutions that provide a way for the South African government to realise its liquefied natural gas (LNG)-to-power ambitions in a realistic, cost-effective and swift manner at this year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa. 

VWSA unveils next Polo generation to be produced in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2017 Volkswagen has unveiled the new, sixth-generation Polo that will be produced in South Africa, among other global production locations. The new hatchback will make its debut in South Africa in early 2018, confirms Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA). 

Atlas Copco product and training sponsorship empowers informal mechanics

     13th July 2017 Atlas Copco South Africa (Pty) Ltd has for the past five years been a proud supporter of the Filpro enterprise development programme, an inspirational initiative that empowers and upskills informal mechanics to become active participants in the country’s formal mainstream economy. Social... 

A good disaster

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     7th July 2017 Do they still have, one wonders, the good old engineering Friday afternoon braai? For the sake of moral, it used to be that, at the end of every month, on a site, they would have a braai, usually starting at 15:00. The beers would be floating in a water-and-ice mixture in a galvanised bath (know... 

Automotive investment projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     7th July 2017 Volkswagen has unveiled the new, sixth-generation Polo that will be produced in South Africa, among other global production locations. 

Volkswagen South Africa Group investment plan, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     7th July 2017 Volkswagen has unveiled the new, sixth-generation Polo that will be produced in South Africa, among other global production locations 

VWSA aims to use empowerment trust to transform supplier base

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2017 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) last month officially launched its broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) Initiatives Trust. The aim of the trust is to increase the number of black-owned suppliers in the automotive sector value chain.  

Wild Coast toll road can be ‘catalyst’ for integrated development

     7th July 2017 In this opinion article, the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s Craig McLachlan makes the case for the much criticised N2 Wild Coast Toll Road project Job creation is virtually unattainable without decent transport infrastructure and good-quality mobility networks. It is for this... 

Clover’s DFSA board appointments announced

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th July 2017 JSE-listed Clover Industries on Thursday announced that an initial board has been selected for its newly established wholly owned subsidiary Dairy Farmers of South Africa (DFSA). Dirk Reyneke has been named independent nonexecutive director and chairperson, with Louis Botha taking the reins as... 

New premises for SEW-EURODRIVE PE to cater for growing Eastern Cape market

     5th July 2017 SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa’s Port Elizabeth branch has relocated to Unit 4, Aldo Business Park, Old Cape Road in Greenbushes, reflecting both the growth of the branch and the importance of the Eastern Cape region, according to Branch Manager Francois Sieberhangen. Although Port Elizabeth is the... 

Civil engineering confidence index rises to 43 in Q2

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th July 2017 After a largely flat 2016 and a disappointing start to this year, civil engineering confidence has picked up six index points to 43 in the second quarter, the Construction Industry Development Board’s (CIDB’s) small- and medium-enterprise business conditions survey has revealed. The organisation... 

Forestry sector joins forces to mitigate impact of wildfires on plantations 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th July 2017 Following the recent wildfires that swept across the Southern and Eastern Cape areas, industry bodies Forestry South Africa (FSA), Sawmilling South Africa (SSA) and the South African Forestry Contractors Association will mobilise additional contractor capacity to ensure that the interests of... 

Sponsored Unit From Integrated Pump Rentals Helps Dowse E Cape Inferno

     3rd July 2017 Integrated Pump Rental’s quick response time made the company a valuable sponsor of the fire fighting efforts against the recent Eastern Cape fires, after it received an urgent call for assistance. Business development manager Andre Strydom – himself a seasoned fire-fighter with over 20 years’... 

VW shows off new Polo to be produced in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     3rd July 2017 Volkswagen has unveiled the new, sixth-generation Polo that will be produced in South Africa, among other global production locations. The new hatchback will make its debut in South Africa in early 2018, confirms Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA). 

Gibson Bay Wind Farm, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     30th June 2017 The wind farm started commercial operations. 

Liquid bulk handling facility project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     30th June 2017 Transnet National Ports Authority has appointed Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo Holdings to plan, fund, build, maintain and operate the new liquid bulk handling facility at the Port of Ngqura. 

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