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Plans in place to stimulate industries for further economic growth

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 Being the second largest regional economy after Gauteng, the Western Cape is set on creating new industries as well as stimulating labour-intensive industries such as agroprocessing, marine culture, the green economy, tourism, and oil and gas to further grow the economy. 

The worst appears to be over for mining sector – Barloworld

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2016 For the first time in four years some green shoots are starting to appear in the mining industry, says Barloworld CE Clive Thomson. Discussing the JSE-listed group’s financial results for the year ended September 30, he says he believes the current cycle has reached its bottom. 

South African company buys Smit Amandla Marine 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st December 2016 African Marine Solutions Group (Amsol) has bought Southern Africa-focused specialist marine solutions provider Smit Amandla Marine from Netherlands-based maritime infrastructure company Royal Boskalis Westminster for €50-million, returning the company to South African ownership. Amsol is owned by... 

Things not 'hunky-dory' at Prasa, admits acting CEO

By: African News Agency      1st December 2016 The scope of a forensic audit into the embattled Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has been widened and now includes probes into R24-billion in contracts, the rail company’s acting chief executive Collins Letsoalo told MPs on Wednesday. Letsoalo, Prasa board chairman Popo Molefe, and... 

Things not 'hunky-dory' at Prasa, admits acting CEO

Gautrain bidder to be chosen next year

By: African News Agency      30th November 2016 A contract to supply new trains to Gautrain would be awarded`to a successful bidder in November next year, Roads and Transport MEC Ismael Vadi said on Wednesday. Three bidders, Bombardier Transport (Pty) Ltd, CRRC E-Loco Supply and Egoli Rail Consortium would submit their final bidding in In May... 

SA Taxi secures R300m in funding to take on Uber

By: Irma Venter     30th November 2016 SA Taxi has secured R300-million in funding from Futuregrowth Asset Management, which it will use to provide financing to the company’s Zebra Cabs owner-driver scheme. SA Taxi is South Africa’s largest financier of minibus taxis. It acquired Zebra Cabs metered taxis in 2015, motivated by the need... 

SA Taxi secures R300m in funding to take on Uber
Mark Herskovits

'Would you resign?' MP asks Sanral board chair over R1.6bn in irregular spending 

By: News24Wire      29th November 2016 The South African National Roads Agency's (Sanral) management style was described as "the blind leading the blind" during a meeting with MPs on Tuesday. The state-owned entity appeared before the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) for the second time this month, where it was again... 

'Would you resign?' MP asks Sanral board chair over R1.6bn in irregular spending

Latest Aviation Index for South Africa shows sector outperforming rest of economy

By: Keith Campbell     29th November 2016 The South African commercial aviation sector “is alive and well and outperforming most other sectors of the economy by a considerable margin” reported the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (Caasa) in a statement released on Tuesday. The release marked the publication of the... 

Latest Aviation Index for South Africa shows sector outperforming rest of economy

BRT bridge to be completed by end of February

By: Nadine James     25th November 2016 The 255-m-long bus rapid transit (BRT) bridge, which links Alexandra and Sandton, in Johannesburg, in Gauteng, will be completed by the end of February 2017, says engineering consultant Hatch. The Johannesburg BRT system, known as Rea Vaya, is to be extended through the establishment of BRT trunk... 

BRT bridge to be completed by  end of February
BUILDING BRIDGES The bridge linking the Alexandra township with the affluent Sandton region is a symbolic and practical way of addressing mobility issues that resulted from Apartheid-era spatial planning

CSIR investigates road applications for waste materials

By: Nadine James     25th November 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)  has been researching the use of alternative materials, including waste by-products, in road construction to reduce costs, enhance engineering properties and ensure the sustainability of the environment. CSIR Built Environment Transport... 

CSIR investigates road applications for waste materials
Photo by Duane Daws
THE BUS STOPS HERE Transport systems depend on the quality and sustainability of the associated infrastructure, therefore government has to invest in infrastructure to increase mobility and grow the economy

Eastern Cape SMMEs to manufacture dolosse for N2 refurbishment project

By: David Oliveira     25th November 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) announced last month the appointment of four small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the Eastern Cape to manufacture interlocking concrete blocks, known as dolosse. The roads agency, which has a responsibility to protect its... 

Rail freight system will benefit economy, reduce road maintenance

By: Nadine James     25th November 2016 To limit the damage to the national and provincial road networks – primarily caused by heavy-duty freight vehicles – and cut down on resulting maintenance, government should ensure that South Africa has a workable and reliable rail freight service, says auditing and consulting firm KPMG. KPMG... 

Rail freight system will benefit economy, reduce road maintenance
DE BUYS SCOTT The establishment of a workable rail infrastructure would stimulate job creation and economic growth during the construction phase of rail-related projects

SA business delegation explores opportunities at Central African ports

By: David Oliveira     25th November 2016 Research and consulting specialists Africa House led a business delegation to Central African port cities last month, to explore business opportunities in new port developments in Cameroon and the Republic of Congo. The business delegation comprised South African business development managers and... 

Siemens on schedule to complete PRASA’s Gauteng signalling project in early 2020

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th November 2016 International engineering company Siemens is on track and aims to complete its project scope for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) rail signalling system project in early 2020. Overall completion of Phases 1 and 2 of the Gauteng re-signalling project are at 83% and 33%... 

South African container trade remains under pressure

By: Irma Venter     25th November 2016 Expectations that South Africa’s container market would grow during the third quarter of the year proved incorrect, despite a slightly stronger rand, indicates the 2016 Q3 Maersk Trade Report. The report shows that the market declined by 6% year-on-year. 

Public transport development driven by lowest cost, not value, says ITSSA

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2016 South Africa’s transport procurement system is often driven by cost, rather than value, says Intelligent Transport Society of South Africa (ITSSA) CEO Dr Paul Vorster. “We tend to look for the lowest-cost supplier of services and equipment and not always the best value. The problem with this is... 

Public transport development driven by lowest cost, not value, says ITSSA

Consultants appointed to help government decide future course for SAA, SA Express 

By: Keith Campbell     22nd November 2016 A notice (NT008-2016) on the website of National Treasury has confirmed that a joint venture between Bain and Company South Africa and Abacus Advisory has been appointed the “professional service provider(s) for developing the optimal group corporate structure for the realignment of the... 

Consultants appointed to help government decide future course for SAA, SA Express
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Airbus A340-600 of SAA at OR Tambo International Airport

Some green shoots visible in mining sector, says Barloworld’s Thomson

By: Irma Venter     21st November 2016 For the first time in four years some green shoots are starting to appear in the mining industry, says Barloworld CE Clive Thomson. Discussing the JSE-listed group’s financial results for the year ended September 30, in Johannesburg, he said he believed the current cycle had reached its bottom. 

Some green shoots visible in mining sector, says Barloworld’s Thomson
Photo by Duane Daws
Clive Thomson

Automotive sales figures reflect decline, but there is hope

By: Aarifah Nosarka     18th November 2016 National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) president and Nissan Group of Africa MD Mike Whitfield tells Engineering News that the recent slight decline in light commercial vehicle (LCV) sales is “positive”, contrasting with the bigger decline in passenger vehicle... 

Direct route helping SA improve trade with India

By: David Oliveira     18th November 2016 According to the 2016 H1 ‘Maersk Group India Trade Report’, India continues to shine as one of the largest containerised trade markets, registering significant growth of 11% in the first half of the year, with extensive opportunities existing for South Africa–India trade going forward. Increased... 

M1 bridge rehabilitation projects’ completion delayed to late 2017

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th November 2016 The Johannesburg Roads Agency’s (JRA’s) M1 bridge rehabilitation projects will now only be completed towards the end of 2017, owing to unforeseen events, including sporadic labour unrest and geotechnical complications. Improvements to the Oxford and Federation bridges, as well as the M1’s Double... 

M1 bridge rehabilitation projects’ completion delayed to late 2017

Improved dispatch times reduce maintenance delays

By: Aarifah Nosarka     11th November 2016 Self-lubricating bearing manufacturer Vesconite Bearings is ensuring that its internally lubricated polymers and polymer bearings for fishing boats are exported faster to Mauritius to ensure prompt maintenance. “Vesconite Bearings has been engaging with its courier company to speed up delivery of... 

Improved dispatch times reduce maintenance delays
BOAT MAINTENANCE Internally lubricated polymer bearings for fishing boats increase maintenance intervals

Test flying in South Africa at a critical crossroads

By: Keith Campbell     11th November 2016 It is generally, if not universally, accepted, that the height of flying skill is embodied in the test pilot and the apex of air engineering ability in the flight test engineer. Despite huge advances in computer modelling and simulation, test pilots and flight test engineers still have a crucial... 

Test flying in South Africa at a critical crossroads

Joburg flash floods down to various causes - authorities 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th November 2016 Following heavy rains that led to flash flooding on key roads around Johannesburg on Wednesday afternoon, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has assembled a team of engineers to inspect its Gauteng network for damage. Sanral will also appoint engineers to investigate the... 

Joburg flash floods down to various causes - authorities

Transnet adds M&A to its growth agenda 

     10th November 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the highlights from Transnet's interim results, includings its R20-billion war chest for mergers and acquisitions and the latest developments around its capital programme. 

Transnet adds M&A to its growth agenda
Transnet adds M&A to its growth agenda

Stronger rand failed to boost Q3 container trade, says Maersk

By: Irma Venter     9th November 2016 Expectations that South Africa’s container market would grow during the third quarter of the year proved incorrect, despite a slightly stronger rand, indicates the 2016 Q3 Maersk Trade Report. The report shows that the market declined by 6% year-on-year. 

Stronger rand failed to boost Q3 container trade, says Maersk

Roads Agency Limpopo board to continue turnaround strategy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th November 2016 Limpopo Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure MEC Jerry Ndou has reappointed the Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) board for another three years, providing it with a mandate to continue turning the agency around. Ndou expressed gratitude for the agency's “rapidly improving financial situation”, which... 

Roads Agency Limpopo board to continue turnaround strategy

Most Transnet lenders agree to relax downgrade triggers

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2016 South Africa’s freight logistics utility Transnet has reached agreement with the majority of lenders to relax covenant triggers in respect of R30.1-billion in debt. These triggers would otherwise be brought into play in the event that South Africa is downgraded to junk in December. Transnet’s... 

Most Transnet lenders agree to relax downgrade triggers
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet CFO Garry Pita

Transnet sets up R20bn acquisitions war chest, as it pulls in capex horns 

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2016 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has set aside a R20-billion war chest for mergers and acquisitions inside South Africa and the rest of the continent, owing to “limited” prospects for organic growth domestically. Specific merger and acquisition (M&A) targets have been identified as... 

Transnet sets up R20bn acquisitions war chest, as it pulls in capex horns
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama on the group's R20-billion M&A war chest. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 7.11.2016

OR Tambo first African airport to implement digital security checkpoint  

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th November 2016 To improve passenger security and speed up the process of moving through airport security checkpoints, the OR Tambo International Airport will implement a new digital security system – the first airport in Africa to do so. The pilot implementation of the Scarabee smart security system, which uses... 

OR Tambo first African airport to implement digital security checkpoint
An Airports Company South Africa video explains how the new system will work. Video supplied by ACSA

Analogue gauges outweigh benefits of electronic instrumentation

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 The structure and robustness of analogue pressure-type gauges, coupled with the guaranteed availability of spare parts for locomotives in South Africa, outweigh the benefits of electronic instrumentation that has to be sent away for repair or recalibration, says pressure and temperature... 

Analogue gauges outweigh benefits of electronic  instrumentation
GAUGE PRODUCTION All SA Gauge gauges are sent for quality control before distribution

Armscor cancels intercontinental jet tender for Air Force

By: Keith Campbell     4th November 2016 South Africa’s defence acquisition, disposals and research and development agency Armscor has announced that it had cancelled the tender “for the lease of an intercontinental aircraft” for the South African Air Force (SAAF). This probably refers to the project to obtain a new Presidential VIP... 

Bearings manufacturer completes upgrades at the Port of Saldanha Bay

By: Victor Moolman     4th November 2016 Split roller bearing specialist OE Bearings installed 500-mm-diameter split bearings last month on the third of three stacker reclaimer bucket wheels at the Port of Saldanha Bay, in Western Cape. 

Bearings manufacturer completes upgrades at the Port of Saldanha Bay
SALDANHA BUCKET WHEEL Three of the bucket wheels at Saldanha Bay have been fitted with new split roller bearings from OE Bearings

Chinese group to supply electric buses, ancillary equipment for Cape Town’s MyCiti service

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2016 The City of Cape Town has awarded the tender for the procurement of ten electric buses and their necessary ancillary equipment for the MyCiTi service to the Chinese BYD conglomerate. A tender for the low-floor electric buses was advertised in February and awarded in September. 

Custom-made hoses to be used by railway groups

     4th November 2016 Benoni-based automotive tyre and industrial rubber products producer Dunlop Industrial Products has a high penetration in the African continent where it supplies custom-made solutions, such as the design and supply of vacuum and air brake hoses for State-owned utility Transnet, Passenger Rail... 

Custom-made hoses to be used by railway groups
CUSTOM MADE Dunlop Industrial Products supply custom-made solutions for railway groups and companies globally.

Locomotive fleet to benefit from electromotive diesel technology

     4th November 2016 A South African locomotive fleet that is powered by an electromotive diesel two piston V8, V12 and V16 diesel engine configuration will be the first to benefit from comprehensively equipped heavy diesel engine and component remanufacturing company Metric Automotive Engineering’s sophisticated... 

Locomotive fleet to benefit from electromotive  diesel technology
Photo by Duane Daws
IMPERATIVE STRATEGY Localisation of skills have been cited as a strategic imperative for the railway industry

Modified wagon designs to increase volumes per trip

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 By modifying construction materials and wagon design, original-equipment manufacturer Galison Group believes that the lighter weight of a wagon will significantly reduce transport and production costs, by enabling customers to increase their production volumes per wagon per trip. 

Modified wagon designs to increase volumes per trip
MODIFIED WAGON DESIGN The train system at Pulong copper mine will be a fully automated and driverless system

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