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New Rolling Stock Procurement Programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     26th April 2012 On April 19, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa formally opened the request for proposals process for the R123.5-billion New Rolling Stock Procurement Programme. 

Prasa opens bidding process for new Metorail coaches

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     19th April 2012 The launch of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (Prasa’s) request for proposal (RFP) for new rolling stock marked the dawn of a new era for public transport in the country, said Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele. The Minister on Thursday formally opened the bidding process for the... 

Transnet follows up Durban airport acquisition with initial dig-out tenders

By: Terence Creamer     18th April 2012 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has followed up its recent R1.8-billion purchase of the old Durban International Airport site, in KwaZulu-Natal, with the release of a number of separate tenders in support of its proposal to develop, in phases, a new dig-out port on the property. The... 

Company Announcement: Corobrik’s Fireside Travetine Blends with the Environment at Umdoni Retirement Village

16th April 2012 Aesthetic appeal, low maintenance costs and increased comfort were key requirements during the design and construction of the beautiful Umdoni Retirement Village in Pennington on the South Coast of KwaZulu Natal 

NFTN converting learnership programme into artisan programme

By: Samantha Herbst     13th April 2012 The industry-led, government-funded National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) and its stakeholders are, under the guidance of the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority, in the process of converting the accredited foundry qualification learnership... 

Rail enterprise reveals long-term growth plans 

13th April 2012 State-owned enterprise the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (Prasa’s) Vision 2015 plan aims to position it as the top public transport provider in high-volume corridors.  

DoC moves closer to digital television broadcasting 

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th April 2012 Communications Minister Dina Pule on Thursday said South Africa was a step closer towards migrating to a digital terrestrial television (DTT) regime with the start of the migration from analogue broadcasting to digital television. The Department of Communications (DoC) was expected to switch on... 

Nissan to sell Infiniti premium cars in SA, plans on the table for taxi, budget markets

By: Irma Venter     12th April 2012 In a move to expand its product offering into all segments of the new-vehicle market, Nissan South Africa (Nissan SA) said on Thursday that it would bring the luxury Infiniti brand to domestic showrooms. “We are thrilled to be bringing Infiniti to South Africa and we are confident that it will... 

Company Announcement: Esorfranki Donates R600 000 To Wits Science Stadium

11th April 2012 Esorfranki, one of South Africa’s benchmark civil engineering and construction companies, providing specialist geotechnical services, roads, earthworks, civil and pipeline construction, recently donated R600 000 to the Wits Science Stadium. 

Keaton reports significant production increases

By: Henry Lazenby     11th April 2012 With two operational collieries in South Africa, JSE-listed coal producer Keaton Energy on Wednesday said it had significantly increased coal production “across the board” during the financial year ended on March 31. The company’s Vanggatfontein colliery, in Mpumalanga, delivered 955 376 t of... 

Van Schalkwyk unveils rural tourism strategy  

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th April 2012 A new tourism strategy, released by the National Department of Tourism (NDT) on Wednesday, emphasised the development of rural tourism in stimulating job creation and economic benefits. Speaking at the release of the National Rural Tourism Strategy, Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said the... 

Company Announcement: Substantial Across-The Board Production Increases in FY 2012

11th April 2012 Keaton Energy, in a production update released today, reports substantial across-the-board production increases from its South African operations in the financial year ended 31 March 2012.  

Commodity lines to receive boost from R300bn Transnet plan 

By: Terence Creamer     10th April 2012 About one-third, or around R100-billion of Transnet’s R300-billion, seven-year rolling capital investment programme will be directed towards the upgrade and expansion of South Africa’s key commodity export corridors. It was confirmed on Tuesday that some R50-billion had been set aside for the... 

Transnet’s R300bn capex plan shifts focus from maintenance to expansion 

By: Terence Creamer     10th April 2012 State freight logistics group Transnet says it will shift its capital expenditure (capex) focus over the coming seven years from maintenance expenditure to expansionary investments and spend R300-billion on rail and ports projects across South Africa over the period. During the previous... 

Company tests CNG-driven forklifts

6th April 2012 Forklift and lift trucks distributor Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) says it has developed an energy efficient compressed natural gas- (CNG-) driven forklift. 

Second Phelophepa health train set to reach 370 000 patients a year 

By: Dimakatso Motau     6th April 2012 South African transport utility Transnet has launched the R82-million Phelophepa II health train, which, together with Phelophepa 1, has the potential to make a difference to the lives of 370 000 patients a year.  

Saica to assist colleges with CFO capacity building, turnaround strategies

By: Henry Lazenby     5th April 2012 The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica) will from the end of the month assist struggling Further Education and Training (FET) colleges by providing chartered accountants on a contractual basis to step in as CFOs, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said on... 

Exxaro pursuing coal-fired project independently of Cennergi 

By: Terence Creamer     5th April 2012 Mining group Exxaro has confirmed that its coal-based Thabametsi independent power producer (IPP) project has been excluded from its new energy joint venture (JV) with Tata Power, dubbed Cennergi, but that it remains keen to move ahead with the development. In fact, Exxaro executive GM business... 

Company Announcement: Air Products provides a ‘Streetwise’ solution at school in Northern KwaZulu-Natal - Improved access to information for learners at Izazi Secondary School

5th April 2012 An investment in the learners of today will pay dividends in terms of their contribution to the economy in the future.  

Stefanutti Stocks secures KZN coal mine contract 

4th April 2012 Mining contractor Stefanutti Stocks Mining Services (SSMS) has secured a contract with resource exploration and development company Ikwezi Mining to establish an opencast coal mine, near Newcastle, in KwaZulu-Natal. The project, which is expected to reach a value of well over R1-billion, would... 

Company Announcement: IMPERIAL I-Pledge teams up with the N3 Toll Concession for April holidays

4th April 2012 Following the success of the festive season road safety project, IMPERIAL, through its I-Pledge road safety campaign, has once again partnered with N3 Toll Concession to provide additional patrol vehicles to law enforcement agencies along the 415km section of the N3 Toll Route. 

Company Announcement: Process Plant Technology Awarded First Co2 Capture Project In Southern Africa Utilising State Of The Art Cansolv Technology

30th March 2012 Process Plant Technology (Pty) Ltd (PPTech) is proud to announce the award of a major project by German specialty chemicals group LANXESS to be constructed at their Newcastle facility in Kwazulu Natal.  

New Vryheid regional airport set for 2017 completion

By: Yolandi Booyens     30th March 2012 Aviation services provider Nordic Airport Solutions (NAS) will, in conjunc- tion with the South African Con-sortium, establish and operate a new regional airport in Vryheid, north of KwaZulu-Natal. 

Upgraded small-scale wastewater treatment plants prove successful

By: Chantelle Kotze     30th March 2012 Water and wastewater treatment specialist company Süd-Chemie says its second-generation dissolved air flotation (DAF) wastewater treatment plants, introduced to the market last year, have proved successful in the automotive, food and beverage, mineral processing and acid mine drainage industries. 

Keaton Energy seeks to expand portfolio, targets 5Mt/y 

By: Henry Lazenby     29th March 2012 With two collieries now in production, Keaton Energy MD Paul Miller said that the JSE-listed company would move “aggressively” to also bring on line its Koudelager and Braakfontein projects. As part of the takeover of Leeuw Mining & Exploration (LME) last year, Keaton acquired Vaalkrantz, an... 

Company Announcement: Team Sasol wins the Tour Natal Rally

26th March 2012 In an exciting first race in the South African National Rally Championship this weekend, Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton of Team Sasol charged across the finish line in first place, at the Total Rally in KwaZulu Natal.  

Company Announcement: Laser Beam Attacks-Cause For Grave Concern

26th March 2012 Laser interference is a potential hazard to aircraft safety. From 1st January 2010 until 29th February 2012, there have been a hundred and eighty-one (181) reported incidents of this nature - at some of our major airports in South Africa. 

More stringent water monitoring on the way, Minister avers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd March 2012 “The illegal use of water and overabstraction of this scarce resource could have significant economic implications for the country, and it is, therefore, crucial that identified transgressors are prosecuted,” says Department of Water and Environmental Affairs (DWEA) Minister Edna Molewa. 

R90m used-commercial-vehicle dealership under construction 

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2012 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) and partner Sandown Motor Holdings have started construction of its R90-million used commercial vehicle TruckStore facility, in Centurion. 

Company Announcement: Avis delivers Old Mutual joBerg2c to viewers

20th March 2012 Armchair cyclists can look forward to following the third edition of the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c across rural South Africa from the comfort of their living rooms, organisers announced. 

Company Announcement: Waste not, want not – Nampak Flexible recycles MORE

20th March 2012 As Africa’s largest manufacturer of flexible packaging, Nampak Flexible is currently producing some exciting results in the multi-layer plastics recycling arena through projects that focus on absorbing plastic waste from their operations. 

Special economic zones risky, says FMF’s Louw 

By: Henry Lazenby     19th March 2012 The Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) initiative to create special economic zones (SEZs) may potentially provide significant and sustained economic benefits, but is also fraught with pitfalls that could undermine its efficacy, Free Market Foundation executive director Leon Louw said on... 

Moving manganese to Ngqura key to building E Cape into new minerals 'gateway'

By: Terence Creamer     16th March 2012 South Africa's newest deep-water harbour, Ngqura, was poised to integrate the Eastern Cape into South Africa's key resources sector and thereby incorporate it into the mainstream economy of the country, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday. Transnet, which built the R10-billion greenfield... 

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By: Site Administrator     16th March 2012 Tender work arising from state contracts  

Petmin says ready for local, international growth

By: Henry Lazenby     12th March 2012 JSE-listed diversified miner Petmin on Monday reported profit of R47-million for the six months ended December 31, following a period of significant capital investment in its flagship Somkhele metallurgical anthracite mine, in KwaZulu-Natal, and expansion operations abroad. Although the... 

Company Announcement: CMG gears up for bigger market share with a range of Geared Motors

12th March 2012 CMG Electric Motors South Africa, well known in Southern African mining and other industry for its class leading electric motors, has added a wide range of flexible transmission solutions to the product portfolio. The off-the-shelf range of worm-geared reducers, helical shaft mounted reducers and... 

Northern aqueduct augmentation project, South Africa

By: Lisete Bigala     9th March 2012 The Northern aqueduct augmentation project forms part of the eThekwini strategic master plan to deal with the increasing demand for water in the northern regions of Durban. 

KZN anthracite mine to cost A$85m, study shows

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2012 ASX-listed emerging miner Zyl would have to spend some A$85-million to develop its Mbila project, in KwaZulu-Natal, into a 580 000 t/y mine, an interim feasibility study (IFS) has shown. The study, which updates the 2008 bankable feasibility study, highlighted the project’s potential to be a... 

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