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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

     27th June 2017 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... 

Technicrete Zig Zag Block Pavers Last 39 Years

     26th June 2017 In 1978, the Aggeneys mining township was developed in the Northern Cape by the then Black Mountain Group. Housing and roadways were built for the group’s employees and local residents. Technicrete, then known as Concor Precast, operated two block manufacturing plants adjacent to Aggeneys... 

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... 

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.... 

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... 

Infrastructure development key to accelerating growth, Gama avers 

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd June 2017 Industrialisation and the provision of infrastructure will accelerate Africa’s economic growth, says State-owned logistics provider Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama. Speaking at the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) Conference promotion breakfast, in Johannesburg, earlier this month, he... 

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... 

Tech watchers forecast major disruption on way for power utilities

By: Schalk Burger     23rd June 2017 The energy generation industry will be dramatically disrupted over the next ten to twenty years, and electricity could be close to free within the next twenty years. This will dramatically impact the power generation industry and will trigger a sea-change in the way it generates revenue, say... 

Airborne Drones’ top recommendations for using drones to improve your business

     21st June 2017 The rapidly-growing global drone market presents a plethora of opportunities for companies to enhance their operations, or for new businesses to emerge, says Airborne Drones. With analysts putting the global market opportunities around drones at anywhere between $11 billion and $13 billion by... 

Leading Edge hits significant lithium, tantalum in Sweden

By: Henry Lazenby     20th June 2017 Junior explorer Leading Edge Materials will immediately launch a follow-up drilling campaign at its Bergby lithium project, in Sweden, after its most recent drill campaign returned “strongly positive” intersections of two new near-surface targets that exceed 16 m in thickness at greater than 1%... 

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. 

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... 

Company aims for positive impact on environment

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions aims to deliver a product and service offering that impacts the environment favourably when compared with traditionally used products. 

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. 

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. 

Muzizi hydroelectric project, Uganda

By: Sheila Barradas     16th June 2017 The Uganda Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development plans to build a 44.7 MW hydroelectric facility along the Muzizi river. 

10 ways to use drones to improve your business

     15th June 2017 The rapidly-growing global drone market presents a plethora of opportunities for companies to enhance their operations, or for new businesses to emerge, says Airborne Drones. With analysts putting the global market opportunities around drones at anywhere between $11 billion and $13 billion by... 

Minister of transport slams taxi protest

By: African News Agency      15th June 2017 Minister of Transport Joe Maswanganyi on Thursday condemned the blocking of major roads in Gauteng by taxi operators which has caused widespread havoc. Large areas of Johannesburg, Midrand and Pretoria were no-go areas on Thursday after taxis aligned to South African National Taxi Council... 

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. 

Structural repairs on Robinson canal near completion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th June 2017 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) is nearing completion on the R8-million Phase 1 upgrade of 2.65 km of the Robinson canal, one of the City of Johannesburg’s oldest canals. The agency said the rehabilitation, which extends from Main street, passing through Selby and Ophirton and ending on Lake... 

Tethyan signs agreement to get drilling rigs to Suva Ruda project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th June 2017 Aim-quoted exploration company Tethyan Resources has signed an access agreement with the municipality of Raska for the use of public roads to move its drilling rigs and equipment to the Suva Ruda project, in southern Serbia. The agreement allows Tethyan and its contractors with access permission... 

First Monty contract goes out

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th June 2017 ASX-listed copper/gold miner Sandfire Resources has awarded an A$8.2-million civils and earthworks contract for the A$90-million Monty mine to the Yagahong Alliance. The alliance is a joint venture (JV) between Geraldton-based contractor Central Earthmoving and the Yugunga-Nya People, the... 

Platinum drop fires social unrest as villagers turn on mines

By: Bloomberg     13th June 2017 More platinum wealth lies beneath South African soil than anywhere else on Earth, and for decades the companies that extracted the precious metal promised to help improve the lives of the impoverished people who live above their mines. Those communities are getting tired of waiting.... 

LHWP construction tenders ready to be advertised

By: Anine Kilian     12th June 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Water Commission (LHWC) has embarked on a countrywide roadshow to update the construction industry and other stakeholders on the implementation of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), highlighting challenges facing the project, the scope of work ahead under Phase 2,... 

Group Five looks to boost margins at loss-making construction unit

By: Reuters     12th June 2017 South African construction company Group Five plans to boost profit margins after restructuring into more geographically focused units, the group's new chief executive said on Monday. The company has been grappling with lower margins at its construction business, which has been split into South... 

Sanral sets Outa straight on toll collection claims 

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th June 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Monday hit back at the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa), saying that renewed allegations that the income received from motorists using Gauteng’s tolled freeways were mostly pocketed by Austrian-owned e-toll collection company ETC... 

JRA upgrades two ageing CBD bridges

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2017 Commuters in the Johannesburg central business district can expect traffic disruptions for the remainder of this month, as the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) upgrades the Harrison Street and Queen Elizabeth bridges. The agency on Monday said that, during weekdays, one slow lane on the Queen... 

Sanral receives fraction of Gauteng tolls income – Outa

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th June 2017 Only 26% of the income received from motorists paying the gantry fees for using some of Gauteng’s freeways since its 2013 inception is being pocketed by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) said on Monday. Outa, which is ramping up... 

Tanzania signs $154m contract with Chinese firm to expand main port

By: Reuters     12th June 2017 Tanzania's government signed a $154-million contract on Saturday with the state-run China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) to expand the main port in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. Tanzania is seeking financing for infrastructure projects as part of its plans to transform the country... 

UD Trucks launches new heavy-duty truck range in SA

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2017 UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) has launched its new Croner heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) range, named after Chronos, the god of time in Greek mythology. Featuring 13 variants, the new product range offers up to 21 configurations. 

Biala Wind Farm project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     9th June 2017 The project involves the installation, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of 31 wind turbines. 

Dasu hydropower project, Pakistan

By: Sheila Barradas     9th June 2017 The Dasu project will be a run-of-river operation and will have an installed capacity of 5 400 MW.  

Mafraq I solar photovoltaic power project, Jordan

By: Sheila Barradas     9th June 2017 The 50 MW solar PV plant is expected to reduce Jordan’s carbon footprint by more than 80 000 t/y of carbon dioxide. 

Reducing inequality through inclusive agro-allied industrialisation

     9th June 2017 Much has been said regarding the level of poverty in Africa. But why are we poor? We are poor mainly because of the increasing risk of self-reinforcing poverty conditions in rural economies, which have manifested themselves in the wide gap between the urban and rural economies in African... 

SA car buyers had widest choice-to-market-size ratio globally in 2016

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2017 South African car buyers had access to 55 passenger car brands in 2016, with 3 458 model derivatives to choose from, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) executive manager Dr Norman Lamprecht. “This afforded car buyers the widest choice to market-size... 

Wild Coast highway megabridge projects expected to start this year

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2017 The construction of two megabridges, as part of the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR) project, is expected to begin between August and October this year, says Sanral’s bridge network manager Edwin Kruger. “The tenders for the two bridges –... 

Lydian crests 50% capex pledge at low-cost Armenian Amulsar mine

By: Henry Lazenby     8th June 2017 Armenia-focused gold project developer Lydian International has reached the halfway mark in terms of the capital committed to build its cornerstone $369.9-million Amulsar project. The coming months will see the company report regular news flow as it achieves key construction-based catalysts, with... 

Gauteng Transport MEC pleads for peace between warring Soweto taxi operators

By: African News Agency      6th June 2017 Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, on Tuesday pleaded for peace between two rival taxi associations in Soweto, saying that violence would not resolve their differences. This comes after police arrested three suspects for being in possession of illegal firearms after a shootout... 

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