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JRA spends R14.4m on bridge joints

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     Updated 2 hours 49 minutes ago The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has, over the last year, invested R14.4-million in the replacement of 42 bridge expansion joints on 16 bridges across the city, including on Buccleuch drive and the M1 near the Joe Slovo bridges. The repair and replacement of bridge joints forms part of JRA’s... 

Ford’s R1m offer a slap in the face, says Reshall Jimmy’s family

By: African News Agency      25th May 2017 The family of Reshall Jimmy, who died after his Ford Kuga burst into flames in December 2015, revealed on Thursday that they had felt deeply insulted by the company’s offer of another Ford vehicle, valued up to R1 million. Renisha Jimmy, Reshall’s sister, said outgoing Ford sub-Saharan Africa... 

Canada Strategic Metals gains Quebec district-scale greenstone belt land package

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2017 Junior explorer Canada Strategic Metals has acquired three new high-potential properties named Annabelle, Blanche and Charles, covering large greenstone belt districts on the Eastmain and La Grande volcanic belts, in the James Bay area of Quebec. The ground acquired covers more than 75 km2 of the... 

Maswanganyi vows bold State intervention to drive transformation

By: News24Wire      24th May 2017 Radical economic transformation was the theme of new Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi's first budget and policy statement to the National Assembly. "Transport will play a leading role in radical economic transformation," Maswanganyi said on Tuesday. 

South Africans spoilt for choice when buying new vehicles 

By: Irma Venter     23rd May 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... 

Megabridge construction on N2 highway project to start later this year 

By: Irma Venter     19th May 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 –... 

Eastern System upgrade project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     19th May 2017 The project is being developed to allow for the transport of 223 000 dekatherms a day of gas to New York. 

Sanral investigating road funding models other than e-tolling

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 The compliance rate on Gauteng’s urban toll network is between 30% and 40%, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) northern region toll and traffic manager Alex van Niekerk. E-toll collection on Gauteng’s freeways has been problematic since the implementation of tolling in 2013. 

Tafilah Wind Farm project, Jordan

By: Sheila Barradas     19th May 2017 The project entails the construction of a 49.5 MW wind farm. 

Thyspunt nuclear power plant would bring great benefits to the region – CDC 

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2017 The Eastern Cape is holding out hope that the planned Thyspunt nuclear power plant will be built in the province despite the nuclear deal being put on ice for now. Coega Development Corporation (CDC) energy business development manager Sandisiwe Ncemane said the plant would hold great economic... 

Bassari moves along with Makabingui

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th May 2017 Gold hopeful Bassari Resources has been given the go-ahead by the Senegalese government to start early stage development work at the Makabingui gold project. The Minister of Industry and Geology has also authorized Bassari to proceed with the incorporation of a designated new exploitation... 

Cape Town’s water crisis calls for drastic steps – city official 

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2017 Despite dramatically reducing water consumption, the City of Cape Town is still in a severe situation, with dam levels dropping by the day. “We are well beyond the point that Gauteng was at when it declared a disaster,” City of Cape Town executive director of informal settlements, water and waste... 

Retailers will face economic pressure for at least two years

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th May 2017 With household disposable income at its lowest level in a decade, South African retailers are facing their toughest environment since the 2009 recession, which has resulted in a dramatic slowdown in new space roll-outs. Further, the introduction of the National Credit Act and new documentation... 

Rocla Celebrates 100 Years Of Excellence

     17th May 2017 This year Rocla, one of South Africa’s leading manufacturers of precast concrete products, celebrates 100 years of excellence in the supply of products to the infrastructure, building and construction industries.   The Infrastructure Specialist Group (ISG) was formed in 2013 when Rocla,... 

Houston schools project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     12th May 2017 The project entails the construction of two schools in Houston, Texas. 

War on potholes project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     12th May 2017 The City of Johannesburg has allocated additional funding to the Johannesburg Roads Agency to repair potholes and undertake other types of road maintenance in the city. 

Violent protestors demand 1 500 new jobs from struggling Lonmin 

By: Martin Creamer     11th May 2017 Platinum company Lonmin on Thursday expressed deep concern about ongoing violence, damage to property and intimidation of employees by the near-mine Bapo Ba Mogale community, which is demanding 1 000 jobs for its members and 500 cadet positions for its unemployed youth.   The London- and... 

JRA embarks on R30m upgrade of M2 West

By: Anine Kilian     11th May 2017 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has begun a R30-million upgrade of the M2 West highway and Main Reef road and linked extensions to ease congestion and improve access on this key arterial route. Speaking at a sodturning ceremony on the M2 freeway on Thursday, Transport MMC Nonhlanhla Makhuba... 

China, Africa trade, investment 'off to a flying start' in 2017

By: Reuters     11th May 2017 China's trade with African countries in the first quarter climbed by nearly a fifth from a year earlier, while its direct investment in the continent soared 64%, the Chinese commerce ministry said on Thursday. Trade cooperation between China and Africa is "off to a flying start" in 2017, thanks... 

Outa launches another civil challenge against e-tolls, Sanral

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th May 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Wednesday served the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) with its responding pleas to the summonses issued for outstanding e-toll payments against Outa’s contributing supporters – in what is the next round of the civil challenge... 

R13bn debt threat to KwaZulu-Natal municipalities 

By: African News Agency      10th May 2017 A failure to pay over R13-billion to municipalities across KwaZulu-Natal was threatening the livelihood of some councils and has prompted the provincial cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) department to enlist the services of the South African Revenue Services (Sars) to assist... 

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... 

World Bank approves $200m to improve Zambia's rural roads

By: Reuters     8th May 2017 The World Bank has approved a $200-million credit for Zambia to improve rural roads in six of the southern African nation's 10 provinces, the international lender said on Monday. Zambia has a road network of 67 671 km and rural roads are in poor condition, making it difficult for small scale... 

Bridge in Sierra Leone sparks row over diamond mining

By: Reuters     5th May 2017 A dispute over a bridge in eastern Sierra Leone thought to span diamond deposits has divided a local community with a foreign mining company accused of illegally mining the area after volunteering to rebuild the overpass. The Congo Bridge in Koidu, the capital of Kono District, was deemed by... 

Sanral’s chief engineer on retirement, career highlights and tolling 

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2017 When Koos Smit studied civil engineering on a public service bursary at the University of Pretoria in the 1970s, the plan was that he would qualify and build dams and pipelines. However, an oversupply of engineers at the Department of Water Affairs saw him sign up at National Roads. 

Inevitable technological advance in engineering

     5th May 2017 By Paul Fitzsimons To compete on the world stage, South Africa will have to adopt global engineering and construction standards and technologies. While some industries, such as the fast-moving consumer goods, automotive and financial services sectors, have been innovating for years, other... 

Private investment key to Gauteng infrastructure development

By: Anine Kilian     4th May 2017 If Gauteng wants to achieve its objective of becoming a global city region, government must partner with the private sector to deliver infrastructure, Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile said on Thursday. Addressing delegates at the Gauteng Infrastructure Funding Summit, in Midrand, he said... 

Resgen progresses talks with DBSA over funding for rail link at Boikarabelo

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th May 2017 JSE-and ASX-listed Resource Generation (Resgen) said talks with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) concerning the funding for a rail link at its Boikabarelo coal mine, in Limpopo, was now at an advanced stage, with the DBSA to submit its application for first stage credit approval... 

Johannesburg to restore dignity to residents through job creation – Mashaba

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd May 2017 The City of Johannesburg cannot continue accepting its projected 1.6% economic growth rate, as it will not be able to reverse the high rates of unemployment, Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba said on Wednesday, adding that the city needed to achieve a minimum of 5% economic growth by 2021. During... 

Green Answer For Readymix Returns At Jukskei Quarry

     2nd May 2017 AfriSam’s Jukskei Quarry in Midrand has cracked the problem of returned concrete with an environmentally-friendly solution that even pays its own way. Every provider of readymix concrete must expect a certain amount of returned material as a result of unforeseen circumstances on the construction... 

Mining restarts at Tarcoola

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     2nd May 2017 Mining operations at the Tarcoola gold mine, in South Australia, have resumed following a temporary suspension in April. ASX-listed WPG Resources in April halted production at Tarcoola following two significant rainfall events, which closed roads leading into the mine, causing disruptions to... 

Bridge rehabilitation and reconstruction projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th April 2017 The project aims to rehabilitate and reconstruct six bridges damaged during extreme weather conditions in Johannesburg earlier this year. 

D1944 road construction project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th April 2017 The 11.5 km project entails the full construction of the road from a gravel road to a tarred road. 

Jim Fouche road and Wilhelmina avenue intersection upgrade project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th April 2017 The project involves the upgrade of the Jim Fouche road and Wilhelmina avenue intersection to ease congestion and improve motorists’ safety. 

M1 Oxford and Federation bridges rehabilitation project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th April 2017 The construction upgrades on the M1 freeway’s Oxford and Federation bridges will enter the third and final phase in May. 

Road P41-1 rehabilitation project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th April 2017 The project will repair more than 5 km of the road between Heidelberg and Springs, in Gauteng. 

Rain halts mining at Tarcoola

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th April 2017 Mining operations at the Tarcoola gold project, in South Australia, have been temporarily suspended on the back of two significant rainfall events in close proximity to each other. ASX-listed WPG Resources said on Wednesday that all roads leading to the mine have been temporarily closed, which... 

Promoting growth and transformation within the Quantity Surveying industry

     25th April 2017 ASAQS is committed to transformation and skills development in the built environment The built environment is one of many industries that faces challenges due to the skills crises. Exacerbating the issue locally is a lack of transformation, retiring baby boomers, too few formalised training and... 

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