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Technology to enhance efficiency

6th July 2012 Industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Groups’ (BMG’s) belting division has launched two products, the Megaroller idler range and the Super-Screw splice range, to assist in the conveying of sugar 

SA scientists involved in discovery of new subatomic particle

By: Keith Campbell     4th July 2012 Several South African universities and one research institution are involved with the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (better known as CERN) in the SA-CERN programme and have been active participants in the search for the Higgs boson. They are the Universities of Cape Town,... 

3 000 KZN taxis to be fitted with smart card tech, on-board cameras  

By: Irma Venter     3rd July 2012 About 3 000 Kwazulu-Natal taxis are set to be equipped with electronic fare collection technology. JSE-listed DigiCore Holdings, owner of Ctrack, has announced that it has concluded an agreement with Translog Management, which will see the roll-out of its Tap-I-Fare electronic fare collection... 

Cisco sale at an 'advanced' stage

By: Terence Creamer     29th June 2012 Construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) reported on Friday that it has reached an agreement in principle with a prospective buyer of its Cape Town Iron & Steel Works (Cisco) steel mill, in the Western Cape. The identity of the buyer was not disclosed, nor was the precise composition of the... 

Construction completed on 5 Mℓ/d water treatment plant

29th June 2012 The construction of the upgraded 5Ml/d Maphephetwa water treatment plant (WTP) in KwaZulu-Natal has been completed.  

AECI buys GE’s African water treatment business 

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th June 2012 Chemicals and explosives company AECI agreed to buy General Electric’s African water treatment subsidiary Chemical and Monitoring Solutions for $20-million, the JSE-listed firm announced on Thursday. Chemical and Monitoring Solutions would be merged with AECI’s specialty water treatment and... 

Prasa in multibillion-rand infrastructure roll-out as it awaits rolling stock arrival 

By: Irma Venter     27th June 2012 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) was accelerating its infrastructure modernisation programme, in anticipation of the acquisition of new rolling stock, while also creating capacity for increased commuter demand, said group CEO Lucky Montana on Wednesday. Speaking at Africa Rail... 

Homegrown initiative using chess to bolster the analytical prowess of South African youth

By: Natalie Greve     22nd June 2012 The game of chess is not known for its ability to break down socio-economic barriers and appeal to the most disadvantaged in society. But a recently launched South African initiative is attempting to use the game to do just that – and with some initial success. The Moves for Life (MFL) programme... 

Global interest in Africa profound, drives chamber to open new branch in KZN

By: Samantha Herbst     22nd June 2012 The Southern African–German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC) opened a new regional branch in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) earlier this month to provide direct contact to member companies operating in the region. It will facilitate German presence in the province and support Southern African... 

Homegrown initiative using chess to bolster the analytical prowess of South African youth 

By: Natalie Greve     22nd June 2012 The game of chess is not well known for its ability to disregard socioeconomic barriers and appeal to the most disadvantaged in society, but a recently launched South African-borne initiative is attempting to use the game do just that – and it appears to be succeeding. 

Forbes Coal Q1 production up 20%

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th June 2012 TSX- and JSE-listed Forbes & Manhattan Coal on Friday reported a total saleable production increase of 20% during the first quarter of the 2013 financial year. The coal producer recorded 245 700 saleable tons of coal in the quarter to May 31, 2012, compared with the 204 300 t produced in the... 

Sanyati says government nonpayment at heart of liquidity woes 

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2012 Construction group Sanyati’s woes are far from over, it seemed earlier this month, with especially nonpayment by various tiers of government continuing to put pressure on the company’s resources. 

Positive hiring expectations in most industrial sectors – survey 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     13th June 2012 The strong hiring prospects reported in nine of the ten measured industry sectors for the third quarter of 2012, augured well for job seekers, the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey showed. In the wholesale and retail trade sector employers recorded a net employment outlook of +12%, while... 

Company Announcement: Goodyear Boosts National Engineering Skills Pool

11th June 2012 Goodyear’s valuable, steady contribution to the country’s desperately shallow engineering skills pool is always boosted with the successful qualification of new apprentices, but recently shone with the remarkable achievements of one determined mechanician in particular.  

KZN economy to grow by 3.5% this year

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th June 2012 The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province is cautiously optimistic that the provincial economy will grow by 3.5% this year, largely supported by the manufacturing sector and fixed capital investment by the government, KZN member of the executive council for finance Ina Cronjé has said. 

Alternative power generation sector to grow operation

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th June 2012 Electric equipment supplier Zest WEG Group aims to grow its KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) operation by tapping into the alternative power generation sector created by the province’s key distilling, pulp and paper and sugar industries, besides others. 

Engineering consultancy offers solutions for KZN

8th June 2012 Engineering consultancy SRK Consulting has helped to tackle some of the development challenges facing the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province, where it works alongside officials in fields ranging from disaster management to rural housing. 

Progress made at KZN water projects

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th June 2012 Engineering and environmental consultancy SSI will, this month, complete the commissioning of a 13 Ml/d extension module, at a cost in excess of R17-million, at the existing Sundumbili water treatment works (WTW), which treats water drawn from the Tugela river, in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). 

Hospital, prison infrastructure projects under way

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th June 2012 Engineering and environmental consultancy SSI is undertaking a number of infrastructure upgrades in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), including structural and building infrastructure upgrades at the Ngwelezane and Empangeni Provincial Hospitals and the Estcourt Prison. 

Tilt-up building technique helps accelerate mall development 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th June 2012 The construction of Newcastle Mall in KwaZulu-Natal has been completed reports multidisciplinary construction and engineering group Aveng Grinaker-LTA. It was officially opened by President Jacob Zuma. 

Packaging film plant, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th June 2012 The project involves the construction of a facility to produce packaging films, which will cater for various industries.  

Metmar brings in new partners, to acquire stake in anthracite project

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th June 2012 JSE-listed Metmar on Thursday entered into a heads of agreement with a consortium of investors interested in buying a 25% stake in Metmar Limited and a 25% shareholding in Metmar Investments and Resources (MIR), while MIR would acquire 55% of a strategic anthracite development asset. The... 

SACMH reports reduction in resource, reserve estimates

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     5th June 2012 Junior mining company South African Coal Mining Holdings (SACMH) on Tuesday warned that the potential reduction in its reserves could lead to an impairment of its mining asset of up to R173.2-million. The company said a comprehensive resource evaluation and exploration drilling programme... 

Sanyati in rescue efforts as nonpayment drains liquidity 

By: Irma Venter     5th June 2012 Construction group Sanyati’s woes were far from over, it seemed on Tuesday, with especially nonpayment by various tiers of government continuing to put pressure on the company’s resources. Sanyati, which voluntarily suspended JSE trading in May, reported that its liquidity was affected by “long... 

Plasterboard systems gaining market acceptance

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st June 2012 South African construction companies are starting to realise the benefits of plasterboard systems for drywalling, as it saves building costs, energy and time, also providing a green alternative to building materials. 

Private-equity firm pursues Umhlanga housing project

1st June 2012 Residential market private-equity company International Housing Solutions (IHS) reports that construction will soon start on an afford-able-housing development in upmarket Umhlanga, near Durban. The Mews, which comprises 477 sectional-title units, will also be the first development in... 

Majuba railway siding project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st June 2012 The project entails the construction and commissioning of a 68 km heavy-haul line from Ermelo, in Mpumalanga, to the Majuba power station, in KwaZulu-Natal. 

Miranda granted KZN mining coal right

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st May 2012 JSE-listed Miranda Minerals subsidiary, Spirit Trading, has been granted a mining right for the Burnside coal project, near Dundee, in KwaZulu-Natal, the junior reported on Thursday. The mining right indicated the first step in the company’s strategic shift from mineral resource holding company... 

Company Announcement: Nashua Mobile helps Comrades Runners to the finishing line

29th May 2012 Nashua Mobile will be there to support runners taking part in the Comrades Marathon in Kwa-Zulu Natal on Sunday, 3 June 

Company Announcement: Justin Bonello’s “Ultimate Braai Master” Competition Hots Up

29th May 2012 Reality Tv Regional Auditions Get Off To A Sizzling Start In Kwa-Zulu Natal  

SA aims to double domestic tourist trips to 54m by 2020  

By: Jean McKenzie     25th May 2012 With domestic tourism already having contributed 76% of South Africa’s total tourism volume and R20-billion to the economy in 2011, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has unveiled a strategy to grow domestic tourism even further. The South African Domestic Tourism Growth Strategy (DTGS),... 

SA aims to double domestic tourist trips to 54m by 2020

By: Jean McKenzie     25th May 2012 With domestic tourism already having contributed 76% of South Africa’s total tourism volume and R20-billion to the economy in 2011, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has unveiled a strategy to grow domestic tourism even further. 

R5.2bn Majuba road-to-rail project gets moving 

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2012 State-owned power utility Eskom has initiated a process to prequalify bidders for the civil construction of the R5.2-billion Majuba railway line project, which will be funded partly from finance secured from the World Bank in 2010. 

US firm aims to demonstrate power of the ocean off Durban coast 

By: Jonathan Ramayia     25th May 2012 US-based independent power producer Hydro Alternative Energy (HAE) is to install a R155-million demonstration undersea power generation plant off the eThekwini coast to harness the powerful Agulhas current in a test project that could lead to the development of ocean-current energy facility that... 

Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     25th May 2012 Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba has indicated that the procurement of 1 064 new locomotives by State-owned freight logistics group Transnet could cost about R35-billion. 

Hydrokinetic energy demonstration facility project, South Africa.

By: Sheila Barradas     25th May 2012 Hydro Alternative Energy proposes to develop an estimated 1 MW demonstration plant to generate electricity from sea currents off the KwaZulu-Natal coast.  

Call for clarity on State mining firm as conflict of interest concerns persist  

By: Natalie Greve     18th May 2012 Despite assurances from the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and State-owned mining company African Exploration, Mining and Finance Corporation (AEMFC) that AEMFC is operating without exemption or preference and under fair market rules, concerns by industry stakeholders surrounding the... 

Rail agency benefits from energy retrofit project

By: Yolandi Booyens     18th May 2012 Integrated building technology solutions and services provider Honeywell Building Solutions has secured a R300 000 rebate from State-owned power utility Eskom through the implementation of an energy retrofit project at the Passenger Rail Association of South Africa’s (Prasa’s) Durban station, in... 

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