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Press Office - Much Asphalt

Much Asphalt

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.


Growthpoint sees Gauteng East Rand as hotspot for industrial properties

By: Simone Liedtke     20th March 2018 Growthpoint sees Gauteng East Rand as hotspot for industrial properties Gauteng’s East Rand was a hotspot for industrial property leasing in 2017, says Growthpoint Properties, which concluded 70 deals – 40 new and 30 renewals – in the area during the year. 

AECOM reiterates Africa’s importance as a strategic business region

     20th March 2018 Africa remains a strategic and promising business region for AECOM. While the outlook for the continent remains positive, the integrated infrastructure delivery company is ensuring it has the necessary staff and technical expertise to allow it to capitalise on growth opportunities. In West... 

UCT scientists convince city to drill cautiously into aquifer

By: News24Wire      20th March 2018 The City of Cape Town's emergency groundwater drilling programme will be formally scrutinised by an environmental monitoring committee. This is to ensure boreholes are located in ecologically-acceptable areas and are operated responsibly, according to a GroundUp report. The programme, that... 

Colenso power project set for construction in 2019

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 The development of the greenfield Colenso anthracite coal mining project, in KwaZulu-Natal - primarily earmarked to supply the coal-fired Colenso power station currently in the planning phase - is expected to start next year at an estimated cost of R410-million, says coal mining and independent... 

Oaklands Crossing project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     16th March 2018 The Oaklands Crossing will end more than 40 years of daily traffic jams. 

Russian-Zimbabwean firm to invest $400m in Zimbabwe platinum

By: Reuters     15th March 2018 Great Dyke Investments (GDI) said on Thursday it would invest around $400-million to build a precious metals mine and smelter in Zimbabwe, as the country opens up to international business. The joint venture between Russia's Afromet and Zimbabwe's Pen East expects to produce up to 855 000 oz (27... 

Engineers urged to assertively infuse social debates with technical insight

By: Terence Creamer     15th March 2018 Engineers have been urged to become more assertive in keeping political and social debates around water, as well as other infrastructure issues, more technically informed. Delivering the South African Academy of Engineering open lecture in Johannesburg this week, Wits University School of... 

Babcock hauls in DAF sales dealer of the year award

     15th March 2018 Babcock’s Transport Solutions business recently scooped up the award for Best Sales Dealer Sales Operations for 2017 at the annual DAF Sales and Marketing conference held in Eindhoven, Netherlands in February this year. This accolade represented the highlight of the gala dinner where Babcock... 

Oliphant talks up Mantashe's mining pedigree in Toronto

By: Henry Lazenby     15th March 2018 South Africa's Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant talked up the mining pedigree of newly installed Minister Gwede Mantashe during the recent Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's annual convention, held in Toronto. "His previous mining experience is an advantage for... 

SMEs still face challenges while entering new dawn of hope

By: Simone Liedtke     14th March 2018 Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) continue to face several challenges, which has resulted in a slowing down of SME investment in the economy. While the National Development Plan (NDP) states that about 90% of jobs in South Africa should be created by SMEs by 2030, Western Cape High Court... 

Bakwena upgrading N1N4 at a cost of R1bn

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th March 2018 Road construction and maintenance company Bakwena on Friday said it was investing R1-billion to maintain and upgrade road infrastructure along the 385 km of the N1N4 it manages as part of its concession contract with the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral). An estimated... 

Argentina Lithium adds a third lithium brine project to its portfolio

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 Argentina Lithium & Energy Corporation is expanding its lithium project portfolio in Argentina’s Lithium Triangle by acquiring an additional 14 000 ha on the Salar de Antofalla, in Salta province.  

Transnet rejects claim of no significant mining-linked rail and port investment in 15 years

     9th March 2018 Anglo American South Africa deputy chairperson Norman Mbazima argues that a revitalisation of South Africa’s rail and port networks will be key to ensuring a recovery in mining investment. Speaking at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, he lamented that he had not seen any significant rail... 

Shunting locomotive company introduces upgraded Unilok

By: Melissa Zisengwe     9th March 2018 Rail logistics company African Railway Systems and Consultants has introduced the South African rail market to the new upgrade of the Unilok shunting locomotives. 

WBHO believes SA’s construction cycle has bottomed

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2018 Despite the changing political landscape in South Africa, the construction industry, which has been in the doldrums over the last 24 months, will not immediately experience a change in fortunes, warns Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) CEO Louwtjie Nel. “Government has lots of obligations. We won’t... 

New Cabinet appointments

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     9th March 2018 When I worked for State-owned power utility Eskom, the top position went to either to engineer or an accountant, often turn by turn. When the engineer was in charge, the system was solid and reliable and we had all the smart and cool stuff we needed. When the accountants were in charge, the... 

MR344 (R102) road upgrade, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     9th March 2018 The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works is upgrading a portion of the MR344 (R102). 

The Economic Regulation of Transport Bill: Adjustments to toll fees

     8th March 2018 Written by partner Phologo Pheko and candidate attorney Kimberley Ashmore, Fasken Johannesburg The Bill The draft Economic Regulation of Transport Bill (the “Bill”) was released on 12 February 2018 by the Department of Transport for public comment. The Bill seeks to realise a number of... 

Cargo Carriers Scholar Road Safety Education

     8th March 2018 Cargo Carriers puts its full weight behind Scholar Road Safety Education Cargo Carriers, a leading transport logistics and supply-chain specialist, continues to support initiatives aimed at creating safer roads for South Africans, including the country’s youth. It remains a serious concern that... 

Ghana President seeks to barter bauxite for roads, bridges

By: Bloomberg     7th March 2018 Ghana will finalise details of an infrastructure program before the end of the year and will pay for it with refined bauxite, said President Nana Akufo-Addo. The West African nation is seeking to derive more value from its bauxite resources by expanding the country’s processing capacity. Last... 

Transversely-launched Ashton Arch Bridge a first for AECOM

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th March 2018 This is a first in South Africa, using a transverse launching method of the completed arch bridge after it is constructed adjacent to the final road position, in order to minimise the impact on traffic during construction on this strategic route, Michael Bouwmeester, AECOM Highway and Bridges... 

Manufacturing Indaba 2018 and Africa’s drive towards a Manufacturing Revival

     7th March 2018 The 5th edition of the Manufacturing Indaba will be hosted at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on the 19th and 20th of June 2018, and will take place with the joint support and strategic partnership of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and the Manufacturing Circle, a... 

Volcanic Gold Mines looks at Côte d’Ivoire for growth

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th March 2018 TSX-V-listed Volcanic Gold Mines has entered into a binding memorandum of understanding to acquire up to 100% of Jofema Mineral Resources, a private company registered in Côte d’Ivoire. The assets of Jofema under option comprise near-adjacent exploration permits and exploration permit renewals... 

German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum - RBPlat 

By: Martin Creamer     6th March 2018 The German Federal Court ruling on diesel car emissions, which could cost transgressors eight-billion euros in fines a year, is seen as a likely blessing in disguise for platinum, Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) CEO Steve Phiri said on Tuesday. The global backlash against diesel-engine cars,... 

Auroch acquires South Australia zinc projects

By: Schalk Burger     6th March 2018 JOHANNESBURG ( – ASX-listed Auroch Minerals on Tuesday announced that it had acquired 90% of the Arden and 100% of the Bonaventura zinc projects, in South Australia. “The Arden project and Bonaventura project comprise a substantial zinc, lead and copper play supported by... 

Gauteng allocates large chunk of 2018/19 budget to health, education

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th March 2018 The Gauteng departments of Education and Health have secured the largest slices of Gauteng’s R121.2-billion budget for the 2018/19 financial year. This year’s budget sets aside R46.4-billion for the Department of Health, an increase of R4.4-billion on the prior year, and R45.2-billion for the... 

Fully autonomous vehicle set for October trial in SA 

By: Irma Venter     6th March 2018 The first fully autonomous vehicle may make its debut in South Africa in October, as part of the inaugural Future Mobility Africa event, organised by the Mobility Centre for Africa (MCA). The two electric-powered candidates for the first fully autonomous vehicle trial in South Africa are,... 

Celsius aims to bring Namibia's first cobalt mine to production by 2020

By: Reuters     5th March 2018 Australia's Celsius Resources, which has made Namibia's first cobalt discovery, is aiming to start production from the remote mine in 2020, the company's managing director said. Cobalt is a key component in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries used in the surging electric car market but most of it... 

PNG LNG to remain closed for eight weeks following earthquake

By: Simone Liedtke     5th March 2018 The Papua New Guinea (PNG) LNG facility, which is part owned by ASX-listed Santos, is expected to remain closed for about eight weeks following a February 26 earthquake. Santos, which has a 13.5% interest in PNG LNG, noted on Monday that it has been advised by the PNG LNG operator that, following... 

iNOVA 2000 to be launched at bauma

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd March 2018 Road and mineral processing industries solutions provider Wirtgen Group South Africa (Wirtgen), the local subsidiary of the Wirtgen Group, will launch the iNOVA 2000 – a fully mobile asphalt plant that produces asphalt for the paving of roads – at the bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018. Wirtgen sales... 

Abdelmoumen pumped-storage hydroelectric plant, Morocco

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd March 2018 Office National de l’Electricite et de l'Eau Potable plans to develop and integrate renewable energies in Morocco. 

India's outback coal bets sour as global prices recover

By: Bloomberg     1st March 2018 Australian mining legend Lang Hancock’s dream four decades ago of exporting coal from the country’s remote Galilee Basin is becoming a nightmare for two Indian conglomerates. Adani Group bought into the Queensland basin in 2010, followed a year later by GVK Group, with plans to ship thermal coal... 

Dajin's Argentina JV hits high grades as the company readies for Nevada drilling

By: Henry Lazenby     28th February 2018 A surface sampling programme focused on an area of overlapping interest of the Salinas Grandes project, in Argentina – a joint venture (JV) property owned by Toronto-based LSC Lithium and Vancouver-based Dajin Resources – has extended the lithium footprint and confirmed the high-grade nature of... 

JRA invests in new asphalt plant to assist in road repairs

By: Anine Kilian     27th February 2018 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has repaired 44 350 potholes across the city since the beginning of the 2017/18 financial year. The city currently has a backlog of R11.8-billion for upgrading the city’s 13 599 km road network, of which R7.1-billion is required for repairs to surfaced roads... 

Diesel cars can be banned from German cities, court rules

By: Reuters     27th February 2018 German cities can ban the most heavily polluting diesel cars from their streets, a court ruled on Tuesday, a move likely to be mirrored in other parts of Europe and to force automakers to pay to improve exhaust systems or switch to cleaner vehicles. There has been a global backlash against... 

WBHO sees 67% jump in profit, believes the cycle has bottomed out

By: Irma Venter     27th February 2018 Despite the changing political landscape in South Africa, the construction industry, which has been in the doldrums over the last 24 months, will not immediately experience a change in fortunes, warns Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) CEO Louwtjie Nel. “Government has lots of obligations. We won’t... 

DA welcomes Makhura's admission that e-tolling has failed

By: News24Wire      27th February 2018 The Democratic Alliance (DA) has welcomed Gauteng Premier David Makhura's admission that e-tolling has failed and that he will be meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa to devise a more suitable funding model. The DA's Gauteng spokesperson on roads and transport, Fred Nel, said the party had been... 

Miners report some infrastructure damage after Papua quake

By: Reuters     27th February 2018 Miners in northwest Papua New Guinea reported some damage to infrastructure following a powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake on the weekend, as projects in the resource-rich region assess the impact on their operations. Barrick Gold said a power station that supplies its Porgera gold mine had been... 

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