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Alterations made to avoid giraffe electrocutions

29th June 2012 State-owned power utility Eskom has rebuilt and moved some of its infrastructure in the Marloth Park nature conservancy, following the electrocution of four giraffe, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) reports. 

Submetering solution to assist landlords and tenants  

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2012 The use of prepaid submetering is gaining popularity in South Africa and is becoming a common tool for landlords and body corporates, prepaid metering company Ideal Prepaid Metering Systems national sales manager Ethan Hugo tells Engineering News. 

Infrastructure development will create strong economic future

By: Chantelle Kotze     29th June 2012 Road and rail infrastructure improvement projects by entities such as the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), State-owned logistics group Transnet and the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) are highly advantageous for the future of the domestic economy. 

Construction starts on rapid transport system 

By: Chantelle Kotze     29th June 2012 The first contract of the Rustenburg local municipality’s R3-billion Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) project, aimed at providing 200 000 commuters in Rustenburg with transport from 2015, started on June 18. 

Gautrain passenger numbers to rise

By: Chantelle Kotze     29th June 2012 The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) expects the number of regular passengers using the rapid rail transport system to stabilise from July, now that the final leg between Rosebank and Park stations has finally been opened. 

TFR orders R1.8m of concrete walling

By: Chantelle Kotze     29th June 2012 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), in April, placed a R1.8-million order with precast concrete products manufacturer Rocla for 600 units of its Alfabloc concrete walling product. 

Bolsterless passenger coach bogie for SA conditions

29th June 2012 Rolling stock manufacturer and refurbishment company DCD Rolling Stock, formerly known as RSD, has developed a new bolsterless fabricated passenger coach bogie specifically designed for South African conditions. 

Municipality allocates R1bn for water treatment plant upgrade

By: Zandile Mavuso     29th June 2012 The Emfuleni local municipality has budgeted R1-billion for the expansion of the Sebokeng wastewater treatment works (WWTW), in southern Gauteng. 

Namibian utility appoints physical asset management partner

By: Zandile Mavuso     29th June 2012 Bulk water utility Namibia Water Corporation (NamWater) has appointed asset performance management specialist Pragma as its physical asset management partner for a high-priority maintenance project that will be implemented during 2012/13. 

MCWAP to deliver water by September 2013

29th June 2012 Phase 1 of the R15-billion Mokolo Crocodile River Water Augmentation Project (MCWAP) will deliver water by September 2013. 

Construction completed on 5 Mℓ/d water treatment plant

29th June 2012 The construction of the upgraded 5Ml/d Maphephetwa water treatment plant (WTP) in KwaZulu-Natal has been completed.  

Company refocuses its resources on SA power projects

29th June 2012 Fluor South Africa, which is part of the global engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance and project management company Fluor Corporation, says its newly established power group is well-positioned to bring the corporation’s international power expertise to the local market. 

Steam cycle solution introduced to SA 

By: Leandi Kolver     29th June 2012 Systems automation company GE Intelligent Platforms expects to see significant demand in the South African market for its US-developed distributed control system (DCS) steam cycle solution for power plants, which was launched last month, global energy industry manager Bill Pezalla tells... 

Utility retains Blue Drop status

29th June 2012 Provincial utility Amatola Water received three Blue Drop awards at the Water Institute of Southern Africa biennial conference, held in Cape Town, in May. 

Urgent need to procure rolling stock a challenge

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     16th December 2011 The time pressures caused by the urgent need to procure new rolling stock pose a significant challenge in the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (Prasa’s) rolling stock fleet-renewal programme, says audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG head of infrastructure advisory and financing De Buys Scott. 

Water conservation lowers future KZN demand

16th December 2011 The water conservation and water demand management initiatives implemented by the eThekwini, Ilembe, Ugu and Msunduzi municipalities have resulted in shortening the water supply deficit period for the KwaZulu-Natal coastal metropolitan area by three years to 2013, the Department of Water Affairs... 

Skills training key to success of major projects

16th December 2011 When executed successfully, the skills legacy of a major project ensures the effective, ongoing operation and asset management of the completed project, says engineering, management and specialist technical services company Aurecon. 

Localisation a priority for rolling stock renewal programme

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     16th December 2011 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) expects to start the tender process for the local manufacturing of rolling stock by March next year. 

Prasa to take a greener route

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     16th December 2011 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) is in the process of developing its own environmental policy and strategy framework, which will be applicable to all its operating entities. 

Pace of rolling stock procurement might have to be revised – DoT 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     16th December 2011 The Department of Transport’s (DoT’s) initial calculation that about 360 new coaches will have to be procured each year during the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (Prasa’s) rolling stock fleet-renewal programme, might have to be revised, says acting deputy director-general Jan-David de... 

Water utility to assist municipalities in improving service delivery

By: Joanne Taylor     16th December 2011 The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) has allocated an R8-billion budget for the 2011/12 financial year to enable bulk water utility Rand Water to assist municipalities in improving service delivery. 

Locally developed cryogenic low-noise amplifier to meet SKA needs

9th December 2011 Technology company Tellumat has made significant investments to create locally developed solutions that will form key elements of the current MeerKAT and hopefully the future Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.  

Utility managing Medupi delays

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     9th December 2011 State-owned power utility Eskom says the consortium responsible for supplying the boiler at Unit 6 of its 4 800 MW Medupi power station, in Limpopo, has committed itself to meeting the revised deadlines to have the unit brought on line by May 2013. 

Steel supply contract progressing

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     9th December 2011 In excess of 24 000 t of steel has already been used for the erection of boilers at State-owned Eskom’s Medupi power station, as steel fabricator Genrec Engineering continues to make steady progress on fabricating with a total of 45 000 t delivered to site for the project. 

Construction materials supplier starts additional deliveries

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     9th December 2011 Construction and industrial materials supplier Afrimat has secured additional orders to supply coarse and fine aggregate for the construction of State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power plant in Lephalale, Limpopo. 

Ventilation equipment installation gets under way

9th December 2011 Manufacturer and distributor of electrical equipment Actom Air Pollution Control, which two years ago won the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) contracts for the turbine halls at Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile coal-fired power stations, has, to date, produced about half of the total... 

Company achieves safety milestone at Medupi

9th December 2011 Insulation, scaffolding and industrial coatings company Kaefer South Africa, through its subsidiary Kaefer Energy Projects (KEP), achieved a significant milestone by clocking up 500 000 work hours without a lost time injury (LTI) at Eskom’s Medupi power station near Lephalale, in Limpopo province.  

Construction group forging ahead despite unstable market

By: Celest Smith     9th December 2011 A shortage of new road construction contracts is forcing companies to tender at very low profit margins and take on high risk projects, asserts JSE-listed construction group Basil Read roads division MD Dave Bennett. He explains that the multiple challenges facing the road construction industry,... 

Rotary mixer at work on N12 expansion project

9th December 2011 The N12 highway is one of the South African National Roads Agency’s strategic priorities and it is here that civil engineering contractor Raubex Construction has been awarded the task of implementing a complete overhaul on Section 19 of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project. 

Lighting the way for the GFIP 

By: Celest Smith     9th December 2011 Technical lighting manufacturer and distributor Beka has an ongoing R25-million contract with the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to supply luminaires to the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). 

Subcontractor provides security solution to N17 toll project

9th December 2011 When toll specialist company Tollink was commissioned to provide the technology for extending the N17 toll project from Brakpan to Ermelo with three new plazas, starting with the Leandra plaza, it approached security firm Jasco Security Solutions and its Jasco-inspired brand Multivid to provide... 

Telescope project to process massive amount of data

By: Joanne Taylor     9th December 2011 The world’s largest telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), is presently to need an immeasurable amount of processing capacity to handle the information it will collect, says computer technology designer Intel South Africa public sector business development manager Hannes Steyn. 

Data centre to be constructed 5 m underground

By: Joanne Taylor     9th December 2011 The MeerKAT Karoo Array Processor Building, or data centre, will be constructed 5 m underground in a bunker to protect the on-site radio telescope instruments from radio frequency interference (RFI) generated by equipment located in the centre and to enhance the thermal efficiency of the building. 

Power supply contract for MeerKAT awarded

9th December 2011 Electrical products supplier Actom Power Transformers has been contracted to produce two 5 MVA power transformers for installation in the 66 kV / 33 kV Karoo substation, which will supply power to the MeerKAT radio telescope, which is a 64-dish array radio telescope to be built in the Karoo. 

Radio telescope reaches major milestone

9th December 2011 The MeerKAT radio telescope, a precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), has passed its first test with an international panel of experts declaring that the MeerKAT has passed its preliminary design review (PDR) with distinction, says SKA South Africa project director Dr Bernie Fanaroff. 

South Africa, Australia both offer advantages for hosting SKA 

By: Joanne Taylor     9th December 2011 With the announcement of the selected site for the €1.5-billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project just three months away, South Africa and Australia are in a tight race to win the honour of hosting this international project, with each country offering unique advantages. 

JV fast-tracks Medupi silo, chimney construction

9th December 2011 Slipform construction specialist the Karrena-Concor joint venture (JV) says it adopted innovative measures to meet advanced deadlines for the construction of two 213 m chimney’s and nine coal and ash silos for the Medupi power station in the Limpopo province. 

African rail niche?

By: Schalk Burger     24th June 2011 There is potential for South Africa to become a niche railway engineering hub for Africa, bolstered by the transformation of State-owned logistics group Transnet’s Rail Engineering division into a maintenance and repair centre for African rail utilities, says Public Enterprises Minister Malusi... 

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