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KwaZulu-Natal Profile

Company displays at Royal Agricultural Show 2014

18th July 2014 The KwaZulu-Natal branch of earthmoving equipment distributor High Power Equipment Africa (HPE Africa) participated at the 2014 Royal Agricultural Show, which was held in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, from May 23 to June 1. On display were Korean earthmoving equipment manufacturer Hyundai... 

Old age home receives energy saving solution

18th July 2014 Energy saving systems specialists ThermoWise completed the installation of 13 AXHW-05 air-to-water heat pumps at the Zibambeleni old age home in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, to improve electricity savings at the establishment, in May this year. “These environment-friendly heat pumps draw energy from... 

Port upgrade to grow KZN’s maritime-based economy

By: David Oliveira     18th July 2014 The R110.5-billion Durban port upgrade project of State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) is the most significant project currently taking place in KwaZulu-Natal, providing significant opportunities for economic development in the province. The old... 

Port upgrade to grow KZN’s maritime-based economy
Photo by Duane Daws
MARITIME ECONOMY Durban is a maritime-based city and, as such, its economy relies heavily on the port


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Learnership to be launched in KZN

By: David Oliveira     18th July 2014 South African plastic industry body Plastics SA will introduce its new Polymer-compound Manufacturing learnership at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Southern Africa’s (IOM3 SA’s) gathering in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, next month. Plastics SA KwaZulu-Natal regional training... 

Learnership to be  launched in KZN
Photo by Plastics SA
IMPROVING PROFESSIONAL IMAGE Having a qualified thermoplastic welding inspector will improve a company’s professional image, credibility and quality systems

Airliner increases international passenger traffic

By: David Oliveira     18th July 2014 Airline operator Emirates’ daily flights out of the King Shaka International Airport in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, is the only international year-long flight out of Durban and is performing consistently well, Emirates Southern Africa regional manager Fouad Caunhye tells Engineering News. He adds that... 

Airliner increases  international  passenger traffic
Photo by Bloomberg
DESTINATION DUBAI Emirates flew two extra flights between Durban and Dubai during its seasonal peak from December 2013 to January

Coastal management programme to uplift the Mandeni area

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th July 2013 Consulting, engineering and environmental services provider Royal HaskoningDHV will present the draft five-year coastal management programme (CMP), developed on behalf of the Mandeni Municipality, which is aimed at transforming the Mandeni coastal zone to attract tourists and investment while... 

Coastal management programme to uplift the Mandeni area
COASTAL MANAGEMENTRoyal HaskoningDHV has completed the scoping phase of the coastal management programme, which includes an overview of the coastal area

Sewerage infrastructure to receive R160m upgrade by 2019

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th July 2013 The uMgungundlovu district municipality in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal is planning to upgrade its Mpophomeni sewerage infrastructure from 3-million litres a day to 6-million litres a day at a cost of R160-million, by 2019.  

Demand exceeding capacity at Port of Durban

By: Yolandi Booyens     19th July 2013 The Port of Durban is already under pressure to develop new capacity to meet container handling and storage demand, State-owned logistics group Transnet’s Durban dig-out port programme director Marc Descoins tells Engineering News. 

Traffic circle design a first in SA 

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th July 2013 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has cofunded a project with the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Transport (DoT) to upgrade the intersection at the R102, P535 and P743 route, converting it into a 35 m ‘turbo’ traffic circle. 

New KZN manufacturing facility for environment-friendly incinerators

19th July 2013 A significant investment of about R5.5-million in research and product development to establish the sophisticated manufacturing facility for incinerators and cremators in Stanger, KwaZulu-Natal has been made by Advanced Industrial Technology’s (Ai-Tec’s) manufacturing arm Macrotec. 

Warehouse facility for bio polymer producer established

19th July 2013 Integrated global logistics company Kintetsu World Express (KWE) implemented a new facility in Mobeni, KwaZulu-Natal, on April 1, which will accommodate its tender project with bio polymer producer LignoTech South Africa (LTSA) as well as other strategic initiatives the company is embarking on. 

MV seminar introduces new trends to KZN motor industry

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th July 2013 Improving the efficiency and long-term reliability of motors will continue to be the focus of motor manufacturers worldwide, says electrical equipment supplier Zest WEG Group Durban branch manager Taylor Milan, at the company’s medium-voltage (MV) motor seminar last month, in Durban. 

Water treatment services include water plant design, construction

19th July 2013 Durban-based multidisciplinary water treatment specialists Water Purification Chemical and Plant (WPCP) offers a range of services that encompasses the chemical aspects of drinking water treatment, the latest filtration technologies and the design of major water purification plants. 

Future projects will grow KZN concrete-flooring market

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th July 2013 The proposed Durban dig-out port (DDOP) and the high-speed rail link between Johannesburg and Durban will enhance KwaZulu-Natal’s (KZN’s) position as an attractive import stopover, says industrial concrete flooring experts Concrete Laser Flooring (CLF) director Lance Howarth. 

KZN economy to grow by 3.5% this year

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th June 2012 The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province is cautiously optimistic that the provincial economy will grow by 3.5% this year, largely supported by the manufacturing sector and fixed capital investment by the government, KZN member of the executive council for finance Ina Cronjé has said. 

Hospital, prison infrastructure projects under way

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th June 2012 Engineering and environmental consultancy SSI is undertaking a number of infrastructure upgrades in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), including structural and building infrastructure upgrades at the Ngwelezane and Empangeni Provincial Hospitals and the Estcourt Prison. 

Steel merchant expands through acquisition

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th June 2012 AltX-listed steel merchant BSi Steel is acquiring Richards Bay-based steel plate profiling service centre and steel merchant Brown McFarlane Africa, says BSi Steel South African stockists CE Ross Teichmann.  

Alternative power generation sector to grow operation

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th June 2012 Electric equipment supplier Zest WEG Group aims to grow its KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) operation by tapping into the alternative power generation sector created by the province’s key distilling, pulp and paper and sugar industries, besides others. 

Engineering consultancy offers solutions for KZN

8th June 2012 Engineering consultancy SRK Consulting has helped to tackle some of the development challenges facing the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province, where it works alongside officials in fields ranging from disaster management to rural housing. 

Municipality stricter on illegal water connections

8th June 2012 The eThekwini municipality is taking a tough stance on residents who continue to use water services illegally, with a total in excess of R1.2-million recovered since 2010.  

Progress made at KZN water projects

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th June 2012 Engineering and environmental consultancy SSI will, this month, complete the commissioning of a 13 Ml/d extension module, at a cost in excess of R17-million, at the existing Sundumbili water treatment works (WTW), which treats water drawn from the Tugela river, in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). 

Construction on Western Aqueduct Phase II delayed

3rd June 2011 The official awarding of the tender for the construction of phase II of eThekwini Water and Sanitation’s (EWS’s) R950-million Western Aqueduct (WA) project has been delayed. 

‘Green’ eThekwini road rehabilitation project under way

By: Dimakatso Motau     3rd June 2011 Consulting engineering company SSI says the M5 road rehabilitation project, for which it is undertaking the design and project management, on behalf of the eThekwini municipality’s engineering unit, is nearing completion. 

Multiple KZN road upgrades in progress

By: Dimakatso Motau     3rd June 2011 The South African national Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is in the process of upgrading the Moss Kolnik interchange on the N2, south of Durban. 

KZN transport infrastructure gets significant boost

By: Dimakatso Motau     3rd June 2011 The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Transport, South African National Roads Agency, the eThekwini municipality and local municipalities are working together in the expansion of transport infrastructure within the province, resulting in improved access for rural communities and safer highways -... 

Exhibition focuses on business networking

By: Dimakatso Motau     3rd June 2011 A significant addition has been made to this year’s KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Industrial Technology exhibition, with a social media presence being introduced for the first time, reports event organiser Specialised Exhibitions. 

Consulting engineering firm offers expertise in KZN

3rd June 2011 Planning for the provision of sufficient clean water and better services in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is among the range of technical inputs that are ploughed into the province’s development daily by consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting (SRK). 

Company opens new Mount Edgecombe premises

3rd June 2011 Valves specialist Omsa Group, which established its Durban office some twenty years ago, moved to bigger premises in Mount Edgecombe, in May. 

First Dube TradePort AgriZone greenhouse complete

By: Dimakatso Motau     3rd June 2011 Greenhouse builder Bosch Inveka says it has completed the first part of three greenhouse blocks that it is constructing for Dube TradePort (DTP). 

KZN earmarks R11,09-billion capex

By: Henry Lazenby     14th May 2010 The treasury of KwaZulu-Natal’s (KZN’s) provincial government has set aside a total of R11,09-billion for capital expenditure for infrastructure development in the 2010/11 financial year, 49% being earmarked for maintenance. 

Challenges abound in upgrading heritage site

By: Henry Lazenby     14th May 2010 The restoration of a large 1879 edifice in Pietermaritzburg, in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), known as the Colonial Building, has presented many challenges for civil and structural engineers SSI. 

Focusing on skills development

By: Henry Lazenby     14th May 2010 As part of its focus on sustainable activities, engineers and environmental consultants SSI has introduced Saturday school classes for grade 11 and grade 12 pupils in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). The extra classes, focusing on the subjects maths, science and engineering graphics and design, are offered... 

Growth for green solutions in KZN

By: Henry Lazenby     14th May 2010 The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province is becoming increasingly green conscious, with work being done to transform existing buildings into environment-friendly, or green buildings, and to design and construct new buildings to be ecofriendly.  

Water infrastructure projects under way 

By: Henry Lazenby     14th May 2010 A number of water infrastructure projects are under way, and some are nearing completion, in KwaZulu-Natal, to increase capacity and to provide running water to previously marginalised communities. 

Local incinerators provide waste solution

By: Henry Lazenby     14th May 2010 A new manufacturing facility for incinerators and cremators has been opened in Stanger, in northern KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) for Advanced Industrial Technology (Ai-Tec), suppliers and manufacturers of a wide range of commercial and industrial equipment.  

Hotel completed ahead of schedule 

14th May 2010 In just 11 working months, multi disciplinary construction and engineering group Grinaker-LTA has completed the construction of African hotel giant Southern Sun’s new StayEasy hotel, at the Liberty Midlands Mall, in Pietermaritzburg. 

Budget deals with challenges in eThekwini

By: Henry Lazenby     14th May 2010 The eThekwini municipality’s Council reportedly welcomed the 2010/11 draft budget totalling R26-billion, in March. 

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