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Cesa Aon Engineering Excellence Awards winners for 2017 announced

     18th August 2017 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa), supported by Aon South Africa, on Thursday announced the winners of this year’s Cesa Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, which recognise outstanding achievements in the engineering industry and celebrate innovation, quality, outstanding workmanship and... 

Carbon capture tech will recycle ferroalloys sector’s emissions

     18th August 2017 South African green-technology company Swayana is collaborating with US-based carbon recycling company LanzaTech to introduce its proprietary carbon capture technology to South Africa. Swayana, a level 2 broad-based black economic-empowerment company established in 2016, uses carbon-footprint... 

Company supplies piping for water treatment expansion project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 Thermoplastic piping company Plasti-Tech supplied a range of piping, custom fittings and flanges to Zululand district municipality’s Usuthu purification plant expansion infrastructure project to increase output by 20 M a day.  

Construction contract awarded for Kenya’s techno city

By: John Muchira     18th August 2017 Kenya has has awarded the construction contract for East Africa’s first smart city. The $390-million engineering, procurement, construction and financing contract – entailing the construction of roads, water and sewerage infrastructure within the 400 acre first phase of  Konza Techno City, about... 

Despite rising EV tide, automaker urges SA to implement cleaner-fuels vision

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2017 Research published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) this month shows that electric vehicles (EVs) may account for 54% of all new light-duty vehicle sales globally by 2040. However, it is unlikely that South Africa will follow this trend to the same degree. 

Gauteng Rapid Rail Integrated Network expansion project, South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th August 2017 The National Treasury is in the process of evaluating the expansion project's feasibility study. 

P20 road upgrade project, South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th August 2017 The Roads Agency Limpopo and Northam Platinum have partnered to upgrade the road. 

Project aids community development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 With 70% of the R370-million Cornubia Interchange project complete, construction design and engineering services provider Royal HaskoningDHV and the eThekwini roads provision department say the project is likely to be completed in January next year.  

The real conflict is between truth and lies

By: Riaan de Lange     18th August 2017 The Real Conflict is between Truth and Lies It is 21 hours since the unthinkable has happened, an event which has divided, and is expected to continue to divide, the athletics world for the foreseeable future. It will take the athletics world a considerable time to recover from the effects of the... 

RAL, Northam partner to upgrade road in Waterberg district

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2017 Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) and platinum producer Northam Platinum have signed a R60-million strategic partnership to upgrade the P20 road that links Sataria to the road artery that goes to Koedoeskop, in the Waterberg district. Under the terms of the agreement, RAL will contribute R37.5-million... 

Scientists find unexpected new source for lithium

By: Reuters     17th August 2017 Scientists have found an unexpected new source for lithium, a key component in battery-powered electric cars and other renewable energy technologies: supervolcanoes. Most of the world's lithium comes from Chile and Australia, and expanding access to the mineral is crucial for meeting demand for... 

Financing infrastructure development in Africa becomes easier with PPPs

     16th August 2017 Despite the perception that Africa is poor, the continent is rich with opportunity and there is enough private sector money to partner with governments and state institutions on the continent to speed up the roll-out of infrastructure and build programmes. There is greater scope for Africa’s... 

Freeport Indonesia says flash floods damage mine power plant

By: Reuters     16th August 2017 Flash floods have left one worker missing and caused extensive damage to a power plant at US-owned miner Freeport Indonesia's operations in the eastern-most province of Papua, company officials said on Wednesday. Mining operations were continuing as normal, but power and water outages were... 

Tshwane roads, railway lines blocked and cars pelted in taxi protest

By: News24Wire      16th August 2017 Taxi drivers embarked on illegal protest action in Tshwane on Wednesday morning, blocking several roads and railway lines and pelting passing cars with rocks. Police said several roads in Mabopane, Ga-Rankuwa, Soshanguve as well as the Mabopane highway have been blocked by taxis. 

Vadi lifts suspension on Soweto taxi routes

By: News24Wire      14th August 2017 The suspension of the Witwatersrand African Taxi Owners Association's (Wata) operating rights in Soweto has been lifted, Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi said on Monday. "I intend lifting the extraordinary measures instituted on 13 July that were extended to Wata, which were aimed at normalising... 

Infrastructure Africa encourages African unity through regional projects

     14th August 2017 Intra-African trade sits at around 11% and if Africa could boost its regional integration levels, it would boost its economic growth plans. There is power in numbers and collaboration on infrastructure projects between African nations would be to the benefit of Africa as a whole, whilst also... 

JRA seeks new MD as Phillips resigns

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th August 2017 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) is on the hunt for a new MD following the resignation of Dr Sean Phillips, effective August 8. JRA CFO Goodwill Mbatha will assume the role of acting MD until a successor for Phillips, who held the role since May 2016, is appointed. 

Eskom postpones planned R21 road closure

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th August 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom has postponed its planned road closure on the R21 until further notice. Initially, certain sections surrounding the Flying Saucer interchange and Olifantsfontein drive on the R21 freeway were scheduled to be closed for the replacement of the Apollo-Croydon... 

N2 Wild Coast Toll Road megabridges project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     11th August 2017 The 580-m-long Msikaba bridge will be the longest-span cable-stayed suspension bridge in South Africa, and possibly in Africa.  

Giyani’s Gon`On`O Village Road Upgraded

     10th August 2017 By Technicrete   Situated in the north-east of the Limpopo Province, in the heart of the Limpopo bushveld, is the rural town of Giyani. While the area is comprised mainly of rural villages,  infrastructural upgrades are required for the continued upliftment of local communities in terms of... 

Volvo Car SA ready for hybrid, electric vehicle rollout post-2019, says MD

By: Irma Venter     10th August 2017 Volvo Car South Africa (VCSA) MD Greg Maruszewski is confident the local arm of the Swedish group will be able to thrive under its parent company’s new powertrain policy. Volvo announced last month that all new cars launched globally from 2019 onwards will be partially or completely... 

Gauteng Premier sends Transport MEC to scene of collapsed N3 pedestrian bridge

By: African News Agency      9th August 2017 Gauteng Premier David Makhura has dispatched the MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi to asses the damage caused by the collapsed pedestrian bridge which runs across the N3 freeway near the Geldenhuys interchange. Five people – including a seven-year-old child – were injured in the early... 

City of Joburg to host open days to resolve billing crisis

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th August 2017 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) is embarking on a series of highly concentrated “billing open days” over the next few months to resolve lingering billing issues, reduce the backlog of incorrect accounts and enable ratepayer interaction with frontline staff and senior management. The open days will... 

No-confidence vote signals 'High Noon' for South Africa's Zuma

By: Reuters     8th August 2017 Protesters blocked roads with burning tyres and rocks on Tuesday in a show of opposition to President Jacob Zuma hours before the South African parliament was due to vote on a no-confidence motion which could force him to step down. Newspaper headlines reflected the high stakes at play -- "JZ's... 

City of Johannesburg finances in a healthy state, says finance MMC Dagada

By: African News Agency      7th August 2017 The City of Johannesburg has refuted allegations made by the African National Congress in Johannesburg on Sunday about the city’s financial position. “The comments are nothing more than the ANC’s attempt at reviving [former mayor] Parks Tau’s political career from the ashes,” mayoral committee... 

e-toll test case expected to be in court early next year

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2017 Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) COO Ben Theron says electronic tolling (e-tolling) on Gauteng’s freeways should be a “thing of the past” by March next year. He notes that a test case between Outa and the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on the collection of e-tolls... 

Gautrain rolling stock procurement programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     4th August 2017 The bidding process on the 12 new train sets to be supplied to the Gautrain rail system has started. 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     4th August 2017 The project continues to closely manage contractor productivity. 

Shapoorji Energy solar photovoltaic power project, Egypt

By: Sheila Barradas     4th August 2017 The project entails the greenfield construction of a 50 MW photovoltaic plant on open desert land owned by the Renewable Energy Agency. 

Local assembly of new Hino 500 to start in Durban in November

By: Irma Venter     1st August 2017 Assembly of the new Hino 500 Series truck will start at Toyota South Africa Motors’ Durban plant in November. The first prototypes have already been built, says Hino South Africa senior manager Leslie Long. 

Drilling adds at least 3 years of production to Amur’s Kun Manie

By: Mariaan Webb     28th July 2017 Nickel/copper sulphide explorer Amur Minerals believes it has expanded the mining potential of its Kun-Manie mine, in Russia’s Far East, with recent drilling at the Kubuk deposit having added as much as another three years to its production. Drilling to identify indicated resources has extended... 

Northam acquires PGM recycling equipment, property in US 

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th July 2017 JSE-listed Northam Platinum is marking its entry into platinum-group metals (PGM) recycling through an aggregate $10.7-million acquisition of PGM recycling equipment and property in the US. Entering into binding transaction agreements, Northam will acquire multiple ceramic catalytic converter... 

Bruce Highway upgrade – Caloundra road to Sunshine motorway, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     28th July 2017 The project will transform the Caloundra road interchange into a diverging diamond interchange, the first to be built in Australia. 

Here we are . . .

By: Riaan de Lange     28th July 2017 Born to be kings. We're the princes of the universe. These are the opening lyrics of British rock band Queen’s 1986 song, Princes of the Universe, and they resonate with me as my car grinds to a halt and I step outside to appreciate the most glorious view I have ever beheld. As to where I am . .... 

AMSA loss deepens, expects Africa market growth 

By: Reuters     27th July 2017 ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) reported a deeper first-half loss on Thursday but forecast growth in steel demand in Africa in the second half. Headline losses grew to R1.62-billion ($125.5-million) for the six months to June 30 from a loss of R458-million a year earlier. 

Redefine Properties’ industrial developments on track  

By: Anine Kilian     26th July 2017 Development of one of JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Redefine Properties’ largest industrial developments, the 1.6-million square metre S&J Industrial Estate, in Germiston, is on track, with bulk infrastructure currently being rolled out. The prime site is majority owned by... 

Mirasol finds three new large-scale base metal targets on expanded claim holdings

By: Henry Lazenby     25th July 2017 Junior explorer Mirasol Resources has discovered three large-scale porphyry copper/molybdenum/gold targets, also expanding its claim holdings, at the 100%-owned Rubi project, next to the giant El Salvador copper mining district, in northern Chile. Mirasol recently completed field evaluation and... 

Fuel cell vehicle sales boosting platinum demand outlook   

By: Martin Creamer     24th July 2017 Growth potential for platinum is emerging in the rapid build-up off a low base of fuel cell electric vehicle sales. Fuel cell vehicle sales are expected to grow by more than 200% this year, with Japan targeting 200 000 fuel cell electric vehicles on its roads in 2025 and 800 000 in 2030. 

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