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DoE initiates fuel price review, urges motorists to be efficient 

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd April 2012 Department of Energy (DoE) chief director for hydrocarbons Muzi Mkhize said on Tuesday that the department was reviewing how South Africa calculated its basic fuel price. The review has started and would be completed before the end of the current financial year, Mkhize said at a media briefing... 

Company Announcement: Nissan NP200 is segment leader once again!

3rd April 2012 Nissan NP200 sells 1829 units in March 2012, more records stack up for Nissan LCVs 

Sandton leading grade-A office market recovery

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd April 2012 The Sandton central business district (CBD) achieved a rental growth of 16% during the fourth quarter of 2011, Rode’s report on the South African Property Market found. Sandton’s CBD reported declining vacancy rates and improving demand for grade-A office space, indicating that Sandton could be... 

It’s a women’s world, says Gautrain operator, as 5.8m passengers clock in 

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2012 Around 60% of Gautrain passengers are women, says Bombela spokesperson Kelebogile Machaka. And, when looking at the racial breakdown, 45% of passengers are white, 35% black, 12% are Asian and 8% coloured. “About 35% of our passengers fall into the 35 to 49 age bracket, while about 20% are... 

Zuma to meet FET college principals

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd April 2012 President Jacob Zuma will meet with the principals of 50 Further Education and Training (FET) colleges on Wednesday to examine the role FETs play in the country's skills development strategy. The meeting in Pretoria, which would also look at the current level of skills in South Africa, aimed to... 


By: Site Administrator     30th March 2012 Tenders arising from state arm procurement agency Armscor 


By: Site Administrator     30th March 2012 Tender work arising from state contracts  

From production to product, Rosslyn plant thinks green

By: Irma Venter     30th March 2012 BMW South Africa’s (BMW SA’s) plant in Rosslyn has, since 2007, cut electricity consumption per 3 Series produced by 25%, waste by 50%, carbon emissions by 25% and water use by 50%, culminating in savings of R48.5-million.  

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. 

Kemm’s e-tolling article misleading

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th March 2012 While it is obvious that Dr Kelvin Kemm’s information was a bit dated when he wrote his article titled 'Sanral’s tolling soap opera', I would like to take this opportunity to give Engineering News readers an update on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) and correct some of the... 

Telkom network revamp to ‘bring broadband home’ 

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th March 2012 Telecommunications group Telkom on Wednesday embarked on its last, and most challenging, step of its network transformation project. The company installed Africa’s first multi service access node (Msan) unit in Waterkloof, Pretoria, starting its three- to five-year focus on “bringing broadband... 

SA aims for one-stop borders as delays exact economic toll 

By: Henry Lazenby     27th March 2012 The South African government is “seriously concerned” about delays and congestion at the country’s key border posts, citing inefficiencies threatening to reverse the gains in infrastructure investment, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said on Tuesday at the 2012 Freight-Intra Africa... 

Company Announcement: Innovative property transaction integrates Design Square into Brooklyn Mall, Pretoria

27th March 2012 Growthpoint Properties Limited and Atterbury Property Group have confirmed they have implemented the merging of their landmark properties in Pretoria, Brooklyn Mall and the adjacent Design Square respectively, to create a single, larger andmore diverse retail experience at Brooklyn Mall. 

European countries to follow in SA footsteps in using low enriched uranium for isotopes

By: Keith Campbell     26th March 2012 Belgium, France, the Netherlands and the US announced on Monday that the three European countries, with American support, were going to phase out the use of highly enriched uranium (HEU) for the production of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) radio isotopes by 2015 (providing the necessary regulatory... 

From the mines to the BMW 3 Series and on to Romania, the story of a Metair battery

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2012 First National Battery (FNB), a subsidiary of JSE-listed automotive component manufacturer Metair, does not only produce car and truck batteries. The company also makes batteries for miners’ cap lamps – those lamps attached to the hard hats of white-overalled miners, and often their only source... 


By: Site Administrator     23rd March 2012 Tenders arising from state arm procurement agency Armscor 


By: Site Administrator     23rd March 2012 Tender work arising from state contracts  

Private rolling-stock firm keen to get in on Prasa action

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2012 Grindrod is interested in participating in the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (Prasa’s) proposed R136-billion rolling stock renewal programme, says Grindrod freight services division CE Dave Rennie. 

Architectural student’s adaptive reuse design wins kudos

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd March 2012 Clay brick manufacturing company Corobrik has announced the winner of its 2012 Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award, a project entitled Magazine Hill: A weathered continuum. 

Goscor acquires Bobcat Equipment SA

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd March 2012 Industrial equipment distributor Goscor Group, an Imperial Holdings subsidiary, has acquired farm and construction equipment manufacturer Bobcat Equipment South Africa and Bobcat Equipment Rental South Africa. 

Maputo car terminal’s volumes continue to rise

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2012 The number of vehicles moved through Grindrod’s Maputo port car terminal has increased significantly in 2011, jumping from 18 298 vehicles in 2010, to 35 147 vehicles.  

Denel unit delivers new air defence system to SA Army

By: Keith Campbell     22nd March 2012 The contracted hardware delivery requirements for the South African Army’s (SA Army’s) new ground-based air defence system (Gbads) have been completed. This was announced on Thursday by the State-owned defence industrial group Denel. “The SA Army will now take the equipment on inventory and... 

Company Announcement: Hyundai Automotive South Africa continues to show support to the South African local music industry

22nd March 2012 Hyundai sponsors the MK Awards for a second year  

Section 54 safety stoppage issue dominates Shabangu media conference  

By: Martin Creamer     20th March 2012 The issue of Section 54 mine safety stoppages and their unintended potentially hazardous consequences dominated a Minerals Ministry media conference here on Tuesday. In a case that the JSE-listed Northam Platinum brought against the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) on the stoppage issue,... 

Gautrain adds 40% capacity to Pretoria-JHB line 

By: Irma Venter     20th March 2012 Gautrain operator Bombela announced on Tuesday that it had increased the capacity on its Pretoria–Johannesburg line by 40% during peak periods, owing to customer demand. Gautrain users in recent weeks complained that they could no longer find seats on the train during peak periods, especially on... 

Sanral SA’s first parastatal to achieve Green Star rating

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th March 2012 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has become the first South African parastatal to achieve a Green Star South Africa (SA) rating for one of its buildings, the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) said on Tuesday. Sanral’s new corporate head office, in Pretoria,... 

DST and Absa to collaborate on technology

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     19th March 2012 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said on Monday she hoped the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with banking group Absa sent out a signal that government was serious about working with the private sector to compete more effectively in the global economy. Pandor and Absa... 


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


By: Site Administrator     16th March 2012 Tenders arising from state arm procurement agency Armscor 

Antiretroviral medicine manufacturing plant, South Africa

By: Lisete Bigala     16th March 2012 Construction of the antiretroviral medicine manufacturing plant is expected to start in early 2013. 

Company Announcement: NERSA’s decision on Transnet Limited Petroleum Pipeline Tariffs for 2012/13

15th March 2012 On 15 March 2012 the National Energy Regulator of South Africa amended Transnet Limited’s licence to operate its petroleum pipeline system by setting tariffs, as a condition of that licence, for the period from 04 April 2012 to 02 April 2013. 

285 Gauteng taxis to run on LPG by the end of April 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     14th March 2012 The Automotive Industry Development Centre' s (AIDC's) project to reduce emissions in Gauteng's 32 000 strong passenger vehicle segment would see 285 minibus taxis operating on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and petrol by the end of April and hopefully motivate other vehicle owners to follow suit,... 

The internal combustion engine dead? Think again, shows BMW

By: Irma Venter     14th March 2012 BMW South Africa’s (BMW SA’s) plant in Rosslyn has, since 2007, cut electricity consumption per 3 Series produced by 25%, waste by 50%, carbon emissions by 25% and water use by 50%, culminating in savings of R48.5-million. This year the plant has started production of the F30, or new 3 Series,... 

Vunani says financial performance solid

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th March 2012 Investment firm Vunani Property Investment Fund (VPIF) reported on Monday a solid financial performance since listing on the JSE in August 2011, despite a difficult operating environment. The company, meeting its distribution target of 8%, declared a maiden cash distribution of 27c a linked unit... 

Necsa expands isotope production study to include multipurpose reactor

9th March 2012 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has expanded its feasibility study into procuring a dedicated isotope production reactor (DIPR) to include a multi-purpose reactor that also covers research and other non-commercial uses. Initially, the aim was to investigate building the DIPR... 

Company Announcement: Goscor Group of Companies acquires Bobcat Equipment SA

7th March 2012 The Goscor Group, an Imperial Holdings Limited subsidiary, announces that it has acquired Bobcat Equipment SA (Pty) Ltd and Bobcat Equipment Rental SA (Pty) Ltd. 

SEZs to address key weaknesses of IDZs – DTI 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     6th March 2012 The proposed special economic zones (SEZ) legislation, which is currently out for public comment, has highlighted some of the key weaknesses of industrial development zones (IDZs), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said this week, as it confirmed that four companies that set up... 

More Gauteng freeway tenders on the way as toll spectre looms

By: Irma Venter     17th April 2009 The Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP), which aims to expand Gauteng’s highway network, will enter an even busier period over the next few months as many new tenders are to be assessed and awarded. South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) GFIP project manager Alex van... 

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