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Trump America-first pipeline plan draws ire of American oil

By: Bloomberg     21st July 2017 Donald Trump’s allies in the oil industry are warning the president that his bid to boost US steelmakers could backfire against their efforts to achieve his goal of "American energy dominance." The intense lobbying effort comes as the Commerce Department faces a Sunday deadline to give the... 

New association launched to support emerging truck operators 

By: Ilan Solomons     21st July 2017 The newly launched Emerging Truckers Association of South Africa (Tasa) aims to assist in meaningfully transforming the local truck and freight industry, with a long-term view of ensuring work for women and black truck owners and operators. This is according to Tasa convener Mary Phadi, who was... 

Buffalo Coal in push to slash debt and improve safety and operational efficiency

By: Ilan Solomons     21st July 2017 South African bituminous and anthracite coal miner Buffalo Coal is determined to repay all its debt and continue to improve safety standards, while improving overall operating capability to ensure its operations become optimally efficient, says interim CEO Rowan Karstel, who was speaking to... 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 The project to lengthen and deepen two berths at the Durban Container Termnal has been approved. 

Nakambala sugar mill expansion project completed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2017 During the third quarter of 2017, project management and equipment design company Bosch Projects completed the implementation of the Nakambala Product Alignment and Refinery project in Mazabuka, Zambia. Bosch Projects sugar sector director Steven Rosettenstein, who was the project manager for the... 

Ryan Nortje

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     21st July 2017 This week we feature Ryan Nortje, logistics director of Goscor Lift Trucks, which sells and distributes equipment and parts to the materials handling industry   

Ethiopia plans to offer firms shares in road projects – finance minister

By: Reuters     19th July 2017 Ethiopia plans to offer shares in its road-building and maintenance projects to private investors, its finance minister said on Tuesday, the latest step to open up and modernise the state-led economy. The Horn of Africa country has over 113 000 km (68 000 miles) of paved roads and plans to... 

Ivanhoe's Congo success follows deals with President's brother

By: Bloomberg     18th July 2017 In the two decades since billionaire mining investor Robert Friedland founded Ivanhoe Mines, his small team has made some of the biggest mineral discoveries in the world. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, it has done so while trading and contracting with companies controlled by one of... 

How Blockchain Technology Can Transform Global Supply Chains & Logistics

     17th July 2017 By Kamogelo Mmutlana, CEO, Barloworld Logistics As part of our 2017 supplychainforesight study, we are actively exploring and identifying the key technology trends that are shaping global supply chains. By understanding major trends, as well as their inherent risks and opportunities, leaders and... 

A million self-driving vehicles on the road by 2030, says Frost & Sullivan

By: Irma Venter     17th July 2017 Autonomous vehicles will become a reality by 2030, says Frost & Sullivan head of mobility for Africa Craig Parker. This does not, however, mean that every car sold will be an autonomous vehicle, he adds, but rather that there will be around one-million level 5 self-driving vehicles on the road... 

Carling–Saint-Avold petrochemical complex revamp project, France

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 The complex’s existing facilities have been upgraded and new, higher-value-added units have been built to improve the site’s competitiveness. 

Lapp Group

By: Zandile Mavuso     14th July 2017 Established in Germany in the 1950’s and in South Africa in 1994, Lapp Group South Africa's headquarters is located in Modderfontein, Gauteng.  

Pipeline expansion project completed in February

     14th July 2017 In February, high-end and specialised equipment supplier Energas Technologies announced that it had completed a commission to design and supply a mobile heater skid to a budgeted $210-million pipeline expansion project. The project was commissioned by engineering firm VGI Consulting Africa, on... 

Demag launches DMR modular rope hoist for diverse applications

     13th July 2017 The newly-launched Demag DMR modular rope hoist can be adapted precisely to match specific requirements. With one basic technology, Demag is now able to cover an even broader range of applications than rival products on the market. Due to its modular design, the Demag DMR modular rope hoist... 

Labat acquires 55% stake in Kufika Transport

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th July 2017 JSE-listed transport and logistics group Labat has acquired a 55% interest in privately owned transport and logistics company Kufika Transport. “Teaming up with Kufika will further enhance and strengthen Labat's ability to meet the challenges in respect of delivery. The last couple of months have... 

Bluejay to start exploration work at two Greenland projects

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th July 2017 Exploration work at FSE- and Aim-listed Bluejay Mining’s Pituffik titanium project and Disko-Nuussuaq magmatic massive sulphide nickel-copper-platinum project, in Greenland, has kicked off. This follows the approval of the group’s 2017 exploration programmes by Greenland’s Mineral Licence and... 

R16bn Swazilink rail project being prepared for release as a PPP

By: Terence Creamer     10th July 2017 Southern African railways utilities Transnet and Swaziland Railways have agreed to package the 146-km ‘Swazilink’ greenfield line between Lothair, in South Africa, and Sidvokodvo, in Swaziland, as a public-private partnership (PPP) and may release an international tender for a 20- to 25-year... 

Charter destroying national patrimony, depriving citizens of economic wellbeing

By: Martin Creamer     7th July 2017 Fourteen years ago, I attended a sod-turning ceremony at a manganese project in South Africa’s Northern Cape, made possible by a R1.7-billion equity investment by foreigners. These investors were prepared to bet on the successful development of a new manganese mine in the Kalahari, with one... 

Driver report programme enhances total service offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th July 2017 Fleet management company MiX Telematics (MiX) last month announced the relaunch of its MiX ReportMyDriving programme, previously offered by a division of MiX, Compass Fleet Management, after an incremental development period to ensure key improvements to the reports offered to clients, as well as... 

Musina intermodal terminal expected to improve cross-border trade

By: Schalk Burger     7th July 2017 The Musina Intermodal Terminal (MIT), launched in June, is set to reduce the cost of cross-border trade, especially for bulk commodities, on the North-South trade corridor. The terminal, about 3 km outside Musina and about 13 km from the Beitbridge border post, will serve to move commodities,... 

Tight market conditions put demand for LSFB under pressure

By: Nica Schreuder     7th July 2017 The light steel frame building (LSFB) industry is experiencing the same hardship as the building and construction industry. According to Statistics South Africa, the area of buildings completed during 2016, excluding additions and alterations, matched that of 2015, meaning that no growth was... 

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... 

Transnet bids to recapitalise Zimbabwe's State rail firm 

By: Reuters     4th July 2017 South African logistics group Transnet has bid to recapitalise National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) with $400-million, the State Procurement Board (SPB) said on Tuesday. NRZ is saddled with a debt of $200-million and has gone for months without paying its workers as Zimbabwe's experiences a... 

Top level conference alongside the region’s finest supplier expo make Oil & Gas Africa 2017 a magnet for industry chiefs next week

     4th July 2017 Cape Town hosts one of the most important Oil & Gas sector events on the continent in 2017 with key industry speakers examining the present successes and the future of southern Africa’s energy sector Engineers from across Africa arrive in Cape Town next week for the Oil & Gas Africa 2017... 

Westcon-Comstor Southern Africa awarded Zebra Distributor of the Year FY16

     4th July 2017 Westcon-Comstor Southern Africa, a value-added technology distributor of category-leading solutions in Security, Collaboration, Networking, Cloud and Data Centre, is delighted to announce that it has been awarded the Zebra Technologies’ 2016 Distributor of the Year award for South Africa for the... 

Paper trail on metal loans ended in fakes as banks lose millions

By: Bloomberg     4th July 2017 For all the high-tech wizardry of modern financial markets, there’s one corner of the commodity world that still depends almost entirely on printed paper – making it an easy target for crooks. Buyers and sellers of base metals like copper, aluminum and nickel use documents known as warehouse... 

Transnet insists bond appetite remains as it again lowers capex forecast 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd July 2017 State-owned logistics group Transnet has sought to refute reports that demand for its bonds had collapsed following the recent downgrades to South Africa’s credit rating, insisting that appetite for its bonds remains strong both domestically and internationally. CFO Garry Pita said the reports... 

Transnet appoints Werksmans to probe locomotive corruption claims  

By: Terence Creamer     3rd July 2017 State-owned freight logistics utility Transnet reports that Werksmans Attorneys has been appointed to oversee a board-level probe into allegations of corruption relating to its purchase of locomotives for China South Rail (CSR). Opposition party the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) recently laid... 

GST set to transform face of Indian logistics industry

By: Reuters     30th June 2017 India's greatest tax reform - replacing an array of provincial duties with a nationwide goods and services tax - is transforming the logistics industry in a country where moving stuff around is notoriously difficult to do, executives say. The advent of organised retail and e-commerce began... 

AEP debuts on JSE’s AltX 

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th June 2017 The debut of black-empowered clean energy group AEP Energy Africa on JSE’s AltX marks the start of new beginnings for the company which is aiming to become “Africa’s clean energy champion”. Speaking to Engineering News Online post the listing celebrations, AEP COO Nkosi Gugushe boasted about the... 

Company leads by example in new green premises

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th June 2017 Engineering consultant WSP Africa will be moving into its new head office in Knightsbridge office park in Bryanston, in September, providing its clients with a stellar example of a sustainable building project.  

Detlev Duve

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     30th June 2017 This week we feature Detlev Duve, MD of freight forwarding, air and sea logistics, and project cargo company Dachser Intelligent Logistics.   

New Era assembly facility expansion and upgrade project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     30th June 2017 BAW plans to expand and upgrade its New Era assembly facility, in Springs, Gauteng. 

SAAF shows off fire power and capabilities during yearly demonstration

By: Dylan Slater     30th June 2017 The South African Air Force (SAAF) showcased its air power capability to delegates and foreign airforce personnel during its yearly Air Power Capability Demonstration 2017 (APCD 2017) event – a live fire capability demonstration held at the Roodewal Weapons Range near Polokwane, in Limpopo,... 

Automotive sector remains relevant in volatile market

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th June 2017 While South Africa works its way through the impact of the latest economic headwinds, the automotive sector is holding its own in a volatile market, Econometrix director and chief economist Dr Azar Jammine said on Wednesday. Despite an expected contraction in domestic vehicle production and sales... 

Black junior Wescoal set to soar 

By: Martin Creamer     28th June 2017 Stripping out Wescoal’s once-off nonrecurring costs paints a pretty picture of the performance of this black-controlled coal-mining and coal-marketing junior, which has declared a dividend payout of R22-million compared with R10-million last year The once-off costs of R90-million arose from the... 

Musina Intermodal Terminal to improve cross-border trade

By: Schalk Burger     26th June 2017 The Musina Intermodal Terminal (MIT), launched on Monday, is set to reduce the cost of cross-border trade, especially for bulk commodities, on the North-South trade corridor. The terminal, about 3 km outside Musina and about 13 km from the Beitbridge border post, will serve to move commodities,... 

Elandshaven Interchange

     26th June 2017 One of Gauteng’s gate-way interchanges is set for a major development expansion over the coming months. Superbly located at the intersection of the N3 highway and Rand Airport Road, right on the Elandsfontein interchange, the highly visible development site is on the preferred side of the busy... 

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