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Transnet CEO Portia Derby
Transnet prepares to resume locomotive procurement to close gap left by halted 10-64 programme
11th April 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Transnet CEO Portia Derby has confirmed that the State freight logistics group is preparing to procure a significant number of locomotives again, after having halted purchases under the “irregular... 


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Transnet battling on several fronts as it works to stabilise the rail network
8th April 2022 By: Donna Slater

With plans to increase the cargo-handling capability at the Port of Durban and to ease congestion by having fewer trucks on the road near the port, Transnet needs to improve rail capacity, as well... 


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Stainless steel solutions added to local market
8th April 2022 By: Nadine Ramdass

Industrial equipment supplier Actum Group supplies manufacturing and solutions company Band-It’s range of quality-engineered band and fastening products to the local market. “The importance of... 


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Koeberg nuclear power station steam-generator replacement project, South Africa – update
8th April 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Global civil nuclear body the International Atomic Energy Agency’s peer review mission of the Safety Aspects of the Long-Term Operation (SALTO) at the Koeberg nuclear power station from March 22,... 


Joburg commits resources to safeguard city’s economic infrastructure
5th April 2022 By: Schalk Burger

City of Johannesburg (CoJ) executive mayor Dr Mpho Phalatse has instructed CoJ Head of Group Forensic and Investigation Services (GFIS) Commissioner Shadrack Sibiya to assemble a team to work with... 


IAEA’s review shows Koeberg made improvements, closed gaps from prior missions
5th April 2022 By: Schalk Burger

Global civil nuclear body the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA)’s peer review mission of the Safety Aspects of the Long-Term Operation (SALTO) at the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station... 


IAEA mission concludes review of operational safety of Koeberg nuclear plant life extension
1st April 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported on Thursday that an international team of experts it had sent to South Africa had completed its long term operation (LTO) safety review of the... 


IO-Link master: Connection of sensors to the PLC and to the IT world
30th March 2022

IO-Link master for the automation and IT world The decentralised IO-Link master modules serve as a gateway between intelligent IO-Link sensors and the field bus. Besides, important information of... 


Liquid secures capacity on Equiano cable
30th March 2022 By: Natasha Odendaal

Pan-African technology group Liquid Intelligent Technologies has acquired a fibre pair on the Equiano subsea cable that will enable it to transport traffic up to 12 Tb/s. Liquid, which aims to... 


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Commodity boom remains untapped as South Africa fights rail woes
28th March 2022 By: Bloomberg

South Africa is missing out on some of the riches on offer from the commodities boom as a rail network beset by problems hobbles its exports. While coal prices recently soared to a record and iron... 


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Pumps range being tested on grey water system
25th March 2022 By: Halima Frost

Pumps and irrigation supplier Stewarts & Lloyds has been exploring the use of their Salflo submersible dewatering pumps, namely the S and V series submersible pumps, in grey water systems for home,... 


Packaged-goods plant receives full makeover
18th March 2022 By: Claire O'Reilly

Automation company Iritron is executing a project for a major South African packaged-goods company, which requires refurbishing and upgrading a plant with the latest optimised control systems.  


Ongoing investments bode well for South Africa’s digital future
18th March 2022 By: Natasha Odendaal

Ongoing investment into South Africa’s digital ecosystem bodes well for the country – and its citizens and organisations – as more work, education and entertainment shifts online. Multiple... 


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Kusile power plant project, South Africa – update
18th March 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Construction and commissioning activities on the remaining Kusile units 5 and 6 continue to progress according to plan. 


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Drones to the rescue of targeted rail cables
16th March 2022

Johannesburg-based drones operator and developer UAV & Drone Solutions has been using its vast fleet of drones throughout South Africa over the past few years to combat infrastructure theft, as... 


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Drones successful in deterring railway cable theft syndicates
15th March 2022 By: Donna Slater

Johannesburg-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operator and developer UAV & Drone Solutions (UDS) proposes that government departments and State-owned entities (SOEs) use, to a far greater... 


Cape Town trains suspended for second time in one week after vandalism
11th March 2022 By: News24Wire

Metrorail has implemented extra security measures after a second attempt to steal cables providing electricity to its trains. All trains in the Western Cape were halted on Tuesday following... 


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Eskom, Hawks swoop on cable theft syndicate in Mpumalanga
9th March 2022 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Power utility Eskom reports that its investigators, along with members of the Vosman South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Hawks' Serious Organised Crime Unit on March 8 arrested at least 14... 


Transnet records highest-ever theft of copper cable, JMPD arrests two suspects
8th March 2022 By: Donna Slater

About 1 000 km of copper cable used to power electric locomotives has been stolen, to date, in the financial year ending on March 3, Transnet reports. This is a significant increase on the 700 km... 


Carmakers face soaring metal costs with Russian supplies at risk
8th March 2022 By: Reuters

Saving up for a new ride? Better start putting more cash aside. Russia's invasion of Ukraine is ramping up the price of metals used in cars, from aluminium in the bodywork to palladium in catalytic... 


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Copper soars to record as metals surge on Russia supply fears
7th March 2022 By: Bloomberg

Metals are breaking new records with copper spiking to an all-time high and nickel surging more than 16%, as soaring energy prices and fears of supply shocks rattled commodities markets amid war in... 


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Dewatering processes necessary for gold mines
4th March 2022 By: Sabrina Jardim

Dewatering processes at gold mines can mitigate unsafe working conditions for miners, says AQS Liquid Transfer industrial sales manager Howard Jones. “The capital expenditure required for the... 


FFI starts construction of Queensland's GEM
28th February 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The green developer Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) has started construction of the world’s largest electrolyser facility, marking the first stage of FFI’s Green Energy Manufacturing Centre (GEM)... 


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Equiano subsea cable, Europe and Africa – update
25th February 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

South African State-owned telecommunications company Telkom will serve as the landing station partner for the Equiano submarine cable system, in South Africa. 


South Africa targets cable thieves holding economy to ransom
24th February 2022 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s government intends making it mandatory for all metal traders to get licenses and prevent them from dealing in cash, a measure aimed at combating a massive illegal trade in cables and... 


Police remove 2 000 kg of electrical cables from Gauteng informal settlement
23rd February 2022 By: News24Wire

City Power disconnected electrical cables, worth R5-million, which had been used for illegal electricity connection in Gauteng. City Power's Revenue Protection Unit conducted an operation to cut... 


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At least R3bn needed to upgrade Transnet Freight Rail’s security infrastructure
16th February 2022 By: Darren Parker

State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) will need at least R3-billion to upgrade its security infrastructure across all of its corridors, with about 80% of this to be funded through external means,... 


Zest WEG delivers its biggest mobile substation yet
7th February 2022

Leveraging its considerable in-house expertise and local manufacturing capability, Zest WEG recently custom designed and manufactured one of the largest mobile substations ever built in South... 


PVC recycling increased 9.5% in 2020 - SA Vinyls
3rd February 2022 By: Schalk Burger

Industry association the Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) has welcomed the plastics recycling report for 2020 released by industry organisation Plastics SA, indicating that the recycling... 


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PRASA aims to return ten corridors to working order each year
2nd February 2022 By: Darren Parker

Beleaguered State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) is aiming to return about ten of its rail corridors to working condition each year. During a briefing at the agency's... 


Unique precast-concrete reservoir for City of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality
2nd February 2022

A unique approach has been deployed to construct a new 25ML reservoir in Pam Brink, a suburb of Springs, Gauteng. With construction now nearing completion, this local innovation has again proved to... 


TFR security arrest three suspects for stealing UPS batteries
31st January 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Rail operator Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR’s) security have arrested three suspects who were found with uninterrupted power supply (UPS) batteries that are used by the rail operator during power... 


UK government providing funding to new offshore wind and nuclear energy projects
31st January 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

Last week the UK government announced that it was providing funds to help ensure the development of two low carbon energy projects in the country. The funding for both projects totalled more than... 


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Eastern Link project, UK
28th January 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

SSE, Iberdrola subsidiary Scottish Power and National Grid plan to build a large underwater power line linking Scotland to the north-east of England. 


PRASA reiterates commitment to improving service reliability
24th January 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has issued a statement clarifying a number of issues raised in an article published in the Sunday Times on January 23. PRASA stated that,... 


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Innovative monitoring solution for data cables
21st January 2022

SPONSORED POST (Virtual Showroom): Predictive maintenance is a vital part of avoiding unplanned machine downtimes and LAPP has introduced a state-of-the-art tool to ensure continuous productivity.... 


ETHERLINE® GUARD – innovative monitoring solution for data cables
19th January 2022

Predictive maintenance is an important tool for avoiding unplanned machine downtimes. For this LAPP provides the new ETHERLINE® GUARD, which monitors the service life of a data cable at risk of... 


Suspected cable thief killed in shootout with police at Mpumalanga power station
13th January 2022 By: News24Wire

Three suspected cable thieves have been arrested and one died after a shootout with police in Mpumalanga. Police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said police were informed that the trio was... 


Eskom calls for community help to combat theft, vandalism of its assets
10th January 2022 By: Schalk Burger

State-owned power utility Eskom requests that community members play an active role in preventing criminal activities and minimise vandalism of its assets. Eskom continues to experience high... 


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International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project, France – update
7th January 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has been awarded its first contract from Japan’s National Institutes for Quantum Science and Technology for the manufacture of six units of diverter outer vertical... 


How to ensure your Festive Season is not a fiery one
6th December 2021

With the Festive Season almost upon us, homeowners are urged to ensure that basic fire-risk mitigation measures are in place if they are going away on holiday, highlights ASP Fire CEO Michael van... 


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Eastern Link project, UK
3rd December 2021 By: Sheila Barradas

The project aims to build a large underwater power line linking Scotland to the north-east of England. 


Cable damage to main supply for Bedfordview
Eskom estimates Bedfordview electricity supply will be restored by Dec 4
2nd December 2021 By: Marleny Arnoldi

State-owned power utility Eskom is making progress with repairs to a damaged cable that caused electricity supply interruptions at the Bedfordview substation and expects to fully restore supply by... 


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