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Engineering firm to electrify Soccer City

7th November 2008 Electrical and instrumentation contractors Alstom Contracting, part of the Alstom Group, was recently awarded the contract for the supply and installation of the electrical and electronic systems for the Soccer City stadium. 

Moses Mabhida stadium progress ahead of schedule

7th November 2008 Reports from the Moses Mabhida stadium, which is being constructed in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, indicate that the stadium construction is progressing well and that the stadium will be completed by the October 2009 FIFA deadline. 

Stadium construction to beat deadlines – LOC 

By: Jonathan Faurie     7th November 2008 Five of the six stadiums that are being built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup are on track for completion ahead of the deadlines given to the South African 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) by FIFA, reports the LOC. 

Human, robot soccer match possible by 2050?

By: Jonathan Faurie     7th November 2008 A soccer match where humans and robots participate against each other on the same playing field may be possible by 2050, reports the technology focused Meraka Institute of the CSIR. 

Soil stabiliser supports stadium construction

By: Jonathan Faurie     7th November 2008 A soil stabiliser, which was applied to the soil surrounding the Moses Mabhida stadium currently under construction in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, has ensured that the project remains on track without significant delays. 

Consulting company capitalises on 2010 opportunities

By: Jonathan Faurie     7th November 2008 Diversified consulting engineering company SSI, part of the DHV group of companies, has capitalised on the opportunities presented by the 2010 FIFA World Cup. 

2010 corporate hospitality packages prove popular

By: Jonathan Faurie     7th November 2008 Local interest in the corporate hospitality packages for the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup, which went on sale in June this year, is significant, reports a sports marketing and hospitality joint venture (JV) between sports marketing and hospitality company Circa, part of the Sail Group, and sports... 

Cementation company supplies to stadium project

7th November 2008 In preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) has supplied more than 12 000 t of PPC CEM 1 42,5N cement to WG Wearne for the upgrade of the Soccer City stadium at Nasrec, east of Johannesburg.  

Joint ventures to tackle roadworks project

By: Darren Parker     27th June 2008 Diverse industrial services provider Basil Read announced in May that it has been awarded a contract, in conjunction with its joint venture (JV) partners, totalling more than R1,6-billion, for phase one of the Gauteng Freeways Improvements Project (GFIP). 

GFIP phase one gets the green light

By: Darren Parker     27th June 2008 Last month the Department of Transport, through the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral), awarded R11,9-billion worth of contracts for the initial phase of the Gauteng Freeways Improvement Project (GFIP). 

Road improvement project to take its toll on commuters

By: Darren Parker     27th June 2008 An open road toll (ORT) system, being implemented through the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral), is to finance road improvements and expansions that are currently under way in Gauteng. 

New international airport taxis towards takeoff

By: Rozanne Cloete     27th June 2008 After years in the planning, the new international airport at La Mercy, which forms part of the Dube TradePort (DTP), is on schedule and is rapidly becoming part of the Durban skyline, reports Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) communications manager for Durban International Airport (DIA),... 

Technology platform takes shape

By: Rozanne Cloete     27th June 2008 Technology group Alcatel-Lucent has started the detailed engineering on its integrated information and communications system that will be implemented at the new international airport at La Mercy, also referred to as the King Shaka International Airport, north of Durban, Alcatel-Lucent regional... 

Consortium geared to complete airport project by 2010

By: Rozanne Cloete     27th June 2008 Engineering, procurement and construction consortium, the Ilembe joint venture (JV), is working hard to ensure that the new international airport at La Mercy, north of Durban, is completed in time for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. 

Construction company plays its part in Gautrain project

By: Jacqueline Holman     27th June 2008 Civil engineering contractor, Liviero Civils, has contributed to a range of works on the Gautrain rapid-rail link project at the Rosebank and Sandton stations. 

Gautrain to arrive on time, despite delays

By: Jacqueline Holman     27th June 2008 Despite being slightly behind schedule, there is no cause for concern that the Gautrain will not be completed according to schedule, assures Gautrain project leader Jack van der Merwe. 

Depot layout set for June completion

By: Jacqueline Holman     27th June 2008 Turnout technology company VAE SA is supplying the turnouts and part of the switching systems for the Gautrain rapid-rail link. The first 24 turnouts for the maintenance and storage depots have already been delivered and VAE SA engineering manager Mark Smith says that the installations within the... 

Rapid-rail link construction powers ahead

By: Jacqueline Holman     27th June 2008 Construction of the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link is progressing along the entire 80 km route. At the end of May, just over 6 km of the 15 km tunnel section of the Gautrain route had been excavated, and earthworks and construction of viaducts and bridges is taking place along the above ground sections... 

Medupi on track for 2012 power-up

By: Jacqueline Holman     20th June 2008 Power utility Eskom’s R78,6-billion Medupi power station, which will form part of the utility’s integrated strategic electricity plan, is currently on schedule and the first unit should be ready for commercial operation in April 2012, the company tells Engineering News. 

Coal mine grows to support new power station

By: Jacqueline Holman     20th June 2008 Diversified resources group Exxaro Resources’ Medupi project group’s vision for the Medupi project is to implement an unrivalled value creation project for all stakeholders through the excellence of its people and superior processes by using technology that will produce 14,6-million... 

Power station boiler contractors begin material procurement

By: Jacqueline Holman     20th June 2008 Power-equipment supplier Hitachi Power Africa’s involvement in the Medupi project is on schedule. The design of the boilers is well under way and Hitachi has begun material procurement, reports project manager Mark Marais. The planning and setting up of, and establishing of works is also on... 

Turbine power islands contract holds to schedule

By: Jacqueline Holman     20th June 2008 Power generation specialist Alstom, reports that its portion of the Medupi project is progressing well. Alstom’s South African president, Didier Farez, states that the R13-billion turbine power island contract was awarded to the company in September last year. 

Enabling civils work nears completion, despite rocky road

By: Jacqueline Holman     20th June 2008 The construction of the main platform and services for the Medupi power station is currently on track and the Lephalale project is going well, assures infrastructure development and waste management company Roshcon’s civil infrastructure GM, Nico Vermeulen. 

Transmission lines threaten ecotourism: action group

By: Jacqueline Holman     20th June 2008 Dispute rages over the routing of transmission lines from the new Eskom Medupi power station in Limpopo. Farmers from the Makoppa Environmental Action Group are appealing two decisions that have already been made about three 400-kV lines and are lobbying for more participation in the... 

Complimentary ticket fund to serve low-income fans

20th June 2008 The 2010 FIFA World Cup will mark a first in the institution of a new FIFA-initiated ticket-fund concept, which involves the distribution of complimentary tickets for the 2010 tournament, reports FIFA. 

Austrian manufacturer provide Soccer City facade

20th June 2008 The façade of the flagship 2010 FIFA World Cup venue, Soccer City Stadium in Nasrec, will be designed and constructed by European high-tech concrete architecture company Rieder Smart Elements, and metal materials manufacturer Valenta Metallbau. 

Government endorses Polokwane’s stadium progress

20th June 2008 The city of Polokwane has made tremendous progress in the development of the Peter Mokaba Stadium for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, announced South Africa’s Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, during her visit to Limpopo province in April, this year. 

PE stadium races to finish within extended deadline

By: Sylvester Haskins     20th June 2008 The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, in Port Elizabeth (PE), is set to be completed in time to meet the deadlines set by FIFA, after the world soccer governing body raised concerns about the pace of developments in the build of the new R1,2-billion stadium. 

Cape Town preparations hit the track to meet FIFA deadlines

By: Sylvester Haskins     20th June 2008 Cape Town's 2010 World Cup stadium venue, Green Point Stadium, is on track to be completed by December 14, 2009, six months before the July 11, 2010 World Cup kick off, reports the City of Cape Town. 

Transport infrastructure projects to support 2010 World Cup

By: Sylvester Haskins     20th June 2008 The Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe, in a 2010 Transport Project Inspection programme, undertaken in May last month, stated that the 2010 FIFA World Cup will serve as a catalyst to accelerate public transport improvements that would otherwise have been rolled out in the medium- to long-term. 

World Cup 2010 goal in sight for SA

20th June 2008 The 2010 FIFA World Cup preparations under way in South Africa, is arguably ahead of previous FIFA World Cup organisers and host countries dating back to the 1994 FIFA World Cup, said FIFA’s South African office head Ron DelMont, after the conclusion of a national inspection tour earlier... 

Five new stadiums on track for 2010

By: Sylvester Haskins     20th June 2008 A hive of activity is under way in nine South African cities selected as official hosts for the 2010 FIFA World Cup games and progress in the construction of the five new stadiums are on track to be completed in time to meet the deadlines set by FIFA, reports the world organising body. 

Durban stadium construction hopes to beat completion deadline 

By: Sylvester Haskins     20th June 2008 The construction of Durban’s 2010 World Cup stadium venue is progressing apace despite a worker strike that resulted in a 13-day delay last year, reports the city of eThekwini’s strategic projects unit and head of Durban’s 2010 preparations Julie-May Ellingson. 

Medupi coal supply mine defines 10-bn ton inferred resource

By: Jonathan Faurie     14th December 2007 The inferred resource at the Grootegeluk coal mine, which will be the sole supplier of coal to Eskom’s new power station, Medupi, is believed to be 10-billion tons reports Exxaro executive GM Ernst Venter.  

Supercritical boilers to improve efficiency at Medupi  

By: Jonathan Faurie     14th December 2007 The supercritical boilers that are being supplied to the Medupi power station will improve the power station’s operating efficiency says supplier Hitachi Power Africa’s MD Robin Duff. 

South Africa may be short of power for a decade

By: Bloomberg     14th December 2007 South Africa may be short of power for a decade while Eskom boosts electricity generating capacity in Africa's biggest economy, the state owned utility said. 

Eskom may increase capital spend

By: Bloomberg     14th December 2007 Africa's largest power producer Eskom has reported that its five-year spending plan may double to R300-billion as it accelerates projects and equipment costs soar. 

Medupi project could be a growth opportunity for power generation company

By: Jonathan Faurie     14th December 2007 The recent awarding of the R13-billion turbine contract for the Medupi power station to power generation and renewable energy company Alstom may present the company with an opportunity to establish a larger footprint in Africa, reports Alstom vice president global power sales Southern Africa... 

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