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KwaZulu-Natal Profile

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... 

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. 

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. 

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