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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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Orocobre profits soar in H1

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd February 2019 ASX- and TSX-listed lithium miner Orocobre has reported a net profit after tax of $24-million for the six months ending December, compared with a net profit of $8.1-million in the previous corresponding period, as lithium production from the Olaroz facility, in Argentina, continues to improve.... 

R100bn to be injected into infrastructure fund over ten years 

By: Simone Liedtke     20th February 2019 National Treasury will be reprioritising resources towards President Cyril Ramaphosa’s infrastructure fund and away from the wage bill, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said on Wednesday, with government committing R100-billion over the next decade towards the building and operation of key... 

Opinion Piece: Industry 4.0 and the changing job landscape

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th February 2019 By Tebogo Moalusi, Industrial Relations Director at Workforce Staffing The world as we know it is on the brink of a revolution, driven by emerging technologies that are set to fundamentally alter our lives in unprecedented and unanticipated ways. This shift to Industry 4.0, also known as the... 

President Ramaphosa 'urgently' looking into e-tolls, says Makhura 

By: African News Agency      18th February 2019 Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Monday again assured residents in the province that the unwanted e-tolling system was receiving attention from national government. "While the user-pay principle is not in question, there is clear recognition that urban tolling increases the cost of living and is... 

Re-evaluation of SA’s mineral beneficiation strategy urged amid slow progress

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 Amid slow progress in realising South Africa’s mineral beneficiation strategy – as set out in the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) 2011 policy document – mining industry participants, analysts and experts are re-evaluating the feasibility of mineral beneficiation as a growth trajectory path.... 

Operations to be ramped up at edible-oil plant

By: Halima Frost     15th February 2019 Civil and structural engineering firm ADA Consulting is set to complete the upgrade of edible-oil supplier CEOCO’s Boksburg plant, in Gauteng by September. ADA Consulting MD Paul Maitre tells Engineering News that the project, although well on its way to completion, needs “an extra boost just to... 

SA company receives multibillion-dollar contract

15th February 2019 Construction and engineering company Clough, a wholly owned subsidiary of South African engineering company Murray & Roberts - and part of the Clough Salini Impregilo Joint Venture (JV) - has been selected as the preferred tenderer for the multibillion Australian dollar civil works for the... 

Sanral, Nafbi sign MoU to develop small contractors, accelerate BEE implementation

By: Simone Liedtke     14th February 2019 State-owned South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and nongovernmental organisation, the National African Federated Building Industry (Nafbi), on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at developing small contractors within the South African construction industry.... 

The future of e-tolls is a political decision, says Sanral’s Kannemeyer 

By: Irma Venter     14th February 2019 The decision on the future of electronic toll (e-toll) in Gauteng is a political one, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) engineering executive Louw Kannemeyer. Speaking at the Transport Forum, held in Johannesburg on Thursday, he told Engineering News Online that opposing... 

Australia's Queensland Rail says expects to repair flooded track within 6 months

By: Reuters     14th February 2019 Australia's Queensland Rail said on Thursday that it expects a rail track hit by flooding this month that has disrupted zinc shipments from major producers like Glencore to be repaired within the next six months. The 1 000 km (620 mile) rail line is used by miners including Glencore, MMG Ltd and... 

Codelco plans to resume Chuquicamata mine operations after rains

By: Reuters     11th February 2019 Chilean State miner Codelco said on Saturday it hoped to soon restart operations at its northern Chuquicamata copper mine a day after heavy rains forced its suspension. Codelco said operations at its smaller Ministro Hales mine restarted late on Friday after several hours' suspension and that... 

Peru's environmental watchdog reports tailings spill from Southern Copper mine

By: Reuters     11th February 2019 Peru's environmental watchdog said on Sunday it was investigating a tailings spill from a unit of Southern Copper Corp, one of the world's largest copper producers, into a river in an area that has been inundated by heavy rains. The Agency of Evaluation and Environmental Enforcement (OEFA) said... 

Codelco part-suspends operations amid heavy rain

By: Reuters     8th February 2019 Chilean State miner Codelco said on Friday heavy rains had forced suspension of operations at its northern copper mines Chuquicamata and Ministro Hales. Codelco said it had sent its daytime shift of workers home as a preventative measure and would evaluate whether to cancel its night shift as well. 

City of Cape Town proposes R800m transport infrastructure project for Wynberg

By: African News Agency      8th February 2019 The City of Cape Town’s portfolio committee for transport on Friday morning approved a project for the further roll-out of the MyCity bus service in the greater Wynberg area, which if given council approval, will see new infrastructure investment of around R800-million. The two proposed transport... 

SATMC calls for second-hand tyre resale regulation

8th February 2019 Tyre manufacturing representative body the South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC) calls on government to introduce appropriate regulations controlling and enabling the resale of safe used tyres. The SATMC represents the interests of the local tyre manufacturers – Bridgestone South... 

€120m funding for rehabilitation of Malawi’s longest road

By: Marcel Chimwala     8th February 2019 The European Union has agreed to €120-million for rehabilitation of stretches of the M1 road in Malawi, the longest in the country, which runs from the northern to the southern borders. The funds comprise a €80-million loan and a €40-million grant, which the European Investment Bank will make... 

LHDA appoints engineering panel for Phase 2 of the LHWP

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2019 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has appointed an engineering panel of experts for the second phase of the Lesotho Highlands water project (LHWP II). The panel comprises a selection of experts from the UK, Europe, the US and Australia, with the combined knowledge covering... 

IH35 road widening project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     8th February 2019 A 10 km section of the IH35 will be widened and reconstructed. 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th February 2019 Eskom has offered a sobering update on the difficulties it is having at its Kusile project. 

N2 Wild Coast Toll Road megabridges project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th February 2019 The Aveng Strabag joint venture has decided to terminate its Mtentu bridge contract. 

ASJV denies it terminated Mtentu project owing to alleged ‘financial inability’

By: Simone Liedtke     7th February 2019 Aveng and Strabag International on Thursday reasserted that the Aveng-Strabag Joint Venture (ASJV) had terminated the Mtentu river bridge contract as a result of force majeure, adding in a statement that the termination “had nothing to do with either of the ASJV members’ financial ability to... 

Ethiopia finalising mining industry reforms – minister

By: Reuters     6th February 2019 Ethiopia will finalise reforms for its underdeveloped mining and oil sectors within the next two months as it seeks to encourage more foreign investors, its mines and petroleum minister said on Tuesday. The country has already cut taxes for mining companies in recent years but the government... 

Coal gives Qld exports a boost

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th February 2019 Queensland’s exports grew to A$81.7-billion in 2018, up 16% on the last year, with the resources sector accounting for 80% of the state’s exports. The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) on Wednesday said that Queensland coal exports had increased by more than 15% in value over the 12 months to... 

Contract to expand William Nicol Drive cancelled – Vadi

By: African News Agency      4th February 2019 The contract for the company that was supposed to do some work on William Nicol drive has been cancelled, the Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi announced on Monday. Lubbe Construction had been contracted by the provincial department to construct the stalled K46 (William Nicol Drive)... 

New-look APDP could change face of the local auto industry, says Naacam

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2019 Cabinet in November approved a new automotive support programme for the domestic automotive industry. The revised Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) will replace the current APDP in 2021, and will run to 2035. National Association of Automotive Component and Allied... 

Logistics a weak link in South Africa’s coal value chain

By: Tracy Hancock     1st February 2019 There needs to be greater impetus on improving the infrastructure that transports coal for domestic use and for export in South Africa. One way of doing so is by dealing with the overuse of road transport and coordinating the logistics of junior miners, which contribute to inefficient coal... 

Department sets height restrictions on high cube containers

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     1st February 2019 The Department of Transport has announced that vehicles transporting a standard container, reaching an overall height of 4.3 m, would not be permitted to transport a high cube container. Owing to this, Minister of Transport Dr Blade Nzimande has placed a moratorium ,effect from January 1, 2019 to... 

New-look APDP could change face of the local auto industry, says Naacam

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2019 Cabinet in November approved a new automotive support programme for the domestic automotive industry. The revised Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) will replace the current APDP in 2021, and will run to 2035. National Association of Automotive Component and Allied... 

Research shows West Africa is facing more frequent severe storms

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st February 2019 A multinational research consortium of British, French and West African institutes and scientists, funded by the UK Government, has ascertained that “mega storms” in West Africa occur three times more frequently today than they did 35 years ago. The results of the research are being applied to... 

N2 Wild Coast Toll Road megabridges project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st February 2019 The Aveng Strabag Joint Venture, responsible for building the Mtentu bridge, has not returned to site following a three-month break as a result of violent community protests against the project. 

Cesa president calls for increased transparency

By: Simone Liedtke     30th January 2019 Presenting his 2019 presidential address on Wednesday, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Naresh Pather called for increased transparency for the betterment of the sector and its future. With the intention of establishing trust, Pather averred that 2019 would see Cesa increase its... 

Aveng Strabag JV halts work at Mtentu bridge site, declares force majeure 

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2019 The Aveng Strabag joint venture (JV), responsible for building the R1.65-billion Mtentu bridge, in the Eastern Cape, has not returned to site following a three-month break as a result of violent community protests against the project. The bridge forms part of the South African National Roads... 

Solar streetlights installed at mine

By: Halima Frost     25th January 2019 Lighting manufacturer BEKA Schréder’s LEDlume-midi 36/55W luminaire, used in solar lighting solutions has been used at four intersections leading to iron-ore and manganese mine Assmang’s Black Rock mine, in the Northern Cape. “The intersections leading to the different sections of the mine have... 

All political roads lead to Rome – again

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th January 2019 One of the enduring political-cultural legacies of the French Revolution (erupted 1789) was the adoption of the political terminology, and the concomitant division of politics, into “left” and “right”. For nearly 200 years, these concepts had value. But for some time now they have clearly been... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho

By: Sheila Barradas     25th January 2019 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has announced the appointment of an engineering panel of experts for the project. 

Complete solution from Bobcat paves the way in roadwork projects

24th January 2019 Not only does Bobcat Equipment South Africa offer some of the toughest and most innovative machines on the market, it can also supply complete equipment solutions to speed up project delivery, enhance health and safety, and improve overall quality. A recent example was a well-known civils company... 

Guyana Goldfields sets meeting date to discuss Sheridan dissidents

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd January 2019 TSX-listed Guyana Goldfields will hold a special meeting of shareholders on May 22, alongside its yearly general meeting, to discuss matters related to its former chairperson Patrick Sheridan. A meeting was requisitioned by a group of dissident shareholders, led by Sheridan, who was... 

LHDA appoints engineering panel for LHWP II

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd January 2019 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) on Tuesday announced the appointment of an engineering panel of experts for the second phase of the Lesotho Highlands water project (LHWP II). The panel comprises a selection of experts from the UK, Europe, the US and Australia, with the combined... 

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