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Archer studies shared rail solution for Leigh Creek project

By: Mariaan Webb     24th May 2016 ASX-listed explorer Archer Exploration has signed a heads of agreement with Bowmans Intermodal to assess the feasibility of developing and sharing rail infrastructure at Leigh Creek, in South Australia. Archer reported on Tuesday that the proposed shared rail facility would be located adjacent... 

DTI moving to iron out local-content frustrations around Transnet contracts

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has confirmed that it is “concerned” about whether all four of the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that have been awarded parts of a R50-billion contract to supply 1 064 electricity and diesel locomotives to Transnet will meet the minimum... 

Transnet appoints group executive for R&D

     20th May 2016 State-owned Transnet has appointed Khomotso Phihlela group executive for research and development to spearhead and monetise the company’s intellectual property drive. The group has identified innovation as one of the key drivers of revenue and profitability, operational efficiency and a way of... 

AG wheels launches a wheel machining shop

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2016 South African rail engineering company Grindrod Locomotives and ATCOM Wheels, a supplier of new and refurbished wheel sets are in the process of establishing a wheel shop located at Grindrod Locomotives' works in Pretoria West.  Our joint goal is  to accommodate  wheel machining opportunities... 

Gauteng/Gautrain rail extension project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th May 2016 The Gauteng government will make an announcement on the possible expansion of the province’s rapid rail system by the end of June. 

KiPower independent power producer plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th May 2016 A draft environmental impact report for the proposed construction of two loop-in loop-out 400 kV power lines to connect the KiPower independent power producer power plant to the Eskom grid has been released. 

The impact of local content rules in renewables sector questioned

     20th May 2016 By Dr Chris Ettmayr and Professor Hendrik Lloyd Economies around the world are demanding more energy, but the nature of the demand is changing, with preference given to energy sources that have a reduced environmental impact. A dichotomy arises for governments that need to increase generation... 

Transnet Engineering targets big rise in third-party orders as OEM strategy evolves

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2016 The engineering unit of State-owned Transnet has set a target of securing 40% of its revenue from third-party orders by 2021, which would represent a material increase from current levels of around 12%. The bulk of Transnet Engineering’s R10-billion in yearly revenues is currently derived from... 

Stanmore Coal reopens Isaac Plains mine

By: Samantha Herbst     18th May 2016 Defying the current downturn in the global coal sector, ASX-listed junior coal miner Stanmore Coal became Australia’s newest coking coal producer on Wednesday, after Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk officiated the reopening of the Isaac Plains mine, in the Bowen basin. Stanmore restarted... 

Nair confirmed as TFR chief as Transnet unveils new team

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th May 2016 Freight logistics group Transnet on Wednesday unveiled its new leadership team and structure, which the State-owned company said was in line with revisions to its operating model and its aspiration to capture new market opportunities. Group CEO Siyabonga Gama, who was recently confirmed as the... 

DTI urged to consult widely on new rail, agroprocessing incentives

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2016 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies reaffirmed on Tuesday that government planned to pursue an increasing number of sector-specific incentive schemes, with an initial focus on the creation of new incentives for the agroprocessing and railways industries. Speaking at a business briefing... 

Queensland CEOs losing confidence in resources regulation – survey

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th May 2016 Confidence levels among resource company CEOs in Queensland are at a near five-year low, a Queensland Resources Council (QRC) survey has found. QRC CEO Michael Roche said compared to a year ago, the latest findings revealed a stark change in CEOs' confidence about regulation and doing business... 

TSX slips as non-gold resource stocks weigh

By: Reuters     13th May 2016 Canada's main stock index slipped on Friday, weighed down by financials, industrials and resource stocks as they pulled back in line with softer prices for oil and other commodities. "Today's price action is somewhat suggestive that some of these commodity sectors are perhaps extended from the... 

South Africa's Transnet steams into rest of Africa

By: Reuters     13th May 2016 South African state rail-freight operator Transnet is embarking on a major expansion drive in the rest of the continent, offsetting a slowdown at home caused by the slump in commodity prices, chief executive Siyabonga Gama said on Wednesday. Transnet, which operates nearly three quarters of all... 

Port authority maps out infrastructure projects

     13th May 2016 The ports industry is in a state of radical change and uncertainty, which requires flexible and adaptable port planning and design, notes Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) COO Phyllis Difeto. “The impact of the global economic downturn is a daily reminder to ports of the need to change... 

Saldanha liquefied petroleum gas import terminal, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th May 2016 The fabrication of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessels, known as bullets, for the open-access LPG terminal has been completed. 

Tanzania aiming to become East Africa’s regional transport hub

By: John Muchira     13th May 2016 Tanzania is determined to implement transport infrastructure megaprojects in a bid to become East Africa's regional transport hub. The country, which is investing massively in port, airport and railway projects, has earmarked $445.6-million in the current financial year budget for the... 

Announcement on Gautrain expansion project expected by the end of June

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2016 The Gauteng government would make an announcement on the possible expansion of the province’s rapid rail system by the end of June, said Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe on Thursday. Speaking to Engineering News Online on the sidelines of the Transport Forum conference in... 

Oil & Gas Africa 2016 Conference – Focus on Logistics

     12th May 2016 The world’s oil and gas industry is probably experiencing its most tumultuous period since the infamous oil crisis of 1973. However, instead of severe oil shortages and sky-high prices, current market turmoil is due to the inverse - Middle East wells pumping at maximum capacity with concomitant... 

Rocla Rebloc State-Of-The-Art Vehicle Restraint Road Barriers Installed At Bloemfontein Curie Avenue Show Bridge

     12th May 2016 The seven month road-over-rail bridge upgrade project on Curie Avenue, one of Bloemfontein’s main arterial roads running alongside the showgrounds, was completed in September 2015. The functional Rebloc vehicle restraint barriers from Rocla, one of the subsidiaries of the IS Group of companies,... 

Davies weighs in on rail localisation

By: Terence Creamer     9th May 2016 Government was aware of the complaints surrounding the lack of progress in ensuring that localisation in Transnet’s locomotive procurement programme, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Monday. However, he gave an assurance that there was a plan, as part of the latest Industrial... 

Technical team set up to craft post-2020 automotive master plan

By: Terence Creamer     9th May 2016 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies formally announced on Monday the establishment of a team of technical experts to develop a “post-2020 Automotive Master Plan”, which would guide support for the sector beyond the current Automotive Production and Development Plan (APDP). Speaking during... 

Rio's $5.3bn go-ahead fuels hopes of end to Mongolia's hangover

By: Reuters     9th May 2016 Rio Tinto's long-awaited approval of a $5.3-billion extension for its giant Oyu Tolgoi copper mine is fuelling hopes of a revival at last for Mongolia, battered by a slowdown in neighbouring China that has left it deep in debt. Oyu Tolgoi, one of the world's largest undeveloped copper projects,... 

Africa needs dramatically upscaled infrastructure and regional integration to drive industrialisation, says dti chief

     6th May 2016 In a constantly evolving and increasingly interdependent world, Africa and its 34 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) urgently need to find the best ways to industrialise their economies to avoid being further marginalised and excluded from the global economy for yet another decade in history. For... 

Oz Minerals reveals plans to construct concentrate treatment plant

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th May 2016 Copper-gold miner Oz Minerals has offered a ray of hope to the community of Whyalla, in South Australia, revealing plans to construct a concentrate treatment plant (CTP) as part of the development of an enlarged Carrapateena project. The miner on Friday unveiled plans to increase the scope of... 

Another Mozambique coal railway project develops, while country is hit by debt scandal 

By: Keith Campbell     6th May 2016 The international tender for the construction of a new railway to link Mozambique’s coal fields to the coast closed at the end of last week. The project is being developed by Thai Moçambique Logística, a joint venture between Thailand-based Italian Thai Development Company, which has a 60% share,... 

Dunnottar train manufacture complex project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     6th May 2016 Civil works on the project have been completed. 

EN PIPS 06/05/2016

By: Sheila Barradas     6th May 2016 Name and Location Bokamoso Solar Park project, North West, South Africa. Client SunEdison Energy Southern Africa. 

Mass Transit System Project – Red Line project, Thailand

By: Sheila Barradas     6th May 2016 The project involves the construction of a 41-km-long, fully elevated rail system. 

National Road 8 road upgrade project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     6th May 2016 The project involves the upgrade of the National Road 8 between Bloemfontein and Thaba Nchu, in the Free State. 

Transport sector under financial strain as costs surge

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2016 A 30c/l increase in the fuel levy, another rise in interest rates and new consignor/consignee legislation will all load more costs onto a transport industry that is already struggling to remain profitable, says Standard Bank business vehicle and asset finance head Toni Fritz. Operators competing... 

Du Plessis stalls iron-ore growth as Rio opts for ‘any-and-all’ debt cutting

By: Martin Creamer     5th May 2016 While South African-born Rio Tinto chairperson Jan du Plessis was vowing not to expand Rio’s iron-ore division beyond 360-million tonnes a year, the globally perceived over-producer of iron-ore was outlining the steps it had taken to cut near-term maturing gross debt by $1.5-billion. Rio said... 

Denel tells Gordhan: We are not arrogant and belligerent 

By: News24Wire      5th May 2016 Denel’s board said Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s accusation that the board and executives are “arrogant and belligerent … are unsubstantiated, baseless and unfounded”. Gordhan made the accusation during his Treasury budget debate in Parliament on Wednesday. This follows a statement in April,... 

Transnet TE hands wagons over to Swaziland Rail

     5th May 2016 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: Transnet Engineering presented 25 fuel tanker wagons and 20 container wagons to Swaziland Railway in April. Anine Kilian tells us more. 

E-tolling not coming to KwaZulu-Natal yet 

By: African News Agency      4th May 2016 KwaZulu-Natal is not set to get e-tolling in the near future, but this may change if the volumes of vehicles increases. South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) chief executive Nazir Alli, speaking on Wednesday at a business presentation, said that the open road e-tolling system... 

Space, time and cost-saving singling system

     4th May 2016 The new euroTECH vacuum lifting device integrated in a cantilever rack system consigns half-format boards using four pick-up and set-down stations in a linear configuration. The efficiently and space-saving accommodated stacker sorts board formats with dimensions measuring up to 2800 mm x 2070 mm... 

Transnet implements stringent measures to meet commitments

By: African News Agency      2nd May 2016 Transnet announced on Monday the implementation of a series of governance, control and monitoring measures to ensure the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) meet the company’s stringent localisation obligations and supplier development commitments. Transnet Group CEO Siyabonga Gama said:... 

Company prepared for civil projects decrease

By: Nadine James     29th April 2016 Construction chemicals producer Chryso Southern Africa continues to innovate and expand, offsetting the decrease in major civil projects. Chryso Group VP and Chryso South Africa (SA) CEO Norman Seymore notes that, aside from a few high-profile building projects in high-income areas, the... 

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