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New association launched to support emerging truck operators 

By: Ilan Solomons     21st July 2017 The newly launched Emerging Truckers Association of South Africa (Tasa) aims to assist in meaningfully transforming the local truck and freight industry, with a long-term view of ensuring work for women and black truck owners and operators. This is according to Tasa convener Mary Phadi, who was... 

Fertoz inks offtake agreement in US

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th July 2017 ASX-listed phosphate developer Fertoz has inked a marketing agreement for up to 10 000 t of rock phosphate from a US project owned by Solvay USA. The agreement will see Fertoz hold the exclusive right to market the product for a period of two years, with Solvey to be responsible for loading the... 

Futuregrowth to resume trading in Sanral debt instruments

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th July 2017 Asset management company Futuregrowth, which holds about R170-billion in assets, on Wednesday said it would resume trading in the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) debt instruments. The country’s biggest private fixed-income money manager in August last year said it would... 

Manufacturing Circle, Gauteng Premier to cooperate on reviving the Vaal Triangle

By: Anine Kilian     22nd May 2017 The Manufacturing Circle will work with Gauteng Premier David Makhura on an action plan to revive the Vaal Triangle and arrest the decline of manufacturing in the region.    “The Vaal Triangle rejuvenation project is being driven the CEO Initiative, which Manufacturing Circle chairperson André de... 

First trains built by Gibela enter commercial service

By: Anine Kilian     9th May 2017 President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday unveiled 13 new passenger trains to be operated by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) Metrorail division. The X’Trapolis Mega trains were built by the Gibela Rail Transportation Consortium and form part of those to be delivered under a... 

Another milestone for WorleyParsons on Africa’s premier wind power project

     4th May 2017 WorleyParsons reports that the project delivery and engineering consultancy is nearing completion of its major scope of work on the Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) Project in Kenya, with a key milestone of 120 wind turbines attaining Ready for Energisation (RFE) status in January 2017 and... 

Technology improved on cranes for efficient operation  

By: Victor Moolman     7th April 2017 Technological advancements over the years have meant Midrand-based tower cranes and lifting solutions company SA French has been able to install trackers on its crane fleet, ensuring more efficient operations during construction projects. 

Sugar industry reduces haulage costs by R38m

By: Robyn Wilkinson     31st March 2017 The South African sugar cane industry should be congratulated on the progress it has made over the past ten years in improving the efficiency of its haulage system in line with the South African National Roads Agency’s Road Traffic Management System (RTMS), says South African Cane Growers’... 

New strategy to give policy direction to rail sector

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2017 A new national rail strategy, proposed to become legislation in 2018/2019, will give policy direction to the rail sector for the first time in 150 years, says Department of Transport deputy director-general rail Jan-David de Villiers. The policy – currently a Draft White Paper – comes as South... 

Trilogy pulls the trigger on high-grade copper Arctic prefeasibility study

By: Henry Lazenby     20th March 2017 Alaska-focused mineral explorer Trilogy Metals will undertake a prefeasibility study (PFS) on the Arctic project, in Northwest Alaska – one of the highest-grade copper deposits known in the world with an average grade of 6% copper equivalent. "The PFS will demonstrate the true value of the... 

Pursuit of better performance sees Gauteng split R44bn MTEF infrastructure spend

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th March 2017 Infrastructure and education have taken the largest slices of Gauteng’s R108-billion provincial budget for 2017/18, which this year included the addition of R10-billion to departmental baselines. Tabling the provincial budget in the Gauteng Legislature, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday, Finance MEC... 

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust despite ongoing e-toll tussle 

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 Not too long ago, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was a firm darling among its peers. It was a well-funded State-owned enterprise (SOE) almost never under fire, seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward in its task to manage and expand the country’s road network. Then came... 

East London IDZ attracts multibillion-rand investment

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 Since it was established in 2002, the East London Industrial Development Zone (Elidz) has attracted more than R7.3-billion in private-sector investment from 45 investors.  

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust despite ongoing e-toll tussle

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 Not too long ago the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was a firm darling among its peers. It was a well-funded State-owned enterprise (SOE) almost never under fire, seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward in its task to manage and expand the country’s road network. Then came... 

New Draft White Paper suggests standard gauge network for freight rail 

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2017 A new national rail strategy, proposed to become legislation in 2018/2019, will give policy direction to the rail sector for the first time in 150 years, says Department of Transport deputy director-general rail Jan-David de Villiers. The policy – currently a Draft White Paper – comes as South... 

Sibaya Coastal Precinct project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th January 2017 Nodes 1 and 5 of the project are ready for development. 

Smart multi-modal supply chain unlocks Central African Republic

     11th January 2017 Since Ecolog was awarded its contract by the United nations mission MINUSCA in the Central African Republic in September 2014, the company manages successfully the delivery of 1.5 million kilograms of food and water every month to 22 different locations in the Central African Republic. Despite... 

Saxdowns road in Kuils River now open to commuters

By: African News Agency      15th December 2016 Kuils River near Cape Town has a new bridge after the Saxdowns road and bridge was officially opened to traffic on Thursday, the City of Cape Town’s transport authority said. The 1.8 km section of Saxdowns road features a new 25 m bridge which stretches over the Bottelary river. 

Eskom energises 500 MVA transformer at Rustenburg substation, platinum industry to benefit 

By: Anine Kilian     12th December 2016 State-owned Eskom has energised and commissioned the first of two 500 MVA power transformers at the newly built Ngwedi substation, in Rustenburg. The transformer marks a significant step towards the completion of the Medupi Power Station Integration Project and will provide improved network... 

BRT bridge to be completed by end of February

By: Nadine James     25th November 2016 The 255-m-long bus rapid transit (BRT) bridge, which links Alexandra and Sandton, in Johannesburg, in Gauteng, will be completed by the end of February 2017, says engineering consultant Hatch. The Johannesburg BRT system, known as Rea Vaya, is to be extended through the establishment of BRT trunk... 

CSIR investigates road applications for waste materials

By: Nadine James     25th November 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)  has been researching the use of alternative materials, including waste by-products, in road construction to reduce costs, enhance engineering properties and ensure the sustainability of the environment. CSIR Built Environment Transport... 

Funding, procurement for road infrastructure projects problematic

By: Nadine James     28th October 2016 The methods of acquiring funding, as well as the public procurement process for road infrastructure projects need to be re-examined, as current models are problematic, says civil engineering consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa. WSP | Parsons transport and infrastructure divisional... 

Inyatsi to target larger markets as it seeks to double turnover in two to three years

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th October 2016 In pursuing a new succession planning strategy, infrastructure construction specialist Inyatsi Construction Group Holdings plans to target larger markets and increase its turnover from R1.5-billion currently to more than double in the next two to three years. “Growth creates opportunities, and... 

SMS group commissions new compact steel plant of El Marakby

     13th September 2016 On August 2, 2016, the new compact steel plant of El Marakby in Giza, Egypt, was officially opened with an inaugural ceremony. The electric steelworks supplied by SMS group has an annual capacity of 350,000 tons. It comprises a raw materials handling system, a 45-ton electric... 

D4180 road upgrade project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     9th September 2016 The project entails the upgrade of a stretch of road from Atok to Twickenham, in Limpopo. 

Perseus investment in Edikan hits a high

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th September 2016 Dual-listed gold miner Perseus Mining’s reinvestment into its Edikan mine, in Ghana, would tip at more than $40-million at the end of the 2018 financial year, MD and CEO Jeff Quartermaine said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Africa Downunder conference in Perth, he said that as of the June... 

N1/N2 Winelands toll-highway project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited has appealed a judgment over the right to toll the N1 and the N2 highways at the Supreme Court of Appeal. 

Amplats to co-fund Limpopo road upgrades

By: Anine Kilian     18th August 2016 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Thursday signed a strategic memorandum of agreement (MoA) with Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) to help fund the development of road infrastructure in Limpopo. The funding will support the upgrade, from gravel to tar, of 20 km of the D4180 road.  

Sanral appeals Winelands toll plan ruling 

By: News24Wire      17th August 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) appealed a judgment over the right to toll the N1 and the N2 highways at the Supreme Court of Appeal on Tuesday. The judgment had been in favour of the City of Cape Town. On September 30 last year, the Western Cape High Court reviewed and... 

GB14 passenger Bo-Bo loco launched by Grindrod

     26th July 2016 Rail engineering solutions provider Grindrod Locomotives has implemented over 20 shunting solutions across Africa, including the latest delivery of six locomotives to the Cote d'Ivoire Sitarail operations since developing its shunting product range in 2012. This GS7 shunting product is a three... 

Infrastructure firm secures new contract

     15th July 2016 Global infrastructure firm AECOM, announced last month that it has been selected as the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor for the electric utility company Alliant Energy’s Riverside Energy Center expansion project. 

Slow economic growth challenges local engineering industry

By: Sebastian Whyle     24th June 2016 Infrastructure projects, consulting and project management services provider Aecom Africa CEO Carlos Poñe tells Engineering News that low economic growth in South Africa is a major challenge for the consulting engineering industry.  

Cape Town seeks partner to unlock potential of unfinished highways  

By: Anine Kilian     21st June 2016 The City of Cape Town will next month issue a call to prospective investors and developers, or a consortium, to provide a solution to address the congestion the city is currently facing in the foreshore precinct. The city would issue a document, the ‘Prospectus for the Development of the... 

Moloto Road upgrades get Zuma’s nod

By: African News Agency      10th June 2016 President Jacob Zuma on Friday reassured Mpumalanga residents that government would deliver to them necessary services and infrastructure to improve their livelihoods. He said the delivery of these services would begin with the upgrading of the deadly Moloto road and the building of water... 

JRA launches roads infrastructure protection unit to curb loss of assets

By: Dylan Slater     19th May 2016 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) on Thursday launched a specialised crime prevention and detection unit, which is part of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), as a “pre-emptive” step to protect its traffic signals and road infrastructure from acts of vandalism and cable... 

South African executives delaying investment decisions – Grant Thornton

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2016 Nearly two-thirds of South African business executives are delaying their investment decisions, while almost half are considering investing offshore, owing to uncertainty regarding the future political direction of the country. These were the findings of the latest Grant Thornton International... 

Pioneering road construction at the foot of Africa

By: Jade Davenport     13th May 2016 Driving along the highly developed network of highways, roads and mountain passes that connect the urban and rural settlements of South Africa, it is quite easy, in this modern day, to take for granted the relative ease with which one is able to get from point A to B. Yet, less than two centuries... 

Sandton Central puts its best foot forward to become more pedestrian friendly

     11th May 2016 Sandton Central is taking a significant step into the future by becoming more people-friendly in keeping with leading cities worldwide. South Africa’s business capital is increasing its walkability and, at the same time, boosting the economic, health and environmental benefits for the many people... 

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