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School children recycle waste for food

By: News24Wire      4th April 2018 In Colchester, primary school pupils recycle plastic bottles and tins in exchange for school stationery, clothing and food. Thamara Gqogqani, a Grade 7 pupil, says she is always on the lookout for empty plastic bottles and metal tins, which she stores at her home. "This is helping my family very... 

Amatola Water appoints new CEO

By: Schalk Burger     1st March 2018 Eastern Cape water board Amatola Water announced on Thursday that it had appointed Vuyo Zitumane as CEO following a recommendation by the Amatola Water Board. Her immediate focus will be to “drive the agency’s demanding turnaround strategy, build and stabilise the water utility and ensure its... 

Association commends NMB municipality for plan to tackle irregular expenditure

     30th January 2018 The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality recently announced its plans to address its R11.5bn irregular expenditure. “We are in full support of the appointment of a Quantity Surveyor as head of Demand Management,” says Larry Feinberg, Executive Director of the ASAQS – Association of South African... 

Volunteers restore, relaunch iconic Apple Express tourism train 

By: Henry Lazenby     27th December 2017 A group of Port Elizabeth-based railway enthusiasts has painstakingly restored and successfully relaunched the iconic Apple Express tourist steam train. The two-foot narrow gauge steam train made its maiden trip at 09:00 on December 26, carrying fare-paying passengers between the city’s Kings... 

New Eastern Cape business centre to boost township economy

By: African News Agency      1st November 2017 Local emerging businesses and aspiring business people from the Veeplaas community in the Eastern Cape have been granted an opportunity to boost the local township economy following the opening of a local Business Centre by the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality. Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Athol... 

BAIC implementing catch-up strategy to meet 2018 Coega deadline

By: Dylan Slater     20th October 2017 China-based vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC), is accelerating some of its construction plans for its vehicle manufacturing plant, currently under construction at the Port Elizabeth-based Coega Industrial Development Zone, to catch up on delays incurred owing to primarily... 

Mandela Bay on brink of disaster as water crisis deepens

By: News24Wire      8th March 2017 The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality is on the brink of being declared a disaster area as the water crisis deepens, mayor Athol Trollip said on Tuesday. "Despite saving water, our water is running out. It's not raining and we could run out of water. If we run out of water, we have an absolute... 

Council for Geoscience okays Thyspunt for nuclear development 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2016 State-owned Eskom on Tuesday welcomed the Council for Geoscience’s (CGS’s) confirmation that there are no geological, bedrock topography or seismological problems at the proposed Thyspunt nuclear site that could possibly disqualify the area for the construction of a nuclear installation. In... 

Stainless steel art becomes part of community upliftment centre

By: Aarifah Nosarka     21st October 2016 The 2016 Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association art category award finalist for the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality’s Helenvale Resource Centre project is unusual as it is not often that community project budgets allow for art work, let alone those conceived of stainless steel,... 

New manager for ICT business incubator

By: Dylan Slater     12th August 2016 Nelson Mandela Bay-based information and communications technology (ICT) incubator SNII appointed executive manager Phumza Mfenyana in July.  

DoE launches ‘Save Energy’ campaign

     3rd June 2016 Last month, the Department of Energy (DoE) in collaboration with the Department of Public Works (DPW), the Department of Trade and Industry, and local and international partners unveiled the ‘Save Energy’ energy efficiency programme intervention, which is in support of the energy saving campaign... 

Water taken from Sterkfontein still not replaced – Muller  

By: Martin Creamer     12th May 2016 Water extracted from the Sterkfontein dam had still not been replaced, six months after officials promised that it would be, Wits School of Governance visiting adjunct professor Mike Muller has pointed out. Speaking at this week’s South African Institution of Civil Engineering Civilution... 

R500m boost for Port Elizabeth housing

By: African News Agency      7th March 2016 Housing delivery in the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality got a boost with the gazetting of an additional R500-million by National Treasury to speed up the provision of sustainable human settlements in the city. The additional funding is aimed at bolstering the work of Human Settlements Minister... 

Bioregional planning important for SEZs, says consulting firm

By: David Oliveira     25th September 2015 Bioregional planning will play an important role in determining land-use limitations in special economic zones (SEZs), such as industrial development zones, says global consultancy SRK Consulting principal environmental scientist Warrick Stewart. He tells Engineering News that bioregional... 

Nooitgedagt Water Treatment Works project – Phase 2, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     5th June 2015 The project aims to double the amount of water available from the Nooitgedagt Water Treatment Works to the Nelson Mandela Bay area. 

PE ideally placed for nuclear manufacture

By: Kelvin Kemm     26th September 2014 I went to Port Elizabeth for a couple of days. I had received various requests to travel to the coastal city. So, accompanied by my project coordinator, I went. 

Morwe outlines TNPA’s port development plans 

By: Shirley le Guern     2nd September 2014 The announcement of the successful bidder for the construction of Durban’s long-awaited passenger cruise terminal was imminent, Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) CEO Tau Morwe told delegates at the African Ports Evolution Conference in Durban on Tuesday.  The only thing that was holding... 

Master builders to meet in Port Elizabeth

By: Zandile Mavuso     18th July 2014 The yearly Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) Congress will be held in Port Elizabeth in September, where national and African representatives will have an opportunity to discuss the latest trends, opportunities and challenges in the building industry. 

Nelson Mandela Bay upgrades town-planning centre

By: Natalie Greve     24th April 2014 The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality has upgraded its Department of Human Settlements’ centralised information centre (CIC), introducing a new integrated land planning information system (ILIS) and refurbishing the interior and exterior of the centre, using three-dimensional design software... 

100% South African-owned wind farm starts operations

     28th February 2014 Wind farm development project MetroWind Van Stadens (MWVS) wind farm will sell renewable energy to State-owned utility Eskom, who will be exhibiting at Power-Gen Africa 2014, for the next 20 years in accordance with the terms of a power purchase agreement. 

Mall to reduce unemployment in Nelson Mandela Bay

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th February 2014 Construction of the Baywest Mall, in Port Elizabeth, officially started in June last year and Baywest City MD Gavin Blows says the scheduled opening of the mall remains March 2015 and the project is still within its budget of R1.7-billion. Although Eastern Cape MEC for Economic Development... 

MetroWind Van Stadens wind farm project, South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th February 2014 On February 2, the facility reached completion. 

MEC describes R1.7bn PE mall as ‘integral’ to job creation

By: Natalie Greve     29th November 2013 The development of the R1.7-billion Baywest Mall, in Port Elizabeth, is an integral part of job creation in the Eastern Cape and is considered by provincial government to be an important development driver of the region. Speaking at the official launch of the 87 500 m² mall, provincial MEC for... 

MetroWind Van Stadens wind farm project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th November 2013 The MetroWind Van Stadens wind farm is on track to start generating power to the grid by February 2014. 

Building Plan Approval Delays Causing Significant Concern For Property Sector

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th September 2013 The sudden stoppage of building plan approvals in the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality is causing serious concern in the commercial and industrial property sector, with the SA Property Owners’ Association quick to raise a red flag concern about the situation. Building plan approvals at the... 

MetroWind Van Stadens wind farm project, South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th September 2013 The MetroWind Van Stadens wind farm project is on schedule to begin cold commissioning in October. 

MetroWind Van Stadens wind farm project, South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th July 2013 Engineering and construction have started on the MetroWind Van Stadens wind farm. 

MetroWind Van Stadens wind farm project, South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2013 The first two shiploads of wind-turbine components for the MetroWind Van Stadens wind farm site have arrived at the Port of Ngqura. 

Wind developer in solar outreach

     8th February 2013 Wind farm Metrowind Van Stadens has installed solar-powered streetlights in the communities of Shamrock and Witteklip, in the Eastern Cape. The lights were commissioned in December and provide transformational light for local residents.  

MetroWind Van Stadens wind farm project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd August 2012 MetroWind has been given the go-ahead to build and operate the Van Stadens wind farm. 

Study suggests solution for encroaching Nelson Mandela Bay dunes

     20th July 2012 A study conducted on the Noordhoek dune fields, southwest of Nelson Mandela Bay, to determine the impact of dune migration on nearby infrastructure has revealed that the rate at which the dunes are advancing has nearly doubled from 14 m a year in 1989 to 25 m a year in 2009.  

MetroWind expects to deliver first power from PE project in 13 months 

By: Terence Creamer     12th July 2012 Renewable energy developer MetroWind reported on Thursday that its R550-million, 27 MW wind farm at Van Stadens, in the Eastern Cape, was poised to start supplying power to the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality (NMBM) within the next 13 months. Located near to Port Elizabeth, the wind farm was... 

Major water projects a focal point for valves company

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     11th May 2012 Local demand for water infrastructure is growing and, if it is to be met, will require the roll-out of large water delivery projects, says water treatment and distribution solutions provider VAG-Valves South Africa manager Hennie de Meyer. 


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