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Consulting firms appointed to conduct geotechnical investigations for LHWP

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th December 2015 Engineering and environmental consulting firm Jeffares & Green’s (J&G’s) geotechnical division, in association with Lesotho consulting firm GWC Consulting Engineers, has been appointed to undertake the supervision of the geotechnical investigations for the Polihali dam and a 38.2 km transfer... 

Eskom coal line due for December 2017 completion 

By: Nadine James     11th December 2015 State-owned power utility Eskom’s Majuba rail project has had to deal with several challenges since it commenced in 2013. Subsequently, Eskom has revised the project’s completion date to December 2017, says Majuba rail project communications and stakeholder management head Khululiwe Xulu. The... 

Eskom coal line due for December 2017 completion
Photo by Duane Daws
MAJUBA POWER STATION Eskom's privater coal line will transport 21-million tonnes of coal to the Majuba power station

M1 highway gets R210m facelift

11th December 2015 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) will spend a total of R210-million to upgrade the M1 highway bridges and associated stormwater drainage systems, says the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA). The project, which started on November 16, forms part of the CoJ’s R365-million programme to upgrade the M1 and... 

M1 highway gets  R210m facelift
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M1 HIGHWAY The M1 and M2 upgrades form part of the City of Johannesburg's 2040 Growth and Development Strategy

Award-winning KZN interchange eases congestion on N2

11th December 2015 State-owned entity the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) reports that upgrading the Umgeni road interchange, located at the N2 and M19 intersection in KwaZulu-Natal’s eThekwini municipality, has eased the flow of traffic for about 14 000 to 16 000 vehicles travelling through... 

Award-winning KZN interchange eases congestion on N2
FOUR YEARS WELL SPENT The interchange upgrade, which started in 2011, has reduced congestion and journey times, while increasing road safety

Tanks manufacturer builds water reservoir for local community

By: Bruce Montiea     31st July 2015 Having identified a shortage of potable water in the Siyabuswa community, the Dr JS Moroka local municipality, in Mpumalanga,  appointed agriculture and industrial liquid storage tank and reservoir manufacturer Aquadam to help install an extra reservoir to service the community. The project got... 

Tanks manufacturer builds water reservoir for local community
MULEBY SYSTEM TANK Aquadam has been contracted to install its water storage solution for the Siyabuswa community, in the Dr JS Moroka local municipality, in Mpumalanga

Emergency potable water needs prioritising, says Rhodes professor 

By: Bruce Montiea     31st July 2015 Regular protests by residents demanding adequate water supply proves that many South Africans are subjected to interrupted and inadequate safe drinking water supply, says Unilever Centre for Environmental Water Quality director and Rhodes University professor Tally Palmer, who tells Engineering... 

Emergency potable  water needs prioritising, says Rhodes professor
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ONGOING WATER SUPPLY Water services authorities must ensure that when water services are interrupted for more than 24 hours, consumers have access to alternative water services

Popular Joburg dam gets R25m facelift

31st July 2015 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) in April embarked on a R25-million eight-month-long rehabilitation project for the City of Johannesburg’s (CoJ’s) 103-year-old Emmarentia dam. The dam is located on the Westdene spruit, which is a tributary of the Juskei river and a popular recreational venue... 

Popular Joburg dam  gets R25m facelift
IMPROVED INFRASTRUCTURE Emmarentia dam’s infrastructure is currently being rehabilitated

Transnet announces record capital investment spend

By: David Oliveira     31st July 2015 State-owned rail company Transnet has increased its capital investment spend by 5.7% year-on-year, achieving a record R33.6-billion investment for the 2014/2015 financial year, the company announced at its financial year-end results earlier this month. A breakdown of Transnet’s capital... 

Transnet announces record capital investment spend
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BREAKING RECORDS Transnet spent a record R33.6-billion on capital investments, R14.5-billion of which was invested in new infrastructure and equipment

New production line designed for locomotive build programmes

By: David Oliveira     31st July 2015 South African cables manufacturer Aberdare Cables earlier this month launched its latest production line at its Pietermaritzburg manufacturing plant, in KwaZulu-Natal. The new line, supported by the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) designation programme, was designed to produce cables... 

New production line  designed for locomotive build programmes
NEW PRODUCTION LINE Aberdares’ new production line employs a 120 mm, 24:1 length-to-diameter ratio extruder, manufacturing up to 140 m of cable a minute

Transnet discusses new coal capacity

By: David Oliveira     31st July 2015 State-owned rail company Transnet would reach its goal of expanding the capacity of the Richards Bay corridor to 81-million tons a year in 2016, said Transnet GM commercial Divyesh Kalan at the second yearly Coal Transportation Africa Summit, which took place in Johannesburg in May. He noted that... 

Transnet discusses new coal capacity
Photo by Duane Daws
APPROACHING THE FINISHING LINE Transnet will reach its goal of expanding the capacity of the Richards Bay corridor to 81-million tons a year next year

Local manufacturer looks to tighten West African nation’s railways

By: David Oliveira     31st July 2015 Nuts and bolts loosening, tightening and torqueing solutions developer Slogging International’s Slogging Hammer is currently undergoing on-site trials at a railway project for a West African oil and gas exploration company. If these trials prove to be successful, about 6 000 units of the South... 

Local manufacturer looks to tighten West African  nation’s railways
OPERATOR SAFETY NO.1 The Slogging Hammer is significantly safer than the traditional method of using a wrench and sledgehammer to remove nuts and bolts

Water augmentation project to be completed by October

31st July 2015 The construction of Limpopo’s R13.4-billion two-phase Mokolo and Crocodile Water Augmentation Project (MCWAP) will be completed in October, as flooding problems and labour disputes that initially delayed the bulk water project have now been resolved. Water Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says... 

Water augmentation project to be completed by October
RECEIVING WATER SUPPLY Eskom’s Medupi power station is one of the facilities that will benefit from the completion of the Mokolo and Crocodile Water Augmentation Project

Manufacturer supplies valves to major water project

By: Bruce Montiea     31st July 2015 The valves supplied by global manufacturer and distributor AVK Valves to the North-South Carrier (NSC) pipeline project, in Botswana, are meeting all the client’s requirements, says AVK Valves. The NSC pipeline project – the largest engineering project ever undertaken in Botswana – carries raw... 

Manufacturer supplies valves to major water project
INSTALLED BASE AVK Valves supplies valves to major water projects across Africa

Phase 2 of LHWP in full swing

By: Bruce Montiea     31st July 2015 The procurement of consultants for the four-phased, multibillion-rand binational Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), signalled the official start of the physical work component of Phase II of the project, says LHWP implementing agency the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority CEO Refiloe... 

Phase 2 of LHWP in full swing
MEGAPROJECT The Lesotho Highlands Water Project is a multibillion-rand, binational water project that will benefit Lesotho and South Africa

South African locomotives specialist ventures further into Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st July 2015 Locomotive design and engineering company Grindrod Locomotives recently signed a contract worth more than $30-million with Bolloré Group, the first logistics and port operator in Africa with a presence in 46 countries, 250 subsidiaries and 25 000 employees.  The project will see a number of... 

South African locomotives specialist ventures further into Africa

N$130m piped water project on course

31st July 2015 Namibia’s N$130-million piped water supply project for the Otjimbingwe settlement, in the Erongo region in central Namibia, is on track for completion early next year. The project was launched in August last year by Agriculture, Water and Forestry Minister John Mutorwa. The project, which is... 

N$130m piped water  project on course
EXTENDED SUPPLY To accommodate future water needs, the Otjimbingwe piped water project is designed to have the capacity to supply neighbouring resettlement farms, as well as the local community

19 000 artisans to be trained as part of Gibela programme

31st July 2015 State-owned passenger rail operator the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) R51-billion locomotive build programme, which is being carried out by black-empowered locomotive manufacturer Gibela Rail Consortium, will need about 1 375 skilled artisans to build the 600 trains and 3 600... 

19 000 artisans to be trained as part of Gibela programme
GIBELA MANUFACTURING FACILITY The R1-billion manufacturing facility in Dunnottar, Johannesburg, will have a dedicated training facility, which will train 19 000 artisans

Newly launched UPS system a reliable backup solution

By: Pimani Baloyi     12th December 2014 Local power solutions provider Jasco Power Solutions states that its uninterrupted power supply (UPS) system, the Gamatronic UPS range, introduced to the local market in March provides reliable backup power when State-owned power utility Eskom faces the challenge of maintaining a steady power... 

Gas power plant adds to Moz energy mix

By: Pimani Baloyi     12th December 2014 Financial services provider Investec says it has gained invaluable experience through its funding of a Mozambican power generation project, the Kuvaninga Energia project, which reached financial close in December 2013 and is scheduled for commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2015. The... 

Gas power plant adds  to Moz energy mix
FAZEL MOOSA The benefit of any form of infrastructure is the value that it adds to the community around it

Sustainability not a priority for South African business

12th December 2014 Less than half of South African businesses are considering switching to green energy sources, despite overwhelming dependence on reliable power and water supply to sustain growth strategies, an international study by advisory and outsourcing services provider Grant Thornton has shown. The Grant... 

Medupi fires first coal in conveyors

By: Pimani Baloyi     12th December 2014 Engineering solutions provider ELB Engineering Services says that its conveyors moved the first coal to the mill bunkers of boiler 6 at Medupi power station in Lephalale, Limpopo last month. ELB Medupi project manager Hertzog Verhoef says the coal to bunker process started on October 15, when... 

Medupi fires first coal in conveyors
HERTZOG VERHOEF The Medupi power plant project provided us with an opportunity to establish ELB Construction

State rail company invests in track management 

By: Bruce Montiea     12th December 2014 In support of its Market Demand Strategy (MDS), State-owned freight and logistics company Transnet is concentrating on refurbishing the country’s rail track system through training and the introduction of new rail track monitoring and management methods, says Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) track... 

State rail company invests in track management
Transnet Freight Rail track and technology principal engineer Kanak Mistry discusses the parastatal’s training initiatives

Mozambique to get new railway line in December

12th December 2014 Engineering, management and specialist technical services company Aurecon is providing design services to the new Moatize Nacala Port and Railway project to be concluded in December in Mozambique. The Moatize Nacala railway is part of the Nacala logistics corridor commissioned by global mining... 

Mozambique to get new railway line in December
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CURVING The railway line is expected to increase coal exports

Rail graduates ‘seeds’ for future industry growth

By: Schalk Burger     12th December 2014 The graduation of 85 employees of State-owned logistics company Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) in rail sciences planted the seeds for future rail industry growth and formed an integral part of TFR’s R201-billion rail infrastructure roll-out plans, Transnet CEO Brian Molefe said at the graduation... 

Additional earlier and later trains for commuters

By: Bruce Montiea     12th December 2014 To continue offering safe, convenient and efficient service to passengers, rapid transit train Gautrain’s airport service from Sandton to OR Tambo International Airport was improved in August with earlier trains in the mornings and later trains in the evenings, says Gautrain CEO Jack van der... 

Additional earlier and later trains for commuters
RUSH HOUR The overall Gautrain airport service continues to show positive growth since it started operations on June 8, 2010

R18.7b increase in road-to-rail programme

12th December 2014 State-owned logistics and rail company Transnet has increased its capital investment by 66.8% to R18.7-billion in its road-to-rail programme aimed at transferring the majority of the country’s cargo from the road network to the rail network. The success of the road-to-rail programme has been... 

R18.7b increase in  road-to-rail programme
ON THE TRACKS The success of Transnet’s road-to-rail programme has been confirmed by the company’s growth in revenue and profit

SA company delivers passenger coaches to Angolan client

By: Bruce Montiea     12th December 2014 Ten passenger coaches and one power car were delivered to Angola’s major railway line Caminho de Ferro de Benguela (CFB),  in Lobito, by South African manufacturing and exporting company Dominex in a project that was completed in October, says Dominex CEO Kirk Christodoulakis. The project... 

SA company delivers  passenger coaches to Angolan client
IN THE AIR Dominex delivered eight sleeper coaches, two restaurant/kitchen coaches and one power car to Angola’s major railway line, Caminho de Ferro de Benguela

Company imports conduits suitable for SA rail industry

12th December 2014 With the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) latest announcement of a R51-billion ten-year investment into procuring 600 new, modern commuter and passenger trains, the rail sector holds significant opportunities for electrical and mechanical components supplier Elquip Solutions,... 

Specialised equipment used for wind turbine transportation

By: Jonathan Rodin     12th December 2014 Heavy transportation and lifting provider ALE is playing a vital role in South Africa’s renewable energy sector, owing to the development of smarter solutions that are mitigating the challenges created by the increasing size and weight of wind turbines and the associated components. ALE was... 

Construction started on hydro project

12th December 2014 Hydropower developer NuPlanet Project Development achieved financial close and started construction last month on the 4.5 MW Stortemelk hydro project near Clarens, in the Free State. The project, which was awarded preferred bidder status under bid window two of the government’s Renewable Energy... 

Power utility prepares for Medupi integration

By: Pimani Baloyi     12th December 2014 State-owned power utility Eskom says it is in the process of building two 400 kV transmission lines between the Spitskop substation and the Dinaledi substation, both  in the greater Brits area, in the North West, to enable the integration of the first unit of the Medupi power station in... 

Power utility prepares for Medupi integration
Photo by Pimani Baloyi
MEDUPI POWER STATION At full capacity the station will add 4 800 MW to the national grid

Local-content stipulation will thwart import industry

By: Pimani Baloyi     12th December 2014 Local valve importer CMO Africa says the government regulation, which stipulates that 70% of valves used in State projects be manufactured in-country, will lead to the demise of the valves import industry. CMO Africa MD Mark Bowden told Engineering News at the Mining and Technical Exhibitions’... 

Local-content stipulation will thwart import industry
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VALVES Importing companies account for about 80% of the jobs in the valves industry

Government gears for nuclear energy

By: Pimani Baloyi     12th December 2014 Government last month announced that it had successfully concluded the second nuclear vendor parade workshop with delegations from China, France, South Korea and the US, in its bid to source experienced nuclear energy partners to help with South Africa’s nuclear power generation programme. The... 

Government gears for  nuclear energy
Photo by Duane Daws
TINA JOEMAT PETTERSSON Government has held two nuclear vendor parade workshops

Medupi Unit 6 will contribute power by mid-2015

By: Pimani Baloyi     12th December 2014 Johannesburg-based chemical manufacturer Reba Chemicals attended this year’s Lephalale Mining Expo, hosted by Mining and Technical Exhibitions (MTE), to establish partnerships that can expand the company’s reach in the area. Reba Chemicals MD Freddy Motau told Engineering News at the expo, which... 

Medupi Unit 6 will  contribute power by mid-2015
Photo by Duane Daws
LYNNE BROWN The next few years are going to be tough

Chemicals company grows market around Medupi

By: Pimani Baloyi     12th December 2014 Johannesburg-based chemical manufacturer Reba Chemicals attended this year’s Lephalale Mining Expo, hosted by Mining and Technical Exhibitions (MTE), to establish partnerships that can expand the company’s reach in the area. Reba Chemicals MD Freddy Motau told Engineering News at the expo, which... 

Chemicals company grows market around Medupi
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INDUSTRIAL CHEMICALS Reba Chemicals exports its products to Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland and Mozambique

Renewable power a major energy growth source

By: Jonathan Rodin     12th December 2014 According to autonomous organisation the International Energy Agency (IEA), gas and renewable power are expected to be the major sources of energy growth on the African continent in the coming years.  More than 620-million people, or two-thirds of the continent’s population, in sub-Saharan Africa... 

Boilermaker affects management changes

12th December 2014 Johannesburg-based company Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa, which is constructing boilers for State-owned power utility Eskom’s new Medupi and Kusile power stations, announced a revised top structure, including a new executive chairperson and a new chief executive. The changes, which were... 

Boilermaker affects management changes
Photo by Duane Daws
MEDUPI BOILERS Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa took over the boiler contacts that were awarded to Hitach

Conference to focus on the future of transportation

By: David Oliveira     27th June 2014 The yearly Southern African Transport Conference (SATC) will take place at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) international conference centre, in Pretoria, from July 7 to 10. The conference will cover all aspects of transport, including rail, and its theme is ‘Leading... 

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