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Much Asphalt

Much Asphalt is southern Africa’s largest commercial manufacturer of a wide range of hot and cold asphalt products, backed by proven quality control processes. Established in 1965, the company operates 17 asphalt mixing plants across South Africa and mobile plants for remote projects. Customers include all levels of government, state owned enterprises such as SANRAL and ACSA, private companies and the public.

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AMSA unveils interim steel rail hub

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 3 hours ago The official unveiling of the Isando Distribution Centre, in Germiston, on Friday, marked the next step in steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) long-term initiative to migrate the bulk of domestic final product steel distribution from road to rail. Dedicated rail links between... 

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... 

AA says vehicle safety ratings scale would equip buyers with vital information

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 South Africa’s Automobile Association (AA) has called for the implementation of a local vehicle safety ratings scale. The association on Friday said that such a ratings scale would ensure consumers had a better understanding of the safety of the vehicle they intended purchasing. 

Busega–Mpigi express highway project, Tanzania

By: Sheila Barradas     24th February 2017 The project involves the construction of a 23.7 km four-lane express highway. 

East London IDZ attracts multibillion-rand investment

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 Since it was established in 2002, the East London Industrial Development Zone (Elidz) has attracted more than R7.3-billion in private-sector investment from 45 investors.  

Gibraltar – a major Brexit casualty?

By: Riaan de Lange     24th February 2017 On the south-western tip of Europe, on the Iberian Peninsula, at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea, lies a British overseas territory (formerly known as a colony) that is all of 6.7km2 in area. It even has a straight named after it. The territory is call Gibraltar. If you view it from a... 

Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant project, England

By: Sheila Barradas     24th February 2017 The project will involve the construction, operation and maintenance of a new nuclear power station. 

New Fiat Chrysler Automobiles SA chief outlines ‘get fit’ vision

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 “We realise that we have to get ourselves fit again and I am committed to achieving that,” says new CEO at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles South Africa (FCA SA), Robin van Rensburg. “We have not been as versatile in the last while as we should have been.” Van Rensburg joins the Italian-US group from... 

New training course offered on refrigeration units

     24th February 2017 Transportation and logistics solutions company Eqstra Flexi Fleet has introduced a new training course at its training academy, specifically designed to equip qualified auto-electricians and diesel mechanics to work on refrigeration units fitted within cold chain vehicles.  

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... 

Transform 66 project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     24th February 2017 The project involves the transformation of Virginia's Interstate 66 into a multimodal corridor. 

JRA tackles bridge rehabilitation after severe floods

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2017 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has embarked on the R113.5-million rehabilitation, reconstruction and repair of six bridges across the city, following heavy rainfall and flash flooding in early January. The affected bridges include Belgrave, Joe Nhlanhla, Cork Avenue, Bridge Road, Spring Road... 

Treasury seeks to establish budgeting facility for large infrastructure projects

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd February 2017 As South Africa’s government moves to strengthen its budget execution and improve in-year monitoring, while also bolstering infrastructure development, the National Treasury has proposed the establishment of a new facility to optimise large multiyear infrastructure project roll-outs that require... 

Eskom and Transnet need to borrow billions more  

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2017 Eskom and Transnet need to borrow billions more than anticipated in 2016, National Treasury revealed in its 2017 Budget Review on Wednesday. Even as Eskom’s financial performance improved in 2015/16 as a result of a 12.7% tariff hike and a revenue increase by R10.5-billion to R161-billion, it... 

Treasury says investor confidence in Sanral improves

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd February 2017 Despite ongoing uncertainty surrounding fee collection for the much-contested e-tolling of certain Gauteng freeways by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), the National Treasury believes investor confidence in the agency has returned following the conclusion of two successful... 

New top tax bracket emerges amid revenue underperformance

By: Terence Creamer     22nd February 2017 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced a new top personal income bracket of 45% for taxable incomes above R1.5-million in his 2017 Budget address as part of tax proposals designed to raise the additional R28-billion required to sustain the fiscal consolidation framework promised in previous... 

Kaytech launches Online CPD-Accredited Lectures

     22nd February 2017 Kaytech has launched a unique service offering: Online CPD lectures on geosynthetics. Industry professionals can now “attend” the lectures, accredited by SAICE, whenever and wherever they like – from the comfort of their own office, home or even waiting to board a flight.  Conducted by renowned... 

Ewseta, DUT launch EnergyDrive to create awareness of alternative energy sources

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st February 2017 The Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (Ewseta) and the Durban University of Technology (DUT) on Tuesday launched the EnergyDrive initiative, to educate rural communities on climate change and alternative energy sources. A custom-designed truck equipped with ten solar... 

Kansai Plascon sets a new standard for road-marking paint

     21st February 2017 Kansai Plascon’s BTP brick and concrete paint product is available in different colours, and adheres to notoriously difficult substrates. It also outlasts competitor products by a significant margin, setting a new benchmark in the road-marking sector in particular. This is according to a... 

Kansai Plascon sets a new standard for road-marking paint

     20th February 2017 Kansai Plascon’s BTP brick and concrete paint product is available in different colours, and adheres to notoriously difficult substrates. It also outlasts competitor products by a significant margin, setting a new benchmark in the road-marking sector in particular. This is according to a... 

Minergy to list coal project in Botswana, also eyeing JSE

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2017 Coal and energy company Minergy said on Monday that it will list on the Botswana Stock Exchange in the first half of this year and is also planning a Johannesburg Stock Exchange listing in 2017’s latter half. In the initial capital raising ahead of the listing of its Masama coal project, Minergy,... 

Ten firms express interest in Kenya road building partnership

By: Reuters     20th February 2017 Ten companies have expressed interest in building a major road project from Nairobi into the Rift Valley and managing it for 30 years, Kenya's Public Private Partnership Unit (PPPU) has said in a statement. The East African nation is seeking more private investment to maintain the pace of... 

New Draft White Paper suggests standard gauge network for freight rail 

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2017 A new national rail strategy, proposed to become legislation in 2018/2019, will give policy direction to the rail sector for the first time in 150 years, says Department of Transport deputy director-general rail Jan-David de Villiers. The policy – currently a Draft White Paper – comes as South... 

Acquisitions help bolster logistics group in ‘difficult’ market

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2017 Logistics group OneLogix has, for the six-month period ended November 30, reaped the benefit from recent acquisitions and property infrastructure developments. The group reported a 12% increase in revenue compared with the same period in 2015, to more than R1-billion. The jump came as a result of... 

Challenging times call for innovation

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th February 2017 It remains imperative for companies to remain innovative, especially amid the construction industry’s facing a dilemma, with local infrastructure – including power, road, water and sewerage infrastructure – in dire need of upgrading, while very little money is being spent on civil construction... 

Hexi Xiangjiang river scenery belt private–public partnership, China

By: Sheila Barradas     17th February 2017 The China Communications Construction Company plans on renovating the riverbelt in Hunan province. 

SATMC emphasises need for tyre homologation

By: Kimberley Smuts     17th February 2017 Tyre manufacturing industry representative the South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC) says homologation – the process of certifying or approving a product for introduction into a market – of new tyre ranges is crucial, as tyres are a safety critical component in vehicles.  

Gold Fields set for ‘year of reinvestment’, announces R2.28bn South Deep growth plan 

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th February 2017 The South Deep gold mine achieved several milestones in 2016 as interventions implemented over the past two years started yielding results and dual-listed Gold Fields will now embark on a new R2.3-billion rebase plan at the mine to create a defensive asset in a spiralling industry. Equipped with... 

Sanral rolls out R120m training programme for N2 Wild Coast project  

By: Irma Venter     16th February 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has started with the roll-out of a R120-million community development and small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) training programme in anticipation of the construction of the N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR). The programme aims to... 

First Quantum says restores access to Ravensthorpe nickel mine

By: Reuters     16th February 2017 Access to the Ravensthorpe nickel mining complex in Australia has been re-established following heavy rains last weekend that flooded local roadways, owner First Quantum Minerals said on Thursday. There were concerns that supplies of nickel from Ravensthorpe would be cut off, exacerbating an... 

Gruyere project gains final approvals

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th February 2017 The Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum has approved the project plans for the Gruyere gold project joint venture (JV) between ASX-listed Gold Road Resources and Gold Fields. Gold Road on Wednesday said the receipt of the approval ensured that the Gruyere project remains on track... 

Galaxy weighing options for lithium exports

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th February 2017 ASX-listed Galaxy Resources has assured shareholders that despite the recent heavy rainfall in Western Australia, the company’s Mount Cattlin lithium operation continues apace. The Mt Cattlin and the general Ravensthorpe area experienced extensive unseasonal rain, with some 240 mm falling. 

New labour laws in Chile embolden striking miners

By: Reuters     15th February 2017 Workers at the world's largest copper mine in Chile are digging in for a long strike, emboldened by new labour laws that are likely to result in tough wage negotiations in the industry in 2017 in one of Latin America's most free-market economies. The 2 500-member union at BHP Billiton's Escondida... 

Canadian Zinc, NTPC to evaluate LNG power generation for Prairie Creek

By: Henry Lazenby     14th February 2017 Junior project developer Canadian Zinc has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC) to assess electricity supply options for the Prairie Creek zinc/lead/silver mine. Under the terms of the MoU, NTPC has agreed to work with Canadian Zinc to... 

South Africa remains on junk ‘knife-edge’ as ANC succession takes centre stage  

By: Terence Creamer     14th February 2017 South Africa will remain on a downgrade “knife-edge” in 2017, Standard Bank chief economist Goolam Ballim warns, despite the bank’s view that the country’s growth will recover to 1.4% from only 0.4% last year. Both Fitch Ratings and S&P Global currently have South African on ‘negative watch’,... 

Further disruptions to Johannesburg traffic as another M1 lane closes

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th February 2017 Commuters in Johannesburg must once again prepare for further traffic setbacks, as the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) will, from February 16, close one of the four southbound lanes of the double decker bridge. This lane closure, which forms part of the JRA’s overall rehabilitation programme for... 

Altona's Cloncurry JV agreement amended

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th February 2017 Copper miner Altona Mining has amended its joint venture (JV) agreement with Chinese partner Sichuan Railway Investment Group (SRIG) over the Cloncurry project, in north-west Queensland. Altona on Tuesday noted that SRIG has now been replaced as the JV partner by China Sichuan International... 

Road to Las Bambas copper mine clear after Peru protest ends

By: Reuters     13th February 2017 MMG has been transporting copper concentrates from its Las Bambas mine, in Peru, since late on Friday, when residents of a nearby town called off protests that had blocked the road used by the company, a representative of the ombudsman's office said. The five-day protest in Challhuahuacho ended... 

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