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North American Aboriginals, First Nations join hands to thwart domestic oil development 

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd September 2016 Canadian and Northern US Aboriginal groups and First Nations have, this week, adopted the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion, seeking to officially prohibit and collectively challenge and resist oil sands industry expansion in Alberta. This extends to preventing the transport of such... 

Rail Road Association to hold AGM

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd September 2016 The Rail Road Association of South Africa (RRA) will hold its annual general meeting on Thursday, September 29. The gathering will take place at Scaw Metals’ offices in Germiston from 8:30. The RRA has been critical of what it views as uneven localisation efforts in Transnet’s multibillion-rand... 

Harmony reports fatality at Phakisa

By: Anine Kilian     23rd September 2016 An employee was killed in a rail-bound equipment accident at JSE-listed Harmony Gold’s Phakisa mine, in the Free State. Investigations into the accident are under way. 

PRASA, Vodacom sign R1bn, 15-year fibre deal

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2016  Vodacom has signed a 15-year deal with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), through its subsidiary Intersite Asset Investments, valued at more than R1-billion. Intersite is responsible for property and asset development within PRASA. It aims to raise additional revenue for the... 

Commission’s ports probe to place spotlight on Transnet’s economic impact

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd September 2016 State-owned logistics company Transnet, which owns all commercial ports in South Africa and is the sole operator of the country’s container and automotive terminals, has naturally had a major influence over port operations and terminal handling charges. However, that role and dominance have often... 

Commission’s ports probe to place spotlight on Transnet’s economic impact

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd September 2016 State-owned logistics company Transnet, which owns all commercial ports in South Africa and is the sole operator of the country’s container and automotive terminals, has naturally had a major influence over port operations and terminal handling charges. However, that role and dominance has often... 

Industrial group wins contract for 500 elevators and escalators

     23rd September 2016 Diversified industrial group ThyssenKrupp has been awarded a contract to manufacture, supply, install and maintain more than 500 elevators and escalators for the red line north, green line and two additional major stations of Qatar capital city Doha’s upcoming metro network, which will be... 

Limpopo’s proposed SEZ attracts R40bn investment

     23rd September 2016 A significant investment is already expected to be injected into the proposed Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone (SEZ) - a boost for the energy and metallurgical industries. A consortium of Chinese investors led by Hong Kong Mining Exchange, will be investing more than R40-billion into an... 

Market research shows growth in lift and escalator industries

     23rd September 2016 The global lift and escalator market was valued at $86-billion in 2012 and is expected to grow steadily from 2016 to 2020 spurred by robust demand from Asia, according to a report released last month by market research company Research and Markets. 

PRASA rail network expansion, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd September 2016 The project aims to develop network extensions to the Daveyton–Etwatwa and Blue Downs rail lines, the Hammanskraal and Moloto rail corridors, and the Cape Town International Airport rail link. 

SA lubricant market gets the Royal Purple treatment from Filter Focus

     22nd September 2016 Leading wear-control specialist Filter Focus launched the Royal Purple premier lubricant brand into the South African market at a Speed Week media event in August, held at The Rock Raceway in Benoni, Gauteng. Manufactured in the US by Calumet Specialty Products, Royal Purple has a full range of... 

Train plant construction ‘on track’, says Gibela 

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2016 The construction of Gibela’s R1-billion train factory at Dunnottar, in Ekurhuleni, is on schedule, says the rail consortium in a project update. Gibela has been contracted to supply the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa with 600 new passenger trains, in a deal worth R51-billion. The first 20... 

Bombardier affirms localisation with new Isando facility 

     22nd September 2016 A new 6 000 m2 production site for rail technology provider Bombardier Transportation’s high-power propulsion equipment was opened earlier this month. Megan van Wyngaardt has the story. 

Ex-limo firm, billionaires bet on iron-ore with mines, M&A

By: Bloomberg     22nd September 2016 The global iron-ore market is awash with supply and prices remain volatile, but a former Chinese limousine rental service and a billionaire New Zealand family are among producers and developers wagering new mines will be needed. Their focus is Western Australia, the industry heartland in the... 

Menlyn Maine Central Square open for business 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st September 2016 Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Wednesday opened the Menlyn Maine Central Square, in Pretoria, calling it a “very important development” for Gauteng. Speaking at the launch of the 65 000 m2 R1.8-billion Central Square development, which forms part of the overall 315 000 m2 Menlyn Maine mixed-use... 

Alstom unveils emission-free Coradia iLint locomotive

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2016 Two years after inking the first letters of intent (LoIs) with various German states and entities, French multinational Alstom’s zero-carbon-dioxide- (CO2) emission passenger train is set to grace the European country’s rail network. Launched on Tuesday at railway trade fair InnoTrans, in Berlin,... 

Futuregrowth seeks ‘right side of history’ with clean coal

By: Bloomberg     21st September 2016 Futuregrowth Asset Management, South Africa’s largest specialist fixed-income money manager, said it won’t participate in funding of coal-fired power generation until the industry develops environmentally sustainable methods of operating. The decision is based on the company’s investment... 

South African gold and diamond miners shine, base metals face slow recovery

By: African News Agency      20th September 2016 Moody’s Investors Service on Tuesday said South African gold and diamond miners’ credit quality had good prospects to continue strengthening. Moody’s assistant VP Douglas Rowlings said the gold and diamond miners that the agency rated in South Africa had already re-set their operations to... 

FA 07 Refineries are quite sophisticated

     20th September 2016 Valve makers are increasingly targeting refineries outside of Europe. Energy efficiency is decisive for the competitiveness of refinery operators and their valve suppliers. Refineries always are in operation, and simply cannot be replaced. Traffic can only flow with their products, namely petrol... 

Vale says rail delay limits new iron-ore mine output to 75mt

By: Reuters     20th September 2016 Brazil's Vale said on Monday output from its new S11D iron-ore mine in the Amazon region will be limited to 83 percent of full capacity as efforts to preserve cash and limit transport disruptions crimp a needed railway expansion. The $14.3 billion project, Vale's biggest-ever investment, was... 

High efficiency, safety and quality in local build of dragline base

     19th September 2016 Vereeniging-based DCD Heavy Engineering is nearing completion of a 380 ton base for a Caterpillar dragline excavator destined for a coal project in Mpumalanga. At 18 meters in diameter, and comprising 16 individual sections, the contract to manufacture the base locally was awarded to the company... 

DCD completes winder build for Zambian mine

     19th September 2016 Vereeniging-based specialist manufacturer DCD Heavy Engineering – part of the DCD Group’s mining and energy cluster – is nearing completion on a two-year project to produce winder drums for a copper mine in Zambia. The contract was for two double-drum winders for hoisting rock and two single-drum... 

RSR safety report to be released in October

By: Anine Kilian     19th September 2016 Compared with its Southern African counterparts, South Africa is doing well in terms of rail safety, says Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) CEO Nkululeko Poya. Speaking ahead of the release, in October, of the RSR’s yearly State of Safety report, he reiterated that the regulator was targeting the... 

Conservation group appeals Adani coal mine ruling

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2016 The Australian Conservation Foundation (AFC) on Monday lodged an appeal against the Federal Court’s decision last month that the approval of Indian conglomerate Adani’s Carmichael coal mine had been lawful. The Federal Court last month dismissed the AFC’s application to block the coal mine from... 

MinRes gets EPA tick of approval for Pilbara iron-ore rail project

By: Mariaan Webb     19th September 2016 Integrated mining services company and iron-ore miner Mineral Resources Limited (MRL) is making progress with its Pilbara Bulk Ore Transportation System, known as BOTS, which will transport iron-ore mined from the Iron Valley mine site, near Newman, to Port Hedland. The Western Australian... 

Brazil grants Vale licence for Amazon iron-ore mine rail branch

By: Reuters     17th September 2016 Brazil granted Vale a ten-year licence to operate a 101-km branch line connecting its $14.3-billion S11D iron-ore mine project in the Amazon jungle to the Carajas Railway, the company said in a statement on Friday. The Carajas Railway branch will allow Vale, the world's largest iron ore exporter,... 

PRASA deal's European 'BEE' partner, arms deal links

By: News24Wire      16th September 2016 A Swiss consulting firm, whose owner had been named in a corruption probe in Italy, may have received at least R4-million thanks to its bizarre BEE stake in PRASA's R51-billion tender for new passenger coaches. Last week, News24 revealed that JSE-listed technology firm EOH had paid R16.5-million... 

KPC finds rail solution for Kazakhstan potash projects

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th September 2016 ASX-listed explorer Kazakhstan Potash Corporation (KPC) has inked a framework agreement with the national rail operator that would look to integrate the transportation requirement of the company’s potash projects for shipment through to China into the Kazakhstan national railway network. KPC CEO... 

Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa station modernisation programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     16th September 2016 The project involves the modernisation of 135 stations on the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa rail network.  

WA mining tax may risk major BHP iron-ore project

By: Bloomberg     15th September 2016 BHP Billiton, the world’s largest mining company, said a proposed tax on producing iron-ore in Australia would risk the development of a new project in the Pilbara region that may account for about a quarter of its iron output from the country. Brendon Grylls, the leader of Western Australia’s... 

Transnet to sue Futuregrowth 

By: African News Agency      15th September 2016 Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama revealed in Parliament on Wednesday that the South African parastatal intends to sue Futuregrowth Asset Management for damages. Briefing Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises, Gama said Transnet had written to Futuregrowth demanding an apology for its... 

TNPA introduces new online order system

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th September 2016 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is introducing a new order-to-cash initiative to replace its nine-year-old PortsOnline system, which customers previously used for online submission of cargo documentation. The company says the initiative is as another step on its “journey to digitalise”... 

DCD’s Husky 2G takes the lead in route clearance

     13th September 2016 The recent fitment of a Route Clearance Platform Autonomous Control Kit (RC-PACK) on the DCD Portable Mobility (DCD PM) Husky 2G design has maximised DCD’s vehicle-mounted mine detector (VMMD) system – making this Husky model the most strategically important item in the route clearance convoy.... 

ARM keen to do more in platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2016 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM), which has reached agreement to increase its holding in the Two Rivers platinum mine to 54%, is keen on enlarging its overall platinum base still further. The Two Rivers mine on the eastern limb of the Bushveld Complex achieved record... 

Certification enables company to work on rail projects

By: Victor Moolman     9th September 2016 Metal fabricator Fabrinox received the EN 15085 certification last month. This enables the company to work on rail infrastructure projects in South Africa, the rest of Africa and European Union (EU) countries. 

Grindrod reports some interest in locomotive unit despite weak market

By: Irma Venter     9th September 2016 A depressed commodities market continued to takes its toll on shipping and logistics group Grindrod in the six months ended June 30. Grindrod reported a drop in revenue to R11-billion in its management income statement – which included the company’s share in joint ventures – compared with... 

PRASA perway and electrical programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     9th September 2016 The project involves the upgrade of line speeds of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s rail network. 

Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe revive plan for inter-regional railway project

By: African News Agency      8th September 2016 The governments of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the construction of a regional railway line to link Francistown in Botswana to the Mozambican port of Techobanine, through Bulawayo, in Zimbabwe. Once completed, the Port Techobanine Inter-Regional... 

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