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Service delivery improved – pipe manufacturer

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd August 2012 Since March, there has been an increase in the delivery of basic services in some of the provinces of South Africa, with various water projects being undertaken, reports steel tube and pipe manufacturer Robor Pipe Systems sales director Gavin Fait.  

SA company to construct, install R2.8m tank in Mozambique

By: Gia Costella     3rd August 2012 South African bulk liquid and dry bulk storage-tank manufacturer Tanks 4 Africa, which is part of the global US-based tank manufacturer Tank Connection Affiliate Group, is preparing for the construction and installation of a R2.8-million 1 000 m3 fire-protection tank at a fuel depot in Beira, in... 

Insulation specialist introduces new developments to SA

By: Gia Costella     3rd August 2012 Hot and cold insulation specialist IPC Industries has started manufacturing prefabricated dome heads for vessels from rigid polyurethane foam (PIC), which it says is faster, compared with the materials previously used. The company focuses on developing new products and technologies from four core... 

Inside efforts to turn the tide on South Africa’s poor maths and science performance

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     3rd August 2012 It has become blindingly obvious to all South Africans that the prevailing deficiencies in basic maths and science education have become a major, if not the major, constraint in ensuring that the country’s human capital is fully aligned to the country’s economic growth and development goals,... 

Massmart to incorporate 1 500 black smallholder farmers into its supply chain  

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     2nd August 2012 South African retailer Massmart on Thursday launched its pilot Ezemvelo Direct Farm programme, in Limpopo, with the first fresh produce being harvested on farms near the Ofcolaco district, in Tzaneen, for Massmart stores. Butternut, tomatoes and green beans are among the crops harvested. 

SA, Swaziland reaffirm commitment to R17bn cross-border rail link 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2012 South Africa and Swaziland signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Thursday reaffirming their support of a new R17-billion, 146 km cross-border rail connection from Lothair, in Mpumalanga, to Sidvokodvo, in Swaziland. The link would divert general freight from the existing heavy-haul... 

Green retrofit showcases energy savings, lifestyle benefits 

By: Terence Creamer     30th July 2012 A case study into a recent retrofit of 30 low-cost houses in Cato Manor, in KwaZulu-Natal, shows that material energy and water savings can be made through the use of green-building techniques, such as solar geysers, ceiling insulation and rainwater harvesting. The study followed on from a... 

State

By: Asha Ramsaran     27th July 2012 Tender work arising from state contracts  

South Africa

By: Asha Ramsaran     27th July 2012 What’s On provides you with information about conferences, exhibitions, seminars, training courses and other events pertaining to general industry and the mining sector. To include information about an upcoming event, e-mail whats-on@engineeringnews.co.za with key details. 

COAL, RAIL, POWER

27th July 2012 A Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) locomotive pulling 100 wagons through a rapid load-out facility near Ogies, in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province. TFR is aiming to haul up to 77-million tons of export coal along its corridor from Ermelo to the Richards bay Coal Terminal, in Kwazulu-Natal, by March... 

Automotive components manufacturer diversifies business focus 

By: Chantelle Kotze     27th July 2012 KwaZulu-Natal-based automotive electronic components manufacturer Pi Shurlok, which is owned by JSE-listed Control Instruments Group, plans to diversify into the nonautomotive components manufacturing sector. 

Given tempo of technological change, we cannot predict far into the future with certainty

By: Kelvin Kemm     27th July 2012 A few days ago, I went flying in a helicopter in the evening. It was a beautiful evening, with still, clear air. We flew with the doors open and the view was fantastic. It was not my first helicopter flight but, before the flight, as I stood on the runway, looking at the large helicopter, I... 

Rail utility hopeful of meeting 77Mt coal target despite slow start

By: Terence Creamer     27th July 2012 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) is working to catch up export coal volumes lost during the first few months of its current financial year, which included a nine-day shutdown, in an effort to meet its 2012/13 budget of hauling up to 77-million tons to the privately-owned Richards Bay Coal Terminal... 

KZN taxis to be equipped with electronic fare collection systems

By: Irma Venter     27th July 2012 About 3 000 Kwazulu-Natal taxis are set to be equipped with electronic fare collection technology. 

Crooked officials must be punished – Gordhan 

By: Sapa     23rd July 2012 There must be consequences for municipal officials who break the law, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Monday. The government was developing mechanisms to ensure municipal officials involved in tender corruption and irregular spending were brought to book, he said. 

Durban rolls out e-ticketing bus solution

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th July 2012 A new electronic ticketing solution was officially launched in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday, offering commuters using People Mover and Durban Transport buses throughout eThekwini as cashless experience. KwaZulu-Natal Transport member of the executive council Willies Mchunu, who presided over the... 

South Africa

By: Asha Ramsaran     20th July 2012 What’s On provides you with information about conferences, exhibitions, seminars, training courses and other events pertaining to general industry and the mining sector. To include information about an upcoming event, e-mail whats-on@engineeringnews.co.za with key details. 

State

By: Asha Ramsaran     20th July 2012 Tender work arising from state contracts  

Engineering services provider expands its reach

By: Yolandi Booyens     20th July 2012 Bearing, gearbox and engineering services provider Drivetec is seeking partners in Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal to broaden its distribution of Switzerland-based bearing provider RKB’s range of products. 

Prasa pushing infrastructure modernisation ahead of fleet overhaul

By: Irma Venter     20th July 2012 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) is accelerating its infrastructure modernisation programme, in anticipation of the acquisition of new rolling stock, while also creating capacity for increased commuter demand, says group CEO Lucky Montana. 

Maphephethwa water treatment plant, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th July 2012 The project was completed in May this year. 

Coal-line export-channel expansion programme, South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th July 2012 Transnet Freight Rail is working to make up for export coal volumes lost during the first few months of its current financial year. 

Rail utility hopeful of meeting 2012/13 coal target after slow start

By: Terence Creamer     17th July 2012 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) is working to catch up export coal volumes lost during the first few months of its current financial year, which included a nine-day shutdown, in an effort to meet its 2012/13 budget of hauling up to 77-million tons to the privately-owned Richards Bay Coal Terminal... 

Poor service delivery crippling SA businesses 

17th July 2012 Poor government service delivery, including utilities such as electricity concerns; political uncertainty and crime were hindering business growth in South Africa, advisory services provider Grant Thornton said on Tuesday. In its International Business Report (IBR), the firm found that 59% of... 

Petmin secures mining extension for Somkhele

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th July 2012 Johannesburg- and London-listed junior miner Petmin has been granted a 20-year mining licence for an expansion to new mining areas at its flagship Somkhele anthracite operation in northern KwaZulu-Natal. CEO Jan Du Preez said that Petmin would start producing saleable product from the new mining... 

State

By: Asha Ramsaran     13th July 2012 Tender work arising from state contracts  

South Africa

By: Asha Ramsaran     13th July 2012 What’s On provides you with information about conferences, exhibitions, seminars, training courses and other events pertaining to general industry and the mining sector. To include information about an upcoming event, e-mail whats-on@engineeringnews.co.za with key details. 

Company targets renewable-energy sector

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th July 2012 Cable specialist Lapp Southern Africa plans to promote its Ölflex solar cables and accessories range in the South African market to cater for the growth in the country’s renewable energy power generation capacity. 

Property fund boosts assets to R1.7bn

13th July 2012 Synergy Income Fund has increased its property assets to R1.7-billion with four significant property portfolio acquisitions worth R280-million, since listing on the JSE six months ago. 

Energy return on energy invested 

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     13th July 2012 One of my readers (the only one?), Phillip Pare, sent this email: “In the June 15 edition of Engineering News, I read an article by Jeremy Wakeford, in which he talks about the energy return on investment which, he claims, averages about 18:1 for wind power.  

Bridge City rail link project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th July 2012 The new Bridge City rail link is currently the largest rail infrastructure development project in the Durban area. 

Retail passenger vehicle labour rates highest in Gauteng - report

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th July 2012 Gauteng is the most expensive region for retail passenger vehicle labour rates in South Africa, while the Free State is the least expensive province when it comes to labour costs, a recent labour rate research report conducted by market intelligence solutions provider to the automotive sector RGT... 

SA Express starts flights between Durban, Lusaka

12th July 2012 Deputy Public Enterprises Minister Bulelani Magwanishe on Thursday launched national carrier SA Express’ inaugural flight between Durban and Zambia’s capital Lusaka. The flight, which left Durban in the morning, was welcomed by the Zambian Ministers of Transport, Communication Works and Supply,... 

Sanyati business rescue plan delayed to July 18

By: Mariaan Webb     11th July 2012 Construction group Sanyati has delayed the publication of a business rescue plan to July 18, after it applied for the liquidation of its construction business unit. Sanyati, which remains under business rescue proceedings for the time being, originally planned to publish a business rescue plan... 

Solar roof construction at Vodacom building progressing 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th July 2012 The construction of a 500 kWp single-roof photovoltaic solar array on telecommunications group Vodacom’s Century City, Cape Town, building, was well under way, engineering and management consultancy WSP Group reported. The project, which was expected to be complete in August, comprised the... 

Company Announcement: New BMW showroom in KZN selects Johnson Controls’ turnkey York chiller solution

9th July 2012 The new BMW showroom on Edwin Swales Drive in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal will have an eye-catching double volume glass display frontage 

Durban University of Technology outlines growth plans

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th July 2012 The Durban University of Technology (DUT) on Friday said it planned to expand its existing infrastructure, establish new learning centres and partner with Further Education and Training (FET) colleges as part of its proposed growth strategy. Addressing Higher Education and Training Minister Dr... 

Steam thermocompressor to save costs for KZN sugar mill

By: Zandile Mavuso     6th July 2012 Steam jet equipment manufacturer Applied Vacuum has supplied a KwaZulu-Natal sugar mill with two steam jet thermocompressors to replace the mill’s mechanical vapour recompressor (MVR). 

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