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Iconic Joburg ice rink being transformed into television production hub

By: David Oliveira     2nd December 2016 The Sky Rink atop the Carlton Centre’s parking lot in downtown Johannesburg always had something of an edge to it. Experienced ice-skaters, often with a cigarette in their mouths, would make little effort to disguise their disdain for beginners as they weaved effortlessly and at extreme speed... 

Ekurhuleni excited to activate Aerotropolis project as part of wider 5-year plan 

     2nd December 2016 Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality is excited to finally acquire a comprehensive plan for the much anticipated Aerotropolis project announced two years ago. The Aerotropolis project is one of the important projects the city is spearheading, amongst others it has unveiled as part of its... 

Iconic Joburg ice rink being transformed into television production hub

By: David Oliveira     2nd December 2016 The Sky Rink atop the Carlton Centre’s parking lot in downtown Johannesburg always had something of an edge to it. Experienced ice-skaters, often with a cigarette in their mouths, would make little effort to disguise their disdain for beginners as they weaved effortlessly, and at extreme speed,... 

Rail freight system will benefit economy, reduce road maintenance

By: Nadine James     25th November 2016 To limit the damage to the national and provincial road networks – primarily caused by heavy-duty freight vehicles – and cut down on resulting maintenance, government should ensure that South Africa has a workable and reliable rail freight service, says auditing and consulting firm KPMG. KPMG... 

Futuregrowth lifts DBSA lending suspension

By: Terence Creamer     21st November 2016 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has become the third public entity to confirm that Futuregrowth Asset Management has lifted a lending suspension imposed on it and five other State-owned companies (SoCs) earlier in the year. On August 31, Futuregrowth announced that, owing to... 

Rolls-Royce unit eyeing Southern African gas-to-power prospects

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2016 Power systems group Rolls-Royce aims to use a newly inaugurated 100 MW gas-fired power station at Ressano Garcia, in southern Mozambique, as a key reference plant, as several countries in the region consider their gas-to-power options. The plant is owned and operated by the independent power... 

Transnet, GE Transportation collaborate on digitising Africa’s supply chain

By: Anine Kilian     16th November 2016 State-owned rail, port and pipeline company Transnet has partnered with global digital industrial company GE Transportation to create a digital solution, powered by GE’s Predix operating system, to connect shippers and transport operators, enabling the efficient movement of goods. The solution... 

Resources Watch 

     16th November 2016 Transnet sets up R20bn acquisitions war chest, as it pulls in capex horns; And, Pneumatic cylinder uniformity benefits distributor, improves part availability 

Operation Khanyisa cuts illegal electricity connections  

     16th November 2016 With electricity theft resulting in about R15.9-billion loss to the country’s municipal accounts every year, Eskom anti-theft campaign Operation Khanyisa is increasing its reach.  

Transnet adds M&A to its growth agenda 

     10th November 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the highlights from Transnet's interim results, includings its R20-billion war chest for mergers and acquisitions and the latest developments around its capital programme. 

Most Transnet lenders agree to relax downgrade triggers

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2016 South Africa’s freight logistics utility Transnet has reached agreement with the majority of lenders to relax covenant triggers in respect of R30.1-billion in debt. These triggers would otherwise be brought into play in the event that South Africa is downgraded to junk in December. Transnet’s... 

Transnet to terminate Trillian relationship, seeks Futuregrowth apology  

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2016 State-owned logistics group Transnet will be terminating its relationship with both Trillian Capital and Regiments Capital in light of the current fallout surrounding the two companies – developments that are reflected in the Public Protector’s ‘State of Capture’ report and is currently also the... 

Transnet sets up R20bn acquisitions war chest, as it pulls in capex horns 

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2016 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has set aside a R20-billion war chest for mergers and acquisitions inside South Africa and the rest of the continent, owing to “limited” prospects for organic growth domestically. Specific merger and acquisition (M&A) targets have been identified as... 

Futuregrowth lifts lending suspension on IDC

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2016 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) reported on Monday that Futuregrowth Asset Management’s suspension of lending activities to the State-owned development financier had been lifted with immediate effect. On August 31, Futuregrowth announced that it was freezing all lending to the IDC,... 

Analogue gauges outweigh benefits of electronic instrumentation

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 The structure and robustness of analogue pressure-type gauges, coupled with the guaranteed availability of spare parts for locomotives in South Africa, outweigh the benefits of electronic instrumentation that has to be sent away for repair or recalibration, says pressure and temperature... 

Bearings manufacturer completes upgrades at the Port of Saldanha Bay

By: Victor Moolman     4th November 2016 Split roller bearing specialist OE Bearings installed 500-mm-diameter split bearings last month on the third of three stacker reclaimer bucket wheels at the Port of Saldanha Bay, in Western Cape. 

Custom-made hoses to be used by railway groups

     4th November 2016 Benoni-based automotive tyre and industrial rubber products producer Dunlop Industrial Products has a high penetration in the African continent where it supplies custom-made solutions, such as the design and supply of vacuum and air brake hoses for State-owned utility Transnet, Passenger Rail... 

Modified wagon designs to increase volumes per trip

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 By modifying construction materials and wagon design, original-equipment manufacturer Galison Group believes that the lighter weight of a wagon will significantly reduce transport and production costs, by enabling customers to increase their production volumes per wagon per trip. 

New technology extended to wagon and passenger bogies

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 Having become the first rolling stock company in the southern hemisphere to pioneer its own fabricated lightweight, cost-competitive locomotive bogie, South Africa-based locomotives company DCD Rolling Stock is extending its technology to wagon and passenger coach bogies aimed at the global market. 

Subcontractor working on expansion and skills development programmes

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 Tier-two subcontract manufacturer to original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) IEC Holden, which supplies electric motors and generators to the railway, power generation, oil and gas, and mining industries, is currently directly contracted to OEMs that supply the Transnet Freight Rail rail... 

Three firms shortlisted to supply 12 trains for Gautrain rail link

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2016 The Gauteng government has shortlisted three bidders to supply twelve new trains of four coaches each to the Gautrain rail link. The rail system currently operates 96 coaches, with train configurations of either four or eight coaches, depending on time-of-day demand. 

Transnet ranked a top employer in S Africa

     4th November 2016 Last month, State-owned freight and logistics company Transnet was ranked one of South Africa’s top employers for providing its employees with an exceptional working environment. 

Welding certification to become unavoidable for rail industry

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 With infrastructure development planned to take place rapidly in the rail industry, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) believes that EN 15085 certification is crucial to upholding the quality and safety of railway vehicles and components in the local industry.  

South African govt ranked 25th in top 500 global infrastructure owners list

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd November 2016 The South African government has again moved up in the rankings of the top 500 global infrastructure owners, ranking twenty-fifth this year, with infrastructure assets valued at $92.2-billion, as measured by reported net tangible fixed assets. This was compared with its ranking of 33 in 2015,... 

Aquaculture holds strong growth potential for South African economy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     31st October 2016 Since the launch of the oceans economy initiative, under Operation Phakisa, in July 2014, government has invested around R17-billion in the initiative’s various workstreams, including marine transport and manufacturing, offshore oil and gas exploration, aquaculture, and marine protection services... 

Gautrain rolling stock procurement programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th October 2016 The Gauteng government has shortlisted three bidders to supply 12 new trains of four cars each for the Gautrain. 

Port Nolloth rehabilitation project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th October 2016 The Transnet National Ports Authority has started a multimillion-rand port infrastructure rehabilitation project at Port Nolloth. 

Rehabilitation of ‘overlooked’ Port Nolloth harbour under way

By: Dylan Slater     28th October 2016 State-owned logistics company Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has commenced with a multimillion-rand port infrastructure rehabilitation project at the small domestic seaport of Port Nolloth, on the north-western coast of South Africa.  

Rolls-Royce rolls out MTU South Africa’s upgraded facility in Cape Town

By: Kim Cloete     27th October 2016 Rolls-Royce has officially opened a redesigned and upgraded facility in Cape Town, where 232 MTU engines destined for rail will be assembled, tested, painted and commissioned. The engines, which are part of the planned shift to move more freight from road to rail, will be installed in freight... 

Tribunal approves Aveng’s immunity from an administrative penalty

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th October 2016 The Competition Tribunal has confirmed a consent agreement between construction company Aveng and the Competition Commission, which will give Aveng immunity from an administrative penalty. The matter had been delayed for the commission to make changes to the consent agreement to include some... 

20 cruise liners to dock in South African ports over the next six months

By: African News Agency      27th October 2016 At least 20 cruise vessels, including the Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Elizabeth, are set to dock in South Africa’s ports in the next six months. Transnet National Ports Authority spokeswoman Lunga Ngcobo said in a statement release on Wednesday that the first cruise liner to dock will be the MSC... 

Transnet, SABS partner to develop innovators

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th October 2016 Transnet, which has partnered with the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Design Institute to establish the Transnet Innovation and Design Research Centre, this week showcased 20 entrepreneurs who invented “life-changing” ideas that would provide solutions to challenges in their... 

Port projects tweaked to suit market

     26th October 2016 Transnet National Ports Authority said it had built flexibility into the tender specifications for Operation Phakisa new build projects at its ports in order to meet the current economic climate. Speaking at the African Ports Evolution 2016 Conference in Durban last week, Ricky Bhikraj, Executive... 

Sexwale to probe shock Trillian Gupta, Nenegate allegations

By: News24Wire      26th October 2016 Tokyo Sexwale, independent nonexecutive chair of Trillian, plans an independent investigation in order to fully test the veracity of allegations made in a Sunday newspaper this past weekend. The Sunday Times alleged pre-knowledge by a member or members of Trillian concerning President Jacob... 

Trade barriers in Africa deterring intraregional trade

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th October 2016 Nontariff barriers and trade facilitation challenges are two of the factors that prevent companies from engaging in intraregional trade. During a panel discussion at a Team Export South Africa (Tesa) workshop, in Midrand, New Partnership for Africa's Development Business Foundation CEO Lynette... 

Rail Road Association to hold inaugural career expo

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st October 2016 In support of Transport month, the Rail Road Association (RRA) of South Africa will host an inaugural career expo day this month for all rail industry players to meet learners and youth to expose them to the opportunities in the industry. According to RRA officials Trevor Mohlala and Mesela... 

Gauteng govt shortlists three bidders for Gautrain rolling stock contract

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2016 The Gauteng government has shortlisted three bidders to supply twelve new trains of four coaches each to the Gautrain rail link. The rail system currently operates 96 coaches, with train configurations of either four or eight coaches, depending on time-of-day demand. 

Chevron South Africa’s Lubricants Manufacturing Plant is awarded Best Performing Operator 2016 by the Transnet National Ports Authority in Durban and Supplier of the Year 2016 by Aftermarkets Solutions

     20th October 2016 The Transnet National Ports Authority in Durban bestowed upon Chevron South Africa’s Lubricants Manufacturing Plant at the Island View Terminal the Best Performing Terminal Operator (Island View Precinct) award for 2016. The LMP was also nominated as one of the top three terminals in terms of... 

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