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Surcotec’s thermal spray coating solutions has the Western Cape marine market covered

     26th May 2017 The marine industry is a notoriously harsh environment for equipment, parts and components due to accelerated corrosion in a seawater atmosphere and severe operating conditions. Leading thermal spray company, Surcotec, in partnership with Thermaspray, offers a range of high quality thermal spray... 

Transnet to shut Natcor line for maintenance

By: Anine Kilian     8th May 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) will on Tuesday begin its yearly maintenance shutdown along the key Natal Corridor (Natcor) rail line linking Gauteng to the Durban harbour. The line will operate a reduced service from May 9, but a total shutdown is planned for May... 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     5th May 2017 Forming part of a six-berth reconstruction project at the Port of Durban, berths 13 and 14 are now fully operational. 

Bulk carrier in multimillion-rand crash at Durban harbour 

By: African News Agency      4th May 2017 A ship has overshot its berth, smashing into and destroying a multi-million rand bulk loader in the Durban harbour, it was confirmed on Wednesday. A Transnet National Ports Authority pilot was aboard the MV Julian – as is compulsory in the Durban harbour – when it crashed at the bulk terminal,... 

Goodwoods and Torrens rail junction project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     28th April 2017 The project entails increasing the flow of freight by removing major pinch points in Adelaide’s rail freight and road networks. 

AfDB to review development of Senegalese power plant after complaints 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st April 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) will review compliance eligibility at the €206-million, 125 MW Sendou coal-fired power plant project, in Senegal, following several community complaints. Two groups raised eight similar issues with the bank, including an unviable government policy option to use... 

Abland starts earthworks at Atlantic Hills business park

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th April 2017 Earthworks and services installation have started for the first phase of a new 450 000 m2 industrial precinct in Durbanville, the Atlantic Hills business park, with the first tenant expected to take occupation in January 2018, construction company Abland says. The first phase will involve the... 

Moz plant illustrates rapid commissioning potential of gas engines

By: Dylan Slater     14th April 2017 Electricity generation using gas as a fuel has great potential to meet the growing needs of many African countries, especially with a peaking-plant application, according to Cape Town-based engineering firm MTU South Africa, a subsidiary of UK-based engines, propulsion systems and distributed... 

Transnet calls for private sector support in funding South Africa’s logistics infrastructure

By: Shirley le Guern     4th April 2017 Transnet cannot foot the entire R400-billion bill for logistics infrastructure alone. At least 25% should come from the private sector, which has sufficient funds “sitting and being lazy” on its balance sheets,Transnet CE Siyabonga Gama told delegates at the eThekwini Maritime Cluster’s annual... 

Goscor Cleaning Equipment appoints Elso as its Namibian distributor

     23rd March 2017 Goscor Cleaning Equipment (GCE) is extending its footprint in the mining and retail sectors in Namibia with the appointment of Elso Holdings as its official distributor, with effect from the beginning of the year. One of the oldest, most environmentally-aware cleaning-product manufacturers in... 

Export orders continue to flow for home-grown mobile load simulator

By: Dylan Slater     17th March 2017 The Mobile Load Simulator (MLS), designed and developed locally for the testing of the load-bearing capacity of highways and airport runways, was recently completed and exported to a client in China.  

Products supplied by A.B.E Construction Chemicals were successfully applied to create and coat floors in four parts of Southern Africa.

     9th March 2017 A.B.E. Is part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group. The A.B.E. Products supplied were: 

Proposals for development of Cape Town’s Foreshore Freeway precinct put on display

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th March 2017 Six private-sector proposals for the development of 6 ha of city-owned land in the Foreshore Freeway precinct – located under and between the existing and unfinished highways between the city’s northern edge and the Cape Town harbour – are on display at the city’s civic centre for public comment.... 

S Africa aims to improve poor maintenance of railway infrastructure

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd March 2017 The inability of local rail infrastructure to attract sufficient revenue has led to a deficiency in the required sustaining capital necessary for its maintenance, says professional services consultancy WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff infrastructure and transportation divisional director Vishaal... 

Slave labour

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     3rd March 2017 Thomas Brassey and William Mackenzie built the greater part of the Paris and Rouen Railway. They were British. Their firm got the job because the French contractors were too expensive. Between 1841 and 1844, they built about 700 km of railway line in France. Very little of the work was done with... 

East London IDZ attracts multibillion-rand investment

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 Since it was established in 2002, the East London Industrial Development Zone (Elidz) has attracted more than R7.3-billion in private-sector investment from 45 investors.  

Expansion project to support economy and create job opportunities

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2017 Professional and technical services firm AECOM will oversee the construction of the Tema Port expansion project in Ghana for Meridian Port Services (MPS), operator of the container terminal at the existing adjacent port. The project is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2019. 

Quay wall construction completed in Durban

     17th February 2017 Specialist geotechnical contractor Franki Africa has completed construction of a 175-m-long quay wall with a draft of 12.3 m for marine engineering company Dormac’s new floating dock at its marine works facility in Durban. 

Plastics|Sa Clean-Up Crews Tasked With Keeping Cape Town Beautiful During Three Major Events

     13th February 2017 Proud event greening partner of the Cape Town Cycle Tour, SA Navy Festival and Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon The Plastics|SA Clean-Up Crew has been tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that the routes and surrounding areas for three of Cape Town’s biggest spectator events are kept clean... 

Technology and environmental issues favouring LNG

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2017 With preferred bidders for the gas-to-power projects scheduled to be announced by government at the end of next month, the Southern African Gas Association (Saga) believes that there is a sense of urgency and willingness to adapt to using liquefied natural gas (LNG). 

Uganda says funding secured for new standard-gauge railway line

By: John Muchira     3rd February 2017 As Kenya gears up to commission the first phase of a standard-gauge railway (SGR) line running from the coastal city of Mombasa to Nairobi, the capital city, in June, neighbouring Uganda has closed financial agreements with Exim Bank of China for the construction of its own SGR line, which will... 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th January 2017 A a significant milestone has been celebrated at the Port of Durban, with the Maydon Wharf precinct having serviced Bright Sky, the first vessel to use the common-user Berth 14 after its reconstruction. 

First phase of new medical precinct in Cape Town completed

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th December 2016 The new flagship Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital has been opened in Cape Town’s central business district (CBD). The 16-storey building, with about 30 000 m2 of floor space, will comprise 248 beds, of which of 61 will be used for intensive care and high care. 

Desalination helps South32’s KZN aluminium smelter beat water woes

By: David Oliveira     9th December 2016 To ensure sustainable operations in drought-stricken Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, diversified miner South32 has invested R74-million in a seawater desalination plant that uses membrane technology to produce cooling process water for its Hillside aluminium smelter. The diversified miner appointed... 

No Room For Safety Slip-Ups When Times Are Hard

     5th December 2016 Managing risk of incidents in the workplace has become even more vital as margins get thinner under tough economic conditions and there is no longer room for error, according to Elaine van Rooyen, marketing manager at Andrew Mentis. “Few businesses can afford safety-related lawsuits during a... 

Cape Town harbour’s Alfred Basin

By: Jade Davenport     25th November 2016 Given that Cape Town was the most important port on the sea route between Europe and the East, for the first half century that the British administered this strategic maritime jewel, it is surprising that little effort was made to develop any infrastructure that could transform Table Bay into a... 

South Africa's first official civil engineer

By: Jade Davenport     18th November 2016 Following Britain’s annexation of the Cape at the turn of the nineteenth century, a number of measures were implemented, including the introduction of a new currency and the removal of all restraints on the trading of goods, which had the effect of stimulating trade and the economic life of the... 

Calais Port 2015 project, France

By: Sheila Barradas     11th November 2016 The project will enable the Port of Calais to double its current capacity of ten-million passengers. 

Red Metro line extension and upgrade project, UAE

By: Sheila Barradas     4th November 2016 Expolink, a consortium led by Alstom, and includes ACCIONA has signed a contract with the UAE Roads & Transport Authority to design and build the extension of Dubai’s Red metro line and upgrade the existing line. 

Local biotech perceptions survey shows improved awareness

By: Anine Kilian     1st November 2016 It is estimated that the economic gains from biotech crops in South Africa in 2013 alone was $313-million, which shows that biotechnology, or genetically modified organisms (GMO), has a positive economic impact on South Africa, according to Department of Science and Technology director-general... 

Rehabilitation of ‘overlooked’ Port Nolloth harbour under way

By: Dylan Slater     28th October 2016 State-owned logistics company Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has commenced with a multimillion-rand port infrastructure rehabilitation project at the small domestic seaport of Port Nolloth, on the north-western coast of South Africa.  

The battle to tame Table Bay – Part 2

By: Jade Davenport     28th October 2016 Being strategically located halfway between Europe and the lucrative spice route of the East, the Cape of Good Hope was certainly a jewel in the crown of any maritime trading empire. This was especially the case in the era prior to the opening IN 1869 of the Suez Canal, an engineering marvel that... 

Townsville port expansion project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     28th October 2016 The project aims to accommodate forecast growth in trade at the Townsville port and address current capacity constraints. 

China visit helps Duterte reap funding deals worth $24b 

By: Bloomberg     22nd October 2016 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will bring home $24-billion worth of funding and investment pledges from his four-day visit to China as both nations agreed to resume talks and explore areas of cooperation in the South China Sea. China will provide $9-billion in soft loans, including a... 

SA withdrawal from ICC warrants urgent Parliamentary debate – IFP 

By: African News Agency      21st October 2016 The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) on Friday said South Africa’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) warrants an “urgent parliament debate”. The IFP said its parliamentary Chief Whip and member of the Judicial Services Commission, Narend Singh, wrote to the Speaker on Friday... 

TNPA Women Scoop Coveted Awards

     20th October 2016 Transnet National Port Authority women flew the flag high at the Women in Transport Awards which took place at the Durban ICC on 18 October 2016. The Women in Transport Awards is a collaborative platform co-located with the African Ports Evolution conference and exhibition, and is dedicated to... 

Bigen Africa appoints Henk Bester to lead Transport directorate

     19th October 2016 Solutions-driven infrastructure development group, Bigen Africa, has appointed Henk Bester as Managing Director of its Transport directorate. Bester, formerly managing director of rail at Hatch Consultants, will play a key role in driving the group’s business development goals, which include... 

Pioneering efforts to tame Table Bay

By: Jade Davenport     14th October 2016 The Port of Cape Town may not be the largest, busiest or even oldest anchorage in Africa, but it certainly is the most historically famous and strategic of them all. Yet the irony is that Table Bay, the marine basin in which the harbour is located, was, in its natural state, actually a poor... 

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