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TNPA to launch marine training centre in Cape Town

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd August 2016 As part of government’s Operation Phakisa programme aimed at fast-tracking economic growth in the oceans economy, the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is creating a marine training centre at the port of Cape Town for skills development and job creation. The new facility will be located at... 

South Africa not surrendering its steel industry, says Davies

By: Kim Cloete     23rd August 2016 South Africa’s steel industry is facing some serious challenges, brought on by a global steel glut of 44-million tons a year, but it is vital for the country to do everything possible to maintain a sustainable, competitive steel industry as it is of strategic importance to the country, says Trade... 

Basil Read intensifies focus on integrated housing development to strengthen order book

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd August 2016 Construction company Basil Read will be focusing in particular on the integrated housing development sector to drive future growth and strengthen its order book, as this “is a real opportunity for South Africa”. Speaking to Engineering News Online on Tuesday, CEO Neville Nicolau highlighted that... 

‘Sleep cities’ no longer an option for urban development

     23rd August 2016 The creation of ‘sleep cities’, far away from work opportunities, is no longer sustainable in terms of urban development. New cities have to integrate all facets of life (live, work, play) in close proximity so as to enhance quality of life for inhabitants. Urban development in general has... 

DCD focus on saving lives in route clearance

     23rd August 2016 South Africa-based route clearance specialist DCD Protected Mobility (DCD PM) will showcase its market-leading range of landmine detection vehicles and mine-resistant personnel carriers at the African Aerospace and Defence Show near Pretoria from 14 to 18 September. Part of the DCD Group, a major... 

KWG and Chinese engineering group move ahead with RoF rail feasibility study

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd August 2016 Junior exploration firm KWG Resources has appointed a China-based consulting engineering group to undertake a conditional bankable feasibility study (BFS) on a proposed railroad from the mineral properties in Ontario's Ring of Fire (RoF), to a junction with the CN Railroad at Exton, Ontario. KWG... 

New unit to be set up to oversee rail local-content push

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2016 The Department of Public Enterprises and National Treasury will consolidate procurement for locomotives into a single institution, under Transnet, to ensure “efficiency and compliance with the localisation requirements”. The decision to set up the unit was made at the recent Cabinet lekgotla,... 

Construction of Gibela train manufacturing complex progresses

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd August 2016 Two of the seven construction packages for Gibela’s R1-billion train manufacturing complex at Dunnottar, in Gauteng, are under way. The project, being undertaken by Gibela, Trencon Construction and Black Jills Engineers, will be completed by November 2017. The complex has a geographical footprint... 

The need for women town planners

     22nd August 2016 Women are fast becoming valuable resources in the engineering industry, however, there is a need for more women to pursue town planning as a career. Statistics provided by the South African Council for Professional Planners indicate that there is a total of 1403 registered planners in the... 

Political risk, poor infrastructure and lack of geodata stymying African exploration

By: Jade Davenport     19th August 2016 It is an age old adage that, when the mining industry enters a slump, exploration budgets, particularly those designated for greenfield activities, are the first to be curtailed. This has certainly been reiterated over the last few years as the drastic slump in commodity prices and, consequently,... 

Padbury directors banned from managing companies for 3 yrs

     19th August 2016 The Federal Court in Perth on Friday banned Gary Stokes and Terence Quinn from managing corporations for three years and slapped each with a A$25 000 fine for breaching their duties as directors of Padbury Mining with respect to the company's disclosure obligations. In June last year, the... 

Adani overcomes another legal challenge to Galilee basin coal mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th August 2016 Proceedings brought against Indian group Adani’s 11-billion-ton Carmichael coal mine project, by a member of the Wangan and Jagalingou people, earlier this year, have been dismissed by the Federal Court. The group argued that a determination made in April 2015 by the National Native Title... 

A commodities rebound is accelerating right on China’s doorstep

By: Bloomberg     19th August 2016 China may be slowing, but a commodities rebound is under way and the world’s biggest miner knows where the next growth story is building – emerging economies in Southeast Asia. Combined gross domestic product in the ASEAN-5 nations – Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam –... 

Caterpillar to cut nearly 200 jobs as it seeks alternatives for certain underground products

By: Henry Lazenby     19th August 2016 In dealing with the longest down cycle in its 90-year history, US mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar is pursuing strategic alternatives for its room-and-pillar products and discontinuing the manufacture of track drills. The Peoria, Illinois-based company said Thursday it would forthwith... 

Broadband opportunities and challenges for Africa

     19th August 2016 By Kuseni Dlamini In a global economy increasingly characterised by information, broadband networks are the essential pathways along which the information content, services and applications travel. Broadband network infrastructure has transformed economic activity in much the same way as the... 

Coal export line expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th August 2016 The expansion of the rail line’s capacity is 79% complete. 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th August 2016 Fourteen Terberg haulers have entered operations at Pier 1 at Transnet Port Terminal's Durban Container Terminal. 

Port of Ngqura manganese export expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th August 2016 Transnet Freight Rail plans to increase the capacity on its Postmasburg−Port Elizabeth−Ngqura manganese rail line. 

Singapore consultancy acquires SMEC in $400m deal as it seeks to have a global presence

By: Dylan Slater     19th August 2016 Singapore-based urban development consultancy Surbana Jurong acquired 100% of Australia-based major infrastructure consultancy firm SMEC on August 1, in an acquisition valued at about S$400-million.  

Transnet Freight Rail 1 064 locomotives acquisition programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th August 2016 One-hundred-and-forty-eight locomotives will be delivered in 2016. 

Aspire starts feasibility study for Mongolia rail project

By: Mariaan Webb     18th August 2016 Mongolian metallurgical coal explorer and infrastructure company Aspire Mining has started the first stage of the rail feasibility study for the Erdenet to Ovoot railway, which is critical to the development of the Ovoot coking coal project. The railway forms part of the new Northern Rail... 

DTI calls for more to be done to boost local manufacturing

By: Shirley le Guern     16th August 2016 Significant successes characterise the national industrial effort but much more needs to be done to achieve the required scale and a higher impact industrial policy, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) chief director Nigel Gwynne-Evans told delegates at the Manufacturing Indaba, in Durban, on... 

Bridge City moving closer to mixed-use vision

     16th August 2016 The Bridge City development north of Durban is gaining momentum as a new urban centre within a polycentric metro - increasing density, creating a mix of uses and linking adjacent areas to each other and the wider metropolitan region. With bulk infrastructure - particularly transport nodes -... 

On track with a dependable air partner - Atlas Copco

     15th August 2016 Atlas Copco Compressor Technique’s GAR 5-37 oil-injected, air-cooled, screw compressors are specially designed and custom-built to meet dedicated railway applications. With built-in features including proven reliability, compact dimensions as well as low weight and noise levels, these units... 

Wollongong Coal awards coal haulage contract

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th August 2016 ASX-listed Wollongong Coal has awarded a 800 000 t/y run-of-mine coal haulage contract to rail freight company Aurizon. Aurizon will transport coal from Wollongong’s Wongawilli colliery, in New South Wales, to the Port Kembla coal terminal on the east coast of the state. The contract will run... 

Australia watchdog to review Pacific National bid for Glencore Rail

By: Reuters     15th August 2016 Australia's competition regulator said on Monday it was reviewing a bid by Pacific National for Glencore's coal rail business in the Hunter Valley and would rule on the proposal by October 6. It is already reviewing a rival bid by Aurizon Holdings, which is looking to increase its market share... 

Freight networks boost industry development

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 The biggest potential for growth in the materials handling industry lies in the bulk, or freight, rail networks, with a sizeable amount of the country’s planned investment in rail infrastructure projects aimed at maintaining it as the key global player it is, says engineering and design firm... 

Kenya unveils plan to revive idle petroleum refinery

By: John Muchira     12th August 2016 Kenya plans to revive its obsolete petroleum refinery – which has been idle since 2013 – as it gears up for commercial crude oil production over the next two years. In a move aimed at utilising the archaic facility that has been lying idle since 2013, the government has directed state-owned Kenya... 

Reflections on technological change

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     12th August 2016 I believe that all technologies go through a cycle. Henry Ford once said: “If I’d asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses”. But even as we read quotes from famous motor vehicle manufacturers, it is obvious that the motor vehicle, as in 'car', is on its way to... 

Tanzania signs loan deal with China for crossborder rail project

By: John Muchira     12th August 2016 Tanzania has signed a $7.6-billion concessional loan agreement with Export-Import Bank (Exim) of China to finance the construction of the standard-gauge railway line project connecting it with Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The 2 561 km line will run from Dar es... 

CompComm files six cartel complaints with tribunal

By: Anine Kilian     11th August 2016 The Competition Commission has referred six complaints against 13 firms to the Competition Tribunal for various contraventions of the Competition Act. This follows investigations uncovering evidence implicating the respondent firms in collusive practices.     

Exciting Gautrain developments 

     11th August 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Senior Deputy Editor Irma Venter about plans to potentially expand the Gautrain and other exciting developments to increase the rapid-rail system’s capacity. 

PRASA to blame for arson attacks and vandalism on trains

     10th August 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) are partly to blame for the sharp increase in arson attacks and vandalism on its infrastructure due to its continued failure to increase safety on railway stations and trains, the constant delays of trains and the general lack of service delivery.... 

Iron-ore giants reject proposed A$7.2bn iron-ore mining tax hike

By: Bloomberg     10th August 2016 The world’s two largest mining companies rejected a proposed A$7.2-billion ($5.5-billion) tax increase on their Western Australian iron-ore operations, saying it’s likely to put jobs and competitiveness at risk. Brendon Grylls announced the tax proposal after being appointed the new leader of the... 

Resgen secures R5.5bn for Boikarabelo

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th August 2016 Dual-listed Resource Generation (Resgen) has secured R5.52-billion to complete construction of the Boikarabelo coal mine, in Limpopo. The emerging coal miner noted on Monday that Ledjadja Coal, a subsidiary of Resgen, had agreed on the commercial terms with a financing syndicate to secure the... 

RESGEN moves closer to construction of flagship Waterberg Boikarabelo coal mine

     8th August 2016 Agreement of Commercial Terms with Financing Syndicate   ASX and JSE listed emerging coal producer Resource Generation (Resgen) is pleased to advise that its BEE subsidiary, Ledjadja Coal, has reached a commercial agreement with a financing syndicate, to securing a funding package of R5.52... 

Creamer Media publishes Road and Rail 2016: A review of South Africa's road and rail sectors research report

     8th August 2016 Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2016 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail infrastructure, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and efforts to transfer road freight back onto rail. 

Adoption of railway telecoms systems boosting regional rail – Huawei

By: Schalk Burger     5th August 2016 The adoption of modern railway telecommunications systems is boosting the efficiencies of railways in the Southern African region, says Huawei Global Transport Solutions business development director Norman Frisch. The use of well-established GSM-R (2G for railway) systems as well as versatile... 

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