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Maintenance and Refurbishment

Composites combat bridge wear-and-tear

By: Karel Smrcka     4th April 2003 Advanced fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites have gained significant ground in the construction industry thanks to their extensive and cost effective use in the strengthening of existing structures. 

New move to reduce Kelvin’s emissions

By: Joanne Delaurentis     28th March 2003 A multimillion-rand contract for the second phase of the particulate retrofit programme at Kelvin power station, east of Johannesburg, has been awarded to Bateman Howden. 

Oil refinery backs supplier empowerment

28th February 2003 Black economic empowerment (BEE) has been taken a step further at Engen’s Durban oil refinery thanks to two of its service providers joining forces to form BRG5M. 

R22m N1 upgrade contract awarded

By: Zonika Botha     14th February 2003 Local construction giant Murray & Roberts has been awarded a R22-million tender by the South African National Roads Agency (Sanra) to construct an asphalt overlay on the N1 from the Rivonia interchange, up to, and including, the Buccleuch interchange, in Johannesburg. 

2002 a boom year for pipe and tube industry

24th January 2003 Last year was a good year for the pipe and tube market in South Africa, mostly as a result of a boom in the mining industry, especially the platinum mining industry. 

Big Namibian road contracts on offer

24th January 2003 THE Roads Authority of Namibia is inviting contractors to prequalify for the first of two contracts to upgrade a 168,8-km section of highway between Rosh Pinah and Aus in the southern region of the country. 

Chapman’s Peak drive reconstruction starts

24th January 2003 The Chapman’s Peak Drive reconstruction project has begun, almost three years after the scenic coastal route between Hout Bay and Noordhoek in the Western Cape was closed because of several hazardous rock falls. 

Aviation company opens test cell at Lanseria airport

By: marisa rodrigues     17th January 2003 The maintenance division of aviation company ExecuJet South Africa offers the local aviation industry a unique service in aircraft maintenance. 

Diagnostics firm enters local market

By: Zonika Botha     17th January 2003 Diagnostic technology supplier Automated Reasoning, of the US and Europe, is looking to gain entry into the South African market and is already working closely with a client in the oil refinery industry together with its local distributor Trilan, Engineering News can report 

R19,5m upgrade for W coast fish-meal plants

17th January 2003 Food and allied services company the Oceana group is using the lull in the fishing season to upgrade its three fish meal plants at a total cost of R19,5-million. 

Equipment maintenance system developed

By: marisa rodrigues     22nd November 2002 Technology group AspenTech has developed an electrical equipment maintenance system for one of the country’s largest petroleum producers and intends to supply this system as an official company product in the near future. 

New paradigm achieves success in Sasolburg

By: marisa rodrigues     22nd November 2002 A unique approach to plant maintenance has been implemented at Sasol Chemical Industries and is achieving good results for a number of companies within the group. 

Company calls for plant optimisation

By: marisa rodrigues     22nd November 2002 The development of an asset performance management system (APMS), known as On Key APMS, by local company Pragma Products, brings maintenance management and asset performance measurement into a new era internationally. 

Maintenance outsourcing market growing

By: marisa rodrigues     22nd November 2002 With four key asset management contracts underway, electrical engineering company ABB’s local service division seems to have found a firm footing in the South African market. 


By: marisa rodrigues     22nd November 2002 A number of large organisations have started to outsource a percentage of their maintenance requirements to third party contractors, particularly companies in the power generation and oil refinery sectors. 


By: marisa rodrigues     22nd November 2002 Maintenance managers will be able to keep their engine coolant systems in peak condition thanks to the introduction of a new coolant analysis service by the Wearcheck Africa Division of Set Point Technology, the country's leading oil analysis company. 

Joburg commits R1bn a year to capital spending

By: Kenneth Creamer     15th November 2002 Maintaining a capital spend of about R1-billion a year over the next two to three years is a key strategic objective of the City of Johannesburg, Councillor Kenny Fihla, who heads Johannesburg’s Mayoral Committee on Finance, Strategy and Economic Development, reported in a briefing earlier... 

Pump company introduces service kits

11th October 2002 One of the world’s leading manufacturers of pumps, mixers and aerators, ABS Pumps, has introduced a series of kits for the user servicing process pumps. 

Rivonia emerges as Africa's cell-repair hub

By: Zonika Botha     11th October 2002 Ever since its opening in March this year, the Exactmobile Repair Hub, in Rivonia, Johannesburg North, has handled between 450 and 600 Nokia cellphone repairs a day, making it the single-largest cellphone repair facility in Africa. 

One-stop diesel service centre is launched

By: Taryn Leicher     4th October 2002 With the launch of Power Torque Diesel, a one-stop diesel service and 4x4 centre situated in Jet Park, East of Johannesburg, co-owner Gerald Da Costa observed that the idea behind Power Torque is to “create an improved workshop environment for the expansion of car servicing and for improved... 

Electric-motor repair firm launched

20th September 2002 A new electric motor repair company has been launched. 

Beware over-maintenance, says company

6th September 2002 Maintenance of machinery can be an expensive exercise, not only in terms of the cost of spare parts and labour, but also lost production due to machinery breakdowns or plant stoppages for unscheduled maintenance, says Bearing Man MD Greg Till. 

Shutdowns can be minimised

By: nkolola halwindi     6th September 2002 Although shutdowns may be necessary, worldwide cleaning equipment and solutions company Nilfisk-Advance sales manager Stephen Tregoning believes they can be avoided by investing in equipment maintenance programmes. 

Working on the railroad . . .

By: Keith Campbell     6th September 2002 AS part of its regular track maintenance programme, Spoornet replaces rails and sleepers as these have a limited economic life. 

Criminals destroying rail network

By: Keith Campbell     30th August 2002 CRIMINALITY has become a major issue regarding the maintenance of State-owned national railway company Spoornet’s infrastructure. 

Petrochemicals giant standardises on gearboxes

26th July 2002 Since the inception of Sasol in the early 1980s, four generations of Hansen industrial gearboxes, which amounts to approximately 3 000 units, have been delivered to five Sasol collieries, namely Middelbult, Brandspruit, Bosjesspruit, Twistdraai, and Syferfontein, and to Sasol Synfuels, in Secunda. 

Gearbox refurbisher's acquisition completes its service offering

By: vanessa vasques     26th July 2002 Gearbox refurbishers Canterbury Mining and Engineering (CME) is now able to supply complete project engineering services to its clients after its acquisition of B & W Gear Consultants and its partnership with French gear manufacturer CMD. 

Zim colliery compressor refurbished

19th July 2002 Earlier this year, IMS Engineering was awarded a contract by Wankie colliery in Zimbabwe for the refurbishment of a steam turbine and compressor to as-new condition. 

Total motor management services on offer

By: vanessa vasques     31st May 2002 Electrical machine manufacture and repair company LH Marthinusen has launched a switchgear division in order to give its customers a more holistic and complete service. 

SA's asphalt roads get concrete treatment

By: marisa rodrigues     24th May 2002 Although there are no major concrete roads being built in South Africa at the moment, concrete is making significant advancements into the roads industry through its increased use in the rehabilitation of asphalt roads, reports Cement and Concrete Institute roads expert Brian Perrie. 

Cure for 'concrete cancer'

By: marisa rodrigues     24th May 2002 A stainless steel rebar, known as 3CR12, utility ferritic stainless steel or 3CR12, is proving to be the long-awaited solution to the ever-present problem of ‘concrete cancer’. 

Success for young BEE concrete-repair firm

By: marisa rodrigues     24th May 2002 In just its fourth year of operation, what is reportedly the only black-owned specialist concrete repair company in South Africa, Liyaphuma Construction, considers itself to be among the top five companies in this field in the country. 

Plain sailing with lining systems range

By: marisa rodrigues     24th May 2002 The protection of concrete is a necessity in corrosive environments, such as those experienced in the chemical, food, fertiliser and power industries. 

International brands protect SA concrete

24th May 2002 Concrete waterproofing, repair and protection are issues that continually concern architects, engineers and contractors alike. 

Firm spreads net of service centres across Southern Africa

3rd May 2002 Since the formation of Sauer-Danfoss in May 2000 as a result of a merger between Sauer-Sundstrand and Danfoss Fluid Power, Danfoss has made significant progress as the distributor of Sauer-Danfoss hydraulic components in Southern Africa. 

Cost savings through pump repair, rather than replacement

By: nkolola halwindi     26th April 2002 Although some companies insist on brand new pumps, this may not be always necessary if all they can do is repair their pumps, reports Benoni-based specialist pump repairer and spare parts supplier company Braybar Pumps sales manager Diane van der Walt. 

Buying original parts has big advantages

26th April 2002 The purchase and use of original-equipment manufactured (OEM) parts has a myriad of advantages most of which are not often considered during the buying process, says pump manufacturer CH Warman Group research and development technical manager Pieter Jordaan. 

Furnace repair carried out

19th April 2002 RBF Industrial Technology, a division of Set Point Industrial Technology, has been awarded a contract by Samancor Chrome’s business unit Ferroveld, for the repair of a furnace, design engineer Harry van Greuning reports. 

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