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KwaZulu-Natal Profile

Company evolves to meet KZN miners’ needs

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 As mineral sands miners in KwaZulu-Natal move into the next phase of their project life cycles, mining solutions provider Multotec is taking steps to evolve its products and service offering to meet changing customer needs. 

Exhibition facilitates industrial growth in KZN

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 This year’s KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition (Kite) will provide businesses in the province with an ideal access route to the key resources required to ramp up their operations in line with government’s extensive and ongoing investment in new manufacturing endeavours. 

Exhibition facilitates industrial growth in KZN
Photo by Bloomberg
GROWING ECONOMIC HUB Government investment in the Port of Durban will support trade stemming from the ramp-up of manufacturing activites in KZN

Futureproof solutions ensure green living

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 Demonstrating its capability for creative thinking, engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa has overcome bulk services shortages and ensured the preservation of the natural environment along KwaZulu-Natal’s north coast through the sustainable design of the... 

Illegal mining threatens infrastructure development in KwaZulu-Natal

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 Failure to adequately regulate illegal sand mining in KwaZulu-Natal is increasingly becoming a threat to the mining and construction sectors in the region, says Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) director Nico Pienaar. 

Illegal mining threatens infrastructure development in KwaZulu-Natal
NICO PIENAAR Aspasa is taking steps to ensure a well-run and compliant aggregate and sand producing industry in KwaZulu-Natal

Lessons learned underpin multicontinent sugar strategy

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 Specialised polymer manufacturer Vesconite Bearings believes that the experience it has gained from KwaZulu-Natal sugar mills will prove instrumental in ensuring the success of its multi-continent sugar strategy and grow the company’s revenue from new markets. 

Lessons learned underpin multicontinent sugar strategy
EDDIE SWANEPOEL The knowledge gained from hard-wearing African sugar applications has been essential in converting other relatively new markets to using Vesconite Bearings’ products

SBS Tanks

By: Zandile Mavuso     21st July 2017 As the global population increases, so too the global infrastructure naturally takes strain. With the combined issues of population growth and climate change, water supplies are becoming more and more tricky to manage. 

SBS Tanks

Solution provides protection on north coast

     21st July 2017 Nonwovens supplier Fibertex SA’s geosynthetic sand containers (GSC-Bags) will ensure the protection of the natural environment in the construction of a revetment structure at uMdloti beach, on KwaZulu-Natal’s north coast. 

Solution provides protection on north coast
SPECIALLY ENGINEERED Fibertex offers a lightweight, durable and workable geosynthetic substitute for traditional revetment systems

Sugar industry to make the most of yield recovery

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 As KwaZulu-Natal’s sugar cane growers start to recover from the effects of the drought, the South African Canegrowers’ Association (SA Canegrowers) is urging the industry to remain resilient and look for opportunities to diversify their operations. 

Sugar industry to make the most of yield recovery
BOUNCING BACK The SA Canegrowers board of directors is optimistic about the 2017/18 season, with improved rainfall set to improve production levels

‘Durban’s best kept secret’ honoured for technical excellence  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 Engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa was awarded the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) Durban branch’s prestigious technical excellence award last month for the design and construction of Main Road 577 (MR577), with SAICE calling it... 

‘Durban’s best kept  secret’ honoured for  technical excellence
Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa provide an overview of the MR577. Video courtesy: RoyalHaskoningDHV

Process Pipes

By: Zandile Mavuso     18th July 2017 With 47 years’ expertise in the pipes industry, wholesale carbon and mild steel pipes, fittings and flanges wholesaler Process Pipe has established a national footprint in South Africa, with branches in Gauteng (Alrode), KwaZulu-Natal (Jacobs) and two branches in the Western Cape (Belville and... 

Chamber celebrates 160 years of business operations

     27th May 2016 Network organisation the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) celebrated 160 years of operation at its annual gala dinner last month. More than 900 guests were in attendance, hosted at corporate tables acquired by the major companies in Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal. 

Chamber celebrates  160 years of business  operations
DURBAN SKYLINE The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry is one of the largest member-based councils in the world

Consulting company creates innovative infrastructure solutions

By: Victor Moolman     27th May 2016 Engineers are continuously searching for more creative ways to design and complete infrastructure and other projects, says international engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV, which has in joint venture with Knight Piesold and Naidu Consulting completed the Ashley... 

Growing CSI project in KwaZulu-Natal 

By: Victor Moolman     27th May 2016 More business and projects in KwaZulu-Natal has subsequently led to increased involvement in corporate social investment (CSI) projects there for international engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV. 

Growing CSI project in KwaZulu-Natal
Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa MD Salani Sithole discusses the future of corporate social investment projects and Royal HaskoningDHV in KwaZulu-Natal

Largest fibre manufacturing plant opens in KZN

     27th May 2016 Nonwoven product manufacturer Fibertex South Africa’s manufacturing plant in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal – which is one of six Fibertex factories in the world – is now the largest nonwoven geotextiles manufacturing facility in Africa. 

Largest fibre  manufacturing plant opens in KZN
POLYPROPYLENE PELLETS Some of the products produced by Fibretex are made from polypropylene

Local company produces photovoltaic modules

     27th May 2016 Photovoltaic (PV) cell producer ARTsolar has recently completed production of the final consignment of locally produced PV modules at its KwaZulu-Natal-based plant, for the third round of the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). 

Local company produces photovoltaic modules
LARGER MANUFACTURING PLANT ARTsolar has upgraded its manufacturing plant in KwaZulu-Natal

New service centre helps to improve regional service

By: Victor Moolman     27th May 2016 Technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) has recently opened its regional service centre (RSC) in Riverhorse Valley – one of Durban’s rapidly growing industrial hubs – in KwaZulu-Natal. 

New service centre helps to improve  regional service
STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES The service centre enables young students to learn basic engineering skills

Air-process machinery branch to provide fast, cost-effective service

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th May 2015 Gas conveying and compression company Aerzen Airgas Blowers and Compressors is opening a new branch north of Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal in June. KwaZulu-Natal Airgas branch manager Earl Houston tells Engineering News that the branch will be operational from June 1, noting that the facility will be... 

Air-process machinery branch to provide fast, cost-effective service
ROBUST CONTRIBUTION The product offering for the KwaZulu-Natal region will include the Aerzen Delta Blower Generation 5 roots type blower for the sugar production industry

ARB Electrical Wholesalers

     29th May 2015 Spearheaded by founder and current chairperson Alan Ronald Burke, ARB Electrical Wholesalers is one of Southern Africa’s largest black-empowered electrical wholesalers, playing a pivotal role in providing the essential materials required for the electrification of large-scale industrial and... 

ARB Electrical Wholesalers

Freight specialist expands fleet to meet KZN cargo handling demand

     29th May 2015 Freight management and logistics specialist Intermodal Connections, which was established a year ago, has expanded its fleet of container handling equipment to meet the growing demand in KwaZulu-Natal for swift, safe and reliable cargo handling. The company’s original investment in a 45 t... 

Freight specialist expands fleet to meet KZN cargo handling demand
LIFTING EFFICIENCY The Mobicon container handler increases operational efficiency and reduces demurrage costs for trucks waiting to be loaded and unloaded

Greener energy sources for groundwater projects in KZN

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th May 2015 Clients are looking towards greener energy sources to drive groundwater abstraction and reticulation schemes in the rural parts of KwaZulu-Natal, according to the KwaZulu-Natal office of consulting engineers and scientists, SRK Consulting SA. SRK tells Engineering News that appropriate energy... 

Greener energy  sources for groundwater projects in KZN
Photo by Reuters
IMPERATIVE USE Private individuals in KwaZulu-Natal are largely using solar and wind technologies owing to their improving affordability

Increasing asset management demand in KwaZulu-Natal

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th May 2015 Engineering, management and specialist technical services firm Aurecon has registered a significant increase in asset management projects in KwaZulu-Natal in the past year, as private and public organisations realise they gain more value from assets if they can maintain them better. Aurecon... 

Increasing asset management demand in KwaZulu-Natal
DIVERSE OFFERING In addition to providing asset management services, Aurecon is involved in KwaZulu-Natal projects, which included the Chota Motala interchange upgrade

KZN infrastructure growth buoyant, matches African construction trends

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th May 2015 KwaZulu-Natal’s infrastructure development outlook is brighter than South Africa realises it is, considering the current level of megaproject activity in the province, states professional services and advisory firm Deloitte. Moreover, South Africa needs these megaprojects to continue to assist in... 

KZN infrastructure growth buoyant, matches African construction trends
MAGNITUDINAL POTENTIAL The planned Durban Dig-Out Port will be the largest infrastructure capital project in South Africa, notwithstanding the value and timeframe of current projects

PVC waterstop order supplied to KZN project

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th May 2015 Tiling installation materials, tiling tools, building solutions and construction adhesives manufacturer and supplier Tal has supplied its largest order of X-Calibur X-Stop polyvinyl chloride (PVC) Waterstop extruded water bars to date to the lower Thukela bulk water supply scheme near Mandeni, in... 

PVC waterstop order  supplied to KZN project
CONSTRUCTION SPECIFIC The X-Stop PVC Waterstops are manufactured from a high-quality virgin polyvinyl chloride compound to provide substantial flexibility and durability

Two contracts of aqueduct augmentation project nearing completion

     29th May 2015 The construction of R250-million in urgently needed bulk water infrastructure in the northern part of the eThekwini region, in KwaZulu-Natal, is nearing completion, says municipal water and sanitation service eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS). Newly appointed EWS head Ednick Msweli confirmed... 

Two contracts of aqueduct augmentation project nearing completion
NECESSARY EXPANSION The expansion of the Northern Aqueduct will alleviate water shortages and rationing

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

Applications improve project decision-making

     18th July 2014 High-tech computer applications for data management, mapping, modelling and imagery are assisting consultancy SRK Consulting in KwaZulu-Natal to present large amounts of data in a more accessible, visual format, allowing clients and stakeholders to quickly understand information, which increases... 

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... 

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

LRQA

     18th July 2014 Leading independent provider of assurance services including certification, validation, verification and training across a broad spectrum of standards and schemes Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance, or LRQA, delivers its services to companies operating in all of the major sectors worldwide. From... 

LRQA

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

Project failures impact on water cleanliness in KZN

     18th July 2014 A water and sanitation report released in March by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has found that KwaZulu-Natal is one of the worst affected provinces in South Africa, with almost 14% of its people having no access to clean water. While the national average for access to water... 

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

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.  

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