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Long-serving Sanral engineering exec looks back as he prepares to step down

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2017 When Koos Smit studied civil engineering on a public service bursary at the University of Pretoria in the 1970s, the plan was that he would qualify and build dams and pipelines.However, an oversupply of engineers at the Department of Water Affairs saw him sign up at National Roads. He remained at... 

Sanral’s chief engineer on retirement, career highlights and tolling 

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2017 When Koos Smit studied civil engineering on a public service bursary at the University of Pretoria in the 1970s, the plan was that he would qualify and build dams and pipelines. However, an oversupply of engineers at the Department of Water Affairs saw him sign up at National Roads. 

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust despite ongoing e-toll tussle 

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 Not too long ago, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was a firm darling among its peers. It was a well-funded State-owned enterprise (SOE) almost never under fire, seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward in its task to manage and expand the country’s road network. Then came... 

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust despite ongoing e-toll tussle

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 Not too long ago the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was a firm darling among its peers. It was a well-funded State-owned enterprise (SOE) almost never under fire, seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward in its task to manage and expand the country’s road network. Then came... 

R352m boost for drought-hit KZN

By: News24Wire      15th July 2015 The Department of Water and Sanitation has invested R352m in assisting KwaZulu-Natal to respond to the immediate challenges of water scarcity, it was revealed on Wednesday. Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Makonyane, who is on a fact-finding mission in KwaZulu-Natal visiting various sites... 

PVC waterstop order supplied to KZN project

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th May 2015 Tiling installation materials, tiling tools, building solutions and construction adhesives manufacturer and supplier Tal has supplied its largest order of X-Calibur X-Stop polyvinyl chloride (PVC) Waterstop extruded water bars to date to the lower Thukela bulk water supply scheme near Mandeni, in... 

NSW Labor’s CSG promise ‘puts politics ahead of jobs, cleaner energy’

By: Mariaan Webb     20th March 2015 New South Wales Labor’s election promise to ban coal seam gas (CSG) in part of the state is putting “politics ahead of jobs and cleaner energy”, Australia’s oil and gas industry body said on Friday. New South Wales opposition leader Luke Foley has pledged to “permanently ban CSG exploration and... 

Drought expected to cost KZN canegrowers millions

By: Tracy Hancock     5th February 2015 With production losses in KwaZulu-Natal expected to reach R574-million, for Canegrowers in the drought-stricken areas of the province, “the loss is great”, Canegrowers Research Department analysis shows. Further, rehabilitation costs of some R274-million were expected, as well as a potential loss... 

KZN regional mall upgrade to be completed by 2017

By: Zandile Mavuso     12th September 2014 The acquisition of Ballito Junction Shopping Centre by a joint venture (JV) between investment company Menlyn Maine and property developers Flanagan & Gerard Consortium in KwaZulu Natal has resulted in the development of a R1.4-billion regional mall set to complete construction by March 2017. 

New York Times names Cape Town top destination for 2014

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th January 2014 Two prominent newspapers – The New York Times and The Guardian – have named the City of Cape Town the number-one place in the world to visit in 2014. This comes as the city, which was named World Design Capital for the year, prepared for “one of its best summers”, with regard to tourism, since... 

Enbridge lifts Q3 profit on strong oil transport demand

By: Henry Lazenby     6th November 2013 Canada’s largest oil and gas transport company Enbridge posted profit gains in the third quarter ended September 30, with strong demand from Canadian oil producers to move their products south to the US encouraging the company to implement its $36-billion growth plan by 2017. Enbridge's adjusted... 

From one playing field to another

By: Tracy Hancock     27th September 2013 Former Springbok rugby captain Gary Teichmann talks to Tracy Hancock of Engineering News about how he handles rucks in the business world to keep his company in play.  

WA govt clears IOH port

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th September 2013 Western Australia’s Environment Minister Albert Jacob has approved the development of a 25-million tonne a year port facility being developed by ASX-listed Iron Ore Holdings (IOH). The multi-user port was approved by the Environmental Protection Authority in May this year. 

Akin to railroads of the 1880s, oil pipelines poised to spur Canadian growth  

By: Henry Lazenby     26th July 2013 Canada is expecting a boom in oil production from its prolific Alberta oil sands deposits; however, production from the world’s third-largest proven oil reserves, after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, is hampered by a lack of sufficient transport to markets, resulting in lower prices for Canadian... 

Pipeline operators required to have $1bn to cover potential spills

By: Henry Lazenby     26th June 2013 Canada’s Conservative federal government will, in future, require existing and new pipeline companies to have at least $1-billion financial capability on hand to cover any spills on Canadian soil. Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver made the announcement in Vancouver on Wednesday, a week after... 

BC’s new Liberal government rejects Northern Gateway pipeline

By: Henry Lazenby     1st June 2013 The recently elected Liberal government of British Columbia (BC), under the leadership of Premier Christy Clark, has rejected the $5.5-billion Northern Gateway pipeline project on environmental concerns. Energy giant Enbridge’s pipeline project, which entailed the construction of two pipelines... 

EPA approves port plans for IOH

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th May 2013 The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has given its blessing to ASX-listed Iron Ore Holdings (IOH) to develop an iron-ore export facility near Dampier. The multi-user port will include a 1.5-km-long trestle jetty, a 20-million-ton-a-year stockyard, a permanent... 

QRN awards Wicet rail contract

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     25th June 2012 Rail freight carrier QR National has awarded a A$76-million contract to project house Abigroup for the Wiggins Island rail project. Abigroup would undertake the civil works for the 13-km balloon loop near Gladstone, where coal trains would be unloaded at the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal... 

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