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60 year anniversary of global polymer company - 8 lessons for entrepreneurs

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th June 2018 At 87 years old, serial entrepreneur Alain Leger, who founded one of South Africa’s most successful manufacturing enterprises, is a seasoned business person celebrating the 60th anniversary of the company he founded this year. While the art of taking on financial risks in the hope of achieving... 

Milestone year for Vukile as it delivers 7.7% FY18 distribution growth

By: Simone Liedtke     30th May 2018 Property management company Vukile Property Fund achieved 7.7% growth in dividends to 168.82c a share for the full year ended March 31 on the back of a higher second-half distribution growth of 7.9%. As its international investment grows, Vukile aims to hedge 75% of its dividend flow from... 

Skid steer loaders maintain popularity in projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Construction and earthmoving equipment distributor CASE Construction South Africa says it has a healthy pipeline of equipment supply orders for the first quarter of 2018 to meet client requirements for construction projects.  

Durban on track to open public transport network

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th March 2018 The City of Durban is on track to start its GO!Durban integrated public transport network from Pinetown’s central business district (CBD) to KwaMashu’s Bridge City in the latter part of this year. Aligned to the eThekwini municipality’s vision to be Africa’s most caring and liveable city by 2030,... 

Mitigating plastic’s negative public image

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th January 2018 Continued local and international pressure to ban plastic bags and other single-use plastics, as cited in the media and social media, is at an all-time high, says plastic industry representative body Plastics South Africa (Plastics SA).  

KO Victory for SBS Tanks® ‘Fight for Water’ Campaign

10th January 2018 SBS Tanks® has stepped into the sporting arena to team up with KZN Boxing in a new campaign called ‘Fight for Water’, which has been fully sanctioned by Boxing SA. This sponsorship hopes to empower KZN rural communities with essential access to water through the supply of SBS water tanks, while... 

eThala Biomass-To-Power Project

12th December 2017 eThala Management Services has received a Project Preparation Grant (PPG) from the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) administrated by the African Development Bank to undertake project preparation/development activities for the proposed eThala Biomass-to-Power Project to approach... 

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... 

eThekwini rapid public transport system needs hundreds of buses

By: Irma Venter     29th September 2017 Around 200 rigid buses, 180 articulated buses and 765 midi-buses will be required for eThekwini’s new GO!Durban integrated rapid public transport network over the next five years, says eThekwini Transport Authority head  Thami Manyathi. In addition, 250 commuters buses will be required as part of... 

Durban needs more than 1 000 buses of all sizes for GO! network

By: Irma Venter     13th September 2017 Around 200 rigid buses, 180 articulated buses and 765 midi-buses will be required for eThekwini’s new GO!Durban integrated rapid public transport network over the next five years, says eThekwini Transport Authority head  Thami Manyathi. In addition, 250 commuters buses will be required as part of... 

Numsa downs tools at plastic factory in KZN

By: African News Agency      13th September 2017 Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have downed tools at Mpact Plastics in Pinetown in Durban in protest against unequal wages and employee benefits. Mpact Plastic is a major supplier of plastic containers and manufacturer of Jumbo Bins, wheeled bins, and a... 

Majozi Bros, Hire-It join forces to create one-of-a-kind black-owned JV

By: Samantha Herbst     10th August 2017 Durban-based Majozi Brothers Construction has joined forces with tool hire and sales company Hire-It to establish a new Level 2 broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) joint venture (JV) company – Majozi Bros Tool Hire & Sales. The new JV, which is 51% owned by Majozi Brothers and 49%... 

Exciting new Black owned tool hire JV for KZN

10th August 2017 An exciting new joint venture between Durban based Majozi Brothers Construction and well established tool hire and sales operation, Hire-It (Natal) PTY Ltd will introduce an exciting combination of new generation entrepreneurship and experience into this often overlooked segment of the... 

KZN Industrial Show 2017, Durban ICC, 26 – 29 July, Stand D01, D14 & E19, Hall 1

28th July 2017 Parker Hannifin to showcase motion and control solutions for the industrial industry at KZN Industrial Show 2017 Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies, have three distributors exhibiting at this year’s KZN Industrial Show in Durban, South Africa from 26 – 29 July... 

‘Durban’s best kept secret’ honoured for technical excellence  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 Engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa was awarded the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) Durban branch’s prestigious technical excellence award last month for the design and construction of Main Road 577 (MR577), with SAICE calling it... 

DTI-funded black industrialist firm to be launched in KZN  

By: Anine Kilian     4th July 2017 Through its Black Industrialist Scheme (BIS), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has granted R13.5-million in funding to establish a new black industrialist firm in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal. Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe will officiate the launch of the firm,... 

ASSA ABLOY Announces Acquisition Of Inhep Electronic Holdings (Pty) Ltd

30th May 2017 ASSA ABLOY has signed an agreement to acquire Inhep Electronics Holdings (Pty) Ltd, the leading manufacturer and distributor of intrusion detection products in Sub-Saharan Africa, from Metier, an African private equity fund manager. Through this acquisition, ASSA ABLOY SA plans to further expand... 

Five mobile transformers delivered to Mkondeni unit

19th May 2017 Five mobile transformers were delivered to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Mkondeni unit in KwaZulu-Natal in March.  The plan to purchase the five 132/88-22/11KV mobile transformers started in 2011 and was followed by a rigorous procurement process. Industrial corporation Siemens was awarded... 

Difficult trading conditions dull Clover’s H1 financial performance 

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st March 2017 As branded consumer goods and beverages group Clover Industries works its way through muted trading and economic conditions, the JSE-listed group is progressing a number of strategies to set it back on a growth path. Unpacking the lacklustre financial results for the half-year ended December 31,... 

GO!Durban discusses potential of partnerships with eThekwini businesses

By: Shirley le Guern     2nd December 2016 The eThekwini municipality is rezoning the land associated with the first phase of the R22-billion GO!Durban integrated rapid public transport network (IRPTN) and is actively courting private sector partnerships to develop commercial nodes around stations along the corridor. “There is still a lot... 

African Oxygen (Afrox) officially unveiled its flagship R60-million filling and engineering services hub at Riverhorse Valley to the north of Durban on Friday.

28th October 2016 The 18 000 m² site is home to a one-stop-shop for Argoshield, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, helium, medical and food-grade gases, as well as portable cryogenic containers, Afrox MD Schalk Venter explained. African Oxygen (Afrox) has officially unveiled its flagship R60-million filling and engineering... 

GO!Durban construction gathering momentum

By: Shirley le Guern     25th October 2016 Construction of GO!Durban, eThekwini’s integrated rapid public transport network (IRPTN), is gathering momentum with the second phase of the project under way.  GO!Durban head of infrastructure roll-out Carlos Esteves told attendees at a public briefing in Umhlanga, in KwaZulu-Natal, on Tuesday... 

Afrox opens R60m Riverhorse Valley hub

By: Shirley le Guern     24th October 2016 African Oxygen (Afrox) officially unveiled its flagship R60-million filling and engineering services hub at Riverhorse Valley to the north of Durban on Friday. The 18 000 m² site is home to a one-stop-shop for Argoshield, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, helium, medical and food-grade gases, as well as... 

Specialists look to expand freightrelated services

By: Nadine James     26th August 2016 Automation specialist Abacus Automation intends to further business relations with State-owned freight utility Transnet Port Terminals (TPT), and increase its market share in port and harbour services through the implementation and optimisation of its crane automation offering. The company –... 

Union denies sabotage of Telkom facilities

By: News24Wire      18th August 2016 Striking Telkom workers have denied involvement in the alleged sabotage of several network facilities across the country. On Thursday, Telkom put up a R500 000 reward for information regarding the sabotage of numerous facilities around the country. 

Bridge City moving closer to mixed-use vision

16th August 2016 The Bridge City development north of Durban is gaining momentum as a new urban centre within a polycentric metro - increasing density, creating a mix of uses and linking adjacent areas to each other and the wider metropolitan region. With bulk infrastructure - particularly transport nodes -... 

Atlas Copco Compressor Technique relocates to bring service closer to customers in Kwazulu-Natal

29th June 2016 Atlas Copco Compressor Technique has added value to customer service in Kwazulu-Natal following the recent relocation of its service division from Pinetown to Durban, joining Rand Air and Atlas Copco Industrial Technique under one roof. “The move which is in line with Atlas Copco’s trend to... 

New Kzn Branch Manager For A.B.E. Appointed

23rd June 2016 Jasper Allardice has been appointed KZN Branch Manager for a.b.e. Construction Chemicals, part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group. Jasper's career prior to joining a.b.e. this year included 18-years' service at Air Products where he rose through the ranks from Sales Engineer in Pinetown, to Area... 

R200m sporting facility on the cards for Durban 

By: News24Wire      21st June 2016 A senior eThekwini Metro official said the city was on track to build a R200-million sporting facility ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. But the metro still needed to raise money for this mammoth undertaking, he said. Parks, Recreation and Gardens head Thembinkosi Ngcobo on Tuesday told... 

Transnet Freight Rail 1 064 locomotives acquisition programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     11th March 2016 GE South Africa has started production of the 233 GE Evolution Series diesel locomotives it has been contracted to supply to State-owned Transnet Freight Rail. 

When I’m feeling blue, all I have to do is . . .

By: Riaan de Lange     4th March 2016 It is a cool winter’s morning and I find myself in Juzcar, a village of 221 people that is located in the mountains in Andalucía, near Malaga, in southern Spain. If you know southern Spain, you will know that such villages are a dime a dozen. To reach Juzcar, one has to travel by road, stretches... 

GE kicks off local production of Transnet locomotives 

By: Natalie Greve     8th December 2015 Digital industrial group GE has started production of the 233 GE Evolution Series locomotives it has been contracted to supply to State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) as part of its acquisition of 1 064 electric and diesel locomotives from four original-equipment manufacturers. The R50-billion... 

KZN-based intermodal transport hub Bridge City takes shape

By: Natalie Greve     30th November 2015 Agriculture and agroprocessing group Tongaat Hulett continues to advance the Bridge City development, north of Durban, with half of the sites within the Bridge City Town Centre having been sold and only four sites still available in the 17 ha Bridge City Business Estate.  Developed as the second... 

Future planning key to public transit systems

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th November 2015 The implementation of new public transportation systems requires the consideration of the existing system and infrastructure requirements, while having the foresight to anticipate future system needs, says engineering, project and construction management services supplier Hatch Goba. The company... 

Bearings manufacturer introduces new ball and roller range

By: Nadine James     6th November 2015 Local bearings manufacturer GB Bearings will introduce a new range of ball and roller bearings in the first quarter of next year, says company export sales and stock products manager Alec Cutting. He tells Engineering News that the crossover market between white metal bearings and ball and roller... 

SA aluminium body positive about aluminium prospects 

By: Dylan Stewart     25th September 2015 Owing to the increased use of aluminium in the automotive and beverage packaging industries, demand for aluminium in South Africa has positive long-term prospects, says Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) executive director Mark Krieg. 

Learners rewarded for taking action to address South Africa’s water challenges

9th September 2015 Danville Park Girls' High School in Durban North, KZN, was awarded first place at the National Water Explorer Awards event that was held on Thursday 3 September at the Durban Botanical Gardens. The Water Explorer programme is a two-year collaboration between the UK NGO Global Action Plan and the... 

Geosynthetic reinforcements ensure cost benefits, improve asphalt life

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th August 2015 Engineering solutions provider Maccaferri will highlight the cost benefits of its wide geosynthetics range of Geogrid products at this year’s Conference on Asphalt Pavements for Southern Africa (Capsa), as well as significantly increase its presence in the road infrastructure and construction... 

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