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Much Asphalt

Much Asphalt is southern Africa’s largest commercial manufacturer of a wide range of hot and cold asphalt products, backed by proven quality control processes. Established in 1965, the company operates 17 asphalt mixing plants across South Africa and mobile plants for remote projects. Customers include all levels of government, state owned enterprises such as SANRAL and ACSA, private companies and the public.

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Kazatomprom confirms plan for London, Astana IPO

By: Reuters     22nd October 2018 The world's biggest uranium miner, Kazakh state firm Kazatomprom, confirmed on Monday its intention to list global depository receipts on the London stock exchange as part of an initial public offering. The company, which announed the preliminary plan last week and said it would also list shares... 

ARUP FAÇADE Design Commended at 2018 Steel Awards

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd October 2018 Arup was commended for their entry of the V&A Grain Silo Complex façade in the Architectural Category at the 2018 South African Steel Awards on 11 October 2018. The company, an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists, works across every aspect of... 

Sanral’s strategy, transformation policy ready for Cabinet approval 

By: Irma Venter     22nd October 2018 The South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) Horizon 2030 strategy is “ready to go to Cabinet”, in a process that will be managed by the Department of Transport (DoT), says Sanral transformation manager Ismail Essa. He says the Minister of Transport, Dr Blade Nzimande, as well as... 

Beautiful, perky new Kona crossover makes a bold statement for Hyundai in South Africa

22nd October 2018 With a bold front and rear design, confident and unique, the all-new Hyundai Kona has arrived in South Africa to fill an important slot as an eye-catching crossover model in Hyundai Automotive South Africa's local line-up. Hyundai's new crossover model is launched in the local market with... 

Sanral, Wirtgen SA sign MoU to collaborate on construction development goals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th October 2018 Road construction equipment supplier Wirtgen Group South Africa (Wirtgen SA) and the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), which Wirtgen SA MD Heinrich Schulenburg said would cement the relationship between the entities and give... 

ExecuJet to offer customers new experience with super versatile jet

By: Simone Liedtke     19th October 2018 Luxury aviation company ExecuJet will, on October 25, officially launch and welcome the Pilatus PC-24 to its fleet at the company’s private terminal at Cape Town International Airport. The aircraft, which was developed by Swiss original-equipment manufacturer Pilatus, is the first of its type... 

Dutch solar road proves successful, moves on to heavy traffic road trial

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2018 A solar bike path trial in the Netherlands has exceeded all expectations, and will now be rolled out to a road with heavier traffic. The SolaRoad pilot cycle path alongside the N203 near Krommenie, in the Netherlands, was opened in October 2014. It is 90 m long and 3.5 m wide. 

Mall of the West to Kickstart new Ntshongweni Urban Development

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th October 2018 The first phase of the catalytic Ntshongweni Urban Development region will be an 85 000 square metre regional retail experience. Aptly named the Mall of the West, the new retail offering will cater to Durban’s underserviced western suburbs and surrounding areas and kickstart the Ntshongweni Urban... 

SA-linked startup wins UK competition to build hyperloop-type solution

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2018 UK company Magway has won co-funding support of more than £650 000 from Innovate UK, through its emerging and enabling technologies competition, to build a 150 m hyperloop-type demonstration link for high-speed package delivery, east of London. Innovate UK is the UK government’s Research Agency. 

Tech, fashion showcased in iconic African designs

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th October 2018 A successful campaign aimed at bringing to life the transformative capabilities of data has revealed the combination of the power of technology and fashion and turned a concept into a dialogue. A thought-provoking project under the bannered theme “Fabric” undertaken by Siemens in August... 

SA-linked startup wins UK competition to build hyperloop-type solution

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2018 UK company Magway has won co-funding support of more than £650 000 from Innovate UK, through its emerging and enabling technologies competition, to build a 150 m hyperloop-type demonstration link for high-speed package delivery, east of London. Innovate UK is the UK government’s Research Agency. 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho/South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th October 2018 Construction work on Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project is set to start soon. 

Falling grades bring down Mt Cattlin production - Galaxy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th October 2018 Lithium miner Galaxy Resources has seen a 35% fall in production during the September quarter, as grades at the Mt Cattlin operation, in Western Australia, declined. Lithium concentrate production during the third quarter reached 31 156 t, down from the 47 901 t produced in the previous quarter. 

Renewable energy industry comments on draft IRP

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2018 The renewable energy sector in South Africa has welcomed the draft Integrated Resource Plant (IRP) 2018, but has also expressed concerns. “While the IRP forecasting is rational in its choices, it unfortunately requires us to accept some overly optimistic assumptions,” said the South African... 

Asanko tracking top end of H2 guidance

By: Mariaan Webb     17th October 2018 Mining operations at the Asanko Gold Mine (AGM) are ahead of plan, standing the Ghana joint venture (JV) operation in good stead to meet its full-year production guidance of 200 000 oz to 220 000 oz. The mine – a 50:50 JV between Asanko Gold and Gold Fields – produced a record 61 599 oz in the... 

Cold Asphalt Mix Provides Versatile Pothole Solution

16th October 2018 Having been tested and rolled out across South Africa for over a decade, National Asphalt’s Cold Mix has proved to be a highly effective response to the country’s growing pothole problem, and can even be used to repair larger sections of road. “Manufactured using the high quality Macfix® additive... 

Oyu Tolgoi underground production delay announced

By: Mariaan Webb     16th October 2018 The $5.3-billion underground project at the Oyu Tolgoi copper/gold mine, in Mongolia, remains on schedule to be completed by 2022, but operator Rio Tinto has flagged a nine-month delay in achieving sustainable production. Rio Tinto-owned Turquoise Hill, which holds the giant mine in a 66:34... 

M&D Construction Group puts pedal to the metal at Gamsberg project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th October 2018 Construction of the various roads that will serve Vedanta Zinc International’s (VZI’s) state-of-the-art Gamsberg mine near Aggeneys in the Northern Cape is forging ahead as planned. They are being built by M&D Construction Group, which also assisted VZI and its engineer, procure, construct (EPC)... 

CoreCivils helps bridge growing road maintenance backlog

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th October 2018 CoreSlab directors, Jaco de Bruin and Tiaan de Jager, have launched CoreCivils, a company that specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of a wide range of precast-concrete bridge beams. The new company is manufacturing its high quality T, Y, I and M-type bridge beams, in addition... 

Highfield ups capital cost estimate for Spain potash project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th October 2018 An optimised feasibility study into the Muga potash project, in Spain, has increased the project capital cost requirements, ASX-listed Highfield Resources reported on Monday. A 2015 definitive feasibility study estimated a capital investment of $256-million would be required to deliver... 

Mining at Gruyere to start in November

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th October 2018 The Gruyere gold project, in Western Australia, remains on schedule to produce its first gold in the June quarter of next year. Joint venture (JV) partners Gold Road Resources and Gold Fields on Monday revealed that the overall project engineering was about 96% complete at the end of the... 

First LHWP Phase 2 construction contracts awarded

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th October 2018 Construction work on Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project is set to start soon. This follows the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) awarding the first construction contract on the project – the R235-million contract for the Polihali north-east access road – to the... 

Seifsa president points to ‘signs of green shoots' for metals sector

12th October 2018 In an address at the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa’s (Seifsa’s) Presidential Breakfast on Friday, outgoing interim president Alph Ngapo expressed optimism that the political transition, which saw President Jacob Zuma replaced by President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier... 

Opportunities abound for Italian entrepreneurs expanding into Africa

By: Shannon de Ryhove     12th October 2018 The Italian-South African Chamber of Trade and Industries says Italian companies are becoming increasingly positive about the opportunities offered by South Africa, which is being acknowledged as a hub from which to expand and invest into surrounding African countries, says Italian-South African... 

New bitumen binding application introduced

By: Halima Frost     12th October 2018 Transport infrastructure specialists Bouygues Group’s South African subsidiary Colas has introduced Colbifibre – its latest bitumen binding process – for use on deteriorating roadways. Colbifibre is a new process aimed at road surfaces that have suffered significant wear and tear. It combines its... 

Europe placed to contribute to African growth story

12th October 2018 Southern Africa is today off the radar of the majority of European companies and the many opportunities offered by the region are still largely ignored by European Union (EU) business leaders, professional consulting group European House Ambrosetti senior partner Paolo Borzatta said at a media... 

Cranes used for heavy lifting on N2 upgrade

12th October 2018 Midrand-based crane rental agency Concord Cranes deployed equipment manufacturer Liebherr’s 440T mobile cranes to the N2 Mtunzini-to-Empangeni upgrade project in KwaZulu-Natal for main client the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral). According to Sanral, this has been acknowledged... 

S19: Podgórze–Kamień construction project, Poland

By: Sheila Barradas     12th October 2018 The project forms part of the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways S19 Nisko Południe–Sokołów Małopolskie Północ road project. 

Transnet tests world’s longest manganese production train

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th October 2018 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has successfully run a 375-wagon manganese train over a distance of 861 km from Sishen to Saldanha Bay. This formed part of the testing of the 4-km-long train, which will, once in operation, be a production train with the highest number of wagons in the world, and the... 

Equites reports solid growth in H1 distributions a share, strategic acquisitions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th October 2018 Despite a challenging economic climate, JSE-listed real estate investment trust Equites Property Fund's portfolio continued to perform well during the six months ended August 31, which translated into an 11.7% year-on-year growth in distributions a share. Distributions a share for the period... 

Funding to sustain road network insufficient – Sanral 

By: African News Agency      11th October 2018 The total estimated funding requirements to sustain South Africa's road network, including addressing backlogs in surfacing and capacity expansion, is nearly R120-billion, and the country's fuel levy provides insufficient funding, the CEO of the national roads agency has said. In remarks at a... 

SAPSDA joins SASSDA

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2018 In 2013 the South African Pump Manufacturers Association (Sapma®) was requested by the dti as well as ESKOM to form the South African Pump Cluster and in order to comply with the dti requirement to form a cluster, Sapma had to change from being an employer’s association to become a development... 

Vinci lays first kilometre of fully-recycled motorway

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 Road building company Eurovia and its parent Vinci have laid a kilometre of motorway using only recycled asphalt from a mobile plant, a world first that they said could help reduce the cost of motorway maintenance and cut pollution. The mobile recycling plant can be disassembled and moved along... 

Mercedes-Benz rolls out fuel-cell SUV to tackle tech hurdles

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2018 Mercedes-Benz will soon start handing over its latest fuel-cell electric car to fleet customers to keep a toe-hold in a promising technology that’s been hampered by the difficulties of storing and refueling hydrogen. The Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell model combines a fuel cell with a battery that can... 

Coeur maintains guidance despite lower Q3 output

By: Mariaan Webb     10th October 2018 NYSE-listed miner Coeur Mining has maintained its production guidance for the year, despite reporting lower third-quarter production results, at 8.5-million ounces of silver equivalent. The company, which owns mines in Mexico, the US and Canada, produced 2.9-million ounces of silver, 88 833 oz... 

Ford produces first trial Ranger Raptors in SA, invests another R160m

By: Irma Venter     10th October 2018 The Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa has produced its first batch of trial Ranger Raptor bakkies at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria. In preparation for full-scale production of the new model, the plant assembled its first ten official Ranger Raptor units as part of the tooling... 

Africa needs to invest more in infrastructure to meet Agenda 2063 goals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th October 2018 For Africa to reach its Agenda 2063 goals, the necessary infrastructure needs to be in place, especially to support Africa’s accelerated integration and growth, technological transformation, trade and development. This will include high-speed railway networks, roads, shipping lines, sea and air... 

More than 86% of businesses and organisations will use AI by 2025

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th October 2018 By 2025, more than 86% of businesses and organisations will use AI, and data utilisation will reach 80%. AI services will be everywhere, creating an intelligent world that will reveal endless avenues of opportunity, according to the Global Connectivity Index (GCI) research by Huawei Technologies,... 

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