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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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Rain halts mining at Tarcoola

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 4 hours ago 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... 

Construction of M1 Oxford, Federation bridges to enter final phase

By: Anine Kilian     24th April 2017 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) on Monday said construction upgrades on the M1 freeway’s Oxford and Federation bridges will enter the third and final phase in May. The R127-million project is 75% complete, with the majority of fill and stabilisation of underground conditions completed on the... 

Trump's infrastructure plan a boon for iron-ore, says Australia's Cormann

By: Bloomberg     23rd April 2017 US President Donald Trump’s plan to upgrade the nation’s roads, ports and bridges will drive demand for steel and support iron ore prices, Australia’s Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said. “The US and the Trump administration has put out a very ambitious infrastructure investment program" and... 

Engen puts a little F1 in your tank

     21st April 2017 With the introduction of Engen’s new advanced energy formula, Engen Primax Unleaded has answered motorists’ calls for petrol that provides superior performance and fuel economy compared to the company’s previous formulations. The engineering and technology that helped the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS... 

E-toll compliance low, can distance-based charging be a solution? 

By: Irma Venter     21st April 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. 

Easter road death toll increases by 51%

By: News24Wire      21st April 2017 Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi announced on Friday that 235 people died on South African roads over the 2017 Easter holidays. He said this was a 51% increase over last year's figure of 156. 

Cedar road upgrade project – Phase 2, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st April 2017 The project involves the rehabilitation and widening of Cedar road, in Johannesburg, on both sides to a dual carriageway. 

Volatile rand has big impact on MBSA’s truck business

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2017 Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) saw a 12.6% drop in sales in 2016 compared with 2015. The company sold 4 631 new trucks and buses in South Africa in 2016, down from the 5 300 units and 5 897 units recorded in 2015 and 2014, respectively. 

Gold rush fever among poor Zimbabweans leaves trail of destruction

By: Reuters     17th April 2017 Thousands of unemployed Zimbabweans have turned to illegal gold panning in a bid to survive the country's deteriorating economy, leaving a trail of destruction that has alarmed farmers, timber plantation owners and the country's environmental authorities. Peasant miners have set up makeshift... 

Osisko picks future Windfall Lake mill site in Lebel-sur-Quévillon, Quebec

By: Henry Lazenby     14th April 2017 Montreal-based Osisko Mining has identified a site near Lebel-sur-Quevillon, in Quebec, for the future mill complex that will treat ore from its flagship Windfall Lake gold project. Osisko stated Wednesday it intends to evaluate the site location through the environmental assessment process and... 

Brazil again turning to private sector to undertake key infrastructure projects

By: Keith Campbell     14th April 2017 With the country slowly emerging from its worst recession in decades, with Federal Government spending now frozen, in real terms, by law, for the next 20 years, Brazil is again looking to the private sector to undertake or help undertake key infrastructure projects. Up to the mid-1990s nearly all... 

Heidelberg–Springs road project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th April 2017 The project will improve the link between Nigel/Springs and the N3, in Gauteng. 

Cost-Effective Sustainable Jeep Track For Access Roads And Trails

     12th April 2017 Technicrete’s interlocking Armorflex Blocks are ideally suited to Jeep Track (Strip Road) application, providing access to areas currently either without established roadways or with crumbling insitu cast concrete strips. Sites requiring vehicle traversal such as rural development and... 

Golden Arrow, MyCiTi to suspend service after strike announced

By: News24Wire      11th April 2017 Golden Arrow Bus Services staff around the country will go on strike later this week after wage negotiations deadlocked, the company said in a statement on Monday. The MyCiTi bus service in Cape Town would be suspended for the same reason. 

Mining suspended in cyclone-hit New Caledonia as people seek shelter

By: Reuters     10th April 2017 Cyclonic winds and heavy rain buffeted New Caledonia on Monday, prompting residents of the French South Pacific territory to seek shelter and halt mining of nickel, its most important export. Cyclone Cook hit the main island at almost the same time as high tide, packing winds of up to 200 kph... 

Cost-Effective Sustainable Jeep Track For Access Roads And Trails

     7th April 2017 Technicrete’s interlocking Armorflex Blocks are ideally suited to Jeep Track (Strip Road) application, providing access to areas currently either without established roadways or with crumbling insitu cast concrete strips.    Sites requiring vehicle traversal such as rural development and... 

SA firm sees potential for elevated-track solution in everything mining to public transport

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 South African company Milotek will later this year start construction of a fractional rapid transit (FRT) system at a private coal mine in Mpumalanga. Milotek director and inventor Andries Louw believes this system will revolutionise the way goods are moved in the mining industry and also,... 

SA firm sees potential for elevated-track solution in everything mining to public transport

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 South African company Milotek will later this year start construction of a fractional rapid transit (FRT) system at a private coal mine in Mpumalanga. Milotek director and inventor Andries Louw believes this system will revolutionise the way goods are moved in the mining industry and also,... 

Qld govt opens Olive Downs EIA for comment

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th April 2017 The Queensland government has opened the draft terms of the environmental-impact assessment for the proposed Olive Downs coal project for public comment. “This is the first step in a rigorous process for this mine proposal that could create more than 500 construction jobs a year over two years,”... 

Technicrete Paving And Kerbs For Moletjie Road Upgrade In Polokwane

     5th April 2017 Mid-2015 Limpopo’s Public Works and Infrastructure Department announced that R1.2 billion had been earmarked for road refurbishment and maintenance to be rolled out over the next three years. Included in this roll-out was maintenance to a section of the Moletjie Road Project in Polokwane that was... 

Murray & Roberts Proves It Can On Fast Track Refurb Contract

     3rd April 2017 Working to exact measurements, a fast-track construction programme, unprecedented rainfall, operating within 100 metres of a premier Sandton Hotel and having two tight site boundaries are a few of the challenges faced by leading building contractor, Murray & Roberts Buildings, on its contract at... 

Nevada Zinc focused on organic growth as zinc fertiliser, Yukon gold prospects suggest upside

By: Henry Lazenby     1st April 2017 Canadian explorer Nevada Zinc is working towards publishing a maiden resource estimate for the flagship Lone Mountain zinc project by the end of the second quarter, as it continues to evaluate the best ways to monetise zinc products. Toronto-based Nevada Zinc in January completed a technical... 

Cyclone Debbie just a squall for Australia's fair weather economy

By: Reuters     31st March 2017 A devastating cyclone that pummelled Australia's northeast this week is likely to have a dampening effect on the country's economy with coal production, exports and construction activity taking a hit. While a more concrete picture of the damage from Cyclone Debbie will be clearer in coming... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     31st March 2017 Bid for the design and construction supervision of the two main water-transfer components – the Polihali dam and the transfer tunnel – are being evaluated. 

Success abounds in paper recycling and recovery

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st March 2017 Despite South Africa having less easily accessible recycling initiatives in place than in developed countries, such as recycling bins in every park or street, or systematic waste recovery at household level, the Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (Prasa) says the country’s paper... 

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’... 

Tommy Strydom

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     31st March 2017 This week we feature Tommy Strydom, CEO of Inyatsi Group Holdings, which is involved in the construction of infrastructure, including roads, bridges, buildings and water works   

Eskom to fast-track socioeconomic assessments for five coal stations facing closure 

By: Terence Creamer     30th March 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has called on Eskom to urgently complete socioeconomic impact assessments for its coal-fired power stations in Mpumalanga, five of which having been earmarked for decommissioning over the coming five years, owing to flat demand and the introduction of new... 

Mining starts at Edenville’s Rukwa project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th March 2017 Mining has started at Aim-listed Edenville Energy’s Rukwa coal-to-power project, with the crushing of several hundred tonnes of coal already completed. The miner on Thursday said the majority of the coal produced so far has been crushed using a temporary crushing facility Edenville refurbished... 

NUM goes to war over proposed Eskom power station closures

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th March 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday said it was planning mass protest action over State-owned power utility Eskom’s decision to mothball five power stations to make room for independent power producers (IPPs). In an effort to “save” Eskom from bankruptcy and privatisation, as... 

City launches R88m project to fix potholes

By: African News Agency      28th March 2017 Johannesburg executive mayor, Herman Mashaba, on Tuesday launched a R88-million project to address the pothole repair backlog in the city. Addressing the launch in Ivory Park, Midrand, Mashaba said the City had provided R88-million additional funding to the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) in the... 

Brazil is re-emphasising privatisations

By: Keith Campbell     28th March 2017 With the country slowly emerging from its worst recession in decades, with federal government spending now frozen, in real terms, by law, for the next 20 years, Brazil is again looking to the private sector to undertake or help undertake key infrastructure projects. Up to the mid-1990s nearly all... 

Khobab Wind Farm lifts first turbine  

By: Anine Kilian     27th March 2017 Khobab Wind Farm, near Loeriesfontein, in the Northern Cape, has completed the lifting of the first of its 61 wind turbine generators ahead of schedule. It is anticipated that the first power will be exported in the next three to four months and that the wind farm will start supplying electricity... 

Authorities help to curb counterfeit car part imports

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th March 2017 The South African Police Service (SAPS), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the South African Revenue Service’s Customs offices are committed to reducing the number of imported counterfeit spare parts for motor vehicles, says law firm Spoor & Fisher. 

Sanral freeway incident management project clinches intellegent transport award

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2017 The Intelligent Transport Society South Africa (ITSSA) this year introduced a single biennial award for an outstanding achievement in the intelligent transport systems (ITS) industry in South Africa, for a project completed in the preceding two-year period. This first award was made at the... 

City of Cape Town to try flexi-time, work from home, to reduce gridlock

By: News24Wire      22nd March 2017 The City of Cape Town will introduce flexi-hours and an option for working from home for some employees to help reduce the city's infamous rush-hour gridlock. The city also wants bosses in private companies to consider doing the same. Something had to give, said Brett Herron, the city's mayoral... 

Argosy truck out, electric vehicles in, says Merc SA

By: Irma Venter     22nd March 2017 Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) saw a 12.6% drop in sales in 2016 compared with 2015. The company sold 4 631 new trucks and buses in South Africa in 2016, down from the 5 300 units and 5 897 units recorded in 2015 and 2014, respectively. 

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