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Babcock’s plant division gives customers a lift

23rd April 2018 Babcock’s safety first philosophy has resulted in its plant hire business receiving two orders from Air Products South Africa (Pty) Limited to install two 88-tonne cryogenic tanks at its plant in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal. Following the first successful, incident-free heavy lift in 2017, Air... 

Mantashe stresses importance of partnerships for mining sustainability

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Wednesday stressed the importance of partnerships between mining companies and labour, as well as with communities, for mining to be sustainable. Speaking at the inaugural KwaZulu-Natal Mining Indaba, in Newcastle, he noted that such partnership would... 

Survey shows market confidence flat among general builders, civil contractors

By: Anine Kilian     4th April 2018 General building confidence, as measured by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) SME Business Conditions Survey, was flat at 36 index points in the first quarter of this year. Only Grades 3 and 4 reported lower confidence in line with weaker underlying indicators among general... 

Lack of carton collection reduces recycling processes

By: Victor Moolman     30th March 2018 Although paper and plastics packaging company Mpact has been processing liquid packaging successfully, not enough cartons are being collected to use for recycling. “Consumers don’t realise that liquid packaging, such as juice and milk cartons, are actually recyclable. We need to put in an effort... 

Renewability driving forest and paper industry

By: Victor Moolman     30th March 2018 Renewable commercial forests that supply the pulp, paper and board industry with wood fibre provide key environmental services and conserve our indigenous forests, says Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony. “Commercially grown trees have helped to... 

Oversight opportunity not to be missed

By: Terence Creamer     30th March 2018 One of the few positives arising from the disastrous period during which President Jacob Zuma occupied the Union Buildings is the fact that it appears to have woken up Parliament, albeit belatedly, to the oversight role envisaged for it in the Constitution. As Institute for Security Studies... 

DAF Trucks on the up

28th March 2018 Proving its performance and efficiency in pure numbers alone, the DAF XF 105.460 has firmly secured itself as the best current long-distance truck tractor in the South African transport market. The DAF XF 105.460’s outstanding fuel consumption was one of the leading factors that saw it take top... 

55 municipalities are dysfunctional – Mkhize 

By: News24Wire      20th March 2018 No fewer than 55 municipalities have been identified as distressed or dysfunctional, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Zweli Mkhize says. Mkhize announced on Tuesday that he would be deploying technical capacity experts who would provide support to municipalities in... 

Aucor commemorates its 50 years in business

19th March 2018 From humble beginnings in 1968, Aucor has grown into one of the most successful and experienced auction houses in southern Africa and the company is proudly celebrating its 50th birthday in 2018.   “This is an exciting time for Aucor to be celebrating its success and achievements over the past 50... 

Western Cape EMSS awards their top graduates

5th March 2018 Engen’s Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) held an awards ceremony held at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology on Saturday, March 3rd to celebrate the outstanding results of their top graduates.   Overall, the EMSS matric class of 2017 attained an impressive 94% pass rate, with the Cape... 

Davies welcomes Whirlpool’s R100m investment

By: Nadine James     2nd March 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has congratulated appliance manufacturer Whirlpool South Africa on its R100-million investment in a new manufacturing line that is expected to create about 100 jobs. The investment in the company’s plant, located in the Isithebe Industrial Park near... 

KwaZulu-Natal learners beat out the competition in Engen Maths and Science Schools class of 2017

22nd February 2018 The personal success of the two top learners nationally in the Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) Class of 2017 will be South Africa’s gain, as the pair chase their dreams of becoming an actuary and a doctor.   The hard slog was all their own, admit Makyle Naidoo and Nokwenama Gumede, but... 

Engen helped secure our success, say star Western Cape matrics

20th February 2018 Four standout Western Cape matriculants, all named among the top 50 in the province, say they have Engen’s Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) to thank for helping put them firmly on the path to career success.   Huda Adams, Shazia Amoo, Meeka-El Hendricks and Zakiyyah Petersen, began their tertiary... 

Sacrifice for your studies, top Gauteng matric advises class of 2018

15th February 2018 Gauteng’s top Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) 2017 matriculant Esther Shuping had two secret weapons to ensure her success – her mother Puleng Shuping and the brilliant EMSS teachers who helped her secure a clean sweep of straight As.   And although Esther begun her B. Pharmacy studies at... 

Eastern Cape matric walks the long road to his dream job

14th February 2018 Eastern Cape matriculant Lutho Jimana did not let his long daily walk to school, his overcrowded home where it was difficult to study, nor financial constraints due to his mother’s unemployment get in the way of studying towards his childhood dream job.   This month Lutho began his studies at... 

Lubricants manufacturer opens analytical centre

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th February 2018 Leading automotive and industrial products manufacturer G.U.D Holdings’ subsidiary, Indy Oil, has opened its analytical centre at its blending plant in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.  

Versatility still important as technology develops

By: Victor Moolman     2nd February 2018 While innovation is taking centre stage amid rapid technological development, gas equipment supplier Energas Technologies says versatility remains high on the checklists of manufacturers and end-users. The company has, therefore, supplied companies in South Africa with the Protectoseal Series... 

Aerotropolis scheduled for launch in Q1

By: Donald Makhafola     26th January 2018 The Durban Aerotropolis, with King Shaka International Airport at its nucleus, will be launched this year with Dube TradePort as the implementing agent. Dube TradePort CEO Hamish Erskine tells Engineering News that the implementation of the aerotropolis will involve establishing the funding... 

South Africa’s dam levels continue to drop

By: Anine Kilian     17th January 2018 South Africa’s dam levels continue to decrease, with data released by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), on Wednesday, showing that average dam levels had dropped from 60.2% last week to 58% this week. In the Western Cape, dams have reached critically low levels, with the average dam... 

PRASA New Rolling Stock Acquisition Programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     12th January 2018 Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has reported that commuters using the first of the new X’Ttrapolis Mega commuter trains are “extremely happy” with the new rolling stock. 

Order from Willowton Group continues 40 year business relationship with TAKRAF Africa

9th January 2018 Two Redler Chain Elevators ordered from key equipment supplier TAKRAF Africa by the Willowton Group in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, brings the number of machines supplied to this plant to more than 40 in a business relationship stretching back some 40 years. In addition to the 40, TAKRAF... 

Next 12 months crucial as PRASA prepares to receive new rolling stock

By: Irma Venter     8th January 2018 Commuters making use of the 18 new X’Ttrapolis Mega commuter trains, supplied by Gibela to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) are “extremely happy” with the new rolling stock, says PRASA strategic asset development group executive Piet Sebola. The Gibela Rail Transport Consortium... 

SA ruling party lauds exam results, but opposition, unions not impressed

By: African News Agency      5th January 2018 South Africa’s governing ANC on Friday applauded a higher pass rate from the 2017 school ending examinations, but opposition said the results were much weaker when factoring in a worryingly high dropout rate. The African National Congress said the National Senior Certificate examination results... 

ANC leadership race really a contest between Ramaphosa and Zuma  

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     15th December 2017 Twelve months ago, I had no doubt that  the national conference of the African National Congress (ANC) would elect Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as president of the ruling party and successor to President Jacob Zuma. Today, a day before the commencement of the conference, I am not so sure. In the past... 

Steel Awards 2017 confirms LSFB growth

24th November 2017 This year’s annual Steel Awards, hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction, showed excellent growth for the South African light steel frame building (LSFB) industry, with more than 25 000 m2 represented in category entries. The awards, which took place on September 13, saw 19... 

Saturday Schools programme celebrates ten years

By: Nadine James     24th November 2017 Global engineering and project management company Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa held celebrations across the country to mark ten years of investing in education through its Saturday Schools programme. These celebrations culminated in a function held at Kwabhekilanga Secondary School in... 

GirlCode floats ambitions of becoming world’s largest women's digital agency

By: Dylan Slater     23rd November 2017 Nonprofit organisation (NPO) GirlCode, which aims to empower women in the technology sector, on Thursday revealed its new programmes for 2018, as well as its Vision 2030 ambitions, which includes reaching ten-million women by 2030. GirlCode chairperson Zandile Keebine commented that reaching that... 

Continued apartment demand supports Balwin’s top-line growth in H1

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th November 2017 Despite a tough operating environment, residential property developer Balwin Properties continued to perform well in the six months ended August 31, with the group’s revenue up 19% year-on-year to R894-million. The increase was driven by good sales volumes, which were in line with forecasts,... 

Concor Infrastructure forges ahead with new construction projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th November 2017 Diversified infrastructure and services company Concor Infrastructure is halfway towards completing the additional 14-m-wide dual carriageway on the N2 highway between Mtunzini and Empangeni, in KwaZulu-Natal.  

Aberdare Cables

10th November 2017 Southern Africa’s largest cable manufacturer Aberdare Cables, established in 1946, offers cable design, product development, installation support, commissioning and diagnostic testing through its engineering services division. “Through our people and customer relationships, we deliver... 

Exxaro, Transnet sign coal export transportation agreement 

9th November 2017 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: Exxaro Resources has signed a ten-year coal export transportation agreement with Transnet, which will increase coal volumes from the Limpopo-based Waterberg region to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal, in... 

Cidb concerned over 140 000 construction job losses

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th November 2017 Construction Industry Development Board (cidb) monitoring and evaluation project manager Ntando Skosana on Tuesday described the loss of 140 000 jobs in the local construction industry between the first and third quarters of this year as “disheartening”. The construction industry is an important... 

PROTEC-engineering-education-35years-alumni-celebrations…

7th November 2017 PROTEC - a national non-profit career development programme for high school learners from disadvantaged communities – celebrates 35 years of uplifting education in South Africa this year. “To honour this milestone, PROTEC past graduates gathered at Alumni functions held in Gauteng and... 

Transnet resumes operations at Port of Durban after KwaZulu-Natal storms

By: African News Agency      2nd November 2017 State-owned freight and logistics company Transnet said on Thursday that 100% of marine operations at the Port of Durban have resumed following a violent storm in KwaZulu-Natal last month. Last month inclement weather left a trail of destruction in the country’s busiest port, the Port of Durban... 

We should avoid radical rhetoric and policies on land – AgriSA

By: News24Wire      1st November 2017 AgriSA believes progress is being made in the land reform debate in South Africa and that the country should steer away from radical rhetoric and policies. These were the views of Dan Kriek, the president of AgriSA during the launch of its national land audit on Tuesday. 

Wind energy sector still attractive to investors

By: Nadine James     27th October 2017 Shorter fabrication time, lower costs for parts, and increased repeatability and uniformity have led to impressive improvements in the wind energy sector, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa power director Dinesh Buldoo. “For instance, there is significant focus on advanced... 

Property developer launches SA’s first dual-certified property portfolio

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 Real estate investment trust (Reit) Growthpoint Properties has launched the first and only property portfolio in South Africa to be highly rated by the South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) and the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). The Thrive Portfolio combines quality and... 

11% of government departments may not be able to operate in future - AG

By: News24Wire      18th October 2017 Auditor General Kimi Makwetu has revealed in Parliament that 11% of government departments face "material uncertainty" about their ability to continue operating in future. Makwetu was reporting before the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa), the Standing Committee on Appropriations, and... 

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