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Smooth, integrated logistical chain needed to sustain freight rail 

By: Schalk Burger     24th June 2011 The creation of a smooth, integrated logistical chain that meets the needs, but which also requires the cooperation, of users, operators, asset owners and financiers, is necessary to sustain a long-term model of freight and bulk materials rail transport in Africa, says engineering, management and... 

Utility confident about Medupi’s progress

By: Dimakatso Motau     10th December 2010 State-owned power utility Eskom reports that significant progress is being made with the construction work currently under way at the Medupi power station, in Limpopo, which is a major project for South Africa's energy sector.  

Progress at Medupi

By: Dimakatso Motau     10th December 2010 Power utility Eskom reports that there is significant progress with the construction of the 4 800-MW power station. Construction progress is now visible on site. 

South Africa’s R125bn power station

By: Lindiwe Molekoa     10th December 2010 State-owned power utility Eskom reports that Medupi, which means ‘a rain that soaks parched lands, giving economic relief, will be a dry-cooled coal-fired base-load power generating plant, comprising six 800-MW units, with a 4 800-MW installed capacity, the biggest of its kind in the world. It... 

Coal-handling equipment contract secured

10th December 2010 Materials-handling company ThyssenKrupp Materials Handling (TKMH) reports that it has secured the tender to supply coal-handling equipment to feed the 4 800-MW Medupi power station, in Lephalale, in Limpopo.  

Small business hub takes off in Lephalale

10th December 2010 Power equipment vendor Hitachi Power Africa (HPA) aims to contribute to the upliftment of the South African community through education, job creation and social investment initiatives.  

Steel fabricator uses its software at Medupi

10th December 2010 Structural steel fabricator and erector Cosira Group reports that it was awarded the turbine hall contract for power utility's Eskom Medupi power station, managed by international power technology group Alstom, in the latter half of 2008.  

Gautrain on track for completion in mid-2011

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th December 2010 The second and final phase of the Gautrain rapid rail link project is expected to be completed in mid 2011, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe. 

New standards to contribute to rail safety

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th December 2010 A new South African National Standard (SANS 3000-4) covering Human Factors, which is expected to be published in early 2011, will be a key contributor to improving railway safety, says Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) senior manager for safety standards Jacintha Naidoo.  

Concerns that skills may dissipate as Gautrain nears completion

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th December 2010 With the Gautrain rapid rail link project nearing completion, there are concerns that the skills developed and acquired during the construction of South Africa's high-speed rail network may dissipate. 

Very high speed rail for SA? 

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th December 2010 A paper presented at the South African Transport Conference 2010, held in Gauteng, in August, questions if South Africa is ready for, and would benefit from very high-speed rail. 

IDZ in renewable-energy push 

By: Jessica Hannah     10th December 2010 The Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) aims to develop three wind farms, which will accommodate 60 turbines, on 300 ha of land, says Coega Development Corporation (CDC) business development manager for information on investments Nkuli Mxenge. 

Continued State intervention needed for IDZs

By: Jessica Hannah     10th December 2010 South Africa's Industrial Development Zones (IDZs) require continued State intervention through funding and creating a conducive environment for trade and investment to succeed, says Coega Development Corporation spokesperson Senzeni Ndebele. 

R250m parts distribution centre

By: Jessica Hannah     10th December 2010 The new R250-million parts distribution centre opened by General Motors South Africa (GMSA), at the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), in the Eastern Cape, was largely driven by the company's growth, GMSA after-sales vice-president John Astbury tells Engineering News. 

More decisions and studies for Mthombo

By: Jessica Hannah     10th December 2010 There are several more decisions and definitive engineering studies that need to be undertaken before construction gets under way for the proposed 360 000-bl/d project Mthombo oil refinery project, national oil company PetroSA spokesperson Thabo Mabaso says. 

Multibillion-rand signalling upgrade project for 2011 

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th December 2010 The planned five-year nationwide implementation and installation of a new, modern railway signalling system, as well as the Gauteng Nerve Centre (GNC) on Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa's (Prasa's) commuter rail network is scheduled to start in January 2011. 

Wine estate treats wastewater

3rd December 2010 Dornier Wine Estate, in Stellenbosch, is one of 30 wineries to install a wastewater treatment plant designed by water treatment engineering firm HWT.  

Revenue recedes despite increased tariffs, volumes

3rd December 2010 Revenue from State-owned freight logistics company Transnet Pipelines (TPL) division for the six months ended September has fallen 1,3% to R669-million despite a 6,1% increase in tariffs and a 2% increase in volumes of products transported, said Transnet CEO Chris Wells, last month. 

R300m tender for N1 construction and rehabilitation

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd December 2010 Civil engineering and construction group Basil Read’s roads division has been awarded a R300-million contract for the construction and rehabilitation of the N1 from Fonteintjie to Wurasoord, which is about 50 km from Bloemfontein on the N1 towards Colesberg, in the Free State. The 24-month... 

Over one-million tons of asphalt for GFIP

3rd December 2010 Hot and cold asphalt manufacturer Much Asphalt supplied over 1,1-million tons of asphalt over 30 months, ending in October, to the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). When the company completes its supply contracts for the GFIP in September... 

Infrastructure development for road safety

3rd December 2010 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has implemented infrastructural changes and improvements that are designed to increase road safety for road users and pedestrians. 

“All of these projects benefit businesses, subcontractors and labour in surrounding communities, and Sanral... 

South Africa’s secondary road network key

3rd December 2010 With rural freight expected to exhibit strong growth, South Africa’s secondary road network, which, according to the sixth ‘State of Logistics’ survey, is generally in an inadequate condition and not maintained as required, and the improvement of rural services must be an investment priority,... 

On track for completion in 2013

3rd December 2010 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet’s new multiproduct pipeline (NMPP), which is being built between Durban and Johannesburg, has had its deadline extended to December 31, 2013, and is on track for completion. 

Durban to Joburg pipeline to help with security of supply

By: Schalk Burger     3rd December 2010 The delays on the State-owned freight logistics group Transnet’s new multiproduct pipeline (NMPP) will require the Durban to Johannesburg pipeline (DJP) to continue running for nine months beyond March 31, 2011, to cope with security of supply challenges to Gauteng. 

Technological innovations in use

By: Schalk Burger     3rd December 2010 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet’s new multiproduct pipeline (NMPP), being built between Durban and Johannesburg, will use a number of technological innovations including cathodic protection against rust and, as the name implies, multiple product transportation through one line, says... 

Disjointed progress for Limpopo water project

By: Eleanor Seggie     3rd December 2010 State-owned Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) does not foresee any challenges in raising the R1,5-billion in funds required for the implementation of the first phase of the Mokolo and Crocodile River (West) Water Augmentation Project (MCWAP-1), in Limpopo. 

Progress being made on R240m pipeline project

By: Eleanor Seggie     3rd December 2010 Civil engineering construction company Esorfranki is making progress on its flagship R240-million BG3 pipeline project, having further excavated the trench, and is expecting to lay pipes down imminently, says Esorfranki CEO Bernie Krone. 

Consulting engineering firm tackles water projects

3rd December 2010 Engineering, management and specialist technical services Aurecon, in a joint venture (JV) with R&R Consulting Engineers, has been tasked with upgrading and extending the Sunderland Ridge wastewater treatment works (WWTW) by 30 Ml/d, to meet projected demand in 2015.  

Ground-breaking 
environmental 
procedures for SA

By: Tracy Hancock     25th June 2010 Being the first project of its kind in South Africa, the Gautrain rapid rail link’s independent environmental control person and original environmental-impact assessment (EIA) manager Mark Freeman says that the project assisted in pioneering groundbreaking environmental procedures for the country. 

More to project than development of public transport

By: Tracy Hancock     25th June 2010 A critical role of the Gautrain project is the socioeconomic development (SED) of the Gauteng province through skills transfer and training, which is an integral aspect on which the success of the project is based. The Gautrain Management Agency Socioeconomic Development Progress brochure for... 

Five extensions planned for the Gautrain 

By: Tracy Hancock     25th June 2010 The Gautrain rapid rail project is planning an additional five new extensions to the railway line in addition to its nine existing links, which connect ten stations from Johannesburg to Pretoria. The new links are being planned from Park station, in Johannesburg, to Soweto, Rhodesfield station... 

Rail link assists 
airport with regular departure times

By: Tracy Hancock     25th June 2010 Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) spokesperson Unathi Batyashe-Fillis says that the Gautrain rapid rail link between Sandton and the OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) will assist the airport with its focus on predictable departure times.

As traffic volumes continue to increase, the... 

Possibility of more rate increases for R115bn capex 
shortfall

By: Henry Lazenby     25th June 2010 More rate increases may be on the cards for State-owned power utility Eskom’s customers to cover the R115-billion shortfall on its current three-year capital expenditure (capex) programme. 

Hydroelectricity 
project progresses

By: Henry Lazenby     25th June 2010 A milestone was achieved in the construction of State-owned power utility Eskom’s Ingula pumped-storage scheme project, situated on the border between the Free State and Kwa-Zulu-Natal, when the first of 32 concrete face slab panels was placed at the upper Bedford dam. Placing the remainder of... 

IPP deals catalyst for renewable energy growth

By: Henry Lazenby     25th June 2010 Solar power generation company Solairedirect Southern Africa believes that State-owned power utility Eskom's newly signed deals to purchase power from independent power producers (IPPs) is a sign that the renewable energy industry is on track to becoming a commercial reality. 

R500m motor control centres contract for Medupi

By: Henry Lazenby     25th June 2010 Industrial equipment manufacturer General Electric South Africa (GE SA) has been awarded a R500-million contract to manufacture and install motor control centres (MCCs) for the Medupi power plant. The company will embark on a major refit of its Midrand manufacturing plant, in preparation for the... 

Eighty per cent of freeway improvement project completed

By: Dimakatso Motau     25th June 2010 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) reports that 80% of the first phase of road upgrades as part of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) have been completed. 

JV completes package in time for World Cup

By: Dimakatso Motau     25th June 2010 The Siyavaya joint venture (JV) comprising construction companies Group Five, Liviero, Power Group, Bophelong and Umso, were awarded two contracts for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project, which aims to upgrade and improve the capacity of the freeway network in Gauteng. 

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