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Prudent capital allocation keeps Balwin performing in H1 despite challenging climate

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th October 2018 JSE-listed housing developer Balwin Properties handed over 1 058 residential units, which contributed to a 33% increase in revenue to R1.19-billion for the six months ended August 31. An average unit selling price of R1.12-million was achieved, compared with R1.2-million in the same period of... 

Numsa plastic sector workers to strike over wages

By: African News Agency      15th October 2018 Thousands of National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa are expected to strike in more than 450 companies in the plastic sector on Monday over wages and benefits, the union said. Numsa said these workers had, until 2016, enjoyed the same rights and benefits as those in engineering, but the... 

AfriCanopy to deploy low-cost Internet to rural KwaZulu-Natal in TV white space trial

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th October 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has approved plans for telecoms start-up AfriCanopy to embark on an eight-month commercial trial of television white space (TVWS) devices. AfriCanopy will now deploy high-speed, low-cost broadband using its new telecoms technology... 

KZN MEC unveils 25 planned projects to attract R200bn investment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th October 2018 KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala on Friday unveiled his portfolio of investment opportunities, which will result in R200-billion being pumped into the province’s economy over the next few years. Addressing captains of industry during an... 

Company offers new range of equipment

By: Halima Frost     12th October 2018 Power equipment and tool supply company Hire It launched its locally assembled range of small plant construction equipment, called Kwagga, following a need for cheaper and more readily available equipment by industry. Launched in August, Hire It sales director Richard Fraser says stock to the... 

Cranes used for heavy lifting on N2 upgrade

12th October 2018 Midrand-based crane rental agency Concord Cranes deployed equipment manufacturer Liebherr’s 440T mobile cranes to the N2 Mtunzini-to-Empangeni upgrade project in KwaZulu-Natal for main client the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral). According to Sanral, this has been acknowledged... 

Speciality textiles firm to produce flame-resistant fabrics for Africa

By: Schalk Burger     12th October 2018 South Africa-based speciality textiles manufacturer Gelvenor Textiles will produce flame-resistant Nomex and flame- and arc-resistant Protera fabrics to be distributed in Africa in partnership with industrial multinational DuPont, says Gelvenor Textiles CEO Dicky Coetzee. The company underwent 18... 

Jasco moves from planning into execution as it tweaks strategy

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th October 2018 New Jasco CEO Mark van Vuuren has implemented a few tweaks to the company’s already solid strategy to bring about a new sense of purpose. The group, which continues its recovery after returning to profitability in 2016, aims to build a sustainable profitable business by directing the corporate... 

SBS Tanks

12th October 2018 SBS Tanks is a proudly South African company, passionate about local business. Born from humble beginnings in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), it now manufactures its own 3.3-million litre reservoirs. The company employs over 150 staff across South Africa and its job retention rate over the past 20 years of... 

Durban Container Terminal: Pier 2 North Quay berth deepening project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     12th October 2018 Transnet plans to create deeper berths at the Durban Container Terminal Pier 2’s North Quay to enable the Port of Durban to accommodate newer-generation container vessels. 

Air Products launches centralised acetylene facility 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th October 2018 Air Products has invested more than R90-million into a centrally located dissolved acetylene facility in Midvaal and decommissioning its two existing plants in Kempton Park, in Gauteng, and Pinetown, in KwaZulu-Natal. The company officially unveiled the new central facility on Thursday. 

Equites reports solid growth in H1 distributions a share, strategic acquisitions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th October 2018 Despite a challenging economic climate, JSE-listed real estate investment trust Equites Property Fund's portfolio continued to perform well during the six months ended August 31, which translated into an 11.7% year-on-year growth in distributions a share. Distributions a share for the period... 

Park Square: A Landmark Designed With People In Mind

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th October 2018 Park Square, uMhlanga’s newest business and lifestyle development is due to open its doors in November 2018. Interfacing beautifully with its surrounds, the development offers a future-forward, people-centred destination where the surrounding communities and professionals can shop, work and... 

Emira concludes portfolio rebalancing with BEE deal, acquisition of Transcend stake

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th October 2018 Emira Property Fund is selling a sizeable R1.8-billion portfolio of 25 office assets to a new majority black-owned entity, Shankly Property Investments, which was specifically set up for this purpose. This concludes the diversified real estate investment trust’s (Reit’s) programme of rebalancing... 

Construction on Phase A of R1.4bn Umgeni commercial development nearing completion

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th October 2018 Construction on the R1.4-billion Umgeni Lifestyle and Deco Park is under way, with completion of Phase A expected this month and the grand opening set for November 1. This commercial concept is a first-of-its-kind for this region, presenting a safe landscaped zone with green spaces and walkways... 

Emira concludes major portfolio rebalancing with landmark R1.8bn BEE deal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th October 2018 Emira Property Fund is selling a sizeable R1.8-billion portfolio of 25 office assets to a new majority black-owned entity, Shankly Property Investments, which was specifically set up for this purpose. This concludes the diversified real estate investment trust’s (Reit’s) programme of rebalancing... 

Concord Cranes supports refurbishment of 102-m-high digester jib crane

8th October 2018 Concord Cranes has deployed its advanced lifting services and expertise to assist with the refurbishment of a fixed digester jib crane in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal. This complex project, involving what is deemed to be one of the highest structures in the region, was completed in May 2018. The... 

Kemach JCB’s commitment to service builds long-term customer relationships

5th October 2018 Kemach JCB’s strong service ethic provides a solid foundation on which the company builds and maintains sound long-term relationships with customers like Lusthof Civil & Plant Hire. Founded by Anton Schonken, Lusthof Civil & Plant Hire specialises in quarry and gravel road building projects,... 

Nzimande wants urgent report on Kempton Park train crash

By: News24Wire      5th October 2018 Transport Minister Blade Nzimande wants an urgent report on the Kempton Park train crash after 320 people were injured in the collision between two trains on Thursday. Nzimande is seeking answers from the Rail Safety Regulator (RSR), his spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi said on Friday. "Minister... 

Ntshonweni Urban Development, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     5th October 2018 Tongaat Hulett has been given approval to break ground on the first phase of the project. 

Ports’ Customer Forum seeks to align Eastern Cape planning

4th October 2018 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) hosted port clients and representatives of government, business and industry at the Nelson Mandela Bay ports’ Customer Forum on 28 September in the Port of Ngqura. The session aimed to align TNPA’s plans to meet the business requirements of port users.... 

Integrated Solutions Key To Growing Africa’s Power Generation

4th October 2018 As African countries work to develop their power generation capacity in the most cost effective ways, the key will be to find integrated solutions that attract investment throughout the value chain. According to Alastair Gerrard, integrated solutions executive at Zest WEG Group, the energy sector... 

Jaguar I-Pace EV drives from JHB to Durban on two charges 

By: Irma Venter     3rd October 2018 Jaguar has successfully completed the long-distance journey between Johannesburg and Durban in its all-electric I-Pace, using the recently announced Powerway network to charge the vehicle. The pre-production Jaguar I-Pace, in South Africa for testing and homologation purposes, began its trip with... 

Family Values and a Shared Passion for Africa Shine in New South Africa Partnership

3rd October 2018 Haver & Boecker Enters Joint Venture with   South Africa-Based Portland Packaging (Pty) Ltd 

Sumitomo Rubber Unveils R970 million Tyre Production Facility in Ladysmith

2nd October 2018 Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (PTY) LTD (SRSA), manufacturer of the popular Dunlop, Sumitomo and Falken tyre brands, officially launched its new, state-of-the-art Truck and Bus Radial (TBR) factory in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday, 02 October 2018. This second phase of SRSA’s... 

Umhlanga’s N2/M41 Interchange – Connecting Communities, Improving Lives

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st October 2018 Roads are the hallmark of a progressive society and have profound impacts on the communities they serve. The almost complete Mount Edgecombe N2/M41 Interchange at uMhlanga on KwaZulu-Natal’s rapidly expanding North Coast, is one such development that will have a significant impact on this area’s... 

Babcock and ZAC partnership a success story

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st October 2018 Striving to find effective, flexible solutions to customers’ unique needs underpinned Babcock’s recent partnership with Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC). Earlier this year ZAC celebrated an impressive average of 5 000 machine hours worked in the space of just one year, with zero downtime while... 

Layher (Pty) Ltd

28th September 2018 Established over 70 years ago, Layher is the world’s largest producer and innovator of high-quality system scaffolding. Since its establishment, Layher has pioneered advanced scaffolding systems and is consistently at the forefront of innovation, safety and quality. All Layher material is... 

N2 Wild Coast Toll Road megabridges project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th September 2018 The tender for the Msikaba bridge has been awarded. 

AfDB extends R2.87bn loan to Eskom to expand its transmission network

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th September 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a R2.87-billion loan for South Africa’s State-owned power utility Eskom for the upgrade and expansion of its transmission facilities. The funding supports the Eskom Transmission Improvement Project (ETIP), which will see the construction of 555 km... 

The lights are on at Sibaya Coastal Precinct!

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2018 The first residents of Sibaya Coastal Precinct are officially taking occupation of their brand new residences in OceanDune, and the lights are effectively on in the highly anticipated Precinct which is developing at a rapid rate along the M4! Tongaat Hulett Development Executive, Dayalan Chetty... 

PRASA 'indefinitely' suspends trains in KZN

By: News24Wire      25th September 2018 There will be no trains in the entire province of KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) confirmed to News24 on Monday evening. PRASA provincial spokesperson Zama Nomnganga said they have indefinitely suspended all their operations in KZN. "Yes, we have done... 

Concord Cranes gives a lift to N2 Mtunzini-to-Empangeni upgrade

21st September 2018 Our impressive 440T mobile cranes were deployed on the N2 Mtunzini-to-Empangeni upgrade project in KwaZulu-Natal for main client SANRAL. Construction commenced in 2016 and completion is due in 2019. According to SANRAL, this has been acknowledged as one of the largest road infrastructure... 

Company eyes expansion into Africa

By: Evert Wasserman     21st September 2018 Owing to its ability to adhere to State-owned power utility Eskom’s stringent electrification infrastructure requirements, electrical solutions and engineering provider Gridbow has expanded its services into other African countries. “Contrary to popular belief, Eskom has very stringent rules with... 

First corrosionproof AHU developed

By: Paige Müller     21st September 2018 After significant research and development into a new air handling unit (AHU), Pietermaritzburg-based air conditioning contractor TROX South Africa now offers the market the non-metallic XeCube AHU, which has a high level of structural integrity, is impervious to corrosion and is significantly... 

Kelvin power station coal-to-gas conversion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st September 2018 A feasibility study has been initiated into the prospect of converting the Kelvin power station into a 450 MW to 600 MW gas-fired power station. 

Engen Ballito gets a Woolies Foodstop

20th September 2018 The people of Ballito in KwaZulu-Natal are set to reap the yummy goodness of a 24-hour Woolworths Foodstop, which has been added to the recently upgraded Engen Ballito. Engen Ballito is located on Douglas Crowe Drive, Dolphin Coast.  The new Woolies food offering was officially opened on 13... 

Shedding Light on Durban’s Emerging Aerotropolis

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2018 There is currently much being said about Durban’s emerging aerotropolis. Mooted to spearhead significant economic and social transformation in KwaZulu-Natal, it is worth unpacking exactly what an aerotropolis is and what the benefits to the province will be. An aerotropolis is a strategic,... 

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