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KwaZulu-Natal Profile

KwaZulu-Natal

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. 

Polyester producer concludes toll manufacturing agreement

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     18th May 2007 As one of the largest manufacturers of unsaturated polyester resins and gelcoats in the southern hemisphere, Natal Chemical Syndicate (NCS) has just concluded a toll manufacturing agreement with French company S.A.S Euromere to manufacture its products in South Africa. These are premium products... 

KZN fails to make BEE progress – Premier

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     18th May 2007 In the state of the province address earlier this year, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) premier Sibusiso Ndebele referred to research conducted by the KZN Department of Economic Development (DoED), which disclosed that there is no progressive black-economic empowerment (BEE) in the province. 

'Durban won't be left in the dark' - electricity head

By: Laura Tyrer     24th March 2006 The city of Durban believes it is in far less danger of experiencing power outages similar to those that have plagued Cape Town over the past few months. While this advantage has been attributed to the leadership of eThekwini Electricity�s head of electricity Howard Whitehead, he is quick to pass... 

Durban set to become continental trade gateway

By: Laura Tyrer     24th March 2006 Durban is set to become the �trade gateway� to Southern Africa thanks to the development of Kwazulu-Natal�s Dube Tradeport and King Shaka International Airport (KSIA). 

Container, auto growth driving port overhaul

By: Laura Tyrer     24th March 2006 In the extensive upgrade of Durban harbour, the National Port Authority�s (NPA�s) top priority is the sustainable development of Durban as a premier status port. 

PPP initiative places Durban in IT hub

24th March 2006 Durban is fast becoming Africa�s information, communications and technology (ICT) hub with it�s heartbeat in Umhlanga Ridge. 

Machinery manufacturer targets African market

By: Laura Tyrer     24th March 2006 Situated on Kwazulu-Natal�s lower South Coast, Desmond Equipment SA designs and manufactures a wide range of quality machinery to suit the needs of a variety of South African industries. 

Assuring its place

24th March 2006 As the largest engineering fabricator in Kwazulu-Natal DCD-Dorbyl Heavy Engineering Venco has reinforced its position in the market even further with the fruition of a number of large projects. 

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