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GO!Durban discusses potential of partnerships with eThekwini businesses

By: Shirley le Guern     2nd December 2016 The eThekwini municipality is rezoning the land associated with the first phase of the R22-billion GO!Durban integrated rapid public transport network (IRPTN) and is actively courting private sector partnerships to develop commercial nodes around stations along the corridor. “There is still a lot... 

First new PRASA trains take to the tracks in Tshwane

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2016 The first trains delivered in the R51-billion rolling stock acquisition programme for Metrorail operations are gearing up for service, says the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). The agency says the testing and commissioning of the units “have progressed well in the past six months,... 

Ekurhuleni excited to activate Aerotropolis project as part of wider 5-year plan 

     2nd December 2016 Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality is excited to finally acquire a comprehensive plan for the much anticipated Aerotropolis project announced two years ago. The Aerotropolis project is one of the important projects the city is spearheading, amongst others it has unveiled as part of its... 

High- and medium-speed power generation products for South Africa

     2nd December 2016 Power systems provider Rolls-Royce presented its high-speed and medium-speed power generation products, including various power generation solutions in the 24 kW to 9 400 kW range suitable for a wide variety of applications and types of fuel, at Power & Electricity World Africa. The event was... 

Teledyne LeCroy Launches RP4030 Active Voltage Rail Probe and SPMI Decoder

     1st December 2016 Teledyne LeCroy today launches two new products  the RP4030 active voltage rail probe and an industry first MIPI System Power Management Interface (SPMI) serial decoder. The RP4030 probe measures small signal variations on a DC power/voltage rail, while the SPMI decoder monitors and correlates... 

Things not 'hunky-dory' at Prasa, admits acting CEO

By: African News Agency      1st December 2016 The scope of a forensic audit into the embattled Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has been widened and now includes probes into R24-billion in contracts, the rail company’s acting chief executive Collins Letsoalo told MPs on Wednesday. Letsoalo, Prasa board chairman Popo Molefe, and... 

Gautrain bidder to be chosen next year

By: African News Agency      30th November 2016 A contract to supply new trains to Gautrain would be awarded`to a successful bidder in November next year, Roads and Transport MEC Ismael Vadi said on Wednesday. Three bidders, Bombardier Transport (Pty) Ltd, CRRC E-Loco Supply and Egoli Rail Consortium would submit their final bidding in In May... 

Trudeau govt approves Trans Mountain, Line 3 pipelines, rejects Northern Gateway

By: Henry Lazenby     30th November 2016 Canada’s Liberal federal government under leadership of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has approved two out of three contentious crude oil pipelines in the country, critical infrastructure needed to get Canada’s vast oil reserves to new markets. In a landmark decision, the Trudeau government has... 

Ansys profits soar to R51m

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th November 2016 Engineering solutions provider Ansys’s profit before interest and tax in the half-year ended September 30, increased by 645.9% to R51.1-million from R6.8-million in the comparative period. The company attributed this significant increase to its continued investment in its operations, as well as... 

Prairie starts scoping work in Poland

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th November 2016 Coal developer Prairie Mining has launched a scoping study for its recently acquired Debiensko hard coking coal project, in Poland. The study, due for completion in early to mid-2017, will explore options for the near-term development of the project, with an eye on minimising upfront capital cost. 

Two legal bids to stop $16.5bn Carmichael mine fail in Supreme Court

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th November 2016 The $16.5-billion Carmichael rail and coal project has cleared another legal hurdle after the Queensland Supreme Court dismissed two legal challenges to the grant of a mining lease and environmental approvals. The first had been a challenge by activist Adrian Burragubba, and the second by... 

Manufacturing Circle believes Vaal Triangle should be zoned for special economic development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th November 2016 If government declares the Vaal Triangle a special economic zone, it will not only attract investment back to the area, but also reignite the manufacturing industry, creating jobs and more prosperity. Manufacturing Circle chairperson Andre de Ruyter said on Friday that this could be carried out... 

Rail freight system will benefit economy, reduce road maintenance

By: Nadine James     25th November 2016 To limit the damage to the national and provincial road networks – primarily caused by heavy-duty freight vehicles – and cut down on resulting maintenance, government should ensure that South Africa has a workable and reliable rail freight service, says auditing and consulting firm KPMG. KPMG... 

SA business delegation explores opportunities at Central African ports

By: David Oliveira     25th November 2016 Research and consulting specialists Africa House led a business delegation to Central African port cities last month, to explore business opportunities in new port developments in Cameroon and the Republic of Congo. The business delegation comprised South African business development managers and... 

Siemens on schedule to complete PRASA’s Gauteng signalling project in early 2020

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th November 2016 International engineering company Siemens is on track and aims to complete its project scope for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) rail signalling system project in early 2020. Overall completion of Phases 1 and 2 of the Gauteng re-signalling project are at 83% and 33%... 

South32 zeroes in on better safety performance in South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th November 2016 After the fatalities of four employees during the past year, triple-listed South32 needs to initiate a complete step-change in the way it approaches its safety commitments in South Africa. The diversified mining company has therefore committed to investing time, energy and leadership into making... 

Local Plastics Collectors And Recyclers Get Much Needed Financial Boost

     24th November 2016 Five New Project Partners To Receive A Total Of R5.5 Million In Funding Support POLYCO, the Polyolefin Recycling Company has just released the names of the five successful applicants who will be receiving a total investment of R5.5 million to expand their existing separation, collection, sorting... 

South32 continues asset hunt

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th November 2016 Diversified miner South32 will continue with its investment drive and is looking for "new and exciting" opportunities outside its current portfolio in which to invest, CEO Graham Kerr said in Perth on Thursday. He said at the annual general meeting (AGM) that the company, which operates mines in... 

Fortescue gains EPA approval for Solomon mine extension

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th November 2016 The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended the approval of iron-ore miner Fortescue Metals’ plans to extend the Solomon iron-ore project, in the Pilbara, for a further 35 years. The proposed extension includes new mining areas in the Castle Valley and... 

Bulk earthworks start at Pilgangoora

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th November 2016 Site development at the Pilgangoora lithium/tantalum project, in Western Australia, has started. Owner Pilbara Minerals said on Thursday that the start of bulk earthworks for the project’s accommodation village marked a significant milestone for the company, putting it on track to start... 

Equatorial Resources aims to invest $1.2bn in Congo iron project

By: Reuters     23rd November 2016 Africa-focused Australian mining company Equatorial Resources Ltd will aim to invest around $1.2-billion to develop its Badondo iron-ore project in Republic of Congo, the company said. John Welborn, a non-executive director of Equatorial Resources and chief executive of its Congolese unit Congo... 

Bombela, Gauteng provincial government settle Gautrain disputes

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th November 2016 The Bombela Concession Company, the operator of the Gautrain, and the Gauteng provincial government (GPG), have agreed to a comprehensive settlement of all disputes relating to the Gautrain rapid rail link project’s development period, bringing an end to multiyear protracted legal processes.... 

Queensland’s new groundwater law a ‘risk’ to resource projects – miners

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th November 2016 Despite objections from the resources sector and dire warnings about the impact it would have on the development of coal projects, the Queensland Parliament has backed the Environmental Protection (Underground Water Management) and Other Legislation Amendment (EPOLA) Bill. In essence, the Bill is... 

Giyani seeks to broaden manganese portfolio

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th November 2016 Dual-listed Giyani Gold has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with Menzi Battery Metals to acquire a 70% interest in two past-producing high-grade manganese mines in Zambia. The Kampumba and Chiwefwe openpit manganese mines were operated between 1954 and 1968 and produced an estimated  360 000 t at... 

Rolls-Royce unit eyeing Southern African gas-to-power prospects

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2016 Power systems group Rolls-Royce aims to use a newly inaugurated 100 MW gas-fired power station at Ressano Garcia, in southern Mozambique, as a key reference plant, as several countries in the region consider their gas-to-power options. The plant is owned and operated by the independent power... 

Lockheed's hybrid airships gets launch customer in Canada 

By: Reuters     17th November 2016 The operator of Lockheed Martin Corp's blimp-like hybrid airships on Wednesday announced its first customer, a Canadian mining company that expects to lease seven of the heavy-lift cargo aircraft for a decade starting in 2019. Quest Rare Minerals will lease the airships from operator Straightline... 

Irregular expenditure jumps 80% in 2015/16 – Auditor-General

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th November 2016 Irregular expenditure by national and provincial departments and public entities has increased to R46.36-billion in 2015/16, an 80% increase from the prior year. Auditor-General (AG) Kimi Makwetu revealed on Wednesday that this was owing to the continued noncompliance with supply chain management... 

Transnet, GE Transportation collaborate on digitising Africa’s supply chain

By: Anine Kilian     16th November 2016 State-owned rail, port and pipeline company Transnet has partnered with global digital industrial company GE Transportation to create a digital solution, powered by GE’s Predix operating system, to connect shippers and transport operators, enabling the efficient movement of goods. The solution... 

Ingeteam awarded the contract for the operation and maintenance of ENCE's biomass plant in Mérida

     15th November 2016 The company is to recruit some 30 workers for this new contract ENCE's 20 megawatt biomass plant is one of the leading plants for this type of energy generation in Spain. ENCE has awarded Ingeteam a new contract for the operation and maintenance of its biomass plant in Mérida. This plant,... 

Rio CEO says staff 'shocked' by probe that may take years

By: Bloomberg     15th November 2016 Rio Tinto Group CEO Jean Sebastien Jacques said an investigation into the lawfulness of a payment made to an external consultant relating to a giant iron ore project in Guinea has “shell-shocked” the company and may take several years to resolve. The world’s second-biggest miner last week... 

Bermondsey dive-under project, UK

By: Sheila Barradas     11th November 2016 The project forms part of the Thameslink Programme, which aims to untangle the track on the approaches to London Bridge station. 

Strong sense of irony as Eskom solicits energy-intensive connections

By: Terence Creamer     11th November 2016 Amid weak economic growth, falling industrial and mining demand and a rise in plant availability, Eskom has appealed to industrial customers to approach it for new connections, saying it is “open for business”. The State-owned utility announced a recovery in the energy availability factor (EAF)... 

Arup Talks Cities

     10th November 2016 “Cities by their traditional definition are places of opportunity and access, yet for many people living in African cities today this is not the case. Historical spatial and economic exclusions have created ‘large and poor’ cities. At Arup we believe that the future of African cities should offer... 

Miners face new water licence requirements as Qld passes Epola Bill

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th November 2016 The Queensland Parliament has passed the Environmental Protection (Underground Water Management) and Other Legislation Amendment (Epola) Bill, meaning that mining projects that are “already advanced” in the approvals process will be required to obtain an associated water licence. However, a late... 

Accelerate undeterred by economic pressure as it posts H1 growth

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th November 2016 JSE-listed Accelerate Property Fund reported distribution growth of 8.1% year-on-year for the six months ended September 30, translating into a distribution per share of 28.77c, up from 26.62c apiece in the comparative period of 2015. The fund also reported a 17% increase in its portfolio value,... 

Transnet sets up R20bn acquisitions war chest, as it pulls in capex horns 

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2016 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has set aside a R20-billion war chest for mergers and acquisitions inside South Africa and the rest of the continent, owing to “limited” prospects for organic growth domestically. Specific merger and acquisition (M&A) targets have been identified as... 

Gibela selects 22 interns for 2017 programme

By: Anine Kilian     7th November 2016 Train manufacturer Gibela Rail Transport Consortium has selected 22 national diploma and university graduates as interns for 2017.   Gibela – a consortium comprising French engineering firm Alstom and local black economic empowerment entities Ubumbano Rail and New Africa Rail – is under contract... 

NSW planning commission backs Mt Owen

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th November 2016 The New South Wales Planning and Assessment Commission (PAC) has approved diversified miner Glencore’s plans to expand its Mount Owen coal mine. Under the Mt Owen Continued Operations (MOCO) project, Glencore will expand existing mining operations at the two openpit operations at Mt Owen to... 

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