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Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 A liquid petroleum gas (LPG) terminal and import infrastructure is being constructed by energy infrastructure company Sunrise Energy in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, to curb historical LPG shortages and meet potential future requirements for gas-fired power plants and other industrial energy... 

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 A liquid petroleum gas (LPG) terminal and import infrastructure are being constructed by energy infrastructure company Sunrise Energy, in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, to curb historical LPG shortages and meet potential future requirements for gas-fired power plants and other industrial... 

Transnet launches bursary drive

By: Anine Kilian     26th May 2016 State-owned Transnet has invited eligible students to apply for 171 bursaries, as well as for a training programme for chartered accountants.   This was in line with the company’s commitment to expand and strengthen its skills base, with a particular focus on scarce skills in the engineering and... 

MPs demand to see Davies over steel price hikes

By: African News Agency      24th May 2016 Opposition MPs on Tuesday accused Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies of turning a blind eye to repeated steel price increases and demanded that he be called to explain government’s inaction. Democratic Alliance MP Dean McPherson said four steel price increases so far this year violated an... 

Transnet appoints chief information officer

     24th May 2016 Transnet has appointed Makano Mosidi chief information officer (CIO), effective June 1. Mosidi will report to group CE Siyabonga Gama in line with the group’s objective of ensuring that digitalisation is central to driving innovation efficiency and cost effectiveness across all operations. She is... 

DTI moving to iron out local-content frustrations around Transnet contracts

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has confirmed that it is “concerned” about whether all four of the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that have been awarded parts of a R50-billion contract to supply 1 064 electricity and diesel locomotives to Transnet will meet the minimum... 

Transnet appoints group executive for R&D

     20th May 2016 State-owned Transnet has appointed Khomotso Phihlela group executive for research and development to spearhead and monetise the company’s intellectual property drive. The group has identified innovation as one of the key drivers of revenue and profitability, operational efficiency and a way of... 

Transnet Engineering targets big rise in third-party orders as OEM strategy evolves

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2016 The engineering unit of State-owned Transnet has set a target of securing 40% of its revenue from third-party orders by 2021, which would represent a material increase from current levels of around 12%. The bulk of Transnet Engineering’s R10-billion in yearly revenues is currently derived from... 

Nair confirmed as TFR chief as Transnet unveils new team

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th May 2016 Freight logistics group Transnet on Wednesday unveiled its new leadership team and structure, which the State-owned company said was in line with revisions to its operating model and its aspiration to capture new market opportunities. Group CEO Siyabonga Gama, who was recently confirmed as the... 

Importance of research undervalued, impacting economic development

     17th May 2016 National research institution the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Built Environment division executive director Dr Cornelius Ruiters says countries that do not adequately invest in research, development and innovation (R&D&I) will not develop economically. 'In South... 

DTI launches Gas Industrialisation Unit

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has launched the Gas Industrialisation Unit (GIU), aimed at spearheading a medium to long-term gas industrialisation strategy for South Africa and the Southern Africa region.  The aim is to unlock power constraints and reduce carbon intensity, to secure... 

South Africa's Transnet steams into rest of Africa

By: Reuters     13th May 2016 South African state rail-freight operator Transnet is embarking on a major expansion drive in the rest of the continent, offsetting a slowdown at home caused by the slump in commodity prices, chief executive Siyabonga Gama said on Wednesday. Transnet, which operates nearly three quarters of all... 

Ingula set for completion next month

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 Mechanical engineering contracting company SA FIVE Engineering says State-owned power utility Eskom’s Ingula pumped-storage scheme’s commissioning is set to be completed by the end of next month. “The construction of Ingula is complete and only the commissioning needs to be done. Unit 3 and Unit... 

Port authority maps out infrastructure projects

     13th May 2016 The ports industry is in a state of radical change and uncertainty, which requires flexible and adaptable port planning and design, notes Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) COO Phyllis Difeto. “The impact of the global economic downturn is a daily reminder to ports of the need to change... 

Tug building project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th May 2016 The Transnet National Ports Authority launched two tugboats – Qunu and Cormorant – on May 6. 

ELB to refurbish the two Tipplers at the Manganese Terminal, Port of Port Elizabeth

     12th May 2016 ELB Engineering Services (Pty) Ltd has been contracted by Transnet Capital Projects for the refurbishment of Tippler A and B at the Transnet Port Elizabeth Manganese Terminal. ELB’s scope of work will include design, supply of new components, stripping, refurbishment of the tippler including... 

Davies weighs in on rail localisation

By: Terence Creamer     9th May 2016 Government was aware of the complaints surrounding the lack of progress in ensuring that localisation in Transnet’s locomotive procurement programme, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Monday. However, he gave an assurance that there was a plan, as part of the latest Industrial... 

Two more tugs roll off the production line for delivery to TNPA

By: Anine Kilian     6th May 2016 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) on Friday launched two tugboats – Qunu and Cormorant – as part of its R1.4-billion contract to procure nine tugboats from Durban shipbuilder Southern African Shipyards. The contract was the largest single contract TNPA had ever awarded to a South African... 

Darryll Castle

By: Martin Creamer     6th May 2016 This week we feature Darryll Castle, CEO of PPC, the South Africa-based 3 000-employee, R12-billion producer of cement, lime and aggregates 

Transnet TE hands wagons over to Swaziland Rail

     5th May 2016 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: Transnet Engineering presented 25 fuel tanker wagons and 20 container wagons to Swaziland Railway in April. Anine Kilian tells us more. 

Transnet implements stringent measures to meet commitments

By: African News Agency      2nd May 2016 Transnet announced on Monday the implementation of a series of governance, control and monitoring measures to ensure the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) meet the company’s stringent localisation obligations and supplier development commitments. Transnet Group CEO Siyabonga Gama said:... 

Majuba rail project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     29th April 2016 The project involves the construction of a railway line that links the Majuba power station to the main coal railway hub in Ermelo, Mpumalanga. 

‘Clinics-on-wheels’ on track for 12m-patient milestone this year 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th April 2016 Transnet’s Phelophepa I and II healthcare trains are on track to reach their 12-millionth patient by the end of September, Transnet chairperson Linda Mabaso reports. To date, the ‘clinics-on-wheels’ have reached a combined 11.7-million patients since inception in 1994. The Phelophepa healthcare... 

New Transnet chief prioritising diversification as commodity ‘meltdown’ bites 

By: Terence Creamer     28th April 2016 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet is taking aim at new sectors, such as fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and manufacturing, as it seeks to sustain volumes amid the prevailing commodity “meltdown”. Speaking publically for the first since his appointment as permanent Transnet CEO,... 

Rail sector moves to deal with ‘mismatch’ between localisation promises and delivery 

By: Terence Creamer     28th April 2016 The railways sector and government have agreed to the creation of a framework to improve the monitoring and implementation of localisation commitments associated with multibillion-rand investments being undertaken by both Transnet and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). Discussions... 

Port of Durban appoints first female deputy harbour master 

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th April 2016 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has appointed Port of Durban’s first black female deputy harbour master – nautical, effective May 1. Pinky Zungu, who was one of the first three women in Africa to obtain a marine pilot open licence in 2011, would now be tasked with managing marine pilots,... 

Lynne Brown: SOEs must stay in government hands 

By: News24Wire      26th April 2016 Government needs to retain its ownership of state-owned companies to ensure economic growth and create employment for generations to come, said Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown. In her budget speech for the 2016-17 financial year, Brown emphasised that South Africa’s parastatals, worth... 

Generators withstand tough conditions

By: Simon Sonnekus     22nd April 2016 Electrical equipment supplier and manufacturer Zest WEG Group has added adequate filtration on the inlet- and combustion-air side of its diesel generators to ensure that they can withstand harsh environments. Zest WEG Group currently has a canopy generator running in a pilot project at a waste... 

Prince Edward graving dry dock caisson repair project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd April 2016 The third and final phase of the R30-million refurbishment of the Prince Edward graving dry dock has been completed. 

Eskom cuts diesel bill by R760m in five months 

By: News24Wire      19th April 2016 Eskom has reported a significant decline in diesel usage from R800-million to R40-million in five months as the power utility makes steady progress in its turnaround strategy. Following a two-day board breakaway session in which Eskom’s key performance targets were assessed, Eskom’s board of... 

Funding expected soon as first black-industrialists applications are evaluated

By: Terence Creamer     15th April 2016 South Africa’s black industrialists funding forum had its inaugural meeting in mid-March to consider 50 applications from aspirant black-owned manufacturing enterprises, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies revealed following a recent meeting with the Black Business Council (BBC), in... 

Digitisation could boost South Africa’s power performance – GE Power chief 

By: Terence Creamer     14th April 2016 The uptime and efficiency of South Africa’s existing power stations could be substantially improved through the integration of new digital software solutions and data analytics, the global president and CEO of GE Power asserts. Speaking to Engineering News Online during a visit to South Africa,... 

Gama appointed permanent Transnet CEO 

By: Terence Creamer     13th April 2016 Cabinet approved the appointment of Siyabonga Gama as the permanent CEO of Transnet at its meeting on Wednesday – a role that he had been performing in an acting capacity since the departure of Brian Molefe to Eskom in April last year. Gama, who has been at Transnet for the past 21 years and an... 

Port of Richards Bay celebrates 40th anniversary

     13th April 2016 South Africa’s premier bulk port, the Port of Richards Bay, is commemorating its fortieth anniversary this month. Over the past 40 years, the port had expanded to enable the export of various commodities, as well as increased its export capacity. 

Port of Richards Bay Celebrates 40 Years

     13th April 2016 South Africa’s premier bulk port commemorated its 40th anniversary on Friday, 1st April, with further celebratory events planned for the remainder of the milestone year. The Port of Richards Bay was established in 1976 and – despite being one of the “newcomers” to the industry – has expanded to... 

Oceans economy initiative unlocking billions in investment, Zuma says in Port Elizabeth

By: African News Agency      8th April 2016 Nelson Mandela Bay executive mayor Danny Jordaan on Friday thanked President Jacob Zuma for bringing investment to the metro. Jordaan was speaking at the port of Port Elizabeth where Zuma and a number of ministers attended an event for an update on the implementation of Operation Phakisa, the... 

On-The-Air (08/04/2016)

By: Martin Creamer     8th April 2016 Japan and South Africa are working on a solar plant that will produce hydrogen in this country for fuel cells. Government is intent on creating incentives for mines to benefit from investment in fuel cells. South Africa this week again demonstrated its capacity to build railway... 

Rail engineering parastatal pursuing R3bn Africa pipeline as it delivers Botswana coaches

By: Terence Creamer     8th April 2016 The engineering unit of South Africa’s State-owned logistics utility Transnet is actively pursuing R3-billion-worth of possible rolling-stock contracts across Africa, notwithstanding a weakened rail investment climate precipitated by a decline in commodity prices. Speaking at the official launch... 

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