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KwaZulu-Natal Profile

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. 

Twenty-year association formalised

14th May 2010 Industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) latest strategic acquisition is a 70% share in hydraulics company Turnkey Hydraulics’ KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) branch, which will operate as BMG Hydraulics, from April 1. 

Exciting developments down the road in KZN

By: Henry Lazenby     14th May 2010 A number of major road infrastructure projects, including the Warwick Triangle viaduct, the upgrading of the R102 and the construction of the Mgeni viaduct are coming to fruition in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province. 

Gas generation systems to be commissioned at KZN's state hospitals

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th May 2010 Manufacturer and marketer of gas and water equipment Intaka Tech reports that is helping to boost healthcare in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) with its gas generation systems (GGSs). The company is currently working on a project, which entails the commissioning of 45 GGSs at state hospitals in the... 

Soybean project launched in KZN

15th May 2009 The eThekwini Municipality Agribusiness Forum and the Department of Agriculture has launched a Soybean Project aimed at enhancing food security, engaging small farmers and introducing soya farming in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) region.  

Upgraded hoppers 
for bulk handling at Durban harbour

15th May 2009 Specialists in the design and manufacture of bulk handling and lifting equipment Arlona Engineering has upgraded the design of its hoppers for use at the Durban Harbour. 


15th May 2009 Population: 9,7-million
 Area: 92 100 km2 GDP: R206,8-billion
 Per capita GDP: R19 478

Durban brewery develops gas conversion to 
electricity scheme

By: Philippa Levenberg     15th May 2009 Beverage producer and distributor South African Breweries (SAB) reports that it will reduce its energy consumption by about 10,7% and eliminate emissions at its Prospecton Brewery in Durban through the Anaerobic Digestor (AD) Gas Conversion to Electricity Project. 

New environmental legislation shapes KZN infrastructure development

By: Philippa Levenberg     15th May 2009 Environmental consultants are developing innovative frameworks to assist local and provincial government primarily in the implementation of stringent environmental legislation, which will particularly affect infrastructural development in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) region. 

Private sector property development feels credit crunch

By: Philippa Levenberg     15th May 2009 Property development in the private sector has decelerated as a result of the global financial crisis, with a number of projects in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) region currently being placed on hold.  

KZN enters robust investment period

By: Philippa Levenberg     15th May 2009 South Africa’s KwaZulu Natal (KZN) province, is experiencing the biggest investment in infrastructure programmes in its history, KZN premier S’bu Ndebele commented earlier this year in his State of the Province Address  

R35m cable car project for Moses Mabhida stadium

15th May 2009 Significant investment has been pumped in to the Moses Mabhida stadium, in Durban, with a further R35-million allocated for a cable car project.
The investment for the cable car project has been funded by Durban’s 2010 tourism budget. 

Nerve Centre to improve KZN service delivery

By: Loni Prinsloo     16th May 2008 Government service delivery in KwaZulu-Natal is set to improve following KwaZulu-Natal premier Sibusiso Ndebele’s announcement that the provincial Nerve Centre will soon take off 

Newcastle steels itself for EIA

By: Loni Prinsloo     16th May 2008 The environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the capacity expansion project at the Newcastle Works of ArcelorMittal in KwaZulu Natal will start this month.  

Civil engineering company invests in new equipment

16th May 2008 JSE-listed civil engineering company, Sanyati Construction, has invested in its second case wheel loader that is used for loading pre-mix asphalt at Sanyati’s asphalt manufacturing plant in Verulam, in KwaZulu-Natal. 

Engineering firm scores high on empowerment

16th May 2008 Specialists in fabrication, machining, proofloading and maintenance, Arlona Engineering, Durban, has been rated as a level two contributor to broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) according to the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) qualifying small enterprises (QSE)... 

Ingula dam contract awarded, construction imminent 

By: Loni Prinsloo     16th May 2008 State-owned power utility Eskom’s Ingula pumped-storage scheme project, which will be situated on the border between the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal, has awarded its dam contract to joint venture Concor-WBHO-Edwin-Silver Rock, trading as Braamhoek Dams. 

Engineering firm grows its business into agriculture

16th May 2008 Specialists in project and construction management as well as engineering and specialised consulting services, Bosch projects has extended its business to include a new agriculture unit dedicated to small and out grower development, as well as large estate management in the KwaZulu-Natal province 

Grower project to reinstate sugar high

By: Loni Prinsloo     16th May 2008 The sugar cane and sugar industry is a critically important industry in KwaZulu-Natal that supports the livelihoods and incomes of close to one-million people in the province. 

KZN second-largest contributor to SA GDP

By: Loni Prinsloo     16th May 2008 The gross domestic product of the KwaZulu-Natal region is now the second largest in the country, after Gauteng. 

Concrete ribbon bridges the divide

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     18th May 2007 Engineering consultancy firm Jeffares & Green (J&G) has just completed supervising construction of a pedestrian bridge situated in a local community of the Mkomaas Valley in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). The company was appointed by the KZN Department of Transport to design and supervise the... 

eThekwini CDM project to reduce greenhouse gas

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     18th May 2007 The eThekwini (Durban) municipality in conjunction with the Department of Cleansing and Solid Waste, has developed and operated a clean development mechanism (CDM) project, which aims to reduce the release of harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by approximately 700 000 t of carbon dioxide over... 

New R1bn paint plant meets automotive production demand

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     18th May 2007 To meet the demands of increasing production output, Toyota South Africa, has built a new R1-billion replacement paint plant in Prospecton, KwaZulu-Natal. The commissioning of the plant occurred late last year, increasing production from 600 units to 720 units a day. 

Transport department reduces KZN road infrastructure budget

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     18th May 2007 While the road network in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) requires assessment in maintenance, rehabilitation and upgrading as well as new construction, financial constraints limited the KZN Department of Transport in allocating about R2,357-billion to road infrastructure. Speaking at the KwaZulu-Natal... 

Energy consultant enters into ethanol cooperation agreement

18th May 2007 Energy and sugar consultants company Bosch Projects based in Durban in KwaZulu-Natal is committed to making a significant contribution towards effective reductions in the volume of global carbon dioxide emissions. 

Construction company contracts to R215m KZN retail development 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     18th May 2007 Murray & Roberts Construction is reinforcing its presence in KwaZulu-Natal through its role as the main contractor on the R215-million Hillcrest Corner retail development at the major intersection of Old Main and Hospital roads in Hillcrest, north of Durban. 

Rubber supplier awarded R2m Richards Bay Coal Terminal contract

18th May 2007 An associate company of Transvaal Rubber Company, Truco KZN, has been awarded a contract to supply fenders for the extension of the Richards Bay Coal Terminal. Dubbed Berth 306, the project is being undertaken by Basil Read. 

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