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Sitatunga Resources branches out into manganese

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th September 2018 Exploration and mining project development company Sitatunga Resources has bought the East Manganese project, in Hozatel, Northern Cape, from Southern Ambition, marking the first step in the company’s strategy to build a manganese portfolio in the province. The deal, which was signed on August... 

Large Bridges Showcase Concor Infrastructure Expertise On N2 Road Contract

17th September 2018 Concor Infrastructure has made solid progress constructing and extending more than eleven structures, including two large bridges and four overpass bridges, on the exciting N2 highway upgrade between Mtunzini and Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal. This substantial South African National Roads Agency SOC... 

Failure not an option at DCT berth deepening project, says TNPA

By: Shirley le Guern     11th September 2018 Transnet’s R7-billion megaproject to create deeper berths at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) Pier 2’s North Quay will create some disruption and require close collaboration. However, given that this is the first project to be funded by the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa's New... 

Conservative hiring intentions by employers anticipated in the last quarter - survey

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th September 2018 South African employers expect conservative hiring intentions, across all industries nationally, for the fourth quarter, the ManPowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey (MEOS) has found. Fourteen per cent of employers expect to increase staffing levels, 8% forecast a decrease and 78% anticipate no... 

Afrox achieves double-digit HEPS growth amid subdued economic environment 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th September 2018 Despite low economic growth in the six months to June 30, JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) achieved double-digit growth in its headline earnings per share (HEPS) to 104c, representing an increase of 11.5% from the HEPS of 93.3c recorded for the six months to June 30, 2017. Referring to the... 

African Chemicals Imbizo: The Gateway to Africa

7th September 2018 eThekwini Municipality and the Durban Chemicals Cluster will host the continent’s largest chemicals manufacturing event focussed on driving chemicals manufacturing growth and trade. The fourth African Chemicals Imbizo 2018 takes place on 24 October 2018 at the Durban ICC. It will strengthen ties... 

Manganese star performer, more stability in iron-ore price – Assore

By: Martin Creamer     6th September 2018 Manganese was the star performer for diversified mining company Assore in the 12 months to June 30, when the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed record-performer experienced greater stability in iron-ore pricing but also chrome price volatility caused by global tariff uncertainty. In reporting... 

Upat keeps Riggers Steeplejacks up high with total solution

6th September 2018 A specialist supplier of suspended access systems, Riggers Steeplejacks makes extensive use of fischer construction fasteners, Milwaukee power tools, and Stabila measuring tools, all distributed exclusively by leading local supplier Upat, to enable it to offer complete solutions to its clients.... 

Assore posts record sales, output, earnings, dividend

By: Martin Creamer     6th September 2018 Diversified mining company Assore on Thursday posted record-upon-record in what has been an outstanding 12 months for the JSE-listed chrome ore, manganese ore and iron-ore producer that also bettered its lost time injury frequency rate in the period but sadly suffered a fatality. The 12 months to... 

Rand-Air moves on to ever 'hire' levels of customer service with brand new Durban depot

5th September 2018 The staff at Rand-Air's Durban depot have set themselves ambitious targets. Branch Manager Rudi Devry and his team have recently taken occupation of new premises, a move which will assist in realising their growth objectives. Devry explains that their former premises were rented and, after six... 

Fairvest maintains solid results for FY18

By: Simone Liedtke     4th September 2018 South African real estate investment trust Fairvest Property on Tuesday announced solid results for the year ended June 30, with annual distributions increasing by just over 9.9% to 20.15c a share. Fairvest continues to deliver sector-beating growth in distributions, while advancing the portfolio... 

Dinosaurs dominate South African Mint’s 2018 Natura Palaeontology Collection

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd September 2018 The South African Mint on Monday unveiled the five-coin Palaeontology Collection in 24 ct gold. The collection brings to life the ‘archosauria’, which comprise crocodiles, pterosaurs, dinosaurs and birds or the ruling reptiles that roamed and soared freely in Southern Africa about 200-million... 

Durban, South Africa Student Receives $ 2,500 Scholarship From The Ups Foundation

3rd September 2018 Kirsten Ashleigh Small, age 19, and a recent matriculant of Westville Girls’ High School in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, has been chosen as one of 43 winners of a James E. Casey Scholarship. This annual award is presented by The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS® (NYSE:UPS), and is awarded to... 

Reflecting on sugar customs duty increase

By: Riaan de Lange     31st August 2018 So, will the increase in the variable formula tariff (VFT) on sugar – or the 'honey without bees', as Alexander the Great called it – mitigate the harshness of international trade or be the saccharine protection that the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) producers desire it to be? Growing up... 

OneLogix continues upward growth trajectory in FY18

By: Simone Liedtke     30th August 2018 Despite the tough economic environment, JSE-listed OneLogix achieved an 82% year-on-year increase in earnings per share (EPS) to 52.7c for the financial year ended May 31. Headline earnings per share (HEPS) and diluted HEPS both increased by 14% to 33.7c. 

KZN Manufacturing Indaba 2018 Primes Manufacturers for Success

30th August 2018 Prime movers and participants of the nation’s manufacturing sector attended the Kwazulu Natal Manufacturing Indaba  in record numbers at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC) on the 22 August 2018. The annual event assembled provincial manufacturers and businesses to explore growth... 

Hire It launches locally-assembled and supported Kwagga range

30th August 2018 Leading tool hire and sales company Hire It (Natal) (Pty) Ltd. has officially launched the tough, cost-effective Kwagga range of locally-assembled equipment for the building and construction industry. Hire It has over 37 years’ experience in the hire and sales industry, gaining an excellent... 

Insimbi acquires Group Wreck for R120m

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th August 2018 JSE-listed Insimbi Industrial Holdings is acquiring scrap metal recycler Group Wreck International for R120-million. “Insimbi needs to grow by acquiring businesses that complement the existing Insimbi businesses and are accretive to earnings,” said Insimbi CEO Fred Botha.  

Menar, partners to develop Riversdale Anthracite Colliery in South Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th August 2018 Mining investment company Menar has entered into a development agreement with Coalvent and African Onca to develop the Riversdale Anthracite Colliery (RAC) project, near Vryheid, in KwaZulu-Natal. This follows after Menar’s successful turnaround of the Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC).  

Landscaping, building design grow together at Pran Boulevard in KZN

27th August 2018 Developing one of the last open sites on Umhlanga Rocks Drive in the Ridgeside precinct in Umhlanga, KwaZulu Natal afforded architecture and interior architecture company Paragon the unique opportunity to shape the landscaping as part of the overall design. Known as Pran Boulevard, the... 

Sumitomo Rubber’s truck, bus tyre plant starts production

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2018 Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA), manufacturer of the Dunlop tyre brand, has officially started production at its truck and bus radial (TBR) tyre manufacturing plant in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal. Japanese company Sumitomo Rubber Industries, the world’s fifth-largest producer of automotive tyres... 

Mathe Group ups tyre processing by 35%, grows steel exports

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2018 The KwaZulu-Natal-based Mathe Group, South Africa’s largest tyre recycler, has developed two steel by-products that are being exported to Australia and Korea in growing quantities. Dr Mehran Zarrebini, head of British investment group PFE International, which is one of the major shareholders in... 

Electric cars: a real good thing?

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     24th August 2018 When I was young, our family would go to the Natal South Coast on holiday. The roads were not great; so, we would have to stay overnight halfway to Durban. At holiday times, there was a lot of traffic and sometimes the going was slow. Recently, Gregg and I went up the garden route on a project.... 

Gauteng: a looter’s paradise

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     24th August 2018 Gold has been associated with our neck of the woods since its discovery on a farm just outside the present-day Joburg central business district back in 1886. Thanks to this association, it was not too difficult for our leaders in the early years of the post-1994 dispensation to come with a name... 

Project Vulindlela, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th August 2018 Sappi proposes to expand capacity and undertake various continuous improvement initiatives and upgrade projects at the Saiccor mill. 

JG Afrika helps SANRAL drive another strategic road upgrade

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2018 JG Afrika, a leading engineering and environmental consultancy, is overseeing the upgrade of a 48 km section of the N2 highway between Caledon and Riviersonderend in the Western Cape. The road serves as a vital link between the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, and about 3 500 motor vehicles and... 

Hatch wins award for project making a positive impact on the local community

22nd August 2018 Hatch has won an award in the Consulting Engineers South Africa Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, winning in the Projects with a Value Less than R50 Million category for the Tugela River Pedestrian Bridge project. The project is an example of how a community’s quality of life and future... 

Study initiated to assess conversion of Kelvin power station from coal to gas

By: Terence Creamer     21st August 2018 A $1.3-million feasibility study has been initiated into the prospect of converting the coal-fired Kelvin power station, east of Johannesburg, into a 450 MW to 600 MW gas-fired power station. The study will also assess the potential for developing the Kelvin site into a gas distribution hub for... 

55 Mℓ/d treatment plant completed

17th August 2018 Global optimised resource management company Veolia Water Technologies South Africa recently handed over the 55 Mℓ/d potable water treatment plant to State-owned water utility Umgeni Water in the iLembe district municipality in KwaZulu-Natal. The project was part of the Lower Thukela Bulk Water... 

Vodacom expanding rural network coverage

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th August 2018 Telecommunications giant Vodacom is accelerating its rural connectivity programme, with more than 200 new rural network sites planned across all nine provinces in the year ahead. The company has already provided 101 rural villages with second-generation (2G) and third-generation (3G) connectivity... 

Cable theft disrupts Metrorail's Joburg-Pretoria train service

By: Reuters     15th August 2018 Metrorail has said its technical teams are busy replacing stolen cables after its train service between Pretoria and Johannesburg was disrupted on Wednesday morning due to missing overhead wires on both lines at Olifantsfontein. As a result, trains from Johannesburg are turning around at... 

Buffalo’s future uncertain as it awaits funding proposals for Aviemore adit project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th August 2018 Coal producer Buffalo Coal is awaiting the submission of possible final offers from bidders interested in investing in its Aviemore mine, in KwaZulu-Natal. The mine has 18 months of life-of-mine (LOM) reserves left. To extend the LOM to 15 years, R445-million of additional capital is needed to... 

Omron focusing on aiding farmers

10th August 2018 Since early 2017, Japanese electronics company Omron has focused on providing solutions for the agricultural industry’s demand for technology and automation with the SX series of compact inverters, which is well suited for pumping applications, namely irrigation, that require smooth flow and... 

Sitatunga Resources hopes to create jobs at newly acquired colliery

By: Anine Kilian     8th August 2018 Exploration and mining project development company Sitatunga Resources, which has bought Wescoal’s coal assets near Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, believes its investment in the Braakfontein Colliery will create much-needed jobs in the area. Braakfontein Colliery is an advanced-stage exploration... 

Wescoal to dispose of LBC assets

By: Anine Kilian     7th August 2018 JSE-listed Wescoal has, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Leeuw Braakfontein Colliery (LBC), entered into a sale of assets with Sitatunga Resources in terms of which LBC will dispose of its LBC assets in KwaZulu-Natal. The total consideration for the disposal is R103-million and will be paid... 

Corruption Watch report highlights schools, SOEs, health sector as areas of concern

By: Nadine James     7th August 2018 From January 1 to June 30, 2 469 cases of corruption were lodged with Corruption Watch the organisation noted in its ‘2018 Analysis of Corruption Trends (ACT)’ report, which it released on Tuesday. Six areas of concern were highlighted by these cases, including schools, municipalities, the South... 

Sumitomo Rubber’s truck and bus tyre plant starts production

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2018 Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA), manufacturer of the Dunlop tyre brand, has officially started production at its truck and bus radial (TBR) tyre manufacturing plant in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal. Japanese company Sumitomo Rubber Industries, the world’s fifth-largest producer of automotive tyres... 

Mathe Group ups tyre processing by 35%, grows steel exports

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2018 The KwaZulu-Natal-based Mathe Group, South Africa’s largest tyre recycler, has developed two steel by-products that are being exported to Australia and Korea in growing quantities. Dr Mehran Zarrebini, head of British investment group PFE International, which is one of the major shareholders in... 

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