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SNC-Lavalin secures 4yr maintenance contract with Shell South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     20th February 2018 SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a four-year maintenance service and support contract for ten fuel storage facilities for oil multinational Shell Downstream South Africa. The scope of work includes mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and piping maintenance related services for ten Shell terminal... 

Bauba launches Moeijelijk underground chrome development

By: Anine Kilian     19th February 2018 JSE-listed Bauba Platinum officially launched the underground development phase of its Moeijelijk chrome mine, in Limpopo, on Friday. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online, CEO Nick van der Hoven said the mine, which is set to create about 400 direct and indirect jobs by December, has already started... 

CoreSlab keeps scoring milestones on municipal sports complex projects

     15th January 2018 Precast concrete technologies are helping municipalities accelerate the delivery of sports complexes in many poor outlying areas of the country. These projects under the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) create many employment, as well as skills-development opportunities during the... 

Public engagements on SA's national minimum wage set to resume

By: African News Agency      15th January 2018 The Department of Labour will this week resume its national series on worker engagement about the implementation of the national minimum wage and amendments to labour legislation. The national minimum wage of R3,500 a month, or R20 per hour for major sectors, is scheduled for implementation from... 

CoreSlab behind cost-effective and efficient projects

     11th December 2017 CoreSlab, a leading precast concrete specialist, has participated in many successful private- and public-sector building projects. Importantly, the company’s precast concrete systems have allowed professional teams to accelerate construction times and provided cost-savings for property... 

Nersa says special power deal for Silicon Smelters must start on July 1 or earlier

By: Terence Creamer     6th December 2017 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has confirmed that a special pricing agreement (SPA) between Eskom and Silicon Smelters, which was approved in August, should commence no later than July 1, 2018, and continue for a maximum of two years. Silicon Smelters, a subsidiary of... 

Here is why CR17 is not ahead in ANC leadership race 

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     24th November 2017 In a matter of weeks, the African National Congress (ANC) will elect its fourteenth president. Depending on who or what section of the media one believes, it is either Cyril Ramaohosa (CR17 to his supporters) or Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (NDZ) who is, as they say, ‘miles ahead’. This is not... 

New knife gate valve gains traction in mining market

By: Nadine James     10th November 2017 Having secured the first installation of its Victaulic Series 795 knife gate valve (KGV) – which is under way at diversified miner African Rainbow Minerals’ Modikwa platinum mine, near Burgersfort, in Limpopo – mechanical piping systems supplier Victaulic has sold two 3” KGVs to a platinum mine... 

NDZ not Zuma’s candidate in ANC leadership race 

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     22nd September 2017 Let me start by quoting from the book Dictator, by Robert Harris – a book about Rome and the last 15 years of Cicero: “You have the soldiers but no legitimacy, we have the legitimacy but no soldiers. What we do both have, however, is a common enemy.” Another bit from the same book: “Your speeches... 

Technicrete Enviro-Wall Installed At New CTM Factory In Polokwane

     15th September 2017 A positive customer experience is what all retailers seek to achieve through their sales outlets. This puts an emphasis on a good aesthetic appearance internally and externally, which is an element that the new CTM retail outlet in Thornhill, Polokwane considered when choosing the Technicrete... 

IDC confident BAIC’s Coega plant will begin production in mid-2018

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2017 It has been a year since Chinese vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC) and South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) broke ground on a new vehicle assembly plant in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), near Port Elizabeth. BAIC is the major shareholder in the... 

Property experts help accelerate delivery of affordable office space in Polokwane

     13th September 2017 Property developers and builders are responding to a high demand for affordable and quality office space in Polokwane. One of these astute companies is Golden Bay Properties. This property developer and building contractor already has a solid track-record successfully completing many developments... 

BAIC Eastern Cape plant on track, says IDC

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2017 It has been a year since Chinese vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC) and South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) broke ground on a new vehicle assembly plant in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), near Port Elizabeth. BAIC is the major shareholder in the... 

Black industrialist bemoans lack of government support

By: Dylan Slater     1st September 2017 Engineering and fabrication company Oro Projects is struggling to make headway in the engineering and fabrication industry, owing to a lack of support from government departments and financial support institutions, which have been vocal about their willingness to assist black-owned industry.  

Giyani’s Gon`On`O Village Road Upgraded

     10th August 2017 By Technicrete   Situated in the north-east of the Limpopo Province, in the heart of the Limpopo bushveld, is the rural town of Giyani. While the area is comprised mainly of rural villages,  infrastructural upgrades are required for the continued upliftment of local communities in terms of... 

Orlando Pirates to defend their Engen Knockout Challenge title.

     3rd August 2017 The draw for the Johannesburg leg of the 2017 Engen Knockout Challenge took place on 25 July at the Sunnyside Park Hotel. The eagerly anticipated tournament takes place from 04 – 06 August at the Wits Marks Park Sports Complex. Johannesburg’s football fraternity were out in force for the draw. In... 

IDC reports strong rise in support for black industrialists as disbursements fall  

By: Terence Creamer     31st July 2017 South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has announced that its funding approvals have increased to a record R15.3-billion in 2017, but also confirmed that it would not meet a five-year target, set in 2015, of R100-billion in approvals by 2020. Presenting the financials in... 

Restructuring of Scaw into three standalone entities at an advanced stage 

By: Terence Creamer     31st July 2017 South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) announced on Monday that the restructuring of its steel subsidiary Scaw Metals into three standalone entities was at an advanced stage, as were plans to secure strategic equity partners (SEPs) for each of the units. Speaking at... 

Special deals, again?

By: Terence Creamer     14th July 2017 South Africans will no doubt remember the ugly 2008 standoff between Standard Bank and BHP Billiton over whether Eskom should, in the midst of power shortages, honour a favourable metal-price-linked electricity supply deal with the diversified miner’s aluminium smelters in South Africa and... 

Air force capability demonstration 2017 

     6th July 2017 The South African air force conducted its annual live fire capability demonstration last month, in which primary air borne military assets flexed their muscle. 

Nersa calls for comment on special pricing deal to unlock ferrosilicon production 

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2017 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) is calling for written comments on an application by Eskom to implement a two-year incentive pricing package that will enable the restart of ferrosilicon production in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces. The regulator turned down an earlier... 

SAAF shows off fire power and capabilities during yearly demonstration

By: Dylan Slater     30th June 2017 The South African Air Force (SAAF) showcased its air power capability to delegates and foreign airforce personnel during its yearly Air Power Capability Demonstration 2017 (APCD 2017) event – a live fire capability demonstration held at the Roodewal Weapons Range near Polokwane, in Limpopo,... 

COMBAT READY

     23rd June 2017 Members of the South African National Defence Force’s Special Forces Brigade use ropes to rappel from a Denel Oryx utility helicopter in a live-fire battlefield scenario during the Air Power Capability Demonstration at Roodewal Weapons Range, in Polokwane, earlier this month. The purpose of the... 

Technicrete Trojan Squares Chosen For Broadlands Estate Residence

     13th June 2017 Upmarket residential estates like Broadlands Estate in Polokwane require residents to ensure that any additions or refurbishments done to their properties conform to the    high- existing standards. Aesthetics and finishes have to reflect the lifestyle that owners have invested in, and... 

Major Transnet Freight Rail mineral mining, chrome maintenance shut

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2017 Transnet Freight Rail will embark on a seven-day shutdown in the Mineral Mining & Chrome (MMC) area of operation from June 5 to 11. This year’s affected areas include Witbank, Nelspruit, Koedoespoort, Swaziland, Maputo, Empangeni and other lines tapping into Transnet Port Terminals and Transnet... 

Long-serving Sanral engineering exec looks back as he prepares to step down

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2017 When Koos Smit studied civil engineering on a public service bursary at the University of Pretoria in the 1970s, the plan was that he would qualify and build dams and pipelines.However, an oversupply of engineers at the Department of Water Affairs saw him sign up at National Roads. He remained at... 

Eskom Academy trains over 500 contractors

     19th May 2017 Over the last three years, State-owned power utility Eskom’s enterprise development programme, the Contractor Academy, trained 518 contractors from all nine provinces, with the youth accounting for about 60% of participants. The programme started as a pilot programme in 2008 and has since grown... 

Atlatsa revenue impacted by lower Q1 production

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th May 2017 Dual-listed Atlatsa Resources’ revenue decreased by 6.1% year-on-year to C$33.4-million for the three months ended March 31, owing to a 3.5% decrease in platinum group metals (PGM) ounces produced at its Bokoni mine, near Polokwane. Revenue was further impacted by a 1.5% decrease in the rand PGM... 

Sanral’s chief engineer on retirement, career highlights and tolling 

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2017 When Koos Smit studied civil engineering on a public service bursary at the University of Pretoria in the 1970s, the plan was that he would qualify and build dams and pipelines. However, an oversupply of engineers at the Department of Water Affairs saw him sign up at National Roads. 

Agriculture sector needs to be globally competitive to survive

By: African News Agency      5th May 2017 Job losses were inevitable if the agricultural sector was not globally competitive and not supported by government, the World Economic Forum on Africa heard yesterday. Speaking on the sidelines of the WEF event in Durban, Mauricio Adade, board chairperson of Africa Improved Foods, said: “It’s... 

Technicrete Paving And Kerbs For Moletjie Road Upgrade In Polokwane

     5th April 2017 Mid-2015 Limpopo’s Public Works and Infrastructure Department announced that R1.2 billion had been earmarked for road refurbishment and maintenance to be rolled out over the next three years. Included in this roll-out was maintenance to a section of the Moletjie Road Project in Polokwane that was... 

Property body investigates municipal rates and taxes

By: David Oliveira     24th March 2017 The South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) announced last month that it had reappointed specialist consultants Rates Watch to monitor rates policies for the next five years, owing to the negative impacts of rising municipal rates and taxes on operating costs, gross rentals and property... 

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust despite ongoing e-toll tussle 

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 Not too long ago, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was a firm darling among its peers. It was a well-funded State-owned enterprise (SOE) almost never under fire, seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward in its task to manage and expand the country’s road network. Then came... 

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust despite ongoing e-toll tussle

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 Not too long ago the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was a firm darling among its peers. It was a well-funded State-owned enterprise (SOE) almost never under fire, seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward in its task to manage and expand the country’s road network. Then came... 

Zuma pushing SA to crisis point – FW de Klerk

By: News24Wire      2nd February 2017 President Jacob Zuma is determined to accelerate South Africa's descent to an economic and racial crisis, FW de Klerk, the country's last apartheid head of state, said on Thursday. “President Zuma is determined to accelerate our descent along the road to state capture, economic crisis and racial... 

SA needs a leader who will be able to cure the country’s ills 

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     27th January 2017 The election of the leader of the African National Congress (ANC) is not only about individual interests; that is, it is not only about the interests of the individuals who want to ascend to the throne. I am certain that it is almost always about either the ascendance of those that are outside... 

Fawu vows to fight job losses in poultry industry 

By: African News Agency      9th January 2017 The Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) on Monday made an impassioned plea to government to tighten regulations of importing chickens from the European Union (EU) in a bid to save jobs in the South African poultry industry. This comes after South Africa’s biggest chicken producer, Rainbow... 

Atlatsa reports fatality at Bokoni mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th December 2016 Dual-listed Atlatsa Resources on Tuesday reported a fatality at the Brakfontein shaft of its Bokoni mine, near Polokwane. The employee, a miner’s assistant, was fatally injured last week in what the company described as a water-related incident. 

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