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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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Excitement palpable as SATC 2017 nears

     Updated 7 hours ago Now just two weeks away, the 36th edition of the SATC (Southern African Transport Conference), promises to delight attendees, exhibitors, speakers and students alike.   This year’s theme, ‘Southern African Solutions to Public Transport Challenges’ will no doubt provide much food for thought and... 

Juniors welcome WA port decisions

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th June 2017 ASX-listed juniors Atlas Iron and Mineral Resources on Tuesday welcomed the Western Australian government’s decision to keep export costs from the Utah Point Bulk Handling Facility (UPBHF) unchanged. Atlas and Mineral Resources are the only two remaining junior miners that export Pilbara product... 

Musina Intermodal Terminal to improve cross-border trade

By: Schalk Burger     26th June 2017 The Musina Intermodal Terminal (MIT), launched on Monday, is set to reduce the cost of cross-border trade, especially for bulk commodities, on the North-South trade corridor. The terminal, about 3 km outside Musina and about 13 km from the Beitbridge border post, will serve to move commodities,... 

Executive pay under scrutiny in Deloitte report

By: Anine Kilian     26th June 2017 With the growing inequality between organisations’ top brass and their general workforce under intense scrutiny, consulting and advisory firm Deloitte has found that increases to CEOs’ guaranteed pay over the last five increase periods have exceeded inflation by a considerable margin,  with... 

Elandshaven Interchange

     26th June 2017 One of Gauteng’s gate-way interchanges is set for a major development expansion over the coming months. Superbly located at the intersection of the N3 highway and Rand Airport Road, right on the Elandsfontein interchange, the highly visible development site is on the preferred side of the busy... 

Southern Africa’s first SDLG wheel loader continues to head operations at South African bulk terminals

     26th June 2017 The very first SDLG wheel loader, an LG958L, to be sold in southern Africa by regional dealer Babcock International, has now amassed some 5,000 operating hours in extreme conditions at South African Bulk Terminals (SABT) in Durban. Despite the workload already under its belt, the machine... 

Concor Infrastructure Showcases Engineering Excellence On Complex Road Contract

     26th June 2017 Concor Infrastructure is currently constructing one of the largest road infrastructure developments undertaken by its client, the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL,) in KwaZulu-Natal. It is constructing 33 km of dual carriageway on the N2 between the Mtunzini Toll Plaza and... 

Sisson tungsten/moly play gets federal nod

By: Henry Lazenby     24th June 2017 TSX-listed Northcliff Resources’ majority owned Sisson Mines has received Canadian federal approval for the Sisson tungsten/molybdenum mine, in New Brunswick, following an environmental assessment under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. The federal Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the... 

Guatemala police clear access to Tahoe’s blocked Escobal mine

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd June 2017 Police have used teargas to clear a public road near the town of Casillas, in south-east Guatemala, of protesters blocking access to Canadian miner Tahoe Resources’ controversial Escobal mine, the third-largest silver mine in the world. The TSX- and NYSE-listed miner said in a statement on Friday... 

Legislative framework for SOEs inadequate – Maswanganyi

By: Anine Kilian     23rd June 2017 South Africa’s transport industry is not immune to the challenges faced by State-owned enterprises (SOEs), according to Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi, who told a media briefing on Friday that the legislative framework for SOEs in South Africa was inadequate, conflicting and duplicitous.... 

Bobcat Equipment South Africa to grow rental, aftermarket offering

     23rd June 2017 Bobcat Equipment South Africa, part of the Goscor Group, will leverage its main complementary brands to drive growth in the rental and aftermarket segments, according to incoming Managing Director Barry Owen. With close over 100 machines on rental in the Johannesburg area alone, Owen highlights... 

Commercial vehicles JV set to introduce Eicher trucks onto SA market

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2017 VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV), the joint venture between the Volvo Group and Eicher Motors, has announced that it will introduce India-made Eicher trucks into the South African truck market by the end of June. The joint venture has already set up base in South Africa in the form of a 100%... 

Drive supplier remains committed to continent

By: Nadine James     23rd June 2017 German drive engineering group SEW Eurodrive remains committed to Africa despite political and economic instability in parts of the continent, says local subsidiary SEW Eurodrive South Africa (SA). SEW Eurodrive SA MD Raymond Obermeyer says while the political upheaval and economic uncertainty... 

Malawi awards contract for rehabilitation of border road

By: Marcel Chimwala     23rd June 2017 The Malawi government has awarded China's Zhejiang Provincial Transportation Engineering Construction the tender to rehabilitate a 46 km road stretch from Karonga to Songwe, near the border with Tanzania. The project will be financed by a loan from the World Bank’s International Development... 

Uganda–Kenya road upgrade project.

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd June 2017 The project will upgrade the Kapchorwa–Kitale road section, which will foster regional trade and unlock the agricultural potential of the project area. 

Explorer Orla adds oxide ore project to portfolio

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd June 2017 Vancouver-based major Goldcorp has agreed to sell its Camino Rojo project, in Zacatecas, Mexico, to fellow Vancouver-based junior explorer Orla Mining, adding an advanced oxide heap leach project with significant gold reserves and resources in a favourable mining jurisdiction to Orla’s portfolio.... 

Denmark's FLSmidth sees slow recovery in investment by mining firms

By: Reuters     21st June 2017 Danish mining equipment and cement factory maker FLSmidth said on Wednesday that investment by mining firms was only slowly recovering and low prices were still weighing on the cement business. "It is still a bumpy road ahead, investments are very low - crudely low - in the mining industry, and... 

Cape Town plant to build Cobra kit car for local, export markets 

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2017 Automotive Investment Holdings (AIH) has partnered with Les Hayden to industrialise Hayden Cobra kit car production in South Africa. Hayden started Cobra replica sports car production in South Africa in the 1980s with the Shamrock Cobra. He produced around 500 kits for the local and export markets. 

Gruyere JV's capital cost estimate adjusted

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st June 2017 The capital cost of the Gruyere gold joint venture (JV), in Western Australia, has increased from A$507-million to A$532-million, following an engineering, procurement and construction review by the JV partners. ASX-listed Gold Road Resources on Wednesday told shareholders that since the JV was... 

More than 7 500 animals ready for African Animal Ark operation

By: News24Wire      20th June 2017 Trailed by great clouds of dust, a massive convoy of noisy diesel trucks rumbles out of Zimbabwe this week starting on Monday to begin one of Africa's largest-ever wildlife relocation projects. The aim is to shift more than 6 000 wild animals from Zimbabwe to neighbouring Mozambique to replenish... 

PLANT SPECS, Australia’s earthmoving equipment “Bible”, comes under new management

     20th June 2017 PLANT SPECS, Australia’s only comprehensive annual listing of earthmoving and road construction equipment – with a database of equipment specifications going back to the mid-1980s – will continue to deliver vital data to subscribers under a new management team. Well-known in the industry,... 

Access to Tahoe’s Escobal mine blocked, guidance remains unaffected

By: Henry Lazenby     20th June 2017 Protestors near the town of Casillas, in south-east Guatemala, have blocked access to precious metals miner Tahoe Resources’ flagship Escobal mine, the third-largest silver mine in the world. The protests appear to relate to a variety of issues, including claims that mining at Escobal is causing... 

Lydian hits Amulsar milestones as construction proceeds apace

By: Henry Lazenby     20th June 2017 Construction of Lydian International’s 100%-owned Amulsar project, in Armenia, is advancing fast with 58% of the $369.9-million project capital committed as of May 31. Priority will now shift to advancing site earthworks. 

Chapman’s Peak drive closed

By: Anine Kilian     19th June 2017 Chapman's Peak drive, in the Western Cape, has been closed until further notice after about 15 m3 of rock came down on the Noordhoek end, causing significant damage to two catch fences and the road surface. Geotechnical engineers have visited the site and put a remedial action plan in place.... 

SWC welcomes moratorium on Wild Coast mining, but remains sceptical

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th June 2017 Activist group Sustaining the Wild Coast (SWC) has welcomed a notice gazetted by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane which blocks any mining or prospecting applications on the Xolobeni mine area, in Bizana, in the Eastern Cape, for the next 18 months, “or until the Minister is satisfied... 

Barloworld Equipment celebrates 90 years in South Africa

By: Dylan Slater     16th June 2017 South African distributor of US-based construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar’s products, Barloworld Equipment turns 90 years old this year – a milestone set in place in 1927 when Charles “Punch” Barlow built a lasting relationship with Caterpillar.  

Funding a thorny issue as Gautrain boss pushes for 150 km network expansion

By: Irma Venter     16th June 2017 Gauteng faces large-scale urbanisation pressure, says Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe. “Around 547 people arrive in the province every day. At this rate, Gauteng’s population will far exceed 19-million people in 2037. Current population is around 13.5-million people. 

Grand Parkway toll road expansion project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     16th June 2017 The project involves the design and construction of segments H and I of the State Highway 99 ring road, also known as the Grand Parkway. 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     16th June 2017 The Lesotjo Highlands Water Commission has embarked on a countrywide roadshow to update the construction industry and other stakeholders on the implementation of the project. 

Luminaire manufacturer expands product offering 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Energy efficient luminaires manufacturer Beka Schréder launched a new standalone solar luminaire – the SOL-ONE – in May 2017, which uses the most efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs), says Beka Schréder marketing manager Sibusiso Skosana. 

Chamber going to court to halt devastating charter blow to already battered mining sector 

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2017 The Chamber of Mines of South Africa will be applying at the earliest opportunity for a court date for a declaratory order on continuing empowerment consequences, as well as immediately seeking an interim court interdict to suspend the implementation of Mining Charter Three, the devastating set... 

Onshore gas production Africa: ‘We’ve walked the road many still fear to tread’ Renergen COO

     15th June 2017 South Africa’s sole onshore natural gas project Tetra4 owner Renergen has just secured $17m of government funding. Chief Operating Officer Nick Mitchell will reveal more about this landmark project at the Oil & Gas Africa Conference in Cape Town next month Thirteen gas wells make up the Tetra4... 

Top mining, metals companies warned not to take debt reduction too far 

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th June 2017 New research from advisory firm Ernst & Young (EY) has shown that global mining and metals companies are in danger of going too far in their efforts to reduce debt and could compromise their long-term growth opportunities. In a new report, EY noted that debt has fallen by almost 25% in the... 

Gold Road awards Gruyere EPC contract

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th June 2017 ASX-listed Gold Road Resources has awarded a A$298-million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to a joint venture between Amec Foster Wheeler and Civmec, or the ACJV, for the Gruyere gold project, in Western Australia. The award of the EPC contract will allow for work on the... 

Funding a thorny issue as Gautrain boss pushes for 150 km network expansion

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2017 Gauteng faces large-scale urbanisation pressure, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe. “Around 547 people arrive in the province every day. At this rate, Gauteng’s population will far exceed 19-million people in 2037. The current population is around 13.5-million people. 

Guyana Goldstrike reports first sales from Marudi

By: Henry Lazenby     15th June 2017 Guyana Goldstrike has recorded maiden sales of 910 oz of gold, which were mined and recovered by local small-scale alluvial, or artisanal, miners on the company’s Marudi gold project, as part of a corporate social responsibility drive. Through a cooperative agreement, artisanal miners have been... 

Africa’s rail development key to growth in intra-Africa trade

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th June 2017 A lack of efficient rail infrastructure and a rail “disconnect” were inhibiting dealings within the continent and contributing to struggling intra-African trade growth, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa-Alliance for Commodity Trade in East and Southern Africa trade and market director... 

Accelerate Property Fund reports strong FY performance, sees tough times ahead

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th June 2017 JSE-listed Accelerate Property Fund on Wednesday boasted strong financial results for the year ended March 31, with its year-on-year distribution per share up 7.3% to 57.75c apiece. Since listing in December 2013, its portfolio has grown from R5.5-billion, at a share price of R4.88 apiece, to... 

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