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Press Office - Much Asphalt

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.


What’s right and what’s wrong in a world where machines drive us

By: Irma Venter     19th January 2018 A vehicle travels at speed around a bend on a hillside. Several children run onto the road. The options available to the driver are to hit the children, or to drive off the cliffside. Would the driver make a decision of self-preservation, or self-sacrifice? 

Hammerhead benefits in replacing Gauteng’s ageing pipelines

     19th January 2018 Aging water infrastructure in cities throughout Gauteng is leading to a loss of millions of litres of potable water, while sewerage leaks silently contaminate the province’s waterways and ground water. With thousands of pipelines already well over the 50-year mark and equally many over 100 years... 

What’s right and what’s wrong in a world where machines drive us

By: Irma Venter     19th January 2018 A vehicle travels at speed around a bend on a hillside. Several children run on to the road. The options available to the driver are to hit the children, or to drive off the cliffside. Would the driver make a decision of self-preservation, or self-sacrifice? 

Sasol service stations attract largest number of visitors, survey reveals

By: Irma Venter     19th January 2018 Sasol service stations are attracting the most feet per service station in South Africa, with Shell service stations in second position. Engen, with its much larger service station footprint, attracts more visitors, in total, than any other brand. 

Africa, and other regions, seen benefiting from China-driven One Belt, One Road superproject

By: Schalk Burger     19th January 2018 The China-driven superproject, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which is a conceptual redevelopment of the ancient global tradeways of the Silk Road, aims to link the heartlands of countries by land, sea and air routes, says Renmin University School of International Studies Professor Wang... 

Main Road 352 and Main Road 355 rehabilitation, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th January 2018 The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works is refurbishing Main Road 352 (Hoekwil road) and Main Road 355 (Saasveld road), which were last refurbished in 1995. 

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

By: Sheila Barradas     19th January 2018 The contract for designing and supervising the construction of the Polihali water transfer tunnel has been awarded. 

Turquoise Hill says Oyu Tolgoi declares force majeure due to border protests

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Turquoise Hill Resources said that Oyu Tolgoi, a copper and gold mine in the southern Gobi Desert, has declared force majeure in connection with customer contracts for concentrate due to a protest by Chinese coal transporters in the Ganqimaodu Border Zone. Protesters used vehicles to obstruct... 

Gruyere construction nearly one-third complete

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th January 2018 The Gruyere gold project, which Australian junior Gold Road and South African major Gold Fields are building in a 50:50 joint venture near Laverton, Western Australia, is advancing according to schedule. With early works at Gruyere having started in December 2016, construction has now been in... 

Without rain, S Africa's Cape Town may run out of water by April

By: Reuters     16th January 2018 South Africa's Cape Town, one of the world's iconic tourist destinations, could run out of water by April as the city's worst drought in a century risks forcing residents to join queues for emergency rations. "Day Zero" – the date taps are due to run dry – has crept forward to April 22 as city... 

SA Truck Drivers get free health screening

     16th January 2018 Engen Driver Wellness brought well being to the front seat for South Africa’s truck drivers in 2017 by providing them with free health screenings.   Over 2017, 3 217 truck drivers pulled up their sleeves and took advantage of the voluntary free health screenings on offer, as part of Engen’s... 

Autonomous driving in SA faces pedestrian, road sign challenges, finds Merc 

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2018 It may surprise the taxi haters, but South Africa is not the most challenging country to sit behind the wheel of a vehicle in self-driving mode. The winner is China, with its sometimes erratic cyclists, lack of lane markings and confusing traffic signals. Mercedes-Benz at the end of last year... 

Treading Carefully On N2 Contract To Preserve Mangrove Forests

     15th January 2018 In one of the largest permit applications to go through the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) in recent years, Concor Infrastructure has worked with specialist consultants to reduce its environmental footprint on the N2 national freeway contract north of Mtunzini in... 

Combatting traffic

     15th January 2018 Technology may be the loophole that South African infrastructure needs to get itself on the road to recovery South Africa’s transport infrastructure isn’t geared for growth, and the people are feeling it. 

IFR gains Mexican drilling permit

By: Henry Lazenby     13th January 2018 The TSX-V-listed equity of oil and gas explorer International Frontier Resources (IFR) has gained about two-thirds this week after it announced on Thursday that it has received a drilling permit for its Tecolutla onshore oil and gas block, which it is developing with its Mexican joint venture... 

JRA to upgrade Soweto bridge

By: Anine Kilian     12th January 2018 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has started the R37-million reconstruction of the Bridge road bridge over Klipspruit river, in Soweto, owing to overtopping during heavy rainfall. “[The] bridge in Klipspruit West is known to bring traffic to a halt during heavy downpours, rendering it unsafe... 

Technology may be the loophole that South African infrastructure needs to get itself on the road to recovery

     12th January 2018 South Africa’s transport infrastructure isn’t geared for growth, and the people are feeling it. Congestion, lack of planning, last minute installations that negatively impact legacy infrastructure, dangerous driving, road rage – these aren’t the maybe of the South African day, they’re the norm.... 

Monty copper/gold development on time, below budget

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th January 2018 The Monty copper/gold deposit in Western Australia, which forms part of ASX-listed Talisman’s Springfield joint venture (JV) project with Sandfire Resources, has since the start of ground-breaking activities in July 2017, seen site activities having been ramped-up considerably; on time and under... 

Drilling on Cape Flats Aquifer starts as Cape Town dams dry up in drought

By: News24Wire      12th January 2018 The City of Cape Town drilled its first test borehole into the Cape Flats aquifer on Thursday, hoping that the earth's natural underground reservoirs would provide an extra 80-million litres of water per day as dams dry up in a prolonged drought. "This is the first in the history of the City of... 

Creamer Media wows market with combined subscription offer

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th January 2018 Creamer Media’s Research Channel Africa is a powerful information tool, providing real-time intelligence on industry and mining developments in Africa. Publishing Editor, Martin Creamer urges readers to “make a smart choice for 2018 and take up Creamer Media’s combined subscription offer”.  This... 

BCI Minerals signs MoU with Sinosteel to develop Buckland

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th January 2018 Australian iron-ore miner BCI Minerals has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sinosteel Australia to support the development of BCI's 100%-owned Buckland project in the West Pilbara region. The project comprises proposed mines, a private haul road and a new port at Cape... 

Stellar finds ‘attractive’ bolt-on for Heemskirk tin project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th January 2018 Exploration and development company Stellar Resources has added to its portfolio of Tasmanian tin properties with the recent grant of an exploration licence at the Mount Razorback prospect. The licence is located 10 km to the east of Stellar’s Zeehan mineral resource, and has an unsealed road... 

Calls made for far-reaching Eskom restructuring as sustainability risks mount

By: Terence Creamer     9th January 2018 Eskom’s current financial situation makes it difficult to see any other path to sustainability than that of drastic cost-cutting, restructuring and bringing private equity into the business, Energy Intensive Users Group of Southern Africa (EIUG) past chairperson Piet van Staden argues. In an... 

Anaconda outlines resource estimate for Argyle discovery

By: Henry Lazenby     9th January 2018 Junior gold producer Anaconda Mining has announced a new mineral resource estimate for its Argyle gold discovery, at the Point Rousse project, in Newfoundland and Labrador. The TSX-listed miner has reported a compliant indicated resource of 38 300 oz of gold, held in 543 000 t grading 2.19 g/t... 

Seabridge mobilises to drill Courageous Lake

By: Henry Lazenby     9th January 2018 TSX- and NYSE-listed precious metals explorer Seabridge Gold is mobilising crew and equipment to start an exploration campaign at its 100%-owned Courageous Lake project, located in Canada’s Northwest Territories, in February. The Toronto-based explorer plans to drill 36 holes over 7 200 m to test... 

Coal dwarfs battery metals in mining deals despite war on pollution

By: Reuters     8th January 2018 Coal and iron-ore dominated mining takeovers in 2017, Thomson Reuters data shows, with buyers favoring the heavily polluting devil they know over the uncertainties of a battery-powered future. While the biggest deal was in Brazil, China was a top player despite planning to reduce domestic coal... 

SA Parliamentary committee anguished over deadly train crash

By: African News Agency      5th January 2018 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Transport has described Thursday’s train accident in the Free State in which at least 18 people died as “anguish beyond measure”. In a statement, the committee sent its condolences to the families whose relatives were involved in a train crash that took place... 

SSR Mining receives EIA approval for Chinchillas

By: Henry Lazenby     28th December 2017 Argentine regulatory authorities have approved the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for joint-venture (JV) subsidiary Puna Operations’s Chinchillas precious metals project. Owned 75% and operated by SSR Mining, Puna Operations was formed earlier this year as a JV vehicle with gold junior... 

TSX, NYSE American to delist Banro equities

By: Henry Lazenby     28th December 2017 Embattled miner Banro has received notice from both the TSX and the NYSE American exchanges that its trade-suspended equities will be delisted in the New Year. The Toronto-based miner, which operates two gold mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on Friday filed for bankruptcy... 

Africa development body, funds see opportunity in mining infrastructure

By: Reuters     22nd December 2017 With some mining companies increasingly reluctant to own outright the infrastructure that keeps their projects going, an African development institution is linking up with investment funds to help fill the gap. The Nigerian-based Africa Finance Corporation has already expanded its debt or equity... 

Northern Dynasty ready to file application for Pebble’s US CWA 404 permit

By: Henry Lazenby     21st December 2017 Canadian project promoter Northern Dynasty Minerals announced on Thursday that its US-based subsidiary Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) is ready to file an application for a US Clean Water Act (CWA) 404 permit with the US Army Corps of Engineers on Friday. “At the outset of 2017, we established... 

ANC's land expropriation stand equals theft – AfriForum 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2017 Civil rights watchdog AfriForum says that the African National Congress’s decision to amend South Africa’s Constitution to allow expropriation without compensation boils down to a decision to commit theft and to place the country on the same road of destruction that Zimbabwe followed in its... 

Connemara reports positive results from drilling programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2017 Aim-listed Connemara on Thursday reported that slightly less than 300 mhave been drilled on three holes, with sampling and mapping having been completed elsewhere, across its 100%-owned Mine River gold project area, in Wicklow and Wexford, northern Ireland. The company now expected drill and... 

Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success 

By: Dylan Slater     15th December 2017 The regulations and laws governing access to South African air space for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASes) are sound and among the “best in the world”, according to commercial drone operator Visual Air Productions director Stephen Verheul. The term RPAS refers to the more common... 

Plans on track for rapid rail network extensions in Gauteng

By: Donald Makhafola     15th December 2017 The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) is hopeful that the National Treasury will approve the much-awaited Treasury Approval 1 (TA1) for the planned extension of a rapid rail network, following the submission of the feasibility study early this year. “We . . . handed in the documents to the... 

Construction firm forges ahead on N2 road, bridges

     15th December 2017 Infrastructure construction firm Concor Infrastructure is making progress on the 34 km section of the N2 highway between Mtunzini and Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal, while ensuring minimal impact to environmentally sensitive areas along the route. 

Transverse launching method to minimise impact on traffic

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2017 A transverse launching method, which will be used on the completed Ashton Arch bridge in the Western Cape, will reduce the impact on traffic during the construction of this strategic route, states engineering company Aecom Africa highway and bridges lead Michael Bouwmeester. 

Maintenance, construction projects along N1/N4 slated for 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and private concessionaire the Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire will conduct several maintenance and construction projects along the South African N1/N4 toll road, in Gauteng and Limpopo, in 2018. 

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