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Big fall in DBSA disbursements partly attributed to renewables stand-off 

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2017 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) recorded a sharp fall in disbursements to R12.4-billion in 2017, from a record R17.1-billion in 2016, but has promised to "step up" its role as a catalyst of development in 2018, setting a R20-billion disbursement target for the year. The development... 

By blood or iron, we will protect our territory – meter taxi drivers

By: News24Wire      12th September 2017 Meter taxi drivers say they are willing to lay down their lives to prevent Uber drivers from invading "their territory". "There is nothing we can do but to protect our territory, whether by blood or iron. We will have to die because we are already dead," said meter taxi owner Oupa Skhosane. 

Public transport efficiency seen as key to scaling up user base

By: Dylan Slater     8th September 2017 More efficient public transport would not only go a long way towards attracting a larger user base, thereby reducing car owners’ reliance on private vehicles for their transport needs, but also assist in decreasing the prevalent trend of cars being used predominantly by one person, says... 

Mashaba launches R674m Sandton transport project

By: News24Wire      6th September 2017 A R674-million Sandton public transport loop, which apparently created 260 000 employment opportunities, was launched by City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba at the Sandton Gautrain station on Tuesday. Mashaba said the loop - which the city will pilot from September 18 and until December -... 

No change in Gautrain ownership – Vadi

By: African News Agency      23rd August 2017 Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi on Wednesday slammed an announcement by construction company Murray & Roberts that it would soon acquire a 50% ownership in the Gautrain. Vadi and the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) said Tuesday’s announcement by M&R was premature. 

M&R buys further 17% stake in Bombela Concession Company for R405m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd August 2017 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) will acquire a further 17% interest in the Bombela Concession Company (BCC) for R405-million, taking its overall stake in BCC to 50%. BCC was established to manage the design, partial financing, delivery, operation and maintenance of the Gautrain rapid rail link,... 

Gauteng Rapid Rail Integrated Network expansion project, South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th August 2017 The National Treasury is evaluating the expansion project's feasibility study. 

Gautrain rolling stock procurement programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     4th August 2017 The bidding process on the 12 new train sets to be supplied to the Gautrain rail system has started. 

CoJ incentivises new building developments through special rebates

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th July 2017 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) will offer special rebates to property developers undertaking new building developments in earmarked areas across the city in a bid to grow the economy and create jobs.   The CoJ recently implemented the new 2017/18 Property Rates Policy, in which the city... 

Gautrain expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi has said that national government will, in principle, support the expansion of the Gautrain system. 

Three bidders shortlisted for 12 new Gautrain train sets

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2017 Bidding on the 12 new train sets to be supplied to the Gautrain rail system will begin in August, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. “We have shortlisted three bidders and they will now submit their formal bids.” 

Uber, metered taxis accuse one another of intimidation tactics

By: News24Wire      18th July 2017 Meter taxi drivers and Uber drivers have levelled allegations of intimidation against one another as the recent clash between them intensifies. The Gauteng Provincial Metered Taxi Council has alleged that they were informed that Uber drivers were using various intimidation tactics such as the... 

Competition Commission launches inquiry into public transport sector

By: Anine Kilian     17th July 2017 The Competition Commission has launched a market inquiry into the public passenger transport sector following numerous complaints relating to public transport in the country.    The ‘Public Passenger Transport Market Inquiry’ was recently published in the Government Gazette and the commission is... 

Property development JV announces Sandton mixed-use precinct development

By: David Oliveira     14th July 2017 Property management company Abland and construction company Tiber announced earlier this week that they will join forces to develop the Sandton Gate mixed-use precinct, comprising office, retail and residential building space with the added benefits of highly convenient access, a vast choice of... 

Gautrain rolling stock procurement programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 Bidding on the 12 new train sets to be supplied to the Gautrain rail system will begin in August. 

New Gautrain rolling stock bidding process begins in August, says Vadi

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2017 Bidding on the 12 new train sets to be supplied to the Gautrain rail system will begin in August, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. “We have shortlisted three bidders and they will now submit their formal bids.” 

Italian forged railway products group makes R200m SA investment

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2017 Italian forged railway product manufacturer, Lucchini RS, in June officially opened its new manufacturing facility in Germiston, Ekurhuleni. The R200-million investment sees the company evolve from importer into local manufacturer. “Having actively traded forged railway wheels and axles in South... 

Funding a thorny issue as Gautrain boss pushes for 150 km network expansion

By: Irma Venter     16th June 2017 Gauteng faces large-scale urbanisation pressure, says Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe. “Around 547 people arrive in the province every day. At this rate, Gauteng’s population will far exceed 19-million people in 2037. Current population is around 13.5-million people. 

Funding a thorny issue as Gautrain boss pushes for 150 km network expansion

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2017 Gauteng faces large-scale urbanisation pressure, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe. “Around 547 people arrive in the province every day. At this rate, Gauteng’s population will far exceed 19-million people in 2037. The current population is around 13.5-million people. 

Funding a thorny issue as GMA pushes for Gautrain expansion  

     14th June 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Irma Venter about the Gautrain Management Agency’s proposed plans to expand the Gautrain rail service in Gauteng and how this could be funded. 

Construction costs in Johannesburg set to rise 7.5%

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th June 2017 Johannesburg has been ranked fourth among the top five global cities where construction costs will increase over the next year, with the cost of construction set to rise about 7.5% over 2017/18, against a global average of 3.5%, professional services company Turner & Townsend’s ‘International... 

Junk status impact on construction industry widely exaggerated

     6th June 2017 Dentons SA discusses the real effect of junk status on SA’s construction industry There has been highly publicised, widespread concerns about how South Africa’s downgraded status by international agencies will affect the local construction sector. Fears of non-payment, rising credit costs and a... 

Italian group invests R200m in local railway wheel plant

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2017 Italian forged railway product manufacturer, Lucchini RS, on Friday officially opened its new manufacturing facility in Germiston, Ekurhuleni. The R200-million investment sees the company evolve from importer into local manufacturer. 

Gautrain aiming to augment bus fleet with smaller vehicles

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 The Gautrain system will, in the next few months, go out on tender for a number of buses additional to its existing fleet, says Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe. “We would look at deploying smaller buses on additional routes, as well as some larger, more fuel-efficient buses. We... 

Ricoh SA embraces modern operations with new premises

     17th May 2017 Ricoh SA will move offices on May 26, 2017 from Bedfordview to 28 Milky Way, Linbro Business Park, Linbro.   The move consolidates the Pretoria and Johannesburg operations under a single roof while retaining all employees, including the warehouse, to reduce costs and improve service delivery,... 

New research facility enhances offerings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 Chemicals solutions provider Chryso Southern Africa (Chryso) has established a research facility in Jet Park, Johannesburg, to develop products specifically for the African market while offering regional testing services. Chryso CEO Norman Seymore tells Engineering News that South Africa has been... 

First trains built by Gibela enter commercial service

By: Anine Kilian     9th May 2017 President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday unveiled 13 new passenger trains to be operated by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) Metrorail division. The X’Trapolis Mega trains were built by the Gibela Rail Transportation Consortium and form part of those to be delivered under a... 

Gautrain looks to procure new, smaller buses 

By: Irma Venter     9th May 2017 The Gautrain system will, in the next few months, go out on tender for a number of buses additional to its existing fleet, says Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe. “We would look at deploying smaller buses on additional routes, as well as some larger, more fuel-efficient buses. We... 

Private investment key to Gauteng infrastructure development

By: Anine Kilian     4th May 2017 If Gauteng wants to achieve its objective of becoming a global city region, government must partner with the private sector to deliver infrastructure, Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile said on Thursday. Addressing delegates at the Gauteng Infrastructure Funding Summit, in Midrand, he said... 

Mobility Vision

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2017 Gauteng-based transport economist Andrew Marsay earlier in February detailed his vision for a high-density, high-value public transport system in South Africa, delivered in a presentation at the i-Transport and UATP conference, held in Sandton. Engineering News senior deputy editor Irma Venter... 

ASSA ABLOY Entrance systems supplies Besam automatic door systems to Rosebank Towers

     16th March 2017 ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems partnered with AOC Johannesburg and Reusable Walling Systems to install five safe, secure and convenient entrance and exit solutions at Rosebank Towers in Johannesburg. Besam door systems present a great entrance and exit solution for businesses such as Rosebank... 

Gautrain on par with global standards – RATP

By: Anine Kilian     10th March 2017 French-owned public transport operator Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) is confident that the addition of new rolling stock for South Africa’s Gautrain will generate significant benefits for the rapid-rail system. RATP is a shareholder of the Bombela Operating Company (BOC), which... 

Laas sees German group’s interest in M&R as ‘an opportunity, not a threat’

By: Irma Venter     10th March 2017 Murray & Roberts (M&R) CEO Henry Laas views ATM Holding’s acquisition of a 25.5% shareholding in M&R, as “an opportunity, not a threat”. “I’m pretty relaxed about what is happening.” 

Treasury approval sought for Gautrain expansion plan

By: Irma Venter     10th March 2017 The proposed expansion of the Gautrain rail system has the capacity to create around 211 000 direct jobs, says Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile. Speaking at the i-Transport and UATP Conference and Exhibition, in Sandton, in February, he noted that the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA)... 

Pursuit of better performance sees Gauteng split R44bn MTEF infrastructure spend

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th March 2017 Infrastructure and education have taken the largest slices of Gauteng’s R108-billion provincial budget for 2017/18, which this year included the addition of R10-billion to departmental baselines. Tabling the provincial budget in the Gauteng Legislature, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday, Finance MEC... 

Sandton is still on the rise and home to half of SA’s current commercial property development

     2nd March 2017 Nearly half of all the office development taking place in South Africa right now is happening in Sandton. Sandton Central is the epicentre of this development, which includes many of the most cutting-edge, exciting and innovation new buildings on the continent. The latest research in the South... 

First high-speed railway safety standards in South Africa 

     27th February 2017 A high speed railway system may not be on the cards for South Africa in the near future, however, GIBB, South Africa’s leading black owned multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firm, has given the country a head start by developing a suite of safety standards for the construction of such... 

15 Tons Of Recycled Polystyrene Used In New Table Bay Mall Construction

     27th February 2017 More than 15 tons of recycled, Expanded Polystyrene have already gone into the production of 20,000 Greenlite Concrete blocks used in the new Table Bay Mall that is currently being constructed. Expected to open its doors at the end of September this year, this 65 000 m² regional shopping centre... 

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