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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 

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. 

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. 

Company extensively involved in the GFIP

25th June 2010 Civil engineering construction company Esorfranki Civils, formerly Patula Construction, which is part of the JSE-listed Esorfranki Group, was awarded the R174-million contract for the N4 freeway phase-one road upgrade.  

Scaffolding contract spurs skills development

By: Henry Lazenby     25th June 2010 Insulation contractor Kaefer has been awarded a contract by local construction contractor Murray & Roberts to erect scaffolding during the construction of State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi coal-fired power station. 

Core focus changes to achieve ambitious 1,5m work opportunities by 2014

By: Schalk Burger     19th March 2010 Analysis of South Africa’s unemployment over the past two decades shows that it is structural in nature. People who benefit from employment from the Expanded Public Works Programmes (EPWP) often do not find regular employment within the formal sector after their two years with the EPWP ends, says... 

Food for waste 
programme under way

By: Schalk Burger     19th March 2010 The Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) targets infrastructure needs, environment and cultural requirements, as well as social needs when it determines what sector to create jobs in. All municipalities and nongovernmental entities are involved in the identification of needs and the... 

Developing emerging contractors

By: Schalk Burger     19th March 2010 The Vuk’uphile learnership programme, one of the training programmes in the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) aims to develop emerging contractors into fully-fledged contractors with practical training undertaken on public infrastructure projects, says engineering consultants PD Naidoo &... 

Focus on couplings, fittings and hoses for exhibition

By: Schalk Burger     5th March 2010 International oil and gas service companies can source hoses, fittings and couplings manufactured to global standards in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Namibia and Ghana, hose and fitting manufacturers Jachris GM Warwick Bouwer says. 

Giving value to aesthetics on Gauteng’s roads

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     11th December 2009 With the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) construction currently under way on the majority of the province’s roads, congestion, rubble and construction equipment may be creating the impression of an unattractive, grey mass of concrete along the freeways and interchanges. 

New technology to enhance environment friendly construction

11th December 2009 New technology is being used to make construction of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Programme (GFIP) as environment friendly as possible, says the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral). 

Pipe replacement project 
stimulus for economic growth

By: Carla Thomaz     11th December 2009 Twenty-nine thousand people and a further 16 small to medium-sized companies have to date directly benefited from eThekwini Water Services’ (EWS’) multimillion-rand asbestos cement (AC) pipe replacement project. 

R1,6-billion project on track for 2010

By: Carla Thomaz     11th December 2009 The R1,6-billion eThekwini asbestos cement (AC) pipe replacement project, which started in July 2007, is on track for completion in June 2010.  

Expansion on track for 2010

By: Petronel Smit     11th December 2009 The first and largest part of the R3,9-billion project to widen and deepen Durban’s harbour mouth is on track for completion in March 2010. 

Durban to remain SA’s leading container port, despite challenges

By: Petronel Smit     11th December 2009 Freight transport company the Transnet National Ports Authority reports that, despite the challenges to meet volume targets in a difficult economic environment, to maintain the five-year investment programme and to achieve performance and efficiency targets, the port of Durban will retain its... 

Deep-water port of Ngqura launched

By: Petronel Smit     11th December 2009 The new deep-water port of Ngqura, which has a depth of between 16 m and 18 m to accommodate the larger, new-generation container vessels, was launched operationally in October. 

New customs Bills to facilitate trade

By: Petronel Smit     11th December 2009 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) launched the draft Customs Control Bill and draft Customs Duty Bill, during October 2009. The bills, which have been released for public comment by February 26, 2010, are designed to strike a balance between trade facilitation and economic growth, as well... 

R800m project on schedule, 
despite challenges

By: Carla Thomaz     11th December 2009 Despite a shortage of skilled workers and a lack of building sand, as well as inclement weather, the first phase of eThekwini’s water and sanitation’s (EWS’) R800-million Western Aqueduct project, which is the largest water project ever commissioned by EWS, is on track and within budget. 

SA’s picturesque ports key to prosperous economy 

By: Petronel Smit     11th December 2009  

South Africa’s road network takes on a new look

11th December 2009 Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele says that the country is facing a R18,4-billion backlog with regards to the upkeep of the core national road network. In the provinces, there was a further R19,9-billion backlog, bringing the total to R38,3-billion. 

Port of Cape Town prepares for economic recovery

By: Petronel Smit     11th December 2009 Freight logistics company Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) reports that the Cape Town container terminal’s five-year, R5,4 -billion expansion project, which is now in its second year, will ensure that the country’s second-largest container terminal is better prepared for global market recovery in... 

Luxury coaches supplied for World Cup

By: Eleanor Seggie     4th December 2009 As the primary transport sponsor for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and a FIFA partner, motor company Hyundai Automotive South Africa has been commissioned to supply a minimum requirement of 64 luxury coaches - two coaches for each of the 32 teams in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This has provided a good... 

Challenges in sight, but encouraging response to BRT system 

By: Eleanor Seggie     4th December 2009 City of Johannesburg executive director for transportation Lisa Seftel says that commuter feedback, despite a few teething problems, for phase 1A of the Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system, which has been running since September, has been encouraging. The overall feedback from commuters... 

Bus operators should be aware of 
recent changes to legislation

4th December 2009 Bus operators transporting 2010 FIFA World Cup passengers should note the recent changes to the public entity Road Accident Fund (RAF) legislation and adjust their third-party insurance accordingly, says insurance broker and risk consultants Glenrand MIB manager of commercial product solutions... 

BRT system contributes 
to job creation

4th December 2009 Numerous job and skills training opportunities in local communities have been created through the development of infrastructure for the Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system, in Johannesburg.

From June 2008 to the end of June 2009, 3 300 people, including a large number of women, were employed... 

Work on new airport entering final stages

By: Schalk Burger     4th December 2009 The building of infrastructure at the new airport at La Mercy in KwaZulu-Natal is largely completes. The control tower and ten ancillary buildings, including the fire and rescue building have been handed over, Ilembe civil construction joint-venture project service director Jon Broadhead says. 

Efforts to mitigate 
environmental impacts 

By: Schalk Burger     4th December 2009 Every effort has been made to reduce the negative environmental impact of the new airport at La Mercy, says Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) spokesperson Colin Naidoo. Acsa policies try to deal with aircraft noise, bird management, storm-water runoff, air quality and occupational health and... 

Air-cooled condensing units for Medupi

4th December 2009 Electrical engineering company Actom Electrical Machines was subcontracted by heat transfer equipment supplier GEA Aircooled Systems, of Germiston, to install air-cooled condensing (ACC) units at government parastatal Eskom’s new power station, Medupi. 

Gauteng-based company 
supplies dust filters and silo safety systems

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th December 2009 Bulk handling equipment importer and supplier Concrete Finishing Equipment (CFE), of Gauteng, has been awarded the contract to supply dust filters and KCS Silo Safety systems to government parastatal Eskom’s Medupi power station. 

Millions invested 
in local boiler part manufacturing 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th December 2009 South African power equipment supplier Hitachi Power Africa has invested R904-million in increasing boiler-part manufacturing facilities in South Africa. 

Efforts to conserve the environment continue

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th December 2009 With State-owned power utility Eskom’s new build programmes, there have been a lot of concerns from various conservation groups and nongovernmental organisations vexed by the possible environmental impacts of resulting emissions, disturbance to fauna and flora, and other factors. 

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