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Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th January 2018 The contract for designing and supervising the construction of the Polihali water transfer tunnel has been awarded. 

LHDA awards Polihali transfer tunnel design contract

By: Schalk Burger     10th January 2018 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has awarded the contract to design and supervise the construction of the Polihali water transfer tunnel – the largest of all the Lesotho Highlands Water Project Phase Two (LHWP II) engineering design contracts – to the Metsi a Senqu-Khubelu... 

Firm completes Soweto-based project

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2017 The design and construction supervision of roads, stormwater infrastructure and a bridge for the Elias Motsoaledi housing project, in Soweto, were completed last month, states Hatch Africa, Europe and Middle East highways and bridges practice lead, Leon Mbongwa. 

Trump to shrink Utah monuments holding artifacts, minerals

By: Bloomberg     5th December 2017 President Donald Trump said Monday that he’ll shrink two national monuments in Utah that contain stunning red-sandstone vistas, historic relics and energy resources, arguing his predecessor overstepped in protecting the land. Trump travelled to Salt Lake City for the announcement, and also met... 

Focus on environmental services boosts project sustainability

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Applying focused environmental services at every phase of any project ensures that opportunities to incorporate social and environmental aspects into the engineering design are flagged, which boosts the overall sustainability of the project, explains consulting engineering and project... 

SA municipal union worried about looming water cuts

By: African News Agency      29th November 2017 The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) on Wednesday said it was disappointed by the water and sanitation department's plan to cut off water supplies to defaulting municipalities. General secretary Simon Mathe described the move as "an evil plan" which would leave millions of South... 

Most entry-level vehicles lack sufficient safety features, warns AA

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2017 The Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) has released its second yearly Entry-level Vehicle Safety Report.   The report considers the safety features of 25 vehicles available in South Africa, priced under R160 000. This is R10 000 (6.7%) more than the vehicles considered last year, to... 

Kariba South Extension Project reaches 85% completion milestone

     9th October 2017 The Kariba South Extension Project on the Zambezi River is 85% complete, and is on track for completion in March 2018, reports Hatch, the Owner’s Engineer on the massive project. This flagship infrastructure project was initiated by the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) due to an acute power shortfall... 

Improving prices prompt Fortune to aim for bigger, more economic Nico development

By: Henry Lazenby     9th September 2017 With a bird in hand, Canadian project developer Fortune Minerals is considering to up the ante for its flagship Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The London, Ontario-based company late last month announced that its update of the 2014 feasibility study for... 

Feasibility update on Fortune’s Nico project delayed by laboratory congestion

By: Henry Lazenby     25th August 2017 Investors will have to wait a little longer to review an update of the 2014 feasibility study on project developer Fortune Minerals’ Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The London, Ontario-based explorer said on Thursday that the feasibility study update by... 

Station’s strategic location to improve corridor capacity

By: Simone Liedtke     4th August 2017 Rosmead station, in the Eastern Cape, was identified as strategic in improving operational capacity along the export corridor and forms part of Phase 1 of State-owned freight utility Transnet’s Port of Ngqura manganese export expansion project. 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 The project to lengthen and deepen two berths at the Durban Container Termnal has been approved. 

PRASA rail signalling system project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 A digital wireless communications system is being deployed to improve the Passenger Rail of South Africa's operations and run its transport systems more efficiently. 

Dominion is said to seek sweeter deal from Montana billionaire

By: Bloomberg     15th July 2017 Canada’s Dominion Diamond Corp is hoping Montana billionaire Dennis Washington will cough up a little more cash to buy the world’s third-largest producer of rough diamonds by value. However, the company – which has put itself on the block twice in the past two years – says there’s no guarantee a... 

Data and digitisation spur on innovation in the mining industry

     12th July 2017 Big data and analytics stand to play an increasingly important role in the future of the mining industry as latest trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT) spurs on continuous innovation. Only 1% to 5% of the data generated by the mining industry is actually used for prediction and... 

BEKA Schréder illuminates the Rea Vaya BRT Bridge over the M1 highway

     17th May 2017 Africa's leading manufacturer of energy efficient luminaires, BEKA Schréder, has recently completed lighting the BRT Bridge on the M1 highway. Rea Vaya's new route will form the backbone of Johannesburg's Louis Botha Development Corridor, connecting Alexandra not only to central Johannesburg but... 

BAIC unveils passenger car offering for SA

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2017 Beijing Automotive Industry Group Company (BAIC) has unveiled the passenger car that it hopes will secure its first customers in the South African market. The D20 compact hatchback and sedan range “is a boutique small car for the South African market”, says BAIC International VP Li Xiaofan. 

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. 

Winging it

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     28th April 2017 Not too long ago, I asked a young engineer to build an item of equipment. It was not very complicated; when the temperature rose above a certain level, a relay should close, which would energise a socket outlet to power a cooling device. At the same time, if the temperature fell below a certain... 

Wits opens R6m isotope geoscience laboratory

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th April 2017 A new R6-million ultraclean isotope geoscience laboratory has been launched at the School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). The Wits Isotope Geoscience Laboratory (WIGL), working closely with the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) Geology Department, aims to deliver a... 

BAIC introduces D20 range, second model to follow later this year 

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2017 Beijing Automotive Industry Group Company (BAIC) has unveiled the passenger car that it hopes will secure its first customers in the South African market. The D20 compact hatchback and sedan range “is a boutique small car for the South African market”, said BAIC International VP Li Xiaofan on... 

Consulting engineer develops process for projects

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 Project work for global engineering company Hatch’s Environmental and Social Services Group (Hatch ESSG) is picking up significantly, owing to its continual evolution of the Hatch project life-cycle process (PLP) that includes a strong focus on integrating the social, community and environmental... 

Congested cities lead the re-invention of the delivery vehicle

     21st February 2017 Hard-pressed small business owners are constantly performing balancing acts. On the one hand, highly competitive environments mean that they are forced to increase service levels and cope with pressure on margins. On the other hand, they are being forced to reduce costs so that they can meet... 

GOLDEN HATCH

     10th February 2017 The Chinese Lunar New Year, the celebrations for which began on Saturday January 28, ushered in the ‘Year of the Rooster’, which is associated with being trustworthy, punctual and confident. Pictured above is a gold chick figurine on display inside a Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group store in Hong... 

Former Alderon chief executive rejoins board

By: Henry Lazenby     25th January 2017 The former president and CEO of Canadian project developer Alderon Iron Ore, Tayfun Eldem, has rejoined the company’s board with immediate effect, replacing John Baker, who had been with Alderon since 2010. The TSX-listed company stated on Tuesday that Eldem was Alderon's president and CEO until... 

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. 

AECOM appoints new Strategy and Growth Director for Africa

     19th January 2017 AECOM appointed Fadzai Nyamasve as the Strategy and Growth Director for Africa from 1 January 2017. Nyamasve previously served as AECOM’s Strategic Projects Director for Buildings+ Places, and as the Client Account Manager for Transnet. Nyamasve is professionally trained as an electrical... 

New Year heralds several senior management employments

By: Henry Lazenby     4th January 2017 Early 2017 corporate activity saw a slew of senior management appointments being made by miners. TSX- and NYSE-listed Tahoe Resources has appointed former Goldcorp president and CEO Chuck Jeannes to the board effective January 1. 

Gorgon liquefied natural gas project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     15th December 2016 The Gorgon liquefied natural gas project has started domestic gas supplies to the Western Australian market. 

Henk Bester

     9th December 2016 This week we feature Henk Bester, MD of the Transportation directorate of Bigen, a solutions-driven infrastructure development group     

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... 

Results of passenger car product quality survey unveiled

By: Irma Venter     25th November 2016 Research house Ipsos has announced the winners in its newest Ipsos Passenger Car Product Quality Survey. The survey is voluntary, with 17 vehicle brands participating, representing 77% of the new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles sold through retail channels in South Africa. 

Toyota, Audi win big in Ipsos quality survey

By: Irma Venter     9th November 2016 Research house Ipsos has announced the winners in its newest Ipsos Passenger Car Product Quality Survey. The survey is voluntary, with 17 vehicle brands participating, representing 77% of the new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles sold through retail channels in South Africa. 

Hatch rises to challenge of Silo 20 Reinstatement Project at Majuba

     26th October 2016 The collapse of the upper section of Silo 20 at Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga, following a catastrophic wall fracture in November 2014, posed a significant design and engineering challenge for consultant Hatch. Eskom’s second-largest power station, Majuba has an installed capacity of 4 110... 

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... 

Jacobs Capital, partner invest R300m in recapitalising KZN hardboard manufacturer

By: Shirley le Guern     26th September 2016 Durban-based private equity firm Jacobs Capital and its partner Black Bird Capital are confident that investment of around R300-million will place struggling hardboard manufacturer Masonite back on its feet in the short to medium term.   The troubled company was placed in business rescue in... 

DCD completes winder build for Zambian mine

     19th September 2016 Vereeniging-based specialist manufacturer DCD Heavy Engineering – part of the DCD Group’s mining and energy cluster – is nearing completion on a two-year project to produce winder drums for a copper mine in Zambia. The contract was for two double-drum winders for hoisting rock and two single-drum... 

Deeper gets deadly for workers in ageing South Africa gold mines

By: Bloomberg     9th September 2016 Finding minerals in South Africa after more than a century of digging often means going deeper than ever before. Now, it’s also becoming deadlier. In a country that remains one of the biggest producers of gold, platinum and diamonds, 60 mining deaths this year through August was 20 percent higher... 

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