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Benefits from Batsweledi construction spin off into local community

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th December 2006 As development at the PPC Dwaalboom plant accelerates, it is encouraging to note that the results of the company’s commitment to spin off as much of the benefits from the Batsweledi construction phase into the local community are becoming increasingly evident. 

Major civil contracts cemented

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th December 2006 All major civil contracts at PPC’s Batsweledi project have been placed and key operations are in progress. 

Cement market growth inspires capacity expansion

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th December 2006 A strong South African economy, coupled with a R409-billion State infrastructural development programme, is creating a growing need for cement. It is estimated that growth in the construction industry, which has fuelled an almost 50% increase in cement demand, will continue until at least 2014.... 

Process control contract renews ten years of service

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     8th December 2006 Intelligent systems and solutions supplier Optin, of Johannesburg, has recently been awarded a contract to supply the process control of the G2 control system for cement producer PPC’s Batsweledi expansion project. 

Countdown to kickoff

By: Nomzamo Dladla     8th December 2006 The cost of the stadiums tobe built and renovated ahead of the 2010 soccer WorldCup has ballooned from R2-billion to R9-billion before the work has even begun. To date, the cost is over three-and-half times higher than the R2,3-billion estimate made in 2004 when the country won its bid to become... 

Developmental infrastructure equity fund launched

By: Nelendhre Moodley     8th December 2006 Asset manager Futuregrowth in October launched an infrastructure and development equity fund (DEF) that aims to capitalise on government’s three-year R372-billion infrastructure spend. 

Stadium Stats

By: Nomzamo Dladla     8th December 2006 Stadium King Senzangakhona stadium in Durban. History Former Kings park stadium. Had a significant revamp in 1990 and has been used as one of the favourite venues for South African national team matches. Project A multibillion-rand, 70 000 seat, 30-storey arch stadium will be built for 2010 World... 

Gautrain rapid rail link

8th December 2006 The Gautrain project involves a modern state-of-the-art rail connection, linking Sandton, Johannesburg, Tshwane and the OR Tambo International Airport (formerly Johannesburg International Airport). 

Six years on, construction begins

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     8th December 2006 The construction of the Gautrain rapid- rail link project has begun and, around Johannesburg, evidence that the ball is now rolling is clear to see. 

Milestones and progress

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     8th December 2006 Work on the construction of the Gautrain rapid-rail link has now begun in earnest. Along Oxford Road, in front of The Zone shopping centre in Rosebank, it is clear that the Bombela concessionaire has moved on from the enabling works phase. 

‘Incentive, not fine, linked to 2010 completion’

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     8th December 2006 It is crucial that all parties understand that the project is a very tight schedule � if not, we are going the miss the boat. �We need to respect all the milestones that we need to deliver,� urges Bombela concessionaire CEO Denis Bouvette. There has been some confusion surrounding the reports of... 

Debate still simmers over project’s

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     8th December 2006 The Gautrain has been high on the public agenda for a substantial part of the last two years. Opinion on the project is varied, from both government and the general public. 

Focus on integration

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     8th December 2006 There is a need in Gauteng for dedicated rights of way and this has been attempted by the introduction of the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane of the Ben Schoeman highway as a pilot project at the end of October. 

Benefits spill over into wider transport system

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     8th December 2006 The Gautrain project is expected to have a number of direct and indirect spin-offs that will benefit Gauteng and its people. 

Challenges abound

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     8th December 2006 The Gautrain rapid-rail project is a first for South Africa and will present many challenges that may may make achieving the stipulated milestones in the designated time frames tricky, particularly over the first years of construction. 

Use local skills first for 2010, appeals union

8th December 2006 Trade union Solidarity lat month appealed to government to ensure that local skills were employed to create the infrastructure for the 2010 soccer World Cup, rather than to recruit foreigners for this purpose. 

Award-winning stadium seat gains in popularity

8th December 2006 Things are hotting up for the development of stadiums for the 2010 World Cup and interest in South Africa’s plans for the event is gaining momentum. 

R1,4bn cement expansion moves ahead

By: Amy Heydenrych     30th June 2006 The growth in the South African economy and continued high demand in both the residential and non-residential building sectors has boosted cement volumes to record levels. After two decades of little or no investment, South African cement producers have announced multibillion-rand plans to... 

Plans progress for civil and structural works

By: Amy Heydenrych     30th June 2006 In preparation for the massive expansion at Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) Dwaalboom factory, a plethora of civil and structural works are in construction, design and enquiry stages. 

Power supply secured for Dwaalboom project

By: Amy Heydenrych     30th June 2006 In the interests of ensuring a premium quality power supply to the Batsweledi expansion project, Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) has established an agreement with Eskom to upgrade the supply by 15 MVA. 

Local firm secures dust-collection order

30th June 2006 Local company Donaldson supplied PPC Cement with equipment to meet its objective to achieve the highest Environmental Emissions Standards at its upgraded Jupiter plant, the firm reports. 

Reaching the local community

By: Amy Heydenrych     30th June 2006 Propelled by a buoyant domestic economy, the Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) Dwaalboom expansion project is progressing at an enviable pace. 

Scope fix achieved for Batsweledi expansion

By: Amy Heydenrych     30th June 2006 Cement-manufacturer PPC has signed four major contracts for the supply and installation of plant and equipment for its R1,36-billion Batsweledi project at its Dwaalboom and Jupiter factories. 

R3bn project pipeline

By: Helene Le Roux     30th June 2006 In view of the positive outlook for cement demand in South Africa, one of the country’s largest cement producers, PPC, is conducting feasibility studies into bringing R3-billion worth of capacity-replacement and expansion projects on stream. 

Project ‘will not be a white elephant’

By: Bert Swart     30th June 2006 MEC for Transport Roads and Works in Gauteng, Ignatius Jacobs announced in his budget speech to the Gauteng Legislature this month, that his department will table a Bill in the legislature, to establish the Gautrain Agency. 

Stainless steel industry hopes to benefit from Gautrain

30th June 2006 As the Gautrain project progresses, the South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) realises the significant opportunities that it presents to the local stainless steel industry, as many modern train stations worldwide make extensive use of the attractive wear-resistant material. 

Local supplier explores Gautrain opportunities

30th June 2006 Among the multi-disciplinary components of any mass transit system, escalators are a key component and the Gautrain is no exception. 

Work begins as financial closure nears

By: Matthew Hill     30th June 2006 While the concession agreement between the government and the preferred bidder for the Gautrain project, Bombela, is currently being finalised, the draft Final Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for Gautrain has been submitted to the Gauteng Department of Agricultural, Conservation and... 

Complex planning behind Gautrain station locations

By: Matthew Hill     30th June 2006 As initial works on the Gautrain project progress, the size and complexity of the undertaking are becoming increasingly evident. Gautrain Rapid Rail Link technical advisor Dr Herman Joubert tells Engineering News that extensive planning went into the linking of Johannesburg, Pretoria and... 

1 050 MW by winter 2007

By: thamashni naidoo     23rd June 2006 Two new open-cycle gas-turbine (OCGT) peaking plants in the Western Cape are expected to add 1 050 MW to the region’s power supply by as early as next year, Eskom has indicated. The steady increase in peak demand for electricity is a critical challenge for South Africa and, because of this,... 

Successful IPP bid expected early next year

By: thamashni naidoo     23rd June 2006 As South Africa’s economy grows, the spare capacity in power generation is running short. 

DPE tightens reins on parastatals

By: thamashni naidoo     23rd June 2006 State-owned Eskom will commission 1050 MW of open cycle gas turbine (OCGT) plants at Atlantis and Mossel Bay by 2007, while independent power procedures (IPPs) will commission another 1050 MW of OCGT plants in KwaZulu-Natal and Port Elizabeth by 2009. 

Swiss firm seeks OCGT participation

23rd June 2006 As part of a contract for the refurbishment and upgrade of the generator busbars, Alstom SA will be supplying and installing generator circuit breakers at all six generator units at Grootvlei power station for Eskom. 

Overview of AES

23rd June 2006 AES is one of the world’s largest global power companies, generating and distributing electric power to millions of people in 26 countries on 5 continents. 

Twelve all-electric cranes ordered for Durban port

23rd June 2006 South African Port Operations (SAPO), the terminal operating division of South Africa’s transportation conglomerate Transnet is continuing its mutually beneficial relationship with Kalmar Industries with an order of 12 all-electric E-One, 6+1 wide and 1-over-5 high rubber-tyred-gantry (RTG)... 

Carrier-maker marks supply milestone

23rd June 2006 The South African Port Operations (Sapo), a division of Transnet, was recently presented with seventh-generation straddle carrier number 4 000 manufactured by Finland-based Kalmar. 

Port logistics management a multifaceted challenge

23rd June 2006 The coordination and expansion of port logistics is characterised by a wide range of extremely varied tasks. 

Cape Town city, port in cooperation pact

23rd June 2006 In a major boost for Cape Town’s port operations, the city of Cape Town has set up a pro-active planning and co-operative framework with the National Port Authority (NPA), leading to the establishment of a Port City Forum. 

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